Astronomers amazed at timing of Markarian 421 blazer

first_img(Phys.org) —The field of view from Earth is being flooded with the brightest display of gamma rays ever seen, the BBC is reporting, at a time when space researchers around the world have just coincidently trained their instruments in the direction from where it’s being emitted—the active galaxy Markarian 421. Hubble Legacy Archive WFPC2 image of Mark 421 and its companion galaxy 421-5. Credit: Hubble Legacy Archive No one knew that Markarian 421 was about to do anything special or unusual. Recently, a program was started to study the active galaxy as part of a routine inspection. But then, just after telescopes around the world focused their attention on the galaxy, it flared, giving observers a spectacular show. As if that weren’t coincidence enough, it also occurred during the annual meeting (April 13 through 16, in Denver, Colorado) of the American Physical Society (APS), which allowed those in attendance to compare notes as the flare-up was occurring.Markarian 421 is known as a “blazer” galaxy—it’s a term used to describe active galaxies with supermassive black holes that emit light across the entire light spectrum in jets that are trillions of times more energetic than the light that can be seen by the human eye—all pointing directly toward our planet. The jets go into overdrive, flaring up, as the black hole consumes matter that is drawn by gravity into their vicinity. Markarian 421 hadn’t shown much life since a flare-up back in 1996, thus there was no expectation that anything new was about to happen.But just as researchers around the world had trained various types of telescopes (from gamma ray to visible light spectrum) at Markarian 421, the blazer began emitting more gamma rays than has ever been witnessed before, giving those at the APS meeting a lot to talk about. The general consensus was that the event was both unprecedented and spectacular, leaving those studying it in awe.The program to study the active galaxy was aimed at attempting to better understand how such huge amounts of gamma rays can be created by the black holes. To that end, researchers were undertaking a project to study the galaxy across a broad range of light—the flare-up has given those working on the study much more to look at than any of them had imagined. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Transforming galaxiescenter_img Explore further Citation: Astronomers amazed at timing of Markarian 421 ‘blazer’ (2013, April 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-astronomers-amazed-markarian-blazer.html © 2013 Phys.orglast_img read more

We are not afraid to experiment

first_imgWhere does the name of your band come from? When the band started off, each one of us had a different musical background in-terms of the genre. So, it was more like a wave or a frequency. Guitarist was fond of Blues and Jazz, the Bassist was into Alternative rock and the vocalist into Metal. Hence, we thought it’s like a frequency: high and low. Hence the band name.Tell us about how you guys started off…Frequency started off as a school band, studying, playing and learning together. After school hours, we used to practice and then leave for our tuition together. After we got done with our schooling, the band went through a lot of lineup changes. Hence, we recruited new members and did not end the journey there. Now, Kushal Thapa is the only founding member in the band. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What is your original brand of music? Do you guys have a signature sound? The band was formed while having a picture of a band that can produce Electronic/Experimental sound with heavy guitar riffs and groovy bass lines, equally supported by heavy vocals. We still have the same sound, however we are not afraid of experiments that we do with our music, either live or in the studio.Tell us about the initial years after kick-off till how it has been thus far Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe journey has been full of memories to be honest! Our band was formed in September 2006 and now its 2013. So we’ve been in the circuit for nearly 7 years now. We are lucky to have such an  audience who has stood by us over the years and always encouraged us to make good music. We got our first major recognition at Channel [V] Launchpad 2007 when we landed up as the top four finalists. This high was carried forward by Sandeep Chowta, a well known music producer from Bollywood, who offered us for a deal to make music for him. Top all of that with a kitty full of gigs that we’ve done in India. So, to summarize all of it, in these 7 years, we’ve seen and learnt a lot. And, we thank each and every person, who’s been a part of the Frequency family. How does it feel to perform with three other bands? It was a great experience for us to play with such awesomely talented musicians. They knew their instruments. The great crowd interaction led these bands to deliver a successful show.What plans for 2013? We are planning to launch our 4 Track EP this month followed by a major cities’ tour in order to promote our newly written material and simultaneously work in our studio for our full length album, that we plan to launch by the end of this year.What got you to take part in Metanoia and how do you see this working for you?After the success of Pandemonium, Cacophony Networks approached us for this show and we couldn’t say no to them. Considering the show lineup, we pulled up our socks and were ready to deliver a gig full of excitement and fun.last_img read more

Capital hit by football madness

first_imgThough cricket seems to have become our national sport, no Indian can entirely ignore football. School and college boys playing a fun game of football come rain or angry sun. Football is an adrenaline fuelled sport and the age old rivalries of East Bengal and Mohan Bagan or Brazil versus the rest of the world is legendary for football lovers. And thanks to the extensive sports coverage, footballs clubs from across oceans have found loyal fans in India. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Something closer to home, Noida witnessed a high-energy football tournament on 24 August. Nine spirited teams from various Bengali associations across Delhi and Noida clashed in the Pushpa Saha Memorial One Day and Night Football Tournament held at Kali Bari Ground, Sector 26, Noida. Aniel Kuumar Saha, CMD of SAHA Groupe, who is an ardent follower and supporter of the sport himself, sponsored the exciting event.The tournament was played with much vigour and enthusiasm by the teams to promote football, a game close to every Bengali’s heart. Anadi Barua, a former Indian international football player and the present coach of Indian women’s football team and India’s football team selector, graced the occasion as a distinguished guest. The games began at 3 pm and continued with rousing cheers for the competing teams till late night. The tournament was organised by the Noida Bengali Cultural Association.last_img read more

Means to what end

first_imgRemember that time in Delhi when over a good few days Anna Hazare held sway over Jantar Mantar? Slogans flew thick and fast, voices were raised, the aam aadmi wanted their rights and how. Then there was another side of the ‘I am Anna’ movement, the crazy bikers who roamed city streets, driving at break-neck speeds, scaring pedestrians and other drivers. I remember the latter more clearly and thus Hazare and his team, his antics or his ideology, never really fascinated me. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’While Satyagraha is a movie based on current times, basing the entire movie on what we have seen at India Gate and Jantar Mantar over the last two years kills it somewhat. Based in Ambikapur, the story of Satyagraha revolves around Dwarka Anand (Bachchan), whose honest-engineer son Akhilesh gets murdered (perhaps a reference to the slain NHAI project director Satyendra Dubey); as is the fate of whistleblowers. The government offers compensation to his wife Sumitra (Amrita Rao) which she just cannot get her hands on. Then there is the slimy neta Balram Singh (Manoj Bajpayee) who plays all the cards to his advantage. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAnand slaps a government official and gets jailed. His son’s friend Maanav (Ajay Devgn) joins hands with local leader Arjun Singh (Arjun Rampal) along with feisty journalist Yasmin (Kareena Kapoor) to get him out. And the battle begins. While Jha plays it safe by picking actors he has worked with before, we have to give it to the director – he knows how to make them work to his advantage. While Rampal comes across a tad bit flimsy in his role, Kareena flits in and out of her role of a journalist. Devgn and Bachchan steal the show. The ravaged, tired face of Dwarka Anand stays in your mind. Devgn’s character, which doesn’t seem to be modeled on Arvind Kejriwal’s, is one character that holds promise but unfortunately Jha does not flesh him out.The movie works because it takes a relevant argument, thought and action plan to the silver screen. It leaves you disappointed as you are constantly reminded of the Anna Hazare-Kejriwal split and the broom wielding Aam Aadmi Party, the impending 2014 polls and just want to walk out. Satyagraha doesn’t work because Jha should know better than to make it all so black and white.last_img read more

Going above beyond

first_imgRemember the song Sun and Moon? The lyrics went a bit like, “…I’m sorry baby you were the sun and moon to me, I’ll never get over you, you’ll never get over me…” – yes. Those guys. That’s exactly how I heard some friends discuss Above & Beyond. Let’s get a little in deep: these guys have released three studio albums, two remix albums, one side-project album. Their own two labels – Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep, and are among the most respected imprints in the global dance music scene and have released some 23 Above & Beyond albums and compilations in the last 12 years. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’There have been dozens (and dozens) of singles and mix albums and offshoot projects, all snapped up by a devoted worldwide fan base that has happily, passionately followed this London-based electronic trio since their formation in 2000. Phew. We spoke to Tony McGuinness about their next album and much more. Read on…How did Above and Beyond come together? What started it all?We came together to do a remix for Warner Brothers – Chakra Home. We were all doing other things at the time but the remix was very successful and pretty soon Above & Beyond became the main thing for all three of us. The name came from a guy in the States called Jono Grant who was a motivational trainer – “Above & Beyond” was his tag line. Our own Jono had found his web site and printed the front page out and stuck it on his bedroom wall. When we’d finished the mix we needed a name and it just jumped out at us. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix How easy (or difficult) was it for Above and Beyond to make a mark in the music scene?It’s hard to know what things we’ve done have had the biggest impact since we’ve never stopped making music and touring, but we’ve had some amazing opportunities and, thus far at least, have risen to the challenge of doing something great when we’ve had the chance. Our first remix was of a club classic that, even though we were unknown, became the lead remix on the package and went to number one in the club chart. Our remix for Madonna was on spec, but she loved it so much she made the video to our mix instead of the Radio edit. We got the chance to do an Essential Mix for Radio 1 in 2004 and the mix won Essential Mix of the year. And our first album, Tri-State, got great reviews across the board. So we’ve had some great bits of luck to get some great breaks but we’ve made sure we do a great job when we do. In addition, what we do, which is act like a band and write songs about our real life, sets us apart from almost all our peers, who usually draft in external singer/songwriters. That doesn’t really result in any consistency or connection.Who and what influences you and your music? Who are your favourite musicians?We each have quite different tastes in music outside of what we make together and sign to the label, which keeps our music very diverse and, hopefully, rich in context. Personally I love singer songwriters like Damien Rice, unique singers like Goldfrapp, FKA Twigs and Kate Bush, bands like Kings of Convenience, Blonde Redhead, Royksopp and War on Drugs and electronic producers from Joris Voorn to Seven Lions. Paavo is especially keen on soundtracks, Jono loves a lot of 80s pop like the Pet Shop Boys.Tell us about your favourite tracks? If you could pick one track from your repertoire to go down in history (over the others) which one would that be?Hmm, it always used to be Tranquility Base Razorfish, but I’d probably pick Thing Called Love or Sun & Moon as they seem to have a life of their own, even now. But the new album is just out and there are lots of great tracks on there just bedding in, so let’s see how it feels a year from now. How has Above and Beyond witnessed the change in the music scene from the time you started to now?We started just as trance music was losing its pop credibility and moving underground, so we’ve always eschewed pop music, per se. But recently a lot of pop EDM has created an explosion in public interest in the scene and whilst we haven’t been deflected by that and remain outside it in many ways, it has provided a lot of oxygen to the scene and we’ve certainly benefitted from that. If you could change one thing about the music industry right now – what would that be?The idea that musicians should not get paid fairly for the work they do is ridiculous and the slow but severe eroding in revenues for recorded music is hurting everyone without the means to support themselves in other ways, like DJing. That sucks.If you could change one thing about the world with your music – what would that be?The internet promised a more connected world and in the music business it delivers that emphatically. But politi cally it seems to be dividing us, extreme views which would have dwindled in a locally connected society gain weight in an interconnected world in a way nobody foresaw. Now anyone with a crazy way of seeing things can find people who share those views in another country, which in turn gives validity to the extreme views. The world is more and more divided by issues of ‘race’ and religion and bigotry is rife. As touring DJs we see things differently. We travel to countries that have supposedly different world views and find that people, on the whole, are all the same. We’ve done shows in the same weekend to countries who remain violently opposed and found the same reaction to our music, the same hopes and fears, dreams and aspirations in the people. It’s one planet, we’re one human race and the sooner we realise that the better things will get. What’s next for Above and Beyond?We’re touring the world in support of our new album We Are All We Need, including our biggest ever US tour – six weeks of high intensity touring to over 100,000 people. Then we have a sold out UK tour to look forward to in April. Tell us about the top five songs on your playlist right now. Our new single is called All Over The World and it’s about a broken father/son relationship, illustrated perfectly by the video which is based on Catch Me If You Can. The next single from the album will be Peace of Mind. There’s an extraordinary new single from Andrew Bayer and Asbjorn, a new Danish singer we’ve hooked him up with. It’s called Superhuman and it’s fabulous. Our recent remix Salva Mea is going off in our sets, we’re super proud of that one. All That Matters by Kolsch feat Troels Abramsen is a particular favourite, it’s a beautiful song and the production.last_img read more

Intertwining IndoAfrican dreams

first_imgIndia and Africa are intertwined by their history of freedom struggles against their colonial rulers, as also by their future, pursuing similar developmental strategies to bring prosperity to their citizens. Underlying our strong political relationship are common political perspectives on issues like terrorism, security of ocean routes, larger geopolitical role for developing countries and convergence of interests on climate change. Equally important, the synergy of our economic relations is bolstered by the natural economic complementarity of our respective comparative advantages, the raison d’etre  of  mutually beneficial trade among equals, generating most optimal “Win-Win” options for both of us. Also Read – FM favours cess over additional tax for compensating statesIn fact, the Indian developmental model, especially post-liberalisation of 1991, predicated on large scale public investments in critical infrastructure, followed by domestic entrepreneurial initiatives in consumer goods and services, in a democratic setting, is proving to be a sustainable option and role model for many African countries. India needs immense natural resources to lift its teeming millions out of poverty. We need metals, minerals, coal, oil and gas, to build cities and run industries. Africa needs technology and investments, to leverage their natural resources, but on equal and fair terms, which India offers. Indian technology is “Triple A”, – “Appropriate, Affordable and Adaptable”, which is best for Africa.  Also Read – Indian eves lose to NZ in four-nation series openerThe Continent with the youngest population needs capacity building of its manpower, which Indian companies do well. For instance, the African infrastructure in the hinterland is being built by project companies like OIA, involving construction of thousands of kilometres of electricity transmission and distribution and rural electrification lines or hundreds of kilometres of water pipelines or massive agro-processing plants. We engage local firms and manpower to execute an increasing proportion of the jobs, as they pick up expertise working with us on various projects.  The transfer of knowhow to local partners makes perfect business sense for Indian private sector players, since localisation progressively reduces costs of execution. Significantly, the infrastructure built by Indian firms is changing the face of African economies, since it is not aimed at extracting their natural wealth but linking up with their people, lighting up homes and energising industries and magnifying African agricultural productivity. When the top African leaders arrive in October, Modi is sure to make India-Africa development combination unparalleled and unbeatable.last_img read more

How jogging helps you stay sharp

first_imgExercise can enhance the development of new brain cells that play an important role in learning and memory of adults, new research has found.The process of developing new brain cells in the adult brain is called adult neurogenesis, the scientists explained.The researchers found that mice that spent time running on wheels not only developed twice the normal number of new neurons, but also showed an increased ability to distinguish new objects from familiar objects.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Our research indicates that exercise-induced increase in neurogenesis improves pattern separation by supporting unique and detailed long-term representations of similar but nevertheless different memory items,” explained lead investigator Josef Bischofberger, professor at University of Basel in Switzerland.“Pattern separation is involved in many memory tasks of everyday life. For example, when learning the game of chess, it is critically important to remember the different shapes of pieces like the pawn and bishop,” Bischofberger explained. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixFor the study, the researchers tested two groups of mice that were housed either without (sedentary) or with running wheels (voluntarily running) using a novel object recognition task to assess learning and long-term memory. The researchers found that whereas distinct objects were remembered and recognized by both cohorts of mice, only the running mice could faithfully distinguish similar looking objects. Investigators determined therefore that the running mice had developed better pattern separation capabilities than sedentary mice.The study was published in the journal of Brain Plasticity.last_img read more

A selfless guardian Cop donates entire salary every month to school for

first_imgKolkata: Time and money may be vital things for everyone but things are different for a traffic constable of Kolkata Police. In a startling display of selflessness, Arup Mukherjee, traffic constable in the South Traffic Guard, has spent all his savings to set up a school for the children of the extremely backward ‘Sabar’ tribe in Purulia.Mukherjee started his efforts towards setting up the school at Puncha village in Purulia in 2010. He even obtained loans from various organisations for the same. In 2011, the school started its journey on November 13. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to Mukherjee, he had a hidden desire to do something for the Sabars since his childhood. “I used to hear that Sabars are antisocial elements. They had a criminal instinct within them. If any incident such as theft or snatching was committed, my grandfather used to say the Sabars were behind it.”Mukherjee informed that his grandfather had once told him that the Sabars were that way due to lack of proper education and sufficient income for a decent livelihood. Since then, Mukherjee was determined that he would build a school and educate the Sabar children to give them better life. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe joined Kolkata Police as a constable in 1999. Since then, he used to save money for his dream. In 2011, the school started with 20 Sabar children, which has increased to 112students in 2018. At present, the school houses students up to Class IV with boarding facility.”Till date we have not received any government help. The school is running with contributions from some people. I myself contribute my entire salary every month for the school,” Mukherjee added. When asked how his family makes ends meet, Mukherjee replied with a smile: “My father retired as a sub-inspector from West Bengal Police. He happily spends his pension for us.” Mukherjee also informed that all of his family members feel proud of him despite all odds.After running the school for a few years, help arrived at the doorstep. Some students of the 1985 batch of Ramkrishna Mission Vidyapith, Purulia, heard about the school. Later, they contacted Mukherjee and since the last two years, a team of approximately 45 members have been constantly helping him run the school.Sanjay Tripathi, owner of a publication house in College Street, Kolkata, is one the members of the group. According to him, the school needs more help to survive in future.”We got information approximately two years ago. Then some of us went there to see exactly what was going on. Later, we decided that we must help the school. If some government help is offered, it would be very easy to secure the future of the Sabar children,” he said.Another person who still remains behind the curtain is Khirod Sashi Mukherjee, a resident of Puncha. Hearing Mukherjee’s desire, Khirod had donated approximately 12 cottahs of land to build the school and hostel.last_img read more

This Puja Park Street to come alive in all its glory

first_imgKolkata: The only street in the world renamed after ‘St Teresa of Calcutta’ has been decorated during Durga Puja.It may be mentioned that during the Puja, lakhs of people throng Mother Teresa Sarani, popularly known as Park Street, because of the famous eateries and the ambience.The place happens to be one of the favourite destinations of people in midst of pandal hopping. Park Street becomes the first choice of many while eating out during the puja days with their near and dear ones. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeFor the first time ever in the city’s history, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had taken the step to decorate Park Street during different festivals. During Christmas, the place gets illuminated in resplendent shades.Similarly, during Durga Puja as well, initiative has been taken to decorate the place and lights have been put up across the street.There are permanent iron structures across the road on which lighting arrangements are put up, giving a new look to Park Street. It may be mentioned that the state government has taken several steps to attract foreign tourists to Bengal and thousands of foreign tourists, who visit Kolkata, like to go to Park Street at least once for its never-endingstreet food collection. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe state government also organises Durga Puja immersion carnival every year and it takes place on Red Road, situated close to Park Street. The immersion carnival attracts tourists from different parts of the country and abroad as well. This year, the carnival will be held on October 23 in which Durga idols of famous Pujas in the city and its outskirts will be passing one after the other on decorated tableaus.Thousands of people gather along Red Road to get a glimpse of the extravagant carnival and people from different parts of the world too visit Red Road for the same.last_img read more

Police chart out measures to implement SC cracker ban

first_imgKolkata: The police are gearing up to prevent the use of banned firecrackers in the state. According to sources, both Kolkata Police and the West Bengal Police are getting ready to keep a strict vigil during the two-day festival across the state.On Monday, the Supreme Court directed the state governments to arrange for extensive public awareness campaigns to inform people about the harmful effects of firecrackers. The Apex Court also clearly mentioned that on Diwali or any other festivals when firecrackers are being used, it would strictly be restricted between 8 pm and 10 pm. In the case of New Year celebrations, the time has been restricted from 11:55 pm to 12:30 am. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeWhile directing the administration, Justice A K Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan mentioned that the police will ensure that no banned firecracker sales take place and will also look after that the time limit is not flouted. The major direction to the police is that if any violation of the order is found then the Officer-in-Charge (OC) or the Station House Officer (SHO) of the concerned police station will be held personally liable and would face proceedings. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedKeeping these points in mind, the police across the state are preparing themselves to comply with the Apex Court order. Sources informed that Kolkata Police have already started gathering information about firecracker factories from the surrounding areas, especially in South 24-Parganas. Senior officials are also mulling to initiate a special raid few days before the Kali Puja to ensure that no banned firecrackers are brought into the city. Apart from Kolkata Police, Bidhannagar Police are also ensuring stringent action against the law violators. Deputy Commissioner (Headquarters) Amit Javalgi said: “We will publicise the court order through media before Diwali. If any complaint comes, we will definitely intervene. We will strictly enforce the timings. Drive against illegal firecracker manufacturing and storing will commence soon.” Meanwhile, the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) welcomed the Supreme Court’s order which permitted the sale and manufacture of low emission “green” firecrackers countrywide but fixed a two-hour time period on Diwali and other festivals. According to reports, the Board had already put in force a mechanism to stop the supply and sale of firecrackers beyond permissible decibel sound limits (90 decibel) since the past couple of years.last_img read more

5 students injured after WBTC bus collides with school bus

first_imgKolkata: A West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC) bus collided with a school bus under Kankurgachi rail bridge on Wednesday morning injuring five students less than 13 years of age. All of them were rushed to ESI Hospital near the HUDCO crossing where the doctors treated and discharged them.According to police sources, an empty WBTC bus that was being used for Gangasagar pilgrims was headed towards Maniktala from Kankurgachi. At the same time, a school bus full of students of a private English-medium school in the Ruby Park area was also headed towards Kankurgachi. Under Kankurgachi rail bridge, the WBTC bus hit the right portion of the school bus as a result of which five students fell inside the bus and got injured. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalOn-duty traffic police personnel rushed to the spot and evacuated the students. With assistance from locals, police rushed the injured students to ESI hospital. Meanwhile, the school authority was informed and another bus was arranged. After a while, the other school bus arrived and picked up the other students and dropped them at school. They were all taken for a check-up to a local hospital but none was found to be injured. Later, police seized both the buses and detained the drivers. Both the buses were removed to Phoolbagan police station. A case against the offending WBTC bus driver was initiated on charges of rash driving or riding on a public way (279 IPC) and causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others (338 IPC).last_img read more

2019 Lok Sabha elections Party representatives meet EC officials

first_imgKolkata: Representatives from various political parties on Monday met senior officials of the Election Commission of India (ECI) in the state raising various issues related to the process of conducting the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.Senior Trinamool Congress leaders including Partha Chatterjee and Subrata Bakshi brought to the notice of the Chief Electoral Officer a number of concerns. They have demanded that the ECI must inform them about the total number of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails (VVPATs) which will be used during the seven-phase elections in the state. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe TMC leaders also wanted to know from the ECI officials as to in what type of media publications the candidates should publish their affidavits. It was not clearly mentioned in the ECI notification if a candidate has to publish his/her affidavit in national or regional newspapers. It was said that the candidates must publish the affidavits containing criminal antecedents, assets, liabilities, dependents, educational qualifications of candidates and the like in both print and electronic media. In the notification, it has been made mandatory that the candidates must publish their details in the media. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataChatterjee told reporters: “In some instances, there is a gap of 14 to 20 days and polling is being held in just two constituencies. Why has this happened? We have raised the issue with the EC officials.” In pursuance of a judgment of the Supreme Court, the ECI has made it mandatory for all candidates contesting the Lok Sabha elections to file an affidavit along with the nomination paper and the candidates are required to fill up all the columns. If any column in the affidavit is left blank, the Returning Officer will issue a notice to the candidate to submit a fresh one, duly filling up all columns. After meeting the election officials at the CEO office, Partha Chatterjee said that the polls will be conducted in seven phases. There are some religious rituals of a particular community in May as a result of which voters belonging to that community may face problems. He also added that his party has nothing to worry about as people in the state have witnessed the development works carried out by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her set of ministers. The number of total days allotted for the campaign by the candidates contesting the elections in various phases is different from one phase to another, Chatterjee pointed out. All the Opposition parties in the state — Congress, BJP and CPI-M leaders who met the ECI officials stated that the hoardings and posters carrying the photographs of TMC leaders at various places have not been removed yet. They also urged the ECI officials to ensure that all voters can safely reach their polling stations without any fear. The ECI officials assured them that all their demands would be looked into.last_img read more

WB entertainment industry gets new BJPbacked organisation

first_imgKolkata: Aiming to make the Bengali film and television industry an organised sector and ensuring equal rights for all, a new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-backed organisation has been launched here. The Eastern India Motion Pictures and Cultural Confederation (EIMPCC) was launched on Saturday evening in the presence of West Bengal BJP President and Vice President Dilip Ghosh and Jaiprakash Majumdaar, respuectively. However, eminent designer Agnimitra Paul, who recently joined the BJP and was appointed as the President of the newly formed body, stressed on the apolitical nature of the organisation. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata “This platform belongs to everyone working in the cultural fields including films, television, theatre and so on. There will be no interference and be assured that all problems in the entertainment industry will be dealt with. If needed, the matters will be taken to Delhi,” Ghosh said before a gathering of hundreds of artists and technicians. Stressing on the EIMPCC’s focus on genuine talents, Paul said: “Talented artists are not getting work till they are becoming ‘yes-men’ while many are getting opportunities due to political connections. But our organisation is completely apolitical. We won’t give work to people, but will stand by them in times of need”. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Without naming the Trinamool Congress, she said currently “there wass a lot of interference from a political party” and on many occasions filmmakers are instructed to take particular artists they recommend. Paul condemned the current practices of the industry where “there is no liberty”. She mentioned that she will see to the issues of non-payment, shutting down of single screens and so on. “I repeat that we have no colour and many political parties have endorsed our work, seeing our honesty and integrity towards our work.” It is the organisation’s aim to see that the members of the industry get benefits like health insurance, extra payment for over time and provident fund, Paul added. Director Sanghamitra Chaudhuri, who is the vice Chairperson of EIMPCC, said it should be a collective fight against corrupt practices. Actor George Baker, one of the two nominated Anglo-Indian members of the Lok Sabha, became nostalgic while vouching for unity among the artists and technicians. He said everyone working in front and behind the camera should get their due respect. Trinamool leaders Aroop Biswas and his brother Swarup Biswas hold key positions in existing bodies Eastern India Motion Pictures Association (EIMPA) and the Federation of Cine Technicians and Workers of Eastern India (FCTWEI). Speaking on the occasion, Jaiprakash Majumdaar said their party wants a change and bring back the halycon days of the Bengali film industry which has been enriched by the creations of legendary directors like Mrinal Sen and Satyajit Ray. He said that they will see to end of the dominance of Biswas brothers. Negating Trinamool’s allegations against the BJP for politicising the entertainment industry, Paul said: “We are trying to break the existing political practices here and BJP leaders like Dilip Ghosh, Jaiprakash Majumdaar have endorsed us and rendered their support.”last_img read more

Wellness guide to quit smoking drinking

first_imgMost lifestyle advice tells you to give that glass of wine or cigarette a miss. Serving as a reminder, a new book on healthy living reiterates the advice we know too well, topped off with practical tips that finally help you say ‘No. ‘Live Well To 101’, a wellness guide by doctor and television presenter Dawn Harper, lists useful tips to quit smoking and drinking: Cigarettes don’t contain just nicotine but a range of toxic, carcinogenic chemicals you wouldn’t want near your body. Next time you reach for a cigarette that looks quite appealing, imagine yourself licking tarmac or chewing on rubber cement. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIf you get the opportunity to talk to a smoker who has developed diseases as a result of smoking, knowing their stories might help put off your habit. To quit, go public! Telling everyone will keep you motivated. Also put aside cigarette money for something special. It’s easier never to start than it is to quit. Spread the message. Don’t wait for warning signs. They may not come. Be honest with yourself about your consumption and start putting in dry days in your diary. Recognise your triggers and work on them. For instance, if you reach for the bottle when your kids are asleep, find ways to keep yourself occupied and not be tempted.last_img read more

The Epic Female Warrior who Trained the Heroes of Irish Mythology

first_imgThere are many Celtic, Gaelic, and Irish myths and legends that many consider to be based on real people and real events; King Arthur and Cú Chulainn are just two such figures. Some, like these two, are very well known, and others, like the legendary figure of Scáthach, are more mysterious, even if no less formidable.Scáthach (also referred to in Gaelic as Sgàthach or Sgathaich) is a female figure from Irish mythology, particularly of the Ulster Cycle – one of four large series of Irish mythologies. She is believed to have originated (or even lived) around 200 BC.Isle of Skye, ScotlandShe is of Scottish origin and is commonly associated with the Isle of Skye, the largest and most northerly island in the Inner Hebrides.The island has been occupied since the Mesolithic era, and it is teeming with Scottish history, both of the actual and mythological kind.In some accounts, she is referred to as the daughter of the King of Scythia, which made up parts of Eastern Europe and Asia.Scythia et Serica, 18th century map.It is said that Scáthach was a martial arts teacher, responsible for training the warrior Cú Chulainn, as noted in the Tochmarc Emire, or “The Wooing of Emer,” which is an early Irish story in which Cú Chulainn performs several tasks to prove that he is good enough to marry Emer, the daughter of a chieftain by the name of Forgall Monach.Illustration of Cuchulainn and Emer by Harold Robert Millar, published in Celtic Myth and Legend by Charles Squire (1905)He first receives training from the warrior Domnall, and is later sent to Scáthach for more training in order to demonstrate his worthiness of Emer’s hand. However, Forgall was hoping that Cú Chulainn would die during this training, as Scáthach’s combat arms education was well known for being incredibly intense.It is at Dún Scáith, the Fortress of Shadows, where she trained Cú Chulainn and his friend Ferdiad, as well as many others, in armed combat. She is said to have created her own weapon, a Gáe Bulg (literally “spear of mortal death/pain”), which was a type of harpoon spear with a barbed end.“Cuchulain in Battle”, illustration by J. C. Leyendecker in T. W. Rolleston’s Myths & Legends of the Celtic Race, 1911It was apparently made from the bone of a sea monster called the Coinchenn, and was a nasty weapon, according to the Book of Leinster: “The Gáe Bulg had to be made ready for use on a stream and cast from the fork of the toes. It entered a man’s body with a single wound, like a javelin, then opened into thirty barbs. Only by cutting away the flesh could it be taken from that man’s body.”Scáthach saw great potential in Cú Chulainn and trained him for a year. He then fought alongside her when she battled a neighboring chieftain named Aife (or Aoife) – who also happened to be Scáthach’s sister.“Cuchulainn Carries Ferdiad Across the River”, illustration by Ernest Wallcousins from Charles Squire, Celtic Myths and Legends, 1905Together with the use of the Gáe Bulg, Scáthach is also said to have educated many other Celtic mythological heroes in things like pole vaulting, in order to jump over the walls of fortifications, and underwater combat.In addition to being a fierce female warrior and teacher, Scáthach is also believed to have been a prophetess and powerful sorceress. She eventually evolved into one of the most popular figures of the “otherworld” as the Celtic Goddess of the Dead, leading those who perished in battle to Tír na nÓg, or the Land of Eternal Youth.Read another story from us: The Legend of the Handless Warrior who Replaced his Limbs with KnivesHer stories were passed down orally, as is common for many mythologies, until around 1300 AD when they were written down. In 2016, a character loosely based on Scáthach appeared in the television series American Horror Story: Roanoke, and was portrayed by Lady Gaga. She also features in the origin story for Red Sonja in which she appears to a 17-year-old girl seeking revenge for the murder of her family.last_img read more

Viking Graffiti – Personalized Messages Left all over Europe

first_imgViking graffiti was a popular pastime for weary Norseman. A kind of marking of the territory they thought was theirs. Look around at almost any modern day city and you’ll see the same thing. They all tend to have one thing in common: graffiti. In its finest form, street art can be quite beautiful and artistic, but at a base level, it often amounts to little more than scrawlings, doodles, and rude messages written in spray paint or marker pens in public places. We tend to think of graffiti as a modern phenomenon, but when we look back through history, we can find all kinds of examples of past societies and ancient individuals making their mark on the world in some very similar ways. Even the Vikings were guilty of a little graffiti from time to time, with some of their “works” still visible to this day.Detail of Viking runes inside Maeshowe. Photo by Bengt A Lundberg / Riksantikvarieämbetet CC BY 2.5As revealed by Orkneyjar, many examples of Viking graffiti were found at a place called Maeshowe. Known in Old Norse as Orkhaugr, Maeshowe is a Neolithic cairn located on the island of Mainland in Scotland’s Orkney Islands.Historians estimate that Maeshowe was built around 2800 BC. It’s one of the biggest tombs in all of Orkney and the monuments around it have been classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999.Maeshowe. Part of an inscription that reads: “Arnfinn, Sten’s son, carved these runes”. Photo by Bengt A Lundberg / Riksantikvarieämbetet CC BY 2.5Maeshowe was first excavated in 1861 by James Farrer, but when his team tried to make their way inside, they found the main entrance way was blocked off. They had to dig their own shaft right down into the top of the mound. When they got inside, they made a startling discovery — they weren’t the first explorers to enter this ancient resting place.Viking graffiti, Maeshowe, Orkney Islands, Scotland. Photo by Bengt A Lundberg / Riksantikvarieämbetet CC BY 2.5The archaeologists saw that the walls all around them were covered in markings which, upon closer inspection, were identified as Viking runes. The messages they had to share weren’t all that different from the kinds of graffiti we see today, with inscriptions including things like “Ingigerth is the most beautiful of all women” and “Thatir the weary Viking came here.”Maeshowe. Photo by Bengt A Lundberg / Riksantikvarieämbetet CC BY 2.5The story goes that more than eight centuries prior to Farrer’s excavation of Maeshowe, a group of Viking warriors had entered the old cairn to take refuge from a perilous blizzard outside. The leader of the group was an Earl of Orkney named Harald Maddadsson, who was traveling from Stromness to Firth at the time with his men.The Orkneyinga Saga relates the tale of another Viking leader, Earl Rognvald Kali, and his own group who also stopped off in Maeshowe. Both of these groups decided to leave their mark on the walls by carving runic messages into the stone, in much the same way as modern people write their names and little random messages wherever they go.12th century runes carved inside the cairn. Photo by Islandhopper CC BY 2.5Interestingly, according to Orkneyjar, some of the messages spoke of treasure. One example read “Is to me said that treasure is here hidden very well.” There have been rumors dating back centuries about the existence of hidden treasure at Maeshowe, but no light has ever really been shed on this mystery.Another message stated “In the northwest, great treasure is hidden”, suggesting that perhaps the treasure, or another kind of treasure, could be found elsewhere.The “Halfdan inscription” in Hagia Sophia. Photo by Hermann Junghans CC BY-SA 3.0 deAround 30 runic inscriptions were found at Maeshowe, which is one of the biggest finds of this kind in all of Europe, but Vikings and their graffiti has been found elsewhere as well. Another classic example, as shared by The National Museum of Denmark, is at the world famous Hagia Sophia mosque in Turkey.Read another story from us: The Technology which Allowed the Vikings to Rule the SeasA couple of Vikings apparently visited the mosque and wrote their names in runes on one of the walls. The names Halvdan and Are can be made out in the runes.last_img read more

Drew Brees is still capable of carrying the Saints

first_imgDrew Brees is still capable of carrying the SaintsThe Saints got a huge playoff win against Carolina, and even though the vaunted New Orleans rushing attack was completely shut down, Drew Brees put the team on his back to get the win.Even though Brees didn’t have anywhere close to the eye-popping stats he’s posted in year’s past due to the Saints newfound offensive balance, Colin thinks Brees showed he’s still a franchise quarterback because when everything else isn’t working, he can still put the team on his back. LaVar Ball’s Luke Walton comments are news, even if Rick Carlisle doesn’t like itLaVar Ball is never shy about spouting off when there’s media around, and this weekend he made news when he said Lakers head coach Luke Walton had lost the locker room and his players no longer wanted to play with him.Mavericks head coached lashed out at ESPN and other media for covering Ball’s comments, but Colin doesn’t agree. He thinks that LaVar Ball is mostly a loud mouth, and much of what he says is ridiculous, but when the father of a noteworthy professional athlete comments on the state of his team, it’s going to be news. Based on other reports from journalists covering the slumping team, Ball isn’t that far off.Guests: Greg Jennings – FS1 NFL Analyst is in-studio talking NFL Wild Card games; Saints balance; and another Chiefs playoff loss.Peter King – Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The MMQB is in studio discussing his conversation with Robert Kraft about Seth Wickersham’s article; if Drew Brees is as good as ever; and if Andy ReidJim Mora – Former UCLA and NFL coach is in-studio discussing NFL Playoffs; why Patriots drama doesn’t surprise him; his experience watching Drew Brees prepare; and his CFB Championship Game pick.last_img read more

Colins Top 10 NFL Fanbases

first_imgCleveland Browns fans were recently named the best NFL fan base in a Twitter poll, and Colin thinks, like most things on Twitter, it’s not representative of reality. Unlike most of the national media, he isn’t buying tickets to the Browns Super Bowl parade after they added Odell Beckham, and he won’t be winning over any more points after releasing his own list of the Top 10 NFL fanbases.Cleveland didn’t even crack Colin’s Top 10, using loyalty, total size, consistent support and impact on the game to rank the fanbases. And if that won’t spike the Lake Eerie Twitter hate enough, he ranked the despised Steelers as the #1 overall fanbase because of their massive national following, consistent attendance, and travel to away games.Here’s the entire list:SteelersPackersEagles Broncos CowboysChiefs SaintsSeahawksBearsBills  Advertisement Watch Colin explain why your team made the cut, or why they missed out here. Surely you will all agree with his ranking of your team:last_img read more

Do This to Prevent Cybercrime and Save Your Business from Disaster

first_img Not long ago, I heard FBI Director James Comey say, “There are two kinds of big companies in the United States. There are those who’ve been hacked … and those who don’t know they’ve been hacked.” I took note and quietly patted myself on the back, knowing I’d taken precautions and thinking we were ahead of the game on this one. But then I got the call every CEO dreads. It was a panicked employee who was about to send a screenshot of something they’d just seen on our intern’s computer. “You have 96 hours to pay a ransom or your data will be permanently locked,” the email read. Related: 3 Lessons From Sony Pictures Cautionary TaleFortunately for us, we had a cyber-incident response plan already in place, and I immediately put the plan into motion. As a result, we prevented calamity. Policy, process and practices were what saved us from an embarrassing and debilitating breach.We got lucky. Putting a number to all of those victimized by cybercrime is difficult — if not impossible — but news headlines ranging from the Home Depot, Apple iCloud and Anthem breaches make it clear: This can happen to anyone.Cybercrime trendsThere’s a new risk every day. As quickly as technology grows and changes, so do the threats. Even if you think you’re not at risk because you don’t store consumer data, realize that hackers may target you to access larger businesses you deal with through portals or electronic data exchanges.Threats are not just consumer data or intellectual property. Everything is interconnected. If hackers access the plans to one component, it may be interchangeable and create vulnerabilities in other processes, divisions, intranets or extranets.Threats aren’t limited to consumer data. Foreign powers and those willing to sell to the highest bidder can cause U.S. businesses to lose a competitive advantage on the global stage anytime a breach occurs.Cybercrime prevention is now considered a cost of doing businessCyber attacks are not a matter of “if” but “when.” Cybercrime needs to be viewed as any other business risk, and the investment in cyber security cannot be negligible. According to a 2014 Hewlett Packard study, the average annualized cost incurred per attack was $12.7 million, with a range of $1.6 million to $61 million. For protection, experts suggest developing a cyber-audit committee with a multifunctional and multidisciplinary plan of action.Related: Why Your Password is Hackerbait Responding to an attack will require action from not only the IT department but from public relations, social media and customer service. A company has a very short window of time in which to inform customers of the breach. Do you know yours?Risks aren’t limited to a particular industry or a specific size of business. The profile of a cyber attacker may vary, but can be associated with organized crime, terrorists, nation states, internal threats or disgruntled employees and ransom attacks.For international businesses, the risks are expanded and may change based on region. An outside risk assessment can provide invaluable insights that an internal team may not be able to provide. Even if your business’s internal data isn’t compromised, social media accounts can be hacked and cause serious damage to your reputation.Even if you have a top-notch cyber security plan in place, human error can create some of the greatest risks for exposure — as in our case, with an intern.Protect yourselfUse long passwords. Do not use the same password for all accountsPut policies in place that require strong passwords, and require new passwords that were not previously used at regular intervalsAvoid the temptation of “free” WiFi and hotspots. These networks aren’t secure and your data can be exposedConsider encrypting all emailsDevelop a cyber-incident response plan that includes your board, legal, IT and managementCybercrime is not a problem we’re going to fix or solve. Businesses have to find a balance between the amount of resources they’re willing or able to invest in security while maintaining effectiveness in all other areas.As Bill Gates said: “Treatment without prevention is simply unsustainable.”Related: Obama Heads to Silicon Valley to Discuss Hacking Threats With CEOs March 19, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

A New Wave of HR Technology Is Disrupting the Market

first_img 4 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global There’s a pattern in the lifespan of human resources (HR) technology companies of the past two decades: they get gobbled up. The pioneering firms in HR technology from the late 1990’s to early 2000’s were mostly acquired by bigger enterprise companies in need of a few product parts. IBM acquired Kenexa, Oracle bought Taleo and SuccessFactors was acquired by SAP.With those acquisitions, founders and early employees left and innovation died. Then came the Great Recession and all investment ended. Today, industry experts like Sheeroy Desai, CEO at recruiting and HR management platform Gild, think job growth is finally hitting stride. Though some bigger players appear stagnant and still, HR tech companies are growing quickly, as hot, agile startup technologies enter the field.Related: Why You Need to Embrace the Big Data Trend in HR“In the past decade this stagnation has allowed Workday to emerge as a new disrupter,” Desai remarks, “but with almost no real competition even Workday has not brought the level of innovation that is truly needed.”“Almost every current HR function operates under 20th century principles of past practices, efficiency, risk avoidance, legal compliance, and hunch-based people management decisions,” remarks HR thought leader, Dr. John Sullivan. But, today, there is a new set of entrants who are challenging the status quo.These companies are different from their predecessors in HR technology, in that they are founded by fresh-eyed engineers and non-HR practitioners approaching technologies and processes from a consumer perspective. HR tech companies like Zenefits (now valued at $4.5 billion in just two years) in the HR benefits space, Expensify in employee reimbursements, ZenPayroll changing payroll, and Gild in the area of recruiting.Bigger, faster, better.According to the Industry Trends in Human Resources Technology and Service Delivery Survey by Information Services Group (ISG), those HR technologies succeeding are the ones where:They’ve built user interfaces that deliver a consumer-like experience and include mobile and social capabilities.Cloud technology is creating massive economies of scale for HR customers at the same time, reducing IT resource involvement.Real-time workforce visibility and flexibility allow for organizations to respond to changing market conditions.New technologies can be integrated into surrounding business processes.Related: 4 Technologies That Free HR to Work With People Instead of Just Their PaperworkHR tech is,  out of necessity, playing catch-up to marketing and operations technology advancements. Data-driven marketing predictions and decisions are made more quickly from today’s advanced big data collection and interpretation. But old-school, limited HR practitioners don’t have these same decision-making tools. It’s costing companies in employee engagement.“Instant feedback mechanisms can significantly improve engagement and motivation by consistently guiding employees in the right direction,” warns Matt Straz, founder and CEO of Namely.Meanwhile, some are suggesting that advanced predictive analytics may be the future of HR and talent management. That’s where the engineers and data crunchers come in. Better HR technology directly affects them. Think spotty expense reports or desktop-only benefit form completion. Today’s HTML5, social authentication and flat, optimized UI design is an entire toolkit of material to work with to improve legacy systems.Data shows organizations are upgrading to these new capabilities, too. While incumbent companies appear to be missing this wave, and have lost sight of the needs and pressures of their customers, fresh, new customer-engineered technologies are advancing the human resources industry.Related: 5 Ways HR Technology Can Improve Performance Reviews Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. May 21, 2015 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

An Updated List of Facebooks Algorithm Changes

first_imgNovember 23, 2017 Listen Now 15+ min read If you do Facebook marketing, one thing that you might want to understand is the Facebook algorithm.The Facebook algorithm helps make sense of the huge number of posts that people and businesses share every day and chooses the posts to show in our News Feed based on a huge number of factors.We want to help you understand how your Facebook posts get viewed on Facebook. So we’re collecting all the relevant Facebook algorithm factors, updates, and changes and placing them here in this post for easy reference.Read on, and see what goes into the complex, fascinating formulas of the Facebook News Feed.Facebook algorithm valuesUnderstanding the Facebook algorithm starts with knowing the core values that Facebook uses to guide their thinking and work. These values can give you a hint of what content will do well or not so well on Facebook.Here’s a brief summary of Facebook’s News Feed values:Friends and family come first: The main objective of the News Feed is to connect people with their friends and family. So posts from friends and family are prioritized. After those posts, Facebook found that people want their feed to inform and entertain them.A platform for all ideas: Facebook welcomes all ideas while making sure that everyone feels and is safe. They aim to deliver stories that each individual wants to see the most, based on their actions and feedback.Authentic communications: Facebook prioritizes genuine stories over misleading, sensational and spammy ones.You control your experience: Individuals know themselves best. So Facebook creates features (such as “unfollow” and “see first”) to let people customize their Facebook experience.Constant iteration: Facebook strives to constantly collect feedback and improve the platform.The overview of the Facebook algorithmSo how does Facebook decide what to show in a News Feed?Here’s a quick overview of how the Facebook News Feed works, according to Adam Mosseri, VP of Product Management for News Feed:To make it easy for you to understand the Facebook algorithm, we went through all the (known) changes that Facebook has implemented to its algorithm and came up with a list of factors that we think may determine whether your post shows up or not.Do this: The Facebook algorithm loves …Posts with lots of Likes, comments and sharesPosts that receive a high volume of Likes, comments or shares in a short timePosts that are Liked, commented on, or shared by one’s friendsLink postsPost types that one interacts with oftenPost types that users seem to prefer more than others (e.g., photo, video or status update)Videos uploaded to Facebook that receive a large number of views or extended viewing durationPosts that are timely or reference a trending topicPosts from Pages that one interacts with oftenPosts from Pages with complete profile informationPosts from Pages where the fan base overlaps with the fan base of other known high-quality pagesWatch out for: The Facebook algorithm is not too keen on …ClickbaitLike-baitingPosts that include spammy linksFrequently circulated content and repeated postsText-only status updates from PagesPosts that are frequently hidden or reported (a sign of low quality)Posts that ask for likes, comments, or sharesPosts with unusual engagement patterns (a like-baiting signal)Overly promotional content from Pages—pushing people to buy an app or service, pushing people to enter a contest or sweepstakes, posts that reuse the same text from adsTo help you grow your Facebook Page reach, here are a few guides that you might like:Post Less, Boost Top Posts, and More: 14 Ways to Increase Your Facebook Page EngagementThe Simple Facebook Posting Strategy That Helped us 3x Our Reach and Engagement17 Ways to Get More Views, Engagement, and Shares for Your Facebook VideosIf you want to dig into the Facebook News Feed algorithm, read on to find out all the relevant changes Facebook has made.All relevant changes to the Facebook News Feed algorithm(Last updated: October 2017)Here’s a summary of all the changes that are relevant to social media marketers, in reverse-chronological order.If you want to know more about any particular change, just click on the quick link and you’ll get more information about the change and how it may affect your Page.August 28, 2017: Pages that share false news will no longer be able to run Facebook ads.August 17, 2017: Posts that pretends to be a video will be demoted in the News Feed.August 2, 2017: Posts with links that load slowly on mobile will be shown less in the News Feed.May 17, 2017: Posts with clickbait headlines will rank lower in the News Feed.May 10, 2017: Posts that link to websites with low-quality experience will rank lower in the News Feed.January 31, 2017: Authentic and timely posts will rank better in the News Feed.January 26, 2017: Long, engaging videos will rank better in the News Feed (than short, engaging videos)August 11, 2016: Posts that are informative will rank higher in the News Feed of people whom might find them relevant.June 29, 2016: Posts from friends will rank (even) higher in the News Feed.April 21, 2016: Posts with links that keep people engaged will rank higher in the News Feed.March 1, 2016: Live videos will rank higher in the News Feed when they are live than after they end.February 24, 2016: Facebook launched Reactions to help businesses understand how people are responding to their posts.December 4, 2015: Facebook uses surveys to improve News Feed ranking.July 9, 2015: Facebook makes it easier for people to control what they see on their News Feed.June 29, 2015: Facebook now considers more actions on videos while ranking videos in the News Feed.June 12, 2015: Time spent on stories becomes a ranking factor.April 21, 2015: Posts from friends will rank higher in the News Feed.March 5, 2015: Facebook updates how Likes are counted.January 20, 2015: Hoaxes will receive less reach and have an added warning.January 7, 2015: Video is growingNovember 14, 2014: Overly promotional posts will receive less reach on Facebook.September 18, 2014: Facebook will be considering the rate at which people interact with posts.September 11, 2014: Offensive or inappropriate ads will be shown less or stopped.August 25, 2014: Facebook will look at bounce rate to determine if an article has a clickbait headline.June 23, 2014: Facebook can now rank videos uploaded directly to Facebook better than links to video sites.September 11, 2014: Posts that explicitly ask for engagement will be ranked lower in the News Feed.August 23, 2013: Facebook has developed a new algorithm to find and show high-quality content to usersAugust 28, 2017: Pages that repeatedly share false newsFacebook will be blocking Pages that share false news from buying ads on Facebook. Facebook found that some Pages had been using Facebook ads to build their following and share false news more widely. To prevent the spread of false news on Facebook, Pages that repeatedly share false news will no longer be allowed to buy Facebook ads (until they stop sharing such news).The false news will be identified by third-party fact-checkers.August 17, 2017: Video clickbaitFacebook will be demoting Facebook posts that pretend to be a video.Spammers have been tricking people to click on Facebook posts that look like a video but aren’t. These deceptive posts are often videos with just a static image, or they feature a false video play button when it’s actually a link.Here’s an example from Facebook:August 2, 2017: Webpage load timeFacebook will be showing fewer stories with links that might take a long time to load.It’s frustrating when a website takes a long time to load. Facebook found that “As many as 40 percent of website visitors abandon a site after three seconds of delay.”Hence, Facebook is rolling out an update to show more posts with links that load quickly and fewer posts with links that might load slowly, in the News Feed.May 17, 2017: Clickbait headlinesFacebook is rolling out an update to show fewer posts with clickbait headlines.In its continued effort to make Facebook an informed community, Facebook is reducing the number of clickbait stories in the News Feed. This includes posts with headlines that withhold or exaggerate information, such as the following:“When She Looked Under Her Couch Cushions And Saw THIS…”“WOW! Ginger tea is the secret to everlasting youth. You’ve GOT to see this!”Posts that link to articles with such headlines will rank lower in the News Feed.May 10, 2017: Low-quality webpage experienceFacebook is rolling out an update to show fewer posts and ads that link to websites with low-quality experience.To help build an informed community on Facebook, Facebook will be showing fewer posts that are “misleading, sensational and spammy”. Specifically, they are referring to websites with low-quality experiences, such as the following:Websites that contain little substantive contentWebsites that have a large number of disruptive, shocking or malicious adsPosts that link to such websites will rank lower in the News Feed and might not be allowed to be used as Facebook ads.January 31, 2017: Authentic and timely storiesFacebook is making two changes to help authentic and timely stories rank better.To surface authentic content, Facebook will be analyzing Facebook Pages to see if they have been posting spam or trying to game the News Feed by asking for Likes, comments, or shares. If Facebook finds that a Page’s posts might not be authentic, such as people are often hiding those posts, Facebook will rank those posts lower in the News Feed.To show people stories at the right time, Facebook will now study how people interact with posts in real time. For example, if there’s an important soccer game going on and many people are talking about it on Facebook, Facebook will show relevant posts higher in the News Feed.January 26, 2017: Video completionFacebook is going to show long videos that people spend time watching to even more people.When ranking videos in the News Feed, a factor that Facebook considers is “percent completion” — the percentage of the video you watched.Facebook now recognize that it takes more commitment to complete a long video than a short one. So it will now put more weight on the “percent completion” factor for longer videos.As an example, if people are, on average, watching 50 percent of a 30-second video and 50 percent of a 10-minute video, the 10-minute video will rank better in the News Feed than the 30-second video. That’s because the 10-minute video has to be more engaging than the 30-second video to keep people watching for five minutes (vs. 15 seconds).August 11, 2016: Personally informative storiesFacebook will be showing you more stories that are personally informative to you.From its Feed Quality Program, Facebook found that people enjoy stories that are informative to them. Using the patterns that they learned from the program, Facebook will try to identify stories that are informative — usually, if they are related to people’s interests, if they engage people in broader discussions, and if they contain news relevant to them.Facebook will then combine this new signal with signals of how relevant the story might be to each individual, to predict if they might like it.June 29, 2016: Stories from friendsFacebook will be showing stories from close friends higher up in the News Feed.Despite the previous update, people are still worried about missing important updates from their close friends. So Facebook is tweaking the News Feed algorithm again to rank posts from close friends higher up in the News Feed.April 21, 2016: Time spent viewingFacebook will be ranking articles that it thinks you will spend time reading, higher in the News Feed.Facebook learned that the amount of time someone spent reading or watching the content of an article indicates how interesting the article was to them. So Facebook is adding a new ranking factor — how long someone might spend looking at the article.To keep things fair between short and long articles, Facebook will be looking at the time spent within a threshold.A smaller change within this update is that Facebook will be showing fewer posts from the same Page together in the News Feed. That’s because people find that repetitive and prefers content from a diverse range of Pages.March 1, 2016: Facebook LiveFacebook is more likely to rank Facebook Live videos higher in the News Feed when those videos are live than when they are no longer live.Facebook found that, “People spend more than 3x more time watching a Facebook Live video on average compared to a video that’s no longer live.” That’s because those videos are more interesting when the event being filmed is happening live than after the event.February 24, 2016: Facebook ReactionsFacebook recently rolled out Reactions — their supercharged “Like” button — to help businesses better understand how people are responding to their content.For a start, when someone uses a Reaction, Facebook will infer they want to see more of that type of post, just like when they Like a post. But this could change.December 4, 2015: SurveysFacebook surveys thousands of people every day to improve the News Feed ranking.Besides looking at quantitative signals such as Likes, comments, and shares, Facebook also surveys thousands of people every day to understand whether the News Feed algorithm is showing people the posts they want to see.Here’s an example of the survey:If a popular post isn’t something that the people surveyed want to see, Facebook will rank that post lower in the future.July 9, 2015: Greater user control over the News FeedFacebook is making it easier for people to adjust and customize their News Feed settings.The preferences tab will be more visible and more intuitive, allowing people to find Pages and people to like and follow and easily selecting to follow/unfollow certain content.June 29, 2015: Actions on VideosFacebook now considers more actions on videos while ranking videos in the News Feed.Facebook found that many people don’t feel inclined to Like, comment on or share a video even when they enjoyed the video.So besides considering whether someone watched the video and for how long, Facebook is now taking into account of more actions such as choosing to turn on the sound, watching the video in full screen and enabling high definition. These actions indicate that they enjoyed the video.June 12, 2015: Time spent on storiesHow much time you spend viewing stories becomes a factor that Facebook uses to determine what to show at the top of your News Feed.While many people might not Like, comment on, or share a post that they found meaningful, they would likely spend more time on it than other posts. Hence, Facebook is taking this as a signal for ranking Facebook posts.By understanding what types of content someone prefers, Facebook can surface similar types of content higher up in their News Feed.April 21, 2015: Content from friends and PagesFacebook is rolling out three updates to improve the experience of the News Feed.The first is for people who do not have much content to see — maybe because they don’t follow many people or Pages. Facebook used to have a rule that prevents people from seeing multiples stories from the same source in succession. They are now relaxing the rule so that if you reach the end of your News Feed but still want to see more stories, you’ll see more.The second is to show posts from friends you care about, higher in your News Feed so that you are less likely to miss them. If you read and interact with posts from Pages, you’ll still see them on your News Feed.The third is to reduce or remove stories about friends liking or commenting on a post, such as this:March 5, 2015: Facebook LikesFacebook to update the way Page Likes are counted, removing the Likes of memorialized accounts and deactivated accounts.January 20, 2015: Facebook targets hoaxesFacebook aims to reduce the number of hoaxes in News Feed with algorithm tweak.To reduce the number of posts containing misleading or false news, Facebook has announced that the News Feed algorithm will begin to factor in when many people flag a post as false or choose to delete posts.Facebook will reduce the reach of such posts and add a warning on the post (without reviewing or removing the post).January 7, 2015: Video is growingFacebook has provided some new stats and tips on using video, including these:In just one year, the number of video posts per person has increased 75 percent globally and 94 percent in the US.The amount of video from people and brands in the News Feed has increased 3.6x year-over-year.Since June 2014, Facebook has averaged more than 1 billion video views every day.On average, more than 50 percent of people who come to Facebook every day in the U.S. watch at least one video daily.Seventy-six percent of people in the US who use Facebook say they tend to discover the videos they watch on Facebook.November 14, 2014: Overly promotional Page postsFacebook is rolling out an update to reduce the number of overly promotional posts in the News Feed.Facebook heard from people that they want less promotional content on their News Feed and more stories from friends and Pages they Like.After digging into their data, Facebook found that these are the types of posts that people find too promotional:Posts that solely push people to buy a product or install an appPosts that push people to enter promotions and sweepstakes with no real contextPosts that reuse the exact same content from adsHere’s an example:September 18, 2014: When people Like and commentFacebook will be looking at when people are Liking, commenting, and sharing.Facebook used to only look at the total number of Likes on a post when ranking it in the News Feed. Now, Facebook will also look at the rate at which people are Liking, commenting on and sharing a post.September 11, 2014: Offensive or inappropriate adsFacebook stops showing ads that are offensive or inappropriate.When people hide ads in their News Feed, Facebook takes it as a signal that others might not want to see them, too, and show them to fewer people.Now, Facebook is also asking people why they hid the ads. If it’s because the ad is offensive or inappropriate, Facebook will stop showing the ad.August 25, 2014: Bounce rateFacebook will be looking at bounce rate to determine if an article is using a clickbait headline.If someone clicks on an article and returns to Facebook immediately (or “bounce”), it might mean that they didn’t find what they were expecting. This is often because the article is using a clickbait headline. Facebook will be using this signal when ranking the article in the News Feed.In addition, Facebook will also be monitoring if people are Liking, commenting on, or sharing the article after they click on it. If few people are, it’s likely that the article is not valuable, relevant, or meaningful. Facebook will then rank it lower in the News Feed.Facebook will also be ranking posts with a link preview higher in the News Feed than posts with a link just in the caption — as the link preview shows more information about the article.June 23, 2014: Better videosFacebook will now be able to understand (and rank) videos uploaded directly to Facebook better.For videos that are uploaded to Facebook directly, Facebook is now able to know whether someone has watched it and for how long. It seems that they are unable to do that for links to YouTube (or other video sites) videos.Having this new information will allow Facebook to rank Facebook videos better. Early tests have shown that people are watching more videos that are relevant to them.September 11, 2014: Like-baitingFacebook will show fewer posts that explicitly ask for Likes, comments, or shares.Some Pages try to game the News Feed algorithm by explicitly asking for Likes, comments and shares. Here’s an example:As people have reported that such posts are less relevant than posts with a similar amount of engagement, Facebook will be ranking these posts lower in the News Feed.August 23, 2013: High-quality contentFacebook has developed a new algorithm to find and show high-quality content to users.To build the algorithm, Facebook surveyed thousands of people and put the results into a machine learning system. Here are some of the questions they asked:Is this timely and relevant content?Is this content from a source you would trust?Would you share it with friends or recommend it to others?Is the content genuinely interesting to you or is it trying to game News Feed distribution? (e.g. asking for people to like the content)Would you call this a low quality post or meme?Would you complain about seeing this content in your News Feed?The algorithm also uses thousand other factors to determine if a post is a high-quality content. Some of these factors include “how frequently content from a certain Page that is reported as low quality (e.g. hiding a Page post), how complete the Page profile is, and whether the fan base for a particular Page overlaps with the fan base for other known high quality Pages. This story originally appeared on Buffer Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. How Success Happenslast_img read more

Amazon Prime Day Preview 30 Off Kindle Paperwhite 2018

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SoundFixer fixes sound issues on YouTube

first_imgSoundFixer fixes sound issues on YouTube by Martin Brinkmann on November 02, 2018 in Firefox, Music and Video – 5 commentsSoundFixer is an extension for the Firefox web browser that attempts to fix sound related issues on YouTube and select other sites with audio.Internet users who watch videos with audio on the Internet may run into a number of issues: audio may be too quiet or too loud, or sound output uses a single channel only.While you can adjust the volume of sound using built-in volume controls, volume options of the operating system, and maybe even volume options of the speakers or headphones that you are using, it is sometimes the case that these don’t fix the issue at all that you experience or that it is too cumbersome to use these controls regularly.SoundFixerSoundFixer attempts to fix these issues on YouTube and some other sites; the Web Audio API limits functionality as it prohibits access to cross-domain audio sources.The extension adds an icon to Firefox’s main toolbar that users can interact with. The interface displays gain and pan sliders on pages with audio playback.Use the sliders to reduce or increase the volume of the video or change the speaker output. Gain offers finer controls over the volume; use it to increase the volume of videos that are too quiet even if you have set the volume on the video site to the maximum or decrease the volume if the video is too loud even if you have set it to the lowest value already.The changes are applied as soon as you release the mouse button or lift your finger if you use touch. They remain until you reload the page or leave it.SoundFixer does not include any other options; it would be useful, in my opinion, if it would offer options to make the changes permanent or include a reset button to reset them to the default without having to reload the page. While you can move the slider to the middle to reset it to approximately the default value, adding a reset button would make the process more comfortable for users of the extension.Closing Words and verdictIf you run into sound issues on the Internet regularly, especially on YouTube but also on other sites, then you may find SoundFixer useful as it may resolve these issues for you. I’d like to see more automation, especially in the form of saving settings per site or domain, so that it is not necessary to adjust the values for each page individually on supported sites.Now You: Did you run into sound issues on sites before?Summary12345 Author Rating3 based on 2 votes Software Name SoundFixerSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/soundfixer/ Advertisementlast_img read more

How to Deconstruct a Football Tackle With Physics

first_imgNext, I just need to mark the location of both players in each frame. Here’s what I get.[embedded content]Since these are position-time plots, the slope of the line will give the velocity of the player. Here is what I get. I’m using units of meters per second because I’m not a barbarian.Initial velocity for Bennett = 6.05 m/sInitial velocity for Thompson = -1.33 m/sFinal velocity for Bennett and Thompson = 3.03 m/sGreat. But what can we do with these values? The answer is “more physics.” Let’s start with the momentum principle. This says that the total force on an object (or football player) is equal to the rate of change of momentum. But what is momentum? It’s the product of mass and velocity (represented by the symbol p). In fact, I can write the momentum principle in terms of the change in momentum like this:Yes, momentum and the net force are both vectors. In this case we are just dealing with one dimension so it’s not really a big deal.There is another key physics idea here: forces are an interaction between two things. When Bennett hits Thompson, it’s not just a one-way force. In fact, Thompson pushes back on Bennett with an equal and opposite force. It’s not about Thompson, it’s about the nature of forces. If Bennett hit a brick wall, the wall would still push back with the same force. During this interaction (also known as a hit) the two players have equal and opposite forces—but they also have the same time interval. Bennett can’t push on Thompson for a different amount of time that Thompson pushes on Bennett. Since they have the opposite force for the same time, this means that they have opposite changes in momentum. Or better yet, the total momentum before the collision is equal to the total momentum after the collision. This is the conservation of momentum.OK, let’s write this as a one-dimensional equation in the direction of motion. I’m going to call the direction that Thompson starts off moving as the negative direction. That means that the conservation of momentum can be written as:I have the values for the initial and final velocities as well as the masses (convert to kilograms). I can check this. Based on the data, the initial momentum (remember one of them is negative) would be 469.5 kgᐧm/s and the final momentum would be 579.1 kgᐧm/s. Yes, those aren’t quite the same but they aren’t super far apart. Here are the calculations (and more). You can change the numbers and press “play” to recalculate for fun (and you should). Yes, python is an awesome calculator. [embedded content]I like this collision for two reasons. First, the motion is mostly up and down the field and not side to side. This means that the camera gets a side view of the motion and they line up with the yard lines for easy measurement. Second, Bennett actually lifts Thompson up and pushes him back. That looks cool.Now, there is one small problem. The camera zooms in and pans. This means that the location of the origin changes with respect to the view of the camera and the pixel-to-meter ratio changes. Fortunately Tracker Video Analysis has a nice method to account for this camera motion—the calibration point pairs. Basically, you set the scale of the video and then track two points on the background. The app then adjusts the virtual coordinate system so you can mark the real locations of the two players. Here is the resulting view from that transformation. [embedded content]So, why isn’t momentum conserved? It’s not conserved because there is another external force that’s not accounted for. No, it’s not the gravitational force. Although there is indeed a gravitational force pulling down, there is also an upward pushing force from the ground. The missing force is a sideways pushing force from the ground (a frictional force) due to Bennett pushing forward as he collides with Thompson.I can approximate the contact time at around 0.2 seconds, then the external force on the system would have to be 548 Newtons (that’s 123 pounds for barbarians). But wait! This is the force on a system consisting of both players. If we just look at Bennett, he has to push on the ground with a greater force to compensate for the force that Thompson pushes on him. I can find that Thompson force by looking at his change in momentum in that same time interval. This gives a leg-pushing force of 2577 Newtons. Yes, that seems crazy high but it’s less than three times his body weight. Humans can easily achieve those super high forces for short times (see running as an example).If you want some homework, here is something to try. Find another collision—one in which both players are off the ground during the collision. If both humans are off the ground then there would be no forward force. Momentum should be conserved. See if the numbers work. It will be fun.More Great WIRED StoriesThis chemical is so hot it kills nerve endings. Good!So you’re thinking of deleting your tweets. Should you?The Hail Mary plan to restart a hacked US electric gridDoes Latinx Twitter exist?My dad says he’s a “targeted individual.” Maybe we all areLooking for more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest storiescenter_img Few things herald Thanksgiving as loudly as turkeys, flight delays, and long hours in front of the TV watching football. It’s an important time in the football calendar, with the playoffs beginning to shape up for both college football and the NFL.But what about those impacts? I don’t mind watching football, but there’s no way I’m going to take one of those hits. When I see some of these epic tackles, I can’t help but think about physics.There are some great tools available so that we can analyze the physics of a football hit. Really, we have everything. the masses of individual players? Yup—just search the roster and you can look these things up. Video analysis tools? Again, yes. Personally, I really like Tracker Video Analysis. There’s just two more things we need for a full analysis. I need the video frame rate, but this is trivial. Although some impacts are replayed in slow motion, they are also shown in real time. What about a distance scale? Oh wait! It’s right there on the field with the yard lines. We are all set.Let’s start with a collision. I just did a search for “biggest football hits” and quickly found one that would work. In this case, I am going to look at the Clemson vs. Syracuse game from 2017. The play has Clemson wide receiver Trevion Thompson (205 lbs) tackled by Parris Bennett (216 lbs) from Syracuse.last_img read more

British Prime Minister Antigay laws across Commonwealth are wrong

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . ‘A positive and welcome move’LGBTI activists and advocates have been campaigning for the UK government to prioritize human rights at the GHOGM meeting in London. A petition urging the Prime Minister to apologize for colonial-era anti-gay laws gathered over 100,000 signatures and was handed to Government officials last week.Human rights activist Peter Tatchell said he welcomed the comments from the Prime Minister.‘We thank Theresa May for heeding our appeal and expressing deep regret for Britain’s imposition of homophobic laws during the colonial era. It is a positive and welcome move. But it should have been made in front of the Commonwealth leaders who oversee the enforcement of these repressive laws, not at a NGO side event.‘This statement of regret cannot be easily dismissed and disparaged by Commonwealth heads of government.‘It acknowledges the wrongful imposition of anti-LGBT legislation by the UK, shows humility and helpfully highlights that current homophobic laws in the Commonwealth are mostly not indigenous national laws. They were exported by Britain and imposed on colonial peoples in the nineteenth century.‘The Prime Minister’s regret for Britain’s imposition of anti-gay laws valuably re frames the LGBT issue in a way that it is likely to provoke less hostility in Commonwealth countries.’See alsoOver 100,000 have knocked on the door of 37 countries to demand end to gay sex ban GAYSTARNEWS- ‘Across the world, discriminatory laws made many years ago continue to affect the lives of many people, criminalising same-sex relations and failing to protect women and girls.‘I am all too aware that these laws were often put in place by my own country. They were wrong then and they are wrong now,’ she said at the Joint Forum Plenary meeting at CHOGM.British Colonial-era homophobic laws are still used in 37 of the Commonwealth’s 53 member nations. Approximately 2.4billion of the world’s population live in Commonwealth countries.These include countries with progressive LGBTI protections such as Canada, Australia and the UK. However, countries such as Jamaica, Uganda and Nigeria have laws prohibiting same-sex sexual activity.Prime Minister May noted that progress had been made since the last GHOGM gathering in 2015 in Malta, ‘Yet there remains much to do.’‘As a family of nations we must respect one another’s cultures and traditions. But we must do so in a manner consistent with our common value of equality, a value that is clearly stated in the Commonwealth charter.‘Recent years have brought welcome progress. The three nations that have most recently decriminalised same-sex relationships are all Commonwealth members, and since the heads of government last met the Commonwealth has agreed to accredit its first organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.‘Yet there remains much to do. Nobody should face persecution or discrimination because of who they are or who they love. And the UK stands ready to support any Commonwealth member wanting to reform outdated legislation that makes such discrimination possible.’ Theresa May addresses the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting this morning (Photo: Number 10 | Flickr | CreativeCommons2.0) Speaking this morning at Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London, UK, British Prime Minister Theresa May has called on Commonwealth countries to reform outdated laws regarding homosexuality. ‘Reject’ LGBTI people, state-run newspaper tells readers in GhanaWill Prince William’s pledge help scrap anti-LGBTI laws in 37 countries?UK pledges over £5m to help Commonwealth countries reverse LGBTI lawsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/theresa-may-regret-commonwealth/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

Dive into Data Science With These Discounted Courses

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read Register Now » No matter what industry you’re in, the big data revolution will change the way it operates. Companies have mountains of data to work with, and they’re on the hunt for professionals who can analyze their data and turn it into profit. Whether you’re looking to make a career change and start over at a new company, or if you want to dive into your startup’s data on your own, the 2019 Certified Data Scientist Architect Bundle can help you become an expert.These six courses demystify data science and machine learning with 130 hours of training. You’ll master SAS, the industry-standard data science software that will help you become an expert in analytics. You might not think of yourself as a coder, but this bundle will teach you how to use the Python programming language to dive deep into data.Machine learning concepts and techniques will be second nature after this bundle’s Machine Learning Certification course. You’ll also discover how to make sense of data with open-source software like Hadoop, and how to visualize your data with Tableau. When you’re all done, you’ll have multiple certificates to show off for each of your new skills.The 2019 Certified Data Scientist Architect Bundle retails at $2,500, but right now it’s marked down to $20 with limited time promo code: WEEKEND60. Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. May 29, 2019 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

Mexicans opt for train as way to explore Canada

first_imgIsrael Gómez, representative of VIA Rail in Mexico says that their train routes were the most popular option among Mexican tourists who visited Canada. He says since 2017, the number of Mexican travelers has tripled. Statistics from Canadian immigration authorities show more than 359,000 Mexican nationals head to Canada each year to explore the country. According to Destination Canada, the most visited provinces include British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. Gómez says that “Mexico is one of the most important international markets for the development of VIA Rail”, being among the main international tourists to Canada behind the United States, the United Kingdom, China, France and Germany.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) He also noted that other visitors prefer to explore the extensive geography of Canada taking advantage of the long distance train services offered by VIA Rail, such as The Canadian that runs through Vancouver and Toronto and The Ocean that goes from Montreal to Halifax in eastern Canada. He explained that it’s their corridor routes that prove most popular, serving some of the largest cities in Canada including Toronto, Montreal, Quebec and Ottawa, as well as Niagara Falls, which remain the most sought after itineraries by Mexican travelers exploring Canada by train. He said that passengers prefer the advantages offered by traveling by train since the mode of transportation is fast, efficient and comfortable and includes free WiFi. Data shows the number of Mexicans visiting Canada continues to increase with Mexican nationals preferring train as a way to explore the country. last_img read more

Two in Cancun found with drugs guns ammo

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — The Attorney General of the State of Quintana Roo has reported the arrest of two men found with weapons, cartridges and drugs. Two in Cancun found with drugs, guns, ammoPhotos: FGE The pair were arrested by Policía Ministerial after a review of the vehicle in which they were traveling revealed guns, ammunition and bags of narcotics. In a press release, la Fiscalía General del Estado de Quintana Roo says Erick N and Néstor N were arrested when police found three AR-15 weapons, more than 600 cartridges and bags of marijuana and cocaine inside their vehicle. Arrested were 23-year-old Erick Ismael M.S. from Salina Cruz, Oaxaca and 32-year-old Nestor Rafael A.N. originally from Progreso, Yucatán.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)center_img The arrest was made June 7 at approximately 5:45 a.m. near the intersection of Chaac Mool Avenue with Niños Héroes Avenue in Cancun. In their report, police say they requested the Yucatan-plated Volkswagen jetta to pull over, however, the driver ignored the request and instead, accelerated. Requesting assistance, state police were able to intercept the speeding car being chased by ministerial police. Once stopped, a review of the vehicle revealed the illegal items. last_img read more

Couple traveling to Cancun caught with over 200000 USD cash

first_imgPolice requested the necessary documentation to verify the legal origin of the money and the corresponding declarations of tax authorities, however, the couple replied that they did not have any of the legal documentation required to travel with the cash. The Secretariat of Security and Citizen Protection says federal elements of the Regional Security Division located the cash when they checked the couple’s luggage in an X-ray machine and observed irregular objects in one of their carry-on suitcases. Upon review, they found $216,220 USD in hidden cash. Mexico City, Mexico — A Canadian man and a Mexican woman were arrested at the International Airport of Mexico City when they tried to board a plane to Cancun while carrying over $200,000 USD in cash. center_img The man and woman, along with their cash, were made available to the Federal Public Ministry Agent.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

A34 reopens after being shut due to overturned lorry near Congleton

first_imgThe road is closed in both directions between point A and point B (Image: Inrix) It is unclear if anyone has been injured in the accident. Police remained at the scene while recovery took place – and have now confirmed the road has roepened. A Cheshire Police spokesman said: “The A34 between Congleton and Monks Heath traffic lights – road is now open Read MorePolice searching for missing 15-year-old Bradley Williams It is unclear at this stage if any other vehicles were involved in the accident. We will bring you an update on this story as soon as we get one. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA major Cheshire road was closed for several hours after a lorry overturned in the early hours of the morning. The A34 Manchester Road and Congleton Road was shut in both directions due to the overturned lorry between A536 and A537 Chelford Road (Monks Heath Crossroads), just north of Congleton. Traffic was still able access the road via unclassified side roads, however both ends of the A34 have been closed off, according to traffic data company INRIX. The accident is believed to have taken place at around 2am this morning – with the road reopening at around 4.45am. last_img read more

Happy retirement Mr Sompersadh

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Mr Ashookan Sompersadh has decided to retire from his post as manager of Public Works & Basic Services at Emnambithi/Ladysmith Municipality after many years of service.Mr Sompersadh is formerly from Durban and moved to Ladysmith in 1997.He started working as an assistant manager in the Public Works & Basic Services Department and began running the department in 2000.He has been blessed with a beautiful wife and two children.Staff and management at the local municipality became very fond of Mr Sompersadh, building a great working relationship over the years.He says he made many friends through his work and has been described as a man who was always willing to help people, no matter what race or age.“I would like to thank my colleagues, family and the community for all their help and support throughout my years at the municipality. I was blessed with a loving family there.“Now someone else has the opportunity to work in my position,” smiles Mr Sompersadh.A farewell function was held for him at Malibu Palms on Friday afternoon. His family and colleagues got together to show Mr Sompersadh just how much they appreciate him for all his hard work and dedication throughout the years.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there?last_img read more

Rain floods kennels cash donations needed

first_imgThe heavy rain on Monday evening wreaked havoc at the Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) premises.The kennels and the yard were flooded.The staff had their hands full cleaning up on Tuesday morning.A male Husky was found in Egerton Road recently. If the owner does not claim him soon, he will be put up for adoption.A special thank you to Pierre Massyn and Tugela Press for their kind donation of dog food.There are many cats and kittens looking for homes at the moment. If you are interested in adopting an adorable little kitty, then please contact the league.There is a desperate need for cat food, whether wet or dry.The league is currently issuing a kind appeal for cash donations from the public.The money will go towards the housing fund, which has been created in the wake of the flood damages. The AACL premises will be rebuilt and renovations will start soon.If you have a query or are interested in making a contribution, pay a visit to the kennels (on the N11 before the Limit Hill robots).Alternatively, you can contact Annamarie Koen on 076-151-1784 for more information.The heavy rain on Monday evening wreaked havoc at the Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) premises. The kennels and the yard were flooded.The staff had their hands full cleaning up on Tuesday morning. A male Husky was found in Egerton Road recently.If the owner does not claim him soon, he will be put up for adoption. A special thank you to Pierre Massyn and Tugela Press for their kind donation of dog food.There are many cats and kittens looking for homes at the moment. If you are interested in adopting an adorable little kitty, then please contact the league.There is a desperate need for cat food, whether wet or dry. The league is currently issuing a kind appeal for cash donations from the public.The money will go towards the housing fund, which has been created in the wake of the flood damages. The AACL premises will be rebuilt and renovations will start soon.If you have a query or are interested in making a contribution, pay a visit to the kennels (on the N11 before the Limit Hill robots).Alternatively, you can contact Annamarie Koen on 076-151-1784 for more information. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

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first_img Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | March 03, 2009 Study Shows Breast-Specific Gamma Imaging Highly Sensitive to ILC Related Content News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more March 3, 2009 – Breast-Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI) has been proven to be a highly sensitive imaging technique for the diagnosis of invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC), a type of breast cancer that begins in the milk-producing glands (lobules) and then spreads to the surrounding breast tissues, according to a study published in the February 2009 issue of “American Journal of Roentgenology.”The study found BSGI provides better sensitivity for detecting ILC than mammography, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). BSGI, performed with the Dilon 6800 Gamma Camera, is a molecular breast imaging technique that can see lesions independent of tissue density and discover very early stage cancers.”The study is significant because ILC can often be difficult to detect mammographically and is often not palpable at clinical examination,” said Rachel Brem, M.D., director of breast imaging and intervention at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC and vice chair of the department of radiology. “BSGI offers improved detection of this form of breast cancer that impacts approximately 10 percent of new breast cancer patients every year.” Brem and her colleagues conducted a retrospective multicenter study of women with biopsy-proven ILC. All patients had undergone mammography and BSGI, and the imaging findings were classified as positive or negative for invasive lobular carcinoma by experienced breast imagers. Ultrasound and MRI results, if performed, were included for analysis. The sensitivity of mammography, ultrasound, MRI and BSGI was determined for each modality and compared. Twenty-six women, ages 46 to 82 (mean age of 62.8), with 28 biopsy proven pure ILC, mean size of 22.3 mm (2 mm – 90 mm), were included.The study concludes that BSGI had the greatest sensitivity for the detection of ILC with a sensitivity of 93 percent. Mammography, ultrasound and MRI demonstrated sensitivities of 79 percent, 68 percent and 83 percent, respectively.For more information: www.dilon.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Mammography | July 10, 2019 SimonMed Imaging Implements ProFound AI for 3-D Tomosynthesis Arizona-based SimonMed Imaging announced their implementation of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. 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first_img 360 Photos | Angiography | May 17, 2019 360 View Inside a Cath/EP Lab at Baylor Heart Hospital This is a view inside one of the 11 cath labs at … read more Technology | Mobile C-Arms | February 18, 2019 Philips Launches Zenition Mobile C-arm Platform Philips announced the launch of Philips Zenition, its new mobile C-arm imaging platform. Mobile C-arms are X-ray… read more Philips and Microsoft have partnered to develop an augmented reality system to help imporve workflow and procedural navigation in the cath lab. Physicians wearing visors can view and interact with true 3-D holograms above the patient on the table and manipulate the image with voice and hand motion commands to avoid breaking the sterile field.  News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more Technology | Angiography | March 01, 2019 iSchemaView Launches RAPID Angio iSchemaView announced the release of RAPID Angio, a complete neuroimaging solution for the angiography suite that… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. Cury, M.D., FSCCT, will… read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | March 04, 2019 Aidoc Announces CE Mark for AI-based Pulmonary Embolism Workflow Tool Artificial intelligence (AI) radiology solution provider Aidoc announced the commercial release of its CE-marked… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more center_img Technology | Radiation Dose Management | April 04, 2019 Omega Medical Imaging Launches AI-enabled FluoroShield for Radiation Reduction The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Omega Medical Imaging 510(k) clearance to offer their artificial… read more Related Content News | Advanced Visualization | February 25, 2019 Philips and Microsoft Showcase Augmented Reality for Image-Guided Minimally Invasive Therapies Philips will unveil a new mixed reality concept developed together with Microsoft that the company says is designed for… read more Technology | Radiation Dose Management | May 23, 2019 ControlRad Announces FDA Clearance and Launch of ControlRad Trace ControlRad Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 510(k) clearance for its ControlRad… read more April 2, 2009 – Expanding its capabilities to deliver complete medical imaging and healthcare solutions, Canon U.S.A. Inc. today announced that the company has acquired Virtual Imaging Inc., of Deerfield Beach, FL, as Canon positions itself for growth in the medical imaging and healthcare marketplace.The Florida-based Virtual Imaging is a provider of diagnostic imaging solutions and a medical systems integrator. With more than 100 employees, including a national sales and service organization, Virtual Imaging serves large complex hospital organizations, imaging centers and private physician offices, and is the national distributor of Canon’s award-winning Digital Radiography (DR) Systems.“Canon and Virtual Imaging have had a long-standing relationship that has benefited both companies over the years. This acquisition will position Canon well for future growth in the medical imaging and healthcare marketplace,” said Joe Adachi, president and chief executive officer, Canon U.S.A. “Having Virtual Imaging join the Canon family will allow us to better offer a comprehensive line of cost-effective Canon certified medical imaging solutions and services that can be fully integrated into an organization’s workflow and improve patient throughput.”“Canon has distinguished itself in the marketplace as a DR innovator, and we expect the company to continue to be a leader with its future products and innovations,” said Tim Martinson, president of Virtual Imaging, who will continue to manage the day-to-day operations of the organization, and report directly to Mr. Adachi. For more information: www.usa.canon.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | April 02, 2009 Canon Acquires Virtual Imaging, Positions for Growth in Imaging Market last_img read more

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first_imgNews | January 11, 2010 Charitable Funds for Cervical Cancer Screening Add Up January 11, 2010 – HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States and is recognized as the leading cause of cervical cancer. About 80 percent of women in the United States will have an HPV infection in their lifetimes. Some of those infections lead to cervical cancer, making routine cervical cancer screening, which may include Pap and HPV testing, important in detecting this preventable disease early.The global women’s health initiative to raise awareness and provide donations for women who lack access to cervical cancer screening, organizers of “Promise to Me” announced today the expansion of the program for funding cervical cancer screening for women in need. For every person who makes the promise to get screened and passes it on, Hologic, a diagnostics, medical imaging systems and surgical products manufacturer dedicated to serving women’s health, will donate funds to support preventative screening for underinsured and uninsured women.In honor of National Cervical Health Awareness Month, Hologic is partnering with the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) to fund cervical cancer screening for women in need. For every person that “makes the promise” and passes it on through the Promise to Me website, Hologic will donate $1 towards healthcare for women.“Most women who develop cervical cancer haven’t been routinely screened,” said Edward Evantash, M.D., medical director and vice president of Medical Affairs at Hologic. “The Promise to Me initiative will help provide screening to those without access while also raising awareness about cervical cancer. Education about cervical cancer – and other women’s health issues – is critical to improving the health and wellbeing of women.”For more information: www.promisetome.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

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first_img Cardio-oncology | March 22, 2019 VIDEO: Characterization of Cardiac Structural Changes and Function Following Radiation Therapy Magid Awadalla, MBBS, is an advanced cardiac imaging research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has been involved in an imaging study of cardiac changes from photon radiotherapy in breast cancer patients using serial cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The radiotherapy beams used to treat breast cancer pass close to the neighboring heart, which can cause cardiac cell damage leading to issues like heart failure later on. He spoke on the topic of cardio-oncology at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2019 meeting. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Find more news and videos from AAPM. Related CT Technology Content:New CT Technology Entering the MarketVIDEO: Advances in Cardiac CT Imaging — Interview with David Bluemke, M.D.Expanding Applications for Computed TomographyVIDEO: Overview of Cardiac CT Trends and 2019 SCCT Meeting Highlights —Interview with Ron Blankstein, M.D., directVIDEO: 10 Tips to Improve Cardiac CT Imaging — Interview with Quynh Truong, M.D.FFR-CT: Is It Radiology or Cardiology?VIDEO: ITN Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Technology at RSNA 2018VIDEO: Using Advanced CT to Enhance Radiation Therapy Planning — Interview with Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D.VIDEO: Tips and Tricks to Aid Cardiac CT Technologist WorkflowManaging CT Radiation DoseVIDEO: ITN Editor’s Choice of Most Innovative New Cardiac CT Technology at SCCT 2017New Developments in Cardiovascular Computed Tomography at SCCT 2017VIDEO: Role of Cardiac CT in Value-based Medicine — Leslee Shaw, Ph.D.Advances in Cardiac Imaging Technologies at RSNA 2017VIDEO: The Future of Cardiac CT in the Next Decade — Interview with Leslee Shaw, Ph.D.VIDEO: What to Consider When Comparing 64-slice to Higher Slice CT Systems — Interview with Claudio Smuclovisky, M.D.  Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Interventional Radiology | June 26, 2019 VIDEO: How Alexa Might Help During Interventional Radiology Procedures Kevin Seals, M.D., University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Health, interventional radiology fellow, is working on a research project using smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home to create a new method for accessing information on device technologies in real time in the interventional radiology (IR) lab. Operators can use the conversational voice interface to retrieve information without breaking sterile scrub. The technology uses using natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning to rapidly provide information about device sizing and compatibility in IR.Seals spoke at the 2019 Radiology AIMed conference in Chicago in June. CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Related Enterprise Imaging Content:RSNA Technology Report 2017: Enterprise ImagingVIDEO: Building An Effective Enterprise Imaging StrategyFive Steps for Better Diagnostic Image ManagementVIDEO: Enterprise Imaging and the Digital Imaging Adoption ModelEnterprise Imaging to Account for 27 Percent of Imaging MarketVIDEO: Defining Enterprise Imaging — The HIMSS-SIIM Enterprise Imaging WorkgroupVIDEO: How to Build An Enterprise Imaging System Related GE Edison Platform Content:GE Healthcare Unveils New Applications and Smart Devices Built on Edison PlatformVIDEO: itnTV Conversations — What is Edison? Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, University Health Network, Princess Margaret Cancer Center, Toronto, Canada, explains how her center is using machine learning to automate treatment plans. The center is one of the first to use the RayStation machine learning treatment planning system for radiation oncology. She spoke at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. Mammography | April 15, 2019 VIDEO: A Discussion on Proposed FDA Rules for Mammography Reporting Wendie Berg, M.D., Ph.D., FACR, chief scientific advisor to DenseBreast-info.org and professor of radiology at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine/Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC, spoke with ITN Editorial Director Melinda Taschetta-Millane about some of the proposed amendments to the language being used for mammography reporting and quality improvement.Read the article “FDA Proposes New Rules for Mammography Reporting and Quality Improvement” Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting.  Find more news and videos from AAPM. Radiation Oncology | May 13, 2019 Patient-first Innovations from Accuray at ASTRO 2018 At ASTRO 2018, Accuray showcased new patient-first innovations, including motion synchronization on Radixact, and the new CK VoLO, a fast optimizer on the CyberKnife system. Andrew Delao, senior director of marketing for Accuray, highlights the new features. Computed Tomography (CT) | January 08, 2016 RSNA Technology Report 2015: Computed Tomography Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of computed tomography (CT) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015. The video includes Freiherr during his booth tours with some of the key vendors who were featuring new technology. Enterprise Imaging | April 26, 2019 VIDEO: A Transformative Approach to Reducing Cost and Complexity at CarolinaEast Health System CarolinaEast Health System, an award-winning health system in New Bern, N.C., was one of the first to collaborate with Philips to implement IntelliSpace Enterprise Edition, a comprehensive managed service. Watch the video to see how we collaborated together to streamline workflows and improve interoperability for better care.Watch the related editorial interview VIDEO: Streamlining PACS Administration — Interview with Mike Ciancio, imaging systems administrator at CarolinaEast Health System. Find more SCCT news and videos Enterprise Imaging | January 14, 2019 Technology Report: Enterprise Imaging 2018 In Enterprise Imaging 2018: Balancing Strategy and Technology in Enterprise Imaging, ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of enterprise imaging advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2018 annual meeting. Digital Radiography (DR) | October 05, 2016 Technology Report: Digital Radiography Systems Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of digital radiography (DR) advances at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2016 meeting. Read the article “The Coming Push for DR.”  Watch a technology report sidebar video on new DR Systems technology. Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Recent Videos View all 606 items Brachytherapy Systems | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: New Alpha Emitter Brachytherapy Seeds in Development Lior Arazi, Ph.D., assistant professor at Ben-Gurion University, Israel, explains the potential benefits of a new Radium-224 brachytherapy seed technology he is helping develop. The technology uses high-dose alpha particles to kill cancer cells, but has a very short tissue penetration, so it can be placed very close to critical structures without causing collateral damage to healthy tissue. He discussed this technology in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Artificial Intelligence | January 15, 2019 Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2018 In Artificial Intelligence 2018: What Radiologists Need to Know About AI, ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of artificial intelligence (AI) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2018 annual meeting. Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Artificial Intelligence | March 28, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence – GE Builds AI Applications on Edison Platform GE launched a new brand that covers artificial intelligence (AI) at the Radiological Socoety of North American (RSNA) 2018 meeting. The company showed several works-in-progress, including a critical care suite of algorithms and experimental applications for brain MR. Each is being built on GE’s Edison Platform. Related Artificial Intelligence ContentTechnology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2017VIDEO: RSNA Post-game Report on Artificial IntelligenceVIDEO: AI in Tumor Diagnostics, Treatment and Follow-upVIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Help Reduce Gadolinium Dose in MRIVIDEO: AI, Analytics and Informatics: The Future is Here Related CT Calcium Scorining Content:VIDEO: New Cholesterol Guidelines Support CT Calcium Scoring for Risk Assessment — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D.CT Calcium Scoring Becoming a Key Risk Factor AssessmentACC and AHA Release Updated Cholesterol Guidelines for 2018VIDEO: CT Calcium Scoring to Screen For Who Should Take Statins — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D. AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Computed Tomography (CT) Clinical Innovation Center, professor of medical physics and biomedical engineering, and the 2019 president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), explains the “building bridges” theme of the 2019 AAPM meeting. This theme was the focus of her president’s address at the 2019 AAPM meeting. She spoke on the theme of diversity and how to break down the barriers between various minorities, male-female, religion, national origin, etc. She gave many photo examples of how we pigeon hole people into neat categories and that we often say we have equally in society, however her images showed recent images of big political summits where there are no women present, or they were the secretaries in the background. She said in medical practice, department administration and collaboration on projects, people need to be cognoscente of bias they have engrained by culture for which they may not even be aware.She showed a slide of the AAPM membership makeup by generation and said members need to keep in mind the way each generation thinks and communicates varies by their generation’s life experience and upbringing. McCollough said understanding these differences can help bridge perceived gaps in communication. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Nuclear Imaging | April 28, 2017 VIDEO: Trends in Nuclear Cardiology Imaging David Wolinsky, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at Cleveland Clinic Florida and past-president of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), discusses advancements in nuclear imaging and some of the issues facing the subspecialty. Radiation Therapy | December 06, 2018 Technology Report: Patient-centered Care in Radiation Therapy Radiation therapy has become increasingly effective and safe as vendors continue to innovate technologies that benefit the patient. At ASTRO 2018, this patient-centric approach was exemplified and demonstrated not only in ways that match treatments to patients, but in how technologies can adjust to patient movement and anatomical changes, and to increase the precision of treatments. ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr showcases several new technologies that are helping to advance this field.For additional patient-centered care coverage, see:Conversations with Greg Freiherr: The Accuray PhilosophyASTRO Puts Patients First Molecular Imaging View all 22 items Radiology Imaging View all 288 items Digital Radiography (DR) | October 05, 2016 Agfa Highlights its DR Solutions Agfa highlights how its digital radiography (DR) systems capture analytics data to help improve management of the radiology department, show ROI on DR investments, and explains how its image processing software works.  Read the article “The Coming Push for DR.”  Watch the video “Technology Report: DR Systems.” Information Technology | April 15, 2019 itnTV “Conversations”: Vital Images Helps Build Infrastructure for the Future Vital Images has developed a strategy that allows its customers to capture revenues that are otherwise missed while building the infrastructure for the future. In an interview with itnTV, Vital Images executives Larry Sitka and Geoffrey Clemmons describe how the company has reconciled this vision of the future with near-term realities. Technology Reports | April 01, 2018 Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2017 ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of artificial intelligence advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2017 annual meeting.  AI was by far the hottest topic in sessions and on the expo floor at RSNA 2017. Here are links to related deep learning, machine learning coverage:Why AI By Any Name Is Sweet For RadiologyValue in Radiology Takes on Added Depth at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Key Imaging Technology Trends at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Deep Learning is Key Technology Trend at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Machine Learning and the Future of RadiologyVIDEO: Expanding Role for Artificial Intelligence in Medical ImagingHow Artificial Intelligence Will Change Medical Imaging Women’s Health | March 25, 2019 VIDEO: Ultrasound Versus MRI for Imaging of the Female Pelvis Deborah Levine, M.D., professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and vice chair for academic affairs in the Department of Radiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, describes scenarios where magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) could be more useful than ultrasound in issues with the female pelvis. Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Artificial Intelligence | July 12, 2019 VIDEO: The Economics of Artificial Intelligence Khan Siddiqui, M.D., founder and CEO of HOPPR, discusses the economic advantages and costs presented by artificial intelligence (AI) applications in radiology, as well as potential strategies for healthcare providers looking to add AI to their armamentarium, at the 2019 Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting. Nuclear Imaging | August 24, 2017 VIDEO: Implementing CZT SPECT Cardiac Protocols to Reduce Radiation Dose Randy Thompson, M.D., attending cardiologist, St. Luke’s Mid-America Heart Institute, Kansas City, explains protocols and what to consider when working with the newer generation CZT-SPECT camera systems for nuclear cardiology. He spoke during the 2017 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Today technology update meeting. Watch the related VIDEO “PET vs. SPECT in Nuclear Cardiology and Recent Advances in Technology.” Read the related articles “Managing Dose in PET and SPECT Myocardial Perfusion Imaging,”  and “Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging.” Breast Imaging | April 18, 2019 VIDEO: Age, Interval and Other Considerations for Breast Screening In a keynote lecture at the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI)/American College of Radiology (ACR) 2019 Symposium, Diana Miglioretti, Ph.D., dean’s professor of biostatistics at UC Davis Health, discussed risk-stratified breast cancer screening and its potential to improve the balance of screening benefits to harms by tailoring screening intensity and modality to individual risk factors.Read the article “How Risk Stratification Might Affect Women’s Health”Read the article “FDA Proposes New Rules for Mammography Reporting and Quality Improvement”Watch the VIDEO: A Discussion on Proposed FDA Rules for Mammography Reporting AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting Mahadevappa Mahesh, Ph.D., chief of medical physicist and professor of radiology and medical physics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and treasurer of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), explains some of the trends in medical physics and new features of the AAPM 2019 meeting. Watch the related VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care — Interview with AAPM President Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., at the 2019 AAPM meeting. Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, University Health Network, Princess Margaret Cancer Center, Toronto, Canada, explains how her center is using machine learning to automate treatment plans. The center is one of the first to use the RayStation machine learning treatment planning system for radiation oncology. She spoke at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Related content:Atrium Health Debuts Amazon Alexa Skill to Help Patients Access Medical CareSmart Speaker Technology Harnessed for Hospital Medical Treatments Information Technology View all 220 items Radiation Oncology | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of a Fully Self-contained Brain Radiotherapy System Stephen Sorensen, Ph.D., DABR, chief of medical physics, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona, explains the first commercial use of the Zap-X stereotactic radio surgery (SRS) brain radiotherapy system. The system uses a capsule-like shield to surround the gantry and patient, eliminating the need for expensive room build outs requiring vaults. The goal of the system is to expand SRS brain therapy by making it easier and less expensive to acquire the treatment system. Sorensen spoke about this system in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Efforts to Define the Roles of Medical Physicists and Assistants for Regulators Brent Parker, Ph.D., DABR, professor of radiation physics and medical physicist at MD Anderson Cancer Center, explains how the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) is creating guidelines to better define the roles of non-physicist assistants. He said there is a lack of state regulatory oversight for medical physicists or their assistants, partly because there are no guidelines from the medical societies. AAPM has created a series of policy statements to better define these the roles and requirements for all of these positions. Parker said the goal is to give state regulators the the definitions needed to create oversight guidelines. He spoke on this topic in sessions at the AAPM 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Related content:itnTV “Conversations”: The Accuray Philosophycenter_img Advanced Visualization | April 01, 2019 VIDEO: The GE iCenter Looks Toward the Future of New Technologies GE Healthcare goes beyond core equipment maintenance to help clients solve some of their most important asset and clinical performance challenges through digital solutions. Radiation Therapy | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Creating a Low-cost Radiotherapy System for the Developing World Paul Liu, Ph.D., post-doctoral research associate, Image X Institute at the University of Sydney, Australia, explains how his center is working on a low-cost radiation therapy system for the developing world. The Nano-X system will use a fixed linac gantry and rotate the patient around the beam. 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Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, interventional radiologist at Texas Children’s Hospital, editor of IR Quarterly for the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and on the Board of Directors for the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, explained how artificial intelligence (AI) can assist in pediatric imaging and the pitfalls of training AI systems. He spoke at the 2019 Radiology AIMed conference. Deep learning algorithms require large amounts of patient case data to train the systems to read medical images automatically without human intervention. However, in pediatrics, there are often much lower numbers of normal and abnormal scans that can be used compared to vast amounts of adult exams available. This makes it difficult to train systems, so AI developers are coming up with innovative new ways to train their software. Compounding issues with training pediatric imaging AI is that the normal ranges change very quickly for young children due to their rapid development. He explained what is normal for a 2-year-old may not be normal for a 5-year-old.Desai and other pediatric physicians who spoke at the conference said AI could have a big impact on pediatric imaging where there are not enough specialists for the increasing image volumes. Related GE Edison Platform Content:VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence – GE Builds AI Applications on Edison PlatformGE Healthcare Unveils New Applications and Smart Devices Built on Edison Platform Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate research assistant in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab of the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, describes how he and fellow researchers used multiple types of cardiac imaging to evaluate the health of athletes who compete in endurance events lasting six hours or more, and what the results may suggest for future screening.Watch the VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019, an interview with AHRA President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA. Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting.  Artificial Intelligence | March 13, 2019 VIDEO: How iCad Uses AI to Speed Breast Tomosynthesis At RSNA 2018, iCad showed how its ProFound AI for digital breast tomosynthesis technology might help in the interpretation of tomosynthesis exams. Rodney Hawkins, vice president of marketing for iCad, discusses how this technology can better help detect the cancer.Related content:Artificial Intelligence 2018: What Radiologists Need to Know About AIRSNA 2018 Sunday – Improving, Not Replacing Find more news and videos from AAPM. Nuclear Imaging | August 24, 2017 VIDEO: PET vs. SPECT in Nuclear Cardiology and Recent Advances in Technology Prem Soman, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at the Heart and Vascular Institute, University of Pittsburgh, and president-elect of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), explained advances in PET and SPECT imaging and the learning curve involved in reading scans from the new CZT SPECT cameras. Watch the VIDEO: Trends in Nuclear Cardiology Imaging, an iknterview with David Wolinsky, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Read the related article “Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging.” Information Technology | April 17, 2019 itnTV “Conversations”: Creating an Interoperability Strategy With Intellispace Enterprise Edition as the foundation, Philips Healthcare is connecting facilities and service areas within enterprises, while developing standards-based interoperability that preserves customers’ investments and best of breed systems.  CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. The scanner also comes with a HeartFlow FFR-CT starter pack.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Find more SCCT news and videos Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | January 08, 2016 RSNA Technology Report 2015: MRI Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015. Below is related MRI content:RSNA Technology Report 2015: Magnetic Resonance ImagingRecent Advances in MRI TechnologySoftware Advances in MRI TechnologyAdvances in Cardiac Imaging at RSNA 2016Recent Trends and Developments in Contrast MediaComparison Chart: MRI Wide Bore Systems (chart access will require a login, but is free and only takes a minute to register)Comparison Chart: MRI Contrast Agents(chart access will require a login, but is free and only takes a minute to register)Comparison Chart: Cardiovascular MRI Analysis Software(chart access will require a login, but is free and only takes a minute to register) Find more SCCT news and videos Find more SCCT news and videos Videos | Angiography | March 22, 2011 VIDEO: Liver Vascular Guidance Using Innova Vision 3D Navigation Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. Nuclear Imaging | March 22, 2019 VIDEO: Utilization of PET For Evaluation of Cardiac Sarcoidosis Raza Alvi, M.D., a research fellow in radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, has been involved in a study of a positron-emission tomography (PET) FDG radiotracer agent to image sarcoidosis. The inflammatory disease affects multiple organs and usually include abnormal masses or nodules (granulomas) consisting of inflamed tissues that can form in the heart. Alvi presented on this topic at American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2019 meeting.  Interventional Radiology | October 19, 2018 VIDEO: Y90 Embolization of Liver Cancer at Henry Ford Hospital Scott Schwartz, M.D., interventional radiologist and program director for IR residencies and the vascular and interventional radiology fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital, explains how the department uses Yttrium-90 (Y90) embolization therapy to treat liver cancer.Find more content on Henry Ford Hospital Enterprise Imaging | March 27, 2019 VIDEO: GE Healthcare’s CCA Analytics Provides Governance for Enterprise Imaging GE Healthcare Centricity Clinical Archive (CCA) Analytics, shown at RSNA 2018, works directly with the vendor neutral archive (VNA), allowing users to evaluate clinical, financial and operational processes across the healthcare system. The analytics solution shows how all of the different components of the archive and all of the imaging sources — departments, facilities and modalities — are working across the enterprise. Dr. Thierry DeBaere, head of surgical radiology at the Institut Gustave Roussy in Villejuif, France explains how he uses the GE Heathcare Innova Vision to perform a portal vein embolization on a patient with liver cancer. Conference Coverage View all 396 items Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate research assistant in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab of the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, describes how he and fellow researchers used multiple types of cardiac imaging to evaluate the health of athletes who compete in endurance events lasting six hours or more, and what the results may suggest for future screening.Watch the VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019, an interview with AHRA President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA. Related Cardiac Sarcoidosis Content:ASNC and SNMMI Release Joint Document on Diagnosis, Treatment of Cardiac SarcoidosisNew PET-CT Scan Improves Detection in Rare Cardiac Condition25 Most Impactful Nuclear Cardiology ArticlesRecent Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging Technology SPECT-CT | December 12, 2018 VIDEO: Walk Around of the Veriton SPECT-CT System This is a walk around of the new Spectrum Dynamics Veriton SPECT-CT nuclear imaging system introduced at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. This is a walk around of an innovative new SPECT-CT nuclear imaging system shown at the Radiological Society Of North America (RSNA) 2018 meeting this week. It’s CT system with comes in 16, 64 or 128 slice configurations. It has 12 SPECT detector robotic arms that automatically move toward the patient and use a sensor to stop a few millimeters from the skin to optimize photon counts and SPECT image quality. It also uses more sensitive CZT digital detectors, which allows either faster scan times, or use of only half the radiotracer dose of analog detector scans.Read the article “Nuclear Imaging Moves Toward Digital Detector Technology.” Read the article “Spectrum Dynamics Sues GE for Theft, Misappropriation of Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition.” CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. The scanner also comes with a HeartFlow FFR-CT starter pack.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Related content:VIDEO: Implementation of Artificial Intelligence Tools in Radiology Practice — Interview with Lawrence Tanenbaum, M.D.VIDEO: AI That Second Reads Radiology Reports and Deals With Incidental Findings — Interview with Nina Kottler, M.D.Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence at RSNA 2018VIDEO: Implementation of Artificial Intelligence Tools in Radiology Practice Digital Pathology | July 11, 2019 VIDEO: Integrating Digital Pathology With Radiology Toby Cornish, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor and medical director of informatics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, explains how the subspecialty of digital pathology has evolved in recent years, the benefits of integrating pathology and radiology, and how artificial intelligence (AI) may smooth the transition, at the 2019 Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting.  Women’s Health View all 62 items Related CT Calcium Scorining Content:VIDEO: New Cholesterol Guidelines Support CT Calcium Scoring for Risk Assessment — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D.CT Calcium Scoring Becoming a Key Risk Factor AssessmentACC and AHA Release Updated Cholesterol Guidelines for 2018VIDEO: CT Calcium Scoring to Screen For Who Should Take Statins — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D. Radiation Oncology View all 91 items Enterprise Imaging | July 09, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 2 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison, healthcare IT consultant and Chris Roth, M.D., associate professor of radiology, vice chair, information technology and clinical informatics, and director of imaging informatics strategy at Duke University Medical Center, about how to find the right people to deploy a successful enterprise imaging strategy.Watch part 1 of the interview at the 2019 Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) conference. Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. Clinical Decision Support | June 29, 2017 VIDEO: Clinical Decision Support Requirements for Cardiac Imaging Rami Doukky, M.D., system chair, Division of Cardiology, professor of medicine, Cook County Health and Hospitals System, Chicago, discusses the new CMS requirements for clinical decision support (CDS) appropriate use criteria (AUC) documentation in cardiac imaging starting on Jan. 1, 2018. He spoke at the 2017 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Today meeting. Read the article “CMS to Require Appropriate Use Criteria Documentation for Medical Imaging Orders.” Artificial Intelligence | April 02, 2019 itnTV “Conversations:” What is Edison? At RSNA 2018, GE Healthcare formally presented Edison as the company’s new applications platform, designed to speed the delivery of precision care.  CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Find more SCCT news and videos Technology Reports View all 9 items Enterprise Imaging | July 08, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 1 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison, healthcare IT consultant and Chris Roth, M.D., associate professor of radiology, vice chair, information technology and clinical informatics, and director of imaging informatics strategy at Duke University Medical Center, about how to find the right people to deploy a successful enterprise imaging strategy. Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting.  Sponsored Videos View all 142 items Related Articles on Y-90 Radiotherapy:Current Advances in Targeted Radionuclide TherapyA Look Ahead in Targeted Radionuclide TherapyRadioactive Bead Therapy Now Used for Head, Neck TumorsNCCN Guidelines Recommend Y-90 Microspheres for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Treatment Find more SCCT news and videos Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic CT Clinical Innovation Center, professor of medical physics and biomedical engineering and the 2019 president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), shares her insights on the latest advances in computed tomography (CT) imaging technology. She spoke at the 2019 AAPM meeting. She also did an interview at AAPM on her president’s theme for the 2019 meeting – VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care.Find more news and videos from AAPM. Radiology Business | May 03, 2017 VIDEO: MACRA’s Impact on Cardiology Kim A. Williams, Sr., M.D., chief of cardiology at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago and former president of both the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), explains the impact of healthcare reform on cardiology and specifically on nuclear perfusion imaging.  Artificial Intelligence | April 17, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence in Radiology — Are We Doomed? At the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI)/American College of Radiology (ACR) 2019 Symposium, Rasu Shrestha, M.D., MBA, chief strategy officer for Atrium Health, discusses his new role with Atrium, the hype cycle of artificial intelligence (AI) and the key elements of getting AI in radiology — and in healthcare — right.Read the article “Atrium Health Debuts Amazon Alexa Skill to Help Patients Access Medical Care”Listen to the podcast Is Artificial Intelligence The Doom of Radiology?, a discussion with Shrestha. Related CT Calcium Scorining Content:VIDEO: New Cholesterol Guidelines Support CT Calcium Scoring for Risk Assessment — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D.CT Calcium Scoring Becoming a Key Risk Factor AssessmentACC and AHA Release Updated Cholesterol Guidelines for 2018VIDEO: CT Calcium Scoring to Screen For Who Should Take Statins — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D. RSNA | April 03, 2019 VIDEO: Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Technology at RSNA 2018 ITN Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the most interesting new medical imaging technologies displayed on the expo floor at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. The video includes new technologies for fetal ultrasound, CT, MRI, mobile DR X-ray, a new generation of fluoroscopy systems, MRI contrast mapping to better identify tumors, and a new technique to create moving X-ray images from standard DR imaging.Watch the related VIDEO: Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Artificial Intelligence Technologies at RSNA 2018. This inlcudes a tour of some of the recently FDA-cleared AI technologies for medical imaging at RSNA 2018.  Find more news and videos from AAPM. CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. The scanner also comes with a HeartFlow FFR-CT starter pack.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate research assistant in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab of the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, describes how he and fellow researchers used multiple types of cardiac imaging to evaluate the health of athletes who compete in endurance events lasting six hours or more, and what the results may suggest for future screening.Watch the VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019, an interview with AHRA President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA. Radiation Therapy | February 21, 2019 VIDEO: Whole Versus Partial Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Christy Kesslering, M.D., medical director of radiation oncology at the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center, about the different radiation therapy options for breast cancer patients offered at the center.Watch the VIDEOs Advancements in Radiation Therapy for Brain Cancer and Multidisciplinary Treatment of Brain Tumors with Vinai Gondi, M.D., director of research and CNS neuro-oncology at the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center.Additional videos and coverage of Northwestern Medicinelast_img read more

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first_img Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. read more Feature | April 10, 2013 Researchers Discuss New Frontiers in Breast Cancer Screening Findings appear in The American Journal of Medicine News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more April 10, 2013 — Researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center predict that advancements in breast cancer screening will need a personalized touch because mammography is not a “one strategy fits all” technology. Their review “Beyond Mammography: New Frontiers in Breast Cancer Screening” appears in the April 4 issue of The American Journal of Medicine.“Although mammography remains the gold standard for breast cancer screening, there is increasing awareness that there are subpopulations of women for whom mammography is limited because of its reduced sensitivity based on an individual’s breast density and other factors,” said Jennifer S. Drukteinis, M.D., the study’s lead author and assistant member in Moffitt’s Department of Diagnostic Imaging.The writers refer to a controversial disagreement on mammography screening issues. In 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a panel of healthcare professionals charged with reviewing published research and making healthcare policy recommendations, issued guidelines that women should get mammograms every two years starting at age 50. They recommended against screening before 50. Their recommendation generated great controversy, even outrage, because of a well-established convention recommending mammography screening beginning at 40 and, for those with a first-degree relative with breast cancer, screening should start a decade before that relative’s age at diagnosis.“At present, the task force is the only group or consensus panel in the United States recommending breast cancer screenings to begin at age 50,” Blaise P. Mooney, M.D., study co-author and an assistant member in Moffitt’s Department of Diagnostic Imaging. “There is, however, clear evidence that mammography detects early breast cancers in this population. Data suggest that large-scale screening reduces mortality.”As effective as mammography has been, the authors consider it an imperfect screening tool.The authors point out that the sensitivity of mammography is highly variable. The effectiveness for women with fatty breast tissue is as high as 98 percent while the effectiveness for women with dense breasts can be as low as 36 percent. Women who undergo annual mammography may still present with cancers found only on physical examination, they said.Additionally, some studies suggest radiation exposure may contribute to an increase in breast cancer incidence in high-risk populations.More successful breast cancer screening requires increased sensitivity and specificity while limiting costs and radiation burden, the authors recommended.They also suggested that optimal patient care will require a new screening paradigm with patient-specific strategies tailored to risk based on family history, age, genetic profiles and breast density.“The sensitivity of mammography is inversely proportional to breast density,” explained Mooney. “Owing to decreased sensitivity in women with dense breast tissue, but with attention to radiation concerns and a high rate of false positives, breast imagers are adapting with new technologies.”According to the authors, those new technologies include low-dose mammography, contrast-enhanced mammography (evaluates blood flow in the breast), automated whole breast ultrasound, molecular imaging, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and tomosynthesis.“The role of these new technologies is primarily as an adjunct to screening mammography and can be used in a combination tailored to the individual’s risk factors and breast density, with the goal of maximizing sensitivity and specificity,” said Drukteinis.For more information: www.moffitt.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more last_img read more

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first_img Annoyed by the high cost of a tune-up, 30 years ago I took a class on automotive maintenance. Armed with a spark plug wrench, timing light and screwdriver, I thereafter tuned up — far more often than necessary — my 1978 Toyota Corolla. Back then I had the right tools and the knowledge to do what needed to be done. Today I have neither.Radiologists are in a different ocean, but the same boat.No one speaks today of soft copy reads. They are the norm. PACS workstations are the new light boards. Developers claim their software makes interpreting images easy and efficient. But not everyone agrees.In the Sept. 12 online publication of the Journal of the American College of Radiology, radiologists lamented the inadequate design of workstations, their insufficientflow of information and lack of intuitiveness. Their shortcomings cause fatigue and inaccuracy, according to a survey that tapped the opinions of five radiologists, part of an exploratory study commissioned by GE, supported and conducted by ACR Image Metrix. It is arguably too small a sample on which to draw definitive conclusions.  And yet … there was a ring of truth.  “Radiologists spend a large amount of nonproductive time each day dealing with inefficiencies attributable to their workstations and inherent to their workflow,” according to the study authors. Adding up the wasted time reported by radiologists, the researchers came up with a whopping 173 nonproductive minutes per radiologist per day — nearly three hours of inefficiencies that frustrate and add to radiologists’ fatigue, according to the study.  Most concerning is the possibility that — pushed by high volumes of exams and limited by their own physical abilities — radiologists may not be as thorough as they could be or as accurate as they need to be. Not good.  But the first step toward a solution may be the study that uncovered the problem. Recognizing the need to improve workstations and characterizing the weaknesses demonstrates not only the opportunity to design better workstations, but how it might be done.  Can vendors look at those 173 nonproductive minutes per day and find out what is behind them? Can they involve radiologists in workstation design? It won’t be easy. There will be great variability and individuals will each have preferences. But so what? So, develop consensus. Assemble a working group of radiologists, give them all the features they might want, then give them a budget. Make them pick and choose among the features. Do it over and over with other groups until patterns arise. Then lock in what makes workstations better. It’s got to be done and soon.Imaging utilization has leveled off, but harsh economics have led many radiology practices to rein in their numbers, choosing not to replace retiring members. Not surprisingly in this environment, more productivity is being demanded. ObamaCare could lead to a surge in volume. If so, efficiency will be even more important than it is now.Efficiency will be the key to coping. Working smarter will not be an option.Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. Read more of his views on his blog at itnonline.com. Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Related Content Blog | Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant | November 04, 2013 Having the Right Tools for the Job 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 Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  The Toshiba Vantage Titan 1.5T is comfortable, safe and user-friendly. The wide bore and Pianissimo noise-reduction technology make patients more comfortable, helping to produce motion-free images. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 0.00%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 0.00%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Can you tell when someone is lying? read more News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. 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Survivors of Childhood Cancer Have HighRisk of Recurrent Stroke

first_imgNews | Radiation Therapy | August 28, 2015 Survivors of Childhood Cancer Have High-Risk of Recurrent Stroke Findings have clinical implications on how we treat and follow survivors News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Most people assume strokes only happen to octogenarians, but recent evidence suggests that survivors of childhood cancer have a high risk of suffering a stroke at a surprisingly young age.A new study from the UC San Francisco Pediatric Brain Center shows that childhood cancer survivors suffering one stroke have double the risk of suffering a second stroke, when compared with non-cancer stroke survivors. The study found that the main predictors of recurrent stroke were cranial radiation therapy, hypertension and older age at first stroke – factors that could help physicians identify high-risk patients.The findings provide strong evidence for adjusting secondary stroke prevention strategies in these patients, and to aggressively detect and treat modifiable stroke risk factors, such as hypertension. Findings appear in the Aug. 26, 2015, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.“We are at a point where more children are surviving cancer because of life-saving interventions,” said Sabine Mueller, M.D., Ph.D., director of the UCSF Pediatric Brain Tumor Center in UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco and co-author of the study. “ Now, we are facing long-term problems associated with these interventions.”The Pediatric Brain Center (PBC) is a collaboration between two UCSF centers — the Pediatric Brain Tumor Center, and Pediatric Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease Center — that brings specialists together to provide coordinated care for patients, while conducting research to better understand how to care for children.The researchers analyzed retrospective data from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS), which has followed 14,358 survivors diagnosed between 1970 and 1986 in the United States and Canada to track long-term outcomes of cancer treatment. All of the recruits were diagnosed with cancer before age 21. To assess stroke recurrence rates, the researchers sent a second survey to participants who had reported a first stroke, asking them to confirm their first stroke and report if and when they had had another. The researchers analyzed the respondent demographics and cancer treatments to identify any potential predictors of recurrent strokes.Of the 271 respondents who reported having had a stroke, 70 also reported a second one. Overall, the rate of recurrence within the first 10 years after an initial stroke was 21 percent, which is double the rate of the general population of stroke survivors. The rate was even higher — 33 percent — for patients who had received cranial radiation therapy.Previous research has shown that radiation therapy targeting the head is a strong predictor of a first stroke. In an earlier study, the authors found that children treated for brain tumors were 30 times more likely to suffer a stroke compared to their siblings. While the exact mechanisms are unclear, the scientists think high-dose radiation causes the blood vessels to constrict and encourage blockage.“If they have one stroke, it’s not actually surprising that they have a high risk of getting another stroke,” said Heather Fullerton, M.D., professor of neurology, founder of the UCSF Pediatric Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease Center, and first author of the study. “You might use aspirin after the first stroke to try to reduce blood clots, but you’re not making those diseased blood vessels go away.”The findings have significant implications for medical follow-up in childhood cancer patients. The authors said that current survivor screening guidelines do not recommend checking for diseased blood vessels, even though the signs are visible in standard MRIs.“The radiologists are so focused on looking in the brain area where the tumor used to be that they’re not looking at the blood vessels,” Fullerton said.Based on the findings, UCSF has updated protocols for monitoring patients to include screening for both blood vessel injury and modifiable stroke risk factors, but it is not required on a national level.“If we could identify high-risk patients, we could recommend they be followed by a pediatric stroke specialist,” said Mueller. “That will be huge in providing effective follow-up care for these children.”Other collaborators on the study are Robert R. Goldsby, M.D., professor of pediatrics and director of the UCSF Survivors of Childhood Cancer Program; Kayla Stratton, MS, and Wendy Leisenring, Sc.D., of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; Gregory Armstrong, M.D., Leslie Robinson, Ph.D., and Kevin Krull, Ph.D., of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital; Marilyn Stovall, Ph.D., and RE Weathers, MS, of the University of Texas, and Charles Sklar, Ph.D., of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.This work was supported by the National Cancer Institute (U24 CA 55727), the Cancer Center Support (CORE), the American Lebanese-Syrian Associated Charities, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, the Frank A. Campini Foundation and a private donation from the LaRoche family.UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco is the only California state-designated children’s medical center in San Francisco. The hospital is one of the leading children’s hospitals in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. Its expertise covers virtually all pediatric conditions, including cancer, heart disease, neurological disorders, organ transplants and orthopedics as well as the care of critically ill newborns.For more information: www.ucsf.edu/news. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Related Contentcenter_img A nurse examines a patient in the Emergency Department of Cincinnati Children’s, where researchers successfully tested artificial intelligence-based technology to improve patient recruitment for clinical trials. Researchers report test results in the journal JMIR Medical Informatics. Image courtesy of Cincinnati Children’s. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… 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 News | Artificial Intelligence | July 31, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Solution Improves Clinical Trial Recruitment Clinical trials are a critical tool for getting new treatments to people who need them, but research shows that… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systemslast_img read more

Toshiba Aplio Platinum Ultrasound Authorized Secure by US Department of Defense

first_imgNews | Ultrasound Imaging | April 08, 2016 Toshiba Aplio Platinum Ultrasound Authorized Secure by U.S. Department of Defense Designation shows systems meet network security guidelines, mitigate security risks to medical imaging technology Related Content News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more April 8, 2016 — Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc. has received authorization to operate (ATO) with the U.S. Air Force for its Aplio Platinum Series ultrasound systems. Toshiba has previously secured Air Force ATO for its computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance (MR) and cardiovascular X-ray portfolios, as cybersecurity becomes a growing concern for hospitals that are increasingly connected through online networks.By receiving ATO status, Toshiba’s Aplio 500 Platinum and Aplio 300 Platinum ultrasound systems have met the Air Force and Defense Health Agency’s (DHA) Platform Information Technology (PIT) guidelines for ensuring protection of patient health information (PHI) and guarding against malware, viruses and malicious software. To meet these guidelines, Toshiba enhanced its Aplio Platinum Series ultrasound platform to include Microsoft Windows 7 and application whitelisting security software to proactively identify and prevent viruses and malicious solicitations.For more information: www.medical.toshiba.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more read more last_img read more

VIDEO A Discussion on Proposed FDA Rules for Mammography Reporting

first_img Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, University Health Network, Princess Margaret Cancer Center, Toronto, Canada, explains how her center is using machine learning to automate treatment plans. The center is one of the first to use the RayStation machine learning treatment planning system for radiation oncology. She spoke at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Nuclear Imaging | April 28, 2017 VIDEO: Trends in Nuclear Cardiology Imaging David Wolinsky, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at Cleveland Clinic Florida and past-president of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), discusses advancements in nuclear imaging and some of the issues facing the subspecialty. Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System SPECT-CT | December 12, 2018 VIDEO: Walk Around of the Veriton SPECT-CT System This is a walk around of the new Spectrum Dynamics Veriton SPECT-CT nuclear imaging system introduced at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. This is a walk around of an innovative new SPECT-CT nuclear imaging system shown at the Radiological Society Of North America (RSNA) 2018 meeting this week. It’s CT system with comes in 16, 64 or 128 slice configurations. It has 12 SPECT detector robotic arms that automatically move toward the patient and use a sensor to stop a few millimeters from the skin to optimize photon counts and SPECT image quality. It also uses more sensitive CZT digital detectors, which allows either faster scan times, or use of only half the radiotracer dose of analog detector scans.Read the article “Nuclear Imaging Moves Toward Digital Detector Technology.” Read the article “Spectrum Dynamics Sues GE for Theft, Misappropriation of Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition.” Find more news and videos from AAPM. Digital Radiography (DR) | October 05, 2016 Agfa Highlights its DR Solutions Agfa highlights how its digital radiography (DR) systems capture analytics data to help improve management of the radiology department, show ROI on DR investments, and explains how its image processing software works.  Read the article “The Coming Push for DR.”  Watch the video “Technology Report: DR Systems.” Breast Imaging | April 18, 2019 VIDEO: Age, Interval and Other Considerations for Breast Screening In a keynote lecture at the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI)/American College of Radiology (ACR) 2019 Symposium, Diana Miglioretti, Ph.D., dean’s professor of biostatistics at UC Davis Health, discussed risk-stratified breast cancer screening and its potential to improve the balance of screening benefits to harms by tailoring screening intensity and modality to individual risk factors.Read the article “How Risk Stratification Might Affect Women’s Health”Read the article “FDA Proposes New Rules for Mammography Reporting and Quality Improvement”Watch the VIDEO: A Discussion on Proposed FDA Rules for Mammography Reporting Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. Radiation Oncology | May 13, 2019 Patient-first Innovations from Accuray at ASTRO 2018 At ASTRO 2018, Accuray showcased new patient-first innovations, including motion synchronization on Radixact, and the new CK VoLO, a fast optimizer on the CyberKnife system. Andrew Delao, senior director of marketing for Accuray, highlights the new features. Videos | Mammography | April 15, 2019 VIDEO: A Discussion on Proposed FDA Rules for Mammography Reporting Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate research assistant in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab of the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, describes how he and fellow researchers used multiple types of cardiac imaging to evaluate the health of athletes who compete in endurance events lasting six hours or more, and what the results may suggest for future screening.Watch the VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019, an interview with AHRA President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA. Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. RSNA | April 03, 2019 VIDEO: Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Technology at RSNA 2018 ITN Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the most interesting new medical imaging technologies displayed on the expo floor at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. The video includes new technologies for fetal ultrasound, CT, MRI, mobile DR X-ray, a new generation of fluoroscopy systems, MRI contrast mapping to better identify tumors, and a new technique to create moving X-ray images from standard DR imaging.Watch the related VIDEO: Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Artificial Intelligence Technologies at RSNA 2018. This inlcudes a tour of some of the recently FDA-cleared AI technologies for medical imaging at RSNA 2018.  Artificial Intelligence | January 15, 2019 Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2018 In Artificial Intelligence 2018: What Radiologists Need to Know About AI, ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of artificial intelligence (AI) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2018 annual meeting. Radiology Business | May 03, 2017 VIDEO: MACRA’s Impact on Cardiology Kim A. Williams, Sr., M.D., chief of cardiology at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago and former president of both the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), explains the impact of healthcare reform on cardiology and specifically on nuclear perfusion imaging.  Mammography | April 15, 2019 VIDEO: A Discussion on Proposed FDA Rules for Mammography Reporting Wendie Berg, M.D., Ph.D., FACR, chief scientific advisor to DenseBreast-info.org and professor of radiology at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine/Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC, spoke with ITN Editorial Director Melinda Taschetta-Millane about some of the proposed amendments to the language being used for mammography reporting and quality improvement.Read the article “FDA Proposes New Rules for Mammography Reporting and Quality Improvement” Information Technology | April 15, 2019 itnTV “Conversations”: Vital Images Helps Build Infrastructure for the Future Vital Images has developed a strategy that allows its customers to capture revenues that are otherwise missed while building the infrastructure for the future. In an interview with itnTV, Vital Images executives Larry Sitka and Geoffrey Clemmons describe how the company has reconciled this vision of the future with near-term realities. Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Related content:itnTV “Conversations”: The Accuray Philosophy Clinical Decision Support | June 29, 2017 VIDEO: Clinical Decision Support Requirements for Cardiac Imaging Rami Doukky, M.D., system chair, Division of Cardiology, professor of medicine, Cook County Health and Hospitals System, Chicago, discusses the new CMS requirements for clinical decision support (CDS) appropriate use criteria (AUC) documentation in cardiac imaging starting on Jan. 1, 2018. He spoke at the 2017 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Today meeting. Read the article “CMS to Require Appropriate Use Criteria Documentation for Medical Imaging Orders.” Brachytherapy Systems | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: New Alpha Emitter Brachytherapy Seeds in Development Lior Arazi, Ph.D., assistant professor at Ben-Gurion University, Israel, explains the potential benefits of a new Radium-224 brachytherapy seed technology he is helping develop. The technology uses high-dose alpha particles to kill cancer cells, but has a very short tissue penetration, so it can be placed very close to critical structures without causing collateral damage to healthy tissue. He discussed this technology in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Radiation Therapy | February 21, 2019 VIDEO: Whole Versus Partial Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Christy Kesslering, M.D., medical director of radiation oncology at the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center, about the different radiation therapy options for breast cancer patients offered at the center.Watch the VIDEOs Advancements in Radiation Therapy for Brain Cancer and Multidisciplinary Treatment of Brain Tumors with Vinai Gondi, M.D., director of research and CNS neuro-oncology at the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center.Additional videos and coverage of Northwestern Medicine Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, interventional radiologist at Texas Children’s Hospital, editor of IR Quarterly for the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and on the Board of Directors for the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, explained how artificial intelligence (AI) can assist in pediatric imaging and the pitfalls of training AI systems. He spoke at the 2019 Radiology AIMed conference. Deep learning algorithms require large amounts of patient case data to train the systems to read medical images automatically without human intervention. However, in pediatrics, there are often much lower numbers of normal and abnormal scans that can be used compared to vast amounts of adult exams available. This makes it difficult to train systems, so AI developers are coming up with innovative new ways to train their software. Compounding issues with training pediatric imaging AI is that the normal ranges change very quickly for young children due to their rapid development. He explained what is normal for a 2-year-old may not be normal for a 5-year-old.Desai and other pediatric physicians who spoke at the conference said AI could have a big impact on pediatric imaging where there are not enough specialists for the increasing image volumes. Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Related content:Atrium Health Debuts Amazon Alexa Skill to Help Patients Access Medical CareSmart Speaker Technology Harnessed for Hospital Medical Treatments CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Related CT Calcium Scorining Content:VIDEO: New Cholesterol Guidelines Support CT Calcium Scoring for Risk Assessment — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D.CT Calcium Scoring Becoming a Key Risk Factor AssessmentACC and AHA Release Updated Cholesterol Guidelines for 2018VIDEO: CT Calcium Scoring to Screen For Who Should Take Statins — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D. Radiation Therapy | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Creating a Low-cost Radiotherapy System for the Developing World Paul Liu, Ph.D., post-doctoral research associate, Image X Institute at the University of Sydney, Australia, explains how his center is working on a low-cost radiation therapy system for the developing world. The Nano-X system will use a fixed linac gantry and rotate the patient around the beam. This would lighten the weight of the system, reduce the need for room shielding, and cut the number iof moving parts to lower costs and ease maintanence. Liu spoke about the project in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | January 08, 2016 RSNA Technology Report 2015: MRI Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015. Below is related MRI content:RSNA Technology Report 2015: Magnetic Resonance ImagingRecent Advances in MRI TechnologySoftware Advances in MRI TechnologyAdvances in Cardiac Imaging at RSNA 2016Recent Trends and Developments in Contrast MediaComparison Chart: MRI Wide Bore Systems (chart access will require a login, but is free and only takes a minute to register)Comparison Chart: MRI Contrast Agents(chart access will require a login, but is free and only takes a minute to register)Comparison Chart: Cardiovascular MRI Analysis Software(chart access will require a login, but is free and only takes a minute to register) Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate research assistant in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab of the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, describes how he and fellow researchers used multiple types of cardiac imaging to evaluate the health of athletes who compete in endurance events lasting six hours or more, and what the results may suggest for future screening.Watch the VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019, an interview with AHRA President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA. Related GE Edison Platform Content:VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence – GE Builds AI Applications on Edison PlatformGE Healthcare Unveils New Applications and Smart Devices Built on Edison Platform Digital Pathology | July 11, 2019 VIDEO: Integrating Digital Pathology With Radiology Toby Cornish, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor and medical director of informatics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, explains how the subspecialty of digital pathology has evolved in recent years, the benefits of integrating pathology and radiology, and how artificial intelligence (AI) may smooth the transition, at the 2019 Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting.  Radiation Therapy | December 06, 2018 Technology Report: Patient-centered Care in Radiation Therapy Radiation therapy has become increasingly effective and safe as vendors continue to innovate technologies that benefit the patient. At ASTRO 2018, this patient-centric approach was exemplified and demonstrated not only in ways that match treatments to patients, but in how technologies can adjust to patient movement and anatomical changes, and to increase the precision of treatments. ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr showcases several new technologies that are helping to advance this field.For additional patient-centered care coverage, see:Conversations with Greg Freiherr: The Accuray PhilosophyASTRO Puts Patients First Related Artificial Intelligence ContentTechnology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2017VIDEO: RSNA Post-game Report on Artificial IntelligenceVIDEO: AI in Tumor Diagnostics, Treatment and Follow-upVIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Help Reduce Gadolinium Dose in MRIVIDEO: AI, Analytics and Informatics: The Future is Here Radiation Oncology | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of a Fully Self-contained Brain Radiotherapy System Stephen Sorensen, Ph.D., DABR, chief of medical physics, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona, explains the first commercial use of the Zap-X stereotactic radio surgery (SRS) brain radiotherapy system. The system uses a capsule-like shield to surround the gantry and patient, eliminating the need for expensive room build outs requiring vaults. The goal of the system is to expand SRS brain therapy by making it easier and less expensive to acquire the treatment system. Sorensen spoke about this system in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Enterprise Imaging | April 26, 2019 VIDEO: A Transformative Approach to Reducing Cost and Complexity at CarolinaEast Health System CarolinaEast Health System, an award-winning health system in New Bern, N.C., was one of the first to collaborate with Philips to implement IntelliSpace Enterprise Edition, a comprehensive managed service. Watch the video to see how we collaborated together to streamline workflows and improve interoperability for better care.Watch the related editorial interview VIDEO: Streamlining PACS Administration — Interview with Mike Ciancio, imaging systems administrator at CarolinaEast Health System. Molecular Imaging View all 22 items Computed Tomography (CT) | January 08, 2016 RSNA Technology Report 2015: Computed Tomography Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of computed tomography (CT) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015. The video includes Freiherr during his booth tours with some of the key vendors who were featuring new technology. Technology Reports | April 01, 2018 Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2017 ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of artificial intelligence advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2017 annual meeting.  AI was by far the hottest topic in sessions and on the expo floor at RSNA 2017. Here are links to related deep learning, machine learning coverage:Why AI By Any Name Is Sweet For RadiologyValue in Radiology Takes on Added Depth at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Key Imaging Technology Trends at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Deep Learning is Key Technology Trend at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Machine Learning and the Future of RadiologyVIDEO: Expanding Role for Artificial Intelligence in Medical ImagingHow Artificial Intelligence Will Change Medical Imaging Related Articles on Y-90 Radiotherapy:Current Advances in Targeted Radionuclide TherapyA Look Ahead in Targeted Radionuclide TherapyRadioactive Bead Therapy Now Used for Head, Neck TumorsNCCN Guidelines Recommend Y-90 Microspheres for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Treatment CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. The scanner also comes with a HeartFlow FFR-CT starter pack.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Related GE Edison Platform Content:GE Healthcare Unveils New Applications and Smart Devices Built on Edison PlatformVIDEO: itnTV Conversations — What is Edison? Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. Related CT Calcium Scorining Content:VIDEO: New Cholesterol Guidelines Support CT Calcium Scoring for Risk Assessment — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D.CT Calcium Scoring Becoming a Key Risk Factor AssessmentACC and AHA Release Updated Cholesterol Guidelines for 2018VIDEO: CT Calcium Scoring to Screen For Who Should Take Statins — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D. Nuclear Imaging | August 24, 2017 VIDEO: Implementing CZT SPECT Cardiac Protocols to Reduce Radiation Dose Randy Thompson, M.D., attending cardiologist, St. Luke’s Mid-America Heart Institute, Kansas City, explains protocols and what to consider when working with the newer generation CZT-SPECT camera systems for nuclear cardiology. He spoke during the 2017 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Today technology update meeting. Watch the related VIDEO “PET vs. SPECT in Nuclear Cardiology and Recent Advances in Technology.” Read the related articles “Managing Dose in PET and SPECT Myocardial Perfusion Imaging,”  and “Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging.” Find more SCCT news and videos Conference Coverage View all 396 items Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate research assistant in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab of the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, describes how he and fellow researchers used multiple types of cardiac imaging to evaluate the health of athletes who compete in endurance events lasting six hours or more, and what the results may suggest for future screening.Watch the VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019, an interview with AHRA President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA. Artificial Intelligence | March 13, 2019 VIDEO: How iCad Uses AI to Speed Breast Tomosynthesis At RSNA 2018, iCad showed how its ProFound AI for digital breast tomosynthesis technology might help in the interpretation of tomosynthesis exams. Rodney Hawkins, vice president of marketing for iCad, discusses how this technology can better help detect the cancer.Related content:Artificial Intelligence 2018: What Radiologists Need to Know About AIRSNA 2018 Sunday – Improving, Not Replacing Find more SCCT news and videos Radiation Oncology View all 91 items Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Digital Radiography (DR) | October 05, 2016 Technology Report: Digital Radiography Systems Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of digital radiography (DR) advances at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2016 meeting. Read the article “The Coming Push for DR.”  Watch a technology report sidebar video on new DR Systems technology. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享center_img Women’s Health View all 62 items Technology Reports View all 9 items AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting Mahadevappa Mahesh, Ph.D., chief of medical physicist and professor of radiology and medical physics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and treasurer of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), explains some of the trends in medical physics and new features of the AAPM 2019 meeting. Watch the related VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care — Interview with AAPM President Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., at the 2019 AAPM meeting. Information Technology | April 17, 2019 itnTV “Conversations”: Creating an Interoperability Strategy With Intellispace Enterprise Edition as the foundation, Philips Healthcare is connecting facilities and service areas within enterprises, while developing standards-based interoperability that preserves customers’ investments and best of breed systems.  Enterprise Imaging | July 09, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 2 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison, healthcare IT consultant and Chris Roth, M.D., associate professor of radiology, vice chair, information technology and clinical informatics, and director of imaging informatics strategy at Duke University Medical Center, about how to find the right people to deploy a successful enterprise imaging strategy.Watch part 1 of the interview at the 2019 Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) conference. Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, University Health Network, Princess Margaret Cancer Center, Toronto, Canada, explains how her center is using machine learning to automate treatment plans. The center is one of the first to use the RayStation machine learning treatment planning system for radiation oncology. She spoke at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting.  Nuclear Imaging | March 22, 2019 VIDEO: Utilization of PET For Evaluation of Cardiac Sarcoidosis Raza Alvi, M.D., a research fellow in radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, has been involved in a study of a positron-emission tomography (PET) FDG radiotracer agent to image sarcoidosis. The inflammatory disease affects multiple organs and usually include abnormal masses or nodules (granulomas) consisting of inflamed tissues that can form in the heart. Alvi presented on this topic at American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2019 meeting.  Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting.  Wendie Berg, M.D., Ph.D., FACR, chief scientific advisor to DenseBreast-info.org and professor of radiology at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine/Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC, spoke with ITN Editorial Director Melinda Taschetta-Millane about some of the proposed amendments to the language being used for mammography reporting and quality improvement.Read the article “FDA Proposes New Rules for Mammography Reporting and Quality Improvement” Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic CT Clinical Innovation Center, professor of medical physics and biomedical engineering and the 2019 president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), shares her insights on the latest advances in computed tomography (CT) imaging technology. She spoke at the 2019 AAPM meeting. She also did an interview at AAPM on her president’s theme for the 2019 meeting – VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care.Find more news and videos from AAPM. CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Related Cardiac Sarcoidosis Content:ASNC and SNMMI Release Joint Document on Diagnosis, Treatment of Cardiac SarcoidosisNew PET-CT Scan Improves Detection in Rare Cardiac Condition25 Most Impactful Nuclear Cardiology ArticlesRecent Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging Technology Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Nuclear Imaging | August 24, 2017 VIDEO: PET vs. SPECT in Nuclear Cardiology and Recent Advances in Technology Prem Soman, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at the Heart and Vascular Institute, University of Pittsburgh, and president-elect of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), explained advances in PET and SPECT imaging and the learning curve involved in reading scans from the new CZT SPECT cameras. Watch the VIDEO: Trends in Nuclear Cardiology Imaging, an iknterview with David Wolinsky, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Read the related article “Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging.” CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Computed Tomography (CT) Clinical Innovation Center, professor of medical physics and biomedical engineering, and the 2019 president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), explains the “building bridges” theme of the 2019 AAPM meeting. This theme was the focus of her president’s address at the 2019 AAPM meeting. She spoke on the theme of diversity and how to break down the barriers between various minorities, male-female, religion, national origin, etc. She gave many photo examples of how we pigeon hole people into neat categories and that we often say we have equally in society, however her images showed recent images of big political summits where there are no women present, or they were the secretaries in the background. She said in medical practice, department administration and collaboration on projects, people need to be cognoscente of bias they have engrained by culture for which they may not even be aware.She showed a slide of the AAPM membership makeup by generation and said members need to keep in mind the way each generation thinks and communicates varies by their generation’s life experience and upbringing. McCollough said understanding these differences can help bridge perceived gaps in communication. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. 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AAPM has created a series of policy statements to better define these the roles and requirements for all of these positions. Parker said the goal is to give state regulators the the definitions needed to create oversight guidelines. He spoke on this topic in sessions at the AAPM 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). 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He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. 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Find more SCCT news and videos CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. The scanner also comes with a HeartFlow FFR-CT starter pack.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Related content:VIDEO: Implementation of Artificial Intelligence Tools in Radiology Practice — Interview with Lawrence Tanenbaum, M.D.VIDEO: AI That Second Reads Radiology Reports and Deals With Incidental Findings — Interview with Nina Kottler, M.D.Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence at RSNA 2018VIDEO: Implementation of Artificial Intelligence Tools in Radiology Practice Enterprise Imaging | January 14, 2019 Technology Report: Enterprise Imaging 2018 In Enterprise Imaging 2018: Balancing Strategy and Technology in Enterprise Imaging, ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of enterprise imaging advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2018 annual meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Sponsored Videos View all 142 items Artificial Intelligence | April 17, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence in Radiology — Are We Doomed? At the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI)/American College of Radiology (ACR) 2019 Symposium, Rasu Shrestha, M.D., MBA, chief strategy officer for Atrium Health, discusses his new role with Atrium, the hype cycle of artificial intelligence (AI) and the key elements of getting AI in radiology — and in healthcare — right.Read the article “Atrium Health Debuts Amazon Alexa Skill to Help Patients Access Medical Care”Listen to the podcast Is Artificial Intelligence The Doom of Radiology?, a discussion with Shrestha. CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. 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Implementing lighting camera effects in Unity 2018

first_imgToday, we will explore lighting & camera effects in Unity 2018. We will start with cameras to include perspectives, frustums, and Skyboxes. Next, we will learn a few uses of multiple cameras to include mini-maps. We will also cover the different types of lighting, explore reflection probes, and conclude with a look at shadows. Working with cameras Cameras render scenes so that the user can view them. Think about the hidden complexity of this statement. Our games are 3D, but people playing our games view them on 2D displays such as television, computer monitors, or mobile devices. Fortunately for us, Unity makes implementing cameras easy work. Cameras are GameObjects and can be edited using transform tools in the Scene view as well as in the Inspector panel. Every scene must have at least one camera. In fact, when a new scene is created, Unity creates a camera named Main Camera. As you will see later in this chapter, a scene can have multiple cameras. In the Scene view, cameras are indicated with a white camera silhouette, as shown in the following screenshot: When we click our Main Camera in the Hierarchy panel, we are provided with a Camera Preview in the Scene view. This gives us a preview of what the camera sees as if it were in game mode. We also have access to several parameters via the Inspector panel. The Camera component in the Inspector panel is shown here: Let’s look at each of these parameters with relation to our Cucumber Beetle game: The Clear Flags parameter lets you switch between Skybox, Solid Color, Depth Only, and Don’t Clear. The selection here informs Unity which parts of the screen to clear. We will leave this setting as Skybox. You will learn more about Skyboxes later in this chapter. The Background parameter is used to set the default background fill (color) of your game world. This will only be visible after all game objects have been rendered and if there is no Skybox. Our Cucumber Beetle game will have a Skybox, so this parameter can be left with the default color. The Culling Mask parameter allows you to select and deselect the layers you want the camera to render. The default selection options are Nothing, Everything, Default, TransparentFX, Ignore Raycast, Water, and UI. For our game, we will select Everything. If you are not sure which layer a game object is associated with, select it and look at the Layer parameter in the top section of the Inspector panel. There you will see the assigned layer. You can easily change the layer as well as create your own unique layers. This gives you finite rendering control. The Projection parameter allows you to select which projection, perspective or orthographic, you want for your camera. We will cover both of those projections later in this chapter. When perspective projection is selected, we are given access to the Field of View parameter. This is for the width of the camera’s angle of view. The value range is 1-179°. You can use the slider to change the values and see the results in the Camera Preview window. When orthographic projection is selected, an additional Size parameter is available. This refers to the viewport size. For our game, we will select perspective projection with the Field of View set to 60. The Clipping Planes parameters include Near and Far. These settings set the closest and furthest points, relative to the camera, that rendering will happen at. For now, we will leave the default settings of 0.3 and 1000 for the Near and Far parameters, respectively. The Viewport Rect parameter has four components – X, Y, W, and H – that determine where the camera will be drawn on the screen. As you would expect, the X and Y components refer to horizontal and vertical positions, and the W and H components refer to width and height. You can experiment with these values and see the changes in the Camera Preview. For our game, we will leave the default settings. The Depth parameter is used when we implement more than one camera. We can set a value here to determine the camera’s priority in relation to others. Larger values indicate a higher priority. The default setting is sufficient for our game. The Rendering Path parameter defines what rendering methods our camera will use. The options are Use Graphics Settings, Forward, Deferred, Legacy Vertex Lit, and Legacy Deferred (light prepass). We will use the Use Graphics Settings option for our game, which also uses the default setting. The Target Texture parameter is not something we will use in our game. When a render texture is set, the camera is not able to render to the screen. The Occlusion Culling parameter is a powerful setting. If enabled, Unity will not render objects that are occluded, or not seen by the camera. An example would be objects inside a building. If the camera can currently only see the external walls of the building, then none of the objects inside those walls can be seen. So, it makes sense to not render those. We only want to render what is absolutely necessary to help ensure our game has smooth gameplay and no lag. We will leave this as enabled for our game. The Allow HDR parameter is a checkbox that toggles a camera’s High Dynamic Range (HDR) rendering. We will leave the default setting of enabled for our game. The Allow MSAA parameter is a toggle that determines whether our camera will use a Multisample Anti-Aliasing (MSAA) render target. MSAA is a computer graphics optimization technique and we want this enabled for our game. Understanding camera projections There are two camera projections used in Unity: perspective and orthographic. With perspective projection, the camera renders a scene based on the camera angle, as it exists in the scene. Using this projection, the further away an object is from the camera, the smaller it will be displayed. This mimics how we see things in the real world. Because of the desire to produce realistic games, or games that approximate the realworld, perspective projection is the most commonly used in modern games. It is also what we will use in our Cucumber Beetle game. The other projection is orthographic. An orthographic perspective camera renders a scene uniformly without any perspective. This means that objects further away will not be displayed smaller than objects closer to the camera. This type of camera is commonly used for top-down games and is the default camera projection used in 2D and Unity’s UI system. We will use perspective projection for our Cucumber Beetle game. Orientating your frustum When a camera is selected in the Hierarchy view, its frustum is visible in the Scene view. A frustum is a geometric shape that looks like a pyramid that has had its top cut off, as illustrated here: The near, or top, plane is parallel to its base. The base is also referred to as the far plane. The frustum’s shape represents the viable region of your game. Only objects in that region are rendered. Using the camera object in Scene view, we can change our camera’s frustum shape. Creating a Skybox When we create game worlds, we typically create the ground, buildings, characters, trees, and other game objects. What about the sky? By default, there will be a textured blue sky in your Unity game projects. That sky is sufficient for testing but does not add to an immersive gaming experience. We want a bit more realism, such as clouds, and that can be accomplished by creating a Skybox. A Skybox is a six-sided cube visible to the player beyond all other objects. So, when a player looks beyond your objects, what they see is your Skybox. As we said, Skyboxes are six-sided cubes, which means you will need six separate images that can essentially be clamped to each other to form the cube. The following screenshot shows the Default Skybox that Unity projects start with as well as the completed Custom Skybox you will create in this section: Perform the following steps to create a Skybox: In the Project panel, create a Skybox subfolder in the Assets folder. We will use this folder to store our textures and materials for the Skybox. Drag the provided six Skybox images, or your own, into the new Skybox folder. Ensure the Skybox folder is selected in the Project panel. From the top menu, select Assets | Create | Material. In the Project panel, name the material Skybox. With the Skybox material selected, turn your attention to the Inspector panel. Select the Shader drop-down menu and select SkyBox | 6 Sided. Use the Select button for each of the six images and navigate to the images you added in step 2. Be sure to match the appropriate texture to the appropriate cube face. For example, the SkyBox_Front texture matches the Front[+Z] cube face on the Skybox Material. In order to assign our new Skybox to our scene, select Window | Lighting | Settings from the top menu. This will bring up the Lighting settings dialog window. In the Lighting settings dialog window, click on the small circle to the right of the Skybox Material input field. Then, close the selection window and the Lighting window. Refer to the following screenshot: You will now be able to see your Skybox in the Scene view. When you click on the Camera in the Hierarchy panel, you will also see the Skybox as it will appear from the camera’s perspective. Be sure to save your scene and your project. Using multiple cameras Our Unity games must have a least one camera, but we are not limited to using just one. As you will see we will attach our main camera, or primary camera, to our player character. It will be as if the camera is following the character around the game environment. This will become the eyes of our character. We will play the game through our character’s view. A common use of a second camera is to create a mini-map that can be seen in a small window on top of the game display. These mini-maps can be made to toggle on and off or be permanent/fixed display components. Implementations might consist of a fog-of-war display, a radar showing enemies, or a global top-down view of the map for orientation purposes. You are only limited by your imagination. Another use of multiple cameras is to provide the player with the ability to switch between third-person and first-person views. You will remember that the first-person view puts the player’s arms in view, while in the third-person view, the player’s entire body is visible. We can use two cameras in the appropriate positions to support viewing from either camera. In a game, you might make this a toggle—say, with the C keyboard key—that switches from one camera to the other. Depending on what is happening in the game, the player might enjoy this ability. Some single-player games feature multiple playable characters. Giving the player the ability to switch between these characters gives them greater control over the game strategy. To achieve this, we would need to have cameras attached to each playable character and then give the player the ability to swap characters. We would do this through scripting. This is a pretty advanced implementation of multiple characters. Another use of multiple cameras is adding specialty views in a game. These specialty views might include looking through a door’s peep-hole, looking through binoculars at the top of a skyscraper, or even looking through a periscope. We can attach cameras to objects and change their viewing parameters to create unique camera use in our games. We are only limited by our own game designs and imagination. We can also use cameras as cameras. That’s right! We can use the camera game object to simulate actual in-game cameras. One example is implementing security cameras in a prison-escape game. Working with lighting In the previous sections, we explored the uses of cameras for Unity games. Just like in the real world, cameras need lights to show us objects. In Unity games, we use multiple lights to illuminate the game environment. In Unity, we have both dynamic lighting techniques as well as light baking options for better performance. We can add numerous light sources throughout our scenes and selectively enable or disable an object’s ability to cast or receive shadows. This level of specificity gives us tremendous opportunity to create realistic game scenes. Perhaps the secret behind Unity’s ability to so realistically render light and shadows is that Unity models the actual behavior of lights and shadows. Real-time global illumination gives us the ability to instantiate multiple lights in each scene, each with the ability to directly or indirectly impact objects in the scene that are within range of the light sources. We can also add and manipulate ambient light in our game scenes. This is often done with Skyboxes, a tri-colored gradient, or even a single color. Each new scene in Unity has default ambient lighting, which we can control by editing the values in the Lighting window. In that window, you have access to the following settings: Environment Real-time Lighting Mixed Lighting Lightmapping Settings Other Settings Debug Settings No changes to these are required for our game at this time. We have already set the environmental lighting to our Skybox. When we create our scenes in Unity, we have three options for lighting. We can use real-time dynamic light, use the baked lighting approach, or use a mixture of the two. Our games perform more efficiently with baked lighting, compared to real-time dynamic lighting, so if performance is a concern, try using baked lighting where you can. To summarize, we have discussed how to create interesting lighting and camera effects using Unity 2018. This article is an extract from the book Getting Started with Unity 2018 written by Dr. Edward Lavieri. This book will help you create fun filled real world games with Unity 2018. Read Next Game Engine Wars: Unity vs Unreal Engine Unity plugins for augmented reality application development How to create non-player Characters (NPC) with Unity 2018last_img read more

Neo4j rewarded with 80M Series E plans to expand company

first_imgOn 1st October, Neo4j was rewarded with an $80 million Series E to bring their products to a wider market. This could possibly be the companies last private fundraise. In 2016, the company got a $36 million Series D investment. Neo4j has been successful with around 200 enterprise customers to their credit including Walmart, UBS, IBM and NASA with customers from 20 of the top 25 banks and 7 of the top 10 retailers. The round for series E was led by One Peak Partners and Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital with participation from existing investors Creandum, Eight Roads and Greenbridge Partners. As reported in Techcrunch, this is what he has to say: “If your mental framework is around building a great company, you’re going to have all kinds of options along the way. So that’s what I’m completely focused on,” Eifrem explained. This year, the company was focussed on expanding into artificial intelligence. Since Graph databases help companies understand connections in large datasets and AI involves large amounts of data to drive the learning models, both of them used hand-in-hand will benefit the organization. Eifrem has expressed intentions to use the money to expand the company internationally. He also plans to provide localized service in terms of language and culture wherever their customers happen to be. This news seems to have gone down well with Neo4j users: Source: y combinator Head over to Techcrunch to know more about this news. Read Next Why Neo4j is the most popular graph database Neo4j 3.4 aims to make connected data even more accessible From Graph Database to Graph Company: Neo4j’s Native Graph Platform addresses evolving needs of customerslast_img read more

Momentous day for NCL with Norwegian Sky in Havana

first_img Share Wednesday, May 3, 2017 Tags: Cuba, Norwegian Cruise Line HAVANA — Norwegian Sky celebrated its maiden call in Havana with NCL executives including Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings President & CEO Frank Del Rio and Norwegian Cruise Line President & CEO Andy Stuart. Norwegian Sky is NCL’s first ship to sail to Cuba.“Today is a momentous day for Norwegian Cruise Line, our guests and our travel agent partners, as we open our doors to Cuba’s natural beauty, warm people and historical treasures,” said Del Rio. He added that “sailing into the Havana harbour today, we were welcomed by the Cuban people with open arms and excitement to share their incredible culture with our guests.”The Havana call marked the first of Norwegian Sky’s weekly roundtrip cruises from Miami to Cuba.  The ship will sail a total of 53 four-day voyages to Cuba, with 52 including an overnight stay Havana. The four-day itineraries also include a stop at NCL’s private island Great Stirrup Cay. Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by “Momentous day” for NCL with Norwegian Sky in Havanalast_img read more

Scientists use Calvin Klein cologne to lure reclusive Nicaraguan jaguars what might

first_imgResearchers studying elusive, nocturnal animals often use camera traps, which are triggered when the creature comes close to them. So what’s the best way to get these animals to come close enough to get a photo or video? According to Scientific American’s The Thoughtful Animal blog, researchers swear by Calvin Klein’s Obsession for Men.Miguel Ordeñana, a biologist with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, in the United States, who studies the solitary, night-hunting jaguars of Nicaragua, tells the blog that he experimented with other scents, spraying them on a tree branch near the camera trap, before happening on the attraction of the Calvin Klein cologne. (A four-ounce bottle sells at Macy’s for $71.)“It has civetone and it has vanilla extract,” he told the blog, which pointed out that “civetone is a chemical compound derived from the scent glands of civets, smallish nocturnal cat-like critters native to the Asian and African tropics, and it’s one of the world’s oldest perfume ingredients.” (Modern scentmakers often use synthetic versions of civetone.)According to Ordeñana, “What we think is that the civetone resembles some sort of territorial marking to the jaguar, and so it responds by rubbing its own scent on it,” which gets the jaguars to trigger the camera. And the vanilla? It might prompt the cat’s curiosity.This is important, the blog points out, because camera traps “help researchers collect evidence of rare species or rare behaviors, as was demonstrated last week when a camera trap captured shocking images of a golden eagle attacking a sika deer. Or they could help researchers come face to face with an animal that might otherwise be dangerous or harmful. An array of camera traps is also more cost efficient than paying an army of field assistants to observe animal behavior or to conduct a census.”It’s unclear what relevance this might have for the guy who wears Obsession on a date. But if you’re planning to go on a safari, you might want to leave the scent at home.© 2013, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Jaguar’s death by hunters alarms Costa Ricans In Costa Rica, the fight to save the hunted jaguars Costa Rican lawmakers weigh ban on hunting for sport Jaguar attacks take out livestock in northern Costa Ricalast_img read more

Arenal Report

first_imgOnce again Mount Chirripó must bow its majestic head, this time to the intrepid 2013 Arenal Expedition Team. Months ago,David Fountaine, Jim Aoki, Rob and Denice Ley, Jeff Spencer, and Scott Schillereff committed to attempt reaching the summit of Costa Rica’s highest peak, Mount Chirripo.Huddled together in the dark, unheated summit camp with howling icy winds beating on the walls of their small cabin, each member of the team considered the whether the final assault on the summit would be possible. Who would stay behind and who would set out in the pre-dawn darkness? When time came for each climber to decide whether he (or she) had enough physical strength and will to go on, the commitment was unanimous.Recall that the Arenal area was being saturated by five consecutive days of rain, compliments of the Arctic air mass invading deep into the northern hemisphere. Of course, Arenal’s weather caused only inconvenience. Try to imagine the icy wind chill at 12,000-plus feet, penetrating layer upon layer of protective clothing designed with modern technology for climbers exposed to extreme weather conditions.There are two decision points on Chirripó where climbers choose to continue their trek or pack it in and retreat. The first is about halfway up, providing a small comfort station with two rustic wood tables. The second is 13 kilometers upslope and is titled, “The Repentants.”Climbers who choose to go on are surprised at the relative ease of the next kilometer or so which is a slight downgrade. Then, after rounding a turn in the rock-strewn trail reveals a beautiful vista of Chirripó’s craggy heights comes the appalling realization that the rest of the climb to the summit will be nearly vertical! Stamina-sapping cold and wind suddenly become intrusive, but there it is, the prize, The Summit! At this moment the question of, “Can I do it?” must become, “I can do it.” (After all, it would be totally lame for the grandkids to exclaim, “Grandpa almost made it to the top of Chirripó!”)With great determination, the Arenal Team departed the camp at 2:30 a.m. They struggled onward, encouraging each other with every step, until, at last, the summit! It was 40 minutes before sunrise. The temperature, including the effect of blustery winds, was minus 21 degrees Fahrenheit. But at least it wasn’t snowing.It is said that on a clear day, Cuba may be seen from the top of Chirripó, but not this time, as the majestic peak of Chirripo was high above the clouds.To celebrate their success, Scott produced a coffee maker from his backpack and prepared a steaming cup of coffee for everyone. (See summit picture). After much picture taking with the sun rising from below them, the group descended to explore the nearby peaks of Crestones and Terbi, noting geologic formations dating back to the Ice Age when glaciers moved among these mountains.After completing their descent, the Team enjoyed an overnight stay in a local hotel to thaw out and celebrate their victory over Chirripó – a mountain that has sent many climbers home in tears.A victory party celebrating the Arenal Expedition Team’s success is planned after aches, pains and strains have resolved. Congratulations David, Jim, Rob, Denice, Jeff and Scott!-William & Jean Priestjean_pri@comcast.net Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Costa Rica ranks healthiest country in Latin America

first_imgAlong with being one of the happiest places in the world, it turns out Costa Rica is among the healthiest. A recent study by Bloomberg ranks Costa Rica as the healthiest country in Latin America and 24th worldwide.Bloomberg used data from the United Nations, World Health Organization and World Bank to create health scores and health risk scores for countries with populations of at least 1 million. The World’s Healthiest Countries list ranks countries by subtracting their risk score from their health score.Costa Rica ranks 24th globally and tops the Latin America list, followed by Chile and Cuba.The analysis takes into account health indicators including child mortality, life expectancy and mortality rates from 145 countries. It also evaluates health risk factors such as the percentage of the population that smokes, is obese or overweight or has high cholesterol or high blood pressure, among others.In the Americas, Costa Rica ranks as the second healthiest country behind Canada. The U.S. ranks fifth in the regional list and 33rd in the global ranking.Other Latin American countries that made the world’s top 50 healthiest countries are Mexico at 37, Panama at 38, Ecuador at 47 and Argentina at 48.The worst-rated Latin American countries are El Salvador, at No. 78 out of 145 countries, Guatemala at 83 and Bolivia at 93.Singapore is the world’s healthiest country, according to the Bloomberg ranking, followed by Italy and Australia.Recommended: Costa Rican diet includes too much salt, processed food, experts say Related posts:Agriculture Ministry surveys population’s consumption of fruits, vegetables, seafood Costa Rican diet includes too much salt, processed food, experts say Number of obese Ticos has almost quadrupled in four decades Costa Rica ponders tax on fast food, soft drinks Facebook Commentslast_img read more

45 companies hiring at job fair this week

first_imgRelated posts:Bilingual employment fair to offer 3,800 jobs Job fair features companies seeking 1,500 employees Costa Rica job fair Tuesday focuses on tourism industry Accenture announces 300 new jobs in Costa Rica Universidad Latinain Costa Rica is holding a job fair Feb. 2-3, where recruiters from 45 companies will look to fill 1,500 vacancies.On Tuesday the job fair will take place at the university’s campus in Heredia, while on Wednesday recruiters will be at the San Pedro campus, east of San José. The fair will run from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. both days and admission is free.Companies are looking for professionals in business administration, accounting, finances, public relations, marketing, audio-visual production, journalism, information technology, industrial engineering, tourism, graphic design, international commerce, psychology, human resources and advertising.The university’s employment office coordinator, María Fernanda Cordero, said the fair is not just an event for companies to “collect résumés for their databases.” She said most positions are open for immediate hiring.Among the companies that will be looking for new employees are McKinsey, Hotel Reserva Conchal, Sykes, Repretel, Multivex Empleos.net, Experian, Convergys, MBC Developers, Teleperformance, Lets go Internship, Procter & Gamble, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Henkel, Nestlé, Cinde Talent Place, VMware, Productos de Concreto, Young 360, Corporación Strena, Can Capital, Grupo Bimbo, Intercultura, Cayuga Corporate, Digital Graffiti, Andaz Hotel, DHL, QSR, Pepsico, Coca Cola, DHL and others.Interested job-seekers must bring printed and digital résumés. A pre-registration form is available online at the university’s website. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Cuba modifies agriculture laws

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project HAVANA (AP) – Cuba has announced that it is modifying rules for the handover of fallow land to independent farmers.The measure goes into effect December 21. It is the latest in a series of economic reforms under President Raul Castro.The new rules allow individual farmers to lease up to 67 hectares (165 acres), up from the current maximum of 40 hectares (98 acres). They also allow farmers to build homes on the land, which was previously prohibited.center_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Men’s health affects baby’s health too The new law published Tuesday does not change the maximum length of the leases, which remains 10 years for individuals and 25 for cooperatives. Leases can be renewed.The law does make it easier for farmers to keep the land in their family, giving priority to next of kin when leases expire.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

Egypt to settle 15 billion owned to oil firms

first_img The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Egypt is seeking to attract Gulf investment into the economy that has been battered by nearly three years of unrest since the 2011 ouster of longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait pledged more than $12 billion dollars in aid to Egypt following the July 3 coup that ousted President Mohammed Morsi, the Islamist who succeeded Mubarak after winning the first free presidential elections in the country’s history. The coup followed demonstrations by millions calling for Morsi to leave.The Gulf aid, a mix of grants, cash deposits and oil and gas products, has propped Egypt’s ailing economy and improved its dwindling foreign reserves.El-Beblawi told the conference his government approved settling $1.5 billion it owed to foreign oil firms.Petroleum Ministry spokesman Hamdy Abdel-Aziz said the latest figure for money owed to oil companies stood at $6.2 billion in November.“I hope this is the beginning of restoring confidence that Egypt is serious in protecting investors and settling” its dues, el-Beblawi said.He also said the government is working hard to restore security, which is a cornerstone for a strong economy.El-Beblawi also urged investors to show patience with unrest-hit Egypt. He added that the government is on track to restore political and economic stability, and has realized a “milestone” by completing amendments to the country’s constitution. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 3 international destinations to visit in 2019center_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies CAIRO (AP) – Egypt is committed to pay nearly a quarter of the total arrears it owes foreign oil companies and increase economic growth to 3.5 percent by the end of the fiscal year, in a bid to restore investor confidence in an economy damaged by nearly three years of unrest, the country’s interim prime minister said Wednesday.Hazem el-Beblawi was speaking at an investors’ forum that brought to Cairo businessmen and officials from the Gulf countries. He said the outstanding arrears have weakened exploration and investment in the vital oil sector. “The government is working hard to improve the economy and increase growth rate,” he said. He said the government aims to increase growth rate to 3.5 percent by the end of the current fiscal year. The growth rate was estimated at 2.2 percent last year.Finance Minister Ahmed Galal told the conference that his government also aims to reduce the current budget deficit to 10 percent of the national income. The government had said the deficit had soared to 14 percent by the time Morsi was ousted.The government has been hit by a relentless wave of protests by Morsi supporters, who still resist his removal from office. Other youth protest movements have recently also taken to the streets demonstrating against the newly drafted constitution amendments and a protest law they say stifles any opposition to the government.El-Beblawi said his government is determined to implement the new protest law to prevent “chaos” from unsettling recent achievements.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The vital role family plays in society Sponsored Stories last_img read more

5 Things to Know About Gen Joseph Dunford

first_img 4 must play golf courses in Arizona ___BACKGROUNDHe’s Irish Catholic, the same as the current chairman, Gen. Martin Dempsey. He attended St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt., Georgetown University, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Massachusetts.___“FIGHTING JOE”He earned the nickname “Fighting Joe” when he led the 5th Marine Regiment during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and is known as a relentless, energetic commander. His staff members sometimes carry a voice recorder with them to keep up with his commands and ideas.___TALKING TO TROOPSHis selection as the nominee for chairman was hailed on the Marine Corps’ Facebook page with the customary Marine salute: “Ooh-Rah, Sir!” But Dunford’s own Twitter account had no mention of the announcement, in keeping with his usual self-effacing, soft-spoken nature. Known for his compassion with troops, Dunford often sent handwritten condolence letters to families of the fallen. But he also would talk at length about the toll the Afghanistan war was having on the local forces, and while serving in Kabul he would attend weekly services honoring the Afghans who were killed in the fight. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, Jr., listens in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, as President Barack Obama announces he will nominate Dunford as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Obama chose the widely respected, combat-hardened commander who led the Afghanistan war coalition during a key transitional period during 2013-2014 to succeed Army Gen. Martin Dempsey. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility ___ON THE LISTHe was #7 on Fortune magazine’s list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” in 2014. The magazine quoted Dunford as saying that his first battalion commander told him the three rules to success. The first? Surround yourself with good people. “Over the years,” said Dunford, “I’ve forgotten the other two.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama nominated Marine Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford on Tuesday to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the top U.S. military position, replacing Army Gen. Martin Dempsey.Five things to know about Dunford:___FOLLOWING IN DAD’S FOOTSTEPSDunford, 59, joined the Marine Corps in 1977, following in the footsteps of his father, a Marine who served in Korea and later became a Boston police officer. Raised in South Boston and later Quincy, Massachusetts, he’s a die-hard Red Sox fan who kept team caps in his office in Kabul during his 2013-14 Afghanistan tour as the top U.S. commander there. President Barack Obama, during Tuesday’s announcement at the White House, noted, “The only downside in my book is as a White Sox fan, there is yet another Red Sox fan who I’m going to have to be dealing with.” Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Islamic State claims Afghan leader alive after US airstrike

first_img 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Abdul Hassib Sediqi, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security, said Saturday that the strike killed Sayeed. Sediqi offered no photographs or other evidence, though he said Afghan authorities verified a corpse from Friday’s strike was Sayeed.Friday’s strike comes after Afghan officials earlier said another U.S. airstrike killed the affiliate’s second-highest official, Gul Zaman, and six others, including a former Pakistani Taliban spokesman named Shahidullah Shahid who earlier had joined the group.In the audio, which was posted on known militant websites, a man speaking Pashtun calls on listeners to join the Islamic State group. The man also criticizes the Taliban.The audio included no time stamps to date it. The Islamic State group’s al-Bayan radio identified the man Monday as Sayeed, without elaborating. Sayeed is not well-known in Afghanistan.Disenchanted extremists from the Taliban and other organizations, impressed by the Islamic State group’s territorial gains in Syria and Iraq and its slick online propaganda, began raising its black flag in extremist-dominated areas in Afghanistan and Pakistan in recent months.___ Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywallcenter_img Youssef reported from Cairo. Associated Press writer Rahim Faiez in Kabul, Afghanistan, contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Graphic locates an airstrike in Afghanistan; 1c x 2 inches; 46.5 mm x 50 mm; KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Islamic State group released an online audio clip Monday they claim came from the leader of an Afghan affiliate that authorities there say was killed in a U.S. airstrike.The Associated Press could not identify the man speaking in the clip as Hafeez Sayeed, whom Afghanistan said died Friday in an airstrike in Nangahar province that killed more than 30 militants. The U.S. has said it conducted an airstrike there Friday, without elaborating.last_img read more

Double suicide bombing kills hardline rebel leader in Syria

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments   Share   Tuesday’s attack struck the headquarters of Ahrar al-Sham northwest of the town of Idlib, killing the group’s leader, Abu Abdelrahman Salqeen. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said six others Ahrar al-Sham members also died. The Local Coordination Committees and other activists also reported the attack.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing.The attack came few days after a senior member of Ahrar al-Sham published an op-ed piece in the Washington Post in which he denied espousing al-Qaeda’s ideology and portrayed his group as the moderate Islamist alternative in Syria, allegedly a key to defeating the IS.In September, Ahrar al-Sham’s leader Hassan Abboud was killed along with several other leading members of the group in a similar bombing.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Four benefits of having a wireless security systemcenter_img Sponsored Stories BEIRUT (AP) — A double suicide bombing in northern Syria on Tuesday targeted the headquarters of an ultraconservative Islamic rebel group, killing its leader and several other high ranking members.The attack marked the second time in less than a year that a bombing takes out the leadership of Ahrar al-Sham, one of the most powerful Islamic groups fighting both President Bashar Assad’s forces and its rival, the Islamic State group, which holds wide swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq. Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

Obama vigorously challenges critics of landmark Iran deal

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility WASHINGTON (AP) — Vigorously challenging his critics, President Barack Obama launched an aggressive and detailed defense of a landmark Iranian nuclear accord Wednesday, rejecting the idea that it leaves Tehran on the brink of a bomb and arguing the only alternative to the diplomatic deal is war.“Either the issue of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon is resolved diplomatically through a negotiation or it’s resolved through force, through war,” Obama said during a lengthy White House news conference. “Those are the options.” Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Obama insisted sanctions on Iran could be “snapped back” in place if Iran cheats on the deal, even if Russia and China object. He defended the 24-day window Iran would have before international inspectors gain access to suspicious sites, saying nuclear material “leaves a trace” and suggesting the U.S. has other means of monitoring facilities. And he shrugged off concerns that a United Nations arms embargo on Iran could be lifted in five years, saying the U.S. and its partners have others ways of preventing Iran from sending weapons to militant groups.Taken together, Obama said, the deal marks a rare opportunity to cut off Iran’s pathways to a bomb and bolster the safety of the U.S. and the rest of the world.“If we don’t choose wisely, I believe future generations will judge us harshly for letting this moment slip away,” he said.___AP writer Josh Lederman contributed to this report.___Follow Julie Pace at http://twitter.com/jpaceDCCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home How men can have a healthy 2019 The deal does nothing to address Iran’s broader support for terrorism in the Middle East or its detention of several American citizens, though some U.S. officials hold out hope it could eventually lead Tehran to reassess its role in the world.Obama, however, outlined a narrower ambition, saying the deal should be judged solely on whether it stops Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. As to whether the agreement might change Iran’s other behavior, he said, “We’re not betting on it.”The president also sharply rebuffed a suggestion that he was content to let American detainees languish in Iran while he celebrated a deal. “That’s nonsense,” he said, adding that Iran would have taken advantage of any U.S. effort to link the nuclear accord to the release of U.S. citizens.Showing a command of technical nuclear issues, Obama spent much of the news conference trying to knock down criticisms of the deal point by point.To those who argue sanctions relief will leave Iran flush with cash to fund terrorism, Obama said Tehran is already backing Hezbollah and other groups on the cheap. He noted that the Iranian government is under pressure from citizens to use any influx of international funds to improve the country’s struggling economy.center_img The president spoke one day after Iran, the U.S. and five other world powers finalized a historic, yearslong agreement to curb Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in sanctions relief. Opposition to the deal has been fierce, both in Washington and Israel. Sunni Arab rivals of Shiite Iran also express concerns.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, perhaps the fiercest critic of Obama’s overtures to Iran, showed no sign he could be persuaded to even tolerate the agreement. In remarks to Israel’s parliament, Netanyahu said he was not bound by the terms of the deal and could still take military action against Iran.“We will reserve our right to defend ourselves against all of our enemies,” said Netanyahu, who sees Iran’s suspected pursuit of a nuclear weapon as a threat to Israel’s existence.In Congress, resistance comes not only from Republicans, but also Obama’s own Democratic Party. Vice President Joe Biden spent the morning on Capitol Hill meeting privately with House Democrats, and planned to return Thursday to make a similar pitch to Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.The president said he welcomed a “robust” debate with Congress, but showed little patience for what he cast as politically motivated opposition. Lawmakers can’t block the nuclear deal, but they can try to undermine it by insisting U.S. sanctions stay in place. President Barack Obama walks with Vice President Joe Biden, after delivering remarks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 14, 2015, after an Iran nuclear deal is reached. Obama heralded a historic nuclear agreement with Iran Tuesday as an opportunity for the longtime foes to move in a “new direction,” while sharply warning Congress that it would be irresponsible to block the accord. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall In Tehran, Iranians took to the streets to celebrate the accord, and even Iran’s hard-liners offered only mild criticism — a far cry from the outspoken opposition that the White House had feared.The nuclear accord has become a centerpiece of Obama’s foreign policy, a high-stakes gamble that diplomatic engagement with a longtime American foe could resolve one of the world’s most pressing security challenges. The importance of the deal to Obama was evident Wednesday, both in his detailed knowledge of its technical provisions and his insistence that no critique go unanswered.An hour into the East Room news conference, Obama asked if reporters had other questions about Iran — a highly unusual inquiry from a president who is rarely so freewheeling in his exchanges with the press. He pulled a piece of paper out of his pocket, saying he had “made notes” about the main criticisms of the deal and wanted to ensure each had been addressed.The accord requires Iran to dismantle key elements of its nuclear program, lower its uranium enrichment levels, and give up thousands of centrifuges. International inspectors will have access to Iran’s declared nuclear facilities, but must request visits to Iran’s military sites, access that isn’t guaranteed. If Iran abides by the parameters, it will receive billions of dollars in relief from crippling international sanctions that have badly damaged the country’s economy. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more

Records Broken Thirsty Thursdays Melbourne

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.A A Melbourne laneway came to life last night when the travel industry gathered at Charlie’s Bar for the first Melbourne Thirsty Thursdays of the year.With major sponsors VISA on board along with ANZ, Touchdown Tours and Breakaway Travel Club, some 150 guests enjoyed canapes and drinks whilst waiting with bated breath for their name to be called out.A record number of guests made way for a record number of prizes and more than a few surprises. In addition to our major prizes of over $2000 in VISA prepaid cards, a 4 night deluxe Nile Cruise and tickets to the famed Tutankhamun exhbition at Melbourne Museum, ANZ surprised every attendee with a prepaid card…each!Guests received up to $300 per person in celebration of ANZ’s newest product, a VISA prepaid card that offers 10 different currencies on the one card.Anthony Cassar, general manager Breakaway Travel Club, was also on hand to answer any queries guests had and surprised current members with free renewal and new members with free membership.Photo booth hilarity ensued well into the night and everyone got in touch with their inner Egyptian for posterity.Stay tuned for details on our next Melbourne event and click here to view several of the photos from last night…many more will be added in the coming days.last_img read more

American Eagle Named Best Regional Airline in North America in 2011 Wo

first_imgSource = American Airlines Prestigious Award Voted by CustomersAmerican Eagle has been named Best Regional Airline in North America in the annual World Airline Survey™ by Skytrax, a London-based research organization that conducts the annual poll. The award was accepted during the annual World Airline Awards™ at the Paris Air Show.The World Airline Awards, voted on by airline customers, are based on results from 18.8 million questionnaires, covering more than 200 airlines worldwide. Award winners are determined by measuring more than 35 different aspects of passenger satisfaction for product and service standards, covering the experience across both airport and onboard environments.”It is a distinguished honor to be named Best Regional Airline in North America,” said Dan Garton, President and Chief Executive Officer of American Eagle. “This award – bestowed upon us by our loyal customers – reinforces American Eagle’s long-standing belief that an outstanding customer experience is key to our success. My sincere thanks to our customers for their support – and to the more than 12,000 American Eagle employees, whose hard work and commitment have earned this recognition.”American Eagle has provided regional airline service to American Airlines for more than 25 years – expanding American’s network and providing customers in small to medium-sized cities with convenient connections to American’s worldwide destinations and the vast oneworld global network. In fact, Eagle has launched nearly 60 new routes since 2010 – adding 26 new destinations to American’s route map.In keeping with its focus on enhancing the onboard travel experience for customers, American Eagle last year introduced First Class service onboard its fleet of Bombardier CRJ-700 aircraft. The aircraft feature nine First Class seats that offer four-way adjustable headrests, ergonomically-contoured back and seat cushions and an articulated seat bottom, which allow customers to recline with less impact to the legroom of the passengers seated behind them. As an additional inflight experience enhancement, First Class customers are offered a complimentary dining service if their flight is longer than two hours and occurs during a meal time.Currently, this service is available on all of Eagle’s CRJ-700 jets on select flights from Chicago, Los Angeles and New York to key business markets such as Atlanta, Houston, Denver, Phoenix, Newark, Minneapolis and Washington, D.C.last_img read more

Berlin Airports dismiss CEO

first_imgGermany’s Berlin Airports chief executive has been dismissed, following a personnel reshuffle by the airport operator’s supervisory board.Newly elected chairman of the supervisory board, Brandenburg state governor Matthias Platzeck, said directors decided at a meeting Wednesday to dismiss chief executive Rainer Schwarz with immediate effect, the Centre for Aviation reported.“The supervisory board meeting today demonstrated the common will of the three shareholders, the German government, Berlin and Brandenburg, to haul the company back out of the deep water it is currently in: we are all pulling together,” Mr Platzeck said.“Over the coming months, we aim to put complete our appraisal of the situation at Berlin Brandenburg Airport the most important project for the future of eastern Germany, so that we can then establish a realistic and reliable schedule for the successful completion of all outstanding work on the airport through to its opening.”Officials said the new airport, which has suffered numerous delays in the past, would not open in October this year, as planners and builders are struggling with technical problems, including a complex fire safety system.Airport planning chief Horst Amann said the airport was unlikely to be ready for business next year, “perhaps rather 2015,” ZDF television reported.Berlin Brandenburg Airport was originally scheduled to open in late 2011. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Management overhaul following airport opening delays.last_img read more

Sydney Airport outage brings flights to standstill

first_imgSydney Airport has experienced a power interruption, which is causing flight delays throughout T2 domestic terminal.The outage which started at 8:30am this morning is causing long queues and flight delays, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.The power outage also means that baggage handling and screening facilities are down.In addition, the outage is affecting a number of aerobridge gangways.A spokesperson for Sydney Airport said that power will be restored as soon as possible.However, Qantas services from T3 have not been affected.Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more

SAA warns on traveling child documentation

first_imgSAA warns on traveling child documentationSouth African Airways has warned many families could be inconvenienced during the coming Christmas holiday period due to non-compliant documentation.On 1 June, 2015, South African Government legislation came into force that requires additional documentation to be provided at check-in when a parent or guardian is traveling with children under 18 or when unaccompanied children travel. The changes impact both parents and guardians traveling with children and unaccompanied minors traveling alone or in groups (such as for school or sporting excursions) to and from South Africa. It does not apply to transit passengers.According to Tim Clyde-Smith, SAA’s Country Manager for Australasia, the airline has experienced many recent cases when customers departing from Australia to South Africa do not have the correct documentation. As such they have been unable to check-in and board their flight to South Africa.“Despite an ongoing education program and communications through travel agents and the industry, too many incidents are happening when customers do not have the correct documentation when they check in to board their flight,” Tim said.“On one recent flight leaving Perth for Johannesburg, some 13 passengers were unable to leave Australia due to not having the proper documents,” he said.“It is unfortunate some people still do not have the correct documentation. It is simply not enough to have a letter from one parent giving permission to travel when only one parent is travelling with children or from one or both when children travel alone. A legal, signed affidavit must be produced as per the act introduced by the South African Government.”“As well as the inconvenience factor, it means customers face additional costs when they cannot board their booked flights while they source the correct information.”“We are calling on the travel industry in particular to ensure their customers have all the correct information when traveling to South Africa, especially in the forthcoming holiday season of Christmas and New Year. In addition, while travel bookings made since the act came into force might mean compliance, travel agents need to go back through all existing bookings made as far back as 12 months, before the legislation came into force. We have found many examples of people who made bookings through agents earlier this year are simply unaware of the new requirements.”“The legislation has now been in place for almost four months and applies to all airlines flying into South Africa, not just SAA. It means parents traveling into and from South Africa with a child under 18 are required to produce an original or certified copy of a child’s birth certificate detailing both parents. Parents or guardians traveling by themselves with children will also need an affidavit less than three months old that has been sworn by a notary public that gives permission to travel with the child or children.”Source = South African Airwayslast_img read more

TAT nominated for AFTA NTIA Best Tourist Office – International

first_img Tourism Authority of Thailandclick here to vote now TAT nominated for AFTA NTIA Best Tourist Office – InternationalTAT nominated for AFTA NTIA Best Tourist Office – InternationalTourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Sydney Office has been nominated for the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) 2017 National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA) in the category of Best Tourist Office – International.The nomination comes as TAT ramps up promotional activity in what is looking to be a very busy year as the office works with its trade partners to achieve further growth in tourism revenue for Thailand.Globally, TAT is aiming to reach a tourism revenue target US$50 billion in 2017, an increase of 10 per cent on the 2016 record, and a target of 34.5 million overseas travellers, up six percent on 2016.Already this year TAT has announced several marketing initiatives, such as the Women’s Journey Thailand initiative, a program to entice more female travellers to the country which includes sponsorship of the Miss World Australia competition. TAT (Sydney) has also sponsored the Tennis Festival Sydney, reaching out the sporting community along with a marketing focus on Muay Thai, cycling and golf. Initiatives such as the ‘Thailand Wedding Destiny’ campaign and sponsorship of ‘The Ultimate Bridal Event’, aim to promote Thailand as a preferred destination for weddings and honeymoons.The office continues to support its travel trade partners, with the launch of a new training platform and incentives program for travel agents, enabling them to learn about Thailand’s lesser-known and untouched alternate destinations and participation in trade events and expos including Flight Centre Group’s Travel Expo.Ms.Rujiras Chatchalermkit, TAT Sydney Director said,“This year we aim to continue to promote Thailand through the Unique Thai Local Experiences, encouraging visitors to discover Thailand’s many amazing stories, through unique and memorable local experiences.”“We will continue to support our travel agency partners throughout the year, with many marketing campaigns and new initiatives planned for 2017.”TAT will also continue its wide-reaching direct-to-consumer communications initiatives, which so far, this year has seen two television crews travelling to Thailand to film a series of travel programs, including Explore TV and Studio 10.TAT Sydney Office will continue to launch new and innovative campaigns throughout 2017, collaborating with relevant partners to promote Thailand as a quality leisure destination to the Australian market.Voting for nominees will open on Tuesday 14 March. About the Tourism Authority of ThailandTourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is a Thai National Tourist Office responsible for promoting Thailand as a premier tourist destination.The Sydney office is responsible for the regional area of Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific. We provide information and support to the public, as well as media, wholesalers, airlines, travel agents and other partners.center_img Source = TAT – Tourism Authority of Thailandlast_img read more

The Appointment Group appoints Vicky Hartley to Global Events Singapo

first_imgThe Appointment Group appoints Vicky Hartley to Global Events, SingaporeThe Appointment Group – Asia Pacific has announced the appointment of Vicky Hartley as Event Director, Global Events, Singapore.Vicky brings over seventeen years of international experience across all aspects of the industry including hospitality, incentives, conferences, sales, marketing and exhibitions.She began her career in the United Kingdom and has managed conferences and incentives across four continents for global companies, including projects for the London Olympics, 2012.Following the Olympics she was headhunted to run the busy meetings and events division at Wembley Stadium, delivering over 300 meetings, conferences and exhibitions on an annual basis.She was instrumental in developing and running ‘Clearwinners’, an innovative and award winning incentive scheme for the UK events industry.Vicky moved to Singapore at the end of 2016 and later joined The Appointment Group – Global Events, Asia Pacific team. Under the guidance of General Manager Laura Tucker, she will spearhead the company’s expansion into the Asia Pacific MICE market.“We are delighted to have Vicky on the team. Her phenomenal global experience across events, operations, marketing and travel management is a huge asset for our Singapore office and further cements our expertise in the market”, said Laura Tucker, General Manager for The Appointment Group, Global Events, Asia Pacific.Source = The Appointment Grouplast_img read more

UNWTO Forum delegates savour Bangkoks grassroots gastronomy

first_imgPhranakhon food and cultural tourUNWTO Forum delegates savour Bangkok’s grassroots gastronomyThe second day of the UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism saw delegates fanning out across many parts of the Thai capital to enjoy the boundless diversity of its multi-cultural grassroots gastronomy.In a carefully planned series of Bangkok Food Tours, the delegates enjoyed personal encounters with the city’s emerging generation of young Thai entrepreneurs, family-owned foodshops and third-generation immigrants from China and India – all united in providing visitors to Thailand an unmatched culinary experience.All the tours were focussed on small and medium sized enterprises in many different parts of Bangkok, buried in the back streets of the Old City, in market-places or right on the corners of what is known as the city’s Wall Street. They included bakeries, dessert shops, noodle vendors and Thai culinary specialists.All tours have been designed by a number of start-up entrepreneurs who are passionate about preserving not just Bangkok’s gastronomic culture but the entire environment in which they operate.Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said: “We thought it would be good idea for delegates to enjoy half a day getting away from the conference presentations and actually experiencing Bangkok’s gastronomic diversity. We are glad that the feedback was very positive and hope that delegates will spread the word to their families, friends and colleagues.”One itinerary led by Bangkok Food Tours (BFT) allowed participants to experience the first Historic Bangrak Food and Cultural Walking Tour, awarded Thailand’s best cultural tour programme. It deploys technology and service design process to help the local community by featuring local dishes.Another itinerary led by HiveSters, took participants to Nang Loeng, where family-owned food-shops are bringing back the disappearing community and culture. Participants enjoyed the century-old market and taste traditional food.A third itinerary by Local Alike focussed just on nine Thai auspicious desserts, each with different meanings and ways of cooking by SME eateries in the old town, all surrounded by ancient temples of over 100 years old. Delegates then visited the Princess Mother Memorial Park, dedicated to the grandmother of His Majesty King Mahavajiralongkorn who was also a great lover of Thai desserts.The fourth itinerary designed by Trawell Workshop, featured multiple stops included in a Food x Technology City Pass covering a number of local communities, hostels and coffee shops in the vicinity of the city’s Giant Swing landmark.Delegates also visited local markets and heard personal stories from the family-owned eateries, giving the entire experience a personal human touch. They later participated in a debriefing session to exchange views and share comments on what they saw and learned.The tours will continue on the third and last day of the forum on June 1.Source = Tourism Authority of Thailandlast_img read more

Nairobi is set to become East Africas culinary hub

first_imgTwo unique awards programmes, which aim to catapult Kenya’s culinary and beverage service industries to globally recognised and competitive levels, have been launched in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.In the spirit of re-branding Nairobi, the County Executive of Trade Industrialisation, Cooperative Development & Tourism, Anna Othoro, mentioned the need to differentiate “Nairobi as a Brand” and explore the “Live-Love Nairobi” campaign through culinary tourism.Following the hugely successful first chapter of the Chefs Delight Awards programme in 2012 / 2013, International Quality Awards Ltd (IQAL) and Go Places, the country’s authoritative hospitality and tourism marketing brand, officially announced the commencement of the 2nd chapter of the awards programme, at the Louis Leakey auditorium at the Kenya National Museum, Nairobi.Mansoor Jiwani, Group CEO of International Quality Awards Ltd, who is also a former Kenya Utalii College chef, formally announced the start of this year’s award programme.In his speech, Jiwani said, “When International Quality Awards first began its journey, we had a noble goal in mind and set out to do what no other awards programme has ever been done before. Having worked as a chef myself in the industry very many years ago, I asked our IQAL awards teams to create an unbiased industry awards programme that would continually help build and enhance our culinary and beverage service sector to internationally- acclaimed levels – one where participating establishments and their service teams could fairly compete to be the best in their categories, not judged by a panel of judges, nor judged by individuals on the Internet who have never visited and experienced what these establishments have to offer, but more importantly based on their own clients’ true opinions.” Alongside, this year’s International Quality Award, another corresponding industry awards programme the Bar & Mixology Awards 2015, would run side-by-side complimenting the Chefs Delight Awards.Kenya Tourism Board’s representative, Orumoi Tajeu Jonah, said that there was a need to drive and support the effective marketing of Kenya’s tourism products professionally and transparently while enriching the lives of Kenyans, recognising food and beverage as an important player in displaying Kenya’s diversity, culture and creativity.last_img read more

Jamaica promotes Kingston as a leisure destination

first_imgWith a strong visitor growth in 2018, the Jamaica Tourist Board aims to boost leisure travellers in Kingston. Kingston, the capital of Jamaica, has always been the centre for business travellers, but the country’s new Tourism Director, Donovan White wants Kingston to be promoted focussing on the leisure travellers as well. The city of Kingston is filled with authentic culture, music history, fine dining and nightlife.To boost leisure travellers in the capital city, the Jamaica Tourist Board has taken up the initiative to build a pop-up cruise terminal, informed the tourism director. “Whether or not we have a pop-up cruise terminal in Kingston, which is still in the exploratory stage, it is the capital of Jamaica and the heart of business and entertainment in Jamaica,” explained White. “And we also pride ourselves in providing a diversity of options in Kingston from gastronomy to nightlife, to large entertainment events, to business conferences and lots of stuff.”The aim is to get the travellers to spend a couple of nights in Kingston before travelling to the beach destinations. “There is a lot of things to do and we encourage visitors to plan a day or two in Kingston to fill out the Jamaica experience,” said White. “If you haven’t experienced Kingston, you haven’t truly experienced all that Jamaica has to offer.”“Part of what we are doing is reinventing the product of Kingston to include tours of its vistas and the journey to the Blue Mountains. But a tour of Kingston is so much more. This is also where you can have fine Jamaican cuisines downtown and you can stop at the ‘Devon House I Scream’ shop for a scoop. You can then go up to the government museums, see the Hope Botanical Gardens heritage site and then head over to the Bob Marley Museum,” added White.According to the Jamaica Tourist Board, there were 1.25 million stays over tourist arrivals from January to June 2018, a 5.9% increase in arrivals over the same period last year and over one million cruise arrivals representing a 4.8% increase compared to last year. Jamaica witnessed an overall market growth of 5.4% for the first six months of 2018.Speaking about this achievement, White asserted, “It has been all hands on deck as teams locally and overseas spread the message of destination Jamaica’s commitment to providing exciting and authentic experiences to all visitors. As we ramp up our digital marketing strategies among a range of other initiatives, we are confident that the value of our tourism product will continue to attract visitors.”last_img read more

Obama Nominates Jack Lew as Treasury Secretary

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing January 10, 2013 438 Views Four years after inheriting an economy on the brink, Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner is stepping down. The nominee to replace him: Jack Lew, former director of the Office of Management and Budget during both the Clinton and Obama administrations and current “”White House””:http://www.whitehouse.gov/ Chief of Staff.[IMAGE]Lew has a long and storied career in finances, having served as managing director and COO of Citi Global Wealth Management and then Citi Alternative Investments. Prior to that, he was EVP and COO of New York University, where he also served as a professor of public administration.Lew began his career in Washington in 1973 as a legislative aide. From 1979 to 1987, he acted as a principal domestic policy advisor to House Speaker [COLUMN_BREAK]Thomas O’Neill “”Tip”” Jr. He was also the speaker’s liaison to the Greenspan Commission, which negotiated a bipartisan solution to reform Social Security in 1983 and was responsible for domestic and economic issues.As the nominee for a major policy position, Lew has drawn the usual amount of criticism from both sides of the aisle. He has a shaky relationship with congressional Republicans–Politico “”reports””:http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/lessons-learned-obama-takes-fights-to-congress-85936_Page2.html one Republican aide called him “”tone deaf”” to GOP concerns–and consumer advocates may be worried about his ties to CitiGroup–and by extension Wall Street.In any event, expectations are set high for Lew as potential Secretary of the Treasury. In a “”speech””:http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/01/10/remarks-president-nomination-secretary-treasury announcing the nomination, President Obama called Geithner “”one of our finest Secretaries of the Treasury”” and said Lew “”knows that every number on a page, every dollar we budget, every decision we make has to be an expression of who we wish to be as a nation, our values.””While that may be a tall order, Lew’s first challenge as Secretary of the Treasury would be relatively simple: Fixing his “”much-criticized signature””:http://rt.com/business/news/signature-us-dollar-lew-717/, which would appear on the nation’s money.””I had never noticed Jack’s signature, and when this was highlighted yesterday in the press, I considered rescinding my offer to appoint him,”” Obama joked. “”Jack assures me that he is going to work to make at least one letter legible in order not to debase our currency should he be confirmed as Secretary of the Treasury.”” Obama Nominates Jack Lew as Treasury Secretarycenter_img Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers Treasury Department 2013-01-10 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

Mortgage Rates Sink While Fed Holds Off on Taper

first_img in Data, Origination September 19, 2013 424 Views Mortgage Rates Sink While Fed Holds Off on Taper Weak economic news provided some drag to mortgage rates this week, bringing them down again.[IMAGE]””Freddie Mac’s””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ Primary Mortgage Market Survey has the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaging 4.50 percent (0.7 point) for the week ending September 19, down from last week, when it averaged 4.57 percent. A year ago, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.49 percent.The 15-year FRM averaged 3.54 percent (0.7 point) this week, down from 3.59 percent in the last survey.Movements were similar for adjustable rates. The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.11 percent (0.5 point), down 11 basis points [COLUMN_BREAK]week-over-week, while the 1-year ARM averaged 2.65 percent (0.4 point), down 2 basis points.Frank Nothaft, VP and chief economist for Freddie Mac, pointed to disappointing data for retail sales, industrial production, and consumer sentiment as the culprit for the week’s decline. However, mortgage rates weren’t the only thing affected by lackluster economic news.””This, in part, was why the Federal Reserve chose to maintain its MBS [mortgage-backed securities] and bond-buying program at its September 12th and 13th monetary policy committee meeting. It also cited the tightening of financial conditions observed in recent months, which in the case of the housing market means the rise in mortgage rates since May,”” Nothaft said.””Bankrate.com””:http://www.bankrate.com/ also reported a pullback in interest rates in its weekly national survey. The site recorded the 30-year fixed average at 4.66 percent (from 4.71 percent) and the 15-year fixed at 3.70 percent (from 3.75 percent).The 5/1 ARM sank to 3.55 percent, down a tenth of a percentage point from last week.””Mortgage rates have been down for two weeks in a row and with the Federal Reserve deciding not to start scaling back their stimulus, this will keep a lid on mortgage rates for the time being,”” Bankrate said. “”However, once the tapering inevitably starts, mortgage rates will likely resume the upward climb.””center_img Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bankrate Federal Reserve Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Service Providers 2013-09-19 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

Agency Bulk MSR Portfolio Now On Offer

first_imgAgency Bulk MSR Portfolio Now On Offer in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Servicing Share Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Ginnie Mae Mortgage Servicing Rights MountainView Servicing Group 2015-02-10 Tory Barringercenter_img A sizable new portfolio of agency mortgage servicing rights (MSR) has come to market with days left to go before bidding ends.The newest offering is a Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Ginnie Mae MSR portfolio with $736 million of unpaid principal balance, according to an announcement from MountainView Servicing Group, which is acting as adviser on the sale.Quality features of the bulk portfolio include 99 percent fixed-rate and 100 percent first-lien product, MountainView said in its announcement. The offering’s weighted average original FICO score is 762, the weighted average original loan-to-value ratio is 66 percent, and the weighted average interest rate is 3.94 percent.Most of the portfolio—89 percent of the packaged loans—is concentrated in California. The portfolio’s average loan size is $332,159.The portfolio is being offered with full representations and warranties from the seller, which is seeking a sale date no later than March 31. Bids are due February 12. February 10, 2015 447 Views last_img read more

Home Prices Rise in 20 US Cities

first_img Home prices in U.S. cities saw year-over-year increases, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices released today. Bothe the 10-City and 20-City composites saw gains in January compared to December. The 10-City composite gained 4.4 percent, up from 4.3 percent seen in December. Data released today for January 2015 show that home prices continued their rise across the country over the last 12 months. However, monthly data reveal slowing increases and seasonal weakness.“The combination of low interest rates and strong consumer confidence based on solid job growth, cheap oil and low inflation continue to support further increases in home prices” said David Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee for S&P Dow Jones Indices.The 20- City Composite gained 4.6 percent year-over-year, compared to a 4.4 percent increase in December. The S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index, which covers all nine U.S. census divisions, recorded a 4.5 percent annual gain in January 2015 versus a 4.6 percent increase in December 2014. Denver and Miami reported the highest year-over-year gains, as prices increased by 8.4 percent and 8.3 percent, respectively, over the last 12 months.“Regional patterns in recent months continue: strength in the west and southwest paced by Denver and Dallas with results ahead of the national index in the California cities, the Pacific Northwest and Las Vegas. The northeast and Midwest are mostly weaker than the national index,” he said.Fourteen cities reported higher price increases in the year ended January 2015 over the year ended December 2014. Chicago led the way with a reported increase of 2.5 percent, up 11 basis points from December. Six cities reported declines, with San Francisco leading the declining annual returns with a reported rate of 7.9 percent, down from 9.4 percent annually.The National index declined for the fifth consecutive month in January, reporting a -0.1 percent change for the month. Both the 10- and 20-City Composites reported virtually flat month-over-month changes. Of the nine cities that reported increases, Charlotte, Miami, and San Diego led all cities in January with increases of 0.7 percent. San Francisco reported the largest decrease of all 20 cities, with a monthover-month decrease of -0.9 percent. Seattle and Washington D.C. reported decreases of -0.5 percent. Unusually cold and wet weather may have weakened activity in some cities.“Despite price gains, the housing market faces some difficulties. Home prices are rising roughly twice as fast as wages, putting pressure on potential homebuyers and heightening the risk that any uptick in interest rates could be a major setback, Blitzer said. “Moreover, the new home sector is weak; residential construction is still below its pre-crisis peak. Any time before 2008 that housing starts were as low as the current rate of one million, the economy was in a recession.” David Blitzer S&P/Case Shiller Home Price Index U.S. home prices 2015-03-31 Samantha Guzman Home Prices Rise in 20 U.S. Cities March 31, 2015 466 Views center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured Sharelast_img read more

Mortgage Applicants Not Motivated by Low Rates

first_img Mortgage interest rates continue to decline to historical lows, but this phenomenon is not motivating homebuyers to purchase a home.Freddie Mac reported last week that fixed mortgage rates declined further, which would in-turn, help homebuyer affordability amid a tight supply of for-sale homes in many markets. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.62 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week, down from last week when it averaged 3.65 percent.”Yields on the 10-year Treasury continued their downward trend this week after a small rally the previous two weeks. The 30-year mortgage responded, falling 3 basis points to 3.62 percent,” said Sean Becketti, Chief Economist, Freddie Mac. “Since the beginning of 2016, 30-year rates have fallen almost 40 basis points helping housing markets sustain their momentum into this year. Earlier this week, the National Association of Realtors announced existing home-sales were up 4 percent month-over-month in January and up 11 percent from last year.”Mortgage applications fell 4.8 percent this week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). On an unadjusted basis, applications fell 7 percent.  Refinance applications decreased 7 percent from last week to 58.6 percent of total applications, falling to its lowest level since January 2016.  Purchase applications declined 1 percent from one week earlier, while the unadjusted purchase applications increased 14 percent compared with the previous week and was 27 percent higher than the same week one year ago.According to the MBA, the adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity decreased to 5.6 percent of total applications. The FHA share of total applications remained unchanged from 12.0 percent the week prior. The VA share of total applications decreased to 12.1 percent from 13.0 percent, while the USDA share of total applications remained unchanged from 0.7 percent.The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,000 or less) decreased to 3.83 percent from 3.85 percent, with points decreasing to 0.39 from  0.42 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans, the MBA reported. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Origination Share March 2, 2016 505 Views center_img Mortgage Applicants Not Motivated by Low Rates Freddie Mac Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association Mortgage Rates 2016-03-02 Staff Writerlast_img read more

Twice as Nice These Homes are Gaining Value Faster

first_img Share October 4, 2016 605 Views Twice as Nice: These Homes are Gaining Value Faster Democrats and Republicans Home Values Political Parties 2016-10-04 Seth Welborncenter_img While the debate continues as to how the new president will affect housing in the United States after January, the data shows that the return on investment (ROI) for single-family houses located in Democrat-controlled districts has been double that of houses in Republican-controlled districts since President Obama took office.According to a study released Wednesday by ATTOM Data Solutions which analyzed 2.4 million single-family homes purchased eight years ago, houses in located in districts controlled by Democrats had gained an average in value of $59,467 since they were purchased, which is a 21 percent ROI.By comparison, houses purchased at the dawn of the Obama Administration located in Republican-controlled districts have gained an average of $22,086 in value, which represents a 10 percent ROI.“I think the districts that tend to be Democratic and the states that have a lot of Democratic-controlled districts tend to be more urban,” said Daren Blomquist, SVP, ATTOM Data Solutions. “And also coastal markets that have seen a stronger bounceback in home prices during the recovery of the last few years. California has the most homes in Democratic-controlled districts than any state, and Los Angeles County has the most homes of any county nationwide in Democratic-controlled districts, and that is the type of county that we’re seeing has recovered very, very strongly during this recovery.”There is good news for those homeowners in Republican-controlled districts, however. Those homeowners are paying lower property taxes (an average of $2,514, or a 1.02 percent effective tax rate) than those in Democrat-controlled districts (an average of $3,659, a 1.07 percent effective tax rate). Also, contrary to the national trend, the ROI has been higher for homes in Republican-controlled districts in seven out of the 11 battleground states for the upcoming presidential election.“In many of those states, but not all of them, what we see going on is they were hit hard by the housing downturn, and we see the Democrat and Republican districts more closely matched in those states—but with the Republican-controlled districts winning out by just a few percentage points,” Blomquist said. “In Florida, for example, the Democratic districts saw an 8 percent return, whereas in Republican districts it was an 11 percent return. In Michigan, it was 33 percent versus 36 percent. In Ohio, it was 18 percent versus 19 percent. We saw a lot of close calls like that, but what that tells me is that those were all states that were hit hard during the recession and everybody has struggled to come back from that hole that was dug during the recession. It’s a little bit more of a level playing field in those districts with the Republican districts winning out by just a few percentage points.” in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newslast_img read more

Getting the Most Out of the SFR Space

first_imgGetting the Most Out of the SFR Space November 3, 2016 555 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Technology Single Family Rental Market technology 2016-11-03 Seth Welborncenter_img By Kendall BaerIndustry leaders discussed how to maximize efficiency and profits when managing and rehabilitating single-family rental properties at the Single Family Rental Summit’s second day, Thursday. Greg Rand, CEO of OwnAmerica, said that he hoped attendees were able to come together to continue to grow their businesses and learn from each others’ experiences.”This is a pilgrimage those in the SFR industry should make every year. Someone has finally created a home for them and their business type,” said Rand. “These are people that have been basically ignored by the residential real estate business and the conferences they can go to that are designed for investors are usually get rich quick schemes. But this conference is a legitimate business conference for serious rental property investors.”Speakers focused their discussion on management and rehabilitating properties in their portfolio not just to effectively manage maintenance and costs but to also improve upon the entire rental experience, for not just the investors and tenants but everyone involved in the SFR industry.When asked what investors should take away from the discussions in order to best manage rehab costs, Sam Tucci, VP Business Operations for U.S. Best Repair Services said, “There are times when we can’t do our job as contractors unless we have utilities on at a property, so to avoid unnecessary charges, property owners should be sure to turn on the utilities on site.”Speakers also emphasized the value of technology when it comes to managing not only properties but attracting tenants and retaining them. Technology in the SFR space can be used to a variety of ways including setting investors’ properties apart from the competition. Even more specifically, mobile technology is shrinking the world and making scatter site operations, renovations, and management possible.”Managing single-family at scale is possible but only if you enable your operation with mobile technology. It is a big part of successfully running and managing portfolios that are quite large,” said Doug Brien, Co-CEO for MYND. “Without this technology, if you are away from your computer you would have the ability to get the information that you needed to make decisions while you are at the property and you wouldn’t have an efficient means to put data into the system based on whatever you are doing at the property. Whether it’s doing a scope or going and collecting rent, it is having that information in real-time that makes it all possible.”While the single-family rental market continues to redefine its borders, navigating this complex and dynamic terrain takes careful planning and strategic partnerships. The Single-Family Rental Summit provided an important conduit for SFR leaders to have conversations that will continue to push the industry forward for years to come. Sharelast_img read more

The 5 Toughest Housing Markets for Millennials

first_img Share More than any other age group, millennials are feeling the one-two punch of tight inventory and consistently climbing housing prices. Realtor.com, in fact, calls the current state of the market  “the toughest home buying season in history” in a new look on which metros are the hardest for millennials to buy into.“Millennials want to buy, but record-low inventory is making it extremely difficult,” said Danielle Hale, Chief Economist for Realtor.com. “Our analysis shows millennials are facing challenges in both established markets such as San Jose and Seattle, as well as more recently popular areas like Omaha and Salt Lake City.”Minneapolis is in the top five too. According to the report, homes in these five cities are increasingly out of reach for millennial buyers, despite that this group of buyers is flocking to them for their strong economies and high-paying jobs. “As a result, millennials make up a higher share of the population, at 14.6 percent, compared to 13.4 percent for the U.S.,” the report stated. “Household income among 25- to 34 year-olds in these five locations is also significantly higher, at roughly $79,000, compared to the U.S. median of $59,800. And millennials are definitely interested in buying. Realtor.com said that in the first quarter, millennials accounted for 25 percent of views, higher than any other age group. But the economic hopes for San Jose, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Omaha, and Minneapolis are meeting with the economic realities of living there. While the median U.S. home price is $280,000, the median price in San Jose is $1.24 million. The report stated that the Bay Area is “replete with young students and scholars” chasing tech salaries—the average millennial salary in San Jose is $102,000 a year—at companies like Google and Apple. The competition for houses, therefore, is intense, and non-tech workers are increasingly getting shoved to the outskirts of the city.The same story is occurring in the other four cities, just with different numbers. Millennials average $78,300 a year in Seattle, where the median home price is $533,000; they average about $68,000 a year in Salt Lake City, where the median home is almost $400,000; $73,600 a year in Minneapolis, where the median house can cost $283,000; and $63,500 a year in Omaha, where the median home price is the same as in Minneapolis.All that combines with especially low inventory. Nationally, inventory is 35 percent lower than the spring of 2012, the report found. Compared to this time last year, active listings in these five metros remain 8 percent lower, the age of inventory is 7 percent lower, and list prices are 8 percent higher. “Supply is nearly three times lower than the rest of the country, at 5.7 listings versus 16.1 listings per 1,000 households,”: the report stated. “Additionally, listings in these areas are scarcer and selling faster for more money. In these five metros, active listings are 9 percent lower, the age of inventory is 13 percent lower, and list prices are 14 percent higher from a year ago.” April 27, 2018 702 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newscenter_img california Economy homes HOUSING Jobs Listings Living Median Price Millennials Minneapolis Omaha Realtor.com salaries Salt Lake City San Jose Seattle 2018-04-27 Radhika Ojha The 5 Toughest Housing Markets for Millennialslast_img read more

appointmentsTATTourism Authority of Thailand

first_imgappointmentsTATTourism Authority of Thailand Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced the appointment of Ms. Angela Farrelly as a new representative for New Zealand. She will assume responsibilities on 1 October 2017, and will succeed Marieanne Ouwehand, who has stepped down.Farrelly is a senior marketing professional who has worked in top tier corporations including Air New Zealand and IAG, and understands the New Zealand consumer, with expertise in crafting targeted digital marketing programs. TAT says Farrelly will play a key role in promoting Thailand, as well as providing and implementing high quality services for tourism industry clients in New Zealand.last_img read more

Tickets are still available for the longestrunnin

first_imgTickets are still available for the longest-running live musical in Sydney’s State Theatre history – back for its 17th year – Sing-A-long-A Sound of Music. The interactive extravaganza returns for two special shows (1.00pm and (7.30pm) on 17 February 2018. Presented up on the big screen in all of its technicolour glory, with subtitles to accompany each unforgettable song, Sing-A-Long–A Sound of Music is perfect for stage-destined musical belters, avid fans and secret shower singers alike.VENUE: State Theatre, SydneyDATES: Saturday 17 February 2018 at 1pm & 7.30pmBOOKINGS FACEBOOK entertainmentmusicSound of Musiclast_img read more

Brochures

first_imgBrochures Insight Vacations is bringing together autumn, winter and spring with the release of its 2019-20 Seasons brochure featuring 32 premium escorted journeys and two new itineraries – Glories of Greece & Three Continents Cruise and Athens & Three Continents Cruise.Insight’s full collection of journeys to Europe, Britain and the Eastern Mediterranean includes departures between October 2019 and April 2020.Lorraine Sharp, Managing Director for Insight Vacations Australia commented, “We are pleased to unveil our newest Seasons brochure, giving our Travel Agent partners diversity and exceptional value with off-peak travel. Travelling in the low season means clients can uncover the secret seasons with fewer crowds and more choice, a world of opportunity awaits our guests during these magical season moments.”Agents are advised to urge guests to book early to secure their spot for the trending travel seasons and save 5% per person with Insight’s Early Payment Discount, when booked before 29 August 2019.last_img read more

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the business has

first_imgQantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the business has responded well to challenges, including a $416 million (27 per cent) increase in its fuel bill, to deliver a strong second half result.Underlying Profit Before Tax was $780 million and Statutory Profit Before Tax was $735 million compared with the record first half result in FY18 – a $179 million drop at the underlying level.“Our dual brand strategy with Qantas and Jetstar in the domestic market meant these segments delivered another set of record earnings. Across our network, capacity is broadly meeting demand, including shifts to capitalise on the continued strength of the resources sector,” Mr Joyce said.“Higher oil prices were a significant headwind and we moved quickly to recover as much of the cost as we could. That’s easier to achieve in the domestic market than on longer international routes, where fuel is a much bigger factor, and that’s reflected in the segment results we’re reporting today.“We also saw an increase in selling costs, simply due to the commissions associated with the 6 per cent rise in revenue, as well as costs linked to a weaker Australian dollar.“Importantly, we made good progress against our longer-term strategy. More 787s arrived and more 747s are being retired; Loyalty continued to diversify with new revenue streams to deliver another record result; and we started or completed several lounge upgrades to help maintain the revenue premium Qantas achieves.“Looking ahead, we’re seeing strong forward bookings. Competitor capacity growth has slowed internationally and is relatively flat domestically. And oil prices have declined from the peaks we saw late last year.“These factors point to a strong second half and we expect to completely recover our increased fuel costs by the end of this financial year.“We are mindful of potential signs of weakness in the broader economy and we’re always adjusting capacity to meet demand in individual markets – but overall revenue and yield indicators remain positive.“Above all, the resilience we’ve built into the business gives us plenty of confidence about our performance going forward.” Alan Joycehalf yearqantaslast_img read more

There have been more holes poked into every player

first_imgThere have been more holes poked into every player projected towards the top of the NFL draft than the Arizona Cardinals defense in 2010. You can now add Von Miller Texas A&M outside linebacker to that list.Former NFL scout Dave Razzano told the Arizona Republic’s Kent Somers that he thinks Miller isn’t the guy everyone around the league is making him out to be.“I’m not a Von Miller guy at all, ” he said. “I know he had an ankle injury, but I think it’s a cop-out. I’ve look at enough tape. The stuff he does that I don’t like has nothing to do with an ankle sprain at all.”“Alan Branch and Cody Brown were two of the most non-physical guys I’ve seen,” Razzano said. “Von Miller does not have a real competitive demeanor. That’s the kind of guy who has ‘bust’ quality.If that doesn’t scare you off of a player we’re not sure what would. Except for maybe being an inaccurate, over confident quarterback, one that might not have everything it takes to make it in the league or a defensive back with questionable character. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img If NFL teams listened to all of the scouts, ‘experts’ and critics, they wouldn’t draft anyone and would rather invest the money in more talent evaluators.If you look at anything long enough you’ll see the cracks. The question is do the Arizona Cardinals, their scouts and their coaching staff think that Miller has the talent to succeed at the next level. We may find out April 28th, that is if he’s still on the board at No. 5. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

The Arizona Cardinals travel to the nations capit

first_imgThe Arizona Cardinals travel to the nation’s capitalSunday to face the Redskins, but there’s one obstacle theteam must overcome if it’s expecting to leave with a win. The east coast. Including the 2008 season the Cardinals have gone 5-9 whenplaying back east, a stretch including some blowoutlosses, including what is probably the worst football gameplayed last season, a 19-12 loss in Carolina to thePanthers. Since the east coast has been less than pleasant for theCardinals, head coach Ken Whisenhunt knows that the gamewon’t be an easy win. “It’s tough, you know I’m not going to sit here and sayit’s not tough — it is tough,” Whisenhunt said. “This isan east coast trip which has historically been difficultfor a lot of teams in the west. We are going to stay trueto the way we’ve been preparing for it and we’ll see howwe play on Sunday.” When it comes to traveling, Whisenhunt’s biggest concernmay be with the Cardinals’ youth as a team. “This is our first time with this team doing that,”Whisenhunt said about traveling east. “We’ve got a lot ofyoung guys so you don’t know how it’s going to respond inthat environment.” Whisenhunt is confident that the way the team prepareswill give the team the “best chance to play well.” The coach knows his team will face a hostile environmentas the Redskins are coming off a 28-14 win againstdivision rival New York.“This is a tough team,” Whisenhunt said. “They’ve got awin at home so their fans will be behind them.” Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation 0 Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke As tough as this game may be, Whisenhunt knows his teamwill have to learn how to win on the east coast sooner orlater. “You got to learn how to go in and play well in thesesituations,” Whisenhunt said. “It’ll be a greatopportunity for us.” last_img read more

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first_img 0 Comments   Share   Larry Fitzgerald stands on the wrong side of history when it comes to the 2012 season. The Arizona Cardinals’ star wideout is the only Pro Bowler in the league this season to catch passes from four different quarterbacks.While he might be the answer to a meaningless statistic at season’s end, there has been nothing trivial about his subsequent drop-off in production through Arizona’s first 15 games. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo But that satisfaction wasn’t limited to the Valley.Fitzgerald’s second 100-yard receiving day of the season caught the eye of the folks over at ProFootballFocus.com, who had this to say about Arizona’s poorly-utilized offensive weapon:Fitzgerald Still One of the BestHe hasn’t complained at all this season, but the revolving door of quarterbacking ineptitude has clearly affected Fitzgerald in a way it never has before, and there have been games where he hasn’t looked the force we know he can be. In this game he took the opportunity to remind everybody that he can still be amongst the toughest men in the NFL to cover. The Cardinals sent it his way 12 times and he caught eight passes for 111 yards, snagging six of those passes against Charles Tillman, the man that can hold Megatron quiet when the two meet. Fitzgerald made leaping grabs that we have been used to seeing him for years, and ran with purpose despite the failings of those around him. We can only hope for his sake the Cardinals find an answer at quarterback, because he is far too special a talent to waste.Since it came in a losing effort, Fitzgerald’s big day might be as meaningless as the opening stat of him catching passes from four different quarterbacks. But in a year filled with negative headlines, it’s nice once in a while to reflect on the performances that remind us that even during a season to forget, the Cardinals still have plenty of talent as they begin to focus their collective attention on 2013. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact With only a trip to San Francisco Sunday left on the Cardinals’ schedule, Fitzgerald remains on pace to have his worst statistical season since 2006, when he played just 13 games. Although he leads the team in receptions (69) and receiving yards (785), Fitzgerald’s average yards per catch (11.4) is the lowest its been since 2008 and his first down completions (44) are the fewest he’s accumulated since his rookie campaign in 2004. However, the most eye-opening aspect of his season, are the lack of trips the former Pittsburgh standout has made to the end zone. Fitzgerald hasn’t scored a touchdown since Arizona’s 31-17 loss at Green Bay in Week 9 and currently has a career-low four touchdowns in 2012.At 29 years of age, it’s safe to say Fitzgerald’s skills are not yet in decline. If anything, he is likely still in his prime. And while the organization and its fans have been victimized as a whole by the constant quarterback shuffle this season, no individual has been affected more so than No. 11.Fitzgerald has been a good soldier all season, failing to take the bait when given the opportunity to vent his criticism over the team’s poor quarterback play. So while it only lasted for 60 minutes, Fitzgerald’s eight-catch performance for 111 yards in the Cardinals’ Week 16 loss to the Chicago Bears gave everybody a temporary sense of satisfaction.last_img read more

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first_imgThere’s another layer to this story, by the way.Watford is in a contract year. This is his fourth season, and as valuable as he is to the Cardinals, might there be a team out there next offseason that may give him a chance to start, if it’s not here in Arizona.Certainly, Watford would only help himself with positive play, if and when he sees the field.“I try not to think of that,” he said. “We got one focus this week and that’s to get a ‘W’. With where we’re trying to get to, everyone knows that, but we just got to take it day-by-day, week-by-week and do the best I can to put myself in the best situation and see where it takes me.”Follow Craig Grialou on Twitter Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Watford played 32 of the 61 offensive snaps in place on Mathis in Week 1.“I was prepared, but I wasn’t technically (sound) as I wanted to be,” Watford said. “I gave up some hits, and I had that holding (penalty) late in the game at a critical time, which I know better than that. I got to be better than that, so this week it will be on point.”Arians labeled Watford’s play as “average”, pointing as Watford did to the holding call that turned a 2nd-and-9 into a 2nd-and-19 at the New England 43, which seemed to stall much of the Cardinals’ momentum on the final drive, one that subsequently ended with a missed field goal.“He was solid at times. Pretty good in the running game,” Arians continued.On the depth chart, Watford is listed as the backup at both left tackle and left guard. However, he spelled Mathis several times in training camp, and he has shown the ability to play all five positions along the offensive line.“Earl has got to be prepared for whatever I tell him. He’s gotten quality reps, and I trust him if he goes in the game. I think last week he was a little bit shaky just because he was focusing more on tackle, but whatever it is, he should be able to handle it because he’s gotten practice at it,” said offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin, who dubbed Watford the “Swiss Army knife.” TEMPE, Ariz. – Looks like it may be time for the Arizona Cardinals to use their Swiss Army knife and open up the blade marked guard — more specifically, right guard.That’s the position starter Evan Mathis plays, yet he did not practice on Wednesday and was limited on Thursday because of a left foot injury suffered in the second quarter against New England.If Mathis is unable to go this week—head coach Bruce Arians called Mathis day-to-day—then Earl Watford would slide into that spot. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle Earl Watford (78) during an NFL preseason football game against the Denver Broncos, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Watford, who was drafted as a guard out of college, showed his versatility last season. Twice he started games at right tackle, the first starts of his career, and played several snaps at both left and right guard.Watford’s appearances at right tackle were necessitated by the two-week, season-opening suspension to Bobby Massie.“Whenever it’s time for me to be called in, I got to be prepared,” Watford said. “I got to be ready regardless of where it was or where it is.”Of course, it’s always easier when you know you’re going to play, Watford acknowledged.Having a full week to prepare, especially mentally, will help, he added. Again, that is if his number is indeed called against Tampa Bay.“Well, he’s got a big chore, especially if he’s on (defensive lineman Gerald) McCoy,” Arians said. “Just continue to play. He’s been playing at a pretty good level, so just do your job.”And that’s all Watford is focused on.“It’s a great opportunity to get out there and help my team. That’s all I can do, not worry about anything else outside of playing on Sunday,” he said. “Every day you’re trying to prove yourself—I mean, for me, I try to prove myself to my other teammates that I can do all these things, but when it counts, can they count on me? That’s kind of how I want to work towards it.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians greets W

first_imgArizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians greets Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden after an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 31-23. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) GLENDALE, Ariz. — Since he was hired in January 2013, Bruce Arians has been fond of his catch phrase, “No risk-it, no biscuit.”What it means, at its base, is that he’s willing to take chances when others might not.Never has that style been more on display than in Sunday’s 31-23 over the Washington Redskins, when in the fourth quarter, while nursing a one-point lead and facing a fourth-and-inches from their own 34, Arians left his offense on the field to try and pick up the first. A 14-yard David Johnson run later, the Cardinals were in business.“I was shocked,” quarterback Carson Palmer said. “I was getting ready to jog off of the field. But, obviously a great call. Phenomenal execution and Dave did the rest.”That play worked, but Arians was not done.With the scoreboard on their side and the clock now their ally, the Cardinals threw three straight passes after the big Johnson run. A defensive hold on the third attempt gave Arizona another first down at the Washington 42, and after a Johnson run went nowhere, Palmer went play-action and threw deep to receiver J.J. Nelson.The result was a touchdown.Biscuit, indeed.“If our left side and tight ends can’t get a yard with the way we’re running the ball, we didn’t deserve to win the game anyway,” Arians said of the decision to go for it on fourth down.Fair enough, but what about the deep ball to Nelson?“We knew they were going to be playing the run at that point,” the coach said while noting it was nice to have good enough protection to get the throw off.The touchdown to Nelson, while exciting and fruitful, did have one drawback. It gave the ball back to Washington down one score with plenty of time on the clock. Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires While some could question the strategy in that, the truth is, the Cardinals stuck to their identity in being bold.Also, as they put it, why not play like that?“We are desperate for a win,” Palmer said. “What’s the point of playing safe? That’s [Arians’] motto. It paid off for us today.”Or, as receiver Larry Fitzgerald put it, Arians made some gutsy calls because, “what do we have to lose at this point?”The Cardinals, who entered the game 4-6-1, could not afford to drop this one if they had any hope of making it to the postseason. So, what did they have to lose? A lot, actually.“Yeah, the 4th-and-1 I was kind of with Coach on that one — go for it, just try to put the nail in the coffin now,” cornerback Patrick Peterson said. “But that 2nd-and-10 or 2nd-and-8 or something like that, to see him heave it deep, I was like, ‘Woah, here we go, here we go, touchdown.’ So I’m definitely happy that J.J. brought it in — hell of a catch.”Therein lies the beauty of Arians’ philosophy. It works, often times, because players execute properly or even make great plays. Nelson said the team having confidence in him for such a big moment means a lot, and the coach calling plays the way he does sends a similar message to the rest of the team. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img “You put it on our shoulders and it’s time for us to answer the call,” offensive tackle D.J. Humphries said. “When it’s time, we’ve got to do it.”“It says a lot,” defensive lineman Calais Campbell said. “That’s B.A.’s style. He’s been like that since he’s been here. I have a lot of love for him, a lot of respect for him. That’s what it took for us to win.“Our backs are against the wall. We have nothing to lose. This is our last opportunity. We’re going to fight every minute. We’re going to go out there and try to make it happen.”Being aggressive, as Arians so often is, seems to be more about taking the initiative — not waiting for things to happen to or for the Cardinals. If they have a chance to make a play to win the game, they go for it.If that means going for it on fourth down inside their territory or throwing a deep ball when milking the clock would seem like the prudent thing to do, so be it.“Shoot, we’re trying to win, we’re trying to get into it, so it’s going to take some risks some times,” safety Tony Jefferson said.This time, the risks turned into reward. Or, rather, biscuits. They don’t always, and that’s the reality of calling plays in the NFL. They are fun to call when they work. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “They are,” Arians said, “and when they don’t, you’re in here answering questions of, ‘Why the hell did you do it?’”Follow Adam Green on Twitter – / 25 Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Korey CunninghamOLThumbFullFullFull— Trent WilliamsTKnee—LimitedLimited— Zach BrownLBObliqueFullFullFull— Olsen PierreDTToeLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Jermaine GreshamTEAchillesLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable 3 Comments   Share   Colt McCoyQBRight ThumbFullFullFull— Corey PetersDTKneeLimitedLimitedFull— PlayerPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayGame Status Ryan KerriganLBHip——Limited— PlayerPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayGame Status Related LinksReport: Cardinals work out former first-round pick WR Corey ColemanArizona Cardinals’ Chase Edmonds is ready to learn in rookie seasonCardinals’ Golden out, Gresham questionable for game vs. RedskinsDaily Practice Designations:DNP-Did Not ParticipateLimited-Limited Participation (Less than 100% of normal repetitions)Full-Full Participation (100% of normal repetitions)(-) (Not listed)Game Status Designations:Out-Will not playDoubtful-Unlikely to playQuestionable-Uncertain if player will play The Arizona Cardinals (0-0) open the Steve Wilks and Sam Bradford era against the Washington Redskins (0-0) at State Farm Stadium.Below is the official Week 1 NFL injury report for both teams. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Robert NkemdicheDTFootLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable T.J. LoganRBAnkleLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Jamison CrowderWRNot injury related——DNP— Top Stories Maurice HarrisWRConcussionDNPDNPDNPOut Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Markus GoldenDEKneeDNPDNPDNPOut Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter On 20 October LATTE

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >On 20 October LATTE attended an industry networking event hosted by American Airlines.Jito and The Travel Daily Group partnered to bring guests from the travel and hotel industry a mix of complimentary food, refreshments and networking at Ivy Terrace, Sydney.One lucky attendee won American Airlines flights to Los Angeles for posting the best selfie on the evening.The event was sponsored by Travel Port, Travel Daily, Travel Bulletin, Travel Counsellors, Trafalgar, Breakaway, Travel Zoo and Ivy.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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first_imgThe Landmark, Mandarin Oriental has more unique elements than nearly every other luxury hotel in Hong Kong. Where else are there seven marble steps from the lower to the upper lobby, deliberately angled so that at the top you can go through a Dior door direct into a retail salon? Where else do bedrooms have wall-set chilled cabinets to hold whatever welcome goodies culinary director Richard Ekkebus might have in mind? Where else do you have two Dutchmen, Ekkebus and his GM, Torsten van Dullemen, planning what they can do next? As it happened, that very day van Dullemen, whose next triathalon is this very Sunday 4 June 2017, was displaying his physical prowess in a demonstration at the hotel’s lovely wellness complex.Torsten van Dullemen is a follower of Joint Dynamics, the intelligent movement initiative led by David Jacquier, who has worked with the All Blacks and many other sportspeople. It seems that, apart from joggers or running machines, and a few other bits of cardiac equipment most gym ‘torture machines’ are unnatural, forcing the body into movements that never occur in normal life. Now I do not fully understand Joint Dynamics but it does sound more akin to ballroom dancing or tai chi than weight-lifting, and sometime I want to know more. But, for the moment, let me share one of the most delectable tastes I have had in a very long time. Richard Ekkebus insisted we try his caviar tart, a one-bite delight, that I actually dreamed about later – or perhaps it was the glass of Barolo Eugenio Bocchino Riserva 2006 that sparked the memory.The Landmark, Mandarin Oriental is so integral with the fine things of life that recollection can blur. Where does the hotel end and the fabulous Landmark retail begin? Get into the shopping area via that lobby exclusive, and a couple more entrances. Turn the other way into the street-set MO Bar, which attracts an after-work crowd that comes here just because it is, they think, a free-standing bar. This is where top global DJs spin, Wednesday through Saturday (coming up on Friday 16 June 2017, as an extra, is mid-fi synth-wave specialist Com Truise). In the bijou mezzanine gallery, which holds 12 at most, it seems New York’s iconic PDT – Please Don’t Tell – bar will introduce a speakeasy.Back in New York, PDT hunters go to the Crif Dogs restaurant on St Marks Place. In its old-fashioned phone booth, pick up the phone, press the buzzer and the phone booth wall opens to let you into the minute bar. This is the kind of “exclusive” that this luxury hotel loves to offer and, when it comes to overnighters, this is the kind of place that attracts the entertainment crowd and the millennially-minded of all ages; it helps that both Torsten van Dullemen and his number two, Archie Keswick, who is not Dutch but quintessentially English, of the OE (Old Etonian) style, are perennial youngsters. Stay here to relax after the chaos that is Hong Kong in your two-metre diameter circular bath-tub, preferably with plenty of Jo Malone sweet-smells, and perhaps nibbling on Richard Ekkebus crudités.Mary Gostelow travels over 300 days a year, doing one-night stands in top hotels around the world. Read her daily travelogue, www.girlahead.comlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The Mitchelton Hotel

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterThe Mitchelton Hotel & Spa, a $16 million hotel on the banks of the Goulburn Valley in Victoria,  has joined AccorHotels‘ boutique MGallery by Sofitel portfolio.Located within the spectacular surrounds of Mitchelton Winery Estate, the 58-room hotel boasts a four-treatment room day spa, sprawling restaurant, a 20-metre lap pool and extensive banquet and meeting facilities.Designed by award-winning architects Hecker Guthrie, the hotel’s interiors complement the property’s existing Robin Boyd structures and feature earthy tones and a minimalist aesthetic. All guestrooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows and have views of either the Goulburn River or the vineyards.Chief Operating Officer of AccorHotels Pacific, Simon McGrath, said the group was thrilled to be adding to its boutique hotel collection.“The Mitchelton Hotel & Spa is a beautiful property on spectacular grounds and we are thrilled to be welcoming the hotel into our network; it will be the tenth MGallery by Sofitel hotel in Australia.“There is a lot to see in the Goulburn Valley region and with the addition of such a quality hotel it will no doubt help attract more visitors to the region, boost local tourism and support the domestic travel market. The Ryan family has done a wonderful job of transforming the property into a thriving food, wine and hospitality destination. The hotel will be a special addition to our network and we look forward to welcoming guests,” McGrath said.Andrew Ryan, Managing Director of The Mitchelton property, said, “The Hotel and Day Spa is something that we wanted to develop early on with our acquisition of the estate.“It has always been the missing piece in the puzzle for Mitchelton. Goulburn Valley and Nagambie have so much to offer, we have high hopes that the addition of the accommodation facility will help attract more visitors to the region and boost local tourism.”The Mitchelton Hotel & Spa joins other iconic properties within the Australian MGallery network,. including Hotel Lindrum, The Como Melbourne, Elements of Byron, Harbour Rocks Hotel, The Reef House Resort & Spa Palm Cove, Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains, Mount Lofty House in the Adelaide Hills and the Playford Adelaide.See www.accorhotels.comGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterSome 90 travel trade industry members and travel media joined Destination Canada to hear transformational stories and celebrate Canada Day at est. restaurant on Monday 1 July 2019.Hosted by Donna Campbell, Managing Director of Destination Canada GSA, VIP guests included Maureen Riley, Vice President International of Destination Canada, and Wei Li, Regional Managing Director Asia Pacific, who flew in from Vancouver and China respectively to attend the event.Destination Canada’s Donna Campbell, MD Australia; Maureen Riley, VP International and Wei Li, Regional MD Asia Pacific.Canada’s Consul-General, Angela Bogdan, and Vic Naughton, Air Canada’s General Manager for Australia and New Zealand were also in attendance.Guests were treated to a sumptuous lunch and engaging first-hand accounts of Canada experiences that led to personal transformation. From indigenous experiences to wildlife encounters, the stories spoke to Destination Canada’s evolved brand and tagline, For Glowing Hearts, designed to reflect the belief that Canada will leave a lasting mark on your heart. The brand evolution follows a five-year period of transformation for Destination Canada in becoming a more digitally focused, data-driven organisation. Extensive market research and industry consultation helped shape this latest journey of the Canada travel brand.Destination Canada will roll out the brand in its 10 leisure and five business events markets in the coming months. Leveraging the tagline, logo (pictured right) and concept of transformational travel, inspired by pride for being Canadian, elements of the brand will be used to inspire Destination Canada’s content across digital and print platforms.In a competitive global marketplace, Destination Canada is moving Canada from more than a destination on a map to an invitation to connect with Canadians, the land and local culture. In 2018, Canada welcomed a record-breaking 21.1 million international travellers to the country. Of that number, Destination Canada’s work is attributed to 1.39 million arrivals, $1.76 billion in international tourism spending and over 13,000 Canadian jobs.www.keepexploring.com.auLead image: Vic Naughton, General Manager, Australia/NZ, Air Canada; Nathan McLoughlin, Director – Trade, Destination Canada GSA; Lizzie Doyle, Media Director, Destination British Columbia, GSA; Joanne Motta, Destination British Columbia GSA; Philippa Macken, Media Director, Destination Canada GSA; Ray Lane, Trade Representative Australia, Yukon Territory; Donna Campbell, Managing Director, Destination Canada GSA and Sean Lane, Representative Australia for Travel Manitoba. Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_img RelatedManchester Airport is the UK’s favouriteManchester Airport named best in the UK, according to our latest survey.Stansted Arrivals & Departures | Live Flight InformationCheck your flight is leaving on time, or be ready to meet friends and family off the plane with our Stansted arrivals and departures information. We’ve got accurate, real-time flight updates as they happen, to make your journey as easy and stress-free as possible. Find cheap flights direct from Stansted…Flights to Turkey to be launched by easyJet from StanstedFlights to Turkey to be launched by easyJet from Stansted Britain’s third busiest hub, Stansted Airport, has been named Europe’s central departure point for low cost flights by a new data report.While Heathrow and Gatwick handle more passengers overall, BAA’s third London hub was claimed to offer more low cost flight departing capacity than any other in Europe by RDC Aviation’s Low Cost Monitor.The new figures showed that overall European low-cost carrier capacity rose 22 per cent this year on 2006 figures, with low budget options now accounting for some 35 per cent of all intra-European capacity thanks to hubs such as Stansted.A multi-million pound project for building a second runway at Stansted was recently proposed by operator BAA, claiming that new capacity and expanded flights are needed to meet the 68 million passengers – many of whom are on low cost flights – expected to process through the hub yearly by 2030.Among the many expanding routes out of London Stansted are the Scandinavian services recently launched by Norwegian to Tromso and Oslo, and the increased frequency of Iceland Express flights to Reykjavik from the Essex airport.Recent stats from FlightOnTime.info found that the average departure delay for Stansted charter flights was 25.59 minutes, slightly up on figures from 2006 but still below the UK charter flight average.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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first_imgGerman carrier Air Berlin has announced plans to test a new satellite navigation system on board select flights.The airline has been granted approval from the Federal Air Transport Authority to carry out test flights using the Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS).All new Boeing 737NG aircraft redelivered to Air Berlin since last June have been fitted with the system, with the carrier’s bases at Berlin and Malaga also equipped with GBAS.This means that flights to Berlin and Malaga, as well as flights from the European airports could be controlled by the GBAS programme.Air Berlin currently uses the traditional Instrument Landing System (ILS) to navigate plans into airports, but suggests that GBAS is a more accurate and cost-effective option.Using GBAS will result in jet fuel savings and noise reductions in flight approach areas, Air Berlin explained.Meanwhile, the carrier has recently announced an increased emphasis on its domestic network of Spanish flights.For the winter season Air Berlin will operate flights from Palma to 11 cities in the country, as well as the Portuguese city of Faro.Additions include two daily flights to Seville from the Spanish cities of Alicante, Barcelona, Santiago de Compostela and Valencia via Palma. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedAir Berlin adds new Florida flightsAir Berlin adds new Florida flightsAir Berlin adds Cyprus flightsAir Berlin adds Cyprus flightsAir Berlin adds Dusseldorf-China flightsAir Berlin adds Dusseldorf-China flightslast_img read more

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first_img3. Vallée Blanche, Chamonix, France 4. The Dolomites, Italy 7. Sunnmøre Alps, Norway 1. Aspen, Colorado, USA 9. Whistler, Canada 6. Mount Tremblant, Canada Related9 ski resorts where snow is guaranteed9 ski resorts where snow is guaranteedTop 10 Party Ski Resorts: Best Après Ski SpotsSkyscanner suggests some top party spots in the mountains – oh, and the skiing’s okay too.Family friendly skiing: winter sports for kidsSkyscanner brings you a guide to some of the most child-friendly ski resorts in the world. 8. Krvavec, Slovenia 5. Hirafu Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan 2. Big Mountain, Montana, USA 10. The Matterhorn, above Zermatt, SwitzerlandReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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London England – Reported by Elite Traveler the

first_imgLondon, England – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineWhen Bea Tollman, President and Founder of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, opened her first hotel in London in 1984 she believed outstanding personal service and great value should be the essence of every guest’s stay. Now, with generations of experience in hospitality, and having grown the collection to an impressive thirteen family-run luxury boutique hotels, Red Carnation is regarded as one of the world’s finest. With accolades including kudos from major travel publications to even a “Best Employer in Hospitality and Leisure” award at the 2009 Springboard Awards for Excellence, her secret ingredient for success is continued investment in her most prized asset – her people.Guest reviews often includes phrases such as “flawless service”, “extraordinary staff” and “top notch luxury”. And Red Carnation delivers over fifty different internal training programs, including the specially designed Management Trainee Programs, to ensure talented individuals receive the guidance and business acumen to fulfill their potential within hospitality and continue to deliver unforgettable guest experiences. Many of these programs are linked to internationally recognized qualifications and include extensive leadership and management initiatives.Staff remuneration through rewards is also a key ingredient. Individual and department incentives together with social events throughout the year are just some of the ways in which Red Carnation recognizes and rewards good performance whilst reinforcing strong family values. For example, over 700 staff are set to attend a glamorous Dinner Dance, at The Hilton Park Lane in London, 28th March 2010. Some 100 employees will be flown in from the overseas hotels, some from as far as South Africa, to celebrate the collection and the achievements of the team members. The evening will see over 130 staff recognized for their outstanding contributions as managers and employees over the past twelve months, as trainers, and as individuals who were willing to go way beyond their ordinary duties for the benefit of guests and other members of the team as well as honorary awards for length of service. Generous cash prizes, weekends away, trophies and certificates will mark the occasion for the winners. Above all, and most importantly however, it’s an opportunity for friends and colleagues to get together and have some fun.“When you work closely with people day in and day out you become a family, and that’s how I see our staff. Likewise, we’re creating a ‘home from home’ for our guests, and treat them as we would treasure family friends,” says Bea Tollman. “A true appreciation of people, those that work with us and those that stay with us, is at the heart of everything we do, as evinced by the extremely low staff turn-over. But it all starts with staff training, development, recognition and, ultimately, promotions from within. We’re totally dedicated to helping every individual fulfill his potential, because it’s the only way to deliver the ultimate guest experience. There are no short cuts or half measures.”www.redcarnation.comlast_img read more

GRENADA — For a new spin on beachside luxury Spic

first_imgGRENADA — For a new spin on beachside luxury, Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada has debuted super-elegant beachfront suites situated literally right on the beach at the edge of the Caribbean Sea. To add to the elegance of the experience, Spice Island Beach Resort opened Janissa’s Spa, a truly special facility for pampering guests.Boasting a style and elegance befitting royalty, the palatial Cinnamon and Saffron Suites (one on either side of the resort public areas) measure 1,440 sq. feet each and feature a romantic canopy bed, rich fabrics, marble bathroom, spacious living room with a wetbar and dining area set for six. Click to view a floor plan of these ultra-elegant rooms and take a virtual tour.All rooms are outfitted with spectacular amenities, making them five-star quality. Attention to detail is found in each luxurious suite with contemporary Caribbean décor, large whirlpool, LCD flat panel televisions with cable, Italian Frette bathrobes and linens (some of the softest and smoothest around), DVD and CD players, Molton Brown bath and body amenities, mini-bar, clock radio, hair dryer, air conditioning, ceiling fan, iron and ironing board, direct dial telephone with Internet access, safe, coffee/tea facility, toaster, chaise lounges and patio or balcony.Fully-inclusive rates are $2,000 per room, per night, based on double occupancy Jan. 16 – April 15. Fully-inclusive rates include accommodations; breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; afternoon tea; beverages including house wine at dinner; use of non-motorized watersports such as snorkeling, kayaking and Hobie cat sailing; golf greens fess at the nine-hole Grenada Golf Club; and concierge and room service.As if the smooth sand of Grand Anse Beach and the calming hum of the Caribbean Sea’s rolling waves weren’t enough to relax guests, Spice Island Beach Resort presents Janissa’s Spa to pamper visitors in paradise.The luxurious, full-service, 5,600 square foot spa and fitness center encompasses the same elegant, tropical feel found throughout the entire resort complemented by soft colors, natural materials such as pebble stone inlays, and stunning views of the surrounding hills and lush flora and fauna.For guests who want to pamper themselves with massages, body wraps, facials and much more, Janissa’s Spa features the following: -Four air-conditioned indoor treatment lounges, each with its own outdoor shower bordered by fragrant flowers and rich greenery -An exterior treatment room in a garden setting, also with an open-air shower area (this room is often used for Couple’s Massages) -An outdoor relaxation lounge for reading, quiet reflection and general rest post-treatment -One outdoor sunken whirlpool bath -An exterior courtyard within the facility highlighted by a cool water reflection pool-A salon for hair styling, manicures, pedicures, waxing and other services -Separate men’s and women’s lockers and a sauna“Janissa’s Spa is our special ‘Spice Island’ sanctuary where guests can unwind, relax and re-energize their body, mind and spirit,” said Sir Royston O. Hopkin, KCMG, Owner and Chairman of Spice Island Beach Resort.The menu of available spa and salon services is as follows: -Massage Therapies: Swedish, Aromatherapy, Reiki, Deep Tissue, Back, and Janissa’s Signature Massages-Skin and Facial Treatments: Janissa’s Face Treatment where skin is analyzed, cleansed, exfoliated, steamed and moisturized, and a Men’s Facial to condition and balance the skin’s natural oils-Body Treatments: Purifying Back Treatment and Enzymatic Sea Mud, Body Hydro and Janissa’s Signature Body Wraps-Nail and Waxing Services: Classic and Janissa Luxury Manicures and Pedicures, Change of Polish, Paraffin Treatments for Hands and Feet, and Depilatory Waxing and Tinting-Salon Services: Shampoo, Condition, Blow Dry, Haircut, Flat Iron, Curling Iron, Braiding and Relaxing Scalp TreatmentTreatments performed at Janissa’s Spa are as natural as the facility’s surroundings, providing guests with an extensive menu of services that incorporate local Grenadian herbs and spices. Using natural oils such as orange, grapefruit, cinnamon, aniseed and lemongrass soothes the body while adding exotic aromas to the air. Ginger, cinnamon and honey are essential elements combined to hydrate the skin during the spa’s body scrubs and signature body wraps, Corn meal forms part of the granular blend for exfoliation in the homemade body polish. The key ingredient in the deep tissue massage is local Caribbean coconut oil, while citrus grapefruit oil adds zest to the Swedish massage.Also available at Janissa’s Spa are five packages for guests looking to combine several treatments and enjoy a cost savings. Packages include: -Janissa’s Spa Welcome (2 hours) – Swedish Massage and Janissa’s Manicure – priced at $125 plus tax and service charge-Head To Toe (2.5 hours) – Janissa’s Face Treatment, Janissa’s Luxury Manicure and Janissa’s Luxury Pedicure – priced at $170 plus tax and service charge-Escape to Harmony (3 hours) – Aromatherapy Massage, Janissa’s Signature Body Wrap and Hand Paraffin Wrap – priced at $250 plus tax and service charge-Spa Indulgence (4 hours) – Swedish Massage, Body Hydro Wrap, Purifying Back Treatment, Classic Manicure and Janissa’s Luxury Pedicure – priced at $315 plus tax and service charge-Body Oasis (7 hours) – Janissa’s Signature Body Wrap, Janissa’s Face Treatment, Enzymatic Sea Mud Wrap, Back Massage, Purifying Back Treatment, Relaxing Scalp Treatment, Exfoliating Body Treatment, Hand Paraffin Wrap, Foot Paraffin Wrap and Classic Pedicure – priced at $610 plus tax and service chargeThe spa director is Tricia Thomas, who brings to Spice over ten years of experience in numerous high-end luxury chains in both London and the Caribbean. Thomas, a Grenadian, oversees all operations at Janissa’s Spa and is working on growing the spa’s list of in-house and local clientele by presenting new and inventive spa therapies.Within the spa is the fitness center with all new, top-of-the-line equipment including treadmills, stationary bikes and a wide selection of free weights.Guests can keep up with their fitness routines while away from home by mixing indoor and outdoor activity. They can enjoy a morning workout in the fitness center, a round or two of tennis on the new world-class Omnicourt® artificial turf surface court or a refreshing swim in the sparkling Caribbean Sea. Top off with a Swedish massage, a soak in the jacuzzi and then some quiet time in the spice-scented relaxation lounge.Janissa’s Spa is open daily, 7 am – 7 pm (off-season hours sometimes vary). Reservations are recommended for all spa services. Spa services are priced accordingly (and are outlined in brochures placed in the hotel rooms). The menu of spa services is subject to change. Treatments at the spa are not included in the resort’s rates.Spice Island Beach Resort The award-winning Spice Island Beach Resort features 64 elegantly-appointed suites, the full-service Janissa’s Spa, a Cybex® fitness center, Oliver’s beachside gourmet restaurant, the Sea & Surf Terrace for light lunches, the Sea & Surf Bar for refreshing cocktails throughout the day, a central swimming pool with swim-up whirlpool, an Omnicourt® tennis court, the Nutmeg Pod children’s activity center, the Gatsby Boutique and more.Spice Island Beach Resort is a member of the esteemed Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) collection and the exclusive Virtuoso network’s Hotels & Resorts Program. Spice Island Beach Resort is the first and only Virtuoso preferred hotel in Grenada.For more information, contact Spice Island Beach Resort at tel: 473-444-4258, fax: 473-444-4807, e-mail: spiceisl@spiceisle.com, or visit www.SpiceIslandBeachResort.comlast_img read more

NEW YORK NY – Should Ridley Scotts All the Mo

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Should Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World” be measured by the usual critical apparatus or with a stopwatch?If the latter, Scott’s movie wins the race, hands down. “All the Money in the World” has, with remarkably few signs of haste, accomplished its unenviable task of recasting Kevin Spacey’s role with Christopher Plummer. Plummer parachuted in a few weeks ago to shoot his nine days of work, and Scott has toiled around the clock to recut and remake his own movie. Like a bank thief covering tracks and wiping fingerprints, Scott has erased all trace of Spacey.That alone makes “All the Money in the World” a fascinating footnote in the larger ongoing drama of the “Me Too” reckoning. And considering the way things are going, Plummer should keep his bags packed. We may need his services again.But was it worth the trouble? “All the Money in the World,” about the 1973 kidnapping of the grandson of billionaire oil tycoon John Paul Getty (Plummer), is, for better and worse, every bit a Scott production: a solidly built, no-nonsense drama, largely without surprise. But its saving grace isn’t Plummer. It’s Michelle Williams.She plays Gail Harris, the distraught mother of the kidnapped 16-year-old “little Paul” (Charlie Plummer, no relation). When Getty refuses to pay the kidnappers’ demands of $17 million, she’s left virtually alone in seeking his release, aside from the inattentive help of Getty’s overconfident, former-CIA fixer, Fletcher Case (Mark Wahlberg). As a woman locked inside an oppressively male world, Williams’ performance — gripping and glamorous — slides in comfortably with Scott’s best female protagonists (Ripley, Thelma, Louise).Based on John Pearson’s 1995 book, “Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortune and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty,” David Scarpa’s script doesn’t attempt to show the larger soap opera of the younger Getty generations, many of whom suffered through drugs, depression and worse because of their father’s hostility and inattention. Getty married five times and young Paul was one of 14 grandchildren. When he was taken, Getty, then one of the richest men in the world, told reporters: “If I pay one penny now, I’ll have 14 kidnapped children.”“All the Money in the World” ought to have aimed more ambitiously for the complete tragedy of the Gettys, or stuck more resolutely to Gail’s perspective. Instead, it bounces erratically between its main players and loses steam every time Williams leaves the screen. At times it’s preoccupied with studying the astonishing greed of its penny-pinching Scrooge, at others with trailing the thrilling plot of Gail’s pursuit of Paul. It doesn’t necessarily follow any one character. It follows the money.Opening with a black-and-white sequence of the kidnapping in Rome, Scott’s movie continuously cuts to Paul’s travails as the prisoner of Calabrian bandits. Expecting a quick payday, they settle in the mountains of Southern Italy for months, growing increasingly impatient.Seesawing between the mafia-controlled hills of Italy and the mammoth English estate of Getty’s, “All the Money in the World” seeks for a larger portrait of people prioritizing money over basic human decency — of putting the art of the deal above all else, you might say. When first told of the kidnapping, Getty doesn’t even look up from the stock ticker.It’s hard not to spend some of the film’s running time wondering what Spacey might have brought to the movie. I suspect his performance would have been icier, and perhaps smacked of stunt. (Spacey donned copious makeup and prosthetics to age him into the role.) Plummer, on the other hand, quite naturally feasts on the part, fully embodying Getty’s privilege and power.At 88, Plummer has spent much of his superlative late period playing King Lears presiding over the ends of their empires. Give him a mansion and a backstory, and he’ll go to town (just as he did earlier this year in the World War II thriller “The Exception”). But the miserly Getty of “All the Money in the World,” so totally focused on his fortune, makes the Grinch look like a philanthropist.Aside from the audaciousness of its last-minute face-lift, “All the Money in the World” is fairly routine. If Scott was replacing stars, he might as well have yanked Wahlberg while he was at it. The story doesn’t suit the action star’s considerable gifts, and he’s out of place from the start.Still, the extreme measures taken by Scott are fitting. The restless director is driven by an obsession for work not so different than Getty’s. (This is the second film Scott has directed and the 10th project he’s produced this year. He’s 80.) Only when a crisis took his movie hostage, Scott immediately intervened at an estimated cost of $8 million. The lesson holds: Just pay the ransom.“All the Money in the World,” a Sony Pictures release, is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for “language, some violence, disturbing images and brief drug content.” Running time: 132 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four.___MPAA definition of R: Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Dec 20, 2017 5:59 am PDT Last Updated Dec 20, 2017 at 6:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Review: Plummer rescues ‘All the Money’ from the dustbincenter_img This image released by Sony Pictures shows Charlie Plummer in a scene from “All the Money in the World.” (Fabio Lovino/Sony Pictures via AP) last_img read more

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first_img FILE – This April 3, 2015 file photo shows attorney Bryan Stevenson, left, leaving Jefferson County jail in Birmingham, Ala., with Anthony Ray Hinton, who spent nearly 30 years on Alabama’s death row for the 1985 slaying of two fast-food managers. In the documentary, “True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality,” airing Wednesday on HBO, Hinton talks about sitting on death row. (AP Photo/ Hal Yeager, File) ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson rarely slows down, friends and family say. It seems he’s always looking over details on death penalty cases from his Montgomery, Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative. If he’s not speaking on the criminalization of black men, Stevenson is researching another historical site connected to an episode of racial violence.But a new HBO documentary on Stevenson attempts to get him to sit, speak and explain why he believes the legacy of lynchings of African Americans in the U.S. is directly linked to those who have wrongly been put on death row. In his mind, racial structures of oppression have remained in the U.S. judicial system since the Jim Crow-era and the death penalty is merely their direct descendant.“Most people don’t know about our history of lynching,” Stevenson told The Associated Press in a phone interview shortly after receiving news Friday that the Supreme Court had overturned the death sentence for Curtis Flowers , a Mississippi black man. “People have never been required to talk about it. But when you sit and think about it, the correlation is there.”Stevenson said the white lynch mob transformed into a formal judicial process in which often white prosecutors, white judges and largely white juries are tasked with deciding if a poor, black male accused of a crime is sentenced to death.“True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality,” set to air Wednesday on HBO, shows how the Harvard-trained attorney is now dedicating his life to forcing the U.S. to face the violence experienced by its communities of colour.The Delaware-born Stevenson gained national attention in 1993 after he helped exonerate Walter McMillian, a 46-year-old black pulpwood worker on death row. McMillian had been sentenced to death for the 1986 fatal shooting of an 18-year-old white woman in an Alabama town where Harper Lee wrote “To Kill a Mockingbird.” But Stevenson was able to prove that a key witness had lied and prosecutors withheld important evidence.The attorney then helped exonerate Anthony Ray Hinton in 2015, an African American man who spent 30 years on death row in Alabama after he was convicted for the 1985 slaying of two fast-food managers. Stevenson was able to show that experts could prove Hinton’s mother’s gun, the one prosecutor said was using in the killings, couldn’t have been the one used in the shooting.In the documentary, Hinton talks about sitting on death row and being forced to smell the burning flesh of other inmates in the electric chair as a jail guard taunted him.The film comes as the country prepares to mark the 100th anniversary of “Red Summer” — a period in 1919 when white mobs attacked and murdered African Americans in dozens of cities across the U.S. Hundreds of African Americans, some still in their World War I uniforms, were lynched, tortured and forced from homes amid heightened racial tensions and the rise of the revived Ku Klux Klan.It also comes as Latino academics and activists with the group Refusing to Forget are working to educate the public on violence committed by white mobs and the Texas Rangers that claimed thousands of people of Mexican descent in the American Southwest from 1910 to 1920.Stevenson said he hopes the documentary helps other communities of colour think about how they can memorialize historical sites connect to their unique past. But he said African Americans have a distinct history connected to slavery and that should not be ignored.“This kind of lawlessness affected all kinds of communities of colour,” Stevenson said. “But it’s not the same. Lynching starts with enslavement. Black people didn’t come here as immigrants.”“True Justice” will be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, and other streaming platforms.___Russell Contreras is a member of The Associated Press’ race and ethnicity team. Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/russcontreras .Russell Contreras, The Associated Press ‘True Justice’ explores lawyer who defends death row inmates by Russell Contreras, The Associated Press Posted Jun 24, 2019 12:02 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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first_img Alexandra Billings, left, and Amy Landecker participate in the Amazon Prime Video “Transparent” panel at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour on Saturday, July 27, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) “Transparent” musical finale gives cast a chance to heal by Katie Campione, The Associated Press Posted Jul 27, 2019 2:04 pm PDT LOS ANGELES — Wrapping up five seasons of an award-winning series with a musical is a risk that only Amazon’s “Transparent” could take.Risks are part of the show’s DNA, said series creator Jill Soloway.“We were all just kind of flying in our risk spaces,” Soloway said of creating the finale, “and today, we are still flying in our risk spaces by having made a musical as a way to say farewell to this family.”Actor Jay Duplass added that, after several seasons of pushing boundaries, upon hearing the idea he thought: “That’s nuts, and it totally makes sense, and that’s what we have to do.”Soloway joined sibling and executive producer Faith Soloway, as well as the cast of the Amazon series, during a Television Critics Association meeting to talk about the fitting conclusion for the characters as they mourn the loss of one of the show’s central characters.The finale begins with the death of Maura, played by Jeffrey Tambor, who left the show last year after allegations of sexual harassment on set. Approaching the death of Tambor’s character with a musical gave the cast a creative outlet to also mourn their own loss, Jill Soloway said.“Our cast is mourning Maura, and as actors and creators, we’re mourning what happened with our show,” Jill Soloway said on Tambor’s exit, adding: “It was a chance to heal together.”The “Transparent” musical finale, which debuts Sept. 27, concludes a series that broke barriers with its representation of LGBTQ characters on screen. The show exits the television scene with others in its wake, including Ryan Murphy’s award-winning “Pose.”While Jill Soloway said they don’t take responsibility for the push toward more representation on screen, they are grateful to have been a part of that conversation.“I feel more like a child in awe than parental. I came to all of this so late in my life. I wasn’t even queer until my late 40s,” Jill Soloway said. “So I couldn’t take responsibility for this revolution. I have always felt just in awe.”Katie Campione, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

April 12 2002 The Arcosanti Trench Team ATT wor

first_imgApril 12, 2002 The Arcosanti TrenchTeam (ATT) works to replace an old metal pipe that delivers propane tothe Crafts III building [the Cafe, Bakery, Gallery, andhousing), the Ceramics Apse, and the Arcosanti Foundry. Jung il Kwon, a volunteer, lifts apiece of rock out of the trench. [photo: Jeffrey Manta & text: Scott Riley] RonChandler operates a backhoe equipped with a 1000 lb breaker to helpform the 32″ deep trench into the Basaltic rock-soil matrix on themesa. [photo: JAM & text: swRiley] [photo: JAM] A new 2″ PE(Polyethylene) line will replace the current metal pipe. Licensedplumbers from Prescott placed the pipe. [photo: T & text: swRiley]last_img read more

Cheaper fuel discussed in House

first_imgThe government is not prepared to reduce fuel taxes unless other measures are put in place to offset the loss in revenue, the House finance committee heard on Tuesday.The committee discussed the matter for the fourth time, including the creation of low cost stations in a bid to force prices down.MPs heard that the ministries of interior and energy have been discussing the matter since 2009 and have failed to settle on which department would be responsible for licensing the new stations.The committee was told that legislation had been prepared in 2011 to grant the energy ministry the authority but the energy service said it was complex and inadequate.“We are particularly disappointed by the lack of communication between the two ministries,” committee chairman Angelos Votsis said. “They started discussing this matter seven years ago and no one appears to be interested.”Votsis said the committee decided to revisit the issue and it expected to hear from the government what its next steps would be.The Diko MP stressed however that the main factor affecting fuel prices was taxation.“We must all sit down with the government and see whether a wider tax reform, including fuel prices, is justified so that consumers can finally have cheaper fuel,” Votsis said.Head of the consumer protection service Charalambos Roussos told MPs the conditions were not met to justify imposing a price ceiling.He also said the preliminary results of a University of Cyprus study did not confirm asymmetric price transmission, or rockets and feathers as it is sometimes known, as regards fuel prices.In the fuel industry, when oil prices rise after being steady for some time, petrol prices shoot up quickly. Conversely, when oil prices fall after being steady for some time, petrol prices retreat slowly.The audit service disagrees with the finding.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoSenior Living | Search AdsThe Cost of Senior Living in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouSenior Living | Search AdsUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Artificial reef in Polis sea gets go ahead

first_imgTHE development of an artificial reef off the coast of Polis has been given the go ahead, according to tourism officials.The reef will attract diving tourism and protect marine biodiversity, a spokesman for the Paphos regional bard of tourism said.He added that concerted efforts have come to fruition and as the site has finally been agreed to, the government has agreed to construct an artificial reef in the area, the second in the district of Paphos. The reef is included in the fisheries department’s plans for 2014-2020.“The main aim of these reefs is to protect marina natural resources and develop biodiversity and marine life, as well a more sustainable and responsible form of tourism,” he said.The fisheries department had studied possible areas for the reef, which fall under the protection of the Natura 2000 Plan.Artificial reefs are constructions intentionally placed on the seabed that aim to imitate the properties of a natural reef.“They serve as a haven, a place to feed, reproduce, and grow in size and number for living marine organisms.”Mayor of Polis Chrysochous Giotis Papachristofi told the Cyprus Mail that the government will foot the bill, which will amount to tens of thousands of euros.“We are expecting this project to get underway in 2018, I don’t know how they will create this sea park yet, as I don’t have all the details.”However, Papachristofi said the establishment of the reef is a good idea as it will help to promote diving tourism and snorkelling with both local and visitors.The reef will be sunk onto the sea bed in an area of sea stretching between Latchi harbour and the five star Anassa hotel, he added.“This is a special project, given the beautiful snorkelling and diving locations of the wider area and in crystal clear waters. The water temperature is generally good and the sea is calm, these are important elements for the further development of diving tourism as well as marine life,” said the tourism spokesman.The effort contributes to a wider general plan for the district of Paphos that follows sustainable and responsible tourism, he said.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Georgiades says economy still not out of the woods

first_imgFinance minister Harris Georgiades said that Cyprus has a long way to go before overcoming the effects of the fiscal and banking crisis of the past years, adding that state-owned companies are in need of modernisation.Georgiades, who was addressing a conference of OIO-SEK, a union representing workers at state-owned companies, said that state-owned companies such as the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority, widely known as Cyta, and the Cyprus Stock Exchange, “urgently need to modernise and adjust to the requirements of the current era”.“Neither can continue operating in the same framework as in the past, when conditions were completely different,” he said according to an emailed statement.The government, which last year abandoned a privatisation plan agreed with international creditors after it encountered opposition from unions and political parties, is now considering finding strategic investors for Cyta to acquire a minority stake. The Cypriot economy expanded last year 2.8 per cent and is expected to continue growing at a similar pace this year, with unemployment remaining in the double-digit area. While the government generated last year a fiscal surplus of 0.4 per cent of economic output, public debt stood at 107.8 per cent. The economy, rated by all major rating companies in the non-investment grade, is plagued by a mountain of non-performing loans, roughly half of the banks’ entire loan portfolio.“Through political consensus and far from ideological negation, we can find acceptable arrangements, creating prospects for these corporations, while maintaining completely workers’ rights and ownership control by the state in the presence of a strategic investor,” the finance minister said.He added that the government, which four months ago agreed a two-year moratorium on pay increases with civil servant union Pasydy, which exempts incremental pay hikes this year and compensation for purchasing power lost to inflation from 2018 onwards, considers resorting to the practice of the past of “uncontrolled hirings” in the public sector which ultimately led to a fiscal derailment eight years ago, irresponsible.In a separate statement, Georgiades expressed his satisfaction over the parliament’s decision earlier on Friday to indefinitely extend a hiring freeze of civil servants, made necessary following the rejection by a majority of a bundle of reforms overhauling the human resource management in the public sector in December.“It is an extremely important decision that will decisively contribute in averting the repetition of the mass and uncontrolled hirings of the past that led to an inflated public payroll,” he said.You May LikeCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoSolar SolutionsCalifornia Will Pay Homeowners to Install SolarSolar SolutionsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes?FigLeaf Beta AppUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Supervisor says reports linking Cyprus to money laundering part of smear campaign

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesThe chairman of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC) said that competing financial sectors were behind reports in international media linking the island to money laundering.“As our gross domestic product relies mostly on services, tourism and finance, this causes (suspicion) that money laundering may be done here,” said Marios Skandalis, the president of ICPAC which supervises accounting offices with respect to their compliance to the anti-money laundering legislation. Skandalis who is also head of Bank of Cyprus’s compliance department, in turn supervised by the Central Bank of Cyprus, was commenting in an interview with television channel Alpha Cyprus.“The finance services industry operates in certain countries in Europe such as the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Malta etc,” he said. “Everyone is trying to increase their share of the pie. Just because Cyprus has a number of advantages, it comes in their crosshair”.“This is up to us to resolve and we do it that by making sure that there is a robust legislative, regulatory framework which fends off effectively these allegations, which is mostly mudsling coming from our competitors,” he added.Cyprus has, in recent weeks, attracted and days media attention as a result of its cooperation in a Russian probe against Hermitage Capital founder Bill Browder who eight years ago initiated a campaign for justice for lawyer Sergei Magnitsky who paid with his life after uncovering a $230m (€198m) tax fraud in Russia. Browder accuses Cypriot authorities of going after him, even after the Council of Europe and Interpol regard Russia’s motives behind the investigation as political, instead of investigating how part of the stolen funds were laundered through the Cypriot financial system.On Monday, Cyprus entered the media spotlight anew when the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) charged Paul Manafort, a former advisor to US President Donald Trump, and an aide of using companies set up in Cyprus to launder illicit funds.The island’s financial system, Skandalis continued, enjoys competitive advantages which include in addition to its strategic geographical location in the crossroad of three continents, a good climate and “technically proficient accountants, lawyers and other professionals who can provide administrative and financial services of various nature”.“Nine to ten months every year, the temperatures are very good, and it is sunny,” he said. “This attracts in addition to investment also potential investors”.Skandalis said that as Cyprus’s anti-money laundering and terrorism financing framework is based on English law, it is “one of the strongest in the world which offers credibility” and as a result also attracts investors.In reference to Manafort, who had a number of accounts he maintained with defunct Cyprus Popular Bank, also known as Laiki, shut in 2012 as part of the lender’s internal anti-money laundering procedures, Skandalis said that “all data given to the authorities that requested them, concern events prior to 2012”.Bank of Cyprus, which inherited Laiki’s operations in March 2013, as part of Cyprus’s bailout agreement, terminated the remaining accounts of Manafort by 2014, a year before Donald Trump announced his candidacy. The ties of Trump’s campaign, chaired by Manafort until August 2016, are part of the FBI investigation in to a Russian meddling in last year’s US elections.Skandalis said that Manafort’s activity effectively ceased after 2012.“Traditionally, Cyprus had a robust regulatory framework,” he said. “Before 2012, there were gaps in its effective and rational implementation as well in monitoring it by various authorities”.As part of Cyprus’s bailout terms, the island’s banking sector had to undergo an international audit to test its compliance with anti-money laundering standards. In early 2017, the anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International said that Cyprus scored best among 12 investigated countries which included major economies such as the US, the UK, Germany and France.The introduction of the current anti-money laundering rules in December 2013, when “Cyprus introduced the strictest regulatory framework regarding money laundering in the entire Europe and worldwide,” Skandalis continued, addressed probable gaps in its implementation.The new framework introduced procedures concerning “politically exposed persons at local level and tax evasion, issues that the remaining EU member states are asked to comply with in January,” he said.Cyprus complies with the provisions of the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and was among the first states to introduce the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Common Reporting Standards (CRS) which are “similar to FATCA,” he said. In early 2017, unlike in the past, the US State Department did not include any references to Cyprus in its “narcotics list which deals with money laundering,” Skandalis added.The complete interview in Greek is available here (starts at 59:10).You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Forensics service under scrutiny ministry outlines needed improvements

first_imgBy Elias HazouThe ministry of health has identified a number of ways of improving the forensic pathology service, following a recent case where it took five autopsies to make a definitive determination on the death of a Bulgarian woman.Top of the to-do list is the creation of a ‘supervisory team’ of internationally renowned pathologists who would review autopsy reports and assist Cypriot pathologists in certain cases, for example when homicide is suspected.Speaking in parliament on Thursday, the health ministry’s permanent secretary Christina Yiannaki also proposed reducing the number of mortuaries, from five currently to just two – one in Nicosia and the other in Limassol.The service will also make a greater effort to keep up with best international practices and standards in the field of forensic pathology.MPs heard also that the service is understaffed.Last year, state pathologist Eleni Antoniou carried out 264 forensic examinations, Angeliki Papetta carried out 98, Sofoclis Sofocleous 77, and Nicolas Charalambous 62.Lawmakers noted the absence of dedicated laboratories where pathologists should carry out their work.At the same time, there is a lack of professionalism, said Disy MP Costas Constandinou.“We learned that some people [pathologists] refuse to visit certain hospitals to carry out their work, because the mortuary officer on duty might not be to their liking. This is the type of behaviour that cannot be tolerated,” he said.During the discussion at the House health committee, some MPs proposed that the forensics pathology service should come under the justice ministry so that it can work more closely with law enforcement.The service’s operation came under scrutiny after the death of Bulgarian national Petruna Nikolova. She was found close to death in a field in Yeroskipou, Paphos, on February 22 and died on the way to hospital.The initial autopsy concluded that Nikolova had died of injuries from farming equipment, but a subsequent autopsy contradicted these findings, suggesting the woman had been mauled by dogs.The contradictory findings prompted an additional three autopsies, the latest being carried out by a pathologist flown in from Greece.In relation to the case, a 27-year-old man is to stand trial on charges of manslaughter. He is the owner of dogs, including a number of Rottweilers, that were kept in premises close to the location where Nikolova was found.You May LikeSmart SecurityCheapest Way to Protect your HomeSmart SecurityUndoCLUESITEMS7 Practical Beginner Yoga Poses for Couples – CLUESITEMSCLUESITEMSUndoJournalistate20 Times Sports Cameras Captured More Than ExpectedJournalistateUndo Bale’s China move called off by Real MadridUndoBritain preparing for a no-deal BrexitUndoVerstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Tougher fines for work safety violations

first_imgCabinet approved on Wednesday tougher fines for employers who violate work safety conditions.According to an announcement from the presidency, the ministers decided to amend the health and safety 2018 law due to the recent increase of work related accidents.The amendments were scrutinised by members of the labour inspection department, the chamber of commerce and employers’ federation as well as unions such as Sek, Peo and Deok.The developments come two days after an employee for Cyprus’ electricity authority (EAC) Giorgos Giorgiou, died after a fall. Investigations are ongoing over the circumstances surrounding his death as he was in a lifting cage pruning trees which were in the way of electrical cables when the cage fell to the ground from a height of four metres.It appears to have been separated from the aerial lift to which it was attached.You May LikeVerizonWireless.comVerizon Wireless, Smartphone Deals & Plans | First to 5GVerizonWireless.comUndoOnline College | Search AdsOnline Colleges | Study At Your Own PaceOnline College | Search AdsUndoHealth & Human ResearchEat Ginger Every Day And This Can Happen to Your BodyHealth & Human ResearchUndo From space heroes to artists: women written out of historyUndoTwo days of music to dance toUndoCypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Focus trial back on track after ruling on evidence

The trial proper in the Focus case was allowed to move forward again on Monday, after Nicosia criminal court ruled – in a trial within a trial – that certain evidence introduced by the prosecution was admissible.The defence had earlier argued that evidence obtained from Greece by Cypriot authorities was not acquired lawfully via the mutual judicial assistance protocol between the two countries. As such, they said, this evidence should not be admissible.The evidence in question relates to Greek national Michalis Zolotas, owner of Focus Maritime Corp and a key defendant in the proceedings.On Monday, the court rejected the defence’s motion.By unanimous decision, the three judges said the evidence in question had been obtained lawfully from Greece via mutual judicial assistance requests made by Cypriot law enforcement authorities.According to the court, the prosecution proved beyond a reasonable doubt that all the evidence in question was accounted for and properly documented in the mutual judicial assistance requests.The court noted that even if the evidence had not been obtained lawfully, it would still have admitted the evidence provided it were deemed relevant to the case and provided that the defendants’ right to a fair trial were not adversely affected.The decision allowed the prosecution to call to the witness stand CID sergeant Nicolas Foullidis, the officer in charge of the evidence related to the case.Foullidis had begun testifying in early May, but his testimony was interrupted when the defence raised its objection to the evidence, leading to the trial within a trial.On Monday, the defence objected anew when Foullidis tried to introduce as evidence a digital disk containing evidence.The CD was obtained from the Sovereign Base Areas, the court was told.The defence argued that the CD was not obtained lawfully.As such, the proceedings were interrupted, and will resume on September 7.Prosecutors claim that Focus Maritime Corp was the conduit for transferring €1m to a consultancy firm in Cyprus.The consultancy firm was owned by the daughter of then governor of the Central Bank Christodoulos Christodoulou. The prosecution’s case rests on the premise that the money was a sweetener to Christodoulou so he would green-light the 2006 takeover of Laiki Bank by Greek financier Andreas Vgenopoulos, now deceased.Laiki was shuttered in 2013.Vgenopoulos, chairman of Marfin Investment Group (MIG), was initially also on the charge sheet. His name was withdrawn when he died in November 2016.In addition to Zolotas and Christodoulou, defendants in the same case are Christodoulou’s daughter Athina, her ex-husband Andreas Kizourides, former Laiki official Michael Fole, and ΑC Christodoulou Consultants Ltd, MIG and Focus as legal entities.In a related issue, state attorney Andreas Aristides said on Monday that no evidence or documents related to the Focus case were destroyed in the fire that broke out at the Nicosia court complex back in February.Aristides told the Cyprus News Agency that, at the time of the fire, no evidence pertaining to the case had yet been submitted to the court and therefore none of this evidence was being stored in the building.As such, recent media reports claiming that Focus-related evidence was destroyed, were inaccurate.You May LikeMuama Instant TranslatorGenius Japanese Invention Allows You To Instantly Speak 43 LanguagesMuama Instant TranslatorUndoYoutube video by: PopMaltWhat it’s Like to Play Princess Belle at a Disney Theme ParkYoutube video by: PopMaltUndoCar NovelsNo One Buys These SUVs But They Are The Best On The MarketCar NovelsUndo Famagusta municipality says Varosha entry goes against UN regulationsUndoProperty owners price themselves out of the marketUndoCypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoby Taboolaby Taboola read more

Reservoirs only at 12 per cent capacity despite recent downpours

first_imgBy Lizzy IoannidouDespite the heavy rainfall and the increased inflow of water into the island’s reservoirs, water stocks are at lower levels compared with the corresponding period last year, but are expected to rise in the coming months.Around 550,000 cubic metres of water flowed into reservoirs during the weekend. Since December 1 this year, a total water inflow of 2.4 million cubic metres was recorded, first technical engineer at the Water Department, Fedros Rousis told CNA on Monday.Though December this year has brought higher quantities into reservoirs compared with last year, Rousis said, water levels are well below total capacity at only 11.8 per cent with total stocks of 34.3 million cubic metres.During the corresponding period last year, only 881,000 cubic metres of water entered reservoirs, Rousis said, but water stocks were 1.5 per cent higher, with 38.7 million cubic metres of reserves, constituting 13.3 per cent capacity.Last year’s inflow of water into the island’s reservoirs were described by the Water Department as the second worst in a decade.“Inflow and stock of water are two different things,” Rousis told the Cyprus Mail, “as the factors of capacity prior to the rain season, as well as the rate of consumption, are also at play.”Water inflow is expected to continue until April, Rousis added, noting that the met office’s data which show that 70 per cent of December this year will been marked by rain, indicate that “this year’s stocks will very likely surpass last year’s, despite the current period’s lower levels compared with last year.”Usually, he said, the highest levels of rainfall in Cyprus are recorded in January and February.The deputy director of the Water Department, Nicolas Christofides, told media last week that water inflow levels remain low despite recent heavy rainfall, since dams are located at higher altitudes where rainfall was traditionally heavier, but climate change has brought increased rainfall to lowland areas, leading to high quantities of water not being stored.“This was only true for the last three days which saw heavy rainfall in coastal and inland regions,” Rousis said, “but it does not mean that this will always happen.”Rivers are on the mountains, and we can’t build dams on the coast, Rousis said. “In fact, dams are exactly where they should be.”You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Parliament passes new road tax measures

first_imgA bill was passed on Friday by parliament to re-evaluate road tax on cars based on their exhaust waste and the vehicle’s age.The bill was passed with 41 MPs for and five against, while two MPs abstained.MPs from all parties said the goal of the legislation is to promote the sale of cars that are environmentally friendly and for Cyprus to not be a graveyard of car pollution.Parliament also passed a zero excise tax on vehicles. Based on the bill, cars that are powered by diesel, that are in Euro 5a and Euro 5b categories will be charged €50, while petrol vehicles of the same type will not pay an excise tax.Euro5 cars are vehicles that were created from September 2009 to August 2014.Cars that are classified Euro 4, created from 2005 to 2009, will be charged €300 if they are powered by petrol, while diesel cars will be charged €600.Vehicles older than these will also be charged the same the parliament decided.Euro6 vehicles, both petrol and diesel, will not be charged an excise tax. These cars were created from 2014 to 2018.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Further electricity price cut on the way regulator says

first_imgEnergy regulator CERA chief Giorgos Shammas said on Monday he expected electricity prices to drop a further 5 per cent from March.Shammas was speaking after handing over his 2013 report to President Nicos Anastasiades at the presidential palace.After the meeting Shammas told reporters he had handed over a report for 2013 but he had also briefed President Nicos Anastasiades on energy developments in 2014 including prices and the operation of the electricity market in general.“I also informed the president that the positive effects of the fall in oil prices on the cost of electricity was very substantial,” he said.Asked if there would be a further reduction in electricity prices, Shammas said it was his assessment that prices would come down by around 5 per cent from next month.  You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Huge gas find scuppers Cyprus plans to sell gas to Egypt

first_imgBy Elias HazouCyprus’ plans to sell its offshore gas to the Egyptians are most likely dead in the water, following the announcement of a 30 trillion cubic feet (tcf) gas find off the coast of Egypt.Although the government tried to put on a brave face about ENI’s massive discovery – the spokesman saying they are ‘evaluating the situation’ – the reality is that for Cyprus the Egypt option is off the cards.Likewise energy minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis, who commenting on the development, brushed aside the notion that it adversely impacts Cyprus’ plans to sell gas to Egypt.Lakkotrypis said he spoke on the phone with his Egyptian counterpart on Monday morning, and that plans to transport Cypriot gas to Egypt via a subsea pipeline remained on track.He said also that since the Zohr find is in close proximity to three of Cyprus’ licensed offshore blocks (10, 11 and 12), that could revive hopes for more gas discoveries on the Cypriot side.Should the Zohr discovery be verified, this would have “geological, geopolitical and commercial ramifications,” he added.But for one energy expert, it is too little, too late.“Our plans to sell natural gas to Egypt, always financially non-viable, are now completely scuppered,” Charles Ellinas told the Cyprus Mail.To call ENI’s 30 tcf Zohr prospect a game-changer is an understatement, Ellinas said. Not only does the new find negate Egypt’s need to import Cypriot gas, but Israeli gas as well.Putting things into context, the expert said that once the Zohr field is developed, its total capacity potential is estimated to be around 30 billion cubic meters (bcm).Egypt needs approximately an additional 2 to 3 bcm to cover its domestic energy consumption shortfall. And as far as LNG exports go, the two liquefaction plants in Egypt, operating at full capacity, would generate a combined 17 bcm. All in, that works out to 20 bcm.So the Zohr prospect covers both Egypt’s domestic and export needs, with lots of gas – around 10 bcm – to spare.As ENI itself stated, the Zohr field can help meet Egypt’s gas needs for decades. It is the largest ever natural gas discovery in the Mediterranean, larger even than Israel’s Leviathan field, which holds an estimated 22 tcf.Moreover, as things stand, the prospect can be developed faster than any other new project proposed to Egyptian officials.Ellinas estimates that appraisal, or follow-up drilling, at the Zohr well will take place sometime next year, with the first construction – an FPSO sitting on top of the well, plus a pipeline to the Egyptian shore – likely to begin in 2017. Actual production from the field could therefore be possible by 2020.Plus, it is the cheapest option, as Egypt has no reason to pay a premium for importing gas from either Cyprus or Israel, when it has its own gas.The 30 tcf is a preliminary assessment, with a 50 per cent probability, and more prospecting will be needed to narrow down the number.But as Ellinas points out, the amount announced by ENI is quite reliable, since it is based on both earlier seismic data as well as the results of the first drill at Zohr.Additionally, Zohr may eventually yield more hydrocarbons. As ENI stated in a press release, the “structure has also a deeper Cretaceous upside that will be targeted in the future with a dedicated well.”So what next for Cyprus? Ellinas says the government urgently needs to formulate a Plan B for developing the Aphrodite reservoir.The two options are well-known: a pipeline to Turkey, and then possibly onto Europe; or combining the resources of Leviathan and Cyprus’ Aphrodite fields via an LNG plant here, for export to Europe.You May LikeDirectExposeWorld’s First Surviving Octuplets Are All Grown Up. Look At Them 9 Years LaterDirectExposeUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndoHonest To Paws31 Tourist Attractions That Most People Wouldn’t VisitHonest To PawsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more