Grange: We Will Always Remember Bolt’s Breathtaking Brilliance

first_imgThe Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange has issued the following statement after day 10 of competition at the IAAF World Championships currently underway in London.Minister’s Statement follows:“Today, we witnessed the final act in the competitive athletic career of Usain Bolt. It didn’t go according to plan as he collapsed with an injury while anchoring the Jamaica team in the 4×100 metres. He apologised to his team mates and all of Jamaica as he limped off the track.I do not accept his apology. Like his team mates, I will also say to Usain, there is no need for an apology because he gave everything — as he’s always done.”“Instead, I would like Usain to accept our best wishes for a speedy recovery. I would ask him to accept our gratitude for an amazing career which raised our national profile; a career in which he proudly carried his ‘Jamaicanness’ around the world; a career which contributed much to the development of a sport industry in Jamaica; a career which rescued global athletics. I believe we all have been honoured to watch Usain do extraordinary things for the better part of the last 15 years.”“He redefined speed and brought great entertainment to world athletics. His impressive records might be broken one day, but his place in our hearts is secured forever. We will forever remember his breathtaking brilliance. Usain will forever be our champion. Our relatively young team which competed at these World Championships did not dominate as other Jamaican teams have done, but I have every confidence that they will learn from this experience and will be much stronger going forward.”“We must never give up on them. Let me congratulate our women’s 4×100 metres on taking the bronze medal today. It was also heartening to see a Jamaican in the men’s 5000 metres and I commend Kemoy Campbell on that achievement.”last_img read more

Inauguration Date Set for New Suez Canal

first_imgzoom The New Suez Canal is to be inaugurated on August 6th, according to Suez Canal Authority (SCA).SCA requested all shipping agencies to notify it about their vessels’ manes and tonnages by 10 July at the latest, if they are arriving at Port Said and Suez outer anchorage on August 5 in order to prepare for the inauguration event.Details regarding the event itself have not been revealed except for the information that it will be attended by high-ranking officials including President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.The expansion work has reached 85 percent completion, with 43 dredging machines working round the clock to meet the deadline for excavation completion set for July 15, canal authority chief Mohab Mameesh is quoted as saying by the Associated Press.Once the two-way highway is completed, Egypt expects that up to 20,000 ships will transit the route on a yearly basis.  It is estimated that around 10% of all global maritime trade passes through the Suez Canal, equaling to 18,000 ships per year.The expansion project will pave the way for a transit of ships of up to 20 meters in draft, thus increasing the revenue of the canal to up to USD 17 billion a year.In addition, over the next five years Egypt plans to invest into construction of an industrial and logistical zone along the canal in order to attract further investment into the area.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Woman can keep home on reserve even though she is not a

first_imgHALIFAX – A Nova Scotia judge says the widow of a former First Nations chief can stay in their family home on reserve land even though she is not a member of the band or a status Indian.Marlene Toney’s occupancy became an issue for the Annapolis Valley First Nation because, under the Indian Act, reserve lands are held by the federal Crown in trust for the exclusive benefit of First Nation bands.As well, the band pointed out in court there are 25 band members on a waiting list for housing.Justice Gregory Warner of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, in a decision released Thursday, concluded Toney can stay in the home west of Kentville, N.S., mainly because a 2013 federal statute recognizes the equality rights of spouses in such situations, regardless of gender, race or ethnic origin.Warner said the Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act was introduced to fill a legislative gap with respect to property rights between spouses living on reserves when they separate or one of them dies.“Clearly, when Parliament passed the (act) and recognized the matrimonial status of both partners, irrespective of whether both were First Nation members or Indians, it was an intentional modification to … the Indian Act,” Warner wrote in his decision.The home in question was built in 1979 for former chief Lawrence Toney and his first wife with a $23,000 federal grant.Reserve lands are not owned by individuals, but rather by the band as a whole. However, the band can vote to grant individuals so-called Certificates of Possession.Lawrence Toney obtained such a certificate in 1998.His second wife, Marlene Toney, has lived in the home since 1986.Over the 30 years that the couple occupied the home, they spent over $140,000 of their own money on permanent improvements.Lawrence Toney, who was chief of the First Nation in the 1990s, died in July 2016.The only substantial asset in his estate was the 1,600-square-foot home and the Certificate of Possession for the land on which it sits.In his will, Lawrence left his entire estate, including the certificate, to his second wife.Marlene Toney, now 56, was an active member of the reserve community for many years until her multiple sclerosis became too severe.Today, she lives alone in the house, and her only income is $775 a month from a disability pension and her husband’s Canada Pension Plan.More importantly, she is not eligible to obtain the Certificate of Possession because she is not a member of the Annapolis Valley First Nation.She told the court that if she is forced out of the home, she has no other place to live and will seek social assistance.The judge noted that her occupancy of the “immaculate, well-maintained” home would not be an issue for the First Nation if she was a band member.Still, Warner considered that the 291-member First Nation is facing a growing demand for housing on its land.Katrina Toney, Lawrence Toney’s youngest daughter from his first marriage, filed an affidavit stating that she has been on the waiting list for housing on the reserve for almost 20 years.But Warner decided Marlene Toney should be able to stay in the house indefinitely.“The applicant is 56. She has no other place to live and is physically not well, with her needs being provided for within the community and in the family home she has occupied for 32 years,” his decision says.“The totality of the circumstances dictates that the only fair outcome is to grant an order for exclusive occupation.”last_img read more

UN envoys voice new optimism in tackling climate change

Ricardo Lagos, one of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s three Special Envoys on climate change, said that discussions with world leaders on the topic had infused him with “an optimism that things can happen,” adding that countries seem ready to consider novel solutions to the problem.Mr. Lagos, a former Chilean president, said leaders also recognize the need for a “new, more sophisticated agreement” to succeed the Kyoto Protocol – the international community’s current framework for reducing greenhouse gas emissions which expires in 2012 – as well as the necessity for a “clear and definite timetable” on readying a successor pact to be ready to allow countries to make it law in time.Another climate change envoy, former General Assembly President Han Seung-soo, also said he had been “greatly encouraged” by meeting global leaders, most of whom said that new approaches are crucial.Speaking on behalf of the Group of 77 developing countries and China, Pakistan’s Environment Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat said the Group welcomed the proposal by Mr. Ban to convene a high-level meeting on climate change next month at UN Headquarters in New York.“With the clock continuing to click,” he said, “we need to move fast and act before climate change turns into a climate crisis.”The Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Jacques Diouf said his agency supports the Secretary-General’s proposed high-level event. Also this fall, FAO will hold its own meeting to discuss world food insecurity and the challenges posed by climate change and bioenergy.Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), told reporters that “while climate change is in the essence an environmental issue, it is an issue that can only be solved if an economic answer is provided to it.”International assistance is necessary to aid developing countries, whose “overriding concerns” are economic growth and poverty eradication, to allow them to take measures that are “not justifiable from a national economic point of view, but that are essential from a climate change point of view,” he said.Mr. de Boer added that there is a “general recognition that the Kyoto Protocol in itself is not enough,” and that it is essential to reach agreement on a post-2012 mechanism to combat global warming. 1 August 2007Top United Nations climate change officials today voiced optimism that international leaders are ready and willing to tackle climate change on the second and final day of a General Assembly meeting on the issue. read more

Young Regina woman heading to Italy for world riding championship

Related Lexi Vollman grew up surrounded by horses, but when she first began riding, it was not love at first sight.Growing up with mother Tracy Vollman — a competitive endurance rider — being around horses was normal, but a couple of tumbles as a young child left Lexi frightened to climb in the saddle. Her mother’s gentle and persistent coaching, however, always convinced her to get back on a horse.While she did come to enjoy horses, Lexi was not interested in the sport of endurance riding her mother loved. Endurance riding is a timed race where an individual horse and rider duo have to travel a distance ranging from 80 to 160 kilometres over a marked cross-country trail in a single day. Instead, she only began riding longer distances as a 12-year-old as a way of spending time with her mother.“I was going to do it with her because I loved my mom and then one day it was like something switched and it was like, ‘Oh you know, I really like doing this,’ ” said Lexi in a recent phone interview.But Tracy said Lexi’s shyness initially held her back from excelling in the sport. Lexi declared she would never ride a race by herself and would never ride anyone else’s horse, and Tracy didn’t push her. A few years passed of Lexi continuing to ride longer distances — up to 80 kilometres — with her mom, but refusing to go any further.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Then when Lexi was 16, an opportunity came up to take part in a young rider endurance challenge in North Carolina. Because she would have to ride 120 kilometres by herself and ride someone else’s horse, Tracy was sure Lexi would turn the invitation down, but asked her anyway.“I guess I was in a good mood and I was like, ‘Sure, yeah of course.’ And now that’s I think my favourite distance,” said the now 19-year-old with a laugh.Her parents were shocked, but thrilled, at her response.“We thought either she’s going to absolutely hate it … or maybe she’ll blossom. And lucky for us, she really blossomed. She got to know the other girls. She went out, she rode the 75-mile race,” said Tracy. From that point there was no turning back, and Lexi began endurance riding competitively around the world.“All of a sudden now she’s travelling around the world, riding all these different horses for different people. She’s a completely different kid. It has done so much for her, and now here she is going to worlds.” Darice Whyte / Submitted Lexi Vollman rides her horse Splash at the Fun in the Sun 75-mile ride in Florida. New horse therapy company offering Saskatchewan’s only hydrotherapy AquaPacer Horses do help heal, says University of Regina researcher In September, Lexi is heading to the Young Rider World Endurance Championship in Italy as the only member of Team Canada.“There are other Canadian riders, but somehow I’m the only one going so it’s like dang, I’m representing the whole country here,” said Lexi.Last summer she achieved the status of Elite Young Rider by completing 10 120-kilometre races. While gaining this status, Lexi also met the requirements needed to attend the Young Rider World Championships: to ride at least one 80 kilometre and three 120 or 160 kilometre races, with one of the longer races being completed at a certain speed.For most of Lexi’s burgeoning riding career, the Saskatchewan prairie served as her training ground. Growing up in Regina with her family, her family’s horses were boarded near Kronau, approximately 29 kilometres southeast of the city. She would ride her horse for hours along the grid roads in the area, often with her mother as they trained together.“It was kind of pathetic training, but I guess it’s worked out so far because our horses are doing pretty good,” said Lexi. Two years ago she moved to British Columbia to continue her training on more mountainous terrain.Endurance racing is a little bit “like NASCAR for horses,” said Lexi. The rider and horse team follow the set trail in a loop before coming through camp again, like a pitstop.“Your crew comes in, they take care of your horse, they take care of you, they feed you both, cool everyone down, any tack problems get fixed,” she said. “You have like an hour (or) 45 minutes, depending on how far you went, and they throw it all back on and send you back out on the track.”Factors such as weather, the type of terrain and how the horse is doing all impact how long a race takes. Lexi said her times have ranged from seven hours to 14 and a half hours for a single 120-kilometre race. Despite how exhausted she feels after such a long trek, the feeling when she crosses the finish line makes all the effort worth it.“You feel so accomplished when you finish the race,” she said. Lexi Vollman with her horse Splash after winning the Jr Canadian 50-Mile Championship in 2016. Tracy Vollman / Submitted read more

AECOM to acquire URS Corp for 5631 per share in cash and

first_imgThis acquisition creates an industry-leading E&C company with broad global reach and enhanced ability to deliver integrated services to clients. It accelerates AECOM’s strategy of offering an integrated-delivery model by adding key capabilities and expertise in markets including construction, oil & gas, power and government services and is expected to realise $250 million in annual cost-saving synergies, nearly all of which will be achieved by the end of fiscal year 2016.AECOM Technology Corp and URS Corp have executed of a definitive agreement under which AECOM will acquire all outstanding shares of URS for a combination of cash and stock valued at approximately $4 billion.The combined company will be a leading, fully integrated infrastructure and federal services provider with more than 95,000 employees in 150 countries. It would have calendar year 2013 pro forma revenues of more than $19 billion and EBITDA of some $1.3 billion.“This combination creates an industry leader with the ability to deliver more capabilities from a broad global platform to reach more clients in more industry end markets,” said Michael S. Burke, AECOM President and CEO. “Clients, employees and stockholders of both companies will benefit from the opportunities created by these expanded capabilities, broad global reach in key growth markets and economies of scale. In one step, we will dramatically accelerate our strategy of creating an integrated delivery platform with superior capabilities to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world.”Martin M. Koffel, Chairman and CEO of URS, stated, “This is a compelling strategic combination that we believe will benefit our clients, stockholders and employees. URS stockholders will receive significant, immediate value from the transaction and will be able to participate in the future prospects of the combined company, which we expect will be better positioned to compete for major, complex projects across a diverse range of end markets and geographic regions.”Koffel continued, “Our two businesses are complementary, and our cultures are highly compatible. We anticipate that employees from the combined company will benefit as the organisation integrates its leadership talent and capitalizes on its greater scale to invest in its people, improve their career opportunities and advance their capacity to compete globally.”“We will continue to maintain our balance sheet flexibility,” said Stephen M. Kadenacy, Chief Financial Officer. “We plan to use our strong free cash flow to reduce our debt level, with a goal of returning to our long-term target leverage ratio of approximately two times debt-to-EBITDA by the end of 2017.”AECOM will become one of the largest companies by revenue in the engineering and construction industry. The combined firm will be headquartered in Los Angeles and will be the largest publicly traded company in that city. AECOM also expects to maintain a key operational presence in San Francisco, where URS is headquartered.Michael S. Burke will be the combined company’s CEO, and the companies have designed a new operating management structure that will include proven senior leaders from both URS and AECOM. John M. Dionisio, AECOM Executive Chairman, will be Chairman of the board and, at closing, AECOM will elect two URS board members to the AECOM Board of Directors.“Building on AECOM’s experience of adding new skill sets and delivering them across our established global platform, we anticipate a smooth and seamless integration,” said Burke. “We are developing integration plans that will enable us to bring together the best of both organizations. The process will be led by executives of both companies.”The combined company will be a premier, fully integrated infrastructure firm, serving clients across a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government. The two companies are world leaders in the infrastructure industry.URS adds to AECOM’s construction capabilities, deepening a core competency that AECOM expects to leverage across its global platform. URS also brings strong sector expertise in important end markets.Burke added, “The combination of AECOM and URS creates an industry leader with unsurpassed capacity to deliver integrated solutions across AECOM’s existing markets. We will have the ability to design and deliver major civil infrastructure projects in sectors such as transportation and water. In addition, we expect to seize opportunities to more broadly leverage our direct investment vehicle, AECOM Capital.”Ranked as a leading engineering design firm by Engineering News-Record magazine, AECOM is a premier, fully integrated infrastructure and support services firm, with a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government. With approximately 45,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals — serving clients in more than 150 countries around the world, AECOM is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering solutions that create, enhance and sustain the world’s built, natural, and social environments. A Fortune 500 company, AECOM had revenue of $8.0 billion during the 12 months ended March 31, 2014.URS is a leading provider of engineering, construction, and technical services for public agencies and private sector companies around the world. The company offers a full range of program management; planning, design and engineering; systems engineering and technical assistance; construction and construction management; operations and maintenance; management and operations; information technology; and decommissioning and closure services. URS provides services for federal, oil and gas, infrastructure, power, and industrial projects and programs.last_img read more

Rich start to Odyssey Festival

first_imgAdelaide’s 4th Hellenic Cultural Festival, ODYSSEY, was officially launched on October 1 in conjunction with the opening of the Greek Film Festival 2009, which featured the film Bang Bang Wedding, starring Alex Dimitriades. The opening ceremony took place at Palace Nova cinemas in the city centre with a myriad of official guests, media representatives and members of the community attending the event.The President of the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia (GOCSA), Vasilis Elovaris, welcomed all guests and s poke of the significance and the role of the festival stating: “The Hellenic Cultural Festival Odyssey is an offering to South Australia’s rich and culturally diverse community and every South Australian, regardless of cultural or linguistic origin, is invited to participate, to experience and to enjoy. “The Odyssey will give those who join us, a greater insight into the Hellenes that live next door or down the road, which certainly provides for greater multicultural awareness and understanding for all, who work and live in this great city and country of ours.” The GOCSA apologised for the technical difficulties in certain theatres during the opening night screening of ‘Bang Bang Wedding which resulted in some of cinema goers not being able to watch the entire film or parts of it. Any affected viewers were compensated. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Gaz de schiste NKM demande une mission sur ses enjeux environnementaux

first_imgGaz de schiste : NKM demande une mission sur ses enjeux environnementauxTrès critiquée par les écologistes, l’exploitation du gaz de schiste en France fera l’objet d’une mission concernant ses enjeux environnementaux. La ministre Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet l’a annoncé hier à l’Assemblée nationale.Alors que la colère et l’inquiétude montent face aux autorisations de prospection accordées à trois entreprises en vue de l’exploitation de gaz de schiste dans plusieurs départements français (voir notre article), NKM a annoncé hier avoir diligenté une mission. “Nous confions, mon collègue Eric Besson et moi-même, aux conseils généraux de l’industrie et de l’environnement une mission pour évaluer les enjeux, et d’abord les enjeux environnementaux”, des gaz de schiste, a annoncé la ministre de l’Ecologie hier, à l’Assemblée nationale, rapporte Et de préciser qu'”aucune autorisation de travaux sur le gaz de schiste ne sera donnée ni même instruite avant le résultat de cette mission”.À lire aussiFarouche opposition au gaz de schisteLa ministre entend ainsi savoir si oui ou non il est possible d’exploiter “proprement” ce gaz piégé dans des roches imperméables. “Si ce n’est pas possible, ces gisements ne seraient pas mis en exploitation”, a promis NKM. La technique la plus répandue aujourd’hui, aux Etats-Unis et au Canada notamment, est la fracturation hydraulique. Elle consiste à injecter dans la roche de grandes quantités d’eau, à forte pression, ainsi que des produits chimiques extrêmement nocifs pour l’environnement. Les écologistes et de nombreux élus se sont élevés contre l’autorisation de telles pratiques en France, craignant leur impact sur les écosystèmes, mais aussi la santé humaine. En réponse à cette inquiétude,  la ministre de l’Ecologie assure avoir un objectif clair : “Empêcher tous travaux tant que les conditions environnementales ne seront pas clarifiées”.Le 3 février 2011 à 14:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Mâcher du chewinggum pour booster son cerveau

first_imgMâcher du chewing-gum pour booster son cerveau Selon une étude expérimentale américaine publiée dans la revue Appetite, mâcher du chewing-gum avant de solliciter son cerveau serait un moyen de mieux irriguer celui-ci et d’augmenter, en conséquence, ses performances.Dirigée par le professeur en psychologie Serge Onyper, une équipe de chercheurs de la St Lawrence University de New York a fait passer des tests cognitifs écrits à un échantillon de 224 étudiants volontaires, répartis en 3 groupes : ceux du 1er groupe avaient mâché du chewing-gum durant 5 minutes, juste avant le test, ceux du 2ème en ont mâché pendant le test, et ceux du 3ème n’y ont eu droit à aucun moment. Résultats : les étudiants du 1er groupe se sont avérés les plus performants, surtout durant les 15 à 20 premières minutes de l’épreuve.À lire aussiCerveau, Alzheimer et nucléaire, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 26 aoûtL’explication, selon Serge Onyper : la mastication, comme n’importe quelle activité physique modérée, en augmentant les pulsations cardiaques et la pression artérielle, produirait un afflux de sang vers le cerveau, améliorant les capacités de mémorisation du sujet. Mais attention à ne pas mâchonner pendantl’effort intellectuel : il y aurait alors concurrence entre les deux activités.”Les ressources de l’organisme doivent en effet être [alors] partagées entre le processus de mastication et l’exercice cognitif”, a précisé le Pr Onyper cité par Futura-sciences. À noter : tout autre exercice physique modéré, avant un examen, devrait donc aussi faire l’affaire…Le 15 janvier 2012 à 12:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

20012011 décennie la plus chaude de tous les temps

first_img2001-2011, décennie la plus chaude de tous les tempsSelon l’Organisation météorologique mondiale (OMM), la décennie 2001-2011 a été “la plus chaude jamais observée sur tous les continents du globe”. Durant cette période, la température moyenne a été de 14,46°C, contre 14,25°C entre 1991 et 2000 et 14,12°C pour 1981-1990. L’Organisation météorologique mondiale (OMM) a procédé à l’étude de la température moyenne à la surface du globe, terres et mers confondues. Les résultats, sans surprise, révèlent que la décennie 2001-2011 a été “la plus chaude jamais observée sur tous les continents du globe”. L’OMM poursuit : “Le changement climatique s’est accéléré pendant cette décennie”, son rythme étant “remarquable”, depuis 1971. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Même si des phénomènes atmosphériques comme La Niña “ont refroidi temporairement le climat certaines années”, ils n’ont cependant pas suffit à interrompre “la tendance générale du réchauffement”. Selon l’OMM, “le recul spectaculaire et constant de la banquise de l’Arctique” est une des principales caractéristiques de l’évolution du climat durant les 10 dernières années. En revanche, l’année 2010 a été l’année la plus chaude jamais observée depuis 1850, date des premiers relevés, avec une moyenne de 14,53°C suivie de près par 2005 (14,51 °C), souligne le rapport de l’OMM. 48 des 102 pays étudiés par l’OMM durant cette décennie ont déclaré que leur record de chaleur absolu avait été battu durant cette période. De plus, la période 2001-2011 a été fortement marquée par des phénomènes météorologiques extrêmes, comme des inondations, des sécheresses, des cyclones, des vagues de froid et de chaleur. A titre d’exemples, les vagues de chaleur exceptionnelles de 2003 (en Europe) et de 2010 (en Russie), ont eu “des conséquences catastrophiques”. “Des milliers de personnes en sont mortes, et les régions concernées ont dû faire face à des incendies de forêt dévastateurs”. De même concernant les inondations de 2001 et de 2005 en Europe de l’Est, celles en Afrique en 2008, et celles au Pakistan et en Australie en 2010.Concernant les cyclones, ils ont atteint une activité record dans l’Atlantique Nord. L’ouragan Katrina de 2005 est celui qui a coûté le plus cher aux Etats-Unis, faisant 1.800 victimes. Trois ans plus tard, le cyclone tropical Nargis tuait plus de 70.000 personnes, “c’est la pire catastrophe naturelle qu’ait connue la Birmanie et le cyclone tropical le plus meurtrier de toute la décennie”. Le 26 mars 2012 à 12:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

ASA Calls for Expanded Food Assistance Program to Russia

first_imgDuring testimony before the House Agriculture Committee today, American Soybean Association (ASA) President Marc Curtis called on Congress to support an expanded food aid program to Russia in FY-2000. Curtis urged immediate action on ASA’s food aid proposal to utilize soybeans and soy products, and for the U.S. government to accept Russia’s request for one million metric tons of soybeans and soybean meal, and 100,000 tons of soybean oil.The food aid programs are key to a government response to low prices for soybeans and other farm commodities. The last U.S. Department of Agriculture Supply and Disappearance Report projected a near record soybean crop of more than 2.8 billion bushels, and an increase in soybean carryover stocks to more than 500 million bushels in September 2000.”Soybean prices are now sliding toward harvest low levels,” said Curtis, a Leland, Miss. soybean grower. “From our perspective, there is no reason to delay announcing a substantial food aid program to expand soy exports in the coming year.”Curtis called on the Administration to act immediately on the food assistance proposal that ASA presented to Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman last March. The 21-page proposal identified potential markets where $1.0 billion in soybeans, soybean meal and soybean oil could be sold on concessional terms or donated under existing U.S. Department of Agriculture authorities. ASA and the National Oilseed Processors Association developed the list to ensure that commercial exports would not be significantly displaced.In support of Russia’s ability to utilize U.S. soybeans, Curtis cited the findings of ASA Board member Corwin Fee, a soybean producer from Knoxville, Iowa, who recently returned from Russia where he met with several oilseed processors in Moscow. Some of the Russian processors told Fee that U.S. soybeans allowed them to run their plants and put people to work for the first time in more than a year.”Without U.S. government financial assistance, there would be no exports to Russia,” Curtis said. “Without these substantial exports to Russia, more soybeans will remain in the United States, depressing market prices and soybean producer income. This is clearly a win-win situation for both Russia and U.S. soybean producers.”In FY-1999, Russia received 200,000 metric tons of soybeans and 300,000 metric tons of soybean meal as part of the 3.1 million ton U.S. food aid package for Russia. Prior to its collapse, the Soviet Union was a major importer of soybeans, averaging 1.2 million metric ton annually in the 1980s.last_img read more

ALM Closes Four Regional Real Estate Titles

first_imgThe regional titles all published six times annually and carried an average circulation of about 11,000. As a result of the closings, Real Estate Forum will increase frequency from eight times annually to 10 and will expand its circ. to 42,000, beginning with its January issue.In September, ALM was split from its former parent Incisive Media by its private equity owner, Apax Partners, and a group of banks. As a result, Apax’s stake in ALM dropped from 71 percent to 51 percent while Royal Bank of Scotland was to acquire the remaining 49 percent in a debt-for-equity swap. The deal effectively cut ALM’s debt from $450 million to $300 million.More on this topic Incisive Media Eliminates 9 Jobs ALM Changes Name to Incisive Media Wasserstein Explores “Strategic Alternatives” for ALM (posted 3/21) Shaky Times at ALM ALM Debuts New Site Using Forbes Platform ALM Relaunches Better Buildings Brand with a National SupplementJust In Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics BreachPowered by American Lawyer Media’s Real Estate Media Group has folded its four regional magazines: Real Estate Florida, Real Estate New Jersey, Real Estate New York and Real Estate Southern California. The December issues will be their last.Instead, ALM will roll the editorial content from those magazines into two new sections of Real Estate Forum, the Real Estate group’s flagship title. The new sections will be called NewsFront and ForumLocal.ALM said it attributed the closings to poor economic conditions, reader feedback and market constraints. Twelve staffers were laid off as a result of the closings, representing more than a third of the overall Real Estate Media Group (which employed 35 workers before the cuts). ALM employs more than 800 people company-wide.last_img read more

New Vibe Finding its Rhythm

first_imgIt’s been about a year since Vibe magazine was relaunched by Uptown Media and private equity firm InterMedia Partners, which acquired the ailing music title in June 2009 after it was shut down by its former owner, the Wicks Group. Today, as the October/November issue hits newsstands this week, the magazine is striking a balance between returning to its roots while expanding the brand across platforms.“When we assumed control of Vibe last year, one of our first priorities was to let everyone know that the brand is still strong and just as urgent to its consumers as ever,” Uptown Media co-CEO Len Burnett, who helped launch Vibe in the early 1990s, tells FOLIO:. “We knew we needed to bring back the luster the book had lost over the years—not just the look and style but the edit content as well. Vibe became very hip-hop centered. It didn’t differentiate itself from a lot of the competition.”Before Vibe shut down in June 2009, the magazine saw its first quarter advertising pages plummet 42 percent, and it planned to cut its guaranteed rate base by 25 percent that July to 600,000 copies and to drop frequency to 10 times per year. When Burnett and his team at Uptown took over, they immediately got to work reconfiguring the print model. They brought in a new design director who gave the magazine a new look, one that Burnett says is more cohesive with the Web site. Initially, the plan was to publish quarterly, but not long after relaunching, Vibe went bi-monthly and currently carries a 300,000 rate base—about half what it had pre-acquisition. The magazine increased its trim size to 9” x 10-3/4” (the same size as sister title Uptown) and upped its paper stock to 45-pound matte. “The paper is heavier and absorbs ink nicely,” says Burnett. “That’s one of the first things consumers notice now. Color really pops off the page.” Burnett says advertising dollars out of the gate were slimmer than anticipated. “A lot of advertisers had already planned their budgets, or were excited about the relaunch but wanted to take a ‘wait and see’ approach,” he says. “We fought hard. Since then, many advertisers have carved out a few dollars for us.” Burnett declined to disclose specific sales figures but says the magazine has won back old advertisers as well as signed a few new ones, including Lexus, BMW and Mini Cooper. He says the magazine now is meeting its goal of about 40 ads per issue.Digital at the ForefrontWhen Uptown and InterMedia acquired Vibe, the groups said would be the “centerpiece of the new venture.” Since its relaunch, the site averages about 450,000 uniques per month. And the Vibe Lifestyle Network—which comprises partnerships with 12 to 15 publishers including, as well as the recently relaunched Vibe Vixen site, to promote their sites under the Vibe banner and to leverage content and distribution—averages roughly 10 million uniques per month, or about double from the first quarter this year.Again, without disclosing specific figures, Burnett says and the Vibe Lifestyle Network has “played out well” and has benefitted nicely from integrated sales programs. The Vibe brand also is expanding with the launch of a magazine app with digital vendor Zinio later this fall, Burnett says, and an iPad app during the first quarter of 2011.In addition, Vibe is launching a DJ-mixer app next month that allows users to become their own DJ. “When you do these apps, you have to consider what’s going to make consumers come back to them on a regular basis,” says Burnett. “It should be cool, but not just cool for the moment. You need to come up with apps that have a purpose beyond just reading the magazine.”Into 2011, Vibe is looking at a digital radio business called Vibe Live as well as forays into TV and brand licensing. “It was heart-wrenching watching Vibe sputter like it did,” Burnett says. “It was a dream for me, for our investors, to expand the brand. Through its ups and downs, this is the brand that our consumer is still attached to, and finds important across any platform.”last_img read more

VIDEO Watch 5th Grade 6th Grade Bands Winter Concert

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Public Schools’ 5th Grade and 6th Grade Bands held their Winter Concert on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 in the Wilmington High School Auditorium.Wilmington Community Television was on hand to cover the concert. Watch it below:—Video Player error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email You To Our Sponsor: WOW Factor Auto Detailing Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Watch 2019 Wilmington Spring Strings FestivalIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch 2019 Wilmington Spring Band FestivalIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch ‘The Back Track Band’ Perform A Concert On The CommonIn “Videos”last_img read more

Missing Baytown Police Officer is Found Dead

first_img Share Photo: Chambers County Sheriff’s OfficeJohn Stewart Beasley, a Baytown police officer who disappeared last week, was found dead from an apparent suicide on Tuesday, August 8, 2018, in Cove.A Baytown police officer who disappeared last week was found dead from an apparent suicide on Tuesday in Cove, the Houston Chronicle reported.John Stewart Beasley, who had worked as a police officer 23 years, went missing on Thursday afternoon.Searchers in a helicopter spotted a body along FM 565, less than a mile from Beasley’s home. According to investigators, he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.last_img read more

Medical negligence Pvt hospital ransacked after patient dies 3 held

first_imgKolkata: A private hospital at Panchasayar was allegedly ransacked by the family members of an 83-year-old patient who died due to cardiac arrest on Monday morning. Later, police intervened and detained three relatives of the patient The hospital authority lodged a complaint at Panchasayar Police Station.According to hospital authorities, Radharani Debnath was admitted to the hospital on Sunday evening. Sources informed that Debnath was a chronic cardiac patient. Debnath was brought to the emergency with cardiac issues and septicemia. As no bed at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) was available, she was kept under observation in the emergency ward. In the wee hours of Monday, Debnath suffered a cardiac arrest. She was immediately put on ventilation. Approximately, after three hours she suffered another cardiac arrest and passed away. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”The patient suffered two cardiac arrests. The first was at 5.30 am after which we were able to resuscitate her but she needed ventilator support and a temporary pace-maker. We lost her after the second attack around 8.30 am. We tried to inform the family after the first attack but the phone number given to us was found switched off. We were able to reach them around 8.30 am after several attempts and told them to reach the hospital as soon as possible,” said Sudipta Mitra, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the hospital. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAfter getting the call from hospital, Debnath’s family members reached the hospital and found that she was no more. Immediately, they allegedly started hurling expletives at duty doctors and nurses. Later, some of them entered the emergency ward and started ransacking while other patients being admitted. Several computers, chairs and tables got damaged. “Around 25 men entered the emergency ward and started throwing the computers. They were trying to beat us and the on-duty nurses despite several critical patients being treated at that time. We somehow managed to get out of there and took shelter in another room,” said an on-duty doctor of the hospital. Panchasayar Police Station was immediately informed. Upon receiving the information, police reached the hospital and were able to disperse the mob. Later, three persons were detained. The relatives of the patient denied the charges made against them. According to Debnath’s daughter, Indrani Roy Chowdhury, hospital authorities did not inform them about the critical situation of her mother. “We were not informed about her health condition. She also alleged that the hospital staff had attacked and beat up her family members,” said Indrani. But the hospital authorities denied such allegations made by Indrani.last_img read more

Increasing Presence of AI at RSNA Reflects Emphasis on Efficiency

first_imgSiemens’ AI PlatformsThe chest algorithm was built on the AI-Rad Companion platform, one of two AI platforms discussed by Siemens at RSNA 2018. The other is AI-Pathway Companion, an AI-based clinical decision support system for use in diagnosis and therapy.AI-Pathway Companion is being designed to aggregate patient history, test results and clinical studies — and then analyze the data. It might one day pull together different types of data and multi-modality images, as well as provide physicians with the patient’s clinical status. It might also suggest possible steps that physicians can take to manage their patients. Siemens expects the first clinical application coming from this platform to address prostate cancer.Here is how an AI-Pathway Companion app might work. Scrolling through a patient’s previous and current care, the app might share patterns that could help physicians manage patients efficiently and effectively. Additionally, physicians might employ its user interface to discuss results with patients.At RSNA 2018, Siemens also featured its syngo.Breast Care mammography reading and reporting workstation, which — by leveraging AI — is being developed to help physicians reading 2-D and breast tomosynthesis images. The WIP is being groomed to sort cases automatically and generate a score that indicates the likelihood of malignancy.Another of Siemens’ efficiency aids, syngo Virtual Cockpit, is designed to enable remote connection to MRI, CT, PET/CT and PET/MRI scanners. As shown at RSNA 2018, it is designed to address logistical problems, improve standardization and support training, particularly regarding sophisticated or complex exams. Philips Healthcare unveiled its “Vital Eye” at RSNA 2018. The AI-driven subsystem is being designed to adjust MRI protocols to offset patient movement captured on an optical camera and sensors tuned to patient heartbeat and respiration. Photo by Kirk Graczyk Returning to the exhibit floor in 2018 as an FDA-cleared product, the DR800 from Agfa Healthcare represented a collaborative effort between the vendor and a provider, Florida Hospital of Orlando. The DR800 is designed to fit the needs of any imaging provider, according to Agfa, from teaching medical center to community hospital to clinics of any size. Photo by Greg Freiherr Related Content Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Konica Minolta showcased at RSNA 2018 a work-in-progress that gives new meaning to the word “dynamic.” It differs from fluoroscopy (which by definition is dynamic) in its low-dose visualization of moving structures such as joints. Photo by Greg FreiherrArtificial intelligence (AI) sizzled at the Radiological Society of North America’s (RSNA) 2018 meeting as vendors promoted new, old and unconventional technologies as means to increase efficiency throughout imaging. New releases were unveiled in imaging modalities, notably magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT). But excitement was muted compared to enthusiasm for AI, which has been high for two years.Interest in AI was stoked by multiple medical societies at their annual meetings in the weeks leading up to RSNA 2018. The Radiological Society of North America contributed further through its decision to set up a machine learning showcase in the back of the North exhibit hall.Enthusiasm for enterprise imaging (EI) increased with the vendor promotion of AI software that promised to streamline workflow. This “coattail effect” was seen in multimodality exhibits including those of GE, Siemens, Philips and Canon, which promoted the use of AI not just to improve scanners, but to boost the performance of picture archive and communication systems (PACS) and vendor neutral archives (VNA) as well.Caution PrescribedCountering the sky-high enthusiasm, Bradley J. Erickson, M.D., chair of radiology informatics and associate chair of research for radiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., cautioned radiologists to be careful when adopting artificial intelligence.“It is important that they understand the basic concepts of artificial intelligence, what the pieces are, what the pieces do and how to put them together,” Erickson said, “and also how AI can fail.”Erickson noted that AI has very broad applicability in medicine and radiology, and it could have a substantial effect. “It can improve our efficiency,” he said.Improving efficiency is the reason, some vendors said, that they integrated AI into their products. Like any technology, however, the utility of artificial intelligence is determined by people. This point was underscored by such dedicated software firms as Imalogix and Change Healthcare, which emphasized the complementary nature of human services and AI technologies. GE Healthcare demonstrated an experimental X-ray-based algorithm, designed to be embedded in its high-end portableX-ray machine, the Optima XR240amx. The algorithm, part of GE’s work-in-progress Critical Care Suite, detects the signs of pneumothorax — a collapsed lung — on chest radiographs. Photo by Greg Freiherr News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Photo by Kirk Graczyk Other EnablersSiemens Healthineers launched three MRI scanners at RSNA 2018, each based on BioMatrix technology. The BioMatrix technology, which Siemens launched in 2017, uses sensors built into the patient table to tune MR scans automatically. One patient parameter, for example, might be respiration.BioMatrix provided the basis for the 1.5T Magnetom Altea and the 3.0T Magnetom Lumina, which during RSNA 2018 was pending FDA clearance. In addition to the advantages coming from BioMatrix, both scanners are “cost-efficient,” according to the company, and feature 70 cm bores.Philips showcased its Ingenia Ambition X, which was announced two months earlier. The company highlighted the fully digital scanner for its negligible use of helium and workflow innovations that boost productivity.In its first RSNA since merging with Toshiba America, Canon showed a premium 1.5T scanner. The Vantage Orian, which is pending FDA clearance, was introduced at the 2018 European Congress of Radiology in March. The company drew attention to efficient workflow built into both Orian and its 3.0T system, the Vantage Galan, which was also shown in the Canon booth.In CT, Hitachi Healthcare Americas unveiled its Scenaria View, a premium CT that can be configured with either 64 or 128 slices. The View offers enhanced dose reduction capabilities; its 80 cm aperture and 84 kW generator accommodate large patients. A lateral shift table with a 10 cm shift range assists in patient positioning.GE Healthcare showcased its Apex CT scanner as a WIP. The new imaging chain onboard the Apex offers improved spatial resolution and low-contrast detectability, according to the company. Images are less grainy than others generated at low radiation doses. The scanner can be equipped with a reconstruction package that the company says improves the ability to detect low-contrast structures and reduces patient radiation dose and artifacts; an image quality package that offers high image quality despite the presence of metal implants; and packages optimized for cardiac, brain and oncological scans. Feature | Artificial Intelligence | January 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Increasing Presence of AI at RSNA Reflects Emphasis on Efficiency Although artificial intelligence was an obvious trend at RSNA 2018, its presence hinged on the need to improve efficiency Making Modalities SmartWhile progress in DR did not require AI, the presence of smart algorithms could be seen in multiple modalities. Exemplary of that was the Optima XR240amx, a portable X-ray machine into which GE Healthcare embedded a work-in-progress AI app for spotting collapsed lungs. The app, which is pending FDA clearance, is designed to flag chest radiographs that indicate such a pneumothorax.This app is part of GE’s Critical Care Suite of smart algorithms and was built using GE’s newly christened Edison platform, which is meant to help accelerate the development and adoption of new technologies. GE’s clinical partners might use the newly branded platform to develop algorithms, particularly ones in AI, according to the company. The hope is that at least some of these providers will use Edison in collaboration with GE to bring advances in data processing to new applications and smart devices that the company can eventually develop into commercial products. GE and the University of California in San Francisco did just that in their development of the pneumothorax app.Further seeking to quicken scan interpretation, GE Healthcare’s FDA-pending AIRx automates the workflow associated with brain magnetic resonance (MR). The algorithm is intended to increase consistency and productivity by automatically streamlining the choice of brain slices in scans so as to help reduce manual effort and reduce or eliminate redundancies. The idea is to make brain MR scans less dependent on the skills of technologists, thereby reducing the number of recalls due to incorrect slice placement.Philips showcased a fledgling camera system that optically detects patient motion and, using AI, adjusts MR imaging protocols to suit, for example, variations in heart rate and respiration. “It changes the protocol and triggers the acquisitions so that all the motion related artifacts are out of the process,” said Sham Sokka, vice president and head of radiology solutions at Philips Healthcare.Canon showcased a smart algorithm, called the Advanced Intelligent Clear-IQ Engine (AiCE), for its ability to increase CT image resolution while minimizing patient radiation. Using deep learning technology to tell the difference between noise and signal, the AiCE algorithm “learns” to improve the resolution of CT images. It reconstructs CT images from the high-quality images produced using model-based iterative reconstruction (MBIR). Although experience with the new algorithm is limited, the company has stated that AiCE has the potential to set a new standard for image reconstruction in CT.Leveraging AI, Siemens’ AI-Rad Companion Chest CT identifies and analyzes thoracic structures seen on CT. Siemens presented the cloud-based smart algorithm to booth visitors as a WIP pending FDA clearance. The algorithm promises to speed the interpretation of chest images by automatically measuring suspected abnormalities, such as those in the lungs; preparing reports; and guiding comparisons to prior studies.  The algorithm is fully integrated into the image interpretation workflow, according to Siemens.Preliminary testing has established that AI-Rad Companion Chest CT can identify lung lesions and calculate cardiovascular risk based on an analysis of coronary artery calcification on non-ECG-triggered CT images. The application may also help detect spine fractures due to osteoporosis. AI DominatesAI set the tone for advances in efficiency. The AI Laboratory in the Fujifilm Medical Systems booth presented use cases coming out of the company’s in-house AI initiative REiLI, which was unveiled at RSNA 2017 and expanded further in 2018. The AI Lab operating in the Fujifilm booth showed third-party apps, including ones by Lunit, Riverain Technologies and Koios Medical. All ran on Fujifilm’s Synapse 5, a server-side PACS, so-named because the server processes data, then transmits the results for display on workstations or other devices. Among the use cases shown were region recognition, which uses AI to recognize and extract organ regions in images, and computer-aided detection, which points out signs of pathology so as to reduce the time radiologists spend interpreting images.The Synapse PACS, according to Bill Lacy, Fujifilm vice president of medical informatics, “serves as a bridge” between AI imaging analytics and other AI applications, one that promotes AI development among software engineers in- and outside Fujifilm.Philips Healthcare unveiled two new twists — IntelliSpace Discovery 3.0, an advanced visualization and analysis platform designed specifically to support imaging research, and an extended version of its IntelliSpace Enterprise Edition that includes Philips’ PerformanceBridge, which optimizes site operations and workflow, according to the company.Discovery 3.0 supports the use of clinical data to train and validate “learning” algorithms.  The latest version of the Discovery platform aggregates data, normalizes them so they can be compared regardless of the make or model of equipment on which they were acquired and strips patient identifiers from the clinical data.“It gives you the tools to create your own intelligence. It gives you the data lakes to apply it to. It gives you the tools to give validation for your algorithms,” said Jeroen Tas, chief innovation and strategy officer at Royal Philips. Providers at dozens of institutions are already using this version of the Discovery platform to develop AI algorithms.Whereas this vendor neutral platform is designed only for researchers, Philips’ latest IntelliSpace Enterprise Edition is oriented toward routine functions. It is designed to provide access to performance data that profiles the day-to-day operation of a radiology department, according to the company. The newly refined product offers up this information as part of an interactive dashboard through the newly integrated PerformanceBridge.Change Healthcare took a three-part approach to enterprise imaging, embodied by its own products (particularly a universal viewer and workflow intelligence products), third-party software and the in-house expertise to make them work together. The key to successful enterprise imaging is to identify goals and map a route to achieving those goals, said Todd Johnson, executive director of enterprise portfolio transformation at Change Healthcare.“It really starts with a conversation and really listening to our customers closely,” Johnson said.Enterprise imaging is successful when the technologies are chosen and applied in the context of carefully drawn plans, said Kim Garriott, principal consultant at the IT firm Logicalis. “Vendors can be a really big partner and a big help when organizations are looking into enterprise imaging strategies and what they should start with first,” Garriott said. News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Holding Pieces TogetherChange Healthcare exec Johnson described the company’s universal viewer, shown for the first time at RSNA 2018, as the glue that cements the myriad components of enterprise imaging, and Change’s workflow intelligence product line as the engine that orchestrates workflow.GE showcased its Centricity Universal Viewer, noting that the viewer now supports CT, MRI and digital breast tomosynthesis, as well as patient reports such as clinical and pathology reports. Viewer updates have enhanced access to patient priors, connectivity with EMR software and exam prioritization built on iCAD’s AI technology for scoring tomosynthesis images.Demonstrations of its vendor neutral archive, called Centricity Clinical Archive, embedded analytics for enterprise-wide IT. Its onboard Media Manager application was shown with updates that included new multimedia image capture and documentation for both mobile and desktop devices. Also debuting in the GE booth was Imaging Protocol Manager, a cloud-based imaging protocol management service for imaging modalities. Its use ensures that all imaging devices are using the same protocols, according to GE.A lingering problem for enterprise imaging is the fragile connection between radiology and pathology, exemplified by a less than solid process for handling breast biopsies. Many radiology sites do not properly preserve biopsied tissue before it is sent to pathology.Through its Mammotome corporate entity, Leica Biosystems proposed a solution — a specimen containment and transportation system. This system, called MammoPort, eliminates much of the handling of biopsied tissue by radiology technologists. Released commercially in September, the new product overcomes a shortcoming of breast biopsies in which biopsied tissue may be put in jars of the preservative formalin with little consideration given to the integrity of the tissue.MammoPort could bring pathology one step closer to enterprise-wide imaging, as it tightens the connection between radiology and pathology, and helps standardize the process of transferring breast biopsy tissue from the radiology suite to the pathology lab. The tissue is placed after needle extraction into tiny trays that can be X-rayed, placed in a plastic box that is then closed, immersed in formalin and sent to pathology. This standardized tissue transfer from radiology to pathology promises to ensure quality and reduce errors. 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 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 Boosting Efficiency OutsideAI was arguably the most palpable element of the broader trend of efficiency in imaging, a reflection of the community-wide recognition of the need to improve processes, techniques and technologies. Exemplifying this was the DR800 from Agfa Healthcare, which appeared at RSNA 2017 as a work-in-progress (WIP) and returned to the RSNA exhibit floor in 2018 as an FDA-cleared product.The all-purpose digital system can do both static and tilting DR exams, as well as fluoroscopic ones, including arthrography and myelography. It is designed to fit the needs of any imaging provider, according to George Curley, Agfa’s director of marketing communications. The DR800 consistently minimizes dose while delivering high-quality images thanks to Agfa’s latest generation MUSICA (Multi-Scale Image Contrast Amplification) image processing software.Philips Healthcare sought to boost efficiency in digital radiography (DR) with its DigitalDiagnost C90. The ceiling suspended DR, which at RSNA 2018 was pending FDA clearance but available in the European Union, offers a touchscreen on its tube head and included a camera to support patient positioning.Siemens Multix Impact uses a graphical organ program selection feature to assist techs in setting up procedures. Similarly, an onboard camera is intended to boost efficiency as it supports the adjustment of patient positioning from the control room. The company will target sales of the floor-mounted DR, which at RSNA 2018 was pending 510(k) FDA review, on community and small-size hospitals as well as clinics.Konica Minolta redefined the term “dynamic” with a work-in-progress called Dynamic Digital Radiography (DDR). DDR fires bursts of low-dose X-rays that are recorded by digital detectors and assembled into moving images of structures inside the patient to visualize moving structures such as the lungs and joints. Fluoroscopy (which by definition is dynamic) is characterized by higher dose applications involved in examining other parts of the body and for interventional work, according to David Widmann, president and CEO of Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas. Widmann said DDR, which remains an experimental technology, has the potential to “open up an entirely new clinical space.” Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more The AI Lab in the Fujifilm Medical Systems booth at RSNA 2018 demonstrated the openness of the latest version of Fujifilm’s Synapse PACS exemplified by algorithms developed by third-party vendors. Photo by Greg Freiherr 123456PreviousNext GE Healthcare demonstrated an experimental X-ray-based algorithm, designed to be embedded in its high-end portableX-ray machine, the Optima XR240amx. The algorithm, part of GE’s work-in-progress Critical Care Suite, detects the signs of pneumothorax — a collapsed lung — on chest radiographs. Photo by Greg Freiherr The AI Lab in the Fujifilm Medical Systems booth at RSNA 2018 demonstrated the openness of the latest version of Fujifilm’s Synapse PACS exemplified by algorithms developed by third-party vendors. Photo by Greg Freiherr The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Konica Minolta showcased at RSNA 2018 a work-in-progress that gives new meaning to the word “dynamic.” It differs from fluoroscopy (which by definition is dynamic) in its low-dose visualization of moving structures such as joints. Photo by Greg Freiherr Comparison between CT images reconstructed using standard iterative reconstruction software and Canon’s new work-in-progress deep learning algorithm, called AiCE (Advanced intelligent Clear IQ Engine). Graphic courtesy of Canon Medical Philips Healthcare unveiled its “Vital Eye” at RSNA 2018. The AI-driven subsystem is being designed to adjust MRI protocols to offset patient movement captured on an optical camera and sensors tuned to patient heartbeat and respiration. Photo by Kirk Graczyk AI Mojo BuildsAmong the AI algorithms shown at RSNA 2018 with a clinical perspective was the FDA-cleared IcoBrain from Belgium’s IcoMetrix, an algorithm that analyzes CT scans using deep learning (DL) to characterize traumatic brain injury. The product uses DL to quantify the severity of such typically qualitative indicators of brain injury as hyperdense volumes, compression of the basal cisterns and midline brain shift.Leveraging DL to improve efficiency, Imalogix described how its AI algorithms can help providers comply with accreditation criteria and then help them continue to improve processes. The ultimate benefactors of these efforts is the patient, said Imalogix chairman and CEO John Heil.If a CT scan is “off center,” for example, patients may be exposed to as much as 50 percent more radiation than necessary, Heil said. The company’s AI software reveals whether “centering” needs to be changed and how to change it, as well as how sites might get more from their installed equipment.One Imalogix product is being sold by contrast vendor Guerbet to track patient exposure to ionizing radiation. The French company, best known for contrast media, featured an Imalogix-built product alongside its own Contrast&Care software, which is designed to improve the productivity and traceability of Guerbet contrast media.Guerbet focused heavily on digital offerings at RSNA 2018, also showing an AI tool developed by IBM Watson Health, which summarizes patient information into single-view reports. The company is working jointly with IBM Watson Health to develop AI software to support liver cancer diagnosis and care as part of its GEAR 2023 plan, Guerbet’s five-year strategic plan, which heavily stresses increased digitalization.“We will probably develop other applications in the same space,” said David Hale, chief commercial officer for diagnostic imaging at Guerbet, “but always where we think we can provide diagnostic confidence help and productivity help for our customers.”At RSNA 2018, iCAD unveiled its ProFound AI, which leverages AI to detect cancer in breast tomosynthesis. The software is geared toward screening, but can also be used for diagnostic studies. It examines every image in the tomosynthesis scan, detecting malignant soft tissue densities and calcifications.The algorithm calculates “Certainty of Finding” to each detection and “Case Scores” for each case to represent the algorithm’s confidence that a detection or case is malignant. The scores are represented on a scale from 0 to 100 percent. High scores indicate high levels of confidence in the malignancy of the detection or case, explained Rodney Hawkins, vice president of marketing at iCAD. As such, they serve as guides to aid in determining if suspicious findings or cases need further study. The use of ProFound AI could lead to improved detection, fewer patient recalls and mammographers spending less time reading images, Hawkins said. “Because of the time-saving aspect, it is really geared toward a screening environment. But it can be used for both,” he explained.From its booth within the Machine Learning Showcase, Arterys promoted its recently FDA-cleared Cardio AIMR, which analyzes MR images for cardiovascular blood flow. The company also showed AI-based tools that measure and track liver lesions and lung nodules; accelerate the display and reading of medical images; and support the display of mammograms using the Google Chrome web browser.While AI was the most obvious trend at RSNA 2018, its presence hinged on the need to improve efficiency. Enroute to that, radiologists need to be watchful.“AI can fail. And often there are patterns to the way it can fail,” Erickson said. “We need to learn those and address those and continually improve the algorithms.”  Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Comparison between CT images reconstructed using standard iterative reconstruction software and Canon’s new work-in-progress deep learning algorithm, called AiCE (Advanced intelligent Clear IQ Engine). Graphic courtesy of Canon Medical Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. 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 Returning to the exhibit floor in 2018 as an FDA-cleared product, the DR800 from Agfa Healthcare represented a collaborative effort between the vendor and a provider, Florida Hospital of Orlando. The DR800 is designed to fit the needs of any imaging provider, according to Agfa, from teaching medical center to community hospital to clinics of any size. Photo by Greg Freiherrlast_img read more

Emirates comes out on top in eDreams study

first_imgEmirates has been ranked as the Best Airline in 2014, according to an annual study by eDreams which utilises over 90,000 customer reviews.Travellers that booked on the site weighed in through their own reviews on best airlines, best entertainment options, baggage handling and modernity of aircraft, among other categories.Emirates swept most of the categories with an overall rating of 4.24 out of the top score of 5, the airline also ranked highest in overall cleanliness and modernity of aircraft, best in-flight entertainment, best flight attendant service, best VIP lounges and best baggage handling.Emirates executive vice president and chief commercial officer Thierry Antinori, said that being acknowledged by customers is the most important recognition we can receive.“We served 47 million customers in 2014 and are always looking for ways to enhance the travel experience, from the destination options and global connections that we offer, to our onboard services and worldwide network of dedicated lounges on the ground. We are committed to continuing to provide our customers with an unparalleled level of service across all categories,” Mr Antinori said.The airline has invested billions in the customer experience to enhance the technology on-board for its customers, including the introduction of free WI-FI on its fleet of 57 A380 aircraft and a number of Boeing 777 aircraft, with the aim of eventually offering free Wi-Fi across its fleet.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

Amid Economic Concerns Fewer Americans Are Optimistic About the Housing Market

first_img August 7, 2015 500 Views With more Americans worried about where the economy is headed, fewer are optimistic about the prospect of selling their homes, according to Fannie Mae’s July National Housing Survey, released Friday.The report found that consumer attitudes toward selling stumbled last month, despite a recent flurry of optimistic projections about the U.S. housing market in general. In the past week, the National Association of Home Builders reported that more than half of builders it surveyed see 55+ housing as a solid endeavor, and Metrostudy reported that new starts should top 1.07 million by year’s end.Despite these reports, however, overall seller confidence dropped by 7 percent in July, according to Fannie Mae. The report found that only 45 percent of Americans surveyed think it’s a good time to sell, and 61 percent‒‒an all-time low‒‒believe it’s a good time to buy.Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae’s SVP and chief economist, said the dip comes as more consumers worry about personal finances and the direction of the economy. According to the report, the share of consumers saying the economy is on the wrong track rose by 3 percent, to 54, in July, and the number of people who expect their personal financial situations to improve over the next year fell to 44 percent. Meanwhile, 15 percent of those surveyed reported significantly lower income compared to 12 months ago, the first time this has been the case in three months.“Deteriorating consumer assessments of income growth over the past year, as well as increased caution around the direction of the economy and personal financial expectations may be contributing to the pullback in sentiment,” Duncan said. “Still, it is premature to read too much into this month’s results. The survey was taken around the time of increased global turmoil.”Fannie Mae’s survey was conducted amid talk of Greece’s potential default and China’s stock market plunge, Duncan said. China’s market has since improved and Greece’s situation, for now, has stabilized some. “Most of our key indicators are as strong or stronger than they were at this time last year,” he said.This, he added, signals “an improving housing market this year.”In more positive news, nearly half surveyed said they expect home prices to rise this year, and the percentage of people who said they’d buy if they were to move reached 65 percent in July, the report found. However, nearly a third reported significantly higher expenses around the home than they had a year ago. How exactly this will affect consumer behavior in the months ahead, Fannie Mae did not speculate. Amid Economic Concerns, Fewer Americans Are Optimistic About the Housing Market in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newscenter_img Fannie Mae Housing Market National Housing Survey 2015-08-07 Scott_Morgan Sharelast_img read more

Globus is offering a 10 per cent earlybird discoun

first_imgGlobus is offering a 10 per cent earlybird discount on select 2018 tours to America and Canada, when booked and deposited by 20 June, 2017. Celebrating the release of its 2018 preview brochure, customers can also save a further 10 per cent per person during the sale period when they book a second tour, while Journey’s Club members can also save an additional 5 per cent.Highlights include:Historic Cities of Eastern Canada – nine days exploring Canada’s East Coast visiting Toronto, Niagara Falls, Thousand Islands National Park, Ottawa, Québec and Montréal. Priced from $2555* per person twin share including 10 per cent discount – a saving of up to $284* per person.America’s Musical Heritage – 10 days from Nashville to New Orleans, including a visit to Graceland. Priced from $3428* per person twin share including 10 per cent discount – a saving of up to $381* per person.Exploring America’s Great Parks – 15 days touring America’s National Parks, including Grand Canyon National Park, Monument Valley, Arches National Park, Custer State Park with visits to Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. Priced from $4922* per person twin share including 10 per cent discount – a saving of up to $547* per person. *Prices are per person twin share, including discount, subject to availability and conditions.Monument Valley Utah USA AmericaCanadaGlobuslast_img read more