Scalable wind turbine might fit on your roof

first_img Explore further When you think of wind power, you probably picture gigantic wind turbines spinning gracefully in the middle of large open areas. 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. Citation: Scalable wind turbine might fit on your roof (2008, May 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-05-scalable-turbine-roof.html But an entrepreneur from Fullerton, California, has invented a new wind turbine design that is smaller, scalable, and could potentially fit on the roofs of homes like a long satellite antenna. Rather than a single giant rotor with 50-foot-long blades, Doug Selsam´s “Sky Serpent” design uses several small rotors attached to a single shaft. By placing the rotors in precise positions and angles, each rotor can harvest its own wind, and avoid simply stealing the wake from the adjacent rotor. The entire turbine is hooked up to a single generator, which produces about the same amount of power as a turbine that uses 10 times as much blade material, Selsam says.The shaft that holds the rotors can vary in length, and use any number and size of rotors, depending on its application. The rotors can even be mounted on poles that are light enough to be hand-held or attached to the roof of a house. Using ten 18-inch rotors, for example, one Sky Serpent model can generate between 100 and 400 watts, depending on wind speed.Selsam has been working on the Sky Serpent design since 1999, with support from a $75,000 grant from the California Energy Commission. Working out of his garage and doing tests in a makeshift wind tunnel, he´s built a seven-rotor turbine that can generate 3,000 watts, as well as a dual-rotor turbine that generates 2,000 watts. He´s already sold 20 of the 2,000-watt devices to homeowners. Another 3,000-watt prototype uses 25 rotors, where the shaft is attached to the ground at one end and held in the sky by a balloon at the other. In another concept, the turbine can float near the surface of water, its shaft and propellers extended in the air over the open ocean.In the early ´80s, Selsam attended classes at but never graduated from the University of California at Irvine. However, his multi-rotor designs have received positive feedback from former General Electric turbine tester Brent Scheibel, who now runs a wind-testing facility in Tehachapi, California. “Doug´s idea is one of the very, very few that I´ve seen that actually has a strong chance of making strides into the commercial world,” Scheibel said in an interview with Popular Science.As the wind turbine industry grows by more than 40 percent per year, Selsam hopes that the simple Sky Serpent design will simplify the manufacturing, transportation, and installation compared with conventional turbines – as well as provide more energy and be less of an eyesore.via: Popular Science, Tech.Blorge.com, and SpeakerFactory.net (Left) Doug Selsam with a prototype 25-rotor turbine that can generate 3,000 watts, while the other end is held up by a balloon. Credit: Popular Science. (Right) Selsam holds a model with 14-inch rotors that can power the 50-watt headlight at his feet. Credit: SpeakerFactory.net. Three things to know as Germany opens massive ocean wind parklast_img read more

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Researchers find some plants get their nitrogen from fungi that kill insects

first_img Citation: Researchers find some plants get their nitrogen from fungi that kill insects (2012, June 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-06-nitrogen-fungi-insects.html 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. After noting that a prior team of researchers had found that white pine trees got some of their nitrogen from fungus living in their roots that had obtained the nitrogen by killing springtails, the team wondered if perhaps many other plants did the same. To find out, they chose two random but common plants, haricot beans and switchgrass.First they fed waxmoth larve a diet rich in a non-common type of nitrogen; nitrogen-15, so as to be able to distinguish it from the nitrogen that would normally be found in the plants. Next they infected the soil near the roots of the plants with Metarhizium, a very common type of fungi that is known to kill insects by releasing an enzyme that eats its way through the outer shell allowing the bug inside to be easily devoured. Then, they buried the infected larvae in the soil among the plant roots, along with a mesh to prevent the roots of the plants from reaching past the infected soil to soil that had been enriched with nitrogen through normal bacterial decomposition.Two weeks later they tested the plants and found that the nitrogen in the beans was 28% nitrogen-15, and 32% in the switchgrass, proving that the plants had obtained at least some of their nitrogen from the fungi that had in turn got it from killing the enriched larvae. The chain was complete.Because they used both common plants and fungi, the team believes their results show that such nitrogen chains: insects-fungi-plants, are likely very common. They say more research is needed however, to determine if the chain they created in the lab is just as prevalent in the wild. © 2012 Phys.Org Explore further Journal information: Sciencecenter_img Fungi important in Arctic nitrogen cycle Cockroach killed by Metarhizium anisopliae. Image: Chengshu Wang and Yuxian Xia, via Wikipedia. (Phys.org) — We’ve all grown up with stories of plants that capture, kill and eat insects; the Venus fly trap the most notable example. Now it appears some plants get their nitrogen from insects via proxy. Instead of having to develop a complicated system of traps to catch insects on their own, they rely on fungi to do their dirty work for them. A team of Canadian researchers from Brock University, St. Catharine’s, has found that some plants, as they describe in their paper published in Science, grab nitrogen from fungi that live in its roots. The fungi get it from killing insects. In return for its generosity, the fungi get carbon. More information: Endophytic Insect-Parasitic Fungi Translocate Nitrogen Directly from Insects to Plants, Science 22 June 2012: Vol. 336 no. 6088 pp. 1576-1577 DOI: 10.1126/science.1222289ABSTRACTMost plants obtain nitrogen through nitrogen-fixing bacteria and microbial decomposition of plant and animal material. Many vascular plants are able to form close symbiotic associations with endophytic fungi. Metarhizium is a common plant endophyte found in a large number of ecosystems. This abundant soil fungus is also a pathogen to a large number of insects, which are a source of nitrogen. It is possible that the endophytic capability and insect pathogenicity of Metarhizium are coupled to provide an active method of nitrogen transfer to plant hosts via fungal mycelia. We used soil microcosms to test the ability of M. robertsii to translocate insect-derived nitrogen to plants. Insects were injected with 15N-labeled nitrogen, and we tracked the incorporation of 15N into amino acids in two plant species, haricot bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) and switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), in the presence of M. robertsii. These findings are evidence that active nitrogen acquisition by plants in this tripartite interaction may play a larger role in soil nitrogen cycling than previously thought.last_img read more

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Team reports braincontrolled ambulation in robotic leg test

first_img More information: Brain-Computer Interface Controlled Robotic Gait Orthosis: A Case Report, arXiv:1208.5024v1 [cs.HC], arxiv.org/abs/1208.5024v1AbstractAn able-bodied subject used walking motor imagery to accurately operate a non-invasive brain-computer interface (BCI) controlled robotic gait orthosis. This finding represents the first successful demonstration of a BCI-controlled lower extremity prosthesis for independent ambulation, with significant implications for restoring ambulation to individuals with spinal cord injury paraplegia. (Phys.org)—Spinal cord injury victims may be able to look forward to life beyond a wheelchair via a robotic leg prosthesis controlled by brain waves. Individuals with paraplegia due to spinal cord injury who are wheelchair-bound face serious health problems, or in medical terminology, comorbidities, such as metabolic derangement, heart disease, osteoporosis, and pressure ulcers. New research efforts are being directed toward restoring brain-controlled ambulation for those who suffer from spinal cord injuries. Citation: Team reports brain-controlled ambulation in robotic leg test (2012, September 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-team-brain-controlled-ambulation-robotic-leg.html In previous work, they developed a way of using EEG signals to control the walking motion of an avatar in a virtual environment.Their tests involved recording EEG data from an able-bodied subject alternating between walking and standing. The data was used to generate an EEG prediction model for online BCI operation. A commercial robotic gait orthosis system was interfaced with the BCI computer to allow for computerized control. In an online test, the subject was tasked to ambulate using the system when prompted by computerized cues. The researchers assessed how the system performed with cross-correlation analysis, latency, and omission and false alarm rates.The latter, “false alarm rates” was of great concern as unintended steps in realtime could be deadly for a user, such as trying to cross the street or waiting for a train. They found that the system did not result in any unintended steps, or “false alarms.” Still in its early stage, their research needs to turn another corner as they must test the system on a subject with spinal cord injury.At this stage, their efforts are regarded as important first steps toward future devices to restore walking to individuals with paraplegia due to spinal cord injury, and possibly for rehabilitation of those with incomplete motor injuries. Do and colleagues state that “these results provide preliminary evidence that restoring brain-controlled ambulation may be possible. However, future work is necessary to test this system in individuals with paraplegia due to SCI.”Their project was funded by the Long Beach Veterans Affairs Southern California Institute for Research and Education (SCIRE) Small Projects Grant, and the Long Beach Veterans Affairs Advanced Research Fellowship Grant. Spinal cord processes information just like areas of the brain Explore furthercenter_img Left: The experimental setup showing the subject suspended in the RoGO, while donning an EEG cap, surface EMG electrodes, and a gyroscope on the left leg. A monitor (not shown), placed in front of the subject at eye-level, presented instructional cues. Top Right: The CPCA-AIDA feature extraction maps at the 8-10 Hz bin. Since feature extraction is piecewise linear, there is one map for each of the 2 classes. Brain areas with values close to +1 or -1 are most salient for distinguishing between idling and walking classes at this frequency. Bottom Right: Histogram of averaged posterior probabilities. Credit: arXiv:1208.5024v1 [cs.HC], http://arxiv.org/abs/1208.5024v1 © 2012 Phys.org 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. An Do, MD, at the Long Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center in California and colleagues at the University of California Irvine, have succeeded in connecting a mind-computer interface to a robotic leg. “This finding represents the first successful demonstration of a BCI-controlled lower extremity prosthesis for independent ambulation,” say the researchers. They built and tested a prosthetic lower limb that can be controlled in real time by EEG (electroencephalogram) signals fed into a computer.Their work is presented in a paper, “Brain-Computer Interface Controlled Robotic Gait Orthosis: A Case Report,” by An H. Do, Po T. Wang, Christine E. King, Sophia N. Chun, and Zoran Nenadic. last_img read more

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Is that a smartwatch youre not wearing Googles may actually appear

first_img Citation: “Is that a smartwatch you’re not wearing?” Google’s may actually appear (2013, March 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-03-smartwatch-youre-google.html Google has designs on flip-up wristwatch Want to play smartwatch? That’s the game where you pretend to buy a big-vendor smartwatch that doesn’t exist but everyone talks about nonetheless. There is the Samsung smartwatch rumor mill, the Apple smartwatch rumor mill, and, as of this week, a burning-up Google rumor mill. The Google talk was sparked by Financial Times blogger, Tim Bradshaw, this week. In his blog titled “Google is working on a smartwatch, too” he said according to “a person briefed on the project” that Google’s smart watch is being developed by its Android unit, and the watch will “act as an extension to the smartphones using that operating system.” Explore further There is no word of a date when it might launch but there are clues that Bradshaw might be writing about more than extra ingredients for the Samsung-Apple-Google rumor mill. Since the project is attributed to the Android unit and not the X Lab, the project might be earmarked for launch rather than multi-phased explorations that may or may not surface any time soon. The Google X Lab hatches technologies for the future such as the much-publicized self-driving cars and glasses. Another clue lies in the date October 2011, when Google filed a patent for a “Smart-watch including flip up display.” The filing described a smart-watch that can include a wristband, a base, a flip up portion, and a camera. The patent described the camera as one that can be in communication with the processor and the flip up portion can form a viewfinder for the camera when in the open position and be configured to display information regarding an image within the viewfinder.A popular view about a likely Google smartwatch is that wearable computing in and of itself is considered as an inevitable sign of the future, which makes the watch undertaking all the more plausible. Moving information away from the confines of desks and PC screens, the mobile computing labs outside Google are busy tinkering with wearable devices that operate in the physical world. While talking sneakers and Google glass already grab attention as what-ifs, they might be less amenable to immediate and easy uptake than would wearable watches. Should Samsung and Apple rush out smartwatches, Google would be left in the dust. As the Financial Times blog noted, smart watches, whether by Apple, Samsung, or Google, would jumpstart the wearables market. © 2013 Phys.org 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.last_img read more

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USB sticks may beat Internet hurdles globally

first_img More information: Spreading huge free software without internet connection, via self-replicating USB keys, arXiv:1311.6754 [cs.OH] arxiv.org/abs/1311.6754AbstractWe describe and discuss an affordable way to spread huge software without relying on internet connection, via the use of self-replicating live USB keys. Intel Unveils Extensible Host Controller Interface Draft Specification to Support USB 3.0 Architecture Unfortunately, he wrote, the cost of bandwidth is expensive relative to the local income in countries and, even beyond cost, the available bandwidth does not allow huge downloads. “The network consideration “seems to be an important bottleneck in spreading free software where bandwidth is a rare commodity,” he stated.What the author has in mind instead is a self-replicating USB thumbdrive. The script will let a bootable USB stick replicate itself onto another stick, and at rates that can top the users’ Internet connections.MIT Technology Review noted how the concept involves a self-replicating bootable USB stick that holds an operating system and any software that needs to run on it. The stick can copy its contents to another USB stick. That way, users in underserved parts of the globe can get their hands on information they need more easily. Monteil wrote a script that clones the contents of one USB stick to another. To test the idea, Monteil used the script to transfer Sage, with an installation of Debian. Sage (stands for Software for Algebra and Geometry Experimentation) is a free mathematics software system licensed under the GPL The use of USB sticks for transferring information, nonetheless, carries a risk where someone could inject malware as part of the cloning events. “While being very efficient for our purpose of spreading huge free software inside a community, it is definitely not advisable for spreading sensitive software, or for large-scale distribution,” he wrote. Monteil also observed how “This communication-via-replication protocol currently relies on trust, and should be only used “for short distance communication…or among “a small structured community.” Citation: USB sticks may beat Internet hurdles globally (2013, December 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-usb-internet-hurdles-globally.html (Phys.org) —One may think that free software would be of enormous benefit to people in the towns and villages of the globe where the price of proprietary software is restrictively high. Such is not the case, as noted by Thierry Monteil of the University of Montpellier 2 in France. While the software is free to download, the cost of bandwidth is not. What is more, important but large software packages that enable technology students and workers to carry out their projects may take very long times to download, and may regularly be at the mercy of unreliable Internet connections. Monteil has authored a paper available on arXiv, which presents what may be a cheaper and easier way to transmit large software packages. He has written the paper, “Spreading Huge Free Software without Internet Connection via Self-Replicating USB Keys.” The paper describes his concept and how he tested it out. In short, one can use self-replicating USB keys without having to rely on a hard-to-afford and time-draining Internet connection. 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. Explore further World map of IPv4 addresses. Credit: arXiv:1311.6754 [cs.OH] © 2013 Phys.orglast_img read more

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Hackers begone Measurementdeviceindependent QKD increases clock rate and transmission distance while reducing

first_img Recently, however, scientists at the University of Science and Technology of China devised a de novo MDIQKD protocol and have developed a 75 MHz clock rate, fully automatic and highly stable system and superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors with detection efficiencies of more than 40%. By so doing, they have extended MDIQKD secure transmission distance to 200 km, and achieving a secure key rate three orders of magnitude higher – and an failure probability six orders of magnitude lower – than those of previous MDIQKD attempts. The researchers state that their results pave the way towards a quantum network with measurement-device-independent security, and in fact have already demonstrate the feasibility of MDIQKD in an unstable environment by performing a field test in which their system was inserted into an installed fiber network.Prof. Qiang Zhang discussed the three key accomplishments detailed in the paper that he, co-group lead Prof. Jian-Wei Pan, Researcher Yan-Lin Tang, and their co-authors published in Physical Review Letters. “Each of our main accomplishments – increasing system clock rate to 75 MHz and improving system stability, extending secure transmission distance to 200 km, and lowering failure probability by six orders of magnitude to 2 × 10−9 – had its unique challenges,” Zhang tells Phys.org. “In terms of performance, this is the first time we’ve increased clock rate to 75 MHz, as well as improving system stability and using high efficiency – over 40% – superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors to develop a fully automatic system, in an MDIQKD approach.” Zhang points out that while a gigahertz clock rate in conventional QKD is easily achieved, this is not the case with MDIQKD. Specifically, unlike conventional QKD, MDIQKD relies on interference between two independent lasers – and increasing the clock rate to 75 MHz caused poor two-laser interference visibility. “The main challenge lies in high-speed laser modulation, including not only severe overshoot, ringing and chirp inside the laser pulse, but also a more subtle problem lying in the temperature fluctuation caused by random triggering signals to the internally-modulated laser source,” Zhang explains. “These effects are observed for the first time simply because interference of two independent high clock-rate lasers could not be discovered in a low-speed system.” Regarding detector efficiency (DE), Zhang notes that superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors (SNSPDs) have been demonstrated as a key tool for improving the QKD performance – but the challenge is to improve nanowire absorption. The scientists have addressed this issue by integrating an optical cavity structure in the detectors: SNSPDs are cooled down to 2.2 K by using a Gifford-McMahon cryocooler to guarantee high detector performance as well as 7´24 hour operation†. “Again,” he stresses, “this is the first time high detector efficiency superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors have been applied in an MDIQKD system.”Extending the MDIQKD secure transmission distance to 200 km and achieving a secure key rate three orders of magnitude higher than previous results in recent MDIQKD experiments challenged the researchers in several aspects. “First was the signal-to-noise ratio,” Zhang notes. “Because of the long distance, the signal arriving at the receiver’s side will be very weak. “Secondly, system stability in a 200 km case is difficult since the fiber fluctuation is much severe, and a large attenuation will make it even harder with weak feedback signals. Thirdly, we required a better and stricter post-processing method to handle the greater distance results in a slower raw data rate and a stronger fluctuation.”Finally, to guarantee the safe usage of the secure key in practice, the failure probability must be controlled beneath the order of 10-9 – and the 2 × 10−9 failure probability they achieved is six orders of magnitude lower than previous results. The main reason that previous demonstrations used a higher failure probability of 10−3, Zhang tells Phys.org, is that performing fluctuation analysis with a lower failure probability requires more data to be accumulated. However, this requirement could not be satisfied by the actual experimental systems operated at a slow system clock rate and without full automatic feedback system – especially in the 200 km case when signal attenuation is very large – so the arriving signal is weak.Addressing these challenges was, in itself, a challenge. “For the current experiment,” Zhang continues, “the first challenge was to increase the system clock rate to 75MHz with good laser modulation. To ensure a good waveform, we modulated the laser pulse with an amplitude modulator cutting off the tail, thereby eliminating the influence of the chirp, overshoot and ringing. To ensure robust two-laser interference, we modulated vacuum intensity – instead of not providing the triggering signal – to avoid the effect of temperature fluctuation.” For a long distance QKD experiment, a single-photon detector with high detection efficiency and low dark count rate (the average rate of registered counts without any incident light) is decisive. “A conventional semiconducting APD (avalanched photodiode) cannot fulfill this requirement because of its high dark count rate and low detection efficiency, which is why a superconducting nanowire single-photon detector – specifically, a cryocooler-based SNSPD technology providing over 40% detection efficiency at the dark count rate of 10 Hz – is the sole choice for 200 km MDIQKD.” (In QKD protocols, an ideal single photon source rarely exists, and so is replaced by a weak coherent state laser source or other alternative. This causes a serious security problem that is minimized by using a weak laser source – but the latter results in low QKD speed. Decoy state QKD uses several different photon intensities rather than a single intensity to resolve the multi-photon issue. Moreover, the scientists optimized the decoy state MDIQKD protocol, including the decoy state scheme, intensity and probability distribution.”Secondly,” Zhang continues, “we adopted the high efficiency, low dark count superconducting nanowire single-photon detector to achieve the 200 km distance. Last but not least, to make the entire system stable for a long period of time, we developed several feedback systems to precisely calibrate the parameters of the system, such as a wavelength calibration system employing an optical spectrum analyzer with 1 pm precision.” This is critical because extended system stability enables continuous running for as long as an entire week.The much lower failure probability of 10-9 requires not only an experimental setting capable of accumulating enough raw data, but also a more appropriate post-processing method to extract the secure key. “With this work, for the first time in the entire OKD community we adopt the Chernoff bound (which gives exponentially decreasing bounds on tail distributions of sums of independent random variables) with a failure probability of 10-9 to allow statistical fluctuation analyses six orders of magnitude lower than previously achieved,” Zhang explains. “Furthermore, with the high loss that occurs in long-distance QKD, the Chernoff bound – believed to be a future standard post-processing method – provides better, stricter parameter estimation in the statistical fluctuation analysis.”Interestingly, in their paper the scientists point MDIQKD security is inspired by the time-reversed EPR-based QKD protocol. “This can be explained by a virtual qubit idea,” Zhang says. “A sender first prepares an entangled state of the combined system of her virtual qubit and the qubit to be sent to the receiver. The sender then measures the virtual qubit, thereby preparing a BB84 state.” BB84 is a provably secure quantum key distribution scheme – in fact, the first quantum cryptography protocol – developed by Charles Bennett and Gilles Brassard in 1984 (hence its name) relying on the quantum property that information gain is only possible at the expense of disturbing the signal if the two states we are trying to distinguish are not orthogonal. “After making a Bell state measurement (BSM) and obtaining a successful outcome, the receiver announces the results to the sender and the third party in the quantum system, resulting in their virtual qubits becoming entangled. (Bell states are maximally entangled quantum states of two qubits; the Bell state measurement is a joint quantum-mechanical measurement of two qubits that determines which of the four Bell states the two qubits are in.) “In this sense, the protocol is directly equivalent to an entanglement based protocol, only with the time direction reversed.”In addition, the new MDIQKD protocol does not rely on any assumption on measurement. “In the virtual qubit idea, we can see that a sender prepares the BB84 state by measuring a virtual qubit. Since the sender could have delayed the measurement on this virtual qubit until after the receiver performs a Bell state measurement and announces its results, the receiver’s BSM cannot affect the BB84 state preparation process, and so the receiver cannot obtain any information about the BB84 state. In other words, security does not rely on any assumption on measurement.”Another result described in the paper is that the novel MDIQKD system’s techniques constitute a critical ingredient for a quantum repeater and long-distance quantum communication. “Performing a Bell-state measurement is an intrinsic element in these situations,” Zhang points out, because it requires good interference of two independent laser sources. Again, in our work we for the first time have shown the feasibility of this kind of interference, especially at a distance 200 km. Besides the laser modulation techniques, the feedback systems developed for this purpose – for example, time calibration and wavelength calibration – are also of great importance to realizing a long-distance quantum repeater.”The researchers point out that their results have a range of implications for future quantum communication systems, one clearly being it paving the way towards a quantum network with measurement-device-independent security. “Our MDIQKD system includes two clients and one server. With the help of a system-wide feedback system, all users are time-synchronized and all independent laser sources have the same wavelength. All these techniques are definitely a solid foundation of building an MDIQKD network. In addition, to add more clients into the network, all that is needed is placing an active optical switch in the server’s site – and with off-the-shelf optical switches, this MDIQKD network can be built in the near future.”The novel MDIQKD protocol has a star-type structure in which the detection system placed in the Bell-state measurement site as a server, allowing it to be shared by all transmitters – a structure very suitable to a QKD network with a star-type structure, since all the end-node clients can share the entire measurement system of the center-node server. This means that, importantly, only laser sources and modulators are required when more clients are added to the network. Zhang notes that these devices are much smaller and cheaper than the complex, expensive detectors – a factor preferred for creating an economical network.The scientists have also performed a field test in which their system has been inserted into an installed fiber network to demonstrate the feasibility of MDIQKD in an unstable environment. “Previously, an MDIQKD field test was performed over an 18.6 km deployed fiber by Wolfgang Tittel’s group at the University of Calgary1,” Zhang tells Phys.org. “However, a random modulated decoy state was not added in that experiment, so a secure key was not actually generated. Moreover, all other laboratory demonstrations are performed without perturbation of the field environment.” Based on the technology developed in their experiment, the researchers have achieved a 16.9 bps secure key rate over a 30 km fiber network of total length‡.Zhang and his co-authors envision a number of future real-world applications that would be made feasible by using a single fiber to transmit both signal laser pulses and synchronization laser pulses, as well as by minimizing noise generated from Raman spontaneous scattering. “To make MDIQKD more attractive for potential users, our goal is to have only one single fiber required for each link. This would decrease the resources required by real-world applications, such as voice calls and file transfers, and would be especially useful in some particular situations.” For example, a user having insufficient fiber link resources could multiplex a single fiber link to do classical synchronization and single-photon transmission – or in the occasional situation when a user performs QKD tasks, it would be preferable to have one fiber link rather than two in order to conserve normally unused resources.Zhang adds that a significant concern when adopting one single fiber is strong spontaneous Raman scattering of the synchronization light, which introduces additional noise to the signal and thus increases error rates. (Spontaneous Raman scattering is the inelastic scattering of photons – in which the kinetic energy of an incident particle is not conserved, but lost or increased – in random time intervals.) “Typically, the power of the synchronization light is at least five orders of magnitude higher than the signal light – so spontaneous Raman scattering could be disastrous. We therefore have to be careful when multiplexing these two kinds of light, because otherwise the resulting high noise and error rates would male all real world applications impossible.”Moving forward, Zhang says that the scientists plan to build a polarization-encoding MDIQKD system, which let them remove the phase stabilization that is currently required, as well as other possible innovations. “In our experiment, wavelength calibration is based on an optical spectrum analyzer. However, in addition to this simple and direct approach, we plan to develop an alternative way without an optical spectrum analyzer – but only with the evaluation of two independent laser sources. This can be realized by observing Hong-Ou-Mandel dip.” (The Hong–Ou–Mandel effect is a two-photon interference effect in quantum optics that occurs when two identical single-photon waves enter a 50:50 beam splitter, one in each input port. When both photons are identical they will extinguish each other – but if they become more distinguishable the probability of detection will increase, allowing the interferometer to accurately measure bandwidth, path lengths and timing.) Moreover, Zhang adds, the researchers plan to build a three-layer architecture to generate, manage and use the secure key, respectively, which will lead to a more complete and practical QKD network.”Since the Bell state measurement is so common in quantum information,” Zhang concludes, “our Bell state measurement techniques can be utilized in other quantum information tasks.” “These tasks include the quantum repeater mentioned above, quantum fingerprinting and quantum teleportation.” (Phys.org)—In the ongoing effort to make communications secure, Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) theoretically provides a solution – but to the delight of increasingly sophisticated hackers, falls short in real-world systems due to implementation deviating from mathematical models. A number of QKD variants – including Device-Independent Quantum Key Distribution (DIQKD) and the more recently introduced Measurement-Device-Independent Quantum Key Distribution (MDIQKD) – attempt to close the gap between theory and practice with varying degrees of success. These two variants differ in several ways, the most important being that DIQKD requires but unlike MDIQKD cannot easily achieve very high detection efficiency and low channel loss to yield secure keys, while MDIQKD, unlike DIQKD, does not rely on any ideal devices and can close the most vulnerable QKD security hole by removing all side-channels from the measurement unit. Nevertheless, previous MDIQKD systems have had limitations as well, such as limited distance and a low key rate of less than 0.1 bit/s. Journal information: Physical Review Letters (a) Schematic layout of our MDIQKD setup. Alice’s (Bob’s) signal laser pulses (1550 nm) are modulated into three decoy-state intensities by AM1. An AMZI, an AM2–4, and one PM are used to encode qubits. Charlie’s setup consists of a polarization stabilization system and a BSM system. The polarization stabilization system in each link includes an EPC, a PBS, and a SPAPD. The BSM system includes an interference BS and two SNSPDs. (b) Time calibration system. Two SynLs (1570 nm) are adopted, with the 500 kHz shared time reference generated from a crystal oscillator circuit (COC) and with the time delayed by a programmable delay chip (PDC). Alice (Bob) receives the SynL pulses with a PD and then regenerates a system clock of 75 MHz. WDM: wavelength division multiplexer, ConSys: control system. (c) Phase stabilization system. Circ: circulator, PC: polarization controller, PS: phase shifter. Credit: Tang, Yan-Lin et al. (2014) Measurement-Device-Independent Quantum Key Distribution over 200 km. Phys. Rev. Lett. 113:190501. High-fidelity photon-to-atom quantum state transfer could form backbone of quantum networks More information: Measurement-Device-Independent Quantum Key Distribution over 200 km, Physical Review Letters (2014) 113:190501, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.190501Related:1Real-World Two-Photon Interference and Proof-of-Principle Quantum Key Distribution Immune to Detector Attacks, Physical Review Letters (2013) 111:130501, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.130501†Detectors and cryocooling systems developed by Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology (SIMIT) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)‡Paper to be published in IEEE Journal of Selected Topics of Quantum Electronics Explore further Citation: Hackers begone: Measurement-device-independent QKD increases clock rate and transmission distance while reducing failure (2014, December 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-12-hackers-begone-measurement-device-independent-qkd-clock.html © 2014 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. 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Invisible magnetic sensors measure magnetic fields without disturbing them

first_img Citation: Invisible magnetic sensors measure magnetic fields without disturbing them (2018, April 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-invisible-magnetic-sensors-fields-disturbing.html Currently, most of the magnetic sensors used in today’s computers, airplanes, cars, and other systems distort the magnetic fields that they are measuring. These distortions can cause major problems for some applications, in particular biomedical techniques, that require highly accurate measurements, and can also cause cross-talk in sensor arrays. 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. Magnetic invisibility cloak shields magnets from magnetic fields Simulation of a spherical shell that cancels the distortions caused by a ferromagnetic sphere, making the sphere invisible (magnetically undetectable) from the outside. Credit: Mach-Batlle et al. ©2018 American Institute of Physics Explore furthercenter_img More information: Rosa Mach-Batlle, Carles Navau, and Alvaro Sanchez. “Invisible magnetic sensors.” Applied Physics Letters. DOI: 10.1063/1.5023565 In a new study, researchers have designed “invisible” magnetic sensors—sensors that are magnetically invisible so that they can still detect but do not distort the surrounding magnetic fields. The researchers, Rosa Mach-Batlle, Carles Navau, and Alvaro Sanchez at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, have published a paper on the invisible magnetic sensors in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters.”This is the first proposal to render a magnetic sensor invisible,” Mach-Batlle told Phys.org. “The invisibility can even be made exact in some cases, something never achieved before, to our knowledge.”Many magnetic sensors are made of ferromagnetic materials, which have the advantage of enhanced sensor detectability compared to other materials. However, the downside of ferromagnetic materials is that they attract magnetic fields, causing distortions in the same magnetic fields that the sensors are detecting. The challenging part of making invisible magnetic sensors is to simultaneously cancel these distortions while still allowing the sensors to detect the magnetic fields. Previously, researchers have designed magnetic cloaks for cloaking magnetic objects that make it impossible to magnetically detect them from the outside. However, these cloaks work both ways, so that the cloaked magnetic objects are completely isolated from and unable to detect any external magnetic fields. So a cloaked sensor could no longer function as a sensor.In the new study, the researchers have proposed a method for making a sensor magnetically invisible while maintaining its ability to sense. Their strategy uses a spherical magnetic shell that cancels out the leading term of the distortion that the sensor creates in response to external magnetic fields. The shell is also designed with tiny “air gaps” that allow a fraction of the external magnetic field to arrive at the sensor. Theoretically, the invisibility can be made perfect under certain conditions—specifically, when the sensor is spherical and the magnetic field is uniform.According to the researchers’ model, the proposed spherical shell must be made of a material with certain properties (in particular, a precise diamagnetic permeability) that do not exist in nature. Nevertheless, the researchers expect that these properties can be emulated with metamaterials made of high-temperature superconductors. In the future, the researchers plan to further explore these possibilities as well as variations on magnetic cloaking.”We are developing ideas such as exploring cloaking properties for AC fields or incorporating the intriguing concept of negative static permeability for creating novel shapes of magnetic fields,” Sanchez said. Journal information: Applied Physics Letters © 2018 Phys.orglast_img read more

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Why Forgetfulness Might Actually Help You

first_imgThis pattern is called retrieval-induced forgetting. It’s directed in part by the prefrontal cortex, which controls executive functions involved in mental control and decision-making. It makes it easier to access memories that get used a lot, and more difficult to retrieve memories that compete with them, says Michael C. Anderson, a professor of cognitive neuroscience at the University of Cambridge in England and a leading researcher on the topic. A growing body of research offers a more welcome excuse: Forgetting stuff can actually be a byproduct of rigorous thinking, smooth decision-making or heightened creativity. Still, forgetting can serve a purpose, enabling us to think more clearly by eliminating interference from competing thoughts. Many people worry that forgetting names, facts or tasks on their to-do list is a sign of aging or mental decline. Forgetting can help us block out useless or outdated information and keep us from fixating on a single set of ideas or thoughts. And contrary to the notion that forgetfulness reflects a withering of brain cells, scientists say it can actually be driven by the growth of new neurons in the hippocampus, a brain region linked to memory. This doesn’t excuse major memory mishaps. It’s a problem to draw a mental blank when making a presentation, forget to pick up a co-worker you promised a ride or offend a client by spacing out on a critical rule of etiquette. And of course, purposeful forgetting doesn’t include the kind of extensive memory loss that comes with dementia or similar health problems. He likens the process to search-engine optimization for the brain. “The brain balances remembering and forgetting gracefully to facilitate optimal use of memory,” Dr. Anderson says. Read the whole story: The Wall Street Journallast_img read more

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Gear up to haunt this Halloween

If you have plans to spook your near and dear ones this halloween, then Fast Turtle is a one stop-shop for all your party supplies and themes. Fast turtle, the store started by Zarine Batra a year ago is here to offer solutions for all your theme party essentials.‘To make these occasions unforgettable in the best possible way with the right party accessories is key objective for the origin of Fast Turtle,’ says Zarine. This year, the store is offering Halloween accessories like horrified nails, dragon costumes, pumpkin faces and more.So head your way towards Fast Turtle soon and gear up to haunt. read more

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Now AAP outstation members can campaign

first_imgThe Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) launched its ‘calling campaign’ on Monday here to convince voters in Delhi to vote for the party.“We are using our party data bank which contains mobile phones numbers of our registered members. Anyone who wishes to join this campaign must register himself/herself with the party. Once party verify the application the person, s/he can participate in the campaign. After the verification of the volunteer, the party provides around 20-25 mobile numbers to a volunteer who can make the call at this number at his convenient time to promote the party and convince the voters to vote for AAP,” said Atishi Marlena, a senior AAP leader. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreThe campaigning will be conducted by the AAP supporters who live outside of Delhi and abroad and want to promote the party for coming election.The volunteers have to pay their own mobile phone bill as party can does not reimburses it. On the idea which led to the campaign, Marlena said, “People wanted to promote and work for the party and they wanted to take active part in this coming election. However it is not possible for them to come to Delhi, so we find this the best way to use them for the betterment of the party. It makes a good impression among the people,” said Marlena.last_img read more

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Steelmakers seek immediate implementation of customs duty hike

first_imgWith imports set to hit a record high in the current fiscal, steel-makers on Sunday urged the government to bring the provisioned customs duty hike in the Budget into effect immediately to bail them out of the deepening crisis.”Some secondary steel producers have already resorted to production cut and instead of making on their own, they have now ventured into trading importing from China and other countries,” Jayant Acharya, Director (Commercial), JSW Steel, said. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashFacing a host of other problems such as higher production cost due to dearer raw materials and inflated interest rates, major producers are also left with no money to further invest, which is tantamount to government’s “Make in India” programme. “Government should implement the enabling budgetary provision for raising the customs duty as soon as possible to give steel-makers a little elbowroom,” Acharya said.He also added that some non-tariff barriers to be put in place to safeguard against the abnormal surge in imports. Paying heed to steel-makers’ plea, the Budget has created a possibility of raising peak import duty for steels to 15 per cent from 10 per cent now, aimed at protecting the home-grown firms from rising imports. But, it has been kept as an enabling provision for suitable imposition.Meanwhile, imports have jumped by over 67 per cent during April-February period of current fiscal to 8.39 million tonnes (MT).last_img read more

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Quench your thirst with cool drinks at Sharbat Mela

first_imgThe Delhi Tourism brings to you yet another annual Sharbat Mela to quench your thirst in this scorching heat. The annual extravaganza will be organised at Dilli Haat, Pitampura, from June 19 – 21, 2015.The mela promises to offer traditional and modern drinks. Drinks prepared from traditional herbs will also be on offer. Popular drinks such as thandai, lassi, jaljeera, mango shake, aam panna, sattu, kokam (a drink from Maharashtra) and many other varieties of milk shakes will be on offer.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Companies such as Hitkari, Hamdard, Simbhavli Suger Mill, Mother Dairy and Aroma will be participating in the festival.  Besides, stalls of henna, ittar and gulabjal will also be put up at the mela. Summer special swings and camel rides for children will also be available.Apart from enjoying a variety of drinks at the Sharbat Mela, visitors can also shop at craft and garment stalls.  Moreover, cultural programmes by the Punjabi Academy of Art and Culture and the Government of NCT Delhi promise enthrall the audience. So, get ready to beat the heat with a variety of drinks at the Sharbat Mela.last_img read more

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Mobile library for book lovers in North Dinajpur

first_imgKolkata: In an effort to arouse the interest of reading books particularly among the youth, the state Mass Education and Library Services department has introduced a mobile library in North Dinajpur district.The mobile library is equipped with 1,500 books that ranges from short stories, novels, poems, books on cuisine, sports books, children books and school texts.The mobile library has been recently launched by the Minister for Mass Education & Library Services Siddiqullah Chowdhury at a government programme in Karnajhora. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”The books will be lent out for a period of 15 days to a reader. On the 17th day, the mobile library will visit the reader’s address. When he returns the book, he can issue another new book,” Chowdhury said.The mobile library has been christened as Ghare Baire – inspired from the famous novel of the same name by Rabindranath Tagore.A senior official of the department said that out of 74 gram panchayats (GP) in South Dinajpur, there is not a single library in 53 GPs. “We have strategically chosen this place so that the readers have access to books,” the official said. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe local administration is conducting a survey as there is a demand for school text books there. “Many students cannot afford to buy books due to financial problems. This will also be of immense help to them,” theminister said.The Library services department is taking a slew of measures to encourage the young generation to visit the libraries in the state.There are around 2,480 libraries and 300 of them have closed down. “We have recently done a survey on the state libraries, conducted by a Gurgaon-based agency. It has come to light that people of the age group of 55 to 60 visit the state libraries. A number of libraries do not have toilets and drinking water.A library in the city has also been found with no facilities of drinking water and toilet. This is not desirable and we are working for developing these basic facilities,” anofficial said.last_img read more

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Goutam Deb inaugurates North Bengal Book Fair

first_imgDarjeeling: The 36th North Bengal Book Fair was inaugurated by Tourism Minister Goutam Deb in Siliguri on Thursday. Organised by the Greater Siliguri Book Sellers Guild, the fair at the Mela Ground in Siliguri has 85 stalls. “Though it is the age of computers and the internet, books have no substitute. Parents should encourage their wards to read more books. Reading habit needs to be inculcated from a young age,” stated Deb in his speech. He also asked the organizers to ensure that the venue remains clean and green. The book fair remains open from 2 to 8 pm everyday. It will end on December 2.last_img read more

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School teacher shot dead by unidentified miscreants

first_imgKolkata: A school teacher from Raghunathpur area in Purulia was shot dead by unidentified miscreants on Friday evening.The incident took place when the victim, Chinmoy Mondal, was returning home after buying some sports equipment for his school. According to the police, the victim was riding his motorcycle when the miscreants stopped his way. He was just a few metres away from his house at Raghunathpur when he was shot at. Mondal tried to flee the spot when one of the miscreants took out a gun and shot at him. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe victim received bullet injuries on his face and fell on the ground. The miscreants fled the spot immediately after the incident. After hearing the sound of the gunshot, locals gathered at the spot and found him lying in a pool of blood. He was immediately rushed to the Raghunathpur Super-specialty hospital where the doctors pronounced him brought dead. The body was later sent for postmortem examination. The police are yet to confirm the motive behind his murder. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA teacher of a local school at Raghunathpur, the victim had gone to a nearby market to buy sports equipment for the school. He was returning home at around 10.30 pm. His wife, Papia, told the police that the victim had no personal rivalry with anyone. She demanded a probe into the incident. Police are conducting raids to nab the culprits who were behind the attack. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that an old rivalry might have led to the incident. A detailed probe has been initiated in this regard.last_img read more

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North Bengal Development Dept completes tender process for projects worth Rs 700

first_imgDarjeeling: The North Bengal Development Department (NBDD) has completed the tender process for projects amounting to Rs 700 crore. Besides this, tenders for projects amounting to Rs 300 crore are also scheduled to be completed by March.”With each passing year, the allocation of funds to this department is being increased by the state government. This is a clear indication of the state’s focus on North Bengal,” stated Rabindranath Ghosh, minister in charge of North Bengal Development department. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalChief Minister Mamata Banerjee always stresses on North Bengal and reiterates her government’s commitment towards the development of this region. The above tenders will facilitate around 300 development projects. Earlier, meetings were held where the District Magistrates of the eight districts of North Bengal were directed to ensure that the projects are speedily completed without compromising on the quality of work. “Completion of tender processes ensures timely completion of development works as well. We are also ensuring that the ongoing projects are in no way halted in between. For this, we have increased skilled manpower specially engineers. We are also engaging retired engineers so that there is no shortage,” added the minister. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn 2011, the North Bengal Development Department came into existence with an allotment of Rs. 180 crore. The present allocation of fund is to the tune of Rs. 660 crore. The funds are used to construct roads, bridges, school, colleges, community halls and haats (market places.). In Cooch Behar, the department has taken up a number of projects. In Malda, a bridge is under construction at a cost of Rs 132 crore. “We have created committees in each district to ensure even distribution of projects in all the districts of North Bengal,” stated Ghosh. Taking a step further, each block of North Bengal will be allotted Rs 2 crore for development projects from the NBDD. “With this amount the blocks can take up development projects within an upper-cost limit of Rs 30,000,” informed the minister. The number of projects being taken up by the department is steadily on the rise. “Owing to this we are recruiting 20 sub-assistant engineers,” Ghosh added.last_img read more

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FDCI celebrates 10th year of India Couture Week

first_imgExtravagant showcasing of opulence and craft, the India Couture Week 2017, is back again this year in a seven day affair from July 24-30 at the Taj Palace Hotel.The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) is pleased to announce the dates for the country’s most extravagant showcasing of opulence and craft at the India Couture Week 2017, as it ushers in 10 years of this venerable fashion event.For the first time ever, the most coveted names of the fashion industry will bring alive, unmitigated splendour at a few off-site locations in the capital. The ramp at the Fashion Design Council of India’s flagship event will be enlivened when top 14 designers in the industry will set the mood for trends that will remain relevant in a country that loves to celebrate life with sheer abundance, colour and unabashed shine. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAnnouncing the dates of this biggest couture event in the country, Sunil Sethi, President FDCI said, “This is a momentous year for us, 10 years of Couture Week has been an incredible journey, which has been the only event in the country to offer a prestigious platform to couturiers to showcase their talent in offering irrepressible indulgence. The journey would not have been possible without the support of board members and the FDCI team. We look forward to presenting many more editions of this magical event as we take it to a new high with seven days.”A non-profit organisation, the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), is the apex body of fashion design in India, represented by over 400 members. Founded on the premise of promoting, nurturing, and representing the best of fashion and design talent in the country; its prime objective is to propagate the business of fashion. FDCI stays true to its commitment to promote the ‘Make in India’ label as handlooms take center stage.last_img read more

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ITBP band gives a stellar maiden performance

first_imgWith 16 tunes of martial and Indian music playing, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) gave a stellar performance at the Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi. This was the first such concert by the ITBP band. Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju was present as the Chief Guest among other distinguished guests, senior officers, and personnel of the CAPFs and their families on the eve of Holi 2018. The one hour concert was organised by Major Nazir Hussain, VSM Retd. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe concert was a classic mix of traditional military tunes and Bollywood evergreen numbers. Rijiju appreciated the concert and said that such patriotic programmes should be organised by other forces as well in the entire country. The Minister complimented the band for the rendition of the patriotic song “Hum Sarhad ke Sainani”, which he said showed the love and commitment of the ITBP jawans for their motherland. He concluded by greeting the ITBP Director General RK Pachanada for winning the trophy for ‘best marching contingent’ at this years’ Republic Day parade and lauded the contribution of ITBP Band contingent for inspiring tunes for the best show by the marching contingent on Rajpath.last_img read more

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Parental controls dont stop teens from watching porn

first_imgParents, take note. If you think that Internet filtering tools – such as parental controls – will stop your teenage child from accessing explicit sexual content online then you may be wrong, a new study suggests.The findings, published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behaviour and Social Networking, indicated that Internet filtering tools are ineffective.According to the researchers from the University of Oxford in Britain, the use of Internet filtering tools is widespread but there has been no conclusive evidence on their effectiveness until now. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”It’s important to consider the efficacy of Internet filtering. Internet filtering tools are expensive to develop and maintain, and can easily ‘underblock’ due to the constant development of new ways of sharing content,” said co-author Victoria Nash.The research team presented two studies – one exploratory analysis of secondary data collected in the European Union and one preregistered study focused on British adolescents and caregivers – with nearly 15,000 participants. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”We were also interested to find out how many households would need to use filtering technologies in order to stop one adolescent from seeing online pornography,” said co-author Andrew Przybylski.”The findings from our preliminary study indicated that somewhere between 17 and 77 households would need to use Internet filtering tools in order to prevent a single young person from accessing sexual content,” Przybylski added.The results from follow-up study showed no statistically or practically significant protective effects for filtering. The researchers noted that there should be more research done to solidify these findings.last_img read more

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Neckneck battle surfaces in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: The 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal witnessed a neck-and-neck fight between Trinamool Congress and BJP. While TMC won 21 seats, BJP bagged 16 with a single seat for Congress. TMC was leading in one seat, BJP in a couple and Congress in one as per the last poll result update.TMC’s showing was good, particularly in South 24-Parganas, Kolkata, Howrah and Birbhum, where it managed to retain all the seats it had won in 2014. In South 24-Parganas, Pratima Mondal won the Joynagar seat by over 3 lakh votes, while Chowdhury Mohan Jatua won the Mathurapur seat by around 2 lakh votes. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAbhisekh Banejee came out with flying colours in the Diamond Harbour seat by over 3 lakh votes, whereas Mimi Chakraborty won the Jadavpur seat by over 2.9 lakh votes. The prestigious Kolkata North and Kolkata South seats were won by Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Mala Roy respectively, while Howrah and Uluberia were won by Prasun Banerjee and Sajda Ahmed. The party also managed to win both the seats in Birbhum district, with Satabdi Roy bagging Birbhum and Asit Mal winning from Bolpur. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateTamluk, Kanthi and Ghatal went in favour of TMC as well, while BJP’s Dilip Ghosh and Kunar Hembram bagged Midnapore and Jhargram, where TMC had a lead of 34,78,883 votes in 2014. The Purulia seat also swung in favour of Jyotirmay Singh Mahato of BJP, where TMC had won by 1,53,877 votes in 2014. The Malda Uttar seat that was won by Mausam Noor of Congress, also swung in favour of the saffron party with Khagen Murmu winning. Noor ended up in the losing side this year, contesting on TMC’s ticket. Abu Hasem Khan Chowdhury of Congress was leading in the Maldah Dakshin seat as of the last update. In Murshidabad, TMC’s Khalilur Rahman defeated Congress’s Abhijit Mukherjee from the Jangipur seat by a margin of over 3 lakh votes. Mukherjee, the son of former President Pranab Mukherjee, had won by a margin of 8,161 votes in 2014. Adhir Chowdhury of Congress, meanwhile, retained the Behrampur seat though his lead dropped to 78,000 from 3,56,567 last year. The Murshidabad seat that was bagged by Left Front in 2014, was grabbed by TMC’s Abu Taher Khan. The Krishnanagar seat was retained by Mahua Maitra of TMC, who won by over 65,000 votes. The Ranaghat seat, the second in Nadia district, went to Jagannath Sarkar of BJP where TMC had a lead of 2,01,767 votes in 2014. In North 24-Parganas, Sougata Roy of TMC managed to retain the Dum Dum seat and Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar won the Barasat seat, while newcomer Nusrat Jahan won from Basirhat. The Bongaon seat, where TMC had won by 1,46,601 votes in 2014, swung in favour of Santanu Thakur of BJP. The Barrackpore seat witnessed defeat of TMC’s Dinesh Trivedi, where BJP’s Arjun Singh won by a narrow margin of around 13,000 votes. Hooghly, meanwhile, had a mixed result for TMC with Kalyan Banerjee retaining the Sreerampore seat and the Hooghly seat swinging in favour of BJP with Locket Chatterjee winning over Ratna Dey Nag of TMC. Aparupa Poddar of TMC has a narrow lead of over 2,000 votes in Arambagh, according to the latest update. Burdwan East was retained by Sunil Mondal of TMC, while the Burdwan-Durgapur seat was witnessing a lead by the saffron party, as per last reports. The Asansol seat was retained by BJP’s Babul Supriyo. TMC suffered a setback, particularly in North Bengal. John Barla of BJP defeated party candidate Dasrath Tirkey, while Nisith Pramanik shocked TMC’s Paresh Chandra Adhikary. Jayanta Kumar Roy of BJP also emerged victorious over Bijoy Chandra Barman of the ruling party from Jalpaiguri, whereas BJP’s Sukanta Majumdar snatched the Balurghat seat from TMC’s Arpita Ghosh. TMC had won all these seats in 2014. BJP’s Raju Bista managed to retain the Darjeeling seat, while the Raiganj seat that saw a narrow margin win for Left Front’s Mohammed Salim in 2014, also went in favour of the saffron party. TMC witnessed collapse in the two seats of Bankura district, with Saumitra Khan winning from the Bishnupur seat. Both the seats had been won by TMC in the last Lok Sabha elections.last_img read more

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Lord Tirupati Balaji Brahmotsav Festival Starts in Delhi

first_imgThe Delhi Temple of Shri Venkateswara Swamy Vari, popularly known as Tirupati Balaji will be observing the Annual Brahmotsav Festival from May 15-25, 2019.Spread across 1.2 acres, the Delhi Temple of Lord Tirupati Balaji is located in the heart of New Delhi near Birla Mandir. It is under the aegis of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) and is a replica of the Temple situated at Tirupati in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. Brahmotsav, is the most important festival celebrated in Tirumala as it marks Lord Srinivasa’s self-manifestation day by Lord Brahma. The annual Brahmotsav is conducted with the same fervor at the Delhi temple as is done in Tirumala. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDuring the festival, the Utsav-murti (processional deity) of the presiding deity Lord Venkateswara (Tirupati Balaji), along with his consorts Padmavati Ammavaru (Mahalakshmi Maa) and Andal Ammavaru (Dharti Maa) is taken out on a procession on different Vahans on the streets around the Temple complex. The major highlights of the festival are Rath Yatra on different Vahans namely Pedda Sesha (seven-headed snake), Chinna Sesha (five-headed snake), Hamsa (swan), Muthya Pupandiri (pearl bower), Simha (lion), Kalpvriksha (wish-fulfing tree), Hanumantha (Hanuman), Sarvabupala (protector of universe), Garuda (eagle), Gaja (elephant), Surya Prabha (sun) and Chandra Prabha (moon). This year 10 vahans have been gifted by ardent devotees to the Delhi Temple of Lord Venkateswara each costing approximately Rs. 2 lacs. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSpecial Pujas such as Abhishek, Kalyan Utasv (Lord Balaji’s marriage), Havan, etc. Mahaprasad will be done daily. The world-famous Tirumala Laddoos will also be available for Rs.100 each. The festival will also feature cultural programmes and special stalls. Praveen Prakash (IAS), Resident Commissioner Government of Andhra Pradesh and President, LAC, TTD has requested all devotees residing in Delhi and NCR to come forward to join the festivities and support the Delhi Temple Brahmotsav with heart and soul. Devotees may contact the Delhi temple for extending any support and donation.last_img read more

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Draculas Cannonballs – Incredible Find Connected to Vlad the Impaler

first_imgResearchers have discovered medieval cannonballs that they believe were used by the Wallacian Voivode (ruler) Vlad the Impaler, or Vlad III Dracula, also known as Vlad Tepes, during a battle in 1461 with the Ottoman Turks. The ruler of Wallachia was known for his savage battle tactics–including, yes, impaling–and also for inspiring Bram Stoker’s fictional depiction of Count Dracula, an aristocratic Transylvanian vampire with a peculiar hunger.Painting of Vlad TepesThe discovery was made in the ruins of a medieval fortress in Svishtov, a small town in the northern part of the country, by Professor Nikolay Ovcharov from the National Institute and Museum of Archaeology in Sofia and his team. “What’s really interesting is that from the [early] Ottoman period we have found cannonballs. We rejoice at those small cannonballs because they are from culverins,” Ovcharov said in an interview with Nova TV. “These were the earliest cannons which were for the 15th century, up until the 16th century, they weren’t in use after that. That was precisely the time of Vlad Dracula, there is no doubt that they are connected with the siege and conquest of the Zishtova Fortress by Vlad Dracula in 1461.”AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsSvishtov, Bulgaria. Photo by Mincov CC BY 3.0The archaeologist said it’s likely that Dracula stayed at the fortress after conquering it. “The truth is that Vlad Dracula besieged this place, conquered it, and most probably also resided here [briefly],” Ovcharov stated.Vlad fought many battles and had countless people done away with whom he considered enemies. His most hated opponent was the Ottoman sultan. During this time period, the Ottomans were attempting to conquer sections of Eastern Europe. In 1453, Sultan Mehmed II had conquered Constantinople, and the Ottoman powers stretched over the Carpathians, a threat to mainland Europe. By 1481 the Ottomans had control of the Balkans peninsula.In today’s odd news…https://t.co/Phck5d5j75— Chris Ciaccia (@Chris_Ciaccia) June 6, 2019What makes Vlad’s relationship to the Ottomans complex is that Vlad’s father had made a treaty with them and offered his own two sons, Dracula and Radu, to serve in their army and learn from them. When Vlad turned against them, he was a dangerous foe because of that knowledge. Once he was king, Vlad strengthened the Wallachian army to fight the Ottoman forces.Pope Pius II called for a crusade; Vlad pledged his allegiance to the Pope and the crusade. Vlad devastated the Bulgarian lands between Serbia and the Black Sea, including the fortress where the cannonballs were found. Vlad was killed in battle in 1477 and his head was sent to Sultan Mehmed. Today there is a statue of Vlad in Bucharest, where he is considered a folk hero.Related Video:The link between Vlad and Dracula comes from the word “dracul.” The King of Hungary inducted Vlad’s father into a knightly order called the Order of the Dragon. This designation earned him a new surname: Dracul. The name came from the old Romanian word for dragon, which is “drac.”His son, Vlad III, would later be known as the “son of Dracul,” or in old Romanian, Drăculea, hence Dracula. “In modern Romanian, the word “drac” also refers to the devil.)Statue of Vlad Tepes in Romania. Photo by CC BY-SA 3.0 ROVlad Tepes was born in 1431 in what is now Transylvania, the central region of modern-day Romania. But the link between Vlad the Impaler and Transylvania is a bit weak, according to Florin Curta, a professor of medieval history and archaeology at the University of Florida.“[Stoker’s] Dracula is linked to Transylvania, but the real, historic Dracula — Vlad III — never owned anything in Transylvania,” Curta said in an interview with Live Science. Bran Castle, a modern-day tourist attraction in Transylvania that is often referred to as Dracula’s castle, was never the home of the Wallachian prince.Bran Castle. Photo by Todor Bozhinov CC BY-SA 4.0“Because the castle is in the mountains in this foggy area and it looks spooky, it’s what one would expect of Dracula’s castle,” Curta said. “But he [Vlad III] never lived there. He never even set foot there.” According to the book Dracula: Sense and Nonsense, by Elizabeth Miller, in 1890 Stoker read a book about Wallachia. Although it did not mention Vlad III, Stoker was struck by the word “Dracula.” He wrote in his notes, “in Wallachian language means DEVIL.”Related Article: New Findings Suggest Vlad the Impaler was Imprisoned Beneath this CastleBram Stoker never came out and said that his vampire creation was Vlad the Impaler, only that he was from a noble family. The connection was made much more explicitly in Francis Ford Coppola’s film Dracula and in such novels as Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. Her new book, The Blue, is a spy story set in the 18th-century porcelain world. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.comlast_img read more

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Renowned terrible golfer Charles Barkley is slightly less horrible at hitting a

first_imgCharles Barkley in the batting cage. pic.twitter.com/Jp4Ev4H6ab— Michael Gallagher (@MikeSGallagher) June 6, 2016Maybe Chuck is onto something. Charles Barkley is a Hall of Fame basketball player and a natural on TV as an NBA analyst. Sir Charles also has, arguably, the most nausea inducing golf swing that has ever been witnessed by man. It’s been known to induce uncontrollable vomiting and cause temporary blindness if you stare at it to long.Barkley tried his hand at batting practice before the Cubs game tonight. Although he wasn’t exactly tearing the cover off the ball, his batting stroke is a masterpiece compared to his his NSFW golf hack. last_img read more

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Colin went full Rain Man on Nate Burleson by recalling his dads

first_img Burleson was obviously surprised, and joked that Colin’s touching total-recall of his father was going to make him tear up like Tom Brady. Well played, sir.Colin is an excellent driver..@Nate13Burleson was headed to Washington until he wasn’t. Here’s how he ended up at @NevadaFootball #NationalSigningDay pic.twitter.com/k1S255H7Xi— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) February 1, 2017 Advertisement Everybody remembers the classic scene in Rain Man where Dustin Hoffman accurately counts the box of dropped toothpicks in the diner. 246. There’s four left in the box.Colin can’t count toothpicks like Ray, or count cards in Vegas – that we know of – but he does have a creepy savant-like recollection of specific details of individual games, plays, and players from 40 years years ago. 97X, bam! The future of rock n’ roll.Today, longtime NFL wide receiver and current NFL Network host Nate Burleson joined the show, and while discussing his college recruitment process, he mentioned that his father was Al Burleson was a defensive back at the University of Washington in the 70’s and later played in the CFL. He once held the record for the longest interception return for a touchdown (90 yards) in the Apple Cup.Colin, a Pacific Northwest native, not only remembered the elder Burleson, he remembered his jersey number. 18.  Uh oh, fifteen minutes to Judge Wapner.last_img read more

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VIDEO Mets beer guy takes a hard foul ball to the jewels

first_imgA Mets’ beer guy took a hard line-drive foul ball to the babymakers while slinging suds in the aisles of Citi Field last night.The unfortunate vendor was hit with the liner while holding his beer tray above his head. There’s nothing worse than not being able to put up the defense shield before impact.He didn’t go down immediately, but the delayed wave of excruciating pain following contact eventually dropped him to a knee.Watch the video. We are all bad people for laughing:Mets Beer Guy gets rocked in the nuts with a foul ball pic.twitter.com/tT2DMLupiC— Alex B. (@KnicksCentral) April 19, 2017last_img read more

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Joel Klatt mocks NFL Draft landing spots for the top QBs

first_imgThe NFL Draft is less than a month away, and the information and disinformation is flying out of NFL front offices at breakneck speed.FS1 Lead College Football Analyst Joel Klatt stopped by The Herd to tell Colin why Arizona has to trade Josh Rosen and select Kyler Murray #1 overall, and also predicted draft landing spots for the rest of the top projected quarterbacks.They also argued about Baker Mayfield and the Browns chanced to win the AFC North, because it’s just what Colin and Klatt do.last_img read more

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Baker Shouldnt Be Ashamed of Changing

first_imgAlso:-Colin’s 3 Steps to Clear Up the Cowboys’ mess-Gruden is still box office-Aaron Rodgers isn’t the victim–Guessing return receptions for departed NBA starsGuests:Greg Jennings, Clarence Hill, Cris Collinsworth, and Lincoln Kennedy <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Baker shouldn’t be ashamed of changingBaker Mayfield recently made comments that he “won’t ever change” during his NFL career, but Colin thinks Baker should rethink that if he wants to have a great NFL career or an all-time one. He sees Baker has recently showed signs he’s growing up like not engaging in media fights with certain unnamed nationally syndicated radio hosts, and probably learning a lesson from opening his mouth over Duke Johnson’s contract situation.No one Baker’s age wants to admit they’re changing, but it’s for the better and he should embrace it. He probably will because he’s smart. He can either change and adapt like Tom Brady, or fade out of the league like Brett Favre doing it “his way.” Download and subscribe to get all of Colin’s podcasts, including his podcast exclusive Herd Saturday Podcasts exclusively at iHeart Radio, Google Play, or iTunes.last_img read more

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Expand Your Ad Empire

first_imgApril 7, 2008 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. The coolest ad technologies aren’t the ones that cost the most–they’re the ones that engage users. Thankfully, this year’s crop of cool tools doesn’t require the kind of attention your MySpace page does. From reaching people on their mobile to enhancing your online videos, these innovative ad trends can set you apart as a tech-savvy company while reaching users right when they’re ready to buy–and encouraging them to buy more.Bar Codes With Extra Info Register Now » If you’ve already started making online videos related to your products or services, adding overlay ads–or letting customers create them–is almost a no-brainer. With overlays, instead of just slotting in pre-, mid- or post-roll ad spots that nobody wants to watch, your ads become a part of the content, Pop-Up Video style.”The more relevant you can make an ad to the content, the more the ad becomes the content. And this, in turn, drives far higher click-through rates,” says Robert Lane, whose Ottawa-based business, Overlay.tv, is making overlay technology more accessible to businesses.The company allows anyone to take an online video and create overlay links in it for free. Then it gives you the code to embed your video on any website. Overlay.tv’s affiliate program also gives incentives to third-party content creators to link to your products.Soon, customers will be able to click on ads like these during their favorite TV shows, making product placement even more marketable. “Commercial TV, like you know it now, will be history in five years,” says Warbasse. “Stage display, seamless point-and-click advertising is going to be all the rage.”Bluetooth BeamingThough much has been made about Bluetooth’s ad capabilities since it started gaining popularity on people’s cell phones, it has only recently become a viable advertising technology. More than 60 percent of North American mobile phones sport Bluetooth and many new laptops and other portable gadgets come enabled with the beaming tech.Through Bluetooth, consumers can download coupons, short videos and audio files. They can then forward the content to other Bluetooth users with a P2P connection. It’s most effective at targeting consumers as they’re entering stores or theaters, walking around trade shows or attending sporting events, since shoppers are particularly receptive to getting coupons right before they buy a product.Prime Point Media, a Norcross, Georgia-based company with a network of more than 700,000 Bluetooth-enabled outdoor ad spots that has carried ads for Pepsi and the U.S. Navy, sees high response rates for its ads. Prime Point president, Karen Robinson, says rates of 13 to 20 percent are typical because of the ads’ relevance, street-level position and call to action.Bluetooth isn’t just for large companies, either. Robinson says a multi-month campaign can start as low as $5,000. She says the secret to using Bluetooth advertising effectively is having compelling, relevant content and not abusing your relationship with consumers.Other up-and-coming ad spaces are also providing new ways to reach potential clients on their mobiles. Jangl, for one, offers ad-sponsored, number-free text and voice messaging through social networking and dating sites–similar to how Yahoo! tacks on ads at the end of its users’ mail messages. And as digital billboards continue to become more sophisticated and interactive, they’re offering a lot of creative, albeit power-gobbling, options for advertisers, though their price points tend to be a bit high for independent businesses.As ad technology continues to change and new ad spaces open up, keep your ear to your mobile, your Bluetooth on and your camera at the ready. And don’t shy away from trying something new.center_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals While you may think of “airline check-in” or “mail tracking” when you see the black-and-white squiggles that make up QR, or “Quick Response” codes, these 2-D data matrices are beginning to find their place in advertising.Already popular in Japan and parts of Europe and the United States, these square-shaped codes can turn a plain old paper ad into an opt-in part of your campaign. Customers scan them with their camera phones to get a hidden plain-text message, a person’s contact info, a redirect to a mobile website, or a song or image download.One QR campaign developed for the clothing industry by Philip Warbasse, founder of Los Angeles-based Warbasse Design, puts the codes on in-store apparel that allows shoppers to purchase sizes not in stock–right on their phones. The codes also offer customers a same-day in-store coupon, and other codes in the campaign help upsell the customer with a discount on a second item in the store if they buy it the same day.Since QR codes cost essentially nothing to produce, go create your own and download a reader for your phone while you’re at it from i-nigma. You can create simple promotions like coupons inexpensively and quickly. One caveat is making sure your promotion will appear on customers’ phones as you intend it to, which means hiring someone with mobile design experience if you’re offering anything other than a plain-text promotion.A QR campaign will work best if your audience includes lots of tech-savvy mobile aficionados, but as an early adopter, you may also be able to garner interest from people unaware of the technology. Customers may be curious about the spotted squares, and you may even be able to parlay your new campaign into press about your business’s cutting-edge ad techniques.Video Overlay Ads 5 min readlast_img read more

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Would You Buy a Curved Smartphone Samsung Experiments With New Galaxy Round

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Would you want or need a phone with a curved display?Oh yes. It’s easier to hold and will contour to the curves of my face.I’d be willing to give it a try. But I’ll need to test it in-store before spending any money on one.Ha. No. This is just another gimmick.Android? Psshh. I’m Apple, buddy. Forget it.VoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.comWould you want or need a phone with a curved display? Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now If the form factor on your slab-style smartphone simply isn’t cutting it anymore, Samsung is betting that it has exactly what you need. The tech giant has announced the Galaxy Round — what the company says is the first smartphone with a curved display.Why would anyone want or need a phone with a curved display? Samsung says the 5.7-inch screen — which gently bends inward from left to right — “offers a comfortable hand grip feeling to [the] user.”So, it’s about ergonomics. A phone with a slight curve could presumably fit more easily in a person’s hand and therefore reduce the likelihood of it being dropped.Beyond that, we’re not sure what the benefits could be. When asked about it, a Samsung representative simply said this in an email: “We don’t have further details.”Related: How Your Smartphone Can Actually Save You From Working WeekendsThe Round is initially being sold only in Korea for about $1,000 without a contract. The phone might not land in the U.S. for some time.More about the phone: It runs on Samsung’s version of the Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) operating system. The software that runs on the Galaxy Round makes use of its unique shape with features like the “roll effect” that briefly pops up information such as time and date, messages or missed calls when a user tilts his or her phone to one side or the other. When music is playing, a user can switch between tracks in the same way: left for the last track or right for the next one.With the Multi Window feature, a user can have multiple apps open on the home screen, making it easier to multitask and share information between apps. The Galaxy Round can also be customized with Samsung’s “one-hand operation” feature that let users position the controls they use most frequently on their preferred side of the screen.Like other Galaxy Devices, the Round is Wi-Fi, LTE and NFC capable with BlueTooth and USB 3.0. It features the same 13-megapixel main camera and a front-facing 2-megapixel camera.Related: Turn a Smartphone Into a Virus-Detecting Microscope? Yep. It’s Happening. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.center_img 2 min read October 9, 2013 Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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5 Innovative Ways to Automate Your Sales Processes This Year

first_img B2B companies of all sizes have discovered how sales automation programs can make tasks more efficient and effective. However, there’s still room to get additional value out of your pwn investment in sales automation techniques.Related: Automated Webinars May Be the Tool You Need to Scale Your Marketing EffortsHere are several unique ways to expand your automation strategy in 2017, to improve your sales processes for both your customers and sales professionals.Maximize upsell/referral opportunities through post-sale correspondence.B2B-focused organizations can learn a lot from their B2C counterparts: For instance, innovative companies like Amazon are often able to increase their upselling and cross-selling opportunities by employing sophisticated algorithms to recommend additional products for returning customers.It’s a remarkably simple idea, even if it’s based on the analysis of complex data: Find new ways to add value to your customers’ lives while simultaneously encouraging them to buy more. During the first quarter that the system was in place, Amazon reported a 29 percent revenue increase over the same period the year before.What Amazon also discovered, and what B2B organizations can learn as well, is that you can use this data to drive interest even when the customer isn’t browsing your site. If you’ve purchased anything from Amazon recently, you’ve probably noticed that the retail giant also includes item recommendations in the confirmation email you receive following an order.This is a great strategy to drive additional revenue, but you don’t have to use your confirmation and thank-you emails solely for upselling. You can also auto-populate links to various pieces of content, or include product support information that is relevant to each customer’s purchase.Maintain a bird’s-eye view of social media chatter.It’s never been more important to monitor what your customers are saying about their experiences with your company on social media channels. Most B2B buyers belong to multiple social platforms, and they are especially likely to start conversations there if they have a decent number of followers, as it’s a way to encourage the companies they deal with to listen.To turn this phenomenon into a positive for your organization, utilize software that can monitor various social channels and alert sales representatives to opportunities to serve prospects and customers online.Personalize user profiles and customer-maintenance pages.B2B-focused brands are going all-in on personalized sales strategies, as data suggests that some organizations are increasing conversion rates by up to 36 percent simply by employing personalized content throughout the sales funnel. But while many sales leaders see the benefits of big-picture personalization in B2B sales, they often forget that delivering a personalized experience is just as much about the small touches.When a prospect or customer creates a profile on your website, make sure that it is immediately populated with information that is relevant specifically to that person’s experience. This should include basics like the person’s name and company info, but also should be extended to incorporate product recommendations, support materials, content and order history.Automate coaching activities to boost your mid-range performersSales automation isn’t beneficial just when it’s used to directly improve the experience your customers have. You can also use the same principles to help motivate and coach your sales reps, and encourage them to reach new heights.Related: 10 Marketing Automation Hacks All Businesses Should Be UsingContemporary software solutions make it easy for you to record and analyze the specific habits of your highest-performing sales reps, and then replicate those techniques with other team members in your organization. This robust data analysis can also help you devise new strategies for optimizing your reward structure for each individual rep across various stages of the sales process.Incorporate chatbots in value-added ways.Don’t worry, though; they’re coming to assist salespeople, rather than replace them. Obviously, there are many interactions with a customer where AI alone is insufficient, but that also means there are some instances where it’s perfectly adequate.Many times, customers come to a website looking for a quick answer to a simple question. Chatbots can help direct them to a particular section in the FAQ, or help pull up a piece of content that can illuminate an issue for them. When these kinds of interactions are handled by automation, it frees up sales reps to focus more on core activities related to sales and CRM.Related: Why Sales Cannot be Automated in the Next 5 Years in FMCG IndustryObviously, there are many interactions with a customer where AI alone is insufficient, but also some where it’s perfectly adequate. Listen Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read April 14, 2017 Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Problem Solvers with Jason Feiferlast_img read more

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AIMP 45 music player released

first_imgAIMP 4.5 music player released by Martin Brinkmann on October 31, 2017 in Music and Video – 43 commentsAIMP is a popular music player that looks and behaves in many regards as Winamp, one of the most popular music players of all times for Windows.AIMP 4.5 was released on October 30, 2017, and it is a new major update for the music player. The previous stable version, AIMP 4.13 was released in February of 2017, and work began on the new version of the player right after the release of that version in February.First the basics: AIMP 4.5 is available for download on the official website. It supports all versions of Windows starting with Windows Vista, and may be installed on the system or used as a portable player (the choice is displayed during setup).The new version of the music player introduces new features and improvements to existing ones. Windows users with 4K monitors and users who use a setup with multiple monitors that use different DPI will benefit from the update for instance. AIMP 4.5 supports 4K monitors and monitors with different DPI so that display issues should be a thing of the past after the installation of the new version.The player engine received several improvements as well. The player includes decoders for WebM and Matroska audio formats, support for MKA, AA3, AT3, OMA and Youtube file formats, and support for LRC and SRT lyrics file formats.Several playback improvements have been implemented as well. AIMP 4.5 users find new “restore playback position for each playlist”, “jump 5 seconds back on start if playback is paused for more than 15 seconds”, and “jump to next track on deleting playing file from playlist” optionsYou find all three options under Preferences > Player > Automatic. None are enabled by default; the first two are listed in the common section, the last in the “on deleting playing file” menu.The program’s built-in tag editor for audio tags can be used to download lyrics from the Internet in AIMP 4.5.  This requires additional plugins, but may make things a lot easier for users who use the tag editing capabilities of AIMP.The development team added new tag fields to the tag editor as well: it supports lyricist, mood, conductor, catalog, compilation, ISRC, rating and encoder tags now.AIMP 4.5’s audio decoder has two new options as well. While there have not been any changes to the actual conversion process, users of the player may configure it to terminate the program after the conversion, and to show statistics of the conversion job.The media player’s music library is the last big feature that has been improved in the new AIMP version. It comes with a new database engine that improves performance significantly — the developers state it improves performance by the factor 10.The player supports the new tag fields that were added to the tag editor, and it comes with a couple of smaller options like the option to customize list of fields for grouping, or to reset the stats of selected files.Closing WordsAIMP 4.5 is a well designed media player for Windows that comes with a lot of features in a small package. The new version improves the player further without taking away any functionality.Summary12345 Author Rating3 based on 18 votes Software Name AIMP 4.5Operating System WindowsSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page http://www.aimp.ru/ Advertisementlast_img read more

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Google Chrome 66 password export autoplay blocker and security updates

first_imgGoogle Chrome 66: password export, autoplay blocker, and security updates by Martin Brinkmann on April 18, 2018 in Google Chrome – 23 commentsGoogle started the rollout of Google Chrome 66 for all supported platforms today. The new version of the web browser re-introduces a functional password exporter, comes with video autoplay blocking functionality, and security fixes among other changes.Google is pretty tight-lipped about Chrome releases and Chrome 66 does not change that at all. The official blog post on the Chrome Releases website reveals only some of the changes that went into the new browser version.The announcement reveals the third-party reported security issues that were fixed in Chrome 66, and that a site isolation trial is run on a small subset of Chrome users.Google Chrome users who don’t want to participate in the trial may load chrome://flags#site-isolation-trial-opt-out  to opt-out of the trial by selecting opt-out (not recommended) as the default status.Chrome users who are interested in the feature may visit the test site mentioned on this Chromium page to find out if Site Isolation is active in the browser.Chrome 66 requires at least Mac OS X 10.10; Chrome 65 was the last version of the web browser that supported Mac OS X 10.9.Google does publish a changelog for Chrome releases but it is quite long and technical, and it will take hours to go through all of it.One of the new features in Chrome 66 is better handling of autoplaying video with sound. Basically, what Chrome does is block video on (most) sites if audio is enabled. This should take care of autoplaying video ads with sound and other autoplaying videos with sound on sites.When Chrome encounters an autoplaying video with audio on a site, it blocks the video from playing but the browser won’t interfere with autoplaying video without sound.There are exceptions to the rule and the main rule that Chrome uses to determine whether to play video with sound or not is based on a site’s Media Engagement Index.Basically, if you interacted with the site or played media on it previously, video with sound may still autoplay.Google’s initial plan was to release video with sound autoplay blocking in Chrome 64, but the functionality was postponed.You may load chrome://media-engagement/ in the Chrome browser to display the score of each site you visited.Most users won’t notice a difference on sites that play media with sound automatically if they interact with the site regularly. The change affects site new sites originally for the most part that play media with sound automatically.Tip: check out these guides for additional information on controlling video and audio playback in Chrome:The complete Google Chrome audio muting guideHow to control audio and video autoplay in Google ChromeGoogle re-introduced the option to export passwords in Chrome 66.Here is how you export all saved passwords in Chrome 66 or newer:Load chrome://settings/passwords.Click on the menu next to “saved passwords”.Select export passwords.Select “export passwords” again when the prompt appears. Chrome warns you that saved passwords are not encrypted and thus visible to anyone with access to the exported file.You are asked to type your Windows username and password to confirm the exporting.Select a location to save the file Chrome Passwords.csv to.Google announced that the update to Chrome 66 will roll out in the coming days and weeks. Desktop users, at least, can load chrome://settings/help to run a manual check for updates. Chrome 66 should get picked up during the check.SummaryArticle NameGoogle Chrome 66: password export, autoplay blocker, and security updatesDescriptionGoogle started the rollout of Google Chrome 66 for all supported platforms today. The new version of the web browser re-introduces a functional password exporter, comes with video autoplay blocking functionality, and security fixes among other changes.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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This Is Your Brain on Mixed Martial Arts

first_img(Credit: Shutterstock)Michael Bisping has fought professionally in mixed martial arts since 2004. Last year, the journeyman won his first title. He knocked out Luke Rockhold in the first round to win the middleweight belt in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, or UFC, the most popular of several MMA organizations.On Nov. 4 of this year, at age 38, Bisping defended his title for a second time. His opponent was the Canadian Georges St. Pierre, a former UFC champ. The fight, held in New York’s Madison Square Garden, was close until the third round, when a series of blows knocked Bisping to the canvas. Pierre pounced on the fallen fighter and applied a rear-naked choke, cutting off oxygen to Bisping’s brain. His body went limp.On Nov. 25, within weeks of going limp, Bisping was in the octagon again. This time 7,000 miles away in Shanghai, China. He had volunteered to fight a young up-and-comer after the original opponent, Anderson Silva, was pulled from the card following a failed drug test. It was no contest. Bisping got knocked out in the first round.Three weeks. Two brutal fights.These days, with more science available on brain injuries in sports (especially CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy), the National Football League, National Hockey League and other organizations are doing more to protect athletes. Executives are making rules changes, establishing more stringent health checkups, and some groups have introduced improved headgear.The most well-known combat sport organization, the National Boxing Association, is no angel; allegations of corruption have plagued it for decades, and it’s not known for putting a fighter’s health first. Still, it’s hard to imagine one of its former and high-profile champions being allowed to fight three weeks after a violent loss, as Bisping did in the UFC.But this is mixed martial arts, a 25-year-old combat sport that has become a multi-billion-dollar industry — but still has its share of growing pains.A comprehensive review published this month in the journal Trauma suggests that MMA organizations are lax when it comes to monitoring the health of its fighters. And because the organizations don’t consistently track injuries to the combatants, the rate and risk of injuries remain largely unknown, the reviewers say.This is all the more concerning because many adolescents and teenagers are taking up the sport without fully knowing the long-term cognitive risks.Lots of Head BlowsThe researchers for the Trauma report looked at 18 studies involving 7,587 fighters from 1990 to 2016. Some of the studies indicated that nearly half of MMA fights ended due to head blows, though other studies offered a lower percentage, one putting it at 28 percent. Another study found only 13 percent of fighters sought or were given medical attention for concussive symptoms from blows delivered either in training or during matches. And more than half of those fighters returned to training within two days.Of the limited neurological tests done on fighters, the results are sobering.“Five studies measured degenerative neuroanatomical and cognitive changes associated with repetitive blunt head trauma sustained in combat sports,” the reviewers say. “Participants were found to have microstructural brain damage when compared to controls in all five studies. Additionally, one set of studies found fighters with more lifetime bouts tended to have lower cognitive test scores, processing speed, and increased signs of motor impulsiveness.”MMA health studies also tend to lack a clear definition of a concussion. Several studies equated a knockout to a concussion, and one used the Military Acute Concussion Evaluation as its concussion definition, the reviewers say.None of the studies outlined a head injury protocol, or return-to-activity guidelines. There were also no discussions of minimizing traumatic brain injuries, such as by restricting blows to the head, introducing mandatory head protection or developing better padded gloves.Joel Lockwood, an emergency physician at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada, and a co-author of the review, said in a news release that MMA fighters likely face long-term neurological consequences from repetitive head injuries. The danger “is unlikely to change without increased medical oversight and regulation, including accurate and consistent head injury assessment and diagnosis by trained medical professionals.”Shanghai AmnesiaMMA podcasts, typically hosted by former MMA male fighters, are full of bluster, expletives and the worship of toughness. During one in November, UFC light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier called Bisping’s quick return to the octagon “a gangsta move” — a show of toughness and grit.Yet studies show that, as fighters age into their 30s, they can’t take punches like they used to; repeated punches over years degrade the brain’s ability to recover. A 2012 report found that UFC fighters between the ages of 36 and 40 were getting knocked out more often than fighters in younger age groups. It’s also common knowledge that, after taking a pounding in the ring or octagon, a fighter needs time off to mentally and physically recuperate.And MMA fighters do take a pounding. A 2014 study concluded that rates of getting knocked out or having a referee stop a fight (TKO) are higher in MMA than in any other combat sport. And over the last decade, three fighters have died as a result of injuries in the octagon, two from head blows, according to the Trauma review.Some MMA analysts have shown awareness about the damage inflicted. Former UFC fighter Brendan Shaub, who hosts a podcast, expressed concern for Bisping during a show in November in the run-up to the Shanghai fight. “What I don’t like about it is that it’s 21 days since Michael Bisping just got choked out, KO’d – let’s be honest, what put him on the ground was a left hook.”Even so, after Bisping was knocked out within minutes, no podcaster I heard talked honestly about the sport’s health realities. Dana White, the face of the UFC, has not spoken publicly about the issues surrounding the Bisping fight. The talk in MMA circles has moved on to the next card, as though the contest in Shanghai never happened.last_img read more

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6 VPNs that can help you break through Chinas Great Firewall

first_imgPandaPow — Best easy-to-use China-centric VPN The Great Wall of China was originally built to keep barbarians out, and now the Great Firewall of China strives to do the same kind of thing in our digital era. Allowing the Chinese government to block access to foreign websites and slow down cross-border internet traffic, the Great Firewall is the largest system of censorship in the world. But if you’re traveling to the vast country, you can circumvent it using a virtual private network, or VPN. Take it from us: You don’t have to get blocked in China.While using a VPN in China is technically legal, providers play a game of cat-and-mouse with the authorities, which periodically crack down and try to block servers and throttle bandwidth, much to the annoyance of internet users. For example, a VPN ban reportedly came into effect in March, but nothing seems to have happened on the face of it at least, with providers being kept in the dark about if and when the ban will be rolled out.Users in China may have to swap VPNs if theirs becomes blocked, but having one is a necessity for anyone wanting unfettered access to foreign websites, from news sites to social media and Google. If you’re on vacation in China you’ll need a VPN for posting snaps to Instagram and keeping in touch with friends using Whatsapp. This is because VPNs assign a virtual IP address to obscure your real location from others, enabling you to circumnavigate geo-blocking and censorship measures as if you are based somewhere without them. VPNs also encrypt data, leaving your computer or device to make it impossible for others to see what you’re downloading, which is useful in a country where surveillance is a top priority for the authorities.The first thing to know about VPNs in China is that it’s easier to install one before you arrive, but how do you choose? Lots of servers (in China if possible), high speeds and extra layers of security are all important things to look for in a VPN offering. Reliable, 24/7 customer service is also an important consideration, because if you experience technical difficulties while you’re there, the fastest service available isn’t much use to you if you can’t troubleshoot.PureVPN — Best for servers in China and speed Image: purevpnPureVPN operates from Hong Kong and four of its 750+ servers are based in China itself, which is quite rare. This makes for some speedy connections while doing your part to battle the Chinese goverment. The VPN also offers its users unlimited bandwidth and five simultaneous connections. There are a whole bunch of security options, including industry standard 256-bit encryption, support for pretty much all protocols, built-in ad and malware blocking, DNS and IPv6 leak protection, and a kill switch. PureVPN has a self-managed network so your data is handled by PureVPN only, without the intervention or interference of any third-parties. There is also the option to use a NAT Firewall add-on, which provides an added layer of security by safeguarding a user’s device from hackers exploiting loopholes. The company claims to have a zero logging policy, although in 2017, a user was arrested partially due to session logs held by the VPN. This practice isn’t unusual, but may put some people off, particularly in a country where there is believed to be a lot of surveillance. There are lots of extra features with PureVPN, including split tunneling so users can decide which traffic is funneled through their VPN, unlimited server switching and data transfer, plus the ability to create a Wi-Fi VPN hotspot.When it comes to troubleshooting worries, PureVPN has live chat support for customers open every hour of the day, as well as ticket and email support. As with other offerings, there are apps for Mac OS, Windows, Android, and iOS devices and the company claims its product is easy to set up on gaming consoles and smart TVs too. Customers can pay for their subscriptions using an array of options, including Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. The best-value subscription costs just $2.88/month for two years, but the seven-day money-back guarantee has terms and conditions attached. ExpressVPN — Best all-around VPN for China Image: tunnelbearWhen it comes to free VPNs some experts are skeptical, but for those looking to save money on their travels, there’s TunnelBear. The Canada-based VPN is packed with features and has a sense of humour with a strong bear-theme running through its programs. For example, to connect to the VPN users choose a country and then another to connect to and watch a bear tunnel there when the connection is secure.There are apps for Mac, Windows, iOS, and Chrome and support for five simultaneous connections for premium accounts. When it comes to security, TunnelBear uses strong AES 256-bit encryption by default, the same level of encryption as many expensive services. There is also a feature called “VigilantBear,” a kill switch that blocks all unsecured traffic when you lose your Wi-Fi connection, until a device has safely reconnected again. “GhostBear” or stealth mode is another handy feature — particularly in China — which makes a user’s VPN-encrypted data less detectable to governments, businesses, and ISPs. It disguises OpenVPN traffic to help people get around firewalls by using obfsproxy, but can take a toll on speeds.The VPN has servers in 20 countries, but one downside is that not all of them are available to non-fee-paying customers, meaning potentially slower speeds. It’s doesn’t allow P2P torrenting, so users of BitTorrent should look elsewhere. Unlike many other VPNs TunnelBear doesn’t have a no logging policy, but instead keeps minimal logs for one month in order to comply with Canadian law, which could worry some users.TunnelBear has three types of subscriptions: Little Bear is free and gives users 500MB of data/month, while Giant offers unlimited data for $9.99/month on a monthly basis and Grizzly offers the same for $5/month based on a user signing up for a year. Image: bufferedLots of VPNs offer live chat support, but Buffered goes a little further. The Hungarian VPN offers round-the-clock technical support as well as a 30-day refund policy, which is a great way for users to check that they are happy with the service and a relatively unusual feature among VPNs.The VPN claims to offer high speed connections and has servers in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, as well as China itself. It also offers unlimited bandwidth with no download restrictions, which is ideal for fans of torrenting in China.Expats have reported the VPN works fine for accessing geo-blocked streaming services as well as popular foreign websites, but some people have found they are unable to access Netflix.Buffered offers military-grade encryption, a kill switch, and a no logging policy (aside from connections) when it comes to security, but while its plans and security measures are easy to understand, some users may be put off by a lack of apps for their devices. While the VPN provides detailed set-up instructions and the process is said to be fairly simple, it offers no apps for iOS, unlike most of its competitors. The subscription is also not the cheapest at $12.99/month or $7.62 for a “13 month special.” Image: nordvpnWhile China tends to focus its crackdowns on VPN providers, security and privacy is important to VPN users too. NordVPN has some neat security features, including shared IP addresses. Its Mac client uses Next Generation Encryption (NGE) IKEv2/IPsec as standard and 256bit-GCM for encryption, which is used by the military. There is also the option to use “Onion over VPN” or Double VPN servers, which means data is passed through two separate VPN servers instead of one. For users in China this means traffic can be re-routed to Taiwan, then travel through a server in Hong Kong before reaching its destination, which does take a toll on speed.NordVPN doesn’t keep logs of online activity. This means that your private data, online activity and browsing history can’t be monitored, gathered, exposed, or intercepted by third parties. Users can also select DNS leak protection to protect their IP address and an automatic kill switch, which either kills all programs or chosen programs if the VPN connection drops. This protects a user’s personal data from being temporarily exposed. There’s also ad-blocking functionality and protection against phishing threats.Users can link up to six devices simultaneously to NordVPN’s servers using apps for Mac OS, Windows, iOS, and Android. The service also boasts unlimited bandwidth for torrenting, decent download speed, and a 24/7 live chat tool for support. Expats have reported they have successfully used NordVPN to unblock geo-locked services including Netflix US, BBC iPlayer, and Amazon Prime Video, making it a popular choice for travelers wanting to keep up with the latest films and TV shows while in China.NordVPN may have 3,000 servers around the world, but one downside is that none of them are in China, meaning users in the country face speed penalties as internet traffic has further to travel. Nearby servers are located in Taiwan, South Korea, and Hong Kong. Another downside is that NordVPN’s monthly plan is relatively expensive, at $11.95/month. But the price drops significantly to $3.29/month as part of a two-year subscription. TunnelBear — Best free option Image: purevpn Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission.Image: Bob Al-Greene / Mashable IllustrationBy Sarah GriffithsMashable Deals2018-06-01 21:53:53 UTC Image: pandapow Image: pandapowAs its name suggests, Hong Kong-based PandaPow is designed to pack a punch in China, with decent speeds and security. But its biggest selling point is its simplicity.The self-dubbed “hassle-free VPN service” boasts instant activation with users able to get started in minutes thanks to a one-click set-up. While this may be a bit of an exaggeration, setting up the VPN is reportedly very easy. There is software for Mac, Windows, Android, and iOS accompanied with straightforward set-up guides. PandaPow is perhaps best known for its router/Wi-Fi set up, which is handy for anyone staying in the country for a while.The company also offers unlimited speeds, bandwidth and speed test usage, and unlimited server switches between 120+ servers in 16 countries. There’s also a filter feature in PandaPow Wi-Fi, which allows you to exclude or include the internet traffic traveling through the VPN connection, a feature typically seen in more expensive VPN offerings. When it comes to security, PandaPow does not log browser activity and reportedly offers strong encryption, but the details are a little vague. Some users have reported that sometimes when a VPN connection fails, which is common in China, the VPN doesn’t automatically resume, which could pose a security risk.PandaPow offers a number of plans, but its classic option costs $9/month on a monthly basis, or $84 for a year. They all come with a seven-day money back guarantee, which is really handy if the service isn’t right for your needs. Image: nordvpn NordVPN — Best for innovative security Image: tunnelbear Buffered — Best customer service and refund policy Image: expressvpn Image: expressvpnExpressVPN has a great mix of security, reliability, speed, and customer service, making it ideal for use in China.China’s Great Firewall is sophisticated enough to block basic OpenVPN connections, but Express VPN’ can circumnavigate the wall, with users reporting fast speeds, especially if they connect to Hong Kong, Los Angeles, or some other US servers which are said to be optimized for users in China. The service automatically finds the fastest server for you.Expats say the VPN works well to watch geo-blocked content from Netflix and YouTube, as well as other popular foreign streaming services. Users can enjoy unlimited bandwidth and they can connect to three devices simultaneously if they want.In a country where there’s censorship, security may seem particularly important. Express VPN boasts strong 256-bit AES encryption and support for lots of VPN protocols. The company offers a strict no logging policy and there’s a handy kill-switch, DNS/IPv6 leak protection, and a split tunneling feature for Mac and Windows, which allows users to protect their torrent client only. There’s also TOR compatibility.Customer service-wise, ExpressVPN offers 24/7 customer support and a bunch of apps for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and Linux to make life easier for users. Expats are particularly complimentary The downside is that it’s a little more expensive than its competitors. A one-month subscription costs $12.95, but there’s currently a deal for $6.67/month if you sign up for 15 months. 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People Power hundreds hit Philippines streets to fight for LGBTI equality

first_img‘It was also to show our collective voice and call out senators, institutions and groups who are delaying the passage of the SOGIE equality bill.’“While I may be #TeamShangela, I don’t get angry and release my frustrations at @trixiemattel because as members of the LGBTQ+ community; we should be supporting each other and making our voices heard in support of the SOGIE EQUALITY BILL.” #EqualityNOW pic.twitter.com/DF2iiS6tpa— Matteo (@matteopelayo) March 19, 2018Organizers also wanted the rally to make people aware about the constant delays the bill faces in the Senate.‘We want the community to engage the decision makers with their stories of discrimination and violence,’ Marasigan said.‘The non passage would only lead to more violence, discrimination, sexism, and lost opportunities for everyone especially for LGBT people.’Uphill battleGeraldine Roman, the Philippines first trans congress woman, introduced the bill into Congress last year. The bill received a unanimous 197-0 vote in favor of passing the anti-discrimination measures.Our favorite signs from the #EqualityNow rally at the People Power Monument. #SOGIEBill pic.twitter.com/TlqqinTbyu— Preen.ph (@preenonline) March 17, 2018But now the bill faces an uphill battle in the Senate before it can become official law.Political observers believe the bill would struggle to get the numbers in the Senate. But observers have also accused some senators including former boxer, Manny Paquiao of engaging in delaying tactics to prevent a vote on the bill.Dear Senators… we are already impatient, agitated & almost furious. If u dont pass the SOGIE Equality Bill we will make sure that your denial of our rights will be written down in history & younger generations of LGBT will abhore you. #EqualityNow #Philippines pic.twitter.com/9RQCocjMoP— Ryan Silverio (@queeringryan) March 19, 2018 LOOK: Members and supporters of the LGBTQ rally for SOGIE Equality Bill | @TriciahTerada pic.twitter.com/Xe3qaqJmhi— CNN Philippines (@cnnphilippines) March 17, 2018 Hundreds of people turned up to a rally in the Philippines to call for a LGBTI rights bill to become law. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Protestors congregated at the People Power Monument in Quezon City to encourage national senators to vote in favor of the SOGIE Equality Bill.The SOGIE Equality Bill would make it illegal to discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation and gender identity expression (SOGIE).Feels good to be surrounded by people who will fight for your rights #EqualityNOW pic.twitter.com/bewxeExjfn— Punong Babaylan #EqualityNOW (@vinceliban) March 17, 2018The People Power Monument pays tribute to the country’s 1986 People Power revolution. It was a series of massive demonstrations to protest regime violence and electoral fraud.‘[We chose] the People Power Monument, because this is a struggle of everyone LGBT and non LGBT,’ one of the rally organizers, Tacing Marasigan told Gay Star News.‘People power includes the the marginalized sectors such as the LGBT.’The Lagablab Network of around 25 LGBTI organizations put Saturday’s (March 17) rally together. #EqualityNOW #PassSOGIEEqualityBill #PassADB pic.twitter.com/0w2qCJgjKR— white wolf* (@caspdf) March 17, 2018Some of the discriminatory acts which would become illegal under the SOGIE Equality Act include; denial of access to public services, hiring and dismissal in the workplace, access to education or expulsion of students, harassment by law enforcement and outing someone without consent.I am Louise, a Filipina lesbian, & I need #EqualityNOW. I want safer spaces & equal rights + opportunities for myself and all my LGBTQIA+ brothers and sisters. pic.twitter.com/fY4JuBAaOv— Louise Meets (@louisemeets) March 17, 2018Punishment for breaking the law would include a fine of between P100,000 to P500,000 (US$1958 to US$9793) or imprisonment between one and six years.Fighting for our rights together #PassSOGIEEqualityBill #FightForEquality #EqualityNOW pic.twitter.com/yfd4OWAIYZ— #PassSogieEqualityBillNow (@Rynbmnj) March 18, 2018People PowerRally organizers said they organized the event to raise awareness of how important the bill is to the LGBTI community.‘The main objective was to rally people – LGBTI people and their allies – to pressure the Senate to act on the bill,’ said Tacing Marasigan.center_img Two more cities in the Philippines are protecting LGBTI from discriminationChristian groups ‘ambush’ Senate to protest LGBTI anti-discrimination billPhilippine lawmaker seeks probe after bar discriminates LGBTI comedianRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/people-power-hundreds-hit-philippines-streets-to-fight-for-lgbti-equality/ Some of the many protestors at the SOGIE Equality Bill rally in Quezon City. | Photo: Twitter/@tomasinoweb eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

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This burly bear couple have designs on your home

first_imgDesign duo Roger + Chris are going from strength to strength. The husbands design products for the home – with sturdy sofas and lamps among their best-selling products.Roger Hazard is a native Texan. He started his own design and renovation business after attending Texas A&M university. This led him to New York, where he broke into TV courtesy of the reality show Sell The House and A&E. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Husband Chris Stout-Hazard heralds originally from Nebraska. He worked as a technology executive in several finance companies, relocating to Austin to partner in a new start-up business.Chris and Roger married in 2011 (Photo: Roger + Chris)Meeting and marrying‘We met on Facebook, crazily enough,’ Chris tells GSN. ‘We started texting back and forth before eventually working up the nerve to talk on the phone.’At the time the men lived in different cities. Roger was in New York and traveling to film his TV show.‘We talked for hours and hours over months before even meeting in person, which made that initial meeting simultaneously less stressful and more exciting. We were a fit right away.’The men married in Iowa in August 2011 surrounded by friends and family. They renovated homes for themselves in Austin, Texas, Sharon Springs, New York, Montclair, New Jersey and Omaha. Their latest renovation is in Nebraska, where they now live.The Roger + Chris Atticus sofa (Photo: Roger + Chris)The launched their own company, simply called Roger + Chris, in 2012, to sell their own home furnishing designs. It’s proved successful that they’ve recently opened their own dedicated factory in North Carolina.They also do design work/consultations for residential and commercial projects. They both appeared on screen together on the show Roger That, but are currently dedicating themselves fully to their business.Roger + Chris blue velvet Lincoln sofa (Photo: Roger + Chris)‘Seeing a concept come to life is really exciting’What part of their work do they enjoy the most?‘Seeing a concept come to life is really exciting,’ says Roger. ‘We are very fortunate to work with such an amazing team of craftsmen. It takes most furniture brands close to two years to take an idea and see it actually built and available for purchase. We are able to do this in a matter of months. With feedback from our customers we can tweak pieces to fit their needs.Roger + Chris pendant light (Photo: @rogerandchris | Instagram)‘I don’t think there’s anyone else in the trade that can do this on the same scale as we do.’‘It’s challenging and exciting to build something from scratch,’ adds Chris.‘Establishing what our company stands for, our style, how we function – it’s a million little questions that need to be answered. But in the end it feels like you have a chance to be a part of something unique.’‘There is more than one “right way” to design a home’Are people wary of inviting the pair over to their home in case they cast a critical eye over it? Are there any interior design touches that they hate or immediately want to change?‘We’ve been told that friends are nervous to invite us over to their homes for fear that we’re going to run through critiquing everything, but that isn’t the case!’ says Chris.Roger + Chris bed (Photo: @rogerandchris | Instagram)‘There are certainly things you see over and over again that might have worn out their welcome. They vary by nation and region – particularly in the US, trends roll their way across the country, so what may already be played out in New York is still going strong in Nebraska. We are still seeing a lot of “Live, Laugh, Love” wall art, for instance.‘Our take on design is this: If the style and arrangement of your home works for you, then it’s perfect. Too many people get wrapped up in making choices to please others or copy what they see on TV design shows, but that may not be right for your house.‘There are certainly mistakes out there, but there is more than one “right way” to design a home.’Home makeover on a budgetThe pair are keen to stress that giving your home a fresh look doesn’t necessarily have to cost a lot of money. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img ‘One of the most high-impact changes you can make to a room is the least expensive – paint,’ says Chris.‘For less than $100 and a few hours of time, you can totally change the feel of a room by adding a new color. There is a lot you can accomplish with inexpensive tweaks – vintage furniture, homemade drapes, found artwork.Roger + Chris chair and sofa design (@rogerandchris | Instagram)‘It’s tempting to redo an entire house top-to-bottom at once, but that’s simply impossible for most of us.‘Starting with color and gradually changing out furniture and decor as time and budget allow may not make for a dramatic, instant transformation, but it does allow you time to carefully consider your choices and adjust as you go along.’Producing in the United StatesThe Roger + Chris range often pays a nod to the past: classic Chesterfield-style sofas and vintage-inspired lamps are a staple.Roger says he finds it impossible to choose a favorite product (‘I think all of products are top drawer. It would be easier to say which brand of ice cream is my favorite.’)Chris highlights Harley: ‘It’s a channel-tufted sofa range that is distinctive and works really well for a lot of our customers. It’s been a hit so far and I think it’ll keep getting more popular with time.’Both are passionate about producing their items in the US.Roger + Chris: Proud of producing their designs in the US (Photo: Roger + Chris)‘For us, it’s less about patriotism or boosting American manufacturing – which is important, of course – than maintaining greater control over the content of our products and working more directly with the team building the furniture.’‘We talk daily and can quickly develop new styles, make durability improvements, and ensure our customers are getting exactly what they need.’‘As far as overt homophobia, it’s shown up more in business than day-to-day life’As a high-profile same-sex couple, who work closely together and have a public profile, I wondered if they have ever been on the receiving end of any homophobia – particularly in Texas or Nebraska?‘We’re really fortunate in that, for the most part, people on a one-on-one basis have been cool about it. While we’re in a more progressive part of Nebraska, it’s still a little old-fashioned,’ says Chris.Husbands Chris and Roger (Photo: @stouthazard | Instagram)‘Some folks may not have a lot of interaction with married gay couples. I don’t know that we’re doing anything particularly courageous, but I suppose any increased visibility can help change attitudes. So we do make a point of referring to each other as “husband” and not playing coy about it.‘As far as overt homophobia, it’s shown up more in business than day-to-day life, surprisingly. We were previously in partnership with a business owned by a couple of men who clearly underestimated our capabilities, in part because we were a gay couple.‘You know the type – assuming that because we’re gay, we’re only able to “making things pretty” and that we couldn’t possibly be serious business people. After that relationship ended, we started our own factory. Our partners in our new factory are another gay couple who’ve dealt with the same challenges, so it feels slightly poetic.’Roger + Chris interior design (Photo: Roger + Chris)Finally, if they could offer one simple piece of advice to anyone thinking about improving their home, what would it be?‘Don’t take it too seriously. While home improvements can make for a big project, try to enjoy yourself. Don’t let the stress get to you. Have fun, remember that it’s your home and you’re the one who has to love it, and pace yourself.’Chris Stout-Hazard at home one a Roger + Chris sofa (Photo: Roger + Chris) GAYSTARNEWS- Pink Singapore: Home Affair minister K Shanmugam addresses sexual orientationLGBT Tourism is a $211 billion annual travel industry: LGBT Masterclass at WTM LondonPuerto Vallarta Tourism Chief: Visit to become one of us, you will be safe!Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/roger-chris-couple-designs-home/last_img read more

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Gay fan proudly waves rainbow flag during RussiaSaudi match

first_imgRussia’s first World Cup match against Saudi Arabia | Photo: Facebook/FIFA World CupRussia scored five goals against fellow LGBT+ intolerant and major oil producing nation, Saudi Arabia, in all. So there were was a lot of waving.Alexander Agapov is president of the Russian LGBT Sport Federation and also a big fan of his country’s soccer team.Rainbow flag waved during Putin opening addressThe flag got its first outing at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium when Russian president Vladimir Putin was giving his opening speech.Agapov waves rainbow flag during Putin speech. Photo: TwitterOnce the first match of the tournament got underway, Agapov was poised and ready to go again.‘I believe you should practice what you preach and, if I’m telling LGBT football fans to be visible, then I should do it myself,’ Agapov told The Associated Press. A Russian football fan gave the Russia World Cup that extra touch of colour last night as he waved a large rainbow flag every time his beloved team scored a goal. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Gay fan waved flag for every Russian goal. Photo: Farecenter_img GAYSTARNEWS- Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gay-fan-proudly-waves-rainbow-flag-during-russia-saudi-match/ ‘Each time the Russian team scored a goal I was waving the rainbow flag… I was showing my support.’Russian officials have said that there are no restrictions on fans bringing rainbow flags into stadiums. Agapov said no-one bothered him at the game for waving the flag, but said that a fan outside the stadium told him, I don’t want that kind of world.’While Agapov’s rainbow coloured support of his team passed without incident, LGBT fans could face the risk of random attacks by thugs during the tournament.The rainbow colours will be out again when England meets Tunisia in Volgograd next Monday. LGBT England supporters plan to fly ‘3 Lions Pride’ flag at every England game at World Cup. The new group is part of Pride in Football alliance.Russia’s hosting of the FIFA World Cup has been surrounded by LGBT+ issues. Human rights and LGBT+ campaigner, Peter Tatchell was arrested in Moscow ahead of Thursday’s opening ceremony.Thugs in St Petersburg attacked a gay Frenchman, who was left with serious brain injuries earlier this week. And Swedish fashion brand Björn Borg used augmented reality technology to hide an LGBT+ message in plain sight during the opening match.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

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Twothirds of black LGBT people face racism within LGBT community

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… UK Black Pride is this Sunday and this is why it mattersIcons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsGreater Fort Lauderdale celebrates NYC Pride Week with Pride Place activationRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/black-lgbt-people-face-racism-community/ Almost two-thirds of black people who identify as LGBT say they face racism from within the LGBT community.center_img Kasim, 25, agreed: ‘Walking into gay bars and drag queens are making jokes directed at me because I’m black on more than one occasion is pretty unwelcoming. Then shrugging it off by saying “I’m not racist, I have a color TV.”‘Abebi, 34, also said: ‘In an LGBT bar, on more than one occasion, drunk people have come over to pet my hair and ask inappropriate questions regarding my race.’The research also found one in eight (12%) LGBT people of faith have experienced discrimination and poor treatment from within the LGBT community because of their faith.As part of Stonewall’s series on being LGBT in Britain, this report highlights the community. It also highlights some shocking statistics of acceptance within the family and home.The report found three in 10 bisexual men (30%) and almost one in 10 bisexual women (8%) say they cannot be open about their sexual orientation with any of their friends, compared to 2% of gay men and 1% of lesbians.With family, only half of lesbian, gay and bi people (46%) and trans people (47%) feel able to be open about their sexual orientation or gender identity at home.Stonewall also have reports focusing on being trans in Britain as well as discrimination and hate crime.They recently released a report, which concluded a third of bisexual students in the UK say they’re bullied for their sexuality.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Gay couple hold hands on beach. | Nathan Rupert / Flickr According to new research by UK charity Stonewall, 51% of black and minority ethnic LGBT people said they have faced discrimination based on their race from within the queer community.This number jumps to 61% when broken down to just black people.The research is based on YouGov polling of over 5,000 LGBT people.Photo: Elmo Love / FlickrRuth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall UK, said: ‘This research gives a worrying insight into just how serious a problem prejudice is within our community, and we need to talk about it.‘Users of dating apps will be familiar with phrases like “No blacks, no Asians” and “No chocolate, no curry, no rice, no spice”.’‘This is unacceptable and it causes damage and mistrust,’ she added.‘I’m not racist, I have a color TV’‘Casual racism is common place in LGBT bars and clubs,’ Dalia, 32, said as part of the report.last_img read more

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Police find more human remains in gay serial killer investigation

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Bruce McArthur has been charged with eight counts of first-degree murder (Photo: Facebook) GAYSTARNEWS- Alleged gay serial killer Bruce McArthur charged with sixth murderDo the police take the disappearances of gay men seriously enough?Cops allegedly found man restrained in suspected Toronto serial killer’s apartmentRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/police-more-remains-serial-killer/ The latest remains were located in a forest ravine behind a property at which McArthur, a landscape gardener, stored equipment. It’s the same property at which the remains of seven of his suspected victims were previously discovered in planters.This is the first time police have found remains not buried in planters. They cannot yet say if the remains belong to victims already identified.McArthur arrested last winterMcArthur, 66, was arrested in January and initially charged with the murders of two men. Police revealed that they had been watching him for several months as part of their ongoing investigations into the disappearances of several gay/bi men from Toronto’s gay village.They swooped upon McArthur when they saw a man entering his property. Fearing for his safety, they entered the property and found him tied up but unharmed.Subsequent investigations discovered human blood belonging to some of the missing men in McArthur’s home, as well as photographs of some of the missing on McArthur’s computer. It’s thought some of the photos were taken post-mortem.center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Since his arrest, investigators have searched around 100 sites associated with the gardener. Human remains belonging to seven men have been identified. He now faces eight separate first-degree murder charges, although remains of the eighth man have yet to have been found.The dead men have been identified as: Selim Esen; Skandaraj Navaratnam; Andrew Kinsman; Majeed Kayhan; Dean Lisowick; Soroush Mahmudi; Abdulbasir Faizi; and Kirushna Kanagaratnam.Toronto experiences sub-zero weather conditions in the winter, which hampered the search for remains. Police are returning to sites now that it is summer and the ground fully thawed.Toronto Police continue their search of the forest ravine this week (Photo: Toronto Police Service | Facebook)They are continuing to investigate McArthur in connection with other cases of missing men. Some of these cold cases date back to the mid 1970s.Detective Sargent Hank Idsinga, lead investigator, told reporters yesterday: ‘Yesterday afternoon, human remains were located at one of the first digging sites … We haven’t identified what the remains are or who they belonged to.’McArthur’s next court appearance is due 23 July.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Police in Toronto say they have found more human remains at a location connected to suspected gay serial killer Bruce McArthur.last_img read more

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50 Cent tweets death threat after someone photoshops him with rainbow teeth

first_imgThe Candy Shop singer took to Twitter last night (27 August) to repost the photo and blow off some steam about it.‘Who did this,’ he tweeted. ‘I want you niggas on the internet dead. Fuck everybody laughing at this shit.’He also captioned the photo with ‘get the strap’ – a term he coined on Instagram to mean someone has ticked you off.Who did this I want you niggas on the internet dead. Fuck everybody laughing at this shit. #getthestrap pic.twitter.com/yvCHa77IJ4— 50cent (@50cent) August 28, 2018But the answer to 50 Cent’s question of who did the photoshop job was staring right at him.In the top right hand corner, the picture is clearly tagged with photo credit: ‘MISTERMORRIS’ Nicki Minaj is in hot water for homophobic lyrics on her new album, QueenEveryday moments of gay history captured on new websiteLGBTI rapper CupcaKKe gets upfront in new queer video ‘Crayons’Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/50-cent-get-the-strap/ And if you follow through to the Twitter page of @mistermorris55, you can see the photo published a day ago.Mystery solved.Ja Rule calls 50 Cent a ‘power bottom’Earlier this year, Ja Rule bizarrely called fellow rapper 50 Cent a ‘power bottom’ over Twitter.In a series of tweets, Ja Rule called him a ‘tickle booty’.Reigniting an almost 20 year-long feud, Ja Rule also tweeted: ‘I’m confused as to why ppl think 50 cent is tough?’Then in a follow-up tweet, he says: ‘I really don’t see why ppl like 50 cent aka #Powerbottom he hates on any black man or woman having success… he hates on Diddy on Jay on Empire cmon how you beefing with Taraji??? #ticklebooty’And in a later tweet: ‘Now I know why 50 cent named his show POWER… #Powerbottom #ticklebooty’50 Cent did not respond to the tweets.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img GAYSTARNEWS- Rapper 50 Cent just threatened people on the ‘internet’ after seeing a photoshopped photo of himself with rainbow hair and teeth. 50 Cent. | Photo: TigerDirect.com / Flickrlast_img read more

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Mexican marine rescues crew of four at Mahahual after motor fails

first_imgMahahual, Q.R. — Two Italians and their dogs were rescued by local marine officials outside Mahahual Thursday after their boat motor failed.The Navy Secretariat of Mexico reported that naval personnel rescued two people who were aboard a sailboat that had problems in its propellant system. Marine personnel took to the sea in search of the small vessel.Photo: Navy Secretariat of MexicoThe boat was located in the vicinity of Punta Xocox about 7 nautical miles off the shores of Mahahual.Mexican officials say they received the distress call for help from the boat who said their motor had failed. Mexican search and rescue were quick to leave their post in search of the crew of four due to oncoming bad weather.They were able to tow the boat safely to shore where all on board were reported to be in good health. The Navy Secretariat of Mexico recorded the quick rescue on video.In July, the Navy of Mexico off Isla Mujeres assisted in the escorting of an American sailboat to the island by a Panamanian vessel after the crew of two lost propulsion.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

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New understanding of exercise may help in the fight against depression

first_imgIf you suffer from depression, you’ve likely been advised to get plenty of exercise. Scientists have now gained a fresh understanding of how being active helps alleviate the condition, and they believe that their findings could lead to better treatments.In a study led by Iowa State University’s Asst. Prof. Jacob Meyer, 17 women who had been diagnosed with depression were tasked with completing two 30-minute exercise sessions on a stationary bike. One of these sessions was performed at a prescribed moderate intensity, while the other was done at an intensity of the test subject’s choice.Blood samples were gathered before and after each workout, plus the women’s mood and anxiety levels were assessed both 10 and 30 minutes after the end of each session. It was found that while both sessions resulted in a temporary mood boost, the prescribed-intensity workout had a stronger and longer-lasting effect. Additionally, only that session resulted in a rise of endocannabinoid levels in the bloodstream. Endocannabinoids are cannabinoid molecules which occur naturally in the body, and it has previously been suggested that they may help lower pain and depression by strengthening connections within the brain. They could also assist in reducing intestinal inflammation, and treating obesity.The inferior effect of the self-moderated stationary bike sessions was likely due to the fact that participants tended to “take it easy,” not getting as vigorous of a workout. That said, it could also be a psychosomatic effect, as the participants believed that a pace set by another, more authoritative person would be more conducive to relieving depression … so their minds and bodies made that happen. In either case, the results mesh with the findings of one of Meyer’s previous studies, in which it was determined that depressed women who performed prescribed workouts subsequently had higher levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) – this is a protein that regulates neuron growth, and depressed people tend to have lower levels of it in their blood.”Finding alternatives to medication is important for the treatment of depression,” says Meyer. “If we can figure out how exercise works with the endocannabinoid system, we could then design optimal exercise interventions.”A paper on the research – which also involved scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Medical College of Wisconsin and William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital – was recently published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.Source: Iowa State University Powered by We recommend I consent to the use of Google Analytics and related cookies across the TrendMD network (widget, website, blog). Learn more Privacy policy Google Analytics settings Yes Nolast_img read more

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Car drives through church wall

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A car drove into the boundary wall of the church at the corner of Egerton and Residency Road (across from Dr de Bruin’s rooms) this afternoon (Saturday).The driver allegedly lost control of the vehicle before ploughing through the wall.Sharaj Ambulance Services responded and treated the injured before transporting them to hospital.Public Safety and towing services were also on scene. 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. Join us there!last_img read more

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first_img 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 Technology | September 25, 2008 Gemini Portable DR Aims for Affordabilty 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 Del Medical will sell and market New Medical Imaging of China’s Gemini family of full-field, portable DR flat panels in the Americas. The Gemini DR flat panels are designed to be a cost-effective upgrade option that allows healthcare providers to take the next step in digital radiography while maintaining their current equipment. Gemini flat panels are easily integrated into Del’s tables, which allows existing customers to upgrade or field retrofit their digital imaging systems. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 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.  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 center_img 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 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 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 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 morelast_img read more

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first_img Feature | Information Technology | May 17, 2019 | Carol Amick 3 Recommendations to Better Understand HIPAA Compliance According to the U.S. read more 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare 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 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more 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 ScImage’s reporting module PICOM Structured Reportware (PicomSR) for echocardiography combines structured reporting elements along with voice recognition, delivering a pre-populated report that the technician can start by importing elements such as procedure descriptions, indications, measurements, observations during procedure and simple findings from the modality. The physician can finish the report by adding their nonstructured conclusions at the end of the report via built-in voice recognition. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 center_img News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | June 20, 2019 Bay Labs Announces New Echocardiography Guidance Software Data at ASE 2019 Scientific Sessions Bay Labs announced that new data on the company’s first-of-its-kind deep learning investigational guidance software… read more Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more Technology | March 02, 2009 ScImage Features New Reporting Module for Echocardiography 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 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 | Ultrasound Imaging | June 27, 2019 FDA Issues Final Guidance on Marketing Clearance of Diagnostic Ultrasound Systems and Transducers The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the final guidance: Marketing Clearance of Diagnostic Ultrasound… read more last_img read more

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first_imgFind 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.” 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.” 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 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 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. 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. 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 | 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 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 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.  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.  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 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. 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 Sponsored Videos View all 142 items Related content:Atrium Health Debuts Amazon Alexa Skill to Help Patients Access Medical CareSmart Speaker Technology Harnessed for Hospital Medical Treatments Radiology Imaging View all 288 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. 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. 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 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. 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.” 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 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 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 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 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. Find more news and videos from AAPM. 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. 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 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. 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 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. 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 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 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. 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 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.  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.  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. 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. 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.  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. Information Technology View all 220 items 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.  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. 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 View all 91 items Find more SCCT news and videos 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.  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. 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 | 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 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. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Women’s Health View all 62 items 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.” Technology Reports View all 9 items 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 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 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. 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. 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. 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. Find more SCCT news and videos Videos | March 22, 2011 The Next Generation in MRI-Directed Breast Intervention by Aurora 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. 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 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 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 Molecular Imaging View all 22 items 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.  Find more SCCT news and videos 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 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. 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. 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 | 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. 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. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Find more SCCT news and videos 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. Find more SCCT news and videos 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. Conference Coverage View all 396 items 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.  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. 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) 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 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 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. 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. 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 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.” 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 Related content:itnTV “Conversations”: The Accuray Philosophy 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. Find more news and videos from AAPM. 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first_img News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Related Content Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more News | March 28, 2011 SNM Enhances Education Program for 2011 Annual Meeting News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more March 28, 2011 – The Society of Nuclear Medicine’s (SNM) 2011 Annual Meeting, June 4-8 in San Antonio, offers a variety of new education options to nuclear medicine and molecular imaging professionals. With new topics, formats and technologies, the meeting provides a comprehensive review of the latest research and issues in the field.”In planning the education offerings for the annual meeting, we look to provide attendees with programming that will increase their professional effectiveness, allowing them to examine and evaluate future directions in nuclear medicine, molecular imaging and therapy from both research and clinical perspectives,” said Peter Herscovitch, M.D., chair of SNM’s scientific program committee. “The program combines the latest advances in basic sciences with state of the art reviews of oncology, cardiology and neurology applications.” This year, new topics at SNM include healthcare reform, the future of nuclear medicine from the physicians’ perspective, an update on radioimmunotherapy and use of generator-produced Ga-68. Three hybrid sessions — featuring a mix of basic science, translational and clinical approaches — will be presented on breast cancer, neuroimaging and infection. In addition, SNM will host several courses on dose reduction and radiation safety. Continuing education courses developed by SNM include those on pediatric dose reduction, reducing patient radiation exposure while improving diagnostic testing, standards of excellence and more.For the first time, SNM will host a Nuclear Cardiology Technology workshop. There will also be six integrated scientific sessions — sessions that combine abstract presentations with a featured guest speaker. Self-assessment modules for the maintenance of certification program will be back as well.During the plenary sessions, questions will be taken via text message and Twitter. Also new, SNM will capture 70 sessions and post them online as a virtual meeting available afterwards. The virtual meeting, with pre-meeting, on-site and post-meeting pricing, will include 35 continuing education sessions, 20 technologist sessions and 15 scientific sessions. “SNM strives improve its content each year, adapting to the changing needs of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging professionals,” said Herscovitch. “We have a strong program this year and look forward to a successful meeting.”The SNM Annual Meeting is the foremost educational and networking event in molecular imaging and nuclear medicine. The meeting attracts more than 5,000 scientists, physicians, pharmacists and technologists in the molecular imaging and nuclear medicine fields.Attendees can choose full meeting registration or a weekend-only registration. 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first_img 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. Radiation Oncology View all 91 items 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. 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 Technology Reports View all 9 items 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 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 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 Find more news and videos from AAPM. 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 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 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. 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.  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” 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.  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.” Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 08, 2016 What to Consider When Comparing 64-slice to Higher Slice CT Systems Related content:itnTV “Conversations”: The Accuray Philosophy 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.  Find more news and videos from AAPM. 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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) 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 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. 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 GE Edison Platform Content:GE Healthcare Unveils New Applications and Smart Devices Built on Edison PlatformVIDEO: itnTV Conversations — What is Edison? 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. 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. 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. 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 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. 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 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. 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 Conference Coverage View all 396 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. 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. 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 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. 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. 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.  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. 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: 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. Find more SCCT news and videos 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 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. Find more news and videos from AAPM. 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. 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. 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 Women’s Health View all 62 items 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 Reportingcenter_img Molecular Imaging View all 22 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. 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.  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.  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 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. 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.  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.” 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. 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. Radiology Imaging View all 288 items Find more SCCT news and videos 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: 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. 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. Interview with Claudio Smuclovisky, M.D., FACC, FSCCT, director of South Florida Imaging Cardiovascular Institute, Holy Cross Hospital, at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2016 annual meeting. Smuclovisky explains what imaging departments need to know about when purchasing the newest generation of CT scanners. He explains there is more to scanners than slices, offering information beyond the hype over 64-, 128-, 256-, 320-, and 640-slice CT scanners.  For more information, read “Costs vs. Benefits: Comparing 64-Slice to 256, 320-Slice CT.” 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 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. 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 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. 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 | 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 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 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 | 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 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. 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.” 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.” 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.” 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 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.  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. Related content:Atrium Health Debuts Amazon Alexa Skill to Help Patients Access Medical CareSmart Speaker Technology Harnessed for Hospital Medical Treatments Sponsored Videos View all 142 items FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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. Find more SCCT news and videos Information Technology View all 220 items 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 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.  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. 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. 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. 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. 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 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 Find more SCCT news and videos 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. 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 Find more SCCT news and videos 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.last_img read more

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Carestream Surpasses One Billion Square Meters of Dryview Film

first_img 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 August 10, 2016 — Carestream Health announced that it has produced more than 1 billion square meters of its DryView Laser Imaging Film and other specialty films at its White City, Ore., facility — enough film to circle the Earth 70 times.Carestream Dryview film for medical imaging use is sold in more than 140 countries. It contains more than 25 different components, including nanoparticles, with four layers coated simultaneously on the top of a positron emission tomography (PET) film base and two layers on the back. The six-layer Dryview film is coated in one pass at a rate of hundreds of feet per minute with in-line quality inspection to meet U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-regulated Class 1 medical device requirements.The company’s manufacturing capabilities include its Contract Manufacturing operations that apply specialized manufacturing processes using high-technology coating assets to help contract-coating customers and partners develop better products at a competitive cost using coated or cast film-based advanced materials.Carestream Contract Manufacturing offers optimal product design, technology integration, manufacturing support, distribution and finishing (slitting and packaging) capabilities with facilities in Asia and North America. The company can create structures of up to 20 precision-coated layers in a single pass, with options for two-sided coating, radiation cure, on-line inspection and lamination.Carestream adheres to top global standards for quality and certification including ISO 9001, ISO 13485 and ISO 14001.For more information: www.carestream.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 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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This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. center_img 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 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 Medica 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 Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%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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Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! 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Gary D Luker Named Editor of Radiology Imaging Cancer

first_imgPreviousNext 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 Related Content Image courtesy of Imago Systems Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%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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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 | 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 Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 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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Luker Named Editor of Radiology: Imaging Cancer New online journal from RSNA will cover clinical and translational cancer imaging studies across organ systems and modalities beginning in 2019 Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more 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 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.  Image courtesy of University of Michigan Medical SchoolAugust 6, 2018 — The Board of Directors of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) announced that Gary D. Luker, M.D., will become editor of the new online journal, Radiology: Imaging Cancer. The journal will launch in 2019.Luker is professor of radiology, microbiology and immunology, and biomedical engineering at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor, Mich., where he serves as associate chair for clinical research in the Department of Radiology. He is also an attending physician at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor.“I am delighted that RSNA is founding a new journal dedicated to cancer imaging,” Luker said. “I want this new journal to become a must-read, not only for imaging specialists, but also for people outside the field who want to advance imaging science and research for drug development and precision medicine in cancer. I am honored to be selected as editor.”Radiology: Imaging Cancer will cover the best clinical and translational cancer imaging studies across organ systems and modalities, including leading-edge technological developments, according to RSNA. The journal will foster communication across radiological subspecialties and support collaborations within the broader oncological research and clinical communities. It will be published bi-monthly, exclusively online. RSNA members will receive a complimentary subscription as a member benefit. Original research and editorial submissions to Radiology: Imaging Cancer will be accepted beginning early 2019.Luker received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 1987 from the University of Evansville in Evansville, Mo. He earned his medical degree in 1991 from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where he completed his diagnostic radiology residency in 1995. Following his residency, Luker pursued his postdoctoral training in pediatric imaging through a fellowship at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology in St. Louis, where he was an instructor of radiology from 1996 to 2002 and an assistant professor from 2002 to 2004.In 1996, Luker became an attending physician at both St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital until 2004. He became an assistant professor of radiology, microbiology and immunology at the University of Michigan in 2004, associate professor in 2010 and an associate professor of biomedical engineering in 2012.Luker has served in editorial positions and provided peer review for a number of journals, including Journal of Immunology, Journal of Nuclear Medicine, Integrative Biology, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and on multiple editorial boards, including Pediatric Radiology and Tomography.As an esteemed researcher, Luker has authored or co-authored more than 145 peer-reviewed articles and three book chapters. He has given numerous invited lectures and seminars. In 2008, Luker was granted a patent on his invention, “Imaging Regulated Protein-Protein Interactions in Cells and Living Animals by Enhanced Luciferase Protein Fragment Complementation.”“Gary Luker’s dedication and vast knowledge of cancer research makes him the ideal person to helm RSNA’s new journal, Radiology: Imaging Cancer,” said Mary C. Mahoney, M.D., RSNA board liaison for publications and communications. “The RSNA Board eagerly anticipates the launch of this exciting new journal.”Luker has received numerous awards and honors. In 1996, he received the Covidien/RSNA Research Fellow Grant. He was a 2005 Sidney Kimmel Scholar. In 2012, he received the Distinguished Investigator Award from the Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research (formerly the Academy of Radiology Research), and in 2012 he received the New Investigator Award from the Association of University Radiologists. An accomplished researcher, he has grant funding for more than 30 projects as principal investigator, primarily from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.Luker has served with a number of professional societies in many capacities. In addition to being a former member of the RSNA Molecular Imaging Committee, he has served on review committees for NIH and the Society for Molecular Imaging, where he served on the Board of Trustees and as a council member. He currently serves on the molecular imaging committees of the American College of Radiology and the American Board of Radiology.A longtime member of RSNA, Luker has been a member of numerous professional societies and associations, including the Society for Pediatric Radiology, the American Association for Cancer Research, the World Molecular Imaging Society, Society of Nuclear Medicine, and the American Society for Clinical Investigation.For more information: www.rsna.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%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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Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… 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 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 Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. 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9 Data Science Myths Debunked

first_imgThe benefits of data science are evident for all to see. Not only does it equip you with the tools and techniques to make better business decisions, the predictive power of analytics also allows you to determine future outcomes – something that can prove to be crucial to businesses. Despite all these advantages, data science is a touchy topic for many businesses. It’s worth looking at some glaring stats that show why businesses are reluctant to adopt data science: Poor data across businesses and organizations – in both private and government costs the U.S economy close to $3 Trillion per year. Only 29% enterprises are able to properly leverage the power of Big Data and derive useful business value from it. These stats show a general lack of awareness or knowledge when it comes to data science. It could be due to some preconceived notions, or simply lack of knowledge and its application that seems to be a huge hurdle to these companies. In this article, we attempt to take down some of these notions and give a much clearer picture of what data science really is. Here are 5 of the most common myths or misconceptions in data science, and why are absolutely wrong: Data Science is just a fad, it won’t last long This is probably the most common misconception. Many tend to forget that although ‘data science’ is a recently coined term, this field of study is a cumulation of decades of research and innovation in statistical methodologies and tools. It has been in use since the 1960s or even before – just that the scale at which it was being used then was small. Back in the day, there were no ‘data scientists’, but just statisticians and economists who used the now unknown terms such as ‘data fishing’ or ‘data dredging’. Even the terms ‘ data analysis’ and ‘data mining’ only went mainstream in the 1990s, but they were in use way before that period. Data Science’s rise to fame has coincided with the exponential rise in the amount of data being generated every minute. The need to understand this information and make positive use of it led to an increase in the demand for data science. Now with Big Data and Internet of Things going wild, the rate of data generation and the subsequent need for its analysis will only increase. So if you think data science is a fad that will go away soon, think again. Data Science and Business Intelligence are the same Those who are unfamiliar with what data science and Business Intelligence actually entail often get confused, and think they’re one and the same. No, they’re not. Business Intelligence is an umbrella term for the tools and techniques that give answers to the operational and contextual aspects of your business or organization. Data science, on the other hand has more to do with collecting information in order to build patterns and insights. Learning about your customers or your audience is Business Intelligence. Understanding why something happened, or whether it will happen again, is data science. If you want to gauge how changing a certain process will affect your business, data science – not Business Intelligence – is what will help you. Data Science is only meant for large organizations with large resources Many businesses and entrepreneurs are wrongly of the opinion that data science is – or works best – only for large organizations. It is a wrongly perceived notion that you need sophisticated infrastructure to process and get the most value out of your data. In reality, all you need is a bunch of smart people who know how to get the best value of the available data. When it comes to taking a data-driven approach, there’s no need to invest a fortune in setting up an analytics infrastructure for an organization of any scale. There are many open source tools out there which can be easily leveraged to process large-scale data with efficiency and accuracy. All you need is a good understanding of the tools. It is difficult to integrate data science systems with the organizational workflow With the advancement of tech, one critical challenge that has now become very easy to overcome is to collaborate with different software systems at once. With the rise of general-purpose programming languages, it is now possible to build a variety of software systems using a single programming language. Take Python for example. You can use it to analyze your data, perform machine learning or develop neural networks to work on more complex data models. All this while, you can link your web API designed in Python to communicate with these data science systems. There are provisions being made now to also integrate codes written in different programming languages while ensuring smooth interoperability and no loss of latency. So if you’re wondering how to incorporate your analytics workflow in your organizational workflow, don’t worry too much. Data Scientists will be replaced by Artificial Intelligence soon Although there has been an increased adoption of automation in data science, the notion that the work of a data scientist will be taken over by an AI algorithm soon is rather interesting. Currently, there is an acute shortage of data scientists, as this McKinsey Global Report suggests. Could this change in the future? Will automation completely replace human efforts when it comes to data science? Surely machines are a lot better than humans at finding patterns; AI best the best go player, remember. This is what the common perception seems to be, but it is not true. However sophisticated the algorithms become in automating data science tasks, we will always need a capable data scientist to oversee them and fine-tune their performance. Not just that, businesses will always need professionals with strong analytical and problem solving skills with relevant domain knowledge. They will always need someone to communicate the insights coming out of the analysis to non-technical stakeholders. Machines don’t ask questions of data. Machines don’t convince people. Machines don’t understand the ‘why’. Machines don’t have intuition. At least, not yet. Data scientists are here to stay, and their demand is not expected to go down anytime soon. You need a Ph.D. in statistics to be a data scientist No, you don’t. Data science involves crunching numbers to get interesting insights, and it often involves the use of statistics to better understand the results. When it comes to performing some advanced tasks such as machine learning and deep learning, sure, an advanced knowledge of statistics helps. But that does not imply that people who do not have a degree in maths or statistics cannot become expert data scientists. Today, organizations are facing a severe shortage of data professionals capable of leveraging the data to get useful business insights. This has led to the rise of citizen data scientists – meaning professionals who are not experts in data science, but can use the data science tools and techniques to create efficient data models. These data scientists are no experts in statistics and maths, they just know the tool inside out, ask the right questions, and have the necessary knowledge of turning data into insights. Having an expertise of the data science tools is enough Many people wrongly think that learning a statistical tool such as SAS, or mastering Python and its associated data science libraries is enough to get the data scientist tag. While learning a tool or skill is always helpful (and also essential), by no means is it the only requisite to do effective data science. One needs to go beyond the tools and also master skills such as non-intuitive thinking, problem-solving, and knowing the correct practical applications of a tool to tackle any given business problem. Not just that, it requires you to have excellent communication skills to present your insights and findings related to the most complex of analysis to other stakeholders, in a way they can easily understand and interpret. So if you think that a SAS certification is enough to get you a high-paying data science job and keep it, think again. You need to have access to a lot of data to get useful insights Many small to medium-sized businesses don’t adopt a data science framework because they think it takes lots and lots of data to be able to use the analytics tools and techniques. Data when present in bulk, always helps, true, but don’t need hundreds of thousands of records to identify some pattern, or to extract relevant insights. Per IBM, data science is defined by the 4 Vs of data, meaning Volume, Velocity, Veracity and Variety. If you are able to model your existing data into one of these formats, it automatically becomes useful and valuable. Volume is important to an extent, but it’s the other three parameters that add the required quality. More data = more accuracy Many businesses collect large hordes of information and use the modern tools and frameworks available at their disposal for analyzing this data. Unfortunately, this does not always guarantee accurate results. Neither does it guarantee useful actionable insights or more value. Once the data is collected, the preliminary analysis on what needs to be done with the data is required. Then, we use the tools and frameworks at our disposal to extract the relevant insights and built an appropriate data model. These models need to be fine-tuned as per the processes for which they will be used. Then, eventually, we get the desired degree of accuracy from the model. Data in itself is quite useless. It’s how we work on it – more precisely, how effectively we work on it – that makes all the difference. So there you have it! Data science is one of the most popular skills to have in your resume today, but it is important to first clear all the confusions and misconceptions that you may have about it. Lack of information or misinformation can do more harm than good, when it comes to leveraging the power of data science within a business – especially considering it could prove to be a differentiating factor for its success and failure. Do you agree with our list? Do you think there are any other commonly observed myths around data science that we may have missed? Let us know. Read more 30 common data science terms explained Why is data science important? 15 Useful Python Libraries to make your Data Science tasks Easierlast_img read more

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A year later Google Project Zero still finds Safari vulnerable to DOM

first_imgIt’s been a year since the Project zero team published the results of their research about the resilience of modern browsers against DOM fuzzing. They also published Domato, their DOM fuzzing tool that was used to find those bugs. The results of the research were astonishing since Apple Safari, or more specifically, WebKit (its DOM engine) did not fare well in this test. The team decided to revisit the project again using exactly the same methodology and exactly the same tools to see whether the browsers have managed to implement better security mechanisms. The Test Setup In the previous research, the fuzzing was initially done against WebKitGTK+ and then all the crashes were tested against Apple Safari running on a Mac. In this research, WebKitGTK+ version 2.20.2 was used. To improve the fuzzing process, a couple of custom changes were made to WebKitGTK+ . For instance: Building WebKitGTK+ with ASan (Address Sanitizer) is now possible Changed window.alert() implementation to immediately call the garbage collector instead of displaying a message window. Generally, when a DOM bug causes a crash, due to the multi-process nature of WebKit, only the web process would crash, but the main process would continue running. Code was added to crash the main process when the web process crashes The team created a custom target binary. Results Obtained After running the fuzzer for 100.000.000 iterations, the team discovered 9 unique bugs that were reported to Apple. The bugs are summarized in the table below. All of these bugs have been fixed at the time of release of this blog post. Project Zero bug ID CVE Type Affected Safari 11.1.2 Older than 6 months Older than 1 year 1593 CVE-2018-4197 UAF YES YES NO 1594 CVE-2018-4318 UAF NO NO NO 1595 CVE-2018-4317 UAF NO YES NO 1596 CVE-2018-4314 UAF YES YES NO 1602 CVE-2018-4306 UAF YES YES NO 1603 CVE-2018-4312 UAF NO NO NO 1604 CVE-2018-4315 UAF YES YES NO 1609 CVE-2018-4323 UAF YES YES NO 1610 CVE-2018-4328 OOB read YES YES YES UAF = use-after-free. OOB = out-of-bounds Out of the 9 bugs found, 6 affected the release version of Apple Safari, directly affecting Safari users. While this is significantly less than the 17 bugs found a year ago, it is still a notable number, especially since the fuzzer has been public for a long time now. After the results were in, the team found that most of the bugs were sitting in the WebKit codebase for longer than 6 months, however, only 1 of them is older than 1 year. Also, the team notes that throughout the past year, their fuzzing process came up with 14 bugs but they cannot surely say if these bugs have been resolved or are still live. The Exploit performed on the bugs To prove that bugs like this can lead to a browser compromise, an exploit was written for one of them. Out of the 6 issues affecting the release version of Safari, the researchers selected the use-after-free issue to exploit. The details of this issue are well explained in Project Zero’s Blog post. The exploit was successfully tested on Mac OS 10.13.6 (build version 17G65). All the details of the exploit can be seen at bugs.chromium.org. An interesting aspect of this exploit is that, on Safari for Mac OS it could be written in a very “old-school’ way due to lack of control flow mitigations on the platform. That being said, on the latest mobile hardware and in iOS 12, which was published after the exploit was already written, Apple introduced control flow mitigations by using Pointer Authentication Codes (PAC). The issues were reported to Apple between June 15 and July 2nd, 2018. On September 17th 2018, Apple published security advisories for iOS 12, tvOS 12 and Safari 12 which fixed all of the issues. Although the bugs were fixed at that time, the corresponding advisories did not initially mention them. The issues described in the blog post were only added to the advisories one week later, on September 24, 2018, when the security advisories for macOS Mojave 10.14 were also published. The researchers affirm that there were clear improvements in WebKit DOM when tested with Domato. However, the public fuzzer was still able to find a large number of bugs. This is worrying because if a public tool was able to find that many bugs, private tools can be even more effective in exploiting these bugs. To know more about this experiment, head over to Google Project Zero’s official Blog. Read Next Google Project Zero discovers a cache invalidation bug in Linux memory management, Ubuntu and Debian remain vulnerable Google, Amazon, AT&T met the U.S Senate Committee to discuss consumer data privacy, yesterday Ex-googler who quit Google on moral grounds writes to Senate about company’s “Unethical” China censorship planlast_img read more

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Chrome 70 releases with support for Desktop Progressive Web Apps on Windows

first_imgYesterday, Google announced the release of Chrome 70. This version comes with support for Desktop Progressive Web apps on Windows and Linux and for public key credentials. Also, web Bluetooth is now supported for Windows 10 users. Support for Desktop Progressive Web Apps on Windows and Linux You can now install Desktop Progressive Web Apps on Windows and Linux. Once installed, they’re launched from the Start menu, and run like any other installed app, without an address bar or tabs. Credential Management API supports Public Key Credentials Signing in has become very simple with the introduction of the Credential Management API. It enables the communication between your site and the browser’s credential manager or federated account services like Google and Facebook to sign in. One more credential type named, Public Key Credential is introduced. It allows web applications to create and use, strong, cryptographically attested, and application-scoped credentials to authenticate users. Named workers With the help of workers, you can move JavaScript off the main thread and into the background. This will keep your site interactive as it will prevent the main thread from locking up when it is running an expensive or complex JavaScript computation. A new name attribute is added for workers in Chrome 70, which is specified by an optional argument on the constructor: const url = ‘/scripts/my-worker.js’;const wNYC = new Worker(url, {name: ‘NewYork’});const oSF = {name: ‘SanFrancisco’};const wSF = new Worker(url, oSF); You can now easily distinguish dedicated workers by name when you have multiple workers with the same URL. Miscellaneous updates Web Bluetooth is available for Windows 10 users. It allows your site to securely communicate with nearby user-selected Bluetooth devices. Chrome can now send intervention and deprecation messages to your servers using the Report-To HTTP Response header field or surface them in the ReportingObserver interface. Deprecations in Chrome 70 AppCache from insecure contexts removed AppCache potentially allows persistent online and offline cross-site scripting attacks, when used over insecure contexts. To avoid these attacks, AppCache is now only supported on origins that serve over HTTPS. Developers are advised to use service workers as an alternative. Gamepads.item() deprecated and removed The legacy item() accessor is no longer a part of the Gamepads array. This change improves compatibility with Firefox, the only browser to implement GamepadList. SpeechSynthesis.speak() without user activation deprecated Now an error is thrown by the speechSynthesis.speak() function if a document has not received a user activation. You can expect its removal in Chrome 71 by late November. They have listed all the deprecations in Chrome 70 on their official website. Read the full list of changes on the Google Developers website. Read Next Chrome 69 privacy issues: automatic sign-ins and retained cookies; Chrome 70 to correct these Google announces Chrome 67 packed with powerful APIs, password-free logins, PWA support, and more Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and others to disable TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 in favor of TLS 1.2 or later by 2020last_img read more

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Hackers steal bitcoins worth 41M from Binance exchange in a single go

first_imgOn Tuesday, Binance Exchange, one of the popular cryptocurrency exchanges, reported a huge security breach where hackers stole around 7,000 bitcoins worth $41 millions, in a single transaction. The hackers were able to gain a bulk of user API keys, 2FA codes, and a lot of other information. Binance Exchange said that the hackers used a variety of techniques, including phishing, viruses and other attacks. “We are still concluding all possible methods used. There may also be additional affected accounts that have not been identified yet”, Binance said in their official statement. Binance confirmed that only the BTC hot wallet was affected and all the other wallets are secure and unharmed. The affected ‘hot wallet’ contained about 2% of Binance’s total BTC holdings. The firm also mentioned that the hackers were extremely patient and carried out well-orchestrated actions through multiple seemingly independent accounts at the most opportune time. “The transaction is structured in a way that passed our existing security checks. It was unfortunate that we were not able to block this withdrawal before it was executed. Once executed, the withdrawal triggered various alarms in our system. We stopped all withdrawals immediately after that”, Binance’s official statement mentions. Binance said that no user funds will be affected and it will use the SAFU fund to cover this incident in full. Binance has estimated a week’s time to conduct a thorough security review of this incident during which all deposits and withdrawals will be needed to remain suspended. The security review will include all parts of their huge systems and data and the updates will be posted frequently. “We beg for your understanding in this difficult situation”, Binance urged their users. They further added, “Please also understand that the hackers may still control certain user accounts and may use those to influence prices in the meantime. We will monitor the situation closely. But we believe with withdrawals disabled, there isn’t much incentive for hackers to influence markets.” Larry Cermak, Head Analyst at The Block and former researcher at Diar, who conducted a research of the Binance hack concluded that it was the sixth largest exchange hack in history. He also said, “the $41 million is “peanuts” for Binance” and it will take hardly 47 days to make the money lost during the breach. In a live video chat, Binance’s chief executive Changpeng Zhao sought to answer questions about the hack. To know more about this news, read the complete official document. Read Next Symantec says NSA’s Equation group tools were hacked by Buckeye in 2016 way before they were leaked by Shadow Brokers in 2017 Listen: We discuss what it means to be a hacker with Adrian Pruteanu [Podcast] Hacker destroys Iranian cyber-espionage data; leaks source code of APT34’s hacking tools on Telegramlast_img read more

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NCL extends Cuba sailings through 2018

first_img Wednesday, April 5, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Cuba, Norwegian Cruise Line NCL extends Cuba sailings through 2018 Sharecenter_img Travelweek Group Posted by MIAMI — Norwegian Sky will sail 33 roundtrip cruises from Miami to Cuba in 2018, with 32 voyages featuring an overnight call in the capital city of Havana as well as a call on Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian’s private island in the Bahamas.These new cruises will begin on March 26, 2018 and are in addition to the previously announced 30 calls that Norwegian will offer through December 2017.“Cuba is a spectacular destination and we are seeing incredible demand from our guests to experience the beautiful and cultural-rich city of Havana and her warm and friendly people,” said NCL President and CEO Andy Stuart. “We are excited to provide even more opportunities for our guests to experience this incredible destination into 2018.”Norwegian will offer a selection of 15 half and full-day shore excursions. Norwegian Sky’s four-day cruises to Cuba open for sale on April 20.last_img read more

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Sunwing appoints new Groups Manager

first_img Monday, October 30, 2017 Sunwing appoints new Groups Manager << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img Posted by TORONTO — Sunwing has expanded its Group Sales Team by adding Samantha Gillingham as its new Groups Manager.Reporting to Group Sales Director Lexic Lipitkas, Gillingham brings over 10 years of travel experience to her new role, with previous positions at Transat Holidays, Flight Centre Travel Group, and Jet Airways. Over the years her roles have ranged from consultant and account manager to team leader and corporate sales manager.At Sunwing, Gillingham will oversee the Toronto Group Sales team and the Nexus/Sunwing Group Excursions team.“I am eager to be working with our Group Sales Director to develop seasonal plans for group customers, and to work with the rest of the team to continuously develop their talent, and our sales and procedures that make us #1 to the sun,” she said.Gillingham can be reached at sgillingham@sunwing.ca and 1-877-877-1755 ext. 6927. Sunwing Group Sales manager for Quebec, Marisa Poggioni, can also be reached at mpoggioni@sunwing.ca and 1-877-877-1755 ext. 6956. Tags: Peoplelast_img read more

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Costa Rican President Chinchilla denies link to Liberty Reserve attorney

first_imgIn the wake of last Friday’sarrest of online currency company Liberty Reserve’s founder, Arthur Budovsky, and several accomplices who were charged by U.S. federal officials on Tuesday of operating a $6 billion money laundering operation, Costa Rica’s Chief Public Prosecutor Jorge Chavarría announced on Thursday that authorities here would begin to investigate possible political links to Liberty Reserve.Meanwhile, The Tico Times this week uncovered information that appeared to link one of Liberty Reserve’s former key Costa Rican employees with President Laura Chinchilla. However, on Friday, Chinchilla denied those links and said she never met or worked with the woman.On her LinkedIn page, attorney Angie Portela, 36, describes herself as an “advisor” to Liberty Reserve from December 2009 to December 2011. A source with knowledge of Liberty Reserve’s operations in Costa Rica, who asked to remain anonymous, confirmed that Portela worked at Liberty Reserve, performing legal and political tasks.Portela’s LinkedIn page also says she worked as an “advisor” to Chinchilla in 2005, when the current Costa Rican president was a lawmaker.Portela claims to have worked in the “Office of Legislator Laura Chinchilla” from February to July 2005, where her tasks were to “review, edit and propose alternatives for a bill of law for electronic signatures.”“I don’t remember meeting anyone named Angie Portela, nor does that name sound familiar,” Chinchilla told The Tico Times in an email. “I remember perfectly the names of legislative advisers assigned to my office during the period when I served as a legislator, and among that group there was no one with that name. …“Considering that a situation like this could be attributed to the irresponsible use of my name, and above all, a falsity contained in the work history of a presumed attorney, we are sending this matter to the legal office of the Costa Rican Attorneys Association,” the president stated.The Tico Times attempted to check employment records at the Legislative Assembly, but the Assembly’s Financial Department Director Mario Delgado did not return an email with questions and several phone calls to his office on Thursday and Friday. Delgado’s assistant told a Tico Times reporter that he had asked another person in the office to deal with the newspaper’s request, and that person “took the day off.”No one in the office answered the phones the rest of Friday afternoon.Portela, reached by phone, said she would not comment due to “the ongoing investigation.”After receiving Chinchilla’s response at 4 p.m. on Friday, The Tico Times learned through a public records search at the Supreme Electoral Tribunal that Angie Portela’s full name is María de los Ángeles Portela Rojas. She is a member of the Costa Rican Attorneys Association under that name.The Tico Times was unable to reach Chinchilla or her press secretary after learning the new information. Angie Portela’s LinkedIn page says she worked for now-President Laura Chinchilla in 2005. Chinchilla denies the claim. Last Friday, agents raiding Budovsky-linked homes and business seized over $1 million in luxury automobiles alone, including two Jaguars, three Rolls Royces and a Mercedes Benz. According to sources, some – if not all – of the automobiles were paid for in cash.On its blog on Thursday, the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica referred to the case, asking, “Why did the accused come to Costa Rica, in the first place, to set up an illegal business? Why did they renounce their U.S. citizenship, and in the case of the mastermind, Arthur Budovsky, who seems to have married a Costa Rican empanada vendor, without ever having seen him, in exchange for ₡200,000 [$400]?“The answer is simple,” the embassy blog said. “They suspected that Costa Rica did not have the laws to detect and block their operations. … They committed a grave error.”More pictures: Related posts:Millions of dollars in limbo after shuttering of digital currency site Liberty Reserve U.S.: Liberty Reserve the largest money laundering probe in history Liberty Reserve: A cyberweb of intrigue A Russian patsy or high-tech criminal? Liberty Reserve founder Arthur Budovsky bought a bunch of cows during a 2008 cow parade in Costa Rica. Courtesy OIJ Chinchilla, who served as a lawmaker for the ruling National Liberation Party from May 2002 to April 2006, is a public security expert who has focused on fighting organized crime throughout her career. From 1996-1998, she served as Costa Rica’s public security minister, and as vice minister from 1994-1996. She became first vice president in 2006, and in 2010, the first woman elected to the presidency in Costa Rica.The president’s personal webpage notes that, “as a lawmaker, [Chinchilla] presided over various commissions from which she promoted several laws of great impact in the areas of participatory government, public sector efficiency, security, crimes against minors, domestic violence and fighting corruption.”During the 2009-2010 presidential race, Chinchilla campaigned on a slogan of “honest and firm,” vowing to improve public security and fight organized crime, which has expanded throughout Central America, mostly driven by illicit drug trafficking.Despite her broad career in public service focused on public security, her administration has been plagued by several scandals involving those close to her. On May 16, Chinchilla announced in a televised address the resignation of two key administration officials – Presidency Vice Minister Mauricio Boraschi, also the head of Costa Rica’s Office of Intelligence and Security (DIS) and the country’s anti-drug commissioner, and presidential adviser Irene Pacheco. Former Communications Minister Francisco Chacón had resigned the previous day over what has become known as “the plane of shame” scandal, in which the president twice traveled on a private jet owned or loaned by Gabriel Morales Fallón, a Colombian who allegedly had introduced himself to Chacón under a false name and was suspected by the Colombian government of having links to international drug traffickers. Morales denies the links.In 2012, an investigation revealed massive corruption in the construction of a road along the northern border with Nicaragua, secured with emergency government funds and carried out with little oversight, including a $5.6 million contract granted to a company that had no machinery and had never previously received a government contract.In the past three years, 15 government ministers have resigned from or been asked to leave Chinchilla’s administration. Meanwhile, the threat to Costa Rica by organized crime and drug traffickers continues to mount.Liberty Reserve, which U.S. authorities say was processing more than 12 million financial transactions annually, at a value of $1.4 billion per year by 2013 and had accounts in at least five Costa Rican banks, operated in Costa Rica for seven years before it was dismantled by the biggest joint money laundering operation ever conducted by U.S. officials. At least 17 countries participated in the investigation.And on Friday, the body of a 26-year-old turtle conservationist was discovered on a Caribbean beach in Costa Rica, the victim of suspected drug traffickers. Jairo Mora Sandoval was kidnapped and murdered, along with a group of foreign conservationists who survived the attack, in what colleagues believe was retaliation for statements he made to a local daily newspaper saying conservationists were being harassed by drug traffickers and turtle poachers in the area.A Liberty Reserve ‘advisor’On her LinkedIn profile, Portela says her duties at Liberty Reserve were to “write, review and edit reports, opinions, policies and other documents,” as well as to, “write and administer client and employee contracts, conduct and coordinate research into a variety of legal issues,” “provide analysis and counsel on legal issues,” and “litigation and arbitration management.”Portela also said on her profile that she studied at the University of San José in 1993 as an “International Technician in Risk Management Systems of Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing.” In a conversation with The Tico Times, a source who worked at Liberty Reserve referred to Portela as a company attorney. Portela corresponded with Liberty Reserve clients by using the email address legal@libertyreserve.cr. In response to an angry client who said he was having trouble obtaining his funds from Liberty Reserve, Portela advised, “As to a third party involved in this communications [sic] I respectfully ask you to not take advice from people not related to L.R.”In the correspondence, Portela also gives other legal advice.She also is listed as “agente residente,” or registered agent, for at least four Liberty companies: Worldwide E-Commerce Business S.A. (WEBSA), Silverhand Solutions & Technology S.A., Liberty Reserve Solutions CR S.A., and World Treasure Consulting & Management S.A. As a registered agent, she received all legal correspondence involving the companies, most alleged by the U.S. government to be Liberty shell companies used to obstruct the investigation (U.S. officials ordered WEBSA funds in a Banco Nacional account seized on Tuesday).WEBSA and Silverhand offices were raided on May 21. The previous day, a judge ordered banking secrecy laws suspended on accounts for all four businesses.A black eye, or a major victory?Faced with last Friday’s raids of Liberty Reserve businesses and properties, Tuesday’s indictment in New York of several key participants, and growing outrage that such a large criminal operation was taking place here, Costa Rican officials are portraying recent events as a sign of success in the country’s bilateral battle with the U.S. to fight organized crime.At a Friday press conference at Casa Presidencial, Bernardita Marín, associate director of the Costa Rican Drug Institute, said the operation to dismantle Liberty Reserve was initiated by Costa Rican authorities, not the U.S. Celso Gamboa, who replaced Boraschi as head of DIS and presidency vice minister, and Gilberto Serrano, president of the National Banking Association, also attended the press conference.“In the case of Liberty Reserve, two national financial institutions detected unusual transactions through the monitoring procedures in place,” Marín said in a press release. At the conference, she added, “Thanks to the efforts of both the U.S. and Costa Rican governments, the biggest money laundering case ever was uncovered,” adding, “It wasn’t by accident.”Marín said Costa Rican authorities were aware of the Liberty Reserve operation since 2009. According to the U.S. federal indictment, Costa Rica’s Financial Institution Superintendency notified Liberty that it needed to apply for a license to operate as a money transmitting business.Marín also stressed that not all of the $6 billion that moved through the company in the past seven years – which represents roughly 25 percent of Costa Rica’s entire economy – was managed through the Costa Rican financial system.She said Costa Rican officials seized Liberty funds on three separate occasions – in 2011, 2012 and 2013 – although the U.S. indictment mentions only one seizure of $19.5 million, after Budovsky, Allan Hidalgo and Azzeddine El Amine allegedly began emptying Liberty Reserve bank accounts in Costa Rica of “millions of dollars.” They transferred those funds to a bank account in Cyprus held in the name of a shell company controlled by Budovsky and El Amine, and then to another account in Russia, the indictment alleges.On Wednesday, according to the Costa Rican Prosecutor’s Office, a court ordered the seizure of the “financial products and services” of Budovsky, Maxim Chukharev – who is under arrest in Costa Rica awaiting extradition to the U.S. – Worldwide E-Commerce Business S.A. (WEBSA), and Grupo Lulu Ltda., as well as accounts in Banco Nacional, Banco de Costa Rica, BAC San José, Bancrédito and Davivienda.The Prosecutor’s Office also stated that they, along with the Judicial Investigation Police, began a criminal investigation on March 7, 2011, following a report of suspicious activity filed by Banco Nacional and Bancrédito.Costa Rican law enforcement officials first met with their U.S. counterparts on Dec. 5, 2011, the Costa Rican Prosecutor’s Office said. A request for banking secrecy laws to be lifted against Liberty Reserve was filed on Dec. 13, 2011.Portela said she left Liberty Reserve in December 2011, after working for the company for more than two years.Liberty accounts that have been seized in Costa Rica since January 2012 include $17 million in Grupo Mutual Alajuela, $1.8 million in Bancrédito and $1 million in Banco Lafise, the Prosecutor’s Office stated.The Prosecutor’s Office also released a detailed report of the actions U.S. and Costa Rican officials took to investigate and prosecute the case, beginning in March 2011.Fate of other players?Another question is what will happen to other players in the Liberty Reserve operation, particularly a group of Costa Ricans who remain at large. The Prosecutor’s Office will not comment on Allan Hidalgo, aka “Allan García,” Ahmed Yassine, aka “Alex,” or Kelsin Antonio Varela Figueroa, who is listed in public documents as the president of Liberty Reserve Solutions CR S.A.It is unclear if an arrest warrant has been issued for any of the men. Yassine and Hidalgo are named in the U.S. indictment, although sources told The Tico Times that they could not be extradited to the U.S. because they are Costa Rican nationals. The Costa Rican Constitution prevents nationals from being extradited, except in very specific drug- or terrorism-related cases.According to public records, Hidalgo, 28, who is listed as president of Liberty Reserve S.A., has not left the country since arriving from Colombia in September 2012.Yassine, 42, a Moroccan who became a naturalized Costa Rican following a November 2006 marriage (he and his Costa Rican wife were divorced in March 2010, according to public records), has not left Costa Rica since returning from Spain in October 2012.Confidentiality contracts that Liberty employees were forced to sign state that Yassine is Liberty’s “legal representative.” A search of the Attorneys Association registry does not show that he is an affiliate.The confidentiality contract requires employees to “maintain in strict confidentiality all information” about the company, including “administrative affairs, operations and financial details” for 15 years after employees leave the company. The contract also requires employees to inform company operators if they receive a judge’s warrant to reveal confidential information about the company.A search of public documents shows that Hidalgo, who is married and has no children, claimed an income of ₡920,833.33 in the past 12 months, the equivalent of about $1,841.67. He is also listed as treasurer of Inversiones Hidalgo Jiménez S.A., president of Silverhand Solutions & Technology S.A. (which prosecutors allege was one of the many Liberty shell companies), president of World Treasure Consulting & Management S.A.(another suspected shell company) and secretary of Liberty Reserve Solutions CR S.A. The remnants of a $6 billion illegal empire. Courtesy OIJ Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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US donates crimefighting tools to Costa Rica

first_imgNo related posts. The U.S. government announced Monday the donation of equipment and computer software to Costa Rica’s Prosecutor’s Office to help modernize the country’s criminal justice system and take on the big fish of crime, including drug traffickers.Costa Rica is battling sophisticated international crime syndicates that use the country as a transit point for South American drugs headed to the U.S., and as a money-laundering destination.The donation is part of $20 million the U.S. government is providing to Central American countries through the Central America Regional Security Initiative, or CARSI.Also, the U.S.-based Florida International University is aiding the Costa Rican Prosecutor’s Office in designing, testing and implementing a new system to manage information to help improve the prosecution of international crime and drug trafficking.The university will provide training and technical assistance to local prosecutors through the program, in areas such as cyber-crime, international crime syndicates and victims’ assistance programs.“Investment in the latest technology equipment is fundamental to prosecute members of criminal groups, as those types of groups also have access to the most modern technology,” U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Eric Nelson said. “This new system will help prosecutors investigate cases and disband crime groups more efficiently.”The U.S. donation includes 17 laptop and 19 desktop computers, 107 software licenses and two projectors, worth nearly $30,000.“This donation is a display of the friendship and alliance between the governments of the United States and Costa Rica to develop strategies to neutralize new forms of crime,” Supreme Court Vice President José Manuel Arroyo said. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Costa Rica faces strong competition as destination for US retirees

first_imgCosta Rica and Mexico have traditionally been the region’s preferred destinations for U.S. and Canadian retirees, but according to a report from the The Wall Street Journal, Panama, Belize and Nicaragua are increasingly competing with both countries.The report says that the number of U.S. citizens who receive pension payments in Panama increased by 65 percent from 2006-2011. In Nicaragua, the number doubled during the same period, from 595 retirees to 1,322.“These three countries offer packages of residency and breaks on taxes and fees that imitate Costa Rica’s pensionado program, which was introduced in 1971 and helped set the groundwork for a boom in retiree emigration from North America. Nicaragua added such a law in 2009, offering foreigners with retirement incomes tax breaks on everything from cars to construction materials,” the WSJ noted.The story also describes how last year Panama created a path to citizenship for retirement residents and introduced a new residency program for people under retirement age that has lowered requirements for investment in property, business and other ventures.Officials from Costa Rica’s National Tourism Chamber acknowledged the efforts of these three nations to attract retirees, but insisted that Costa Rica isn’t necessarily losing ground.The WSJ report also noted that crime and security problems are still a major concern for people interested in relocating to the region.“Security isn’t always adequate in the region. Mexico’s well-publicized drug war and escalating violence are starting to push Americans to look at new places for retirement, […] and Costa Rica’s petty crime such as theft and smash and grab muggings have increased in the past couple of years, along with home invasions,” added the story, also citing similar problems in all the other countries. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Arenal Report

first_imgNo related posts. Denyce Parnelltreated members of the Arenal Garden Club to a feast of floral abundance rarely seen outside the likes of Lankester Gardens or CATIE. A devoted horticulturalist, Denyce has for the past ten years enjoyed creating eight hectares of paths, terraces and ponds, utilizing the natural flow of a stream that courses through the property en route to Lake Arenal. She has planted hundreds of unique trees and flowers, many not often seen in theviveros of Costa Rica, and she knows all of their scientific names, citing genus and specie for anyone interested.Surprises await the casual stroller admiring the gorgeous flowers. A turn in the  path suddenly reveals a beautifully sculpted dragon or the head of a giant Buddha. Another turn and you walk through the gaping mouth of the ancient spirit of the forest, a la “The Hobbit.” Through a huge set of wooden double guests discover mysterious concrete creations by an artist friend. An added (and necessary) feature is a pottery in which all manner of large decorative concrete planters, flagstones and sculptures are made on premises. The plant nursery rivals that of most commercial viveros.Denyce, who is a pathologist devoted to research, says her garden is, a work in progress. Her next area for development? A bonsai garden.After a two and a half hour walking tour, one-third of the garden was still unexplored. But the garden club members retreated to the breezy second floor veranda of Denyce’s home for a refreshing luncheon. The next Garden Club meeting takes place Jan. 6 at 2 p.m. at Garden Club President Victoria Torley’s home. There will be a plant exchange, so select a nice healthy plant from your “extras” to make it interesting for all.The 4th annual Christmas Bazaar will be presented by the Ladies of the Lake on Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Salon Communal in Tilarán. The silent auction features a number of high-end prizes. Someone will win a half-day deep sea fishing trip valued at $800. Other winners will benefit from generous donors who have offered two multi-night beach stays, one at the Coco Palms Hotel in Coco Beach, and another in a private condominium. Other types of auctions will be held throughout the day. Vendors will have a huge array of crafts, homemade delicacies, art work and more, so save the date, have fun, do some early Christmas shopping and help fund the community work sponsored by the Ladies of the Lake.-William & Jean Priestjean_pri@comcast.net Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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NASA offers internships for Tico high school students

first_imgTwo Costa Rican high school seniors will have the opportunity to spend two weeks learning alongside astronauts and other scientists at the Johnson Space Center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in Houston, Texas.The internship is part of a NASA program called Space School that promotes vocations within the aerospace industry, and Costa Rica is the only Central American country eligible. The application period begins this week and ends March 7.The project is organized by the Asociación Estrategia Siglo 21 and chaired by former Tico astronaut and scientist Franklin Chang, said the association’s spokeswoman Diana Alvarado.To qualify for a full scholarship, students must be high school seniors between the ages of 15 and 17. A full command of English and average grades of 90 or more in physics, math and chemistry is mandatory. Applicants also are required to demonstrate leadership and communication skills, along with the ability to work as part of a team.Those interested in applying for the internship must submit a 500-word essay in English expressing their interest, stating their purpose in applying and explaining how Costa Rica will benefit from their participation. The application must be attached to two letters of recommendation highlighting academic performance and personal skills.The scholarship includes airfare, departure taxes, hosting, tuition and all participation expenses.Classes will be held at the University of Houston–Clear Lake campus, located next to the Johnson Space Center.Only printed applications will be accepted at the Franklin Chang building, located 1.5 kilometers north of the U.S. Embassy in Pavas, west of San José. Facebook Comments Related posts:Two young Ticos prepare to go to NASA space camp Chevening Scholarship awarded to Tica physician Ad Astra’s deep space rocket moves into new testing phase with help from NASA NASA astronauts celebrate mission anniversary in Costa Ricalast_img read more

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Businesses wary of hiring amid continued political uncertainty says survey

first_imgThe high cost of electricity and fluctuating exchange rate ranked among the greatest concerns for Costa Rican businesses during the fourth quarter of 2013, according to the Union of Private-Sector Chambers and Associations’ (UCCAEP) latest Business Pulse survey released Wednesday.A majority of the 502 businesses surveyed said they do not plan to hire new employees in the first quarter of 2014.UCCAEP’s president, Jaime Molina, used the survey’s findings as an opportunity to call for a “clear” policy from presidential candidates on expanding private-sector generation of electricity as a remedy for the country’s high cost of power.“These results are more proof of the urgency to reduce electricity rates in Costa Rica. As a nation we are less attractive to international businesses that would prefer to go elsewhere because of the high cost of production in our country. If the country wants to grow, like the candidates say they want it to grow, Costa Rica is going to need more electricity,” Molina added.Forty-five percent of businesses surveyed said the cost of electricity had a “high” or “very high” affect on their prices. Molina estimated that the cost of electricity in Costa Rica could be more than 20 percent higher than in other Central American countries.Molina said that ruling party candidate Johnny Araya had a “clearer” plan for reducing the cost of electricity than opposition candidate Luis Guillermo Solís. The business chamber leader lauded Araya’s support for increasing the amount of privately generated electricity in Costa Rica.Molina said Solís and his team had yet to convince UCCAEP that they had firm plans for how they would lower the cost of electricity in Costa Rica.Molina noted that political uncertainty leading up to the Feb. 2 presidential election also weakened private business owners’ levels of confidence in the economy. Business confidence looking forward to the coming first quarter of 2014 dropped 4 percent from the same quarter in 2012.The survey’s organizers suggested that the continued political uncertainty has kept businesses from hiring. Of those surveyed, 64 percent said they did not plan to hire new staff and 13 percent said they planned layoffs in the first quarter of 2014.The Central Bank has sold over $60 million since Monday in an attempt to stem the recent devaluation of the Costa Rican currency.Molina did not comment on the current exchange rate, ₡546.22 to the dollar, according to the Central Bank’s MONEX index Wednesday, but added that sudden drastic changes in the exchange rate were not good for the economy. “When we see changes like this, uncertainty grows, and that doesn’t help us,” he said.UCCAEP surveyed 502 business owners and managers between Jan. 14 and 28. The survey has a 95 percent level of confidence and a 5.6 percent margin of error. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica unveils $35 million program to improve small business competitiveness Business leaders, industrialists worried about Costa Rica’s ‘political problem’ Energy prices and politics weigh down business confidence, Costa Rica private-sector survey notes Some members of Costa Rica’s business sector alarmed over ‘historic’ jump in unemploymentlast_img read more

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Costa Ricas Postal Service unveils stamps to honor La Sele in World

first_imgCorreos de Costa Rica, the company that manages the country’s postal service, on Thursday launched a special limited edition of 30,000 stamps to commemorate Costa Rica’s participation in the upcoming World Cup Brazil 2014.The stamp series called FIFA World Cup 2014 portrays the tournament mascot, the World Cup trophy and Costa Rica’s National Team, known as “La Sele.”The series comes in two editions of ₡500 and ₡710 ($1 and $1.30), available at the agency’s main facilities in downtown San José, the Zapote branch (east of the capital) and online at www.correos.go.cr.At a presentation ceremony Thursday, Correos de Costa Rica General Manager Álvaro Coghi appointed coach Jorge Luis Pinto and president of the Costa Rican Football Federation Eduardo Li as “Honorary Mailmen.” Both received a certificate and a mail bag.Assistant coaches and former World Cup players Paulo Wanchope and Luis Marín also attended the event. The special edition comes in two designs of ₡500 and ₡710. Alberto Font/The Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:Paulo Wanchope named new coach of Costa Rica national soccer team Costa Rica can go far, says coach Pinto Portugal’s last-second draw is US’ most-watched soccer game Music legend Rubén Blades writes Editus to praise Costa Rica’s World Cup achievementslast_img read more

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Mexico deports US affluenza teen Ethan Couch

first_imgTonya Couch was deported from Mexico on Dec. 31 and was promptly arrested by U.S. authorities to face charges of hindering his apprehension.Her son had lodged an appeal that could have delayed his deportation for months, but he dropped it on Jan. 15.In 2013, the teen crashed his pickup into a group of pedestrians in Texas and another vehicle, leaving four dead and several seriously injured. Couch, who was 16 at the time, had a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit for an adult.The son of millionaire parents made headlines during his trial when a psychologist testifying on his behalf claimed he suffered from “affluenza.” The term, coined from affluence and influenza, implied that financial privilege made him unable to understand the consequences of his actions.Couch pleaded guilty to intoxication and manslaughter. Prosecutors had sought a 20-year prison term, but the court handed him a surprise sentence of mental health treatment and a decade of probation. A handout photo released by the Jalisco State Public Prosecutor’s Office of U.S. “affluenza teen” Ethan Couch at the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco Sate, Mexico on Dec. 28, 2015. AFP/Jalisco Prosecutor’s Office Facebook Comments Related posts:Mexico horrified by suspected massacre, incineration of 43 students How chocolate cake led to Mexican drug kingpin’s arrest Mexico drug war shootout leaves dozens dead Peña Nieto administration wants answers after Egypt kills 8 Mexican tourists MEXICO CITY – Mexican authorities on Thursday deported a U.S. teenager known for using an “affluenza” defense in a fatal Texas drunk-driving accident, a month after the fugitivewas caught at a resort.The National Migration Institute released a video showing agents escorting a bearded Ethan Couch, 18, into a plane flying from Mexico City to Dallas, Texas, after he dropped an appeal against his deportation.Couch, who had spent 28 days in a detention facility, will be met by U.S. authorities in Dallas “because he faces several charges,” the institute said in a statement.Couch and his mother, Tonya, were detained by Mexican authorities in the Pacific resort of Puerto Vallarta on Dec. 28 following an international manhunt. The young man had disappeared late last year after missing a mandatory meeting with his probation officer. Couch apparently vanished after the emergence of a video showing him at a party taking part in a drinking game, which violated the terms of his probation.last_img read more

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Learning English in Costa Rica then and now

first_imgRelated posts:Claiming my Afro-Latinidad A look back at 1930s Limón and the real legacy of Afro-Caribbean immigrants Finding La Negrita: A story of coming home Dr. Charles Gourzong: Costa Rica’s visionary medicine man My two children, born in New York, are English speakers with a fair background in the basics of Spanish. They attend a private international school in Costa Rica where instruction is in English – except for Spanish class, of course, and the preparatory program for the Costa Rican high school exit exams. My 15-year-old son has emerged as a true Tico, as he can now roll off his tongue all themaes, esos and other soccer-field lingo that signifies “arrival.”For my husband and daughter, the journey has been a bit more treacherous. As for me, I have never had formal Spanish instruction, but I can understand, speak (tongue-tied much of the time) and write it. Yet much of my daily life involves English. The neighborhood we live in is a mix of U.S. and European expats and professional Costa Ricans who love speaking English with me, though I attempt to reply in Spanish. Outside of this enclave, of course, the Costa Rican world remains mostly Spanish-speaking. At the feria on Saturday morning, I have my regular vendors who greet me with fresh kale as we discuss the weather and their crops.I realize as I move between spaces that my worlds are language-driven. When I am with my Costa Rican family, conversation is generally in Spanish, with whispers when I need translation. I began to think about the significance of this since there are rumors that within 20 years, 60 percent of Costa Ricans will speak English.  I think that today, the majority of Costa Ricans who speak English fluently come primarily from two spaces: from an Afro/Caribbean-descended family, or from a private school education which was either bilingual or English-based. The latter indicates a class status. The former is based in a specific political and cultural tradition from the Caribbean coast which still has ramifications today.I love the fact that I can simply make a phone call to my maternal aunts and get all the information I need on their experiences growing up in Puerto Limón in the 1940s and 1950s. My Aunt Marjorie is the family storyteller; in West Africa she would be called a griot. A griot is a respected holder of communal knowledge, usually shared through word-of-mouth as part of a community’s oral tradition. Well, Tía Marjorie has a suitcase of knowledge that I am grateful for! I have always heard my mother and her sisters laugh about Sister Jesse and English school, but only until I spoke with my tias did I get a good idea about how they acquired English in Costa Rica.At the turn of the 20th century, the influx of Anglophone Caribbean immigrants into Puerto Limón and the surrounding area to work on the Northern Railway and the banana plantations of the United Fruit Company, created a “country” on the Caribbean coast that was fully autonomous from the central highlands of Costa Rica. These Caribbean immigrants – educated, religious and professional – established their churches, local newspapers, businesses, worker unions and social clubs, which were mostly church-based. These organizations helped the community articulate itself as it struggled with the identity politics of being of Caribbean origins and non-Costa Ricans (until 1948, when those of Caribbean lineage but born in Costa Rica could apply for naturalization). One of the great markers of this Caribbean identity was the creation and maintenance of private English schools by the local Black community.My tía tells me that her father, Jamaican-born and married to a black woman from Limón, insisted that his four daughters learn to read and write English as part of their cultural heritage.  My grandfather never learned Spanish, and he did not need to in the Limón of his time. My grandmother learned Spanish well into her 50s, once she was living in San Jose. The world of Puerto Limón was an English-speaking center which was cosmopolitan in its outlook, as it engaged with sailors from around the world. Newspapers about global events were widely circulated. There were several private English schools that Black children could attend, including those run by the Baptist and Methodist Churches. Sister Jesse, Teacher Thomas and Mr. Davidson, all of Caribbean descent, were some of the English teachers who ran these schools which offered a program complementary to that of the Spanish schools that the Costa Rican government mandated all children to attend.Enter the world of Sister Jesse! She was a member of the Methodist Church and my grandmother was her seamstress. Tall and imposing, she wore long skirts with full petticoats, frilly white blouses closed at the neck and laced-up black boots in the hot Limón sun! As an exchange for her sewing services, my grandmother was allowed to send her four daughters to Sister Jesse’s English school for free. It was located in a one-room building next to the Methodist Church, around the corner from Los Banos in Limón. So, in the early 1940s, my mother and her sisters went to the schoolhouse, mostly in the afternoons, from 1-3 pm after Spanish school.Sister Jesse’s classroom was divided into Primary and Secondary; she had a younger woman teach the Kindergarten, First and Second Grades about 15 students. Sister Jesse took the older students in one large mix, up to 25 students at a time. She taught English, Geography/History (British of course!), Math and Religion.Sister Jesse’s world was ordered and serious, and maintained the respectability politics of the immigrant Caribbean community of her time. My tia recounts that most of the teaching and assessment was done orally: the students would form a daily semicircle around Sister Jesse’s desk, with the head of the class going first. Everyone vied for that spot, because the last thing a student wanted was to be the tail. Class started with the times tables, then spelling and geography. My aunts admitted that they were naughty and chatted a lot in class, therefore rarely avoiding the punishment meted out at the end of the day by Sister Jesse.It was this Limon community that established the foundations of English literacy for its children as an act of political and cultural consciousness which remain strong today among many Afro-Costa Ricans. One of the initiatives for the United Nations Decade of Afro-Descendants is the support of English-speaking Afro-Costa Rican communities through the sharing and celebration of language and cultural norms. Costa Rican scholars such as Dr. Marva Spence Sharpe study Limonese linguistic patterns in order to preserve all of their wonderful influences in Costa Rica’s history.Read more of Natasha Gordon-Chipembere’s columns here.Natasha Gordon-Chipembere, a writer, professor and founder of the Tengo Sed Writers Retreats, moved to Heredia, Costa Rica with her family from New York in June 2014.  She is now accepting applications for Tengo Sed IV Writers and Yoga Retreat in Jan 2017. She may be reached at indisunflower@gmail.com. Her column “Musings from an Afro-Costa Rican” is published monthly. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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5 questions for a Costa Rican photographer

first_imgRelated posts:Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica 5 question for a Costa Rican photographer 5 questions for Costa Rican sculptor José Sancho 5 questions for Costa Rican director Federico Peixoto Francisco Cubillo is only 19, but his phography is already capturing a broad variety of life, from concerts to nature and the city’s vivacity. The native of Puriscal, in the mountains southwest of San José, travels frequently to the capital as part of his work as a freelance photographer and audiovisual producer. Cubillo is self-taught and began his photographic journey less than a year ago when he bought his first professional camera and computer. His photographs are characterized by the use of a cold color palette and a clean aesthetic.On a rainy afternoon at Starbucks in the Plaza de la Cultura, The Tico Times sat down with Cubillo to talk about his life and work. Excerpts follow.Why did you choose photography?I like to demonstrate to people my own perspective on a specific situation. I feel I can tell stories through the photos I take; I’ve always felt that people don’t understand my point of view and photography is the most efficient way in which I can achieve that. [With photography] beauty is found within simplicity, which is portrayed in small things that most people take for granted.People usually focus too much on their defects. With photography I like to show them that their defects can make them beautiful. I’m uncomfortable with the idea that people are never satisfied with their portraits. I don’t like it when they let their insecurities overcome them. The Milky Way photographed by Cubillo in Puriscal. (Courtesy of Francisco Cubillo)What things do you like to photograph the most?Urban and social situations. I enjoy street photography because it’s more of a challenge for me. I’m from Puriscal, where you can go out at 1 a.m. and see the Milky Way. Those are photos that impress people, but they’re not a challenge for me. I love the urban settings much more; the city never stops moving, and I can lose the photograph within half a second if I’m not attentive at that moment. I like that idea of knowing that I’m capturing that exact moment in the most ephemeral manner possible. (Courtesy of Francisco Cubillo) A statue at the National Theater. (Courtesy of Francisco Cubillo)What about San José draws your attention?I’ve got this love-hate relationship with the city. I feel it’s a profoundly awful place, yet profoundly beautiful. People don’t appreciate at all the beauty San José offers. People focus way too much on the bad things, and not all the good things we can all regain [from the city]. I like to be able to show people that beauty they overlook. People often don’t like San José because they don’t know it. It’s a place that works as a point of transit: Most of us come here to work. We spend the day in San José, but don’t experiment it. We don’t live San José, so it’s very easy to overlook all of those beautiful things happening in the city because we’re not paying attention. San José comes alive during the rainy season. (Courtesy of Francisco Cubillo) (Courtesy of Francisco Cubillo)What differences do you notice between Puriscal and San José?Well, San José is not a new place for me: If you live in a rural Costa Rican area, 60% of your life is in San José because this is where we work, where most people come to study. However, the lifestyle and the way in which people behave are more impersonal. For example, if by any chance I end up being a homeless person, in Puriscal I’ll never end up living on the streets. In San José you’ll end up on the streets. In Puriscal you’ll never go hungry; in San José you will. It’s as if people were colder and there’s not as much compassion. The Mercado Central in San José. (Courtesy of Francisco Cubillo)Which are your inspirations and influences?I’m very inspired by my cousin, César Cordero. I think he’s the best photographer in Costa Rica, although he never publishes his photos. He takes them, but never shows them; he doesn’t edit them, either, just saves them. He’s my biggest inspiration and influence. The fact that I’ve had that close relationship with him and have been taking photos with him has formed me a lot as a person and photographer. I’ve learned a lot from him.Also, my mom has supported me a lot. It’s something that I sometimes take for granted and I don’t appreciate much, but she has always believed in me. She has always done everything that’s in her power in order to help me.Read more “Weekend Arts Spotlight” interviews here.Our “Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at kstanley@ticotimes.net. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Israels tourism minister seeks boost from India

first_img 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Misezhnikov and Indian Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahai signed an agreement to encourage travel between their countries.India is a popular destination for Israelis.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments   Share   Top holiday drink recipes JERUSALEM (AP) – Israel’s tourism minister says he is looking to India for a big boost in visits to his country.Stas Misezhnikov said Sunday that some 40,000 Indians visited Israel last year. While that’s a small percentage of the roughly 3 million tourists Israel gets each year, it’s double the amount of just two years ago.Misezhnikov said he can bring that figure to 100,000 in three years.At a news conference with his Indian counterpart, Misezhnikov said Israel will open new flights to destinations in India such as New Delhi, Goa and Calcutta. The Israeli Tourism Ministry also plans to open an office in Mumbai this year.last_img read more

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Sri Lankan Muslims protest antiIslam film

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) – Hundreds of Muslims in Sri Lanka’s capital protested Wednesday against an anti-Islam film produced in the United States, burning effigies of President Barack Obama.About 300 protesters marched in Colombo, carrying signs and banners that read, “Ban anti-Islamic film all over the world. U.S. should apologize to Muslims.” They chanted, “Hang the producer and director of the film.” Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   The protesters blocked traffic on Colombo’s main roads, but police did not allow them to go near the U.S. Embassy.Protesters burned two effigies of Obama and U.S. and Israeli flags during the demonstration, which was organized by the Islamic group Sri Lanka Thawheed Jamath.Abdul Razeek, a spokesman for the group, said the protests would continue until the film, “Innocence of Muslims,” is completely removed from YouTube.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizonalast_img read more

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Berezovsky to pay Abramovich 56M in legal costs

first_img Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of But Judge Elizabeth Gloster threw out the case in August, ruling that Berezovsky was a dishonest and unreliable witness.Neither man was in court Friday as the costs were settled.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) LONDON (AP) – A British court has ordered self-exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky to pay 35 million pounds ($56 million) in legal costs to fellow Russian Roman Abramovich after losing a lawsuit against him.Berezovsky waged a multimillion-dollar legal battle against Abramovich, the billionaire owner of Chelsea Football Club, claiming that he was cheated out of his stakes in the oil group Sibneft.Berezovsky, a former Kremlin power broker who sought political asylum in Britain in the early 2000s, argued that Abramovich blackmailed him into selling the stakes vastly beneath their true worth after he fell out with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daycenter_img Patients with chronic pain give advice Sponsored Stories Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   last_img read more

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Thai club owner acquitted in fatal New Years fire

first_img Top Stories Club owner Wisuk Sejsawat, the lighting effects company and its executive were found guilty by a lower court in 2011 of causing the deaths of people without intent, and Wisuk was sentenced to three years in prison.On Tuesday, the Bangkok Appeals Court ruled that Wisuk was not directly responsible for the blaze and dismissed the charges against him. The judges said he could have been held responsible for the lack of prominently displayed floor plans, fire exit signs and emergency lights required by the building code, but he did not directly cause the fire.The Appeals Court upheld the lower court’s ruling that the lighting effects company should pay 8.7 million baht ($279,000) in compensation to the victims or their families and sentenced its executive to three years’ imprisonment.Four other people were acquitted by the Appeals Court, including the lead singer of a rock band named “Burn” that was playing when the fire began.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) BANGKOK (AP) – A Thai appeals court on Tuesday acquitted a nightclub owner of responsibility for a fire that killed 67 people in Bangkok on New Year’s Day in 2009, reversing a lower court’s ruling.More than 1,000 revelers were inside the Santika club when an indoor fireworks display set off after a New Year’s countdown ignited the blaze. The fire raced through the two-story building, sending panicked guests running for the main entrance. Victims died of burns, smoke inhalation and from being crushed in the stampede. Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Quick workouts for men Parents, stop beating yourself up How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

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Syrian president acknowledges recent setbacks in war

first_img How men can have a healthy 2019 How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Redor Khalil, a spokesman for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, said a female Kurdish fighter, a civilian and four attackers were killed. Militants lobbed missiles at residential areas, he said.A Kurdish activist group, Yekiti Media, said at least four civilians were killed in one neighborhood. The Observatory said 16 members of the Kurdish force were killed. Differing casualty figures are common after attacks.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad acknowledged Wednesday what he said were recent “setbacks” in the war against insurgents trying to topple him, promising a comeback by his troops still entangled in heavy fighting.The rare admission of defeat follows opposition advances in northern and southern Syria that have punctured the notion that Assad is on his way to defeating the four-year-old rebellion. They also undermined Assad’s claim of being a bulwark against the Islamic State group, which had eclipsed rebels over the past year. Wars have “ebb and flow, gains and losses and ups and downs,” Assad said, speaking at a Damascus school to mark Martyrs Day.“Everything fluctuates except one thing, which is faith in the soldier and his belief in ultimate victory,” he said. “So when setbacks occur, it is our duty as a society to boost the morale of the soldier and not wait for him to raise ours.”Government troops withdrew from the northern city of Idlib after it fell to opposition fighters in late March, followed by the strategic town of Jisr al-Shughour and the Qarmeed military base last week.His troops are now under fire at a few remaining outposts, including the national hospital in Jisr al-Shughour.“God willing, the army will soon reach those heroes besieged in Jisr al-Shughour hospital to continue the battle to eradicate terrorism,” he said.Activists reported continued intense fighting outside of the town.Meanwhile Wednesday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and a spokesman for Kurdish forces in the northeastern city of Hassakeh said suspected Islamic State militants attacked a center affiliated with the force and lobbed missiles at residential areas. Check your body, save your lifelast_img read more

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Yangtze River Long river long history top tourist spot

first_imgBEIJING (AP) — The scene of a capsized cruise ship with hundreds on board is one of the longest and most famous rivers in the world. The Yangtze has dramatic cliffs, peaks and waterfalls that are often featured in Chinese paintings, but its importance goes far beyond that to its role as a major transportation artery that created some of the country’s biggest cities.LONG RIVERThe Chinese name for the Yangtze translates as “long river,” and, at 6,300 kilometers (4,000 miles), it is China’s longest and the world’s third, behind the Nile and the Amazon. It flows west to east from the glaciers on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau to the financial hub of Shanghai and out to the East China Sea. It sometimes floods during the summer monsoon season and parts of it are heavily polluted from industry and agriculture.LONG HISTORYFor centuries, the Yangtze was the key route for transporting goods in China, but parts of its waters were dangerous for junks to navigate because of rocks and fluctuating water levels.Nowadays, it is still a busy river that contributes to the economy of the cities and villages within its reaches, including five of China’s largest cities, such as the former capital of Nanjing.TOURIST MECCAThe Yangtze is a top tourist attraction in China, and boats offer mostly four- or five-day trips to and from the metropolis of Chongqing. Slow-sailing cruise boats offer spectacular views and short stops at historical and cultural sites, such as the world-famous Three Gorges Dam and the more mysterious Fengdu Ghost Town, which got its reputation from a local folklore. Tourists can also walk within an ancient city called Jingzhou with city walls and battlefields that are described in the Chinese literary classic “Romance of the Three Kingdoms.”Further west on the upper reaches of the Yangtze is the scenic canyon Tiger Leaping Gorge, about 240 miles (385 kilometers) from the Tibetan border, which ranks among the deepest gorges in the world. It is named for a tiger that is said to have escaped humans by leaping across the fierce waters where the canyon narrows. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 THREE GORGES DAMThe river’s best-known attraction abroad is the world’s largest hydropower project, the Three Gorges Dam, built to control flooding along a stretch of the river in Hubei Province. The cruise ship that capsized Monday night had not yet reached the dam from its starting point in Nanjing. The dam started operating in 2003 after nine years of construction. The dam has been controversial because of geological and ecological concerns and the hundreds of thousands of people relocated to make way for it, but authorities say it was the best way to end centuries of flooding along the river.China’s worst floods in recent history were in 1998, when 4,150 people died, most along the Yangtze.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories last_img read more

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Police release surveillance photo of Brussels bombing suspects

first_img New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Windows were blown out, ceilings collapsed and smoke poured through the building.(Twitter Photo)An hour after the airport blasts, a bomb went off in the subway. Another bomb was found at the airport and deactivated by authorities. “We are at war,” French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said after a crisis meeting in Paris. “We have been subjected for the last few months in Europe to acts of war.”European security officials have been bracing for a major attack for weeks, and warned that the Islamic State group was actively preparing to strike. The arrest Friday of a key suspect in the November attacks in Paris heightened those fears, as investigators said many more people were involved than originally thought, and that some are still on the loose.The Associated Press contributed to this report. The vital role family plays in society Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Police in Belgium have released a surveillance photo of the suspected terrorists who detonated bombs that killed 31 and injured nearly 200 at a European airport Tuesday morning.The photo was taken at the Brussels airport before the attacks.At least one of the airport blasts was attributed to a suicide bomber. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the carnage. In the photo, three men are seen strolling through the Zaventem terminal, pushing luggage carts. ABC News reported that two of the men may be dead and authorities were searching for the man in the hat.center_img (Surveillance Photo) Top Stories 1 / 25The blown out facade of the terminal is seen, center, at Zaventem airport, one of the sites of two deadly attacks in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Authorities in Europe have tightened security at airports, on subways, at the borders and on city streets after the attacks Tuesday on the Brussels airport and its subway system. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 0 Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

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IHG named Australasias most environmentally sustainable hotelie

first_imgCrowne Plaza Alice Springs Solar Project, final install aerial photo Source = IHG IHG has been recognised as the most environmentally and socially responsible hotelier in Australasia, after being awarded the inaugural Responsible Travel ManagementAward (RTM) by the National Business Travel Association (NBTA).Announcing the award at the Excellence Award Dinner during its annual Regional Business Travel Conference in Melbourne, the NBTA recognised IHG’s corporate responsibility practices as the clear benchmark for sustainability inhotels in Australia and New Zealand.Citing the sheer depth and diversity of IHG’s comprehensive corporate responsibility program in awarding the accolade, NBTA offered praise for the years of effort and resources that have been committed to making IHG’s hotels and business practices as environmentally sustainable and socially responsible as possible.Of particular note were IHG’s extensive efforts in providing training, employment and community development opportunities for Indigenous Australians, as part of the company’s broad corporate responsibility commitments.“We’ve spent years changing the way we do business across every one of our InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn hotels, to cut the volume of natural resources being consumed – such as water and energy – and reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill, and find new ways to foster the social and economic development of the local communities we do business in,” said IHG Australasia’s director of corporate responsibility, Frank Hubbard.“This process has required personal commitments at every level of the business, to get IHG to the point where it is starting to make a difference. It’s required nothing less than fundamental shifts in how we run our hotels and engage with our communities, but the positive results of these efforts are more than worth the effort.” “Time and again, we’ve been able to prove that responsible business is good business – and receiving recognition for our commitment from major industry organisations like the NBTA certainly spurs us on,” Frank said. IHG’s environmental policies cover every area of the global business – from sustainable design, development and operation of hotels through to engagement of customers, colleagues and business partners.  Underpinning all this are proprietary systems and partnerships to monitor, benchmark and audit the environmental performance of every one of IHG’s hotels.The NBTA’s inaugural Responsible Travel Management Award for Australasia was judged by a selection of NBTA Board members and independent experts in sustainability and climate change.  last_img read more

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Singapore Airlines joins Tourism WA to boost visitors

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.C Singapore Airlines and Tourism Western Australia (TWA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly promote tourism to Western Australia.The three-year partnership sees a joint funding of marketing campaigns and the active promotion of inbound tourism to Western Australia off the back of the carrier’s Singapore-Perth services, the airline announced in a release on Wednesday, 1 September.“We are privileged to work with TWA and the forming of this strategic partnership is testament to our strong commitment to the Australian market. With Singapore Airlines’ extensive network, I am confident that we will encourage more visitors to see the beautiful sights and attractions Western Australia has to offer,” Singapore Airlines’ Executive Vice President, Marketing and the Regions, Goh Choon Phong said.The focus in the first year would be on three key international markets for Western Australia – Germany, Singapore and China, TWA’s acting CEO Stephanie Buckland said.“Our Experience Extraordinary campaign ties perfectly in with these markets because visitors from these countries seek something a little different,” Ms Buckland said.“Nowhere else in Australia can you find a city with 3,000 hours of sunshine per year or visit one of Lonely Planet’s top ten regions of the world – Australia’s South West.”Currently, Singapore Airlines operates a total of 93 weekly flights to five major cities across Australia, including 18 weekly services to Perth.last_img read more

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Qantas announces profit update

first_imgQantas chief executive Alan Joyce has announced that the carrier expects to report an Underlying Profit Before Tax for the last financial year ending June 2011 in the range of AUD500 million to 550 million. Mr Joyce said a number of factors have impacted the FY11 result, including the disruptions due to the Chilean volcano which has already cost the airline AUD21 million. A series of significant weather events and natural disasters including the Queensland floods, Cyclones Yasi and Carlos, the Japanese tsunami and the Christchurch earthquake has cost the carrier in total AUD185 million. He also confirmed that they have reached an agreement with Rolls Royce regarding the Airbus A380 engine failure on flight QF32 last November and the full settlement will be recognised in the FY11. “Considering the challenges facing the aviation industry, this is a good result, the Qantas Group’s best since the global financial crisis,” Mr Joyce said. He said the combination of their domestic carrier’s Jetstar and Qantas, Jetstar International, Qantas frequent flyer and Qantas freight has enabled them to pull through these major events. Qantas International is forecast to generate a loss before interest and tax of around AUD200 million, on invested capital of over AUD5 billion, with a weaker result expected for 2012.“Clearly the situation is not sustainable, however we are developing a long term strategy aimed at restoring competitiveness and profitability.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P Qantas faces more turbulant times aheadlast_img read more

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Job cuts as QF consolidates operations

first_imgUp to 535 Qantas employees will face termination, following the consolidation of Qantas’ heavy maintenance facilities.Facilities in Avalon and Brisbane will remain open, while maintenance repairs at Tullamarine will be discontinued by August 2012. In a statement issued this morning, the airline’s chief executive Alan Joyce said the restructure was necessary as there is currently not enough heavy maintenance work required to operate three separate facilities. Line maintenance will continue to be conducted at Tullamarine, employing over 300 workers. Mr Joyce was positive about the impending situation, highlighting the airline’s commitment to preserving heavy maintenance repairs within Australia.“Qantas has an outstanding track record in aircraft maintenance, and our commitment to setting a global standard for safety and quality in airline maintenance will never change.”The airline chief was also resonant in moving forward and developing its approach to servicing aircraft.“Qantas has invested heavily over the past 10 years in new aircraft that are more advanced, more efficient, attractive to our customers and require less maintenance, less often,” Mr Joyce said.“But we cannot take advantage of this new generation of aircraft if we continue to do heavy maintenance in the same way we did 10 years ago.”According to the airline, Qantas will offer significant support packages for affected employees including redundancy packages well in excess of the legislative requirements, career transition, access to skills and training programs and counselling for employees and their families.Plans to consolidate all services to Queensland were reported earlier in March of this year. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more

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Joyce spreads duties as new IATA chair

first_imgLess than a month after announcing the division of leadership duties within Australia’s flag carrier, Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce has taken on new responsibilities as the newly appointed chairman of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).Stepping into the role effective immediately and replacing outgoing chairman and current KLM chief executive Peter Hartman, Mr Joyce will lead the Association for up to one year with his term concluding at IATA’s sixty-ninth General Meeting in Cape Town next year.The Aviation Group’s chief executive Tony Tyler said Mr Joyce was “the right person” to lead the Association’s Board with up to 24 years experience in the airline industry. “IATA plays a critical role in the industry and I am honored to take on the role of leading its Board of Governors,” Mr Joyce said.  “The top priorities, as always, will be safety, security, and sustainability. “On top of that, I want to see IATA continue to deliver value to its members by being a strong advocate for the industry.”As part of his term with the company, Mr Tyler said Mr Joyce would be involved with the Association’s plans to develop the foundation standards for new distribution capability as well as progressing work on the Checkpoint of the Future.Appointed to replace Mr Joyce in the chairman post from June next year is Delta Air Lines chief executive Richard Anderson. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J.last_img read more

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Lebanese smoking ban suffocating tourism

first_imgImage Source: AFP Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Lebanon tourism operators and associations claim the country’s hospitality and tourism industries are suffering following the national smoking ban laws that were implemented in September.The protested ban prevents smokers from lighting up in all closed public spaces, according to The Daily Star.“The tourism sector is amid an unprecedented crisis… we have accumulated vast losses since the implementation [of law 174] started,” Head of the Restaurants Association Paul Ariss said.“The law was passed at the wrong time when the sector was already suffering from a sharp decline caused by political and security turmoil that [caused a sharp fall in the number] of tourists.”Head of the Union of Tourism Syndicates in Lebanon Pierre al-Ashkar said he warned politicians of the detrimental effects of the ban earlier last month.“We met with the prime minister and told him that implementing such a law in the current exceptional security situation in the country is likely to produce greater loss in the tourism sector,” Mr al-Ashkar said.Heads of the Lebanese Franchise Association and Hotels Association also called for amending the law. “We demand that some aspects of the law are reconsidered after it damaged thousands of businesses and threatened jobs,” Head of the Lebanese Franchise Association Charles Arbid said.“We are not calling to cancel the smoking ban but [for a law] that takes our business into account,” Head of the Hotels Association Pierre Achkar said.Head of the Chambers of Commerce Mohammad Choukeir had requested the Lebanese government consider issuing licenses to institutes specialised in nargileh (smoking waterpipe).last_img read more

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Event Awards looks for a Home for 20132015

first_imgIta Buttrose – the 2012 Event AwardsMaster of Ceremonies Source = Australian Event Awards Pty Limited ANZ Stadium – The host venue for 2012,ANZ Stadium Sydney Olympic Park Harmony Daryl – Winners of the 2012 Entertainerof the year award, Harmony and Daryl Lovegrove Each year Australians are responsible for thousands of great events both at home and abroad. The Australian Event Awards aims to recognise their achievements.The Australian Event Awards is the pinnacle awards program for the Australian Events Industry and is now in search for a home. The Event Awards provides an opportunity for Australian events, Event Managers, products and service providers to be nationally recognised for their achievements. Its aims are to celebrate and reward innovation and excellence across the whole spectrum of Australian Events and event services.The program consists of Categories ranging from “Best Sporting Event” to “Best Achievement in Design” and culminates in the highly prized “Australian Event of the Year” award.Previous award winners include Santos Tour Down Under (SA), The Australian Open (VIC), Opera on Sydney Harbour (NSW), Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (VIC), Ten Days on the Island (TAS), Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition (QLD) and Newmont Boddington Gold Official opening (WA).Following the inaugural Event Awards in 2009 the organisers launched a search for a home venue for the subsequent three years (2010 – 2012). Sydney Olympic Park was successful in their bid and became the Home venue for the Industry Night of Nights.“During those three years Sydney Olympic Park Authority (SOPA) were immensely supportive of the awards and have greatly assisted in bolstering the legitimacy and exposure of the program. Their participation has been invaluable.” said Ian Steigrad, Managing Director of the Awards.Now that the three year arrangement with SOPA has come to a close, a wide variety of interest has been shown from venues, organisations and governments across Australia in hosting the awards. “In response to this, and in order to provide a fair opportunity to all, we have decided to launch a new national Search for a Home for the 2013-2015 Awards” said Steigrad. The event is anticipated to be held in the second week of November each year.Search for a Home bids will open on the 13th May 2013 giving interested parties five weeks to submit their bid. Bids close on the 14th June 2013.The winning destination will have the opportunity to showcase itself directly to the movers and shakers of the Australian events industry. Along with those who export Australian Events expertise to the world and to the 20,000 strong Australian Event Awards database.The announcement of the winning destination will be on the 9th July 2013. Lyndon Terracini – Accepted the coveted AustralianEvent of the Year award for Handa Opera on SydneyHarbour Sandy Hollway – Co-chair of Judging panellast_img read more

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Increased speed and security to help manage continuing passenger growt

first_imgIncreased speed and security to help manage continuing passenger growthAbu Dhabi Airports announced it will deploy a new traveler document authentication system using boarding pass validation technology from air transport IT specialist, SITA. Airport iValidate will enhance security, accelerate passenger processing and reduce waiting times for passengers by automatically verifying all types of boarding passes, including mobile boarding passes and home-printed passes. The use of iValidate at Abu Dhabi International Airport will be the first deployment of the product in the Middle East.The airport’s Traveler Document Authentication System using SITA’s Airport iValidate ensures passengers are at the correct terminal and security checkpoint, and enables them to present their barcode boarding passes either on paper or on their mobile phones.  The data is automatically validated, checked for duplicates and cross-referenced against the Airport Operational Database and the airline’s Departure Control System. The information is then displayed to the security agent on an intuitive graphical user interface in a matter of seconds.Ahmad Al Haddabi, Chief Operations Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “Deploying such an advanced technology is a further demonstration of Abu Dhabi Airports’ determination to use the very best the market has to offer. Effectively managing the balance between continuous passenger flow and stringent security measures is a fundamental part of our operations, and the task is even more important in view of our continued growth.“With this new technology verifying passenger documentation will be done quickly and efficiently, while at the same time improving the passenger experience. This is all part of our ongoing programme to deliver a smooth flowing airport that affords passengers sufficient comfort and time to enjoy all the facilities on offer.”Hani El-Assaad, President, Middle East, India and Africa, SITA, said: “It’s always a challenge to maintain the right balance between speed, efficiency and security. We also know that airports typically make around one-third of their revenue from retail, and there is a very clear correlation between moving passengers quickly through airport security and retail spend. SITA’s Airport iValidate is designed to work hand in hand with security at Abu Dhabi International to help them enhance the passenger experience.”The Airport iValidate system, which will be in place by June 2015, will include four security lanes with automatic gates, four mobile/paper boarding pass scanners and four hand-held wireless boarding pass scanners.The system will initially be deployed in Terminal 3 economy, followed by the Terminal 3 business area. It will also be implemented in both economy and business in Terminal 1. SITA on-site staff will support and maintain the Airport iValidate system, with the same stringent Service Level Agreements the company provides for other systems in the airport.SITA Source = SITAlast_img read more

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Hong Kong Airlines is recognised by IATA on the Fast Travel Program

first_imgSource = Hong Kong Airlines Hong Kong Airlines is recognised by IATA on the Fast Travel ProgramHong Kong Airlines is recognised by IATA on the Fast Travel ProgramHong Kong Airlines, the internationally-acclaimed full-service airline strives to provide convenient and bespoke services for travellers.Hong Kong Airlines implemented self-services for travellers such as Check-in, Bags ready-to-go, Flight Re-booking and Document check at the Hong Kong International Airport. The self-services performance has been recognised by International Air Transport Association (IATA) through the awarding of the Green Certificate in the Fast Travel Program.Apart from providing self-services to travellers, Hong Kong Airlines launched “Sweeten You Up” service last year, offering newlyweds or couples celebrating their anniversaries, birthday and children passengers a sweet and enjoyable journey with their beloved in the sky. Hong Kong Airlines takes the service to a new level recently and Happy Angels will be assigned on our flights to provide extra care to kids, ensuring a carefree journey for parents.As the first and major Hong Kong-based carrier to use Mid Field Concourse (MCF) at the Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong Airlines will soon launch its brand new VIP lounge at the new concourse. Currently over 90% of Hong Kong Airlines’ flights including both departure and arrival use MFC, enabling passengers to enjoy the convenience of the airbridge, contributing to a more pleasant flight experience.While celebrating its tenth anniversary of establishment with the acquisition of IATA’s Green Certificate, Hong Kong Airlines has been awarded the highly-esteemed Skytrax 4-star rating again in the Skytrax World Airline Awards earlier this year, the highly authoritative industry benchmarks by Skytrax the research consultancy specialising in the air transport industry. Followed by the “World’s Most Improved Airline” honour by Skytrax in 2014, as well as entering into the top 10 list of the “World’s Best Regional Airline” for the first time last year. The conferred awards mark Hong Kong Airlines’ achievements and improvements in recent years. Hong Kong Airlinesbook your flights hereAbout Hong Kong AirlinesEstablished in 2006, Hong Kong Airlines is a full-service airline firmly rooted in Hong Kong with a wide destination network covering over 30 major cities across the Asia Pacific region, including Gold Coast, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo, Sapporo, Bangkok, Bali and Okinawa. The current operating fleet is made up of 32 Airbus aircraft with an average age of around 3.9 years, consisting of 27 passenger aircraft and five freighters, being one of the youngest fleet in the world. Hong Kong Airlines has been awarded the internationally acclaimed 4-star rating from Skytrax since 2011. Adhering to the concept of “Fresh and Very Hong Kong”, Hong Kong Airlines is committed to “Bringing Greater Journeys Sky High”, and is dedicated to providing a pleasant and enjoyable journey to all passengers.last_img read more

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Wendy Wu Tours sign partnership with Express Travel Group

first_imgWendy Wu Tours sign partnership with Express Travel GroupLeading Asia holiday expert Wendy Wu Tours has signed a partnership agreement with the Australian-owned and operated travel company, Express Travel Group (ETG), as preferred supplier for Asia to the ETG group across Australia.Wendy Wu Tours general manager Andrew Mulholland said the companies complemented each other, with both looking to ensure they grow market share to the core destinations of China, Indochina, India and Japan.He added, “We look forward to working with this rapidly growing group of retail professionals. I am very impressed with their model, quality of agents and aggressive stance towards owning Asia as a core market”.Express Travel Group executive general manager, Ari Magoutis, commented that the company is excited to be partnering with Wendy Wu Tours, whom they consider a leader in product, service and innovation.“While our network continues to grow, we want to ensure we are partnering with market leaders and the feedback we have received from our members about Wendy Wu Tours is of the highest standard. It is this member feedback that drives our supplier relationships and ultimately creates successful partnerships”.About Wendy Wu Tours Source = Wendy Wu Tourslast_img read more

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H Plus Representing Tourism Australia in South Korea

first_imgH Plus Representing Tourism Australia in South KoreaH Plus Representing Tourism Australia in South KoreaTourism Australia has changed the way it operates in South Korea by refocusing its efforts on trade activities and moving to a representation agency agreement.H Plus is now responsible for representing Tourism Australia to travel industry stakeholders in South Korea as well as forging relationships with the trade partners and tour operators who sell travel to Australia.H Plus will also provide support and training for the Aussie Specialist Program to equip front line travel sellers with the knowledge and skills to sell Australia.The work will be directed from H Plus’ office in Seoul led by account director Jinha Joh and supported by Aussie Specialist Program trainer Joo Heui Lee. Tourism Australia closed its office in Seoul on 3 August.“Jinha has worked in the travel industry over many years and will be a great addition to our trade marketing efforts,” said Andrew Hogg Regional General Manager North Asia, Tourism Australia.Tourism Australia shifted its focus in South Korea to a distribution model after reviewing funding allocation in the markets to achieve the greatest impact for Australia tourism and commenced the tender process for representation in May 2018.In the 12 months to March 2018 Australia welcomed 303,800 visitors from South Korea who spent A$ 1.6 billion. There are currently 19 flights per week from South Korea to Australia.Find out more about the South Korea market at www.tourism.australia.com/koreaFind out more about the Aussie Specialist Program at www.tourism.australia.com/aussiespecialistSource = Tourism Australialast_img read more

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Princess Cruises Celebrates 5000th Commodore

first_imgPrincess Cruises Celebrates 5000th Commodore Pictured left to right: Jessica Rogers, Flight Centre Kiama with Helen Courias, Princess Cruises Business Development ManagerPrincess Cruises Celebrates 5000th CommodoreJessica Rogers from Flight Centre Kiama NSW has been celebrated as the 5000th person to reach Commodore status in Princess Cruises awarded Academy training program.As a Commodore, Jessica will now be entitled to a range of Princess Cruises benefits including: a ‘Graduation’ cruise for two, onboard Captain’s Circle and Elite tier benefits,priority access to shipboard events,Commodore marketing kit,exclusive access to special offers and promotions,priority Commodore support,CLIA credit points, and a certificate of achievement.“We’re delighted to see more agents than ever before reach Commodore status,” said Director of Sales and Marketing, Princess Cruises Australia and New Zealand, Nick Ferguson.“Princess Academy is an engaging training program designed to boost travel agents’ knowledge of Princess Cruises’ products to increase sales and Academy Commodore agencies on average generate 60% more revenue than non-Commodore agencies.”Not yet a part of the Princess Academy Program? Get yourself registered now and learn everything there is to know about Princess Cruises, then watch your business grow.Visit www.onesourcecruises.comAbout Princess CruisesOne of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is the fastest growing international premium cruise line and tour company operating a fleet of 17 modern cruise ships, carrying two million guests each year to 380 destinations around the globe, including the Caribbean, Alaska, Panama Canal, Mexican Riviera, Europe, South America, Australia/New Zealand, the South Pacific, Hawaii, Asia, Canada/New England, Antarctica and World Cruises. A team of professional destination experts have curated 170 itineraries, ranging in length from three to 111 days and Princess Cruises is continuously recognized as “Best Cruise Line for Itineraries.”In 2017 Princess Cruises, with parent company Carnival Corporation, introduced MedallionClass Vacations enabled by the OceanMedallion, the vacation industry’s most advanced wearable device, provided free to each guest sailing on a MedallionClass ship. The award-winning innovation offers the fastest way to a hassle-free, personalized vacation giving guests more time to do the things they love most. MedallionClass Vacations will be activated on five ships by the end of 2019. An activation plan will continue across the global fleet in 2020 and beyond.Princess Cruises continues its multi-year, “Come Back New Promise” – a $450 million-dollar product innovation and cruise ship renovation campaign that will continue to enhance the line’s onboard guest experience. These enhancements result in more moments of awe, lifetime memories and meaningful stories for guests to share from their cruise vacation. The product innovations include partnerships with award-winning Chef Curtis Stone; engaging entertainment inspired shows with Broadway-legend Stephen Schwartz; immersive activities for the whole family from Discovery and Animal Planet that include exclusive shore excursions to onboard activities; the ultimate sleep at sea with the award-winning Princess Luxury Bed and more.Three new Royal-class ships are currently on order with the next new ship under construction, Sky Princess, scheduled for delivery in October 2019, followed by Enchanted Princess in June 2020. Princess previously announced that two new (LNG) ships which will be the largest ships in the Princess fleet, accommodating approximately 4,300 guests are planned for delivery in 2023 and 2025.  Princess now has five ships arriving over the next six years between 2019 and 2025. The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE:CUK).Source = Princess Cruiseslast_img read more

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Canadian Tourism Minister meets travel trade leaders in India

first_imgBardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, met with tourism industry leaders in New Delhi and Mumbai to discuss how to facilitate more tourists’ travel to Canada.H.E. Nadir Patel, High Commissioner for Canada to India, hosted an evening with captains of the industry at his official residence in New Delhi.Over 170 agents from all over India attended the reception, with some of them coming all the way from Ludhiana, Amritsar, Mumbai, Ahmedabad among others. Discussions were on issuance of visa, increase in air capacity, compression issues and key opportunities for growth.During the meet, the Minister said, “It’s an opportunity to build on the work that my colleagues have been doing to build a strong relationship between Canada and India. For me, the relationship between the two countries is very important. We want the Canadian travel trade to work better together; and thereby create more opportunities.”Chagger informed that this year is Canada’s 150th birthday and they want the world, especially people from India to visit Canada. “We will be working closely with Destination Canada- our marketing agency and the High Commissioner in India to ensure that every Indian here knows about our country and considers visiting it,” she added.SanJeet, India Representative, Destination Canada, assured that Destination Canada-India will keep working on increasing the number of Indians to Canada and also help resolve visa issues. He informed that tourist visas are now issued till the validity of the passport.last_img read more

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Sofitel to develop its largest hotel in Middle East

first_imgComing in late 2019, the Sofitel Dubai Wafi will have 501 rooms, 86 suites and 97 serviced residences, to be operated on an extended-stay basis. The hotel is being built with development partner MKM Commercial Holdings and will join Sofitel’s portfolio of 14 hotels currently in operation and under development in the region.The hotel will be adjacent to the Raffles Dubai, now a sister hotel under the Accorhotels umbrella, with the group saying “both properties will form a luxury cluster” within the Wafi area, with guests able to share amenities and services across the two hotels.Sheikh Manna Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Chairman of MKM Commercial Holdings, said, “We are confident the Sofitel, through its distinct brand positioning and expertise in the luxury segment, will be able to complement our existing Raffles Dubai while cementing the strength of hospitality offerings present within the expanded and revitalized Wafi.”Sofitel Dubai Wafi will include an Asian specialty restaurant, gastro pub, a destination restaurant, bar and lounge on 43rd and 44th Floors, a French lobby cafe, an all-day restaurant and a pool bar. There will also be a SoSpa, gym, outdoor pools, private cabanas and a kids club.Sami Nasser, Chief Operating Officer, luxury brands for AccorHotels Middle East, said, “This will undoubtedly become a future flagship for Sofitel in the region. The development of this property is aligned with our strategy to operate one of our leading luxury brands across strategic locations in the Middle East.”last_img read more

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Burj Al Arab Jumeirah pioneers turtle rehabilitation sets an example for the

first_imgBurj Al Arab Jumeirah not only cuts a stunning silhouette against the skyline of the Emirate of Dubai, but the international luxury hospitality chain is also a pioneer in driving unique environmental changes. A case in point is the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project (DTRP) that they have undertaken, in collaboration with Dubai’s Wildlife Protection Office.Conceptualised and conceived in 2004, shortly after the Wildlife Protection Office was bombarded with rescue requests from members of the public, DTRP now has a team of seven working dedicatedly for turtle rehabilitation. The team receives regular veterinary assistance from Dubai Falcon Hospital and the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory and has released 1,700 turtles including Hawksbill, Green, Loggerhead and Olive Ridleys to the ocean. Burj Al Arab Jumeirah has left no stone unturned in aiding the project and employs an animal husbandry team that is devoted to taking care of all the rescued turtles. These turtles are brought in by organisations focussed on turtle conservation and rehabilitation.  With only 8,000 nesting females across all seven species of marine turtles left worldwide, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah has undertaken a task which not many would dare to. No wonder then, the DTRP is the only committed rehabilitation project in all of the Middle East and the Red Sea region. To drive home a wholesome project, the team also encourages interested hotel guests to take part in turtle feeding, learning about turtles and indigenous fishes from the lagoon’s discovery trail and observation island. Children from primary and secondary schools are also given educational tours of the facility. Gerhard Beukes, Director of Aquarium Operations and Animal Husbandry, The Aquarium & Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project, The Burj Al Arab Jumeirah expressed, “As a global hospitality brand, our primary business goal is to multiply occupancy rates across our properties, however, we must also have the bandwidth to measure and control the impact that heavy tourist inflow might cause on the neighbouring environment.  Further, we should appoint dedicated teams to design plans for safeguarding the local communities wherein we operate and also collaborate for environmental projects to ensure a healthy ecosystem.Alongside undertaking initiatives, educating and training each staff, employees, stakeholders and even tourists about the pressing issues concerning our sustenance is mandatory. We must also set examples with our result driven activities and encourage others to be environmentally conscious individuals and entities.”In fact, DTRP is not the only project undertaken by Burj Al Arab towards its goal of attaining sustainable tourism. Jumeirah Saadiyet Island resort provides complimentary reusable plastic bottles to all guests, encourages them to refill locally-filtered water and serves water in glass bottles, thereby completely eliminating single-use plastic items. In the era of a global tourism boom, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah has turned over a green leaf and remains committed to being leaders in ecotourism with a focus on reducing its overall carbon footprint, optimising the use of natural resources and sustaining the quality of natural, built and cultural environment.last_img read more

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Residential Investment Growth Boosts Q3 GDP

first_img Share Residential Investment Growth Boosts Q3 GDP Led by increases in personal consumption, government spending, and residential investment, the US economy grew at an annual rate of 2.0 percent in the third quarter, the “”Bureau of Economic Analysis””:http://www.bea.gov/ (BEA) reported Friday, faster than economists expected and a strong rebound from the 1.3 percent growth rate in the second quarter. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had expected an increase of 1.9 percent.[IMAGE]While not an absolutely strong performance–the economy has grown an average of 2.5 percent since 1991–the improvement over the second quarter bolsters arguments that current economic policies are working. That growth is below the longer-term average, though, is a reminder the economy remains weak. Friday’s “”BEA report””:http://bea.gov/newsreleases/national/gdp/2012/pdf/gdp3q12_adv.pdf was an “”advance estimate”” based on incomplete data subject to revision or, in some cases, data that has not yet been reported.The BEA said it used estimates assuming a decrease in nondurable manufacturing inventories, an increase in non-motor-vehicle merchant wholesale and retail inventories, an increase in exports of goods, excluding gold, and an increase in imports of goods, also excluding gold.[COLUMN_BREAK]According to the report, consumer spending contributed $47.8 billion of the overall growth of $67.7 billion, up from the $35.7 billion growth in consumer spending in the second quarter. Government spending added another $22.4 billion in the third quarter, reversing a subtraction of $4.3 billion in the second quarter.Residential fixed investment was accounted for $12.3 billion of the third quarter GDP increase, up from the $7.2 billion contribution in the second quarter.Overall, residential fixed investment was 2.73 percent of GDP in the third quarter, up from 2.65 percent in the second.The 2.0 percent annualized growth rate matches the growth rate in the first quarter and is faster than the 1.3 percent growth in third-quarter 2011.The positive contributions from consumer spending, government spending, and residential investment were offset by downturns in exports and non-residential fixed investment.Personal consumption improved 2.0 percent in the third quarter compared with 1.5 percent in the second quarter and 1.7 percent in the third quarter last year. Government spending grew 9.6 percent in the third quarter, the first quarterly improvement since the second quarter of 2010. Residential fixed investment increased 14.4 percent in the third quarter, up from 8.5 percent growth in the second and 1.4 percent in the third quarter of 2011.Inflation, as tracked through GDP, was 1.5 percent in the third quarter, down from 1.6 percent in the second. Excluding food and energy, inflation was 1.6 percent in the third quarter, down from 1.8 percent in the second. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Economic Analysis Bureau of Labor Statistics GDP Investors Service Providers 2012-10-26 Mark Liebermancenter_img in Government, Secondary Market October 26, 2012 451 Views last_img read more

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Agencies Announce Mortgage Relief Strategies for Disaster Victims

first_img The GSEs and “”HUD””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD are rolling out relief strategies for servicers and borrowers caught in the devastation brought on by Hurricane Sandy.[IMAGE]HUD secretary Shaun Donovan announced Wednesday that the department is working to speed up federal disaster assistance to areas in New York and New Jersey following the passage of the storm. The announcement follows a disaster declaration for those states from President Obama.According to a release, HUD is currently contacting state and local officials in New York and New Jersey to discuss opportunities to use its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME programs to re-allocate federal resources toward disaster recovery efforts. Federally guaranteed loans are being offered for housing rehabilitation and economic development in disaster areas.HUD is also granting a 90-day forbearance on foreclosures of home mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).In addition, HUD reminds homeowners that its Section 203(h) program provides FHA insurance to disaster victims who have lost their homes and have to rebuild or buy another home. Borrowers from participating FHA-approved lenders are eligible for 100 percent financing, including closing costs. The announcement also notes HUD’s Section 203(k) loan program, which enables those who have lost their homes to finance the purchase or refinance of a house along with its repair through a single mortgage.Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are reaching out to assist borrowers and servicers, as well. In a “”release””:http://freddiemac.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=12329&item=135028, Freddie “”strongly encouraged””:https://themreport.com/articles/freddie-mac-offers-mortgage-relief-to-hurricane-sandy-victims-2012-10-30 servicers to help affected borrowers with Freddie Mac-owned loans by suspending foreclosure and eviction proceedings by up to one year. Servicers are also urged to waive assessments of penalties or late fees against borrowers with damaged homes and to forgo reporting delinquencies caused by the disaster to the nation’s credit bureaus.””Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/about-us/media/corporate-news/2012/5878.html advised the same forbearance for its servicers, who may suspend or reduce a borrower’s payments for up to 90 days in the case of a natural disaster. Since a storm of Sandy’s scale can make it difficult to reach borrowers, servicers may grant this temporary relief even if they cannot reach the homeowner immediately.””We understand the disruption that a storm such as Sandy can have on people’s lives, and we’ve made it easy for our servicers to offer relief to those who need it,”” said Leslie Peeler, senior vice president of Fannie Mae’s National Servicing Organization. “”Servicers are on the front lines with homeowners and we are grateful for their efforts to help borrowers. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those who have been affected by the storm.”” in Secondary Market, Servicing October 31, 2012 466 Views Agencies Announce Mortgage Relief Strategies for Disaster Victimscenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Fannie Mae Freddie Mac HUD Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2012-10-31 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more

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Report Originations Up in Q3 Market Opens Up Among Top Lenders

first_img in Origination, Servicing Report: Originations Up in Q3, Market Opens Up Among Top Lenders November 12, 2012 450 Views Mortgage origination was up in the third quarter, and it looks like there’s a little more room at the top, according to a report from “”_Mortgage Daily_””:http://www.mortgagedaily.com/Production111212.asp.[IMAGE]According to mortgage lender ranking data compiled by _Mortgage Daily_, originations in Q3 were up 11 percent from Q2, putting third-quarter production at an estimated $475 billion. The report shows that loans insured by the “”Federal Housing Administration””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/federal_housing_administration (FHA) made up about 13 percent of originations in Q3, down from the revised 14 percent in Q2.Activity from “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/ and “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ was mostly flat between quarters, with the GSEs accounting for about 74 percent of third-quarter activity. That was slightly up from a revised 73 percent in the second quarter.Statistics for the report were obtained through an origination survey conducted by _Mortgage Daily_, filings with the “”Securities and Exchange Commission””:http://www.sec.gov/, and company news announcements. The findings were based on origination data for 29 lenders that accounted for 77 percent of the total estimated market.According to the findings, the market share at the five biggest originators was about 52.5 percent, down from 53.9 percent in the second quarter. The top five lenders– “”Wells Fargo””:https://www.wellsfargo.com/, “”JPMorgan Chase””:http://www.jpmorganchase.com/corporate/Home/home.htm, “”USBank””:https://www.usbank.com/index.html, “”Bank of America””:http://about.bankofamerica.com/en-us/index.html#fbid=RwYHGv9E231, and “”Quicken Loans””:http://www.quickenloans.com/ –maintained their spots, but only BofA and Quicken managed to keep their market shares from declining.PennyMac saw the most growth in mortgage production, posting an 87 percent increase from the second quarter, the report says. Stonegate Mortgage and United Shore Financial Services also reported major improvement, experiencing increases of 76 percent and 62 percent, respectively. Quicken’s volume increased nearly 45 percent quarter-to-quarter, helping it hold its fifth-ranked spot.Fifth Third Bank’s performance was the worst of any lender tracked; the bank’s originations declined 2 percent quarterly.In terms of servicing, Wells Fargo, BofA, Chase, Citi, and USBank made up the top five in terms of portfolio size. However, recent servicing rights acquisitions made by “”Ocwen””:http://www.ocwen.com/, “”Nationstar””:https://www.nationstarmtg.com/, and “”Walter Investment Management””:http://www.walterinvestment.com/ are very likely to change the landscape of the top servicers. Ocwen is poised to move into the top five with its purchase of Homeward Residential Holdings and mortgage assets from Residential Capital LLC, while Nationstar and Walter have indicated in earnings reports that they each have half a trillion dollars in servicing portfolios in upcoming acquisitions.Using historical data from its _U.S. Mortgage Market Index_, _Mortgage Daily_ predicts the final quarter of the year will be little changed from Q3. The index–which reflects pricing inquiries for prospective borrowers–averaged 221 for the three months ending October 26, a date selected to sync with quarterly production by allowing about 60 days of processing time.center_img Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bank of America Citigroup Fannie Mae FHA Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Servicing Rights Ocwen Service Providers Wells Fargo 2012-11-12 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

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Wells Fargo Fannie Mae Announce 591M Settlement

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Fannie Mae Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage-Backed Securities Service Providers Wells Fargo 2013-12-30 Tory Barringer Wells Fargo, Fannie Mae Announce $591M Settlement December 30, 2013 453 Views in Secondary Marketcenter_img “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/index.html and “”Wells Fargo””:https://www.wellsfargo.com/ have reached an agreement that will close the book on a number of problem legacy loans, both companies announced.[IMAGE]According to the separate announcements, Wells Fargo has agreed to pay $591 million to Fannie Mae to resolve repurchase requests on certain loans originated prior to [COLUMN_BREAK]2009. Adjusting for prior repurchases, the bank will pay $541 million in Q4 2013. In its own statement, Wells Fargo said it had fully accrued for the cost of the agreement as of the end of the third quarter.Though the bank–the nation’s biggest home lender–remains on the hook for certain contractual responsibilities, the agreement “”resolves substantially all repurchase liabilities”” related to the loans covered.For Fannie Mae, the settlement wraps up a year’s worth of effort resolving legacy problems and allows for a fresh start heading into the new year.””We have closed out our legacy repurchase reviews with this agreement with Wells Fargo,”” said Timothy Mayopoulos, president and CEO of Fannie Mae. “”This agreement represents a fitting conclusion to our year of hard work to put legacy issues in the rear view mirror and begin 2014 focused on improving the future of housing finance.”” Sharelast_img read more

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2013 ExistingHome Sales Strongest in Seven Years

first_img2013 Existing-Home Sales Strongest in Seven Years Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Existing-Home Sales Home Prices Home Sales Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Realtors Service Providers 2014-01-23 Tory Barringer in Data “”Existing-home sales””:http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2014/01/december-existing-home-sales-rise-2013-strongest-in-seven-years finished 2013 with a slight increase, closing the book on the strongest year for sales since 2006, the “”National Association of Realtors””:http://www.realtor.org/ (NAR) reported Thursday.[IMAGE]Total existing-home sales–including all completed transactions of single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops–increased 1.0 percent month-over-month to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 4.87 million last month. November’s sales rate was revised down to 4.82 million.December’s sales were down year-over-year, coming up 0.6 percent short of December 2012’s pace of 4.90 million.Removing all other types of sales, sales of existing single-family homes rose 1.9 percent from November to an adjusted annual rate of 4.30 million. Compared to the prior year, single-family sales were down 0.7 percent.For all of last year, NAR estimates there were 5.09 million existing-home sales, a 9.1 percent improvement from 2012.[COLUMN_BREAK]””Existing-home sales have risen nearly 20 percent since 2011, with job growth, record low mortgage interest rates and a large pent-up demand driving the market,”” said NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun. “”We lost some momentum toward the end of 2013 from disappointing job growth and limited inventory, but we ended with a year that was close to normal given the size of our population.””While sales were up from November, it wasn’t new homeowners driving the increase: First-time buyers accounted for 27 percent of purchases in December, down from 28 percent in November and 30 percent in December 2012. All-cash sales–often reflective of investor activity–made up 32 percent of December transactions, unchanged from November and up from the previous year.Even with prices and mortgage rates slated to rise, NAR president Steve Brown says sales should hold strong in 2014 as job numbers improve. That doesn’t mean the year won’t be without challenges, though.””The only factors holding us back from a stronger recovery are the ongoing issues of restrictive mortgage credit and constrained inventory,”” Brown said. “”With strict new mortgage rules in place, we will be monitoring the lending environment to ensure that financially qualified buyers can access the credit they need to purchase a home.””The national median existing-home price for all housing types in December was $198,000, up 9.9 percent year-over-year. A comparatively smaller share of distressed sales (14 percent compared with December 2012’s 24 percent) accounted for some of the price growth, NAR reported.The median existing single-family home price was $197,900, up 9.8 percent from the year prior.center_img January 23, 2014 409 Views Sharelast_img read more

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Forecast Expects Housing Market Growth to Slow Down for the Rest of

first_img July 3, 2015 622 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Forecast Expects Housing Market Growth to Slow Down for the Rest of 2015 Sharecenter_img Clear Capital Non-Growth Housing Market Real Estate Asset Valuation 2015-07-03 Staff Writer Consumers grow uneasy as the spring season comes to a close and recent gains in the housing market begin to decline. Clear Capital, Inc., a provider of data and solutions for real estate asset valuation and collateral risk assessment, recently released its Home Data Index (HDI) Market Report with data through June 2015 that shows that 2015 will be a non-growth year.In January, the company forecasted total national housing market growth for 2015 to reach 1.3 percent, more than five percent lower than growth for 2014 at 6.7 percent. The adjusted forecast presumes that year-end national growth will come in at 2.6 percent, falling within the projected range of 1 percent to 3 percent.“With a first full look of the spring buying season and six-month update to the forecast, our data through June confirms our initial projection that 2015 would be a non-growth year,” said Alex Villacorta, Ph.D., VP of research and analytics at Clear Capital. “Here we are six months later, and there is very little evidence to change our view that the year will end up with price growth coming in just around the rate of inflation.”The report found that while San Francisco’s and San Jose’s year-end growth rates are expected to remain positive, at 3.4 percent and 3.2 percent, growth for both regions are projected to decline into the negatives at -0.2 percent and -0.4 percent through the second half of 2015. Clear Capital added that this drop raises concern among consumers after the summer buying season and experiencing two years of consecutive, yet unsustainable, gains.“In our June report, we went on record with concern of bubble markets across the U.S. Now San Jose is starting to go the way of San Francisco, at peak levels and now leveling off,” Villacorta said. “Both San Francisco and San Jose have been red hot markets, supported in large part by strong job growth. The latest numbers reveal, however, that both markets have reached their apex in the most recent upward price swing and are projected to take a slight dip into negative territory through the second half of 2015, by -0.2 percent and -0.4 percent. While both markets are projected to have total 2015 yearly growth rates of around 3 percent, entering winter 2015-2016 on the down side is of great concern. What started as ‘red hot’ at the start of 2014 may end as ‘in the red’ come 2016.”Regionally, growth across all regions remains flat, Clear Capital noted. The Midwest saw an increase in quarterly growth, from 0.1 percent to 0.3 percent. The West continues to be the strongest in terms of quarterly price grow at 1 percent and is expected to end 2015 with a 3.3 percent growth rate, reducing disparity between the East and West. Meanwhile, growth in the East is forecasted to come to a halt for the rest of 2015 at 0.1 percent, but it is also projected to end the year at 1 percent.On a national level, the growth levels are about the same, the company says. Data through June looks similar to data through May 2015, with no change in quarterly growth at 0.6 percent and a slight drop in yearly growth from 5.3 percent to 5.2 percent. If spring and summer seasons actually reflect the peak of the housing demand cycle, 0.6 percent quarterly growth likely to come to pass as for how the rest of the year will turn out.Click here to view Clear Capital’s Home Data Index. last_img read more

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Construction Vacancies Drop Unemployment Levels Out

first_img New construction could be on the rise as recent data shows construction employment is growing.According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, the number of unfilled jobs in the construction sector has declined over the last three months. This spur of construction hiring could be good news for the single-family mortgage market, which has shown a concern for a lack of housing inventory. According to the National Association of Realtors, housing inventory dropped 6.3 percent year-over-year in December.“The overall trend for open construction jobs has been increasing since the end of the Great Recession,” said Robert Dietz in an analysis on the National Association of Homebuilders website. “This is consistent with survey data indicating that access to labor remains a top business challenge for builders. However, a recent increase in hiring has reduced the current level of unfilled jobs in the sector.”In July 2016, 225,000 construction jobs were open, according to the Job Openings survey. As of December 2016, only 148,000 of those jobs remained.The hiring rate for construction jobs jumped to 5.8 percent in December—its best pace since Q1 2015. Additionally, the quitting rate fell for the month, dropping to just 1.8 percent.Overall, construction unemployment rates have leveled off at 7.3 percent. It reached its peak in February 2010, when it hit 22 percent. It has hovered in the 6- to 7-percent range since mid-2016.The remodeling and home building segments of the industry are seeing particular growth; in total, the two saw an increase of 20,300 jobs in January and, over the last year, nearly 130,000 jobs were added to these sectors alone.In the residential construction arena, employment is currently at about 2.6 million—762,000 with builders and 1.921 in specialty trade contractors, according to the BLS survey. The industry has gained just over 700,000 jobs since the Great Recession.To see the full results of the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, visit BLS.gov. Housing Construction Residential Housing Market 2017-02-07 Staff Writer Construction Vacancies Drop, Unemployment Levels Out in Data, Headlines, Newscenter_img Share February 7, 2017 478 Views last_img read more

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Matic Insurance and Mr Cooper Announce 7M Funding Round

first_imgMatic Insurance and Mr. Cooper Announce $7M Funding Round Matic Insurance Services (Matic), a digital insurance agency whose technology enables borrowers to purchase homeowner’s insurance during themortgage transaction, announced today it has raised $7 million in a Series A funding round, led by Mr. Copper, and leading insurance carriers Nationwide and National General Insurance with support from VC firms Anthemis and ManchesterStory Group.Matic’s technology connects homebuyers with insurance carriers, mortgage lenders and mortgage servicers to make homeowner’s insurance a more integrated part of the home purchase process. The result is a simpler, faster policy selection process that can save borrowers money and reduce loan delays. “Simplifying homeowner’s insurance and bringing policy selection into the home-buying process is a no-brainer — in fact, people often ask us why it’s never been done before,” said Matic Co-founder and CEO Aaron Schiff. “Matic brings to the table an outstanding technical team, a deep understanding of the mortgage business and unprecedented partnerships with insurancecarriers, mortgage lenders and mortgage servicers, some of whom are also our financial supporters. This new funding will support us as we double our team and scale the business to serve our customers in all verticals.”Mr. Cooper’s integration with Matic will make it easier and faster for borrowers to secure a homeowner’s insurance policy when purchasing a home through Mr. Cooper. It will also allow Mr. Cooper to help its mortgage servicing customers lower their monthly payments with a more affordable homeowner’s insurance policy.  The company’s decision to invest in Matic and integrate Matic’s services is part of its new strategy and consumer-centric approach, unveiled in August with the launch of the Mr. Cooper brand name.“Mr. Cooper is pleased to be working with Matic to give our customers access to its innovative digital home insurance platform,” said Tony Ebers, EVP of Originations for Mr. Cooper. “Our investment in Matic will help us provide our customers a modern, easy-to-use shopping experience that could save them money on homeowner’s insurance and make their homeownership journey more rewarding.” in Featured, Headlines, Market Studies, News, Servicing HOUSING matic insurance mortgage Mr Cooper 2017-11-13 Nicole Caspersoncenter_img Share November 13, 2017 626 Views last_img read more

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Helping Americas Wounded Veterans

first_img in Headlines, Media, News The Carrington Charitable Foundation’s (CCF) 8th Annual Golf Classic raised over $1.7 million to fund programs that support wounded American Veterans and their families. Over 260 golfers participated in the annual event, which took place in October at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast, California.CCF, the nonprofit organization of The Carrington Companies, supports a number of charities that provide mobility, stability, purpose, and prosperity for U.S. servicemen and women returning from post-9/11 battlefields. Since 2011, the CCF Golf Classic has raised more than $17 million, which have helped fund organizations such as The Veterans Airlift Command, the Travis Mills Foundation, The Honor Foundation, and the GallantFew.CCF’s Signature Program, Carrington House, provides custom, adaptive homes for catastrophically injured veterans. To date, Carrington House has built 20 homes for deserving Veterans, each designed to meet the special needs of wounded Veterans and their families. Two more homes are on track for completion in 2018.”Every year, this event inspires so many donors, partners, friends and families to come together to give back to Veterans and their families,” said Rosemary Rose, Chairman, Carrington Charitable Foundation. “It is a privilege to continue to support and expand the CCF programs that help those who sacrificed so much while protecting our freedom.”U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brian Kolfage and his family were among the honored Veterans at this year’s tournament. According to Airman Kolfage, a CCF Ambassador, attending the CCF Golf Classic is always the highlight of the year for his family.”It’s the most important Veterans event we take part in each year, and it raises an incredible amount of funds to help America’s most severely wounded Veterans,” he said. “This event is also about our families. It’s the one time that we can all get together, stress free, and help one another. We’ve grown into a family. We lean on each other, support each other and we know Carrington is always there for us and future wounded Veterans.”The 9th Annual Carrington Charitable Foundation Golf Classic will take place on October 14, 2019, at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast, California. Carrington House HOUSING mortgage Rosemary Rose The Carrington Charitable Foundation The Carrington Companies veterans 2018-11-20 Rachel Williams Helping America’s Wounded Veteranscenter_img November 20, 2018 604 Views Sharelast_img read more

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