More than 4000 people went missing in Ireland so far this year

first_imgFIGURES FROM AN Garda Síochána show some 4,230 people have gone missing across the country since the start of this year.Most of them were eventually found but as of 20 June, 59 were still unaccounted for.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Dermot Browne, Chairperson at the Missing in Ireland Support Service (MISS), said his organisation has been trying to get additional information about missing people to gain an insight into the problem.“Stats are very hard to draw anything from and they’re nearly always out of fate when you get them,” he explained.”We’ve looked for the gardaí to give some idea of age brackets and also the outcome – whether a person was found alive or dead – and that information is critical in pointing to what the problem is.”Not a crimeThough the missing persons numbers usually average up to 8,000 a year, Browne said this includes the large number of children in care who go missing regularly for a few days at a time throughout the year.“The true figures are somewhere around 3,000 or 4,000 and that’s not insignificant – it’s the equivalent of a small town in Ireland,” he said. “Thankfully most people are found in a short amount of time.”Browne pointed out that going missing is not a crime and “not everyone who has gone missing has a problem”. However there are “certain categories of people who there should be an immediate response for”.He referenced the case of 65-year-old Peggy Mangan whose body was found in Ballymun, Dublin, after she had been missing for a number of days. The elderly woman suffered from Alzheimers and had left her home in south Dublin with her dog but never returned.Browne said in cases such as this, where there is a serious concern for the person who has gone missing, searches need to be mobilised as quickly as possible.SearchesMISS is currently in the process of drawing a number of organisations that work in the area of search and rescue into a ‘missing persons alliance’ so that they are all working together when they are needed.It can take time once it’s reported to the gardaí to conduct a risk assessment – because it’s not against the law for someone to go missing – and then it likely goes to civil defence or mountain rescue or the Coast Guard. There are lots of local organisations that are just as well equipped to carry out a search and maybe more available and more quickly than an official organisation.He said the alliance will allow MISS to have a list of contacts to refer families to as they obviously want to take action but do not know where to go.In response to a recent parliamentary question asked by TD Bernard Durkan, Minister Frances Fitzgerald said she all incidents where a person has been reported missing “remain open and under investigation until such times as the person is located”.She said the garda authorities are satisfied that adequate resources are in place to deal with the issue and investigations are carried out in line with international best practice.Read: Why did all these Chinese ‘teens’ go missing in Ireland?Read: ‘Totally out of the blue’: Gardaí renew appeal for missing Dublin man>last_img read more

New Apple TV lets you pay for Netflix through iTunes

first_imgAlthough the big announcement at the Apple event last week was the new iPad. Details also dropped about the third generation Apple TV. Highlights of the latest version of the tiny media box include a streamlined user interface and full support for 1080p streaming. iCloud also plays a part with Photostream and Movies in the Cloud. Inside, the processor has been upgraded and there’s low-power Bluetooth 4.0 on board. There is another difference that’s more subtle, however. Apple has done a deal with Netflix to allow Apple TV owners to pay their subscription using an iTunes account. In so doing, Apple has made it even easier to sign up for the streaming service as there’s no longer an “enter your card details” step required.Such a move is good news for everyone involved. Netflix has removed a barrier to entry because most people with an Apple TV are going to have an iTunes account already setup. Consumers also win because they don’t have to give yet another company their credit card details. Apple is potentially the biggest winner in this deal, though. It will surely be making money, however small, from every Netflix subscription by handling the payment. But as the Fast Company points out, it also gets consumers used to paying for other services through Apple. The question now is how far Apple intends to extend this 3rd-party payment processing? Will it include a growing number of other services, and is this just another step towards Apple launching a fully-fledged mobile payments service?Read more at Fast Companylast_img read more

Is Anthem The Next Fallout 76

first_img There’s a lot riding on Anthem, EA’s big online sci-fi multiplayer shooter coming in just a few weeks. Although we know now Dragon Age 4 is probably a thing, Anthem still seems like the last chance for BioWare after the Mass Effect Andromeda debacle. And we’re guessing it’s going to be way tougher for other publishers to create their own Destiny now that actual Destiny is firmly in the hands of Bungie and Bungie alone.Based on what we’ve seen to so far, Anthem, one of the biggest games on 2019, has plenty going for it. The style, while generic, is at least making use of all the money surely being thrown at it. And flying around in the jungle with your buds in your off-brand Iron Man armor seems fun in a way that’s hard to mess up. But as Anthem inches closer to its release date, after already suffering a mild delay out of late 2018, we’re worried that we’re starting to get some serious Fallout 76 vibes off of it.For starters, Anthem and Fallout 76 share some conceptual level flaws in that they are both misusing the talents of their teams. Fallout 76 took flack for thinking that adding multiplayer to the franchise would make players okay with all the rich single-player RPG quest content being stripped out. Players weren’t okay.Meanwhile, BioWare is also known for developing some of the most beloved single-player narratives in gaming. Sure later Mass Effect games put more emphasis on the multiplayer and third-person shooting, but the story is what held it together (whatever your thoughts on Mass Effect 3 are aside). But while we don’t doubt Anthem will have some of the storytelling BioWare is known for, we just suspect it’ll be more in the margins so the multiplayer shooting can shine.But that’s all pretty philosophical. More substantively, Anthem gave us Fallout 76 flashbacks over this past weekend as countless players reported difficulties logging into its VIP preview beta demo. Making an online video game is hard. The whole point of tests like this is to see how your game actually performs with lots of real people logging onto the servers as once. Some issues are inevitable and that’s fine.Even with that low bar though Anthem beta players still encountered technical obstacles they never expected. Load screens that never ended. Being cut off from the servers entirely. Severely debilitating lag. Freezing and crashing out of nowhere. Multiplayer missions with no one in them. Broken leveling up and gear that didn’t actually improve you. This isn’t the final game and shouldn’t be judged as such, but it’s enough to cause cold sweats among those who suffered through the barely finished Andromeda or watched in horror as a bug caused Fallout 76’s 50 GB beta to delete itself instead of running.And for one more Fallout 76 comparison, BioWare is apologizing for the poor beta performance by offering free new skins to players as we go into the next beta period and soon after the the full launch. At least it isn’t an apology tote bag.Hopefully these are all just growing pains and Anthem launches on February 22 safe and sound. But if Anthem fails, and takes BioWare down with it, what’s next for EA? Nothing but sports games and cancelled Star Wars games? Just fix all of these problems and make a new KOTOR, you cowards! Stay on target Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more

Whooping cough strikes at Mountain View High School

first_imgHalf a dozen students at Mountain View High School have contracted whooping cough since last month.Clark County Public Health has received reports of six cases of whooping cough, or pertussis, at the east Vancouver school since November. In response, school officials sent a letter home with students, alerting parents to the cases and the signs and symptoms of the disease.“Pertussis is just circulating in the community,” said Monica Czapla, infectious disease program manager at Clark County Public Health. “Because of the long incubation period and the long contagious period, it can be circulating for a while.”Whooping cough is an illness spread through respiratory secretions from coughing and sneezing. For the first few weeks, people with whooping cough can be contagious but only have seemingly harmless symptoms similar to those of a cold, such as runny nose, low-grade fever and mild cough.As the disease progresses, people with whooping cough may experience coughing fits, followed by a “whooping” noise, vomiting and difficulty catching their breath. The coughing fits can continue for 10 weeks or more, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.For infants, the illness is particularly dangerous — and potentially deadly. Babies who get whooping cough typically catch it from their older siblings or parents, according to health officials.last_img read more

Police arrest alleged thief who targeted elderly

first_imgPolice arrested a Vancouver woman who allegedly stole from elderly people by convincing them to let her into their homes.Christina L. Higdon, 40, was arrested Tuesday after a Vancouver Police Department sergeant recognized her as a possible suspect. After she was taken into custody and interviewed, she was booked into the Clark County Jail on three counts of third-degree theft, possession of methamphetamine, two outstanding felony warrants and two misdemeanor warrants. Over the past month and a half, Higdon would allegedly knocked on victims’ doors and asked to use the phone. When she left, the residents would find their purse or money missing. Most of the victims were in their 70s and 80s.Police are continuing to investigate the thefts.Hidgon’s criminal history in Clark County district and superior courts dates back to 1998. In 2011, she pleaded guilty to first-degree theft.last_img read more

Whats Inside the 61st GRAMMYs Gifting Lounge

first_img Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images What’s Inside the 61st GRAMMYs Gifting Lounge? what%E2%80%99s-inside-61st-grammys-gifting-lounge Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images ReFa MassagerPhoto credit: Tamara PalmerThe Recording Academy took an exclusive spin through the Gifting Lounge when it opened on Thursday afternoon and got a peek at some of those perks that stars can take home. This year, there are a number of vendors focused on beauty and wellness, including ReFa’s Japanese microcurrent beauty rollers and collagen-enhanced drink mixers, Source Naturals’ vitamins and herbal supplements, Neoteny’s age-fighting kits (including a mask called Resting Bitch Face), It’s a 10’s pro hair care tools and entertainment industry’s makeup that breathes and heals skin as it conceals, pitched as a smart choice for the entertainment industry’s heavy makeup needs OxygenetixPhoto credit: Tamara PalmerGuests are invited to experience ishiki, a Japanese sense of consciousness and well-being, via a virtual reality trip to Kyoto; stars will be gifted a pair of virtual reality glasses to take more transportive trips at home or while on the road.23 and Me will allow stars to dig deeper into their ancestry, teasing that they never know what they might discover. Truth Initiative packed backpacks full of Xbox games, hats, sunglasses and fanny packs from their forthcoming retail collection to say “don’t get played” when it comes to vaping and smoking.Dr. Tabatha Carr flew from Oklahoma to California to showcase her gluten-free, dairy-free and naturally sweetened Good Girl Chocolate at the GRAMMYs Gifting Lounge. After showing us before and after pictures of her 100-pound weight loss, she offered us a taste of a lush vegan dark chocolate-encased agave and cashew butter filled caramel that could easily become a happy habit. Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? 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Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Facebook TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Good Girl ChocolatePhoto credit: Tamara PalmerAlpha Priority, a worldwide meet and greet airport concierge service, was looking forward to catching up with the stars planning on coming through the Gifting Lounge, many of whom a rep said are already clients. They’ll be gifted with a free meet and greet that will be arrange at their convenience.As the longtime GRAMMYS Gifting Lounge producer, Lash Fary certainly isn’t one to get star-struck, but there is one particular luminary who he hopes to see in there this year.”Dolly Parton,” he said, name-checking the MusiCares Person of the Year without hesitation. “Just because she’s so nice! Dolly is one of my favorite people. I’ve met her at a few award shows so I love her and I’m hoping that we get to see her. There’s not a lovelier person on the planet than Dolly; she just makes you feel good about yourself.”Watch the 61st GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10 on CBS. Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images Email Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers From luxurious skincare products to a virtual-reality trip to Kyoto, here’s a sneak peek at the high-end GRAMMY gifts performers and presenters will receive this year Tamara PalmerGRAMMYs Feb 8, 2019 – 1:15 pm Performing artists and presenters of the 61st GRAMMY Awards have the option of taking a stroll through the GRAMMYS Gifting Lounge to receive some fabulous (and fabulously free) items during rehearsal days.”We’re thrilled to be a very small part of a very big show,” said Lash Fary, founder of Distinctive Assets, which has produced the GRAMMYs Gifting Lounge for the past 20 years. “It’s something that the artists now, over the years, have grown accustomed to as a perk they are very well aware that they get for coming on the show, which is very cute.”Fary noted that Distinctive Assets’ GRAMMYs Gifting Lounges have won over some big names.”In the past people like Mary J. Blige have shown up and said, ‘Where’s the gift lounge?’ And even when artists don’t have the time or interest to come through the lounge, like Adele, the last time she was in LA and on the show she asked for some of the kids’ stuff. We had Hasbro Games here, so she asked that the kid stuff be brought to her dressing room so her son could play with them.“We have artists like Ricky Martin and Faith Hill, who don’t do gift lounges typically but they’ll do ours because they know that we are here as a true artform of the GRAMMYS and we respect them,” he revealed. “They know if we say we aren’t doing photos then we won’t do photos, that we have great stuff, that we respect their time and get them in and out quickly. So it’s just great! These are my favorite three days of the year, GRAMMYS rehearsal days, and we’ve got amazing thank-you gifts for them. There’s something for everyone.” Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explainedcenter_img 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs IshikiPhoto credit: Tamara PalmerGrossé, a costume jewelry designer that designed collections for Dior for over 50 years, hopes to drip stars in convincing baubles, while Millianna is introducing “shoelery,” chains meant to be draped around boots or stilettos. PRSVR, a Chicago lifestyle brand that recently opened a by-appointment showroom just blocks away, is hoping to gift Cardi B with a pair of fur sleeves—vegan or fox, her choice.”We’ve been fortunate to really use Instagram to connect with celebrities,” said PRSVR’s Margaret Williamson. “So our client list includes Tank, Diddy, Ciara, Teyana Taylor, Meek Mill, Fabolous and Nicki Minaj.” Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? News Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Prev Next TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Twitter Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? What’s Inside the 61st GRAMMYs Gifting Lounge? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Read morelast_img read more

Gubernatorial Candidate Sean Parnell

first_imgHost Lori Townsend (left) with Republican gubernatorial candidate incumbent Sean Parnell (right). (Photo by Monica Gokey, KSKA – Anchorage)Sean Parnell is in a close race to keep his position as Alaska’s top executive. The state is facing tough issues. Revenue shortfalls mean hard budget questions in the future, and reform is needed in the troubled National Guard. But gasline development may also be on the horizon.Download AudioHOST: Lori Townsend, Alaska Public Radio NetworkGUESTS:Gov. Sean Parnell, Republican gubernatorial candidateCallers StatewidePARTICIPATE:Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send e-mail to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)Call 550-8422 in Anchorage or 1-800-478-8255 if you’re outside Anchorage during the live broadcastLIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by e-mail, RSS or podcast.TALK OF ALASKA ARCHIVElast_img read more

Anurag Thakur appeals to Rajnath not to shift army command from

first_imgSHIMLA: Union Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur has appealed to Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh not to shift the headquarters of the Army Training Command (ARTRAC) from Shimla to Meerut in Uttar Pradesh. In a letter, Thakur said, “The state of Himachal Pradesh has had the honour of being a strategic location for the Indian Army for many years.” Also Read – Who is your CM candidate, AAP asks BJP Advertise With Us “The Army Training Command headquarters has been in Shimla since 1993 and a sudden shift will significantly affect the officers of all ranks, large number of serving personnel, a majority of whom are locals along with an impact on the local business as well as local employment.” BJP leader Thakur, who hails from Himachal Pradesh, said Shimla has provided a conducive environment for the functioning of ARTRAC. Earlier, Congress MP Anand Sharma had also written to the Defence Minister against the government’s proposed shifting of ARTRAC from Shimla.last_img read more

KKR may pick up CCD founder VG Siddharthas stake in Mindtree

first_imgCCD founder VG Siddhartha may offload his stake in information technology major Mindtree, a news report says.As the largest investor in Mindtree, Sidhartha controls about 26 per cent shares through companies including Coffee Day Enterprises and Coffee Day Trading.Private equity firm KKR has evinced interest in picking up a major stake in Mindtree, the report says quoting sources in the company.Siddhartha had stepped down as an independent director in March, triggering speculation that he might cash out on his investments. Market observers say Siddhartha might be in need of the funds for further expansion of CCD.Shares of MindTree were trading at Rs 860 at 12 noon on NSE down from its previous close of Rs 902. The Coffee Day Enterprise was trading at Rs 268, up 1.63 per cent from the previous close.”Mindtree is in talks with several large potential investment firms, including KKR,” Livemint website quoted a source as saying.The website reported in June that NEC Corp of Japan and a large global private equity fund were in initial talks to acquire a controlling stake in Mindtree.There have been reports that the promoter group of the company, including its co-founders such as Krishnakumar N. (3.72 per cent stake), Subroto Bagchi (3.11 per cent), N.S. Parthasarathy (1.43 per cent) and Rostow Ravanan (0.71 per cent) have not been looking to sell their stakes.”We have several marquee financial investors who, over a long period of time, have helped build Mindtree into a highly valued institution. As with all financial investors, they have the prerogative to monetise their stake based on their individual priorities. At Mindtree, we are not privy to the plans of these investors and hence cannot offer any comments on it,” Livemint said quoting an email of Krishnakumar, Mindtree chairman.Krishnakumar also informed the portal that the company was currently not in the process of appointing a banker.Estimates show that the 1999-founded Mindtree with offices in Bengaluru and New Jersey and employing about 19,000 people saw a 4.3 per cent rise in revenue to Rs 5,463 crore FY2018 with the net profit rising by 36 per cent to Rs 570 crore.last_img read more

Africa cyclone death toll surges past 600

first_imgA man cleans up a destroyed house on 19 March 2019 in Chimanimani, as a hundred houses were damaged by the Cyclone Idai. More than a thousand people are feared to have died in Mozambique alone while scores have been killed and more than 200 are missing in neighbouring Zimbabwe following the deadliest cyclone to hit southern Africa. Photo: AFPThe death toll from a powerful cyclone that pummelled swathes of southern African countries, flooding thousands of square kilometres, on Saturday surged past 600 as diseases stalked tens of thousands of survivors.At least 417 people have died in Mozambique, according to government, bringing to 676 the total deaths when combined with those from neighbouring Zimbabwe.Cyclone Idai smashed into the coast of central Mozambique on Friday last week, unleashing hurricane-force winds and rains that flooded the hinterland and drenched eastern Zimbabwe leaving a trail of destruction.Relief and rescue efforts entered a second week in the central parts of the impoverished coountry.The UN, warning of more suffering, stepped up calls for help in Mozambique as aid agencies struggle to assist tens of thousands of people battered by one of southern Africa’s most powerful cyclones.’Situation will get worse’ A week after the storm lashed Mozambique with winds of nearly 200 kilometres (120 miles) per hour, survivors are struggling in desperate conditions — some still trapped on roof tops and those saved needing food and facing the risk of outbreaks of disease such as cholera.”The situation will get worse before it gets better,” UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore said Saturday.”Aid agencies are barely beginning to see the scale of the damage,” she adding that “entire villages have been submerged, buildings have been flattened, and schools and health care centers have been destroyed”.The storm wreaked an area about 3,000 square kilometres of land.The World Food Programme late Friday night declared the flood crisis a level three emergency, putting it on a par with crises in Yemen, Syria and South Sudan.”The designation will accelerate the massive operational scale-up now underway to assist victims of last week’s Category 4 cyclone and subsequent large-scale flooding that claimed countless lives and displaced at least 600,000 people,” said WFP spokesman Herve Verhoosel.”Now that the world is beginning to grasp the scale of devastation and despair,” he said.More than two million people have been affected in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and in Malawi where the storm started as a tropical depression causing flooding which killed 60 and displaced nearly a million people.Hundreds are still missing in Mozambique and Zimbabwe.’Like Yemen, Syria’ Humanitarian agencies are racing against the clock to help people, many of whom have not had a meal in days.Poor sanitary conditions mean disease is now a real concern.”Already, some cholera cases have been reported in (the port city of) Beira along with an increasing number of malaria infections among people trapped by the flooding,” the International Federation of the Red Cross said in a statement.Even some of those rescued and in shelters are in overcrowded conditions and poor hygiene places them at risk. UNICEF estimates at least a million children have been affected by the storm.Aid group Doctors Without Borders said people were also at risk of respiratory infections such as pneumonia.In Buzi, a small town that has reportedly “disappeared” under water, an AFP photographer saw people sleeping outside, under the rain and many coughing.”There are lot of dead (people). We can’t even count,” said Otelea Jose, arriving by boat in Beira.”We are living an unprecedented natural disaster. A disaster that only matches major disasters,” said lands and environment minister Celso Correia.Districts west of Beira resemble an inland lake, and thousands of people are still trapped on roof tops.’Unprecedented natural disaster’ Although water levels are slowly going down, according to the government,the UN humanitarian agency warned of fresh flooding if more rains fall.”The Zambezi (river) is essentially in flood currently, it’s very high .. there is lot of rain in the highlands, the more that flows down to the Zambezi the more likely that is going to break its banks and we will have a second flooding emergency,” said Sebastian Stampa, an OCHA coordinator.Nearly 90,000 people are already in shelters in central Mozambique.In Beira, businessman Ibraimo Masquine counted his blessings. “I can’t believe I’m here. I was scared for my life,” he said clearing debris from his factory, but he also said there was “no clean water to drink, no food”.last_img read more

Houston Pays Tribute To A Fallen Firefighter

first_imgGail DelaughterHouston Professional Firefighters President Marty Lancton announces plans for Captain William Dowling’s memorial service.Captain William Dowling suffered severe injuries in 2013 while battling a five-alarm fire at the Southwest Inn. Four other firefighters were killed in what was the deadliest fire in Houston Fire Department history. Dowling was left disabled and the department says he’ll be given the honors of a firefighter killed in the line of duty. A memorial will be held for Dowling Wednesday morning. A procession will start at 8:45 on Belin Drive at the Southwest Freeway and will proceed to Fondren Road. It will then turn into the Houston Baptist University campus. The memorial service begins at 10:00 at HBU’s Morris Cultural Arts Center. Houston Fire Department Spokesman Captain Ruy Lozano:“All Houstonians are invited,” says Lozano. “This is a public memorial service. If you are unable to attend, we really want you to try to avoid the area.” Firefighters from other departments are filling in at Houston fire stations so Dowling’s colleagues can attend the memorial. That includes firefighter Al Goebel, who worked with Dowling for over a decade at Station 19 in the Fifth Ward. “I remember Bill as a family man, a church man, a good firefighter and a great friend,” says Goebel. After the public memorial, a private service will be held for Dowling’s family. Sharelast_img read more

Disney Research prints realistic textured 3D models using thermoforming

first_img3D printing is a tremendous technology that’s on the verge of changing the world, but one can’t argue that as it is now it is very, very slow. To make anything intricate can require hours upon hours of printing time. But what if you could create a plastic recreation of an object in seconds using the technology of thermoforming?Disney Research has proposed a new way to create intricate 3D models using this old method, updating the technology to create stunningly beautiful products. If you’re unaware of the term, thermoforming is the vacuum process utilized to quickly create plastic blister packaging for nearly every product you buy. Those models are obviously simple, squared-off shapes but Disney researchers have added computer imaging in order to create far more detailed plastic models. You can see this magic in action in the below video.Along with this Disney Research has released a nine-page report of their findings, which you can read here in PDF form. Warning- there is a lot of math to wrap your head around, although it’s fascinating stuff.The one issue they note is that their method currently only supports single-layered plastic sheets, which means that these objects are all open on the bottom. It also will be tricky to make geometrically complex objects, as the mold will be hard to remove. Still, Disney thinks that this can be a huge change for the fabrication community and think that a customized thermoforming machine could change things for the better in the future. Watching it in action, it’s hard to disagree.last_img read more

Skin and haircare tips to ensure safe Holi

first_imgKolkata: Are you worried about the effects of harsh chemicals found in the colours that we use to play Holi?The city-based doctors have prescribed some guidelines on how to play a safe Holi without causing damage to the skin, eyes and hair. Holi is the festival of colours and people love to spend the day by rejoicing and merrymaking. Dr Madhumita Bhattacharya, consultant, department of dermatology at a private hospital in the city, shared effective tips to avoid the side-effects of the chemicals found in colours. Here are some tips to help you take some precautionary measures for a beautiful Holi. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose Dr Bhattacharya said the amount of colours and water one uses during Holi can have a serious toll on your skin unless you are well-prepared in advance. So, here’s what you should do before stepping out of your house. Dr Bhattacharya suggests you should rub ice cubes on your face which will help to close pores on your skin and ensure colours don’t seep into your skin and cause breakage. One should apply oil on your face. Those who have dry or normal skin, can apply oil on their face and body. Oil will keep your skin moisturized all along. People can use coconut oil, castor oil and olive oil for this purpose, she said. One should also use a waterproof sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe doctors suggested the women to apply nail paints before playing Holi which can be removed later. People are also advised to drink lots of water before playing Holi. It keeps one hydrated and will provide energy. The doctor said one should wear sunglasses and remove contact lenses before going outdoors. If colours enter the eyes one should immediately rinse with cold water. Dr Bhattacharya said one should avoid scented or perfumed colours as they might cause allergies. One should wear dark full sleeves cotton clothes which will cover the whole body and can protect from harmful colours. She also urged people to use organic colours. After playing Holi, people should use a mild soap to remove the colours from their skin and use baby shampoo to wash their hair followed by conditioner. One should strictly avoid the use of kerosene, petrol and spirits to remove stains as they will damage the skin.last_img read more

Tesco delivery driver called gay man batty boy in homophobic traffic row

first_imgSeven tweeters who really needed to delete their accounts in 2017This gay guy’s clapback to homophobic slur involves glitters and yes, please‘Predatory rapist’ who targeted gay women in Manchester gets 20 years in jailPINK NEWS- Tesco is conducting an “urgent” investigation after a man was allegedly homophobically abused by one of the firm’s delivery drivers.Mark David Woollard, a columnist for Gay UK magazine, claims he was called a “batty boy” by an irate Tesco delivery driver, while driving home from work on Wednesday night.  He tweeted: “I have just been verbally and homophobically abused by a @Tesco home delivery driver! He called me a BATTY BOY!”. He urged Twitter users to share the driver’s registration details.(Mark David Woollard / Twitter)The event allegedly happened after the driver flashed his lights at Woollard, as he wasn’t driving quick enough.According to the columnist, the pair got into an argument at a set of traffic lights, before the driver shouted the slur, and drove off.The delivery worker supposedly yelled the homophobic insult from his van window after Mr. Woollard stuck two fingers up at him.“Now a bit of road rage, I can accept but don’t bring sexuality, colour, religion or whatever into it”, he said, adding, “no one should have to face any kind of prejudice”.A worker for the business contacted Mr. Woollard to apologise for the “appalling behaviour”, asking whether the writer would like an apology from the store manager. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) However, Woollard rebuffed the store’s apology for the incident, which he labelled a hate crime, saying: “It seems @tesco think an apology is good enough for a hate crime!!”.(Mark David Woollard / Twitter)He told PinkNews: “I don’t really think it’s heartfelt, to be honest. I don’t know what I want to see happen. But I definitely want the driver to learn that prejudice is not okay”.A spokesperson for the business has since replied to the tweet, asking Mr. Woollard to provide details of the event, so that it can be investigated as a “matter of urgency”.Other social media users have been quick to rally around the Gay UK writer, with one saying: “Disgusting behaviour, completely unacceptable let’s hope he gets dealt with, particularly as Tesco is such a big supporter of Pride and an advocate of autonomy and freedom of expression”.(Twitter)Another criticised Tesco’s response, adding: “Tesco seem to think that an apology from the store manager is acceptable for a hate crime being committed?”.PinkNews has contacted the supermarket chain for comment, but they did not respond before publication.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

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first_img 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 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 Feature | July 06, 2015 | Jonathan McConathy, M.D., Ph.D., and Suzanne Lapi, Ph.D. New Clinical Applications of Molecular Imaging Several applications of molecular imaging poised to have major growth are highlighted 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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Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more 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 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 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 Related Content Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Photo courtesy of Siemens HealthcareMolecular imaging is a broad and dynamic field that encompasses a range of image technologies that allow physicians and researchers to noninvasively visualize biological processes at the cellular and molecular level. Currently, the vast majority of clinical applications of molecular imaging use radiolabeled compounds (radiopharmaceuticals) that are detected with gamma cameras, single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) or positron emission tomography (PET), depending on the type of radioactivity used. Molecular imaging techniques typically complement more anatomic-based imaging modalities such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and hybrid imaging modalities including SPECT/CT, PET/CT and more recently PET/MRI are available for clinical use. Together, multimodality molecular imaging can more accurately localize and characterize disease processes than either modality alone.Here, we briefly highlight several applications of molecular imaging that are poised to have major growth over the next few years. Novel radiopharmaceuticals for prostate cancer imaging, PET agents targeting amyloid for the evaluation of dementia and radiolabeled antibodies for immunoPET are in advanced stages of development. Each of these applications help address relatively common unmet clinical needs not readily answered with anatomic based imaging modalities. In addition to use in clinical care, these radiopharmaceuticals can be used as imaging biomarkers in clinical trials to develop therapeutics.Prostate Cancer ImagingProstate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the United States with the exception of skin cancer. Approximately one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, and prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men.1 Treatment options for localized prostate cancer include surgery (radical prostatectomy) and external beam radiation therapy, while metastatic prostate cancer is treated with androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) and other systemic therapies. A common clinical scenario in the care of men with prostate cancer is biochemical recurrence after definitive therapy with surgery or radiation detected by serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) measurement. In these men, it is critical to accurately localize the recurrent prostate cancer in order to provide appropriate therapy, but CT and MRI have low sensitivity for detecting recurrence in this patient population. Skeletal scintigraphy with radiopharmaceuticals such as Tc 99m-MDP and F-18 fluoride are sensitive for detecting bone metastases, but do not evaluate soft tissues including the prostate bed and lymph nodes. The glucose analogue F-18 FDG, which is effective for imaging a wide range of human cancers, has limited utility in prostate cancer until it becomes more advanced. Thus, there is a great need for more accurate methods for detecting and localizing recurrent prostate cancer.A number of radiopharmaceuticals have been developed that are superior to CT and MRI alone for detecting recurrent prostate cancer.2 C-11 choline, a naturally occurring compound that is incorporated into cell membranes, has received FDA approval for PET imaging in men with suspected prostate cancer recurrence but negative or equivocal conventional imaging.3 Choline-PET/CT appears to be superior to CT or MRI alone for detecting lymph node metastases while MRI is superior for evaluating the prostate cancer bed. One shortcoming of choline-PET is the 20 minute half-life of C-11, which limits batch production and remote distribution. Alternatives to C-11 choline for prostate cancer include F-18 labeled analogues of choline which take advantage of the longer half-life of F-18 (110 minutes), the non-natural amino acid F-18 FACBC which targets upregulated amino acid transport in prostate cancer, and radiolabeled small molecules binding to the prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) which is over expressed on the surface of prostate cancer cells. All of these compounds have shown promising imaging properties in research studies in men with recurrent prostate cancer, and one or more of these tracers may become available in the United States for clinical use. Amyloid-PET for the Evaluation of DementiaAlzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia, accounting for approximately 60-80 percent of cases of dementia in the United States. AD currently affects over 5 million Americans and is the sixth leading cause of death.4 Pathologic hallmarks of AD are the deposition of extracellular beta-amyloid protein and intracellular deposition of tau protein accompanied by brain atrophy and neuronal loss. The pathophysiologic process underlying AD proceeds clinical manifestations of cognitive impairment by up to 20 years. Currently, the clinical diagnosis of AD is based on history taking and objective cognitive testing, but atypical presentations and co-morbid illnesses can confound the diagnosis. Additionally, neurodegeneration is advanced at the time of clinical presentation, and earlier detection may be necessary for therapeutics to be effective. FDG-PET can be used to distinguish AD from frontotemporal dementia (FTD) based on regional patterns of decreased FDG uptake, but the specificity of FDG-PET is lower for other types of dementia. The accurate diagnosis of dementia is important for patients and their families for life planning and will become even more important when therapies that slow the progress of AD become clinically available.Amyloid-PET has emerged as an important imaging biomarker in the assessment of patients with cognitive impairment.5 C-11 labeled Pittsburgh Compound B (PiB) has been widely used in research studies for measuring amyloid levels in the brain. Recently, F-18 labeled radiopharmaceuticals have been developed including the FDA-approved radiopharmaceuticals florbetaben, florbetapir and flutemetamol for the evaluation of patients with cognitive impairment. These PET tracers bind to the fibrillary form of beta-amyloid in the brain, and negative studies make AD very unlikely as the cause of a patient’s cognitive impairment. However, negative studies do not exclude other dementias that do not have elevated levels of brain amyloid. Additionally, positive amyloid PET studies can occur in cognitively normal individuals, and amyloid alone does not establish the diagnosis of AD or any other neurological disease. The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) and the Alzheimer’s Association have published appropriate use criteria for clinical amyloid-PET.6 Despite FDA approval, these amyloid PET tracers have had limited clinical use due to lack of reimbursement by CMS. Recently, a plan for coverage with evidence development (CED) has been approved by CMS to reimburse clinical amyloid-PET scans performed as part of a research study evaluating change in patient management. Although still in the planning stages, this study is expected to begin in early 2016 and will make amyloid-PET more widely available for clinical imaging.ImmunoPETThe push for personalized and precision medicine has led to the rapid expansion and development of many targeted therapeutics in oncology and other disease states. Treatment with targeted therapeutics can be expensive and associated with toxicity, and the presence of the molecular target assessed by in vitro assays does not always indicate response to therapy. Thus, there is a need for the imaging tools for evaluation of the specific tumor antigens/receptors targeted by these therapies. Imaging agents can overcome some of the limitations based on biopsy-based tests including target heterogeneity and lesions that are inaccessible. In addition, serial imaging can assess the changes in target density over the course of therapy. Several recent studies using Zr-89 and I-124 radiolabeled antibodies have shown excellent imaging of extracellular receptors in both preclinical and clinical research settings.7-9 Thus immunoPET, PET imaging based on radiolabeled antibodies, is expanding as an important imaging tool in both academic and industry settings. In particular, immunoPET in oncology can help with stratifying patients that may benefit from antibody therapy, monitoring the course of antibody-based therapeutics and paving the way for the next generation of targeted therapeutics. With the development of several antibody drug conjugates (ADCs), antibody-based targeting vehicles with a toxic payload, confirmation and quantitation of drug targeting becomes particularly important.Human immunoPET studies at several sites have shown the feasibility of using Zr-89 trastuzumab to image HER2 expression in patients with metastatic breast cancer and studies are ongoing to assess how this relates to response to HER2 targeted therapeutics.10, 11 Other studies have shown that the radiolabeled version of the therapeutic VEGF targeted antibody, Zr-89 bevacizumab, can be used to predict response to certain antiangiogenic therapies in certain patient populations.12 The use of radiolabeled versions of new antibodies has also been suggested in order to select patients for clinical trials for these new therapies.13 While more data is needed to fully understand the utility of these agents, these promising studies provide the basis for future work in this area. DisclosuresEli Lilly/Avid Radiopharmaceuticals: consulting, research supportBlue Earth Diagnostics: consultingJonathan McConathy, M.D., Ph.D., is assistant professor of radiology at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine. He is also president of SNMMI’s Center for Molecular Imaging Innovation and Translation (CMIIT) and chair of the society’s Brain Imaging Outreach working group.Suzanne Lapi, Ph.D., is associate professor of radiology and biomedical engineering and director of isotope production at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine. She is also vice president of SNMMI’s Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Council.References1. Prostate Cancer Facts and Figures, 2015. American Cancer Society. www.cancer.org/cancer/prostatecancer/detailedguide/prostate-cancer-key-statistics. Accessed June 2, 2015.2. Jadvar H. “Molecular imaging of prostate cancer with PET.” Journal of Nuclear Medicine: official publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine. 2013;54(10):1685-8. Epub 2013/10/03. doi: 10.2967/jnumed.113.126094. PubMed PMID: 24084704.3. FDA prescribing information for C-11 choline. www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2012/203155s000lbl.pdf. Accessed June 2, 2015.4. 2015 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures. Alzheimer’s Association. www.alz.org/facts/downloads/facts_figures_2015.pdf. Acessed June 2, 2015.5. Rowe CC, Villemagne VL. “Brain amyloid imaging.” Journal of Nuclear Medicine: official publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine. 2011;52(11):1733-40. Epub 2011/09/16. doi: 10.2967/jnumed.110.076315. PubMed PMID: 21917849. 6. Johnson KA, Minoshima S, Bohnen NI, Donohoe KJ, Foster NL, Herscovitch P, Karlawish JH, Rowe CC, Carrillo MC, Hartley DM, Hedrick S, Pappas V, Thies WH, “Appropriate use criteria for amyloid PET: a report of the Amyloid Imaging Task Force, the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, and the Alzheimer’s Association.” Alzheimer’s and Dementia: the journal of the Alzheimer’s Association. 2013;9(1):e-1-16. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2013.01.002. PubMed PMID: 23360977; PMCID: 3733252.7. Rice SL, Roney CA, Daumar P, Lewis JS. “The next generation of positron emission tomography radiopharmaceuticals in oncology.” Seminars in nuclear medicine. 2011;41(4):265-82. Epub 2011/06/01. doi: 10.1053/j.semnuclmed.2011.02.002. PubMed PMID: 21624561; PMCID: 4406404.8. Marquez BV, Ikotun OF, Zheleznyak A, Wright B, Hari-Raj A, Pierce RA, Lapi SE. “Evaluation of (89)Zr-pertuzumab in Breast cancer xenografts.” Molecular Pharmaceutics. 2014;11(11):3988-95. Epub 2014/07/25. doi: 10.1021/mp500323d. PubMed PMID: 25058168; PMCID: 4224522.9. Osborne JR, Green DA, Spratt DE, Lyashchenko S, Fareedy SB, Robinson BD, Beattie BJ, Jain M, Lewis JS, Christos P, Larson SM, Bander NH, Scherr DS. “A prospective pilot study of (89)Zr-J591/prostate specific membrane antigen positron emission tomography in men with localized prostate cancer undergoing radical prostatectomy.” The Journal of Urology. 2014;191(5):1439-45. Epub 2013/10/19. doi: 10.1016/j.juro.2013.10.041. PubMed PMID: 24135437; PMCID: 4411555.10. Gaykema SB, Schroder CP, Vitfell-Rasmussen J, Chua S, Oude Munnink TH, Brouwers AH, Bongaerts AH, Akimov M, Fernandez-Ibarra C, Lub-de Hooge MN, de Vries EG, Swanton C, Banerji U. “89Zr-trastuzumab and 89Zr-bevacizumab PET to evaluate the effect of the HSP90 inhibitor NVP-AUY922 in metastatic breast cancer patients.” Clinical Cancer Research: an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. 2014;20(15):3945-54. Epub 2014/08/03. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-14-0491. PubMed PMID: 25085789.11. Dijkers EC, Oude Munnink TH, Kosterink JG, Brouwers AH, Jager PL, de Jong JR, van Dongen GA, Schroder CP, Lub-de Hooge MN, de Vries EG. “Biodistribution of 89Zr-trastuzumab and PET imaging of HER2-positive lesions in patients with metastatic breast cancer.” Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2010;87(5):586-92. Epub 2010/04/02. doi: 10.1038/clpt.2010.12. PubMed PMID: 20357763.12. Oosting SF, Brouwers AH, van Es SC, Nagengast WB, Oude Munnink TH, Lub-de Hooge MN, Hollema H, de Jong JR, de Jong IJ, de Haas S, Scherer SJ, Sluiter WJ, Dierckx RA, Bongaerts AH, Gietema JA, de Vries EG. “89Zr-bevacizumab PET visualizes heterogeneous tracer accumulation in tumor lesions of renal cell carcinoma patients and differential effects of antiangiogenic treatment.” Journal of Nuclear Medicine: official publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine. 2015;56(1):63-9. Epub 2014/12/06. doi: 10.2967/jnumed.114.144840. PubMed PMID: 25476536.13. van Dongen GA, Vosjan MJ. “Immuno-positron emission tomography: shedding light on clinical antibody therapy.” Cancer Biotherapy and Radiopharmaceuticals. 2010;25(4):375-85. Epub 2010/08/17. doi: 10.1089/cbr.2010.0812. PubMed PMID: 20707716. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 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. 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RadNet Wins HHS A Bill You Can Understand Design Challenge

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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro 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. Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 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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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 News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more 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. October 17, 2016 — The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that RadNet is the first place winner in its “A Bill You Can Understand” design and innovation challenge. The competition’s purpose was to elicit new approaches to medical billing, cited as a frequent point of confusion for patients. Prize 1 for the Easiest Bill to Understand was awarded to RadNet.RadNet is a national provider of high-quality, cost-effective diagnostic imaging services with a network of 310 owner-operated imaging centers in the United States.One of the Federal judges who evaluated the submissions said of RadNet’s design: “This bill is easy to understand — a great presentation of app and paper bill that is not over-simplified. It’s a patient-first approach for the episode of care, and a clear depiction of how insurance is factored into patient’s cost of care.”More than 80 healthcare organizations, creative agencies and technology companies submitted designs for the challenge. RadNet created a solution that keeps the bill concise, while still including all pertinent information in a plain-language, color-coded, easy-to-read format. In particular, RadNet focused on adaptability — a design that reflects a patient’s real-world experience. Uninsured patients, for example, or patients who have seen multiple physicians get greater clarity on their medical bill.The “A Bill You Can Understand” challenge was sponsored by AARP and administered by the design agency Mad*Pow. Winners were announced at the 10th Annual Health 2.0 Fall Conference, Sept. 25-28 in Santa Clara, Calif. RadNet’s submission, including a video narration of the company’s approach, can be viewed here.For more information: www.abillyoucanunderstand.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more center_img Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Related Content 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 Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Video Player is loading.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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China signals more active role in world affairs

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Hu said China would “get more actively involved in international affairs, play its due role of a major responsible country,” while underlining Beijing’s deep sensitivity to matters of sovereignty and its rejection of “any foreign attempt to subvert the legitimate government of any other countries.”China’s foreign minister introduced the plan for a political solution to the Syria conflict to U.N.-Arab League special envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, during his visit to Beijing last week.It calls for a phased, region-by-region cease-fire; the appointment of representatives to negotiate a political resolution while maintaining “the continuity and effectiveness of Syria’s governmental institutions;” international support for Brahimi’s efforts; and steps by the international community to ease the country’s humanitarian crisis.The U.N. has welcomed the effort, but there hasn’t been much international discussion of it. Observers have found it vague, and likely aimed at bolstering China’s reputation following criticism of its moves to join Russia in blocking U.N. resolutions aimed at ending Syria’s bloodshed, including calls for Syrian leader Bashar Assad to step down. Sponsored Stories Comments Share China’s move may be mostly about improving its standing in the Middle East, where it is a major buyer of petroleum _ not from Syria, but from countries such as Saudi Arabia and Iran.In recent decades, China has kept a low-profile in global affairs, abiding by a policy of non-interference in the affairs of other countries. Having used the military against its own citizens in 1989 and facing accusations of ethnic oppression in Tibet and Xinjiang, China is wary of approving any interventions that might set precedents for intervention in its own affairs.“Nonetheless they are realizing you can’t just say you can’t interfere,” said Roderic Wye of London-based think tank Chatham House. “There are consequences in the real world for people living in countries and China is beginning to realize China needs to take account of that.”Li, the Shanghai-based scholar, said he sees no contradiction in China’s principle of non-intervention and playing a bigger role on the world stage.“Non-intervention doesn’t mean paying no attention,” he said. “On the one hand, we should adhere to the non-inference policy. On the other hand we want to play a bigger role in international affairs as a big responsible country. Sometimes, it’s hard to differentiate between the two things.” Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day BEIJING (AP) – China’s four-point plan for Syria is a rare foray into international mediation for the rising power, a sign that Beijing’s increasingly global economic interests can trump its traditional hands-off diplomacy.Outgoing President Hu Jintao, in his agenda-setting report this week at a Communist Party gathering to choose the coming decade’s leadership, signaled China’s intent to step out more on the world stage. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of China’s proposal leaves open the possibility of Assad staying on in a power-sharing agreement, and does not significantly add to past peace plans that have failed.“But then this statement isn’t so much about setting forward a concrete proposal for action as about the messaging that underpins it,” said Sarah Raine, a consulting fellow for Chinese foreign and security policy at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. “It has become increasingly clear that Beijing is worried about the reputational damage its relative intransigence on Syria has been doing to other important relationships, in particular in the Middle East.”The 20-month crisis in Syria pitting Assad’s government forces against a fractured opposition has so far defied the trend of other Arab Spring uprisings that have seen authoritarian leaders ousted, exiled or killed. Assad is determined to stay in power and has vowed never to leave Syria, leaving world leaders to look for a solution.If Assad were to step down, “China will surely accept that,” said Li Weijian, a Middle East studies scholar at the Shanghai Institute for Foreign Studies. However, “China believes it’s not up to the international community to judge the legitimacy of the government or the leader of a country.”last_img read more

Redfin Buyer Interest Up Amid Inventory Shortage

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Demand For-Sale Homes Home Sales Housing Supply Investors Lenders & Servicers Redfin Service Providers 2013-03-06 Tory Barringer March 6, 2013 443 Views in Data, Origination Redfin: Buyer Interest Up Amid Inventory Shortagecenter_img Share Buyer demand continues to climb as 2013 marches on, according to results in “”Redfin’s””:http://www.redfin.com/ most recent Real-Time Demand Pulse.[IMAGE]The March survey, which uses data collected from February, shows buyer interest rising against a backdrop of low inventory.””After an extremely strong January, tours and offers continued climbing in February, despite a continued decline in new listings and increasing frustration among buyers,”” Redfin analyst Tim Ellis wrote on the company’s “”blog””:http://blog.redfin.com/blog/2013/03/buyers-undeterred-by-inventory-shortage.html. “”As more buyers begin searching for a home, they find themselves competing for fewer homes for sale, [COLUMN_BREAK]resulting in high levels of activity on nearly every well-priced home that hits the market.””According to Redfin’s data, the number of customers requesting tours from the broker’s agents gained 6.1 percent month-over-month from January. Last year, tour requests declined 3.7 percent between January and February.Meanwhile, the number of customers making offers with Redfin agents rose 20.3 percent month-over-month, a modest improvement compared to the 27.7 percent gain observed at the same time in 2012.While Ellis noted the number of customers making offers always increases “”dramatically”” at the start of the year, the last week in February saw 267 percent more customers making offers than during the holiday slump, a significant improvement over the 168 percent gain in the same period last year.””A strong display of buyer activity and steadily rising prices is adding up to increasing seller confidence, but so far it hasn’t been enough to motivate enough sellers to notably improve the inventory situation,”” Ellis wrote. “”It is unlikely that the balance will change much over the next few months, but we could see more sellers jump into the market if the spring home-buying season is as intense as it is currently shaping up to be.””last_img read more

FloridaBased Bank to be Acquired

first_img June 28, 2019 207 Views in Headlines, News Rushmore Loan Management Services, LLC, a residential mortgage servicer, announced that it has signed an Asset Purchase Agreement to acquire the correspondent lending channel of FirstBank, a Florida-based correspondent platform, and accompanying proprietary Fusion lending technology.“We are thrilled about this transaction,” said Terry Smith, CEO of the California-based Rushmore. “FirstBank has developed an outstanding correspondent lending business under Bill Scammell’s leadership and we are very excited to welcome him and his team to our organization. In addition to expanding the universe of loan servicing offerings that we are able to provide to our customers, we expect that it will also increase our visibility into the broader mortgage lending space— enabling us to gain valuable market insights that can be leveraged across many different facets of our business.”“We are very excited to join the Rushmore platform, build this business to a larger scale, and take advantage of new opportunities such as having a strong appetite for government loans,” said Bill Scammell, FirstBank’s Director of Correspondent Lending. “These are highly complementary businesses, and we fully expect that joining Rushmore will enable us to accelerate the growth of both Rushmore’s core servicing platform and the correspondent channel.”The acquisition is targeted to close in the third quarter of 2019. 2019-06-28 Mike Albanesecenter_img Florida-Based Bank to be Acquired Sharelast_img read more

This time she reappears as a mystical Mermaid th

first_imgThis time she reappears as a mystical Mermaid, “the soul and spirit behind the first Virgin Voyages ship”, Virgin Voyages said. “Her name, and therefore the name of our first vessel, was carefully deliberated and finally chosen to be Scarlet Lady. Scarlet is the embodiment of everything this ship represents. As our figurehead, she takes on a role historically dedicated to goddesses, important women in society and even mermaid figures,” the Virgin Voyages blog said.“Though beautiful and mysterious in vision, she represents a woman of power – the leader not only on our first voyage, but also in our efforts to encourage front-facing female leaders throughout our company with our Virgin Voyages Scarlet Squad Program.“From engineers to builders, marine tech to crew captains and technical positions, this program is meant to help female leaders break through the glass ocean if you will; it’s meant to create more leadership positions for women on the operations side of the sea travel industry,” Virgin Voyages said.Overnight (Thursday 26 July), Scarlet Lady’ drydock in Genoa, Italy was flooded for the ships “jumboisation” – enlarging the ship by adding an entire section of the hull – see images below.Meanwhile, a Steel Cutting Ceremony for Virgin Voyages’ second vessel, due for delivery in 2021, was held in Genoa, Italy a few days ago.Furthermore, Virgin Voyages has released a preview video of it’s classy Athletic Club, which appears to feature an outdoor boxing/sparring ring on the upper deck. View the video on LinkedIn (below) for a fly through.Lead image credit – Tania Steere. Other images sourced from Virgin Voyages.Go back to the enewsletter Go back to the enewsletterVirgin Voyages has announced the name of its first oceangoing vessel as Scarlet Lady in a throwback to one of the first planes of Virgin Atlantic’s fleet.The first Lady Ship of the Virgin Voyages fleet is well underway and Virgin Group has adopted a similar lady image which appears on other Virgin entities. Designed by artist Toby Tinsley, her likeness appears on the Virgin Atlantic and Australia aircraft as well as the Virgin Galactic spaceline.last_img read more