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Nova Scotia school closes after threat racist graffiti RCMP

first_imgThe Canadian Press MONASTERY, N.S. – A school in northeastern Nova Scotia has closed due to an online threat that came just days after racist graffiti was spray-painted on a school bus and a sign not far from the facility.The Mounties issued a statement Tuesday saying vandals spray-painted the graffiti close to the East Antigonish Education Centre, a school attended by many Mi’kmaq students.The school board also issued a release today saying the school was closed Wednesday due to a “possible threat … using social media.”Cpl. Dal Hutchinson, a spokesman for the RCMP, said the two incidents are being treated as separate matters by police, but investigators will try to determine whether there is a connection.He said when the school reopens there will be a police presence to reassure students and parents of their safety.The RCMP said the crude remarks about Indigenous people and African Nova Scotians were painted on the bus and the sign at some point between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sunday at the school about 30 kilometres northeast of Antigonish.Facebook photo.Many of the children who attend the school are residents of the Paqtnkek First Nation, located about 10 kilometres from the facility.One parent posted photos of the racist graffiti on his Facebook page, adding, “School my kids go to. Nice, eh?”Police said that by Tuesday afternoon most of the red spray paint had been removed or covered up, but that evening a notice went out to parents from school principal Richard Britten saying the school was closing, based on the advice of police.last_img read more

Worried your presale condo might be cancelled Research the developer first

first_imgTORONTO – With a sigh and hesitant pause, Jason Paris confides that in retrospect he wishes he’d done more research before putting down a deposit on the now defunct Museum FLTS condominium project in Toronto’s trendy Lower Junction area.The 43-year-old television production manager is one of hundreds of would-be homeowners who recently had their money returned and dreams dashed when the building’s developer, Castlepoint Numa, cited lengthy delays obtaining the necessary approvals, building permits and financing, as reasons for the halt.“If I had the knowledge I have now, then, I definitely would have researched Castlepoint further,” said Paris, who subsequently found out that the developer did the same thing to other hopeful Toronto condo buyers a few years ago when another one its projects fell through.While Castlepoint Numa said it’s giving original Museum FLTS buyers the first opportunity and a discount on the next residential phase of its greater Lower Junction neighbourhood project, Paris points out that some buyers have been burned twice in a row by the same developer.The best line of defence for prospective presale condo buyers seeking to mitigate any potential fallout is to do the appropriate due diligence on the developer before signing any contracts, experts say.Unfortunately, there’s not much that can be done to protect Paris and others like him who become the victims of a cancelled condo complex, said Vancouver real estate lawyer Richard Bell.“It does happen in various scenarios, particularly if there’s a significant downturn in a market over a short period of time. So really, people are at risk,” said Bell, who works for law firm Bell Alliance.The bottom line? Do your homework, Bell said.“Who is the developer? What have they built previously? A new developer entering the market place is going to greater risk in a situation for a buyer than having a very experience developer in the market place.”The key advantage of using seasoned developers is that they have a name and brand to protect, notes Toronto real estate lawyer Mark Weisleder.“I have heard of situations where the builders have cancelled the deal and then turned around and then resold units at a $100,000 more each, and there’s virtually nothing that the original owners could do because there were lots of clauses in the contracts that allowed builders to cancel,” said Weisleder.“But you will find that reputable people, people who have been around a long time, they don’t do that. When they plan a development and plan units, they’re expected to complete. They price accordingly and they complete.”Keep in mind, Weisleder added, that even in Toronto’s increasingly competitive condo market — where the average selling price for a unit is about $523,000 — approximately 95 to 97 per cent of developments will see completion. According to real estate consultancy Urbanation, 23 condo projects have been cancelled in the city since 2012 — five of them in the last year.Bell said that the last time he’d heard of a cancelled condo development in Vancouver was in 2008, during the financial crisis.Jason Paris believes he is luckier than some because he only got involved with the cancelled condo project in February, when he signed a contract and handed over his deposit.“Some people had their investment off the market for a year and a half. I’m off the market for nine months,” he said.“But in a crazy property market like Toronto, those nine months are really going to make a huge a difference on what I can afford going forward.”Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Joint UN Ugandan Government teams to assess impact of severe flooding

Many parts of eastern Uganda have witnessed significant flooding since the rains began in late July, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a press release issued today in the capital, Kampala.An initial inter-agency assessment, carried out with the support of local authorities in Katakwi and Amuria districts, revealed that nearly 2,000 people across the two districts have been forced to leave their homes due to the flooding and nearly 4,000 households have reported damage to food crops.According to the Uganda Red Cross Society, which has also conducted initial assessments in the districts of Amuria and Katakwi, as well as in Budada, Bukeda, Kumi and Sironko in eastern Uganda, nearly 10,200 households – some 50,000 individuals –had been affected.In addition to forcing thousands from their homes and causing substantial damage to crops, the floods have damaged roads and bridges, making it difficult to reach the affected populations. While there have been no confirmed outbreaks of infectious disease so far, OCHA warns that current conditions are ripe for increased rates of malaria, diarrhoea, skin diseases, respiratory chest infections and intestinal worms. The two teams will begin their assessments in the Teso and Mbale regions by the end of the week, focusing on the impact on water, sanitation and hygiene facilities, health, food security, shelter, and road conditions.They will be led by a representative of the Office of the Prime Minister/Disaster Management Office and supported by experts from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN World Food Programme (WFP) and OCHA, as well as the Uganda Red Cross Society. 22 August 2007The United Nations and the Ugandan Government are set to deploy teams to assess the impact of severe flooding in the eastern part of the country resulting from unusually intense rainfall over the past month – the heaviest in 35 years. read more

BBS to seek niqab ban

The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) is calling on the government to ban the niqab, a traditional dress for Muslim women, citing security reasons, the Xinhua news agency reported today.The BBS, which also includes prominent Buddhist monks among its membership, demanded that the government ban the covering headdress insisting that recent events proved it was a threat to security. The BBS has also held massive rallies around the country to ban cattle slaughter and demand that Buddhism be given prominence in the country. “We believe that most people will not talk about this issue because it is religiously sensitive. However, it is an important issue and we will take this up with top government officials in order to protect the people of this country,”BBS head Galagodaatthe Gnanasara Thero told the media. The reasoning provided by the BBS is that a recent underworld member was arrested in Colombo while he was disguised as a Muslim woman wearing the enveloping garment. The BBS organization is accused of inciting and organizing violence against Muslims in the country and has been criticized by moderate Buddhist organizations and leading Buddhist monks in the country.In February, the Muslim community bowing to intense pressure from the BBS decided to withdraw issuing Halaal certification for local products. read more

Electric vehicle training programmes charged and ready

SMMT pushes for qualification and accreditation models to standardise EV training industry-wide.IMI and Semta identify specific areas of focus for EV training.SMMT calls for EV experts to provide input to programmes before 2011 launch.SMMT and its partners, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) and Semta – the sector skills councils for the automotive retail and manufacturing industries – are progressing with the development of an industry-wide electric vehicle (EV) qualification and accreditation scheme announced in May 2010.This programme will form the basis of a motor industry training scheme that will be offered by an automotive training provider network to ensure consistent understanding of EVs throughout manufacturing, the aftermarket, emergency services and breakdown recovery operators. The framework for the two key training programmes is in place and SMMT is now seeking the views of industry experts to refine the qualifications and accreditation before the January 2011 launch.“Electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are exciting new technologies that will become increasingly popular options for motorists, so it is essential that the people involved in service, repair and roadside assistance are properly prepared,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “The training and accreditation programme we are helping to develop will ensure consumers get the very best support and that this new technology has a smooth introduction to the marketplace.”Encompassing the full spectrum of electric vehicles, including pure-EV and hybrids, the EV training programme will establish consistent technical competency levels, ensuring the safe and sustainable growth of the industry as technology begins to come to market.The IMI programme will cater for the needs of service and repair outlets, emergency services, roadside assistance teams and retailers. The qualification will enable existing technicians and professionals to extend their skill set to EVs and will be maintained on a rolling three-year basis to ensure standards are maintained as technology develops.The IMI EV programme will:Offer four Electric and Hybrid Vehicle related qualifications which include Awareness; Hazard Management; Maintenance Activities; Repair and Replacement.Provide a stand-alone module of the Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) to enable technicians to up-skill and to prove current competence.Deliver a ‘train the trainer’ programme aimed directly at the retail automotive network.Semta’s suite of National Occupational Standards and qualifications encompass the needs of the emerging electric vehicle market to ensure standardisation and quality is achieved across the manufacturing sector.The Semta EV programme will:Cater for those involved in all areas of production from concept to research and development, through design, manufacture and subsequent safe disposal.Identify and establish safety practices required for common usage of powerful batteries in all vehicles.Extend to vehicles of all wheel combinations, including military variants, heavy goods vehicles and buses.While both IMI and Semta have existing consultation groups in place, SMMT is keen to open up the development and refinement of each training programme to all EV experts to ensure the developments create a best practice set of training standards that the whole industry can adopt.To find out more or to join any of the following consultation groups, contact SMMT, evgweb@smmt.co.uk, by 25 October 2010.Semta EV Manufacturing Consultation Group.Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) Consultation Group.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

5 talking points from Sundays Premier League action

first_img1. Are Liverpool too open with Suarez and Sturridge in the team?Eight goals were scored in today’s game between Stoke and Liverpool, and it could have been much more.Both sides constantly looked vulnerable when forced to defend, and though the introduction of Daniel Sturridge ultimately paid dividends in attack, down the other end, it did Liverpool no favours.Brendan Rodgers’ side were therefore fortunate that they only conceded one goal in the second period, with Jonathan Walters given far too much time and space to shoot — as had been the case with Charlie Adam in the first period.Indeed, especially in that second half, Stoke looked capable of scoring every time they went forward, with the visitors struggling to cope with the physicality of Walters and Peter Crouch, as well as the more subtle talents of Marko Arnautovic.Accordingly, against better sides, Liverpool may not get away with playing two strikers up front — especially in a midfield that includes the slowing legs of Steven Gerrard.That said, it would take a brave man to drop a striker as talented as Daniel Sturridge.2. What exactly constitutes ‘interfering with play’?Cheik Tiote’s disallowed goal in Man City’s 2-0 win over Newcastle has been the subject of much debate.The player’s thunderbolt was deemed illegitimate, because Yoan Gouffran arguably blocked the goalkeeper’s view.The problem seems to be that if such a ruling is backed by the FA, then there will be endless scope to penalise players in an offside position while seemingly not interfering with play. After all, aren’t such individuals nearly always interfering with play on some level in these instances, such as when a wandering striker causes a defence to play an offside trap, only for another player to run past the defence and score.Moreover, even if Gouffran did block Hart’s view slightly, the keeper was still highly unlikely to make the save, so to rule Tiote’s effort out was pedantic in the extreme.3. What’s gone wrong with Marc Wilson?(Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling wins a penalty after the challenge from Stoke City’s Marc Wilson – Lynne Cameron/EMPICS Sport)Ireland international Marc Wilson had what can best be described as a ‘stinker’ against Liverpool today.The defender gave the ball away needlessly on numerous occasions, and was partially responsible for at least two of Liverpool’s goals.Furthermore, it is not the first time Wilson has been conspicuously poor — in Ireland’s World Cup qualifiers against Sweden and Austria, the 26-year-old was similarly inept, costing Ireland a crucial goal with a wayward pass in the latter game.From watching him play, it is clear Wilson possesses considerable talent. However, his concentration seems to be a frequent issue — a problem that will be a concern to both Mark Hughes and Irish boss Martin O’Neill, who is not exactly blessed with an array of top quality left-backs as it is.4. Pardew behaviour unacceptable Not for the first time, the behaviour of Newcastle boss Alan Pardew was appalling today.After the referee arguably made a mistake in denying Newcastle a goal, he was subjected to a vicious haranguing from Pardew as the sides went in at half-time. ”You got it wrong!” he continually shouted, while pointing his finger at the official in an aggressive fashion.Would Pardew ever castigate his players publicly if they made an error? Unlikely. Yet for some reason, such bullying is considered acceptable when it comes to referees.And arguably even worse was his labelling of Manuel Pellegrini as a “f**king old c**t. Surely a banning is in order for this unsavoury ageism — such an outcome would send out a firm message that Pardew’s behaviour should not be considered acceptable, even in the inveterately abrasive atmosphere of a football stadium. 5. Have we just seen the game of the season?There have been some fantastic matches in the Premier League this season.The Stoke-Liverpool encounter epitomised the excitement that the league conjures at its best, while also illustrating some of its perpetual flaws (shoddy defending, an over-reliance on long-ball football, et cetera).What was particularly impressive was that the match’s relentless pace lasted for more or less the entire 90 minutes, when so often, similarly exciting games fade out meekly in the final half an hour.Liverpool, of course, provided the genius in the form of Luis Suarez on the day, but Stoke’s endless pressing and unbreakable resilience also played a big role in ensuring this afternoon’s game will be remembered in years to come.Here are the winning accumulators that netted two Paddy Power customers almost £40,000>5 talking points from Saturday’s Premier League action>last_img read more

The terms and conditions apply parts of ads are costing radio stations

first_imgThe terms and conditions apply parts of ads are ‘costing radio stations money’ Brian Hayes says the fast-paced disclaimers cost stations money and is an example of overreaching Brussels bureaucracy. 33 Comments Image: BBC Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Thursday 9 Mar 2017, 6:09 AM http://jrnl.ie/3277452 Share3 Tweet Email A DUBLIN MEP wants the law changed to get rid of the “terms and conditions apply” part of radio ads.Brian Hayes says the fast-paced disclaimers cost stations money and is an example of overreaching Brussels bureaucracy. Hayes suggests sending listeners to a website instead.The disclaimers are carried as part of a European Commission directive – The Consumer Credit Directive – which requires advertisers carry the disclaimers.Hayes makes the argument that visual media can carry the notices in small print – a luxury not available to radio advertisers.“Radio adverts are different. In order for radio stations to comply, they are required to read out the terms and conditions of every advert. This requirement means that a company who purchases 40 seconds of advertising can actually only advertise for 20 seconds as the remainder of the advert is filled with terms and conditions.”Hayes says he has written to Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans, Head of Better Regulation to investigate the matter.Kevin Branigan, the CEO of Radio Nova, told TheJournal.ie that while the disclaimers add a challenge to running a radio station, it is far from the only one.“It’s welcome that Brian Hayes is interested in commercial radio. Terms and Conditions disclaimers have affected some ads for a while. Encouraging to see an opinion for it.“Other compelling issues include the funding of public service broadcasting from the licence fee. These have been debated for years and I would be interested to hear (Hayes’) views on that.”Read: Plan to get more women on airwaves ‘welcome’ – but progress could take years 14,404 Views By Paul Hosford Mar 9th 2017, 6:09 AM Image: BBClast_img read more

All six crew members were asleep when fire broke out on California

first_img Image: AP/PA Images https://jrnl.ie/4807176 Friday 13 Sep 2019, 7:49 AM The dive boat engulfed in flames off the Southern California Coast on 2 September All six crew members were asleep when fire broke out on California dive boat, report says A total of 34 people died in the 2 September fire. 2 Comments Short URL 18,849 Views center_img The dive boat engulfed in flames off the Southern California Coast on 2 September Image: AP/PA Images ALL SIX CREW members were asleep when a fire broke out last week on board a California dive boat, leaving 34 people dead, the US National Transportation Safety Board has said.In its preliminary report on the 2 September blaze – the worst maritime disaster in modern California history – the agency said “at the time of the fire, five crew members were asleep in berths behind the wheelhouse, and one crew member was asleep in the bunkroom”.Under federal law, the 75-foot Conception was required to have a night watchman who was awake and able to alert others to a fire or other mishaps, NTSB board member Jennifer Homendy told the Los Angeles Times.The preliminary report said one of the crew members was able to raise the alarm after being awakened by noise around 3.15am and seeing the fire.“As crew members awoke, the captain radioed a distress message to the Coast Guard,” the report said.It added that five crew members frantically tried to reach the 33 passengers and one fellow crew member sleeping in the lower deck but jumped overboard after they were unable to open a forward window and were overwhelmed by smoke.Two crew members and the captain then swam to the stern and reboarded the vessel but were unable to access the 34 victims.The fire was so intense that firefighters were unable to board the vessel which sank as they tried to extinguish the blaze. The boat had been on a three-day diving excursion around the Channel Islands, off the coast of Santa Barbara in southern California.The blaze broke out on the last day of the trip, as the boat was anchored off Santa Cruz Island.The cause of the fire is still unknown and initial interviews of some of the crew members revealed no mechanical or electrical issues onboard the vessel, the NTSB report said.It said salvage operations are underway to recover the wreckage for examination and that the probe will look into regulations for such vessels as well as warning systems, evacuation routes and training.- © AFP 2019  Share1 Tweet Email By AFP Fri 7:49 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

ASA President Meets with Sen Cornyn

first_imgASA President Wade Cowan (left) and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn discuss agriculture policy in Washington D.C. Photo Courtesy of U.S. Sen. John Cornyn’s office.American Soybean Association (ASA) President Wade Cowan, Brownfield, Texas, met with U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) last week to discuss agriculture policy, tax policy and legislation to control regulatory overreach hurting Texas farmers and ranchers.last_img

Edible Ganesh idols are in vogue this year

first_imgVisakhapatnam: This Ganesh Chaturthi, environment-conscious entrepreneurs are devising new ways to worship the elephant-headed God without causing any harm to the eco-system. One such way of celebration is bringing home an edible Ganesh idol to worship. To help saving the water bodies from getting polluted, Chocolate Craft Club comes up with a chocolate Ganesh. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us Interestingly, it has also developed a video to circulate through social media platforms, including WhatsApp, on the immersion procedure through warm milk or water. “The idol thus immersed can be mixed with some dry fruits before distributing to friends and family members as ‘prasad’. This way, the pollution problem which increases during immersion can be tackled to a large extent,” reasons N B Devi, proprietor of the club. Also Read – Quarry checks bring down granite production Advertise With Us Orders started pouring in for chocolate Ganesh through WhatsApp. “As of now, we have received about 40 orders for our standard idol of 28-cm length and 22 cm width. Based on customers’ requirement, idols can be customised using white chocolate,” adds Devi, who launched edible Ganesh this year. In addition to these idols, millet-infused ‘modaks’, ‘laddus’ and ‘kudumulu’ form a part of the Club’s menu that has a facility of door delivery. Laying emphasis on marching towards cleaner and healthier tomorrow, the club members firmly believe in the fact that such eco-friendly celebrations would set an example for the next generation to follow suit. Advertise With Us While the concept of edible Ganesh is popular in Mumbai and Pune, the trend is gradually catching up in Visakhapatnam as well. Disturbed by the sights of plaster of Paris idols washing ashore on the beaches at various points during immersion, Mehek Idnani, who runs Baked Moments, a two-year-old home-bake studio, gets busy to paint her modelling chocolate Ganesh with an edible colour syrup. Currently, she is readying eight Ganesh idols for her clients both in Belgium and white chocolate flavours. “It comes in two sizes – half-ft and one-ft long but has a three-month-long shelf life. By placing cinnamon sticks and cloves around the idol, it can be saved from ants and rats,” she shares. After picking up the nuances of making chocolate idol from a Mumbai-based trainer Rintu, Mehek began her eco-friendly venture this year. Wielding an X-Acto knife, she gives finishing touches to a white-chocolate Ganesh idol before dipping her brush in a palette of edible colour to give a bright look. “It is a time-consuming process. But I am delighted to do my part to environment and lessen the damage. The immersed milk can be shared with less-privileged children,” suggests Mehek.last_img read more

Pakistan doctor who helped track bin Laden likely to be released

first_imgA roadside vendor sells newspapers with headlines about the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, in Lahore. Reuters file photoPakistani prison authorities have moved the jailed doctor believed to have helped the CIA hunt down Osama bin Laden, his attorney said on Saturday, speculating it could be a prelude to his release.The continued imprisonment of Dr Shakil Afridi has long been a source of tension between Pakistan and the United States, which cut military aid over accusations Pakistan continues to shelter Taliban militants fighting US and Afghan soldiers across the border in Afghanistan.A jail official in the northwestern city of Peshawar told Reuters on condition of anonymity that Afridi had been transferred to Adiala prison in Rawalpindi, near the capital Islamabad, but said the reasons were unclear and could simply be security-related.Afridi’s lawyer, Qamar Nadeem, confirmed the transfer of his client but said he was not sure where he was now. Judicial officials could not be reached on Saturday, nor could embassy officials for the United States, which has for years called on Pakistan to release Afridi.Afridi was accused of treason after word spread he had helped the CIA collect genetic samples of the bin Laden family, paving the way for a US Navy SEAL raid in 2011 in the town of Abbottabad that killed the al Qaeda leader accused of plotting the 11 Sept 2001 attacks on the United States that killed nearly 3,000 people.He was arrested days after the U.S. operation – which Pakistan called a violation of its sovereignty – and charged with aiding terrorists.Afridi was sentenced to 23 years’ jail for financing terrorism. That conviction was overturned in 2013, but he is still serving time for other terrorism-related convictions, his lawyer said.He also faced a murder trial related to the death of a patient more than a decade ago.However, the layer said Afridi had recently had his latest sentence reduced to seven years in a clemency action, and had served about that amount of time already.“So I think he can be released very soon,” Nadeem told Reuters.There were no other immediate indications of any release in the works, however.A US State Department official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, called on the Pakistani government to ensure Afridi’s safety.“We are aware ýof reports that Dr. Afridi has been transferred to another prison, and call on the Government of Pakistan to take all necessary measures to ensure Dr. Afridi’s safety,” the official said.“We don’t have anything else at this time and would refer you to the government of Pakistan as to the reasons for his transfer,” the official added.In January 2017, Pakistan’s then-law minister said the country would not release Afridi under any U.S. pressure.“Afridi worked against the law and our national interest, and the Pakistan government has repeatedly been telling the United States that under our law he committed a crime and was facing the law,” Zahid Hamid was quoted as saying at the time.last_img read more

Mobile Gaming Giant King Goes High Fashion

first_img Last week mobile gaming’s definitive masters King announced they would be teaming up with Italian fashion powerhouse Moschino. The focus of the new line is King’s most popular property Candy Crush. Whether you like King’s games or not this is pretty impressive that a game you merely play on your phone has reached this level of prestige. The designs are, well…loud, as you would expect if you are familiar with the 30 plus-year-old clothing brand. Their ironic stylings have made them a global force, not unlike King.“We couldn’t think of a better partner to transform Candy Crush into this fun and playful capsule collection that our players will have a chance to own and wear,” said Sebastian Knutsson, Chief Creative Officer at King.The timing of this limited edition collection coincides with Candy Crush‘s five anniversary. Moschino is a company that prides itself on having a pulse on the cultural zeitgeist and intertwining with mobile gaming is certainly a way to keep that tradition alive. “As someone who is inspired by pop culture, it was only a matter of time till I’d play with the iconography of Candy Crush,” said Jeremy Scott, Creative Director for Moschino. And boy did he play with it!The line will include a backpack (650 USD), phone case (70 USD), and swimwear for men and women (250 USD and 300 USD). All of these will be available only on Moschino.com and be produced in a limited run. Whether you like the designs or not this is a fascinating moment for the King in the bigger conversation of branding and worldwide recognition. The Crush products are on sale now!View as: One Page Slides1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Legend of Solgard is King’s First Foray Into the RPG GenreCandy Crush Saga “Cupid’s Challenge,” Compete Against Each Other! Stay on targetlast_img read more

Digital PET Balances Scan Time and Resolution

first_img Sponsored Content | Blog | Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant | PET-CT| October 25, 2018 Digital PET Balances Scan Time and Resolution Related Content:SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT: Examining the Value of Digital PET/CT Oncological applications account for about 80 percent of PET scans done at UVMC. (The remaining 20 percent of PET/CTs examine the heart or brain.) When set to deliver maximum spatial resolution, the increased sensitivity achieved through digital PET is used to detect very small lesions. Alternatively, some patients at UVMC are best served by scans that minimize time spent inside the PET/CT bore. Such shorter exams might be chosen for children or patients who are uncomfortable in tight spaces to minimize the movement that can cause image artifacts.Although the scans may be substantially shorter — five or even three minutes versus the 15 needed with an analog detector — Vereos’ PET acquisitions can still deliver high diagnostic quality, he said.Development of the Digital Photon Counting (DPC) technology, which serves as Vereos’ backbone, is the latest pivotal moment in the history of PET/CT, according to Dhruv Mehta, a senior product manager at Philips Healthcare. The first occurred some 20 years ago with the hybridization of PET with CT. The second was the development of time-of-flight (introduced first-to-market by Philips Healthcare), which helps localize lesions and improves signal-to-noise. Fully digital PET with DPC technology is the latest advancement affecting this hybrid, Mehta said.“It is really the next generation of PET/CT,” he said.The difference between digital and analog PET is akin to the difference between projection and LCD televisions. The digital architecture of LCD TVs, he said, delivers a sharper image, higher efficiency and more dynamic range. Digital PET does much the same in molecular imaging. This linkage between image quality and dynamic range is important, Mehta said, when trying to go beyond the current FDG-based oncology applications into emerging applications in neurology and cardiology and emerging tracers.“With a shorter acquisition, the patient is less likely to move,” he said. “The clinical benefit is that you have a better study with less motion. As a result, you can visualize lesions better.”The other aspect of efficiency is increased throughput. In the U.S., PET patient volumes typically hover around a dozen or so patients per day. In Europe or China, however, daily throughput may exceed 30.Mehta cautions that many factors beyond the scanner may affect throughput at a facility. Chief among them are ones related to patient management. Cutting scan time to under five minutes, however, “is a substantial improvement.”Very relevant when making purchasing decisions, he said, is the increased precision that digital PET offers and the hedge that Vereos provides against obsolescence. At present, PET is one of the few commercial modalities with high-end systems that are still analog, he said. That, however, could change.“We envision a time in the future when all PET/CT is digital,” Mehta said. Editor’s note: This is the third blog in a series of four on digital PET/CT. The first blog, “How Digital PET/CT Can Improve Clinical Care,” can be found here. The second blog, “Why – And How – Digital PET Is Better Than Analog,” can be found here. Efficiency and effectiveness are inseparable in clinical medicine. Digital PET addresses them both. The key is the detector built into Philips Healthcare’s digital Vereos PET/CT.Because photons generated during a PET exam are counted individually, digital detectors can record more such events per second than analog ones.The University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMC) often leverages this on its Vereos to produce images with very high quality. Alternatively, UVMC uses Vereos to shorten scan time while still producing diagnostic quality images.“When there is a big leap in sensitivity like you see from analog to digital, you have to look at what you are going to do with it,” said Jay Kikut, M.D., director of nuclear medicine and PET/CT at the UVMC. “For oncology patients, our decision is clear — we want to use it for improved image quality.”This is paramount when clinicians use Vereos to make diagnoses and stage cancer patients. “Vereos provides us very accurate staging of our patients,” he said. “To have the best outcome, you have to match the treatments to the stage.” Exactly staging patients leads to a more individualized choice of therapy.The 1 mm thick images reveal details in this PET/CT whole-brain volume acquired during a five-minute scan on the Vereos PET/CT. Images courtesy of Philips Healthcare. News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | 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 Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. Related Content Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Image courtesy of Imago Systems Staging F18FDG PET/CT images of adenocarcinoma in the RUL (right upper lobe) of the lung illustrates the value of Vereos. The primary lesion in the right upper lobe appears in the upper row (PET image is left, CT image is right). A 3 mm synchronous primary or metastatic lesion in the RUL is apparent in the lower row. The precision afforded by Vereos’ images provided the basis for the patient to undergo RUL lobectomy instead of thermal ablation of the primary lesion. (Images courtesy of Dr. Jay Kikut and UVMC)center_img Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more 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 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | 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 | 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 | 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 IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. 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 last_img read more

Israeli navy peacefully intercepts Gazabound vessel

first_img Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The vital role family plays in society Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Reconstruction efforts in Gaza have nevertheless made little progress since last summer’s devastating war. Tens of thousands are displaced within the narrow coastal territory and others are still living in damaged apartments.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s navy intercepted a Swedish vessel attempting to breach a naval blockade of the Gaza Strip early Monday and brought it to an Israeli port, where it said the foreign activists would be questioned before they are sent back to their home countries.The military said that after exhausting all diplomatic efforts, the government ordered it to block the vessel. Israeli naval forces boarded the Marianne and searched it in international waters without needing to use any force, the military said. The ship was carrying about 20 activists, including Israeli Arab lawmaker Basel Ghattas and former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki. Three other ships that were part of the original flotilla reversed course before encountering the Israeli navy.The Israeli military issued a statement Monday night saying vessel had arrived at the Ashdod port. “The vessel and crew members are now being transferred to the appropriate authorities for immigration and deportation processing,” it said.Interior Ministry spokeswoman Sabine Haddad said it could take a few days to deport them, depending on available flights.The Freedom Flotilla group posted a photo on Twitter apparently showing a group of its activists onboard a ship.Petros Stergiou, a member of flotilla’s media team in Athens, said the group would continue its acts of protest until the blockade of Gaza was lifted.“Once again, the Israeli state commits an act of state piracy in the Mediterranean Sea,” he said. “The government continues this policy of non-tolerance, which means that it will continue to enforce the collective punishment against the 1.8 million people in Gaza.”A 2010 Israeli raid against a Gaza-bound flotilla left nine Turkish pro-Palestinian activists dead. It sparked international criticism of Israel and delivered a serious blow to its previously close ties with Turkey. Sponsored Stories Israel has maintained a blockade of Gaza since Hamas militants took power in 2007. Islamic militants in the coastal strip have fired thousands of rockets toward Israel and have repeatedly tried to smuggle in arms by sea. Israel says the blockade is needed to prevent the militants from stockpiling weapons.While Israel insists there is no siege, there are severe restrictions on Palestinian movement and trade, with virtually no exports. The international community, including the United Nations, has repeatedly called for an end to the blockade.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the naval blockade of Gaza is in accordance with international law.“This flotilla is nothing but a demonstration of hypocrisy and lies that is only assisting the Hamas terrorist organization and ignores all of the horrors in our region,” he said. “We are not prepared to accept the entry of war material to the terrorist organizations in Gaza as has been done by sea in the past.”Israel says it transfers about 800 trucks a day into Gaza and recently brought in more than 1.6 million tons of goods. It says it assists in hundreds of humanitarian projects, through international organizations, including the building of hospitals and clinics. Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

South Korea indicts 63 in probe on defense procurement

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Patients with chronic pain give advice Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — More than 60 South Koreans, including two former navy chiefs of staff, have been indicted in an investigation into alleged corruption associated with numerous defense procurement projects, prosecutors said Wednesday.Sixty-three people face charges of accepting bribes, fabricating official documents or leaking military secrets, senior prosecutor Kim Ki-dong told a televised news conference. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top holiday drink recipescenter_img Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Comments   Share   The accused include 10 current or former military generals, a former vice minister, businessmen and brokers, according to Kim and the Defense Ministry.Kim said they were involved in projects to supply the military with body armor, rifles and various equipment loaded at navy ships.A joint government investigative team has been probing defense procurement projects since November.Kim said the lack of an effective supervising system on defense procurement projects was to blame for the alleged corruption.South Korea, a vibrant, liberal democracy, is one of the leading economies in Asia, but high-profile corruption scandals still routinely take place.In March, then-Prime Minster Lee Wan Koo pledged to root out corruption, but he resigned only a month later after being implicated in a widening bribery scandal. Lee and an incumbent provincial governor were later indicted on charges that they took money from a late businessman.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Qantas to bring HBO favourites to the sky

first_imgQantas has partnered with one of the world’s most successful TV services, HBO, to bring customers hundreds of hours of the most talked about programmes on screens around the world, from current series like True Detective and Game of Thrones to classic favourites like The Sopranos and Sex and The City.Beginning July, the airline will offer 120 hours of HBO drama, comedy and documentary content for customers flying across the Qantas network. Each month the channel will be updated with 20 hours of the U.S. network’s latest shows and movies.The introduction of an HBO channel will coincide with the addition of three new Foxtel channels – Entertainment by Foxtel, National Geographic and Lifestyle by Foxtel – each of which will be updated monthly resulting in a total of 160 hours of fresh content each month.The investment forms part of a multi-million dollar overhaul of Qantas’ inflight entertainment software and hardware.Qantas Head of Digital and Entertainment, Jo Boundy, said Qantas was working hard to deliver the best of home entertainment in the sky.“A lot of our customers look forward to making the most of the opportunity for some uninterrupted viewing time on board, and for many it’s a chance to catch up with their favourite shows. That’s why we invest heavily in making sure we have fresh content and a wide range of programs to cater for different tastes,” said Boundy.“Customer satisfaction with inflight entertainment has hit record levels in recent months, and we plan to keep improving the options available with new features that set Qantas apart.”last_img read more

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C. church that left nine dead "How many people do we need to see cut down before we act" she asked during a summit of elected and appointed Latino politicians meeting in Las Vegas She began by saying that her thoughts and prayers were with the victims and their families in the shooting before turning to a broader discussion of police "So as we mourn and as our hearts break a little more and as we send this message of solidarity that we will not forsake those who have been victimized by gun violence this time we have to find answers together" Clinton said Police said they had in custody suspect Dylann Storm Roof a 21-year-old man who spent almost an hour inside the church Wednesday night before opening fire Officials were not ascribing motives for Roof who is white and his killings inside one of Charlestons most prominent black churches "Cut down at prayer Murdered in a house of God It just broke my heart That of course is the last place we should see violence But we shouldnt see it anywhere" Clinton said "In the days ahead we will again ask what led to this terrible tragedy and where we as a nation need to go In order to make sense of it we have to be honest We have to face hard truths about race violence guns and division" Clinton visited Charleston on Wednesday before the killings "I left feeling not only great about Charleston but also great about America" Clinton said of the South Carolina city When she landed in Las Vegas hours later she learned of the killings "The shock and pain of this crime of hate strikes deep” she said Write to Philip Elliott at philipelliott@timecomDelegates at the National Conference have proposed that henceforth elected public office holders who move from one political party to another without any cogent reason should lose their seats The decision was taken yesterday during the consideration of the report of the Committee on Politics and Governance headed by Prof Jerry Gana and Chief Olu Falae as a co-chairman Members also agreed that inducement of voters with money and materials on Election Day should be treated as a criminal offence while the perpetrators should be severely punished They urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the State Independent Electoral Commissions (SIECs) to ensure that physically-challenged persons especially lepers are registered and are able to vote during elections On anti-corruption and ethics in governance delegates accepted the proposal that anti-corruption agencies (ACAs) especially the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices and related offences Commission (ICPC) should take up any corruption case that is in the public domain without waiting for prompting of a petition It said the refusal by the anti-corruption agencies to act on any corruption case brought to their knowledge shall constitute an act of misconduct criminal negligence or dereliction of duty that will attract sanctions for their officials Conference also agreed to transfer the responsibility for ensuring compliance with the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act from the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) A 20-year-old mathematics genius is planning to marry her new boyfriend following the breakdown of her previous relationship That all sounds pretty reasonable until you learn that her last relationship was with a calculator named Pierre whose buttons she delighted in licking and shes currently planning to marry a copy of TetrisCredit: Mercury Press Noorul Mahjabeen Hassan identifies as an objectum sexual For the uninitiated that means she fancies objects and has previously had the hots for monorails GPS systems and iPods The maths student from Orlando Florida prefers to go by the name of Fractal Tetris Huracan – because why not – and started a relationship with the popular 80s puzzle game back in September She enjoys nothing more than surrounding herself with Tetris memorabilia at home and hopes to marry the game once she graduates from her course in two years time Priorities Fractal also claims to enjoy a physical relationship with Tetris by using an assortment of Tetris-themed objects including a hard-drive and a Tetris cushionCredit: Mercury Press "It started when I would play this game called Smash Run and I would hear the Tetris theme and I thought it was nice Every time I heard it I would want to play Tetris" she said "All I did was play this game and kept thinking I want to play Tetris "I think Tetris is so beautiful he is about perfection and he stimulates your mind Physically I get that feeling that people in relationships get – that you know they are the right oneCredit: Mercury Press Its probably worth mentioning at this point that fractal is only attracted to objects she perceives as male and stresses that objectum sexual is a sexual preference as opposed to a fetish "I want to make clear there is a big difference" she explained "A fetish is sexual whereas objectum sexual is more romantic You have actual feelings and feel like you emotionally connect with the objects Ive never been attracted to humans"Credit: Mercury Press Before she became romantically involved with Tetris Fractal was in a committed relationship with her calculator Pierre and says his buttons were one of his most attractive features "I loved touching his buttons – the feel of his buttons and track pad I loved running my finger over that and I used my tongue to touch his buttons "I liked generating random numbers and multiplying them "It was very much an intellectual relationship as well Hes a calculator – how could it not be" But nowadays Fractal only has eyes for Tetris and its only a matter of time before the couple tie the knotCredit: Mercury Press "I want to say Im married to Tetris and have a legitimate ceremony with friends I want everybody to be there I feel like that would be an official thing which would set it in stone and say I love you and want to prove it to you by making it permanent and calling myself Mrs Tetris" Fractals relationships may be unconventional to say the least and her family struggle to understand but she fails to see the problem arguing that she is doing nobody any harm "I am not doing anyone or anything any harm What is the issue They think its weird but I ask them to give me one good reason why I shouldnt date Tetris and they cant" Well cant really argue with that I suppose Featured Image Credit: Mercury Press Topics: Technology that homosexuality is "a sickness that needs to be dealt with. seems to recognize him even under his star schmatte of big sunglasses, The shift by Exit came shortly after a doctor was acquitted by a Swiss appeals court for administrating life-ending drugs to a 89-year old man without examining him first. saying it will encourage suicide among the elderly. were on the scene in Bucharest, A stark forecast by the Congressional Budget Office released Monday indicated that 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