US charges Venezuelan tycoon tied to government for bribery

first_imgBOGOTA — U.S. prosecutors have indicted a Venezuelan media tycoon close to President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government on foreign corruption and money laundering charges.Raul Gorrin became president of Globovision shortly after he and others purchased the popular TV network in 2013 and proceeded to soften its anti-government coverage.In charges unsealed Monday, federal prosecutors in Miami said that starting around 2010 Gorrin allegedly paid at least $94 million in bribes to two Venezuelan officials in exchange for business conducting foreign currency transactions for the government.He’s also accused of paying expenses related to three jets, a yacht and multiple champion horses on behalf of the two unnamed officials.He was declared a fugitive after officials failed to arrest him on the August indictment.Gorrin could not be immediately reached for comment.Joshua Goodman, The Associated Presslast_img read more

CRA’s automatic benefit registrations give retirees reason to file on time

TORONTO — This is the time of year when procrastinators begin to fret about filing their income tax forms with Canada Revenue Agency by April 30.Of course, there are many reasons to file on time — such as avoiding expensive late fees and receiving tax refunds promptly.For retired people, the CRA has an extra reason to finish their taxes on time — the potential to boost their monthly income or, on the flip side, to avoid a reduction in government payments.That’s because the federal tax collector checks seniors’ returns to see if they’re receiving old age security (OAS) and eligible for a guaranteed income supplement (GIS).Employment and Social Development Canada estimates 10 per cent of eligible seniors didn’t receive their GIS payments in 2016-17, the most recent information available.Since then, the government has attempted to increase public awareness and reduce missed opportunities.Elizabeth Mulholland, chief executive of Prosper Canada — a national charity dedicated to helping Canadians living in poverty — says GIS payments may be small but they can make a big difference.“For seniors who are quite low-income, it’s an important additional source of income,” Mulholland says.For the poorest seniors with virtually no income besides the OAS, the guaranteed income supplement could be worth up to a maximum of $898 a month for single people and up to $540 per person for couples.That would be in addition to old age security (OAS), which is available to seniors aged 65 and older. OAS is currently worth about $600 a month per person for most people who meet Canadian residency requirements.The GIS payments are reduced bit-by-bit for seniors who have other income and they’re eliminated for single people who have annual income of about $18,240 or more and couples with annual income of about $24,550 or more.Mulholland says the CRA’s automatic applications ensure more people receive all the benefits they are owed.“We know that the more steps that you put in a process, the more likely it is that people are going to encounter obstacles . . . and not succeed in completing the process.”There’s an important catch, however. Just because a senior receives GIS in a taxation year — shortly after they begin receiving OAS for the first time, for example — doesn’t mean they don’t have to file annually with the CRA.“If you don’t file your taxes, the government doesn’t know what your income is that year, Mulholland says.“In the absence of you filing, their assumption is you don’t need this benefit any more. So they’ll cut it off.”Employment and Social Development Canada, which oversees the GIS, OAS and other benefits, says clients should contact Service Canada by phone or in-person as soon as possible if the tax return can’t be filed by April 30.“This will allow the department to be in a position by June 2019 to reassess a client’s GIS entitlement for July 2019 to June 2020,” ESDC said in an emailed statement. Mulholland adds there are many reasons people could need assistance with filing their taxes and suggests they or their family or friends check for local organizations that operate volunteer-staffed tax clinics.“If you need help, reach out,” she says. “All of these pots of money add up, when you put them together. So it’s important to make sure people are getting all of them.”Kelley Keehn, an author of several financial advice books and an advocate for the Financial Planning Standards Council, says it’s also important to start planning years before retirement in order to avoid unnecessary benefit clawbacks.“If you aren’t pre-planning … you’re probably going to pay more tax than you need to and you may lose out on government benefits,” Keehn says.Your post-retirement income might include not only OAS and GIS but also Canada Pension Plan payments, a company pension plan, a locked-in retirement account or a spouse’s benefits.“You take all of those elements together and you can see how it gets to be a little bit complex,” Keehn says.To avoid unnecessary clawbacks of income-linked benefits, Keehn says it’s often better to use a registered retirement income fund (RRIF) to spread out withdrawals and create a predictable flow of income at an appropriate level.The Canada Revenue Agency, Financial Planning Council of Canada and many chartered banks provide various online tools and video tutorials that can assist with the process.But Keehn says many Canadians probably need to get professional advice about whether to begin RRIF withdrawals earlier than age 71 (the latest allowed) and how to factor in widowed spouses and other estate beneficiaries.Mulholland notes there are times when a senior’s income does rise above poverty levels — through an inheritance or marriage, or other source of income — and that may also disqualify them for some retirement benefits such as the GIS.“Life happens to all of us in good ways and bad,” she says. “And the Canada Revenue Agency’s job is to make sure you get all the money you’re entitled to — but not get money you’re not entitled to. David Paddon, The Canadian Press read more

Tracy Sprinkle suffers seasonending patellar tendon injury

Tracy Sprinkle (93) down on the field, surrounded by players and staff in the first quarter versus Bowling Green on Sept. 3, 2016. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State redshirt junior defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle had his first career start for the Buckeyes end abruptly on Saturday afternoon against the Bowling Green Falcons. He exited the game with an apparent knee injury that is much more severe than anticipated.At the post game press conference, coach Urban Meyer said that Sprinkle will have to have season-ending surgery on his patellar tendon in his right knee.“That’s the worst part of this darned game is when a guy gets hurt, especially a guy like that who has committed so much to this team and program,” Meyer said. “Our prayers are with Tracy.”ESPN’s Austin Ward reported Sprinkle may be facing surgery for a serious leg injury.Sprinkle limped off of the field slowly with a lot of help from OSU staff. He was, then, carted off the field into the team locker room for evaluation.Sprinkle won a defensive tackle job out of camp for OSU. He was replaced by redshirt freshman Dre’Mont Jones.Despite Saturday being Sprinkle’s first start, he is one of the more experienced players on the defense as a fourth-year player.9/3/2016 – 4:46 – Updated with quotes from Meyer. read more

Mens Basketball No 16 Ohio State ends home season with chance to

Ohio State senior forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) takes a shot in the second half against Indiana on Jan. 30 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIt would be an understatement to say No. 16 Ohio State had a bad week.The Buckeyes lost 79-56 to Penn State on Thursday, then fell 74-62 to Michigan on Sunday in back-to-back road games. The two losses dropped Ohio State from first place in the Big Ten to a tie with Purdue for second behind Michigan State with just two games remaining.With its Big Ten regular-season title hopes all but dashed, Ohio State (22-6, 11-3 Big Ten) will focus on bouncing back from the losses and gaining momentum heading into Big Ten tournament play in its its final home game of the season against Rutgers at 7 p.m. Tuesday.Projected StartersRutgers:G — Corey Sanders — Junior, 6-foot-2, 176 lbs., 14.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.1 apgG — Geo Baker — Freshman, 6-foot-4, 180 lbs., 10.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 0.9 apgG — Issa Thiam — Sophomore, 6-foot-10, 190 lbs., 7.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 0.6 apgF — Deshawn Freeman — Senior, 6-foot-7, 227 lbs., 11.3 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 0.9 apgC — Shaquille Doorson — Junior, 7-foot, 275 lbs., 2.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 0.2 apgOhio State: G — C.J. Jackson — Junior, 6-foot-1, 175 lbs., 12.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.0 apgF — Jae’Sean Tate — Senior, 6-foot-4, 230 lbs., 12.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.9 apgF — Andre Wesson — Sophomore, 6-foot-6, 220 lbs., 2.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.1 apgF — Keita Bates-Diop — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 235 lbs., 19.5 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.6 apgC — Kaleb Wesson — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 270 lbs., 10.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.0 apgAddressing recent strugglesThough Rutgers will bring one of the nation’s worst offenses to Columbus, this game will be pivotal for Ohio State to begin addressing issues highlighted in last week’s losses. The Buckeyes lost physical battles against both Penn State and Michigan. Penn State out-rebounded Ohio State 38-30. Michigan finished with a slight 26-25 defensive rebounding advantage, but also scored 32 points in the paint.Part of the Buckeyes’ issues stemmed from defending guards larger than their own. Penn State’s 6-foot-5, 204-pound guard Tony Carr dropped 30 points — including 4-for-8 from 3-point range — against Ohio State. The next game, Michigan’s 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman delivered 17 points, and 6-foot-4, 190-pound freshman Jordan Poole scored 15.Rutgers is fourth in the conference in offensive rebounding, the 30th-tallest team in the country and has relied on strong post play to generate the bulk of its scoring. Overall, 60.5 percent of its points have come from 2-pointers this season, the second-highest percentage in the country.The Scarlet Knights also have received the most out of their guards. Geo Baker and Corey Sanders are two of the highest point-scorers on the team. The two were the only players to score double-digits against Ohio State in the last meeting between the two teams on Jan. 14.It would seem like a concerning matchup for the Buckeyes if not for the team’s inept offense. The Scarlet Knights average the 20th-fewest points per game in the nation with the ninth-lowest field-goal percentage in the country.Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said going up against a good rebounding team and one that relies on interior scoring to win means his team will need to focus on what plagued it in the past two games.“When their guards are rolling and their bigs play off their guards really well, they make it for a difficult matchup,” Holtmann said. “It’s as physical a team as we probably play in the Big Ten I think. So I’m anxious to see how our guys respond to their physicality and length and rebounding ability.”Senior DayTuesday night will mark the final time seniors Jae’Sean Tate, Kam Williams and Andrew Dakich take the court at the Schottenstein Center as Buckeyes. There is also a chance it will be redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop’s final home game in Scarlet and Gray, if he forgoes his remaining year of eligibility to leave for the NBA draft.There will be a pregame ceremony for the seniors and Bates-Diop, and a chance for the players to address the fans after the game.Tate said his collegiate career has not flown by, but that his senior year has felt quicker than any other season despite the fact it could last longer than most other years due to the chance for extended postseason play.“Maybe that’s because we’re winning, having more fun than we have in a couple past years,” Tate said. “We’ve still got a good team coming in tomorrow, and we’ve still got to prepare for Indiana and make noise in the Big Ten tournament.” read more

The Best College Basketball Program of All Time

The University of Connecticut’s men’s and women’s basketball players won a pair of national titles this week, repeating the feat of their Huskies predecessors in 2004. The championships moved UConn into an indisputable lead as the most successful overall Division I college basketball program, when accounting for men’s and women’s achievements.UConn’s men’s and women’s teams, combined, have the most titles, the most tournament wins, the highest winning percentage and the highest average margin of victory in the NCAA tournament in Division I since 1951. The race was a close one until a few weeks ago, but UConn’s success this year coincided with stumbles by its two closest rivals in the category: Duke and Tennessee. It’s a remarkable achievement for UConn, which two decades ago hadn’t won any Division I basketball titles, men’s or women’s.UConn, Duke and Tennessee all entered two teams into tournaments this March. Four of the six teams were seeded third or better, and the two exceptions — UConn’s No. 7 men and Tennessee’s No. 11 men — were underseeded, according to FiveThirtyEight’s model. UConn went 12-0, while Tennessee’s teams won four games from the round of 64 on (plus a play-in win for the men). The Duke teams combined for just one win.If Duke had run the table while UConn disappointed, Duke would lead UConn in tournament wins and winning percentage. Tennessee could have led in winning percentage if its men’s and women’s programs had won titles, and UConn had struggled. UConn, though, would still lead the trio in titles. Its only real competition there is UCLA, which could have passed UConn with a men’s title.But the Bruins’ success has hardly been balanced: UCLA has won as many titles in the men’s tournament as it has won games in the women’s tournament. In fact, outside of Storrs, Conn., and a trio of Atlantic Coast Conference schools — Duke, North Carolina and Maryland — few of the leaders in combined basketball success have been truly successful in men’s and women’s hoops. Tennessee has a losing record in the men’s tournament even after this year’s run, and Stanford gets most of its wins from the women’s side.Kentucky, Kansas and Florida, meanwhile, have had little women’s success. Nonetheless, they appear on our list of the most successful combined programs, showing the teams with at least 10 wins in the men’s and women’s NCAA tournament since 1951 who have the best combined winning percentage in the tournament during that period. Other programs that have achieved a great deal in basketball didn’t even make the first cut, notably Georgia (little men’s success) and Michigan and Syracuse (little women’s success).Methodology alert: I’m counting the entire history of the women’s tournament, plus the men’s tournament since 1951, which is roughly when it superseded the National Invitation Tournament as the premier season-ending event. Including the earlier games and titles would make little practical difference because the tournament fields were so small — the NCAA men’s tournament through 1950 included just 111 games, compared with an overall total of men’s and women’s tournament games of nearly 5,000. I’m including the so-called play-in or first-round games introduced in 2001 since similar opening rounds counted as official games in earlier tournaments with field sizes that weren’t exponents of 2. Data comes from ESPN Stats & Information and, for this year, from the men’s and women’s brackets. read more

EYEWITNESS Killing dreams…

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Equal opportunity…June 6, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Dealing with…March 23, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”Eyewitness: Look BackJanuary 28, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” …in the USThe US is a nation of immigrants, but you wouldn’t think so, based on the way President Trump and his supporters are carrying on and acting. When the “Pilgrim fathers” landed at Plymouth Rock, weren’t there PEOPLE who greeted them and gave them food? Who was Pocahontas, for crying out loud? But they say, tell a lie long enough and pretty soon you begin to believe your lie as the “gospel truth”!You know who said that? Hitler’s propaganda honcho, Goebbels, who insisted the Jews were wiped out “for their own good”. Well looks like the Native Indians in the US were all herded into ‘reservations” “out of sight, out of mind” for their “own good”. But if you look carefully at what’s unfolding – some immigrants are less equal than others, and the line is clear as black and white. Heck, the line IS black and white!!All those folks who came from Europe – who just HAPPENS to be white – are OK! Even Trump’s present wife is an immigrant from Slovenia, who started to work even before she got a visa permitting that. But the immigrants that Trump went after during the campaign – and has now started to implement measures to expel are all of a darker hue. “Immigrant” is a trope for “coloured from overseas”!Never mind these immigrants have taken all the literally dirty jobs that others won’t touch with a 10-foot pole. Well if those folks were to even go…then the “Americans” remaining will soon discover what it is to live in a hell-hole like Georgetown led by its Gang of Four! But the latest action by Trump is low even by his truncated standards. Think of this. When Obama was President he asked all children of illegal immigrants to register in a “Dreamers” programme which, in accordance with basic humanity, would allow them to live in the USA, educate themselves and serve their new homeland as citizens.But Trump, while shedding crocodile tears of “contrition”, has now cancelled the programme and placed some 800,000 mostly Spanish and coloured children – some now adults – in line to be deported. And they talk about “Indian givers”!! Your Eyewitness is convinced this will be a defining moment for America in this century and beyond.After its declaration of independence in 1776, the US was exemplified by the Statue of Liberty with its boldly engraved message: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.” No more…It’s now “everyman for himself and the devil take the hindmost”. Especially if the latter’s dark!!…in womenWhat exactly is going on with this Government and women. Right after the elections we had women rights activists pointing out the paucity of women in the Cabinet and the Boards.A lot of throat clearing ensued but nothing was done. Then we had the broken promise to Government workers on the “substantial raise” written in black and white in the APNU/AFC manifesto. Most of the workers in the lowest brackets were women. Red Thread poignantly asked how they were to live.Now, you’ve heard the one by Marie Antoinette when told the peasants didn’t have bread, haven’t you? “Let them eat cake”!! Well this Government that’s all heart just bested her. Told that guards in general, and women guards in particular, were getting ridiculously low wages – especially at nights – Minister Scott announced, “Well don’t hire women at nights!!”He of course, would like us to believe he’s really looking out for women’s safety. But let’s get real…wouldn’t it have been better to insist they get paid a special rate?Then maybe they can afford cabs to get home!!…in the PoliceThe ordinary folks know the Police Force needs a good hosing down to get rid of some bad apples. But seriously, folks, does the Government have to wash the dirty ones in public? read more

China strengthening its position on top of the gold pile

first_imgIncreasing access by foreign entities to cheap Chinese capital and improved safety and environmental regimes that are accelersting to become more in line with world best practice will continue to drive China’s in its new position as the world’s largest gold producer, according to Australia’s Sino Gold Mining. Sydney-based Sino – which operates the second largest gold mine in China, Jinfeng – said today the revolution in China’s gold industry had, however, yet to reach levels where it had become a sustainable industry.“That presents an opportunity for Australian gold miners, particularly because of the country’s cash liquidity and willingness now to debt fund foreign involvement in expanding and modernising China’s gold sector,” Sino’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Jake Klein, told the first day in Perth of the Paydirt 2009 Australian Gold Conference.“The change in circumstance in the sector since the local gold revolution commenced in 1995 is profound and the global equities market should expect it to continue. Five Chinese gold miners are now listed on the Shanghai and Hong Kong stock exchanges and Sino Gold itself used this emerging pathway to capital funding to raise more than A$175 million at less than 7% interest rate from Chinese banks to fund our developments there,” he said.“Expect the ongoing revolution to also see an easing in State ownership in China’s gold sector while successful local gold miners will expand out of China as they grow in confidence. They will obviously have the benefit of cheap capital backing to pursue resource opportunities overseas.”Klein appealed to Australian resource investors and mining houses to consider China gold opportunities against historic trends in domestic gold production and other lead global producers. “Australian gold production has in the last 10 years, collapsed by about 32% and would have been worse if it was not for the development of Newcrest’s single mine at Cadia Hill in NSW.” Klein said. “South Africa, which had long held the mantle of world’s largest gold producer, has seen its gold output plunge 42% in the past decade at a time total gold production has risen 40% – China’s gold revolution being the benefactor at the expense of Australia and South Africa.“However, while China now hosts four foreign gold mines – two of them owned by Sino – the country still only hosts five mines above an output of 100,000 oz/y. And while it has moved from vast subsistence gold mining in 1995 to the issue since of 20,000 government backed and regulated exploration licences, the majority of these gold footprints have barely been subject to modern exploratory analysis.”Klein said Australian explorers had the expertise to assess the data base built up from subsistence mining records, lock down financing via China’s cheap and increasingly available capital, and drive the transition process which is cementing China’s position as the world’s new number one gold producer.“The best of the subsistence mines, for example, never produced anything more than 15,000 -16,000 oz/y of gold  yet sit on known ore mineralisation that has barely been drilled,” Klein said. As a result, this is an industry still in transformation and yet to become sustainable. Critically for Australian investors wanting to step up their role in this sector, one of the biggest catalysts influencing the change in China’s gold and mining structure is that safety and environmental regulation have now been bestowed Ministerial status.“This is, for the first time, helping turn around the country’s alarming and unacceptable incident levels and death and injury rates in its old and now being phased out, mining practices. Australian miners should expect this level of safety and environmental regulation to continue.”Sino Gold pointed to the ongoing emergence of Jinfeng as an insight into the untapped potential in China from historically ‘known’ mineralised areas. “In 2001, Jinfeng had the potential of 1 Moz, it is now 5 Moz and continuing to expand and we expect to produce around 180,000 oz this calendar year.” Klein explained. “Its cash operating costs are also coming down from $400/oz in calendar 2008 to $375 in the latest December quarter. The mine is now reaching a reliable performance level – and that’s the potential that awaits the broader gold sector in China through organic and new mine opportunities open to foreign entities.”last_img read more

Bucyrus roof support carrier ensures best fit for different operations

first_imgSpecialised roof support carriers began gaining popularity following the introduction of the Bucyrus Model 601 Vers-A-Trac® at Island Creek’s VP3 mine in July, 1978. As longwall systems have become larger and heavier, the Vers-A-Trac line has grown to accommodate them. Today, the Bucyrus Vers-A-Trac 650, the largest battery roof support carrier in the Vers-A-Trac family, is one of the most powerful roof support carriers available on the market. Since making its debut at MINExpo 2004, the VT650 (to be seen on the contents page of IM, August 2009) has grown to a population of 42 machines in the US and 22 in China. It can be configured as DC, AC or Diesel to best suit the needs of the customer’s application. All VT650 models are capable of carrying 45 t and feature a tri-sectional frame design with dual motors located near the axles and an oscillation bearing that’s 180% stronger than that of the VT636-2. The VT650 is able to rotate its rear frame independently from the load half of the machine, giving it extra stability even when handling loads equal to the empty vehicle weight. This ensures that the rear wheels maintain contact with the roadway even under severe conditions.In addition to the tri-sectional frame design, all VT650s share the same tilt/lift feature which aids in the accurate placement of payloads, 100o articulation for greater manoeuvrability and a chassis made from high-strength steel that is 50% thicker than comparative machines. The chassis also incorporates bends where applicable for improved strength and reduced indeterminate stresses introduced by welding.The ergonomic design of the operator’s compartment is another key feature shared by all Bucyrus Vers-A-Tracs. Operator comfort is paramount for maintaining a safe working environment. Controls are logically placed in easy-to-reach positions and they are easily operated from the padded, adjustable seat. The frame is contoured with the top sloping from the center to the outside, promoting visibility around the vehicle’s perimeter. The decks are contoured in the reverse manner, tapering from the center upwards to the outside to ensure maximum ground clearance when negotiating confined areas on the longwall face.Bucyrus prides itself on giving customers options to ensure the best fit for their operations. The newest option when choosing a Vers-A-Trac 650 is the diesel-powered VT650D. Introduced in April 2009, this provides the same features as the battery-powered VT650s with the added power of a Cummins 8.3 179 kW diesel power pack.Converting the highly successful battery-powered VT650 to a diesel machine presented some challenges for engineering. According to Jim Coe, Senior Engineer with Bucyrus, “dealing with unknown centres of gravity for the power pack provided a grey area when it came to knowing exactly what the weight distribution would ultimately be on the completed vehicle.” The placement of the centre of gravity in relationship to the weight of the vehicle relates directly to load handling capability and overall power-to-weight relationships. “The idea is to maintain as light of a vehicle weight as possible and use the length of the unit to counter balance the load,” said Coe. Since the design goal of the VT650D was to retain the load handling characteristics and maneuvering capabilities of the battery-powered VT650s, the length and width as well as the wheel base were easily defined. The weight distribution challenge was overcome by increasing the weight of the chassis and using ballast. Another challenge was packaging the transmission and power pack along with the associated components within the envelope while still providing operator visibility. Routing the driveline from the engine to the transmission for distribution to the axles was difficult due to the machine’s tri sectional chassis and 100o articulation configuration, but the final drive train design will ensure a long service life for all associated components. Despite the challenges, the Bucyrus engineering team was able to create a diesel roof support carrier that fit the bill.Another recent addition is the AC version of the battery-powered VT650 which made its debut at MINExpo 2008. The VT650AC features the Bucyrus HiPAC 10 control system which is an innovative variable frequency inverter drive that allows costly DC motors to be replaced by higher power, more efficient AC motors. Traction power is increased by 100% and hydraulic power by nearly 300%. These increases, in turn, nearly double loaded traction speed and grade-ability and improve hydraulic performance.The HiPAC 10 drive provides regenerative braking by allowing energy that is required to decelerate the vehicle to supplement the battery capacity. This feature reduces the duty cycle of mechanical brakes, increasing brake life.The VT650AC also features an upgraded operator’s compartment. All machine parameters are now visible at a glance on the large display that is also capable of providing fault analysis and data logging.The Vers-A-Trac 650 series offers distinct advantages over the competition. One of these advantages is that VT650s are able to remove most shearers, head drives and tail drives without first disassembling them, saving an operation approximately one full day on a longwall move. The VT650AC, which has a maximum speed of 6.5 km/h, has the advantage of speed and manoeuvrability over cable and crawler type roof support carriers which have a maximum speed of about 1.5 km/h. Based on the assumption of a 50% duty cycle, the theoretical minimum benefit to an operation is equal to one full day on the move. With an average US longwall production of 650 short tons per hour and a $60 per ton market price, one day saved on a non-productive longwall move equates to a gain of $936,000.Giving customers the option of battery or diesel-powered Vers-A-Trac 650s allows them to select the best fit for their operations. Battery-powered Vers-A-Tracs are the best choice for mines where noise and ventilation requirements are a concern as these machines do not negatively impact the working environment with emissions or noise. A quieter machine allows workers to hear each other more easily, making for a safer work environment. The diesel-powered VT650D is the best option when higher ground speeds are necessary to move long distances or when steep grades or poor ground conditions are present.last_img read more

SERBIA Jovica Cvetkovic is sacked

← Previous Story VIDEO: One, two, three, Kielce Next Story → Cristina Neagu is most paid in women’s handball? Jovica CvetkovicSerbian Handball Federation The Management Board of Serbian Handball Federation decided to sack head-coach of the Men’s national team – Jovica Cvetkovic, after winning 12th place at Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia. However, overal result in Croatia wasn’t problematic for SHF, but more relations between coach and players, who came into media in the worst possible way via public letter of the players who reacted on the parts of Cvetkovic’s official report after competition.“I didn’t have support from Federation, we worked like in stone age, I had a pressure from president Djurkovic. Also, things which happened in Croatia were shame for handball. That didn’t happened in history of our handball that players going in the night clubs, booking flight tickets for going back home even before the end”, said Cvetkovic.SHF president Bozidar Djurkovic said:Cvetkovic had my full support for his work, but I expected much more self-critics after all. We lost two matches with 10 goals, three with five. We didn’t play good and with all problems on relation coach-players, I can’t vote for this report”.With 10 votes against and only one for, Cvetkovic is sacked. read more

NYU Professor to Get Camera Implanted in Back of Head

first_imgThere will be no more student chatter behind Wafaa Bilal’s back while he’steaching. The NYU assistant professor visiting from Iraqplans to undergo surgery to have small camera implanted in his head. Theproject would broadcast a live stream of classroom to a meseum in Qatar.Bilal plans to have surgery to implant the camera in thenext year. The camera will stream still images at a rate of one-per-minute. Thesurgery will create a piercing onto which the camera (thumbnail-sized,according to The Wall Street Journal) can be attached.The project has been deemed “The 3rd I.” The museumdescribes it as “a comment on the inaccessibility of time, and theinability to capture memory, and experience.”AdChoices广告last_img read more

Twist in case of missing French family as brotherinlaw admits killings

first_img Short URL Share78 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 8 Comments Mar 6th 2017, 12:34 PM By AFP Image: Laetitia Notariannicenter_img THE BROTHER-IN-LAW of a Frenchman who went missing with his wife and two children more than a fortnight ago has admitted killing all four family members, the Nantes prosecutor said today in a case thought to centre on a dispute over an inheritance.Pascal Troadec and his wife, Brigitte, both 49, and their son Sebastien, 21, and daughter Charlotte, 18, had been missing since February 16 in a mystery that gripped the nation.Suspicions had initially centred on Sebastien, who had suffered psychological problems and had been ordered to carry out community service in 2013, when he was a minor, for making death threats on his blog.But the focus shifted after traces of his uncle’s DNA were found at the Troadecs’ home in Orvault, a suburb of the western city of Nantes, and then in Sebastien’s car.The suspect, whose name has not been released, had already been quizzed for nearly 21 hours at the start of the probe, when he told investigators he had fallen out with the family over an inheritance dispute.One investigation source said Monday that he admitted that the argument over divvying up the large inheritance was the motive for the murders.He and his wife, Pascal’s sister, were taken into custody in the northwestern port of Brest yesterday.The suspect will be charged and jailed later today, Nantes prosecutor Pierre Sennes told AFP, adding that he would hold a news conference at 5pm (4pm GMT).The role of the suspect’s wife remains unclear, with a source close to the inquiry saying she maintained her silence yesterday.The murders were carried out in especially “sordid” conditions, a source close to the probe said.Initial searches at the Troadecs’ home in Orvault found traces of blood from Sebastien and the parents, but not from Charlotte, as well as signs of efforts to clean them up.Investigators also found Sebastien’s cellphone and his mother’s watch covered with blood.A judicial probe into murder, abduction and illegal confinement was opened on 27 February, 11 days after Brigitte’s sister raised the alarm.Few clues had emerged since the family’s mysterious disappearance.The first breakthrough came on 1 March when a jogger found a pair of grey jeans in a forested area by the Brittany town of Dirinon, near Brest, that contained Charlotte’s national health card.Search teams with sniffer dogs have been combing the area, which is 280 kilometres northwest of Nantes.Divers have also taken part in the search because the zone lies between two estuaries.The next day, two children’s books belonging to Pascal were found some 500 metres away in the area near where the suspect and his wife once lived.‘Morbid treasure hunt’ Also on 2 March, investigators found Sebastien’s car in the port of Saint Nazaire, some 60 kilometres from the parents’ home to the west.Sennes said last Friday that the perpetrator might have sought to plant clues in a “morbid treasure hunt”.Before the arrests, police said in a bulletin dated February 24 that Sebastien was suspected of “putting in place a macabre plan aimed at snuffing out the members of his family and maybe himself”.Neighbours and sources in the investigation said that Sebastien, a computer sciences student, had suffered psychological problems and that his father, who works for a company that makes shop signs, had a history of depression.But classmates of Sebastien’s interviewed in the French media described a quiet, friendly youth, with one saying he was “always ready to help out”.- © AFP, 2017Read: Murder probe opened after mysterious disappearance of family of four in France> 33,084 Views This file photo shows a police car parked outside the house belonging to the missing Troadec family in Orvault, near Nantes, western France. Twist in case of missing French family as brother-in-law ‘admits killings’ The case is thought to centre on a dispute over an inheritance. This file photo shows a police car parked outside the house belonging to the missing Troadec family in Orvault, near Nantes, western France. Image: Laetitia Notarianni Monday 6 Mar 2017, 12:34 PMlast_img read more

Des étudiants en astronomie découvrent un astéroïde double rare

first_imgDes étudiants en astronomie découvrent un astéroïde double rareDes étudiants en astronomie de l’Université du Maryland ont réalisé une découverte rare : une paire d’astéroïdes qui s’éclipsent mutuellement de façon régulière. Chaque année, des centaines d’astéroïdes sont découverts errant dans l’espace. Mais c’est un spécimen un peu particulier sur lequel huit étudiants en astronomie de l’Université du Maryland viennent de mettre la main : un astéroïde binaire ou astéroïde double. Il s’agit d’une paire d’astéroïde gravitant l’un autour de l’autre et s’éclipsant mutuellement de façon régulière.Tout a commencé en septembre 2013 en cours d’astronomie lorsque les étudiants ont sélectionné des astéroïdes à observer au cours des mois suivants. En prenant en compte les connaissances obtenues sur chacun et leur position dans le ciel d’automne, ils en ont choisi trois parmi lesquels 3905 Doppler. Cet astéroïde fait partie des centaines de milliers de débris cosmiques errant dans la ceinture d’astéroïdes du Système solaire située entre Mars et Jupiter.Mais depuis sa découverte en 1984, 3905 Doppler n’a suscité que peu d’attention, ce qui a poussé les étudiants à l’ajouter à la liste. Durant quatre nuit au mois d’octobre, l’équipe divisée en deux groupes a observé et photographié l’astéroïde en utilisant un télescope basé à Nerpio en Espagne, que les étudiants contrôlaient via internet.  Une courbe de lumière inhabituelle La principale tâche consistait à photographier les changements dans l’intensité de la lumière réfléchie par chaque astéroïde et de se servir de ses images pour concevoir une courbe de lumière. Il s’agit d’un graphique montrant l’évolution de la luminosité d’un objet au cours du temps. Il peut ainsi servir notamment à évaluer la vitesse de rotation d’un astéroïde, en observant les pics d’intensité lumineuse.  “Quand nous avons regardé les images, nous n’avons pas réalisé que nous avions quelque chose de spécial, parce que la différence de luminosité n’est pas quelque chose que vous pouvez voir de vos yeux”, explique dans un communiqué Melissa Hayes-Gehrke qui enseignait le cours pratique d’astronomie. Mais lorsque les étudiants ont tracé la courbe de lumière, ils se sont aperçus que la luminosité de 3905 Doppler diminuait occasionnellement jusqu’à quasiment disparaitre.  “C’était incroyablement frustrant. Pour une raison quelconque, notre courbe de lumière ne semblait pas bonne”, a précisé Alec Bartek, l’un des étudiants spécialisé en physique. C’était comme si l’astéroïde ne réfléchissait soudainement aucune lumière. Et c’était effectivement ce qui se produisait mais pour une raison particulière. Melissa Hayes-Gehrke a alors émis l’hypothèse qu’il ne s’agissait pas d’un mais de deux astéroïdes et que l’un cachait l’autre à la vue du télescope, provoquant une baisse de la luminosité.Heureusement, à des milliers de kilomètres de là, un astronome amateur, Lorenzo Franco, a lui aussi observé 3905 Doppler aux mêmes moments. Il a alors envoyé les données obtenues aux étudiants qui n’ont pu que constater une courbe de lumière similaire. Leur hypothèse était la bonne, il s’agissait bien d’un astéroïde binaire. Une découverte “fantastique” “Même à ce moment-là, je ne réalisais pas vraiment à quel point la découverte était spéciale”, a indiqué Brady Bent, étudiant spécialisé en économie cité dans le communiqué. “Je pensais que cela signifiait juste que nous aurions encore du travail à faire. Alors que nous continuions à analyser nos données, d’autres professeurs du département d’Astronomie sont venus voir notre travail. Et là, j’ai compris à quel point notre découverte était rare”.  D’après les spécialistes, moins de 100 astéroïdes de ce type ont été identifiés dans la ceinture située entre Mars et Jupiter. “C’est une découverte fantastique. Un astéroïde binaire avec une courbe de lumière aussi inhabituelle est assez rare. Cela fournit une opportunité sans précédent d’en apprendre plus sur les propriétés physiques et l’évolution orbitale de ces objets”, a commenté le professeur Drake Deming de la même université mais non impliqué dans l’étude. Au vu des observations, les deux astéroïdes auraient probablement une forme irrégulière de patate et seraient criblés de cratères d’impact causés par d’autres débris spatiaux. La longueur du plus petit équivaudrait environ à trois-quart de celle du plus gros. Et les deux graviteraient l’un autour de l’autre continuellement. Chaque orbite prendrait environ 51 heures, une durée assez longue que les étudiants n’ont pas réussi à s’expliquer.  Des étudiants chanceux mais rigoureux”Repérer l’astéroïde était une chance”, a souligné Hayes-Gehrke. Et tomber à un moment où l’un des astéroïdes éclipsait l’autre de la vue du télescope l’était encore plus. Mais la technique utilisée par les étudiants pour résoudre l’énigme était similaire à celle qu’auraient utilisée des professionnels, selon la spécialiste. Maintenant que l’intérêt pour 3905 Doppler a été relancé, des astronomes ne vont donc pas tarder à se pencher sur son cas afin d’en savoir plus.  À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembre”Contribuer à la communauté scientifique et voir des scientifiques s’enthousiasmer légitimement pour nos découvertes est un sentiment très agréable”, a conclu Terence Basile, étudiant en 3e année spécialisé en biologie cellulaire. La découverte a été présentée le 7 janvier lors de la 223e réunion de l’American Astronomical Society dans le Maryland et sera publiée en avril dans le Minor Planet Bulletin. (crédits photo : Loretta Kuo) Le 8 janvier 2014 à 13:08 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Corn Study Shows Larger Impact to Farmers of Mississippi River Closure

first_imgA recent study funded by the Illinois Corn Marketing Board , Iowa Farm Bureau and Iowa, Indiana and Missouri corn check-off programs illustrates that, due to the drought-induced low water levels on the Mississippi River in 2012 and early into 2013, farmers experienced on average $0.45 lower cash corn prices.The purpose of the study, conducted by Informa Economics, was to document an actual event simulating a prolonged river interruption.  Instead of an economic model, the real-world event of low water on the Mississippi River between St. Louis and Cairo, Illinois was examined.  The study revealed that, as a consequence the unavailability of river shipping, diversion to rail was at a 45 cent-per-bushel premium to barge rates. The 45 cent-per-bushel premium to barge rates encouraged the storage of grain until the river market stabilized, or its use elsewhere in the marketing chain.The study results were presented during a public hearing held by the Mississippi River Commission on August 16 in Alton, Ill.  A summary can be found at read more

Electrify America charges forward with EV emoji petition

first_img Post a comment More From Roadshow Electric Cars Car Tech Mobile Car Culture 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags Electrify America’s proposed EV emoji looks a bit “old school” for the future of motoring. Electrify America Electrify America is looking to muscle its way onto your your phone in more ways than one. The electric vehicle charger network isn’t just hoping to have its app land on your mobile device, it’s petitioning to have an electric vehicle emoji created, too. The petition seeks to get the Unicode Consortium — the governing authority for emoji creation — to add an electric car with charger to the list of emojis on your phone.The announcement comes just days after Electrify America was announced as the official charger network partner of the new Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle, and two days ahead of World Emoji Day on July 17. The EV emoji petition, released via, is also seeking to drum up support via the social media tag #EVmoji. It seeks a modest goal of 100 signatures, and already has 19 as of this writing.At present, there’s already quite a range of transportation-range emoji, including everything from numerous (ostensibly gas-powered) cars to scooters, bikes, planes, boats and trains. There’s even a gas-pump emoji. Submitting an emoji proposal to the Unicode Consortium is actually a fairly involved process, with the judging process including selection factors such as “expected usage level” and “image distinctiveness.”Despite Electrify America’s association with German automaker Volkswagen (it’s funded by a $2 billion penalty stemming from Dieselgate), the charge network has submitted an emoji image proposal that looks nothing like any VW we’ve ever seen — perhaps intentionally so. While most emojis have a rounded, friendly appearance, the blue automobile pictured in their proposal looks both surprisingly traditional and arguably dated.What do you think, is an EV emoji a good idea? If so, should it look like what Electrify America is proposing? Drop us a line in the comments section.center_img Share your voice 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Volkswagen 0 Emoji Volkswagenlast_img read more

Livestock sector needs policy investment

first_imgFisheries and livestock minister Narayan Chandra Chanda MP speaking as a chief guest at a roundtable organised by Prothom Alo, in cooperation with the livestock department of fisheries and livestock ministry of Bangladesh, on the role of livestock in attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)-2030. Photo: Prothom AloThe livestock sector can reduce poverty in the country, with proper planning and support of the government, said discussants at a roundtable.The sector has potential to contribute to the economy in a larger scale if the government identifies the existing problems and addresses these, they said.The sector requires a proper policy and implementation of the policy. A healthy livestock sector will also meet the people’s deficit of protein intake, they said.The discussants also said the livestock sector is directly and indirectly connected to nine out of 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Prothom Alo, in cooperation with the livestock department of fisheries and livestock ministry of Bangladesh, organised the roundtable on the role of livestock in attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)-2030 at its office in the capital’s Karwan Bazar on Monday.Chief guest, fisheries and livestock minister Narayan Chandra Chanda MP, said he will strive to include the livestock sector as a subsector of agriculture in government policies so that the animal farmers can avail all the advantages, including the tax benefits given to the agriculture sector.“Small poultry and cattle farmers in the villages require secured investment as they produce the largest volume of animal protein and milk,” the minister said.“We are living in an open market economy. That doesn’t mean we will destroy the local market for our producers with imports,” the minister said.Planning commission senior secretary (general economics division) Shamsul Alam said Bangladesh has developed significantly, but is yet to produce sufficient milk, meat and eggs to totally meet the requirements of the people.He also pointed out the necessity of insurance coverage for the livestock businessmen.Discussants at a roundtable organised by Prothom Alo, in cooperation with the livestock department of fisheries and livestock ministry of Bangladesh, on the role of livestock in attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)-2030. Photo: Prothom AloShamsul Alam emphasised the need for regulations on the use of antibiotics for livestock since its improper use had a detrimental impact on public health.Several other speakers at the roundtable echoed the concern of the senior secretary regarding the use of antibiotics in livestock rearing and its effect on human health.Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute (BLRI) director general Talukder Nurun Nahar stressed the need for research to developing local livestock with high yield of meat, milk and egg.Mentioning that the improper use of antibiotics can have dangerous effects on the ecology, director of Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) Meerjady Sabrina Flora called for concerted research efforts to solve the problems of the livestock sector.Fisheries and livestock ministry joint secretary Kamruzzaman, livestock services department director general Md Ainul Haque, Dhaka University’s nutrition and food science institute director professor Nazma Shaheen, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) research fellow Taufiqul Islam Khan, Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) chairman Mohammad Mahfuzul Hoque, FBCCI director and also director-in-charge of FBCCI standing committee relating to fisheries and livestock ministry Md Abu Naser, Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) senior technical adviser Nitish Chandra Debnath, World’s Poultry Science Association Bangladesh Branch (WPSA-BB) president  Shamsul Arefin Khaled, Paragon Poultry managing director Moshiur Rahman, Acme Laboratories Ltd additional deputy managing director Hasibur Rahman, poultry industries association president Manjur Morshed and SOJAG chief executive officer Abdul Matin, also addressed the roundtable.last_img read more

4 Ways to Keep Mobile Tech from Hindering Productivity in the Workplace

first_img Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. April 4, 2016 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Move over BYOB (beer), it’s all about BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in today’s workplace. The rise of mobile workers, business and collaboration has made mobile devices an essential workplace tool. In fact, Wrike’s 2016 Mobile Productivity Report found that 90 percent of the more than 850 professionals surveyed said they viewed the use of a mobile device as critical to getting their jobs done.Related: Survey Finds Mobile Devices Lure Us Into Working Longer, But No One Objects MuchYet, while the report made it clear that mobile devices are a necessary tool for today’s workers, it also revealed that 30 percent of professionals surveyed thought their mobile devices hindered their work-life balance.So, which is it? Are mobile devices helpful work tools — or stress machines?To assure that employees get the most from their devices, employers need to set parameters for these devices’ use, both in and outside the office. With the right parameters in place, mobile tech will continue to help, not hurt productivity. Here are four guidelines:1. Pick the right tool for the task.All mobile devices are not created equal. As such, some devices are better suited for certain tasks than others. Different employees will need different tools, devices and apps to get their work done efficiently.Seventy-two percent of professionals surveyed in the Wrike study, for instance, said mobile devices weren’t ideal for detailed work or long-form writing. But they did see them as a big asset for sending email (98 percent), using search engines for work (87 percent), viewing documents and files (81 percent) and using project management or collaboration apps (81 percent).To help employees make the most of their mobile devices, provide them with the right tools and resources. Don’t overwhelm them with tech or burden them with having to learn multiple devices or programs — give each employee what makes sense for his or her role.Related: How to Boost Productivity With ‘Social Bookmarking’ Tools2. Set limits.While mobile technology can make us more productive, it can also foment burnout. The 2015 Staples Business Advantage Workplace Index found that about a quarter of the 2,602 employees surveyed said they regularly worked after the standard workday was done. What’s more, about four out of 10 of those employees worked on weekends at least once a month.With mobile technology enabling us to access work-related items whenever and wherever, it’s no wonder that so many employees continue to respond to emails or think about work long after clocking out for the day.To avoid mobile-induced burnout, set time limits on when emails may be sent, opened or responded to, and when platforms and apps may be accessed, to give everyone some much-needed down time.Above all, don’t tempt employees to work in the evening or on their days off, sending emails that can wait. This way, employees will achieve a better work-life balance and feel more productive during work hours.3. Adopt a ‘face-first’ policy.Email can be the most efficient communication tool, or it can be the biggest time-waster. In fact, about half of employees surveyed in the Staples study acknowledged receiving too many emails; about one-third of those employees said email overload hurt their productivity.To keep communication flowing, adopt a “face-first” policy, where everyone uses face-to-face communication first, if possible. After all, there’s no need to send a neighboring co-worker an email — which may or may not get read in time for that 2 p.m. meeting — if the recipient’s desk is within walking distance.Not only does such a policy ensure questions are answered and important items are received in a timely manner, it keeps inboxes from overflowing — and who doesn’t want that?4. Support flexibility.While mobile technology may make it tempting to work from home or sit on a beach in the Bahamas, the flexibility that mobile devices create can also make employees more productive. In fact, 59 percent of employees surveyed in the Staples study said flexible schedules were a key factor to productivity.Use mobile tools to make flexibility possible and easier to manage for leaders, HR and employees. Tools like WISP, a mobile employee Intranet, can keep employees connected, no matter where they work. Just be sure that the right parameters are in place to keep staffers from working when they shouldn’t.Related: The 15 Best Productivity Apps for Getting Things DoneWhat are some other ways to keep mobile technology from hurting productivity at work? Share in the comments below! Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

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first_img News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | April 05, 2019 Visage 7 Enterprise Imaging Platform Highlighted at 2019 SBI/ACR Breast Imaging Symposium Visage Imaging will be exhibiting the latest version of the Visage 7 Enterprise Imaging Platform at the 2019 Society of… read more Related Content Agfa HealthCare will introduce its IMPAX Mobility solution at RSNA 2008. This new product is an ultra-thin, Web-deployable Enterprise Image and Result Viewer designed for rapid and easy deployment operating across wide area networks. IMPAX Mobility is an add-on component to IMPAX Data Center, IMPAX or even third party PACS that provides full mobility to access image data, analysis tools and reports.IMPAX Mobility uses server-side computing, adaptive streaming and micro-footprint clients to give access to all data and all tools on any device and at any location and over any type of network connection. IMPAX Mobility is reportedly a best-of-breed enterprise clinical viewer targeted for use by clinicians, specialists, diagnosticians and referring physicians and provides a rich set of 2D and 3D image review and manipulation tools. Mobility may be launched from the EMR or Web portal and is easily deployed to existing Microsoft Windows PC’s within or outside the institution. Fully integrated advanced applications (such as 3D, fusion and decision support) and progressive display tools, such as redesigned CT/MR navigation workflow, provide users with a single platform for completing their tasks while dealing with heavy volumes of studies and images. IMPAX provides the ability to connect information, images and applications into a single workflow, connecting and empowering caregivers to deliver healthcare in an efficient and productive manner.Speech recognition in the workflow can improve turnaround time and reduce medical errors. Agfa HealthCare will introduce an integrated reporting solution with Philips’ SpeechMagic technology to the North American market. This solution is embedded within IMPAX, streamlining a variety of reporting workflows such as dictate-edit-sign, correctionist, resident-attending and digital dictation, as well as allowing at-home reporting and remote sign-off. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS Accessories | June 13, 2019 M*Modal and Community Health Network Partner on AI-powered Clinical Documentation M*Modal announced that the company and Community Health Network (CHNw) are collaborating to transform the patient-… read more News | PACS | June 07, 2019 PaxeraHealth Wins Four New PACS Projects in Chile Picture archiving and communication system/radiology information system (PACS/RIS) developer PaxeraHealth has won four… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | May 13, 2019 FDA Approves Zebra Medical Vision’s HealthPNX AI Chest X-ray Triage Product Zebra Medical Vision has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for HealthPNX, an artificial… read more News | Breast Imaging | April 03, 2019 Konica Minolta Highlights New Exa Mammo Features at SBI/ACR Breast Imaging Symposium Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. will highlight new features of Exa Mammo, a picture archiving and communication… read more News | Teleradiology | April 10, 2019 vRad Receives 19th Patent vRad (Virtual Radiologic), a Mednax Radiology Solutions practice, announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office… read more News | PACS Accessories | May 28, 2019 Intelerad Showcases Clario SmartWorklist at SIIM 2019 The Clario SmartWorklist intelligently manages picture archiving and communication system (PACS) reading workflow by… read more Technology | October 08, 2008 Agfa Features New IMPAX Mobility News | PACS | May 22, 2019 Brazil’s Santa Casa Hospital System Chooses Carestream for Unified Diagnostic Workflow Santa Casa de Misericordia has selected Carestream to replace its legacy diagnostic workflow technology across all… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | April 15, 2019 Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Implements Change Healthcare Enterprise Imaging Change Healthcare successfully implemented its Radiology PACS (picture archiving and communication system), Image… read more last_img read more

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first_img Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more February 23, 2015 — Together with physicians, other research groups, and industry partners, Fraunhofer MEVIS is developing software to optimize radiation therapy. The fifth clinical workshop to evaluate this software took place in Bremen on Feb. 5-6. Radiation therapy for cancer therapy usually lasts for several weeks. During this time, the situation of the patient changes often. Body weight decreases, causing the tumor to shrink or change shape. As a result, the distribution of the radiation dose set at the beginning of the therapy is no longer optimal. In the worst case, the radiation can no longer fully hit the tumor, causing part of the radiation to reach and damage healthy tissue.To avoid such a scenario, doctors have to adjust the direction and dose of the radiation according to current conditions. Until now, this re-planning has been a costly and time-consuming procedure. The software developed in the BMBF-funded (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) SPARTA (Software Platform for Adaptive Multimodal Radio and Particle Therapy with Autarkic Extendibility) project aims at accelerating this process, thus offering cheaper therapy progress. Fraunhofer Institute for Medical Image Computing MEVIS has contributed a fast and accurate method of transferring the original planning situation to the current patient condition. To make the program as practical as possible, the experts from SPARTA work closely with doctors from renowned cancer clinics.At the beginning of every radiation therapy, doctors develop a detailed treatment plan based on computed tomography (CT) imagery. This plan indicates the body areas that must be irradiated, as well as how often and with what dosage they must be treated. The goal is to completely destroy the tumor while sparing nearby tissue as much as possible. However, this cannot be achieved with a single radiation session. Patients might undergo daily therapy for a month to successfully fight the cancer. “To ensure that the tumor is targeted as planned, doctors take routine control images of the patient,” explained MEVIS researcher Stefan Wirtz. “That way, they can also recognize whether the patient is lying accurately in the device.”Likewise, these control images help determine whether the tumor has shifted in the body due to a patient´s weight loss over the course of therapy. “When treating tumors in the oral and pharyngeal cavity, the salivary gland sometimes shifts into the radiation area and can become damaged,” said Wirtz’ colleague Stefan Kraß as an example.To avoid this and to adjust the radiation optimally, doctors must compare the original planning images with the most recent control images. “Often, the doctor must view old and new images and compare them mentally,” Wirtz explained. “However, our software can align both of them in a single image and transfer the contours of the radiation area.” As a result, doctors can quickly recognize whether the original contours still apply to the current situation. If not, the contours can easily be adjusted with the software tools.“Until now, replanning radiation therapy could take several hours,” said Kraß. “Our software can accelerate the process considerably.”To make the software user-friendly, MEVIS experts exchange ideas with radiation therapists several times a year and discuss progress during joint workshops. Is the program easy to operate? Do the algorithms deliver the proper results? Are the software tools as practical as the clinicians desire? “The doctors participate regularly,” emphasized Wirtz. “This assures that our software will satisfy the demands of the clinical routine.”One of SPARTA´s clinical project partners, the Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) in Munich, has already implemented the program for research purposes to evaluate its benefits. “In the current version, the quick contour transfer generates very good re-contouring suggestions. The software will surely find its application in adaptive head and neck radiation therapy,” said Reinoud Nijhuis, M.D.“When the project ends in March 2016, we want to present software that is by and large ready for practical use,” said Stefan Kraß, “and the software maturity achieved through close clinical collaboration might motivate the industry to want to market these results and address the necessary certification.”The SPARTA project started on April 1, 2013, and will run for three years. The consortium encompasses 10 partners, including research institutes, medical technology companies, and university clinics.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | February 23, 2015 German SPARTA Project Developing Software to Optimize Radiation Therapy German software layers old and new images to contour radiation area News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Related Content News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more 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 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.  News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more last_img read more

From cage to King of the jungle Lion World Travel helps rescue

first_img Travelweek Group Friday, August 10, 2018 Share TORONTO — We love a feel-good story, especially ones starring animals.A one-year-old lion cub has been rescued from a Paris apartment after French authorities discovered him living in a small cage. His owner, who was keeping the cub illegally, has been accused of abuse and neglect.Bravo @BornFreeFDN! King the rescued lion cub has gone from a cage in Paris to a sanctuary in South Africa, living his life as close to wild as possible! Well done! Read Kings’ story in the link below. #CharityTuesday— Kate on Conservation (@KateConsrvation) July 17, 2018Affectionately named ‘King’, the lion was taken to Natuurhulpcentrum wildlife rescue centre in Belgium, which specializes in the rehabilitation of sick and injured wild animals, before making the long journey to his ancestral home of South Africa on July 5.Lion World Travel, in partnership with the Born Free Foundation and Shamwari Game Reserve, sponsored King’s trip to South Africa, where he is now receiving lifetime care at the Big Cat Rescue Centre at Shamwari. The Born Free Foundation’s mission is to “keep wildlife in the wild” with a focus on taking in captive big cats living in poor conditions.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?The multi-national effort to rescue King comes on the heels of the TreadRight Foundation’s recent ‘Big Cat Fund’ announcement that will help to ensure the planet’s most at-risk wildlife populations are protected. The TreadRight Foundation is Lion World Travel’s not-for-profit partner in sustainability.King’s rescue has become a global rallying cry for conservationists. The African lion is considered one of the most endangered species on earth, with only 23,000 remaining. A total of 15 African countries has already declared it to be extinct. Coupled with reports of more lion hunting permits being issued under the current U.S. administration’s rollbacks on protections, King’s story is just one of millions about wild animals under threat.“At Lion World Travel, we are proud to support King’s journey,” said Cris David, President of Lion World Travel. “With his fantastic start to his new life in South Africa, we are happy that King will finally be able to live the life he deserves: free and in a home fit for a king.”More footage of King the lion cub who was found abused & starving in a #Paris apartment, released into @bornfreefoundation’s Big Cat Sanctuary @ShamwariSafari. He’s exploring his new forever home & was so brave! via: @ShamwariSafari @WorldAnimalNews— World Animal News (@WorldAnimalNews) July 7, 2018 From cage to ‘King’ of the jungle: Lion World Travel helps rescue lion cub in Pariscenter_img Posted by Tags: Lion World Travel << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Un says global food prices down again

first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories Top Stories Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona ROME (AP) – A U.N. agency says world food prices have dropped in June for a third straight month to their lowest level in nearly two years but that dry weather in recent weeks could cause a spike.The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said in its monthly report Thursday that global prices of a basket of food commodities fell by 1.8 percent from May to their lowest level since September 2010.The agency also lowered its forecast for 2012 world cereal production but is still forecasting a record harvest up 2 percent from the previous high registered last year.center_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Quick workouts for men Parents, stop beating yourself up The Rome-based agency keeps a close watch on volatile global prices because rises in the prices of staple food have led to violence in some countries in recent years.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more