first_imgHALIFAX – A Halifax chiropractor is under investigation by a provincial regulator for social media and online posts questioning vaccination.John Sutherland, executive director of the Nova Scotia College of Chiropractors, confirmed Friday the college’s registrar filed a complaint against Dr. Dena Churchill on May 17.“These statements cannot be out there on behalf of a professional,” Sutherland said in an interview.He said Churchill has used various social media platforms to air her views on vaccination, something he says is “outside the scope of chiropractic practice.”The college’s website contains a statement to that effect, and also says, “The Nova Scotia College of Chiropractors recognizes that vaccination and immunization are established public health practices in the prevention of infectious diseases.”In an email, Churchill declined an interview regarding her situation with the college.“Thank you for the opportunity but at this time I must gratefully decline,” she said.“It is a great public service to explore and report on the current research. There is so much we think we know that just isn’t so.”Under the college’s procedures, Sutherland said the registrar had to counsel Churchill to comply with the college’s requirement to remove the public information. He said since then there has only been “partial compliance.”“The college was very clear to its members,” Sutherland said. “Whether your site or your platform is clinical or personal it doesn’t matter, if you are attached to it, it has to come down.”Sutherland said Churchill has 10 business days to respond to the complaint before it is reviewed by a committee that can fine, suspend a licence, or refer the matter to a hearing that would have the same status as a court.“Normally a suspension of a licence is done if there is a concern that the public may be in immediate risk or danger,” he said.Churchill has until June 1 to respond, while the committee will review the complaint sometime during the first week of June, Sutherland said.Churchill, who also promotes herself as an author, public speaker and health innovator, writes about health issues including vaccination in a blog entitled Dr. Sexy Mom.A CBC report which first revealed the regulator’s investigation said Churchill had posted online videos including one which alleges the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has a financial bias related to vaccines. It also pointed out that in the video Churchill says that she’s not representing chiropractors.Information that is still accessible includes the blog where in one post Churchill talks about studies that link health effects to increased numbers of vaccines.Her Twitter feed also directs people to studies and articles against vaccination.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — More than four years after it started, Canada is ending its air-to-air refuelling support to the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.Rear Admiral Brian Santarpia says the Canadian Forces will repatriate its Polaris air-to-air refuelling plane on Saturday, ending one of Canada’s longest contributions to the war against ISIL.Santarpia says the decision was made in consultation with allies and it’s based on a combination of factors, including a decrease in the number of coalition missions over Syria and Iraq.He says it also reflects the shifting nature of Canada’s role in the coalition, which has moved toward training of Iraqi security forces.The first Canadian Forces Polaris refueller arrived in Kuwait to begin supporting anti-ISIL airstrikes and reconnaissance missions over Iraq and later Syria in October 2014.Despite the plane’s departure, Canada continues to have a sizable presence in the fight against ISIL, including two Hercules transport planes, medical personnel, more than 200 trainers and dozens of special-forces soldiers.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgA Toronto antique shop filled with old movie props is set to close its doors and now nearly half a million dollars worth of antiques are going up for auction on Saturday and Sunday.Addison’s Inc. has been around since the 1960s when Jim Addison opened a plumbing and salvage warehouse on Gerrard Street.From then, it evolved into a collection of vintage lighting, old furniture, artifacts and movie props. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Advertisement Facebooklast_img

Rabat – British oil and gas company Sound Energy has kicked off drilling the TE-10, the second of three planned exploration wells in Tendrara region in eastern Morocco, the company announced in a statement on Friday.Located at 25 kilometers northeast the Tendrara’s anticipated production area, “The TE-10 well will test the North East Lakbir prospect in the Company’s Greater Tendrara permit.”The drilling program will take an estimated 30-40 days at a total measured depth of 2,200 meters. Last month, Sound Energy plugged and abandoned the TE-9 well, drilled to a total depth of 2,925 meters, after the company failed to find producible natural gas at the well.Read also: Sound Energy Fails to Find Producible Gas at Tendrara TE-9 Well in MoroccoThe TE-10 well will test the North East Lakbir prospect in the Company’s Greater Tendrara permit and is located approximately 25 kilometers to the northeast of the recently awarded Tendrara production concession.TE-10 will test “a material TAGI stratigraphic trap and a smaller TAGI structural closure,” the company said. The North East Lakbir has mid case potential of 2.7 trillion standard cubic feet (Tcf) of gas originally in place (GOIP), a 4.5 Tcf GOIP upside case, and a 1.5 Tcf GOIP low case.Sound Energy estimates a success chance of 14 percent.The TE-10 well is located in a smaller structural closure, which has a mid case potential of 128 billion standard cubic feet (Bcf) GOIP, a 210 Bcf GOIP upside case, and a 75 Bcf GOIP low case. The company estimates a success chance of 26 percent.Read also: Morocco Grants Production Concession to Sound Energy for Gas DiscoveryOn August 31, Sound Energy signed a new eight-year petroleum agreement with the National Office of Hydrocarbon and Mines (ONHYM) in Tendrara region. In October, the Moroccan finance and energy ministries approved the agreement to drill for oil in Morocco’s eastern Tendrara region.The new petroleum agreement, named “Greater Tendrara Petroleum Agreement,” covers an area of approximately 14,500 square kilometers extending across eastern Morocco and “surrounding the development concession application area relating to the Tendrara gas discovery.” read more

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended efforts Africa has made towards its own renewal, including progress realized through the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, the Pan-African Parliament and the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council.“But I also share Africa’s pain and frustration at the persisting and widespread suffering on the continent,” he said. “Extreme poverty – together with lack of access to basic education, health care and adequate nutrition – continues to prevent millions of talented, promising young people in Africa from fulfilling their potential.”The Secretary-General also noted the devastation wreaked by the spread of HIV/AIDS and how the disease reverses the gains made towards development.“We welcome the important steps made towards consolidating peace in Africa, including the historic, democratic elections held in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the progress achieved in the Côte d’Ivoire peace process,” he said.At the same time, he pointed out that there are still hotspots on the continent where armed conflicts destroy civilians’ lives, in particular Somalia and the Darfur region of Sudan.Mr. Ban called for bolstered global efforts – including “more and better aid, debt cancellation and fairer trade” – to allow Africa to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of eight targets for slashing social and economic ills by 2015.Lauding Africa’s numerous contributions to the UN, Mr. Ban reaffirmed the world body’s support for the AU.“I also pledge the strong commitment of the United Nations to serve as Africa’s partner in our efforts to bring peace where this is war, prosperity where there is poverty and hope where there is despair,” he asserted.General Assembly President Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa noted that 25 May is marked each year in remembrance of the historic commitment made by Africa’s leaders in 1963 to secure the continent’s independence in the framework of the Organization of African Unity (OAU).“The transformation of the OAU into a dynamic African Union is a reflection of the continent’s political maturity and determination to assume greater responsibility for its own destiny,” she said. “If fully supported, Africa can develop its rich potential and free its people from abject poverty, disease and political instability.”The President encouraged African States to continue on the path of progress, stressing that sustainable peace and development as well as respect for human rights and the rule of law are indispensable. “The magnitude of the challenges Africa faces is overwhelming. It is our moral obligation to ensure that this burden is not Africa’s alone,” she declared. 25 May 2007To mark Africa Day, United Nations officials today called for bolstered international cooperation to allow the continent to achieve development goals. read more

United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are on high alert today and stand ready to use force to protect civilians in Goma from an advancing rebellion by the March 23 movement (M23), the top UN official in the country said, urging all parties to exercise restraint. The UN Organization Stabilization Mission in Congo (MONUSCO) expressed “deep concern” about the latest bout of fighting which broke out after a significant group of the M23 attacked the national forces (FARDC) on 14 July in Mutaho, eight kilometres northwest of Goma, in eastern DRC. According to the Mission, heavy artillery and a battle tank were used in the attack. “Any attempt by the M23 to advance toward Goma will be considered a direct threat to civilians,” the Mission warned. It also noted that the UN blue helmets stand ready to take any necessary measures, including the use of lethal force, in order to protect civilians.The acting Special Representative of the Secretary General in the country, Moustapha Soumaré, urged restraint to avoid a further escalation of the situation. “I call on all to abide by the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework Agreement and to allow the political process towards peace to move forward,” Mr. Soumaré said, referring to the UN-brokered accord adopted in February with the support of 11 nations and four international organizations (11+4), with the aim of ending the cycles of conflict and crisis in the eastern DRC and to build peace in the long-troubled Great Lakes region.“I urge all signatories of the PSC Framework to exercise their influence in order to avoid an escalation of the situation,” he added. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Mary Robinson, the UN Special Envoy for Africa’s Great Lakes Region, along with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, visited the DRC in May to bolster support for the PSC Framework which Ms. Robinson dubbed a “framework for hope.”Last month, there was talk of a possible resumption of peace talks between the Government of the DRC and the M23. At that time, Mrs. Robinson had urged both sides to engage in earnest discussion under the auspices of the Chairperson of the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. Mr. Robinson was convened in Burundi last week a conference to help develop a road map for women’s engagement in efforts to bring peace to Africa’s long-trouble Great Lakes countries.Since March, tensions in the region have been heightened, leading to the Security Council to authorize in March the deployment of an intervention brigade within MONUSCO to carry out targeted offensive operations, with or without FARDC, against armed groups that threaten peace in eastern DRC. read more

“This year’s annual Spring meetings come at a critical moment. 2015 is our year to set the world on course to a more sustainable future for generations to come,” Ban Ki-moon said as he commended the leadership of both World Bank and IMF for organizing the conference. “I welcome leaders from the public and corporate sectors,” the UN chief added. On the political front, Mr. Ban called for a “realistic” trajectory to mobilize $100 billion per year by 2020 that was pledged by developed countries in 2009 – with resources above and beyond official development assistance (ODA).The UN Green Climate Fund has to be “up and running” – with projects and funding ready to go, he added. That means at least half of the pledged contributions have to be in by October. Least developed and small island developing countries which are especially vulnerable need significantly larger allocations from public funding, ODA, the Green Climate Fund and the LDC Fund. He added that least developed countries (LDCs) and small Island developing States (SIDS) need help tapping into international markets and attracting investors.Companies announced $200 billion in commitments at the UN Climate Summit in September. Now, they must turn commitments into actions that can blaze a trail for the trillions in low-carbon infrastructure that can help meet the world’s needs for cities, energy and agriculture.Businesses who are publicly stepping up to meet the climate challenge know that taking bold climate action makes good business sense, and that an ambitious global agreement is vital, Mr. Ban said, urging CEOs around the world to “lead by example and make good on their commitments.” “It is time to end the separation between infrastructure and sustainability. I urge finance ministers, Government leaders and the business community to invest in a low-carbon pathway for future infrastructure projects,” Mr. Ban continued. Policy dimensions of a climate finance package must help put the global economy on a less-than-two-degree pathway. The World Bank and the IMF can help by supporting economic drivers like carbon pricing, a phase out of fossil fuel subsidies and stronger energy efficiency standards.“I will continue mobilizing all partners so that we can bring all three dimensions together in a comprehensive finance package for Paris,” he said, emphasizing that for the upcoming climate change conference in Paris in December to succeed, it needs a finance package that covers the political, economic and policy dimensions. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJudge strikes out request to withdraw Bisram’s murder chargeOctober 31, 2017In “Court”Appeal Court throws out Bisram’s request for DPP to withdraw murder caseJuly 31, 2018In “Court”Witness in Corentyne carpenter’s murder being sued for $20MJanuary 16, 2017In “latest news” By Shemuel FanfairLess than two weeks after a New York Judge ruled that murder accused and high-profile suspect Marcus Bisram be extradited to Guyana, a prominent lawyer who was a Magistrate and an eyewitness are being investigated for perjury. It is expected that charges will be laid against them in the coming days.Murder accused: Marcus BisramPolice confirmed that the lawyer was detained on Sunday afternoon, sometime after a witness in the case, a young man, had also been arrested. This publication understands that this young man had approached another witness in the investigation about changing statements. Other reports suggest that he was attempting to contact other witnesses as well.Police sources disclosed that in days following the eyewitness’s dialogue with the other witness, the lawyer got involved in the discussions and offered advice on what course of action the young man should take when speaking to police investigators. An insider revealed that witness tampering investigations lasted for some two weeks, and the prominent lawyer’s alleged actions in subverting the course of justice with the eyewitness were unearthed.Inews was told that if found guilty of perjury, the suspect can face a lengthy prison sentence.Over the last several months, relatives and associates of Bisram, both local and foreign, have been accused of using various means to obtain the silence of witnesses. Bisram is suspected to be the ‘mastermind’ in the brutal murder of 27-year-old Number 70 Village Corentyne carpenter Faiyaz Narinedatt.In July, a 16-year-old key witness that was expected to testify against Bisram was reportedly given poisoned food by a relative of the alleged mastermind. Days after, the same attorney-at-law, who was not on record for representing the five accused for the murder, was taken into custody in late July after State Prosecutor Stacy Goodings had accused him of obstructing the course of justice in the midst of court proceedings.Earlier this month, New York Judge Peggy Kuo found that the Government of Guyana had substantiated its request for Bisram’s extradition with adequate documents. He has been incarcerated in a New York holding facility until the resolution of technical facets with the process. This newspaper understands that the necessary preparations are still being made to formally hand him over to local authorities.Bisram, 27, was charged in absentia last year for the murder of Narinedatt. Two of the accused had reportedly confessed to investigators that they were ordered by the overseas-based Guyanese businessman to kill Narinedatt, after which they reportedly dumped his body on the Number 70 Village public road to make his death seem the result of a hit-and-run accident.The five men charged for the November 1, 2016, killing of Narinedatt were Radesh Motie, 39; Diadatt Datt, 18; Harri Paul Parsram, 49; Orlando Dickie, and Niran Yacoob, 37.Additionally, the businessman’s mother and sister were also charged and remanded to prison after they allegedly offered bribes to Police ranks to “duck the case”.Murdered: Faiyaz NarinedattShinella Indarally, 45, and Mary Anne Lionel, 25, both of Lot 171 Section ‘B’ No 71 Village, Corentyne, were charged for deliberately attempting to obstruct the course of justice. It was reported that they offered a police corporal $4 million to release the four men who were detained for the murder, and to cease efforts to apprehend Bisram.Bisram had reportedly made sexual advances to the now dead Narinedatt, but was rejected as the carpenter had slapped him several times. Out of embarrassment, Bisram allegedly instructed his associates to “get rid” of the father of two. read more

Kasper HvidtMakarska handball After Thierry Omeyer,  one of the best Danish goalkeepers ever, Kasper Hvidt join the 3rd International Goalkeepers Camp in Makarska, Croatia. Ambitious project goes to the third edition for which team of coaches and guests will be even more stronger. Domestic support followed by Mirko Basic, Mirko Alilovic, Nikola Blazicko, Dragan Jerkovic, Dejan Peric and many other will be supported by Omeyer and Hvidt which guarantee great impression of young goalkeepers from all over the World.Hvidt will stay in Makarska for three days. It will be very interesting to see how the world-class stars will work in the same team in improving of young goalkeepers skills…Camp will be held from 22nd to 27 of June on beautiful Adriatic coast.ADRIAGATE.COM SUPPORTS is a leading tourist agency specialized in a holiday accommodation in Croatia. Its main motto is to offer quality and individual travel service that are  professionally oriented towards the client’s wishes and needs.Their offer represents a large section of tourism products in Croatia, including quality private accommodation, hotels, Adriatic cruises and authentic accommodation characteristic for Croatia, such as stone houses and remote Robinson cottages.  Additionally they offer transportation services such as rent a car, transfers and ferry, with the main office in Split, has been in business for 12 years. Although the agency’s main sales channel is the Internet, Adriagate also has branch offices in Vodice, Rogoznica and Budapest.– We are really happy that Adriagate recognized quality of our project and became one of the leading sponsors with the Izvor Insurance. All the participants and guests will be hosted in Tucepi – hotel ALGA and NEPTUN near Makarska. Sports program will be organized in Makarska sports hall as previous years – said Camp director Mario ← Previous Story Elverum Handball writes history – Norwegian champion for the first time! Next Story → Bundesliga (Round 26): Wins for THW Kiel and Rhein-Neckar Loewen, setback for SG Flensburg read more

first_imgTHE SO-CALLED ‘cheerleader effect’ – in which people seem more attractive when seen in a group, rather than on their own – has a scientific basis.The Psychological Science journal published a paper this week from the University of California which shows research that concludes: Of course, if you’re a fan of How I Met Your Mother, you’ll be thinking: Wow. Barney Stinson was right.A press release from the journal reminds us:“This phenomenon — first dubbed the “cheerleader effect” by ladykiller Barney Stinson on the popular TV show How I Met Your Mother — suggests that having a few friends around might be one way to boost perceived attractiveness.”As per this clip.As Barney adds: “Also known as the Bridesmaid Paradox, Sorority Girl Syndrome and – for a brief window in the ’90s – the Spice Girls Conspiracy.” The effect is similar for groups of men – coin your own phrases.Column: Is online dating keeping us from settling down?>10 distinctly Irish relationship problems> … individual faces will seem more attractive when presented in a group because they will appear more similar to the average group face, which is more attractive than group members’ individual faces.This result, says the paper’s authors, is consistent with the “cheerleader effect”. (Note: it works best if the group is all of the same gender.)The researchers – Drew Walker and Edward Vul from the Department of Psychology at UC, San Diego – studied three different ways in which humans take cues from each other’s faces:We automatically prioritise processing people’s faces in context of a group rather than individually, if a person is with other people when we see themWe then measure each person’s face against the average attractiveness of the groupAverage-looking people seem more attractive when they appear “similar to the average group face”.The paper says: “We tested this hypothesis in five experiements in which subjects rated the attractiveness of faces presented either alone or in a group with the same gender.”Or as researcher Drew Walker explains:Average faces are more attractive, likely due to the averaging out of unattractive idiosyncrasies. Perhaps it’s like Tolstoy’s families: Beautiful people are all alike, but every unattractive person is unattractive in their own way.If the average is more attractive because unattractive idiosyncrasies tend to be averaged out, then individuals with complimentary facial features — one person with narrow eyes and one person with wide eyes, for example — would enjoy a greater boost in perceived attractiveness when seen together, as compared to groups comprised of individuals who have more similar features.last_img read more

first_img(Image: Amazon)Less than €120Zoomer Robot DogPrice: €70Where to buy: SmythsIf getting a real dog isn’t possible, this robotic equivalent will please your kids. Zoomer recognises voice commands so you can teach it tricks like shaking its paw and playing dead. It also comes with an iOS and Android app so you can learn the many things Zoomer can do. (Video: Zoomer/YouTube)Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep TrackerCost: €96Where to buy: Apple, Harvey Norman (offers Fitbit One)If you want to lead a healthier lifestyle but don’t know where to start, the Fitbit can help you get on the right track. Syncing with your smartphone, it tracks steps, distance covered and calories burnt so you can see how well you’re doing. It also tracks your sleep pattern so it can wake you up at the right time.Once you’re used to how it works and remember to charge it regularly (3-5 days), it will come in useful as you strive for a healthier lifestyle.Alternatively, you can get the Nike+ fuelband which is more expensive (€246) but provides greater detail about your activity.(Image: Fitbit) Kobo eReaderCost: Starting from €60Where to buy: Easons, Currys, Argos, LittlewoodsAmazon isn’t the only place to buy an ereader, Kobo puts together some great versions as well.Starting off with the Kobo Mini, which has a 5 inch screen (similar to a Samsung Galaxy S IV), you can download books and sync it up to your computer, smartphone and tablet so you can manage your collection and continue reading on other devices.(Image: Easons)Amazon KindlePrice: Starting from €80Where to buy: Amazon, Currys, PCWorldThe Kindle started it all and has access to a wide range of books, comics on Amazon. Allowing you to save up to 1,400 books in your library as well as note taking and annotations, it prioritises ease of use.(Image: Amazon)Less than €200Roku 3 HD Streaming PlayerCost: €123Where to buy: Dabs.ieIf you don’t have a smart TV but don’t want to spend money on replacing your old TV, the Roku 3 will help bridge that gap.With 450 channels to choose from like Netflix, 3 Player, and the ability to upload photos or play music directly from your smartphone, it will give your current TV a new lease of life.(Video: Roku) Nintendo 2DSPrice: €140 (Games cost €20 – €50)Where to buy: Gamestop, HMVWith so much talk on the Xbox One and the Playstation 4, it’s easy to forget that there are two great handheld consoles out there which have built up a great catalogue of games. The cheapest is the Nintendo 2DS, the basic version of its 3DS range.Designed for younger players, the handheld already has a great catalogue of games available such as The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Pokemon X & Y, Fire Emblem Awakening and Animal Crossing, you know you’re going to enjoy what’s on offer.If you want the original with 3D features, the 3DS costs €220.(Video: Nintendo)Playstation VitaCost: €180 for 3G, €200 for Wifi (Games cost €20 – 50)Where to buy: Gamestop, HMV,Much like the 2DS, the Playstation Vita has both a number of great titles, both mainstream and indie, for you to play with.With a wide range of multimedia features, the Vita has a great selection of games such as Tearaway, Hotline Miami, Gravity Rush and Limbo, it a great handheld device that will serve you well.(Video: Playstation/YouTube)Read: Buyers’ Guide: Which tablet should you get? >Read: Buyers’ Guide: Which smartphone is right for you? > WITH CHRISTMAS GETTING closer and closer, some of us have an idea of what presents to get friends and family, but for those who haven’t, there’s still time to get everything done before then.If you’re still looking for potential gift ideas, we’ve put together a small selection of gadgets and toys to help get you started, both practical and fun.With gifts ranging between €8 to €200, there’s something for everyone.Less than €20Mood Cube Price: €8 Where to buy: AmazonShould you be looking for a way to relax, the mood cube can help soften the mood for you by setting the room in a number of colours.(Image: Amazon)Power up 2.0 Paper AirplanePrice: €13Where to buy:Cogs: The Brain ShopIf want to give your paper airplane a boost, why not attach a small motor to it and let it fly for longer. There’s currently a third version in the works but until then, make your plane, attach the motor and let it fly for 30 seconds.(Video: Shai Goitein/YouTube)Erasable Memo PadPrice: €13Where to buy: Boots, AmazonIf you know someone who is always leaving notes around the house or workplace, you can help save them paper by getting them this digital memo pad. It’s more practical than anything else, but it is useful if you need to leave messages.(Image: Amazon)Mini arcade machine Price: €14 – €20Where to buy: Bcool, Littlewoods, EasonsIf someone you know has an iPhone 4S or older and you really want to rub in how old it is, you can turn it into a mini arcade machine. With knockoff versions of Space Invaders, Pong, and Asteroid, it’s cheap, fun and the joystick and buttons work well.There’s also one for iPad mini, although at €40, it’s probably too expensive to be worthwhile.(Video: BBtradesales Gadgets & Gifts/YouTube)Less than €60Veho Pebble XT 5000mAH Portable Battery Pack ChargerCost: €35Where to buy: BT ShopIf you’re using your smartphone constantly, you’ll know the frustration of running out of battery power. Thankfully there are a number of portable battery chargers to get, and the Veho Pebble provides good value for money.With plugs for all smartphones, tablets, and even the 3DS and Vita, it will mean you won’t have to worry about your device dying unexpectedly.(Image: Cost: €34Where to buy: Bcool, LittlewoodsOffering photographers and smartphone users something a little different, the X-Lapse lets you capture 360º time-lapse movies.If you regularly record videos on your phone or camera, it will add something different, but if you’re don’t, then you may find its use limited. One for the more enthusiastic photographers out there.(Video: VehoWorld/YouTube)GEAR4 StreetParty Portable Wireless SpeakerPrice: €55 Where to buy: Amazon, Currys, PCWorld, LittlewoodsAnyone who has a vast music collection on their smartphone needs a good speaker to play them on and the Gear4 Streetparty is good value for what it can do.You can connect up any device that has bluetooth and stream music from it. 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first_img 26,219 Views Short URL PM @BorisJohnson has said that the UK will leave the EU on 31 Oct. In all circumstances, the EU will continue to protect the interests of its citizens and companies, as well as the conditions for peace and stability on the island of Ireland. It is our duty & our responsibility.— Michel Barnier (@MichelBarnier) August 29, 2019 Aug 30th 2019, 7:25 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 96 Comments By Stephen McDermott Friday 30 Aug 2019, 11:02 AM Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney (file photo) Image: Petr David Josek/PA Images Share40 Tweet Email center_img Tánaiste urges British government to propose alternatives to backstop ‘as quickly as possible’ Boris Johnson has vowed to ‘up the tempo’ on talks to remove the backstop ahead of Brexit. Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney (file photo) Image: Petr David Josek/PA Images As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: The backstop is included in a divorce deal the EU agreed with Johnson’s predecessor, Theresa May, which the House of Commons has rejected three times.“The increase in meetings and discussions is necessary if we are to have a chance of agreeing a deal for when we leave on October 31; no ifs, no buts,” Johnson said.The prime minister’s comments came amid legal challenges to his move to suspend parliament between mid-September and October 14.However, a Scottish judge ruled against granting an interim order – the Scottish equivalent of an injunction – to stop the move this morning, pending a full court hearing.Yesterday, Lord Raymond Doherty heard a bid for an interim interdict – the Scottish legal equivalent of an injunction – that would halt Johnson’s move to suspend parliament between mid-September and 14 October.Legal bids to halt the move have also been launched in London and Belfast.With reporting from – © AFP 2019 and Christina Finn. Updated Aug 30th 2019, 11:02 AM TÁNAISTE SIMON COVENEY has called on the British government to recommend viable alternatives to the backstop to the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator as quickly as possible.It follows a vow by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to “step up the tempo” in talks with the European Union to strike a new Brexit deal before the 31 October deadline.In comments last night, Johnson said he was ready to “get a deal done” that would allow Britain to leave the EU on 31 October, but would continue to seek an alternative to the imposition of a backstop, which would prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland.“While I have been encouraged with my discussions with EU leaders over recent weeks that there is a willingness to talk about alternatives to the anti-democratic backstop, it is now time for both sides to step up the tempo,” he said.This morning, Coveney met with British foreign secretary Dominic Raab on the fringes of a meeting of all 28 EU foreign ministers.A spokesman for the Tánaiste said that he reiterated Ireland’s position on the withdrawal agreement and said the red lines agreed between the EU and UK were not negotiable.He also urged the British government to bring forward any viable alternatives to the backstop, which achieve the same goal of no hard border or related infrastructure on the island of Ireland, to EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier as quickly as possible.Peace in IrelandBritish negotiators are set to meet their EU counterparts twice a week throughout September in a bid to strike a new withdrawal agreement.Lead Brexit negotiator David Frost will be joined in Brussels by different officials depending on the agenda for talks, including experts on customs, regulatory issues and trade policy, the government said.“Discussions so far have shown that the two sides remain some distance apart on key issues but that both sides are willing to work hard to find a way through,” Downing Street said in a statement.“The teams intend to run through a range of issues including the impasse around the backstop.“The PM has been clear that there will be no new deal unless the withdrawal agreement is reopened and the backstop taken out,” it added.However, the EU has warned that the bloc has a duty to protect peace in Ireland and will continue to do so, amid British plans to do away with the backstop.Brussels insists that the backstop – which would keep the UK in EU customs arrangements – is essential to preserve the integrity of European trade and to avoid risking a return to sectarian violence.“Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that the UK will leave the EU on 31 October. In all circumstances, the EU will continue to protect the interests of its citizens and companies, as well as the conditions for peace and stability on the island of Ireland,” Barnier tweeted yesterday.“It is our duty and our responsibility.” Source: Michel Barnier/Twitterlast_img read more

first_img Share your voice 1:30 Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment Repeating radio signals coming from space The new FRBs from CHIME also show signs of “scattering,” which is kind of like a record of the signals’ interactions with electrons and magnetic fields as they traveled across the universe. This travel log, of sorts, also provides some clues as to possible sources, pointing to powerful astrophysical objects in locations with special characteristics. “That could mean in some sort of dense clump like a supernova remnant,” says team member Cherry Ng, an astronomer at the University of Toronto. “Or near the central black hole in a galaxy. But it has to be in some special place to give us all the scattering that we see.”It’s still very early days in learning about FRBs and the special places they may come from, but as with the explosion in exoplanet discoveries and the nascent field of gravitational wave astronomy, each new detection provides a tantalizing new clue into the nature of the strange signals and to the universe itself. NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Crowd Control: A crowdsourced science fiction novel written by CNET readers. Tags Sci-Tech 0 The Arecibo radio telescope with an artist’s rendition of a fast radio burst.  D.Futselaar/B.P. Irwin/D. van de Water/Shutterstock Astronomers look to be getting closer to solving one of the more recent and bizarre mysteries in the universe. For just the second time, scientists have picked up a strange radio signal from the other side of the cosmos called a “fast radio burst,” or FRB, that repeats itself, making it possible to trace the very brief but powerful signal back to a source.Dozens of FRBs have been detected so far, but until recently only one such signal — named FRB 112102 — was observed to repeat itself. A new Canadian radio telescope picked up a fresh batch of FRBs as it was beginning operations in the middle of 2018, including a new repeater that is clearly distinct from FRB 112102.”They’re in a completely different part of the sky and at least a billion parsec away from each other,” Shriharsh Tendulkar told me. “We don’t know the precise distance to the second one yet.”Tendulkar is a post-doctoral fellow at McGill university and member of the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) radio telescope team that made the new discovery, which will be presented Wednesday at the semi-annual American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle and published in a pair of papers in the journal Nature.”Until now, there was only one known repeating FRB. Knowing that there is another suggests that there could be more out there. And with more repeaters and more sources available for study, we may be able to understand these cosmic puzzles — where they’re from and what causes them,” said Ingrid Stairs, another member of the CHIME collaboration and an astrophysicist at the University of British Columbia, in a statement.  One thing is different about the 13 new FRBs (including the new repeater called FRB 180814.J0422+73) discovered with CHIME: They were observed at lower frequencies than ever before (between 400 – 800 MHz).189615The CHIME radio telescope in British Columbia. CHIME “By detecting and characterizing fast radio bursts at different frequencies, we can understand better which theories work and which do not,” Tendulkar said, adding that one potential source of FRB 112102 could be “a very strongly magnetized, rapidly spinning neutron star called a millisecond magnetar … This model is promising but it’s still too early to tell for sure.”A cosmic cataclysm in which the source destroys itself, like a neutron star collision or exploding black hole, can also be ruled out for the repeaters, he says. Of course, super-advanced alien civilizations have been floated as possible explanations, including by Harvard University Professor Abraham Loeb.”An artificial origin is worth contemplating and checking,” Loeb said in 2017 while discussing his own theory that FRBs could conceivably be traced to massive energy beams used to propel alien starships. Loeb would later make waves in 2018 with another paper suggesting that interstellar object, Oumuamua, may have been such an alien probe. Spacelast_img read more

first_img Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Google I/O: We break down the highlights and lowlights… Sarah Tew/CNET Google,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $59 at eBay Now playing: Watch this: Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $520 at HP Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read DJI Osmo Action preview Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See at Amazon JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 0 Tags Rylo $999 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Post a comment Read the Rylo camera preview 4:38 Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Apple iPhone XS Software Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $999 HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Sarah Tew/CNET $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $210 at Best Buy Turo See it 0 $155 at Google Express Read the AirPods review Angela Lang/CNET $60 at Best Buy null The Cheapskate Chris Monroe/CNET Best Buy What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Google will be giving more weight to the most recent reviews in determining app star ratings. Google As part of the Google I/O developer conference, the company on Wednesday announced changes coming to its Play Store, including beefed up security, better store listings and improvements on updating apps. One change in particular, having to do with how the store will calculate user reviews to give apps their star rating, could be a mixed bag for developers.On its developer blog, Google said it will adjust the app star rating to give more weight to the most recent reviews. This could help developers as it will favor ratings given to the most recent version of an app. However, if users flock to the Play Store and decide to give low ratings to an app, also called review bombing, it could really knock down a score. Google also said it will provide developers suggested replies to help them respond to users faster. The new ratings will go into effect in August for users, but developers can already log into their accounts to get a preview of how the re-calculated ratings look.  Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $999 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Sarah Tew/CNET See It $6 at Tidal See It Sarah Tew/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Boost Mobile Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $299 at Amazon Sprint Read Google Home Hub review Share your voice Tags See It The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Share your voice See at Turo $999 Amazonlast_img read more

first_imgSalmon sharks are closely related to mako and great white sharks, and one of the few warm-blooded fish species. Photo: Kristine Sowl, U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceWhile studying Chinook salmon in the Bering Sea, researchers have found themselves in the wake of an unlikely killer.Andrew Seitz is a researcher at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, who has spent the past several years studying Chinook salmon. He said the first sign of foul play came from satellite tags used in his research this winter. The tags gather behavior and migration data for the salmon, taking temperature and depth readings every two minutes — then relaying them to researchers by satellite later on.Seitz said those temperature readings were what alerted him to the fact that something was, well, fishy.“[The] temperature went from between 45 to 55 F, and it jumped up to 65 to 80 degrees in a matter of a couple minutes. And there’s no water temperature that warm in the Bering Sea,” he said.Seitz suspected immediately what had happened — his tags, and the salmon they accompanied, were in the belly of a warm-blooded predator.But, he explained, the mystery didn’t end there. Marine mammals, much like humans, have a body temperature between 98 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit — meaning the salmon weren’t the victims of an arctic seal or sea lion.“Which leaves just one suspect,” said Seitz.”The salmon shark.”Salmon sharks, which are closely related to mako and great white sharks, are one of the few fish able to keep their body temperature warmer than their surroundings — allowing them to pursue their favorite prey into even the icy waters of the Bering Sea.Still, Seitz said he was surprised to find the sharks in Northern waters during the winter, adding that the predators could be a factor in Alaska’s low king salmon returns.“It’s too early to even speculate on whether salmon sharks are actually having population level effects. But its certainly worth considering and the impact of salmon shark predation should certainly enter the conversation about what is controlling or influencing abundance of Chinook salmon in the Bering Sea,” he said.Seitz plans to further investigate the impacts of predation on king salmon by deploying more satellite tags from a Japanese research vessel this summer.last_img read more

first_imgThe classic postcard view of the town of Unalaska isn’t what it used to be.  The nation’s oldest Russian Orthodox church still towers in front of a bay backed by tundra-covered mountains.  Now, there’s also a bright orange, 200-foot barge floating in between them. It could be parked there for the next five years.Download AudioThe Resolve Ibis at its new long-term mooring site off Unalaska’s Front Beach. KUCB/John Ryan photo.The orange, boldly lettered barge is the most visible element of a private effort to improve shipping safety along the Great Circle route across the Pacific.“It is a bit loud,” Dan Magone of Magone-Resolve Marine Services in Unalaska said. “It’s intended to provide high visibility.”Magone got a Alaska Department of Natural Resources permit in May to moor the barge off the beach for the next five years. Magone has been in the emergency ship repair and salvage business on the island for decades. He said putting the barge in front of the beach that’s been the heart of Unalaska village for centuries wasn’t done lightly.“We didn’t just flippantly go anchor it up right in front of Town Beach,” Magone said. “We looked for every alternative, and in the greater Unalaska Bay, there wasn’t another safe place to put a tank barge.”The tank barge can be used to store oil that’s been offloaded, or lightered, from a ship in trouble, before the oil spills into the sea. “They prevent a terrific amount of pollution by doing that,” Magone said. “Once it spills into the environment, you don’t get very much of it back, no matter what you do, especially in an environment like we have up here.”The Aleutian Islands sit in the middle of the Great Circle shipping route across the Pacific. Every month, a couple hundred big cargo and tanker ships motor through Unimak Pass, just east of Dutch Harbor. And about once a week, a big chemical tanker goes through the pass with hazardous cargo like ammonia or pesticides.If the big ships run into trouble in the pass or elsewhere in the Aleutians, it can take a long time for the right kind of help to reach them. So Magone’s parent company, Resolve Marine Group in Florida, and the National Response Corporation in New York aim to address that.Their joint venture, called 1 Call Alaska, also has other vessels in Dutch Harbor, along with firefighting systems, seven oil-skimmer machines and 30,000 feet of oil-containment boom.Magone says all those new assets will make it much quicker to respond to maritime accidents along the thousand-mile Aleutian chain.“I think right now that they brought in additional equipment is certainly a good thing,” Ed Page said.As head of the Alaska Maritime Response Network, Page is essentially Magone’s competitor. His nonprofit network has spill equipment in Dutch Harbor and Adak and a dozen other locations in western Alaska. But Page says the new equipment might not be good for safety in the long run.Spill prevention efforts are funded by the fees that companies make by being the on-call responders for the big cargo ships. Now there are two outfits competing for those fees where there used to be just one.“Overall, there’ll be probably less money to pay for two organizations and their overhead and operating costs and even less money available to actually allocate to oil-spill response equipment and prevention measures,” Page said.Alaska Maritime Response Network provides spill prevention services throughout western Alaska, not just along the Great Circle route. Page said he’s concerned that improved safety in the Aleutians could come at the expense of safety in other parts of western Alaska.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: In a major move, the state Transport department has directed the district administration to remove the permanent ladders from private buses as part of the Safe Drive Save Life programme.The District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police have been asked to conduct special drives to remove the ladders. Temporary wooden ladders will be used to keep luggage on the roofs.The step has been taken as many buses that ply in the districts carry passengers on the rooftops which are solely meant for luggage. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeFlouting the norms, many buses that ply in the districts install permanent iron ladders after the registration of the buses are done and allow passengers to travel on the rooftops.The passengers sit on the rooftops and this is a common practice in districts including East and West Midnapore, Bankura and Murshidabad. In Howrah and Hooghly districts, the jeeps that ferry passengers in the rural areas carry commuters on the rooftops.Senior Transport department officials said it is risky to carry passengers in that manner particularly during the monsoon season when the roads are slippery. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Transport department has also instructed the district administration to check tyres of the buses to avoid accidents.The decision has created a mixed response in the districts.While the majority of the commuters have welcomed the move, they maintained that the number of buses connecting rural areas with the city should be increased.The bus owners said as there is practically no space inside the buses to keep luggage, permanent ladders had to be installed.They admitted that commuters travel on the rooftops as the number of buses is not enough in number.last_img read more

first_imgVR is the future, not just for your PC, but for your phone too. If Google Cardboard or even Samsung’s GearVR are anything to go by, then it’s something that consumers actually quite enjoy. And now you can use it with just about any phone with a proper sized display, all you need is a headset like the Innori VR headseat. And this bad boy only costs a scant $33.99.Use VR on any device with a 3.5″-5.7″ display.With the right content on your device, be it Android or iOS, you can enjoy some pretty convincing VR. The resolution won’t beat out even the VR solutions available on the PC (or PS4), but that doesn’t mean it’s a terrible experience all around. Movies, other NSFW movies, games and much more can work just great. And at $33.99, it’s practically a steal. It’s an easy way to see what VR is first-hand without having to spend a wealth of money.So head on over to the store and check it out. Here’s what you’ll get:Adjustable straps maximize comfort & optimize viewing experienceHigh-quality lens technology keeps images pure & distortion-freeViewing angles range up to 98-degrees in either directionAdjustable features allow you to easily adjust distance & size of imagesCompatible w/ all smartphones with 3.5″-5.7” displays Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

first_img Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | July 06, 2012 Carestream Showcases Works-in-Progress Lesion Management Tools on its PACS Workstation Company’s lesion management software establishes baseline, automates comparisons from CT, MR exams News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more July 6, 2012 — Carestream Health showcased works-in-progress lesion management 3-D tools on its Vue PACS (picture archiving and communications system) workstation at the annual “Workstation Face-Off,” held June 18 in San Francisco as part of the annual International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT.The new lesion management application enables radiologists to automatically measure a lesion and compare it to previous findings in an MR (magnetic resonance) or CT (computed tomography) scan. Each result can be bookmarked and can include comments and data for easy access. This comprehensive data comparison method is ideal for oncology exams and provides localization, measurements, follow-up and comparison of findings that can help eliminate viewer variation and enhance accuracy.“Our new lesion management application is designed to significantly enhance assessments of oncology patients by automating access to specific measurements from previous exams,” said Cristine Kao, global marketing manager, healthcare information solutions, Carestream. “In addition to facilitating a faster diagnosis, it can also improve communication and collaboration between radiologists and clinicians.”The Face-Off is hosted by the International Society of Computed Tomography (ISCT) and requires radiologists to process and interpret several complex CT imaging studies. This year each vendor was asked to present oncology follow-up, brain CTA perfusion, vascular and functional cardiac cases. Four minutes were allowed per case.Radiologist Michalle Soudack, M.D., head of pediatric radiology at the Safra Children’s Hospital in Israel, presented the cases for Carestream during the event. “MR and CT exams are an integral part of the radiology workflow. Being able to use a PACS workstation with embedded 3-D tools to view complex oncology and cardiac cases is another example of the compelling advantages offered by Carestream’s PACS workstation,” Soudack said. Carestream was one of the first companies to have advanced 3-D processing and image analysis tools built into its Vue PACS workstation, with native reporting via digital dictation or voice recognition. Advanced processing capabilities of the PACS platform include: real-time 3-D vessel analysis including automatic abdominal and cardiac vessel segmentation capabilities; automatic registration of volumetric exams including MPR, MIP and MinIP; cardiac exam review; PET (positron emission tomography)-CT reading tools; orthopedic surgical planning; virtual colonoscopy reading and mammography-specific reading tools.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | Advanced Visualization | July 03, 2019 TeraRecon Unveils iNtuition AI Data Extractor Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced visualization company TeraRecon announced its new iNtuition AI Data Extractor… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 03, 2019 Varian Purchasing Embolic Bead Assets from Boston Scientific Varian announced it has signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire the Boston Scientific portfolio of drug-loadable… read more Related Contentlast_img read more

first_img by Maija Kappler, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 5, 2017 10:38 am PDT Last Updated Dec 5, 2017 at 5:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Breadwinner’ author says the film adaptation gaining awards buzz is ‘phenomenal’ Angelina Jolie, from left, director Nora Twomey and Saara Chaudry attend a premiere for “The Breadwinner” at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP center_img Canadian author Deborah Ellis is thrilled the big screen adaptation of her young adult novel “The Breadwinner” is getting major awards buzz. But she’s quick to divert credit to the film’s director and creative team.Director Nora Twomey and her team of animators “deserve all the praise that they’re getting” for the film’s success, Ellis said in a phone interview from her home in Simcoe, Ont., on Tuesday.“They were very sincere about the project … and they have been very careful to be as authentic in the film as they possibly can,” Ellis said.“It’s just really a phenomenal piece of work that they’ve created.”First published in 2000, “The Breadwinner” tells the story of Parvana, an 11-year-old Afghan girl living under Taliban rule. She dresses up as a boy to help provide for her family while her father is wrongfully imprisoned by the Taliban.The movie, a Canada-Ireland-Luxembourg co-production, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and counts Angelina Jolie among its executive producers.Earlier this week it was nominated for 10 Annie Awards, which celebrate animated work, including best independent animated feature. “The Breadwinner” trails only Pixar’s “Coco” which has 13 nominations.Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association picked “The Breadwinner” over “Coco” for its best animation award. “The Breadwinner” is also one of 26 movies that have been submitted for consideration in the animated feature film category for the 90th Academy Awards.Ellis said she was “pretty excited, of course” when the movie rights for her story were sold but “it was hard to know for sure. Sometimes these things start and then they can’t get off the ground.”“But these folks were very tenacious,” she added.Ellis first saw the completed movie in August at a screening for the cast and crew, an experience she said was “fantastic.”She remembers being struck by the number of people in the room who had all contributed to putting the story she wrote onto the big screen.“One of the things that was most moving was to look up at the seats in the theatre and know that they were all filled with people who had been part of this project and contributed their time and thought and heart and soul,” she said. “That really blew me away.”As a writer for young audiences, Ellis said she’s used to seeing readers interact with her work directly, an experience many writers don’t share.“I go into a lot of schools,” she said. “My books have always felt like they were community kind of events, because I’m in there and the kids are talking about them.“What’s changed, I think, is now it’s more of a wider audience, and a different audience. Parents will take their kids to see the movie, and talk about it afterwards. It just adds a whole other layer of discussion.”Ellis thinks “The Breadwinner”‘s story might resonate more now than when her book was released because conditions in Afghanistan have become more widely understood.“It’s been much more of a public discussion about what’s going on there than there was when the book first came out,” she said.“So people will go into the theatre having heard about it, and knowing something about the situation, which I think will add to their experience of it.”“The Breadwinner” is currently in limited release screening in Toronto and Halifax. It expands to more theatres this week in Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City and Toronto before going into wide release on Dec. 15.last_img read more