UN agencies urge vigilance on food safety

19 July 2007Pointing to weaknesses in food safety systems around the world, two United Nations agencies today urged all countries to be vigilant when dealing with traders and producers that affect the supply line. Pointing to weaknesses in food safety systems around the world, two United Nations agencies today urged all countries to be vigilant when dealing with traders and producers that affect the supply line.The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) cited the discovery of the industrial chemical melamine in animal and fish feed and the unauthorized use of certain veterinary drugs in intensive aquaculture as examples of how a lack of vigilance can affect health and international trade. The agencies blamed a lack of knowledge of food safety requirements as well as “the illegal or fraudulent use of ingredients including unauthorized food additives or veterinary drugs,” according to a news release.During the last 12 months, an average of up to 200 food safety incidents per month have been investigated by WHO and FAO to determine their public health impact. “Food safety is an issue for every country and ultimately every food consumer. All countries can benefit from taking stronger measures to fill safety gaps in the sometimes considerable journey food takes from the farm to the table,” said Jørgen Schlundt, Director of WHO’s Department of Food Safety, Zoonoses and Foodborne Diseases. “Countries are only able to keep their shares in globalized food markets and the trust of consumers if they apply internationally agreed food quality and safety standards,” said Ezzeddine Boutrif, Director of FAO’s Nutrition and Consumer Protection Division. “Consumers have a right to be informed about potential hazards in food and to be protected against them.” The agencies said both developed and developing countries can have fragmented food safety systems that often do not include or cover primary production where many problems originate. They noted for example the spread in recent years of new Salmonella strains in poultry originated in developed countries and was spread globally through trade. FAO and WHO are supporting national governments to improve the institutional set up and the performance of food inspection, enforcement, laboratory analysis and diagnosis, certification, food-borne disease surveillance, emergency preparedness and response. They also provide scientific advice on many food safety issues such as food additives, chemical and microbiological contaminants, and agro-chemical residues. read more

Ontario regulators wont take action against Torontos Trump Tower

TORONTO — Ontario regulators say after reviewing the sale of hotel units to investors in Toronto’s Trump International Hotel and Tower, it has decided not to pursue action against the developer.The Ontario Securities Commission said Tuesday it made the decision after considering a number of factors, including meeting with prospective purchasers. The regulator did not give any further details on the decision.On Friday, developer Talon International Inc. said it would extend the closing date to Dec. 13 for the sale of hotel condominium units at the downtown Toronto hotel and residence in order to deal with inquiries by the Ontario Securities Commission.With the OSC’s decision, disgruntled investors who are trying to get out of their contracts to buy luxury condos in the project are left scrambling to find financing for their purchases.More than a dozen buyers are suing Talon to get out of the deals, while the developer is suing others who filed notice earlier in the year of their refusal to close.While real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump’s company did not develop the property, the Trump Hotel Collection manages the property, which opened this year in Toronto’s business district. A lawyer for the Trump Organization has said the lawsuits are a simple case of buyer’s remorse.The investors said every Canadian bank has refused to offer financing to them, despite assurances from Talon that hotel units could be easily financed as residential condo units.The investors said they’ve learned that Canadian banks are treating the hotel project as a commercial enterprise and are refusing financing as a condo purchase.They also say their investments are running up losses of more than $175 a day per unit because of the current shortfall between maintenance fees and hotel unit revenues.Investors say they’re now faced with either having to come up with substantial amounts of cash to close or resort to secondary financial institutions which will only provide partial financing for the project as a commercial investment at high interest rates.The investors have launched a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Talon and their directors, as well as a number of Trump organizations and their directors, including Donald Trump Sr.The plaintiffs’ claims allege that investors were persuaded into investing in the Trump Hotel on the basis of alleged negligent or reckless misrepresentations, and that promises and projections offered were allegedly inaccurate and in contravention of securities regulations.None of the allegations have been proven in court.In 2004, when the hotel project was first being planned, the investors say Talon sought permission from the OSC to be exempt from regulatory requirements for commercial investments, and provided a number of promises and conditions to obtain those exemptions.In granting an exemption, the OSC made it a strict condition that Talon and Trump Hotel not market the hotel units as a cash-flow investment.The Canadian Press, with files from Reuters read more

Strong gains for UK car manufacturing in September

UK car manufacturing records 15.5% growth in September, with 158,281 units produced.Further gains made in year-to-date output: 1,169,408 cars produced in 2015 so far – up 3.3%.UK car production set to surpass record two million by 2020, according to recent SMMT study.1British car production posted healthy growth in September, according to figures published today by The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Output rose 15.5% compared with September last year, with year-to-date volumes 3.3% up on the same period in 2015.As seen in previous months, production for the UK market led the way with a gain of 20.1% – but new car exports were not far behind with a robust 13.9% increase in volumes. September’s results follow latest industry projections that set British car manufacturing on track to achieve record production levels by 2020.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “After the regular summer break, manufacturing plants were back in full swing in September and the gains made by the UK’s car makers are positive. Particularly encouraging is the recent upturn in exports, which are higher than they were in 2014, reflecting growth in key overseas markets such as the rest of Europe.“The UK’s recent manufacturing successes are hard won and the sector will need ongoing investment and innovation to maintain global automotive competitiveness.”Download car manufacturing data as a Word doc.The Future of UK Automotive Manufacturing in 2025 and Beyond – report authored by Ian Henry of independent automotive research consultancy AutoAnalysis. For more information contact ian@autoanalysis.co.uk. Visit this link to view the report in full: http://bit.ly/1PaNEQGClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Keyshawn Johnson Offers Advice To Santonio Holmes

Sixteen years ago, Keyshawn Johnson was the No. 1 pick of the NFL Draft, landing in New York with the Jets. He was young and brash and before he was done he penned a book called, “Just Throw Me The Damn Ball.”To say Johnson was mouthy would be an understatement. So it was ironic – and pretty cool, too – that a much more mature Johnson spent some of the Jets’ first  day of training camp to lend advice to the Jets’ current mouthy receive, Santonio Holmes.“It was a big brother-to-little brother talk,” Holmes said. “He was just teaching me to be cordial to everybody and to understand what gift I have to this football team and learning how to utilize it.”Johnson, at Jets camp working for ESPN, figured he catch Holme’s ear because the receiver lately has been spewing nothing but venom. Since the last game of disappointing last season, when he did not catch a pass and was benched, Holmes has blasted quarterback Mark Sanchez, questioned the two-quarterback system of Sanchez and Tim Tebow and generally been Mr. Grinch.Immaturity is what Johnson attributed to Holmes’ penchant to taking on anyone in his path.“All eyes are you,” said Johnson, relating what he told Holmes. “If you can do it — and you’ve done it before — you can write your ticket.”Holmes was a lightening rod and disruption last year, criticizing Sanchez and the offensive line, making a bad season worse. Johnson was not acting as if he were Dr. Phil, but he did seem to believe Holmes will comport himself differently this year.“He’ll grow up,” Johnson said. “He’ll get there. I’m not worried.”Already, Holmes contends and Sanchez have become close and are looking forward to a big season.“That was last year, man,” Holmes said. “Let’s move on.” read more

We want to see UK wildlife BBC Springwatch viewers express sorrow as

first_imgThe BBC has reassured viewers that they will still see UK wildlife on Springwatch, as the special episode will run in addition to the UK ones. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. One viewer wrote on social media: “Please say we getting the usually UK Springwatch or I’ll be turning off. Look forward to seeing all the UK wildlife every year. Please BBC don’t change the format and bring don’t bring us another foreign wildlife show.”Another said: “It is UK wildlife we want to see, there are already plenty covering overseas. Don’t muck about with this programme, we like it how it is.”One said that other countries “can have their own Springwatch”, writing: “Like many others I hope Springwatch is in the UK Other countries can have their own Springwatch surely.” Springwatch is facing a backlash after the show announced it was going “on tour” to Japan.The programme has traditionally focused on UK wildlife, with viewers enjoying the wonders of the British countryside from badgers to hares.So, when the announcement came that it was going abroad, many were dismayed. And another said they look forward to seeing the new life every year in the UK: “I look forward to seeing all the hatchlings and new babies of the natural world in the UK.”Springwatch announced the decision in an animated video uploaded to its Facebook page on Tuesday night. The video included the slogan “Springwatch in Japan, cherry blossom time”.  The show has also heavily promoted this trip, plastering its Facebook page with Japanese blossom.It is the first time a whole Springwatch show has been based abroad, although viewers have previously seen presenters in Africa looking at cuckoos and Estonia for Bewick swans.last_img read more

Flamehaired children and crooning pensioners steal the show at Mollys comeback event

first_imgMOLLY MALONE IS back.The famously brassy lady returned to Dublin city centre at a new location this afternoon — having being plucked unceremoniously from her long-established home at the bottom of Grafton Street back in April.Very little hoopla had been planned for this afternoon’s unveiling… Just a straightforward photo-op with new tourism minister Paschal Donohoe — who looked relieved that he wasn’t required to wear any comedy headwear for the occasion.This is, after all, just a temporary home for the country’s most famous fictional fishmonger — she’ll be wheeling her wheelbarrow on Suffolk Street for the next three years or so, to make way for Luas track-laying at her old stomping-ground. Source: Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandThere’s Something About Molly though…Something about her that seems to provoke a certain giddyness among Dubliners and tourists alike.And there was a carnival atmosphere in town today, as a crowd of around 150 people stopped to watch Donohue do the honours — sweeping a large, utilitarian plastic covering off the ‘Tart with the Cart’ to reveal Molly 2.0 in all her glory. Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandShe’s had a pretty extensive makeover since we last encountered her, you see.After all, the poor dear has been been monging fish, rain or shine, at the same spot on College Green since 1988. A visit to the beauticians (or in this case, the metalworks) was well in order in advance of today’s curtain call.The results were more than impressive, spectators agreed.“Good as new,” a man in crowd smiled approvingly.“Smashing” someone else remarked.As you might expect, however, there was a slightly different tone amongst the cynics of the fourth estate — as it was remarked that who-ever had been given the job of burnishing the bronze seemed to have spent an inordinate amount of time focusing on one particular area.The Minister might want to watch where he’s looking, a reporter suggested — as photographers snapped away in the vain hope that Donohoe might, in a moment of weakness, inadvertently cast his gaze towards Molly’s ample frontage.Like Brian Hayes did, last time out… [Pic: TheJournal.ie]Thankfully, there were other distractions for the Minister to concern himself with…Like the arrival on the scene of 5-year-old Dubliner Maya O’Mahony — apparently, straight out of central casting.Surely this flame-haired whippersnapper must be working for the Department?“No, absolutely not,” smiled the Minister’s press handler — as the young girl clambered up Molly’s wheelbarrow and plonked herself proudly amongst the cockles and mussels, providing providing the snappers with an unexpected, but welcome, dash of colour.Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandThe whole scene was utterly adorable, everyone agreed.That is — everyone apart from a certain couple from Killiney, who seemed determined to steal the limelight for themselves… Source: Video TheJournal.ie/YouTubeClearly no match for Patricia Dolan and her husband in terms of pure, unadulterated star power — Donohoe seemed happy to fulfil the rest of his obligations away from the action, as he retreated 30 feet or so down the road to answer reporters’ questions on the serious issues of the day. Molly will have to face the photographers all by herself from now on…[TheJournal.ie]Spare a thought for the poor woman next time you’re in the area.And try and avert your gaze.Everyone knows what you’re up to.Read: Industrial action threatened as Irish Rail plans to go ahead with pay cutsRead: Molly Malone is on the move…last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S3 stores passwords in plain text

first_imgWe enter a lot of passwords into smartphones nowadays. Social networks, emails, even bank accounts, they are all in there. There’s an understanding with anything stored digitally that there’s no such thing as “completely secure”, but there’s also an expectation that risks are being minimized by all of the parties involved. With the Samsung Galaxy S3, easily the most popular Android smartphone on the market right now, this may not be the case. Recently it has been discovered that Samsung’s own S-Memo app is storing passwords in plain text, which means anyone who knows where the file is stored and has access to the file can read it.When you have a rooted Android phone, it’s widely understood that all bets are off as far as vulnerabilities are concerned. Just like in desktop Linux, super user access means you can break whatever you want, and the OS will do very little to stop you. With Android phones, it means you now have access to every file on the device. The S-Memo SQLite files are only accessible to those with root access, but once you have access to the file you can pull whatever you want from them. This includes your Google Account password, which you surrendered to S-Memo when you logged in to your Galaxy S3. Instead of protecting that password by encrypting it, the password can simply be copied and pasted for use on anything.The volume of people this affects immediately is fairly small, but it exposes a vulnerability that could be used to grant a malicious user access to your Google Account. On an Android phone, that’s not far from being your entire digital existence. While rooting a Samsung Galaxy S3 only takes about five minutes, the software tools required are uncommon enough that as long as your phone isn’t already rooted you likely don’t have anything to worry about.Given the severity of the discovery, I would expect Samsung to respond quickly and update the S-Memo app to hash or encrypt the passwords in S-Memo.via XDA Developerslast_img read more

Section 144 withdrawn phones and internet restored

first_imgJammu: Section 144 (gathering of more than 4 people banned) has been withdrawn from Jammu Municipal limits. All school, and colleges will open on Friday, the Jammu Deputy Magistrate said in a notification. Meanwhile, the authorities airlifted a fresh batch of 20 “potential troublemakers” from Srinagar to Agra, officials said. After five days of security lockdown in Jammu and Kashmir, phone services and internet were partly restored and restrictions in movement were eased to facilitate Friday prayers. The gates of the Jama Masjid in Srinagar were shut, indicating that prayers were unlikely in the city’s main mosque. However, prayers would be allowed in smaller mosques in the interiors, said officials, and enough personnel had been posted to ensure order.last_img read more

IPL 2019 Sunrisers Hyderabad preview and SWOT analysis Will Kane chokeslam the

first_img File photo of Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson.IANSThe leadership group at SRH is perhaps the strongest and at its helm is one of the most astute minds in world cricket — Kane Williamson. The backroom staff of SRH is fantastic and they are like a family who does not put unnecessary pressure on the players. The like of Tom Moody, VVS Laxman and Muthiah Muralitharan are more like catalysts and enablers that help the players play their natural game by expressing their own skills in the ways they know best. Weaknesses The batting form of Manish Pandey has not been great and David Warner is returning after a long layoff. Thus, the pressure of run scoring will fall heavily on the shoulders of Williamson. The team has a decent middle-order but none of them can be ascertained as match-winners. Yusuf Pathan is a difference maker on his day but he is towards the end of his career. Read: Predicted playing XIsOpportunities SRH has the perfect opportunity to lift another title. They have one of the most balanced teams heading into the tournament and like they always do, they purchased very shrewdly in the auction this time too. The likes of Rashid Khan, David Warner, Bhuvi and Williamson are all big match players who can turn games on their own. Thus, another strong season is expected in Hyderabad. This IPL will provide Warner with the perfect opportunity to get back to a high standard of cricket. Following his ban, the left-hander has played club level cricket which is a far cry from international standards. Thus, he will see the IPL as an opportunity to get back into shape for the upcoming World Cup. Threats SRH has a lot of players who perform a similar role which gives the management a headache in terms of keeping the entire camp motivated and happy. Shakib Al-Hasan and Mohammad Nabi have similar jobs; the five pacers will not get a game every time; Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha and Sreevats Goswami will be vying for the same role. Even Yusuf Pathan and Deepak Hooda are similar types of players.  IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:05/1:19Loaded: 0%0:05Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:14?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Squad Kane Williamson (C), Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Hooda, Manish Pandey, Natarajan, Ricky Bhui, Sandeep Sharma, Shreevats Goswami (WK), Siddarth Kaul, Syed Khaleel Ahmed, Yusuf Pathan, Billy Stanlake, David Warner, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, and Shakib Al-Hasan, Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Abhishek Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Jonny Bairstow, Martin Guptill Close One would not ideally fancy Sunrisers Hyderabad to be tough competitors in the Indian Premier League but it is a team everyone likes. They are every opposition fan’s second favourite team but within the camp, they have been able to foster an atmosphere of success. SRH finished runners up last season despite their campaign tailing off slightly after a bright start. This season, they have bid goodbye to Shikhar Dhawan but will welcome David Warner back to the fold. The franchise has also acquired the services of Vijay Shankar who came their way in a trade which involved Dhawan going to the country and tournament’s Capital. Here’s taking a look at SRH’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.Strengths The team is filled with quality Indian seam bowling options in Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddharth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma, Basil Thampi and Khaleel Ahmed. This gives them the opportunity to stack their batting and all-rounders with overseas players. In Bhuvi and Kaul, they have quality death bowlers too. The plethora of options also allows the captain to pick and choose depending on the conditions while keeping everyone fresh.  Sunrisers Hyderabad to take on Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2018 finals Tom Moody has impressed with the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPLIANSIf the mystery of Rashid Khan is decoded, the bowling attack suddenly looks much less threatening. In the age of technology, it may so happen that the opposition does figure him out and that remains a constant threat.  last_img read more

AL China communist party sign MoU to boost coop

first_imgBangladesh Awami League international affairs secretary Shammi Ahmed and Song Tao handing over the MoU copies on behalf of their respective parties in presence of prime minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban, Dhaka. Photo: PIDRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) and Communist Party of China (CPC) on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on boosting cooperation between the two parties.The MoU was inked after a meeting between prime minister Sheikh Hasina and visiting Minister of International Department of CPC central committee Song Tao at Ganabhaban in the capital in the evening.Briefing reporters after the meeting, PM’s speech writer Md Nazrul Islam said AL international affairs secretary Shammi Ahmed and Song Tao signed the MoU on behalf of their respective sides.At the meeting, the prime minister and the Chinese leader hoped that the relations and cooperation between the two friendly countries and the two parties will be further strengthened in the days to come.Song Tao mentioned that his party and Bangladesh Awami League believe in similar ideology.Nazrul Islam said the prime minister sought Chinese support for safe and sustainable repatriation of the Rohingyas from Bangladesh.“China could play an important role in repatriation of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas,” she said.In response, Song Tao assured the prime minister of extending cooperation to this end saying that China is working and holding discussion with Myanmar for repatriation of the Rohingya nationals from Bangladesh.The prime minister termed China as one of the development partners of Bangladesh and said China is extending cooperation for development of different sectors, including infrastructure and energy.Extending her sincere thanks to the Chinese government, she said the Chinese cooperation is helping increasing Bangladesh’s GDP growth.Mentioning that her government is establishing 100 economic zones in the country, the prime minister sought more Chinese investment in different sectors, particularly in agriculture, for mutual benefits of the two countries.Bangladesh Awami League international affairs secretary Shammi Ahmed and Song Tao sign the MoU on behalf of their respective parties in presence of prime minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban, Dhaka. Photo: PID“China is very developed in agriculture sector. So we want their cooperation for development of our agriculture, as the land is declining in the country,” Nazrul Islam quoted the premier as saying.Sheikh Hasina said 700 acres of land have been allocated for Chinese investors to set up an Economic Zone in Mirersarai and she proposed China to bring gas from Myanmar.“China is installing gas pipeline in Myanmar from its territory and it could bring gas in the Mirersarai Economic Zone from Myanmar,” she said.Song Tao highly appreciated Bangladesh’s tremendous socioeconomic development under the leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina.He praised over 8 per cent GDP growth that Bangladesh is going to achieve this fiscal year.The Chinese leader conveyed the greetings of the Chinese president and the premier to Sheikh Hasina and invited her to visit China on behalf of them.He also greeted the prime minister again on behalf of the China communist party on securing her party’s landslide victory in the last general elections and assumption of office as the premier for the fourth time.Sheikh Hasina also greeted the Chinese president and the prime minister through Song Tao.About the BCIM Economic Corridor, Hasina said the initiative has been undertaken to expand ties and boost trade and commerce with neighbours including China.The prime minister recalled the visits of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to China in 1952 and 1956.Awami League presidium member Muhammad Faruk Khan, former ambassador Muhammad Zamir, AL acting general secretary Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif, joint secretaries Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman and state minister for foreign affairs Md Shahriar Alam were present.last_img read more

DCPS Wants All Teachers Certified Before School Begins

first_imgBy Lauren E. Williams, Special to the AFROLast week, Washingtonians heard concerning news about the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS): 1,000 current D.C. educators do not have the proper certification to teach in the classroom. The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) uncovered this information late last year.Following recent reports of lower graduation rates this June, interim DCPS Chancellor Amanda Alexander finds herself under scrutiny again. But, according to a DCPS spokesperson, a teaching certification is not the only “assessment” the District’s teachers go through.Interim DCPS Chancellor Amanda Alexander. (Courtesy Photo)“DCPS works hard to have a highly effective teacher in every classroom,” a DCPS spokesperson said in an email to the AFRO on June 26th. “Ensuring teachers have a license is one of many components we look at to determine whether teachers are meeting our high standards. We will continue to hold our teachers to high standards, and we are partnering with OSSE to ensure more teachers have active licenses or are in the process to obtain one before the start of the next school year.”In addition to a license, the DCPS selection process includes a background check, an evaluation and professional development.Research also shows that a teaching certification may not be directly correlated with high academic outcomes. After studying the relationship among applicants in DCPS’ hiring process, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) in 2016 found that selection using basic credentials such as certification and completion of graduate education is likely to yield few benefits. Further, the NBER found that “credentials have little or no power to explain variation in performance across teachers.”Despite what some may describe as a robust hiring process and research disputing some of the importance of licensure, members of the education community – including parents, practitioners, and elected officials – have voiced concerns about the newest scandal in the District’s public school system. Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large), chairperson of the Committee on Education, is one of the most prominent voices.“There remains a greater question about whether we have the appropriate requirements in place for all school staff in both our traditional public and public charter schools,” Councilmember Grasso said in a June 21 statement,  “The Committee on Education will be focused on that question over the summer as part of its work to improve school safety and will hold hearings on this matter once the Council returns from its recess in September.”The good news is plans are underway for all DCPS teachers to be certified. “We are working with the Washington Teacher’s Union to inform all current, unlicensed employees that they must have applied for an initial or standard credential with OSSE before the start of school year 2018-2019,” a DCPS spokesperson told the AFRO. “DCPS will also provide targeted supports to our educators in navigating the licensure process in collaboration with OSSE.​“New teachers will be held to similar standards. All new educators starting with DCPS in the next school year and beyond will be required to apply for a teaching credential with OSSE prior to their start date with DCPS.last_img read more

MovieBob Reviews SPLIT 2017

first_imgThe Shyamalanaissance is real!Granted, saying that a filmmaker has delivered a better movie than The Village, Lady in The Water, The Happening, The Last Airbender, After Earth and The Visit sounds like the lead-up to a backhanded compliment. But I’m coming at this quite sincerely: Split is a genuinely good movie. Not as good as The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable or Signs but damn good all the same – and if not for a handful of unfortunate (and, it must be said, predictably Shyamalanesque) missteps, it might even have been close to great. Still – it’s an M. Night Shyamalan genre movie opening in January, so you should probably be thankful for “good.”The premise is three young women have been abducted and are being held captive in an unknown location for an ominous (but initially mysterious purpose) by a severely disturbed man played by James McAvoy, whom the three captives (primarily a standoffish outsider played by Anya Taylor-Joy). They must engage in a deadly game of psychological cat and mouse in order to finagle their escape. Unfortunately for them, their captor’s deep psychological damage manifests itself in the form of multiple personalities. This means they aren’t just dealing with one nemesis, but about twenty-three of them each with their own agendas and interpersonal conflicts both with the girls and with each other.Meanwhile, we also get to know the villain’s therapist – who believes that he could be the living proof of her long-held theory that people who develop his disorder under particularly traumatic circumstances may be capable of unlocking the power to transform themselves not just psychologically but also physically – which would be bad news for the girls because a handful of his 23 other selves claim to have developed religion built around a hypothetical 24th personality called “The Beast” whom they claim is a literal man-eating monster with superhuman strength and invulnerable skin. No prizes, of course, for guessing if the therapist wasn’t right about this there wouldn’t be a movie for us to be watching.It’s all completely absurd nonsense (a familiar, since the idea of trauma unlocking literal or figurative facets of human potential, is a favorite recurring theme for the director) where every narrative conceit only exists to let Shyamalan craft a nasty, creepy just-different-enough variation on a typical kidnapping thriller. And to give McAvoy a chance to deliver the kind of show-offy “LOOK UPON MY RANGE YE MORTALS AND TREMBLE!!!” performance every actor dreams of an excuse to deliver.But what always got lost amid the auteurist egomania and misguided pretentiousness is that M. Night Shyamalan really is a hell of a director with a great eye for building suspense and a real gift for drawing out great performances. For all it’s meditative quite moments, Split (whether its director wants to cop to it or not) is very much a work of lurid, trashy B-movie schlock; but of a very, very distinguished vintage. And that’s without even discussing the ending which – well… let’s say you wouldn’t believe me if I told you.Sadly, there’s also some serious problems that keep it from being truly great; most egregiously a running flashback subplot that’s meant to gradually reveal why our main heroine is made of sterner stuff than the other captives. It eventually makes sense in context, but it’s also sleazy and exploitative in a way that doesn’t fit tonally with the rest of the film at all and ends up feeling incredibly unnecessary – inappropriate tonal shifts having always been Shyamalan’s ultimate Achille’s heel.Also, while I enjoy the film strictly as a film in and of itself, you can’t ignore the fact that tying real-life psychiatric issues and conditions like DID to the highly-fictionalized (and eventually straight-up science-fiction) business Split builds its whole plot around is seriously uncool and very likely makes life even more difficult for people who are struggling with them in real life. I understand that it makes the movie scarier if you can tie the premise to something the audience recognizes as a real thing, but it’s a line you’ve got to be extremely careful walking and Split is just not the kind of movie that’s careful about anything – which is really too bad. I still recommend it on its merits strictly as a film, but you have to recognize that not everyone can (or should be expected to) compartmentalize in that way.But, for the purposes at hand: Yes, Split is some seriously entertaining suspense-thriller junk food, and on those merits I’m calling it a winner. Check it out, especially if you want to avoid The Internet inevitably spoiling the ending for you.last_img read more

The Winter Olympics by the Numbers Infographic

first_img It’s a team effort to put together the Winter Olympics, happening this month in Sochi, Russia, and FiveCurrents is aiding the process. The Monterey, Calif.-based event producer has been working with the Olympic and Paralympic ceremonies since 1996. Here are some of the facts and figures that should make the XXII Olympic Winter Games–which will feature 6,000 athletes and team members from approximately 85 countries over 17 days of competition–a winning event.Click to Enlarge (+) Enroll Now for Free February 7, 2014 1 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This story appears in the February 2014 issue of . Subscribe » This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

Boy George and Culture Club back with first single in 20 years

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Many of Culture Club’s songs, including Do You Really Want To Me? and Time (Clock of the Heart), are instantly recognizable pop classics. They topped both the UK and US singles charts with Karma Chameleon.Check out their new single below:[embedded content]Also on Gay Star News:This gay star may join Stormy Daniels, Samantha Markle in Celeb Big Brother The song has been a fixture of their live set for some time, but was never before granted a studio recording.The band are set to release their sixth album Life, which is already available for pre-order, on 26 October. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Boy George and Culture Club are returning with new single Let Somebody Love You – their first in 20 years. Culture Club to play Gothenburg EuroPride 2018The band are taking their new album, along with their back catalogue, on the road. The Life Tour visits the US and Europe throughout the second half of 2018, including a slot at Gothenburg EuroPride on 18 August.Boy George said of the tour: ‘We put together an amazing show that is going to be filled with hits and fabulous memories.’Belinda Carlisle joining the band on tourBelinda Carlisle and Thompson Twin’s Tom Bailey are scheduled for support.Culture Club formed in 1981. They became one of the most famous and influential British bands of the 1980s. The band combined multiple genres, fusing new wave and reggae with myriad pop sounds.Boy George became an icon and tabloid fixture, and his sexuality was a focal point of media attention. Boy George and Culture Club (Photo: Instagram)center_img Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Queer Eye’s Antoni and Justin Trudeau will have a Pride brunch together Read Ian McKellen’s epic put down of Donald Trump GAYSTARNEWS- Boy George addresses historic Madonna feudt.A.t.u.’s Lena Katina and Saara Aalto will perform at EuroPride StockholmIt turns out Cher was never a big ABBA fan and this is whyRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/boy-george-culture-club-single/last_img read more

Large package of drugs found on Cancun public beach

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — A package containing several kilos of marijuana was found on a public beach in the Cancun Hotel Zone.The State Secretariat for Public Safety reported that through the Neptuno operation, elements of the State Police together with the Gendarmerie secured a package of marijuana in the vicinity of Playa Marlín.According to their report, police were performing on-foot surveillance in the area of Playa Delfines when they were alerted to a package in the seaweed of Playa Marlin.When they arrived, police discovered a package containing 11.2 kilos of marijuana. The package was placed at the disposition of the Attorney General’s Office (PGR).Over the past several months, the discovery of packages of drugs along the Cancun, Riviera Maya coastline has become more common.On Friday, a woman was arrested at the Playa del Carmen ferry terminal after being found carrying two suitcases containing 43 kilos of marijuana.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Video Player is loading.Mahadevappa Mahesh discusses trends in medical physics at the 2019 AAPM meetingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:01Loaded: 4.04%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:01 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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July 14, 2009 – Researchers detected amyloid beta plaques with a diameter of less than 30 µm in a mouse brain by doing CT diffraction-enhanced imaging, according to researchers at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, N.Y., and the State University of New York, Stony Brook. The diffraction enhanced imaging tool the researchers used employs X-rays generated from Brookhaven’s National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) synchrotron source. To make a diffraction-enhanced image, X-rays from the synchrotron are first tuned to one wavelength before being beamed at an anatomical structure or slide. As the monochromatic (single wavelength) beam passes through the tissue, the X-rays scatter and refract, or bend, at different angles depending on the characteristics of the tissue. The subtle scattering and refraction are detected by what is called an analyzer crystal, which diffracts the X-rays by different amounts according to their scattering angles.The diffracted beam is passed onto a radiographic plate or digital recorder, which documents the differences in intensity to show the interior structural details.The researchers hope this technique will enable early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. For more information: www.nsls.bnl.gov FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | July 14, 2009 CT Diffraction-Enhanced Imaging Targets Early Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Costs vs Benefits Comparing 64Slice to 256 320Slice CT

first_imgFeature | Computed Tomography (CT) | August 27, 2010 | Dave Fornell Costs vs. Benefits: Comparing 64-Slice to 256-, 320-Slice CT Experts share thoughts on whether the diagnostic value justifies the cost of higher slice CT systems over standard 64-slice systems News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Users say the image quality from a Toshiba Aquilion One 320-slice scanner provides accurate diagnoses because the images do not have the artifacts common to stitched 64-slice images. A heart can be scanned in one volume during a single cardiac phase. Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F 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.  Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more The GE Healthcare LightSpeed CT750 High Definition (HD) 64-slice CT system is much faster than standard 64-slice systems. It features Gemstone technology with adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction (ASIR). Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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It features Gemstone technology with adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction (ASIR).In this era of financial cost cutting, questions are raised over the true need for 256- or 320-slice computed tomography (CT) systems for cardiac imaging. There are many radiologists and cardiologists who argue a 64-slice CT system is good enough to make a cardiac diagnosis without spending twice as much for the higher-slice systems. However, those who adopted 256- or 320-slice systems say the quality of the images is superior and leads to better diagnoses in CT angiography (CTA).System users say a 64-slice scanner costs a little more than $1 million, while a 256-slice scanner runs about $2 million, and a 320-slice system costs about $2.5 million.Imaging Technology News spoke with cardiac imaging specialists to gain their insights. Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.center_img Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more PreviousNext Watch video explaining recent trends in CT technology — “RSNA Technology Report 2015: Computed Tomography” — where Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr describes computed tomography advances shown at RSNA 2015Better Diagnostic ImagesThe debate over the use of established and new technology happens with each new generation of CT, said Michael Vannier, M.D., FACR, professor of radiology and medicine at the University of Chicago Medical Center. “In an ideal world you have patients with low heart rates, they can hold their breath and they don’t have lots of disease. With these conditions you can get great images with just about any CT scanner,” he said.However, the realities are some patients have arrhythmias, fast heart rates, are obese and pediatric patients squirm. He said these conditions are better suited for high-slice systems, which are faster and offer a larger imaging area. These were among the reasons why the University of Chicago purchased a Philips 256-slice Brilliance iCT system.“The 256-slice scanner costs substantially more than the 64-slice systems. We were skeptical at first, but it was apparent from the start the quality of the exams was much better,” Vannier said. “I don’t think any of our physicians would use a 64-slice system any more for these cardiac examinations. We were accustomed in the past to having some studies that were just uninterpretable. But today, that has largely gone away.”While the cost is high, the image quality from a Toshiba Aquilion One 320-slice scan provides much better patient care through more accurate diagnoses, said Michael Poon, M.D., FACC, professor of medicine and radiology, director of advanced cardiac imaging, Stony Brook University Medical Center, Stony Brook, N.Y.The 320-slice volume scan offers 16 cm of imaging area in one rotation. This allows an image of the entire heart during one phase, rather than taking several images and stitching them together, as with 64-slice scanners. Poon explained 64-slice images generally have artifacts due to the multiple image stitching, where parts of the heart or vessels are misaligned due to cardiac movement. Table movement during 64-slice imaging can also contribute to artifacts. He said Siemens and other manufacturers use a continuous table movement. GE Healthcare’s scanners move in stages during scanning. The Aquilion One uses a stationary table because the imaging volume is so large.“In 64-slice images, the top and the bottom come from different times, but ideally you want to have an image of the heart from the same time,” Poon said. “That is the main problem with cardiac CTA imaging. Ideally you need a scanner that images the whole heart at once. That’s why the 320-slice scanner opens up a whole new era in cardiac imaging.”More Evidence is NeededThere are many cardiologists who insist 64-slice scanning is adequate for cardiac imaging and more clinical evidence is needed to justify the high-cost, higher-slice systems.“I don’t see a clinical need for a 320- or 256-slice scanner right now,” said James Min, M.D., director of the cardiovascular CT lab at New York Presbyterian Hospital and assistant professor of radiology at Weill Cornell Medical College. “I think we are looking at a three- to five-year process before the incremental benefit justifies the increased cost.”In recent years, there has been a lot of hype over the release of the 256- and 320-slice systems, but Min said hard, clinical evidence is needed before large numbers of institutions start making purchases. He has not yet seen any published studies of how 320-slice stacks up diagnostically to 64-slice systems.“I think it’s not only the cart before the horse, but we don’t have a horse yet,” Min said. “We need to show 320-slice CT has a definite diagnostic benefit over 64-slice.”A high-slice scanner also is not a cure-all for CT artifacts. He explained beam-hardening and some motion artifacts will still be seen with a 256- or 320-slice system.Stress Testing on CTMin said the higher-slice systems may offer an advantage in perfusion imaging over 64-slice, because of their ability to image the entire heart at once. Up until now, he said, only 64-slice systems have been evaluated for CT perfusion imaging. The higher-slice systems will likely show CT can be used for high-quality cardiac perfusion imaging, but clinical studies are needed. These systems also have additional perfusion applications for liver and brain imaging. This may help justify the higher cost, if shared between several specialities.The Aquilion One 320-slice scanner can complete an entire body scan in three seconds, and a heart scan without table movement in less than half a second. Poon said this speed and coverage will allow CT adenosine stress imaging, which is primarily reserved only for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and nuclear imaging.Changes in Reading ImagesThe slight misalignment artifacts in 64-slice cardiac images are taken into account when reading. However, a 320-slice scanner image eliminates these artifacts. Poon said what you see is the actual, full heart frozen at one particular time.“I had to change my reading habits,” Poon said. “I was so used to reading 64-slice that I just assumed many things I saw were artifacts. But now what I am seeing is a lesion, it’s not an artifact any more. We are so used to artifacts on 64-slice that we discount many things. You have to look at the 320 under a different light.”The University of Chicago uses 16-, 64- and 256-slice systems. Some patients had exams at different times performed by two or all three of the systems. Vannier said the radiologists compared these images and were able to pick out the 256 system immediately. All motion was frozen and lacked misalignment artifacts. The high motion area near the diaphragm also contributed to motion blur that appeared as a thickening of tissue, which would have led to an improper diagnosis. “We started asking ourselves if we were calling things abnormal when they were actually OK. It was really sobering,” Vannier explained.Spacial Resolution vs. SlicesWhen New York Presbyterian Hospital recently decided to add a new scanner for its dedicated cardiac CT lab, increasing spacial resolution was the deciding factor over volume coverage.“We had the option to go with any scanner, but what we are interested in is increased spacial resolution,” Min said. “But I don’t want spacial resolution at the cost of higher radiation dose.”The hospital purchased a GE Healthcare LightSpeed CT750 High Definition (HD) 64-slice system. The scanner is supposed to produce images 100 times faster than standard 64-slice systems, with up to 47 percent greater image detail. It uses GE’s Gemstone technology with adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction (ASIR), offering improved spatial resolution that reduces calcium blooming artifacts. It also offers up to 50 percent less radiation dose without compromising image quality. The system also sees through calcium and stents better than previous 64-slice systems.“It improved our diagnostic certainty and eliminated the need for additional tests,” Min said. This helped reduce the number of referrals for additional testing, which cut costs and the amount of time needed to assess a patient’s condition. 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 Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Watch an updated video from SCCT 2016 explaining the differences in newer generation CT systems — What to Consider When Comparing 64-slice to Higher Slice CT Systems.  Related Content Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo NFL media analyst Dan Jeremiah is not a soothsayer. No, his job is to evaluate the league’s top young prospects. As it turns out, though, with his latest rankings, he might be on to something when it comes to predictions.This week, Jeremiah came out with his list of the top-10 rookies who will exceed expectations in 2014.Cracking the list was none other than Arizona Cardinals wideout John Brown, the team’s No. 91 overall pick from this year’s draft. Brown might lack ideal size (5-10) and a big-college pedigree (Pittsburg State), but he has rare explosiveness and top speed (see for yourself). He’s received rave reviews during training camp, and he should provide a big-play element to the Cardinals’ passing game.True to Jeremiah’s evaluation, Brown did just that in his first preseason game Saturday night. In Arizona’s 32-0 victory over the Houston Texans, the native of Homestead, Fla. caught five passes for a game-high 87 yards.The performance left starting quarterback Carson Palmer singing his praises.“It amazes me that he came from Division II football,” Palmer said of Brown. “All of a sudden it’s a little bit faster and it’s a little more complicated and there’s pressure and all those sorts of things, but just to see the way he reacted is very encouraging. You’ll know Monday night [against the San Diego Chargers] that he’s not going to change.“He doesn’t go up and down. There’s no ebb and flow with him. He’s very consistent, very calm.” Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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