Ricky Gervais Backs AntiFur Campaign

first_imgAnimal Defenders International (ADI) has released undercover footage of a fox on fur farm recovering after electrocution and trying to escape.A fox on a Polish fur farm is dragged from a barren mesh cage by his tail, hung upside down, the fur farmer smacks the fox in the face with an electric probe, forcing the animal to bite onto it in a desperate attempt to defend himself. He is electrocuted and tossed, with a thud, seemingly lifeless, onto a cart.However, as ADI’s hidden cameras, record more animals being killed, the fox begins to stir amongst the other dead foxes, finally slipping off the cart and making a run for it. The swearing farmer finally recaptures the fox and again hangs the animal upside down by a hind leg. But now the fox knows what will happen and tries to avoid the probe, clamping his mouth shut and twisting, as the fur farmer hits him in the face. The fox eventually bites the probe and dies.The new footage demolishes fur industry claims that killing on fur farms is quick, efficient and humane.The video contains graphic images of animal cruelty and can be viewed here.Electrocution is the fur industry standard for killing foxes, the website of a coalition from the Fur industry of America and Canada, entitled “The Truth About Fur”, boldly claims “100% of the animals are dead within 10 seconds”.Comedian Ricky Gervais: “Fashion is a form of escapism for many but for the animals, imprisoned and denied their most basic needs, death is the only escape. It doesn’t have to be this way – save lives by going fur-free and supporting ADI.”ADI President, Jan Creamer: “These animals live miserable lives in extreme confinement and are killed in front of each other. They know what is going to happen and desperately cling to the cage as they are dragged out. One fox regains consciousness after electrocution. He is grabbed, hung upside down and tries to avoid the electric probe, the farmer hits his face with the probe until he bites and is electrocuted.”Each year 110 million animals are killed on fur farms where the animals’ living conditions alone – small, bare, mesh cages – show no regard for the welfare of the animals. Over 15 million foxes are killed in a year, usually for trinkets, trims and accessories but up to 35 foxes can be used to make a fur coat.Examples of botched killings filmed by ADI on the Polish fur farm include:• After electrocution, a fox regains consciousness amongst dead foxes and makes a run for it. He is recaptured. Then, hanging upside down, he tries to avoid the electric probe, so is poked and hit until he bites it. • In another killing on the farm, a fox is clearly still breathing after electrocution and is hung up and electrocuted again. • A conscious fox was left hanging by a back foot, and struggled for nearly two minutes while the farmer answered his phone. • Foxes were heard screaming or yelping when the electric probe went into their mouths; when the animals did not fully bite down, the farmer had to make additional attempts to kill them.Jan Creamer: “Anyone who buys fur, buys cruelty. There is no escaping the terrible lives and horrific deaths of these animals whose beauty is their ticket to a lifetime of suffering and painful death. Fur is a product of pain and terror.”Actress and long-time ADI supporter Joanna Lumley, said: “Be comfortable in your own skin, and not that of a poor defenceless animal caged and killed to provide it. Say no to fur and yes to helping these fashion victims. Please help ADI stop this brutal trade.”Animal loving actor Brian Blessed, said: “Millions of wild animals live on factory farms, bred for the fashion industry. It’s time to kill the suffering, not the animal. Always choose faux and not real fur and support ADI’ in this campaign.”last_img read more

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XAVIER DOLAN CUTS JESSICA CHASTAIN FROM UPCOMING MOVIE

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement “I am disappointed that we didn’t get to reveal the exciting things we crafted together on this one adventure, but life is long, and missed opportunities almost always bode of even greater future collaborations,” he wrote.Chastain also posted a statement on Instagram saying she had heard in advance about her character being cut and the process was “handled with the utmost respect and love.”“I am always impressed with your true commitment to telling a story,” Chastain wrote in her statement, addressing Dolan.“To be an artist in each moment, you move beyond past ideas and expectations. I love you dearly and look forward to our future collaborations in life and art.”Dolan said he’s “beyond happy” with the film and eager to share it with fans.He didn’t mention a release date, but said “the sooner, the better.”The film has a star-studded cast including Natalie Portman, Kit Harington and Susan Sarandon. Jessica Chastain attends The 23rd Annual Critics Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (MATT WINKELMEYER/GETTY IMAGES) Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter “All sorts of developments unfold during the shooting of a film, as we know. Often, it isn’t before late into a production that it finds its tone . . . It was an extremely difficult decision to make. I feel, toward Jessica, a very sincere love, and a great admiration. The decision was editorial and narrative, in that it has nothing to do with a performance, and everything to do with a character, and the compatibility of its storyline.”Dolan, who has been editing the movie since May, said that Chastain’s villainous character simply did not fit with rest of the film’s pared-down story, but added he hoped to work with her again. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Quebec filmmaker Xavier Dolan says he has cut Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain from his upcoming movie The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.Dolan said in an Instagram post on Sunday evening that he had to rework the first cut of his film — his English-language debut — which was more than four hours long.“We loved every (one) of the assembled scenes, but knew a more profound reflection on the film’s form and focus awaited us,” Dolan wrote.last_img read more

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CEO lawyer granted bail pending appeal in blockbuster Knowledge House fraud

first_imgHALIFAX – The mastermind and the enforcer of a sophisticated multimillion-dollar stock market scheme have been granted bail, a day after being sentenced to prison for conspiracy and fraud in one of the most complex cases of white collar crime in Nova Scotia history.Daniel Potter, the former CEO of the defunct tech firm Knowledge House, and former lawyer Blois Colpitts were released Thursday pending the outcome of an appeal.The disgraced executives were found guilty in March of conspiracy to manipulate the firm’s share price and carrying out fraudulent activities in a regulated securities market.Nova Scotia Court of Appeal Justice Cindy Bourgeois signed the bail orders after imposing multiple conditions, including requiring them to hand over their passports, remain in the country and report weekly to police.They have also each entered into a recognizance in the amount of $100,000, with family friends agreeing to act as sureties.The businessmen, who appeared somewhat weary after a night in jail, agreed to the release conditions.Crown attorney James Martin told the court Potter and Colpitts did not pose a flight risk, and that there was no concern they would commit further offences.On Wednesday, Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Kevin Coady sentenced Potter, 66, to five years and Colpitts, 55, to 4 1/2 years.In his decision, the judge said “there is virtually no risk that either Mr. Potter or Mr. Colpitts will reoffend.”Meanwhile, the court set aside eight days in September 2019 for the appeal, though the matter is expected to return to court on Aug. 23 of this year to deal with procedural issues in the complicated case.Defence lawyer Jane O’Neill asked if the appeal book, which would include a transcript of the 44-day trial and all the documentary evidence, could be submitted in an electronic format.“The trial transcripts alone are 22,000 pages, the exhibits are in the tens of thousands of pages,” she told the court, adding that — given several hard copies would be required — “I’m not sure there’s enough real estate in this building to hold all of those books.”The trial began in November 2015 and heard from 75 witnesses over more than 160 court days, and 184 exhibits were received including thousands of documents.The jail terms handed down to Potter and Colpitts this week came nearly 17 years after the e-learning company’s dramatic collapse.Knowledge House, the once high-flying Halifax technology darling, developed software the company promised would revolutionize the elementary, high school and post-secondary education systems.The co-conspirators used multiple manipulative techniques to prop up the firm’s share price, including using margin accounts to dominate the buy-side of the market, suppressing sales and “high closing” the stock, or entering orders late in the trading day to boost the closing share price.“Mr. Potter was the silver-tongued mastermind, the architect of the conspiracy, who exerted his influence to manipulate and control other shareholders,” Coady said in his decision.“He dictated who could sell shares, when they could sell, and how much they could sell.”Meanwhile, the judge described Colpitts as “the enforcer” who used his position as counsel “to threaten legal action against anyone who might derail the conspirators’ efforts.”Coady said Colpitts provided legal advice in support of the conspiracy as well as negotiated investment deals and prepared legal documentation knowing that the market price for Knowledge House was being manipulated.The tech company traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange before what the judge described as “the house of cards” collapsed in August 2001, sending Knowledge House stock plummeting to 33 cents a share from $5.10.Though the Crown had estimated the fraud was about $86 million, Coady said he would not put a specific dollar figure on the scheme, instead calling it a “large scale multimillion-dollar fraud.”last_img read more

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No Federal funding included in Budget to help the Oil and Gas

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Oilpatch observers say there is nothing in the new federal budget to deal with Canada’s competitive disadvantage with the United States in oil and gas.Statistics Canada says capital spending to extract oil and gas will fall for a fourth straight year, with the biggest declines projected to be in the oilsands sector.Hardest hit will be Alberta, but spending will also be down in Newfoundland and Labrador, B.C. and Saskatchewan. CIBC economist Avery Shenfeld says the numbers are falling because big projects are wrapping up and not being replaced.He says companies are seeing bottlenecks in the ability to get a product to the market and a lighter regulatory environment in the U.S.Ottawa says more analysis is necessary before considering tax cuts to match the U-S, which announced in December it would drop its federal corporate tax rate to 21 percent from 35 percent.University of Calgary tax expert Jack Mintz says Canada had a tax advantage over the U-S until recently but that has evaporated.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

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Polisario Leader Says He Wants Peace Reconciliation with Morocco

Rabat –  The leader of the Polisario Front, Ibrahim Ghali, has made an unprecedented call asking for “cooperation and reconciliation” with Morocco.At the 10th annual “summer universities” of the Polisario Front and the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), Ghali said that he is “extending” Polisario’s hands to the Kingdom of Morocco for “peace, reconciliation, cooperation, and good neighborliness.”He added that Morocco’s treating the self-proclaimed SADR as a brotherly country will “bring the two countries and two peoples, and the peoples and countries of the region, many more achievements and will be better than the consequences of following an unjust policy that violates legitimacy and history.” Read Also: Washington Won’t Support Creation of State in Southern Morocco: WSJGhali added that “it is time for [Morocco] to deal will all responsibility courage and wisdom with this natural and legitimate reality in order to move together to build the region and achieve the aspirations of its people for peace stability and development.”Ghali’s peace discourse came a week after he called forwar with Morocco.In a video published by pro-Polisario news outlet Futuro Sahara, Ghali announced his plan to implement compulsory military service in the Tindouf camps in Algeria where Polisario is headquartered to “prepare for the inevitable war against a relentless enemy.”The statement stands in contrast with his recent message for peace and reconciliation.Morocco, which sees its territorial integrity and sovereignty over Western Sahara as uncrossable red lines, is unlikely to accept Polisario’s fragmentary offer.King Mohammed VI recently reiterated Morocco’s principles and position on the conflict, emphasizing that the Autonomy Plan is the only solution to end the conflict.On the eve of the Throne Day on July 29, the King said that the celebration was “a most fitting occasion to reiterate our unwavering commitment to the Moroccanness of the Sahara, to our national unity and territorial integrity, and to full sovereignty over every inch of the Kingdom’s territory.”Morocco also believes that the Polisario Front, which has been violating human rights in the Tindouf camps, does not have the legitimacy to represent Sahrawis. Rabat has, therefore, has called repeatedly on Algeria to take responsibility to resolve the conflict, because it shelters and arms the Polisario. read more

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India sending a delegation

The Indian government hopes to send an all-party delegation led by the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj to Sri Lanka in April, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.Swaraj told reporters that the all-party delegation’s visit to Sri Lanka is very much on and is tentatively scheduled from April 16 to 21. The BJP has nominated Prahlad Joshi from Lok Sabha and M Venkaiah Naidu from Rajya Sabha as its representatives in the delegation. India had recently voted- after some amendments for a US resolution at the UNHRC condemning Sri Lanka for the atrocities against Tamils during the war against the LTTE. Sri Lanka had openly spoken against India’s decision.Deputy Leader of the BJP in Rajya Sabha S S Ahluwalia had first made the suggestion in December in Parliament that an all-party delegation should be sent to Sri Lanka to learn about the condition of Tamils there after the LTTE was decimated and its Chief V Prabhakharan was killed. External Affairs Minister S M Krishna had welcomed the suggestion in the Rajya Sabha and later made a statement in the Lok Sabha endorsing the idea.Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal is said to be working on finalising the details of the visit, including the list of MPs who will be part of the delegation, the PTI report said.According to PTI Swaraj said she is hopeful the trip will take place. The delegation was to leave on February 11 but due to Assembly elections in five states and other factors, the trip was postponed. read more

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Former Lankan district judge Fijis new Resident Magistrate

A Government statement issued this afternoon stated Ms Widanelage started her career as a Junior Attorney-at-Law at Corporate Chambers of Mr Kalinga Indatissa in 1999. Prior to her appointment, she was a district judge/magistrate at Mahiyangana in Sri Lanka. Ms Widanelage holds a Masters of Law from the University of Colombo, a Diploma in Environmental Law and a Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations.She was also a tutorial assistant at the Sri Lanka Law College where she taught Environmental and Constitution Law from 2002 to 2008. (Colombo Gazette) Former Sri Lankan district judge Geethani Wijesinghe Widanelage was sworn in today as Fiji’s new Resident Magistrate by President Jioji Konrote, the Fiji Times reported.Magistrate Widanelage took her oath at the State House in the presence of Chief Justice Anthony Gates and Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili. read more

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Update Hyundai apologises for pipe job ad after major criticism

first_imgWhen your ad started to play, and I saw the beautifully-shot scenes of taped-up car windows with exhaust feeding in, I began to shake. I shook so hard that I had to put down my drink before I spilt it. And then I started to cry. I remembered looking out of the window to see the police and ambulance, wondering what was happening. I remember mum sitting me down to explain that daddy had gone to sleep and would not be waking up, and no, he wouldn’t be able to take me to my friend’s birthday party next week. No, he couldn’t come back from heaven just for that day, but he would like to if he could. I remember finding out that he had died holding my sister’s soft toy rabbit in his lap.She said the ad made her feel empty, sick and wanting her father.“I understand better than most people the need to do something newsworthy, something talkable, even something outrageous to get those all-important viewing figures. What I don’t understand is why a group of strangers have just brought me to tears in order to sell me a car.”A spokesperson for Hyundai confirmed that the video has been pulled. It had been published briefly on the company’s YouTube channel but had not been used elsewhere.A statement issued this evening said:Hyundai understands that the video has caused offence. We apologise unreservedly. The video has been taken down and will not be used in any of our advertising or marketing.Hyundai Ireland has distanced itself from the video, telling TheJournal.ie:Hyundai Ireland would like to confirm we view this material as wholly irresponsible we have no involvement of such material.Last week, when the ad was first released, marketing website The Drum named it the Ad of the Day, stating it would “put the cat among the pigeons”.TheJournal.ie has taken the decision not to embed or publish the video as it could be extremely upsetting for readers. If you wish to watch it, the ad can be found here. Helplines:Samaritans 1850 60 90 90 or email jo@samaritans.orgTeen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634Console 1800 201 890Aware 1890 303 302Pieta House 01 601 0000 or email mary@pieta.ieChildline 1800 66 66 66More: Paddy Power sticks to its guns after advertising watchdog complaintRead: Playstation ad compares new console to woman with four breasts Updated 6.29pmCAR MAKER HYUNDAI has come under fire today for its latest advertisement to highlight the vehicles’ water emissions.The ad, which depicts a man apparently trying to die by suicide, has been criticised heavily by Internet users today.An open letter to the creative team behind the video – advertising agency Innocean – has gone viral on Twitter and Facebook.Holly Brockwell, who herself is a copywriter working in the industry, published the letter on her blog, along with a picture of her late father and the suicide note he left behind. She writes:As an advertising creative, I would like to congratulate you on achieving the visceral reaction we all hope for. On prompting me to share it on my Twitter page and my blog. I would not like to congratulate you on making me cry for my dad.last_img read more

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SDCC Announcement Defenders Gets a New Trailer Plus Punisher and Iron Fist

first_imgStay on target A Tale of Two Wonder WomenSDCC Announcement: IDW Games Brings 90s Nick to Life Marvel’s The Defenders, the first big crossover series for their Netflix superheroes, had its big panel Friday night at San Diego Comic Con. Fans in attendance got their first prolonged look at the series, including a new trailer. Of course, if you were lucky enough to be in Hall H for the panel, you got to see a lot more, but there’s good news. The trailer is available for all to see, and it looks pretty great.Oh my god, where to start? Even in that brief trailer, Sigourney Weaver makes a wonderful villain. She is scary and intimidating, but in a way that you can’t help but admire. Her commanding presence even makes Madam Gao nervous. When we’re actually able to see the show, it’s pretty obvious you won’t be able to pay attention to anything else while she’s on screen. The trailer’s first moments do a great job of communicating why it’ll take four heroes to take her on. “The thing about war is, it only works if both sides believe they’re the good guys.” She is out for her own ends and doesn’t care if she has to destroy an entire city to get what she wants. Plus, she has Elektra on her side, along with enough henchmen to make life difficult for the Defenders.Jessica Jones continues to be the best, just as Danny Rand continues to be the worst. Thankfully, she appears to be acting as a foil for him, shutting down his Chi nonsense at every turn. I can already tell her interactions with the other Defenders are going to be the best part of this show. She’s super strong, yet she’s the only one who seems to realize how ridiculous this all is. I don’t care how much Iron Fist I have to sit through if Jessica Jones is there to keep us all sane.Attendees in Hall H also got to see the first full episode of The Defenders. The rest of us will have to wait until the series premiere on August 18. Early buzz is mostly positive. Deadline reports that the episode opens with a dark tunnel fight where Jessica Jones and Iron Fist try to save The Punisher. So he’s here too, even if he’s not a major player in this series. The first episode is all about where the characters are after their own season finales. It might take a couple of episodes before we see them start working together as a team.Jon Bernthal (Photo via Netflix)Before any of the Defenders cast took the stage though, Hall H attendees got their first look at The Punisher. The clip isn’t available online yet, but word from the panel is that this will be Marvel’s most violent show yet. That makes sense for the character, but it’ll be hard to top some of the violence in Daredevil. According to IGN, the clip begins by cutting between Frank Castle’s past and present day. In the past, he’s teaching his daughter to play guitar. In the present, he’s playing alone and mourning everything he’s lost. The clip then kicks into action with Frank gunning down Alabama bikers and running them over with his van. In another scene, Frank snipes a guy from really far away. In a final scene, he chokes a guy out with his own tie in an airport bathroom.That doesn’t tell us anything about what the story will be like, but it does sound like the Punisher. As cool as some of his kills will undoubtedly be, they sound particularly gratuitous. That might be the point. The Punisher is supposed to make you uncomfortable. He’s an anti-hero you want to cheer on, but his methods make you question whether or not you should. If the show nails that balance, it could be one of Marvel’s most interesting TV series. We’ll find out when The Punisher hits Netflix later this fall. (No concrete release date yet.)Finn Jones (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/Netflix)One final piece of news to come out of the panel is that Iron Fist is getting a second season, Variety reports. Despite being the worst-reviewed series Marvel has ever produced, Netflix is giving it a second chance. Marvel Television Executive Vice President Jeph Loeb announced that the second season will see Coleen Wing team up with NYPD detective Misty Knight, who first appeared in Luke Cage. That actually doesn’t sound too bad. Wing was far and away the best part of the first season. If she gets her own story in season two that doesn’t involve Danny, it’s already much better than season one. Especially since Wing and Knight teamed up in the comics as The Daughters of the Dragon, and were always much cooler than anything, Iron Fist had to offer.Who knows, though? Maybe there’s a reason to be optimistic about season two. It’s entirely possible for the showrunners to learn from their mistakes and try to turn Iron Fist into a character we actually want to watch. At the panel, Iron Fist star Finn Jones described The Defenders as completing Danny Rand’s origin and finally turning him into a superhero. One of the biggest problems with Season One is that Danny didn’t really do anything. He had no real arc, not even a solid motivation. It was a superhero show without a superhero in it. Jones says The Defenders is what finally turns him into a superhero. Maybe that’s all Season Two needs to be good.Plus, it’s entirely possible that he’ll finally get into a superhero costume in this series. Hiding his face under a mask will solve another major problem season one had: It will allow them to make fight scenes the audience can actually follow. On Daredevil, Matt Murdock always wore a mask. As a result, stunt doubles could be used when needed, and they were able to pull off those prolonged, single-shot fight scenes where you could follow every brutal hit. Since Danny didn’t wear a mask in season one, the action had to be obscured with low lighting and quick cuts that made it impossible to follow. If The Defenders turns Danny into a real hero, and gets him in a suit, things could be looking up for Iron Fist season two.Either way, it’s going to be a while before we know for sure. After The Defenders and The Punisher premiere this year, we have new seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage coming out before we see more Iron Fist. No matter what happens, Marvel’s Netflix superheroes aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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WWE touts new recruiting class at the Performance Center

first_img Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Rousey: First UFC Fight More Important Than Wrestlemania Now Playing Up Next WWE sending stars to Beyond Wrestling and PCW in UK for upcoming appearances Kickoff Show match set for No Mercy, Look back at Sting vs. Seth Rollins Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Twitter Facebookcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Courtesy of WWE.com:Tough Enough competitors join new class of recruits at the WWE Performance CenterSTAMFORD, Conn. — WWE Tough Enough competitors Mada Abdelhamid, Daria Berenato, Patrick Clark, Zamariah “ZZ” Loupe and Amanda Saccomanno have been signed to developmental contracts and are part of a new class of 19 recruits that have begun training at the state-of-the-art WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla. The former competitors will join Tough Enough winners Josh Bredl and Sara Lee, who began training at the facility in early September.WWE Tough Enough, a hard-hitting reality series, searched for the next Superstar and Diva over the course of 10 weeks. Contestants were trained by WWE Legends Booker T, Billy Gunn and Lita, while judges WWE Superstars Daniel Bryan and The Miz and WWE Diva Paige helped fans crown one man and one woman “Tough Enough,” with each winning a one-year, $250,000 contract.“With support from our remarkable coaching staff at the WWE Performance Center, this new class of recruits will be able to develop their skills, in and out of the ring,” said Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative. “Our unparalleled training facility gives our talent every opportunity to succeed and grow. The sky is the limit for these talented individuals, and I’m pleased to welcome each and every one of them to WWE.”With seven training rings, a world-class strength and conditioning program and cutting-edge edit and production facilities, the Performance Center will allow the new class to hone their skills through a comprehensive program that includes in-ring training, physical preparedness and character development.The new training class includes:Mada Abdelhamid (Los Angeles) — Former Tough Enough competitor, standing 6-foot-6 and weighing 275 pounds. Abdelhamid was born in Egypt, where he played professional basketball until 2011 and is the former trainer for “Game of Thrones” actor Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo). He is fluent in Arabic.Christopher Atkins (Melbourne, Australia) — Standing 6-foot-6 and weighing 250 pounds, Atkins is a former bodybuilder who has competed in New Aussie Wrestling, where he trained under George Julio and Craig Cole. Atkins also trained under Shane Trikki in Professional Championship Wrestling (PCW).Daria Berenato (Los Angeles) — Former Tough Enough competitor, standing 5-foot-7. Berenato comes from a mixed martial arts background and is the former co-host of the YouTube show “UFC AfterBuzz.”Cezar Bononi (Sao Paulo, Brazil) — Competed in the Brazilian Wrestling Federation and is a former three-time state champion in the Sao Paulo Football League, where he was captain of the All-Brazilian Football Team and named “Best Tight End.” He is fluent in Portuguese.Josh Bredl (Denver) — Male winner of WWE Tough Enough and current cast member of the new WWE Network original series Breaking Ground. Standing 6-foot-7 and weighing 290 pounds, Bredl was one of the top football recruits in Colorado coming out of high school. Following a standout collegiate career at Colorado State University–Pablo that saw him named to the All-Conference team and defensive captain, Bredl had a short stint with the Green Bay Packers in the NFL.Patrick Clark (Washington, D.C.) — Former Tough Enough competitor with experience in the Mid Atlantic Wrestling Association. Standing 6-foot-2 and weighing 220 pounds, Clark spent 10 years in the JROTC program and also wrestled for Forestville Military Academy from 2011 to 2013.Gabriel Ealy (Milwaukee) — Trained under Angel Armani at MIAW Wrestling and performed as an extra on Monday Night Raw and SmackDown in September 2014. A former Ford Model, he has been featured in television commercials and print publications. He has an identical twin brother named Uriel.Uriel Ealy (Milwaukee) — Trained under Angel Armani at MIAW Wrestling and performed as an extra on Monday Night Raw and SmackDown in September 2014. A former high school basketball standout at Pinson Valley High School in Birmingham, Ala., he has an identical twin brother named Gabriel.Christopher Girard (Boston) — Trained under Mike Hollow at Chaotic Training Center (CTC) in 2008 before moving to Calgary, Alberta, Canada to train with Lance Storm in 2010. He previously worked for EVOLVE, Pro Wrestling Guerilla, Dragon Gate USA, wXw (Germany), Southside Wrestling Entertainment (United Kingdom), Beyond Wrestling, 2CW, Top Rope Promotions, and Combat Zone Wrestling.Dallas Harper (Canton, Ohio) — Trained under Jimmie Lee at ASWA Professional Wrestling in Mansfield, Ohio, and also worked with Anarchy Wrestling out of Cornelia, Ga. He is a former high school basketball standout at Perry High School in Massilon, Ohio.Adrian Jaoude (Beirut, Lebanon) — A world-class amateur wrestler who has competed in state, regional and national competitions. Standing 6-foot-2 and weighing 220 pounds, Jaoude was named “Best Brazilian Wrestler” for the junior category in 2000 and the senior category in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2012. He comes from a legendary family of Aikido martial artists and is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic.Sara Lee (Hope, Michigan) — Female winner of WWE Tough Enough. Prior to Tough Enough, Lee was studying to become an ultrasound technician. In addition to her studies, Lee was a competitive power lifter. At 5-foot-6, she can squat an impressive 230 pounds.Zamariah “ZZ” Loupe (Thibodeau, La.) — Male runner-up on WWE Tough Enough and current cast member on the new WWE Network original series, Breaking Ground. At 6-foot-2 and 280 pounds, Loupe was the youngest of the Tough Enough competitors at age 19. When back in Louisiana, Loupe often wrestles alligators and has one for a pet, named “Mr. Gator.”Daniel Matha (Erie, Pa.) — Trained under Matt Cappotelli at Ohio Valley Wrestling. Former offensive lineman for the University of Pittsburgh, where he played for head coach Dave Wannstedt and with current Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy. Named First Team Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AAAA All-State as a junior and senior at Erie McDowell High School in Erie, Pa.Eddie Orengo (Newark, N.J.) — Referee who has previously worked with Jersey All-Pro Wrestling, Northeast Wrestling, Combat Zone Wrestling, The Monster Factory, Family Wrestling Entertainment, Pro Wrestling Syndicate, wXw Wrestling and International Wrestling Association (Puerto Rico) among others. He is fluent in Spanish and English.Adrienne Reese (Dallas) — Trained with WWE Hall of Famer Booker T at Professional Wrestling Alliance (PWA), where she became PWA Women’s Champion. Prior to training with Booker T, she trained with Rodney Mack. She has more than six years of experience wrestling for the likes of Ring of Honor/Women of Honor, Shimmer Women Athletes, Women Superstars Uncensored, Absolute Intense Wrestling and Anarchy Championship Wrestling.Amanda Saccomano (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) — Tough Enough female runner-up and current Total Divas cast member. Standing 5-foot-5, Saccomanno was crowned the 2014 World Beauty Fitness & Fashion Bikini Champion. Over the years, she has been featured in multiple fitness publications, including “Fitness Gurls Magazine,” “Fit & Firm Magazine” and “FitFemme Magazine” for her work in the industry. Saccomanno graduated from Iona College where she received a B.A. in Speech Language Pathology.Gzim Selmani (Huizen, Netherlands) — 2013 Rough Diamond League (RDL) Kickboxing Champion and former MMA professional with Bellator MMA. He is fluent in English, Dutch and Albanian.Richard Swann (Baltimore) — Former Dragon Gate USA Tag Team Champion and also wrestled for Dragon Gate, Japan from 2010 to 2013. He previously worked for EVOLVE Wrestling, Combat Zone Wrestling (USA), wXw (Germany) and Revolution Pro Wrestling (United Kingdom).The new class will join a group of 57 men and women training out of the state-of-the-art, 26,000 square-foot WWE Performance Center. The venue offers a full training experience with real-time feedback from WWE coaches, trainers and doctors, giving performers the resources they need to develop their talent both athletically and creatively. Additionally, recruits will be immersed in WWE’s Professional Development program that focuses on four key pillars of development: life skills, education, wellness and career success.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:34 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Woman shot in leg by landlord

first_imgA woman was seriously injured Tuesday afternoon when she was shot in the leg at 1201 N.E. 117th St.When police arrived around 1:15 p.m., the 54-year-old woman had one gunshot wound in her left leg, and the 71-year-old shooter was still on scene, police said.According to emergency radio traffic monitored by The Columbian, the woman was shot by her landlord. Fire District 6 Battalion Chief Larry Reese said the two had disagreed.“It appears she may have assaulted him and he was running away from her. She was trying to barge into his house when he shot her in the leg,” Reese said.The woman ran next door to a neighbor’s home, and the neighbor called 911, according to Sgt. Chad Rothenberger with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.Deputy Jon Shields administered a tourniquet to stem the flow of blood before firefighters arrived. The woman was later transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.last_img read more

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China sends bombers fighter jets around Taiwan

first_imgChina flew bombers and fighter jets around Taiwan on Thursday, officials said, in a new show of force that the defence ministry said was directed at “independence forces” on the self-ruled island.H-6K bombers, early warning aircraft, reconnaissance planes and several types of fighter jets took off from multiple airports for “combat drills”, the air force said in a statement on its official microblog.The planes flew over Bashi Strait, south of Taiwan and the Miyako Strait, near Japan’s Okinawa Island, it said.The air force said its H-6K bombers have completed several drills that involved circling Taiwan since April 18 “to strengthen its capacity to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity”.“The series of operations we are carrying out is directed against Taiwan independence forces and activities in the island,” defence ministry spokesman Wu Qian told a monthly press conference.“Their purpose is to prevent that the Taiwan independence forces’ plot damages the welfare of the Taiwanese people. If the independence forces continue to wantonly take rash actions, we will take further actions,” Wu said.China sees the democratically-governed island-which has never formally declared independence from the mainland-as a renegade part of its territory to be brought back into the fold, and has not ruled out reunification by force.Taipei has accused Beijing of “sabre rattling” and trying to stoke regional tensions with its recent drills.Taiwan announced on Tuesday that it will practise thwarting a Chinese “invasion” in annual live fire drills in June by simulating surprise coastal assaults.Chinese H-6K bombers and spy planes had previously flown around Taiwan last week.Chinese combat helicopters conducted live-fire drills with missiles off southeast China on April 18, state media said last week without confirming whether the exercises took place in the sensitive Taiwan Strait.Beijing has stepped up military patrols around Taiwan and used diplomatic pressure to isolate it internationally since President Tsai Ing-wen, of the traditionally pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, took office in 2016.Beijing’s sole aircraft carrier and two destroyers crossed waters south of Taiwan Saturday and carried out “offensive and defensive” drills in the Pacific, China’s navy said.last_img read more

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Abhishek urges people to turn Mamatas dream of winning all 42 LS

first_imgKulgachia (Howrah): Abhishek Banerjee, All India Trinamool Youth Congress president and party MP, has urged people to fulfill Mamata Banerjee’s dream of winning 42 out of 42 Lok Sabha seats in the forthcoming election. He was addressing a rally here on Thursday afternoon.Banerjee said people are fed up with the BJP government because of their “systematic and consistent lies”. “Before 2014 Lok Sabha election Narendra Modi had assured that ‘acche din ayenge’ (good days will come). We have all seen what has happened to the country in the past four and a half years. In the name of note ban, common people were harassed. People lost jobs and public money was looted,” Banerjee said. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalRaising the issue of former Trinamool Congress MP Saumitra Khan joining BJP, Banerjee said: “It is really interesting to note that BJP accepts the ones we have rejected. We have sacked Khan from our party and now BJP has given him a platform.” He said the rally on January 19 at Brigade parade ground will be a historic one and all the national leaders will come to strengthen the hand of Mamata Banerjee, who had first spoken about the Federal Front. He urged the people to attend the rally on January 19. “She will give us the roadmap which we will follow in the Lok Sabha election. It is Mamata Banerjee’s dream to win 42 out of 42 seats in Lok Sabha and we should work hard to fulfill it,” he added. He cautioned people against BJP’s divisive politics. “BJP wants to divide the society and we should not fall into their trap. We believe that Hinduism is humanism and we follow the path of Swami Vivekananda,” Banerjee said.last_img read more

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The fierce RuPauls Drag Race season 10 queens of have been revealed

first_img— Kameron Michaels (@KameronMichaels) February 21, 2018Very hot as a boy (sorry about it), Kameron is known as the ‘bodybuilder Barbie’. She serves very fishy looks and has gained a lot of respect for her fantasy makeup looks.8. Mayhem Miller. Riverside, CaliforniaThis season is going to be MAYHEM!! Get ready for one of LA’s finest: @TheOnlyMayhem! #DragRaceMeet the Queen https://t.co/lgHnVcNcaU#DragRace Season 10 premieres THURS 3/22 at 8/7c on @VH1!! pic.twitter.com/mtBAGKfjyp— RuPaul’s Drag Race (@RuPaulsDragRace) February 23, 2018‘Beneath the makeup and behind the Smile’ she’s ‘just a girl that wishes for the world’. Make no mistake, Mayhem is a Q.U.E.E.N best known for always looking #flawless, polished and beautiful.9. Miz Cracker. New York, New YorkReporting for duty on the USS Callister- Inspired by @blackmirror pic.twitter.com/xZev8CCOIp— Miz Cracker (@miz_cracker) January 6, 2018The Harlem based queen is definitely one to watch because not only can she pull off fierce looks and hair but she’s as comfortable doing a jumping splits as she is delivering a funny quip on stage.Her ‘Review with a Jew‘ show on YouTube is also well worth checking out.10. Monét X Change. Bronx, New YorkCha-ching! Give her that coin, girl! It’s the fiercely beautiful @monetxchange!! #DragRaceMeet the Queen https://t.co/SqWD7byo5F#DragRace Season 10 premieres THURS 3/22 at 8/7c on @VH1!! pic.twitter.com/o5RmOQ8oAd— RuPaul’s Drag Race (@RuPaulsDragRace) February 23, 2018The extremely beautiful Monét is known for her sharp looks and stunning makeup who is very close with season eight winner, Bob the Drag Queen.11.Monique Heart. Kansas City, MissouriCategory is: Neon glamour on the runway #NewProfilePicWhoDis pic.twitter.com/zicJGfS2c8— MoniqueHeart (@IAmMoniqueHeart) February 23, 2018Monique dreams of one day becoming the ‘gay Oprah’ and outside of drag works the devout Christian works as motivational speaker. Monique is a big personality who will kick, twirl and jump her way through any lip synch battle.12. The Vixen. Chicago, IllinoisChicago is in the house!! Kick, dip, and strut your way into @thevixensworld!! #DragRaceMeet the Queen https://t.co/JnCJJRjytF#DragRace Season 10 premieres THURS 3/22 at 8/7c on @VH1!! pic.twitter.com/AyiUkGON9E— RuPaul’s Drag Race (@RuPaulsDragRace) February 23, 2018Rapper/drag queen/model/songwriter/actress, The Vixen is a multiple threat. The ‘savage drag queen’ is politically engaged and will call people out on the ‘bullshit’.13. Vanessa Vanjie Mateo. Tampa, Floridapic.twitter.com/E0FCaT7O93— Vanessa Vanjie Mateo (@VanessaVanjie) February 19, 2018Vanessa works as a makeup artist out of drag, so we can expect exceptional painting talents from this queen. Her Twitter bio reads: ’50$ bucks grandpa (sic), for 75$ the wife can watch’.14.Yuhua Hamasaki. New York, New YorkGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The queens of season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. | Photo: Twitter Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/season-10-queens-rupauls-drag-revealed-love/ The hotly anticipated reveal of the drag queens for season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race has landed and we are positively living.center_img Premiering on VH1 on 22 March, season 10 has come back a slicker version of the show, going beyond anyone’s expectations for a drag queen reality TV competition.Each episode will be super-sized at 90 minutes long. The behind the scenes companion show, Untucked, will move off YouTube and premiere on VH1 for the first time.The signifigance of making it to season 10 was not lost on mother herself, RuPaul.‘While preparing for season 10, I realized that one of our contestants was 11 years-old when we first launched Drag Race,’ RuPaul told EW about the new cast.‘The fact that we’re still here and still going strong is because of our talented queens. They are the heart and soul of the series.‘And as they continue to evolve and push the boundaries of drag, so does Drag Race.’Check out the 14 queens here.1. Asia O’Hara. Dallas, Texas#NewProfilePic pic.twitter.com/S0TsouMEyv— Asia O’Hara (@AsiaOharaLand) January 25, 2018Asia is a pageant queen and season four villain, Phi Phi O’Hara’s drag mother. An accomplished dancer and sewer, she owns her own costume design company.2. Aquaria. Brooklyn, New York @formichetti @voguemagazine pic.twitter.com/udYNlaPk70— Aquaria (@aquariaofficial) February 20, 2018Sharon Needles’ drag daughter is one of the hot favorites to take out the crown. Already boasting a massive social media following, Aquaria has reputation for serving creative looks and killer makeup skills.3. Blair St Clair. Indianapolis, IndianaBlair St. Clair • Indianapolis, IN pic.twitter.com/w4SznVH0xD— AD☆M (@pasteIaja) February 16, 2018Another Broadway queen, Blair won Miss Gay Indiana 2016 when she was just 21 years old. Not just a doll faced queen, Blair is altruist who works closely with the National Eating Disorder Association.4. Dusty Ray Bottoms. New York, New YorkDusty Ray Bottoms @DustyRayBottoms https://t.co/iWJ0hNhuqQ pic.twitter.com/4tA8NrhF1c— pathétique (@rubenjoliepitt) January 27, 2018Season nine’s Alexis Michelle is her drag sister and she’s known for her trademark dotted brows.Dusty’s has punk-inspired aesthetic and probably want to see her lip sync for her life because she’s known for her out-of-the-box performances.5. Eureka O’Hara. Johnson City, TennesseePhoto By @magnushastings1 pic.twitter.com/RpvB9NghLS— Eureka! The (@eurekaohara) February 9, 2018Eureka’s getting a second shot at the crown after injuring her leg in season nine. The Florida has a lot to prove and could get a redemptive arc after coming across as argumentative in season nine.6. Kalorie Karbdashian-Williams. Albuquerque, New MexicoReady to start your all-carb diet?! Take a bite out of #KalorieKarbdashianWilliams!! #DragRaceMeet the Queen https://t.co/kSEueLV3OP#DragRace Season 10 premieres THURS 3/22 at 8/7c on @VH1! pic.twitter.com/pNWb5Usx4M— RuPaul’s Drag Race (@RuPaulsDragRace) February 23, 2018A small town girl, with big city dreams Kalorie is not afraid to get sexy and give her booty a shake when on stage. Watch out for her wigs, working as a hairstylist during the day Kalorie is sure to serve us some fierce hair.7. Kameron Michaels. Nashville, TennesseeYour Dad and Mom called, they said get off your phone and do your homework. #TransformationTuesday pic.twitter.com/jEd2drJh5a eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

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Man found hanging from treeMan found hanging from tree

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A man was found hanging from a tree this morning under the Kandahar bridge.A large crowd gathered to see what was going on.Police and mortuary personnel are still on scene.We will update this story once we have more information.last_img

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Enhancing Your Quality Initiatives with QICS

first_imgRelated GE Edison Platform Content:VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence – GE Builds AI Applications on Edison PlatformGE Healthcare Unveils New Applications and Smart Devices Built on Edison Platform Artificial Intelligence | March 28, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence – GE Builds AI Applications on Edison Platform GE launched a new brand that covers artificial intelligence (AI) at the Radiological Socoety of North American (RSNA) 2018 meeting. The company showed several works-in-progress, including a critical care suite of algorithms and experimental applications for brain MR. Each is being built on GE’s Edison Platform. Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, interventional radiologist at Texas Children’s Hospital, editor of IR Quarterly for the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and on the Board of Directors for the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, explained how artificial intelligence (AI) can assist in pediatric imaging and the pitfalls of training AI systems. He spoke at the 2019 Radiology AIMed conference. Deep learning algorithms require large amounts of patient case data to train the systems to read medical images automatically without human intervention. However, in pediatrics, there are often much lower numbers of normal and abnormal scans that can be used compared to vast amounts of adult exams available. This makes it difficult to train systems, so AI developers are coming up with innovative new ways to train their software. Compounding issues with training pediatric imaging AI is that the normal ranges change very quickly for young children due to their rapid development. He explained what is normal for a 2-year-old may not be normal for a 5-year-old.Desai and other pediatric physicians who spoke at the conference said AI could have a big impact on pediatric imaging where there are not enough specialists for the increasing image volumes. Interventional Radiology | June 26, 2019 VIDEO: How Alexa Might Help During Interventional Radiology Procedures Kevin Seals, M.D., University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Health, interventional radiology fellow, is working on a research project using smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home to create a new method for accessing information on device technologies in real time in the interventional radiology (IR) lab. Operators can use the conversational voice interface to retrieve information without breaking sterile scrub. The technology uses using natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning to rapidly provide information about device sizing and compatibility in IR.Seals spoke at the 2019 Radiology AIMed conference in Chicago in June. Digital Radiography (DR) | October 05, 2016 Technology Report: Digital Radiography Systems Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of digital radiography (DR) advances at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2016 meeting. Read the article “The Coming Push for DR.”  Watch a technology report sidebar video on new DR Systems technology. Related content:VIDEO: Implementation of Artificial Intelligence Tools in Radiology Practice — Interview with Lawrence Tanenbaum, M.D.VIDEO: AI That Second Reads Radiology Reports and Deals With Incidental Findings — Interview with Nina Kottler, M.D.Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence at RSNA 2018VIDEO: Implementation of Artificial Intelligence Tools in Radiology Practice 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) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. The scanner also comes with a HeartFlow FFR-CT starter pack.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor 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 Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate research assistant in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab of the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, describes how he and fellow researchers used multiple types of cardiac imaging to evaluate the health of athletes who compete in endurance events lasting six hours or more, and what the results may suggest for future screening.Watch the VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019, an interview with AHRA President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA. Computed Tomography (CT) | January 08, 2016 RSNA Technology Report 2015: Computed Tomography Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of computed tomography (CT) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015. The video includes Freiherr during his booth tours with some of the key vendors who were featuring new technology. SPECT-CT | December 12, 2018 VIDEO: Walk Around of the Veriton SPECT-CT System This is a walk around of the new Spectrum Dynamics Veriton SPECT-CT nuclear imaging system introduced at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. This is a walk around of an innovative new SPECT-CT nuclear imaging system shown at the Radiological Society Of North America (RSNA) 2018 meeting this week. It’s CT system with comes in 16, 64 or 128 slice configurations. It has 12 SPECT detector robotic arms that automatically move toward the patient and use a sensor to stop a few millimeters from the skin to optimize photon counts and SPECT image quality. It also uses more sensitive CZT digital detectors, which allows either faster scan times, or use of only half the radiotracer dose of analog detector scans.Read the article “Nuclear Imaging Moves Toward Digital Detector Technology.” Read the article “Spectrum Dynamics Sues GE for Theft, Misappropriation of Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition.” 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) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. The scanner also comes with a HeartFlow FFR-CT starter pack.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. Find more SCCT news and videos Sponsored Videos View all 142 items Find more SCCT news and videos Related content:itnTV “Conversations”: The Accuray Philosophy Enterprise Imaging | April 26, 2019 VIDEO: A Transformative Approach to Reducing Cost and Complexity at CarolinaEast Health System CarolinaEast Health System, an award-winning health system in New Bern, N.C., was one of the first to collaborate with Philips to implement IntelliSpace Enterprise Edition, a comprehensive managed service. Watch the video to see how we collaborated together to streamline workflows and improve interoperability for better care.Watch the related editorial interview VIDEO: Streamlining PACS Administration — Interview with Mike Ciancio, imaging systems administrator at CarolinaEast Health System. Radiation Therapy | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Creating a Low-cost Radiotherapy System for the Developing World Paul Liu, Ph.D., post-doctoral research associate, Image X Institute at the University of Sydney, Australia, explains how his center is working on a low-cost radiation therapy system for the developing world. The Nano-X system will use a fixed linac gantry and rotate the patient around the beam. This would lighten the weight of the system, reduce the need for room shielding, and cut the number iof moving parts to lower costs and ease maintanence. Liu spoke about the project in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Information Technology | April 15, 2019 itnTV “Conversations”: Vital Images Helps Build Infrastructure for the Future Vital Images has developed a strategy that allows its customers to capture revenues that are otherwise missed while building the infrastructure for the future. In an interview with itnTV, Vital Images executives Larry Sitka and Geoffrey Clemmons describe how the company has reconciled this vision of the future with near-term realities. Find more news and videos from AAPM. 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 Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Enterprise Imaging | July 08, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 1 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison, healthcare IT consultant and Chris Roth, M.D., associate professor of radiology, vice chair, information technology and clinical informatics, and director of imaging informatics strategy at Duke University Medical Center, about how to find the right people to deploy a successful enterprise imaging strategy. Related content:Atrium Health Debuts Amazon Alexa Skill to Help Patients Access Medical CareSmart Speaker Technology Harnessed for Hospital Medical Treatments Related GE Edison Platform Content:GE Healthcare Unveils New Applications and Smart Devices Built on Edison PlatformVIDEO: itnTV Conversations — What is Edison? Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate research assistant in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab of the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, describes how he and fellow researchers used multiple types of cardiac imaging to evaluate the health of athletes who compete in endurance events lasting six hours or more, and what the results may suggest for future screening.Watch the VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019, an interview with AHRA President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | January 08, 2016 RSNA Technology Report 2015: MRI Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015. Below is related MRI content:RSNA Technology Report 2015: Magnetic Resonance ImagingRecent Advances in MRI TechnologySoftware Advances in MRI TechnologyAdvances in Cardiac Imaging at RSNA 2016Recent Trends and Developments in Contrast MediaComparison Chart: MRI Wide Bore Systems (chart access will require a login, but is free and only takes a minute to register)Comparison Chart: MRI Contrast Agents(chart access will require a login, but is free and only takes a minute to register)Comparison Chart: Cardiovascular MRI Analysis Software(chart access will require a login, but is free and only takes a minute to register) Find more SCCT news and videos Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and 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., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting.  Related CT Calcium Scorining Content:VIDEO: New Cholesterol Guidelines Support CT Calcium Scoring for Risk Assessment — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D.CT Calcium Scoring Becoming a Key Risk Factor AssessmentACC and AHA Release Updated Cholesterol Guidelines for 2018VIDEO: CT Calcium Scoring to Screen For Who Should Take Statins — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D. Technology Reports | April 01, 2018 Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2017 ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of artificial intelligence advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2017 annual meeting.  AI was by far the hottest topic in sessions and on the expo floor at RSNA 2017. Here are links to related deep learning, machine learning coverage:Why AI By Any Name Is Sweet For RadiologyValue in Radiology Takes on Added Depth at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Key Imaging Technology Trends at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Deep Learning is Key Technology Trend at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Machine Learning and the Future of RadiologyVIDEO: Expanding Role for Artificial Intelligence in Medical ImagingHow Artificial Intelligence Will Change Medical Imaging Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic CT Clinical Innovation Center, professor of medical physics and biomedical engineering and the 2019 president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), shares her insights on the latest advances in computed tomography (CT) imaging technology. She spoke at the 2019 AAPM meeting. She also did an interview at AAPM on her president’s theme for the 2019 meeting – VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care.Find more news and videos from AAPM. Digital Radiography (DR) | October 05, 2016 Agfa Highlights its DR Solutions Agfa highlights how its digital radiography (DR) systems capture analytics data to help improve management of the radiology department, show ROI on DR investments, and explains how its image processing software works.  Read the article “The Coming Push for DR.”  Watch the video “Technology Report: DR Systems.” Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate research assistant in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab of the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, describes how he and fellow researchers used multiple types of cardiac imaging to evaluate the health of athletes who compete in endurance events lasting six hours or more, and what the results may suggest for future screening.Watch the VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019, an interview with AHRA President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA. Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Breast Imaging | April 18, 2019 VIDEO: Age, Interval and Other Considerations for Breast Screening In a keynote lecture at the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI)/American College of Radiology (ACR) 2019 Symposium, Diana Miglioretti, Ph.D., dean’s professor of biostatistics at UC Davis Health, discussed risk-stratified breast cancer screening and its potential to improve the balance of screening benefits to harms by tailoring screening intensity and modality to individual risk factors.Read the article “How Risk Stratification Might Affect Women’s Health”Read the article “FDA Proposes New Rules for Mammography Reporting and Quality Improvement”Watch the VIDEO: A Discussion on Proposed FDA Rules for Mammography Reporting Enterprise Imaging | January 14, 2019 Technology Report: Enterprise Imaging 2018 In Enterprise Imaging 2018: Balancing Strategy and Technology in Enterprise Imaging, ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of enterprise imaging advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2018 annual meeting. Sponsored Content | Videos | Information Technology | December 18, 2014 Enhancing Your Quality Initiatives with QICS Find more SCCT news and videos QICS is a unique, automated workflow management solution to help today’s medical professionals enhance the delivery of care, reduce risks, optimize user productivity and meet regulatory requirements compliance. QICS can provide workflow efficiencies that help providers improve performance and satisfaction for both physicians and patients. Qualitative Intelligence and Communication System (QICS) solutions can help: Create records for accountability and analytics; Meet regulatory requirements; Reduce manual processes to streamline workflow; Optimize communication to help deliver better care 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., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting.  Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Related Articles on Y-90 Radiotherapy:Current Advances in Targeted Radionuclide TherapyA Look Ahead in Targeted Radionuclide TherapyRadioactive Bead Therapy Now Used for Head, Neck TumorsNCCN Guidelines Recommend Y-90 Microspheres for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Treatment Nuclear Imaging | August 24, 2017 VIDEO: PET vs. SPECT in Nuclear Cardiology and Recent Advances in Technology Prem Soman, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at the Heart and Vascular Institute, University of Pittsburgh, and president-elect of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), explained advances in PET and SPECT imaging and the learning curve involved in reading scans from the new CZT SPECT cameras. Watch the VIDEO: Trends in Nuclear Cardiology Imaging, an iknterview with David Wolinsky, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Read the related article “Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging.” Related CT Calcium Scorining Content:VIDEO: New Cholesterol Guidelines Support CT Calcium Scoring for Risk Assessment — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D.CT Calcium Scoring Becoming a Key Risk Factor AssessmentACC and AHA Release Updated Cholesterol Guidelines for 2018VIDEO: CT Calcium Scoring to Screen For Who Should Take Statins — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D. Nuclear Imaging | March 22, 2019 VIDEO: Utilization of PET For Evaluation of Cardiac Sarcoidosis Raza Alvi, M.D., a research fellow in radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, has been involved in a study of a positron-emission tomography (PET) FDG radiotracer agent to image sarcoidosis. The inflammatory disease affects multiple organs and usually include abnormal masses or nodules (granulomas) consisting of inflamed tissues that can form in the heart. Alvi presented on this topic at American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2019 meeting.  Radiation Oncology View all 91 items Molecular Imaging View all 22 items Radiation Therapy | February 21, 2019 VIDEO: Whole Versus Partial Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Christy Kesslering, M.D., medical director of radiation oncology at the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center, about the different radiation therapy options for breast cancer patients offered at the center.Watch the VIDEOs Advancements in Radiation Therapy for Brain Cancer and Multidisciplinary Treatment of Brain Tumors with Vinai Gondi, M.D., director of research and CNS neuro-oncology at the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center.Additional videos and coverage of Northwestern Medicine AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Efforts to Define the Roles of Medical Physicists and Assistants for Regulators Brent Parker, Ph.D., DABR, professor of radiation physics and medical physicist at MD Anderson Cancer Center, explains how the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) is creating guidelines to better define the roles of non-physicist assistants. He said there is a lack of state regulatory oversight for medical physicists or their assistants, partly because there are no guidelines from the medical societies. AAPM has created a series of policy statements to better define these the roles and requirements for all of these positions. Parker said the goal is to give state regulators the the definitions needed to create oversight guidelines. He spoke on this topic in sessions at the AAPM 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM.center_img Digital Pathology | July 11, 2019 VIDEO: Integrating Digital Pathology With Radiology Toby Cornish, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor and medical director of informatics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, explains how the subspecialty of digital pathology has evolved in recent years, the benefits of integrating pathology and radiology, and how artificial intelligence (AI) may smooth the transition, at the 2019 Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting.  Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Find more news and videos from AAPM. AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Computed Tomography (CT) Clinical Innovation Center, professor of medical physics and biomedical engineering, and the 2019 president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), explains the “building bridges” theme of the 2019 AAPM meeting. This theme was the focus of her president’s address at the 2019 AAPM meeting. She spoke on the theme of diversity and how to break down the barriers between various minorities, male-female, religion, national origin, etc. She gave many photo examples of how we pigeon hole people into neat categories and that we often say we have equally in society, however her images showed recent images of big political summits where there are no women present, or they were the secretaries in the background. She said in medical practice, department administration and collaboration on projects, people need to be cognoscente of bias they have engrained by culture for which they may not even be aware.She showed a slide of the AAPM membership makeup by generation and said members need to keep in mind the way each generation thinks and communicates varies by their generation’s life experience and upbringing. McCollough said understanding these differences can help bridge perceived gaps in communication. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Brachytherapy Systems | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: New Alpha Emitter Brachytherapy Seeds in Development Lior Arazi, Ph.D., assistant professor at Ben-Gurion University, Israel, explains the potential benefits of a new Radium-224 brachytherapy seed technology he is helping develop. The technology uses high-dose alpha particles to kill cancer cells, but has a very short tissue penetration, so it can be placed very close to critical structures without causing collateral damage to healthy tissue. He discussed this technology in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Related Artificial Intelligence ContentTechnology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2017VIDEO: RSNA Post-game Report on Artificial IntelligenceVIDEO: AI in Tumor Diagnostics, Treatment and Follow-upVIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Help Reduce Gadolinium Dose in MRIVIDEO: AI, Analytics and Informatics: The Future is Here Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, University Health Network, Princess Margaret Cancer Center, Toronto, Canada, explains how her center is using machine learning to automate treatment plans. The center is one of the first to use the RayStation machine learning treatment planning system for radiation oncology. She spoke at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting Mahadevappa Mahesh, Ph.D., chief of medical physicist and professor of radiology and medical physics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and treasurer of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), explains some of the trends in medical physics and new features of the AAPM 2019 meeting. Watch the related VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care — Interview with AAPM President Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., at the 2019 AAPM meeting. 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Nuclear Imaging | August 24, 2017 VIDEO: Implementing CZT SPECT Cardiac Protocols to Reduce Radiation Dose Randy Thompson, M.D., attending cardiologist, St. Luke’s Mid-America Heart Institute, Kansas City, explains protocols and what to consider when working with the newer generation CZT-SPECT camera systems for nuclear cardiology. He spoke during the 2017 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Today technology update meeting. Watch the related VIDEO “PET vs. SPECT in Nuclear Cardiology and Recent Advances in Technology.” Read the related articles “Managing Dose in PET and SPECT Myocardial Perfusion Imaging,”  and “Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging.” Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). 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Enterprise Imaging | July 09, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 2 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison, healthcare IT consultant and Chris Roth, M.D., associate professor of radiology, vice chair, information technology and clinical informatics, and director of imaging informatics strategy at Duke University Medical Center, about how to find the right people to deploy a successful enterprise imaging strategy.Watch part 1 of the interview at the 2019 Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) conference. Nuclear Imaging | April 28, 2017 VIDEO: Trends in Nuclear Cardiology Imaging David Wolinsky, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at Cleveland Clinic Florida and past-president of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), discusses advancements in nuclear imaging and some of the issues facing the subspecialty. 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The center is one of the first to use the RayStation machine learning treatment planning system for radiation oncology. She spoke at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Recent Videos View all 606 items Artificial Intelligence | July 12, 2019 VIDEO: The Economics of Artificial Intelligence Khan Siddiqui, M.D., founder and CEO of HOPPR, discusses the economic advantages and costs presented by artificial intelligence (AI) applications in radiology, as well as potential strategies for healthcare providers looking to add AI to their armamentarium, at the 2019 Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting. Advanced Visualization | April 01, 2019 VIDEO: The GE iCenter Looks Toward the Future of New Technologies GE Healthcare goes beyond core equipment maintenance to help clients solve some of their most important asset and clinical performance challenges through digital solutions. Clinical Decision Support | June 29, 2017 VIDEO: Clinical Decision Support Requirements for Cardiac Imaging Rami Doukky, M.D., system chair, Division of Cardiology, professor of medicine, Cook County Health and Hospitals System, Chicago, discusses the new CMS requirements for clinical decision support (CDS) appropriate use criteria (AUC) documentation in cardiac imaging starting on Jan. 1, 2018. He spoke at the 2017 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Today meeting. Read the article “CMS to Require Appropriate Use Criteria Documentation for Medical Imaging Orders.” Interventional Radiology | October 19, 2018 VIDEO: Y90 Embolization of Liver Cancer at Henry Ford Hospital Scott Schwartz, M.D., interventional radiologist and program director for IR residencies and the vascular and interventional radiology fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital, explains how the department uses Yttrium-90 (Y90) embolization therapy to treat liver cancer.Find more content on Henry Ford Hospital Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. Radiation Oncology | May 13, 2019 Patient-first Innovations from Accuray at ASTRO 2018 At ASTRO 2018, Accuray showcased new patient-first innovations, including motion synchronization on Radixact, and the new CK VoLO, a fast optimizer on the CyberKnife system. Andrew Delao, senior director of marketing for Accuray, highlights the new features. Radiation Therapy | December 06, 2018 Technology Report: Patient-centered Care in Radiation Therapy Radiation therapy has become increasingly effective and safe as vendors continue to innovate technologies that benefit the patient. At ASTRO 2018, this patient-centric approach was exemplified and demonstrated not only in ways that match treatments to patients, but in how technologies can adjust to patient movement and anatomical changes, and to increase the precision of treatments. 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It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Artificial Intelligence | April 02, 2019 itnTV “Conversations:” What is Edison? 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Radiation Oncology | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of a Fully Self-contained Brain Radiotherapy System Stephen Sorensen, Ph.D., DABR, chief of medical physics, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona, explains the first commercial use of the Zap-X stereotactic radio surgery (SRS) brain radiotherapy system. The system uses a capsule-like shield to surround the gantry and patient, eliminating the need for expensive room build outs requiring vaults. The goal of the system is to expand SRS brain therapy by making it easier and less expensive to acquire the treatment system. Sorensen spoke about this system in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Radiology Imaging View all 288 items Women’s Health View all 62 items Information Technology View all 220 items Find more SCCT news and 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., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting.  Cardio-oncology | March 22, 2019 VIDEO: Characterization of Cardiac Structural Changes and Function Following Radiation Therapy Magid Awadalla, MBBS, is an advanced cardiac imaging research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has been involved in an imaging study of cardiac changes from photon radiotherapy in breast cancer patients using serial cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The radiotherapy beams used to treat breast cancer pass close to the neighboring heart, which can cause cardiac cell damage leading to issues like heart failure later on. He spoke on the topic of cardio-oncology at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2019 meeting. Artificial Intelligence | March 13, 2019 VIDEO: How iCad Uses AI to Speed Breast Tomosynthesis At RSNA 2018, iCad showed how its ProFound AI for digital breast tomosynthesis technology might help in the interpretation of tomosynthesis exams. Rodney Hawkins, vice president of marketing for iCad, discusses how this technology can better help detect the cancer.Related content:Artificial Intelligence 2018: What Radiologists Need to Know About AIRSNA 2018 Sunday – Improving, Not Replacing Enterprise Imaging | March 27, 2019 VIDEO: GE Healthcare’s CCA Analytics Provides Governance for Enterprise Imaging GE Healthcare Centricity Clinical Archive (CCA) Analytics, shown at RSNA 2018, works directly with the vendor neutral archive (VNA), allowing users to evaluate clinical, financial and operational processes across the healthcare system. The analytics solution shows how all of the different components of the archive and all of the imaging sources — departments, facilities and modalities — are working across the enterprise. Radiology Business | May 03, 2017 VIDEO: MACRA’s Impact on Cardiology Kim A. Williams, Sr., M.D., chief of cardiology at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago and former president of both the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), explains the impact of healthcare reform on cardiology and specifically on nuclear perfusion imaging.  RSNA | April 03, 2019 VIDEO: Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Technology at RSNA 2018 ITN Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the most interesting new medical imaging technologies displayed on the expo floor at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. The video includes new technologies for fetal ultrasound, CT, MRI, mobile DR X-ray, a new generation of fluoroscopy systems, MRI contrast mapping to better identify tumors, and a new technique to create moving X-ray images from standard DR imaging.Watch the related VIDEO: Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Artificial Intelligence Technologies at RSNA 2018. This inlcudes a tour of some of the recently FDA-cleared AI technologies for medical imaging at RSNA 2018.  Women’s Health | March 25, 2019 VIDEO: Ultrasound Versus MRI for Imaging of the Female Pelvis Deborah Levine, M.D., professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and vice chair for academic affairs in the Department of Radiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, describes scenarios where magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) could be more useful than ultrasound in issues with the female pelvis. Mammography | April 15, 2019 VIDEO: A Discussion on Proposed FDA Rules for Mammography Reporting Wendie Berg, M.D., Ph.D., FACR, chief scientific advisor to DenseBreast-info.org and professor of radiology at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine/Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC, spoke with ITN Editorial Director Melinda Taschetta-Millane about some of the proposed amendments to the language being used for mammography reporting and quality improvement.Read the article “FDA Proposes New Rules for Mammography Reporting and Quality Improvement” 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) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. The scanner also comes with a HeartFlow FFR-CT starter pack.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Information Technology | April 17, 2019 itnTV “Conversations”: Creating an Interoperability Strategy With Intellispace Enterprise Edition as the foundation, Philips Healthcare is connecting facilities and service areas within enterprises, while developing standards-based interoperability that preserves customers’ investments and best of breed systems. last_img read more

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first_img MADRID — Despite recent terror attacks in Europe and around the world, travellers have not been deterred from packing their bags and venturing out, says the UNWTO.According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, 2016 started on a strong note for international tourism, with tourist arrivals growing by 5% between January and April. Results were “robust” across almost all sub-regions and many destinations reported double-digit growth.Prospects for May-August remain positive, with around 500 million tourists expected to travel abroad in the Northern Hemisphere summer holiday peak season.Destinations worldwide received 348 million international tourists (overnight visitors) between January and April, some 18 million more than the same period last year. This follows an increase of 4.6% in 2015, and could make 2016 the seventh consecutive year of above-average growth, with international arrivals increasing by 4% or more every year following the crisis in 2009.“Results show a strong desire to travel and this continues to drive tourism growth. Destinations keep benefitting from solid demand across all world regions despite ongoing challenges, showing that tourism is a dynamic and resilient economic sector,” said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai. “Yet, despite these good results, the tragic events of recent months remind us that safety and security remain a major challenge for all. We must continue to work closely together to address this global threat and ensure tourism is an integral part of emergency planning and response at global, regional and national level.”More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoBy region, Asia and the Pacific (+9%) recorded the highest increase in international arrivals, with all Asian subregions enjoying growth of 7% or above. By subregion, Subsaharan Africa (+13%) led growth, strongly rebounding from previous years’ modest results.In the Americas (+6%), Central America and South America led the way with both subregions up 7%. Arrivals in the Caribbean (+6%) and North America (+5%) were fuelled by continued strong outbound demand from the U.S., where tourism expenditure increased by 9% through May.Europe (+4%), the world’s most visited region, consolidated its healthy growth of recent years with Northern Europe and Central and Eastern Europe (both +6%) in the lead, followed by Southern and Mediterranean Europe (+4%) and Western Europe (+3%).International tourist arrivals in the Middle East are estimated to have declined by 7% through April.UNWTO forecasts international tourist arrivals to increase by 3.5% to 4.5% over the full year 2016, in line with UNWTO’s long-term projection of 3.8% growth a year for the period 2010 to 2020. Travelweek Group Posted by Wednesday, July 20, 2016 International tourism on the rise, says UNWTOcenter_img Tags: Trend Watch, UNWTO Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Snow going at Heathrow

first_imgTonight’s forecast: a freeze is coming. Image: RadioTimes Thousands of passengers at Heathrow Airport may face further delays and cancellations, as freezing temperatures are forecast to continue for the United Kingdom.Heathrow Airport cancelled 260 flights on Sunday, 20 percent of its total schedule, and plan to pull ten percent of Monday’s services due to the icy conditions.Monday’s pre-planned cancellations will reportedly allow more time for remaining aircraft to depart and arrive, an effort aimed at reducing last-minute cancellations, a Heathrow Airport spokesperson said.Heathrow invested £36 million for cold weather equipment in 2010 after snow almost closed the airport.Despite this, de-icing was still taking a considerable amount of time, with the airport enlisting more than 100 volunteers to help with the process, which was taking approximately 30 minutes per plane, The Guardian reported.The Eurostar train service cancelled four trains over the weekend owing to the snow and ice.Sub-zero conditions have seen severe transport disruptions, with the freeze set to continue all week.Stay tuned to e-Travel Blackboard for further news. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more

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The Regional Shifts in Homeownership

first_img Affordability homeowner vacancy rate Homeownership U.S. Census Bureau 2019-02-28 Staff Writer The Regional Shifts in Homeownership in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News In a new report, the U.S. Census Bureau has announced its findings on residential vacancies and homeownership for the fourth quarter of 2018. In one comparison, it shows the percentage of vacant homes in each region, if you are wondering how your area stacks up here are a few insights. In the South, the homeowner vacancy rate was higher than the Midwest, at 1.7 percent compared to 1.3 percent respectively. While the West had a rate of 1.2 percent, it was not measurably different from the Northeast which was 1.5 percent. This is because of the numbers evening out due to the rate in the Northeast being higher than the West, while rates in the Midwest and West were not statistically different from each other. In comparison to the end of  2017, the homeowner vacancy rate in the Northeast was lower, while rates in the Midwest, South, and West were statistically the same. National vacancy rates dropped slightly from 1.6 percent to 1.5 percent, while the homeownership rate of 64.8 percent was essentially unchanged. Because research has shown it to be relevant, the report also factors in seasonally adjusted homeownership, but when adjusted for seasonal variation, the fourth quarter 2018 was not statistically different from the rate in the fourth quarter of 2017 or the rate in the third quarter 2018.“Middle-aged households saw the biggest gain in homeownership from a year ago, with the share increasing from 58.9 percent to 61.1 percent for those aged 35 to 44,” said Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at Realtor.com. “Smaller increases were measured among all other age groups except the over 65 age group. An increasing homeownership rate despite rising home prices and interest rates reflects strong demand from households for ownership and persistence despite affordability challenges.”Overall at the end of the year, the homeownership rate was highest in the Midwest at 69.3 percent, followed by the South with 66 percent, and the rates in the Northeast and the West were not measurably different from each other. How did family income influence homeownership rates? The report shows that households with family income greater than or equal to the median family income 78.9 percent was higher than last year’s 78.2 percent, while the rate for households with family income less than the median was no different from the fourth quarter 2017. See the full report herecenter_img February 28, 2019 865 Views Sharelast_img read more

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