first_img Sleek new MIT solar car heads to the races E-Quickie New wireless charging technologies are appearing regularly these days, such as a wireless charging mat for charging electric cars while they are parked (see the PhysOrg article), but the new car takes its energy wirelessly from the road.Mechanical engineering and mechatronics students from the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA) built the experimental car to test the practicality of the wireless technology. The car is propelled by an electrical hub drive, with energy drawn from conducting tracks on the ground via electrical induction. The receivers are fitted to the underside of the car, and there are small onboard batteries, which serve as a buffer for times when the car leaves the electrical conductor tracks.The conducting track was supplied by the company SEW-Eurodrive, based in Bruchsal. The components of the car were designed and built by the 14 students using carbon fiber for the vehicle body and high-tech materials for the chassis and braking and steering systems. The design was fully tested and optimized by computer in a “virtual wind channel” before the car was actually built. More information: Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences: www.hs-karlsruhe.de/servlet/PB … html?pbanker=car#car Explore further E-Quickie This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Students in Germany have built the “E-Quickie,” a three-wheeled electric car that draws energy wirelessly from electric conducting paths on the ground. The car resembles a reclining bicycle with the driver inside a capsule. It weighs only 60 kg, but the team hopes to reduce the weight to 40 kg in future. Head of the project, Professor Jürgen Walter, of the Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics faculty at the university, said the team were aiming for a driver:vehicle weight ratio of 2:1, while for most vehicles the ratio is between 1:10 and 1:15.The lightweight design means the car can reach 50 km/h, even with its 2 kW motor. The car has successfully completed 40 laps on a 222-meter-long conductor track at the university, and the team plans to continue using the track to optimize the E-Quickie. They are also planning test drives from the university to the nearby castle and another university campus in the town.Professor Walter said the principle used by the car is not really new, but it could be used much more widely than it is at present. Industry could operate internal transport vehicles in this way for example, he said, but the students also wanted to demonstrate that wireless transfer of energy is also suitable for mass transit applications. Citation: Demonstration electric car draws energy from the road (2010, September 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-09-electric-car-energy-road.html E-Quickielast_img read more

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2015 Phys.org Mythbusters’ recap of pulling apart two interleaved phonebooks. “The extreme friction of the system is due to the operator,” the researchers explained. “The person, car, truck, or tank will amplify the friction arising from a tiny force acting on the outermost pages of the stack that may be no more than the weight of a butterfly.”The scientists explain that this tiny force on the outermost pages originates from the paper’s elasticity. The outer pages have a tendency to be flat, so they slightly resist being bowed, and bowing happens because twice as many pages must fit between the books’ spines. This friction force starts off small, but the pulling amplifies it exponentially.More evidence supporting this explanation comes from performing the experiment with two books in which every other page has been removed, so that interleaving results in completely flat pages. These books can be easily pulled apart.Although the researchers did not specifically investigate methods to separate the phonebooks, their results may offer some insight into efficient separation methods. (Phys.org)—Many people are familiar with the friction enigma of two interleaved phonebooks, in which all of the pages of two phonebooks are overlapped, one by one, with the books’ spines facing outward. Trying to separate the books by pulling on their spines is incredibly difficult due to the massive amount of friction between the pages. A Mythbusters episode showed that the interleaved phonebooks are strong enough to lift a car, and that nothing less than two military tanks can separate them (while tearing many of the pages). “One way may be to blow some air from the sides while gently pulling them apart,” coauthor Elie Raphaël at the École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles (ESPCI), Paris, told Phys.org.The interleaved phonebook demonstration is important because it is just one example of many interleaved assemblies, and these are found in many diverse areas: surgical sutures, adhesive proteins, and the interactions between DNA and viruses all involve friction through interleaving sheets of some sort. Another more familiar example is the way that a sailor can tie a large ship to a dock post simply by wrapping a rope around the post several times. The friction between the loops of rope creates such a strong connection that no ship can pull it loose, and pulling only makes it tighter. The results may also have applications for controlling the friction in micro- and nano- scale mechanical devices. According to a group of scientists who have studied this puzzle, many of the simple explanations of this demonstration are wrong. For instance, one explanation often given is that the weight of the pages pushing down on the pages below them is what generates the large friction force, but this explanation fails to explain why the demonstration works equally as well when carried out in the vertical or horizontal direction. Now a team of researchers, Héctor Alarcón, et al., from France and Canada have developed a model that reveals how the amount of force required to pull the books apart depends on the number of pages, the page thickness, and the overlapping distance. These relationships were determined by performing dozens of carefully controlled experiments on a vertical pulling device.This model confirms what has previously been suspected: the harder that a person, car, or tank pulls on the books, the higher the frictional resistance. The researchers compared this “self-induced friction amplification” effect to the Chinese finger trap toy: when you try to pull your finger out of the loosely wrapped braid, the braid tightens around your finger, making it even more difficult to get off. Explore further Citation: Researchers explain why it’s nearly impossible to separate two interleaved phonebooks (2015, December 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-12-impossible-interleaved-phonebooks.html Solved: the mystery of why it’s impossible to pull apart interleaved phone books Journal information: Physical Review Letters More information: Héctor Alarcón, et al. “Self-amplification of solid friction in interleaved assemblies.” Accepted for publication in Physical Review Letters.last_img read more

first_imgCredit: CC0 Public Domain Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—A pair of professors, one with Charles Darwin University, the other Southern Cross University, both in Australia, has published a Comment piece in the journal Nature decrying the chaotic state regarding the classification of complex organisms. In their paper, Stephen Garnett and Les Christidis contend that failure to regulate taxonomy in the coming years could cause serious problems for conservation efforts directed towards preserving biodiversity. At the root of the problem, the authors point out, is that there is no single definition for the word “species”—they have found there exist approximately 30 definitions for the word, which allows scientists, politicians and other entities free reign to use it in whatever context they choose to meet their specific needs. But that, they note, puts at risk the validity of research efforts and provides fertile ground for those seeking to usurp conservation efforts for financial gain. They offer cannabis as an example: Some “species” offer the high users seek, while others do not—changing the classification could have legal ramifications both for those convicted of using it or going forward—should some species be legal and others not? There is also the case of killer whales—some have suggested breaking them into three distinct species, but if that happens, would all three remain protected from hunters? Another example is separating the Florida panther from the North American cougar. Doing so could allow those seeking to buy protected land in Florida for development purposes an opportunity if wording in state laws suddenly ceases to protect areas where the big cats live.What needs to happen, the authors suggest, is for a single body to take ownership of taxonomy—one capable of creating a definition for the words that are used to describe plant and animal groups. They suggest further that the proper group should be the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS), and they offer a four-step process for how it could be done: The IUBS would need to agree to take on such a role, a taxonomic commission would have to be created to agree on rules, subcommittees would need to be created to deal with organism subsets, and finally, a judicial committee would need to be created to serve as the final arbiter when disputes arise. © 2017 Phys.orgcenter_img Journal information: Nature More information: Stephen T. Garnett et al. Taxonomy anarchy hampers conservation, Nature (2017). DOI: 10.1038/546025a Study of biodiversity suggests a small increase in size of protected areas could reap large rewards Citation: Professors call for an end to the chaotic classification of organisms (2017, June 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-06-professors-chaotic-classification.htmllast_img read more

first_img More information: K. A. Matveev and A. V. Andreev. “Hybrid Sound Modes in One-Dimensional Quantum Liquids.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.121.026803Also at: arXiv:1804.02369 [cond-mat.mes-hall] Ordinary sound waves—small oscillations of density—can propagate through all fluids, causing the molecules in the fluid to compress at regular intervals. Now physicists have theoretically shown that in one-dimensional quantum fluids not one, but two types of sound waves can propagate. Both types of waves move at approximately the same speed, but are combinations of density waves and temperature waves. Citation: Unusual sound waves discovered in quantum liquids (2018, July 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-unusual-quantum-liquids.html Explore further The physicists, Konstantin Matveev at Argonne National Laboratory and Anton Andreev at the University of Washington, Seattle, have published a paper on the hybrid sound waves in quantum liquids in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.”One-dimensional liquids have fascinating quantum properties that have been studied by physicists for decades,” Matveev told Phys.org. “Quite surprisingly, we have been able to show that even such an essentially classical phenomenon as sound is also very unusual in these liquids. Our work implies that even the simplest classical properties of a fluid can be strongly affected by its quantum nature.”Although classical fluids generally support just one type of sound wave (a density wave), one exception is liquid helium. As a superfluid, liquid helium can flow without friction, which gives it the ability to flow up the sides of its container, among other unusual properties. Unlike classical fluids, superfluid helium supports two types of sound waves—a density wave and a temperature wave—which propagate at different velocities.As the physicists explain, in some ways one-dimensional quantum fluids are similar to superfluid helium, as both fluids support two types of sound waves. In other ways, however, they are quite different: instead of one sound wave being a density wave and the other sound wave being a temperature wave, the two sound waves each combine characteristics of both density and temperature waves. This hybrid nature of sound waves in one-dimensional quantum liquids is different than the nature of sound waves in any other fluid, including liquid helium. In addition, the scientists showed that the two hybrid sound waves propagate at nearly equal speeds, with the difference in speed depending on the temperature.In the future, the physicists expect that these hybrid sound waves can be experimentally demonstrated in long quantum wires or atomic traps, in which one-dimensional quantum liquids are known to exist. Liquids are capable of supporting waves with short wavelengths onlycenter_img Journal information: Physical Review Letters Photograph by Hinrich Oltmanns, Pexels.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2018 Phys.orglast_img read more

first_imgAs India got a giant new satellite launch vehicle that opened more commercial opportunities, the crew module–CARE (Crew Module Atmospheric Re-entry Experiment)–splashed down into the Bay of Bengal after it separated from the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle(GSLV Mark-III).The successful test of the atmospheric re-entry of the 3.65 tonne unmanned capsule came around 730 seconds after the three-tonne rocket on its experimental mission lifted off at 9.30 AM from the Second Launch Pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre here. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIWhile the rocket cost ISRO Rs 140 crore, the crew module has taken another Rs 15 crore, officials said.Three levels of parachutes specially designed by Agra- based DRDO lab Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment helped the crew module descend safely into the sea, about 180 km from Indira Point, the southern tip of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.”This was a very significant day in the history of Indian space programme,” Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K S Radhakrishnan said from mission control, as fellow scientists clapped and broke into a round of cheers. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindPresident Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were among other leaders who congratulated the ISRO scientists for the feat that will help carry heavier communication satellites.”Successful launch of GSLV Mk-III is yet another triumph of brilliance & hardwork of our scientists. Congrats to them for the efforts. @isro,” Modi tweeted. The Lok Sabha also hailed ISRO for the new achievements.GSLV Mk III Project Director S Somanath said the country has made it again and it has a new launch vehicle. “India, you have a new launch vehicle with you. We have made it again,” he said.”We have made it again…ISRO’s capability of launching heavier payloads has come to shape and this will change our destiny and our capability has significantly enhanced.”The 2.7 metre tall cupcake-shaped crew module with a diameter of 3.1 metre features aluminium alloy internal structure with composite panels and ablative thermal protection systems and can carry two to three astronauts.The module would be shipped to Kamarajar Port in Ennore near Chennai, from where it would be taken to Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala for further study.Though it would take at least 10 years for India to send humans into space, this experiment has helped the space agency to test the module for safe return of humans from space, according to ISRO.As for the objective of validation of the complex atmospheric flight regime of GSLV Mk III, Radhakrishnan said the two active S200 and L110 propulsive stages “performed as expected.””We have got the signal from the beacon in the crew capsule. Indian Coast Guard ships have received them and they are some 100 km away from the site presently moving to recover it,” S Unnikrishnan Nair, Project Director of ISRO’s Human Spaceflight Programme, said.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Bengali superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee, who is set to don the hat of a game show host, is busy preparing himself for the small screen outing. The second season of ‘Ke Habe Banglar Kotipati’ (Who will be Bengal’s Crorepati), the Bengali version of the iconic TV show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’, will have Chatterjee quizzing the hot seat participants.”I have set up a hot seat at home, next to my computerji, to practice for the show. It will help me hone my skills as a TV show host,” he said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsMegastar Amitabh Bachchan, who had anchored the Hindi show for eight seasons, fondly referred to the computer on his desk as ‘computerji’.”The programme will have a global outlook and feel, but certain elements would be added to its format to connect with the Bengali audience,” the National Award-winning actor said.The first season of the reality show was anchored by cricketing icon Sourav Ganguly.Chatterjee, when asked if he was conscious that parallels would be drawn with Bachchan and Ganguly, said, “Yes I am aware. But I will do it my own way. Hope I bring refreshing changes to the show.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe promotional video of ‘Ke Habe Banglar Kotipati’ shows Chatterjee sitting on a barge on river Hooghly with “computerji” on his side and Howrah Bridge in the background.At a press meet, earlier this week, the actor had said the second season of the show will run for 35 episodes.”Quizmaster Siddhartha Basu would be preparing the question bank and the possible answers for the show, which will be aired five days a week from July 16,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Metro services was disrupted during office hours on Monday morning, when passengers agitated at Sovabazar Metro station after air-conditioning facilities in a compartment stopped functioning. Sources said that the passengers were asked to vacate a compartment of the New Garia bound rake, after the air-conditioning facilities, as well as the lights in the compartment, stopped working soon after the train left Shyambazar station. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAn announcement was immediately made to vacate the compartment at Sovabazar and board the next train, or if possible, accommodate themselves in the other compartments of the same train.However, the passengers alighted at the station at around 9.58 am and started agitating. The train was stranded in the down line at the station for over 23 minutes, after the metro officials along with RPF personnel managed to pacify the passengers. The rake was removed and taken to the carshed. Services in the down line resumed at around 10.21 am. MPOSTlast_img read more

first_imgJalpaiguri (WB): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today stressed on a permanent solution for the problems plaguing the tea gardens in north Bengal and formed an expert committee to find out a solution. She said that the committee, under Chief Secretary Malay De, would submit its report after going through the problems at the tea gardens, thus help in finding out a solution. “I want a permanent solution for the tea gardens. Nobody has ever thought of any permanent solution regarding the problems, raging at the tea gardens, for ages. Even the Centre has failed to keep up to its promise, made prior to the last Assembly elections, about opening the closed tea gardens,” Banerjee told reporters here at the Uttarkanya. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed Today, she held a meeting with representatives of the tea gardens. She also held a meeting senior ministers such as state Labour Minister Moloy Ghatak, Arup Biswas and senior officials of her government. The state government also proposed a daily wage of Rs 176 for the tea garden workers pending finalisation of the minimum wages. This year the state government had announced two interim hikes of Rs 17.50 and of Rs nine, taking the daily wage to Rs 159. Meanwhile, the largest tea producing state of Assam, last week, had announced issuing a possible notification on an interim hike of Rs 30, with retrospective effect from March 1 this year, which would take the current daily wage of tea garden workers from Rs 137 to Rs 167. Banerjee also lambasted the culture of strike at the tea gardens and said it finished the work culture there.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Jadavpur University on Wednesday formed a two-member committee that will conduct an inquiry to find out whether there were any procedural or other lapses in the evaluation of answer scripts of all the six Humanities subjects for which the varsity had conducted admission tests.”We had the meeting of the Executive Committee (EC) today (Wednesday) where we have unanimously decided on the probe. A retired Justice and an external academician will be part of the committee. If they want, they can also rope in other members to assist them in the process. They will submit a report after the probe,” Pro Vice-Chancellor, JU Pradip Ghosh said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeEC sources said former Vice-Chancellor of Calcutta University Ashutosh Ghosh will be a member of the committee. It may be mentioned that there were allegations of improper evaluation of History answer scripts and the varsity had to re-evaluate those with the help of external academicians.It was found that there was significant variation of marks secured by the candidates in the first and second round evaluation. The first evaluation was conducted by professors of the History department, while the second one was done by external experts. It may be mentioned that there were as many as 15 changes on the revised selection list for History. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA total number of 15 candidates, who were on the waiting list after the earlier evaluation, made it to the selection list after re-evaluation. There were cases — where a student, who had scored 6 out of 100, got 32 after re-evaluation. A total of 344 scripts were re-evaluated.Apart from History, admission tests were held in English, Bengali, International Relations, Philosophy and Comparative Literature. “There were hardly any questions raised based on the evaluation of the other five subjects. However, the probe will be conducted for all the subjects to ensure transparency,” an EC member said.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Annapurna Devi, renowned Sitar and Surbahar player and daughter of Ustad Allauddin Khan, died at Mumbai early on Saturday morning. She was 91-years-old.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “Saddened at the passing away of Annapurna Devi. My condolences to her family and admirers.”Born in 1927 as Roshanara Khanshe, she was named Annapurna by Maharaja Brijnath Singh of the former Maihar Estate. She was married to Pandit Ravi Shankar in 1941 and they got divorced in 1961. Annapurna married Rooshikumar Pandya in 1982 when she was 55-years-old and he was 42. Pandya died of a massive cardiac arrest in 2013 at the age of 73.Annapurna Devi had performed with Pandit Ravi Shankar in Kolkata. She stopped public performance and began to give training to her students that included Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, Pandit Nityanand Haldipur, Pandit BasantKabra and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Four best players of the Friendship Cup Football Tournament of the Kolkata Police and similar tournament of West Bengal Police will be sent to Germany for an exposure trip.The four players will be leaving for Frankfurt (Germany) for an exposure trip on the invitation of the famous football club Eintracht Frankfurt. It may be mentioned that organising football tournaments is one of the community development programmes of the police and it has helped many to get established by playing the sport. According to a senior police officer, the visit of the four boys to Eintracht Frankfurt will motivate many others in playing the game. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Kolkata Police has selected two players, Loknath Mondal and Sekh Rintu from the Kolkata Police Friendship Cup. The two other players were selected by the West Bengal Police. One of them was selected by Darjeeling Police while the other is from Jhargram district. The football player, who was selected by the Darjeeling Police for the Germany trip, is Manish Subba. The boy from Jhargram is Deb Kumar Khirali. The exposure trip to Frankfurt city in Germany would be initiated from Kolkata. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe four players will be leaving Kolkata on November 6 and will return on November 13. They will be watching a match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Schalke 04 of Bundesliga on November 12 at Commerce Bank Arena in Frankfurt. During their stay, they will be undergoing training sessions for four days and will also get the opportunity for a “footballing session” with main players of Eintracht Frankfurt. Rajeev Kumar, Commissioner of Police, and Dr Michael Feiner, Consul General, German Consulate in Kolkata, were present at the programme that was organised on Wednesday to introduce the four players. Dr Feiner handed over the formal invitation letters from the football club to the Commissioner of Police. It may be recalled that the Kolkata Police and West Bengal Police had introduced organising football matches to encourage youths to participate in the game. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also distributed prizes among players in the tournaments organised by the police and it had motivated the youths in playing football. Moreover, the state government has taken several measures to support the clubs where youths practice the sport.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Police and State Transport department joined hands to act against overloaded trucks.A few days ago, during administrative review meeting in several districts, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ordered the police and the administration of the respective districts to take stringent action against over loading. According to the sources, Banerjee was quite annoyed with the overloaded trucks specially the trucks carrying sand. She also expressed her concern about the illegal sand overloading going on since a few months. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeDuring her review meetings she instructed the police and the district administration to act against over loading of trucks. Focusing on the Chief Minister’s order, every district administration has started acting against overloading. In several district, the Motor Vehicles Inspector (MVI) from the concerned Regional Transport Authority (RTA) are keeping a strict vigil with assistance from the state police. During the last one week several overloaded trucks have been detained. The owners have been prosecuted accordingly for driving their trucks in Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedsuch a condition. According to the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), overloading in the goods vehicles is a menace and a matter of serious concern. A substantial number of the road accident occurs only because of overloading. It causes huge damage and destruction. The damage and destruction of roads call for frequent repairing inflicting burden on state exchequer. The district and Kolkata police are equipped with motor vehicle Acts to lodge cases against the offenders and the vehicles. On Sunday, the police have seized 21 trucks at Ratanpur in Hooghly for allegedly carrying goods beyond permissible weight. Special checking was being held at the Airport traffic guard area in the Bidhannagar Police jurisdiction as it is one of the main entry points to the city. According to the sources, the suspected vehicles are being stopped and handed over to the MVIs by the police. Later, the weights are being measured in weighbridges by the Transport department officials. If any irregularities are found, the trucks get prosecuted as per the law.last_img read more

first_imgTo bring greater focus on digital presence and social media, The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, launched ‘Incredible India 2.0’ at the recently concluded ‘National Tourism Awards, 2015-16.’ The award was presented to various segments of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry, at a function organised by the Ministry of Tourism, on the occasion of ‘World Tourism Day.’ Alphons Kannanthanam, Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism, presided over the function. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe President also launched the ‘Adopt a Heritage’ project and a brand new ‘Incredible India’ website on the occasion. ‘Incredible India 2.0 Campaign’ marks a shift from the present generic promotions being undertaken across the world, to market specific promotional plans and product-specific creative, with a greater focus on digital presence and social media. ‘Adopt a Heritage’ project plans to entrust heritage sites to the public sector and private sector companies and individuals for the development of tourist amenities. The new ‘Incredible India’ website is an advanced version of the previous one, with more useful features. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSpeaking on the occasion, the President said that tourism is one of the largest industries in the world. “Its evolution can be estimated from the fact that the number of tourists all over the world has increased from 2.5 crores in 1950 to 123 crore in 2016. It is estimated that every 10th person in the world works in the tourism industry. In India too, the livelihood of a very large number of people is linked to the tourism industry,” he said.The President added that inclusive tourism development can strengthen inclusive economic development. Every citizen should strive to provide a good experience to tourists at his or her own level. He said that ‘Adopt a Heritage Project’, which was launched with the efforts of the Tourism Ministry, Culture Ministry and Archaeological Survey of India, has great potential to make our rich and diverse heritage monuments, tourist-friendly. He expressed hope that this project will help in the maintenance of our heritage with a partnership of the public and private sectors. Alphons Kannanthanam in his address congratulated the winners of the National Tourism Awards and called upon all to commit ourselves to transform India into one of the most preferred destinations for travelers around the world.He said, “Tourism is in an enviable position with the inherent capacity to create large-scale employment, eradicate poverty, benefit local communities economically and socially, and to generate awareness and support for conservation of the environment. Our policies and actions must aim to strengthen the benefits and reduce the costs of tourism.”The date for the Awards function was selected to coincide with World Tourism Day which is celebrated annually on September 27. The purpose of World Tourism Day celebrations is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.last_img read more

first_imgA Word Thrice Uttered: Stories on Life’s Realities is a collection of reality inspired short stories. The compilation published by ‘Niyogi books’ was launched at India International Centre.Organized on December 5, the book launch coincided with the death anniversary of Asrarul- Haq Majaz, noted Urdu poet.Every short story in the book by Parveen Talha, author, portrays diverse realities of life through the protagonists – children, women, men, animals and even some supernatural beings. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfReaders meet fascinating women who confront irresponsible and evil men. But nothing stops these women from taking the first step for a leap into liberation and self-empowerment.The chief guest for the event was Muzaffar Ali, Filmmaker, Fashion Designer and Activist. Among the other esteemed guests, Professor Nalini Jain, Academic and Author, Sadia Dehlvi, Columnist, Writer and Activist and Saif Mahmood, Advocate, Supreme Court of India, marked their presence. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAt the launch, Muzaffar Ali shared his viewpoints on the book. He opined that Parveen’s ability “to sense the human (and that of animals as well) predicament in the most sensitive manner and then to express these dialectics in a cinematic way are her greatest strengths. The fact that she was from Lucknow said a lot about that place too”. On the other hand Saif Mahmood, who is also the co-author of Tahir Mahmood’s magnum opus ‘Muslim Law in India and Abroad’ said, “Not many know that the practice of ‘triple talaq’, banned by the SC recently, was not just unconstitutional but also un-Islamic. Prevalent only among India’s Muslim community, who follow the Hanafi Islamic school of law, this practice is not recognized anywhere else in the Muslim world. In fact, Islamic law is a progressive law, and only one of its kind, which seeks no evidence for divorce. Speaking further, he said, “The beautiful tehzeeb of Lucknawi culture, which sparkles in her writing, is the most stunning quality of her craft.” David Syiemlieh, Chairman UPSC, expressing his opinion said, “The small, insignificant and countless problems that people go through every day are presented evocatively”. Parveen Talha, who belongs to an old family of Awadh, settled in Lucknow after her retirement. She is involved with social service which includes working for animal rights. Veteran journalist Sadia Dehlvi, who engaged Parveen Talha in a conversation around the book along with Nalini Jain, spoke about Talha’s love for animals in real life and the unparalleled beauty with which she expressed every nuance of life in her book. Lastly, Trisha De Niyogi urged the readers to treat this book as a work of fiction. “Though the title points out to the burning issue of Triple Talaq and touches upon various social concerns like women empowerment, children psychology, Ganga Jumni tehzeeb, and others. Our concern for live issues should not detract the merit of the book as a creative writing.”last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A mentally-challenged woman was allegedly raped while she wasreturning home late on intervening night of Thursday and Friday at Rajarhat. The incident came to light after she fell ill on Friday morning and narrated the incident to her family members. Later, the police arrested the prime accused. According to the police, on Friday morning, a woman arrived at the Rajarhat police station and said her mentally-challenged sister has been raped around 2am on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday. Immediately police personnel went to the victim’s home and interacted with the her in presence of her family members. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataLater, the police came to know that the victim had been to an event at Arbelia on Thursday evening. She was returning home when Karun Naskar alias Kanai blocked her way at Panchanandatala in Rajarhat. He allegedly dragged her to a bush beside the road and raped her. Then he left for home. On Friday morning victim woman suddenly fell ill and started vomiting and blood was found in her private parts. When victim’s elder sister asked what happened, she told her about the incident. Later, the woman was sent to R G Kar Medical College and Hospital for treatment and medical examination. Police went to Naskar’s home at Jaligachi Naskarpara in Rajarhat and arrested him. Later, the accused confessed to crime. Sources informed that Naskar was a local vegetable vendor. He has been booked under IPC section 376 for raping the woman.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) may use drones to locate mosquito breeding grounds at the vacant land owned by the Railways near the Bailey Bridge in ward 81.A team of KMC led by Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh went to ward 81 on Thursday to conduct the anti-dengue drive. The team found that the land belonging to the Railways has not been maintained properly and it is covered in shrubs and bushes. The team then visited Sahapur colony, where 14 people had been afflicted with dengue in 2018. The team examined the surroundings and told the residents about the dos and the don’ts. KMC has been carrying out anti-dengue drives throughout the city, with a view to eradicate the disease. Most of the drives are led by Ghosh. The civic authorities had launched a massive anti-dengue campaign on February 2, when 144 rallies were taken out in the city to create awareness against the disease. The main rally was taken out from the KMC headquarters on SN Banerjee Road, which was led by Mayor Firhad Hakim. It has been decided that the civic authorities will carry out drives against dengue in three phases. The first phase, which started in February, will continue till June. The second phase will start from July and continue till October, while the third phase will be the follow-up phase that will be carried out in November and December. The civic authorities have also opened 16 dengue detection laboratories. The KMC teams are visiting individual houses, housing complexes and institutional buildings and are examining the underground reservoirs and overhead tanks. They are also checking whether garbage has been cleaned properly or not.last_img read more

first_imgPeople all over the world have heard of the Titanic. Once the world’s biggest ships, the Olympic-class ocean liner tragically struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage to New York and sank, with hundreds of passengers and crew members perishing in the disaster. James Cameron’s famous film bolstered the ship’s global reputation, but the Titanic was actually one of three Olympic-class vessels, and items from one of her sister ships are going up for auction this week.Alongside the Titanic, the trio of Olympic liners included the Olympic, which was the lead ship for the class, and the Britannic. All designed to the same specifications and intended to be the most luxurious and elegant cruise ships on the planet, these ships ultimately went down in history for very tragic reasons.Artist’s conception of Britannic in her intended White Star liveryThe sinking of the Titanic was one of the worst marine disasters in all of history, and the Britannic also sank, after colliding with a mine in the Aegean Sea. The catastrophe was far less dramatic than that of the Titanic, but 30 people died and the remaining 1,035 survivors had to be saved from the water and lifeboats.The Britannic is actually the biggest passenger ship to currently be sitting on the sea floor and has been explored by several notable groups and individuals over the years, including Jacques Couseau back in the 1970s.The White Star Atlantic mail steamer Britannic (deck plans)Many items have been recovered from the wreckage, while some were actually taken off the ship several years before it sank and are set to be sold at an auction in County Laois, Ireland, as reported by the BBC.The Britannic was launched in February 1914, only a few months before the outbreak of World War I. The ship, which had been launched in Belfast, was then requisitioned by the naval authorities, with parts of being removed and redesigned in order to better suit its new purpose as a military vessel. This meant that some of the more ornate wooden carvings and fittings were taken out.These items were put up for auction in 1919 in Belfast, with some of the pieces ending up being used to decorate Dublin’s La Scala Theatre and Opera House.Britannic under construction at Harland & Wolff, Belfast, 1914That building was later converted into a movie theater, and was then set to be demolished in the early 1970s. The panelling was removed before the demolition occurred and was actually fitted into a private Dublin home, with parts of being used to make a vintage bar.The items remained in the home for several decades but are now being sold and set to start a new life somewhere else. The auction is taking place at the Heritage Golf Resort in Killenard. Niall Mullen, one of the organizers involved in the auction, revealed that the seller is hoping the items will be purchased by a buyer in Northern Ireland so that they can go back to their original home.Welte philharmonic organ on Britannic in a company catalogue of 1914The items, which were originally sourced from the first class lounge and second class library areas of the enormous ship, are expected to fetch around half a million euros ($560,000) in total.Memorabilia and authentic items from the Britannic has been sold for high prices in the past, but collectors are willing to pay even more for items from the Titanic.Read another story from us: The Last Titanic Survivor Was Forced to Sell Her Titanic Memorabilia to Pay Health Bills at 96As reported by CNN, the highest price ever reached for a Titanic item at auction was around $1.4 million for a Wallace Hartley violin, which was believed to have been used by the liner’s band, who continued to play on even as the ship sank in order to try and calm the passengers down.last_img read more

first_img 1. Eagles at Redskins (+2.5) – Washington has been playing out of their minds against the NFC East this year, and they’re on a 3-game winning streak overall. KIrk Cousins has a 100.7 passer rating during the streak, and the defense has 7 takeaways during the stretch. Sorry Carson Wentz, no soup for you. Take Washington and the points, 27-23.2. Colts at Texans (-3.5)  – Colin hates coughing up points, but he loves the Texans giving 3.5 at home against the Colts and their Junior Varsity defense. They just gave up 400 yards (397) and 2 touchdowns to career backup Brian freakin’ Hoyer. The Colts D has allowed a criminally indictable 70 passing plays of 10+ yards this year, and Houston rookie Will Fuller has 12 Receptions of 10+ Yards. Houston’s offense is limited with Osweiler, but not at home, and not against an inferior Indianapolis roster. Texans covers the 3.5 and then some, 36-26.3. Steelers at Dolphins (+7.5) – What the hell is Colin thinking (smoking) taking the Dolphins against the 4-1 Steelers? He’s thinking that the Dolphins have a real defense. They’re 6th best in the NFL in 3rd Down Defense (33.3% conversion rate), and have forced the 2nd most negative plays in the AFC (39). The Steelers D is filled with holes and is allowing the 6th most yards per play (5.94) in the league. Also, it’s desperation time for the Dolphins. Pittsburgh wins, but the Dolphins cover at home. 27-26, Steelers.4. Chiefs (+1) at Raiders – Kansas City is getting a point with Andy Reid coming off a bye, where he’s 15-2 in his career. That means bye bye for the Silver and Black. The Oakland defense is giving up an offensive 7 yards a play, and has allowed 16 offensive touchdowns (only the Browns and the Chargers have allowed more). Colin always loves teams that1.) Get embarrassed on national TV – the Chiefs got drilled 43-14 by the Steelers in their last game on Sunday night, and;2.) Teams that have extra time for preparation.The Chiefs are both. Take Kansas City, the point and the outright win in the Black Hole, 30-24.5. Cowboys at Packers (-4) – Colin has been tough on Aaron Rodgers, but A-Rodg has 49 touchdowns and 6 picks in his last 3 years at home at Lambeau. The Pack has the best rushing defense in the NFL, only allowing 42 yards per game, which matches up well against run-heavy Dallas and NFL leader Ezekiel Elliott. Colin likes Green Bay to cover the 4 at home, 27-20.That’s an NFL Week 6 Blazin’ 5 that’s hotter than an exploding Samsung Galaxy 7!Also, make sure you download, listen and subscribe to Colin’s Blazin’ 5 Prediction Podcast with RJ Bell every Saturday morning through the end of the football season. He’ll sit down with RJ and see how this week’s Blazin’ 5 stacks up against the Vegas sharps.Download and subscribe to it exclusively at TheHerdNow.com,iHeart Radio, Google Play, or iTunes. Don’t miss it!Fresh off another winning week, @ColinCowherd’s Blazin’ 5 is straight ?? pic.twitter.com/WnFnexmpgU— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) October 14, 2016 Advertisement It’s Friday in The Herd and it’s time for the Blazin’ 5 for NFL Week 6. If you hate obscenely early retirements on remote tropical islands, please don’t read any further.Colin came back last week like it was Rocky II. He was 4-1 in Week 5, and is now over .500 (14-11) for the year. There’s no going back. We’re through the looking glass people. Grab the fire extinguisher, Colin is about to burn Vegas to the ground like his name was the “Mad King”.Don’t listen to your buddy Steve “The Epiglottis”. Colin’s got Vegas out on it’s feet, and this week he’s ready to put it into a rear-naked choke hold.Here are Colin’s plays for NFL Week 6. It’s the Blazin’ 5.last_img read more

first_imgvia @LegionHoops Advertisement Once the Lakers landed the second overall pick in the draft, it seemed like a foregone conclusion Magic Johnson would select L.A. native Lonzo Ball to usher in a new era of Showtime.On Thursday night, it all came to fruition and Ball became a Laker. The official call from Magic and Rob Pelinka to Lonzo informing him he’s a Laker was recorded, and it’s been released.If this all pans out, Laker fans will look back at this as the call that started it all – unless Ball is a complete bust. This video is a LaVar Free Zone.Awesome video – Lonzo Ball finds out he’s a Laker. pic.twitter.com/qW6ePSk9Em— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) June 24, 2017last_img read more

first_img Advertisement Colin and Baker Mayfield lit up the internet last month when the #1 overall pick stopped by The Herd to confront Colin over some of his longstanding criticisms.By now, you’ve probably seen the back and forth, but the new Mayfield centered Fox Sports documentary All The Way Up grabbed some great behind the scenes footage of Mayfield’s visit, including him infiltrating Cowherd’s dressing room where he uncovered some Sam Darnold swag.Take a look behind the curtain of Mayfield/Cowherd I.All the Way Up is on soon at 3pm ET on FOX! Don’t want to miss a visit to a good friend of mine… pic.twitter.com/I5JQkQG00G— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) August 5, 2018last_img read more

first_imgAaron Rodgers ripping young receivers shows real leadershipAaron Rodgers made headlines yesterday when he publicly ripped some of his young wide receivers for not practicing up to his standards. Colin has criticized Rodgers for being passive aggressive in the past, but he thinks his direct, aggressive approach shows he’s grown as a leader. He’d like to see more soundbites like this from Andrew Luck, instead of constantly taking the blame for everything when his teammates aren’t doing their part. Bad look for Baker on ‘Hard Knocks’The new season of HBO’s long-running NFL docuseries Hard Knocks debuted last night, and this year they’ve descended on Browns camp. One scene from the show featured a mic’d up conversation with #1 overall pick Baker Mayfield and Hue Jackson where Jackson questioned why Mayfield was showing up to the facility after veteran Tyrod Taylor, to which Mayfield didn’t have a great answer. Colin thought it wasn’t a great look for Baker, who looked like he wasn’t as all in as a franchise QB needs to be. Even if there is a good explanation, the optics are bad.Also:– Colin’s College Football Final Four– Colin’s All-Time NBA Starting 5Guests:Nick Wright – Host of FS1’s First Thing’s First joins the show to talk Hard Knocks, and if Hue Jackson has any chance to survive the season.DeAngelo Hall – Former Pro Bowl Cornerback is in-studio talking Browns Hard Knocks, and why he thinks OBJ is better than DeAndre Hopkins.Chad Pennington – Former Jets and Dolphins QB on playing with Randy Moss in college, and why he would sit Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold to start the season.Joel Klatt – FS1 College Football Analyst is in-studio on the Bama QB battle; why Colin is blowing Baker Mayfield’s Hard Knocks appearance out of proportion.last_img read more

first_img Register Now » The deployment of IT services has historically been a one-way street from the software provider to the IT department and, then, the end user. End users received a ‘you must use this application’ mandate from IT, which had to integrate services into the enterprise. Younger workers who grew up with technology, generally lumped together as ‘millennials’,are pushing back. They are having a profound impact on technology choices in the workplace and driving a new equilibrium of power.The top-down approach to IT services made sense when IT departments did extensive product evaluations, purchased software from IT vendors and installed, configured and maintained that software. This significant enterprise investment resulted in a virtual mandate that all employees use corporate applications.Related:6 Tips for Managing Millennials (Whether You Find Them to be Entitled or Not)End users were relatively naive technologically, which made them more receptive to learning the enterprise’s applications. In addition, end users had few or no comparison applications against which to evaluate them.With the cloud and Software as a Service (SaaS) applications now becoming viable and even beneficial means of deploying IT services, IT is going through a new evolutionary phase. Evaluating and deploying IT services no longer require significant time and capital. Upgrades and maintenance occur more rapidly and with more consistency. Without the hard constraints of implementing back-end services on premises, IT can focus on matching available cloud services to end users requirements.The age of millennials. With the advent of the iPhone, smartphone use exploded among consumers and the business workforce. Indeed, the line between a consumer and a business user is now blurred, as they are typically one and the same. These users carry the millennial label, as they are the first generation of converged users.What does this means for IT? End users in the workforce are no longer completely naive of technology. In fact, millennials have a strong understanding of what technology can do for them. A study commissioned by Intel Corporation in 2013found that millennials want more from technology, and that in itself has had an impact on innovation in areas ranging from personalization and self-configuration to ease of use.A manual that teaches employees how to use an application is a relic today. Millennials are a new breed of business users who enter the workforce with strong expectations of how technology should be delivered and function. In the truest sense, the democratization of IT has begun.When faced with ‘older-generation’ technology that doesn’t meet their expectations, millennials have the technical savvy to find applications on consumer app stores and to attempt to integrate them into their business world. There is even a name for these millennials: rogue users. You can’t really fault them. Instead of being forced to adapt to technology that doesn’t work for them, they seek out technology that helps them work effectively and efficiently.Related:Want to Nab Top, Young Talent? Millennial-Proof Your Office.Unfortunately, many consumer apps lack features such as business-level security, centralized administration and control, and support and quality-of-service metrics that businesses require. These deficits set up an end user vs. IT conflict that generally results in a winner and a loser.A new equilibrium. A new dawn has arrived for IT, which if embraced, can create a collaborative equilibrium that will have a positive impact on workforce productivity while lowering IT costs and complexities. By collaborating with millennials and cloud vendors, IT can drive consumer features into business-hardened cloud services, creating benefits for end users, IT and the enterprise. The alternatives — forcing employees to use antiquated vendor-driven services or making IT manage multiple consumer-based apps — will lead to one side or the other feeling the pain. Neither side will hold 100 percent of the power going forward. They can achieve a happy medium by working together with cloud vendors committed to delivering business-hardened services that meet the expectations of millennial end users,.Where the future lies. Clearly, the ability of end users to influence IT to deliver a better user experience without compromising enterprise requirements for security, privacy, manageability, support and reliability is a step in the right direction. Service providers can play a key role in integrating feedback from end users and IT into next-generation services that can better meet the needs of both.Related: Want to Nab Top, Young Talent? Millennial-Proof Your Office. 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals September 12, 2014 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Apple managed to split opinions more widely than ever this year. The iPhone 7 lost the headphone jack, the MacBook Pro refresh was disappointing for power-hungry professionals, and the desktop line of Mac computers hasn’t seen any love for years, suggesting to some that Macs on the desktop may in fact be dead.Tim Cook put the record straight yesterday, however, and gave some hope to Apple fans desperate for a new desktop computer.  As reported by TechCrunch, as part of a wider post on an internal Apple employee message board, Cook was asked the question, “We had a big MacBook Pro launch in October and a powerful upgrade to the MacBook back in the spring. Are Mac desktops strategic for us?”Cook responded by reassuring employees that, “the desktop is very strategic for us.” He went on to point out that, “The current generation iMac is the best desktop we have ever made and its beautiful Retina 5K display is the best desktop display in the world.” Most importantly, he confirmed that Mac desktops are not dead, “if there’s any doubt about that with our teams, let me be very clear: we have great desktops in our roadmap. Nobody should worry about that.”There’s no detail beyond that. We don’t know when new Macs will be announced, and we don’t know if Cook is referring to the iMac, Mac Mini, Mac Pro, or all three. That’s a shame, as I think we’ve reached a point now where Apple is unfairly asking existing Mac owners to wait too long for their next hardware purchase.The last time the Mac Pro received a hardware refresh was Dec. 19, 2013. The iMac and Mac Mini were last refreshed on Oct. 16, 2014. Clearly they are all well overdue for new components to bring them in line with what non-Mac desktops offer in terms of performance in 2016. December 20, 2016 This story originally appeared on PCMag Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. January 30, 2017 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Cybersecurity is on the minds of most businesses today, but there’s one area where companies often screw up: failing to protect their key executives when they’re on the move.In today’s environment, there are an abundance of well-funded and sophisticated hacking groups out there, many with nation-state or organized crime affiliations and interests, who are looking for any way possible to defraud or steal information from American business interests. Like any other criminal, hackers look for weaknesses in the security perimeter before they attack — and often, that sweet spot is to be found in the personal security of key company figures. One example is “Darkhotel,” the Korean-speaking hacking group that targeted countless business executives via hotel Wi-Fi from 2010 to 2015.As a former Secret Service agent, it was my job to protect the President from both physical and digital attacks. (Few realize this, but the USSS was one of the first federal agencies to develop a strong cyber defense and intelligence unit.) From a cyber standpoint, this meant implementing a robust security perimeter around the President’s personal devices and communications (e.g. stripping down the phone, limiting access, multiple layers of encryption, constant monitoring and defense), particularly when the President was outside of the White House.Businesses, from startups to Fortune 500s, need to adopt a similar mindset when it comes to their own commanders-in-chief, because cyber attacks are a low-cost, low-risk way to steal intellectual property, business intelligence and ultimately the company’s money — and the C-suite (along with other key figures, like a head engineer or programmer) is definitely a focal point for criminals.Related: 7 Habits of Highly Hackable EmployeesConsider these statistics:Business email compromise (BEC) scams on executives have grown steadily since 2010. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, this type of attack increased by 1,300 percent from January 2015 to June 2016. More than 14,000 U.S. companies fell victim, with total losses estimated at over $960 million, between 2013 and 2016.Spear-phishing criminals are honing in on smaller companies. In 2015, 43 percent of targeted attacks focused on small businesses, as opposed to 35 percent for large enterprises, according to Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report.American businesses lose $300 billion annually due to intellectual property theft, according to the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property.Cybercrime is on the verge of becoming the number one economic crime for U.S. businesses, reaching 54 percent of organizations reporting such a crime in 2016, according to PwC’s Global Economic Crime Survey.No business can be fully secure unless it is taking ample steps to protect the digital assets of its leadership. Here are six steps to take:1. Whitelist the email.Only a small, select group of people should be allowed to email key executives; all other addresses should be blocked. Known as email “whitelisting,” this greatly reduces the risk of phishing attacks on the executive.Additionally, use strong anti-malware and anti-phishing solutions to boost the executive’s email security.2. Use multiple layers of encryption. Every VIP should be protected by multiple layers of encryption. This acts as a fail-safe in the event that an attacker breaks through the other defenses.Every device that connects to Wi-Fi (phone, tablet, laptop, desktop) must have a VPN, or virtual private network, which will encrypt all data in transit. Next, a full-disk or file encryption program should be used to secure data that is stored on these devices. Limit the executive’s communications to encrypted channels only, like PGP for email, or encrypted communications like Wickr Pro. All web sessions need to be done over HTTPS (SSL/TLS encryption); there are browser plugins like EFF’s HTTPS Everywhere that will force a secure connection on every website.Related: The Biggest Bounties Facebook, Microsoft and More Have Paid Hackers3. Strip down the phone.Just as the U.S. President uses a smartphone with very limited functionality, a business executive’s phone should also be stripped down as much as possible, with only essential functionality as needed. The more boring it is, the better.That means eliminating all non-essential apps, especially games, scaling back the phone’s connectivity options by disabling Bluetooth, disabling Wi-Fi auto-connect and turning off geolocation sharing for all apps (with the exception of “Find My Phone”). Social media can also pose a risk, but if your business depends on using it, at the very least make sure geolocation data is turned off in the app (there are online tools that can track a user based on this data) and be careful about oversharing, as sensitive information can be used against executives and employees in social engineering attacks. Also, use public Wi-Fi sparingly, even when a VPN is utilized.4. Use a burner device.Executives are most at risk when traveling overseas, particularly to countries like China and Russia. When making these trips, it’s important to be a little paranoid.Burner devices, or “phones to go,” are an effective way of reducing the risk from compromised devices. This isn’t cheap, but it’s worth the investment and inconvenience. Malware and man-in-the-middle (MiTM) attacks are more likely during foreign stays, so by putting aside the phone or laptop after a trip, the executive will prevent an infected device from getting “behind the firewall” after he or she returns.It’s also important to have a remote lock/erase feature installed on all devices in case they are lost or stolen.Related: Before You Use Public Wi-Fi, Read This5. Harden the home office network.Home offices can be an easy target for hackers, since they are likely to have less security than the corporate office.At a minimum, make sure a robust firewall and antivirus/anti-malware agents have been installed. Also, keep all devices (laptop, desktop, server, Wi-Fi router) fully updated on software/firmware settings, security patches, etc. Next, reduce the attack surface on the laptop or desktop by disabling Java, JavaScript and ActiveX, or by adding script-blocking plugins. Set up application whitelisting so that only pre-approved applications and processes can run on these machines. Eliminate Wi-Fi as much as possible by using an ethernet cable instead. It’s also wise to have two internet lines — one for the family and one exclusively for the executive. Use an outbound firewall to block any malware or malicious programs that do sneak in from being able to connect to the internet. DNS security tools (such as OpenDNS) will further protect the internet connection and block malicious or suspect domains.6. Contain the internet of things.Most executives have — or will have — “smart” devices in their homes, in addition to connected cars, wearables and other internet of things products.These complicate the security picture, as many IoT products have been found to be vulnerable to hackers. Limit IoT usage to only well established, trusted brands with a proven track record of security. Avoid installing IoT apps on the work phone. Also, keep these devices off the executive’s home Wi-Fi network — if you have two internet lines installed, relegate them to the all-purpose/family network.An executive’s personal security can be the Achilles’ heel of any company, from startup to Fortune 500, so it’s critical to implement a defense-in-depth approach that will keep their digital assets safe. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

first_img Register Now » 1 min read June 7, 2017 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global In the modern business landscape, there is at least one constant: “content is king.” Whether you’re a creative looking to market your skills or you run a business and are looking to come up with content strategies, you may have questions.Our new video series Ask Entrepreneur is back, with staffers taking your questions.Next Thursday, Entrepreneur.com’s network editor, Conrad Martin, will lend some insights into the “ins and outs” of video content strategy and production. From freelance production companies to content generation giants, Conrad will speak from his experience and touch on other aspects of the entrepreneurship of entertainment.Conrad will take your questions (giving a bonus behind-the-scenes peek) during the live broadcast on Thursday, June 15, at 1 p.m ET, but feel free to send a question in the form below or tweet @Entrepreneur using the hashtag #AskEntrepreneur. (Please think twice before sliding in his DMs.)Please join us on our Facebook page on Thursday, June 15, at 1 p.m.last_img read more

first_imgFebruary 5, 2018 This story originally appeared on PCMag Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global If you haven’t seen it by now, Amazon’s Super Bowl LII commercial is fairly clever. Kudos to the company for coming up with a fun way to mash together celebrities and Alexa without it feeling overly cheesy or trying-too-hard. More importantly, a big thanks to Amazon’s engineers who came up with an ingenious way to broadcast the “A word” without it triggering everyone’s Echos — whatever version of the device you own.The most annoying thing about watching any YouTube video or televised commercial that mentions Alexa is that it typically triggers your Echo device to get ready to respond to a query. Or worse, the person you’re watching who says “Alexa” just keeps on babbling, which then makes your Echo do something you didn’t want it to do — or just apologize for being unable to do whatever commands it tried to interpret.And since Amazon definitely wanted its Super Bowl LII to mention she-who-shall-not-be-named, and refer to her frequently, the company had to come up with a different way to do so in order to avoid hacking off everyone who already owns an Echo device.The solution? Acoustic fingerprinting.”The trick is to suppress the unintentional waking of a device while not incorrectly rejecting the millions of people engaging with Alexa every day,” said Shiv Vitaladevuni, a senior manager on the Alexa Machine Learning team, in an Amazon blog post.Though Amazon isn’t detailing the specific techniques its using to keep your Echo from triggering from its Super Bowl advertising, Bloomberg notes that a Reddit user, Asphyhackr, might have figured out Amazon’s secret.”I did a little research tonight and found that the Echo, while it’s processing the wake word, searches the Audio Spectrum and if is significantly quieter in the area of 4000hz to 5000hz, she will not wake for the word,” Asphyhackr writes.”I found that when I analyzed the spectrum of them saying her name, the spectrums were significantly quieter in the range of 3000hz to 6000hz. In some of those recordings, those frequencies appeared to be non-existent. In others it appeared like the boosted the surrounding frequencies to make the Echo see a gap in the spectrum.”In other words, if your Echo (Best Price at Amazon) notices something strange happening in the audio spectrum, it realizes that it should ignore whatever is being said — like “Alexa.” And while this works well when Amazon has a planned announcement to make, like an advertisement, the company has to get a bit more creative when it can’t anticipate the large-scale broadcast of its digital helper’s name.”When multiple devices start waking up simultaneously from a broadcast event, similar audio is streaming to Alexa’s cloud services. An algorithm within Amazon’s cloud detects matching audio from distinct devices and prevents additional devices from responding. The dynamic fingerprinting isn’t perfect, but as many as 80 to 90 percent of devices won’t respond to these broadcasts thanks to the dynamic creation of the fingerprints,” reads Amazon’s blog. 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read March 1, 2018 Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Selecting a website theme can be overwhelming — there are literally thousands of free and paid options available to download and purchase. Your theme is the overall look, feel and style of your website. This includes things like the color scheme, layout and style elements. In essence, your website theme is a direct representation of your brand and has a direct impact on your users’ experience.Admittedly, I was never a fan of pre-built website themes back when my agency provided web design services. Years ago, most out-of-the box themes were clunky, provided SEO nightmares and just weren’t as effective as a fresh custom design.Times have changed, though, and now there are plenty of good-looking themes — but don’t judge a book by its cover — poor coding, slow speeds, search engine optimization issues and poor user experiences still exist.To help you pick a great website theme for your particular business needs, make sure to take into account these five things.1. K.I.S.S.K.I.S.S. is an acronym for “Keep it simple, stupid” — one of my favorite sayings when it comes to modern-day website design. Several years ago, websites were very loud, and companies wanted flash animation, fancy features and other bells and whistles. Now flat designs with a minimalistic approach are popular.Websites that are too busy take the user away from the desired call-to-action, and they are a headache to navigate on mobile devices. If you take a look at Team 10’s website, you will see a great example of an effective design. Each section of the website is simple, features a flat design and gives the information seeker exactly what he or she is looking for — nothing more and nothing less. It’s so simple that it’s brilliant.2. Developer support availabilityThis is something that not many people take into consideration when selecting a theme. It’s very rare that you will be able to install a theme and not have to make updates as the platform you are using changes and advances. This could be due to feature changes or security issues — no matter what you are using, from WordPress to Shopify and every other option, you need to anticipate there will be updates required to keep your theme from breaking.The majority of theme marketplaces will have information on the developer, as well as a log of all the updates that have been released for each particular theme. Pay attention to this information, as well as customer reviews and ratings — it can give you a lot of insight.Themes that have been around for a long time and have several updates indicated that the developer is constantly making changes to make the theme better. One of the most popular WordPress themes, Newspaper, has over 57,000 sales and is updated all the time. If you look at it here, you can scroll to the bottom to see the update log and a list of all the changes made each time. This is an example of a theme with excellent developer support.3. Mobile readinessAlmost all popular modern-era website themes are responsive, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are guaranteed to provide an excellent mobile experience. There are plenty of websites that will pass Google’s mobile test, yet provide such a poor user experience that they are worthless on smaller screens, in terms of conversion potential.Look for a theme that is extremely adaptive and built with converting visitors in mind. If you look at this contact page on a desktop or laptop computer, you will see that the form features several steps. It’s eye-appealing and is very easy to complete on desktops and laptops.Now, if you look at the same page on a mobile device, you will notice that there is a very prominent “Click to Call” button on the very top of the page, allowing the visitor to make immediate contact without even scrolling. If they do scroll down, they find the contact form, but in a different format that’s much more user-friendly on mobile devices.The majority of website themes will have working demos for you to play with before purchasing, so make sure to put them through the ringer on mobile and tablet devices.4. Available plugins, apps and extensionsIt’s very rare that you will run a website theme in its stock version — you will customize the look and feel to match your brand, as well as add special features to enhance the user experience and turn more traffic into leads, sales and revenue.WordPress has over 54,000 plugins available, Shopify has thousands of apps and WooCommerce has Extensions available to help enhance your website theme.You need to know what platform is best for your business before exploring available themes, and once that is decided you can then begin to explore other add-ons. For example, if you are an e-commerce brand, Shopify is very hard to beat.If you are a small service-based business and your goal is to generate leads, then you may want to use WordPress and focus on publishing great blog content to pull in traffic. Look at the offer used on this lead capture form — a downloadable brochure in exchange for a name, email address and phone number. Rather than a standard sidebar offer that offers a newsletter subscription or an emailed offer, this allows the consumer to access the bribe immediately.There are plenty of plugins that can help you implement and manage download offers with no coding or development skills needed. Most of the popular services you will use with your website, like Mailchimp, for example, has plugins available that make integration simple. Make a list of what you will be using and what features you will need to add to your theme and reverse engineer the best options.5. Cross-browser compatibilityTesting your website theme on all the popular web browsers is an important step, especially if you are considering using one that hasn’t been updated recently. With so many different devices, browsers and operating systems being used, testing helps ensure that your theme will provide the same user experience and functionality for everyone.There are plenty of free tools and resources available online, as well as paid options that offer a free trial. One of the oldest, Browser Shots, allows you to run your website through them all at once. The free open-source tool is a great starting point — if you do spot an issue on a particular browser you can then further investigate using other available resources. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

first_img “Fail fast” is a well-known phrase in the startup scene. The spirit of failing fast is getting to market with a minimum viable product and then rapidly iterating toward success. Failing fast acknowledges that entrepreneurs are unlikely to design a successful end-state solution before testing it with real customers and real consequences. This is the “ready, fire, aim” approach. Or, if the blowback is big enough, it’s the “ready, fire, pivot” approach.Consider this quote from Reid Hoffman, CEO of LinkedIn: “If you’re not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.”Related: Ready or Not, It’s Time to Embrace AIThe opposite of failing fast is a “waterfall” approach to software development, where a significant amount of time is invested upfront — requirements analysis, design and scenario planning — before the software is ever tested with real customers.When it comes to the emerging potential of artificial intelligence, I believe failing fast is a recipe for disaster.Artificial intelligence is here to stay.Many different types of artificially intelligent software surround us. Most AI has minimal authority today. For instance, Amazon’s software recommends things you might like to buy, but it doesn’t actually purchase those things on your behalf — yet. Spotify’s software makes a decision to create a playlist for you, but if a song doesn’t suit your tastes, the consequences are benign. Google’s software decides which websites are most relevant for your search terms but doesn’t decide which website you will visit. In all of these cases, failing fast is okay. Usage leads to more data, which leads to improvements in the algorithms.But intelligence software is beginning to make independent decisions that represent much higher risk. The risk of failure is too great to take lightly, because the consequences can be irreversible or ubiquitous.We wouldn’t want NASA to fail fast. A single Space Shuttle launch costs $450 million and places human lives in jeopardy.The risks of AI are increasing.Imagine this: What if we exposed 100+ million people to intelligent software that decided which news they read, and we later discovered the news may have been misleading or even fake and resulted in influencing the election for the President of the United States of America? Who would be held responsible?Related: 5 Ways in Which Digital and Artificial Intelligence are Changing Work DynamicsIt sounds far-fetched, but media reports indicate Russian influence reached 126 million people through Facebook alone. The stakes are getting higher, and we don’t know whom to hold accountable. I am fearful the companies spearheading advancements in AI aren’t cognizant of the responsibility. Failing fast shouldn’t be an acceptable excuse for unintended outcomes.If you’re not convinced, imagine these scenarios as a by-product of a fail fast mindset:What if your entire retirement savings evaporated overnight due to artificial intelligence? Here’s how it could happen. In the near future, millions of Americans will use intelligent software to invest billions of dollars in retirement savings. The software will decide where to invest the money. When the market experiences a massive correction, as it does occasionally, the software will need to react quickly to re-distribute your money. This could lead to an investment that bottoms out in minutes and your funds disappear. Is anyone responsible?What if your friend were killed in an automobile accident due to artificial intelligence? Here’s how it could happen. In the near future, millions of Americans will purchase driverless automobiles controlled by intelligent software. The software will decide the fate of many Americans. Will the artificial intelligence choose to hit a pedestrian that accidentally steps into the street or steer the vehicle off the road? These are split-second decisions with real-world consequences. If the decision is fatal, is anyone responsible?What if your daughter or son suffered from depression due to artificial intelligence? Here’s how it could happen. In the near future, millions of kids will have an artificial best friend. It will be sort of like an invisible friend. It will be a companion named Siri or Alexa or something else that talks and behaves like a confidant. We’ll introduce this friend to our children because it will be friendly, smart and caring. It might even replace a babysitter. However, if your daughter or son spends all their discretionary time with this artificial friend and years later can’t sustain meaningful relationships in the real world, is anyone responsible?In some cases, the consequences can’t be undone.Responsible approach to AI.The counter-argument is that humans already cause these tragedies. Humans spread fake news. Humans lose money in the stock market. Humans kill one another with automobiles. Humans get depressed.Related: Life Coaching Guru Tony Robbins Tells Us Why He;s Investing in an AI CompanyThe difference is that humans are individual cases. The risk with AI that replaces or competes with human intelligence is that it can be applied at scale simultaneously. The scope and reach of AI is both massive and instantaneous. It’s fundamentally introducing higher risk. While one driver who makes an error is truly unfortunate, one driver that makes the same error for millions of people should be unacceptable.A more responsible approach to AI is needed. Our mindset should shift toward risk prevention, security planning and simulation testing. While this defies the modern ethos of the tech industry, we have a responsibility to prevent the majority of unlikely and unwanted outcomes before they occur. The good news is that with the right mindset, we can prevent the scenarios above from becoming true. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read March 2, 2018 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Marketing automation has come a long way — from merely being a tool for marketers to automate repetitive tasks to becoming a fortune ball to understand the high demanding customers of today. The technology advancements in this field have empowered marketers to use customer data to unearth valuable insights and create highly personalized marketing communication, sent at the right time and in the right channel. No wonder it’s slated to become a $5.5 billion industry by 2019.Related: This Is How You Discern the Person in All That Customer Personalization DataHere are three examples of how deep learning in marketing automation is making marketers’ life easier.1. Identifying deeper patterns in data for hyper-personalization.“Personalization” is a widely used term, but it has started to wear down its significance. Don’t get me wrong; I am not suggesting that you should stop personalizing your online shopping experience and marketing messages. What I am proposing is focusing on hyper-personalization.Marketing automation with machine learning (ML) allows you to personalize customer experience based on their history of interactions, like purchasing habits, behavioral traits and digital preferences. But it does not take the intent of the customer into consideration.Deep learning technology, on the other hand, will not just rely on the interaction history of the customer but will consider their intent. For example, a customer comes to your site and buys a dress. During their second visit, the same customer starts checking out footwear. In this scenario, the equation will not rely on transactional and interaction data to personalize the experience, but will consider the intent.Deep learning is much better than other ML and AI techniques in understanding what customers want as it has the potential to find patterns inside of patterns. According to Michio Kaku, AI is only as smart as a “lobotomized, mentally challenged cockroach.” Deep learning techniques identify and analyze patterns so it can predict real-life outcomes. But the technology is still in its infancy, and what it’s capable of is yet to be seen.Related: 3 Competitive Advantages of Deep Learning for Your Company2. Use deep learning to drive customer retention.Every business knows that retaining customers costs less than acquiring them. And, customer retention can increase company profit by manifolds. According to Bain and Co., a 5 percent increase in customer retention can increase a company’s profitability by 75 percent. When it comes to improving customer retention, deep leaning can help. How? By giving customers what they need, when they need it. According to a Trendspotter report, 82 percent of people are likely to shop at a retailer that provides them with personalized offers.Marketing automation powered with AI does the same thing by ensuring the right message gets to the right person at just the right time. But deep learning can take it a notch higher. It takes into account customer taste, personal preferences, spending patterns and even micro preferences combined with external factors, like weather, to send highly customized and more relevant suggestions to their customers. Related: Think Twice About a Company When You Keep Hearing These 4 AI Buzzwords3. Customer behavior is a science: Big data analytics and deep learning.Prescriptive analytics is another technique that uses deep learning from customer data to predict future trends and behavior patterns. Marketing automation platforms have become powerful enough to anticipate predictions — like when a customer will make his next purchase, what’s the LTV of a customer, who are the most valuable customers, what time is a customer is most likely to buy, and what’s the right discount to offer to a customer segment.Deep learning has already been used in the advertising industry to make activities up to 50 percent more efficient. That’s why many marketers are super excited about it. But, deep learning is not as easy as it sounds. Still as a marketer, it’s important to know how it works and how you can use it to your advantage. Marketers who strive to be relevant to their consumer need to pay attention to this technology. August 15, 2018 Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

first_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Most factories make use of machines in the production process and, as a result, lots of people have been put out of work. But are service-based businesses about to face a similar fate? Will you be replaced by a robot one day?That particular question has likely brought chills down many people’s spines, but could this really be the reality we’re facing? Imagine all the different kinds of service-based jobs poised to crumble because some app or robot can do the work faster than a human would.Let’s say you normally hire tutors to help your children with their homework, perhaps from a service-based business that has a good track record and high success rates among users. All of that could change in a flash with AI —  in fact, that is one of the reasons why some people are scared of AI in spite of how fascinating it is.Related: Why Businesses Keep Failing to Make the Most of AIHow would you feel if your child asked help from Alexa for their homework? The virtual assistant is fast becoming a staple among homes; you surely can’t stop your child’s urge from asking, “What’s 5 minus 3?” can you?These days all the child has to do is take a picture of their math homework, and an app can instantly tell whether the answer is right or wrong. AI also allows apps to recommend courses to users based on their level of progress in those subjects, and, if that’s not enough, it also knows what kind of questions teachers give out as assignments.What is AI?Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a branch of computer science developed with the objective of creating intelligent machines that can mimic human behavior and the ability to make decisions. In essence, these programs are able to study our behavior and make decisions as if we’re the one making them but, of course, a lot faster.Related: 5 Future Jobs You’ve Never Heard of But That Your Kids Will Flock toSince AI “learns” our behavior, it’s not limited by the programmer’s code. So, in a sense, it’s able to grow in knowledge on its own as we keep using it.Will AI take over service-based business jobs?There have been a series of debates on whether AI will take over jobs or not. A study by Boston Consulting Group predicted that by 2025, a quarter of jobs will be replaced by either smart software or robots. Kai Fu Lee, a renowned AI expert and venture capitalist, believes that 40 percent of the jobs in the world will be replaced by robots.Without a doubt, AI is gradually infiltrating and disrupting different industries, including healthcare and banking. But you mustn’t forget that machines have their limitations. Although technology has advanced to the point that software mimic humans, they can never totally take our place. In fact, AI will help create more jobs than it seeks to eliminate. You may need to acquire new skills, but it doesn’t mean that you’ll be replaced.Related: 4 Ways Artificial Intelligence Is Shaping the Future for Businesses Big and SmallSo, in essence, even if you use AI to help your child with their homework, it will not entirely take away the jobs of tutors who will teach kids. There will still be a need for tutors to dictate what standard is expected of students — and maybe even tutors would delve into developing AI that will help tutor kids.It’s all in how you choose to handle the technological changes that come your way. Outrightly rejecting or fearing technology won’t secure your job, but if you could develop your skills and knowledge to go along with the change in technology, then there is no way you’d be out of work. The beauty of service-based businesses is their ability to easily pivot and evolve. This kind of flexibility will work in your favor with the advancement of AI. AI is artificial; it’s not naturally intelligent yet.The final verdictAI is a bittersweet topic. On one hand, it’s one of the best innovations the world has ever seen. And on the other, it could be what brings to an end a lot of businesses because it’s smarter, faster and more efficient. However, saying AI will take away most people’s jobs is an exaggeration. It will surely change the way you do business, but it will not take away all jobs. So, there’s really no need to panic.Related: Robots Are Stealing Our JobsAll you need to do is grow and adjust to the new technology instead of fighting it. You’ll only have cause to fear when you don’t evolve with the technology. How Success Happens June 14, 2019 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Listen Now 5 min readlast_img read more

first_img(Credit: YAKOBCHUK VIACHESLAV/Shutterstock)Hot flashes — sudden rushes of overwhelming warmth that heat up the body like a roaring furnace – plague millions of women, and some men. Now scientists find a single type of brain cell is responsible for setting off these heat bombs in mice. The discovery may lead to better treatments for keeping the body’s thermostat at a pleasant temperature.Currently, the go-to remedy for hot flashes is estrogen replacement therapy to compensate for a drop in estrogen levels after menopause. But as a hormone, estrogen has effects throughout the body and isn’t an option for many people including those with liver disease, who are at risk for strokes and women suffering breast cancer. To find better treatments, scientists needed a better grasp on what causes hot flashes.Hot IdeaRichard Palmiter, a neuroscientist at the University of Washington in Seattle, had a hunch. Five years ago, a neurologist at the University of Arizona in Tucson named Naomi Rance had laid out what was known about hot flashes at the time and proposed an idea. She suggested neurons tucked away in a pocket of the hypothalamus — a region of the brain that controls many basic life functions including hunger, thirst, fatigue, and body temperature — and that make a molecule called kisspeptin might be the link between estrogen levels and hot flashes.Kisspeptin wields serious influence as puberty and reproduction may depend on this protein. Mutations that disable kisspeptin lead to a condition called hypogonadotropic hypogonadism, which can stop, delay or even prevent sexual maturation in humans and rodents for example. Estrogen usually keeps kisspeptin-producing neurons in check, but thanks to a drop in sex hormones during menopause, these brain cells swell. As they grow larger, the neurons produce more kisspeptin and another molecule called neurokinin b known to affect body temperature. The evidence suggests kisspeptin neurons may spur hot flashes.The problem with studying hot flashes is that they are transient, lasting from seconds for up to an agonizing 10 minutes. Though warm temperatures, anxiety and spicy foods can bring them on, it’s hard to predict when they’ll happen. Palmiter was looking for a way to reliably trigger hot flashes for study and he wondered if stimulating kisspeptin neurons would do the trick.Bringing the HeatSo, using a technique known as optogenetics that allows scientists to stimulate neurons with fiber optic cables and flashes of light, the researchers selectively turned on the kisspeptin neurons in female mice. And right after doing so they saw that temperatures rose in the rodents. Using a thermal camera that color codes temperature, Palmiter and his team watched as the mice’s tails became warmer, their blood vessels expanding to bring body heat to the skin’s surface to get rid of the extra warmth. The mice also didn’t move around in their cages as much as control mice, a sign that they were too warm to behave as they typically might, the scientists reported July 10 in the journal Cell Reports.“It worked out remarkably,” says Palmiter.Though estrogen is a female sex hormone, the neurons are present in both sexes, so Palmiter and team activated the neurons in male mice, too. The boys flushed just as much as the female mice had, another sign that kisspeptin neurons are behind hot flashes.Then the team went one step further. Since it’s neurokinin b that regulates body temperature, not kisspeptin, the researchers gave female mice a drug that stops the molecule from performing its normal function. When they then activated the kisspeptin neurons, the mice stayed cool, a sign that it is likely neurokinin b specifically, and not something else related to kisspeptin neurons, causing hot flashes. Targeting these neurons or the molecule directly could be an alternative treatment for post-menopausal women suffering from hot flashes. Clinical trials are already underway.“This [research] should only be the tip of the iceberg, really,” says Rance.last_img read more

first_imgDrag Race fans perform RuPaul’s Kitty Girl in a cabin and it’s fabulousWhat a shocker! RuPaul’s Drag Race season 9 winner is…Spiderman’s Tom Holland thinks RuPaul’s Drag Race is a show about carsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lip-sync-rupaul-ellen/ Ellen and RuPaul | Photo: TheEllenShow YouTube GAYSTARNEWS- If their wives screams weren’t enough to convince them, that reminder was.From that point on, they gave it their absolute all.Watch the video below [embedded content]Brennan and Christian really pulled out their best moves for Sia’s Chandelier then.The final lip sync song was the classic Oops I Did It Again by gay icon Britney Spears.RuPaul and Ellen looked to the audience to help them decide who won.While ‘Brennan knew all the words, Christian really gave attitude.’Take Our PollGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . RuPaul appeared on the Ellen show recently and hosted the most hilarious lip sync competition ever.center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Brennan and Christian joined the TV show hosts for the Drag Race mini spin off.Their wives were suspended above mats.To prevent them from being dropped, the men had to ‘lip sync for their wives.’Their first lip sync song was Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass. Brennan won the first round which meant unfortunately for her, Christian’s wife would have to drop.Ru’s reaction to pulling the lever is unmissable!Ellen reminds the men: ‘Now you can see why you have to really get involved.’last_img read more

first_imgRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/russian-authorities-close-lgbti-safe-space-at-world-cup-force-it-to-move/ Just days before the House’s opening, the building’s landlords refused to hand over the keys. They had withdrawn permission for it to operate there.The Fare Network – which fights discrimination in soccer – planned to open two locations during Russia’s World Cup. The other House is now open in Moscow.‘The way in which the Diversity House was closed down is familiar to organisations in St. Petersburg, they recognise it as the method through which the city authorities shut down activities which do not conform to their political outlook,’ said Fare’s executive director, Piara Powar.‘It is difficult to obtain anything but anecdotal evidence to support the assertion but it seems to be clear that the project in St. Petersburg has been subject to a political attack of the kind that shows how debates about human rights are curtailed by powerful conservative political forces in Russia.’Powar said Fatma Samoura, the Secretary General of FIFA, ‘made represenations’ on behalf of Fare to no avail. FIFA is soccer’s international governing body. The new safe spaceThe network had to quickly find another location to setup its Diversity House.The new House is now operating at Berghold space and is run by Fare and the Cup for People project.‘Local groups and activists did an amazing job by finding a new venue and spending two days moving and making preparations to re-open. We salute their spirit and dedication to the cause of diversity and anti-discrimination,’ Powar.Fare opened the Diversity Houses to provide a space for LGBTI people this month’s World Cup in Russia. The space is needed because Russian fans have threatened kill LGBTI fans, while a soccer insider believed authorities would likely cover up any murders of LGBTI people during the tournament.Over the weekend thugs violently attacked a gay couple in St Petersburg. One of them suffered a serious brain injury in the attack.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The organizers of Diversity House, a safe space for LGBTI fans during the World Cup, say a ‘political attack’ forced the closure of its location in St Petersburg. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The Moscow Diversity House. | Photo: Fare Networklast_img read more

first_imgPhoto: Banorte surveillance video One of the opened ATMs was discovered at a Banorte bank located at 30th Avenue and 14th Street in the city’s center. Ministerial Police obtained security footage that recorded a male breaking into the machine. Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Two ATMs at different areas along 30th Avenue were found opened during the early morning hours with one of the machines being completely emptied of its cash. The second opened ATM was found at Mega Comercial Mexicana also along 30th Avenue, however, the cash was still inside. Reports say that this is similar to a machine break-in attempt in Cozumel only the day before and is likely same person committing the crime. The person in the video has yet to be identified by police. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. UP NEXT:SCFC training at BET365SCFC training at BET365UP NEXT: Click for Sound The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Video Loading Video Unavailable Watch Next Click to playTap to play We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comTwo accidents on the M6 in Cheshire Have resulted in long delays in both directions this afternoon. One accident has taken place near junction 18 (Middlewich/Holmes Chapel) on the southbound carriageway. Inrix, a traffic data company, reports lane one of three was closed as a result of the accident, which involved a lorry and a car. The crash is believed to have taken place at around 2.50pm this afternoon – with the carriageway reopening at 3.50pm. Traffic England reports vehicles are queuing in the area as a result of the accident, while Highways England say there are currently ongoing delays. A Highways England spokesman said: “All lanes are now open on the M6 southbound at J18 following the earlier collision. “Delays of around half an hour remain but should start to ease now.” Read MoreWatch the moment a lorry nearly causes an accident on the A500 in Stoke-on-Trent There is also an accident on the northbound carriageway between J18 and J19 (Knutsford) which is reported to involve two cars. Lane was closed northbound as a result and delays are building, with Traffic England currently reporting delays of more than 30 minutes, although all lanes have now reopened. A Highways England spokesman said: “All lanes are now open on the M6 northbound between J18 and J19. Delays are starting to ease and should be back to normal shortly.” We will bring you updates as we get them on the dedicated live feed below. For further traffic and travel information from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire, as well as other news and updates from across the region, visit today’s general live news feed here. Read MoreMotorist with ‘appalling’ driving record has been locked up Watch again Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.16:18All lanes now openA Highways England spokesman said: “All lanes are now open on the M6 northbound between J18 and J19. Delays are starting to ease and should be back to normal shortly.”16:06Accident on Northbound carriageway involves two carsThe accident on the northbound carriageway involves two cars.16:04Delays continue on M6 SouthboundA Highways England spokesman said:All lanes are now open on the M6 southbound at J18 following the earlier collision. Delays of around half an hour remain but should start to ease now .”15:58Lane reopens on M6 SouthboundQueueing traffic due to earlier accident, a heavy goods vehicle and a car involved on M6 Southbound at J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is 45 minutes.Lane one (of three) was closed. Re-opened around 15:50.15:37Delays of around an hour on M6 SouthboundA Highways England spokesman said there are currently delays of around an hour on the M6 Southbound.A spokesman said:1 Lane is closed on the #M6 southbound at J18 following a collision. Expect delays of around about an hour if you’re heading that way “15:36M6 Southbound accidentThe accident on the southbound carriageway has taken place near junction 18, according to traffic data company INRIX.Traffic England report delays of more than an hour as a result of the accident.The accident on the southbound carriageway has taken place near junction 18 (Image: Inrix)15:31M6 Northbound accidentOne lane is shut northbound due to an accident between junction 18 and junction 19.Highways England say delays are building, with Traffic England reporting delays of around 30 minutes.A Highways England spokesman said: “Long delays on the M6 northbound between J18 and J19 following a collision which has closed 1 Lane.”The affected stretch of the M6 northbound (Image: Highways England)last_img read more

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Cold weather and possible rain is predicted for Ladysmith today (May 29).The skies have become overcast already, accompanied by a nippy wind, with temperatures expected to drop into the teens as the afternoon approaches evening.A low of 10° is expected tonight.Read also: Possibility of snow to fall in areas surrounding Ladysmith, bringing cold weather Also read: Weather Update: Cold day in store for Ladysmith after snowfall on the DrakensbergSo snuggle up in jerseys and blankets to keep warm!Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Also read previous snow stories: Snow on the mountains brings in the coldThe snow that has fallen on the Drakensberg can still be seen, but speaking to people in the Winterton area, they say the snow is melting fast.So if you want to catch a glimpse and take a great photo of the snow, you had better get there fast and experience these spectacular weather conditions for yourself.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!center_img Heavy snow over the weekend has brought cold temperatures to Ladysmith and surrounding areas.Snow fell over the weekend over the Eastern Cape Drakensberg, extending into Lesotho and the KZN Drakensberg.Areas surrounding the Drakensberg, especially Bergville and Winterton, saw many people flocking to catch a glimpse of the blanket of snow covering the mountains.The weather is expected to start warming up in Ladysmith from tomorrow (May 16).The cold weather is still in place today, with Ladysmith having mostly cloudy conditions and occasional rain. Drizzle is expected later this afternoon.Also read: Snow predicted to start falling from today, bringing cold weather to LadysmithAlso read previous snow stories: Avoid travelling in areas where snow may falllast_img read more

first_img Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Related Content News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more News | October 09, 2008 Toshiba Installs Vantage Titan MR at Health Scan Imaging October 10, 2008 – The quietness and open design of the Toshiba Vantage Titan is dramatically improving the MR experience for patients at Health Scan Imaging in Temecula, CA, according to Toshiba. The system boasts a 71 cm opening, reportedly the largest in the industry, and patented noise reduction technology.Claustrophobic and obese patients are now able to be imaged with MR because the open bore provides a greater feeling of openness. Toshiba’s patented Pianissimo technology reduces acoustic noise, the most significant cause of patient discomfort during a MR exam. Finally, patients sensitive to contrast agents now have an option for a contrast-free MRA exam. For more information: www.medical.toshiba.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

first_img Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Technology | Quality Assurance (QA) | July 10, 2019 IBA Launches Monte Carlo Patient QA for Varian Halcyon at AAPM 2019 IBA announced the launch of the latest functionality of the SciMoCa Monte Carlo Patient QA solution at the 61st annual… read more January 15, 2009 – Isodose Control released the Flexiplan 2.5 brachytherapy planning system designed to assist planning in three areas: intelligent image manipulation, contouring and dose optimization. Flexiplan allows fusion of different datasets, and can digitally reconstruct radiographs (calculated X-Ray films) from CT images to provide complete patient information in one view for fast applicator reconstruction. True 3D contouring on reconstructed or oblique images is reportedly faster and easier. Automatic contouring (on Hounsfield values) also helps to save valuable procedure time. Complex structures such as the trachea (multiple closed contours) can now be identified as a single structure and contoured in multiple planes. According to the developer, this means volumes of complex structure can now be calculated in seconds.Flexiplan 2.5 supports new protocols, such as Mammosite, and includes improved optimization and calculation methods. Dose volumes are now automatically calculated in absolute values, such as cm3. The minimum/maximum surface dose detection can also be expressed in absolute values. Working with absolute values is a much safer and easier process making treatment planning a more exact science.Previous features such as the zero-reference metric positioning system, smart user interface and offering real-time planning in the same package remain key in this new release.For more information: www.isodosecontrol.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Mahadevappa Mahesh discusses trends in medical physics at the 2019 AAPM meetingVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:01Loaded: 4.04%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:01 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Technology | Treatment Planning | July 02, 2019 RaySearch Releases Version 9A of RayStation Treatment Planning System RaySearch announced the release of RayStation 9A, the latest version of its radiation therapy treatment planning system… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Feature | Treatment Planning | July 01, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis New Treatment Planning System Technologies Treatment planning systems (TPS)… read more News | Radiation Therapy | July 09, 2019 Researchers Use Artificial Intelligence to Deliver Personalized Radiation Therapy New Cleveland Clinic-led research shows that artificial intelligence (AI) can use medical scans and health records to… read more Technology | January 15, 2009 New Brachytherapy Tool Eases Complex Contouring Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, Universi read more Related Content Video Player is loading.Princess Margaret Cancer Center uses machine learning to create automated treatment plansPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:22Loaded: 4.83%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:22 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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first_img The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. October 5, 2009 – The FDA has given Sonosite 510(k) clearance for its new NanoMaxx ultrasound system, a new portable, 6-lb. ultrasound with a one button design. Based on SonoSite’s 4th generation Turbo technology, the 6-lb. NanoMaxx system is the latest addition to SonoSite’s suite of specialized products for point-of-care visualization in medicine. Complete with streamlined one button optimization technology, a touch screen user interface and SonoSite’s 5-year warranty, the NanoMaxx system suits both hospital and office markets and is designed to provide healthcare professionals with improved patient safety practices, expanded workflow capabilities and exam room flexibility. The new ultra portable and one button design of the NanoMaxx system makes high quality ultrasound available to a much broader range of clinicians. The system incorporates SonoSite’s advanced proprietary imaging algorithms, including SonoMB and SonoAdapt to deliver superior image quality in a lightweight, rugged form factor. With a touch screen that responds easily to the tap of a finger, and one button optimization, clinicians can readily acquire high resolution images to increase clinical productivity at the point-of-care. A system boot-up time of less than 20 seconds and long battery life further enhance workflow when using the NanoMaxx system. At introduction, the NanoMaxx tool is available with a complement of five transducers to support a wide range of examinations and procedures including thoracic assessment for pathology, vascular access, needle aspirations and injections, as well as abdominal, cardiac, nerve, OB/Gyn, musculoskeletal, small parts and vascular scanning. The clinical capabilities of the NanoMaxx will help eliminate the risk and cost of transporting patients to the imaging lab for many examinations and procedures. The small footprint of the system, along with its space-saving solutions, enables seamless integration with a multitude of exam-room configurations. For convenience and flexibility, the system can be wall mounted, placed on an exam table with kickstand attached, or used from a highly maneuverable stand. Physicians can easily carry the NanoMaxx tool from room-to-room, to a satellite office, to the operating room or to a field site for immediate use. The NanoMaxx system’s highly integrated architecture and ruggedized design, including the industry’s first elastomeric bumper for extra durability, plus magnesium outer shell, allows it to be used in the most demanding and austere environments. Proving its reliability, the NanoMaxx system and its transducers successfully passed SonoSite’s standard three foot durability drop test. In addition, to further reduce the risk of infection, the NanoMaxx system’s fluid-resistant user interface makes the system easy to clean and disinfect, helping to address the growing concern over infection control in the medical community. Affordable and Easily Accessible with Web-Based Purchasing Program Affordably priced, the NanoMaxx system and its transducers include SonoSite’s industry-leading 5-year warranty, to provide the lowest cost of ownership in ultrasound. Also, SonoSite’s One-to-One Purchase Program further extends the cost saving advantages of the NanoMaxx ultrasound tool by replacing or complementing the traditional on-site, pre-sale demonstration with a personal phone consultation and webcast demonstration provided by a professional clinical sales consultant. Visit the NanoMaxx ultrasound tool website to learn more about SonoSite’s newest system and to experience a personal, interactive product demo. In addition, Apple iPhone and iPod mobile device users can view a video of the NanoMaxx system on SonoSite’s new SonoAccess application. For more information: www.sonosite.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more Related Content News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more Technology | October 05, 2009 SonoSite Gets FDA Clearance for New NanoMaxx Ultrasound Tool Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more center_img News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more last_img read more

first_img News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Related Content Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | September 05, 2013 Bismuth-Carrying Nanotubes Show Promise for CT Scans Rice-led collaboration finds element useful as contrast agent for tracking stem cells Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more An electron microscope image shows bismuth ions (dark lines) sitting inside carbon nanotubes.September 5, 2013 — Scientists at Rice University have trapped bismuth in a nanotube cage to tag stem cells for X-ray tracking. Bismuth is probably best known as the active element in a popular stomach-settling elixir and is also used in cosmetics and medical applications. Rice chemist Lon Wilson and his colleagues are inserting bismuth compounds into single-walled carbon nanotubes to make a more effective contrast agent for computed tomography (CT) scanners. Details of the work by Wilson’s Rice team and collaborators at the University of Houston, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital and the Texas Heart Institute appear in the Journal of Materials Chemistry B.This is not the first time bismuth has been tested for CT scans, and Wilson’s lab has been experimenting for years with nanotube-based contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners. But this is the first time anyone has combined bismuth with nanotubes to image individual cells, he said.”At some point, we realized no one has ever tracked stem cells, or any other cells that we can find, by CT,” Wilson said. “CT is much faster, cheaper and more convenient, and the instrumentation is much more widespread [than MRI]. So we thought if we put bismuth inside the nanotubes and the nanotubes inside stem cells, we might be able to track them in vivo in real time.”Experiments to date confirm their theory. In tests using pig bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells, Wilson and lead author Eladio Rivera, a former postdoctoral researcher at Rice, found that bismuth-filled nanotubes, which they call Bi@US (link sends e-mail)-tubes, produce CT images far brighter than those from common iodine-based contrast agents.”Bismuth has been thought of before as a CT contrast agent, but putting it in nanotube capsules allows us to get them inside cells in high concentrations,” Wilson said. “That lets us take an X-ray image of the cell.”The capsules are made from a chemical process that cuts and purifies the nanotubes. When the tubes and bismuth chloride are mixed in a solution, they combine over time to form Bi@US (link sends e-mail)-tubes. The nanotube capsules are between 20 and 80 nanometers long and about 1.4 nanometers in diameter.”They’re small enough to diffuse into the cell, where they then aggregate into a clump about 300 nanometers in diameter,” said Wilson. “We think the surfactant used to suspend them in biological media is stripped off when they pass through the cell membrane. The nanotubes are lipophilic, so when they find each other in the cell they stick together.”Wilson said his team’s studies showed stem cells readily absorb Bi@US (link sends e-mail)-tubes without affecting their function. “The cells adjust over time to the incorporation of these chunks of carbon and then they go about their business,” he said.Bi@US (link sends e-mail)-tubes have clear advantages over commonly used iodine-based contrast agents, Wilson said. “Bismuth is a heavy element, down near the bottom of the periodic table, and more effective at diffracting X-rays than almost anything else you could use,” he said. Once the bismuth is encapsulated in the nanotubes, the agent can produce high contrast in very small concentrations. The nanotube surfaces can be modified to improve biocompatibility and their ability to target certain types of cells. They can also be modified for use with MRI, positron emission tomography (PET) and electron paramagnetic resonance imaging systems.The Rice lab is currently working to double the amount of bismuth in each nanotube. “Bismuth ions appear to get into the nanotubes by capillary action, and we think we can improve on the process to at least double the contrast, maybe more,” Wilson said. “Then we would like to combine both bismuth and gadolinium into one nanotube to produce a bimodal contrast agent that can be tracked with both MRI and CT scanners.”For more information: www.rice.edu FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read morelast_img read more

first_img The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | October 11, 2013 SNMMI Looks to Future Advances in Nuclear Imaging Field News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more October 11, 2013 — To recognize the advances in the field of nuclear and molecular imaging, as well as the professionals who carry out these procedures, the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) and the SNMMI Technologist Section (SNMMI-TS) celebrated Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Week, October 6-12, 2013. The theme of this year’s Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Week was “Molecular Imaging: The Future…Delivered.”The SNMMI and SNMMI-TS have compiled a list of the advances being made within the field today that will impact the future of healthcare. “The nuclear medicine and molecular imaging research currently being conducted has the potential to expand our field in a significant way and enhance ‘personalized medicine’,” noted Gary Dillehay, M.D., FACNM, FACR, current president of the SNMMI. “From new imaging tracers  to expanded use of radionuclide therapy to improved dose optimization, there is much to look forward to in the coming years.” Advances being made in the field include:New tracers, such as 18F-FLT, 18F-FMISO and 68Ga-DOTATOC for oncology treatment monitoring.Expanded uses for new nuclear medicine therapies, such as 223-Radium dichloride.Further development of optical imaging for clinical use.Integration of molecular imaging into clinical trials to determine the effectiveness of treatments.Consensus guidelines for dose optimization in nuclear medicine procedures. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Related Contentcenter_img Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more A toolkit was also developed for nuclear and molecular imaging professionals to celebrate Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Week. The toolkit included a fact sheet, sample letter to government officials, sample media materials and suggested activities for the week—including issuing a public service announcement, holding an open house of the nuclear and molecular imaging department for the public and hosting an appreciation luncheon for employees. Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Week t-shirts, lunch bags, pens and more were also available for purchase. “Now more than ever, it is important that we educate others—patients, referring physicians, students, and even politicians—on the utility of nuclear medicine procedures and their benefits over other treatment and imaging modalities,” said Scott Holbrook, BS, CNMT, FSNMMI-TS, president for the SNMMI-TS. “Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Week is an opportune time to share with others the impact our field has on the well-being of patients.” More than 17 million Americans undergo nuclear medicine procedures each year for a variety of conditions, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurological conditions and other physiological problems. Nuclear medicine and molecular imaging procedures are an invaluable way to gather medical information that would otherwise be unavailable, require surgery or necessitate more expensive diagnostic tests.For more information, visit www.snmmi.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.center_img January 8, 2014 — Stryker Corp., a medical technology company, and NeuroLogica, a medical imaging company and subsidiary of Samsung Electronics America Inc., announced an exclusive partnership agreement in which Stryker will promote and sell NeuroLogica’s BodyTom portable full body computed tomography (CT) scanner for the specialties of neurosurgery, spine surgery, orthopaedic surgery and trauma surgery in conjunction with the Stryker NAV3i Surgical Navigation Platform. Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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With Stryker’s support in serving customers in neurosurgery, spine surgery, orthopaedic surgery and trauma surgery, NeuroLogica will turn its focus on the development of new markets and clinical applications for BodyTom along with their other portable imaging solutions, CereTom and inSPira HD. BodyTom is the world’s first portable, 32-slice full body CT scanner. With an 85-cm gantry and 60-cm field of view, BodyTom produces high quality diagnostic images throughout the hospital, including in the operating theater, where it is frequently used to provide point-of-care imaging for surgical procedures. BodyTom can be combined with surgical navigation, also known as image-guided surgery, to facilitate the guidance of surgical instruments relative to a patient’s anatomy, improving visualization and precision during minimally invasive surgical interventions.last_img read more

first_img Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Related Contentcenter_img News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Neuro Imaging | June 30, 2016 Methylene Blue Shows Promise for Improving Short-Term Memory MRI study reveals increased response in key brain areas, suggesting potential treatment for a variety of cognitive impairments Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more June 30, 2016 — A single oral dose of methylene blue results in an increased magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based response in brain areas that control short-term memory and attention, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology.Methylene blue is used to treat methemoglobinemia, a blood disorder in which oxygen is unable to release effectively to body tissues, and as a surgical stain.Animal studies have shown a single low dose of methylene blue enhances long-term contextual memory — the conscious recall of the source and circumstances of a specific memory — and extinction memory, a process in which a conditioned response from stimuli gradually diminishes over time.“Although the memory-enhancing effects of methylene blue were shown in rodents in the 1970s, the underlying neuronal changes in the brain responsible for memory improvement and the effects of methylene blue on short-term memory and sustained-attention tasks have not been investigated,” said study author Timothy Q. Duong, Ph.D., from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas. “Our team decided to conduct the first multi-modal MRI study of methylene blue in humans.”Twenty-six healthy participants, between the ages of 22 and 62, were enrolled in a double-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial to measure the effects of methylene blue on the human brain during working-memory and sustained-attention tasks. This study was approved by the local ethical committee.The participants underwent functional MRI (fMRI) before and one hour after low-dose methylene blue or placebo administration to evaluate the potential effects of methylene blue on cerebrovascular reactivity during tasks. Mean cerebral blood flow was measured pre- and post-intervention.The results showed methylene blue increased response in the bilateral insular cortex — an area deep within the brain associated with emotional responses — during a task that measured reaction time to a visual stimulus. The fMRI results also showed an increased response during short-term memory tasks involving the brain’s prefrontal cortex (which controls processing of memories, the parietal lobe (primarily associated with the processing of sensory information) and the occipital cortex (the visual processing center of the brain). In addition, methylene blue was associated with a 7 percent increase in correct responses during memory retrieval.The findings suggest that methylene blue can regulate certain brain networks related to sustained attention and short-term memory after a single oral low dose.“This work certainly provides a foundation for future trials of methylene blue in healthy aging, cognitive impairment, dementia and other conditions that might benefit from drug-induced memory enhancement,” Duong said.For more information: www.pubs.rsna.org/journal/radiology FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

first_img 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.” 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 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 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. 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 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 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. 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. Find more SCCT news and videos Artificial Intelligence | April 17, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence in Radiology — Are We Doomed? At the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI)/American College of Radiology (ACR) 2019 Symposium, Rasu Shrestha, M.D., MBA, chief strategy officer for Atrium Health, discusses his new role with Atrium, the hype cycle of artificial intelligence (AI) and the key elements of getting AI in radiology — and in healthcare — right.Read the article “Atrium Health Debuts Amazon Alexa Skill to Help Patients Access Medical Care”Listen to the podcast Is Artificial Intelligence The Doom of Radiology?, a discussion with Shrestha. 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. 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.” FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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.  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. 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. 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. Sponsored Videos View all 142 items 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. 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. 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. Information Technology View all 220 items 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 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.  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. Related CT Technology Content:New CT Technology Entering the MarketVIDEO: Advances in Cardiac CT Imaging — Interview with David Bluemke, M.D.Expanding Applications for Computed TomographyVIDEO: Overview of Cardiac CT Trends and 2019 SCCT Meeting Highlights —Interview with Ron Blankstein, M.D., directVIDEO: 10 Tips to Improve Cardiac CT Imaging — Interview with Quynh Truong, M.D.FFR-CT: Is It Radiology or Cardiology?VIDEO: ITN Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Technology at RSNA 2018VIDEO: Using Advanced CT to Enhance Radiation Therapy Planning — Interview with Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D.VIDEO: Tips and Tricks to Aid Cardiac CT Technologist WorkflowManaging CT Radiation DoseVIDEO: ITN Editor’s Choice of Most Innovative New Cardiac CT Technology at SCCT 2017New Developments in Cardiovascular Computed Tomography at SCCT 2017VIDEO: Role of Cardiac CT in Value-based Medicine — Leslee Shaw, Ph.D.Advances in Cardiac Imaging Technologies at RSNA 2017VIDEO: The Future of Cardiac CT in the Next Decade — Interview with Leslee Shaw, Ph.D.VIDEO: What to Consider When Comparing 64-slice to Higher Slice CT Systems — Interview with Claudio Smuclovisky, M.D.  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. Matthew Budoff, M.D., FACC, professor of medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, endowed chair of preventive cardiology, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, discusses the PROMISE and PICTURE trials at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2017 meeting. Watch the VIDEO “The Role of Cardic CT in Value-based Medicine.” Artificial Intelligence | January 15, 2019 Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2018 In Artificial Intelligence 2018: What Radiologists Need to Know About AI, ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of artificial intelligence (AI) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2018 annual meeting. 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. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Technology Reports View all 9 items Find more SCCT news and videos 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. 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 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. 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. 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.  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. 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 Radiation Oncology View all 91 items 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 Find more news and videos from AAPM. 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. 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.  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 Artificial Intelligence | April 02, 2019 itnTV “Conversations:” What is Edison? At RSNA 2018, GE Healthcare formally presented Edison as the company’s new applications platform, designed to speed the delivery of precision care.  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). 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 Find more SCCT news and videos 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. Find more news and videos from AAPM. 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. Recent Videos View all 606 items center_img 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. 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. ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr showcases several new technologies that are helping to advance this field.For additional patient-centered care coverage, see:Conversations with Greg Freiherr: The Accuray PhilosophyASTRO Puts Patients First Find more news and videos from AAPM. Find more SCCT news and videos Related Enterprise Imaging Content:RSNA Technology Report 2017: Enterprise ImagingVIDEO: Building An Effective Enterprise Imaging StrategyFive Steps for Better Diagnostic Image ManagementVIDEO: Enterprise Imaging and the Digital Imaging Adoption ModelEnterprise Imaging to Account for 27 Percent of Imaging MarketVIDEO: Defining Enterprise Imaging — The HIMSS-SIIM Enterprise Imaging WorkgroupVIDEO: How to Build An Enterprise Imaging System 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 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.” Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 19, 2017 VIDEO: Latest Trials on Cardiac CT Compared to Functional Testing 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. 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 Related Cardiac Sarcoidosis Content:ASNC and SNMMI Release Joint Document on Diagnosis, Treatment of Cardiac SarcoidosisNew PET-CT Scan Improves Detection in Rare Cardiac Condition25 Most Impactful Nuclear Cardiology ArticlesRecent Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging Technology 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. 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. 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. Radiology Imaging View all 288 items 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. 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 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 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. 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. 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) 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 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.” 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 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. 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 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 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 GE Edison Platform Content:GE Healthcare Unveils New Applications and Smart Devices Built on Edison PlatformVIDEO: itnTV Conversations — What is Edison? 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” 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.” 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.  Related content:itnTV “Conversations”: The Accuray Philosophy 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). 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Related content:Atrium Health Debuts Amazon Alexa Skill to Help Patients Access Medical CareSmart Speaker Technology Harnessed for Hospital Medical Treatments Women’s Health View all 62 items 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.  Find more SCCT news and videos 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. 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 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. 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. 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. 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. Find more SCCT news and videos Molecular Imaging View all 22 items 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. 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. Conference Coverage View all 396 items Related 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 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 Medicinelast_img read more

first_img The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Related Content News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systemscenter_img Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Prostate Cancer | October 17, 2017 Cleveland Clinic Researchers Reveal Biomarker for Guiding Prostate Cancer Treatment Identifying specific genetic variant could help target specific hormonal pathways News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more October 17, 2017 — Back-to-back discoveries from Cleveland Clinic demonstrate for the first time how a testosterone-related genetic abnormality can help predict individual patient responses to specific prostate cancer therapies.The studies, published in the October 12 issue of JAMA Oncology, suggest that men who inherit this variant would benefit from a personalized treatment plan that targets specific hormonal pathways.The research teams, led by Nima Sharifi, M.D., of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute, studied the role of the HSD3B1(1245C) genetic variant in two different prostate cancer patient populations, following androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). ADT works by blocking prostate cancer’s supply of male hormones in the testes. It is a cornerstone treatment for recurrent prostate cancer, but it often stops working, allowing cancer to progress and spread. In 2013, Sharifi discovered that prostate cancer cells with the genetic abnormality survive ADT by producing their own androgens.In the first new study, Sharifi and colleagues from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Harvard/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center analyzed 213 men whose prostate cancer recurred after radiation therapy and underwent ADT. They found for the first time that following radiation and ADT, prostate cancer was much more likely to spread — and spread rapidly — in men who had the HSD3B1(1245C) variant.The second study, performed in collaboration with researchers at University of California San Francisco, examined a group of 90 men with metastatic cancer that had become resistant to ADT. These patients were subsequently treated with the drug ketoconazole, which blocks the production of androgens outside of the testes (e.g., those developed by prostate cancer cells that are evading ADT treatment).Surprisingly, men with the genetic anomaly fared better on ketoconazole than men without the variant. This finding raises the possibility that targeting variant tumors’ backup androgen supply (outside of the testes) could be a successful strategy when ADT fails.”We hypothesized that HSD3B1(1245C) variant tumors become resistant to ADT because they have a backup supply of androgens,” said Sharifi. “However, relying on these extra-gonadal androgens makes them more sensitive to ketoconazole.”These discoveries complement earlier studies and support the use of HSD3B1(1245C) as a predictive biomarker to help guide critical treatment decisions. While the outlook of patients with this gene variant is poor, these studies offer hope for a new treatment strategy for these men, and more studies are needed using next-generation androgen inhibitors, such as abiraterone and enzalutamide.”We are hopeful that these findings will lead to more personalized and effective treatments for prostate cancer,” said Sharifi. “If men carry a specific testosterone-related genetic abnormality we may be able to personalize their therapy and treat specific patients more aggressively.”This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Defense, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Prostate Cancer Foundation, American Cancer Society, the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and grants from the National Cancer Institute.For more information: www.jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaoncology FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read morelast_img read more

first_imgRelated 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. Conference Coverage View all 396 items 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.  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. 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.  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. 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 Artificial Intelligence | April 17, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence in Radiology — Are We Doomed? At the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI)/American College of Radiology (ACR) 2019 Symposium, Rasu Shrestha, M.D., MBA, chief strategy officer for Atrium Health, discusses his new role with Atrium, the hype cycle of artificial intelligence (AI) and the key elements of getting AI in radiology — and in healthcare — right.Read the article “Atrium Health Debuts Amazon Alexa Skill to Help Patients Access Medical Care”Listen to the podcast Is Artificial Intelligence The Doom of Radiology?, a discussion with Shrestha. Related 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 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. Find more SCCT news and videos 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. 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 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 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.  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 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 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.  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. 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. 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. 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. Radiation Oncology View all 91 items Find more SCCT news and videos CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) 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 Artificial Intelligence | January 15, 2019 Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2018 In Artificial Intelligence 2018: What Radiologists Need to Know About AI, ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of artificial intelligence (AI) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2018 annual meeting. 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. 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. 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 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. Find more news and videos from AAPM. 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.  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.  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.” 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 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. 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. ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr showcases several new technologies that are helping to advance this field.For additional patient-centered care coverage, see:Conversations with Greg Freiherr: The Accuray PhilosophyASTRO Puts Patients First 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. Women’s Health View all 62 items FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Find more news and videos from AAPM. Sponsored Videos View all 142 items Related Cardiac Sarcoidosis Content:ASNC and SNMMI Release Joint Document on Diagnosis, Treatment of Cardiac SarcoidosisNew PET-CT Scan Improves Detection in Rare Cardiac Condition25 Most Impactful Nuclear Cardiology ArticlesRecent Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging Technology Imaging Technology News (ITN) closed out the Radiological Society of North America’s (RSNA) 2018 conference with its highest social media reach numbers ever. Join us in our social media journey by following ITN on FaceBook and Twitter! Related content:itnTV “Conversations”: The Accuray Philosophy 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. Find more SCCT news and videos 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. 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 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.” Find more SCCT news and videos 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.” 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 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. 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.center_img 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 Find more news and videos from AAPM. 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. 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) 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. 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 Artificial Intelligence | April 02, 2019 itnTV “Conversations:” What is Edison? At RSNA 2018, GE Healthcare formally presented Edison as the company’s new applications platform, designed to speed the delivery of precision care.  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.” 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 Related CT Technology Content:New CT Technology Entering the MarketVIDEO: Advances in Cardiac CT Imaging — Interview with David Bluemke, M.D.Expanding Applications for Computed TomographyVIDEO: Overview of Cardiac CT Trends and 2019 SCCT Meeting Highlights —Interview with Ron Blankstein, M.D., directVIDEO: 10 Tips to Improve Cardiac CT Imaging — Interview with Quynh Truong, M.D.FFR-CT: Is It Radiology or Cardiology?VIDEO: ITN Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Technology at RSNA 2018VIDEO: Using Advanced CT to Enhance Radiation Therapy Planning — Interview with Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D.VIDEO: Tips and Tricks to Aid Cardiac CT Technologist WorkflowManaging CT Radiation DoseVIDEO: ITN Editor’s Choice of Most Innovative New Cardiac CT Technology at SCCT 2017New Developments in Cardiovascular Computed Tomography at SCCT 2017VIDEO: Role of Cardiac CT in Value-based Medicine — Leslee Shaw, Ph.D.Advances in Cardiac Imaging Technologies at RSNA 2017VIDEO: The Future of Cardiac CT in the Next Decade — Interview with Leslee Shaw, Ph.D.VIDEO: What to Consider When Comparing 64-slice to Higher Slice CT Systems — Interview with Claudio Smuclovisky, M.D.  RSNA 2018: Its a Wrap!Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:28Loaded: 35.58%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:28 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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. 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. 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 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. 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 Molecular Imaging View all 22 items 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. 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. 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. 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Technology Reports View all 9 items Recent Videos View all 606 items 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 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. Information Technology View all 220 items 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 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: 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. Find more SCCT news and videos 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. Videos | RSNA | December 11, 2018 ITN’s RSNA 2018 Coverage Reaches New Records Find more SCCT news and videos 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 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 content:Atrium Health Debuts Amazon Alexa Skill to Help Patients Access Medical CareSmart Speaker Technology Harnessed for Hospital Medical Treatments 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.  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 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. 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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 GE Edison Platform Content:GE Healthcare Unveils New Applications and Smart Devices Built on Edison PlatformVIDEO: itnTV Conversations — What is Edison? 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first_imgThe Iris dataset is the simplest, yet the most famous data analysis task in the ML space. In this article, you will build a solution for data analysis & classification task from an Iris dataset using Scala. This article is an excerpt taken from Modern Scala Projects written by Ilango Gurusamy. The following diagrams together help in understanding the different components of this project. That said, this pipeline involves training (fitting), transformation, and validation operations. More than one model is trained and the best model (or mapping function) is selected to give us an accurate approximation predicting the species of an Iris flower (based on measurements of those flowers): Project block diagram A breakdown of the project block diagram is as follows: Spark, which represents the Spark cluster and its ecosystem Training dataset Model Dataset attributes or feature measurements An inference process, that produces a prediction column The following diagram represents a more detailed description of the different phases in terms of the functions performed in each phase. Later we will come to visualize pipeline in terms of its constituent stages. For now, the diagram depicts four stages, starting with a data pre-processing phase, which is considered separate from the numbered phases deliberately. Think of the pipeline as a two-step process: A data cleansing phase, or pre-processing phase. An important phase that could include a subphase of Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA) (not explicitly depicted in the latter diagram). A data analysis phase that begins with Feature Extraction, followed by Model Fitting, and Model validation, all the way to deployment of an Uber pipeline JAR into Spark: Pipeline diagram Referring to the preceding diagram, the first implementation objective is to set up Spark inside an SBT project. An SBT project is a self-contained application, which we can run on the command line to predict Iris labels. In the SBT project,  dependencies are specified in a build.sbt file and our application code will create its  own SparkSession and SparkContext. So that brings us to a listing of implementation objectives and these are as follows: Get the Iris dataset from the UCI Machine Learning Repository Conduct preliminary EDA in the Spark shell Create a new Scala project in IntelliJ, and carry out all implementation steps, until the evaluation of the Random Forest classifier Deploy the application to your local Spark cluster Step 1# Getting the Iris dataset from the UCI Machine Learning Repository Head over to the UCI Machine Learning Repository website at https://archive.ics.uci.edu/ml/datasets/iris and click on Download: Data Folder. Extract this folder someplace convenient and copy over iris.csv into the root of your project folder. You may refer back to the project overview for an in-depth description of the Iris dataset. We depict the contents of the iris.csv file here, as follows: A snapshot of the Iris dataset with 150 sets You may recall that the iris.csv file is a 150-row file, with comma-separated values. Now that we have the dataset, the first step will be performing EDA on it. The Iris dataset is multivariate, meaning there is more than one (independent) variable, so we will carry out a basic multivariate EDA on it. But we need DataFrame to let us do that. How we create a dataframe as a prelude to EDA is the goal of the next section. Step 2# Preliminary EDA Before we get down to building the SBT pipeline project, we will conduct a preliminary EDA in spark-shell. The plan is to derive a dataframe out of the dataset and then calculate basic statistics on it. We have three tasks at hand for spark-shell: Fire up spark-shell Load the iris.csv file and build DataFrame Calculate the statistics We will then port that code over to a Scala file inside our SBT project. That said, let’s get down to loading the iris.csv file (inputting the data source) before eventually building DataFrame. Step 3# Creating an SBT project Lay out your SBT project in a folder of your choice and name it IrisPipeline or any name that makes sense to you. This will hold all of our files needed to implement and run the pipeline on the Iris dataset. The structure of our SBT project looks like the following: Project structure We will list dependencies in the build.sbt file. This is going to be an SBT project. Hence, we will bring in the following key libraries: Spark Core Spark MLlib Spark SQL The following screenshot illustrates the build.sbt file: The build.sbt file with Spark dependencies The build.sbt file referenced in the preceding snapshot is readily available for you in the book’s download bundle. Drill down to the folder Chapter01 code under ModernScalaProjects_Code and copy the folder over to a convenient location on your computer. Drop the iris.csv file that you downloaded in Step 1 – getting the Iris dataset from the UCI Machine Learning Repository into the root folder of our new SBT project. Refer to the earlier screenshot that depicts the updated project structure with the iris.csv file inside of it. Step 4# Creating Scala files in SBT project Step 4 is broken down into the following steps: Create the Scala file iris.scala in the com.packt.modern.chapter1 package. Up until now, we relied on SparkSession and SparkContext, which spark-shell gave us. This time around, we need to create SparkSession, which will, in turn, give us SparkContext. What follows is how the code is laid out in the iris.scala file. In iris.scala, after the package statement, place the following import statements: import org.apache.spark.sql.SparkSession Create SparkSession inside a trait, which we shall call IrisWrapper: lazy val session: SparkSession = SparkSession.builder().getOrCreate() Just one SparkSession is made available to all classes extending from IrisWrapper. Create val to hold the iris.csv file path: val dataSetPath = “>\\iris.csv” Create a method to build DataFrame. This method takes in the complete path to the Iris dataset path as String and returns DataFrame: def buildDataFrame(dataSet: String): DataFrame = {/* The following is an example of a dataSet parameter string: “C:\\Your\\Path\\To\\iris.csv”*/ Import the DataFrame class by updating the previous import statement for SparkSession: import org.apache.spark.sql.{DataFrame, SparkSession} Create a nested function inside buildDataFrame to process the raw dataset. Name this function getRows. getRows which takes no parameters but returns Array[(Vector, String)]. The textFile method on the SparkContext variable processes the iris.csv into RDD[String]: val result1: Array[String] = session.sparkContext.textFile(>) The resulting RDD contains two partitions. Each partition, in turn, contains rows of strings separated by a newline character, ‘\n’. Each row in the RDD represents its original counterpart in the raw data. In the next step, we will attempt several data transformation steps. We start by applying a flatMap operation over the RDD, culminating in the DataFrame creation. DataFrame is a view over Dataset, which happens to the fundamental data abstraction unit in the Spark 2.0 line. Step 5# Preprocessing, data transformation, and DataFrame creation We will get started by invoking flatMap, by passing a function block to it, and successive transformations listed as follows, eventually resulting in Array[(org.apache.spark.ml.linalg.Vector, String)]. A vector represents a row of feature measurements. The Scala code to give us Array[(org.apache.spark.ml.linalg.Vector, String)] is as follows: //Each line in the RDD is a row in the Dataset represented by a String, which we can ‘split’ along the new //line characterval result2: RDD[String] = result1.flatMap { partition => partition.split(“\n”).toList } //the second transformation operation involves a split inside of each line in the dataset where there is a //comma separating each element of that line val result3: RDD[Array[String]] = result2.map(_.split(“,”)) Next, drop the header column, but not before doing a collection that returns an Array[Array[String]]: val result4: Array[Array[String]] = result3.collect.drop(1) The header column is gone; now import the Vectors class: import org.apache.spark.ml.linalg.Vectors Now, transform Array[Array[String]] into Array[(Vector, String)]: val result5 = result4.map(row => (Vectors.dense(row(1).toDouble, row(2).toDouble, row(3).toDouble, row(4).toDouble),row(5))) Step 6# Creating, training, and testing data Now, let’s split our dataset in two by providing a random seed: val splitDataSet: Array[org.apache.spark.sql.Dataset[org.apache.spark.sql.Row]] = dataSet.randomSplit(Array(0.85, 0.15), 98765L) Now our new splitDataset contains two datasets: Train dataset: A dataset containing Array[(Vector, iris-species-label-column: String)] Test dataset: A dataset containing Array[(Vector, iris-species-label-column: String)] Confirm that the new dataset is of size 2: splitDataset.sizeres48: Int = 2 Assign the training dataset to a variable, trainSet: val trainDataSet = splitDataSet(0)trainSet: org.apache.spark.sql.Dataset[org.apache.spark.sql.Row] = [iris-features-column: vector, iris-species-label-column: string] Assign the testing dataset to a variable, testSet: val testDataSet = splitDataSet(1)testSet: org.apache.spark.sql.Dataset[org.apache.spark.sql.Row] = [iris-features-column: vector, iris-species-label-column: string] Count the number of rows in the training dataset: trainSet.countres12: Long = 14 Count the number of rows in the testing dataset: testSet.countres9: Long = 136 There are 150 rows in all. Step 7# Creating a Random Forest classifier In reference to Step 5 – DataFrame Creation. This DataFrame ‘dataFrame’ contains column names that corresponds to the columns present in the DataFrame produced in that step The first step to create a classifier is to  pass into it (hyper) parameters. A fairly comprehensive list of parameters look like this: From ‘dataFrame’ we need the Features column name – iris-features-column From ‘dataFrame’ we also need the Indexed label column name – iris-species-label-column The sqrt setting for featureSubsetStrategy Number of features to be considered per split (we have 150 observations and four features that will make our max_features value 2) Impurity settings—values can be gini and entropy Number of trees to train (since the number of trees is greater than one, we set a tree maximum depth), which is a number equal to the number of nodes The required minimum number of feature measurements (sampled observations), also known as the minimum instances per node Look at the IrisPipeline.scala file for values of each of these parameters. But this time, we will employ an exhaustive grid search-based model selection process based on combinations of parameters, where parameter value ranges are specified. Create a randomForestClassifier instance. Set the features and featureSubsetStrategy: val randomForestClassifier = new RandomForestClassifier() .setFeaturesCol(irisFeatures_CategoryOrSpecies_IndexedLabel._1) .setFeatureSubsetStrategy(“sqrt”) Start building Pipeline, which has two stages, Indexer and Classifier: val irisPipeline = new Pipeline().setStages(Array[PipelineStage](indexer) ++ Array[PipelineStage](randomForestClassifier)) Next, set the hyperparameter num_trees (number of trees) on the classifier to 15, a Max_Depth parameter, and an impurity with two possible values of gini and entropy. Build a parameter grid with all three hyperparameters: val finalParamGrid: Array[ParamMap] = gridBuilder3.build() Step 8# Training the Random Forest classifier Next, we want to split our training set into a validation set and a training set: val validatedTestResults: DataFrame = new TrainValidationSplit() On this variable, set Seed, set EstimatorParamMaps, set Estimator with irisPipeline, and set a training ratio to 0.8: val validatedTestResults: DataFrame = new TrainValidationSplit().setSeed(1234567L).setEstimator(irisPipeline) Finally, do a fit and a transform with our training dataset and testing dataset. Great! Now the classifier is trained. In the next step, we will apply this classifier to testing the data. Step 9# Applying the Random Forest classifier to test data The purpose of our validation set is to be able to make a choice between models. We want an evaluation metric and hyperparameter tuning. We will now create an instance of a validation estimator called TrainValidationSplit, which will split the training set into a validation set and a training set: val validatedTestResults.setEvaluator(new MulticlassClassificationEvaluator()) Next, we fit this estimator over the training dataset to produce a model and a transformer that we will use to transform our testing dataset. Finally, we perform a validation for hyperparameter tuning by applying an evaluator for a metric. The new ValidatedTestResults DataFrame should look something like this: ——–+ |iris-features-column|iris-species-column|label| rawPrediction| probability|prediction| +——————–+——————-+—–+——————–+ | [4.4,3.2,1.3,0.2]| Iris-setosa| 0.0| [40.0,0.0,0.0]| [1.0,0.0,0.0]| 0.0| | [5.4,3.9,1.3,0.4]| Iris-setosa| 0.0| [40.0,0.0,0.0]| [1.0,0.0,0.0]| 0.0| | [5.4,3.9,1.7,0.4]| Iris-setosa| 0.0| [40.0,0.0,0.0]| [1.0,0.0,0.0]| 0.0| Let’s return a new dataset by passing in column expressions for prediction and label: val validatedTestResultsDataset:DataFrame = validatedTestResults.select(“prediction”, “label”) In the line of code, we produced a new DataFrame with two columns: An input label A predicted label, which is compared with its corresponding value in the input label column That brings us to the next step, an evaluation step. We want to know how well our model performed. That is the goal of the next step. Step 10# Evaluate Random Forest classifier In this section, we will test the accuracy of the model. We want to know how well our model performed. Any ML process is incomplete without an evaluation of the classifier. That said, we perform an evaluation as a two-step process: Evaluate the model output Pass in three hyperparameters: val modelOutputAccuracy: Double = new MulticlassClassificationEvaluator() Set the label column, a metric name, the prediction column label, and invoke evaluation with the validatedTestResults dataset. Note the accuracy of the model output results on the testing dataset from the modelOutputAccuracy variable. The other metrics to evaluate are how close the predicted label value in the ‘predicted’ column is to the actual label value in the (indexed) label column. Next, we want to extract the metrics: val multiClassMetrics = new MulticlassMetrics(validatedRDD2) Our pipeline produced predictions. As with any prediction, we need to have a healthy degree of skepticism. Naturally, we want a sense of how our engineered prediction process performed. The algorithm did all the heavy lifting for us in this regard. That said, everything we did in this step was done for the purpose of evaluation. Who is being evaluated here or what evaluation is worth reiterating? That said, we wanted to know how close the predicted values were compared to the actual label value. To obtain that knowledge, we decided to use the MulticlassMetrics class to evaluate metrics that will give us a measure of the performance of the model via two methods: Accuracy Weighted precision val accuracyMetrics = (multiClassMetrics.accuracy, multiClassMetrics.weightedPrecision) val accuracy = accuracyMetrics._1 val weightedPrecsion = accuracyMetrics._2 These metrics represent evaluation results for our classifier or classification model. In the next step, we will run the application as a packaged SBT application. Step 11# Running the pipeline as an SBT application At the root of your project folder, issue the sbt console command, and in the Scala shell, import the IrisPipeline object and then invoke the main method of IrisPipeline with the argument iris: sbt consolescala>import com.packt.modern.chapter1.IrisPipelineIrisPipeline.main(Array(“iris”)Accuracy (precision) is 0.9285714285714286 Weighted Precision is: 0.9428571428571428 Step 12# Packaging the application In the root folder of your SBT application, run: sbt package When SBT is done packaging, the Uber JAR can be deployed into our cluster, using spark-submit, but since we are in standalone deploy mode, it will be deployed into [local]: The application JAR file The package command created a JAR file that is available under the target folder. In the next section, we will deploy the application into Spark. Step 13# Submitting the pipeline application to Spark local At the root of the application folder, issue the spark-submit command with the class and JAR file path arguments, respectively. If everything went well, the application does the following: Loads up the data. Performs EDA. Creates training, testing, and validation datasets. Creates a Random Forest classifier model. Trains the model. Tests the accuracy of the model. This is the most important part—the ML classification task. To accomplish this, we apply our trained Random Forest classifier model to the test dataset. This dataset consists of Iris flower data of so far not seen by the model. Unseen data is nothing but Iris flowers picked in the wild. Applying the model to the test dataset results in a prediction about the species of an unseen (new) flower. The last part is where the pipeline runs an evaluation process, which essentially is about checking if the model reports the correct species. Lastly, pipeline reports back on how important a certain feature of the Iris flower turned out to be. As a matter of fact, the petal width turns out to be more important than the sepal width in carrying out the classification task. Thus we implemented an ML workflow or an ML pipeline. The pipeline combined several stages of data analysis into one workflow. We started by loading the data and from there on, we created training and test data, preprocessed the dataset, trained the RandomForestClassifier model, applied the Random Forest classifier to test data, evaluated the classifier, and computed a process that demonstrated the importance of each feature in the classification. If you’ve enjoyed reading this post visit the book, Modern Scala Projects to build efficient data science projects that fulfill your software requirements. 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first_imgMicrosoft announced a new game streaming project for Xbox yesterday, namely, Project xCloud. Microsoft is not the only one who has rolled out their game streaming service, Google announced a new experimental game streaming service, namely, Project Stream, last week, that lets the users play Assassin’s Creed in Chrome among other things. Project xCloud is a game streaming technology that enables existing Xbox users to play on any device that they want to without being limited to a particular device. This means gamers can choose either console or PC depending on their preference. Mobile-only players can also access the worlds, characters and immersive stories that they haven’t been able to experience before on a mobile. Project xCloud provides gamers with plenty of options and does so without altering the performance and experience of the game. “Our goal with Project xCloud is to deliver a quality experience for all gamers on all devices that’s consistent with the speed and high-fidelity gamers experience and expect on their PCs and consoles”, mentions Kareem Choudhry, Corporate VP, Gaming Cloud, Microsoft on the announcement page.” Microsoft Microsoft admits that Cloud game-streaming is a “multi-faceted, complex challenge”. In order to provide high-quality experience across different devices, it is crucial to watch out for obstacles, such as low-latency video streamed remotely, and support for a large, multi-user network. “With our nearly 40 years of gaming experience starting with PC, as well as our deep experience of being a platform company, we are equipped to address the complex challenge of cloud game-streaming”, mentions Choudhary. Microsoft had been working on Project xCloud over the past few years and aims to bring the public trials of this project in 2019. Moreover, Microsoft wants to make it easy for developers to bring their content to Project xCloud and deliver an amazing experience to the existing Xbox players. Developers will be able to deploy and dramatically scale to hundreds of millions of users across all devices on Project xCloud with no additional work. Microsoft has data centers in 54 Azure regions and services available in 140 countries, meaning that Azure has the scale to offer great gaming experience for players worldwide, regardless of their location. “We’ve enabled compatibility with existing and future Xbox games by building out custom hardware for our datacenters that leverages our years of console and platform experience. We’ve architected a new customizable blade that can host the component parts of multiple Xbox One consoles, as well as the associated infrastructure supporting it. We will scale those custom blades in datacenters across Azure regions over time”, writes Choudhry. Project xCloud was tested yesterday by Microsoft. The test was carried out on different devices (mobile phones, tablets) paired with an Xbox Wireless Controller through Bluetooth. As of now, the test experience is running at 10 megabits per second. Microsoft is also developing a new, game-specific touch input overlay that offers a maximum response in a minimal footprint to players wanting to play without a controller. Additionally, Project xCloud makes game streaming possible on 4G networks. “We are looking forward to learning with you during our public trials next year and sharing more details as we continue on this journey to the future of gaming with you at the center”, says Choudhary. For more information, check out the official Microsoft blog. Read Next Microsoft open sources Infer.NET, it’s popular model-based machine learning framework Microsoft announces new Surface devices to enhance user productivity, with style and elegance Microsoft’s new neural text-to-speech service lets machines speak like peoplelast_img read more

first_imgTags: Alitalia, WTF Alitalia has gone bankrupt but at least they’re getting snazzy new uniforms << Previous PostNext Post >> Source: The Associated Press MILAN — Never underestimate the power of a new pair of shoes, or a brand new wardrobe for that matter.The bankrupt Italian airline, Alitalia, has commissioned the Alberta Ferretii fashion house to design new uniforms, the timing of which has raised a few eyebrows. The crew restyling comes as the Italian government evaluates binding offers for all, or part, of the airline with the intent of completing a sale by spring.Perhaps the airline is putting their best foot forward (in designer pumps, no less) to shake the stigma of bankruptcy?Alitalia has said the uniform update won¹t create any new financial burdens, and that it came at the request of cabin and ground crews for ‘greater comfort’.Ferretti has pledged to design a collection combining elegance with convenience to ensure that all personnel are “comfortable in each working environment and throughout any season.”The airline last updated its uniforms in 2016 with a burgundy-colored retro look for the first new uniforms in two decades.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthAlitalia said the new uniforms should be ready by summer. Share Thursday, November 30, 2017 last_img read more

first_imgHolland America’s ‘View & Verandah’ promo is back Posted by Travelweek Group Share Tags: Holland America Line, Promotionscenter_img SEATTLE — Holland America Line has brought back its popular ‘View & Verandah’ promotion, which gives passengers perks like stateroom upgrades, onboard spending money and more.Available on cruises embarking from March 28, 2018 through March 23, 2019 (excluding Grand Voyages and Grand Voyage segments), the promotion allows guests who book an eligible cruise to receive a stateroom upgrade, up to $500 per stateroom in onboard spending money (depending on cruise length and stateroom category), and up to 10% off select EXC Tours (shore excursions). Moreover, those who book a suite will receive prepaid room gratuities.“Our promotions are created to help travellers plan their dream vacation with added value, and we continue to bring back View & Verandah each year because our guests appreciate added premiums like upgrades and a credit to spend on board,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “We extend the offer to cruises well into 2019 so those who like to plan early have incentive to book now and can take advantage of the benefits.”More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksAs part of the View and Verandah offer, guests can book an ocean-view stateroom for the price of an interior and a verandah for the price of an ocean-view. Depending on the length of cruise and category of stateroom, guests can receive onboard spending money up to $400 per stateroom and $500 per suite. The onboard spending money is available to the first and second guests in a stateroom and can be used for specialty dining, spa services, gift shop purchases, beverages and more.Guests who reserve select EXC Tours can take advantage of up to 10 % savings if booked by March 15, 2018. More than 1,500 EXC Tours are eligible for the savings. As an added bonus, suite guests also receive prepaid room gratuities in addition to the onboard spending money and discount on EXC Tours.Cruise destinations featured in the View & Verandah sale include Alaska cruises and Land+Sea Journeys, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Bermuda, Canada and New England, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Europe, Hawaii, Mexico and South America, as well as holiday sailings. Thursday, December 7, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> By: The Associated Press Tuesday, May 8, 2018 Air France’s stock sinks as government warns on its future Share PARIS — Air France’s share price dived Monday after its CEO quit and the French government warned that the country’s flagship carrier might collapse.A new strike Monday over wage demands, meanwhile, prompted the cancellation of about 15% of Air France flights worldwide. The number of striking staffers appears to be slightly declining as the airline enters its 14th day of walkouts this year, but the labour action has already cost the company more than 300 million euros ($360 million) in a matter of weeks.Amid questions about its future management and direction, Air France’s share price plunged nearly 13% at the open Monday but recovered as the day went on. By early afternoon Paris time, Air France shares were down 9.7% at 7.31 euros.The share price woes follow the resignation Friday evening of Air France-KLM CEO Jean-Marc Janaillac after workers rejected the company’s latest wage proposal.The Air France drama is posing yet another problem for President Emmanuel Macron’s government as he marks one year in office. The airline’s labour dispute come as separate strikes over Macron’s labour reforms are hitting France’s national railways.More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksFrench Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire on Sunday said the government, which owns 14% of Air France, would not rescue the airline.He urged striking pilots, crew and ground staff to be “responsible” and said “the survival of Air France is at stake.”“Air France will disappear if it does not make the necessary efforts to be competitive,” he said on BFM television.The strikes have taken a heavier toll on Air France than management and investors expected, and the company last week forecast a “notably” lower income this year compared to 2017.Unions want a 5.1% pay rise this year, arguing that the company is making enough of a profit to meet their demands. They noted that their wages have been frozen since 2011 as the airline cut jobs and restructured.The company argues that the union demands would wipe out hard-earned gains from the restructuring, which was aimed at stemming years of losses and keeping Air France afloat, as well as jeopardize efforts to win back market share from low-cost airlines and big-spending Mideast and Asian carriers.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthAfter protracted negotiations, management last week offered a 2% pay rise this year and an additional 5% over 2019-2021.Employees rejected that offer Friday, prompting the CEO’s decision to step down. He called the dispute a “huge waste that can only make our competitors rejoice.”The Air France-KLM board asked Janaillac to stay on until May 15 when it will put a transitional leadership in place. Tags: Air Francelast_img read more

first_img TORONTO — WestJet says it is working on contingency plans to minimize any impact to its passengers in the event of a pilots strike and says that WestJet will offer passengers a full refund if travel plans are disrupted.The latest statement from Lyell Farquharson, Vice President Sales & Distribution, WestJet Airlines also notes that if the ALPA’s Master Executive Council (MEC), the union representing WestJet’s pilots, decides to call for a strike, they are required to provide WestJet with a 72-hour notice of the strike. “Strike mandates are a relatively common collective bargaining tactic. It does not mean that a strike will take place,” says Farquharson, adding that the strike authorization does not include WestJet Encore.As reported earlier, to support the progress being made at the bargaining table the ALPA has committed to WestJet that no industrial action will take place over the Victoria Day long weekend. “This will allow the bargaining teams to meet every day next week, working towards reaching a mutually-supported agreement,” says Farquharson.He adds: “I recognize and appreciate the frustration this uncertainty brings. We are working diligently towards a negotiated settlement.”WestJet’s pilots union may be armed with a strike mandate but both the union and the airline are still negotiating in good faith and the ALPA says it’s committed to staying at the bargaining table for as long as it takes to get a first collective agreement.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesThe latest statement from WestJet echoes the union’s determination to hammer out a deal. “We remain at the negotiation table to drive a sustainable agreement, in the best interest of our pilots, 13,000 WestJetters and the 70,000 guests who fly with us daily,” said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO.Sims added: “We acknowledge the outcome of this vote and recognize the mandate WestJet pilots have given ALPA.”As reported yesterday WestJet pilots voted overwhelmingly to give their union a strike mandate, and could walk off the job starting May 19.The Air Line Pilots Association says members voted 91% in favour of strike action. About 95% of WestJet’s 1,500 pilots and WestJet Encore’s 500 pilots voted.The result was announced with eight days remaining in the 21-day cooling-off period after which the union can launch a strike or the airline can lock out employees.Although the pilots will be in a legal position to start job action on May 19, the union says it has committed to not strike over the Victoria Day long weekend as bargaining continues.“We are certain our guests will appreciate that this update confirms their travel will be unaffected over the Victoria Day long weekend,” said Sims.WestJet and its pilots have been in contract negotiations since September. A major issue for the union is the company’s hiring of outside pilots for its new ULCC Swoop, set to launch in June.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”On April 27 Farquharson has released a letter to the airline’s partners to ease concerns. “Our President and CEO, Ed Sims, is committed to negotiating a successful agreement with ALPA and I can assure you that our flight operations continue uninterrupted.“We remain focused on working with ALPA and continuing the momentum we have achieved through the bargaining process, which is scheduled to continue in April, May and June. We are confident we will reach a successful conclusion.”Soon after the strike vote results were announced Air Canada sent out a statement saying it was adding capacity on key transcontinental routes by up-gauging aircraft on certain flights from Toronto to Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal, Ottawa, Halifax, from Vancouver to Calgary, Edmonton, and from Calgary to Montreal.Meanwhile WestJet’s negotiations with the ALPA continue in Halifax.“We’re making progress on some of the smaller issues that we hoped to clear up quite some time ago but I believe we’ll be addressing a lot of the major issues in the coming week,” said Capt. Rob McFadyen, chairman of the WestJet association’s master executive council.With files from The Canadian Press Clock is ticking as WestJet, ALPA head back to the bargaining table Tags: WestJet Share Friday, May 11, 2018 center_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group last_img read more

first_img Share Tags: Profit Report, Statistics, WestJet Wednesday, December 5, 2018 By: The Canadian Press TORONTO — WestJet Airlines Ltd. aims to lift its profits over the next four years, predicting earnings growth of 40% on a per share basis between 2019 and 2022 after a turbulent year.Soaring fuel costs, labour unrest and steep competition at home and abroad caused Canada’s second-largest airline to incur its first loss in 13 years during the second quarter, followed by a steep year-over-year drop in the third quarter – which nonetheless bounced back into the black.Revenues and efficiency were “nowhere near” the airline’s potential, chief executive Ed Sims said at a WestJet investor conference in Toronto Tuesday.Strong demand, more branded fares and higher ancillary fees will boost its revenue per available seat mile to between two per cent and four per cent in 2019, Sims said.Branded fares bundle various perks – such as pre-reserved seats and baggage checks – at a higher total price.Earlier this year, the airline launched transatlantic service on the first three of an expected 10 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft in a bid for business passengers that challenges Air Canada’s transatlantic dominance.A crowded domestic market resulted in “over-supply” and weaker revenue per available seat mile – a key industry metric that divides operating income by passenger carrying capacity.A freshly expanded Flair Airlines, soon-to-launch Canada Jetlines Ltd., and Air Canada’s low-cost Rouge are all crowding the budget airspace that WestJet has flown into with its four-month-old, ultra-low-cost Swoop.More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamThe market saturation means WestJet will “step back from profitless volume,” Sims said.The airline aims to grow passenger capacity by between 6.5 per cent and 8.5 per cent next year, mainly through three Dreamliners embarking on non-stop service from Calgary to Dublin, Paris and London’s Gatwick Airport this spring.Only a sliver of the beefed-up capacity will come from the domestic realm, where Swoop plans to expand its fleet to 10, WestJet said.The airline is battling with Air Canada on a number of fronts. Its Encore regional service goes up against Air Canada Express and its ultra-low-cost Swoop airline recently launched flights to the U.S. and the Caribbean, in competition with Air Canada’s six-year-old Rouge unit.On top of a long-range fleet that still dwarfs WestJet’s, Air Canada’s recent deal as the lead of a consortium to buy the Aeroplan reward program from Aimia Inc. represents another potential advantage Sims hopes to reduce through a travel rewards partnership with Mastercard and the Royal Bank of Canada.Sims appeared undaunted by his biggest competitor’s purchase of Aeroplan, announced Nov. 26.“I don’t have a concern,” he said in an interview Friday.“I think competition in this space is healthy. It forces both coalitions to strengthen the relationship, and I would characterize our relationship with RBC and Mastercard as every bit as strong as our competitor’s relationship with TD, CIBC and VISA.”More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughts“We fully expect a number of our passengers to be carrying both cards,” he added.On Tuesday his airline broadened its codeshare agreement with Qantas Airways, giving WestJet access to the Australian carrier’s flights between Los Angeles and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, along with any attendant reward miles. WestJet’s joint venture with Delta Air Lines, announced in July, opens up more of the southern U.S. and western European markets via flights to Atlanta and Barcelona. Nonetheless, luring high-flying passengers away from Air Canada without an alliance network to top it off could prove tough.WestJet remains outside the constellation of major airline alliances, comprised of Star Alliance – of which Air Canada is a member – SkyTeam and Oneworld.Next year, WestJet expects to spend about $1.1 billion on deposits and purchases related to the Dreamliners and Boeing 737 MAX narrow-body aircraft. It also plans expenditures of about $980 million in 2020 and $1.1 billion in 2021 on seven more Dreamliners.The company has signed a letter of intent to sell and lease back the first three Dreamliners, on track for delivery early next year. << Previous PostNext Post >> WestJet aims for turnaround after turbulent yearlast_img read more

first_img SINGAPORE — Art can be many things to many people. It can be a rare Picasso, a beautiful dance routine or, as one prankster has proven, a simple pen on the floor of an art gallery.Jack Sim, who according to his Facebook page is a teaching fellow at Singularity University in California, paid a recent trip to the Singapore National Gallery where he decided to pull off a mini experiment.He put a pen on the floor in the centre of a black outlined box and it wasn’t long before people stopped to analyze the impromptu ‘exhibit’. Accompanying a photo he posted on Facebook, Sim wrote: “I tried this experiment by putting a pen on the floor. Soon, we’ve got audience wondering how this is a piece of art and they started taking photos of my pen.”After a while, Sim picked up the pen, making people realize it wasn’t art after all (and leading many to feel pretty foolish, we’re sure).More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerSim’s little stunt is reminiscent of the one pulled off by two teenagers in 2016, who placed a pair of glasses on the floor of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. That, too, was gawked at and photographed, proving that art is very much subjective.LMAO WE PUT GLASSES ON THE FLOOR AT AN ART GALLERY AND… pic.twitter.com/7TYoHPtjP8— TJ (@tjohntailor) May 24, 2016 Posted by Travelweek Group Friday, April 12, 2019 Tags: Art, Funnycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Someone put a pen on the floor of a national gallery and everyone thought it was artlast_img read more

first_imgInvestigators from the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) arrested Thursday two National Police officers for allegedly stealing ₡100,000 (some $190) from a Nicaraguan citizen.The suspects, identified as Camacho, 38, and Fuentes, 27, work at the downtown police station in San José.The investigation indicated that the event occurred on April 17 this year, when at about 11:00 pm, the victim was walking near Parque La Merced in downtown San José. Apparently, the suspects stopped him and told him to get into the police car. After a tour, they took him to Barrio Cuba neighborhood, southwest of downtown San José, where they beat him and stole the cash.OIJ authorities said in a press release the suspects could be linked to other similar crimes. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

first_imgNo related posts. The Security Commission for the Central American Games meets this week for a second workshop in preparation for security at next year’s Central American Games.The event, slotted for March 2013, will be the largest multisport tournament ever held in Costa Rica, and will require significant security coordination within San José. “As we get closer to the start of the games, we are focused on providing tight security for one of the most important aspects of the event,” said Jorge Villalobos, secretary general of the event. “Security plays a fundamental role for the athletes and others participating in this sporting celebration.”  The workshop’s participants include experts in event security and terrorism prevention from the United Nations, Canada and Nicaragua, among others.  Two of the workshop’s guests, Brian Powrie, from the U.N.’s Inter-regional Crime and Justice Research Institute, and Brendan Heffernan, from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, will stick around for the weekend to observe security at Saturday’s Festival de la Luz.By the end of the workshop, the commission plans to have six possible security plans, one of which will be selected and implemented a month before the start of the games.“Our goal is to share our concerns with these security experts for massive international events in order to gain insight into the results of their previous experiences,” said Marcelo Solano, with the Security Commission. “By the end of the seminar we will have something from which to base our suggestions to improve the final national security plan for the games, which we plan to have ready in January, prior to the start of the torch relay.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgNo related posts. CARACAS – Ailing President Hugo Chávez cannot return home in time for his inauguration on Thursday and will take the oath of office at a later date before the Supreme Court, the government announced.The announcement confirming that Chávez, 58, is too sick to make it back in time for Thursday’s inauguration came in a letter to the National Assembly from Vice President Nicolás Maduro.“According to the recommendation of the medical team, … the process of post-operative recovery must extend beyond January 10 of the current year, reason for which he will not be able to appear on that date before the National Assembly,” the letter, which was read by National Assembly speaker Diosdado Cabello, stated.The letter went on to say that in keeping with Article 231 of the Constitution, Chávez would take the oath before the Supreme Court at a later date. Chávez’s allies call the president’s swearing-in a “formality” that can be fulfilled sometime after Jan. 10.The long-expected decision came amid a storm of controversy over whether his current term can be extended beyond Jan. 10, and calls by the opposition for the Supreme Court to intervene.“I do not know what the judges of the Supreme Court are waiting for. Right now in Venezuela, without any doubt whatsoever, a constitutional conflict has arisen,” opposition leader and former presidential candidate Henrique Capriles said.The government plans to hold a huge pro-Chávez rally on Thursday – a reminder of the 55 percent support that won the leftist firebrand a convincing re-election.A key opposition leader, meanwhile, had called for street protests on Thursday, raising the risks of confrontation in the country with the world’s largest proven oil reserves.Throughout his illness, first detected in June 2011, Chávez has refused to relinquish the powers of the presidency, even when leaving for Cuba for his fourth and most difficult round of surgery.Chávez is suffering from a severe pulmonary infection that has resulted in a “respiratory insufficiency,” officials have said. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgNo related posts. Not as famous as the presidential airplane “Air Force One,” the modified limousine that transports U.S. President Barack Obama is practically a war tank.The armored – and always black – Cadillac often referred to as “Cadillac One” or “Limo One” includes an impressive ammount of security measures, among them, its own system of oxygenation and an armored structure able to withstand the direct impact of bombs, grenades and sniper shots. Bottles of the president’s blood are kept on board in case he needs an emergency transfusion.“The Beast,” as the Secret Service refers to the heavily armored vehicle, is driven by a chauffeur specially trained by the Secret Service in the most demanding of driving conditions, including escape and evasion and 180-degree “J-turns.” It is transported inside a C-17 Globemaster III from U.S. Air Force.The vehicle’s body has a 12 centimeters ballistic structure of steel, aluminum, titanium and ceramic to protect the base of the car in case of explosion of bombs or rolling granades. In addition, the gas tank is shielded, for preventing explotions from a direct impact. The windows are made of 12 centimeters of ballistic glass, and armour-plated eight-inch doors are the weight of a cabin door on a Boeing 757 jet.Tires are “run flat” and reinforced with kevlar, meaning that if struck, ballistic steel rims support the 10-ton weight of the car to escape at 60 miles per hour.The driver’s cabin has a communications center with GPS, fax, wireless network, and a laptop and satellite phone connected to the Pentagon, the CIA and the vice president office.The defense system has night vision cameras, pump-action shotguns and tear gas cannons.The presidential motorcade consists of up to 45 modified limousines escorting Cadillac One.Right behind The Beast, the USSS Electronic Countermeasures Suburban is used to counter nuclear, biological and chemical attacks.The number of vehicles depends on the risk level of the destination. In Costa Rica, seven vehicles likely will escort the Limo One.This is Obama’s second presidential visit to Central America after a meeting in El Salvador in 2011. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:What keeps Johnny Araya awake at night? Following rival’s campaign exit, candidate Solís says voter abstention could delegitimate his presidency Solís seeks 1 million votes in runoff election to strengthen his mandate Video: Opposition candidate Luis Guillermo Solís casts his ballot, encourages Ticos to vote Easily surpassing his goal of 1 million votes Sunday night, Costa Rican President-elect Luis Guillermo Solís has claimed a mandate to govern, but the realities of running a government still loom, analysts said on Monday.The 55-year-old university professor who started the presidential race as a political unknown surged to a surprising first-place finish with his Citizen Action Party on Feb. 2 and claimed a record-breaking 1.3 million votes – 77.8 percent support – in Sunday’s runoff amid fears that high absenteeism would undercut his political capital. The victory interrupted over 40 years of two-party rule in Costa Rica.“He has credibility as the anti-politician because he never ran for elected office,” said Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank.“The message is that even though the country wants a change from politics as usual it’s not prepared to go a more radical route,” Shifter said. “Solís’ victory is further evidence that there is a malaise with traditional politics. He’s an example that the people are looking for alternatives, and being someone without elected political experience can be an asset and an advantage.”Recommended: Non-career politician Luis Guillermo Solís wins Costa Rica presidential runoff in a landslideAt his first press conference as president-elect Monday morning, Solís promised swift action against corruption after he takes office on May 8, including an overhaul of the country’s troubled private concessions for public infrastructure projects.Eric Olson, associate director of the Woodrow Wilson Centers’ Latin American Program, told The Tico Times Solís had reached the threshold to claim a mandate, despite the 43 percent voter abstention rate.“Forty-three percent is not unusually high, and since he set a goal of a million votes and got more than that, I think he can claim a mandate, especially since the most important political party historically essentially bowed out of the second round,” Olson said.But the mandate is not enough to wrangle the fractious incoming Legislative Assembly, one where the ruling National Liberation Party holds a majority in the 57-seat legislature.“PAC has a relatively small presence. They’re going to have to work together to see what are the priority issues and how they can build coalitions to make progress on these issues,” Shifter said.The think tank president said Solís would have to rein in the various fractions of PAC lawmakers as well as reach across the aisle to other parties.“Solís has been able to demonstrate political skills by winning his party’s nomination, which was not easy, and by running an effective campaign and winning the support of a broad spectrum of Costa Rican society. Now he’s got to face an even harder task of getting through his agenda,” he added.“The challenges and expectations that have been set are enormous,” Olson said.Solís and the PAC might have their own challenges in the coming years, but the task is greater still for the National Liberation Party, stinging from its worst defeat in the party’s history.“Liberation has a high mountain to climb to re-establish itself as the predominant political force in Costa Rica,” Olson said, adding that the party needed to revamp its leadership, develop new ideas and show that it is in touch with Costa Rican voters.Olson said that while other parties in similar circumstances might crumble, PLN would likely hold on. He noted that PLN already survived a schism that created the soon-to-be ruling PAC in 2000. The party is still in a position to leverage its majority in the Legislative Assembly, 18 seats, to rebuild its public image before the next election in 2018.The Woodrow Wilson scholar concluded that Solís’ election was a surprise that demonstrated the strength of Costa Rica’s democratic tradition. “A relative outsider from a party without much history was strong and capable of winning the campaign and so many votes,” Olson said, “That’s a positive thing.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:Police find 9,400 sea turtle eggs in car trunk outside Nicoya US government sued over sea turtles snared in shrimp nets Delays and blunders: A timeline of the Jairo Mora murder trial in Costa Rica Police catch poachers with more than 300 sea turtle eggs Rings, earrings, combs and bracelets are among the items seized by officials from the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) during an Easter Holy Weekcrackdown on wildlife trafficking. The 82 pieces of jewelry were made from the shells of endangered hawksbill turtles, a violation of the country’s Wildlife Law.According to a press release from SINAC, officials found the jewelry for sale along a stretch of coastline in Puntarenas popular with souvenir-seeking tourists. A marine biologist confirmed that the jewelry was made of hawksbill shells and valued the pieces at ₡300,000 ($550).According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the hawksbill sea turtle has been critically endangered since 1996. Known for its multi-colored shell, the hawksbill has long been hunted by craftsmen for jewelery. The turtles can be spotted on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast from July to October, and on the Pacific coast from July to September. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_img Facebook Comments Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory is small beans compared to Puerto Viejo.Starting Thursday night and lasting all weekend, the Caribbean beach town will be celebrating all things chocolate with the Puerto Viejo Chocolate Festival. The festival will bring together more than 40 chocolate vendors and local restaurants from throughout the Talamanca region to show off their tastiest chocolate creations.“Everything is going to be smothered, covered or made with chocolate,” said Sorrel Weiss, one of the festival’s organizers. “All of your chocolate dreams can come true.”Now in its third iteration, the festival is designed to bring attention to the reemerging gourmet chocolate market on the country’s Caribbean slope. For centuries, cacao was one of the dominant crops in the Caribbean, but a devastating fungus outbreak in the 1970s and 80s spurred many of the region’s farmers to abandon their cacao plantations or convert them into banana farms. With the fungus now under control, farmers are again planting cacao, and local chocolatiers are jumping on the bandwagon as well.For more on Costa Rica’s growing chocolate businesses see: Costa Rica’s chocolate comeback“The cacao grown here is of a very high quality, and what we are trying to do is make this whole coast known for its cacao,” said Tom Franklin, the owner of Bread and Chocolate, a restaurant in Puerto Viejo. “Things like this festival help businesses like mine because people will begin to see Puerto Viejo as a chocolate destination. We aren’t really doing this competitively, but more as a community.”But that community will have some friendly competition during the festival with a series of “chocolate throwdowns,” chocolate-making competitions judged by a panel of professional tasters, and, on Friday night, a people’s choice brownie bake-off that will give the general public will get a chance to try their hand at judging.The main event starts Saturday at Hot Rocks in downtown Puerto Viejo where doors open at 11 a.m. for free live music and chocolate samples from vendors. Attendees can check out the chocolate spa, featuring cacao beauty products, the beer garden, with chocolate beers and cocktails, or purchase chocolate from any of the vendors. Tickets are also available for the chocolate tasting lounge Saturday night, where chocolate professionals will teach attendees how to pair chocolate with different types of alcohol. On Sunday, the festival will wind down with a free chocolate crawl, featuring dishes from restaurants across Puerto Viejo.“The goal with this has always been to make Puerto Viejo known for its chocolate and cacao,” said Jeanne Johnson, who runs the bean-to-bar chocolate operation Caribeans with her husband Paul. “This area really has so much potential, and this festival helps show that.”For the full schedule of chocolate festival events, visit the festival’s website. Related posts:Health Ministry shuts down Chocolate Festival Delicious take-aways from the Puerto Viejo Chocolate Festival Costa Rica’s chocolate comeback San José’s Feria de Chocolate highlights growth in Costa Rican chocolate industrylast_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:Christmas cheer, oxcart parades, and other happenings around Costa Rica Bullfights, punk bands, and other happenings around Costa Rica Cowboys, coffee, and other happenings around Costa Rica Nativity scenes, funk music, and other happenings around Costa Rica Festival de la LuzSuppose you could combine (a) Las Vegas, (b) Santa’s village and (c) The Rose Bowl into one massive party. The result would look something like the Festival de la Luz, a nocturnal carnival of color that marches its way across the city this Saturday evening. Featuring all kinds of brightly lit floats, marching bands, and (of course) a fireworks display, the “Festival of Light” is the most bombastic way to start the Christmas celebration. This parade has been a staple of Costa Rican Decembers since 1996 – and it’s especially magical for the niños.Festival de la Luz takes place Dec. 13 in downtown San José. 6 p.m. Free. Info: Festival website.Dance: Flamenco PerformanceThe story of Spanish migration unfolds in this powerful flamenco tribute by Al Ándalus.“Con El Alma Aferrada” performs Dec. 14 at the Teatro Eugene O’Neill, Los Yoses. 4 & 7 p.m. ₡11,000 ($22). Info: Al Ándalus website. An antique bill showcases the artwork of Tomás Povedano, the Spanish painter who would become a Costa Rican hero. Courtesy RedCulturaExhibit: “Tomás Povedano and Costa Rican Cash”The Spanish artist Tomás Povedano already had a shining career before his moved to Costa Rica and designed the national currency. Catch this numismatic retrospective at the National Bank Museums.“Tomás Povedano y Los Billetes de Costa Rica” continues through Aug. 1, 2015, at the National Bank Museums, downtown San José. Openly daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ₡1,500. Info: Bank Museums website.Chicharrón FairPrepare yourself for pork rinds – and arguably the best in the country. Chicharrón is a favorite Costa Rican food that is made almost everywhere, but the town of Puriscal is especially famous for their cuts of deep-fried pork. Savor this delicacy with thousands of like-minded folks, then enjoy music, games, dancing, a horse parade, and even some good old-fashioned bullfights. Cradled in the hills west of San José, Puriscal is the perfect place to enjoy some campesino living.La Feria del Chicharron Purisceño takes place Feb. 5-14 at the Puriscal fairgrounds. Info: SiCultura.Holiday Shopping: Tropical MarketStock up on holiday gifts at this four-day arts and crafts market in the Antigua Aduana. Stock up on everything from jewelry to gourmet coffee.Mercado Tropical takes place Dec. 11-14 at Antigua Aduana, Barrio Aranjuez. Thu.-Sun., 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Free. Info: Event Facebook page. Courtesy RedCulturaDance: “Qadim: Ancient Dances, Timeless Dances”Choreography from ancient Egypt, Syria, and Persia come alive, along with the poetry of Rumi, during this collaborative performance. Tickets sales will help fund a future performance in Switzerland.“Qadim” takes place Dec. 14 at the Aduana Theater, Barrio Aranjuez. Dance: “The Nutcracker”See Tchaikovsky’s Christmas masterpiece come alive on the National Theater’s refurbished new stage.“El Cascanueces” will be performed Dec. 5-14 at The National Theater, downtown San José. Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 11 & 5 p.m. ₡16,000-32,000 ($32-64). Info: National Theater website.Theater: “A Christmas Carol”“Un Cuento de Navidad” receives its annual production at Teatro Espressivo, thanks to a stage adaptation by Paul Stebbings.“Un Cuento de Navidad” continues through Dec. 21 at Teatro Espressivo, Tres Ríos. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 7 p.m.; Sun., 3 & 7 p.m. ₡7,000-10,000 ($14-20). Info: Teatro Espressivo website.Theater: “The Abominable Snowman”What do Santa Claus, a magic clock, a monstrous Yeti, and a “Labyrinth of Solitude” have in common? They are all part of “El Ogro de las Nieves,” a whimsical family comedy at Teatro Triciclo.Dec. 7 & 14 at Teatro Triciclo, Avenida Escazú. Sundays, 11 a.m. ₡4,000 ($8). Info: Teatro Triciclo website. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgLONDON (AP) – One Royal Air Force crew member has died and two others are believed dead following the crash of two Tornado jets off the Scottish coast, British officials said Wednesday.The two-seat GR4 Tornado jets were flying over the Moray Firth inlet, off eastern Scotland, when contact with them was lost on Tuesday. Two crew members were plucked from the water and hospitalized. The search for the other two was suspended that night due to bad weather. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The Ministry of Defense said Wednesday that one officer from 15 (Reserve) Squadron, based at RAF Lossiemouth, had died and another is in serious but stable condition in a hospital.Group Capt. Ian Gale, Station Commander at the base, confirmed that two personnel remain unaccounted for and that due to “extremely poor” weather conditions the search operation remains suspended.“The operation will be resumed as a recovery operation as soon as possible, but we must be realistic: given the length of time that has elapsed since the accident, there is no expectation of recovering missing personnel alive,” he said in a statement. He said the RAF has been in contact with the next of kin of all involved.Gale refrained from offering details on what caused the crash, saying only that the incident would be fully investigated.Britain’s GR4 Tornados have been involved in several crashes in recent years.The aircraft most recently saw action with the RAF over Libya and has also been used in Iraq and Afghanistan. They are not part of the Ministry of Defense’s multi-tiered defense plan for the upcoming London Olympics, which will depend on Typhoon jets to be used in London airspace. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Parents, stop beating yourself up Top Stories Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   How men can have a healthy 2019 Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familylast_img read more

first_imgHollande staked out bolder ground on foreign policy. He defended Greece and minimized differences with Germany over fixing Europe’s economy.He gave a big boost to a new Syrian opposition coalition by becoming the first Western nation to recognize it as “the sole legitimate voice of the Syrian people.” And he warned that terrorists in northern Mali have become the biggest threat to France’s national security.But France’s economy is Hollande’s biggest challenge. He admitted cuts are needed in France’s vast and costly public sector, which amounts to more than half of gross domestic product.“We should be capable of doing better in spending less,” he said. “We have to show _France more than others, and more than Germany _ seriousness and competitiveness.”But that drew accusations that he reneged on promises to avoid the kind of austerity measures imposed on struggling Greece and Spain. Protesters in France and countries around Europe will go to the streets Wednesday to say that cutbacks are unfair and only make things worse.Hollande is buffeted by skittish markets, German calls for spending cuts and his leftist voter base. Top Stories Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Among the top five reasons given in one poll for why Hollande is unpopular: He hiked taxes, he lacks vision, and he lacks solutions strong enough to pull France out of crisis.At the news conference, he acknowledged errors but shrugged off the criticism, joking in English about being a “punching ball” for the media.He argues that he’s in it for the long term. His election campaign ran along similar lines, a slow and steady race against the more frenetic Nicolas Sarkozy.“The only question that matters is the state of France in five years” when his term expires, Hollande said. “I am not preparing for the outcome of the next election. I’m preparing for the outcome of the next generation.”Ultimately, Hollande insisted, “Decline is not our destiny.”___Sylvie Corbet and Elaine Ganley in Paris contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daycenter_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Associated PressPARIS (AP) – France’s president just can’t seem to win.Six months after sweeping to power on an anti-austerity wave, polls say Socialist President Francois Hollande is increasingly disliked. Leftists are disappointed he’s not spending more state money to create jobs. Critics on the right say he’s raising too many taxes.Hollande defended his presidency and answered critics Tuesday with what’s becoming his signature message: “Recovery takes time.” Fixing a zero-growth economy and 10 percent unemployment doesn’t happen overnight, he said at the first big news conference of his term. To markets, he pledged Tuesday to stick to targets that would bring France’s deficit down to 3 percent of gross domestic product next year. He downplayed concerns that the government’s anemic 0.8 percent growth targets for 2013 are too high.To Germany, he said he’s determined “to find the good compromise in the interest of Europe” with Chancellor Angela Merkel.To leftist voters who blame banks for Europe’s financial woes, he promised a draft law by the end of the year to split banks’ retail activities from their riskier investment activities.But it’s unclear whether any of this will quiet the growing criticism of Hollande’s presidency.Valerie Rosso-Debord of the opposition conservative party UMP said after Hollande’s news conference that he’s leading a “zig-zag” policy “that shows neither direction nor ambition.”The New Anti-Capitalist Party accused him of pandering to corporate interests. “Forget the adversary of finance,” it said in a statement, referring to the moniker Hollande gave himself while campaigning earlier this year.Three polls released Tuesday show approval ratings for Hollande stood between 41 percent and 44 percent. Men’s health affects baby’s health toolast_img read more

first_img Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 0 Comments   Share   The Israeli government did not respond to CNN’s requests for comments. Sponsored Stories Israel reportedly launched a strike into Syria late in the week.According to CNN, two U.S. officials said the strike was launched either Thursday or Friday at the same time Israel was flying an increased number of warplanes over Lebanon.Both officials said there is no reason to believe Israel struck at a chemical weapons storage facilities. The Israelis have long said they would strike at any targets that prove to be the transfer of any kinds of weapons to Hezbollah or other terrorist groups, as well as at any effort to smuggle Syrian weapons into Lebanon that could threaten Israel.The Lebanese said it tracked 16 Israeli planes that entered its airspace, but one U.S. official said it is unknown if the strike originated from one of the planes. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Check your body, save your life 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finisheslast_img read more

first_img The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Puerto Rico is turning to a New York official to lead its troubled police department.James Tuller Cintron has been selected to be the next superintendent of police by Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla. Tuller is chief of the transportation bureau for the New York Police Department.The governor introduced Tuller at a news conference Monday in San Juan. Tuller was born in New York but lived in Puerto Rico as a child. He has had a long law enforcement career in New York. Check your body, save your life Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Tuller starts his new job Dec. 1. He replaces Hector Pesquera, a former FBI official who announced his resignation on Thursday after less than two years on the job. Puerto Rico’s police force is struggling with low morale, high crime and federally mandated reforms.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories last_img read more

first_img 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Sponsored Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. and Iranian diplomats plan to meet this weekend in Switzerland as efforts intensify to reach a comprehensive nuclear accord.Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will hold talks Saturday in Geneva.State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke says the goal is to make progress toward an agreement by an end of June deadline.European and Iranian officials have suggested the talks may require more time. But Rathke says the U.S. isn’t considering an extension.center_img Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Kerry leaves Washington on Thursday for Nigeria, where he’ll attend Muhammadu Buhari’s (moo-HAH’-mah-doo boo-HAH’-reez) presidential inauguration.From Geneva, Kerry will head to Madrid to meet with Spain’s king and prime minister. Later, Kerry will attend a conference in Paris on fighting the Islamic State group.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgThe move follows several weeks of high-level meetings in the Pentagon among military chiefs, secretaries and Defense Department leaders, including one Monday involving Carter and the chiefs of the various services.Military leaders have pointed to the gradual — and ultimately successful — transition after the ban on gays serving openly in the military was lifted in 2011. Although legislation repealing that ban passed Congress in late 2010, the military services spent months conducting training and reviews before the decision actually took effect the following September.The latest Pentagon move comes just weeks after the Supreme Court upheld the right of same-sex couples to marry.Officials familiar with the Pentagon meetings said the chiefs of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force did not express opposition to lifting the ban. Instead, they said the military leaders asked for time to figure out health care, housing and other questions and also to provide information and training to the troops to ensure a smooth transition.Although guidelines require that transgender individuals be dismissed from the military, the services in recent months have required more senior leaders to make the final decisions on those cases, effectively slowing the dismissal process. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Sponsored Stories FILE – In this June 5, 2013, file photo Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, then-Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., after the third day of his court martial. The Associated Press has learned that Pentagon leaders are finalizing plans aimed at lifting the ban on transgender individuals serving in the military. Senior U.S. officials say an announcement is expected this week. They say the military would have six months to determine the impact and work out details, with the presumption that they would end one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes “Obviously this isn’t finished, but Secretary Carter’s clear statement of intent means that transgender service members should and will be treated with the same dignity as other service members,” said Allyson Robinson, Army veteran and policy director for an association of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender military personnel called Service Members, Partners and Allies for Respect and Tolerance for All, or SPARTA.Brynn Tannehill, who was a Navy pilot before leaving the force and transitioning to a woman, recalled the difficulties when serving.“It was stressful and it was something that I couldn’t talk with anyone about, because if you even breathed a word of it you didn’t know what was going to happen,” said Tannehill, who still serves in Individual Ready Reserve. “You could lose your career, that I’d worked so hard for.”Several Congress members, including Rep. Adam Smith, ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, expressed support for Carter’s decision. But the more conservative Family Research Council questioned the change.“Considering the abysmal condition of our military and a decline in readiness, why is this a top priority for the Obama administration?” said retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, the council’s executive vice president. “The Pentagon must answer whether this proposed policy makes our military more capable of performing its mission. The answer is a very clear and resounding no.” Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility How men can have a healthy 2019 Comments   Share   Top Stories The transgender issue came to the fore as the military struggled with how to deal with convicted national security leaker Chelsea Manning’s request for hormone therapy and other treatment while she’s in prison. Manning, arrested as Bradley Manning, is the first transgender military prisoner to request such treatment, and the Army approved the hormone therapy, under pressure from a lawsuit.___AP Broadcast writer Sagar Meghani contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon’s current regulations banning transgender individuals from serving in the military are outdated, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday, ordering a six-month study aimed at formally ending one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service.Carter said he is creating a working group that will review the policies and determine if lifting the ban would have any impact on the military’s ability to be ready for battle. But he said the group will begin with the presumption that transgender people should be able to serve openly “without adverse impact on military effectiveness and readiness, unless and except where objective, practical impediments are identified.” The plan, which was first reported by The Associated Press, gives the services time to methodically work through the legal, medical and administrative issues and develop training to ease any transition, and senior leaders believed six months would be sufficient.“The Defense Department’s current regulations regarding transgender service members are outdated and are causing uncertainty that distracts commanders from our core missions,” Carter said in a statement released Monday. “At a time when our troops have learned from experience that the most important qualification for service members should be whether they’re able and willing to do their job, our officers and enlisted personnel are faced with certain rules that tell them the opposite.”Carter asked his personnel undersecretary, Brad Carson, to lead the working group of senior military and civilian leaders to take an objective look at the issue, including the costs, and determine whether it would create any insurmountable problems that could derail the plan. The group would also develop uniform guidelines.During the six months, transgender individuals would still not be able to join the military, but any decisions to force out those already serving would be referred to Carson. One senior official said the goal was to avoid forcing any transgender service members to leave during that time. That official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Some of the key concerns involved in the repeal of the ban include whether the military would conduct or pay for the medical costs of surgeries and other treatment associated with any gender transition, as well as which physical training or testing standards transgender individuals would be required to meet during different stages of their transition.Officials said the military also wants time to tackle questions about where transgender troops would be housed, what uniforms they would wear, what berthing they would have on ships, which bathrooms they would use and whether their presence would affect the ability of small units to work well together. The military has dealt with many similar questions as it integrated the ranks by race, gender and sexual orientation.Transgender people — those who identify with a different gender than they were born with and sometimes take hormone treatments or have surgery to develop the physical characteristics of their preferred gender — are banned from military service. But studies and other surveys have estimated that as many as 15,000 transgender people serve in the active-duty military and the reserves, often in secret but in many cases with the knowledge of their unit commander or peers.last_img read more

first_imgAustralia’s tourism success relies on its ability to create new products and attract new and returning visitors, according to Australian Tourism Export Council managing director Felicia Mariani.As two of Australia’s top travel markets, New Zealand Japan recover from natural disasters earlier this year, Ms Mariani explained that continued international inbound growth would depend on Australia’s appeal to growing Eastern markets.ATEC’s head said that highlighting the unique culture and close proximity between Australia and countries such as China and India would attract more travellers and distinguish Aus from other ‘western’ destinations like the US and Europe. “Clearly Australia continues to offer an attractive tourism experience and we are growing our share of key markets such as China, India, Indonesia and Thailand,” she said. “With significant increases in arrivals and spend from these four markets, we have a real opportunity to carve out a strong identity that maintains and grows the number of visitors for decades to come.“Australia is a much shorter trip for most Asian countries compared to Europe or the US, but those destinations are investing heavily in the Chinese market with the US along allocating $50 million to luring Chinese visitors to their shores. “We still have the advantage of having had Approved Destination Status for over a decade and we need to promote our nature, culture and Indigenous experiences as a significant point of difference.”The backpacker market is another key factor that could help Australia’s inbound figures, according to Ms Mariani and building on the sector could see positive impacts on arrivals and spending.Although spending up to $20 less a day than regular holidaymakers, Ms Mariani said backpackers tend to contribute more to the economy than leisure travelers because they stay in Australia three times longer.“The value of the backpacker and youth traveler continues to be under acknowledged,” she added. “This sector travels widely, accessing regional parts of Australia, they often work here, encourage family and friends to visit, spend longer in the country than holiday makers and spend almost as much per day.”Australia welcomed up to 583,000 backpackers for the year ending June this year. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H With the eyes of the world firmly focused on the Olympic Games, future host Brazil has launched its new tourism marketing campaign in London.Titled ‘The World Meets in Brazil. Come Celebrate Life’, the campaign will look to promote the country as a major force in international tourism and events as it prepares to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.Created by the Ministry of Tourism and Embratur (the Brazilian Tourism Board), the initiative was unveiled during a ceremony attended by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff at the London Film museum. Highlighting the “friendliness and openness” of the Brazilian people, the new campaign points to the diverse experiences awaiting visitors to the country, said Embratur President Flavio Dino.”We are our culture – the rhythms of Brazil, the warmth of a hug, our traditional cooking and the artists who fill our museums,” he stated at the launch.“Brazil is difficult to describe but you can feel it, and that is what really matters.”As hosts of the next Olympics, Mr Dino said Brazil would have a particularly high profile during the London Games.“We will have a unique opportunity which could produce real results to help us reach our target of doubling the number of foreign tourists and tripling foreign currency entering the country by 2017, the year after the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro,” he remarked.Also in attendance at the launch, Brazilian Minister of Tourism Gastao Vieira described the country’s future vision as “ambitious”. “We are entrepreneurs, investors and above all tourists,” he said. “In 2022 we want to be among the three major tourism powers in the world.”To this end, Embratur confirmed that it would be spending USD$40 million in marketing activities by the end of 2014. Embratur President Flavio Dino unveils taxis wrapped with Brazil’s new advertising campaign (PRNewsFoto/Embratur)last_img read more

first_imgSouth African Tourism appoints FCB South AfricaSouth African Tourism today announced the appointment of FCB South Africa (PTY) LTD as its Lead Marketing Agency in the execution of its mandate to market South Africa as a tourist destination of choice to both domestic and international tourists.FCB South Africa’s appointment is on a non-exclusive basis to provide SA Tourism with the development and execution of integrated marketing services, media buying, planning and coordination services globally for a period of 3 years effective 1 October 2015. The contract is extendable for a further 2 years at the sole discretion of South African Tourism.The tender process was completed having full regard for all laws and regulations governing supply chain management in the public sector with specific reference to Section 51 of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), Act 1 of 1999.South African Tourism’s Internal Audit unit played an oversight role during each of the stages of the tender process to ensure that roles, responsibilities and processes were executed in unison of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) and National Treasury Regulations to ensure that all relevant aspects were addressed and complied with.Thulani Nzima, SA Tourism’s Chief Executive Officer says: “We are very excited as SA Tourism to have FCB South Africa come on board as a Lead Marketing Agency at this critical point when we are aligning our international and domestic marketing strategies to speak in uniformity to the South African Tourism brand. We are operating in a very competitive environment that requires a well-defined brand that has global appeal and affinity, is consistently and seamlessly communicated and marketed, and has the impetus to attract tourists to our beautiful country.FCB South Africa is widely regarded in the industry for building some of South Africa’s iconic brands and we are excited of our new partnership in taking tourism forward.”Thulani concludes: “We are thrilled with the new partnership that we envisage will strengthen our brand, making it more recognisable and appealing to both domestic and international tourists. We believe that the strength of our brand will attract more tourists to our shores and contribute to the growth of our economy and job creation.”Source = South African Tourismlast_img read more

first_imgThe President of Fiji, His Excellency Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote, today brought home Fiji Airways’ newest A330 to Fiji.Rapturous applause and excitement greeted the aircraft as it touched down at Nadi International Airport and taxied up to the airline’s Hangar facilities. Fijian Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama and other Government Ministers joined Fiji Airways staff to welcome the aircraft.A traditional Rotuman ceremony of welcome was accorded to His Excellency the President, who stepped off the A330 as its first official guest. The aircraft has been christened ‘Island of Rotuma’, following Fiji Airways’ naming convention for its fleet after Fiji’s islands.His Excellency the President stated: “This aircraft is more than just another addition to the fleet of our national airline. It is a symbol of a modern, progressive nation, which remains proud of its roots, culture and identity, while moving with the times to embrace the opportunities of the future.”The new A330-300, the largest in the fleet, has 289 seats in Economy and 24 in Business Class. The new plane features enhanced mood lighting, increased cargo space and a Quiet Zone in Economy Class. Other product features and configuration match the current 200-series fleet.It will be deployed largely on the airline’s busy long haul routes of Los Angeles and Hong Kong.His Excellency added: “This aircraft will bring real economic opportunities for our people, because almost sixty-five percent of all visitors who travel to Fiji travel on Fiji Airways. And the more seats we have, and the better our service and overall flight experience, the more we will be able to attract more travelers. We are competing in the premier division of air travel, and we want to win.”The Head of State also explained the significance of naming the aircraft after Rotuma: “By christening this Airbus after their [Rotumans’] island, we are honouring their contribution to our country…. I am sure that all Fijians of Rotuman descent will join the rest of the country in sharing their pride every time they see this aircraft.”The A330-300 is expected to begin commercial flights in early January. Fly Fiji AirwaysSource = Fiji Airwayslast_img read more

first_imgFrasers Hospitality extends global footprint with 48 new propertiesFrasers Hospitality, a member of Frasers Centrepoint Limited, is on track to meet its global target of 30,000 units with the openings of 48 properties across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa by 2019.These openings include debuts in 21 new cities: Changsha, Dalian, Nanchang, Tokyo, Gurgaon, Johor Bahru, Penang, Putrajaya, Balikpapan, Yangon, Riyadh, Khobar, Dammam, Jeddah, Abuja, Lagos, Brazzaville, Berlin, Hamburg, Stratford-upon-Avon and Valletta.Mr Choe Peng Sum, Chief Executive Officer of Frasers Hospitality said, “Global expansion is very much on the agenda of Frasers Hospitality, and we will always be on the lookout for growth opportunities whether it be organically or through acquisition. Reaching the 30,000 unit growth mark in the next three years not only increases our portfolio by 30 percent, but further anchors the group’s presence in dominant cities worldwide. The rapid expansion plans strengthens our global footprint which is in line with our vision to be a leading global hospitality group.”Europe continues to be of strategic significance and value to Frasers Hospitality’s growth plans. This is reflected in its recent acquisition and rebranding of four boutique hotels located in key cities and university towns in the UK: Avon Gorge Hotel, Bristol; Magdalen Chapter, Exeter; Montpellier Chapter, Cheltenham and Hotel Seattle, Brighton. These hotels, along with two new properties will add to a total of 35 Malmaison and Hotel du Vin properties in the UK. Following the group’s recent launch of Capri by Fraser Barcelona in Spain, Capri by Fraser Frankfurt in Germany and Fraser Suites Geneva, Frasers Hospitality is also set to open its first properties in Berlin and Hamburg.In the Middle East, occupancy has been consistently high since 2009 when Frasers Hospitality first launched its properties in Dubai and Doha. In view of this strong demand, Frasers Hospitality will increase its portfolio from four to 11 properties aggregating more than 1,600 units. These additional properties will open in Dubai, Doha, and with new forays into Riyadh, Khobar, Dammam and Jeddah. The opening of Fraser Suites Abuja in Nigeria later this year will mark Frasers Hospitality’s venture into its fourth continent, Africa. This will be followed by openings in Lagos and Congo.China remains one of the integral and fastest-growing markets for Frasers Hospitality as it advances into emerging high growth cities such as Changsha, Dalian and Nanchang. Due to open will be the 345-unit Modena by Fraser Changsha in 2016, and the 259-unit Fraser Suites Dalian Europark and 174-unit Fraser Place Nanchang by 2017. In addition, Frasers Hospitality will continue to strengthen its presence with more openings in key cities such as Shanghai, Shenzhen and Chengdu.The group’s exponential growth will continue in Asia with a number of key openings in Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia. These openings will constitute half of the 48 properties in the pipeline including Frasers Hospitality’s first serviced residence in the city of Gurgaon in India. The 85-unit Fraser Place Gurgaon is due to open in 2017.Frasers Hospitality’s global expansion strategy is in line with its vision to be a leading global hospitality group known for exceeding the evolving expectations of international travellers. Since 1998 when it first established two serviced residences, Frasers Hospitality has grown its brand offerings to include serviced residences, hotel residences and lifestyle boutique hotels. Its global portfolio, including those in the pipeline, stands at 139 properties and more than 80 cities and 22,800 keys worldwide.Source = Frasers Hospitalitylast_img read more

first_imgImage credit: AmadeusFintech. Much more than a buzzword, it is now spurring countless innovations that are disrupting financial services from banking to insurance.Last year alone, over $19b was invested in Fintech startups globally, cumulating in over $40b invested in the last five years.Fintech’s growth seems unstoppable, and for good reason: ultimately, it is enabling us to manage our financial lives in an easier, more personalised, less expensive and more secure way.Now Fintech has hit the travel industry. Travel agencies can unlock these benefits and more as Amadeus partners with two pioneers in Fintech innovation to bring its recently announced B2B Wallet Prepaid product to market.To this end Amadeus is partnering with MasterCard to offer travel agencies payment acceptance and security around the globe, as well as better protection against supplier default when using B2B Wallet. Amadeus’ solution will build on MasterCard’s vast global network to expand virtual B2B payments in travel.Amadeus is also partnering with Ixaris to drive efficient virtual card management on B2B Wallet. With its innovative payments technology, Ixaris allows travel agents to easily create and add funds to their virtual payment cards.Ixaris, having won the Cards International’s Prepaid Innovation Award two years in a row, has been a pioneer in payments ever since it launched the first virtual prepaid card in Europe in 2003.“Virtual card technology is the ideal application of Fintech innovation for the travel industry,” Celia Pereiro, Head of Travel Payments said.“By combining the strengths of Amadeus, MasterCard and Ixaris, we bring flexibility, efficiency and confidence to travel agent B2B payments. Since we launched the product in some markets in February we have seen overwhelming demand for it and today have customers in 10 European countries.”The Amadeus B2B Wallet Solution will be gradually rolled out in select Asia Pacific markets in 2017 to bring travel agencies a virtual payments product with the option of either earning or saving cash when paying travel providers.“MasterCard has a history of successful, long-term partnerships across the entire travel eco-system,” Hany Fam, MasterCard Enterprise Partnership, said.“With our global acceptance, advanced security and automatic consolidation, Amadeus B2B Wallet gives travel agencies a host of reasons to leave cash, checks and other payment mechanisms behind, saving time and money. We look forward to further evolving our partnership with Amadeus – to shape the future of travel by enabling safe, simple and smart end-to-end experiences for businesses and consumers alike.”“We are proud to be working with Amadeus to help develop its B2B wallet proposition and now to extend it to countries around the world with our prepaid virtual payments technology at its core,” Ixaris Group CEO Alex Mifsud said.“This development is a strong endorsement of our strategy to develop B2B payments that suit specific industries, and – as is the case with Amadeus – supplying the payment capability to innovative and disruptive companies. Travel, and in particular, online travel, is an industry with huge potential to benefit from the changes in the way we pay, receive and send money.” AmadeusSource = Amadeuslast_img read more

first_imgVisitors will now get a chance to escape scorching summer heat and enjoy exceptional rides and attractions with the ‘Family and Friends’ offer launched by Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.Running from July 10 to September 9, the promotion will allow guests to purchase four Bronze admission tickets for the price of three at only AED 825.  Groups consisting of more than four members can also buy up to three additional bronze tickets at only AED 206.25 per ticket.The all-new Ferrari World Abu Dhabi has launched record-breaking roller coaster, Flying Aces, and the interactive family-friendly ride, Benno’s Great Race, and many others.Guests will also be eligible to enter a lucky draw and win various rewards, including a Maserati and AED 1 million in cash as part of the ‘Say Yas’ summer campaign running on Yas Island. This new offer will be available only when tickets are purchased at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi’s ticket counter.last_img read more

first_imgTaiwan is blessed with plenty of natural resources that can be used to draw visitors, such as the three-kilometer long golden beach between Yanliao and Fulong in the Northeast Coast. For its soft, highly cohesive white quartz sands, this beach is acknowledged by the World Sand Sculpting Association to be the best for making sand sculptures in Taiwan.The first Fulong International Sand Sculpture Festival was held in 2008 to promote sand sculpting art in Taiwan. This year’s festival from May 6 to July 9, 2017 will be jointly held by the Administration and the Fullon Hotels & Resorts. By co-organising the event with the company, the Administration hopes to instil different energy into the festival while attracting even more visitors.This year’s festival theme is ‘Celebrating the 10th Anniversary: A Castle of Golden Sands in Fulong’. This summer, some skilled sand sculptors will present to the public a magical castle of golden quartz sands that they’ve built.last_img read more

first_img Times haven’t been too swell for the “”Federal Housing Administration””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/fhahistory. That was apparent, by some accounts, “”when the agency raised insurance premiums for lenders of single-family mortgages in February””:https://themreport.com/articles/fha-raises-insurance-premiums-to-shore-up-mortgage-fund-2012-02-28, a choice it made to shore up its crisis-weary Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund.Now, according to “”Fitch Ratings””:http://www.fitchratings.com/web/en/dynamic/fitch-home.jsp, a new tide of mortgage delinquencies and price declines may tip the fund back toward troubled waters ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô and possibly insolvency.[IMAGE]The ratings agency said Friday that it sees problems arising from a difference between 90-day past due delinquency patterns for home loans backed by the agency and those without government guarantees.””This may eventually force the FHA to look for opportunities to put back some defaulted loans to the banks, particularly if the agency’s funding status worsens and U.S. home prices fail to rebound quickly,”” it said in a statement.According to Fitch, the FHA’s fiscal position benefited from the raise in upfront premiums but stays “”very weak”” in lieu of its inability to meet a congressionally required 2 percent capital buffer. [COLUMN_BREAK]The FHA capital ratio buffer currently stands at just 0.24 percent.The ratings agency found that government-backed mortgages constitute 83 percent, or about $66 billion, of 90-day past due delinquencies currently out there on the market.””This highlights the dimension of the growing delinquency problem for the FHA, given the predominant position of FHA-guaranteed loans in the troubled asset categories of major banks,”” Fitch said. “”While delinquency rates for nonguaranteed loans have been improving steadily at these institutions, the trend for FHA-guaranteed loans is starkly different.””A down-payment requirement increase on its way will likely worsen matters for the FHA, according to Fitch, which said that it expects the agency to resort to “”unconventional”” practices in order to prevent a bailout scenario and shore up the beleaguered fund.The scenario isn’t far-off from a crisis several experts predicted last year. “”Joseph Gyourko””:https://real-estate.wharton.upenn.edu/profile/805/, a real estate and finance professor at the “”University of Pennsylvania””:http://www.wharton.upenn.edu/, reported last fall that the $2.6 billion capital deficit vis-├âãÆ├é┬á-vis $1 trillion in insurance-in-force could mean a bailout.Just by how much? Anywhere from $50 billion to $100 billion, according to Gyourko. If a bailout took place, it would be the first for the FHA in its nearly 80-year history.Speaking with _MReport_ for a past interview, FHA Acting Commissioner “”Carol Galante””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/about/principal_staff/assistant_secretary_galante defended the role that premium raises play in keeping the agency afloat. “”We think this is appropriate, but we have to do it carefully and gradually,”” she told us.*What about you? Do you think the FHA could tilt toward insolvency?* Sound off in an email to editor@themreport.com for a chance to appear in our monthly magazine. Share August 17, 2012 476 Views Agency Debt Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bailouts Carol Galante Defaults FHA Home Prices Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Insurance Processing Service Providers 2012-08-17 Ryan Schuettecenter_img Delinquency Tide May Tip the FHA Toward Insolvency: Fitch in Data, Government, Origination, Servicinglast_img read more

first_img Share March 1, 2013 468 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-03-01 Krista Franks Brock in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img “”Guardian Real Estate Services LLC,””:http://www.gres.com/ a Portland, Oregon-based real estate management, investment, and development firm, announced last week a new “”commitment””:http://www.gres.com/Apartments/module/website_documents/website_document%5Bid%5D/51912/ to social equity and diversity. [IMAGE]””We know that committing to social equity and diversity is the right thing to do for our society,”” said Tom Brenneke, president of Guardian Real Estate Services. [COLUMN_BREAK]””We also know research shows organizations that actively pursue responsible efforts to these goals are organizations that become stronger, both internally, and in their industry. This ‘double bottom line’ emphasis is important to our company,”” Brenneke said. Twenty-four percent of Guardian’s more than 1,000 employees are ethnic minorities, and 47 percent are women, according to a press release from the company. Additionally, 60 percent of the company’s executive management team are women. Guardian’s newly-announced commitment includes intentions to continue to promote diversity within the company. Guardian also announced plans to intentionally seek out minority firms to meet supply needs and to encourage its vendors to work with minority firms as well. “”As one of the country’s largest affordable housing developers, the company comes in daily contact with the challenges faced by individuals and families confronting unequal treatment due to their income and/or ethnic status,”” the company stated in its press release last week. Guardian was founded in 1971 and currently manages more than 18,000 multifamily units dispersed between 280 properties. Guardian Real Estate Services Announces Diversity Initiativelast_img read more

first_img November 22, 2013 417 Views New,Marketing Compliance Expert Joins Lenders Compliance Group Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img “”Lenders Compliance Group Inc.””:http://www.lenderscompliancegroup.com/ (LCG) announced the appointment of Michael J. Wallace Esq. to the position of director of marketing compliance.[IMAGE]Wallace has spent more than 20 years counseling clients on federal and state industry laws and regulations regarding mortgage acts, practices, and marketing. He has experience identifying regulatory risks pertaining to advertisements, marketing campaigns, and lead generation methodologies, in particular. [COLUMN_BREAK]He is also the developer of Clix MG Inc., a contact management provider for the mortgage industry.””We are especially pleased to welcome Michael to our firm,”” said Jonathan Foxx, LCG’s president and managing director. “”His background, experience and diverse knowledge offer our clients a unique and cost-effective opportunity to satisfy their marketing compliance needs at the highest professional level.””At LCG, Wallace will join the company’s other directors in providing compliance support to clients, focusing on legal and regulatory requirements related to loan product advertisement, marketing, and lead generation programs.””Jonathan Foxx and Lenders Compliance Group clearly possess and provide a wealth of information and unprecedented access to mortgage risk management support within the mortgage banking and mortgage brokerage industries, both of which are necessary to navigate the myriad of new procedures and requirements being imposed on mortgage companies,”” Wallace said. “”I am excited to join this prominent firm and provide ‘best practices’ compliance solutions to strengthen our clients and the industry.”” Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Compliance Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2013-11-22 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

first_imgDocMagic Hires National Sales Manager to Drive Enterprise Software Sales in Headlines, News Edward KomskiDocMagic, Inc., a provider of fully-compliant loan document preparation, compliance, eSign, and eDelivery solutions, recently announced in a press release the hiring of Edward Komski as the company’s national sales manager. In his role, he will be responsible for introducing DocMagic’s entire suite of software solutions to large, enterprise-level lending organizations.Komski brings practical, proven knowledge of enterprise sales techniques, creative business development approaches, extensive solution crafting skills, a successful history of deal structuring and applied business strategy to his new position, the company noted. As Sales Manager he will work with prospects across all regions of the country to understand their business requirements, and how DocMagic’s solutions can be leveraged to benefit the prospects’ daily business challenges.”We are very excited to work with someone of Ed’s caliber,” said Dominic Iannitti, president and CEO at DocMagic. “Ed’s business acumen, strategic sales approaches, and ability to quickly build a rapport will be key in penetrating large market accounts.”DocMagic also mentions that for over 24 years, Komski has owned and operated ELK Group, Inc., a comprehensive business consulting firm that focuses on strategically structuring, managing, and implementing complex technical and economical business solutions for clients. He also has an extensive background in mortgage banking working with lenders, technology firms, and other large business entities. Komski has a B.S. in Business Administration from Shenandoah University and is an active member of the Mortgage Bankers Association.“DocMagic has developed a number of amazing solutions which have catapulted the company into becoming the mortgage industry’s leading eService’s provider,” said Komski. “I’ve seen a lot of mortgage technologies over the course of my career, but nothing compares to what DocMagic has engineered. Additionally, the work they are doing with TRID significantly outpaces the nearest competitor’s solution.” DocMagic Loan Document Preparation National Sales Manager 2015-07-01 Staff Writercenter_img Share July 1, 2015 552 Views last_img read more

first_img Big Data Analytics Nuevora Sutherland Global Services 2016-11-11 Seth Welborn Sutherland Global Services, a global BPO and technology-enabled services company, has announced the acquisition of Nuevora, a top 10 big data analytics firm, in order to further help clients gain stronger insights from big data and then use that information to retain and grow customers.With the acquisition of Nuevora, Sutherland advances its big data capabilities and strengthens its Digital Practice Division in order to address a fundamental challenge—trying to translate massive amounts of data into action that is immediately useful. Nuevora’s big data analytics and applications complement Sutherland’s analytics network to quickly and uniquely convert data into predictive and prescriptive insights.The acquisition allows Sutherland to offer its customers an end-to-end set of analytics capabilities that can achieve faster results, greater business outcomes, improved efficiencies, productivity, and smarter BPO services, according to Sutherland.Sutherland’s clients will be able to receive a more comprehensive portfolio of services to help them on their digital transformation journey. That portfolio now includes predictive and prescriptive data analytics to go with strategic consulting and innovative design thinking.“Our clients are increasingly amassing vast quantities of customer data in their day-to-day business,” said Dilip Vellodi, Sutherland chairman and CEO. “Nuevora brings an immense competitive differentiator to Sutherland, giving our customers the ability to monetize their data assets, provision their analytic platforms, and deliver new predictive and prescriptive insights.”Nuevora will continue to operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sutherland and will be led by Nuevora’s founder and CEO, Phani Nagarjuna. He will also assume the role of chief analytics officer responsible for Suther’and’s global analytics business operations.”The combination of Nuevora and Sutherland offer the marketplace an end-to-end Business Process as a Service set of capabilities that can drive operational excellence based on powerful predictive analytics and machine learning,” said Nagarjuna said.Scott SliferIn other news, Sutherland Global Services has announced the appointment of Scott Slifer as SVP and Global Head of Mortgage Industry Vertical for Sutherland Mortgage Services.Slifer joined Sutherland in April 2016, bringing more than 26 years’ experience and deep domain and business acumen into Sutherland’s strategic industry vertical. Immediately prior to joining Sutherland, Slifer worked at PHH Mortgage, where he was responsible for all aspects and growth and profitability for PHH’s Private Label Solutions, managing client relationships and sales/operations support to produce new originations.Over the course of his career, Slifer has held positions with Citi, Freddie Mac, ABN, AMRO, and GE. November 11, 2016 669 Views Sutherland Acquires Big Data Analytics Firm Nuevoracenter_img in Headlines, News, Technology Sharelast_img read more

first_imgA Mixed Bag; Pending Sales Down in April, But Historically High Share May 31, 2017 691 Views The national and regional statistics for pending home sales in April were released Wednesday by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and show a year-over-year decline both nationally and in all four regions. The national index for April is down 3.3 percent to 109.8, and marks the largest year-over-year decline since June 2014 (7.1 percent) and the first year-over-year decline since December of 2016.Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, affords the drop to the “double whammy this spring of inventory that’s down 9.0 percent from a year ago, and price appreciation that’s much faster than any rise [potential buyers have] likely seen in their income.” Coupled with a reduction in the number of new homes being built and too little homes being put up for sale, a slump was almost inevitable. According to Yun, it also doesn’t help pending home sales that investors that purchased single family homes as rental investments during the downturn have continued to hold onto their properties. That could change, however, as inventory is replenished and the demand to rent becomes less.And although indexes have dropped, all regions with the exception of the Northwest still remain above 100, which NAR reports “coincides with a historically high level of home sales activity.” In the West region, the year-over-year index is down to 100.0 (4.2 percent). The Midwest region saw the largest year-over-year decrease at 6.1 percent to and index of 104.4. The South region, on the other hand, only dropped 2.3 percent and has the highest index in the country at 125.9; the Northwest saw the smallest year-over-year reduction at 0.6 percent, but remains the nation’s lowest index at 97.2.Yun estimates, even with the current downturn, that by the end of the year home sales will have increased 3.5 percent to 5.64 million from 2016’s final figure of 5.45 million. Yun also estimates the average existing home price will increase around 5 percent in comparison to 2016’s 5.1 percent.May’s Pending Sales Index will be released at 10 a.m. on June 28, 2017.About the Pending Home Index: A home is considered pending when the contract has been signed but the transaction has yet to be closed. The index is based on approximately 20 percent of the transactions for the sale of existing-homes, and has been shown to mirror the level of closed existing-home sales in the following two months, as the average time from signing to closing is two months.For reference, and index of 100 is equal to the average level of contract activity during 2001, when the data first began to be recorded.center_img April 2017 NAR National Association of Realtors Pending Sales Index 2017-05-31 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newslast_img read more

first_img According to a Market Recap data study released by Owners.com, Chicago, Virginia Beach, and Philadelphia have emerged as the best cities for people looking to buy a home. The study revealed the top 10 buyer, seller, and overheated metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs).Owners says that, within the top 10 buyer markets, homebuyers can expect to find more affordable options with less competition and an average sales price of $297,794. That is $35,330 below the national average, so properties in these areas may be heading towards foreclosure or short sales, making them a potential market for good deals on homes. With less buyer competition, homes in these markets took an average of two weeks longer to sell than the national average. The top 10 cities for homebuyers include:Chicago, IllinoisVirginia Beach, VirginiaPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaJacksonville, FloridaHartford, ConnecticutNew York-NewarkMiami, FloridaSan Antonio, TexasBirmingham, AlabamaHouston, TexasThe Owners.com analysis also identifies seller markets where there are more buyers than homes for sale. The report says that lack of inventory in these markets drove up prices, with the average sale price at $544,102—over $200,000 above the national average. Homes sold almost a month faster than the national average in these markets. The top 10 markets for sellers include:San Francisco, CaliforniaSan Jose, CaliforniaSeattle, WashingtonPortland, OregonDallas, TexasSacramento, CaliforniaAustin, TexasRaleigh, North CarolinaTucson, ArizonaDenver, ColoradoHawaii and Grants Pass in Oregon were the most overheated markets in the country according to the report, which identifies overheated markets as those where residents were spending more than 33 percent of their household income on their mortgage payment. In these markets, homes sold for over twice the average U.S. home price and they sold faster by three days than the national average.You can read the full Owners.com Market Recap by clicking here. December 14, 2017 604 Views The 10 Best U.S. Metros for Buying and Selling Homes in Daily Dose, Featured, journal, Market Studies, Newscenter_img Buyers Home Prices Housing Market Owners.com Sellers 2017-12-14 Staff Writer Sharelast_img read more

first_img Sinclair launches compostable labels for fresh pro … U.S.: FDA approves GM Arctic Fuji apple … August 02 , 2018 You might also be interested in Limoneira’s Q1 results hit by lower lemon pricing … center_img U.S.: Heavy flooding in Northern California vineya … The organization said expropriation without compensation and economic growth are “diametrically contrasted – and nowhere in the world has this worked in any shape or form.””Agrarian reform can only happen successfully working hand in hand, in partnership, with the private sector,” said Agri SA executive director Omri van Zyl.“We have seen this movie play out all over world – Venezuela, Russia – the promise for emerging farmers of tools, fertilizer, seeds and extension services are superficial – many have promised this as election ploys– and yet the outcome is always catastrophic for agriculture and food security.”Kriek added that this was “irresponsible electioneering” and that the country’s leaders should be more vigilant and responsible when it comes to the future of the economy and job creation. “We are a full and active participant in the upcoming ANC jobs summit – this position will not encourage us to invest in the sector to create more jobs,” he said.Van Zyl also labeled the decision as a “populist move” from the ANC and said there would be a dramatic effect on the country’s commercial, residential and property investment space. South African farming organization Agri SA has criticized government plans announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday to amend the constitution to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation.The African National Congress (ANC) party had said in May it would “test the argument” that land redistribution without compensation is permitted under current laws.”It has become pertinently clear that our people want the Constitution to be more explicit about expropriation of land without compensation as demonstrated in the public hearings,” Ramaphosa said on Tuesday in a recorded address to the nation.In a statement, Agri SA president Dan Kriek said the organization was currently in a consultation process where South Africans are participating in a process of review, and this week’s announcement “serves only to undermine the process underway”.”SA needs more black farmers and black farms. Constitutional amendments – and even worst-case expropriation without compensation – may make for good electioneering but it doesn’t make more black farmers,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgMay 27 , 2019 The apple industry remained extremely competitive on the world stage. Apple exports rose to NZ$732.9m in 2018 from NZ$691m in 2017. New cultivars such as Jazz and Envy provided both diversification and increased value. In addition, with export values reaching NZ$115m (up from NZ$93.8m in 2017), the potato industry has seen a shift from fresh potato exports to processed potato products. Onions, peas and squash have remained integral parts of our horticultural export mix over the years.New Zealand exported horticultural produce to 128 countries. The top five markets are Continental Europe, Australia, the U.S., China and Japan. Together they account for close to NZ$3.7bn and a little over two-thirds (68%) of the total exports. Exports to Asia recorded a significant jump of NZ$912m to NZ$2.068bn year-on-year.”Extraordinary growth” for New Zealand horticulture“Our industry is well diversified, and it continues to adapt to consumer and market needs to ensure New Zealand products remain in demand and sell at a premium overseas,” says David Hughes, CEO, Plant & Food Research.“Part of the premium derives from our innovative and sustainable global reputation. We look forward to helping all our sectors realise their potential and deliver a smart green future for New Zealand.”Mike Chapman, chief executive of Horticulture New Zealand, says: “We are delighted to witness the extraordinary growth of our industry over the last 20 years. We’re committed to creating an enduring environment where the industry can continue to prosper and achieve our common goal.” Could early sweet apple ‘Posy’ herald rosy future … New Zealand horticultural exports grew significantly in value last year, with wine, kiwifruit and apples driving the increase to NZ$5.5bn from NZ$5.1bn the year before. According to the latest Fresh Facts, published annually by Plant & Food Research since 1999, horticultural exports tripled from NZ$1.7bn 20 years ago. They now accounted for almost 10% of New Zealand’s total merchandise exports. Kiwifruit and wine were the two main drivers for New Zealand’s horticultural success in 2018. Around a third of the export revenue is attributable to kiwifruit (NZ$1.86bn, up from NZ$1.66bn in 2017). Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit has proven popular in key export markets, now accounting for around 40% of the crop. Wine contributed to another 31% of total horticulture exports (NZ$1.69bn, up from NZ$1.66bn in 2017). Sauvignon blanc is still the main crop, but other wines, particularly Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Pinot gris, are also increasing in production. You might also be interested incenter_img Applewood gears up for the 2019 harvest season as … LPS ’19 preview: South Africa anticipates challeng … U.S.: ‘Apples are often on the tariff carousel’, s …last_img read more

first_imgPerthSingapore Airlines Singapore Airlines currently operates four daily flights to Perth from their Singapore hub with a mix of Boeing 777-200 and Airbus A330 aircraft, but in May 2018 the airline’s new 787-10 will replace one of these services. The 787-10s will feature Singapore Airlines’ new regional cabin products and will seat 337 customers in two classes, with 36 Business Class and 301 Economy Class seats.Perth will become the second scheduled destination to be served by Singapore Airlines’ new Boeing 787-10 fleet and the first Australian destination to welcome the new aircraft. “Deploying our brand new 787-10 product to Perth reinforces the importance the city plays in our global network and will help to cater for the growing demand we have seen from the West Australian Market,” said Singapore Airlines Regional Vice President, Mr Philip Goh.“I am looking forward to welcoming the new aircraft to Perth and showcasing our new regional cabin products to our customers.”Prior to the launch of services to Perth, the 787-10s will be operated on selected flights to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur for crew training purposes, before the first scheduled service to Osaka in May 2018.IMAGE: Flight Testing of the SIA 787-10 at Charlestonlast_img read more

first_imgCentral AmericaPonantspecials PONANT is offering a $1,300pp credit towards the cost of flights across 31 Central America cruises during 2019 and 2020 when booked before 31 March 2019.By booking early, guests can also enjoy the best PONANT Bonus discount available, with savings of up to 30%.7, 10 and 13 night cruises feature a range of evocative destinations including the Great Blue Hole in Belize, Antigua, Granada, Honduras, Guatemala, the often overlooked Mayan ruins in El Salvador and the exotic bird life of Costa Rica. …… while travelling in refined comfort aboard one of PONANT’s latest-generation small luxury expedition ships.31 itineraries, many featuring PONANT’s new Explorer ships Le Champlain and Le Dumont-d’Urville, along with sister-ships L’Austral, Le Boréal and Le Soléal, explore coastlines and islands with an emphasis on cultural discoveries and encounters with local populations.last_img read more

first_img 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories center_img Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was announced Monday as one of eight finalists for the NFL’s inaugural NFL Sportsmanship Award.The winner of the award will be determined by a vote of NFL players and will be announced during the 4th Annual NFL Honors show Jan. 31 on NBC. The winner will be presented with a trophy, along with a $25,000 donation to the charity of his choice from the NFL Foundation. The award will be presented annually to the NFL player who best demonstrates the qualities of on-field sportsmanship, including fair play, respect for the game and opponents, and integrity in competition.Each NFL team nominated one of its players for the award. A panel of former players from the NFL Legends Community — Warrick Dunn, Curtis Martin, Karl Mecklenburg and Leonard Wheeler — determined the finalists.The other award finalists are Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, Denver Broncos defensive end DeMarcus Ware, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and New England Patriots wide receiver and special-teams player Matthew Slater. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

first_img“It (is) much more natural for me to pick up a blitzing linebacker than to throw that pitch,” he joked. – / 15 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling And here was the result:After throwing out #Dbacks ceremonial 1st pitch #Cardinals @CashOutHump, “I wasn’t even that nervous at the draft” pic.twitter.com/KIDxi4ECWo— Craig Grialou (@CraigAZSports) May 12, 2015 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals’ latest first-round draft pick got to further introduce himself to Valley sports fans Monday.D.J. Humphries, who was taken 24th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft, was invited to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Chase Field prior to the start of an Arizona Diamondbacks-Washington Nationals series opener.The Diamondbacks teased the ceremonial pitch on Twitter as the 21-year-old offensive tackle first stepped on the field.center_img The former Florida Gator also got some words of advice from the Diamondbacks’ Chip Hale and Mark Grace prior to approaching the mound.Ahead of throwing out #Dbacks ceremonial first pitch #Cardinals @CashOutHump meets Chip Hale, Mark Grace pic.twitter.com/yPJWzbeWy5— Craig Grialou (@CraigAZSports) May 12, 2015 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 2015 @AZCardinals first round pick @CashOutHump rehearsing his first pitch. pic.twitter.com/MHzOS206sq— #VoteDbacks (@Dbacks) May 12, 2015 Top Stories Humphries floated the ball pretty high and delivered it a little low to D-backs catcher Jordan Pacheco, but, hey, he’s not a quarterback or anything; he’s just supposed to block for one.“It was awesome,” the 6-foot-5 offensive lineman said of the first-pitch experience. “It was a lot less pressure once I got on the mound. I got to practice downstairs, to be honest, so I got pretty comfortable.”Humphries admitted he was cut from every little league team he tried out for.last_img read more

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals are going to keep one of their veteran defensive linemen around for a little while longer.As reported by ESPN.com’s Josh Weinfuss, the team has agreed to a one-year contract extension with Frostee Rucker. The deal will keep him in Arizona through the 2016 season.Rucker originally joined the Cardinals in 2013 and played well as a backup, but really stepped up last season when he filled in for an injured Darnell Dockett. In 2014, the former third-round pick amassed 37 total tackles along with a career-high five sacks. He also forced two fumbles. Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   center_img The 31-year-old is entering his ninth NFL season and is expected to once again be a starter along the team’s defensive line. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

first_imgCardinals vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough doesn’t appear anxious to earn a promotion and leave Arizona. At least, not for any jobs that are vacant at the moment.McDonough, who reports to Cardinals general manager Steve Keim, told NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco that he has agreed to a four-year extension with Arizona when asked if he was a candidate for any front-office openings.The report likely means McDonough isn’t among the candidates to fill Doug Whaley’s shoes in Buffalo after the Bills’ GM was fired over the weekend. It also indicates the Cardinals’ front office has retained one of its leaders for the time being. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact McDonough is considered the most sought-after member of Arizona’s football personnel staff. He was among three candidates to become the San Francisco 49ers general manager, but the Niners instead hired former safety John Lynch. 0 Comments   Share   center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Robert Baker, the older brother of Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker, died after being shot Sunday morning in Seattle, reports The News Tribune.Baker, who is entering his second NFL season, posted a message from his family on his Twitter and Instagram feeds acknowledging the death of his brother.“On behalf of the Baker family we want to thank everyone for their generous outpouring of love, support and prayers during this extremely difficult time at the passing of our dearly beloved son, brother and husband, Robert Baker. We ask that you respect our family’s privacy in this difficult time,” the statement read. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 32 Comments   Share   Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals second round draft pick Budda Baker (36) works out during an NFL football rookie minicamp at the team’s training facility, Friday, May 12, 2017, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) According to The News Tribune, police responded to a report of a gunshot victim lying in the street in the Ballard neighborhood in Seattle. The 29-year-old victim was pronounced dead en route to the hospital.A Sports Illustrated piece from December of 2016 detailed Robert Baker’s relationship with Budda.Robert, who had just been released following an eight-year prison sentence, said he wanted to be an example to his younger brother.“Let me be the prime example,” Robert told him, “of why you need to do it the right way.”last_img read more

first_imgDropping it inHere’s an example of Rosen’s picturesque ability to throw receivers open.Arizona trailed 17-10 when Rosen opened up a five-play, 80-yard drive with a dime to Seals-Jones, who breaks off linebacker Bobby Wagner on the inside and just in front of a defensive back bearing down on him from behind. The pass is inches out of the reach of Wagner, who is in solid position to break up a pass that isn’t closer to the sideline.“When you look at some of the throws, particularly the two to Ricky, late in the game, tight windows, very impressive,” head coach Steve Wilks said. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 7 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories On several occasions, Rosen threw his receivers open, putting the ball through tight windows and keeping them out of reach of defenders.Here are five throws that stood out from Arizona’s 20-17 home loss to Seattle.The home run ballLet’s start out with a deep ball that would’ve been close to a score.A play-action shot to J.J. Nelson hit the wideout well enough after he blew past the Seahawks’ backend defenders, but Nelson couldn’t come up with the catch in the second quarter. The drop forced the Cardinals to put together a lengthy drive that was aided by a pass interference penalty, putting Arizona in the red zone. Fantastic throw from Rosen. Ruled incomplete as only 1 foot came down in bounds though pic.twitter.com/HCwDPzHsyY— Ian Wharton (@NFLFilmStudy) September 30, 2018Rosen’s pass had enough zip that it got to Williams before Thomas, who wasn’t fooled, could converge. Williams made the grab, and the play was first ruled a touchdown before replay showed he didn’t get a second foot cleanly inbounds. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) throws over Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Jarran Reed (90),offensive guard Germain Ifedi (65) and defensive tackle Shamar Stephen (98) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Rosen takes hit late from twisting DE and hits TE in stride pic.twitter.com/nlB5ltY0J3— Matt Waldman (@MattWaldman) October 1, 2018Close but no cigarAt the Seattle 27-yard line with 24 seconds left in the first quarter, Rosen not only got the ball off with a Seahawks defender bearing down on his backside — he put it in the perfect spot for a catch by receiver Chad Williams.As was a theme Sunday, the quarterback put the ball in between two defenders, forcing Williams to go get the ball high and at the pylon, out of danger of being intercepted.“I saw man across the board, dropped back, tried to push (safety Earl Thomas) to one side and throw to the other,” Rosen said. “Real close but no cigar.” Josh Rosen to Chad Williams touchdown pic.twitter.com/9IAarIn9RT— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 30, 2018The Cardinals used the momentum from the play above to score.A protection-heavy package put just two receivers — Williams and Larry Fitzgerald — out on a deep crossing route from 22 yards out in the fourth quarter.That gave Rosen what he called “hours” to make a play, and he admitted to going back and forth, determining if he could connect with either Fitzgerald, who ended up on the right side of the field, or Williams. Rosen eventually settled for a bullet of a pass at the knees of Williams, which once again kept it out of the hands of the Seattle defensive backs. Thomas, who was trailing Williams on the play, ended up breaking his leg on the play, and Rosen even spoke to that in detailing the touchdown pass after the game.“It’s not really as much a scheme to it as we just got heavy play action and we got two guys on routes and hopefully one of them will find a way,” the rookie said. “Just kind of sat back there for awhile, had Larry and Chad on two really deep crossing routes and kind of felt the pocket, I had some time so went back and forth a couple times. Maybe if I’d had gave Chad a little better ball, Earl wouldn’t have been on the ground. I feel kind of bad about that.” – / 28 We need to import some legit receivers in to save Rosen pic.twitter.com/EzxdiylXao— Ian Wharton (@NFLFilmStudy) September 30, 2018Rosen could nitpick that the ball should have traveled 60 yards through the air instead of 55, but a catchable ball is a catchable ball.Stepping up in the pocketRelated LinksCardinals drops, Earl Thomas’ errant finger stand out vs. SeahawksIn a loss that had plenty of blown opportunities, Dawson’s kicks stand outCardinals open up playbook but go conservative late in loss to SeahawksThe Cardinals are 0-4 yet the biggest takeaway is cause for celebrationRosen’s performance provides rare bright spot for CardinalsThis one looked like trouble upon the release. Rosen didn’t panic with the pocket collapsing toward him, stepping into a throw just before he was clobbered by a Seattle pass-rusher.More frighteningly, he put the ball in the middle of five players: two receivers from Arizona and three defenders. Dog wuuuuutttttt pic.twitter.com/WxhyDMSVjC— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) October 1, 2018Patience, accuracy and a bullet The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Josh Rosen’s composure might’ve been the big surprise in his debut as the Arizona Cardinals’ starting quarterback Sunday.Take away his lack of NFL experience, and it was still as eye-popping of a performance as one could have in completing 15 of 27 passes for just 180 yards. Save for missing a very wide open Christian Kirk in the end zone while in the red zone, the rookie’s game against the Seattle Seahawks couldn’t have been much more impressive. But like Rosen’s other strikes from his starting debut, the only player with his head turned is a teammate, tight end Ricky Seals-Jones, who made the grab while streaking along the right sideline for a 31-yard gain to start off what would become a game-tying touchdown drive in the front end of the fourth quarter.last_img read more

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Just 50 minutes SW of Sydney, new half-day Porsche tours of the historic Macarthur region are now on offer, allowing budget-challenged, sports car lovers to realise their driving dreams – if only for a few hours.Run by Macarthur locals, Paul Rodgers and Yasmin Taplin, ‘Sports Car on Hire’ was launched last year with  full day tours but the new half-day option for $450 is set to see even more aspirational drivers get behind the wheel of one of the sleek and powerful Porsche Boxster S convertibles.The novel tours trace scenic routes through the hills and dales of the Macarthur region, passing wineries, heritage towns and some of Australia’s oldest farms and colonial houses.  Included in each tour is a morning or afternoon tea stop, fuel, insurance and public liability cover. While guests drive themselves, the tour fleet will be led and guided by an experienced Porsche driver.The tours are ideal for anyone keen to experience first-hand the glamour of one of the world’s most luxurious cars without the expense of owning one. Full-day and weekend tours are also available.  ‘Sports car on Hire’ also caters for clubs, conference delegates, incentive groups and also weddings.The half-day tours are available seven days a week and cost $450 per car (two people per car at $225 each). Drivers must be 25 or older and hold an unrestricted driver’s licence. For drivers wishing to travel solo, the cost is $450.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has announced the launch of Impact Experiences,  a Community Footprints programme offering group guests the opportunity to participate in socially responsible activities that make a positive impact on the destination while fostering collaboration and a great sense of accomplishment.The announcement was made at the Travel + Social Good Summit held at the United Nations, a conference focused on ushering in the travel industry of the future; an industry in which all travel will have a positive economic, environmental, cultural and social impact for travellers, destinations and residents; Impact Experiences offer signature social and environmental impact activities that make a meaningful contribution and enable participants to feel personally connected to the local community.“We are proud to make Impact Experiences available at every one of our hotels around the world to provide our guests with an option to address local social and environmental issues,” said Herve Humler, President and Chief Operations Officer of The Ritz-Carlton. “Impact Experiences have the power through coordinated efforts and volume to be a significant force for good.”Examples of signature Impact Experiences organised by Ritz-Carlton hotels in local communities include a heritage farming project on an organic farm in Arizona; supporting critical coastal trail and rain forest restoration in Kapalua, Hawaii; protecting the natural wetland environment in Donau-Auen National Park near Vienna, Austria; planting the endangered native species of trees in Dubai; collaborating with The Battery Conservancy in New York to help beautify the public park; and building bird nests for migrating rare bird species at the remarkable wetland that is the Futian Mangrove Natural Reserve Area in Shenzhen, China.Impact Experiences also offer on-property activities that may be incorporated to a conference agenda during lunch breaks, receptions and coffee breaks. These include:Partnering with the hotel’s culinary team to prepare the ingredients for a regionally adapted dish for donation to a local hunger relief organisation.Assembling school supplies and art materials in backpacks for donation to students whose academic success is threatened by poverty.Collaborating in teams to assemble emergency preparedness kits to be shipped to a disaster relief facility or community organisation.Groups also have the opportunity to participate in an Impact Hour event, a programme that was designed through a participant hackathon at the 2014 Travel + Social Good Summit. The compelling and educational experience provides a platform for leaders from The Ritz-Carlton Community Footprints partners organisations to showcase how they are successfully addressing social and environmental issues.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

first_imgThe Peninsula Hotels in New York, Chicago and Beverly Hills have announced this year’s Cyber Monday specials, available exclusively online from 25 November through 28 November 2016. These web-only specials provide up to 30 per cent off room bookings, spa treatments, dining offers and gift cards.Room bookingsThe Peninsula hotels in New York and Chicago beckon guests to enjoy their luxurious room and suite offerings with a 30 per cent savings with the promotional codes NYCYBER and CHCYBER.The Peninsula SpaPamper and indulge with Cyber Monday specials at The Peninsula Spas in New York, Chicago and Beverly Hills. Offers include up to 25 per cent off massages, facials and more at these award-winning spas. Additionally, each Peninsula Spa will be offering 10 per cent off gift cards ($300 minimum spend in Chicago and Beverly Hills, $500 minimum spend in New York). The Peninsula Beverly Hills Spa will further entice guests by offering 20 per cent off gift cards with a $1500 minimum spend, while The Peninsula Spa New York will offer 15 per cent off gift cards with a $1000 minimum spend.Dining Culinary delights abound coast-to-coast as The Peninsula offers spectacular savings at their acclaimed restaurants:New York·         25 per cent off gift cards of $100 or more for Clement restaurant and barChicago·         10 per cent off gift cards of $300 or more for The Lobby or Shanghai Terrace  restaurants·         15 per cent off Chocolate at The Pen in The LobbyBeverly Hills·         10 per cent off gift cards of $300 or more for The Belvedere, The Living Room, The Roof Garden, and The Club BarPeninsula Beverly Hills-Couples Massage RoomPeninsula New York – Deluxe Roomlast_img read more

first_imgAs of Saturday 1 July, Emirates‘ signature A380 will offer a daily service to Nice. To celebrate the launch, Emirates, a Principal Partner of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, in conjunction with Monaco Tourism and Atout France, invited media guests, including LATTE, to enjoy a performance of the opera Pelléas et Mélisande by French composer, Claude Debussy. The Sydney Symphony Orchestra was led by visiting conductor Charles Dutoit, considered one of the greatest interpreters of French music, for the exceptional evening in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.The celebration of French culture is set to continue with the expanded capacity offered by Emirates’ new service, representing an increase of 44% between Dubai and Nice. Guests continuing on to Monaco will now have the option to transfer to the Principality via a helicopter flight with Monacair. The service will be complimentary for those travelling in First Class and €79 per passenger for those in Business Class.Australians are now among the top 10 nations visiting Monaco, intrigued by its unabashed luxury, fascinating history and five-star culture.Get a taste of Monaco’s incredible cuisine and legendary hotels with Signature Luxury Travel & Style‘s review.last_img read more

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterAdding a third property to its portfolio of luxury resorts in Vietnam, Anantara Hotels and Resorts has unveiled the development of its newest villa retreat which is scheduled to open in late November 2018. Located in a secluded bay in south central Vietnam, Anantara Quy Nhon Villas will comprise 26 one- and two-bedroom ocean-facing villas settled amid 7.2 hectares of landscaped tropical gardens.Anantara Quy Nhon seamlessly blends into the natural environment. Locally-sourced materials, traditional craftsmanship and regional influences are discretely incorporated into the resort’s contemporary design.Spacious villas with their sleek timber and granite sundecks, minimalist plunge pools and extended low overhang roofs have a fresh, contemporary feel. Vietnamese blue stone keeps the look of the common areas vernacular while granite and marble elements introduce a touch of modernity.Anantara Quy Nhon Beach Villa.With a focus on personalised service, each villa at the new resort will come with dedicated butler services and a range of customisable luxury amenities such as preferred room scent ranging from exotic lemongrass to refreshing green tea, Anantara signature soap collection and in-villa wine cellar stocked with fine vintages and delicatessen.A destination in its own right, the dining outlets at Anantara Quy Nhon will celebrate the abundant local seafood and regional flavours. At Sea Fire Salt, the all-day dining restaurant, the Salt and Wine Gurus elevate the dining experience with expert advice and guided tastings.Anantara Quy Nhon Hillside Pool VillaAt the swim-up bar, premium cocktails, Vietnamese craft beers and Cuban cigars are served in a spectacular ocean-facing setting. In-villa dining aims to recreate a restaurant experience in the privacy of one’s villa with gourmet breakfast in bed, fully catered poolside barbecues and a luxury Vietnamese street food concept.Anantara’s signature Dining by Design delights with “Castaway” island picnics and exhilarating fishing trawler expeditions followed by five-star dining.Perched high on the hillside overlooking a serene bay, Anantara Spa is a jungle-shrouded wellbeing paradise. Nature-inspired treatment suites boast double massage beds and oversized bathtubs for nourishing coconut milk soaks, while breezy cliffside pavilions bring the art of relaxation to new heights.Anantara Quy Nhon Spa Treatment RoomAnantara Quy Nhon guests will be able to take advantage of Anantara’s signature Balance Wellness concept offering a flexible approach to feeling good, through an inspirational range of wellness experiences and the total freedom to explore and indulge in between. The Masters of Wellness practitioner calendar allows guests to book private sessions with alternative therapists who are trusted experts in holistic healing.Rich in cultural attractions, Binh Dinh province, of which Quy Nhon is the capital city, is an attractive option for families, couples and groups of friends in search of meaningful and shared experiences with easy access to local cultural attractions, such as the relics of Champa civilisation and centuries-old Buddhist pagodas.The resort is a 50-minute drive from Quy Nhon Airport, or Phu Cat Airport as it is known locally, and only a 20-minute drive from downtown Quy Nhon. Daily flights into Phu Cat Airport are operated from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterAs demand surges for residential-style accommodations that come with the comforts of home, but are far from just utilitarian, The Reverie Saigon is repositioning eight floors of The Reverie Residence’s luxury serviced apartments as ideal alternatives for leisure and business travellers.Where the apartments once required a minimum three-night stay, The Reverie Residence, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World,  is now offering high-style accommodation for a single night in any of their 89 home-style suites.To mark this new opportunity, the property has rolled out a ‘Suite Dreams’ package unlocking a one-bedroom apartment and accompanied by a substantial daily credit of VND 5,750,000 (approximately US $250) to spend on airport transfers, butler service, spa treatments, meals, laundry or access to the hotel’s resplendent lounge.For business travellers, the hotel encourages guests to take advantage of the entirely separate living and dining areas to entertain clients and host meetings in the privacy of their elegant home away from home — the butler-manned kitchen on call for refreshments and the culinary delights of the restaurant just an elevator ride away.For leisure travellers, the hotel caters to the increasing number of locals treating themselves to weekend stays in the city for special occasions as well as those who desire an elevated accommodation experience rather than the basic fare and limited service provided by standard long-term stay properties.Like the hotel itself, the home-style suites of The Reverie Residence are the culmination of a collaboration with several renowned Italian design houses. Interiors vary from contemporary to classic, with elegant design touches such as exquisite handmade porcelain chandeliers by the 70-year-old Florentine company Le Procellane, as well as fine furnishings by the likes of Cassina, Medea and Grifoni.In addition, each apartment’s sleek, modern and fully equipped kitchen is designed by the cutting-edge Italian kitchen manufacturer Snaidero, perhaps most recognised for its collaboration with Pininfarina on a Ferrari-inspired kitchen.Guests of The Reverie Residence also enjoy a separate entrance, lobby and lifts; 24-hour guest service; use of the Residence Lounge (furnished by Giorgetti and including a private gym); and access to the hotel’s swimming pool, restaurants and bars.Rates for the ‘Suite Dreams’ package start at VND 12,650,000++ per night (approximately US $550) for a one-bedroom residential-style suite, with nearly half of this value being returned to guests in the form of a VND 5,750,000 daily credit (single or double occupancy).The in-house credit can be used on a number of services, including:Airport transfers in guests’ choice of luxury house cars, including a limited-edition Rolls-Royce Phantom Dragon, a Bentley, a Mercedes-Benz S-Class, a BMW 7 Series and several Mercedes-Benz E-ClassAccess to The Reverie Lounge for daily afternoon tea, cocktails and canapesMeals at any of The Reverie Saigon’s restaurants and barsSpa or beauty treatments at the city’s most luxurious spaDry-cleaning and laundryButler service‘Suite Dreams’ is available for stays through 28 February 2019.See https://www.thereveriesaigon.com/offer/suite-dreams-and-staycations/*The daily hotel credit can be accrued during multi-night stays, but is neither transferable nor shareable between rooms and has no cash value. The unused balance will expire upon checkout.For more information, see www.thereveriesaigon.comGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterSeven Seas Explorer will sail to South America for the first time inside two months. After cruising the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Northern Europe and Africa during her first two years, Regent Seven Seas Cruises‘ Seven Seas Explorer will visit picturesque ports in 10 South American countries, from January through March 2019 during five voyages.“Seven Seas Explorer sailing this region of the world for the first time gives her loyal guests the opportunity to experience Seven Seas Explorer in a new way, while providing guests who have not yet sailed on her, but want to experience the beauty of South America’s destinations aboard the most luxurious ship ever built, one more compelling reason to visit,” Regent Seven Seas Cruises President and CEO Jason Montague said.Suites for Seven Seas Explorer’s maiden South American sailings are nearly all sold out, with a few still available on the final voyage of the South American sailing on 17 February 2019 from Chile to Los Angeles.The five voyages include:20 January (12 nights) – Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires, visiting ports of call in Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina.20 January (28 nights) – Rio de Janeiro to Santiago (San Antonio), visiting ports of call in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Falkland Islands and Chile.1 February (16 nights) – Buenos Aires to Santiago (San Antonio), visiting ports of call in Uruguay, Argentina, Falkland Islands and Chile.1 February (36 nights) – Buenos Aires to Los Angeles, visiting ports of call in Uruguay, Argentina, Falkland Islands, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Guatemala.17 February (20 nights) – Santiago (San Antonio) to Los Angeles, visiting ports of call in Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Mexico.In addition, Seven Seas Explorer is sailing to South America via her 6 January Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro voyage, which arrives in Brazil at 8am on 19 January. A limited number of suites are available on this transatlantic voyage.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

first_img3. Castle boltholeThe prime tourist district around Prague Castle has more than a few tourist shops, but is surprisingly free of decent boozers. U Cerneho Vola (the Black Bull) is a no frills bar that serves delicious beer. Rather unusually its Velkopopovicky Kozel, or Kozel for short, is brewed outside the city limits in Velke Popovice. We also recommend the Velkopopovicky Kozel Tmavy, the Kozel’s darker, even more flavoursome cousin. The food is basic to say the least, so best stick to the beer. 4. Tower tippleYou really cannot miss the Zizkov Tower, the futuristic rocket that towers over Prague at a height of 216 metres. Built to block transmissions from the decadent West it ironically wasn’t finished until after the Berlin Wall came down. The hip bar is all black-clad staff and cocktails, but the main highlight is the views of the city. There is a restaurant here too and if you’re feeling flash, a single suite that costs €1,000 a night! 6. Food with your beerThe line between bars and restaurants in Prague is heavily muddied with the beer hall concept being a mixture of both. We’d heartily recommend U Basníka Panve in upcoming Vinohrady for both its food and its beer. Tuck into a cold one on their terrace on a warm day or get cosy in the lavish space inside. Line your stomach with a classic plate of traditional cream smothered pork and dumplings. They do them well here, with a dash of panache, the odd herb and even a nod to presentation. Not so much reinventing the wheel, as satisfyingly tweaking the Bohemian cliché.7. Bohemian barIf you fancy a slice of culture with your booze head to Palac Akropolis in the hip Zizkov district and a world away from tourist Prague. They stage avant-garde plays, indie gigs and a world music festival here. The Divadelní (theatre) Bar has nightly DJs and occasional MCs, while the Mala Scena boasts live jams and sofas. The former coffeehouse at street level is now a restaurant and pub. Palac Akropolis is also often one of the key venues during the much-lauded Prague Fringe Festival. Find more great places for a pint, check out these articles:Beer we go: 7 of the best drinking destination in Europe10 of the world’s sexiest barsPrague flightsGet a hotel in PragueSkyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hireReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Franz Kafka, when talking about his home city, declared that ‘Prague never lets you go, this dear little mother has sharp claws’. She certainly does, and when she gets them into you on a nefarious night out it can be quite an experience.The price of a pint may have gone up since Kafka’s drinking days, but it’s not all about the new wave of Irish bars and Latino lounges either. There are still plenty of proper beer halls and vibrant watering holes the locals would be seen dead in, if you know where to look…1. Prague’s oldest barColumbus had just landed in the Americas when they started serving the frothy stuff at U Fleku in 1499. They brew their own beer too, a rich, dark ale with a little fizz that goes down all too well. If you ask nicely they may let you sneak a look at their bijou brewery. U Fleku is, of course, pretty touristy, but the beer is spot on and they do decent hearty Czech food too, such as beef and dumplings smothered in cream. We suggest leaving when the deafening oompah band kicks into life, or you could just retreat to their courtyard. 2. Clinton’s favourite boozerProper old skool beer halls in the centre of the old town are becoming something of a rarity as theme pubs catering for the stag party crowd take over. Somehow though U Zlateho Tygra soldiers on at the heart of it all. Not that you’d know it’s here. Yes, it has a sign, but this hideaway is both unassuming and positively unwelcoming with a curtain hiding you from the action. Ditch the guidebook and camera, put on your grumpiest expression and bash in. Grab a pew – often all spaces will say reserved but they’re just trying to scare away tourists – and wait. For seconds. Don’t try to order. A perfectly chilled flagon of Pilsner Urquell will soon arrive and they keep coming until you beg them to stop. We refuse to speculate on how many Bill Clinton had when he bundled in with Czech president Vaclav Havel. 5. Beer and bikesThis classic wee bolthole is all very Prague. Yes, Bajkazyl is a brilliant bar, but that’s only half the story, as in the other half of the building you can have your bike patched up. This brilliant concept allows you to tuck into a cold one as your puncture is mended and vintage vinyl plays in the background. The beer of choice here is Uneticke Pivo 12°. Note that the 12 degrees mercifully does not indicate the alcohol content, but the level of malted barley to water. Phew! Related7 cities where you’ll find the cheapest beer in EuropeFrom cheap ales in Budapest to free wine in Paris, in honour of National Beer Day (15th June) we’ve got seven ideas for city breaks in Europe where your pounds will buy you more pints. Beer we go, then!Top 15 attractions and things to do in PragueThis medieval city of fairytale castles, narrow streets and ornate window fronts makes the perfect weekend destination. Here’s what to do on a city break in Prague.City break savers: the cheapest European cities for budget holidaysLooking for a weekend city break but not got much spare cash? Europe has plenty of affordable cities for you to explore on a budget – plus flights are usually quite cheap. But which city has cheap hotels and doesn’t charge a fortune for dinner or a night out? We’ve…last_img read more

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first_imgNEW YORK, NY – The British Virgin Islands have again been recognized in several categories among the “Top 100 Caribbean/Atlantic” diving destinations in the SCUBA Diving magazine 2010 Reader’s Choice Awards, according to a press release received by Elite Traveler.SCUBA Diving magazine’s Reader’s Choice Awards highlight the results of an annual, impartial survey that allows SCUBA Diving readers to rate their favorite diving destinations. The British Virgin Islands were named the First Place winner for Top Beginner Diving, Second Place for Top Underwater Photography, and Third Place for Top Wreck Diving.“On behalf of the many seasoned dive professionals throughout the British Virgin Islands who strive to provide our visitors with rewarding, unique and safe dive vacations experiences, we are privileged to again be named among the very best dive destinations by SCUBA Diving’s readers,” said Ms. Hadassah Ward, Acting Director, British Virgin Islands Tourist Board. “These awards are especially gratifying because they come directly from the readers of an authoritative diving publication, and they recognize both the natural beauty of our underwater resources and the very high quality of the professional guides and operators who carefully share these treasures with our visitors.”Set against a backdrop of unspoiled natural beauty, the British Virgin Islands allow visitors to explore and discover world-class diving, sailing, shopping, dining, and hospitality. After descending the depths to explore a century-old shipwreck, dive enthusiasts can enjoy peaceful, relaxed, luxurious style unique to the BVI. BVI Wreck Week 2010 tops the list of several exciting and high-quality dive offerings for the coming season. This will be the first year that the Dive Operators and the Tourist Board have partnered to host divers at various functions from June 12 through 18, 2010.A recent extension of the runway at Tortola has also made the destination easier to access by private jet.About The British Virgin Islands Tourist BoardThe British Virgin Islands Tourist Board is a statutory organization of the Government of the Virgin Islands (UK) responsible for promoting the British Virgin Islands as a destination. The BVI Tourist Board invites everyone to experience the seduction of our pristine and exquisite home. For more information on all that BVI has to offer, visit www.bvitourism.com.last_img read more

first_imgLUCERNE, Switzerland — GaultMillau Switzerland and its sponsoring-partner, the Lucerne watch manufacturerCarl F. Bucherer, have voted. The “Hotel of the year 2008” has been confirmed. The crown for extraordinary Swiss ‘hotelsmanship’ goes to the Grand Hotel Kronenhof in Pontresina. On 25 August, the “2008 Hotel of the Year” Award was presented by GaultMilliau Switzerland and Carl F. Bucherer to the Grand Hotel Kronenhof, which has been under the management of Heinz E. and Jenny Hunkeler since autumn 2006. Attending the festive occasion in the hotel’s grounds were Thomas Morf, CEO of Carl F. Bucherer, and Boris Blank, the watch brand’s ambassador, together with many guests from the political and tourism circles in the Engadine. “The Kronenhof has always worn a crown, but this distinction gives it another more beautiful one, indeed the most beautiful crown”, acknowledged Heinz E. Hunkeler proudly in his speech of thanks.For the second time now, Carl F. Bucherer acted as sponsor for the selection of the GaultMillau hotel of the year. The independent watch manufacturer with its head offices in Lucerne was pleased that the distinction was awarded to the only five-star hotel in Pontresina. The Grand Hotel Kronenhof distinguished itself through its exclusivity, innovation, tradition and high level of quality. “A hotel was selected, which reflects the values of our company and our products perfectly”, explained Bruno Jufer, Marketing Director for Carl F. Bucherer.Carl F. Bucherer will also assist GaultMillau in its role as the main sponsor of the “hotel of the year” award in 2009. So the search for perfection will continue, whether in the hotel industry or at the Carl F. Bucherer Manufacture.last_img read more

first_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Actor Alec Baldwin is once again using Twitter to question Dylan Farrow’s allegations of sexual abuse from her adoptive father Woody Allen.Baldwin on Sunday compared Farrow to the “To Kill a Mockingbird” novel character Mayella Ewell, who falsely accuses a man of rape.Earlier this month, Baldwin said Farrow’s renunciation of Allen and his work is “unfair and sad.”Farrow has said Allen molested her in an attic in 1992 when she was 7 years old.Allen has long denied the allegations and was investigated but not charged.Farrow in January gave her first on-camera interview to “CBS This Morning” about her longstanding abuse allegations against the 82-year-old filmmaker.Baldwin in his tweet credited Farrow for having “persistence of emotion” but did not explain what he meant by that. Alec Baldwin criticizes Dylan Farrow’s Woody Allen claims by The Associated Press Posted Jan 28, 2018 4:29 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 29, 2018 at 6:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

first_img by The Associated Press Posted May 25, 2018 2:37 pm PDT Last Updated May 25, 2018 at 3:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Paul Bloch, a veteran Hollywood publicist for Rogers & Cowan who counted John Travolta, Eddie Murphy and Tom Cruise among his clients in a career that spanned five decades, has died after a long illness. He was 78.Bloch’s friend and fellow publicist Stan Rosenfield says Bloch died Friday in Los Angeles at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.Rosenfield called Bloch “THE most respected veteran in the business.”The Brooklyn native started with the firm soon after college, rising to co-chairman after heading up its new contemporary music division in 1975, with Diana Ross, Johnny Ramone and Barry Gibb among his clients. Over the years, he deftly handled crisis management for A-listers, including Murphy after his traffic stop for picking up a prostitute and Cruise after his couch-jumping incident on Oprah. Veteran publicist to the stars Paul Bloch dead at age 78last_img read more

first_img by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Nov 5, 2018 9:22 pm PDT Last Updated Nov 6, 2018 at 5:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Patti Scialfa, left, and Bruce Springsteen perform at the 12th annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit concert at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Bruce Springsteen teamed up with country star Eric Church on a version of “Working on the Highway” and Jon Stewart laced into Donald Trump at a bawdy event Monday in New York that gathered comedians and musicians to help raise money for military veterans.Springsteen, a vocal critic of several White House policies, avoided politics completely at the Stand Up for Heroes show, instead offering a few off-colour jokes and four songs, including “Dancing in the Dark,” ”The Hard Land” and “If I Should Fall Behind” with his wife, Patti Scialfa.The Boss, in jeans, a white shirt and a jean jacket, was returning to the event now in its 12 year, having been the musical guest since the beginning. Last year, the Red Hot Chili Peppers took his spot as he worked on his one-man “Springsteen on Broadway.”Stand Up for Heroes is co-presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival. It kicks off the festival and raises money for the Woodruff foundation, which funds programs for injured veterans and their families. The foundation is named for the ABC news anchor injured in Iraq in 2006. It raised over $5.4 million at the event, held at the 6,000-seat Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.Stewart, also a veteran of the event, opened his set ridiculing the notion that America faced a threat from thousands of Central American migrants travelling northward in a caravan. “I’m so scared,” he said. “There’s thousands of sharecroppers coming at America at 1 to 2 miles per hour. They’ll be here by April.”Jimmy Carr, a British comedian, hit the stage with mostly blue, edgy material, but had some jokes at the expense of the commander in chief. “Walls work,” he deadpanned. “I was in China last year. I didn’t see one Mexican.”But the other comedians on the bill stayed away from politics, despite the event being held on the eve of divisive midterm elections. Last year’s event was more political, with comics such as John Oliver and Trevor Noah attending.This time, Jim Gaffigan poked fun at his able girth and told a story about having his appendix removed in Alaska and then going for a hike when he and his family encountered a bear. “I looked at the tour guide. He said, ‘Don’t worry, I have bear spray.’ I was like, ‘Do you have anything stronger?’”Seth Meyers returned to a very personal source of material, namely the birth of his children. For his first, his wife was in so much discomfort that she was on her hands and knees in the back of an Uber on their way to the hospital with her head out the window, screaming, “I do not like this.” Myers noted: “In New York City, nobody blinked an eye.”Church played three songs, including “Desperate Man,” ”Hippie Radio” and the unreleased “Still Standing Their Ground.” He strapped on a guitar to join Springsteen on “Working on the Highway.”The audience also cheered dozens of servicemen and servicewomen from Iraq and Afghanistan who were seated in the first few rows. “These wars are not over,” Woodruff said. “There is still a need for our mission and there will be that need for years to come.” He and his wife also urged everyone to vote on Tuesday.___Online: http://sufh.bobwoodrufffoundation.org/___Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwitscenter_img Bruce Springsteen, Seth Meyers headline veterans fundraiserlast_img read more