Phoenix Sinclair inquiry continues this week

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe inquiry into the death of five-year-old Phoenix Sinclair will continue this week with nine witnesses expected to be called.One witness will include Dr. Gary Altman. He is expected to deny allegations made by social worker Kerri-Lynn Greeley last week that Altman saw no need for further assessment of Sinclair’s mother.The inquiry has got a look at never before seen pictures of a thriving and happy little girl.The pictures contrast the cold reality of the little girl’s fate.She was murdered by her mother and stepfather then buried in a shallow grave on the Fisher River Cree Nation in Manitoba.Sinclair’s body was found in 2005.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler brings you up-to-date on what’s happened so far.last_img

Moroccan Military Officer Assaulted in Dakhla Security Forces on High Alert

Rabat – Forces from the Moroccan military, Royal Gendarmerie, and police in the southern region of Dakhla in Western Sahara are on high alert following an assault on an army colonel, media sources report.The officer was attacked by individuals with covered faces and armed with knives, who then stole an army pick-up truck.In the wake of the assault, the army, Gendarmerie, police have made a coordinated effort to investigate the incident and increase security in the area. Army forces have conducted a sweep of the area in search of the suspects.Early investigations led by a police unit suggested that the attackers likely belonged to drug- and cigarette-smuggling gangs.The assault is the second in a month, following a similar attack on a solider in August.Smugglers are not the only ones who target security elements in the region. Separatists loyal to the Polisario Front have previously conducted assaults against members of Moroccan police.In December 2016 three separatists attacked a Moroccan policeman with knives. After their arrest, investigations revealed the attackers had worked to incite the local population to show support for Polisario. read more

Haiti UN envoy sends condolences after boat tragedy claims 38 lives

27 December 2011The head of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Haiti today sent his condolences to the country’s President and families of the 38 people who died at sea after their boat sank off Cuba’s eastern coast last week. Mariano Fernández, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), reaffirmed the mission’s commitment to supporting the Haitian authorities in their efforts to improve the living conditions in the Caribbean country so that Haitians do not have to risk their lives in desperate search for a better future abroad.According to media reports, the remains of the 38 people were discovered on Saturday when the Cuban coast guard found the half-sunken boat about 100 metres off the town of Point Maisi.The Cuban civil defence agency said in statement that the dead included 21 men and 17 women, according to the reports. Some 87 people, including four children, were rescued. read more

Foreign exchange rates

These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Monday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 0.9988Brazil real 0.3988China renminbi 0.1904Euro 1.4975Hong Kong dollar 0.162446India rupee 0.01982Indonesia rupiah 0.000095Japan yen 0.01159Malaysia ringgit 0.2959Mexico peso 0.07149N.Z. dollar 0.9265Norway krone 0.1601Peruvian new sol 0.3916Russia rouble 0.02129Saudi riyal 0.3388Singapore dollar 0.9326South Africa rand 0.09541South Korean won 0.001115Sweden krona 0.1566Switzerland franc 1.3086Taiwanese dollar 0.04194Thailand baht 0.03821Turkey lira 0.3605U.K. pound 1.6483U.S. dollar 1.2705Vietnam dong 0.000056

Football Wide receiver Johnnie Dixon to remain at Ohio State for redshirt

Ohio State junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon (1) scored the final touchdown in Ohio State’s 55-24 loss to Iowa on Nov. 4. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThere was some thought that redshirt junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon might forgo his final year of eligibility at Ohio State and enter the NFL draft since he was finally healthy for a full season.But Dixon decided to turn down the opportunity and stay at Ohio State for one last season.Dixon posted a tweet of a video with the text “1 more” and a caption that read “Unfinished business!” The return gives head coach Urban Meyer a key cog on the outside for a new quarterback next season.Unfinished business! 1 last ride #Gobucks— Johnnie L. Dixon III (@YoungKing_JD5) January 12, 2018Dixon is the second receiver to announce his return to Ohio State for a fifth season. H-back Parris Campbell tweeted he would remain a Buckeye for his redshirt senior season.Dixon has dealt with continual knee issues since enrolling at Ohio State in 2014. He hadn’t been able to play more than half-season for the first three years in college, but he remained mostly injury free in 2017.Dixon caught 18 passes for 422 yards with eight touchdowns for the Buckeyes this season. He was one of quarterback J.T. Barrett’s best deep threats in the passing game, catching three touchdowns of more than 40 yards.The 5-foot-11 wideout from West Palm Beach, Florida, had his highlight moment against then-No. 2 Penn State in October, when he caught two touchdowns in the fourth quarter of Ohio State’s 15-point comeback victory against the Nittany Lions.He started in all but one game in 2017. read more

Any attempt to unilaterally appoint Chancellor CJ will be vigorously challenged

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident engaging in ‘Constitutional Heresy’ to undermine Judiciary— NandlallMay 4, 2017In “latest news”Judicial appointments: President says Courts should not be “paralysed,” awaiting legal adviceFebruary 14, 2018In “latest news”Former AG says Judicial appointments a matter for JSC not PresidentDecember 19, 2017In “latest news” Mincing no words, former Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs and Member of Parliament (MP) of the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) Anil Nandlall  said if there is any attempt to ignore the strict constitutional prescription as it relates to the substantive appointments of Chancellor and Chief Justice (CJ) his party “will leave no stone unturned in a relentless effort to ensure constitutional compliance.”Former Attorney General Anil NandlallNandlall in a strongly worded statement posited that the pronouncements made yesterday by State Minister Joseph Harmon over the constitutional appointments of President David Granger’s nominees for the substantive post of Chancellor and CJ infers that if no agreement can be reached between the President and the Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, the appointments can lawfully be made once their is “meaningful consultation.”He made reference to DPI’s article where Harmon was quoted as saying “President David Granger will be writing Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo informing him that another level of consultations will be held before the appointment of a substantive Chancellor of the Judiciary and Chief Justice…”Moreover, Harmon said “….There is a provision in the law which provides that in the event that there cannot be agreement because the requirement is for there to be agreement. Where agreement cannot be met, there is a second level which now requires meaningful consultations, so I believe that is the next step we will have to go to.” According to Nandlall however, Harmon “either wittingly or unwittingly, is grossly misrepresenting the constitutional position.”“The sole relevant Article, 127 (1), is excruciatingly clear. It is expressed in a singular sentence, spanning only three lines. It brokers no place for ambiguity or equivocation. It provides: 127 (1) The Chancellor and the Chief Justice shall be appointed by the President acting after obtaining the agreement of the Leader of the Opposition” said Nandlall.Moreover, he posited that this is one issue that must never be allowed the casualty of partisan politics.“If the head of the Judiciary, the constitutional bulwark of our democracy and the organ of State vested with the responsibility to protect our constitutional and human rights and freedoms and to preserve our democracy, law and order and indeed civil society as we know it, is allowed to be bastardised by the authoritarians who now wield political power, this nation will rapidly degenerate into a state of anarchy from which we may never fully recover” he said.Justice Kenneth Benjamin and current acting Chancellor Justice Yonette Cummings-EdwardsHinting that his party will legally challenge any attempt towards the unilateral appointment of Justice Kenneth Benjamin, as Chancellor of the Judiciary and Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards, as Chief Justice, the former AG said “it is sincerely hoped that the two highly respected and experienced judicial officers identified by the President will not lend themselves to be used in this proposed constitutional heresy, for they will be embroiled in the ensuing litigation which may unnecessary tarnish their high professional standing, stature and professional reputation. I hold both of them in sufficiently high esteem to know that they would recognise the vulgar violation of the Constitution that is being contemplated.”After doing his due diligence, Jagdeo earlier this week rejected the President’s nominees for the substantive post of Chancellor and CJ.Jagdeo said that he remained cognizant of the fundamental importance of securing substantive appointments to these two high constitutional offices.“As a result, I am committed to continuous engagement with your Excellency until there is due compliance with Article 127 (1) of the Constitution” he said. read more

Simon Hick French powers tightening their grip on European rugby

first_imgON WHAT WAS a fairly predictable weekend of Heineken Cup action, the stand out displays came from Clermont and Toulon, last year’s finalists and the two favourites again this season.Neither was flawless, but the sight of a grinning Bakkies Botha slapping a dead-eyed Carl Hayman on the back after they had overpowered the Cardiff scrum sent a message that in European rugby, things will never be the same again.This was one of the best and meanest second rows of all time, packing down behind the best tighthead prop of his generation; of course they were going to push Cardiff around. When you consider that a new €71 million TV deal has been announced between the Top 14 clubs and Canal+, that Sean O’Brien is probably on his way to Toulon and that Zac Guildford and Jonathan Davies are moving to Clermont, real consideration has to be given to the possibility that the Heineken Cup will effectively become a shoot-out every year between the top French teams.It will take the combined efforts of all the other countries if a complete monopoly on success is to be prevented.If the Heineken Cup continues next season with all nations involved, for it to have real credibility it needs the English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh to be realistic contenders. Leinster, Munster and Ulster are doing their part, Glasgow have improved, and the English should strengthen with an increase in their TV money.The Welsh regions, however, have once again been pathetically inconsistent. Over the history of the competition they’re as big a factor as the Scottish teams, which is to say, totally irrelevant. Leinster: host Ospreys on Friday night (INPHO/Billy Stickland)There aren’t even any hard luck stories or signs of progress or tragic last-minute losses. They rarely make the quarter-finals, never mind the semis, and have never threatened to be more than a road bump when playing away from home, besides the odd player-led Ospreys performance.They won’t say it, probably even to each other, but somewhere in the back of the Leinster players’ minds there is the thought that they can get a four-try bonus win on Friday night, and give themselves an outside chance of a home quarter-final. In the back of the Ospreys players’ minds is the thought that they can eliminate Leinster from the competition.Cardiff, Llanelli and the Dragons often seem to accept their fates, beaten down over the years by successive losses. The Ospreys though are like the drunk that keeps coming back swinging, confidence levels outweighing actual ability. That confidence sometimes makes them dangerous.The Ospreys owners have similar ambitions to Leinster’s but with a better stadium and the combined resources of two clubs (Neath and Swansea) that had far better traditions, infrastructure, fan bases and self esteem than Leinster had in the amateur era.They were expected to become European heavyweights but instead they had to stand aside as Leinster and Munster claimed cup after cup. They’re like Josh Hartnett sitting at home watching Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper get all the big parts.Things aren’t perfect at the moment for the Irish teams; performances aren’t matching the results, the quarter-final draw could be daunting and the French are nibbling away at the top players. The way things are shaping up off the field, this might be their last chance to win the tournament for a few years, but if we ever want to feel good about the provincial scene, we just need to take a look at Wales.Here’s the Ireland squad for the U20 Six NationsStrictly business as Ulster’s Afoa plans to ‘do a job’ on Leicesterlast_img read more

The 9 at 9 Sunday

first_imgThe 9 at 9: Sunday Here’s all the news you need to know this morning. Share3 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 2nd 2017, 8:54 AM Image: Shutterstock/Joe Gough Short URL By Órla Ryan Sunday 2 Apr 2017, 8:54 AM EVERY MORNING, brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #PROPERTY: A new report from property website shows that the national average price for a house is now €230,000, 9.4% higher than a year previously and over €65,000 higher than its lowest point.2. #COLOMBIA: President Michael D Higgins has extended sympathy to Colombia as the death toll from mudslides in the country tops 200.3. #DRUGS: A man is set to appear in court over the seizure €1.5 million worth of cocaine and cannabis in Artane, Dublin.4. #POOLBEG INCINERATOR: We spoke to locals in Ringsend in Dublin about the controversial plant, which is finally set to start burning waste this month.5. #GARDAÍ: The Sunday Times reports that Women’s Aid has questioned the accuracy of garda figures on domestic violence – following revelations that one million breath tests which never took place were recorded.6. #SEXUAL ASSAULT: A 14-year-old boy has been arrested over the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl in Chicago that was streamed live on Facebook and watched by about 40 people who didn’t report it to authorities.7. #DUBAI: A large fire broke out at a high-rise complex under construction near Dubai’s largest shopping mall, sending thick smoke billowing over the city this morning.8. #CORK: A new four-building project that will be the largest office block development in Cork city when completed has cleared its final planning hurdle.9. #RICH LIST: The Sunday Independent has published its Irish Rich List, with the Mistry family taking the number one spot. The newspaper says the family is worth €15.4 billion from its stake in Bombay-based company Tata.Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing.  Image: Shutterstock/Joe Gough 10,140 Views No Comments last_img read more

Stamoulis teams up with Grollo

first_imgDeveloper Harry Stamoulis has joined forces with Daniel Grollo’s Grocon development group, on plans to build a $600 million office tower at 555 Collins Street.An earlier proposal by the Stamoulis Property Group – to build a 404 metre tower on the Western side of Collins Street – was deemed too tall. There were also concerns it would cast a shadow over the Yarra River.Grocon and Stamoulis are working on a proposal for an office tower to feature around 60,000 square metres of prime space and are already seeking out potential anchor tenants. There is currently a 24 storey building on the site built in 1975 and owned by the Stamoulis Property Group. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Funding for temporary bridge tents requires city action

first_img , Funding for temporary bridge tents requires city action Posted: October 30, 2017 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The first of three large industrial style tents is going up in the next few weeks, providing a temporary shelter for those who are homeless.The “bridge” shelters as they are called, evolved out of a proposal by two San Diego businessmen, Padres managing partner, Peter Seidler and restauranteur Dan Shea. They have donated more than a million dollars to buy two of the three sprung structures. Initially, they estimated the cost of running the tents at just $17 per person per day.That estimate turned out to be too low because it did not include staff, counselors and the costs of other services to help those who are unsheltered make the transition to more permanent housing.  The head of the San Diego Housing Commission estimates he will need $6.5 million to run the three tents for the first six months, which could open as soon as December, Because the tent plan was not in this year’s budget, the dollars will have to be taken out of other parts of the budget.Housing Commission President and CEO Rick Gentry said he will ask San Diego’s City Council to shift the funds set aside to create long-term affordable housing to this immediate short-term need.That request to City Council is expected to be made in the next few weekscenter_img October 30, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Woodland OKs pot in segment of city

first_imgWoodland has become the latest Southwest Washington city to give the green light to the recreational marijuana industry. In a 5-1 vote Monday night, the Woodland City Council adopted an ordinance that permits two prongs of the new industry to take root in a small section of the city west of the railroad tracks. Under the new law, marijuana growers and processors can open businesses in the light and heavy industrial zones of that area. Retail pot shops remain illegal in the city, but the new regulations pose no restrictions on consumption of the drug. Councilors Marshall Allen, Jennifer Heffernan, Susan Humbyrd, Al Swindell and Scott Perry supported the ordinance, and Councilor Marilee McCall cast the lone vote against it. Councilor Benjamin Fredricks, who’s been one of the city’s most vocal opponents of the industry, was absent from the meeting. The vote came less than a month after the council rejected a similar proposal to allow pot growing and processing in a broader area and retail in the city’s highway commercial zone. In early November, Perry suggested the city limit pot growing and processing businesses to the area west of the railroad tracks. “That’s basically an agricultural area, and marijuana now is a legal product,” Perry said Monday night. “It’ll be grown in buildings, it’ll be secured, it’ll be regulated and so forth by the state.”Initially, the other councilors appeared disinterested in the idea, but four of them favored Perry’s plan in a preliminary vote on Nov. 17.McCall, who opposed the plan, said the council gave the public too little warning that last month’s vote would come up. “It just leaves a really bad taste in my mouth the way that it happened,” she said. “We had people coming to speak in favor of a moratorium and then this was brought forward instead.”last_img read more

USS Truman Wont be Scrapped Pence Says CNO Nominee Defends Carrier Retirement

first_imgVice President Mike Pence told crew members assembled Tuesday aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman that the White House has dropped plans for its early retirement, The Hill reported.Pence made the announcement while the carrier is in port in Virginia.“I know that the future of this aircraft carrier is subject of some budget discussions in Washington, D.C.,” Pence said. “As we continue to fight Congress to make sure that our military has the resources you need to accomplish your mission, President Donald Trump asked me to deliver a message to each and every one of you on the deck of the USS Truman. We are keeping the best carrier in the world in the fight. We are not retiring the Truman.”During a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing Tuesday Chief of Naval Operations Nominee Adm. Bill Moran spoke in support of retiring the carrier, as planned in DOD’s fiscal 2020 budget request. He said he backs the decision to scrap the carrier halfway through its lifespan to fund new technology, including unmanned ships.The nuclear-powered USS Truman is scheduled for a mid-life refueling process in 2024, but the Pentagon had announced plans to cut its fleet from 11 carriers to 10, retiring it early as a cost-saving measure. The Truman was commissioned in 1998.Navy photo by Seaman Maria Llanos ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

Cafe Coffee Day reports growth in Q3 despite demonetisation

first_img[Representational image]Reuters fileCoffee Day Enterprises Ltd. (CDEL) posted modest increase in its coffee business for the December 2016 (Q3) quarter, though the consolidated net profit rose 146 per cent YoY. The stock was trading 2.15 per cent higher at Rs 230 on the BSE at around 2.20 pm, lower than its issue price of Rs 328 when it raised funds through its IPO in October 2015.Read: CDEL shares near 52-week lowThe coffee business (Coffee Day Global Limited, or CGDL) reported net profit of Rs 7.6 crore and revenues of Rs 408 crore in Q3 in comparison to Rs 7.1 crore and Rs 359 crore, respectively, in the corresponding quarter the last financial year. “For Q3FY17, CDGLreported 6.08% SSG and an ASPD of Rs 14,815 (vs. Rs 14,043 for Q2FY17 and Rs 13,747 for Q3FY16) – a significant increase in the backdrop of demonetisation announced on November 8. Specifically on demonetisation, we did see some impact in our cafe sales in the pt and 2nd week post the announcement of demonetisation but subsequently our sales recovered with the ASPD approaching the Rs15,000 mark,” V G Siddhartha, CMD of CEDL, said in a statement.SSG refers to same store sale while ASPD is average sale per day.On a consolidated basis, CCDL reported net profit and revenues of Rs 12.3 crore and Rs 866 crore, translating into growth of 146 per cent and 14 per cent, respectively, on a year-on-year (YoY) basis.Coffee business contributes about 48 per cent to CDEL’s total revenues, with the rest coming from financial services (Way2Wealth), logistics (Sical), leasing of office space (Tanglin) and hospitality business.The company added 19 Cafe Coffee Day (CCD) oultets during Q3 to take the total number of outlets to 1,654 while vending machines stood at 40,013, an addition of 1,489 during the quarter.To put things in perspective, Starbucks had 22,557 global coffee shops at the end of calendar year 2015, followed by McCafe at 5,044, according to The Statista.last_img read more

Bigger Isnt Always Better But With the iPhone X It Is

first_imgDecember 7, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. The holidays came early this year — Nov. 3, to be exact — for lucky entrepreneurial techies. Not only did those early birds snag their preordered iPhone X models, but they enjoyed quick access to the newest Apple gadget while competitors had to wait up to six weeks for theirs. And what those first buyers discovered is that the iPhone X has shattered the mold once again, offering significant opportunities to businesses wanting to up their game.Aside from the X’s myriad aesthetic improvements — like no home button on the frame, to nearly edge-to-edge display — iPhone X reviewers agree that Apple has cemented itself as the influential leader in driving technology, even at the gulp-worthy starting price of $999.Related: Will X-gen iPhone Axe the Exiting?Behind all the bells and whistles, though, is the whisper of what could be — and what will be — for entrepreneurs prepared to lean on the iPhone X as a personal and professional tool. Not only is it a social media and web-browsing monster, it’s also a platform that can launch the next generation of sales, marketing and customer-experience opportunities, even while it springboards startups into 2018.A lookalike that sets itself apartNo one can look at the iPhone X without recognizing its enhancements. The taller screen, with its 19.5:9 aspect ratio and approximately 20 percent space increase, is sleeker and bigger than the screens of previous iPhones. But that’s not even the best part: That status belongs to the phone’s hardware and software, which are ultimately blowing users’ minds.With the addition of Face ID, enabled by the inclusion of a front-facing and infrared 3D camera, the days of Touch ID seem like a bygone era. Using a system that recognizes a user’s face, the iPhone X can be unlocked — day or night, with or without sunglasses — when its user simply looks at it. And because Apple keeps face maps out of the cloud, it’s secure against hackers who might try to use two-dimensional photos or create 3D masks. In addition, the iPhone X’s rear, 12-megapixel camera offers greater image stabilization and a smarter portrait mode through AI, for adding visual effects and recreating lighting scenarios.Nor are these attributes playthings, either. They’re radical, sociological experiments that, if Apple’s history is any indication, will transform the way consumers, and therefore entrepreneurs and businesses, interface with devices. In fact, according to Recode, the iPhone has a long history of changing the world: 85 percent of photographs are now taken on cellphones, and what was once an App Store containing 500 apps is now a spectrum of 5.5 million app offerings, if you total those available from the App Store and Google Play. Even the newly introduced gestures, swipes and movements used to access the iPhone X will likely become the new normal.Making today’s difference tomorrow’s normEntrepreneurs need to recognize these features not as novel, then, but rather as the soon-to-be, de facto standard around which they should already be structuring their operations. As in years past: When Apple rolls out new gestures, entrepreneurs should roll those new iPhone X traits into their company software.Related: How iPhone X Can Make an Entrepreneur’s Life EasyFurthermore, the iPhone X’s gorgeous display and Dolby Vision-rated color experience are things content-creators should embrace. While color correction and accuracy have never been one of the biggest selling factors for mobile devices, Apple’s HDR-capable screen adds a degree of color accuracy that lends a new level of nuance and flexibility to technology concepts, as well as interface elements.Moreover, having more screen real estate for software puts more things within the view of a user — from task lists to emails to social media posts. In daily usage, this means a user can get through more content quickly without the need to refresh or scroll as often.All of these new interface features and experiences disrupt the marketplace, and founders who use them to pursue their business goals and address the needs of their target audiences are the only ones who’ll be able to keep pace with the changes already here.To seize the business opportunities your iPhone X presents, you should:1. Run existing applications through heavy-duty screen tests. With the new screen resolution and size, certain applications are guaranteed to function differently on an iPhone X versus other business equipment. Some applications will have major problems, such as overlapping text, and getting these problems fixed quickly is vital, especially when it comes to sales and marketing.Even if the software works perfectly, businesses can take their investigation a step further to see if the new screen real estate opens doors to unheard-of user interface or user experience concepts. For example, older navigation paradigms might be best abandoned in favor of more natural, modern ones. And, as augmented reality is already changing how consumers shop, entrepreneurs should look to the possibilities of the iPhone X and its augmented reality platform to better understand what their businesses should offer and how they should offer it.2. Work emerging gestures into UX. With all the new muscle memory that will be developing among iPhone X users, entrepreneurs should see how that can be leveraged for UX. For example, if gestures that users are comfortable using provide them with shortcuts to an application’s key features, they’ll be more likely to prefer those gestures and perhaps that brand.Related: 10 Things You Need to Learn From Apple’s MarketingObviously, leveraging these features for your own business means experimenting with the control-less screen and 3D facial-mapping software, as well as that software’s far-reaching capabilities (if Apple provides this ability to developers, that is). While some users will always want to have click-ability and a sense of touch — hence the password protection that backs up iPhone X’s Face ID — many will expect to be able to engage with other software á la their devices.3. Consider how face-mapping can engage your customers. Interestingly, 3D-mapping software is ideal for use on human faces and on objects. This opens new possibilities: Could tapping into the new hardware enable people to try on items, as glasses purveyor Warby Parker has already done? Might facial gestures unlock accessible interfaces for the hottest new brands? Down the line, it may even be possible for face-mapping software to send personalized content to users based on the expressions they make.So . . . is it worth shelling out a grand so that every employee of yours has an iPhone X to explore and innovate with? Probably not. But figuring out the advantages of these evolutions is essential. Today’s marketplace is as dynamic as it’s ever been, and if the iPhone X teaches entrepreneurs anything, it’s that failing to keep up with these changes is the quickest route to backsliding in 2018. Register Now » 7 min readlast_img read more

Mobile Digital Radiography Driving Efficiency

first_imgFeature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 06, 2016 | Jeff Zagoudis Mobile Digital Radiography Driving Efficiency The instant, high-quality X-ray image processing and greater mobility of mobile DR are helping hospitals keep patient care moving  Agfa introduced a telescoping column to its DX-D 100 mobile DR system in 2015, with secondary controls on the arm allowing full operation by just one person. Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more S-Vue technology powers Samsung’s GM60A mobile DR system, offering adaptive filtering for enhanced contrast and sharpness.As the healthcare industry continues to rapidly evolve, hospitals and healthcare providers find themselves having to be more adaptable. Changes in technology and payment are altering how treatment is delivered, with a greater emphasis on moving patients in and out of the hospital more quickly while still delivering a high quality of care. For radiology, this means increasing patient throughput and providing imaging study results faster. These conditions have contributed to the rise of mobile digital radiography (DR) X-ray systems, which are helping streamline operations throughout the hospital. Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more Digital X-ray Systems Comparison ChartITN has created a comparison chart for specifications for digital radiography systems, both fixed and mobile. It can be accessed at This will require a login, but it is free and only takes a minute to register. The chart includes all manufacturers of mobile C-arms that sell systems in the United States. Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Making the Switch From CR to DRWhile both mobile and fixed DR scanners demonstrate significant workflow and dose efficiencies, and both types have seen widespread adoption, many hospitals still have yet to switch to digital systems. As with many purchasing decisions, the main barrier to adoption is cost, according to Bennett. While cost may be the greatest deterrent to DR adoption, beginning in 2017 it may also be the greatest incentive thanks to the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2015. Signed into law by President Obama that December, the act imposes Medicare reimbursement cuts of 20 percent for outpatient X-rays performed on analog machines beginning Jan. 1, 2017. The following year will introduce a 7 percent reduction for CR scans, and the penalty increases to 10 percent in 2023. So hospitals still using CR will have to adjust their inventory, but buying a brand-new DR system can be a costly proposition. For that reason, a large percentage of organizations are looking to DR retrofits to bring their existing scanners up to date. Loma Linda University Health, Loma Linda, Calif., took the retrofit path for much of their CR technology, utilizing Agfa Healthcare’s Fast Forward DR Upgrade Program. Roland Rhynus, CRA, executive director of radiology for Loma Linda Health, estimated that about 35 percent of his mobile DR systems are new units, and the rest were retrofits. The initial upgrade saw five wireless DX-D 100 mobile systems installed, and today Rhynus estimates Loma Linda Health has 20-30 mobile DR units that are deployed throughout the hospital, with heavy use in pediatrics, orthopedics and the neonatal ICU . Rhynus told ITN his techs are happy about the switch as well. “No. 1, they’re not having to slug around thousands of cassettes,” he said. “They have also said ‘I have increased satisfaction with my job because I now perceive that I am more important to the process.’ ”  Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 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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But they will not be easy. read more Videos | 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 Medica read more S-Vue technology powers Samsung’s GM60A mobile DR system, offering adaptive filtering for enhanced contrast and sharpness.center_img 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.  Mobile DR Keeps EvolvingAs mobile DR continues to mature, Bennett and Williams told ITN that they expect vendors to keep pushing the limits of both battery life and durability. “Detector battery life is one of the biggest points of contention with the technology,” Bennett said. “Having a tech who can go out on the floor and do 50 X-rays is great, but if the detector can only get through 10 and then you have to go back to the department and find a charger or another detector, that hinders your workflow.” Williams estimated that the average battery life of a detector is about six hours, “but that’s depending on how many X-rays you’re doing,” she said. “If you’re doing image after image after image, that’s not going to last you six hours.” Durability will continue to be a moving goal as well, as vendors continually work to protect their detector panels against drops and liquids. In an interview with itnTV at RSNA 2015, MD Buyline clinical analyst Lori Webb, BAAS, RT, explained that as the industry has switched from CR to DR, there was an expectation that drops would be the most common accidents, but surprisingly that has not been the case: “It’s amazing that most of the surprise insurance claims and service claims have actually been related to liquid damage versus drops,” she said.  Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Despite the large mix of competitors, GE and Carestream alone account for half of the total market volume, according to Bennett and fellowMD Buyline clinical analyst Lisa Williams. Carestream was the first to introduce a collapsible column to mobile DR, which provides operators with an unobstructed view as they move the system from place to place. Telescopic columns have made their way onto several vendors’ systems, most recently Agfa’s DX-D 100. Introduced at AHRA 2015, the column sports secondary controls for the system, so there is no need to return to the main console. This allows the system to be operated by just one person who can stay with the patient at all times. The column is not motorized, so raising and lowering it will not drain the battery. Samsung introduced its newest mobile DR system, the GM60A, complete with telescopic column, at the 2015 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting in Chicago. Image processing is guided by Samsung’s S-Vue technology, which employs adaptive filtering for enhanced image contrast and sharpness. Both thick and thin parts of the image are clearly displayed, including overlapping areas and contours, thanks to Samsung’s wireless, lightweight S-Detector panels. The GM60A received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in December 2014, and it is CE Marked for sale in Europe.  Related Content Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… 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 PreviousNext Advantages of Mobile DRGreater workflow efficiency is the primary advantage afforded by DR. Images are displayed immediately after capture — unlike analog and computed radiography (CR) systems, where the film/plate must be developed — and can be transmitted directly to the picture archiving and communication system (PACS) or other data storage silo. DR systems also address the growing concern over the amount of radiation dose being delivered to patients and staff. Traditionally, because the images have to be developed manually for analog and CR systems, the dose had to be higher in order to achieve adequate image quality. Thanks to the digital post-processing software inherent to DR systems that can enhance the image after acquisition, technologists are able to lower the radiation dose and still maintain a high image quality. These workflow and dose efficiencies can be gained from both fixed and mobile DR systems. As one might suspect, mobile systems allow users to bring these advantages out of radiology and into the rest of the hospital as needed. This provides one solution for imaging non-ambulatory patients who cannot make the trip down to the X-ray room and cannot be transported easily. These patients, however, are often the most critically ill or injured, and as such are found in the operating room, emergency department or intensive care units. These are high-traffic areas with a proliferation of equipment and personnel creating a confined environment that can impair mobility. In these scenarios, a mobile DR system affords greater maneuverability so techs can image one patient after another relatively easily, even going directly to the bedside.  As another economic benefit, fixed and mobile DR systems can, in more cases than not, share detector panels. “We’re seeing some of the smaller hospitals are taking the panels from their departments and using them in their portables,” said Rachael Bennett, RT(R)(T), clinical analyst with MD Buyline. “If you don’t have a high-volume center or you’re just doing tons of exams in your department all day long, you can actually use that same detector for both mobile and fixed systems.”  News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  Related Articles on the Transition to Digitital RadiographyDigital Radiography Facing Major Change in 2017Transitioning to Digital RadiographyThe Coming Push for DRCR to DR: The Time-Saving Solution for a Critical Access Hospital in New HampshireAn Effective Approach to X-ray Equipment Upgradelast_img read more

Smoking passenger detained

first_imgThe man, understood to be a German national, was tied and bound by airline staff after he allegedly became violent and aggressive on flight EK432 from Singapore, the Courier Mail reported. The Australian Federal Police are now handling the matter, with the man due to appear before Brisbane Magistrates Court. Source = ETB News: P.T. A photograph of the incident, taken by another passenger, depicts a man restrained in a seat with his legs and arms seemingly bound. A passenger has been detained by Australian authorities after attempting to smoke several times on-board an Emirates flight to Brisbane.last_img

Corendon places Boeing 747 in its hotel garden

first_imgCorendon places Boeing 747 in its hotel gardenCorendon places Boeing 747 in its hotel gardenTravel agency, airline company and hotelier Corendon will have a complete Boeing 747-400 transported from Schiphol airport to the Corendon Village Hotel in Amsterdam this February. There the plane will be placed in the hotel garden.For this mega job Dutch specialized transport company Mammoet has been brought in. Mammoet will transport the 150 ton plane in five days from the airport to the hotel, starting Tuesday evening February 5th. During its spectacular last journey, the Boeing has to cross 17 ditches, highway A9 and one provincial road.The Boeing 747 is the former KLM aircraft ‘City of Bangkok’ that will be given a new final destination after 30 years of reliable service. In recent weeks it has been painted in the colours of Corendon in Rome. Also it is has been stripped of all serviceable parts, such as the engines, by aircraft recycling company AELS. After the transport the plane will be placed in the garden of the Corendon Village Hotel Amsterdam. The aircraft will be converted into the Corendon Boeing 747 Experience, which will open its doors at Q3 of 2019.The hotel opened last year in the former headquarters of Sony. With over 680 rooms, suites and apartments it is the largest hotel in the Benelux. Guests have a clear view of Schiphol Airport.Source = Corendonlast_img read more

ExistingHome Sales Feel TRIDs Wrath

first_imgTRID wasn’t the only factor driving November’s slowdown, however. Inventory remains an issue, declining by 3.3 percent to 2.04 million existing homes for sale—1.9 percent lower than in November 2014. The current unsold inventory is at a 5.1-month supply at the current pace of sales, which is an increase from October’s 4.8-month supply. Meanwhile, the median existing-home price rose by 6.3 percent year-over-year in November up to $207,200, marking the 45th consecutive month the median existing-home price has risen over-the-year.“Sparse inventory and affordability issues continue to impede a large pool of buyers’ ability to buy, which is holding back sales,” Yun said. “However, signed contracts have remained mostly steady in recent months, and properties sold faster in November. Therefore it’s highly possible the stark sales decline wasn’t because of sudden, withering demand.”All-cash sales for November totaled 27 percent, their highest share since January, up from 25 percent from November 2014. Individual investors purchased 16 percent of homes in November, also the largest share since January, up from 15 percent from the previous November. NAR reports that 64 percent of investors paid cash in November.Distressed sales, which include foreclosures and short sales, rose from 6 percent in October to 9 percent in November, though they remained unchanged year-over-year. That 9 percent breaks down to 7 percent for foreclosure sales and 2 percent for short sales. Foreclosed homes sold for an average of 15 percent below market value in November, compared to 18 percent in October. The short sale discount went the other direction, according to NAR; short sales in November were discounted by 15 percent compared to 8 percent in October.Click here to see the NAR’s existing-home sales chart. in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News, Origination “The good news is that we should see the closing disruptions dissipate over December and January as the delayed closings turn into an increase in sales for subsequent months.”Jonathan Smoke, Chief Economist, Existing-Home Sales Feel TRID’s Wrath The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported on Tuesday that existing-home sales dropped off in November to an annual rate of about 4.76 million, the slowest pace in 19 months.November’s decline represented a 10.5 percent drop from October’s downwardly revised total of 5.32 million, and the sales pace for November was the lowest since it was reported at 4.75 million in April 2014. November’s pace is now 3.8 percent lower than November 2014, marking the first time the existing- home annual sales pace declined year-over-year since September 2014.One of the major drivers of November’s dropoff in the pace of existing-home sales is likely the implementation of the “Know Before You Owe” mortgage rule, commonly known as the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule, which went into effect on October 3. According to the Realtors Confidence Index in November, 47 percent of respondents said they were experiencing longer closing times compared to last year—up from 37 percent in October. NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said the longer closing times may be delaying transactions until the following month, making the slowdown in existing-home sales for November temporary.“It’s possible the longer timeframes pushed a latter portion of would-be November transactions into December,” says Yun. “As long as closing timeframes don’t rise even further, it’s likely more sales will register to this month’s total, and November’s large dip will be more of an outlier.”“Realtors worked hard to prepare for Know Before You Owe, and we knew there would be some near-term challenges as the industry continues to adapt,” said NAR President Tom Salomone, broker-owner of Real Estate II Inc. in Coral Springs, Florida. “Nonetheless, an early trend of longer lead times to closings is cause for concern. As Realtors report issues with their transactions, we will continue to work with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to ensure as little disruption as possible to the business of real estate.” Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke stated, “The abrupt change in the pace of sales is out of sync with demand indicators on and point to other likely factors causing a unique short-term disruption to closings, which the sales data represent. The good news is that we should see the closing disruptions dissipate over December and January as the delayed closings turn into an increase in sales for subsequent months.”center_img Share Exisiting-Home Sales National Association of Realtors TRID 2015-12-22 Seth Welborn December 22, 2015 696 Views last_img read more