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Ontario tobacco companies prepare for 15 billion lawsuit


first_imgAPTN National NewsRothmans Inc., Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd., Benson and Hedges Inc., and JTI-MacDonald Corp., among others, are serving First Nations tobacco companies with a $1.5 billion dollar lawsuit.They say they are “seeking recovery of the cost of provincial health care expenditures arising from tobacco related disease and/or the risk of tobacco related disease.”APTN National News reporter Donna Smith talks to store owners in Ontario to get their side of the story.last_img


UN officials pay tribute to late US senator Edward Kennedy


“Few were stronger supporters of the UN, and in my visits to Capitol Hill I always benefited from his wise counsel,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued in New York.“He was not just a friend to those of power and high position, but even more to those who had neither. He was a voice for those who would otherwise go unheard, a defender of the rights and interests of the defenceless.”The Secretary-General added that those who feel that government can too often be faceless and inhumane did not know Senator Kennedy, who “stood for the best in all of us.”Speaking to reporters at UN Headquarters, Mr. Ban recalled his personal memories of the US legislator and said that “what he has been doing as a person, as a senator, as a public servant… it will be long remembered in the minds, in the hearts of many people, particularly those people whose human rights have been abused.”UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres said the life of the late senator and brother of former US President John F. Kennedy is a testimony to the difference a single policy-maker can make. “Year after year, conflict after conflict, Senator Kennedy kept the plight of refugees on the international and national agenda, promoting policies and laws that saved and shaped countless lives,” Mr. Guterres said in a statement. “The world is diminished by his passing. But we will always have his example to inspire us.”The High Commissioner noted that throughout his life, Senator Kennedy was “a tireless advocate for refugees – among the most vulnerable people in the world.”For nearly five decades in the US Senate, Senator Kennedy fought for legislation improving the treatment of refugees and asylum-seekers and reducing discrimination against them, he added.“His efforts have benefited millions of individuals from all over the world forced to seek shelter and protection outside their homelands.“He did what he did from the conviction that it was the right thing to do – and wholly in line with the great American tradition of providing help and hope to those who have suffered from injustice and war.” 26 August 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations refugee chief today paid tribute to Edward Kennedy, the United States senator who passed away yesterday at the age of 77 after battling brain cancer, lauding his support for the Organization and his efforts to defend the rights of some of the world’s most vulnerable people. read more


Two arrests in Gerard Burnett murder investigation


first_imgGARDAÍ IN DUBLIN have arrested two men in relation to the fatal stabbing of 28-year-old father-of-one Gerard Burnett last August.A 20-year-old and a 17-year-old have been taken into custody following their arrests this afternoon.They are being detained at Blanchardstown Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.Burnett was stabbed multiple times during an altercation outside his house in Mulhuddart on 21 August. A 20-year-old man has already been charged in connection with the murder investigation.It was understood that the investigation was focussing on three men who called to the victim’s house in Castlecurragh Vale before the incident occurred. The attackers escaped on foot.The victim’s partner and young son fled the scene.Man charged in relation to Gerard Burnett murder>Two arrested over Mulhuddart stabbing>last_img read more


Sinn Féin wants sevenseat Dáil constituencies and use of PPS numbers for


first_imgSINN FÉIN HAS PROPOSED using citizens’ PPS numbers to automatically put them on the electoral register when they are eligible to vote as well as create larger, seven-seat Dáil constituencies.The party has launched a set of political reform proposals which would see an independent electoral commission establish, as well as lower the voting age to 16 and introducing gender quotas of 30 per cent rising to 50 per cent – a measure already implemented by government.Another proposal would see a partial list system introduced for Dáil elections to ensure representation for women and other under-represented groups.A third of the Dáil would be elected through a list system while two-thirds would be elected in large seven-seat constituencies on the current proportional representation method to “ensure that the results reflect more accurately actual voter preference”.Other changes include more representation and time devoted to Northern Ireland, with a proposal to allow Northern MPs immediate speaking time and consultative rights in the Dáil.The party is also proposing to change the Constitution to allow northern MPs to automatically become members of the Dáil.Speaking today, the party’s whip Aengus Ó Snodaigh denied this was in a bid to give Sinn Féin MPs, who abstain from Wesminster, speaking time in another parliamentary chamber, pointing out it would be open to DUP and other party MPs.Of the party’s overall reform ideas, Ó Snodaigh said: “What we have seen since this government come to being is a piecemeal approach.”Other ideas include a secret ballot of TDs for the appointment of a Ceann Comhairle, a special committee for the Taoiseach, scrapping of Freedom of Information fees, and a cap on ministerial salaries of €100,000 and €75,000 for TDs.Senator David Cullinane also outlined the party’s proposals for Seanad reform including direct elections, representation for the North and minority groups and 50 per cent female representation – proposals already floated by other parties and interest groups.Read: TDs will be allowed to register their abstention on Dáil votes‘The elephant in the room’: Government’s Dáil reforms do little to appease oppositionlast_img read more


Taxpayers to get answers on Jan 2


first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Anyone who had tax affairs to settle by the end of this year will be able to do so on January 2, according to an announcement on Thursday. The Finance Ministry said that tax offices had been instructed to deal with these matters as a result of the 48-hour strike by inspectors this week.In response to a question in Parliament, Justice Minister Miltiadis Papaioannou said that courts were expected to have processed 27,000 tax cases by the end of the year.Source: Kathimerinilast_img


Homer Simpson Will Be Inducted Into The Baseball Hall Of Fame


first_imgStay on target Listen: Steamed Hams But It’s Michael Jackson’s ThrillerSteamed Hams But It’s A Visual Novel Made Entirely From Stock Art 25 years after he lead the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant softball team to its historic city championship, Homer Simpson is finally getting the recognition he’s always deserved. He’s being inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.Yes, Homer will soon take his place alongside legendary players like Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Jackie Robinson and Hank Aaron. Don’t worry, baseball purists… It’s just an honorary induction. The only actual player inductees this year are Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Pudge Rodriguez. You know, guys who suited up for real ball clubs.Instead, the Simpsons will be honored with an exhibit commemorating S3E017, Homer At The Bat. It’s easily one of my favorite Simpsons episodes and one that showrunner Al Jean places in top five of all time.The Hall will be adding an original VHS of the episode and an autographed copy of the script. It’s certainly nice to see that the cast and crew are finally returning the favor — the players each spent about five minutes doing their voiceovers and an hour-plus signing things back in 1992.Those of you who can make the trip to Cooperstown for the ceremony need to get there by 9:30 am so that you can catch the full roundtable discussion. Wade Boggs and Ozzie Smith (two of the actual HOFers from the episode) will be there.After the discussion wraps up, Smith and Boggs will take to the diamond with other baseball greats in the annual Hall Of Fame Classic. No word yet on whether or not Dan Castellaneta plans to suit up, but if the game is tied and the bases are loaded in the bottom of the ninth, you can be he’ll be willing to step into a pitch to win the ballgame.last_img read more


Sonic Mania Gets a Release Date and an Awesome New Trailer


first_imgStay on target Hands-On: ‘Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020’ Seems FineLive-Action ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Delayed to 2020 After numerous delays, Sonic Mania will finally be released this summer. Sega has announced that the retro-tastic Sonic the Hedgehog game will launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch on August 15. Best of all, it will cost $19.99 across all platforms. To celebrate the announcement, we’re treated to a brand-new trailer.The new trailer is a mix of animation and in-game footage. Unlike Sonic Forces, Sonic Mania is a throwback to classic Sonic games from the Sega Genesis era. Based on everything that has been shown so far, it appears the game is based on (the criminally underrated) Sonic CD — albeit with more animations. As we previously reported, Sonic Mania will have new levels and remixed versions of classic stages.“Experience the ultimate celebration of past and future in Sonic Mania, an all-new 2D Sonic adventure running at a crisp 60FPS with stunning HD retro-style graphics,” says Sega (via Gematsu). “Multiple playable characters give you the ability to go explosively fast as Sonic, soar as Tails, or power through tough obstacles with Knuckles’ brute strength. You can re-live the Sonic of the past with an exciting new twist on classic zones while fighting against new bosses and Dr. Eggman’s evil robot army. Go head-to-head with players in Competition Mode or play in Co-Op Mode with a friend. Sonic Mania is developed by Christian Whitehead, Headcannon, and PagodaWest Games in collaboration with Sonic Team. Welcome to Sonic Mania!”For many Sonic the Hedgehog fans, this is the game they have been waiting for. It is unclear why Sonic Mania has been delayed so many times (it was originally set to release in early Spring). But whatever the case may be, it won’t be too long before we’re spin-dashing around levels the way we used to when we were younger. Sonic Mania will be a great way to beat back the summer drought, that’s for sure.last_img read more


What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On Sunday September 8


first_imgLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTHIS WEEKEND: Car Wash For WHS Field Hockey, Farmers Market, Free Concert & Voter Registration Drive ALL At Town Common On Sept. 8In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On September 1In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On August 18In “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Farmers Market will be open this Sunday, September 8, 2019, from 10am to 1pm, on the Swain Green, across from the Town Common, at 140 Middlesex Avenue.September 8 Farmers Market Lineup:Vendors:Arrowhead FarmsGaouette FarmSeafood Express Co (only until 12pm)Purple Carrot Bread Co.EJ’s Pizza / Grab & GoKC StYles AccessoriesTewksbury HoneyHappy ApplesGrateful TastesSusan Anton, LMTSpecial Attractions:Performance from the Aleppo Shriners BandRock painting at the Kids TableMembers of the Board of Registrars from the Town of Wilmington will be present for Voting Registration. Residents may register to vote, apply for an absentee ballot, or note a name or address change. Sixteen and seventeen year olds are welcome to pre register.last_img read more


Sri Lanka arrests Delhibased Reuters photojournalist covering Easter bombing


first_img WATCH: ISIS chief Baghdadi is back, hails Sri Lanka attack in 1st video in 5 years Close Renowned Reuters photo journalist Danish Siddiqui was arrested in Sri Lanka on Thursday for allegedly trespassing into a college in Negombo. Delhi-based Siddiqui, a Pulitzer winning photojournalist, was attempting to enter the Maris Stella College in Negombo when he was detained. Siddique wanted to enquire about a student who was a victim of the bombing at the St. Sebastian’s in Katuwapitiya on Easter Sunday. Scroll reports that the victim’s parents alerted the police, saying  Siddique had tried to forcibly enter the school’s premises to speak to the authorities.Siddique was arrested in Katana, 45 kilometres from Colombo, and has been remanded to custody until May 15 by a local magistrate. Siddique shot to fame in 2018 for his team’s coverage of the violence faced by the Rohingya community in Myanmar. While an official spoke about the arrest, Reuters has declined to comment on the development. Speakign to Agence France-Presse, the official said: “Police acted on a complaint from a school in the area where the journalist was visiting.” He added, “He is accused of trespassing.”The situation in Sri Lanka has been volatile since April 21 when churches and high-end hotels in the country were bombed by extremist jihadist groups with the help from the ISIS operatives. The bombings killed over 250 people and injured over 500.On April 26, Friday, there was a major crackdown on an ISIS safe house in the eastern part of Sri Lanka. As many as 16 people were killed in the encounter. The three suicide bombers holed up in the building blew themselves up, killing six children and three women among others.center_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:06/0:38Loaded: 0%0:06Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:32?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more


Two soldiers killed in Bandarban blast


first_imgTwo soldiers were killed and 10 wounded in a blast at a heavy weapons firing range in the Bandarban Sadar upazila on Friday morning, reports UNB.The deceased are Jahidul Islam, 28, a resident of Lama upazila, and Nipun Chakma, 30. The wounded were taken to Dhaka’s Combined Military Hospital (CMH).All of them are members of Comilla Cantonment’s 16-Para Battalion.Bandarban’s police chief Zakir Hossain Majumder said the army was schedule to hold a firing practice at Amtoli on Saturday afternoon.The soldiers were clearing the bushes when an abandon shell exploded around 10:20am, killing Jahidul on the spot and injuring 11 others, he said.Nipun died while being taken to the CMH.last_img


DhakaSylhet highway reopens


first_imgDhaka-Sylhet Highway.Vehicular movement on Dhaka-Sylhet highway which remained suspended since Tuesday last resumed on Monday as the authorities concerned opened Brahmanbaria’s Shahbazpur Bridge on the Titas river to traffic after its repair work, reports UNB.Roads and Highway Department (RHD) deputy divisional engineer Bhuiyan Redwanur Rahman said, “The bridge was opened to traffic in the morning as the repair work has been completed.”The bus services on Dhaka-Sylhet highway remained halted as the bailey bridge collapsed on 18 June.Meanwhile, Sylhet’s rail link with other part of the country remained suspended since Sunday night after a train crash in Kulaura upazila in Moulvibazar, leaving five people dead and many injured.last_img


4 Sanctuary Cities Facing Loss Of CrimeFighting Assistance


first_img Share AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, FileFILE – In this Aug. 2, 2017 file photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks in Columbus, Ohio. Sessions moved Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, to again punish so-called sanctuary cities, this time threatening to deny federal crime-fighting resources to four cities beset by violence if they don’t step up efforts to help detain and deport people living in the country illegally.Attorney General Jeff Sessions moved Thursday to again punish so-called sanctuary cities, this time threatening to deny federal crime-fighting resources to four cities beset by violence if they don’t step up efforts to help detain and deport people living in the country illegally. The Justice Department sent letters to cities struggling with gun violence, telling them they will be ineligible for a new program that aims to root out drug trafficking and gang crime unless they give federal immigration authorities access to jails and provide advance notice before releasing someone in custody who is wanted on immigration violations. The cities — Baltimore, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Stockton and San Bernardino in California — all expressed interest in the Justice Department’s new Public Safety Partnership, which enlists federal agents, analysts and technology to help communities find solutions to crime. “By taking simple, common-sense considerations into account, we are encouraging every jurisdiction in this country to cooperate with federal law enforcement,” Sessions said in a statement that accompanied the letters. “That will ultimately make all of us safer — especially law enforcement on our streets.” In the letters, the department asked the four prospective cities’ police departments to show proof of their compliance by Aug. 18. The threat marks Sessions’ latest effort to force local authorities to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, part of a push to reduce crime he believes is linked to illegal immigration. Sessions has pledged to make fighting street crime the Justice Department’s top priority, but the strategy is putting him at odds with some city leaders, who say the best way to fight crime and build community trust is to keep local police out of federal immigration matters. Sessions last week told jurisdictions they need to meet the same conditions or lose out on millions of dollars from a separate program that aims to send grant money to support law enforcement. That move made some local officials more defiant. The Justice Department in June tapped 12 cities to receive aid through the Public Safety Partnership, and officials said the four cities that were sent the letters had expressed interest in the next chance at participating. Cities were chosen based on higher-than-average rates of violence and willingness to receive the help and training. Cities that want to be involved going forward will have to show they allow unfettered communication between police and federal immigration authorities, give agents access to jails in order to question immigrants, and provide them 48-hours’ notice when someone in the country illegally is about to be released.last_img read more


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first_img Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more The need to improve the efficiency and quality of X-ray examinations will drive healthcare facilities across Europe to install computed radiography (CR) and digital radiography (DR) systems. The emergence of retrofit systems based on flat panel technology has popularized DR systems, and will sustain investments in the European computed and digital radiography market.New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Western and Eastern European Markets for Computed and Digital Radiography, finds that the market earned revenues of more than $388.8 million in 2011 and estimates this to reach $473.9 million in 2016.The implementation of picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) will contribute to the growth of the CR and DR market in Europe, as healthcare facilities look to fully benefit from the benefits of both PACS and digital X-ray solutions.”CR and DR technologies’ advantages over analogue X-rays, which include increased patient throughput as well as shorter examination and result analysis times, have also encouraged their adoption,” said Frost & Sullivan Healthcare Industry Analyst Dominika Grzywinska. “The shortage of radiologists further drives uptake, as digital systems enable a radiologist to cater to nearly three times the number of patients served using analogue X-rays.”Retrofit systems, which facilitate the upgrade of existing X-ray systems without replacing the installed base, are growing popular especially in Western Europe. In fact, many end users prefer retrofit solutions offering high throughput and image quality at reasonable costs, rather than new DR systems that require added investments.While these retrofit systems have made digitization more cost-effective and prices of both CR and DR systems continue to decline, affordability remains an issue owing to the challenging economic situation in Europe.”Customers are placing greater emphasis on return-on-investments, looking for solutions tailored to their needs at an affordable price,” concluded Grzywinska. “Therefore, vendors need to deliver mid-range and low-end solutions that appeal to a wider range of customers and to smaller end users in particular.”In Italy, large public healthcare facilities are mostly interested in full-room DR solutions, rather than retrofit systems. The later ones are being purchased mostly by private facilities, which prefer to purchase a less expensive X-ray system and invest in other modalities, than to purchase a very expensive, high-end DR system.For more information: www.medtech.frost.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. 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 Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 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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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 Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems 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 center_img News | May 15, 2013 Emphasis on X-Ray Quality Spurs Adoption of Computed, Digital Radiography in Europe Frost & Sullivan says the increasing popularity of retrofit systems fuels market growth Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more 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 News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 28, 2019 Springfield Clinic Deploys 17 Carestream Digital X-ray Systems Springfield Clinic implemented 14 Carestream DRX-Evolu read more News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. 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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Zevacor Installs First Medicalonly 70 MeV Cyclotron in US


first_imgNews | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | September 11, 2015 Zevacor Installs First Medical-only 70 MeV Cyclotron in U.S. Cyclone 70 to stabilize U.S. supply of Strontium 82, produce next generation of radiopharmaceutical products September 11, 2015 — Zevacor Molecular (Zevacor), manufacturer and distributor of positron emission tomography (PET) and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) radiopharmaceuticals, announced the arrival of a 70 MeV Cyclotron at its new production facility in Noblesville, Indiana.The 140-ton Cyclone 70P, manufactured in Belgium by Ion Beam Applications S.A (IBA), is the first commercial 70 MeV cyclotron dedicated to medical use in the United States. Expected to be fully operational in the first quarter of 2016, the cyclotron is being installed in a new, state-of-the-art high capacity manufacturing center. The center will house a complement of radioisotope synthesis equipment able to produce a broad range of radiopharmaceuticals for clinical and research applications.The initial primary focus of the 70 MeV cyclotron will be the commercial manufacture of Strontium 82 to ensure an ample, stable U.S.-based supply of Strontium 82/Rubidium 82 generators for use in the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease. The cyclotron will also be employed to produce a wide variety of other radionuclides for both research and clinical applications.The Cyclone 70P is an optimized, high-power proton cyclotron with variable proton acceleration in the energy range of 30 to 70 MeV. The 140-ton unit has two ports, six beam lines and capabilities for solid, liquid and gas targets.For more information: www.iba-worldwide.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 0.00%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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Related Content News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… 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 | 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.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 11:59Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -11:59 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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Making the Shift to PatientCentered Radiology Strategies for Success


first_img News | Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) | February 07, 2019 Connecticut, California Imaging Centers Deploy Ambra Cloud VNA Ambra Health announced that Naugatuck Valley Radiology and Insight Imaging are among the latest groups of leading… read more News | PACS | May 22, 2019 Brazil’s Santa Casa Hospital System Chooses Carestream for Unified Diagnostic Workflow Santa Casa de Misericordia has selected Carestream to replace its legacy diagnostic workflow technology across all… read more Related Content News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more News | Radiology Business | March 07, 2019 Carestream Health To Sell its Healthcare IT Business To Philips Carestream Health has signed an agr read more Sponsored Content | Whitepapers | Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) | February 06, 2017 Making the Shift to Patient-Centered Radiology: Strategies for Success Sponsored Content | Whitepapers | Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) | June 04, 2019 Considerations for a Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) The evolution from standalone PACS to extensive Enterprise Imagining Solutions created the need to archive informatio read more Feature | Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) | January 29, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis VNA Enables Next Steps in Enterprise Imaging As healthcare technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, the amount of patient data being collected continues to read more News | PACS | December 19, 2018 Infinitt Showcases New RIS/PACS Features at RSNA 2018 Infinitt North America highlighted a range of healthcare information technology (IT) products and applications at the… read more Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:35Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:35 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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Inc. and Fujifilm SonoSite Inc. showcased their enterprise imaging and informatics… read more Image courtesy of Fujifilm Sponsored Content | Videos | Enterprise Imaging | March 15, 2019 VIDEO: Enterprise Imaging: How GE and Microsoft Extend VNA Analytics As a VNA, GE Healthcare Ce read more Carestream Health has signed an agreement to sell its healthcare information systems (HCIS) business to Philips Healthcare. This includes its radiology and cardiology PACS and reporting software. Image by geralt on Pixabay  Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:40Loaded: 0.00%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:40 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. As we lean into a new year, it is helpful to keep top of mind the key radiology trends healthcare providers face in 2017. A healthcare system under transition has meant that radiologists are increasingly changing how they work, to engage with patients more, as patients take more ownership of their care.This new Executive Brief, Making the Shift to Patient-Centered Radiology, features the latest research from the Advisory Board, and includes insights on how:Patients are looking to radiologists as another channel for results deliveryPortals are increasingly important for connecting with patients and referring physiciansRadiologists are becoming more involved in the patient follow up processDownload the Executive Brief here to learn more. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more


Mapzen an opensource mapping platform joins the Linux Foundation project


first_imgYesterday, the Linux Foundation announced that Mapzen, an open-source mapping platform is now a part of the Linux Foundation project. Mapzen focuses on the core components of map display such as search and navigation. It provides developers with an open software and data sets that are easy to access. It was launched in 2013 by mapping industry veterans in combination with urban planners, architects, movie makers, and video game developers. Randy Meech, former CEO of Mapzen and current CEO of StreetCred Labs, said, “Mapzen is excited to join the Linux Foundation and continue our open, collaborative approach to mapping software and data. Shared technology can be amazingly powerful, but also complex and challenging. The Linux Foundation knows how to enable collaboration across organizations and has a great reputation for hosting active, thriving software and data projects.” Mapzen’s open resources and projects are used to create applications or integrate them into other products and platforms. As Mapzen’s resources are all open source, developers can easily build platforms without the restrictions of data sets by other commercial providers. Mapzen is used by organizations such as Snapchat, Foursquare, Mapbox, Eventbrite, The World Bank, HERE Technologies, and Mapillary. With Mapzen, it is possible to take open data and build maps with search and routing services, upgrade their own libraries and process data in real-time. This is not possible with conventional mapping or geotracking services. Simon Willison, Engineering Director at Eventbrite said, “We’ve been using Who’s On First to help power Eventbrite’s new event discovery features since 2017. The gazetteer offers a unique geographical approach which allows us to innovate extensively with how our platform thinks about events and their locations. Mapzen is an amazing project and we’re delighted to see it joining The Linux Foundation.” Mapzen is operated in the cloud and on-premise by a wide range of organizations, including, Tangram, Valhalla and Pelias. Earlier this month, Hyundai joined Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) and the Linux Foundation for innovation through open source. It was a cross-industry effort for bringing automakers, suppliers and technology companies together to accelerate the development and adoption of an open software stack. Last year, Uber announced that it is joining the Linux Foundation as a Gold Member with an aim to support the open source community. Jim Zemlin, executive director at the Linux Foundation said, “Mapzen’s open approach to software and data has allowed developers and businesses to create innovative location-based applications that have changed our lives. We look forward to extending  Mapzen’s impact even further around the globe in areas like transportation and traffic management, entertainment, photography and more to create new value for companies and consumers.” According to the official press release, the Linux Foundation will align resources to advance Mapzen’s mission and it will further grow its ecosystem of users and developers. Read Next Newer Apple maps is greener and has more details Launching soon: My Business App on Google Maps that will let you chat with businesses, on the go Atlassian overhauls its Jira software with customizable workflows, new tech stack, and roadmaps toollast_img read more


Facebook opensources homomorphic hashing for secure update propagation


first_imgLast week the team at Facebook open-sourced homomorphic hashing for a secure update propagation. It is difficult to ensure consistency while propagating updates across a large network of peers. Even traditional methods aren’t useful as they can introduce compromises with respect to efficiency and scalability. To address this problem, the research team of Facebook worked on this project and released a paper based on the same. The paper focuses on formalizing the problem of secure update propagation and propose a system that allows a centralized distributor to propagate signed updates across a network. The researchers show that their system is secure against an attacker who can maliciously modify any update and its signature. The researchers have opted for a cryptographic primitive known as homomorphic hashing, introduced by Bellare, Goldreich, and Goldwasser. The researchers have also studied about the instantiation of the lattice-based homomorphic hash, LtHash of Bellare and Miccancio. which is a specific homomorphic hashing algorithm. The paper provides a detailed security analysis of the collision resistance of LtHash. It gives an idea about the implementation of LtHash using a selection of parameters that ensure security. This implementation has been deployed to secure update propagation in production at Facebook and is also included in the Folly open-source library. The challenges of securing update propagation A central distributor who is responsible for managing the master database and propagating updates to a set of subscribers in an efficient manner. To make this possible, the distributor has to be in charge of directly sending the updates to each subscribed client. As the number of subscribed clients and the rate of updates increases, this approach fails. This might saturate the network interface controller and further leaving it unable to finish distributing one update before the next one is ready to be pushed. A better approach is to delegate the propagation through the clients. Some of the subscribers can participate in forwarding the distributor’s original updates to other subscribers. According to researchers, this approach would reduce the number of connections the distributor manages and the bandwidth will remain unaffected. But the major issue is to ensure consistency. Each subscriber needs to trust a set of intermediate subscribers to have correctly propagated the original updates. The challenge is to maintain the integrity of the distributor’s updates across a network of subscribers that could alter those updates. And this is what is referred to as the secure update propagation problem. Experimental approaches by the researchers The possible solution could be that the distributor can use digital signatures to assert the authenticity and integrity of the messages it distributes. The distributor can generate a public and private key pair, publish the public key to every subscriber upon joining the network while keeping the private key secret. The signatures can then be constructed over the contents of the update or the contents of the updated database. In the case of signing each update, handling update propagation securely is for the distributor to directly sign the contents of each update that sent to its subscribers. The signature can be used to verify the contents before applying it to the database. While this approach prevents an attacker from modifying updates maliciously, it also adds complications to the handling of batch updates and offline database validation. So another approach suggested by researchers is to rely on a signature algorithm computed over the database contents after each update. But in this case, the distributor must iterate over the entire database to produce the signature. Hashing approach – LtHash An alternative approach is hashing where the distributor can use a hash function to hash the entire database into a small digest. The resulting digest can be directly signed, as opposed to having the distributor sign the database itself. The collision-resistant property of the hash function and the unforgeability of the signature algorithm ensures integrity through the sequence of updates. However, an ideal solution would allow the distributor and its subscribers to update the database hash entirely irrespective of the size of the database. This is possible with the use of homomorphic hashing. The team used LtHash, a specific homomorphic hashing algorithm based on lattice cryptography, for creating an efficiently updatable checksum of a database. The checksum, along with a signature from the distributor of the database, allows a subscriber to validate the integrity of database updates. LtHash was chosen in the favor of other homomorphic hashing algorithms for its performance and efficient implementation. LtHash can take a set of arbitrarily long elements as input, and produce a 2KB hash value as output. Two LtHash outputs can be “added” together by breaking each output into 16-bit chunks and performing component-wise vector addition modulo 216. To know more about the implementation of secure update propagation, check out the paper. Read Next Facebook announces ‘Habitat’, a platform for embodied ArtificiaI Intelligence research Facebook open sources Magma,a software platform for deploying mobile networks The Verge spotlights the hidden cost of being a Facebook content moderator, a role Facebook outsources to 3rd parties to make the platform safe for userslast_img read more


Gay marriage postponed in Costa Rica due to legal impediment


first_imgCosta Rica calls for compliance with international court ruling on gay marriage Facebook Comments A Venezuelan-Costa Rican couple has postponed what would have been the first gay wedding in Costa Rica following a pronouncement from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (CIDH) in favor of same-sex unions.The couple made the announcement hours after Costa Rica’s Superior Notary Council prohibited its members from carrying out marriages between people of the same sex until a reform in local laws takes place.“We’ll postpone the wedding… but we’ll continue with the fight,” Mario Arias, 28, of Costa Rica, who had planned on getting married on Saturday to Roberth Castillio, 25, of Venezuela, told AFP.He indicated that the notary who was going to carry out the wedding recommended that the couple postpone the ceremony, scheduled for Saturday night at a gay bar in San José.The couple said that they plan to file suit against Notary Council – and they’re not alone in seeking explanations.Justice Minister Marco Feoli asked the Notary Council for explanations of actions in a letter to the council. Two of the three members of the council are named by the Justice Ministry.The minister pointed out in the letter that CIDH’s opinion, emitted on Jan. 9, is binding for all member states, and that Costa Rica’s government institutions must comply.“The Superior Notary Council’s agreement not only contradicts the opinion, but also the position of the Executive Power regarding” the ruling, Feoli wrote. President Luis Guillermo Solís has already called on Costa Rican institutions to comply with the ruling, although he said this process may be “gradual” and require extensive dialogue.center_img Related posts:Gay wedding planned in Costa Rica following court ruling for marriage equality VIDEO: Will Costa Rica recognize this same-sex marriage? Costa Rica launches Pride Connection network Same-sex marriage issue shifts presidential elections in Costa Ricalast_img read more


From France to Costa Rica Costa Rica is so privileged


first_imgUsing art as en excuse to travel the world has become French curator Emmanuel Javogue’s way of life. On a quest to determine the uniqueness and essential humanity of each work of art he comes across, Javogue says he sees art as a universal language in every corner of the world.Javogue’s journey began when he was 14-year-old living in Paris. His father gave him a book on modern art that quickly sparked his interest, leading him then to visit art galleries and simply appreciate the works around him.Javogue then decided to study art history at Christie’s in London, England. He began traveling between New York and Paris as an art curator, and then established his art own art galleries in France and Miami. He handled works by such renowned artists as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, and organized exhibits around the world.In 2005, Javogue came to Costa Rica to visit a friend in Tamarindo, Guanacaste. Costa Rica immediately captivated Javogue and he moved here with his family, choosing the Guanacaste beach town of Flamingo. As he created a new life in a new country, Javogue decided to get involved with the Costa Rican government by collaborating with Manuel Obregón, the Culture Minister at the time.His initial talks with Obregón led Javogue to lend his art collection to various free exhibits at San José locations including the National Theater, the Casa Amarilla, and the National Gallery at the Children’s Museum. He then took on a bigger task closer to home: he became a member of the Tamarindo Art Foundation, which created the Tamarindo Art Wave Festival.On a sunny afternoon in Tamarindo, The Tico Times sat down and spoke with Javogue about his life and work. Excerpts follow.Why did you choose to dedicate your life to art? Wow. The irony. All of it: I don’t know how to draw. I don’t know how to paint. I don’t know how to sculpt. I’m very, very, very bad at it, [to the point] that I’d be ashamed to show to you. But when I was 14 and my dad gave me a book on modern art in English, I connected. It was a fascination.Maybe in a previous life I was a painter or something… I came from a family where art was important. My father had paintings on his walls and he liked it, but nobody was an artist. Nobody was an art dealer. Nobody was a curator. It was just an interest. Javogue discusses a sculpture with an Art Wave attendee in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Courtesy of René Valenzuela / Upgrade ComunicaciónWhen did you start your first collection?Collecting like I did is an addiction. Another form of drugs. I would buy things without having the money for it… I collect a lot of what they call primitive art… African mask, art from the Himalayas. I have a big collection of design from the 60s. Photographs. Collecting… is a disease because you get things you don’t need in reality.It stopped a little bit when I moved to Costa Rica for technical reasons. This isn’t the right the climate to keep important works of art because of the humidity where I live.Then I realized that the nature [around me] played the same role as the art… Art is talking about what nature has made…. Works of art are like mirrors of who you are; it’s an offering of humanity. I like that about art, but now nature is doing it for me much more efficiently.What have you learned about world cultures after such extensive travels and experiences living abroad?On the surface, they all have a different language, but if you’re able to transcend the barrier, we’re exactly alike. We’re all the same. Going into every country I learned the specifics of these countries, but the base, the core, the essence is all the same. It makes you very humble.Why is it all the same?The base of what people are sharing in art is very basic feelings. I think if you were to define them, I believe they come from love and hate. All feelings are based on these two things. We’re talking about love and all its forms, and fear. Javogue is part of the Tamarindo Art Foundation, which seeks to promote art as a means of social change. Courtesy of René Valenzuela / Upgrade ComunicaciónWhy did you decide to come here to Costa Rica and what made you stay?I think this is the happiest place on Earth, and I have traveled a lot. It’s a magical place. I have many tico friends and they’re very good at the sport of complaining about the country: Ahhh, la Caja doesn’t work and I’ve been waiting for too long…they complain a lot. And I tell them: guys, if you were traveling more, you’d realize how much you have here. What you have, a lot of countries have lost it, so don’t rush into getting everything else from outside. Keep what you have. It’s a treasure.Not only this nature, but with this connection with people. The fiestas típicas of Guanacaste. People come with their horses to the tope. Well, that is magical. There are very few places where it still exists.This rush towards getting all the new technology, all the new fashion trends, and so on, I’m not sure they do so much good to people. I’m coming from cities that are very developed in this sense, and people are not happier. I can assure you.So I came here to be happy and it’s working. The Damien Hirst painting at Pacific Park in Tamarindo, Guanacaste. Courtesy of René Valenzuela / Upgrade ComunicaciónWhat was your first impression when you came to Costa Rica?You have monkeys there in the trees. How many cities are going to allow you to watch Damien Hirst 50 meters that way [points to the Damien Hirst painting on Pacific Park] there and the monkey, not in a zoo, lives 50 meters to the right. I don’t know many.Another thing that I saw was the beauty. The diversity. It’s unbelievable what you have, from the volcanoes, the culture of the Caribbean. We foreigners, when we come, sometimes we get to know better Costa Rica than you guys… because we came here to discover it, so we take our cars, drive around through all the places. We’re very curious about the country.It’s the wealth of offerings that the nature has, and the culture. Ticos are the nicest people you can meet. They’re so funny. They have a very good sense of humor. They’re very open people if you respect them. Javogue came to Costa Rica for the first time in 2005 and moved here in 2008. Courtesy of René Valenzuela / Upgrade ComunicaciónWhat else have you discovered about Costa Rica?We always tend to believe that our neighbors are having a better life than ours. We believe things are so much better in other places, so we tend to want them and import them too fast without really thinking: do we really need all these things?Costa Rica is so privileged in being in charge of one of the most beautiful gardens on Earth with 5 percent of the biodiversity that is sitting right there in this tiny country. I’d be very careful with the big developments with this absolute need of putting technology everywhere. Try to stay tico. It’s a brand.In my country, in France, two years ago [before] the COP21, Pura Vida was on the Eiffel Tower [because of the country’s long stretch running purely on renewable energies]. That was the country that people respected. They shouldn’t underestimate themselves. They should be very proud of what they have… This is why people come here.Don’t copy the others. Be yourself. Preserve your values. Exchange, of course, but get what’s good. Be careful. Not everything’s good coming from the outside. Costa Rica honored at Paris climate talks with message on Eiffel Tower How the Tamarindo Labyrinth was created Related posts:A letter to our readers From Russia to Costa Rica: ‘This is a blessed country’ From New York to Costa Rica: ‘Costa Rica changed my entire life’ Lama Thubten Wangchen: ‘You are so lucky to be Costa Ricans’center_img One of the works on display at the second Tamarindo Art Wave Festival in January. Courtesy of René Valenzuela / Upgrade ComunicaciónAs for the Tamarindo Art Wave Festival, why did you decide to include a social component?The events I organized before, I always wanted them to be free. I think we were privileged to receive what we have and we have to give back as much as we can. All of us.It’s the same with the people from Cala Luna, Griet and Ann: they have a big farm outside in Santa Rosa, which is part of it. They do a lot of social things, helping the school.Everyone who is part of this foundation, we feel that we are ticos de corazón [ticos at heart]. We’re not ticos de nacionalidad, we try to give back. We’re lucky to live here. It’s the minimum we can do and if we can give an example to other foreigners here, who could help more, then that’d be good too. It’s everyone’s own choice in life to behave the way they want.Would you like to share your or your family’s coming-to-Costa Rica story? Contact us at kstanley@ticotimes.net or share a post or video with the hashtag #SoyMigranteCR.Read more World in Costa Rica stories here. Facebook Commentslast_img read more


Qantas Arnotts reunite relatives


first_imgQantas and Arnotts have partnered to help the Australian country town of Winton reunite with Australian and overseas relatives.  Source = Source: ETB News, T.N. The reunion was part of a celebration of Arnott’s 50th birthday. “We are thrilled that this partnership brings together two iconic Australian brands to reunite friends and families from around the globe,” Qantas executive manager, Samantha Tarant said. center_img Qantas first established a presence in Winton in 1921. Family and friends of the residents of Winton were flown on a QantasLink flight in Anotts TimTam livery from Brisbane to Winton. last_img