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Coconut Oil Facts


first_imgBy Christian Augusto Maino Vieytes, M.S. Candidate, Division of Nutritional Sciences, University of IllinoisCoconut OilCooking with oil is a staple dietary custom across an expanse of cultures. The use of coconut oil as a mainstream cooking oil has garnered attention within the last decade and is often labeled a “functional food”. Many have advanced the idea that this plant-based oil is a healthier alternative to butter and other oils, but does the evidence back such claims?Saturated Fat: Are They All Created Equal?The evils of saturated fat have been well documented by academics and the news media. Consumption of saturated fat has been demonstrated to perpetuate cardiovascular disease by increasing levels of “bad” cholesterol, known in the scientific community as the LDL cholesterol level, at the expense of “good” cholesterol, HDL. If such a claim is true then we would expect consumption of coconut oil, which is comprised of up to 90% saturated fat, to deliver an egregious attack on your arteries. Moreover, proponents of coconut oil-use and wholesalers have claimed that the saturated fat profile of coconut oil is “healthier” than that found in animal products. Let’s take a look at what the science has to say.The ScienceNumerous studies have been carried out and arrived at the conclusion that incorporating coconut oil into the diet is associated with an increase in total cholesterol. This includes observed jumps in both “bad” (LDL) and “good” (HDL) cholesterol levels. Compared to other dietary sources of saturated fat, coconut oil was only surpassed in its LDL-raising capability by animal-derived butter. Sticking to a plant-derived oil such as safflower oil or olive oil, which unlike animal fat or coconut oil is abundant in unsaturated fats, was found to not be as damaging and has been suggested, by many studies, to have a profound LDL-lowering effect.Plant sources tend to have a higher unsaturated fat content and provide additional nutritional benefits, such as packing vitamins and antioxidants. Coconut oil provides a rich source of antioxidant compounds called phenolics despite it being very high in saturated fat. However, the same class of beneficial compounds are found in other plant-oils such as virgin olive oil, which pack only miniscule amounts of saturated fat. The methods of oil extraction also significantly affect the levels of these compounds in the oil. Cold extraction methods (you might see this labeled “cold-pressed” on products at your local grocery store) tend to retain higher levels of these chemicals.The Take-Home MessageThe source of your dietary fat is very important. Plant oils tend to be substantially healthier than animal fats and can contribute to the prevention of cardiovascular disease, given that they boast lower amounts of saturated fat. However, as a general rule of thumb, it is always best to cut down on processed foods. Coconut oil and other plant-sourced oils are calorically-dense, refined, and processed products that are easy to overconsume since they have been taken out of the context of the whole food they originate from. Incorporating whole-food fat sources, such as avocados and nuts, is an easier approach for acquiring these essential plant-derived fats and nutrients without the propensity to overconsume them. BibliographyAmarasiri, W. A., and A. S. Dissanayake. “Coconut fats.” The Ceylon medical journal 51.2 (2006): 47-51.Cox, C., et al. “Effects of dietary coconut oil, butter and safflower oil on plasma lipids, lipoproteins and lathosterol levels.” European journal of clinical nutrition 52.9 (1998): 650.Denke, Margo A. “Dietary fats, fatty acids, and their effects on lipoproteins.” Current atherosclerosis reports 8.6 (2006): 466-471.Eyres, Laurence, et al. “Coconut oil consumption and cardiovascular risk factors in humans.” Nutrition reviews 74.4 (2016): 267-280.Harris, Margaret, Andrea Hutchins, and Lisa Fryda. “The impact of virgin coconut oil and high-oleic safflower oil on body composition, lipids, and inflammatory markers in postmenopausal women.” Journal of medicinal food 20.4 (2017): 345-351.Marina, A. M., et al. “Antioxidant capacity and phenolic acids of virgin coconut oil.” International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition 60.sup2 (2009): 114-123.Marina, A. M., YB Che Man, and I. Amin. “Virgin coconut oil: emerging functional food oil.” Trends in Food Science & Technology 20.10 (2009): 481-487Owen, Robert W., et al. “Olive-oil consumption and health: the possible role of antioxidants.” The lancet oncology 1.2 (2000): 107-112.Willett, Walter C., et al. “Mediterranean diet pyramid: a cultural model for healthy eating.” The American journal of clinical nutrition 61.6 (1995): 1402S-1406S.last_img read more


Saul aims to retire at Atletico


first_imgAtletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez intends to retire at the club despite reported interest from the likes of Barcelona.Saul came through the ranks at Atletico and has established himself as a key player under Diego Simeone.Although he is still just 23, this season is Saul’s fifth successive campaign in the Atletico first team, with his versatility proving a key part in the club winning five trophy, including two Europa League triumphs. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Barcelona were strongly linked with Saul in pre-season, while he felt compelled to say a move to Real Madrid was “unthinkable” in September.But Atletico can feel safe in the knowledge that the Spain international never wants to leave the club, having signed a nine-year deal in 2017.When asked whether he will retire at Atletico, Saul told Radio Nacional Espana: “That’s why I signed a long-term contract.”That’s my intention, to be at Atletico Madrid all my life, but in the world of football you never know.”For me, yes [I want to retire at Atletico], but maybe I have a bad couple of years and then they grow to not love me anymore.”The midfielder has played over 200 times for Atleti in all competitions, as well as 70 more times for the club’s B team in the Segunda Division. He has been in Madrid all his career, even joining local side Rayo Vallecano during his brief loan spell away from Atletico in 2013-14.After a strong season with Rayo, he returned to Atletico Madrid, becoming a key part of their first team, where he helped them reach the Champions League final. He was named in the starting XI against Real Madrid and despite scoring in the shootout, saw his side suffer defeat on penalties after a 1-1 draw.His good form also saw him receive international recognition, earning 12 caps to date. He was an unused substitute during the 2018 World Cup, but has been a key player under new head coach Luis Enrique and scored his first international goal against England in September before adding his second in the following game with Croatia.last_img read more


Russian Grand Prix: Valtteri Bottas gets that winning feeling at last


first_imgValtteri Bottas stepped into the shoes of a champion when he joined Mercedes and in Russia on Sunday the Finn finally got that winning feeling.Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton has experienced it 54 times in his career and Nico Rosberg, the 2016 title-winner replaced by Bottas in January, won 23 grands prix before retiring.Mercedes have won 53 of the last 63 Formula One races, since the start of the V6 turbo hybrid era, but the team could still revel in the new arrival experiencing what will surely be the first of many victories.Hamilton congratulated the Finn after the finish, and Rosberg sent a congratulatory message on Twitter, before Bottas took a hefty swig of the podium champagne and breathed a sigh of satisfaction and relief.After 81 races, and four seasons with Williams before getting the call from Mercedes, Bottas had added victory to the pole position and fastest lap he already had on his resume.”Getting the first win is something special, even though you always believe in yourself, because there’s no point being here or doing this if you don’t believe in your skill,” he told reporters.”If you think that you are not able to win, then definitely you should stay at home.”But to actually get that confirmation, get that result – because results are what matters in this world, how much you can collect points, how many races you can win, how many times you can be on the podium – that’s the name of the game.”And getting that first win definitely gives me a lot of confidence that I can do it, even though I always knew I had the ability. And now it’s done, I just want to do it again and again.”advertisementThe start was the key, with Bottas lining up third and behind the two Ferraris before the lights went out and he was able to get the jump on both red cars and lead into the first corner.He then held off Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari’s championship leader, in the closing laps to cross the line with a 0.6-second advantage.As he took the chequered flag, he swore and whooped in a rare emotional outburst for a man who had earlier told his race engineer to be quiet so that he could concentrate fully on the job in hand.”It wasn’t the easiest race to win but it feels better when you actually need to earn it. And for my first one, it’s very special,” said Bottas.last_img read more


Video: Liberty’s Punter Just Got Ejected For Targeting


first_imgLiberty punter ejected for targeting.It’s a word college football fans hate to hear: targeting. That most-controversial penalty call in college football grinds the gears of every fan in the land.Egregious calls from the past have clouded the calls in the future. Players have been ejected for no reason and fans are getting tired of laundry on the field for no reason.Well, Saturday brought us a reason. In one of the most-ridiculous plays we’ve seen in recent memory, a punter was ejected from the game for targeting.It’s one of the easiest targeting calls we’ve ever seen. Liberty punter Aaron Peart led exclusively with his helmet when attempting a tackle.Check it out.This is most definitely targeting. And it’s a punter committing it. pic.twitter.com/hu0PixI8O0— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) September 8, 2018We all know punters get a bad wrap for their terrible tackling, but this will be shown in the highlight books of terrible tackling for years to come. It doesn’t get any easier for the refs to call than that.Army holds a 14-0 lead just before the half.last_img read more


Rogers Q1 profit adjusted earnings soar on revenue growth


first_imgTORONTO – Rogers Communications Inc. saw its first-quarter profit soar from the same time last year as its wireless division experienced a growth spurt that exceeded analyst estimates.The wireless, cable, internet and media company’s net profit was $425 million, up 37 per cent from $310 million in the comparable period last year.Adjusted earnings grew even more, rising by 45 per cent to $477 million, while total revenue was $3.63 billion, up eight per cent from $3.37 billion last year.The net profit reported by Rogers, under a new accounting standard that it adopted for this year, amounted to 83 cents per share, up from 60 cents per share.Growth in consolidated EBITDA, earnings before taxes and other items, was 11.1 per cent — above the consensus estimate of 5.9 per cent.More than half of total revenue for Rogers was from the wireless division, which was up nine per cent to $2.19 billion.Rogers chief executive Joe Natale told analysts in a conference call after the results were released Thursday afternoon that the overall wireless marketplace, including the company’s rivals, appears to have had healthy growth during the quarter.In addition, he said, Rogers made progress in reducing the loss of customers — or churn — by proactively looking for ways to retain customers and investing in improvements at its call centres.“If you look at what we’ve been focused on, we’ve been focusing on doing a better job of managing our base of customers and really kind of looking through our base and looking at retention — proactive retention opportunities,” Natale said.He said the investments in systems “will continue to pay dividends for us.”Among the wireless performance metrics that contributed to the quarter was 95,000 net postpaid additions — compared with 60,000 a year earlier — and reduced postpaid churn of 1.08 per cent, down from 1.1 per cent a year earlier.The consensus estimate had been for about 55,000 net postpaid additions and churn of 1.13 per cent.The first quarter’s wireless results were a stark contrast to the fourth quarter, when 72,000 net subscriber additions were below estimates.Natale said estimated on a Jan. 25 analyst call that technical problems in December, during a seasonally important period, had cost Rogers about 35,000 net additions to its subscriber base in the fourth quarter.Rogers has one of Canada’s three national wireless networks, operating under the Rogers, Fido and Chatr brands.It also owns the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team through its media division and one of Canada’s largest cable TV networks, based mostly in Ontario and Atlantic Canada.Natale said revenue growth at the Rogers media division — which was up 12 per cent from a year ago to $532 million — was primarily due to sports.Companies in this story: (TSX:RCI.B)last_img read more


San Francisco may ban police city from facial recognition use


first_imgSan Francisco: San Francisco is on track to become the first US city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agencies, reflecting a growing backlash against a technology that’s creeping into airports, motor vehicle departments, stores, stadiums and home security cameras. Government agencies around the U.S. have used the technology for more than a decade to scan databases for suspects and prevent identity fraud. But recent advances in artificial intelligence have created more sophisticated computer vision tools, making it easier for police to pinpoint a missing child or protester in a moving crowd or for retailers to analyze a shopper’s facial expressions as they peruse store shelves. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportEfforts to restrict its use are getting pushback from law enforcement groups and the tech industry, though it’s far from a united front. Microsoft, while opposed to an outright ban, has urged lawmakers to set limits on the technology, warning that leaving it unchecked could enable an oppressive dystopia reminiscent of George Orwell’s novel “1984.” “Face recognition is one of those technologies that people get how creepy it is,” said Alvaro Bedoya, who directs Georgetown University’s Center on Privacy and Technology. “It’s not like cookies on a browser. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThere’s something about this technology that really sets the hairs on the back of people’s heads up.” Without regulations barring law enforcement from accessing driver’s license databases, people who have never been arrested could be part of virtual police line-ups without their knowledge, skeptics of the technology say. They worry people will one day not be able to go to a park, store or school without being identified and tracked. Already, a handful of big box stores across the U.S. are trying out cameras with facial recognition that can guess their customers’ age, gender or mood as they walk by, with the goal of showing them targeted, real-time ads on in-store video screens. If San Francisco adopts a ban, other cities, states or even Congress could follow, with lawmakers from both parties looking to curtail government surveillance and others hoping to restrict how businesses analyze the faces, emotions and gaits of an unsuspecting public. The California Legislature is considering a proposal prohibiting the use of facial ID technology on body cameras. A bipartisan bill in the US Senate would exempt police applications but set limits on businesses analyzing people’s faces without their consent. Legislation similar to San Francisco’s is pending in Oakland, California, and on Thursday another proposed ban was introduced in Somerville, Massachusetts. Bedoya said a ban in San Francisco, the “most technologically advanced city in our country,” would send a warning to other police departments thinking of trying out the imperfect technology. But Daniel Castro, vice president of the industry-backed Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, said the ordinance is too extreme to serve as a model. “It might find success in San Francisco, but I will be surprised if it finds success in a lot of other cities,” he said. San Francisco is home to tech innovators such as Uber, Airbnb and Twitter, but the city’s relationship with the industry is testy. Some supervisors in City Hall are calling for a tax on stock-based compensation in response to a wave of San Francisco companies going public, including Lyft and Pinterest. At the same time, San Francisco is big on protecting immigrants, civil liberties and privacy. In November, nearly 60% of voters approved a proposition to strengthen data privacy guidelines.last_img read more


Fouad Ali El Himma I met with Benkirane but not to


Rabat – Counselor of King Mohammed VI, Fouad Ali El Himma, confirmed his meeting with Abdelilah Benkirane, Secretary General of PJD, but denied the meeting had “any connection with the situation in Al Hoceima.”“I did not visit him as an envoy of the Royal Palace. I took this initiative in an emissary capacity, purely courtesy setting at the beginning of this holy month of Ramadan,” wrote El Himma in a statement sent to media outlets on Tuesday.“I just wanted to hear from him, especially since he was exhausted. He has also asked me several times and criticized me for not visiting him and not contacting him,” he stressed. However El Himma added that if “Mr. Benkirane may want to maintain illusions, to silence the truth or to let the false information spread… I refuse to do that on my behalf.”“As counselor of His Majesty, may God assist him, and a member of the Royal Cabinet, I know very well that there is only one government appointed by His Majesty the King, and I know very well who is the Head of Government,” continued Mr. El Himma . “I also would not have embarrassed Mr. Bekirane, especially since the events in Al Hoceima, as everyone knows, began and continued for a few months during his tenure as head of the government,” he concluded. read more


Sierra Leone UN fund approves projects to assist peacebuilding efforts


12 July 2007The United Nations fund set up to help address the immediate needs of countries emerging from conflict today approved four new projects to support the ongoing electoral process and improve the judiciary, water, sanitation and health facilities in Sierra Leone. “The approval of these projects is timely and demand-driven,” Christian Holger Strohmann, Spokesperson for the UN Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL), said following the action taken today by the UN Peacebuilding Fund’s Steering Committee for Sierra Leone. This brings the total number of projects approved by the Fund to date to seven, amounting to a little over $16 million, according to UNIOSIL. Previously, the Fund approved three projects related to youth employment and empowerment, and support to the country’s police and the National Human Rights Commission. In March, Sierra Leone was allotted $35 million from the Fund, established from voluntary contributions to aid post-conflict countries from slipping back into turmoil.The projects approved by the Fund seek to address critical gaps in priority areas identified jointly by the Government and the UN, in consultation with other partners including civil society organizations.Launched in 2006, the Fund supports countries before the UN Peacebuilding Commission, currently Burundi and Sierra Leone, but is also available to countries in similar circumstances as designated by the Secretary-General. “While the Commission’s engagement in the country was more medium-term and went beyond resource mobilization, the Fund concentrated on the short-term, making funds available for things that need and could be done at the present time,” stated Frank Majoor, Ambassador of the Netherlands to the UN and chairperson the Commission’s country specific meetings on Sierra Leone. Meanwhile, in Freetown, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Executive Representative, Victor Angelo, hosted representatives of political parties contesting the August polls to a second inter-party dialogue. Together they discussed ways to build confidence and mutual trust, as well as other preparations for the upcoming general elections in the West African country, which after 11 years of civil war has now entered a peace consolidation phase. read more


Meeting of UN donors draws Israel and Palestinians together for first time


The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Terje Roed-Larsen, attended the meeting of the Ad-Hoc Liaison Committee in the Norwegian capital of Oslo.It brought together donor countries, the United Nations, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and was the first time in almost a year that Israeli and Palestinian officials sat face-to-face and exchanged views.Participants said the meeting took place in a positive spirit of cooperation as recent developments on the ground offered new opportunities.Donors and the United Nations said steps should be taken by Israel to lift the closures in the Palestinian territory to increase freedom of movement and ease the humanitarian situation for the Palestinians.They also urged the Palestinian to redouble their reform efforts, specifically in the judicial and security areas.The Palestinian delegation was congratulated for a smooth political transition. read more


Record van and excellent truck registrations for 2007


§         Van registrations in 2007 up 3.2% to a record 337,741 units.§         Trucks down 8.7% to 50,747 but with very strong demand.§         Strong order books suggest good registration figures for 2008. ‘December’s registrations completed another excellent year for the UK’s van and truck sectors‘ said Paul Everitt, the SMMT’s new chief executive.   ‘Registrations for year were up 1.5% and for the month, up 6.6%.   We saw a record 337,741 van registrations and trucks again made strong gains, as expected.   Demand for vans remains very strong, focused on heavy models.   Overall, strong order books suggest buoyant commercial vehicle registration figures for many months to come, from what proves a solidly reliable business and economic indicator.‘ For more, please see the attached documentsDownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more


UK automotive supply chain reaps £54m competitiveness boost from LTASC funding programme


• Government-backed £13m Long Term Automotive Supply Chain Competitiveness (LTASC) fund drives £41m private investment into UK supply chain.• 27 companies boost long-term competitiveness with 3,200 jobs created or safeguarded.• Successor scheme, National Manufacturing Competitiveness Levels (NMCL), to start later in 2018 with £16m from Automotive Sector Deal.England’s automotive supply chain has benefitted from a £54 million boost to its competitiveness over a four-year period, thanks to a government funded scheme which closed last week.According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), which managed the project via its subsidiary Industry Forum (IF),  the £13 million Long Term Automotive Supply Chain Competitiveness (LTASC) programme stimulated an extra £41 million from private investment into England’s vehicle manufacturing supply base, driving growth and securing thousands of jobs in the sector.Started in 2014, LTASC helped 27 England-based suppliers to compete globally, creating or safeguarding 3,200 jobs and underpinning vehicle assembly at several leading automotive brands. Suppliers improved their manufacturing processes, R&D capabilities and skills, leading to growth in turnover, diversification into new markets and approved supplier status.While supporting employment and growth, the LTASC programme has also been fundamental to the delivery of the UK’s Industrial Strategy. Following many years of hollowing out, the UK automotive supply chain is now enjoying a renaissance with the local content of British made cars increasing to 44%, up from 36% in 2011.1Business Secretary Greg Clark, said:The UK’s automotive industry is one of our biggest success stories that continues to attract significant investment from leading manufacturers. The Long Term Automotive Supply Chain Competitiveness programme has proven the value of our support and investment in the sector and helped power us towards our goal of increasing UK content in domestically produced vehicles to 50% by 2022.Through our Industrial Strategy and Automotive Sector Deal, we are building on this success and continuing our partnership with industry to make UK suppliers even more competitive in the global market to ensure the industry continues to go from strength to strength.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said:Supporting employment and investment into the supply chain is critical to the future health of automotive manufacturing in the UK. The LTASC programme shows how a relatively modest initial government investment can leverage considerable industry backing, delivering huge long-term benefits. It’s a fantastic example of collaboration between public and private sectors creating and safeguarding thousands of jobs in this globally competitive industry. With the new NMCL fund, announced as part of the Automotive Sector Deal, we expect to see an acceleration of the competitiveness, confidence and capability of automotive suppliers in the UK.How suppliers benefitted • Alcon – specialist brake and clutch manufacturer – grew turnover by 26% and created 50 new jobs by accelerating its R&D capability beyond motorsport, scaling up to cater for global car manufacturers.• Bowler – designs and makes 4×4 rally cars and aftermarket parts – helped the company speed up its capabilities away from just motorsport leading to global exports growth.• Grainger & Worrall – specialist in castings, engineering and machining – supported R&D prototyping and workforce skills training leading to a 50% increase in turnover and a halving in production lead times.• Interflex – supplier of acoustic and sealing products – moved from a £6 million turnover to £10 million, opening a new building and expanding its product offering.• Liberty – supplier of multiple components, from steel tube to axles, body panels to braking systems – improved productivity and quality to gain approved supplier status with £300,000 savings in the first 12 months of the programme.• Sarginsons – aluminium diecasting specialist – supplied OEMs with chassis components leading to a 30% increase in turnover.• VTL Precision – makes precision components and sub-assemblies for powertrains – upgraded facilities with automated functionality, helping secure work with a leading UK vehicle manufacturer.Backed by Finance Birmingham and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, the LTASC programme is now complete, with its replacement National Manufacturing Competitiveness Levels (NMCL) due for launch before the end of 2018.Part of the government’s Automotive Sector Deal, NMCL will include a new £16 million fund to support vehicle manufacturing in the UK. SMMT will again manage the programme for the UK Automotive industry.Watch the LTASC review here. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more


Ohio State safety Tyvis Powell declares for 2016 NFL draft list of


OSU redshirt junior safety Tyvis Powell celebrates the Buckeyes’ 44-28 win in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1. Credit: Samantha Hollinshead | Photo EditorThe storm of Ohio State underclassmen leaving for the NFL draft continues to pick up steam. On Saturday night, redshirt sophomore linebacker Darron Lee announced his intentions to turn pro, joining Cardale Jones, Joey Bosa and Ezekiel Elliott.Now, just two days after OSU topped Notre Dame 44-28 in the Fiesta Bowl, redshirt junior safety Tyvis Powell is joining them. In a screenshot posted to his personal Twitter account Sunday morning, Powell announced his decision to surrender his final year of eligibility to head to the NFL. “First off,” the Bedford, Ohio, native wrote, “I want to thank God for blessing me with the ability to have a decision on whether or not I should go to the next level.“With that being said, after deep prayer and consulting with my family, I will be forgoing my final year of eligibility at The Ohio State University.”Powell, who has already graduated with a degree in marketing and won a national championship, wrote that he has “accomplished almost every one” of the dreams he had after committing. Initially recruited to Columbus by Jim Tressel, Powell blossomed over his four years as a Buckeye, both on the field and off it. His exuberant, fun-loving personality matched with his football ability made him a favorite amongst members of the team and fans.  “I came as a young boy with a dream,” Powell wrote, “but (I‘m) now leaving as a grown man with a dream. I really enjoyed the four seasons I’ve been at OSU. I have built a very special bond with my teammates that I will cherish forever.”Powell registered five tackles and an interception in Friday’s Fiesta Bowl. He nearly had another pick, but a targeting penalty on Bosa in the first quarter negated it. In his three seasons on the turf, the 6-foot-3 Powell accumulated 195 tackles and eight interceptions. The list of OSU underclassmen leaving for the NFL now sits at five, and others, such as wide receiver Michael Thomas and safety Vonn Bell, are widely expected to bolt for the next level. Underclassmen wishing to declare have until Jan. 18 to do so. The 2016 NFL draft is slated to begin April 28 and last through April 30. read more


ALTA 2017 cyanide alternativesalleviation panel discussion


first_imgAlan Taylor (AT), Metallurgical Consultant/Managing Director of ALTA Metallurgical Services has provided notes of the discussion. As he explains, “the contributions of the panel members and delegates are not presented verbatim, but rather have been paraphrased and condensed for clarity and brevity. They are not recorded in order, but are grouped into major topics. Also, it is not feasible to include all contributions made during the discussions, and they are limited to some that are representative of the key points raised and debated.”The panel discussion was held Friday, 26 May, immediately following the Cyanide Alleviation/Alternatives Forum during the Gold-PM Sessions at ALTA 2017 in Perth, Australia. Panel Chair: Stephen La Brooy (SLB), Ausenco (Australia) and Panel Participants: Elsayed Oraby (EO), Gold Technology Group, Curtin University, (Australia); Xianwen Dai (XD), CSIRO Mineral Resources (Australia); Welhem Lugosi (WD), Mintek (South Africa); Malcolm Paterson (MP), PT Green Gold Engineering (Indonesia); Panayiotis Papacharalmbous (PP), PT Kisangani Boomi (Indonesia)The discussion centred mainly around cyanide recovery/recycle and on-site cyanide manufacture as key issues in satisfying the concerns of regulators and the public and allowing its use to continue.John O’ Callaghan (JOC), Newcrest, (Australia), floor, referred to SLB’s Gold-PM Keynote paper that noted that most of the world’s cyanide isn’t used in the mining industry but in chemical plants. He said that if we manufacture cyanide on site, recycle cyanide such as in the RECYN Process, and apply chemical industry standards to plant design and operation, then cyanide use should be able to continue. If we don’t end up with cyanide in the tailings and we are not transporting it to site, then that addresses the two key issues. At the same time, we must continue to look at non-cyanide alternatives, as government regulations may force us in that direction.MP, panel, said that on-site production of cyanide is an important issue in changing the public perception about cyanide.SLB, Chair, agreed but pointed out that the first commercial facility is yet to be built. He added that one idea could be to integrate on-site cyanide generation with the RECYN Process and use a common absorption system.EO, panel, added that reducing the amount of cyanide used in the process would also be beneficial, which is a feature of the glycine technology being developed at Curtin University.Ralph Hackle (RH) Rio Tinto (Australia), floor, pointed out that there was a panic about cyanide and a push towards alternatives to cyanide in the late 1990s, which perhaps is happening again. It appears to be similar to the sentiment around coal mining and renewable energy. The fact is that cyanide is technically and economically superior to any other lixiviant. We’ve made some incremental improvements with alternative lixiviants, but cyanide is still “king”, and is used for most of the world’s gold production. If cyanide is banned, gold production will decline and the price will go up. He agreed with MP that the best approach is to make cyanide acceptable.Industry PressuresXD, panel, reported that the Chinese government has become tougher in approving plants using cyanide, and Chinese companies have become interested in thiosulphate. A cyanide sales tax has been introduced and cyanide is not allowed near population centres and environmental protection zones. The trend is towards the Chinese government becoming increasingly strict on the use of cyanide.PP, panel, commented that in Indonesia it is not just environmental, but also conservation of minerals. So, unless you can show that you are getting good recoveries, it will be difficult to get a permit. The trend is towards looking beyond processes such as heap leaching with 70% recovery to better processes with 95% or higher if possible. Some of these alternative processes still have quite a way to catch up with cyanide.AT asked whether we are heading for an increasing number of governments banning cyanide, and increasing community and media opposition. If so, is the industry taking it seriously enough in developing alternatives, or is the mining industry burying its head in the sand?Yeonuk Choi (YC), Barrick (Canada), floor, said that it’s not just cyanide that is the problem, but environmental regulations as a whole. NGOs are using the public perception of the danger of cyanide to try to stop mining completely, for example in Montana where cyanide is banned.Cyanide AlternativesSLB (Chair) opened the panel and the floor for questions regarding cyanide alternatives. He noted that the main sessions included papers on chloride, bromide, thiosulphate, thiourea, and that several of the world’s experts on the application of thiosulfate were present.JOC, floor, asked whether there are alternatives being worked on which were not covered during the main sessions. He reported that he has looked at chloride extensively, and believes that for high chloride process recycle of the chloride and maintaining the water balance is hard work. Whereas it is okay for anode slimes, for ores and concentrates it is more difficult, though not impossible, and needs a good business case. He said that the industry must come up with something, as the currently feasible alternative to cyanide is leaving the gold in the ground, which is a difficult decision if the deposit is high grade. A higher cost process with lower efficiency compared with cyanide may be preferable under those conditions.Karel Osten (KO), Amec Foster Wheeler (Australia), floor, commented that it’s self-regulating in the sense in that if cyanide is banned it will make our life difficult, but the gold price will increase to compensate.JOC, floor, said that we need to keep looking at alternative technologies, including revisiting old technologies. We mustn’t get bogged down into the way a lixiviant has been used in the past, and think outside the box. We need to encourage academics and researchers to keep working on alternatives as one day it may be beyond our control and we may be forced to do something different.SLB, Chair, agreed that we must not get stuck in the ruts that people before us have fallen into. An example is all the work done on copper catalysed ammonium thiosulphate, yet the first plant uses calcium thiosulphate.In-Situ RecoveryPetrus van Staden (PVS), Mintek (South Africa), floor, proposed that there are two “holy grails” the industry is searching for – a cyanide free gold process and an in-situ process which avoids mining. He asked whether we could select a subset of the cyanide free processes as contenders for in-situ application. For in-situ application, a reagent needs to be stable underground and controllable from the surface.XD, panel, reported that CSIRO are doing work on in-situ leaching, and have done column leach testwork for a gold company with a gold mine in Australia using a particular product. The results are promising and they are waiting for the company to decide to go to the next stage. He considers that thiosulphate could be one of the options for in-situ applications.PVS, floor, commented that there are a couple of boxes that need to be ticked maybe working against one another. On one hand, we need something stable and controllable, and on the other hand if it escapes into the environment it must biodegrade so that it is not a lasting legacy.EO, panel, said that glycine covers most of these points and has a wide range metal stability of gold and copper (pH 7-12). It is non-toxic and environmentally benign, and is a good candidate for in-situ leaching.Paul Breuer (PB) CSIRO (Australia), floor, said that, as pointed out by SLB in his Keynote presentation, for in-situ the issues are very similar to above ground processing for all the alternative lixiviants. The amount of reagent recovery, recycle and re-use that is achievable is probably going to be the biggest driver. It’s the complete process, not just having a reagent that can leach gold.KO, floor, reported that many years ago he worked on in-situ leaching trials with thiourea. It worked pretty well, but the main problem was the loss of solution and reagent. Apart from anything else, for successful in-situ leaching you have to find the right orebody with the appropriate permeability. Many gold orebodies don’t fit this criterion.MP, panel, said that in-situ is a niche process for gold, applicable to a very small percentage of orebodies. Normal mining/leaching applies to a much higher percentage of orebodies and therefore deserves more focus. Also, above ground mining is much easier to control.PB, floor, responded that CSIRO is looking at in-situ as a game changer, even for hard orebodies. Some of the technologies being looked at for increasing the permeability include hydraulic fracturing, cryogenic cracking, chemical means of creating microfractures, and electro kinetics.SLB, Chair, pointed out that there comes a point when conventional mining is not economic. He doesn’t see in-situ as competition to conventional methods, but is another option in the tool kit.PVS, floor, reported that from the point of view of the South African gold industry, in-situ is viewed as a possible long-term solution as mines become deeper and to reduce underground fatalities.Dry Stacking of TailingsSLB, Chair, agreed with YC that it goes beyond cyanide. We can recover the cyanide but tailings dam failures can do just as much damage even if cyanide free, as at Samarco and Mount Polley.AT, floor, commented that one of the things discussed in the Nickel-Cobalt-Copper Sessions was the move towards “dry” tailings, for example for nickel laterites, which tends to support the growing concern about tailings dam failures.SLB, Chair, added that it may be an expensive, and technically unnecessary cost, but cyanide destruction used to be seen as that a few years ago.MP, panel, responded that a current feasibility shows dry stacking comes with a huge cost due to the large number of filters needed for the high clay ore and the long transport distance for to the disposal area. This has forced a return to wet tailings to make the project economically feasible. The effect of high rainfall on the dry stacked material is another concern.SLB, Chair, said that dry stacking of tailings is something the industry needs to work towards, as the tailings issue may be one of the reasons why we may have to leave the ore in the ground, especially for low grade which results in proportionally more tailings.Ben Strong (BS), Ausenco (Australia), floor, reported that some companies are not getting approval for a wet tailings dam.SLB, Chair, added that stacking on top of an existing tailings dam could avoid the need to permit a new big tailings dam and reduce the cost implications.AT reported that the concept of a combination of wet and dry stacking was discussed in the Nickel-Cobalt-Copper Sessions, whereby the cap facilitated the run-off of rain water.SLB, Chair, added that dry stacking is particularly advantageous in dry areas where water recovery is very important.Role of Ion ExchangeAT asked whether ion exchange could play a greater role in gold ore processing.SLB, Chair, responded that it makes more sense to use carbon due to selectivity. However, there are some opportunities for ion exchange, such as for preg-robbing ores.BS, floor, reported based on a recent project the capex is similar for CIL and RIL, but the opex is higher for resin due to resin replacement, using a resin loss calculated by using industry standard information.Technology DevelopmentAT said that a lot of developers of new processes are technology companies, often very underfunded, and have a tendency to collapse with time. Therefore, wouldn’t it be a good thing to have some sort of industry funding so that the technologies will still be available if a cyanide ban does come?SLB, Chair, followed up by asking whether there benefit in having an industry co-operative where we can send ideas for funding; though he recognized that confidentiality is often a problem.EO, panel, reported that the Curtin University work on glycine has received good support and encouragement from the big gold producers.AT said that Mark Benz’ Nickel-Cobalt-Copper keynote paper is well worth reading as it talks about the value of process technology in mining companies and how it should be treated as an investment and not something the accountants cut off when the going gets tough. Mark emphasized the need for mining companies to keep a strong internal technical department, to liaise with universities and engineering companies, and collaborate around the industry. He pointed out that many successful technologies have been developed in this manner, but when innovations become isolated in technology companies, they tend not to get off the ground.MP, panel, suggested the driving force must come from mining companies. They are the ones that have the problem to be solved.SLB, Chair, panel, added that it’s only when the mining companies become involved in the development process that there is someone with the drive to actually do it. It’s only when there is someone who actually needs the solution that the process is commercialized. Barrick put in 15-20 years’ work before thiosulfate leaching at Goldstrike was commercialised.EO, panel, reported that their approach with the glycine program was to look for deficiencies with the available alternative reagents. He believes that the role of the research group or university is to search for what the industry needs, try to solve the problem with some simple low-cost tests, then seek funding. We cannot wait for research money to come to us.AT contributed that quite often the big companies don’t want to share their technology in order to retain a competitive advantage. Some of the great inventions, which became widely used were developed by non-mining companies. Examples include copper SX developed by reagent supplier General Mills, gold/silver CIP by USBM, and uranium ore treatment processes by US government laboratories. If ideas come from outside the mining companies the resulting innovations are more likely to be disseminated.JOC, floor, emphasized that innovation always requires a commercial driver. The ideas can come from inside or outside the industry, but there always needs to be a driver. The better the universities understand the industry and its drivers, the better the innovations.SLB, chair, observed that the gold industry used to be open, but now companies tend to have IP control departments and safeguards. In the aluminium industry, they have gone the other way; they used to be secretive but now are more open. Maybe the cyanide challenge will bring the gold industry together to lower the cyanide profile.Summary of Key Points:• The application of a totally closed system with cyanide recycle designed and operated under chemical industry standards, together with on-site cyanide production, may make the use of cyanide acceptable, at least in some jurisdictions• It is imperative to continue to work on developing alternative leaching systems in case a widespread cyanide ban should eventuate• Alternatives to cyanide could play an important role if research work on improving ore permeability makes it feasible to apply in-situ leaching to gold ores• Dry stacking of tailings is more costly but reduces the risk of catastrophic dam failures and maximises water utilization in arid or water restricted areas.The student volunteer from Curtin University, Emma Williams, is thanked for providing detailed notes on the discussion.Refractory and Complex Gold Ores is the featured the topic for the ALTA 2018 Gold-PM Forum and Panel, which will be held 19-26 May in Perth, Australia.last_img read more


Chase Bank robber wields bomb escapes with cash


first_imgVancouver police are searching for a man who robbed a Chase Bank branch and left an authentic-looking explosive device at the scene Saturday.The robbery occurred at 11:52 a.m. at the Chase Bank at 13215 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. in east Vancouver. Police said a man entered the bank carrying a pink bag and presented a demand note, indicating he was heavily armed, had a bomb and wanted cash.He was given an undisclosed amount of cash, police said, and fled on foot. He was last seen running west from 131st Avenue and Southeast Fifth Street, witnesses said. A police K9 unit could not locate the man.As he left, he dropped the pink bag he was carrying. Because it might have contained a bomb, police evacuated and sealed off the bank and nearby parking lot. The Metro Explosives Disposal Unit responded and “rendered the device safe,” said Vancouver Sgt. Wayne Reynolds. Reynolds said he was not sure if the device was a real bomb or a fake, but the FBI is conducting a follow-up investigation.At first, witnesses described the robber as a Hispanic-looking male in his 20s, although additional witnesses have said he was a “light-skinned black male or more likely Filipino,” police said. The man has average height and weight. He was described as having dark hair, although one witness suggested he may have been wearing a wig.Surveillance photos show the robber wearing loose-fitting blue jeans and a dark windbreaker-type jacket with three white stripes down the sleeves. The bank robbery is the second in three days — police unsuccessfully combed the Stockford Village area of Hazel Dell late Thursday morning while searching for a dirty-looking man who robbed an Umpqua Bank branch. He has not been arrested.The robber in that case was described as a balding white male, perhaps 50 to 55 years old, with curly brown hair on the sides, wearing a brown jacket and blue jeans. He was described as approximately 5 foot 4 inches tall with an average build.last_img read more


Two giant planets detected around an evolved intermediatemass star


first_img Citation: Two giant planets detected around an evolved intermediate-mass star (2016, January 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-01-giant-planets-evolved-intermediate-mass-star.html The planets were discovered by an international team of astronomers led by Bun’ei Sato of the Tokyo Institute of Technology. The researchers employed the Okayama Astrophysical Observatory (OAO) in Japan, the Xinglong Station in China and the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) to observe HD 47366. The planets were detected by the radial velocity method, also known as Doppler spectroscopy, which uses gravity to detect exoworlds.The astronomers were searching for any signs of wobbling when observing HD 47366, as planets exert a gravitational tug when they orbit their parent stars, causing them to wobble back and forth. Three powerful spectrographs were needed to detect this wobbling: the HIgh Dispersion Echelle Spectrograph (HIDES) at OAO, the Coude Echelle Spectrograph (CES) at Xinglong and the University College London Echelle Spectrograph (UCLES) at AAO.Precise radial-velocity measurements using these spectrographs revealed the presence of two exoplanets orbiting HD 47366. By fitting a double Keplerian model to the obtained radial-velocity data, the researchers were able to determine the mass, semimajor axis and eccentricity of the newly discovered worlds. According to their computations, the inner and outer planet have minimum masses equal to 1.75 and 1.86 Jupiter masses, semimajor axes of 1.214 and 1.853 AU (astronomical units), and eccentricities of 0.089 and 0.278 respectively.With relatively small orbital separations, this planetary system has immediately become very intriguing for the scientists.”The planetary system is intriguing in the points that the best-fit Keplerian orbit is unstable, it is near but less likely in 2:1 mean-motion resonance, and could be stable if the orbits are nearly circular or in retrograde configuration,” the researchers wrote in the paper.To further investigate the orbital stability of the system and constrain orbital parameters, the astronomers performed dynamical analysis for the system. This analysis revealed that the best-fit orbits in prograde configuration are unstable. However, the scientists found that they are stable in the following cases: The two planets are in the 2:1 mean-motion resonance; the eccentricity of the outer planet is less than about 0.15; mutual inclination of two the planets is larger than 160 degrees.The researchers also assume that the current orbital configuration could also be caused by a possible third planet in this system. However, no convincing evidence supporting this theory has yet been released.According to the research team, it is still unknown why multi-giant-planet systems with small orbital separation are mostly found around evolved, intermediate-mass stars. The scientists have offered one possible explanation for this phenomenon.”It may be a primordial property of planets around intermediate-mass stars that could be an outcome of planet formation or an acquired one as a result of orbital evolution caused by stellar evolution (stellar tide and mass loss) of central stars,” the paper reads.To this date, precise radial-velocity surveys have found about 120 substellar companions around evolved stars. The discovery made by Sato and his team is another important finding increasing the population of multi-giant-planet systems found with relatively small orbital separations around evolved intermediate-mass stars. Planets around these type of stars, especially consisting of giant exoplanets, could be crucial for our understanding of formation and evolution of planetary systems. Explore further Monster planet is ‘dancing with the stars’ (Phys.org)—HD 47366 is an evolved star almost twice as massive as our sun. Located about 260 light years from the Earth, the star is approximately 1.6 billion years old, and, as it turns out, hosts two giant planets with a mass nearly two times that of Jupiter’s each. A research paper detailing the new findings was published online on Jan. 18 in the arXiv journal. More information: A Pair of Giant Planets around the Evolved Intermediate-Mass Star HD 47366: Multiple Circular Orbits or a Mutually Retrograde Configuration, arXiv:1601.04417 [astro-ph.EP] arxiv.org/pdf/1601.04417.pdfAbstractWe report the detection of a double planetary system around the evolved intermediate-mass star HD 47366 from precise radial-velocity measurements at Okayama Astrophysical Observatory, Xinglong Station, and Australian Astronomical Observatory. The star is a K1 giant with a mass of 1.81+-0.13M_sun, a radius of 7.30+-0.33R_sun, and solar metallicity. The planetary system is composed of two giant planets with minimum mass of 1.75^{+0.20}_{-0.17}Mjup and 1.86^{+0.16}_{-0.15}Mjup, orbital period of 363.3^{+2.5}_{-2.4} d and 684.7^{+5.0}_{-4.9} d, and eccentricity of 0.089^{+0.079}_{-0.060} and 0.278^{+0.067}_{-0.094}, respectively, which are derived by a double Keplerian orbital fit to the radial-velocity data. The system adds to the population of multi-giant-planet systems with relatively small orbital separations, which are preferentially found around evolved intermediate-mass stars. Dynamical stability analysis for the system revealed, however, that the best-fit orbits are unstable in the case of a prograde configuration. The system could be stable if the planets were in 2:1 mean-motion resonance, but this is less likely considering the observed period ratio and eccentricity. A present possible scenario for the system is that both of the planets have nearly circular orbits, namely the eccentricity of the outer planet is less than ~0.15, which is just within 1.4sigma of the best-fit value, or the planets are in a mutually retrograde configuration with a mutual orbital inclination larger than 160 degree. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Upper: Radial velocities of HD 47366 obtained with HIDES-S (red), HIDES-F (blue), CES-O (brown), CES-N (magenta), HRS (cyan), and AAT (green). The error bar for each point includes the extra Gaussian noise. The double Keplerian model for the radial velocities is shown by the solid line. Bottom: Residuals to the Keplerian fit. Credit: arXiv:1601.04417 [astro-ph.EP] © 2016 Phys.orglast_img read more


Why You Need High Quality Apps to Stay Relevant


first_img Register Now » This story originally appeared on Bizness Apps Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global The app marketplace has vaulted into the millions but in some ways nothing has changed. Consumers only use about 26 or 27 apps a month, according to a Nielsen report posted last month. The time consumers spend with those apps is increasing though– up 63% over the past two years.In the fourth quarter of 2012, consumers spent approximately 23 hours per month engaging with their apps. That number rose to just over 30 hours in 2013 and nearly 37.5 hours in Q4, 2014. Mobile phone and app usage is constantly increasing but that is still huge, seven hours in a year is a long time – nearly an entire work week per month spent on the phone. Comparatively, the average number of installed apps per phone only increased from 26.5 to 26.7. So how does your app make that cut? With more and more apps being introduced every day, app makers are going to have to toughen their fight to be one of the apps that get regular use.Small businesses investing in mobile need to make sure their apps make it into the magic two-dozen or so apps that customers use regularly. Otherwise, it’s a massive waste of money and time. Find features that customers will use everyday – loyalty, shopping, push notifications and food ordering. These are proven to bring customers back as well as increase revenue. Customers love convenience as well as an opportunity to save money. Just yesterday I ordered my dinner through an app on my phone and they offered me a coupon as a thanks!Think about how often you use your phone and what apps you use. It’s easy to point them out but which ones really give you value? The best apps are able to incorporate a bit of each and would therefore become a mainstay within the top 26.Social Media apps are only as good as the user wants them to be. They rarely provide any in-depth information, besides updates from friends. Plus spam message and videos. Smaller apps use social media logins for forums as well as in-app commenting.Food Ordering apps are becoming more and more popular for the eater on the go. Or, like me, the master of convenience. Rarely on computers anymore, users go to their phone first and these apps provide instant access to multiple restaurants. Now, imagine that the restaurant had their own ordering system and did not have to share any information or fees with the existing services. More convenient and direct, an app with food ordering capability built-in would be a game-changer or an individual restaurant.Informational apps are simple, direct and to the point. Think banking or transit schedules. They’re not flashy but provide exactly what you need to know. Small businesses can incorporate informational aspects but also include a stylistic flair not found in most apps that are similar.Building a strong app for your small business that incorporates these points will transform your customer relationships and grant you staying power within the industry.  3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. July 13, 2015last_img read more


Nemours Childrens Health System Uses 3D Printing to Deliver Personalized Care


first_img Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale Transformations in Molecular Imaging Herald Entry to Novel Applications Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging. read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Advanced Visualization | July 03, 2019 TeraRecon Unveils iNtuition AI Data Extractor Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced visualization company TeraRecon announced its new iNtuition AI Data Extractor… read more April 25, 2018 – Nemours Children’s Health System, a Florida-based health system with locations in six states,  is now using in-house medical 3-D printing technology to create surgical models utilizing a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved segmentation software. The software helps surgeons plan complex multidisciplinary cases in interventional radiology, cancer surgery and cardiac surgery. These models serve as a pre-planning blueprint and roadmap for Nemours surgeons and proceduralists, increasing confidence, reducing procedure times and minimizing unexpected findings while in the operating room.“The simulation aspect of 3-D modeling is a game changer. To be able to look at a model of a tumor from all angles, without the restrictions of a 2-D image on a computer screen, is completely changing how we are planning complex surgery,” said Craig Johnson, DO, chair of medical imaging and enterprise director of interventional radiology.            Using modified models from volumetric 2-D computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), physicians can run simulations of the surgery and more accurately determine the tools they will need, with the multidisciplinary team involved, cutting down on waste. For example, certain models enable surgeons to drill holes in them to measure and select the appropriate medical equipment to use during the procedure.“Three-dimensional modeling prepares us by helping us know exactly what we’re going to do. We do not have to plan on the spot if we come across something unexpected. Instead we’ve had imaging from radiology as well and the model,” said Tamarah J. Westmoreland, M.D., Ph.D., a pediatric surgeon at Nemours Children’s Health System. “The surgery is almost like a musical concert. It is rehearsed, planned and then executed without complication.”The 3-D models are also invaluable in explaining procedures to patients and their families. An echo, MRI or CTR can be difficult for a parent to conceptualize. Instead, the Nemours team uses a true-to-size 3-D model of that patient. In many cases, the patients have the high-fidelity models next to them in their room as care teams explain their treatment plan.“When we use a model to explain to a parent or a child a procedure, it’s clear, this approach is different,” Johnson explained. “They are able to visualize what we are going to do and it sets them at ease.”Jessica Lewis is the mother of a Nemours patient and experienced this firsthand. Her 13-year-old son, Malachi, had a rare congenital coronary artery anomaly and needed cardiac surgery at Nemours.“I was able to turn the model of my son’s artery around and look at it from all sides,” said Lewis. “The more educated you are about the procedure, the more empowered you feel because you completely understand what is going on with your child.”The 3-D model printing service is yet to be reimbursable by insurance companies, but Daniel Podberesky, M.D., radiologist in chief at Nemours Children’s Health System, believes it is the right approach when it comes to providing the very best care.  “We are looking for ways to stay cutting-edge, all the while doing a better job clinically and helping families better understand what’s happening to their child,” said Podberesky.For more information: www.nemours.org Related Content Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingVideo Player is loading.Play 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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Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more center_img Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | April 25, 2018 Nemours Children’s Health System Uses 3-D Printing to Deliver Personalized Care Surgical models are used to plan complex multidisciplinary cases, explain procedures to patients and their families A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. Technology | Artificial Intelligence | June 20, 2019 TeraRecon Receives First-of-Kind FDA Determination for Northstar AI Results Explorer Advanced visualization and artificial intelligence (AI) technology provider TeraRecon has successfully completed a U.S… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Advanced Visualization | June 13, 2019 Materialise Receives FDA Clearance for Cardiovascular Planning Software Suite Three-dimensional (3-D) printing software and solutions company Materialise has received U.S. Food and Drug… read morelast_img read more


Lesotho Veteran opposition leader to be premier


first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Four benefits of having a wireless security system 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories JOHANNESBURG (AP) – Politicians on both sides of the aisle in Lesotho say a longtime opposition leader will be the southern African country’s prime minister.After parliament met Wednesday for the first time since May 26 elections and chose a speaker, Thomas Thabane’s All Basotho Convention and two smaller parties presented documents claiming they had enough seats to govern as a coalition. Thabiso Litsiba, secretary general of Thabane’s party, says Thabane is expected to be sworn in as prime minister by next week. Sponsored Stories Pakalitha Mosisili, prime minister for the last 14 years, saw his party win the most seats in the May election, but not enough to govern alone and was unable to form its own coalition. Mosisili `s secretary general, Lincoln Ralechate Mokose, acknowledged Wednesday that Thabane “will be prime minister.”The peaceful vote and transition is seen as evidence democracy is maturing in Lesotho.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milklast_img

NEW YORK — Israels Tourism Office is riding a wav


first_imgNEW YORK — Israel’s Tourism Office is riding a wave of positive publicity to promote 2009’s celebration of Tel Aviv’s Centenary.Last week, according to the tourist board, The New York Times travel section section called Tel Aviv “The capital of Mediterranean cool” while the August issue of Travel+Leisure magazine noted, “An influx of wealth, progressive culture, and world-class cuisine is reshaping this resilient Mediterranean metropolis.“Tel Aviv is gearing up for one of the biggest parties in Israel’s history,” says Arie Sommer, Israel Tourism Commissioner for North and South America. Celebrations will be year-long, but the kickoff is April 4, 2009 with a massive concert in Rabin Square, complete withmulti-media experiences and performances by international stars, the New Israeli Opera and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta.Founded in 1909 on sand dunes as a garden suburb of ancient Jaffa, Tel Aviv very quickly burgeonedinto a metropolis, styling itself as ‘the first Hebrew city in two millennia.’ By the 1930’s, architects escaping theNazis were creating the wealth of Bauhaus buildings which gave Tel Aviv its unique look and which caused its “White City” to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. By the turn of the 21st century the city had become home to dozens of world-class restaurants, a fashion scene that combines Milan, Tokyo and New York and a wealth of world-class cultural institutions.“If Jerusalem is our Washington DC,” says Sommer, “then Tel Aviv is our New York, the center of business, entertainment, and all the excitement associated with a big city that is also a beach resort on the Mediterranean.”Full details of Tel Aviv’s centenary can be found at www.visit-tlv.comlast_img read more


PhedonosSizopoulos spat intensifies


first_imgBy George PsyllidesA spat between Edek chairman Marinos Sizopoulos and Paphos Mayor Phedonas Phedonos intensified on Thursday after the former questioned the local official’s lack of reaction when someone had accused him of being an “extortionist and a rapist” live on television.Sizopoulos had called a news conference to set the record straight concerning accusations of tax evasion and corruption voiced by Phedonos recently and announce that he was suing the outspoken local official for defamation.Reading from a prepared speech, Sizopoulos mounted his defence and also accused Phedonos of being corrupt.As a parting shot, Sizopoulos said that a known resident of Paphos had called a television show in which Phedonos was taking part and accused him of being an “extortionist and rapist” and challenged him to take him to court.Sizopoulos said he was surprised to see that Phedonos had ignored the serious accusation, without a comment nor legal measures.“What is the reason I wonder,” he said, closing his speech with: “These as a start. The best is yet to come.”Phedonos said later that it was Sizopoulos right to sue and he insisted that his accusations regarding tax evasion and corruption were true.When asked about the rapist allegation however, in his effort to defend himself, Phedonos may have shot himself on the foot.“A member of my party (DISY) was spreading the rumour that I am a homosexual to hurt me morally,” the mayor said.Of the ‘rapist’ issue, Phedonos said it happened close to the 2016 local elections while he was on a state broadcaster chat show.The mayor said he had made a reference to a land case and this man came on and said ‘what is this extortionist and rapist saying now’.Phedonos said a lot of people had tried to dig up dirt on him but came up with nothing. He said he was not taking anyone to court and challenged anyone with information against him to do so or go public as he does.You May LikeExciting MagazineThe Scariest Tourist Pathways Around The WorldExciting MagazineUndoHashtagchatterCouple Reunites 50 Years After Their Parents Made Them SplitHashtagchatterUndowww.tracemedia.comTrace Media | New York SEO & Digital Marketing Agencywww.tracemedia.comUndo Mayors lobbying president to prevent local govt mergersUndoFresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoData is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more