Meet the Whiz Kids of Kuujjuaq

first_imgAPTN National NewsThese are the Whiz Kids of the northern Quebec.They’re Grade school students from the remote Nunavik community of Kuujjuaq.This group of brainiacs are showing the big city kids how isolation and despair can be beaten by mixing together some culture and science.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette has the story.last_img

EC marks six constituencies for special watch

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission has identified six Lok Sabha constituencies out of 42 in Bengal for keeping special vigil. The EC has decided to deploy one Police Observer each for these six constituencies to ensure free and fair elections. There will be one police observer in charge of two constituencies in the other 36 seats.Sources in the EC said that the six constituencies which will be under special watch are Raiganj, Murshidabad, Ranaghat, Asansol, Sreerampore and Kolkata South. “There will be one Police Observer each for these six seats,” an EC official said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt may be mentioned that Police Observers for the constituencies which will go for polling in the first two phases, have already reached the state. The Police Observers will be responsible for maintaining law and order, the deployment of Central Forces, route march for area domination etc. They will also keep in touch with the state administration and send reports to the special Police Observer of Bengal as well as the Election Commission. The Election Commission takes into account a number of factors when it comes to deployment of a Police Observer. The geographical location of a constituency, its law and order situation, antecedents during previous polls and sensitivity of the polling booths under the constituency are all analysed before assigning such observers. The percentage of voting is also taken under consideration. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt may be noted that North Kolkata has the least voter turnout ratio among Bengal’s 42 Lok Sabha constituencies, in the last three Lok Sabha polls. In 2014, it had a turnout of only 66.08 percent, when the state’s average stood at a whopping 82.22 – one of the highest in the country. Sources in the EC said that there will be 44 Expenditure Observers for the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state, along with 47 General Observers. The ECI on Thursday had already replaced retired BSF director general K K Sharma with 1981 batch IPS officer Vivek Dubey as Central Police Observer for Bengal. Sharma’s appointment as Central Police Observer for Bengal had been objected to by Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee and CPI(M) on grounds of neutrality. It may be noted that the EC has primarily approved the report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Bengal that less than 30 percent of the total booths in the state are ‘sensitive’. As per reports of the CEO’s office, 18,461 booths in the state have been marked as vulnerable out of as total of 78,000. According to sources in the EC, South 24-Parganas, with 2,357 vulnerable pockets, is the most sensitive district in the state. Eight other districts including North 24-Parganas, Murshidabad, Malda, East Midnapore, North Dinajpur, Birbhum, West Burdwan and Kolkata are also under the watch of the Election Commission.last_img read more

Ban reaffirms UNs unwavering support for poll result in Côte dIvoire

2 January 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reaffirmed the United Nations’ “principled and unwavering” stand that the outcome of the recent presidential election in Côte d’Ivoire reflected the will of the people and the result must therefore be upheld. In a telephone conversation with president-elect Alassane Ouattara yesterday, Mr. Ban stressed that the international community remained committed to working together for a peaceful and durable end to the political stalemate in the West African country. He said he appreciated the restraint and patience even in the face of provocative actions.Côte d’Ivoire plunged into a tense political crisis after the incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo refused to concede electoral defeat to his challenger, Mr. Ouattara, following a presidential run-off poll held on 28 November. The international community has recognized Mr. Ouattara as the country’s president-elect.In their telephone conversation, the Secretary-General welcomed Mr. Ouattara’s appreciation for the support and principled stance of the UN, notably Y. J. Choi, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the country, and General Abdul Hafiz, the commander of the UN peacekeeping force in Côte d’Ivoire, which is known as UNOCI.“The Secretary-General told President Ouattara that he was alarmed by the reports of egregious human rights violations,” said a statement released by his the spokesperson.“He said UNOCI had been instructed to do everything possible to gain access to the affected areas both for prevention and to investigate and record the violations so that those responsible will be held accountable.”Mr. Ban took note of Mr. Ouattara’s call during their conversation for an early International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation as a credible signal for accountability.Cote read more

Aeroplan out PC Optimum program in at Esso gas stations starting this

MONTREAL — Aeroplan loyalty card members will not be able to directly earn miles at Esso gas stations effective June 1 as Imperial Oil Ltd. shifts its relationship to Loblaw Companies Ltd.The loyalty card program notified members of the change to its 14-year partnership in an email.It noted that 1.5 miles for every dollar spent will continue to be earned when using Aeroplan-affiliated credit cards for purchases at any retailer, including Esso.Direct miles will continue to be earned at more than 75 partner brands, including Home Hardware, Toyota, Costco.ca, Avis and Marriott hotels.Loblaw shrugs off PC Optimum card glitches, signs up 6 million customers amid fierce competitionFive things to know about the merger of PC Points and Shoppers OptimumWhat the merger of Shoppers Optimum and PC Plus loyalty cards means to youAimia, the operator of Aeroplan, said it is working on a promotion to earn more miles with existing partners and developing a strategy for how the program will change once the long-term partnership with Air Canada ends in 2020Cheryl Kim, Aimia’s vice-president corporate reputation and public affairs, said Esso is not a material contributor to Aimia’s financial results and won’t affect the company’s financial guidance or strategy.“The number of miles you earn on any particular transaction is pretty low so it’s really not financially a big deal,” she said in an interview.Drew McReynolds of RBC Dominion Securities said Esso accounts for an undisclosed fraction of the 10 to 12 per cent gross billings from non-financial and non-Air Canada partners.However, the minimal financial impact doesn’t convey the overall effect on Aeroplan as it prepares for the departure of Air Canada.“The optics of any accumulation partner defections between now and 2020 are negative in our view, making new Aeroplan partner announcements between now and 2020 that much more critical to stem changes in member behaviour,” he wrote in a report.Loblaw Imperial Oil announced Tuesday they have signed a deal that will allow PC Optimum members to earn points at more than 1,800 Esso gas stations starting this summer.The company said members will earn 10 points per litre on fuel as well as 10 points per dollar on eligible convenience store purchases and car wash services at Esso stations. Registered members may also receive targeted offers.The PC Optimum program was launched earlier this year when Loblaw brought together the PC Plus and Shoppers Optimum programs.The company faced some issues during the merger, with some members complaining online about troubles with the new app and points conversions.The PC Optimum program is already available at Mobil gas stations.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Aimia’s shares gained nearly four per cent at $1.60 in morning trading. read more

Update Dicks replaced as Norfolk fire chief

Norfolk County has “parted ways” with Fire Chief Terry Dicks.“This council was elected on a strong platform of change, and that means making some difficult decisions,” Mayor Kristal Chopp said Thursday in a news release. “Today, we begin taking Norfolk County’s Fire Department in a new direction.”Where that direction leads remains to be seen. The mayor says the destination will come into focus once the county consults with the 250-plus members of the volunteer contingent.“The Norfolk County Fire Department prides itself on being a volunteer-driven group, tightly woven into the fabric of the community,” Chopp said in an email to the Reformer.“At the end of the day, the volunteers will be the ones who tell us what direction to take the department in. They’re the experts in the field who do such great work to keep us all safe.“From thinking about training to how we celebrate the unique identities of our individual stations, I think it will be really important to hear from them as we move forward – to recognize that we have a great deal of wisdom collected in the more than 250 men and women of the Norfolk County Fire Department.”Chopp did not reply to an email asking her to elaborate on the manner in which Dicks and the county “parted ways.” At the municipal level, personnel matters are treated as private and confidential and are not discussed in a public forum.Dicks has served as the head of the local fire service for nearly 13 years. He replaced the new Norfolk County’s inaugural fire chief Denys Prevost when the latter moved on to the City of Welland in 2006.A call to Dicks’ private number in Norfolk Thursday was unanswered.According to Ontario’s most recent disclosure of public sector employees earning $100,000 or more, Dicks drew a salary of $123,080 in 2018.Dicks’ accomplishments include overseeing the installation of numerous dry hydrants across Norfolk to facilitate the recharging of tanker trucks on short notice. The certification of Norfolk’s Superior Water Shuttle Program has resulted in reduced insurance rates for homeowners in select areas across the county.Dicks also oversaw the design and replacement of numerous fire vehicles.Norfolk’s Deputy Chief Gord Stilwell will serve as acting chief, effective immediately.Norfolk’s 250-plus volunteers serve at 11 stations across the county.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

Gusmão wins East Timors firstever presidency in a landslide UN declares

Mr. Gusmão garnered 82.7 per cent of the 378,548 ballots cast in Sunday’s election, easily outdistancing his only opponent, Legislative Assembly Vice President Xavier do Amaral, who won just 17.3 per cent of the valid votes. The UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) announced the official outcome at a press conference in the capital, Dili, after the last of East Timor’s 13 districts finished tallying ballots overnight. The European Union Electoral Observer Mission – the largest of 35 international monitoring groups – declared today that it had “full confidence” in the election result. The vote totals were forwarded today to UNTAET’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Board of Commissioners, which still must certify the result and submit it to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on 21 April. Appearing at the press conference, UNTAET chief Sergio Vieira de Mello congratulated Mr. Gusmão for his victory. “I trust that Xanana Gusmão will devote his infinite energy and will to fulfilling the noble pledges he made during the campaign,” he said. “I also want to congratulate runner-up Francisco Xavier do Amaral for his honourable campaign and for serving the people of East Timor.” “It is with enormous gratitude and humility that I received the trust that the people have put in me,” Mr. Gusmão told journalists. “By the decision of the majority of our people, I am the elected President, and I become a president for the whole nation, not only those who voted for me.” Mr. Vieira de Mello invited the president-elect to meet with him and Chief Minister Marí Alkatiri tomorrow to review the final weeks of transition from UN administration to independence. They will also discuss a 24 April UN Security Council meeting in New York expected to be attended by East Timorese leaders, and preparations for independence celebrations that will culminate in a 20 May handover ceremony. With Mr. Gusmão’s election, the last major democratic institution was put in place in East Timor before independence. The Legislative Assembly – popularly elected in a UN-administered ballot last August – will transform itself into a National Parliament on 20 May, and the new East Timor Government will be sworn in the same day. read more

Many people have reached the end on the line in Iraq warns

“We are seeing a gradual increase in departures from Iraq,” Dominique Bartsch, the UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq, told reporters in Geneva. “Many people have reached the end on the line. They no longer have the possibility to support themselves. Many will say that the only future is outside of Iraq.”Meanwhile, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced that its partners and local authorities have opened two new camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Baghdad province, providing shelter to close to 3,500 Iraqis who have fled Anbar province due to recent fighting.“The humanitarian situation is worsening dramatically as the crisis in Iraq has accelerated since last year, when militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria [also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL] took over large portions of Iraq,” Mr. Bartsch said.Since January 2014, 3.2 million people in Iraq have fled their homes in multiple waves of internal displacement and already now, as estimated 8.6 million need humanitarian support. Mr. Bartsch said an anticipated 10 million Iraqis would need some sort of humanitarian assistance by the end of the year, representing more than a quarter of the population.The UN refugee agency was anticipating a much larger flow of internally displaced persons in Iraq, as Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, had been taken by ISIL and more fighting was expected. The humanitarian official warned that most basic services had to be reduced because of lack of funding, and that children had now been out of school for more than a year, leading families to leave for Europe. In addition, he also feared that a recently declared cholera outbreak could very quickly spread under the current conditions in Iraq. “Preventing further displacement out of Iraq will require a combination of minimum humanitarian assistance, but also more sustained support to, for example education and rebuilding livelihoods,” Mr. Bartsch said.Mr. Bartsch also called attention to the situation of more than one million Kurdish internally displaced persons in Iraq who had no perspective and inadequate humanitarian support. The Humanitarian Response Plan requesting some $500 million is only 40 per cent funded. read more

MVPs Used To Need A Good Team Behind Them Then Mike Trout

6Lance LynnTEX✓.486<16.8 +1.503034394449535863 Many of the other elite performers on this list are matching the mold Trout has fit all too often: great player, not-so-great team. Texas’s Mike Minor and Lance Lynn have each had unexpectedly outstanding seasons, but the Rangers are below .500 — and again, pitchers are usually undervalued in MVP voting anyway. Boston has two top-line candidates in defending MVP right fielder Mookie Betts and shortstop Xander Bogaerts (plus a third if you count third baseman Rafael Devers, who ranks 12th in AL WAR), but the champs have almost no chance of making the postseason. The best of the A’s duo, Chapman, is on pace to run nearly 3 full WAR behind Trout by year’s end. And Houston has hoarded enough elite individual performances to potentially dilute each player’s MVP case, leaving Bregman as just one of many Astros who could claim credit for the team’s blistering 104-win pace this season.Perhaps all of this is why Trout is such an overwhelming favorite in the betting odds for the award. As of Sept. 2, the money line on Trout winning MVP was -1000, which implies a 90.9 percent chance of taking home the hardware.5Before adjusting for the bookmakers’ “take” on each bet. (Running second in the odds, with a 12.5 percent implied probability, was actually DJ LeMahieu of the Yankees, who ranks only 14th in the league in WAR, followed by Bregman at 9.1 percent.)Seldom in the entire history of baseball would voters consider the best player on a 74-win team — even a player as great as Trout — worthy of the game’s top individual honor. But in a season when so many other top players are either also toiling on bad teams or facing vote-splitting amongst star teammates, Trout appears to be the choice regardless of whether you prefer the “best” or “most valuable” player as your MVP.Check out our latest MLB predictions. Mike Trout’s WAR as of Sept. 4, prorated over 162 games, was 1.9 WAR ahead of No. 2 Alex Bregman, and Bregman’s team is +.184 ahead of Trout’s in winning percentage.Source: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs +3.003540444954596368 3Matt ChapmanOAK.583796.9 2Alex BregmanHOU.645>997.9 +2.003236414550556065 7Mookie BettsBOS.53636.6 (It’s worth noting that this effect is more descriptive than causal — we don’t know how Trout, or any other player, would play on a different team alongside better teammates. But for the purposes of illustration, it’s clear that MVP voters are traditionally very responsive to players on better teams, even if they have a much smaller WAR lead than Trout currently has over Bregman.)In general, MVP voters have long tended to smile more on players with solid stats on winning teams than players with dominant numbers amidst a string of defeats. Only seven modern-era MVP winners were on teams with a losing record: Giancarlo Stanton (2017), Trout (2016), Alex Rodriguez (2003), Cal Ripken Jr. (1991), Andre Dawson (1987) and Ernie Banks (1958 and 1959). And among those, only three played for a team whose record was as bad as the current Angels’ is: Trout in 2016, Rodriguez in 2003 and Ripken in 1991. Similar to his MVP bid in 2016, another Trout win would be a rare victory for great players on bad teams — and another sign that voters are redefining the way they make that distinction between the “most valuable” and “best” players.But Trout might also get some help from just how scattershot the competition is in this year’s AL MVP race. Aside from Bregman and fellow Astros Justin Verlander and George Springer, Oakland’s Matt Chapman and Marcus Semien are the only other members of the AL’s top 10 in WAR on a team with any kind of playoff odds whatsoever. WAR through games on Sept. 4, 2019.Source: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs +0.5027%31%36%40%45%50%55%59% An MVP candidate can always use more team successModeled probability of a league WAR leader winning the MVP award, based on his gap over the No. 2 player in WAR and on the deficit in winning percentage between the teams of the two players The AL MVP race has a lot going onTop 10 players in the 2019 American League by wins above replacement, plus team record and playoff odds (according to the FiveThirtyEight model) 1Mike TroutLAA.461<1%9.7 +1.002933374247525661 +3.503741465156616569 +2.503338424752576266 5Mike MinorTEX✓.486<16.8 10George SpringerHOU.645>996.3 No sport loves parsing out the “best player” vs. “most valuable” argument in MVP debates more than baseball. Sure, the NBA hasn’t given its MVP to a player on a nonplayoff team since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1976. But the best basketball players exert so much more influence on the game than their baseball counterparts that it’s difficult to have individual success without the team coming along for the ride. For MLB players, however, we frequently see good — and even historically great — seasons on bad teams. That creates a perfect recipe for all those endless debates about what “value” really means.Will it happen again this year? Some of the ingredients are there in the American League. AL wins above replacement1Using our JEFFBAGWELL metric to combine Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs WAR figures. leader Mike Trout is tracking for 9.7 WAR (prorated to 162 team games), which would once again rank among the top 100 individual campaigns by a batter since 1901. (He’s already had three of those in his eight full MLB seasons, and he came extraordinarily close to a fourth in 2013.) But his Los Angeles Angels are, once again, lousy. Our predictions think they’ll finish 20 games out of the playoff race, with a lowly 74-88 record.But before we dig in for one more round of online MVP bickering, another factor should come into play: This year’s AL MVP landscape is weird. There’s so much else going on, Trout could very well avoid too much friction along his path to putting a third Kenesaw Mountain Landis Award on his mantle.First, how big is Trout’s edge in individual value? The gap between his WAR and that of Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, who ranks second in the AL, is 1.9 wins if prorated over 162 games. (That’s basically an entire season’s worth of value from an average player!) Limiting to cases in which the top two in WAR were both position players, the only league leader since 2002 with a wider gap came in the 2012 AL, when Trout himself was 2.5 wins ahead of No. 2 Robinson Cano. (Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera famously took home the MVP instead after winning the Triple Crown.) About three-quarters of WAR leaders in the modern MVP award era2Since 1931. lead the league by a smaller margin than Trout is on pace to beat Bregman by.Historically speaking, though, Trout’s MVP case would be better served if he were on a team with a slightly better record, even if his personal stats were worse. To examine this, I built a model3Using a Lasso classification regression on data since 1995. predicting a league WAR leader’s chances of winning the MVP based on his differentials (relative to the No. 2 player) in both WAR and team winning percentage.4I also accounted for whether the player was a pitcher — which significantly downgrades MVP odds after holding WAR constant — and whether the season came since WAR hit the big time as an MVP metric in 2012, which makes a WAR leader more likely to win MVP. According to the model, Trout would have better MVP odds than he currently does — with a 1.9-WAR lead on a .461 winning-percentage team — if his WAR lead got trimmed to a half-win but his team won just three or four more ballgames: WPCT Deficit 9Xander BogaertsBOS.53636.5 8Marcus SemienOAK.583796.5 WAR Lead-.200-.180-.150-.130-.100-.080-.050-.030 4Justin VerlanderHOU✓.645>996.8 RkPlayerTeamPitcher?Team WPctPlayoff OddsWAR/162 read more

Firefighters battle to save Englands oldest hotel

first_imgRoyal Clarence Hotel Clark Gable stayed at the hotel during the war. Credit:Science & Society Picture Library/Science & Society Picture Library He followed in the footsteps of some of the world’s most notable characters, which have included Thomas Hardy, who stayed at the hotel with his second wife in 1915, and Beatrix Potter, who visited in 1892 and reportedly looked out of her window and said “what a fine view this is”.During the Second World War, when the Americans were based in Exeter before D-Day, both Clark Gable and Gary Cooper stayed at the Royal Clarence Hotel.  Gary Cooper stayed at the Royal Clarence Hotel during the war.Credit:Rex Features/Rex Features Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service has declared it as a major incident.The hotel had already been evacuated as a precaution before the fire spread and no one is believed to have been injured.A spokesman for the hotel, which is currently known as Abode, said: “Following the fire in the building next door all our guests and safe were evacuated and are all safe and accounted for.”We are continuing to monitor the situation and send our sympathies to our neighbours and all those affected by the fire.”Last year the prestigious hotel played host to David Cameron while he was campaigning in the city.Mr Cameron and his team were some of the first guests to stay in the hotel after it reopened following a major refurbishment last year. Firefighters tackling a blaze at Royal Clarence Hotel in ExeterCredit:PA/PA Fire on Cathedral Green in Exeter @BBCDevon @BBCSpotlight pic.twitter.com/cmBa4zu6eu— Harriet Bradshaw (@BradshawHarriet) October 28, 2016 Clark Gable Most notably Lord Nelson dined at the venue in 1801 and gave a speech to reporters on his views following the Battle of the Nile.A few years later, in 1820, the Duke of Kent, father of the future Queen Victoria died while visiting the area and was taken to the hotel and embalmed in preparation for transportation to his funeral which was held at Windsor.Last night celebrity chef Michael Caines MBE, who launched his first Michael Caines Restaurant at the hotel in 2000 before ending his association earlier this year, wrote on Twitter: “Gutted to see the Royal Clarence on fire. Real loss to Exeter. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Michael Caines “Heart goes out to the firefighters who are doing their best to contain it.”The fire had started at the Castle Fine Art Gallery next door to the hotel at 5am on Friday.Crews initially thought they had it under control but later it has spread to other venues on the Cathedral Green – including the historic Royal Clarence.A spokesman for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: “It started in an art gallery and the fire then spread through the roof space. The damage to the hotel has been very extensive. The roof has gone, it has spread through all four floors and the flames are in the ground floor.” Scenes from on top of Exeter Cathedral @BBCDevon @BBCSpotlight pic.twitter.com/Y0GB7Dm6Ub— Harriet Bradshaw (@BradshawHarriet) October 28, 2016 Built in 1769 in Exeter, Devon, it became the country’s first hotel after its French landlord Pierre Berlon, published an advert referring to it as a hotel rather than an inn.Over the years its esteemed guests have included Clark Gable, Beatrix Potter and Thomas Hardy among many others. Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter Last night the fire had destroyed the roof and ripped through all four floors of the historic building which has played host to the stars. Gary Cooper This is awful. The fire on Cathedral Green in #Exeter has now spread to The Royal Clarence Hotel. pic.twitter.com/RCAp0jh2s8— James Vickery (@jsvickery) October 28, 2016 “What is so particularly heartbreaking about this loss is that these buildings escaped the Blitz of 1942 when so much of Exeter was destroyed.”We have so little left and hopefully the fire will be contained and not spread further.”The 18th century coaching inn, which is now called the Abode Hotel, is part of the Andrew Brownsword group and has stood on the same spot for 300 years . Britain’s oldest hotel – which has hosted Lord Nelson, embalmed the Duke of Kent’s body and hosted Hollywood stars ahead of D-Day – has been significantly destroyed in a fire.More than 100 firefighters battled for hours to try to save the the 300-year-old Royal Clarence Hotel, which is famed for being the first hotel in the country 10th August 1878: Passengers boarding a coach outside the Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter. Credit:Otto Herschan/Getty Images/Otto Herschan/Getty Images Chef Michael Caines MBE questioned whether enough was being done to protect Exeter’s historic buildings after hearing of the fire at the hotel where he honed his craft. Credit:APEX/APEX Dr Todd Gray, an historian at the University of Exeter, said the hotel has always been at the heart of the city.”For 2,000 years this area has been the focus of the city’s religious and commercial life,” he said.”The Royal Clarence is in the heart of what was not just the Medieval city but within the precincts of Roman Exeter.”The ground and first floors of the hotel are medieval and the upper floors were added in the late 1700s when the building was renamed a hotel.”It has been long known as the first inn in England to rebrand itself in this way. “It was the place to be. It was where the anti slavery people met in the 1700s and 1800s, this is where they planned abolition.last_img read more

CEO to NGSA students No time to rest or poverty will

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNGSA starts tomorrow, CEO confident of improved performancesMarch 27, 2018In “latest news”Sterling Products rewards successful NGSA studentsJuly 29, 2019In “latest news”‘Never lose focus or your passion or purpose in life’ – CEO Hutson to Region 4’s top performing teachers, studentsDecember 6, 2017In “latest news” In another motivational speech to students receiving awards from Sterling Products Limited (SPL) for their outstanding performance at the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) examinations this year, Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson urged them to focus heavily on education now so that they can reap the benefits of a good career later.SPL CEO, Ramsay Ali, Chief Education Officer, Marcel Hutson, other officials, parents and children at the Bursary Awards CeremonyHutson has been a key speaker at SPL’s Annual Bursary Awards for the past several years, dating back to when he first served as Deputy Chief Education Officer.Speaking to students and their parents at a ceremony held at SPL’s Providence East Bank Demerara office last Thursday, Mr. Hutson said, “You have to be very wise. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the arms to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.”He told the students gathered that now is the time to work hard and focus, particularly on English Language and Mathematics, so that they can matriculate. “It means that you would now be equipped with the subjects to move to a higher level of studies and advance in the world of work,” he said.The Chief Education Officer also urged parents to play a meaningful role in their children’s education, reminding them that they do not have to be the holders of Diplomas and Degrees to effectively do so.Mr. Hutson told the students and parents gathered that they must view the monetary award provided by SPL as a seed to be planted for future harvests.Each child received sixty thousand dollars.SPL’s Chief Executive Officer Ramsay Ali, in his remarks, said the company takes pleasure in conducting this annual exercise and urged parents to use the monetary token to help provide for their children’s educational needs, as they enter the new school year in September. “I want to congratulate the young people, and of course the parents. We hope that the money we are giving you is used wisely and towards the start of the secondary level to help you buy the right things for the child to start school,” Ali said.The CEO pointed out that SPL is looking at ways to help ensure the monies are used specifically for this purpose which could see an arrangement being made with an entity that sells a wide range of school supplies partnering with SPL for this purpose.The children and their parents also received timely words of encouragement from General Secretary of the Clerical and Commercial Workers’ Union (CCWU), Ann Anderson. She congratulated parents for their hard work and dedication, pointing out that some parents would have spent many sleepless nights preparing their children for exams. “Anything you want to be, you can be. The only thing is that you have to work towards that…Some of you may not have received the school you wanted to, but that is not a downfall, you can use that as your stepping stone,” she told the students.Those awarded this year are; Naomi Persaud, Isaiah Shaw, Heimarajie Jaipaul, Racheal Mohitram and Mario James.SPL provides the children of employees each year with this token. The event was coordinated by Human Resources Manager, Yvette Fiedtkou. read more

Losing interest in the gym Try these tips for structuring your workout

first_img Jan 24th 2017, 7:00 AM Image: Shutterstock/Syda Productions The42 Gym Series: Hit those biceps and triceps hard with this 3-exercise arm workout‘If it wasn’t for the Hercules club, I probably wouldn’t be alive today’ By David Last Image: Shutterstock/Syda Productions https://the42.ie/3201022 5 Comments Share42 Tweet Email1 Losing interest in the gym? Try these tips for structuring your workout routine A lot of people wave goodbye to their fitness goals at this time of year but with the right approach you can maintain your enthusiasm, writes David Last.center_img Tuesday 24 Jan 2017, 7:00 AM 17,398 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Follow us: the42.ie THE STATISTICS SHOW this time of year is when many people start to see their New Year goals slowly drift away.A lot of these goals are health and fitness related and having worked in commercial gyms for years I have seen this trend repeat itself time and time again.Suddenly the packed January gym floor, with lots of new faces, goes back to normality.There are a lot of reasons for this — boredom, a lack of accountability, not knowing what to do, little to no progress, or purely just having little to no enjoyment with your new fitness regime.I have said before that whatever path you go down you need to enjoy it. Perhaps you took the wrong path when joining the gym, hoping that was going to set you up for 2017.It’s easy to become bored with the same routine you’ve been doing three times a week for the past month.So this week I’m going to give you some assistance with mapping out your sessions.I’ve broken this article up using the same structure I’d like you to approach your 45-60 minute session with.This isn’t a specific programme for you but at least it will give you an idea on some structure.If you’re looking for a specific programme my advice is to seek advice from a personal trainer.I have worked with clients in the past who have done as little as 10 one-on-one sessions. In those sessions they learn how to train themselves the right way and then get great use out of their gym membership following on from that.A lot of the time I would recommend people to work on their limiting factors. For a lot of people that is mobility/flexibility, strength work and core work, following with their fitness and conditioning work.I would ask you to question your current training regime. Is it something you can see yourself doing in 20 years’ time?To me, longevity is a big thing. Fitness isn’t something I do for a summer holiday next year or for a special event in my life in the future.What I am doing now is something I still want to be able to do 20 years from now and something that will benefit my health and lifestyle for the long-term. Warm-up: 10-15minsThis is a very important part of your session. I’ve seen many approaches over the years; from those who do nothing at all, to the 10-minute cross-trainer option, and the 15-minute foam-rolling session.None of these may be the best of options. The goal of your warm-up is to set aside 10-15 minutes for getting warm, loose, working on some mobility/flexibility and activating/stretching your muscles to prepare for the session ahead.Try to add some structure so that you raise your body temperature, add some joint movement and plenty of stretches.Having access to tools like resistance bands, foam rollers, lacrosse balls and plenty of other mobility tools will also help.I have included a pretty standard warm-up video below which will hopefully help you out. Source: David Last/YouTubeStrength work: 20-25minsNo matter your age, gender or training level I feel strength training is a must for anyone’s workout program.I would generally encourage people to pick movements that will give them the best benefit, and to work on their weaknesses.I would focus on compound movements such as squats and deadlifts along with plenty of pulling, pressing and some core drills.I have previously highlighted five of the best exercises for your gym programme and you can bring all of these into the strength portion of your session.If you were to have three days a week where you can cover these five movements spread out you are doing well.I have mentioned “mechanics, consistency and intensity” before and this is where you need to scale the movement relative to yourself.For some people it might mean mastering the basic technique of the air squat before progressing on, or for others it could be working on five sets of five reps of back squats.You can see some good video examples of the right technique for those movements in the article linked above.When it comes to reps, sets, tempos, volume and all that gym jargon I would suggest you go relatively heavy or go work off a four-six-week programme that uses a percentage format relative to your own level.Again, if you are not sure on what programme to do then source a trainer who can assist you.A programme I have used in the past with some clients is the Wendler 5/3/1 and I have seen some great results when retesting strength six weeks later.Again, if you are new to the movements or strength training there is no need to begin percentage programmes just yet.My advice is to keep working on the movement while slowly making progress. Air squat  –> goblet squat –> back squat is a good example of that.Accessory work/conditioning/extra workI have decided to put all of this together even though they can incorporate very different approaches.You have already got a good chunk of the work done by getting a good warm-up in, working on areas of your mobility and bringing in some strength and core work.This portion of the session is where I feel you can make a few alterations and generally can go by feel and base this part of the workout on where you need to work the most.For some people it might mean doing some aerobic work/anaerobic work, or for others it might be an opportunity to do some accessory work with some extra weight training. Then again, you may need to do some yoga or extra mobility work.It comes down to what is needed most and how you are feeling on the day.If you find yourself already burnt out from a long day at work and possibly didn’t sleep well the night before, well then this is a time I wouldn’t suggest hammering yourself in an anaerobic conditioning piece.Perhaps what is needed here is to be happy with what you have done and leave your session at that, or do some extra work that wont be too taxing.This could be anything like some yoga, resistance band work, core work or even just going for a light jog.If you are feeling good and raring to go, well this is a time I would suggest pushing yourself and getting out of your comfort zone.This will more than likely mean hitting up an anaerobic piece; getting the heart-rate high and bringing in some intensity.Things like rowing, sprints, kettlebell swings, battle ropes, box jumps and the dreaded burpee for example.At the same time, don’t just throw them all together and do random movements. A smart approach is going with a couplet or triplet of exercises for a number of rounds.Setting aside 10 minutes and getting through a 400m run with some kettlebell swings and push-ups is a good example.Generally when I work with clients on a one-on-one basis at this stage of the session I suggest what I feel is best for the client at that moment.I have included a video below which outlines a rough guide on a workout structure. Source: David Last/YouTubeI hope you’ve found this information useful and if you need any more advice you can pop me a message from the links below.David Last is a personal trainer based in Dublin. For more information you can follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Or you can send him a direct message here.You can also see some of his previous articles here.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Short URLlast_img read more

Bond Package For New KSelo School To Go Before Voters

first_imgThe project’s estimated to cost $12.3 million. KPB Mayor Charlie Pierce: “Obviously we don’t have the $5 million dollars in our balances, and we are unable to move forward without the $5 million dollars.” The bond package is part of a match for a state grant to pay for the new school. The borough was awarded $8,896,640 through the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development (DEED) towards the new school and the borough is required to provide a match. The bond package will go before the voters in the regular election on October 2. Kachemak Selo opened in 2008, and has 57 students, from PK-12. The current Kachemak Selo School consists of three buildings “in need of replacing”. The three buildings are privately owned and leased by the district. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough unanimously approved a $5.5 million bond package to pay for a new school at the Russian Old Believer village of Kachemak Selo,  subject to voter approval.last_img read more

Budget Cuts Sideline 3 of Alaskas 11 Ferries

first_imgThe Alaska Marine Highway System plans to lay up three of its 11 ferries for most of the next budget year.Download AudioA draft schedule released Friday shows the Taku out for all of fiscal year 2016, which begins in July. The fast ferries Chenega and Fairweather will be tied up starting in the early fall.Marine Highway spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says the schedule reflects state budget cuts, as well as vessel repairs.“The main goal is not to cut off any single port from ferry service. So no port will lose ferry service during the winter season. Just some will see less frequency.”Several Southeast communities go without ferries for about a month.Angoon, Tenakee, Gustavus, Metlakatla and Pelican will have no port calls from mid-January to mid-February. Sitka, Hoonah and Skagway will have only two weekly sailings during that time.The Taku is more than 50 years old and has been considered for retirement. Woodrow says it’s one of three ferries from the same era.“We’ve put more work into the Malaspina and the Matanuska. Those three are considered sister ships. So the Taku would be the first to go, and if we were going to lay up a ship, it would be the Taku first.”The fast ferry Chenega will be tied up for work in mid-September. Its sister ship, the Fairweather, will do the same in October.Both with be docked through the end of April. The draft schedule shows them remaining out of service through the end of June. Woodrow says that’s because they’re expensive to operate.“Once they exit their capital improvement projects, whether they go into service past June 30th for next summer season is to be determined based on what the proposed budget for the marine highway will be for fiscal year 2017.”The Legislature could make deeper cuts to the ferry system next year. Marine highway officials are taking comments on the winter’s draft schedule. Teleconferences are planned for Wednesday, July 22nd.The spring schedule will be addressed later.last_img read more

Nirav Modis Rs 100 crore seaside bungalow in Alibaug demolished Watch

first_img Who is Nirav Modi, and how did he commit the Rs 11,000 crore fraud? Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:10Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:09?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 … Fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi’s seaside bungalow in Alibaug, a coastal town south of Mumbai, was demolished using dynamite sticks on Friday.#BreakingNews : #PNB घोटाले के मुख्य आरोपी #NiravModi के अलीबाग़ के बंगले को डायनामाइट लगाकर उड़ाया गया। pic.twitter.com/O71jwNmbhO— Anshul (@AnshulJainr) March 8, 2019This was the second attempt to demolish the 30,000 square feet building. Efforts to demolish the building was going on for a month. The previous attempt to demolish the bungalow was not successful since construction was made with superior quality material. Nirva Modi during the inauguration of Nirav Modi Jewellry shop in Mumbai on March 14, 2015.IANSTo get the Rs 100 crore structure down, authorities suggested removing the tiles and plasters so that the pillars could be exposed and will come down easily. The dynamite sticks were placed in holes drilled into the pillars for maximum impact.The bungalow, known as Roopanya, was marked for illegal construction. It was said that the building violated the Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ). According to Business Today, a garden outside the villa was between the bungalow and the beach which falls on government land as well as the CRZ land.Nirav Modi is known to have hosted many parties for high profile guests in the bungalow.The demolition of the bungalow was authorised by the Bombay High Court after NGO Shamburaje Yuva Kranti filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in 2009. It was against illegal constructions in the area which violate the high tide and low tide zones along Raigad beaches. Due to this, 58 other buildings, such as bungalows, hotels and resorts, have also received demolition notice. Activists of the youth wing of India’s main opposition Congress party burn a cut-out with an image of billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi.reutersNirav Modi, along with his uncle Mehul Choksi, is already in trouble in the Rs 1,300 crore Punjab National Bank scam. Modi had earlier asked the Bombay High Court to rule against the demolition of Roopanya since it was part of the properties attached to the Enforcement Directorate’s investigation into the PNB scam. However, the court ruled against Modi resulting in the building’s demolition. Close Nirav Modi’s Rs 100 crore seaside bungalow in Alibaug demolished IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos COPY LINKlast_img read more

Future of books brighter in India than most parts of world

first_img.After an unprecedented boom in India’s publishing industry during the past two decades, many insiders are fearful that it has now reached its saturation point. But the boom is not over, according to David Davidar, who maintains that India is “one of the most exciting book markets in the world” and its future is one of hopes.Davidar, who was hired by the legendary Peter Mayer as one of the founder members of Penguin India way back in 1985 and ventured out to lay the foundations of Aleph Book Company some seven years ago, asserted that “there is no place to go but up” for India’s books market. Why?”Because there is quite a lot of rubbish that is published, and as many subject areas remain unexplored, there is plenty of room for good, relevant books,” Davidar told IANS in an interview.The acclaimed publisher explained that although India publishes nearly 20,000 new books in the English language every year, many of these books are “meretricious or just downright bad.” Davidar contrasts this unfortunate state of affairs to the fact that books will always have “a central place” in the lives of the thinking and aware individuals. And even as the consumer now has access to “more published information and entertainment than at any time in human history”, much of it (especially that found in digital form on the Internet and social media) is “of little value”, he noted.”There will, therefore, always be room for thoughtful, stylish, innovative, insightful books (in whatever format you choose to read or access them – I am platform agnostic) for those who want to go beyond the commonplace, banal and mediocre,” he pointed out.But the Indian book market, like anywhere else in the world, has its own hurdles and Davidar identified a small readership base, not enough retail outlets, not enough marketing avenues, low prices, high discounts, high material costs, high returns, customers who do not pay on time, customers who default on payments and so on and so forth as the major challenges faced by publishers in contemporary scenario. But there is hope as this market is always expanding.”In India, because the bar has been so low for so long (all of us in the business have to accept some of the blame for that), and there are new generations hungry for quality information and entertainment, the future is brighter than in most parts of the world, where reading habits and publishing revenues are declining. There is no place to go but up. Great books will not die, but will continue to thrive,” he said.Davidar has been a publisher for over a quarter century and has published several of the country’s finest writers, including Shashi Tharoor, Vikram Seth, Arundhati Roy, Kiran Desai, Khushwant Singh, Ruskin Bond, R.K. Narayan, Amitav Ghosh and Jeet Thayil. He is currently the Managing Director and Publisher of Aleph Book Company, a literary publishing firm he co-founded in 2011.He has also authored three novels “The House of Blue Mangoes” (2002), which was published in 16 countries, and became a bestseller in six of them; “The Solitude of Emperors” (2007), which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize; and “Ithaca” (2011).last_img read more

Lady Gaga devastated as Zombie Boy Rick Genest found dead

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) — Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 3, 2018She Tweeted again, sharing more photos of the model: ‘Science tells us that it takes 21 days to form a habit, if you are suffering from Mental Health issue I beckon for today to be your first day or a continuation of the work you’ve been doing. ‘Reach out if you’re in pain, and if you know someone who is, reach out to them too.’ Genest’s agency, Dulcedo Management, also paid tribute on their Facebook page: ‘The whole Dulcedo family is shocked and pained by this tragedy. Zombie boy, Rico, was loved by all those who had the chance to meet him and know him.‘Icon of the artistic scene and the fashion world, this innovator, against popular culture, has been able to charm all hearts.’Need support? LGBTI helplines for those in crisis or seeking adviceMore from Gay Star News:Demi Lovato is set to re-enter rehab after apparent overdoseChelsea Manning ‘safe’ after posting and deleting alarming tweetGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The model, who shot to fame after appearing in Gaga’s Born This Way video, is said to died on Wednesday (1 August) of an apparent suicideHe was known for his bone and organ tattoos across his body, including the distinctive brain and skull on his head. The singer paid tribute to him on her Twitter last night (3 August) and encouraged anyone suffering from mental health issues to seek help.The suicide of friend Rick Genest, Zombie Boy is beyond devastating. We have to work harder to change the culture, bring Mental Health to the forefront and erase the stigma that we can’t talk about it. If you are suffering, call a friend or family today. We must save each other. pic.twitter.com/THz6x5JlpB— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 3, 2018She wrote: ‘The suicide of friend Rick Genest, Zombie Boy is beyond devastating. We have to work harder to change the culture, bring Mental Health to the forefront and erase the stigma that we can’t tallk about it. ‘If you are suffering, call a friend or family today. We must save each other.’Science tells us that it takes 21 days to form a habit, if you are suffering from Mental Health issue I beckon for today to be your first day or a continuation of the work you’ve been doing. Reach out if you’re in pain, and if you know someone who is, reach out to them too. pic.twitter.com/4pVR5xyoH6 Zombie Boy appeared in the Born This Way (2011) video with the superstar | Photo: Vevocenter_img Lady Gaga is among those who paid tribute to Rick Genest – also known as Zombie Boy – who was found dead in his home age 32. Lady Gaga apologized for assuming ‘Zombie Boy’ Rick Genest took his own lifeWATCH: Lady Gaga tells fans ‘everybody’s got to love each other’ at concertKeiynan Lonsdale, Lena Waithe, Lady Gaga among LGBTI MTV Movie & TV Awards winnersRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lady-gaga-devastated-as-zombie-boy-rick-genest-found-dead/ GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

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first_imgJune 2, 2009 – Naviscan Inc. has issued a nonexclusive licensing agreement with an undisclosed imaging company for intellectual property that enables Naviscan’s Stereo Navigator PEM-guided biopsy accessory to obtain emission data, locate the abnormal tissue and process the data to guide a biopsy needle.This is the second licensing agreement based on Naviscan’s intellectual property portfolio, reinforces Naviscan’s leadership position in molecular breast imaging (MBI). The company is currently negotiating licensing agreements with other diagnostic imaging companies and expects these agreements to be signed as early as the third quarter of 2009.The new licensing agreement covers the use of Stereo Navigator, a medical method and apparatus for the localization and biopsy of lesions. This patent enables PET scanners and gamma cameras to obtain emission data, locate the abnormal tissue and process the data to best guide a biopsy needle to acquire a sample of the abnormal tissue. The previous licensing agreement concerned a method and apparatus patent enabling the immobilization and compression of a body part for the purposes of collecting PET or gamma emission data in an effort to create a physiological image of the body part. Naviscan currently has four other patents pending. Naviscan was recently awarded Frost & Sullivan’s 2009 “Emerging Technology of the Year.” For more information: www.naviscan.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Ultrasound Imaging | August 10, 2018 Exact Imaging Becomes UroGPO Imaging Partner Exact Imaging announced that it has become a UroGPO Imaging Partner, joining the North American urology-specific group… read more News | Prostate Cancer | September 19, 2018 Exact Imaging Partners to Improve Prostate Cancer Detection With Artificial Intelligence Exact Imaging, makers of the ExactVu micro-ultrasound platform, has partnered with U.K.-based Cambridge Consultants to… read more News | Radiation Oncology | October 30, 2018 Biomarker Blood Test Accurately Confirms Remission in HPV-associated Oral Cancer October 30, 2018 — A highly sensitive blood test that detects minute traces of cancer-specific DNA has been shown to read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | February 20, 2019 FDA Clears Ion Endoluminal Lung Biopsy System The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the Ion endoluminal system from Intuitive Surgical Inc. to enable… read more Related Content News | Breast Biopsy Systems | January 17, 2019 Novel Technique May Significantly Reduce Breast Biopsies A novel technique that uses mammography to determine the biological tissue composition of a tumor could help reduce… read more News | Prostate Cancer | February 12, 2019 Micro-Ultrasound and Artificial Intelligence Combining to Detect Prostate Cancer Cambridge Consultants has partnered with Exact Imaging, makers of the ExactVu micro-ultrasound platform, as the two… read more Videos | Radiation Oncology | November 07, 2018 VIDEO: Use of Liquid Biopsies to Assess Radiotherapy Response Aadel Chaudhuri, M.D., assistan read more Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:36Loaded: 0.00%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:36 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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first_img Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This release… read more 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 Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more 1234PreviousNext News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Low dose imaging is performed on the Somatom Force across 63 cm in just 1.2 seconds. The scan, performed at 80 kVp exposed the patient to just 1.9 mSv. Image provided by Siemens Healthcare, copyright Institut fur Klinische Radiologie und Nuklearmedicin, Universitatsmedizin Mannheim Medizinische Fakultat Mannheim der Univesitat Heidelberg Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Low dose imaging is performed on the Somatom Force across 63 cm in just 1.2 seconds. The scan, performed at 80 kVp exposed the patient to just 1.9 mSv. Image provided by Siemens Healthcare, copyright Institut fur Klinische Radiologie und Nuklearmedicin, Universitatsmedizin Mannheim Medizinische Fakultat Mannheim der Univesitat Heidelberg Related Content Low dose imaging is performed on the Somatom Force across 63 cm in just 1.2 seconds. The scan, performed at 80 kVp exposed the patient to just 1.9 mSv. Image provided by Siemens Healthcare, copyright Institut fur Klinische Radiologie und Nuklearmedicin, Universitatsmedizin Mannheim Medizinische Fakultat Mannheim der Univesitat HeidelbergWhat was once diagnostic imaging is on track to becoming much more. Radiology is on the verge of a new era in which its focus goes beyond the traditional gatekeeper role, directing the earliest steps in patient management to one that adjusts the direction of care throughout the management of a patient.The cornerstone of this new era — patient-centric imaging — was the spark behind last year’s “Patients First” campaign by the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), which, although out of sync with the reality of radiological practice, was correct at its core in that radiology must find a way to increase its relevance to the patient. It came into tune this year, when the best interests of patients aligned with those of radiologists, not on placards dotting the hallways of the annual meeting, but in new unveilings.Examples of transformative technologies were seen on the exhibit floor of RSNA 2013. Siemens brandished a new magnetic resonance (MR) technology, called FREEZEit, that promises to vanquish motion artifact from liver images. Physicians seeking insights into these very sick patients must now rely on contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) images. FREEZEit would provide a gentler alternative.A new generation of CT scanners is being readied to produce angiograms, captured at high speeds and paradoxically low radiation dose, that might allow the more accurate planning and effective implantation of stents, as well as repair heart valves; for example, transcatheter aortic valve implantations. Such exams are possible now only with Toshiba’s pathfinding Aquilion One, but soon competitors from Siemens and GE, shown as works in progress at this year’s RSNA meeting, will enter the market.The GE Revolution CT can capture a human heart in a single beat free from motion artifact. At the show, the company framed the 510(k)-pending system as an “all-in-one” scanner, offering coverage, spatial and temporal resolution that can handle a comprehensive range of radiological applications, while serving as a platform for new applications.Siemens billed its Somatom Force as the next generation in dual-source CT. Successor to the Somatom Definition Flash, the company’s previous top-tier CT, Force features two generators that — like the generators on its predecessor — fires X-rays independently at variable energies. Force is so fast, however, that it can image the adult chest in a second, eliminating the need to breathhold, and freeze a human heart pumping at 90 beats per minute by merging the two imaging chains to create a 50 cm (nearly 19.7-inch) field of view. Alternatively the two imaging chains, like those on the Flash, can be tuned to separate energies to differentiate among tissues or materials, as in visualizing iodinated contrast as it flows through the coronaries or accumulates in varying amounts in benign versus malignant masses, such as those in the kidney.Newly unveiled at RSNA 2013 and 510(k)-pending, the IQon Spectral CT from Philips attempts such differentiation using a single imaging chain to capture X-rays at different wavelengths. Colors identify the composition of structures. Cancer appears bright red due to a concentration of iodinated contrast medium in the vascular bed feeding a tumor. A pulmonary embolism appears in blue due to a lack of vasculature. Conventional gray scale images show the underlying anatomy.Returning to RSNA after an extended hiatus, SonoSite reappeared this year as a component of Fujifilm. The pioneer of hand-carried ultrasound did so with what appeared as a cart-based system, the X-Porte. Company reps demurred, referring to X-Porte as a “kiosk,” a deserved distinction given the product’s novel touchscreen interface, featuring four large, rectangular, multi-colored soft buttons — green, blue, purple and red — whose functions can be customized to operator preferences. As with its hand-carried brethren, the new system is designed for point-of-care, allowing easy transport within a hospital or clinic, say advocates. But X-Porte goes beyond them with a new imaging architecture, called Extreme Definition Imaging, and a beamforming algorithm that improves image quality. Just as hand-carried systems can be overnighted to SonoSite for immediate replacement, the engine that drives X-Porte — about the size of an Xbox — pops out for quick mailing and return, in the event of failure. Supersonic Imagine made the jump to mainstream releasing at the show the Expert edition of its Aiexplorer ultrasound platform, a cart-based scanner newly plied with an OB/GYN application that filled the previous gap in radiological capabilities. No longer constrained by a lack of applications, the Expert Edition Aixplorer had made the leap from a specialty unit for elastography to a premium radiology platform, featuring superfast color Doppler and elastography for breast, liver and thyroid — elastography that,with the acceptance of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), rendered quantitative numbers. Quantitation — A Key EnablerIn radiology’s transformation to purveyor of total patient management, quantitation will be a key enabler. Quantitation turns subjective observations into objective measures upon which radiologists and their referring physicians can base patient management decisions. Siemens shone a spotlight on its Biograph mCT Flow PET/CT scanner for improvements in image quality and standard uptake values (SUV) thanks to a continuously moving patient table that ushers body areas steadily through the detector, producing a more reproducible and robust stream of data. The company’s Symbia Intevo single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)/CT leveraged the CT data set to create more accurate SPECT images, as well as combining the two data sets to allow, for the first time, accurate quantitation on a SPECT system.What mCT Flow could do at the premium end of molecular imaging, Symbia Intevo might do for the masses performing bread-and-butter nuclear scans. Early adopters will see the benefit in bone scans, as Siemens has honed the technology first for this application. Other applications are expected to follow. Philips further extended the power of positron imaging with a solid-state replacement for the photomultiplier tubes that have registered photons in PET scanners since their development in the 1970s. Philips positioned the new detector as the core of the industry’s first truly digital PET/CT, the company’s new Vereos. The new system, already cleared by the FDA, is truly remarkable as a pathfinder technology and a watershed development for Philips, which was late to market with a PET/CT but now may have an edge, as the PET installed base prepares to replace aging systems. The company claims its detector produces images with two times better image resolution than PMT-based scanners and SUV measurements that are twice as accurate. Also standing to reap the benefits of quantitation is women’s health. More than a dozen states have enacted legislation requiring physicians to inform patients with dense breasts that mammography may not effectively pick up the earliest signs of cancer. Here quantitative measures of breast density may determine whether tests other than mammography should be employed as a screening tool.In this Philips has the ideal detector, a photon-counting technology that underlies its digital MicroDose mammography system. Complementing its quantitative abilities is the decidedly low-dose character of Philips breast system, which the company purchased two years ago from Sectra.Safety and ComfortVisitors to the RSNA exhibit floor heard a familiar mantra — low dose imaging — mouthed by the vendors of all things ionizing: CT, radiography, fluoroscopy/angio, mammography and molecular imaging. A fluoro feature for Toshiba’s Infinix-i cardiovascular systems tantalized for its simple, yet novel approach to minimizing dose. By their nature, interventional procedures demand real-time imaging. Toshiba’s Spotfluoro minimizes radiation exposure by surrounding a rectangular region of interest (ROI) with a “last-image hold,” an image captured some seconds earlier. Updating the image in the ROI exposes the patient to less dose, just as it keeps the interventionalist current on what’s happening. The three premium CT scanners unveiled by GE, Siemens and Philips at RSNA each addressed low-dose scanning. GE’s Revolution CT features ASiR-V, a hybrid of the company’s iterative reconstruction software, called ASiR, and its model base, Veo. Philips’ proprietary iterative modeling technology, IMR, built for the company’s CT line, was featured on its newly unveiled IQon Spectral CT. The two X-ray generators on Siemens’ Somatom Force can be pumped at low voltage (as low as 70 kVp) to deliver low-dose scans. Dose can be reduced further using the company’s SAFIRE software. This combination allows Somatom Force to scan the lungs at half the dose of comparable systems, according to Siemens, making this 510(k)-pending technology ideal for lung cancer screening, which could soon enter mainstream medical practice in the United States.Over the years, Philips, GE and to some degree Toshiba have dabbled in ways to make the patient environment less plain and institutional and, thereby, more comforting. They have proposed — and sold to some sites — patient suites comprised of calming colors, scents and pastoral viewscapes. Such non-opiate relaxants were the key to GE’s Sensory Suite, shown through virtual goggles and in Jetson-like chairs in the GE booth.Noise pollution, a problem in the MR suite since the very beginning of this modality, has been addressed mostly through the use of squishable ear plugs, handed out by techs. Wedge those chunks the wrong way and the bizarre noises that characterize MRI are a patient’s constant — and very loud — companions. Last year GE unveiled Silent Scan, a partial solution to the problem for one MRI sequence, a solution the company expanded this year to four more sequences. While Silent Scan is anything but silent, it helps. So much, in fact, that Siemens followed suit with its QuietSuite, which — like SilentScan — reduces the noise made by the body coil that surrounds the patient.Increased Relevance, Enhanced ValueBy becoming deeply embedded in patient management and making their reports and consultation of greater value to referring physicians, the relevance of radiologists will naturally increase. As the radiology community begins this transformation, they have begun to redefine productivity from more cases to cases reported more quickly. Seeking efficiencies and lower costs, Viztek moved its picture archiving and communication system (PACS) platform to the cloud with Web-based technologies that support PACS functions and display images on both fixed and mobile devices. This new PACS works on Windows, MAC and Android devices, allowing flexible and secure reads. Carestream Health came to RSNA 2013 with a work in progress Vue for teleradiology PACS module designed to support off-site reading and reporting by radiology group practices with multiple clients. The vendor neutral technology leverages the company’s Vue Connect platform to access off-site worklists, automatically delivering reports and immediately alerting referring docs to their availability. Built into those reports, using Carestream’s Vue Reporting, are embedded hot links that, when clicked, snap the reader to key images embedded in the report and arrows pointing out pathologies. Softek featured the latest version of Illuminate’s PatientView, which pulls clinical notes from the EMR, displaying them along with prior radiology, pathology and lab reports. Information appears in a window that automatically opens when the radiologist pulls up a study. Efficiency demands automation, and radiologists have been the beneficiaries of such automation forthe better part of two decades. Algorithms increasingly have done away with the knob-twisting in modalities as diverse as ultrasound and MRI, producing reproducibly high-quality images with ever less dependence on operator skill. In the future, efficiency will be characterized by automation that works in novel ways.Samsung’s work in progress UGEO WS80A does that in five dimensions. The 5-D moniker is more marketing than real, although “5-D imaging” rightly indicates a new approach. In this, volumetric data acquired by the tech are plumbed for the relevant views. In the case of a fetal femur, for example, this bone is measured as well as displayed immediately after the operator requests results for that specific OB/GYN exam. Such novel ways of boosting efficiency are all the more important now that radiologists are angling to contribute to the whole of patient management. Value is the common denominator of the new state of radiological relevance — and the means to relevance is making the most of radiologists’ special skills, enhancing those skills with technology that reveals better quality information and distributing radiologists’ interpretations quickly and effectively.The seeds of this revolution were sown in the form of systems debuting at RSNA 2013. Some are months away from being commercially available. It may take even longer for them to be widely embraced. But the wheels are in motion, as radiology appears headed for an interesting and new phase. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Low dose imaging is performed on the Somatom Force across 63 cm in just 1.2 seconds. The scan, performed at 80 kVp exposed the patient to just 1.9 mSv. Image provided by Siemens Healthcare, copyright Institut fur Klinische Radiologie und Nuklearmedicin, Universitatsmedizin Mannheim Medizinische Fakultat Mannheim der Univesitat Heidelberg Feature | February 03, 2014 | Greg Freiherr RSNA Exhibit Floor Reflects New Era of Radiology The role of radiology goes beyond the traditional role toward the direction of patient care management 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 News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Coronary CTA on the Somatom Force produces high-resolution stent imaging with a 0.18 second scan at 70 kV exposing the patient to just 0.43 mSv. The patient’s heart rate varied between 58 to 70 bmp during the exam. Color image shows two long stents. The curved MPR image in grayscale shows the details in the LAD stent. Image provided by Siemens Healthcare, copyright Institut fur Klinische Radiologie und Nuklearmedicin, Universitatsmedizin Mannheim Medizinische Fakultat Mannheim der Univesitat Heidelberg News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Low dose imaging is performed on the Somatom Force across 63 cm in just 1.2 seconds. The scan, performed at 80 kVp exposed the patient to just 1.9 mSv. Image provided by Siemens Healthcare, copyright Institut fur Klinische Radiologie und Nuklearmedicin, Universitatsmedizin Mannheim Medizinische Fakultat Mannheim der Univesitat Heidelberg Low dose imaging is performed on the Somatom Force across 63 cm in just 1.2 seconds. The scan, performed at 80 kVp exposed the patient to just 1.9 mSv. Image provided by Siemens Healthcare, copyright Institut fur Klinische Radiologie und Nuklearmedicin, Universitatsmedizin Mannheim Medizinische Fakultat Mannheim der Univesitat Heidelberg Low dose imaging is performed on the Somatom Force across 63 cm in just 1.2 seconds. The scan, performed at 80 kVp exposed the patient to just 1.9 mSv. Image provided by Siemens Healthcare, copyright Institut fur Klinische Radiologie und Nuklearmedicin, Universitatsmedizin Mannheim Medizinische Fakultat Mannheim der Univesitat Heidelberg Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Low dose imaging is performed on the Somatom Force across 63 cm in just 1.2 seconds. The scan, performed at 80 kVp exposed the patient to just 1.9 mSv. 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Tensor Processing Unit TPU 30 Googles answer to cloudready Artificial Intelligence

first_imgIt won’t be wrong to say that the first day of the ongoing Google I/O 2018 conference was largely dominated by Artificial Intelligence. CEO Sundar Pichai didn’t hide his excitement in giving us a sneak-peek of a whole host of features across various products driven by AI, which Google plan to roll out to the masses in the coming days. One of the biggest announcements was the unveiling of the next-gen silicon chip – the Tensor Processing Unit 3.0. The TPU has been central to Google’s AI market dominance strategy since its inception in 2016, and the latest iteration of this custom-made silicon chip promises to deliver faster and more powerful machine learning capabilities. What’s new in TPU 3.0? TPU is Google’s premium AI hardware offering for its cloud platform, with the objective of making it easier to run machine learning systems in a fast, cheap and easy manner. In his I/O 2018 keynote, Sundar Pichai declared that TPU 3.0 will be 8x more powerful than its predecessor. A TPU 3.0 pod is expected to crunch numbers at approximately 100 petaflops, as compared to 11.5 petaflops delivered by TPU 2.0. Pichai did not comment about the precision of the processing in these benchmarks – something which can make a lot of difference in real-world applications. Not a lot of other TPU 3.0 features were disclosed. The chip is still only for Google’s use for powering their applications. It also powers the Google Cloud Platform to handle customers’ workloads. High performance – but at a cost? An important takeaway from Pichai’s announcement is that TPU 3.0 is expected to be power-hungry – so much so that Google’s data centers deploying the chips now require liquid cooling to take care of the heat dissipation problem. This is not necessarily a good thing, as the need for dedicated cooling systems will only increase as Google scale up their infrastructure. A few analysts and experts, including Patrick Moorhead, tech analyst and founder of Moor Insights & Strategy, have raised concerns about this on twitter. The TPU is keeping up with Google’s growing AI needs The evolution of the Tensor Processing Unit has been rather interesting. When TPU was initially released way back in 2016, it was just a simple math accelerator used for training models, supporting barely close to 8 software instructions. However, Google needed more computing power to keep up with their neural networks to power their applications on the cloud. TPU 2.0 supported single-precision floating calculations and added 8GB of HBM (High Bandwidth Memory) for faster, more improved performance. With 3.0, TPU have stepped up another notch, delivering the power and performance needed to process data and run their AI models effectively. The significant increase in the processing capability from 11 petaflops to more than 100 petaflops is a clear step in this direction. Optimized for Tensorflow – the most popular machine learning framework out there – it is clear that TPU 3.0 will have an important role to play as Google look to infuse AI into all their major offerings. A proof of this is some of the smart features that were announced in the conference – the smart compose option in Gmail, improved Google Assistant, Gboard, Google Duplex, and more. TPU 3.0 was needed, with the competition getting serious It comes as no surprise to anyone that almost all the major tech giants are investing in cloud-ready AI technology. These companies are specifically investing in hardware to make machine learning faster and more efficient, to make sense of the data at scale, and give intelligent predictions which are used to improve their operations. There are quite a few examples to demonstrate this. Facebook’s infrastructure is being optimized for the Caffe2 and Pytorch frameworks, designed to process the massive information it handles on a day to day basis. Intel have come up with their neural network processors in a bid to redefine AI. It is also common knowledge that even the cloud giants like Amazon want to build an efficient cloud infrastructure powered by Artificial Intelligence. Just a few days back, Microsoft previewed their Project Brainwave in the Build 2018 conference, claiming super-fast Artificial Intelligence capabilities which rivaled Google’s very own TPU. We can safely infer that Google needed a TPU 3.0 like hardware to join the elite list of prime enablers of Artificial Intelligence in the cloud, empowering efficient data management and processing. Check out our coverage of Google I/O 2018, for some exciting announcements on other Google products in store for the developers and Android fans. Read also AI chip wars: Is Brainwave Microsoft’s Answer to Google’s TPU? How machine learning as a service is transforming cloud The Deep Learning Framework Showdown: TensorFlow vs CNTKlast_img read more

TBT When LACSA flew the colors of Costa Rica across the Americas

first_imgLACSA, orLineas Aéreas Costarricenses S.A., once flew the colors of Costa Rica throughout North, Central and South America.Founded in 1945 with financing from the Costa Rican government, Pan American World Airways and private investments, LACSA soon became the national airline. It operated international flights from its hub in San José to destinations across the Americas.Watch: An old LACSA television commercial in Costa RicaIn 1998, LACSA became a member airline of TACA (Transportes Aéreos del Continente Americano). In 2009, TACA announced its merger with the Colombian airline Avianca, which all but eliminated the LACSA name and brand.This photo, taken in March 1993, shows a LACSA Boeing 737-296. The plane, registered as LN-BRL, was first delivered to Quebecair in 1980 and enjoyed a brief stint with LACSA between 1992 and 1993, according to Air Fleets.Photo attribution: Aero Icarus from Zürich, Switzerland [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons. Related posts:Tico Times #TBT: Memories of Costa Rica Tico Times #TBT: A 1947 documentary of Costa Rica Tico Times #TBT: The one millionth Tico Tico Times #TBT: The earthquake that rattled Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast Facebook Commentslast_img read more