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PM says no concerns of foreign troops invading Sri Lanka

“The Prime Minister never mentioned that we will not be resisting any invasion. Further, no Navy in the region has the capacity to land an army division in Sri Lanka,” the Prime Minister’s office said in the statement.The statement said that as far as the Hambantota port is concerned it will only be a commercial port which will trigger off much needed economic development of backward districts of Hambantota and Monaragala very soon. (Colombo Gazette) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says Sri Lanka has no concerns of an invasion of the country through the southern seas.In a statement issued today to clarify a speech he had made this week, the Prime Minister said that the Sri Lanka Navy is moving its Southern Command to Hambantota and there is no need to be frightened as security of the Hambantota port will be under the control of the Sri Lanka Navy. The Prime Minister’s office said that at the Dr. Saman Kelegama memorial conference held yesterday the Prime Minister stated that he negotiated with Prime Minister Li and President Xi of China and came up with a proposal on the Hambantota port which was beneficial for both parties. The Prime Minister’s office further said that once an American had asked the Prime Minister what he will do if Chinese troops land in Hambantota.The Prime Minister has responded saying that there is a full army division stationed at Hambantota. “Sri Lanka also informed the Chinese that Hambantota cannot be used for military purposes. The Sri Lanka Navy is moving its Southern Command to Hambantota. There is no need to be frightened as security of the port will be under the control of Sri Lanka Navy,” the Prime Minister’s office said. read more

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Security Council extends UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus through 15 December

Unanimously adopting resolution 1354 (2001), the Council also urged the Turkish Cypriot side and Turkish forces to lift restrictions imposed on 30 June on the mission’s operations and to restore the military status quo ante at Strovilia. Originally set up in 1964, UNFICYP is mandated to supervise ceasefire lines, maintain a buffer zone and undertake humanitarian activities on the island. As of 29 May, the Force comprised 1,216 troops and 35 civilian police supported by 40 international civilian personnel and 143 local civilian staff. read more

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Annan proposes package of actions to staunch bloodshed in Lebanon

“Both the deliberate targeting by Hizbollah of Israeli population centres with hundreds of indiscriminate weapons and Israel’s disproportionate use of force and collective punishment of the Lebanese people must stop,” Mr. Annan told the Security Council upon his return to UN Headquarters today.Painting a grim picture of the widespread devastation, he noted that already, over 300 Lebanese have been killed and more than 600 wounded – mainly civilians, about one third of them children. “Much of the infrastructure in Beirut and around the country has been destroyed,” he said. “Lebanon remains under an Israeli military blockade, imposed by sea and air.”At the same time, he observed that the Israeli people, “who had hoped that Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon… would bring security along their northern border, find themselves under constant Hezbollah rocket attacks, which every day reach further into Israeli territory.” To date 28 Israelis have been killed and over 200 wounded.Humanitarian conditions continue to worsen, and the UN is unable to respond with aid. “Israeli operations have made it impossible for UN agencies and their humanitarian partners to reach almost any part of southern Lebanon, even to assess the needs, let alone to deliver the actual assistance needed.”The Secretary-General said the abducted Israeli soldiers “must be released as soon as possible, and in any event the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) must be granted immediate access to them.”He added that the Israeli Government “must allow humanitarian agencies access to civilians. And the democratically elected Government of Lebanon must be urgently supported in its hour of crisis.”In parallel with these “urgent steps,” he said a political framework must be developed for a lasting settlement of the conflict, voicing his conviction that “most people in the region rightly reject a simple return to the status quo ante, since any truce based on such a limited outcome could not be expected to last.”The Secretary-General was blunt in describing the findings of the mission he sent to the region, headed by his Special Adviser Vijay Nambiar. “Let me be frank with the Council,” he said. “The mission’s assessment is that there are serious obstacles to reaching a ceasefire, or even to diminishing the violence quickly.”Despite the fact that “a full ceasefire remains difficult to achieve at this time,” he said the international community must make its position clear on “the need for an immediate cessation of hostilities, and a far greater and more credible effort by Israel to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure while the conditions for such a cessation are urgently developed.” The team has suggested elements which must form the political basis of a lasting ceasefire, and on which they have conducted consultations with the leaders of Lebanon and Israel.Those elements include the transfer of the Israeli soldiers whose capture sparked the crisis to Lebanese authorities under the auspices of the ICRC, with a view to their repatriation, and an ensuing ceasefire.On the Lebanese side of the Blue Line – as the line of withdrawal is known – an expanded peacekeeping force would work to stabilize the situation, working with the Lebanese Government to help strengthen its army, deploy it fully throughout the area and establish Government sovereignty and control there.At the same time, the Prime Minister of Lebanon would unequivocally confirm to the Secretary-General and the Security Council that his country will respect the Blue Line in its entirety until agreement on Lebanon’s final international boundaries is reached. A donor framework would be established to secure funding for an urgent package of aid, reconstruction and development for Lebanon, while a mechanism involving key regional and international actors would be set up to monitor and guarantee the implementation of all aspects of the agreement, Mr. Annan said. On the origins of the fighting, he said the trigger was Hizbollah’s “provocative attack” on 12 July. The Lebanese Government clearly had no advance knowledge of this attack, which Mr. Annan condemned at the time, acknowledging Israel’s right to self-defence. He repeated that condemnation today, also condemning “Hizbollah’s reckless disregard for the wishes of the elected Government of Lebanon, and for the interests of the Lebanese people and the wider region.”While Israel states that it has no quarrel with the Government or the people of Lebanon, and that it is taking extreme precautions to avoid harm to them, “a number of its actions have hurt and killed Lebanese civilians and military personnel and caused great damage to infrastructure.” The excessive use of force is to be condemned, Mr. Annan said. The Secretary-General cited Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora, who said Israel’s actions had “torn the country to shreds.” He also noted the observation of the Nambiar team that Israel’s operations, whatever their effect on Hizbollah’s military capabilities, “are doing little or nothing to decrease popular support for Hezbollah in Lebanon or the region, but are doing a great deal to weaken the Government of Lebanon.”Mr. Annan also voiced concern about Gaza, where Palestinians “are suffering deeply, with well over 100, many of them civilians, killed in the last month alone.” He called for “an immediate cessation of indiscriminate and disproportionate violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and a reopening of closed crossing-points, without which Gaza will continue to be sucked into a downward spiral of suffering and chaos, and the region further inflamed.”The Secretary-General emphasized that only the simultaneous implementation of the different elements of the package he put forward will allow for the transformation of any cessation of hostilities into a durable ceasefire. “When this is achieved, the international community will need to develop a framework for the final delineation of the borders of Lebanon and a decisive revival of the Middle East peace process,” he said. read more

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Ebola UN launches push to engage more women community leaders in fight

“The decline in confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease has halted over the last three weeks,” the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its latest update. “To accelerate the decline towards zero cases will require stronger community engagement, improved contact tracing and earlier case identification.” As part of the push to engage more community involvement, the UN Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) reported “in view of evidence that women are disproportionately more affected by Ebola (56.7 per cent) than men (43.3 per cent), UNMEER is collaborating with UN Women and the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists to bring women into the mainstream of EVD Response in Sierra Leone through a focus on community, youth, religious and women leaders.” Starting today, there will be country-wide training of journalists on how to better engage women at the community level and women-themed radio programmes, including a simulcast on 41 radio stations in which representatives from UN Women, survivors, and women’s leaders will discuss issues around bringing transmission to a resilient zero, according to UNMEER. UNMEER also reported a campaign to engage communities in early detection of Ebola cases in Guinea, including the sensitization of local traditional healers. According to WHO, more than 26,000 cases of Ebola have been reported in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with over 10,800 deaths. The agency also says that 21 new confirmed cases were reported in Guinea, 12 in Sierra Leone and none in Liberia in the latest seven day reporting period. “Community engagement appears to be steadily improving in Guinea and Sierra Leone, but more needs to be done to identify all chains of transmission,” according the UN health agency. read more

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Government launches See Inside Manufacturing to inspire automotive careers

“We want them to See Inside Manufacturing and inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to create a whole range of new iconic UK based products that are exported worldwide.” In June there will be a number of co-ordinated regional events to promote the open days through teachers and careers advisers. Business Secretary Vince Cable said:“Young people buy and use the latest gadgets and products but we also need them to think how exciting it could be to design, engineer or make them too. Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive, said:“The See Inside Manufacturing initiative is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the range of exciting careers available in the UK automotive industry. Being part of a global industry, particularly one that is leading the transition to low carbon, is incredibly rewarding. Despite difficult economic conditions, automotive companies are looking to recruit at all levels and the See Inside Manufacturing programme will help give parents, teachers and students the chance to learn more about the industry and the opportunities on offer.” The UK automotive sector has responded swiftly to government calls for action to improve the image of manufacturing and to attract the brightest and best talent into industry.As part of See Inside Manufacturing nearly 30 companies will throw open their doors in October so that school children and students can get a look behind the scenes at what a career in manufacturing or engineering can offer. Go to www.automotivecouncil.co.uk/see-inside-manufacturing/ for more information.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) See Inside Manufacturing will focus on young people to encourage take up of Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects as well as undergraduates considering their future career options. All the automotive activities are being co-ordinated by the joint industry/government Automotive Council. read more

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Cabinet still million miles away from agreeing Brexit position as Theresa May

first_imgAt a lavish black-tie event on Wednesday night, Mrs May said she had an “ambitious” vision for the UK after Brexit. Theresa May’s Cabinet is still “a million miles away” from agreeing the Government’s position on Brexit  Theresa May’s Cabinet is still “a million miles away” from agreeing the Government’s position on Brexit Credit:PA One source said: “There is mounting concern that nothing has been agreed yet. No-one seems to know when this is going to be sorted out.“There has been talk of the Cabinet being taken away to Chequers to thrash out an agreement on what kind of trade deal we want and how we solve the Northern Ireland issue, but nothing has been arranged. Jacob Rees-Mogg leaves the Conservative party Black and White Ball at Natural History Museum Credit:Getty The 11-strong Cabinet Brexit committee consists of Mrs May, David Lidington, Philip Hammond, David Davis, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Liam Fox, Amber Rudd, Gavin Williamson, Karen Bradley and Greg Clark.The Cabinet must agree its position on the transition period before March, when the European Council next meets to cement the terms of a transition deal.Mr Davis then hopes to agree the terms of a trade deal by October so that it can be voted on by all 28 member states, including Britain, before Britain leaves the European Union in March next year.Any delay in agreeing Britain’s position could lead to the October deadline being pushed back, potentially increasing the chances of Britain leaving the EU without a deal. Any delay in agreeing Britain’s position could lead to the October deadline being pushed back “It also means control of our borders – so we decide on our own immigration policy; one which attracts the brightest and the best to come to these shores, and one which also ensures we are investing in our own talent here at home.”And it means control of our laws – so British courts are supreme and the European Court of Justice no longer overrules them.”She stressed her plan would mean leaving the single market and customs union but “constructing a completely new trading partnership with the EU”. Theresa May’s Cabinet is still “a million miles away” from agreeing the Government’s position on Brexit after the first of two key meetings of senior ministers, The Daily Telegraph has been told.With concern growing within the Cabinet over a lack of progress on such crucial issues as the Irish border and citizens’ rights, the Prime Minister sought to ease Tory tensions over her approach by insisting she had “no doubts” about her plan for a new relationship with Brussels.Sources say there are still “substantial divisions” between Brexiteers and Remainers in the 11-strong Brexit “war Cabinet”, which will meet again on Thursday to discuss the Government’s position on a future trade deal. “Nothing” was agreed after two hours of discussion on Wednesday.The consecutive two-hour meetings of the committee had been billed as the moment the Cabinet’s direction of travel on Brexit would finally crystallise.But Whitehall sources said the meeting was “flat” with “no real in-depth discussion of the issues”. Any delay in agreeing Britain’s position could lead to the October deadline being pushed backCredit: NIKLAS HALLE’N/AFP Jacob Rees-Mogg leaves the Conservative party Black and White Ball at Natural History Museum  “Ever since the British people delivered their vote in the referendum, I have had no doubts about what our new relationship with the EU must mean for the United Kingdom,” she told the  donors, celebrities and politicians at the Tory party’s annual Black and White Ball in London.”It will mean taking control of our money – so we are not sending vast annual subscriptions to the EU. Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, leaves the Conservative party Black and White Ball  Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, leaves the Conservative party Black and White Ball Credit:Getty “At the moment it feels like the Cabinet is a million miles away from agreeing a position.”Another source said: “The Cabinet is closer to agreeing a position on transition than it is to agreeing on the end state.“There are some pretty substantial divisions between different members of the Cabinet on the sort of Brexit we are pursuing, and it doesn’t seem as though any of them are going to undergo a Damascene conversion any time soon.”last_img read more

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Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd may contest extradition to Britain his lawyer says

Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd could remain in Georgia after it emerged he is considering fighting his extradition to Britain, his lawyer said. Lawyer Tariel Kakabadze said 31-year-old web designer Shepherd believes he is innocent and insisted it was wrong to criticise someone for “trying to protect himself”.Shepherd failed to attend his trial at the Old Bailey in July and was convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence in his absence and sentenced to six years in prison.Efforts to “swiftly” extradite Shepherd are under way after he surrendered at a police station in Georgia’s capital of Tbilisi on Wednesday – six months after he was convicted of killing 24-year-old Charlotte Brown during a speedboat date on the Thames.The web designer has already made a mockery of the justice system when he was controversially granted leave to appeal while on the run in December.On Wednesday night the Crown Prosecution Service was preparing an extradition request to be lodged with Georgian legal authorities.But Mr Kakabadze, confirmed that the process to extradite him back to the UK may be contested, and said: “We just need to study the case documents and I need to discuss it with my client before making the final decision about it. The fugitive blamed his decision to flee the country rather than participate in the trial on Ms Brown’s father Graham, saying the civil servant has “power within the prison system”.But speaking on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show, Mr Brown said Shepherd’s claims were “very misleading and inaccurate”.He said: “To say that I could possibly influence that is completely misleading and inaccurate. In actual fact if Jack Shepherd knew the truth, and the truth was after the death of my daughter I was so profoundly affected by it I had to retire.”I’ve taken partial retirement and my work, the Ministry of Justice, have given me a very low level admin role just to help me through this. To say I’ve got any influence at all is so inaccurate it defies belief.”Mr Brown told the show he will attend Shepherd’s court hearings back in Britain to make sure “he does face up to what he’s done”. Under Georgian law, prosecutors are required to apply for restriction measures for a person wanted in another country within 48 hours of them being arrested.Ms Brown’s father, Graham Brown, celebrated the “overwhelming” development, writing on Facebook: “Justice for Charlotte is close!””My opinions towards Jack Shepherd is that he’s a very crass, reckless man, who managed to abscond and stick two fingers up at the judiciary,” Mr Brown told BBC Radio 5 Live.”He’s got to come back to atone for all that and I think that he’s done the right thing and thank goodness he’s realised that now and handed himself in.”Ms Brown, from Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, died in December 2015 when Shepherd’s boat flipped into the wintry waters of the River Thames in London after they shared a Champagne-fuelled first date.Mr Kakabadze said his client is now “ready to participate in the court sessions to find out the truth” and first contacted him by phone on Wednesday.”I told him to go to the police and this would be easier for him to fight legally. But it was also his desire,” he said.”I believe his evidence will be extremely important. But he needs to work legally and not just escape from the police, that’s not going to help him out.” “As a lawyer I have to agree each step with my client. If the extradition happens, it is important to make sure there will not be a danger to him in the UK.”If I get assurances that his extradition is not dangerous, we might not disagree with extradition. Each step will be decided after we carefully study all the possibilities and options.” Jack Shepherd pictured on Wednesday night He said: “I think he’s shown himself, from what I’ve seen of him, to be a very arrogant, immature man who needs to face up to what he’s done.”Let’s not forget this is about our daughter, who can’t be here, who’s had her life robbed of her because of this man. She would still be alive if it wasn’t for Jack Shepherd.”Everyone who knew Charlotte knew what a wonderful, caring, loving person she was, which is the polar opposite to what Shepherd has displayed.” The family of Charlotte Brown, father Graham Brown (left) sister Katie (second left) and mother Roz Wickens (right)Credit:Yui Mok/PA Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd (pictured) ‘may contest extradition’ to Britain, his lawyer saysCredit:Rustavi2 Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd (pictured) 'may contest extradition' to Britain, his lawyer says Scotland Yard, the force leading the investigation, said officers had been updated by the National Crime Agency on the development and are awaiting confirmation of Shepherd’s identity.The Metropolitan Police added that once identity was secured extradition proceedings “will begin immediately” against Shepherd, originally from Exeter, who was the subject of an international arrest warrant. 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. Jack Shepherd pictured on Wednesday nightCredit:Reuters TV “Many people have opinions which are not based on facts. Every person who is blamed of a crime has the right to efficient and good legal help. Criticising somebody for protecting himself is not right. He believes that he is innocent.”The lawyer said he had “huge respect for the United Kingdom, for the UK Government and the people,” but added: “As a lawyer, I believe that evidence is what we should make the decisions on.”The judges should not be interrupted and they should not feel pressure from people, from politicians. Judges should be left to make objective decisions. Judges are the only people who should make the final decision about the case.”Ms Brown’s family said they were overwhelmed with emotion after it emerged Shepherd had surrendered and her father said it was time for him to “atone” for his actions.Home Secretary Sajid Javid said it is “vital Charlotte Brown’s family see justice done” and UK law enforcement will “seek to swiftly extradite him to Britain”. The family of Charlotte Brown, father Graham Brown (left) sister Katie (second left) and mother Roz Wickens (right) Mr Kakabadze, said Shepherd may go before a court in Tbilisi on Thursday or Friday, but suggested it may be “some time” before he returns to the UK.”Extradition doesn’t happen in one or two days. All the documents will need to be translated, many things will need to be made ready,” he said.”Depending on what evidence they show us… it might be very soon or it might be several months.”On Wednesday a heavily-bearded Shepherd smiled as he walked into the station some 2,000 miles away while flanked by lawyers.He vowed to local reporters he would clear his name over the “tragic accident”.Mr Kakabadze said he had seen “a lot of negative comments” about Shepherd online and his client is “extremely sad” about Ms Brown’s death. read more

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Hundreds of cannabis plants discovered in two adjoining Kerry properties

first_imgGARDAÍ HAVE SEIZED hundreds of cannabis plants from two adjoining properties in Cahersiveen, Co Kerry.Gardai searched two houses at approximately 6.30 pm yesterday evening, Friday 30 May, 2014. During the course of the search, a total of some 250 plants in various stages of growth were discovered at the two properties. Gardaí say the plants have an estimated street value of up to €200,000, pending analysis.A Garda spokesperson said the discovery was part of ongoing intelligence-led operations targeting the sale and supply of drugs, and that seizures play a “critical role in targeting the livelihood of criminals and reducing their ability to carry out illegal activities”.No arrests were made and investigations are continuing.Read: Over 80 per cent of drug seizures in Europe are for cannabislast_img read more

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ELSTAT chief to testify in probe

first_imgThe head of the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT), Andreas Georgiou, is to testify on December 12 in a criminal investigation into claims that his office falsely inflated Greece’s budget deficit in 2009 to make the country’s debt crisis look worse so that it could qualify for an international bailout. Georgiou, who has denied any wrongdoing, has not yet been charged with any offense in the probe, which was launched following allegations made in September by Zoe Georganta, a former employee of ELSTAT. Shortly after she was dismissed from the service, Georganta claimed that 2009 deficit data had been artificially inflated from around 12-13 per cent to 15.4 per cent of gross domestic product. The allegations of Georganta, who gave a six-hour deposition to a prosecutor probing the case, have reportedly been supported by Nikos Logothetis, the former vice president of (ELSTAT). Logothetis denies charges that he hacked into the e-mail account of Georgiou. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Séisme en NouvelleZélande le plus meurtrier depuis 80 ans

first_imgSéisme en Nouvelle-Zélande : le plus meurtrier depuis 80 ansLe tremblement de terre qui a secoué la ville de Christchurch en Nouvelle-Zélande hier affiche un lourd bilan humain : 75 morts et plus de 300 personnes disparues. La ville, dévastée, ressemble aujourd’hui à un champ de bataille.Christchurch et sa région viennent de connaître “la mort et la destruction à une échelle épouvantable”. Ce sont les propos du premier ministre néo-zélandais John Key, qui a décrété l’état d’urgence au niveau national peu après que le séisme de magnitude 6,3 ne secoue le pays. Pendant ce temps, les secouristes et la police, sur le terrain, parlent d’un “véritable carnage dans toute la ville” sur les ondes de la radio nationale. “Des corps sont piégés dans des voitures ou sous des décombres”, a indiqué le commissaire de police Russell Gibson, cité par Le Figaro. Enormément de bâtiments se sont effondrés. Des sauveteurs ont dû amputer des membres de certains survivants afin de pouvoir les extraire des décombres. Par ailleurs, des répliques du séisme ont rendu leur travail difficile, ont déploré les autorités néo-zélandaises. Aujourd’hui la ville est toujours privée de courant.Pour aider à la recherche de survivants, les Etats-Unis, le Japon et l’Australie ont envoyé des renforts. La France a également proposé son aide, en mettant à disposition des “moyens spécialisés” en matière de déblaiement et d’aides aux victimes, rapporte Le Parisien.À lire aussiUn village de Nouvelle-Zélande veut bannir les chats pour protéger sa fauneEn septembre 2010 déjà, Christchurch avait été secouée par un tremblement de terre de magnitude 7, qui n’avait pas fait de morts, mais avait causé des dégâts considérables.Mais le tremblement de terre qui a secoué la ville hier est le plus meurtrier que la Nouvelle-Zélande ait connu depuis 80 ans. Situé sur la ceinture du feu, à la frontière des plaques tectoniques australienne et du Pacifique, le pays enregistre jusqu’à 15.000 secousses sismiques par an.La ville de Christchurch après le séisme en images sur Maxisciences. Le 23 février 2011 à 09:55 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Man accused in Little Italy Apartment flooding held on 1million bail

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – More than four dozen felon charges were filed today against a man who allegedly flooded all eight floors of a Little Italy apartment complex by opening several fire valves within the building.Francisco Morales, 37, pleaded not guilty to eight counts of assault likely to cause great bodily injury and 45 felony counts of vandalism.Morales’ alleged act rendered the building uninhabitable and displaced around 200 residents of the apartment complex at 1810 State Street, according to prosecutors.Water began gushing through the building shortly before 12:30 a.m. Monday. Police officers evacuated the residents, and San Diego Gas & Electric personnel were called in to shut off power to the apartments as crews worked to get the flooding under control.Morales was arrested a short distance from the soaked building, San Diego police Sgt. Thomas Sullivan said. It was unclear what might have motivated the act.Deputy District Attorney Nereida Melgarejo said the damage to the building was “in the millions” and that the structure was in danger of being condemned.The prosecutor declined to comment on how much prison time Morales could face if convicted, but did note at the defendant’s arraignment that he has no prior criminal record.Morales, who’s being held in lieu of $1 million bail, is due back in court March 8 for a readiness conference. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Man accused in Little Italy Apartment flooding held on $1million bail Posted: February 27, 2019center_img February 27, 2019 Updated: 6:54 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Savers have accessed £236 billion through pension freedoms

first_imgRetirement savers have accessed approximately £23.6 billion through pension freedoms since reforms were introduced in April 2015, according to data from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).Its Flexible payments from pensions: January 2019 report also found that the number of individuals who have received flexible payments from their pensions between the second quarter of 2018 and the fourth quarter of 2018 is 448,000. This is compared to 375,000 between the second quarter of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018, and 393,000 between the second quarter of 2016 and the first quarter of 2017. A total of 232,000 individuals received flexible payments from their pensions between the second quarter of 2015 and the first quarter of 2016.Since the introduction of pension freedoms in April 2015, more than one million individuals have accessed their pension for flexible payments. A total of 5.9 million payments have been made since April 2015.Between October and December 2018, 628,000 payments were received by 264,000 individuals, totalling £1.9 billion. This compares to 585,000 payments to 258,000 individuals in the third quarter of 2018, at a total of £1.9 billion again. From April to June 2018, 574,000 payments were made to 264,000 individuals, totalling £2.3 billion. Between January and March 2018, 500,000 payments were made to 222,000 individuals, amounting to £1.7 billion.Alex Waite, partner at LCP, said: “The latest figures show a continuation of the trend of more people choosing to withdraw their defined benefit pensions under the government’s freedom and flexibility policy. This will be the right decision for certain individuals and 2018 was yet another record year for the number of transfers.“However, at the same time, we are seeing many people having their freedoms capitalised on by fraudsters, which remains a huge concern for the pensions industry. The recently introduced ban on telephone cold-calling from the UK is a helpful start, but the scammers have moved online and overseas and more is needed to protect vulnerable people reaching retirement.“The Work and Pensions Select Committee recommended, in its report on pensions freedoms published last April, that there should be a default decumulation pathway, but the government rejected this concept. Having encouraged pension savings, through auto-enrolment, the government also needs to introduce a coherent policy regarding what happens when it is time to turn those savings into a retirement income.”The figures are based on data reported to HMRC. Individual numbers are rounded to the nearest 1,000. The yearly individual totals are lower than the sum of the quarterly individual numbers, as some have taken payments in multiple quarters.Reporting was optional up to April 2016, when it was made compulsory. For this reason, figures prior to this are not comprehensive. This may account for part of the increase in reported payments seen in the second quarter of 2016.Kay Ingram, director of public policy at LEBC, added: “We are highly concerned that those who have [accessed their pension for flexible payments], without the benefit of regulated advice, may have paid unexpected stealth taxes and will be restricted from pension saving in the future.“Given the rise in non-advised drawdown from 5% before the introduction of pension freedoms to 32% today, we would like to see a 30-day cooling off period introduced while the tax and savings consequences of flexible drawdown are made clear. People deserve the facts prior to making a decision, not after, when it is too late to reverse their decision. We very much hope the [Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA)] Retirement outcomes review will seek to rectify this with a cooling off period for non-advised consumers.”last_img read more

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Watch Sonakshi Sinha hits Akshay Kumar so hard he falls off his

first_imgSonakshi Sinha and Akshay Kumar pull off a prankInstagramA video has come up on social media that shows Sonakshi Sinha pushing Akshay Kumar so hard that he fell off from his chair during a promotional event.Before you people jump the gun, let us clarify that it was just a prank pulled off by Sonakshi and Akshay. The video shows while Akshay, along with Sonakshi and Taapsee Pannu, was talking to some people, the actress pushed him so hard that he fell on his back.While everyone including Taapsee got shocked for a second, she soon realised that it was a prank. While most of them there were trying to figure out what just happened, Taapsee clarified that the two actors had planned to do that stunt, and that is why it was getting recorded also.This clarification from Taapsee left all of them in splits. Well, this again shows the close bond that Akshay and Sonakshi share.The three actors have been busy promoting their soon to be released movie Mission Mangal that also features Vidya Balan, Sharman Joshi, Nithiya Menen, Kirti Kulhari among others.Directed by Jagan Shakti, Mission Mangal is based on true events associated with India’s one of the biggest scientific achievements in the field of space.last_img read more

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An App That Unites Sports Fans in Any City

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. December 14, 2013 Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 2 min read This story appears in the November 2013 issue of . Subscribe » When die-hard football fans find themselves in a new city, priority No. 1 is locating the place in town where the like-minded go to watch the game, drink beer and cheer. Now those displaced supporters can tap the Fanatic app to connect with others who bleed their team’s colors.”Fanatic gives them a chance to go out and find a great game-day experience, which is always more memorable than watching alone from home,” says Babak Poushanchi, the New York-based company’s founder and CEO, and a Chicago sports nut.Poushanchi’s idea for Fanatic grew from years of watching his Northwestern University Wildcats amid the raucous atmosphere at Blondies Sports bar in Manhattan. He guessed fans of other teams in a variety of sports would enjoy similar experiences at other bars.The former hedge-fund manager rounded up developers and convinced a handful of bar owners to test the system in 2012, shelling out “a few hundred thousand dollars” of his own money to get Fanatic off the ground.The result is one part Foursquare and one part Yelp. Users are rewarded for checking in to venues and for planning and sharing viewing parties for their team. Each venue is ranked based on fan activity, plans and check-ins, and the app lists the top spots for fans of dozens of teams in several sports.Fanatic launched in January and has amassed more than 10,000 users who have gathered at more than 3,000 bars, restaurants and stadiums to watch some 8,000 games. Poushanchi expects to use the momentum from this year to raise $1 million in financing to hire additional engineers and expand marketing efforts.Fans rave about the app’s social aspects. Bar owners love it for another reason: profit. Mike Garcia owns the Jersey City, N.J., bar Lucky 7 Tavern–Fanatic’s No. 1 New York-area venue for Chicago Bears fans. He says that on any given Sunday, Fanatic users account for 20 percent of his 49-seat capacity and can generate $150 to $200 in additional revenue per person.”It’s great money for me,” he says, “and all I have to do is show the games.”last_img read more

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first_imgFind more SCCT news and videos Information Technology | April 17, 2019 itnTV “Conversations”: Creating an Interoperability Strategy With Intellispace Enterprise Edition as the foundation, Philips Healthcare is connecting facilities and service areas within enterprises, while developing standards-based interoperability that preserves customers’ investments and best of breed systems.  Radiation Oncology View all 91 items Related Cardiac Sarcoidosis Content:ASNC and SNMMI Release Joint Document on Diagnosis, Treatment of Cardiac SarcoidosisNew PET-CT Scan Improves Detection in Rare Cardiac Condition25 Most Impactful Nuclear Cardiology ArticlesRecent Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging Technology Related CT Technology Content:New CT Technology Entering the MarketVIDEO: Advances in Cardiac CT Imaging — Interview with David Bluemke, M.D.Expanding Applications for Computed TomographyVIDEO: Overview of Cardiac CT Trends and 2019 SCCT Meeting Highlights —Interview with Ron Blankstein, M.D., directVIDEO: 10 Tips to Improve Cardiac CT Imaging — Interview with Quynh Truong, M.D.FFR-CT: Is It Radiology or Cardiology?VIDEO: ITN Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Technology at RSNA 2018VIDEO: Using Advanced CT to Enhance Radiation Therapy Planning — Interview with Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D.VIDEO: Tips and Tricks to Aid Cardiac CT Technologist WorkflowManaging CT Radiation DoseVIDEO: ITN Editor’s Choice of Most Innovative New Cardiac CT Technology at SCCT 2017New Developments in Cardiovascular Computed Tomography at SCCT 2017VIDEO: Role of Cardiac CT in Value-based Medicine — Leslee Shaw, Ph.D.Advances in Cardiac Imaging Technologies at RSNA 2017VIDEO: The Future of Cardiac CT in the Next Decade — Interview with Leslee Shaw, Ph.D.VIDEO: What to Consider When Comparing 64-slice to Higher Slice CT Systems — Interview with Claudio Smuclovisky, M.D.  Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Artificial Intelligence | January 15, 2019 Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2018 In Artificial Intelligence 2018: What Radiologists Need to Know About AI, ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of artificial intelligence (AI) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2018 annual meeting. Related content:Atrium Health Debuts Amazon Alexa Skill to Help Patients Access Medical CareSmart Speaker Technology Harnessed for Hospital Medical Treatments Related Enterprise Imaging Content:RSNA Technology Report 2017: Enterprise ImagingVIDEO: Building An Effective Enterprise Imaging StrategyFive Steps for Better Diagnostic Image ManagementVIDEO: Enterprise Imaging and the Digital Imaging Adoption ModelEnterprise Imaging to Account for 27 Percent of Imaging MarketVIDEO: Defining Enterprise Imaging — The HIMSS-SIIM Enterprise Imaging WorkgroupVIDEO: How to Build An Enterprise Imaging System Molecular Imaging View all 22 items Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting.  Brachytherapy Systems | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: New Alpha Emitter Brachytherapy Seeds in Development Lior Arazi, Ph.D., assistant professor at Ben-Gurion University, Israel, explains the potential benefits of a new Radium-224 brachytherapy seed technology he is helping develop. The technology uses high-dose alpha particles to kill cancer cells, but has a very short tissue penetration, so it can be placed very close to critical structures without causing collateral damage to healthy tissue. He discussed this technology in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Find more SCCT news and videos Radiation Oncology | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of a Fully Self-contained Brain Radiotherapy System Stephen Sorensen, Ph.D., DABR, chief of medical physics, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona, explains the first commercial use of the Zap-X stereotactic radio surgery (SRS) brain radiotherapy system. The system uses a capsule-like shield to surround the gantry and patient, eliminating the need for expensive room build outs requiring vaults. The goal of the system is to expand SRS brain therapy by making it easier and less expensive to acquire the treatment system. Sorensen spoke about this system in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Advanced Visualization | April 01, 2019 VIDEO: The GE iCenter Looks Toward the Future of New Technologies GE Healthcare goes beyond core equipment maintenance to help clients solve some of their most important asset and clinical performance challenges through digital solutions. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic CT Clinical Innovation Center, professor of medical physics and biomedical engineering and the 2019 president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), shares her insights on the latest advances in computed tomography (CT) imaging technology. She spoke at the 2019 AAPM meeting. She also did an interview at AAPM on her president’s theme for the 2019 meeting – VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care.Find more news and videos from AAPM. Radiation Oncology | May 13, 2019 Patient-first Innovations from Accuray at ASTRO 2018 At ASTRO 2018, Accuray showcased new patient-first innovations, including motion synchronization on Radixact, and the new CK VoLO, a fast optimizer on the CyberKnife system. Andrew Delao, senior director of marketing for Accuray, highlights the new features. Interventional Radiology | June 26, 2019 VIDEO: How Alexa Might Help During Interventional Radiology Procedures Kevin Seals, M.D., University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Health, interventional radiology fellow, is working on a research project using smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home to create a new method for accessing information on device technologies in real time in the interventional radiology (IR) lab. Operators can use the conversational voice interface to retrieve information without breaking sterile scrub. The technology uses using natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning to rapidly provide information about device sizing and compatibility in IR.Seals spoke at the 2019 Radiology AIMed conference in Chicago in June. Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. Enterprise Imaging | July 08, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 1 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison, healthcare IT consultant and Chris Roth, M.D., associate professor of radiology, vice chair, information technology and clinical informatics, and director of imaging informatics strategy at Duke University Medical Center, about how to find the right people to deploy a successful enterprise imaging strategy. Radiation Therapy | December 06, 2018 Technology Report: Patient-centered Care in Radiation Therapy Radiation therapy has become increasingly effective and safe as vendors continue to innovate technologies that benefit the patient. At ASTRO 2018, this patient-centric approach was exemplified and demonstrated not only in ways that match treatments to patients, but in how technologies can adjust to patient movement and anatomical changes, and to increase the precision of treatments. ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr showcases several new technologies that are helping to advance this field.For additional patient-centered care coverage, see:Conversations with Greg Freiherr: The Accuray PhilosophyASTRO Puts Patients First CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate research assistant in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab of the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, describes how he and fellow researchers used multiple types of cardiac imaging to evaluate the health of athletes who compete in endurance events lasting six hours or more, and what the results may suggest for future screening.Watch the VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019, an interview with AHRA President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA. Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Find more SCCT news and videos Related GE Edison Platform Content:GE Healthcare Unveils New Applications and Smart Devices Built on Edison PlatformVIDEO: itnTV Conversations — What is Edison? Cardio-oncology | March 22, 2019 VIDEO: Characterization of Cardiac Structural Changes and Function Following Radiation Therapy Magid Awadalla, MBBS, is an advanced cardiac imaging research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has been involved in an imaging study of cardiac changes from photon radiotherapy in breast cancer patients using serial cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The radiotherapy beams used to treat breast cancer pass close to the neighboring heart, which can cause cardiac cell damage leading to issues like heart failure later on. He spoke on the topic of cardio-oncology at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2019 meeting. Enterprise Imaging | March 27, 2019 VIDEO: GE Healthcare’s CCA Analytics Provides Governance for Enterprise Imaging GE Healthcare Centricity Clinical Archive (CCA) Analytics, shown at RSNA 2018, works directly with the vendor neutral archive (VNA), allowing users to evaluate clinical, financial and operational processes across the healthcare system. The analytics solution shows how all of the different components of the archive and all of the imaging sources — departments, facilities and modalities — are working across the enterprise. Technology Reports | April 01, 2018 Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2017 ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of artificial intelligence advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2017 annual meeting.  AI was by far the hottest topic in sessions and on the expo floor at RSNA 2017. Here are links to related deep learning, machine learning coverage:Why AI By Any Name Is Sweet For RadiologyValue in Radiology Takes on Added Depth at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Key Imaging Technology Trends at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Deep Learning is Key Technology Trend at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Machine Learning and the Future of RadiologyVIDEO: Expanding Role for Artificial Intelligence in Medical ImagingHow Artificial Intelligence Will Change Medical Imaging Digital Pathology | July 11, 2019 VIDEO: Integrating Digital Pathology With Radiology Toby Cornish, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor and medical director of informatics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, explains how the subspecialty of digital pathology has evolved in recent years, the benefits of integrating pathology and radiology, and how artificial intelligence (AI) may smooth the transition, at the 2019 Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting.  Related content:VIDEO: Implementation of Artificial Intelligence Tools in Radiology Practice — Interview with Lawrence Tanenbaum, M.D.VIDEO: AI That Second Reads Radiology Reports and Deals With Incidental Findings — Interview with Nina Kottler, M.D.Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence at RSNA 2018VIDEO: Implementation of Artificial Intelligence Tools in Radiology Practice Nuclear Imaging | August 24, 2017 VIDEO: PET vs. SPECT in Nuclear Cardiology and Recent Advances in Technology Prem Soman, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at the Heart and Vascular Institute, University of Pittsburgh, and president-elect of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), explained advances in PET and SPECT imaging and the learning curve involved in reading scans from the new CZT SPECT cameras. Watch the VIDEO: Trends in Nuclear Cardiology Imaging, an iknterview with David Wolinsky, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Read the related article “Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging.” Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | January 08, 2016 RSNA Technology Report 2015: MRI Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015. Below is related MRI content:RSNA Technology Report 2015: Magnetic Resonance ImagingRecent Advances in MRI TechnologySoftware Advances in MRI TechnologyAdvances in Cardiac Imaging at RSNA 2016Recent Trends and Developments in Contrast MediaComparison Chart: MRI Wide Bore Systems (chart access will require a login, but is free and only takes a minute to register)Comparison Chart: MRI Contrast Agents(chart access will require a login, but is free and only takes a minute to register)Comparison Chart: Cardiovascular MRI Analysis Software(chart access will require a login, but is free and only takes a minute to register) Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. The scanner also comes with a HeartFlow FFR-CT starter pack.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate research assistant in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab of the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, describes how he and fellow researchers used multiple types of cardiac imaging to evaluate the health of athletes who compete in endurance events lasting six hours or more, and what the results may suggest for future screening.Watch the VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019, an interview with AHRA President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA. Radiation Therapy | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Creating a Low-cost Radiotherapy System for the Developing World Paul Liu, Ph.D., post-doctoral research associate, Image X Institute at the University of Sydney, Australia, explains how his center is working on a low-cost radiation therapy system for the developing world. The Nano-X system will use a fixed linac gantry and rotate the patient around the beam. This would lighten the weight of the system, reduce the need for room shielding, and cut the number iof moving parts to lower costs and ease maintanence. Liu spoke about the project in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Radiation Therapy | February 21, 2019 VIDEO: Whole Versus Partial Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Christy Kesslering, M.D., medical director of radiation oncology at the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center, about the different radiation therapy options for breast cancer patients offered at the center.Watch the VIDEOs Advancements in Radiation Therapy for Brain Cancer and Multidisciplinary Treatment of Brain Tumors with Vinai Gondi, M.D., director of research and CNS neuro-oncology at the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center.Additional videos and coverage of Northwestern Medicine Women’s Health | March 25, 2019 VIDEO: Ultrasound Versus MRI for Imaging of the Female Pelvis Deborah Levine, M.D., professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and vice chair for academic affairs in the Department of Radiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, describes scenarios where magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) could be more useful than ultrasound in issues with the female pelvis. Related Artificial Intelligence ContentTechnology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2017VIDEO: RSNA Post-game Report on Artificial IntelligenceVIDEO: AI in Tumor Diagnostics, Treatment and Follow-upVIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Help Reduce Gadolinium Dose in MRIVIDEO: AI, Analytics and Informatics: The Future is Here Artificial Intelligence | July 12, 2019 VIDEO: The Economics of Artificial Intelligence Khan Siddiqui, M.D., founder and CEO of HOPPR, discusses the economic advantages and costs presented by artificial intelligence (AI) applications in radiology, as well as potential strategies for healthcare providers looking to add AI to their armamentarium, at the 2019 Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting. Conference Coverage View all 396 items AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Efforts to Define the Roles of Medical Physicists and Assistants for Regulators Brent Parker, Ph.D., DABR, professor of radiation physics and medical physicist at MD Anderson Cancer Center, explains how the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) is creating guidelines to better define the roles of non-physicist assistants. He said there is a lack of state regulatory oversight for medical physicists or their assistants, partly because there are no guidelines from the medical societies. AAPM has created a series of policy statements to better define these the roles and requirements for all of these positions. Parker said the goal is to give state regulators the the definitions needed to create oversight guidelines. He spoke on this topic in sessions at the AAPM 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Find more SCCT news and videos Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Nuclear Imaging | April 28, 2017 VIDEO: Trends in Nuclear Cardiology Imaging David Wolinsky, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at Cleveland Clinic Florida and past-president of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), discusses advancements in nuclear imaging and some of the issues facing the subspecialty. Nuclear Imaging | March 22, 2019 VIDEO: Utilization of PET For Evaluation of Cardiac Sarcoidosis Raza Alvi, M.D., a research fellow in radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, has been involved in a study of a positron-emission tomography (PET) FDG radiotracer agent to image sarcoidosis. The inflammatory disease affects multiple organs and usually include abnormal masses or nodules (granulomas) consisting of inflamed tissues that can form in the heart. Alvi presented on this topic at American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2019 meeting.  Find more SCCT news and videos Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 0.00%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate research assistant in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab of the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, describes how he and fellow researchers used multiple types of cardiac imaging to evaluate the health of athletes who compete in endurance events lasting six hours or more, and what the results may suggest for future screening.Watch the VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019, an interview with AHRA President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA. Technology Reports View all 9 items Clinical Decision Support | June 29, 2017 VIDEO: Clinical Decision Support Requirements for Cardiac Imaging Rami Doukky, M.D., system chair, Division of Cardiology, professor of medicine, Cook County Health and Hospitals System, Chicago, discusses the new CMS requirements for clinical decision support (CDS) appropriate use criteria (AUC) documentation in cardiac imaging starting on Jan. 1, 2018. He spoke at the 2017 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Today meeting. Read the article “CMS to Require Appropriate Use Criteria Documentation for Medical Imaging Orders.”center_img SPECT-CT | December 12, 2018 VIDEO: Walk Around of the Veriton SPECT-CT System This is a walk around of the new Spectrum Dynamics Veriton SPECT-CT nuclear imaging system introduced at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. This is a walk around of an innovative new SPECT-CT nuclear imaging system shown at the Radiological Society Of North America (RSNA) 2018 meeting this week. It’s CT system with comes in 16, 64 or 128 slice configurations. It has 12 SPECT detector robotic arms that automatically move toward the patient and use a sensor to stop a few millimeters from the skin to optimize photon counts and SPECT image quality. It also uses more sensitive CZT digital detectors, which allows either faster scan times, or use of only half the radiotracer dose of analog detector scans.Read the article “Nuclear Imaging Moves Toward Digital Detector Technology.” Read the article “Spectrum Dynamics Sues GE for Theft, Misappropriation of Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition.” Information Technology | April 15, 2019 itnTV “Conversations”: Vital Images Helps Build Infrastructure for the Future Vital Images has developed a strategy that allows its customers to capture revenues that are otherwise missed while building the infrastructure for the future. In an interview with itnTV, Vital Images executives Larry Sitka and Geoffrey Clemmons describe how the company has reconciled this vision of the future with near-term realities. Digital Radiography (DR) | October 05, 2016 Agfa Highlights its DR Solutions Agfa highlights how its digital radiography (DR) systems capture analytics data to help improve management of the radiology department, show ROI on DR investments, and explains how its image processing software works.  Read the article “The Coming Push for DR.”  Watch the video “Technology Report: DR Systems.” Artificial Intelligence | April 17, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence in Radiology — Are We Doomed? At the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI)/American College of Radiology (ACR) 2019 Symposium, Rasu Shrestha, M.D., MBA, chief strategy officer for Atrium Health, discusses his new role with Atrium, the hype cycle of artificial intelligence (AI) and the key elements of getting AI in radiology — and in healthcare — right.Read the article “Atrium Health Debuts Amazon Alexa Skill to Help Patients Access Medical Care”Listen to the podcast Is Artificial Intelligence The Doom of Radiology?, a discussion with Shrestha. AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Computed Tomography (CT) Clinical Innovation Center, professor of medical physics and biomedical engineering, and the 2019 president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), explains the “building bridges” theme of the 2019 AAPM meeting. This theme was the focus of her president’s address at the 2019 AAPM meeting. She spoke on the theme of diversity and how to break down the barriers between various minorities, male-female, religion, national origin, etc. She gave many photo examples of how we pigeon hole people into neat categories and that we often say we have equally in society, however her images showed recent images of big political summits where there are no women present, or they were the secretaries in the background. She said in medical practice, department administration and collaboration on projects, people need to be cognoscente of bias they have engrained by culture for which they may not even be aware.She showed a slide of the AAPM membership makeup by generation and said members need to keep in mind the way each generation thinks and communicates varies by their generation’s life experience and upbringing. McCollough said understanding these differences can help bridge perceived gaps in communication. Find more news and videos from AAPM. CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Radiology Imaging View all 288 items Artificial Intelligence | April 02, 2019 itnTV “Conversations:” What is Edison? At RSNA 2018, GE Healthcare formally presented Edison as the company’s new applications platform, designed to speed the delivery of precision care.  Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, University Health Network, Princess Margaret Cancer Center, Toronto, Canada, explains how her center is using machine learning to automate treatment plans. The center is one of the first to use the RayStation machine learning treatment planning system for radiation oncology. She spoke at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Related CT Calcium Scorining Content:VIDEO: New Cholesterol Guidelines Support CT Calcium Scoring for Risk Assessment — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D.CT Calcium Scoring Becoming a Key Risk Factor AssessmentACC and AHA Release Updated Cholesterol Guidelines for 2018VIDEO: CT Calcium Scoring to Screen For Who Should Take Statins — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D. Breast Imaging | April 18, 2019 VIDEO: Age, Interval and Other Considerations for Breast Screening In a keynote lecture at the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI)/American College of Radiology (ACR) 2019 Symposium, Diana Miglioretti, Ph.D., dean’s professor of biostatistics at UC Davis Health, discussed risk-stratified breast cancer screening and its potential to improve the balance of screening benefits to harms by tailoring screening intensity and modality to individual risk factors.Read the article “How Risk Stratification Might Affect Women’s Health”Read the article “FDA Proposes New Rules for Mammography Reporting and Quality Improvement”Watch the VIDEO: A Discussion on Proposed FDA Rules for Mammography Reporting CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. The scanner also comes with a HeartFlow FFR-CT starter pack.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Related GE Edison Platform Content:VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence – GE Builds AI Applications on Edison PlatformGE Healthcare Unveils New Applications and Smart Devices Built on Edison Platform Computed Tomography (CT) | January 08, 2016 RSNA Technology Report 2015: Computed Tomography Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of computed tomography (CT) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015. The video includes Freiherr during his booth tours with some of the key vendors who were featuring new technology. CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. The scanner also comes with a HeartFlow FFR-CT starter pack.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting Mahadevappa Mahesh, Ph.D., chief of medical physicist and professor of radiology and medical physics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and treasurer of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), explains some of the trends in medical physics and new features of the AAPM 2019 meeting. Watch the related VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care — Interview with AAPM President Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., at the 2019 AAPM meeting. Interventional Radiology | October 19, 2018 VIDEO: Y90 Embolization of Liver Cancer at Henry Ford Hospital Scott Schwartz, M.D., interventional radiologist and program director for IR residencies and the vascular and interventional radiology fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital, explains how the department uses Yttrium-90 (Y90) embolization therapy to treat liver cancer.Find more content on Henry Ford Hospital Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner Find more SCCT news and videos Sponsored Videos View all 142 items Recent Videos View all 606 items Find more news and videos from AAPM. CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Nuclear Imaging | August 24, 2017 VIDEO: Implementing CZT SPECT Cardiac Protocols to Reduce Radiation Dose Randy Thompson, M.D., attending cardiologist, St. Luke’s Mid-America Heart Institute, Kansas City, explains protocols and what to consider when working with the newer generation CZT-SPECT camera systems for nuclear cardiology. He spoke during the 2017 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Today technology update meeting. Watch the related VIDEO “PET vs. SPECT in Nuclear Cardiology and Recent Advances in Technology.” Read the related articles “Managing Dose in PET and SPECT Myocardial Perfusion Imaging,”  and “Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging.” Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Artificial Intelligence | March 28, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence – GE Builds AI Applications on Edison Platform GE launched a new brand that covers artificial intelligence (AI) at the Radiological Socoety of North American (RSNA) 2018 meeting. The company showed several works-in-progress, including a critical care suite of algorithms and experimental applications for brain MR. Each is being built on GE’s Edison Platform. Enterprise Imaging | January 14, 2019 Technology Report: Enterprise Imaging 2018 In Enterprise Imaging 2018: Balancing Strategy and Technology in Enterprise Imaging, ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of enterprise imaging advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2018 annual meeting. Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. Related Articles on Y-90 Radiotherapy:Current Advances in Targeted Radionuclide TherapyA Look Ahead in Targeted Radionuclide TherapyRadioactive Bead Therapy Now Used for Head, Neck TumorsNCCN Guidelines Recommend Y-90 Microspheres for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Treatment Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting.  Radiology Business | May 03, 2017 VIDEO: MACRA’s Impact on Cardiology Kim A. Williams, Sr., M.D., chief of cardiology at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago and former president of both the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), explains the impact of healthcare reform on cardiology and specifically on nuclear perfusion imaging.  Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting.  Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Related content:itnTV “Conversations”: The Accuray Philosophy Digital Radiography (DR) | October 05, 2016 Technology Report: Digital Radiography Systems Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of digital radiography (DR) advances at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2016 meeting. Read the article “The Coming Push for DR.”  Watch a technology report sidebar video on new DR Systems technology. Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. RSNA | April 03, 2019 VIDEO: Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Technology at RSNA 2018 ITN Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the most interesting new medical imaging technologies displayed on the expo floor at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. The video includes new technologies for fetal ultrasound, CT, MRI, mobile DR X-ray, a new generation of fluoroscopy systems, MRI contrast mapping to better identify tumors, and a new technique to create moving X-ray images from standard DR imaging.Watch the related VIDEO: Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Artificial Intelligence Technologies at RSNA 2018. This inlcudes a tour of some of the recently FDA-cleared AI technologies for medical imaging at RSNA 2018.  Enterprise Imaging | July 09, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 2 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison, healthcare IT consultant and Chris Roth, M.D., associate professor of radiology, vice chair, information technology and clinical informatics, and director of imaging informatics strategy at Duke University Medical Center, about how to find the right people to deploy a successful enterprise imaging strategy.Watch part 1 of the interview at the 2019 Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) conference. Related CT Calcium Scorining Content:VIDEO: New Cholesterol Guidelines Support CT Calcium Scoring for Risk Assessment — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D.CT Calcium Scoring Becoming a Key Risk Factor AssessmentACC and AHA Release Updated Cholesterol Guidelines for 2018VIDEO: CT Calcium Scoring to Screen For Who Should Take Statins — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D. Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, interventional radiologist at Texas Children’s Hospital, editor of IR Quarterly for the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and on the Board of Directors for the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, explained how artificial intelligence (AI) can assist in pediatric imaging and the pitfalls of training AI systems. He spoke at the 2019 Radiology AIMed conference. Deep learning algorithms require large amounts of patient case data to train the systems to read medical images automatically without human intervention. However, in pediatrics, there are often much lower numbers of normal and abnormal scans that can be used compared to vast amounts of adult exams available. This makes it difficult to train systems, so AI developers are coming up with innovative new ways to train their software. Compounding issues with training pediatric imaging AI is that the normal ranges change very quickly for young children due to their rapid development. He explained what is normal for a 2-year-old may not be normal for a 5-year-old.Desai and other pediatric physicians who spoke at the conference said AI could have a big impact on pediatric imaging where there are not enough specialists for the increasing image volumes. CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. The scanner also comes with a HeartFlow FFR-CT starter pack.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. Women’s Health View all 62 items Mammography | April 15, 2019 VIDEO: A Discussion on Proposed FDA Rules for Mammography Reporting Wendie Berg, M.D., Ph.D., FACR, chief scientific advisor to DenseBreast-info.org and professor of radiology at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine/Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC, spoke with ITN Editorial Director Melinda Taschetta-Millane about some of the proposed amendments to the language being used for mammography reporting and quality improvement.Read the article “FDA Proposes New Rules for Mammography Reporting and Quality Improvement” Related CT Calcium Scorining Content:VIDEO: New Cholesterol Guidelines Support CT Calcium Scoring for Risk Assessment — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D.CT Calcium Scoring Becoming a Key Risk Factor AssessmentACC and AHA Release Updated Cholesterol Guidelines for 2018VIDEO: CT Calcium Scoring to Screen For Who Should Take Statins — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D. Enterprise Imaging | April 26, 2019 VIDEO: A Transformative Approach to Reducing Cost and Complexity at CarolinaEast Health System CarolinaEast Health System, an award-winning health system in New Bern, N.C., was one of the first to collaborate with Philips to implement IntelliSpace Enterprise Edition, a comprehensive managed service. Watch the video to see how we collaborated together to streamline workflows and improve interoperability for better care.Watch the related editorial interview VIDEO: Streamlining PACS Administration — Interview with Mike Ciancio, imaging systems administrator at CarolinaEast Health System. Artificial Intelligence | March 13, 2019 VIDEO: How iCad Uses AI to Speed Breast Tomosynthesis At RSNA 2018, iCad showed how its ProFound AI for digital breast tomosynthesis technology might help in the interpretation of tomosynthesis exams. Rodney Hawkins, vice president of marketing for iCad, discusses how this technology can better help detect the cancer.Related content:Artificial Intelligence 2018: What Radiologists Need to Know About AIRSNA 2018 Sunday – Improving, Not Replacing Find more news and videos from AAPM. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, University Health Network, Princess Margaret Cancer Center, Toronto, Canada, explains how her center is using machine learning to automate treatment plans. The center is one of the first to use the RayStation machine learning treatment planning system for radiation oncology. She spoke at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Information Technology View all 220 items last_img read more

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first_imgYes, human excrement can leak from airplanes, and it may have just happened (again) in India Monday, January 22, 2018 Tags: WTF HARYANA, INDIA — People say it’s good luck when they’re unexpectedly hit by bird poop. But can the same be said for frozen balls of airline poo that fall from the sky?Indian officials are saying that an icy ball that fell on the village of Fazilpur Badli in the northern state of Haryana is actually frozen human waste that dropped from a plane overhead. The 25-pound poop ball landed with a thud on Saturday morning, startling residents and leading some to believe it was an extra-terrestrial object.A sample was sent for chemical analysis, though officials already strongly suspect that it is frozen airline excrement.The 25-pound poop ball. Credit: Gurgaon PoliceHuman waste on planes is stored in special tanks and is disposed of once the plane has landed. But according to international aviation authorities, leaks can sometimes occur mid-flight. When that happens, sub-zero temperatures outside cause the liquid to immediately freeze.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsIn December 2016, an Indian court ruled that airlines in India would be fined if planes release human waste from toilets in the air. The ruling came nearly a year after a woman in central Madhya Pradesh was hit by a football-sized chunk of ice that crashed through the roof of her house. Local media reported that she may have been hit by frozen airline waste. Sharecenter_img Posted by Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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first_imgInsider Journeys and Laos turn on charm for Prime Minister Turnbull Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull receiving a Lao textile piece from Insider Journeys Laos guide KhamphouviengInsider Journeys and Laos turn on charm for Prime Minister TurnbullInternational leaders were in Laos for the 10-nation Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) regional summit meetings, where attendees included the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and US President Barack Obama.Following the summit, Asia travel specialists Insider Journeys hosted Prime Minister Turnbull to a tour of Wat Sistaket, along with media and photographers, guided by Insider Journeys Laos guide Khamphouvieng.Situated near the Presidential Palace in Vientiane, Wat Sistaket, the oldest Buddhist monastery in Laos, is famous as the home of more than 6,800 tiny Buddha images and wood, stone and bronze seated Buddhas, dating from the 16th-19th century.In addition to the famous Wat visited by the PM, highlights in Laos include two UNESCO listed sites: Luang Prabang town and Vat Phou and Associated Ancient Settlements within the Champasak Cultural Landscape.Insider Journeys’ Regional General Manager – Cambodia & Laos, Antony Giblin, said the company was thrilled to be able to share a famous site in Laos with the Prime Minister.“As an Australian company in Laos, Insider Journeys was delighted to share with the Prime Minister a highlight of this beautiful country,” says Giblin.“Insider Journeys has a rich history of organising inspiring small group and private holiday experiences in Laos. It was a privilege on this occasion to be able to present our brand and to escort the Prime Minister of Australia on his short visit to Wat Sisaket. We hope that he comes back to Laos for a fully-fledged holiday.“Insider Journeys’ involvement in Laos has resulted in direct and indirect investment in the local economy of tens of millions of dollars over almost 20 years,” explains Giblin.“The company has a history of working responsibly in Asia, and in Laos alone has supported a number of charities and NGO efforts over many years. A sizeable donation was made earlier this year to Friends International, which trains marginalised youth in Vientiane in hospitality and other skills.“Importantly, our investment and impact is not just in the main towns. Many of our tours go to the provinces, where the spend of tourism dollars is most needed and beneficial. This aligns with our responsible travel policy, which includes references to responsible investing.”SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, recently announced it will launch services from Singapore to Vientiane and Luang Prabang in Laos, from November 2016, making the destination more accessible to Australians wishing to travel there.ToursInsider Journeys offers three standalone Laos small group journey itineraries, as well as a number of Indochina cross-border trips that include Vietnam and Cambodia. The new flights into Laos by SilkAir are ideal for the 6 day Highlights of Laos, 19 day Indochina Explorer and 15 day Vietnam & Laos Explorer small group journey itineraries. Insider Journeys Source = Insider Journeyslast_img read more

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first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday unveiled their new menu of food items at University of Phoenix Stadium for the 2018 season. And it includes plenty of new options.The headliner is clearly the Gridiron Burger Challenge where, for $75, fans take on a seven-pound “burger” made up of five 1/3 pound patties, five hot dogs, five brats, 20 slices of cheese, eight pieces of bacon, eight chicken tenders and 12 ounces of fries. Then, just to make sure they get their vegetables, lettuce, pickles and tomatoes are piled onto the 10-inch bun as well. As if that wasn’t enough, it’s covered in tanker sauce. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling – Taco-dilla ($15) – a cheese quesadilla cut in fourths and topped with four tacos that are either red chile beef or pollo asada.– Spiked Seltzer ($9) – Cape Cod Cranberry or Indian River Grapefruit flavors.– Sausage ($7) – Italian sausage served with sauteed peppers and onions. Smoked and hot varieties are available too.– Baked Potato ($8) – loaded with red chile beef or pollo asada, along with butter, sour cream, chives and shredded cheese. – / 15 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo If a fan can somehow eat the whole thing in under an hour, they get a free jersey and their picture goes on the scoreboard. According to chef Sean Kavanaugh, no one behind the scenes has been able to do it yet.The Gridiron Burger joins smaller, more familiar selections like the Cardiac Cards Dog ($14) and Fire Dog ($6), in addition to a number of Family Fan Value Packs. The Cardiac Cards Dog is made up a of a foot-long all beef hot dog wrapped in a Smash Burger patty and then wrapped again in maple peppered bacon. Cotija cheese, pico de gallo and roasted Poblano Queso are all thrown on top, too.Related LinksCards camp notebook: QB Sam Bradford ready for preseason footballCardinals place A.Q. Shipley on IR with torn ACLCorey Peters: Cardinals’ Mason Cole ‘has physical talent’ to start at centerThe Fire Dog is a little more simple. Relatively, at least. Nacho cheese, Flaming Hot Cheetos and jalapenos are all piled on to an all-beef hot dog.Other new items on the menu for 2018 include:– Gridzilla Burger ($22) – essentially a smaller version of the Gridiron Burger.– Dirty Fry Bird ($21) – a pound of fries covered with queso, pico, jalapenos … and six fried chicken legs.– Churro Donut Sundae ($11) – vanilla and chocolate ice cream topped with a hot churro donut and served in a waffle cone cup with caramel and chocolate syrup poured over the whole thing. Top Stories 24 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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