James Cromwell Honored With PETAs Hero To Animals Award

first_imgLast week, at the height of awards season, film and television icon James Cromwell received PETA’s annual Hero to Animals Award for his lifetime of activism at a special dinner at Sublime Restaurant & Bar in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.James Cromwell Honored By PETA“We’re honoring James Cromwell for his unerring social activism for animals,” said PETA Honorary Director Nanci Alexander, who owns the all-vegan eatery. “He offers a strong and clear voice of freedom for captive marine mammals, cats and primates held in laboratory cages, and pigs who are abused and slaughtered for food. His kindness to all beings, great and small, makes the world a better place.”The vegan, outspoken Babe and American Horror Story star has teamed up with PETA to take over SeaWorld’s “Orca Encounter” show, narrated gripping exposés of cruelty in the horse-racing and pig factory farming industries, and marched against experiments on cats at the University of Wisconsin and monkey shipments by Air France.last_img read more

UPDATED Load restrictions on Peace Region roads going in to effect this

first_img75% Legal Axle LoadingBeatton River Airport Rd, from Alaska Hwy 97N north to end of roadBeryl Prairie Road 715R from intersection with Canyon Drive to Beryl Prairie Road 118Beryl Prairie Road 118 from intersection with Beryl Prairie Road 715R  to the endBuick Creek Road 154Cypress Creek Road 187Farrell Creek Road 115, from intersection with Hwy 29N to Harasymyk RoadGraham River Road 123Milligan Creek Road 137 from North Pine 259 to PeejayMontney Highway Rd 254 from Alaska Hwy 97N east to 281 RdMontney Highway Rd 281 from 254 Rd north to 256 RdMontney Highway Rd 256 from 281 Rd east to Prespatou Rd 275Road 265A (100th Street) from 85th Avenue south to Mason Road 240Rose Prairie Road 101 from Road 260 north to Prespatou Road 193Siphon Creek Road 184Schwalm Road 106 from intersection with Cassidy Road 238U to the endTank Farm Road 249 from Baldonnel Road to intersection with Cassidy Road 238UUpper Halfway Road 117, from km 54.1 to the endBackroad Road 206M (from Pederson Road 215 east to Berry Road 213A)Berry Road 213A (from Pederson Road 206M to Road 206D)Bessbourough Road 212 (from Highway 97 west to Mason/Semple Road 237)Briar Ridge Road 4 (from Highway 2 to Highway 49)Braden Road 22 (from Highway 97S to Highway 97N)Burbee Road 12D (from Jackfish Road 12, east for 300m)Jackfish Lake Road 12 (from Burbee Road 12D to Boysen Road 69A)Old Alaska Highway Road 64 (from Highway 97N (north end) to Triangle Road 25) Old Alaska Highway Road 64 (from intersection with 97N (South end) to km 3.7)One Island Lake Road 18 (from Highway 52E to Km 20.8)Pederson Road 215 (from Highway 2 to Backroad Road 206M)Pulp Mill Road 1A (from Highway 97S to West Coast Pipeline)Triangle Rd 25 (from Old Alaska Highway Road 64 to West Coast Road 235)100% Legal Axle Loading103A Airport Road from Underpass Road 255 to Swanson Lumber Road 25985th Avenue (Holloway Road # 240A) from Old Fort Road to 100th Street240 Crossover Rd from 269 to Old Fort RdBaldonnel 107 Rd from Und! erpass 255 Rd to Tank Farm 249 RdBeatton/ Montney Road 271, from Highway 97 north to Montney Highway 254Cecil Lake Road 103 from intersection with Rose Prairie Road 101 to Alberta borderCanyon Drive 520R, from intersection with Highway 29N to W.A.C. Bennett DamClayhurst Road 111 from Cecil Lake Road 103 south for 19.7 km to intersection with Ferry Road 110.Doig Road 188East Bypass Road 146, from the Fort St John city limits to the Rose Prairie 101 Rd.Ferry Road 110 from the intersection with Clayhurst Road 111 south 10.5 km to the Moose Mouth Bridge.Fort Nelson Airport Connector Road 504AGrandhaven Road 242, from Alaska Highway 97 to Riverview Road 269Montney Highway Rd 256 from Prespatou Rd 275 to Rose Prairie Rd 101Montney South Road 121 from Rose Prairie Road 101 west and north to Beatton/ Montney Road 271North Pine Road 259, from Road 260 to Milligan Creek Road 137Old Fort Road 148 from Alaska Highway 97 south to Howe PitPrespatou Road 193, from Montney Highway 256 north to Triad Road 169A/ Mile 30 Road 169Riverview Road 269, from Alaska Highway 97 south to end of public roadRose Prairie Road 101 from Fort St John city limits to intersection with Road 260Sikanni Chief Road 517Swanson Lumber Road 259, from the Fort St John city limits to the intersection with the Airport Road 103AToews Road 246Underpass Road 255, from Alaska Highway 97 to Road 103AUpper Halfway Road 117, from Alaska Highway 97 to km 54.1Wilson Road 260A, from Rose Prairie Road 101 to Road 259West Bypass Road 145, from the Fort St John city limits to Rose Prairie Road 101Bessbourough Road 212 (from Highway 97 west to Mason/Semple Road 237)Cosins Road 213C (from Highway 49 north for 400m)Dangerous Goods Route Road 94East Arras Road 41A (from intersection of 97S to Pumphouse Access Road 208C)Fabric 84 Road (from highway 97S to end)Hasler Road 26Imperial Accesss Road 210 (from Washington Road 221 east to North Rolla Road 219)Jackfish Lake Road 12 (from Highway 29N to Burbee Road)Johnson Road 232C (from Highway 97 east for 1.8km)Lowe Road 200LMagusin Road 245W (from Highway 97N south to the bridge just south of Parkland Road 7)Mason/Semple Road 237McQueens Road 210 ! (from North Rolla Road 219 east to Rolla Road 3)Old Alaska Highway Road 64 (from Highway 97N (north end) to Triangle Road 25)Old Alaska Highway Road 64 (from intersection with 97N (South end) to km 3.7)Pumphouse Access Road 208CRanson Road 33Rolla Road 3Sweetwater Road 6 (from North Rolla Road 219 to Rolla Road 3)Washington Road 221 (from Highway 97 to Imperial Access Road 210The following permanent restrictions are in effect year round:50% Legal Axle LoadingMile 30 Road 169 from Kvile Rd 169C West to the Beatton River Rd 151Triad Road 169A from Reimer Rd 171 East to the end of the right of wayOld Fort Rd 148 from Howe Pit to the Old Fort Loop 616BFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Officials with the B.C. Ministry of Transportation are warning motorists in Northeast B.C. to be prepared for upcoming load restrictions on area roads.Peace District Transportation Manager Katherine Styba issued a statement saying that load restrictions may be placed on all highways in the South Peace, North Peace and Fort Nelson areas in the near future with short notice. The possible restrictions will limit vehicles to 100 percent, 75 percent, 70 percent, or 50 percent of legal axle loading, as allowed under the Commercial Transport Act Regulations. UPDATE: The Ministry of Transportation says that load restrictions will be put in place on the following routes effective Sunday, March 18th at 10:00 a.m. The load restrictions will be in place daily between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.All Provincial Numbered Routes, paved or gravel – 100% Legal Axle LoadingAll Provincial Side Roads, paved or gravel – 70% Legal Axle Loading except as listed below: The Peace River Regional District said that overweight permits will not be granted, and all term overweight permits will be invalid for the duration of the restrictions.At present time, the only load restriction in effect is on the Northleaf SYD Road from kilometre marker 8.4 to kilometre 188. Loads will be restricted to 75 percent of legal axle loading from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 100 percent legal axle loading is still permitted from 10:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m.last_img read more

Agadir First Englishbased Moroccan School Opens

Marrakech-  Following the advice of the Minister of Higher Education Lahcen Daoudi, the Moroccan School in Agadir has adopted English as its language of instruction. This is the first school using Moroccan and a Anglo-Saxon school program in English. Classes for the primary school are in session for the 2014-2015 academic year.The school’s Director of Academic Affairs, Fatima Iffsate, began working on the project 3 years ago. The school opened at the same time as the launch of the international baccalaureate in Morocco. The school’s goal is to strengthen the local education infrastructure by introducing new technologies and techniques that meet international standards and enable students to find high-level employment in line with their academic achievements, in order to prepare them as a capable future generation.As reported by Medias24, The Moroccan School in Agadir has high quality facilities. Its building has five stories and is 9,500 sq meters. There are interactive white boards in all classrooms and an intranet system so that teachers can communicate with each other, the administration, and students’ parents. The school has an innovative approach with a music room, theater, art gallery, library, sports ground, and a prayer room.The school is located on Boulevard Mohammed V in Agadir. It services students aged between 3 to 11. There are 70 teachers on faculty, half of whom are native English speakers. This enables the school to fulfill its educational mission while forging its own identity.The Moroccan School also plans to open a college for students to earn a bachelor’s degree. It plans to initiate partnerships up with international universities in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.Morocco is currently seeing its private education system open up to foreign languages (including English) and partnerships with overseas universities to allow Moroccan students to achieve internationally recognized degrees. read more

Study says fintech startups vulnerable to web or mobile app attacks

Financial technology startups like to boast that they are more nimble than their counterparts in the traditional banking world. But if a test of their websites and mobile apps by a cybersecurity vendor is accurate, the startups aren’t necessarily better at protecting their applications. The study released this week by ImmuniWeb is a follow-up to an identical one released last month that tested the websites and mobile apps of the world’s biggest financial institutions against the free version of the vendor’s tools. The tests scored external web applications, APIs and mobile apps for SSL security, website security, mobile app security and phishing of 100 fintech startups around the world. A server starts with a score of 100, and then points were deducted for problems — for example, for not complying with PCI, HIPAA or NIST guidelines. Other experts and vendors might have scored or measured sites and applications differently, resulting in different rankings. Among the ImmuniWeb findings: All of the companies had security, privacy and compliance issues related to abandoned or forgotten web applications, APIs and subdomains Eight main websites and 64 subdomains of the companies had at least one publicly disclosed and exploitable security vulnerability of a medium or high-risk The most popular website vulnerabilities were XSS (Cross-Site Scripting, as described by the Online Web Application Security Project (OWASP) A7), Sensitive Data Exposure (OWASP A3) and Security Misconfiguration (OWASP A6) The oldest unpatched security vulnerability was CVE-2012-6708 impacting jQuery 1.7.2 being publicly known since 2012 All of the mobile applications tested contained at least one security vulnerability of a medium risk, 97 per cent had at least two medium or high-risk vulnerabilities 56 per cent of mobile app backends (REST/SOAP APIs) have serious misconfigurations or privacy issues related to SSL/TLS configuration and insufficient web server security hardening In addition, 62 per cent of the companies failed the Payment Card Industry DSS compliance test even for their main website, while 64 per cent of the companies failed ImmuniWeb’s test for compliance with rules for the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on their main website. By ImmuniWeb’s scoring, banks were better than fintechs in only three out of 17 categories. However, that may not be saying much. For example, only nine per cent of the main websites of fintechs had the highest “A+” grades, compared to four per cent of banks tested. “At first glance, the fintech industry is doing comparatively better,” noted ImmuniWeb CEO Ilya Kolochenko. “However, if we correlate the quantity and complexity of managed IT systems per organization, the conclusion may unequivocally differ in a favour of the banks. Nonetheless, the numbers from the research positively emphasize a decent level of cybersecurity amid the fintech companies, evidencing commitment and care. “The research emphasizes spiraling cybersecurity challenges faced both by dynamic fintech companies and well-established financial institutions.” This section is powered by IT World Canada. ITWC covers the enterprise IT spectrum, providing news and information for IT professionals aiming to succeed in the Canadian market. read more

UN police arrest suspects in last years murder of Kosovo Albanian family

The arrests “resulted from investigations ongoing since the attack on 20 August 2001,” UNMIK Officer Paul Hamlin told reporters on Saturday, referring to the crime against the Hajra family which resulted in the deaths of Mr. Hajra, his wife and three of his four children. “We believe we have found those responsible,” he added.UNMIK police arrested eight men, including three members of the Kosovo Protection Corps. All those arrested are now in detention and will be processed through the judicial system, according to Mr. Hamlin, who said follow-on searches were continuing in a number of locations.

Pressure fueling Buckeyes fire on wrestling mat

Colt Sponseller feels the pressure from all angles. At 165 pounds he earned his 18th win on the season in a 4-2 decision over Dan Vallimont of Penn State.Sponseller is a three-time Ohio High School Division II State Champion as well as National High School Seniors Wrestling Champion.However, this season Sponseller and coach Tom Ryan have their eyes on a bigger prize. “Colt Sponseller holds the key to the national title for the Buckeyes,” Ryan said.That’s a tremendous amount of pressure, but Ryan knows that he can handle it. So far, Sponseller is taking it in stride.“The pressure motivates me more than I already am and motivates me to work that much harder,” Sponseller said.  After the Buckeyes defeated Penn State in a 21-14 decision Sunday, the team received a day off. Sponseller doesn’t take days off. He hit the gym for his usual workout, which came as no surprise to Ryan.Ryan noted that Sponseller was a frequent participant in optional summer workouts, and that he fills the gym with electricity.    Sponseller was hesitant to say he motivates other guys on the team. He doesn’t go out there trying to motivate others, but it seems hard not to be motivated by his work ethic and determination.    “He is a true warrior,” Ryan said. “He loves to train and truly embraces hard work.”As the Buckeyes enter their Big Ten schedule, the training really begins.Sponseller says he is pushing himself to clean up the little things, such as his mentality. “I’m focusing on my mental game, going in to the Big Ten and Nationals having a good confidence level and knowing I can beat anyone,” Sponseller said.Ryan asserts that Sponseller’s mentality is right up there with his strength of training.“His heart is his greatest asset,” Ryan said.      Sponseller’s strength and mentality are constantly challenging him to live up to his full ability, a value Ryan coaches every day. Sponseller has no problem with nerves, although someone very close to him does.At any given match as Sponseller takes to the mat, a whistling can be heard resounding through the crowd. That whistle is his mother, Sue Sponseller.“I tend to block it out now,” Sponseller said. “It’s been going on for about 16 years. I know she’s there because I can hear it, but it certainly doesn’t bother me.” Sponseller calls it his mother’s nervous habit. He imagines she is more nervous than him.Not only is Sponseller working toward a national title, but he is well on his way to beating the team records he set last season. Sponseller holds the team record for most wins, 28, most takedowns, 132, and most technical falls, five. He and the Buckeyes will wrestle at Purdue and Indiana Jan. 29 and Jan. 31, respectively. read more

CARICOM pursuing regional customs document for harmonised trade

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCOTED meeting urges partnerships with private sector to support region’s economic growthNovember 18, 2016In “Regional”CARICOM SG calls for full CSME implementation at COTED meetingMay 16, 2018In “latest news”The Integration Movement is not a total failure – Former T&T PM tells GMSA DinnerMarch 7, 2014In “Opinion” A proposed regional Single Administrative Document (SAD) for CARIFORUM countries is currently under consideration by regional Customs Administrations at the Secretariat of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)CARICOM’s Assistant Secretary-General, Trade & Economic Integration, Joseph CoxThe document will address the critical need to adopt harmonised approaches for conducting trade across borders. The three-day meeting opened today and will engage officials of regional Customs Administrations.According to a DPI release, CARICOM’s Assistant Secretary-General, Trade & Economic Integration, Joseph Cox said that as the trading environment continues to evolve, and the Caribbean Community seeks to deepen the integration process, trade facilitation has shifted to a higher level of priority on the regional trade agenda.“In keeping with the Community’s vision of full economic integration and keeping with our obligations under the European Partnership Agreement, there is a critical need to adopt harmonised approaches for conducting trade across borders,” Cox told the meeting.Assisting in the process, the CARICOM Secretariat has already assessed the state of readiness of Member States customs’ administrations.  The Report of a Study recommended that a common document be developed, for which the Secretariat began work to develop a SAD in 2010.This effort led to a draft SAD of 48 information fields being developed but following several setbacks and non-interest at times by the Member States, the Secretariat said it is now pleased to witness the completion of this journey.“The Secretariat’s focus through the Customs Committee has always been one of keeping track of the challenges being experienced by the Member States and mobilising resources to target such challenges. Our encounters with regional customs authorities suggest that non-compliance among traders to declare true and correct values is the single biggest cause of revenue leakage,” the assistant Secretary-General said.According to Cox, as the trading environment continues to evolve, and as the Community seeks to deepen the integration process, trade facilitation has shifted to a higher level of priority on the regional trade agenda.The Community, he said, has taken its cue from the “going-into-effect” of the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (FTA), for which Member States are finalising their category B and C commitments.He said the Community’s approval of model Harmonised Customs Bill and Regulations in September 2016, and advanced work in developing a CARICOM Customs Procedure Manual, along with the signing last month of a Memorandum of Understanding with the World Customs Organisation, CARICOM and by extension CARIFORUM, have opened doors for the future landscape of trade.The workshop will conclude on Thursday. read more

Be careful of near misses with drone and UAV flights for exploration

first_imgAhead of the article on drones and UAVs in mineral exploration and surveying (International Mining, April issue), details have emerged of a near-miss between an Ayres S2R aircraft flying crop spraying on a property about 37 km south-southwest of Horsham aerodrome, Victoria, Australia and a UAV flying over the Iluka Echo mine site to conduct an aerial photography survey of the site. The aircraft pilot only became aware of the danger he was in after he had landed and was informed of the near-miss.An Australian Transport Safety Board (ATSB) report says “this incident highlights the challenges associated with having a diverse mix of aircraft operating in the same airspace and the need for all pilots and operators to remain vigilant and employ see-and-avoid principles. The operator of the UAV reported that due to a small frontal area, a UAV may be difficult to see and therefore a potential for conflict exists, in particular with manned aircraft operating below 400 ft (122 m) AGL.“Where other aircraft may be operating in the same airspace without radios, separation is limited to see-and-avoid principles. The limitations of unalerted see-and-avoid have been detailed in the ATSB’s research report Limitations of the See-and-Avoid Principle. The report highlights that unalerted see-and-avoid relies entirely on the pilot’s ability to sight other aircraft. Broadcasting on the correct frequency is known as radio-alerted see-and-avoid, and assists by supporting a pilot’s visual lookout for traffic.“Prior to commencing UAV operations, direct communication with the pilots of other aircraft in the area may increase awareness and assist in preventing similar incidents from occurring. If the pilot of a manned aircraft communicates their intentions to operate in the same airspace as a UAV, the UAV operator may be able to land the UAV or take action to avoid potential conflict. The report is available at www.atsb.gov.au/publications/2009/see-and-avoid.aspx.last_img read more

European Commission to publish proposal on closing more corporate tax loopholes

first_imgTHE EUROPEAN COMMISSION will today publish a report aimed at clamping down on corporate tax avoidance.The proposal will amend the Parent/Subsidiary Directive, adopted in 1990 and which was originally intended to allow companies operating across different member states to avoid double taxation.However, this created a loophole which has resulted in some companies being able to avoid paying tax completely.The Commission is to propose the introduction of a “common anti-abuse rule”, allowing companies to be taxed on the “basis of real economic substance” and to ignore artificial arrangements.It also plans to amend the Directive to close loopholes and tighten up tax exemption regulations.The measures today are part of a wide range of plans announced last December by the Commission aimed at tackling the issue of the tax evasion in the European Union.Read: VAT receipts down for tenth month in a row >Explainer: How do Irish companies legally avoid paying billions in corporate tax? >last_img read more

The way we treat asylum seekers says a lot about us as

first_imgPROPOSALS TO REFORM the system of direct provision for asylum seekers could be presented to Cabinet in September, Junior Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has said.He said that it’s a “key area where we have to get reform in”.Speaking to RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke, Ó Ríordáin said that Taoiseach Enda Kenny has requested for an update on these reforms by the first Cabinet meeting.Ó Ríordáin intends to set up a working group with a ‘range of people with great expertise’ from areas such as health, education, and justice, and to look at potential legislation in the area.He was speaking to the programme during a visit to a direct provision centre in Dublin 2, and described the conditions there.Eight yearsHe noted that construction work is being carried out to improve conditions, but that he came across a family of four who were living in a single room, and a boy who had been in the centre for eight years.Speaking of these long waits for asylum applications to be processed, he described them as “intolerable”.“We want to live in a country that treats everyone with respect”, Ó Ríordáin said. The way we treat asylum seekers and people in the system says a lot about us as a country.“There is a balancing act between having a system that doesn’t encourage people to come into the State, but that also treats people with respect.”Ó Ríordáin was appointed as Minister of State with special responsibility for Equality, New Communities and Culture in the recent Cabinet reshuffle.Ireland faced criticism from the United Nations last week on the issue of direct provision. Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said that measures are due to be brought in that will “substantially simplify and streamline the existing arrangements”, leading to reduced waiting times.Read: ‘None of us can stand over it, it’s just not acceptable’ >Opinion: Ireland warehouses asylum-seekers, institutionalises them and leaves them in limbo >last_img read more

Des microalgues pour fabriquer du biopétrole

first_imgDes micro-algues pour fabriquer du biopétroleLes chercheurs de Bio Fuel Systems (BFS) travaillent actuellement sur un projet de biopétrole à base de micro-algues. Les végétaux en question s’alimentent du gaz carbonique rejeté par une cimenterie.La structure mise en place par Bio Fuel Systems (BFS) ressemble à une forêt de tubes remplis de millions de micro-algues. Les bâtiments sont situés sur une plaine de la région d’Alicante au sud-est de l’Espagne. Il s’agit là d’un concept sur lequel travaillent depuis cinq ans des chercheurs espagnols et français. Si le prototype est encore considéré comme expérimental, il pourrait fournir l’énergie de demain : le biopétrole.À lire aussiAustralie : un lac vire soudainement au rose en plein MelbourneLe principe consiste à acheminer via un pipeline le dioxyde de carbone rejeté par une cimenterie non loin de la structure. En même temps que l’air est dépollué, le gaz recueilli alimente en énergie les micro-algues afin qu’elles puissent quotidiennement se multiplier. Ces végétaux, issus d’une dizaine de souches, ont été prélevés en Méditerranée et en Atlantique. Tous les jours, les 400 tubes sont vidés d’une partie de leur liquide. Celui-ci est filtré, pour obtenir une biomasse à la base du biopétrole. L’eau restante est remise dans les tubes.Une unité pourrait produire plus d’un million de barils par jourLe protocole a été mis en place dans l’objectif de reproduire en accéléré le processus de formation du pétrole. Eloy Chapuli, ingénieur, explique à l’AFP : “Nous essayons de simuler les conditions qui existaient il y a des millions d’années, quand le phytoplancton s’est transformé en pétrole. De cette façon, nous obtenons un pétrole équivalent au pétrole actuel”. Selon M. Stroïazzo-Mougin président et fondateur de BFS, une unité de 50 kilomètres carrés serait capable de produire environ 1 million 250.000 barils par jour. La société assure que les barils pourront être vendus à un prix compétitif grâce à la vente de produits dérivés obtenus à partir de la biomasse. Cependant l’idée est utopique et le pétrole produit devra attendre quelques temps avant d’être commercialisé. “Il nous faudra entre cinq et dix ans de plus pour passer à une production industrielle”, confirme M. Stroïazzo-Mougin. Pour l’heure, d’autres entreprises se sont lancées dans d’ambitieux projets. C’est le cas de Vattenfall, groupe d’énergie public suédois qui étudie depuis 2010 un dispositif à base d’algues capables d’absorber le gaz carbonique rejeté par les usines de charbon. L’entreprise américaine ExxonMobil désire également investir jusqu’à 600 millions de dollars pour exploiter le potentiel des algues dans la production de pétrole. Le 30 mars 2011 à 20:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Silva doesnt expect many changes at Everton

first_imgThe team is in the middle of the English Premier League table and has only won two out of their last seven matches this year.Everton is currently in the 11th position of the English Premier League standings with 33 points.The Blues have only won nine matches out of 27 possible, drawing six times and losing 12 times.But manager Marco Silva doesn’t expect to make big changes to the way he coaches.“Did you listen, did I say I am happy? No, I am not happy with the results. But to change radically, no,” Silva told reporters as quoted by Goal after the 1-0 defeat against Watford.“In February if we try to change everything radically, it means everything we did before did not make sense, which is not what I think.”“We did good things in the first four months, so we have to understand why we do not play the same or play with the same confidence,” he added.“It’s clear to me the fine details are making a big difference in us not getting the results.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.The last time Everton won was on January 29 against league-bottom-club Huddersfield Town.“We are losing points because of detail in some moments, and we have to work more to be more consistent and focused as a team. Just because we had a long break, it does not make sense to make radical changes,” he continued.“I have to justify my job every day.”“If I am here it is because the club believes in my job and it is my obligation to justify the quality of my job. It is not because the club does a deal with another club,” he concluded.💭 | Rested, refreshed and aiming to get back to winning ways!Marco’s pre-match thoughts ⤵️https://t.co/3pYC7157Pd #efcawayday pic.twitter.com/sOIEy3Ce33— Everton (@Everton) February 25, 2019last_img read more

Oklahoma City Explores AntiGovernment Sentiments That Contributed to Bombing

first_imgAmerican Experience/PBS Transcript:MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: If we were to ask what is the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil, what would you say? Certainly 9/11. But before that, it was the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. That’s when a former soldier named Timothy McVeigh set off explosives packed into a rental truck in front of the Alfred Murrah Federal Building and killed 168 people, including children at the day care center and civil servants who worked on Social Security claims, housing vouchers and payments to veterans. Timothy McVeigh, who was convicted and executed for the crime in 2001, was understood to have embraced white supremacy and strong anti-government beliefs.But just how he came to have those beliefs and what role those ideas have played in American life is the subject of a new documentary. It’s called “Oklahoma City,” and it was written and directed by Barak Goodman. We reached him in Park City, Utah, during the Sundance Film Festival last week, where the film was being screened. Mr. Goodman, thank you so much for joining us.BARAK GOODMAN: Thank you so much for inviting me on.MARTIN: The film spends a lot of time talking about two previous incidents of government confrontation with separatist groups, Ruby Ridge and Waco. Can you just briefly try to remind us of what those events were and why they are relevant to this film about Oklahoma City?GOODMAN: Ruby Ridge was a confrontation between the FBI and a family of white separatists called the Weavers in northern Idaho. The relevance for our film is that it inflamed a nascent far-right movement – really a very old movement, but a new flowering of that movement. And then six months later, at Waco, people will probably remember the standoff with the Branch Davidians. The Branch Davidians were not white supremacists at all.But again, it was the symbolism of the surrounding of this compound by federal agents and then the ultimate tragic death of, you know, upwards of 80 people inside. And for McVeigh personally, these two events confirmed his worst fears about the government, his worst grievances and anger. They were key moments in his radicalization, which is why we go back and tell those stories.MARTIN: Tell us a little bit more about Timothy McVeigh for people who may not remember him. What’s his story?GOODMAN: So McVeigh was a ordinary suburban kid, grew up outside Buffalo, N.Y., was in love with guns from a very early age. He was a bit isolated. Ended up in the Army because of his love of guns, went to Iraq and began to develop this deep antipathy for the federal government. He felt that he was a tool for an unjust war. And then when he came back, his life began to fall apart. He couldn’t get a job. He was lonely. He fell into this sort of subculture of far-right ideology mostly at gun shows, where he would trade old army surplus to make a living.And it was there that the radicalization really happened, especially with this book called “The Turner Diaries,” which is almost the Bible of the far-right movement. And gradually, he became bent on committing some kind of – what he regarded as a kind of active insurgency against the government in an ongoing war. And he developed his plan to bomb the Murrah Building.MARTIN: You include some tape from a jailhouse interview with McVeigh where he talks about his motives.(SOUNDBITE OF DOCUMENTARY, “OKLAHOMA CITY”)TIMOTHY MCVEIGH: From a military perspective, to get a message across you need to hurt them where they hurt the most. The only way they’re going to feel something and the only way they’re going to get the message is with a body count.MARTIN: Did he have any remorse about the fact that children were killed?GOODMAN: I don’t know whether McVeigh was classically or clinically a sociopath, but the tapes are absolutely chilling. He believed he was a soldier in an ongoing war with the government. And in war there is collateral damage, and these innocent children in the day care center were part of that. They were simply collateral damage.MARTIN: The journalists and the police that you interviewed called this movement the far right. It appears at a very interesting moment in our history where we are understanding what many people are calling the resurgence of something called the alt-right. Do you see parallels between these movements? Are there connections to your knowledge and according to your reporting?GOODMAN: I am not an expert on the alt-right and don’t pretend to be, what we’re calling the alt-right today. Certainly those connections have been made by people like the Southern Poverty Law Center, which does track these things. My hope is that our film will open people’s eyes to this very deeply-held grievance against the federal government that unites a lot of people and keeps reappearing periodically through American history. And it has these moments where it bursts into our consciousness, and I think Oklahoma City was such a movement.Whether that’s happening now I think we’ll only know in hindsight. I do think that people looking out today will benefit from understanding the dynamics of what happened in the mid-’90s. And they can apply that knowledge and that deeper understanding to what’s happening now and make their own judgments.MARTIN: I want to dig into – a little bit into the range of beliefs. You’re saying that they’re not motivated by just one perspective. Tell me a little bit about that.GOODMAN: Yes, I think the movement is – it’s a continuum, I would say. And on one side are people motivated chiefly by Second Amendment passions, that they are worried that the federal government is coming to take their guns away. And I would say that McVeigh was further in that direction. On the other side of the continuum are pure white supremacists often motivated by a perversion of Christianity called Christian Identity where – in which they believe this country is meant for them, they are the ones who are supposed to be running this country, everybody else is inferior.But I think what really unites all of these people is this vesting of the federal government with all sorts of evil – that the federal government is the problem, is the target that needs to be attacked. It’s run by Jews. It’s run by inferior people.And I think if there’s one thing we want people to take something away from this film, it’s an understanding that the federal government is not a monolithic entity. It is made up of human beings. And the human beings in this case were just ordinary men and women. They were not evil, black-booted, black-suited figures. And I think this movement tends to see the federal government in that way. And that’s where a lot of the problems begin.MARTIN: You know, we’ve been hearing a lot in the news about the so-called homegrown terrorist movement among Muslims. Do you see parallels to these white separatist groups? Tell me about it.GOODMAN: There’s no question. These terrorist acts often happen after a period of radicalization to people who are isolated, who have access to ideas, whether it’s on the internet or through books, in the case of Timothy McVeigh. But there’s often a – sort of a bubble around them where they’re not getting any alternate views. And I think you see many, many instances of homegrown terrorism on the radical right, however you want to describe that movement, that are very, very similar to what we see with homegrown Islamic terrorism.And I think the law enforcement agencies are very well aware of this, whereas the public, I think, is more focused just on the Muslim side. And I’m hoping that our film will reorient people to understand that the terroristic threat comes from lots of places, not just from, you know, the Islamic radical side of things.MARTIN: That was Barak Goodman. He’s the writer and director of the new documentary “Oklahoma City.” He joined us last week from Park City, Utah, during the Sundance Film Festival. The film is set to broadcast as part of the American Experience series on PBS on Tuesday, but you’ll want to check your local listings for the exact times. Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Creator Owned Oathbound is a Western Delight

first_img Renegade Rule Dominates eSports and Friendship for an Epic Win31 of Our Favorites From Inktober 2017 Kickstarter, the online crowdfunding website, opens the door for thousands of creator-owned ideas, products, and projects every day. Allowing a project to be not only funded but shared and advertised, based on its appeal rather than hiding behind a brand, allows the creative team to push themselves, promoting creativity. Comic books are plenty popular Kickstarter, and the newest crowdfunded series is Oathbound, a fantasy-western, published by Loophole Comics.via Loophole ComicsCreated by Paul Gori and Kevin Cuffe, Oathbound takes place primarily in the year 1888. However, it is not the world we know. From the first panel of the first page, this world sets itself apart from “reality,” with a beautiful shot of a jackalope, better known as a rabbit with antlers. It’s a gorgeous little panel and a perfect introduction to the world. Desert and cacti against a warm sunset make the book feel extremely Western, but the jackalope serves as a prime example of what this book is aiming for.via Loophole ComicsWriter Kevin Cuffe and Co-writer/artist Paul Gori are clearly having a lot of fun here with this first issue. Diving not only headfirst into this weird world, but also their characters, makes this book feel, unlike most books. There is obviously a lot of mythology and lore to the different races of creatures, but that’s not what the story is about. Despite its comedic tone and more animated look, Oathbound has a lot of heart, boiling down into a story about a young woman and her father, his struggle to protect her, and her desire to explore her heritage. Somehow a love letter to both Dungeons and Dragons and spaghetti westerns, Cuffe and Gori have crafted a unique world and characters to fill it in.Gori’s art is reason in and of itself to pick up this first issue. Fun, simple, and filled to the brim with a loving attention to settings and details, Gori makes this book look unlike anything else currently on the shelf. It reminds me somewhat of Tess Fowler, from Rat Queens, but with more energy and an even better eye for perspective.Colorist Hedwin Zaldivar, along with color flatter Paula Goulart, bring a lot to the book, in that their colors make every page pop. Occasionally, there seems to be too much going on with the lighting, being somewhat distracting, but the contrast of western warms and colder colors lend themselves well to the tone. Being so bright accentuates just how much fun this first issue is. The warmer colors feel right at home in this Old West setting, but their clashing with the occasional cold blue somehow makes the genre mash-up work even better.via Loophole ComicsOathbound #1, is as ridiculous as it is fun, and is published by Loophole Comics. The first issue is now available now on their website. You can also keep track of the Kickstarter, and help raise more money for more comic books from the creative team here. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Microsoft Message Analyzer

first_imgMicrosoft Message Analyzer by Martin Brinkmann on July 21, 2016 in Software – Last Update: May 22, 2018 – 6 commentsMicrosoft Message Analyzer is a tool for Windows 7 and newer Windows versions that is been designed to assist users in troubleshooting and diagnostic scenarios.The program ships with functionality to capture, list and analyze protocol traffic, e.g. http and https connections, events, as well as system or application messages.It replaced Microsoft Network Monitor 3.4, and may be used to capture live local or remote traffic, and to load previous captures for further analysis.Installation of the program should not pose any problems. The program displays a prompt after installation which you use to configure updating behavior and the participating in surveys.Microsoft Message AnalyzerPlease note that you need to run the program with elevated rights. Failure to do so will result in error messages and broken functionality.The program interface is quite noisy, there is a lot going on. Microsoft Message Analyzer displays lots of links at the top, and quite a few panels in the lower half.The program does load a start page by default which lists news and a couple of scenarios to get you started.You may click on a scenario, local network interfaces (Win 8.1 and later) for instance, to start capturing traffic right away.Each capture is listed in a tab in the program interface, so that you may switch between them easily.Starting a sessionYou may click on New Session to start a custom session on the other hand.The configuration screen that opens lists data sources that you may pick one or multiple from, and a couple of options below that.First, you may enter filters to list only matching traffic, e.g. only traffic to a specific IP address. Additionally, you may define how the data is presented to you, and the parsing level.As far as data sources are concerned, you may start a new live trace, or use various other sources including event logs, PowerShell, SQL, or Azure Table.The configuration screen changes once you make a data source selection. If you select Even Logs for instance, available sources are displayed to you on the next screen.Live Trace on the other hand gives you options to pick from a selection of ETW Providers. Select VPN, Remote Network Interfaces or Pre-Encryption from a large list of options, and add custom or system providers during the step as well.You may add multiple data sources to a session. Once you are done configuring the session, hit start to run it.You get the usual controls to pause or stop the capturing, and save the data so that it can be loaded again at a later point in time or moved to another system.The program displays data in realtime as it is happening if you have selected to run a live capture. You may use filters at the top, or click on one of the column headers to sort the data accordingly.A click on a message number displays lots of information about it in the lower panel. This may include the message stack, details, and field data.You may customize the display, for instance by adding or removing columns, configuring color rules to highlight events, or switching to a different layout.There is also a search built-in, and an option to jump to a specific message.Message Analyzer Intro VideoClosing WordsMicrosoft Message Analyzer is designed for network and system administrators. It is feature-rich and can be confusing at times, especially if you are just getting started.It is recommended to go through the Microsoft Message Analyzer Operating Guide at least briefly as it provides you with a wealth of information.All in all, this is a mighty program for Windows 7 and newer versions of Windows that admins and regular users may use for a variety of troubleshooting or diagnostic purposes.Summary12345 Author Rating1 based on 9 votes Software Name Microsoft Message AnalyzerOperating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=44226&wa=wsignin1.0 Advertisementlast_img read more

Remove Reconnect to Sync from Firefox menu

first_imgRemove “Reconnect to Sync” from Firefox menu by Martin Brinkmann on June 20, 2017 in Firefox – 6 commentsFirefox Sync is Mozilla’s official data synchronization service for the Firefox web browser. Firefox users need to sign up for it using an email address before it becomes available.Once it does, browser data such as bookmarks, the browsing history, tabs, passwords or preferences are synced automatically across all devices that you sign in with the account.Useful if you use Firefox on multiple devices, and want access to the same set of information on all of these devices. Also handy as a remote backup option for your Firefox data regardless of the number of devices that you are using.Firefox Sync lets you select what data you want to sync, and it works automatically once setup.Reconnect to SyncFirefox displays a “Reconnect to Sync” reminder in the main Firefox menu, and in form of a modified menu icon if the connection to Sync breaks.What this suggests to you is that Firefox cannot sync data anymore from the device because you need to reauthorize the account. Firefox does remember the Firefox account user email address though, and that is the reason why you see “reconnect to Sync” and not nothing at all.The problem with the display is that it is very prominent; you may want to get rid of it one way or the other because of that.You have two main options to deal with the issue:Establish the connection to Firefox Sync again.Remove the email address associated with Sync on the local device.Both options are available on the Sync page of the Firefox preferences. You can open the Sync page directly by loading about:preferences#sync.Note: Mozilla plans to ship a redesigned Firefox Preferences page soon. The screenshot above shows how the redesigned settings page looks like. The Sync menu will be renamed to Firefox Account, but that is the only change to Sync. The actual Sync preferences page looks identical.To reestablish a connection to Firefox Sync, click on the Sign In button on the Sync page. You are asked to enter your Firefox Account password to authorize the request. Once you have done that, “reconnect to Sync” is removed from the browser as you are connected to Firefox Sync at that point.The other option that you have is to click on the “forget this email” button instead. This deletes reference to the email address in Firefox. It removes the reconnect to Sync menu item and icon as well, but has the effect that Sync is not set up for this particular Firefox profile.Now You: Do you use Firefox Sync, or other means to sync data?SummaryArticle NameRemove “Reconnect to Sync” from Firefox menuDescriptionThe article provides you with detailed instructions on removing “Reconnect to Sync” from the Firefox web browser’s main menu.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img News | Brachytherapy Systems | June 18, 2019 New Data Demonstrates Safety Profile of GammaTile Therapy for Various Brain Tumors GT Medical Technologies Inc. announced the presentation of clinical data from a prospective study of GammaTile Therapy… read more Video Player is loading.Whole Versus Partial Radiotherapy for Breast CancerPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 11:16Loaded: 1.44%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -11:16 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Related Content News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | July 19, 2010 New Brachytherapy System Improves Speed, Accuracy of Calculations Sponsored Content | Videos | Radiation Therapy | January 18, 2019 Varian Looks Ahead at ASTRO 2018 Join Chris Toth, president of Varian’s Oncology Systems business, for a look at product introductions for 2018 plus read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 03, 2019 Varian Purchasing Embolic Bead Assets from Boston Scientific Varian announced it has signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire the Boston Scientific portfolio of drug-loadable… read more Videos | Brachytherapy Systems | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: New Alpha Emitter Brachytherapy Seeds in Development Lior Arazi, Ph.D., assistant professor at Ben read more center_img News | Brachytherapy Systems | January 04, 2019 Brachytherapy Alone Superior Treatment for Intermediate-Risk Prostate Cancer Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) indicated a significantly different clinician and patient-reported late toxicity… read more Video Player is loading.Varian Looks Ahead at ASTRO 2018Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:25Loaded: 3.73%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Radiation Therapy | February 21, 2019 VIDEO: Whole Versus Partial Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with… read more Lior Arazi explains a new Radium-224 brachytherapy technologyVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 10:07Loaded: 1.61%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -10:07 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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News | Brachytherapy Systems, Women’s Healthcare | January 07, 2019 Electronic Brachytherapy Effective in Long-Term Study of 1,000 Early-Stage Breast Cancers Breast cancer recurrence rates of patients treated with intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) using the Xoft Axxent… read more July 19, 2010 – A new way of calculating the dosimetry of cancer treatments will be showcased this week at the annual meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) in Philadelphia. The Acuros BV from Varian Medical Systems enables clinicians to rapidly and accurately calculate patient doses for brachytherapy radiotherapy treatments.Since its introduction in 2009, clinicians have been researching the dosimetric calculation capabilities of Acuros BV and some leading brachytherapy practitioners and academics will be presenting papers at AAPM on the subject.“While Monte Carlo software packages have existed for a long time, the tediousness of using them, combined with hours or days of running the algorithms, have made them virtually impractical for use in the clinic, rendering them useful to only a handful of researchers for mostly academic purposes,” said Dorin Todor, M.D., head of brachytherapy at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. “By comparison, Acuros appears to be a major step forward in accuracy and speed.”Mark Rivard, Ph.D., professor of radiation oncology and chief medical physicist at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, said he finds that Acuros BV will provide more accurate HDR (high dose rate) brachytherapy dose distributions than previously clinically possible.“I have been evaluating the Acuros BV system since mid-2009 and it is clear the sophisticated dose calculation algorithm is revolutionary for brachytherapy, with speed that is phenomenal compared to Monte Carlo-based calculations,” Rivard said.Firas Mourtada, M.D., of M.D. Anderson in Houston, will be presenting his findings at AAPM following a retrospective comparison of TG-43 dose calculations and Acuros BV for breast patients. Dose levels for brachytherapy have generally been calculated as if the sources are surrounded by water, whereas in reality a patient’s anatomy contains many different materials such as bone, lung, tissue and air, as well as additional materials that are often present from inserted applicators. In the past, the only way to account for this was using Monte Carlo calculation techniques, something that was only available as a research tool. Now, for the first time in routine clinical brachytherapy, Acuros BV is able to account for the dose effects from these variations.Professor Panos Papagiannis and his team at the department of medical physics at the University of Athens in Greece carried out an independent dosimetric accuracy check of the new system. “We implemented a series of tests following a graded approach and concluded that Acuros BV is the first treatment planning system that not only handles standard TG-43 based calculations but also incorporates the capability to accurately calculate truly individualized patient dose distributions,” Papagiannis said.As well as Acuros BV, Varian Medical Systems will be exhibiting its full range of brachytherapy hardware and software solutions at AAPM. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Brachytherapy Systems | April 18, 2019 Surgically Guided Brachytherapy Improves Outcomes for Intracranial Neoplasms Peter Nakaji, M.D., FAANS, general practice neurosurgeon at Barrow Neurological Institute, presented new research on… read more last_img read more

New US Tariffs on Chinese Goods Include Imaging Equipment

first_img Related Content June 15, 2018 — The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released the much-anticipated list of Chinese-manufactured goods that will be subjected to 25 percent tariffs, and medical imaging equipment systems and parts feature prominently on the list.Several modalities will be impacted by the tariffs, which will be collected beginning July 6, including X-ray, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound. The full list includes the “apparatus,” parts and accessories for each modality, as well as radiation generator units and radiation beam delivery units. The USTR list also includes apparatus based on the use of alpha, beta or gamma radiations for medical, surgical, dental or veterinary use, and the parts and accessories thereof.The inclusion of medical imaging equipment on the tariff list was anticipated by medical imaging technology societies in the U.S., which have been working with Congress to have these key pieces of equipment from their market excluded from the final penalties. The Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA) released a statement in late May praising the Congressional authors of a bipartisan letter urging the U.S. Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, to exempt almost $3 billion worth of medical products from the tariffs.According to the letter, the Chinese market for medical technology represents a significant growth opportunity for U.S. manufacturers, valued at over $25 billion. China reportedly imports about 70 percent of its medical devices, and the letter states that the U.S. owns a 33 percent share of those imports. “With its growing economy and middle class, rapidly aging population, and increased demand for medical technology, China will continue to be an attractive market for U.S. manufacturers,” the letter reads. “With that in mind, we are concerned that inclusion of medical devices on any final Section 301 tariff list could lead to retaliation that would jeopardize these opportunities.”“This bipartisan initiative to exempt medical devices from proposed tariffs, which is supported by 40 members of Congress, demonstrates Congressional recognition of the enormous economic and health value of medical devices, including imaging technologies,” said Patrick Hope, executive director of MITA. “We thank Congressmen Paulsen and Peters for leading this effort and for advocating on behalf of their constituents and our employees and the patients they serve.”Read the full Congressional letter here.The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), the parent organization of MITA, has also voiced opposition to the tariffs on radiological equipment. NEMA Vice President of Government Affairs Kyle Pitsor testified to the USTR in mid-May that such impositions would represent a tax increase on U.S. manufacturers and their industrial, commercial and residential customers valued at about $2.25 billion.Read the full USTR release here.For more information: www.ustr.gov FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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But they will not be easy. read more center_img Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more News | Radiology Business | June 15, 2018 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor New U.S. Tariffs on Chinese Goods Include Imaging Equipment MRI, CT, X-ray and ultrasound apparatus and accessories will be subject to 25 percent penalties beginning July 6; medical imaging societies warn tariffs will hurt their markets Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 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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Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Gallup Central America is the worlds happiest region despite skyhigh homicide rates

first_imgDespite high crime, murder rates, persistent poverty and income inequality, Latin America and one of its most troubled regions, Central America, reported the highest levels of satisfaction in the world.The results came in an annual poll of 138 countries published by Gallup on Wednesday. Costa Rica reported the sixth highest level of happiness in the world, with 82 percent of respondents saying they were happy. Paraguay led the world with a score of 87 percent. All surveyed Central American countries ranked in the top 11 worldwide, with Panama being second. Belize was not included in the survey.The overwhelming majority of Latin American and Caribbean countries ranked high, with Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela also in the top 10. The lowest countries in the region were Jamaica and Haiti at 64th and 121st respectively. The United States ranked 24th, with 78 percent saying they were happy.Central Americans saying they are happy comes in contrast to a number of recent studies stating the region is wrecked by high murder rates and misery. The United Nations reported that Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala remained among the world’s leaders in murder rates in April. A researcher at the World Bank noted that 30 percent of the world’s murders happen in Latin America despite having only 9 percent of the world’s population.A study by the libertarian think tank the Cato Institute also ranked a number of Latin American countries as miserable, according to economic factors such as unemployment, inflation and gross domestic product growth. The study, published in May, ranked Venezuela as the worst out of a group of 89 countries. Nicaragua, Honduras and Costa Rica all ranked highly on the misery index at 19th, 20th and 21st, respectively.Other economic studies, from the United Nations and the World Bank, have shown that poverty and income inequality continue to persist in the region, though progress has been made.This year’s poll from Gallup continued a trend, where Latin America and Central America remains at the top. In 2013, Paraguay was also the happiest country. The six Central American countries polled all ranked in the top 13. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Ricans rank 2nd in the world for well-being, just behind Panama, says Gallup Costa Rica outscores US in 2014 Social Inclusion Index Kidnappings in Mexico surge to the highest number on record Costa Rica, Latin America home to some of world’s happiest people, surveys saylast_img read more