President and Prime Minister inspect landslide affected areas

President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today inspected areas seriously affected by landslides.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament that efforts are being taken to assist those affected by the major landslides. Those operations commenced during the wee hours on Wednesday (18) are continuing with the support of villagers, other volunteer teams and hospital staff who have by now brought more than six ambulances to the affected area to evacuate the wounded to hospitals. The area remains under a pall of thick mist with rainy clouds, diminishing visibility and physical movements. Meanwhile the army said that sniffer-dogs and rappelling teams of Army Commandos, Engineer and Medical Corps troops, heavy machinery, additional equipment, together with a contingent of more than 281 troops of Commandos are at the landslide-affected Siripura, Elangapitiya, Pallebage villages in Aranayake and are involved in search, rescue and relief operations. Meanwhile, in Bulathkohupitiya more than 53 Sri Lanka National Guard troops under the command of Brigadier P.J Gamage, General Officer Commanding, 14 Division are involved in the rescue operations. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Reunions reconnecting Brock alumni

“Until you’re older and experienced in life, you don’t really realize how a university experience changes you,” says Katherine Fisher who graduated from Brock University in 1979 with a BA in Geography.Reflecting on her experience at Brock, Katherine believes that “returning to your school completes the cycle of life and helps you remember how much fun, and how many challenges you had,” which is why she is excited to attend the Geography 50+1 Reunion during Homecoming.Josephine Meeker, a Geography professor at Brock from 1965 to 1996 is leading the charge for this reunion and is excited to see some familiar faces, including Fisher’s on Sept. 19.“Professor Jo was an amazing and influential mentor… she inspired and encouraged all [students] to higher learning and opportunities,” Fisher says.For Political Science graduate Kithio Mwanzia (BA ’07, MA ’12), representing the interests of students as a Member of the Board of Directors, Vice-President of University Affairs, and the first international student president of the Brock University Student’s Union, were his most memorable experiences as a Brock student.Currently, as CEO and President of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce, Mwanzia’s most important achievement upon graduation has been serving the community in a variety of both professional and volunteer capacities. This year’s Department of Political Science 50th Anniversary reunion is one that will be particularly special for Mwanzia.“Coming back offers the opportunity to reconnect and celebrate our time at Brock. Whether it was an unfinished debate from a seminar or seeing whether the political views we once held so passionately still hold true – reconnecting at a reunion is a celebration of what makes the institution a great place,” says Mwanzia.This year Brock will celebrate over 15 reunions during Homecoming including a Class of 2010 5-Year Reunion, Class of 2005 10-Year Reunion and the aforementioned Geography 50+1 reunion and the Department of Political Science 50th Anniversary reunion. Brock is also celebrating the opening of the new Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts building, the new artificial Turf Field, as well as event favourites like the Tunnel Tours and the Red Dinner.Whether you graduated in 1967, 2015, or somewhere in between, you are welcome to come back to campus during Homecoming, September 18-20. Who knows what you’ll learn or who you’ll meet.For more information on the schedule of events and to register, visit brocku.ca/alumni. Let’s reunite! read more

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PAC Chair CRC case highlights urgent need for charity regulator

first_imgTHE CHAIRMAN OF the Public Accounts Committee has said the recent ‘top up’ revelations from within charities demonstrate the urgent need for the appointment of a regulator to oversee the sector.John McGuinness was speaking in the wake of this evening’s resignation of the entire Central Remedial Clinic board of governors. They stepped down at the behest of the HSE in the wake of this week’s five-hour appearance before the PAC, where they were called upon to explain the clinic’s practice of topping up the salaries of high level staff with money from its fundraising arm.The Fianna Fáil TD said a charity commissioner should be appointed as a matter of urgency.“I am calling on the government to immediately implement the provisions in the 2009 Charity Act. In fact, I wonder why this was not done long ago, which might have prevented the situation we now find ourselves in,” McGuinness said.The Justice Minister announced during the summer that the new authority would come into operation next year. Alan Shatter said in a speech last July that much of the cost for the new system would be borne by the charities themselves, and that he hoped to “be able to make appointments to the new authority later this year, with a view to it coming into operation in 2014″.Acting CEO at the CRC Jim Nugent at the PAC this week (Youtube: TheJournal.ie) The CEO of Fundraising Ireland — the association for professional fundraisers — has also called for the urgent establishment of the new regulation system.Anne Hanniffy said the ongoing revelations were having a devastating impact on Irish charities, and that there were serious long-term implications for trust and confidence in the sector. The organisation is reporting a 40 per cent drop in donations in the last two weeks as the controversy continues.McGuinness said that the revelations had demonstrated a “lack of respect for hard earned public money” and “too much caution about dealing firmly with those who squander, misuse or waste it”.He said people should also remember those working at the frontline in the charity sector. “They deserve our sympathy and support, because they are devastated by these revelations and the negative effect that they are having on the funding so badly needed to continue the work they do.”Originally published 10.12pmRead: Fundraising ‘down 40 per cent’ as top-up controversy continuesMore: 7 things we learned from the CRC’s grilling by the PACRelated: Mater Hospital ‘refutes’ suggestions of operating a CRC ‘phantom fund’last_img read more

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Ouch my wallet Prices went up by 05 per cent last month

first_imgIF YOUR WALLET is a little lighter than usual right now, you’re not alone.The price of consumer goods and services went up by 0.5 per cent last month according to new figures released by the Central Statistics Office.This is the first time in recent months that prices have risen; in recent times prices have either dropped slightly or stayed the same each month.The biggest increase was in clothing and shoes, which went up by almost 6 per cent after the January sales. Household furniture and maintenance increased by 1.4 per cent while transport prices also rose by just over 1 per cent.The biggest drop was in the price of alcohol and tobacco, which fell by 0.4 per cent.However while prices increased in February, they are actually down 0.1 per cent compared to this time last year.The Central Statistics Office says it is the first time in almost four years – since July 2010 – that the Consumer Price Index has seen a year-on-year drop.While prices of education, alcohol, and tobacco have all risen since this time in 2013, other areas have fallen, including communications (down 4 per cent), household furniture (down 3.6 per cent), clothes and shoes (down 3.4 per cent) and transport (down 2 per cent).A report earlier this month found that Irish consumers are now happier than they have been in seven years, since before the recession began. The ESRI/KBC report found there was a small increase in spending underway but cautioned that it was not a dramatic pick-up.Read: Irish consumers are happier than they have been in seven years > Read: Another rise in consumer prices. The main drivers? College fees and alcohol >last_img read more

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Micron develops stick of gumsized 480GB SSD for Ultrabooks

first_imgMicron and Crucial have launched a brand new range of SSDs this week carrying the name M500. Both companies are boasting of the M500 being the first terabyte-class drive (960GB) with a price tag below $600, but this new SSD has some other features worth mentioning, too.You’ll typically pay between $350 and $500 for a 512GB SSD at the moment, so a 960GB drive for under $600 is certainly a step forward in bringing costs down. It’s still a lot of cash to invest in storage, though.The M500 will be available in 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB models as well as the new near-terabyte drive, and they all take advantage of Micron’s 20nm MLC NAND flash and SATA 6Gb/s controller. You’ve also got a choice of two form factors: the 2.5-inch mSATA and M.2, meaning they are suited to use in very thin devices such as Ultrabooks and tablets. But it’s worth noting the M.2 form factor only seems to support up to 480GB.Ultrabooks especially is one area where the M500 could prove popular. Performance of the drives is rated at 500MB/s reads and 400MB/s writes (for the 480GB and 960GB models). But they also ship with DEVSLP — a deep sleep mode that means power use rated below 5 milliwatts when sleeping. To give you some idea of how much of an improvement that is, Micron and Crucial claim a 93% power saving over the C400 SSD in the same state.The size of these drives is also fairly impressive. Micron says the 480GB M500 is about the same size as a stick of gum at just 80 x 22mm using the M.2 form factor. Combined with improved thermal management, better power loss/error recovery systems, and hardware encryption as standard, it should find favor with laptop/Ultrabook manufacturers.We can expect to see the M500 SSDs appearing inside devices and for purchase through Crucial in the second quarter of this year. And if you’re wondering how an SSD is manufactured, Crucial has put together this video explaining the process:More at Micronlast_img read more

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Mancini hopeful about Italys future

first_imgRoberto Mancini was announced as the new Italy national team coach and he insisted that he can see a bright future for this country as there are many talented players and coaches in there.The Italian coach praised the country’s mentality and claimed that he hopes that he will be able to develop the players and bring the success back there – and he wants to start right away and gain trophies as soon as possible.The former Manchester City coach spoke about Italy’s future as he said, according to Football Italy:Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I think Italy are still a football superpower, as we have 50 million Coaches…”“I am always very positive in general, even if people say Italy no longer has as much talent. We had perhaps too much talent altogether when we won the World Cup, but now we just need to give them time to grow and develop, keep the faith towards a good future.”“I think that we can find the rather path for the Nazionale. Our football philosophy took us to win four World Cups and lose three Finals.”last_img read more

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Man City star Kyle Walker tells why England can win in

first_imgCity star, Kyle Walker is one of four City title winners in the England squad – John Stones, Fabian Delph and Raheem Sterling are the rest.As the three Lions prepare for Saturday’s friendly against Nigeria at Wembley, Walker said according to Dailystar:“This season has been a dream come true in winning the Premier League.“Hopefully, me, John, Delphy and Raz can bring that into the camp and take that winning mentality into Russia.“John and I said in the first week of training,‘Imagine driving down the Princess Parkway in Manchester as Premier League champions’.Kevin De Bruyne: “I’m still getting better” Stuart Heath – August 18, 2019 Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne still feels as though he can improve. After returning from a long term injury that kept him out for…“Well, we did it. And the style of football with which we did it was great and we have shown you can play football like that and win the Premier League.“So it’s good coming here with England, knowing you won the title. I’ve been dreaming about that since I was a little boy.”Walker, who will turn 28years Tuesday, is understandably still on a high after his first season at City, following a £50million move from Tottenham last summer.“As a player, you don’t put a price tag on your head. That is up to the chairmen of the clubs involved.“Pep has taught me so much, but he’s also happy to sit down and talk to you about anything.“I feel like he’s a friend, but the players have that respect for him as a fantastic manager. He has worked with two other right-backs in Dani Alves and Philipp Lahm who are two of my idols.last_img read more

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Fredericks praises Wilshere

first_imgWest Ham Ryan Fredericks has been impressed by new teammate Jack Wilshere.West Ham defender Ryan Fredericks believes in the abilities of new club-mate Jack Wilshere and hopes the England midfielder can lead the club to greater things in the Premier League.Fredericks joined West Ham from Fulham this summer transfer window alongside Jack Wilshere who also signed on a free transfer from Arsenal.Wilshere made his Hammers debut on Saturday in a 2-2 draw against Preston North End.After playing alongside him on the pitch Fredericks believes the midfielder has all the attributes to become a world class player.What we learned from day 2 of the Premier League? Taimoor Khan – August 20, 2019 The new Premier League season is only two weeks old but it has already taught us a few things that could define the campaign….The 25-year-old full-back also expressed his hope to see Wilshere play an important role for West Ham this season as they hope to finish higher up on the table.“We all know the quality he possesses. Jack is a classy player.” Fredericks told the club’s official website as quoted in Inside Futbol.“He has been hampered with injuries, hopefully, we’ll be able to keep him fit and he’s going to help us to better things.”West Ham continues to be linked with a host of players as new boss Manuel Pellegrini hopes to improve the squad in time for the new Premier League season.last_img read more

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PDM Government launches survey on hospitality service charge

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 29, 2017 – Providenciales – A survey is launched now at the government’s website by the PDM Administration in its pursuit of information and as a means of consultation it says on reinstating the 100% service charge to tourism industry workers.Doug Parnell, out of the Office of the Premier says this is far more than any PNP Administration has ever done to remedy the row about who should get this money which is currently split 60-40, with the least of the tax on guests going to hospitality workers.In a media release last night, Parnell confirmed our report that the Tourism Minister has put the Hotel and Tourism Association on notice about the passage of a service charge bill to provide 100 percent of the revenue into the pockets of workers.  The PDM Chairman said PNP Appointed Member, Royal Robinson ‘dusted off an old bill’ and accused Robinson of playing gutter politics.Parnell said: “The name calling by PNP higher ups is regrettable and unbecoming of Parliamentarians but this now seems to be par for the course. hhh Royal and his gang of empty canisters should focus on supporting the initiatives of the Government to get the survey complete so that TCIG can properly enact a law that captures the fair share of service charge.”Cheshire Hall Member, Parnell advised the PNP to stop ‘fronting and stunting.’  Magnetic Media today visited the government’s website to see the contents of that survey; if it is there, it is not easy to find.We have informed Hon Doug Parnell of the fact… you can go to MagneticMediaTV.com for the full statement from the PDM Chairman.#MagneticMediaNews#servicechargesurvey Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #servicechargesurvey Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Child sex trafficking on rise in Clark County

first_imgJennifer knows the everyday details of being a teenager in rural Clark County: keeping up with grades, answering to a protective mother and sneaking out to college-age parties.She also knows the grisly life of selling herself on Southeast 82nd Avenue in Portland — for a pimp she thought was her first love.Just 13 when she met him at a party in Vancouver, Jennifer was attracted to his charisma, good looks and sense of style. He was older — 18 or 19 — which made it all the more exciting, she recalled.For the first two months, he was sweet and charming. One day, though, things changed. “I’ve done all these nice things for you. Now it’s time to pay me back,” he told her. She first told him no, but he threatened to kill her and her family if she didn’t comply. So she reluctantly agreed and entered a world of prostitution, cocaine and strip clubs.A minor and the victim of numerous sex crimes, Jennifer’s identity is not being disclosed; her first name was changed for her protection because her pimp is still at large and the criminal investigation against him is still open. She represents one of dozens of victims of child sex trafficking in Clark County, a crime believed to be rampant in Portland but one that’s only gained attention here in the past few years.last_img read more

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Jayne Teachers need more chutzpah administrators less

first_imgI knew there was a reason I didn’t become a school district administrator.Never mind the lack of qualifications, or the lack of desire to manage hundreds of employees, or the lack of interest in 60-hour work weeks. And handling a multimillion-dollar budget? Well, let’s just say I’d rather gouge my ears with a pencil.Yes, there are valid reasons for not becoming a school district administrator, and yet those reasons pale in comparison with the personal shortcoming that keeps me out of the profession: I don’t have enough chutzpah. You see, being in that kind of leadership position requires plenty of what Webster’s says is “supreme self-confidence, nerve, or gall,” and that, as far as I can tell, is what makes Dr. Steve Webb a perfect fit as Superintendent of Vancouver Public Schools.Webb, as detailed last week by Columbian reporter Susan Parrish, has enjoyed a 28 percent increase in total compensation during his six years on the job. This has come at a time of shrinking budgets and struggling taxpayers and no cost-of-living raises for teachers. Yet Webb points out that, “My compensation for 2012-13 is still $10,000 below the average. Today, it would be about $20,000 below.”Never mind that we haven’t defined what “average” means. But, coming from the same guy who spent $4,000 of district money to install a shower near his office, such a viewpoint qualifies as chutzpah.Not that Webb should be dripping with humility. Under his watch, Vancouver Public Schools have won every award this side of an Oscar and a Grammy, and one school board member described him as a “gifted visionary, man of action, prodigious work ethic; the board marvels at energy and talent.”last_img read more

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Fiery crash in North Miami leaves 1 injured

first_imgNORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating a crash that split a car in two in North Miami.It happened at around 5 a.m., Friday, along Northwest 135th Street and 17th Avenue.According to officials, this was a single vehicle crash. The car split in half after slamming into a tree and then burst into flames.Witnesses who live nearby said the man was trapped inside one of the halves and rushed to the scene to help pull him out of the burning car.“We just heard a big boom. We all got out and went, and we saw the car in two pieces,” said Martin Bodden. “We tried getting out the guy. I went back and got the water hose, got my fire extinguisher and give it to police. We stopped the fire from going more, and the guy was able to escape from the car.”The man, whose identity was not released, was placed on a stretcher and taken to the hospital in unknown condition.Another neighbor, Yolanda, said, “They was trying to get the guy out. They didn’t know if he was still alive, and then all of a sudden, he just got up and started to move. He was on fire, and he got out of the car, and he was screaming. He fell across the fence. He’s still alive. It’s amazing!” Two tow trucks were necessary to take the separate pieces of the car away.The family of the victim arrived on scene and talked to police.The cause of crash is still under investigation but officers said the victim is lucky to be alive.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Cadillac celebrates 15 years of VSeries powerhouses ahead of CT4V CT5V debuts

first_img 0 38 Photos In 2009, the second-generation CTS-V debuted, carrying a supercharged V8 good for 556 hp. It could get within reach of 200 mph, and it brought Cadillac’s still-excellent Magnetic Ride Control to the brand for the first time. Two years later, Cadillac introduced wagon and coupe variants of the CTS-V. The third-generation CTS-V came next, in 2016. It borrowed its new supercharged V8 from the Corvette Z06, turning out an impressive 640 horsepower, enough to finally push the super sedan past that 200-mph barrier. That same year, the V-Series expanded to include turbocharged V6s with the introduction of the 464-hp ATS-V, available in both coupe and sedan form.That brings us to today. Now that CT5 is the new hotness, with CT4 hot on its heels, the only remaining V-Series car is the CT6-V. It rocks a new 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8, which puts out about 550 hp and will undoubtedly land in other models (like CT5-V, perhaps) in the future. We’re not too sure what to expect when the CT4-V and CT5-V make their debut next week, but if history teaches us anything, it’s that these two cars will probably be a hoot to drive. Cadillac introduced the CT5 at the New York Auto Show in April, and in just one week, it’ll unveil a much faster version of the same sedan alongside an even newer, smaller sibling. But before we dive into all that power, Cadillac wanted to take a look back to see what brought it here.Cadillac on Thursday announced that it will debut the CT4-V and CT5-V in Detroit on May 30, one day before the annual Detroit Grand Prix kicks off on Belle Isle. At the same time, Cadillac pointed out that its V-Series cars have been kicking for 15 years now. Some of them have been weird, others have been pretty darn righteous, and it’ll be interesting to see where these two cars take it next.The V-Series lineup first sprung to life in 2004 with the introduction of the first-generation CTS-V. It started the trend of shoving powerful V8s under the hood of its luxury cars — in this case, its 5.7-liter V8 put out 400 horsepower, enough to bring the car to 60 miles per hour in about 4.6 seconds. The next two vehicles to enter the V-Series lineup were… weird. 2006 saw the introduction of both the XLR-V and the STS-V. The XLR-V built upon the more pedestrian variant of the Corvette-based XLR, adding a 443-hp supercharged V8, kicking off the forced-induction trend that still continues. The STS-V took what would otherwise be an airport livery car and shoved a 469-hp version of the XLR-V’s engine under the hood. More From Roadshow 9 Photos Cadillac 2017 Cadillac CTS-V is all performance all the time 2020 Cadillac CT6 first drive: Going out with a Blackwing bang Review • 2017 Cadillac CTS-V: This ain’t what your grandpa drove 5:42 Now playing: Watch this:center_img Cadillac 2018 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In: Drive softly and carry a big battery 2020 Cadillac XT6 first drive: Sometimes ‘more’ is more Share your voice Sports Cars Luxury cars Wagons Future Cars Coupes Sedans Post a comment More about 2017 Cadillac CTS-V 2016 Cadillac CTS-V: Sharp style, sharper performance (pictures) Cadillac ATS-V and CTS-V Pedestal ends the series on a high note Tagslast_img read more

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VIDEO The Impact of Breast Density Technology and Legislation

first_img 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) FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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. 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. 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 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” 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 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. 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 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 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. Information Technology View all 220 items Molecular Imaging View all 22 items 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 Breast Density Technologies and Legislation – RSNA 2017-HD 720pVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:07Loaded: 1.81%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:07 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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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. 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 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 Find more SCCT news and videos Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D., executive director and founder, Are You Dense Inc. and Are You Dense Advocacy. Read the article “The Evolution of Breast Imaging Technology.” Watch the VIDEO “Implementing Advanced Breast Imaging 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 Related content:Atrium Health Debuts Amazon Alexa Skill to Help Patients Access Medical CareSmart Speaker Technology Harnessed for Hospital Medical Treatments 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 | 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.  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.  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 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 | 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 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 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.” 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 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 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 Find more news and videos from AAPM. Sponsored Videos View all 142 items 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. Videos | Breast Density | December 20, 2017 VIDEO: The Impact of Breast Density Technology and Legislation 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 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. Find more news and videos from AAPM. 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. 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. 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 content:itnTV “Conversations”: The Accuray Philosophy 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. Find more SCCT news and videos 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.” 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. 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.  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. 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. 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. 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. 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 Platformcenter_img Related GE Edison Platform Content:GE Healthcare Unveils New Applications and Smart Devices Built on Edison PlatformVIDEO: itnTV Conversations — What is Edison? Find more SCCT news and videos 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. 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.  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. 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.” 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. 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 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 Find more SCCT news and videos 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. Find more news and videos from AAPM. 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. 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 Find more news and videos from AAPM. 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. Radiology Imaging View all 288 items Women’s Health View all 62 items Recent Videos View all 606 items 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. 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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. 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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. 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. Radiation Oncology View all 91 items 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. 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. 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. 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.” 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. 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.” 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.  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 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.  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. 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. 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. 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 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 Find more SCCT news and videos 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.  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. Technology Reports View all 9 items Conference Coverage View all 396 items 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 Medicinelast_img read more

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Couple caught playing footsies – with bare feet – in first class

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Being head over heels in love is so passé. These days, it’s all about being heels-over-head to the point where you’re being shamed on social media.A couple was recently caught on an American Airlines flight playing footsies in the first class cabin. This is typical behaviour for couples in love, but for these particular lovebirds, their foot fondling caused the ire of fellow passengers.For one thing, they were barefoot. Second, they were playing footsies over the partition that separated their seats. And third, at one point the woman was seen resting her bare foot over the head rest of the seat in front of her, no doubt grossing out the unfortunate passenger sitting in it.All this was caught in a series of photos taken by fellow passenger Laura Lakey, who posted the snaps on Instagram.“First class seat – $1000…Ointment to cure WHATEVER their feet will have after using restrooms barefoot – $20,” she wrote. “Guy in seat in front NOT impressed when she finished by resting her feet over his television!”This, of course, led to several comments, including one from @hhcolwell who wrote: “Did they join the mile high club too?” Another commenter, @strafaele, went so far as calling the couple “Neanderthals” while @robertserbinenko added “Money and good manners don’t necessarily walk together.”More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyThe couple, who was not identified, would have fit right in on the popular Instagram account Passenger Shaming, which was created by former flight attendant Shawn Kathleen and named one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s ‘100 Best Instagram Accounts’. The account, followed by over 800,000 people, regularly posts photos of passengers caught misbehaving on flights as a way to publicly shame them.Here are some of our favourite photos: Posted by Tags: Funny, Passengers Sharecenter_img Travelweek Group Couple caught playing footsies – with bare feet – in first class Thursday, April 11, 2019 last_img read more

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Uber to offer rides in Costa Rica starting under 2

first_imgAspiring Uber drivers carved out a few hours of their Mother’s Day holiday Saturday to learn about the ride-hailing service as it waits for a green light from the government to start operations in Costa Rica.Max Cortés, Latin American Expansion Manager for Uber, told would-be drivers that the company could start operating any day as it waits for the final details to be cleared with the government. Once the OK comes down, Uber could be up and running in two days time, he said.Uber will start offering rides in the San José area — from Lindora to Curridabat and Heredia — before expanding to other parts of the country.Uber is a smartphone application that allows riders to hail a private car using their phone’s GPS service and pay for the ride with a pre-loaded credit card. There are already ride-hailing apps in Costa Rica, like Easy Taxi, but these services do not support Uber’s online payment system that avoids the need to exchange cash or credit cards in the taxi.It is against Uber policy for drivers to exchange cash or accept tips.Cortés told The Tico Times that he understood the company, recently valued at $50 billion, was entering Costa Rica at a time when tensions were already running high between the government, licensed taxi drivers and porteadores — private car service companies.Earlier this summer, President Luis Guillermo Solís’ administration said that it would not renew 1,500 concessions for porteadores, a move that triggered roadblocks across the country. The country’s iconic red taxis, meanwhile, have demonstrated against any extension of private car services, be they porteadores or Uber.Cortés said he thought Uber Costa Rica would face the same principle challenge as the company has elsewhere: disruption.“It’s the change that technology brings, including to transportation. Any change brings a moment of volatility and a response,” he said. “So what’s next? Communication, education. Be inclusive, include all the sectors involved.”The expansion manager said that the base ride for an UberX ride — the company’s basic ride-hailing service — would have a minimum charge of ₡1,000, or less than $2. Beyond the initial ₡1,000 fare, the ride would cost ₡50 per minute and ₡300 per kilometer traveled.Uber takes a 20 percent commission based on the value of the ride. Cortés told the audience at the driver training Saturday that Uber only makes money when drivers do.Anyone interested in signing up as a “partner” would need to have a car with four doors, a motor that is at least 1.4 L and no older than 2008. Drivers need to meet all legal requirements to drive in Costa Rica, pass a background check, an Uber inspection of the vehicle and have commercial car insurance that includes damages to other vehicles.Cortés was not phased by Vice Minister of Transport Sebastián Urbina’s comments to daily La Nación warning that Uber drivers would be considered “pirates” and could risk fines and even losing their license plates.“Well, we haven’t started operations,” Cortés said. Vice Minister Urbina “is waiting to see the structure and the structure is one that, under the best intentions to meet the law, we think is legal. Really legal, not some trick.”The afternoon session that The Tico Times attended at the Hotel Auténtico included a mix of first time drivers and experienced veterans. No women drivers were present.David Romero, a 35-year-old student, has never worked as a driver but said that he came because he wanted to use Uber as a way to supplement his income.Carlos Leton, meanwhile, has been a licensed taxi driver since 1995. With 20 years experience behind the wheel of a red taxi, the 57-year-old said he thought the service’s 5-star rating system would encourage Uber drivers and classic red cabs to improve their level of service.“They’re going to improve their service because they’re going to see they have to, they can’t keep going on like they have,” Leton said, noting that many of his colleagues today don’t meet certain standards of sevice.Leton said that he thought Uber was an inevitability that Costa Rica should embrace, not fight.“What are we going to do, pass a law against Uber? We need to open up ourselves and welcome businesses like this,” Leton said.Cortés said this shock to the status quo was the same that Uber has caused in other countries.“There are realities today that did not exist when the transportation laws were written, not just here but around the world. It’s something new and the world changes faster than it used to. But we’re open to dialogue,” he said. Facebook Comments Related posts:Uber starts accepting drivers in Costa Rica but government threatens fines Costa Rican police leadership denies targeting Uber drivers  New bill would OK ride-sharing services beyond Uber in Costa Rica Uber starts service in Costa Rica Friday afternoonlast_img read more

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China executes teacher who molested or raped 26 students

first_img Top Stories Quick workouts for men Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img BEIJING (AP) — A former Chinese elementary school teacher has been executed for molesting or raping 26 students, some as young as 4, in a case underscoring the vulnerability of rural children left behind by parents seeking jobs in cities.The intermediate People’s Court in the impoverished western province of Gansu said it carried out the sentence against Li Jishun on Thursday after it was upheld by the nation’s Supreme People’s Court. Li committed his assaults in the classroom, dormitories and surrounding forest areas in 2011-2012. In its ruling, the Supreme Court said all of Li’s victims were girls younger than 12 who attended his village boarding school and “were his responsibility to educate and protect.”“However, he took advantage of his status as teacher to repeated rape and molest the young girls, concealing his crimes and making it more difficult for his victims to resist and expose him,” the ruling said.The ruling said many of the girls had been left by parents working in cities, a group of children seen as particularly prone to physical and psychological abuse and who often grow up lonely and emotionally scarred. Such children are often left in the care of grandparents or placed in boarding schools where they are looked after by teachers.While China’s wealthy cities produce some of the world’s highest achievers in math and science, village schools are usually badly underfunded and most students leave after the mandatory nine years of education or earlier.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 4 must play golf courses in Arizonalast_img read more

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first_imgWASHINGTON, DC — A security directive for commercial airlines set to expire today (December 30) has been extended through Wednesday (December 31), according to the Transportation Safety Administration.The directive calls for secondary checks of passengers, including pat-downs and hand searches of carry-on baggage immediately before boarding a flight. Flights from foreign countries into the United States are subject to the increased scrutiny.Additional measures onboard flights are now being left to individual airlines and flight crews, according to CNN. Some of the restrictions included use of blankets and personal items as well as moving around the cabin within one hour of landing.Private jet flights have not been subject to any new restrictions according to officials from general aviation companies that spoke with Elite Traveler.At the same time reports are private jet travel is reaching levels not seen since mid-2008. According to Vail Daily, Vail Eagle Airport which operates a slot system for private jets from December 18 to January 4 is reporting its allocations are completely full during daytime periods.At the same time executives of private jet companies have told Elite Traveler that late planning and snowstorms have led to an increase in demand.See related story: http://www.elitetraveler.com/news_detail.html?nid=2221&n=no-changes-private-jet-security-wake-northwest-airlines-attacklast_img read more

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