Gov’t Allocates $30 Million to Alleviate Drought Conditions

first_img He was speaking at a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House on Wednesday (July 11). The Government has allocated $30 million to truck water to several communities across the island that are experiencing shortages due to drought conditions. Story Highlights The Government has allocated $30 million to truck water to several communities across the island that are experiencing shortages due to drought conditions.Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, said the measure forms the first phase of the Government’s response to the current dry spell affecting the parishes of St. Catherine, Clarendon, St. Elizabeth, St. Mary and Portland.He was speaking at a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House on Wednesday (July 11).The Met Office has issued drought alerts for sections of St. Catherine, Clarendon, and St. Elizabeth and a drought watch for Portland.Mr. McKenzie said the money will be provided to the Municipal Corporations in the parishes.He said that the Government “has taken careful note of the situation not only in these parishes but across the island and will be moving to ensure the continuation of normal economic and residential life”.He noted that the forecast for the three-month period from July to September is for higher-than-normal temperatures with lower-than-normal levels of rainfall.He said that these conditions are not unique to Jamaica, “but are conditions that are affecting parts of the Americas, Canada and the United Kingdom,” he pointed out.Minister McKenzie said that additional measures will be adopted by the Government if the situation worsens over the coming weeks.“The Government is prepared to spend whatever we can to ensure that adequate water is provided not just for residential use but, also, we have to take into consideration parishes like Manchester and St. Elizabeth, which are critical to the economic growth of the country, in terms of being the parishes that are responsible for a significant portion of our food supplies,” he said.In the meanwhile, Mr. McKenzie said the Ministry has been constructing water shops in parishes that experience chronic water shortages.He noted, as well, that the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation has been spending “a significant amount of money” to upgrade existing catchment systems to ensure that adequate water is provided to areas in need. Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, said the measure forms the first phase of the Government’s response to the current dry spell affecting the parishes of St. Catherine, Clarendon, St. Elizabeth, St. Mary and Portland.last_img read more

Southbound Asia to ECSA Container Volumes Dwindling

first_imgzoom Having started the year with a flurry of growth, southbound Asia to East Coast South America (ECSA) container volumes have slunk backwards, with new carrier agreements only adding to the oversupply and putting severe downwards pressure on spot rates, according to Drewry Shipping Consultants.Following first-quarter growth of 7.2%, container volumes on the southbound Asia to ECSA trade deteriorated alarmingly in April and May. Statistics from Datamar show that southbound box volumes fell by 7.2% year-on-year in April with May traffic slumping by 16.5%. The net result is that after five months volumes are marginally down on the same year-to-date point in 2014, down by 0.2% to 598,000 TEU, Drewry reports.The slowdown was perhaps inevitable given the weakness of the Latin American currencies against the U.S. dollar and the recessionary state of the regions’ largest economy Brazil, says Drewry.The weakness of the Brazilian economy is demonstrated in the container flows from Asia, which have dragged down the ECSA total. Year-to-date Asia-Brazil traffic was down by 3.6% to 443,000 TEU after five months, whereas Asia-Plate (Argentina and Uruguay) was still ticking along nicely, up by 10.7% to 155,000 TEU.Drewry’s rolling 12-month average for total Asia-ECSA volumes indicates that the trade will remain in deficit for the remainder of the year as it is currently tracking at around -4%, with that strong first-quarter merely providing a temporary lift.last_img read more

Canadas military spies can collect share info on Canadians directive says

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s military spies can collect and share information about Canadian citizens — including material gathered by chance — as long as it supports a legitimate investigation, says a newly disclosed federal directive.The prospect of defence-intelligence agents having personal data about Canadians worries civil-liberties advocates because it is unclear just how much is collected incidentally from the vast reaches of cyberspace.The Canadian Press recently obtained a copy of the eight-page, August 2018 directive, “Guidance on the Collection of Canadian Citizen Information,” through the Access to Information Act.  The instruction to National Defence employees and members of the Canadian Forces says any information collected about Canadians must have a “direct and immediate relationship” to a military operation or activity.But it also warns that “emerging technologies and capabilities” are increasing the possibility that such Canadian information will be scooped up inadvertently from open sources like social-media feeds.Data about Canadians, whether it’s collected intentionally or not, may be kept and used to support authorized defence-intelligence operations, the directive says.The national-security and intelligence committee of parliamentarians is examining the directive as part of a study on how National Defence and the Canadian Forces gather, use, keep and share information about Canadians as part of their intelligence work.The committee plans to deliver a special report to the prime minister on the subject this year.It will be a follow-up to an April report from the committee that said the military has one of the largest intelligence programs in Canada, and it gets little outside scrutiny.The committee, which examined thousands of pages and received several closed-door briefings, found that defence agencies carry out a full range of intelligence activities, collecting information through sensitive methods including technical means, human sources and investigations.It said these activities involve considerable risks, including infringements of Canadians’ rights.The committee called for stricter controls on the military’s spying, including the possibility of legislation spelling out when and how defence intelligence operations can take place.Currently, the only defence activity entailing collection of Canadian citizens’ information is the work of the Canadian Forces national counter-intelligence unit, said Capt. Nicola LaMarre, a National Defence spokeswoman.This includes identifying, investigating and countering threats to the security of Canada’s military from foreign intelligence services, or from individuals or groups engaged in espionage, sabotage, subversion, terrorist activities and other criminal activity as it relates to security concerns, she said.As part of its mandate, the counter-intelligence unit may investigate Forces members and Defence employees, collecting information about them in the process, LaMarre added. But she said that doesn’t mean the unit can “arbitrarily conduct surveillance on Canadian citizens,” and investigations may take place only when there is a clear link to defence security interests.Still, LaMarre said that in “an increasingly complex global information environment, and with Canadians constantly travelling all over the world,” military-intelligence personnel may incidentally gather some information about them.Under the directive, information about Canadians, including material collected inadvertently, can be retained to support authorized intelligence operations, or shared with other Canadian departments and agencies if the law allows.Tim McSorley, national co-ordinator for the Ottawa-based International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group, finds that troubling given the vast amount of information that swirls daily through the digital sphere.“We’re worried about what it means when they collect inadvertent information,” he said in an interview. “We don’t know the scope or the degree to which Canadians’ information is being captured.”As a result, there should be stronger legislative control and review of the military’s intelligence collection and sharing to ensure it isn’t straying beyond the bounds of privacy law and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, he said.“There can always be instances of over-reach, and that needs to be kept in check.”—Follow @JimBronskill on TwitterJim Bronskill , The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Greens pass NDP in polls days before first leaders debate

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – The dynamic of the upcoming federal election campaign is getting a bit of a shake up. The latest poll shows the Greens have passed the NDP with just days to go before the first leadership debate.The survey, from Mainstreet Research, shows the Liberals are on top at 37 per cent and the Conservatives are at 34. But for the first time ever, the Green Party is polling in third place, ahead of the New Democrats.“We have the Greens now at 10.8, a couple of points ahead of the NDP at 8.4 nationally,” Mainstreet CEO Quito Maggi says, adding this is reflective of the fact that the environment has emerged as a top priority for voters in this campaign.RELATED: Troubling stats for Trudeau Liberals: Pollster says close to half of Canadians want change of gov’t“It’s not surprising that we’re seeing this shift to the Greens, whose main focus that is.”The NDP and Greens have been targeting each other in recent weeks, and Maggi expects a political showdown when Jagmeet Singh and Elizabeth May face off in the Citytv-Maclean’s leaders debate, working to pick up progressive support.“It’s going to continue being a bit of an ugly fight,” he says.The debate takes place Thursday at 5 p.m. PST, and will be airing live on Citytv and the NEWS 1130 website. Andrew Scheer, Elizabeth May and Jagmeet Singh are participating, but Justin Trudeau has declined to attend.last_img read more

Dim light escalates breast cancer’s spread to bones

first_imgExposure to dim light at night may contribute to spreading of breast cancer to bones, researchers have shown in an animal study. When breast cancer spreads it often affects bones, cause severe pain and make them fragile. “To date no one has reported that exposure to dim light at night induces circadian disruption, which increases spread of bone metastatic breast cancer,” said Muralidharan Anbalagan, Assistant Professor, at Tulane University in New Orleans. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe findings were presented at ENDO 2019, the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting in New Orleans. For the preliminary study, the team created a mouse model of bone metastatic breast cancer. They injected oestrogen receptor-positive human breast cancer cells, which have a low propensity to grow in bones, into the tibia (shinbone) of female mice. Like humans, mice produced a strong night-time circadian melatonin signal, shown to produce strong anti-cancer actions and for promoting sleep. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardWhile one group of mice was kept in the light for 12 hours each day, the other group of three mice in the dark for 12 hours. Another group spent 12 hours in light, followed by 12 hours in dim light at night. X-ray images showed that mice exposed to a light or dim light cycle had much larger tumours and increased bone damage compared with mice kept in a standard light/dark cycle, he noted. “Our research identified the importance of an intact nocturnal circadian melatonin anti-cancer signal in suppressing bone-metastatic breast tumour growth,” Anbalagan said.last_img read more

Business Highlights

___US and China resume trade talks as Trump’s deadline nearsWASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration and Chinese negotiators have resumed high-level talks aimed at resolving a trade dispute that has escalated uncertainty for corporations, unsettled investors and posed a threat to the global economy. A Chinese team led by Vice Premier Liu He is meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and other American officials. Liu is scheduled to meet President Donald Trump on Friday afternoon.___EU says it’s ready to hit back if US imposes car tariffsBUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A European Union official says “there is full support” from member states to hit back if U.S. President Donald Trump imposes tariffs on cars and car parts. EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said EU trade ministers had discussed the bloc’s trading relationship with Washington during an informal meeting Friday in Bucharest.___Cuomo says losing Amazon HQ ‘greatest tragedy’ of his tenureALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Amazon’s backing out of a deal to put one of its second headquarters in New York City is the “greatest tragedy” he has seen since he’s been in government. Cuomo said Friday on public radio station WAMC that losing the Amazon deal makes him sick to his stomach. Cuomo’s public comments were his first on the topic since his office issued a statement Feb. 14, the day the Seattle-based internet retailer announced it was backing out of an agreement to redevelop a site in Queens.___Report: Apps send sensitive user data to FacebookNEW YORK (AP) — The Wall Street Journal is reporting that several phone apps are sending sensitive user data to Facebook, including health information, without users’ consent. The report says an analytics tool called “App Events” allows app developers to record user activity and report it back to Facebook, even if the user isn’t on Facebook.___At Kraft Heinz, a fed investigation and a $15.4B write-downPITTSBURGH (AP) — Kraft Heinz is disclosing an investigation by federal regulators and will slash the value of its Oscar Mayer brands by a $15.4 billion. Shares plunged 28 per cent marking the company’s worst ever one-day sell-off that erased $16 billion in market value Friday.___Fed will be ‘patient’ in rate hikes amid global growth woesWASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve says that in light of a slowing global economy and last year’s financial market turmoil, the central bank intends to remain “patient” in determining when to make future changes in its benchmark interest rate. The Fed’s semi-annual report to Congress on monetary policy stood in contrast to its last report in July when it signalled that it was on track to keep raising rates at a gradual pace over the next two years.___As prices soar, Turkey’s Erdogan woos voters with vegetablesISTANBUL (AP) — The government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has set up dozens of temporary stalls offering vegetables at almost half the regular market price. The move comes ahead of local elections next month and targets poorer families who have typically voted for Erdogan and are now struggling with inflation. The cost of food has jumped by about a third after turmoil in financial markets last year over Erdogan’s policies caused the national currency to slump.___Ireland publishes no-deal Brexit bill it hopes it won’t needLONDON (AP) — The Irish government has published legislation designed to ease the damage if Britain leaves the European Union without a deal — but says it hopes the law will never be needed. The government plans to fast-track the bill through Ireland’s parliament before the U.K.’s scheduled departure on March 29. As a major trading partner of Britain, and the only EU country that shares a land border with the U.K., Ireland faces a huge economic hit if a “no-deal” Brexit introduces tariffs and customs checks.___Smile: Some airliners have cameras on seat-back screensNEW YORK (AP) — Now there’s one more place where cameras could start watching you — from 30,000 feet. Newer seat-back entertainment systems on some airplanes operated by American Airlines and Singapore Airlines have cameras, and it’s likely they are also on planes used by other carriers. Both airlines say they have never activated the cameras. Still, the news raises privacy issues for travellers. It came to light after a passenger posted a close-up photo of the camera this week, and the tweet was widely shared.___Stocks climb, giving S&P 500 its 4th straight weekly gainNEW YORK (AP) — Technology and health care companies led U.S. stocks higher Friday, erasing some of the market’s losses from a day earlier and giving the benchmark S&P 500 its fourth straight weekly gain. The broad rally came as investors grew hopeful that talks between the U.S. and China will lead to a resolution of a costly trade war. Negotiations were to continue this weekend. President Donald Trump told reporters Friday afternoon that it was “more likely” that the talks will result in a deal.___The S&P 500 index rose 17.79 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 2,792.67. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 181.18 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 26,031.81. The Nasdaq composite climbed 67.84 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 7,527.54. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies picked up 14.51 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 1,590.06.The Associated Press read more

Vancouver man sentenced to 46 months for child porn

first_imgA Vancouver man was sentenced Friday to nearly four years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of possessing depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.Benjamin F. Lewis, 35, was sentenced to 46 months in prison.Clark County investigators became aware of suspicious activity on Aug. 29, 2016, when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received information from Google that suspected child pornography was found on its system. The upload came from email accounts and a phone number that was later traced to Lewis, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case.Lewis was detained by detectives with the Digital Evidence Cybercrimes Unit following a monthslong investigation. He admitted to uploading images of child pornography and sending them from his cellphone to his desktop computer, the affidavit states.He also told detectives that he has a problem and likes looking at pornography of “preteen” girls, court records said. Officers recovered about 50 images of suspected child pornography from Lewis’ computer. Most of the images depicted girls who appeared to be younger than 10, according to court documents.last_img read more

How to avoid contracting E coli

first_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Assistant Volunteer Clinical Professor at UC San Diego, Dr. Melanie Palm talks to KUSI about how you can avoid being affected during an E. coli outbreak. June 29, 2019 How to avoid contracting E. coli Posted: June 29, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Talks to begin on Columbia commercial seine fishing

first_imgA new advisory board to provide recommendations for developing a commercial seine fishery on the lower Columbia River will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 2108 Grand Blvd.The public is invited to the session of the five-member Emerging Fishery Advisory Board.Ron Roler, Columbia River policy coordinator, said the new board was created to help implement a portion of the Columbia River Basin Salmon Management Policy adopted by the Washington and Oregon fish and wildlife commissions in 2012.The policy calls for the development of salmon fisheries that use alternative selective gear, such as purse seines and beach seines.Roler said his agency will look to the advisers for recommendations on license qualifications, gear requirements and other regulatory aspects of the fishery.Guy Norman, regional director for Southwest Washington, said new rules for seining in the Columbia likely will be presented to the Fish and Wildlife Commission in January or February after meeting with commercial fishermen and coordinating with Oregon.Implementation of a seine fishery in 2014 is anticipated.last_img read more

Andrew Dymburt

first_imgA South Florida native, Andrew is now back home reporting for WSVN-7 in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Andrew grew up in Coral Springs and graduated from Stoneman Douglas High School before heading to Coral Gables and The University of Miami.Andrew joined the WSVN news team in 2018 from the CBS station (KOIN-6) in Portland, Oregon.In Portland, Andrew reported on many national events including the 41-day standoff between a group of militia and the Federal Government at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Burns, Oregon. He followed the story all the way through the Federal trials. He was also on hand to witness and report on the 2016 Presidential Election Day Riots in downtown Portland.In the summer of 2017, Andrew covered one of the most gruesome hate crimes in Oregon’s history.Before Portland, Andrew reported in the Bronx and Brooklyn for News 12. During his time at News 12,  he reported on the controversial and deadly police choke-hold of Eric Garner, the Ebola outbreak and tragic ambush of NYPD detectives Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.Prior to his time at News12, Andrew served as Host and Multimedia Journalist for “Buzz:60” on Yahoo! And USAToday. He also covered the New York Jets for an online publication and worked on SportsNet New York’s television production team for the New York Mets.Andrew began his broadcasting career as an intern for Fox News Channel’s late night TV talk show, “Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld,” before moving on to help launch ‘Chasing News’ on FOX5, FOX29 and MY9 in New York City and Philadelphia. While at Fox, Andrew was one of the first journalists to survey and report on the damage from Superstorm Sandy along the Jersey Shore.He graduated from the University of Miami (FL) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. At Miami, Andrew served as the University’s play-by-play announcer for Miami Hurricanes football, basketball and baseball programs. Andrew is a Type-1 Diabetic and continues to raise awareness for children with diabetes. He is passionate about the news, politics and sports. In his spare time he enjoys (attempting to) golf.Got a story idea? Send it to ADymburt@WSVN.comCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

The Mandalorian Exclusive footage revealed at Star Wars Celebration Chicago

first_img TV and Movies Digital Media Internet Services 7 Tags Now playing: Watch this: Star Wars Celebration fans got an exclusive look at The Mandalorian. Lucasfilm No disintegrations. Fans at Star Wars Celebration Chicago got an exclusive look at The Mandalorian, the first live action Star Wars show, at a Sunday panel. While much of it was broadcast on the internet, two features were screened only for the audience that made it to Chicago.The Mandalorian will be released on the Disney Plus streaming service when the Netflix rival launches on Nov. 12, and Sunday’s panel gave more information about the show since it was announced. Pedro Pascal (best known for playing Oberyn Martell in Game of Thrones) will play the titular role and wear armor similar to that of classic character Boba Fett. The panel is still available to watch on the Star Wars YouTube channel, with exclusive footage blacked out, but we’ve got a full recap from the ground at Celebration Chicago. 2:04 41 Photos Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker trailer tees… Share your voice Star Wars Celebration Chicago cosplay The beskar is stamped with the Imperial symbol — perhaps the oppressive regime seized it after Mandalore rebelled in Rebels? The Mandalorian notes that the beskar belongs with his people, and that they need to restore order after a time of disarray — seems like their rebellion failed.Panel attendees were then treated to a montage of scenes from the show.”Is the world more peaceful since the revolution?” Herzgog asks, referring to the fall of the Empire.We then catch a glimpse of Giancarlo Esposito, who plays an awesome looking Imperial officer wearing a black cape and armor (like a more battle-ready Krennic from Rogue One) as he leads a squad of Stormtroopers to a residence.”Burn them out,” he says, before a flamethrower-wielding trooper (in cool red-accented armor) lets loose.nullThe Mandalorian is ready to bring a little chaos. Lucasfilm He’s later seen flying a TIE fighter, so he’s clearly a multi-talented guy.We also caught glimpses of bounty hunters that like a whole lot like 4-LOM and IG-88, previously seen on Vader’s Super Star Destroyer in The Empire Strikes Back, and a gunslinger apparently played by comedian Bill Burr.”Look outside. I see nothing but death and chaos.”We get a taste of that as the Mandalorian takes down a group of Stormtroopers with his Holiday Special-style rifle — culminating in his smashing open an unlucky trooper’s helmet with the butt.The chaos will continue when The Mandalorian hits Disney Plus on Nov. 12 Comments Executive Producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni first took the stage to reveal the origins of the show, which is set five years after Return of the Jedi. The two met at Skywalker Ranch around 2007; Filoni was the first person to see Iron Man, and he showed Favreau CGI animated series The Clone Wars (which is making a comeback on Disney Plus: check out that panel later Sunday).The Star Wars underworld was a very rich storytelling environment, according to Favreau, and he wanted to get back to the tone of the old western and samurai films that inspired George Lucas. The Legends canon, Star Wars novels and media created before Disney took them out of continuity to pave the way for 2015’s The Force Awakens, was also mined to get ideas for the show.Then cast members Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano and Carl Weathers hit the stage to talk about their characters. Pascal was pretty coy about the character.”The Mandalorian is a mysterious lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy,” he said. “Some might say he has questionable moral character.”Carano’s character is named Cara Dune, an ex-Rebel Alliance shock trooper, while Weathers plays Greef Carga, and it sounds like his character will work closely with Pascal’s. the-mandalorian-gina-caranoGina Carano is playing Cara Dune. Lucasfilm “He’s kinda the head of this guild of bounty hunters,” Weathers revealed. “The Mando is a guy who he figures can get the job done.”The panel exclusively showed attendees a sizzle reel that opened with the Mandalorian walking on a bridge on an icy world, following a transponder to a shelter. Presumably he was hunting a mark.It flashed through moments from the show’s production, showing directors like Deborah Chow, Bryce Dallas-Howard and Taika Waititi. We got a look at the Mandalorian’s ship, called the Razorcrest, and it’s apparently a homage to Jango Fett’s original ship (Kuat Drive Yards Amphibious Interstellar Assault Transport/infantry) seen in the Legends canon 2002 video game Bounty Hunter.Pascal is seen being suited up, with Favreau noting that new planets, races, species and starships will be introduced.”It’s beautiful hearing the fans react to it,” Weathers said.stormtroopers-the-mandalorianStormtroopers from the 501st cosplay group were recruited for The Mandalorian. Sean Keane/CNET Favreau revealed that they found they didn’t have enough Stormtroopers for a scene at one point during production, but Filoni knew some superfans who could help out — members of the 501st cosplay group got to play a role.Favreau and Filon answered a few questions from Twitter, revealing that they discussed where the Mandalorians were during the prequels and Original Trilogy. We know about the former from The Clone Wars and Rebels CGI animated series, and hinted that this show would fill in the gaps for the latter.They also highlighted that Favreau finished one of his scripts on Christmas Day and how Filoni has written one episode.In describing more of his character, Pascal further pushes the western and samurai edge. “He’s got a lot of Clint Eastwood in him,” Pascal said, noting that he watched a lot of Sergio Leone and Akira Kurosawa movies to prepare.Fans attending got another exclusive look at a scene in that most classic of Star Wars locations: a cantina. There we find Mandalorian and Weathers’ Greef discussing a big time job, which Mando agrees to.He steps out into a Mos Eisley-style marketplace, where we see a Kowakian monkey-lizard (like Salacious Crumb in Return of the Jedi) and another cowering in a cage behind him. No doubt they’ll be delicious.the-mandalorian-carl-weathersCarl Weathers plays Greef Carga. Lucasfilm Arriving at a door, the Mandalorian must pass a TT-8L/Y7 gatekeeper droid (a security camera on a stalk like the one seen at the entrance to Jabba’s Palace in Return of the Jedi) using a credit chit given to him by Greef. He steps into a room and finds himself surrounded by a bunch of Stormtroopers in dirty armor — these Outer Rim worlds are pretty grimy!). They note that the bounty hunter is outnumbered. “We have you four to one,” a Stormtrooper says. “I like those odds,” Pascal’s character shoots back.After a brief interruption from a doctor (Omid Abtahi), Werner Hergog’s unnamed character offers him Beskar in exchange for a mysterious 50-year-old bounty, dead or alive. Beskar, AKA Mandalorian iron, is what their awesome armor is made of — it was previously seen in Rebels. Disney Star Warslast_img read more

Shiv Shakti enthralls the Capital

first_imgThe dance presentation, Shiva Shakti, consisted of a series of magnificent recitals that attempted to portray the union of Shiva, the male principle and pure consciousness with Shakti, the dynamic feminine energy.The narrator of the recital explains, ‘In the ancient Indian philosophy of tantra, it is said that the Kundalini Shakti exists in every atom of the universe. Kundalini Shakti in its dormant state is represented by a coiled snake, nestled at the base of the spine. When this energy is awakened, it ascends through the seven chakras to unite above the crown of the head with Shiva. This consummation creates an experience of bliss. This Kundalini Shakti in each one of us, unites us and connects us in the dance of Shiva.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The show was directed by Dev Issaro, choreographed by Daksha Sheth and her daughter Isha Sharvani and the music was orchestrated by Tao Issaro.  Throughout her career, Daksha Seth has explored various art movements from different corners of India: Kathak from the North, Mayurbhanj Chhau from the East, the martial art of Lakaripayattu from the South and aerial techniques of Mallakhamb from the West. She and Dev Issaro amalgamated all these disciplines with dramatic staging and innovative music to formulate a strong and vibrant dance-drama experience with indigenous roots.All the performers in the show were from the Daksha Sheth Dance Company that boasts of  its unique form of dance expression that the audience enjoyed in all its vibrancy.Some of the dignitaries present at the occasion were Kiran Bedi, Shubha Mudgal, Abha Dalmia, Herbart Traxl, Shailesh Khaitan, Radha Reddy and Kaushalya Reddy.last_img read more

Mulya The values and vindication

first_imgTwo brothers, old furniture and the insoluble debate on values of life seem to be pertinent even in contemporary times. Thespian Asit Mukhopadhyay’s brilliant adaptation of ‘The Price’ by Arthur Millar years ago, which was staged as Nilam Nilam still holds water to stir up the discussion with same veracity. Last show of Mulya was nothing short of it.It was a nerve wrecking one and a half hour of showtime with the star performers, belonging to different generations, took the stage. Victor Franz as Bijoy Narayan comes to Calcutta to dispose of the old furniture of his house which once belonged to his father, an established businessman, who incurred huge loss in his business in his later life and went into depression. Bijoy is a policeman with Calcutta police who is nearing his retirement. He chose to sacrifice his studies in college to support his ailing father and conveniently blames his brother, Walter Franz aka Sujoy Narayan for his destiny. He cannot forget his past and is annoyed by the way Sujoy had mistreated him and his father to selfishly fulfill his ambition to become a renowned doctor. Thereafter, Sujoy and Bijoy were not in touch with each other for many years. To get rid of the antique furniture of his father’s house, Bijoy contacts an octogenarian secondhand furniture broker, Shailyo Mohan Sur. When the deal is almost made Sujoy suddenly enters the house and the situation takes a dramatic turn. Both the brothers confront each other after years when the past residing in anger, hatred, guilt, jealousy, blame game and mean-mindedness between them come to the fore. Each of them builds up a wall of justification for their past plan of action. Their arguments do not convince the other despite severe efforts by Bijoy’s wife, Anita who expresses her helplessness, frustrations and suffering of the past to mediate between them. While Sujoy tries to make up for his guilt by offering a job to Bijoy in his own venture. Bijoy rejects the offer owing to the fact that he envies Sujoy and does not trust him at all. He is sure that Sujoy has some other motive behind his offer. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBratya Basu as Sujoy shows an unprecedented genre of acting by getting into the skin of the character. He brings out different shades of the character with different level of emotions of a human mind on stage. He articulates with poise, expresses his inherent anger and hatred towards his elder brother, moves around with elegance, shivers to suppress his emotional outbursts symbolic of his past illness, justifies his every move of exercising his right to pursue what he wants to become in future while he unfolds the untold in the process of their conversation. We see in his expression the unnerving resilience to achieve the goal of his life as he finally rues over his own actions and offers to make up for it. Bratya dominates the stage with his stupendous acting prowess and leaves the audience awestruck with the undertone in his acting. The first half of the show is taken over completely by veteran theatre artiste Rajat Ganguly, in the role of Shailyo Mohan Sur. The audience is fascinated to discover another awe-inspiring performance of this stage professional. His subtlety in movement, delivery and diction and timing on stage is exemplary. Senjhuti Mukhopadhyay, as Bijoy’s wife, Anita displays a matured performance with her limp and sudden perturbed emotional eruption. She develops her character well in the role of an arbitrator between the brothers. Experienced Debshankar Haldar adds to the appeal of the show when we get to see some old glimpses of his acting style in the play. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDishari Chakraborty as a sound designer adds to the eminence of the show while Sudip Sanyal has aesthetically designed the light projection. Bilu Dutta has an interesting set design. Debasish Roy, the director is at his artistic best after his prolific direction in Hridipash and Ila Gurhoisha. His job has obviously been made easier with the presence of iconic stars in theatre. However, he admittedly expressed the challenges he has faced in making these talents work together. Producer, Bijoy Mukherjee, the director of Ballygunge Bratyajon, emphasized on familial moral values and its consequences on decision making in a particular context and time in life. Through this production, he wished to reignite the issue of balancing acts as one moves ahead in life. His passion for theatre is evident when he informed us about buying the set of antique furniture at a high price for the play. Mulya is a pricey tribute to Asit Mukhopadhyay with the concoction of superstars of theatre.last_img read more

Expanding to eBay

first_imgOctober 1, 2005 Buyers of pricey Los Angeles Dodgers collectibles don’t exactly line up at your door when your music, comics and memorabilia shop is located in Joplin, Missouri. So when Rodney Spriggs finds that one of his 10 Vintage Stock stores in the Midwest has slow-moving merchandise, he lists those items on eBay to reach a wider audience.”eBay gives us a great outlet for higher-dollar items or items that might not sell in the Midwest,” explains Spriggs, 38, who co-owns the company with partners Steve Wilcox, 39, and Ken Caviness, 49. “Five-hundred-dollar Star Wars items might just sit in the store, but when we put them on eBay, we reach a whole new audience.”Sales on eBay make up approximately 3 percent of the company’s $7 million in annual revenue. Spriggs expects the percentage to jump in 2006, when Vintage Stock plans to open an eBay Store instead of just running individual listings from each of the company’s locations.While brick-and-mortar retailers may not immediately think of eBay as a viable selling option, Janelle Elms thinks every retailer should have an eBay presence as a way to unload inventory, beef up sales and even drive traffic into local store locations. Elms, co-author of eBay Your Business: Maximize Profits and Get Results, lives in Kirkland, Washington, and teaches courses on eBay selling, in addition to consulting with businesses to maximize their profits on eBay.”I’ve worked with hundreds of businesses, and I’ve yet to find a product or service that doesn’t work on eBay,” says Elms. “For a very low cost, you can get your name out there, brand your business and reach an audience that you never dreamed of with a small retail business.”Tools You Can UseRetailers can choose to run individual listings to get started, or they can invest in an eBay Store, which creates a common area on eBay where retailers can display all their eBay items, says Elms. The virtual storefronts are available at different levels, each with a variety of services, and range in price from $15.95 to $499.95 per month. Entry-level packages include five pages of customizable space, sales-tracking capabilities and other features, as well as access to customer support. Top-tier subscriptions for high-volume sellers feature 15 pages of space and all the features of the lower-level subscriptions, as well as 24-hour access to customer support.eBay also offers a number of tools to its sellers to help them get off on the right foot. The Seller OnRamp Program is a free, phone-based consulting program designed to help businesses start selling on eBay. (The Seller OnRamp team can be reached at (866) 304-EBAY between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday.) The eBay Certified Provider Program promotes access to a network of technical and nontechnical service providers who help eBay sellers ramp up their sales volume. See http://developer.ebay.com/certifiedprovider for more information.Of course, the eBay site has many basic tips and tools for those who want to get started or launch more successful listings. You can start at the Learning Center, which offers everything from basic selling techniques to links to starting a business for the advanced seller. And like most other business functions, listings can be outsourced. eBay offers access to Trading Assistants–experienced eBay sellers who will sell your items on your behalf for a fee. In addition, eBay has trained an army of instructors as Education Specialists to help you get started selling. To find one in your area, check the Education Specialist Directory. Making the Most of It This story appears in the October 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 11 min read Regardless of your approach to getting on eBay, Elms advises creating a strategy and selection of products from the beginning. She advises new sellers on eBay to think inventory. “Some people just sell one or two items,” Elms says. “You’d never open a brick-and-mortar store with just two items. No one would be interested in coming to that store. [Customers would] treat it as a garage sale instead of a business.”And it can be big business. Sales were down and the future looked dismal for A City Discount, an Atlanta restaurant equipment retailer, and owner John Stack was about to close the doors. Around the same time, Stack found 250 coffee pots in a stash of used restaurant equipment he had purchased for resale. Stack knew he couldn’t sell them in his store. Then, one of his employees suggested putting them on eBay.”To my surprise, it worked,” recalls Stack. “They ended up selling for over $150 each–more than we could get in the local market. That opened my eyes to the potential of eBay.”That was in September 1999. Today, A City Discount brings in more than $10 million per year, selling 25,000 pieces of new and used restaurant equipment on eBay–which accounts for nearly half of the company’s volume–as well as through its own website and retail location. Most surprising, says Stack, 54, is the synergy between eBay and the retailer’s other channels. His eBay listings have driven traffic to his website, and customers have phoned from around the country to find out if he has specific pieces of equipment. A City Discount now has more customers in California than it does in its home state of Georgia.Spriggs agrees that eBay is a powerful marketing tool. Vintage Stock puts tags on in-store items that are currently being offered on eBay, so if a customer is unsure about an item, he or she can take some time to decide and then log on to the item listing to purchase it.”Sometimes, people need extra time to pull the trigger on a big purchase. With eBay, we don’t lose the sale,” says Spriggs.”If you already have a brick-and-mortar store, why wouldn’t you be on eBay anyway?” asks Debra Schepp, author of eBay PowerSeller Secrets: Insider Tips From eBay’s Most Successful Sellers. “You already have sources for your products. You already know your product line. You are already experienced in customer service. So selling on eBay can’t do anything but put your business into a global marketplace with millions of potential customers.”Some brick-and-mortar stores actually have their beginnings on eBay. Keith Chrapliwy, 31, and Andrew Cape, 30, were both graphic designers who started selling furniture on eBay as a hobby. For six years, the two maintained a friendly rivalry in their listings. Then it became clear that their pastime could sustain them as a business. In 2003, they both quit their corporate jobs and opened Modology, a modern furniture store in Cincinnati. In less than two years, the company’s revenue has grown to almost $300,000–85 percent of which is still sold through eBay–and continues to climb.”We wouldn’t have survived if it wasn’t for eBay, because of the high-end furniture that we sell,” says Chrapliwy. “It’s given us an international platform to sell our [furniture].” Because of the sheer volume of users, eBay can also build exposure and drive customers from other locales into a retail location. Some of Stack’s local customers have found his store because of his eBay presence. And Chrapliwy recalls one couple who had traveled from Idaho to their store. Based on the volume of listings on eBay and the reputation that Modology has built, the couple commented that they had expected to find a much larger retail store than the company’s modest 2,000-square-foot location.Setting Up ShopSetting up a proper store on eBay requires some savvy search engine marketing, says Elms, since eBay Stores often show up in searches done on Google, Yahoo! and other web-based search engines. Each eBay Store has a title, which, she says, does not have to be the same name as the business. Instead, she advises opting for words that describe your business in 35 characters or less. So while Elms’ business name is Jill of All Trades, her eBay Store name is Auction Profit Education Consulting, which is more indicative of what she does. Using keywords related to what you sell in your Store title will result in a higher ranking in search results. According to Elms, her carefully chosen name has resulted in 41 percent of her traffic coming from Google, which ranks her within the top five results of a search for “eBay consultant.””It runs counter to traditional marketing wisdom, but it’s all about search engine optimization,” explains Elms. “By using eBay’s ability to get my business on search engines, I can then promote my brand. It doesn’t matter what I call myself if customers aren’t finding me.”Schepp adds that retailers should make every effort to keep their feedback scores–the comments from buyers that indicate whether their experience was positive or negative–high. Positive feedback is the backbone of a successful eBay enterprise.”Serious sellers guard their eBay feedback more closely than their inventories,” she says. “If your feedback rating is 97 [percent positive feedback] or less, you are suspect on eBay.”Schepp says that the best way to maintain positive feedback is to give truthful descriptions of products, use clear pictures, and keep buyers apprised of the selling process, shipping fees and status of their auction at all times. Stack found that adding a freight calculator to his website, accessible from eBay listings, was a popular feature with customers, who could then avoid sticker shock when learning the fees for shipping his large equipment.Schepp adds that eBay can be a valuable part of a trade-in program. “Offer your current customers trade-ins on their used products, and sell those items on eBay,” she advises. “That way, you can turn every sale into three sales.”With ample tools and resources to get retailers started in e-commerce, eBay offers a turnkey solution for taking part in a $34 billion marketplace. That’s something few independent retailers can do on their own.”I think at a certain point, you have to look at every possible opportunity,” says Spriggs. “Look at just the sheer number of eyes you get on eBay. They’re definitely the dominant force. They’re definitely where you go. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t heard of eBay.”There’s More In Store…Think e-commerce is more your style than auctions? eBay may still be the answer. In June, the company launched ProStores, a turnkey e-commerce solution for retailers who want to sell online.ProStores creates online stores that are separate from eBay.com. So while eBay Stores are a collection of a seller’s current listings on eBay and have eBay’s multicolored logo prominently featured on each page, ProStores is all about you and your business. The fully customizable product uses your own domain and is easy to tailor to the look and feel of your business, says Chris Tsakalakis, senior director of eBay Stores.ProStores is still compatible with eBay, and the product allows you to easily create and list auction-formatted or fixed-price products directly on eBay.com. ProStores is also compatible with PayPal, allowing retailers to accept credit cards without having to apply for their own merchant accounts.”This is more than just a website,” says Tsakalakis. “You get a shopping cart, a product catalog and full customization capabilities. It’s a solution for retailers who want to get started selling online, but who want to keep their costs down.”And the fees are reasonable. ProStores is offered in four tiers: ProStores Express, which will set you back a mere $6.95 per month, is a bare-bones product that allows you to sell up to 10 items. At $29.95 per month, ProStores Business is more sophisticated, but it does not include the more advanced inventory tracking offered by ProStores Advanced, which is $74.95 per month, and ProStores Enterprise–used by companies like shoe seller Doc Martens–for $249.95 per month. On top of that, you’ll pay a per-sale commission of 1.5 percent at the Express level, and 0.5 percent per transaction at the other levels. Each level offers a variety of services, which increase with the fee levels.Of course, ProStores sellers don’t have the traffic of eBay’s 147 million registered users–they must drive their own traffic to their sites. But for retailers interested in getting started online, ProStores offers a single-source option to get an online store up and running. See www.prostores.com.Gwen Moran is Entrepreneur’s “Retail Register,” “Buzz” and “Quick Pick” columnist. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

The Coming Push for DR

first_imgFeature | Digital Radiography (DR) | October 04, 2016 | Greg Freiherr The Coming Push for DR From Capitol Hill to the backwaters of X-ray, federal legislation might nudge those in the remaining bastions of X-ray film and CR to move to DR 123PreviousNext Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 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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This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Fine details are drawn from digital radiographs by Agfa’s third generation Musica. The processing software, now in its third generation, renders high-quality images from low-dose exposures Fujifilm’s long-length detector, the D-EVO GL, allows scoliosis imaging or long-leg exams in a single exposure. The flat panel detector measures 17 by 49 inches. Fine details are drawn from digital radiographs by Agfa’s third generation Musica. The processing software, now in its third generation, renders high-quality images from low-dose exposures Canon’s CXDI-801C wireless detector for digital radiography is sized to fit into most wall stands, Buckeys, mobiles and incubators. Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more Meeting the Need for SpeedCompared with digital radiography, CR is slower by up to eight minutes per exam, according to Agfa. Konica Minolta, which puts the savings at three minutes per exam, estimates increased productivity from converting to DR at between 40 and 60 percent. Radiation dose to the patient from DR versus CR may be 30 to 50 percent lower, according to Fujifilm Medical Systems USA.The decision to switch from CR was a “no-brainer” for Greater Hudson Valley Health System, said its radiology administrator Gene Bernieri. Greater Hudson Valley Health, which is based in Middletown, N.Y., made the move partly to improve productivity, Bernieri said, benefiting patients as well as the health system. “If you can go in and make that lumbar spine X-ray or that skull X-ray or that hand X-ray quicker and more effective, you have more time to spend with the patient,” he said.The federal legislation might nudge those in the remaining bastions of X-ray film and CR to move to DR. Although reduced Medicare payment is the focus of this legislation, federal cutbacks could extend to Medicaid and VA payments. And third-party payers could then follow suit.To be considered are DR options that can bring DR very quickly to installed sites. Retrofits are built around existing equipment, which may share detectors between table and wall stand in a dedicated X-ray room, as well as with mobile units.They are among the least expensive ways for a customer to transition to DR, said George Curley, Agfa’s senior sales marketing manager for digital imaging in the U.S. “It extends the life of existing imaging equipment,” he said. “That is true for both rooms and portables — and there’s a lot of that going on.”Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center, a 25-bed hospital in Globe, Ariz., uses two digital detectors: one dedicated to an X-ray room, the other shared between a portable unit and a multipurpose room offering fluoroscopy, as well as radiography. The staff has “slowly started to figure out the bugs” that have kept the detector from pairing — and unpairing — as technologists would like, when the detector is shared. More challenging has been orchestrating the sharing itself.“If we are using the plate on the portable machine and there is a trauma called, you have to make a decision — quickly finish the outpatient or stop the exam and re-tether it to the portable machine and run,” said David Allen, Cobre Valley’s imaging director.Coming up with a strategy for the optimal use of digital detectors is critically important when transitioning to DR, according to Brian Strangways, vice president at Canon’s Virtual Imaging subsidiary. “We analyze individual needs and then come up with a customized solution,” Strangways said. A Federal PushMost susceptible to the coming federal reimbursement cuts will be outpatient facilities that serve many Medicare patients. (Federal cuts will not be applied to inpatient exams.) Those not yet in the DR fold are primarily small facilities and, as such, they serve relatively few Medicare patients. These are typically small community hospital outpatient departments, freestanding imaging centers and physician practices. IMV data indicate that about 69 percent of hospitals with 400 or more beds have transitioned their fixed X-ray systems to DR versus about 34 percent of hospitals with fewer than 100 beds.Michael A. Silver, Ph.D., a longtime analyst of the U.S. healthcare market, said the federal push to encourage this transition to DR was predictable. “It’s part of a long view toward performing safe and appropriate imaging and decreasing the numbers of providers who have been performing opportunistic and ‘less continuum of care integrated’ imaging services,” said Silver, currently vice president of Erdman, a Madison, Wis.-based consulting firm that specializes in the planning, design and construction of healthcare facilities.  Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Watch the video “Technology Report: DR Systems.”  Watch the technology report sidebar video highlighting an example of what new DR systems can offer. Fujifilm’s long-length detector, the D-EVO GL, allows scoliosis imaging or long-leg exams in a single exposure. The flat panel detector measures 17 by 49 inches.The remaining users of film and computed radiography (CR) may get some carrot, if they transition to digital radiography (DR). It may come in the form of improved productivity, reduced X-ray dose to patients and better image quality. But the legislation that may spur the transition is all stick.Medicare will begin paying less next year for film-based radiography that uses film — 20 percent less. The year after, Medicare will begin paying less for CR — 7 percent for CR exams from 2018 through 2022; 10 percent thereafter.About half the radiographers in the U.S. are already chomping on the DR carrot. According to IMV, a market research and online publishing firm in Des Plaines, Ill., slightly more than half the installed base of diagnostic X-ray equipment in the U.S. — an estimated 17,000 fixed general radiography units — has switched to DR. The vast majority of new fixed radiography systems — as high as 94 percent — are currently shipping with digital detectors, according to Lorna Young, IMV senior director of market research. (Young did not provide a sales estimate for DR portables.)Among the factors considered in the transition to DR, she said, include increased patient satisfaction and reduced radiation dose. But “improving workflow is huge,” Young stated, noting that the move to DR, once begun, typically continues. “It is so important to folks, having (radiography units) all work as one system, as opposed to a hodgepodge of systems,” she explained.Among the installed base that uses CR but is moving toward DR, about half is seeking to retrofit existing X-ray units and the other half is considering buying new units, according to Young.Retrofits protect investments already made in equipment, while their increased productivity may reduce the number of fixed rooms needed in a big facility, for example, from four to three, say equipment vendors. Digital detectors are the cornerstone of retrofits, as well as new products. Detectors may be used in portable X-ray units and fixed radiography rooms, as well as multipurpose X-ray rooms that offer fluoroscopy and radiography. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 0%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. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.center_img Digital X-ray Systems Comparison ChartITN has created a comparison chart for specifications for digital radiography systems, both fixed and mobile. It can be accessed at www.itnonline.com/content/digital-radiography-systems. This will require a login, but it is free and only takes a minute to register. The chart includes all manufacturers of mobile C-arms that sell systems in the United States. Videos | 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 Medica read more 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.  Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. Read more of his views on his blog at www.itnonline.com.  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Carestream Health’s portable X-ray system, the DRX-Revolution, is designed to maneuver quickly and easily to patient bedsides. Sharing EquipmentUsing Bluetooth, the most advanced detectors are designed to connect automatically to equipment that controls the X-ray tube and generator. Installation is accomplished with a wireless access point through which images can be sent for display or storage; image processing software; and a display screen. An easily visible indicator light may be integrated as well to tell the technologist the detector is connected.Auto detect features are staples in new products, for example, tablet-based solutions, which several vendors showed at the AHRA meeting in August. These tablets can be used to control detectors and other X-ray components at multiple locations in a facility. But, using auto detect, some detectors can work directly with portables — and without tablets. Images are captured and sequentially stored as digital files in memory built into the detector. The process is similar to the acquisition of images on film and CR in that the images are not available for display until the mobile unit has returned to the radiology department, as in the case of a CR reading station or film processor.“You write down on paper the image numbers and the associated patient names,” said Rob Fabrizio, director of strategic marketing for DR at Fujifilm Medical Systems USA, noting that Fuji — like other companies — offers detectors that can store radiographs in their memory. Images are then downloaded.This process is very cost-effective, he said, especially for low-volume sites. “It is perfect for them because they don’t need to invest in a DR portable or a complete portable upgrade,” he said.Efficient use of DR resources requires careful planning, said Timothy C. Ingram, director of clinical diagnostics for Stephens Memorial Hospital. Ingram and other administrators at the 25-bed facility in Norway, Maine, are laying the groundwork for the hospital’s coming transition from CR to DR.“One of the things that we need to look at from a financial standpoint is what is the best way and most efficient way to do this,” Ingram said. “Is it going with a whole brand-new room that is straight to DR; or is there sort of an intermediate step?” The staff is looking at whether DR panels might work with the hospital’s CR equipment, he stated. Using CR workstations and their software can save on the cost of hardware and software, as well as reduce the need for staff training. Recently installed Agfa CR equipment, for example, can be repurposed in the transition to DR, according to Curley. Some form of Agfa’s Musica (multi-scale image contrast amplification) has been used for more than 20 years to process digital X-ray images, both CR and DR.  Market ApproachesVendors may approach large and small customers very differently. Canon, for example, approaches integrated delivery networks (IDNs) and group purchasing organizations with its own sales force. Single-site facilities typically are addressed as part of a team comprised of local dealers, which have relationships with those facilities.Efficiency is gained, not by selectively installing pieces of equipment into an IDN, but rather by putting DR technology throughout the network, said Tsuneo Imai, VP and general manager of the Canon Healthcare Solutions Division. “That is why we try to make our technologies affordable — to go into many outlets and installations throughout IDNs,” Imai said. “That is why IDNs are very key to us.”Although CR is not likely to soon disappear, the need for these devices will shrink. In some instances, CR equipment will continue to be used as backups or by departments that otherwise do not have access to DR. They may even continue for specialty applications, as in the case of spine or long-leg imaging.Scoliosis patients, for example, may be imaged in a single exposure using several CR plates whose images are digitally stitched together. This need may diminish in the wake of single, long plates, such as Fujifilm’s newly released D-EVO GL, which measures 17 by 49 inches and allows single, low-dose exposures of a patient’s leg or spine.Whether such a DR plate is financially viable depends on the individual customer. Other purchasing questions that depend on the buyer relate to the facility’s goals, available space, and the age and condition of existing equipment.The most important consideration, say vendors and practitioners alike, are the needs of patients.  Related Content Carestream Health’s portable X-ray system, the DRX-Revolution, is designed to maneuver quickly and easily to patient bedsides. Related Articles on the Transition to Digitital RadiographyDigital Radiography Facing Major Change in 2017Transitioning to Digital RadiographyMobile Digital Radiography Driving EfficiencyThe Coming Push for DRCR to DR: The Time-Saving Solution for a Critical Access Hospital in New HampshireAn Effective Approach to X-ray Equipment UpgradeVIDEO: Technology Report: DR Systems Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 0%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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As they make more exposures and have less time to cool between exams, generators and tubes will not last as long as they did before.“Upgrading an older X-ray system will increase the cost of tube and generator repairs like crazy,” said Guillermo Sander, senior strategic marketing manager for DR at Konica Minolta.Some vendors have developed programs to assist prospective customers in their transition to DR. Carestream Health’s “Jump to DR,” for example, seeks to establish Carestream Health as a “trusted advisor,” according to Cheryl McCarron, the company’s regional business manager for X-ray. The company emphasizes interoperability of its products both in the present and future. “We don’t want radiology directors painting themselves into corners, asking ‘Where do I go from here,’” McCarron said.Agfa, through its Fast Forward to DR program, emphasizes “taking our customers to DR at a pace that is comfortable for them,” said Agfa exec Curley.Similarly, Canon seeks to be a good partner to its customers. And that can be tricky.“You have to be sure that customers get what they need, not just what they want,” said Strangways. “We work with our customers to look beyond just a particular piece of equipment. They really need guidance.”Agfa has developed return on investment (ROI) tools that can be used by facilities of various sizes to decide whether the timing is right to make the move to DR. The output of these tools can help radiology administrators justify equipment purchases to the C-suite.“There may be some customers out there who are not capital challenged, but I haven’t run into one yet,” Curley said.When the transition to DR involves new, turnkey systems, providers should look at trading in their old equipment. “If you are a loyal customer, we will give you a ‘loyalty’ discount on your older equipment,” said Sander. “And that is just the beginning.”Konica Minolta has come up with a financing instrument that allows existing customers to make a small down payment upfront for DR equipment — a payment equivalent to about 1 percent of the acquisition cost. Follow-on payments would be in line with what the facility would shell out for the maintenance of CR-based equipment.Agfa can make payments for its equipment part of the facility’s operational budget. Carestream offers to rent customers a retrofit kit or portable X-ray system until they can secure the capital funding for an outright purchase. 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 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 0.00%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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Tourcan says its Morocco promo for September October selling fast

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share TORONTO — Tourcan Vacations is offering a number of set departures in September and October highlighting the Imperial Cities as well as excursions to some desert towns, says General Manager Phillip Solomon.The 10-night tour visits Casablanca, Rabat, Fez, Marrakech, Ouarzazate and Zagora with all sightseeing included. “Clients will be able to experience the beautiful architecture, interesting history, Moroccan culture and hospitality,” says Solomon, adding that visits to medieval medinas, various monuments, mausoleums, souks and Kasbahs “will make this a memorable journey.”The land only cost is $2,395 per person sharing in superior accommodation with two meals provided per day. For specific details, departure dates and day-by-day itinerary email tours@tourcanvacations.com. Tags: Tourcan Vacations Tuesday, August 1, 2017 center_img Travelweek Group Posted by Tourcan says its Morocco promo for September, October selling fastlast_img read more

Air Canada opens a popup poutine shop because who doesnt love poutine

first_imgGetting a little taste of Canada with this poutine thanks to @AirCanada #coolnotcold pic.twitter.com/vEDYJaYSi5— Tom Doyle (@TOMDOYLE_) November 5, 2017And to uphold Canadians’ reputation for being so darn nice, all proceeds from the pop-up are being donated to the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.Talk about a dream come true – you can eat poutine, learn about Air Canada’s flights and services, and help those in need, all at the same time. Save us a seat! Air Canada opens a pop-up poutine shop because who doesn’t love poutine? Monday, November 6, 2017 I found a pop-up in Shortish that serves crazy Poutine! It is #coolnotcold. Makes me want to fly away with @AirCanada back to Quebec! pic.twitter.com/eRDPBDOMlP— Alexander JE Bradley (@CarnivalFR) November 6, 2017 Travelweek Group Tags: Air Canadacenter_img Posted by LONDON, ENGLAND — Air Canada is doing its patriotic duty by bringing Canada’s national dish – The Mighty Poutine – across the pond, giving Brits the chance to experience for themselves the magical combination of french fries, cheese curds and gravy.According to Just Opened, the airline has opened a pop-up (Nov. 3-11) in London’s Shoreditch district (56 Kingsland Road) that includes a wide menu of poutines. But purists beware – these poutines have been elevated with exotic ingredients like kimchee, bean curd and coriander, proving that the Canadian staple has quite the international reach.Here’s the full menu:Montreal’s The French: Frites, confit de canard, Comté cheese, cep snowToronto the 6ix: Sweet potato fries, maple-soy pork cuts, kimchee, cheese curd, green onion and mayoVancouver’s Stanley Park Poutine: Pine-salted chips, Burford Brown egg, smoked cheddar, celery root gravyThe Halifax Downstream Poutine: Chips, Canadian lobster, cheese curds, shellfish gravySeattle’s Emerald City Burger Gravy: Fries, peanut-chipotle butter, hamburger gravy, Kraft Cheese, pickled gherkinPortland’s Vegan Chili Fries: Fries, Szechuan chilli gravy, bean curd, sesame, spring onionMiami’s South Beach Pollo: Corn-dusted fries, white cheese, pulled chicken, avocadoCancun’s Costa Maya Mole: Sweet potato fries, queso fresco, mole sauce, micro corianderBuenos Aires’ Chimichurri: Potato chips, grilled Provoleta cheese, chimichurri sauceBoston’s Loaded Crab: Chips, fresh crab, gouda cream sauce, scallions, blue cheese crumblesMore news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamTo wash it all down, Air Canada is serving a selection of root beers, craft beers and Canadian wine, including ice wines from Niagara.Having tried my first poutine today at the @AirCanada pop-up in London makes me want visit Canada #coolnotcold pic.twitter.com/8aBNJoDgn1— Brandon Lee Hoop (@brandonleehoop) November 3, 2017 Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

What to do as Costa Rica braces for Hurricane Otto

first_imgThe late-season tropical storm Otto is expected to hit Costa Rica as a hurricaneas soon as Wednesday night, and officials have urged local residents and tourists to take precautions and not underestimate its possible effects.With both the Atlantic and the Northern Zone under red alert, the U.S. embassy released an emergency message for U.S. citizens and travelers on Tuesday:The U.S. Embassy in San Jose alerts U.S. citizens living or traveling in Costa Rica of the possibility of heavy rains, strong winds, flooding, and mudslides throughout Costa Rica as a result of Hurricane Otto. Otto is currently located east of Puerto Limon in the Caribbean Sea and is approaching Costa Rica and Nicaragua…U.S. citizens are also advised to exercise caution wherever they are in Costa Rica, as the hurricane may affect the entire country for several days as road, visibility, and river conditions may worsen.  The U.S. Embassy in San Jose has advised its personnel to limit their travel to the Central Valley area as of Wednesday, November 23 and through the weekend.Embassy officials further advised travelers to monitor media updates and follow the storm’s path. Anyone who must travel during this time should always look out for possible landslides and swift moving water over roads and river crossings, the embassy’s note read. If a U.S. citizen needs to call the embassy, they can reach the offices locally at 2519 2590. The embassy will be closed Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday, but the emergency number 2519-2000 will be online.The Costa Rican Red Cross released a similar precautionary warning in case of strong rains and winds. In a Facebook post, the group warned people to stay away from open spaces where flooding is likely to occur, avoid driving in areas where rain and winds are heavy, and stay away from large communication powers or light posts that may attract lightning.CNE’s suggested materials to stock up on before the storm makes landfall are: bottled water; medicines; clothes; non-perishable food items; flashlights; and a battery-powered radio for updates. Anyone affected can also call CNE officials at 2210 2801 for more information. (Courtesy of CNE)The CNE also advised for people to disconnect all electronics, keep all valuables in a protected space, and wait out the storm in a safe space if you are in an affected area.DonationsThe Red Cross, along with CNE, will begin collecting donations Friday for those affected by the storm. In-kind and monetary donations can be made until Sunday at a location set up in Barrio Naciones Unidas, 200 meters south of Colegio Semanario and near Parque de La Paz. The location will be marked with Red Cross flags and banners.Acceptable items to donate are: canned goods; grains (rice, sugar, beans); pastas; soups; bottled water; oil; personal hygiene products (soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, etc.). The Red Cross will not be accepting electronics or clothes. There are also ways to make direct monetary donations from your bank to accounts set up by the Red Cross, which you can find on the organization’s Facebook page.In a Facebook message, non-profit Casa Milagro also asked for donations for those caught in the storm’s path:Casa Milagro Foundation are going out this evening (Wednesday) to distribute blankets, warm clothes and food to those living on the streets in San Jose in advance of the hurricane predicted tomorrow. If anyone has any donations at of warm clothes/blankets/hats/etc or food at all and/or would like to join us on the streets, please PM me/us or meet us at the AM/PM in Barrio California (corner of Parque Nacional in San Jose) at 8pm this evening. Muchas gracias!Another local non-profit, Yo Me Uno, is calling for similar charitable donations. The group has begun a campaign to raise 10 million colones, or just over $18,000, to help those in the areas hit hardest by Otto. Donations can be made to the fundraiser link, where Yo Me Uno is planning to use the money to provide food, hygiene products, and even investments into repair of damaged infrastructures if the storm takes a big toll.UPDATE 12:25 p.m.Ride-sharing company Uber announced it will be collecting food and clothes for those affected by Otto until 3 p.m. Wednesday. To donate through Uber, users can open the app and select the UberAyuda option at the bottom of the main map screen. When the car arrives, users can then give any applicable items to the driver collecting goods on behalf of the company.All items should be in good condition and packed inside a box or bag. UberAyuda is only picking up donations and is not available for trips, the company’s news release said. Facebook Comments Related posts:PHOTOS: Hurricane Otto begins path of destruction through Central America Here’s how you can donate to Hurricane Otto relief in Costa Rica Costa Rica reports first baby born with Zika-linked microcephaly Solís promises rapid rebuilding in Hurricane Otto’s wake; donation drives continuelast_img read more

Etihad Airways expands Saudi Arabian network

first_imgEtihad Airways expands Saudi Arabian networkEtihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is expanding its Saudi Arabian network through a new five-times-per-week service between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi operated by its codeshare partner flynas.  Commencing on 16 December 2015, the new flynas service will complement Etihad Airways’ existing 13 weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and Riyadh, to provide guests with 18 weekly flights and greater choice and flexibility whether travelling from Saudi Arabia, the UAE or beyond.The flights will be operated by a two-class Airbus A320 aircraft, offering an additional 1,640 seats per week, and ensuring maximum connectivity through Etihad Airways’ Abu Dhabi hub to key destinations in North America and the Indian Subcontinent.This comes as part of an expanded codeshare agreement between the two airlines, which was initially signed in October 2012. The current codeshare scope allows flynas to place its ‘XY’ code on 226 Etihad Airways’ flights between Abu Dhabi and 20 destinations around the world.These include Amsterdam, Brussels, Casablanca, Dammam, Geneva, Islamabad, Jakarta, Jeddah, Karachi, Kuala Lumpur, Lahore, London, Manchester, Medina, Paris, Riyadh, São Paulo, Seychelles, Singapore, Zurich, and subsequently on flights operating to the Indian Subcontinent over the coming months, subject to regulatory approvals.Kevin Knight, Etihad Airways’ Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, said: “Riyadh is an important strategic destination for us due to the established cultural and commercial ties between the UAE and Saudi Arabia. The new flynas Riyadh service will strengthen our Saudi Arabian network further, but more importantly, it will give business and leisure travellers greater choice and better flight connections in their travel to Abu Dhabi and on to Etihad Airways’ worldwide network.”Bander Al Mohanna, NAS Holding CEO, said: “We are delighted to partner with Etihad Airways to add Abu Dhabi to flynas’ destinations within the GCC. flynas continues to expand across the region and by adding Abu Dhabi to our GCC route network, we are significantly increasing both capacity and choice for travellers, including pilgrims as well as business commuters and leisure seekers. Moreover, we expect the mix of people travelling on the Abu Dhabi route to include flynas’ guests in transit to other destinations, which will substantially increase the volume of  codeshare traffic.”Etihad Airways has 49 codeshare agreements in place with airlines across the world, including flynas, which gives it a combined passenger and cargo network of 600 destinations, and over 25,200 flights per week, more than any other Middle Eastern airline. Codeshare partnerships, along with minority equity investments and organic growth, form the three pillars of Etihad Airways expansion plans.Etihad Airways launched services between Abu Dhabi and Riyadh in December 2004. The airline offers 46 flights per week between the UAE’s capital and the Saudi Arabian cities of Jeddah, Damman, Riyadh and Medina. Services are often increased to 55 flights per week on temporary operating permits. Fly EtihadSource = Etihad Airwayslast_img read more