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US In Danger Of Losing 2026 World Cup Bid To Morocco

Rabat – On June 13, one day before the official opening of the 2018 World Cup, the FIFA community will gather in Moscow to designate the host of the 2026 edition of football’s ultimate event, this time in a vote casting the voices of all national federations.Just a few months before this much-awaited vote, some American outlets have taken an interest in Morocco’s bid, surprised as they are that the lone North African bidder has tremendously succeeded in recent months to turn the odds in its favor, thus quelling the condescension that some observers and sports outlets initiated when Morocco first announced that it was considering challenging the North American Goliath-like trio.After ESPN and the New York Times, it is now USA Today most recently examined the surprising merits of Morocco’s candidacy. “What if the biggest and most painful upset in United States soccer history isn’t the loss in Trinidad and Tobago in October that cost it a World Cup place? What if it is still to come?” USA Today asked in a recent report, comparing the country’s painful loss to Russia and Qatar to Morocco’s rise in public opinion as a serious contender–and the favorite bid–of many national federations in the FIFA community.The outlet added: “If there is one thing that has made the American soccer community feel fractionally better about the men’s national team’s absence from this summer grand global tournament, it is the idea that hosting the event in 2026 is a lock. The problem is, that it isn’t. Not any longer.”This suggests that the North African “underdog bid,” as some outlets have been calling Morocco’s campaign, has not only dealt a serious blow to the confidence of the USA-Canada-Mexico trio; it has also convinced many in the footballing community that it could beat out North America’s “superior facilities and infrastructures.”An official of one the national federations in the FIFA community, who asked to speak anonymously, has been reported by USA Today as saying that Morocco’s bid is “smart” and “has an answer for everything.” For example, while the North American bid is exhibiting its huge stadiums and the massive media rights-related financial benefits that FIFA might receive should United 2026 win, Morocco has chosen to highlight prospective Morocco 2026 World Cup matches in touristic cities “with historical significance or natural beauty.” Morocco is “putting forward a more aesthetic and cultural spiel,” USA Today said.Considering Morocco’s more favorable viewer-friendly time zone, the Trump administration’s many globally unpopular politicking, and Africa’s important bloc vote leaning toward a second World Cup on the continent, “the tough times for American soccer may continue,” USA today concluded. read more

Who is Performing at This Years Jazzablanca Festival

Rabat – Casablanca’s renowned Jazzablanca festival is returning for the 14th year in a row from July 2-9. This year, the festival will feature 58 concerts across four stages and two venues. Thousands of visitors will flock to Casablanca, Morocco’s “white city,” for the iconic event.The 14th edition of the festival has 6 big headliners this year – including iconic Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand, who became stars with their 2004 hit “Take Me Out” on July 2. The band released their 5th album, “Always Ascending” in 2014.Next on the list of headliners is Tobagonian singer Calypso Rose on July 3. Since the 79-year-old singer started writing songs over 6 decades ago at age 15, she has released more than 800 songs and recorded more than 20 albums. Rose has earned herself the name “Queen of Calypso,” a rhythmic style of Afro-Caribbean music that originated in Trinidad and Tobago. Next up is British soul singer Michael Kiwanuka on July 4. Kiwanuka earned fame after supporting Adele on her world tour in 2011, as well as releasing his own number one single and a certified gold album. Kiwanuka was born in London in 1987, to Ugandan parents who fled Idi Amin’s regime in the ’70s. He developed a love of rock music at a young age and cites musicians such as Jimi Hendrix and Bill Withers as his influences.In a change of pace on July 5, English electronic group Metronomy is the 4th headliner on the list. The 5-person group is known for its new wave remixes of popular songs, in addition to their 5 original albums. Metronomy is known for their eclectic live performances, featuring dance routines and light shows.Next up, on July 6, is the Al McKay Allstars with their show the “Earth, Wind, and Fire Experience.” The 13-piece ensemble, headed by 71-year-old American funk star Al McKay, has performed their show at some of the biggest jazz festivals in the world since the 1960s.Continuing the theme of funk superstars on July 7, Maceo Parker will be the 6th headliner. Parker began his illustrious musical career in the 1960s when he started working alongside one of the pillars of funk music, James Brown, as a key part of his band. Since going solo in the 1990s, Parker has established himself as a funk icon in his own right.The annual Jazzablanca festival showcases jazz and jazz fusion, attracting musicians from around the globe to Morocco. Last year, crowds totaling 75,000 gathered for a week of festivities in Casablanca, attending concerts in the city’s streets, theaters, and at more intimate venues.Read also: Jazzablanca Festival Calls for Moroccan Performers read more

On World No Tobacco Day UN calls for stamping out smoking in

31 May 2007As World No Tobacco Day is celebrated today, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) called for stamping out smoking in the workplace to protect people from second-hand fumes. As World No Tobacco Day is celebrated today, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) called for stamping out smoking in the workplace to protect people from second-hand fumes.Tobacco is the second major cause of death worldwide, and it will kill half of the 650 million people who smoke regularly, the agency said. Additionally, hundreds of thousands of people who have never smoked die yearly from diseased caused by second-hand tobacco smoke.The theme of this year’s Day is “Smoke-free inside: Create and enjoy 100% smoke-free environments.”According to WHO, “neither ventilation nor filtration, alone or in combination, can reduce exposure levels of tobacco smoke indoors to levels that are considered acceptable, even in terms of odour, much less health effects.”The agency debunked myths pertaining to second-hand smoke, stressing that it kills and can also cause serious illnesses.“The right to clean air, free from tobacco smoke, is a human right,” the agency declared, underscoring how the majority of the world’s population – who are non-smokers – have the right to not be exposed to others’ smoke.WHO also pointed out that smoke-free environments help prevent people, including the young, from picking up the habit.World No Tobacco Day is being celebrated across the globe through events ranging from talks to art contests to film presentations.In Nantes, a city in western France, approximately 500 staff members of a hospital – including doctors, nurses and technicians – participated in a football tournament and will commit to not smoking during the work day and to help patients to kick the habit for good.To commemorate the Day in Mingora, Pakistan, lecturers, teachers, journalists, lawyers, traders, doctors, 200 college and school students rallied to raise awareness of the dangers of smoking.Meanwhile in Thailand, health professionals and volunteers held a running and jogging event to alert the public to the impact of tobacco on health. read more

Football Ohio State right guard Demetrius Knox makes first career start against

Ohio State redshirt junior offensive lineman Demetrius Knox walks into the Hyatt Place to check in for fall camp on Aug. 6. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.LINCOLN, Nebraska — Ohio State redshirt junior Demetrius Knox made his first career start at right guard in the Buckeyes’ game Saturday against Nebraska.The fourth-year junior was listed as the co-starter at right guard with redshirt sophomore Matt Burrell on this week’s depth chart after redshirt sophomore Branden Bowen broke his leg in the team’s Week 6 game against Maryland. After Bowen’s injury, Burrell entered the game at right guard.Head coach Urban Meyer refused to state throughout the week who was ahead in the battle for Bowen’s replacement, only revealing that the battle would be between Knox, Burrell and redshirt junior Malcolm Pridgeon. read more

Trend towards vertical turbine pumps

first_imgA trend towards the use of vertical turbine pump (VTP) technology – which is gaining momentum in sectors including mining – is based on a number of valuable benefits over traditional options. According to Kevin Roelofse, Weir Minerals Africa’s dewatering product manager, Floway® vertical turbine pumps have particular advantages for applications such as booster pumps in bulk water applications and for condensate extraction in facilities that operate boilers. The release of a Floway® vertical turbine slurry pump (VTSP) also represents a technology breakthrough that is being well received.“In booster pump stations, VTPs allow savings on civil engineering infrastructure as they have a smaller footprint, but more significantly they offer important operational cost efficiency related to reliability and lower maintenance,” Roelofse says. “The VTP can be multi-staged, with numerous impellers in the column, for large volume and discharge pressure applications.”While the traditional horizontal pump can offer up to a two stage horizontal split casing configuration in a large-volume application, the impeller needs to be of a substantial size. “This means that the impeller tip speed will be high, so it will wear quicker and require more maintenance,” he said. “The horizontal configuration also has to contend with uneven wear in the bearings and pump contact surfaces on either side of the impeller, as gravity and hydraulic forces are unbalanced throughout the 360° arc in the volute casing.”By contrast, the VTP achieves lower wear and less maintenance by incorporating a number of smaller impellers along its column, so the speed at the impeller tip is lower. Gravity also applies equal forces on the bearings all round, so there is a uniform 360 degree wear profile on the wetted components, giving a longer life across the bearings.Any facility that includes boilers will know the challenges facing condensate extraction pumps. This equipment, vital to the movement of condensed steam, faces the danger of cavitation or pitting of impellers leading to inconvenient and costly downtime for replacement. “If there is insufficient suction pressure on the hot condensate –then the vacuum existing at the suction of the impeller can exceed the water vapour pressure and can cause it to vaporise, imploding onto the impeller vanes and causing considerable erosive wear on these impeller vanes due to cavitation,” Roelofse says. “This is devastating for the longevity of a centrifugal pump.”The VTP comes into its own in these condensate extraction applications because the vertical column length can be designed in such a way that there is sufficient downward pressure of the condensate, restricting its ability to vaporise and damage the impeller vanes. To create the necessary inlet pressure head in a horizontal pump, the condenser would need to be elevated several metres. Instead of doing that, a vertical turbine pump can be installed, removing many of the complexities previously experienced in this application.“Optimising the design and specifications for the customer’s particular application is also important, and Weir Minerals Africa can offer a range of choices relating to sizes, materials used, construction modules and other variables,” he says. Floway® pumps are designed and manufactured under one roof at Weir’s state-of-the-art facility in Fresno, California. All the products embody a high level of in-house engineering capabilities including three-dimensional solid modelling; hydraulic design; computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis; stress and deflection analysis using finite element analysis (FEA) and lateral and torsional rotor dynamic analysis.“This allows us to design and construct the pump to customer specifications, and to eliminate risk areas such as resonant frequencies and critical speeds to provide low vibration and longer product life,” he explains. “The design considers the optimal spacing between line shaft bearings, for instance, in relation to the shaft’s diameter, material and impeller specifications.”Weir Minerals Africa also offers the African market a recent Floway® innovation – the vertical turbine slurry pump (VTSP) – launched two years ago to serve the industry’s need to pump dirty water with specific gravity ratings of up to 1.2. “It is not common for vertical turbine pumps to be employed in applications of this range of specific gravity, so this product is a real pioneer,” Roelofse says. “The VTSP is particularly successful because it addresses and is designed to eliminate the two key contributors to the failure of centrifugal pumps: the mechanical seals, and the line shaft and bowl bearings.”Floway has achieved this by a patented design which allows bearings to be grease packed and completely sealed; further, an isolation device keeps solids away from the seals, preventing any contamination of the mechanical seal faces. “Also important is that no external flushing is required,” he continues. “In most pumps, users normally require a separate, external water supply, which must be clean and treated, to cool and lubricate the line shaft bearings and the mechanical seal. With the Floway® vertical turbine slurry pump, the design of the line shaft bearings and mechanical seal means that no water is required.”To prove the concept, the product was tested for months under arduous conditions in a South American mining application; one of these pumps has since been installed in a mining application in Africa operating on floating pontoons. “The main benefits in this application are that no priming was required, giving the customer a low maintenance solution while still being able to provide high discharge pressures,” he says. “In common with other Floway® vertical pumps, the design also allows sufficient water pressure in the column to avoid cavitation of the impellers.”last_img read more

Star Trek The Next Generation coming to Bluray in January 2012

first_imgJust five years after the Soviet Union launched the first person into space, Star Trek aired for the first time. It’s hard to believe that was 45 years ago. The Star Trek franchise continued on, only gaining more and more fans since its start in 1964. One of the most beloved Star Trek installments, Star Trek: The Next Generation, aired for its first time on September 28, 1987. To celebrate its upcoming 25th anniversary, CBS has confirmed that it will be releasing the entire series to Blu-ray in 2012.Created 21 years after the original Star Trek aired, TNG racked up 178 episodes in its lifetime. The Blu-ray discs will feature these episodes remastered in 1080p HD. If you’re unfamiliar with TNG, it’s set in the 24th century from the year 2364 to 2370, which is about 100 years after the original series’ timeframe. Patrick Stewart became infamous for his voice-over introductions during each episode’s opening credits. Why wouldn’t you like to own 178 instances of that on Blu-ray?Twenty-five years of footage is equal to a lot of film. CBS video editors went through over 25,000 film reels of original footage and re-edited all of the episodes together in their original form, just as they aired between 1987 and 1994. According to the StarTrek.com, the visual effects aren’t being unconverted from the videotape, but “recompositioned.”The “freshly cut film” will also feature 7.1 DTS Master AudioIt looks like CBS will be releasing the Blu-ray discs one by one as the year progresses. The first TNG Blu-ray disc will be released January 31, so you can give an I.O.U. as a holiday gift, telling the recipient he or she will be receiving a gift that will boldly go where no gift has gone before. This disc will feature a sampler of popular episodes, as well as the feature-length version of the pilot episode. The Season One disc is set to be released later in the year, with the following seasons coming shortly after.We’re sure if you wait until all of the discs have been released, CBS will offer up a nice all-encompassing package of all 178 episodes and special features. But then you’d have to wait, and haven’t we already waited long enough?To read more about the history of Star Trek, check out this awesome 45th anniversary infographic.Read more at StarTrek.com, via RegHardwarelast_img read more

The Pirate Bay documentary Away From Keyboard now available for free

first_imgIf you’re even remotely familiar with the legal proceedings involving the key members of The Pirate Bay, you’ve probably heard that their court case didn’t go so well. In an attempt to show everyone what happens next, a documentary has been made available to the world called The Pirate Bay: Away From Keyboard.Gottfrid Svartholm, Fredik Neij, and Peter Sunde were unable to watch the world premiere of TPB:AFK at the Berlin International Film Festival. In fact, it will probably be a while before they are allowed to see it at all, because these three are currently incarcerated. The reason this is significant is because the documentary is about these three men, specifically about their lives after Swedish courts sentenced the three to a year in prison and a $3.5M fine. TBP:AFK is an attempt to raise awareness regarding the lives that these three men must now live, even though the website that landed them in court in the first place continues to live on autonomously.Regardless of which side of the piracy argument you live on, the case surrounding The Pirate Bay set a significant precedent in Sweden. For those who had been following the documentary as it was being filmed and produced, you could purchase a digital copy for $10 or pre-order a DVD for $23. Since it was first announced, the documentary has brought in more than $23,000. To celebrate the premier at the Berlin International Film Festival, and to make sure there is never a reason for someone to not see this documentary if they want to, the film was both streamed online at the time of the premier and made available to download for free. The website for the website for TPB:AFK even keeps track of how many active seeders and leechers there are for the film in real time, as well as how many paid downloads and YouTube views there are for the documentary.TPB:AFK Director Simon Klose released this documentary under Creative Commons, and encourages the whole world to share and remix the film as they see fit. In his December statement on the film’s website, Klose noted that he wants to continue learning and encouraging other artists to use the Internet to support their independence. Given the immediate popularity of the documentary, and the global desire to learn more about the men behind The Pirate Bay, hopefully Klose feels it is worth it to update this documentary after the release of the men responsible for The Pirate Bay as we know it today.last_img read more

Antiracism legislation divides coalition

first_imgA contentious anti-racism bill appeared to be causing an ever-widening rift within the fragile coalition government, as the two junior partners, PASOK and Democratic Left, pushed for it to be submitted to Parliament without delay, conservative New Democracy insisted on key changes being made, while Justice Minister Antonis Roupakiotis appeared set to resign if his bill is watered down.The bill, the stated aim of which is to impose tougher penalties on individuals or groups inciting racial hatred but which is chiefly an attempt by the government to curb the growing influence of the ultra-right Golden Dawn, was one of a series of topics discussed by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras with his aides on Monday. Other topics included Samaras’s visit to China last week, Wednesday’s European Union summit in Brussels and a planned trip to Athens on Thursday by Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny.According to sources, ND is keen to avert an escalation in tensions over the bill but is unwavering in its conviction that changes should be made to it before it goes to Parliament. Samaras is reportedly keen to avoid a clash with the Greek Orthodox Church, following complaints by Bishop Amvrosios of Kalavryta that the bill would “muzzle” the church and grant “impunity” to immigrants, as well as with the armed forces.ND is reportedly eager to ensure that the bill would not bring into question Greece’s position on sensitive national issues such as the recognition as genocide of the persecution suffered by Black Sea Greeks, Armenians and Greeks of Asia Minor.Government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou sought to play down the rift on Monday, saying that the bill will be submitted to Parliament in the coming weeks.The main leftist opposition, SYRIZA, which has its own problems with internal divisions, jumped on the opportunity for criticism, interpreting ND’s foot-dragging on the bill as an indication of its ideological affinities with Golden Dawn.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Communication animale les ouistitis ne se coupent pas la parole

first_imgCommunication animale : les ouistitis ne se coupent pas la parole !Publiant leurs travaux dans la revue Current Biology, les chercheurs d’une université américaine ont étudié la façon très humaine dont les ouistitis conversent. En effet, les petits primates vocalisent à tour de rôle, sans s’interrompre mutuellement.Asif Ghazanfar et Daniel Takahashi, de l’Université de Princeton (New Jersey) sont partis du constat que les ouistitis sont généralement amicaux entre eux et communiquent principalement par signaux vocaux. En supposant que ces deux caractéristiques, également humaines, prédisposent à la tenue de conversations bien orchestrées, les deux scientifiques ont étudié les modalités de communication de ces petits singes.Ils ont ainsi placé plusieurs de ces animaux dans une même salle, de façon à ce que chacun soit isolé dans un coin d’où il ne pouvait pas voir ses congénères, mais pouvait en revanche les entendre. Les chercheurs ont ensuite enregistré les échanges de vocalisations. Ils ont ainsi constaté que les ouistitis ne vocalisaient qu’à tour de rôle et attendaient environ cinq secondes avant de répondre au discours d’un congénère. Une attitude presque plus civilisée que celle des humains…”Nous avons été surpris par la constance des ouistitis à échanger leurs vocalisations dans un esprit de coopération. D’autant que dans la plupart des cas, ils le faisaient avec des individus qui n’étaient pas leur partenaire de couple”, explique Asif Ghazanfar.Des conversations humaines ? À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”De fait, nous avons trouvé ces conversations très semblables à celles des humains et très différentes de l’appel coordonné des animaux tels que les oiseaux, les grenouilles ou les criquets, lequel est lié à l’accouplement ou à la défense du territoire”, ajoute t-il. À cet égard, les ouistitis diffèrent-ils aussi des grands singes ? “Ces derniers, non seulement, ne parlent pas à tour de rôle, mais ne semblent pas vocaliser beaucoup. Nous étudions actuellement comment les toutes premières expériences de vie chez les ouistitis, in utero et à travers les interactions vocales parent-enfant, pourraient nous éclairer sur le mécanisme des troubles de la communication chez l’homme”, précise Asif Ghazanfar, pour conclure.Le 21 octobre 2013 à 09:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Threat closes Washington college after protests over race

first_imgOLYMPIA — A small college in Washington state closed abruptly Thursday in response to a threat following a recent series of protests that have drawn national attention to student allegations of racism on the progressive campus.It comes as many defenders of the First Amendment say they see signs that free speech is losing ground as a priority at U.S. colleges and is being used as a political weapon to silence opposing viewpoints.Law enforcement thought the threat via a 911 call was credible enough to forward to Evergreen State College in Olympia, and school officials decided to close the campus, Sandra Kaiser, Evergreen’s vice president for college relations, told reporters Thursday.Kaiser did not know the source of the threat or whether it was tied to recent protests at the college, which asked everyone to leave or return to residence halls for further instructions.Officers were “visible and present” on campus Thursday, and school officials were waiting to hear from law enforcement when they “can give the all clear,” Kaiser said. She hoped classes would resume Friday.last_img read more

Poll Whats Your Favorite Britney Spears Song

first_img Other Poll: What’s Your Favorite Britney Spears Song? “Work B**ch” Twitter “…Baby One More Time” “Oops!… I did It Again” News “Toxic” “Slumber Party” Ft. Tinashe “I’m a Slave 4 U” Which Britney song gets you dancing and singing out loud no matter where you are? Is it her debut single “…Baby One More Time,” her dance-pop anthem “Toxic,” her collab with Madonna “Me Against The Music,” the unabashedly sexy “I’m a Slave 4 U,” or one of her other songs? What’s Your Favorite Britney Spears Song? poll-whats-your-favorite-britney-spears-song The superstar has been putting out pop hits since releasing her debut album ‘…Baby One More Time’ in 1999 when she was just 17. On the heels of her Las Vegas ‘Domination’ in 2019, we want to know which Britney song is your favoriteAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Oct 19, 2018 – 4:10 pm Britney Spears is nothing short of an iconic popstar, getting her big break into the late-90s pop scene with her hugely popular debut album …Baby One More Time. The album resulted in her first No. 1 album, first No. 1 single and first two GRAMMY nominations, including for Best New Artist, all when she was just 17 years old. Since then she has released eight more studio albums with countless hits and received more GRAMMY nominations plus a win for Best Dance Recording at the 47th GRAMMY Awards for “Toxic.” As Spears plots her “round two” Domination of Las Vegas with her new 2019 residency, we want to know which of her songs is your favorite?Polls Which Britney Spears Song is Your Favorite? “Overprotected” “Me Against The Music” Ft. Madonna Choices Email Facebook Britney Spears Announces New Las Vegas ‘Domination’ In 2019Read morelast_img read more

OPEC meeting crude oil output data other related statistics PHOTOS

first_img1/6 A man stands close to the Cardon refinery, which belongs to the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSAn in Punto Fijo, Venezuela, July 22, 2016. The country is one of the 14 members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), which decided to cut output at its November 30 meeting, sending oil prices soaring to above $50 per barrel, a gain of almost 12 percent.Reuters fileOPEC President Qatar’s Energy Minister Mohammed bin Saleh al-Sada addresses a news conference after a meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna, Austria, November 30, 2016. The Wednesday decision to cut output is the first in eight years and has significant implications for major oil producers such as Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran, besides non-OPEC oil producing countries like Russia.ReutersA general view of the beginning of a meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna, Austria, November 30, 2016. Meanwhile at OPEC, Khalid A. Al-Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry & Mineral Resources of Saudi Arabia, was elected president of the OPEC Conference for one year, with effect from January 1 2017, and Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, the UAE’s Minister of Energy as Alternate President, for the same period.ReutersIndia is a net loser of the OPEC decision to cut crude oil output by 1.2 million barrels a day. India’s provisional oil import bill for 2015-2016 was Rs. 4,18,931 crore ($64.4 billion) for importing 202.5 million metric tonnes (mmt) of crude, down from Rs. 6,87,416 crore ($112.74 billion) paid to import 189.43 mmt. In other words, the country saved Rs 2,68,485 crore due to weak crude oil prices.nullA maze of crude oil pipes and valves is pictured during a tour by the Department of Energy at the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in Freeport, Texas, U.S. June 9, 2016.Reuters fileA maze of crude oil pipes and valves is pictured during a tour by the Department of Energy at the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in Freeport, Texas, U.S. June 9, 2016.Reuters filePreviousNextlast_img read more

Fair polls not a matter of rulers generosity Shujan

first_imgShujan president and members are present at the press conference.Civil society platform Shujan (Shushanar Janniya Nagorik) has criticised ruling Awami League’s general secretary Obaidul Quader for his comments on coming Rangpur City Corporation (RCC) elections.Shujan president Hafiz Uddin Khan on Monday regretted that Quader’s made insinuation that the government could manipulate the elections, should it want to do so.“I saw in today’s newspapers that general secretary of a political party has said Rangpur City Corporation polls will be free from interference. Does it mean that if they want, they can interfere with the elections and this time they are not doing so showing some kindness?” he said at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity.The Shujan president called this kind of attitude as “unfair and illegal”.Hafiz Uddin Khan said, “We want Rangpur City Corporation elections to be in a free and fair manner to elect good persons.”Shujan’s secretary Badiul Alam Majumdar disclosed the information about 284 candidates including seven mayoral candidates in the RCC polls.Quoting the candidates’ declarations, Shujan said 164 out of 284 candidates have educational qualifications of secondary school certificate or below. Only 61 candidates have either Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees.Four out of seven mayoral candidates were implicated in criminal cases. Abdul Kuddus is accused in a criminal case while other two candidates — Mostafizur Rahman and Sarfuddin Ahmed — were earlier sued in criminal cases. Another candidate Kawsar Zaman is accused in a pending case and he faced law suits in the past as well.Also, 102 out of 212 word councillor candidates are either accused in cases or were sued in the past.last_img read more

Supreme Court To Lose Its Swing Voter Justice Anthony Kennedy To Retire

first_img Share Eric Thayer/Getty Images/Via NPRSupreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, seen here in 2017, announced his retirement in a letter to the White House on Wednesday.Updated at 5:54 p.m. ETSupreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement Wednesday, setting the stage for what promises to be an epic political battle over his replacement.A Trump nominee is likely to be far more conservative than Kennedy, who, though appointed by President Ronald Reagan, voted with the court’s liberals in some key cases.Kennedy, who will turn 82 next month, made the announcement the same day the court handed down its last pending opinion for the 2017-18 term. He said he would continue to serve through July 31 of this year.Speaking from the Oval Office soon after Kennedy’s announcement, President Trump said Kennedy has “been a great justice of the Supreme Court.” Trump also said the process to replace Kennedy will “begin immediately.” The president pointed to a list of potential nominees he put together and made public previously. “It will be somebody from that list,” Trump said, adding “hopefully we will pick someone who is just as outstanding [as Kennedy].”Trump also told journalists Wednesday that Kennedy came to the White House to meet with him prior to making his announcement. The president met with the Supreme Court justice for about 30 minutes, Trump said. The president also said he asked Kennedy for any recommendations as to his replacement but would not reveal whom Kennedy suggested.In a separate statement, the White House described Kennedy as “a tireless voice for individual rights and the Founders’ enduring vision of limited government. His words have left an indelible mark not only on this generation, but on the fabric of American history.”Speaking on the Senate floor, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said, “The Senate stands ready to fulfill its constitutional role by providing advice and consent on President Trump’s nominee to fill this vacancy. We will vote to confirm Justice Kennedy’s successor this fall.”A simple majority of 51 votes is required to confirm a Supreme Court nominee. Senate Republicans currently hold 51 seats. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has been away from Washington, D.C., while he is being treated for brain cancer, but Vice President Pence could cast a tiebreaking vote if needed.McConnell came under heavy criticism from Democrats for holding up President Barack Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland before the 2016 presidential election, leading to Trump’s nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch to fill the seat on the court open because of the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. McConnell is coming under immediate criticism from Democrats for pledging to confirm a nominee just before this year’s midterm elections.Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued a statement that encouraged the president “to choose a nominee with the credentials, intellect and commitment to the rule of law necessary to serve on the Supreme Court.” Grassley also said he looks forward to having the nominee before the committee, which vets and approves federal judicial nominees, for a hearing “in the weeks ahead.”But the Senate’s top Democrat argued Wednesday that Kennedy’s replacement should not be considered during this midterms year, citing the course Senate Republicans pursued in refusing to consider Garland.“Our Republican colleagues in the Senate should follow the rule they set in 2016 not to consider a Supreme Court nominee in an election year,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said from the floor of the chamber. He added: “Millions of people are just months away from determining the senators who should vote to confirm or reject the president’s nominee, and their voices deserve to be heard now, as Leader McConnell thought they deserved to be heard then. Anything but that would be the absolute height of hypocrisy.”Reacting to news of Kennedy’s retirement, Schumer also said, “This is the most important Supreme Court vacancy for this country in at least a generation. Nothing less than the fate of our health care system, reproductive rights for women, and countless other protections for middle-class Americans are at stake. … The Senate should reject, on a bipartisan basis, any justice who would overturn Roe v. Wade or undermine key health care protections. The Senate should reject anyone who will instinctively side with powerful special interests over the interests of average Americans.”There is little doubt about Kennedy’s mark on history. Quite simply, he remade the face of marriage in America. More than any other justice, he was responsible for the advancement of LGBT rights. He wrote four of the court’s opinions on the subject over nearly two decades and ultimately declared marriage between two people of the same sex a fundamental right protected by the Constitution.“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family,” Kennedy said in his opinion. “In forming a marital union two people become something greater than what they once were.”A pivotal role and someone admired by colleaguesSaul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images/Via NPRJustices of the Supreme Court sit for their official group photo in June 2017. Seated, from left: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Kennedy, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Clarence Thomas and Stephen Breyer. Standing: Elena Kagan, Samuel Alito Jr., Sonia Sotomayor and Neil Gorsuch.On a court that has become increasingly conservative, Kennedy’s role has been pivotal. In 5-to-4 decisions, his vote has usually determined the outcome on some of the hottest legal and social issues of the day — not just gay rights, but abortion, campaign finance, gun rights, affirmative action, the war on terrorism and the death penalty.“His jurisprudence prominently features an abiding commitment to liberty and the personal dignity of every person,” Chief Justice John Roberts said in a statement Wednesday. “Justice Kennedy taught collegiality and civil discourse by example.”Justice Clarence Thomas, the second-longest current justice behind Kennedy, said he is “deeply, deeply saddened to see Justice Kennedy leave the Court.” He also praised his demeanor and civility.“Even during the most difficult and challenging times, he had a way of elevating each of us by his example,” Thomas said. “He is a good man who will be remembered not only for a long and productive career on the bench but also for the way he conducted himself.”Justice Ginsburg called him a “true gentleman, a caring jurist, and a grand colleague in all respects.” She added, “I will miss the pleasure of his company at our Conference table, his helpful suggestions on circulating opinions, his recommendations of art exhibitions to visit with my chambers staff, and much more. For the good he has done during the 43 years he has served as a member of the Federal Judiciary, he has earned a rousing Bravo.”Justice Stephen Breyer called him “a judge of great vision.” Justice Samuel Alito said Kennedy “will surely be remembered as one of the most important justices in the history of the Court.” Justice Sonia Sotomayor called him “one of the most thoughtful colleagues I have known” and added that “it is undeniable that he has had a monumental effect on the law.” Justice Elena Kagan said “his legacy will be of enduring importance” and that she would “miss his kindness, decency, and warmth.”Justice Neil Gorsuch, who served as a clerk for Kennedy a quarter-century ago, praised his integrity and wisdom and called him a “great man and a great judge.” “It was the honor of a lifetime to serve as his law clerk 25 years ago,” he said, “and it has been an unexpected joy to serve this year as his colleague.”(Read their full statements.)Landmark decisions in jeopardyBrendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images/Via NPRPresident Trump listens while Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy speaks during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House.President Trump has pledged to nominate a replacement who will almost certainly vote differently on many of these issues, putting some landmark decisions in jeopardy — from Roe v. Wade to the legalization of same-sex marriage.That will please and reward conservative groups that have supported him. At the same time, it will galvanize opposition among Democrats, and potentially even some moderate Republicans.The confirmation rules this time, however, will be different from the get-go. When Democrats threatened to delay Trump’s first nominee, Neil Gorsuch, in 2017, Republicans voted to exempt Supreme Court nominations from filibusters, which required a supermajority of the Senate to cut off debate.So this time, the president will make his choice knowing that he needs only to get a majority of the Republican-controlled Senate to approve his nominee. And McConnell has proven adept at keeping his troops in line on judicial nominations.Still, the pressure will be intense, and the stakes high.If anyone has doubts about how different the court is likely to be when a centrist conservative like Kennedy is replaced by someone more hard-line, there is the example of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s retirement in 2006. President George W. Bush chose Samuel Alito to replace O’Connor, and the effect has been profound; O’Connor has even complained privately that Alito is systematically dismantling her legacy.Perhaps the best example of that dismantling is in the area of campaign finance. O’Connor, onetime GOP leader of the Arizona Senate, voted to uphold landmark campaign finance legislation in 2003 — only to see the court reverse that decision seven years later, after Alito replaced her.While O’Connor was on the court, a majority of justices continued to support legislation that regulated campaign fundraising. But after her retirement and the Alito appointment, Kennedy wrote the court’s 5-to-4 decision in Citizens United, the 2010 case that remade the way campaigns at every level are conducted.The decision unleashed an ever-growing flood of cash into political campaigns. It reversed a century-old understanding that had sought to prevent corruption by barring corporations, and later labor unions, from spending their general treasury funds on candidate elections.For Kennedy, reversing that legal understanding from the early 1900s was the realization of a long-held view of free speech.“Political speech is indispensable to decision-making in a democracy,” Kennedy wrote in the Citizens United decision, “and this is no less true because the speech comes from a corporation rather than an individual.”In general, there is probably no greater example of Kennedy’s approach to the law, and how it will almost certainly differ from Trump’s nominee, than the question of how to interpret the Constitution: whether the Founding Fathers intended their creation as a static document, bound by the literal meaning of its words, or whether those words represent concepts of liberty to be interpreted over time.In a 2003 decision that struck down a Texas law criminalizing private homosexual conduct, Kennedy said that the Founders understood that they were writing a document for the ages.“They knew time can blind us to certain truths,” he wrote in Lawrence v. Texas, “and later generations can see that laws, once thought necessary and proper, in fact serve only to oppress.”Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/Via NPRKennedy (right) prepares to administer the judicial oath to Judge Neil Gorsuch during a ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House in 2017.The men and women on Trump’s list of potential replacements disagree with that view, for the most part. They side with the late Justice Antonin Scalia and his successor Justice Neil Gorsuch, as well as other conservatives on the Supreme Court today, who believe the nation is bound by the original intent of the Founders.During his presidential campaign, in a bid for the support of social conservatives, Trump issued two lists totaling 21 names and pledged to pick his first Supreme Court nominee from those lists. He did just that in naming Gorsuch to fill the open seat once occupied by Scalia.People involved in that selection process say that the president intends to expand that list a bit now. He might add Judge Brett Kavanaugh from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and possibly former Solicitor General Paul Clement, a highly regarded Supreme Court advocate who served in the George W. Bush administration. Clement’s main drawback in the president’s mind, though, is said to be that he has no judicial track record to examine.Back in consideration are some of the names on the previous list: Judge Thomas Hardiman, of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey, and Judge Raymond Kethledge, who serves on the 6th Circuit, which covers a large part of the Midwest. Hardiman was the runner-up last time and is known as a staunch gun rights advocate. All four are in their early 50s.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Apocalypse now Cubs force World Series Game 7 tonight

first_imgChicago slugger Anthony Rizzo added a 2-run homer in the 9th to increase the Cubs’ lead to 9-2.The only strategic victory for Cleveland on the night came after the Indians scraped together 2 runs to draw to 7-2.  The score prompted joe Maddon to call on reliever Aroldis Chapman in the 7th inning, his second appearance in two games. Chapman went 1 1/3 last night, and shockingly re-appeared for the 9th, before being pulled. The long appearance in Game 6, calls into question his availability for Game 7, and has brought criticism on Maddon for using him so extensively in a game that was seemingly out of hand.Game 7 of the World Series, and baseball armageddon is tonight in Cleveland. For one of the two fan bases, “next year” will finally be here. For the other, it will be the worst case of “that feeling” they’ve ever experienced. Tonight. Game 7 of the World Series. One of two fan bases that have only known losing will experience the euphoric joy of the elusive feeling of rooting for a champion. The other will be forced to confront how another one slipped through their fingers. One downtrodden baseball franchise will become a world champion tonight. For the other, the losing will cruelly continue.Last night in Game 6, the Cubs jumped out to a 3-run first inning lead on Indians starter Josh Tomlin. The harbinger of the evening came when Cleveland center fielder Tyler Naquin and right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall played “I got it, you got it”, and let an Addison Russell blooper innocently fall between them. The misplay scored two, and handed Cubs starter Jake Arrieta a 3 run lead to start the game.RT Cubs: .Addison_Russell’s historic night. #FlyTheW pic.twitter.com/qMNPjhQMC6 #Cubs #ChicagoCubs #MLB— Chicago Cubs FanClub (@fanschicagocubs) November 2, 2016 Addison Russell delivered the Game 6 death blow when he emptied the bases with a 4th inning grand slam to give Chicago a 7-0 lead, and effectively ended the game. He had 6 RBI on the night.Need some offense? How about a #WorldSeries GRAND SLAM?! @Addison_Russell & the @Cubs force Game 7. pic.twitter.com/KdjkKuh5Un— #Game7 (@MLBONFOX) November 2, 2016center_img Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img Feature | Cardio-oncology | May 13, 2016 | Dave Fornell Assessing Cardiotoxicity Due to Cancer Therapy Cardio-oncology is an emerging field that combines the expertise of both cardiology and oncology to assess and treat read more June 30, 2008 – Scientists at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center said they are starting a human trial to test whether a new cancer treatment will be as effective at eradicating cancer in humans as it has proven to be in mice.The treatment will involve transfusing specific white blood cells, called granulocytes, from select donors, into patients with advanced forms of cancer. A similar treatment using white blood cells from cancer-resistant mice has previously been highly successful, curing 100 percent of lab mice afflicted with advanced malignancies.Zheng Cui, Ph.D., lead researcher and associate professor of pathology, announced the study June 28 at the Understanding Aging conference in Los Angeles.The study, given the go-ahead by the FDA will involve treating human cancer patients with white blood cells from healthy young people whose immune systems produce cells with high levels of cancer-fighting activity.The basis of the study is the scientists’ discovery, published five years ago, of a cancer-resistant mouse and their subsequent finding that white blood cells from that mouse and its offspring cured advanced cancers in ordinary laboratory mice. They have since identified similar cancer-killing activity in the white blood cells of some healthy humans.”In mice, we’ve been able to eradicate even highly aggressive forms of malignancy with extremely large tumors,” Cui said. “Hopefully, we will see the same results in humans. Our laboratory studies indicate that this cancer-fighting ability is even stronger in healthy humans.”The team has tested human cancer-fighting cells from healthy donors against human cervical, prostate and breast cancer cells in the laboratory – with surprisingly good results. The scientists say the anti-tumor response primarily involves granulocytes of the innate immune system, a system known for fighting off infections. Granulocytes are the most abundant type of white blood cells and can account for as much as 60 percent of total circulating white blood cells in healthy humans. Donors can give granulocytes specifically without losing other components of blood through a process called apheresis that separates granulocytes and returns other blood components back to donors.In a small study of human volunteers, the scientists found that cancer-killing activity in the granulocytes was highest in people under age 50. They also found that this activity can be lowered by factors such as winter or emotional stress. They said the key to the success for the new therapy is to transfuse sufficient granulocytes from healthy donors while their cancer-killing activities are at their peak level.For the upcoming study, the researchers are currently recruiting 500 local potential donors who are 50 years old or younger and in good health to have their blood tested. Of those, 100 volunteers with high cancer-killing activity will be asked to donate white blood cells for the study. Cell recipients will include 22 cancer patients who have solid tumors that either didn’t respond originally, or no longer respond, to conventional therapies. The study will cost $100,000 per patient receiving therapy, and for many patients (those living in 22 states) the costs may be covered by their insurance company. There is no cost to donate blood. General information about insurance coverage of clinical trials is available at the American Cancer Society’s web site.For more information: www.wfubmc.edu/news/CancerTrial FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Radiation Oncology | November 06, 2018 VIDEO: Personalizing Radiotherapy Using Genomic Markers of Radiosensitivity Genomics can be used to assess a patient’s radiosensitivity, which can be used to increase or decrease the radiation read more News | Oncology Related Products | May 06, 2016 Study Finds Breast Cancer Adjuvant Therapy Benefits Vary Over Time May 6, 2016 — After breast cancer surger read more Javier Torres-Roca Explains Genomics in RadiotherapyVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:35Loaded: 2.47%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:35 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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first_imgNews | September 04, 2013 C.R. Bard Purchases Rochester Medical for $262 Million The transaction is expected to close in the fourth calendar quarter of 2013 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 September 4, 2013 — C. R. Bard Inc. has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire Rochester Medical Corp. at a price of $20 per share, or approximately $262 million in the aggregate. The Rochester Medical board of directors unanimously approved the agreement and will recommend that the company’s shareholders approve the transaction.Under the terms of the merger agreement, Rochester Medical shareholders will receive $20 in cash for each share that they hold at the closing of the merger, representing a 37 percent premium over the company’s average closing price during the 90 trading days ended Sept. 3, 2013. The acquisition is subject to certain closing conditions specified in the definitive agreement, including regulatory approvals and the approval of Rochester Medical’s shareholders. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth calendar quarter of 2013.Rochester develops, manufactures and markets disposable medical catheters and devices for urological and continence care applications. The company also sells certain ostomy and wound and scar care products and other brands of urological products into the European marketplace.For more information: www.rocm.comlast_img read more

New Developments in Cardiovascular Computed Tomography at SCCT 2017

first_imgFacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Dave Fornell, ITN Editor Dave Fornell is the editor of Diagnostic & Interventional Cardiology magazine and assistant editor for Imaging Technology News magazine. Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 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. When the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) was formed in the mid-1990s, its primary goal was to have imagers, both cardiologists and radiologists, collaborate to improve cardiac CT image quality. In the past decade SCCT refocused efforts on gathering clinical trial evidence to show the efficacy and value of coronary CT angiography (CCTA) compared to the standard of care and other competing modalities. In 2017, the society has changed course again with advocacy efforts to take its evidence to policy makers to make a case for why CTA should be a primary cardiac imaging modality and how it fits neatly into the idea of value-based-medicine. At the SCCT 2017 annual meeting in July, there was a big push for members to become more involved in advocacy efforts and an emphasis on the positive data from a large number of big, randomized controlled trials to date. Society leadership also touted the latest technology advances in cardiac CT, which may offer a paradigm shift in how chest pain patients are assessed in the emergency department (ED). Watch the related VIDEO “Role of Cardiac CT in Value-based Medicine,” an interview with Leslee Shaw, Ph.D., director of clinical research and professor of medicine at Emory University, Atlanta, and past-president of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, who discusses how CCTA offers value in today’s cost-conscience environment. I also shot the VIDEO “Clinical Evidence Shows CT Should be the Primary Cardiac Imaging Modality” with current SCCT President Todd Villines, M.D., FACC, FAHA, FSCCT, director of cardiac CT, Georgetown Medical Center. Two of the latest CTA trials are the PICTURE and PROMISE trials. AT SCCT 2017, I shot a VIDEO interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D., FACC, professor of medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, endowed chair of preventive cardiology, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, who was involved with both of these trials.Among the most talked about advances is fractional flow reserve computed tomography (FFR-CT), which unlike invasive catheter-based FFR offers a completely noninvasive FFR assessment of not just a coronary segment, but the entire coronary tree. Invasive FFR uses blood flow pressure readings before and after a coronary lesion to determine if a stenosis is hemodynamically significant and requires stenting or other types of revascularization. Traditionally CTA has been great at showing anatomical detail, including the percentage obstruction a lesion presents. But in the cath lab, it is often the case where a significant blockage seen on CT does not greatly impact blood flow. To avoid the need for a diagnostic catheterization for confirmation, FFR-CT uses super-computing computational fluid dynamics to assess a virtual FFR, which studies have shown has an 80 percent correlation with invasive FFR. This may be the key in making CT a true gatekeeper to the cath lab and for EDs to more quickly discharge chest pain patients where coronary blockages can be ruled out.   Watch the VIDEO “Implementation and the Science Behind FFR-CT,” a discussion with James Min, M.D., professor of radiology and medicine and director of the Dalio Institute of Cardiovascular Medicine, Weill Cornell, New York Presbyterian Hospital.Several vendors are working to develop FFR-CT technology. The latest is Toshiba, which had examples of its prototype software displayed in sessions by physicians who are testing it. HeartFlow was the first company, and currently the only, to offer FFR technology that is cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Its development program is way ahead of potential competitors, which has led to some CT vendors forming partnerships with Heartflow. Siemens Healthineers announced a partnership in March, and GE Healthcare announced a partnership with HeartFlow just before the SCCT meeting. However, a major drawback of FFR-CT is its massive computing power requirements, which demands that hospitals send their imaging datasets to HeartFlow’s cloud computing servers in California and wait between four to 24 hours for results. The turnaround times (TAT) have been dropping, accounting to both end users and the company. But, the real goal of this technology is to enable in-house processing on the scanners or the hospital’s own servers with TATs of a couple hours or less to avoid the need to cath a patient, or admit them overnight for a nuclear myocardial perfusion scan in the morning.Another barrier to FFR-CT adoption is the lack of reimbursement. However, SCCT was proud of the fact that it helped push through a new CPT reimbursement code for FFR-CT, which was among the big news at this year’s meeting. Watch the SCCT 2017 VIDEO “New CPT Reimbursement Codes for Cardiology,” an interview with Randall Thompson, M.D., professor of medicine at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, attending cardiologist, Mid-America Heart Institute, St. Luke’s Health. Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate read more Blog | Dave Fornell, ITN Editor | CT Angiography (CTA)| July 24, 2017 | Dave Fornell New Developments in Cardiovascular Computed Tomography at SCCT 2017 New Cardiac CT Technology AdvancesThere were three big technology advancements at SCCT 2017, including:The release of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT scanner; The FDA approval for the first CT contrast agent for CTA; andThe improvement in CT resolution from 0.5 mm down to 0.25 mm being developed by Toshiba.  These are all covered in my VIDEO “Editor’s Choice of Most Innovative New Cardiac CT Technology at SCCT 2017.”The Israeli start-up company Arineta has been working with several CTA luminary physicians for a few years to develop the first dedicated CTA scanner. It incorporates numerous technologies that are specifically aimed at improving coronary CT angiography, without concerns about using the machine for general radiology imaging. The company partnered with GE Healthcare to commercialize the Cardiographe scanner, which gained FDA clearance earlier this year and was displayed for the first time at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2017 meeting. GE incorporated many of its latest CT advances for dose reduction, iterative reconstruction, metal artifact reduction and other features from its Revolution CT system. The Cardiographe was built to be very compact so it can fit into a physician’s office, or utilize a smaller room than a standard 64-slice scanner. It offers 140 mm of anatomical coverage to scan the entire heart in one rotation without stitching. Its gantry rotation speed is 0.24 seconds, enabling very fast scans that freeze cardiac motion. Examples of CTA scans on the system presented in sessions were performed at 2 mSv of dose or below. Compare specifications of the Cardiographe to other CT systems on the market with our online Cardiac CT Systems Comparison chart (you will need to create a free login).Earlier this year, GE Healthcare’s Visipaque (Iodixanol) became the first iodine-based CT contrast agent to gain an official indication for coronary CTA. Until May 2017, all contrast CTAs in the United States were conducted as an off-label use of CT contrast. Read about the FDA approval.Resolution of tiny structures such as the composition of coronary plaques, stent struts or smaller coronary vessels are difficult to make out on CTA scans even on the best scanners because the current resolution of detectors is limited to 0.5 mm. Toshiba has been developing a new CT detector with an improved resolution down to 0.25 mm. Examples of this were shown in sessions at SCCT. The high resolution will enable more accurate assessment of coronary plaques for a noninvasive, clear identification of vulnerable plaques, the possibility of visualizing broken stent struts, and identification of a specific vendors’ stents based on strut design in vessels as small as 2.5 mm.  For more information on the high-resolution scanner and other new tech, watch the VIDEO “Advances in Cardiac CT Imaging.”  This is an interview with David Bluemke, M.D., Ph.D., FAHA, professor of radiology, University of Wisconsin – Madison, incoming editor of RSNA’s journal Radiology and previously the radiologist in chief of imaging services at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), at SCCT 2017. Read the related 2018 article “New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the Market.”Read about additional recent CT advances in the article “Advances in Cardiac CT Technology.”  In this VIDEO I spoke to outgoing SCCT President Leslee Shaw, Ph.D., at SCCT 2016 about the future direction of cardiac CT. 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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Video Player is loading.ITN Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance AthletesPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 11:59Loaded: 1.36%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -11:59 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | 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., F read more Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Ajman Tourism discusses ways to boost green initiatives with EGBC

first_imgAjman Tourism Development Department (ATDD) discussed with Emirates Green Building Council (EGBC) ways to enhance green practices in tourism establishments in Ajman.During a meeting at EGBC’s headquarters in Dubai, attended by senior ATDD and EGBC officials, both parties dwelt on opportunities and potentials for continued cooperation with regard to increasing “go-green” awareness level, exchanging ideas that would help preserve environment and enhance sustainability efforts.To this end, ATDD employees and Ajman hotel staffers would be trained and develop ‘green’ initiatives, to be implemented within their working environments.A joint seminar will be also be held to address Ajman hoteliers about possible initiatives and future projects on including green practices within hotel classification criteria and standards.EGBC was formed in 2006, with the goal of advancing green building principles for protecting the environment and ensuring sustainability in the United Arab Emirates.last_img read more

PaphosPolis road not financially viable auditor says

first_imgThe proposed road from Paphos to Polis, in its current form, is a financially unviable project and a waste of taxpayer money, Auditor-general Odysseas Michaelides said, rejecting suggestions that the matter was not within his remit.“Our service reiterates the position that construction of the project in question, in its current form, constitutes squandering of public money, on the basis of a decision that clashes with the acceptable and legally prescribed review and selection procedures,” Michaelides said in a statement issued on Thursday.It followed the cabinet’s rejection of the audit service’s view that the proposed Paphos to Polis road was a waste of money in the current form.“That is our view, which we have every right to express since auditing public spending falls under the hardest core of our constitutionally guaranteed powers,” the auditor said.“We also express regret about the fact that, as we have been informed by the finance minister yesterday, during its September 13, 2017, session the cabinet judged our reports to be beyond our remit.”It was noteworthy, according to the auditor, that during times when there was no legal framework guiding the selection and advancement of investment projects, the audit service was recommending reducing the cost within logical levels – 2005 to 2012 — without any suggestion from the government that it was not within its remit.In his report, the auditor said the reason the project was not sustainable was the decision to effectively construct a motorway when it was not justified by the traffic data.The annual average daily traffic in 2014 was 6,801 vehicles per day, with August of the same year recording the highest.On August 15, a national holiday, 10,944 vehicles used the road, the report said. Ten days later officials counted 830 vehicles at 6pm, the highest hourly traffic. The average during the month was around 9,000 vehicles per day.The current plan is for a two-lane road, which however, will have the geometrical characteristics of a motorway.The public works department’s standards for a two-lane road provides for an average 13,000 vehicles per day whereas the respective standard for motorways is 41,000, the auditor said.“This is part of a bigger plan providing that in the future, (not specified when) the complete project will be constructed at a cost of €260m (current prices) that will include a four-lane motorway,” the report said.Taxpayers were currently looking at a cost of between €68m and €81.5m, depending on which version the state would go with.The audit service had pointed out to the finance minister that building a two-lane road with the geometric characteristics of a motorway meant using parameters fit for the latter.That, in turn, meant a higher cost of construction, especially in higher areas as was the case, and made the road less safe because it would encourage motorists to drive at higher speeds.“Based on all the above, we expressed the view that the minister, exercising the powers granted to him by the framework law and acting in a lawful manner as he ought to, should reject the project without delay and ask the public works department to review the issue so that the project becomes financially viable.”You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more