first_imgBengaluru: Attacked time and again over shifting loyalty from JD(S) to Congress, former chief Minister Siddaramaiah Saturday clarified that he was expelled from that party by former prime minister and its supremo H D Deve Gowda. “They (BJP) ask why Siddaramaiah quit JD(S) and joined Congress. I did not quit JD(S).. I was expelled. You must know the truth.. I was expelled from the JD(S) by Mr Deve Gowda for my AHINDA activities. Now you know, I believe,” Siddaramaiah told reporters at Kalaburagi. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh AHINDA in Kannada stands for minorities, backward castes and Dalits. The senior Congress leader was canvassing for party candidate Subhash Rathod, contesting the bypoll from Chincholi assembly constituency. The Chincholi seat fell vacant after disgruntled Congress MLA Umesh Jadhav resigned from the assembly to join the Bharatiya Janata Party and contested the Lok Sabha election from Gulbarga where he had a direct fight with Congress stalwart Mallikarjun Kharge. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad The BJP gave ticket to Jadhav’s son Avinash Jadhav to contest from Chincholi Assembly constituency, where election is due on May 19. While addressing a public meeting two days ago Siddaramaiah flayed Jadhav, saying a “traitor” alone would ditch the party, which is like a mother. In retaliation, BJP MLA and former deputy chief minister R Ashok had sought to know why Siddaramaiah quit the JD(S) and joined the Congress. To this, Siddaramaiah said Ashok knew nothing as there were lots of dissimilarities between Umesh Jadhav quitting the Congress and joining the BJP and him leaving the JD(S) and joining the grand old party. The comparison was “improper,” he added.last_img read more

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Rabat – The results of the 2019’s second quarter household survey, conducted by the High Commission for Planning (HCP), show that the overall index of household confidence has continued to fall since last year.The index of household confidence (ICM) has dropped to 74.9 points compared to 79.1 points recorded the previous quarter, and 87.3 points recorded a year earlier. The decline in household confidence levels during this quarter stems from the decline of all its sub-indicators (standard of living, unemployment, opportunity to purchase durable goods, and financial situation). Evolution of confidence index in MoroccoStandard of living46.2% of households reported a decline in living standards over the last 12 months. 32.9% reported that the standards maintained the same level, while 20.8% noticed an improvement.Over the next 12 months, 27.3% of households expect a decline in their standard of living. 40.6% believe they will maintain the same level, and the remaining 32% expect to improve their living conditions.In 2017, the World Bank published a Morocco Economic Memorandum entitled “Morocco 2040- Emerging by investing in intangible capital.”The memorandum explains that “historically speaking, it is interesting to note that the French had the Moroccans’ current standard of living in 1950, the Italians in 1955, the Spanish in 1960, and the Portuguese in 1965.”The same source added that between 2007 and 2014, subjective poverty, i.e. one’s own perception of poverty, increased from 42% to 45% across the country, affecting more than 54% of the rural population.UnemploymentThe survey shows that 83% vs. 6.1% of households expect a rise in unemployment levels over the next 12 months.Despite  the fact that Morocco has received millions of euros in loans to address the problem, unemployment in Morocco specifically affects young diploma-holders. “Many educated young people leave Morocco to look for better opportunities, 600 engineers leave the country every year,” said Said Amzazi, Minister of Education, in 2018.Purchase of durable goods61.4% compared to 20.1% of households participating in the survey consider that the time is not opportune to purchase durable goods. They consider the economic situation unfavorable to such purchase.Financial situation of households: deterioratingRegarding income vs. expenses, 62.4% of households estimated that their incomes cover their expenses. 34.2% reported going into debt or using their savings, and 3.4% affirmed being able to save a part of their income.31.2%, compared to 12.9% of households in 2018, expect an improvement in their financial situation over the next 12 months. read more

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PARIS – Historical circumstances in Ontario produced a fire service which – for much of its history — was overwhelmingly male, white and Christian.That is rapidly changing, says the chaplain of the Firefighters’ Association of Ontario, and fire services across the province would do well to acknowledge it.“We all know that — if we were down in a fire – we don’t care if the person who shares their oxygen and drags us out of there is male or female, religious or not religious,” Rev. Stephen Berryman, of St. John’s Anglican Church in Cambridge, said during the FFAO’s annual memorial service on Saturday.“We just need to know that they have the strength and the skills to save our lives and the lives of others. This is a first attempt at a revised memorial service. I would very much welcome your feedback.”Berryman —  a retired firefighter — was speaking to dozens of uniformed delegates at FFAO’s 118th annual convention. They were gathered for the memorial service at the cenotaph in downtown Paris.Berryman’s revised homily contained an acknowledgement that “incredibly competent women” are signing up as firefighters but that the status quo makes it difficult for them “to integrate into the culture.”Berryman also acknowledged that the annual memorial service he presides over uses a text that is not only Christian but specifically Anglican. Berryman told the several hundred in attendance that – from here forward — he intends to strive for the generic spirituality of military chaplains as chaplain of FFAO.“I’ve been wanting to do this for years,” Berryman said afterward. “I’ve just never got around to it. In the military, chaplains can’t show a bias. If you do, you are done.”Berryman asked for feedback and Brant County Mayor David Bailey was happy to provide it. He welcomed Berryman’s call to openness and diversity.“I’m the most diverse mayor ever,” Bailey said. “I’m openly gay and this was the first year Brant County flew the pride flag.“I’m excited about the direction the county is going. Not only is the county experiencing prosperity, but the face of the county is changing too.”A roll call of firefighters in Ontario who died in the past year was read from the podium. Among those mentioned was former Vittoria station chief Harold Stewart.Firefighting brothers Corey and Wade Cummerson, of Brant County, were noteworthy for carrying the Brant County chief’s helmet worn by their late brother Troy Cummerson, who died two years ago.Troy Cummerson is a reminder that firefighters take on unique risks when they roll out of bed in the middle of the night to save someone’s home and possibly their life. Cummerson died at age 48 of an esophageal cancer connected to repeated exposure to toxic situations.“We miss him,” Corey Cummerson said. “He was a great guy. He was well-loved by everybody and a book of knowledge. He impacted a lot of lives.”MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

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Tuesday night did not go the way the Indiana Pacers had hoped. Seeking to close out the Washington Wizards in Indianapolis, the home team instead lost by 23 points in a game that was all but over before the fourth quarter began.The Pacers were outplayed in a number of areas, but nowhere more so than in the rebounding battle. The final tally was 62-23 in favor of the Wizards, making it the largest rebounding differential in the NBA playoffs going back to the 1985-86 season.There were two challenges for the Pacers on Tuesday night: They didn’t get themselves in position to grab rebounds, and they didn’t convert those opportunities when they had them.The Pacers rely heavily on their starting five, a reliable rebounding group for most of the season. Of the 21 lineups in the league that played at least 400 minutes together this season, the Pacers’ starters grabbed 51.7 percent of available rebounds — ninth best in the league. But the NBA’s SportVU Player Tracking data can give us a closer look at how well that unit usually rebounds and exactly how atrocious its performance was on the glass in Game 5.SportVU Player Tracking statistics include rebound chances, defined as any time a player was within 3.5 feet of a rebound (multiple players can meet that definition for a single shot). Rebound chances can be compared with actual rebounds to calculate a conversion percentage for each player. It’s important to remember those multiple opportunities here. Even if the Pacers grabbed every rebound, their conversion percentage might not be 100 percent because more than one teammate could have earned a rebound chance by being around the ball on a single shot.Here we can see the dramatic drop off in both rebound opportunities and conversions in Game 5. The Pacers starters put themselves in rebounding position far less often and lost far more of those individual rebounding battles than they usually do. Circling back to total rebound percentage, we find this group grabbed just 25 percent of the available rebounds in the 20 minutes they played together in Game 5.This performance can’t be pinned entirely on the Pacers; the Wizards were aggressive from the opening tip and deserve plenty of credit for forcing the Pacers into this kind of drab performance. Wizards center Marcin Gortat was a force, pulling in 16 rebounds on 24 rebound chances. But this kind of rebounding disparity requires effort (or the lack thereof) from both teams.It’s unlikely the Pacers will put up another rebounding performance this disastrous, but the damage may be done. By allowing themselves to be so thoroughly pushed around on the interior, they have given the Wizards new life. read more

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The Senior Bowl, held in Mobile, Ala., is an opportunity for senior football players to showcase their talents in front of pro scouts and coaches. And Former Ohio State football players Ross Homan and Dane Sanzenbacher were invited to the field. Homan and Sanzenbacher understand the importance of the opportunity. “The best players in the nation are out here, competing and trying to showcase their skills,” Homan said. Being at your best and separating yourself from the rest is something Homan said is crucial in a game like this. “It’s very important. You’re always being evaluated every time you step on the field,” Homan said. “It’s a huge job interview; that’s the way I look at it.” Sanzenbacher agreed. “It’s an opportunity for you to show your talents and stand out from everybody else,” he said. Since the Sugar Bowl, Homan and Sanzenbacher have been training for the NFL draft process. Both were recently invited to the NFL Combine, and both said they plan to attend. During practice, Homan said coaches and scouts have been telling him to keep doing what he is doing and to relax and play to his ability. Sanzenbacher, who was a late addition to the Senior Bowl, had his first day of practice Tuesday, and said the competition there is one of a kind. “You can’t really replace that competition. It makes everybody better,” he said. “You’re working with some of the best players in the nation and it makes every rep that much more critical.” Being so close to the NFL, Homan said he is ready to make the most of the opportunity. “It’s a dream come true,” he said. “I have dreamed of it since I was a little kid, and now I have the opportunity to make it a reality.” Sanzenbacher said the feeling is surreal. “It’s weird. It doesn’t feel that close,” Sanzenbacher said. “There’s still a lot of steps that you need to go through to actually put on that jersey and play in the NFL.” Homan’s ultimate goal is to be a success and leave nothing undone. “Just be successful; just have no regrets,” Homan said. “Never look back and wish I could have done this or could have done that.” Sanzenbacher has different ambitions. “(I want) to put myself in a position to be successful after football,” Sanzenbacher said. “Obviously you want to play well and take (football) as far as you can, but ultimately, while you’re playing, set yourself up for the future.” Neither Homan nor Sanzenbacher has a preference of what team he would like to compete for. They said would just be grateful for the chance to play in the NFL. Sanzenbacher said he would never forget the experiences he had playing for OSU. “It kind of made me the football player that I am,” he said. “Being able to run out on Senior Day, to get your name announced as captain and your family on the field was definitely up there for me.” What Homan will remember most about OSU is his success on the team. “The close games, battles, sealing the deal on Big Ten championships,” Homan said. “Everything we’ve won, I’ll keep memory of.” The Senior Bowl will be televised at 4 p.m. Saturday on the NFL Network. read more

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first_img THE CASE OF a British undercover police officer operating in Ireland is to be raised with British Home Secretary Amber Rudd.During Leaders’ Questions last Wednesday, AAA-PBP TD Paul Murphy informed the Dáil that undercover agent Mark Kennedy – infamous following an inquiry in the UK – was also operating in Ireland.The Taoiseach was told the British citizen had been exposed as a “secret member of the national public order intelligence unit” in the UK.In 2011, details of Kennedy’s double life – during which he embedded himself with environmental activists for more than seven years – began to emerge.The Guardian reported that Kennedy visited more than 22 countries taking part in protests against the building of a dam in Iceland, touring Spain with eco-activists, and penetrating anarchist networks in Germany and Italy.Undercover with protestersMurphy told the Dáil that Kennedy was in Ireland and participating in the Shell to Sea protests in the Taoiseach’s constituency. He organised meetings here in the run up to the protest in Gleneagles at the G8 in 2005. He was arrested by the gardaí in Dublin on 3 May 2004… Mark Kennedy being interviewed on Channel 4 News in 2012. Image: Channel 4 News Image: Channel 4 News Feb 15th 2017, 6:30 AM http://jrnl.ie/3240248 Wednesday 15 Feb 2017, 6:30 AM Short URL He had multiple intimate relationships with women using his false identity as an environmental activist called Mark Stone. Share19 Tweet Email2 center_img While travelling the world, it’s claimed Kennedy had many sexual relationships with women within the activist movements.It resulted in some of these women taking legal action against the police.Subsequently, the Metropolitan Police in the UK published a full apology for the ‘totally unacceptable behaviour’ of undercover officers entering into such affairs with women.Last week, Murphy revealed that a woman who was involved in a protest group was in a relationship with Kennedy while he was operating in Ireland in 2005.Operating in Ireland He called for the Pitchford Inquiry, which was launched in 2015 following scandals involving officers and women who said they were tricked into relationships, to be extended to take in Ireland.The German and Scottish governments have formally requested that their jurisdictions also be included.In a statement to TheJournal.ie, the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that Minister Charlie Flanagan raised the issues connected to the Pitchford inquiry with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire during his visit to Dublin yesterday.The Secretary of State undertook to convey these concerns to the British Home Secretary,” he noted.Read: The curious case of how a British cop went undercover among Irish protesters> Mark Kennedy being interviewed on Channel 4 News in 2012. 32 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Case of undercover British cop operating in Ireland to be raised with UK government The Dáil was told: “He had multiple intimate relationships with women using his false identity.” By Christina Finn 21,040 Views last_img read more

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first_imgFessenheim : le réacteur n°2 en arrêt automatiqueLe réacteur n°2 de la centrale nucléaire de Fessenheim s’est arrêté automatiquement mardi en raison d’un “dysfonctionnement”. L’incident serait toutefois sans conséquence “sur la sûreté des installations”, a indiqué la direction du site. C’est une nouvelle peu rassurante en provenance de la plus ancienne centrale de l’Hexagone, remise en fonctionnement le 6 mars 2012 qui vient d’être révélée. Selon la direction du site nucléaire de Fessenheim dans le Haut-Rhin, le réacteur n°2 de l’installation s’est arrêté automatiquement mardi. Un arrêt qui serait dû à un dysfonctionnement, sans conséquence “sur la sûreté des installations, ni sur l’environnement”, assure la direction citée par l’AFP.À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de TchernobylSur le site internet d’EDF consacré à la centrale, les responsables ont néanmoins donné davantage de précisions en indiquant que “les techniciens de la centrale mènent actuellement les investigations”. L’arrêt du réacteur n°2 s’expliquerait, d’après les premières analyses, par “un dysfonctionnement sur le transformateur principal qui a conduit à la mise en service des automatismes de protection”. Mais le réacteur n°1 de la centrale fonctionne correctement et continue d’alimenter le réseau électrique national. Le réacteur n°2 de la centrale nucléaire de Fessenheim a été réactivé en mars à la suite de plusieurs mois d’arrêt pour sa troisième visite décennale, en vue d’effectuer des contrôles et des éventuelles opérations de maintenance. Équipé de deux réacteurs de 900 mégawatts, le site de Fessenheim a été mis en service en 1977.Le 21 mars 2012 à 12:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_img Related Items: In the second reading are to be the Hotel Tourism Taxation Amendment Bill 2016,  Physical Planning amendment Bill 2016 and a slew of health bills including the Mental Health ordinance, Health appeals Tribunal Bill and the Health Professionals Bill.  Last week the HOA was closed for business suddenly by Premier Rufus Ewing during debate on the Flag & Coat of Arms Bill. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe House of Assembly will reconvene for business this morning and debuting in Parliament is the Credit Union Bill in its first reading; this bill was on June 2, 2016 approved at Cabinet for presentation to the House of Assembly.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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first_img Tags 0 HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop is more interesting than its… Share your voice 1:34 Thinner bezels and better cooling are coming to HP’s mainstream gaming laptops.  HP HP’s Pavilion Gaming Laptop is one of the best mainstream gaming laptops under $1,000, and it looks like it’s going to get a little better.Like Dell’s G series, the Pavilion Gaming line gives you a mainstream option instead of shelling out for a pricier PC from HP’s Omen gaming brand such as the new dual-screen Omen X laptop. While it definitely still has a “gamer” look, its thinner, streamlined frame isn’t over the top.  The updated model isn’t vastly different from the last, but HP did redesign the intake and exhaust vents for more efficient cooling and slimmer bezels around its 15.6-inch full HD display. The insides are getting an update, too, with ninth-gen Intel Core i5 and i7 processors and discrete graphics up to Nividia’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti with Max Q. The 15.6-inch Pavilion Gaming 15 will start at $800, which converts to approximately AU$1,150 and £620. A 17-inch version will join the lineup as well for $50 more starting at $850.hp-pavilion-mousepad-400-4The new Pavilion Gaming laptops are joined by a budget-friendly mouse and mousepad. HP  Accompanying the updated Pavilions are a new mouse and mousepad. The $25 Pavilion Gaming Mouse 200 isn’t nearly as fancy as the new Omen Photon wireless mouse, but it does have on-the-fly DPI switching and RGB lighting. The $30 Pavilion Gaming Mousepad 400 has an anti-fray cloth surface with a rubber base that’s wrapped in light.The mouse and mousepad are available now, while the updated laptops arrive in June. 25 Photos Also read: HP Omen X 2S gaming laptop sports a second screen Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment More games that will run an (almost) any nongaming laptop Laptops HPlast_img read more

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first_imgBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and other leaders of the party at the National Memorial in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, on Sunday. Photo: Dipu MalakarBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday said they will continue to struggle to establish people’s democratic rights in the country.He was speaking to newsmen after paying tribute to the martyrs of the liberation war, placing wreaths at the National Memorial in Savar on the outskirts of the capital around 9:00am.“The main spirit of the liberation war was to establish democracy in the country. We are fighting again to establish that,” the BNP secretary general said.“We have also been fighting for the release the party chairperson Khaleda Zia,” he added.Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir alleged that the government has been oppressing opposition leaders and activists, making a mockery of the upcoming parliamentary elections to be held in the month of victory.“Oppositions leaders and activists are being attacked and accused in fictitious cases every day,” the BNP leader added.The BNP secretary general also alleged that the election commission was not competent enough to conduct the general elections.Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and other central leaders of the BNP placed wreaths at the memorial on behalf of the party and its chairperson Khaleda Zia.last_img read more

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first_img 00:00 /09:12 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Elizabeth Trovall / Houston Public MediaChains thought to be used by chain gangs in the Sugar Land area.center_img X A judge ruled to allow for more time to decide where to rebury the nearly 100 human remains that were discovered earlier this year at a Fort Bend ISD construction spot.The decision follows a request from the school district to move the remains to the nearby Old Imperial Farm Cemetery.“We asked the judge for permission to re-bury them at the Imperial Farms cemetery and at this point he decided he wasn’t ready to rule yet,” Veronica Sopher, the Chief Communications Officer for Fort Bend ISD, told Houston Matters. “He wanted us to continue having conversations about that, and what that might look like, and how that might happen.”The remains are believed to be of African American prison inmates who were forced to work in the sugar cane fields while they were serving their time. DNA testing is being used to identify the bodies.The unmarked graves were discovered when Fort Bend ISD started construction on the James Reese Career and Technical Center. The construction on the project is halted until a decision has been made regarding where to bury the remains.– / 2The school district wants the remains to be moved to Old Imperial Farm Cemetery, which is believed to contain graves of guards and prisoners who were once part of the Imperial State Prison Farm.“We do plan on memorializing the land where the remains were found. The way the building is being built, we will be able to create space inside the building and outside of the building acknowledging what happened,” Sopher said. “We don’t believe that having remains alongside the school building is an appropriate use of that space, in such a way where people can go and have reflection time and learn.”But others say the remains should be reburied where they were found out of respect. Ken Brown, an anthropologist at the University of Houston, told Houston Matters he believes the descendants should decide what happens to the remains.“Why do these genetic studies of these individuals if in fact you’re not trying to find their descendants?” he said. “Let’s get these people identified before we go through the process of reinterring them.”The judge set March as a tentative deadline to revisit the issue, with additional community input occurring in the interim. Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgCryptPad is a privacy friendly alternative for Google Docs and Office Online by Ashwin on July 31, 2019 in Internet – 7 commentsOne of the most useful features in Microsoft Office and Google Docs is editing documents online and collaborating with other authors in real-time. But what about the privacy of the services?Local applications offer better privacy. You can check out LibreOffice if you don’t require online access.CryptPadCryptPad is an online document editing service, akin to Google Docs and Office Online, sans the privacy issues. It encrypts the data as you type which ensures that your data cannot be accessed by anyone else. The service has been around for a couple of years and has made a name for itself among privacy conscious users.The options are similar to what’s available in other office suites, so you’re probably familiar with the tools. Also, there is a nice FAQ section to help you get started.Instead of reviewing the basics, I’ll tell you what’s unique in CryptPad. You can visit the official website to start using it; you don’t need an account to create a pad but the data will only be stored for 3 months for unregistered users. You can sign up for free to store your pads forever. The registration is done using a Script Key derivation and the key, username and password are stored on your computer. The downside of this is that your password cannot be recovered if you forget it.Registered accounts offer other functionality, e.g. access to all stored documents on all devices, and the ability to upload and share documentsNote that free storage is limited to 50 Megabytes; not much considering that you could fill the space up easily with just a few documents. A premium version is available — for a price — that offers 5 Gigabytes to 50 Gigabytes of storage.You can check out the features of the three different versions — anonymous, registered, and premium — here.These are the various pads (editors) that the service has to offer:Rich Text – Word ProcessorCode – Code editor for programmingPresentation – PowerPoint alternativePoll – Poll creation toolKanban – A to do list creatorWhiteboard – A drawing boardCryptDrive – Storage for your Pads (You get 50MB for free)Sheet – Excel alternative that is in beta (requires sign-up to use)All pads support auto save and file uploading (saved in your CryptDrive). CryptPad also supports collaboration which means you can co-author documents with other people in real-time. There is a chat section available in the side-bar which you can use to communicate with your collaborators.Sharing a link using the built-in option allows you to grant the user read-only or editing privileges. You can manage your CryptDrive data by creating folders and organizing them the way you want. Every document has a version history as well; in case you made an error while editing, you can retrieve the previous version to get your data back.Brief overview of the Rich Text editor.The GUI of CryptPad is quite similar across the pad types it has to offer. It has an editing pane, a side bar and a toolbar. The Rich Text Editor is slight different from the interface used in Microsoft Word Online. Most notably, it doesn’t have a status bar, which Word uses for displaying  the page number, word count, language. Every formatting option and other options can be accessed from the single toolbar which is great, compared to the infamous ribbon interface.The only drawback in CryptPad is that it can only import/export documents in a few formats. For example, the text editor supports  HTML and PDF (export only) formats, the code editor can save your work in MD, and so on.PrivacyCryptPad has a strict Privacy Policy, and here’s the short version of it. It does not collect your password and the content stored in your pads. Your data is yours alone because of the client side encryption. Though that it collects your IP Address (for security reasons) and to identify you as the anonymous owner of your pad, CryptPad says it does not log the IP address to track users or usage.CryptPad also supports self-hosting, if you want to install it on your own server and be in full control over the server-side as well.Now you: which online office suite do you use?Summary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 2 votes Software Name CryptPadOperating System Firefox, ChromeSoftware Category ProductivityPrice FreeLanding Page https://cryptpad.fr/ Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgOne person tragically lost their life when a Nissan X-Trail crashed in Protea Drive on Sunday morning (July 29).It is believed that the driver lost control of his vehicle while travelling from Ezakheni towards Ladysmith.The vehicle rolled numerous times and the driver was flung out.Also read: Breaking News: 9 dead in horror crash between taxi and bakkie outside LadysmithAlso read: 2 vehicles involved in early-morning crash in Poort Road WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Also read: Video Included: 7 dead in horror crash on the R74 just outside BergvilleEmergency personnel, police, Public Safety and a towing service responded to the scene.Visibility on the road was very low due to heavy mist and fog that had built up.Many concerned motorists stopped at the scene of the crash to see what was going on.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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first_img Radiation Oncology | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of a Fully Self-contained Brain Radiotherapy System Stephen Sorensen, Ph.D., DABR, chief of medical physics, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona, explains the first commercial use of the Zap-X stereotactic radio surgery (SRS) brain radiotherapy system. The system uses a capsule-like shield to surround the gantry and patient, eliminating the need for expensive room build outs requiring vaults. The goal of the system is to expand SRS brain therapy by making it easier and less expensive to acquire the treatment system. Sorensen spoke about this system in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos EIZO is proud to be entering into its 45th year of expertise, meeting hospital demands worldwide in over 80 countries. This year we are excited to unveil a few never-seen before, brand new products.Our newest release is the RadiForce RX660, a 30-inch 6 megapixel monitor ideal for multi-modality applications. With this monitor we’re introducing the new “Work-and-Flow” that benefits radiologists today in creating an efficient and cleaner workspace.With the Work-and-Flow, you have access to two great features:The “Hide-and-Seek” function enables users to easily hide the Picture-in-Picture window eliminating the need for an extra monitor while still being able to access reports, patient charts, and other information.In another feature called the “Switch-and-Go”, users can move across two workstations.The RX660 uses the DisplayPort 1.2 Daisy Chain Connectivity for a tangle-free, easy, single cable management – this means eliminating excess wires.Also new this year, is the RadiForce GX550, a 21.3-inch 5 megapixel, FDA approved-monitor for viewing detailed digital breast tomosynthesis and mammography images. Like the RX660, this monitor also features EIZO’s ergonomic design features.In our CuratOR surgical solutions area, we are featuring two new products that complement our industry leading operating room video management system that allows quick access to multiple image sources and flexible arrangements across different monitors. Different workflow scenarios can be pre-defined and recalled on demand with the simple touch of a touchscreen.Our EIZ1000 mobile large monitor tower is a turnkey large monitor mounting alternative to costly ceiling suspensions. Its sleek design and easy maneuverability enables use in multiple surgical suites. The EIZ1000 can be installed with little to no downtime, and is the optimum solution for hospitals that do not have the infrastructure to support complex ceiling suspension. We are also expanding our OR portfolio with the release our new line of CuratOR surgical panels. These digital viewing systems consist of one or more integrated monitors – as well as IT and video management components that function as the central console in the operating room. Integrated into the hospital’s IT structure, it is ideal for work performed by operating room or nursing staff.  Finally, we are showing our CuratOR SP2-24-49 HIS/PACS configuration for viewing images and documentation. This configuration contains a 24-inch touchscreen and a 49-inch monitor forming a space-saving combination of HIS and PACS station. Different applications are covered by just one device. The polished and sealed design allows for easy cleaning. Recent Videos View all 606 items Radiation Oncology | May 13, 2019 Patient-first Innovations from Accuray at ASTRO 2018 At ASTRO 2018, Accuray showcased new patient-first innovations, including motion synchronization on Radixact, and the new CK VoLO, a fast optimizer on the CyberKnife system. Andrew Delao, senior director of marketing for Accuray, highlights the new features. CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. The scanner also comes with a HeartFlow FFR-CT starter pack.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Find more SCCT news and videos Related GE Edison Platform Content:GE Healthcare Unveils New Applications and Smart Devices Built on Edison PlatformVIDEO: itnTV Conversations — What is Edison? Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic CT Clinical Innovation Center, professor of medical physics and biomedical engineering and the 2019 president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), shares her insights on the latest advances in computed tomography (CT) imaging technology. She spoke at the 2019 AAPM meeting. She also did an interview at AAPM on her president’s theme for the 2019 meeting – VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care.Find more news and videos from AAPM. Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Find more SCCT news and videos Related GE Edison Platform Content:VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence – GE Builds AI Applications on Edison PlatformGE Healthcare Unveils New Applications and Smart Devices Built on Edison Platform Find more SCCT news and videos Related CT Calcium Scorining Content:VIDEO: New Cholesterol Guidelines Support CT Calcium Scoring for Risk Assessment — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D.CT Calcium Scoring Becoming a Key Risk Factor AssessmentACC and AHA Release Updated Cholesterol Guidelines for 2018VIDEO: CT Calcium Scoring to Screen For Who Should Take Statins — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D. Women’s Health | March 25, 2019 VIDEO: Ultrasound Versus MRI for Imaging of the Female Pelvis Deborah Levine, M.D., professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and vice chair for academic affairs in the Department of Radiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, describes scenarios where magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) could be more useful than ultrasound in issues with the female pelvis. 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He spoke at the 2017 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Today meeting. Read the article “CMS to Require Appropriate Use Criteria Documentation for Medical Imaging Orders.” Nuclear Imaging | August 24, 2017 VIDEO: Implementing CZT SPECT Cardiac Protocols to Reduce Radiation Dose Randy Thompson, M.D., attending cardiologist, St. Luke’s Mid-America Heart Institute, Kansas City, explains protocols and what to consider when working with the newer generation CZT-SPECT camera systems for nuclear cardiology. He spoke during the 2017 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Today technology update meeting. Watch the related VIDEO “PET vs. SPECT in Nuclear Cardiology and Recent Advances in Technology.” Read the related articles “Managing Dose in PET and SPECT Myocardial Perfusion Imaging,”  and “Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging.” Cardio-oncology | March 22, 2019 VIDEO: Characterization of Cardiac Structural Changes and Function Following Radiation Therapy Magid Awadalla, MBBS, is an advanced cardiac imaging research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has been involved in an imaging study of cardiac changes from photon radiotherapy in breast cancer patients using serial cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The radiotherapy beams used to treat breast cancer pass close to the neighboring heart, which can cause cardiac cell damage leading to issues like heart failure later on. He spoke on the topic of cardio-oncology at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2019 meeting. Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, interventional radiologist at Texas Children’s Hospital, editor of IR Quarterly for the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and on the Board of Directors for the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, explained how artificial intelligence (AI) can assist in pediatric imaging and the pitfalls of training AI systems. He spoke at the 2019 Radiology AIMed conference. Deep learning algorithms require large amounts of patient case data to train the systems to read medical images automatically without human intervention. However, in pediatrics, there are often much lower numbers of normal and abnormal scans that can be used compared to vast amounts of adult exams available. This makes it difficult to train systems, so AI developers are coming up with innovative new ways to train their software. Compounding issues with training pediatric imaging AI is that the normal ranges change very quickly for young children due to their rapid development. He explained what is normal for a 2-year-old may not be normal for a 5-year-old.Desai and other pediatric physicians who spoke at the conference said AI could have a big impact on pediatric imaging where there are not enough specialists for the increasing image volumes. Information Technology | April 15, 2019 itnTV “Conversations”: Vital Images Helps Build Infrastructure for the Future Vital Images has developed a strategy that allows its customers to capture revenues that are otherwise missed while building the infrastructure for the future. In an interview with itnTV, Vital Images executives Larry Sitka and Geoffrey Clemmons describe how the company has reconciled this vision of the future with near-term realities. Radiology Business | May 03, 2017 VIDEO: MACRA’s Impact on Cardiology Kim A. Williams, Sr., M.D., chief of cardiology at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago and former president of both the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), explains the impact of healthcare reform on cardiology and specifically on nuclear perfusion imaging.  Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. Nuclear Imaging | August 24, 2017 VIDEO: PET vs. SPECT in Nuclear Cardiology and Recent Advances in Technology Prem Soman, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at the Heart and Vascular Institute, University of Pittsburgh, and president-elect of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), explained advances in PET and SPECT imaging and the learning curve involved in reading scans from the new CZT SPECT cameras. Watch the VIDEO: Trends in Nuclear Cardiology Imaging, an iknterview with David Wolinsky, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Read the related article “Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging.” Find more SCCT news and videos Molecular Imaging View all 22 items Technology Reports View all 9 items Related CT Technology Content:New CT Technology Entering the MarketVIDEO: Advances in Cardiac CT Imaging — Interview with David Bluemke, M.D.Expanding Applications for Computed TomographyVIDEO: Overview of Cardiac CT Trends and 2019 SCCT Meeting Highlights —Interview with Ron Blankstein, M.D., directVIDEO: 10 Tips to Improve Cardiac CT Imaging — Interview with Quynh Truong, M.D.FFR-CT: Is It Radiology or Cardiology?VIDEO: ITN Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Technology at RSNA 2018VIDEO: Using Advanced CT to Enhance Radiation Therapy Planning — Interview with Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D.VIDEO: Tips and Tricks to Aid Cardiac CT Technologist WorkflowManaging CT Radiation DoseVIDEO: ITN Editor’s Choice of Most Innovative New Cardiac CT Technology at SCCT 2017New Developments in Cardiovascular Computed Tomography at SCCT 2017VIDEO: Role of Cardiac CT in Value-based Medicine — Leslee Shaw, Ph.D.Advances in Cardiac Imaging Technologies at RSNA 2017VIDEO: The Future of Cardiac CT in the Next Decade — Interview with Leslee Shaw, Ph.D.VIDEO: What to Consider When Comparing 64-slice to Higher Slice CT Systems — Interview with Claudio Smuclovisky, M.D.  Mammography | April 15, 2019 VIDEO: A Discussion on Proposed FDA Rules for Mammography Reporting Wendie Berg, M.D., Ph.D., FACR, chief scientific advisor to DenseBreast-info.org and professor of radiology at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine/Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC, spoke with ITN Editorial Director Melinda Taschetta-Millane about some of the proposed amendments to the language being used for mammography reporting and quality improvement.Read the article “FDA Proposes New Rules for Mammography Reporting and Quality Improvement” Advanced Visualization | April 01, 2019 VIDEO: The GE iCenter Looks Toward the Future of New Technologies GE Healthcare goes beyond core equipment maintenance to help clients solve some of their most important asset and clinical performance challenges through digital solutions. EIZO Celebrates 45 Years of Expertise EIZO is proud to be entering into its 45th year of expertise, meeting hospital demands worldwide in over 80 countries. This year we are excited to unveil a few never-seen before, brand new products, including the RadiForce RX660.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:30Loaded: 3.02%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:30 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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Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, University Health Network, Princess Margaret Cancer Center, Toronto, Canada, explains how her center is using machine learning to automate treatment plans. The center is one of the first to use the RayStation machine learning treatment planning system for radiation oncology. She spoke at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Nuclear Imaging | April 28, 2017 VIDEO: Trends in Nuclear Cardiology Imaging David Wolinsky, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at Cleveland Clinic Florida and past-president of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), discusses advancements in nuclear imaging and some of the issues facing the subspecialty. Enterprise Imaging | March 27, 2019 VIDEO: GE Healthcare’s CCA Analytics Provides Governance for Enterprise Imaging GE Healthcare Centricity Clinical Archive (CCA) Analytics, shown at RSNA 2018, works directly with the vendor neutral archive (VNA), allowing users to evaluate clinical, financial and operational processes across the healthcare system. The analytics solution shows how all of the different components of the archive and all of the imaging sources — departments, facilities and modalities — are working across the enterprise. Nuclear Imaging | March 22, 2019 VIDEO: Utilization of PET For Evaluation of Cardiac Sarcoidosis Raza Alvi, M.D., a research fellow in radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, has been involved in a study of a positron-emission tomography (PET) FDG radiotracer agent to image sarcoidosis. The inflammatory disease affects multiple organs and usually include abnormal masses or nodules (granulomas) consisting of inflamed tissues that can form in the heart. Alvi presented on this topic at American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2019 meeting.  Related Enterprise Imaging Content:RSNA Technology Report 2017: Enterprise ImagingVIDEO: Building An Effective Enterprise Imaging StrategyFive Steps for Better Diagnostic Image ManagementVIDEO: Enterprise Imaging and the Digital Imaging Adoption ModelEnterprise Imaging to Account for 27 Percent of Imaging MarketVIDEO: Defining Enterprise Imaging — The HIMSS-SIIM Enterprise Imaging WorkgroupVIDEO: How to Build An Enterprise Imaging System Artificial Intelligence | July 12, 2019 VIDEO: The Economics of Artificial Intelligence Khan Siddiqui, M.D., founder and CEO of HOPPR, discusses the economic advantages and costs presented by artificial intelligence (AI) applications in radiology, as well as potential strategies for healthcare providers looking to add AI to their armamentarium, at the 2019 Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting. Artificial Intelligence | April 02, 2019 itnTV “Conversations:” What is Edison? At RSNA 2018, GE Healthcare formally presented Edison as the company’s new applications platform, designed to speed the delivery of precision care.  Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. Enterprise Imaging | July 09, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 2 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison, healthcare IT consultant and Chris Roth, M.D., associate professor of radiology, vice chair, information technology and clinical informatics, and director of imaging informatics strategy at Duke University Medical Center, about how to find the right people to deploy a successful enterprise imaging strategy.Watch part 1 of the interview at the 2019 Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) conference. CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. The scanner also comes with a HeartFlow FFR-CT starter pack.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Related CT Calcium Scorining Content:VIDEO: New Cholesterol Guidelines Support CT Calcium Scoring for Risk Assessment — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D.CT Calcium Scoring Becoming a Key Risk Factor AssessmentACC and AHA Release Updated Cholesterol Guidelines for 2018VIDEO: CT Calcium Scoring to Screen For Who Should Take Statins — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D. Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting.  Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | January 08, 2016 RSNA Technology Report 2015: MRI Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015. Below is related MRI content:RSNA Technology Report 2015: Magnetic Resonance ImagingRecent Advances in MRI TechnologySoftware Advances in MRI TechnologyAdvances in Cardiac Imaging at RSNA 2016Recent Trends and Developments in Contrast MediaComparison Chart: MRI Wide Bore Systems (chart access will require a login, but is free and only takes a minute to register)Comparison Chart: MRI Contrast Agents(chart access will require a login, but is free and only takes a minute to register)Comparison Chart: Cardiovascular MRI Analysis Software(chart access will require a login, but is free and only takes a minute to register) Sponsored Content | Videos | Flat Panel Displays | January 08, 2017 EIZO Celebrates 45 Years of Expertise Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate research assistant in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab of the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, describes how he and fellow researchers used multiple types of cardiac imaging to evaluate the health of athletes who compete in endurance events lasting six hours or more, and what the results may suggest for future screening.Watch the VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019, an interview with AHRA President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA. Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting.  Interventional Radiology | June 26, 2019 VIDEO: How Alexa Might Help During Interventional Radiology Procedures Kevin Seals, M.D., University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Health, interventional radiology fellow, is working on a research project using smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home to create a new method for accessing information on device technologies in real time in the interventional radiology (IR) lab. Operators can use the conversational voice interface to retrieve information without breaking sterile scrub. The technology uses using natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning to rapidly provide information about device sizing and compatibility in IR.Seals spoke at the 2019 Radiology AIMed conference in Chicago in June. Computed Tomography (CT) | January 08, 2016 RSNA Technology Report 2015: Computed Tomography Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of computed tomography (CT) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015. The video includes Freiherr during his booth tours with some of the key vendors who were featuring new technology. Digital Pathology | July 11, 2019 VIDEO: Integrating Digital Pathology With Radiology Toby Cornish, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor and medical director of informatics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, explains how the subspecialty of digital pathology has evolved in recent years, the benefits of integrating pathology and radiology, and how artificial intelligence (AI) may smooth the transition, at the 2019 Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting.  Related content:VIDEO: Implementation of Artificial Intelligence Tools in Radiology Practice — Interview with Lawrence Tanenbaum, M.D.VIDEO: AI That Second Reads Radiology Reports and Deals With Incidental Findings — Interview with Nina Kottler, M.D.Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence at RSNA 2018VIDEO: Implementation of Artificial Intelligence Tools in Radiology Practice Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting.  Enterprise Imaging | January 14, 2019 Technology Report: Enterprise Imaging 2018 In Enterprise Imaging 2018: Balancing Strategy and Technology in Enterprise Imaging, ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of enterprise imaging advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2018 annual meeting.center_img Find more news and videos from AAPM. Find more SCCT news and videos Related Artificial Intelligence ContentTechnology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2017VIDEO: RSNA Post-game Report on Artificial IntelligenceVIDEO: AI in Tumor Diagnostics, Treatment and Follow-upVIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Help Reduce Gadolinium Dose in MRIVIDEO: AI, Analytics and Informatics: The Future is Here AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Computed Tomography (CT) Clinical Innovation Center, professor of medical physics and biomedical engineering, and the 2019 president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), explains the “building bridges” theme of the 2019 AAPM meeting. This theme was the focus of her president’s address at the 2019 AAPM meeting. She spoke on the theme of diversity and how to break down the barriers between various minorities, male-female, religion, national origin, etc. She gave many photo examples of how we pigeon hole people into neat categories and that we often say we have equally in society, however her images showed recent images of big political summits where there are no women present, or they were the secretaries in the background. She said in medical practice, department administration and collaboration on projects, people need to be cognoscente of bias they have engrained by culture for which they may not even be aware.She showed a slide of the AAPM membership makeup by generation and said members need to keep in mind the way each generation thinks and communicates varies by their generation’s life experience and upbringing. McCollough said understanding these differences can help bridge perceived gaps in communication. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, University Health Network, Princess Margaret Cancer Center, Toronto, Canada, explains how her center is using machine learning to automate treatment plans. The center is one of the first to use the RayStation machine learning treatment planning system for radiation oncology. She spoke at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Find more news and videos from AAPM. Radiology Imaging View all 288 items Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. SPECT-CT | December 12, 2018 VIDEO: Walk Around of the Veriton SPECT-CT System This is a walk around of the new Spectrum Dynamics Veriton SPECT-CT nuclear imaging system introduced at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. This is a walk around of an innovative new SPECT-CT nuclear imaging system shown at the Radiological Society Of North America (RSNA) 2018 meeting this week. It’s CT system with comes in 16, 64 or 128 slice configurations. It has 12 SPECT detector robotic arms that automatically move toward the patient and use a sensor to stop a few millimeters from the skin to optimize photon counts and SPECT image quality. It also uses more sensitive CZT digital detectors, which allows either faster scan times, or use of only half the radiotracer dose of analog detector scans.Read the article “Nuclear Imaging Moves Toward Digital Detector Technology.” Read the article “Spectrum Dynamics Sues GE for Theft, Misappropriation of Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition.” Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. The scanner also comes with a HeartFlow FFR-CT starter pack.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related content:itnTV “Conversations”: The Accuray Philosophy Interventional Radiology | October 19, 2018 VIDEO: Y90 Embolization of Liver Cancer at Henry Ford Hospital Scott Schwartz, M.D., interventional radiologist and program director for IR residencies and the vascular and interventional radiology fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital, explains how the department uses Yttrium-90 (Y90) embolization therapy to treat liver cancer.Find more content on Henry Ford Hospital Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate research assistant in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab of the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, describes how he and fellow researchers used multiple types of cardiac imaging to evaluate the health of athletes who compete in endurance events lasting six hours or more, and what the results may suggest for future screening.Watch the VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019, an interview with AHRA President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA. Radiation Therapy | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Creating a Low-cost Radiotherapy System for the Developing World Paul Liu, Ph.D., post-doctoral research associate, Image X Institute at the University of Sydney, Australia, explains how his center is working on a low-cost radiation therapy system for the developing world. The Nano-X system will use a fixed linac gantry and rotate the patient around the beam. This would lighten the weight of the system, reduce the need for room shielding, and cut the number iof moving parts to lower costs and ease maintanence. Liu spoke about the project in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Enterprise Imaging | April 26, 2019 VIDEO: A Transformative Approach to Reducing Cost and Complexity at CarolinaEast Health System CarolinaEast Health System, an award-winning health system in New Bern, N.C., was one of the first to collaborate with Philips to implement IntelliSpace Enterprise Edition, a comprehensive managed service. Watch the video to see how we collaborated together to streamline workflows and improve interoperability for better care.Watch the related editorial interview VIDEO: Streamlining PACS Administration — Interview with Mike Ciancio, imaging systems administrator at CarolinaEast Health System. Digital Radiography (DR) | October 05, 2016 Technology Report: Digital Radiography Systems Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of digital radiography (DR) advances at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2016 meeting. Read the article “The Coming Push for DR.”  Watch a technology report sidebar video on new DR Systems technology. AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Efforts to Define the Roles of Medical Physicists and Assistants for Regulators Brent Parker, Ph.D., DABR, professor of radiation physics and medical physicist at MD Anderson Cancer Center, explains how the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) is creating guidelines to better define the roles of non-physicist assistants. He said there is a lack of state regulatory oversight for medical physicists or their assistants, partly because there are no guidelines from the medical societies. AAPM has created a series of policy statements to better define these the roles and requirements for all of these positions. Parker said the goal is to give state regulators the the definitions needed to create oversight guidelines. He spoke on this topic in sessions at the AAPM 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Related CT Calcium Scorining Content:VIDEO: New Cholesterol Guidelines Support CT Calcium Scoring for Risk Assessment — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D.CT Calcium Scoring Becoming a Key Risk Factor AssessmentACC and AHA Release Updated Cholesterol Guidelines for 2018VIDEO: CT Calcium Scoring to Screen For Who Should Take Statins — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D. Related content:Atrium Health Debuts Amazon Alexa Skill to Help Patients Access Medical CareSmart Speaker Technology Harnessed for Hospital Medical Treatments Artificial Intelligence | March 28, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence – GE Builds AI Applications on Edison Platform GE launched a new brand that covers artificial intelligence (AI) at the Radiological Socoety of North American (RSNA) 2018 meeting. The company showed several works-in-progress, including a critical care suite of algorithms and experimental applications for brain MR. Each is being built on GE’s Edison Platform. Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Radiation Oncology View all 91 items Breast Imaging | April 18, 2019 VIDEO: Age, Interval and Other Considerations for Breast Screening In a keynote lecture at the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI)/American College of Radiology (ACR) 2019 Symposium, Diana Miglioretti, Ph.D., dean’s professor of biostatistics at UC Davis Health, discussed risk-stratified breast cancer screening and its potential to improve the balance of screening benefits to harms by tailoring screening intensity and modality to individual risk factors.Read the article “How Risk Stratification Might Affect Women’s Health”Read the article “FDA Proposes New Rules for Mammography Reporting and Quality Improvement”Watch the VIDEO: A Discussion on Proposed FDA Rules for Mammography Reporting Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. Related Articles on Y-90 Radiotherapy:Current Advances in Targeted Radionuclide TherapyA Look Ahead in Targeted Radionuclide TherapyRadioactive Bead Therapy Now Used for Head, Neck TumorsNCCN Guidelines Recommend Y-90 Microspheres for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Treatment Find more SCCT news and videos Find more news and videos from AAPM. Information Technology View all 220 items Digital Radiography (DR) | October 05, 2016 Agfa Highlights its DR Solutions Agfa highlights how its digital radiography (DR) systems capture analytics data to help improve management of the radiology department, show ROI on DR investments, and explains how its image processing software works.  Read the article “The Coming Push for DR.”  Watch the video “Technology Report: DR Systems.” Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate research assistant in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab of the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, describes how he and fellow researchers used multiple types of cardiac imaging to evaluate the health of athletes who compete in endurance events lasting six hours or more, and what the results may suggest for future screening.Watch the VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019, an interview with AHRA President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA. Artificial Intelligence | April 17, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence in Radiology — Are We Doomed? At the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI)/American College of Radiology (ACR) 2019 Symposium, Rasu Shrestha, M.D., MBA, chief strategy officer for Atrium Health, discusses his new role with Atrium, the hype cycle of artificial intelligence (AI) and the key elements of getting AI in radiology — and in healthcare — right.Read the article “Atrium Health Debuts Amazon Alexa Skill to Help Patients Access Medical Care”Listen to the podcast Is Artificial Intelligence The Doom of Radiology?, a discussion with Shrestha. CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Enterprise Imaging | July 08, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 1 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison, healthcare IT consultant and Chris Roth, M.D., associate professor of radiology, vice chair, information technology and clinical informatics, and director of imaging informatics strategy at Duke University Medical Center, about how to find the right people to deploy a successful enterprise imaging strategy. 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Women’s Health View all 62 items Sponsored Videos View all 142 items Technology Reports | April 01, 2018 Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2017 ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of artificial intelligence advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2017 annual meeting.  AI was by far the hottest topic in sessions and on the expo floor at RSNA 2017. Here are links to related deep learning, machine learning coverage:Why AI By Any Name Is Sweet For RadiologyValue in Radiology Takes on Added Depth at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Key Imaging Technology Trends at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Deep Learning is Key Technology Trend at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Machine Learning and the Future of RadiologyVIDEO: Expanding Role for Artificial Intelligence in Medical ImagingHow Artificial Intelligence Will Change Medical Imaging Conference Coverage View all 396 items Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. Radiation Therapy | December 06, 2018 Technology Report: Patient-centered Care in Radiation Therapy Radiation therapy has become increasingly effective and safe as vendors continue to innovate technologies that benefit the patient. At ASTRO 2018, this patient-centric approach was exemplified and demonstrated not only in ways that match treatments to patients, but in how technologies can adjust to patient movement and anatomical changes, and to increase the precision of treatments. ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr showcases several new technologies that are helping to advance this field.For additional patient-centered care coverage, see:Conversations with Greg Freiherr: The Accuray PhilosophyASTRO Puts Patients First RSNA | April 03, 2019 VIDEO: Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Technology at RSNA 2018 ITN Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the most interesting new medical imaging technologies displayed on the expo floor at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. The video includes new technologies for fetal ultrasound, CT, MRI, mobile DR X-ray, a new generation of fluoroscopy systems, MRI contrast mapping to better identify tumors, and a new technique to create moving X-ray images from standard DR imaging.Watch the related VIDEO: Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Artificial Intelligence Technologies at RSNA 2018. This inlcudes a tour of some of the recently FDA-cleared AI technologies for medical imaging at RSNA 2018.  Related Cardiac Sarcoidosis Content:ASNC and SNMMI Release Joint Document on Diagnosis, Treatment of Cardiac SarcoidosisNew PET-CT Scan Improves Detection in Rare Cardiac Condition25 Most Impactful Nuclear Cardiology ArticlesRecent Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging Technology Brachytherapy Systems | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: New Alpha Emitter Brachytherapy Seeds in Development Lior Arazi, Ph.D., assistant professor at Ben-Gurion University, Israel, explains the potential benefits of a new Radium-224 brachytherapy seed technology he is helping develop. The technology uses high-dose alpha particles to kill cancer cells, but has a very short tissue penetration, so it can be placed very close to critical structures without causing collateral damage to healthy tissue. He discussed this technology in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Artificial Intelligence | January 15, 2019 Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2018 In Artificial Intelligence 2018: What Radiologists Need to Know About AI, ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of artificial intelligence (AI) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2018 annual meeting. Radiation Therapy | February 21, 2019 VIDEO: Whole Versus Partial Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Christy Kesslering, M.D., medical director of radiation oncology at the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center, about the different radiation therapy options for breast cancer patients offered at the center.Watch the VIDEOs Advancements in Radiation Therapy for Brain Cancer and Multidisciplinary Treatment of Brain Tumors with Vinai Gondi, M.D., director of research and CNS neuro-oncology at the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center.Additional videos and coverage of Northwestern Medicinelast_img read more

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first_imgAlgorithmic trading relies on computer programs that execute algorithms to automate some, or all, elements of a trading strategy. Algorithms are a sequence of steps or rules to achieve a goal and can take many forms. In the case of machine learning (ML), algorithms pursue the objective of learning other algorithms, namely rules, to achieve a target based on data, such as minimizing a prediction error.  In this article, we have a look at use cases of ML and how it is used in algorithmic trading strategies. These algorithms encode various activities of a portfolio manager who observes market transactions and analyzes relevant data to decide on placing buy or sell orders. The sequence of orders defines the portfolio holdings that, over time, aim to produce returns that are attractive to the providers of capital, taking into account their appetite for risk. This article is an excerpt taken from the book ‘Hands-On Machine Learning for Algorithmic Trading’ written by Stefan Jansen.  The book explores effective trading strategies in real-world markets using NumPy, spaCy, pandas, scikit-learn, and Keras. Ultimately, the goal of active investment management consists in achieving alpha, that is, returns in excess of the benchmark used for evaluation. The fundamental law of active management applies the information ratio (IR) to express the value of active management as the ratio of portfolio returns above the returns of a benchmark, usually an index, to the volatility of those returns. It approximates the information ratio as the product of the information coefficient (IC), which measures the quality of forecast as their correlation with outcomes, and the breadth of a strategy expressed as the square root of the number of bets. The use of ML for algorithmic trading, in particular, aims for more efficient use of conventional and alternative data, with the goal of producing both better and more actionable forecasts, hence improving the value of active management. Quantitative strategies have evolved and become more sophisticated in three waves: In the 1980s and 1990s, signals often emerged from academic research and used a single or very few inputs derived from the market and fundamental data. These signals are now largely commoditized and available as ETF, such as basic mean-reversion strategies. In the 2000s, factor-based investing proliferated. Funds used algorithms to identify assets exposed to risk factors like value or momentum to seek arbitrage opportunities. Redemptions during the early days of the financial crisis triggered the quant quake of August 2007 that cascaded through the factor-based fund industry. These strategies are now also available as long-only smart-beta funds that tilt portfolios according to a given set of risk factors. The third era is driven by investments in ML capabilities and alternative data to generate profitable signals for repeatable trading strategies. Factor decay is a major challenge: the excess returns from new anomalies have been shown to drop by a quarter from discovery to publication, and by over 50% after publication due to competition and crowding. There are several categories of trading strategies that use algorithms to execute trading rules: Short-term trades that aim to profit from small price movements, for example, due to arbitrage Behavioral strategies that aim to capitalize on anticipating the behavior of other market participants Programs that aim to optimize trade execution, and A large group of trading based on predicted pricing The HFT funds discussed above most prominently rely on short holding periods to benefit from minor price movements based on bid-ask arbitrage or statistical arbitrage. Behavioral algorithms usually operate in lower liquidity environments and aim to anticipate moves by a larger player likely to significantly impact the price. The expectation of the price impact is based on sniffing algorithms that generate insights into other market participants’ strategies, or market patterns such as forced trades by ETFs. Trade-execution programs aim to limit the market impact of trades and range from the simple slicing of trades to match time-weighted average pricing (TWAP) or volume-weighted average pricing (VWAP). Simple algorithms leverage historical patterns, whereas more sophisticated algorithms take into account transaction costs, implementation shortfall or predicted price movements. These algorithms can operate at the security or portfolio level, for example, to implement multileg derivative or cross-asset trades. Let’s now have a look at different applications in Trading where ML is of key importance. Use Cases of ML for Trading ML extracts signals from a wide range of market, fundamental, and alternative data, and can be applied at all steps of the algorithmic trading-strategy process. Key applications include: Data mining to identify patterns and extract features Supervised learning to generate risk factors or alphas and create trade ideas Aggregation of individual signals into a strategy Allocation of assets according to risk profiles learned by an algorithm The testing and evaluation of strategies, including through the use of synthetic data The interactive, automated refinement of a strategy using reinforcement learning Supervised learning for alpha factor creation and aggregation The main rationale for applying ML to trading is to obtain predictions of asset fundamentals, price movements or market conditions. A strategy can leverage multiple ML algorithms that build on each other. Downstream models can generate signals at the portfolio level by integrating predictions about the prospects of individual assets, capital market expectations, and the correlation among securities. Alternatively, ML predictions can inform discretionary trades as in the quantamental approach outlined above. ML predictions can also target specific risk factors, such as value or volatility, or implement technical approaches, such as trend following or mean reversion. Asset allocation ML has been used to allocate portfolios based on decision-tree models that compute a hierarchical form of risk parity. As a result, risk characteristics are driven by patterns in asset prices rather than by asset classes and achieve superior risk-return characteristics. Testing trade ideas Backtesting is a critical step to select successful algorithmic trading strategies. Cross-validation using synthetic data is a key ML technique to generate reliable out-of-sample results when combined with appropriate methods to correct for multiple testing. The time series nature of financial data requires modifications to the standard approach to avoid look-ahead bias or otherwise contaminate the data used for training, validation, and testing. In addition, the limited availability of historical data has given rise to alternative approaches that use synthetic data. Reinforcement learning Trading takes place in a competitive, interactive marketplace. Reinforcement learning aims to train agents to learn a policy function based on rewards. In this article, we briefly discussed how ML has become a key ingredient for different stages of algorithmic trading strategies. If you want to learn more about trading strategies that use ML, be sure to check out the book ‘Hands-On Machine Learning for Algorithmic Trading’. 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first_imgHamilton Island Marina back to normal after Ului Hamilton Island has cleaned up quickly in the wake of Cyclone Ului, the sunny destination back to normal and welcoming guests again.“Hamilton Island’s extensive and rigorous cyclone procedures were definitely put to the test over the weekend” said Hamilton Island chief executive Glenn Bourke.Ului had passed over Hamilton Island in the early hours of Sunday morning causing strong wind gusts of up to 200km/h and rain showers.The cyclone caused some trees to fall and broke a number of windows but there was no significant structural damage to any of the hotels.“Naturally our focus was on the safety and comfort of our guests. We were well prepared for the bad weather and had taken all necessary steps to ‘batten down the hatches’“This included removing all outdoor furniture and bringing all our vehicles indoors, as well as ensuring we had adequate food provisions for everyone.” “We are really proud of our staff and residents, everyone has pulled together exceptionally well. While we still have some work to do, it’s great to see how quickly we are returning to ‘business as usual’.”Flights and ferry services resumed on Monday this week and most activities have restarted on the Island. Power has also been restored to the Island. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.Llast_img read more

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first_img RelatedAutumn Adventures; the coolest time to visit the hottest placesAutumn Adventures; the coolest time to visit the hottest places8 must-visit events in Europe this autumnExperience the best of what Europe has to offer this autumn, from duck racing to beer drinking!The BEST time to holiday in the most popular destinationsDeciding when you should jet off can make or break a holiday. After weeks or months of planning, the last thing you want is a holiday plagued by monsoon rains or unbearable heat and crowds. Luckily for you, we’ve done the research and found the best times to visit all… Summer’s gone but that means it’s the ideal time to take a European break. With music, art, design and food festivals, and even some cheeky low-season sun, there’s plenty to look forward to in the coming months. Rachel MacDonald presents seven of the coolest places to visit this autumn.1. FinlandAs if the Northern Lights weren’t fantastic enough in a regular old year, NASA scientists have predicted that they’ll be turned up to maximum wattage in 2012, with the brightest light show in 50 years. Finland provides an excellent base camp for viewing the Aurora Borealis throughout autumn and winter season, particularly in sparkling Finnish Lapland resorts like Luosto. Helsinki has also tap-danced its way up the cool list this year, having been designated World Design Capital for 2012. The city hosts special events and parties in its sleek boutique hotels so join the party.2. ReykjavikIf you’re feeling nostalgic for the summer festival season already, you can look forward to one of autumn’s premier events in quirky Reykjavik. A ticket to the Iceland Airways Festival grants you access to all the city’s venues, where you can see big names this year like Sigur Ros and The Vaccines, along with dozens of other hot up-and-coming indie and electronic artists. Party until dawn in the city’s clubs and go for a hangover-easing soak in the famous Blue Lagoon.3. IstanbulWith the opening last November of SALT, a massive contemporary arts space housed in an old Ottoman bank, the international art scene has started to pay more attention to Istanbul’s thriving underground arts scene. Two of the factors that seem to be spurring this sudden art boom include cheap rent and young energy, with half the population under the age of 30. See works from over 50 different galleries representing local artists at the Istanbul Arts Fair in November, while the main drag of Istiklal Caddesi boasts galleries galore.4. OdessaLooking for a budget city-break with a difference this autumn? Consider Odessa, recently revitalized and now offering greater tourist amenities minus the tourist traps. With 240 days of sun each year, it’ll still be pleasant in autumn. Take an architecturally-inclined stroll to admire the city’s intriguing mishmash of Spanish, Russian, Czech, and German influences, and relax at a spa which uses Black Sea mud and salt to create healing remedies for visitors.5. BrusselsPop-up picnics? Gourmet cinema? Sounds like your idea of a good time? Brussels is ready to give it to you. This Belgian city usually known for its mussels, frites, and urinating statues has been taken over this year by the Brusselicious Festival. Numerous restaurants, hotels and public spaces are taking part in the festival, a celebration of all things foodie. Highlights include a champagne tasting event called Bubbles in Brussels, as well as the Tram Experience which serves participants gourmet meals aboard a moving city tram. The Chez Cinematek series pairs film screenings with relevant food tastings, while November’s Chocolate Week closes the fest in style.6. MontenegroMontenegro is a hidden gem for those seeking a remote Balkan beach holiday. This southern stretch of the Dalmatian Coast is still warm enough for sunbathing in the autumn, without the crowds you’ll find to the north in Croatia. There’s a distinct bohemian vibe in towns like Bar, where residents gather to read poetry every autumn under an ancient olive tree to promote peace. The cuisine has a rustic Italian vibe without the high prices across the Adriatic, and you can unearth all the secrets of the ‘Black Mountain’ when you head inland to the ominously beautiful Durmitor National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.7. DenmarkEnvironmentally-friendly Denmark is seriously cool and serious about going green. They’ve already got 20% of their energy coming from renewable sources with eyes on the prize of 100% by 2025. If you love cycling, you’ll want to take advantage of the 400 km of designated bike paths winding their way around Copenhagen, where 40% of the population commute by bike. For foodies, the New Nordic Food movement is improving traditional food products and make better use of seasonal, fresh ingredients. Try them out in one of many amazing restaurants in the Danish capital.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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first_imgEU Commission Vice President responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, Jyrki Katainen, is to arrive in Cyprus on a two-day visit.Katainen, who was to arrive in Cyprus on Sunday, will be the keynote speaker at a dinner hosted in his honour by ruling Disy leader, Averof Neophytou, in Nicosia. He is to also hold a joint press conference with Neophytou before the dinner, following a meeting between the two men.On Monday morning Katainen will meet President, Nicos Anastasiades, at the Presidential Palace.He is to also meet with House President, Demetris Syllouris, and will take part in a joint meeting of the parliamentary committees of finance and EU affairs.Τhe Commissioner will also have separate meetings with Minister of Defence, Savvas Angelides and Minister of Finance, Harris Georgiades. Katainen and Georgiades  will hold a joint press conference after the meeting.Katainen will also hold an open citizen’s dialogue on the future of Europe, between 2.30pm and 4pm on Monday at the Hilton hotel.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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