MICHEAL DOUGLAS FILMING FLATLINERS IN TORONTO

first_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment On the set of “Flatliners” which I am producing/now shooting in Toronto. It’s a reboot of a picture I made in 1990 with a group of new young stars including Kiefer Sutherland and Julia Roberts. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img

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Biswal to hold talks with Navy Commander at State Department

The Sri Lanka Navy and the US Navy have strengthened ties in the recent past with several visits to Sri Lanka by US Navy ships. (Colombo Gazette) US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal is to have talks with the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra (Ravi) Wijegunaratne today.The meeting is to take place at the Department of State in Washington, the State Department said.

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US First Lady joins Annan in International Womens Day observance in New

As International Women’s Day was observed across the globe focusing on the role of Afghan women, a distinguished audience, including the First Lady of the United States Laura Bush and Secretary-General Kofi Annan, gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York to mark the occasion and urge renewed efforts to promote gender equality.Addressing the special event that was videocast around the world, the Secretary-General said Afghan women needed more than expressions of solidarity; “they need concrete help.” Referring to their plight as “an affront to all standards of dignity, equality and humanity,” he called for building more schools and training more teachers to ensure every Afghan girl’s right to an education. “And men will need to be educated on the right of every woman to a safe environment, free from violence, discrimination and abuse,” he told the audience that included women’s rights advocates, public figures, diplomats and UN officials.Mr. Annan noted that assistance to women would produce progress for all people. “When women are fully involved, the benefits can be seen immediately: their children are better educated; they are healthier and better fed; they are better able to protect themselves against AIDS and other diseases; their families’ income and economy improve,” he said. “And what is true of families is true of communities – ultimately, indeed, of whole countries.”For her part, Mrs. Bush said Afghanistan had an unprecedented opportunity to rebuild, “thanks to efforts led by the United Nations, the United States, the new Afghan Government, and our allies around the world.” She detailed the US contribution to the effort, emphasizing Washington’s support for education in Afghanistan. “When you give children books and an education, you give them the ability to imagine a future of opportunity, equality and justice,” she said. “Education is the single most important long-term investment we can make in the future.””Today, on International Women’s Day, we affirm our mission to protect human rights for women in Afghanistan and around the world,” said Mrs. Bush. “And we affirm our support of all Afghans as they recover from war and injustice.”Echoing this theme, the President of the UN General Assembly, Han Seung-soo of the Republic of Korea, called on donor countries to encourage the interim Afghan authorities to guarantee girls equal access to education. He stressed that women should be full partners in the post-conflict reconstruction of the country, and added that today’s celebration of Afghan women should serve to spur renewed efforts to advance equality for women everywhere. In a message to the gathering, Afghanistan’s Women’s Affairs Minister, Sima Samar, expressed hope that the international community would not forget Afghanistan again but would instead provide substantial relief and development assistance to help rebuild the country’s economy and allow Afghan women and girls to rebuild their lives. Her message was delivered by the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women, Angela King. The President of the Security Council, Ambassador Ole Peter Kolby of Norway, recalled the Council’s broad support for the women of Afghanistan, stressing the importance of having more women involved in peace-related activities. “Afghan women have high hopes and expectations for the future and represent a tremendous resource for Afghanistan,” he said.The plight of Afghan women and the global need for gender equality was discussed extensively during a panel discussion which followed. Among those taking part were Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan; Sima Wali, President of Refugee Women in Development and Delegate to the UN Peace Talks on Afghanistan; Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA); and Julia Taft, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery within the UN Development Programme (UNDP). read more

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Groups in Sudan Spain and Mozambique win UNESCO literacy prizes

A group in Sudan that helps thousands of war-displaced illiterate women improve family welfare, a Spanish movement tending the educational needs of immigrants from Africa and eastern Europe, particularly women, and a Mozambican literacy programme aimed at empowering communities have won United Nations literacy prizes for 2005. The two $15,000 King Sejong Literacy Prizes awarded by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) went to the AULA Cultural Association of Spain and GOAL, a humanitarian organization working in Sudan. The $15,000 UNESCO International Reading Association Literacy Prize went to the Associação PROGRESSO, a non-governmental organization (NGO) working for community development in Mozambique. AULA, a neighbourhood movement in Palma de Mallorca, was chosen for the way its education activities have been tailored to suit a range of social groups, particularly women, immigrants from Africa and Southern and Eastern Europe, and young people without school qualifications or in danger of social exclusion. GOAL Sudan was selected for its Women’s Literacy Programme in Displaced Communities in Sudan. The programme has helped thousands of war-displaced illiterate women to improve family welfare and community recovery, reduce their level of illiteracy and enable vulnerable families and communities to better meet their needs. It assists groups in identifying problems and taking basic actions such as road maintenance, creation of local markets and small shops in isolated areas, or the establishment of nursery schools, as well as developing income generating activities for households. In Mozambique, PROGRESSO, has designed and implemented a literacy programme aimed at empowering communities, structures and networks in the provinces of Niassa and Cabo Delgado, by providing knowledge, skills and resources, placing great importance on the use of local culture and languages in all of its learning materials. An international jury, appointed by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, selected the laureates from among 45 nominations. The prizes are awarded annually in recognition of particularly effective contributions to the fight against illiteracy, one of UNESCO’s priorities. They call attention to the efforts of thousands of men and women who devote themselves year after year to advancing the cause of literacy for all. read more

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Next gen lightning fast global communication network on track for 2020 entry

A working group of the United Nations agency which coordinates telecommunication operations and services throughout the world completed today a cycle of studies on the key performance requirements of the next generation mobile networks (5G technology) for the International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT)-2020 systems. According to the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU), 5G mobile systems would provide lightning speed, ultra-reliable communications for broadband and the Internet of Things (IoT). “IMT-2020 will be the global cornerstone for all activities related to broadband communications and the Internet of Things for the future – enriching lives in ways yet to be imagined,” said the ITU Secretary-General, Houlin Zhao, in a news release. The draft report – describing key requirements related to the minimum technical performance of IMT-2020 candidate radio interface technologies, including data rate, bandwidth, latency, area traffic capacity, energy efficiency and reliability – is expected to be approved at the ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) 5G meeting in November. Underscoring the importance of the IMT-2020 standard, François Rancy, Director of ITU’s Radiocommunication Bureau said: “The standard is set to be the global communication network for the coming decades and is on track to be in place by 2020.”“The next step is to agree on what will be the detailed specifications for IMT-2020, a standard that will underpin the next generations of mobile broadband and IoT connectivity,” he added. According to ITU, early technical trials, market trials and deployments of 5G technologies based on the foreseen developments slated for IMT-2020 are now anticipated. These systems may not provide the full set of capabilities envisaged for IMT-2020, but the results of these early activities will flow forward into, and assist the development of, the final complete detailed specifications for IMT-2020, noted the UN agency. ITU added that IMT is the on-going enabler of new trends in communication devices – from the connected car and intelligent transport systems to augmented reality, holography, and wearable devices, and a key enabler to meet social needs in the areas of mobile education, connected health and emergency telecommunications. Members of the working group responsible for IMT systems, include key actors from the technology industry, national and regional standards development organizations, regulators, network operators, equipment manufacturers, academia, research institutions and ITU member States. read more

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UN agencies welcome green light for Rohingya projects in northern Myanmar urge

Since late August 2017, more than 725,000 mainly-Muslim Rohingya have fled Rakhine state, across the border into southern Bangladesh, fleeing widespread and systematic ethnic violence.The “small-scale quick impact projects” were designed in consultation with affected communities and aim to improve livelihoods, build trust and promote social-cohesion among the various communities.In a statement, the two UN agencies also said that they “remain strongly committed” to implementing the tripartite memorandum of understanding with Myanmar authorities, signed in June, to support the creation of conditions for the voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable returns of the Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh.With security the primary concern, senior UN officials have cautioned against forceful return of refugees. Refugees have also voiced concerns for their safety and well-being, and Rohingya communities in Myanmar remain vulnerable, facing restrictions on their freedom of movement and limited access to essential services.Senior UN delegation visits MyanmarThe project approvals coincided with a visit to the country, of UNDP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Haoliang Xu, and UNHCR Deputy Regional Director, Bernard Doyle.During their five-day visit, through to 14 December, the senior UN officials visited Rakhine, including the provincial capital Sittwe, and various villages where the two UN agencies have conducted initial rapid-needs assessments. They also talked to communities on the ground about the challenges they face, and prospects for the future.The delegation also met State Counsellor, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and key Government Ministers, together with provincial and local officials. read more

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Coop and experiential education students earn provincial honours

From the first day of her work term, Rachel Van Herk was hooked.Though the 22-year-old Mitchell, Ont., native was passionate about mathematics, she was unsure how to channel her studies into a career. However, that changed when she was introduced to data analytics during a co-op work term at Meridian Credit Union.Three work terms and three cities later, Van Herk has now completed her studies, begun a full-time job in her field and is one of two Brock students — along with fourth-year Communication, Popular Culture and Film (CPCF) student Stephanie Lasica — to receive an award from Education at Work Ontario (EWO) for her outstanding efforts.The awards are presented annually to two university and two college students across the province.The announcement of the EWO awards comes at the beginning of National Co-op and Work Integrated Learning (WIL) week at Brock, which celebrates the many successes and promotes awareness of co-op and experiential learning programs.Cara Krezek, Brock’s Co-op, Career and Experiential Education (CCEE) Director, said the pair’s top finish kicks off the week’s events with a great example of the calibre of the University’s students as well as the supports they receive.“Seeing both students recognized at the provincial level is an amazing accomplishment for Brock,” she said. “Their hard work, combined with the support of so many people across campus, has shown just how impactful our co-ordinated efforts to support student success can be.For Van Herk, who is among the 15 per cent of full-time Brock students to take part in co-op studies, the successful work terms would not have been possible without the support of Brock’s CCEE team.“They are very supportive of their students,” she said. “They prepared me for interviews, contacted connections and did everything they could to help me find my fit in the field of analytics.”For her last co-op work term, Van Herk put her analytics skills to the test at Canadian Tire Financial Services, where she worked on a project to help better the results of Canadian curling teams through the corporation’s partnership with the not-for-profit organization Own the Podium.It was while developing her new curling analytics metric that Van Herk was nominated by her supervisor for the EWO Co-op Student of the Year award. She later learned she was chosen for the honour, which will be presented at Brock’s Community Partner Recognition and Appreciation Event on April 9.“I am humbled and honoured to receive the award and to get to represent Brock’s Faculty of Mathematics and Science on a provincial level,” she said. “It wraps up my degree and my time at the University really well and reinforces the great things I tell students when they are thinking of studying here.”Like Van Herk, Lasica also earned a provincial nod from EWO while exploring her career options.Lasica is taking part in CPCF’s This is my Niagara initiative, an eight-month experiential education internship that allows fourth-year students to engage in event planning, digital marketing initiatives, desktop publishing and branding of events for small- and medium-sized businesses.Thanks to her outstanding efforts co-ordinating events, such as the Grant Dobson Case Competiton and Terry O’Malley Lecture, the 21-year-old student from Etobicoke has been awarded the EWO Work-Integrated Learning Student of the Year award.Along with the prestige of winning a provincial award, Lasica is thankful for the experience she has received during the internship.“I learned a lot of practical skills about the field of communications, but the exercise also taught me a lot about myself,” she said. “I am now more confident to work with teams and peers in the workplace, and I find it valuable to learn from and alongside people of many different backgrounds to deliver the best result for our projects.”Lasica, who is preparing to pursue postgraduate studies in public relations, knows the awards she and Van Herk won are reflective of exceptional individual efforts as well as the University’s emphasis on co-op and experiential learning across all Faculties.“The entire Brock community and all of the resources here on campus have helped me get to this point,” she said. “It’s important that the Experiential Education team is recognized as well as the Co-op team. Having both of our accomplishments on the same level shows that co-op and experiential education are incredible resources for students.”As she begins her full-time career as a credit reporting analyst at Meridian, Van Herk hopes other students will follow the example she and Lasica have provided by embracing Brock’s co-op and experiential opportunities.“Taking part in co-op or experiential exercises is the best decision you can make,” she said. “It takes commitment, but it also helps you gain valuable experience and connections and is extremely worth it. By the time you’re done, you’re much more prepared to take your next steps.”In addition to her EWO honours, Lasica won the University’s Experiential Education Student of the Year award, while Van Herk has received Brock’s Co-op Student of the Year award. The latter honour was also presented to Bachelor of Business Administration student Josiah Dueck, who completed his work term at Business Development Bank of Canada, and Master of Business Administration student Pradeep Kirani, who completed his work term at FedEx Express Canada.All of the award winners will be recognized at the Community Partner Recognition and Appreciation event on April 9. read more

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Lowcapacity reclaim feeder suits mines of any size

first_imgAdaptability is the watchword in FLSmidth’s Buffalo range of low-capacity modular reclaim feeders, making it a versatile offering for anything from run-of-mine applications by medium-tier miners to flexible stand-in units for larger operations when stacker-reclaimers require maintenance downtime.According to PC Kruger, FLSmidth’s Account Manager for Coal in sub-Saharan Africa, the modular format allows different discharge heights and loading decks of various lengths to suit the required application. It also facilitates transportation of these units in standardised containers to remote locations, after being manufactured in a dedicated FLSmidth workshop.“Our current designs are optimal for soft, non-abrasive material such as coal and salt, as well as potash and gypsum,” says Kruger. “The modularity allows us to tailor the final product to meet customers’ specific requirement and ensure optimal productivity, with easy reclaiming using dozers or front-end loaders.”Depending on the application and the level of mobility required, the units can be mounted on skids or even wheels to be relocated from one position on site to another. This further enhances their versatility. The motor control centre (MCC) is located onboard the reclaim feeder and only the power supply needs to be isolated before relocating the unit.“Our reclaim feeders and feeder breakers can be installed as a free-standing unit – with or without civil works – or as a multi-unit construction with hoppers or sizers,” Kruger says. “This presents an ideal backup system for stacker and reclaimer systems, and they can be implemented for side-tipping or back-tipping applications to reduce double handling of material.”The modularity of the units also makes for easier logistics; rather than demanding the large lifting equipment for the conventional size of composite units, this range requires much lighter lifting capacity of just two to three tonnes. The economy of this design extends to manpower, as fewer artisans are required for assembly and commissioning.The heavy-duty design features replaceable individual parts throughout the full length of the feeder, which is powered by electromechanical and hydraulic drives. Flow control is achieved through adjustable hydraulics, variable speed drives and gearbox ratios.“A hydraulic take-up system ensures ideal and consistent chain tensioning on the shaft take-up assembly,” he adds, “with auxiliary components such as wheel assemblies, lights, lubrications systems and safety features offering a true, fit-for-purpose solution.“The Buffalo brand of feeder breakers, introduced in 1975, became part of the FLSmidth group in 1999, changing its name to FLSmidth Buffalo. The Buffalo acquisition has strengthened FLSmidth’s position as a market-leading manufacturer and supplier of feeders, feeder breakers and sizers. Manufactured in South Africa, FLSmidth Buffalo equipment is distributed globally.”The picture shows a schematic of an FLSmidth low capacity reclaim feeder indicating onboard MCC.last_img read more

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Strong PSG Handball performance in Celje

8. Celje 11 2 1 8 313:340 5 4. Kiel 11 6 1 4 281:282 13 5. Vive Kielce 11 3 3 5 318:320 9 PHOTO: Slavko Kolar 6. Meshkov Brest 11 3 2 6 295:311 8 3. Telekom Veszprem 11 6 1 4 313:303 13 Paris Saint Germain handball are now only a point ahead of securing the first spot in Preliminary Round and place at VELUX EHF Champions League quarter-final. The French champions conquered famous “Zlatorog” hall in Celje by beating home team – 31:26.Celje Pivovarna Laško : PSG 26:31 (13:17)Celje Pivovarna Laško: Lesjak, Panjtar, Vujović 2, Jurečič, Malus 1, Suholežnik 1, Marguč 2, Grošelj, Slišković, Kodrin 5, Makuc 2, Anić 1, Dušebajev, Mačkovšek 7, Mlakar 1, Bečiri 4.PSG: Corrales, Omeyer, Gensheimer 7, Mollgaard, Stepančić 3, Keita, Sagosen 1, Kounkoud 1, Damjanović, Remili 1, Abalo 3, L. Karabatić 4, Narcisse 4, Nielsen 2, N. Karabatić 5.STANDINGS:1. Paris SG 11 10 0 1 338:299 20 7. Aalborg 11 2 1 8 292:315 5 2. Flensburg-H. 11 6 3 2 327:307 15 ← Previous Story Barca beat Vardar in derby of the Round 11 Next Story → Leynaud, Kristiansen and Brattset for stronger Gyor read more

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Upcoming Futuristic Michael Bay Movie Has the Worst Description Ever

first_img Let Old Spice and Terry Crews Crazy Up Your Holidays with this Insane Yu…Game of the Year: Transformers: War for/Fall of Cybertron Stay on target I thought science fiction was having a mainstream resurgence, so why does Michael Bay have to go and ruin it?Okay, so it may not be Bay himself, but it’s whoever is working on a recently announced deal to pick up the rights to Little America, a futuristic film that depicts a world following a “Donald Trump-like President.”Universal won a heated bidding war to pick up the rights to the movie, which is being produced by Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes.Little America is described by sources as–sigh, you ready for this?–a “sci-fun” story rather than a “sci-fi” story. It’s a phrase that makes me want to throw all my books into the sun and cry in a closet.The rest of the film’s description is fine. The film takes place in a world where the aforementioned President has bankrupted America and China has called in for its debts. Like sci-fi stories before it, such as Blade Runner, America is now run by China.The main character will be a former American Force Recon member hired by a Chinese billionaire to rescue his daughter from an American ghetto.The script was written by Rowan Athale, who previously wrote 2012’s Wasteland. He is also attached to direct.It’s not like Bay has ruined sci-fi before. The Transformers films are evidence of that. You can blame Platinum Dunes for doing unspeakable things to beloved horror franchises, like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th. However, they did also produce The Purge films, which have turned into a more appropriate allegory for America than most.Look, the movie might end up fine. Platinum Dunes has a spotty record, but it’s not without its bright spots. Plus, with a script not written by Bay and not directed by Bay, it could turn out alright, even if the story has been done before.I can’t get over the phrase “sci-fun” though. What an insult to the genre. It undermines sci-fi fans and people who may not consider themselves aficionados who like a little futuristic action. Did somebody think that dumbing down sci-fi as a term was a better sell? Hollywood has problems if it thinks that people can’t accept a little science in their movies.That also spells a problem for movies such as Valerian, Ghost in the Shell, Star Wars, War for the Planet of the Apes, and the new Blade Runner. You know, sci-fi movies. They’re not sci-fun, so what’s the point in seeing them?last_img read more

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New Website Soybeanscom Provides Information About Monsantos Original Roundup Ready Soybean Patent

first_imgThe last U.S. patent covering the original Roundup Ready soybean trait expires in 2015. As U.S. farmers begin thinking about purchasing their soybean seed for 2014 planting, they have a new resource to answer their questions about the expiration of Monsanto’s original Roundup Ready soybean trait – soybeans.com.“Even though the original Roundup Ready soybean trait is covered by a patent in the United States until the start of the 2015 planting season, we’re already getting questions from farmers about what they can and cannot do with Roundup Ready soybeans. Soybeans.com can help answer questions growers may have about patents as they pertain to planting and saving original Roundup Ready varieties, as well as the benefits of new seed. It’s a great resource for farmers as they plan for next year,” said Monsanto’s U.S. Oilseeds Product Management Lead Norm Sissons.The site outlines Monsanto’s commitments regarding the original Roundup Ready trait patent expiration, explains the different patents and breeders’ rights typically covering soybean seed, and includes frequently asked questions and a decision tree on saving seed.“We hope by having a web site like soybeans.com available, we’re able to provide a useful service to farmers and answer their questions,” said Sissons. “Soybeans.com helps give farmers a good understanding of seed patents, so they are aware of how they can legally use the seed they purchase and so they understand which seeds varieties are still protected by patents and may not be savable, including Monsanto’s second generation higher yielding soybean trait, Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield.”“Because patent law and seed technology is complicated, figuring out which seeds can be legally saved and planted is complicated too. Soybeans.com is a good first stop for farmers who are interested in potentially saving and planting soybeans with the original Roundup Ready trait,” Sissons added. “We recommend they review soybeans.com and then visit with their local seed dealer to get more information before purchasing their seed.”About Monsanto CompanyMonsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. Monsanto remains focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world’s natural resources such as water and energy. To learn more about our business and our commitments, please visit: www.monsanto.com. Follow our business on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MonsantoCo, on the company blog, Beyond the Rows at www.monsantoblog.com, or subscribe to our News Release RSS Feed.last_img read more

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Top tips for increasing employees pension contributions

first_imgIf you read nothing else, read this …Many employees are not paying enough into pensions.Financial education, employer matching and tax relief can encourage staff to increase pension contributions.Auto-enrolment and the pension freedoms have helped to highlight the importance of good contributions. Clare Grice: More than doing the right thingAside from the fact that employers should want to do the ‘right thing’ in supporting their employees, being faced with an ageing workforce as a result of inadequate savings ought to encourage employers to take action on pension contributions.Both auto-enrolment and the pension reforms have done a great deal to address the apathy of the UK population towards pensions. Employers should use this new environment of engagement to encourage pension participation and increased contributions.Auto-enrolment has, quite rightly, been hailed as a success in getting more people into pensions saving, but there is a risk that simply being automatically enrolled may make some employees think they have done enough to provide for retirement.Providing a high-quality pension scheme to employees is fruitless unless employers are able to communicate the benefits of it. Financial education is key to explaining the importance of making the right level of contributions. But it will only be a success if it goes hand in hand with an effective communications strategy. Clear communications are of paramount importance in breaking down the barrier of complexity that can be one of the many issues preventing adequate employee pension savings.Another action employers may take is providing for automatic increases in employee and employer contribution rates following certain levels of pay rise. Employer contributions are probably the biggest influence in encouraging increased pension contributions, as employees are more likely to raise contributions when the employer offers matched rates up to a certain level.Clare Grice is a partner at Mills and Reeve Employees contribute an average of 5% of their earnings towards their retirement savings, according to the Employee attitudes to pay and pensions report by The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), published in March 2015. According to Chris Curry, director of the Pensions Policy Institute, the optimal contribution is 14% to 16% of earnings. So how can employers encourage their staff to pay more into their retirement funds?1. Use financial education Financial education can boost employees’ understanding of pensions. Some 45% of employees would be willing to save more if they had a better idea of how pensions worked, according to Capita Employee Benefits’ Employee Insight Report, published in July 2015.Pete Strudwick, pension and benefits partner at LV=, says: “Auto-enrolment has worked wonders for engaging [employees] with investing, but people may be scared of investment jargon, which can lead to them burying their heads in the sand.”One of the biggest hurdles employers will need to overcome is ensuring staff are aware of their financial future. Nathan Long, head of corporate pensions research at Hargreaves Lansdown, says: “In reality, most people aren’t going to know how much their ideal annual pension contribution is. But if they do, they’ll know more about the scale of the ‘problem’ and how much they need to be saving.”Financial education is most successful when it is tailored and relevant to employees’ financial situations. “Employers need to target different age groups differently and consider promoted employees, as well as when workers hit milestone birthdays, and tailor communication around them,” says Strudwick.Individual guidance for employees can be a great way to educate them about their retirement income. Older staff could particularly benefit from better knowledge, says Curry. “The impact of tax relief for older workers can really boost contributions, but opt-out rates for auto-enrolment are higher in older workers due to lack of understanding,” he explains.2. Matching contributionsOffering matching contributions can act as a way to increase employee pension contributions, and it may set the wheels in motion for staff to increase their focus on financial wellbeing. Strudwick says: “If employers match what staff contribute, it can really incentivise saving.”Auto-escalation, whereby workers are encouraged to put some, or all, of their salary increases into their pension, can also boost retirement funds. However, Curry warns: “If employers put more into employees’ pension pots, it could encourage them to do the same, but it could also cause employees to pay less as they may presume what their employer is giving is enough.”3. Tax reliefIf an employee contributes to an occupational pension scheme, which is registered with HM Revenue and Customs,  then these contributions, up to a maximum of 100% of earnings, are allowed as a deduction against the employee’s taxable income. This may not be something workers are aware of, and employers may need to do more to rectify that, paticularly because employers’ contributions are allowed as a deduction against its profits for corporate tax purposes and are not taxed as other employee benefits are.Employees could also save tax and national insurance contributions by sacrificing salary or bonus in exchange for their employer paying an equivalent pension contribution, which reduces both employer and employee NI contributions, and income tax for the employee.4. Auto-enrolment opportunitiesThe advent of auto-enrolment has led to an increased number of employees saving into pensions and brought retirement savings into the spotlight. Some 95% of older workers are likely to receive good value on their pension if they stay in a workplace scheme after being auto-enrolled, according to The Benefits of Automatic-Enrolment and Workplace Pensions for Older Workers,  published by the Pensions Policy Institute in May 2014.Many employers see the re-enrolment stage as another chance to educate staff with pensions. Neil McCawley, group head of reward at construction and building products distributor Wolseley UK, says: “Next year offers an opportunity for employers to re-engage staff with their pensions.”Wolseley UK will re-auto-enrol staff who originally opted out in May and June 2016.Auto-enrolment increased Wolseley’s pension scheme take-up from 75% to 90%. Wolseley also varied the structure of its trust-based defined contribution (DC) scheme to drive engagement around pension contributions. Prior to auto-enrolment its contribution levels were between 1% and 5% for staff and 1.5% and 7.5% for the employer. However, since its 2014 staging date, employees contribute between 1% and 9%, while Wolseley contributes between 2.5% and 12.5%.5. An eye on the futureEmployers and staff need to keep a constant eye on their pensions and the pensions industry, particularly with the introduction of the pension freedoms, auto-enrolment, the ever-changing economy and the eradication of the default retirement age. Some 41% of employees stopped or reduced retirement savings during the economic downturn, according to research by HSBC published in January 2015.“The pension freedoms have created a bit more buzz around saving for retirement, and employees’ contributions have gone up,” says Long.Employers must emphasise the importance of good pension contributions and highlight the impact it may have on the talent pipeline. After all, as Strudwick says: “Do [employers] really want to be having performance management issues from employees who can’t afford to retire?”Case study: Peel Ports Group raises contributions with communicationPeel Ports Group raises awareness of pension contributions among staff by increasing its matching contributions and using specific communications.The employer increased its matching of employee pension contributions from 3-6% to 3-10% from January 2014 to coincide with its auto-enrolment staging date.Around one-third of Peel Ports Group’s 1,100 employees were part of its stakeholder pension plan prior to the change in matching rates, according to Amanda Willis, pensions manager. She believes the pension scheme has grown in popularity since.To highlight the increase in contribution matching, Peel Ports introduced a range of communication initiatives. Willis explains: “We gave all staff the opportunity to have conversations with a pensions professional, either internally or externally, and gave them letters explaining the options.“In November 2014, we released our first pensions and benefits newsletter covering all the changes to state pensions and the flexibilities. It went down really well. The pension freedoms have made staff see pensions as a savings vehicle and they have become more engaged.”It sent out its second newsletter in June 2015. This followed pensions briefings held towards the end of 2014 and in March 2015 to highlight the importance of pension contributions.Willis says: “With the retirement projection and ‘retiready’ site [provided by] Aegon, employees can work out exactly how much they need to be saving.”Peel Ports Group won ‘Best defined contribution (DC) pension change’ at the Employee Benefits Awards 2015 and was awarded the Pension Quality Mark Plus in November 2014.center_img More employees than ever are aware of the need to save for retirement, thanks to auto-enrolment and media warnings of pensioners in poverty. But getting staff to save is just the first step. Contribution levels also have to be right if individuals are to achieve the lifestyle they want in retirement.last_img read more

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Shabbir castigates Centre for neglecting Telangana State

first_imgHyderabad: Former Leader of Opposition in Legislative Council and Congress senior leader Mohammed Ali Shabbir strongly condemned the BJP government at the Centre for not allocating adequate funds for Telangana State in the Union Budget. Shabbir Ali, in a media statement on Saturday, alleged that the BJP government has adopted a policy of neglect and discrimination towards Telangana State. Also Read – Patancheru: MLA Gudem participates in Urs Advertise With Us “There is nothing in the union budget that connects Telangana with the biggest fiscal activity of Central government. No funds have been allocated for any project or scheme being implemented by the State government although it was claimed that NITI Aayog had recommended funds for Kaleshwaram Project and Mission Bhagiratha. Telangana’s share in total transfers to the States by the Centre is too meagre. It will only get Rs 19,179 crore in 2019-20 as compared to the revised Rs 18,561 crore in 2018-19. Also Read – GHMC assures solution to drainage problem Advertise With Us The increase of Rs 1,157 crore in tax devolution is not only marginal, but highly inadequate. Similarly, he said reduction in funds for Central schemes like MGNREGA and PM Awas Yojana will have a negative impact on Telangana. Ali alleged that neither the BJP government at the Centre had clarity on the needs of Telangana nor the TRS government in the State presented a proper wish list to the Centre. “Both BJP and TRS are election-centric parties and not people-centric. Advertise With Us Prime Minister Narender Modi and Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao spend more time on targeting opposition parties than combating issues concerning common man. Both are equally responsible for neglecting Telangana,” he said. The Congress leader alleged that Telangana has remained neglected under BJP rule since 2014. “K Chandrashekar Rao maintained close friendship with Prime Minister Modi in the first term. He supported all decisions of Modi including demonetisation and GST. But he failed to get anything in return for Telangana.last_img read more

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Britain set for snap election in Brexit shadow

first_imgBritish lawmakers on Wednesday overwhelmingly backed prime minister Theresa May’s call for a snap election, paving the way for a June vote she hopes will give her a “mandate to complete Brexit”.The House of Commons voted by 522 to 13 to hold a general election on 8 June — plunging Britain back into political uncertainty just weeks before the start of negotiations on leaving the European Union.May stunned the country on Tuesday when she announced her plan for an early vote, despite having repeatedly said she would wait until the next election scheduled in 2020.In fiery exchanges in the House of Commons on Wednesday, May said an early election would strengthen her hand against domestic critics seeking to “frustrate the process” of Brexit, which formally began last month.“I will be asking the British people for a mandate to complete Brexit and to make a success of it,” the Conservative leader said, to cheers from her lawmakers sitting behind her.Riding high in the opinion polls, May is seeking to increase her slim majority of 17 in the 650-seat Commons before the battles begin with the EU over Britain’s exit bill and future trade and immigration ties.She insists an early election would provide “certainty and stability” in the negotiations, which will now start after the vote.In a sign of the key campaign issues ahead, May traded barbs in the Commons with opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose party is deeply divided and languishing up to 20 points behind the Conservatives.Corbyn accused the government of “broken promises” on health, education and the economy during its seven years in office.May hit back that Labour offered only “bankruptcy and chaos”, but denied she was complacent, saying: “We will be out there fighting for every vote.”‘ Election landslide’ -British elections are fixed in law but can be changed with a two-thirds majority in the Commons—a threshold easily passed during Wednesday’s vote.All sides are now gearing up for the fourth major election in four years, after last June’s shock referendum vote for Brexit, the 2015 general election, and the 2014 Scottish independence vote.Brexit will dominate the campaign, with May—who took office after David Cameron resigned following the EU vote—seeking public backing for her plan to pull Britain out of Europe’s single market.A European Commission spokesman said the “real political” negotiations on Brexit will start after the election.Three weekend opinion polls put the Conservatives about 20 points ahead of Labour, and if translated into votes, this could give May an “election landslide” with a majority of more than 100, according to an analysis by The Times.May, Britain’s second female prime minister, also has strong popular support for her handling of the political earthquake unleashed by Brexit.By contrast Labour is wracked by divisions, over Brexit and Corbyn’s left-wing leadership, which is opposed by many of his more centrist MPs.So far, Labour’s stance on Brexit has been to allow the government to go ahead with the EU divorce, but only under certain conditions, such as retaining strong economic ties with the bloc.That approach risks satisfying neither its traditional working-class supporters, many of whom backed leaving the EU, or its urban, pro-European members—leaving many commentators predicting an electoral bloodbath.Three Labour MPs have already announced they will not stand again. Former Conservative finance minister George Osborne, a powerful voice in favour of Britain’s EU membership during the referendum campaign, also said he would not seek re-election.Scotland’s mandate -The smaller Liberal Democrats, who lost most of their seats in 2015 after entering coalition with the Conservatives, are hoping to capitalise on their strong support for the EU to win new support.Meanwhile the Scottish National Party, which holds most of the seats in Scotland, is pushing its demands for a second referendum on independence in order to maintain close ties with the EU.“Make no mistake, if the SNP wins this election in Scotland—and the Tories don’t—then Theresa May’s attempt to block our mandate to hold another referendum when the time is right, will crumble to dust,” SNP leader and Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon said.Like almost everyone else in Britain, the election announcement caught financial markets off guard, amid concerns of the economic implications of Brexit.The pound rallied on speculation that May will be returned with a stronger mandate, but this caused London’s FTSE 100 index—which features many multinationals earning in dollars—to fall.last_img read more

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Universal Music Fire Will Have Zero Impact on Companys Value and Artists

first_img Universal Music: Four of the Five Artists Who Sued Us Did Not Lose Masters in 2008 Fire “I think most people don’t care about the audio quality of music,” the analyst said. “You can see that from all the high-resolution formats staying niche, and the more-expensive high-res streaming options, such as Deezer and Tidal, not being very popular. So as long as UMG had made copy of the masters, it won’t impact the day-to-day of the business.”The major-label attorney added, “In terms of investors, all you’re talking about is the value of being able to go back to the original masters for remastering — which is negligible, it’s probably around zero in the context of the total value of UMG. And at best, the value of what could have been exploited is highly speculative: They may not know what exactly they lost.”Perhaps above all, despite the vast number of archival releases labels have issued since the CD boom of the 1980s and ‘90s, music remains a forward-looking business, says analyst Russ Crupnick of MusicWatch.“Certainly, the loss is a tragedy, regardless of the scope,” he says. “However, for me the valuation of UMG is tied up in the artist roster that it supports, in its ability to develop and promote artists, and the licenses with DSPs and investments in incubating new tech for music, as well as the strength of the catalog, which has largely been digitized. UMG’s leading global reach and market share are important, and the fact that music is a growing category once again are as well. None of that is effected by the fire, nor is UMG’s ability to market music from those artists’ catalogs, or to compensate those artists.“That doesn’t diminish the potential treasure that might have been lost,” he concludes, “but I don’t see it as hampering the ongoing operations or value of UMG.”Last week, attorney Howard King said that he represents several unnamed artists whose masters may have been lost in the fire who plan to sue UMG over the loss. But the major-label attorney with whom Variety spoke says that because nearly all of the actual master tapes were the property of UMG — and not owned by the artists — those threats are likely made on shaky ground. (The ownership distinction here comes down to the difference between the master tape as a physical object, which in nearly all cases is the property of the label, as opposed to the copyrighted intellectual property contained on that tape.) And unless the artist owned the physical master tapes, UMG was likely under no obligation to inform the artist about the fire, the lawyer says.“Those actions would only be viable only if it resulted in the loss of something owned by the artist,” he says. “And I would not think they would have any legal obligation to tell the artist, since the artist did not own the master.”And while sources say Vivendi is facing challenges in its efforts to sell UMG due to its price and the lack of control a 50% buyer would have, even if some artists manage to bring successful legal action, the second analyst said, the long-term impact on UMG and its valuation will be minimal.“Conclusion?  A one-off cost that is hard to assess,” he says, “but no recurring impact.” Universal Music Refutes Claims of Last Artist in Lawsuit Over 2008 Fire, Requests Dismissal “The issue is: Who owns the thing that was lost?,” the attorney says. “I can’t say there is no recording agreement in history that says the physical master tape is owned by an artist, but in the vast majority of recording agreements, it’s owned by the record company. So even if the copyright in the sound recording reverted to the artist, the physical master tape is different — in almost all instances, it’s owned by the record company, and even if the recording agreement didn’t specify who owns it, because it was paid for the record company there’s a very strong argument that the record company owns it.”The first analyst amplified that point. “The harm was caused to Universal — the fire damaged their property,” he says. “And if there are any artists whose [ownership of the masters] will revert to them in the next decade or so, they could try to seek some sort of compensation — but then I assume that in any successful claim there may be an opportunity for Universal to claw that [money] back from NBC, who owned the facility.”In response, King tells Variety, “It would just like a major-label attorney to have the dismissive attitude that the artists have no rights in the master recordings they created. As will be detailed in our complaint, the artists have a substantial interest in the recordings they entrusted to their labels and have rights to redress for the damage done, the hiding of the damage by the record company and the failure of the record company to remit proceeds from the substantial payments they received on account of the fire damage.”Even the giant black eye UMG has suffered for initially downplaying and then apparently not publicizing the extent of the damage — Vivendi CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine said today that the controversy is “just noise” — will only cause so much harm, the first analyst added.“There’s the matter of reputational risk, where artists might say they don’t want to sign with Universal because of the fire. While that doesn’t have zero value, I’m not sure it would be very big. I’ve seen a memo from [UMG chairman Lucian Grainge] where he reassures the artists about how seriously they’re taking it internally, and I think that can mitigate some potential reputation risk.” Popular on Variety center_img (For this article, Variety spoke with two high-profile financial analysts and a senior attorney at a major label — which is not Universal — who requested anonymity because they are not authorized to speak with the media on such matters. Reps for Vivendi and UMG declined Variety‘s requests for comment.)As for the valuation, the upshot is that investors looking at UMG will care significantly less about, say, unreleased Louis Armstrong recordings that were reportedly lost in the fire than the prospect that his hits like “What a Wonderful World” or “Hello Dolly” will continue to generate income for decades to come.“When you look at the value of the company, it’s not based on the value of the assets sitting behind the recordings [meaning the master tapes and unreleased material] — it’s based on the cashflows those recordings will generate in the future,” one analyst said. “Nearly all of the masters were digitized and will still be monetized in the future, regardless of the fire, and for that reason, it makes no difference to the assessment the investors will make.”While the New York Times article cites a former UMG employee recalling that the value of the lost masters was estimated at around $150 million as part of a settlement with NBC, which owned the storage facility, “That’s a very small number in the context of a company that might be valued at somewhere between $30 billion and $40 billion,” the analyst added.Although first-generation master recordings are like gold to serious fans, researchers and archivists — not to mention the artists themselves — another analyst said that factor is negligible in the context of the entire company’s value. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The extent of the damage that UMG’s archives suffered in the fire — which took place in a Los Angeles facility rented by UMG from NBC, and reportedly destroyed master tapes by artists ranging from Billie Holiday to Nirvana — was largely undisclosed until the publication of a New York Times article last week, which also claims that UMG executives at the time were not fully forthcoming about the extent of the losses. UMG has disputed the extent of the damage cited in the article. Related Despite the anguished reactions from musicians, fans and even the company’s chairman over the estimated 500,000 Universal Music master recordings lost in a 2008 fire, multiple analysts and experts tell Variety that the loss will have “zero impact” on the valuation of UMG — by far the world’s largest music company — and its parent company Vivendi’s stated objective to sell up to 50% of it. Universal recently has been valued by analysts at anywhere from $25 billion to as much as $50 billion.The experts also said that although there have been rumblings from artists or their representatives about legal action over the losses, the artists may have a tough time winning lawsuits — because nearly all of the lost master tapes were ultimately the property of Universal, not the artists.last_img read more

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Researchers find a way to make Casimir effect attract or repulse depending

first_img More information: Rongkuo Zhao et al. Stable Casimir equilibria and quantum trapping, Science (2019). DOI: 10.1126/science.aax0916 A team of researchers from the University of California at Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has found a way to make the Casimir effect attract or repulse depending on the size of the gap between two objects. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes their technique and possible applications. The Casimir effect, first proposed by Hendrik Casimir back in 1948, is the phenomenon in which two tiny surfaces in close proximity experience a force that pulls them closer together. Quantum fluctuations inside and outside of the gap push against the plates, but because those pushing from the outside are stronger, they create an attractive force between the two plates. The Casimir effect is more than a curiosity, because it can create problems in nanotechnology applications.Just two years after Casimir first proposed the effect, others in the field began making predictions about ways to counter it—making it repulsive rather than attractive, for example, in the case of fluids and plates made of lower refractive metals. Then, in 2010, a team at MIT suggested that it should be possible to counter both attractive and repulsive effects to create a state of equilibrium between the two plates. In this new effort, the researchers report that they have done just that.The work involved coating a gold plate with Teflon and suspending a tiny gold flake in ethanol just above it. They explain that because the Teflon has a lower refractive index than ethanol, it makes the two materials repulsive. But the interaction between the gold flake and the gold plate was attractive, creating a counter force. By placing all the components at just the right distance apart, they were able to achieve equilibrium. The system also allows for switching between the equilibrium state and either an attractive or repulsive state by moving one or more of the materials.The researchers suggest their technique could be used in nanomechanical devices or even in computers, where it could be used to reduce stiction, which is one of the primary causes ofcomputer crashes. Explore further The force is with us, always? Tuning quantum vacuum forces from attractive to repulsive Stable Casimir equilibrium enabled by a low–refractive index coating layer. (A) By coating a thin layer of Teflon on a gold substrate, a stable Casimir equilibrium is formed so that a gold nanoplate can be trapped at an equilibrium position in ethanol. (B) Casimir interaction energy between the gold nanoplate and the Teflon-coated gold surface.The Casimir force given by the derivative of the Casimir energy with respect to the distance is repulsive at short distances and attractive at long distances. (C) Thickness and surface profile of the gold nanoplate along the dashed line in the inset AFM image of the gold plate. Credit: Science (2019). DOI: 10.1126/science.aax0916center_img Journal information: Science Citation: Researchers find a way to make Casimir effect attract or repulse depending on gap size (2019, June 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-casimir-effect-repulse-gap-size.html © 2019 Science X Network This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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first_img News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Related Content April 1, 2009 – At the 2009 American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) Annual Convention this week, ContextVision, the software imaging partner for the most recognized medical imaging manufacturers worldwide, will introduce GOPiCE US, the first real-time volumetric filtering software for ultrasound. The image enhancement product filters the three-dimensional (3D) ultrasound volumes, removing speckle and other artifacts, while simultaneously extending the clinician’s vision to planes previously hidden.GOPiCE offers clinicians the ability to see areas never seen before, such as the regions of the fetal brain previously hidden by speckle and noise in two-dimensional and unenhanced three-dimensional ultrasound images. The unprecedented visualization achieved using GOPiCE will ultimately lead to improved diagnostic value. Additionally, GOPiCE minimizes processing time: it leverages the speed of graphics processing units (GPUs), processing up to 24 volumes per second at 128x128x128 pixels or 40 volumes in single planar reconstruction mode.Like all ContextVision products, GOPiCE US relies on an adaptive algorithm, GOP, which mimics the human eye’s method of finding information and analyzing structures. This enables the software to distinguish between true and false information (e.g. noise, artifacts) and accurately identify true structures.To learn more about GOPiCE or see a product demonstration, stop by booth 211at AIUM. Available this week, the software easily integrates into modern software-based ultrasound systems and is available on either a GPU or CPU. For more information: www.contextvision.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more Technology | April 01, 2009 ContextVision Unveils Volumetric Ultrasound Image Enhancement Tool Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more last_img read more

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first_img News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Related Content Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. September 16, 2009 – Cancer patients in Australia have gained access to advanced RapidArc radiotherapy treatments from Varian Medical Systems with its introduction by the leading radiation oncology provider in Queensland. Premion, which operates five cancer centers in Queensland, has treated more than a dozen prostate cancer patients to date with this fast, precise and efficient technique at its Chermside treatment center in Brisbane.Dr. James MacKean, Premion’s lead radiation oncologist for the RapidArc program, said, “With RapidArc, improved conformality and daily treatment set-up accuracy is combined with dynamic rotational arc treatments, keeping unwanted radiation doses away from nearby structures such as the rectum and bladder. Treatment times are reduced, which improves the overall patient experience.””RapidArc, which we introduced after extensive testing, is combined with the latest generation Varian treatment machine incorporating advanced image-guidance technology,” explained senior medical physicist Matthew Murray. “At Premion we have a great team of dedicated radiation therapists and medical physicists to ensure these advanced treatment techniques are delivered to the highest standards.”Premion, which treats cancer patients using ten linear accelerators at its five sites, says its RapidArc program at Chermside will expand to include the treatment of brain, head and neck and lung tumors in the near future.Premion patient, 68-year-old Bob Major, received RapidArc treatment over an eight week period in July and August. “I found my treatment on the RapidArc-equipped machine excellent, I was in and out of the treatment room in minutes, the Premion staff were very professional and my urologist worked closely with Dr. MacKean to develop my treatment plan,” he said.RapidArc delivers a precise and efficient treatment in single or multiple arcs of the treatment machine around the patient and makes it possible to deliver image-guided intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) two to eight times faster than is possible with conventional IMRT. Faster treatments allow for greater precision, since there is less chance of patient or tumor movement during treatment delivery and, with less time on the treatment couch, also allow for greater patient comfort. Conventional IMRT treatments are slower and more difficult for radiotherapy radiographers because they target tumors using a complex sequence of fixed beams from multiple angles.”The philosophy of Premion at all five of our locations is to offer Queensland and northern New South Wales patients the full range of state-of-the-art facilities in a friendly, efficient and caring environment,” indicated Dr. MacKean. “‘We strive to avoid waiting lists and improve patient access.”Stuart Hamilton, Varian’s regional sales director, added, “Premion is continually striving to offer more advanced treatments for the benefit of cancer patients and we are delighted to be working with Premion to introduce RapidArc in Australia. Since the introduction of the technique in the US and Europe last year, more than 100 cancer centers worldwide have introduced this approach, improving the patient experience while maximizing treatment precision.”For more information: www.varian.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | September 16, 2009 Premion First in Australia to Treat Cancer Patients with RapidArc News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more last_img read more

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Volumetric Software Helps Determine NonAlzheimers Causes of Memory Loss

first_img Hippocampal volume increase from baseline in a depressed patient who underwent a brain health intervention program at UCLA involving increased physical activity and cognitive training. Over the course of one year, hippocampal volume increased by 4.6 percent at the second time point with decreased irritability following depression treatment. The patient had an amyloid positive PET scan and experienced cognitive decline over the following 2 years with concurrent decreased hippocampal volume. Neuropsychological testing was at the first percentile for memory by 2017. Image courtesy of Somayeh Meysami, M.D., Cyrus A. Raji, M.D., Ph.D., Verna R. Porter, M.D., et al.June 12, 2018 — According to a UCLA Medical Center study, a new technology shows the potential to help doctors better determine when memory loss is caused by treatable issues other than Alzheimer’s Disease. The study was presented at the 2018 American Academy of Neurology Conference, April 21-27 in Los Angeles.Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of memory problems in the elderly, but there are several treatable problems with similar symptoms, including vascular diseases such as hypertension, alcohol use and psychiatric disorders.The new technology was the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared Neuroreader volumetric software. The software was applied to traditional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to analyze 22 patients, and found that only five showed brain shrinkage patterns characteristic of Alzheimer’s. The majority of the remaining cases were a combination of other causes, such as bipolar disorder and vascular disease.For more information: www.brainreader.net FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Related Content Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more This figure shows reduced hippocampal volume over the course of 6 years as seen on progressive volumetric analysis and also coronal MRI evaluations (arrows).Progressive volume loss in the mesial temporal lobe on MRI is a characteristic imaging feature of AD. This patient was a case of Alzheimer’s Dementia. News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Hippocampal volume increase from baseline in a depressed patient who underwent a brain health intervention program at UCLA involving increased physical activity and cognitive training. Over the course of one year, hippocampal volume increased by 4.6 percent at the second time point with decreased irritability following depression treatment. The patient had an amyloid positive PET scan and experienced cognitive decline over the following 2 years with concurrent decreased hippocampal volume. Neuropsychological testing was at the first percentile for memory by 2017. Image courtesy of Somayeh Meysami, M.D., Cyrus A. Raji, M.D., Ph.D., Verna R. Porter, M.D., et al. News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Neuro Imaging | June 12, 2018 Volumetric Software Helps Determine Non-Alzheimer’s Causes of Memory Loss UCLA study uses Neuroreader software to measure brain shrinkage patterns on MRI scans Image courtesy of Imago Systems Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School 12PreviousNext News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. 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Linux drops Code of Conflict and adopts new Code of Conduct

first_imgPrior to news of Linus Torvalds self-imposed leave from the project, Linux leaders – including Torvalds – revised its Code of Conflict, moving instead to a Code of Conduct. A new Linux Code of Conduct was submitted by Greg Kroah-Hartman on Saturday 15 September. Kroah-Hartman wrote that “the Code of Conflict is not achieving its implicit goal of fostering civility and the spirit of ‘be excellent to each other.’” Read the new Linux Code of Conduct here. The change was committed yesterday (16 September) by Torvalds. Other leading figures in the Linux project also put their names behind the move, including Olof Johansson and Steve Rostedt. It’s not immediately clear to what extent the new Code of Conduct has something to do with Torvalds’ hiatus, but it’s impossible to avoid making a connection between the two. What’s new in the Linux Code of Conduct? Linux’s Code of Conflict has always felt combative. The naming makes clear that disagreement is part and parcel of open source development. It was always clear that “critique and criticism” were simply a part of what it means to be in the Linux community. “The Linux kernel development effort is a very personal process compared to “traditional” ways of developing software. Your code and ideas behind it will be carefully reviewed, often resulting in critique and criticism. The review will almost always require improvements to the code before it can be included in the kernel. Know that this happens because everyone involved wants to see the best possible solution for the overall success of Linux.” By switching to a Code of Conduct, Linux is immediately placing emphasis on how contributors and maintainers work together to cultivate an open and safe community that people want to be involved in. Contrast this with the section from the Code of Conflict above: “In the interest of fostering an open and welcoming environment, we as contributors and maintainers pledge to making participation in our project and our community a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, sex characteristics, gender identity and expression, level of experience, education, socio-economic status, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and orientation.” The Code of Conduct then goes on to outline specific examples of what is and isn’t acceptable. “Using welcoming and accepting language” and “showing empathy to other community members” are just two examples of how the code suggests community members can help to create a positive working environment. The new Code of Conduct then goes on to detail the responsibilities of Linux maintainers. They are presented as custodians or stewards for Linux. They are responsible for “clarifying the standards of acceptable behavior and are expected to take appropriate and fair corrective action in response to any instances of unacceptable behavior.” The reaction to the new Linux Code of Conduct Reaction to the news – coupled with Linus Torvalds apology today – has caused considerable reaction on Twitter and across the open source community. For some, this is an example of politics entering into open source code – with some suggesting that it could be detrimental to the Linux project overall. Of course, the link between a more positive, inclusive and respectful community environment to a weaker project does seem strange to say the least. Taken alongside news last week that Python is dumping ‘master’ and ‘slave’ in its documentation, it would seem that we’re starting to see open source projects take inclusivity and accessibility seriously. Some in the community might see that as a threat to them – but, if we really do think ‘be excellent to each other’ is the philosophy we should live by, shouldn’t we do everything to make sure we’re always held to that standard?last_img read more

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