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first_imgThe Canadian PressJustice and public safety ministers from across the country have signed-off on an approach to reduce violence against Indigenous girls and women.At a meeting in Quebec City, they also discussed legalization of marijuana, radicalization of young people, cybersecurity and physician -assisted dying.The national framework for dealing with violence against Indigenous women ­two years in the making ­ will help ensure governments engage closely with Indigenous people, said federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould.“We had quite a detailed discussion around a collaborative approach to addressing the challenges that indigenous peoples face,” she said at meeting’s conclusion Thursday.Ministers want to work together “to ultimately do our part to end the horrible and unnecessary situation that indigenous women and girls are facing in terms of violence,” said Wilson­-Raybould.The minister said she and her counterparts also talked about the coming national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.last_img read more

BRAMPTON, Ont. — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is promising to make the first $15,000 of income tax free for most Canadians.Trudeau was in Brampton, Ont., today to announce the tax cut, which he says would save the average Canadian $292 a year.The Liberals say they would do this by raising the basic personal amount by almost $2,000 for people earning under $147,000 a year.Trudeau is also promising to cut cellphone bills by encouraging competition and working with telecom companies to offer plans with lower prices.Trudeau made references in his remarks to helping the middle class, which the Liberals had been trying to make a theme of their campaign before it was derailed by Trudeau’s blackface scandal.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.The Liberal leader has apologized after images emerged showing he chose to put on black or brownface as part of costume events on multiple occasions before he entered politics. read more

by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 18, 2017 11:03 am MDT Last Updated Jan 19, 2017 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email U.S. challenges wine sales in B.C., seeks shelf space for American producers VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s decision to sell only B.C. wines in grocery stores appears to have left a bitter aftertaste in the United States, which is launching an international trade complaint on the policy.The U.S. challenge filed Wednesday alleges B.C.-only wine sales is a breach of Canada’s commitments to the World Trade Organization.U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the province’s regulations provide a substantial competitive advantage for B.C. wines.“American winemakers produce some of the highest-quality, most popular wines in the world,” Froman said in a news release. “When U.S. wine producers have a fair shot at competing on a level playing field, they can compete and win in markets around the globe.”The U.S. has sent a letter to the Canadian government asking for consultations as a first step toward resolving the dispute. If that fails, the U.S. said it may request the WTO establish a dispute settlement panel.The B.C. government said it is confident the province is complying with international trade obligations“Trade agreements such as NAFTA allow for a number of private wine outlets that sell only B.C. wine, and we are confident in the approach we have taken,” Shirley Bond, the minister of jobs, tourism and skills training, said in a news release.She said the number of liquor stores selling imported alcohol has increased significantly since 1987, from 344 to about 1,100 today.Canadian trade expert Peter Clark said the U.S. complaint is serious and “definitely worth fighting.”He said Canada has several counter-arguments to the U.S. complaint, including that many small wine producers in the U.S. are granted subsidies to stay in business. Those subsidies can make up to 90 per cent of their volume sales.But Clark said he’s concerned the U.S. action could result in widespread changes to Canadian wine sales and distribution. The action could also see international wines, and not just wines from California, end up in Canadian grocery stores.“If you get (a ruling) for the U.S., it’s going to be there for Europe,” Clark said in a telephone interview from Ottawa. “It’s going to be there for everybody because the WTO operates on a non-discriminatory basis. It’s something to take very seriously.”B.C. amended legislation in April 2015 to allow wine sales in grocery stories and held an auction for licences about a year later.A news release from the executive office of U.S. President Barack Obama said the regulations implemented by B.C. intentionally undermine free and fair competition.“Canada and all Canadian provinces must play by the rules,” Froman said.Acting U.S. Agriculture Secretary Michael Scuse said in B.C., local wines get an unfair advantage because they can be sold on grocery store shelves, while U.S. wines cannot.“The United States simply seeks equal opportunities to market our wines, consistent with Canada’s international obligations.”B.C. New Democrat David Eby said the dispute could have a huge impact on B.C.’s wine industry.“It was so obvious this was going to happen and that the trade challenge would be successful against this plan,” he added. read more

Humanitarian agencies worry that the situation has started to look increasingly similar to the 2011 famine in Somalia, in which over a quarter of one million people died, according to a press release from the International Organization for Migration (IOM).“We named this (2017) drought ‘Odi Kawayn,’ which is Somali for ‘something bigger than the elders,’” said drought victim Halima, explaining that none of the elders has ever seen a drought as severe as this one. The IOM appeal has been designed to enhance the current response, and expand the agency’s geographic footprint within the northeast African country. A massive increase in humanitarian assistance is urgently needed to avert a famine, with humanitarian agencies estimating that 6.2 million drought-affected Somalis are in need of assistance, including food, water and sanitation, health and nutrition, protection and shelter. read more

One of the world best young line-players, Spaniard Ignacio Plaza joined his team before the Men’s U20 EURO 2014 which begins on July 24 in Austrian cities of Linz and Traun. Member of Spanish team Sagunto will make even stronger competition in the team coached by Isidoro Martinez.Goalkeepers: Carlos Calle (Balonmano Alcobendas) e Ignacio Biosca (Fútbol Club Barcelona ‘B’) ;Playmakers: Jon Azkue (Club Deportivo Bidasoa) y Marc Cañellas (Fraikin Granollers) ;Right backs: Adrián Fernández (Juanfersa Grupo Fegar), Alejandro Márquez (Balonmano Alcobendas), Álvaro del Valle (Balonmano Aragón) y Oriol Rey (Fútbol Club Barcelona) ;Left backs: Arnau García (Fraikin Granollers), Miguel Sánchez-Migallón (Naturhouse La Rioja) y Pablo Paredes (Calmec Barakaldo)Right wings: Aleix Gómez (Fútbol Club Barcelona) y Mario López (Reale Ademar León)Left wings: Francisco J. Ariño (Balonmano Aragón)Line-players: Abel Serdio (Juanfersa Grupo Fegar), Diego Piñeiro (Reale Ademar León), Ignacio Plaza (Fertiberia P. Sagunto) y Nicolás López (Cuatro Rayas Valladolid)Spain will meet Hungary, Portugal and Qatar in friendlies between July 18 to 20. ← Previous Story VfL Gummersbach begin preparation for season 2014/2015 Next Story → Women’s EHF EURO 2014: Daily tickets for Preliminary Round from 6 to 30 EURO austria handball 2014handball austriaHandball juniorignacio plazaJunior handballmen’s u20 euro 2014Spain handball read more

The 12th Women’s European Championship 2016 starts in Sweden. Matches in Group A (Stockholm) and B (Kristianstad) will be played on Sunday.Enjoy handball time in Sweden!GROUP A:Serbia – Slovenia 15:15Sweden – Spain 18GROUP B:Netherlands – Germany 18:30France – Poland 20:45HP EURO 2016 PREDICTION: Dutch girls going for the gold! ← Previous Story EHF CL: Wisla Plock undefeated in Kiel! Next Story → Barca beat PSG Handball for first place at the end of 2016

first_imgA NEW POLITICAL network of independent politicians, made up of six TDs and one MEP will formally launch its website tomorrow.The loose alliance of independent politicians includes Catherine Murphy, John Halligan, Thomas Pringle, Finian McGrath, Maureen O’Sullivan, ex-Labour TD Patrick Nulty and MEP Marian Harkin.Earlier this month, the group announced that they would be aligning with one another in the run up the local and European elections.SupportThe Independents’ Network aims to encourage and assist independents to contest at local government level and the website will include information regarding the logistics and practicalities of running for election as an independent candidate as well as profiles of independent candidates.The organisers hope that the network will provide a platform for independent politicians and candidates to come together on key issues such as equality, democracy and human rights.The principles of the group are laid out in a document entitled ‘Independent Thought – United Vision’ which sets out a proposal to “work together for the improvement of society with a vision of making the State more responsive to the needs of citizens”.Members of political parties will be not allowed to join the network and those that do will be required to sign up to a manifesto-like document which discusses issues such as equality, human rights, and community.The network said that independents and smaller parties that regularly collaborate in groupings can be very effective, adding that “active networking can achieve real success”.They added: This Network aims to harness that collaborative process on a much wider level where those among us who are independent at national level can support and assist community based people to get involved in politics and, once elected, those independents as local level can work together, where necessary, and provide support to each other.Related:Six TDs will launch a network of independent election candidates later this month>last_img read more

first_imgLa Poste vise un bilan carbone neutreLa Poste vient d’annoncer son intention de compenser le bilan carbone de toutes ses activités courrier, colis et colis express. Une première en France. Pour y parvenir, le groupe qui vise une réduction de son empreinte carbone de 20% d’ici à 2015, entend participer au financement de divers projets écologiques.Voilà une initiative qui pourrait inspirer bien d’autres entreprises françaises. La Poste entend afficher un bilan carbone neutre pour toutes ses activités courrier, colis et colis express, et a mis en place un plan qui lui permettra de réaliser cet ambitieux objectif, rapporte le site d’Europe 1. Le groupe prévoit de réduire son empreinte carbone de 20% d’ici à 2015. Les émissions restantes seront compensées par le financement de projets écologiques visant à économiser ou capturer les gaz à effets de serre.À lire aussiLes Français émettent chacun 2,5 tonnes de CO² par anLa réalisation de l’ambition de La Poste passera en premier lieu par une réduction des émissions dues aux transports, qui représentent 75% des gaz à effet de serre émis par le groupe. En plus de réduire ses parcours, le groupe misera sur l’éco-conduite à laquelle seront formés ses chauffeurs. Une mesure qui fera chuter la consommation de carburant de 6% et permettra de réduire de 7% les émissions de gaz à effet de serre tout en diminuant les risques d’accidents, affirme La Poste. Le groupe prévoit également de s’équiper de véhicules électriques. Fin 2012, il devrait compter un parc de 1.640 voitures électriques. D’ici à 2015, ce chiffre pourrait passer à 10.000.La Poste affirme en outre avoir déjà économisé 15% de carbone, et espère atteindre 30% en 2015, grâce à la “lettre verte” qu’elle a lancée en octobre dernier, un courrier dont la livraison en 48 heures est assurée sans prendre l’avion. Quant à la compensation des émissions de CO2 restantes, estimées à 900.000 tonnes par an, elle fera l’objet d’un vote des salariés au mois de mars, qui décideront quel premier projet sera financé par le groupe. Au cours des mois à venir, quatre autres projets devraient être sélectionnés. Au total, l’investissement s’élèvera à hauteur de 8 à 8,5 millions d’euros par an. Un coût qui ne se répercutera pas sur ses clients, promet La Poste.Le 16 février 2012 à 19:17 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 2, 2017 – Nassau – With experience as a government minister, CARICOM representative, member of Parliament, party deputy leader and being a former Senator, Sidney Collie seems to be the right fit to take on the role of the Bahamas’ lead representative stationed in the United States.   Collie on Thursday resigned as the FNM National Party Chairman in preparation for his deployment to Washington DC where he will be Bahamas Ambassador to the US and Permanent Representative for the Organization of American States, OAS and non-resident Ambassador to Mexico, Colombia and Brazil.The Prime Minister, Dr Hubert Minnis made the announcement at an FNM Central Council meeting last week.   Soon to be His Excellency, #SidneyCollie is being debriefed all this week by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and he is expected to take up the post this month.   Collie told the Nassau Guardian that as of now, he will no longer speak for the FNM party publicly, though his resignation does not officially take effect until October 19.#MagneticMediaNewsPhoto Credit: Bahamas Weekly Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #SidneyCollielast_img read more

first_imgTwo maritime unions say United Grain Corp. at the Port of Vancouver and Columbia Grain in Portland are employing an unqualified, nonunion tug and towboat operator to move grain amid the companies’ ongoing lockout of union dockworkers, exposing people and the environment to danger on the region’s waterways.The International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots and the Inlandboatmen’s Union are honoring picket lines maintained by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. That means the maritime unions aren’t moving grain for the companies. In their absence, United Grain and Columbia Grain “have called in a fly-by-night tug and towboat operator using questionable equipment and unqualified tugboat personnel with no prior experience on the Columbia and Willamette rivers,” according to a news release from the maritime unions.The two maritime unions also say the U.S. Coast Guard is “turning a blind eye” to the situation.Pat McCormick, spokesman for the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association — which includes United Grain and Columbia Grain — said it was more appropriate for the Coast Guard, which enforces maritime law, to respond.Lt. Regina Caffrey, a public affairs officer for the Coast Guard, said her agency has examined concerns raised by the two maritime unions and has mostly found they don’t merit an ongoing investigation or enforcement action.The concerns raised by the two maritime unions are the latest flare-ups in the yearlong contract dispute between Northwest grain handlers and longshore workers. United Grain and Columbia Grain locked out union dockworkers in February and May, respectively.last_img read more

first_imgAhmedabad: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday said he is thankful to his opponents in the RSS and the BJP for providing him with opportunities to take his ideological battle against them to the public. Gandhi arrived here to appear before a metropolitan court in a defamation suit filed against him by the Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank and its chairman, Ajay Patel. “I’m in Ahmedabad today, to appear in another case filed against me by my political opponents in the RSS/BJP. I thank them for providing me these platforms & opportunities to take my ideological battle against them to the public. Satyameva Jayate,” he said in a tweet after reaching Ahmedabad. The defamation suit alleges that Congress leaders, including Gandhi, had falsely claimed that the bank was involved in a “scam” to swap Rs 750 crore in scrapped notes with valid currency within five days of demonetisation in 2016.last_img read more

first_imgHandout picture released by the Archeological Zone of Caral on 16 August 2018 showing high relief decorations on a recently unearthed wall at the archaeological site of Vichama, on the Huaura Valley, on the coast of the Peru, 140 km north of Lima. Photo: AFPA set of Roman-era tombs dating back some 2,000 years have been discovered near the Palestinian city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank during road works, an official said Thursday.The cemetery dating to the first century AD, when the region was under Roman rule, was found in the village of Idna in the southern West Bank around two weeks ago.It was discovered during road work in mountainous terrain in the area, said Taleb Jubran, director of the department of tourism and antiquities in Hebron.Bones, pottery and some 32 tombs set into stone were found. It was clear to archaeologists that artifacts had been stolen from the site before it was officially discovered, said Jubran.”This discovery is very important for us to study it and to preserve it,” Jubran said.The tombs were set out over a space of some 50 metres.Officials also hoped to turn the site into a tourist attraction, while further study of it would continue to turn up details of what was found and its importance, he said.A large number of remains from the Roman era can be found and visited in Israel and the Palestinian territories as well as the region as a whole.last_img read more

first_imgEvan Vucci/APPresident Trump gives a thumbs up at the Republican National Convention, as then-Trump campaign Chairman Paul Manafort stands behind him and next to Ivanka Trump.Washington used to operate one scandal at a time.Not anymore. Here are just some of the scandals currently brewing:The indictment of President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business partner, Rick Gates, in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of possible ties between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia.A guilty plea from George Papadopoulos, a foreign-policy adviser on the campaign. He admitted that he lied to Mueller’s investigators about his efforts to connect with Russian government officials.Fatal damage to the Podesta Group, one of Washington’s top lobby firms, which appears, unnamed, in the Manafort-Gates indictment. Democratic lobbyist and fundraiser Tony Podesta — who co-founded the firm 29 years ago with his brother, Democratic strategist John Podesta, who was Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman — announced he was leaving hours after the indictment became public.The first criminal corruption trial in nearly a decade against a U.S. senator, Robert Menendez, D-N.J., who is now awaiting a jury’s verdict.Amid Capitol Hill’s frenetic pursuit of campaign money, a moment of candor by Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., who said of the tax overhaul bill, “My donors are basically saying, ‘Get it done or don’t ever call me again.’ “It’s all a far cry from Trump’s days on the campaign trail, when he regularly vowed to clean things up.“If I am elected president, we are going to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C.,” Trump said at a campaign event in Chesapeake, Va., last October.Actually, the swamp is still pretty swampy.And some denizens say it’s getting worse.People seem to think that “anything goes, and that it’s dumb to follow the rules,” longtime lobbyist Nick Allard told NPR.Allard, now the dean of Brooklyn Law School, called the D.C. ethical climate “worse than any I’ve experienced in my three, almost four decades working in this field. People who are complying by the rules are competing for results against those that are cutting corners.”The indictment of Manafort and Gates spotlights one small slice of modern Washington. Among the charges, they are accused of failing to disclose lobbying activities for foreign clients, a violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA.The indictment says Manafort and Gates did political consulting work, and then Washington lobbying, for Ukrainian politician Viktor Yanukovych, his political party and, ultimately, the Ukrainian government when Yanukovych became president.The indictment says they expanded the effort by hiring the Podesta Group and another lobby firm to work for the Ukrainian clients through a nonprofit in Belgium.It was “a multi-million-dollar lobbying campaign,” according to the indictment.But none of the lobbyists – not Manafort, Gates, Podesta or employees of the other lobby firm – registered under FARA. Instead, there was a spate of retroactive registrations earlier this year.The law requires substantial disclosures, even detailed lists of lawmakers and staffers contacted by the lobbyists, and violating FARA is a felony. But enforcement is rare. Before Manafort and Gates were indicted, the Justice Department had brought felony charges just seven times in the past half-century.“The question that arises out of the Manafort situation is, is the period of complacency coming to an end?” said law professor Steve Vladeck, co-author of the Just Security blog. “Or is this just a special case brought by a special counsel.”The day after Manafort and Gates were indicted, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, introduced a bill to make FARA more stringent, more far-reaching and easier to enforce.The Mueller investigation “just kind of puts a gray cloud around the whole lobbying-special interest community in D.C.,” said David Rehr, a lobbyist-turned-professor at George Mason University law school. “It doesn’t drain the swamp. But I think now people are just more nervous, and they’re actually seeing a prosecutor going after someone.”Still, law enforcement would be just one step in a swamp-draining effort. Meredith McGehee, a veteran lobbyist on political reform issues, said Washington isn’t working right.“We have dysfunction in Congress; we have dysfunction, I think, in the presidency; and we have dysfunction in the lobbying community,” she told NPR. “But that’s because the system, as we currently have it structured, rewards dysfunction.”She said the way Americans can change that rewards system is to get engaged with politics.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

first_imgThe director of Pan’s Labyrinth and the Hellboy movies, Guillermo del Toro has revealed he is a big fan of Valve as he’s hired the voice of GLaDOS to play a robot AI in his new movie.Ellen McLain plays the evil AI, GLaDOS in the Portal games, she also lends her voice to many other Valve games including Team Fortress 2 and Half Life 2. The trailer for Pacific Rim, del Toro’s new movie, shows that McLain is using the same voice filter she uses for GLaDOS so the robot AI she plays in the movie, sounds exactly like GLaDOS. It all seems a bit confusing…It’s likely del Toro purposely did this as a tribute to the Portal games. In fact he personally called Gabe Newell, the boss at Valve to make sure he could get GLaDOS’ voice in the movie. He’s been quoted before as being a big Valve fan and he said “Portal and Left 4 Dead have been instrumental family experiences at my house”.Pacific Rim is about an alien attack threatening Earth’s existence. The humans decide to pilot giant robots to fight off the alien attack, as one would when attacked by aliens. Basically, it’s your typical monster movie, though it does star Ron Perlman (Hellboy) and GLaDOS so what more could you ask for?Although I think Portal fans will be expecting McLain’s robot AI to go rogue and turn on the humans at some point, if she doesn’t then a lot of people are going to be disappointed. Pacific Rim hits cinemas on July 12, 2013.via Eurogamerlast_img read more

first_imgGoogle has also upgraded the standard browser to include tab browsing, form auto-fill, syncing with your Google Chrome bookmarks, and private browsing. Gmail and YouTube have also been refined to give you a new 3D experience.Honeycomb will also feature the latest Google Maps 5 with 3D interactions and offline reliability, Google Talk will permit users to video and voice chat with any other Google Talk enabled devices such as a PC, tablet, etc. Users will also enjoy having access to over 3 million Google eBooks. Honeycomb has already been featured on Motorola’s latest tablet, Xoom which was presented Wednesday at CES 2011. The short video below will give you an idea of the new user experience with Honeycomb. ( — CES 2011: Google released a sneak peek at Honeycomb, the next version of their Android platform, designed from the ground up. Honeycomb has been designed for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets. © 2010 Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) is rumored to launch in March of this year. Additional information will be released on the web as soon as Google makes it official. Explore further 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.center_img Motorola unveils tablet computer, the Xoom Citation: Google’s Android 3.0, Honeycomb designed for tablets (w/ Video) (2011, January 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Google provided a glimpse of Android 3.0 Honeycomb, as previewed at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas. Google has developed a brand new, truly virtual and holographic user interface that will make many of Android’s existing features really stand out on Honeycomb. Some noticeable features include: refined multi-tasking and notifications, home screen customization with a 3D experience and redesigned widgets that are richer and interactive. last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A person has reportedly drowned while bathing in the sea at Digha on Friday afternoon. He was rescued by the ‘nuliahs’ and rushed to Digha State General Hospital (DSGH) where the attending doctor declared him brought dead.According to sources, one Shankar Deb, aged around 44 years, had gone to Digha with his family on Thursday. He had rented a room at a hotel located in New Digha. On Friday afternoon, he went to Old Digha along with his wife and five-year-old daughter Atrika. There, he consumed alcohol and went to Ghat number 1 to bathe in the sea. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWhen he was walking towards the sea with his daughter on his shoulder, his wife tried to stop him as he was not able to walk straight since he was in an inebriated state. But Shankar did not bother to listen. When he reached near the water, some ‘nuliahs’ and civic volunteers saw him and asked him not to venture into the sea. They tried to reach Shankar but before they could get to him, he reportedly went into the water with Atrika. Just after that, a huge wave came and landed on both. As the force of the wave was very strong, both Shankar and Atrika were beginning to get washed away. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSeeing them drowning, the ‘nuliahs’ ran to their rescue. To save his daughter, Shankar threw Atrika towards the ‘nuliahs’ who got hold of her. Just after saving his daughter, the ‘nuliahs’ went in the water with safety measures to save Shankar. After a few minutes, Shankar was rescued and taken to the DSGH where he was declared brought dead by the doctor. An Unnatural Death (UD) case has been lodged. It is not clear whether Shankar had died due to excessive consumption of alcohol or by drowning. To identify the cause, sleuths are waiting for the autopsy report. According to police sources, despite repeated requests and warnings, Shankar did not bother to listen to either his wife or the security persons and ventured into the sea in an inebriated state that proved very risky and he ended up paying with his life.last_img read more

first_imgFeature | Information Technology | November 09, 2018 | By Jef Williams and Laurie Lafleur 5 Trends to watch for at RSNA 2018 Healthcare organizations weigh-in on this year’s hot topics News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Reference1. 2018 Forbes, ‘Theranos? Whatever. Healthcare startups have raised $15 billion so far this year’, Trend #3: The Nebulous Potential of AIIt should come as no surprise that AI was a leading topic for both CE sessions and the technical exhibit. At a high-level most respondents noted that they were looking to AI to optimize workflow, improve efficiency and accuracy, and increase satisfaction scores for providers and patients alike. These are common yet ambiguous answers that continue to reinforce trend #2 above, however very few respondents offered specific examples when asked what specific use cases and benefits respondents are hoping AI could offer. This is highly indicative that AI is still in its healthcare infancy, and that the industry in general continues to be unsure about what the most immediate and impactful applications of this emerging technology could be.With AI appearing in numerous CE sessions and vendor booths, this year’s show should provide some much-needed education about what AI is, the role of related machine and deep learning technologies, and what they mean for healthcare. However, it remains to be seen whether RSNA 2018 will shed some light into which near-term applications will really take off in the diagnostic imaging realm, and whether vendors will be able to move the needle in terms of adoption in 2019.   Figure 1 Figure 3Every year in late November tens of thousands of diagnostic imaging professionals from all over the globe descend upon the city of Chicago to learn what’s new in the industry, visit the technical exhibits and network with colleagues — both old and new — at a variety of professional meetings and social gatherings.2018 has been an interesting year for health innovation. More than $15 billion in investment capital was poured into digital health firms in the first half of the year alone — outperforming every previous year overall for the past decade and amounting to 70 percent more than in the first half of 2017.(1) With new innovations and applications seemingly popping up everywhere, we were curious to learn how this would shape attendees’ hopes and expectations at this year’s RSNA.We reached out to more than 3,500 diagnostic imaging professionals, including healthcare executives, radiology and IT leaders, radiologists, technologists and clinicians to ask about their top reasons for attending the show, and what new and exciting innovations they are hoping to see and learn about this year. The results are in! Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Trend #4: Cloud ConfusionSomewhat unexpectedly, cloud-hosted solutions demonstrated a lack of interest among active shoppers, appearing on only 7 percent of respondents’ shopping lists, and not appearing at all on lists related to CE topics of interest or exciting new innovations. This is a surprising result, given the continued pressure on healthcare organizations to operationalize budgets and reduce cost, and eludes to lingering uncertainty regarding the technical, operational, or economic feasibility of vendor-managed infrastructure, systems and data within the industry at large.Cloud technology has become a standard data model in many other industries, and offers several advantages including reduced operational complexity and capital expense and improved redundancy and security. The lack of adoption to-date reinforces healthcare’s slow movement to new technologies in general, which is further exacerbated by the confusion resulting from differing capabilities, pricing models, and business cases across vendors in the industry. Ultimately, spurring adoption of this new(er) technology in healthcare will begin with education regarding the capabilities and benefits of cloud-hosted environments so that IT leaders can become informed consumers and gain the confidence and trust required to move forward. What are Their Top Reasons for Attending?Continuing education (CE) and visiting the technical exhibit were in close contention for the top reason for most respondents attending RSNA this year, once again demonstrating the show as a destination for scientific and technological education, advancement and procurement. Of course, one cannot dismiss the popularity of social and professional networking events — and the many dinners and happy hours that are sure to be well attended (see Figure 3). 12PreviousNext Consumer Wearables Innovations like the Apple Watch with the ability to take ‘anytime, anywhere’ ECG readings continues to be a popular topic of discussion. While a good idea in theory, care providers have challenged whether the industry is ready for this type of innovation — citing questions such as how the resulting information can be meaningfully shared with and used by care providers, what to do when there is an inevitable influx of false positives to manage, and how will this fit into existing reimbursement models? These are not trivial concerns, which is why it is likely too soon for this type of technology to make a meaningful appearance on the RSNA 2018 agenda. For additional information on RSNA 2018, read the BLOG 2018 – Year of the PatientListen to the PODCAST Hear and Now: Artificial Intelligence in RadiologyWatch the VIDEO RSNA President Says Artificial Intelligence is Hottest Tech Advancement in Radiology Trend #5: What Didn’t Make the List?Equally telling to what respondents identified as ‘hot topics’ is what didn’t make the cut. A couple of the technologies that have been leading headlines and water-cooler conversations in 2018 include blockchain and consumer wearables, however they failed to emerge as top-of-mind for respondents when asked what new and exciting innovations they were hoping to see at the show. 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 What are the Top Trends for RSNA 2018By aggregating the responses to questions related to continuing education (CE) topics of interest, active shopping plans for the technical exhibit, and what new innovations/ technologies and associated applications respondents were most excited to see at this year’s show we were able to identify five key trends for RSNA 2018 (which we will expand upon in the following sections):Continued shift toward subspecialty practiceFocus on optimization rather than replacementThe nebulous potential of artificial intelligence (AI)Cloud confusionWhat didn’t make the list? Conversely, taking a popularity hit from previous years was enterprise imaging systems and PACS replacements, each appearing on fewer than 9 percent of attendees’ shopping lists. This is a surprising statistic, given the strong focus on both of these topics at previous shows.Combined, these statistics highlight a strong shift toward optimization of existing systems and workflows and away from large-scale system replacements, and a demand for evidence-based decision making for both clinical and operational roles. This results in a greater-than-ever need for interoperability between vendors — especially up-and-coming BI and AI companies — to support the level of integration required to deliver on the expectations of this year’s shoppers. ConclusionThe trends identified for RSNA 2018 reinforce that the industry’s top priorities continue to be measurably improving the quality, scalability and cost of care. Imaging leaders and practitioners alike are cautiously looking to technology to provide transparency into clinical and business operations, optimize workflow and resource utilization, and improve interpretation accuracy.While the rate of adoption typically lags behind the pace of innovation in healthcare, it will be interesting to see if this year’s show will provide the knowledge and confidence needed to diffuse some of the industry’s newer technologies into clinical practice in 2019. Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Trend #1: Continued Shift Toward Subspecialty PracticeOnce again imaging modalities are the most popular shopping list item among RSNA attendees this year, with 30 percent of respondents noting that they will be actively shopping for new modalities — in particular magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound systems — at the show this year. Following this trend, advances in modality technologies and best practices lead in terms for CE topics of interest, with 30 percent of respondents planning to attend sessions related to scientific and technological innovation, dose management and imaging workflow optimization across a wide array of specific clinical specialty applications, once again with a heavy emphasis on MRI.Driven by shifting reimbursements and growing consumer demand for specialized care services, this trend highlights the increased focus on subspecialty practice, and subsequently image acquisition workflow. Consequently, healthcare organizations are seeking to leverage new technologies to enable more accurate diagnosis, improve clinical outcomes and derive increased value from their imaging service lines. Figure 2 Figure 2 Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Related Content Blockchain Most popular for its applications in the financial industry, blockchain has been lauded for its potential in managing patient identities and sharing information and images between unaffiliated domains, as well as for the role it could play in supporting population health, AI and machine learning by aggregating data and making it accessible for research and algorithm training purposes. However, very few within the healthcare industry truly understand what blockchain is and how it works, and more questions than answers exist when it comes to the feasibility of deploying this resource-intensive technology, which is likely why it failed to make an appearance. News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more 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 The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Who’s Coming?Given the steadily increasing number of mergers and acquisitions between provider organizations in industry it is no surprise that there will be significant representation from integrated health enterprises at this year’s show, followed (not so closely) by independent hospitals, outpatient centers, private practices, and teleradiology providers (see Figure 1).The majority of attendees fall into front-line roles including radiology administrators, practicing radiologists and technologists. There is some representation from clinical and IT leadership, but very little at the executive level. This is indicative of the importance of experience from the ‘trenches’ and the level of influence retained by such stakeholders within their organizations — even in an environment of consolidation, expansion, and change (see Figure 2). FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Trend #2: Focus on Optimization Rather Than ReplacementFor those who are actively shopping at this year’s show, analytics/business intelligence (BI) and AI were in contention for second place at the top of the list, with 21 percent and 20 percent of respondents, respectively. The top reasons cited for adopting these technologies include:Improve workflow efficiency and reduce manual effort for technologists and radiologistsIncrease patient throughput and modality utilizationImprove accuracy of interpretation resultsGain prospective and retrospective insight into quality and organizational performance Figure 3 Jef Williams is Managing Partner at Paragon Consulting Partners LLC. With decades of Healthcare IT experience, he has a diverse and creative approach to problem-solving and solution design. He specializes in assisting organizations with organizational strategy, operational improvement, software design and selection, and enterprise imaging deployment initiatives. Williams contributes to the industry at-large as a member of the AHRA, IHE and by participating in the HIMSS-SIIM working group.Laurie Lafleur is a senior imaging consultant at Paragon Consulting Partners, providing consultative and advisory services for healthcare and technology organizations. Having worked with care providers and vendors across Canada, the United States and Europe, she brings over 18 years of relevant experience in software engineering, product marketing, and business strategy within the Healthcare IT and imaging informatics industries. She is a member the IHE Radiology Planning Committee, and serves as a technical advisor on an academic Software & Electronics Engineering advisory board. News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read morelast_img read more

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