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first_imgOTTAWA – A Canadian Forces Airbus took off on a soggy Saturday evening in Ottawa with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, capping off a whirlwind royal tour to Canada to mark 150 years since Confederation.The newly invested Extraordinary Companion of the Order of Canada showered the country and its people with praise earlier in the day as Prince Charles helped to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation — and to bid farewell to Gov. Gen. David Johnston.The Governor General presented the prince with his insignia during an investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall after Charles began the day — the last of his visit to Canada with wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall — by sitting down with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Later in the day, Charles returned the favour as he acknowledged Johnston’s seven years as the Queen’s representative in Canada and thanked him for his service.“I would like to say a special thank you on your behalf to the Governor General for his seven years of impeccable service as Her Majesty’s representative here in Canada,” Charles told thousands of revellers at Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill.“He has earned great respect and gratitude as a modern nation-builder, whose commitment to the youth of Canada — and to reconciliation — is exemplary.”Charles also paid tribute to Canada’s war dead, recounting his visit to Vimy Ridge earlier this year to mark the 100th anniversary of that devastating battle.“It was a victory led by Canadians, driven by commitment to the power of freedom and democracy,” he said. “Thousands gave of themselves on those fields, far from their homes. That was a gift to all our futures, and one we must never forget.”Charles, too, acknowledged the controversy shrouding the sesquicentennial celebrations, symbolized by a teepee erected on Parliament Hill as a reminder of the oppressive, colonial treatment of Indigenous Peoples throughout the country’s long history.Canada, he said, is a celebrated champion of human rights, peacekeeping and diversity — “with, if I may say so, Canada’s commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples demonstrating a remarkable determination to forge an ever better society.”Prior to the day’s celebrations, which saw about 25,000 people brave heavy rains to mark the occasion of Canada’s 150th birthday, Charles and Johnston inspected the ceremonial Guard of Honour together during a proceeding at Ottawa’s peacekeeping monument.The royal couple also became the first visitors to the newly opened Canada History Hall at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que., where they cut a ceremonial ribbon and met with the Alkhalaf family from Syria, now based in Peterborough, Ont.After emerging from the new hall, Charles and Camilla entered the Grand Hall at the museum and met people lined up to shake their hands, including Amelie Labelle, a 17-year-old puppeteer dressed up in a red blazer, silver tights and red Converse shoes.“It is really, really exciting,” Labelle said. “I didn’t expect to do that today.”Nick and Kyla McCandie Glustien were also on hand to meet the royal couple with their kids Tristan and Adria.“It is Canada’s 150th, so it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate this fabulous country that we are so honoured to be a part of,” Kyla said.The couple also visited the newly opened and renovated National Arts Centre for a ribbon-cutting with a number of guests, and stopped in at Shopify, an Ottawa-based e-commerce company.Finally, the Prince of Wales planted a sugar maple tree on the grounds of Rideau Hall and wished it “good luck” as he touched it. Camilla did the same.The couple then observed a ceremony to mark the inauguration of the Queen’s Entrance at Rideau Hall before attending a reception.In a statement Saturday evening, Trudeau marked the end of the three-day visit that also included stops in Iqaluit, CFB Trenton and the small eastern Ontario village of Wellington, Ont.Trudeau said the federal government will mark the royal tour by offering a donation of $45,000 to three organizations visited by couple — the Iqaluit Food Centre, the Iqaluit Community Tukisigiarvik Society, and the Tumikuluit Saipaaqivik, a daycare.—Follow @kkirkuplast_img read more

“Those who are compelled to flee the Gaza Strip should be able to do so and to find safety and security in other countries according to international law,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said in a statement issued yesterday.There has been no large-scale movement out of Gaza because of the Israeli blockade. However, Mr. Guterres urged that “all borders and access routes concerned should be kept open and safe, and Palestinians endeavouring to leave Gaza should not be prevented from doing so.”He called for strict adherence to humanitarian principles in the ongoing conflict in Gaza, where an already dire situation has been made worse by the Israeli offensive which began on 27 December.The UN estimates that Palestinian deaths have reached 500 and are rising, and some 2,500 have been injured in the conflict. The UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, John Holmes, told reporters yesterday the humanitarian crisis was “increasingly alarming,” with the people of Gaza becoming more cold, hungry, often lacking power, water and other basic services as well as facing the constant threat of bombing and shelling.Amid the worsening humanitarian environment, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has been struggling to carry out vital tasks such as distributing food and medical supplies. Mr. Guterres joined Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other senior UN officials in calling for an immediate halt to the violence and for humanitarian access for fuel and food into Gaza. “It is absolutely imperative that the immediate delivery of humanitarian assistance to the civilian victims of this conflict be facilitated, including access from Egypt and Israel,” he stated, calling on the international community and all humanitarian actors to support UNRWA’s efforts to help the innocent victims.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has provided some emergency assistance to Egypt’s Red Crescent Society in case it is needed for the care of any Palestinians admitted into Egypt. The refugee agency stands ready to deploy an emergency team and equipment to the area as required.Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has voiced its concern about the situation of the 840,000 children among Gaza’s population of 1.5 million. In an effort to reduce the suffering faced by children, the agency is delivering urgent supplies of food, fuel and medicine to Gaza hospitals, which are struggling to cope amid a lack of medical staff, drugs, equipment and space to treat wounded civilians.“Being the most vulnerable part of the population, children are the first to be psychologically distressed, the most in need of medical support and the most exposed to injuries among civilians in times of conflict,” UNICEF’s Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Sigrid Kaag said in a statement yesterday. “The number of children in Gaza affected by the loss of a parent, damage to their home, displacement, lack of needed medical equipment and treatment and the interruption of their education is yet to be fully measured. But it is significant,” she stressed.In addition, Queen Rania of Jordan, who is also a UNICEF Eminent Advocate for Children, has called on governments of the region to protect the children of Gaza, including by contributing to UNRWA’s emergency appeal for $34 million to meet the immediate needs of Gaza’s civilians.The World Food Programme (WFP), for its part, moved 11 truckloads of food into Gaza on Monday as part of efforts to respond to the growing humanitarian needs. Since the latest outbreak of violence, the agency has delivered some 1,600 tons of food into Gaza, where its warehouses are stocked with some 3,700 metric tons – about half their normal capacity. While WFP is continuing to provide food to those in need, current hostilities have made it more difficult for the agency to carry out the distributions. “Even in places where we can open distributions, people are afraid to go and receive the food,” WFP’s Emilia Casella told reporters in Geneva. The agency has only been able to distribute food to around 50,000 people – out of a normal caseload of some 265,000 – since the violence began. In addition, WFP has provided canned meat and high-energy biscuits to 13 Gaza hospitals to provide for 6,000 patients and staff for up to one month. 6 January 2009The top United Nations refugee official has stressed that civilians wishing to leave Gaza, where a military operation Israel says it launched in response to Hamas rocket attacks has entered its 11th day, must be allowed to do so, and reminded neighbouring States of their responsibility to provide access to safety for those fleeing the ongoing violence. read more

26 January 2011The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is calling on countries to carefully examine the implications of high food prices and not to take any policy actions that might appear useful in the short term but could have harmful, longer-term effects or even aggravate the situation. The call comes with the agency’s publication today of an updated guide for policy-makers in developing countries, aimed at helping them address the negative impacts of high food prices or to tap into opportunities.“The experience of the 2007/2008 food crisis shows that in some cases, hastily taken decisions by governments to mitigate the impact of the crisis, have actually contributed to or exacerbated the crisis and aggravated its impact on food insecurity,” said the director of FAO’s Policy and Programme Development Support Division, Richard China.He cited the example of export restrictions applied by some surplus food-producing countries, which exacerbated the global food market situation during the 2007/2008 crisis.“FAO strongly advises against such measures, as they often provoke more uncertainty and disruption on world markets and drive prices up further globally, while depressing prices domestically and hence curtailing incentives to produce more food,” Mr. China said.The FAO Food Price Index, a measure of basic food prices at the international level, peaked in December 2010. “With this new price shock only two years after the crisis in 2007/08, there is a serious concern now about implications for food markets in vulnerable countries,” Mr. China added.The guide – formally known as the Guide for Policy and Programmatic Actions at Country Level to Address High Food Prices – stresses that low-income, food-deficit countries have been hit hard by high food prices in recent years. Many of these countries have to pay larger food import bills when food prices are soaring. Almost all countries in Africa are net importers of cereals. The people most affected by higher food prices are net food buyers such as urban residents and small farmers, fishers, foresters, pastoralists and agricultural labourers who do not produce enough food to cover their needs. The poorest among them spend more than 70 to 75 per cent of their income on buying food.Net food-exporters should benefit from high food prices and could experience an improvement in their terms of trade and more income. However, experience of the 2007/2008 food crisis showed that a variety of supply side constraints limited the supply response to higher prices in most developing countries.The FAO guide emphasizes that there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution that can be applied with the same chance of success in every country. The mix of policy and programmatic actions has to be specifically adapted to local conditions and agreed on by key stakeholders in each country. In any case, “care should be taken not to adopt measures that could undermine the existing market,” the guide said. In the medium and long term, only investment in developing countries’ agricultural sectors will result in sustainable increases in productivity, healthy markets, increased resilience to international price spikes and improved food security, said Mr. China.The guide favours community seed production by farmer field schools, farmer groups or cooperatives, to enhance access to both traditional and improved seed varieties at the community level, as well as the use of integrated pest management. It also discusses instruments that can be used to target the food insecurity of the poor, such as safety net programmes based on food or cash transfers. read more

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market may be in for improved performance following a lacklustre 2012 if the U.S. and Chinese economies revive next year and boost prices for commodities and resource stocks.But much depends on whether Republicans and Democrats in Washington, D.C., can find a compromise to avoid steep tax increases and significant spending cuts that are set to kick in automatically early in 2013.Analysts have warned that the shock of going over the so-called fiscal cliff would halt already tepid global economic growth in its tracks and likely push the U.S. back into recession.There is no in-between on this. It’s either going to be bad or it’s going to be great for the market“This is very much a binary event that we’re watching unfold,” said Andrew Pyle, investment adviser with ScotiaMcLeod in Peterborough, Ont.“There is no in-between on this. It’s either going to be bad or it’s going to be great for the market.”The TSX is set to finish 2012 trading with a slight gain of about 3.5% following an 11% slide in 2011.Losses on the resource-heavy Toronto market were highlighted by weakness in the base metals sector, which slid nearly 10% — primarily because of lower demand from China as the government slowed economic growth to bring inflation down from unacceptably high levels.Similarly, the energy sector sustained a drop of about 8% as slowing economic conditions left the world awash in crude oil.Gold stocks were also a significant drag for the Canadian stock markets as miners contended with higher costs for extracting the previous metal. The TSX’s global gold index fell about 19%.The financial sector, another major pillar of the TSX, has fared better. It ends 2012 about 13% higher after the six biggest banks posted record profits — roughly US$30-billion for 2012 on about US$107-billion in revenue, compared with US$25-billion on US$98-billion in revenue in 2011.But analysts warn that growth in Canadian retail banking, a key strength for the sector over the past several years, will likely slow in 2013 amid record consumer debt levels and a cooling housing market.At the same time, market watchers are confident that U.S. lawmakers will arrive at a framework for avoiding the fiscal crisis by the beginning of 2013 deadline although a comprehensive deal on taxes and spending cuts will likely take longer.“We’re of the view that there will be some kind of an agreement and at the end of the day, there will be some tax increases and some spending cuts,” said Robert Gorman, chief portfolio strategist at TD Waterhouse.“So you will end up with fiscal drag, which will to some degree likely reduce growth modestly but won’t go over the proverbial cliff.”The eurozone will continue to weigh on global markets. The region’s debt crisis has resulted in recessions for several countries that use the euro as governments in Spain, Greece, Italy and Portugal deliver tough austerity measures.“For anyone out there that’s expecting a big turnaround in the eurozone or anything in Europe in 2013, they probably will be disappointed,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“I think it’s going to be a lot more of the same as it relates to Europe and that means slow to no to maybe negative economic growth in the eurozone in 2013.”Even so, there are some real positives for the TSX this year.The drag on the U.S. economy created by whatever agreement lawmakers come to will be offset in part by the housing sector, which is expected to finally start making a contribution to economic growth.“That’s one of the key points,” said Gorman.He pointed to a huge drop in housing inventories, which are now down to 6.1 months from a high of 12 months at the worst of the downturn.He also noted that prices are still off around 30% from the peak reached in 2006 and financing is still ultra-low with a 30-year mortgage going for around 3.5%. Inventories are down quite sharply.AFP/Getty Images “Historically in the U.S. if you look at the history of coming out of recession, housing has historically contributed fully 13% of all US GDP growth,” said Gorman.“In this cycle, there has been no such contribution and 2013 will be the first of any significance.”Gorman also said the U.S. economy will benefit from a strengthening auto sector.China is also expected to be a plus for the TSX resource sector as economic growth in the world’s second-biggest economy finally started to pick up towards the end of 2012.Key manufacturing indexes finally moved into expansion territory and there was also positive factory output, retail sales and electricity consumption figures.“All of these things suggest economic growth could start moving higher as opposed to continuing to slide lower in China, that bodes quite well for the Canadian economy,” Fehr says.“It also bodes well for commodity prices and the resource sector.”After balancing the good and bad expected for 2013, performance on the TSX will be anything but red-hot.“It will be an OK year,” Gorman says.“In Toronto, I think we will probably do 5% plus dividends — so 5%, maybe a touch better.”The Canadian Press read more

LeBron James – The man once mockingly referred to as “LeBronze” following some disappointing some initial international experiences says he wants to add to his gold medal collection.NBA star LeBron James says he’s all in and would relish the opportunity to wear the red, white and blue for the third consecutive Olympics when the Rio Games come around in 2016. James, who was the best player on the American team that won the gold medal at the recently completed London Olympics, will be 31 by the time the next Olympiad arrives, but said he would relish the opportunity to again represent his country.James has yet to formally notify USA Basketball of his intentions, but there will always be room on any U.S. team for the unquestioned best player in the world.The London Olympics were the year’s coup-de-grace for James, who joined some rarified air when he followed icon Michael Jordan as the only players to ever be named the league MVP and win NBA and Olympic championships in the same year.It was the second consecutive gold medal for James, who had helped lead Team USA to gold at the Beijing Games in 2008. His last two experiences marked a far cry from his first in the 2004 Athens Games and the subsequent 2006 World Championships that saw the U.S. finish a disappointing third on both occasions.James was unstoppable in London, averaging 16.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and a team-high 5.6 assists. He totaled 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting while adding seven boards and a team-best four assists in the gold medal victory over Spain. He was even more spectacular in the days before, registering the first triple double in U.S. Olympic history with 11 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists in the quarterfinal victory over Australia. read more

first_imgMs Archer was promoted to the role of stylist the following year and has since joined the royals on numerous foreign tours. Willcocks Nursery School  Chris Jackson and Natasha ArcherCredit:David/SilverHub/REX/Shutterstock Ms Archer got to know Mr Jackson on the royal couple’s tour of Australia in April 2014 and they began dating upon their return.They got engaged last September and married at a lavish wedding in France in April.Jackson, who has won numerous awards, began photographing the royals for Getty 13 years ago.Dubbed “golden boy” by the other royal photographers who rib him mercilessly, he is known for his discretion, carefully walking a difficult line between being a member of the “pack” and a trusted member of the inner circle. The morning sessions, running from 9am until 12pm are five days a week while the lunchtime and afternoon sessions take place on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.  Chris Jackson and Natasha ArcherCredit:Richard Young/REX/Shutterstock Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte in a picture that features on their Christmas card this yearCredit:CHRIS JACKSON/GETTY  Chris Jackson and Natasha Archer It is rated “outstanding” by Ofsted because of the “exceptional” organisation of time and the staff’s meticulous planning, which ensures “no time is wasted.”Meanwhile, the Cambridges released a new family photograph that features on their Christmas card. The image was taken by Chris Jackson, who works for Getty Images and has become the family’s favoured photographer for both official and private portraits.Mr Jackson is married to Natasha Archer, the Duchess’s stylist, and together, the couple have become trusted confidantes.While Mr Jackson has captured some of the family’s biggest milestones, from Prince George’s fourth birthday to his first day at school, Ms Archer is credited with persuading the Duchess to try a younger, more glamorous look, not to mention ditching the ubiquitous nude pumps.Ms Archer attended the prestigious Uppingham School before reading Hispanic Studies at Kings College and joining the royal household as a PA in 2007.She was one of the first people to arrive at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s hospital when Prince George was born in July 2013, carrying a hanger bag believed to contain the blue and white polka dot dress the Duchess would later wear when she presented her son to the world.center_img As well as taking the first official portrait pictures of the Duke and Duchess after their wedding and before they went to Canada, he has done a lot of work with Prince Harry on projects including Sentebale in Lesotho, accompanying him during this year’s Invictus Games in Toronto.Mr Jackson is often mistaken for the Duke of Cambridge during royal tours abroad and is known for being well-dressed and having a keen eye for fashion, which provides his rivals the perfect opportunity to have a joke at his expense.Although the epitome of discretion when it comes to the royals, Mr Jackson cannot resist showing off his glamorous wife, publishing scores of photographs of her online, once noting he was “definitely punching above my weight”. Willcocks Nursery School Credit:Kensington Palace Advice on the nursery’s website suggests that lunch club is for children “ready for a longer learning session and for older children to prepare them for big school.” while the afternoon session is aimed at the two and three-year-olds.The daily routine at the nursery, which is based in the church hall at Holy Trinity Church in Kensington, includes prayers and hymns and employs professional dance and French teachers.A Kensington Palace spokeswoman said the Duke and Duchess thought Willcocks “an ideal first step” for their daughter and that they were “impressed” by the staff. The Willcocks Nursery SchoolCredit:Zak Hussein/Splash She also noted that when the Cambridges moved back to London from Norfolk it was to enable them to continue to increase their official work on behalf of The Queen and for the charities and causes they support.The Duchess’s third baby is due in April and so it is understood the decision will also allow her to spend time bonding with the baby.Willcocks, which has an all-female staff, is described by Tatler as a “hidden gem” that “flies under the radar” and is attended by British children and “chic foreigners” alike, some of whom register their children at birth in order to ensure them a place.  Chris Jackson and Natasha Archer The Willcocks Nursery School They moved back to London from Norfolk in order to increase their workload on behalf of the Queen. And now, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have signalled their intention to prioritise their official duties by enrolling their two-year-old daughter at a private nursery full time.Princess Charlotte is to attend the “kind and gentle” Willcocks Nursery School, which is barely half a mile from Kensington Palace, from January, seven hours a day, five days a week.The decision marks a significant departure from the way in which Prince George was introduced to the education system – attending a modestly-priced Montessori nursery school in Norfolk, where most parents get financial help to pay the fees, only part time.By comparison, Kensington Palace announced that Princess Charlotte, who has never previously attended any form of nursery or pre-school, would join Willocks, at which annual fees will exceed £16,000 a year, full time.She will be enrolled in their morning school, lunchtime club and afternoon school, attending from 9am until 4pm, taking in her own packed lunch and joining activities including cooking, music and acting.The nursery accommodates 32 children aged between two and three quarters and five, meaning that Charlotte, who turns three in May, will be among the youngest. 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first_imgFifteen months after successfully expanding into Queensland’s heavy haulage marketplace, logistics group Centurion says it has entered its second phase of growth in the state with a contract for one of the Bowen Basin’s largest miners. Centurion was selected by Anglo American as its preferred tenderer for the provision of general transport services for all its operations throughout the Bowen Basin, including its five coal mines in a five year contract.The contract has generated a significant number of jobs in Queensland, mainly in Mackay, as well as a platform for further growth for the company. As part of the contract Centurion is operating major freight consolidation facilities in Brisbane, Mackay and Rockhampton along with direct linehaul services to Anglo American sites.Centurion will run a daily service out of the three consolidation hubs and provide the backbone for the Anglo American supply chain. Centurion’s Chief Executive Justin Cardaci said the business is well placed to effectively service the contract due to its significant industry experience with similar operations in Western Australia.“Centurion has a long and extensive history of providing safe and reliable supply chain solutions to customers operating in the mining industry. Our offering is based on a very well developed mining support solution which has safety at the core and provides visibility tools tailored to client requirements that enable logistics management to be performed in a controlled manner throughout the entire process. This not only enables planning and scheduling to be more precise but also allows operators to remove working capital that is in place to buffer supply chain unknowns.”Cardaci said the development of long-term partnering relationships with clients has enabled Centurion to develop in-house processes and practices that provide real value to its mining, energy and retail customers. Anglo American operates both underground and open cut mines throughout the Bowen Basin producing high quality coking coal. All of these operations require transport and consolidation and welcomes services for goods and equipment originating from suppliers throughout Australia.Cardaci said as part of the new contract Centurion had recruited people locally and the company was committed to supporting the regional communities it was operating in. “We are very pleased to be expanding our offering into the Bowen Basin region as we enter a critical period of growth for our business in Queensland. We have surpassed our expectations in terms of performance for our east coast operations in the past 15 months. Our focus is on continuing to build this business by leveraging our core capabilities and safely and reliably servicing the mining, energy, and retail sectors,” he concluded.last_img read more

first_imghigh tides, combined with low atmospheric pressure and high winds over the next few days will give rise to high sea levels and possibly large waves. There may be very localised wave overtopping in parts of Sandymount and Clontarf.It said it will be monitoring the situation closely over the next few days and will issue updates as necessary.As a precautionary measure, the flood gates on the River Dodder are being deployed by DCC.It also noted that it maintains a stock of sandbags at various locations “for strategic purposes” which will be deployed by Drainage staff if required.Read: So what DID cause last year’s flash floods?> MET ÉIREANN HAS warned that heavy rain tonight may lead to localised flooding.In its forecast for this evening, it says that very heavy rain will move into the south of the country early tonight and will spread northwards overnight.It said that the rain may lead to localised flooding, and that temperatures could drop to between 4 – 9 degrees.Yesterday, Dublin City Council warned that:last_img read more

first_img ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… “I don’t think of him as evil, I think of him as Death. And, that’s what he wants — for all of us,” Benioff told EW in an interview. “It’s why he was created and that’s what he’s after.”#NightKing“Fear is for the winter.” pic.twitter.com/2hvd9VUwas— Twitter (@Twitter) February 28, 2019The Night King, who was first introduced in Game of Thrones Season 4, was first played by Richard Brake and then Vladimir Furdik. The undead character has been moving toward Westeros and resurrecting deceased individuals for his creepy fleet. In Season 7, the Night King shocked audiences after he killed one of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons and then used the zombie-like creature to break down the Wall, which protected Westeros from the Night King’s squad.“We always liked the implication that they weren’t some kind of cosmic evil that had been around since the beginning to time but that the White Walkers had a history — that something that seems legendary and mythological and permanent wasn’t,” Weiss added. “They had a historical cause that was comprehensible like the way the wars on screen we’re seeing unfold are comprehensible. They’re the result of people, or beings, with motivations we can understand.”Probably the most eerie part of the Night King is his silence. He doesn’t talk, which definitely hypes up his mysterious presence on the show. “What’s he going to say?” Benioff asks. “Anything the Night King says diminishes him.”Fans will have to wait for Game of Thrones Season 8, which will premiere on HBO on April 14, to witness what’s driving the Night King beyond the Wall.More on Geek.com: ‘Game of Thrones’ New Season 8 Art Shows Mysterious Iron Throne‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Trailer Is a Chilling Final Fight for the LivingAdidas Announces ‘Game of Thrones’ Sneaker Collaboration The final season of Game of Thrones is almost here, and fans are wondering when the Night King and his Army of the Dead will arrive at Winterfell. Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss recently spoke about the Night King’s purpose and why he is essential to the fantasy series. Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_img KUSI Newsroom May 2, 2019 Posted: May 2, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) –  Navy petty officer who was behind the wheel of a pickup that plummeted over the side of a transition ramp to the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and landed in Chicano Park, killing four people, was sentenced today to nine years and eight months in prison.The sentence was the maximum available for Richard Anthony Sepolio, 27. He was convicted in February for the Oct. 15, 2016, crash that killed Annamarie Contreras, 50, and Cruz Contreras, 52, a married couple from Chandler, Arizona; and Hacienda Heights residents Andre Banks, 49, and Francine Jimenez, 46. Seven other people were seriously injured.Joining KUSI to discuss this sentencing is Criminal Defense Attorney Brian Watkins. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Brian Wakins: Sepolio sentenced in fatal Coronado Bridge crashlast_img read more

first_img How Does An Artist Qualify For The Best New Artist GRAMMY Category? Facebook Twitter Take a closer look at the Recording Academy’s qualification rules to determine which artists can be considered in the Best New Artist categoryPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Dec 8, 2018 – 8:59 am Each year the selection of GRAMMY nominees is the result of careful consideration and voting by Recording Academy members, who must both follow hard-and-fast rules as well as exercise their expert musical judgement. The Best New Artist category highlights newcomers — whether a solo artist, duo or group — but since “new” is a relative term, let’s take a closer look at how making the cut is determined.First of all, eligible artists must have achieved a breakthrough into the public consciousness and impacted the musical landscape during the year’s eligibility period. This speaks to the essence of why Best New Artist is one of the most-anticipated categories each year, honoring exciting new talent in the music world. But sometimes rising stars take a while to reach this point, so numerical limits also help define the criteria for being “new” in this category. The first numerical rule boils eligibility down to the number of an artist’s releases. The minimum required is five singles or tracks or a complete album. The maximum is either three albums or a total of 30 singles or tracks previously released. Having more than this number of releases results in being ineligible even when an artist breaks through into public consciousness and impacts the musical landscape in a given eligibility period.However, even if this numerical release criterion is met, an artist may still be deemed ineligible if the artist achieved previous prominence, meaning the artist came into prominence prior to the current eligibility year.Another numerical limit is that an artist cannot have been considered more than three times previously for Best New Artist. This also applies to solo artists who emerge from having performed as a member in previous groups. That’s right, being previously considered three times either as a solo artist, in a previous band, or some mixture of the two means an artist is not eligible for Best New Artist consideration.For more valuable and illuminating information on all things GRAMMY Awards process, head over to GRAMMY101.com, or reach out to the Awards Help Desk at 877.637.6816, and don’t forget to tune in Feb. 10.See The Full List Of Nominees For The 61st GRAMMY AwardsRead morecenter_img Email Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? how-does-artist-qualify-best-new-artist-grammy-category-0 News last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Wednesday, March 13, 2019:#1) Wilmington High CATS Fundraiser At The 99The Wilmington High School Choral and Theatre Support Group (WHS CATS) is holding a “Dining For A Cause” Fundraiser at the 99 Restaurant (144 Lowell Street) from 4pm to 11pm. Bring the flyer below and 15% of your bill will be donated to WHS CATS.  Applies to both dine-on AND take-out orders.  (No coupons, discounts or promotions are accepted during the fundraiser.)#2) RMLD Homeowner Info Session At LibraryReading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) invites residential customers to learn about their electric service as well as ways to save energy and money at this free information session at the Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) at 7pm. Topics include:Available energy efficiency programs including rebates and a no-cost home energy assessmentRMLD online tools such as our online Bill Payment System, Online Store, and Customer Rebate PortalPrograms including Solar Choice and Shred the PeakEnergy efficiency tips for the homeAn overview of the home electrical service configuration covering topics such as ownership and safetyThis info session is a great opportunity for both new and experienced homeowners to learn about their electrical service and RMLD programs. RMLD customers who rent are also welcome!Light refreshments will be served, and each attendee will receive a complimentary LED light bulb. Register HERE.#3) Wilmington School Committee MeetingThe Wilmington School Committee meets at 7pm in the High School’s Large Instruction Room. Read the agenda HERE.#4) Wilmington Board of Appeals MeetingThe Wilmington Board of Appeals meets sat 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#5) Car Seat Installs At Public Safety BuildingThe Wilmington Police Department offers safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street) every Wednesday, 10am-2pm. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead at 978-658-5071 is recommended. Learn more HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, July 24, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, June 20, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, May 29, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

first_img Hatchbacks Car Industry More about 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Preview • 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback: Techier than ever 49 Photos Tags Comments 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous The transmission is responsible for turning an engine’s series of small explosions into forward motion. If the transmission fails, the car isn’t going anywhere. That’s not exactly expected vehicle behavior, hence Toyota’s latest recall.Toyota on Thursday issued a recall for the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback. Approximately 3,400 vehicles are included in this recall, but Toyota did not say if they share similarities like build dates or anything.The problem comes from the hatchback’s continuously variable transmission. There is a chance the torque converter could fail, and if that happens, the vehicle won’t be able to accelerate forward. If this happens at higher speeds, it could increase the chance of a collision. The fix isn’t necessarily complicated, but it does require a bit of heavy lifting. In order to remedy the issue, dealership technicians will replace the CVT in its entirety with a new CVT featuring a revised torque converter. Since it’s a recall, the work will be completed with no charge to the owner — that said, it may take a few hours to slap that new CVT in there, so don’t expect a lightning-fast swap.Toyota is currently sourcing the parts for the recall. Owners should receive recall notifications via first-class mail by the middle of February. Share your voice 4 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback is a welcome addition Review • 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback: The best it’s ever been More From Roadshow Recalls Toyota Toyotalast_img read more

first_imgA swarm of earthquakes have been recorded in the central Bering Sea. (Credit: AEIC)Download AudioThe Pribilof Islands aren’t usually prone to shaking. But more than a dozen earthquakes have been recorded in between St. Paul and St. George since Friday afternoon.Michael West, the director of the Alaska Earthquake Information Center, describes the activity as a “swarm.”“That is, a cluster of earthquakes that are responding to some stress in the earth that appears to be releasing itself kind of incrementally,” West says.Most of the earthquakes have been around magnitude 4.0, although five of them exceeded 5.0M.Residents in St. Paul and St. George have been feeling the effects. But as of Sunday afternoon, there were no reports of damage in either community. And there were no tsunami warnings, either.The National Tsunami Warning Center will only issue an alert for Unalaska and Sand Point if the earthquakes grow stronger – above a magnitude 7.0.“This is a special region in Alaska,” says science officer Paul Huang. “It’s unlike the front part of the Aleutians. The water [around the Pribilofs] is shallower, so we have a different criteria.”It’s been over 20 years since the Pribilof Islands saw a significant earthquake. A magnitude 6.7 quake struck north of St. George in 1991, sending a small tsunami across the Bering Sea.But other than that, the Pribilofs have been pretty quiet. They’re not affected by subduction along the Aleutian Chain, which causes a lot of seismic activity in the region.West says the recent outbreak appears to be coming from a different source — tension that’s built up in the Earth’s crust.“Most of what we know about whatever fault it is that’s active is coming from the earthquakes that we’ve actually seen in the past couple of days,” West says. “They are sort of enigmatic.”last_img read more

first_imgReflecting signs of a possible turnaround, India’s most valuable realty estate developer DLF Ltd is reportedly planning to sell its stake in two residential projects and monetise its portfolio of rental assets in a bid to raise nearly Rs 10,000 crore.The company has been hit by a huge debt and slowing demand in the real estate sector for the past few years. DLF’s net debt stood at Rs 21,598 crore in the quarter ended 30 June.The company said on Wednesday that its subsidiary DLF Home Developers Ltd would raise Rs 1,990 crore from Government of Singapore Investment Corp Pte Ltd (GIC). The funds raised from the GIC will be utilised to cover operational costs and trim debt, the Livemint reported.”The GIC deal shows that we can also bring in investor partners for our rental portfolio in the future. If we dilute even 40-50% stake in our rental assets, it will help bring down the debt of our development portfolio by about 60-70%,” said Saurabh Chawla, senior executive director, finance, at DLF.Share prices of DLF rose over 13% in the past two trading sessions on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). On Thursday, stock price of DLF rose more than 10% to close at Rs 120.65.DLF also said that its shareholders had given nod for a proposal made by the company to pledge over 50% of its shares in three of its units “to raise as much as Rs 7,500 crore and create third-party rights”.DLF now aims to establish a private rent company with third party shareholders, which will allow its promoters to exit and bring in private equity (PE) investors. The company plans to raise “both debt and equity” against its profitable rental portfolio.Chawla said that DLF had already raised a significant part of Rs 3,000 crore it planned to raise from PE funds.Besides, DLF agreed to sell its non-core cinema exhibition subsidiary DT Cinema to multiplex chain PVR Ltd for Rs 500 crore to increase cash flows and lessen the debt burden.”Will these help in realizing the full potential of the company and help it grow? We are not so sure,” said a Mumbai-based brokerage firm, requesting anonymity.”DLF has been bogged down by negative cash flows for a long time now and close to Rs 700 crore of quarterly interest payments. If it manages to bring down debt and the cost of borrowings, it will allow the company to breathe, but in the long term, actual sales need to happen for it to generate positive cash flows,” said Sandipan Pal, analyst at brokerage Motilal Oswal Securities Ltd.last_img read more

first_imgKhaleda Zia.File PhotoBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Tuesday appeared before the Special Judge Court-5 at Bakshibazar in Dhaka aounrd 11:00am, following two arrest warrants in two separate graft cases.On 30 November, judge Md Akhtaruzzaman court issued the arrest warrants against the former prime minister cancelling her bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases.Dhaka Special Court-5 passed the order as the BNP chief failed to appear before it in  Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on security grounds due to the eight-hour general strike.On 3 July 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case with Ramna police station accusing Khaleda Zia, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, and four others for misappropriating over Tk 21.0 million that came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.On 8 August 2011, the commission filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon police station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abusing of power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.last_img read more

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — The University System of Maryland says three universities in the state are rescinding honorary degrees awarded to comedian and actor Bill Cosby.The Baltimore Sun reports the System’s Board of Regents announced the revocations Friday. The board says it received requests to revoke the degrees after Cosby was convicted in April of multiple counts of sexual assault. The requests were submitted by the University of Baltimore, the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.In this Aug. 22, 2017, file photo, Bill Cosby leaves Montgomery County Courthouse after a hearing in his sexual assault case in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)System Chancellor Robert Caret says the revocations send a message that “sexual misconduct will not be tolerated, much less honored.”Cosby faces sentencing Sept. 24 on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and assaulting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004.___Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.comlast_img read more

first_imgA report by The Washington Post says US President Donald Trump plans to announce tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico and the European Union. The announcement is anticipated to come as early as today.The newspaper, which cites three unidentified sources, said the US president decided to escalate his global trade war because he is “frustrated” by the fact that his business partners did not accept his demands.“The import taxes could come into effect as soon as this Friday,” said the newspaper.The newspaper said that the decision will probably have an immediate impact on global trade in steel and aluminum, particularly between the United States and Canada, the main supplier of steel to the United States.They noted however, that the internal decision process remains fluid and that on three occasions the president has been persuaded to impose tariffs at the last minute.In April, the Trump administration extended the exemption to Mexico, Canada and the European Union to June 1. In mid-May, US Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, indicated that President Trump would decide whether to extend tariff exemptions to Mexico or Canada depending on the status of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations.On Wednesday, the US Chamber of Commerce (USCC) made a call to President Trump to perused him to scrap his plan to impose tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum, warning that it would be a tax on American consumers.“The United States should not expand import tariffs on steel and aluminum imports to additional countries as of June 1, as it has been threatened,” said USCC Vice President of International Affairs Myron Brilliant.“Such an action would impact US manufacturers with higher costs, slower growth in the construction sector and put a brake on job creation in both key industries,” he said.The US business leaders noted that steel prices in their country are already almost 50 percent higher than those in Europe and China, while aluminum prices have been “extremely volatile.”“This action would add substantially to those challenges,” Brilliant said.The EU has threatened to impose retaliatory tariffs on US orange juice, peanut butter and other goods in return if the US moves ahead with the tariffs.In March, Trump said Mexico would remain exempt from the tariffs in exchange for a “fair agreement” regarding NAFTA, however, Mexico said it would not be pressured.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgTechnology | November 20, 2012 New Service Offering Ensures Optimal Imaging System Performance Toshiba introduces e-Watch environmental monitoring solution Related Content Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… 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 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 more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more 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. 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 November 20, 2012 — The environment surrounding a medical imaging system can now be monitored with Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc.’s e-Watch. This integrated solution monitors power, temperature and humidity in the room in which the imaging system resides, ensuring optimal performance and uptime.e-Watch is a new enhancement to InnerVision Plus, Toshiba’s remote diagnostic system that allows service engineers and applications specialists to see what is occurring on the systems 24/7. If there is an issue with the temperature, humidity or power that could affect the performance of the system, e-Watch immediately sends an alert. e-Watch and InnerVision Plus are available for Toshiba CT (computed tomography), MR (magnetic resonance imaging) and cardiovascular equipment.“e-Watch quickly detects problems that could lead to a system not performing at its full potential,” said Ted Nemetz, vice president, Service, Toshiba. “At Toshiba, our commitment to providing the best customer service begins before an issue even occurs.”For more information: www.medical.toshiba.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read morelast_img read more

first_img 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. Photo courtesy of Toshiba.Radiation dose continues to be one of the hottest topics in radiology, as government mandates and public concern are forcing healthcare teams to find ways to achieve the same high image quality while reducing dose. The 2014 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in December reflected those concerns, featuring sessions on the latest metrics for measuring dose and ways to keep dose down. Michael F. McNitt-Gray, Ph.D., professor of radiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, examined some of the metrics that can be used to calculate radiation dose. First and foremost was the computed tomography dose index (CTDI), a standardized measure of radiation dose output from a CT scanner that allows the user to compare radiation output between different scanners.CTDI has been in use for decades and provides a number of advantages. It can provide a good measure of the scanner’s output, as well as how the scanner is being adjusted to accommodate the size of the patient. It doesn’t, however, factor in the size of the patient. The number may (and should) go up or down depending on patient size, but this is due to the scanner output being adjusted to compensate for different patients. Dose length product (DLP), also a staple on radiology reports, somewhat accounts for this discrepancy and is found by multiplying the CTDIvol by the length of the scan in mGy/cm, allowing for any overscan.Various groups have worked on coordinating algorithms for CTDIvol or new metrics to compensate for varying patient sizes. In 2011, for example, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) released a report detailing a new metric called the size specific dose estimate (SSDE), which factors in the thickness of the patient’s torso to convert CTDIvol into an actual dose quantity. Change of Perspective While CTDIvol and DLP will likely continue to appear on image headers, the last several years have seen a push to dive deeper into the data. CT has been a primary focus but other modalities are making their way into the dose spotlight as well. With the healthcare landscape rapidly changing across the United States, dose reports and ways to minimize dose are fast on their way to becoming mandates at both the state and national levels, with accompanying financial incentives — or penalties. While many of these measures won’t take effect until at least 2016, “There’s no reason why everybody can’t be doing it this year,” said Kevin O’Donnell, senior manager with Toshiba.The Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA) released one of the more prominent standards in recent years, publishing XR-25 in 2012. Known as Dose Check, XR-25 established a set of dose values which, when exceeded, will trigger a pre-scan alert from the machine; a notification will be sent if the scan is projected to exceed the prescribed dose value. In either case, the technologist must acknowledge the current setting or make adjustments before continuing with the exam.Integrated Dose Reporting Most radiology departments and groups will have a variety of scanners from different manufacturers, which can make comparing dose information difficult if it is recorded and reported in different formats. As O’Donnell explained it, “The challenge comes when, for a feature to work, System A needs to do this, System B needs to do this and System C needs to handshake like this.”The Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) initiative has developed its own Radiation Exposure Monitoring (REM) profile to help implement and test functions that span multiple systems.The basis of the IHE REM profile are Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) radiation dose structured reports (RDSR), which capture the dose information without having to log the individual images. The RDSRs allow radiologists and physicians to evaluate the dose down to each individual irradiation event, or activation of the scanner.The condensed data format makes it easier to examine reports from an extended time period, as opposed to having to pull individual images. At present, they have been applied to most imaging modalities with the exception of radiotherapy.For those still using systems purchased prior to IHE REM, O’Donnell noted that there are legacy extractors to collect the same data and create partial REM objects complying with the RDSR format. The information collected is based on image header contents and the modality performed procedure step (MPPS) data, among other things. O’Donnell said that extractors are currently focused on CT and X-ray angiography (XA) but are expected to expand their reach in the future. Those not yet operating under XR-25 and/or IHE REM will need to get with the program by 2016, when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) start enforcing compliance with MITA’s XR-29, otherwise known as Smart Dose. Published in 2013, XR-29 bundles the requirement for compliant CT systems to provide: •  DICOM RDSR reports•  XR-25•  Automatic exposure control; and•  Pediatric and adult reference protocolsThe American College of Radiology (ACR) does have its own national Dose Index Registry compiling anonymized data submitted via IHE REM or legacy extractors. For a modest annual participation fee, users can access a plethora of dose statistics and compare their data to other sites. The Cost of MonitoringAs exciting and innovative as many of these tools are, figuring out where to start with REM software can be a daunting task. Tessa S. Cook, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of radiology and chief of 3-D and advanced imaging at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, discussed the processes and considerations involved. Cook recommended forming a committee to take responsibility for REM procedures and software selection. Five practical considerations must be weighed when selecting software: cost, setup, features, data collection and reporting. The committee’s most important job, however, is to conduct regular reviews of REM procedures. Reviews should cover dose indices, protocols and any registry benchmarks to ensure the program is on track. Cook concluded that such reviews could turn up surprising results, such as old protocols that are still in use, default protocol settings that have been unexpectedly modified or vendor updates that lead to protocol changes. Ultimately, while the resources and tools available to radiologists to monitor radiation dose continue to grow, they must continue to take responsibility to act on the data and effect change.  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | April 01, 2015 | Jeff Zagoudis Monitoring Radiation Dose New metrics and methods are helping radiologists keep dose down and share their successes with peers Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more Related Content Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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But they will not be easy. read more Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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