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Over €16 million spent on policing protests against Corrib gas pipeline

first_imgOVER €1.5 MILLION has been spent policing protests at the controversial Shell refinery project in north Mayo since February 2012, it has emerged.Justice Minister Alan Shatter informed the Dáil yesterday that the total cost of policing at the site of the Corrib gas pipeline has now reached “in excess of €16 million” not including the cost of basic salaries of garda members deployed to the area.Campaigners from the Shell to Sea organisation have been protesting against the construction of the Corrib gas pipeline for the past seven years.Shatter, who has previously described the protests as “scandalous”, told the Dáil yesterday: “It is deeply regrettable that so much Garda resources have had to be tied up at the north Mayo site.“However, this is absolutely necessary in view of the actions of some of the protestors, many of whom, as I have said previously in respect of the matter, are not from the area and who have engaged in acts of public disorder as well as damage to property.”He said that the gardaí have consistently stated that they are only concerned with the prevention of public order offences despite accusations of facilitating the interests of Shell over the concerns of local residents.Shatter also said that the recent allegations that gardaí were supplied with a large quantity of alcohol by a company working for Shell are being investigated by the Garda Ombudsman and it would not be appropriate for him to comment further.Last August a Glasgow based company OSSL, which procured materials and services for Shell, claimed in The Observer newspaper that it delivered €35,000 worth of alcohol, which came from Northern Ireland, to Belmullet Garda Station in December 2007.In a statement, gardaí said that allegations were made to the district officer at Belmullet in 2011, that alcohol was distribute to officers on behalf of Shell but said that inquiries found “no evidence” of this.Read: Garda Ombudsman to investigate Shell ‘booze bribes’ allegationsPreviously: Over €14.5m spent in policing protests against Corrib gas pipelinelast_img read more

Extreme Origami Paper phone concept really works

first_imgWhen old meets new, good things can arise. This is the case with the origami phone by designer Chengyuan Wei who used the ancient art of origami with the modern technology we find in telephones to create a very simple paper phone.The phone is both minimal and efficient. You simply pick up the piece of paper to answer and dial, and the phone changes from a flat surface to a tri-dimensional object.Wei said on his website that our attitudes towards things are “often sculpted to adapt [to] systems because there usually isn’t a second choice. ” Wei uses the telephone as his example. And when Wei is talking about the telephone, he’s referring to actual telephones, not the slim body of the iPhone. He said that actual telephones are used less and less, yet there are still thousands of telephones being made each day that all look pretty much the same. There haven’t been a lot of changes to the designs throughout the last few decades.He took apart a telephone set and found that all the working parts actually make up a very small piece of the large handset. So, Wei came up with a concept to design a unique handset that’s light and whose structure is made out of efficient material. In this case, it’s paper.Bitrebels brings up a good point that these phones would be great to use as disposable phones. If you’re traveling in a country for longer than just a quick vacation, you may actually need a phone that works in that country. Instead of buying a brand new cellphone, you could use one of these disposable phones and hypothetically rip it up when you were done so that no one else could use it. Seeing as it’s Earth Month, we hope these phones are recyclable.Read more at Weii Design, via Bit Rebelslast_img read more

5 million Humble THQ Bundle has publisher considering Linux releases

first_imgThe Humble Bundle moved away from its indie roots recently with the introduction of the Humble THQ Bundle. But it turned out to be a huge success, managing to sell 885,361 bundles and raising $5,098,310.30.The only problem with THQ’s selection of bundle games was that none of them ran on Linux. That’s simply because the games were never developed with Linux compatibility in mind when first released, and converting all nine games was too big of a task to even consider attempting.But there is some good that has come out of this THQ Bundle. THQ got so much feedback from people running Linux that the publisher is now considering supporting the alternative operating system for future game releases. If nothing else, offering a Humble Bundle has shown just how many Linux gamers there are — something Valve realized quite a while ago.Supporting Linux is made all the more desirable when you consider Steam is becoming Linux-friendly before the end of 2012. That works for THQ as it means more sales potential through the number one digital distribution games service.Even if THQ decides Linux is worthwhile, it also needs to get developers on board and help pay for the development time required to support an extra platform. But feedback and support should help convince everyone involved it’s worth the effort.There’s the potential for an explosion in Linux on the desktop due to gaming next year. Having a copy of Windows installed on your PC has been necessary to enjoy games for as long as I can remember. Removing that need does make Linux look much more desirable to PC users, and with Windows 8 not getting the best reception, 2013 could be a very good year for Linux.via Polygonlast_img read more

Port gains 35 million for overpass project

first_imgThe Port of Ridgefield has received $3.5 million for the Pioneer Street railroad overpass project, the port said Thursday.The money, part of $29.5 million in highway-related federal grants sent to the state, will pay for about 30 percent of the construction of the $12.5 million project, Brent Grening, the port’s executive director, said in a news release. The project will extend Pioneer Street, the main road leading into Ridgefield, over the railroad tracks, and provide direct access to the city’s waterfront and the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.The safety-improvement project, expected to begin construction in the fall of 2012, will close as many as three at-grade railroad crossings.last_img read more

Blazers lose fourth game in a row

first_imgWith another mercurial performance in what has already been an outstanding season, Stephen Curry helped Golden State inch closer to the postseason.Now it’s just a matter of holding court in the Western Conference for the upstart Warriors.Curry scored 39 points and Golden State moved one step closer to ending its five-year playoff drought with a 125-98 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night.It’s the 12th time this season Curry has had 30 points or more, and his seven 3-pointers extended his single-season franchise record to 236.“It’s amazing the clinic he’s putting on,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “We are witnessing one of the greatest shooters that’s ever played this game. He’s been great for us all season, but he’s on the floor like he’s the baddest dude in the building.”Curry was definitely that on a night he was paired against Portland’s standout rookie, Damian Lillard.Lillard, who scorched the Warriors for a season-high 37 points in January, scored 16 points and tied Curry’s’ NBA’s single-season rookie record for 3-pointers, but was nowhere as effective as he was in his first trip back home. The Oakland native shot just 4 of 11 from the floor and committed three turnovers.Carl Landry had a season-high 25 points and 10 rebounds coming off the bench, while David Lee scored 13 points for the Warriors, who maintained their 1 1/2 -game lead over Houston for sixth place in the Western Conference. Golden State lowered its magic number for clinching a playoff berth to five.“Our goal is to be playing our best basketball these next eight games to put ourselves in position to make the playoffs and to not just be that team that goes to the playoffs and gets swept,” Curry said. “We have that bigger picture in mind. We’re not looking in the rearview mirror.”last_img read more

Seismic monitoring and earthquake energy

first_imgScientists have been waiting for a decade for a large earthquake in Southcentral to test an array of seismic sensors in Anchorage. What did seismologists learn from the 7.1 temblor that struck Cook Inlet, rattling the Kenai and Alaska’s largest city and how might that inform building codes in the future?Alaska Earthquake Center: Additional graphicsDownload AudioHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Michael West, state seismologist, Geophysical InstituteJohn Thornley, structural engineerDr. John Aho, structural engineerJeremy Zidek, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency ManagementStatewide callersParticipate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.(Via Alaska Earthquake Center)last_img read more

Return to sender Juneau pot business blocked from mailing tax payments

first_imgRainforest Farms co-owner James Barrett said this parcel containing the pot business’ cash tax payment was rejected by the U.S. Postal Service on April 21, 2017. (Photo courtesy James Barrett)Alaska tax officials have set up a system to tax licensed marijuana businesses.Listen nowDue to Alaska’s geography actually getting the revenue to the state isn’t always easy.Usually sending a payment is straightforward — mail a check, pay online. But take James Barrett. He and his brother own Rainforest Farms, a marijuana shop in downtown Juneau.“We’re able to do banking but we can’t put any of our cash sales into that bank account,” Barrett said.Why not?“Because it’s drug money.”That’s how the federal government views the proceeds from Juneau’s first legal weed outlet.None of the banks in Juneau will accept pot money, so his business can’t write checks.There’s still cash.That’s why Alaska’s revenue department set up a cash drop-off point in downtown Anchorage.Yet for businesses off the road system — like Juneau — driving to Anchorage isn’t an option. So the state set up a special post office box to mail cash to.Alaska taxes marijuana bud at $50 an ounce and Rainforest Farms tax bill is often in the thousands of dollars.In mid-April, Barrett dropped a brick of cash into the mail — with insurance of course.“About an hour or so after I shipped my payment out,” Barrett recalled, “I got a phone call from the post office and they said, ‘Come pick this up. We’re not gonna send it.’”Tacked to the rejected parcel was a print-out reminding him of federal law.“Proceeds from marijuana sales are illegal to send through the mail, and that does include tax payments even though it’s legal in the state of Alaska,” Jeremy Leder of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Seattle said. “From my agency’s perspective we have not seized any of these tax payments and we really have no plans to. It’s just if you’re going to use the United States mail, you’ll have to abide by federal regulations and marijuana businesses in Alaska sort of have to know that.”The feds throwing up roadblocks for state taxpayers isn’t just exasperating for marijuana businesses.“It’s such a weird in-between world world we’re in,” State Tax Director Ken Alper said. “I mean, this is a licensed business these guys have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars and gone through a pretty intense regulatory process. But yet they are operating and they’re prevented from doing just the normal things that a business is supposed to be able to do like use a bank or pay their taxes.”In the end, Barrett bought a plane ticket to Anchorage to pay his taxes in person. He admitted there may be alternatives — he could set up a shell company, hire a courier or invent some other work around. But his point is he shouldn’t have to.“We want to do business like regular businesses do,” Barrett said. “In America, we have a common currency for a reason just so that all these businesses can work together.”Guidance from the Department of Justice or an act of Congress is needed before the postal service can change its policy, Leder said.“I think it can be kind of attributed to, you know, the states are moving a lot faster than the federal government when it comes to marijuana laws,” Leder said by phone. “Until that changes the postal service and the inspection services will have to abide by those laws.”Alaska’s geography means there really isn’t any way in or out of roadless communities without triggering some sort of federal jurisdiction — even though it’s not leaving the state.Alaska’s tax chief said that needs to be addressed.“The issue comes down to … we don’t want a new rule,” Alper said. “We want to interpret what’s being shipped is something other than the proceeds of a drug transaction. In our view, it is tax money.”Clarity in Washington has been in short supply.On one hand, Congress passed a $1 trillion spending bill last week that extends a rule barring the federal government from using funds to block state marijuana laws.But in his signing statement, President Donald Trump said he reserves the right to ignore it.last_img read more

WATCH What Do You Give Him To Eat Pope Francis Asks Melania

first_imgPope Francis shared a light moment with First Lady Melania Trump Wednesday during hers and President Donald Trump’s visit to The Vatican.As he he met her, the Pope asked via translator: “What do you give him to eat, potica?” He was referring to a traditional Slovenian dish, though some thought he said “pizza.” Share Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/24120911/Vatican-Pope-Melania-CR.mp400:0000:0001:26Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video: APlast_img read more

Southeast DC Students Raising Funds for China Trip

first_imgStudents at Southeast Washington, D.C.’s Charles Hart Middle School are trying to raise money to visit China this summer. The fundraising campaign will help 25 students from the Ward 8 school travel to and tour the Middle Kingdom from July 5-13.Hart Middle School eighth grade teacher William McMurtrey said a trip to China will let students explore the world. (Courtesy photo)“Taking this trip will not only make the students see the possibilities of seeing the world but the parents get to see [that experience] is possible as well,” said William McMurtrey, an eighth grade U.S. History teacher at Hart who is facilitating the trip. “Less than five of the parents of the students have been out of the country and many of the parents and the students have never even left the DMV [District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia area].”He said the trip will be educational and transformative for the students who have a chance to go. Students attend Hart from the sixth through eighth grades and primarily go to Ballou High School.“We are located in Southeast Washington, D.C., where we serve students from 11 to 14 years old,” McMurtrey said in a fundraising letter earlier this year. “We believe students living in a poorer community should have the same opportunities to explore the world as children in more affluent areas and that their status should not prevent them from embracing all that the world has to offer.”Hart’s student demographics are 98 percent Black, two percent Latino and zero percent White. The school is struggling academically, with 55.7 percent of its students in math and 51.5 percent in English/Language Arts not meeting expectations of their grade level on the 2015-2016 Partnership for the Assessment for Readiness for College and Careers exam. Ninety-nine percent of its students qualify for free and reduced price lunches.Nevertheless, the school is beefing up its academic offerings and offers clubs in robotics, chess, drama, and creative writing with a substantive tutoring program. The school is known for its winning athletic programs in football and basketball. Alice Deal Middle School has operated a travel program for years, and the District’s new chancellor, Antwan Wilson, said he is a supporter of student programs in foreign countries.The cost of the trip is approximately $3,500 per student, and McMurtrey notes that Hart’s students are financially challenged. The total cost of the trip is $74,000, but said the community can help raise those funds.“You may host an event or fundraiser where the proceeds will sponsor one or more students,” he said. “You can also give a donation in any amount that fits your budget and resources.”McMurtrey said that contributions for the students’ trip will be accepted until April 14; checks to support the trip are tax-deductible and should be made out to the D.C. Treasury in care of Charles Hart Middle School – China 2017.last_img read more

Firefighters Rescue ThrillSeeker After Vomatron Ride Loses Power

first_img A rider’s amusement park experience recently turned scary when their ride stopped working and they became stuck 55 feet above the ground.On June 30, “The Vomatron” ride at an amusement park in Bay County, Florida, suddenly experienced a power failure, Fox News reported. According to a Twitter post, the Bay County Fire Rescue responded to the incident and came to rescue the passenger from the defunct ride, who was trapped in a near horizontal position. Thankfully, the rider was not hurt following the ride failure issue, which is still under investigation.An unusual rescue for #BCFR today! Crews rescued a rider from an amusement ride after the ride lost power. The rider was stuck 55 feet up.Ladder 1 was put to good use by firefighters & we are happy to report the rider, though shaken, is fine. credit: Captain G. Moschella pic.twitter.com/jzevG9fxtc— Bay County FL EM (@BayCountyEM) June 30, 2019“An unusual rescue for #BCFR today! Crews rescued a rider from an amusement ride after the ride lost power,” the Bay County Fire Rescue wrote on Twitter. “The rider was stuck 55 feet up. Ladder 1 was put to good use by firefighters & we are happy to report the rider, though shaken, is fine.”According to Funtime Group, “The Vomatron” is a massive propeller ride with seats on each end that rotates riders at speeds more than 74 mph. The best part? It also spins in reverse and puts 4gs of force onto passengers who want a thrilling amusement experience.More on Geek.com:Muggles Had to Wait 10 Hours to Ride New ‘Harry Potter’ Roller CoasterNew Carnival Cruise Ship Will Have ‘First Roller Coaster at Sea’This Giant Lego Roller Coaster Is Built for Thrill-Seeking Minifigs Stay on target Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterA ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’-Themed Cookbook Is Coming This Fall last_img read more

The Evolution of Important Google Search Algorithm Updates Infographic

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read Enroll Now for Free Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. February 10, 2016 Over the past few years, Google’s prime focus lies on eliminating spam from their search results, flushing worthless content with their revolutionary algorithm updates. But 2015 was more about Mobilegeddon and RankBrain, two progressively gentler updates whose impacts have been discussed in depth in the following infographic.Related: Meet RankBrain, the New AI Behind Google’s Search ResultsThat said, Mobilegeddon and RankBrain weren’t the only updates Google made last year. There have been a few unnamed and unacknowledged updates as well. For example, there were significant ranking changes in eCommerce sites for branded and heavy-traffic keywords on Feb. 4, 2015.Some mobile-related and usability shifts were also noticed. Soon after this, we saw one of the most talked-about update of the year — Mobilegeddon, although it turned out to be a false alarm, as its impacts were hardly noticeable.There has been certain quality updates as well, which impacted low-quality news snippets, how-to content and clickbait sites. In the later part of the year came another major update from Google — RankBrain.Related: Is Your Site Mobile Ready for Google’s Big Algorithm Change? (Infographic)This artificial intelligence system helped Google to sort through the search results. Although the search giant has been using this machine-learning AI system for a past few months to deliver the most relevant search results for a particular query, Bloomberg first broke the news on Oct. 26, 2015.The last update from Google was again unconfirmed. Nevertheless, Phantom 3 was a significant update with its focus on Panda-like content quality. The good news is that this algo update wasn’t focused on links.While some of these updates were permanently integrated into Google’s search algorithm, the search giant has just rolled back a few of the changes and is planning to roll out some more over an extended duration.Related: Will Google’s Algorithm Update Affect Your Franchise Sales?last_img read more

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first_imgSiemens 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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PreviousNext 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 Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, 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 Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more Sectra DoseTrack is a Web-based dose monitoring solution that allows for monitoring of patient radiation doses and ensures they are kept as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA). Physicians have used radiation in medicine for more than a century. The use of radiation in diagnostic imaging, including computed tomography (CT), fluoroscopy, angiography, mammography, computed radiography (CR) and digital radiography (DR), as well as in nuclear medicine, has aided greatly in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other diseases. In the past 30 years, however, the use of ionizing radiation has increased tremendously. “If we look at the average per capita exposure to a typical resident of the United States, it has jumped about three-fold since 1980. Most of that increase in per capita exposure is attributable to medical imaging,” said William O’Connell, Dr.Ph., senior medical physicist, GE Healthcare. As data about radiation exposure has increased, researchers have understood better the detrimental effects it can cause. Exposure to small doses of radiation over time is associated with changes in blood chemistry, nausea, burns, fatigue, vomiting, hair loss, diarrhea and the development of cancer.1 Exposure to high doses of radiation has also been associated with damage to the central nervous system, loss of consciousness and death.1 As legislation springs up around the nation, hospitals, physicians and vendors are looking for ways to lower radiation exposure while maintaining clinical quality.Increasing State MandatesA few states have passed legislation — or have legislation pending — to help decrease unnecessary radiation exposure. Senate Bill 1237 requires California hospitals and clinics that use CT for diagnostics to record radiation dose administered during exams in patient medical records and on the report; however, this excludes small and rural hospitals. The bill also requires that these facilities report radiation dose to the State Department of Public Health, the patient and the patient’s treating physician when required.2 The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) updated the Texas Administrative Code 289.227, “Use of Radiation Machines in the Healing Arts,” to include regulations for fluoroscopy and new mandates for radiation management protocols. According to the updates, “Programs must record radiation output on all CT and fluoroscopy exams (using CTDI, DLP or air kerma). After instating dose thresholds, programs must report to the DSHS any overdose incidents.”3 Connecticut also introduced Bill 6423, which is similar to California’s legislation. The bill is currently under committee review by the Connecticut General Assembly, and if passed would require CT radiation dose to be recorded in radiology reports and “mandate five days for reporting to the state and referring physician […] when dose thresholds, to be established by the Commissioner of Public Health, are exceeded.”3 User Knowledge and Radiation ManagementAlthough there are currently only a handful of states with dose recording legislation, the prediction is that all states will eventually have some kind of legislation. It is this projection that has many medical practices around the nation getting a head start on implementing their own dose protocols. One of the ways that physicians and hospitals are tackling radiation dose management is from a user standpoint. By making sure that users are trained properly — improving the techniques with which modalities are used and ensuring that equipment is used in a way that maximizes potential — users can limit the amount of radiation delivered to organs outside of the target area. At the 2013 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting held last December, Douglas E. Pfeiffer, a consultant for Radcal Corp., spoke about managing radiation dose using geometry, among other things, in his presentation, “Patient Radiation Dose: Reduction and Recording.” He said that technicians could easily limit dose exposure by using the longest source image receptor distance available and moving the patient as close to the detector as possible, or vice versa.4With fluoroscopy, Pfeiffer said that knowing, for example, if the system allows for automatic filtration and using this feature could reduce skin dose by more than 70 percent. He also noted that many fluoroscopy systems have exposure rate controls — low, medium and high.4 Some other tips that could aid technicians when conducting fluoroscopy included knowing that increasing magnification typically increases exposure rate, and that changing view angles while avoiding overlap during longer cases limits dose to skin.4According to William P. Shuman, M.D., FACR, vice chair and medical director, department of radiology, professor of radiology, University of Washington Medical Center, there are also many ways that operators can lower dose when using CT. “By paying careful attention to how you do the scan as opposed to the technology within the scanner, you can reduce dose substantially by double digit numbers,” he said. “For example, limiting the amount of the body you scan, being very careful that the patient is dead center in the scanner and shielding the patient appropriately.”Managing DoseIn the RSNA 2013 presentation “CR and DR Dose Reduction and Clinical Management,” by Charles E Willis, Ph.D., FAAPM, associate professor, department of imaging physics, division of diagnostic imaging at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Willis explained that physicians could help to manage the amount of radiation dose that patients are exposed to by being smart about the modalities chosen for examinations. According to O’Connell, CT is probably the single most largest contributor to the increase in radiation exposure. Knowing this, physicians can select alternative modalities when possible. If this is not possible, a simple way to manage radiation exposure is by reducing the number of views taken per exam. Willis also stated that a big part of radiation dose management could be tackled if radiologists and referring physicians collaborated more closely.5Radiologists can aid the dose management pursuit by educating referring physicians as to what examination is best given the diagnostic task, and making sure to avoid exams they know will have no benefit to the patient — thus preventing unnecessary testing and exposure.5 Dose Monitoring SolutionsIn response to physicians and hospitals seeking to better manage dose across patient populations and prepare for future mandates, many vendors have begun to offer dose monitoring solutions. At RSNA 2013, several explained that there was a lot of interest in dose monitoring and management software. “Utilizing a dose monitoring solution is the most efficient way to collect and visualize the huge volume of data concerned with dose reporting,” said Ian Judd, product manager for Sectra DoseTrack.6At RSNA 2013, GE Healthcare showcased the latest version of its DoseWatch software, which retrieves, tracks and reports radiation dose administered to patients during medical exams. The software also automatically organizes data so that physicians and hospital management can monitor it. The newest version of the software has a new user interface; a dose comparison analysis tool where users can compare doses between facilities, across systems and among protocols; and IT enhancements.Sectra also showcased its Web-based dose monitoring solution, DoseTrack, at RSNA 2013. According to the company, DoseTrack ensures that doses are kept as low as possible by automatically collecting, storing and monitoring data from all connected modalities, saving valuable time and facilitating analysis. The software is a certified American College of Radiology (ACR) software partner. Implementing Dose Monitoring SoftwareMany hospitals are already using dose monitoring solutions within radiology. The University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle uses GE’s DoseWatch to connect all of the center’s devices to a single database. “We have about 60 different radiation producing devices scattered throughout the hospital, which are all sending data in real time to one server and telling it the amount of radiation per exam, per patient, per protocol, per day,” Shuman said.This information, over time, allows physicians at the center to notice if one particular scanner seems to be using more radiation than others, if one particular protocol seems to be higher than would be expected in radiation dose or even if one particular patient got more radiation than expected. With this information hospital leadership can find the causes for these particular cases and work to see if radiation exposure can be lowered without sacrificing diagnostic quality. If so, adjustments in protocol can be made. “If you keep reviewing things on a regular basis — we review weekly, but we sit down as a group and review monthly and adjust — then over time you’re gradually, iteratively lowering dose throughout the institution,” Shuman said.The university has been running the program for about a year and is in the process of expanding the protocol throughout the entire system, which consists of five major hospitals and four freestanding outpatient clinics in Seattle. “Eventually we will have every device at every site reporting data to a single data repository in real time,” he said.Creating Dose Management ProgramsUtilizing dose tracking software as well as the other dose management techniques mentioned has lead to the creation of dose management programs. Radiation protocol programs will definitely gain widespread implementation across the United States as physicians and hospital leaders are seeing just how helpful they can be in managing dose. “Since implementing a dose management program […] St. John’s has seen a 30-40 percent reduction in CT dose compared with the dose used on CT before the implementation,” said Jan Casselman, M.D., St. John’s Hospital, Belgium, in a press release from GE in December. “The system means that we are not only increasing awareness, but we are also starting to drive behavioral change. Going forward, all hospital personnel know that when they administer an exam, it is being monitored and that adopting low dose behavior is now the rule, not the exception.”According to Schuman, every hospital can develop a program to pay attention to and reduce dose over time without it having to be overly sophisticated. “It just means that every radiology department and every hospital administration makes a commitment to pay attention to dose as best as they can in their environment and to use whatever information they have to make sure that they are reducing dose without compromising their diagnostic capabilities,” Shuman said. He noted that hospitals could look at this as a component of their overall safety protocol. “I think all hospitals in today’s world are interested in patient safety, but I think radiation safety is a key component to an overall safety program for any hospital,” he concluded.  References:1. Radiation Protection, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, www.epa.gov/radiation/, accessed Jan. 9, 2014.2.  Summary of the California Senate Bill, American College of Radiology, http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/09-10/bill/sen/sb_1201-1250/sb_1237_bill_2…, accessed Jan. 9, 2014.3. Lauing B, “Radiation Dose Legislation: Is Your State Next,” The Reading Room, The Advisory Board Co., June 20134. Pfeiffer D, “Patient Radiation Dose: Reduction and Recording,” session presented at RSNA 20135. Willis C, “CR and DR Dose Reduction and Clinical Management,” session presented at RSNA 20136. Häger S, “Leverage ACR’s Dose Index Registry by Utilizing a Dose Monitoring Solution,” http://www.itnonline.com/article/leverage-acr%E2%80%99s-dose-index-regis…, accessed Jan. 9, 2014. 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A look back at our 5 questions for Costa Rican photographer Ivannia

first_imgRelated posts:5 questions for Costa Rican photographer Ivannia Alvarado 5 question for a Costa Rican photographer 5 questions for a Costa Rican photographer 5 questions for a Costa Rican photographer Our Weekend Arts Spotlight feature has profiled a lot of artists and gone through several changes throughout the years.One artist we profiled is now the reporter interviewing others for our Weekend Arts Spotlight. This week we take a look back at the time we profiled Ivannia Alvarado, a photographer who now uses her lens to showcase other artists for The Tico Times.Capturing emotions through the lens of a camera to provoke a social impact: that’s what drives Costa Rican amateur photographer Ivannia Alvarado.She bought her first camera only two years ago, but her love of communication has been a constant: she studied publicity at the Universidad Hispanoamericana and radio production at the National Training Institute (INA), which led her to writing about music for the site 89decibeles.com as well as working for publicity agencies Double Digit, Garnier, Jotabequ, Thrilled and Publimark.More recently, she has traveled throughout the country to photograph last year’s migrant crisis on the border with Nicaragua, the indigenous zone of Conte Burica near the Panamanian border, and a community festival in La Carpio. Her most recent trip was to both help and photograph the community of Cuajiniquil after the devastating impact of Tropical Storm Nate. For this year’s Women’s March, Alvarado photographed a woman with a poster saying “I don’t want to be afraid of traveling alone”. Courtesy of Ivannia Alvarado“I think that [photography] fulfills a social purpose, which transcends the aesthetic or commercial aspect. Its purpose is to generate a change,” Alvarado told The Tico Times.Today, Alvarado works with varioussocial causes and collectives such as De la mano con la calle, Árboles Mágicos, SERPROJOVEN, TECHO and Proyecto F.On a chilly afternoon at El Steinvorth in downtown San José, The Tico Times sat down and spoke with Alvarado about her passion to document human interactions. Excerpts follow.What got you interested in photography as a hobby?I wanted to stop being the observed person and became the observer. It’s an obsession with being behind what happens.Ever since 89decibeles and the music part, I was into it. Watching how people react to a concert is totally different from being in the concert. For me it was very valuable to photograph or write about it.It’s about trying to get involved with social initiatives such as De la mano con la calle or the refugees and migrants on the borders as well as what happened recently with Nate. It’s about documenting everything that’s happening that somehow the rest of traditional media let go.It’s about narrating all those stories with photography and documenting what other people are not seeing. Alvarado developed an unforeseen love for the capital, San José. Courtesy of Ivannia AlvaradoWhen you photographed the migrant crisis on the border of Nicaragua, what struck you most about the situation?There was a pregnant woman who had a one year-old baby, and she was running away with her brother. Her husband was in the United States and she came from Africa. Her brother was fleeing because he was gay and they wanted to kill him.  They had tried to kill him several times because he was gay. Migrants play the drums during their stay last year at Costa Rica’s border with Nicaragua. Courtesy of Ivannia AlvaradoIt was an entire family fleeing for different reasons. The baby was going to be born in Costa Rica and she was not going to have time to get to the US. She didn’t what would happen.These are very heavy stories. These are people who have been escaping for eight years. Babies that are born on that path. The hardest part is the children: They grow up everywhere. They don’t have an origin and they’re from the whole world. The hardest part is watching them, because they don’t understand. They only know that people come play with them and treat them great, but the don’t know that their mother is crying or that their mother is going through a very tough thing. They don’t understand what it’s like to be in one place or what having a house is like. Migrants on the Costa Rican-Nicaraguan border enjoyed other people’s company despite their constant struggles. Courtesy of Ivannia AlvaradoWhat’s the most difficult photo you’ve taken?Maybe the ones related with adventure. When you go to the mountain it’s very difficult. One time we went to Guápiles and we wanted to photograph the Río Blanco waterfall. The river rose and we almost drowned [laughs]. Behind photography there are many stories.That day I had never seen so many bruises on my body before. The waterfall photo didn’t come out as well as I expected because it began raining a lot. It was a real adventure because we were 12 peeople and we had to cross six rivers, which had risen, and the last one was the worst one.The hardest part about photography is… the risk you put yourself into by wanting to go where no one has been before for a photo. Respecting nature is very important. Cerro Pelado. Courtesy of Ivannia Alvarado Alvarado also enjoys photographing the country’s landscapes. Courtesy of Ivannia AlvaradoHow do you use photography to communicate?If you don’t communicate something in an aesthetic way, it probably won’t be seen or it’ll lose its value. I realized that photography has power commercially, but also socially.Sometimes if a photo isn’t taken, then it doesn’t exist. If there weren’t people taking photos of indigenous projects in the Southern Zone or in other parts of the country, then we wouldn’t know they exist. For me that’s what’s very important.That’s also why I started taking photos. I felt that there were certain holes, or you somehow feel unsatisfied with what traditional media publish. If someone isn’t doing it, why shouldn’t I do it? I have various friends who think the same way. If it’s not being done, you invent it. You go there, do it and learn. A joryful clown gets ready for work during a festival in La Carpio. Courtesy of Ivannia AlvaradoWhich parts of the country have you visited through photography?Ohhhh. So many. Conte Burica has been the farthest I’ve been to. I went with SERPROJOVEN to document the project they have with indigenous children in the area of Las Vegas. They’re Gnöbes and it was impressive.I’ve also been to Monteverde, Puerto Viejo, Guápiles, Coronado, La Cruz in Guanacaste, Cuajiniquil. Both borders with Nicaragua and Panama. I’ve also traveled in different sources of transportation such as the back part of trucks, buses, strangers’ cars, as well as with people I know. I think that the most important part of photography is what’s behind it to obtain a photograph, even if it includes climbing a tree and falling from it. It’s awesome to be exposed to everything. The process behind the photo is really fun. A young girl from indigenous zone in Conte Burica. Courtesy of Ivannia AlvaradoTo see more of Alvarado’s photos, visit her Instagram page.Our Weekend Arts Spotlight is brought to you by the Jason Babchuk Gallery/W22 Galería.“Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at alex@ticotimes.net. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

CHC Share an Idea for MICE redevelopment

first_imgAttendees at this week’s MICE event in NZ have posted their thoughts, offering Christchurch (CHC) & Canterbury Convention Bureau advice on the future appearance of the city’s conventions and conferences industry.Joining the 30,000 ideas shared by people from CHC during the city’s Share an Idea expo held in May this year, the Bureau’s manager Leonie Ashford told e-Travel Blackboard that receiving feedback and advice from people in the industry would contribute to the future business events success in the city. Ms Ashford explained that Share an Idea was designed as part of the re-building stage to look into how people live in CHC, how they move with transport and the architecture of the city.She added that using the same concept at MEETINGS would offer the Bureau “expert advice” on the conventions side of the map.“Buyers and exhibitors know what will work and what won’t,” Ms Ashford said.“For us it’s about doing it properly, right now we are at a stage to determine the safety of rebuilding.“Then we’ll have the city plan which will include major hotels and conferences.”Theme Pro owner Chris Stead told e-Travel Blackboard that earthquakes in the city has challenged the industry  and said Share an Idea would help only make the city “better”.“Asking people the use of space is the best way to build something great,” Mr Stead explained.“Gone are the days of authoritarian architecture, asking people is the best way to do it.”Ms Ashford added that although the city’s capabilities of hosting events are limited for the moment, areas closely located outside the city were still open and equipped to organise MICE get-togethers.The Bureau’s head also noted that re-development plans, particularly building, will be required to follow new regulations that have been put in place to decrease the damage caused by any future quakes. “Our capacity to host large, multi-day conferences is limited at the moment because of the accommodation problems in the central city, but we still have the ability to host one-day conferences. We’ve got a great new airport terminal which is getting rave reviews so there is no reason why people can’t fly in, spend the day conferencing in Christchurch, and then fly home again that night,’” Ms Ashford says. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

LISTEN Impromptu Power Poll NFL Draft Top 15

first_img LISTEN: Impromptu Power Poll – NFL Draft Top 15 It ain’t easy being an NFL general manager.Putting together a big board and drafting the best player who’s the best fit for a team is painstaking work.In the spirit of that, 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Doug & Wolf got together for an impromptu power poll session, put on their GM caps and mocked the first 15 picks of the 2018 NFL Draft.You can do the same in our On The Clock For Cash contest, but unlike our hosts, you have a chance to win $50,000 if you pick the first 15 players selected in the draft in the right order. If you need a little help — and trust Doug Franz, Ron Wolfley and Paul Calvisi — here’s what the Doug & Wolf crew selected on their top-15 mock drafts. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Doug1 – Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming2 – Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State3 – Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma4 – Sam Darnold, QB, USC5 – Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State6 – Quenton Nelson, OL, Notre Dame7 – Bradley Chubb, DL, NC State8 – Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia9 – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA10 – Derwin James, S, Florida State11 – Vita Vea, DL, Washington12 – Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama13 – Da’Ron Payne, DL, Alabama14 – Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama15 – Josh Jackson, CB, IowaWolf1 – Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming2 – Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State3 – Sam Darnold, QB, USC4 – Quenton Nelson, OL, Notre Dame5 – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA6 – Bradley Chubb, DL, NC State7 – Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama8 – Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State9 – Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia10 – Vita Vea, DL, Washington11 – Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech12 – Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma13 – Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa14 – Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville15 – Calvin Ridley, WR, AlabamaPaul1 – Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming2 – Sam Darnold, QB, USC3 – Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma4 – Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State5 – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA6 – Bradley Chubb, DL, NC State7 – Quenton Nelson, OL, Notre Dame8 – Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia9 – Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State10 – Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech11 – Vita Vea, DL, Washington12 – Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama13 – Derwin James, S, Florida State14 – Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville15 – Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 1 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling (Associated Press)last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Cathay Pacific Airways

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterCathay Pacific Airways’ first Airbus A350-900XWB aircraft arrived at Hong Kong International Airport from Toulouse, France on Sunday 29 May. It is the first of 48 A350s scheduled to be delivered to the airline. The new aircraft features Cathay Pacific’s latest in flight products in the Business Class, Premium Economy Class and Economy Class cabins, enriching the experience of passengers and helping the airline to deliver on its promise of a ‘Life Well Travelled’.The airline held a special event in the hangars of Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (HAECO) at Hong Kong International Airport on 30 May to give an exclusive preview of the new arrival to aviation and trade officials, key business partners, members of the Marco Polo Club loyalty programme and guests from the Hong Kong public.Guest of Honour at the event was Joseph Lai, Permanent Secretary for Transport & Housing (Transport), who officiated at the welcome ceremony together with Cathay Pacific Chief Operating Officer Rupert Hogg.“We understand that for our passengers, sleeping well, enjoying first class entertainment, and using products that have been designed with them in mind are of the utmost importance. The new A350 will provide the very best of all these,” Mr Hogg said. “The lower cabin pressure and noise levels combine with our new features to set passengers up for the best sleeping experience possible in the skies. We have gone all out to provide the best in flight entertainment too. All seats come with the latest high-definition touch screen personal TVs and a greater selection of movies, TV, live news channels and music. In flight Wi-Fi is also available to connect passengers to family, work and world events, if they choose.“This superbly efficient aircraft will help us further expand our global network and strengthen Hong Kong’s reputation as an international aviation hub, helping to oil the wheels of commerce and trade in our home city,” Mr Hogg added.The features of Cathay Pacific’s new A350-900 take the passenger travel experience to a new level. The design of many of the cabin features has been carefully considered to give passengers the best sleeping experience, the best entertainment, and to offer them greater control over how they want to use the space, whether for working or to relax. With its extra wide body, the aircraft offers more space and comfort. The A350 is designed for the wellbeing of passengers; the quiet cabin, panoramic windows, LED mood lighting and huge overhead lockers all contribute to a more comfortable and relaxing journey in all cabin classes.The A350 Business Class seats build on the success of Cathay Pacific’s award-winning long-haul Business Class product to create a truly memorable experience.Alongside a fully flat bed, new features include extra stowage space within easy reach and the personal service offered by a ‘Do Not Disturb’ and ‘Wake Up Call’ function in the entertainment system.The Premium Economy Class and Economy Class seats also come with a number of new features, including dedicated tablet holders that make it easy for passengers to enjoy entertainment content on their own devices, and exclusive power outlets and USB ports. Each Premium Economy Class seat has a fully integrated leg rest which, together with the ergonomically designed seat, allows more flexibility to adjust for optimal comfort. The six-way headrest in Economy Class is a proprietary design that provides better support and enhances sleeping comfort.The new A350 inflight entertainment system is inspired by the airline’s latest design philosophy. The interactive user interface is contemporary and fresh looking. It is equipped with notable new interactive features which broaden the in flight entertainment options for passengers along with a wider screen in all classes.Connectivity is installed for the first time in a Cathay Pacific aircraft, allowing passengers, for a fee, to browse the internet, send and receive emails and connect on social media. Access to the Cathay Pacific website, a number of partner websites and three live TV news channels is available free of charge.The newly delivered A350-900XWB employs innovative technology and design which improves not only passenger comfort but also the efficiency, effectiveness and overall performance of the aircraft. Its state-of- the-art design, together with the latest generation of engines and the use of advanced construction materials – including carbon fibre composites – deliver a 25 per cent improvement in operating costs overall when compared to previous generation aircraft.Powered by the latest technology Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, the A350 is the quietest among the aircraft types in its class and also 25 per cent more fuel efficient. As part of the Cathay Pacific Group’s ongoing support for the commercialisation of sustainable aviation biofuels, all the airline’s A350-900 aircraft – including the first delivery – are being flown from Toulouse using fuel containing a 10 per cent blend of biofuel.Cathay Pacific aims to build on the advantages offered by the A350 to further expand its global connectivity by operating more flights to more destinations throughout its network. This will provide passengers with a wider range of travel choices, at the same time as strengthening Hong Kong’s position as a key international aviation hub.Cathay Pacific’s first A350-900 will enter into service on 1 June with a turnaround flight to Manila. It will operate mainly on regional destinations until more A350s arrive, and the aircraft will be deployed on various long-haul routes – including London Gatwick and Düsseldorf – from the third quarter of 2016.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Man finds wife dead at bottom of pool

first_imgA 57-year-old woman from Portugal was found dead by her husband, 72, at the bottom of the swimming pool in their house in Liopetri at 11pm on Sunday.The husband, a British resident of Liopetri, unsuccessfully tried to take his wife out of the water and fractured his foot in the effort.The man was hospitalised at Famagusta general hospital while police officers removed the woman from the pool.She had no external injuries and the exact causes of her death are expected to be revealed by a post mortem to be carried out on Monday.You May LikeDailyArmyGuy Goes Nuts When He Can’t Get an Adult Coloring Book For FreeDailyArmyUndoTrips ShopLast Minute Flight Tickets With Up To 50% OffTrips ShopUndoHealth & Human Research7 Natural Remedies for OsteoporosisHealth & Human ResearchUndo New York state decriminalizes pot, stops short of Cuomo’s legalisation callUndoCompanies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoData is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Head of nurses union charged with disturbing the peace Updated

first_imgThe head of the nurses’ union was arrested in Limassol during an early morning meeting on Monday between union members and police at the hospital and following an incident involving a drunken man.Panayiotis Georgiou, the general secretary of Pasyno was apprehended around 9am and taken to Polemidia police station where a statement was taken from him before he was charged for causing a disturbance and swearing at police. He was released at around midday.Police spokesman Andreas Angelides said that earlier in the day an intoxicated 28-year-old man had come to A&E for first aid attacked staff and patients and damaged property before he was held down by a nurse. After calming down and apologising, he was treated and released.At the meeting between Georgiou, who had asked to be informed about the incident, and the police there was a heated exchange which ended with the union man being arrested after allegedly causing a disturbance and swearing at a police officer.Health Minister George Pamporides who was in Limassol for other duties visited the police station to be informed about the incident.Speaking a little after being freed, Georgiou maintained he had been on the receiving end of a verbal assault by the policeman, to which he responded, only to be informed he was under arrest.Georgiou said nursing staff were subjected daily to verbal and physical attacks and asked how it was possible that he had been apprehended and not the patient who caused the episode in A&E.The union head said the state should take measures to protect its staff.In an open letter to the health minister later in the day, the association of nurses and midwives said it was unacceptable that health workers were under attack.“We have called repeatedly (July 8, 2013, July 25, 2014 and just recently on September 9, 2016) on the competent services of the ministry of health s to review the environment and nurses’ working conditions in state hospitals and to make every effort to ensure colleagues can work in safe and supportive conditions,” the association said.“It is intolerable that health workers, committed to serving the public are under threat of bodily harm in the course of their duty. The fact is that despite all the warnings, the state has not taken adequate measures to cover the lack of security in the workplace.”   You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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