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Bill Bailey Becomes Youth Music Ambassador

first_imgThe multi-talented musical comedian Bill Bailey has joined Youth Music as a celebrity supporter.Bill Bailey Becomes Youth Music AmbassadorCredit/Copyright: Youth MusicYouth Music is very pleased to announce that stand-up comedian and musician Bill Bailey has become one of their Ambassadors. He joins their other Ambassadors – including Myleene Klass, Goldie and Sir James Galway – supporting them to provide life-changing music-making opportunities for children and young people with least opportunity.Bill Bailey said: “I’m delighted to become an Ambassador for Youth Music. I discovered the joys of music-making as a teenager and music has been a huge part of my life ever since. I can’t imagine life without it and I believe every child should have the opportunity to make music in whatever way they like, whether it’s singing, getting involved in music production or even playing the theremin!

“The music projects Youth Music supports around the country, especially with their focus on children with least opportunity, make a huge difference to thousands of young people’s lives, not just in developing their musicality but in raising their self-esteem and broadening their horizons in terms of what they can achieve in life.”

Youth Music’s Executive Director, Matt Griffiths said: “We are thrilled to have Bill Bailey become one of our Ambassadors. His musical genius is as astonishing as his versatility across so many instruments. His stage shows combining all this with humour are a joy to behold. We are indebted to him for his support.”
Something which particularly resonates with Bill is Youth Music’s concern at the low level of participation in school music qualifications. Under 1% of A level entry is accounted for by music students.“Sadly, I was the only kid in my year to take an A level in music and it’s unfortunate that interest in music as a school subject is so low. I know this is something Youth Music cares about and I’m glad. I think it’s important that children feel encouraged to take music as a subject at school, it’s very rewarding.”Youth Music aims to address this issue by offering some new perspectives on how young people’s interest in learning music can best be harnessed.Their Fresh Thinking for Music Education breakfast seminar on Wednesday 24 July will tackle this subject. Leading figures from the music business, including BBC Radio 1 presenter Jen Long, veteran music critic Pete Paphides and Chris Price (formerly Head of Programming at online music discovery service Last.fm) will offer their insight into the latest ways young people are engaging with music.Online viewers will be able to watch the seminar live from 8.45am on Youth Music’s YouTube channel. Questions for the Q & A session can be tweeted using the hashtag #ymseminar, and you can follow them at @youthmusic.Find out more about Youth Music here.Source:Youth Musiclast_img read more

Annan departs Abuja as antiAIDS summit concludes with call to fight epidemic

Mr. Annan, who urged in his Thursday address the creation of a $7-10 billion global fund to fight infectious diseases in Africa, expanded on his proposal during a subsequent press conference. “The fund will be governed by stakeholders which will be made of donors, the UN system and groups dealing with people infected by HIV/AIDS,” he said, noting that the resources would be disbursed with an emphasis on “action at the country and community level.”The Secretary-General also expressed hope that by the time of the General Assembly’s June special session on HIV/AIDS, “governments and others would have already made announcements of how much money they are going to put into the Fund.””If we do not win here in Africa, we are not going to win it anywhere else,” Mr. Annan warned.As part of his personal commitment to galvanizing international support to combat the epidemic, Mr. Annan will travel to Philadelphia, United States, on Monday to make another appeal, this time to the Council of Foundations. The Council’s membership, comprising over 1,800 foundations, had in 1999 combined assets of some $318 billion and grants totalling an estimated $14 billion.Meanwhile, in Abuja today, a top United Nations population official called for a stepped-up effort to stop the spread of HIV among young people, who account for half of all new infections each year.”All the evidence shows that young people who are armed with information and who have access to counselling and services start their sexual lives later, and they are less likely to fall victim to infection or unwanted pregnancy,” Thoraya A. Obaid, the Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), told the Summit. She pointed out that while a discussion of sexual relations with young people was not an easy task, “we must overcome our reservations.”In addition to highlighting the need for HIV prevention, Ms. Obaid also called for treatment, care and support for those now living with the disease in Africa — an objective she termed “a human rights imperative and a public health priority.”The two-day summit, which was convened by the Organization of African Unity (OAU) and hosted by Nigeria, began yesterday following two days of technical and ministerial meetings. read more

Canadian musician Craig Cardiff returning to Brock

Folk singer Craig Cardiff is bringing his one-man show to Isaac’s Bar and Grill Tuesday, Sept. 27.Faculty, staff and students are invited to see the Waterloo-native perform one of his up close and personal live shows, which have been described as an equal mix of concert, sing-along and storytelling session.The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. with tickets for students set at $5 and $10 for everyone else.Cardiff will also host a free song-writing workshop for students at 2 p.m. in Brock’s TR Room located near the Skybar above Isaac’s. read more

Councils misled families over care they are entitled to

Whistleblowers within the care sector have told this newspaper that councils are ” sailing as close to the law as they can” by offering elderly and vulnerable people less care than they need or asking them to pay for their own equipment. Social care provision in England is means tested with those with more than £23,500 in their savings having to contribute. But care workers have said many people are being denied funding, often for help with basic needs like assistance with washing and dressing, and others have been taken into care after being told… Families have been forced to pay for care after being misled about what costs should be covered by social services, The Sunday Telegraph has learned. read more

RPMs advisory team harnessed OPMS to deliver for China Molydenum acquisitions

first_imgRungePincockMinarco’s (RPM) global Advisory division performed an integral role in the global team supporting China Molybdenum’s (CMOC) purchase of two worldclass assets from Anglo American and Freeport-McMoran totalling approximately $4.1 billion. CMOC is acquiring Anglo’s niobium and phosphate business and a controlling indirect interest in Freeport’s worldclass Tenke Fungurume copper and cobalt mine in the DRC.The Anglo assets include six resources and three reserves and are unique in that they include not just the mining and concentrate production but also the downstream product generation. Combined the assets are the number one producer of high analysis fertilizer products in Brazil and the second largest ferroniobium producer globally (out of three majors).The Freeport assets include a total of 18 separate resource areas (models) and 18 open pits with 67 push backs planned over the 37 year life of the project. The approximately 800 million tonnes of future open cut and underground resources which are still at a scoping study stage highlight the upside potential of this mine which is the largest copper mine in the DRC.RPM’s engagement with CMOC for both projects commenced with RPM providing technical due diligence and technical transaction support at CMOC’s Phoenix headquarters and then transitioned to RPM undertaking the compliance work where its key task was to highlight and present (in line with recommended guidelines of JORC 2012) the underlying technical value of the assets to investors and navigate the Hong Kong Stock Exchange clearance process.The deliverables provided by RPM for both projects included due diligence reports, independent estimation and reporting of Mineral Resource and Ore reserves to JORC 2012 with accompanying production schedules and compilation of the Competent Persons Reports. RPM’s work culminated last week with the public release of compliance documentation on the Hong Kong and Shanghai security exchanges.last_img read more

Clark County Council settles on I5 Bridge resolution text

first_imgThe Clark County Council agreed Wednesday on the text of a resolution supporting the replacement of the Interstate 5 Bridge after tussling over how specific it should be regarding added lanes and tolls that could be part of the project.“We’re not designing a project; we’re not designing a bridge,” Councilor John Blom said during a meeting Wednesday.But Councilor Jeanne Stewart, noting that she had “10 years of rodeo,” said generalized statements can be used to support what ends up becoming a very different project with serious financial implications.“I’m going to buy a hat for myself today, and in about three years or four years, if we don’t see mutation in whatever we thought was our best effort here, I’m going to eat that hat,” said Stewart.The resolution was finalized at the council’s Wednesday meeting and will be brought up for a formal vote at its Tuesday meeting.The resolution before the Clark County Council is similar to one passed unanimously by the Vancouver City Council in August. Both resolutions note the significance of the I-5 corridor and how “severe congestion” between Vancouver and Portland affects the “efficient movement of people and freight.” Both resolutions note the inadequacy of bistate public transit to serve the area and call for new investments in bike and pedestrian infrastructure.The Columbia River Crossing, a proposed replacement bridge that was terminated in 2013, included light rail. Clark County’s resolution explicitly supports bus rapid transit with a dedicated lane as the preferred means of high-capacity transit. The resolution also calls on the replacement to relieve traffic congestion on the I-5 Bridge.last_img read more

Sheriffs Foundation of Broward takes 100 students on shopping spree

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – More than 100 children, from elementary to high school, joined Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel shopping for toys and video games.The annual holiday event was held Tuesday morning at the Walmart off of West Broward Boulevard.This year, through the Sheriff’s Foundation, each lucky child received a gift card with $175 to spend. They also received a hygiene package.The children selected all demonstrated good behavior and had a financial need.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Greg Cosell breaks down the film on rookie sensation Ezekiel Elliott

first_img Advertisement Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson was recently in The Herd, and said that although Ezekiel Elliott has been incredible, a large portion of the credit for the Dallas running game is due to their dominant offensive line. What does the tape say about how much of the Cowboys’ success in the run game is Elliott, and how much is the dominant offensive line?Cosell:A successful run game is always a combination of both. Just focusing on Elliott, he has excellent vision, and runs with patience. There’s no wasted motion with him and he’s deceptively strong with impressive lower body strength. Talent wise, he’s not on the same level as Adrian Peterson in his prime.Ezekiel Elliott’s 32-Yard Touchdown Wins Game Of The Year For Cowboys pic.twitter.com/dvrxInmHUg— SportsCast (@SportsCast_THN) November 14, 2016 Greg Cosell stopped by The Herd for his weekly appearance to talk X’s and O’s with Colin, and take the audience inside the film room to breakdown performances from the past NFL week. There isn’t anyone in the business that’s better at explaining “why” players and teams are succeeding or struggling. All steak and no sizzle.Colin asked Cosell what the film tells him about the Week 10 performances from around the NFL.Roll the film.Marcus Mariota outplayed Aaron Rodgers in the Titans 47-25 blowout win over the Packers last week. What does the film say about Mariota’s progression from rookie to second year pro? Colin thinks that Washington has been overlooked and is maybe the most underrated team in the NFL. Washington, led by Kirk Cousins, moves the ball exceptionally well, even though they struggle in the red zone at times. What does the tape say about Kirk Cousins development?Cosell:Jay Gruden is impressive with his pass game concepts, and they have a lot of weapons, which have increased as the season has progressed. Vernon Davis and some other pieces have emerged. Kirk Cousins is a classic orchestrator. He makes certain throws very well, but he has limitations because of his average arm talent. He’s effective at making the throws he needs to make in the context of their offense.Jordan Reed 23 yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins. #WASvsCIN #Redskins #nfluk pic.twitter.com/ArI65OfYuF— SportzNow1 NFL (@SportzNow1NFL) October 30, 2016Colin thought the Seattle/New England Sunday night game was one of the best regular season games he’s seen in a long time. Russell Wilson played an incredible game. A large part of the Seahawk offensive attack is predicated on getting him outside the pocket. Are his scrambling and rollouts by design, or improvisation? What does the film say?Cosell:It’s not by design, but they don’t discourage it. They’re happy for him to scramble if it’s there, but they don’t want him to just drop back and run around. They’ve evolved over the last several years as Marshawn Lynch’s role decreased, and now with his departure. They’ve transformed into a predominantly shotgun based, spread passing team, with 3 and 4 wide receiver personnel. When Lynch was there, they were more of an under center, play action team.One of Colin’s other takeaways from the game was that New England’s defensive personnel is average after the departure of Chandler Jones, and most recently linebacker Jamie Collins, who was dealt to the Browns in a midseason trade. What does the tape say about the Patriots defense this year?Cosell:The Patriot defense isn’t as good as they were last year. Chandler Jones was and is a very good player. There’s no way to tell what the situation was that facilitated the Jamie Collins trade, but if you strictly look at the physical talent, you could argue that he’s one of the Top 5 linebackers in the league. That kind of raw ability is tough to replace. The players they’ve replaced them with just aren’t the same level of athlete.1. Lockett release off line gets CB hips going wrong way2. Russell Wilson is very good3. Lockett eating celebration pic.twitter.com/C2bcJ7bXl4— Ben B (@guga31bb) November 17, 2016center_img Cosell:The Titans offense is predicated on base personnel, and they use 2 and 3 tight end formations more than any team in the NFL, with Delanie Walker playing as their hybrid wide receiver/tight end. This week they had a great feel for Dom Capers’ Packer defense that played a lot of man coverage. The Titans were ready to attack in both the run game and in the pass game by creating concepts to defeat the coverage. Mariota has thrown the ball well in the last 2 weeks. He still doesn’t have the responsibility of making a large number of pre-snap reads.The Mariota transformation hasn’t been talked about enough.. For the college spread QB naysayers: 7step undercenter slot fade.. Eyes hold FS pic.twitter.com/IlPiEJf0eq— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) November 14, 2016 Elliott has the luxury of running behind the Cowboys’ line, is there a running back that has been impressive despite running behind a below average offensive line?Cosell:Jay Ajayi with the Miami Dolphins was an impressive prospect coming out of college, but had a bad knee and some other issues which dropped him in the draft. He’s a big back who runs hard. He’s not as talented as Elliott, but he’s been exceptional this year in Miami.Jay Ajayi is for reals pic.twitter.com/5mfZ5ol8ch— Eric (@EricElizondo8) November 7, 2016Colin thought Carolina was a team that was primed for a second half surge, but they were disappointing in a home loss to Kansas City. Cam Newton has been inconsistent. The success Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota are having has made Colin question Cam. What does the film say about his struggles?Cosell:It’s a year by year league. The last two weeks, they’ve played two defenses in the Rams and the Chiefs who were aggressive and challenged them with their defensive front looks, man blitz schemes, and man to man coverage. Carolina struggled against both. Cam needs a productive run game to be successful, and he isn’t as effective unless the run game is the starting point of the offense. This year they’ve struggled in the running game and so has Newton.Chiefs’ Eric Berry Breaks Several Tackles For Spectacular Pick-Six Interception Off Cam Newton pic.twitter.com/9AHlwzurMS— SportsCast (@SportsCast_THN) November 13, 2016last_img read more

Meet the actor playing a bisexual superhero in Deadpool 2

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) In Deadpool 2, Negasonic Teenage Warhead gets a girlfriendThese are the LGBTI themes in comics we want to see more ofRyan Reynolds wants Deadpool to explore his sexuality in future moviesRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/meet-actor-playing-bisexual-superhero-deadpool-2/ The actor behind ShatterstarPlayed by British-Asian actor Lewis Tan, Shatterstar is a character pulled from the Marvel comics universe. In the comics, he is a genetically-engineered, dimension-hopping mutant hero. He is frequently paired with another male X-Man named Rictor. And yes, Shatterstar and Rictor kiss in the comic books.As of now, it’s unclear whether Shatterstar’s sexuality will play a role in the film, but fingers crossed! GAYSTARNEWS- Deadpool 2, the much anticipated sequel to the 2016 smash film Deadpool, hits theaters on 18 May. The upcoming movie features a new character named Shatterstar, a bisexual X-Force member. Model and actor Lewis Tan Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Who is Lewis Tan?Lewis Tan has previously had roles in the Netflix series Iron Fist (also based on Marvel comics) and AMC’s show Into The Badlands.Check out these exclusive, behind-the-scenes photos from Tan’s Instagram. On top of being an actor, Tan is also a model and sword fighter/boxer. Try not to swoon too hard!last_img read more

Read the horrifying and homophobic letters sent to a gay US politician

first_imgHe made a Facebook post with images of the hand-written letters on Tuesday (26 June).‘DEAR BIGOTS,’ he wrote in all-caps. ‘When my Office gets letters like this, I’m reminded of today’s Marriage Equality anniversary and of last night’s Democratic National Committee #LGBTQ Gala.’Sims continued: ‘My PRIDE in being a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities is so much greater than any nastiness or aggression you’ll ever send my way because of it. This is a battle you can’t win.‘My communities are stronger than you, more resilient than you, and have more reasons than ever before to FIGHT for our country!’He concluded with the hashtag #YouAlreadyLost and also asked Facebook to keep the post up as a ‘reminder of what Pride looks like for far too many people’.Sims’ FB post | Photo: Facebook/Brian SimsHe posted the same to Twitter as well.Despicable languageBoth letters are full of truly horrifying and despicable language. They are posted below.WARNING: The first contains numerous profanity and slurs.Letter #1 | Photo: Facebook/Brian SimsThe letter begins: ‘To the dick sucking f*ggot Brian Sims.’A majority of the letter is about sexual activity, such as commenting on Sims’ beard ‘so your f*ggot partners will feel like they are fucking a vagina when they bang your face’.It also refers to Sims as a ‘weak minded no moral piece of shit’ and to Philadelphia as a ‘shit hole city’. GAYSTARNEWS- Gay rep Brian Sims: ‘Some of the most intense misogyny I see towards women comes from gay men’Far-right leader claims Trump exposé was made up by ‘gay sociopath’UNWTO and LGBT Tourism: Second Global report released at IGLTA SummitRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/homophobic-letters-gay-politician/ Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . WATCH: Hunky gay Pennsylvania lawmaker does carpool karaoke to The Little Mermaid The second letter is shorter but no less horrifying, as it talks about ‘more Pulse Nightclub incidents’.Letter #2 | Photo: Facebook/Brian SimsAccording to Philly Voice, Sims also posted an image of the envelope, although it appears to be gone now. It reportedly read: ‘Retired USA sniper.’Threatening government officials is a felony under US federal law. It is a Class C or D felony and typically carries a maximum punishment of 5-10 years imprisonment.An outspoken civil servantSims has long been an outspoke figure, both as a liberal politician and an LGBTQ activist.Recently, he made headlines with a Twitter post welcoming Vice President Mike Pence to Philadelphia. His welcome involved giving Pence the middle finger.OFFICIAL WELCOME: @MikePenceVP let me be the first to officially welcome you to the City of Brotherly Love and to my District! We’re a City of soaring diversity. We believe in the power of all people: Black, Brown, Queer, Trans, Atheist, & Immigrant. So…get bent, then get out! pic.twitter.com/G9eLrXgeVn— Brian Sims (@BrianSimsPA) June 19, 2018More from Gay Star NewsThis gay politician shut down a homophobic bigot by calling the troll’s grandmothercenter_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Brian Sims | Photo: Facebook/Brian Sims Brian Sims, an openly gay Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, revealed his office recently received hateful and homophobic letters. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

Varian Highlights Edge Radiosurgery Suite at ASTRO 2012

first_img Technology Reports View all 9 items Find more SCCT news and videos Enterprise Imaging | January 14, 2019 Technology Report: Enterprise Imaging 2018 In Enterprise Imaging 2018: Balancing Strategy and Technology in Enterprise Imaging, ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of enterprise imaging advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2018 annual meeting. AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting Mahadevappa Mahesh, Ph.D., chief of medical physicist and professor of radiology and medical physics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and treasurer of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), explains some of the trends in medical physics and new features of the AAPM 2019 meeting. Watch the related VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care — Interview with AAPM President Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., at the 2019 AAPM meeting. Interventional Radiology | June 26, 2019 VIDEO: How Alexa Might Help During Interventional Radiology Procedures Kevin Seals, M.D., University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Health, interventional radiology fellow, is working on a research project using smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home to create a new method for accessing information on device technologies in real time in the interventional radiology (IR) lab. Operators can use the conversational voice interface to retrieve information without breaking sterile scrub. The technology uses using natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning to rapidly provide information about device sizing and compatibility in IR.Seals spoke at the 2019 Radiology AIMed conference in Chicago in June. CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. The scanner also comes with a HeartFlow FFR-CT starter pack.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, University Health Network, Princess Margaret Cancer Center, Toronto, Canada, explains how her center is using machine learning to automate treatment plans. The center is one of the first to use the RayStation machine learning treatment planning system for radiation oncology. She spoke at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Cardio-oncology | March 22, 2019 VIDEO: Characterization of Cardiac Structural Changes and Function Following Radiation Therapy Magid Awadalla, MBBS, is an advanced cardiac imaging research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has been involved in an imaging study of cardiac changes from photon radiotherapy in breast cancer patients using serial cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The radiotherapy beams used to treat breast cancer pass close to the neighboring heart, which can cause cardiac cell damage leading to issues like heart failure later on. He spoke on the topic of cardio-oncology at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2019 meeting. CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Find more news and videos from AAPM. Technology Reports | April 01, 2018 Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2017 ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of artificial intelligence advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2017 annual meeting.  AI was by far the hottest topic in sessions and on the expo floor at RSNA 2017. Here are links to related deep learning, machine learning coverage:Why AI By Any Name Is Sweet For RadiologyValue in Radiology Takes on Added Depth at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Key Imaging Technology Trends at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Deep Learning is Key Technology Trend at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Machine Learning and the Future of RadiologyVIDEO: Expanding Role for Artificial Intelligence in Medical ImagingHow Artificial Intelligence Will Change Medical Imaging Find more news and videos from AAPM. Find more SCCT news and videos Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Related Cardiac Sarcoidosis Content:ASNC and SNMMI Release Joint Document on Diagnosis, Treatment of Cardiac SarcoidosisNew PET-CT Scan Improves Detection in Rare Cardiac Condition25 Most Impactful Nuclear Cardiology ArticlesRecent Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging Technology Find more news and videos from AAPM. Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic CT Clinical Innovation Center, professor of medical physics and biomedical engineering and the 2019 president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), shares her insights on the latest advances in computed tomography (CT) imaging technology. She spoke at the 2019 AAPM meeting. She also did an interview at AAPM on her president’s theme for the 2019 meeting – VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care.Find more news and videos from AAPM. Molecular Imaging View all 22 items Enterprise Imaging | April 26, 2019 VIDEO: A Transformative Approach to Reducing Cost and Complexity at CarolinaEast Health System CarolinaEast Health System, an award-winning health system in New Bern, N.C., was one of the first to collaborate with Philips to implement IntelliSpace Enterprise Edition, a comprehensive managed service. Watch the video to see how we collaborated together to streamline workflows and improve interoperability for better care.Watch the related editorial interview VIDEO: Streamlining PACS Administration — Interview with Mike Ciancio, imaging systems administrator at CarolinaEast Health System. Related content:VIDEO: Implementation of Artificial Intelligence Tools in Radiology Practice — Interview with Lawrence Tanenbaum, M.D.VIDEO: AI That Second Reads Radiology Reports and Deals With Incidental Findings — Interview with Nina Kottler, M.D.Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence at RSNA 2018VIDEO: Implementation of Artificial Intelligence Tools in Radiology Practice Nuclear Imaging | August 24, 2017 VIDEO: PET vs. SPECT in Nuclear Cardiology and Recent Advances in Technology Prem Soman, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at the Heart and Vascular Institute, University of Pittsburgh, and president-elect of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), explained advances in PET and SPECT imaging and the learning curve involved in reading scans from the new CZT SPECT cameras. Watch the VIDEO: Trends in Nuclear Cardiology Imaging, an iknterview with David Wolinsky, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Read the related article “Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging.” Radiology Business | May 03, 2017 VIDEO: MACRA’s Impact on Cardiology Kim A. Williams, Sr., M.D., chief of cardiology at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago and former president of both the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), explains the impact of healthcare reform on cardiology and specifically on nuclear perfusion imaging.  CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. The scanner also comes with a HeartFlow FFR-CT starter pack.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Sponsored Videos View all 142 items Artificial Intelligence | March 28, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence – GE Builds AI Applications on Edison Platform GE launched a new brand that covers artificial intelligence (AI) at the Radiological Socoety of North American (RSNA) 2018 meeting. The company showed several works-in-progress, including a critical care suite of algorithms and experimental applications for brain MR. Each is being built on GE’s Edison Platform. Related GE Edison Platform Content:VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence – GE Builds AI Applications on Edison PlatformGE Healthcare Unveils New Applications and Smart Devices Built on Edison Platform Enterprise Imaging | March 27, 2019 VIDEO: GE Healthcare’s CCA Analytics Provides Governance for Enterprise Imaging GE Healthcare Centricity Clinical Archive (CCA) Analytics, shown at RSNA 2018, works directly with the vendor neutral archive (VNA), allowing users to evaluate clinical, financial and operational processes across the healthcare system. The analytics solution shows how all of the different components of the archive and all of the imaging sources — departments, facilities and modalities — are working across the enterprise. Computed Tomography (CT) | January 08, 2016 RSNA Technology Report 2015: Computed Tomography Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of computed tomography (CT) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015. The video includes Freiherr during his booth tours with some of the key vendors who were featuring new technology. Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Information Technology | April 17, 2019 itnTV “Conversations”: Creating an Interoperability Strategy With Intellispace Enterprise Edition as the foundation, Philips Healthcare is connecting facilities and service areas within enterprises, while developing standards-based interoperability that preserves customers’ investments and best of breed systems.  Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting.  Related Enterprise Imaging Content:RSNA Technology Report 2017: Enterprise ImagingVIDEO: Building An Effective Enterprise Imaging StrategyFive Steps for Better Diagnostic Image ManagementVIDEO: Enterprise Imaging and the Digital Imaging Adoption ModelEnterprise Imaging to Account for 27 Percent of Imaging MarketVIDEO: Defining Enterprise Imaging — The HIMSS-SIIM Enterprise Imaging WorkgroupVIDEO: How to Build An Enterprise Imaging System Artificial Intelligence | March 13, 2019 VIDEO: How iCad Uses AI to Speed Breast Tomosynthesis At RSNA 2018, iCad showed how its ProFound AI for digital breast tomosynthesis technology might help in the interpretation of tomosynthesis exams. Rodney Hawkins, vice president of marketing for iCad, discusses how this technology can better help detect the cancer.Related content:Artificial Intelligence 2018: What Radiologists Need to Know About AIRSNA 2018 Sunday – Improving, Not Replacing Artificial Intelligence | April 17, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence in Radiology — Are We Doomed? At the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI)/American College of Radiology (ACR) 2019 Symposium, Rasu Shrestha, M.D., MBA, chief strategy officer for Atrium Health, discusses his new role with Atrium, the hype cycle of artificial intelligence (AI) and the key elements of getting AI in radiology — and in healthcare — right.Read the article “Atrium Health Debuts Amazon Alexa Skill to Help Patients Access Medical Care”Listen to the podcast Is Artificial Intelligence The Doom of Radiology?, a discussion with Shrestha. Artificial Intelligence | April 02, 2019 itnTV “Conversations:” What is Edison? At RSNA 2018, GE Healthcare formally presented Edison as the company’s new applications platform, designed to speed the delivery of precision care.  Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. Information Technology | April 15, 2019 itnTV “Conversations”: Vital Images Helps Build Infrastructure for the Future Vital Images has developed a strategy that allows its customers to capture revenues that are otherwise missed while building the infrastructure for the future. In an interview with itnTV, Vital Images executives Larry Sitka and Geoffrey Clemmons describe how the company has reconciled this vision of the future with near-term realities. Conference Coverage View all 396 items Related content:Atrium Health Debuts Amazon Alexa Skill to Help Patients Access Medical CareSmart Speaker Technology Harnessed for Hospital Medical Treatments Radiation Oncology | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of a Fully Self-contained Brain Radiotherapy System Stephen Sorensen, Ph.D., DABR, chief of medical physics, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona, explains the first commercial use of the Zap-X stereotactic radio surgery (SRS) brain radiotherapy system. The system uses a capsule-like shield to surround the gantry and patient, eliminating the need for expensive room build outs requiring vaults. The goal of the system is to expand SRS brain therapy by making it easier and less expensive to acquire the treatment system. Sorensen spoke about this system in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Find more SCCT news and videos Find more SCCT news and videos Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate research assistant in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab of the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, describes how he and fellow researchers used multiple types of cardiac imaging to evaluate the health of athletes who compete in endurance events lasting six hours or more, and what the results may suggest for future screening.Watch the VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019, an interview with AHRA President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA. Radiation Oncology View all 91 items Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Digital Radiography (DR) | October 05, 2016 Agfa Highlights its DR Solutions Agfa highlights how its digital radiography (DR) systems capture analytics data to help improve management of the radiology department, show ROI on DR investments, and explains how its image processing software works.  Read the article “The Coming Push for DR.”  Watch the video “Technology Report: DR Systems.” Related CT Calcium Scorining Content:VIDEO: New Cholesterol Guidelines Support CT Calcium Scoring for Risk Assessment — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D.CT Calcium Scoring Becoming a Key Risk Factor AssessmentACC and AHA Release Updated Cholesterol Guidelines for 2018VIDEO: CT Calcium Scoring to Screen For Who Should Take Statins — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D. Find more SCCT news and videos Radiation Therapy | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Creating a Low-cost Radiotherapy System for the Developing World Paul Liu, Ph.D., post-doctoral research associate, Image X Institute at the University of Sydney, Australia, explains how his center is working on a low-cost radiation therapy system for the developing world. The Nano-X system will use a fixed linac gantry and rotate the patient around the beam. This would lighten the weight of the system, reduce the need for room shielding, and cut the number iof moving parts to lower costs and ease maintanence. Liu spoke about the project in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, University Health Network, Princess Margaret Cancer Center, Toronto, Canada, explains how her center is using machine learning to automate treatment plans. The center is one of the first to use the RayStation machine learning treatment planning system for radiation oncology. She spoke at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videoscenter_img Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. 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Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting.  Nuclear Imaging | April 28, 2017 VIDEO: Trends in Nuclear Cardiology Imaging David Wolinsky, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at Cleveland Clinic Florida and past-president of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), discusses advancements in nuclear imaging and some of the issues facing the subspecialty. Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Radiology Imaging View all 288 items CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Related CT Calcium Scorining Content:VIDEO: New Cholesterol Guidelines Support CT Calcium Scoring for Risk Assessment — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D.CT Calcium Scoring Becoming a Key Risk Factor AssessmentACC and AHA Release Updated Cholesterol Guidelines for 2018VIDEO: CT Calcium Scoring to Screen For Who Should Take Statins — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D. Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate research assistant in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab of the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, describes how he and fellow researchers used multiple types of cardiac imaging to evaluate the health of athletes who compete in endurance events lasting six hours or more, and what the results may suggest for future screening.Watch the VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019, an interview with AHRA President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA. Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, interventional radiologist at Texas Children’s Hospital, editor of IR Quarterly for the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and on the Board of Directors for the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, explained how artificial intelligence (AI) can assist in pediatric imaging and the pitfalls of training AI systems. He spoke at the 2019 Radiology AIMed conference. Deep learning algorithms require large amounts of patient case data to train the systems to read medical images automatically without human intervention. However, in pediatrics, there are often much lower numbers of normal and abnormal scans that can be used compared to vast amounts of adult exams available. This makes it difficult to train systems, so AI developers are coming up with innovative new ways to train their software. Compounding issues with training pediatric imaging AI is that the normal ranges change very quickly for young children due to their rapid development. He explained what is normal for a 2-year-old may not be normal for a 5-year-old.Desai and other pediatric physicians who spoke at the conference said AI could have a big impact on pediatric imaging where there are not enough specialists for the increasing image volumes. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Brachytherapy Systems | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: New Alpha Emitter Brachytherapy Seeds in Development Lior Arazi, Ph.D., assistant professor at Ben-Gurion University, Israel, explains the potential benefits of a new Radium-224 brachytherapy seed technology he is helping develop. The technology uses high-dose alpha particles to kill cancer cells, but has a very short tissue penetration, so it can be placed very close to critical structures without causing collateral damage to healthy tissue. He discussed this technology in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Related CT Calcium Scorining Content:VIDEO: New Cholesterol Guidelines Support CT Calcium Scoring for Risk Assessment — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D.CT Calcium Scoring Becoming a Key Risk Factor AssessmentACC and AHA Release Updated Cholesterol Guidelines for 2018VIDEO: CT Calcium Scoring to Screen For Who Should Take Statins — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D. Artificial Intelligence | July 12, 2019 VIDEO: The Economics of Artificial Intelligence Khan Siddiqui, M.D., founder and CEO of HOPPR, discusses the economic advantages and costs presented by artificial intelligence (AI) applications in radiology, as well as potential strategies for healthcare providers looking to add AI to their armamentarium, at the 2019 Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting. Varian introduced the Edge radiosurgery Suite during ASTRO 2012. The system features real-time tumor tracking and a six-degree of freedom couch. Sponsored Content | Videos | Radiation Oncology | December 07, 2012 Varian Highlights Edge Radiosurgery Suite at ASTRO 2012 Enterprise Imaging | July 08, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 1 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison, healthcare IT consultant and Chris Roth, M.D., associate professor of radiology, vice chair, information technology and clinical informatics, and director of imaging informatics strategy at Duke University Medical Center, about how to find the right people to deploy a successful enterprise imaging strategy. RSNA | April 03, 2019 VIDEO: Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Technology at RSNA 2018 ITN Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the most interesting new medical imaging technologies displayed on the expo floor at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. The video includes new technologies for fetal ultrasound, CT, MRI, mobile DR X-ray, a new generation of fluoroscopy systems, MRI contrast mapping to better identify tumors, and a new technique to create moving X-ray images from standard DR imaging.Watch the related VIDEO: Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Artificial Intelligence Technologies at RSNA 2018. This inlcudes a tour of some of the recently FDA-cleared AI technologies for medical imaging at RSNA 2018.  Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting.  Radiation Therapy | December 06, 2018 Technology Report: Patient-centered Care in Radiation Therapy Radiation therapy has become increasingly effective and safe as vendors continue to innovate technologies that benefit the patient. At ASTRO 2018, this patient-centric approach was exemplified and demonstrated not only in ways that match treatments to patients, but in how technologies can adjust to patient movement and anatomical changes, and to increase the precision of treatments. ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr showcases several new technologies that are helping to advance this field.For additional patient-centered care coverage, see:Conversations with Greg Freiherr: The Accuray PhilosophyASTRO Puts Patients First Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate research assistant in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab of the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, describes how he and fellow researchers used multiple types of cardiac imaging to evaluate the health of athletes who compete in endurance events lasting six hours or more, and what the results may suggest for future screening.Watch the VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019, an interview with AHRA President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA. Related Articles on Y-90 Radiotherapy:Current Advances in Targeted Radionuclide TherapyA Look Ahead in Targeted Radionuclide TherapyRadioactive Bead Therapy Now Used for Head, Neck TumorsNCCN Guidelines Recommend Y-90 Microspheres for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Treatment Radiation Oncology | May 13, 2019 Patient-first Innovations from Accuray at ASTRO 2018 At ASTRO 2018, Accuray showcased new patient-first innovations, including motion synchronization on Radixact, and the new CK VoLO, a fast optimizer on the CyberKnife system. Andrew Delao, senior director of marketing for Accuray, highlights the new features. Digital Pathology | July 11, 2019 VIDEO: Integrating Digital Pathology With Radiology Toby Cornish, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor and medical director of informatics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, explains how the subspecialty of digital pathology has evolved in recent years, the benefits of integrating pathology and radiology, and how artificial intelligence (AI) may smooth the transition, at the 2019 Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting.  SPECT-CT | December 12, 2018 VIDEO: Walk Around of the Veriton SPECT-CT System This is a walk around of the new Spectrum Dynamics Veriton SPECT-CT nuclear imaging system introduced at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. This is a walk around of an innovative new SPECT-CT nuclear imaging system shown at the Radiological Society Of North America (RSNA) 2018 meeting this week. It’s CT system with comes in 16, 64 or 128 slice configurations. It has 12 SPECT detector robotic arms that automatically move toward the patient and use a sensor to stop a few millimeters from the skin to optimize photon counts and SPECT image quality. It also uses more sensitive CZT digital detectors, which allows either faster scan times, or use of only half the radiotracer dose of analog detector scans.Read the article “Nuclear Imaging Moves Toward Digital Detector Technology.” Read the article “Spectrum Dynamics Sues GE for Theft, Misappropriation of Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition.” Digital Radiography (DR) | October 05, 2016 Technology Report: Digital Radiography Systems Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of digital radiography (DR) advances at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2016 meeting. Read the article “The Coming Push for DR.”  Watch a technology report sidebar video on new DR Systems technology. Enterprise Imaging | July 09, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 2 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison, healthcare IT consultant and Chris Roth, M.D., associate professor of radiology, vice chair, information technology and clinical informatics, and director of imaging informatics strategy at Duke University Medical Center, about how to find the right people to deploy a successful enterprise imaging strategy.Watch part 1 of the interview at the 2019 Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) conference. Information Technology View all 220 items Related Artificial Intelligence ContentTechnology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2017VIDEO: RSNA Post-game Report on Artificial IntelligenceVIDEO: AI in Tumor Diagnostics, Treatment and Follow-upVIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Help Reduce Gadolinium Dose in MRIVIDEO: AI, Analytics and Informatics: The Future is Here AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Efforts to Define the Roles of Medical Physicists and Assistants for Regulators Brent Parker, Ph.D., DABR, professor of radiation physics and medical physicist at MD Anderson Cancer Center, explains how the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) is creating guidelines to better define the roles of non-physicist assistants. He said there is a lack of state regulatory oversight for medical physicists or their assistants, partly because there are no guidelines from the medical societies. AAPM has created a series of policy statements to better define these the roles and requirements for all of these positions. Parker said the goal is to give state regulators the the definitions needed to create oversight guidelines. He spoke on this topic in sessions at the AAPM 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Nuclear Imaging | March 22, 2019 VIDEO: Utilization of PET For Evaluation of Cardiac Sarcoidosis Raza Alvi, M.D., a research fellow in radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, has been involved in a study of a positron-emission tomography (PET) FDG radiotracer agent to image sarcoidosis. The inflammatory disease affects multiple organs and usually include abnormal masses or nodules (granulomas) consisting of inflamed tissues that can form in the heart. Alvi presented on this topic at American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2019 meeting.  Artificial Intelligence | January 15, 2019 Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2018 In Artificial Intelligence 2018: What Radiologists Need to Know About AI, ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of artificial intelligence (AI) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2018 annual meeting. Breast Imaging | April 18, 2019 VIDEO: Age, Interval and Other Considerations for Breast Screening In a keynote lecture at the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI)/American College of Radiology (ACR) 2019 Symposium, Diana Miglioretti, Ph.D., dean’s professor of biostatistics at UC Davis Health, discussed risk-stratified breast cancer screening and its potential to improve the balance of screening benefits to harms by tailoring screening intensity and modality to individual risk factors.Read the article “How Risk Stratification Might Affect Women’s Health”Read the article “FDA Proposes New Rules for Mammography Reporting and Quality Improvement”Watch the VIDEO: A Discussion on Proposed FDA Rules for Mammography Reporting Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. The scanner also comes with a HeartFlow FFR-CT starter pack.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Women’s Health | March 25, 2019 VIDEO: Ultrasound Versus MRI for Imaging of the Female Pelvis Deborah Levine, M.D., professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and vice chair for academic affairs in the Department of Radiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, describes scenarios where magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) could be more useful than ultrasound in issues with the female pelvis. Clinical Decision Support | June 29, 2017 VIDEO: Clinical Decision Support Requirements for Cardiac Imaging Rami Doukky, M.D., system chair, Division of Cardiology, professor of medicine, Cook County Health and Hospitals System, Chicago, discusses the new CMS requirements for clinical decision support (CDS) appropriate use criteria (AUC) documentation in cardiac imaging starting on Jan. 1, 2018. He spoke at the 2017 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Today meeting. Read the article “CMS to Require Appropriate Use Criteria Documentation for Medical Imaging Orders.” Nuclear Imaging | August 24, 2017 VIDEO: Implementing CZT SPECT Cardiac Protocols to Reduce Radiation Dose Randy Thompson, M.D., attending cardiologist, St. Luke’s Mid-America Heart Institute, Kansas City, explains protocols and what to consider when working with the newer generation CZT-SPECT camera systems for nuclear cardiology. He spoke during the 2017 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Today technology update meeting. Watch the related VIDEO “PET vs. SPECT in Nuclear Cardiology and Recent Advances in Technology.” Read the related articles “Managing Dose in PET and SPECT Myocardial Perfusion Imaging,”  and “Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging.” AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Computed Tomography (CT) Clinical Innovation Center, professor of medical physics and biomedical engineering, and the 2019 president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), explains the “building bridges” theme of the 2019 AAPM meeting. This theme was the focus of her president’s address at the 2019 AAPM meeting. She spoke on the theme of diversity and how to break down the barriers between various minorities, male-female, religion, national origin, etc. She gave many photo examples of how we pigeon hole people into neat categories and that we often say we have equally in society, however her images showed recent images of big political summits where there are no women present, or they were the secretaries in the background. She said in medical practice, department administration and collaboration on projects, people need to be cognoscente of bias they have engrained by culture for which they may not even be aware.She showed a slide of the AAPM membership makeup by generation and said members need to keep in mind the way each generation thinks and communicates varies by their generation’s life experience and upbringing. McCollough said understanding these differences can help bridge perceived gaps in communication. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Related GE Edison Platform Content:GE Healthcare Unveils New Applications and Smart Devices Built on Edison PlatformVIDEO: itnTV Conversations — What is Edison? Recent Videos View all 606 items Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Mammography | April 15, 2019 VIDEO: A Discussion on Proposed FDA Rules for Mammography Reporting Wendie Berg, M.D., Ph.D., FACR, chief scientific advisor to DenseBreast-info.org and professor of radiology at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine/Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC, spoke with ITN Editorial Director Melinda Taschetta-Millane about some of the proposed amendments to the language being used for mammography reporting and quality improvement.Read the article “FDA Proposes New Rules for Mammography Reporting and Quality Improvement” Related content:itnTV “Conversations”: The Accuray Philosophy Interventional Radiology | October 19, 2018 VIDEO: Y90 Embolization of Liver Cancer at Henry Ford Hospital Scott Schwartz, M.D., interventional radiologist and program director for IR residencies and the vascular and interventional radiology fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital, explains how the department uses Yttrium-90 (Y90) embolization therapy to treat liver cancer.Find more content on Henry Ford Hospital Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | January 08, 2016 RSNA Technology Report 2015: MRI Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015. Below is related MRI content:RSNA Technology Report 2015: Magnetic Resonance ImagingRecent Advances in MRI TechnologySoftware Advances in MRI TechnologyAdvances in Cardiac Imaging at RSNA 2016Recent Trends and Developments in Contrast MediaComparison Chart: MRI Wide Bore Systems (chart access will require a login, but is free and only takes a minute to register)Comparison Chart: MRI Contrast Agents(chart access will require a login, but is free and only takes a minute to register)Comparison Chart: Cardiovascular MRI Analysis Software(chart access will require a login, but is free and only takes a minute to register) Radiation Therapy | February 21, 2019 VIDEO: Whole Versus Partial Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Christy Kesslering, M.D., medical director of radiation oncology at the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center, about the different radiation therapy options for breast cancer patients offered at the center.Watch the VIDEOs Advancements in Radiation Therapy for Brain Cancer and Multidisciplinary Treatment of Brain Tumors with Vinai Gondi, M.D., director of research and CNS neuro-oncology at the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center.Additional videos and coverage of Northwestern Medicinelast_img read more

Where to drink craft beer in Costa Rica

first_img Facebook Comments Costa Rica’s craft brewers have produced well over 100 beers in recent years, with more styles and flavors showing up in taps all the time. But among the countries thousands of bars, craft beer is not always easy to find.We at The Tico Times have started to map out where to drink craft beer in Costa Rica. We can’t include every place, but we do need your help in locating bars and restaurants that we may not know of that specialize in local craft beer. Let us know in the comment section. Related posts:Announcing ‘News and Brews,’ a Tico Times event Legal skirmishes cause rifts in Costa Rica’s craft beer industry Costa Rican craft beer: Growth spurts and growing pains Barrio Chino aims to be San José’s next big food spotlast_img read more

Freddie Mac Forecasts Future of Housing Growth

first_imgFreddie Mac Forecasts Future of Housing Growth in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Federal Reserve Freddie Mac Home Prices Home Sales Home Values Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Processing Refinance Service Providers 2012-12-11 Tory Barringer December 11, 2012 380 Views center_img Add “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ to the list of companies forecasting great things in the 2013 housing market. Economists took the opportunity to peer into the future in the GSE’s most recent “”_U.S. Economic & Housing Market Outlook_””:http://www.freddiemac.com/news/finance/docs/Dec_2012_public_outlook.pdf.[IMAGE]Predictions for 2013 are a lot different from those made for 2012, owing greatly to this year’s better-than-expected gains in home prices, sales, and mortgage originations.””The last few months have brought a spate of favorable news on the U.S. housing market: construction up, more home sales, and home value growth turning positive. This has been a big change from a year ago, when some analysts worried that the looming ‘shadow inventory’ would keep the housing sector mired in an economic depression,”” said Frank Nothaft, chief economist for Freddie Mac.Nothaft noted that while the number of loans seriously delinquent or in foreclosure has weighed heavily on the market, this year’s decline in both delinquent loans and distressed sales has mitigated their negative effects. Now, “”the housing market is healing, is contributing positively to GDP and is returning to its traditional role of supporting the economic recovery,”” Nothaft said.As for 2013, home prices are expected to post continued gains throughout the year, though they aren’t expected to be as dramatic as this year’s increases. Nothaft expects most national house price indexes will rise by 2 to 3 percent next year as local market variances impact larger estimates. Freddie Mac’s Home Price Index (HPI) is expected to post modest growth of 0.6 percent in the first quarter before rising a more impressive 3.3 percent in Q2 as the active [COLUMN_BREAK]selling season begins. The index will remain flat in Q3 before falling 1.4 percent in Q4, according to the projections. The expected annual growth for 2013 is 2.5 percent, less than half of 2012’s anticipated 5.3 percent growth.Meanwhile, household formations will increase, giving a boost to demand for homes. As unemployment falls to a projected 7.5 percent, the resulting job and income gains will lead to an annual net growth of 1.20 to 1.25 million households in 2013. In turn, that growth will lift construction activity: “”Housing starts should be up around the 1.0 million pace (seasonally adjusted annual rate) by the fourth quarter of 2013.””At the same time, vacancy rates in both the apartment rental market and the single-family for-sale market are expected to continue trending downward. According to Nothaft, the gap between household formations and housing starts “”could bring aggregate vacancy rates down to levels last seen a decade ago.”” While that news is good for property owners, it means tenants will likely see rents rise a bit faster than overall consumer-price inflation.Like many other groups, Freddie Mac expects refinance activity to slip from this year to the next, though refinances will still largely drive the residential mortgage market. According to Nothaft, refinances are projected to decline for two reasons.””[F]irst, many homeowners have locked in low rates in recent months and will have little financial incentive to refinance again; and, second, interest rates will likely be a bit higher a year from now than they are today, further reducing the financial incentive to refinance,”” he said.As refinances dip, the expected pickup in purchase lending will likely not be enough to make up the difference. As such, single-family originations are forecast to decline about 15 percent. In the multifamily arena, however, “”permanent financing on new completions, property transactions, and refinance of loans exiting from ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├ï┼ôlockout’ or ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├ï┼ôyield maintenance’ periods is expected to translate into a rise of 5 percent or so in dollar originations.””Fixed mortgage rates are expected to remain near record lows for the first half of the year before rising a bit in the latter half. However, the “”Federal Reserve’s””:http://www.federalreserve.gov/ ongoing quantitative easing strategy will keep rates below 4 percent; thus, single-family homebuyer affordability will remain high in 2013–assuming the buyer has a good credit history, stable income, and sufficient savings. Sharelast_img read more

Franz joins governor for signing veteran status designation on Michigan drivers license

first_img14May Franz joins governor for signing veteran status designation on Michigan driver’s license into law Categories: News Veterans will now be able to get a special designation signifying their veteran status on their Michigan driver’s license, thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder today.State Rep. Ray Franz co-sponsored House Bill 4037, now Public Act 27 of 2013, to allow veterans to show verification of military service once at the Secretary of State to receive a special designation on their driver’s license. The governor also signed companion legislation, Public Act 28, that will place the designation on state ID cards, sponsored by Sen. Darwin Booher.“Veterans with the new designation on their driver’s license will have proof of their service right at their fingertips, making it easier than ever to verifying they qualify for program benefits or discounts,” said Franz, vice chair of the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. “This legislation eliminates hassles for our veterans and removes obstacles as a way to say thanks for their service to our country.”Michigan is the 28th state to place a veteran designation on driver’s licenses and state ID cards.last_img read more

Rep Price continues tradition with April office hour events

first_img Categories: News State Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, will begin her monthly office hour visits with a Friday, April 1 stop at Spring Lake, later visiting Grand Haven and Park Township to continue to be available to House 89th District residents.“March had a tremendous amount of activity in Lansing and I look forward to speaking with my fellow west Michigan residents about their state government,” said Rep. Price.The office hours are:Friday, April 1, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange St., Spring LakeFriday, April 15, 9-10 a.m. at Coffee Grounds, 41 Washington Ave. No. 180, Grand HavenMonday, April 18, 10-11 a.m. at the Park Township Hall, 52 152nd, HollandNo appointment is necessary. Anyone unable to attend the office hour events can contact Rep. Price’s Lansing office at 517-373-0838. The representative also can be reached by email at amandaprice@house.mi.gov or by mail at N-1193 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909. 30Mar Rep. Price continues tradition with April office hour eventslast_img read more

Rep Hernandez Car insurance reforms signed into law lowering costs for Michigan

first_img Car insurance reform supported by Rep. Shane Hernandez was signed into state law today, lowering costs for all Michigan drivers.The reforms – approved by Hernandez and the Legislature – give drivers more choice on personal injury protection coverage, combat fraudulent claims and stop price gouging on medical services for car accident victims. Many Michigan families will save hundreds of dollars or more each year.Michigan has had the most expensive car insurance in the nation mostly because it’s the only state mandating unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance. The revised law will provide more affordable options while allowing those who currently use the unlimited coverage to keep it, and those who want it in the future to continue buying it.“These reforms will get rid of what amounts to a burdensome and often unaffordable mandate on Michigan drivers, providing real rate relief,” said Hernandez, of Port Huron. “Eliminating the state mandate for unlimited medical coverage through car insurance is a victory for freedom of choice and family finances.”Starting in July 2020, some drivers will be able to opt out of personal injury protection altogether, including seniors with retiree health coverage such as Medicare and those with health insurance policies that cover car accident-related injuries. Others will be able to continue with unlimited coverage or choose PIP limits of $250,000 or $500,000. A $50,000 option will be available for drivers on Medicaid.A fee schedule will be established for medical providers, reining in runaway costs that result from medical care providers charging far more to treat car accident victims than other patients.Non-driving factors such as zip codes, home ownership and educational level can’t be used to determine rates. Residents in Sanilac and St. Clair counties will not have to pay higher rates to subsidize drivers in other regions of the state.An anti-fraud unit will help crack down on those abusing the system, which should help further lower car insurance rates.“This reform plan is not perfect, but it is a huge step in the right direction after four decades of dealing with a broken car insurance system,” Hernandez said. “It proves that good things happen when we work together in the spirit of bipartisanship with the best interests of Michigan families at heart.” 30May Rep. Hernandez: Car insurance reforms signed into law, lowering costs for Michigan drivers Categories: Hernandez News,Newscenter_img #####last_img read more

Striving for Gender Parity in Sports Women Go for More Than Gold

first_imgShare22TweetShare6Email28 SharesOlympic City / Cidade Olímpica / Brian GodfreyAugust 4, 2016; WFYI (Indianapolis, IN)The 1972 passing of Title IX of The Education Amendments aimed to achieve gender equality in federally funded education programs at state and local levels. Activities protected under Title IX include recruitment, admissions, financial aid and employment; however, athletics have long taken center stage in the decades-long discussion about gender parity. With the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio underway, the discussion over the presence and equal treatment of women in sports remains front and center. Up until the 2012 Olympics in London, U.S. male athletes outnumbered their female counterparts. Four years later in Rio, more American female athletes are, for the second time, competing in the Games, with 292 women fighting for a spot on a medal podium, compared to 263 men. In London, American women also for the first time began outpacing American men in the number of medals won—58 to 45—and are on track to do so once again this year in Rio. Despite the increasing presence of female athletes in the Games and federated sports, women are still facing gender discrepancies on the field, in the pool, and around the track—not to mention in the boardroom. Star players from the U.S. women’s soccer team, including Hope Solo, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, and Becky Sauerbrunn, reignited a nationwide conversation about the wage gap earlier this year when they filed an EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) complaint against the U.S. Soccer Federation. The four-time Olympic gold medalists and reigning World Cup champions claim they are paid less per game and receive fewer per diem reimbursements while traveling than the men’s national team. The argument that the men’s games generate more revenue per year fell on its face in 2015, when the women’s team brought in more than $23 million, compared to the men’s team’s $21 million. And the gender inequality, some female athletes say, is in full force even before a payday or a medaling ceremony comes into play. The Rio Games is the first time in more than a century that golf will be showcased as an Olympic sport for both men and women. However, according to female competitors like Denmark’s Nicole Broch Larsen, men’s golf is already garnering a majority of the spotlight due to their placement in the Games’ schedule – a full week ahead of the women. “It’s annoying that the men are getting so much attention when we are not,” Broch Larsen shared with the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “We are up there as well and we are playing good golf.” Scheduling aside, some super-star female athletes won’t even have the opportunity to compete in the same events as the men, regardless of the fact they are very able to do so. Take Katie Ledecky, the 19-year-old swimming phenomenon. Ledecky is coming home from Rio with multiple medals this year, but you can count her out of the 1,500-meter heat, as that event is solely reserved for male swimmers. Ledecky currently holds the world record in the 1,500-meter swim and by a long shot, leading 13 seconds faster than any female swimmer in history. But sure, let’s save that event for the dudes.Many other female athletes in this year’s Games will be competing in similar events as men, but their sport will experience an adjustment thanks to their gender. According to the Wall Street Journal, events including cycling and boxing will be reduced in overall distance, time, and/or number of rounds for women competitors. Like efforts in other industries to get more women on boards and in executive leadership positions, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) partnered with the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) to host the first-ever Women in Leadership Forum on this year’s International Women’s Day. The three-day forum aimed to explore opportunities to bring more women into decision-making leadership roles at all levels of sport. While one might give the IOA an A for effort, it recently received a D+ for representation of women in leadership roles, as USA Today reported last week. A report published by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport also slapped an F on international federations, national federations and regional zone confederations. While the Olympic games are intended to remove labels and unite humanity, it is difficult to look past the glaring inequities among men and women. When Forbes most recent list of highest paid athletes included just two women out of a total 100 athletes (Serena Williams at #40 and Maria Sharapova at #88), it reminded us that the wage gap is prevalent across all industries. Women’s earnings of not only pay but also key leadership positions remain grossly disproportionate in sports, business, tech, and many more fields.Perhaps the Olympic Games—and all sporting associations, for that matter—can revisit how their international platforms can maximize the opportunity to advocate for women rather than seemingly setting them back to a time when competing in sports and achieving leadership positions in athletics was a male-only game.—Lindsay WalkerShare22TweetShare6Email28 Shareslast_img read more

Settop provider Entone is using the IPTV World F

first_imgSet-top provider Entone is using the IP&TV World Forum to launch its Kamai 500 series media player for EMEA markets. Designed as a hybrid TV client device, Kamai 500 offers features including Wi-Fi and adaptive bit-rate streaming. The device includes pre-802.11ac WiFi support for enabling whole-home wireless HD video distribution and with ABR streaming,According to Entone, the box can combine both linear digital (DVB-T, DAB, T-DMB) and over-the-top services in a single, operator-branded UI, which bolsters the operator’s broadband value and increases revenue opportunity and customer satisfaction.Entone founder and chief technology officer Mark Evensen said the device was targeted in particular at service providers that wanted to deliver their offerings outside their existing footprint, for example to expatriate populations in other countries. “Every pay TV operator with native-language content wants to provide that outside their own service coverage footprint,” he told the Show Daily. He said Entone was seeing a lot of interest from central and eastern European service providers targeting diaspora populations abroad.The device includes features such as HDMI and optional digital audio outputs. Evensen said it included a high-end 1,400 MIPS processor for applications including Adobe Flash and Microsoft PlayReady DRM.The hybrid version of the product will ship in the third quarter. The version on show at the IP&TV World Forum will be a WiFi-only model for streaming applications. “It adds a lot of value to the product if you can get local off-air services,” said Evensen.Evensen said the device would be offered and branded via service providers. At the show, Entone will also show its hybrid IPTV Amulet DVR, used by Sunrise in Swizerland, and its Magi cable box.last_img read more

The Walt Disney Studios chairman Rich Ross was for

first_imgThe Walt Disney Studios chairman Rich Ross was forced to resign on Friday, less than three years after taking the role.Ross, who previously ran Disney’s cable networks, greenlit only a limited number of movies during his tenure including high school drama Prom, Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful and Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp. He was also largely blamed for the box office failure of sci fi feature John Carter.“I no longer believe the chairman role is the right professional fit for me,” Ross said in a statement. “For that reason, I have made the very difficult decision to step down as chairman of the Walt Disney Studios, effective today.”Disney CEO Bob Iger said: “For more than a decade, Rich Ross’s creative instincts, business acumen and personal integrity have driven results in key businesses for Disney, redefining success in kids and family entertainment and launching franchises that generate value across our entire company. His vision and leadership opened doors for Disney around the world, making our brand part of daily life for millions of people. I appreciate his countless contributions throughout his entire career at Disney and expect he will have tremendous success in whatever he chooses to do next.”last_img read more

Access and Zenterio will use IBC to demonstrate ho

first_imgAccess and Zenterio will use IBC to demonstrate how the integration of Access’s solutions in Zenterio’s independent operating system for TV client devices enables operators and content providers to deliver media sharing experiences, including LiveTV streams and Personal Video Recorder content via managed set-top boxes or unmanaged connected devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones. Access’s solutions can also be integrated with operator Conditional Access systems for additional features such as enhanced reporting and ‘studio confident’ content protection.“Our solutions provide an extra layer of ‘studio-confident’ security that offers a safer approach to seamlessly share content throughout the home, and are supported by robust multi-screen technologies such as DLNA, HTML5, and OTT/social TV platforms to ensure that desirable experiences can be delivered and monetized on all screens” says Kiyo Oishi, chairman, Access Europe.In addition to the demonstrations, Access will provide complementary versions of a Parks Associates whitepaper examining the ways in which security and multi-screen interact for operators, the content industry and the consumer.The whitepaper emphasises the importance of usability, which plays an increasingly big part in the User Experience as consumers expect to view the content of their choice on any device at any time, and anywhere, which adds more complexity for operators and content providers looking for ways to monitor media sharing habits and better monetise them.Access solutions on show include NetFront Living Connect, a DLNA technology component which has been integrated with conditional access to provide media-sharing and also enables operators to deploy DLNA Premium Video Guidelines, NetFront Browser NX, a WebKit-based HTML5 browser that provides a UI and application development platform for advanced TV services, and Access MediaPilot, a software solution for Microsoft Windows PC, iOS and Android that enables end-consumers to access, share and control digital media between any local network connected device in their home network.Access will exhibit at IBC on stand 14.101 and Zenterio will exhibit on stand 14.117last_img read more