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first_imgLISBON, Portugal — A nationwide protest in Portugal that seeks to emulate France’s yellow vest movement has fallen flat, with few people turning out.Portuguese protesters are attempting to disrupt morning rush-hour traffic at various locations across the country Friday, but they are far outnumbered by police.The protest grew out of a Facebook page that aims to give voice to people angry about the state of the country.Organizers say the Portugal Yellow Vest Movement is non-violent and not aligned with any political party, though at least one fringe party was conspicuous at a demonstration in Lisbon.A manifesto includes a long list of demands, from lower taxes to higher unemployment benefits, better public health care and an end to real estate speculation.France’s protest movement turned radical and violent.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Rabat – Moroccan-born Aicha Mesrar, a councilor in the northern Italian city of Rovereto, has been reportedly forced to resign her post and flee Italy after she received a series of death threats, insults and xenophobic messages over the last two years.On Thursday Italy’s first Muslim councilor, Aicha Mesrar, resigned from her post as local councilor for the Democratic Party in Rovereto and fled Italy after she received anonymous death threats over the past two years, citing her children’s safety, local media reported.Italy’s Gazzetta Del Sud quoted Aicha Mesrar, 45, who has lived in the city of Rovereto since the age of 22, as saying that she cannot live always under “escort.” “I have no fear and it is not the fault of the people of Rovereto, but of some, “Aicha said. “I leave with pride, satisfied with everything I have done and what I received.”Aicha said that she has been receiving death threats in the form of anonymous letters, over a two-year period. The local police offered her special protection, but they could not uncover the source of the letters.The head of the provincial government,Bruno Dorigatti expressed his “total solidarity” with Mesrar, hailing her as an ““outstanding example of civic commitment,” according to The Independent.“If Aicha Mesrar, an extraordinary example of commitment towards building bridges between cultures – in Rovereto and Trentino – decides to abandon her post and even leave the country, then everyone should be concerned,” he said.He went further to say that if she has to give in to intimidation and anonymous threats “it means that Trentino has yet to defeat the dangerous disease of intolerance.”Aicha Mesrar was born in Casablanca. In 2010 she was elected Local Councilor for the Democratic Party in Rovereto, and became the first woman to wear a veil in city hall.Edited by Jessica Rohan© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

The High Commissioner also emphasised the importance of enhancing further cooperation and exchanges between the provinces and Sri Lanka, and called for new areas of interactions.   Addressing the newly appointed Honorary Consuls, High Commissioner Girihagama stated that the role of the Honorary Consul was an important and noble one as they would promote Sri Lanka in their respective provinces and also guide Sri Lanka nationals and prospective visitors to Sri Lanka on consular matters. The Honorary Consuls appointed were selected following a rigorous process in keeping with the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka.In addition to the newly appointed Honorary Consuls, Sri Lanka also has an Honorary Consul in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in Canada, M.A.K. Girihagama, handed over the Commission of Appointment issued by the Government of Sri Lanka and the Exequatur granted by Canada to three Honorary Consuls for Sri Lanka who were appointed in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick at a ceremony held at the High Commission premises.The Honorary Consuls who received their documents were Phil Roberts for Calgary, Alberta, Malcolm A.C. Pinto for Halifax, Nova Scotia and Dr. Sameera Jayasena for St. John, New Brunswick. read more

In presenting his final report on the Iraq Oil-for-Food Programme to the United Nations Security Council today, Independent Inquiry Committee (IIC) Chairman Paul Volcker criticized the Secretariat, spread blame widely among Member States and the Council and stressed the urgency of restoring the credibility of a unique organization.“A United Nations programme carries with it – should carry with it – a strong sense of international legitimacy,” Mr. Volcker, a former United States Federal Reserve Chairman, said. “No single nation or group of nations can match that potential quality.” But its credibility and confidence had been challenged by the travails of the $64 billion programme under which the sanctions-bound regime of Saddam Hussein was allowed to sell oil to buy food, medicines and other essential supplies, and to some degree the UN had been weakened. That was why reform was so urgent. Therefore he urged the Council and the General Assembly to set firm benchmarks for progress. “Quite specifically, action should be taken by the time the General Assembly completes its meeting in 2006. The opportunity for reform should not, in my view must not, be lost,” he said.The IIC’s assignment had been to look for mis- or maladministration and for evidence of corruption within the UN and by contractors. “Unhappily, we found both,” he said, adding that it was not the details, but the broad conclusions and recommendations the Committee had reached that he wished to emphasize today.“In essence, the responsibility for the failures must be broadly shared, starting we believe with Member States and the Security Council itself,” he said. The programme left too much initiative with Iraq – a “compact with the Devil.”That basic difficulty had been compounded by a failure to clearly define the complex administrative responsibilities, shared between the Council’s “661 Committee” and the Secretariat, and by continuing political difficulties, with the result that “no one seemed clearly in command.”He said the administrative structure and practices of the Secretariat and some agencies clearly were not up to the extraordinary challenge presented by the programme.“Sadly, those weaknesses were aggravated by unethical and corrupt behaviour at key points – at the top of the Office of the Iraq Programme and in the purchasing department.”Among the findings of mismanagement or corruption, the IIC concluded that the former Executive Director of the UN Office of the Iraq Programme, Benon Sevan, “corruptly benefited” from his role in the programme and accused former procurement officer Alexander Yakovlev of soliciting kickbacks.There had also been a pervasive absence of effective auditing, characterized by “weak planning, sorely inadequate funding, and too few professional staff,” Mr. Volcker said. The absence of truly independent status for the auditing and control functions had been a critical deficiency. Furthermore, close cooperation among various UN organs “apparently goes against the grain,” he added.“Clearly, there is another side to the story – one of positive success,” Mr. Volcker said. The programme had averted the clear and present danger of malnutrition and a further collapse of medical services. That was no small achievement, especially when combined with the support the programme provided for maintaining the basic sanctions against Iraq and its inability to obtain weapons of mass destruction.But its negative conclusions could not be dismissed as “simply reporting aberrations in one programme, or something that can be smoothed over with patchwork changes,” he declared. The problems were symptomatic of deep-seated systemic issues, arising in an Organization designed 60 years ago for a simpler time, an Organization then without “large and complex operational challenges alongside its political and diplomatic responsibilities.” read more

Suncor net income falls, takes charge on cancelled oilsands project by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 30, 2014 8:57 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU) said Wednesday its net income during the second quarter dropped by more than two thirds as it took some $1.2 billion in charges related to its holdings in the oilsands and in Libya.The Calgary-based energy giant also hiked its quarterly dividend by 22 per cent to 28 cents per share.“We continue to focus squarely on profitable growth. This means we’re disciplined with our capital and invest wisely in high-return projects,” said CEO Steve Williams.“This prudent approach and our cash generating ability have enabled us to increase our quarterly dividend to shareholders.”Net income was $211 million, or 14 cents per share, compared to $680 million, or 45 cents per share, a year earlier.But operating earnings, which strip out the effects of unusual items, were stronger at $1.14 billion, compared to $934 million during the second quarter of 2013.On a per-share basis, operating earnings were 77 cents per share, missing the average analyst estimate of 97 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters.Cash flow from operations was $2.4 billion, or $1.64 per share, compared to $2.25 billion, or $1.49 per share.The company took a $718-million charge related to a decision to shelve the Joslyn oilsands mine, which would have been operated by the Canadian unit of France’s Total SA. The partners decided the project would not be economically feasible in today’s environment.Suncor also took a $297-million charge in Libya, which has been rocked by political unrest, and a $223-million charge on oilsands assets that no longer fit with Suncor’s strategy.Production in the oilsands averaged 378,000 barrels per day during the quarter, up form 276,000 barrels a year earlier.Company-wide output averaged 518,400 barrels per day, compared to 500,100 during the same 2013 quarter.Cash operating costs in the oilsands were down about 27 per cent.And the firm has also lowered its capital spending target for this year to $6.8 billion from $7.8 billion._ Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter read more

by Lee-Anne Goodman, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 24, 2015 6:41 am MDT Parliamentary budget officer Jean-Denis Frechette released a report Tuesday on the short-and long-term impact tax-free savings accounts will have on government finances. Frechette is shown in this Tuesday, January 27, 2015 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick OTTAWA – Two studies on tax-free savings accounts sound alarm bells about their long-term fiscal impact if the Conservative government keeps a 2011 campaign promise to allow people to park almost twice as much money in the popular savings vehicles.The report from the left-leaning Broadbent Institute says a pledge to up the TFSA contribution limit to $10,000 from the current $5,500 would ultimately cost billions in lost tax revenue while primarily lining the pockets of the wealthy.The majority of Canadians, the report says, would bear the burden of reduced public services or higher taxes to offset the lost revenues.The study was written by Jonathan Rhys Kesselman, an economist at Simon Fraser University whose research on tax-free savings laid the groundwork for the government’s initial introduction of TFSAs in 2009.“Like a little baby who looks cuddly and cute, this proposed initiative would grow up to be the hulking teenager who eats everyone out of house and home,” Kesselman says in an expanded version of the report done for the university’s public policy school.The parliamentary budget office also weighed in Tuesday on TFSAs, calling them regressive.The PBO report projects the fiscal impact of the TFSA program this year to be $1.3 billion, or 0.06 per cent of GDP. Two-thirds of the cost — or $860 million — is borne by the federal government, the report says. The remaining $430 million is borne by the provinces.It also predicts that if contribution limits are doubled, Ottawa would lose $14.7 billion a year in federal revenue by 2060 while the provinces would face a $7.6 billion shortfall.The impact on public finances in the early years is relatively minimal, Mostafa Askari, assistant parliamentary budget officer, told a media briefing on the PBO report. But by 2080, costs will increase ten-fold, reaching 0.57 per cent of GDP.Tax-free savings accounts primarily benefit the well-to-do, Askari added.Finance Minister Joe Oliver defended TFSAs in a statement.“Today, nearly 11 million Canadians of all ages and income levels have a TFSA, with the vast majority of accounts belonging to low and middle-income earners,” he said.Oliver’s office didn’t say, however, whether he intends to keep the government’s promise to raise the contribution limit now that he’s facing a shrinking surplus due to sliding oil prices. Nor would it say if there are plans in place to offset the loss in tax revenue in the future thanks to TFSAs.Tax-free savings accounts complement existing retirement savings tools such as RRSPs by allowing investment income to grow tax-free and unused contribution room can be carried forward into future years. Unlike RRSPs, however, the contributions themselves are not tax-deductible.Because income derived from TFSAs isn’t claimed on tax returns, it isn’t factored in when calculating income supports for the elderly such as Old Age Security or the guaranteed income supplement.The Broadbent report found that by the time the existing TFSA framework matures in 40 or 50 years, it will cost the federal government as much as $15.5 billion annually.It also predicts that TFSAs will eventually cost the provinces as much as $9 billion annually — a figure that will balloon if contribution limits are doubled.Economists have long warned that higher TFSA limits would have the greatest impact on public finances years from now, making them attractive election promises since future governments will face the bill.Kesselman calls the proposal to expand contribution limits a “ticking time bomb.”Follow Lee-Anne Goodman on Twitter @leeanne25 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Two studies warn against increasing TFSA contribution limits read more

first_imgTraveller family left without sanitation facilities for 6 months wins equality case “This is a very important decision for the Traveller community.” Labre Park Share734 Tweet Email4 Apr 25th 2017, 3:38 PM A TRAVELLER FAMILY who were left without sanitation facilities for half a year were discriminated against by Dublin City Council (DCC), the Workplace Relations Commission has found.Sallyann Berry, a member of the Traveller community resident at Labre Park, Ballyfermot, took an equality case following what she called a significant delay by DCC to the repair of her family’s sanitation facilities.In her complaint, she said that DCC had ” failed, refused or neglected to provide maintenance services to a damaged sanitation unit” on the grounds that she was a member of the Travelling community.She said that in November 2011 she had entered into a service level agreement with DCC for the provision of a free-standing sanitation unit in the yard opposite her mobile home.She said that DCC had agreed to supply and fit the unit as well as maintaining it. In January 2015, she was alerted to a fire which had broken out in the unit and rang fire services. Her husband was able to extinguish the fire before the arrival of emergency services, but the unity and its contents were badly damaged and inoperable.CasesDCC offered her a sanitation unit on the far side of the park, but this offer was inadequate according to the Commission as Berry was pregnant and had two young children.Berry had claimed she was told that because there had been a “previous “incident” of anti-social behaviour by other persons on site, [DCC] would not dispatch any personnel to the site to conduct maintenance or repairs to the unit under any circumstances”. This complaint was not located in any specific part of the site.DCC said that this incident was one where “serious threats” were made. 27,891 Views https://jrnl.ie/3357493 60 Comments Labre Park Image: Google Maps Tuesday 25 Apr 2017, 3:38 PM Image: Google Maps [DCC] submits that the critical factor which determined the withdrawal of staff was that the risk could not be localised (based on two incidents concerning the same individual at different locations on the site) and not on the direct family relationship between that individual and the complainant or any other persons on the site.The council added the delay was due to “difficulties with contractual arrangements and tendering process etc”, but the Commission’s adjudication officer said this wasn’t the case.I am satisfied that the delay in providing proper access to a sanitation unit was discriminatory against the complainant and would not have occurred in similar circumstances had it happened to a person of the settled community.The Commission ordered DCC to pay Berry €6,000.WelcomeThe Ballyfermot Travellers Action Project (BTAP), which advocated for the family in the matter, welcomed the ruling.“This is a very important decision for the Traveller community. All too often an entire community, whether it be Labre Park or another Traveller-specific accommodation area, is discriminated against by local authorities and other agencies as blanket policies are implemented without regard to individual need,” said Lorraine McMahon, BTAP Coordinator.BTAP was supported in this case by the Public Interest Law Alliance (PILA), a project of FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centres).Rachel Power, PILA Coordinator, said the case highlighted the need for more accessible legal services for the Traveller community.“The queries we have been receiving from Traveller organisations has been increasing year on year. While pro bono support secured a positive outcome in this case, there are many valuable cases that go unrepresented.”Read: Web Summit is going on a hiring spree – including someone to deal with the Irish government By Paul Hosford Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgThe key suspect in the controversial land swap involving the Vatopedi Monastery, Abbot Ephraim, was granted permission on Tuesday by a council of appeals court judges to leave the monastic community for medical treatment.Ephraim was released on bail from Korydallos Prison earlier this year but was barred from leaving Mount Athos.Since his arrest last December on charges of money laundering and embezzlement, the abbot had repeatedly appealed for his release on the grounds of ill health. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Aged care numbers increased for Greek Australians

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first_imgThe federal government has announced 222 new aged care places with a particular focus on Australia’s Greek community. In a joint media release the Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield, and his colleague Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells said there was a need to assist people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds, pledging $19 million in capital grants to assist with the implementation of new services and facility upgrades.With the announcement the Greek community is set to gain 44 new residential aged care places, with a further 178 home care places allocated to assist the elderly wishing to remain at home.“This was a highly competitive round, clearly demonstrating renewed interest in aged care, following recent changes aimed at supporting service viability, reducing their compliance burden and increasing business flexibility,” the senators said. The 2014 Aged Care Approvals Round delivered its highest number in aged care places since 2007. For more information visit: www.dss.gov.au/2014ACAR Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Migrant families wanting to sponsor their parents to come to Australia for up to 10 years will be able to lodge an application to become a sponsor from 17 April 2019.A dedicated team within the Department of Home Affairs has been set up to manage applications and assist families during the application process.15,000 Temporary Sponsored Parent visas are available each year, giving parents from overseas the opportunity to visit Australia for a continuous period of up to five years.There is also the opportunity to apply for a second visa for another five years after a short period outside Australia, meaning parents and grandparents will be able to spend up to 10 years in Australia.Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman said the Government will deliver on the strong demand for this visa.“There has been strong interest in this visa from the community, and we are preparing for a considerable number of applications straight away,” Mr Coleman said.“The Government is continuing its commitment to deliver this visa, passing it through the Senate last year despite opposition from Labor.“This new visa will ensure family reunions are possible for thousands of migrant families and will deliver great social benefits to families and communities across Australia.”Two parents per household can be sponsored for this visa at a time, ensuring more families across Australia have the opportunity to sponsor a parent.The new visa provides an alternative option to Visitor visas which only allow shorter periods of stay or permanent parent visas which are limited and have lengthy waiting times. Parents are still eligible to apply for Visitor visas and/or permanent Parent visas.Measures have been put in place to strengthen the visa framework, and require Australian sponsors to act as a financial guarantor for any outstanding public health costs incurred by the visa holder whilst in Australia, including hospital and aged care fees. This ensures taxpayers are not required to cover additional costs.Families are encouraged to get their sponsorship application in as soon as possible from 17 April. Approved sponsors will be able to lodge a visa application from 1 July 2019.For more information about the visa, see https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/bringing-someone/bringing-partner-or-family/five-year-temporary-sponsored-parents-visa.last_img read more

first_img Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form You might want to seriously consider booking a trip to the West Coast in the future. George Lucas has announced the location for his long-awaited museum and it’s going to be in Los Angeles.The Star Wars creator and legendary filmmaker and his team will open what’s to be called the Museum of Narrative Art, which will showcase Lucas’ collection of over 10,000 pieces of visual art and Hollywood memorabilia. And yes, that includes some Star Wars memorabilia, such as costumes.The board of directors released a statement Tuesday that states Los Angeles’ Exposition Park “best positions the museum to have the greatest impact on the broader community, fulfilling our goal of inspiring, engaging and educating a broad and diverse visitorship.” This was after a years-long battle to find a home for the museum, which included plans for San Francisco and Chicago.After an organization filed a lawsuit asserting that Chicago had overstepped their bounds in offering a location to Lucas, he set his sights back onto the West Coast, where he considered both Los Angeles and San Francisco. The two cities battled it out, but in the end, Los Angeles won.“Settling on a location proved to be an extremely difficult decision precisely because of the desirability of both sites and cities,” the press release stated.A rendering of the museum’s design. Courtesy Lucas Museum of Narrative ArtAs you can see from the rendering above, the museum will look futuristic, perfect for all the science fiction fans that are bound to head over there once it opens. It’ll include about 275,000 square feet of space, including up to 100,000 square feet just for galleries. The project is set to cost about $1 billion.The museum, besides being another place to experience traditional fine art, will also include a section to celebrate the “art of cinema.” The collection includes concept art, costumes, props, and examples of famous visual effects, including makeup. It’ll also host weekly screenings and lectures by filmmakers.Basically, the museum promises to be a home for film nerds, as well as fine art purists, and Star Wars and genre fans.No word yet on when it’ll be open, but as a Los Angeles resident, you can be sure I’ll be there opening day, or whenever I get the chance. Chewie, we’re home!In the meantime, you can check out the Lucas Museum’s website to learn more about the pieces and exhibitions that’ll be included in the collection. Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgJeanne Johnson of Ocean Park, Washington, is the first U.S. buyer of a tsunami pod sold by Mukilteo, Washington-based Survival Capsule LLC. (Photo: Tom Banse/NNN)A new tsunami survival option has come to the Pacific Northwest coast. It involves climbing into a spherical aluminum pod for what is sure to be the ride of your life.Listen nowThe first U.S. buyer of this technology resides in Ocean Park, Washington. Jeanne Johnson just recently moved from the Seattle area to what she calls her “dream home” at the beach. It’s about midway up the sandy, flat Long Beach Peninsula.“When I decided to move to the ocean into a tsunami zone I felt like I should prepare,” Johnson said.Her tsunami evacuation options are not good. She could make a run for it, but this Microsoft executive doubts she could reach the distant high ground in the short time between the end of the shaking of a great earthquake and incoming tsunami waves.“People panic and I don’t want to be caught in the panic,” Johnson said.A bit of internet research led her to a new option: a survival capsule — a bright orange, high-strength floating metal ball. She has taken delivery and is now deciding whether to tether her capsule in her herb garden or keep it in the garage. In any case, Johnson wants her dog to join her if and when “the Big One” comes.“My model is big enough for two people to be buckled in like a pilot’s seat,” Johnson said.The aircraft-grade aluminum sphere is about four-and-a-half feet in diameter. The sphere looks a little bit like an astronaut capsule. It has a round marine door and two tiny portholes.The survival capsule delivered to Johnson came equipped with twin air tanks inside in case the capsule is pinned underwater for a time or is surrounded by burning debris. The aluminum shell of the capsule has a ceramic blanket interior lining to protect against the heat of fire on the outside. A welded tubular framework inside braces the exterior shell. There are drinking water bladders in the bottom of the capsule and a GPS locator beacon in the event the capsule goes adrift.Survival Capsule President Julian Sharpe gives some tips to his first domestic U.S. customer Jeanne Johnson. (Photo: Tom Banse/NNN)“I have friends who say, ‘Oh my God, wouldn’t it be claustrophobic? How can you stand it?’” Johnson said. “All I can think is, what’s my option? To drown? I would rather be in that ball for the ride of my life and maintain my life.”Johnson is the first domestic customer of a startup called Survival Capsule, based near Seattle. Company president Julian Sharpe said he got the idea for the product lying awake one night while weekending in Cannon Beach, Oregon.“I thought, ‘Well, what happens now if a tsunami comes?’” Sharpe said.The aerospace engineer had a brainstorm.“I just thought it’s going to be a disaster because I’ve got four sleeping kids,” Sharpe said. “If it comes at night, the lights are going to be out. You don’t necessarily know where you’re going. You can’t see the wave, how far it is. So I thought it would be great if I could design something to throw the family in and ride it out. That’s where it all started.”Sharpe’s company’s initial sales have been to Japanese customers — eight capsule kits so far. He anticipates local governments in Japan could become a major customer base along with private sales along the U.S. West Coast, Gulf Coast and East Coast.“The target customer is the person who lives on the ocean who cannot vertically or horizontally evacuate,” Sharpe said.That’s potentially a lot of people as long as they’re willing to pay the price. Sharpe said the two-person survival capsule starts at $13,500. A four-person model lists for $17,500. Six, eight and ten-person models are for sale as well.Sharpe said he aspires to bring the price down through economies of scale when orders increase.“We hope that people will see the value of this product,” Sharpe said. “It’s not a gizmo or a toy. It’s a life insurance policy. It’s really designed to give people who live in coastal communities peace of mind.”Sharpe and Johnson hope the government will eventually subsidize private purchases of the survival capsules as an extension of public spending on tsunami readiness projects such as the planned safe haven berm proposed for a field behind Long Beach Elementary School.While the inspiration for the product was tsunami survival, Sharpe said his company’s capsules are now drawing additional interest from coastal residents worried about hurricanes.“Rather than evacuate from hurricanes and be 200 miles away while the hurricane decides it wants to go in a different direction leaving their home vulnerable — or business vulnerable — to looting, they want to stay at home and have a tsunami capsule as a last line of defense,” Sharpe explained.Residents who swung by Long Beach City Hall earlier to look at plans for a different evacuation option had mixed reactions to the tsunami capsule idea. Jane Bena shivered at the prospect of sheltering inside while being battered by tsunami debris.“I would hate to be bounced around in that,” Bena said. “I’m too old. I’m 80 years old. I don’t know that I would care to survive a tsunami.”The City of Long Beach, Washington, is using grant money to design an armored, man-made hill that could be used as a tsunami evacuation platform for at least 850 people. Bena favored building this, but as you maybe can tell she’s fatalistic about her own chances.last_img read more

first_imgJammu: A top Army commander chaired a meeting of the core group of intelligence and security agencies in Srinagar on Tuesday and assured a high level of readiness to thwart inimical designs, the Army said. General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh chaired the meeting that was attended by senior Army, police and paramilitary officers and intelligence officers, it said. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us The meeting took place a day after the Centre revoked some provisions of Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and proposed that the state be bifurcated into union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. “#Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, #ArmyCdrNC chaired a meeting of the core group of intelligence & security agencies at Srinagar; assured high level of readiness to thwart inimical deigns; lauded synergized efforts of all stake holders to ensure peace & security in J&K,” read a tweet on the official account of the Northern Command. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us A picture of the meeting was also posted on the Northern Command’s official account. Curfew-like restrictions remained in force in most parts of Jammu and Kashmir for the second successive day on Tuesday as authorities are keeping a close vigil on the developing situation in the aftermath of the government’s decision. The authorities have promulgated prohibitory orders under Section 144 across the state, including Srinagar and Jammu, with heavy deployment of forces.last_img read more

first_imgTo keep its chief Subrata Roy out on bail, Sahara Group coughed up Rs. 300 crore on Wednesday. Another bail extension till September 2016 will cost the group another Rs. 300 crore, ruled the Supreme Court.Since the arrest of Roy in 2014, the court has held the group pay Rs. 10,000 crore (half in cash and rest in bank guarantee) for an interim bail. However, on May 4, 2016, Roy was released conditionally to attend his mother’s funeral — discounting the bail term.The latest round of payment helped the group clock a total cash deposit of Rs. 10,000 crore. Kapil Sibal, the group’s lawyer, trying to establish the company’s bonafides, said the bank guarantees too are expected to follow.However, the Supreme Court said that the payment of bail bond amount was not a guarantee for Roy’s freedom as the company’s principal liability was Rs. 24,000 crore. In an earlier judgement, the court had highlighted that another Rs. 12,000 crore remains to be paid as interest on principal.”We are getting tired of recovering the outstanding dues from you. At this rate (Rs 200-300 crore at a time every three months), you will take 10 years to pay up the principal amount,” the bench was quoted as saying by ToI.Sibal said the company plans to repay the entire Rs. 24,000 crore within 18 months. On Sebi’s lawyers seeking a sale of Sahara’s Ambi Valley property to recover the dues, Sibal said the move was akin to killing the golden goose.The bench quipped that all it needed were the golden eggs and not the goose in itself.last_img read more

first_imgThe Dalai Lama.ReutersThe Dalai Lama has always been seen as a symbol of hope and optimism across the world. However, he ruffled many feathers on Friday after he reiterated his statement saying that he wouldn’t mind having a female successor as long as she is attractive.The Holy leader made this comment during an interview with BBC News when the interviewer asked him if he still stood by his statement made in 2015 that he wouldn’t mind an ‘attractive female successor’, and he said yes.This was perhaps the most surprising moment in the interview. I asked the Dalai Lama if he stood by his earlier comment that if his successor was female, she should be attractive. He said he did. Watch here:#DalaiLama #BBCDalaiLama. pic.twitter.com/QAy0EFDZTT— Rajini Vaidyanathan (@BBCRajiniV) June 27, 2019 The Dalai Lama said, “If a female Dalai Lama comes, she should be more attractive.” When the interviewer told him that he could be seen as objectifying women and that beauty is who you are inside, the Dalai Lama said, “Yes, I think both. Real beauty is inner beauty. That is true. But we, human beings, [for us] appearance is also important.” Seeing the Dalai Lama’s comments on women’s appearance and migrants makes you wonder how far populism goes if even he loses his moral compass! #disgustedI’m actually very sad watching this.I despair for our us humans. https://t.co/dM35TIwQI3— Aurelie Soulier ?⌛?? ✊ (@EdTechYogi) June 29, 2019 The Dalai Lama wants his female successor hot… fine, Dolly Lama it is. And just like that, I’m a Buddhist. pic.twitter.com/lFuQj34mji— mamrie hart (@mametown) June 28, 2019last_img read more

first_img Journal information: Journal of the American Chemical Society The researchers, Darya Asheghali, Pornnipa Vichchulada, and Associate Professor Marcus D. Lay at the University of Georgia in Athens, have published their paper on converting m-SWNTs to s-SWNTs in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.Previous studies have attempted to overcome the problem of m-SWNTs by using methods that are often complex and expensive. Some approaches involve using specialized SWNT growth methods that select for s-SWNTs, while other approaches involve post-growth solution processing to remove m-SWNTs.The approach proposed in the new study could provide a simpler solution to obtain large amounts of s-SWNTs. After growing the SWNTs using a conventional bulk growth method, the researchers deposited sub-10-nm copper oxide nanoparticles on all of the nanotubes, both metallic and semiconducting. This single step converts the m-SWNTs into s-SWNTs and also improves the electric properties of the original s-SWNTs.When the researchers incorporated these decorated s-SWNTs into transistors, they found that the transistors’ on/off current ratios increased from about 21 to 4300, representing a 205-fold improvement. The reason that the nanoparticles have this effect is because of the way they change the SWNTs’ band gaps. Since a band gap is the energy range in a material where electrons cannot exist, generally a large band gap corresponds to low electrical conductivity, and vice versa. Typically, insulators have large band gaps, semiconductors have smaller band gaps, and conductors have very small or no band gaps. In the current study, the m-SWNTs originally have no band gap, making them good conductors. Although high conductivity is good when transistors are in the on state (when electrons flow), it is a liability in the off state (where electrons don’t flow). Being highly conductive, the m-SWNTs leak a lot of current in the off state. As the researchers demonstrate here, the copper oxide nanoparticles can open up a band gap in the m-SWNTs, which restricts the current flow and greatly reduces the leakage current when the transistor is in the off state. Now that the m-SWNTs have a band gap, they are by definition s-SWNTs. The nanoparticles also increase the band gaps of the s-SWNTs, which improves both their uniformity and current efficiency. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Metallic-to-semiconducting nanotube conversion greatly improves transistor performance (2013, May 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-metallic-to-semiconducting-nanotube-conversion-greatly-transistor.html © 2013 Phys.org. All rights reserved. Scientists reach the ultimate goal: Controlling chirality in carbon nanotubes (Phys.org) —Future transistors made of semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes (s-SWNTs) have the potential to perform much better than today’s transistors. However, when SWNTs are grown in bulk, only about two-thirds of them are semiconducting, while the other one-third are metallic (m-SWNTs). Since m-SWNTs have a higher conductivity than s-SWNTs, their presence allows current leakage in a transistor’s off state, which greatly decreases the transistor’s on/off current ratio and overall performance. In a new study, scientists have demonstrated that simply decorating the m-SWNTs with copper oxide nanoparticles can convert them into s-SWNTs, resulting in a 205-fold increase in a transistor’s on/off current ratio. The researchers explain that the copper oxide nanoparticles create/increase these band gaps by withdrawing electron density from the SWNTs at the point of contact. In a sense, the nanoparticles act like tiny valves along a wire that increase the SWNTs’ sensitivity to gate voltages at certain points, changing the conductivity of the SWNTs overall.Although the researchers describe the effect as a conversion of metallic SWNTs to semiconducting SWNTs, they also clarify that, when it comes down to it, m-SWNTs are not true metals. Instead, they should be considered semimetals or zero band gap semiconductors because true metals could not be made sensitive to the gate voltage. Graphene also falls into this category of semimetals. However, it is more complicated to open a band gap in graphene because graphene is a 2-D material. The researchers explain that the 1-D nature of SWNTs simplifies the process of band gap tuning by allowing the nanoparticles to act like valves on a wire and locally halt electron transport. This approach cannot carry over to planar graphene due do its different geometry.This relatively simple method of using nanoparticles to convert m-SWNTs into s-SWNTs, and the significant performance improvement that results, has great potential to further the development of SWNT-based transistors in the future, as well as carry over to other areas.”The ability to open a bandgap in graphite-based semiconductors like SWNTs and graphene will have applications in sensors and energy conversion,” Lay told Phys.org.As for SWNT field-effect transistors (FETs), Lay explained that other challenges remain before they can become commercially widespread.”The biggest problem facing SWNT FETs is the dearth of purification and suspension formation methods that separate the high aspect ratio SWNTs needed for structural and electronic applications from the soot and catalyst particles that make up about 50% of SWNT samples with common bulk growth methods,” he said. “Another major roadblock is the lack of deposition methods that allow control over the density and alignment of SWNTs.”Lay and his group have contributed significantly to these two areas in another recent study1. When copper nanoparticles are deposited on SWNT networks (left: aligned network; right: crossbar network), the nanoparticles create band gaps in the metallic SWNTs, which decreases leakage current and improves a transistor’s on/off ratio. Credit: D. Asheghali, et al. Explore further More information: D. Asheghali, P. Vichchulada, and M. D. Lay. “Conversion of Metallic Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Networks to Semiconducting through Electrochemical Ornamentation.” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135 (20), 7511–7522. DOI: 10.1021/ja311721gNote: 1 N. P. Bhatt, P. Vichchulada, and M. D. Lay. “Bulk Purification and Deposition Methods for Selective Enrichment in High Aspect Ratio Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes.” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 134 (2012) 9352-9361, DOI: 10.1021/ja302136xlast_img read more

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first_img Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. “The evidence is there. If you have more than 50 studies showing CT perfusion is equivalent with other modalities and two large scale studies showing you are adding incremental value to CCTA, it becomes a question of how to implement this into clinical practice,” Cury said. “In all these studies, CT perfusion is comparable to nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging. We showed it is at least equal to SPECT myocardial perfusion scans.”  Since 2007, studies have validated the use of CT perfusion, said Ricardo Cury, M.D., FAHA, FSCCT, FACC, chairman of radiology, director of cardiac imaging, Baptist Health of South Florida, Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute. He said there are now about 50 single-center studies comparing CT perfusion to other commonly used function testing modalities, including nuclear imaging, angiography, SPECT myocardial perfusion, angiography with invasive catheter fractional flow reserve (FFR) and MRI.  In the past few years there have been some large retrospective meta analysis studies for the use of CT perfusion and two major multi-center, randomized trials.[1, 2]  Video Player is loading.ITN Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance AthletesPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 11:59Loaded: 1.36%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -11:59 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. However, he said the software allows for automated quantification and helps verify the reader’s qualitative assessment of the images. Toshibas CT myocardial perfusion software, available on the Aquilion One and Aquilion OneVison Edition CT systems, allows functional assessment of myocardial ischemia. The software shows blood flow and anatomy within the myocardium to help determine the viability of the heart muscle. The biggest driver for its adoption will likely come from healthcare reform, which will convert the U.S. healthcare system from a fee-for-service model to a value-based payment system, Cury said. CT perfusion is another step toward making CT a less expensive, one-stop-shop for cardiac imaging without the need for other tests, overnight admissions or unnecessary diagnostic catheterizations.  He stressed the clinical data from numerous randomized trials showing how CCTA can be a reliable first-line gatekeeper to the cath lab.  He said CT perfusion imaging (the assessment of iodine contrast media in the myocardium as a surrogate measure for blood flow) can show areas of ischemia, similar to nuclear myocardial perfusion scans.  Using computational fluid dynamics supercomputing analysis software, FFR-CT technology solves millions of complex equations simulating blood flow in the coronary arteries to provide a mathematically derived FFR. The software (offered by Heart Flow Inc.) creates a virtual 3-D model of the patient’s coronary tree. It goes beyond the perfusion data included in the CT dataset or in an invasive FFR for a single lesion to show FFR readings for the entire coronary tree. This includes cumulative measures for segments with long diffuse lesions and the impact of multiple lesions in a vessel branch. The FFR-CT color-coded coronary tree showing various FFR values overlaid on a 3-D reconstruction of the patient’s heart to show the associated anatomical landmarks, which can be used for orientation during interventional revascularization procedures.  Perfusion Analysis SoftwareAll the major CT vendors and the third-party advanced visualization vendors Vital and TeraRecon offer CT perfusion analysis software. They all operate on the same principle of measuring the Hounsfield units associated with iodine contrast mixed in the blood and tracking and mapping its levels in the myocardium throughout the cardiac cycle. The software can then create color-coded perfusion maps on 3-D reconstructions, multi-planar views or on bull’s eye maps. These systems also offer quantification of the contrast levels in the tissue.  News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more “For an experienced reader, you don’t need software, you can process the images in your mind based on the gray levels of contrast in the tissue,” Cury said. “You can detect if there is an ischemic defect and if it is reversible.” References:1. Cury RC, Kitt TM, Feaheny K, Blankstein R, Ghoshhajra BB, Budoff MJ, Leipsic J, Min JK, Akin J, George RT. “A randomized, multicenter, multivendor study of myocardial perfusion imaging ith regadenoson CT perfusion vs single photon emission CT.” J Cardiovasc Comput Tomogr. 2015 Mar-Apr;9(2):103-12.e1-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jcct.2015.01.002. Epub 2015 Jan 7. PubMed PMID: 25726411. “Economics play a big role. As healthcare changes to a value-based system, CT perfusion will become very attractive,” Cury explained. “It’s very convenient from a patient’s perspective because if they have an intermediate lesion seen on a scan, with CT perfusion you can see its impact right on the spot,” Cury said. “In the past you had to send the patient for a nuclear scan the next day.”  Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Adoption of CT Perfusion”At this point, we are having early adopters of CT perfusion in clinical practice,” Cury said. Most of these adopters are experienced CCTA centers that are integrating perfusion as part of their daily routine, or centers using it for clinical studies.  He said it will likely be another five years or so before CT perfusion is used for standard cardiac imaging at other centers.   Performing CT Perfusion ScansOn a basic level, Min said experienced cardiac CT readers should be able to identify perfusion defects (dark areas of the myocardium devoid of contrast due to the lack of blood flow) quickly on first pass CT scans. He said the more advanced method is the “sit and spin” approach, where the scanner makes numerous rotations to visualize the wash in and wash out of contrast in the myocardium. CT perfusion software can help enhance visualization and enable quantification.  However, as with any medical technology, Cury said it has advantages and disadvantages. FFR-CT does not require a second scan or the administration of adenosine or other pharmacological stress agents. It also provides FFR data without the need to send a patient to the cath lab. He said the downside of the technology is that hospitals need to send patient data to a third-party for analysis and it requires up to a 24-hour turnaround time for the FFR-CT report. Another issue is that the technology has an issue processing CT scans in patients with high levels of arterial calcium burden, where the lumen is difficult to define.   Results of the FFR-CT RIPCORD study, presented at the EuroPCR 2015 in May, showed the technology might help change the course of treatment in more than one-third of patients with coronary artery disease. In the study, three experienced cardiologists reviewed CCTAs of 200 consecutive cases of patients with stable chest pain. The physicians agreed upon a plan to manage each patient: optimal medical therapy, a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) or coronary bypass surgery. In some cases, the physicians agreed that they were unable to make a decision and needed more information, such as an invasive diagnostic angiogram with associated invasive FFR. Next, the physicians were shown the results of the FFR-CT analysis for each case and made a second management decision incorporating these data. Overall, the management plan was changed in 72 of the 200 patients (36 percent). In 16 of the 87 cases considered candidates for PCI based on the angiogram (18 percent), one or more of the target lesions was changed using the FFR-CT analysis. “FFR-CT has a lot of promise and I believe in the technology,” Cury said.  An example of Vital Images’ CT perfusion software, showing an infarct (black) and ischemic defects (dark purple). Data also can be shown on a bulls eye plot. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more FFR-CT and a New Perfusion ParadigmMin said the next major step in CT perfusion imaging is the use of FFR-CT, which gained U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in November 2014. Catheter-based, invasive FFR is considered the gold standard to determine if coronary lesions are hemodynamically significant and require stenting. The FDA cleared the noninvasive, virtual FFR-CT software based on its close correlation with invasive FFR. Related Content 2. Rochitte CE1, George RT, Chen MY, et al. “Computed tomography angiography and perfusion to assess coronary artery stenosis causing perfusion defects by single photon emission computed tomography: the CORE320 study.” Eur Heart J. 2014 May;35(17):1120-30. doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/eht488. Epub 2013 Nov 19. News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more “I think it is very promising and in specific settings it might be able to replace nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging,” Cury said.  Feature | June 11, 2015 | Dave Fornell CT Perfusion Imaging Ready for Mainstream CT functional imaging may replace the need for nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging or diagnostic catheterization News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more For these reasons, Cury said CT perfusion will likely be used as a first line option by many centers until FFR-CT analysis technology can be enabled at the centers themselves and the image processing time reduced to a few hours, rather than an entire day.  Cury said a coronary CCTA scan is always performed first, and then a separate perfusion scan using rest and pharmacological stress protocols is performed. The two scans take a total of about 30 minutes to perform. Toshibas CT myocardial perfusion software, available on the Aquilion One and Aquilion OneVison Edition CT systems, allows functional assessment of myocardial ischemia. The software shows blood flow and anatomy within the myocardium to help determine the viability of the heart muscle. Cardiac computed tomography angiography (CCTA) is known to have excellent anatomical imaging, but has lacked the ability for functional assessments, requiring chest pain patients with intermediate stenosis lesions to be sent to the cath lab or nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging. However, recent advances in CCTA image analysis software and the accumulation of supporting clinical data may soon enable CT perfusion imaging and virtual fractional flow reserve-CT (FFR-CT) to become mainstream in the coming years. Today’s CT technology offers the key elements desired in a one-stop-shop cardiac imaging modality. These include good anatomical imaging to identify possible blockages, functional data via perfusion imaging, clear image datasets to plan and guide interventions, and data to back its prognostic value. This was according to James Min, M.D., FACC, New York Presbyterian, who spoke at several sessions on CCTA at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2015 meeting. He said the introduction of 64-slice CT systems since 2005 has made coronary CT angiography a widespread viable imaging option. The high level of radiation dose associated with older scanners (about 30 mSv in 2005) has dropped precipitately in recent years with the introduction of new scanner technology, iterative image reconstruction software and other technical changes in how scans are performed. Today, Min said routine cardiac CT scans can be performed at or below 1 mSv. “Once you hit that 1 mSv or less range, you are hitting the area that is equal in dose to a screening mammogram,” Min explained.  Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate read more Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more He said it is ideal for patients who present to the emergency department with chest pain, because it offers an immediate assessment of perfusion without the wait or need for overnight admission to undergo a nuclear scan in the morning, or a diagnostic angiogram.   PreviousNextlast_img read more

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