Police escort antipipeline protesters away from Trudeau media event

Posted On Oct 17 2019 by

first_imgVANCOUVER – Two people protesting Ottawa’s approval of the expansion of the Kinder Morgan oil pipeline say they were questioned by police Wednesday after they interrupted a news conference by the prime minister.Hayley Zacks and 24-year-old Jake Hubley stood with signs protesting the pipeline before telling Prime Minister Justin Trudeau he can’t fulfil his climate action promises if projects like Trans Mountain are approved.Twenty-year-old Zacks said later in an interview that she and Hubley were both first-time voters in the last federal election and they voted for Trudeau because of his election promises.When the Trans Mountain pipeline was approved, she says they were disappointed.She says they received passes to the news conference by claiming they were freelance journalists.Zacks says they were escorted out of the news conference by the prime minister’s RCMP security team, handcuffed by Vancouver police officers and taken to a nearby station.After being questioned by police, Zacks says they were released.The $6.8-billion pipeline expansion project between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C., would nearly triple the line’s capacity and increase tanker traffic sevenfold along British Columbia’s southern coast.last_img read more


10th annual Manito Ahbee festival kicks off in Winnipeg

Posted On Oct 14 2019 by

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe 10th annual Manito Ahbee festival kicked off today in Winnipeg.The five day festival is a celebration of Aboriginal culture and heritage.Highlights include an international pow wow, marketplace and the Indigenous music awards.APTN’s Matt Thordarson reports.last_img


‘London, Dublin bid to restore N Ireland govt’

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgBelfast: London and Dublin were set to announce a fresh attempt to revive Northern Ireland’s power-sharing devolved administration, reports said Friday, following the killing of a journalist by nationalist paramilitaries. Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom, has been without its semi-autonomous government since January 2017 following a breakdown in trust between the main parties. In a rare joint statement, politicians from Northern Ireland’s six biggest parties united to condemn the killing of 29-year-old Lyra McKee, shot dead on April 18 while reporting on riots in the second city of Londonderry. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHer death has triggered a renewed attempt to mend the fences between the main parties representing the British unionist and Irish nationalist communities. The New IRA (Irish Republican Army) paramilitary splinter group, which violently opposes the peace process in Northern Ireland, admitted responsibility for McKee’s killing, saying she was unintentionally shot as they attacked “enemy” police officers. At her funeral on Wednesday, Father Martin Magill commended Northern Ireland’s political leaders for joining together at her funeral, but asked, to a standing ovation: “Why in God’s name does it take the death of a 29-year-old woman with her whole life in front of her to get us to this point?'” It is expected that the talks could take place following the May 2 local elections in Northern Ireland. Britain’s N Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley and Ireland’s Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney are expected to hold a press conference later on Friday in Belfast. The two largest parties, the pro-British Democratic Unionists and Irish republican Sinn Fein, are at loggerheads over several issues.last_img read more


TSX little changed European Central Bank moves to bolster eurozone recovery

Posted On Oct 4 2019 by

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX little changed, European Central Bank moves to bolster eurozone recovery by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 5, 2014 6:17 am MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed little changed Thursday as the European Central Bank moved to deal with the threat of deflation and give some lift to a tepid economic recovery.The S&P/TSX composite index edged 3.39 points higher to 14,800.18 as the ECB announced that it’s cutting its lending rate to 0.15 per cent from 0.25 per cent. It is also dropping its overnight deposit rate to minus 0.1 per cent from zero. Charging banks for parking funds with the ECB is an unusual step aimed at pushing banks to lend that money rather than hoard it.The Canadian dollar was ahead 0.08 of a cent to 91.5 cents US.It was a record-breaking day on Wall Street as ECB president Mario Draghi also said the bank will offer long-term loans to banks at cheap rates until 2018, which gives banks confidence they have cheap funding for the next few years. Draghi said the ECB’s policymakers unanimously agreed to consider more unconventional measures to boost inflation if it stays too low.Both the Dow Jones industrials and the S&P closed at record highs. The Dow gained 98.58 points to 16,836.11 while the S&P jumped 12.58 points to 1,940.46. While the Nasdaq did not hit a record, the index still ran up 44.59 points or about one per cent to 4,296.23.It had been widely expected that the ECB would take action to save the eurozone region from falling into a deflationary spiral that would choke off growth. Worries about deflation increased earlier this week with the release of data showing that inflation in the eurozone came in at 0.5 per cent in May, down from 0.7 per cent in April.“I don’t know that it was a big surprise… what they’re doing certainly seems appropriate given the overall economic backdrop,” said Tim Caulfield, co-Lead manager of the Franklin Bissett Canadian Equity Fund in Calgary.“The focus now will be on the non-farm payrolls number tomorrow (Friday) to give us a sense for how things are progressing in the U.S.”Economists have forecast that about 219,000 jobs were created during May in the U.S., following a much stronger than expected 288,000 gain in April.Doubts about reaching that figure were raised Wednesday after payroll firm ADP reported that the U.S. private sector created 179,000 jobs during May, the fewest number in four months.Canadian job figures for May also come out Friday and economists expect about 21,000 jobs were created after the economy shed 29,000 the previous month.In commodities, the gold sector led advancers, up 1.5 per cent as August bullion erased early losses following the ECB announcement to climb $9 to US$1,253.30 an ounce. Traders think that the ECB might launch its own version of quantitative easing to stimulate the economy, which involves buying assets such as bonds.The base metals group was down 0.24 per cent, while July copper unchanged at US$3.08 a pound.The TSX energy sector dipped 0.09 per cent while June crude in New York shed 16 cents to US$102.48 a barrel.In corporate news, Just Energy Group Inc. (TSX:JE) sold its water heater and HVAC home services business to Reliance Comfort Limited Partnership for $505 million. Just Energy says it’s also cutting its dividend and will repay about $400 million in debt. Its shares rose 40 cents to $6.55.Saputo (TSX:SAP), the country’s largest cheese and dairy processor, posted quarterly earnings ex-items of $151.9 million or 78 cents per diluted share, four cents better than analyst forecasts. The Canadian division’s pre-tax operating profits (EBITDA) decreased 8.6 per cent to $108.9 million and its shares dipped 14 cents to $58.95. read more


Mens Basketball Kaleb Wesson to return for the Big Ten tournament

Posted On Sep 28 2019 by

Ohio State sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson (34) goes up for a shot in the first half of the game against Iowa on Feb. 26. Ohio State won 90-70. Credit Cori Wade | Lantern PhotographerOhio State sophomore forward and leading scorer Kaleb Wesson will return from his suspension on Thursday when the Buckeyes play in the Big Ten tournament, head coach Chris Holtmann announced Monday. Wesson had been suspended for the past three games for a violation of Ohio State athletic department rules. In his absence, the Buckeyes have struggled, losing its past three games against Purdue, Northwestern and Wisconsin respectively by an average of 19.7 points, including a 35-point loss to the Boilermakers on March 2. Wesson leads the team with 14.6 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game, shooting 51.1 percent from the field. Ohio State will open the Big Ten tournament against Indiana on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. read more


Amminex beats conventional NOx reduction technology

Posted On Sep 24 2019 by

first_imgAfter years of road testing and demonstrations of how its disruptive technology effectively reduces toxic nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions during operation, Amminex has achieved a major commercial breakthrough by winning a contract to upgrade the majority of Copenhagen’s city buses for local traffic authority Movia. Amminex, together with both local partners and UK-based Eminox, has been selected to perform the upgrade and will install complete SCRT® catalyst based emissions systems in which Amminex ASDS™ technology is the key enabler of optimal NOx reduction. This will enable the buses to conform not only to the Euro VI standard, but also an additional expected future tightening of this standard that caters for real driving emissions (RDE).Amminex ASDS technology unlocks the full potential of the SCR catalyst by storing and injecting gaseous ammonia (NH3) into the exhaust stream. This enables a highly efficient NOx reduction in all driving conditions without compromising the fuel efficiency and CO2 footprint of the vehicle. Moreover, it represents a distinct advantage in cold climates as well as low exhaust temperatures.Amminex Emissions Technology is a fast growing Danish clean-tech company. The company’s unique NOx reduction technology is based on a system for ammonia storage and delivery, known as ASDS. The system reductant is ammonia bound in a solid, together called AdAmmine™, to dramatically reduce the emissions of toxic NOx gasses from diesel exhaust.This technology is setting a new industry benchmark by enabling a significantly higher NOx reduction for vehicles than any other known technology. The technology already enables NOx emissions below future Euro VI standard for real driving emissions (RDE).last_img read more


EHF CL Swiss Kadetten keep TOP 16 chances

Posted On Sep 22 2019 by

SG Flensburg beat Turkish best team Besiktas 31:27 with Anders Eggert in the main role with 8 goals. Ivan Nincevic scored one less for Turkish team. 4. Orlen Wisla Plock8413234:229(5)9 2. MOL-Pick Szeged9603253:241(12)12 Swiss best outfit Kadetten Schaffhausen mantained the chances for TOP 16 spot by victory over Hungarian second best side PICK Szeged 32:29 (19:15). Team coached by Markus Baur scheduled the decisive match against French Dunkerque for the next week after quality 60 minutes in clash with the Hungarians, who already secured second place in Group behind Vive Tauron Kielce.Swiss left wing Manuel Liniger was TOP scorer with 8 goals, but Man of the Match award goes to Kadetten’s right back Aleksandar Stojanovic, who netted six. For the losers, Ilyes and Prodanovic netted seven each. 4. Aalborg Handball8224203:210(-7)6 5. Alingsas HK8107197:241(-44)2 6. Besiktas MOGAZ HT9108228:274(-46)2 5. Kadetten Schaffhausen9225239:268(-29)6 2. KIF Kolding Kobenhavn8521231:207(24)12 1. FC Barcelona8611276:228(48)13 EHF Champions LeagueKadetten Schaffhausen 6. HC Motor Zaporozhye8206220:226(-6)4 3. SG Flensburg-Handewitt9603259:246(13)12 3. Dunkerque HB Grand Littora…8305196:202(-6)6 1. KS Vive Tauron Kielce8800248:212(36)16 ← Previous Story WORLD OF HANDBALL – PARTILLE CUP 2015 is waiting for you Next Story → Nandor Fazekas third time in DKB Bundesliga – HBW Balingen read more


Appeal for information after poisoning of protected bird of prey in Wicklow

Posted On Sep 22 2019 by

first_imgTHE NATIONAL PARKS and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and gardaí have called on the public to contact them with any information regarding the poisoning of a protected bird of prey in Wicklow.The NPWS said a red kite – which is a protected species – found in Vartry Resevoir in Roundwood, Co Wicklow, has been confirmed poisoned. The bird was reported by a concerned dog walker to Birdwatch Ireland who informed local NPWS staff and an investigation into the matter started immediately.A ranger responded to the incident and found the bird carcass which lay only a few hundred metres from residential houses and a local pre-school. The bird which appeared in good condition had a mouth and crop full of fresh food, indicating that cause of death was most likely poisoning, the NPWS said. The Vartry Reservoir is used for recreational walking and angling and provides drinking water to the southern suburbs of Dublin.PoisonA post mortem was carried out and the bird was confirmed as having been poisoned by alphachloralose, the legal use of which is restricted to the control of rats and mice.The stomach contents of the red kite indicate that the poison was placed on meat bait, a practice now banned, largely for the protection of birds of prey. Searches of the area for further casualties or poisoned baits and door to door enquiries were conducted by NPWS staff and local gardaí.Speaking about the incident, Minister Jimmy Deenihan said the red kite is a “magnificent bird of prey” and described the poisoning as “unacceptable”.I know every effort is being made to find those responsible for this incident, and I would call on any person with any information about this matter to contact the National Parks and Wildlife Service of my Department or An Garda Síochána. The use of this type of poison is strictly limited to the eradication of mice and rats, and should at no time be used in the unacceptably reckless way it was.‘The height of recklessness’The kite was a wild-bred Wicklow kite from 2012, only 14-months-old whose parents were originally brought over from Wales in 2008. Red kites have only recently made their way as far north as Roundwood and the NPWS said it will be disappointing for many of the locals that had been enjoying their presence to hear of the poisoning.Dr Marc Ruddock, Red Kite Project Manager, for the Golden Eagle Trust said this is “the height of recklessness” and it is imperative that communities and individuals take responsibility for getting the people who are still laying poison to stop immediately.“The costs are high for Irish wildlife and the potential human consequences of this incident don’t bear thinking about,” he added.last_img read more


Leau ne se transforme pas toujours en glace à 0°C

Posted On Sep 20 2019 by

first_imgL’eau ne se transforme pas toujours en glace à 0°CUne étude publiée hier explique pour quelle raison il faut atteindre la température de – 48°C pour être certain de voir l’eau se transformer en glace.Les scientifiques étudiant l’atmosphère ont besoin de savoir à quelle température et à quel rythme l’eau gèle et se transforme en glace afin de “prédire combien d’eau dans l’atmosphère est à l’état liquide ou à l’état de cristaux”, explique Valeria Molinero, du département de chimie de l’université de l’Utah. En connaissant cette quantité d’eau, il est possible de déterminer la quantité de rayonnement solaire absorbé par l’eau et la glace atmosphérique. “C’est important pour les prédictions sur le climat mondial”, ajoute-t-elle.À lire aussiCanicule : 7 règles d’or pour survivre à la chaleurPour que la glace se forme, il faut d’abord que de petits grains de glace apparaissent dans l’eau. Dans l’eau pure, “la seule façon de former un tel noyau, c’est en changeant spontanément la structure du liquide”, indique la chercheuse. La question-clé, poursuit-elle, c’est “dans quelles conditions ces noyaux se forment-ils et sont assez grands pour grossir ?”Comme l’explique la scientifique avec sa consœur Emily Moore dans la revue Nature, ce n’est pas seulement une question de froid extrême, cela dépend aussi de la façon dont s’organisent les molécules d’eau. L’eau en surfusion (encore liquide en dessous de 0 °C) se transforme en glace quand les molécules d’eau s’associent entre elles pour former des tétraèdres (pyramides à quatre faces).Pour que la glace se forme, il faut d’abord de petits noyaux ou graines de glace au sein du liquide. Dans l’eau pure, “la seule façon de former un tel noyau, c’est en changeant spontanément la structure du liquide”, souligne Mme Molinero. En simulant sur ordinateur le comportement de milliers de molécules d’eau, les deux chimistes ont réussi à déterminer à quelle vitesse se forment les cristaux de glace et à quelle température doit descendre l’eau pour atteindre son taux maximal de cristallisation et geler de façon certaine : – 48°C.Le 24 novembre 2011 à 14:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


Identité biométrique second examen au Parlement

Posted On Sep 20 2019 by

first_imgIdentité biométrique : second examen au ParlementLa France est à la traîne sur la carte nationale d’identité sécurisée, par rapport à ses voisins européens.Au niveau législatif, le passage à la biométrie ne se fait pas si facilement que cela dans l’Hexagone.En discussion, les amendements sur le “lien fort” entre les données de la puce (qui seront désormais inclues dans la carte d’identité) et la base de données centralisée. Cette puce donnera des informations biométriques comme les empreintes digitales ou la photographie numérique de l’individu. Si la politique du “lien fort” est appliquée, cela permettra de vous identifier rapidement, si vous passez sur une caméra de surveillance par exemple. La base de données permettra une identification de votre visage grâce aux informations numérisées…comme dans les films SF de ces dernières années. L’Assemblée avait voté “pour” mais le Sénat était partisan du “lien faible” entre la puce et les données privées des gens, protégeant ainsi l’accès trop facile aux informations de chacun. Les risques d’abus, notamment dans le futur, sont la première cause de ce rejet.Aujourd’hui, le texte est à nouveau examiné car un nouvel amendement vient d’être déposé par l’Assemblée Nationale, excluant explicitement la reconnaissance faciale. Les autres empreintes resteraient cependant exploitables sans l’assentiment de la personne mais après accord d’un juge. Ce type d’informations serviraient notamment dans l’instruction de toute une série de délits, comme l’usurpation d’identité…Le 30 novembre 2011 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


Three Washington beaches to open for razor clams

Posted On Sep 19 2019 by

first_imgOLYMPIA — State officials today announced tentative razor clam seasons through February at Copalis, Mocrocks and Kalaloch beaches, but Long Beach and Twin Harbors remain closed.Final approval of all scheduled openings  beaches will depend on whether results of marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife typically announces whether a dig will go forward about a week before the opening.“We know people are anxious to make plans to go razor clamming in 2017,’’ said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager. “We’ve planned openings for 19 days in January and February, but we can’t give final approval until tests show we can open those beaches to digging.’’For the first time since 2012, Kalaloch Beach is tentatively scheduled to open — on Jan. 8 and 9 — for digging.Inside Olympic National Park, the beach has not been open the last few years for razor clam digging due a low abundance of clams. State wildlife and park officials say the population is robust enough for digs in 2017. Additional digs at Kalaloch will be announced in the coming months.The proposed digs, along with low tides and beaches open include:• Jan. 8, Sunday, 3:11 p.m.; 0.4 feet; Kalaloch; Jan. 9, Monday, 4:08 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Kalaloch.• Jan. 13, Friday, 7:17 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks; Jan. 14, Saturday, 7:59 p.m.; -1.0 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks;  Jan. 15, Sunday, 8:40 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks.last_img read more


500000 CHARGE COMING SOON FOR IMPROPER GARBAGE DISPOSAL

Posted On Sep 17 2019 by

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS, DECEMBER 1, 2013- Individuals will soon stand liable to pay fines of up to $500, 000 or face 6 months imprisonment if they fail store their garbage properly. Speaking to media, Kenrick Neely, Director of Environmental Health, said the law is already in place and the department will just be enforcing it. He is encouraging residents to cover garbage properly or store in plastic bags until collection as these conditions make perfect breeding grounds for rats, roaches and mosquitoes that are not only pests but also may cause diseases.last_img read more


Nat Geo Expands Digital Team People on the Move 33016

Posted On Sep 14 2019 by

first_img Golfweek has promoted Henry Robinson to the position of associate publisher. Robinson has been with Turnstile Media Group – Golfweek’s parent company – for a total of 16 years and has held various positions, including publisher of the former Golf & Travel magazine.  Curt Nickisch has been named senior editor of Harvard Business Review. He was previously business and technology reporter for Boston’s NPR news station, WBUR. Marie Claire has announced that Stacy Bettman will become associate publisher of advertising. Bettman, who returns to Hearst from her role as associate publisher of Allure, was formerly the associate publisher of Seventeen from 2004 to 2010. POPSUGAR Inc. announced that Geoff Schiller has joined the company as chief revenue officer for the media brand. National Geographic Partners is expanding its digital team by announcing six key appointments, including a new executive editor overseeing digital content and new editors for digital news and photography. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move: Laura Helmuth joins National Geographic Partners as director of digital news. Laura was an award-winning writer and science and health editor at Slate since 2012. Luis Vega has been named creative director at Better Homes and Gardens. He had been design director at Prevention. Clay Dunnan is promoted to the new role of senior integrated marketing manager. He was previously creative services manager. postPerspective has announced it’s appointed Dayna McCallum as its publisher. Most recently, she served as senior strategist for Ignite Strategic Communications. The Daily Dot has announced the appointment of Amy Vernon as director of audience engagement. Prior to joining the Daily Dot, Vernon most recently served as an independent consultant with expertise in traffic generation, community building, content, product, and pop culture. center_img Patrick Witty joins National Geographic Partners as deputy director of photography for digital, leading the digital photography team as well as contributing to National Geographic magazine. Patrick was most recently the director of photography at WIRED. Kristin Mayhall is hired as brand development marketing manager; she was previously business development marketing manager. “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to promote and hire these talented leaders in digital journalism who all share National Geographic’s passion for storytelling,” said Susan Goldberg, editor-in-chief, National Geographic magazine and editorial director, National Geographic Partners. Vanessa Gongora is hired as senior integrated marketing manager; she was previously special projects manager. Sam C. Griffin, who joins in the new role of executive director, creative services. Griffin is a longtime G&G collaborator. Colleen Call is promoted to the new role of executive director, integrated marketing and partnerships. Call was previously the creative services director at the company. Garden & Gun has announced new hires, promotions, and expanded roles for the advertising and creative services teams. Internal appointments and promotions include: Dan Gilgoff has been promoted to executive editor for digital. He joined National Geographic in 2013 as director of digital news. He was previously religion editor at CNN.com. Dayle Duggins has been promoted to digital director of 417 Magazine. Duggins brings three years of experience to the position with 417 Magazine, starting her career as an editorial intern.last_img read more


Game of Thrones Battle of Winterfell statistical analysis Who was the MVP

Posted On Sep 10 2019 by

first_img Share your voice Game of Thrones stars, from season 1 through today 6:04 Tags We were pretty liberal with a confirmed wight kill. As long as someone stabbed a wight on screen, we chalked it up as a zombie death. There were limited times when you could see a wight recoil and seemingly hold its ground, but we like to think of the wounded as the damned and so a kill was awarded anyway. We also aren’t going to come at this from the bad guy’s side, except for looking at two major villains: the Night King and the giant wight that broke into Winterfell. Finally, we counted how many seconds each character was involved in battle — but only while they were on-screen. On top of this, characters like Theon and Bran, in the Godswood of Winterfell, were not engaged in battle the entire time. Their inclusion in the battle was only once the Godswood was invaded. That allowed us to pull out how efficient each warrior was by looking at their kills per minute (KPM) based on how involved they were in the conflict. When deciding who we wanted to take into the big game, the kills were the most important deciding factor. Our major inspiration here is the NBA, so we broke it down into the starting five, our bench players, who we’d trade out and awarded one brave soul the Battle of Winterfell MVP. The starting lineup Picking your starting five for the Battle of Winterfell is a difficult task, if only because there are so many warriors who have proved themselves in battle before. You have warrior badasses like Lyanna Mormont up against Samwell Tarly, a man who is probably a better reader than fighter. You have the recently knighted Ser Brienne against a man who can light his sword on fire by whispering to it, Beric Dondarrion. And you have Jaime Lannister, a man who’s seen a lot of time on the battlefield, up against someone like Arya Stark who, though a trained assassin, has zero minutes in big games. There’s no bigger game than the one where you fight death itself. How would that lack of experience show? kills1Enlarge ImageTotal amount of kills (on-screen) at the Battle of Winterfell.   Jackson Ryan/CNET Having tallied the stats, Arya is a clear winner of the battle and possibly the most brutal warrior in all the realm. She leads the pack with 22 kills, the majority of those coming in a scene atop the battlements, where she uses the dual-blades that Gendry forged to dispatch wight after wight. Of course, Arya’s size and speed are an advantage here, but she’s also trained with some of the realm’s best fighters: the Faceless Men, the Waif, Brienne and the Hound. Arya lands the equivalent of an NBA Finals game seven buzzer beater from half court when she dispatches the Night King while being choked to death. This is a round five, championship-belt-on-the-line KO. She comes through in the biggest moment of all — and with the most kills in the episode — so she’s an absolute lock in the starting five. Joining Arya is Theon frickin’ Greyjoy, a man who practically single-handedly kept the wights from picking Bran up from his wheelchair and carrying him out to the Big Blue Bad. At a crucial juncture in the battle, when almost everything was lost, Theon showed he had real balls, taking out 20 wights in the Godswood. He also, stupidly, charged at the Night King with his pike and missed embarrassingly but for his courage, he lands in the starters. Rounding out our five are Jorah (19 kills), Tormund (17) and Ser Brienne of Tarth (16). Worth mentioning here that all three of these characters were on screen for a much shorter amount of time in battle than both Theon and Arya. All three had a far better kills per minute (KPM), with Tormund leading the way. The man who suckled at the teat of a giant was in battle, on screen, for less than 60 seconds, but he managed 17 kills in that time. On the bench When you look for someone to come off the bench you want a spark — someone who’ll inspire the team to push forward while the major stars give it a rest. You’re also looking for someone who isn’t too “me, me, me” and wants to take all the glory for themselves. A team player, if you will. No one provided more spark than Lyanna Mormont, slayer of giants. Although the little Bear Queen’s entire body crumpled in the wight giant’s palm like Anderson Silva’s leg at UFC 168, she was able to get away a valiant knife to the eye and disintegrate the mammoth walker as her final act of defiance. Only truly in battle for 58 seconds, her one kill is worth 20 kills — can you imagine the damage that giant wight would have done just roaming through the inner keep? She was bravery personified from the moment we met her until her brutal, hobbling end, and that makes her first off the bench. timeonscreenEnlarge ImageThe total time each character in Game of Thrones was on-screen during the Battle of Winterfell from the moment the Dothraki horde enter the dark to the final blade in the Night King’s belly. Jackson Ryan/CNET Two of the more inexperienced fighters (and lovers!), Podrick (9 kills, KPM 12) and Gendry (9 kills, KPM 13.8) didn’t get a lot of screen time, but every time the battle came to them, they delivered with great efficiency. You can really see the duo teaming up to exchange stories about the war, their ladies and the fact that it’s really easy to confuse the two of them in the darkest TV battle ever filmed. You’ve got to hand it to Jaime Lannister, defending Ser Brienne with a late-game assist, a great KPM of 7.02 and 11 kills. Fighting side-by-side with the love of his life, Jaime powered through the Battle of Winterfell, kept Brienne from a widely suspected death and, when the wights really pushed deep into Winterfell, proved he’s still got it — all with one hand. A lock for our fourth bench spot. The last bench spot is a tough one, but we’re going with the Hound. Though his aversion to fire and his hatred of practically everything that exists can really swing the tide of a battle, his respect for Arya means he’s coming off the bench with some real heat. Helping him along is his 12 kills, but the Hound was one of our least efficient fighters (KPM 2.2), spending a good chunk of the battle skulking through the castle or fighting a different war altogether — the one against his own demons. Trade ’em Some warriors just don’t fit into a championship-winning team and, for them, it’s worth investigating some trades — who would have helped that wasn’t there at the Battle of Winterfell? Fire sword or no, Beric’s output is limited. Is he playing scared because there’s no Thoros of Myr to revive him? Probably not. Beric gets a lot of time to shine on screen (3 minutes, 40 seconds) but much of that is spent in the bowels of the Castle, trying to defend and protect Arya. His KPM is low as a result (1.17), and look, this might be harsh on our guy Beric, but we’d love to have seen what Yohn Royce could’ve done in battle. Kills per minute for characters during the Battle of WinterfellEnlarge ImageDividing the kills/time on screen, we get kills per minute (KPM). How efficiently was each character’s time used? Tormund was the clear victor, practically only appearing when he was slaying wights.   Jackson Ryan/CNET Samwell Tarly, even with four valiant kills, would be the team water boy. Did you see him just sitting down to cry at the end? What are you doing, Sam?! There’s still time left on the clock and you’re cradling yourself. Get in the game. We’d rather see Hot Pie throw pastries than this. Ghost, we’re not sure where you went or what you achieved on the frontlines, but we would trade you for Nymeria and her pack in a heartbeat. Bran just spent the whole game on his galaxy-brain-iPhone watching reruns of Lost’s disappointing finale, so the sooner we trade him out, the better. There’s another war yet to come, and now that Bran is practically the most powerful magician in the world, what is he good for? Absolutely nothing. Trade him for a single chicken and feed it to the Hound. A short note on wight numbers winterfellexteriorThese are the types of frames we were working with here. HBO The wights do a lot of damage in this episode. There’s a handful of instances where they score direct kills on the living (but no major characters) and their numbers are truly baffling. During the first encounter when they charge the Unsullied in a tidal wave, there appear to be around 12 wights across four Unsullied. Extrapolating, let’s just say there are three wights for each Unsullied, which seems like a pretty conservative estimate.  From several early scenes, we can see the entire Unsullied squadron. There are 10-by-10 squadrons and two squadrons behind each trebuchet, so 200 men per trebuchet. There are 11 trebuchets across the front line, which can be seen when Dany and Jon overlook the battle, so 2,200 men at the battle’s edge. We also see that the Unsullied squadrons are four deep. So 2,200 × 5 = 11,000.  A conservative estimate of wights invading would then put the total (on the front lines and not including those that attack the flanks) at 11,000 × 3 = 33,000, provided the wight density remains the same as far back as the Unsullied. Seeing as they get overrun, we’re OK making that assumption, and are willing to commit to the idea that at least a hundred thousand wights invaded Winterfell on the Long Night. Good odds of victory, then. Mother of Defeat We need to talk about Daenerys Targaryen. The Mother of Dragons put in an all-time worst performance at the Battle of Winterfell and almost got herself killed in the process. If not for the valiant efforts of Jorah Mormont, Dany would be gone and Cersei would be knocking back another wine with a Cheshire Cat smile. Dany’s reeling in this episode because she’s only just found out that Jon is actually her nephew. Sad trombone. She’s playing distracted. She’s got other things to deal with, like the accidental incest. Unlike Michael Jordan’s infamous “flu game,” Dany can’t kick what’s eating her up inside. She’s the Anti-Michael. danyhands0802gotGrim times abound for Dany. Helen Sloan/HBO First, she screws up lighting the trench because she gets blinded by an ice cloud and doesn’t think to… just descend a little? Her next error is letting Drogon sunbathe on the battlefield so long the wights can crawl all over him like he’s a pie at a picnic, taking nasty bites out of his dragon skin. Dany almost kills Drogon because she’s staring at Jon running off into the castle? Dany. Lift. And her most idiotic move, akin to J.R. Smith in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals, is trying to burn the Night King alive. Anyone think to tell her that, hey, he doesn’t burn? If it was that easy, Dany, we would’ve flown North and had a crack without risking the entire population of Winterfell. Her dual assist as Jorah was getting overwhelmed doesn’t do anything to sway our opinion, though it is valiant. She makes a single kill in melee combat but spends a lot of time on Drogon, putting her personal KPM at 0.15, the lowest of all. She wanted to fight, she just made a lot of bad decisions. She’s a huge asset to the team, but this was her worst on-ground performance in the most important battle in the history of man. The Battle of Winterfell MVP game-of-thrones-season-8-episode-3-20Arya Stark: One-time MVP. Helen Sloan/HBO Look, there’s an obvious case to be made for Arya Stark who, despite having the fourth worst efficiency of the long night, was still the most effective killer and one of the key keys to victory. So we are going to make it. Arya Stark’s lunge at the Night King is a poster-dunk for the high fantasy crowd. It’s a fifth round KO by Showtime Kick. It’s a triple-overtime heave from half court in the championship game. Everything that Game of Thrones had been building toward, everything the Battle of Winterfell had been building toward, was made possible by this one moment. Who else but Arya could be the MVP? There, perhaps, is also a case to be made for Melisandre — who showed up at the last possible moment to provide some form of hope, courtesy of the mysterious Lord of Light. Recalling her prophecy to Arya sparks the lady of Winterfell into action when all seems lost. That was Melisandre’s doing, but the nous, the smarts, the cleverness, the foresight to use the sneaky dropped-dagger trick puts Arya on top. Tormund, you say? Look, we can’t argue with that logic. The man with the best KPM and the giant’s milk forever in his belly is also a worthy MVP candidate and arguably contender for MVP of the season. He’ll have to settle for Most Improved. Melisandre can have our Coach of the Year award. After the war A few postwar liner notes: The dragons killed thousands of wights — including a giant wight that got torched by Drogon about halfway through the battle. At several points, we went frame-by-frame counting the wights that were in direct line of fire. It was a task for someone with more mental fortitude (or maybe machine learning skills) than us. Let’s just say: It was a bad day for the undead.The wights claimed Edd, Beric, Jorah and 99 percent of the Dothraki horde. Four main character kills is pretty good.Edd was in the episode for 16 seconds before being struck down by a wight. Gendry lasted longer, we hope.The Dothraki horde had a better showing, and were present for almost two minutes. They have zero confirmed kills, but surely they had some small victories outside Winterfell?Alys Karstark was in the meeting in the last episode and seen early in this one next to Theon. She wasn’t seen again. Is she dead?Can we confirm if Shireen 2.0 died? We think we can, but we’ve been cautious here. The crypts weren’t safe, sure, but our heroes had strong plot armor, didn’t they?The crypts were not safe as many predicted but I feel short-changed. I wanted to see Headless Eddard.Davos did an incredible job of avoiding any type of conflict whatsoever but also giving wonderful, stern looks to many people. If looks could kill, he’d have been MVP.We did not see Yohn Royce anywhere. Where was he supposed to be?I have been informed Grey Worm is two words. I was wrong. [Note: I am just one humble man slowly scrolling through 77 minutes of prestige television so there’s bound to be some sort of error here. Please correct me!] First, some rules and a big ol’ warning. Rules of engagement No dragons. Indirect kills don’t count. The hardest, fastest rule we stuck to when putting this together was the idea the dragons would be excluded. Drogon and Rhaegal were, undoubtedly, the MVPs when they battled outside Winterfell’s gates, mowing down wights (and wight giants) with ease. We did not attribute any of their kills to Dany or Jon, their riders, because the dragons are the equivalent of a video game hack. It’s cheating. That also means there are no indirect kills taken into consideration. If they were, that would put slow-walker Melisandre right up there with the best warriors on the battlefield because her fire trench move was a game-changer, preventing the castle from being overrun even sooner. Then on the other side of the moral fence is the Night King and his indirect kills via sending wights to the slaughter or Vicerion blue-flaming things to smithereens. A no-go zone. Game of Thrones ‘The Long Night’ recap: The Ice Man cometh Watch the trailer for the next episode: Cersei Lannister strikes back The Battle of Winterfell was dark and full of terrors — but mostly really dark The Battle of Winterfell was extremely dark, bloody, cold and full of dead guys with really poor dental hygiene. Some of our favorite Game of Thrones characters died, some rose from the dead to terrorize the living and others barely scraped through with a last-minute assist from friends. We’ve recapped all the big moments of the episode, scoured every detail you may have missed and now we’ve tracked through, frame-by-grimy-dark-frame, to count up all the kills and deaths we could. How many wights were dispatched by major characters? How much time did they spend in battle? Who killed who, and who was the most efficient warrior? There were some clear victors — likely to become the subject of sing-alongs in Westeros for years to come — and there were some unexpected losers. What follows is our Battle of Winterfell box score, a breakdown of TV and film’s longest (and darkest) battle in history as if it was a major sporting event with a suite of analysts and data guys. Now playing: Watch this: Game of Thrones Battle of Winterfell: We’re still shaking TV and Movies The Darkest Night Rises 9 Comments 57 Photos Originally posted April 30.Updated May 1, 10:50 p.m. PT Game of Throneslast_img read more


5G rollout may face delay in UK over Huawei probe

Posted On Sep 10 2019 by

first_img Share your voice 5G Huawei The UK deployment of wireless 5G services may be delayed if it places restrictions on embattled Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, a government official warned Wednesday.”There’s certainly a possibility of a delay in the process of the rollout of 5G,” Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright said in response to questions during a parliamentary committee, according to a Bloomberg account of the meeting. “If you want to do 5G fastest, you do it without any consideration of security. We’re not prepared to do that, so I don’t exclude the possibility there will be some delay.”Huawei has been a front-runner for developing 5G infrastructure at this crucial early stage of the evolution of the technology. But the company comes with a security warning — including from the British government. British Prime Minister Theresa May has reportedly agreed to let the scandal-scarred Chinese telecommunications giant work on “noncore” parts of the infrastructure. In February, the GCHQ’s chief criticized Huawei over security threats it poses from the Chinese government. The US has continually warned its allies about security concerns with Huawei, and the company was banned for 5G by the Australian government last August. The concerns involve potential Chinese government interference with 5G infrastructure built by Huawei.5G has long been touted as a game-changing technology, with the ability to dramatically boost the speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks. It can run between 10 and 100 times faster than your typical cellular connection today. It’s quicker than anything you can get from a physical fiber-optic cable going into your house. And latency, that is, stuttering or delay in the signal, is lower than what Wi-Fi provides.After years of work on 5G networks, the super-fast wireless technology is being rolled out across the globe. Carriers are turning on their networks, and virtually every major Android phone maker has touted plans to launch a 5G device this year. 1 Tags Comment Mobile Phoneslast_img read more


Party Politics Ep 54 Gerrymandering Texas Style At SCOTUS

Posted On Sep 2 2019 by

first_img 00:00 /23:47 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Brandon and Jay talk about the craziness with Houston ISD, the Texas redistricting case, and the scandals around Ronny Jackson. You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Tweet us using #PartyPoliticsPod or email partypoliticspod@houstonpublicmedia.org. Party Politics is produced by Edel Howlin, audio engineer is Todd Hulslander and our digital editors are Matt Prendergast and Giselle Bueno. This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share X Todd WisemanOn Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news:center_img TexasWhat is going on with HISD?Special emergency election for CD 27Miller loses on BBQ NationalRonny Jackson Veteran Affairs nomination, what’s going on?DACA Court rulingAZ 8Trump State Dinner Listenlast_img read more


Questions and Answers for Jordan Peeles Us

Posted On Sep 1 2019 by

first_img One of the best things a movie can do, along with just being good, is inspire rich and thoughtful conversations. That’s what you want from all art, really. So while I was somewhat disappointed with Jordan Peele’s Us, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it, which is as great a gift as you can expect from a filmmaker clearly as intelligent as Peele.Ironically, many of my issues with Us, a kind of prestige schlock film I’m holding to a higher standard than regular schlock, are also the things that make it so interesting to talk about. Peele’s debut film Get Out I believe is better for multiple reasons. Its deep social politics are narrower but more coherent, it works better as a creepy thriller than somewhat weak full-blown horror movie, and its plot ultimately makes more sense with more satisfying full explanations. But the messiness of Us, its broader scope and nightmares caught in an awkward limbo between too literal and too abstract, invite you fill in more blanks yourself.So with that in mind, instead of writing a mixed review of Us that would inevitably be as weird and all over the place as the movie itself, I just wanted to list some of my thoughts and questions that hopefully spark your own conversations. And don’t worry, these aren’t pedantic and pointless plot hole questions, even if the film is totally going to cause the worst kinds of YouTube ending explanation videos. SPOILERS AHEAD!Along with the critical praise, is the secret to Peele’s commercial success combining the fun crowd-pleasing theater experience of both Black movies and horror movies? Is that why these movies ultimately aren’t that violent, to not alienate big audiences?How can Lupita Nyong’o be so terrific as Adelaide, subtle and desperate and raw and paranoid, while playing her Tethered doppelganger as a wheezing ball of silly monster affectations my audience literally laughed at until their excellent balletic final fight?How great is it that Winston Duke plays more of a Man-Ape in this movie than in Black Panther?Does Tim Heidecker’s amazing presence here (one of several fantastic and bizarre performances Peele gets from his actors) make this a crossover with the similar Twilight Zone-esque comedy-horror sketch anthology Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories? Is it weird I think that show actually has more legitimately scary cinematography than this movie?As repetitive as some of the confrontations got, wasn’t it great how little character tics returned in a more brutal context? The twins’ acrobatics, Jason locking the closet with the toy car, Gabe’s boat.Is this movie really a secret Disney remake?While some of the music is so dramatic it removed me a bit from the immediate experience, how great is the use of both the “I Got 5 On It” remix and “Fleurs” by Minnie Riperton?The Hands Across America imagery is both creepy and thematically appropriate, but does anyone fully get what’s going on with the spooky rabbit food supply? Multiplication? Why isn’t the animal analogy here as strong as in Get Out or Sorry To Bother You?But honestly the biggest question with this movie is what do the Tethered doubles actually represent and what is that supposed to say? Are they intimate, personal, self-sabotaging, psychological impostor dark sides of individual people or are they collectively a broad, oppressed, social underclass beholden to oblivious comfortable masters? Does it make any sense at all to mash up those two concepts?Here’s a quote from Peele from the film’s premiere at SXSW two weeks ago.“This movie is about this country. We’re in a time where we fear the other, whether it’s the mysterious invader that we think is going to come and kill us and take our jobs, or the faction we don’t live near, who voted a different way than us. We’re all about pointing the finger. And I wanted to suggest that maybe the monster we really need to look at has our face. Maybe the evil, it’s us.” In a vague way, the way Us works, this makes sense. But I think this sentiment doesn’t hold up at all the minute you start applying anything specific to it. I don’t like racists because they are racists. Racists don’t like me because they are racist. I don’t fear people who voted for fascists because I’m secretly afraid of myself. I’m afraid of what fascist politics will do the country!And here is where I think Us also unfortunately fails to live up to the smart, contemporary racial and social politics of Get Out. That movie was a specific and sharp indictment of a certain kind of condescending passive-aggressive liberal racism. But Us has a more wishy-washy “we’re all complicit” sort of attitude that spreads privilege-checking blame across the board when that’s very much not the case in reality. Certain groups are far worse actors than others.So while it’s cool the family here only sort of happens to be Black instead of really focusing on that like in Get Out, if Us wants to present the Tethered’s murderous revolution as a kind of deserved reckoning for America’s violent, plundering, oppressive, and conveniently forgotten past, then the absolute last group of people who should suffer because of that are (upper middle-class at best) Black people!Tethered or not, Adelaide earned her life.I hope my words here have made you think more about the movie, but there’s so much going on in Us there’s probably someone smarter than me working on their own essays that will totally change my mind about this. And again even if I didn’t think the movie was great, it is great that a film about stabbing your red-suited reflection with big gold scissors can foster this kind of discussion. For more on Jordan Peele check out his upcoming YouTube show Weird City and get hyped for his Twilight Zone reboot just days away. Stay on target ‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting…‘Dolemite Is My Name’ Trailer Shows Bawdy Blaxploitation Biopic last_img read more


MA Made Radiology What It Is Today

Posted On Aug 27 2019 by

first_img News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Looking BackSome say the current state of radiology is the inevitable result of maturing technology; that the unbridled R&D that drove small, pioneering companies to innovate was not sustainable; that the crazy days of research and development were, in themselves, an anomaly. They might be right. But I still miss those days. And not just in ultrasound.In the 1980s and ‘90s, SPECT was commonly called the “poor man’s PET.” New clinical paths, blazed by PET, were followed by SPECT Conestogas.But as the new millennium approached, PET was on the ropes. Things had gotten so bad that GE tried and — due to a lack of financing — failed to sell its PET division. Then a miracle happened. PET joined with CTs.Saved by a bell rung by academia and rejuvenated through an ongoing surge in M&A, commercial PET/CT was born. Multimodality vendors were positioned perfectly to take advantage of this.Leveraging distribution and supply chains, they evolved not only molecular imaging (as nuclear medicine would come to be called) but other modalities, gathering up single modality vendors along the way to feed the burgeoning need for economies of scale. Their strategy touched innovators in all corners of radiology, including CT and MRI.The giants of radiology found it relatively easy to implement this, particularly in X-ray, thanks to the M&A of midsize and holding companies of the time. Among the most voracious was Trex Medical, whose acquisition of Continental and Bennett led some to refer to the company as “T-Rex.” Then there was the M&A of companies that made teleradiology, radiology information systems and PACS equipment. Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more InevitabilityYou can argue that the radiology world was overpopulated with small companies and, consequently, consolidation was inevitable. Regardless of the reason, the absorption of industry innovators by big multimodality effectively ended radiology’s days of sizzle.At its height, a vendor on the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) exhibit floor was handing out a poster showing the many companies in radiology. It was a twist on the New Yorker poster “View of the World” — glorious and extraordinarily undervalued (not the New Yorker poster, the one given out on the RSNA floor, although each could be argued).Beyond debate is that the frenetic R&D that drove the development of individual modalities, particularly ultrasound, came to an end with the surge of M&A in the 1990s. A case can be made that radiology, medical practice and patients are today suffering the ill effects of M&A fever. Bolstering that point is how radically discussions have changed in the imaging community.The relative value of different modalities was, at one time, a common topic of discussion. Ask the current major vendors of imaging which modality is best and you will be greeted by deafening silence. None is willing to advocate one modality over another — because each supplies them all. The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 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. Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. 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 Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more We can debate causality — whether a series of events makes others occur; if events just “happen;” or if conditions made their happening inevitable.It’s easy to conclude that radiology was bound to get to where it is today. But it seems odd that modalities — particularly ultrasound — that do not expose patients to ionizing radiation are not being actively promoted by vendors as part of the overall push for patient centricity. The roots of this silence extend a couple of decades to the last great surge in radiological mergers and acquisition (M&A).Back then, in the wake of extraordinary technological advancement, advocates of ultrasound — pioneers in their own rights — were purchased and absorbed by international conglomerates: Diasonics and Vingmed by GE; HP and ATL by Philips; Acuson by Siemens.Today, there is only one easily recognizable sonographic name among the bunch. Once associated with an industry-leading innovator in ultrasound, it is now a brand name promulgated by Siemens, which purchased the company once called Acuson. A Changing IndustryIn the 1990s, ultrasound was intensely competitive. Every few months, one company would try to outdo the others with the release of a new product or version. So rapid was the pace of change that some pundits wondered if R&D mania had taken on a life of its own, subsuming common business sense. Literally spending fortunes in their engineering labs, these companies — many of which were publicly traded — regularly risked going into the red. Yet, like proverbial tiger riders, they could not stop or they would be eaten by the competition.Radiologists and the sizable contingent of clinicians who used sonography in their daily practices (e.g., OB/GYNs) had other concerns. Chief among them: Was the pathology seen in the current exam there in past ones (but the equipment not good enough to see it)? Or (even more to the point), was what they were seeing in images a pathology?Business and clinical concerns became less and less worrisome after innovators were gobbled up and the pace of R&D slowed. As we entered the mid- to late-2000s, I lamented the passing of invitations to engineering labs to report new developments. In their place came nondisclosure agreements (NDAs), proffered by companies that wanted to protect intellectual property, yet quell criticism that R&D had fallen off.In the old days, what was on the engineering bench would be rushed to market as soon as possible. In the new world of radiology R&D, great ideas might — or might not — be commercialized. Who knew? A Simpler TimeTo fully appreciate where radiology is today, we have to remember where it was. I don’t doubt that we enjoy tremendous advances today. And, yet, I feel a twinge of sadness.What might things be like if the innovative spirit — so much in evidence in the 1990s — still permeated radiology? Would we be better prepared to put patients first? Related Content News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Blog | Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant | Radiology Business| November 06, 2018 M&A Made Radiology What It Is Today FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more


Jamsheer Chelakkadan Hussain

Posted On Aug 16 2019 by

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agentsBunnik ToursEgyptfamil

Posted On Aug 12 2019 by

first_imgagentsBunnik ToursEgyptfamil They’re all home now, far from the fabulous fun of Bunnik Tours’ Egypt mega famil, but the 45 agents who spent 10 days experiencing all the sights, and sites, of this exotic land now have a treasure trove of memories to access of the time they partied and experienced the best of Egypt together.From a welcome dinner in a traditional chargrill restaurant overlooking Cairo, to a Middle Eastern feast on an island in the Nile and a rocking Galabeya party; across three buses, and guided by their expert Egyptologists Moufid, Manal and Eman, the group explored the Great Pyramids of Giza, the many varied temples of Aswan, Luxor, Edfu and Kom Ombo, coped through an early, but ultimately cherished, visit across the desert to Abu Simbel, and even found time to attend an agent conference hosted by Dennis Bunnik.“I could be the poster girl for Bunnik Tours, that is how much I loved the famil! Ask anyone in my office, I can’t shut up about how organised, well planned and passionate Bunnik is,” said Jemma Rosen, Global Journeys.Jess Lynton, Escape Travel Werribee was equally enthusiastic.“Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’ve never got so much out of an educational before, and you’ve made me fall in love with not only Egypt but Bunnik Tours.” last_img read more