Projects to Strengthen Gaelic Language Culture

first_imgThe Gaelic language and culture in Nova Scotia will continue to be strengthened thanks to new investments by the province. Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Rodney MacDonald announced today, Aug. 26, that the province will provide more than $16,000 to six communities and organizations that promote and develop the Gaelic language and culture. “These small, rural communities and organizations are among those who have helped to keep the Gaelic language and culture in Nova Scotia alive for generations,” said Mr. MacDonald. “By supporting these community-based projects, the province is playing an important role in preserving this distinct culture.” Comunn Gàidhlig is Eachdraidh a’ Bhràigh in Glendale is one of the organizations receiving funding under the program. The province will contribute $5,000 to the group to provide classes to 15 Gaelic speakers. “This project will help us to preserve the Gaelic language and ensure it is passed from one generation to the next,” said Clarence MacLennan, chair, Comataidh na Sgoile Gaidhlige, which organizes the classes. The Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia, based in Iona, will receive $4,775 to assist with the costs of an apprenticeship program that develops Gaelic language and cultural skills. “This new apprenticeship program will provide youth with the skills they need to make a connection and develop a deeper appreciation of the Gaelic culture,” said Rodney Chiasson, treasurer, Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia. Established in 2004, the Gaelic Activities Program funds projects that increase Gaelic language opportunities in Nova Scotia and encourage and promote all forms of Gaelic cultural expression. It provides $100,000 a year to support projects that develop the skills — such as leadership, fundraising, communication and planning — of the people involved in Gaelic activities. To date, the province has invested more than $67,000 in 13 communities and organizations. More information about the program is available on the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage website at . The Gaelic language and culture contributes more than $23 million a year to the province’s economy through cultural products, events and activities.last_img read more

NEB gives Trans Mountain pipeline expansion its endorsement

first_imgThe National Energy Board has endorsed an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline following a reconsideration of its impact on marine life off the B.C. coast.The energy regulator says an increase in tanker traffic resulting from the pipeline would hurt southern resident killer whales and increase greenhouse gas emissions.But it says those consequences can be justified in light of what would be the pipeline’s benefits.“While these effects weighed heavily in the NEB’s consideration of project-related marine shipping, the NEB recommends that the government of Canada find that they can be justified in the circumstances, in light of the considerable benefits of the project and measures to minimize the effects.”The energy board says it will impose 156 conditions on the project if it is approved. It has also made 16 new recommendations to the federal government.Alberta has been fighting hard for the Trans Mountain expansion so that the province could move more crude oil to ports and from there to lucrative overseas markets.The energy board’s original approval of the project was set aside last summer by the Federal Court of Appeal, which said the regulator had not properly considered marine life.The NEB’s report starts the clock on a 90-day period for the federal government to decide whether the project should proceed.Officials in Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi’s office have said a final decision won’t be made until consultations with affected Indigenous groups are complete.The consultations were also an issue the federal Appeal Court raised when it put a halt on the project.last_img read more


first_imgIngredients Chickpeas (dried) 2 cups of Baking Soda 1 tsp Garlic 3-5 cloves Lemon Juice 10 ml Kosher Salt 1 tsp Tahini 30 gm For Kachumber Hummus Cucumber (chopped) ¼ cup Onion (chopped) ¼ cup Tomato (chopped) ¼ cup Lemon Juice 1 tsp Also Read – PUMPKIN MASH, TAMATAR RASSASalt to taste Hummus 6 tbsp For Beetroot Hummus Roasted beetroot puree ¼ cup Hummus 6 tbsp Preparation Soak chickpeas in water for 12-24 hours, then drain and rinse them. Cook the chickpeas with 3-5 cloves of raw garlic. Peel the chickpeas. Drain and rinse the cooked beans, until no bubbles remain. Set the cooked cloves of garlic aside and peel the chickpeas. The skins should slide off quite easily when you gently “pinch” each bean. Discard the chickpea “skins” once finished. Make a chickpea puree by adding 3 cups of the peeled chickpeas and cooked garlic to the food processor, then seal it. Mix the lemon juice and salt together in a small bowl until the salt dissolves, and then slowly pour this mixture into the food processor until they are smooth. Add tahini and water. Let the food processor run for 4-5 minutes, to help make the hummus fluffy and smooth. For Kachumbar Hummus: Mix all the ingredients adjust the seasoning and mix with 4 tbsp of hummus. For Beetroot Hummus: Mix the puree in 4 tbsp of hummus and mix well. (Courtesy: Chef Pawan Bisht, Verandah, New Delhi)last_img read more

UNbacked talks on Western Sahara to resume tomorrow

As with the first meeting in June, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy, Peter van Walsum, will lead the two-day discussions between the parties – Morocco and the Frente Polisario – and neighbouring countries Algeria and Mauritania.The meetings are private and will be closed to the press.The UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) has been in place since September 1991 to monitor the ceasefire between Morocco and the Frente Polisario, which contest the territory.In an April resolution, the Security Council called on the parties to enter into negotiations “without preconditions in good faith.” 9 August 2007A second round of United Nations-backed talks on Western Sahara will begin on Friday outside of New York, a spokesman for the world body announced today. read more

DR Congo Annan leads call for calm after provisional presidential results released

President Joseph Kabila, Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba and other political leaders should “avoid statements that could threaten the peaceful completion of the national election,” Mr. Annan said in a statement released by his spokesman after the announcement of results by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in the capital, Kinshasa.The IEC said Mr. Kabila leads Mr. Bemba in the vote following the run-off round on 29 October, the last phase of the largest and most complex elections which the UN has ever helped to organize. The polls were the first free and fair elections in the DRC in 45 years.Voicing concern about Saturday’s violence in Kinshasa that led to the deaths of four people, Mr. Annan also welcomed a joint statement last week by Mr. Kabila and Mr. Bemba in which they urged calm among their supporters and pledged not to challenge the results by force.“The Secretary-General recalls the positive statements made by international and national election observers on the organization and conduct of the elections under the aegis of the Independent Electoral Commission,” said the statement from Mr. Annan’s spokesman.“He also notes that over the past few weeks the Commission has met frequently with representatives of both presidential candidates to discuss any concerns, and has looked thoroughly into allegations of irregularities in the electoral process.”Mr. Annan also commended the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) and the European security forces known as EUFOR RD Congo for their efforts to help Congolese security forces maintain law and order, especially in Kinshasa.The top UN peacekeeping official and senior European officials, who held a working lunch in Brussels today, also called on Mr. Kabila and Mr. Bemba to avoid any provocative acts ahead of the final results, expected to be issued on Sunday.Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno, European Union (EU) High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana, EU Development Commissioner Louis Michel and World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz discussed how the international community can support the DRC’s nascent democratic institutions.The three-month-long electoral process in the DRC, in which a 500-seat National Assembly and provincial assemblies were also elected, is aimed at cementing the vast country’s transition to stability from a six-year civil war, which cost 4 million lives through fighting and attendant hunger and disease. Factional fighting has continued since then, particularly in the east. read more

CGI expects to be sixthlargest IT services company globally with acquisition

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Montreal’s CGI Group stock closed at its highest level in more than a decade Thursday after it said it will become the sixth-largest IT services provider in the world under a friendly, $3.1-billion deal to acquire a U.K. company that will double the size of its global workforce and revenue.Already Canada’s largest IT services company, CGI Group said it has agreed to pay the equivalent of $2.8 billion to buy IT services firm Logica PLC. It will also assume Logica’s net debt of $515 million, pushing the total value of the deal above $3.1 billion.The combined company will have approximately 72,000 employees in 43 countries and revenue of $10.4 billion. CGI (TSX:GIB.A) currently has about 31,000 employees and $4.3 billion in annual revenues.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, CGI stock jumped 13.99 per cent, or $2.94, to close at $23.95, its highest close since 2001.CGI president and CEO Michael Roach described the deal as a “milestone day for both CGI and Logica.”“The proposed combination will create the sixth-largest IT service provider worldwide with a differentiated service portfolio and strong market positions in North America and Europe,” Roach told a conference call to discuss the deal.Particularly important to CGI is the big increase in the size of its European footprint, Roach said.“Given our strong presence in North America, expansion into Europe has always been part of our strategic plan,” he said.“With only about five per cent of our revenue currently being generated in these markets, the European IT market is very attractive as it represents a market of approximately $200 billion euros, or 30 per cent of the world’s IT spend.”Roach also said that the “vast majority of Logica’s revenue is derived from Europe’s largest economies,” including Britain, Germany, France and the Nordics, which represent a “disproportional amount of Europe’s IT spend.”Versant Partners analyst Tom Liston agreed that Logica operates in relatively stable countries, but there is still some concern given Europe’s overall economic situation.“The price paid, I think, factors in that risk substantially,” Liston said from Toronto. “The reason why is that there are some challenges in Europe.”But he said the tech sector often holds up well even in bad economies as companies and governments use technology to save money.“Tech spending on the software and services side tends to be a little more stable.”“There’s always some concern in Europe but they (Logica) have some name-brand customers and reasonable stability within that base,” he said.Liston also said the strong Canadian dollar versus the euro helps CGI with the purchase.BMO Capital Markets analyst Thanos Moschopoulos called the acquisition “transformative,” noting it will more than double CGI’s revenue base to $10.4 billion.“All in all, we see this deal as positive for CGI,” Moschopoulos wrote in a research note. “The transaction does increase CGI’s risk profile and we would expect to see some multiple compression on the stock given integration risk….”Moschopoulos said that CGI has a strong record of integrating its acquisitions but BMO is reviewing its estimates for CGI.Roach said the acquisition positions CGI for more growth.“In addition to operational breadth and depth, this combination brings critical mass and key client relationships which qualifies us for larger growth opportunities.”For shareholders, he said the transaction would create significant value and be immediately accretive in the range of 25 to 30 per cent to earnings per share.Roach said that since CGI employees represent the largest single block of shareholders the company is very careful about what companies it buys, “always insisting on finding the right acquisition at the right price and at the right time.”“We believe we have found all three of these criteria with our proposed business combination of Logica and CGI, creating one of the very few independent and truly global end-to-end IT services providers,” he said.Pension fund manager Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec said it will invest $1 billion in CGI, helping the company finance its acquisition of Logica.Logica shareholders will get 105 pence in cash for each share, 1.7 billion pounds in total, a premium of almost 60 per cent on Wednesday’s closing share price.Logica’s board has unanimously agreed to recommend the deal to its shareholders, which is expected to close by the end of September. CGI expects to be sixth-largest IT services company globally with acquisition by News Staff Posted May 31, 2012 5:41 pm MDT read more

Mens hockey looks to bounce back against Bowling Green

OSU players celebrate after the Buckeyes first goal of the game against Miami (Ohio) Oct. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 6-2.Credit: Matthew Homan / Lantern photographerComing off the wrong side of a two-game sweep at the hands of Miami (Ohio) this weekend, the Ohio State men’s ice hockey team is looking to bounce back as it travels to Bowling Green State University for a one-game bout.Despite giving up a combined 12 goals in their two losses against the Redhawks in coach Steve Rohlik’s first series at the helm of the team, the Buckeyes (0-2-0) are optimistic about their matchup with the Falcons (0-1-1).Junior forward Max McCormick said Bowling Green and OSU are “hard-nosed teams,” so the game is going to be a battle.“We didn’t let (being swept by Miami) get us down,” McCormick said. “We’re getting better every day and that’s our mindset, so we’re staying positive and we’re going into Bowling Green to get a win.”Despite the positive attitude, senior forward Alex Szczechura said playing away from Columbus will pose a challenge the team must overcome.“They’ve always been a hardworking team,” Szczechura said. “In their home rink, they’re a tough team to play. So coming into (Tuesday’s) game, we really just want to work hard and keep things simple, keep battling on the ice.”McCormick noted that penalties and maintaining possession were two issues the Buckeyes faced against Miami, among other things.“We really need to take care of the puck,” he said. “We worked on some things in the (defensive zone) and the neutral zone this week in practice and we brushed up on some things in the power play.”OSU is 12-1-3 against the Falcons in the teams’ last 16 meetings.The Buckeyes are slated to take on the Falcons Tuesday in Bowling Green, Ohio with the puck set to drop at 7:07 p.m. read more

Region 3 health professionals receiving training to reduce maternal deaths

Health officials participating in the workshopCommunity Health Workers, Midwives and Doctors of Region Three are benefitting from a two-day workshop being conducted with the aim of reducing maternal deaths from haemorrhage in the Americas.According to the DPI, the training workshop is facilitated by three International Consultants, Dr Adriano Bueno Tavares, Dr Gabriel Costa Osanan and Dr Diony Javier Cortes, of the Pan American Health Organisation / World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO).According to Dr Adriano Bueno Tavares, the objective of the workshop is to promote successful interventions for the prevention, timely and adequate treatment to reduce deaths due to obstetric haemorrhages, through the continuous use of health care and the community to health services.He said that the impact of this workshop is to expect a five per cent reduction of maternal mortality due to haemorrhage in the intervention areas.Coordinator of the Workshop, Dr Narine Singh from PAHO/WHO said that zero maternal deaths caused by haemorrhage is an initiative of the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) and its Latin American Center for Perinatology, Women’s and Reproductive Health (CLAP/WR), dedicated to preventing maternal deaths by Postpartum haemorrhage.This initiative, he noted, consists of a series of actions to improve both access to health services for pregnant women and the quality of care for women with haemorrhagic complications from pregnancy.Dr Gabriel Costa Osanan, in his remarks, noted that it is not impossible to achieve zero maternal mortality caused by haemorrhage, but in order to achieve it, a few key things must happen which includes health services must be strengthened, barriers to access remote areas must become easier, staff trained to handle obstetric haemorrhage and the availability of essential medicines and safe blood for transfusions must be ensured.Dr Diony Javier Cortes spoke about the specific components of the workshop noting that Health Professionals will be trained in how to reduce the number of haemorrhages and how to ensure timely and effective treatment for cases that do occur. He said that the health officials will be exposed to specialised equipment and training to utilise that equipment.He recommended that a network of midwives, obstetricians’ nurses and obstetricians at the rural level should be established in an effort to detect cases of haemorrhage early and also to refer women to a reference hospital soonest if needs be. He added that the strengthening of health systems, to ensure that health services are provided with safe blood and essential medicines, will be positive in this fight.Health Officials of Region Three along with the PAHO/WHO consultants and REO, Denis Jaikaran“It is a fact that severe obstetric complications require the attention of well-trained healthcare staff, as well as the necessary drugs and equipment to treat them, among other things and hence one of the axes of the workshop is to strengthen the capacities of Health Care Workers in the use of equipment that can stop bleeding, as well as in other skills to manage obstetric emergencies,” said regional Health Officer Dr Ravendra Dudhnath.Participants of the workshop will learn how to stop severe bleeding by using different simulators, such as the Nonpneumatic Antishock Garment (NASG) which can be placed around the lower body of the woman experiencing bleeding and the intrauterine balloon which can be inserted into the uterus to reduce or stop blood loss. During the two-day workshop, participants will also be trained in the management of the emergency tool for bleeding known as ‘Code red’ and in the practice of conservative rescue surgeries.Regional Executive Officer, Denis Jaikaran expressed gratitude to the team and noted that significant strides are being made in the field of health especially in Essequibo Islands-West Demerara.He has assured all that measures are being put in place to strengthen health facilities in the region so as to ensure that the environment is conducive for working. In his closing remarks, he quoted the Director of PAHO/WHO, Carissa F. Etienne who said that “for every mother that dies there is a family that suffers, a community that becomes weaker and a country that becomes poorer.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPAHO launches online course to address alcohol use in pregnancyJune 26, 2019In “Health”PAHO calls for hefty taxes on fatty, salty, sugary foodsMarch 26, 2019In “Health”More quality healthcare services needed to help curb maternal mortality – Dr AnthonyOctober 19, 2016In “Health” read more

FLSmidth completes laboratory mining solutions line with IMP Automation Group buy

first_imgFLSmidth says it has completed its portfolio of automated laboratory solutions for the mining industry with the takeover of IMP Automation Group.The market for automated laboratories is growing due to a combination of high exploration activity and an increased focus on productivity, automation and digitalisation, according to FLSmidth.“IMP is the global leader in automated laboratory solutions for the mining industry and has a strong foothold in Australia and South Africa. Its solutions complement the products FLSmidth offers for quality control and optimisation for the mining process,” the company said.The acquisition includes more than 130 IMP employees, including the Managing Director, Boyne Hohenstein.Hohenstein said: “In FLSmidth, we have found a partner with the right global sales network to take us to the next level. For years, we have combined profound laboratory process knowledge with automation skills and developed novel and innovative solutions. I am very excited that we now can reach a global audience with our offerings and solutions.”Manfred Schaffer, President Mining for FLSmidth, said: “Knowing your ore characteristics from the mine and all the way through the processing plant is of increasing importance in mining as declining ore grades make it necessary to increase productivity by process optimisation. We see a strong match between some of our digital initiatives in FLSmidth and IMP’s automation solutions that will help miners get better data on their ore and assist in optimising the processing.”Included in the transaction is IMP’s 50% share in a joint venture, which provides complete operations and maintenance-based solutions for automated labs.The acquired parts of IMP Automation Group, including the JV, generated revenues in excess of DKK250 million ($38 million) in 2018, with the acquisition expected to be accretive to FLSmidth Group margins.The takeover is subject to customary closing conditions and closing is expected in the June quarter.IMP says it works with like-minded customers to provide innovative robotics and automation solutions from sampling to analysis that improve ergonomics, health and safety for laboratory operators, improve integrity, quality and precision of analytical data and improve efficiencies.It designs and supplies manual, semi- and fully-automated robotic sample preparation and process control laboratories, turnkey sampling systems and laboratories for mining, metallurgical, cement, non-ferrous industry and steel plants.Its customers include Anglo American Platinum, Freeport McMoRan, BHP and Rio Tintolast_img read more

9 life lessons taken from childhood video games

first_imgAn outfit change is sometimes all you need Source: Split ReasonIf you persevere you can eventually beat almost anything Source: ImgurDon’t be afraid of the unknown Source: Imgur LAST NIGHT, THE creator of Nintendo, Hiroshi Yamauchi died at the age of 85.His creations played a large role in many of our lives, along with lots of other video games.Aside from providing you with hours of fun (and a few arguments with your siblings), video games also offered you the opportunity to learn a few things.Here are nine life lessons taken from childhood video games.Character is important Source: Moby GamesYou can make up for lost time Source: GeekEating vegetables makes you big and strong Source: BrackateersAnd makes you live longer Source: GreybobThings are better when you work together Source: ImgurWhat goes around, comes around Nintendo visionary Hiroshi Yamauchi dies at 85>Is this is the most Irish parking space ever?>last_img read more

Darwins oldest Greek family to reunite at Glendi

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram For some the prospect of a family reunion would have people faking illnesses or purposely missing flights. But for this family, it’s a little bit different. Documented as one of the earliest and most prolific Greek migrant families in Darwin, the Haritos family is now organising a mammoth reunion to mark the 100 year anniversary of their grandfather’s arrival to the Northern Territory.Eustratios Haritos settled in Darwin in 1915 and had eight children, from which sprung a whole Greek empire. The family has had a hand in everything from pearl diving, salt works and crocodile hunting, as they’ve spread far and wide around the Northern Territory and Australia.Now the challenge is to rustle every living relative back to Darwin for a colossal reunion in 2015.Michael Anthony Haritos has taken charge of the proceedings, and has teed up some impressive activities. The family will have a stall at the annual Darwin Greek Glendi in June, showing off some amazing old photos of the family and giving everyone a bit of a history lesson at the same time. Buses have been hired to take the family on a guided tour of grandfather Eustratios’ old haunts.It’s going to be a big weekend for the family.Adrienne Haritos is coming up from Canberra and says the bus trip is going to include some spots most members of the family will remember. “We’re going to do a trip around Darwin in a bus, just pointing out a few sites that might not exist in the same way anymore because the town’s grown a lot, but we’ll have a look at the salt pan and we’ll go out to the harbour,” she tells Neos Kosmos.“The family had an old tin hut on the harbour where the family used to stay recreationally and we’ll visit that on the harbour trip as well.”The Haritos family created a lot of firsts for the Greek community of Darwin. Eustratios is thought to be the first to have a traditional Greek wedding in the territory. Eustratios and his fiancé Eleni Harmanis had no choice but to ship a Greek priest from Perth to perform the service as no priest had settled in Darwin. Yet. Only a small influx of about 1,000 Greek migrants arrived in the city between 1914 and 1919 as they looked for work as WWI broke out.Since it was such a rarity to have a Greek Orthodox priest at the time, Eustratios organise for his wedding to become a double wedding, with his friend piggybacking on the service, getting married to Eleni’s sister.With a working knowledge of how to extract salt – something he learnt from his hometown of Moschonisi in Asia Minor – Eustratios started a salt pan business with fellow Greek migrants, John Sphakinakis and Dick Colivas to service the newly built meatworks. Keeping close to the water, Eustratios made sure his eight children would embrace that Greek love of the sea and created a number of businesses linked to it.The four Haritos boys fished, pearled and hunted crocodiles for their hides, as Eustratios shipped supplies to the small Aboriginal coastal communities of North Australia.The Haritos family also established the barramundi trade down south and eventually kick-started the industry as they began exporting the fish to Melbourne in 1956. As impressive a businessman as Eustratios was, he was a quiet man. “Grandfather wasn’t a great talker, he was a hard worker, a sober kind of guy,” Adrienne Haritos says. Quite different to his wife, Eleni. “She worked hard in the heat of Darwin raising the children in the frontier town, establishing the family business and keeping chickens to sell the fresh eggs,” Adrienne remembers. “A cheerful, loving lady.”Amazingly, Eustratios invested a lot of time trying to tame Darwin’s icon, the crocodile, something his children immediately took on board. One of his sons, George, kept a 13-foot crocodile in his backyard as a pet and even helped the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Phillip, shoot and skin a crocodile in the 1950s.More than 100 family members have been contacted for the reunion and are set to arrive on June 6 2015. They’re in the process of booking a large hall to host the opening event.last_img read more

Northcote High School reaffirms its commitment to Greek language teaching

first_imgGreek language will continue being taught within the standard curriculum programme at Northcote High School in 2018. This was confirmed by the school’s principal, Kate Morris, in a meeting with the vice-president of the Greek Community of Melbourne (and co-ordinator of the GCM education programme) Theo Markos. The meeting was also attended by Chris Thompson, the Executive Director of the North East Melbourne Area, at the Victorian Department Education and Training; representatives of the NUGAS board, and interested parents of Northcote High School students. Ms Morris acknowledged a plan to phase out Greek and Italian language classes over the next five years was no longer active, and she reaffirmed the school’s commitment to continuing the current language programme. The principal said she is very pleased with this year’s enrolments and praised the teachers for the quality of education they offer. Joining her in offering praise to the teachers, Mr Markos suggested that a special committee could be created to follow the progress of the language programme at Northcote High School. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

SPOILER: New title match added to Royal Rumble on 1/24

first_img Pinterest Announced at last night’s WWE Smackdown tapings to air Thursday night on the USA Network from Lafayette is Dean Ambrose defending the WWE Intercontinental Championship against Kevin Owens in a Last Man Standing match.You can check out the full Smackdown spoilers at the link below.SPOILERS: WWE Smackdown taping results to air 1/14/16Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Twitter Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Andrade and Elias advance to the Quarterfinals of the 2019 King of the Ring tournament Google+ Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Roman Reigns is in Remission Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rouseycenter_img Videos Articles Jon Moxley: AEW Was Bigger Than WWE Title WWE Smackdown Live Preview: King of the Ring continues, Daniel Bryan vs. Buddy Murphy Jon Moxley Joins AEW Videos Articles Shawn Michaels WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Facebook Videos Articles Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Sri Lanka blast victim Zayan buried

first_imgZayan Chowdhury. File PhotoZayan Chowdhury, one of the victims of Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, was laid to rest at Banani Graveyard in the city on Wednesday evening, reports UNB.Earlier, a Sri Lankan Airlines flight carrying the body of Zayan, 8, the grandson of Awami League leader Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 12:40pm. His body was then taken to their Banani residenceThe namaz-e-janaza of Zayan was held at Banani Club Field after Asr prayers.Later, he was buried at the Banani Graveyard around 6:00pm.Earlier, prime minister Sheikh Hasina went to her paternal cousin Sheikh Selim’s Banani residence to console the family members of the victim.Sheikh Hasina stayed there for over an hour and consoled the family members of Zayan Chowdhury. A heart-rending scene was created at that time.Sheikh Hasina also prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul of Zayan.A second grader of an Uttara school, Zayan is a son of Moshiul Haque Chowdhary and Sheikh Sonia.Zayan and more than 350 others were killed in explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. He had gone there with his family on a vacation.Moshiul also suffered splinter injuries in his kidney and liver in the deadly terror attack in Sri Lanka’s capital on Easter Sunday.last_img read more

DeVon Franklin produces faith films while guiding men through MeToo movement

first_img As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Adelle M. Banks Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Photos of the Week By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Tags#MeToo Breakthrough Christian movies DeVon Franklin Faithful Viewer homepage featured inspirational movie men sex abuse sexual harassment sexual misconduct Top Story,You may also like Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Share This!center_img Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,How Hind Makki is changing the conversation around women’s inclusion in mosques Catholicism News • Photos of the Week Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Christian movie producer DeVon Franklin is preparing for his third film to hit theaters just before Easter weekend.But “Breakthrough,” a movie about a teen’s recovery from spending 15 minutes under broken ice in a frozen lake, has not been his sole focus in recent months.Franklin, the author of “The Truth About Men: What Men and Women Need to Know,” was called on by the Willow Creek Association as it held recent discussions on how churches and individuals can avoid and address allegations of sexual misconduct.Franklin, 40, who was raised in the Seventh-day Adventist faith, talked with Religion News Service about Christian film success, how men should respond to the #MeToo movement, and the importance of observing the Sabbath.The interview was edited for length and clarity.You are a Hollywood producer, an ordained minister and the author of a new book about men and the #MeToo era. How do you juggle these three seemingly disparate areas of your life?I don’t view them as disparate. My goal in everything I do is to uplift and inspire and use entertainment as a way to do that. So anything I’m doing, whether it’s writing a book, or producing a movie, or speaking or preaching, it’s all with the same goal: How does the person that is engaging with me relative to what I’m doing in that moment — how can their life become potentially better or how can I say something or do something that can inspire them?It’s like one wheel, just different spokes.DeVon Franklin. Courtesy photoHow did you learn about the story behind “Breakthrough,” and how much is it a true story rather than “based on a true story”?I found out about “Breakthrough” while I was promoting “Miracles from Heaven.” I met the family, Joyce Smith and (her son) John Smith, and Pastor Jason Noble. And when I heard their story I was blown away. It was just so captivating. I just knew that I had to bring it to the big screen.When you look at films, there’s “based on a true story,” there’s “inspired by a true story,” there’s “inspired by true events,” but based on a true story is when it’s closest to the real story. And “Breakthrough” is without a doubt based on a true story.“Breakthrough” comes to theaters around Easter. How has the success of your previous productions, including the animated Christmas movie, “The Star,” enabled you to present this new one?I think every success is like stair steps — one leads to the other. And so “Breakthrough” being my third produced film, certainly, is building on the success of “The Star” and building on the success of “Miracles from Heaven.”In “The Star,” celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Kristin Chenoweth added their voices to that story. In “Breakthrough,” main characters are portrayed by actress Chrissy Metz and actor Mike Colter. Has there been a shift in the willingness of mainstream actors and actresses to appear in Christian films?Yes. What is amazing about this story “Breakthrough” — it’s a true story, and I think that sometimes the desire to put it in the faith-based genre sometimes overshines the fact that it’s true. And more people are looking to do a true story because they connect to it more so than it being a part of the faith-based genre per se. So it’s a blessing that these projects are able to get the attention of such incredible talent.Following the example of other brother filmmaker teams, there’s a movie called “Sinners Wanted” that just premiered at a black megachurch in Maryland in March. Do you see more people trying to develop Christian films for the big screen? And do you think those smaller projects have more of a chance of being recognized by Hollywood than in the past?I’m not familiar with that particular movie. I do think that there’s a lot of growth in this space. The Erwin brothers, who are my good friends, they did “I Can Only Imagine.” And that success led to an incredible new opportunity with Lionsgate for more projects to come through, which is great.I have my deal here at Fox. The Kendrick brothers, who also do inspirational faith-based movies, they have a deal with Sony. I think ultimately as the right movies are developed and people find them, it’ll allow for even more new filmmakers and new films that may not currently be on the radar to emerge.DeVon Franklin, from left, Jeff Lockyer and Danielle Strickland participate in a panel discussion about sexual misconduct with the Willow Creek Association near Chicago. Video screenshotTurning to a completely different subject, you have spoken in a new video resource about ministry and #MeToo. What are some key tips you suggest for men to help reduce the chances of women becoming victims of sexual abuse or harassment?One of the reasons why I wanted to write the book is because I do believe that, as men, we need to become better. And part of that is learning to love, and that means considering others’ needs before ours and putting our integrity and our character above the desire to sometimes feed those selfish impulses.I challenge every man to not look at the #MeToo movement as a women’s movement. It’s not. We need to be a part of this movement. Whether we have been harassed ourselves or not, we need to help. It takes both of us to get it done. We have to be a part of the solution ’cause if not, I think we’re part of the problem.You had spoken about how the #MeToo movement can cause some men to feel that they can’t or shouldn’t hire women who may be most qualified for a position in their church or other organization. What’s your advice for them?My advice is to not allow fear to dictate decision-making, because, any man that’s afraid to hire a woman, it’s because of fear and a misconception of what’s really going on.I think that it’s important that we hire the very best people. And if that happens to be a woman, we need to hire her. And, to me, a man that’s afraid to do that says more about the man than it does the woman. And it’s so important to not use #MeToo as an excuse to be afraid.Let’s use #MeToo and #TimesUp as an excuse to become better and do that in every area of our life, including our hiring practices.As someone raised in the Seventh-day Adventist faith, how do you keep your Sabbath even as you work on round-the-clock projects related to film and faith?The first day that I was in Hollywood, I literally said when I was interviewing for the company that managed Will Smith, “I won’t take this internship if it requires me to work on the Sabbath.” And, every single job that I’ve ever taken since then, I’ve made it a part of it.And observing the Sabbath is so important for a number of reasons, not just spiritual reasons, but also practical reasons. We are not built to run 24/7. And what I have found is if we block out some time to rest, people conform around that. I’ve been on set, producing films, and then I’m like, “Hey, all right, the sun is almost down. I got to go.”It’s been integral to my success. And I highly recommend it to everyone ’cause I think it really makes a big difference. By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Share This! Share This! Newslast_img read more

A manmade material that mimics the curling of the mimosa leaflet

first_img Play Static self-assembling properties of circular-shaped Janus bilayer demonstrating artificial tropism in response to a microdroplet. Credit: Wong et al. Sci. Adv. 2016; 2 : e1600417 PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen In addition to providing a roadmap for the development of a new class of self-organizing materials, the team believes their material could be used in a wide variety of applications, ranging from sensors built into clothes (which could self-activate when exposed to sweat) to sensors made for responding to other bodily fluids. It might even prove suitable for harvesting water from fog or for creating micro-robotic devices programmed by shape. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Researchers create tiny pump that provides continuous and spontaneous antigravity water delivery (—A combined team of researchers from the Australian National University and City University of Hong Kong has created a material that is capable of mimicking the action of a mimosa leaflet when it is touched. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes their material and how it reacts when a drop of liquid is deposited onto its surface. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen © 2016 Explore furthercenter_img More information: W. S. Y. Wong et al. Mimosa Origami: A nanostructure-enabled directional self-organization regime of materials, Science Advances (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1600417AbstractOne of the innate fundamentals of living systems is their ability to respond toward distinct stimuli by various self-organization behaviors. Despite extensive progress, the engineering of spontaneous motion in man-made inorganic materials still lacks the directionality and scale observed in nature. We report the directional self-organization of soft materials into three-dimensional geometries by the rapid propagation of a folding stimulus along a predetermined path. We engineer a unique Janus bilayer architecture with superior chemical and mechanical properties that enables the efficient transformation of surface energy into directional kinetic and elastic energies. This Janus bilayer can respond to pinpoint water stimuli by a rapid, several-centimeters-long self-assembly that is reminiscent of the Mimosa pudica’s leaflet folding. The Janus bilayers also shuttle water at flow rates up to two orders of magnitude higher than traditional wicking-based devices, reaching velocities of 8 cm/s and flow rates of 4.7 μl/s. This self-organization regime enables the ease of fabricating curved, bent, and split flexible channels with lengths greater than 10 cm, demonstrating immense potential for microfluidics, biosensors, and water purification applications.Press release Citation: A man-made material that mimics the curling of the mimosa leaflet (2016, June 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Play Mimosa Origami assembly of the Janus bilayer strips performing double right-angle turns on a superhydrophobic PS-PDMS substrate. Credit: Wong et al. Sci. Adv. 2016; 2 : e1600417 Play Modular microfluidics: Janus-based Mimosa Origami strips with double-ended bulbs on a superhydrophobic PS-PDMS substrate showing in-channel droplet mixing. Credit: Wong et al. Sci. Adv. 2016; 2 : e1600417 Journal information: Science Advances As the researchers note, nature is filled with examples of living systems that react to stimuli by engaging in self-organization behaviors. One such example is the fern-like mimosa plant, it has multiple leaflets along individual twigs that are each independently sensitive to touch—such stimuli (such as children over the generations having some fun with their friends) causes the leaflet to curl up into a hollow tube shape resembling a very small straw. Developing materials with similar characteristics is highly desirable because it allows for creating unique products, such as very low power sensors.In this new effort, the researchers created the new material by fashioning stacks of multi-function layers of a Janus nanoparticle based material (offering opposite hydrophilic-hydrophobic properties) to a bottom layer made of polyvinyl chloride microfibers. The result was a thin length of flat white material with a larger round formation at one end. When a liquid was dropped onto the round formation, the liquid was pushed, through self-action, by the material all the way to the other end—as it was pushed, the material curled from one end to the other, resulting in what looked like an ordinary straw. The researchers report that the action was fast, taking just 33 milliseconds to get started. They note also that the self-action was reversible as well—as the material dried, it flattened. Play Modular microfluidics: Janus-based Mimosa Origami strips at a T-junction, showcasing double-ended split for potential in multichannel capabilities. Credit: Wong et al. Sci. Adv. 2016; 2 : e1600417 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.last_img read more

12 Live Streaming Video Tips to Build Your Brand and Business

first_img I operated a photographic supply business and camera store for more than 28 years. During that time, I witnessed the dramatic evolution in imaging technology. With still imaging, I have seen all the variants of silver halide films (Kodak, Fujifilm, color negative and transparency, etc.), plus Polaroid instant photography all the way to today’s digital photography. Video technology has taken a similar route from movie film (8mm, super 8, etc.) to digital — VHS tapes, DVDs, flash memory and now solid state drives.The internet and digital imaging have brought instant gratification to the way we share our experiences. Snap a picture and share it immediately with friends or strangers, or both. The effect of that is most greatly felt with live streaming video. It allows us to share exactly what is going on in our lives and maybe more significantly, our thoughts, in real time. There’s a reason Facebook has opened this feature to its 1.8 billion monthly active users.Related: Can Live-Streaming Video Help Me?I am a believer in building a strong personal brand. I have found a strong personal brand it to be at the heart of much of my professional success. In 2013, when Google announced live video was available in Hangouts, I immediately started using that technology to build my online presence and my business’ brand. We ran live video events from my store announcing new products, having panel discussions on technology and streaming photography education. It was free, it was relatively easy, and we could speak to the entire world over the internet. We set the trend for the entire photography industry.After selling my photography business in 2015, my attention and focus shifted towards building an even stronger personal brand. That brand includes my Man-Up Project, my photography, my speaking on social media and much more. And one of the most effective techniques I have used to do this is live streaming video. Today, I am also the U.S. CEO of a professional social network with 11 million worldwide users, and we allow all of them to stream live video. See some examples of successful live streaming videos — none of them had a paid boost — that I have done recently.Building on my own personal success, I want to share with you the 12 tips that will help make your live streaming videos a big success for you and help you build your brand and business:1. Camera on you.I am a big advocate of making videos very personal. People want to connect with and relate to the person speaking. So, start off with the camera on you and then turn to your subject, if there is one besides you. It’s much easier to stop watching a video of things or places than someone speaking to you.2. Introduce yourself and location.No matter what your video is about — whether it’s business, personal or just a rant — make sure that people know who you are and where you are. You don’t know who will be watching, so the best way to start is “Hi, it’s Don Clark here at the…”Related: 5 Steps to Make Livestreaming Part of Your Content Strategy3. Takeaway right away.You only have a few seconds to catch people’s attention, so make it count. Viewers today have short attention spans and many options, so to keep them engaged, tell them quickly what they are going to get out of watching you. If they see you rambling on about nothing or don’t understand what you are talking about they will click off. “I am going to show you something you absolutely need,” or you can be direct with, “Your takeaway from this video will be…”4. Be professional.I know you know this, but video lasts a lifetime. Say to yourself, “Am I the person someone would want to connect with, hire or buy something from?” This includes dressing properly, proper posture, no swaying side-to-side, looking into the camera, speaking knowledgeably about your subject and no repeating yourself over and over again.5. Be humorous.Remember that teacher we all had that was too serious about everything? Remember anything she said? I don’t. Appropriate humor connects you with your audience, keeps them watching, builds your personal brand and can make even the most boring subject enjoyable. Gentle self-deprecating humor works well because it reduces the narcissism factor. I, for instance, will ask my viewers if my hair looks good — I’m bald.6. Be natural, but be prepared.Never read a script on camera. Nothing turns people off faster than that. But having three to five bullet points you know and can deliver naturally is what you want to do. I like to write those down in advance and repeat them to myself a few times before I turn the camera on.7. Be authentic.The number one technique in building your brand and having people attracted to you is being yourself. When you try to be something you are not or say things you don’t believe, trust me, the audience will know it. And it’s ok to make a mistake on camera. If you handle it without turning beet red or panicking, it can turn into a positive.Related: 8 Signs You’re Live-streaming for the Wrong Reasons — and How to Overcome Them8. Be fast.Long videos don’t even get clicked on. It’s quality over quantity when it comes to length of your streaming video. Sometimes you must run longer because that’s what it takes. But always try to do it in the shortest possible time. Five minutes is a sweet spot for live stream videos. The longer it goes, the more entertaining you must be to keep your audience.9. Sound quality matters most.The biggest mistake technically you can make is having poor sound quality. If someone is watching you live or is replaying your video, and they can’t hear you, they immediately click off. Make sure you test your sound before you do it. Simply record a short test video to your smartphone or camera and replay it. If it sounds good, you are ready to go live.10. Build your audience in advance.You have platform choices for live streaming like Facebook, beBee, Snapchat, Periscope and YouTube. It makes sense to use a platform that’s easier to build a network on. Even if they can’t watch live, they can see the replay.11. But no one will watch live.Your biggest viewership will come from replays of the video. So, make sure you share and market your video afterwards. Every viral video I have done has started with a handful of live viewers who were moved to share and talk about what I did. Sometimes viewership doesn’t peak until the next day.12. Be live regularly.The more you live stream, the better you will get at doing it and the more your audience will come to expect it from you. They will look forward to seeing you on camera. You will notice people you meet in person mentioning they saw you on video. It’s a pillar of building a personal brand. I find that one or two live streams a week is perfect.Live streaming video has helped me stand out in crowded businesses, be a market leader and provide a cost-effective method communicate my message to thousands. It’s helped me build a personal brand that has led me to both personal and business successes.Do you want to be the entrepreneur people remember and think of when they want to connect with, hire or buy something from? Live streaming video, done the right way, is a great way to make that happen. December 16, 2016 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 7 min read Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

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first_img 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 Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, 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 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 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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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 Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | 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 cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more As computed tomography (CT) technology has become more versatile, affordable and available, the number of exams being done continues to rise. Physicians increasingly rely on CT studies to diagnose and manage disease. This trend is expected to increase as the baby boomer generation ages and requires more care. According to the American Hospital Association (AHA), by 2020, boomers will account for four in 10 office visits to physicians. New imaging techniques will improve the quality of many boomers’ lives, allowing them new opportunities. The bottom line is that exposing patients to radiation during a CT scan may be hazardous to their health, therefore embroiling the modality in controversy. This month, several CT experts weigh in on the debate surrounding CT X-ray dosage and how technologies developed by their companies can help physicians curb patient exposure. Do you believe evidence supports the need to reduce CT radiation dose for patient safety or is this new push merely cautionary? Donald Barry, Ph.D, MBA, X-ray general manager, ContextVision Inc., Stockholm, Sweden: What is important is that the public believes the radiation dose is too high, hence patient and physician safety are being imperiled by today’s imaging techniques and procedures. It is incumbent upon all of us to restore the public trust and understanding about how critical diagnostic imaging procedures are and the positive results that stem from them. The news stories about needless patient overexposure has brought this issue to the forefront, and we all need to take advantage of this opportunity to self-govern radiation dose, both in individual exams and cumulatively over the lifetime of the patient. Mike Harsh, VP and CTO, GE Healthcare, Chalfont St. Giles, United Kingdom: When used appropriately, CT and fluoroscopic exams significantly improve diagnostic capabilities and the care provided for life-threatening conditions, such as cancer, heart disease, brain disorders and cardiovascular conditions. GE Healthcare supports the utilization of CT and fluoroscopy scans only when deemed medically necessary by qualified physicians, where the exam follows the ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable) principle of responsible dose management. GE Healthcare already manufactures hardware and software features to aid users in reducing unnecessary exposure to radiation during each imaging exam. For example, a few years ago, GE introduced adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction (ASIR) on several products within the company’s CT portfolio, allowing for a demonstrated dose reduction of up to 50 percent in certain clinical areas. This dramatic dose reduction technique can improve care to patients by reducing radiation exposure without compromising the diagnostic image quality. Andre Hartung, VP, global marketing and sales, computed tomography, Siemens Healthcare, Forchheim, Germany: Siemens has always been committed to the ALARA principle. Therefore, besides providing technology that enables the users to limit the dose to the absolute minimum, Siemens supports activities that also concentrate on appropriateness, training, reference values for dose and image quality and scientific validation of dose reduction methods. Robb Young, acting director, CT business unit, Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc., Tustin, Calif.: Since the development of its first CT system, Toshiba has always been committed to providing the best image quality at the lowest possible dose. Last year, Toshiba developed the new One Beat Prospective Reconstruction, which shortens the interval window and reduces radiation exposure time. This enhancement alone reduces radiation dose by 21 percent over the previous software. How has your company helped to calculate appropriate radiation dose and monitored it in the past? What new steps are you taking? Barry: Our forte is the removal of noise from images along with the enhancement of edges and contrast. The act of dose-lowering leads to more noisy images, and hence, makes diagnosis of subtle and not-so-subtle pathology more difficult. Our software enables 40-50 percent dose reduction in both CT and interventional radiology, while still maintaining diagnostic imaging quality. Results can be achieved in real time without any temporal blurring. Harsh: For more than a decade, GE has provided standardized dose indices, such as CTDIvol and DLP, for scans completed on our CT systems. These dose indices provide an estimate for dose levels that have been administered to patients. Health care providers can then use accepted methods to compare patient dose levels using tools, such as the dose wheels, which are available to users. Since 2008, GE Healthcare has supported exporting this data to information systems using the industry-standard digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM) dose structured report. Our fluoroscopic devices employ automatic exposure control, exposure rate limits, and audible and visual indications and alarms. In the future, GE will pursue industry standardization, enhanced user-access controls as well as standardized dose reporting for CT and fluoroscopic devices where compatible. Hartung: For years, dose information has been displayed at the scanner console before the scan. A detailed dose report is provided after the scan as a DICOM image that can be distributed and sent to the picture archive and communication system (PACS). Siemens provides detailed dose information as structured DICOM dose reports that enable the user to automatically send and evaluate dose information everywhere. This will play a critical role in setting up new quality assurance processes to closely monitor dose and optimize scan protocols. Young: Toshiba provides dose summaries with every patient study and provides education to customers on how to monitor and review this information. For the future, Toshiba is working on a new Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) dose profile that is a DICOM-structured report, which is standardized for the industry. What special precautions are you taking for children? Barry: In pediatric imaging centers, we work hard with the radiologists to tune our software for the minimum acceptable dosage, while still achieving acceptable image quality. Harsh: In 1994, GE Healthcare introduced pediatric-specific protocols on its CT scanners, and in 2001, the company introduced Color Coding for Kids, protocols based on the Broselow-Luten system. We have been an active supporter of the Image Gently campaign since its inception. Additionally, features such as automatic exposure control are designed to minimize the dose to achieve the requested image quality based on the patient size and attenuation. Hartung: For more than 10 years, Siemens has been providing dedicated scan protocols for children that take into account the latest scientific data and best practices, such as the use of low kilovolts. Even if, accidentally, pediatric protocols are not used, Siemens’ unique automatic exposure control CARE Dose 4D prevents excessive radiation from being applied. Young: The Aquilion One features Toshiba’s SureExposure Pediatric software, which automatically takes inputs on the size and age of each patient and tailors radiation dose to achieve the best and safest image quality for each exam. The software uses protocols based on the patient’s age, size and type of exam to ensure patients receive only the radiation required to obtain a clear diagnostic image. The Aquilion One can image a patient in 0.35 seconds, so less patient sedation is required since pediatric patients can move during an exam without comprising image quality. The Medical Imaging Technology Alliance (MITA) is backing a new Dose Check feature that alerts CT operators if predetermined dose levels have been exceeded. How effective will that feature be in keeping radiation exposure within acceptable levels? Barry: Any automated feature that can alert a radiologist or a technologist that the dose is getting too high is a good thing. In looking over the MITA suggestions, including the ones dealing with training, standardizing accreditation, monitoring cumulative radiation and adding more oversight to the diagnostic imaging field, I would support them. Harsh: We are confident a Dose Check feature will help users manage radiation exposure within acceptable levels. As part of MITA, GE is supporting the development of reference levels by medical professional groups, such as the American College of Radiology (ACR). These [initiatives] have the potential to make a significant impact. Hartung: Siemens has played and will continue to play an active role in this important MITA initiative. We already have implemented a dose notification for the user if a reasonable dose level is dramatically exceeded. The even more effective implementation of such a feature requires the establishment of consistent reference dose values and image quality standards that today only exist for a very limited amount of applications. We will continue to work with our customers, the radiological community and the regulating bodies to move this topic forward. Young: Toshiba supports and is participating in MITA’s efforts to help the industry address dose. These efforts will greatly enhance awareness in hospitals for clinical users to evaluate their protocols on an ongoing basis. Reference: “Baby Boomers to Challenge and Change Tomorrow’s Health Care System”. Authors: Jeanne-Marie Phillips is president, HealthFlash Marketing Communications, a public relations firm specializing in health care. Contact: (link sends e-mail),, 203.977.5555. Steven Washer is executive produce, MedView Media LLC, Contact: 860.687.9849, FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | June 28, 2010 | By Jeanne-Marie Phillips and Steven Washer CT Dose Reduction is Booming As physicians increasingly rely on CT to diagnose disease, how can they curb radiation exposure? 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. 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. 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