Why Aboriginal candidates are rocking the Indigenous vote

first_imgAPTN InFocus with Cheryl McKenzie:Winnipeg’s civic election saw a record number of Aboriginal candidates.In this edition, two of those candidates share what inspired them to run, even though the odds were stacked against them.Could they be part of a new political generation motivated to ‘rock the boat’ by ‘rocking the vote?’Plus, we put a successful Metis entrepreneur who is creating a safe place for kids, InFocus.last_img

ProEU Scots Northern Irish eye UK escape after Brexit vote

Pro-EU Scots, Northern Irish eye UK escape after Brexit vote Irish Prime Miinister Enda Kenny speaks during a press conference in Dublin Friday June 24, 2016 after Britain voted to leave the European Union in an historic referendum. (Niall Carson/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE by Paul Kelbie And Shawn Pogatchnik, The Associated Press Posted Jun 24, 2016 1:10 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 24, 2016 at 4:27 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email EDINBURGH, Scotland – The United Kingdom’s stunning vote to depart the European Union could end in the breakup of the U.K. itself.While majorities of voters in England and Wales backed the campaign to leave the 28-nation bloc, the U.K.’s two other regions of Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to stay. Hot on the heels of Friday’s results, nationalist leaders in both countries vowed to leave the U.K. if that is the required price to keep their homelands fully connected to Europe.Scotland, where nationalists already in power narrowly lost a 2014 independence referendum, appears poised to be first out the U.K. door if its English neighbours don’t manage a negotiated U-turn to remain inside the EU. Most analysts dismiss that prospect.“Scotland faces the prospect of being taken out of the EU against our will. I regard that as democratically unacceptable,” said Scotland’s leader, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. More than 60 per cent of Scots voted to remain in the EU, compared with 48 per cent of voters in the U.K. overall, reflecting Scots’ belief that EU membership provides a moderating influence on political life in a U.K. traditionally dominated by the vastly more numerous English.Sturgeon emphasized that her administration would aim first to help negotiate a compromise between the British government in London and EU chiefs in Brussels “to secure our continuing place in the EU and the single market.” But she said such hopes appeared unlikely to prevail, and made a second Scottish independence referendum “now highly likely.” She said such a vote would have to be held before the United Kingdom formally exited the EU, which could happen as soon as 2018.Scotland in September 2014 voted 55 per cent to 45 per cent to reject independence. But leading members of Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party said they were confident that many voters who rejected independence two years ago were ready to switch allegiance given England’s decisive embrace of euroskepticism.“People in Scotland are quite simply stunned,” said party lawmaker John Nicolson. He said Britain’s traditional big three parties — the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats — all argued two years ago that U.K. membership was the only way to keep Scotland securely within the EU.“Clearly they’ve misled the Scottish people,” he said.Next door, Irish nationalists in the long-disputed U.K. region of Northern Ireland say the British vote has reignited their demands for an all-island referendum to reunite the two parts of Ireland after 95 years of partition. They argue that a British withdrawal from the EU would force authorities in both parts of Ireland to renew customs and security controls on what would become the U.K.’s only land border with an EU state, the Republic of Ireland.Sinn Fein, already in power in Northern Ireland’s 9-year-old unity government and positioned to become the Republic of Ireland’s top opposition party, insists that the hundreds of thousands of Irish citizens who live in Northern Ireland must be given a chance to vote for their own U.K. escape.In Dublin, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny convened an emergency Cabinet meeting as Ireland’s stock market suffered the biggest market falls in Europe, reflecting the fact that Ireland’s main trading partner is Britain. Kenny emerged saying his government’s top priority was to minimize damage to Ireland’s exports-driven economy, not to open old wounds in Northern Ireland.Kenny and Britain’s secretary of state for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers, agreed that Northern Ireland’s U.S.-brokered 1998 peace accord contained a provision for staging an all-Ireland vote on reunification in event of popular demand. But both asserted that decades of opinion polling and election results had demonstrated that such a demand was too weak to merit a vote anytime soon.Kenny said his government would support an Irish unity referendum only if analysts could document “a serious movement of a majority of people to a situation where they would want to join the republic. There is no such evidence.”“There are much more serious issues to deal with in the medium term,” he said, citing the need to protect Ireland’s decades-old agreement to maintain special travel and trade relations with Britain, an agreement that predates both nations’ 1973 entry to the then-European Economic Community. “That’s where our focus is.”And Villiers, who joined Conservative Party rebels in opposing Prime Minister David Cameron’s push to remain in the EU, called a potential Irish referendum “a divisive distraction.” She noted that “remain” won with just 56 per cent of the vote in Northern Ireland, the biggest per-capita recipient of EU aid in the U.K.Left unmentioned was the ever-present sectarian rivalry of Northern Ireland, where a decade of delicately balanced peace has followed three decades of bloodshed that left nearly 3,700 dead. While Sinn Fein led the Catholic minority in seeking to remain in the EU, the top Protestant-backed party campaigned to reject it. As a result, Catholic areas staunchly backed “remain,” Protestant areas “leave.”Sinn Fein usually is an EU critic, but this time it backed the “remain” campaign because of the risk that Ireland’s nearly invisible border could become a daily economic, social and security obstacle again. Sinn Fein’s overarching goal is to overturn the 1921 division of the island, when Irish rebels in the south fought a successful war of independence from the U.K. but pro-British Protestants anchored in industrial Belfast received a new northern state that remained within the U.K.Martin McGuinness, the former Irish Republican Army commander who is Sinn Fein’s co-leader of the Northern Ireland government, said Irish nationalists in the north — representing more than 40 per cent of the population — would demand a chance to test public support for Irish unity versus continued U.K. membership.McGuinness said the prospect of reintroducing security checks along Northern Ireland’s meandering 310-mile (500-kilometre) border, barely a decade after the outlawed IRA renounced violence and British security forces were withdrawn from border forts, should be avoided at all costs.“Anybody who doesn’t think this is big stuff needs to get their head around it. This is huge for us,” McGuinness said. “I do have great concerns about the future.”In Scotland, high-profile opponents of independence forecast that Cameron’s backfiring referendum would end in the U.K.’s own fracture.“Scotland will seek independence now,” said “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling, who donated 1 million pounds to anti-independence campaigners two years ago.“Cameron’s legacy will be breaking up two unions,” she said in a tweet. “Neither needed to happen.”___Pogatchnik reported from Dublin. read more

Week In Brussels – Week ending Friday 6 July 2012

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Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine lands wins reclamation award

It is the third, successive year that KDAML has won OSMREs Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Appalachian Region Award. Last year KDAML won for reclamation work on the Joan Bernat Slide Reclamation Project in Perry County, Kentucky.The project began on a rainy Friday night in April 2018, when KDAML received a call from a resident concerned about a sudden landslide near his home, his rental properties, and a neighbors house. Related Article: Nominations sought for Kentucky conservation awardThe landslide brought down tons of mud, trees, and old coal, threatening peoples lives and property. Extremely steep and unstable terrain, limited access, severe weather, and the existence of electrical lines and a water system further complicated the project. However, Kentuckys quick response abated the threats to the residents and the safety of their property. Abandoned Mine Facility Frankfort, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement will honor the Kentucky Department for Natural Resources, Division of Abandoned Mine Lands. They say it’s for work at the Roger Cornett Slide reclamation project in Perry County, Kentucky.- Advertisement – read more

She brightened up our lives Screen icon Doris Day has died aged

first_img AMERICAN ACTRESS AND singer Doris Day has died at the age of 97.The Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed that she died at her Carmel Valley, California, home. The foundation said she was surrounded by close friends.“Day had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia, resulting in her death,” the foundation said.Tributes to the Hollywood icon have been pouring in: There are moments in life that you cherish forever. Singing to #DorisDay for her 97th b’day was one of those moments. Doris lived a life full of highs and lows, but always with love exuding from her heart. God bless you Doris. You were a beacon of talent, beauty, grace, and love. pic.twitter.com/lyeTS4MX0H— Michael Feinstein (@MichaelFeinstei) May 13, 2019 26,088 Views May 13th 2019, 2:06 PM The actress became one of the biggest Hollywood stars of her time, appearing in movies like Calamity Jane and Pillow Talk. She won three Grammy Hall of Fame awards and a Golden Globe lifetime achievement award and in 2004 joined a long list of actors to receive her own star on the Hollywood walk of fame.Along with her roles on screen, the Ohio native also became known for her activism in the area of animal welfare. She was a founding member of the Actors and Others for Animals organisation, and later went on to found her own Doris Day Pet Foundation in 1978.- With reporting from Associated Press  https://jrnl.ie/4632277 Source: Warner Bros. UK/Twitter Share42 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘She brightened up our lives’: Screen icon Doris Day has died aged 97 The actress was one of the biggest Hollywood stars of her time. Short URL The great Doris Day left us and took a piece of the sun with her. She brighten our lives and lived out her life with dignity. May she rest peacefully. ❤️— Goldie Hawn (@goldiehawn) May 13, 2019center_img Source: Goldie Hawn/Twitter Monday 13 May 2019, 2:06 PM Remembering the legendary Doris Day. pic.twitter.com/DGITJc2woz— Warner Bros. UK (@WarnerBrosUK) May 13, 2019 Image: DPA/PA Images Image: DPA/PA Images Source: George Takei/Twitter By Conor McCrave 23 Comments For those of us in my generation, Doris Day was synonymous with Hollywood icon. She would no doubt remind us, upon this day of her passing, “Que sera sera,” but we will miss her dearly anyway. Rest now in our hearts forever, Ms. Day.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) May 13, 2019 Source: Michael Feinstein/Twitterlast_img read more

Ricochet on getting to keep his name in WWE Interviews after Smackdown

first_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Google+ Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Scott Fishman of TVInsider is featuring an interview with NXT star Ricochet where he talks about getting to keep his name in WWE and the TakeOver special this Saturday.On getting to keep his name in WWE:“It was cool because the last 15 years of my life has been about trying to build up a name. When I got to WWE, there was some rumblings about changing it. I was okay with that because it has worked in the past, and I had a few choices lined up. But when they said I was able to keep it, it meant the world to me because it was definitely a name I put my blood, sweat and tears in building. I built my own name. All the hard work built up to this.”On facing Adam Cole this Saturday at TakeOver amid injury rumors:“I feel good. I have been training pretty hard all week. I’m excited. I haven’t done a Brooklyn show before. This is kind of an anniversary for Adam. We are confident we will go in there and tear it down. That is what it’s all about.”Ricochet has been out of action since late June.Interviews after Smackdown Live this weekWWE posted these interviews after Smackdown Live and 205 Live. Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Now Playing Up Next WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Now Playing Up Next Brexit’s Impact on Gilts, the Pound and the U.K. Economy Now Playing Up Next Tom Keene Twitter Facebook Roman Reigns is in Remission Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBrexit’s Impact on Gilts, the Pound and the U.K. EconomyVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 3:00/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 18.52%0:02Remaining Time -2:59 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 WhatsApp Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problemslast_img read more

Teen killed in fatal rollover crash near Fort Lauderdale

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. NEAR FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) — A 16-year-old boy was killed in a two-vehicle rollover crash near Fort Lauderdale.Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies and Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue units responded to the scene near Peters Road and Davie Boulevard, just after 8 p.m., Saturday.Officials said a black Lexus was traveling eastbound along Peters Road at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control and struck a blue Subaru. The Lexus then crashed into a utility pole and flipped over onto its roof.Sixteen-year-old Jonathan Guerra, a passenger in the Lexus, was pronounced dead at the scene.Officials said the driver suffered minor injuries and another passenger, also both teenagers, suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. They were transported to Broward Health Medical Center.Those riding in the Subaru were not hurt.The cause of the crash remains under investigation. last_img read more

Stevie Nicks Scores Her Second Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction

first_imgRolling Stone caught up with Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott right after he heard the news. “We finally find out we’re in,” he said. “Now we can stop holding our breath and go, ‘Great! How wonderful to be in the same club as the Rolling Stones and the Beatles and the Who and Queen and etc., etc.’ It’s nice. It’s a good club to be in.” Email In addition to this year’s induction as a solo artist, Nicks was previously inducted in 1998 for her work in Fleetwood MacPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Dec 13, 2018 – 11:59 am On Dec. 13 the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame announced their 2019 inductees to be honored on March 29, 2019, at the 34th annual induction ceremony. The final selection includes the Cure, Def Leppard, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Roxy Music including Brian Eno, and the Zombies. It was the first time on the ballot for Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks and Roxy Music, and Nicks’ win as a solo artist makes her the first woman to ever be inducted twice into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame previously inducted Nicks in 1998 for her work in Fleetwood Mac. Earlier this year, Fleetwood Mac became the first band to receive the MusiCares Person of the Year award for their philanthropy, and their albums Fleetwood Mac (1975) and Rumours (1977) have been inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame. https://twitter.com/JanetJackson/status/1073203041447350275 The 34th Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on March 29, 2019, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It will be shown on HBO and heard on SiriusXM. Ticket availability will be announced in January. The 2019 inductees’ exhibit at the Hall’s museum in Cleveland, Ohio will be unveiled the same night.Bon Jovi, Dire Straits Among Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame 2018 InducteesRead more Stevie Nicks Scores 2nd Rock & Roll HOF Induction stevie-nicks-scores-her-second-rock-and-roll-hall-fame-induction Twitter As for the other inductees, Pitchfork recapped Radiohead’s divergent reactions last year when they made the previous final ballot. Jonny Greenwood’s response was, “I don’t care,” but Colin Greenwood said he’d be grateful. They didn’t make it on the 33rd round but now they’re among the 34th confirmed inductees. Stevie Nicks Scores Her Second Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Facebook News last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time (Contract) Flatbed Truck Contract Carrier at XPO LogisticsFull-Time Lawn Care Technician at Garrick-Santo LandscapeFull-Time Crew Members at Garrick-Santo LandscapePart-Time/Full-Time Gardeners & Horticulturalists at Garrick-Santo LandscapePart-Time/Full-Time Pizza Counter/Register Help at Wilmington House of PizzaFull-Time Manufacturing Manager at Xenon CorporationPart-Time MARCOM Assistant at Xenon CorporationPart-Time Delivery Driver at Optima ShippingFull-Time Water Mitigation Technician at Response Team 1Full-Time Movers & Drivers at Two Men And A Truck(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of March 10, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Product Specialist at Scully Signal CompanyPart-Time Nanny For 1 Wilmington ChildPart-Time Security Guard at Allied UniversalPart-Time Yard Person at Garrick-Santo Landscape Co.Full-Time/Part-Time Delivery Courier Driver at OptimaPart-Time Cargo Van Delivery Driver at OptimaFull-Time Mill Metal Worker at TecometFull-Time CNC Machinist at TecometFull-Time Mechanical Engineering Technician at SymboticFull-Time Staff Accountant at UniFirst(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Samsung Space Gaming Monitor has its back to the wall

first_img Post a comment More games that will run an (almost) any nongaming laptop Stadia announcement: All the cool games previewed 1:49 25 Photos Space Gaming for your extraterrestrial adventures. Samsung At Gamescom 2019, Samsung follows up its Space Monitor with a Space Gaming brother that really sounds like an aptly named 32-inch version of the 27-inch nongaming model. They both have a 144Hz refresh rate and QHD (2,540 x 1,440) resolution, though the gaming version supports AMD FreeSync adaptive-refresh technology for synchronizing game frame rates with the display.It’s slated to ship by the end of the year, but we don’t yet know the price. Tags Share your voice 0 It’s not a very fun gaming monitor, basic black with no lighting; it basically sits there looking grim. While the stand design is clever and it’s nice to be able to pull it forward and down to find a comfortable angle, it only works directly in front of you because it can’t swivel. Nor does it seem to free up much space, since you have to move anything obstructive you’ve put in the free area if you want to pull the screen down.Samsung didn’t provide any specs, but if it’s similar to the 27-inch VA screen it’s relatively bright with an sRGB gamut — a basic but stylish entry-level model that lacks the pop of Samsung’s QLED colors. Now playing: Watch this: Computers Gaming Accessories Computer Accessories Samsunglast_img read more

Sept 11 Revealed The Importance And Limits of The Presidents Daily Briefing

first_imgDamian Dovarganes/APThe President’s Daily Briefing, or PDB, is the top-secret intelligence report the CIA presents to the president every weekday. The book shown here is for a briefing delivered to President George W. Bush in 2002.On Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush was visiting Sarasota, Fla. At 8 a.m. sharp, the CIA’s Michael Morell delivered the daily intelligence briefing — something he did six mornings a week — regardless of whether the president was at the White House or on the road.“Contrary to press reporting and myth there was absolutely nothing in my briefing that had to do with terrorism that day,” Morell recalled. “Most of it had to do with the Israeli-Palestinian issue.”As Morell concluded, Bush stepped into his waiting motorcade and headed to an elementary school. Moments later, news broke of the terror attacks in New York. Shortly after that, Bush and Morell were on Air Force One — and the president wanted answers.“The president said to me, ‘Michael, who did this?’ ” Morell said. He didn’t know, but had a strong suspicion.“I told him that when we got to the end of the trail, I was absolutely confident, absolutely certain, that it would take us to [Osama] bin Laden and al-Qaida,” said Morell, who retired in 2013 as the CIA’s deputy director and now hosts the podcast Intelligence Matters.That landmark day captured both the critical importance — and the frustrating limits — of the President’s Daily Briefing, or PDB.Doug Mills/APChief of Staff Andy Card whispers into the ear of President George W. Bush to give him word of the planes that slammed into the World Trade Center in New York, on Sept. 11, 2001. Bush had received his daily intelligence briefing shortly before, and had just begun a visit to the Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Fla.Launched under President TrumanThe practice of providing the president with a daily intelligence briefing began in 1946 with President Harry Truman, who was trying to make sense of a still chaotic world in the aftermath of World War II.“He was troubled that he was receiving these random reports from different departments and no one was telling him, or suggesting to him, what was particularly more important than something else,” said David Robarge, the CIA’s chief historian.Truman created the Central Intelligence Group, the forerunner of the CIA. Within weeks, the briefings began, and they were brief indeed. Most were short notes from U.S. ambassadors with little or no context.Many reports were based on rumors or newspaper stories abroad, and were difficult to verify, Robarge said.APThis image provided by the Central Intelligence Agency shows the first Daily Summary delivered to President Harry Truman on Feb. 15, 1946“We dealt a lot with information peddlers and fabricators and paper mills, as we called them,” he said. “We were very desperate for information and everybody knew that and took advantage of it. We spent a lot of our time in those early years sorting out the wheat from the chaff.”Despite being a part of every president’s daily routine for more than 70 years, the briefings are rarely discussed publicly. Just last month, the CIA declassified the first 20 briefings delivered to Truman — and many still resonate today.“The very first general item for Harry Truman was about some false information that was being put out about Russia and the United States,” said David Priess, a former CIA officer.Priess was a member of the presidential briefing team in the early 2000s and wrote a history of the briefings called The President’s Book of Secrets.Those initial briefings dealt with a trade dispute with China, which was resisting U.S. imports, and rising tensions on the Korean peninsula, where war would break out a few years later.“Many of the issues that President Truman was dealing with in February 1946 are still on the agenda today,” said Priess.APPresident Lyndon Johnson reads the President’s Daily Brief as his wife Lady Bird Johnson holds their first grandchild in the White House.Providing analysisToday’s version took shape under President John F. Kennedy and was driven in part by the Bay of Pigs, the failed CIA operation to overthrow Cuba’s leader Fidel Castro in 1961.“We knew John F. Kennedy was disappointed after the Bay of Pigs debacle early in his presidency and that helped spur this new intelligence product,” Priess said.The documents began including more analysis on the pros and cons of potential U.S. actions abroad. While the CIA has always handled the report, other agencies now contribute, including the National Security Agency and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.One misconception is that all presidents are briefed face-to-face. But, as Rodney Faraon, a former CIA briefer, said, “Every president receives their briefing differently.”Most go over the briefing book on their own. For President Lyndon Johnson, it was bedtime reading. Richard Nixon didn’t care for it and allowed only one White House adviser to see it — Henry Kissinger. Barack Obama received it on his iPad and had it circulated to more than 30 advisers.Putting it togetherWhile Washington is sleeping, a team at CIA headquarters makes final edits to the leather-bound briefing book, updating it frequently.Rodney Faraon’s job in the late 1990s and early 2000s was to study up on the document overnight and head to the home of his boss, CIA Director George Tenet, at 6 a.m.“I would be briefing him in a secure vehicle on his way from his house to either the White House or to CIA headquarters,” Faraon recalled.David Priess delivered his briefing to the director of the FBI, a man who was always pressing him for more details — Robert Mueller. Mueller now leads the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible coordination with the Trump campaign.And Michael Morell remembers his briefings with Bush as if “I was in graduate school preparing to go in to seven or eight exams every morning with somebody who is going to fire questions at you nonstop.”Trump’s approachPresident Trump initially questioned the need for a daily briefing.But Mike Pompeo, the CIA director before becoming secretary of state, said it’s become part of the president’s routine.“Nearly every day, I get up, get ready, read the material that’s been presented early in the morning and then trundle down [from CIA headquarters] to the White House,” Pompeo said back in January.His successor as CIA director, Gina Haspel, is now a regular at the briefings, as is Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence.The intelligence community has had both great successes — like locating Osama bin Laden in Pakistan — and failures — like claiming Iraq’s Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The former CIA briefers say their role is to provide the best possible intelligence, and leave the policy choices to the president.David Priess cites an old CIA expression: “You can lead policymakers to intelligence, but you can’t make them think.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Mortal Kombat 11 Kharacter Guide Nightwolf

first_img There have been eleven main Mortal Kombat games. Can you believe it? The 90s were that long ago. Since then the fighting game has become a gory institution as colorful ninjas and sorcerers and special forces agents collide to rip each others’ guts out in wacky martial arts tournaments.But in the past decade Mortal Kombat has gone from just a recognizable violent fighting game to a really good recognizable violent fighting game. And the recently released Mortal Kombat 11 brings the reboot trilogy home with a story mode stretching across all of history and new ways for customizing characters to your liking, with different skills and gear to make the accessible mechanics even more varied and deep.Expensive cutscenes and ancillary (arguably exploitative) side content aren’t worth anything though if your fighting game doesn’t have a solid roster. Fortunately, Mortal Kombat 11 gives you a diverse cast of kombatants on which to unleash your bloodlust. And we’re taking a look at every single one of them. Today’s fighter: Nightwolf.AdChoices广告 ‘Street Fighter V’ and ‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Get Ne…‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Kharacter Guide: Shang Tsung Who Are They?Look, classic fighting games aren’t exactly known for their racial sensitivity. Nightwolf, or Grey Cloud, is a noble warrior from the Makota Tribe who frequently interacts with Thunder God Raiden in various visions. Like a whole host of other kombatants, Nightwolf is serving Shinnok as an undead revenant by the time of Mortal Kombat 11.Kombat KhronologyNightwolf was first introduced in Mortal Kombat 3. His menagerie of spirit animal powers paired nicely with that game’s Animality transformation finishing moves. He even taught Animalities to Liu Kang in the awful second live-action movie. Meanwhile, his pet wolf Kiba from the Defenders of the Realm cartoon becomes canon as a move in this game.Koolest KustomizationsMost of Nightwolf’s powers revolve around some sort of animal gimmick. Whether it’s his quick light attack the Rabbit Punch or powerful Rhino Charge shoulder bash. Certain custom moves even summon animal spirits to buff attack or defense with wolf or bear powers, or just launch a ghost hawk at opponents. However, his weapons get plenty of love, too. There are multiple ways to throw the tomahawk and his arrows can call down lighting strikes.How Gross Is The Fatality?If you’re going to make me play as an indigenous stereotype, the least you can do is let me get some revenge against the colonizing white man. Fortunately, Nightwolf’s Fatality doesn’t disappoint in this regard. He chops open your face and rips off the front half of your body, jaw first, so your entrails spill all over the battlefield. Then, with graceful form, he throws an axe dead-center into your heart.Mortal Kombat 11 is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. For more, read our spine-ripping impressions of the game as a whole, learn more about Mortal Kombat’s history with the government, and check out our character guide for the much less violent fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.View as: One Page Slides1/271. Read Our Full Mortal Kombat 11 ReviewRead Johnny Cage’s Guide2. Read Sub-Zero’s Guide3. Read Erron Black’s Guide4. Read Scorpion’s Guide5. Read Liu Kang’s Guide6. Read Raiden Guide7. Read Kitana’s Guide8. Read Kung Lao’s Guide9. Read Cetrion’s Guide10. Read Jade’s Guide11. Read Kotal Kahn’s Guide12. Read Skarlet’s Guide13. Read Noob Saibot’s Guide14. Read Geras’ Guide15. Read Baraka’s Guide16. Read Jax’s Guide17. Read Jacqui Briggs’ Guide18. Read Frost’s Guide19. Read D’Vorah’s Guide20. Read Kabal’s Guide21. Read Kano’s Guide22. Read Cassie Cage’s Guide23. Read Shao Kahn’s Guide24. Read Kollector’s Guide25. Read Sonya Blade’s Guide26. Read Shang Tsung’s Guide27. Read Nightwolf’s Guidecenter_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Eggbased electronics offer surprisingly good electrical performance

first_img Citation: ‘Egg-based electronics’ offer surprisingly good electrical performance (2017, September 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-09-egg-based-electronics-surprisingly-good-electrical.html Journal information: Nanotechnology The researchers, led by Qunliang Song at Southwest University, China, have published a paper on using hydrogen-peroxide-modified egg albumen for resistive switching memory in a recent issue of Nanotechnology.”As a promising alternative to the conventional silicon-based nonvolatile memory, the egg albumen has more advantages than other materials,” Song told Phys.org. “The bio-organic material egg albumen may have potential applications in the imitation of biological memory behavior, artificial intelligence, and brain-like intelligence because of the good compatibility.”This is not the first time that egg albumen has been incorporated into electronic devices. Previously, the albumen from chicken and duck eggs has been used in transistors and other devices as the dielectric (insulating) layer. However, the new work marks the first time that egg albumen has been used to make resistive memories. These memories are being developed as a next-generation alternative to the silicon-based memories that dominate today’s electronics. Resistive memories, which operate based on changes in resistance rather than electric current, have potential advantages such as higher speeds, higher densities, and smaller sizes.One of the main components of resistive memories is a dielectric film—here, the egg albumen-based film—which is normally insulating but can be made conducting by applying a voltage. Switching between these states of high and low electrical resistance corresponds to switching between the memory’s “off” and “on” states, respectively.The researchers demonstrated that the resistance of egg albumen material can be made switchable by mixing it with a 10% hydrogen peroxide solution. Egg albumen contains more than 40 different proteins that are linked together by weak chemical bonds. Deep inside these proteins are large numbers of iron, sodium, and potassium ions. The hydrogen peroxide easily breaks the bonds holding the proteins together, which denatures the proteins and, critically, exposes the ions. These ions, which are positively charged, then act as traps that capture negatively charged electrons that are injected when a voltage is applied. When the trap levels are low (few or no electrons), the dielectric material behaves as an insulator and the memory is in the “off” state. When a negative voltage is applied, it causes the traps to fill with electrons, the material becomes conducting, and the memory switches to its “on” state. To reset the memory, a positive voltage is applied, releasing the electrons from the traps and returning the memory to its “off” state.”Ions such as Fe3+, Na+ and K+ are always connected with protein chains in the chicken egg albumen, and so cannot work efficiently when charges are injected,” Song said. “Treated with 10% hydrogen peroxide solution, the ions can be exposed outside of the protein chains and act as the traps to capture the injected charges. Thus the resistive switching memory properties of the hydrogen peroxide-modified egg albumen film was efficiently improved compared to those of pristine egg albumen.”Overall, the researchers demonstrated that the egg-albumen-based resistive memory compares favorably to other memories, exhibiting a high on/off resistance ratio, as well as good retention and switching endurance even after repeated bending. “Although great progress and breakthroughs have been made regarding the new material’s application and structure design, the mechanism of resistive switching memory is still not completely clear,” Song said. “We will continue our investigation of the mechanism of resistive switching memory. At the same time, flexible, wearable and water-dissolution resistive switching memory cells will be developed using organic-modified egg albumen in our following work.” Explore further 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. More information: Guangdong Zhou et al. “Hydrogen-peroxide-modified egg albumen for transparent and flexible resistive switching memory.” Nanotechnology. DOI: 10.1088/1361-6528/aa8397center_img (Left) Chicken eggs consisting of albumen and yolk. (Right) The transparent and flexible memory cells fabricated by the hydrogen-peroxide-modified egg albumen. Credit: Zhou et al. ©2017 IOP Publishing (Phys.org)—Egg white—also known as egg albumen—is not only good-tasting, it also has very good dielectric properties, along with a high transparency and high elasticity, that make it a promising material for fabricating transparent, flexible electronic devices. In a new study, researchers have shown that, when egg albumen is mixed with hydrogen peroxide, a series of chemical reactions occurs that transforms the biomaterial into an active film that can be used to make transparent, flexible resistive memory devices. Which structure has optimal resistive switching characteristics? © 2017 Phys.orglast_img read more

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first_img 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 An example of FFR-CT imaging from Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. The left image shows a 3D generated image of the coronary tree from a CT scan evaluated with computational fluid dynamics to determine the FFR numbers. It shows a severe restriction of the left main artery which requires a stent to revacularize. 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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 19, 2019 VIDEO: Overview of Cardiac CT Trends and 2019 SCCT Meeting Highlights … read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more April 10, 2015 — A Mayo Clinic study has identified a familial association in spontaneous coronary artery dissection, suggesting a genetic predisposition to the condition. The results are published in the March 23 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine.Researchers used the Mayo Clinic SCAD Registry of 412 enrollees to identify five familial cases of SCAD, comprised of three pairs of first-degree relatives (mother-daughter, identical twin sisters, sisters) and two pairs of second-degree relatives (aunt and niece and first cousins). Researchers believe this is the first study to identify SCAD as an inherited disorder.Most heart attacks happen when plaque builds up in arteries over a lifetime, and causes a blockage and a heart attack. In SCAD, a tear occurs inside an artery, and that can cause a blockage, leading to a heart attack. SCAD most commonly affects younger women.“I was taught that SCAD was rare and the causes entirely unknown, but through our partnership with SCAD survivors and their families, clues are emerging that may change that,” says Sharonne Hayes, M.D., senior author and cardiologist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. “We know from previous research that SCAD occurs most often in younger women with no or minimal cardiovascular risk factors, like high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Recognizing now that it is a heritable disorder has implications for at-risk family members, and helps us understand the condition better.”In one example from the study, a 36-year-old woman had intermittent chest pain for 24 hours. She was diagnosed with a heart attack, and a coronary angiography showed a spontaneous coronary dissection. Her only cardiovascular risk factor was high blood pressure. She had been training for a triathlon the week before her SCAD. Two years later, the woman’s 44-year-old maternal cousin went to the hospital following two hours of chest pain radiating to her upper back. She also was diagnosed with SCAD. Her only cardiovascular risk factor was a history of smoking. She participated in a 75-mile bicycle ride three days before her heart attack.In addition, subsequent testing in both women revealed fibromuscular dysplasia, a vascular condition which more recently has been associated with SCAD, Hayes said.She added that it is not clear what causes SCAD in most cases, but researchers know the following from previous studies:SCAD affects women more often than men; up to 80 percent of patients with SCAD are women;The average age is 42 years;SCAD patients are typically otherwise healthy, with few heart disease risk factors; andAbout 20 percent of women SCAD patients have recently given birth. 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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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The registry now includes hundreds of patients who have learned about the registry through the Internet, social media or referrals by their physicians. In addition, hundreds of registry participants and their family members have contributed specimens to an ongoing Mayo Clinic SCAD DNA biorepository.For more information: www.mayoclinic.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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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Advances in CT to Enhance Radiation Therapy Planning

first_img Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more However, CT imaging for radiotherapy planning offers its own set of challenges, not the least of which is it delivers extra radiation dose outside the target treatment area, and potential image artifacts. Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research for radiation oncology at Henry Ford Health System, led an ITN webinar sponsored by Philips Healthcare to address the newest advances in CT technology to enhance the modality’s usage for RT treatment planning. 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The primary objective was trying to improve contouring of the treatment dose in 11 bladder or prostate cancer patients with bilateral hip replacements. A single physician delineated the original (VO) and artifact corrected (VAC) CT data sets, and then a dice similarity coefficient (DSC) and overlap index (OI) were used to determine the difference in contouring between the two sets.In one bladder carcinoma case, the researchers found the bladder volume was overestimated on the original scan by more than 30 percent. In one prostate cancer case, MAR correction led to a 4 percent reduction in the healthy bladder tissue volume and a 20 percent increase in the planning target volume (PTV). “Had we not had the ability to visualize that anatomy in that prostate, we could have compromised this patient’s outcome,” said Glide-Hurst.In the final results, 9 of the 11 patients had their minimum target dose significantly reduced. “That’s an important result because that shows that it really influenced what the target volumes were going to be in these pelvic cases,” Glide-Hurst explained. Furthermore, the metal artifact reduction successfully revealed bladder and rectal status, and the organ-at-risk (OAR) volume change ranged from -32.4 to 31 percent. News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more 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. Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Metal artifact reduction led to a 20 percent increase in the planning target volume (PTV) in this prostate cancer case from Henry Ford Health System. The volume of the healthy bladder tissue to be spared was also reduced by 4 percent.Computed tomography (CT) has long been the standard of care for imaging to plan radiation therapy (RT) treatments. CT offers several clinical advantages for treatment planning, including:•    Direct measurement of electron densities for radiation dose calculations;•    Clear visualization of high contrast bony landmarks;•    Excellent spatial fidelity; and•    Displays some soft tissue contrast for delineation. Related Content Feature | Computed Tomography (CT) | May 03, 2018 | By Jeff Zagoudis Advances in CT to Enhance Radiation Therapy Planning New technologies to reduce metal artifact distortion and minimize imaging dose are extending the utility of the gold standard of radiotherapy planning imaging modalities Causes and Types of CT Image ArtifactsImaging artifacts arise when there is a systematic difference between the reconstructed CT numbers and the true attenuation coefficients of the tissues being imaged. This results in part of the image being distorted or obscured.CT scans can be impacted by a variety of image artifacts, including:•    Ring artifacts — caused by miscalibration of the scanner or failure of the detector element.•    Cupping — caused when polychromatic X-rays traverse through the body and become hardened, or a differential attenuation in the image.•    Streaking or banding — typically caused by bony anatomy and/or wide patient posture.•    Motion artifacts — caused by voluntary or involuntary movement of the patient during the scan.•    Metal artifacts — caused when the area being imaged has or is adjacent to a metallic object (implanted or external). The beam attenuation through    the metal is not well-approximated, according to Glide-Hurst, and the result is streaking, beam hardening or even a loss of information where the metal and    tissue interface. 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 News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more CT Dose Reduction Technologies in Treatment PlanningIn the webinar, Glide-Hurst discussed several current and emerging technologies to help optimize imaging dose for radiotherapy treatment planning.Filtered back projection (FBP) has been a gold-standard method for improving image quality in radiology. However, Glide-Hurst noted that as low-dose protocols are enacted, FBP can demonstrate increased noise and image artifacts, and decrease the contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR).“So the question is how can we lower doses without compromising image quality?” she said.One method that many CT vendors now offer is iterative reconstruction algorithms. The technology has become commonplace in radiology, but its potential in radiation oncology is still being explored.Henry Ford Health System tested an iterative reconstruction model that generates synthesized projections by modeling CT data collection via statistics and the optical component of the detectors themselves. During the initial validation, the research team focused on two areas:•    Concerns related to image quality included spatial resolution, low-contrast resolution and uniformity; and•    Treatment planning concerns focused on the CT-electron density, delineation and dosimetry. The patient population included female high dose rate brachytherapy (HDR) patients who were imaged daily for treatment verification. “We thought this would be an optimal population to study because they were already undergoing 3-5 imaging sessions per person, and we could gradually reduce the dose while we do multiple reconstructions,” said Glide-Hurst. Image data was graded against the reference dose on a scale of 1 to 6 — 1 meant the iteratively reconstructed image was better than reference, 3 indicated they were equal, and 6 indicated unacceptable image quality. Results showed that iterative reconstruction was significantly better than filtered back projection in terms of noise levels and low-contrast interface. Optimizing Imaging Dose in RT PlanningGlide-Hurst said she has fielded questions on whether CT imaging dose matters in radiotherapy planning when the patient is already receiving such large therapy doses. “The thing you have to think about is imaging dose is not localized compared to our treatment beams, which are really tailored to patient’s tumor and anatomy,” she explained. Using CT and/or 4-D CT exposes organs outside the target treatment area to concomitant radiation dose. Glide-Hurst added that 4-D CT is more widely used today for advanced applications like adaptive radiation therapy and re-simulation, and in radiosensitive organs such as the breast.Recent efforts in radiology circles to reduce imaging dose have included concepts like Image Wisely and the As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) principle. Applying these concepts to imaging for radiotherapy treatment planning, however, is not as straightforward. “The one thing you have to keep in mind is the needs are a little bit different,” said Glide-Hurst. She explained that wider bores and fields of view are often needed for RT imaging because of the immobilization devices and different patient stances required.Ultimately, while the implementation is slightly different, the thinking is virtually the same, according to Glide-Hurst: The risks and benefits needed to be assessed, but it is critical to remember that imaging can greatly improve the therapeutic ratio for radiotherapy treatment. Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Next-Generation TechnologiesGlide-Hurst concluded the webinar by looking into the future at emerging CT applications in radiation oncology.While iterative reconstruction has proven beneficial in improving image quality at low doses, some are already looking at its successor, model-based reconstruction (MBR), as an even better solution. Glide-Hurst said MBR is similar to iterative reconstruction except that it adds a combination of artificial object data and projections of the raw data into the reconstruction. “This gives you the ability to highlight certain tissues because you can change a bit of the weighting,” she said. MBR provides significant noise reduction compared to filtered back projection.She noted that adding more detector rows to the CT scanner also improves image quality for treatment planning. More rows increases the detector coverage area and reduces the scan time while still producing high-resolution images. Drawbacks of adding detector rows include increased cost for CT equipment as well as potential issues with table movements seen in some reconstruction models.According to Glide-Hurst, dual-energy CT acquisition is also gaining operational traction in radiation oncology. Multiple CT vendors now offer dual-energy scanning, where objects are scanned at both 80 and 140 kVp to better assess tissue composition.Glide-Hurst said the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been using dual-energy CT (DECT) for multiple applications throughout its radiation oncology department. For one example, using virtual non-contrast images generated through DECT may eliminate the need for an additional non-contrast scan during treatment planning, minimizing the imaging dose to the patient. In addition, the information collected from the DECT scan can improve the accuracy of therapeutic dose calculations, particularly for proton therapy and low-energy brachytherapy.“They also think it may offer opportunities for improved visualization and quantification of iodine uptake for tumor staging, delineation and characterization,” concluded Glide-Hurst. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Metal Artifact ReductionMetal artifacts in particular can pose a challenge, especially for radiation oncology planning.“This is something that’s increasing in importance as our subjects are becoming more aged,” said Glide-Hurst. “We’re treating patients into later years for their cancer radiation therapy, and also hip replacements and other kinds of implants are becoming more common for treatment of different ailments.”The easiest way to solve the problem would be to remove the metal object, but this is rarely possible. Instead, most CT vendors have begun incorporating algorithms for metal artifact reduction into their systems or as add-ons.Glide-Hurst reviewed several of the current CT technologies for metal artifact reduction:•    Metal Artifact Reduction (MAR) algorithm, Siemens — This algorithm thresholds metal objects with 3,000 Hounsfield units (HU) and identifies projections from unreliable regions of the image. MAR then modifies the raw projection data that is used with filtered back projection (FBP).•    Single energy metal artifact reduction (SEMAR), Canon/Toshiba — On Canon CT systems, the metal is identified in the raw CT data (also known as a sinogram), and then trace projections are used to correct the raw data and reconstruct it.•    Metal artifact reduction for orthopedic implants (O-MAR), Philips — Philips’ algorithm thresholds the image to generate a metal-only image, then interpolates the result in a tissue classification scheme. Several sinograms are forward projected into an error sinogram to create a masked sinogram (showing the error masked by the metal). The masked sinogram is put through one last FBP to create a corrected image.•    Adaptive filtration method — While not specifically designed for metal artifact reduction, adaptive filtration is a common feature on most CT scanners, according to Glide-Hurst. This technique smooths the attenuation profile and then reconstructs the image to reduce streaking in photon-starved images. News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more 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 morelast_img read more

Sri Lanka mulls SAfricanmodel truth commission

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) – Sri Lanka’s government said Wednesday that it was considering a process similar to South Africa’s post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission to heal the wounds of the island nation’s decades-long civil war.Two senior ministers will lead a team to South Africa on Thursday for discussions with the country’s government and the ruling African National Congress, Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. South African President Jacob Zuma has appointed ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramphosa his special envoy to Sri Lanka, the statement said. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   The visit is an apparent move to soften a third U.S.-sponsored resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council over Sri Lanka’s failure to properly investigate alleged atrocities and war crimes committed during the civil war against minority Tamil rebels, which ended five years ago.But it may be difficult for Sri Lanka to convince its critics given its failure to publicize reports of previous commissions and implement recommendations that were made.The United States has said the patience of the international community is “wearing thin” because Sri Lanka has not investigated abuse allegations as recommended by a 2011 report by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation commission, which was appointed by the Sri Lankan government.A body modeled after South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission could enable offenders to publicly admit their crimes and avoid prosecution.The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, set up after South Africa abolished apartheid in the 1990s, allowed human rights offenders of all races to admit their crimes publicly in return for lenient treatment. It proved to be a kind of national therapy that would become a model for other countries emerging from prolonged strife. Discussions in South Africa will be with the “aim of understanding the manner in which that exercise can help in Sri Lanka’s own reconciliation process, following the defeat of terrorism,” the Foreign Ministry said.Sri Lankan troops defeated Tamil Tiger rebels in 2009, ending a quarter-century separatist war. Both government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels have been accused of serious human rights violations and war crimes.The government has been accused of deliberately shelling civilians and hospitals, blocking food and medicine for civilians trapped in the war zone and deliberately undercounting the number of civilians caught up in the fighting. The rebels have been accused of holding civilians as human shields, killing those trying to flee and recruiting child soldiers.A U.N. report said about 40,000 ethnic Tamil civilians may have been killed in just the last few months of the fighting.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Sponsored Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

The Week Ahead Which Way Will Pending Home Sales Go

first_imgThe Week Ahead: Which Way Will Pending Home Sales Go? Share Pending-Home Sales 2016-08-28 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Newscenter_img Inventory and affordability constraints, along with uneven regional numbers, hampered what was supposed to have been a boost to mortgage activity in June, leaving pending home sales slightly up but essentially flat for the month in the last pending home sales report released in late July.The industry will find out how pending home sales fared in July when that month’s report is published on the morning of Wednesday, August 31.June’s Pending Home Sales Index from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported that, based on contract signings, pending home sales inched up 0.2 percent to 111 in June. This also is 1 percent higher than June 2015, but is noticeably down from this year’s peak level in April, 115. June, however, was the second-highest reading in a year.“With only the Northeast region having an adequate supply of homes for sale, the reoccurring dilemma of strained supply causing a run-up in home prices continues to play out in several markets, leading to the last two months reflecting a slight, early summer cooldown after a very active spring,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist. “Unfortunately for prospective buyers trying to take advantage of exceptionally low mortgage rates, housing inventory at the end of last month was down almost 6 percent from a year ago, and home prices are showing little evidence of slowing to a healthier pace that more closely mirrors wage and income growth.”Employment Situation for August 2016, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Friday, September 2, 8:30 a.m. ESTThe industry will be watching closely for what will be the last employment situation from the BLS before the next Federal Open Market Committee meeting on September 20-21. Job gains in June and July were solid after May’s disappointment; even with the May report calculated in, job gains still averaged 190,000 over the three-month period from May to July.“Indeed, in light of the continued solid performance of the labor market and our outlook for economic activity and inflation, I believe the case for an increase in the federal funds rate has strengthened in recent months,” Yellen said in a speech in Jackson Hole on Friday. “Of course, our decisions always depend on the degree to which incoming data continues to confirm the Committee’s outlook.”This week’s scheduleTuesday, August 30S&P CoreLogic Case Shiller Home Price Index for June 2016, 9 a.m ESTConsumer Confidence for August 2016, the Conference Board, 10 a.m. ESTWednesday, August 31Pending Home Sales Index for July 2016, National Association of Realtors, 10 a.m. ESTFriday, September 2Employment Situation for August 2016, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 8:30 a.m. EST August 28, 2016 513 Views last_img read more

None of this is to say the job is guaranteed to be

first_imgNone of this is to say the job is guaranteed to be Humphries’, but at this point it’s apparent the right tackle spot is his to lose.The team has a few options at running backNever before have the Cardinals had this kind of running back depth.David Johnson set a franchise rookie record with 12 total touchdowns last season and, after injuries elevated him to the top of the running back depth chart, proved capable of being an impact starter.Chris Johnson, who was signed during training camp, was among the league leaders in rushing yards before being lost for the season with a leg injury.Andre Ellington entered the last two seasons as the starter but now finds himself third in the pecking order, yet still figures to have a role given his talents in the passing game.“It’s all going to depend on how it shakes out; each gameplan is a little bit different,” Arians said of Ellington’s role. “He still brings a lot of explosiveness to our offense. We’ll definitely get him in there — now, how many touches he gets is going to depend on how all three of them are playing.”In fact, health permitting all three are expected to see time this year. Goodwin talked about the idea of using two running backs at the same time, which is something Arians said has been in the playbook but not utilized due to injuries. Will this be the season it finally happens?Brandon Williams ready sooner rather than later?Though he was a third-round pick, most figured Brandon Williams was a bit of a project and would be unable to contribute as a cornerback early in his rookie season.Turns out, that might not be the case.Williams, who has just one season of experience in the secondary under his belt, took advantage of extra reps during the summer and showed enough to make Arians think he could make an immediate impact.“That’s why we took him in the third round,” Arians said of Williams’ progression. “It ain’t hard to play ‘dude coverage.’ You all know what ‘dude coverage’ is right? You got that dude.”Williams’ ascension will be an interesting storyline in training camp, as right now Justin Bethel is still in line to be the starting cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson. Bethel, who missed offseason work due to foot surgery, believes he is capable of being a great starting cornerback, though.Carson Palmer is still Carson PalmerThe Cardinals have the utmost amount of confidence in their quarterback, who is coming off one of the best seasons of his career but also one of the worst games he has ever played. Of course, Arians probably also said something to the effect of making sure to not do anything silly or dumb, but perhaps that doesn’t even need to be brought up. Focus is not an issue for this team, which heads into this new season very much with Super Bowl aspirations.There’s no way to know if they are destined to be in Houston for Super Bowl LI in February. In fact, given that this last handful of weeks never saw any of the players in pads, it is difficult to really form ironclad opinions about anything with the team.However, here are some takeways.J.J. Nelson looks like a different playerA speedy receiver who mostly served as a reserve and deep threat last season, Nelson really seemed to open some eyes this summer with the improvements he has made. The speed is still there — but now so is improved route running and recognition.It all stems from experience.“When you’re going out there and you’re thinking a lot — this route, do I have this on this route, what’s my depth, what coverage is the defense playing — once you know those things you’re able to play fast,” Nelson said. “You’re not thinking; you’re just focusing on catching the ball.” Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories This season he has added center to the repertoire, which is what led Goodwin to refer to him as the team’s “Swiss Army Knife.”When asked which players stood out to him over the few weeks of practices, Arians mentioned Watford, and even noted how it is he and not Boehm who is currently second on the depth chart behind Shipley.Robert Nkmediche looks the partIn terms of appearance, first-round pick Robert Nkemdiche looks the part of a dominant defensive lineman.In terms of how he practiced over the last few weeks, he looked the part of a dominant defensive lineman.Of course, as is the case with anyone who plays in the trenches, the true measure of his readiness and impact will be seen in training camp when the pads are on.Still, the Ole Miss product has done everything the team expected of him up to this point, and the belief is he will continue to impress next month.Getting healthyThe Cardinals have a handful of key players either coming back from injury or still working their way back.Defensive tackle Corey Peters, who hurt his left Achilles tendon in training camp last year and missed the entire season, was back on the field without limitations. He said he cannot wait for training camp. Arians praised the second-year pro, noting how when a fast guy stops thinking, he’s even faster. But more than his speed, Nelson’s hands and ability to catch the ball over his shoulder seemed to be what really stood out to the coach.“He has a very unique skill in tracking the ball that the great ones have,” Arians said. “When the ball is coming over your opposite shoulder and you just catch it effortlessly when other guys can’t make that catch.“When you have a little fast guy that can do that, you’ve got a special one.”D.J. Humphries has done nothing to lose his job or the confidence of his coachesGiven that he was not active for any of the team’s 18 games last season, it’s understandable that there would be some trepidation over the prospect of Humphries being the team’s right tackle this season. That said, and take this with the caveat that until pads are on, linemen are not really able to stand out, it appears the former first-round pick is on the right track.As offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin noted, Humphries has come into this season a different player.“I think he’s a little bit more focused. He’s matured a whole bunch — I don’t think he’s quite there — but it’s night and day as far as last year being on the grass and this year,” he said. “I’m not worried about D.J. from a physicality standpoint or a knowledge standpoint, and I just want to make sure he’s prepared and I think he’s going to be OK by the time the season starts.” QB Carson Palmer looks at WR Larry Fitzgerald during an OTA practice. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports)center_img The Arizona Cardinals wrapped up their offseason work last week, and will not reconvene as a team until late July when training camp begins.By all accounts, the team had a successful few weeks of OTAs and mini-camp, which is why head coach Bruce Arians decided to end things a day early.His message to the team, before the players departed, was a simple one.“Come back with that attitude; we went through 13 practices and just great football and great competition, guys going after each other extremely well,” he said. “And come back with that etiquette of going extremely hard but protecting each other, and we’ll be fine.” To his credit, Palmer understands why some would have doubts about his ability to get the Cardinals to the Super Bowl, and notes he won’t be able to quiet them until he, you know, gets the Cardinals to the Super Bowl.Though he is 36 years old, Palmer spent much of his time this offseason — which was, unlike last season, not devoted to rehab from an injury — trying to refine his game and improve in some areas. Arians noted how the QB was taking more risks in practice, trying to fit throws into tight windows just to see if he is able to do that, and Palmer said he progressed with a number of concepts that he wanted to get comfortable with.“That we repped, I don’t know, through OTAs and this mini-camp, 20 times, same concept, plays,” he said. “There’s a number of things I’ve got to work on; I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me.“But footwork is always number one, it’s always where I start and really kind of start over with the shoulder rehab, the strength, and really preparation to be able to throw and just the endurance to get through that endurance factor that you have to get through with going through camp and feeling 100 percent for the season.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling As already noted, Justin Bethel is still working his way back from foot surgery.Cornerback Patrick Peterson was back on the field for mini-camp, as he took part in individual drills.And Tyrann Mathieu, who tore his ACL late last season, looked good working out on the side but still has work to do before he is ready to put on a helmet and get back on the field.“I really don’t have a timeline on when I’ll be back,” he said. “The most important thing is me coming back 100 percent. I think that’s most important.”Arians said Mathieu and Frostee Rucker are not guaranteed to be ready to go by training camp, but the rest of the notable players who are working their way back should be fine. Excitement over familiarityEvery player who gained a single yard or scored an offensive touchdown for the Cardinals last season has returned.Every. Single. Player.That Chris Johnson and tight end Jermaine Gresham returned was a welcome surprise, and the lack of change from a group that was among the best in the NFL last season is in no way a bad thing.“It’s a first for me,” Arians said. “You very seldom get to keep all your guys at this level. The meetings are so smooth, the practices are so smooth, and they’re doing a great job of training young guys. Chris working with David (Johnson), and Jermaine working with Ifeanyi (Momah) and everybody else. It’s a good mix of veterans and young guys right now.”And at center…Entering camp, veteran A.Q. Shipley will be the Cardinals’ starting center.Of course, it was the title he held at the same time one year ago, only to lose the job to Lyle Sendlein.This season, though, Shipley’s competition is fourth-round pick Evan Boehm, who some expect to ultimately earn the job, or maybe even fourth-year pro Earl Watford.Boehm understands he is adjusting to a new system and style of play, and knows he has room to improve, while Shipley is confident he will be the guy manning the middle in Week 1. Watford may be the most intriguing name of the trio, given that he was drafted as a guard and has played there as well as right tackle for the team. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Consumer prices fall 01 in April

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesConsumer prices fell on average 0.1 per cent last month compared to the respective month of 2017, as cheaper products more than offset the impact of more expensive fuel and services, the statistical service said.In January to April, the annual inflation rate was minus 0.4 per cent, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Thursday.In April, electricity prices fell 5.5 per cent compared to the respective month of 2017, Cystat said. Prices for agricultural and industrial products excluding fuel fell 1.1 per cent and 1.2 per cent respectively and water prices fell 2.8 per cent. On the other hand, fuel prices rose 1.5 per cent while those for services rose 1.3 per cent.You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionType in your name and wait 8 seconds. See what this site reveals about people.TruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoLotus CandlesCan your birthday candles do this? These amazing candles are delighting party guests everywhere.Lotus CandlesUndomygreekfriend.travelPlan Your Meditation Vacations to Greece for 9 Days.mygreekfriend.travelUndo Two of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoFilms and food at RialtoUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more