Russias first humanoid robot Fedor sent into space

first_imgMoscow: Russia on Thursday launched an unmanned rocket carrying a life-size humanoid robot that will spend 10 days learning to assist astronauts on the International Space Station. Named Fedor, for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research with identification number Skybot F850, the robot is the first ever sent up by Russia. Fedor blasted off in a Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft at 6:38 am Moscow time (0338 GMT) from Russia’s Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Soyuz is set to dock with the space station on Saturday and stay till September 7. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USSoyuz ships are normally manned on such trips, but on Thursday no humans are travelling in order to test a new emergency rescue system. Instead of cosmonauts, Fedor was strapped into a specially adapted pilot’s seat, with a small Russian flag in his hand. “Let’s go. Let’s go,” the robot was heard as ‘saying’ during launch, apparently repeating the famous phrase by first man in space Yury Gagarin. The silvery anthropomorphic robot stands 1.80 metres (5 foot 11 inches) tall and weighs 160 kilograms (353 pounds). Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsFedor has Instagram and Twitter accounts that describe it as learning new skills such as opening a bottle of water. In the station, it will trial those manual skills in very low gravity. “That’s connecting and disconnecting electric cables, using standard items from a screwdriver and a spanner to a fire extinguisher,” the Russian space agency’s director for prospective programmes and science, Alexander Bloshenko, said in televised comments ahead of the launch. “The first stage of in-flight experiments went according to the flight plan,” the robot’s account tweeted after reaching orbit. Fedor copies human movements, a key skill that allows it to remotely help astronauts or even people on Earth carry out tasks while they are strapped into an exoskeleton. Such robots will eventually carry out dangerous operations such as space walks, Bloshenko told RIA Novosti state news agency. On the website of one of the state backers of the project, the Foundation of Advanced Research Projects, Fedor is described as potentially useful on Earth for working in high radiation environments, de-mining and tricky rescue missions. On board, the robot will perform tasks supervised by Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov, who joined the ISS last month, and will wear an exoskeleton in a series of experiments scheduled for later this month.last_img read more

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Halifax court muses about pets rights needs in custody battle over dog

first_imgHALIFAX – A Halifax adjudicator is lamenting that the law treats pets as chattels, musing aloud about a more perfect world in which they could be recognized as living, feeling creatures with rights and needs.Eric Slone, an adjudicator with Nova Scotia’s small claims court, wrote wistfully about the nature of humans’ relationship with their pets in a ruling that awarded custody of a nine-year-old, mixed-breed dog named Lily.Slone noted he has decided other such cases and was being forced to rule again on who gets custody of a family pet because there is nowhere else for people to go with such disputes.“In a more perfect world there would be special laws recognizing pets as living, feeling creatures with rights to be looked after by those who best meet their needs or interests, and there would be specialized accessible courts to determine the ‘best interest of the dog,’ as there are for children in the family courts,” he said in a written ruling released this week.“In this less perfect world, there is the small claims court operating on principles of property law, treating pets as ‘chattels’ not very different — legally speaking — from the family car.”Slone heard the case of a former Halifax-area couple who he said never discussed the ownership of Lily, who is part duck toller, until their relationship disintegrated.The woman, a volunteer SPCA dog walker, bought Lily in 2009, at a time she and her boyfriend were not living together. They later adopted a second dog, Cooper, while living together and that dog and Lily became “very bonded,” Slone said.The boyfriend took Cooper with him when the couple broke up in 2012, and the two traded Lily back and forth for years. But they argued about how to handle some health issues, and increasingly about custody.In March 2017, it all came to a head when the man sought to pick Lily up from his ex-girlfriend’s house, prompting an argument and ending with him calling Lily to his car and driving off. He refused to return her, so she took him to small claims court.In his ruling, Slone said the woman may have had the strongest ownership claim at first, but that changed over time. He noted that Lily ran to the man on that emotionally charged day in March 2017.“It is telling and ironic that the immediate and perhaps ultimate decision was made by Lily herself,” Slone said.The man had paid thousands of dollars in vet bills, Slone said, and became the predominate human in Lily’s life. He considered himself “the ‘alpha’ in Lily’s pack,” the adjudicator noted.“Determining ownership of family pets is not easy for the court, nor necessarily fair to the disputants. Often, as is the case here, neither of the people in this dog’s life was really concerned about legal ownership until things went wrong. When families break apart, the family dog will usually be awarded to the person with the best case for legal ownership,” Slone wrote.“While the previous arrangement of having the dog split its time between the two households could have continued, had the parties co-operated, when ‘push comes to shove’ the ownership falls on one side or the other, and in this case it is (the man) who I find to be the legal owner of Lily.”last_img read more

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Suspect in Edmonton attack officer stabbing looking for a lawyer before October

first_imgEDMONTON — A man accused of trying to kill an Edmonton police officer and of running down pedestrians is still without a lawyer six months before his trial.Abdulahi Hasan Sharif faces 12 charges and appeared in Court of Queen’s Bench today to get a new lawyer through legal aid.Doug Ingersoll, assistant general counsel for Legal Aid Alberta, told court an experienced lawyer is ready to take on the case.Sharif agreed to meet with the lawyer and is to return to court on April 24.A jury trial is to start Oct. 15 , although the judge acknowledged scheduling will need to be sorted out once a new lawyer is found.Sharif has already parted ways with at least two other lawyers.In October 2017, an officer was struck by a speeding car, then stabbed outside an Edmonton Eskimos football game. Hours later, the driver of a cube van sped through the downtown and injured four pedestrians.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Defeat to Aus warning sign for India ahead of World Cup Dravid

first_imgMumbai: High-flying India crashed to a stunning 2-3 defeat against Australia at home in the bilateral ODI series and the setback should act as a warning sign for Virat Kohli and his men going into the upcoming World Cup as one of the favourites, feels former captain Rahul Dravid. India led 2-0 in the five-match series, but lost the last three to the reigning World Cup champions to lose an ODI series after a lengthy gap. These games are the last of the 50-over competition for India going into the World Cup commencing on May 30 in England. “I think there was a bit of notion that we are going walk there and win the World Cup easily. So it’s a good thing that has happened. What it has (the outcome against Australia) reminded us is that we have to play the World Cup very, very well,” said Dravid. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhHe was speaking at an event along with his former India teammate Sanjay Manjrekar here on Wednesday. “In a way I think its a good balancing factor. India has performed well in the last couple of years. There was a little bit of talk that we are almost going to walk in there and win the World Cup very easily because we are the No. 1 team and we have been dominating one-day cricket for the last couple of years,” said India’s current Under-19 and A team coach. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”But I don’t find anything strange from my perspective watching the series. I still feel that we are going to be one of the favourites. But it’s going to be tough. It’s going to be competitive,” the cricket stalwart insisted. Both Dravid and Manjrekar also answered queries on the much-talked about workload factor in the IPL starting on March 23 for some key Indian players, who are expected to make the World Cup squad, such as Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya. All-rounder Pandya is coming off a lower back injury layoff that forced him to miss matches in Australia as well as the home series against the same opponents at home. “Most players are smart about these things. They know how to handle their body. I don’t think the players would put their body on the line. I was reading Patrick Cummins (Australia pacer) saying that he feels better bowling when he is constantly playing rather than having rested and coming back,” Dravid said. “So to each player, its different. There cannot be a blanket case that all should be rested. We have to just trust the players. They know what needs to be done,” he opined.last_img read more

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EU summit of unity assesses an uncertain future

SIBIU, Romania — Even at a summit of unity, European Union leaders will always find something to disagree about.The 27 EU nations, minus Britain, will be plotting a united way ahead in the wake of Brexit negotiations which have preoccupied the bloc for the past two years.Britain is still nominally a member, but Prime Minister Theresa May is staying in London seeking a belated breakthrough to get the Brexit deal through the U.K. Parliament.In the Romanian president’s hometown of Sibiu, the other EU leaders will be seeking to start dealing with the five-yearly rite of attributing top jobs, now that European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker are leaving later this year. It promises to be a mighty tussle.The Associated Press

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Visiting Security Council team meets Somali leaders during stop in Djibouti

2 June 2008Members of a Security Council delegation currently touring Africa met today with Somali leaders in Djibouti, where talks are being held between representatives of the Government and the opposition in the neighbouring strife-torn nation under the auspices of the United Nations. Djibouti is the first stop for the delegation which is on a 10-day mission that will also take Council members to Sudan, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Côte d’Ivoire. The team was briefed by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, on the talks that he is chairing between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the opposition Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia.The Council also met with Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf and members of his cabinet. South Africa’s Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo, who is leading this segment of the mission, said the talks represented an opportunity for a new chapter in Somali history after 18 years of debilitating armed conflict. Somalia, which has not had a functioning national government since 1991, has witnessed deadly fighting in recent months, including in and around the capital, Mogadishu, which has seen an exodus of hundreds of thousands of civilian residents in the past year. Delegation members then met with an African Union (AU) team, with representatives of the Somali opposition and with the UN Country Team. Meetings are also planned for tomorrow with a cross-section of Somali civil society.The team will proceed to Juba, in southern Sudan, tomorrow morning. read more

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Five policemen injured in Badulla road accident

Five policemen were injured following a road accident in Badulla, the police media unit said.The police said that the vehicle the policemen were travelling in had crashed into a tree . The five policemen were admitted to the Badulla General hospital for treatment.

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Mahinda slams proposed counter terrorism law

“Even in sentencing a terrorist after conviction under the proposed counter terrorism law, a reduced sentence can be handed down after considering mitigating factors such as a public denunciation of terrorism, provision of reparations to the victims and a public denouncement of violence etc. The Government’s proposed counter terrorism law is in fact a comprehensive relief package for terrorists,” he said.Rajapaksa warned that if the proposed Counter Terrorism Bill is passed into law, it will seriously hamper ongoing efforts to suppress terrorism following the Easter Sunday bomb attacks. “While the Government’s proposed law is tough on ordinary citizens by having provisions that can be used to stifle political dissent and the freedom of expression, it is designed to treat terrorists with the utmost leniency to the extent where its actual effect will be that of protecting and giving encouragement to terrorists – not countering terrorism,” Rajapaksa said. Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa has slammed the proposed counter terrorism law saying the draft leaves room for legitimate political and trade union action as well as the dissemination of information and protection of sources by the media to be labelled as terrorist activity.He said that in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday bombings, the Government has been trying to sell their Counter Terrorism Bill to the public with the claim that it has provisions to prohibit Sri Lankan nationals from having links with foreign terrorist organisations. He also said that the proposed counter terrorism law also requires the Police and the armed forces to treat terrorist suspects with the utmost solicitude. read more

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Extra EI help to hardhit regions tops 1 billion surpassing budget estimates

OTTAWA – The federal government says it has paid out more than $1 billion in extra employment insurance benefits to out-of-work Canadians in the hardest-hit economic regions of the country, blowing past what the Liberals estimated the program would cost.When the plan was set up last year to help workers in 15 regions smarting from a sharp downturn in energy prices, the government initially estimated that 235,000 people would use the extra weeks of benefits.Instead, Employment and Social Development Canada says there have more than 267,000 claims for the extra weeks as of the middle of April, with benefits totalling almost $1.06 billion.The 2016 federal budget and last fall’s economic update pegged spending at a combined total of $828.4 million between April 2016 and March 2018. The Liberals estimated that benefit payments in the fiscal year that ended March 31 would be $557.3 million — about half of what has been spent as of April 17.“One billion dollars in additional payments is far above prior forecasts,” said Trevor Tombe, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Calgary who has kept a close eye on the extended benefit program.“So, more workers and more payments than expected means a weaker labour market than expected.”And there is still time for more time for workers to apply for the extra help, with the program’s cut-off set for Canada Day.The department says a report is coming in September with a revised cost for the program.The Liberals unveiled the extended benefit program last year to help workers in 15 regions of the country with stubborn unemployment rates.Eligible workers received an extra five weeks of regular benefits effective July 2016 but retroactive to January 2015. Long-tenured workers in the regions were also eligible for an extra 20 weeks of benefits, to a maximum of 70 weeks — again, starting last July but retroactive to January 2015.Across all the regions, 190,183 workers received an extra five weeks of benefits, while 77,439 long-tenured workers qualified for the extra 20 weeks. They were, on average, using about eight weeks of extra benefits, although the department was unable to say how many exhausted their benefits.The March 2016 budget listed 12 regions that qualified for the extra help under federal requirements. Last May, the Liberals added three more regions: Edmonton, southern Saskatchewan and B.C.’s southern interior. The Peace Tower is seen on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on November 5, 2013. The federal government says it has paid out more than $1 billion in extra employment insurance benefits to out-of-work Canadians in the hardest-hit economic regions of the country, blowing past what the Liberals estimated the program would cost.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 24, 2017 9:30 am MDT Last Updated Apr 24, 2017 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Extra EI help to hard-hit regions tops $1 billion, surpassing budget estimates read more

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Ohio State football fights through Bad Day Tuesday spring practice

OSU coach Urban Meyer removes his headset on the sideline during The Game Nov. 30 at Michigan Stadium. OSU won, 42-41.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorOhio State football coach Urban Meyer was less than pleased when he took to the podium at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center following the completion of yet another spring practice.The eighth practice — the midpoint of the spring season for OSU — was one Meyer categorized as “Bad Day Tuesday.”“It was a bad day. And what is today — Tuesday? Bad Day Tuesday,” Meyer said. “Gotta make sure there’s not Bad Day Thursday.”On top of the poor practice effort, the injury bug bit the Buckeyes again, as senior tight end Jeff Heuerman underwent surgery Monday to repair what Meyer called a “sprain” in his foot.Meyer, who expects Heuerman back in June, said he is not too worried about the senior’s injury.“Jeff’s going to be fine. I think it’s probably right with the normal number of injuries,” Meyer said, referring to the team as a whole despite the injuries.With Heuerman out, Meyer said he is still confident in the remaining tight ends left on the roster, despite a less than stellar practice.“(Redshirt-junior) Nick Vannett’s done very well and one of our most improved players,” Meyer said. “And (redshirt-freshman) Marcus Baugh actually has had some good days, today not being one of them.”The loss of Heuerman for the remainder of the spring is just another hit to a Buckeye team that has already lost senior quarterback Braxton Miller, sophomore safety Vonn Bell and sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall to injury.The loss of Marshall however, is the one that hurts the most, Meyer said.“Jalin’s the one. Because he was really making a move and he got hurt,” Meyer said. “He was making a move…”With Miller out, redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones had been receiving the bulk of the first team reps in spring practice and had been progressing well until Tuesday, Meyer said.“Cardale was bad today. And when I say bad, real bad,” Meyer said. “But to the point coming up till today, he was one of our most improved players on our team. It’s spring ball. You’re going to have a bad day. We gotta get that out before next fall, but he’s clearly the No. 2.”One positive of practice Tuesday was what Meyer had to say about junior linebacker Joshua Perry, who is looking to fill the shoes of departed First Team All-Big Ten and All American performer Ryan Shazier.“Josh Perry’s turned into an Ohio State linebacker … about. He’s not there yet,” Meyer said.An area of concern for Buckeye coaches and fans has been the lack of experience on the offensive line, as OSU lost four of five starters up front to graduation following the 2013-14 season. Junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker, the lone remaining starter, will be looked to as a leader on the team next season Meyer said, but he also took a step back on Tuesday.“Taylor was part of the bad day syndrome. But up to that point, very impressed with what he’s done,” Meyer said. “Leadership, toughness and doing all the things that previous group did, but today was not a good day.”With less than two weeks left of spring practice — which concludes with the Spring Game April 12 at Ohio Stadium — Meyer said his team cannot afford another poor practice.The Buckeyes are scheduled to start the 2014 campaign when they take on Navy Aug. 30 at noon at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. read more

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Where are Britains healthiest high streets

Coming top in the healthy stakes was Edinburgh followed by Canterbury and Taunton.Also on the list were Cheltenham, York, Brighton & Hove, Eastbourne, Exeter and Cambridge. Historic buildings and cafes line the high street in Canterbury Muswell Hill in Haringey, Hornchurch in Havering and Pinner in Harrow were deemed the healthiest high streets in the capital. The list was first published in 2015 and was updated this year to reflect the changing face of the British high street.It added off-licences and the growing number of empty shops to the list of negative features on a high street, while cafes and vape shops were added to the positive influences. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Historic buildings and cafes line the high street in CanterburyCredit:Neil McAllister/Alamy “Unhealthy” high streets could be taking two and a half years off your life, according to a new report.  Research by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) found that residents living in towns with lots of bookies and off-licences die younger than those with plenty of libraries and pharmacies.Its ranking of 70 high streets found those living in the top 10 healthy areas lived an average of two-and-a-half years longer than those with the 10 unhealthiest high streets.Grimsby was crowned the unhealthiest town, followed by Walsall and Blackpool.The Health on the High Street: Running on Empty report used a scale giving points for pubs and bars, dentists, opticians, libraries, leisure centres, museums and galleries, pharmacies, coffee shops and vape shops.Points were deducted for betting shops, payday lenders, fast food outlets, off licences, tanning salons and empty shops.Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland, Northampton, Bolton, Wolverhampton, Huddersfield and Bradford all found themselves in the bottom ten. London’s many high streets were ranked separately, with Seven Sisters Road in Haringey, Roman Road West in Bow and Thornton Heath in Croydon coming bottom. read more

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Smartphone apps five times more effective at detecting heart conditions than standard

Smartphone apps are five times more effective at diagnosing serious heart conditions compared to standard tests, a University of Edinburgh study has found.Devices which can record an electrocardiogram (ECG), which displays a patient’s heartbeat, at home were said to be quicker at detecting palpitations which could help save lives as researchers called for them to be rolled out to hospitals across the country.The study, carried out by the University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian, involved around 240 people who turned up at 15 A&E departments in the UK with irregular heart beats or who felt lightheaded.Just over half of the patients were given the AliveCor KardiaMobile app, available on Apple and android devices, to take home where they were told to activate it should they experience a palpitation with the ECG result sent to a doctor.Meanwhile, 116 patients were given standard tests and, if undiagnosed, told to return to A&E or visit their GP if they experienced more symptoms.After 90 days, the smartphone device helped doctors diagnose 56 per cent of patients, in an average time of 9.5 days.However, only 10 per cent of patients given standard care were diagnosed, in an average time of 43 days. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Ferguson had to undergo a brain surgery

first_imgShocking news arrived this evening as Sir Alex Ferguson has undergone an emergency surgery as he has had problems with a brain haemorrhage and he is currently in the hospital recovering from it.The Manchester United legend retired back in 2013 after he had been in charge of the club for 27 years straight and he won numerous trophies including Premier League, Champions League or FA Cup – however, now he has had health struggles and everyone hopes that he will recover as soon as possible.His former club confirmed this information, according to ESPN:harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Sir Alex Ferguson has undergone surgery today for a brain haemorrhage. The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to aid his recovery. His family request privacy in this matter. Everyone at Manchester United sends our very best wishes.”Sir Alex Ferguson’s former player, Michael Carrick, also tweeted to support his former gaffer:“Absolutely devastated to hear about Sir Alex being unwell in hospital. All my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”last_img read more

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Royal Robinson knocks PDM Budget allocations says priorities wrong

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 20, 2017 – Grand Turk – Opposition Member Royal Robinson knocked the PDM government’s first budget, calling it lip service to the Turks and Caicos people.In his contribution to the Budget Debate, Robinson questioned the amounts of $450,000 set aside for the Health sector, an amount he says should have been atleast $600,000. He added that Health issues such as diabetes needed serious attention, and that more was needed in the combat against mosquito borne diseases. Robinson told the house that the TCI people got a six for a nine in voting them into government. He added that the Agriculture sector, also received lowered amounts than previous budget allocations.The PNP member went on to dismiss the Government’s 12 Point Crime plan, calling on the PDM to provide solutions to the current crime situation.  Meanwhile, Robinson called out the Premier on her description of him as the “Destructive New, new PNP”, saying he was only doing the job his party had put him there to do, and that he was far from destructive.#Story by: Kimberly Ramkhalawan            #MagneticMedianews#prioritieswrongsaysroyalrobinson#RobinsonknocksPDMbudget Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #prioritieswrongsaysroyalrobinson, #RobinsonknocksPDMbudgetlast_img read more

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Dentists seek to shut down competition from lowcost teethwhitening services

first_imgWASHINGTON — Teeth-bleaching isn’t brain surgery, although the Supreme Court seemed to find a link between the two in an antitrust case argued Tuesday. Among the questions before the justices is whether it is unfair under federal law for a state regulatory board made up mostly of dentists to prevent lower-cost competitors who aren’t dentists from offering teeth-whitening services.On Tuesday, several justices worried aloud about discouraging people from serving on these state boards by opening their decisions to second-guessing by the courts. Justice Stephen Breyer was among those who wanted to be sure that, whatever the court decides, it does not take away authority from the people who know best.He invoked a fictitious board of neurosurgeons to make his point. “We would like this group of brain surgeons to decide who can practice brain surgery in this state. I don’t want a group of bureaucrats deciding that,” Breyer said.The court has long accepted that the some actions that otherwise would raise antitrust concerns are allowable if they are done by states. The court is wrestling with whether the dental board is acting mainly in the interests of dentists or the public, which would protect its decisions from complaints about unfair competition.last_img read more

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Petersburg Man Arrested For Meth Importing

first_imgPetersburg police and the Southeast Alaska Cities Against Drugs task force arrested a Petersburg man this week in an investigation into two packages of methamphetamine mailed to town.In a press release, police say they arrested 51-year-old Sam Nelson Wednesday afternoon for alleged crimes involving meth possession and distribution. The local police were assisted in their investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Postal Service.Nelson is facing two counts of misconduct involving a controlled substance in the third degree, one count of misconduct involving a controlled substance in the fourth degree and a charge of evidence tampering.A court filing by police alleges Nelson had two packages, both containing over 28 grams of meth, mailed to his post office box in Petersburg. Police say Nelson picked up one of the packages this week and was arrested outside of his home. The combined street value of the two packages is up to 28-thousand dollars according to police.Nelson had a court appearance Thursday afternoon and was appointed a public defender. His bail was reduced to 20-thousand dollars and he has a preliminary hearing scheduled in February.last_img read more

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Dept Of Education Fail Teachers Lose Grants Forced To Repay Thousands In

first_imgKayana Szymczak and Sean Rayford for NPRThe TEACH grant helps teachers-to-be pay for college or a master’s. But many teachers, like Maggie Webb (left) and David West, say when they began teaching, they were forced to pay it back.America needs teachers committed to working with children who have the fewest advantages in life. So for a decade the federal government has offered grants — worth up to $4,000 a year — to standout college students who agree to teach subjects like math or science at lower-income schools.But a new government study, obtained by NPR and later posted by the Department of Education, suggests that thousands of teachers had their grants taken away and converted to loans, sometimes for minor errors in paperwork. That’s despite the fact they were meeting the program’s teaching requirements.“Without any notice, [my grant] was suddenly a loan, and interest was already accruing on it,” says Maggie Webb, who teaches eighth-grade math in Chelsea, Mass. “So, my $4,000 grant was now costing me $5,000.”Since 2008, the Education Department has offered these so-called TEACH grants to people studying to get a college or master’s degree. The deal is, they get to keep the grant money if they spend four years teaching a high-need subject like math or science in schools that serve low-income families.If they don’t keep their end of the bargain, the grants convert to loans that need to be paid back. But, the study finds, many teachers believe they kept their end of the bargain but are now being asked to repay that money anyway.Webb received a $4,000 TEACH grant, but, after she started teaching, she says, she ran into a problem. Each year, teachers have to send in a form to the Education Department certifying that they meet the program’s teaching requirements — or that they intend to. Recipients have eight years to make good on the program’s four-year requirement.But Webb says FedLoan, the company that the Education Department hired to manage the TEACH grants, never sent her the paperwork. Documents show she reached out to the department, on time, to ask for help. Despite the hiccup, Webb insists, she mailed a completed form within FedLoan’s annual certification deadline.“They said they never received it. So I sent it again,” Webb says. “By that point they said it was too late.”FedLoan converted Webb’s grant to a loan that she now has to pay back — with interest. At the time, she says, she was surprised. After all, she was meeting the grant’s fundamental service requirements: teaching a high-need subject, math, in a low-income school. That was never in doubt.“I knew I hadn’t done anything wrong,” Webb says, sitting at her kitchen table strewn with student homework that she is grading. “I knew I had done it right. And it was just so hurtful that they would do that.”Kayana Szymczak for NPRMaggie Webb, who teaches eighth-grade math, heads home from Clark Avenue School in Chelsea, Mass.Webb is among many teachers who say they feel betrayed — that the Education Department gave them this money. In exchange, they made life decisions about where to live and what to teach. And now, for a seemingly minor error — because Webb’s paperwork wasn’t received in time — the government wants its money back.According to this new government review of the TEACH grant program, Webb isn’t alone. In fact, the numbers are startling: 1 in 3 participants whose grants were converted to loans said they were likely or very likely to meet the program’s service requirements — or had already met them. Based on a representative survey, the report estimates it’s upwards of 12,000 participants.“I couldn’t believe it. I was flummoxed. I was floored. I was pretty upset by this,” says David West, who teaches high school in Lexington, S.C.West also had a paperwork issue with his TEACH grant. He mistakenly omitted a date and signature on his annual certification form. When he finally realized what he’d done, West says, he sent in a completed form.But by then his paperwork was past due. The company converted his grant to a loan. Furious, West repeatedly called FedLoan, assuming someone would be able to fix what he considered an innocent mistake.“I’m like, ‘Let me talk to your supervisor.’ ” But West says the person on the other end of the phone told him, “You can talk to who you want and there’s also an appeals process and you can try to appeal this if you want. But nobody ever wins.”Sean Rayford for NPRDavid West, an art teacher in South Carolina, is a recipient of a TEACH grant that has converted into a loan after he sent in a form with a mistake.West exhausted his appeals. He even wrote to his representative in Congress. But nothing’s changed. Money he was given to become a teacher has now become a debt.West and Webb have both signed onto a lawsuit against the Education Department.In Massachusetts, it has gotten the attention of the state’s attorney general, Maura Healey, who has heard from many teachers. “And for them to be actively sabotaged by a private company and our own U.S. Department of Education is just outrageous,” Healey says.Healey is suing FedLoan over its handling of the TEACH grant program and the far larger Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. She says the company, known as a loan servicer, and the Education Department have shown a callous disregard for the needs of borrowers.FedLoan declined an interview, but said in a statement that the company “does not agree with the allegations made by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office” and that it “remains committed to resolving outstanding borrower issues while following the U.S. Department of Education’s policies, procedures, and regulations as mandated by the Agency’s federal servicing contracts.”These problems were going on under the Obama administration, too, so there’s plenty of blame to go around. But Healey says the Trump administration is putting up new roadblocks that could stop the states from holding these companies accountable. Both the Education and Justice departments have argued that loan servicers like FedLoan should be protected from state laws and lawsuits.Some early red flags were raised a few years ago by the Government Accountability Office. The GAO investigated the TEACH grant program and noted that teachers were improperly having their grants taken away. At least 2,252 grants were erroneously converted to loans by the servicer.“Part of the problem here is that [the Education Department] does not really know, or they didn’t know at the time we did our work, why this was happening,” says Jackie Nowicki, who led the GAO study.That was the reason for this new government study: to understand why thousands of teachers who got grants to teach in low-income neighborhoods were getting them converted into loans, many of them improperly.The report found that many people in the program get tripped up on this annual requirement to submit certification paperwork. In a small but nationally representative survey, more than 30 percent of those who had their grants converted to loans said they either didn’t know they had to certify or found the process challenging.Another big reason, though, is tied to rising tuition. Millions of students are taking out loans from the government or receiving grants. And so the Education Department now finds itself running a trillion-dollar bank on the side. Critics say it’s not well-equipped to handle that, which is why the department has hired a handful of servicing companies, like FedLoan, to help.But Ben Miller, who studies higher education at the Center for American Progress, says these companies have very little incentive to put in too much effort — they get paid only a dollar or two a month per borrower.“If you don’t get paid very much, and you don’t feel like, ‘Hey, if I mess this up, the Department of Education’s really going to breathe down my back,’ the incentive to let things slide gets pretty high,” Miller says.In other words, organizations like FedLoan and the Education Department could be doing a better job of working with teachers who miss deadlines they don’t know about or have their paperwork denied because of a technicality.In a statement, the Education Department says the results of the study are concerning and that it needs to better understand why so many grant recipients aren’t making it through the program. “The study points to additional changes the Department can make that may benefit program participants, and we are committed to reviewing them,” the department says.The department also wants to be clear: It requires all TEACH grant recipients to complete an online counseling session each year explaining the requirements and, “once grant recipients start their service obligation period, the Department sends them multiple communications reminding them of the requirement to annually certify.”For her part, Webb, the Massachusetts math teacher, worries that she has no choice, at this point, but to make monthly payments on the loan she says she shouldn’t have to pay.“It just made me angry because I was working in a low-income school and I still am,” Webb says. “And I don’t know why I’m being punished for that. This is something to help teachers and instead they’re just kind of targeting them.”Or at least that’s what it feels like.There is one last, big takeaway reinforced by this new study. Experts say the grant program has deadlines and rules that are punishingly inflexible.If you’re late on your credit card, or your mortgage, you might pay $40 — not $4,000 or $5,000.But that’s what’s happening here. And teachers say they have no recourse.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

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How to speed up the Opera web browser

first_imgHow to speed up the Opera web browser by Martin Brinkmann on February 14, 2017 in Opera – Last Update: August 05, 2019 – 19 commentsThe following guide provides you with information on how to speed up the Opera web browser to improve performance and your overall experience.The “new” Opera web browser is a Chromium-based browser that shares much of its code with Google Chrome. While I have not seen many complaints about the performance or resource use of the browser, there is always room for improvement.The following tips may help you get the most out of Opera. It may be especially useful if you run Opera on a low end system with little RAM and a weaker processor.Speed up the Opera web browserFirst thing I suggest you do is go through the preferences of the web browser. This approach is the same that I used for the guide on improving the Vivaldi browser’s performance. The preferences are set for maximum compatibility usually and not necessarily best performance.Load opera://settings/ in the browser’s address bar to get started. You may want to enable the “show advanced settings” and “always show power user settings” options on the Settings page.BrowserSelect Browser on the Settings page. Make the following adjustments to it:On Startup — make sure Delay loading of background tabs is enabled. This improves the startup of the browser if the previous session is restored on start.Shortcuts — If you don’t use gestures, disable “enable mouse gestures” and “enable rocker gestures”.Personal News — If you don’t use the personal news feature, set the “check my sources for new content” value to never. Disable “show available news feeds on address bar” if you don’t require it.User interface — Disable “show tab previews” and, if you don’t use it “enable the search pop-up when selecting text”.Themes — Select a basic theme, e.g. the white background.Battery Saver — Battery Saver preserves battery when you are using Opera on a device on battery. It will reduce performance however to achieve that. If performance is more important to you, disable battery saver.WebsitesThe tweaks under websites depend largely on how you use the browser.Images — If you can live without images for the most part, consider switching the setting to “do not show any images”. This is not recommended for most users, but will improve page load time.Flash — Make sure Flash is either set to “click to play”, or “block sites from running Flash”. You can add exceptions for sites that you want Flash to run on.Privacy & SecuritySettings depend large on usability here. You may want to consider enabling ad blocking, and disabling the following options under privacy:Predict network actions to improve page load performance.Help improve Opera by sending feature usage information.Automatically send crash reports to Opera.Fetch images for suggested sources in News, based on history.Other Tweaks and optionsOne thing you may want to do is open the built-in Task Manager to monitor memory and cpu usage of the browser, extensions, websites, and the gpu.It may pay off to keep the Task Manager window open while you use Opera like you would normally. Doing so may reveal bottlenecks or issues, for instance with installed extensions or sites loaded in the browser that impact the browser’s performance and speed.Opera, since it is based on Chromium, supports the same startup parameters like Chromium, Chrome or Vivaldi for the most part.The following startup parameters may improve the browsing performance. They are the same that improve the speed of the Vivaldi browser.-process-per-site switches from a process per tab model to one that is lighter on resources by bundling all pages of a site into a single process. This saves you memory if you open multiple pages on the same site regularly.-disk-cache-dir=z:\opera\ –disk-cache-size=104857600 moves the disk cache to another drive, and sets it to 100 Megabyte. Especially useful if moved to a faster drive, or a RAM disk. -enable-low-end-device-mode improves memory consumption by making tweaks that benefit lower end devices the most.-enable-low-res-tiling improves performance when scrolling on low end devices.While you may run Opera with these parameters manually, you may want to add them permanently to the browser’s shortcut to improve usability.You have to right-click on the Opera icon in the taskbar on Windows (or Start Menu, or Desktop), and either select properties right away, or right-click on Opera again before properties becomes available.Add the startup parameters to the end of the target field, and make sure that there is a space between Opera’s file path and name, and the parameters.Here is an example: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera Developer\launcher.exe” –enable-low-end-device-modeNow You: Feel free to share your Opera speed up tips in the comments below.SummaryArticle NameHow to speed up the Opera web browserDescriptionThe following guide provides you with information on how to speed up the Opera web browser to improve performance and your overall experience.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Medis Releases QAngio CT v31

first_imgVideo 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 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 Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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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Technology | Computed Tomography (CT) | October 09, 2017 Medis Releases QAngio CT v3.1 Coronary plaque burden analysis software now offers enhanced access to CT angiography studies across the network, ability to analyze multiple vessels at the same time 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 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 Related Content Video Player is loading.ITN Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance AthletesPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 11:59Loaded: 1.36%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -11:59 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.center_img October 9, 2017 — Medis has released a new version of its QAngio CT (computed tomography), which can now be launched from the Medis Suite imaging platform. QAngio CT v3.1 provides a detailed plaque burden analysis of the coronary system with comprehensive results.Features of QAngio CT include:Data importSupport for CT angiography (CTA) studies of all major CT vendors;Access to CTA studies across the network;Import of CTA studies from local storage media (hard disk, USB and CD/DVD);DICOM connectivity, receiving cases, and query and retrieve;Centralized database, thick client solution possible with multiple clients;Loading of prior exams in parallel. ViewingViewing 3-D CTA series, double oblique viewing, MPR, MIP, slabbed MIP, VR; andEfficient caliper measurements.CTA analysis workflowFully automatic extraction of the complete coronary tree;Semi-automatic editing of coronary tree;Automatic labeling of the segments in the coronary tree with anatomical names;Analyze multiple vessels at the same time;A two-step contour detection approach per vessel for both lumen and vessel contours:Longitudinal detection: provides quick overview of border and allows easy corrections which will propagate to the transversal step.Transversal detection: Based on the longitudinal contours and corrections.Edit contours in longitudinal and transversal images simultaneously; andFlexible lesion detection and definition using synchronized views of the vessel data (stretched MPR, curved MPR, graphs).Simple contour editing workflow (two steps)Automatic segment labeling for reporting and statisticsCTA analysis resultsLumen and plaque statistics:Degree of stenosis (diameter and area)Lesion lengthPlaque burdenPlaque volume (per lesion and per vessel)Vessel remodeling indexMean plaque and lumen intensitiesFixed and adaptive thresholding methods for plaque characterization;Plaque characterization components according to Virtual Histology classification; andVessel segment labeling.Data exportAll analysis results including coronary tree, contours, lesion parameters and vessel labels can be saved and reloaded again for reviewing and/or exporting;Easy data export for quantification data (Excel or copy-to-clipboard);Batch processing of quantified parameters from multiple studies into a single spreadsheetSegment basedLesion basedSlice based; andScreenshots (jpeg, png, copy to clipboard, DICOM snapshots). For more information: www.medis.nl FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 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 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 | 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: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read morelast_img read more

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Oxford University Hospitals Employs Barco Synergi for Multidisciplinary Cancer Conferences

first_img Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more February 6, 2019 — Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) is trialing clinical collaboration technology from Barco for its Multi-disciplinary Cancer Conferences. The primary focus of this cooperation is to streamline the preparation, management and follow-up of these meetings. With the Barco Synergi solution, preparation for the conference is more efficient, the meeting experience is seamless for both local and remote participants, and critical follow-up actions are handled promptly.Multi-disciplinary Cancer Conferences (also called tumor boards or multi-disciplinary team meetings) are designed to ensure the best patient outcomes by bringing the clinical care team together to discuss all applicable diagnostic tests, suitable treatment options and treatment recommendations for each cancer patient.Multi-disciplinary team meetings (MDTs) in cancer are the most expensive meetings per hour in the U.K. National Health System (NHS) due to the wide range of experts involved, and the need to bring together a wide variety of information; this includes patient records, imaging, pathology slides, cancer staging and genetic testing.Nick Maynard, the OUH lead for cancer, said: “We have worked with Barco to develop a tool that can collect and organize the information and data so it is easily presented and understood. It will also enable the rapid transfer, by automated electronic notification, of the outcome of the MDT discussion and decisions made to all staff involved in the patient’s care.”The Barco Synergi technology addresses the challenge of pulling together all the relevant patient case information for discussion during cancer conferences. Barco’s cloud-based software solution gathers all relevant patient data, documents the stage of the patient’s tumor, and makes it easy to share this information with the entire care team.It provides an intuitive, fast and secure way to share any images and other patient information from any workstation with the team, eliminating the need to transfer images from one site to the other for the sake of the meeting. “In-meeting approval” of treatment recommendation by the meeting chair and automated upload of the treatment outcome to the Cerner Millennium electronic health record (EHR), results in quick scheduling of the treatment for the patients, thus reducing patient wait times.Continuous visibility of all this critical patient information, as well as the recommended outcome of every patient being discussed, enables flexible planning of every cancer team member around the patient resulting in huge efficiency gains.Maynard added, “We believe this will lead to not only a significant improvement in the efficiency of the MDT meetings, but also a significant reduction in the time between referral of the patient and commencement of treatment. This tool also records and analyzes MDT performance and outcomes in real-time, enabling us to identify service improvements rapidly.”The trialing of the new system has been supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, which aims to translate medical innovation into clinical benefits for patients.For more information: www.barco.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Oncology Diagnostics | February 06, 2019 Oxford University Hospitals Employs Barco Synergi for Multi-disciplinary Cancer Conferences NHS Foundation Trust implements clinical collaboration technology from Barco to streamline tumor boards News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… 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 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 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more 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. News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more Related Content News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read morelast_img read more

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