AIIMS Karamchari Union opposes outsourcing of canteen operation

first_imgThe AIIMS Karamchari Union has opposed the hospital administration’s decision to outsource the operation of its in-house cafeteria, claiming it would lead to rise in prices of food items which only the “highly-paid” staff would be able to afford. The Union has written to the AIIMS Director urging him to reverse the decision in the interest of patients, employees and visitors. The union alleged in a statement that the way the tenders have been awarded after “recently spending hefty amount of Rs 15 crore on cafeteria building, turning into a lavish three-storied structure, casts shadow on the intentions of the authorities.” Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Out of more than 100, only 17 food items have been subsidized, and that too by enhancing their prices, still the authorities are claiming that their step is for the benefit of the patients, it alleged. Other than the 17 items, prices of other items are likely to be increased even further, the union claimed. The employees of All India Institute of Medical Sciences who were running the cafeteria are also likely to suffer because of the outsourcing decision, the statement stated. “The step of outsourcing is clearly aimed at causing undue benefit to the two bidders for reasons known only to the authorities. The employees union are trying to persuade the authorities to reconsider their decision,” it said. Recently, the employees, residents and some doctors took out a protest rally against the decision of the authorities.last_img read more

95 of an Arab Countrys Population Born on December 31

first_imgFez- A coincidence too astounding to be real—according to the Iranian TV Channel Al Alam, more than 95% of an Arab country’s population was born on December 31, including its entire government. This country is one of Morocco’s closest neighbors, Mauritania. Could this be the coincidence of the year? Well, no! It is more of an incident than a coincidence. According to the same source, while 95% of the Mauritanian population is officially recorded as born on December 31, it was not really the case. It was actually the result of an unpredictable electronic error. According to Mauritanian journalist Ahmed Weld Islem, born on May 14, 1984, yet recorded as born on December 31 in the civil registry, the incident took place 15 years ago. In 1998, the Mauritanian government carried out a census to substantiate personal information figuring in the official documents of the Interior Ministry. Then, the names of Mauritanian citizens were registered on computers without birth dates. As all the computers were programmed for December 31, all citizens recorded on them were registered as born on the same day. As converting written information to virtual data was not a piece of cake at that time, those in charge of that very task concealed the incident and moved on just like nothing ever happened! As corollary, Mauritania beats today all records of how many birthdays are celebrated on the same day. Ahmed shares one of the problems this incident has caused him and many other people who were also victims of both technology and human negligence. Ahmed had applied, along with six other people to a university in Algeria. In addition  to the fact that they were all born the same day and came from the same country, they also chose the same major, which aroused the suspicions of the Algerian authorities.According to the same source, in 2006, a group of Mauritanian junior, soccer players were detained in a Tunisian airport after its administration suspected them because of their similar dates of birth. Hadn’t the Mauritanian Embassy intervened to explain the situation to the Tunisian airport administration, the 22 members of the Mauritanian soccer team would have had a harsher day than the one they were already having. To solve this troubling issue, the Mauritanian government allowed the concerned citizens to rectify their birth dates only after they get an approval from a judge, in the presence of two witnesses. Ironically, this solution added insult to injury, as the new birthday of the concerned Mauritanian citizens contradicted their initial birthday, already registered in documents pertaining to banks, companies and school. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Runner takes names with fundraising cancer run

Diana Panter will wear a T-shirt bearing the names of Brock friends and loved ones who have battled cancer.Diana Panter knows some of the names of people who have been touched by cancer.She’s seen co-workers’ lives impacted by the disease. She’s watched the struggles of her mother, her cousin and her mother’s cousin enough to know that behind the statistics are the identities of family and friends and the people who care for them.Panter will take some of their names on the road with her when she does the Rankin Cancer Run on May 29. She will join Brock’s Community Connections team to run five kilometres through St. Catharines raising money for cancer research. She will run wearing a T-shirt covered in names collected from the Brock community.“I want to show how many people it’s touched,” said the publications and Convocation events assistant in the Office of the Registrar. “If people haven’t experienced it directly, usually they have a friend or relative it’s touched. This is just a way to acknowledge that.”Some of the names represent people who have survived cancer. Others are relatives Brock employees have lost. Some are full names, while others are less specific, like “Anna” or “Grandma K.”Panter has more than 50 names so far. She’d like to get more. She may drop off the T-shirt at various departments to have them add names, she said. She can also be contacted at 905-688-5550 x3429, or dpanter@brocku.caThe Brock team still needs runners or walkers. Anyone interested can email Jamie Wheeler at jw05qt@brocku.ca and include their T-shirt size. Participants can also sign up online at secure.rankincancerrun.com/register/member and join the Brock University team.Participants can run or walk one kilometre or five kilometres. In the past four years, the run has raised $1,380,000.Link:• The Rankin Cancer Run — All for Niagara read more

Researchers renewed as Canada Research Chairs

Stephen Cheung (right) in his lab at Brock University.Two Brock researchers are included in this year’s line-up of Canada Research Chair holders, announced by the federal government March 15.Environmental physiologist Stephen Cheung and political scientist Janet Conway are getting their positions renewed. Cheung is the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Ergonomics while Conway is the Canada Research Chair in Social Justice.“Our government is committed to attracting and retaining the world’s best and brightest researchers, supporting innovation, creating jobs, and strengthening our economy,” said Gary Goodyear, minister of state (science and technology).“By investing in programs, such as the Canada Research Chairs, we are fostering cutting-edge research and the generation of new innovations for the marketplace, for the benefit of Canadians,” he said.From the time Cheung was first named Canada Research Chair five years ago, he has examined how extremely hot and cold temperatures affect muscle function and performance. His work has resulted in strategies and products, such as special clothing, to protect athletes and workers exposed to extreme temperatures.Cheung’s next stint as Canada Research Chair will enable him to see how oxygen levels affect muscle function and the impact on muscle physiology of combining oxygen levels with extreme temperatures. Cheung has also received a renewed grant from the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and support from Canada Foundation for Innovation and Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development & Innovation (MEDI) for his research.“If you look at it through evolution, two of the biggest stresses that we have evolved through or have had to adapt to are the temperatures on earth and the availability of oxygen,” says Cheung. “We’ve been very successful as a species at being able to adapt within reason to a wide range of temperatures from the Arctic to the tropics along with living at fairly high altitudes.”Janet ConwayIn her five years as Canada Research Chair in Social Justice, Conway has focused on why and how people organize to bring about change, and how they use the knowledge from these activities to form emancipatory politics.For the past decade, Conway researched the dynamics of the World Social Forum, an annual event that started in 2001 as an alternative to the Davos World Economic Forum. The World Social Forum enables people and groups to exchange ideas, experience, and strategies to come up with alternatives to dominant economic and political systems.Hot off the press is the paperback version of her hardcover book, “Edges of Social Justice: The World Social Forum and its ‘others,’” which will be released in March at 2013 World Social Forum in Tunisia. She has also done research on the Occupy Wall Street movement.Her Canada Research Chair renewal will enable Conway to analyze the use of digital and social media in developments of global anti-austerity and pro-democracy social movements such as the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street.Conway and Cheung are among 120 renewed and newly-awarded Canada Research Chairs countrywide this year, receiving a total of $90.6 million from the Canadian government to support them.The Canadian government created the Canada Research Chairs program in 2000 to establish 2,000 research professorships in eligible degree-granting institutions across the country for the purpose of attracting and retaining top researchers.Tier 1 and Tier 2 chairs are nominated by universities, but must also be confirmed by their peers as being exceptional researchers and potential leaders – even world leaders – in their field.Brock University has 13 Canada Research Chairs. read more

US doctor with Ebola releases statement from isolation ward and says he

first_img Source: WHO/Twitter Countries shld be prepared to manage travelers from known #Ebola-infected areas arriving at intl airports w/ unexplained febrile illness— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) August 8, 2014 I am growing stronger every day, and I thank God for His mercy as I have wrestled with this terrible disease.Brantly said when he began feeling ill on a Wednesday morning, he immediately isolated himself until a test confirmed his diagnosis three days later.“When the result was positive, I remember a deep sense of peace that was beyond all understanding,” he said.He described briefly what he had seen as he had worked in Liberia with patients with the disease before he fell ill.I held the hands of countless individuals as this terrible disease took their lives away from them. I witnessed the horror firsthand, and I can still remember every face and name.The World Health Organisation has declared the outbreak of Ebola a “public health emergency“.There have been 1,711 reported cases of the deadly disease so far since the first case in the current outbreak in Guinea seven months ago.  Of these, 932 people have died across four different countries in west Africa. A US DOCTOR who has been diagnosed with Ebola after working with patients in Liberia says he is recovering from the deadly disease.Dr Kent Brantly, who had travelled to the country to help fight the outbreak, thanked people for praying for him as he fought the illness.“I am writing this update from my isolation room at Emory University Hospital [in the US state of Georgia], where the doctors and nurses are providing the very best care possible,” Brantly said in the statement posted on the website of Samaritan’s Purse, the organisation with which he worked in Liberia. Read: Greece testing a man for Ebola at Athens hospital > Read: Ebola declared a ‘public health emergency of international concern’ >last_img read more

Fight continues for return of Cretan antiquities looted during Nazi occupation

first_imgThe search continues for the numerous antiquities looted from Crete during the Nazi occupation on the island. To help commemorate the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Crete, which took place from 20 May to 1 June, 1941, and to shine a light on the continued cause, The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is hosting an exhibition titled ‘Cretan Antiquities on Their Way Back’.Curated by Greek archaeologist Dr Georgia Flouda, on display are a total of 34 ancient works that were illegally taken from Knossos during World War II, 26 of which were only returned in November 2017.Flouda has done extensive research on the Wehrmacht’s activity on the island.In 2010 she travelled to Austria, the home of the infamous Major General Julius Ringel who stole many of the antiquities himself.There she met the widowed wife of officer and archaeologist, August Schoergendorfer, Gerlinde. He was an employee of the occupying forces, and had kept a photo album with 66 photographs from his time on Crete, which his wife gave to Dr Flouda – a priceless resource.The photo album that the widow of officer and archaeologist August Schoergendorfer passed on to Greek archaeologist Dr Georgia Flouda. Photo: KathimeriniDr Flouda says that it hasn’t yet been determined how many antiquities were looted by Ringel, but it is known he took many small objects from the Stratigraphic Museum and the storehouse of the Villa Ariadne in Knosssos, along with larger items such as a headless Hellenic statue that was cut in two, the head of a male statue, a section of a carved sarcophagus, part of a stone burial slab depicting a man, and a Minoan vessel carved from steatite. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

The Economist Loses Battle Over Domain Name

first_imgAn attempt by The Economist to gain rights to the domain name TheEconomist.com has been denied by the World Intellectual Property Organization. The Economist filed its claim with WIPO on November 9, 2007. The magazine’s Web site is registered as simply economist.com. In its petition to WIPO, The Economist argued that the disputed domain name is identical to the magazine’s registered trademarks, and that the individual who registered the name has no “legitimate interests” in the name. Theeconomist.com was registered in November 1996 by Jason Rose, owner of Maryland-based TE Internet Services. The site has been used as a tribute site to former U.S. chairman of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan, but its content has not been updated since April 2002. Rose, according to WIPO, denies that he had knowledge of The Economist magazine in 1996 when he registered the name. According to WIPO’s administrative panel decision document, The Economist first learned of theeconomist.com in 2001 and contacted Rose seeking a transfer of rights. Rose apparently did not respond to the request, and the magazine did not take further action until last August when, through an intermediary, it attempted to purchase the rights to the name for $500. Rose declined the offer. The offer was apparently prompted by a review of domain names at The Economist which determined that theeconomist.com was generating a “significant amount of Internet traffic,” the WIPO document says. Under WIPO rules, rights to a domain name can only be transferred if the complaining party can prove: that the name is identical or “confusingly similar” to a trademark or service for which it has rights, if the owner has no rights or legitimate interests in the name, and that the name was registered and used in bad faith.In its decision, the WIPO concluded that, although it was “skeptical,” and “has some doubts,” The Economist magazine failed to prove that Rose and TE Internet Services used the domain name in bad faith. “The only way that Mr. Rose’s assertions can be tested is in litigation where a judge would have proper opportunity of assessing the quality of this evidence. A proceeding under the policy is not the proper forum for determining such a belated issue of fact,” WIPO said in the document.An Economist spokesperson declined to comment, other than to say that it’s “an ongoing legal matter.”last_img read more

India stone quarry blast kills 11

first_imgIndia stone quarry blast kills 11. Photo: BSSAt least 11 labourers were killed and four others wounded in a dynamite blast inside a stone quarry in southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, officials said Saturday.The blast occurred Friday night inside a granite stone quarry at village Aluru mandal in Kurnool district, about 412 km southwest of Amaravathi, the main city in Andhra Pradesh, reports BSS quoting Xinhua.“Last night a blast took place inside the quarry here during which 11 labourers were killed and four others were wounded critically,” a local government official said. “The blast took place after the gelatine sticks,which are used in blasting, exploded.”The blast triggered fire resulting in gutting of tractors, lorry and a makeshift shed.Locals said the explosion was heard in the neighbouring villages and caused cracks in the residential houses.According to officials, the bodies of labourers scattered near the blast site were removed to a hospital by the police for post-mortem.Officials quoting eyewitnesses said 15 labourers were present at the spot when the blast went off.Following the blast, local authorities immediately rushed police teams and firefighters to the spot to douse the flames and carry out rescue work.Policemen have restricted the movement of people into the quarry fearing there might be more explosives that can go off anytime.Police officials have registered a case to ascertain the cause of the blast.Preliminary investigations suggest mishandling of the explosives which are highly inflammable.Meanwhile, the identities of slain victims, who are said to be migrant labourers, were being ascertained.Chief minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu expressed his condolences to the bereaved family members.last_img read more

This Startup Is Bringing 3D Printed Insoles to the NBA and the

first_img When we spoke last April, Kegan Schouwenburg’s company SOLS, which makes custom 3-D printed orthotic insoles by scanning customers’ feet, had just completed a $6.4 million Series A funding round. Fast forward less than a year, and this New York-based startup just raised another $11.1 million in financing.The interim period between funding rounds has been pretty insane for Schouwenburg and her team; since last spring, the company has grown its network of podiatrists, orthopedics and physical therapists from 50 to around 330. (SOLS provides each doctor with an iPad equipped with its app that, using a process called photogrammetry, takes hundreds of photos of a patient’s feet and knits them together to create a detailed virtual model.)But the even bigger news is that SOLS is about to launch a direct-to-consumer line of insoles. Instead of having to visit a doctor, buyers will soon be able to scan their feet at home, via a smartphone app, and order the insoles online. It’s a pivotal moment for the company — one that marks its transition from niche medical product built exclusively for people with advanced foot problems (at $300 to $700, SOLS medical insoles don’t come cheap) to a product intended for anyone looking for a more comfortable walking experience. At a much more affordable $125, the direct-to-consumer insoles are available for pre-order and will launch in May.Related: Photoshop’s Latest Feature: 3-D Printing CapabilitySchouwenburg’s own background may be firmly rooted in design, but SOLS has recently forged a strong relationship with the athletic community. Terdema Ussery, president and CEO of the Dallas Mavericks, just joined its board, and the company’s latest funding round included a new investment by Melo7 Tech Partners, the venture fund co-founded by NBA Knicks star Carmelo Anthony.Though Schouwenburg is not an athlete, she understands why SOLS appeals to the sports and performance sector, where “everyone is just looking for that extra cutting edge.” The NBA, she’s come to learn, is incredibly tech-forward. “They’re really excited about the applications of how data and analytics and wearable technology can affect the game,” she says.During this year’s New York Fashion Week, SOLS partnered with the NBA to launch a futuristic robotic 3-D shoe – “something that could exist 10 years from now” — which debuted during an NBA All Star Weekend event hosted by Carmelo. Christened the “ADAPTIV” the 3-D printed shoe merges fashion and performance; embedded with LED lights, whose colors shift to match the wearer’s outfit, the shoe is also outfitted with shock robotics that inflate or deflate based on the wearer’s movements, decreasing the risk of lower extremity injury.Carmelo Anthony and ADAPTIV, SOLS’ 3D printed shoe prototypeImage credit: SOLSRelated: How 3-D Printing Startups Are Shaping the FutureSOLS has already struck up a partnership with Destination Races, a boutique marathon series, and is in the process of talking to gym chains as well as major professional sports teams, in both the NBA and in other leagues, Schouwenburg says.What’s more, the company plans on launching a line of sensor-enabled insoles this summer that would allow wearers to monitor their fitness and health stats – a la a Fitbit – via their feet. “Look, a lot of people don’t want to wear something on their wrists,” Schouwenburg says. “I’ve heard that enough times now that it’s really resonated.”Despite the cutting-edge results that have already come to fruition thanks to SOLS newfound athletic cachet, Schouwenburg wants to keep the focus on everyday consumers, people who may or may not play sports at any level, much less professionally. For her, SOLS insoles are about making life more comfortable, whether that means jogging in the morning without getting exhausted, fixing a real medical need, or simply not feeling the need to take one’s shoes off in the elevator after work.”There are so many people in this world, who have so many different kinds of problems,” she says. “But we all get up every day and put on our shoes. We want to make that experience a little bit better for everybody.”Related: Staples Rolls Out 3-D Printing Program Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » March 3, 2015 4 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

Limited Time Discount Offer Available On The DevOps Certification Training Master Class

first_img Share Tweet Submit To reduce the system development life cycle, a new methodology was formed called the DevOps. It is a method of combining software development with information technology. If you learn how to do this in this digital era, then you are on the right career path. You don’t have to worry if you don’t know what this is. Wccftech is here to help and is offering an amazing discount offer on the DevOps Certification Training Master Class Bundle. Avail this limited time discount before it expires.DevOps Certification Training Master Class Bundle featuresSoftware companies all around the world are always on the lookout for DevOps experts and engineers. The DevOps Certification Training Master Class Bundle is the right deal for you as it will provide you with everything you need to know. Here are highlights of what the bundle has to offer: Access 75 hours of content 24/7Master configuration management & continuous integration deployment, delivery and monitoring using DevOps tools such as Git, Docker, Jenkins, Cucumber, TeamCity, Ansible, and Nagios Learn how to deploy, manage, & operate highly-scalable systems on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud platform Gain implementation level knowledge of Microsoft Azure services Become proficient in Puppet Create your own Ansible playbooks, manage an entire cloud region, & configure network devices across Linux or Windows operating systems Learn key concepts of Agile ScrumImportant Details Length of time users can access this course: 1 yearAccess options: web streaming, mobile streaming Certification of completion includedRedemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase Experience level required: all levelsSystem RequirementsInternet requiredMac OS X 10.6 or laterWindows XP SP3 or laterInstructorThe bundle has been designed by the Certs School. The online courses designed by them are amazing and allow students to learn at their own paces. All the courses have been designed by experts with relevant experience and industry knowledge.Original Price DevOps Certification Training Master Class Bundle: $1499Wccftech Discount Price DevOps Certification Training Master Class Bundle: $69last_img read more

Samsung T5 Portable SSD with 1TB of Storage Gets a Massive Discount

first_imgLooking for a drive that’s fast? Like, super fast? Then look no further than the Samsung T5 Portable SSD. And it happens to be discounted today.If you’re looking for speed then a SSD in the equation is an absolutely necessary thing. And you can treat yourself to one of the best SSDs in the business in the Samsung T5.This is essentially an external SSD on which you can copy your files and keep them safe. But make no mistake, this thing is really fast for an external drive. It also features USB 3.1 speeds and connects using USB-C for the ultimate transfer speeds. Speaking of which, you can expect read-write speeds of up to 540MB/s. That’s crazy fast. The T5 even features a metal enclosure for that premium feel.Since the drive supports USB-C therefore you can connect it with a plethora of devices and move files around. Even if you have an Android smartphone like the Galaxy S10 or a tablet, just connect the T5 using a USB-C cable and you’ll be copying stuff in no time.For those wondering, you can even connect the drive to a regular USB-A port, but keep in mind that you won’t get the benefits of USB-C speeds.If you are interested in this drive, head over to the link below.Buy Samsung T5 Portable SSD – 1TB – USB 3.1 External SSD – Was $250, now just $177 Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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first_imgFeature | May 15, 2009 | William Shea, M.D. CCTA to Jump Hurdles While growth for disruptive technologies is coming, it’s all about timing. Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more Video Player is loading.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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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more The MarkeTech Group (TMTG) conducted a poll of its imagePRO opt-in panel of over 600 U.S.-hospital based imaging administrative directors and managers. Manuel Andrade, TMTGs research analyst, made the analysis.Many experts lauded multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) and cardiac computed tomography angiography (CCTA) as disruptive technologies that would abruptly alter the standard of care for those with coronary artery disease. Now, years later, CCTA is slowly gaining acceptance in the medical community, both by providers, payers and administrators. Why so slowly? Perhaps the answer is simply timing. What are the hurdles? The ones that play a role include cost, radiation safety, the economy and the need for evidence-based clinical outcomes. Cost of Healthcare In the last decade, the cost of healthcare in the U.S. and especially medical imaging has skyrocketed. Expensive diagnostic exams became a target for cost containment, which would explain the non-coverage determinant for CCTA by CMS in December 2007, and the ensuing coverage confusion that followed. CMS and the insurance industry simply will not support the use of CCTA as another layer of cost. Any medical center or practice interested in developing a cardiac imaging program adopted a conservative approach. At the date of this writing, all local Medicare intermediaries and most commercial payers do reimburse for CCTA. However, reimbursement is based on Local Coverage Determinants that vary greatly in the details, and it is the attention to these details that determines appropriate reimbursement. CMS has solicited requests for input into CPT code development, but until there is a clear demonstration that CCTA is cost effective and adds value, we still face the cost restraints that are in place. Radiation Safety Secondary effects of radiation exposure are top of mind in the medical community and the general public. Several peer review studies and editorial reviews have highlighted the risks of inadvertent over-utilization of CT scanning, especially in the younger population. To address this issue, the ACR has adopted the “Image Gently” program, and manufacturers have developed dose reduction strategies. Excellent articles like those from Mayo, et al, (AJR) have delineated the risks when imaging is appropriately performed. We will need to continually monitor this issue and ensure that the appropriate utilization of MDCT prevails. Economic Recession Obviously, no one predicted the sudden global collapse of the economy last year. This has further limited growth of CCTA programs. Capital budgets have been slashed, purchases put on hold and FTEs dismissed. Systems must be efficient and, at the very least, cost neutral or they face the piper. While this is no time for expansion into an arena with questionable reimbursement, fortunately, recent studies have demonstrated cost savings when CCTA is used appropriately. For example, in the ED setting, a negative CCTA allows for safe and rapid discharge, saving a great deal of expense in unnecessary admissions and time of stay. In the office setting, those patients with a confusing presentation can be carefully evaluated with CCTA, reducing the number of more invasive and expensive catheterizations. Need for Evidence-Based Clinical Outcomes The recent National Forum on “Appropriate Coverage of Coronary CT Angiography,” organized and sponsored by the SCCT, brought together influential providers and payers to discuss the issues currently surrounding CCTA usage. Payers perceive a lack of evidence that CCTA improves clinical outcomes. This exam must demonstrate this benefit before reaching acceptance. But how do we measure an improved outcome? There are no definable metrics in place, but rapid and safe discharge, decreased utilization of downstream imaging, and modified patient behavior are being studied. Prospective randomized multi-institutional studies are expensive (especially in this economy) and time-consuming, but must be performed and must confirm these benefits. So while we must continue to cross these hurdles, the one positive aspect is that they have brought together many groups in a collegial and cooperative way in an effort to educate our industry, medical colleagues and our patients to the potential benefits of this wonderful new capability. It is up to us to jump these hurdles as quickly as possible. For more information: The MarkeTech Group FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more 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 center_img Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. The majority of respondents believe that CT volumes will increase in 2009. Most facilities do not plan to purchase CT scanners in the next year. The difference between smaller imaging systems and larger imaging systems is not statistically significant. 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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APT 85 years strong new strategic interests

first_imgAPT Luncheon at Glass Wine Bar, Hilton Hotel Geoff McGeary, Owner APT While celebrating its 85th anniversary, Australian Pacific Touring (APT) has announced the acquisition of shares in UK-based luxury cruise company, Noble Caledonia.APT owner Geoff McGeary divulged the details of the purchase at a commemoratory luncheon, held at Glass Wine Bar within the Hilton Hotel Sydney this week. “I’m very excited about our stake in Noble Caledonia as it fits perfectly within our current business platform,” Mr McGeary said. “We’re buying into a database of over a quarter million clients.”Noble Caledonia was established in 1991 and operates worldwide luxury cruises, small ship cruises, expedition cruises and land tours across fifteen global regions. APT has already begun to incorporate Noble Caledonia vessels into its 2013 river cruise programs and sales brochures.“New-age baby boomers want to cruise. They’re no longer interested in ticking off countries visited, the want a more experiential holiday,” he added.“70 percent of our revenue now comes from cruising and specialty trips are the future trend for retirees travelling, so it’s important we focus our targets on what the consumer wants.”Privately-owned APT had its beginnings in Melbourne in the early 1920’s when Geoff McGeary’s grandfather, Bill McGeary would drive passengers around Melbourne during the cable tram strike on his self-built bus body tray truck.“We’ve built this family business from the ground up and by developing strategic partnerships, we’ve continually been able to provide greater access to new markets and products the world over,” Mr McGeary said.APT has recently launched a new website, re-entered the Africa touring market, added Antarctica, South East Asia and South America tour options to its extensive programme and is focused on providing more choices to its customers.“It’s all about the freedom of choice. Whatever you want, you can have it with APT,” Mr McGeary said.center_img Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T.last_img read more

Managing Director Fred van Eijk says call me directly and I will

first_imgSource = Travel Counsellors Talking with FredCall me directly and I will assist youAre you passionate about travel and want to run a successful business from home?Talk to Fred about becoming part of the world’s best-loved travel company, and join nearly 1,700 successful travel counsellors around the globe.Take control – run your own successful business from homeJoin our 1,700 Travel Counsellors and earn over $150k per yearGet 24-hour support for starting and growing your businessFred van Eijk, Managing Director for Travel Counsellors Australia is sending a clear message, call me directly! Fred has only been with Travel Counsellors Australia less than a year but more than 12 years with the group for which he founded the successful businesses in the Netherlands and Belgium, during this time he has made numerous positive changes to the business and how Travel Counsellors conduct themselves. For instance, Travel Counsellors is one of the world’s largest and most successful home based agency groups meaning that our product offering and technology is second to none boasts Fred and we want Travel Consultants and Travel Agencies to know this.An undercover agent put Fred to the test by calling his direct line of (03) 9034 7088 and you guessed it, the phone was answered by Fred himself who was very cheerful and ready to assist, amazing. They then emailed Fred at talktofred@travelcounsellors.com.au and he responded within 24 hours, again, amazing.When asked why he was doing this, the reply was simple, according to Fred, people wanting to make a major change in their lives prefer to deal with the boss and at Travel Counsellors, so they shall. To be honest, I have been inundated with enquiries to join Travel Counsellors and by some incredible and well experienced individuals, this is very exciting says Fred.If you are seeking change and an opportunity to be apart of a global organisation offering great commissions, product offerings and state of the art technology, then contact Fred today:Telephone:  (03) 9034 7088Email:  talktofred@travelcounsellors.com.au Travel Counsellorsjoin us todaylast_img read more

Update Truck hits herd of cattle

first_imgWorkers were herding their own cattle to a central point on the Brakfontein Farm (in doing so, the cattle were on the R600 Road) when a truck ploughed into them yesterday (Thursday).The cattle were being herded by 20 workers, with points-men waving red flags strategically placed well in advance of the moving cattle on the Winterton Road (R600).The 150 or so cattle were on the road on a steep incline when the truck hit them. The driver claims that his brakes failed.Seven cattle were killed instantly, their carcasses scattered across the road and down an embankment. Another cow was injured and later put down. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Workers were on the road, warning motorists that there were cattle ahead. This was confirmed by the farmer and his workers. The driver had plenty of warning that there were animals ahead.Moving cattle were on both sides of the road and some were in the road. All the cattle that were killed belonged to workers on the farm.Every year, during the holiday period, the farmer vaccinates his cattle. He also vaccinates cattle owned by his staff. Staff were bringing their livestock to the vaccination point when the tragic accident occurred.The farmer expressed relief that none of his workers were injured in the accident.According to police, the accident took place on Thursday morning just before 9am.  A case of reckless and negligent driving is being investigated by Ladysmith detectives.last_img read more

Tourism Malaysia to open the first ever animation theme park in Asia

first_imgAsia’s next unique project in the tourism sector is currently well underway in Malaysia. MAPS, which is slated to open within the first half of 2016, was recently unveiled to the world by the Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz at the global travel industry event, World Travel Market (WTM) in London.The international theme park, poised as the ‘First Animation Theme Park in Asia’, spans over 52 acres of land and is being built at the cost of Ringgit Malaysia 450 million (approximately $105 million). Strategically located in the state of Perak in the northern region of Malaysia, MAPS is easily accessible with flight connectivity, apart from the country’s North-South Highway and electric train services. MAPS will feature over 40 attractions including rides and shows within six themed zones.“We are proud to showcase international animation characters from DreamWorks and The Smurfs alongside local favourite animation character BoBoiBoy and Stunt Legends, billed as South-East Asia’s First Car & Bike ‘Live’ Stunt Show in MAPS to captivate families and guests of all ages to make their visit to Malaysia truly memorable. Thanks to the concerted efforts of Tourism Malaysia and key players in the industry, we hope to position MAPS as a ‘tourist magnet’ in driving more visitors to Malaysia while working towards strengthening Malaysia’s appeal as a ‘must visit’ destination in the world,” said Ramelle Ramli, the Founder of MAPS and Chairman of RSG Group.last_img read more

Mortgage Rates Largely Unchanged This Week Again

first_imgMortgage Rates Largely Unchanged This Week. Again Share Mortgage rates remained largely unchanged this week as debt crises in Europe drag on, with finance leaders and heads of state there seemingly unable to broker a solution.[IMAGE]Mortgage giant “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ and finance Web site “”Bankrate.com each””:http://www.bankrate.com/ released separate surveys chronicling lurches in interest rates for loans.For Freddie, the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage hovered at 3.99 percent, down one percentage point from 4 percent last week. Bankrate.com reported seeing rates for the same loan also fall one percentage point, cresting at 4.24 percent from 4.25 percent.[COLUMN_BREAK]The finance Web site said that Europe’s financial system resembled the U.S. system in that mortgage rates fell on sour news from the latter, adding that “”the result is much the same ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô a higher-than-typical cost of borrowing when compared to the rock-bottom government rates.””Bankrate.com also fielded record lows for jumbo 30-year fixed-rate mortgages, with rates for the loan falling to 4.68 percent for the first time in the history of the survey.Freddie saw 15-year loans fall from 3.30 percent last week to 3.27 percent this week, compared with Bankrate.com’s unchanged 3.48 percent.For the GSE, 5-year adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) rose to 2.93 percent, up from 2.90 percent seen last week, while the 1-year Treasury ARM climbed to 2.80 percent this week from 2.78 percent last week.””These low rates and home prices have pushed housing affordability to record highs this year,”” “”Frank Nothaft””:http://www.freddiemac.com/bios/exec/nothaft.html, VP and chief economist with Freddie, said of the figures in a statement.Bankrate.com rounded out mortgage rates this week with a fall in 5-year and 1-year ARMs to 3.18 percent this week, down from 3.21 percent last week. December 8, 2011 413 Views center_img Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Agents & Brokers Bankrate Debt Crisis Euro European Union Fixed-Rate Mortgage Freddie Mac Housing Affordability Mortgage Rates Processing Service Providers 2011-12-08 Ryan Schuette in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more

Wolters Kluwer Announces 16th Annual CRA Fair Lending Colloquium

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Compliance FDIC Federal Reserve HUD Investors Justice Department Lenders & Servicers OCC Processing Service Providers 2012-10-19 Tory Barringer Share October 19, 2012 489 Views center_img Compliance and risk management professionals will flock to Texas in November for “”Wolters Kluwer Financial Service’s””:http://www.wolterskluwerfs.com/home.aspx 16th annual CRA & Fair Lending Colloquium.[IMAGE]The financial services company is hosting the event November 12-15 at The Westin La Cantera in San Antonio. The colloquium is an opportunity for senior compliance and risk management executives to discuss their most pressing concerns with top regulators and industry leaders.[COLUMN_BREAK]The 2012 colloquium will feature sessions covering the impact of the Dodd-Frank Act and other regulatory reform and oversight trends, as well as the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), fair lending requirements, and other consumer compliance concerns. The list of speakers includes regulators from the Department of Justice, HUD, the FDIC, the Federal Reserve, and more.””Today’s financial services environment is characterized by constant change and new and complex regulations along with tougher enforcement measures,”” said Raffi Festekjian, CEO of Wolters Kluwer Financial Services’ Finance, Risk & Compliance business. “”Financial institutions need to do more with less and become even more operationally efficient when it comes to compliance and risk management. The Colloquium provides them with the information and best practices they need to achieve this.”” More information about the event can be found at “”CRAColloquium.com””:http://www.cracolloquium.com/. Wolters Kluwer Announces 16th Annual CRA & Fair Lending Colloquiumlast_img read more

A record 778 schools will play college football this fall

first_imgSeven schools will launch football this fall, pushing the record census number to 778 schools participating in college football, according to data highlighted by the National Football Foundation on Thursday.The seven new programs is the most newcomers since 12 programs came aboard in 2013. A total of 58 colleges and universities launched football in the decade proceeding 2018, and five more schools will come aboard in 2019-20.The seven newcomers in 2018 are:Allen University — Columbia, S.C., NAIA, Independent, Head coach Teddy KeatonAlvernia University — Reading, Pa., Division III, Middle Atlantic Conference, Head coach Ralph ClarkIndiana Wesleyan University — Marion, Ind., NAIA, Mid-States Football Association, Head coach Jordan LangsKeiser University — West Palm Beach, Fla., NAIA, Mid-South Conference, Head coach Doug SochaLawrence Technological University — Southfield, Mich., NAIA, Independent, Head coach Jeff DuvendeckOttawa University-Arizona — Surprise, Ariz., NAIA, Sooner Athletic Conference, Head coach Mike NesbittUniversity of New England — Biddeford, Maine, Division III, Commonwealth Coast Conference, Head coach Mike Lichten“We know that we also have to make choices institutionally that will continue to expand our footprint and provide new and exciting opportunities for our students as well as positively engage our friends and partners in the community,” Barton College president Dr. Douglas N. Searcy said, whose school launches football in 2019. “Bringing football to campus is exactly that kind of bold choice. Football will undoubtedly create a tremendous surge of energy and enthusiasm among students, as well as faculty, staff, alumni and the Wilson community.”last_img read more