Johannesburg: Quinton de Kock on Tuesday was named South Africa’s new Twenty20 skipper for the three-match series against India in September, which will not feature former captain Faf Du Plessis in the squad. However, du Plessis will continue to lead South Africa in the three-Test series that follows the T20s, with Temba Bavuma named his vice-captain, Cricket South Africa announced. “I would like to stress that Faf du Plessis remains an important part of our plans for white-ball cricket,” said CSA Acting Director, Corrie van Zyl. Rassie van Der Dussen will play deputy to de Kock in the T20 squad. “The T20 Series gives us the last chance to have a look at our leadership and batting options as the next edition of the T20 World Cup is now little more than a year away which is why we have gone with an inexperienced leadership group. This is our last chance to do this before we settle on an established squad,” he added. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhMeanwhile, both T20 and Test squads will feature three uncapped players. Pacer Anrich Nortje features in both the squads, batsman Bavuma, spin bowling all-rounder Bjorn Fortuin will feature in the T20 squad. Wicketkeeper Rudi Second and spin-bowling all-rounder Senuran Muthusamy were handed Test caps. “All three newcomers to the Test side have more than earned their spurs through impressive performances in last season’s Four-Day Franchise competition,” van Zyl said. “As far as the T20 squad is concerned, Temba Bavuma and Bjorn Fortuin were two of the standout players in the CSA T20 Challenge last season while Nortje was outstanding in the Mzansi Super League until ruled out by injury.” CSA also said Aiden Markram, Theunis de Bruyn and Lungi Ngidi were not considered for the T20s as they will be preparing for the Test series by playing in South Africa A’s four-day matches against India A.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — The news of the plane crash in Ethiopia shattered more than two years of relative calm in Africa’s skies. As millions on the continent headed to church on Sunday morning, an Ethiopian Airlines plane took off on a routine flight from Addis Ababa for Nairobi and quickly lost control. Six minutes later, all contact was lost. All 157 people aboard were killed, representing a staggering 35 countries. Here is a timeline of how the day unfolded. All times local.___8:38 a.m.: Flight ET302 takes off from Bole International Airport in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. Records shared by Flightradar24 show that the plane’s vertical speed quickly becomes erratic.Shortly afterward: The pilot issues a distress call and is told to return.8:44 a.m.: Contact with the plane is lost.10:48 a.m.: The office of Ethiopia’s prime minister in a Twitter post gives first word of the crash, offering “deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning.”11:15 a.m.: Ethiopian Airlines says it believes 149 passengers and eight crew members were on board the plane that crashed near Bishoftu, some 50 kilometres (31 miles) outside the capital.1:35 p.m.: Ethiopia’s state broadcaster reports that all passengers are dead.2:45 p.m.: Ethiopian Airlines publishes a photo of its CEO standing in a crater amid the wreckage. Little of the plane can be seen in the freshly churned earth.3:30 p.m.: The Ethiopian Airlines CEO and Kenya’s transport minister say Canadians, Chinese, Americans and others are among the more than 30 nationalities of victims.4:50 p.m.: The office of Ethiopia’s prime minister says he has visited the crash site, expressed his “profound sadness” and ordered a full investigation.5:35 p.m.: Ethiopian Airlines issues a new list of crash victims that includes 35 nationalities.6:20 p.m.: As sunset approaches at the site, searchers and a bulldozer continue to pick through the scattered remains of the plane. The bulldozer digs for deeply embedded debris.6:40 p.m.: Ethiopian Airlines says Ethiopian authorities, plane manufacturer Boeing and other international stakeholders will collaborate on an investigation into the cause of the crash.8:25 p.m.: Ethiopia’s House of People’s Representatives declares Monday a national day of mourning for all victims.The Associated Press
TORONTO — There was no winning ticket for the $15 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.However, the guaranteed $1 million prize went to a ticker holder in Quebec.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on June 5 will be approximately $18 million.The Canadian Press
“The tsunami that wreaked havoc in south East Asia, the Kashmir earthquake, the Suriname floods, and the Indonesia earthquake have demonstrated the power of emergency telecommunications in saving lives and coordinating efforts during rescue operations such as the setting up of telemedicine links,” said Yoshio Utsumi, Secretary-General the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which concluded the accord.Thuraya, the United Arab Emirates satellite-based company, is contributing handheld satellite terminals along with solar chargers, while ITU will pay for airtime at discounted rates offered by Thuraya and cover transportation costs of telecommunications equipment to and from disaster-hit areas. ITU will also provide its expertise in technical and operational training for government officials involved in rescue missions.In the light of a spate of recent natural disasters, the World Telecommunication Development Conference meeting in Doha in March called upon ITU to develop solutions in emergency telecommunications directed at improving early-warning communication, disaster preparedness and mitigation.This is a critical area of concern especially for countries with fragile economies and special needs, such as least developed countries and small island developing States.Access to information is of paramount importance in the immediate aftermath of a disaster for relief agencies to coordinate search-and-rescue, medical intervention and rehabilitation efforts. There is an urgent need to establish effective and comprehensive communication links between the affected area, national disaster response facilities, and with the larger international community.Ironically, terrestrial communication links are almost always disabled and disrupted during the first hours of a major disaster. The Thuraya terminals, which support voice and data applications and remote location determination services via global positioning satellites (GPS), will help provide that vital link via satellite.When regular cellular networks are available, Thuraya handsets can switch to the terrestrial network for greater affordability.Fast communications also form an essential element in the tsunami early warning systems the UN is coordinating, based on quake and tidal sensors, alarm networks ranging from radio to cell phones and text-messaging, and disaster preparedness training to ensure timely evacuation of vulnerable coastal areas.Experts believe that had such a system operated in the Indian Ocean at the time of the 2004 tsunami, it would have given hundreds of thousands of people several hours between the time the quake spawned the tsunami off the Indonesian island of Sumatra and its landfall in places like Sri Lanka and Thailand to flee to higher ground.
Ford bows to government demand, agrees to expand driver’s air bag recall nationwide FILE – This Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, file photo, shows the company’s logo at the LA Auto Show in Los Angeles. Ford says it’s expanding a recall for faulty driver’s side air bag inflators to the entire U.S. as demanded by the government. The move adds 447,000 Ford vehicles to the list of those recalled due to driver’s inflators made by Japan’s Takata Corp. The inflators can explode with too much force, spewing shrapnel into drivers and passengers. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Dec 18, 2014 6:48 am MDT DETROIT – Ford Motor Co. has agreed to government demands to expand a driver’s side air bag inflator recall to the entire U.S.The move announced Thursday adds 447,000 Ford vehicles to the list of those recalled due to driver’s inflators made by Japan’s Takata Corp. The inflators can explode with too much force, spewing shrapnel into drivers and passengers.Ford’s action puts pressure on BMW and Chrysler, the only two automakers that haven’t agreed to national recalls. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration made the demand of five automakers, saying the inflators are dangerous. Honda and Mazda already took their recalls national.Previously the recalls were limited to high-humidity states mainly along the Gulf Coast.The Ford national recall covers certain 2005 to 2008 Mustangs and 2005 and 2006 GT sports cars. The company also announced it would recall the same cars in Canada, Mexico and a few other countries. Thursday’s announcement brings to just over 502,000 the number of Ford vehicles under recall for Takata driver’s side air bags.The company said it knows of one accident and injury from the problems, in a 2007 Mustang in North Carolina. Dealers will replace the inflators at no cost to customers.Last month, NHTSA demanded that Takata and the five automakers recall driver’s inflators across the nation. Takata and Chrysler have refused and could face legal action. BMW says it’s still evaluating the demand.Takata hired the New York public relations firm Sard Verbinnen & Co. and took out full-page advertisements Thursday in newspapers including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and three German publications. The ads, featuring a letter from Chairman and CEO Shigehisa Takata, said the company will work with NHTSA and automakers to expand the recalls by increasing production capacity for replacement air bags. The company said it’s exploring whether other companies’ air bags can be used in replacement kits, and it’s increasing testing to find the exact cause of the problems.“Takata will work in unison with automakers to advance our common goal of putting the safety of customers first,” the letter said.But in documents filed with NHTSA, Takata refused to do a national recall, saying it’s not supported by testing data. The company also said NHTSA didn’t have the authority to order a parts supplier to do a recall, and that only automakers can conduct them. The safety agency has threatened legal action if Takata and the remaining automakers don’t comply with its demand.NHTSA has said the inflator propellant, ammonium nitrate, can burn faster than designed if exposed to prolonged airborne moisture. That can cause it to blow apart a metal canister meant to contain the explosion.The safety agency says there’s no data to support a nationwide passenger air bag recall, which so far has been held to the high-humidity states. In total, 10 automakers have models with Takata air bags, which have been blamed for at least five deaths and multiple injuries worldwide. So far, automakers have recalled about 12 million vehicles in the U.S. and about 19 million globally for similar problems.U.S. passenger air bag recalls previously had been limited to Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. But recently, under pressure from NHTSA, automakers have expanded them to include Saipan, Guam, American Samoa as well as Alabama, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas — all areas with average annual dew points of 60 degrees or higher. The dew point is the temperature at which moisture condenses out of the air.
Obviously, those 2018 youth players won’t be old enough in 2019 to figure into the senior team’s World Cup fortunes. But the lack of earlier success could suggest a down period coming for the Americans in upcoming World Cups. At least, that’s assuming youth-level results are predictive of future senior-team outcomes. But is that true?Fortunately for the U.S., the relationship there is only a moderate one. To measure this, I’m using a system called “Dynasty Points,” which I’ve used before to track a team’s postseason success over multiple years. In each tournament, you get 1,000 points for winning the whole thing, 500 for finishing second, 250 for losing in the semifinals (with a 100-point bonus for finishing third), 115 for losing in the quarters and 40 for losing in the Round of 16 (when applicable).2These values are roughly scaled to reflect how many teams you needed to beat out in order to reach a given level of the tournament, while keeping the value of winning at a constant 1,000. If a team’s performance at the youth level was cause for concern or optimism for later iterations of the senior team, we’d expect a strong relationship between World Cup dynasty points and dynasty points produced by the youth teams in the decade between five and 15 years before.But looking at the 2007, 2011 and 2015 World Cups (and weighting by the number of youth tournaments that led up to each — meaning 2015 had more of a sample, since the era of two youth tournaments didn’t begin until 2008), the correlation coefficient between youth performance and World Cup success is 0.49. That’s not a nonexistent relationship by any means, but it also indicates that about three-quarters of the variation between countries in World Cup success is explained by something other than youth-level results in the years beforehand.Broadly speaking, if a team consistently finishes well in the Under-17 and Under-20 events, it tends to do better at the World Cup as well. Many of the most successful youth-level countries — such as Germany, the U.S. and Japan — are also among the best World Cup teams. But the relationship isn’t perfect. According to Dynasty Points, North Korea is the most successful youth-level team since 2002, winning four tournaments and finishing second on two other occasions. Yet North Korea has advanced out of the group stage just once in its World Cup history.3The North Korean team was banned from the 2015 World Cup after a doping investigation. Meanwhile, Norway and Sweden have been incredibly successful at the World Cup level (they rank third and fifth in all-time Dynasty Points, respectively) and have combined to advance out of the group stage of a youth tournament just twice since 2002.The U.S.’s own history is instructive in the imperfect relationship between youth results and World Cup outcomes. Although it dominated junior tournaments from 2002 to 2008 — winning two events, finishing second in another and never losing before the semifinals — it has also made two World Cup Finals and won Olympic gold with the senior squad since its ongoing youth-level dry spell began in 2010. 2012U-20 WCYouth64.51000– 2015World CupSenior76.51000– 1999World CupSenior66.01000– 2002U-19 WCYouth66.01000– 1995World CupSenior64.5350– 2011World CupSenior64.0500– YearTournamentTypeMatchesWins*Dynasty Points 2008U-20 WCYouth65.01000– 1991World CupSenior66.01000– 2004U-19 WCYouth65.0350– 2010U-20 WCYouth42.5115– 2014U-20 WCYouth42.0115– 2003World CupSenior65.0350– 2012U-17 WCYouth32.00 2016U-20 WCYouth63.0250– 2006U-20 WCYouth64.0250– Is the USWNT’s youth-level talent pipeline drying up?Results for the United States at both the World Cup and youth-level tournaments Wherever it lands in the upcoming World Cup draw — which will be held in Paris on Saturday at noon ET — the United States Women’s National Team will go into next year’s tournament in its familiar perch as favorites. The U.S. has been the most dominant team in the history of the event (which began in 1991), capturing the Cup three times and winning more matches (33) than any other country. Along the way, Team USA has given us multiple generations of superstars, the latest of which includes names like Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath — all of whom figure to represent the Stars and Stripes in France next summer.But this won’t quite be the same roster as the one last seen hoisting the World Cup in 2015 (or even the one America sent to the 2016 Olympics). Likely gone are goalkeeper Hope Solo, forward Abby Wambach, midfielder Lauren Holiday and defenders Meghan Klingenberg, Christie Rampone and Ali Krieger, among others. And while the U.S. has perpetually been able to retool on the fly with the emergence of even greater young talent than before (remember Morgan’s breakout performance as a 22-year-old at the 2011 World Cup?), there’s growing concern that the next generation won’t be as ready to carry the torch.Specifically, the U.S. results at the youth level — including both the Under-17 and Under-20 Women’s World Cups — have been pretty mediocre in recent years. The U.S. didn’t advance out of its group in either tournament this year and has advanced past the quarterfinals just twice at the youth level since 2008.1That year, Morgan helped power the U.S. to the championship at the Under-20 Cup with this ridiculous goal. 2008U-17 WCYouth63.5500– 2016U-17 WCYouth31.00 2007World CupSenior64.5350– 2018U-17 WCYouth31.00 2018U-20 WCYouth31.50 It bears mentioning that the 2012 Under-20 squad also won gold, so the U.S.’s recent youth results haven’t been completely devoid of success. And it’s also important to note that the senior team can poach promising young stars from the youth level, inherently limiting the U.S.’s performance in U-17 and (especially) U-20 tournaments in favor of bolstering the main roster.It’s true that next summer’s team will be asking more of some players who hadn’t taken on full-fledged starring roles in previous major tournaments. But a number of those have drawn rave reviews during friendlies and qualifiers with the national team this year, including Lindsey Horan and Crystal Dunn, both of whom also logged time on the 2016 Olympic team. And forward Mallory Pugh, who will turn 21 just a few months before the World Cup, is as promising as any member of the U.S.’s next generation. Pugh returned from injury to score six goals and set up three others in 10 international games this year — and could be just scratching the surface of her talent.According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, the average age of Team USA in its 2018 games was 26.4 years old, compared with the average age of 32.6 for the group that took the field in the 2015 World Cup. A few standbys do remain from the rosters of old — Lloyd and Rapinoe are still the anchors of this team, while Morgan remains at the top of her game, having scored or assisted on 14 goals in 15 games with the national team this year. But the 2019 World Cup will also serve as a transition of sorts into a new era for the USWNT. And although America’s youth-level results leading up to next year aren’t great, we shouldn’t assume that the U.S.’s senior-team dominance will end any time soon. Dynasty Points are awarded for success in a tournament. A team gets 1,000 points for winning the tournament, 250 for losing in the semifinals (with a 100-point bonus for finishing third), 115 for losing in the quarters and 40 for losing in the Round of 16.* Ties are counted as a half-win.Source: FIFA
Le plan obésité va privilégier les personnes en “vulnérabilité sociale”Initié par le président Nicolas Sarkozy, le Plan obésité a dévoilé mercredi les objectifs de son 3e Programme national nutrition santé (PNNS). La priorité sera donnée aux personnes en vulnérabilité sociale atteintes de problème de surpoids. Les premiers résultats du Programme national nutrition santé (PNNS) initié en 2001 et prolongé en 2006 sont plutôt encourageants. Les “objectifs nutritionnels” (alimentation et activité physique) fixés ont en effet permis d’arrêter la hausse du nombre de cas d’obésité observés chez les enfants. Toutefois, si des améliorations notables ont été déclarées, celles-ci ne concernent qu’une certaine partie de la population française, accentuant les inégalités sociales de santé notamment dans le domaine de la nutrition. À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?Pour remédier à ce problème, le troisième volet du PNNS cible particulièrement les personnes en difficulté. Présenté en Conseil des ministres par la secrétaire à la Santé, Nora Berra, le projet consiste notamment à mettre en place des actions de sensibilisation et à favoriser l’accessibilité à des aliments de bonne qualité nutritionnelle. Par ailleurs, le plan prévoit également d’augmenter la fréquence d’activité physique pour tous, y compris pour les personnes en situation de handicap, défavorisées ou âgées. Une action sur plusieurs plans Arnaud Basdevant, président du Plan obésité explique à l’AFP : “En matière de prévention, on était jusqu’à présent dans une perspective de recommandations, d’injonctions, on veut maintenant faciliter l’application des conseils”. Il ajoute également que le programme se chargera “de permettre l’accès aux soins pour tous et singulièrement aux personnes en difficulté sociale, qui sont plus souvent obèses que les autres” tout en agissant contre “la communication trompeuse et éventuellement dangereuse” qui vante le mérite de produits miracles amaigrissants. Selon la dernière enquête ObEpi (2009), la France compte aujourd’hui 20 millions de personnes en surpoids ou obèses soit un Français sur trois. Parmi cette proportion, 6,5 millions ont atteint l’âge adulte. Le 20 juillet 2011 à 18:52 • Maxime Lambert
Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Whatever you think about No Man’s Sky, the roller coaster of emotions that surrounds this space exploration sim remains one of the most interesting stories of this generation of video games. After its surprise debut trailer vaguely teased unlimited procedurally generated intergalactic travel, hype soared through the roof for years. But then the lack of clear details allowed fans to imagine features that never actually existed, and then harass the developers at Hello Games when those features failed to materialize after the game finally launched in 2016 to polarizing reviews.However, like the early access game No Man’s Sky really was the whole time (albeit sold at a full price) the game has only gotten better and better following its first release, its community richer and richer. The massive No Man’s Sky Next expansion last year added significant new features fans had dreamed of like multiplayer, space battles, and base building. And now this summer the new No Man’s Sky Beyond expansion promises to evolve the game even further.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Like Next, No Man’s Sky Beyond is a free update that’s actually multiple smaller updates rolled into one. Beyond will include three big changes to the game, but right now the team is only talking about one. It’s a pretty exciting change though.One of Beyond’s new features is No Man’s Sky Online. Previously players were frustrated that despite theoretically playing in the same huge universe together, they couldn’t actually find and interact with each other. It sounds like that’s changing because the team describes Online as “a radical new social and multiplayer experience which empowers players everywhere in the universe to meet and play together.” However, they make a point not to call this an MMO, but hopefully just because they are offering MMO benefits without MMO drawbacks like subscription fees.Expect to hear more about No Man’s Sky Beyond’s other new features as we get closer to its release on consoles and PC this summer. For more on No Man’s Sky watch us play No Man’s Sky Next and check out this in-game shrine a fan made for No Man’s Sky creator Sean Murray. Stay on target
The 10th annual Holiday Ball benefiting the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington raised $230,000.The funds, which were collected at the ball and through related follow-up pledges, will help provide medical care, medicine, supplies, lab testing, and medical equipment for low-income, uninsured and underinsured people.The ball was held Dec. 1 at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver. About 218 people attended.“We are so grateful to the Friends of the Free Clinic and our Holiday Ball guests for their support,” Ann Wheelock, interim executive director of the Free Clinic, said in a press release. “This was a very successful event.”PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center served as presenting sponsor. Other sponsors included Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, Providence Health and Services, The Vancouver Clinic, Hidden Charitable Trust, Physicians Insurance A Mutual Company, ENTOffice.org, Wells Fargo Advisors, Rebound Orthopedics & Neurosurgery Inc., the Free Clinic’s Board of Directors, and the Friends of the Free Clinic.
PEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – A small plane made a rough landing in Pembroke Pines, Monday night.According to Pembroke Pines Police, the landing occurred Monday at North Perry Airport, at around 7 p.m.Officials said the hard landing was caused by an equipment malfunction, according to officials.No one was hurt.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Surveillance footage was released by police as they try to track down a hit-and-run driver in Fort Lauderdale.Police are searching for the driver who, they said, struck a bicyclist along North Flagler Drive near Northeast Ninth Street.Investigators said the person was driving a white four-door Ford Escape.The hit-and-run happened on April 7.If you have any information on this incident, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
$90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Read the Rylo camera preview 1:10 Tags Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Post a comment $60 at Best Buy Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Culture,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Turo Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Boost Mobile HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) The Cheapskate Tags The families of the three women attended Wednesday’s event. The name change came about through a bill in Congress, introduced last August. Sprint Best Buy $299 at Amazon Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $210 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See at Amazon The street in front of the NASA Headquarters building will be known as Hidden Figures Way. NASA/Joel Kowsky NASA headquarters in Washington, DC, now rests on Hidden Figures Way. The street was renamed Wednesday in honor of Katherine Johnson, the late Dorothy Vaughan and the late Mary Jackson, three women who helped put astronaut John Glenn in orbit by calculating his flight trajectory by hand. Hidden Figures is the name of Margot Lee Shetterly’s book on the subject, as well as a movie. Both the book and movie tell the story of not only the work the women did, but also the challenges that black women faced at NASA in the 1960s.”Here we are, 50 years after the landing of the Apollo 11 Moon lander, celebrating those figures who were, at the time, not celebrated,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said at the ceremony. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sarah Tew/CNET See it Sarah Tew/CNET JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) See at Turo $999 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Read Google Home Hub review What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. 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Judge Pamela Washington speaks with students during the Color of Justice program. Hillman/KSKADownload AudioFor more than a decade, the Color of Justice program has tried to educate students of color about legal professions and how they can give back to their communities by pursuing law. This year, for the first time, Alaska Native Corporations have come together to get rural students who don’t attend Mt. Edgecumbe involved in the Anchorage program.Judge Pamela Washington sits in a crowded room surrounded by youth who pepper her with questions about why she went into law.She says she was thinking about graduate school when “My employer said, ‘You should go to law school.’ It was the first time I had even heard of it. I didn’t know any lawyers. I didn’t have any lawyers in my family. I hadn’t watched any law shows. And he said, ‘You should go to law school, and I said, ‘Okay.’”Washington, who is now an Anchorage District Court Judge, is participating in MentorJet. It’s like speed dating for high schoolers to learn about jobs in the justice system. She tells the students she wanted to help people who were in need, and becoming a lawyer was a way to do that. That’s also why she participates in the Color of Justice program.“Justice is not just done; justice is seen,” she says. “I think when people go into the courtroom, and they see people that represent the face of our community, I think (they) feel justice can be had there. Sometimes people leave the court system and they don’t feel that way because it’s not reflective of our community.”Though the program has reached out to urban Alaskans for 13 years, it only reaches rural youth who attend Mt. Edgecumbe, a boarding school in Sitka. The program is held there every other year. This year, Cook Inlet Region Incorporated vice president Bruce Anders decided to increase rural involvement in the Anchorage program.“I was concerned and found it a little ironic that a program that was promoting diversity in the legal profession lacked diversity with respect to Alaska Natives and rural Alaska students,” Anders says.He worked with the other 11 regional Native corporations to fund 40 students from rural Alaska to travel to Anchorage and participate in the program. They traveled from villages as far as Akutan and Kaktovik.Anders says if young adults from rural areas learn about the legal system, they can return to their communities and effect change through the Legislature, the justice system and their Native corporations.That’s why 10th-grader Sam Schimmen from Gambell is participating in the program.“I feel like the views and values of rural Alaskans are not very well portrayed in the justice system in general,” Schimmen says.He says part of the problem is places like Gambell, which is located on St. Lawrence Island, are physically disconnected from the justice system and people can’t fully engage with it.“There’s not really any lawyers there. There’s a phone court. You call in and FaceTime a judge, you FaceTime a jury, and that’s their court,” Schimmen says. “If you get in trouble, someone flies in from Nome, picks you up (and) brings you out.”Schimmen says he wants to give rural people a voice in the justice system and help them understand how it works. He also wants to influence legislation by teaching urban Alaskans about the impacts of climate change and dumping in the ocean.The two-day Color of Justice program teaches students about ways they can do those things through legal professions. It was founded by the National Association of Women Judges.
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COPY LINKAD Loading … OnePlus 7 Pro managed to steal the limelight from its sibling OnePlus 7, but the affordable flagship has found its own strengths to make sure it stays well ahead of others in the race. OnePlus 7 went on sale in India on Tuesday and its starting price at Rs 32,999 makes a sound choice for most flagship buyers.With OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro, the disruptive Chinese smartphone brand has played it really safe by not tipping consumers with the hiked price tag of its flagship. By giving consumers the choice between the costly OnePlus 7 Pro and the affordable OnePlus 7, the company has managed to live by its mantra of “Never Settle.”Speaking of Never Settle, OnePlus 7 Pro is worth settling for as it brings the best features anyone can ask for in a flagship smartphone, except for a capable camera to compete against the Samsung, Google and Apple rivals. If the 90Hz 2K curved display and elegant design don’t appeal to you, OnePlus 7 could be worth settling for without any major regrets. OnePlus 7 reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanAfter having used the OnePlus 7 Pro for an extended period of time (and loving it), I didn’t think switching to OnePlus 7 will bring a sense of relief. I’m not even talking about that super-bright, super-smooth display or that lavish design. The form-factor of OnePlus 7 won me over in a second. I knew OnePlus 7 Pro was big, but it was only after I started using OnePlus 7 that I realised just how big the Pro was. I missed the ease of single hand use and OnePlus 7’s compact design made sure I didn’t stretch out my fingers too far to navigate through the phone.OnePlus 7’s design is largely inspired by OnePlus 6T rather than OnePlus 7 Pro. The glass back, flat notched display, the usual positions for the volume, power and alert slider buttons will remind you of the OnePlus 6T, but the upgrades are tucked away inside. I didn’t quite mind it, considering the appealing price point starting at Rs 32,999. OnePlus 7 reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanYou’ll instantly feel the OnePlus 7 to be faster than any of its predecessor and I also found it to be smooth, with all transitions and effects taking place without any jitter. The Snapdragon 855 chipset paired with 8GB RAM and Android 9-based OxygenOS 9.5.2 guarantees the best user experience we have grown to expect from OnePlus. I used OnePlus 7 as my primary and found it to handle all tasks, ranging from gaming to streaming or even day-to-day tasks involving communication via calls and messaging. The frames refused to drop while playing Call of Duty and even PUBG Mobile, which is more than I could ask for from a sub-Rs 35K smartphone. OnePlus 7 is a guaranteed performance-oriented flagship for power users who’d hate to break their savings for a lavish design as seen in the OnePlus 7 Pro.Moving on, OnePlus 7’s camera is an important aspect of the phone. Although it doesn’t hold down the fort like other features, it contributes a fair share towards the overall value. OnePlus 7 offers a dual rear camera setup, combining a 48MP Sony IMX586 primary sensor with f/1.7 aperture, PDAF and OIS, alongside a 5MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture. The front camera is a 16MP shooter with f/2.0 aperture. OnePlus 7 reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanNow, it’s worth pointing out that you don’t get straight out 48MP photos in normal mode as OnePlus 7 delivers a 12MP image. You can, however, get full resolution under Pro mode.As for the samples, OnePlus 7 is a decent shooter, but it has a long way to go before it levels with most flagships. Focusing is swift despite the lack of laser auto-focus in OnePlus 7, which makes some convenient shooting.OnePlus 7 can capture decent shots during the day in natural sunlight. It retains a good amount of details, but the colours are a bit dull compared to rival phones with a similar setup. Landscape shots still turned out to be better and can easily go on your Instagram feeds without editing. Natural colours, decent dynamic range, good details and contrast is seen in images shot during the day.In low-light, OnePlus 7 suffers to capture details, throws grains, but not to a large extent. The Nightscape mode comes to the rescue here as it can instantly brighten the image and make it look presentable and pleasing to the eyes. It was surprising how well OnePlus 7 handled night shots with Nightscape mode. (swipe right for Nightscape sample of the below shot). 1/2 OnePlus 7 low light sampleIBTimes IndiaOnePlus 7 low light sample with NightscapeIBTimes IndiaPreviousNextA few more samples here: 1/8 OnePlus 7 reviewIBTimes IndiaOnePlus 7 reviewIBTimes IndiaOnePlus 7 reviewIBTimes IndiaOnePlus 7 reviewIBTimes IndiaOnePlus 7 reviewIBTimes IndiaOnePlus 7 review in portrait modeIBTimes IndiaOnePlus 7 – Portrait modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 reviewIBTimes IndiaPreviousNextOnePlus 7 has better edge detection in portraits, but again it suffers from inaccurate colour rendering in some cases. Like trying to capture a dog or a flower is not as easy, especially in low light, where the subject would not appear as sharp as required. The edge detection was accurate in most cases.The recent update (9.5.5) did add a lot of value and richness to the photos, but I’m hoping for further improvement with future updates. Selfies were good on the OnePlus 7 and I preferred shooting in good lighting for more natural-looking photos.OnePlus 7’s camera is not flagship-grade, but the overall package of the phone makes it worth settling for. The camera performance is not all bad, as it can still get you decent shots, just not as good as the Pixel 3.OnePlus 7’s battery is one of the highlight features of the phone – makes up for the points lost in the camera department. There’s a 3,700mAh battery with 20W fast charging support – same as OnePlus 6T. But OnePlus 7 appears to last longer than its predecessor, which is expected considering the power efficient Snapdragon 855 chipset. OnePlus 7 reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanBeing fully active on WhatsApp, social media channels, listening to music during commute, calls and communications, OnePlus 7 lasted a full day with some juice left before hitting power saving mode. With gaming and binge-watching TV shows naturally drops the battery and carrying the Dash Charger is a wise choice. OnePlus was one of the early adopters of fast charging tech and it has delivered exceptionally. OnePlus 7 can charge to almost full in an hour so the phone can last a whole busy day. You won’t need to plug back in until you are back home after a long day at work. In case of hurry, a quick 30-minute charge can boost the phone’s battery to the north of 50 percent, if used considerably can last 7-8 hours. OnePlus 7 reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanOther highlight features of OnePlus 7 include an in-display fingerprint scanner, which works great. It is fast, accurate and efficient. The only time I use it is when it is dark or I don’t want to press the power button to unlock the phone, in which case the handset scans your face in a flash and takes you to the home screen. It’s magical. Finally, there are these great stereo speakers that I deem a worthy upgrade, especially for gamers and movie buffs who prefer entertainment on-the-go.VerdictOnePlus 7 is definitely worth the money. It offers premium design, great performance, good display and audio, reliable battery and a price tag that’s hard to match. The only area where I feel OnePlus 7 could be better is the camera, but if that’s not your priority then go for the affordable ‘flagship killer’ by all means. If the camera is all that matters, Pixel 3a is a solid choice, but you’ll have to settle on the performance bit by a huge margin – something OnePlus 7 refuses to compromise on.Practically, OnePlus 7 checks all the right boxes in terms of day-to-day use. It’s a flagship for the masses. OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple Review: Fashionable and classy
Photo by Getty Images/Via PBS NewsHourLeft: Pedestrian deaths jumped 27 percent from 2007 to 2016 while other U.S. traffic deaths dropped. Distracted walking, and alcohol consumption by drivers and pedestrians are contributing to the problem, federal data shows.It’s 11 p.m. on a typical Saturday on U Street and music is blaring from the glittery bars and clubs. Many of the partiers, decked out in their finest, will stick around till the bars close at 3 a.m., then pour out onto the sidewalks — and sometimes into the streets.“I’ve seen drunk people wandering into the street around 2 or 3 in the morning like zombies,” said Austin Loan, a bouncer checking IDs at Hawthorne, a restaurant with five bar areas and DJs on the weekends. “When you get drunk you think you can rule the world. You may not be paying attention to anything else.”That could have deadly consequences.Whether they’re emptying out of bars, going home from football watch parties, or trying to get across the highway, drunken walkers are dying in traffic crashes nationwide at alarming numbers.A third of pedestrians killed in crashes in 2016 were over the legal limit, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That’s nearly 2,000 people — up more than 300 since 2014.“Those numbers are pretty shocking,” said Jonathan Adkins, executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association, which represents state highway safety offices. “We think this is a big problem.”Being drunk can impact your judgment and reaction time and result in poor decision-making and risky behavior, such as crossing an intersection against the light or cutting across a road mid-block, safety experts say. You may not even be thinking about whether drivers can see you.And while there are lots of programs designed to reduce drunken driving and improve pedestrian safety, there’s little out there aimed at impaired walkers.“We’ve done a good job of educating people about drunk driving and the dangers,” Adkins said. “But we haven’t reminded people that if you’re too hammered to get behind the wheel, you may be too hammered to walk home in the dark.”Drunken WalkersPedestrian deaths are a growing concern. They jumped 27 percent from 2007 to 2016 while other U.S. traffic deaths dropped.Distracted walking and alcohol consumption by drivers and pedestrians are contributing to the problem, federal data shows.And when alcohol impairment factors into a pedestrian death, it’s more often the pedestrian than the driver who is drunk.“Most people don’t realize how big a problem it is to be walking when you’re impaired,” said Jessica Cicchino, a vice president at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a nonprofit research group funded by auto insurance companies. “You’re probably not going to be putting anyone else at risk, but you could be hurting yourself.”Drivers often don’t see drunken pedestrians in the roadway until it’s too late, Cicchino said, especially at night, when most deaths occur. Many are in urban and suburban areas. The victims, typically men between the ages of 21 and 59, are not crossing at an intersection, research shows. “If your reflexes are impaired, you might be stumbling into the road and not able to act as quickly,” Cicchino said.Some drunken walkers are killed on roads near downtown entertainment centers, but many are killed on higher-speed, busier roads and highways. Some of the victims are homeless or transient.In Austin, where a dozen drunken walkers died in 2016 and seven died in 2017, many crashes were on a stretch of Interstate 35, an eight-lane, high-speed highway divided by a concrete barrier, said police Detective Pat Oborski. The highway is lined with fast-food restaurants on one side and low-cost motels on the other.Drunken pedestrians cross the highway, going back and forth between the motels and restaurants located on frontage roads, Oborski says. While there’s a bridge over the highway about a quarter of a mile away, some people figure it’s easier to run across than to walk to the bridge.Austin’s pedestrian safety coordinator, Joel Meyer, said officials are aware of the drunken walker problem and are working on ways to make pedestrians more visible, such as providing safer crossings and improving street lighting.In Delaware, where tourism is a major industry in its beachfront towns, officials also worry about impaired walkers. Seventy-seven impaired walkers in the state have died in crashes in the last five years, about half of pedestrian deaths.“We know it’s a problem,” said Delaware Office of Highway Safety spokesman Mitch Topal. “People are having a good time at their hotel or their rental. And there are a lot of bars and restaurants. People are going from one place to another.” Share Officials have launched a media campaign to alert the public about the problem, Topal said. They’ve also sent out street teams to talk to pedestrians at the beaches and hand out reflective wristbands.Preventing DeathsBut nationwide, little has been done to address drunken pedestrian deaths, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. There aren’t many educational campaigns alerting people about the risk of alcohol impairment when walking or bicycling, the study found, and more research is needed to figure out how to prevent such deaths.Among the study’s recommendations: lowering speed limits, improving roadway lighting, and marketing ride-hailing services to pedestrians and bicyclists, just as they do for drivers who have had too much to drink.Safety experts say states also need to broaden their anti-drunken-driving campaigns to encourage pedestrians and bicyclists to opt for alternatives after heavy drinking.But federal grants that help states fund impaired driving and pedestrian safety programs are very narrowly focused, said Adkins of the Governors Highway Safety Association.“There are a lot of federal limitations, and these grants need to be reflective of our changing dynamics in transportation,” he said. “There is a huge increase in pedestrians, bicyclists, scooters.”Some pedestrian advocates caution that officials need to be careful not to send out a message that blames the victims, who have tried to do the right thing by not getting behind the wheel when they’ve had too much to drink.Instead, the priority should be on designing safer roadways, which will influence drivers’ behavior and curb speeds where people are walking, said Brendan Kearney, a spokesman for WalkBoston.Adkins said that while drivers and pedestrians have a shared responsibility to minimize risks, roads should be re-engineered to include pedestrian medians, barriers and bridges to create a safe system for pedestrians and drivers.“We want to help everyone get home safely,” he said. “Humans are always going to make an error. It shouldn’t cost them their life.”
Singh emphasized in the video that she wasn’t “leaving YouTube” and that her timeout doesn’t reflect a change of her feelings about the platform or her fans, whom she calls Team Super. However, she said, YouTube is a platform that “demands constant content.”YouTube “kind of is a machine,” she said. “It makes creators believe that we have to pump out content consistently even at the cost of our life, and our mental health, and our happiness. Because if you don’t, then you’ll become ‘irrelevant.’”In her video, Singh gave a shout-out to other YouTubers who recently suspended their regular posting schedules, including Alisha Marie, who took a two-month break over the summer. “You are a great example for not only myself, but everyone else,” Singh said.According to Singh, her nonstop schedule has led her to feel like her YouTube videos haven’t been their best. “Straight up, I haven’t been super-happy with a lot of the content I’ve created” recently, Singh said. She also cited the need to focus on her other business ventures, including her recently formed production company Unicorn Island Productions, along with speaking engagements, social work, and merchandise.Singh said she won’t be posting on YouTube “until my soul feels ready to do so.”Singh, 30, has appeared in several traditional Hollywood projects, including “Bad Moms,” HBO’s film adaptation of “Fahrenheit 451.” and “Ice Age: Collision Course.” Documentary film “A Trip to Unicorn Island,” about Singh’s worldwide comedy tour, was one the first YouTube originals to bow on the subscription service (now called YouTube Premium). She is repped by WME and Sarah Weichel Management.Watch Singh’s video to fans, titled, “I’ll see you soon…”: ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Lilly Singh, the popular YouTube comedian and vlogger known online as “Superwoman,” is taking a hiatus from posting on YouTube, citing a need to restore her mental health and creative energy.Singh, who has 14.5 million subscribers on YouTube, revealed her decision to take a break in a video Monday. She said she didn’t know how much time she would be taking off YouTube, saying it could be one week or one month: “I have no idea.”“I am mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually exhausted,” said Singh, noting that she’s been creating videos consistently for the past eight years. “I’m not my optimal happiness right now. I could be mentally healthier.”Burnout among career YouTube creators has become a higher-profile issue in the last year — and some in the industry say the Google-owned video service’s changing algorithms are fueling a rise in creative and mental stress.
More information: Min Wang et al. Insight into the growth pattern and bone fusion of basal birds from an Early Cretaceous enantiornithine bird, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1707237114AbstractBird skeletons exhibit remarkable modifications that allow for flight. The most distinguishable features are the fusion of the bones in the hand, feet, and pelvis into composite rigid and bony structures. However, the historical origins of these avian bone fusions remain elusive because of the rarity of transitional fossils and developmental studies on modern birds. Here, we describe an Early Cretaceous bird (120 Mya) that has fully fused alular-major metacarpals and pelvis. We discuss the manus and pelvis fusions across Paravian phylogeny and demonstrate that these features evolved independently across nonavian theropods, Enantiornithes, and Ornithuromorpha. The fusions of these bones are rare in known nonavian theropods and Early Cretaceous birds but are well established among Late Cretaceous and modern birds, revealing a complicated evolution pattern unrecognized previously. We posit that the developments of bone fusion were polymorphic close to the origin of birds, resulting in the varying degrees of fusion in Paraves. However, that development polymorphism appears to be fundamentally restricted along the line to modern birds by the Late Cretaceous, where all birds have a completely fused manus and pelvis. Such changes likely correspond to a refinement of flight capability. Alternatively, the degree of bone fusion in this primitive bird may have been related to modifications in genes or developmental paths. Future studies and fossil discoveries are required to clarify these hypotheses and pinpoint the developmental pathways involving the bone fusions in early avian evolution through to their modern pattern. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. In order for birds to evolve from land or tree dwelling animals into creatures that can fly, many changes had to occur—they had to become lighter while maintaining a strong skeleton. One of the ways this occurred was through fusion of bones, such as fingers into wingtips, while many other bones were simply lost to evolution. Until now, the consensus among scientists has been that such changes did not occur until just before land-based dinosaurs became extinct. But now, new evidence by the team in China suggests that the time frame will have to be pushed back approximately 40 million years—the bird now represents the oldest known example of fossilized remains showing bone fusion of its major parts.The skeletal remains they were studying were of a bird, Pterygornis dapingfangensi (an Enantiornithe) that once lived in what is now northeastern China. It represents only the second one of its kind ever found. The researchers report that it was in very good condition, so studying it was easy. They report also that the bird very clearly had fused hands and pelvic girdle. More specifically, the fusion was seen in the ilium, the alular-major metacarpals, the ischium and in the pubis pelvis bones. They note that such fusions have rarely been reported with birds of the Early Cretaceous and that the birds appeared to have followed a growth pattern similar to that of modern birds.The finding fills in some of the blanks that have made it difficult to follow the transition of land animals to birds due to a dearth of fossilized evidence. With the finding of the new specimen, more details about bone fusion and the evolutionary history of flight in animals are emerging. © 2017 Phys.org New species of ancient bird discovered in New Mexico Citation: Fossil find pushes back date of earliest fused bones in birds by 40 million years (2017, October 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-10-fossil-date-earliest-fused-bones.html Pterygornis. Credit: W. Gao (Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Beijing). Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore further (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers with the Key Laboratory of Vertebrate Evolution and Human Origins of Chinese Academy of Sciences has found evidence that pushes back the earliest example of fused bones in birds by approximately 40 million years. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Min Wang, Zhiheng Li and Zhonghe Zhou describe their study of the fossilized remains of a bird dated to approximately 120 million years ago.
News | Digital Radiography (DR) | May 29, 2019 Dynamic Digital Radiography Used to Assess Undifferentiated Dyspnea A clinical study presented at the American Thoracic Society (ATS) 2019 annual meeting, May 17-22 in Dallas, described… read more Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 28, 2019 Springfield Clinic Deploys 17 Carestream Digital X-ray Systems Springfield Clinic implemented 14 Carestream DRX-Evolu read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 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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With this clearance, Carestream Health can begin taking orders for the product. Shipping will begin in the next several weeks, following trade trials and other advance preparations that are underway. The CARESTREAM DRX-1 System incorporates a console and a wireless 14 x 17 inch (35 x 43 cm) cassette-size DR detector that provides a rapid, affordable conversion for users of radiographic film or computed radiography (CR) systems. Since the system requires no modifications to existing film-based equipment, installation costs are modest—and healthcare facilities can use one detector for nearly all types of exams where a traditional cassette would be used. The DRX-1 system delivers high-quality preview images in about five seconds, which significantly improves productivity, even for users of computed radiography (CR) systems. “This innovative wireless detector presents an extremely attractive option for facilities that want to improve productivity and image quality in existing film or CR rooms, but do not have the budget for equipment replacement,” said Diana L. Nole, President, Digital Medical Solutions, Carestream Health. “No modifications to existing X-ray systems are needed and facilities can continue to use the Bucky with CR or film-based cassettes if desired. In addition, the wireless functionality of the DRX-1 can improve efficiency by allowing a much more flexible workflow to meet the specialized needs of each individual facility.” Because this DR detector is a wireless cassette, it provides flexible positioning that enhances both efficiency and patient comfort. The detector can be used wherever it is needed—in the wall stand Bucky, table Bucky or for tabletop shots and other difficult views. With a weight of 8.5 pounds, the detector is up to 30 percent lighter and up to 50 percent smaller than other portable detectors. Its compact size and light weight further enhance convenience and throughput for radiology professionals. Carestream Health’s engineers designed the DR detector and all components within the cassette to withstand the challenging environment of a modern X-ray department. The rugged detector, case, and internal components are designed to produce top quality DR images under real-life X-ray department conditions. The DRX-1 system—suitable for general radiology, trauma, orthopedics and virtually all other X-ray exams—incorporates the same innovative software and image processing capability as Carestream Health’s KODAK DirectView CR and DR systems and, therefore, will deliver image quality and workflow consistent with these systems. A console is included with the detector to assist with image capture, preparing preview images, image processing and full-resolution display. Images can be transmitted as DICOM files to a PACS or storage device. The DR detector can be used with standard off-the-shelf grid holders and grids for tabletop use. For more information: www.carestreamhealth.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享
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