MUSICAL THEATRE TEACHER BEING REMEMBERED IN TORONTO FOR NURTURING TALENTS OF MANY

first_img Facebook Paul Aikins, longtime musical theatre teacher at Etobicoke School of the Arts, died on the weekend. Family, friends and students are paying tribute to him on social media. (Facebook) A beloved musical theatre teacher who died suddenly on the weekend is being remembered for nurturing the talents of many young people at an arts high school in Toronto.Paul Aikins, 54, a teacher and director in the musical theatre department at the Etobicoke School of the Arts (ESA), died on Saturday.In a message on the school website, ESA principal Grant Fawthrop said the school is “grief-stricken” by the news of Aikins’ death. ESA is a specialized public arts-academic high school. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img “Paul’s impact at ESA, our music theatre program, and its many students was enormous. This loss to our community hurts deeply and it will for sometime,” Fawthrop writes.Aikins worked at ESA for the past 20 years and was a department head for 10 years. He was artistic director of the school’s show choir Splash, named national grand champions five times.‘He did what he taught and he taught what he did’Heather Bambrick, a jazz vocalist, performer and educator, described Aikins as a “powerhouse” in an interview on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning. Aikins, her friend and colleague, was “driven” and “fun-loving,” she said. Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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TSX advances amid strong US housing data weak Chinese profit outlook

The Toronto stock market advanced Wednesday as commodity prices moved higher amid further evidence of a slow housing recovery in the U.S.Traders also looked to a report of a deteriorating business climate in China, a second day of testimony before Congress by U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke and the release of the central bank’s so-called Beige Book, its regional study of economic conditions.The S&P/TSX composite index edged up 26.98 points to 11,598.17 while the TSX Venture Exchange added 3.34 points to 1,180.09.The Canadian dollar was up 0.02 of a cent at 98.78 cents US ahead of the release of the Bank of Canada’s Monetary Policy Report and a news conference by bank governor Mark Carney.The bank on Tuesday opted to leave interest rates unchanged at one per cent while again indicating that rates will rise in the future. It followed that up with a policy report that says the Canadian economic recovery is struggling to retain forward momentum.U.S. markets turned higher as American builders broke ground on the most new homes and apartments in nearly four years last month.The U.S. Commerce Department says that housing starts rose 6.9 per cent in June from May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 760,000, which beat expectations of 743,000. At the same time, the number of permits to build homes, a sign of future construction, fell 3.7 per cent to 755,000. But that’s down from May’s three-and-a-half-year high.The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 20.17 points to 12,825.71. The Nasdaq composite index was ahead 20.85 points to 2,930.89 and the S&P 500 index was up 3.6 points to 1,367.27.At the same time, some of China’s biggest corporations are warning of profit declines nearing 80 per cent.On Wednesday, Air China Ltd., one of three huge, government-owned airlines, warned that profit for the first half of the year will fall by at least half from a year earlier. State-owned ZTE Corp., one of the world’s biggest producers of telecommunications equipment, is projecting a decline of up to 80 per cent.Chinese leaders are trying to pull China out of its deepest slowdown since the 2008 crisis. Forecasters say the slowdown might have bottomed out after growth fell to a three-year low of 7.6 per cent in the second quarterThe TSX energy sector was up about 0.5 per cent as the August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 17 cents to US$89.39 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) climbed 85 cents to $28.16.The base metals group was also ahead about 0.5 per cent as copper prices gained a penny to US$3.46 a pound. Ivanhoe Mines (TSX:IVN) improved by 20 cents to $8.48.Tech stocks also advanced as Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM) was ahead nine cents to $7.11 and CGI Group (TSX:GIB.A) climbed 21 cents to $23.87.Financials were also positive as Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) rose 32 cents to $52.37.The consumer staples sector was the leading percentage gainer, up 0.65 per cent as convenience store chain Alimentation Couche Tard (TSX:ATD.B) gained $1.07 to $48.99.The gold sector was the weakest component, down 1.25 per cent as gold faded $11.40 to US$1,578.10 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) gave back 87 cents to $33.23.On the earnings front, fertilizer company Agrium Inc. (TSX:AGU) said that it is expecting record earnings for the second quarter. The Calgary-based firm said earnings will be in the range of $5.40 to $5.50 diluted earnings per share while first half earnings will come in at a range of $6.72 to $6.82 per share. Agrium said the revised estimates are about 15 per cent higher than previously announced. Its stock moved up $2.70 to $96.61.Shares in Intel Corp., the world’s largest chipmaker, shook off early weakness to move up 58 cents to $25.96 after it said Tuesday after the close that the weak global economy is slowing its growth, and revenue for the current quarter is likely to come in below forecasts. Intel’s second-quarter net income was US$2.83 billion, or 54 cents per share, down 4.3 per cent from a year earlier, as operating expenses rose faster than revenue. Net income beat forecasts by two cents.There was further good news from the American financial sector Wednesday. Bank of America swung to a profit of US$2.1 billion or 19 cents a share in the second quarter, much better than a year ago when the bank reported it lost $9.1 billion when it paid $8.5 billion to settle claims from investors who had bought its mortgages or mortgage-backed bonds. The investors said they had been misled about the mortgages’ quality. Earnings beat analyst estimates of 16 cents a share but its stock dipped 11 cents to US$7.81.European bourses were positive with London’s FTSE 100 index up 0.52 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX gained 0.8 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 ran up 1.41 per cent.Earlier in Asia, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 1.1 per cent, South Korea’s Kospi dropped 1.5 per cent, Japan’s Nikkei 225 shed 0.3 per cent while China’s Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.4 per cent.Elsewhere in corporate news, the Holloway Lodging investment trust (TSX:HLR.UN) says it’s not going to accept any of the three strategic deals offered to it over recent months. The Halifax-based hotel operator says its board has determined that none of the offers is satisfactory. It says, however, it would be open to a strategic deal that maximizes Holloway’s value for its unitholders. Its units fell 44 cents to $3.56. read more

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Chinese woman drowns in Weligama sea

According to the police, the Chinese woman was in serious condition when she was admitted to hospital and had passed away later. A Chinese woman died in hospital after drowning in the Weligama beach last evening, the police media unit said.The police said that the 33 year old woman was taken to the Matara hospital after she had been rescued while drowning in the Weligama sea.

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TimorLeste faces food shortages – UN report

The report warns that the world’s newest country will need 14,000 tons of food to cover shortages through the so-called lean period from October 2003 to March 2004. Although it expects to purchase 48,000 tons of rice on the international market, the country needs to import 62,000 tons.WFP and FAO sent a joint mission to Timor-Leste for three weeks in April at the request of the Government, which was concerned at the after-effects of the El-Niño-related drought phenomenon. The team reported that one of the “coping mechanisms” for Timorese was to eat rodents, cats, dogs, horses and seeds. Locals have also resorted to logging rainforests illegally to sell firewood and to pulling their children out of school. read more

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Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer has short medical procedure still set

OSU coach Urban Meyer stands during a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State football coach Urban Meyer had what is being called “a short medical procedure” this past weekend to remove fluid related to a congenital arachnoid cyst, according to a press release.The procedure, done at the OSU Wexner Medical Center, was done to help alleviate pain from headaches Meyer has been experiencing the past few weeks, according to release.Meyer is “doing well” post-procedure and is set to be on the field Tuesday when the Buckeyes open spring practice.The cyst was first found in 1998 when Meyer was the coach at Notre Dame, according to the release.An arachnoid cyst typically develops in the head but can also be present around the spinal cord, and is named such because it happens in the area between the brain and the arachnoid membrane — one of three membrane layers surrounding the brain and spine.If it occurs in the head, the cyst will grow between the brain and skull or in pockets around the brain called ventricles.This is latest in a line of medical issues that have ailed Meyer throughout his coaching career, including when he was admitted to the hospital in the early morning on Dec. 6, 2009 while he was coach at Florida after the Gators lost to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game, 32-13.Even though he was rushed to the hospital, Meyer returned to the field Jan. 1, 2010 to lead the Gators to a 51-24 victory against Cincinnati in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.Meyer announced he would step down as the Gators’ head coach following the loss to Alabama, but remained on the sidelines for the 2010 season.Florida went 7-5 that season, and Meyer saw issues with his health again, which ultimately led to him stepping down for good. He had a recurring burning sensation in his chest, and doctors told him in December 2010 that he would raise cardiovascular risk factors if he continued to coach, according to espn.com.Meyer took the following year off and became a college football analyst for ESPN, before taking the reigns at OSU prior to the 2012 season.The Buckeyes are set to take on Navy in their first game of 2014 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

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PPPC worried Speaker will bury motion to reduce VAT

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHouse Speaker receives several complaints of MPs breaching privilegesMay 4, 2016In “Politics”Teixeira roasts House Speaker …says Opposition “disturbed” by process of decision-making and reaction to MPsMarch 3, 2016In “latest news”PPP MP to face Committee of Privileges after publicly calling for Speaker to be impartialJuly 30, 2018In “latest news” The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is worried that the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, will subvert a motion by the political Opposition, to among other things, reduce the rate of the Value Added Tax from 14 to 12 per cent.Opposition Chief Whip, Gail TeixeiraThe warning bell was sounded by the Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, who was addressing members of the local business community at the Guyana Business Summit.Teixeira, who was at the time delivering an address on behalf of Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, said while the PPP has already delivered its motion to the Clerk of the National Assembly, the members were not too optimistic.She indicated that most of the 124 measures outlined as concerns by the business sector were in fact included in the motion sent to Parliament on Monday last – two days before the opening of the Business Summit.Teixeira warned however that given the track record of the Speaker and Government in the National Assembly, the Opposition was not confident that the motion would even be heard this year.She told the business community that the next sitting of the National Assembly should be Private Members Day, often referred to as the ‘Opposition Day’.Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Barton ScotlandAccording to Teixeira, should the Opposition business not be given priority at the next sitting, then it is very likely that the demands of the Opposition would not be heard until sometime next year.Finance Minister Winston Jordan is slated to present to the National Assembly the Budget for 2018.The Finance Minister on Monday last announced that there would be no new taxes in Budget 2018, but the Opposition members contended that the 200 new taxes alone that were imposed in the last budget were currently costing Guyanese $10 billion in disposable income.According to a draft copy of the motion seen by this publication, there has been a marked effect on the business community, “there is a marked reduction in the overall demand for goods and services”.The motion attributed this marked reduction to the reduced disposable income, “dwindling sugar and forestry sectors that employ in excess of 40,000 persons directly, the downsizing of many businesses and reduction in investment in agriculture”. read more

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Brian ODriscoll You have to feel those disappointments to appreciate it fully

first_imgTHE STAR-STRUCK BENETTON TREVISO defence has a lot to answer for.It took a typical Brian O’Driscoll spark of genius to turn a valedictory season into plans to loan out the Irish captain to the British & Irish Lions as long as we got him back in one piece for an assault on the 2015 World Cup.Never mind the fact that the O’Driscoll is nearing his 34th birthday, contributing to a post-retirement biography and declaring that he is not looking beyond Christmas, let alone next May, before making any calls on his playing future.One pick-and-go burst through the Treviso defence and O’Driscoll was the man. He did little to ease the hysteria with a superb try against Munster last Saturday.Inevitably, with Joe Schmidt signing on until summer 2014, talk turns to O’Driscoll keeping him company a while longer.“When the time comes,” he told TheScore.ie, “I am sure it will have some bearing alright but trust me it is October and I have played three games so I will worry about those sort of decisions in 2013.”With 30 fixtures, including some wishful Leinster thinking, remaining on the calendar, the Dubliner has plenty to keep his mind occupied.Different final, different year, same postal addressWith Exeter Chiefs, Llanelli Scarlets and Clermont Auvergne considered by many to be steep steps, but steps nonetheless, on the ladder, talk has turned to Leinster making it three-in-a-row at the Aviva Stadium next May.O’Driscoll is one of three Leinster players (the others being Gordon D’Arcy and Leo Cullen) that were 80 minutes away from the 2003 final at Lansdowne Road. He remembers it well:Obviously we had a home semi-final against Perpignan. I remember going off with around 20 minutes to go with a torn hamstring. We weren’t going well at any stage in the game but it was difficult watching the last 20 minutes as the lead slipped away.“We just weren’t good enough to win it that year. Sometimes you have to feel those disappointments to appreciate it fully when it did eventually come around six years later.”Six years later the pain receded, and further Heineken Cup wins in 2011 and 2012 definitely helped, but it has not diminished O’Driscoll’s ‘incredible’ desire to win the cup in Dublin.“Since we won in ’09 it’s not a case of starting out trying to retain it, it’s a case of trying to win it again,” he commented.“We might have the trophy until the week of the final, but, in essence, from this weekend on you’re trying to regain it again. It’s such a brilliant competition and it’s so hard to win that each year gets bigger and bigger and more and more exciting.”Five minute wondersExeter arrive at the RDS tomorrow, in the words of winger Ian Whitten, looking to give Leinster a real rattle.O’Driscoll is aware of the Premiership wins that the Chiefs have recorded so far this season and believes, without having the best chances of knockout qualification, they are capable of causing some shocks.The reigning champions trained hard for their encounter with Munster but further injury blows have led to less than perfect preparations ahead of Saturday’s clash.“There was a bit more physical stuff done and it probably got us ready for (Munster) at the weekend a little better. You can’t do it that every week. Particularly with the injury list we’re looking at at the moment, you’re inviting more injuries during training.” He added:The five minutes you might do in a week has to be up to high intensity. Get the quality done and then you have to park that for the weekend.“You don’t go from conceding a bonus point (against Connacht) to beating one of the other provinces and thinking everything’s perfect.”Brian O’Driscoll with the Ultimate Rugby App at the Aviva Stadium.The big revealFor every stunning try in the back catalogue, and there are many, there have been examples of O’Driscoll putting his body on the line for the cause and the calling – witness the hit on Danie Roussow for the Lions in 2009.All Black captain Richie McCaw, just a week into his six-month rugby sabbatical, revealed that he had masked injuries to compete for club and country at crucial moments in the past decade. O’Driscoll nods his head when TheScore.ie proposes that it is hardly the revelation of the year.Some players react differently to (injuries). Some guys like to play when they are near 100% fit and won’t play if they’re not. A lot of guys never play 100% fit. Yeah, you can tell, it tends to be the very mentality tough guys that are able to. I can see it in the guys in the squads that I’ve been involved in. Guys that are capable of playing through serious discomfort.“Sometimes it is about striking the balance,” he adds. “If you’re 80% fit but you feel as though you’re doing a better job than someone else who is 100% fit, then you have to make that call for the team’s sake, not just your own selfish point of view – wanting to be involved in a game.“I think you have to be capable of making that balance.”With shoulder stingers a niggle of the past, O’Driscoll is back lifting weights, challenging all-comers at Leinster to table tennis matches and ‘living vicariously’ through the younger squad members.He knows that his playing career will wind down soon and he trusts those around him, and his own judgement, to know the season that is one too many.With Paul Kimmage lined up to assist with the impending autobiography, are there good stories O’Driscoll may be holding back?“There might be one or two things,” he replies with a grin.*Brian O’Driscoll was speaking at the launch of Ultimate Rugby App. – a one-stop-shop for players and fans covering 3,000 Northern and Southern Hemisphere matches each season and available from iTunes or www.UltimateRugby.com.Healy to make 100th Leinster appearance against Exeter ChiefsHere are our writers’ predictions for this year’s Heineken Cuplast_img read more

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Chinese builders erect 30story building in 15 days

first_imgIt doesn’t matter where you live in the world, new buildings are going to be erected on a regular basis. Either to replace old ones that have been demolished, or as part of a new housing, business, or entertainment development. Also dependent on where you live is how quickly construction happens. It can take months to years depending on the size, type, and number of buildings.Whatever the reason and purpose of construction, the faster a building can go up, the cheaper it is to erect, and the sooner it can be used to generate revenue for the owner. In China, the construction company Broad Group seems to have perfected a rapid build system, to the point where they can construct a new 30-story tower block in just 15 days.As the video below demonstrates, the trick to this speed is using prefabricated sections and working all 24 hours of the day. Even so, the finished building, in this case a hotel, is impressive. As well as providing rooms for hundreds of guests, the hotel is designed to withstand a magnitude 9 earthquake and has insulated, automated 4-panel windows that help to filter out bright sunlight. Air quality in China’s largest cities is an issue, but Broad Group have solved that problem too by installing an air filtration system for every room that improves air purity 20x. Even if there’s dense smog outside, inside the hotel guests will be breathing easy. It’s also very energy efficient, uses a heat recovery system, and it looks as though the central shaft used for the crane becomes the elevator shaft. Very clever.Read more at Singularity Hublast_img read more

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Eclipse glasses sold at Vancouver Eye Care part of recall

first_imgVancouver – Some of the eclipse glasses sold at Vancouver Eye Care locations across Clark County may not be safe to use.The eye clinics sold the glasses to patients and community members. One batch of glasses sold — the Soluna and Sun Catcher brands — meet safety standards. The second batch, however, was included in the recall issued last week by Amazon.The glasses that have not been confirmed to be safe for use are orange and black Eclipse USA glasses. Anyone with those glasses can return them to any Vancouver Eye Care location for a replacement, while supplies last. Once replacement glasses are gone, the clinic will issue full refunds.Vancouver Eye Care contacted more than 3,700 patients who had appointments at its clinics during the time the glasses were sold.If you’re unsure whether your eclipse glasses are OK to use, check out the American Astronomical Society website, https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters.last_img read more

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Crystal Palace manager reflects on Leicester City latest tragedy

first_imgCrystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson during his pre-match press conference reflected on Leicester City tragedy that happened in October as the two clubs face each other on Saturday.He was asked about how Leicester as a club felt about the death of their chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and five others, and he responded as quoted by Crystal Palace official website:“They have done very well. It must be a very difficult situation for them.Joel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“The whole football world, myself and Crystal Palace Football Club included, our hearts went out to them and they had every bit of empathy that we’re capable of giving. But they’ve dealt with it extremely well. I think the other clubs where they’ve gone to play have dealt with the situation well.“One can only hope that the grieving process is well on its way and they will have to come to terms with the loss of someone very, very important to them as a club.”Leicester face Crystal Palace in London at Selhurst Park on Saturdaylast_img read more

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Illegal Sloop Intercepted

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 6, 2017 –  A motorized wooden boat from Haiti was intercepted at approximately 11:30 am on Thursday 5th January 2017 at 23 miles South East of Providenciales. The vessel was spotted by officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force- Marine Branch.The 25-foot yellow and blue boat powered by one engine and sail were escorted to the South Dock port where officials from various Police units, Border Control, and other Government and Non-Government agencies were on hand to assist with the processing of these individuals. There were 84 souls on board consisting of (seventy (70) males and fourteen (14) females).  All 84 persons were later transported to the Detention Centre for further processing and detention.  A search for illegal drugs and firearms were conducted on the sloop, but nothing was found.The communities of the Turks and Caicos Islands are encouraged to contact law enforcement with any information concerning the whereabouts of any illegal migrants or on pending sloop arrivals. #MagneticNewsMedia#illegalHaitians Related Items:#illegalHaitians, #MagneticNewsMedia TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Recommended for you Stealth mode for Operation Guardian, TCI Governor keeping Nat’l Security secretslast_img read more

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DVV Media International acquires Centaur Medias HR titles and events

first_imgGlobal publishing organisation DVV Media International has acquired Centaur Human Resources (CHR), a division of Centaur Media that owns websites, exhibitions and events in the HR sector, including Employee Benefits. The CHR portfolio, now owned by DVV Media International, features market-leading reward and benefits website Employee Benefits, as well as its three annual industry events: Employee Benefits Live, a two-day exhibition and conference, Employee Benefits Connect, a one-day conference for senior HR professionals, and the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party, celebrating best practice across the industry.The acquisition also includes the Forum for Expatriate Management, a worldwide community for global mobility professionals, and its confex and awards events across the US, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific (APAC).The acquisition will strengthen DVV Media International’s current multimedia HR and recruitment offering, which includes Personnel Today, Personnel Today Awards, Personnel Today Jobs, Occupational Health and Wellbeing, WhatMedia and the RAD Awards.Andy Salter (pictured), managing director at DVV Media International, said: “This is a very significant acquisition for our business. Building on the strength of our existing Personnel Today brand, the new additions to the portfolio substantially increase our offering to the HR and recruiter services sector.“Both Employee Benefits and the Forum for Expatriate Management have a powerful reputation. This is a perfect fit and we are looking forward to working with the new teams to develop our portfolio further.”Kavitha Sivasubramaniam, editor at Employee Benefits, added: “Employee Benefits is a strong brand within the industry and an essential source of information and solutions for the HR sector. The move to DVV Media International gives the entire CHR portfolio the opportunity to strengthen and develop further.”Staff employed at CHR are expected to remain with the business and will operate out of DVV Media International’s central London office.Harrison Clark Rickerby gave legal support to DVV Media International, and financial advice was provided by Kingston Smith.last_img read more

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5 accused remanded again for Nusrat murder

first_imgA Feni court on Thursday placed five accused on different terms of remand in Nusrat Jahan Rafi murder case, reports UNB.Among the accused, Shahadat Hossain Shamim and Javed Hossain were put on a two-day remand while Iftekhar Uddin Rana, Imran Hossain Mamun and Mohi Uddin Shakil on a five-day remand.Senior judicial magistrate Md Jakir Hossain passed the order after Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) inspector Shah Alam, also investigation officer of the case, produced them before the court seeking a seven-day remand for each.Madrasa student Nusrat was set on fire on 6 April at an examination centre for refusing to withdraw a sexual harassment case against her principal.She died on 10 April at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.A total of suspects including main accused madrasa principal Sirajuddoula confessed to their guilt.last_img read more

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Repeating History on Delhi stage

first_imgOrganised by Films andTheatre Society, the two plays gearing up to put some impressive shows are Arjun Ka Beta and Draupadi.The play Arjun Ka Beta is a poetic rendition of a conversation between king Yudhisthira and the great warrior Bheeshama (Son of Ganga). It is a word-to-word description of the bravado of great Abhimanyu given to Bheeshma by Yudhishtira who also shares his inability to face Arjun who would soon be coming back from the battlefield and ask for his son. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This one hour 20 minutes Hindi play subtly shows the various philosophies of a ‘chakravyuh’ which hold good in the lives of all of us.The next in line is Draupadi which takes excerpts from the story of Draupadi as known to everybody and adds to it some imaginative sequences to bring out the real essence of association between Draupadi and today’s women. This juxtaposing makes this work fit to be called an imaginative re-telling of certain chapters from Draupadi’s life. Head over for an interesting history lesson this weekend.WHEN: 21 December and 22 DecemberTIMINGS: 6.30 onwards (Both days)WHERE: LTG, Mandi houselast_img read more

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VIDEO Editors Choice of the Most Innovative New Artificial Intelligence Technologies at

first_img Women’s Health View all 62 items 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., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting.  Digital Radiography (DR) | October 05, 2016 Agfa Highlights its DR Solutions Agfa highlights how its digital radiography (DR) systems capture analytics data to help improve management of the radiology department, show ROI on DR investments, and explains how its image processing software works.  Read the article “The Coming Push for DR.”  Watch the video “Technology Report: DR Systems.” Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and 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 Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Find more SCCT news and videos Enterprise Imaging | March 27, 2019 VIDEO: GE Healthcare’s CCA Analytics Provides Governance for Enterprise Imaging GE Healthcare Centricity Clinical Archive (CCA) Analytics, shown at RSNA 2018, works directly with the vendor neutral archive (VNA), allowing users to evaluate clinical, financial and operational processes across the healthcare system. The analytics solution shows how all of the different components of the archive and all of the imaging sources — departments, facilities and modalities — are working across the enterprise. Related GE Edison Platform Content:GE Healthcare Unveils New Applications and Smart Devices Built on Edison PlatformVIDEO: itnTV Conversations — What is Edison? Find more news and videos from AAPM. Cardio-oncology | March 22, 2019 VIDEO: Characterization of Cardiac Structural Changes and Function Following Radiation Therapy Magid Awadalla, MBBS, is an advanced cardiac imaging research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has been involved in an imaging study of cardiac changes from photon radiotherapy in breast cancer patients using serial cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The radiotherapy beams used to treat breast cancer pass close to the neighboring heart, which can cause cardiac cell damage leading to issues like heart failure later on. He spoke on the topic of cardio-oncology at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. RSNA | April 03, 2019 VIDEO: Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Technology at RSNA 2018 ITN Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the most interesting new medical imaging technologies displayed on the expo floor at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. The video includes new technologies for fetal ultrasound, CT, MRI, mobile DR X-ray, a new generation of fluoroscopy systems, MRI contrast mapping to better identify tumors, and a new technique to create moving X-ray images from standard DR imaging.Watch the related VIDEO: Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Artificial Intelligence Technologies at RSNA 2018. This inlcudes a tour of some of the recently FDA-cleared AI technologies for medical imaging at RSNA 2018.  CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. The scanner also comes with a HeartFlow FFR-CT starter pack.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Find more SCCT news and videos Find more SCCT news and videos Related CT Calcium Scorining Content:VIDEO: New Cholesterol Guidelines Support CT Calcium Scoring for Risk Assessment — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D.CT Calcium Scoring Becoming a Key Risk Factor AssessmentACC and AHA Release Updated Cholesterol Guidelines for 2018VIDEO: CT Calcium Scoring to Screen For Who Should Take Statins — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D. Conference Coverage View all 396 items Related content:VIDEO: Implementation of Artificial Intelligence Tools in Radiology Practice — Interview with Lawrence Tanenbaum, M.D.VIDEO: AI That Second Reads Radiology Reports and Deals With Incidental Findings — Interview with Nina Kottler, M.D.Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence at RSNA 2018VIDEO: Implementation of Artificial Intelligence Tools in Radiology Practice Information Technology | April 15, 2019 itnTV “Conversations”: Vital Images Helps Build Infrastructure for the Future Vital Images has developed a strategy that allows its customers to capture revenues that are otherwise missed while building the infrastructure for the future. In an interview with itnTV, Vital Images executives Larry Sitka and Geoffrey Clemmons describe how the company has reconciled this vision of the future with near-term realities. Women’s Health | March 25, 2019 VIDEO: Ultrasound Versus MRI for Imaging of the Female Pelvis Deborah Levine, M.D., professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and vice chair for academic affairs in the Department of Radiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, describes scenarios where magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) could be more useful than ultrasound in issues with the female pelvis. CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. The scanner also comes with a HeartFlow FFR-CT starter pack.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor 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., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting.  Enterprise Imaging | July 09, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 2 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison, healthcare IT consultant and Chris Roth, M.D., associate professor of radiology, vice chair, information technology and clinical informatics, and director of imaging informatics strategy at Duke University Medical Center, about how to find the right people to deploy a successful enterprise imaging strategy.Watch part 1 of the interview at the 2019 Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) conference. Sponsored Videos View all 142 items Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Related CT Calcium Scorining Content:VIDEO: New Cholesterol Guidelines Support CT Calcium Scoring for Risk Assessment — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D.CT Calcium Scoring Becoming a Key Risk Factor AssessmentACC and AHA Release Updated Cholesterol Guidelines for 2018VIDEO: CT Calcium Scoring to Screen For Who Should Take Statins — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D. Related content:Atrium Health Debuts Amazon Alexa Skill to Help Patients Access Medical CareSmart Speaker Technology Harnessed for Hospital Medical Treatments Videos | Artificial Intelligence | March 28, 2019 VIDEO: Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Artificial Intelligence Technologies at RSNA 2018 Mammography | April 15, 2019 VIDEO: A Discussion on Proposed FDA Rules for Mammography Reporting Wendie Berg, M.D., Ph.D., FACR, chief scientific advisor to DenseBreast-info.org and professor of radiology at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine/Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC, spoke with ITN Editorial Director Melinda Taschetta-Millane about some of the proposed amendments to the language being used for mammography reporting and quality improvement.Read the article “FDA Proposes New Rules for Mammography Reporting and Quality Improvement” Related GE Edison Platform Content:VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence – GE Builds AI Applications on Edison PlatformGE Healthcare Unveils New Applications and Smart Devices Built on Edison Platform Nuclear Imaging | August 24, 2017 VIDEO: Implementing CZT SPECT Cardiac Protocols to Reduce Radiation Dose Randy Thompson, M.D., attending cardiologist, St. Luke’s Mid-America Heart Institute, Kansas City, explains protocols and what to consider when working with the newer generation CZT-SPECT camera systems for nuclear cardiology. He spoke during the 2017 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Today technology update meeting. Watch the related VIDEO “PET vs. SPECT in Nuclear Cardiology and Recent Advances in Technology.” Read the related articles “Managing Dose in PET and SPECT Myocardial Perfusion Imaging,”  and “Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging.” Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, interventional radiologist at Texas Children’s Hospital, editor of IR Quarterly for the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and on the Board of Directors for the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, explained how artificial intelligence (AI) can assist in pediatric imaging and the pitfalls of training AI systems. He spoke at the 2019 Radiology AIMed conference. Deep learning algorithms require large amounts of patient case data to train the systems to read medical images automatically without human intervention. However, in pediatrics, there are often much lower numbers of normal and abnormal scans that can be used compared to vast amounts of adult exams available. This makes it difficult to train systems, so AI developers are coming up with innovative new ways to train their software. Compounding issues with training pediatric imaging AI is that the normal ranges change very quickly for young children due to their rapid development. He explained what is normal for a 2-year-old may not be normal for a 5-year-old.Desai and other pediatric physicians who spoke at the conference said AI could have a big impact on pediatric imaging where there are not enough specialists for the increasing image volumes. Find more SCCT news and videos Related Enterprise Imaging Content:RSNA Technology Report 2017: Enterprise ImagingVIDEO: Building An Effective Enterprise Imaging StrategyFive Steps for Better Diagnostic Image ManagementVIDEO: Enterprise Imaging and the Digital Imaging Adoption ModelEnterprise Imaging to Account for 27 Percent of Imaging MarketVIDEO: Defining Enterprise Imaging — The HIMSS-SIIM Enterprise Imaging WorkgroupVIDEO: How to Build An Enterprise Imaging System Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, University Health Network, Princess Margaret Cancer Center, Toronto, Canada, explains how her center is using machine learning to automate treatment plans. The center is one of the first to use the RayStation machine learning treatment planning system for radiation oncology. She spoke at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Digital Radiography (DR) | October 05, 2016 Technology Report: Digital Radiography Systems Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of digital radiography (DR) advances at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2016 meeting. Read the article “The Coming Push for DR.”  Watch a technology report sidebar video on new DR Systems technology. Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Artificial Intelligence | March 28, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence – GE Builds AI Applications on Edison Platform GE launched a new brand that covers artificial intelligence (AI) at the Radiological Socoety of North American (RSNA) 2018 meeting. The company showed several works-in-progress, including a critical care suite of algorithms and experimental applications for brain MR. Each is being built on GE’s Edison Platform. Find more SCCT news and videos Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Interventional Radiology | October 19, 2018 VIDEO: Y90 Embolization of Liver Cancer at Henry Ford Hospital Scott Schwartz, M.D., interventional radiologist and program director for IR residencies and the vascular and interventional radiology fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital, explains how the department uses Yttrium-90 (Y90) embolization therapy to treat liver cancer.Find more content on Henry Ford Hospital Radiology Imaging View all 288 items 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 Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. Breast Imaging | April 18, 2019 VIDEO: Age, Interval and Other Considerations for Breast Screening In a keynote lecture at the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI)/American College of Radiology (ACR) 2019 Symposium, Diana Miglioretti, Ph.D., dean’s professor of biostatistics at UC Davis Health, discussed risk-stratified breast cancer screening and its potential to improve the balance of screening benefits to harms by tailoring screening intensity and modality to individual risk factors.Read the article “How Risk Stratification Might Affect Women’s Health”Read the article “FDA Proposes New Rules for Mammography Reporting and Quality Improvement”Watch the VIDEO: A Discussion on Proposed FDA Rules for Mammography Reporting Enterprise Imaging | January 14, 2019 Technology Report: Enterprise Imaging 2018 In Enterprise Imaging 2018: Balancing Strategy and Technology in Enterprise Imaging, ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of enterprise imaging advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2018 annual meeting. 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He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. Radiation Oncology | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of a Fully Self-contained Brain Radiotherapy System Stephen Sorensen, Ph.D., DABR, chief of medical physics, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona, explains the first commercial use of the Zap-X stereotactic radio surgery (SRS) brain radiotherapy system. The system uses a capsule-like shield to surround the gantry and patient, eliminating the need for expensive room build outs requiring vaults. The goal of the system is to expand SRS brain therapy by making it easier and less expensive to acquire the treatment system. Sorensen spoke about this system in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Interventional Radiology | June 26, 2019 VIDEO: How Alexa Might Help During Interventional Radiology Procedures Kevin Seals, M.D., University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Health, interventional radiology fellow, is working on a research project using smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home to create a new method for accessing information on device technologies in real time in the interventional radiology (IR) lab. Operators can use the conversational voice interface to retrieve information without breaking sterile scrub. The technology uses using natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning to rapidly provide information about device sizing and compatibility in IR.Seals spoke at the 2019 Radiology AIMed conference in Chicago in June. Clinical Decision Support | June 29, 2017 VIDEO: Clinical Decision Support Requirements for Cardiac Imaging Rami Doukky, M.D., system chair, Division of Cardiology, professor of medicine, Cook County Health and Hospitals System, Chicago, discusses the new CMS requirements for clinical decision support (CDS) appropriate use criteria (AUC) documentation in cardiac imaging starting on Jan. 1, 2018. He spoke at the 2017 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Today meeting. Read the article “CMS to Require Appropriate Use Criteria Documentation for Medical Imaging Orders.” Artificial Intelligence | January 15, 2019 Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2018 In Artificial Intelligence 2018: What Radiologists Need to Know About AI, ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of artificial intelligence (AI) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2018 annual meeting. Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate research assistant in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab of the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, describes how he and fellow researchers used multiple types of cardiac imaging to evaluate the health of athletes who compete in endurance events lasting six hours or more, and what the results may suggest for future screening.Watch the VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019, an interview with AHRA President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA. Nuclear Imaging | April 28, 2017 VIDEO: Trends in Nuclear Cardiology Imaging David Wolinsky, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at Cleveland Clinic Florida and past-president of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), discusses advancements in nuclear imaging and some of the issues facing the subspecialty. Related content:itnTV “Conversations”: The Accuray Philosophy Radiation Therapy | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Creating a Low-cost Radiotherapy System for the Developing World Paul Liu, Ph.D., post-doctoral research associate, Image X Institute at the University of Sydney, Australia, explains how his center is working on a low-cost radiation therapy system for the developing world. The Nano-X system will use a fixed linac gantry and rotate the patient around the beam. This would lighten the weight of the system, reduce the need for room shielding, and cut the number iof moving parts to lower costs and ease maintanence. Liu spoke about the project in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. 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Rodney Hawkins, vice president of marketing for iCad, discusses how this technology can better help detect the cancer.Related content:Artificial Intelligence 2018: What Radiologists Need to Know About AIRSNA 2018 Sunday – Improving, Not Replacing Information Technology | April 17, 2019 itnTV “Conversations”: Creating an Interoperability Strategy With Intellispace Enterprise Edition as the foundation, Philips Healthcare is connecting facilities and service areas within enterprises, while developing standards-based interoperability that preserves customers’ investments and best of breed systems.  Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. 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The center is one of the first to use the RayStation machine learning treatment planning system for radiation oncology. She spoke at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. 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Artificial Intelligence | April 02, 2019 itnTV “Conversations:” What is Edison? At RSNA 2018, GE Healthcare formally presented Edison as the company’s new applications platform, designed to speed the delivery of precision care.  Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate research assistant in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab of the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, describes how he and fellow researchers used multiple types of cardiac imaging to evaluate the health of athletes who compete in endurance events lasting six hours or more, and what the results may suggest for future screening.Watch the VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019, an interview with AHRA President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA. AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Computed Tomography (CT) Clinical Innovation Center, professor of medical physics and biomedical engineering, and the 2019 president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), explains the “building bridges” theme of the 2019 AAPM meeting. This theme was the focus of her president’s address at the 2019 AAPM meeting. She spoke on the theme of diversity and how to break down the barriers between various minorities, male-female, religion, national origin, etc. She gave many photo examples of how we pigeon hole people into neat categories and that we often say we have equally in society, however her images showed recent images of big political summits where there are no women present, or they were the secretaries in the background. She said in medical practice, department administration and collaboration on projects, people need to be cognoscente of bias they have engrained by culture for which they may not even be aware.She showed a slide of the AAPM membership makeup by generation and said members need to keep in mind the way each generation thinks and communicates varies by their generation’s life experience and upbringing. McCollough said understanding these differences can help bridge perceived gaps in communication. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Find more SCCT news and videos Molecular Imaging View all 22 items Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Digital Pathology | July 11, 2019 VIDEO: Integrating Digital Pathology With Radiology Toby Cornish, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor and medical director of informatics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, explains how the subspecialty of digital pathology has evolved in recent years, the benefits of integrating pathology and radiology, and how artificial intelligence (AI) may smooth the transition, at the 2019 Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting.  Advanced Visualization | April 01, 2019 VIDEO: The GE iCenter Looks Toward the Future of New Technologies GE Healthcare goes beyond core equipment maintenance to help clients solve some of their most important asset and clinical performance challenges through digital solutions. Related Articles on Y-90 Radiotherapy:Current Advances in Targeted Radionuclide TherapyA Look Ahead in Targeted Radionuclide TherapyRadioactive Bead Therapy Now Used for Head, Neck TumorsNCCN Guidelines Recommend Y-90 Microspheres for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Treatment Enterprise Imaging | April 26, 2019 VIDEO: A Transformative Approach to Reducing Cost and Complexity at CarolinaEast Health System CarolinaEast Health System, an award-winning health system in New Bern, N.C., was one of the first to collaborate with Philips to implement IntelliSpace Enterprise Edition, a comprehensive managed service. Watch the video to see how we collaborated together to streamline workflows and improve interoperability for better care.Watch the related editorial interview VIDEO: Streamlining PACS Administration — Interview with Mike Ciancio, imaging systems administrator at CarolinaEast Health System. 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., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting.  Brachytherapy Systems | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: New Alpha Emitter Brachytherapy Seeds in Development Lior Arazi, Ph.D., assistant professor at Ben-Gurion University, Israel, explains the potential benefits of a new Radium-224 brachytherapy seed technology he is helping develop. The technology uses high-dose alpha particles to kill cancer cells, but has a very short tissue penetration, so it can be placed very close to critical structures without causing collateral damage to healthy tissue. He discussed this technology in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Nuclear Imaging | March 22, 2019 VIDEO: Utilization of PET For Evaluation of Cardiac Sarcoidosis Raza Alvi, M.D., a research fellow in radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, has been involved in a study of a positron-emission tomography (PET) FDG radiotracer agent to image sarcoidosis. The inflammatory disease affects multiple organs and usually include abnormal masses or nodules (granulomas) consisting of inflamed tissues that can form in the heart. Alvi presented on this topic at American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2019 meeting.  Enterprise Imaging | July 08, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 1 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison, healthcare IT consultant and Chris Roth, M.D., associate professor of radiology, vice chair, information technology and clinical informatics, and director of imaging informatics strategy at Duke University Medical Center, about how to find the right people to deploy a successful enterprise imaging strategy. SPECT-CT | December 12, 2018 VIDEO: Walk Around of the Veriton SPECT-CT System This is a walk around of the new Spectrum Dynamics Veriton SPECT-CT nuclear imaging system introduced at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. This is a walk around of an innovative new SPECT-CT nuclear imaging system shown at the Radiological Society Of North America (RSNA) 2018 meeting this week. It’s CT system with comes in 16, 64 or 128 slice configurations. It has 12 SPECT detector robotic arms that automatically move toward the patient and use a sensor to stop a few millimeters from the skin to optimize photon counts and SPECT image quality. It also uses more sensitive CZT digital detectors, which allows either faster scan times, or use of only half the radiotracer dose of analog detector scans.Read the article “Nuclear Imaging Moves Toward Digital Detector Technology.” Read the article “Spectrum Dynamics Sues GE for Theft, Misappropriation of Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition.” Nuclear Imaging | August 24, 2017 VIDEO: PET vs. SPECT in Nuclear Cardiology and Recent Advances in Technology Prem Soman, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at the Heart and Vascular Institute, University of Pittsburgh, and president-elect of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), explained advances in PET and SPECT imaging and the learning curve involved in reading scans from the new CZT SPECT cameras. Watch the VIDEO: Trends in Nuclear Cardiology Imaging, an iknterview with David Wolinsky, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Read the related article “Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging.” Recent Videos View all 606 items Radiation Oncology View all 91 items FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Cardiac Sarcoidosis Content:ASNC and SNMMI Release Joint Document on Diagnosis, Treatment of Cardiac SarcoidosisNew PET-CT Scan Improves Detection in Rare Cardiac Condition25 Most Impactful Nuclear Cardiology ArticlesRecent Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging Technology Radiation Therapy | December 06, 2018 Technology Report: Patient-centered Care in Radiation Therapy Radiation therapy has become increasingly effective and safe as vendors continue to innovate technologies that benefit the patient. At ASTRO 2018, this patient-centric approach was exemplified and demonstrated not only in ways that match treatments to patients, but in how technologies can adjust to patient movement and anatomical changes, and to increase the precision of treatments. ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr showcases several new technologies that are helping to advance this field.For additional patient-centered care coverage, see:Conversations with Greg Freiherr: The Accuray PhilosophyASTRO Puts Patients First Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. Information Technology View all 220 items Artificial Intelligence | July 12, 2019 VIDEO: The Economics of Artificial Intelligence Khan Siddiqui, M.D., founder and CEO of HOPPR, discusses the economic advantages and costs presented by artificial intelligence (AI) applications in radiology, as well as potential strategies for healthcare providers looking to add AI to their armamentarium, at the 2019 Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting. Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic CT Clinical Innovation Center, professor of medical physics and biomedical engineering and the 2019 president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), shares her insights on the latest advances in computed tomography (CT) imaging technology. She spoke at the 2019 AAPM meeting. She also did an interview at AAPM on her president’s theme for the 2019 meeting – VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care.Find more news and videos from AAPM. Technology Reports | April 01, 2018 Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2017 ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of artificial intelligence advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2017 annual meeting.  AI was by far the hottest topic in sessions and on the expo floor at RSNA 2017. Here are links to related deep learning, machine learning coverage:Why AI By Any Name Is Sweet For RadiologyValue in Radiology Takes on Added Depth at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Key Imaging Technology Trends at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Deep Learning is Key Technology Trend at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Machine Learning and the Future of RadiologyVIDEO: Expanding Role for Artificial Intelligence in Medical ImagingHow Artificial Intelligence Will Change Medical Imaging Computed Tomography (CT) | January 08, 2016 RSNA Technology Report 2015: Computed Tomography Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of computed tomography (CT) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015. The video includes Freiherr during his booth tours with some of the key vendors who were featuring new technology. AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting Mahadevappa Mahesh, Ph.D., chief of medical physicist and professor of radiology and medical physics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and treasurer of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), explains some of the trends in medical physics and new features of the AAPM 2019 meeting. Watch the related VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care — Interview with AAPM President Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., at the 2019 AAPM meeting. Radiology Business | May 03, 2017 VIDEO: MACRA’s Impact on Cardiology Kim A. Williams, Sr., M.D., chief of cardiology at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago and former president of both the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), explains the impact of healthcare reform on cardiology and specifically on nuclear perfusion imaging.  Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System ITN Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the most interesting new artificial intelligence (AI) imaging technologies on the expo floor of 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting.Watch the related VIDEO: Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Technology at RSNA 2018. Radiation Oncology | May 13, 2019 Patient-first Innovations from Accuray at ASTRO 2018 At ASTRO 2018, Accuray showcased new patient-first innovations, including motion synchronization on Radixact, and the new CK VoLO, a fast optimizer on the CyberKnife system. Andrew Delao, senior director of marketing for Accuray, highlights the new features. Radiation Therapy | February 21, 2019 VIDEO: Whole Versus Partial Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Christy Kesslering, M.D., medical director of radiation oncology at the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center, about the different radiation therapy options for breast cancer patients offered at the center.Watch the VIDEOs Advancements in Radiation Therapy for Brain Cancer and Multidisciplinary Treatment of Brain Tumors with Vinai Gondi, M.D., director of research and CNS neuro-oncology at the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center.Additional videos and coverage of Northwestern Medicine Artificial Intelligence | April 17, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence in Radiology — Are We Doomed? At the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI)/American College of Radiology (ACR) 2019 Symposium, Rasu Shrestha, M.D., MBA, chief strategy officer for Atrium Health, discusses his new role with Atrium, the hype cycle of artificial intelligence (AI) and the key elements of getting AI in radiology — and in healthcare — right.Read the article “Atrium Health Debuts Amazon Alexa Skill to Help Patients Access Medical Care”Listen to the podcast Is Artificial Intelligence The Doom of Radiology?, a discussion with Shrestha. 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 Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Technology Reports View all 9 items Find more news and videos from AAPM. Related Artificial Intelligence ContentTechnology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2017VIDEO: RSNA Post-game Report on Artificial IntelligenceVIDEO: AI in Tumor Diagnostics, Treatment and Follow-upVIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Help Reduce Gadolinium Dose in MRIVIDEO: AI, Analytics and Informatics: The Future is Here Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Efforts to Define the Roles of Medical Physicists and Assistants for Regulators Brent Parker, Ph.D., DABR, professor of radiation physics and medical physicist at MD Anderson Cancer Center, explains how the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) is creating guidelines to better define the roles of non-physicist assistants. He said there is a lack of state regulatory oversight for medical physicists or their assistants, partly because there are no guidelines from the medical societies. AAPM has created a series of policy statements to better define these the roles and requirements for all of these positions. Parker said the goal is to give state regulators the the definitions needed to create oversight guidelines. He spoke on this topic in sessions at the AAPM 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM.last_img read more

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first_imgWASHINGTON — A Texas court on Tuesday stayed the execution of a Nicaraguan convicted of murder, whose death had been scheduled for Wednesday over the objections of his own government.The Texas appellate court postponed the execution to take up an appeal by Bernardo Tercero, who has spent 15 years on death row after being convicted of a 1997 murder of a school teacher.Tercero’s lawyers claim he was denied the right to a fair trial.They also claim a key witness recanted his testimony, and that Tercero was under the age of 18 at the time of the crime and not eligible for the death penalty.Tercero was scheduled to die at 6.00 p.m. local time in Huntsville, Texas on Wednesday.Rights groups including the Organization of American States’ Inter-American Commission on Human Rights have also claimed Tercero’s rights were violated at trial.Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega had asked for mercy and rejected Tercero’s  sentence. His country abolished capital punishment in 1979.Ortega asked U.S. President Barack Obama to intercede and stop the death penalty for humanitarian reasons, calling execution for a crime committed as a minor a “cruel and unusual punishment” in a letter to Obama.But the U.S. president has few powers to stay a state’s execution.“I never lost my faith, and my hope that my God should be the only one to take a life,” Tercero’s mother, Lídia, said in tears in her home in Posoltega, Nicaragua, alongside the spared man’s only child.Tercero was to have been executed for the murder of high school English teacher Robert Berger in front of Berger’s three-year-old daughter, while robbing a Houston dry cleaning business.Berger was arrested in Nicaragua and returned to the United States in 1999 before his 2000 death sentence.Texas authorities say Tercero committed a brutal murder and he is subject to the laws of the state.“When anyone commits a crime in Texas, they are subject to Texas law,” said Texas governor press secretary John Wittman. Facebook Comments Early protesters gathering in Houston.Give #BernardoTercero a Stay look at the evidence @save1innocent @BiancaJagger pic.twitter.com/Xhow7vvi40— Peter Bellamy (@PeterBellamyUK) August 24, 2015 Related posts:Remembering La Penca, 30 years later Solís sidesteps Nicaragua border dispute in UN address Reviving the messenger: Gary Webb’s tale on film Making the invisible, visible: In Nicaragua, women journalists call for equalitylast_img read more

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first_imgHEAD of the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption watchdog Greco warned Cyprus on Friday that it’s recommendations were not ‘optional’ and urged the government to implement them as soon as possible.Of the 16 recommendations featured in Greco’s fourth evaluation round, four pertained to the judiciary; these have yet to be implemented. The judiciary was the focus of a recent uproar following allegations of improper exchanges between supreme court judges and a prominent law firm.Speaking at a news conference on Friday, at the end of a fact-finding mission, Greco President Marin Mrcela said the organisation’s recommendations were not optional and urged the Cypriot authorities to implement them as soon as possible.Mrcela said it was all the more urgent in light of the recent developments that cast a shadow over the integrity of the judiciary. Out of the 16 Greco recommendations, four concerned the judiciary, he said.“Unfortunately, so far these four recommendations have not been fully implemented but partially,” he said. “What we are seeing now and what we would have wanted to see is progress regarding compliance with these recommendations.”Following the fracas last month, the supreme court put together a judicial code of conduct, which had been one of the recommendations.Greco had also recommended that the composition of the supreme council of judicature be subject should not be the same as the supreme court to prevent potential or perceived situations of conflicts of interest within the council.The change is in the pipeline as part of the ongoing overhaul of the justice system.“We will evaluate them and the plenum will then decide about compliance,” he said.Greco also recommended that the integrity requirement for appointment as a judge be guided by precise and objective criteria which are to be checked before appointment or promotion, and that such criteria be made available to the public.The third recommendation was a code of conduct to “be elaborated on the basis of broad involvement of various members of the judiciary, in order to manifest and develop standards that are commonly agreed aimed at the particular functions of judges, offering guidance in respect of areas such as conflicts of interest and other integrity related matters” such as gifts, side activities, recusal, third party contacts, and handling of confidential information.Mrcela said they were shown the judicial code of conduct prepared by the supreme court but they did not have the time to study it in detail, which they will do.Greco also recommended the creation of a school for judges – also part of the reform plans – to train judges in respect of judicial ethics, conflicts of interest and corruption as part of their induction training and provide in-service training of judges, based on existing provisions and practice as well as yet to be established ethical guidelines and European standards.Mrcela said Greco was not an investigative organisation nor did it deal with specific cases.“We evaluate implementation of CoE standards in relation with each member-state,” he said. “We know, and there is no doubt about it, that the judiciary in Cyprus has a high degree of independence and impartiality and of course we welcome this.”He added however, that a judiciary must not only be independent and impartial but also viewed as such.“Judges are there to dispense justice and protect the rights and freedoms of citizens. Therefore, judges must be independent and impartial. It’s a matter of credibility and trust.”Mrcela said they needed additional information regarding the reforms before their assessment. But it seemed that everyone understood the need for this reform, he added.The CoE official said Greco expected implementation of all the recommendations and saw no reason why Cyprus would not do so.“I don’t see any hesitation by the Cypriot authorities to respond,” he said.In response, Justice Minister Ionas NIcolaou, in a written announcement said the issues raised by Greco were serious and appear to be “recognised by all”.  “So there is a need for cooperation between all of the state bodies so that bills and other measures can be implemented so we can achieve the gradual recovery of the citizens’ confidence in the justice system,” it added.Nicolaou said the government welcomed Greco’s intervention and takes the recommendations seriously.“Proof of this is the fact that the government has fully complied with all the recommendations made to it during the third round of evaluation and has received a praise in 2018 for its actions,” he said. Report: https://rm.coe.int/fourth-evaluation-round-corruption-prevention-in-respect-of-members-of/16808d267bYou May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoYahoo SearchBack Pain Treatments That Might Surprise You. 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