Aleppo – At least 20 people were killed when air strikes hit a hospital in a rebel-held area of Syria’s Aleppo, the Civil Defense said on Thursday.The bombed al-Quds hospital was supported by international medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), which said it was destroyed after being hit by a direct air strike that killed at least three doctors.Escalating violence in Aleppo is pushing people living there to the brink of a humanitarian disaster, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said in Geneva. “Wherever you are, you hear explosions of mortars, shelling and planes flying over,” Valter Gros, who heads the ICRC office there, was quoted as saying in the statement.Aleppo has been the epicenter of a military escalation that has helped to undermine U.N.-led peace talks in recent weeks.A cessation of hostilities agreement has unraveled and fighting has resumed on numerous fronts in western Syria.U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday the cessation of hostilities agreement was “barely alive”With MAP read more

OTTAWA – Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is taking aim at a core assumption of Donald Trump’s upcoming review of American trading partners — she said Friday the U.S. has a trade surplus with Canada, not the other way around.Freeland’s assessment comes as Trump prepared to hold his country’s major trading partners to account. The president wants to determine which countries are using abusive trade practices to run export surpluses — and Canada is among those to be examined.Trump signed an executive order Friday demanding a study within 90 days of all the ways other countries allegedly pull fast ones on the United States through anti-competitive trade practices.It will be a systematic examination of things like non-tariff barriers, lax legal enforcement, currency manipulation and other means that keep out American goods while other countries boost their own exports.“Under my administration the theft of American prosperity will end,” Trump said in the Oval Office, adding that the well-being of America and the American worker is “my North Star.”There are about 16 countries on the list, which includes places with the biggest trade surpluses with the U.S. The biggest is no contest: China, with a US$347 trade billion surplus with the U.S. last year. That’s followed by Japan, Germany and Mexico and a list of U.S. allies like France, Italy, India and Thailand.Of all the countries, Canada is listed as having the smallest surplus. It was the last of the countries that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross mentioned. U.S. government statistics show Canada even ran a trade deficit of US$11.9 billion with the U.S. in goods and services in 2015, before running a surplus in 2016.Freeland offered a different view.“Canada is the single largest client of the United States and when you look at our overall trading relationship, counting goods and services, the U.S. runs a slight trade surplus with Canada,” said Freeland.“So I am really confident that the U.S. administration understands and will continue to understand that this is a relationship which is win-win and we’re going hard on both sides of the border to keep it that way.”Freeland said she welcomes Ross’s attempt to create a “fact-based foundation for U.S. trade policy” and characterized the latest review as “routine.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he’s also happy with the fact that the U.S. “regularly assesses what its partners are doing and what’s going on in the trade relationship.”Trudeau said his government will continue to impress on the Americans that the relationship means jobs in both countries.“The relationship between Canada and the United States is unlike the relationship between any two countries in the world,” he said Friday.The goal of the Trump study is to quantify exactly how much of the U.S. global trade deficit is due to supposedly unfair practices, and seek remedies for the imbalance.“There has never been this kind of systematic analysis,” Ross said at the White House. “It will be very heavily based on an empirical framework.”Ross stressed that he isn’t singling Canada out.He acknowledged an obvious reason for that Canadian surplus: oil. American energy consumption patterns require it and that results in millions of barrels a day in imports that can’t easily be waved away by executive order.“Undoubtedly we’ll conclude that with some of the countries no action should be taken,” Ross said. “A lot of what Canada’s deficit comes from is oil.”When oil prices rise, Canada habitually runs a trade surplus with the U.S; the opposite happened in 2015 when they dropped.If Canadians want clues about what the study might find, they already exist.The U.S. already publishes annual studies chronicling its trading partners’ alleged abuses. Ross, in fact, claimed Thursday that no country trades as freely as the U.S. — including some others that like to brag about how they’re supposedly free traders.“Its findings reinforce the need for the president’s America First trade agenda,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Friday.The latest U.S. report on trade barriers complains about Canadian dairy and poultry controls; limits on U.S. wine in grocery stores; aerospace support; telecommunications; the relatively minuscule $20 duty-free limit on goods purchased online; and limits on American companies’ ability to supply some services to some Crown corporations, singling out Hydro Quebec.Oil and vehicles account for almost half of U.S. goods imports from Canada.Softwood lumber represents a smaller share. But it’s a significant source of Canada-U.S. trade disputes, and could be the source of yet another one: Trump is signing a second executive order Friday and it involves toughening the system for collecting anti-dumping and countervailing duties in trade disputes.The orders come as the U.S. prepares to open NAFTA negotiations later this year.— With files from Alexander Panetta in Washington by Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 30, 2017 9:00 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 31, 2017 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with U.S. President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 13, 2017. Justin Trudeau is driving home the message that Canada and the United States share a special relationship that relies on the continued smooth flow of commerce across their border. The prime minister says that means jobs in both countries, a message Canada will continue to impress on the Americans as Donald Trump prepares to hold his country’s major trading partners to account. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick Trump to examine 16 trade partners; Freeland says U.S. has surplus with Canada read more

Before news broke Monday that Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel had violated NCAA Bylaw 10.1, many would have indicated the coach as one least likely to break the rules. It’s always the one you least suspect. Because of Tressel’s unwavering trust in his players and desire to do right by the young men he coaches, this is exactly the type of violation Buckeye Nation could have seen coming. “We talk about most especially we’re going to take care of these young people, and we’re going to treat them like they’re our own,” Tressel said in his Tuesday press conference. “Admittedly, I probably did not give quite as much thought to the potential NCAA part of things as I read (the e-mail that was not turned over to officials). My focus was on the well-being of the young people.” It was that focus, the coach said, that led him not to inform his superiors or NCAA officials of an e-mail indicating his players violated NCAA rules by selling OSU memorabilia. Despite this focus on his players and their well-being, this is far from the first violation under Tressel. Former OSU quarterback Troy Smith was suspended for the 2004 Alamo Bowl and first game of the 2005 season for receiving $500 from a booster. Former running back Maurice Clarett was suspended for the entire 2003 season after receiving thousands of dollars in improper benefits and misleading NCAA investigators. While Tressel was at Youngstown State, his quarterback Ray Isaac received nearly $10,000 from a YSU board chairman. Though the incidents of current players selling memorabilia to Edward Rife, owner of the Fine Line Ink tattoo parlor, are not the first violations under Tressel’s watch, they appear to be the first that the coach knew about before the NCAA. Some signs might have pointed to the knowledge of these transgressions. With five players suspended, individuals might have looked for more knowledge of the situation within the team. Nine Big Ten Championship rings, 15 pairs of signed cleats and a handful of signed jerseys were found in Rife’s possession, according to e-mails Tressel received. That this many items were found might indicate that this has been a long practice, a sentiment backed up by former running back Antonio Pittman. “This OSU tattoo stuff is silly. Cats been gettin hookups on tatts since back in 01,” Pittman posted Dec. 23 on his Twitter account, shortly after athletic director Gene Smith addressed the NCAA’s suspension of the tattooed players. Though he might not have known for as long as his former players, Tressel did know about these transgressions months before the NCAA. He did not inform it because he thought he was following the rules. “I needed to keep sight of the fact that confidentiality was requested by the attorney, and so I followed that,” Tressel said, emphasizing his fear of disrupting a federal investigation. Former players indicated that Tressel would not violate an NCAA bylaw intentionally. “He is the kind of guy that every single thing he does, he does it by the book,” former kicker Mike Nugent said. “I think at the time, he thought he was doing things right and going over things the right way.” Tressel’s desire to keep the law in mind probably would not surprise most followers of the seemingly straight-laced coach. Maybe these violations shouldn’t have either. read more

The Buckeyes take the field prior to the Ohio State-Nebraska game on Oct. 14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State remained at No. 6 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 Poll as the Buckeyes had an off week and all five teams ranked higher than them either won or also did not play this weekend.Penn State defeated No. 19 Michigan 42-13 Saturday night and stayed at No. 2 in the poll. The Wolverines fell out of the top 25. The Buckeyes will play host to the Nittany Lions at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium.Alabama defeated Tennessee 45-7 and remained at No. 1, receiving all 61 first-place votes. Georgia remained at No. 3 following its off week. TCU and Wisconsin each picked up wins and held steady at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively, to round out the top five.Michigan State joined Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin in the top 25 as the Spartans were ranked No. 16 after beating Indiana 17-9.AP PollAlabama (61)Penn StateGeorgiaTCUWisconsin Ohio State Clemson Miami (Fl.)Notre DameOklahoma Oklahoma State Washington Virginia TechNorth Carolina State Washington StateMichigan State South FloridaUCFAuburn StanfordUSCWest VirginiaLSUMemphisIowa State read more

first_imgTHE TEACHERS’ UNION of Ireland (TUI) will ballot its members on industrial action if fears over the new system of Junior Cycle education are not addressed by government in the new year.Their concerns over the reforms, due to be implemented in September, relate to the ‘integrity of proposed assessment methods’ and the possibility that schools will not be able to accommodate the increased workload required by the curriculum.Members will be balloted ‘to secure agreement not to co-operate with the implementation of the proposed reform’ if the union’s concerns are not met by government after a meeting with a Department of Education Working Group on January 17th.‘Concrete details’Union president Gerard Craughwell said that the Department has ‘failed to provide concrete details’ of how the reforms will be implemented, and that members will be balloted ‘without delay’ if these are not provided at the meeting of the Working Group.The TUI represents almost 15,000 post-primary schools teachers across Ireland.The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland have also raised concerns over the new curriculum.Assistant General Secretary Moira Leydon previously told TheJournal.ie that it will be a “revolutionary change” and that “teachers aren’t convinced that the best way forward is to do away entirely with the current system”.“Initiative overload”: ASTI bring Junior Cycle concerns to TDs and Senators >Opinion: Jihad against Junior Cert is bizarre >last_img read more

first_imgA MAN IN his 70s died today after the car he was driving hit a ditch near Macroom, Co Cork this morning.Gardaí are investigating the single vehicle collision, which took place at Knockyrourke, in Stuake at around 8.45 am.The man, who was the sole occupant of the car, was pronounced dead at the scene and his body removed to Cork University Hospital.Garda Forensic Collision Investigators closed the road for some time today, to allow them to examine the scene, but it has since been reopened.Witnesses to the incident are being asked to call Macroom Garda Station on 026-20590, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800-666-111, or to contact any Garda station.Today’s incident brings to 103 the number of people killed on the roads in Ireland so far in 2014.This constitutes an increase of five from this time last year.Read: Two men die after cars collide on Monaghan road>last_img read more

first_imgRead this before you toss that old notebook in the trash. Goodwill and Dell have added 100 Goodwill donation sites to the Dell Reconnect computer recycling program. That makes it convenient for more than 42 million U.S. homes to drop off computers and other electronics for free. The new collection sites are located in Delaware, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. They join the over 2,200 collection sites already in the U.S. and Canada.Launched in 2004 as a partnership between Goodwill and Dell, the collection sites have diverted more than 170 million pounds of electronic waste from landfills, and they’ve created about 250 green jobs. Goodwill employees manage the collection and disassembly of all donations. For a list of participating locations, check the Dell Reconnect site. AdChoices广告last_img read more

first_imgEducation consultant Howard Kelly has begun work designing a new survey to establish whether or not Modern Greek will return to the curriculum at Wales Street Primary School. Mr Kelly met with Wales Street Primary School principal, Chris Sexton, on Thursday, after the Victorian Department of Education intervened to reissue a survey, establishing whether the community wanted Modern Greek to be taught at the school. On Friday night, Mr Kelly met with parent representative Angelo Dritsasand Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV) board member Theo Markos.There was some word that this was just an attempt to string us on until after the state election, but they’re really moving on it.“He wants it to be a win-win situation,” he said.“We’ll be reiterating that our children should have the option of more languages.”Mr Dritsas said he was happy with Mr Kelly, as he is a former principal of nearby Thornbury Darebin College, and is known to the community through that school’s Greek program. “He’s aware of the area and the community, he knows the Greek community well,” Mr Dritsas said. Mr Kelly was also the Chair/Executive member of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority between 1989 and 1993, and has worked on some of Victoria’s key recent educational reforms, including the controversial NAPLAN testing at years three and five. Wales Street Primary School offered Modern Greek as part of their LOTE program until the end of 2009, when school council decided to offer only Italian.  Subsequent surveys run by the school council have shown the school community is happy with only Italian, but Mr Dritsas says the new survey will give parents a voice. “We’re assured it will be a consultative process, and that it will be fair and transparent,” he said.  He also said he was happy to see the Education Department moving quickly so that, should the survey establish enough support, Modern Greek could be re-established as early as next year.  “Things are moving a lot quicker than we thought they would,” he said. “There was some word that this was just an attempt to string us on until after the state election, but they’re really moving on it,” he said. Wales Street Primary School is in the seat of Northcote, where the local ALP member, Fiona Richardson, is under threat by the rise of the Green vote in the inner city. Mr Dritsas said Ms Richardson, as well as ALP Upper House member Jenny Mikakos, had been “extremely supportive”, helping secure additional funding for Greek to run alongside Italian in the school’s LOTE program.  “We really need to thank Jenny and Fiona,” he said. He said that he had spoken to Greens candidate Anne Martinelli, who had assured him that education was a priority and the Greens were committed to ensuring funding met the community’s needs. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img Posted: April 16, 2019 KUSI Newsroom April 16, 2019 OCEANSIDE (CNS) – A pedestrian trespassing in a railway corridor near Buccaneer Beach was struck and killed by a passenger train today, authoritiesreported.The woman was walking to the south next to a stretch of tracks near Cassidy Street and South Coast Highway in Oceanside when the Amtrak train approached her from behind at about 70 mph shortly before noon, according to sheriff’s officials.Though the operator of the locomotive sounded its horn and went into emergency braking, the pedestrian did not move away from the rails and was struck, Deputy Jason Burk said.The woman, believed to be in her 40s or early 50s, died at the scene.Her name was not immediately available.The fatality led to train-service delays in northern San Diego County into the mid-afternoon. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter Train kills pedestrian in Oceansidelast_img read more

first_imgFor more than three decades, Access Housing and the Southeast Veterans Service Center (SEVSC) has supported the needs of those who have put their lives on the line to defend freedom. And on Nov. 24, 50 families will be feasting on Turkey and all of the trimmings thanks to the leader of a veterans organization.The Buffalo Soldiers donate turkeys to the Southeast Veterans Center. (Photo by Hamil Harris)“I am just happy to make someone else happy especially to those who sacrifice so much for this country,” said Greg Crawford, executive director of Access Housing. “Everybody deserves a place to live. No one should live outside.”Access Housing provides temporary and permanent housing for veterans as well as other critical services needed to transition them from homelessness to self-sufficiency.The concept of a veterans center started in the 1970s, after Crawford’s father, former D.C. Councilmember H.R. Crawford (D-Ward 7), received a call about a group of homeless men who had created an encampment under a bridge near Georgetown.“We shared a meal of fried chicken and hot coffee that had been prepared on a hot plate,” said Crawford who reported his findings to then Mayor Marion S. Barry.The experience was catalyst for the founding of Access Housing and earlier this week Crawford said unfortunately homeless people are still living under the same bridge.But help might be coming in the future from an unlikely source. Crawford, who once served in the Nixon and Ford Administrations, said District community activist Robert Woodson is one of several candidates to become the next U.S. secretary of House and Urban Development.“He is good man who will make a difference,” said Crawford, who highlighted the fact that Woodson has been working with House speaker Paul Ryan and leaders in Southeast to address homeless issues.Regardless of the future there are many testimonies from veterans that Access Housing has made a difference in their lives. “After two tours in Afghanistan I retired from the US Marine Corps. I thought I was fine but the memories of what I’d witnessed there really impacted me,” said Petey J. “I didn’t want to remember anything so alcohol became my closest friend. When I hit rock bottom [Access Housing] was there. Living at the Center with my peers from the military helped me to stop feeling sorry for myself and get back into life.”last_img read more

first_imgBy Stephen Janis and Taya Graham, Special to the AFROThe reception in Annapolis for Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s proposal that would give prosecutors more leeway in vacating wrongful convictions was chilly, to say the least.“As prosecutors, it is our affirmative obligation to rectify and to right the wrongs of the past, the present and the future,’ Mosby testified before the house judiciary committee in support of bill 874.Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby recently testified in Annapolis regarding her office’s recent decision to cease prosecution of marijuana possession cases. (Photo Credit: Taya Graham)But shortly after the city’s top prosecutor finished her impassioned pleadings on the proposed measure that would allow state’s attorney to re-open tainted cases, pushback ensued.Testifying that the law would go too far, Caroline County State’s Attorney Joe Riley said the Maryland State’s Attorney’s Association would not support the bill.“If you as the legislature wish to vacate all previous applicable possession of marijuana and paraphernalia cases, then you should do so,” Riley told the committee. “To leave this to individual jurisdictions is to ensure that inconsistent vacature of these convictions occurs.”“It will assuredly politicize our discretion on the issue.”The conflict between arguably the state’s most high-profile law enforcement official battling to rectify what many believe to be a sullied criminal justice system, highlights one of the key obstacles to law enforcement reform in the state capital, observers say.In general, suburban more conservative districts tend to be skeptical of measures aimed to scrutinize policing and the laws that govern it in Baltimore. A long-standing tradition that coupled with the powerful influence of the police unions has made even incremental reform problematic.The bill Mosby was touting seemed relatively straightforward. It would allow prosecutors to petition a judge to start a proceeding to vacate any conviction deemed problematic.Currently, Mosby told the house judiciary committee that dozens of cases tainted by testimony from the corrupt Gun Trace Task Force are languishing because judges refuse to re-open standing convictions.The Gun Trace Task Force was a group of eight officers who were convicted of or plead guilty to robbing residents, dealing drugs, and stealing overtime. The fallout from the scandal and a variety of other police misconduct cases have promoted Mosby to review roughly 2,000 past convictions.“Prosecutors have the affirmative ethical and legal obligation to seek ‘justice over convictions,’ not only during the pre-trial stage and up to conviction but our ethical obligation also extends beyond a conviction to ensure the integrity of that conviction,” she said.“We can’t afford to wait while there are individuals that are sitting in jail or walking around suffering the collateral consequences of wrongful convictions where their life, liberty and freedom are in jeopardy.”The bill would also allow Mosby to clear past convictions for marijuana possession. Recently, she publicly vowed not to prosecute pot possession cases. It is a policy she argued was justified by the disproportionate application of pots laws against African-Americans.“Out of the citywide (marijuana) citations that they were issuing 42 percent of those citations that were issued came out of Western District. This is Penn North. This is Sandtown-Winchester, “she saidThe pushback came shortly after another indictment involving GTTF members was returned this week.Prosecutors allege former Baltimore Police Sgt. Keith Allen Gladstone planted a BB gun on a Baltimore resident after he was struck by vehicle driven by a member of the GTTF. The charges allege the scheme was concocted to cover-up the fact the GTTF member had intentionally hit the suspect.The Judiciary Committee has not yet voted on the measure.Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LBS), a Baltimore policy think tank, is part of the messaging campaign to explain the merits of the new policy to the community of Baltimore.“In terms of LBS, we’ve been supportive of it, in terms of the larger community, I think there are mixed reactions,” said Dayvon Love, the group’s director of public policy. “I think the mixture of reactions has to do with the notion that has been pretty commonplace that the ability to arrest and prosecute for drug crime were an important leg in public safety strategy. Part of the conversation has been about shifting people’s notion as to what is an effective public safety strategy away from the ‘cast a broad net’ to a more refined and really more humane approach to public safety that really focuses on the people that are the drivers of violence and crime.”Despite the guarantee of the State’s Attorney’s Office, the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) continues apace with arrests for marijuana possession.The BPD, the organization most directly involved in ameliorating the damage of dubious searches and reportedly pointless arrests, did not respond to the AFRO’s request for comment.last_img read more

first_imgMalwarebytes 3.1: performance improvements, fixes by Martin Brinkmann on May 11, 2017 in Software – Last Update: May 22, 2018 – 44 commentsMalwarebytes released Malwarebytes 3.1 on May 10, 2017. The new version of the security software brings along with it performance improvements, better memory handling, and quite a few new features and options.Users can download the latest version of the application from the Malwarebytes website.According to Malwarebytes, existing users need to upgrade by downloading the new version from the official website and installing it this way on the target system.Some Malwarebytes users may need to remove the existing version of the software from their systems before they run the installer that installs Malwarebytes 3.1 on the system.Malwarebytes 3.1Ever since Malwarebytes published Malwarebytes 3, a unified program that combines the company’s anti-malware, anti-ransomware and anti-exploit products, users have been complaining about various issues such as high memory usage or the automatic turning off of protective modules with the program.The new version of Malwarebytes addresses some of these issues. From a performance perspective, things have improved in several ways:Memory usage is reduced thanks to improvements in this area.Improved the performance of the Web Protection module.Third-party applications load faster and are more responsive.The Malwarebytes 3.1 program starts up faster, and is more responsive in the user interface.I have yet to benchmark and compare the program’s memory usage before and after the new Malwarebytes 3.1 update. Feel free to share your findings in the comment section below.But performance is only one area with improvements. As far as other under-the-hood changes are concerned, the following are noteworthy:Malwarebytes 3.1 ships with a new detection and protection layer that uses machine learning based anomaly detection. This feature is rolled out over time to users, even if it shows as enabled already in the settings.Self-Protection improvements: disabling protections, or deactivating the license requires elevated privileges. Also, fixed an issue where self-protect would not activate after upgrades.Malware protection and remediation improvements.As far as usability improvements are concerned, there are a few in this area as well.Free users may notice that Malwarebytes 3.1 will run an automatic scan once a month on the system for instance. More interesting than this is that premium users have an option now to turn of “real-time protection turned off” notifications if they have turned off real-time protection manually. This should do away with some of the Windows Action Center notifications that have bugged Malwarebytes 3 users ever since the official release.Another issue fixed in the new version is the “cannot start a scan while another one is in progress” when running right-click context scans.Premium users may notice a new system tray icon menu entry that enables them to unblock the last blocked website directly from that menu. This should speed things up significantly when it comes to blocked sites or servers that users want to unblock.The new Malwarebytes 3.1 fixes bugs and issues of the old version of the program. Quite a few crashes have been fixed, for instance some in the Web Protection module or related to the Malwarebytes Service.The annoying “starting” state of the Ransomware Protection module should be a thing of the past as well, as Malwarebytes states that this has been fixed in the new version.Closing WordsThe new Malwarebytes 3.1 introduces much needed improvements and fixes to the security program for Windows. It is too early to tell if it addresses the bulk of the issues that users experienced in previous versions. It seems likely that it will remedy the situation somewhat, but that more work is needed to address all the issues.Now You: Did you upgrade to Malwarebytes 3.1? What’s your first impression of the new release?Summary12345 Author Rating4 based on 13 votes Software Name MalwarebytesOperating System WindowsSoftware Category SecurityLanding Page https://www.malwarebytes.com/ Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgNews | August 10, 2008 GE Reaches Milestone with 10,000th InsiteExC Installation The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more August 11, 2008 – GE Healthcare today announced its 10,000th InSiteExC remote connection upon delivery and installation of a LOGIQ e ultrasound unit to Shoals Surgical Group in northwest Alabama.InsiteExC’s digital connectivity offers customers access to automated resolution of service and applications issues, delivering efficient assistance for equipment repair and on-demand clinical applications support. It provides customers with peace of mind through faster e-service requests. With the customer’s permission, GE Live Assist experts use InSiteExC to connect into the system to diagnose and often fix a problem, as well as notify frontline field service teams before repairs are needed, maximizing uptime and performance.InSiteExC is enabled in other GE Healthcare products including ultrasound, lunar bone mineral densitometry equipment and products within the monitoring solutions and diagnostic cardiology and invasive cardiology lines.”We’re happy to be the 10,000th GE customer to utilize InsiteExC and look forward to using it to enhance our technological edge with this product. Our vein practice is totally dependent upon all the hardware working correctly so this is essential to our success,” said Elaine Brooks, CMPE administrator, Shoals Surgical Group LLC.InSiteExC supports industry network standards while maintaining a high level of security and HIPAA-compliant processes for digital service transmissions. 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first_img News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Related Content News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more As the use of mobile computing devices and smartphones has rapidly proliferated in healthcare over the past few years, there has been a flood of medical applications (apps) developed for all facets of medicine. In an increasingly tech savvy world, people want information to be at their fingertips when and where they need it via their mobile devices.In an effort to guide regulation of these apps, recently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final guidance document for developers of mobile medical apps. The FDA outlined two categories for regulated and unregulated apps. Unregulated apps include those offering patient education and those that help patients keep track of their health, as well as clinical reference and clinical training. The FDA said it will concentrate its regulatory efforts only on apps that may impact patient safety or that transform the mobile device into a regulated device, such as accessing software that requires FDA 510(k) market approval. This includes accessing picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) or apps that convert the mobile device into a patient diagnostic device, such as a patient monitor. The FDA has cleared about 100 mobile medical apps over the past decade, with about 40 of these cleared in just the past two years. The FDA stated that patients with diabetes already use FDA-cleared smartphone apps to monitor the level of sugar in their blood, and doctors can often use their tablets to read X-rays and perform ultrasounds or electrocardiograms. The agency said those functions represent just the tip of the iceberg in a coming revolution in mobile medical apps, and it plans to be ready to handle the influx of new apps requiring FDA review.The FDA said mobile apps have the potential to transform healthcare by allowing doctors to diagnose patients with potentially life-threatening conditions outside of traditional healthcare settings. A Growing TrendThe mobile app market is anticipated to grow 25 percent annually into the foreseeable future, according to the market research firm Kalorama Information, and companies are investing record amounts in developing new health apps. The FDA said it intends to stay current with the expertise needed to evaluate mobile medical apps for which safe use and accuracy are critical to public health by hiring additional skilled engineers, including software engineers and medical officers with device expertise. FDA also works closely with experts in academia and is now reviewing its current practices in evaluating software used in mobile medical apps.“Mobile apps are unleashing amazing creativity, and we intend to encourage these exciting innovations,” said Bakul Patel, senior policy advisor to the director of FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “At the same time, we have set risk-based priorities and are focusing FDA’s oversight on mobile apps that are devices for which safety and effectiveness are critical.”Regulating AppsThe new FDA guidance outlines the agency’s tailored approach to mobile apps. It intends to exercise enforcement discretion (meaning it will not enforce requirements under the Federal Drug and Cosmetic Act) for the majority of mobile apps, since they only pose minimal risks to consumers. The FDA intends to focus its regulatory oversight on a subset of mobile medical apps that present a greater risk to patients if they do not work as intended.“Some mobile apps carry minimal risks to consumers or patients, but others can carry significant risks if they do not operate correctly. The FDA’s tailored policy protects patients while encouraging innovation,” said Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.In an example the FDA gave, the agency said it oversees software medical devices that calculate the amount of radiation that should be given to a cancer patient. If the device were to give the wrong dose recommendation, it clearly would threaten the patient’s health. Logically, a mobile medical app that calculates radiation dosage should have the same FDA oversight as the traditional device.The FDA is focusing its oversight on mobile medical apps that: •Are intended to be used as an accessory to a regulated medical device — for example, an application that allows a healthcare professional to make a specific diagnosis by viewing a medical image from a PACS on a smartphone or tablet.•Transform a mobile platform into a regulated medical device — for example, an application that turns a smartphone into an electrocardiography (ECG) machine to detect abnormal heart rhythms or determine if a patient is experiencing a heart attack.Mobile medical apps that undergo FDA review will be assessed using the same regulatory standards and risk-based approach that the agency applies to other medical devices. However, the agency said it does not regulate the sale or general consumer use of smartphones or tablets, nor does it regulate mobile app distributors such as the iTunes App store or the Google Play store.Feedback on GuidelinesThe FDA received more than 130 comments on the draft guidance issued in July 2011. Respondents overwhelmingly supported the FDA’s tailored, risk-based approach. “Most comments were positive; people generally liked the draft proposal and understood which types of mobile medical apps we would regulate,” said Patel. However, he said some who commented asked for more examples of what would not fall within the focus of FDA’s regulatory oversight — a suggestion incorporated in the final guidance just issued. Patel explained, for example, that FDA would regulate a mobile medical app that helps measure blood pressure by controlling the inflation and deflation of a blood pressure cuff (blood pressure monitor), just as it regulates traditional devices that measure blood pressure. A false reading by either blood pressure device would deliver a false diagnosis and perhaps even lead to treatment that could endanger patients.However, although a mobile app that doctors or patients use to log and track trends with their blood pressure is a medical device, as explained in the final mobile medical app guidance, such mobile apps would not fall within the current focus of FDA’s regulatory oversight. Similarly, mobile medical apps that recommend calorie or carbohydrate intakes to people who track what they eat also are not within the current focus of FDA’s regulatory oversight. While such mobile apps may have health implications, FDA believes the risks posed by these devices are low and such apps can empower patients to be more engaged in their own healthcare.Specific Examples of Regulated AppsThe FDA defines regulated mobile apps as those that are an extension of one or more medical devices by connecting to it for control purposes or displaying, storing, analyzing or transmitting patient-specific medical device data. This includes the remote display of data from bedside monitors or of medical images directly from a PACS server. Other regulated apps include those that transform the mobile platform into a regulated medical device by including functionalities similar to those of currently regulated medical devices. This includes apps that offer a blood glucose strip reader to a mobile platform to function as a glucose meter; attachment of ECG electrodes to measure, store and display ECG signals; or use of sensors on a mobile platform for creating an electronic stethoscope function. Apps that display radiological images for diagnosis also transform the mobile platform into a Class II regulated PACS, according to the FDA.The FDA has cleared several mobile medical apps with attachments to a mobile platform. Specifically, patient monitoring apps that monitor a patient for heart rate variability from a signal produced by an ECG, vectorcardiograph or blood pressure monitor are classified as cardiac monitoring software. Other mobile medical apps that use a hardware attachment or interface to a monitoring system that have been cleared include an automatic electronic blood pressure monitor.Mobile apps that become a regulated medical device by performing patient-specific analysis and providing patient-specific diagnosis or treatment recommendations will also be regulated. Examples include apps that perform sophisticated analysis or interpret data from another medical device, such as apps that calculate dosage or create a dosage plan for radiation therapy; computer-aided detection (CAD) software; image processing software; and radiation therapy treatment planning software. The FDA believes these types of software present the same level of risk to patients regardless of the platform on which they run.Evolution of FDA Policy Regarding AppsIn 1989, the FDA created a general policy statement on how it planned to determine whether a computer-based product and/or software-based product is a device, and, if so, how the FDA intended to regulate it. After 1989, however, the FDA said the use of computer and software products as medical devices grew exponentially and the types of products diversified and grew increasingly complex. As a result, the FDA determined that the draft policy did not adequately address all of the issues related to the regulation of all medical devices containing software and withdrew the policy in 2005.Although the FDA has not issued an overarching software policy, the agency has formally classified certain types of software applications that meet the definition of a device and, through classification, identified specific regulatory requirements that apply to these devices and their manufacturers. These software devices include products that feature one or more software components, parts, or accessories, such as ECG, including devices that are composed solely of software, such as laboratory information management systems. In 2011, the FDA issued a regulation down classifying certain computer- or software-based devices intended to be used for the electronic transfer, storage, display and/or format conversion of medical device data — called medical device data systems (MDDS) — from Class III (high risk) to Class I (low risk).The FDA has previously clarified that when stand-alone software is used to analyze medical device data, it traditionally has been regulated as an accessory to a medical device or as medical device software.As is the case with traditional medical devices, certain mobile medical apps can pose potential risks to public health, the FDA said. Moreover, certain mobile medical apps may pose risks that are unique to the characteristics of the platform on which the mobile medical app is run. 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first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breachescenter_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates MEXICO CITY (AP) – The Mexican government has announced a new program to protect witnesses in drug trafficking and other cases, even giving them new identities if necessary.The program can also be used by victims, expert witnesses, police and judges who are in danger because of their role in a legal proceeding.The president’s office says in a decree published Friday that the plan will go into effect within six months. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 0 Comments   Share   Mexico currently has a much more limited program which provides limited protection to cooperating witnesses in federal cases.But the new plan could give such witnesses new identities in different cities, to avoid reprisals.The program may help in prosecuting violent drug cartels whose turf battles have cost Mexico more than 47,500 lives over the last 5 1/2 years.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

first_img Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Laverne and Shirley, Calvin and Hobbes, Bert and Ernie, Batman and Robin. These dynamic duos have entertained the masses at some time or another. Right now, Cardinals fans are hoping that the next dynamic duo to take to the field in Arizona is Fitz and Palmer, meaning Larry Fitzgerald and Carson Palmer. A quarterback-wide receiver duo that fans could truly get excited about has been missing from the Valley for a few years now, ever since Kurt Warner had the audacity (joking) to call it quits after a 12-year career when he retired in January of 2010. Comments   Share   Palmer echoed Fitzgerald’s compliments with some of his own. “It’s been awesome. I threw him a ball today that maybe he and maybe Megatron (Calvin Johnson) catch. He’s maybe not one-of-a-kind but maybe one of two-of-a-kind and it’s pretty comforting.”Fans may not want to get too excited about the newest dynamic duo just yet — it is only June. But they also could have something to really look forward to this fall. – / 32center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires They both know that much like the dynamic duos listed earlier, chemistry is something that doesn’t come overnight. The veterans are spending plenty of time learning each other’s habits and tendencies on the field in the film room. “Just body language of routes. There’s a lot of reading on the run in this offense and seeing the same things and being on the same page for the right depths of routes and breaking at the right depths,” Palmer said. “It’s never perfect and it’s something we’ll continue to get better and better at but I think he and I are both very comfortable with where we’re at for right now.”What’s obvious when talking to the two veterans is that they have a mutual respect and admiration for the other’s abilities. “He can throw the ball. There’s not a throw he can’t make. He’s got great touch on intermediate passes,” Fitzgerald said. “He can put zip on them, he can feather it in there, he’s got a tremendous arm and then he’s got the intelligence and experience to go out there and make the plays. We’ve seen him do it; he threw for 4,000 yards out in Oakland.” Thursday after the final day of Organized Team Activities (OTAs), Palmer addressed their relationship, which is a work in progress. “We better have a rapport going and good chemistry by now. We’re through OTAs and we’ve been throwing all off season. We have a good rapport going but it’s something that we could be playing together for fifteen years and it’s never perfect, it’s always something, it’s always a work in progress,” said the former first overall pick. “It’s something that we’re continuing to make better and better each day but we have a good start going into vet minicamp. It’s a good kickoff to training camp, but we’ll be ready to roll by then.”The number of receptions Fitzgerald has recorded has steadily dropped over the past few years. The six-time Pro Bowler had 97 catches four seasons ago. That number shrunk to 90 in 2010, 80 in 2011 and just 71 a year ago, so having a quarterback with some experience is important to him. “He’s just a veteran, veteran leadership. He’s just like all of us, we’re just trying to pick it up and learn all the nuances of this offense, it’s intricate. We’re working hard to get better,” said the future Hall-of-Fame receiver. “Having the veteran presence in the huddle, in the meeting rooms has been fantastic for me and I know it’s been great for the young guys. It’s exciting.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

first_imgThe construction of an oncology centre in Limassol will be delayed due to complicated negotiations between the Bank of Cyprus and the health ministry.Plans were expected to be finalised by June this year.“The Bank of Cyprus is just trying to find the best way to provide services that don’t already exist for the patients,” a source said on Friday. This has to do with uncertainties over the national health scheme, but also with the fact that a new private oncology hospital will soon open to cover some of the needs.“There was initially a plan to increase the number of linear accelerators from three to five, but the German centre in Limassol will have two so if the need is served why should we spend money on this equipment?” the source, said referring to equipment that that administers radiation treatment to patients.“The new clinic also provides for brachytherapy, and they are very good at this nuclear medicine, so we should cover something else for which there is a need,” the source added. Brachytherapy treats cancer by inserting radioactive implants directly into the tissue.It is not a matter of not wanting to spend the money, but there are strong opinions on all sides on how to best spend it, the source added.After signing an agreement, The Bank of Cyprus started discussing technical details with the health ministry in January.No exact budget has yet been set aside for the project, as the amount depends on the needs and has not yet been calculated, but the bank expects its initial commitment will be in the region of €11 million, of which €7m is estimated to be for infrastructure and €4.5m for equipment. Not all the money will be needed right at the beginning but it will be supplied in stages.The bank has committed itself to financing the bulk of the much-needed new facility while the state will also pay for some of the building and equipment.The centre is seen as being vital as patients currently have to travel from Paphos and Limassol to Nicosia for treatment, some leaving as early as 5am from Paphos by bus.There are an estimated 3,500 new cancer cases every year, half of which need radiotherapy. About 40 per cent of these patients live in Limassol and Paphos.The new radiation and oncology centre will be located on state land near the Limassol general hospital and will cater for patients from the Limassol and Paphos areas. The three floors of the building are expected to be built and equipped within three years after plans are finalised by the bank and the ministry.The new private oncology clinic, called the German centre as its founder Nicolaos Zamboglou headed the department of radiotherapy and radio oncology in Offenbach, Germany, for nearly 25 years, is nearing completion.It is located near the sea in Ayios Athanasios.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_imgFrench energy giant Total, wants to expand its presence into block 8 of Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis said on Monday.Speaking to reporters at the presidential palace after the meeting between President Nicos Anastasiades and the Regional Director of Total, Stephane Michel, Lakkotrypis said the discussion had been constructive. “The next steps in the exploration programme were discussed and one of the most important issues was the interest by Total in participating in block 8,” he said.Block 8 was licensed to Italy’s ENI and “now we see interest by the French company to grow in this segment. It is a very important development that strengthens the [ENI-Total] consortium and expand its presence in Cyprus’ EEZ,” Lakkotrypis added. The consortium has 50 per cent stake each in blocks 6 and 11.Michel, who is in charge of production and research activities in the Middle East region, echoed the minister saying: “We applied as well to enter block 8 owned by ENI and wanted to come to support that demand which is currently being examined by the Minister,” he said.He did not give any further information on the share that the French company wished to acquire in block 8 or on the timetable for confirmation drilling in Calypso field in block 6.Asked about Calypso, Lakkotrypis said the consortium’s work was continuing there but the government planned to secure an independent assessment of quantities in the field.In February, ENI announced that it made a discovery of lean gas after drilling an exploratory well at Calypso. The company said it believed the gas play to hold around 6 to 8 trillion cubic feet.“We discussed the next steps. We are not ready yet to say anything. We are in discussions on other issues, which will be announced as they develop,” he said.Michel, asked if the company would proceed with confirmatory drilling in Calypso, said there was a lot of technical work to be done before this happened. He said so far results had come only from the first borehole and noted there would certainly be confirmatory drilling.To another media question, Lakkotrypis referred to the navy blockade imposed by Turkey on ENI’s drillship in February this year, which prevented it from carrying out its work in block 3, the minister said: “After everything had occurred in Block 3, what we see is that one of the most important partners of the Republic wants to expand its presence in our EEZ, especially in a field such as block 8 which is largely still unexplored.” He said 3D surveys had already been carried out in block 8. “They are currently being processed to determine targets,” he said.Turkey has repeatedly warned Cyprus against taking “unilateral steps” in exploring and developing hydrocarbons without factoring in the Turkish Cypriots with whom Ankara signed a ‘continental shelf delineation agreement’ in 2001.Turkey’s claims on the island’s EEZ partly overlap with Cyprus’ blocks 1, 4, 6 and 7. Ankara also supports the north’s claims on blocks 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 12 and 13, including within few kilometres from the Aphrodite gas field in block12. You May LikeDirect HealthyAt 62, Steve Harvey Drives This Kind Of CarDirect HealthyUndoHistory A2ZWhere You Should Retire in the USA: States Ranked From Worst To BestHistory A2ZUndoKelley Blue BookConsidering a Full-Size Ford Pickup Truck? Good NewsKelley Blue BookUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_imgMays, who attends the Benton Harbor Charter School Academy, claimed the top spot in her age group with her essay, “The Four Magnificent Seasons.” Bell, who attends the STEAM Academy at MLK, won his age group with his entry titled “Detroit Lions – Joique Bell.”“It was an honor to spend time with both Damarien and Reunica and congratulate them on their accomplishments,” said Pscholka, R-Stevensville. “Each of their essays showcased our state in a new and unique way and demonstrated what they learned over the course of the ‘Turning Pages’ contest. It’s exciting to see how each of the Boys & Girls Club members enhanced their reading skills while exploring all that Michigan has to offer.”Pscholka visited both of the participants’ schools and had lunch with them and their favorite teachers and principals.Winners from three different age groups were selected by Pscholka, and all participants from the competition received an honorary tribute signed by Pscholka and Gov. Rick Snyder.### Participants from Boys & Girls Club of Benton Harbor spent summer learning ‘What Michigan Means’ to themRep. Al Pscholka congratulates Damarien Bell, who claimed the top spot in his age group during the “Turning Pages with Pscholka” summer reading contest. Pscholka visited Bell at the STEAM Academy at MLK and ate lunch with him and his principal, April Margaritis.State Rep. Al Pscholka today met Damarien Bell, who penned the winning entry in the 7-8 age group in the “Turning Pages with Pscholka” summer reading contest. The lawmaker also recently spent time with Reunica Mays, the winner of the 12-and-up age category.Over the summer, Pscholka teamed up with the Boys & Girls Club of Benton Harbor and the Project Learn Literacy program to facilitate the contest, and nearly 40 participants took part in the competition. The contest encouraged participants to improve their reading levels by choosing fiction and non-fiction literature with a Michigan theme. They were asked to connect their work to the idea, “What does Michigan mean to you?” and create a report, poem, piece of artwork or multimedia presentation demonstrating how their chosen book relates to it.Rep. Al Pscholka congratulates Reunica Mays, the winner of her age group during the “Turning Pages with Pscholka” summer reading contest. Pscholka visited Mays at the Benton Harbor Charter School Academy to eat lunch with her. Categories: Newscenter_img 21Nov Pscholka meets with ‘Turning Pages’ summer reading contest winnerslast_img read more

first_img Tags: #SB, Livingston County, Puntam, Rover Pipeline, Theis, town hall Congressman Bishop, Sen. Hune, Rep. Theis to host town hall in Puntam TownshipState Rep. Lana Theis, R-Brighton, invites landowners and residents of Puntam Township to attend a roundtable discussion regarding the Rover Pipeline Project in Pinckney on Monday, Sept. 14.Rep. Theis will co-host this informational town hall event with U.S. Congressman Mike Bishop, R-Rochester, and state Sen. Joe Hune, R-Fowlerville.Congressman Bishop, Sen. Hune, and Rep. Theis will team-up and join efforts for this special town hall event to address the concerns regarding the Rover Pipeline Project going through Puntam Township.“This town hall is a great opportunity to obtain valuable feedback from local landowners on the Rover Pipeline Project and the ideal platform to answer any questions or concerns from the community alongside Congressman Bishop and Senator Hune,” Rep. Theis said. “Our collective efforts will serve as a unified front that will be a helpful and supportive resource benefitting folks in the community.”The town hall meeting will be Monday, Sept. 14 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Puntam Township Hall (Main Hall) located on 3280 M-36 in Pinckney.For more information regarding the event, contact Rep. Theis’s office at 517-373-1784; or e-mail her at lanatheis@house.mi.gov.##### 18Aug Rep. Theis invites local residents to attend town hall discussing Rover Pipeline Projectcenter_img Categories: Featured news,News,Theis Newslast_img read more