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Princess Diana almost starred in The Bodyguard sequel

first_imgLos Angeles: Kevin Costner has revealed Princess Diana came quite close to featuring in the sequel of “The Bodyguard”. In the 1992 original, the actor played the title role as former Secret Service agent-turned-bodyguard Frank Farmer who is hired to protect a music star (Rachel Marron), played by Whitney Houston, from an unknown stalker. “The studio liked the idea of doing a ‘Bodyguard 2’ (with Princess Diana) in the same kind of capacity as Whitney. Nobody really knew that for about a year,” Costner told Lola Ogunnaike on PeopleTV’s “Couch Surfing”. The actor said when he suggested the idea to Princess Diana, she actually agreed to do the role. “I just remember her being incredibly sweet on the phone when she asked the questions. She goes, ‘Are we going to have like a kissing scene?’ But she said it in a very respectful she was a little nervous because I think her life was very governed,” Costner said. The sequel never happened.last_img read more

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CBC Radio personality Arthur Black dead at age 74

first_imgArthur Black died Wednesday, months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. (CBC) Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Arthur Black, the humorist and former CBC Radio host, has died aged 74 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.His partner, Lynne Raymond, confirmed he died at Lady Minto Hospital on Salt Spring Island, B.C., on Wednesday.“It will come as no surprise to those who have been fans of Arthur’s work that he faced it all with his own unique combination of defiance and good humour,” said Chris Straw, Black’s longtime producer, in a statement on behalf of the family. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Login/Register With: “The family is very grateful for the overwhelming messages of support and good wishes received during his struggle with pancreatic cancer.”Arthur Black, seen in a 2002 news piece about his retirement, announced last month he was dying of pancreatic cancer. (CBC)Black wrote on his blog about being diagnosed with what he called “the Mike Tyson of Cancers.”“So what’s it like to get what amounts to a diagnosis of ‘terminal’ from your doctor?” he wrote. “Like getting smacked by a giant Nerf bat, initially. It rocks you back on your heels and yet it doesn’t hurt. Not yet.” Advertisementlast_img read more

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Read full text of Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision here

first_imgAPTN National NewsBelow is the complete text of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision on the discrimination complaint brought by the First Nation Child and Family Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations.Download (PDF, Unknown)last_img

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Army denies rape allegations

The Sri Lanka army has strongly denied allegations of raping members or supporters of the LTTE, as claimed by Human Rights Watch in a new report released today.Army spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said the report is baseless and is yet another “creation” of the human rights group targeting the ongoing UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva. Human Rights Watch said that the cases suggest that the use of sexual violence was not just a local occurrence or actions of rogue security force personnel, but a widespread practice that was known or should have been known by higher-level officials.“The government’s response to allegations of sexual violence by its security forces have been dismissive, deeming them as ‘fake’ or ‘pro-LTTE propaganda,’” Adams said. “It’s not clear who in the government knew about these horrific crimes. But the government’s failure to take action against these ongoing abuses is further evidence of the need for an international investigation.”Report by Easwaran Rutnam “We reject these allegations. The Sri Lankan security forces do not condone rape or torture of detainees. We have even charged some soldiers against who evidence of rape had been presented in the past. There is no point making allegations without evidence,” the army spokesman told the Colombo Gazette. Human Rights Watch said in a 141-page report titled “‘We Will Teach You a Lesson’: Sexual Violence against Tamils by Sri Lankan Security Forces” that the Sri Lankan security forces have been using rape and other forms of sexual violence to torture suspected members or supporters of the LTTE. While widespread rape in custody occurred during the armed conflict that ended in May 2009, Human Rights Watch found that politically motivated sexual violence by the military and police continues to the present.The report provides detailed accounts of 75 cases of alleged rape and sexual abuse that occurred from 2006-2012 in both official and secret detention centers throughout Sri Lanka. “We have a strong law and order system in the country. If there is evidence for such allegations then it should be reported to the police and investigations will be carried out,” the army spokesman said. In the cases documented by Human Rights Watch, men and women reported being raped on multiple days, often by several people, with the army, police, and pro-government paramilitary groups frequently participating.“The Sri Lankan security forces have committed untold numbers of rapes of Tamil men and women in custody,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “These are not just wartime atrocities but continue to the present, putting every Tamil man and woman arrested for suspected LTTE involvement at serious risk.”Most of the rape victims spoke to Human Rights Watch outside of Sri Lanka, and corroborated their accounts with medical and legal reports. THE HRW REPORT ON VIDEO read more

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Cisco HomesIn on the Huddle Room

“As we talk with customers, more and more they are asking for ways to enable their employees to be more productive in different types of spaces,” said Joe Berger, practice director at Cisco partner WWT, in a prepared statement, calling out the advantages of each of these Cisco devices. He later added, “Because these devices are managed by the same tools as the larger rooms, Facilities can more accurately determine ROI and IT/HR get insight into employee behaviors.” The Webex Room Kit Mini will be orderable in December and available in January. Finally, Cisco is offering native AI and analytics across its solutions. This will allow IT, facilities, and real estate executives to use data to determine, for example, whether it would be more valuable to turn a large conference room into several huddle rooms. And organize around huddle rooms, it did. Today, Cisco announced several new devices aimed squarely at the space. Cisco this week made several announcements around cloud calling and huddle spaces at its BroadSoft Connections and Partner Summit events that are taking place simultaneously this week in Miami and Las Vegas, respectively. As the cloud calling news is largely geared toward service providers, let’s set that aside for now and dig into its huddle room news. All a customer needs to provide is a monitor, and it can get up and running with audio and video collaboration. The Webex Room Kit Mini is powered by the same Nvidia processor as other solutions in Cisco’s Room Kit series, which is what enables the intelligence that feeds the Webex Assistant and other AI features like facial recognition, noise suppression, and framing. Huddle Room Market Explodes, Cisco Moves InThe exact number of huddle rooms in the world varies depending on who you ask; Ira Weinstein of Recon Research, who is also the Enterprise Connect Video track chair, estimates it’s around 25 million. This number will only continue to grow as more enterprises try to make use of leftover spaces by rearchitecting them into meeting areas. And as Weinstein said earlier this year, many of these rooms haven’t been outfitted with video capabilities yet. While Cisco has long had video collaboration and ideation solutions for small conference rooms, the huddle room represents a major opportunity for the vendor. Video Communication Must Improve, Even as It Hits Its Stride Michael Helmbrecht September 12, 2019 Video conferencing at work has boomed. Now we need to fully deliver on its promise. The Webex Room Kit Mini is a solution custom made for huddle spaces, with features like wireless sharing and artificial intelligence (AI), and all the other features that come with Cisco’s Webex platform, like “one button to push” to join a meeting and calendar integration, Snorre Kjesbu, VP and GM for Meeting Room Systems at Cisco, told me in a pre-briefing. See All in Video Collaboration & A/V » What’s Up in AV? 4 Trends to Watch Jimmy Vaughan August 02, 2019 A look at some of the problem-solving solutions I saw at the recent InfoComm 2019 event. Log in or register to post comments Burbick_Cisco_WebexShare.png HuddleRoom_774.png In summing up the news, Kjesbu said that one of the things that Cisco is aiming to stress with this latest release, is that its broad portfolio now makes it possible for organizations to digitize their entire organization, no matter the budget, use, or space — “from your pocket to the boardroom,” Kjesbu said.Tags:News & ViewsCiscohuddle roomsanalyticscameramicrophone arrayVideo Collaboration & A/VAI & AutomationConferencingEndpointsMeetingsTeam Collaboration Tools & Workspaces Articles You Might Like Don’t Get Ripped Off with Video Conferencing Pricing Chris Heinemann July 30, 2019 Financially, the cost of video conferencing isn’t just high, it’s unpredictable. It’s time for a different approach. The Webex Room Kit Mini is available for on-premises and cloud environments, as Sri Srinivasan, VP and GM for Cisco’s Team Collaboration Group, wrote in a Cisco Blogs post. When it’s used with Webex Teams, customers also gain access to the intelligent capabilities and detailed analytics (more on that in a minute). The Mini also includes a USB interface that allows it to work with other video collaboration apps like Skype for Business. When used with apps other than Cisco’s, the system can access only a subset of the product’s advanced capabilities like premium audio, beam-forming microphones, people count, and best view, Srinivasan wrote. 3 Problems Still Facing Voice Services Alexey Aylarov September 04, 2019 Interconnectivity, teleconference audio quality, and robocalling issues are still impacting voice services. Meetings Made Easy: One Video Platform or More Beth Schultz September 09, 2019 Standardizing on a single platform or enabling platform-agnostic collaboration are two ways to go about reducing friction in the meeting room. It features a fisheye camera lens for a 120-degree view of small spaces. But those who use fisheye cameras know that they don’t produce the most flattering images — “you see fat bellies and big heads,” Kjesbu said. That’s why Cisco has used its computational power and Webex platform to rectify the image so that people appear normally, with no distortion. The Webex Room Kit Mini also features a special microphone array that only picks up audio coming from the front of the unit — not the sides or the back. Cisco made this design choice because the product is “literally for small spaces,” Kjesbu said, but this does also make the solution ideal for small gatherings in open spaces where background noise might otherwise be a problem. Additionally, Cisco has now formally released Webex Share, which was previewed at the company’s Collaboration Summit in April. Webex Share, shown to the right, is a palm-sized adapter that can be plugged into a monitor or TV screen to convert the monitor to a presentation device that works with Webex Meetings and Webex Teams. Sharing, Ideating, and AnalyzingFor teams that mainly need to whiteboard and co-create, Cisco offers the Webex Board 55, which has been available for nearly two years but now has been updated with enhanced features like pinch and zoom, Cisco announced. read more

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Red Sox principal owner John Henry enters into agreement to buy The

BOSTON – The principal owner of the Boston Red Sox has entered into an agreement to buy The Boston Globe.The Globe says the impending purchase marks businessman John Henry’s “first foray into the financially unsettled world of the news media.” It said early Saturday the deal will give Henry the 141-year-old newspaper, its websites and affiliated companies.The New York Times Co. announced in February it was putting the Globe and related assets up for sale four years after calling off a previous attempt to sell it. The company’s CEO said at the time selling the Globe would help the company focus attention on The New York Times brand.Henry says the Globe’s “award-winning journalism” and “its rich history and tradition of excellence” have established it as one of the most well-respected media companies in the country. by The Associated Press Posted Aug 3, 2013 2:24 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Red Sox principal owner John Henry enters into agreement to buy The Boston Globe read more

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UN strongly condemns DPRK ballistic missile launch over Japan

Convening a formal meeting this evening immediately following urgent, closed-door consultations, the Security Council issued a Presidential Statement through which it condemned the DPRK for its “outrageous actions” and demanded that the North-East Asia country “immediately cease all such actions.” “The Security Council stresses that these DPRK actions are not just a threat to the region, but to all UN Member States,” the statement continued, expressing the 15-member body’s grave concern that the DPRK is, by conducting such a launch over Japan, “as well as its recent actions and public statements,” deliberately undermining regional peace and stability and have caused grave security concerns around the world. Moreover, the Council demanded that the DPRK abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programmes “in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner, and immediately cease all related activities” and not conduct any further tests or provocations.Earlier today, Secretary-General António Guterres also condemned the latest ballistic missile launch, in violation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions. “The launch undermines regional security and stability and efforts to create space for dialogue,” said a statement issued by UN spokesperson Eri Kaneko. According to press reports, early Tuesday morning, the DPRK launched a ballistic missile that travelled some 2,700 kilometers, flying over Japan before crashing into the Pacific Ocean. “The Secretary-General calls on the Government of the DPRK to fully comply with its international obligations and to work to re-open channels of communication,” the statement said, adding that Mr. Guterres remains in close contact with all parties concerned. read more

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New graduate program aims to facilitate transition towards sustainability

The first cohort of nine students (one was absent from photo) recently launched Brock University’s new Sustainability Science and Society graduate program.The first cohort of nine students recently launched Brock University’s new Sustainability Science and Society graduate program.It’s an important program as Brock is located in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve – a site seeking to reconcile social, economic and biophysical challenges confronting societies around the globe.“The Sustainability Science and Society graduate program aims to facilitate society’s transition towards sustainability,” said Ryan Plummer, director of Brock’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre and SSAS graduate program director.Plummer said the program’s aim is “multi-faceted.”SSAS aims to facilitate society’s transition towards sustainability. The transdisciplinary focus of the program breaks down traditional barriers between disciplines, encouraging the cross-pollination of ideas that will generate novel solutions and new opportunities in a dynamic and complex world.“There are few master’s degrees specifically designed to address contemporary challenges through the transdisciplinary lens of sustainability science,” Plummer said.This graduate program consists of two learning paths. The Master of Sustainability, Co-op (Scheme A) is for those students wishing to enrich classroom learning with practical experience.Alternatively, students desiring an intensive research experience can pursue a Master of Sustainability (Scheme B). Both paths include common foundational courses that are offered in the first two terms of study.Dean of Graduate Studies Mike Plyley speaks at the SSAS graduate program launch. “Sustainability Science is a new way to approach real world problems in sustainability,” said Liette Vasseur, ESRC member and UNESCO Chair, Community Sustainability: From Local to Global. “No discipline alone can resolve them, and the need for transdisciplinarity is crucial to find long-lasting solutions. I strongly believe that through this program students will acquire the knowledge and the skills that are essential to significantly contribute to a more sustainable world. Few programs give the opportunity for students to work with a wide range of experts (from biology and geography to economy, political and social sciences) from academia as well as professionals from different spheres.”Katrina Krievins, a 23-year-old with a degree from Brock (BA ’12) and graduate certificate from Niagara College, chose the SSAS program because of its transdisciplinary focus. Krievins is taking the co-op scheme and has her sights set on a career in restoration ecology.“The study of sustainability is not solely concerned with natural systems or social systems,” she said. “Instead, it explores the interactions between these linked systems. Learning to move beyond disciplinary boundaries is imperative to exploring potential solutions to complex problems and thus, moving toward a more sustainable future. Having the option of two different learning paths was also a significant factor for me.”*****Related: Profiling Sustainability Science and Society graduate program student Sarah Holmes read more

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Shopkeeper takes on armed robber – with a Henry vacuum cleaner

first_imgPharmacy manager Haroon Shaffiq told the Derby Telegraph: “I think it was a case of Henry one baseball bat nil.”I came down as soon as I was rung about the incident and when I got here Raffique was speaking so quickly.”He was clearly in shock at what he had been through.”He told me he just acted on instinct and picked up the Henry and starting fighting with the man with the baseball bat.”It must have been terrifying for him.””Raffique said he thought it was a joke and started laughing but then realised he was being serious and started fighting him off with the Henry. When a wannabe-thief brandishing a baseball bat entered a chemist in Derby earlier this month he was hoping to make off with cash from the till.He wasn’t expecting to be thwarted by a staff member wielding a Henry vacuum cleanerCCTV footage shows the moment the robber came into the store at around 11.20pm on September 2, demanding staff hand over cash.But worker Raffique Chaudhery, who was cleaning the store, used the vacuum to keep the bat-wielding thug at bay.The clip shows the unknown man then damaging the shop counter with the bat before fleeing empty-handed. Credit:Google “[Co-worker] Gaffer [Ahmed] was behind the counter and swore back at the man who then leaned forward and tried to get the till open but he couldn’t.”He then smashed at the screen of the till completely destroying it before finally running out empty handed.According to Mr Shaffiq the incident was the first time anyone has tried to rob the store in the 12 years it’s been open.”We have a real community presence here in Osmaston and Allenton,” he said, “and the customers have been fantastic since it happened.”center_img The chemist Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Give CSME more credit says CARICOM boss

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMember States need to inform their citizens of the benefits of CARICOM- LaRocqueJuly 4, 2017In “latest news”CARICOM SG calls for full CSME implementation at COTED meetingMay 16, 2018In “latest news”Swifter implementation of stagnant CSME, faster delivery of results acknowledgedFebruary 16, 2017In “latest news” The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Single Market and Economy (CSME) is not getting the credit it deserves for all it achieves, according to the 15-member grouping’s top public servant.CARICOM SECRETARY GENERAL IRWIN LAROCQUECARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque yesterday admitted that the CSME was seen by many as a waste of time, but said this was simply because the people of the region did not know enough about the achievements.“There are always a few things I can say that we can do better, but I think we are doing not too badly . . . . So we have to do a better job at communication, basically, both from the standpoint of the Secretariat as well as the member states. I regret that people see it as a waste of time. I don’t think it is. Absolutely not,” LaRoque told a news conference in Grenada to announce the agenda for the CARICOM Heads of Government summit which officially starts this evening.“It is constant communication to the people of the region in terms of what we are doing, what we are achieving and how we are going forward. Sometimes we take for granted what it is that we are doing,” he added.CARICOM is yet to achieve the second phase of the integration process, which includes harmonized economic policy.However, LaRocque said at the last summit, the leaders had taken stock of the CSME, and a roadmap was being prepared to help countries that were “lagging behind in certain areas”.“We are in discussion with them on time frames that need to be adhered to. That does not mean that the rights and obligations that member states have by virtue of the Treaty of Chaguaramas, or by decisions taken, [are] negated,” he said.The Secretary General said the Georgetown, Guyana-headquartered Secretariat and the member countries have an obligation to inform the general public “what is going on and how they are benefiting from it in terms of functional corporation in a vast number of areas – education, health, our advocacy in the international community”.LaRocque announced that the leaders’ three-day summit will have a heavy emphasis on tourism, human resource development and entrepreneurship.Other matters on the packed agenda include crime and security, border issues, health, climate adaptation, renewable energy, and Brexit. (Barbados Today) read more

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New Amsterdam man accused of murdering wife remanded

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWife dies days after alleged beating, husband in custodySeptember 23, 2017In “Crime”Suspects who confessed to raping, killing Berbice teen for court MondaySeptember 24, 2017In “Crime”Man who allegedly stabbed wife fifteen times remanded on murder chargeJanuary 4, 2017In “Man who allegedly stabbed wife fifteen times remanded on murder charge” A Smithfield, New Amsterdam resident was remanded to prison on Monday when he appeared at the New Amsterdam’s Magistrates’ Court to answer to a murder charge.Randolph Tahal, 58, was not required to plead to the indictable charge when it was read to him by Magistrate Alex Moore.The court heard that Tahal is accused of murdering his wife. The charge alleges that between September 17 and September 19 2017, the 58-year-old man and his wife, Janet Tahal, were involved in a verbal altercation when he picked up a piece of wood and dealt the now deceased woman several blows across her face.A family friend reportedly saw the woman bleeding profusely and she was subsequently rushed to the New Amsterdam Public Hospital where she later succumbed.Tahal was arrested following the outcome of the post mortem examination.He is expected to return to court on October 27. read more

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Matjaz Tominec a new coach of MT Melsungen

Former coach of Slovenian Cimos Koper, Matjaz Tominec (55) sign one year contract with German MT Melsungen. Germans finished 13th in Bundesliga this season, despite their higher ambitions at the beggining of the season. Management decided to sack coach Ryan Zinglersen and try with Slovenian, who has a lot of success during his period in Koper. ← Previous Story Argentina, Brasil and Chile won tickets for Sweden 2011! Next Story → Maja Savic in Viborg HK!

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Two men arrested after car chased and rammed on the M50

first_imgGARDAÍ CONFIRMED THAT two men have been arrested following an incident on the Naas Road last night in which a car was followed and rammed on the M50 motorway.At approximately 8.15pm, a 40-year-old man, accompanied by a 44-year-old female passenger drove into a car park in Naas with a view to selling a car.As the BMW attempted to drive from the car park, the exit was blocked by two vehicles – a car and an SUV. The BMW was then rammed by the car which had blocked the exit.FollowedThe BMW managed to exit the car park, however the drivers were followed by both the car and the SUV along the M50 where attempts were made to ram it a number of times.The BMW was rammed by the car on the Neilstown Rd where both vehicles came to a stop. Both occupants of the BMW managed to flee the scene on foot and contacted the gardaí.A short time later, two men, aged 30 and 21, were arrested in connection with this incident. They are being detained at Lucan Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 Criminal Justice Act 1984.Both men are expected to appear before Blanchardstown District Court this morning charged in connection with this incident.Investigations are continuing, said the gardaí.Read: Gardaí make fifth seizure of cannabis plants in Clare in one week>Read: Two due in court over €100,000 cannabis plant seizure>last_img read more

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Survey Evergreen Public Schools bond has plenty of support

first_imgAs Evergreen Public Schools ramps up to ask voters for hundreds of millions of dollars for school construction dollars, a district-commissioned survey shows its voters overwhelmingly support the effort.A survey of 400 voters in the east Vancouver school district found that 68 percent of voters support a construction bond, according to records obtained by the district. Bonds need 60 percent approval to pass.The survey, conducted by Portland firm CFM Strategic Communications, also found student security, classroom overcrowding and state match dollars among voters’ priorities. The bond questions were included in the district’s biennial survey, which cost the district $14,000, spokeswoman Gail Spolar said.If approved, the district would build a new elementary school, and replace five elementary schools, Wy’east Middle School, 49th Street Academy and two high schools. The district would also construct a new addition to Heritage High School, replace the district’s central offices and make improvements across the district.The district is also estimated to receive $95 million in state matching funds, as well as $12 million in local development impact fees. That brings the total package to $802 million.last_img read more

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Immigration SI suspended over pilots visit to Qatar without passport

first_imgShahjalal-AirportA sub-inspector of immigration police Kamruzzaman is temporarily suspended after Biman Bangladesh’s pilot Fazal Mahmud Chowdhury reached Qatar without his passport.Additional superintendent of immigration police’s special branch, Ismail Hossain, said SI Kamruzzaman has been suspended as he did not carry out his duties properly.According to the immigration police, pilot Fazal Mahmud was asked about his passport while he was going on a flight on 5 June. Fazal said his passport was in his bag. As pilots and crews regularly travel on flights, Fazal was allowed to cross immigration with crew ID. However, he should have showed his passport. SI Kamruzzaman should have allowed him crossing the immigration after seeing the passport.On 5 June, captain Fazal Mahmud Chowdhury took off a flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines and reached Qatar. After landing at Dohar Hamad International Airport, he did not find his passport. He claimed that he mistakenly kept his passport in another bag. After sending passport from Bangladesh, his immigration completed.Meanwhile, different media outlets reported that Fazal Mahmud was arrested by Qatar immigration authorities. Biman authorities, however, explained that he was not arrested.The cabinet division has formed an investigation committee as Fazal Mahmud was reportedly detained by Qatar immigration as he was no passport. Besides, the home ministry formed another body to investigate the matter.last_img read more

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Baylor St Lukes Medical Center Names New President

first_img Share After months of problems with its heart transplant program and other difficulties, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center announced Monday the appointment of T. Douglas Lawson as its new president.The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has also initiated a review of a patient death that occurred after emergency room care at the hospital. The patient died after a blood transfusion, receiving the wrong type.The hospital said president Gay Nord, Chief Nursing Officer Jennifer Nitschmann, MSN, RN, and Senior Vice President of Operations David Berger, MD, have left their roles. Marc Shapiro, chairman of the hospital’s Board of Directors, said the board “believes aggressive action is needed to address” the current situation.Courtesy of Baylor St. Luke’s Medical CenterT Douglas Lawson.Lawson, who will keep his position as CEO of the Texas Division of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), said they are “a 90-day plan that will include new initiatives in the areas of clinical excellence, patient experience, and workplace culture.”Before joining the CHI Texas Division, Lawson served at the Dallas-based Baylor Scott & White Health as president of both the organization’s North Texas Central Region and Baylor University Medical Center.last_img read more

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first_img News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | June 05, 2019 BGN Technologies Introduces Novel Medical Imaging Radioisotope Production Method BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of Ben-Gurion University (BGU), introduced a novel method for… read more Videos | Nuclear Imaging | March 22, 2019 VIDEO: Utilization of PET For Evaluation of Cardiac Sarcoidosis Raza Alvi, M.D., a read more Related Content X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more Raza Alvi explains use of PET to image cardiac sarcoidosisVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:09Loaded: 1.80%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:09 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more Michael M. Graham, Ph.D., M.D., president of SNM. center_img News | Radiation Therapy | May 31, 2019 RefleXion Opens New Manufacturing Facility for Biology-guided Radiotherapy Platform RefleXion Medical recently announced the opening of its new manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Hayward,… read more Feature | April 14, 2010 AHRQ Grants SNM $48K for Comparative Effectiveness in PET News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more April 14, 2010 – The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has awarded the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) a $48,000 grant to hold a conference to develop research on the comparative effectiveness of positron emission tomography (PET) and other molecular imaging techniques. The primary emphasis will be on the diagnosis and management of cancer patients, but both cardiology and neurology questions will also be addressed.“Comparative effectiveness research is essential to the future of medical imaging and improved patient care,” said Michael M. Graham, Ph.D., M.D., president of SNM and principal investigator. “This grant will allow us to effectively define how to carry out the research needed to educate the health care community about the benefits of PET and PET/CT for the management and care of cancer patients.”Three years ago, SNM’s PET Center of Excellence created a PET Utilization Task Force to address specific challenges within the field. The Research Working Group, a subset of the PET Utilization Task Force, met last August in Denver, Colo., to begin development of a cost effectiveness research workshop. This workshop is a first step in the development of cost and clinical effectiveness research focused on positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) and molecular imaging in the fields of oncology, cardiology and neurology. A key component of this workshop is the collaboration of experts in molecular imaging together with leaders in health services research with the goal of defining the optimal methodology and producing a plan for one or more molecular imaging effectiveness research projects.With the grant from AHRQ, SNM will host the workshop, “Comparative Effectiveness in Molecular Imaging,” July 21–22, in the Washington, D.C. area. The two-day workshop will review the current information on molecular imaging, current health care costs and how clinical and cost effectiveness research can be a valuable method of addressing all of these issues for managing the treatment and care of cancer patients in today’s health care environment.In addition to SNM’s experts in PET/CT, the symposium will include experts from other areas of molecular imaging likely to be important in the future, and also investigators from the National Oncology PET Registry, who have experience in registries applied to PET utilization. Approximately 100–120 attendees will include decision makers from funding agencies, the academic imaging community, the surgical/clinical oncology, cardiology and neurology communities, and from the health services research community, industry and patient advocacy groups. The meeting will include focused discussion groups charged with the goal of formulating research plans. The result of the meeting will provide guidance for how to optimally approach future molecular imaging comparative effectiveness research.“While many studies on molecular imaging have demonstrated clinical potential, there is a need for strong comparative effectiveness evidence,” Graham said. “This is why it is so important that we formulate a comparative effectiveness research plan to evaluate molecular imaging for the management of cancer.”Establishing clinical and cost effectiveness research for molecular imaging has been a top priority for Graham, and one of his major goals since taking office as SNM president in June 2009.For more information: www.snm.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PET-CT | March 06, 2019 Siemens Healthineers Announces First U.S. Install of Biograph Vision PET/CT Siemens Healthineers’ new Biograph Vision positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system has been… read more News | PET-CT | February 06, 2019 SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT: Examining the Value of Digital PET/CT Technological advancements in positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) offer both clinicians and pat read more Technology | PET-CT | January 23, 2019 FDA Clears United Imaging Healthcare uExplorer Total-Body Scanner January 23, 2019 — United Imaging Healthcare (United Imaging) announced U.S. read morelast_img read more

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first_img Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more Related Content Sponsored Content | Case Study | Contrast Media | January 30, 2019 Captisol-enabled Contrast Media with Reduced Renal Toxicity in Development The medical imaging market relies heavily on contrast media, injected into patients to increase the contrast of bodil read more News | Radiology Business | April 24, 2019 ITN Wins Jesse H. Neal Award for Best Technical Content April 24, 2019 — Imaging Technology News (ITN) was recently named the 2019 Jesse H. read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco News | Neuro Imaging | March 18, 2019 Non-Contrast MRI Effective in Monitoring MS Patients Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) without contrast agent is just as effective as the contrast-enhanced approach… read more Feature | Contrast Media Injectors | April 11, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Using Artificial Intelligence to Reduce Gadolinium Contrast One of the most controversial issues in radiology in recent years has been the use of… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more center_img News | Ultrasound Imaging | March 07, 2019 Ultrasound Societies Urge FDA to Remove Black Box Warning on Contrast Agents National and international ultrasound societies are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to remove the “black… read more July 12, 2010 – GE Healthcare Medical Diagnostics today announced the market reintroduction of Optison (Perflutren Protein-Type A Microspheres Injectable Suspension, USP), a diagnostic ultrasound contrast agent for use in select echocardiograms. Optison is indicated for use in patients with suboptimal echocardiograms to opacify the left ventricle and to improve the delineation of the left ventricular endocardial borders. The safety and efficacy of Optison with exercise stress or pharmacologic stress testing have not been established.Optison is an FDA-approved ultrasound contrast agent available in a ready-to-use formulation, providing the benefits of fast preparation time, ease of use, portability, and flexible dosing. Optison was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1998. In June 2009, GE Healthcare was no longer able to supply Optison to the market due to manufacturing difficulties. Since that time, the company has conducted a thorough review of the manufacturing process and changes have been made to minimize any future disruptions to product supply.The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) recommends the use of contrast whenever two or more left ventricular wall segments are not seen on non-contrast images. In clinical studies supporting the marketing application of Optison, there was significantly increased left ventricular heart opacification and improved endocardial border delineation with Optison compared to non-enhanced echocardiograms.“I am pleased that Optison is back on the market because it offers an important tool for improving the accuracy and reliability of echocardiograms, without unnecessarily exposing patients to ionizing radiation or dye,” said Steven B. Feinstein, M.D., FACC, FESC, professor of medicine and director of echocardiography, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago. “By improving the accuracy of echocardiograms, the use of ultrasound contrast agents also avoids redundant downstream testing.” Optison’s safety profile is supported by more than 1 million administered doses and nearly 12 years of clinical use, with only 16 serious adverse events reported since 1998. Of the reported adverse reactions following the use of Optison the most frequently reported were headache, nausea and/or vomiting, warm sensation or flushing, and dizziness. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Example of full-dose, 10 percent low-dose and algorithm-enhanced low-dose. 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Goway releases 2019 Africa and Middle East Travel Planner

first_img TORONTO — Goway’s new 2019 Africa and Middle East brochure is all about uniqueness and customization, says the company, and includes more than 250 travel ideas in 22 countries.With a wide range of product and multiple styles of travel, “this is the definitive planning tool for an agent selling Africa,” says Moira Smith, Goway’s Africa & Middle East General Manager.In line with global trends, every idea can be personalized and custom built to the travellers requirements. Many unique experiences, and innovative new itineraries, are included, as well as tried and tested best-sellers, says Smith.The Middle East is showing exponential growth for Goway and this is reflected in the product lineup, with trips including Pyramids to Petra, a 14-day trip combining the best of Egypt and Jordan, and the 8-day Israel Odyssey, a small locally escorted tour with many inclusions.In East Africa the ‘sampler series’, Tanzania Sampler and Kenya Sampler, offers affordable accommodations on the most popular routes.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterSouthern Africa sees an expanded range of lodges in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Exclusive to Goway in North America is the 13-day Rediscover Zimbabwe small group tour. Also new is the seven-day Classic Kaleidoscope tour which takes in the highlights of Namibia.Throughout the brochure unique experiences are featured, from the Heli and Harley Tour, to rhino tracking opportunities, to the Royal Livingstone Express and visiting the Louvre in Abu Dhabi.For more information or to order call 1-800-245-0920 or email info@africaexperts.com. Posted by Goway releases 2019 Africa and Middle East Travel Planner << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Africa & Middle East, Goway, Goway Travelcenter_img Share Wednesday, September 26, 2018 Travelweek Group last_img read more

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Sneakersmaker Puma tracks its carbon footprint

Still, changes are difficult to implement precisely because of the gap between the company and its far-flung, sometimes opaque suppliers, which often provision hundreds or even thousands of different brands.By 2015, the company aims to source 50 percent of its raw materials from suppliers that meet its sustainability criteria, said Zeitz, who has also been named PPR’s Chief Sustainability Officer at Puma’s parent company, luxury conglomerate PPR.Still, not everyone is eager to see “green accounting” widely applied.“You can imagine there are a lot of industrialists who aren’t keen to have this adopted,” Preston said. “Their numbers would be mind-boggling.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) While Puma hasn’t been able to break out the environmental cost of manufacturing a pair of shoes or other individual products, the label in 2010 put the estimated cost of its overall environmental impact at 145 million euros ($185 million). Puma distributes its products in more than 120 countries, employs more than 11,000 people worldwide and had more than 3 billion euros ($3.7 billion) in consolidated sales last year, more than half of that for footwear, according to the company’s website.“I realized that valuing natural capital and nature was something that had gained traction and was something that scientists were starting to come up with methodologies for … and I thought `why not apply that to a business context,’” Zeitz said on the sidelines on the United Nations’ earth summit in Rio de Janeiro. “I was surprised that no one had done it before.”Zeitz didn’t rule out the future possibility of being able to include on a product tag the monetary value of the environmental destruction inflicted by the making of a pair of sneakers. “I think consumers are beginning to get interested in this kind of thing,” he said.Long relegated to the fringes, initiatives to put dollar figures on the life-sustaining functions of ecosystems have gained currency in recent years, and such “green accounting” programs were very much in vogue at the U.N.’s Rio+20 conference on sustainable development that wrapped up on Friday. Proponents hope that assigning monetary values to resources will help put the brakes on unfettered development. They say such initiatives could help make governments and corporations less likely to jeopardize the natural assets and environmental systems that make the planet habitable, which could help stave off the kind of wholesale environmental meltdown many scientists are predicting.Case in point: a recent study that PricewaterhouseCooper did for the government of Malaysia, which was considering razing a mangrove forest to build a tourist resort. Taking into account the crucial role mangrove forests play in protecting coastlines from devastating storms and tidal waves, plus their status as incubators for a plethora of aquatic life, the team estimated the forest’s value to society at $30 million a year.The hotel was not built, said Malcolm Preston, who led the PricewaterhouseCooper team.In the case of Puma, the sportswear manufacturer paired with PricewaterhouseCooper to assign a monetary value to each aspect of Puma’s environmental degradation, from its land and water use to its pollution and waste generation, as well as its creation of greenhouse gases.Teams from Puma and the consultancy company worked to follow the supply chain as far back as they could, tracing each raw material back to its country or even region of origin. The team then consulted academic studies that parse out the environmental costs associated with producing a kilogram of leather, cotton or rubber in a particular place. They later consulted other studies by environmental scientists that assigned a dollar price to those intangible but very real environmental costs. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates For example, the team valued a ton of carbon dioxide at 66 euros a ton, said Preston, who led the team for the 2010 Puma account, the first and only EP&L the sportswear company has yet released.“Is it accurate to the dollar? Absolutely not. But it gives you a reference point,” acknowledged Preston. “Air, land and water have an intrinsic value to society that was never acknowledged before because those things were thought of as free.”Still, Preston acknowledged that the numbers were purely theoretical. They aren’t counted in calculating the company’s bottom line, nor does Puma actually have to pay out those sums to make up for the damage they’ve inflicted.“Nobody’s suggesting that you’re going to pay for this environmental degradation,” said Preston. “You’re trying to put a value on it so you understand what’s happening and can integrate it into your decision-making.”Zeitz said that having a clear breakdown of where and how Puma pollutes will help the company clean up its act.The EP&L shows that raw materials account for the lion’s share of brand’s total environmental impact: production of water-thirsty cotton and rubber and land-devouring leather alone was behind 57 percent of the company’s total impact, the balance sheet found. Possible changes to improve those numbers could include moving the sourcing of water-intensive raw materials from arid counties to rainier ones or finding a way to re-use scraps and other left-overs that might normally be thrown out, Zietz said. Four benefits of having a wireless security system Check your body, save your life Associated PressRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – How big is a sneaker’s carbon footprint?In a quest to find out, sportswear giant Puma’s chairman, Jochem Zeitz, helped develop the Environmental Profit & Loss Account, or EP&L, a balance sheet that assigns a dollar figure to the environmental costs inflicted at every step of the manufacturing process that transforms rubber, cotton, leather and other materials into the brand’s iconic soccer shoes, track suits and jerseys. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories Top Stories Top holiday drink recipes Comments   Share  

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