Child advocate Canada square off over definition of who is a First

first_imgAmber BernardAPTN NewsA First Nations child advocacy group and the federal government are at odds over the definition of a First Nations child.The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society says the Indian Act meaning is not enough – but Canada says it is.The two sides have been arguing their case before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in Ottawa over two days.The dispute, and the hearings are over who is eligible for Jordan’s Principle services.The caring society is asking Canada to expand its definition of a First Nations child.“Number one, if there are children who don’t have status or reside off reserve, who are recognized by their communities, then they should be eligible under Jordan’s Principle,” says Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the caring society.“And that the recognition could take a variety of different forms.”Jordan’s Principle is supposed to provide quick access to health, social or educational services that are available to people off reserve and ensure first nations children living on reserve get the services they need.As of now, Canada only pays for children under Jordan’s Principle if they have status, or reside on a reserve.The government says they want to proceed as normal.And that the proposed definition is only going to increase the number of self-determining applicants.“We will ask you to satisfy this interim order and to dismiss this notion,” government lawyer Robert Frater told the Tribunal.The human rights tribunal will either consider another order on Canada or dismiss the proposed definition from the caring society in the coming weeks.Blackstock spent years before the tribunal arguing that Canada discriminated against First Nation children who live on reserve because their services were not funded equally as those children who live off-reserve.The tribunal agreed and has been releasing non-compliance orders to the government to change its policies.abernard@aptn.ca@amberbernardlast_img read more

Mahasohon Balakaya leader several others further remanded

While being brought out of the court premises the suspects said that they do not have money to pay for bail.The families of the suspects who gathered outside court appealed for their release, insisting that they were innocent. The suspects were placed in remand following the violence in Kandy targeting Muslims. (Colombo Gazette) The leader of the Mahasohon Balakaya, Amith Weerasinghe and several others were today ordered to be further remanded over the violence in Digana, Kandy.The Theldeniya Magistrate’s Court ordered 32 suspects including Amith Weerasinghe to be further until May 5th when they were presented before court today. read more

Parents sending children to school unable to speak properly says Education Secretary

Children being sent to school unable to speak in sentences is a “persistent scandal”, the Education Secretary is to tell parents.In his first major speech on social mobility, Damian Hinds will promise to tackle the “last taboo” in education by highlighting the fact that many mothers and fathers are failing to teach their children how to talk.Speaking at the Resolution Foundation in Westminster on Tuesday, he will say that he has no desire to “lecture” parents about how to raise their children.But he will warn that children who start school at age four behind their peers rarely catch up and instead “the gap just widens”.–– ADVERTISEMENT –– Damian Hinds will say that he has no desire to “lecture” parents  Damian Hinds will say that he has no desire to “lecture” parents Credit: Eddie Mulholland His comments follow research that shows that more than a quarter of four-and-five-year-olds lack the early communication and literacy skills expected by the end of reception year. The ‘expected level’ includes a child having the words and understanding to talk about events that have happened or are going to happen in the future.A separate study shows that children with poor vocabulary at age five are more than twice as likely to be unemployed at age 34 as children with good vocabulary.Mr Hinds will say that he wants to halve the number of children starting school without the early speaking or reading skills they need by 2028.He will outline his intention to build a new coalition of business leaders, charities, tech companies and media groups to encourage more parents to read and learn new words with their children.Representatives from the National Literacy Trust and Public Health England will sit on the coalition, which will come up with ways to boost parents’ confidence with supporting their child’s language and literacy. This could include awareness-raising campaigns, like the ‘Five a day’ public health campaign that encouraged more people to eat fruit and vegetables as a model for changing parents’ behaviour.  Mr Hinds will say that while there are “legitimate worries” from parents about screen time, media and modern technology, it can also be a useful tool for parents to help with their child’s language development.   The head of Ofsted has previously warned that more and more children are starting school without being able to communicate properly or even use the toilet.Amanda Spielman described how some “lucky” children are given bedtime stories or taught the alphabet by their families, while others are not so fortunate.She has previously urged nursery staff to spend time teaching pre-school children new language skills – whether through songs, nursery rhymes or “time-honoured classics” such as Hans Christian Andersen or Dr Seuss.The Ofsted head said children starting their first year of school should also be able to sit still and listen, understand the words “no” and “stop”, and be able to put on their own shoes and coat. “It is a persistent scandal that we have children starting school not able to communicate in full sentences, not able to read simple words,” he will say.  “And the truth is that the vast majority of these children’s time is at home. Yes, the home learning environment can be, understandably, the last taboo in education policy – but we can’t afford to ignore it when it comes to social mobility.  “I don’t have any interest in lecturing parents here…I know it’s parents who bring up their children, who love them, who invest in them in so many ways, who want the best for their children. But that doesn’t mean extra support and advice can’t be helpful.” It is a persistent scandal that we have children starting school not able to communicate in full sentences, not able to read simple wordsEducation Secretary Damian Hinds 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. read more

Déforestation le Cameroun et lEurope signent un accord sur le bois illégal

first_imgDéforestation : le Cameroun et l’Europe signent un accord sur le bois illégalEurope – Premier pays africain exportateur de bois vers l’Europe, le Cameroun a signé mercredi un accord avec l’UE. Visant à lutter contre le commerce de bois issu de coupes illégales, ce texte impose à toutes les expéditions de bois et de produits issus du bois en provenance du Cameroun et à destination de l’UE d’être accompagnées d’une autorisation attestant leur origine légale.Après trois ans de négociations, cet “accord de partenariat volontaire” prévoit que d’ici juillet 2012, toutes les livraisons de bois provenant du Cameroun vers l’UE soient certifiées comme d’origine légale. Afin de permettre cette entrée en vigueur dans moins de deux ans, un système de traçabilité nationale du bois est en cours de développement au Cameroun.Le pays est l’un des principaux exportateurs de bois du bassin du Congo, une zone qui abrite la deuxième réserve mondiale de bois tropical. D’après la Commission européenne, ce sont 80% des exportations de bois camerounais qui sont destinées à l’UE.Alors que l’Union européenne a déjà signé deux autres accords bilatéraux, avec le Ghana en 2009 et la République démocratique du Congo, des négociations sont en cours avec six autres pays : la Malaisie, l’Indonésie, le Vietnam, la Centrafrique, le Liberia et le Gabon.Dans le cadre de cette lutte contre la déforestation, l’UE a également adopté une législation qui prévoit d’ici deux ans l’interdiction de l’introduction sur le marché européen de bois abattu illégalement. Cette loi contraint donc les importateurs de bois à s’assurer de la légalité de leurs produits. Une traçabilité imposée à tous les opérateurs de la chaîne d’approvisionnementLe 10 octobre 2010 à 11:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Inondations en Australie la Première ministre sur place

first_imgInondations en Australie : la Première ministre sur placeJulia Gillard, Première ministre australienne, a rencontré vendredi les victimes des graves inondations qui frappent le nord-est du pays. Ces habitants, qui ont dû quitter leurs maisons, vont passer la Saint-Sylvestre dans des centres d’hébergement d’urgence.Ce sont des dizaines de villes et de villages du Queensland, en Australie, qui sont envahis par les eaux depuis plusieurs jours. L’Etat est ainsi coupé du reste du pays. Au total, la surface frappée par ces inondations sans précédent est aussi vaste que celle de la France et l’Allemagne réunies !À lire aussiRoi de l’imitation, cet oiseau-lyre peut reproduire le son d’un pistolet-laser”Ce qui frappe le plus, c’est le courage des habitants ainsi que la solidarité entre les victimes. Ce sens de la communauté, ce sens australien qui fait que quand les temps sont durs, chacun se préoccupe de son voisin”, a déclaré à la presse Julia Gillard, citée par Romandie. La Première ministre australienne était en déplacement à Bundaberg, l’une des villes les plus sinistrées.Ces intempéries sont dues au récent passage du cyclone Tasha. Celui-ci a provoqué un déluge d’eau qui a coupé les routes et endommagé les liaisons ferroviaires.A l’heure actuelle, le niveau de l’eau continue de monter. A Rockhampton, au nord de Brisbane, au moins 4.000 maisons sont menacées d’inondation.La Première ministre du Queensland, Anna Bligh, a estimé le coût de ce désastre à plusieurs milliards de dollars.Le 31 décembre 2010 à 10:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

YouTube dispose dune nouvelle interface

first_imgYouTube dispose d’une nouvelle interfaceL’interface de YouTube a été repensée pour être accessible depuis tout appareil connecté. La nouvelle version du site est disponible depuis hier.L’interface de la plateforme de partage de vidéos YouTube (propriété de Google) fait l’objet d’un mise à jour et d’un relooking. Cette nouvelle présentation valorise la présence de diverses “chaînes”.À lire aussiUne incroyable intelligence artificielle donne vie à la Joconde de Léonard de Vinci (Vidéo)YouTube est désormais formé de trois colonnes. Une est consacrée aux canaux thématiques (vidéo populaire, sport, humour). La seconde colonne montre le contenu du canal sélectionné. Et la troisième recense les émissions de TV disponibles en replay. La colonne de gauche peut être personnalisée à l’aide de filtres.Le vice-président chargé du développement de produits, Shishir Mehrotra a expliqué à l’AFP : “nous nous efforçons vraiment de combiner le meilleur de la télévision avec le meilleur du web. L’expression ‘vidéo en ligne’ va disparaître au fur et à mesure que les vidéos seront accessibles sur tout type d’appareil.” YouTube évolue afin de devenir plus facile d’utilisation sur tout appareil connecté, des smartphones aux téléviseurs connectés.”Au fur et à mesure que la nouvelle formule sera généralisée sur le site et pour tous les appareils, cela va être un tournant pour les fournisseurs de contenus”, annonce Noam Lovinsky, un autre responsable, “tout le monde va se battre pour avoir une place de choix sur la page d’accueil”. YouTube devient également plus facilement intégrable avec les autres services proposés par Google.Le 2 décembre 2011 à 17:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Deux siamoises séparées avec succès en Espagne

first_imgDeux siamoises séparées avec succès en EspagneDeux petites filles siamoises âgées de 7 mois ont été séparées avec succès dans un hôpital de Barcelone en Espagne. Elles étaient unies par l’abdomen et possédaient le même foie. C’est une nouvelle prouesse que viennent de réaliser une équipe de chirurgiens à l’hôpital Vall d’Hebron de Barcelone en Espagne. Hier, l’établissement a annoncé que deux petites filles siamoises avait été séparée avec succès, alors qu’elles étaient liées par l’abdomen et possédaient le même foie. L’opération “complexe et minutieuse” s’est déroulée le 27 février dernier et a nécessité une trentaine de professionnels de différentes disciplines.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Nuria et Marta sont nées siamoises le 10 août dernier mais les médecins ont dû attendre avant de réaliser l’opération qui a duré pas moins de 7 heures. La malformation avait été décelée lors des échographies réalisées pendant la grossesse et “l’accouchement avait été programmé au bout de 32 semaines de gestation pour garantir la survie des foetus et éviter les complications pour la mère”, a précisé le communiqué. Mais c’est la première fois qu’une telle intervention est réussie en Catalogne. Désormais, les deux sœurs pourront donc “mener une vie normale et viennent à l’hôpital uniquement pour les contrôles réguliers”. Si les cas de siamois sont exceptionnels (un pour 200.000 naissances), cette particularité menace grandement la survie des enfants. Le pourcentage de survie va de 5 à 25% au moment de la naissance, et jusqu’à 53% une fois la séparation effectuée, selon l’hôpital. Le 21 mars 2012 à 10:21 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Marina Bay Sands drops fiveyear SG13 million lawsuit against Australian gambler

first_img Singapore Betting Taxes fall 0.9% to SG$2.7 billion in FY2018/19 Aristocrat wins battle over intellectual property rights with US$3 million settlement Load More RelatedPosts The Singapore casino had been pursuing Wang for a gambling debt of SG$$9,996,250 accrued across two visits to Marina Bay Sands in April 2013 and January 2014, plus interest of SG$3,782,690 and costs of SG$7,398.The resolution comes two years after a Singapore court issued a 2017 default judgement against Wang, who had failed to respond to repeated attempts by MBS to contact him at his listed Australian address. A Sydney judge subsequently granted MBS permission to claim the debt against Wang’s Australian assets, however the Singapore High Court set aside the earlier default judgement in January of this year after listening to the arguments of lawyers representing both parties.Wang’s defense was based on the claim that he had funded his play via the use of a junket and therefore had no direct dealings with MBS itself.Despite finally reaching a settlement with Wang last week, an MBS spokesman said the property looked forward to inviting him back “as a valued patron in the near future.” Marina Bay Sands (MBS) has dropped a lawsuit worth more than SG$13 million against Australian high roller Wang Zhi Cai, ending a case that stretches back to 2013.According to The Straits Times, MBS lawyers filed a notice of discontinuance with the High Court last week, with the matter said to have been resolved amicably. Las Vegas Sands reaches new SG$4 billion loan agreements for Marina Bay Sands expansionlast_img read more

GRAMMY Camp—Weekends Music Career Training Coming To Ft Lauderdale

first_img https://twitter.com/GRAMMYMuseum/status/1020447025643565056 GRAMMY Camp—Weekend Training In Ft. Lauderdale grammy-camp%E2%80%94weekends-music-career-training-coming-ft-lauderdale Facebook GRAMMY Camp—Weekend’s Music Career Training Coming To Ft. Lauderdale Local Florida students will receive specialized guidance to help turn their dedication and talent into music industry careersPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Nov 2, 2018 – 5:08 pm A special GRAMMY Camp—Weekend will be held in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on Saturday, Dec. 1, offering students from the area in-depth advice and instruction for three career tracks: electronic music production, video production and vocal performance. A career-minded introduction to the music industry, the program is conducted in partnership between the GRAMMY Museum and HANDY, the Broward County youth development organization helping more than 1,200 local-area kids annually with the transition to becoming self-sufficient and educated adults.The day’s program begins with all the students together before they divide into the three dedicated tracks to work with GRAMMY Camp’s guest professionals, who blend straight talk and reliable advice to show these high school students how they too can make progress for their own careers.A collaborative session including everybody then shows how the different pieces of the music industry puzzle fit together, with an emphasis on how students can maximize their own potential to fit into the industry ecosystem. Students will explore career strategies they can use to turn their passion and talent for music into livelihoods.The professionals participating in the all-day event are each exemplars of their respective crafts. The electronic music production track is led by Rick Schmunk, chair of USC Thornton School of Music’s music technology program, where he is an associate professor. Besides his published research Schmunk has assisted many online to express themselves creatively with production software such as Ableton.The video production track will be led by independent filmmaker Michelle Ehlen who proves that writing, directing, acting and more can all exist in one capable professional. Her unique comedy takes on society satirize and warp gender conventions, while she also is in-demand producing, directing and editing many projects.The vocal performance track is led by folk singer/songwriter Anne Heaton, an honest voice and expert pianist. Many albums followed her impressive 2003 debut Black Notebook and her taste in strong musical choices has always stood out. As an instructor, Heaton’s guidance has uniquely enriched the next generation both face-to-face and online. Email Twitter News This weekend edition is affiliated with the five-day immersive GRAMMY Camp held by the GRAMMY Museum from July 23 through July 27 in Los Angeles, for which applications are now open. The community of music creators show that careers in the music industry can be established when talent and dedication come together. GRAMMY Camp programs are unique mentoring experiences, helping the next generation of music industry professionals to grow.GRAMMY Camp—Weekend Brings Music Career Training To PittsburghRead morelast_img read more

Collector tells girls to available of government schemes

first_imgKakinada: East Godavari Collector D Muralidhar Reddy said that extension of support to girl children, particularly for those from poor families, is much laudable. Participating in the distribution of notebooks by Durga Somu Prasad Charitable Trust to students of Pydah Satti Raju Municipal Corporation Girls High School at Salipeta here on Tuesday, the Collector complimented the services of the trust in different fields not only in East Godavari but also in neighbouring West Godavari. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us In this connection, the Collector suggested the girl students to study with commitment to achieve the expected goals not only in education but also in life.The Collector suggested them to avail the educational benefits available through various schemes. The proposed scheme of Amma Vodi is a boon to promote education among the poor and needy. Somu Prasad, chairman of Durga Somu Prasad Charitable Trust said that they have been extending support to poor in the fields of health and education.last_img read more

Bombay Stock Exchange may sell about 30 stake by March 2017

first_imgThe Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) has decided to sell up to 30 percent stake before the end of the current financial year through the offer-for-sale route. Besides, a fresh issue of shares is also on the cards, Asia’s oldest stock exchange informed its shareholders on Tuesday. The BSE hopes to raise about Rs. 1,300 crore from the stake sale. On June 24, it will hold shareholders’ general meeting to seek their approval, seen as taking the exchange a step closer to listing, Mint reports. “A combination of an offer for sale (OFS) and fresh issues, for upto a minimum of 30 percent of the post-issue issued equity share capital of the company, subject to regulatory requirement would be considered at the AGM,” read a notice sent to shareholders.Two months ago, BSE received an in-principal approval from capital markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) for its IPO, Business Standard had reported.”This marks the clear intent of the exchanges to list and provide the shareholders an exit opportunity. The exchange is taking the right steps at the right time to proceed with listing,” Rahul Mehta, an investor in BSE, was quoted as saying by Mint.The Mumbai-based stock exchange’s issued capital is about 10.9 crore shares. At Rs. 400 apiece, the exchange would be valued at Rs. 4,367.05 crore, the publication added.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]last_img read more

Trump is going to resign says Trump memoir writer

first_imgDonald TrumpThe ghostwriter who penned Donald Trump’s 1987 memoir “The Art of the Deal” thinks the US president will throw in the towel before the end of his term.Writer Tony Schwartz tweeted that “Trump is going to resign” before investigators probing alleged ties between the Republican’s campaign team and Russia “leave him no choice.”“The circle is closing at blinding speed,” the author tweeted. “Trump is going to resign and declare victory before Mueller and congress leave him no choice.”“Trump’s presidency is effectively over,” he said in a follow-up tweet. “Would be amazed if he survives till end of the year.More likely resigns by fall, if not sooner.”While writing Trump’s bestselling breakthrough memoir Schwartz spent 18 months with the billionaire tycoon.He spoke out last year against the real estate mogul during the presidential campaign, telling The New Yorker magazine that he put “lipstick on a pig.”“I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is.”last_img read more

Modi most antinational dividing nation Rahul Gandhi

first_imgPresident of Indian National Congress (INC) Rahul Gandhi speaks during an election campaign rally at Krishnaraja Nagar, some about 200 Kms South West of Bangalore on 13 April 2019. AFP File PhotoCongress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday slammed prime minister Narendra Modi for being the “most anti-national” and accused him of “dividing the nation”.Reacting to Modi’s allegation of the Congress turning anti-national, Gandhi said his grand old party has an exceptional track record of fighting forces that attack the nation.”Thousands of Congress workers have laid down their lives, fighting such forces. Today the most anti-national act is the act of Modi who is dividing the nation,” said Gandhi as he kicked off his day-long campaign in Kerala.”Crippling the agricultural system, leading to farmers suicide is another anti-national act of Modi. Youths losing their jobs is also another anti-national act. Modi has failed in all these and it’s time that he answers,” he told the media at a presser here.Gandhi said the three key issues ruling the 2019 Lok Sabha polls are destruction of the Indian economy, personal corruption of Modi and the plight of the farmers.”We are looking forward to forming the next government,” said Gandhi as he was about to leave, when a few questions were hurled at him.The Congress leader, taking them returned to his seat sporting a smile, and said: “How come the prime minister does not have the guts to face the Kerala, Odisha or the Delhi media?”From Kannur, Gandhi will make a whirlwind visit to five assembly constituencies in the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency, from where he is contesting the polls.He is also fighting from his traditional Amethi Lok Sabha seat.last_img read more

What is causing this Xbox One to make an awful buzzing sound

first_imgWe’ve already reported today on the faulty Blu-ray drives in some Xbox One consoles, and the fact Microsoft is shipping them out with scratched casing. But now another issue has been identified and recorded in a YouTube video.Something inside the Xbox One in the video below is making an awful buzzing noise. It’s almost like fingernails on a chalk board at certain points. It doesn’t seem to match the sound created by the faulty Blu-ray drives we’ve already heard, in fact I’d say it sounds much more like an over active hard drive that’s on its way out.We must stress that this is just one Xbox One and we don’t know the history. It may have been damaged in some way, and with the room being dark you can’t tell if there’s any damage to the casing.Does anyone else have any ideas what could be making this happen? It could be an extreme version of the Blu-ray faulty drive issue, a faulty hard drive, or an issue with the cooling fan sitting on top of the main processor and memory chips inside the case. I don’t believe there’s anything else with moving parts inside the console capable of emitting such a sound.Whatever it turns out to be, this is clearly another Xbox One that needs to be returned to the store and replaced.last_img read more

Magic in marble

first_imgShe defines all things fine and Italian and her works are like magic flowing through marble and metal. Simona Bocchi, the Italian artiste who has made India her home over the last few years, unveiled her latest work Devotion Divine in the Capital. The evening was a celebration of art and its finer nuances as the Italian Ambassador of Italy, Daniele Mancini spoke about Bocchi’s works and her fine talent. The piece, crafted entirely out of marble flows in tandem with Bocchi’s deep attachment to spirituality. In fact, Bocchi’s India chapter is all about her spiritual connect with the country.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Bocchi was born in Monza, Italy and her initial enlightenment in her field happened in her academic sojourn through art schools in Milan, Brera, Wimbledon, finally graduating in Carrara. She came to India in 2006, invited to organise an exhibition in Delhi by the Italian Embassy. And then there was no looking back. Her experience in India brought her closer to the spiritual search she had been on forever and Udaipur soon became her home. The piece, Devotion Divine, reflects an figure that has the finesse of a female body, the soft curves and flow but it also has the slight edge of the masculine chiseled in. This connects to Bocchi’s fascination with Shiva-Parvati, a theme that has been an intricate part of her work.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHost VN Dalmia expressed his love for art with a simple line, ‘Never buy a piece that doesn’t give you joy,’ he says, explaining why he picked Bocchi out of a million other artistes. Bocchi is not only the perfect cultural ambassador for her country, she now merges the finer arts learned in India with her past.  She is currently working on a personal exhibition scheduled for next year and at the same time concentrating on her book.last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Related Content Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | November 14, 2012 MRI Better Than ECG at Identifying Silent Heart Attacks Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is more effective than electrocardiography (ECG) at identifying “silent” heart attacks, also known as unrecognized myocardial infarctions, according to a study performed by National Institutes of Health researchers and international colleagues. Overall, the study found that silent heart attacks are more frequent than previous studies have reported, particularly in certain populations such as older adults with diabetes. Silent heart attacks appear to be much more common than those with recognized symptoms. “Prevalence and Prognosis of Unrecognized Myocardial Infarction Determined by Cardiac Magnetic Resonance in Older Adults” was published Sept. 5 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.The study involved 936 participants aged 67 to 93 years, enrolled in the Age Gene/Environment Susceptibility-Reykjavik Study (AGES). Of the participants, 670 were randomly selected and 266 were selected because they were known to have diabetes. Because 71 of the randomly selected participants also had diabetes, the overall study population consisted of 337 people who had diabetes and 599 who did not.Cardiac MRI indicated that more participants, both with and without diabetes, had silent heart attacks (21 and 14 percent, respectively) than recognized heart attacks (11 and 9 percent, respectively). ECG was less effective, detecting silent heart attacks in only five percent of the participants in both groups. Silent heart attacks identified by cardiac MRI were associated with a higher risk of mortality during the study period, while silent heart attacks identified by ECG were not. However, participants who had either form of heart attack were significantly more likely to die than those who had neither.The analysis also found that people with silent heart attacks displayed many cardiovascular risk factors associated with recognized heart attacks, such as high blood pressure and evidence of atherosclerosis (a disease in which plaque builds up inside the arteries). Yet, fewer study participants who had a silent heart attack were taking medications such as statins or aspirin compared with survivors of recognized heart attacks (36 vs. 73 percent).The study authors suggest that people who may have an increased risk for silent heart attacks, such as older people with diabetes, may benefit from following cardiovascular disease prevention methods, given the high prevalence of silent heart attacks and their association with increased mortality.This study was conducted by researchers at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; the National Institute on Aging; and the Icelandic Heart Association.For more information: www.nih.gov FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica 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 last_img read more

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first_img Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… 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. Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Preventative CareThe Somatom Force also may enable low-dose imaging in lung and colon exams.² Low-dose imaging is attributable to two spectral filters known as Selective Photon Shields that optimize the X-ray spectrum to significantly improve air/soft-tissue contrast. Patients who are diagnosed with lung or colon cancer are likely to undergo additional follow-up imaging studies that can now be delivered at a continually low dose to enable more decisive treatment and post-therapy evaluations. Related Content Freezing MotionWith the industry’s fastest, most versatile scanning mode, the Somatom Force enables the user to perform an entire adult chest, abdomen and pelvis study in only one second, so patients need not hold their breath. For example, patients who present with shortness of breath and are evaluated for pulmonary embolism can now be imaged with no breath hold, thanks to the Somatom Force’s Turbo Flash Mode. With no need for a patient breath hold, the healthcare organization can make faster, more confident decisions and can better deliver timely intervention. In cardiac imaging, the Somatom Force can obtain an entire study within a quarter of a heartbeat at a native temporal resolution of 66 ms — the speed required to freeze even the fastest-moving anatomy such as the right coronary artery. Kidney-friendly ScanningFor years, CT imagers have been investigating the usage of different energy levels (kilovoltage or “kV”) to elicit an enhanced contrast-to-noise ratio and lower patient radiation dose. Lowering kV levels also can potentially increase enhancement of contrast medium, so less contrast may be necessary. This practice had limitations because earlier generations of CT scanners could not sufficiently power imaging at very low kV levels except when imaging children or very small adults. In early investigational research with the Somatom Force, radiologists have observed low, previously unachievable kV imaging results that are enabled by the Force’s power reserves.¹“The massively enhanced tube power of the Somatom  Force enables imaging that can be acquired at very low kV settings — and thus at a lower level of radiation dose — routinely in adult patients and even those of a larger body type. In the past, these low kV settings would have resulted in noisy, nondiagnostic studies,” said Joseph Schoepf, M.D., director of CT research and development and professor of radiology and cardiology at Medical University of South Carolina.Due to its low kV imaging, the Somatom Force broadens CT’s application for patients with renal insufficiency. While necessary for conventional CT imaging, iodine contrast medium can place a burden on the kidneys, especially for older patients or those with chronic kidney disease. Previously, clinicians had two options: scan without contrast or avoid scanning entirely. The Somatom Force extends CT’s use for these patients, especially in urgent situations when they can most benefit.An author of numerous published studies on the benefits of low kV imaging and an internationally recognized expert in neuroradiology, Lawrence Tanenbaum, M.D., FACR, noted, “The Somatom Force enables routine 70 kV imaging — a technique poised to make a tremendous impact in day-to-day scanning of adult and pediatric patients, with benefits such as decreased radiation dose and impressive time-resolved imaging.” Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more May 21, 2014 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared Siemens Healthcare’s Somatom Force computed tomography (CT) system, its next generation in dual-source CT. With two sets of Siemens’ X-ray tubes and detectors, the Somatom Force extends advanced imaging to all patients, including some of the most challenging: young children, patients with renal insufficiency and patients who are unable to hold their breath. The Somatom Force overcomes imaging limitations, making low-dose CT available for an even broader array of patients. With the power reserves of its Vectron tube, the Somatom Force delivers routine adult imaging with fast, low-dose protocols. Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Along with SOMATOM Force’s unique Turbo Flash Mode, this scan configuration is also available for conventional spiral or sequential scanning.2. The SOMATOM Force may achieve the same contrast-to-noise level (in terms of image pixel noise) in the image in reduced dose.For more information: www.siemens.com/healthcare FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Is there a landslide risk for Tres Ríos

first_imgRelated posts:Landslides block roads, cause losses at farms in Tilarán With heavy rains forecast, Costa Rican officials close Route 32 to the Caribbean, evaluate Route 27 closure Earthquake jolts five provinces in Costa Rica Costa Rica nearing record rainfall for May Facebook Comments The potential risk of a major landslide near the town of Tres Ríos in the Cartago canton of La Unión has sparked a controversy over whether or not owners of a local farm should receive permission to mine rocks and other material along a local river.Open-air mining permits are hard to come by in Costa Rica, and some locals think the specter of a landslide is being used as an excuse for a lucrative mining business.La Unión is located in a mountainous area east of San José traditionally known for its extensive coffee plantations that produce top quality beans for the international market and companies such as Starbucks. The canton in recent years also boomed as an important destination for the development of commercial and housing projects.Talk of landslide risks in the area along the Chiquito River has swirled for several years. In 2011, experts from the National Emergency Commission (CNE) and geologists from a consulting firm hired by the owners of local farm Hacienda San Rafael confirmed the falling of debris on the property in a location where the river forms a canyon.Debris fall in recent years had mostly concentrated in an area known as Las Cazuelas, where according to both reports the culprit is the river’s current. The river flow has eroded the base of the canyon’s slope over some 40 years, causing falling debris, the CNE reported.At the time, the CNE issued a list of recommendations for municipal officials, including periodic inspections to evaluate the accumulation of debris along the river. La Unión Deputy Mayor Alex Montoya Richmond said Friday that they have complied with the monitoring as required.The CNE last week issued a news release dismissing “the possibility of an imminent landslide that would affect Tres Ríos residents,” and that “an eventual landslide along Chiquito River would affect only the mountainous areas along the riverbank.”Lidier Esquivel, a geologist and director of CNE’s Risk Prevention Department, said the current amount of debris in the area does not represent an imminent risk of a major landslide, and materials mostly include small and medium-sized blocks of soil that fall directly into the river current.“We recommended that the Municipal Emergency Committee keep monitoring the falling of materials, but we believe that a major landslide would only occur under extreme weather circumstances or by an earthquake,” he said.The official noted that the last time major falling debris occurred in the area was during Hurricane Mitch in 1998. The phenomenon caused thousands of deaths in Central America, and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration considers Mitch the deadliest Atlantic hurricane since 1780.It appears that local and national officials are poised to grant a mining permit to the owners of Hacienda San Rafael, under the guise that removing material from the area would help prevent a potential landslide. Tres Ríos residents have been voicing concerns in recent weeks about the potential permit, with some saying that open-pit mining would actually provoke a major landslide and potentially put at risk some 25,000 residents of northern Tres Ríos.In the same news release in which the CNE dismissed the imminent risk of a landslide, the commission advised the Environment Ministry and La Unión municipality to ensure that all mining activity in the area is properly conducted “so that it helps to stabilize the mass of debris and avoids affecting the area’s current situation.”Public funds to address problem lackingVice Mayor Montoya said the municipality has taken all necessary preventive measures and conducted periodic inspections of the eroded area. Those inspections have shown, he said, that even though there is currently an accumulation of debris, it does not represent an immediate risk for Tres Ríos residents. Still, Montoya, who is also director of the Municipal Emergency Commission, said authorities are aware that the erosion should be addressed. But he said fully eliminating the problem would require funds that the city currently does not have.“We estimate the funds needed to fully eliminate all risk scenarios in the canyon would represent the full budget of the CNE for three years, and obviously we don’t have that kind of money,” he said. Erosion of the canyon’s base causes periodic falling of debris from its slopes. Courtesy of GeotecMining would fund the project, farm owners sayThe owners of Hacienda San Rafael contend that there is a major landslide risk, and they have a plan to address it — if they get government approval.The site of the most recent debris fall is located about 800 meters from downtown Tres Ríos, “therefore the CNE’s statement [that there’s no imminent risk of a landslide] seems strange to us,” Leonel Rojas Castro, a geologist hired by the owners of Hacienda San Rafael, told The Tico Times.Rojas explained that the erosion process is active and currently wearing the riverbed and the canyon slopes. He also believes the amount of debris that could erode from the canyon slopes is enough to form a landslide capable of reaching populated areas.“I believe that a heavy shower or an earthquake with an epicenter located near this area could provoke the falling of debris enough to block the river, and considering the ground conditions, to form a landslide of important proportions,” he said.The river in that area is just 1.5 meters wide, therefore it wouldn’t take much to block its flow and accumulate enough debris to cause a big landslide, Rojas said.The geologist said that he and his clients are aware of the high cost of the work needed to fully clean the area, remove all the materials and stabilize the canyon slopes. Therefore, the property owners presented the municipality with a proposal to carry out the project.The plan includes a petition for obtaining a mining license that would allow them to sell the materials removed from the canyon in order to finance the cleaning and stabilizing works. “That’s the reason why the farm owners applied for the [mining] license, to reduce costs for the project,” he said.On Tuesday La Unión Mayor Lydia Garita Rodríguez said in a written response that the mining license request is currently under study. She said the municipality’s legal department last Jan. 19 initially green-lighted Hacienda San Rafael’s plan, including the extraction and selling of materials from the riverbed, as long as works also involve the expansion of the riverbed and the stabilization of slopes in the landslide area. Final approval is still pending.Local officials, following CNE orders, are required to clean up the riverbed and implement an early warning system for potential emergencies.The Environment Ministry has already approved the mining plan.Area of the landslides found in 2011 less than 1 km from downtown Tres Ríos:last_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Mar 6, 2018 10:23 am PDT Last Updated Mar 6, 2018 at 11:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Nov. 20, 2014 file photo, cellist Yo-Yo Ma rehearses Prokofiev’s Symphony Concerto for cello and orchestra at Symphony Hall in Boston. The World-famous cellist performed a special concert for the California children who authorities said were starved and shackled to their beds by their parents. Corona Mayor Karen Spiegel says Ma performed Friday, March 2, 2018 at the Corona Regional Medical Center. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) Yo-Yo Ma performs for California siblings held captivecenter_img CORONA, Calif. – World-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma held a special concert for the California siblings who authorities said were starved and shackled to their beds by their parents.City of Corona Mayor Karen Spiegel says Ma performed Friday at the Corona Regional Medical Center. The hospital posted a photo of Ma on Twitter and thanked him for sharing his love of music with the siblings.Their parents, David and Louise Turpin, have pleaded not guilty to torture and other charges.The Turpins were arrested in January after their 17-year-old daughter escaped from their home in the city of Perris. Authorities said the home reeked of human waste and the evidence of starvation was obvious, with the oldest of 13 siblings weighing just 82 pounds.An attorney for the adult siblings didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.last_img read more

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