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When everybody leaves Counselling key to help Humboldt move on after bus

first_imgHUMBOLDT, Sask. – Mary-Jane Wilkinson is worried about what will happen to families and a community grieving the dead and the injured in a tragic hockey bus crash earlier this month in Saskatchewan.Funerals have been held and residents of Humboldt where the junior league Broncos are based face the return to their daily routines.Wilkinson, the manager of the Canalta Hotel, experienced grief herself when she lost her husband at a young age. She was left to raise her son Richard by herself.Dealing with life after a tragedy can be the worst part following a loss, she said.“When everybody leaves, which eventually everybody does, then you’re starting your new normal and it’s very tough. The community is going to really have to keep working to make sure the people heal … with the support from the community,” said Wilkinson.“Once everybody goes away, they’re actually dealing with it for the first time alone, and I know what that feels like.”The Broncos were on their way to a playoff game in Nipawin, Sask., on April 6 when their bus and a semi-trailer collided at a rural intersection. Sixteen people, including 10 players, died and 13 were injured. The driver of the truck wasn’t hurt.The deputy reeve of the Rural Municipality of Connaught where the crash occurred said the immediate aftermath has been hard for many people.“One of our councillors that sits at this table with us was one of the first on scene. He’s struggling,” said Ian Boxall. “The biggest thing right now (is) making sure that these people have what they need to get through this.”Former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy was part of the 1986 Swift Current Broncos crash in which four of his Western Hockey League teammates died.“There’s the shock, and then there’s the grief, and then … part of healing with anything is acceptance,” said Kennedy.“We’ve got to find ways to manage those negative thoughts, or those images … or the guilt. We know a lot of guilt comes with people who have come through these types of tragedies.”The Psychology Association of Saskatchewan is urging people to reach out for help. Dr. Regan Hart, with the association, said the first thought is with the friends and family of the victims. But she said a tragedy like this is far-reaching.“It could be quite wide-ranging in that sense because a lot of these kids were quite active members of their school groups and their communities,” she said.“When it’s someone you know in such a tragic kind of accident, I think it kind of hits close to home for a lot of people especially in a small province and smaller communities that we have here in Saskatchewan.”The association compiled a list of mental-health resources for the general public: http://bit.ly/2HjoZIX— By Bill Graveland in Calgary. Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

26 ISIS Militants Neutralized in Northern Syria Turkish Military

Rabat – At least 26 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) militants were killed, wounded or captured in northern Syria over the 24 hours up to the morning of Feb. 14, the Turkish military said.The Euphrates Shield operation, in which Turkish forces are backing Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters, is currently trying to take the town of al-Bab, 30 kilometers (18 miles) south of the Turkish border.A statement from the General Staff said 135 ISIL targets – including shelters, headquarters, defensive positions and vehicles – were hit by the FSA and the Turkish army. The Turkish Air Force destroyed 42 buildings used by the jihadist group and a vehicle carrying a bomb, the statement added.The operation was launched in August 2016 to clear the northern Syrian border region of groups that Turkey considers a threat, including ISIL and the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD). read more

The Best Mens College Basketball Teams Just Arent Very Good This Year

If Michigan State were as strong as the average top-rated team, it would win this year’s tournament a shade less than 17 percent of the time, instead of little more than 10 percent. The same goes for Villanova, a likely No. 1 seed currently ranked second by Pomeroy; instead of being expected to win nearly 18 percent of the time, the Wildcats’ low rating limits them to odds below 12 percent. In fact, the collective tournament win probability for Pomeroy’s top 3 teams is about 14 percentage points lower than it would be in a typical season, simply because 2016 has so much parity — the best teams aren’t as good as top teams normally are.Because the NCAA Tournament is a zero-sum game, the rest of the field gains from this lack of top-heaviness. Although pretty much every team ranked No. 4 to No. 25 by Pomeroy benefits some (teams ranked below that don’t really have much of a chance either way), the biggest beneficiaries are positioned in the back half of the top 10 and into the teens: All of this means more teams will have more of a chance this year than in just about any other season in memory. Get ready for one Mad March. March Madness is always rough on favorites. In your typical men’s college basketball season, the statistical favorite goes into the NCAA tourney with only about a 20 percent to 25 percent probability of winning the championship. In other words, even the “best” team is three or four times more likely to lose early than it is to win it all. We can be vaguely confident that one of the top handful of teams will emerge from March’s wreckage unscathed, but that’s about it. Over the past seven seasons, the eventual champ was (on average) the tourney’s seventh- or eighth-most-likely winner beforehand, according to simulations using Ken Pomeroy’s ratings.And this year has the potential for a lot more anarchy than usual. Michigan State is the consensus top team according to a variety of predictive metrics, but that’s not unanimous — there are some solid indicators pointing to Villanova, North Carolina and surging Kansas as well.1The Jayhawks rank first in Jeff Sagarin’s ranking of recent team performance. And if the Spartans truly are the best, they’re one of the weakest top-ranked squads in recent memory. Since Pomeroy began tracking team ratings in the 2001-02 season, only one No. 1 team — the 2005-06 Duke Blue Devils — owned a lower pre-tournament power rating than Michigan State has now. Plus, Sparty might not even earn a No. 1 seed; only 11 of the 77 bracket prognosticators aggregated by Bracket Matrix see the team headlining a region in the NCAA Tournament.This isn’t meant to pick on the Spartans (sorry, Nate!), but it does illustrate that if even the nation’s strongest team has a number of factors limiting its championship odds, it’s going to be an unusually wide-open year for the tournament.To see exactly how much this year figures to depart from the norm, I plugged Pomeroy’s ratings into ESPN’s latest Bracketology projection, calculating each team’s odds of winning the tournament if Selection Sunday goes as Joe Lunardi predicts. Virginia checked in first with a 12 percent probability of winning — significantly lower than the 20 percent to 25 percent chance held by the typical pre-tourney favorite — followed by Villanova at 11.7 percent and Michigan State at 10.4 percent. I then re-simulated the bracket after assigning each team the typical strength connoted by its Pomeroy ranking — i.e., how much better would the top teams’ odds be if they were as strong as in an ordinary season? read more

Girl with peanut allergy who died following Indian takeaway was unlawfully killed

The takeaway where the food was ordered from The online menu did not include a list of ingredients for the order placed, and simply bore the rider “Think Allergy” and “please ask any member of staff”, the court heard. The takeaway where the food was ordered fromCredit:Chris Neill/Maverick Photography A 15-year-old allergy sufferer was unlawfully killed when she unknowingly ate a takeaway meal containing peanuts, a court heard yesterday.Megan Lee, who was diagnosed with a peanut allergy aged eight, endured an asthma attack a few hours after she and a friend ordered food online from the Royal Spice Takeaway in her home town of Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, via the Just Eat website.Her friend wrote “prawns, nuts” in the comments and notes section of the online order form for food which did not ordinarily contain either ingredient, Manchester Crown Court was told.Peter Wright QC, prosecuting, explained that a copy of the order form submitted by Megan’s friend was subsequently printed off at the Royal Spice and food was prepared on site before despatch.Mr Wright told jurors: “The entry could have been more specific you may feel but we say the import of the entry was obvious in ordering dishes that did not ordinarily contain either such ingredients and was designed to alert the staff at the takeaway to the risk such foodstuffs pose to a potential customer.” After eating the meal, Megan’s breathing and heart stopped after paramedics tried in vain to revive her, and she was pronounced dead at hospital on the morning of January 1 when her life support was switched off, said the prosecutor.Peanuts were found to be present in the Peshwari naan, the onion bhaji and the seekh kebab, all of which the girls ordered, inspectors later found.The takeway’s owner, Mohammed Abdul Kuddus, 40, and manager Harun Rashid deny manslaughter.Kuddus has pleaded guilty to a count of failing to discharge a general duty of employers, and another count of failing to put in place, implement and maintain a permanent procedure or procedures in contravention of European Union food safety regulations.He also entered guilty pleas to the same offences on behalf of Royal Spice Takeaway Limited, trading as Royal Spice Takeaway.Fellow Bangladeshi national Rashid, of Haslingden, who delivered the meal, pleaded not guilty to those charges.The trial continues. 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

Ironic that last patient to leave Mount Carmel could be a public

first_imgSIPTU IS SET to meet with the liquidators of private hospital Mount Carmel again tomorrow – and said that it appears the last patient out of the hospital could be a public patient.A spokesperson from SIPTU told TheJournal.ie that they met with the liquidators today. The union is concerned that staff could have to wait months for their statutory entitlements.He said that the liquidators are mapping out what is envisioned in relation to provision of service during the orderly wind down of the hospital.In a normal liquidation setting, the liquidators would seize the property and people would be made redundant, but in this situation, it must be wound down.The last elective surgery took place on Saturday and it is envisaged those patients are going to be discharged by this Friday at the latest. The union was also told that the last obstetric delivery births will be this Friday and that antenatal care will continue in the hospital up to 7, 8 or 9 February.There will also be an obstetric consultant on site to provide services if needed during that time frame.The liquidators are said to be seeking medical advice on what is required of them to ensure this is all done while recognising patient safety issues.Pay concerns SIPTU has been told that liquidators intend on paying salaries up until the end of this month, and believes that some staff may be required after this week but not many staff. There are 328 staff members at the hospital.SIPTU has asked the liquidators to make efforts to ensure no stone is left unturned in trying to gain interest in the hospital from buyers. It believes that two bids have been made for the site but turned down by NAMA.The union believes that due to the schedule laid out for the wind-down of the hospital, the last patients to leave the hospital could be the patients that were from the public system but being looked after by Mount Carmel.The spokesperson described this as “ironic” given that the public patients were there as there was no room for them within a public hospital.There are efforts being made to find hospitals for these remaining public patients.SIPTU  understands that the liquidators will be drawing funds for minimum notice or annual leave wages from the Central Government Fund, and due to an “extensive form-filling process”, it could take up to six months for Mount Carmel staff to be paid their statutory entitlements.A central system could be set up where the laid-off staff could look to apply for new positions in other hospitals.Address from a MinisterMinister for Justice Alan Shatter visited the site today and addressed the staff at an impromptu meeting set up by SIPTU. According to the union, he “acknowledged the difficulty the staff were in” and “also outlined the potential difficulties associated with liquidation”.The union asked for his support in ensuring staff do not have to wait months for their entitlements.It said it was “fairly clear to everyone in the room” that Shatter “understood the deep concerns of people who were there”.SIPTU believes that Mount Carmel should be sold and that it could be used as a hospital in another guise and not necessarily a maternity hospital.SIPTU is to meet with the liquidators tomorrow and anticipates it will be given a schedule of redundancies of the order staff will be leaving.Read: Sell Mount Carmel and save jobs, urges SIPTU>last_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Wednesday

first_img President Barack Obama, with his nephews Aaron Robinson and Austin Robinson at the annual White House turkey pardoning. Source: Manuel Balce Ceneta#JUSTICE: Thomas Lair was found guilty of the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox and sentenced to whole life term.#RECOUNT?: Hillary Clinton is being urged to call for a recount in three crucial swing states because of “persuasive evidence” of possible hacking.#TRUMP’S TEAM: Regardless, Donald Trump is continuing to build his administration and will appoint South Carolina governor Nikki Haley as UN ambassador.INNOVATIONThe US Navy’s brand new $4.4 billion destroyer broke down in the Panama Canal.PARTING SHOT Mortgage deposit requirements for first-time buyers were reduced by the Central Bank.Taoiseach Enda Kenny is set to meet Pope Francis in the Vatican next week.Locals in Maynooth are rallying around in support of student Kym Owens who was attacked in the town on Sunday evening.New figures show the number of families homeless in Dublin has trebled in two years.Taoiseach Enda Kenny says he didn’t have the opportunity to raise J-1 issue with either Donald Trump or Mike Pence.The Guerin report has been removed from government websites. Alan Shatter has welcomed the move.A woman was seriously injured when she was knocked down by a truck in Dublin.Ireland has given over €20 million in aid to Syria. The State’s largest response to any humanitarian crisis.The parks service is appealing a decision to award €40,000 to a woman who fell and injured herself while hillwalking.WORLD By Rónán Duffy https://jrnl.ie/3098689 Nov 23rd 2016, 9:06 PM Last night, Barack Obama dished out the hightest civilian honour to 21 deserving Americans. There were tears, but no moment quite as touching as when he handed the prized medal to Ellen DeGeneres. Short URL Get our daily news round up: Here’s What Happened Today: Wednesday Mortgage deposit changes, Enda Kenny in the Vatican and life sentence for Jo Cox’s killer. 2 Comments 17,124 Views Share1 Tweet Email NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND A new survey found that 77% of women put more effort into their appearance around Christmas. Source: /Photocall Ireland Wednesday 23 Nov 2016, 9:06 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Les macaques aussi ont des préjugés

first_imgLes macaques aussi ont des préjugés Publiée en mars dans le Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, une étude faite par des psycho-sociologues américains montre, chez le macaque, une capacité à reconnaître, sur des photos, les congénères de son propre groupe social, mais aussi une méfiance envers ceux d’autres groupes. Les Humains ne seraient donc pas les seuls à avoir ce genre de préjugés. Laurie Santos, psychologue à l’Université de Yale (États-Unis), a dirigé une étude sur des macaques Rhésus, répartis en différents groupes sociaux vivant sur une île au large de Porto-Rico, étude reposant sur deux phases successives.Première étape : soumettre à chaque individu testé des photos de macaques, appartenant soit à son groupe, soit à un autre groupe. Les sujets ont réagi en passant très peu de temps à examiner les premières – signe bien connu d’un sentiment de familiarité – et beaucoup plus de temps à scruter les secondes – signe de curiosité, de doute, voire de méfiance. Autrement dit, chaque singe reconnaît ses “proches”.Plus surprenant encore, ces animaux, qui ont coutume de passer d’un groupe à l’autre, quittant l’un pour s’intégrer à un autre, semblent pourtant savoir exactement où ils en sont, considérant comme  “extérieurs” à leur groupe des congénères qu’ils auraient considérés comme “parents” peu de temps auparavant. “Autrement dit, ces singes divisent le monde en ‘nous’ et  ‘eux’, mais ils le font d’une manière flexible, et mise à jour en temps réel”, note Neha Mahajan, membre de l’équipe.À lire aussiCette vidéo retrace l’évolution de nos ancêtres en moins de 2 minutesDeuxième étape : présenter au sujet des assortiments de photos pouvant montrer : des membres du groupe, des singes d’autres groupes, mais aussi des choses “positives” (fruits…) ou “négatives” (araignées…). Une version pour macaques du “test d’attitudes implicites” (IAT).Des résultats “remarquables”Les Rhésus ont passé très peu de temps à regarder les lots associant singes “amis” et choses “positives”, de même que les lots associant singes “étrangers” et choses “négatives” : ce qui suggère qu’ils ont traité ces deux types de stimuli comme étant similaires, “évidents”. En revanche, ils ont plus longuement examiné les associations “singes étrangers” / “choses positives” : elles ne leur semblaient pas naturelles. Comme les humains, les macaques ont donc spontanément tendance à percevoir positivement leurs proches et négativement les autres. Une caractéristique que nous partageons donc depuis 25 millions d’années, époque où vivait notre ancêtre commun.”La mauvaise nouvelle, c’est que cette tendance à ne pas aimer les individus de l’extérieur semble être plutôt ancienne, sur le plan de l’évolution, et donc, peut-être, moins simple à éliminer que nous aimerions le croire. La bonne nouvelle, cependant, c’est que même les singes semblent souples sur la question de savoir qui est considéré comme membre du groupe. Si nous, humains, pouvions apprivoiser cette flexibilité, cela pourrait nous permettre de devenir une espèce encore plus tolérante”, conclut Laurie Santos.Le 20 mars 2011 à 10:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Fire gives gorge city longterm water threat

first_imgTHE DALLES, Ore. — Residents of The Dalles have detected smoky notes in their drinking water during recent wildfires, but the water is safe, city officials said. And thanks to round-the-clock work, crews protected the city water plant from flames that turned the soil black right down to a nearby creek.But fire has created a longer-term threat to the water supply for the city of more than 14,000 at the east end of the Columbia Gorge: the potential for fall and winter rains to wash rivers of silt from the bare earth into the water headed for the treatment plant.It wouldn’t be the first time. A fire in 1967 ripped through the watershed where surface water is collected behind a dam and then treated for consumption.That was followed by heavy rains and so much ash, silt and sediment flowing into the treatment plant that it had to shut down “for an extended period of time,” said Dave Anderson, the city’s public works director.The city planted grass to stabilize the ground, Anderson told The Dalles Chronicle, but “we were still seeing water quality impacts during heavy rain events 20 years later.”last_img read more

Smartwatches will continue to dominate wearables into 2022 predicts IDC

first_img See It Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 0 $399 Apple Mentioned Above Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm silver aluminum case, white sport band) See It Sep 1 • 7 phones with the best battery life: iPhone XR, Note 10 Plus and more Apple News • Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Galaxy Watch Active: What’s the best smartwatch? See It Smartwatches, like the Apple Watch, are expected to continue their reign in the wearables market.  Josh Miller/CNET Smartwatches will continue to lead the wearables market into 2022, according to a forecast from market researcher IDC. Global shipments of wearable devices will reach 125.3 million units this year, up 8.5 percent from 2017, and will reach 189.9 million units in 2022, IDC said Monday. Shipments of watches this year are expected to hit 72.8 million units, with about two-thirds of the total being smartwatches. They should hit 120.2 million by 2022. WatchOS, which powers the Apple Watch, will keep its spot as the top operating system in the wearables market, though its share will decline from 44.4 percent this year to 35.8 percent in 2022. Android devices will have a 22.4 percent share of the wearables market by 2022, followed by WearOS with a 19.8 percent share, according to IDC. “Smartwatch operating systems will emphasize connection, not only between users but between wearers and other smart devices and systems,” said Ramon Llamas, research director at IDC, in a press release. “Expect further developments focusing on health with the smartwatch playing a critical role in tracking your health goals and detecting potential ailments.”Smartwatches and wristbands will dominate the wearables market, according to IDC. “Earwear” — like wireless headphones and earbuds — and smart clothing will grow their market shares as well.  Wearable Tech Gadgets Tech Industry Mobile Review • Apple Watch Series 4 review: ECG, and a lot of refinements See All Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Preview • Apple Watch Series 4 review in progress (updated) How To • How to use the Apple Watch ECG app reading • Smartwatches will continue to dominate wearables into 2022, predicts IDC CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See it $413 Walmart Post a comment Apple Watch Series 4 Best Buy Tags Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? $349 $349 • Applelast_img read more

Qualcomm chip designed to speed up AI

first_img The promise of AI Post a comment Share your voice Tags Qualcomm Artificial intelligence (AI) Microsoft Other chipmakers aren’t standing still, though. An entire swath of the chip industry — from startups to Apple — are designing their own custom AI chip technology.Qualcomm will have to prove its worth, said Real World Technologies analyst David Kanter. “Ultimately, it depends on its price-performance and its power efficiency,” he said.Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 chip in an add-on boardQualcomm Cloud AI 100 chip sits in add-on board Qualcomm Microsoft, another AI power, has relied on a customizable and fast type of processor called a field programmable gate array (FPGA) for its data centers to improve its Bing search and other AI-infused services. In Kressin’s mind, though, AI has matured enough to outgrow that phase and thus justifies AI-specific chips.”It’s settled down to the point where the market is growing exponentially,” he said. “For us, it’s a multibillion-dollar market in the next couple years.”Prototype chips should be available in the second half of the year, with final versions shipping in 2020, he said. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. (TSMC) will build the processor. Qualcomm is one of the world’s biggest makers of mobile chips.  Stephen Shankland/CNET Qualcomm, best known for mobile phone chips, plans to build AI chips that run in data centers packed with thousands of powerful servers.Artificial intelligence — or neural network tech based loosely on human brains — is revolutionizing computing with the abilities like distinguishing what’s in a photo or understanding human speech. Lots of AI runs on your phone or laptop, but much of the magic happens in data centers. That’s why Google, one of the biggest AI powers, designs its own AI chips.Qualcomm’s upcoming Cloud AI 100 chip will bring the company’s mobile ethos to data centers. There, servers plugged into electrical power don’t have to worry about drained batteries. Power is still a major limit, though, in terms of supplying enough and carrying away the waste heat that can make computers fail. “We think in terms of performance per watt. We’ll be in a very strong position in the cloud for AI,” said Keith Kressin, a Qualcomm senior vice president. As for raw performance, Qualcomm’s Cloud AI 100 chip should be 10 times faster than today’s technology, he said.If the company delivers the goods as scheduled in 2020, you should expect AI tasks to become more common, faster, and more sophisticated — whether that’s facial recognition, fraud detection, translation, medical scan analysis or any of the other uses of neural network tech. 5:27 0 Computers Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Spending bill includes rider on GMO salmon labeling

first_imgA bill poised to pass the U.S. Congress would require the FDA to produce labeling guidelines before it allows the sale of genetically engineered salmon. That’s one policy rider Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she fought for that’s included in the package of year-end spending and tax bills.Photo: AquaBounty TechnologiesDownload AudioThe FDA has already approved a genetically altered salmon for human consumption, without a labeling requirement. Murkowski, in a written statement, says the measure would also require the FDA to adopt a program to inform consumers whether a salmon on the market is genetically engineered.Murkowski says a separate provision in the bill would prohibit the marketing of fish from foreign waters as “Alaska pollock.”An unrelated measure to end the crude oil export ban is included in the bill. It wouldn’t directly affect North Slope oil, since it was already exempt. But lifting the ban is one of the national goals Murkowski set when she became chairman of the Senate Energy Committee at the start of the year.Congress is expected to pass the package this week.last_img read more

Dont Just Learn From Failure Learn From Your Successes

first_imgFor many of us—no matter where we work or what we do—nothing feels as good as success. And for many of us, nothing is more harmful to our growth and development To understand why this is, compare success to failure. Companies tell their employees over and over again to embrace your failures, to ask yourselves what went wrong and to take advantage of all the learning opportunities that failure affords. What a missed opportunity that is. In fact, it almost guarantees that success will eventually breed not more success, but failure. But when it comes to success, companies rarely feel the urge to stop and see what they can learn from their experience, and what they may want to change. Rather, the instinct is to assume that if they succeeded, all is good with the world. What did we do right? Everything. What did we do wrong? Nothing. With that in mind, here are guidelines I’ve culled from my research for the best ways to put successes under a microscope—and make future successes a lot more likely. Read the whole story: The Wall Street Journallast_img read more

The Evolution of PACS

first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative 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. News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more 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 Comparison Chart of PACS VendorsITN cxreated a comparison chart of PACS systems available on the U.S. market at www.itnonline.com/chart/pacs-systems. It requires a login, biut it is free and only takes a minute. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Some providers have noted a dip in service quality following these changes, but many are hopeful for a return to previous levels of service. Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Feature | PACS | May 03, 2018 | By Jeff Zagoudis The Evolution of PACS This article originally was published as an introduction to the picture archiving and communication system (PACS) comparison chart, and can be viewed here. PACS for All SizesThe 2017 KLAS PACS report categorizes respondents as either a large hospital (more than 200 beds), community hospital (1-200 beds) or imaging center. The satisfaction of each with the various PACS vendors is assessed from several facets:•    Overall score•    Functionality and technology•    Relationship•    Sales and contracting•    Long-term plans (of providers on whether to keep their PACS)Sectra and Carestream had the highest overall score among large hospitals. Infinitt and McKesson were the top performers among community hospitals, and Sectra and Infinitt had the highest scores among imaging centers.Customer support was one of the most important attributes for all providers as they build an information technology (IT) strategy. Infinitt and Sectra in particular scored high on customer support across respondents of all sizes. The KLAS report noted Infinitt’s PACS is “part of a unified enterprise imaging platform that is in the early stages of being adopted for cardiology and for vendor-neutral archiving.” One surveyed radiology director’ said, “One of the big advantages with Infinitt is that our PACS and cardio database are one system, so our physicians can look at studies from both on one solution and viewer.”Ease of use and the utility of technology upgrades were frequently mentioned as either strengths or weaknesses of the vendors. Respondents spoke most highly of vendors whose products easily integrated with their other systems, including electronic medical records (EMR). Some smaller community hospitals and imaging centers reported products from the larger vendors were overly complicated for their needs, reflecting a need for scalable solutions. Related Contentcenter_img Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more PACS and Enterprise ImagingHealthcare reform in the last decade has sought to make care more efficient, urging providers to consolidate and make better use of existing resources. In radiology, this combined with the widespread adoption of electronic medical records (EMRs) to create a need to access medical imaging across the hospital — giving birth to the concept of enterprise imaging. Healthcare enterprises themselves have morphed as well, with larger hospital systems acquiring smaller ones or merging with others. A 2017 report from U.K.-based Signify Research predicts that enterprise imaging revenue will more than double globally over the next five years. “As health systems consolidate, vendors who have primarily catered to imaging centers and small hospitals will need to expand into larger organizations to be viewed as strategic options,” said report co-authors Eder Lagemann and Alex McIntosh.According to the KLAS report, customer satisfaction with PACS vendors overall has continued to decline across healthcare, leaving provider organizations with few options. Vendors that have seen increased interest in recent years have been those with more focus on an enterprise imaging approach as opposed to the old single-department/single-hospital PACS model. This appeared particularly important to large hospitals, who made up 45 percent of all survey respondents. Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 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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The technology has provided a way to hold and view large volumes of medical imaging data as radiology has transitioned away from analog image acquisition. In recent years, however, the rise of enterprise imaging has changed the role of PACS, and providers are looking for new, modern solutions, according to a 2017 report from independent research firm KLAS. Surveying thousands of healthcare professionals, the report found that performance from historically popular PACS vendors has declined, and newer market players have begun to set themselves apart. News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Vendor Buyouts Create Market UncertaintyThe KLAS PACS report does note that recent ownership changes among PACS vendors has created a bit of uncertainty for providers. Notable recent shifts in the PACS landscape include:•    The acquisition of Intelerad by Canadian investment firm Novacap in 2016;•    The acquisition of Merge Healthcare by IBM in October 2015; and•    The joining of McKesson with Change Healthcare Holdings to create Change Healthcare in March 2017.last_img read more

For those in the USA early next January spare fou

first_imgFor those in the USA early next January, spare four days for an unforgettable start to 2017 aboard the world’s highest-rated boutique motorcruiser, SeaDream I on a big-discounted roundtrip sailing from Bridgetown, Barbados in the Caribbean.Departing on 3 January, the price of this four-day sailing has been slashed from US$4624 per person twin share to just US$2223 per person twin share.Guests will visit the uninhabited Tobago Cays, with their green turtles and coral reefs (and doubtless recognise where ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ was filmed); Union Island, dubbed “the Tahiti of the West Indies”; Port Elizabeth, home to the famed “Mac’s Lobster Pizza”; and tiny Mayreau where crew will host SeaDream’s exclusive Champagne and Caviar Splash in a picture-perfect secluded bay.Included will be wines with lunches and dinners, premium drinks from the open bars, power and sail water sports where locally permitted, mountain bikes for shore expeditions, a no-charge onboard golf simulator and fitness centre, and port charges and taxes.last_img read more

NEW YORK NY – When Barnes Noble Chairman Len

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – When Barnes & Noble Chairman Len Riggio delivers a keynote address at this week’s publishing convention, he will be introduced by a man once considered a bitter rival, CEO Oren Teicher of the American Booksellers Association.“Len has had this incredible, distinguished career as a retailer,” Teicher said of the superstore executive, praise unthinkable when Barnes & Noble helped put thousands of independent stores out of business in the 1980s and 1990s.“I’ve always liked him,” Riggio said of Teicher. “He’s a good leader — caring, intelligent.”Riggio and Teicher will appear together Wednesday at BookExpo, which runs Wednesday-Friday at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan, followed over the weekend by the fan-based BookCon.BookExpo once was an occasion for high tension between Barnes & Noble and the independents, peaking in 1994 when on the eve of the convention the ABA sued several publishers for allegedly giving B&N and other chains favourable treatment on prices. In 1998, the ABA sued Barnes & Noble and Borders for unfair business practices (both suits were settled out of court).But in 2018, Teicher noted, physical retailers have a common foe in Amazon.com.“That does end up changing the dynamic a little bit,” he said.For now, Teicher has good reason to be of generous spirit. While Barnes & Noble has struggled in recent years, the ABA has continued its rebound after a long decline brought on by Barnes & Noble and Borders, and then Amazon. Membership in the independent’s trade group grew over the past year from 1,757 to 1,835, and the actual number of store locations from 2,321 to 2,470, at a time when online retailing has devastated numerous physical retailers. In the first four months of 2018, sales from the roughly 650-750 independent stores reporting numbers have increased more than 5 per cent from the same time the year before, according to Teicher. In 2009, the ABA had just 1,401 members and 1,651 stores and had shrunk by two-thirds since the beginning of the 1990s, when membership topped 5,000.Independents have been helped by the slowing of B&N and of the e-book market, but Teicher has cited factors ranging from the “buy local” movement to increased interest overall in owning a bookstore. The ABA currently has 168 “provisional” members, those thinking of or planning to open a store. The association had 141 provisional members a year ago and 108 in 2016.Teicher also noted a growing number of small, mobile stores, such as the Dundee Book Co. in Omaha, Nebraska, and New York City’s pop-up Boogie Down Books, which bills itself as “the bookstore without walls.”“We’re encouraged by that,” Teicher said. “It shows how sellers can adapt and change.”Teicher and Riggio agreed that Barnes & Noble and independent sellers get along well enough that it’s not uncommon for Barnes & Noble outlets and locally owned stores to refer customers to each other should a given book be out of stock. On the corporate level, they are allied on First Amendment issues and on getting online retailers such as Amazon to collect sales tax. Teicher says it’s vital for all so-called “bricks and mortar” sellers that the superstore chain “not only survives, but thrives.”“When Borders went away,” Teicher said of the 2009 demise of the Borders superstore chain, “we picked up some of the business and Amazon picked up some of that business. But some of it just went away. And having that happen again would not be good for our business.” by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted May 29, 2018 8:49 am PDT Last Updated May 29, 2018 at 9:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Indie bookstores and Barnes & Noble find common groundlast_img read more

QA Pedro Almodovar on memory pain and the bigs

first_imgQ&A: Pedro Almodovar on memory, pain and the big-screen by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted May 20, 2019 10:10 am PDT CANNES, France — Pedro Almodovar’s “Pain and Glory” is a self-portrait of rare precision and warm intimacy. It stars Antonio Banderas as Salvador Mallo, a famous aging filmmaker, hobbled by physical ailments, who lives in a Madrid apartment reproduced from Almodovar’s own, right down to the books on the shelves and the paintings on the walls.“Pain and Glory” toggles between Mallo’s present and his childhood past (Penelope Cruz plays young Salvador’s mother) in a deeply personal drama that weaves together threads from throughout Almodovar’s life. It’s been hailed as a late masterpiece for the 69-year-old Spanish director and pegged as a possible frontrunner for Cannes’ Palme d’Or, to be presented Saturday.In an interview on a rooftop bar in Cannes, Almodovar talked about memory, pain and his glorious new film.___Associated Press: “Pain and Glory” is full of the reflections of a filmmaker looking back on his life and work. Have you been feeling wistful?Almodovar: It’s only with “Bad Education” that, at the age of 50, I looked back for the first time and I came up with these memories of my school years. I told the worst memory of my childhood. The best memory of my childhood was ‘Volver.’ This film is about other memories and my present time; the way I live and the way I work now. But I feel with these three films now, I’ve exhausted the memories of my own life. I’ve said enough. My next film, I have an idea. I’m not sure what it’s going to be. But I should put my life aside.AP: Banderas’ character, Salvador, says he can’t live if he’s not filming. I imagine that’s true for you as well.Almodovar: Yes, this is something that haunts me. I’m not Salvador. But the fear of not making another film is something I do experience. It’s not just related to the physical strength and preparation. Of course, it’s a very physical craft, shooting a film. At one point in my life, that’s what I was scared by. But there’s also the desire and the passion that you feel for a story before making a film out of it. I’m always scared to lose this passion. It’s exactly like when you’re in love with somebody and you’re scared of losing that feeling.AP: Was that physical concern because of your back?Almodovar: Yes, after the surgery of my back. The first movie afterward was ‘Julieta,’ and it was very important to do that. I was not sure that I was able to do it. I was never standing up more than a half an hour. Making ‘Julieta,’ I discovered the solution. The solution is always to make a new movie. When I’m shooting, I’m not conscious of pain.AP: This is your sixth time in competition in Cannes but you’ve never won the Palme d’Or. What would one mean to you?Almodovar: Of course, it would be wonderful if they gave it to me. But, also, it’s not a tragedy if they don’t. And it’s a big possibility. Even if my movie is received well in the Grand Palais, it doesn’t mean that the Palme d’Or is for you. Because that depends on nine people who are part of the jury. If it arrives, it will be very welcome. But if not, I’m old enough to keep on going without that.AP: You’ve been a passionate advocate for the theatrical experience. Are you concerned about the future of the big screen?Almodovar: Yes, I’m very concerned. I’m Spanish and I live in Spain. And every year in Spain, more than a hundred screens disappear. That’s a fact. And it’s also a fact that the Spanish people really don’t care about it. The audience likes the series, the (streaming) platforms and the possibility of watching something immediately. Fortunately, we have a different country in France. France is the greatest defender of the large screen, and I think it’s the French industry that’s going to deliver this battle against the streaming platforms.AP: In Cannes, you’ve said you’re not against Netflix.Almodovar: I’m not hostile to the platforms. I know they’re enriching fiction. They’re giving work to people all over the world. So their existence is a good thing. But what I wish as a viewer and as a director is to have coexistence of all these ways of connecting to films. We mustn’t forget that cinema was invented for the large screen. It was invented to be a communal experience in a theatre, so this has to survive. As Susan Sontag wrote, to be kidnapped by a story, you have to be in a dark room, surrounded by strangers.AP: “Pain and Glory” references not just your own films but many others, too. There’s a mention of “Splendor in the Grass.”Almodovar: I mention it in the movie because I remember very well seeing it as a kid. Even though my life was very different the life of Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty and Barbara Loden, I felt very close to that. The movie talks about living in a small place, in a small community, where people can’t be free or express their feelings. I slept a lot with the character of Natalie Wood.AP: Did completing this memory-based trilogy give you any feeling of catharsis?Almodovar: At first I found it a bit scary. I felt vertigo for telling my own story like this. But once I got over this first impression, I just took the distance of any fiction and I went on writing like any other script. When I was shooting, I was just a director shooting a movie. I forgot completely that it was my house, my paintings and myself. At the end, when the movie was edited, I realized there was solace in making this film. I haven’t done any of my 21 films for therapeutic reasons. If you have a problem, making a film won’t solve it. But a film can be the best solution for your life, and that’s the case for this film in my life now.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPJake Coyle, The Associated Press Director Pedro Almodovar, from left, actors Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere for the film ‘Pain and Glory’ at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 17, 2019. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Music to kickstart civil action

first_imgBy Agnieszka Rakoczy When I inform Antonis Antoniou, one of the three co-founders of local band Monsieur Doumani, that this interview will be appearing in today’s paper, he responds with an invitation to a demo against the government’s Akamas development plans that is also scheduled for today in Nicosia.“Come, we will be playing,” Antonis says, and I am reminded anew of his untiring commitment to the protection of this island’s natural and cultural heritage. Of course, I think, how typical that he and his bandmates would again be out there among the activists, this time joining friends from the Save Akamas/Save Cyprus movement to protest this latest attempt to exploit one of the island’s fast disappearing unspoiled treasures.Over the years, the 39-year-old musician has been a firm believer in the power of civic action and the responsible role of civil society. He has campaigned against tree cutting in metropolitan areas; has demanded far more public consultations and transparency to prevent hamfisted projects like the interminable revamp of Eleftheria Square; has fought against selling the old Nicosia’s GSP stadium to private developers; and led a signature-gathering drive in one Old Town area against noise pollution caused by a bar owner’s illegal and neighbourhood deafening loud speakers.“An artist has to be politically active,” Antonis tells me over a cup of coffee. “It is impossible for us not to get involved. Yes, I know musicians who don’t have this need to express in their songs these things about their society and politics but for me it is a necessity. It is not only a source of inspiration but also the fact that you want to change things that disturb you and take you backwards. These are the things you want to talk about, bring them to the surface. An artist needs to communicate through a context surrounding him.”Small wonder then the band, Monsieur Doumani, has been commended by a prominent international music blogger for “eschewing the bastard child of Theodorakis’ Zorba heard in Cyprus’ tourist traps and developing their own unique mix of contemporary Cypriot rap and the venerable Greek rembetiko tradition of dissident song” .The band’s virtuosic lineup features Antonis playing tzouras, a smaller cousin of the more widely known bouzouki, Demetris Yiasemides on trombone and flute and Angelos Ionas on guitar. All three musicians do vocals.Monsieur Doumani’s new album Angathin which means thornMuch of Monsieur Doumani’s music is based on local melodies, so called dromoi, but with other elements added to the mix such as rock, blues, hip-hop, or even psychedelia. The group’s lyrics, all in Cypriot dialect, often derive from older catchy phrases altered and updated to portray current realities.“We want people to wake up and look around them and start changing things,” explains Antonis. “That is why our new album is called ‘Angathin’ which means ‘Thorn’ because we want our music to prick them so they jump and react and do something.”Antonis admits to being a rebellious soul. He has little time or patience for conformism, something he sees too often on his island, the place “he loves deeply and wants to move forward”.“The first time I realised how strong this rebellious streak is in me was when I was in Greece where I rediscovered rembetika,” he explains.“I say ‘rediscovered’ because, of course, it wasn’t the first time I ever heard this music. My father listened to it, so I knew it as a teenager. But you know teenagers, they prefer rock or punk… I personally loved jazz, so I didn’t pay attention to rembetika at that time. But then, when I was studying jazz in Athens, one day I went with some friends to Crete and stayed for four days with a group of rembetika players. These people played this music 24 hours a day so it was very intense and I got hooked.”As he recalls it, he found himself identifying more and more with the music and its style of lyrics “because it was something very close to my attitude and way of life.”The outcome of this sudden love affair was that Antonis stopped playing guitar and moved away from jazz. “I realised jazz was not something I had inside me — it just wasn’t in my roots.” Moreover, he sensed he was playing it in a very technical way. Instead, he went out and bought a tzouras. “I started learning how to play it. And then when I came back to Cyprus I created my first rembetika band.”Several years later and now in London where he was studying contemporary composition and electroacoustics, Antonis formed another rembetika group, called Trio Tekke.“Tekke is a place where rembetika musicians used to meet up to play in the old days. Usually illegal because they smoked hashish there as well,” he explains.The group, Antonis on tzouras and a fellow Cypriot on electric guitar, plus a UK-based Brit on double bass, play when they can get together and released their third album last year.“We play rembetika with a different vibe, different rhythm and harmony. Interestingly, because I write our lyrics in Greek we have recently received quite a few critical remarks over how simplistic they appear. For me, this is all inter-related with my being from Cyprus and the Cypriot dialect being my native tongue. Of course, I am a fluent Greek speaker and yes, we Cypriots speak Greek, but we cannot communicate with the same emotions and intensity in Greek as we do in Cypriot.”Pondering the differences, Antonis ventures that “Cypriots are more reserved and Greeks are more open but have other issues”. He is quick to add, however, that “one is not better than the other – just a little different”. He harkens back to when he and all the other kids at primary school had to start speaking pure Greek – “it was very traumatic” – and suggests that the double-language approach led to “some kind of [linguistic] schizophrenia” because the formal structure of the learned language – “learning to act in certain ways” – came with a set of behavioural inhibitors.“It is as if somebody is recording you with a camera so you immediately have to turn to a certain part of your brain and start talking in a certain way that does not really express your true feelings. It is like acting and trying to be correct and trying to say correct things whereas, with the Cypriot dialect, you just express yourself as you do every day of your life.”This affinity with his own culture and “dialect” – a contentious word for those who insist Cypriot is a “language” – galvanised Antonis on his return to Cyprus to form Monsieur Doumani, a band firmly rooted in local traditions but also answering to the musical language and concerns of contemporary times.“After coming back, I realised that I wanted to write and compose about Cypriot society and what is happening here. I wanted to look into the roots of my island, something that would be very strange to express in a language other than Cypriot,” he asserts. “What I wanted was to discover the authentic Cyprus – not some stupid folk songs that our radio and TV shows are full of.”Easier said than done, as it turned out.Antonis and his fellow musicians started digging into various archives and discovered that, unlike Greece, Cyprus possessed almost no recordings of local songs from before the 1960s.“What is more, when people did start recording some traditional songs in the 60s and 70s, it would be their own version or interpretation of what they had heard from other people. In a place like Cyprus, where everything was passed down and on through oral tradition, the way to pass music was via travel. People who moved around the island would hear music in one village but while travelling back might forget some of it and change it accordingly. When they finally arrived home, what they would repeat might be different from the original they’d heard. So what we consider nowadays as original is not original at all. It is just how it was repeated, back in the days when the first recordings were made,” Antonis cautions.In like manner, he says, this is also what Monsieur Doumani has done with some of its songs and arrangements.“For example, in our new album there is a traditional song that says ‘I will take my gun and kill the guy who stole my girl Maritsa’ and we left the melody but changed the words to: ‘I will take the gun they gave me by force and throw it down the cliff to break it because I want peace’.”Antonis says the band increasingly is finding its own style. “Our first album consisted almost entirely of traditional songs rearranged by us. The second one was half-half. Now, the latest is mostly our own stuff with two exceptions”.Yet, underlying all, Monsieur Doumani tries to “keep the connection with its Cypriot roots in most of its songs, either through the lyrics, style of singing, melody or rhythm.”Not that the group ever stands still. Respect for the traditions yes, but never to the point of settling for the status quo. “We listen to a lot of new music, different music, every day so every time what we do goes in a different direction and we take it a bit further. We see the band as a vehicle, as project to develop and see where it goes and where it takes us. Every year that passes, we change as well and take in other information and try to proceed with other stuff. I think it is a healthy way to go. Otherwise it would be just a repetition.”This does not mean forgetting or foregoing what went before. If their public requests they repeat old favourites and songs from older albums, they oblige.Almost certainly today’s protest will feature requests and a rendition of one of their earlier hits “Akamas Dragons” with its rousing refrain: “When the money starts to smell/dragons gather, come to suckle/Come to pounce and to suck the barrel dry”.Sadly, and a touch sardonically, Antonis sees this verse as symptomatic of Cyprus politics today.“Nowadays priority is to destroy everything, sell properties, sell land, make more money. Our civil society is very weak, our education is weak. The only reason why people go to demonstrate is when they are afraid they will lose money. This has to change and this what we are trying to do.”Doumani is a word describing the atmosphere in a room where a lot of nargile pipes are being smoked. The band’s new album, released last month, has been nominated for the prestigious German Record Critics Award 2018 and listed as No 1 in the Transglobal World Music Chart for April and currently stands as No 2 in the World Music Charts Europe. The band is booked to perform in many festivals in Europe this summer including Rudolstadt in Germany and FMM Sines in Portugal The Save Akamas/Save Cyprus protest starts at 2.30pm this afternoon at the EU House in Vyronos Avenue, near the Ministry of Interior, and ends at the square of the Old Town Hall (Municipal market) in old Nicosia. Others performing additional to Monsieur Doumani, include Ross Daly and Kelly Thoma, Averta Liberta and Windcraft Band.You May LikeTriviaBoss.comCan You Match These 50s Characters To Their TV Show? – Trivia BossTriviaBoss.comUndoYour Daily LamaKate Holmes Lives In This Modest House NowYour Daily LamaUndoShopify_Shipping4 Steps To Setting Up Shopify ShippingShopify_ShippingUndo High temperatures increase risk of firesUndoFilms and food at RialtoUndoFour dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Terms of reference must be ready by years end updated

first_imgThe terms of reference that will determine whether reunification talks would resume must be drafted by the end of the year, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Tuesday.Anastasiades said UN special envoy Jane Holl Lute had asked the two sides to agree on terms of reference for the resumption of the talks.“She set a timeframe by the end of December the terms of reference must be agreed so that she can submit a report to the UNSG who will decide whether the conditions exist for the resumption of the talks,” the president said.Asked whether this would be feasible, Anastasiades said “if there is a rational approach by everyone, why not?”On the loose federation issue, the president said he had never said that Turkish Cypriots will not participate in all bodies of a federal state, and decisions will be taken as in all states.What he said was, in order for the Turkish Cypriot community to feel safe, what is necessary is for the positive vote to be exercised where its vital interests are affected, Anastasiades added.Later in the day, Baris Burcu, spokesman of Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci, said the federation is not a majority-minority system and decisions cannot be made as in a single state on the basis of a simple majority.In a written statement explaining Akinci’s position for a positive vote, Burcu said that, as stated also in UN decisions, the system to be created in the framework of a federal solution in Cyprus will be based on the principle of equal political cooperation of the parties.“In institutions where there is no numerical equality, there will be effective participation in decisions with mutual political equality. To be against this fundamental reality is like being against the federal solution and political equality,” Burcu said.He expressed the wish for the Greek Cypriot side to “explain this element in honesty to its own community.”In response to statement by Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou that political equality does not mean numerical equality in every federal body, Burcu said that, in some, there will be numerical equality, in some a ratio of 2:1. This, he said, is an element in which there is general agreement.“In the federal bodies where there will be no numerical equality, the Turkish Cypriots will be effectively involved in the decision-making process,” he said, explaining that every decision in the federal administration will require participation by a positive vote of at least one Turkish Cypriot.What the Turkish Cypriot leader mentioned on Monday, “was precisely this, because in the case there is no effective participation in decision-making, the presence of the persons representing the Turkish Cypriot constituent state in the federal institutions will not be conspicuous,” Burcu said.During a news conference on Monday evening, Akinci said he considered the aim of federation feasible under the current circumstances and that is why “I wonder when I see the Greek Cypriot leadership viewing federation as a painful compromise.”The current reunification model is a logical solution that can unite the two communities who have been living separated for over four decades, Akinci said.Akinci said the Turkish Cypriot side was not opposed to the idea of a decentralised federal government as long as a concrete proposal was set on the table so that it can be evaluated.Akinci said without joint decision-making it would mean either two separate states or a unitary state and the ongoing effort was for neither.Main opposition Akel leader Andros Kyprianou on Tuesday repeated his concerns over the terms of reference.“I understand that when it is clear that we have the same goal the procedure to arrive to this common goal must be discussed,” he said. “Things… are more demanding and complex and there is a risk of the procedure collapsing during discussion of the terms of reference.”During a National Council meeting on Monday the president briefed party leaders about his recent meetings with Akinci and Lute, especially over the process of drafting the terms of reference for the negotiations.You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Former energy chief submits resignation

first_imgBy Stefanos EvripidouFORMER ENERGY chief Solon Kassinis last night handed in his resignation to the President as executive vice-chairman of the Cyprus National Hydrocarbons Company (CNHC), departing with a warning shot that others would follow him out the door.Kassinis was invited to a 6pm meeting at the Presidential Palace by President Nicos Anastasiades after threatening to quit last week.Speaking after a 50-minute meeting with Anastasiades, Kassinis told reporters that the president thanked him for his contribution to the energy sector and “understood” that he was right about a Norwegian study which highlights the need to reorganise the CNHC.Kassinis said he would not stand in the government’s way regarding its energy plans and so insisted on submitting his resignation. It was not clear last night whether the president accepted his resignation.He also warned that his colleagues in the CNHC would follow suit.“I am aware that the non-executives have already or plan on submitting their resignations to the minister and that my colleague Stavros Stavrou, another executive vice-chairman, will also do so.”According to sources, the outspoken official feels snubbed at being left out of a team appointed earlier this month by cabinet to negotiate with Noble Energy and other companies on the earliest possible supply of natural gas from offshore block 12 and the construction of an LNG plant as soon as possible.The same sources said a number of directors at CNHC feel sidelined and are concerned about the company’s future, after the energy ministry stripped it of some of its key powers, and has let it operate on a shoestring budget.The ministry continues to sit on a Norwegian law firm’s study into the energy sector which recommends that CNHC and the Natural Gas Public Company (DEFA) be merged and moreover that CNHC should be the ‘command vehicle’ for the LNG project in Cyprus. You May LikeSub Compact SUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best New Sub Compact SUVSub Compact SUVs | Search AdsUndoEditorChoice.comIf You See Square Waves In The Ocean Get Out Of The Water ImmediatelyEditorChoice.comUndoNovelodgeBaby Photoshoots That Went Hilariously WrongNovelodgeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Beijing tested a psychological technique for reducing cravings in drug addicts that can threaten a relapse into drug abuse Those cravings are usually triggered by specific environmental cues such as the sight of a syringe spoon and tourniquet for a heroin addict The Chinese team’s goal was to weaken the link between those environmental cues and the memories of drug abuse thus reducing the craving The study did two sets of experiments first with rats and then with humans (Only the human experiments are being criticized) The research involved about 60 former heroin addicts at drug treatment centers in Beijing For the past several years HRW has been investigating human rights abuses in China involving medical research on prisoners The researchers recruited their subjects from Beijing Ankang Hospital and Tian-Tang-He Drug Rehabilitation Center But according to HRW’s Joseph Amon the researchers in their paper are "mischaracterizing" reality Because arrested drug addicts are routinely committed to compulsory treatment in those institutions Amon argues that the "hospital" is really a detention center and what the researchers describe as patients are actually detainees* He questions whether informed consent is possible with such a population The study was funded in part by the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) In an e-mail to Science Amon writes that "NIDA should conduct an independent investigation of the research and denounce the arbitrary detention of the roughly 200000 people currently in compulsory drug detention centers in China" In their published reply which also appears in this week’s issue of Science the authors write "We saw no indication of the abuses Amon describes … [and] confidential interviews with the study participants did not reveal any examples of abuses they encountered" The letter notes that the study funded by the Chinese Natural Science Foundation "received approval from the Human Investigation Committee of the Peking University Health Center" The subjects were told that "they had the right to withdraw their consent and quit the study at any time" the researchers write Bioethicists contacted by ScienceInsider say that the Chinese researchers are blameless "Human Rights Watch has published valuable reports on inhumane treatment of drug addicts in many lands including both China and the United States" writes Daniel Wikler a bioethicist at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston "Reforms are urgently needed But why brand the experiment by Xue et al as unethical" "Mr Amon’s objections to the Xue et al study do not amount to much" according to Wikler "He seems to be using the publication of the study as a means of drawing attention to wrongs in China’s treatment of addicts That may be a cause worthy of support but it would be a shame if Mr Amon’s letter tarnished the reputation of Chinese and US scientists who seem to have conducted an innocuous (but valuable) experiment that perhaps paradoxically could point to a remarkably noninvasive gentle technique for helping drug addicts worldwide avoid relapse—the holy grail of addiction research for many decades" Wikler notes that his father Abraham Wikler was a pioneer in this area of drug addiction treatment The view of Renzong Qiu a bioethicist at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing is similar "The research the authors conducted is of social value and there is no possible harm beyond the minimum I am sorry to say Amon’s criticism is unfair" But Amon is not backing down In an e-mail to ScienceInsider he writes: They have not fully addressed my concerns They have not addressed the fact that individuals in the study were being held in arbitrary detention Study subjects were detained without due process—they had no lawyer saw no judge had no opportunity to appeal their forced treatment The researchers can say that no abuses were occurring but these centers are closed to independent human rights monitors and they apparently did not ask 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