NS Tories dealt headon with Baillie misconduct allegation party president

first_imgHALIFAX – Former Nova Scotia Premier John Hamm addressed the resignation of former provincial Tory leader Jamie Baillie after an allegation of inappropriate behaviour Friday, saying he was “heartsick” at the turn of events.In a surprise address at the opening of the party’s annual general meeting in Halifax, Hamm commended the party’s executive for its handling of “recent events that have left so many of us disappointed and saddened.“Jamie Baillie is a friend of mine,” said Hamm. “Like many of you, I was shocked and saddened to read media reports of what transpired and I am heartsick for both the victim and Jamie’s family.”Hamm said immediate action was taken, putting the interest of the victim ahead of personal friendship and party loyalty.“The hard decisions were made for the right reasons,” he said. “We all know smart people who have made stupid decisions and bad choices. No one should ever condone such behaviour, but neither should we erase of forget all they have accomplished.”Hamm then made an appeal for understanding, noting that both the victim and Baillie participated in the party’s investigation and accepted its findings.“Politics is unforgiving, but politicians — and friends and family — must have compassion,” Hamm said.Baillie announced plans last fall to step down after serving as Tory leader since 2010, but he resigned suddenly Jan. 24 after a party investigation determined he had acted inappropriately and breached the legislature’s policy on workplace harassment.In an earlier speech, party president Tara Miller said the party set a precedent in the way it swiftly dealt with the allegation.Miller also acknowledged that the two weeks since Baillie’s resignation have been hard.“There is no disguising that this has been a difficult and confusing time for our party,” Miller told the gathering of rank-and-file Tories.“We are not alone in having these conversations, as they are taking place across the province and across the country. Our party set a precedent by facing a difficult situation head-on.”Miller did not offer any more details around the alleged incident or the party’s investigation in her speech, but she has previously said she was told by “multiple sources” about a single incident involving “one individual” in December.She said by treating the allegation seriously, the party ensured there was due process through a prompt investigation by an independent third party organization that was “just and fair.”That stance has been backed by the party’s 16-member caucus. The majority who have been asked have said party officials did the right thing after the complainant and Baillie — neither of whom have spoken about the incident — chose not to follow the formal process laid out in the legislature’s harassment policy.Miller said the party had acted decisively, “to ensure all Nova Scotians are afforded a healthy, safe and supportive working environment where they are treated with respect and dignity.”She told supporters the party has the “resilience to weather this storm.”Miller and interim leader Karla MacFarlane were keynote speakers, taking the spot that had formerly been reserved for Baillie’s farewell speech to the party.“We look forward again now, with optimism and excitement, for the future of our party and who our new leader will be,” Miller said.Five candidates are currently vying for that leadership.Three caucus members are in the contest, including veterans Tim Houston and John Lohr, who were the first to announce, and rookie MLA Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin.Smith-McCrossin, who announced her candidacy Tuesday, had been the first woman to ever run for the party’s top job. She was joined Thursday by Julie Chaisson, executive director of the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market.The fifth and perhaps highest-profile candidate is Cecil Clarke, a former Tory cabinet minister under premiers Hamm and Rodney MacDonald.Clarke, who is the mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, made headlines just prior to jumping into the race a week ago, announcing publicly that he is gay. He said he decided to speak out after someone had threatened to expose his personal life.All five candidates were scheduled to give short speeches on Friday.Federal Leader Andrew Scheer is set to speak at a luncheon event on Saturday, while the party plans to release details and rules for the provincial leadership race on Sunday.last_img read more

Winnipeg police believe Evelyn Stewart killed by acquaintance

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn the early morning hours on Mar. 20, 1998 Evelyn Stewart was found in a Winnipeg parking lot.Stewart was clinging to life.She’d die a short time later from fatal head wounds.On Monday, police in Winnipeg now believe the 25-year-old was targeted by someone she knew.They’re appealing for help in the unsolved murder.APTN’s Dennis Ward has the story.last_img

Kite manjha that killed youth was stuck on pole

first_imgNEW DELHI: A week after the 18-year-old man lost his life to kite manjha in Timarpur in North Delhi, police investigation has led the cops to believe that the manjha was struck in the pole when the accident happened on April 1. This means the kite was not flown at the actual time of the incident making it difficult for the Delhi Police to reach out to the actual accused.The police had already registered a case under section 336 of Ipc (Act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 304A (causing death by negligence). Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe 18-year-old boy bled to death after his neck was entangled in a kite string at Timarpur in North Delhi. The boy was going to the market to get some summer cooler equipment on Monday evening. As he was riding back home on his bike, his neck was cut by a sharp manjha ( string) . The police was immediately informed. He was soon rushed to the hospital but succumbed to his grievous injuries. The deceased was later identified as Ravi, a resident of Yograj Colony, Gandhi Vihar in Timarpur. When the police reached the spot they found a black colour string with traces of blood on it. The police had seized the string found on the road. Several human loss of life has also been reported from various parts of the country because of the Chinese manjha. The dangerous part is the manjha is glass coated and cause grievous injury if the victim is moving in high speed.last_img read more

Canadian dollar closes higher amid Syrian intervention worries commodities rise

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 27, 2013 8:39 am MDT Canadian dollar closes higher amid Syrian intervention worries, commodities rise TORONTO – The Canadian dollar shed early losses to move higher Tuesday even as traders opted for safety amid worries that the United States might intervene in the Syrian conflict.The loonie closed up 0.26 of a cent to 95.47 cents US.The greenback was stronger against many currencies as traders sought the perceived safe haven, while the loonie found support from higher gold and oil prices.Markets were nervous a day after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry claimed it was “undeniable” that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons in its conflict with rebel forces. The prospect of U.S.-led military action against the Assad regime was enough for investors to cut their exposure to risky assets.The price of oil passed the US$109 a barrel mark Tuesday amid the latest round of worry centred on the Middle East. The October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange ran ahead $3.09 to US$109.01 a barrel as traders assessed the potential for international intervention in Syria.Oil prices have risen more than 15 per cent in the last three months on concern that unrest in Egypt and civil war in Syria could disrupt production and exports, especially in Libya and Iraq. It has also raised the spectre of spreading violence that could block important supply routes.Geopolitical worries also boosted gold prices with the December contract on the Nymex running ahead $27.10 to US$1,420.20 an ounce.Copper also advanced amid signs of improving economies in the U.S. and China and the September contract in New York was up one cent at US$3.33 a pound.Data released Tuesday showed that the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city U.S. home price index rose 12.1 per cent in June from a year earlier, nearly matching a seven-year high. And China’s National Bureau of Statistics said that profit growth for industrial companies ran ahead to 12 per cent in July from 6.3 per cent in June.Elsewhere on the economic calendar, traders took in data showing rising American consumer confidence. The U.S. Conference Board’s August index came in at 81.5, up from 80.3 in July.The strong reading followed other data released during the past two sessions which contained disappointing readings on home sales and durable goods orders.Traders have been wondering if the Federal Reserve thinks the economy is strong enough to allow it to start to reduce its monetary stimulus next month.At present, the Fed is buying $85 billion of financial assets a month in order to lower long-term interest rates and shore up the U.S. economic recovery. Up until recently, a run of data particularly related to the labour market, had ratcheted up expectations that the so-called tapering would begin in September. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UNICEF seeks nearly 14 billion to assist children in crisis in 2013

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today appealed for nearly $1.4 billion to meet the immediate, life-saving needs of children in 45 countries and regions gripped by conflict, natural disasters and other complex emergencies this year. “We are still in the first month of 2013, which has already proved harsh for millions of children suffering in Syria and for refugees who had to flee to neighbouring countries. Mali and the Central African Republic are also experiencing worsening conflict, threatening the lives of children and women,” said Ted Chaiban, UNICEF’s Director of the Office of Emergency Programmes. “Children are extremely vulnerable in emergencies, often living in unhealthy and unsafe conditions, at high risk of disease, violence, exploitation and neglect,” he stated. The Humanitarian Action for Children 2013 appeal, launched in Geneva, includes countries currently in the headlines as well as others that receive less media attention but also require urgent assistance such as Chad, Colombia, Ethiopia, the Philippines, Somalia and Yemen. “Humanitarian response is no less important in those parts of the world that do not command media attention,” UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake says in the foreword to the report accompanying the appeal. He noted that in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan states of Sudan, conflict has driven over 210,000 people, over half of whom are children, across the borders into neighbouring South Sudan and Ethiopia, while an estimated 695,000 people have been internally displaced or severely affected. Meanwhile, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where 2.4 million people are displaced, the number of severely malnourished children tops 1 million, he added. More than 85 per cent of the funding requirements are for humanitarian situations other than Syria and the related refugee crisis, UNICEF pointed out in a news release. The 45 countries and regions in the appeal are priorities due to the scale of the crisis, the urgency of its impact on children and women, the complexity of the response and the capacity to respond. “Together, we can give all children in humanitarian situations the tools not only to recover but to realize their potential, nurture their talents and contribute to the growth of their nations,” said Mr. Lake. read more

The Latest Peppers gives Nicholls State win with OT bucket

NICEVILLE, Fla. — The Latest on the Emerald Coast Classic (all times local):2:30 p.m.Gavin Peppers, after not scoring in the first half, put up 22 points including the game-winner in overtime and Nicholls State defeated Western Michigan 62-61 in the championship game of the Visitors bracket on Saturday.Seth Dugan scored all six of WMU’s overtime points including the Broncos’ final basket with 2:43 left for a three-point lead before Pepper drove the lane twice including a final basket with 22 seconds remaining. WMU (4-3) missed two shots in the final seconds.The Colonels (4-4) trailed by nine early in the second before tying the game on a Danny Garrick 3-pointer with 12:48 left in regulation. WMU’s Josh Davis sent the game into overtime at 55-all with a basket with 24 seconds left.Garrick scored 12 points and Elvis Harvey 10 for Nicholls State.Dugan had 22 points and 12 rebounds and Davis 10 points and 10 rebounds while Michael Flowers added 17 points.___12:30 p.m.Randy Miller scored 22 points, and three others added 15 each as North Carolina Central broke away early and defeated Southern 83-71 in the Visitors bracket consolation game.Miller scored 13 in the first half as NC Central used an 11-0 burst to scoot away from Southern and led 39-31 at the break.The Eagles (2-5) shot 65 per cent from the floor after halftime, making 15 of 23 shots. Miller shot 6 of 11 with three 3-pointers, converted 7 of 10 at the foul line and led with five assists. Larry McKnight, Rashann London and Raasean Davis each scored 15 with London shooting 6 of 7.Jayden Saddler paced Southern with 18 points, Sidney Umude added 17 with 10 rebounds and Eddie Reese scored 14.London scored on a drive six seconds into the second half and NC Central put together a 15-4 run in the first five minutes. Southern didn’t get closer than nine after that.The Associated Press read more

GuySuCo spending millions to maintain 4 closed estates

The Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) is reportedly spending millions of dollars to maintain the four sugar estates which was closed by the current administration leaving some 30,000 sugar workers unemployed.In a recent ‘Invitation for Bids” published in a section of the media, the sugar corporation for excavator operators to undertake works at the four estates.The bid invitation is asking for suitably qualified and experienced bidders to undertake the provision of labour to operate GuySuCo’s excavators at the Wales, East Demerara, Rose Hall and Skeldon estates.Speaking on the issue, former Agriculture Minister, Leslie Ramsammy said that Government erred by failing to preserve a crew for maintenance work at the estates, a move which angered him since there were experienced excavator operators who were dismissed.Former Health Minister Dr Leslie RamsammyThese operators, he stated, were among thousands of sugar workers who lost their jobs and are now experiencing difficulties providing for their families.“It exposes the ineptitude of the Board and the Management of GuySuCo and the Ministry of Agriculture for not recognising that certain staffing had to be retained for the closed estates. The closed estates are expensive and valuable assets which still remain properties of GuySuCo and the Government and, are assets that belong to the people,” Ramsammy asserted.Abandonment of valuable propertyAccording to the former Agriculture Minister, the closure of the estates was handled likened to that as an abandonment of valuable property.“Closure should never have meant abandonment. Maintenance work had to be preserved for more than one reason. Firstly, the closed estates represent properties which have value and that value can only be preserved if the properties were maintained. Instead, the Ministry of Agriculture and GuySuCo’s Board and management walked away from the estates, with a posture of abandonment. This is not just another example of ineptitude and mismanagement, this is misconduct in office,” he stressed.The Wales Sugar Estate was closed in December of 2016Further, Ramsammy pointed out that even drainage and irrigation (D&I) workers in these estates should have been kept because while the estates were closed.The former Agriculture Minister outlined that shortly after public outrage over the closure of the estates, Government, through the Special Purposes Unit (SPU) established by the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), announced that all four of the closed estates would be offered for divestment to the Private Sector.Now three years later, he added, GuySuCo realises that maintenance work is needed.According to Ramsammy, GuySuCo is not trying to hire persons who are experienced in operating excavators, but is seeking to contract a bidder who will then provide operators for GuySuCo’s excavators. This, he pointed out, would mean a more costly mechanism for excavator services in the closed estates. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMore sugar workers could be fired in 2019, all at risk- Fmr Agri MinisterDecember 17, 2018In “Business”Guysuco suffers as workers engage in countrywide strikeDecember 11, 2013In “Local News”Govt ‘poorly handled’ Wales estate closure – says veteran trade unionistJanuary 24, 2016In “Local News” read more

Which Parks Are Open And Which Remain Closed

first_imgThe following locations and facilities within Skilak Lake Wildlife Recreation Area and vicinity remain closed:CampgroundsWatson Lake CampgroundJean Lake CampgroundPetersen Lake CampgroundKelly Lake CampgroundRoadsMystery Creek RoadTrailsSkyline TrailFuller Lakes TrailSeven Lakes Trail (except for the portion fromEngineer Lake to Engineer Lake Cabin) Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A number of parks and lakes on the Kenai Peninsula were closed due to fire activity at the Swan Lake Fire. Now that fire progression has slowed down residents are wondering if some of the parks are now open for personal use. The goal of this closure modification is to minimize risk to people while providing for access byfirefighters and the public. The closure will remain in effect through August 5, unless rescinded earlier, or extended for cause.center_img CabinsKelly Lake CabinTrapper Joe CabinBig Indian CabinLakes and RiversEast Fork Moose RiverWatson LakePetersen LakeKelly LakeJean LakeBottenintin Lakelast_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Assistant Program Director at NFI MassachusettsFull-Time Financial Analyst at Charles River LabsFull-Time & Part-Time Home Health Aide at Assisting Hands of WilmingtonPart-Time Nights & Weekends Home Health Aide at Assisting Hands of WilmingtonPart-Time Cashier at K1 SpeedFull-Time Cost Accountant at CutisPharma, Inc.Full-Time System Administrator at LoadSpring SolutionsFull-Time Warehouse Associate at Standard ElectricFull-Time Corporate Sales Trainee at Standard ElectricFull-Time Member Care Advocate at Ametros(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

President Trump Syrian Attack Crossed A Lot Of Lines For Me

first_img Share President Trump condemned the horrific chemical attack in Syria that has been blamed on its president, Bashar al-Assad, signaling a shift in Trump’s approach toward the country’s controversial leader — but didn’t elaborate on how the U.S. would respond.“It crossed a lot of lines for me,” the president said during a Rose Garden press conference on Wednesday with Jordan’s King Abdullah. “When you kill innocent children, innocent babies, little babies, with a chemical gas that is so lethal that people were shocked to hear what gas it was, that crosses many, many lines, beyond a red line, many many lines.”Trump doubled down on his criticism of the Obama administration’s approach toward Syria, but said that the attack which has killed at least 72 people “had a big impact on me” and has changed his approach toward the country.“It’s very, very possible that it’s already happened, that my attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much,” Trump said.As NPR’s Tamara Keith reported Tuesday, Trump’s blame of former President Obama for not acting after Assad crossed the “red line” after chemical weapons were first used was at odds with what Trump has said in the past, when Trump argued the U.S. should not get involved in the conflict.“The world is a mess. I inherited a mess,” Trump said Wednesday, and reiterated his belief that he wished the administration of George W. Bush had not gotten involved in the Middle East with its invasion of Iraq.“I think the Obama administration had a responsibility to solve the crisis a long time ago,” Trump said of his predecessor’s approach to the Syrian regime. “And when he didn’t cross that line in making the threat, I think that set us back a long ways not only in Syria, but in many other parts of the world because it was a blank threat. I think it was something that was not one of our better days as a country.”But, for the first time he seemed to signal that the U.S. could act against the atrocities, a departure from previous statements from the White House suggesting that ousting Assad was not a foreign policy priority and should instead be left up to the Syrian people.Still, when pressed how he would respond, Trump was coy and reiterated he didn’t want to show his hand and would remain flexible.“I now have responsibility, and I will have that responsibility and carry it very proudly,” Trump said.United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley also suggested Wednesday that there could be U.S. intervention in Syria’s ongoing civil war, strongly condemning not only the attacks but also blaming Russia for its support of the Assad regime.“How many more children have to die before Russia cares?” Haley said, holding up photos of the young victims.Trump has repeatedly praised Russian President Vladimir Putin, signaling a willingness to work with the country to combat terrorism amid ongoing investigations into Russian efforts to influence the U.S. election last year and possible ties between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia.In an interview before the press conference with the New York Times, though, Trump did begin to cast blame toward Putin in another shift.“I think it’s a very sad day for Russia because they’re aligned, and in this case, all information points to Syria that they did this,” the president told the Times. “Why they did this, who knows? That’s a level first of all they weren’t supposed to have this.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Clicking pictures may enhance visual memory

first_imgClicking pictures may help recall the details of what you see, say scientists who found that having camera can help enhance visual memory. Researchers, including those from University of Pennsylvania in the US, conducted two experiments. In the first they had 294 participants tour a real-life museum exhibit of Etruscan artefacts.As the participants toured the exhibit, they listened to an accompanying audio guide. At the end of the tour, they answered multiple-choice questions asking them to identify objects they had seen or complete factual statements from the audio guide. The results showed that those who took photos visually recognised more of the objects compared with those who did not have a camera. However, they also remembered less auditory information than their camera-less peers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThese findings provided evidence that taking pictures can enhance visual memory, researchers said.For the second experiment researchers designed a virtual art-gallery tour. Participants navigated through the gallery on screen as they would in real life and some were able to take pictures of what they saw on screen by clicking an on-screen button.Again, participants who were able to take pictures were better at recognising what they saw and worse at remembering what they heard, compared to those who could not take pictures. Researchers found that participants who were able to take pictures performed better on visual memory tasks regardless of whether the objects in question were the most or least photographed. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePhoto-takers even had better visual memory for aspects of the exhibit they didn’t photograph, compared with participants who weren’t able to take pictures. These findings suggest that having a camera changes how people approach an experience in a fundamental way, researchers said. “Even when people don’t take a photo of a particular object, like a sculpture, but have a camera with them and the intention to take photos, they remember that sculpture better than people who did not have a camera with them,” researchers said.last_img read more

Not Every Bug or Outage is Preventable But Help Is Out There

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. November 8, 2018 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. “Every business is a software business”: That 20-year-old saying by “the father of software quality” Watts Humphrey is truer now than ever before. Retail companies rely on ecommerce to sell to customers, and many newspapers have web-first publications. What’s more, every major brand has its own app these days. Nike and Starbucks have both gained reputations as leading software companies despite the fact that their respective core businesses seem far removed from the world of high technology!Related: 4 Ways to Prepare for the Next Apocalyptic Amazon Web Services OutageBut the process isn’t over.. Many traditional companies are still struggling to shift into the digital age, while even older tech companies may be finding themselves left behind by modern trends and changes.Things, after all, move fast. Mobile phone companies release new versions of their apps every week, while big online platforms may go through multiple changes in a day. And the consequences of failure in all this change are high. If a major retailer’s web-app is down, it’s losing money every minute as online customers go elsewhere. If a bank’s login is unavailable, millions of people are locked out from their money, and that damages trust.Not every bug or outage is preventable, of course, but there are some good guidelines and tools you can use to keep your business up and running in the digital age.1. Test, but be ready to fix the things your tests missed.Testing is extremely important if you’re determined to avoid an outage. Whether you employ system tests, unit tests or comprehensive quality-assurance tests, more testing will catch more bugs. No matter how much you test, however, you’ll still have bugs that will make it out into the world. That’s inevitable. And you can’t always wait to conduct every type of test when you’re focused on marketing and shipping.The good news is, companies have a variety of ways of finding the causes of bugs in their live systems. That doesn’t mean users, who aren’t usually very good at giving detailed bug reports (How often have you taken the time to write a detailed report when a website or app wasn’t working?). So the first thing you need to do is detect the problem.Related: CES Attendees Make Light of CES Blackout in Hilarious TweetsHere, services like Sentry can send alerts if something breaks, and monitoring tools like Prometheus, DataDog and New Relic are useful for keeping an eye on complicated modern systems. Another interesting new tool is Rookout, which allows software teams to debug live apps without having to stop them or break them. This tool also helps to fix broken systems while keeping down time to a minimum, and it finds hard-to-reach bugs that may not appear in testing.2. “Chaos engineering”: testing to destructionThere’s only one way of knowing how well you can handle having things break: You break them yourself. Yes, that’s a serious statement.”Chaos engineering” is a way of building and testing resilience by deliberately breaking parts of a system to ensure that the system as a whole can still work. Netflix has been using chaos engineering since 2011 when the company built a “Chaos Monkey” app to randomly disable its servers. The app has since been released as a free, open-source tool. Also, a startup called Gremlin offers chaos engineering as a service to make it easier for companies to get started even if their personnel lack specialist knowledge.3. Automate your deployment.In one way, creating software code is a bit like any other product: Once you make it, you have to ship it. In many software companies, the code is created by a development team; and the software is then shipped by an integration and deployment team, and maintained by an operations team. Throw in testing and it might take weeks for the code to make it into your web-app.Automated deployment cuts out some of these middle stages and makes it faster to make your new features or bug-fixes live. Continuous Integration tools like Jenkins and  CircleCI can test, build and deploy your code automatically to keep the back-end running. A new, specialized solution for automatic deployment of websites and web apps is Netifly, which also integrates with new technologies like severless computing.4. Keep control of your code.Automated integration and deployment fixes a lot of problems, but it introduces new issues, too. Small mistakes in the code can lead to passwords or API keys being accidentally deployed live, or the wrong configuration file being used and messing everything up.It’s important to balance automated deployment with your ongoing effort to keep control of your code. Some of the popular continuous deployment tools will check for particularly bad mistakes at the build or deployment stage. Datree is a new tool to stop unwanted code before it even makes it into the company code repositories, by letting you define policies and then enforcing them before a pull request is merged.Related: Twitter Suffers Worldwide OutageFollow these guidelines and, yes, your systems may still suffer bugs and outages. But you’ll have fewer of them, be well equipped to handle them, able to fix them faster and more likely to keep your company up and running — and making money. 5 min readlast_img read more

Virtual Phantoms Inc Releases VirtualDoseIR

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 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 14, 2019 FDA Clears NvisionVLE Imaging System for Pancreatic and Biliary Applications August 14, 2019 — NinePoint Medical Inc. announced it has received U.S. read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Image courtesy of NinePoint Medical Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyVideo Player is loading.Play 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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Videos | AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting … read more August 7, 2017 — Virtual Phantoms Inc. announced the release of VirtualDoseIR, a tool for assessing organ dose from interventional radiology (IR) procedures. Like its VirtualDose CT product for computed tomography, VirtualDoseIR combines a family of anatomically realistic human phantoms, advanced Monte Carlo simulations, and an easy-to-use web interface to provide realistic calculations of dose to a diverse patient population.VirtualDoseIR enables users to accurately compute doses to radiosensitive organs for a broad range of the patient population, including those outside the “average” body size, pediatric patients from newborn through adolescence, and patients who are pregnant.In recent years, IR procedures have expanded beyond the traditional cardiovascular applications to many other specialty areas, and so their overall use has increased significantly, today contributing more than 14 percent of all medical radiation dose in the United States. Long exposure times can subject patients to acute injuries to the skin and other tissues, but the large accumulated doses pose a long-term radiation risk that can be monitored and managed. With continued growth, it is likely that regulatory attention will turn to IR in the future. VirtualDoseIR has been designed with clinical practice in mind. The web interface allows the user to easily select the parameters of the procedure setup, including field size, kVp, filtration, position and direction. As these are selected, the display updates to provide a visualization of the exam field on the patient to ensure it matches the procedure performed. And because different machines may track different information, the system will accept X-ray output in terms of dose area product (DAP) or air kerma rate and exposure time.For more information: www.virtualphantoms.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Videos | AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Efforts to Define the Roles of Medical Physicists and Assistants for Regulators Brent Parker, Ph.D., DABR, professor read more 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 Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Related Content News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Technology | Radiation Dose Management | August 07, 2017 Virtual Phantoms Inc. Releases VirtualDose-IR Software tool collects organ dose data from interventional radiology procedures 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.last_img read more

IHG reports China Outbound tourism potential

first_imgInterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has partnered with Oxford Economics to publish a comprehensive study into the Chinese travel market.The report reveals the scale of the opportunity for global travel destinations to benefit from shifting patterns in Chinese travel, with Melbourne and the Gold Coast in Australia due to see an uplift.The Future of Chinese Travel report shows that favourable economic and demographic trends shaping the Chinese travel market are set to fuel huge increases in demand for international travel over the next decade.Sydney and Melbourne are named amongst cities with the highest lengths of stay compared to other long-haul city destinations in the Asia-Pacific region.By 2023, it is projected that Chinese arrivals in Australian cities will increase dramatically, with Melbourne set to increase by 109 per cent, Sydney is set to increase by 98 per cent, and also a 90 per cent increase in Brisbane and 86 per cent increase in the Gold Coast.IHG chief executive officer Richard Solomons, said this is a ground-breaking piece of research, which demonstrates the sheer scale of the ‘China outbound’ opportunity.“Chinese households able to take long-haul trips by 2023, the country’s growing importance in the global travel market cannot be underestimated. With 30 years of experience in China, the recent launch of our new Chinese brand, HUALUXE Hotels and Restaurants, and the roll-out of our China Ready programme, IHG is well-placed to meet this growing demand,” Mr Solomons said.Tourism Australia managing director John O’Sullivan, said having a clear China strategy was critical if the Australian tourism industry was to fully leverage the projected increase.“China now represents Australia’s second largest and most valuable inbound tourism market, already worth more than A$5 billion a year and with the potential to reach more than S13 billion by the end of the decade,” Mr O’Sullivan said.“With so many other countries now competing so fiercely for the market, we can’t afford to take success for granted. This means understanding what Chinese travellers are looking for in an overseas holiday and developing our tourism experiences to better fit their needs and expectations.”Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

Hernandez The citizens of Michigan demand we improve our roads without raising

first_img08Jun Hernandez: ‘The citizens of Michigan demand we improve our roads without raising taxes’ Categories: Hernandez News Lansing – State Representative Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron) praised the transportation budget that moved out of conference committee today with major changes to what Governor Snyder originally offered.  Throughout budget negotiations, Rep. Hernandez has insisted that the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) shift money away from administrative and planning costs, and put those funds towards fixing Michigan roads.“While this budget doesn’t go as far as I would like, I do think it’s a good first step,” said Hernandez, “I’d like to thank Senator Geoff Hansen, Chair Laura Cox, and the rest of my colleagues on the appropriation committee for supporting our efforts to improve the transportation budget.   The citizens of Michigan demand we improve our roads without raising taxes.”Major changes to the Governor’s transportation budget as negotiated between Hernandez and Hansen include:·         Eliminating 92 unfilled positions within MDOT that do not directly affect road maintenance.·      Requiring MDOT to prioritize road maintenance/construction projects over public transit systems when deciding how to allocate almost $100 Million in toll credits.·         Selling one of the five MDOT owned and operated aircraft.“When approaching this budget, I continuously would ask how we can shift funds from administrative and planning costs and put them towards improving pavement,” said Hernandez, “I look forward to continuing our work with MDOT and my legislative colleagues to give Michigan drivers better value for their tax dollars.”###last_img read more

Rep Frederick supports resolutions to improve job opportunities

first_img Categories: Frederick News,News 09Jun Rep. Frederick supports resolutions to improve job opportunities State Rep. Ben Frederick, the chair of the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee, has voted in favor of four recent resolutions to help expand the state’s workforce in skilled trades and sciences.“Our state’s employment opportunities continue to grow and we need to expand with it to help move Michigan forward,” said Frederick, of Owosso. “Our responsibility in the Legislature is to encourage both better career opportunities and business growth. Each of these resolutions are geared toward helping Michigan now and in the future through education.”Among the resolutions supported Frederick’s committee were:House Concurrent Resolution 8 to allow for student transportation costs to be eligible expenses within 529 Qualified Tuition Programs such as the Michigan Education Trust. A 529 account allows students to be exempt from federal taxes when account funds are used towards tuition, textbooks, and certain room and board costs. Current plans do not extend transportation costs as a tax-exempt expense.HR 62 expresses support for increased participation of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.HR 103 urges the governor to add woodworking vocational training to the career opportunities in vocational education and skilled trade opportunities identified by the state. In considering this resolution, the committee heard testimony from Tadd Morris of Second Chance Wood in Durand about the growing demand for woodworkers in the state.HR 113 requests that the U.S. Congress continue full funding for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams on the campus of Michigan State University, which is expected to drive further innovation and jobs throughout Michigan.The resolutions advance to the state House for consideration.State Rep. Ben Frederick (left) hosted Tadd Morris, of Second Chance Wood Company in Durand, to speak before the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee about the growing need for woodworking professionals in Michigan. Frederick, of Owosso, is the chair of the committee.last_img read more

Rep Howell to host office hours in Lapeer County

first_img Categories: Howell News 08Aug Rep. Howell to host office hours in Lapeer County State Rep. Gary Howell of North Branch will host office hours on Monday, Aug. 21 at the following times and locations:9:30 to 11 a.m. at John’s Country Kitchen, 1829 S. Cedar St. in Imlay City and;2:30 to 4 p.m. at Hungry Dan’s Restaurant, 195 W. Genesee St. in Lapeer.“Speaking with residents of Lapeer County on a regular basis is very important to me,” Rep. Howell said. “Hearing what people in our community have to say helps me better understand what really matters to them regarding issues in state government.”No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Howell at 517-373-1800 or via email at GaryHowell@house.mi.gov.last_img

Rep Hoitenga invites local first responders for Sept 11 ceremony

first_img Categories: Hoitenga News,News PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, today hosted first responders Big Rapids Fire Lt. Travis Williams and Firefighter Nathan Yehle as her guests for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year. 07Sep Rep. Hoitenga invites local first responders for Sept. 11 ceremonylast_img

Rep Lower hosts March office hours

first_img Categories: Lower News State Rep. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake announced his in-district office hours for the month of March. The representative will be available at the following times and locations:Friday, March 23Noon to 1 p.m. at the St. Louis City Hall, 300 N. Mill St. in St. Louis. Monday, March 269 to 10 a.m. at Brickyard, 112 W. Main St. in Stanton; andNoon to 1 p.m. for a legislative update at the Montcalm Community College Les Morford Instructional Building, Room 210, 2800 College Drive in Sidney. 19Mar Rep. Lower hosts March office hours “I believe input from local residents helps me effectively represent our community,” Lower said. “Listening and being accessible are two important parts of my job, and I look forward to continuing this through hosting office hours.”No appointments are necessary. Those unable to meet during the scheduled times may contact Rep. Lower’s office at (517) 373-0834 or via email at JamesLower@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

Rep OMalley continues road discussion for Michigan residents

first_img10May Rep. O’Malley continues road discussion for Michigan residents Categories: O’Malley News State Rep. Jack O’Malley, chair of the House Transportation Committee, attended a town hall hosted by state Rep. Ryan Berman to discuss road funding with residents in Commerce Township. The event included an informal discussion with individuals on ways to repair and improve Michigan roads.“People respect what you inspect and we are working together diligently to listen to concerns of residents about our roads,” said O’Malley, of Lake Ann. “This informative meeting in Oakland County was fascinating to see what challenges residents are facing when they drive in Metro Detroit.”O’Malley recently began six weeks of special committee hearings in Lansing to examine the disconnection between road funding and road quality.###last_img read more