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first_imgAPTN NewsWinnipeg police pulled the body of 23-year-old April Carpenter from the Red River in Winnipeg Thursday.Police say it’s not clear how the woman died and an autopsy has been scheduled.They say no further information is available and the investigation is continuing.Member of the legislature Nahanni Fontaine confirmed Carpenter’s identity who has been missing since April 26.Fontaine says Carpenter’s mother wanted people to know her daughter’s body was found.“We encourage anyone with any information to come forward so we can find justice for April,” she posted Thursday on files from the Canadian Presslast_img

Rabat – Interior minister Mohamed Hassad announced, on Tuesday, the adoption of a joint decision, under the form of a circular, with the higher education ministry, allowing local authorities to enter universities in case of threat to security or public order to protect lives and goods. Speaking at the house of advisors, Hassad underlined that though this decision give the right to intervention to local authorities, the latter are required to work in coordination with university officials to establish an atmosphere of tolerance and quest for knowledge inside colleges.The circular also requires that university presidents and directors to see to it that rules and regulations on access to universities and organizations of activities are respected, he said.He noted the positive interaction and satisfaction of university professors, deans and presidents with that decision which will ensure security within colleges. read more

New York – According to a recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO) Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity, approximately 14 percent of children in Morocco suffer from obesity.The WHO conducted a two-year study published on Monday, during which the organization researched over 100 WHO member countries worldwide regarding the dangers of childhood obesity and laid out a set of recommendations for its prevention and treatment.There has been a significant rise in childhood obesity across the world in the last few years, affecting life expectancy, “reaching alarming proportions” and posing “serious challenges” to control of the condition. According to the study, Morocco is ranked among the top countries suffering from this phenomenon with 14 percent of Moroccan children suffering from obesity.Other countries in the MENA region ranked similarly. Algerian and Tunisian children suffering from obesity ranged from 10 to 14.9 percent, while Egyptian children ranked higher, with between 15 and 20 percent of children overweight. The North African country with the highest percentage of obese children was Libya, with over 20 percent of children under five years old overweight.Obesity in Africa has become a major problem, mostly affecting children of wealthy families living in poorer countries, due to cultural views that hold excess body weight in children as a sign of health.“In Africa, the number of children under five years old who are overweight or obese has almost doubled between 1990 and 2014, increasing from 5.4 million to 10.3 million,” the WHO report revealed.According to AFP, Dr. Sania Nishtar, Co-President of the WHO Commission highlighted the alarming results of the study during a press conference on Monday in Geneva.“Overweight and obesity affect the quality of life of a child,” Dr. Nishtar said, adding that “obesity can also have an impact on student achievement”.She went on to add that if these children remain obese as they grow up, the problem poses “major economic and health consequences for them, their families and society as a whole.”The same study noted that 81 percent of adolescents around the world do not exercise enough to get the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity.According to a 2014 report by the McKinsey Global Institute titled “How the World Could Better Fight Obesity,” obesity is one of the top three social burdens worldwide, costing $2 trillion annually, after smoking and terrorism, which cost $2.1 trillion.McKinsey noted that if obesity continues to grow at its current rate, half of the world’s adult population will be overweight or obese by 2030.Obesity in Morocco is an economic and social problem costing nearly MAD 24 billion per year, nearly 3 percent of the country’s GDP, the study revealed. read more

Voicing his “profound sadness” following the massacre on 16 April at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Vernor Muñoz Villalobos issued a statement yesterday saying he was confident that US authorities would undertake a thorough investigation.“Given the fact that similar incidents occurred in educative establishments on other occasions, I hope that the renewed reflection and debate that this sad event has triggered in the United States on the implications of the legislation related to the possession of arms by the general public will encourage the society to consider the possibility to revise it,” he said.Mr. Muñoz Villalobos reiterated that everyone has the right to a safe and protected learning environment.“As I have stated before, the targeting of schools, universities, students, teachers and other civilians for any reason is unacceptable,” the statement said.Extending condolences, he added: “My thoughts are with the parents, families and friends of all those who were victims in the attack.”Mr. Muñoz Villalobos, who serves in an independent, unpaid capacity, reports to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. 25 April 2007The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to education has called on the United States to consider reforming its gun laws in the wake of last week’s shooting rampage at a university campus where a man killed 32 others and then himself. read more

LAVAL, Que. — Quebec convenience store giant Alimentation Couche-Tard aims to double its net earnings in the next five years.The company, which primarily operates under the Circle K banner, says it will achieve the target through a combination of organic growth and further acquisitions.Chief executive Brian Hannasch describes the goal as “ambitious” but one that can be achieved by remaining true to its core business while maximizing its strengths.Couche-Tard’s net profit grew 10 per cent last year to US$1.8 billion while adjusted earnings per share were up 27.7 per cent to $3.32 as revenues increased 15 per cent to US$59.1 billion.The retailer has become one of the world’s largest convenience store chains through a series of acquisitions and adoption of coffee, food and cold beverage programs that grew by double digits last year.Analyst Keith Howlett of Desjardins Capital Markets says doubling its profitability will depend on sustained sales momentum and expanded gross margins that will likely come from a shift in product mix to high margin food service. Companies in this story: (TSX:ATD.B)The Canadian Press read more

by Danica Kirka And Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press Posted Jun 23, 2016 10:42 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 24, 2016 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Stocks crash as UK vote to quit EU shocks investors A screen showing Asian stock market index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Friday, June 24, 2016. In volatile trading, Asian stock markets fell sharply on Friday with Tokyo stocks, U.S. futures and oil prices plunging as the early results in Britain’s referendum challenged the earlier anticipation that Britain would remain in the European Union. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) LONDON – Stock markets crashed, oil prices tumbled and the pound fell to a 31-year low on Friday as Britain’s unprecedented vote to leave the European Union shocked investors and dragged the region, the world’s largest economic bloc, into a new era of uncertainty.Investors rushed to dump European shares as soon as markets opened, following earlier drops in Asia, and Wall Street was set to fall sharply amid concerns about the economic consequences of the vote. The move could drain confidence among companies and business across the EU, which some fear could even face more defections.Britain’s FTSE 100 plunged about 8 per cent but recovered slightly for a 5 per cent loss. The German index tanked 7 per cent and France’s index tumbled about 9 per cent. Wall Street was due to open sharply lower, with Dow and S&P 500 futures down 2.8 per cent and 3.6 per cent.The pound hit its lowest level since 1985, diving as much as 11 per cent before recovering slightly to trade 8 per cent lower at $1.3704. Oil prices tumbled, with the U.S. benchmark $2.24 lower at $47.87 a barrel. The Nikkei 225 closed down 8 per cent, its biggest fall since the global financial crisis in 2008.The result of the vote, which trickled in overnight in Europe, caught investors by surprise. Markets had rallied on Thursday on hopes that a so-called “Brexit” would be avoided and bookies were giving the “remain” camp a high probability of success.“U.K. voters have opted for Brexit. If fully followed through, this will be an act of economic self-harm with global ramifications,” said Samuel Tombs, chief U.K. economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics.Britain’s decision to leave the EU launches what will be years of negotiations over trade, business and political links with the EU, which will shrink to a 27-nation bloc. Above all, it creates uncertainty, which is toxic to businesses looking to making investments or consumers looking to make purchases.It could also threaten London’s position as one of the world’s pre-eminent financial centres as professionals could lose the right to work across the EU. The U.K. hosts more headquarters of non-EU firms than Germany, France, Switzerland and the Netherlands put together.The Bank of England said it had made contingency plans for a “leave” vote and promised to take action to maintain stability. It noted that it has 250 billion pounds ($342 billion) in liquidity available for banks. “We are well prepared for this,” the bank’s governor, Mark Carney, said in a televised statement.That seemed to help confidence somewhat, particularly in financial stocks, which were among the hardest hit. Shares in Barclays bank in London had tanked as much as 30 per cent before settling for a 20 per cent drop.Banks have the most to lose in Britain’s departure from the EU as they do a lot of cross-border activity, which is facilitated in the EU, which has no borders, tariffs, or limits on the movement money and people.Japan’s Nikkei 225 finished the wild day at 14,952.02 down 7.9 per cent while South Korea’s Kospi sank 3.1 per cent to 1,925.24, its biggest fall in four years. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index tumbled 4.4 per cent to 19,942.90 and Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 fell 3.2 per cent to 5,113.20. Stocks in Shanghai, Taiwan, Sydney, Mumbai and Southeast Asian countries were sharply lower.“Financial markets throughout the night have been chaotic to say the least,” said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at Oanda in London. “All eyes will now be on central banks around the world to see how they respond to these market developments, particularly the Bank of England and the Bank of Japan.”In other currencies, the dollar fell to 102.44 yen from 104.80 yen while the euro weakened to $1.1052 from $1.1320.__Kirka reported from London. Kelvin Chan in Hong Kong also contributed to this report. read more

As the Chancellor of the Exchequer considers the next Spending Round, the UK automotive industry has called for long-term strategic support to match the ambitions and priorities of the forthcoming Automotive Sector Industrial Strategy.In its submission to the Treasury, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has challenged the Chancellor, Rt Hon George Osborne MP, to commit to long-term funding through the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) and the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI). Both funds have leveraged significant private sector investment throughout the UK automotive industry. A commitment to maintain the RGF and AMSCI initiatives as well as to continue their valuable support would provide the stability that businesses require to invest in the UK.“The UK automotive industry is providing a significant boost to the UK economy, through strong new car sales, unprecedented levels of capital investment and rising manufacturing output. The drive to rebuild the UK automotive supply chain, increase automotive R&D, and bring innovative UK technologies to commercial maturity holds great potential for future economic growth and greater employment in UK automotive,” said Mike Baunton, SMMT Interim Chief Executive. “To fulfil our potential and realise the short-term £3bn supply chain opportunity in the UK, automotive businesses and motorists need long-term continuity of government policy and support.“The Chancellor has a unique opportunity to drive growth in a strategic sector for the UK economy, so it is vital that the forthcoming Spending Round supports our industry’s growth potential through investment, innovation, low carbon vehicles and skills.”In addition to securing RGF and AMSCI funding, SMMT suggests the Chancellor should focus and increase public spending on innovation and R&D in key strategic technologies. Highly fuel-efficient, low carbon technologies have major growth potential for global automotive companies as well as UK suppliers, SMEs and innovators. Ring-fencing and securing an increased share of existing innovation funding on the five strategic technology areas identified by the Automotive Council will help secure a greater share for the UK in global automotive R&D spend and innovation capabilities.To support the early market for ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs), SMMT believes the Spending Round needs to deliver continued funding for the Plug-In Car and Van Grants. Commitment beyond 2015 is needed to ensure consumer and business confidence to buy and drive ULEVs. Since the Plug-In Car Grant was set-up in 2011, thousands of motorists have benefitted from the funding. But to achieve ambitious decarbonisation targets and deliver on air quality, consistent support for ULEVs through incentives and the taxation system is essential.SMMT also urged the Chancellor to support the sector’s drive to increase its talent pipeline by continuing national support for skills and apprenticeships at all levels. This will help the industry address its urgent short-term gaps and boost the future prospects of the sector.UK automotive has worked hard in recent years to forge new partnerships with the UK’s political decision makers and the creation of the Automotive Council marked a significant development in the relationship between the motor industry and government. Ensuring a more unified approach, the Council is the most comprehensive example of collaboration on this scale between industry and government. Operating through two distinct working groups – the Technology Group and the Supply Chain Group – the Automotive Council is already making good progress in plotting the course for UK automotive and promoting the value of the UK as a base for investment. More information on the Automotive Council can be found at: to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

first_imgRocketmine is proud to have received Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) approval for the flight of their commercial drones from the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA). This is a major achievement for the company, as they are now only the second South African operator, in four years of drone legislation, to be approved for BVLOS.The current SACAA laws for drone operators for Visual Line of Site (VLOS) operations limit flights to a radius of 500 m from the drone operator and a maximum upward distance of 120 m. With an observer stationed at the maximum radius of VLOS, Extended Visual Line of Site (EVLOS) can be approved which accommodates for a radius of up to 1000m from the pilot. BVLOS, on the other hand, allows for a flight radius beyond 1 km without an observer.“This BVLOS approval enables us to offer our clients more applications for our drone services at their sites more cost-effectively. We are able to cover a larger area which is extremely beneficial on large mining sites,” explains Christopher Clark, Rocketmine’s Managing Director. “BVLOS operations also come with an increased safety risk, as there is no visual site of the actual drone. In response to this, Rocketmine has had to improve its operational processes to accommodate for the approval to mitigate against factors that would be safety concern.”The SACAA has very stringent and rigorous processes in place for operators to prove they are able to meet the requirements for BVLOS operations. The biggest concern with BVLOS is safety of the public as well of manned airspace traffic. Of the 25 legal operators in South Africa only two have received approval to fly BVLOS.“The approval for Rocketmine to perform BVLOS operations once again demonstrates that we are industry leaders, always ensuring we are keeping up with the latest technological developments and applications,” states Christopher Clark. “We are excited to include BVLOS in both our current and new projects.”last_img read more

first_imgNintendo has figured out that a sure path to success for sales is to release a limited edition Zelda variant of their products. The 3DS XL is up next this holiday season with a whole new triforce design.Immediately following the release of the limited edition Wii U along with the launch of the Wind Waker HD, Nintendo saw a huge bump in console sales from users who were waiting for the special version. This was the second time in recent memory that Nintendo had released a special Zelda version of their consoles, the first time being the piano black and gold 3DS just in time for the holiday season in 2011. Now, Nintendo has decided to launch a special edition of the 3DS XL with an all new design set to have people drooling in a few weeks.A leaked copy of what looks to be the Black Friday ad for Gamestop this holiday season features the same two limited edition 3DS handhelds that have already been slated for a UK launch. The first, a blue custom 3DS for Luigi’s Mansion, is coupled in the ad with the black and gold 3DS XL with a dark and light triforce on the top and bottom of the console. In the UK, the console is expected to come with a download for A Link Between Worlds. We expect the same to hold true in the US as well.The new triforce 3DS XL looks like it will be a very attractive piece of kit, and a worthwhile upgrade from the rather dull Zelda edition 3DS. The 25th anniversary Zelda 3DS bundle did come with Ocarina of Time but it’s not nearly as attractive as the new XL model and it looked very much like the standard black 3DS, where no one could confuse the Zelda XL with a normal unit.last_img read more

first_imgAliy Zirkle makes her way to the starting line for the ceremonial start of the 2014 Iditarod. (Photo By Patrick Yack – Alaska Public Media)This year 78 mushers are signed up to drive dog teams in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, but only a third of them are women.In the Yukon Quest, only 3 of 26 mushers who started this year were women. Despite the small numbers, many are up-and-coming mushers who are redefining what it means to run dogs.Download AudioIn 1985, Libby Riddles became the first woman ever to win the Iditarod. A grainy YouTube clip from coverage by CBS news shows a crowd gathered on Nome’s front street to greet Riddles.Libby Riddles: “What I feel like is if I died now it’s ok.”CBS: “And the Money?”Libby Riddles: “The money? Maybe Hawaii that’s what I keep talking about. A box of dog biscuits for every dog on the team.  I don’t know. I can’t even believe it yet.”The following year, Susan Butcher won the race and set a new speed record in 11 days and 15 hours.  Butcher repeated her win and broke her own record again in 1987. She went on to claim the championship twice more in 1988 and 1990.But a woman hasn’t won the Iditarod since. In fact, the only woman to win another thousand-mile sled dog race in Alaska is Aliy Zirkle.“I didn’t get into dog mushing to race or to win or to go, go , go , go, I got into mushing because I love dogs,” Zirkle said. “It’ so fun to travel with dogs who want to go and run more than you do.”In 2000, Zirkle became the only woman to win the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race. Since then she’s tried to claim an Iditarod championship.“Now, when you get competitive, and you learn to train these dogs like they’re athletes, then the sky is limitless,” she said.Zirkle has come up short in the Iditarod placing second the last three years in a row. But does it really make a difference if you’re a woman when it comes to long-distance mushing?“I would say that in the dog mushing world, most people want to beat Aliy Zirkle,” she said. “There are a few men that I could probably count on ten digits that want to beat me because I’m a woman.”“It’s a level playing field,” Ryne Olson said. “There’s no advantage either way.”Olson first started mushing in Alaska under the guidance of Aliy Zirkle.“I mean you could argue that some of the stereotypical traits of women might help you in some ways and hinder you in others, but I don’t think I mean the sport of mushing there’s nothing stereotypical about it,” Olson said. “Everything is abnormal, I guess.”Olson finished her first Iditarod in 2012. She was training a puppy team for Zirkle. Olson just finished a successful Yukon Quest with her own team of yearlings and young dogs. Olson placed third, ahead of Zirkle, in this year’s Copper Basin 300. Zirkle placed sixth. So even though Zirkle won’t have to look over her shoulder for her protégé in this year’s Iditarod, she expects to in the future.“Ryne – my step daughter or adopted daughter or whatever you want to call her – she’s going to beat me,” Zirkle said. “She did beat me.”But that rivalry is friendly.  The relationship among women who mush is something up-and-comer Kristin Knight-Pace says helped get her to the start line of this year’s Yukon Quest for her rookie 1,000-miler.Paige Drobny at the Iditarod’s ceremonial start in 2013. (Alaska Public Media photo)“I think the camaraderie between all of the women who are my friends who are mushers which – oh my gosh, there’s so many – they’re all around my age, they’ve all worked so hard to get to this point and now here we are about to jump off the ledge and do a thousand mile race and man the support system is incredible between all of them,” she said.Knight-Pace also has Iditarod aspirations for the future.  This year, she helped train up a few dogs during her Yukon Quest run that will compete on Paige Drobny’s Iditarod team. But Drobny, a two-time Iditarod finisher, says they work well together not because they are women, but because they have similar philosophies on how to raise and race dogs.“You know it’s not just the girls actually. I feel like everyone is super focused on dog care, smaller kennels and working with what they have,” Drobny said. “So yeah, there’s a bunch of women, but there’s also some men too that have the same devotion to their kennels so it’s a really  positive direction for the sport.”Of the 25 women who will line out their dog teams at the Iditarod start line this year, at least half a dozen have the potential to finish in the top-20. And then there’s Aliy Zirkle who will try for her first Iditarod win- and the first win by a woman in a quarter century.  A group of young female mushers will likely be cheering her on.last_img read more

first_imgAmazon has shown multiple times now it isn’t afraid of entering the hardware market with its own take on how a gadget should work. So far they’ve seen the most success with the Kindle range of e-readers, but the Kindle Fire tablets aren’t exactly doing badly. Now it looks like we’re about to get a dedicated games console from the company, which you’d also expect to carry the Kindle name.Multiple sources have told VG247 that Amazon intends to compete directly with Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo in the console market, but using a machine running Android. The device is being designed by Amazon’s Kindle design studio Lab 126, with pre-production units thought to look a lot like the PSOne. The price point of the final hardware is expected to be under $300 and the desired launch date is some point this year.Because this is Amazon, you can expect this Kindle console to do a lot more than just play games, though. Streaming music, TV, and videos will all be available, and as it’s Android you can expect compatibility with existing Android games just like the Kindle tablets currently offer. Of course, an Amazon Prime subscription is going to get you a bunch of extras, too.But for such a console to work, Amazon will need the hardware to pack a serious punch if it intends to take on the PS4 and Xbox One. That means 1080p gaming, as well as securing some strong third-party support as well as a few key exclusive titles. If that doesn’t happen, we could end up with another Ouya, albeit with a lot more potential as an entertainment device and a lot more performance under the hood.last_img read more

first_img‘Vivid clusters’ – a solo exhibition by Deepali Roongta, curated by Kishore Labar, will be organised at Triveni Kala Sangam, from September 13 to 23.The ten-day artshow will be a display of the artists’ understanding about an image as an idea; a cluster of vivid thoughts endowed with energy.According to Deepali, a painting is like a jigsaw puzzle. She says, “You may imagine a shape, but it may assume one that is entirely another. An artist’s mood during the day can change its contours.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”An artist has many different thoughts put together in one art. Those thoughts can be happy, pleasant, comfortable because it can be adventurous, antagonistic, peculiar, maverick; it can cause offence, unease, discomfort and not just blissfulness,” she further adds.In the upcoming exhibition, the artist will offer an intriguing perspective on how altered objects can create an interdisciplinary stage for idea creation and takes it to a completely new level where everything is fluid everything is surreal. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe artist has a varied palette of colours that change according to her inspiration and the image that she sees in her mind.Her colours are bright, which seems to come automatically and intuitively to the artist. No colour is allowed its own voice but has to find an echo in that of the artist’s. She believes that a shape, a form, a colour – any of them can decide to go wrong at any time. What comes out of this process of creation and destruction is an amalgamation of vibrant colours, pleasant thoughts, happy moments, struggles, internal conflicts, compromises. That is what you see as an artwork.last_img read more

first_img Advertisement Colin isn’t a fan of teams that use catchy marketing slogans during unexpected Super Bowl runs. NFL teams with catchy nicknames may make it to the big game, but rarely win it.Last year, the Panthers rode the slogan “Keep Pounding” all the way to the Super Bowl, where they got pounded by the Broncos. “The Greatest Show on Turf” Rams won one Super Bowl, but the show was over once they ran into a young Tom Brady and the Patriots.When the Falcons last made the Super Bowl, they were known as the “Dirty Birds.” They were done dirty by John Elway and the Broncos in the big game.This year, Atlanta has rallied behind the Falcons with the slogan “Rise Up.” Whether they can do so against Tom Brady and the Patriots in Super Bowl LI remains to be seen. Colin is more of a process guy, and doesn’t think teams like the Patriots that expect to win the Super Bowl every year need catchy slogans.Today, however, he took some time to speculate what a Patriots t-shirt – or hooded sweatshirt – slogan might look like if they did have one. As you might guess, based on their head coach, they’re not compelling or catchy. They’re actually really, really boring.Some of the slogans include “Do Your Job”, “First In the Building”, and “Know Your Role.” Yawn.There’s only one slogan that Bill Belichick finds catchy: “Super Bowl Champions.” It’s evergreen and always has a nice ring to it.Here’s the video, “Do Your Job” and watch it:Catchy slogans don’t win Super Bowls. Just ask the Patriots— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) January 30, 2017last_img read more

first_imgTechnology | October 15, 2012 MR System Features New Architecture Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more Related Content News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more dStream is a magnetic resonance (MR) system architecture which helps bring signal digitization as close to the patient as possible in the receive coils. The Ingenia system is the first MR powered by this dStream architecture, designed to deliver increased image quality, enhanced workflow and ease of use for greater efficiency in daily operations. At this year’s RSNA, Philips will showcase the upgrade program that brings dStream to the installed base.Philips Healthcare | FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Comments   Share   Top Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Parents, stop beating yourself up The chain _ known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China _ is controlled by Japan but also claimed by China and Taiwan, and has been a key part of simmering regional tensions over rival territorial claims. Japan’s government reportedly is planning to buy several of the islands from their private Japanese owners.Analysts say Ma chose the Taiwanese islet to make his well-measured gesture to raise international attention without further aggravating tensions.Disputes have flared over island chains in the East China and South China seas, rich fishing grounds with potentially lucrative oil and gas reserves.But diplomatically isolated Taiwan _ which China claims a part of its own territory 63 years after the two sides split amid civil war _ has been largely left out of the spotlight.Ma called on the East China Sea chain’s three claimants _ Taiwan, China and Japan _ to put aside their disputes and hold dialogues to jointly develop the rich resources there. He suggested bilateral or trilateral talks “to resolve the issue in a peaceful way.”Ma also asked commanders at two Taiwan-controlled islets in South China Sea’s Pratas and Spratly island chains to strengthen guards. Those chains are claimed by Taiwan, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei and Malaysia. Associated PressPENGCHIA, Taiwan (AP) – Taiwan’s president used a high-profile visit to a Taiwanese islet on Friday to warn Japan against making any attempts to nationalize islands that are part of a disputed chain in the East China Sea.Escorted by warplanes and naval vessels, President Ma Ying-jeou flew by military helicopter to Taiwan’s Pengchia Islet, which lies off northern Taiwan, only about 140 kilometers (85 miles) west of the disputed chain. Sponsored Stories “Ma has tried to avoid provoking tension, but as Taiwan’s leader, he must make a gesture even though the impact may be limited,” said Lo Chih-cheng, a political scientist at Taipei’s Soochow University.While Taiwanese media were generally skeptical about the visit’s impact, some say Ma’s trip may manage to rebut Beijing’s appeal for a united front with Taiwan over the disputes. Many Taiwanese fear Beijing may be using its warming economic ties with Taiwan in recent years to further its goal of unifying with the self-ruled democratic island.“The mainland is trying to create the false scenario of cross-Strait cooperation in the East and South China” seas, Taiwan’s China Times said in an editorial.In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei reacted to Ma’s visit by reiterating China’s longstanding stance on the dispute.“The Diaoyu islands have belonged to China since ancient times,” he said. “People from both sides of the strait both have responsibility in safeguarding Chinese territories.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

first_img300,000 more promotional tickets on Vietjet’s Southeast Asia Routes300,000 more promotional tickets on Vietjet’s Southeast Asia RoutesAnother 300,000 promotional tickets priced from USD0 (terms and conditions apply) are up for grabs from Vietjet, Vietnam’s new-age airline. The promotion is for online booking from 23 to 25 November 2016 under the “It’s time to Vietjet” campaign at travel period is from 1 December 2016 to 31 December 2017 (excluding public holidays) and the promotion applies for all international routes from Vietnam to Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.Promotional tickets can be booked between 12noon to 2.00pm (Vietnam time) at (also compatible with smartphones at or at (just click the “Booking” tab). Payment can be easily made with debit and credit cards of Visa, MasterCard, JCB, and American Express.With its high-quality services, special low-fare tickets and diverse ticket classes, Vietjet offers its passengers enjoyable flights with dynamic and friendly flight crew, comfortable seats, amazing hot meals and special surprises from the airline’s inflight activities.Source = Vietjetlast_img read more

first_img Lawmakers seated on the “”Senate Banking Committee””: convened a hearing Wednesday to determine just how radically draft legislation should lift barriers to refinance opportunities for homeowners and lenders.[IMAGE]The message from those testifying: More refinance modifications would help, but beware of the impact for investors and lenders.””Debra Still””:, chairman-elect of the “”Mortgage Bankers Association””:, said that the trade group “”strongly supports”” any expansions that could widen the reach of the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) as a result of legislation before the committee.She underscored support for the removal of loan-to-value ratio restrictions and “”arbitrary”” requirements regarding who services loans.””Such features only serve to increase borrower and lender confusion, and reduce the number of qualified borrowers who could benefit from the program,”” she told lawmakers in introductory remarks.””Chris Mayer””:, a professor of real estate and finance at “”Columbia Business School””: and an early proponent of refinance expansions that helped facilitate HARP 2.0, said that the refinance program would help homeowners but nodded at barriers, including rules that limit servicer buy-in.””These adjustments were supposed to be focused on aiding underwater borrowers and increasing competition between servicers, but the results so far have failed to live up to this promise,”” he said.[COLUMN_BREAK]The Obama administration moved on expansions to HARP last fall by working with the “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””: (FHFA) to sign off on lower loan-to-value ratio requirements, remove obstacles for lenders and servicers, and allow homeowners to trade up on their mortgages at today’s record-low rates.Critics continue to find fault with the program by citing apparent problems with other loan modification programs, including the Home Affordable Mortgage Program (HAMP).””Anthony Sanders””:, professor of finance with “”George Mason University””:, nodded at 14 federal loan modification programs currently in place, including HAMP and others under the “”Federal Housing Administration””:, “”Treasury””:, and the “”Department of Veterans Affairs””:””At some point, the collective impact of these programs could drive our banks into bankruptcy,”” he told lawmakers. “”This possibility must be included in the analysis before any further steps are taken.””The cost to investors in mortgage debt and securities remains a critical issue on Capitol Hill. The FHFA generated criticism from the left earlier this year by resisting calls for principal reductions.Mayer faulted the FHFA for resisting principal write downs, estimating that as many as 2 million to 3 million homeowners could refinance and prevent foreclosure if given the opportunity. “”Obviously the losers here are investors, but the investors have had an enormous windfall associated with this program,”” he said, referencing the explicit federal guarantees for mortgage debt owned by the GSEs.He also cited a “”lack of competition”” as the most “”serious problem”” under HARP 2.0. He said that current HARP policies force lenders to assume liability for loans originated by others, discouraging lenders from refinancing loans accordingly.The debate over refinance expansions takes place amid election-year politics. Speaking before Congress in January, President “”Barack Obama””: pledged to roll out new refi modifications, together with new consumer financial investigations and a Homeowner’s Bill of Rights.It was not immediately clear when the Senate Banking Committee would move on legislation to widen HARP’s reach. Share April 26, 2012 448 Views Senate Hearing Fields Praise, Criticisms About New HARPcenter_img in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Barack Obama Fannie Mae FHA FHFA Fixed-Rate Mortgage Freddie Mac HARP Housing Affordability HUD Investors Lenders & Servicers Loan-to-Value Ratio Mortgage Bankers Association Mortgage Debt Mortgage-Backed Securities Politics Refinance Senate Banking Committee Service Providers Treasury Department 2012-04-26 Ryan Schuettelast_img read more

first_imgThe Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York has unveiled its new ‘Childrens Closet at The Pierre’ just in time for summer. The programme is part of the Kids @ Taj global family travel initiative created to engage with savvy families seeking the finer things in life.Directly facing Central Park, footsteps from Museum Mile, Central Park Zoo, the Apple Store and FAO Schwarz, The Pierre, A Taj Hotel is perfectly placed to welcome younger guests seeking an upscale Gotham adventure. With special turndown and welcome amenities, a dedicated ‘Pierre The Penguin’ package, children’s cooking classes, special art-inspired babysitting services, and Mommy & Me Afternoon Tea at Two E Bar/Lounge, the hotel is perfectly positioned to welcome children from newborns to teens.Pierre the Penguin reigns supremeYounger guests at the hotel are greeted with their own plush Pierre the Penguin toy at check-in to take home and keep, a nod to the Penguin House located across the street in Central Park Zoo. Those seeking a greater penguin experience can book the new “Pierre The Penguin Package”, prices lead in at $555+ per night (based on July-August rates), based on one family sharing a City View Room, inclusive of: personalised chocolate Penguin welcome amenity from Executive Pastry Chef Michael Mignano; complimentary Central Park Zoo passes for the family; one Pierre the Penguin plush toy; complimentary loan of the ‘Penguins of Madagascar’ DVD library during your stay; and a turndown amenity of milk and cookies with a copy of the children’s etiquette book, ‘Penguin Says Please’.Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!Embracing its Taj heritage, the hotel will place a plush rocking tiger inside all of its 11 Grand Suites that are booked by families with preschoolers to enjoy in-suite for the duration of their stay. This trusty rocking tiger toy is perfect for little ones to enjoy in the comfort of their own guest accommodations.Cooking classes with the professionalsYoung cooks and would-be mini chefs are invited into the kitchen at The Pierre to participate in a unique two-hour hands-on cooking experience spearheaded by Executive Chef, Ashfer Biju. Two carefully-selected options (one for four to seven year olds, the other for eight to 12 year olds) provide junior culinary aficionados the opportunity to hone their skills and learn new dishes under the expert supervision of Chef Ashfer and his team. Pint-sized chef aprons embroidered with each child’s name upon it, hats and kitchen tools are provided to participants, and upon completion of the class, children receive a signed ‘Certificate of Completion’ to take home. The classes cost $190 per child for two hours, based on a minimum of two children per class, bookable 48 hours in advance.Everything but the babyThe hotel will outfit each guest room with baby necessities in advance of each mini guests’ arrival, ranging from baby cribs; baby bath tubs; a Diaper Genie; bottle sterilisers and bottle warmers; to complimentary children’s bathroom products from ‘Jungle Care’, and the loan of petit children’s bathrobes and slippers for the duration of their stay.An arty party babysitter night The Pierre provides a very special babysitting service to create an arts-focused evening in-room for children of all ages. The experienced sitters specialise in music, dance, fine art and drama, and can curate a fabulous night of fun for the children to enjoy while parents enjoy a much deserved night out. Similarly, the hotel can arrange for special shopping adventures at FAO Schwarz or American Girl Place, both within easy walking distance of The Pierre. And for the mini beauty-queen, the hotel beauty parlour, ‘Dominique Salon’ can create a makeover or little girls manicure with one easy call.One lump or two?Our signature lounge, Two E Bar/Lounge, serves delicious afternoon tea daily from 3 to 6pm and is a wonderful location for a ‘Mommy & Me’ tea, from macaroons to cucumber finger sandwiches and half chocolate dipped Madeleine’s.last_img read more

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterUpon opening reservations for its newest luxury ship, Seven Seas Splendor, Regent Seven Seas Cruises had the best single booking day in the brand’s 26-year history, accounting for a 32% increase over the previous all-time high on inaugural season launch day for Seven Seas Explorer® in January 2015. Locally, reservations for Seven Seas Splendor saw the biggest booking day since the Regent Seven Seas Cruises office opened in Sydney in April 2016. With the highly anticipated ship as the driving force, the company not only saw record bookings for her inaugural season, but they also had strong reservations across the other four ships in the fleet, Seven Seas Explorer, Seven Seas Navigator®, Seven Seas Mariner® and Seven Seas Voyager®. “The response to Seven Seas Splendor’s inaugural season has been incredible, bringing in even more bookings than the Explorer did on her launch day, proving that the demand among both past and new guests continues to grow,” said Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings senior vice president and managing director, Asia Pacific, Steve Odell. “It’s especially encouraging that we’ve only released Splendor’s first 10 voyages; I’m looking forward to seeing our guests’ reactions when we announce the 2020-21 schedule later this year.”“We want to thank our local trade partners for all their support, which has been integral to the successful launch of Seven Seas Splendor’s inaugural season. We look forward to continuing on this journey with our local partners to continue to grow the Australian and New Zealand markets,” added Mr. OdellWhen Seven Seas Splendor launches in 2020, it will deliver a new level of elegance to the cruise industry and perfect the luxury experience for travellers. Guests will enjoy awe-inspiring public spaces as well as 375 beautifully appointed, all-balcony suites ranging from the 28-square-metre entry-level Veranda Suite, to the lavish 412-square-metre Regent Suite. Every part of the ship has a distinctive look, all featuring intricate design details that create an aesthetically stunning and relaxing environment for guests as they sail through some of the most desirable destinations in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and North America.Reservations for the Seven Seas Splendor’s inaugural season are open, with the first sailing beginning on 7 February 2020.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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