Walmart, Amazon kick off government online pilot program

NEW YORK — Amazon and Walmart are kicking off a two-year pilot launch on Thursday established by the government to allow low-income shoppers on government food assistance to select and pay for their groceries online in New York.ShopRite will be joining the retailers early next week, says the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.The USDA has long required that customers using electronic benefits transfer, or EBT, pay for their purchases at the actual time and place of sale. So the move marks the first time SNAP customers can pay for their groceries online. It says the pilot will eventually expand to other retailers and to several other states.It will test both online ordering and payment.Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press read more

Man injured at Norfolk detachment

A Norfolk man was injured while he was taken into custody at the Norfolk detachment of the OPP in Simcoe this week.The local force is withholding comment on the incident now that the matter is in the hands of the province’s Special Investigations Unit.“At approximately 9 a.m. Tuesday, a 68-year-old man attended the OPP Norfolk detachment in Simcoe for an appointment,” SIU spokesperson Monica Hudon said in an email.“When officers attempted to arrest the man, there was an interaction. The man was eventually subdued and later transported to hospital for treatment of injuries.”The SIU is called when people are injured or killed during an interaction with police in Ontario. The SIU also investigates complaints of sexual assault involving members of a police service in Ontario. read more

Majority of TB sufferers cannot access cure UN health agency

Findings in the report, released today by WHO in Geneva, show that a strategy called DOTS – effective in curing 90 per cent of TB cases – is reaching only 27 per cent of the world’s TB patients. Public health officials estimate that an additional $300 million is needed annually to treat those for whom the treatment is presently not available. TB is a contagious disease that spreads through the air. Nearly one third of the world’s population is infected with the TB bacillus and 2 million people die from it each year. The WHO review found that governments from 22 low-income nations in which 80 per cent of TB sufferers live are already meeting 70 per cent – or $700 million – of the annual cost of treating and controlling the disease. “Clearly, even the poorest countries are deeply committed to fighting this disease, and the international community must respond just as vigorously,” says J.W. Lee, Director of WHO’s “Stop TB” programme. The DOTS cure, developed by WHO, is considered extremely cost-effective and has five key components. These are government commitment to sustained TB control; case detection by sputum microscopy; standardized treatment of six to eight months; a regular supply of essential TB drugs; and a standardized reporting system. To be properly implemented, a regular supply of drugs, equipped laboratories and trained health professionals must be available. The WHO report, “Global Tuberculosis,” Control, is the sixth annual summary of the status of the fight against TB issued by WHO since the TB epidemic was declared a global health emergency in 1993. read more

UNICEF appeals for 763 million for emergencies outside media spotlight

“We are appealing to that same generosity of spirit that brought people and nations together around the tsunami crisis,” UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said, thanking the donors who had shown the “tsunami spirit” in providing aid for victims of the 26 December disaster. “The New Year began with a new spirit of human solidarity, a realization that what happens in one corner of the world affects us all.”In the same spirit, she requested $763 million for children needing protection and basic services in 33 countries and territories. Some $289 million of it would go to children in post-conflict southern Sudan and to western Sudan’s Darfur province, the latter having been described as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis before the tsunami hit.Launching the appeal, along with UNICEF’s annual report on children in crisis countries, Ms. Bellamy named the emergencies in the northern Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as among the worst.The countries and territories listed included Afghanistan, Colombia, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka. Two-thirds were African.”The camera has a way of shifting focus when a new emergency strikes, constantly urging our attentions onward. But while we may forget some emergencies, we shouldn’t forget the children who are caught up in them,” Ms. Bellamy said.”Every day, children are being killed, maimed and recruited to fight in wars,” she added. “They are being wrenched from their families, forced to witness violence and to endure the slow and painful consequences of having their health neglected.”According to UNICEF, 45 per cent of the 3.6 million people killed in conflict during the 1990s were children. Millions of other children were seriously injured, permanently disabled, or were forced to endure sexual violence, trauma, hunger and disease. Around 20 million children were forced from their homes and communities by conflict.A key necessity in treating children in such circumstances is to get them as soon as possible back to school where they are in easier reach of health care, food, water and sanitation, the agency said. read more

Globe and Mail to scrap print edition in Atlantic Canada later this

Globe and Mail to scrap print edition in Atlantic Canada later this year by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 21, 2017 2:43 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 22, 2017 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Globe and Mail is putting a stop to its daily print edition across Atlantic Canada later this year.Publisher Phillip Crawley said the national newspaper plans to halt production for the East Coast on Nov. 30.Costs of printing and distribution in the region are “unaffordable” because more readers are going online for news, he said. The money saved will be redirected to its journalism efforts.It’s not the first time the Globe has pulled back in Atlantic Canada. The company stopped distribution of the newspaper in Newfoundland five years ago, Crawley said.“We’ve watched the number of copies being printed declining,” Crawley said in an interview.“It reaches a point where effectively we’re subsidizing the print delivery by a million dollars a year. My priority is to invest in high-quality journalism.”As part of the decision, the Globe is bringing on journalist Jessica Leeder in Atlantic Canada next month. The company also recently hired a reporter in California to cover primarily U.S. politics from a West Coast perspective.While the changes won’t lead to layoffs at the Globe, Crawley noted the company’s newspapers are printed through an agreement with publisher Transcontinental.He also rebuffed suggestions that ending the Atlantic print edition is a sign the Globe doesn’t see a future for physical newspapers.“This is not in any way saying print is dying, we believe print’s got a lot of value for us for years to come,” he added.“There’s print advertising, there’s print subscriptions. It’s still a big chunk of our revenue base.”The latest move comes as Canada’s large media outlets respond to changing reader habits, which have moved away from newsprint.In July, the National Post permanently scrapped its Monday print edition.At the Toronto Star, a high-profile launch of the Star Touch tablet app, which it hoped would attract younger audiences, fizzled less than two years after its launch. The Star plans to unveil a new app instead.The Globe is making its own digital changes this year. Crawley said the company will debut new apps in the fall it hopes will improve the digital user experience.___A subsidiary of the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star’s owner Torstar hold investments in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with the parent company of Montreal’s La Presse.— Follow @dfriend on Twitter. Copies of the Globe and Mail newspaper are shown in Toronto on Tuesday, Aug.22, 2017. The Globe and Mail is putting a stop to its daily print edition across Atlantic Canada later this year. Publisher Phillip Crawley said the national newspaper plans to halt production for the East Coast on Nov. 30. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy read more

Improve MacBook Air graphics 7x using a DIY Thunderbolt external GPU

first_imgThat new 11-inch Macbook Air has a spiffy new CPU from Intel’s Haswell family, so the battery life has been vastly improved. But it could really use a little more juice in the graphics department, right? If only there was a way to rig some sort of powerful video card add-on. Actually, there is as long as you’ve got a video card, $250 in unmarked American currency, and some patience.An industrious forum users has posted a detailed walkthrough of adding an external GPU to the 11-inch Macbook Air via a Thunderbolt connection. It’s not pretty, but the results can boost graphics performance by 5-7 times. Intel still lists GPU as an “unsupported” device for use over Thunderbolt, but that doesn’t mean it won’t work.The materials required are the 11-inch Macbook Air (2013 model), a copy of Windows 7, a Sonnet Echo ExpressCard, a BPlus PE4L ExpressCard to PCI-Express adapter, a copy of DIY eGPU Setup 1.X, a 4GB USB thumbdrive (to install Windows), a 400w PC power supply, and a video card of your choosing (Nvidia works best). All this stuff is required to get the power from that card into the Macbook. Did I mention you need patience?The basic procedure requires you to install and configure Windows 7 in Basecamp, then use eGPU to prepare it to accept the graphics card. The BPlus PE4L accepts the PCI- Express GPU and outputs over ExpressCard. The Sonnet Echo ExpressCard Pro gets that signal into the Thunderbolt cable, and then into the Macbook. You can render in internal LCD mode to use the laptop screen with your external GPU, or connect an external monitor for slightly better performance.You’ll have to do some work getting the card and power supply mounted in an acceptable casing to avoid damage, but it’s never going to be a pretty mod. The actual process is more complicated and comes with various warnings. It’s best to check out the original post before you get your heart set on this project. Still… impressive.last_img read more

IMF to approve bail out instalment to Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) executive board will convene on May 28 to discuss and likely approve the disbursement of its next bailout instalment to Greece.Despite talk of a deliberate delay until after the elections, sources from Washington say the latest assessment report will not contain any surprises. The issue of debt sustainability will not be analysed in detail as it will be discussed in the following assessment of the Greek economy. The date was set on Monday following pressure by Athens, even though the report is not yet ready. The delay is due to the time it took the government to implement all of its numerous prior actions. One of the remaining sticking points is the payment of state authorities’ dues to the Public Power Corporation (PPC).There have been delays on the part of the IMF, too, as it took longer than expected for the Fund to assess the multi-bill that was recently voted through by the Greek Parliament. The original target had been for the board to meet on May 16, but the Greek issue will be included in the agenda of the May 28 meeting. Source: ekathimerinilast_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business” WILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Purchasing Analyst/Assistant at AltroFull-Time Record Center Specialist at Access Information ProtectedFull-Time Customer Service Associate at Standard ElectricFull-Time Scenic Artist at Art of the EventFull-Time Equipment Maintenance Technician at Analog DevicesFull-Time Member Care Advocate at Ametros Financial CorporationPart-Time Retail Sales Teammate at Bridgestone AmericasPart-Time Cashier at Panera BreadFull-Time Merchandiser at Pepsi Co.Job Fair at May Center Schools(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.last_img read more

Fortnite season 9 adds John Wicks house and challenges

first_imgJohn Wick’s house in Fortnite. Epic Games Epic Games seemingly stans John Wick. Back in Fortnite season 3, the company released a skin called The Reaper that looked almost identical to Keanu Reeves’ character in the nonstop-action film franchise. With the start of Fortnite season 9, there’s a new place on the map that fans of the film might be interested in, and some hidden data of a movie-related mode, which is timely considering John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum hits theaters soon.John Wick's houseJohn Wick’s house in Google Maps. Google Maps Players interested in seeing the house for themselves in the popular battle royale game will need to go to the far west coast of the island, called Paradise Palms. That’s where they’ll find a building that looks a lot like the house from the John Wick movies.john wick house fortnite season 9 mapIn Fortnite, Wick’s house is on the coast of Paradise Palms. Epic As for the rumored John Wick mode, a data miner found the details of a new mode called Wick’s Bounty within the Fortnite season 9 update. Epic regularly adds additional game modes that introduce unique rules, but only for a short period of time, such as the crossover with Avengers: Endgame called Fortnite Endgame. Gaming Tags Not much can be discerned from the challenges for the new mode. Two of the tasks focus on weapons Reeves uses throughout the movie: a shotgun and an assault rifle. There isn’t any indication of when this new mode will go live, but it could be near the May 17 release date of John Wick Chapter 3:  Parabellum.Epic didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.  new LTM: WAX!These are the challenges for it! pic.twitter.com/Y4F7aiBDiB— FortTory – Fortnite Leaks & News (@FortTory) May 9, 2019 Comment 1 Share your voice Fortnitelast_img read more

READY Center Pools Resources for Returning Citizens in Order to Lower Recidivism

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterThe READY Center, 1901 E Street S.E., the new facility created to help returning citizens receive access to a multitude of services, is a quiet nondescript building just behind the treatment facility. But what the outside lacks in architectural pizzaz is surface. What it holds inside is the important factor. In fact one might argue vital for a number of people.Information. Resources. Empathy. The mayor and the city are offering returning citizens the Justice League equivalent of agency resources all under one roof as the READY (which stands for Resources to Empower and Develop You) Center puts an exclamation point on the mayor’s claims of #fairshot for all District residents.“To give more returning citizens a fair shot, we must continue building strong support systems for men and women transitioning back into the community,” said D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser in a statement.. “By partnering with community-based organizations and working across D.C. Government agencies, we can set more residents up for success by providing more immediate access to employment, housing, educational opportunities, health care and more.”District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser launched the READY Center to offer resoureces for returning citizens in order to lower their chances of going back to jail. (Courtesy Photo)The READY Center pulls resources from several different agencies including the Mayor’s Office on Returning Citizen Affairs (MORCA), Department of Human Services (DHS), Department of Corrections (DOC), Department of Behavioral Health (DBH), Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Department of Employment Services (DOES) as well as community-based organizations.“Partnering with the READY Center team is especially meaningful for DOES because we understand that employment is a critical component of reentry,” said Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes, Director of the DC Department of Employment Services. “Investing in our returning citizen population is a win-win proposition that benefits our residents and impacts our neighborhoods and communities.”The goal is a successful transition back into the community for returning citizens who were once incarcerated. It was a concept that was developed into reality by all the agencies that wanted to close the gap between information about tools and resources, to actual access to said services.“It has been a priority of the mayor to bring together all the resources of the government agencies throughout the city that provide services to this populations,” said Brian Ferguson, Director of MORCA. “We have seen that making sure that people are getting their needs addressed not only when they come out, but even prior to their release dramatically reduces the chance that they will find themselves  with a lack of resources, and ensures we do all we can to make sure D.C. recidivism rates are as low as possible.”“Because the amount of opportunities we can provide dramatically reduces the chance that he or she will reoffend.”Short term goals are “making sure people understand and know about this,” said Quincy Booth, director of the DOC. Booth navigators work both in the center and in the actual jails, not duplicating services but in tandem with one another.“Our goal overall is that we connect with people and understand their need and make sure their reentry plan is met,” Booth said.According to a report by the National Institute of Justice, about two-thirds (67.8 percent) of returning citizens were rearrested within three years. That number balloons to three-fifths or 76. percent within five years. The report added that a little over half, 56.7 percent, of people were rearrested within the first year of release.Ferguson pointed to a Rand Corporation Study, saying there were about 67-68,000 returning citizens in the District, which is about 9 – 10% of the District’s population.  Booth said in D.C. Jails there can be about 1,800-2,000 people housed in them daily and annually the number can fluctuate from anywhere from 12,000 people to double that amount.The READY center staffs about 14-17 employees between the facility and inside the actual jail. For more information about the facility please go to the mayor’s websitelast_img read more

Italian scientists detect chemical anomalies in a lowmass globular cluster

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Italian scientists detect chemical anomalies in a low-mass globular cluster (2016, April 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-04-italian-scientists-chemical-anomalies-low-mass.html NGC 6362 lies some 25,000 light years away in the constellation Ara. It is about 13.5 billion years old and at an estimated mass of approximately 50,000 solar masses, it is the least massive globular cluster with multiple detected photometric stellar populations that have different chemical abundances.To determine the chemical composition of NGC 6362, the team employed the Fibre Large Array Multi Element Spectrograph (FLAMES) mounted on one of the Unit Telescopes (UT) of the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile. Using FLAMES, the researchers analyzed the spectra of over 200 giant stars and derived chemical abundances of iron and sodium in this cluster. The instrument can obtain, in one shot, high-quality spectra for about 140 stars over a field of view of about 25 arcmin diameter.”In the case of NGC6362, we have analyzed spectra of more than 200 giant stars around the cluster in order to distinguish star members of the cluster according to their kinematics and chemistry, finally finding 160 member stars. This work is part of a larger project aimed at obtaining a complete description of this globular, in terms of photometric properties, chemical composition, kinematics,” Mucciarelli told Phys.org.The study provided the first chemical characterization of NGC 6362. The authors of the paper determined star-to-star variations in the sodium abundance. According to the research, these variations demonstrate that this relatively small cluster shows the same chemical anomalies observed in more massive clusters.”Our study about NGC 6362 demonstrates that this cluster is the least massive globular cluster where chemical anomalies in light elements, like sodium and oxygen, are observed,” Mucciarelli said.The research proves an important constraint that stellar clusters down to 50,000 solar masses are able to create sodium-rich stars. It is important to note that open clusters do not show these chemical anomalies and they have masses at least one of order of magnitude smaller than those of the globular clusters. Thus, thanks to the study, NGC 6362 yields an important piece of evidence toward understanding the minimum mass to properly define a globular cluster.Putting together a number of peculiar properties observed in this cluster, the scientists concluded that these new results comprise a unique case among the galactic globular clusters. They noted that any theory aimed at explaining the formation and evolution of these clusters must account also for the peculiar case of NGC 6362. Moreover, the team emphasized that this collection of stars has still more mysteries waiting to be unveiled.”This interesting object has still several secrets to reveal. We are planning new observations to study the kinematics of NGC6362 in order to provide a complete characterization of its stellar populations under all the aspects, photometry, chemistry, dynamics,” Mucciarelli concluded. Explore further This colorful view of the globular star cluster NGC 6362 was captured by the Wide Field Imager attached to the MPG/ESO 2.2-m telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. Credit: ESO (Phys.org)—Globular clusters have for a long time been considered as formed of stars with similar initial chemical composition, but recently, increasing evidence has emerged regarding their more complex nature. On Apr. 14, a team of Italian scientists led by Alessio Mucciarelli of the University of Bologna, has published a research paper describing chemical anomalies in the low-mass globular cluster NGC 6362, implying that globular clusters may be not as simple as previously thought. The results are available on the arXiv pre-print server. More information: NGC6362: the least massive globular cluster with chemically distinct multiple populations, arXiv:1604.04151 [astro-ph.SR] arxiv.org/abs/1604.04151 AbstractWe present the first measure of Fe and Na abundances in NGC 6362, a low-mass globular cluster where first and second generation stars are fully spatially mixed. A total of 160 member stars (along the red giant branch and the red horizontal branch) have been observed with the multi-object spectrograph FLAMES at the Very Large Telescope. We find that the cluster has an iron abundance of [Fe/H]=—1.09±0.01 dex, without evidence of intrinsic dispersion. On the other hand, the [Na/Fe] distribution turns out to be intrinsically broad and bimodal. The Na-poor and Na-rich stars populate, respectively, the bluest and the reddest red giant branches detected in the color-magnitude diagrams including the U filter. The red giant branch is composed of a mixture of first and second generation stars in a similar proportion, while almost all the red horizontal branch stars belong to the first cluster generation. Until now, NGC 6362 is the least massive globular cluster where both the photometric and spectroscopic signatures of multiple populations have been detected. Hubble sees an unexpected population of young-looking stars © 2016 Phys.orglast_img read more

Section 409 to crack whip on those taking cut money

first_imgKolkata: Elected public representatives and government officials in Bengal who accept ‘cut money’ from beneficiaries of welfare schemes, will now be charged under a tough law that provides for life imprisonment in the event of conviction, CMO sources said Tuesday.Errant public representatives and government functionaries will be charged under section 409 of the IPC, which relates to criminal breach of trust by a public servant, or by banker, merchant or agent, officials in the Chief Minister’s office said on condition of anonymity. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA person convicted under the law is liable to be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, besides fine. The decision was taken by the Chief Minister herself, the officials said. “Once the complaints are lodged, the civil administration can inquire as these are mainly related to schemes run by Panchayats or civic bodies. In case of any anomaly, the police will lodge formal complaints and initiate action against the accused,” ADG (law and order) Gyanwant Singh said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateMeanwhile, in a bid to ensure that the various people-friendly schemes of the government reach people in a better way, Nabanna has instructed the District Magistrates across the state to give hearing to the problems faced by people. As per sources in the state secretariat, complaints or grievances can be informed directly to the DM on a specific day in a week. Complaints can also be lodged with the Block Development Officers (BDO). The DM and the BDO can take action against errant officials, if the complaint is proved true. The hearing sessions are expected to start from the month of July in all the districts. The decision on the part of Nabanna comes in the wake of complaints of some state officers accepting favours in terms of cash (referred to as cut money) from beneficiaries of state government schemes. The state Assembly on Tuesday also witnessed furor by the Opposition over the cut money issue. The members of Congress and Left Front staged a walkout from the House, demanding an enquiry commission and release of white paper on cut-money. In response, state Parliamentary Affairs minister Partha Chatterjee lashed out at the Opposition for disrupting the proceedings of the Assembly without any pertinent cause. “They don’t have any issue. The Chief Minister had made a statement and they are trying to bring out a wrong meaning of the same. They only do this to grab media attention. The ruling party in the state is strong and it is committed to work for the service of people of the state,” Chatterjee reiterated. He alleged that during the erstwhile Left Front government, there were demands from Trinamool Congress (the then Opposition) for probe in the issues of land scam and others, but everything had fallen on deaf ears. Leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly Abdul Mannan demanded an enquiry commission to properly investigate the whole issue and a white paper of the same. Meanwhile, Left Front MLA Sujan Chakraborty demanded that there should be a place either at Nabanna or at the Chief Minister’s residential office, where people can lodge their complaints related to cut money. It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister has already constituted a monitoring cell of government welfare schemes with Colonel Diptangshu Chowdhury as its advisor, which will visit the districts to directly talk to the beneficiaries, listening to their feedback and complaints. It has already started its work and addressed various issues of the people.last_img read more

PODCAST Choosing CTA Over Functional Requires Judgment Call

first_imgWhy Having Good Equipment MattersMitigating the choice of CTA, in addition to the patient’s likelihood of CAD, is the availability of a CT scanner capable of delivering the necessary performance.  The Illinois cardiologist said in the podcast that a 64-slice scanner is the bare minimum to perform coronary CTA. Although such tests might be formed with a scanner capable of as few as 16 slices per rotation, “a lot of patients cannot undergo these tests” because of the need for long breath holds, he said. Entry- and mid-level CT scanners typically are available in 16-, 64- and 128-slice versions.Doukky gave two examples in the podcast – the first of a patient who would be well served by CTA; the second of someone who would not be.“If you have a 40-year-old gentleman, let’s say, who has non-anginal type chest pain where the pretest likelihood of disease is at the lower end of the spectrum, coronary CTA could be a quick way to demonstrate that there is no evidence of obstructive disease,” he said in the podcast.   “On the other hand, if you have a 65-year-old gentleman or lady with typical anginal symptoms with a pretest likelihood of disease (being) fairly high, functional testing — particularly with myocardial perfusion imaging  — might be a better test.”The ACC assigned Doukky to argue that coronary CT is not superior to functional testing in patients with suspected CAD.  He indicated in the podcast that coronary CTA is inferior to functional testing under many – but not all – conditions. The patient and surrounding circumstances should dictate the choice, he said. “That goes for any diagnostic testing — not just cardiac diagnostic testing,” he said in the podcast. Greg Freiherr is a contributing editor to Imaging Technology News (ITN). Over the past three decades, Freiherr has served as business and technology editor for publications in medical imaging, as well as consulted for vendors, professional organizations, academia, and financial institutions. Headliner In A Great Cardiac Debate at ACCIn one of the “great cardiac debates” scheduled for Saturday, March 17 at #ACC19, this year’s annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology, Doukky will argue that coronary CT should not be routinely performed on every patient suspected of CAD. CT-based angiography should have a role, however, in the assessment of heart patients.“I think cardiac CT is very well-suited for patients on the lower end of the spectrum with pretest likelihood of chronic disease,” he said in the podcast. “On the other hand, functional tests are better suited to patients who are in the intermediate to higher range of likelihood of disease.”In a YouTube interview, Doukky, who not only leads cardiology at Cook County Hospital but is on the faculty of Rush University in Chicago, Illinois, said he “tends to offer patients what is right for them and not necessarily what is the most cool or what’s most expensive or what’s most modern.”In the ITN/DAIC podcast, he said the Diamond-Forrester method can be used to determine a patient’s pretest likelihood of CAD.  Diamond-Forrester has been used successfully for decades to estimate the likelihood of coronary artery disease.Functional tests have long been the mainstay for diagnosing CAD. “They have been the gatekeepers for coronary angiography,” Doukky said in the podcast.One of the earliest such tests was exercise treadmill testing.  Others include stress echocardiography, which uses ultrasound to assess the heart wall for abnormalities, and myocardial perfusion with radioisotopes, initially with gamma cameras in planar imaging, then SPECT and most recently PET (positron emission tomography).Coronary CT angiography became an option relatively recently. Doukky described this technique in the podcast as essentially an anatomic test that can determine stenosis and calcium build up in the coronary arteries. As a noninvasive technology, computed tomography (CT) is brimming with possibilities, particularly as an angiographic test for coronary artery disease (CAD).  But whether it should be used depends on the patient and surrounding circumstances, Rami Doukky, M.D., told podcast listeners of a on the Imaging Technology News website.If the risk factors for CAD are low, coronary CT angiography (CTA) might rule out the presence of disease, thanks to the negative predictive value of the test, Doukky said on the podcast, which is hosted on the Imaging Technology News (ITN) and Diagnostic & Interventional Cardiology (DAIC) websites.  But when deciding whether to do the test, physicians should consider the relative capabilities of the institution to do CTA and functional testing.“No matter how good the modality is, it is only as good as you can use it at your particular institution,” he said in the podcast. “So if, for example, your site has a very strong nuclear lab or echo lab and a weak CT lab …functional testing is the way to go for you.”center_img Podcast | Cardiac Imaging | March 15, 2019 PODCAST: Choosing CTA Over Functional Requires Judgment Call Related content:Advances in Cardiac CT Technology FFR-CT is Ready for Prime-time Evaluation of Coronary Disease The Current State of Cardiac CT Technology in 2018 Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence PODCAST: How Technology Is Changing CardiologyPODCAST: Shortcomings of CTA in Cardiology ACC.19 Future Hub Hosts “Shark Tank” of Emerging Technologies In Cardiology  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

Nepal trek attracts war tourism

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W In memory of Nepal’s 10 year struggle with the Maoist insurgency a new trekking trail has been launched to attract travellers to retrace the steps of the Maoist guerrillas in what is regarded as “war tourism”. Launched by former rebel chief Prachanda in an effort to help rebuild the country’s economy, the ambitious project ‘The Guerrilla Trek’ is a 19 day hike that follows trails where thousands of Maoist guerrillas once dug trenches and ambushed enemy during their fight against the once-absolute monarchy. Organised by Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu, the launch also included a map and a guide book produced by US author Alonzo Lyons. Chief Prachanda spoke at the launch about Nepal’s big political upheavals and that the people’s revolution will be of no value unless the country goes through an economic transformation.Like other “war tourism” destinations such as Vietnam, Russia and China, Nepal’s new Guerrilla Trek has the potential of becoming a “war tourism product”.”As war tourism has been promoted worldwide for economic benefit, Nepal’s Guerrilla Trek also holds the potential to lure visitors from around the world,” the chief said. last_img read more

Emirates Qantas new NZ schedule

first_imgEmirates will continue to operate 28 flights per week to New Zealand, with daily flights to Auckland from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane; and the daily flight between Sydney and Christchurch. Bookings taken, joint network enhanced. As part of the enhanced schedule, Qantas has retimed its existing Christchurch-Sydney service to allow for more international connections from Sydney and will also launch a new Perth-Auckland service. “These are the first significant signs of the Qantas-Emirates partnership at work across the Tasman and the advantages for our customers will continue to increase as the relationship grows,” Emirates president Tim Clark said. Beginning 1 October 2013, Emirates will operate an Airbus A380 on all flights to Auckland. Emirates and Qantas have begun taking bookings for their new schedule of flights between Australia and New Zealand. “Through the partnership, the Emirates network has now been opened up to include Queenstown and Wellington in New Zealand in addition to the 55 destinations in Australia already on offer to our customers.” Qantas currently operates twice daily A380 services from Dubai to Australia, providing customers with over 100 flight connections per week to New Zealand. Emirates’ trans-Tasman services are operated by Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, while Qantas’ services are operated by a dedicated fleet of next generation Boeing 737-800s.last_img read more

Hanson attends govs speech as Rep McBroom guest

first_img Categories: News 17Jan Hanson attends gov’s speech as Rep. McBroom guest State Rep. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, welcomed Michigan Agriculture Commission Vice Chair Diane Hanson of Cornell, owner and operator of Hanson Seed Farm, a family run 1,200-acre farm producing seed potatoes, alfalfa and oats, to the House chamber on Wednesday evening for Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address.last_img

Rep Glardon named to military veterans committee

first_img Rep. Ben Glardon, R-Owosso, was named to serve on the House Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs by House Speaker Kevin Cotter, increasing his responsibilities to five committees during the current 98th legislative session.“It’s an honor to be added to this committee,” Rep. Glardon said. “We have a responsibility to the men and women who have served our country. They have given so much, and it is up to us to look after them when they return.”Along with the new appointment Rep. Glardon currently serves as vice chair for the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. He also is a member of the Agriculture, Communications and Technology, and Insurance committees.Rep. Glardon can be contacted by phone at (517) 373-0841 or by email to BenGlardon@house.mi.gov. ##### Categories: Featured news,News Tags: committee, Glardon, Military and Veterans center_img 30Sep Rep. Glardon named to military, veterans committeelast_img read more

Rep Lilly casts yes vote for more state government transparency

first_img State Rep. Jim Lilly voted today for a more open state government, approving sweeping legislation that makes the legislature and governor’s office more transparent.Michigan is one of just a few states that do not subject their legislative and executive branches to open records acts.  However, the 11-bill package would address this and make the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act while creating a similar disclosure requirement for state representatives and senators called the Legislative Open Records Act.“This new transparency standard will help citizens to further participate in the democratic process by providing them with comprehensive information regarding the actions of their state elected officials,” said Lilly, who is vice chair of the Michigan Competitiveness Committee, where testimony on the bills was heard. “By expanding FOIA and constructing the mirroring LORA regarding the legislature, we can improve government transparency and promote a culture of openness and accountability in all parts of state government.”##### 16Mar Rep. Lilly casts yes vote for more state government transparency Categories: Lilly Newslast_img read more

Rep Canfield House committee advance budget plan for Michigan

first_img State Rep. Edward J. Canfield, D.O. of Sebewaing joined the House Appropriations Committee this week in approving a Michigan budget plan that makes health care more efficient and invests more in schools and communities.Canfield chairs the budget subcommittee for the Department of Health and Human Services. The budget plan recommends that the state’s Prepaid Inpatient Health Plans move from a 10-plan model to a single-plan model. The goal is efficiency and effectiveness, with the state being able to spend less on administrative costs and more on services for Michigan residents.The proposed health budget is conservative because of uncertainty over the future of Medicaid funding at the federal level.“If there are changes at the federal level, there could be big changes at the state level,” Canfield said of possible changes to the federal Affordable Care Act. “It is wise for us to have a conservative budget this year.”Other highlights of the House plan for the 2017-18 budget year:Michigan’s public schools would get $100 more per student, raising the funding for K-12 education in the state to an all-time high of $14.3 billion. Career and technical training is a special focus to help prepare Michigan students for jobs of the future.Revenue sharing for local communities would rise by 5 percent, a $12.4 million increase compared to current spending levels.Public safety will be enhanced through the addition of 100 Michigan State Police troopers.Even with more investment in key areas, the overall House plan calls for spending less state money in the next budget cycle than we do today.Michigan’s “rainy day” fund would get another deposit, pushing the total amount in the emergency account above $1 billion.The budget plan advances to the House floor for consideration.“I am happy to put out a good budget, and I look forward to working with the Senate and the governor’s administration to resolve points of difference,” Canfield said.### Categories: Canfield News,News 28Apr Rep. Canfield, House committee advance budget plan for Michiganlast_img read more

Rep Alexander remains committed to reforming auto insurance in Michigan

first_img State Rep. Julie Alexander today said she remains committed to reforming Michigan’s auto insurance system and delivering lower rates for drivers.Alexander, of Hanover, voted in favor of House Bill 5013. The bill was not approved in a vote late Thursday.“I am disappointed in the results of this vote, because this is the issue I have heard about the most during my first 10 months in office,” Alexander said. “Whether it is traveling across the Jackson County area for one of my more than 50 local office hours or taking phone calls and emails in the office, the desire for reform is obvious. People, especially seniors, want choice and the option to pay lower rates. Approving this bill would have been an important step in delivering these much-needed changes. I remain committed to finding solutions for Michigan drivers.”Michigan’s average full coverage auto insurance premium cost – nearly $2,400 per year – is 82 percent above the national average and twice as high as in neighboring states, according to a recent report from Insure.com.Michigan’s costs are so high largely because it’s the only state mandating unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance. House Bill 5013 allows those catastrophically injured in the past to keep their benefits, while drivers who want to continue buying unlimited medical coverage for the future may do so. The plan also allows more affordable options.The legislation remains in the House.##### 03Nov Rep. Alexander remains committed to reforming auto insurance in Michigan Categories: Alexander News,Newslast_img read more