Bihar RTI activist lands in jail in connection with SCST Act

first_imgNew Delhi: Filing an RTI to get information about policy decisions is not as easy as it seems. Sometimes, you may be behind the bars for seeking information about officials in the government.In a similar case that has come to the notice, an RTI activist Hemant Kumar has been sent to judicial custody in connection with SC/ST atrocities act case for seeking information regarding a top IPS officer in Bihar. Kumar, who dubbed the charges as fabricated, had also urged chief information commissioner (CIC), New Delhi to defer the scheduled video conferencing. The conferencing was scheduled for March 18 in regard to his query about MSc degree of the officer. As his case was heard on the scheduled date without his presence, Kumar was arrested on March 24, a few days after the hearing of his case by the CIC. Sources have claimed that Kumar was fighting against various irregularities and seeking information under the RTI including overstay of a regional rural bank’s employees at the same branch. Sources further claimed that Kumar’s query had led to the transfer of several bank employees, including a woman who had lodged a case against him with Mithanpura police station. On December 21, 2012, Muzaffarpur police was not only arrested him but paraded in the town with placards dangling on his chest and back saying he was a habitual eve-teaser. When produced before the chief judicial magistrate, he was granted bail. The then SHO Jitendra Prasad, who had forced Kumar to wear the placard, apologised in court following a show-cause notice against him. While talking to Millennium Post, Kumar’s advocate Sumit Kumar Suman said that one Ajay Kumar Paswan of Vaishali lodged an FIR against his client with SC/ST police station on March 12 on the charges of forgery.last_img read more

Ontario premier defends carbon tax recession claims in wake of criticism

TORONTO — Ontario’s premier is defending his claims that a federal carbon tax will cause Canada to plunge into recession after the federal government and economists said he was incorrect.Doug Ford used social media to criticize the economists who disputed his claim, saying a carbon price will increase the cost of goods for Ontario residents.Ford claimed on Monday that the federal carbon price will be an economic disaster and lead to recession.He doubled down on the remarks today, saying the threat of such a situation is real.Economists say there is no credible analysis to back up Ford’s claims and that a carbon price will have a small impact on the national economy.The federal government also disagrees with Ford’s claim, saying its plan will cut emissions and grow the economy.The Canadian Press read more

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

App Store Official Charts for the week ending April 14, 2019:Top Paid iPhone Apps:1. Minecraft, Mojang2. Heads Up!,Warner Bros.3. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations4. Facetune, Lightricks Ltd.5. iSchedule, HotSchedules6. Bloons TD 6, Ninja Kiwi7. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB8. Bloons TD 5, Ninja Kiwi9. Construction Simulator 3, astragon Entertainment GmbH10. Dark Sky Weather, JackadamTop Free iPhone Apps:1. Clean Road, SayGames LLC2. AMAZE!!!, Crazy Labs3. Roller Splat!, Voodoo4. Pinatamasters, Playgendary5. Run Race 3D, Good Job Games6. Mr Bullet – Spy Puzzles, Lion Studios7. Draw it, Kwalee8. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google LLC9. Instagram, Instagram, Inc.10. Tiles Hop – EDM Rush, Amanotes Pte. Ltd.Top Paid iPad Apps:1. Minecraft, Mojang2. Procreate, Savage Interactive Pty Ltd3. Notability, Ginger Labs4. GoodNotes 5, Time Base Technology Limited5. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB6. Amazing Frog?, FAYJU7. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations8. Pixelmator Photo, Pixelmator Team9. Construction Simulator 3, astragon Entertainment GmbH10. Bloons TD 6, Ninja KiwiTop Free iPad Apps:1. Pinatamasters, Playgendary2. Unicorn Slime: Cooking Games, Shake It3. Run Race 3D, Good Job Games4. Tiles Hop – EDM Rush, Amanotes Pte. Ltd.5. Roller Splat!, Voodoo6. Mr Bullet – Spy Puzzles, Lion Studios7. Clean Road, SayGames LLC8. Draw it, Kwalee9. Netflix, Netflix, Inc.10. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google LLC__(copyright) 2019 Apple Inc.The Associated Press read more

Congress against CHOGM boycott

Political scientist Ramu Manivannan, a professor in Madras University, described this as the “weakest moment of India’s foreign policy towards Lanka” and said Delhi should not view Colombo as a friend since the latter is hobnobbing with Pakistan and China, strategically and militarily. However, a cautious TNCC chief B S Gnanadesikan said there were only two options — either go to CHOGM and persuade Lanka or abstain and protest against Lanka. “The choice will be made by Centre at the right time,” he said, asserting that the central agencies would give the inputs and GoI would decide on the terror threat accordingly. Congress member, E.V.K.S. Elangovan, who had been leading the offensive against those demanding a boycott of the Commonwealth summit (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka may have changed his stand.  And pro-Tamil groups are now beginning to suspect that the threat may be used as a clever ploy to keep engaging Sri Lanka in talks, the Deccan Chronicle (DC) reported.“It is not the time to boycott, it is time (for India) to engage Lanka more to counter the terror threat,” Elangovan told DC, suggesting a joint patrol by Indian and Lankan navy to strengthen the borders.“ Their demand is unacceptable. Boycotting CHOGM will not help Lankan Tamils,” he added. Both Elangovan and Gnanadesikan have dismissed talk of the terror threat being a ‘plant’ and a ‘conspiracy’ hatched by Congress to facilitate PM’s Colombo visit, overriding Tamil’s sentiments and concerns. read more

Inmate given 57p in compensation after his magazine was damaged by prison

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A prisoner was reimbursed 57 pence as compensation after a magazine they owned was lost or damaged by prison staff, as new figures reveal that over £1 million has been given out to convicts for lost property over the past five years.Over 13,000 taxpayer-funded payouts have been made since 2013, with claims including damage to tracksuit bottoms (£10), a T-shirt (£3) and a stereo (£150).Other reimbursements include lost or damaged tobacco (£20.80), a DVD player (£68.99), and a watch (£10).The statistics, obtained by the Press Association via a Freedom of Information request to the Ministry of Justice, show £1,075,594.80 has been paid out since 2013, while the number and value of payments went up in the last financial year despite a watchdog highlighting the problem.Authorised belongings can be held in possession, meaning the prisoner keeps the item on them or in their cell, while excess items can be stored locally at the jail or at a central depot.Rules allow for inmates to lodge complaints and claims for compensation when property is lost or damaged.Last  year, it was found that in the four years between 2013 and 2017, lost property claims totaled £833,541.02.At the time, Prisons and Probation Ombudsman Nigel Newcomen called on the prison service to “get a grip” on the way property is managed.Now, it has been found that the following year, 2,666 awards were made in relation to prisoners’ belongings in 2017-18, at a total cost of £220,053.78.Conservative MP Bob Neill, who chairs the Commons Justice Committee, said: “This issue has been raised at a number of our recent prison visits, so these figures do not come as a surprise.”Property is a regular source of complaint to both the Prison and Probation Ombudsman and independent monitoring boards.”Until prisons properly follow the clear guidance from the Ombudsman, scarce resources, not to mention taxpayers’ money, will continue to be wasted.”Prisons need to sort it out to ensure that they have an adequate system for property recording.”John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “This increase in payments to prisoners for lost and damaged property will concern many taxpayers across the country.”Either the authorities are failing to treat prisoners at a standard they are legally required to, or they’re giving out compensation payments too easily – both at the expense of hard-pressed taxpayers.”A Prison Service spokeswoman said: “We successfully defend two thirds of all compensation cases brought against us by prisoners.”Where compensation is awarded, we always seek to ensure that payments are offset against outstanding debts owed to the courts and victims.”In addition, a programme of work is underway to prevent the causes of claims to allow us to better protect taxpayers’ money.” read more

That extra euro on a bottle of wine has raised €45 million

first_imgREMEMBER THAT EXTRA euro Minister Noonan placed on a bottle of wine in last year’s Budget?The steep tax rise garnered plenty of attention when it was announced last December, with representative body the Irish Wine Association calling it “disproportionate, excessive” and contrary to the Governments’ “stated aim to support small business”.Well, we now know how much has been raised in taxes for the State as a result of the measure: the Department of Finance has confirmed €45 million was brought in by the levy between January and the end of August.Minister Noonan revealed the figure in an answer to a parliamentary question from Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin. Speaking to, the Kerry South deputy said he had been curious as to how much the measure had raised, and that he welcomed the figure:“Anything we can do to bring in extra revenue that means we aren’t having to be cutting, for example, services for older people, is to be welcomed,” Griffin said.Asked whether he would support a further increase in the tax, he said said that “everything should be considered” in the run up to the Budget, but that there was a danger that if another rise was brought in “you might be into diminishing returns”.Griffin added that “not one person” in his constituency had been in contact with him to complain about the tax since it was brought in.Excise on wine brought in around €231 million in both 2011 and 2012, according to Department of Finance figures. The take for the first nine months of this year was at €174.8 million; the expected boost in trade in the run up to December is likely to bring the final figure well above the €231 million figure by the end of the year.CompetitivenessThe IWA is reiterating its call on the Government to reverse the measure, which it says is “challenging Ireland’s competitiveness as a tourism destination”.Chairman of the body, Michael Foley said: “Ireland has the highest levels of excise in the EU and as a result is one of the most expensive countries to purchase wine.“This clearly increases the risk of expediting cross-border shopping, which has a huge impact on the overall Irish retail sector.“In basic terms, if we look at a standard €8 bottle of wine, a massive 53 per cent of this price is attributable to tax (excise & VAT).”Corresponding VAT rates were not released by the Department, which said that “VAT returns do not require the yield from a particular sector or sub-sector of trade to be identified”. However, the IWA puts the overall VAT figure for wine for last year at €251 million.Read: Diegeo defends Arthur’s Day, saying its a music festival and celebration of the pub >last_img read more

SUSI working closely with the Ombudsman on student grant complaints

first_imgSOME 55 CASES of complaints against national student grant system SUSI, have been accepted by the Ombudsman with 34 of those still open.More than 20 of these complaints have been resolved and SUSI said that it is “working closely with the office of the Ombudsman to resolve the remainder”.The office of the Ombudsman said today that in about half of the closed cases, “a favourable outcome was obtained for the complainant following this office’s involvement”.A further 90 complaints were not accepted for consideration by the Ombudsman as the appeals process had not been exhausted.Almost all of the complaints relate to 2012/2013 rather than the current round of applications, a spokesperson said.Some 70,000 grant applications were processed by SUSI in 2012/2013 and it said that all of those have been processed and a decision has been given on them. However a number of appeals from last year are ongoing and SUSI said they are “receiving priority attention”.SUSI is due to publish a progress report later this week with details on this year’s round of applications.Read: SUSI: More staff, less bureaucracy, prioritised payments>Read: 59,000 new grant applications received by SUSI ahead of deadline>last_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Wednesday

first_img By Cormac Fitzgerald Get our daily news round up: Wednesday 27 Jun 2018, 8:57 PM No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Jun 27th 2018, 8:57 PM center_img Share3 Tweet Email1 Here’s What Happened Today: Wednesday Heatwave continues across the country, moors fire rages in Manchester and an earthquake hits England – It’s The Fix. NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a roundup of today’s news.IRELAND Pictured are the participants of the inaugural NCH Female Conductor Programme 2018 as they prepare for their finale with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra today. Source: Mark StedmanTemperatures continued to soar into the 30s in some areas today as Ireland deals with the prolonged heatwave. Emergency services have had to deal with gorse fires, while water restrictions have been implemented in some areas.The Supreme Court cleared the way for the extradition to the United States of a Wicklow man, alleged to be an administrator of the Silk Road website which dealt with illegal drugs and hacking software.A witness in the trial of a man accused of infecting two women with HIV has said he asked her not to tell anyone when she bumped into him at a clinic for people diagnosed with the virus.People gathered at the Ha’penny Bridge calling for a boycott of the Eurovision in Israel next year.A court issued a warrant for the arrest of a sex offender who gardaí have previously said is a risk to the public because of his “predilection for juveniles”.It was announced that asylum seekers will be able to work under new regulations which will kick in by the end of this week.A High Court judge said he will deliver his ruling on Friday on whether bail will be granted to a 13-year-old boy accused of the murder of Kildare schoolgirl Ana Kriegel.Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin elaborated on the reasons why his party chose to back Michael D Higgins for a second term as President of revealed the details of a protected disclosure about alleged serious malpractice within one garda station.WORLD Firefighters tackle the wildfire on Saddleworth Moor which continues to spread after the blaze was declared a major incident by Greater Manchester Police. Source: Peter Byrne/PA Wire#MANCHESTER: A major incident was declared by Greater Manchester Police as multiple fires stretching an area of 6km on moorlands have caused over 30 homes to be evacuated.#REUNITED: A US judge ordered that migrant families separated at the border with Mexico under President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy be reunited within 30 days.#AUSTRALIA: Hollywood Actor Rebel Wilson was ordered to return almost Aus$4.2 million (€2.6 million) with interest to an Australian publisher after a defamation payout was slashed on appeal.#ENGLAND: An earthquake measuring 2.6 magnitude hit southeast England this afternoon, the British Geological Survey (BGS) has confirmed.PARTING SHOTAre you melting? Are you sweltering? Is the heat just too much for you?We took to the streets of Dublin to see how people are faring… Source: 9,082 Views last_img read more

A passion with style

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram From inception up until the setting up process, how did you start your business?Being surrounded by creative people from a young age, with an artist for a mother and fashion designer for a God mother, I naturally developed a passion for the arts and in particular fashion. My early exposure to pattern making and fashion gave me the confidence to develop my own creativity and I began to make my own sample pieces. Enjoying this and not necessarily wanting to take a conventional path and study Economics or Accounting, I knew at that point I wanted to venture into the world of fashion and share with the world my ideas. I studied fine arts at University, followed by a textiles course which gave me the platform for my first business ‘Madelaine’s True Confessions’. A unique high-end label in the 80’s, targeted at women daring to be different. Experiencing a good level of success with four stores and magnificent personal exposure. Wanting to start a family I shifted my focus into a new direction and created ‘Bodylink Menswear’ which featured in the Australian Fashion Awards in 1993. I combined this with freelance consulting and styling celebrities for The Don Lane Show and the Ernie Sigley show. With growing exposure in the entertainment industry, I also worked on many events.Wanting a more hands on approach I started to draw my attention to the conceptual side of things with styling sets, stages and creating themes. From this ‘Mandi Creative Services’ was born in 1995, and has led me to style and Direct events such as Miss World Australia, Miss Teen International, the Grand European Ball, the Ford Australian Open in 2000 and other sporting events such as the Mooney Valley Racing Carnival. My event design and directing is now also accompanied by Interior decorating for residential homes as well as commercial establishments such as Ocean Blue Restaurant/Bar and the Amber Lounge.How is business currently?As most of my clients derive from word of mouth within the industry and repeat business, there’s never a dull moment. I’ve recently completed the design of Pop Restaurant/Bar on Hardware Lane in the CBD, a new cafe called the Red Emporer in Kew and styling at Melbourne Fashion Week for designer Jason Grech. I’m also working on several other projects including a calendar for Woodstock Bourbon to be released at Christmas, with several other irons in the fire.What would you say stands out as the comparative advantage of your business over the competition?From the beautiful to the bizarre and the distinctly unique I work in conjunction with my clients to create a tailor made concept that fulfils their business needs and wants within their specified budgets. This ensures that they receive the greatest return on their investment. In addition to this, I always say it as I see it and always deliver on my promises. What is the vision for the future of your business?To continue to challenge myself with adventurous designs, be innovative and aspire to leave an impression on all my clients. Do you have any creative tips?Continue to expose yourself to diverse environments and circumstances as it’s imperative to recreate your space and yourself. Follow your instincts and always be bold and brave in your choices.Has your Greek Australian background been an influence to your work?My Greek/Cypriot background has had a profound influence on my way of life as well as my career. I was brought up understanding that family comes first and it has to be complemented by hard work to succeed. Hence, my mantra has always been to work hard and play even harder. Like all Greeks the basis for success derives from wanting to create a better life for my family. Our outgoing nature as people, innate courage and rich history in design and arts has aided my ability to confront adversity head on, influenced my creativity and instilled in me the tenacity required to succeed in the modern business world.last_img read more

Découverte dune nouvelle espèce de crabe terrestre bleue

first_imgDécouverte d’une nouvelle espèce de crabe terrestre… bleuePubliée dans Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, la description d’une nouvelle espèce de crabe, de couleur bleue, sur l’île Christmas, en Australie, confirme cette dernière comme terre privilégiée pour ces crustacés. L’île Christmas, dans l’Océan Indien, au large de l’Australie, est déjà connue pour ses spectaculaires migrations annuelles d’environ 44 millions de crabes terrestres rouges (Gecarcoidea natalis), la plus remarquable des 14 espèces de crabes terrestres vivant sur cette île. Un nouveau venu vient désormais s’ajouter à ce patrimoine naturel : Discoplax celeste, un autre crabe terrestre, tout bleu, celui-ci.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Il vient d’être décrit en tant que nouvelle espèce par une équipe internationale de biologistes dirigée par le docteur Peter Ng, de l’Université nationale de Singapour, et le Dr Peter Davie, du Musée du Queensland. Déjà connus, ces crustacés bleus étaient jusqu’à présent considérés comme une simple variété d’une espèce déjà décrite et largement répandue, Discoplax hirtipes.”Le crabe bleu est moins abondant que le crabe rouge terrestre et a des habitudes plus aquatiques. Il est donc limité à des parties de l’île où il y a de l’eau douce de surface. Il a également souffert plus directement des activités humaines, et en particulier a été largement exploité par les populations locales pour l’alimentation durant les années 1950. En conséquence, il a été entièrement protégé depuis 1980″, ont expliqué les auteurs de l’étude cités par Sci-news.Le 7 avril 2012 à 17:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

New Chief Justice Sworn In

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Sept. 22,2014 – A New Chief Justice will be sworn in at the Provo Supreme Court at MRHC; Hon Chief Justice Margaret Ramsey-Hale succeeds Edwin Goldsborough, who resigned last year after being Chief Justice in the islands since 2011. Related Items:chief justice, edwin goldsborough, margaret ramsey-hale Beckingham responds in 12-storey development verdict No PNP Elections dashes Chairmanship Hope for Mike Misick Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Constitutional Case to be launched by Mike Misick at Supreme Courtlast_img read more

Waterfront Renaissance Trail repair progresses

first_imgWhen the flood-stage Columbia River ate into its northern bank near Tidewater Cove three years ago, the sandy slope went down smoothly. The river will have to work harder if it returns for a second helping of the foundation for Vancouver’s popular Waterfront Renaissance Trail.In January, when the public will once again have full access to the 5-mile-long trail, users will notice the slope near Tidewater Cove has a distinctly different look than the one that washed away.The shoreline curves in and out, creating five sandbars to mimic a sixth natural one, and has been enhanced with large protruding Douglas fir root clumps fronted by 25-foot Douglas fir logs, which serve as piles, pounded about 16 feet deep.The large, woody material provides a few advantages over just adding rock, said Charles Fell, a senior civil engineer in the city’s public works department. “The root clumps slow and dissipate the flow of the river, decreasing the amount of erosion that occurs,” he said. “The relatively calmer water around the root clumps also provides habitat for migratory fish.”last_img read more

Advance train ticket sale begins

first_imgPeople wait in queues for advance tickets at Kamalapur railway station. Photo: Prothom AloThe sale of advance train tickets for Eid ul-Azha journey has begun at the Kamalapur railway station in Dhaka on Wednesday morning.The ticket sale began at 8:00am from 26 counters including two for female passengers at the railway station.According to the previous announcement from railway ministry, today the holidaymakers will be given advance tickets for 17 August.A person will be able to buy not more than four tickets, the authorities added.The ministry earlier said each passenger can buy a maximum of four tickets, and once sold, tickets can’t be returned.Addressing a press conference at Rail Bhaban in the capital on 26 July, the ministry said additional trains will operate during the Eid vacation.Train tickets will be sold from Dhaka and Chattogram stations and will continue till 12 August.As per the schedule, tickets of 18 August will be sold on 9 August, tickets of 19 August on 10 August, tickets of 20 August on 11 August and tickets of 21 August on 12 August.The return tickets will be sold from 15 August at Rajshahi, Khulna, Rangpur, Dinajpur and Lalmonirhat stations.Return tickets of 24 August will be sold on 15 August, tickets of 25 August on 16 August, tickets of 26 August on 17 August, tickets of 27 August on 18 August and tickets of 28 August on 19 August.Around 300,000 passengers can travel daily during the Eid while some 260,000 passengers travel daily other times of the year.last_img read more

Some San Antonio Trailer Survivors Held In Same Lockup As Driver

first_imgEric Gay/APSan Antonio police officers are seen in a parking lot where eight people were found dead in a tractor-trailer that contained at least 30 others outside a Walmart store.Federal authorities have detained some survivors of a deadly human smuggling operation in the same facility as the driver of the truck in which they were smuggled, concerning advocates who are worried that they could be further traumatized.A few of them have even briefly shared a holding cell with James Matthew Bradley Jr., who faces a human smuggling charge that carries the possibility of the death penalty, according to Michael McCrum, an attorney appointed to represent the passengers.Ten people died after being taken from the Texas border to San Antonio in a sweltering tractor-trailer. According to a federal complaint, Bradley denied knowing that the trailer he was driving was packed with people who had crossed into the United States illegally.Amy Fischer, policy director for the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, or RAICES, said Wednesday that she was concerned about the impact of survivors remaining in detention and especially seeing Bradley inside.“They are being held on equal footing as the person who is charged with putting them into the truck,” she said. “We have a lot of concerns as to how they’re being treated, and the impact that this treatment will have on them as they try and recover from this horrific experience.”Investigators have said they consider Bradley to be one part of an organization that funded and planned the movement of dozens of people into the U.S., and that others could also face criminal charges.Some of the passengers could become key witnesses at future trials. Authorities have designated 18 of the 39 people known to have been inside the trailer as material witnesses and are keeping them in detention to guarantee their testimony.The U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Antonio and the U.S. Marshals Service have refused to say where the witnesses or Bradley are being held. But at least some of the 18 are being held at the Central Texas Detention Facility, a privately-run immigration lockup in San Antonio, according to McCrum and Fischer. The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office said last week that Bradley is at the same facility.RAICES is representing six of the survivors so far in potential immigration court proceedings. Fischer said that so far, authorities have not tried to begin deporting any of the survivors, but they also haven’t said whether the survivors will be allowed to remain in the U.S. with visas for victims of trafficking or crime.Many of the people designated as witnesses will testify in depositions Aug. 23-25.Seven people remained hospitalized Wednesday, according to U.S. Attorney’s spokesman Daryl Fields. Three passengers who were juveniles have been released into separate custody. One person who left a San Antonio-area hospital before authorities arrived was arrested Friday in Louisiana and will be transferred to Texas soon, he said.___Follow Nomaan Merchant on Twitter at Sharelast_img read more

11 Movies We Want To See On The Next Season Of MST3K

first_img Geeks everywhere breathed a sigh of relief when Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return was actually good. The new season, streaming on Netflix, had the blessing of the show’s creators but featured all-new talent and a bigger writing room. Thankfully, they got things pretty much right. Although the new show lacks some of the funky cable aesthetic of the original, it’s witty, dense and clever.The new season seems to be doing pretty well so far critically, and if there’s one thing we’ve learned about Netflix, it’s that they like to double down on stuff that works. So if they’re interested in doing another season of MST3K, we’d like to offer our skills as bad movie experts. These eleven flicks have never been riffed and are sorely deserving of the honor.Spider BabyIt’s astonishing that this legendary black & white horror movie never got beamed to the Satellite of Love. This 1967 black comedy tells the tale of a reclusive family of mutated cretins that suffer from a genetic malady that causes them to regress mentally after puberty. When a pair of distant relatives shows up to claim their share of inheritance, it’s everything the caretaker can do to prevent absolute mayhem from breaking out. With incredible performances by Sid Haig as the hulking Ralph and Jill Banner as Virginia, the titular “spider baby” with a thirst for murder, this is one that would drive Jonah into a fit of perplexity.The AppleMusical bits have often been some of the most memorable segments in MST3K history – who can forget “Idiot Control” from the Pod People episode, for instance – so why not go big and do a full musical episode, Buffy-style? Our choice of a movie for this has to be The Apple, a legendarily obtuse 1980 sci-fi disco musical about a duo of folk singers from Moose Jaw, Canada who come to the big city for an American Idol-esque competition and end up getting split up by Satan in the form of “Mr. Boogalow.” It’s deliriously tacky and has an ending that needs to be seen to be believed. When it premiered in theaters people threw the free soundtrack albums the producers gave out at the screens!Garbage Pail Kids: The MovieOne of the worst tie-in movies of all time, this cinematic atrocity was made to cash in on the success of a line of trading cards that were hot stuff in elementary schools thanks to their gross jokes and worse puns. Adapting trading cards into a movie can be done – look at Mars Attacks! – but it takes more talent than director Rod Amateau had to offer. The titular Kids are horrifying, portrayed by little people in repugnant puppet heads, and even though they’re supposed to be gross, it still goes too far. The plot of the movie is even worse, involving a garbage can from outer space, a fashion show, an absurd biker bar brawl and some rowdy teens.Magic Of SpellThe series hasn’t really dabbled in Chinese cheese all that much, which is a shame. There are tons of legendarily bad and bizarre movies made for the overseas market. This is one of our favorites, a 1988 Taiwanese cheapie that adapts the classic folktale of Momotaro the Peach Boy with luridly saturated color, embarrassingly cheap visual effects and plenty of puppets. It’s got that classic feel of movies like Santa Claus Conquers The Martians, where you just can’t believe that nobody involved with the production took a second to think about what they were doing.Tales From The Quadead ZoneFor a long time, this direct-to-video oddity was almost impossible to find, but the bizarre 1987 blaxploitation take on horror anthologies like Creepshow has been preserved and restored. After the most demented credits sequence ever, featuring crayon drawings by writer/director/producer Chester Novell Turner and music by the same, we get three ridiculous horror shorts, each of which is weird in its own way. Pitchfork murders? Hillbilly struggles? A lady telling these stories to her dead son? It’s all here, and none of it makes a lick of sense. This is a deeply bizarre and demented movie that deserves more exposure. Turner’s other feature, Black Devil Doll From Hell, would also be a good pick.PiecesTrashy slasher films in the early 80s were a dime a dozen, but none scraped the bottom of the barrel quite like Pieces. This 1982 exploitation flick directed by Juan Piquer Simon features a maniac killer trying to assemble a puzzle out of human body parts, a ridiculous whodunit plotline, and plenty of gratuitous nudity. But hell, Netflix doesn’t have to worry about FCC requirements, so let those titties swing. Although it’s gory, Pieces is great because of its ludicrous fealty to its own absurd logic. Scenes come and go with no rhyme or reason, and the ending comes out of nowhere with the speed of a freight train. It’d push the show in a little more of an adult direction, but I think that’s probably doable in 2017 as the apocalypse draws nearer.Ninja TerminatorShoddy ninja movies are a dime a dozen, but none have so many MST3K-able moments as Ninja Terminator. This Godfrey Ho joint swipes about 2/3 of its footage from a Korean martial arts film and intersperses some of the most inept, bizarre dialogue scenes ever. Lead Ninja Harry (played by Richard Harrison) is on a quest to retrieve the three parts of the Golden Ninja Warrior, but he must contend with a number of obstacles including a smoke-spewing toy robot, escaped crabs and angry calls to his Garfield phone. Oh, and the word “Ninja” is always pronounced “Ninjer” because of reasons. It’s a truly spectacular train wreck of a movie that’s still very entertaining.I Know Who Killed MeThe eighteen intervening years between the last season of MST3K and the return spawned more than their share of awful movies. While we don’t want them to waste time on Asylum direct-to-DVD mockbusters or SyFy shlock, there are certainly some theatrical offerings that could be improved with snarky commentary. One that we’d love to see is the 2007 Lindsay Lohan vehicle I Know Who Killed Me, which was a critical and commercial bomb. Li-Lo is an easy target, but the best thing about this movie is that you can snark all over it without touching on her real life at all. Missing legs, awful symbolism and one of the least arousing love scenes ever makes this an excellent choice.Battlefield EarthIt’s practically a given right now that the worst film of the 2000s, a bloated science fiction mess produced with millions of dollars of Scientology money, would be a gold mine for MST3K. Based on L. Ron Hubbard’s novel this John Travolta vehicle is wildly ridiculous. The alien Psychlos have ruled Earth for a thousand years, but when our hero Jonnie Goodboy Tyler (and is that ever a mockable name) rises up against the yoke of their rule, it kicks off one of the most absurd conflicts ever filmed. The Psychlos are ridiculously weird, with an obsession with gold which makes no sense in a post-apocalypse economy, and the final strike back against their planet is both overwhelming and anticlimactic.Miami ConnectionOne of the best things about the modern world is the rediscovery of classic cult films that vanished after release, like Y.K. Kim’s brilliantly goofy Miami Connection. The 1988 feature combines everything MST3K loves – inept martial arts, horrible pop bands, and ninjas. Kim, a first-time director, mortgaged his tae kwon do school and spent all of his savings to produce this movie. It shows – it’s a labor of love in the weirdest way, full of amateur mistakes and bizarre dialogue. But at the heart of Miami Connection is a real sense of sweetness and family. It’d be great to see Jonah and the bots try and contend with it.Fateful FindingsThe movies of Neil Breen seem like they were made specifically for the act of MSTing. Bizarre, confusing, packed with circular dialogue, unconvincing effects and even less convincing love scenes. The leathery, liver-spotted Breen plays “vigilante hacker” Dylan, who stumbles upon “the most secret government and corporate secrets.” What those secrets are never really explained, because we’re too busy watching Dylan get seduced by his neighbor’s teenage stepdaughter and throw laptops around out of frustration. Oh, and did we mention he has unbelievable psychic powers and his therapist is a ghost? This is a legendarily bad movie by any standards, so get it up to the Satellite of Love. GEEK PICK OF THE DAY: Mystery Science Theater 3000 Round Logo MatJoel Hodgson Talks MST3K Live, Eegah! and Returning to Riffs Stay on targetlast_img read more

How Wildfire Helped One Small Business Power Its Social Media Campaign

first_imgOriginal Joe’s makes friendsNew marketing firepower made the restaurant more popular online:More than 34,000 people viewed the free wings offer on FacebookWebsite traffic rose 7 percent per month after the Wildfire-fueled campaignFeedback on Facebook went up 775 percent during the month of the promotionCurrent number of “likes” on Facebook: 12,478When Original Joe’s first signed on with Wildfire, only about 1,300 customers had “liked” the restaurant on Facebook. Original Joe’s responded by rolling out a coupon promotion offering users who endorsed its Facebook page a free one-pound order of chicken wings, redeemable at any location.”The campaign ran for three weeks,” Humphreys says. “At the end, we’d given out more than 7,000 coupons and had more than 10,000 likes–we gained a lot of momentum.”Co-founders Victoria Ransom and Alain Chuard began developing the Wildfire platform while running their previous venture, adventure travel startup Access Travel. “The best way for brands to engage with consumers is to offer them deals and contests, so we decided to give away a free trip,” Ransom says. “But it’s very complicated to run a sweepstakes on a Facebook fan page, so we had to create an app to do that. Most small and medium businesses face the same problem, so even though we built Wildfire for our use, we decided to put it out there for others. We realized it could be a big opportunity.”That’s an understatement. Since launching in mid-2009, Wildfire Interactive has worked with tens of thousands of brands ranging from mom-and-pop outfits to corporate behemoths like Amazon, Target and Electronic Arts. The majority of Wildfire customers go the DIY-with-help route. Wildfire’s self-service toolset includes a six-step wizard that automatically builds campaigns customized according to a company’s demands. With the click of a button, the finished promotion is beamed out to millions of potential customers across the social media sphere.Wildfire also offers cost-effective tips and tricks for improving user engagement and generating viral attention. Campaigns start at basic packages ($5 sign-up fee and 99 cents per day) to more customized plans ($250 sign-up fee and $4.99 per day). Wildfire’s “white-label” services feature fully customizable campaigns.Expect Wildfire to keep spreading: According to Ransom, the firm plans to introduce a broader set of tools addressing all facets of the social media experience. “Campaigns are great for building up a fan base and keeping them engaged, but there’s more to growing an audience,” she says. “We want to provide tools that deliver tangible, measurable results. We also want to offer tools that are easy to use. Our partners don’t need tech knowledge to use our platform.”Meanwhile, Original Joe’s is already plotting its next social media promotion. “Using Facebook properly and engaging customers is a big perk,” Humphreys says. “Our Facebook page is becoming an interactive page–it’s virtually run by our fans. Every day we get questions about new locations or menu items. It’s so important to have an avenue to connect with customers outside of the restaurant.” This story appears in the August 2011 issue of . Subscribe » Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now When your restaurant operates under an old-school, back-to-basics brand name like Original Joe’s, chances are many patrons walk in expecting old-school, back-to-basics dining–you know, classic meat-and-potatoes fare. But Original Joe’s, with 40 locations across Western Canada, couldn’t be more au courant: Its globe-trotting menu spans everything from chicken gyoza (Japanese-style dumplings) to Mediterranean short ribs to poutine (French fries topped with cheese curds and brown gravy–a signature dish from Quebec, just a few provinces over). There’s even a special menu for gluten-sensitive diners.Original Joe’s takes a similarly progressive approach to its digital marketing outreach efforts. Like many rival restaurant franchises, the chain is increasingly active on Facebook, but the company struggled to translate customers’ in-store enthusiasm to online interest. “We realized social media is here to stay, but we couldn’t figure out the best way to capture an audience,” says Jeff Humphreys, the Original Joe’s Franchise Group’s manager of digital and social media.Original Joe’s spiced up its Facebook presence with the help of Palo Alto, Calif.-based Wildfire Interactive, which provides companies of all sizes with web-based tools that creatively engage users across the social networking landscape. Wildfire’s solution helps small businesses develop branded, interactive campaigns, including sweepstakes, coupons and user-generated content competitions. The campaigns run on Facebook, Twitter and company websites, complete with widgets that make it easy for consumers to share the promotion with friends. 4 min readcenter_img Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. July 26, 2011last_img read more

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first_img News | Clinical Decision Support | April 28, 2016 G2 Speech, LogicNets Announce Strategic Partnership for Clinical Structured Reporting April 28, 2016 — G2 Speech, European provider of… read more Technology | June 03, 2015 Nuance Launches First Evidence-Based Computer-Assisted Reporting Solution for Radiologists Nuance Communications Inc. announced the general availability of PowerScribe 360 Reporting version 3.0, delivering the… read more News | Information Technology | February 26, 2016 Nuance Unveils Dragon Medical One Platform Nuance Communications Inc. announced Dragon Medical One, a universal and secure cloud-based platform that provides… read more With the variety of breast brachytherapy tools, what key factors should the patient and physician keep in mind?YASHAR: Ease of use and flexibility are the key factors that led me to choose [Cianna Medical’s] SAVI applicator for the majority of my brachytherapy procedures. Interstitial brachytherapy, which consists of 15-20 catheters individually inserted in the breast, enables physicians to tailor the dose based on a patient’s anatomy. However, it is a very technically difficult procedure and is therefore not widely available.‘Balloon’ brachytherapy is far easier to employ, as it consists of one catheter attached to a balloon that is inserted through a single-entry point. However, the uniform distribution of radiation removes the physicians’ ability to customize the radiation delivery. Unfortunately, this eliminates many women as candidates for treatment, such as women with small breasts or those with minimal space between the balloon and their skin. In fact, as many as 40 percent of my brachytherapy patients are not candidates for the balloon because of such technical restrictions. The single-entry, multi-catheter SAVI applicator is both flexible and easy to use. It is the only single-entry device that allows physicians to customize radiation based on the size and shape of the cavity. SAVI spares healthy tissue while directing radiation to where it is needed most. That can make brachytherapy available to women who would otherwise be ineligible for such treatment. Which imaging modalities work well with SAVI and why? Which do you offer at your facility?I use both ultrasound and CT with SAVI. CT is effective for pre-treatment planning. It allows me to evaluate the size, shape and volume of the cavity, which is helpful for deciding the most effective size of device to use. During insertion, I utilize ultrasound because it helps in guiding the device and makes placement much more accurate. Inserting SAVI without ultrasound would certainly be more difficult.Accuracy, consistency, speed and patient comfort are key components for a breast brachytherapy procedure. How do the tools you use help you deliver quality care?The multi-catheter design of SAVI makes it an extremely accurate form of treatment. It enables physicians to deliver radiation with precision to the cancerous site, avoiding critical structures like the skin, chest wall or lungs. This ability extends the benefits of a five-day radiation treatment to a larger group of women. Breast brachytherapy is a more convenient alternative to the six to seven weeks required for whole breast radiation therapy. In addition, SAVI enhances patient comfort with its easy insertion and removal. It is inserted using local anesthetic and is nearly painless to remove. Pain hasn’t been a complaint from any of the patients I have treated with SAVI to date. How do you handle individual patient challenges, or deviations from clinical pathways, with the tools you use?An irregularly shaped cavity is one of the biggest challenges any physician faces in their desire to offer the benefits of breast brachytherapy. Very few cavities are perfectly spherical in nature, which is why many women are ineligible for treatment with the balloon. The SAVI device enables even women with cavities as small as 5-10 cc to still receive breast brachytherapy. Before SAVI, these women would have had far fewer options for breast brachytherapy and may have been forced to choose whole breast irradiation.What’s the biggest challenge you faced in evaluating and implementing SAVI, as opposed to other products or other procedures? What would you tell other women’s healthcare centers contemplating a similar decision? My adoption of SAVI was amazingly smooth. Preparation is the key to an effective implementation. Prior to my first SAVI procedure, I observed a physician insert the device and conducted a dry run of the placement process to ensure we had the necessary supplies. In addition, our physicist prepared himself by observing the treatment planning at another facility. Investing the time in these preparatory steps is crucial for eliminating potential challenges during your first procedure. What are some of the noteworthy clinical, financial and operational benefits you’ve derived from implementing SAVI?The ability of SAVI to sculpt the dose for each individual woman has allowed our facility to make breast brachytherapy available to more women. This has an obvious clinical benefit for women seeking to undergo brachytherapy, as well as a financial benefit to the facility. Particularly if you are the only center in your service area offering this new technology, there is a greater chance of receiving referrals from surgeons not currently referring women to your facility. As more women learn about the benefits of SAVI and more surgeons increase their referrals, there is a definite possibility of an increase in the number of women you will treat. This is a positive development both for women’s health and your institution’s financial health. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Dictation Systems | March 07, 2016 M*Modal Highlights Computer-Assisted Physician Documentation at HIMSS 2016 M*Modal announced that its clinical intelligence platform has been broadly embraced by physicians in over 150 sites… read more Technology | February 19, 2015 Calgary Scientific Launches ResolutionMD 5.0 Calgary Scientific Inc. announced the release of ResolutionMD 5.0, which offers better access to health information,… read more Feature | August 14, 2008 | Catheryn Yashar, M.D. Web Exclusive: Bringing Breast Brachytherapy to the Masses Speaking Out with Catheryn Yashar, M.D., Assistant Professor and Chief of Breast and Gynecological Services, University of California – San Diego Technology | January 06, 2015 IDS Debuts Advanced Integration With Cloud Speech Engine for its Speech Recognition, Reporting Platform IDS debuted at RSNA 2014 Voice2Dox speech recognition and reporting platform with cloud-based clinical speech… read more News | February 24, 2015 Dolbey Speech Recognition Awarded Best in KLAS Third Consecutive Year For the third consecutive year, a Dolbey speech recognition solution was named Best in KLAS. Dolbey earned this year’s… read more Technology | April 16, 2015 Nuance Showcases New Clinical Documentation Tools for Mobile Devices and Wearables Nuance Communications showcased its newest innovations for bringing clinical documentation to smart devices, smart… read more News | Information Technology | July 28, 2017 Nuance Restores Service to Majority of eScription Clients Following Malware Incident Nuance Communications Inc. provided an update on its restoration process following the previously reported June 27,… read more Related Content Technology | Dictation Systems | November 25, 2015 M*Modal Expands its Imaging Reporting Suite to Improve Documentation Quality November 25, 2015 — M*Modal will showcase improvements to its Fluency for Imaging reporting suite at RSNA 2015. read more last_img read more

BLOG Why Power Injectors Are Needed for HighQuality Imaging

first_imgFacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The 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. Contrast agents improve every kind of medical image from computed tomography (CT) to magnetic resonance imaging (MR), radiography and fluoroscopy to ultrasound. Whether these exams are diagnostic depends directly on the proper injection of these media.Lior Molvin, a CT technologist and protocol manager for the diagnostic CT group at Stanford Health Care, noted that nondiagnostic results waste the time of the patient, hospital staff and radiologist; and can throw a monkey wrench into scheduling, if a repeat exam is needed. They waste money and may needlessly expose the patient to radiation. Worst of all, they can critically delay treatment.Power injectors can directly impact image quality and patient safety, said the CT protocol manager, who began as a technologist in 2006 at the Stanford University Medical Center. Over that time, Molvin has gained extensive experience with hospital and outpatient diagnostic equipment. Among his specialties are CT protocol optimization, technologist education and radiation safety. News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Image courtesy of Lior Molvin Greg Freiherr is a contributing editor to ITN. Over the past three decades, he has served as business and technology editor for publications in medical imaging, as well as consulted for vendors, professional organizations, academia, and financial institutions. Editor’s Note: This is the first blog in a series titled Using Contrast Media. The next blog will focus on how innovation can help protect patients. Related Content 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 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 Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more center_img Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. 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 Related content:Computed Tomography Angiography: A Review and Technical Update TH-C-18A-08: A Management Tool for CT Dose Monitoring, Analysis, and Protocol Review  Sponsored Content | Blog | Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant | Contrast Media| July 15, 2019 BLOG: Why Power Injectors Are Needed for High-Quality Imaging Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Working with MachinesPeople — working effectively with power injectors — are indispensible to insuring the safety of patients undergoing a contrast-enhanced CT. “There are no benefits to the patient from a nondiagnostic exam — only harm,” he said.This harm may be physical, financial or both — physical from the unnecessary exposure of the patient to radiation; financial from the cost of the valueless exam. “A good CT scan with optimal enhancement can save the patient from having additional tests,” Molvin said.In some cases lengthy delays could lead to death. This might happen, for example, if the CT prescribed for a patient suspected of pulmonary embolism were nondiagnostic – and the final diagnosis was delayed for too long.“In CT you might have one shot to get it right and the contrast could make or break your study,” he said. “There (can be) incredible cost to the patient if you cut corners and don’t take good pictures.” The Power of the InjectorOnly through the use of power injectors can contrast agents be administered at exactly the times and the flow rates needed to consistently achieve high-quality images, he said. When combined with pressure monitoring systems and hardware to prevent extravasation — defined as the accidental leakage of IV material into the surrounding tissue — these injectors can simultaneously mitigate risk.But to be effective, technologists must consider the limitations of these machines. The jet of contrast coming from the injector can dislodge the needle from inside the vein, causing extravasation. While extravasation occurs very infrequently and complications usually are minimal, complications can be severe in extreme cases.The information to help prevent this from happening can be obtained from a manual test conducted before the CT procedure to determine whether the IV injection and the blood vessel are compatible, Molvin said. Some subtle findings might come from this test. And technologists have to be ready to act on them.“Let’s say the protocol requires an injection of 6 mLs per second but the manual test reveals the patient would likely experience discomfort at that rate,” he said.  “You could reduce the injection rate to 4mLs a second and adjust technical factors on your CT scanner to maintain image quality,” for example, the scan time and kVP.Technologists must also consider such other issues as the concentration of the medium. High concentrations tend to produce high-quality images. “Isovue 370 always produces images that look better than 350, which look better than 320, which look better than 300,” Molvin said. “But there are times when a lower concentration is merited.”Viscosity rises with the concentration, he explained. And high viscosities can cause extravasation, which can harm local tissue, if not properly treated.A good way to go, Molvin said, is to adjust the protocol to use a lower concentration of the contrast agent: “By doing so, the technologist can use the exact same injection parameters — flow rate, injection volume and injection duration — then just optimize the concentration based on the patient’s renal function.”For example, at Stanford, a contrast medium with 300 concentration may be used instead of one with a 370 concentration, if eGFR (estimated glomerular filtration rate) indicates stage 3B chronic kidney disease, Molvin noted. 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 Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica 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. Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Video Player is loading.Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.last_img read more

Medicinal marijuana labs eye Uruguay after law

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Top Stories El Observador also says that Canada’s government has started talks to import marijuana from Uruguay for medicinal purposes.Uruguay’s law doesn’t consider the possibility of exporting pot, although it could be included after a government commission rules in April.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) – Foreign firms want to open laboratories in Uruguay to study the potential uses of medicinal marijuana now that the weed has been legalized in the South American country.Uruguay’s Congress recently approved creation of the world’s first national marketplace for legal marijuana. The government will oversee production, sales and consumption of the drug.Presidential Spokesman Diego Canepa said Monday that foreign labs have told the government they’d like to set up there. Canepa is quoted by the local daily El Observador as saying that “Uruguay will become a hub for biotechnology.”center_img 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Four benefits of having a wireless security system How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

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