Ireland ceased funding for Iran antidrug programme over death penalty concerns

first_imgCONCERNS OVER AN increase in use of the death penalty in Iran led the Government to cut off aid to an anti-drug programme in the Middle Eastern country, it has emerged this morning.Ireland began donating money to the scheme — overseen by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime — in 2005, and gave approximately €600,000 over the next seven years. Some of the funds were used to assist anti-drugs police and the customs serviceA decision was made to end the country’s involvement due to concerns that drug dealers arrested were being put to death in large numbers.Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Minister of State in the Department of Foreign Affairs Joe Costello said Ireland had been one of a number of countries, alongside the UK, Belgium, Denmark and others who decided to contribute to the scheme through the UN.He confirmed a decision was made to end donations following reports from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch detailing a “very steep increase” in death penalty use.According to the Minister: “It was being used almost exclusively for drug traffickers. Over 80 per cent of death penalties were for drug traffickers.”Asked why the Government hadn’t pulled out earlier, he said that death penalty had not been used to target those committing drug offences in the early years of the programme, and that the human rights charities’ reports had only shown “a sharp rise” in the practise “in the latter years”.Costello said the state had registered its “deep concern” over the issue with the UNODC, and said Iran’s position on the death penalty wasn’t “compatible with Ireland’s commitment to human rights”.Read: Garda operations in Dublin lead to seizures of drugs, a handgun and ammunitionRead: Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine. Am I an addict? No.’ – Toronto Mayorlast_img read more

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FactCheck Did the DUP really never commit to an Irish Language Act

first_img Short URL Share Tweet Email1 24,560 Views FactCheck: Did the DUP really never commit to an Irish Language Act? Edwin Poots raised some eyebrows when he refused to accept his party had agreed to an Irish Language Act at St Andrews. So is he right? Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Saturday 28 Jan 2017, 8:15 PM LAST WEEK, A DUP member claimed that his party had never agreed to establish an Irish Language Act in Northern Ireland.This caused a bit of a stir among Northern Ireland political circles as the former two power-sharing parties – the DUP and Sinn Féin – argued about whether it had been agreed as part of the peace process.Edwin Poots, a former Northern Ireland culture minister and health minister in the now dissolved Stormont Assembly, was being interviewed on BBC Radio Ulster’s The Nolan Show when he made the remark that sparked the confusion.“The DUP at no point has ever agreed to establish an Irish Language Act with the UK government, with the Irish government, with Sinn Féin or anybody else.”You can listen to the exchange yourself here (9.25).On the other side of the debate is Sinn Féin’s take. Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy, a former Minister for Regional Development in the Assembly said that the DUP committed to an Irish Language Act as part of St Andrews Agreement.Other Sinn Féin politicians have also suggested this, including Irish language spokesperson Barry McElduff, who said in response to Poots’ radio interview:“It is utterly ludicrous for Edwin Poots to suggest that the DUP did not sign up to an Irish Language Act and that it is not a matter for them. Respect is a matter for everyone.“It was part of the terms of the St Andrews Agreement. They signed up to that agreement and they have failed to implement it.”(Remember, if you see or hear a claim being made that you’re not sure about, email it in to factcheck@thejournal.ie or tweet @TJ_FactCheck).In response to FactCheck, the DUP reiterated Poots’ claims, stating that “At no point during the St Andrews talks was the issue of an Irish Language Act ever discussed with the DUP and we never made any commitment to it.”So who’s right?St Andrews Agreement The first meeting of the Northern Ireland Executive,at Stormont Castle, with First Minister Ian Paisley and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness pictured at the front (from right to left.) Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesThe St Andrews Agreement, signed in 2006, involved the two major parties in the North – the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), led by Dr Ian Paisley and Sinn Féin, led by Martin McGuinness in the North – agreeing to terms that would introduce a power-sharing executive (or government) to the province, which had been under direct rule since 2002.A section of that agreement states:“The Government will introduce an Irish Language Act reflecting on the experience of Wales and Ireland and work with the incoming Executive to enhance and protect the development of the Irish language.”In this context, ‘the government’ means the British government, which means that the pledge made isn’t by the DUP, but by the British government at the time.But what the British government actually legislated for after St Andrews Agreement differs from what was agreed to at St Andrews. The UK government legislated for a language strategy, which would ensure the “enhancement and protection of Irish and Ulster Scots language” – with no mention of an Irish Language Act.Although a language strategy could include an Irish Language Act, it doesn’t have to, as provisions for protecting a minority language could mean increasing funding for Gaelscoileanna, or hiring Irish language officials, and so on.So although the DUP signed the St Andrews Agreement, they never agreed themselves to implementing an Irish Language Act as part of the deal.So is there a commitment by the DUP to an Irish Language Act anywhere else?EVIDENCEWe contacted the UK House of Commons Library for them to expand on a research paper about the St Andrews Agreement, and they offered some insight into how agreement was reached.They said that during negotiations at St Andrews Agreement, the Northern Ireland parties were supposed to confirm their acceptance of the Agreement by 10 November 2006.The DUP issued a four-page consultation to its members on 18 October 2006 called “Your verdict – what is it to be?” which included contents of the Agreement and also what it saw as still under negotiation – including their stance on the Irish language.The DUP issued a statement on 9 November 2006, detailing a resolution of its Party Officers, Assembly Group, and Party Executive. This did not mention the language issue.According to the House of Commons Library spokesperson: “I have not found a further statement by the DUP before the 10 November deadline.”OppositionWe have not been able to find any mention of a commitment by the DUP in Assembly debates (there may have been claims about it, but there was no actual commitment by the DUP), in Westminster debates, or in media reports at the time of St Andrews or ever since.We also asked Sinn Féin if any of their members had received an assurance from a DUP member that an Irish Language Act would be established, but Sinn Féin did not respond to that request.WHAT WE DID FINDOutside of the St Andrews Agreement, the DUP’s stance on an Irish Language Act (ILA) has been consistent, both in parliamentary debates and in their public statements, and it has been one of consistent opposition. Here are some examples of what we found:Assembly debatesIn this Assembly debate from 2007, Edwin Poots outlines why the DUP is opposed to an ILA, saying that it could potentially cost over €291 million in the next ten years, and that it wouldn’t necessarily help the language:“…The Irish-speaking community appears to be growing in Northern Ireland, where we do not have an Irish Language Act, and declining in the Republic of Ireland, where there is legislation… An Irish Language Act would not necessarily help the language.”DUP literatureOn page 25 of the 2007 DUP Manifesto, which was published prior to the restoration of devolution, it listed “an Irish Language Act will place Irish on par with English” as an ‘opposition lie’ and claimed that this was the truth:“Parliament confirmed this would be an issue for the Assembly which will have a unionist majority. The DUP will not support an Irish Language Act.”Media reportsAnother strong statement on the Irish language came in an Irish Times article from August 2007 by DUP leader Dr Ian Paisley, entitled ‘Paisley to block Irish Language Act’.“The DUP will not support the creation of any such legislation. This was a proposal made by the two Governments (British and Irish at the St Andrews talks) and was never agreed to or even discussed with us.“As a result of the changes we secured on the decision-making process in the Assembly, the Irish language legislation would require unionist support in the Executive.”A more recent example of DUP member Gregory Campbell in 2014 is even stronger: “The DUP politician who mocked the Irish language earlier this month has said he would treat a proposed Irish Language Act ‘as no more than toilet paper’”.VERDICTThe DUP’s claim that they never agreed to establish an Irish Language Act as part of St Andrews Agreement is true, as the legislation refers to the British government’s commitment to an Irish Language Act, not the DUP’s.Although they signed up to the St Andrews Agreement, this includes a commitment by the UK government, and not the DUP. After devolution, responsibility for a language policy was transferred to the Northern Ireland Executive, but this did not include a commitment to establish an Irish Language Act.What was legislated for was a language strategy, which could include, but is not the same as, an Irish Language Act.Apart from the St Andrews Agreement, there’s no evidence that they’ve ever agreed to establish an Irish Language Act.Claim: “The DUP at no point has ever agreed to establish an Irish Language Act with the UK government, with the Irish government, with Sinn Féin or anybody else.”Verdict: TRUEThis is the first time we have fact-checked a claim by Edwin Poots. You can read his FactCheck file here.Send your FactCheck requests to factcheck@thejournal.ieTheJournal.ie’s FactCheck is a signatory to the International Fact-Checking Network’s Code of Principles. You can read it here.For information on how FactCheck works, what the verdicts mean, and how you can take part, check out our Reader’s Guide here. FactCheck: Is Regina Doherty right to say she didn’t support the use of civil disobedience?FactCheck: You asked, we answered – ‘real unemployment’ By Gráinne Ní Aodha 43 Comments Jan 28th 2017, 8:15 PM http://jrnl.ie/3209218 last_img read more

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Chimie les chercheurs du CNRS à la rencontre des lycéens

first_imgChimie : les chercheurs du CNRS à la rencontre des lycéensL’année 2011 ayant été décrétée comme celle de la Chimie, l’Unesco et le CNRS lanceront à la fin du mois de janvier en partenariat avec l’Inspection Générale de l’Education Nationale, la campagne Des chimistes s’invitent au lycée. Pendant une semaine, des scientifiques du CNRS donneront des conférences dans de nombreux établissements scolaires.Afin d’initier les lycéens aux défis et enjeux de la chimie, et qui sait, créer des vocations, chercheurs, ingénieurs et techniciens s’inviteront dans les établissements proches de leurs laboratoires. Ils donneront des conférences, et dialogueront avec les élèves, leur offrant une approche globale et vulgarisée des recherches sur lesquelles ils travaillent.À lire aussiPourquoi le champagne fait-il des bulles ? Découvrez les secrets du breuvageLors de la semaine du 31 janvier au 5 février, ce sont 250 et 300 classes, soit près de 10.000 élèves, qui pourront ainsi découvrir les métiers de la chimie, et la diversité de ses applications, dans les domaines de l’énergie, du développement durable, du patrimoine historique, de l’astrochimie, de la santé, ou encore des parfums et du vin.A noter que cette initiative n’existe pas seulement en France. Grâce à un partenariat entre l’Agence pour l’Enseignement Français à l’Etranger et un laboratoire de Grenoble, les lycéens d’une vingtaine d’établissements européens et africains auront eux aussi l’occasion de découvrir la chimie. Les lycées qui n’auront pas la chance d’accueillir des chercheurs se verront proposer des visioconférences.Le 18 janvier 2011 à 20:11 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Updated card for WWE Royal Rumble PPV in Philadelphia

first_img WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Facebook Videos Articles Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twitter Google+ Videos Articles Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Evercenter_img Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Following the airing of Smackdown this past Thursday, here is the updated card for the WWE Royal Rumble PPV on 1/25 live from Philadelphia on the WWE Network.30 Man Royal Rumble MatchConfirmed names as of this weekend:* Roman Reigns* Daniel Bryan* WWE U.S. Champion Rusev* Bray Wyatt* WWE Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett* Goldust* Stardust* Big Show* Kane* Dean AmbroseWWE World Heavyweight Championship – Triple Threat MatchBrock Lesnar (c) vs. John Cena vs. Seth RollinsWWE Tag Team Championships MatchThe Usos (c’s) vs. The Miz & Damien MizdowRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Shawn Michaels Seth Rollins WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Ronda Rousey Wrestleview Post-RAW #49: King of the Ring tournament discussion, RAW review Live Podcast: Review of AEW’s second PPV Fyter Fest from Daytona Beach, Florida Live Podcast: WWE Fastlane Reactions to The Shield, Becky going to WrestleManialast_img read more

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Fatal 4Way set – Winner faces Brock Lesnar for the Universal Title

first_img Twitter Paul Nemer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Pinterest A Fatal 4-Way match has been announced for tonight’s RAW main event, where the winner faces Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at the Royal Rumble in two weeks.Who’s in the Fatal 4-Way?John Cena vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Baron Corbin vs. Finn BalorJinder Mahal wasn’t too happy with the decision and voiced his opinion to Vince McMahon backstage. Vince told Jinder to pick any of the four participants and if Jinder beats that wrestler, then he takes his spot.Jinder picks Finn Balor. Therefore, Jinder Mahal will be facing Finn Balor, where the winner competes in the Fatal 4-Way match against Cena, McIntyre and Corbin.As reported earlier, Vince McMahon stripped Braun Strowman from his Universal Championship opportunity for damaging his limousine. It is believed that Braun Strowman is still not medically cleared from his elbow injury.How did the Fatal 4-Way happen?Mr. McMahon makes his way to the ring. McMahon goes to speak, but John Cena’s music hits. Cena makes his way down to the ring to a good reception. Cena says McMahon just lost a Universal Championship on the biggest event on the Road to WrestleMania. McMahon is out here to tell someone to step up. Cena will save him the time and trouble. Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, and Brock Lesnar (who went to go play football) all walked off. McMahon turned to his crew of rejects and told someone to step up. Cena looked him in the eye and said he wouldn’t let him down. McMahon gave him a chance, and Cena didn’t let him down. Then McMahon gave him more chances. Cena missed birthdays, weddings, and funerals for this. Cena isn’t saying this for McMahon’s sympathy. Stepping up is missing your life and loving every second of it. Cena tells McMahon to give him a chance. He won’t let McMahon down. The Royal Rumble will be unforgettable. Cena will beat Lesnar and become a 17-time WWE Champion. How does he know? Cena has something no other WWE superstar has: ruthless aggression. Mike Tedesco’s LIVE RAW Report. Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW center_img Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Baron Corbin advances to the Finals of the King of the Ring tournament this Sundaylast_img read more

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The Raconteurs Release Details On First Album in 11 Years Help Us

first_img The Raconteurs Release Details On New Album raconteurs-release-details-first-album-11-years-help-us-stranger News Twitter The album is mixed by GRAMMY-winning producer Vance Powell, who won the GRAMMY for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for the band’s previous album at the 51st GRAMMY AwardsJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Apr 2, 2019 – 4:50 pm GRAMMY-nominated rock band The Raconteurs are releasing their first album in 11 years, Help Us Stranger, on June 21 via frontman Jack White’s Third Man Records, they have confirmed today, along with more details.The follow-up to the GRAMMY-nominated Consolers Of The Lonely will have 12 tracks, including the two previously released in December 2018, “Sunday Driver” and “Now That You’re Gone,” according to Pitchfork. The band, which consists of White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler, also released the image of the album’s cover art today, which features a green hand on a crosswalk sign. Facebook Email The Raconteurs Release Details On First Album in 11 Years, ‘Help Us Stranger’ The band had previously shared that the album is mixed by GRAMMY-winning producer Vance Powell at Sputnik Sound. Powell won the GRAMMY Award for the Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for the band’s previous album at the 51st GRAMMY Awards. The band will play their first show in eight years at a Third Man Records event on April 6 in Nashville. Fans can now sign up for a limited edition vinyl LP now through April 30. More details at the Third Man Store. Behind The Board: Get Into The Vinyl Groove With Producer/Engineer Jeff PowellRead more https://www.instagram.com/p/BvwZjR9lOqv/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_linklast_img read more

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With Votes Still Coming In Elections Division Prepares For Count

first_imgAfter a week of collecting and reviewing absentee and questioned ballots, the Division of Elections will start counting votes on Tuesday.The Division of Elections has nearly 50,000 uncounted ballots in its possession with more still coming in. Director Gail Fenumiai says it’s unlikely that staff will get through all of them in one day.“I would love to have half, but I don’t know if we’re going to be there. We really are trying to concentrate on those districts that we haven’t counted any absentees for yet.”Some of the regional elections offices will start their counts at 9am. In Anchorage, workers will start opening ballots at 1pm. Because absentee ballots in some districts have already been counted, Fenumiai says the focus will be on places like Juneau and the Kenai Peninsula where no absentees have been processed.“I know for sure we’re counting the rest of the early votes that haven’t been counted, which is just a little over 2,600,” says Fenumiai. “But we’re hoping to dig into some questioned ballots and get a bunch of absentees ballots for districts that haven’t already been counted.”Even after Tuesday’s count, the number of ballots could continue to rise. The Division of Elections accepts absentee ballots postmarked within the United States through Friday, with a deadline of November 19 for absentee ballots mailed from abroad. But in recent days, the biggest gains the Division of Elections has seen have been in the category of “absentee in-person” votes. Those are votes cast at regional election offices or at 200-odd voting stations across the state in advance of Election Day.So far, 10,000 absentee in-person ballots have been returned.“Our mail is starting to slow down, we’re not getting a lot of ballots in the mail,” says Fenumiai. “But we’re still continuing to see a rise in the ballots to be counted due to those [absentee in-person] ballots.”This has resulted in some vagueness over the total number of votes cast. The Division of Elections has a sense of how many mailed absentee ballots they have to process, because those need to be requested in advance. But Fenumiai says there isn’t an estimate of how many more absentee in-person votes may come in because those ballots don’t require any sort of early paperwork from voters.“It would require a daily monitoring of 200+ locations to find out how many people did [elections workers have] vote each day,” says Fenumiai. “So it’s just something that isn’t done because that’s a huge task.”Right now, neither the Senate race nor the gubernatorial race has been conceded. Republican Dan Sullivan leads Democratic incumbent Mark Begich by 8,000 votes in the Senate race, while unaffiliated candidate Bill Walker has a 3,000-vote lead over Republican Gov. Sean Parnell.The Division of Elections expects to update its unofficial results by early evening on Tuesday.last_img read more

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New fee on sockeye fishing proposed to lawmakers

first_imgFishermen have told state lawmakers they want a new fee imposed on personal use and sport fishermen who catch sockeye on two heavily used rivers in the state.Sockeye salmon. (Alaska Department of Fish and Game photo)The fees are part of a bill that would increase hunting, trapping and fishing license fees statewide. During a Senate Resources Committee meeting Thursday, anglers said they want revenue raised for the Kenai and Kasilof rivers, which are about 150 miles south of Anchorage.The sockeye salmon stamp cost for residents would be $15. Non-residents would pay between $15 and $150.The president of the Kenai River Special Management Advisory Board, Ted Wellman, says that area has been heavily impacted by the growing dipnet fishery and funds could be used to rehabilitate the rivers.last_img read more

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Risk aversion of mutual funds key reason for NBFC liquidity crunch defaults

first_imgThe IL&FS office building in Mumbai. The general market sentiment is stacked up against non-banking financial companies (NBFC) but some mutual funds have shown the discretion to not shun all of them. WikipediaA massive Rs 67,000 crore flight of mutual fund deposits may be behind the liquidity crunch that non-banking financial companies (NBFC), also known as shadow banks, face now, media reports say. The liquidity crisis unfolding in India’s shadow banking sector from September had a cascading effect driving mutual funds that had lent heavily to these companies to cut their risk, progressively reducing their exposure.Some estimates say mutual funds still have a whopping Rs 3.12-trillion exposure to NBFCs and housing finance companies (HFCs), a report in the Mint says. This adds up to 12.5 per cent of the assets under mutual funds’ management. The liquidity crisis is threatening to decelerate the national economy’s economic growth and is a big challenge to the newly appointed Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet after returning to power with a massive majority in the Lok Sabha elections. Sitharaman is set to present her maiden Union Budget on July 5. The Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) efforts at pumping in more liquidity into the market have not yet begun showing results.A series of defaults by the Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Ltd (IL&FS) group companies in September 2018 triggered the crisis in the sector. The IL&FS collapse has forced fund managers to write off nearly Rs 3,000 crore NBFC investments, the report says. The recent loan repayment default and rating downgrade of the debt papers of Dewan Housing Finance Ltd (DHFL) have worsened the crisis in NBFC sector and threaten to suck in the mutual fund sector into the vortex. Reports say about 165 mutual funds have exposure of about Rs 5,336 crore to DHFL, many of them more than the 10 per cent single scheme exposure limit that Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has mandated. A woman walks past a signboard of Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd. (DHFL) outside its office on the outskirts of Mumbai, January 31, 2019. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/File PhotoHowever, DHFL paid out its obligation to fixed maturity plans of Reliance Mutual Fund on June 7, according to the report. Asset management companies (AMC) have been reducing their exposure to shadow bans every month by not rolling over their debt and selling their loans.Mutual funds disclosures show AMCs have cut exposure to group companies of IndiaIndiabulls, Piramal, DHFL, IIFL Holdings, IL&FS and Edelweiss. “Many NBFCs have liquidity, but the sentiment towards the sector is not favourable, which is perhaps the reason for such a swing in exposure,” the report quotes Arvind Chari, head of fixed income at Quantum Mutual Fund, saying. “Some of the sentimental concern is based on balance sheet related to real estate exposure or simply the worry that will the NBFC find refinancing or not.”However, mutual funds have not been painting all NBFCs with the same brush, the report suggests. During the period, the funds increased their exposure to some NBFCs such as Bajaj Finance, Muthoot Finance, HDB Financial Services (a unit of HDFC Bank), Kotak Mahindra Investments and Sundaram Finance. “This signifies that AMCs are perhaps not gloomy about the NBFC story and do not see it as a systemic issue,” said an unidentified official of an AMC. “Even in NBFCs where we have reduced exposure, we are still convinced of the story. We are adhering to client demands to reduce our exposure to certain NBFCs and HFCs.”last_img read more

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LCDs get brighter with nano polarization recycler

first_imgOn the left side of this drawing, P1 light is transmitted through the LCD panel, while a conventional bottom polarizer absorbs P2 light. On the right, the scientists’ new nano-wire grid polarizer recycles some of the otherwise-absorbed P2 light back to the light box, where it is partially converted to P1, and the process repeats. Image credit: Sang Hoon Kim et al. LCDs (liquid crystal displays) provide a popular method for lighting screens on everything from computers and TVs to watches, clocks, cell phones and more. However, as scientists Sang Hoon Kim, Joo-Do Park and Ki-Dong Lee from Korea report, the light efficiency of LCDs is below 10%. Realizing there’s room for improvement, the team developed a way to brighten LCDs by recapturing much of the lost light using a technique called polarization recycling. 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: LCDs get brighter with nano polarization recycler (2006, September 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-09-lcds-brighter-nano-polarization-recycler.html Review: Motorola Moto G7 is the inexpensive Android phone you’ve been waiting forcenter_img In the past decade or so, a competition between LCDs and plasma screens has brewed for mainstream users, exciting as well as confusing many TV and computer buyers who want to own the best and latest technology. It’s pretty clear that LCDs, with their low power consumption, have won out for computer screens. For TVs, however, plasma screens have remained in the race largely due to their high quality in brightness and color contrast. If LCDs can improve in this area, it’s highly likely that they will dominate the TV market, as well.Kim, Park and Lee recently made a large step in enhancing the brightness of LCDs by taking a nano-wire grid polarizer (NWGP), a device known to reflect polarization, and inserting it between the LCD panel and backlight. “The problem with current LCDs is a low light efficiency,” Lee told PhysOrg.com. “Therefore, one needs more power to be supplied for light sources like LEDs or fluorescent lamps, or more light sources to be used in order to increase the brightness of LCDs. If one uses reflective polarizers like NWGP, one can get higher brightness in a given power consumption.”An LCD unit contains several thin films of glass and filters placed back-to-back, notably two polarizing films placed perpendicular to each other. In between these polarizers, liquid crystal molecules lie in a twisted helix, normally creating a lighted screen. However, typical polarizers transmit only some of the light from the light box, and absorb some light. Kim et al.’s new polarizer, on the other hand, reflects the otherwise absorbed light back to the light box so it can be transmitted again, effectively recycling the light polarization and increasing the brightness (see figure).“The amount of recycled polarization depends on the way the BLU [backlight unit] is constructed, said Lee. “In the paper, we assumed 0.5 percent in a single return after each reflection at the NWGP. Since non-converted light will reflect again and again by NWGP, the total conversion ratio should be calculated by summing the sequence. However, the actual ratio will be less than the number since some light will be lost by absorption.” One component of brightness in LCDs is overall light transmission. With their set-up, Kim and his colleagues achieved transmission above 90%, noting that a trade-off exists between transmission and contrast ratio, another parameter of brightness. Contrast ratio is the ratio of the luminosity of the lightest color to that of the darkest color a system produces. When an electric field is applied to the liquid crystals between the films, the crystals align with the electric field rather than the films, cutting off the light’s path and creating a dark spot on the screen. The closer to true black a display can reach, the higher its contrast ratio (complete black would result in an infinite contrast ratio). With higher light transmission, blocking all the light becomes more difficult, although the scientists found that the lighter colors that high transmission created outweighed the not-as-dark black in terms of overall brightness.“The contrast ratio used in the paper [which was 12.5] differs from the contrast ratio in a TV,” Lee explained. “The contrast ratio of NWGPs indicates the extinction ratio of the polarizer. It doesn’t determine the contrast ratio advertised for LCD TVs.”To build their nano-wire grid polarizer, the team used laser interference lithography to deposit aluminium onto a film. Using computer simulations, they found that maximum brightness enhancement is achieved with 20-nanometer-thick aluminium films deposited at a 50 degree angle on a nano-wire grid. Further, Kim and his team reported that their recycling polarizers can be fabricated by nanoimprinting for increased volume production, as well as be extended to larger surfaces.Citation: Kim, Sang Hoon, Park, Joo-Do and Lee, Ki-Dong. “Fabrication of a nano-wire grid polarizer for brightness enhancement in liquid crystal display.” Nanotechnology 17 (2006) 4436-4438.By Lisa Zyga, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.com Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Light Source Lasts 12 Years No Electricity Needed

first_img Explore further SLAC makes ‘electron camera,’ a world-class tool for ultrafast science, available to scientists worldwide The material, dubbed “Litrosphere,” can cover a standard sheet of paper for a cost of about 35 cents, and comes in a variety of colors. It´s also flexible, and can take the form of either paint or injection-molded plastic. The material is not affected by the heat or cold, can withstand 5,000 pounds, and stays on constantly.According to the company’s patent, the material is based on betavoltaics and uses the radioactive gas tritium as the power source. The beta particles from the tritium radiation can be safely contained by phosphor-coated microspheres. Tritium has a half-life of about 12 years.MPK specializes in glow-in-the-dark paint and other glow products, although the new material does not need to be exposed to light in order to work. The company predicts that the technology could be used for light safety tape, lighted life rafts/flotation equipment, toys, sports/camping equipment, and bikes.”This has potential to save billions in energy costs world-wide,” said Steve Stark, MPK engineer. “Litroenergy surpasses all known available lighting options for cost/durability/reliability and safety.”Litroenergy has recently been added to the New Energy Congress’ (NEC) list of Top 100 Technologies (rank pending). However, its use will likely be limited to applications that don´t require a great deal of light.”The intensity is not very strong,” noted NEC member Richard P. George. “This is good enough for night illumination of rifle scopes, watches, and emergency signs, but it is not going to come anywhere close to matching the light output of or replace electric light bulbs (incandescent, fluorescent, LED, etc.) or kerosene lanterns.”There are also rumors that MPK may use similar technology as a power source in the future.”It´s not something the company is ready to talk publicly about yet, but they do have battery technology that would be of the same ilk: betavoltaic technology allowing continuous power for years in all battery applications, including automobiles,” said NEC member Sterling D. Allan. “They think they will be able to win the DoD [Department of Defense] contest for the $1 million prize for backpack battery tech.”More information: Litroenergy at Wiki DirectoryLitroenergy Patent Citation: Light Source Lasts 12 Years – No Electricity Needed (2007, December 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-12-source-years-electricity.htmlcenter_img A company called MPK is designing a light source that will glow continuously for more than 12 years without any additional energy. 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.last_img read more

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LG Electronics HMD patent sets sights on video viewing

first_img Explore further In the patent, “Head mounted display and method of outputting a content using the same in which the same identical content is displayed,” originally filed August 16, 2012, LG Electronics proposed its idea about using HMDs to provide video content. When the user is staring at the device, the HMD is inactive. When the user looks away from the device, the same content will appear before the user’s eyes. The device can generate a “buzz” when there is that point of the user switching from device to glasses for viewing.The patent, filed by LG Electronics in 2012, was assigned to the company earlier this week.”According to the present invention, a location state of a digital device may be determined based on eyes of a user who wears an HMD. The HMD of the present invention may further include an image photographing sensor configured to detect a position of the pupil of the user wearing the HMD and may be able to track eyes of the corresponding user using the image photographing sensor. Therefore, the location state of the digital device of the present invention may be determined based on whether a display unit of the digital device is located within a view angle region of the user wearing the HMD. In this case, the view angle region may include a region within a predetermined range corresponding to the eyes of the user wearing the HMD. In particular, according to the present invention, the location state of the digital device may include a third state in which the display unit of the digital device is located within the view angle region of the user wearing the HMD and a fourth state in which the display unit of the digital device is not located within the view angle region of the user wearing the HMD. Meanwhile, according to an embodiment of the present invention, a location state of a marker may be also determined based on the eyes of the user wearing the HMD in the manner mentioned in the above description.” Google Glass theft-protector is granted patent Citation: LG Electronics HMD patent sets sights on video viewing (2013, April 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-lg-electronics-hmd-patent-sights.html (Phys.org) —Such a concept: outputting currently-displayed content of a user’s digital device to an HMD. But there is an added nuance where the video follows you no matter where you look. LG Electronics filed a patent for its head mounted display that can show you your video content even when you are looking away from your external device. Credit: USPTO © 2013 Phys.org More information: Patent: Head mounted display and method of outputting a content using the same in which the same identical content is displayedvia Engadget 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.last_img read more

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first_img June 28, 2012 — The following is being released today by the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center:New research in Nature Medicine shows that boosting a protein pathway in the body’s blood making system protects mice from otherwise fatal radiation poisoning.Scientists in the multi-institutional study – posted online by the journal on June 24 — say their findings open the potential for new treatments against radiation toxicity during cancer treatment or environmental exposures — such as in a nuclear explosion or accident.By identifying a target-specific intervention to protect the hematopoietic system against radiation toxicity, the study addresses a largely unmet challenge, according to the researchers.The study reveals a previously unknown function of the Thbd-aPC pathway in radiation mitigation. The pathway is normally known for its ability to prevent the formation of blood clots and to help the body fight infections. The researchers found the pathway helps blood cells in the bone marrow recover from injury caused by radiation exposure. They demonstrated that pharmacologic boosting of this pathway with two drugs tested for the treatment of thrombosis or infection (recombinant Thbd and aPC respectively) can be used in mice to prevent death caused by exposure to lethal doses of radiation.In all instances of treatment with recombinant soluble Thbd or aPC, the result was accelerated recovery of hematopoietic progenitor cell activity in bone marrow and a reduction in the harmful effects of lethal total body irradiation. When treatment was with aPC, these benefits occurred even when treatment was delayed for 24 hours.The scientists caution their study involves early laboratory research in mice, so it remains to be tested how the findings may translate to human treatment. Researchers also need to determine exactly why the protective function of the targeted Thbd-aPC protein pathway seems to work so well in mice.Researchers noted that the protective benefits of Thbd-aPC occurred only in vivo in irradiated mouse models. The researchers reported that overexpressed Thbd in irradiated laboratory cell cultures did not offer the same protective benefits, as the cells did not survive. This indicates the protective benefits of Thbd on blood making cells in irradiated mouse models depends on the help of additional cells or molecules in the body, which the researchers are trying to identify in a follow-up study.The study involves extensive multi-scientist collaborations that combined previously independent lines of research by groups at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Ulm, Germany (led by Hartmut Geiger, Ph.D., Division of Experimental Hematology/Cancer Biology and the Department of Dermatology/Allergic Diseases); the University of Arkansas, Little Rock (led by Martin Hauer-Jensen, M.D., Ph.D., Division of Radiation Health, the College of Pharmacy and the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System); the Blood Research Institute in Milwaukee, Wis. (led by Hartmut Weiler, PhD); and The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif. (led by John H. Griffin, Ph.D., Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine).The study was supported by funding from The National Institutes of Health, as well as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Edward P. Evans Foundation.Additional co-authors on the study include Snehalata A. Pawar, Edward J. Kerschen, Kalpana J. Nattamai, Irene Hernandez, Hai-Po Liang, Jose A. Fernandez, Jose A. Cancelas, Marnie A. Ryan, Olga Kustikova, Axel Schambach, Qiang Fu, Junru Wang, Louis M. Fink, Karl-Uwe Petersen, Daohong Zhouand Christopher Baum, and the following institutions: Department of Experimental Hematology, Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany; the Desert Research Institute, Las Vegas, Nev.; PAION Deutschland GmbH, Aachen, Germany.For more information:  www.cincinnatichildrens.org News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | June 28, 2012 Boosting Blood System Protein Complex Protects Against Radiation FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Related Contentcenter_img 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. 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RSNA 2018 Key Takeaways from the Expo Floor

first_imgMammoPort Draws Radiology and Pathology Together Increasingly pathology is being drawn into enterprise imaging. Threatening to derail that is shoddy handling of biopsied tissue, an often unseen problem in breast cancer diagnosis. Leica Biosystems, through its Mammotome corporate entity, proposed a solution — a specimen containment and transportation system. This system, called MammoPort, eliminates much of the handling of biopsied tissue by radiology technologists. Sponsored Content | Blog | Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant | RSNA| November 29, 2018 | Greg Freiherr and Dave Fornell RSNA 2018 Key Takeaways from the Expo Floor Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Change Healthcare Promotes Products/Expertise In Enterprise Imaging Change promoted road-mapping that takes users around barriers to enterprise imaging. Change’s approach has three integral parts — its own products (particularly a universal viewer and workflow intelligence products); third-party software; and the in-house expertise to make them work together.  News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Philips IntelliSpace Platform Boosts AI Research Philips unveiled two new twists — IntelliSpace Discovery 3.0, an advanced visualization and analysis platform designed specifically to support imaging research, and an extended version of its IntelliSpace Enterprise Edition that includes Philips’ PerformanceBridge. Providers at dozens of institutions are already using the Discovery 3.0 version to prepare patient data to train and validate deep learning algorithms. Whereas this vendor-neutral platform is meant only for researchers, the opposite is true for Philips’ latest IS Enterprise Edition, which is designed to provide access to performance data that profiles the day-to-day operation of a radiology department. The newly refined IS Edition offers up this information as part of an interactive dashboard through the newly integrated PerformanceBridge.Picking IcoMetrix’s Brain Belgium’s IcoMetrix showed how its FDA-cleared IcoBrain can use deep learning (DL) algorithms to characterize traumatic brain injury in CT scans. The product uses DL to quantify such typically qualitative image components as hyperdense volumes, compression of the basal cisterns and midline brain shift.Imalogix Uses Deep Learning to Improve Imaging If a CT scan is “off center,” patients may be exposed to as much as 50 percent more radiation than necessary, explained Imalogix chairman and CEO John Heil. The company’s algorithms reveal whether centering needs to be changed and how to change it, as well as how sites might get more from their installed equipment. One Imalogix product is being sold by contrast vendor Guerbet to track patient exposure to ionizing radiation. Guerbet Reinvents Itself With Digital OfferingsGuerbet featured an Imalogix-built product alongside its own Contrast and Care software, which is designed to improve the productivity and traceability of Guerbet contrast media. The company also showed an AI tool developed by IBM Watson Health, which summarizes patient information into single-view reports. Guerbet is working jointly with IBM Watson Health to develop AI software to support liver cancer diagnosis and care.iCAD Leverages AI To Detect Breast Cancer iCAD showcased its ProFound AI, which leverages AI to detect cancer in breast tomosynthesis. The software, which is geared toward screening, but can also be used for diagnostic studies, examines every image in the tomosynthesis scan.  Its use could lead to improved detection, fewer patient recalls, and mammographers spending less time reading images, according to Rodney Hawkins, vice president of marketing at iCAD. Arterys Promotes Practical AI Fresh off FDA clearance is an AI system that detects tumors and heart problems. Arterys presented Cardio AIMR (referred to as “Cardio DL” in the FDA filing) as the means to analyze MR images for cardiovascular blood flow. The company also showed AI-based tools that measure and track liver lesions and lung nodules; accelerates the display and reading of medical images; and supports the display of mammograms using the Google Chrome web browser. There were more than 150 companies showing some version of artificial intelligence at RSNA, but very few have FDA cleared products for sale. One of the trends seen on the floor was a movement toward AI app stores where these start-up companies can offer their wares through a larger vendor and provide a single point of contracts and IT integration for hospitals.  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Caresteam Releases Results From Use of Workflow Orchestrator Patient images can be read more efficiently when using Carestream Health’s Workflow Orchestrator, according to the company, a claim based on data from Renaissance Imaging Medical Associates (RIMA) of Northridge, Calif. (one of the 10 largest private radiology groups in the United States). Less than two months after Orchestrator entered service at RIMA, interpreted cases increased by 15 percent, while 82 percent were assigned to a subspecialist highly qualified to read each specific case type. Konica Minolta Puts Dynamic Twist On Digital Radiography  Konica Minolta showcased a work in progress that gives new meaning to the word “dynamic.” The WIP, called Dynamic Digital Radiography, fires bursts of low-dose X-rays recorded by digital detectors and assembled into moving images of structures inside the patient. It differs from fluorosocopy (which by definition is dynamic) in its low-dose visualization of moving structures such as the lungs and joints.Watch an sample of this technology in the VIDEO: Example of Moving X-ray Images Using a DR X-ray System.ONRAD Goes Immersive ONRAD, best known as a provider of teleradiology, delved into virtual reality (VR) products. In partnership with ImmersiveTouch, ONRAD showed what company CEO David Engert described as healthcare’s future in VR, describing the ImmersiveTouch technology as the means to strengthen ties between radiologists and surgeons.  Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more GE’s New Brand Edison Embraces AI GE Healthcare unveiled Edison, which is designed to help accelerate the development and adoption of new technologies. GE’s clinical partners would use the newly branded platform to develop algorithms, particularly ones in AI, according to the company, clearing a path for them to work with GE to bring advances in data processing to Edison applications and smart devices.In that vein, GE demonstrated an algorithm designed for use in X-ray, as well as a similarly experimental AI-based workflow tool for MRI brain scanning. The X-ray based AI algorithm is to be embedded in a GE portable digital radiology (DR) system to check for signs of pneumothorax — a collapsed lung. The AI-based algorithm for brain MRI is intended to increase consistency and productivity by automatically streamlining the choice of brain slices in scans so as to help reduce manual effort and reduce or eliminate redundancies. Related RSNA 2018 Coverage:VIDEO: Augmented Reality for Surgical Planning ExampleVIDEO: New Echo Technology to Evaluate the Fetal HeartVIDEO: Example of Artificial Intelligences Prior Image Fetching AutomationVIDEO: How Artificial Intelligence Can Detect Brain BleedsRSNA 2018 Wednesday — AI Continues To DominateRSNA 2018 Tuesday — Real Meets Virtual and AIRSNA 2018 Sunday – Improving, Not ReplacingRSNA 2018 Monday — AI and Enterprise Imaging Gain TractionPODCAST Hear and Now: What You Need to Know About Enterprise ImagingPODCAST Hear and Now: Intervention RisingPODCAST: What You Need To Know About Enterprise Imaging News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The server-side Synapse, so called because it does the computational work on the server side and transmits results to workstations and other displays, is open to third-party software developers.   Related Content Agfa Does DR One Better  The DR800, which appeared last year at the RSNA show as a work in progress, returned to the exhibit floor this year as an FDA-cleared product. The all-purpose digital system can do radiography, including static and tilting exams, as well as fluoroscopy exams, including procedures from arthrography to myelography and catheter placement. The DR800 is designed to fit the needs of any imaging provider, while minimizing  dose and delivering high-quality images thanks to Agfa’s latest generation MUSICA image processing software.  Stratasys Ups Ante In Enterprise Imaging Stratasys showed how 3-D printed models can help plan surgeries and assist in making complex diagnoses, raising the possibility that these models might come in handy for patient care teams. Artificial intelligence (AI) and enterprise imaging were among the top trends at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2018 meeting this week. New, old and unconventional vendors promoted one, the other or both. AI was part of a broader, familiar theme at RSNA with its predisposition toward illustrating data in new or unusual ways. Practical considerations guided vendors, as some underscored the need for improved efficiency. Here are some show takeaways from the expo floor from this year’s conference.VIDEO: RSNA President Says Artificial Intelligence is Hottest Tech Advancement in Radiology. Take a virtual walk through the AI vendors in the RSNA Expo Machine Learning Showcase in this VIDEO.Study of Imaging Efficiency Raises DoubtsRadiologists and radiographers may see their own efficiency as being better than it actually is. In a survey of 40 radiologists and radiographers, all but one said they were efficient or highly so, generating an average rating of 4 on a 5-point scale. Yet, they reported that 20 percent of their MR patients needed to be rescanned. Siemens Grooms AI Algorithms To Be Radiological “Companions” Two AI technologies, shown by Siemens as works in progress (WIP), promise to simplify physicians’ professional lives. One, called AI-Rad Companion, is to serve as a platform for the development of intelligent software assistants capable of identifying organs and changes in tissue that may be early signs of disease. The other, called AI-Pathway Companion, is an AI-based clinical decision support system being developed to support physician decisions regarding diagnosis and therapy.An application coming out of the AI-Rad Companion platform is designed to differentiate among structures that appear in chest CTs. Its goal, according to the company, is to increase productivity and quality. Meanwhile, applications related to AI-Pathway Companion are being groomed to provide physicians with patient clinical status as indicated by different types of data and multi-modality images pulled together using AI algorithms, and to suggest possible steps to take in managing patients.Watch a video example of this technology for a prostate cancer patient in the VIDEO: Example of How Artificial Intelligence Can Improve Patient Care.Canon Uses AI to Advance CT Image ProcessingCanon Medical showcased an AI algorithm that “learns” to improve the resolution of CT images. The algorithm, which is pending FDA clearance, uses deep learning technology to tell the difference between noise and signal. Called Advanced intelligent Clear IQ Engine or AiCE (pronounced ACE), the experimental algorithm is designed to use what it has learned to suppress noise and enhance signal. The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read morelast_img read more

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Phil Hoffmann Business Travel team up with Helloworld Business Travel

first_imgPhil Hoffmann Business Travel team up with Helloworld Business TravelPhil Hoffmann Business Travel team up with Helloworld Business TravelHelloworld Business Travel was proud to support Phil Hoffmann Business Travel for their recent strategy day, held in Sydney.Using collective experience and expertise, Helloworld Business Travel was able to come together to work on exploring insights and strategies with the entire corporate business leadership team at Phil Hoffmann Business Travel.Featuring a range of topics, Helloworld Business Travel presented to the group an update on the market and industry forecasts, benchmarking and analyzing current trends in the corporate space, strategies to better deliver responses to Request For Proposals (RFPs) as well as how best to manage existing clients in order to remain competitive in the market and how to work together to assist each other in the future by using the strength of both businesses.Putting the focus on Phil Hoffmann Business Travels’ overall business needs and the successful partnership with Helloworld Business Travel was also a key area of discussion, reaffirming the long standing relationship which will span 22 years into 2020 and rounding out a positive and productive day of discovery and learning.CEO/Director of PHT, Peter Williams commented on the day saying “excellent collaborative day, whereby our Business Travel leadership team could access the national benchmarking and best practices gained through the corporate industry intelligence of Helloworld Business Travel”.Source = Helloworld Business Travellast_img read more

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New York Man Indicted for 146M Real Estate Fraud Scheme

first_img Share in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News New York Man Indicted for $146M Real Estate Fraud Scheme A federal grand jury has indicted a New York businessman for his alleged role in a multi-million dollar real estate fraud scheme, among other charges.Selim Zherka, a resident of Somers, New York, was arrested by federal agents on Thursday and charged with falsifying information to obtain loans totaling more than $146 million from three banks: North Fork Bank (now Capital One), Sovereign Bank (now Santander), and Signature Bank, according to an announcement from the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP).According to SIGTARP, Zherka secured the loans for the purchase and refinance of apartment complexes across the country, lying all the while about the purchase prices of the real estate, the amount of the down payments he was making, and his assets, income, and tax returns. He also misrepresented the circumstances of a court judgment made against him in 2000 for assault and breach of contract, the special inspector general’s office said.Zherka also stands accused of scamming the IRS over the course of a decade, submitting fraudulent tax returns that overstated depreciation expenses and understated his capital gains on tax returns for the real estate holding companies for which he was a partner. In addition, the indictment alleges he failed to file personal tax returns with the agency for more than a decade.Also included in the indictment is a witness tampering charge.If found guilty of all charges, Zherka could face more than 300 years in prison and tens of millions of dollars in fines. He also faces potential criminal forfeitures and other costs totaling more than $146 million, SIGTARP said.center_img September 19, 2014 910 Views Mortgage Fraud SIGTARP 2014-09-19 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

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