zoom NYSE-listed dry bulk owner and operator Scorpio Bulkers has managed to cut its net loss to USD 20.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 ended December 31, compared with a net loss of USD 302 million seen in the same period a year earlier.The company’s operating loss for the period also shrunk to USD 14 million from USD 291.1 million reported in the three months ended December 31, 2015.Time Charter Equivalent (TCE) revenue was at USD 26.8 million for the fourth quarter, up from USD 21.7 million seen during the prior year quarter, mostly driven by a higher number of vessels operated in 2016. TCE revenue per day was USD 7,303 and USD 7,390 for the fourth quarter of 2016 and 2015, respectively.For the full year, Scorpio Bulkers’ net loss was narrowed to USD 124.8 million from USD 510.7 million seen in the previous year, while its operating loss stood at USD 100.7 million, compared to USD 491.6 million in the respective periods.Additionally, the company said that it reached agreements with shipyards to reduce the price to be paid under the shipbuilding contracts of one Kamsarmax vessel that was delivered in the first quarter of 2017 and another Kamsarmax, scheduled for delivery in the second quarter of the year, by around USD 2.5 million each.During the fourth quarter of 2016 the company took delivery of a number of newbuildings, including the Ultramax SBI Apollo from Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, and two Kamsarmax ships SBI Zumba and SBI Macarena from Hudong-Zhonghua.Furthermore, five newbuildings joined the company’s fleet since the start of 2017, including two Ultramaxes SBI Samson and SBI Phoenix, and three Kamsarmaxes SBI Parapara, SBI Swing and SBI Mazurka.The final vessel under the company’s newbuilding program is expected to be delivered in the second quarter of 2017. read more
Rabat – As Morocco gears up to attend the fifth EU-AU Summit, the kingdom faces increased persistence by Algeria to push the uninvited Polisario and its separatist agenda into the continental meeting.The Moroccan Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Foreign Affairs, Abdelkrim Benatiq, headed on Monday a Moroccan delegation to the 17th extraordinary session of the African Union’s Executive Council in Addis Ababa, Ethiopa.On the meeting’s agenda are several issues, such as the examination of the adoption of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) report of October 14, 2017 and most importantly the upcoming EU-AU fifth summit in Ivory Coast. The joint summit is due to discuss the cooperation roadmap adopted during the 2014 conference held in Brussels, in which the two sides agreed to implement a cooperation strategy in the fields of security, democracy, good governance, peace, sustainable development, and continental integration.The lead-up to this year’s summit has seen Algeria make efforts to impose Polisario and its self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) as a participant.SADR did not take part in previous conferences, but the entity has recently cried out for its “right” to participate in the event as a member of the AU, after the forum originally called the “EU-Africa” summit was renamed the “EU-AU” summit.The announcement of SADR’s impending participation in the conference was made in September by Algeria’s notorious ambassador to Brussels, Amar Belani. However, the claim was soon debunked by Moroccan outlet LeDesk, citing an unnamed source in the EU capital.“As was always the case with preceding summits, Algerians pushed for an inclusion of SADR, but no change was made in that regard,” the source said.The Algerian representative warned Morocco against trying to block Polisario’s participation and promised that they would fail, giving as an example the infamous scuffle at the Tokyo International Conference of African Development (TICAD), when Mozambique officials tried to force a Polisario delegation into the meeting.Morocco will certainly counter Algeria’s attempts to push for an inclusion of its ally into the EU-AU summit.Since Morocco left the AU in 1984 as a reaction to SADR’s admission to the organization, Moroccan officials maintained what had locally been termed as an “empty chair policy,” meaning a refusal to reintegrate into the AU as long as the separatist entity was member of it.However, as the policy demonstrated its limitations and Moroccan diplomacy grew more pragmatic and more influential in the continent, the kingdom shifted gears and started working to guarantee a triumphant return to the “African family.”Morocco wants the Polisario to be cornered within the AU, as well as make its own positions be taken in into account within the organization after more than three decades of absence. But, the broader objective is kick out the self-proclaimed SADR when all the necessary elements are united to do so.In King Mohammed VI’s message to the AU summit in Kigali, Rwanda in July 2016, in which he expressed Morocco’s intention to rejoin the organization, the monarch described the admission of the “phantom state” SADR in 1984 as a “historical error” whose burden Africa should no longer bear.As the battle between Morocco and Polisario’s allies within the AU started in July, when the Moroccan delegation to the organization’s Executive Council meeting objected the use of the term “occupied territories” to designate Western Sahara, the fifth EU-AU summit promises to be another intense faceoff. read more
ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he doesn’t believe it’s feasible for lawmakers to legalize recreational marijuana this year.The Democrat told reporters Monday that he doesn’t believe there is sufficient support to pass the measure in the state Senate.Cuomo says that he backs the legalization of marijuana but that the issue remains controversial for many legislators. And he says recent failure of legalization efforts in New Jersey sapped some momentum in New York.Lawmakers insist they’re not giving up on passing legalization before they adjourn June 19. Last week, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a Democrat from Yonkers, said lawmakers are working to find compromises.Despite broad support for legalization, there are disagreements about the regulatory details and whether the bill should include provisions expunging past low-level pot convictions.The Associated Press read more
Postal workers play a valuable role in supporting migration, fund transfers, transport, trade, education and literacy, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in a message to the 24th Universal Postal Congress in Geneva. “Postal services are universal, connecting people throughout the world,” Mr. Ban said in the message, which was delivered by the Director-General of the UN Office in Geneva, Sergei Ordzhonikidze. “That is particularly important at a time when millions of people have migrated to seek better economic opportunities, or have been forced to flee areas afflicted by war or natural disaster, and are eager to share news and resources with loved ones.” The Secretary-General added: “I am encouraged by the way the world’s postal outlets are serving as natural gateways to the information society.” The Universal Postal Union, a UN agency based in Switzerland, is leading the three-week Congress, which began yesterday. The gathering is focusing on a new global strategy to improve and harmonize the world’s postal services. More than 2,200 participants from the UPU’s 191 member countries are taking part. 23 July 2008Postal workers play a valuable role in supporting migration, fund transfers, transport, trade, education and literacy, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in a message to the 24th Universal Postal Congress in Geneva. read more
Fitch Ratings has downgraded Sri Lanka’s Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) to ‘B’ from ‘B+’, with a Stable Outlook.The downgrade reflects heightened external refinancing risks, an uncertain policy outlook, and the risk of a slowdown in fiscal consolidation as a result of an ongoing political crisis following the President’s sudden replacement of the Prime Minister on 26 October 2018. The authorities plan to raise funds through a combination of bilateral and commercial borrowing and the exercise of foreign-currency swaps, but there are risks to this strategy that could arise from a prolonged period of political uncertainty accompanied by an adverse shift in investor sentiment. In addition, the benefits from the government obtaining parliamentary approval for an Active Liability Management Bill in October – which raises its borrowing limit and could help smooth upcoming debt maturities – are unlikely to materialise if the political standoff continues. Fitch expects fiscal slippages as the current political climate is likely to lead to delays in setting policy priorities and to disrupt progress on future reforms. The 2019 budget has already been pushed back, while the IMF programme has been put on hold. The agency now expects the budget deficit for 2019 and 2020 to be closer to 5% of GDP, up from 4.0% of GDP in 2019 – forecast at the time of our previous review. The political strife has also exacerbated a depreciation of the Sri Lankan rupee, which had weakened in 2018 by around 17% against the US dollar up until end-November, contributing to a deterioration in the debt profile – with about half the debt denominated in foreign currency. Fitch has therefore revised up our general government debt-GDP forecast to over 80% by end-2018, from 77.2%.Fitch believes a speedy resolution of the political situation and a return to credible macroeconomic policies could eventually lower fiscal risks. (Colombo Gazette) Fitch believes the ongoing political upheaval, which has disrupted the normal functioning of parliament, exacerbates the country’s external financing risks, already challenged by the tightening of global monetary conditions amid a heavy external debt repayment schedule between 2019 and 2022. Investor confidence has been undermined, as evident from large outflows from the local bond market and a depreciating exchange rate. The sovereign’s foreign currency-denominated debt repayments (principal and interest), as of end-September 2018 are about USD20.9 billion between 2019 and 2022, while its foreign-exchange reserves are currently about USD7.5 billion. read more
Larox, a filtration solution provider in solid and liquid separation, has established a subsidiary in Russia (OOO Larox). The new subsidiary will benefit Larox’s Russian customer base and permit the company to develop both new filter and aftermarket sales locally. Topi Karppanen, President and CEO of Larox, on the subject of this move, said: “We have been supplying filters, filtration solutions and aftermarket services to Russian customers for decades. Russia is a very important market for us, and we believe there is great potential for Larox’s products and services. “Demand for efficient solid-liquid separation solutions is continuously growing as process industry companies look for ways to reduce their operating costs and environmental impact. Larox’s strategy is to grow globally by developing a local presence and offering local customer services. Our unique customer service is one of our company’s cornerstones. It includes a wide portfolio of products, solutions and services, in addition to our capability to service our customers locally i.e. in their own country and in their own languages. It is extremely important for Larox to be able to operate close to our customers,” Karppanen continued.Operating through a subsidiary will be a major advantage that will improve Larox’s local customer service and benefit Larox’s customers in Russia and other CIS countries. The mining sector is expected to develop rapidly in Russia in the coming years. “There are large reserves of natural resources in Russia and its mining sector will continue to grow,” says Karppanen.OOO Larox, located in Moscow, will offer and support the entire Larox product, solution and service portfolio, as well as serve all customer segments. “Larox focuses 100% on the solid-liquid separation technology, and we are recognised as the technology leader in several filter types,” said Karppanen. In addition to Larox’s own brand name, the product range includes other well-known brands such as Hoesch, Pannevis, Ceramec, Scheibler and Scanmec. Larox aftermarket services support all of these filters.Kauko Tanninen, Managing Director and Service Manager for OOO Larox, added, “We will establish our own spare parts and component stock in Russia, and with the help of reliable global logistics partners will handle all imports ourselves. This is a clear improvement in our level of service to Russian customers. We will be able to better support their operations by offering continuous local service, as well as shorter delivery and response times.”Larox has developed and packaged a whole range of services that are currently offered to customers worldwide. “There are several service packages and programs that will definitely interest our customers in Russia. We do not limit our services to only spare parts or maintenance,” Tanninen explained. “Our extensive service products aim at maximising the availability of our customers’ filtration solution, minimising their operating costs and optimising their process results.” read more
“NOT EVERYBODY HAS the intellectual property; they don’t know it, they just don’t.”Shane Horgan’s response to the question of how Joe Schmidt’s ‘detail’ can be so much more in-depth than other professional rugby coaches.The former wing worked closely with the Kiwi in his final years at Leinster, providing him with an insight into Schmidt that many others don’t have. Now looking in from the outside, Horgan can see the same elements that made the eastern province so successful at work in the Ireland camp. Joe is very much focused on dealing with the small technical details and then building up from there. Other coaches could look at things the other way; they need to have a ‘general’ plan, they might think that their pattern is the actual key. Joe is skill-based.”Following on from Part 1 of this analysis, where we dealt with the scrum, line-out, maul, breakdown, choke tackle and Paul O’Connell, we continue our examination of some of the areas of the game that helped Ireland to secure the 2014 Six Nations title.Horgan’s words ring true with the elements mentioned in the paragraph above, as well as all of those below. Schmidt’s focus on getting the ‘minor’ technical details right, and then building from that base, has been key to Ireland’s success.RuckingIreland were superb in their attacking rucking, consistently securing their own possession and blasting rucks with frightening efficiency. Winning at the ruck area is one of the real keys in international rugby, and Schmidt has clearly spent large amounts of time focusing on it as such.As we saw in part one, Ireland competed superbly at the breakdown when defending, but their rucking in attack was even better. Schmidt’s men were above 95% in terms of attacking rucks won in all but one of their five games [93.5% against England].They peaked at 97.5% against Italy, a game in which they had to hit a huge 156 rucks as they looked to keep the ball in play and in their possession as much as possible. The stats confirm the impression so many of us will have garnered from watching the games; Ireland hit attacking rucks superbly.One of the keys to Ireland’s success in this department was their ability to use a whole range of rucking techniques, beyond just driving defenders backwards away from the ball.We get an example of an Irish player selecting an ideal technique in the GIF above, with Cian Healy using the ‘can-opener’ or ‘tin-opener’ to roll Nicolas Mas away from a good position over the ball after O’Connell has been tackled.The French tighthead prop gets into the ‘jackal’ position to attempt the steal, and Healy recognises that his initial rucking hit on Mas isn’t going to shift him off the ball. He instantly wraps his arms in under the Frenchman’s upper body and uses his own mass to roll him off to the side and away from the ball.It’s good technique from Healy, but it’s also worth noting that Chris Henry helps out too, lifting Mas’ left leg in order to destabilise him that little bit further. Ireland had some initial problems in resourcing rucks against Scotland, but thereafter were not afraid to commit more bodies to ensuring their attacking rucks were cleared effectively.Ireland were vitally focused on being certain that the ball came back on their own side as swiftly as possible throughout the tournament, and indeed the impression was that their ruck speed improved with each game.Much of that was down to more traditional blasting of rucks, but we saw lots of improvisation around the ruck from Irish players too. Another such example is highlighted in the animation above.O’Driscoll gets into the ruck area with very little momentum, having first attempted to leech onto Henry after passing to the flanker. The 35-year-old recognises that he’s not in a great position to drive Rémi Tales off the ball, so actually ends up simply pulling him off to the side.It’s not spectacular, and it’s not a technique one would want their team becoming dependent on, but it gets the job done and Ireland have a two-second ruck as a result. This incident comes in the build-up to Jonny Sexton’s first try, and that ruck speed stresses France a lot more than allowing Tales to compete would have.Again, we note Ireland’s second arriving rucking player [O’Connell] playing his part. O’Driscoll initiates the movement by pulling Tales’ upper body, O’Connell finishes the job by smashing into the out-half’s side.The example in the video above is more about the collective mindset of Ireland’s players in winning attacking rucks, rather than any real technical excellence.Louis Picamoles, an incredibly strong athlete, gets into an excellent position over the ball to make a steal at the breakdown. Sexton is the first Irishman on the scene, and while he doesn’t blast Picamoles off the ball, he does initially make an impact on the back row.It’s the ‘fight’ after that first-up rucking hit that we want to highlight though. It would have been easy for Sexton to slip off the the side of Picamoles after failing to originally shift him – one can imagine some out-halves doing so.Instead, Sexton clings on, wrapping his arms around Picamoles’ neck and continuing to fight to help Ireland win the ruck. The main point is that all Irish players, not just the forwards, were focused on ensuring Ireland secured their attacking rucks.In the instance above, referee Steve Walsh awarded an Irish penalty, but had it not been for Sexton’s fight and determination, that could have easily gone the other way.The final example we touch upon is the one above, in which O’Driscoll absolutely smashes Rabah Slimani away from the ruck. It’s fairly nasty and leaves the French prop in a bit of pain, but again that is something that Schmidt has asked of his players.O’Connell has alluded to as much before, admitting that the Kiwi coach has asked him whether he thinks his opponents really felt his rucking efforts, whether he hurt them. Every team in the world of rugby alludes to smashing the defence off their rucks in order to warn them not to go for the steal again, but it doesn’t always happen.Ireland managed to do that consistently throughout the championship though, and while they obviously did concede turnover breakdowns, they were few and far between.Awareness of rucking rolesWhile we have used individual examples here, the intention is to highlight common traits of Ireland’s play during their Six Nations success. There may not always have been can-openers used, but the Irish players did show a nice variation in technique.More importantly, there was a real sense of Ireland sharing the rucking responsibility throughout the team. Players like Dave Kearney and Andrew Trimble played their part, while Ireland’s midfield contributed greatly to attacking rucks, as Henry points out.When you have got big wingers and certainly Brian as well – one of the best ruckers in the world – we knew we were going to be right there.”However, it’s not just about the personnel. When asked to highlight what Schmidt has brought to the Ireland set-up this season, O’Connell immediately referred to the ruck.“There’s a real clarity about what we need to do in the ruck. A very good way of rucking that’s very effective. People are in no doubt about their role, how well they need to do their role and how well they need to know their role.” Source: Colm O’Neill/INPHOHenry expanded on the issue a little further, indicating the lengthy time Ireland have spent on their rucking at Carton House.“In training throughout this whole campaign, there has been a massive focus on our rucking out, our technique and making sure the person who carries the ball does his role and the two support players hit the right areas and target the right men.”The final part of that quote is of most relevance here, and perhaps goes some way to explaining why Ireland offloaded relatively infrequently during the Six Nations.We saw just 27 offloads from Ireland over the course of their five games, a low total, especially compared with France’s . While there were some stunning examples of excellent offloading from Irish players [O’Driscoll, we’re looking at you!], they simply didn’t look to offload repeatedly in contact.Henry goes into a little more detail, again referring to the ball carrier being in a specified role.I think Joe wouldn’t be as pro-offloading as other teams, because I think he wants to make sure there’s a clear, definite carrier who’s going to carry straight to form the ruck well.“It’s worked very well for us, it means you get quick ball. He’s not a coach that says you can’t offload, it just has to be on.”Both Henry and O’Connell refer to the ‘roles’ of each man being known in anticipating ruck situations, and the idea is that offloading can push those specifications off kilter. When the supporting player is preparing himself to ruck as effectively as possible, a late offload can take him by surprise.By instead focusing on the ball carrier definitively being that, rather than a potential offloader, the supporting players can be entirely concentrated on clearing out the subsequent ruck. Source: Colm O’Neill/INPHOIt might be seen as a lack of attacking ambition not to look for offloads, but it is far from that. Satisfying the thirst for attacking gains instead comes from the more reliable source of quick ruck ball, rather than a 50/50 offload attempt.Schmidt has been vitally aware of the narrow margins of international rugby in his first season as Ireland coach, and therefore unwilling to see a misguided offload being the difference between winning and losing.The situation is likely to develop and evolve, but in this Six Nations, Ireland’s intense focus on their rucking roles, at the expense of a notable offloading game, largely paid dividends.Decoy running and blockingIreland created a healthy 32 clean line-breaks when they had the ball during the Six Nations, peaking with 11 against the Italians and beating France in that department on a scoreline of 7-1.In fact, the English were the only direct opponents to better Ireland in terms of line-breaks during the Six Nations [3-5]. Clearly, these clean breaks are about the pace and power of the player who makes the break, as well as the passer who puts him into the hole.But there is more that goes into producing busts of the opposition defence, with decoys and blocking playing an important role. Ireland possess several intelligent, experienced players who excel in this area.On first viewing, Sexton and Kearney would get the large majority of the credit for the break shown in the GIF above, but the space opening up is all down to Gordon D’Arcy’s involvement.The inside centre runs a decoy line for Jamie Healip, who sends a pass behind D’Arcy to Sexton, a simple screen pass. But instead of just ‘dying’ after running that line, D’Arcy gets in a little block on France out-half Tales [circled below].Technically, it’s not legal play, but D’Arcy does it so well and so discreetly that it’s very difficult for the match officials to pick up in live play. Going back to the original GIF of the incident, it’s clear him important D’Arcy’s involvement is in creating the hole for Kearney.We got another very similar example in the same game, with D’Arcy again running a screen line, where the pass is sent behind him. Just keep a close eye on the inside centre in the animation below, and note how he bumps Thomas Domingo to open the space.Rob Kearney doesn’t quite manage to get a clean bust of the French line, but he does have space to run into after O’Driscoll’s inside pass. It’s a stressful situation for the French defence and they are immediately scrambling backwards.Again, the point here is to highlight an element of the game in which Ireland were collectively strong during the Six Nations. D’Arcy excels as a decoy runner, but so many of his teammates shared the burden in helping to create line-breaks with their work off the ball.Decoy running doesn’t always involve physically impeding defenders, as we will come back to later in the piece. The underlying point is that Schmidt demands that each and every player does as much as they possibly can to help the team advance in attack.Luke Fitzgerland, a man who missed the Six Nations through injury but worked with Schmidt at Leinster, outlines the questions the Kiwi asks of his players even when they are not near the ball.What are you doing for the team? How are you making things better for the team?”That transfers into the most minute details in scoring tries, something Ireland did well during the championship. Andrew Trimble is a player who has really bought into everything Schmidt demands, so it is ideal to use an example of one of his contributions in this area.The clip above appears to be all about Trimble’s original linebreak after receiving a wonderful pass from D’Arcy. The Ulster wing hits O’Driscoll on his right, and despite Brice Dulin defending excellently, Ireland go on to score.What we’re interested in this instance is Trimble’s actions after he has passed the ball; he’s looking to stay ‘alive’ in the game, to contribute anything further that will help Ireland to score.He arrives to the breakdown after O’Driscoll gets hauled down, but there’s not really any defender there for him to ruck. That doesn’t mean Trimble switches off; he’s still looking to contribute something, anything, no matter how small a detail.As Maxime Médard gets off the deck and moves to return to the defensive line, Trimble intelligently just gives a quick tug on the France wing’s collar, pulling him back to the ruck for a split second.Ireland almost certainly would have scored even if Trimble hadn’t disrupted Médard’s attempts to get back into position, but it’s the principle of his actions that interests us here.The Ireland wing is constantly looking for those ‘extras’ he can contribute, the little details that may or may not help his team to progress in attack. Those are the demands Schmidt makes of his players off the ball.Tactical flourishesThe inside passes shown above neatly lead us on to another element that helped Ireland to secure the Six Nations title this year. While Schmidt is focused on the basic skills of his players being as strong as possible, there is an obvious need to bring tactical intelligence to proceedings too.Ireland started from a solid base against a ragged Scottish team in the opening round, and thereafter we saw them add a new tactical ‘crease’ to each game they played. Those additions were clearly the results of analysing the opposition in depth.Schmidt has a well-deserved reputations for picking apart opposition weakness, but Ireland analysts Mervyn Murphy and Eoin Toolin deserve credit in this area too. It can be presumed that the demands even on backroom members have increased under Schmidt. Source: ©INPHO/Colm O’NeillAgainst the Welsh, the tactical crease involved kicking diagonally behind their aggressive rush defence. In round three, at Twickenham, Schmidt’s men looked to exploit the wide channels, with a little less success.The next clash against Italy saw Ireland introduce the tactic of keeping the ball in play and in their possession for long periods, tiring the visitors for the closing 30 minutes. Finally, against France, we saw those inside passes exploiting the lack of a strong drift by Philippe Saint-André’s defence.It’s encouraging to see an Irish team so deliberately set up to exploit opposition weaknesses, even if it didn’t always work perfectly in this championship.Schmidt specialsWhen analysing the defeat to England at Twickenham, we studied Rob Kearney’s try in detail and hoped to see more of that kind of play from Ireland in the future.Against France, those hopes were fulfilled when Ireland manufactured a magnificent try for Andrew Trimble, demonstrating the focus Schmidt has brought to their attacking play.Kearney’s score against England took 17 second to manufacture, but Trimble’s was even quicker at 16 seconds from the put-in at the scrum to the right wing touching down.The video above is like a microscope onto what Schmidt has added to the international arena with Ireland. Each and every player knows their role down to an inch-perfect tee, everything is done accurately at pace, and it’s bloody hard for France to stop it.It all starts with an ideal scrum from Ireland as they manage to wheel the loosehead side up, and therefore tie Louis Picamoles [at No. 8] and Alexandre Lapandry [on the blindside flank] into poor defensive positions.We can see that process beginning to happen in the screenshot above, but it’s worth highlighting another fine detail, with the ball circled as it passes back in ‘channel one’. Ireland want the pill to emerge from the scrum as far to their left as possible, allowing them to shift it away even quicker.That hooking of the ball back in channel one, actually passing beneath Cian Healy, enables them to do so. On top of that, Chris Henry gets his body out away from the ball to open up the space for Conor Murray to take it cleanly [below], as well as enabling the scrum rotation and blocking Maxime Machenaud from diving on Murray.Ireland then carry out a wonderfully effective midfield strike play, utilising that ideal set-piece foundation to full effect and getting right over the gainline.Sexton delivers an accurate pass to O’Driscoll, meaning the centre doesn’t have to check his run, and thereby increasing his chance of winning the collision. Just as important is the ‘animation’ out the back door from Sexton and D’Arcy [below].Both players are beckoning for the ball on that loop play [something France would have been aware Ireland love doing], and shouting for the pass too. It means Mathieu Bastareaud can’t commit inside and help Tales to double-team O’Driscoll in the tackle.The end result of all of the above is O’Driscoll getting well over the gainline and negating any real need for rucking at the subsequent breakdown. So far, so accurate.The whole passage of play was built on the analysis of opposition weaknesses, with Ireland fully aware that Damien Chouly [operating as the openside flanker] would ‘fold’ over to the right of the ruck, expecting Ireland to come around the corner on the next phase.Inside him, the wheeled scrum means Picamoles and Lapandry have little chance of getting across the pitch to the left-hand side of the ruck, leaving a huge hole open for Ireland to attack.D’Arcy is circled on the right of the ruck because, once again, he is looking to provide a distraction for the French by signalling and shouting for a pass that he knows he won’t be getting.When play moves on, and Murray bursts into the space that he knows is there on the right side of the ruck, it’s worth nothing the involvements of Sexton and Henry just in front of the ruck.Both players make an attempt to impede Machenaud, who has recognised that France are in the shit. Sexton has a little tug at his jersey, and then Henry subtly steps into him. Neither movement particularly halts the scrum-half, but they do contribute to him missing the tackle on Murray.The wonderful trailing run by Trimble is on the money; the right wing is fully aware of where he needs to be for this planned move to work to perfection. On the inside of Murray, Sexton continues his run and actually gets ahead of the ball briefly.All of the individual elements, those little details, add up to make a stunning try from Ireland. It will be fascinating to watch their development in this regard as Schmidt’s intelligent coaching picks out those barely perceptible weaknesses in the opposition.Work rateEverything good that Ireland did in the Six Nations was underpinned by their work rate. That ability to fight on each phase of play partly came from the knowledge that the bench was strong enough to maintain performance levels in the closing 30 minutes of games.On top of that, Ireland’s players looked very fit throughout the championship, something Schmidt accredited to the national team’s backroom staff.We have a great strength and conditioning staff that get the players in the best prepared state,” the head coach said.Jason Cowman [National Team Strength & Conditioning Coach] enjoys a deservedly excellent reputation amongst the players, but the provincial S & C staff warrant credit in this department too.Overseen and aided in their planning by Cowman, the staff at Munster, Connacht, Leinster and Ulster are ultimately responsible for sending the players into international camp in peak condition. A triumph for the system in that regard.The evidence on the pitch was copious, with one examples of Ireland’s work rate highlighted below.The GIF above features intelligent play by Tales, who uses the medical team as his very own Gordon D’Arcy-like shield, running behind them and benefiting from a block on D’Arcy himself [karma for the bearded one].Of more focus for us is Rory Best’s sheer work rate in getting back to scrag Médard in the tackle and then bounce up to win the loose ball. The screengrab below highlights how far back the Ulster hooker starts on this particular play.It would be easy for Best to switch off briefly in this scenario, with the ball having moved out beyond him. Indeed, had he not worked back to catch Médard, his absence would not have been especially notable.But Best is focused on giving everything he can for his team in every phase of the game. We saw something similar from Paul O’Connell in the build up to Sexton’s second try, as the lock strode almost the length of the field to make a short carry and allow Ireland’s support to arrive.There are countless other examples we could highlight, but the point is that Ireland’s work rate was huge in all five of their games in the championship.The benchAs alluded to above, Ireland enjoyed great comfort from knowing that their bench could deliver late on in each game. Schmidt has tasked his replacements with knowing their detail as any starting player does, and then adding as much to the game as they can.That’s what Joe wants,” said Jack McGrath. “He wants us to fit in, be disciplined and just know your stuff, make an impact.”That proved to be the case throughout the championship, with McGrath, Iain Henderson, Martin Moore, Sean Cronin, Eoin Reddan, Isaac Boss, Paddy Jackson, Ian Madigan, Fergus McFadden, Tommy O’Donnell and Jordi Murphy all making positive contributions.We’ll look at a brief example here, but it is one that illustrates what Ireland’s replacements brought.Henderson is the sub in question, and he makes this play at a vital time in the championship, with Ireland having lost a scrum on their own put-in and inside their own 22.The Ulsterman bursts off the scrum and wraps up Jean-Doussain before manhandling him back up the pitch for a loss of yards. It’s majestic power, and crucially it forces the French forwards to move backwards for the ball.A typical involvement from one of Ireland’s bench players.DisciplineIreland failed to wander into double figures in terms of penalties conceded in a Six Nations games this year. They gave away just 36 in total, peaking at 9 in the games against Wales, England and France.It’s remarkable discipline, and another product of Schmidt’s focused coaching, with the players responding intelligently to his demands. Several of the penalties that Ireland did concede were contentious and open to interpretation. Source: James Crombie/INPHOSchmidt himself has alluded to the focus on discipline he and his coaching staff have brought in this area.“It’s something that we’re working incredibly hard on, even at training if we see anyone that’s off their feet or half an inch offside, we’re trying to pull them up straight away. We just keep that message coming in to concede as few penalties as possible.I think, almost like dogs, you get enough repetition and you start to get into a mindset that you get into the right place at the right time and try to create the right action.”MindsetWe’ll leave it to the succinct Brian O’Driscoll to explain how Schmidt has changed Ireland’s attitude and mental approach. Every single action the Irish players performed over the course of the championship boiled down to them being highly motivated to play for their coach and their country.What’s been different this year, Brian?“Accountability. Joe instils a big confidence in those around him with his philosophy and his game plan, his strategy and his detail. People buy into that product.”Analysis: How did Ireland win the Six Nations? (Part 1)Connacht unchanged ahead of visit to Dragons read more
This week, music magazine SPIN announced its decision to run the lion’s share of its music reviews on Twitter in 2012. Under the handle @SPINreviews, SPIN’s eight staff editors (and a team of freelancers) will weigh in on over 1,500 albums in 140 characters or less throughout the year. The decision comes amidst other changes at SPIN, including an editorial realignment marking a heavier focus on digital. On SPIN’s blog, senior editor Christopher Weingarten makes valid points to back this decision. In the digital era, fans often privy to records at the same time music critics are. Leaked albums abound; though, the cynic is me suspects the artists/record labels/PR teams behind them sometimes may be responsible for these leaks. Case in point: in the summer of 2010, songs from Taylor Swift’s hit album “Speak Now” leaked 12 days before the official launch, forcing Big Machine Records to release it early. Within hours, the single “Mine” was number one in iTunes. Hello, publicity.Weingarten rationalizes, “The value of the average rock critic’s opinion has plummeted now that…you can listen and decide for yourself whether it’s worth a damn.” He also says this method will spare SPIN readers lengthy reviews of mediocre bands: 140 characters later, we’ll know whether an album is worth buying.Weingarten is correct in this thinking, to an extent. But I think he’s neglecting some of the largest pleasures of an album review, perhaps purposely: the in-depth parsing of a band’s journey, the decoding of instrumentals and influences from an expert’s point of view. In an overly politically correct, PR-manned media world, candid music reviews are refreshing, and never more needed. What would Cameron Crowe say about all of this? The music review is considered an editorial staple in a music mag’s table of contents. That being said, SPIN will still run 20 long-form reviews monthly on its website. SPIN released 1,000 album critiques on Twitter in 2009, and the strategy must have produced measurable success to be repeated in 2012. I also suspect the one-sentence reviews are borne of a business necessity: 1,500 reviews are a lot, especially for an in-house editorial staff of eight undoubtedly crazed with other responsibilities.Fortunately, like many digital decisions, this strategy does not have to be a permanent model. It will be interesting to see how fans, and the music industry overall, react to SPIN’s compressed reviews. read more
Agent Sai Srinivasa AthreyaTwitterDirector RSJ Swaroop’s Telugu movie Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya (ASSA) starring Naveen Polishetty and Shruti Sharma has received positive reviews and rating from the audience.Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya is an authentic humorous investigative thriller revolving around the adventures of a detective based out of Nellore. RSJ Swaroop has written the script and dialogues for the film, which is produced by Rahul Yadav Nakka under the banner Swadharm Entertainment. The movie has received a U/A certificate and the run time is 2.19 hours.Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya story: Athreya (Navin Polisetty) starts a detective agency named FBI (Fathima Bureau of Investigation) in Nellore and deals with small cases. He lands in trouble when he pursues a dead man found on the rails. How he unravels the mystery forms the crux of the movie.Analysis: Breaking the chains of routine scripts, director RSJ Swaroop has come up with an interesting story and exciting narrative, though he erred in parts. The first half is high on entertainment with some fun scenes, the director takes time to get into the story. The second half is also engaging, say the audience.Performances: Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya completely revolves around Navin Polisetty and he has done amazing act, which is the highlight of the movie. Shruti Sharma, Darbha Appaji Ambarisha and others have also done good jobs and they are also the assets of the film, say the viewers.Technical: Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya has good technical values and picturisation, background score and dialogues are the attraction on the technical front of the movie, add the audience.Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya review live updates: We bring you some viewers’ verdict on the film shared on Twitter. Continue to read audience response:BennySpeaks @benny_speaks Hemanth Kumar C R @crhemanth #AgentSaiSrinivasaAthreya Final Report: #AgentSaiSrinivasAthreya is a refreshing thriller made with all sincerity. @NaveenPolishety is superb in the lead role. A tad lengthy & overstuffed but that doesn’t hinder the over #AgentSaiSrinivasaAthreya is a game-changing movie for @NaveenPolishety as the whole movie runs on him alone. The film clicks if he clicks; otherwise, it fails. The actor has to be convincing and has enough charm to carry. Mirchi9 Rating: 3/5 There’s fun & seriousness in #AgentSaiSrinivasAthreya in equal measure. If u r in a mood to watch a diff entertainer than the usual we get week aftr week, this is the pick #AgentSaiSrinivasAthreya is really good. Gripping story laced with humor. Huge shoutout to @NaveenPolishety – even the simplest of dialogues sound fun when he tells them. Well done guys! S Harish Koushik @KoushikHarish Amazing movie will be one of the best in 2019 #AgentSaiSrinivasAthreya Agent @KoushikHarish reporting from bay area Agent @NaveenPolishety FDFS Reviews @FDFSReviews Sharat @sherry1111111 Mirchi9 @Mirchi9 #AgentSaiSrinivasAthreya has quite an interesting story to tell and I must say @NaveenPolishety is a ball of energy…so much ease he pulls off the role and its quirks. But then, in that story and set up, the team packs in wayyyy tooooooo much info at every turn #ASSA has a very novel storyline coupled with good suspense & interesting narration @NaveenPolishety is impressive & owns this completely.Technically well made too.Although it’s a tad too long it still makes up for a Good watch #AgentSaiSrinivasAthreya has reported successfully #AgentSaiSrinivasAthreya lo Sandeep Anna and Suhas Anna kummesaru @MasalaSundeep dialogues lekunna scene pandichesav @mj_suhas bro last lo ochi sampesnav acting ayithe❤️❤️ #AgentSaiSrinivasaAthreya Strictly average first half which gets little interesting towards end. All depends on second half. +ves: Naveen’s acting, few comedy scenes, BGM -ves: weak emotional scenes, screenplay, editing #AgentSaiSrinivasAthreya Second half was very good with huge amount of twists and turns. Give it a shot guys. You won’t be disappointed. Rating:3/5 +Ves: acting, Hatke genre, twists, production values, BGM -Ves: Casting except hero, editing should have been more crisp, Screenplay Agent Santosh♂️ @MeCinemaPichodu read more
French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he arrives at his home in Le Touquet, northern France. Photo: AFPFrench voters head to the polls on Sunday for parliamentary elections set to hand a landslide victory to the party of President Emmanuel Macron which would complete his stunning reset of national politics.The new assembly is due to be transformed with a new generation of lawmakers—younger, more female and more ethnically diverse—winning seats in the afterglow of Macron’s success in presidential elections last month.The scale of the change is set to be so significant that some observers have compared the overhaul to 1958, the start of the present presidential system, or even the post-war rebirth of French democracy in 1945.It is also entirely unexpected: Macron was unknown three years ago and initially given little chance of emerging as president, but he and his 15-month-old Republic on the Move (REM) party have tapped into widespread desire for change.“It’s like a science fiction movie for me,” REM candidate Beatrice Failles, a weapons inspector, writer and community activist, told AFP this week during campaigning in Paris.REM is forecast to win between 400 and 470 seats in the 577-strong parliament, one of the biggest majorities post-war that would give pro-EU centrist Macron a free hand to implement his business-friendly programme.Sunday’s voting is the decisive second round of the election after a first round of voting last weekend which was topped by REM.If confirmed, the victory will come at the expense of France’s traditional parties, the rightwing Republicans and Socialists, but also the far-right National Front which faces major disappointment.The Socialists are set to be the biggest victim of voters’ desire to reject establishment figures associated with years of high unemployment, terror attacks and lost national confidence.Pollsters predict the party will see its strength in parliament fall from nearly 300 seats to around 20 after their five years in power under president Francois Hollande.Low turnout?The main concern for observers and critics is the likely absence of any political counterweight to Macron, leading some to forecast that opposition could be led through street protests.“Desperately seeking an opposition,” said the front page of Le Parisien newspaper on Saturday.Turnout will be closely watched after it hit a nearly 60-year low for the first round of voting, leading some to warn Macron his mandate is not as strong as he thinks.“Go and vote!” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Thursday. “It’s the same message here as everywhere else: no one should abstain. In France voting is not obligatory… it is a right and a responsibility.”In the first round, REM won 32 percent of the total number of votes cast, but this represented only about 15 percent of the total number of registered voters.Around half of REM’s candidates are virtual unknowns drawn from diverse fields of academia, business or local activism. They include a mathematician, a bullfighter and a former Rwandan orphan.“You could take a goat and give it Macron’s endorsement and it would have good chance of being elected,” political analyst Christophe Barbier joked recently.In some areas of Paris, the comment has led to a guerrilla campaign to replace the photographs of REM candidates with a picture of a goat on their posters outside voting stations.The other half of Macron’s loyalists are a mix of centrists and moderate left- and right-wing politicians drawn from established parties including ally MoDem.Le Pen in actionOther key battles on Sunday include far-right leader Marine Le Pen’s attempt to win her first seat in parliament from the northeastern former coal mining town of Henin-Beaumont.Her victory would be a rare bright spot for her nationalist and anti-EU party which was once hoping to emerge as the principal opposition to Macron in parliament.The firebrand and influential leader of new far-left party France Unbowed, Jean-Luc Melenchon, is also seeking a seat from the southern port of Marseille.Macron’s programme includes radical labour market reforms, measures to deepen European integration and an overhaul of the social security system.He has vowed to take on French unions by creating a system of “flexi-security” inspired by Scandinavian countries which combines a solid state-funded safety net with company-friendly legislation.His confident start at home, where he has concentrated on trying to restore the lost prestige of the president, and his decisive action on the international stage has led to a host of positive headlines.The European front cover of The Economist magazine this week asks whether Macron is “Europe’s saviour” and depicts him walking on water. read more
Spain was plunged into crisis Friday as Madrid seized power from independence-seeking Catalonia, the first curtailment of regional autonomy since the brutal dictatorship of Francisco Franco.After regional lawmakers voted to declare a Catalan “republic”, Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy moved swiftly to dissolve the rebel government and parliament, and called 21 December elections to replace them.In an escalating standoff closely watched by secession-wary Europe, Rajoy fired pro-independence leader Carles Puigdemont and all his ministers as well as the director of the regional police, and Catalan envoys to Madrid and Brussels, to halt what he termed an “escalation of disobedience.”Secessionist lawmakers voted 70 to 10 in the 135-member parliament Friday to declare Catalonia “a republic in the form of an independent and sovereign state”.They take their mandate from the “Yes” result in a banned and unregulated October 1 independence referendum spurned by many more than half of Catalan electors.Observers warned of trouble ahead, with Catalan officials and public servants likely to defy orders from caretaker envoys sent by the central government.“Tensions are likely to rise significantly over the coming days,” suggested Teneo Intelligence, a risk analysis group.“Demonstrators might try to prevent the police from removing Catalan ministers from their offices… This increases the risk of violent clashes,” it said in a statement.‘Demolished democracy’The region of some 7.5 million people accounts for about 16 per cent of Spain’s population, a fifth of its economic output, and attracts more tourists than anywhere else in the country.Catalonia´s inhabitants are fiercely protective of their language, culture and autonomy-restored after a long period of oppression during nationalist Franco´s 1936-1979 rule.In Barcelona, separatists broke out in ecstatic shouts of: “Independence!” and popped bottles of cava, a Catalan sparkling wine, as the outcome of Friday´s vote was announced. Separatist MPs cheered and embraced before singing the Catalan anthem.But any cause for joy was soon nipped in the bud, and shares in Spanish companies, particularly Catalan banks, dropped sharply as the crisis deepened.“We Spaniards are living through a sad day in which a lack of reason prevailed upon the law and demolished democracy in Catalonia,” Rajoy said as he announced steps to “restore normality”.The sweeping measures were approved by the Senate Friday under a constitutional article designed to rein in rebels among Spain’s 17 regions.Madrid’s allies in the European Union and the United States rallied behind Madrid as they voiced alarm over developments in Spain´s worst political crisis in decades.European Council president Donald Tusk said Madrid “remains our only interlocutor” following the independence vote.“I hope the Spanish government favours force of argument, not argument of force,” he tweeted.Steffen Seibert, spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said Berlin “does not recongise such a declaration of independence” by Catalonia.Battle of willsThe issue is far from a clear-cut battle of wills between Madrid and Catalonia, however.Polls show Catalans themselves are split, pretty much down the middle, on the issue of independence from Spain.Dozens of opposition MPs walked out before Friday´s secret ballot in the Catalan parliament, one lamenting “a dark day” for democracy.Later in the day, hundreds of anti-independence protesters gathered in central Barcelona, chanting “I am Spanish, Spanish!”Waving the Spanish flag, several demanded Puigdemont be jailed for sedition, even as prosecutors announced they would file “rebellion” charges against him next week.He risks up to 30 years in jail.But outside the seat of the Generalitat, the Catalan government, the mood was festive, with fireworks and music.“We are a free country,” revelled Maria Altimira, 65.DisobedienceCatalan resentment at Madrid’s perceived interference has been building for years, compounded by the 2008 economic crisis. Many complain that the region contributes more to the central purse than it gets back.The UN urged both sides Friday to “seek solutions within the framework of the Spanish constitution, and through established political and legal channels.”But far-left groups have already threatened “massive civil disobedience” if Madrid usurps Catalan autonomy.“We are likely to see more sustained unrest, possibly including strikes, as well as more serious clashes between national police and pro-independence activists,” said Federico Santi, an analyst at Eurasia Group, a US-based politics think-tank.“The main signpost over the weekend will be whether the regional government refuses to willingly and peacefully step down.”Call for restraintPuigdemont appealed for calm.“We will have to maintain the momentum of this country (Catalonia) in the coming hours,” he told lawmakers and onlookers in Barcelona after the legislature vote, and urged them to do so in the spirit of “peace, civic responsibility and dignity.”There are deep concerns over the economic impact of the showdown, with nearly 1,700 companies already having moved their legal headquarters out of Catalonia, which has an economic output equivalent to that of Portugal. read more
By Joi Thomas, Special to the AFRO2019 is here and you are alive to see it. Taking time to look over the successes and failures of the old year and planning to be productive in the New Year often results in New Year’s resolutions.I urge you to let 2019 be the year you make things happen. Let this be the year you stick to your plan. As a matter of fact, instead of just making a list of resolutions, make a plan for how to accomplish each one. The great thing about it is the church community has many resources to help you be successful this year.If you are looking to improve your finances, Greater Harvest Baptist Church is hosting “An Evening of Financial Empowerment” on Jan. 16, at 6:30 pm. This event will give you information to help you get out of debt in nine years, increase your cash flow, save for college, prepare for retirement and more. If financial stability and empowerment is on your resolution list, this is the perfect event for you.Maybe you want to develop a closer relationship with God this year and don’t know where to start. You can start at a New Year’s revival. Two churches are having a New Year’s revival this week and there is still time to make it to a service. First Baptist Church of Glenarden is holding a New Year’s Revival Wednesday Jan. 2, through January 4th, at 7 p.m. nightly. Freedom Church and House of Judah Ministries are hosting a New Year’s Revival and the closing service is Jan. 3, at 7 p.m. The service will be held at Freedom Church and Ministries.Maybe this year your resolution is to get over past hurts, get to know yourself better, improve your relationship with your spouse, or just improve your overall mental health. The Renaissance Christian Counseling Center can help you. According to their website, “The Renaissance Center ministers to the whole person by providing healing for the mind, spirit and body by offering supportive counseling services. The outcome of our services is to strengthen individuals and families so they can live a more productive and healthy lifestyle. We also want to enable persons to reach a level of growth and resilience through reconciliation that will ultimately lead to a more balanced life. The Renaissance Center fulfills a critical need in the community for accessible mental health services with a spiritual foundation.” Call them and get more information on how they can help you meet your specific goal.I pray that 2019 is a game changer for you. Plan to succeed and watch God allow you to win! read more
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Ladysmith Gazette will be hosting an indoor stand as part of our “Giving back to the Community” drive.We will be hosting numerous fun giveaways and competitions throughout the three days.We will also have a photo booth charging R10 per photo, enabling the lucky winner to have their photo on the front page of a special wrap-around in the following edition of the newspaper.Everyone who enters will automatically have a small photo of themselves in the wrap-around, which should be considered a collector’s piece.Also see full-time demonstrations of our online site in action.A ‘selfie’ competition will be uploaded onto our site, with the lucky winner winning three fantastic hampers. Plus, if you mention Brendan Peyper in your selfie post, you could win a one-on-one chat with him. Hashtag #LadysmithShow2016 on either Instagram or Twitter. (Important note: if your Instagram is set to private, we will not see your selfie and you cannot win)A ‘spot the mistake’ competition will see one winner winning a stunning food hamper.But the most important thing is a chance to meet our young and dynamic teams from the Ladysmih Gazette, Times of Ladysmith, NKZN AgriEco, Uthukela Eyethu and NKZN Get It!Our History:The Ladysmith Gazette is the only sold local newspaper in Ladysmith.The Ladysmith Gazette is just over a century old and is believed to have been established in 1902. This, however, cannot be accurately verified, as there may have been editions before this date.The Ladysmith Gazette is part of the Caxton Group of newspapers.The Ladysmith Gazette’s sister newspaper, the Times of Ladysmith, is a FREE door-to-door publication that helps the Ladysmith Gazette reach the entire community.With a staggering six Caxton Awards for excellence under its belt, few could argue that the Ladysmith Gazette is not the market leader in the region.Awards aside, the newspaper focuses on its core strength: the ability to communicate what is happening in and around Ladysmith. Since its inception over 100 years ago, it has kept people abreast of local news.From school news to hard news, the Ladysmith Gazette has constantly kept the community informed.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Why not join us there? read more
Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate research assistant in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab of the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, describes how he and fellow researchers used multiple types of cardiac imaging to evaluate the health of athletes who compete in endurance events lasting six hours or more, and what the results may suggest for future screening.Watch the VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019, an interview with AHRA President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA. Artificial Intelligence | April 17, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence in Radiology — Are We Doomed? 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Operators can use the conversational voice interface to retrieve information without breaking sterile scrub. The technology uses using natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning to rapidly provide information about device sizing and compatibility in IR.Seals spoke at the 2019 Radiology AIMed conference in Chicago in June. 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 Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. 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Watch the video to see how we collaborated together to streamline workflows and improve interoperability for better care.Watch the related editorial interview VIDEO: Streamlining PACS Administration — Interview with Mike Ciancio, imaging systems administrator at CarolinaEast Health System. Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and 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 Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Nuclear Imaging | April 28, 2017 VIDEO: Trends in Nuclear Cardiology Imaging David Wolinsky, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at Cleveland Clinic Florida and past-president of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), discusses advancements in nuclear imaging and some of the issues facing the subspecialty. Nuclear Imaging | March 22, 2019 VIDEO: Utilization of PET For Evaluation of Cardiac Sarcoidosis Raza Alvi, M.D., a research fellow in radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, has been involved in a study of a positron-emission tomography (PET) FDG radiotracer agent to image sarcoidosis. The inflammatory disease affects multiple organs and usually include abnormal masses or nodules (granulomas) consisting of inflamed tissues that can form in the heart. Alvi presented on this topic at American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2019 meeting. Information Technology | April 15, 2019 itnTV “Conversations”: Vital Images Helps Build Infrastructure for the Future Vital Images has developed a strategy that allows its customers to capture revenues that are otherwise missed while building the infrastructure for the future. In an interview with itnTV, Vital Images executives Larry Sitka and Geoffrey Clemmons describe how the company has reconciled this vision of the future with near-term realities. SPECT-CT | December 12, 2018 VIDEO: Walk Around of the Veriton SPECT-CT System This is a walk around of the new Spectrum Dynamics Veriton SPECT-CT nuclear imaging system introduced at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. This is a walk around of an innovative new SPECT-CT nuclear imaging system shown at the Radiological Society Of North America (RSNA) 2018 meeting this week. It’s CT system with comes in 16, 64 or 128 slice configurations. It has 12 SPECT detector robotic arms that automatically move toward the patient and use a sensor to stop a few millimeters from the skin to optimize photon counts and SPECT image quality. It also uses more sensitive CZT digital detectors, which allows either faster scan times, or use of only half the radiotracer dose of analog detector scans.Read the article “Nuclear Imaging Moves Toward Digital Detector Technology.” Read the article “Spectrum Dynamics Sues GE for Theft, Misappropriation of Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition.” Find more SCCT news and videos Cardio-oncology | March 22, 2019 VIDEO: Characterization of Cardiac Structural Changes and Function Following Radiation Therapy Magid Awadalla, MBBS, is an advanced cardiac imaging research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has been involved in an imaging study of cardiac changes from photon radiotherapy in breast cancer patients using serial cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The radiotherapy beams used to treat breast cancer pass close to the neighboring heart, which can cause cardiac cell damage leading to issues like heart failure later on. He spoke on the topic of cardio-oncology at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2019 meeting. Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Related Cardiac Sarcoidosis Content:ASNC and SNMMI Release Joint Document on Diagnosis, Treatment of Cardiac SarcoidosisNew PET-CT Scan Improves Detection in Rare Cardiac Condition25 Most Impactful Nuclear Cardiology ArticlesRecent Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging Technology Artificial Intelligence | July 12, 2019 VIDEO: The Economics of Artificial Intelligence Khan Siddiqui, M.D., founder and CEO of HOPPR, discusses the economic advantages and costs presented by artificial intelligence (AI) applications in radiology, as well as potential strategies for healthcare providers looking to add AI to their armamentarium, at the 2019 Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting. 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Digital Radiography (DR) | October 05, 2016 Technology Report: Digital Radiography Systems Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of digital radiography (DR) advances at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2016 meeting. Read the article “The Coming Push for DR.” Watch a technology report sidebar video on new DR Systems technology. Advanced Visualization | April 01, 2019 VIDEO: The GE iCenter Looks Toward the Future of New Technologies GE Healthcare goes beyond core equipment maintenance to help clients solve some of their most important asset and clinical performance challenges through digital solutions. 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Sponsored Videos View all 142 items 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 Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Artificial Intelligence | March 28, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence – GE Builds AI Applications on Edison Platform GE launched a new brand that covers artificial intelligence (AI) at the Radiological Socoety of North American (RSNA) 2018 meeting. The company showed several works-in-progress, including a critical care suite of algorithms and experimental applications for brain MR. Each is being built on GE’s Edison Platform. 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 Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. Conference Coverage View all 396 items Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting. Related Artificial Intelligence ContentTechnology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2017VIDEO: RSNA Post-game Report on Artificial IntelligenceVIDEO: AI in Tumor Diagnostics, Treatment and Follow-upVIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Help Reduce Gadolinium Dose in MRIVIDEO: AI, Analytics and Informatics: The Future is Here Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, University Health Network, Princess Margaret Cancer Center, Toronto, Canada, explains how her center is using machine learning to automate treatment plans. The center is one of the first to use the RayStation machine learning treatment planning system for radiation oncology. She spoke at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Digital Radiography (DR) | October 05, 2016 Agfa Highlights its DR Solutions Agfa highlights how its digital radiography (DR) systems capture analytics data to help improve management of the radiology department, show ROI on DR investments, and explains how its image processing software works. Read the article “The Coming Push for DR.” Watch the video “Technology Report: DR Systems.” Artificial Intelligence | April 02, 2019 itnTV “Conversations:” What is Edison? At RSNA 2018, GE Healthcare formally presented Edison as the company’s new applications platform, designed to speed the delivery of precision care. Clinical Decision Support | June 29, 2017 VIDEO: Clinical Decision Support Requirements for Cardiac Imaging Rami Doukky, M.D., system chair, Division of Cardiology, professor of medicine, Cook County Health and Hospitals System, Chicago, discusses the new CMS requirements for clinical decision support (CDS) appropriate use criteria (AUC) documentation in cardiac imaging starting on Jan. 1, 2018. He spoke at the 2017 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Today meeting. Read the article “CMS to Require Appropriate Use Criteria Documentation for Medical Imaging Orders.” Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate research assistant in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab of the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, describes how he and fellow researchers used multiple types of cardiac imaging to evaluate the health of athletes who compete in endurance events lasting six hours or more, and what the results may suggest for future screening.Watch the VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019, an interview with AHRA President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA. 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 Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Find more SCCT news and videos AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting Mahadevappa Mahesh, Ph.D., chief of medical physicist and professor of radiology and medical physics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and treasurer of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), explains some of the trends in medical physics and new features of the AAPM 2019 meeting. Watch the related VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care — Interview with AAPM President Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., at the 2019 AAPM meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Radiation Therapy | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Creating a Low-cost Radiotherapy System for the Developing World Paul Liu, Ph.D., post-doctoral research associate, Image X Institute at the University of Sydney, Australia, explains how his center is working on a low-cost radiation therapy system for the developing world. The Nano-X system will use a fixed linac gantry and rotate the patient around the beam. This would lighten the weight of the system, reduce the need for room shielding, and cut the number iof moving parts to lower costs and ease maintanence. Liu spoke about the project in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Sponsored Content | Videos | Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) | June 08, 2016 Improve Accessibility of Clinical Data with Unifier Archive AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Computed Tomography (CT) Clinical Innovation Center, professor of medical physics and biomedical engineering, and the 2019 president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), explains the “building bridges” theme of the 2019 AAPM meeting. This theme was the focus of her president’s address at the 2019 AAPM meeting. She spoke on the theme of diversity and how to break down the barriers between various minorities, male-female, religion, national origin, etc. She gave many photo examples of how we pigeon hole people into neat categories and that we often say we have equally in society, however her images showed recent images of big political summits where there are no women present, or they were the secretaries in the background. She said in medical practice, department administration and collaboration on projects, people need to be cognoscente of bias they have engrained by culture for which they may not even be aware.She showed a slide of the AAPM membership makeup by generation and said members need to keep in mind the way each generation thinks and communicates varies by their generation’s life experience and upbringing. McCollough said understanding these differences can help bridge perceived gaps in communication. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Information Technology View all 220 items Breast Imaging | April 18, 2019 VIDEO: Age, Interval and Other Considerations for Breast Screening In a keynote lecture at the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI)/American College of Radiology (ACR) 2019 Symposium, Diana Miglioretti, Ph.D., dean’s professor of biostatistics at UC Davis Health, discussed risk-stratified breast cancer screening and its potential to improve the balance of screening benefits to harms by tailoring screening intensity and modality to individual risk factors.Read the article “How Risk Stratification Might Affect Women’s Health”Read the article “FDA Proposes New Rules for Mammography Reporting and Quality Improvement”Watch the VIDEO: A Discussion on Proposed FDA Rules for Mammography Reporting Find more SCCT news and videos Find more news and videos from AAPM. Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. Enterprise Imaging | July 08, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 1 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison, healthcare IT consultant and Chris Roth, M.D., associate professor of radiology, vice chair, information technology and clinical informatics, and director of imaging informatics strategy at Duke University Medical Center, about how to find the right people to deploy a successful enterprise imaging strategy. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Artificial Intelligence | January 15, 2019 Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2018 In Artificial Intelligence 2018: What Radiologists Need to Know About AI, ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of artificial intelligence (AI) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2018 annual meeting. Women’s Health | March 25, 2019 VIDEO: Ultrasound Versus MRI for Imaging of the Female Pelvis Deborah Levine, M.D., professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and vice chair for academic affairs in the Department of Radiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, describes scenarios where magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) could be more useful than ultrasound in issues with the female pelvis. Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, University Health Network, Princess Margaret Cancer Center, Toronto, Canada, explains how her center is using machine learning to automate treatment plans. The center is one of the first to use the RayStation machine learning treatment planning system for radiation oncology. She spoke at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Radiation Oncology | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of a Fully Self-contained Brain Radiotherapy System Stephen Sorensen, Ph.D., DABR, chief of medical physics, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona, explains the first commercial use of the Zap-X stereotactic radio surgery (SRS) brain radiotherapy system. The system uses a capsule-like shield to surround the gantry and patient, eliminating the need for expensive room build outs requiring vaults. The goal of the system is to expand SRS brain therapy by making it easier and less expensive to acquire the treatment system. Sorensen spoke about this system in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Information Technology | April 17, 2019 itnTV “Conversations”: Creating an Interoperability Strategy With Intellispace Enterprise Edition as the foundation, Philips Healthcare is connecting facilities and service areas within enterprises, while developing standards-based interoperability that preserves customers’ investments and best of breed systems. 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Find more SCCT news and videos RSNA | April 03, 2019 VIDEO: Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Technology at RSNA 2018 ITN Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the most interesting new medical imaging technologies displayed on the expo floor at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. The video includes new technologies for fetal ultrasound, CT, MRI, mobile DR X-ray, a new generation of fluoroscopy systems, MRI contrast mapping to better identify tumors, and a new technique to create moving X-ray images from standard DR imaging.Watch the related VIDEO: Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Artificial Intelligence Technologies at RSNA 2018. This inlcudes a tour of some of the recently FDA-cleared AI technologies for medical imaging at RSNA 2018. Computed Tomography (CT) | January 08, 2016 RSNA Technology Report 2015: Computed Tomography Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of computed tomography (CT) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015. The video includes Freiherr during his booth tours with some of the key vendors who were featuring new technology. Related Enterprise Imaging Content:RSNA Technology Report 2017: Enterprise ImagingVIDEO: Building An Effective Enterprise Imaging StrategyFive Steps for Better Diagnostic Image ManagementVIDEO: Enterprise Imaging and the Digital Imaging Adoption ModelEnterprise Imaging to Account for 27 Percent of Imaging MarketVIDEO: Defining Enterprise Imaging — The HIMSS-SIIM Enterprise Imaging WorkgroupVIDEO: How to Build An Enterprise Imaging System Enterprise Imaging | July 09, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 2 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison, healthcare IT consultant and Chris Roth, M.D., associate professor of radiology, vice chair, information technology and clinical informatics, and director of imaging informatics strategy at Duke University Medical Center, about how to find the right people to deploy a successful enterprise imaging strategy.Watch part 1 of the interview at the 2019 Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) conference. Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. Nuclear Imaging | August 24, 2017 VIDEO: Implementing CZT SPECT Cardiac Protocols to Reduce Radiation Dose Randy Thompson, M.D., attending cardiologist, St. Luke’s Mid-America Heart Institute, Kansas City, explains protocols and what to consider when working with the newer generation CZT-SPECT camera systems for nuclear cardiology. He spoke during the 2017 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Today technology update meeting. Watch the related VIDEO “PET vs. SPECT in Nuclear Cardiology and Recent Advances in Technology.” Read the related articles “Managing Dose in PET and SPECT Myocardial Perfusion Imaging,” and “Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging.” Enterprise Imaging | March 27, 2019 VIDEO: GE Healthcare’s CCA Analytics Provides Governance for Enterprise Imaging GE Healthcare Centricity Clinical Archive (CCA) Analytics, shown at RSNA 2018, works directly with the vendor neutral archive (VNA), allowing users to evaluate clinical, financial and operational processes across the healthcare system. The analytics solution shows how all of the different components of the archive and all of the imaging sources — departments, facilities and modalities — are working across the enterprise. Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic CT Clinical Innovation Center, professor of medical physics and biomedical engineering and the 2019 president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), shares her insights on the latest advances in computed tomography (CT) imaging technology. She spoke at the 2019 AAPM meeting. She also did an interview at AAPM on her president’s theme for the 2019 meeting – VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care.Find more news and videos from AAPM. Find more SCCT news and videos Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. Nuclear Imaging | August 24, 2017 VIDEO: PET vs. SPECT in Nuclear Cardiology and Recent Advances in Technology Prem Soman, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at the Heart and Vascular Institute, University of Pittsburgh, and president-elect of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), explained advances in PET and SPECT imaging and the learning curve involved in reading scans from the new CZT SPECT cameras. Watch the VIDEO: Trends in Nuclear Cardiology Imaging, an iknterview with David Wolinsky, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Read the related article “Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging.” 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 Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. 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Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting. Enterprise Imaging | January 14, 2019 Technology Report: Enterprise Imaging 2018 In Enterprise Imaging 2018: Balancing Strategy and Technology in Enterprise Imaging, ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of enterprise imaging advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2018 annual meeting. Radiology Imaging View all 288 items 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 Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. The scanner also comes with a HeartFlow FFR-CT starter pack.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Efforts to Define the Roles of Medical Physicists and Assistants for Regulators Brent Parker, Ph.D., DABR, professor of radiation physics and medical physicist at MD Anderson Cancer Center, explains how the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) is creating guidelines to better define the roles of non-physicist assistants. He said there is a lack of state regulatory oversight for medical physicists or their assistants, partly because there are no guidelines from the medical societies. AAPM has created a series of policy statements to better define these the roles and requirements for all of these positions. Parker said the goal is to give state regulators the the definitions needed to create oversight guidelines. He spoke on this topic in sessions at the AAPM 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. 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 Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, interventional radiologist at Texas Children’s Hospital, editor of IR Quarterly for the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and on the Board of Directors for the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, explained how artificial intelligence (AI) can assist in pediatric imaging and the pitfalls of training AI systems. He spoke at the 2019 Radiology AIMed conference. Deep learning algorithms require large amounts of patient case data to train the systems to read medical images automatically without human intervention. However, in pediatrics, there are often much lower numbers of normal and abnormal scans that can be used compared to vast amounts of adult exams available. This makes it difficult to train systems, so AI developers are coming up with innovative new ways to train their software. Compounding issues with training pediatric imaging AI is that the normal ranges change very quickly for young children due to their rapid development. He explained what is normal for a 2-year-old may not be normal for a 5-year-old.Desai and other pediatric physicians who spoke at the conference said AI could have a big impact on pediatric imaging where there are not enough specialists for the increasing image volumes. Brachytherapy Systems | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: New Alpha Emitter Brachytherapy Seeds in Development Lior Arazi, Ph.D., assistant professor at Ben-Gurion University, Israel, explains the potential benefits of a new Radium-224 brachytherapy seed technology he is helping develop. The technology uses high-dose alpha particles to kill cancer cells, but has a very short tissue penetration, so it can be placed very close to critical structures without causing collateral damage to healthy tissue. He discussed this technology in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. 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Mammography | April 15, 2019 VIDEO: A Discussion on Proposed FDA Rules for Mammography Reporting Wendie Berg, M.D., Ph.D., FACR, chief scientific advisor to DenseBreast-info.org and professor of radiology at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine/Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC, spoke with ITN Editorial Director Melinda Taschetta-Millane about some of the proposed amendments to the language being used for mammography reporting and quality improvement.Read the article “FDA Proposes New Rules for Mammography Reporting and Quality Improvement” Related GE Edison Platform Content:VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence – GE Builds AI Applications on Edison PlatformGE Healthcare Unveils New Applications and Smart Devices Built on Edison Platform Radiation Therapy | December 06, 2018 Technology Report: Patient-centered Care in Radiation Therapy Radiation therapy has become increasingly effective and safe as vendors continue to innovate technologies that benefit the patient. At ASTRO 2018, this patient-centric approach was exemplified and demonstrated not only in ways that match treatments to patients, but in how technologies can adjust to patient movement and anatomical changes, and to increase the precision of treatments. ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr showcases several new technologies that are helping to advance this field.For additional patient-centered care coverage, see:Conversations with Greg Freiherr: The Accuray PhilosophyASTRO Puts Patients First Technology Reports View all 9 items Artificial Intelligence | March 13, 2019 VIDEO: How iCad Uses AI to Speed Breast Tomosynthesis At RSNA 2018, iCad showed how its ProFound AI for digital breast tomosynthesis technology might help in the interpretation of tomosynthesis exams. Rodney Hawkins, vice president of marketing for iCad, discusses how this technology can better help detect the cancer.Related content:Artificial Intelligence 2018: What Radiologists Need to Know About AIRSNA 2018 Sunday – Improving, Not Replacing Radiation Therapy | February 21, 2019 VIDEO: Whole Versus Partial Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Christy Kesslering, M.D., medical director of radiation oncology at the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center, about the different radiation therapy options for breast cancer patients offered at the center.Watch the VIDEOs Advancements in Radiation Therapy for Brain Cancer and Multidisciplinary Treatment of Brain Tumors with Vinai Gondi, M.D., director of research and CNS neuro-oncology at the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center.Additional videos and coverage of Northwestern Medicine read more
TORONTO — Award-winning Toronto composer Michael Colgrass has died at age 87.His wife says the American-born writer and music educator died Tuesday after a battle with skin cancer.Having got his start as a Chicago jazz drummer, Colgrass won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1978 for “Deja Vu,” commissioned by the New York Philharmonic.Colgrass was well known for his compositions for wind ensembles, and wrote music for orchestras in Toronto, Ottawa, Boston, Washington and San Francisco.He also developed a system to teach children to write music through graphics, which he shared at schools in Toronto and Nova Scotia.Colgrass is survived by his wife, Ulla, and their son, Neal. Award-winning Toronto composer Michael Colgrass, shown in a handout photo, has died at age 87. Colgrass won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1978 for “Deja Vu,” commissioned by the New York Philharmonic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Neal Colgrass MANDATORY CREDIT Pulitzer-winning composer Michael Colgrass dies at 87 by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 4, 2019 10:02 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Canadian Press read more
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the Asia Cup the team has signalled the ambition for bigger gains The Indian team now is a lovely blend of youth and experience that can play till the 2020 Tokyo Olympics The idea is to look for big wins; motivate and transform the Champions in Asia to the podium at the 2018 World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics The Hockey World League Finals is too soon to expect a result But if it comes it will be a reaffirmation that the core is intact Playing without P Sreejesh has massive disadvantages and distinct advantages too Out of oblivion comes the duo of Suraj Karkera and Akash Chikte now confirmed as the second in line after Sreejesh In fact at Dhaka if you didn’t check the jersey numbers of the goalkeepers you wouldn’t know who was standing in the Indian goalpost Both performed at optimum levels The only thing missing was a boisterous Sreejesh holding the defence lines pushing the defenders to play up calling them back basically the generator unit that won’t let the team power out Four goals in the whole tournament is a good sign when you have two second-in-line goalkeeper juniors operating It’s the defence that makes you feel extremely positive about this team Harmanpreet Singh Surender Kumar Varun Kumar Dipsan Tirkey and even Sumit who fell back quite a bit are solid when it comes to stick work and initiating attacks Harmanpreet in the striking circle is as smooth as silk twisting and turning his stick the ball a blur On the flank while defending if he has the ball you know an attack can be created out of that position simply because the opposition cannot get the ball Against an attack Surender Kumar goes low and suddenly when a three forward unit attacks he is the safest bet who will suddenly emerge from within that wall ball on his stick His trapping rarely fails and the only blots are the dips in focus when he stands behind his own defenders Dipsan is a revelation during pressure situations He is light on his feet and can skip around when attackers have the ball avoiding penalty corners The Sundergarh boy’s asset is his flair percentage play and the understanding that if passages and channels are blocked he needs to rotate with Sardar and Harmanpreet Varun has the strength of an Ox but is fragile in his mind In the last minutes against Malaysia he did let focus drop got rattled and gave a penalty corner away But throw him into the attack with the midfield and his force is like a magnetic field pushing the opponents back As a substitute penalty corner flicker there is more to be done For all those who were busy writing off Sardar Singh since the team took him to Rio as an inside forward (probably the worst decision at the Rio Olympics) his play could take him till Tokyo Undoubtedly the opponents were not as fast as Germany Holland Spain or Belgium but Sardar showed solidity on the field He knows where to turn the ball when to pass to spot an empty channel and he understands the tempo of the game He has the skills to hold the ball till eternity His experience keeps nerves calm and the forwards have this strange telepathy with him knowing that when he clears the ball it will be to one of their sticks India’s hockey team celebrating their Asia Cup victory Image Courtesy: Twitter @TheHockeyIndia In an era of rolling substitutions Sardar is an asset and not an ‘old war horse’ Having said that those legs after playing top level hockey for more than a decade will be tested at Bhubaneshwar in the Hockey World League Finals “He brings solidity at the back and his experience is what is required against top teams” said Pakistan captain Muhammad Irfan when asked about key players in the Indian team It’s the midfield where India needs a little more support for Manpreet Singh even though Chinglensana had a terrific tournament especially that opening goal against Pakistan in the Pool game The captain is caught in two minds – attack or defend And whenever he moved up with the ball in his trademark stick extended full length style opponents have scrambled for cover But as Marijne understands this team and their strengths Manpreet’s role will evolve India needs a central midfielder like what that they had with Sardar in the 2014 World Cup and as the defence settles down in their roles Manpreet has the capability to become what Marc Delissen was with the Olympic winning 96’ and World Cup winning 98’ Dutch team At the Asia Cup Sumit impressed The Sonipat boy had played the 2017 Azlan Shah and in the match with Australia had moved with the finesse and skills of a veteran He is a stallion and can turn at will when running at high speed with the ball completely throwing the opponents off balance Outside the opposition striking circle his vision creates movements and players like Ramandeep Singh SV Sunil Akashdeep Singh and Lalit Upadhyayrely on him to switch passes which defenders feel may be going the other way For someone who played the 2016 Junior World Cup he should be hitting his peak between 2020 and 2024 “There is more work to be done” said Marijne when he was speaking about the forwards before India’s Pool match against Pakistan “They can be brilliant at times and I know we can achieve something big” In some quarters against Pakistan Korea and Malaysia India played at a speed that made their opponents dizzy But to keep playing at that level needs consistency and at the moment there are times when technically issues come in of trapping and switching play inside the striking circle When they get it together it’s like watching ghosts slip in and out of the defence Akashdeep plays like he is on thin ice small steps ball sticking to the stick like its life depended on it creates havoc when he is on a roll At times his first pass gets delayed upsetting the rhythm of the team Ramandeep and Gurjant Singhare poachers and do their job well Sunil had the energy but ran out of luck when handling the ball inside the opposition striking circle He has the speed of an Olympic one-lap runner but control deserts him at crucial junctures of a match However his experience is vital and the Indian coach would understand that with ‘ball speeds high’ Sunil is the key play maker Lalit created a mysterious world in Dhaka his stick work a joyous experience But the Varanasi boy’s strength was to hold his position and create space for others Excitement at times got the better of him and goals which should have been routine were either shot over or the pass had limited vision on it Modern hockey is all about geometry time and space The creation the split second first touch pass and the skills to open space for others Sjoerd Marijne on a much needed break now in Holland knows he has plenty of work to do and things to achieve Indian hockey for long has been devoted to tradition – the constant tussle in making the sport a spectacle or a diligent back-room robotic formula that makes for tedious but winning finishes Between the structural formula of Brasa the attacking flair of Terry Walsh the solidity of both flair and grinding it out of Oltmans Marijne doesn’t offer a mix He comes with an energy that is both exhilarating and gives the team the space to play within the confines of what wins a match Change at times is difficult arduous and demanding But it’s challenging too In Dhaka those sparks under Sjoerd Marijne were clearly visible PASADENA CALIFORNIA—The solar system has gained a new extreme object: L91 a small icy world with one of the longest known orbits taking more than 20000 years to go around the sun Researchers have yet to pin down the object’s size or mass but they can add it to the growing list of frozen bodies circling well beyond Neptune in strange orbits that imply gravitational disruptions from outside the sun and the known giant planets In the case of L91 some astronomers say that external disrupter could be a ninth giant planet as yet undiscovered However L91’s discovery team favors a scenario in which the disturbance is more mundane: a passing star or the Milky Way’s gravity “It’s right at the limit of what we can detect” said astrophysicist Michele Bannister of Queen’s University Belfast who described the result today at the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Science meeting here L91 never comes closer to the sun than 50 astronomical units (AU) or 50 times the Earth-sun distance From there it slowly crawls all the way out to 1430 AU This means it has a more elongated orbit than Sedna another distant Pluto-sized object whose closest approach is 76 AU and whose estimated far point reaches 937 AU L91 was found using the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope at Mauna Kea in Hawaii as part of the Outer Solar System Origins Survey Astronomers once thought the solar system was relatively static with the planets’ current configurations roughly unchanged since their birth in a gigantic cloud of dust and gas more than 4 billion years ago But during the past decade or so researchers have realized that planetary history is full of chaotic movements with gas giants like Jupiter and Saturn drifting inward and outward from the sun As these gargantuan masses moved their gravitational influence sent other objects careening around in some cases getting jettisoned entirely L91 is thought to be another wanderer except the ice giant Neptune might be responsible for its movements Bannister sketched a scenario in which the icy object was born with a more regular elliptical orbit Back then its closest and furthest points from the sun would have been roughly similar Over billions of years Neptune’s gravitational influence might have given it little kicks that stretched out its orbital far point all the way to the inner part of the Oort cloud—a cluster of frozen bodies thought to start 2000 or more AU from the sun Then a passing star or gravitational interactions with our Milky Way galaxy could have retracted L91’s orbit down to the less elongated but still extreme shape we see today “It’s a story that’s not implausible but I also 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Kejriwal should cling to the fact that there are still some remnants of support for his party,and by finishingahead of the Congress he and his team have a foundation upon which they can rebuild the AAP’s shattered credibility Lessons aplenty are to be learnt and Kejriwalmust be a willing student Stop with the whining stop with the accusations stop with the chest thumping self-sell and stop with the constant barrage of complaints against the incumbent in Raj Niwas And above all learn to hold the hot little buck and accept responsibility Any political analyst will accept that AAP has done better than expected and risen higher than the groundswell of public opinion had indicated It was projected that he would almost be laughed off this stage But he has had a speaking part While nowhere near the BJP juggernaut’s sweep of the MCDpolls AAP has shown that even in its mangled state it is more viable than Congress a party that seems destined for the rubbish heap of history There will be a demand this week for Kejriwal to do the right thing and surrender his government on grounds that he has no moral right to rule the capital The BJP would if there were early polls most likely swish into power without even trying very hard It has to be said that the Modi magic endures across the board But canKejriwal in denying the BJP that satisfaction best himself One is afraid that he being his worst own enemy will revert to type and after a brief hiatus again start flinging tiresome accusations against all and sundry these sorties almost verging on paranoia Time for character not caricature The other factor that goes against a successful second half of Kejriwal’stenure is that Delhi is now in the hands of the BJP on the civic body front; it may make running thestate uphill all the way He will be stymied and checkmated at every step and this is the acid test Does he have the capability to press on knowing that the three municipalities and their functions comprise the flesh and bones of the power structure when it comes to running Delhi If the two are at loggerheads which they will be Delhi will be a battlefield littered with unfinished projects and failed initiatives for the next 30 months Kaula Lumpur/London: Malaysia’s central bank said on Thursday it was the victim of a cyber attack in which hackers sought to steal money using fraudulent wire transfers the latest in a series of electronic heists at financial institutions around the world File image of the headquarters of Malaysia’s central bank Bank Negara Malaysia Reuters While Bank Negara Malaysia said no funds were lost in the incident which it identified on Tuesday and involved falsified wire-transfer requests over the SWIFT bank messaging network It is the second known hack of a central bank after the 2016 theft of $81 million from Bangladesh Bank The Bangladesh heist which also involved fraudulent SWIFT transfer requests led financial institutions around the globe to bolster security Authorities have yet to capture the masterminds behind that attack The renewed targeting of a central bank is likely to prompt financial institutions around the globe to review cyber defences “You thwarted an attack but you didn’t actually catch the hackers” said Tom Kellermann a former member of the World Bank security team “That adversary is still out there attempting to exploit the system” Bank Negara did not say who was behind the hack or how they accessed its SWIFT servers The central bank which supervises 45 commercial banks in Malaysia said there was no disruption to other payment and settlement systems the central bank operates because of the cyber attack It did not respond to requests for more details on the falsified messages and how other banks were involved It did say it had taken additional safeguards to protect stakeholders and was investigating the attack with help from local and international law enforcement agencies “All unauthorised transactions were stopped through prompt action in strong collaboration with SWIFT other central banks and financial institutions” it said in a statement disclosing the hack Malaysian police and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation which is conducting a probe into the Bangladesh Bank heist could not immediately be reached for comment SWIFT the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication declined comment on the incident saying it does not comment on individual entities “We have no indication that our network and core messaging services have been compromised” it said in an e-mailed statement It was unclear whether funds were paid out but intercepted at another bank Previous thefts have involved stolen money being transferred to a number of banks before arriving at its final end destination In February the Russian central bank said unknown hackers stole 3395 million roubles ($6 million) from a Russian bank last year in an attack using the SWIFT system SWIFT has said in the past its central network has never been hacked but terminals within some banks used to access the network have been compromised in the past couple of years Brussels-based SWIFT said late last year digital heists were becoming increasingly prominent as hackers use more sophisticated tools and techniques to launch new attacks SWIFT has declined to disclose the number of attacks or comment on the handful of cases that have become public including attacks on Taiwan’s Far Eastern International Bank and Nepal’s NIC Asia Bank the team managed to get Sudans infection under control using painkillers and antibiotics and now hes eating again and appears to be getting better one of which became infected she went down to the hospital“This changed my life – he had a baby A number of NBA and WNBA players and legends have participated in the program since inception including Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon clinics but I am thanking God” Jacobs added usually in support Joel Hes lived in Houston for 13 years and runs his own repair business in the 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"Its a victory against big business.against big politics" he told reporters early on Friday morning as the results showed 52% of the votes had been cast in favor of leaving and 48% against That margin of victory amounting to around 13 million votes did not simply repudiate the British governments calls for openness and unity with Europe It also offered a blueprint for how ballot-box insurgencies across the West could in the course of a single campaign shatter the legitimacy of the ruling elites This formula is a familiar one drawing fuel from a potent mix of xenophobia and angst over the loss of sovereignty and national identity In the last couple of years it has been deployed with explosive effects across Europe and looks set to define the race for the US presidency Donald Trump the Republican presidential candidate just happened to arrive in the UK to open a golf resort as the final results were announced and wasted no time in linking them to his own insurgent campaign British voters had "taken their country back" he said echoing a slogan that has helped him win over the base if not always the old guard of the Republican Party "In a sense the result of this referendum is a victory for Trumpism the world over" says Tony Travers a noted political scientist in London and adviser to the British parliament "It definitely has the same roots" Trump supporters much like backers of Brexit tend to feel that traditional parties have ignored their concerns over migration and economic inequality for too long Their response has been a wide-ranging revolt against the status quo that has opened the political arena to a variety of upstart candidates for the first time in a generation or more In France Denmark Sweden Austria and the Netherlands among other EU members right wing and Eurosceptic parties have made enormous gains in popularity especially after more than a million asylum seekers poured into Europe last year from across the Middle East and North Africa Many of these parties have reacted to the UK referendum by urging their countries to follow suit "Now its our turn" the far-right leader of the Dutch Party for Freedom Geert Wilders told a local radio station on Friday For populists like Trump and Wilders who have both referred to Islam as a threat to national security the UK referendum has shown how hard it is for established parties to contain public resentments over mass migration and a perceived loss of national control In the end the most convincing argument for British voters to stay in the EU was "better the devil you know than the devil you dont" says Simon Hix a professor of political science at the London School of Economics It didn’t work Weighed against the prideful nativism that fueled the opposing camp such appeals proved ineffective in convincing a majority of British voters to stick with the devil they knew Now the British government will need to renegotiate its trade and political relationship with the European Union over a number of years amending or repealing many of the laws and regulations that bind its state institutions with those of other members states It will be a gargantuan effort that Prime Minister David Cameron for one will not be involved in He said Friday he would not lead the country beyond September as the voters had rejected his pleas for the UK to stay in the EU "I do not think it would be right for me to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination" Cameron said That destination looked so uncertain to financial markets on Friday that the British pound lost about 12% of its value against the dollar in the course of six hours marking the steepest plunge on record The Bank of England the countrys central bank tried to reassure the markets that it would "take all necessary steps" to maintain financial stability But stock markets around the world still went into freefall with Europes main indexes losing 8% in morning trading As these economic realities began to set in some supporters of the Brexit had second thoughts about their decision "I have a heavy heart this morning" says Chris Morris a 69-year-old cab driver in London "It wont affect me too much Im old I got no debts But I do worry for my daughters who have mortgages to pay" he says The referendum however cannot be taken back "So we just have to wait and see what happens” Moriss says “Its in the lap of the gods now" Contact us at editors@timecomMilan: The contract soap opera that engulfed AC Milan and their promising young goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma in the summer has come back to haunt the Serie A giants just as they try to get their faltering season back on track Milan seventh and 11 points off the Champions League places travel to Verona on Sunday looking to build on two wins in a row in league and cup after a torrid first half to their campaign But despite Gennaro Gattuso’s side beating Bologna 2-1 last weekend and hammering Verona at home in the Italian Cup on Wednesday it is Donnarumma that is dominating the headlines in Italy AC Milan’s Leonardo Bonucci left consoles Gianluigi Donnarumma during the Italian Cup AP The relationship between the 18-year-old considered the heir to Gianluigi Buffon after the veteran Juventus stopper’s retirement from international football his agent Mino Raiola and the club is back in the spotlight Earlier this week it was reported that he claimed to have suffered "ethical abuse" in July when he signed a contract renewal worth $71m a year The Corriere Della Sera claimed on Tuesday that Raiola wanted the contract cancelled because of the pressure to sign allegedly piled on him by Milan A tearful Donnarumma had to be consoled by captain Leonardo Bonucci in the dressing room after being pelted with abuse by Milan fans before Wednesday’s 3-0 Italian Cup beating of Verona at the San Siro and on Thursday evening the teenager denied everything on Instagram "I’ve never said nor wrote that I suffered ethical abuse when I signed my contract" he said The fans behind the goal Donnarumma kept in the first half on Wednesday had aimed a series of insulting chants at the stopper and unfurled a banner that made their feelings crystal clear ‘Parasite’ "Ethical abuse with six million a year and a contract for your parasite brother Go now our patience has run out" The "parasite" the home fans were referring to is Antonio Donnarumma the 27-year-old brother of Gianluigi and former Piacenza and Bari goalkeeper — as well as Milan youth product — who was signed from Greek side Asteras Tripoli on an eyebrow-raising four-year-deal with a reported salary of one million euros the day after the younger Donnarumma signed his renewal After Wednesday’s match sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli launched into Raiola calling him the cause of "the rot" between Donnarumma and Milan and claiming that the agent was trying to manipulate a lucrative transfer for his client "We don’t have to sell anyone and no-one can hold us by the throat" Mirabelli told reporters Raiola replied on Thursday night sending a statement to the Gazzetta dello Sport in which he called Mirabelli "the real problem at Milan" and said that the director was "using Gigio to wage war" with him "This summer Gianluigi Donnarumma had offers that no player would reject but he made a choice with the heart" he wrote The reopening of this old wound couldn’t have come at a worse time for Milan who seem to have steadied the ship after a rocky start to Gattuso’s reign as coach following Vincenzo Montella’s sacking last month They have some tricky fixtures between now and the end of the year including an Italian Cup quarter-final derby clash with unbeaten Serie A leaders Inter Milan Fixtures Saturday (all times GMT) Inter Milan v Udinese (1400) Torino v Napoli (1700) Roma v Cagliari (1945) Sunday Hellas Verona v AC Milan (1130) Bologna v Juventus Crotone v Chievo Fiorentina v Genoa Sampdoria v Sassuolo (all 1400) Benevento v SPAL (1700) Atalanta v Lazio (2045) Trying to get your boss to give you a raise Want to score a higher price on a car you’re trying to sell or a better deal on one you want to buy The trick to getting what you want might just be looking angry In a new research paper “The Commitment Function of Angry Facial Expressions” Harvard University psychology post-doc Lawrence Ian Reed says that an expression of being fed up “slanted brows glaring eyes and tight lips” can be a surprisingly effective negotiating tactic “One of the most exciting things about this work is that it reflects a myriad of real-world scenarios” Reed says “These include any situation in which Person A threatens Person B with the goal of motivating Person B to act in a way that is in accordance with Person A’s goals” This could be a real estate deal buying or selling a car or other item or making a bid for a job raise or promotion “The problem with threats is that they are ineffective when they are empty” he says It’s important to note that although Reed uses the term “threats” he doesn’t mean the layman’s definition of somebody provoking an altercation that’s not going to get you much besides an escort out of the building Instead think of threats in this case as demands whether you’re trying to wrangle a better deal on a bedroom set or a higher annual raise So how do you make somebody think you’re actually going to walk away from a deal or a job without actually doing it (or if you’re bluffing) This is where the angry face comes in For the best negotiating clout you’re not aiming for seeing-red rage more like the irritation you get when another driver cuts you off on the road or your kid knocks something over after being warned umpteen times to play more carefully Reed characterizes it as “a stern expression” with the corners of your lips tightened brow furrowed and a “steely gaze” This works because genuine facial expressions of emotions are hard to fake Remember how Tyra Banks had to lecture all those contestants on America’s Next Top Model to “smize” that is to engage their eyes as well as their mouths when they smile Since it’s difficult to fake your emotional expression people unconsciously assign that more importance than what you’re actually saying “We pay attention to what people ‘say’ with their faces more than what they say with words” Reed says “The effectiveness of the threat depends on how credible it is” he says An angry expression makes a threat more credible because people intuitively think it’s genuine Whoever you’re negotiating with is more likely to think you’ll follow through on taking your business elsewhere or walking away on a job offer if your words are delivered with the look you’d give a person with a cart full of groceries in the express checkout lane Contact us at editors@timecom Crandall says the differences between fit and unfit people has to do with each persons capacity for heat generation. 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