Number of oil trains per week up in Central Oregon

first_imgPORTLAND– A railroad says it has increased the number of oil trains per week moving through Central Oregon.The records, released by the state, show BNSF Railway ran up to three oil trains weekly through Deschutes, Jefferson, Klamath, and Wasco counties. The company previously reported moving only one oil train a week through Central Oregon. The increase comes as the West Coast receives unprecedented amounts of crude oil from the Bakken formation in North Dakota and Montana. In May, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued an emergency order requiring railroads to notify states about the volume, frequency and routes of trains carrying 1 million or more gallons of Bakken crude. BNSF already moves up to three trains a week through Multnomah County. Pacific Western takes those BNSF trains through Columbia County.last_img read more

IKEA encourages women to pee on new advertisement

first_img(WSVN) – IKEA is making a splash with its latest magazine advertisement by asking women to pee on it to uncover a discount code.While it sounds a bit gross and unconventional, peeing on this ad will get expecting mommies a discount on a brand new crib. The discount code will only reveal itself to women who are pregnant.According to Adweek, Swedish ad agency Åkestam Holst joined forces with Mercene Labs to create the ad, which uses a technology similar to that of a pregnancy-test.Åkestam Holst said in a statement: “In order to make the interactive functions of this ad work in reality, we had to make several technical advancements. The pregnancy test strip was used as a starting point.”Unfortunately, the advertisement is only inside Swedish magazine “Amelia,” which is not distributed in the U.S.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

RBI Tells Third Party Buyers to Wait for Shuttered Titles

first_imgMore and more of the 23 shuttered Reed Business Information titles are finding new lives as deals continue to pop up that have their former RBI managers assuming ownership.RBI confirmed Tuesday that HOTELS publisher Dan Hogan acquired the title along with Foodservice Equipment and Supplies. Late last week, newly-formed CFE Media—headed by former RBI group publishers Jim Langhenry and Steven Rourke—acquired Control Engineering, Consulting-Specifying Engineer and Plant Engineering. And the four titles that were published under RBI’s Supply Chain Group have been acquired by Peerless Media, a company formed by ex-group publisher Brian Ceraolo and backed financially by EH Publishing.Financial terms of these deals—including whether or not the acquisitions were grouped together with severance packages—were not disclosed. But interested buyers of those shuttered brands who aren’t former RBI managers are being told by the company’s top management that no offers will be entertained until the company completes an internal auction process. In an e-mail obtained by FOLIO:, RBI executive vice president and CFO John Poulin tells one potential buyer that the company has been actively working with RBI management to “give them the opportunity to purchase the [intellectual property] associated with the publications before we considered any third party offers.” “To date, we have closed three transactions and have a few more to close this week,” he writes. “This will leave us with only a few unsold brands.”When contacted by FOLIO:, two other third parties who have expressed interest in acquiring some of the shuttered brands confirmed receiving the same e-mail. An RBI spokesperson declined to comment.In the e-mail, Poulin says RBI will contact interested buyers by May 10 in regard to purchasing any brands left unsold.RBI shuttered the titles last month after announcing nine months earlier that it was putting the majority of its U.S.-based properties back on the block. RBI sold off 20 titles which it says collectively accounted for approximately two thirds of the overall revenue of the portfolio it was divesting. Following the closures, a Reed spokesperson said the company would be open to discussions with potential purchasers of the intellectual property associated with any of the folded brands. But sources with direct knowledge of the sale process told FOLIO: that Reed never brought the 23 titles it shuttered to the open market.last_img read more

VIDEO Shawsheen Tech Knocks WHS Boys Basketball Team Out Of Playoffs

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Watch WHS vs. Shawsheen Tech Boys Varsity Basketball Game At Shawsheen TechIn “Videos”WCTV News & Notes: Registration Now Open For Popular Weekend Youth ProgramIn “Community”Greg Bendel Announces He’s Stepping Down As Head Coach Of Shawsheen Tech’s Boys Varsity Basketball TeamIn “Education” WILMINGTON, MA — The Shawsheen Tech Boys Varsity Basketball team defeated Wilmington High, 70-56, on Tuesday night in first-round state tournament matchup.Read the Wilmington Town Crier‘s coverage of the game HERE.Watch the full game, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email read more

Facebook hasnt done enough in Myanmar UN investigator says

first_img Comment Politics Tech Industry 1 The UN said last year that Facebook’s tools helped to fuel a genocide. Getty Images The United Nations wants Facebook to do better.Last year, UN investigators issued a report on the hate speech that helped to fuel a genocide in Myanmar. In it, the international body said Facebook played a “determining role” in the crisis, highlighting how much propaganda had spread on the service and how little the social network had done to stop it.Facebook responded, banning Myanmar military officials who spread hateful propaganda, admitting it should have done more, and cracking down on bad behavior on its platform.Still, the UN says, that is not enough.”I think there has been meaningful and significant change from Facebook, but it’s not nearly sufficient,” Christopher Sidoti, the UN investigator, said in an interview with Gizmodo published Wednesday.Sidoti’s criticism is the latest in a string of complaints from international leaders have had about Facebook’s handling of harmful content on its service. Most recently, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern criticized social media companies for not doing enough to halt the spread of hateful ideologies and propaganda, some of which were referenced in a manifesto published by a gunman before he massacred 50 people in two mosques in the country last month — which he livestreamed, on Facebook.”We cannot simply sit back and accept that these platforms just exist and that what is said on them is not the responsibility of the place where they are published,” Ardern said shortly after the shooting. “They are the publisher, not just the postman. It cannot be a case of all profit, no responsibility.”In the US, Facebook and Google will be testifying before the Hose Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill next week as part of a hearing titled, “Hate Crimes and the Rise of White Nationalism.”In UN investigator Sidoti’s Gizmodo interview, he expressed concerns Facebook wasn’t being transparent enough about its efforts, and that, for example, Facebook hasn’t provided country-specific data about the spread of hate speech on its service. Ultimately, he added, Facebook “still has a very long way to go.””Even the report commissioned by Facebook itself indicated that only around half of the posts removed by Facebook were identified by Facebook,” Sidoti said. “They’re still reliant on being informed by outsiders, and they’re not yet anywhere near satisfactory in their performance in removing material — and certainly nowhere near satisfactory in preventing posting of this material in the first place.” Facebook Share your voice Tagslast_img read more

Morgan Stanley reduces Flipkarts share value by 27

first_imgMorgan Stanley has reduced the value of Flipkart’s share by 27 percent in a mutual fund managed by it, indicating that global investors now see India’s largest e-commerce firm as overvalued.The reduction means Flipkart’s valuation now stands at $11 billion, which is in contrast to the $15.2-billion valuation claimed by the online retailer recently, The Economic Times reported.At present, Morgan Stanley owns 1-2 percent stake in Flipkart. It had acquired shares in Flipkart in 2013, when the Bengaluru-based e-commerce major raised $360 million.The Morgan Stanley fund had trimmed the valuation of its stake in Flipkart to $58.93 million in December last year from $80.62 million in June 2015, according to a regulatory filing by the fund.Domestic online retailers have come in for severe criticism by industry-watchers and investors for their expensive valuation, as they post massive losses due to high discounts offered to lure customers to online shopping.Flipkart’s losses escalated to Rs 2,000 crore in the fiscal year ending March 2015, up nearly 180 pervent, compared to Rs 715 crore in the previous year, according to the company’s filing to the Registrar of Companies.Morgan Stanley’s move comes at a time when fund-raising has become difficult for e-commerce firms, including Flipkart.After investing billions of dollars in the past two years, venture capitalists (VCs) are now taking a cautious approach on Indian start-ups as their valuations soar and losses escalate.Investment by venture capital firms in the country fell $600 million to $1.51 billion in October-December 2015 against $2.12 billion in the same period in 2014, according to a report by CB Insights and KPMG International.last_img read more

Record in Hilsa production State minister for Fisheries

first_imgHilsa fish. Prothom Alo File PhotoState minister for fisheries and livestock Ashraf Ali Khan Khosru on Wednesday said that the country has exceeded the previous record in producing Hilsa, bagging the first position in the world, reports BSS.“For the first time in history of 46 years after independence, the country has surpassed the previous record of Hilsa production which was 299,000 tonnes in 2008-2009. In the current fiscal 517,000 tonnes of Hilsa was produced,” he told a press conference marking the 27th National Fisheries Week at the Department of Fisheries (DoF).The state minister said that besides holding the first position in producing Hilsa, Bangladesh now stands fourth in producing Tilapia, third in producing open water fish and fifth in cultivated fisheries.He said that with the directions of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, a ‘Hilsa Development Trust Fund’ involving Taka 30.5 million has been established, for sustainable production of Hilsa in the country.The fund will also provide emergency financial security to the fishermen, he added.The state minister said the government has taken initiative to introduce 10 long-liner commercial fishing trawlers and seven purse seiners to catch deep sea fish side by side with increasing production of Hilsa.The conference was told that for the first time on 26 June this year, 3,188 square kilometres in Nijhum Dwip in Hatiya has been declared as ‘Marine Conservation Area’, for the conservation of the biodiversity there.Moreover, recent research and artificial breeding of rare fish has increased their availability in the market.Earlier, at 8.00 in the morning, a colourful procession led by the state minister was brought out from the fisheries department.To mark the ‘National Fisheries week-2019, the prime minister is expected to distribute ‘National Fisheries Award 2019’ at 10.00am today (Thursday) among 17 institutions and individuals for their contributions to the sector.A weeklong fishery fair will be held on the premises of the Krishibid Institution, Bangladesh (KIB) in Dhaka.Besides, three-day fisheries fair will be organised at the district level. A five-day technology based fisheries fair will be held at Mymensingh.Fish fries will also be released in ponds, haors, canals and rivers across the country during the week.last_img read more

Ronny Jackson Withdraws As VA Nominee

first_img Share Alex Wong/Getty ImagesRear Adm. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician, has withdrawn his nomination to be the next secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, President Trump’s embattled nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, has withdrawn from consideration for the post amid allegations he had fostered a hostile work environment and behaved improperly while serving as the top doctor leading the White House medical unit.In a statement Thursday morning, Jackson said, “Going into this process, I expected tough questions about how to best care for our veterans, but I did not expect to have to dignify baseless and anonymous attacks on my character and integrity.”He continued, “While I will forever be grateful for the trust and confidence President Trump has placed in me by giving me this opportunity, I am regretfully withdrawing my nomination to be Secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs.”The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee had postponed Jackson’s confirmation hearing, originally slated for Wednesday, after accusations of misconduct surfaced against Jackson, who has served as the personal physician for the president under the Trump and Obama administrations.On Wednesday, allegations were detailed including improper prescribing of the opiate painkiller Percocet and wrecking a government vehicle while intoxicated at a Secret Service going-away party. Jackson denied that accusation to reporters.Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., the ranking Democrat on the committee, detailed the allegations in an interview Tuesday with NPR’s All Things Considered, which included accusations of creating a hostile work environment, drinking while on duty and improperly prescribing drugs to White House staff. The allegations came from more than 20 military employees who approached senators ahead of Jackson’s confirmation hearing.“We were told stories where he was repeatedly drunk while on duty where his main job was to take care of the most powerful man in the world. That’s not acceptable,” Tester said, pointing out that these allegations date back to when Jackson oversaw former President Obama’s health care as well.Tester also said that Jackson was accused of giving staff drugs during overseas trips to help them adjust to time changes, in addition to creating a hostile work environment among his staffers.“Some of the exact words that were used by the folks we talked to were ‘abusive toward staff,’ ‘very explosive personality,’ ‘belittles the folks underneath him,’ staff that he oversaw. ‘Screamed toward staff,’” Tester said. “Basically creating an environment where the staff felt that they needed to walk on eggshells when they were around him.”Sen. Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, has said Jackson denied ever having a drink while on duty.Reporters caught up with Jackson on Capitol Hill Tuesday on his way to Moran’s office.“I was looking forward to the hearing tomorrow,” Jackson said in video captured by MSNBC. “Kind of disappointed that it’s been postponed, but I’m looking forward to getting it rescheduled and answering everybody’s questions.”Asked whether he “categorically denied” the allegations against him, he said, “I’m looking forward to the hearings, so we can sit down and I can explain everything to everyone and answer all the senators’ questions.”Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Tester sent a letter to Trump on Tuesday requesting additional documentation related to Jackson’s tenure as the president’s doctor and his role leading the White House medical team.The letter requested information about rumored Pentagon inspector general reports said to detail allegations into Jackson’s conduct.Jackson himself, though, said there was no inspector general report about the allegations. “No, there was not,” he said before brushing off questions about whether he would withdraw.Jackson’s initial nomination came as a surprise to many when the president announced his pick last month to lead the VA after the departure of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, who had been confirmed with unanimous bipartisan support in the Senate.While previous presidents had praised Jackson’s medical care, almost immediately questions arose as to whether or not he had the managerial experience to oversee a massive health care operation of 370,000 employees that serves more than nine million veterans and has a budget of nearly $200 billion.“Admiral Jackson is highly trained and qualified and as a service member himself, he has seen firsthand the tremendous sacrifice our veterans make and has a deep appreciation for the debt our great country owes them,” Trump said in announcing his nomination.But after the allegations against Jackson began to be reported by national media outlets this week, Trump said he wouldn’t be surprised if Jackson wanted to withdraw given the rising storm, but that it was “his decision.”“I wouldn’t do it. I wouldn’t do it. What does he need it for? To be abused by a bunch of politicians that aren’t thinking nicely about our country? I really don’t think personally he should do it, but it’s totally his — I would stand behind him — totally his decision,” Trump remarked Tuesday during a news conference alongside French President Emmanuel Macron.Ultimately, as he often does, Trump appeared to go with his gut in picking Jackson and it’s unclear how much — if any — vetting the White House did before making the selection. Trump had become personally fond of Jackson, especially after he gave him a glowing review after his first presidential physical earlier this year, even boasting that the 71-year-old president had such “great genes” that “if he had a healthier diet over the last 20 years he might live to be 200.”Jackson joined the White House medical unit in 2006, helping care for President George W. Bush, and was formally named physician to the president in 2013 by President Barack Obama. A West Texas native, he attended Texas A&M University and the University of Texas Medical Branch, specializing in emergency medicine.There were also questions about Jackson’s position on privatizing the VA — something many of Trump’s most conservative backers have pushed for. Shulkin said he believed that was one reason he was ousted from his post, though there were also questions raised about improper travel expenses during his tenure.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

No Gran Turismo 6 for PS4 but Gran Turismo 7 will appear

first_imgDeveloper Polyphony Digital isn’t very reliable when it comes to releasing games on time. They typically take a lot longer to complete than fans, and I’d imagine Sony, would like them to. So when Gran Turismo 6 was announced for PS3 rather than PS4, I speculated that surely there’d be a quick turnaround getting the game updated for a re-release on Sony’s new hardware. That’s clearly not the case, though.Japanese publication Famitsu recently did an interview with Polyphony Digital CEO and series producer Kazunori Yamauchi where they touched upon Gran Turismo 6, the PS4, and what will inevitably be called Gran Turismo 7.It turns out GT6 isn’t going to have a quick update and re-release on the new console. Instead it looks as though a new entry in the series is being developed for the PS4. That game will surely be announced eventually as Gran Turismo 7, and I say eventually as Yamauchi says we’ll be waiting at least 12 months for it. But it could be as long as two years away.Based on past performance, it’s fair to say that GT7 isn’t going to appear on the PS4 until some time in 2015. That poses a bit of a problem for Sony as it’s not like gamers can boot up GT6 on their PS4s due to it not being backwards compatible. Still, the prospect of a new game taking full advantage of the PS4 hardware is sure to excite racing fans and fans of the Gran Turismo series alike, and the waiting is just par for the course.last_img read more

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first_imgNews | July 21, 2008 Women’s Imaging Centers in Texas Count Five MRIs in Arsenal July 22, 2008 – Wellness Lubbock, a facility dedicated to women’s imaging, installed the fifth Aurora 1.5Tesla Dedicated Breast MRI System in the state of Texas, marking the first dedicated breast MRI in Lubbock County and supporting the most recent American Cancer Society guideline, which recommends breast MRIs for women at high risk of breast cancer.The Aurora System features a precision gradient coil design to provide a large homogeneous elliptical field of view to image both breasts, the chest wall and axillae in a single bilateral scan. The benefit of this design is said to be the production of better images in both clarity and contrast. A computer-automated and fully integrated MR-guided biopsy technology reportedly more accurately determines needle placement for a seamless procedure. Founded by Jui-Lien Chou, M.D., the Lubbock Cancer Center and Radiation Oncology of the South Plains (ROOSP) opened Wellness Lubbock in 2001 to offer residents a comprehensive women’s imaging center. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 after receiving routine mammograms for years, Dr. Chou was determined to find a better imaging solution for her patients, and decided upon the Aurora System because of its reputable status among colleagues in the medical community. “If I had received routine breast MRIs rather than mammograms, I would have been diagnosed earlier, and therefore would have avoided such invasive surgery and chemotherapy,” said Dr. Chou. “Ninety percent of what we do at Wellness Lubbock is breast imaging, and with the Aurora System, we will be able to diagnose and treat our patients earlier and with more accuracy. Since its recent installation at our center, the Aurora System already has provided a diagnosis for one of our patients who had received a highly suspicious, but unconfirmed mammogram.” According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed among women in Texas, accounting for more than 14 percent of all diagnoses and 7.5 percent of all deaths. While statewide breast cancer statistics are falling, countywide statistics for Lubbock County remain stable, according to the National Cancer Institute, representing the need for more advanced medical technologies to service patients in the Lubbock, Texas area. “Nationally and in Texas, breast cancer statistics have declined in recent years due to early detection and progress made in medical technology, like the Aurora System,” said Olivia Ho Cheng, president and chief executive officer, Aurora Imaging Technology. For more information: and FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

Novalis Circle Hosts Symposium on Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Spine Bone Metastasis at

first_img The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  The Novalis Circle symposium at the ASTRO Annual Meeting focused on stereotactic radiosurgery for patients with spine bone metastasis (Photo: Business Wire)October 11, 2016 — The Novalis Circle hosted a symposium at this year’s American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Annual Meeting to present and discuss topics related to stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) treatment benefits in patients with spine metastasis.At the center of the scientific agenda, world-renowned experts highlighted current clinical evidence from leading institutions around the world that are at the forefront of improving pain management in spine disease. The growing benefit of stereotactic radiosurgery as up-front treatment for radio-resistant tumors or as part of multi-disciplinary care in conjunction with spine separation surgery were some of the new treatment paradigms highlighted by the speakers.The scientific community is embracing the benefits of SRS, and two prospective randomized trials comparing SRS to external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) in the treatment of metastatic spine disease were discussed at the symposium as means to change current standards of care. Both studies — Radiation Oncology Therapy Group (RTOG) 0631 and Canadian study SC24 — aim to compare pain relief and quality of life between image-guided radiosurgery SRS/SBRT and conventional external beam RT.“The management of spine metastasis requires new therapies, and even access to combination therapies, that quickly and effectively manage the patient’s pain, control local disease and facilitate continuation of systemic treatments,” said Josh Yamada, M.D., radiation oncologist, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. “Modern clinical decision making not only needs to consider the neurologic and oncologic patient parameters, but also the spine mechanical stability and the overall control of systemic disease.”Among other topics at the symposium, first experiences with Elements Spine SRS by Brainlab, the latest software application for automated spine tumor treatment planning, were presented. The software workflow is designed to address current challenges in spine radiosurgery planning, such as multi-modal image set registration accounting for spine curvature variations; automated clinical target definition based on International Spine Consortium Guidelines; and site-specific Monte Carlo volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) planning aimed at improving the dose gradient interface between the tumor and spinal cord.“As an early evaluator of the Brainlab technology, I find the software automation to render consistent radiosurgery plans and I’m especially impressed with its ability to dose paint high gradients of radiation in close proximity to the spinal cord,” said James L. Robar, Ph.D., professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Dalhousie University, Canada. “Elements Spine SRS is designed to help clinicians embrace radiosurgery strategies in the treatment of patients with spinal and paraspinal tumors.”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | October 11, 2016 Novalis Circle Hosts Symposium on Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Spine Bone Metastasis at ASTRO 2016 An evening of scientific exchange highlights latest technical innovations and clinical best practices News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. 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How PACS Can Contribute To Success

first_imgFacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 PACS Transition One year after Radiology Imaging Solutions replaced its existing picture archiving and communication system with Exa PACS from Konica Minolta, the number of studies interpreted by company radiologists more than doubled and turn-around-times were cut, according to Randy Robinson, owner of Radiology Imaging Solutions.Time savings have allowed the teleradiology provider to double the number of studies that its radiologists interpret across some 30 teleradiology clients served by Radiology Imaging Solutions in Michigan.An Exa PACS feature called TAT (Turnaround Time) has helped, he said. TAT color codes studies to reflect their reading priority, thereby alerting radiologists to the most urgent cases.It is one of several Exa PACS features that have increased efficiency for the teleradiology operation, according to Robinson. Another is server-side rendering, wherein data is processed by a centralized server located in the Radiology Imaging Solutions office in Grand Rapids, Mich. This capability has increased efficiency as it constrained cost.“Because the server does all the work, you don’t need gateway devices or expensive reading stations,” Robinson said.By leveraging the Internet and Exa software, Radiology Imaging Solutions is able to hold costs to a fraction of what they would have been if the company had installed a PACS that does not offer server-side rendering, he said. Yet the Exa platform provides features commonly found on other PACS, including ones that support hanging protocols and prefetching prior studies.Server-side rendering supports the interpretation of even large files such as 3-D mammograms, Robinson noted. The data is processed by the server and sent as images over the Internet. Radiologists using zero-footprint viewers send commands via, and view images, with a browser.Images are typically interpreted on diagnostic monitors by radiologists who work as contractors for Radiology Imaging Solutions, but they may be reviewed on desktop PCs or even mobile devices, such as iPads or smartphones, according to Robinson. This flexibility has increased involvement by referring physicians in the imaging studies.Before Exa PACS was implemented, only a few imaging facilities looked at the images on PACS, Robinson said.“They would just wait for the report,” he said. “Now nearly every provider uses the PACS. It is so easy to use; so convenient; and adds so much to the actual study that it is worth their time to open and look at the images.” News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Scalability and FlexibilityBeing able to handle increasing patient volumes and a broadening venue of imaging modalities, while maintaining a “local feel” at each outpatient center has contributed to the success of a chain of Florida imaging clinics. In the two decades since founding the flagship center, Palm Harbor MRI, the number and type of modalities has ballooned and six centers have been added.The seven outpatient centers now provide uniquely local imaging services to patients in West and Central Florida. Before implementing the Exa platform earlier this year, these seven centers were using paper charts to track patient scheduling and each center was doing its own billing, said Greg Anderson, chief operating officer of the center chain.“From an efficiency standpoint, we definitely needed to move forward,” Anderson said.The trick was to maintain the local feel “that makes our customers (patients), physicians and local municipalities feel good about using our products. We want them to look at us as their local imaging center,” he said. “But we want to utilize resources — to use centralized billing and medical records to create efficiencies.”Working with Konica Minolta, the centers customized the Exa workflow engine to tailor orders, appointments and image capture to fit their individual characters. Efficiency was improved from the very beginning said Anderson, who credited the scalability and flexibility of the Exa platform.“Most places see a revenue dip as they figure out the (functions) of a new product like this,” Anderson said. “But our revenue actually went up during the implementation process.”During the six-week period, beginning in April 2018, Anderson and colleagues expanded the Exa platform across the chain, adding a center to the platform each week, integrating patient data and images into a single database. Authorization and billing were centralized by the end of summer.The Exa RIS/PACS was leveraged to handle the process of patient contact, scheduling and image capture, as well as interpretation by radiologists. Exa software was also put in place to help staff perform authorizations and billings, Anderson said. “The platform integrates the different processes,” he said.Data is processed server side at the Konica Minolta data facility in North Carolina. Staff at each Radiology Imaging Solutions outpatient center and the radiologists contracted to interpret images access the system via the Internet.“There is no lag,” he said. “When my people are on the phone with a patient trying to get answers for a physician, they move fast between windows — and those windows are intuitive. The speed of the product and the PACS for radiologists reading the images has been a major plus.”Flexibility and scalability in PACS are needed to meet the demands of tomorrow’s value-based medicine, said Konica Minolta HCIT President Ueda. In this, he said, “we have already started.” News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. Related Content News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s.center_img News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Efficiency is the root of value-based medicine. Efficiency boosts productivity, as it lowers cost and increases patient comfort. It accomplishes this medical trifecta by helping to keep schedules on track and, thereby, satisfying patients. Effectiveness too is impacted, as it is intertwined with efficiency.In radiology, where workflow and productivity go hand in hand, no single technology has greater potential to impact efficiency than picture archiving and communication systems (PACS).Yutaka Ueda, president of Global Health Care Information Technology for Konica Minolta, said the company’s Exa platform exemplifies this through its leveraging of the Internet. “Image quality is very high on the browser; scalability is provided by using a web server,” Ueda said.These strengths and the efficiency they provide are evident in two recent deployments of the Exa platform — one by a teleradiology service; the other across a chain of imaging centers. 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5 questions for Costa Rican video game creator Claudio Pinto

first_imgClaudio Pinto, 56, studied electrical and computer engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has forged a career as a successful entrepreneur, but in 2005 a suggestion from his 7-year-old son took his career into creative territory: he founded the video game studioFair Play Labs, which has become an important player on the Costa Rican scene. Fair Play has created games of their own, such as Ecovolution, WackyLand’s Green, Boss!, Cube Head, Journey to Real Madrid, Soul Ascension, Chuck’s Challenge 3D and Color Guardians. In addition, the studio is a Licensed Developer that works with companies such as Disney, Nickelodeon, Mattel, Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, Apple and Android. Their video games are available for different consoles such as Xbox, Play Station 4, Play Station Portable (PSP), Play Station Vita, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance and Ouya.On a Thursday afternoon The Tico Times visited Fair Play Labs’ offices in Zapote and spoke with Pinto. Excerpts follow.Why did you create Fair Play Labs?When my son, Daniel, was 7 years old we liked to connect our computers and play video games. We would compete against each other. One day Daniel asked me, ‘Wouldn’t you like to have another job?’ and I asked him, ‘Doing what?’ His answer was, ‘Creating video games.’ He said it would be very easy: he would design them and I would program them. I told him that I was too busy working at Exactus [a company Pinto founded], but he told me we could do the work on Saturdays.A few weeks later, certain things happened. I believe more in causalities than coincidences. At work, I interviewed a girl who had just graduated from computer engineering at the Tecnológico de Costa Rica (TEC), and she told me that her dream was to make video games. About a week after that, I met another girl who had just graduated from digital animation at a college in the United States; at that time, digital animation majors did not exist here in Costa Rica. My son and I are Claudio and Daniel, and these girls are called Claudia and Daniela. That was very weird. Life was telling me something, so I started working as Daniel had suggested, at night and on the weekends. After a year and a half, I told myself this was what I wanted to dedicate my life to. I left Exactus 11 years ago. We were a couple of people working at Fair Play Labs. Now we’re a team of 50 people or more, mostly artists and computer engineers.While developing the studio, what challenges did you face?Credibility. To develop video games you need access to the consoles and the tools provided by the manufacturers: for example, Sony for Play Station, Microsoft for Xbox and Nintendo for its consoles. Today, smartphones also work as consoles. Apple and Android have ventured into this. To develop video games you need special tools and access to the information that only those companies provide, and to be able to do that you have to be a Licensed Developer. Eleven years ago we applied to Nintendo. I thought that my 19 years of experience working with boring software, for businesses, would carry over, but they did not respond. I spoke on the phone with a woman and she asked me two things: how many games have you published, and how many people working with you have worked on published games? The answer to those questions was, “None.” She told me that we had no experience that would allow us to aspire to make video games. You can solve the experience problem in a country where there’s already a developing video game industry and experienced people, but that was not the case with Costa Rica. We tried to create a video game for Game Boy with tools in the public domain, but it was not possible, so we focused on getting hired by companies. One of Fair Play Labs’ digital animators at work. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesHow did you get the Licensed Developer status?Apple did something that changed the video game world: to allow anyone to develop video games after purchasing a $99 license. That year we released our first video game called WackyLand’s Green. We kept releasing games, first for iPhone and then for Android. Curiously, that year, as a reaction towards Apple, I’d say, Sony opened a program of incubation for Latin America, because they did not have any License Developers here. This program ended the vicious circle where these companies wanted you to have experience, but did not provide you with the tools to do so. The people from Sony spoke to us and asked us if we wanted to participate in the program. That was great because they gave us a PSP developer. We got that, so we released the game we had already done for iOS and released it for PSP. We graduated and became Licensed Developers for the first time. That was in 2009. Afterwards we got Play Station 3, Play Station Vita and Play Station 4.Can you tell us about your games?Our oldest game is Ecovolution, which we began making for Game Boy and never published. WackyLand’s Green was the first game we released for iOS. A later release, Boss!, is about getting the best hero at the end of each level. He is attacked by dwarves and eats princesses, who serve as a source of stamina. The iOS version was published by Chillingo, a huge video game publisher. They published Angry Birds and Cut the Rope. With that we’ve had success. We released it for PSP and Play Station Vita.Journey to Real Madrid is a football free-kicks game we made along with a studio in Los Angeles. It’s an official Real Madrid game. Cristiano Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane and Mesut Özil appear on the game. It’s pretty cool because it goes through each of the players’ lives. It shows them as children, all the way until they get to the Santiago Bernabéu stadium. All of the players had to approve these concepts. Most of them come from families with limited resources, so there are no photos of them when they were children. We had to imagine them as children, create them and get it approved by them.Our most recent game was Color Guardians, which consists of moving your character and changing its color. It’s super fast and it gets difficult quickly. Another game we did for a company called Wild Tangent was Polar Bowler. You play with a polar bear who’s sitting on a tire and use it as a bowling ball. You can play on an alley on the free version. The version you can buy combines mini golf and bowling.What games are you currently working on?We did a prototype for a game about climate change that was taken to the Paris Climate Change Conference, COP21. It was a collaboration with the CETAV financed by a Franco-German cultural fund. They’ve now given us more money to develop it further. The first year was about making a prototype and a teaser. With this additional money, the idea is to find a sponsor that will finance the game’s development. It’s a game that is intended to be given as a gift. It’s about creating an experience.A company from Lebanon hired us to create a new game about the women from the Sahel region of Sub-Saharan Africa. Girls from this area walk four hours to [a water source] and four hours back home with a water jug on their heads. They do it 365 days a year. It’s their job. They can’t study when they have to walk four hours endangering their lives, fighting against animals to gather water from a small hole. It’s a game to create consciousness about the topic. Related posts:The real communist threat in Costa Rica President of Guatemala calls Costa Rica’s Solís a ‘strategic partner’ to change drug debate The real secret of the world’s happiest country: grapes and MacGyver CONCACAF to review refs after Gold Cup furor Our “Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Turkey Israel disagree on compensation payment

first_img(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Sponsored Stories Israel and Turkeys have been working on repairing ties that were frayed after the May 31, 2020 raid _ which killed eight Turks and one Turkish-American _ when Israeli commandos stormed a ship that was bound for the Gaza Strip. Israel maintains a blockade on the territory.Under a U.S.-brokered rapprochement in March, Israel apologized to Turkey for the deaths and agreed to pay compensation. Washington regards both countries as strategic partners in the troubled Middle East.The countries have since held a series of meetings to work out compensation for the surviving victims as well as the relatives of the dead.Arinc denied media reports that the two countries could not agree on the amount of compensation, saying: “The amount of money is not the problem.”“Israel should accept that it’s paying this money as a result of its wrongful act,” Hurriyet Daily News quoted Arinc as saying. “Nothing less than this will be accepted.”Turkey is also demanding that Israel end all commercial restrictions on Palestinians before restoring ties.“We are waiting for them to realize our … condition of cooperating with Turkey in making life conditions easier for Palestinians,” Arinc said, according to the Hurriyet Daily News. ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Talks between Israel and Turkey on compensation for the victims of a deadly 2010 Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla have stalled over disagreement on the legal definition of the damages, Turkey’s deputy prime minister said in comments published Thursday.Bulent Arinc told a group of journalists that Israel wanted to make a voluntary payment out of compassion, while Turkey insists that Israel accept liability for a “wrongful act.” His words were reported by Zaman and Hurriyet Daily News newspapers. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizonacenter_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Top Stories Comments   Share   last_img read more

TAA Hotels Dominate International Awards

first_imgSource = Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) members have scooped the pool at the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards in New York with four named in the top 5 for Oceania.A total of 11 of the top 15 hotels in the Oceania category recognised at last night’s ceremony were located in Sydney; with the iconic Observatory Hotel ranked first with a score of 91.1.The Westin Sydney, Sydney Harbour Marriott and Establishment Hotel, Sydney– also TAA members – were named in the top five. Sydney itself was voted world’s number one city at the event.TAA director Carol Giuseppi said there was no doubt all four winning hotels were of an international standard.“To be named as a top hotel in the number one city in the world as voted by eight million Conde Nast Traveler readers is a tremendous result,” she said. “Conde Nast voters are mostly based in North America – an important market for NSW – so to have four TAA hotels in our zone’s top five is a spectacular result which will certainly pay dividends in the future.“Our congratulations go to all four hotels, their management and staff.”Ms Giuseppi said the high standards of Sydney hotels would certainly have played a role in the city being named number one in the world over stiff competition from Florence, New York, Paris and Cape Town.“Cities are rated according to ambience, friendliness, lodging, restaurants, culture, sight-seeing and shopping,” she said.“Our accommodation hotel management and staff do their utmost to ensure the comfort of their guests and we are seeing the results here. “It must be particularly pleasing for the Observatory to be voted number one hotel in the number one city in the world.”last_img read more

Outrigger showcase visits Australia and NZ

first_imgThe 2015 Outrigger Resorts Global Showcase is on the road and will visit Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland this month.Outrigger executives will showcase the brand and share the company’s global expansion plans and mission to become the world’s leading beachfront resort brand.Fronting the showcase team is Outrigger Resorts vice president corporate communications Bitsy Kelley – a third generation member of the brand’s founding Kelley family.Joining her is the vice president of sales and marketing Asia Pacific, Mark Simmons, and the director of sales and marketing, Andrew Gee.A team of 20 sales and marketing executives representing the brand’s properties in Hawaii, Fiji, Thailand, Mauritius, Maldives and Australia will also accompany them.The showcase will visit Brisbane on 24 March, Melbourne on 25 March, Sydney on 26 March and Auckland on 30 March.Outrigger Enterprises Group currently operates 45 properties across the world with future plans to expand into Vietnam and China.Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinsonlast_img read more

Fannie Mae Revises Forecast in Light of Positive Developments

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing November 21, 2012 397 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Demand Existing-Home Sales Fannie Mae Home Prices Home Sales Housing Starts Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Processing Service Providers Unemployment 2012-11-21 Esther Cho Given improvements seen in housing and the economy, “”Fannie Mae””: revised its housing forecast for this year and the next in its November economic outlook report. [IMAGE]According to the GSE, the fundamentals are set in place for a “”solid”” housing recovery, such as low interest rates, rising prices, and a labor market that’s healing. Considering these developments in housing, the GSE’s Economic & Strategic Research Group anticipates single-family housing starts will jump 25 percent this year, then rise by another 22 percent in 2013. Existing-home sales should also rise and see a 9 percent increase in 2012 and a 4 percent gain in 2013. When combining new and existing-home sales, the increase is expected to be 10 percent this year and an additional 6 percent in 2013. And if there’s any risk in this forecast, Fannie Mae says it’s that housing demand may actually result in stronger housing activity than currently anticipated.[COLUMN_BREAK]Based on data from Fannie Mae’s home price index, home prices should see an overall increase of 3.4 percent in 2012 and a 1.1 percent increase in 2013. Fannie Mae was also optimistic about originations and expects originations to reach $1.81 trillion in 2012 and $1.54 trillion in 2013. The refinance share of originations should rise to 71 percent in 2012 before dropping to 62 percent in 2013, according to the report. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is expected to stay low and average 3.5 percent in 2013. The GSE also expects the Federal Reserve to continue buying $40 billion in mortgage-backed securities (MBS) each month through 2013. Unemployment is expected to dip further into 2013 and fall to 7.6 percent. GDP is expected to grow at a rate of 2.2 percent in 2013. Even though reports on the housing sector give reasons to be optimistic, Fannie Mae still warned “”data continue to show a sluggish recovery overall.”” The GSE also noted consumer spending was the largest contributor of growth in Q3. However, consumer confidence may be weakened in coming months due to the the fiscal cliff and debt ceiling debate, which “”are likely to create the most significant barriers to meaningful growth,”” Fannie Mae stated. In addition, Fannie Mae Chief Economist Doug Duncan cautioned, “”While the pick-up of activity in the third quarter is encouraging, it is compared to the weak pace seen in the second quarter and doesn’t portend a robust recovery in the near term.””center_img Share Fannie Mae Revises Forecast in Light of Positive Developmentslast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires In a flurry of excitement that has followed Tyrann Mathieu’s contract extension, one story of a different kind is being told, too: Mathieu’s life story.In an article by Paul Solotaroff in Men’s Journal, the Arizona Cardinals defensive back is exposed in a tell-all piece that recounts his daily life, childhood, injuries, NFL career and more. It’s a fascinating story, one that gives insight into someone who is otherwise known as a free safety.  Injured Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu watches his teammates prior to an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) They fled to Humble, Texas, for six months, then lived in a hotel while Tyrone gutted the house and rebuilt it. They were homeless almost a year, and the chaos was more than Tyrann’s nerves could bear. Plagued by mood upheavals and sleep disruptions, he began having nightmares about jumping off bridges or being murdered by people he knew.His dismissal from LSU for a drug violation, the Cardinals’ risky acquisition of the former college star and the injury-ridden start to Mathieu’s NFL career are all explained and recounted in the biographical story.Today, Mathieu lives a lifestyle that includes both stardom and peacefulness, both money and a not-so-gluttonous diet and health regimen.Gone is all the greasy junk he grew up eating, replaced by Buddha bowls and blueberry smoothies. His regimen: no sugar, no dairy, no soy, no fried food. Just yoga, reflection, solitude, and prayer.It finishes by noting that Mathieu has finally found stability in Arizona. And lastly, Tyrann’s long-term goal:“I want them to say, ‘Life kept knocking him on his butt, and he kept getting up and kicking ass.’” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   center_img Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Mathieu is first painted as a “warrior,” one who survived – literally – against the odds. He has a tattoo on his leg that pays tribute to his loved ones that passed away.Look there, at the ink below his right knee: 22 crosses carved in dark green, a portable shrine to the people he’s lost and the talismanic marks they left on him. “I hear their voices always: ‘Keep going, keep going,’ ” Mathieu says. “It’s like they passed their strength to me when they died.”The piece recounts his rocky childhood, in which he was abandoned by his biological mother. He instead lived with his grandmother, Marie Spellman-Mathieu, then was adopted at age 12 by his Uncle Tyrone.The week before I met him, Mathieu buried Marie at a massive funeral service in New Orleans. (She succumbed at 75, after a number of strokes.) He was the only one who spoke, taking the pulpit for 30 minutes to consecrate the things she’d tried to teach him. “With her, it was always about ‘we,’ not ‘me,’ ” he said, “and that we’re put on Earth to help out other people.” Those used to be foggy concepts for a neglected child who burned to be part of anything.Then, the Louisiana native lived through Hurricane Katrina, which took “everything [the family] owned.”last_img read more

Nurses union backs psychiatric colleagues

first_imgThe nurses and midwives’ association Pasynm on Saturday called on the health, labour and justice ministries to re-evaluate the working conditions of psychiatric nurses treating convicts.The announcement follows the walkout on Thursday of psychiatric nurses at the Athalassa mental health hospital after a patient who is also a convict attacked and injured three of them in addition to two policemen who were called in to help. The nurses had also gone on a work stoppage in July following a similar incident.The psychiatric nurses’ union threatened to also remove its staff unless the safety of members dealing with convicts at Athalassa hospital is guaranteed. The union had said that following the July incident it was agreed in a meeting with the ministers of justice and health that if a psychiatrist suggested a prisoner needed to be accompanied, the prison would send a warden to keep watch over him while being treated.But when nurses last week asked the prison to send a warden when the convict in question was sent to them for treatment, they were told instructions had been given from the governor not to send any wardens.“It is unacceptable that mental health nurses… are being attacked while on duty,” Pasynm said.Last week’s incident raises security issues that lie within the responsibilities of the justice, health and labour ministries, the group said.Pasynm also called on the police chief to have the incident thoroughly investigated and ensure that the law and what has been agreed will be applied.They also called on the health, labour and justice ministries to “re-evaluate the working conditions of the mental health nurses in state hospitals and make every effort so that our colleagues can work in supportive and safe conditions”.The group also said that the International Council of Nurses characterises supportive work environments and safe workplaces as incentives for stimulating nurses to provide quality health care.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoGundry MD Untox SupplementAre There Toxins In Your Food? Heart Surgeon Says Be CarefulGundry MD Untox SupplementUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Former central bank governor says coops were murdered updated

first_imgThe Co-Op Bank did not close naturally, it was ‘murdered’ by the actions of the Christofias government, former central bank (CBC) governor Athanasios Orphanides told an inquiry on Wednesday.Orphanides told the three-member panel via teleconference from the US that when the 2013 Pimco report was filed on the capital needs of the banking system in Cyprus, an effort was made by the central bank to lessen the capital needs of the Co-Op.Pimco was hired by the CBC and following the guidance of the steering committee chaired by the CBC, reached the inflated numbers. In order to inflate these sufficiently, it was necessary to change the methodology for the worse compared to similar audits that took place in other countries, Orphanides said. Orphanides was central bank governor between 2007 and 2012.By such actions, the CBC added billions of euros to the calculations for the banks’ capital needs, but achieved the outcome then ruling-Akel wanted: the needs of the banks exceeded the fiscal needs of the government.“Yes, there were problems, but with the correct management, the problems would have been manageable,” said Orphanides.On the 2013 Pimco report, Orphanides said that while in other banking institutions it was shown that 19 per cent of the loans were a lost cause, the Co-op showed to have only 12 per cent of bad loans.“A game was played to show that the Co-op looked to be in better shape,” Orphanides said.He added that the Pimco mechanisms remained in place and were used by the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) to assess the Co-op.“Who was responsible for the supervisor of the Central Bank in January 2013? Was it perhaps the same people who are on the SSM now? Those individuals, who accepted Pimco’s assumptions, are the same individuals that caused the banks fall then and they have caused the fall of the Co-op.”Orphanides said that it is one thing to say there are losses of a few million, and it is another to have a hole or billions.“That hole was created by the wrong calculations and it was created by the government, and the central bank,” he said.Regarding a letter he sent in 2012 to the then head of the Co-op Erotokritos Chlorakiotis on capital losses of €816 million, Orphanides blamed the government of former president Demetris Christofias. He said that the loss was due to the decisions made by the president and his partners on October 26, 2011 to attempt to maintain the capital to cover the name and financial value of the state-bonds held by banks.“That was insane, it was something that the government should not have agreed to.”He added that the decisions were made by Christofias and his partners, and that they decided to increase the capital adequacy of the bank to nine per cent.Orphanides said that the lapse in capital at the Co-op did not occur from non-performing loans, but from the fact that the bank had many Greek bonds and many Cypriot bonds, ‘which were garbage’.The EU leaders then decided to raise the capital and to ask for provisions on the bonds, which was not compatible with the regulations that were in place at the time, he added.Orphanides told Chlorakiotis in the letter that the government had to work to solve the problem.The former CBC governor also said that the Strovolos Co-operative Bank, the largest co-op, ran the biggest risk of closing and losing people’s deposits, but only the government could have intervened since the sector was ruled by a “closed circuit”.“If you asked, which bank would it be, if a lender was to close in Cyprus and put deposits in danger, my answer would be the Strovolos Co-op is the most at risk,” Orphanides said.The former bank supervisor said the Strovolos Co-op’s profits were fictitious because bad loan provisions were significantly inadequate. If the correct practices had been followed, the co-op would have recorded losses, he added.Orphanides said the problem was that the independent audit service that examined their books had never asked for proper provisions to be made.The head of the Strovolos co-op, Dimitrakis Stavrou, was also the chairman of its committee, said Orphanides, and “that’s what made the circuit a closed circuit”.Stavrou should have been removed, he said, but that was the job of the commerce ministry’s co-op supervision and development service.Orphanides said he realised that the central bank could not do anything to correct things when he received a letter from the head of the audit service, Constantinos Lyras, essentially telling him that the co-op movement should not be touched.Stavrou, Lyras, the former head of the co-operative central bank, Erotokritos Chlorakiotis, and six others, including two companies, have been charged in connection with loans worth €3.6m secured in 2007.Orphanides said the central bank had determined in 2009 that co-ops had a deficit of several hundred million, but this was not enough to make them insolvent.“There were big differences from co-op to co-op; some had capital deficits, the professional ones were in better shape, while certain others, especially Strovolos, were highly problematic and corrections had to be made immediately.”One of the reasons was poor corporate governance relating to the people who held the important posts.In 2009, it transpired that substantial loans granted to Chlorakiotis and the head of the audit committee of the co-operative central bank, Nicos Nicolaou, were never serviced.Orphanides said the biggest part of the deficit in the co-ops, which ballooned to €816m in 2011, was the decision to write-down Greek government bonds held by banks.Orphanides had disagreed with the EU’s decision at the time to write-down Greek government debt, which inflicted huge losses on Cypriot banks.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake coverage that comes with optionsCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Our View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more