Support Needed for Funding of the Office of Pesticide Products

first_imgThe Office of Pesticide Products (OPP) is authorized in the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act, which sets timelines for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review and register pesticides, as well as collect fees from registrants for products. Before registrants are required to pay these fees, Congress is supposed to meet a minimum appropriation of $128.3 million per year.In recent years however, the Appropriations Committee has waived funding provisions, providing only $120 million per year, thus leading to inadequate funding, a decrease in staffing and delays in the review, registration and renewal of pesticide products.This lack of funding means that producers don’t have access to crop protection tools they need or may be required to wait another planting season before these options become available.Please contact your Senators through the Soy Action Center and ask them to contact leadership of the Senate Appropriations Committee to express support for funding OPP at the statutory level of $128.3 million before the May 24 deadline for the Senate Interior and Environment Subcommittee appropriations request.If you have any questions or get any feedback from your Senate offices, please contact Renee Munasifi in the ASA Washington office at rmunasifi@soy.org or 202-969-7040.last_img read more

Federal grant means more firefighters

first_imgTwo local fire departments are expected to see dramatic boosts in their firefighter ranks in the next few years, thanks to a federal grant that awarded them each around $1 million, officials said.Clark County Fire & Rescue, which covers Ridgefield, Battle Ground and La Center, received a $979,519 award to recruit and retain volunteers and hire a volunteer coordinator. Meanwhile, East County Fire & Rescue, which serves unincorporated Clark County near Camas and Washougal, received $724,659 to hire five full-time firefighters and $299,500 to beef up their volunteer ranks.The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded the grants earlier this month to departments that traditionally struggle with high turnover rates or low staffing. Fire departments do not have to provide matching dollars for the grant. The departments will be reimbursed for all authorized expenses. If they do not spend portions of the grant, they will lose out on the leftover money.Fire officials with the two districts lauded the grant for its ability to make problem areas, such as volunteer retention, into areas of strength. In making departments larger, the grant will allow departments to respond quicker and more efficiently to emergencies, officials said.last_img read more

CTran minivan in accident

first_imgVancouver police at 10:58 p.m. Sunday were at Main and 29th streets, near a Dairy Queen, where a C-Tran minivan was involved in a collision. The minivan was being driven by a contract security personnel, said Scott Patterson, C-Tran spokesman.No other details are available.last_img

Private Equity Returns to Magazine Buying

first_imgBasketball hall of famer Magic Johnson might not have acquired Johnson Publishing’s Ebony and Jet, but the overall market for magazine-related M&A deals was certainly active during the first quarter of 2010.  According to media investment bankers the Jordan, Edmiston Group, there were approximately 20 magazine M&A transactions through mid-March.“The mix was completely reversed, as consumer magazine deals accounted for 85 percent of total magazine deals in Q1 2009, but accounted for only 23.5 percent of total magazine deals in Q1 2010,” says JEGI CMO Adam Gross.What has been most notable, says Gross, is that private equity returned to the market as buyers of magazine assets during the quarter. Private equity groups over the last several months have absorbed mind-boggling losses as a growing list of publishers—including the Reader’s Digest Association, Source Interlink, Cygnus Business Media, and others—were forced into bankruptcy and their PE owners handed over control to lenders, taking a wash on millions of dollars in investments.Some prominent examples of PE-fueled deals during the first quarter were Seguin Partners’ January acquisition of CFO from The Economist Group, Spectrum Equity-backed Canon Communications buying four properties from Reed Business Information and Boston Ventures-backed Northstar Travel Media picking up five brands from Nielsen Business Media’s travel group. Reed Phillips, a managing partner at media investment banker DeSilva + Phillips, says there still were a number of smaller, distress deals during the quarter, pointing to Dow Jones buying up Hearst’s 50 percent stake in SmartMoney as significant because it “makes a statement that they are dedicated to that magazine even in a tough economic environment.” The deal effectively gives Dow Jones full ownership of the magazine.What’s in Store for 2010On the heels of a massive economic downturn, one can only wonder if magazine M&A will continue to pick up steam through the rest of the year. JEGI is confident it will. Gross says the firm believes the M&A market for magazines in 2010 is likely to be more active than it was in 2009 and the second half of 2008.“Private equity firms are sitting on nearly $500 billion and are looking to put up that capital to work through acquisitions, and the banks should be more cooperative in helping PE firms leverage their deals,” he says. Gross believes that large, global corporations will continue to divest the trade and consumer magazine assets they own that don’t fit within their core markets. He also thinks privately-held companies—whether owned by entrepreneurs or PE firms—that have been sitting on the sidelines also should come to market “as valuations improve and the buyer pool increases in line with a stronger economy.”“Add to this,” he says, “the fact that large, global corporations are holding unprecedented levels of cash on their balance sheets (S&P 500 companies have nearly $800 billion), and you can see why we anticipate a vibrant M&A market for magazines and other traditional and interactive media and information assets in 2010.”last_img read more

Where Did That 57 Million Go

first_imgMore than $57 million was spent on Alaska’s U.S. Senate race, which comes to about $230 per vote cast, and the campaigns aren’t done reporting their spending totals. If you’re looking for where it went, start with where a lot of it came from: Out of state.Download AudioMany of those millions never made it to Alaska.  About a third of the total went to out of state companies for things like Internet ads, robocalls, mailers, advertising commissions and strategic advice.What remained in Alaska was paid largely to local TV stations. More than half of the $40 million spent by superPACs and other outside groups bought airtime on Alaska’s radio and TV stations. The candidates are done reporting their expenditures yet, but it looks like the majority of their money went to media expenditures as well.“The unreported story of the election cycle is how particularly electronic media gouges in the political cycle,” says Jim Lottsfeldt, who spent $10 million through the Put Alaska First superPAC to press for Sen. Begich’s re-election.  He’s sipping piña coladas in Hawaii this week, but he’s still irked at what he had to pay to get his ads on air.While stations are required to give candidates their lowest rate, the same does not apply to other political advertisers.  So, in the week before the election, the candidates paid just $450 for a 30-second spot on Anchorage TV news. Put Alaska First, along with its Republican counterparts, paid $7,500. Lottsfeldt says it’s not right.“TV and radio stations just start adding zeros to the cost they would charge any other customers. It’s ridiculous,” he said.Did you happen to watch the NFL game on the Sunday before the election?  Put Alaska First paid Anchorage station KTUU a whopping $35,000 to run one 30-second spot during that game.  He had the money (thanks largely to contributions from a PAC associated with Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid) so he didn’t dwell on such costs. But Lottsfeldt says rates like that are a big reason campaign spending went so high.“So when people talk about wanting to get all the big money out of politics they should have an honest conversation with TV stations and radio stations,” he said.Elizabeth Wilner, who analyses campaign spending for the research firm Kantar Media, says the situation may be exacerbated in Alaska because it lacks competition in local cable. And because Anchorage has one especially dominant TV station.“Sometimes you’ll get political advertisers get better rates by playing different platforms off one another. You can’t do that in Alaska because you just don’t have that many options,” she said.KTUU General Manager Andy MacLeod says he doesn’t know yet exactly how much ad revenue the political season brought to his station.“There’s no question it’s a significant number,” he said. “Is it a windfall? Yes.”MacLeod says KTUU reaped most of the total airtime buy because it’s got by far the bigger audience, especially for local news. In fact, the station ran more Senate ads this cycle than any other station in the country. And MacLeod’s unapologetic about making money off political ads.“The political landscape is a revenue driver that happens every even year,” he said. ” Sometimes large, sometimes small.”To avoid pricing regular customers and candidates off the air, McLeod says KTUU essentially reserves a slice of its ad time for the non-candidate political advertisers. Then it’s an auction, and the well-funded political groups bid the rate higher and higher.  MacLeod says the cost of that airtime can’t be compared to regular ads.“They really reflect the value of, in this case, a senate seat. They reflect the value of party control of the Senate,” he said.TVstations didn’t get all of the campaign money spent in-state. Some of it paid wages for local workers, for hotels and rental cars, and for newspaper advertising. But all told, the checks outside groups paid to Alaskans other than broadcast stations, came to about $3 million.last_img read more

Commercial Fishing on the Kuskokwim Opens Monday

first_imgThe Kuskokwim’s first commercial opening is Monday afternoon. KYUK file photo.The summer’s first commercial fishing on the Kuskokwim River takes place Monday, August 10th.Download AudioManagers say that this year’s silver run is below average for this time of year and could be late or weak. But they say there should be enough fish for escapement, subsistence, and a limited commercial harvest.Aaron Poetter is the Kuskokwim Management Biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. He notes the historical midpoint of the run was Saturday.“We feel we’ve provided for fish that should help people meet subsistence needs and still have harvestable surplus for a commercial activity,” said Poetter.Poetter says the run is behind the five and ten-year average but it looks like similar runs in 2005, 2010, 2012, and 2013 which allowed for commercial fishing on top of other harvest. There was no commercial fishing for chums this year due to a weak run. Poetter says Fish and Game officials understand that people will be relying more on silvers for subsistence.“…Especially with restrictions on Chinook fishery and the poor chum run we saw. We’re hearing that some folks are now just now starting to do their subsistence fishing, which is pretty late for the year for getting started. And we’ve heard that others are completely done and might go out for just a few silvers for the dinner table. We have a board breadth of where folks are at for meeting subsistence needs,” said Poetter.The waters from 15 miles below the Johnson River to Eek Island are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. From Bethel down to the marker located 15 miles below the Johnson, fishing takes place from noon to 6 p.m.With the commercial opening comes a subsistence closure. The waters below Strait Slough to the mouth will be closed to subsistence fishing from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m.The first Kuskokwim commercial opening is on Monday.last_img read more

Alkem lists at 31 premium to issue price Dr Lal PathLabs gains

first_imgAlkem Laboratories, which came out with an initial public offering (IPO) recently, listed at Rs 1,380, a premium of 31.4% to the issue price of Rs 1,050 per share on the stock exchanges on Wednesday, 23 December.The fifth largest Indian pharma company had come out with an IPO of 12,853,442 equity shares of face value of Rs 2 per share which was oversubscribed 44 times.The company priced its IPO at Rs 1,050 per share at the top end of the price band of Rs 1,020-1050, raising Rs 1,350 crore. The offer opened on 8 December and closed on 10 December.At 11.45 am, the Alkem stock was trading at Rs 1,382, off from its intra-day high of Rs 1,399 on the NSE. Over 66 lakh shares were traded in a span of about three hours.The 42-year-old company’s 2014-15 turnover was Rs 3,783 crore, with 25% revenues derived from exports. The company grew at a compounded annual growth rate of 22.3% between 2010-11 and 2014-15, according to the offer document.Dr Lal PathLabs, the diagnostic chain, which also got listed on Wednesday, saw its shares listing at 31% premium to its issue price of Rs 550 per share, on the NSE.The share was trading at Rs 772.70, after touching an intra-day high of Rs 783.45 and low of Rs 711 on the NSE. The volume was even higher at 1.01 crore shares on the counter till 11.45 am.Dr Lal PathLabs had raised Rs 638 crore from the public and the issue was oversubscribed 33 times.Earlier, two high-profile IPOs had seen contrasting debut on the bourses; while Interglobe Aviation, the parent company of air carrier IndiGo listed at Rs 856, a premium of about 12% to its issue price of Rs 765 per share, Coffee Day Enterprises was a disaster, with the shares listing at Rs 313, discount of about 4.5% to the issue price of Rs 328 per share.But the shares plunged intra-day and closed at Rs 270, a discount of about 17% to the issue price. The holding company of Coffee Day outlets had raised Rs 1,150 crore from the public.The Sensex was trading at 25,846, a gain of 256 points, or 1% at 12.15 pm. The gainers were GAIL (India), BHEL, Sun Pharma and Tata Steel.last_img read more

7yrold girl killed after rape

first_imgA seven-year-old girl has been murdered reportedly after being raped in Narayanganj’s Siddhirganj upazila.The deceased was Tanjil, daughter of Anwar Miah. From Sultanpur village in Sadar upazila of Jahsore district, Anwar had been living in a rented room of the house of Alam Khan in Rasulbagh area.According to family, Tanjil remained missing since Wednesday evening. Failing to trace her even after a frantic search, the victim’s father filed a general diary with Siddhirganj police station.Anwar along with locals resumed the search for the minor girl on Thursday and at one stage, they found Tanjil’s body inside a storeroom at the house in the afternoon.On information, police recovered the body and sent it to Narayanganj General Hospital for autopsy, said Shahin Shah Parvez, officer-in-charge of Siddhirganj police station.He said Tanjil might have been strangled after rape. “The body bore several injury marks,” he said.last_img read more

Family and Friends Day

first_imgThe Senoje Collection and Consortium will hold a Friends and Family Day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 9, in the Mansion at the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, 1601-1603 E. North Avenue in Baltimore. Families and friends are invited to share in artistic demonstrations, musical performances, arts and crafts, refreshments and the presentation of awards. Admission is free. At 1 p.m., Senoje will present to Dr. Joanne M. Martin, president and CEO of the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum and Richard Byrd, computer consultant, awards for creativity and technical competency respectively.The Senoje Collection and Consortium is a nonprofit organization developed in 1989 to assist independent artists with promoting their work and talents. James E. Jones, painter and print maker is the founder and CEO of the Senoje Collection and Consortium. For more information call 410-448-2988.last_img read more

Gemini Planet Imager captures best photo ever of an exoplanet

first_imgA combined 30-minute GPI image of Beta Pictoris depicts the planet Beta Pictoris b (bright spot) orbiting its star (center), which has been subtracted from the image. Citation: Gemini Planet Imager captures best photo ever of an exoplanet (2014, May 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-05-gemini-planet-imager-captures-photo.html (Phys.org) —A team of researchers at the Gemini South telescope in Chile, which has recently been retrofitted with the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI) is reporting in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that they have captured the best photo ever of an exoplanet orbiting its star. The planet, Beta Pictoris b, orbits its sun approximately 63.5 light years from us, and the GPI has allowed for calculating its orbit at 20.5 years. Explore further Taking pictures of exoplanets is difficult, not only because they are so far away, but also because of Earth’s atmosphere and of course because they are near to a star that is much brighter, which tends to overcome the light reflected off its planets. The engineers who designed the GPI used multiple techniques (a field spectrograph that has both low spectral resolution and high spatial resolution and a coronagraph that suppresses diffraction) to mask direct starlight, while simultaneously enhancing the light that is bounced off of nearby planets. The result, the team reports is an instrument capable of producing images of exoplanets that are an order of magnitude higher than any other previous imaging systems. Beta Pictoris b is a gas giant similar in size to Jupiter, though its star is much younger than ours—just 12 million years old. The picture of it was created with an exposure of just one minute, which is a record for an image of an exoplanet—the planet orbits its star just a little closer than does Saturn in our solar system. It was first discovered in 2006 by researchers working with data from the Hubble Space Telescope and verified three years later by researchers at Europe’s VLT. Pictures taken at the time suggested that Beta Pictoris b had to regularly plow through space debris of some sort, causing it to appear murky at times. Beta Pictoris b was chosen as a first test run due to its designation as an easy target. The research team at Gemini South plan to move on to imaging other exoplanets, eventually taking pictures of at least 600 that appear promising. Doing so will help with better understanding orbit times and perhaps help with refining their ages and masses. Length of exoplanet day measured for first timecenter_img More information: First light of the Gemini Planet Imager, Bruce Macintosh, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1304215111AbstractThe Gemini Planet Imager is a dedicated facility for directly imaging and spectroscopically characterizing extrasolar planets. It combines a very high-order adaptive optics system, a diffraction-suppressing coronagraph, and an integral field spectrograph with low spectral resolution but high spatial resolution. Every aspect of the Gemini Planet Imager has been tuned for maximum sensitivity to faint planets near bright stars. During first-light observations, we achieved an estimated H band Strehl ratio of 0.89 and a 5-σ contrast of 106 at 0.75 arcseconds and 105 at 0.35 arcseconds. Observations of Beta Pictoris clearly detect the planet, Beta Pictoris b, in a single 60-s exposure with minimal postprocessing. Beta Pictoris b is observed at a separation of 434 ± 6 milliarcseconds (mas) and position angle 211.8 ± 0.5°. Fitting the Keplerian orbit of Beta Pic b using the new position together with previous astrometry gives a factor of 3 improvement in most parameters over previous solutions. The planet orbits at a semimajor axis of 9.0+0.8−0.4 AU near the 3:2 resonance with the previously known 6-AU asteroidal belt and is aligned with the inner warped disk. The observations give a 4% probability of a transit of the planet in late 2017. © 2014 Phys.org Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

District students steal march over their city counterparts

first_imgKolkata: Students from the districts continued to dominate the merit list of the Higher Secondary Examinations, the results of which were declared on Friday. 71 out of the 80 students whose names figured in this list are from the districts. Another striking feature of this year’s results has been the success of the minority students.As per statistics of the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education, 80 percent of the minority students have passed the examination this year. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”We have taken it up as a challenge to rope in more and more first generation learners in higher secondary level which is the gateway to higher education. We are happy that we are reaching out to more and more of these learners. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Kanyashree project and merit-based scholarships by the state government has helped us to penetrate deep into the districts,” said Mohua Das, the Council president, and added that as many as 300 Higher Secondary schools in the districts have been upgraded. According to Das, the dropout rate has also come down from 2.4 percent to 1 percent this year. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedGranthan Sengupta of Jalpaiguri Zilla School has come first with 99.2 percent marks. The second position has been bagged by Ritwik Kumar Sahoo (493) of Tamluk Hamilton High School with 98.6 percent. Ritwik had earlier topped from Bengal in NEET with an all-India rank of 13. The third position went to two students while the fourth place has been bagged by six students including Joydeep Bhowmick of Manindra Nath High School in Cooch Behar. Among the OBC-A category, Sariful Islam of Pandua Sasi Bhusan Saha High School in Hooghly came fifth with 97.2 percent marks. East Midnapore which has clinched the top spot in the Madhyamik examination in terms of successful candidates came up with the highest success rate of 91.98 percent. Despite ranking sixth in terms of success rate, Hooghly secured the highest share of 13 merit list holders. The newly created district of Kalimpong followed next with 91.69 percent of students passing the examination. Kolkata ranked fifth registering a pass percentage of 87.68 which is slightly higher than last year’s 87.37. Nine students from the city made it to the merit list. The overall success rate in Higher Secondary examination dipped slightly from 84.20 to 83.75 percent this year. In terms of success rate, boys performed better than girls with the pass percentage slightly increasing from 85.15 to 85.22 percent this year. A total of 21 girls have featured in the top-10 merit list. The success rate for girls slightly decreased from 83.26 to 82.46 percent this year. However, girls have remained almost at par with boys in securing ‘O’ Grade (90-100) with 2,655 boys and 2,593 girls scoring it. A total of 8,04,895 candidates appeared for the exams that were held between March 27 and April 11. The total number of successful candidates have been 6,63,516. The exams registered participation of 53 percent girls which is six percent higher than last year.last_img read more

CHI Franciscan Launches Washington States First AIPowered Hospital Mission Control Center

first_img News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more October 8, 2018 — CHI Franciscan Health and GE Healthcare have joined forces to implement a NASA-style “Mission Control” command center to effectively and efficiently synchronize all elements of a patient’s hospital experience. The artificial intelligence (AI)-powered system will support caregivers to enhance patient safety, orchestrate seamless care delivery and, ultimately, get patients back home sooner.CHI Franciscan will be the first hospital system in the state of Washington – and the fifth globally – to utilize this technology to improve patient care.”We’re leading the way in Washington with our state-of-the-art Mission Control Center, which will allow CHI Franciscan to provide a much higher level of sophistication and efficiency in our hospitals,” said Ketul J. Patel, CEO, CHI Franciscan Health. “We will be able to simultaneously monitor every single patient in our system and utilize real-time data to tailor their experience to provide the highest quality care.”The Mission Control Center will use AI and predictive analytics to optimize care coordination, speed care delivery and improve the patient experience, while maintaining patient privacy. The system works by looking at each individual hospital as part of a larger system, continually examining real-time data and using machine learning to recommend actions that can predict and prevent risk, balance staff workload and streamline the discharge process so patients can get home sooner.From the Mission Control Center, licensed providers will monitor and leverage analytic apps, or “tiles,” to optimize patient care operations at each facility, and trigger actions to best leverage resources across the system. Each tile is carefully crafted to solve a specific issue, taking into account the highly nuanced real-world challenges of caregivers and patients. For example, one tile will help streamline the discharge process by monitoring all patients scheduled for discharge and identifying and addressing “pinch points” that can cause significant and preventable delays. The key is that the real-time data in the tiles is predictive and actionable.”Often, patients scheduled for discharge just need one more test, such as a CT [computed tomography] scan, for the doctor to review,” said Jessica Kennedy-Schlicher, MD, medical director for care transformation at CHI Franciscan. “The people scheduling the CTs are running through a list of patients, often as first-come first-served. Mission Control will be able to prioritize the list and flag patients to move up on the list. By optimizing the process, we can speed care delivery and get patients home sooner.””The purpose of any new technology in health care is to enable providers to deliver better care, bringing doctors and nurses closer to their patients,” Patel said. “Mission Control’s powerful predictive analytics identify potential issues and allow our care teams to proactively solve problems and improve care rather than react when issues arise. With the AI focusing on the important nuts and bolts of operational efficiency and care logistics, our caregivers can devote more time to providing the best care and delivering the best outcomes for our patients.”The Mission Control Center will complement CHI Franciscan’s Virtual Hospital, which includes regional telemetry monitoring, virtual companion, virtual ICU, virtual hospitalist and other services. CHI Franciscan’s virtual care teams complement on-site teams, for example, by providing continuous surveillance of cardiac rhythms for inpatients, which allows on-site staff maximum time at the bedside. The virtual ICU team, which includes physicians and nurses, monitors all CHI Franciscan ICU patients, resulting in shorter ICU stays and better outcomes.CHI Franciscan Mission Control will be organized with a systemwide Mission Control Center, and smaller centers located at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, and Harrison Medical Center in Silverdale.CHI Franciscan Health is a Catholic nonprofit health system based in Tacoma, Wash., with $2.45 billion in total revenue and a team of more than 12,000 physicians, providers, nurses, and staff that provide expert, compassionate medical care at 11 acute care hospitals and over 200 primary and specialty care clinics throughout the greater Puget Sound.For more information: www.gehealthcare.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more 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 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more 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 center_img News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | October 08, 2018 CHI Franciscan Launches Washington State’s First AI-Powered Hospital Mission Control Center Advanced analytics software platform will enhance patient safety, speed delivery of care and support quality outcomes News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more 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 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.last_img read more

House panel wants to interview Planned Parenthood official

first_img Comments   Share   In the full video, which has received less attention than an excerpted version, she says repeatedly that the fees are designed to cover costs and that the process is aimed at furthering research. Democrats say Republicans are using it for an unsubstantiated attack on Planned Parenthood and to appeal to conservative voters and donors.Nucatola also discusses steps that can be taken during abortions so particular organs can be retrieved, saying, “I’m not gonna crush that part.” However, she also says that effort should not change how or when the procedure is performed, saying, “They’re not going to treat these patients any differently.”GOP leaders of the House committee, including Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., said they want Nucatola to brief committee aides this month. The letter said they want her to explain the group’s standards for “the collection and sale of fetal tissue.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican-led House committee asked Friday for a briefing from the Planned Parenthood official whose secretly recorded discussion of how her organization obtains tissue from aborted fetuses for research has ignited a new GOP political offensive on abortion.The letter to Planned Parenthood from GOP leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee said comments by Dr. Deborah Nucatola “raise most troubling questions with regard to your organization’s practices when performing abortions and whether those practices are consistent with federal law.” Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Planned Parenthood has reprimanded Nucatola and apologized for her “tone and statements.” The group says it only retrieves organs with the consent of patients and says it has broken no laws, which forbid the commercial sale of fetal tissue and ban a late-term abortion procedure opponents call “partial-birth abortion.”Planned Parenthood officials did not immediately say whether Nucatola would appear.Top Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee sent a separate letter Friday to Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking her to describe how the Justice Department enforces the prohibition against that abortion procedure, and to investigate whether Planned Parenthood has violated it.Justice Department officials did not immediately answer a request for comment.A little-known anti-abortion group called the Center for Medical Progress released video Tuesday in which Nucatela, Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical services, describes how her group obtains organs from fetuses. That has prompted Republican lawmakers and presidential hopefuls, along with conservative groups, to condemn Planned Parenthood and demand a halt to its federal funding.Secretly recorded over wine and lunch by two actors posing as would-be purchasers of fetal tissue, the video shows Nucatela casually discussing how her group charges $30 to $100 for getting the organs. 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

Qantas now has seven million frequent flyer members

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1edf1/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Qantas this week announced that it had reached the seven million milestone for its frequent flyer program and still expects “ongoing solid growth” in the foreseeable future.Since its complete rehaul in mid-2008, membership numbers have jumped to 32%, says Qantas.  During this period, the airline also partnered its awards program with grocery store Woolworths, which saw shoppers able to earn frequent flyer points on everyday groceries.“We are delighted to welcome our seven millionth member to Qantas Frequent Flyer, which is Australia’s premier loyalty program,” said Simon Hickey, Qantas Frequent Flyer CEO.“We are targeting eight million members by the end of next year as more and more Australians realise the advantages available to them through Qantas Frequent Flyer.”Of its seven million members, Qantas says 2.5 million have earned points through its Woolworths partnership. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.Xlast_img read more

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