first_imgPaying tribute to two decades of success in helping to curb the nation’s dropout crisis, the National Guard Youth Foundation’s ChalleNGe Champions Gala will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program by bringing together alumni from 20 years ago, this year’s upcoming graduates and many in between, along with noted celebrities.The event, presented by BAE Systems, will be held on Tuesday, February 26th at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C. from 5:30 – 10:00 p.m., ET.Since the first program started in 1993, ChalleNGe – which gives young people who have dropped out of school a second chance to earn a high school diploma, GED or return to high school – has helped more than 115,000 teens turn their lives around.“Over the past 20 years, the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program has proven itself as a leader in combating the dropout crisis,” said Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., co-chair of the National Guard Youth Foundation Honorary Board of Directors. “As one of the most effective tools for at-risk youth looking to turn their lives around, this is a program worth celebrating and strengthening, especially as it reaches this tremendous milestone. I am deeply proud of the National Guard’s continued leadership and commitment to solving this national epidemic.”“Witnessing the impact the Youth ChalleNGe Program has made over the past 20 years has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life,” said Lt. Gen. John Conaway, Chairman, National Guard Youth Foundation Board of Directors and former Chief, National Guard Bureau. “This event will highlight the many individuals who support the Foundation’s efforts to help former dropouts find a way back to graduation and continue their success beyond the ChalleNGe Program.”Notables attending include NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr., singer/songwriter Kaley Caperton, country music star LeAnn Rimes, WWE Superstar Kofi Kingston and Gospel legend Kenny Bishop. FOX News’ Jon Scott will serve as emcee for the event.This year, singer/songwriter and NGYF Spokesperson Kaley Caperton, will debut “Red, White and Beautiful,” a song she co-wrote with country music legends Dave Robbins and Billy Austin to honor members of the National Guard who work to improve outcomes for troubled teenagers and those teenagers who have the courage to turn their lives around.“I am so proud to be involved with the National Guard Youth Foundation, they do incredible work giving teenagers a second chance. I want for these cadets the courage to DREAM, the faith to BELIEVE and the drive to ACHIEVE. It will be my honor to perform ’ Red White and Beautiful’ for them,” says Platinum Pen songwriter/artist, Kaley Caperton .The event also underscores the importance of strengthening public-private partnerships to bolster the effort to re-engage out-of-school youth. The following individuals will receive ChalleNGe Champions awards for their commitment to combating the dropout crisis:U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.V.
U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C.
Maj. Gen. Edward Tonini, Adjutant General of Kentucky
Mr. Rick Hendrick, Hendrick Motorsports 
Gen. Craig McKinley (Ret.), Former Chief, National Guard Bureau
Mr. Greg Sharp, The SPECTRUM GroupThe Eighth Annual ChalleNGe Champions Gala has limited availability. For more information, click here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more


first_imgCALGARY – An energy analyst warns the Canadian oil and gas sector is in a holding pattern in which spending and production growth can’t occur until new ways to get products to export markets are found.CIBC analyst Jon Morrison says in a report that steep discounts being paid for Canadian heavy and light oil production compared with U.S. benchmarks won’t end soon and that means there’s no money for producers to increase their drilling budgets.The report bodes poorly for Canada’s energy services sector as the industry enters the winter drilling season, its traditionally busiest time of the year as frozen ground allows more access to backcountry sites.Morrison says unusually wet weather in Alberta in September will contribute to soft third-quarter earnings reports from oilfield services companies.The analyst says Western Canada will remain short of pipeline capacity even if Enbridge Inc.’s Line 3 replacement pipeline is completed by 2020, thus adding 370,000 barrels per day of capacity.He says the short-term situation will improve but not enough to allow growth in activity if crude-by-rail exports double, as he expects, to a record 450,000 barrels per day by the end of this year.“We believe this reality will start to percolate into 2019 capex budgets, with a number of producers likely to delay the issuance of formal guidance until January and then we believe many are likely to announce development programs that show little to no incremental production growth,” Morrison’s report says.last_img read more


first_imgUPDATE: FSJ for LNG founder Alan Yu says that the organization has gotten a new transmission for its bus, and that the group is now fundraising to cover the cost of fuel for the trip.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The founder of local organization FSJ for LNG is looking do a repeat of the group’s ‘LNG or Bust’ bus tour to Ottawa in 2016 with a trip to Vancouver next weekend, though the group’s bus is in need of some repairs.In May of 2016, FSJ for LNG undertook a trip to Ottawa in order to make their voices heard by the federal government of the local support for the development of a liquified natural gas export industry in Canada. Founder Alan Yu says however that the bus’ transmission didn’t fare well on the cross-country trip, and the bus has been waylaid for the past year and a half. Yu explained that FSJ for LNG has grouped up with other grassroots organizations who support Canada’s petroleum industry to organize a rally at Canada Place in Vancouver to show support for Kinder Morgan’s Trans-Mountain pipeline expansion that is scheduled for March 10th. That rally is being hosted by Canada Action, which bills itself as a “volunteer-led grassroots movement encouraging Canadians to take action and work together in support of our vital natural resources sector.” The rally is scheduled to take place in Vancouver on the same day as another rally against the pipeline expansion on Burnaby Mountain.Ahead of the planned rally, Yu said he wants to do a similar bus trip to the one two years ago, with planned stops in Edmonton, Red Deer, and Calgary on the way to Vancouver, but the bus’ transmission problems mean it needs to be repaired in the span of a week. He explained that cost to repair the transmission in Fort St. John is roughly $7,500, while a new transmission shipped from Edmonton is estimated to cost $3,500.Yu said that anyone that wants to donate towards getting the bus repaired can contact him via cell phone at: (867) 688-8888, or can make a donation to Fort St. John for LNG’s account at the North Peace Savings and Credit Union. He added that in-person donations can also be made to FSJ for LNG treasurer Lani Belcher at Petron Communications in Fort St. John, who he said can issue tax receipts.last_img read more


27 February 2012Improved drug standards aimed at protecting the quality of veterinary medicines used to treat a deadly infectious disease will help save the herds of millions of African smallholder farmers from decimation, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. The initiative, launched in tandem with the International Federation of Animal Health (IFAH), will seek to establish the first pharmaceutical standards for medicines used in treating Animal African Trypanosomosis, a disease more commonly known as Nagana, as well as protect farmers and their animals from counterfeit and poor quality drugs. Transmitted by blood-sucking insects such as the tsetse fly, Nagana affects cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, camels, horses and donkeys – animals which are vital to the incomes and food security of millions of African smallholder farmers. Each year, the disease causes an estimated $4.5 billion dollars in economic losses from reduced output of milk and dairy products, abortions of unborn calves, and lost fertility resulting in reduced agricultural productivity.The effects of the disease, however, are only exacerbated by a black market trade in sub-standard and non-registered drugs worth around $400 million dollars annually. “The use of substandard drugs to treat Nagana not only leaves farm animals inadequately protected from the disease, but also permits the evolution of tougher, drug-resistant strains when insufficient doses are used,” said FAO chief veterinary officer Juan Lubroth, who heads the agency’s Animal Health Service.Mr. Lubroth also added that the counterfeit drugs could pose a threat to human health “if chemical residues accumulate in meat or dairy products that enter the food chain.” The new standards spearheaded by the FAO will provide a basis for evaluating the quality of animal medicines and serve as a measure against which national and local authorities can test for regulatory compliance. read more


In all, there are 31 sentenced Indian nationals undergoing prison terms in Sri Lanka, eligible for transfer to India under the terms of the Agreement. On completion of the necessary legal formalities, these persons are being transferred back to India.  Formalities with regard to the remaining 11 eligible persons are already underway. The India-Sri Lanka bilateral Agreement on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons was signed on 9 June 2010.  This Agreement provides for the conditions under which such transfers can take place and the various obligations of the transferring State and the receiving State.  Accordingly, the requests made by eligible persons are processed by the Government of Sri Lanka and forwarded to the Government of India for completion of the necessary legal procedures on the Indian side.  The transferred persons would be completing the remainder of their terms in India. The Indian High Commissioner Ashok K. Kantha expressed his appreciation for the assistance rendered by the concerned Departments of the Government of Sri Lanka and expressed the hope for continued cooperation in this regard. (Colombo Gazette) Two eligible sentenced Indian nationals, serving prison terms in Sri Lanka, were transferred today to Trivandrum, Kerala, under the provisions of the India-Sri Lanka bilateral Agreement on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons, the Indian High Commission said today.All formalities in respect of 20 persons (six from Kerala and 14 from Tamil Nadu), including the two transferred earlier today, have been completed and their transfer to India will be undertaken within a week. read more


MONTREAL — Air Canada’s interest in buying rival Transat AT Inc. for about $520 million got positive feedback from industry watchers and stock traders after the two companies announced Thursday that they’re in exclusive talks to finalize a deal.The two companies say Air Canada — the country’s largest airline — would pay $13 per share for Transat, the Montreal-based owner of Air Transat and numerous vacation travel businesses.After three hours of trading Thursday, Transat shares rose about 15 per cent to $12.17 while Air Canada stock gained four per cent to $40.54, which is above the previous all-time high set Wednesday at $39.16.McGill University professor Karl Moore said a combination of the two companies would help grow Air Canada Vacations, which competes with Transat, WestJet and others in the leisure travel market. Terence Corcoran: Let’s put some real foreign competition into WestJet’s new flight plan Why Onex could be the wind beneath WestJet’s wings to expand globally With $5B WestJet deal, Gerry Schwartz may finally land his ‘white whale’ “Air Canada’s plan is to grow and this is part of their growth strategy,” Moore said in an interview.“And I think Transat is going to be in better shape because of the potential of being bought by Air Canada.”A deal that keeps Transat’s head office in Montreal would also be greeted favourably by politicians in Quebec, just as Alberta politicians said they want to see WestJet headquarters remain in Calgary if it’s bought by Onex, Moore said.Toronto-based Onex Corp. announced Monday that it has a friendly deal to buy WestJet Airlines Ltd. — Canada’s second-largest airline company — for about $3.5 billion, subject to approvals.Moore said the level of competition that Air Canada faces from WestJet will increase with the financial resources of Onex.“Who knows for sure, but my sense is that I’d be astonished if (that) deal doesn’t get approval and go forward,” Moore said.Analyst Walter Spracklin of RBC Dominion Securities writes in a note to clients that there are a number of factors that would justify a premium price for Transat stock. For one thing, Spracklin said, an industry consolidation “improves fundamentals in a highly competitive leisure travel market.” For another, the addition of Transat will provide Air Canada Vacations with a broader reach.Additionally, Spracklin said that access to Transat’s fleet — and its in-place order for Airbus A321 passenger jets — would help Air Canada strengthen its Rouge discount brand.“From a price paid, the multiple is on the higher end, reflecting the take-out premium; however justified by the strategic merits above,” Spracklin concluded.Air Canada chief executive Calin Rovinescu said a combination with Transat represents a great opportunity for both companies.“The acquisition presents a unique opportunity to compete with the very best in the world when it comes to leisure travel,” Rovinescu said in a statement.Transat chief executive Jean-Marc Eustache said earlier Thursday that an Air Canada deal represents the best prospect for maintaining or growing the number of jobs that Transat has been developing in Quebec and elsewhere.In Quebec City, Premier Francois Legault said news of the transaction with Air Canada brought back a flood of good memories, like watching the first ever Transat flight in Mirabel with other airline employees with tears in his eyes.“It tugs at the heart strings when I see Air Canada, our competitor, is buying Air Transat,” said Legault, a co-founder of the airline. “But it’s good news that it’s Air Canada because their head office is in Montreal and what I said from the beginning is I wanted to ensure the head office stays in Quebec.”Transat offers vacation packages, hotel stays and air travel under the Transat and Air Transat brands, with a primary focus on the transatlantic market during the summer and sun destinations through the winter.Transat first disclosed that it had held preliminary talks regarding the possible sale of the company last month, but did not name the potential bidders at that time. read more


In this June 26, 2015, photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. The Obama administration will propose requiring overtime pay for workers who earn nearly $1,000 per week, three individuals familiar with the plan said Monday, June 29. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) by Christopher S. Rugaber And Josh Lederman, The Associated Press Posted Jun 29, 2015 6:49 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 29, 2015 at 9:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Labor Department proposal would make millions more eligible for overtime WASHINGTON – The Obama administration will propose requiring overtime pay for workers who earn nearly $1,000 per week, three individuals familiar with the plan said Monday, more than doubling the current threshold and extending overtime protection to about 5 million workers.Currently, salaried employees who are paid more than $455 a week — or $23,660 a year — can be exempted from overtime pay if their employer deems them to be “managers,” even if they have little in the way of supervisory duties. The Labor Department’s long-awaited proposal will raise the threshold to $970 a week — $50,440 a year — by 2016.To keep up with future inflation and wage growth, the proposal will peg the salary threshold at the 40th percentile of income, said the individuals, who requested anonymity to discuss the proposal ahead of the official announcement.President Barack Obama was to announce the proposal Tuesday morning in an op-ed in The Huffington Post, said one of the individuals. The White House declined to comment.The Labor Department’s estimates suggest the proposal would raise wages for 5 million people, but other estimates are far higher. The Economic Policy Institute, a liberal think-tank , recently estimated that a threshold of $984 a week would cover 15 million people.“This is by definition middle-class people. This reverses decades of neglect,” said EPI President Larry Mishel, adding that the proposal would also likely create jobs for hourly workers.___Associated Press writer Jim Kuhnhenn contributed to this report. read more


But Gordon Hughes, a professor of economics at Edinburgh University, claims that almost no attention had been paid to whether the contracts were sustainable and what would happen if they were not. In a report for the Global Warming Policy Foundation, a climate sceptic thinktank, he argues that the possible outcomes were… Electricity bills could double to bail out new wind farms that have massively underestimated their operating costs, a former adviser to the World Bank has claimed. Two offshore wind projects secured contracts to supply renewable energy at reduced costs in 2017 and it was hailed the result of huge strides made in technology and engineering, sparking hopes of a green jobs boom.


first_imgSamaritans 1850 60 90 900 or email jo@samaritans.orgTeen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634Console 1800 201 890Aware 1890 303 302Pieta House 01 601 0000 or email mary@pieta.ieReachOut.com If SAVI Report researchers considered interviewing Irish prisoners directly was risky then why should any survivor, especially one with a conviction against one of his perpetrators, assume any further indignity and abuse carrying such high risks in any judicial process?Survivors are not an experiment, no more than a prisoner in Ireland, and the evidence is publicly available to show the procedure of a hostile interview is wholly unnecessary if not irresponsible, professionally unethical and a violation of one’s dignity. How can justice be served by such injustice and evident harm towards any survivor of the criminal offence of child sexual abuse?Gruelling questioning has led victims to break downIreland needs to take note of events in the legal system in the United Kingdom as reported in the Telegraph in August 2013 where greater protection for child sex abuse victims has been called for following a case where a judge and prosecutor were criticised for describing a 13-year-old as ‘predatory’.In another case, “proceedings had to be halted after the 17-year-old took an overdose of pills following her first day in the witness box” where she faced a gruelling session where she “was cross-examined by ten defence barristers representing the men from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, who faced multiple counts of rape and other child-sex offences” as reported in the Telegraph in August 2013 also.The most serious incident noted in the same article which demands calls for changes in legal procedures in the handling of child sexual abuse cases involves Frances Andrade, a talented violinist. In January 2013 she took her own life after being called a “liar” and a “fantasist” in court by the barrister defending Michael Brewer. He was later convicted of abusing her when she was a teenage music student and he was her choirmaster.Victims told not to seek therapy during trialOther important factors in the horrendously tragic case of Frances Andrade reported in the Telegraph on 10 February 2013.The first is that according to her family that “despite having attempted suicide twice in the two years before the trial, her family claim she was advised by the police not to seek any form of therapy until the court case was over, in case it triggered ‘false memory syndrome’ and damaged her credibility as a witness.”Her husband Levine told the Mail on Sunday: “She went to the doctor as she was having trouble sleeping. He suggested she speak to someone and said he could refer her – but she said she’d been told not to by the police.”The risks of mandatory reportingThe second factor is that she is reported as a victim of child sexual abuse “who had not wanted to bring the case” in the first place which raises serious questions about ‘mandatory reporting’ which without ‘Safe Space Provisioning’, which I am calling for, poses risks which are unacceptably high where there is a risk of suicide.The legal arena poses enormous dangers to witnesses and plaintiffs and is crying out for reform. Survivors are processed in a manner by the legal system which clearly inflicts violations to their constitutional human rights and dignity in unsympathetic, unethical and immoral practices representing real and present dangers to their well-being and lives.It is perverse to seek justice and be a victim of injustice by the very process involved. Suicide, attempted suicide or self-harming are an unacceptable consequence of legal process. Indeed would a judge put his own child through such an arena carrying such unquantified and unqualified ‘high risks’?Survivors are attacked in Irish courtroomsThere is not one survey into the rate of suicide amongst this identified vulnerable group of survivors of clerical child sexual abuse. The suicide rates in Ireland for 2012 run at just under two suicides per day according to CSO figures whilst another 34 attempted suicide according to the National Registry of Deliberate Self Harm Ireland.On 24 July 2013, the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre noted in its Annual Report for 2012 that only three cases of rape out of 322 known actually succeeded in a criminal conviction showing that the crime of rape in general has less than a 1 per cent chance of a conviction for 2012.In terms of clerical child sexual abuse, as I noted in my article in TheJournal.ie, of the 16 dioceses reviewed to date by the National Board for Safeguarding Children, there have been 164 allegations made in relation to 85 priests where there have been no convictions. This represents a third of the church authorities examined where not one priest was held to account.I received the following information from a re-traumatised survivor, who wishes to remain anonymous, regarding ‘fair procedures’ and a ‘fair result’:“Tribunals exercising quasi-judicial functions are frequently allowed to act informally – to receive unsworn evidence, to act on hearsay, to depart from the rules of evidence, to ignore courtroom procedures, and the like – but they may not act in such a way as to imperil a fair hearing or a fair result”. (Judge Kearns J, High Court Lawlor v. Flood [1999].I cannot thank the survivor enough for sharing this and I’m so glad to share it here.Justice cannot be served by injusticeThe late Dr Michael Corry pleaded for greater care in tribunals. In his letter of 19 May 2005 on Paddy Doyle’s web site, Dr Corry tells of his pleading with the redress board. It is particularly distressful to read: “One patient was left alone, on the verge of a panic attack due to the intensity of his fear, to tell the board of a past littered with criminal behaviour, prison records, substance misuse, dysfunctional relationships, mistrust of authority, and family breakdown.”Dr Michael Corry was far too familiar with the complex rupture and consequences to one’s life that follow clerical childhood sexual abuse, denied and diminished by perpetrators and those who facilitated them within the religious life.Justice cannot be served by injustice. Justice cannot be served by re-traumatising victims of injustice. Justice cannot be served by exposing victims to the high risks of self-harm, attempted suicide and suicide. Justice cannot demand so much from the victims of crime.Victims have a fundamental human right to justice and fair legal procedures without risking their very lives through risk of suicide.Mark Vincent Healy is a survivor campaigner seeking ‘Rescue Services’ and ‘Safe Space Provisioning’ for survivors of clerical child sexual abuse.If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article you can contact the following organisations: IF THE ISSUES of clerical child sexual abuse can mark a horrific beginning to one’s life, and suicide a most tragic end – as I outlined in a previous article – then I wish to highlight what happens in the judicial process, as a campaign survivor of clerical child sexual abuse.My main concern is with and for that most vulnerable group, survivors of clerical child sexual abuse. They are at risk if they remain silent and they are at risk if they break silence and enter redress processes seeking justice. The risk is life threatening as evidenced by my research where I found data on 55 confirmed or alleged suicides in Ireland as a result of clerical child sexual abuse.Indeed in seeking redress there is no ‘risk assessment’ conducted regarding any litigation procedures outlining the dangers posed to survivors in seeking justice and redress.Our rights as Irish citizensWe are reminded in the Citizen’s Information web service that Irish people have fundamental rights under our constitution. We have a right to life, where it states: “The Constitution specifically recognises and protects your right to life”; to bodily integrity, where it states: “You have a right not to have your body or person interfered with. This means that the State may not do anything to harm your life or health.”In the Irish Constitution, Bunreacht na hEireann, we read the fundamental human rights that Irish Citizens enjoy under article 40 where it states the following:40.3.1° The State guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate the personal rights of the citizen and40.3. 2° The State shall, in particular, by its laws protect as best it may from unjust attack and, in the case of injustice done, vindicate the life, person, good name, and property rights of every citizen.Re-traumatised by the very procedures of their redressIndeed there are countless judgements protecting the rights of Irish citizens to ‘fair proceedings’ yet the fundamental rights of victims of clerical child sexual abuse seem to be abandoned when one considers the ‘high risks’ to which they can be and are submitted in seeking redress of their abuse as children.So many re-traumatised by the very procedures of their redress are suffering premature death and suicide. Is there justice in exposing such survivors to the high risks of suicide or attempted suicide as evidenced from such tragic cases?It is time to end the silence and abject failures to relieve those suffering life-long distress from clerical child sexual abuse.My researchThe SAVI Report, March 2002, page 220 states:It was decided not to interview prisoners directly for this study. The reasons for this were twofold. Firstly, there are concerns regarding asking prisoners to disclose a history of sexual abuse in an environment where they spend many hours of the day alone and do not have the support of family and friends to deal with emotions raised in this way. The risks of damaging their well-being, including self-injury and suicide, are by no means insignificant.A second ethical concern is about conducting such sensitive research with a vulnerable and captive group without being in a position to provide services to deal with issues that might emerge from the interviews.last_img read more


first_img“As a Government we stated a clear ambition for Ireland to be among the most entrepreneurial nations in the world and acknowledged as a world class environment in which to start and grow a business.”Entrepreneurs The report also examines the gender aspect of entrepreneurial activity in Ireland.There are now 1.4 times as many men as women who are new business owners.Minister Bruton said, “I am delighted to see that men and women in increasing numbers are becoming new business owners.”It also found that 13 per cent of early entrepreneurs expect to have 75 per cent or more of their customers in overseas markets.Tom Hayes, Head of Micro Enterprise and Small Business at Enterprise Ireland, said:The GEM report indicates that Irish early stage entrepreneurs have a stronger focus on international markets and exporting than their OCED and EU counterparts.“This focus of entrepreneurs on developing innovative products and services for export is essential for growth and economic recovery.”The GEM report is supported by Enterprise Ireland, Forfás and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.Declan Hughes, Head of the Enterprise, Trade and Innovation Policy Division, Forfás, said: “It is encouraging to see positive trends in entrepreneurship and to see ambitious plans for job creation.There is a need to continue to improve the perceived attractiveness of entrepreneurship as a career option and to ensure that entrepreneurs can access necessary sources of finance.Read: Column: Childcare is the main obstacle for women getting into business>Read: Opinion: Getting a company off the ground is very tough – but it’s also exhilarating> A NEW REPORT has found that 32,000 people in Ireland set up a new business in 2013 and 85 per cent of them expect to become employers.That’s according to the latest Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) report.It found that one in eleven of the adult population are engaged in some form of early stage entrepreneurial activity.It also reported that, “the pipeline of future entrepreneurs also looks very strong as those indicating that they intend to start a business in the next three years increased significantly in 2013″.The rate of early stage entrepreneurial activity is at its highest level since Ireland first became involved in GEM research in 2000.The country is now ranked second across the European Union, the Netherlands is in the top spot.Twenty-two per cent of early stage entrepreneurs expect to employ 10 or more people after five years.The Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton welcomes the publication of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor:Start-up businesses account for around two thirds of new jobs created in Ireland.last_img read more


first_imgOn the edit side, Bill Stump was promoted to senior vice president and editorial director for Prevention, Organic Gardening and Rodale.com; David Willey, who serves as senior vice president and editor-in-chief of Runner’s World and editorial director of Running Times, also will serve as editorial director for Bicycling; and Karen Rinaldi was promoted to executive vice president and general manager/publishing director for Rodale Books.David Zinczenko will continue to serve as senior vice president and editor-in-chief of Men’s Health and a editorial director of Women’s Health. Michele Promaulayko will continue to serve as editor-in-chief of Women’s Health and report to  Zinczenko, Rodale said.Elsewhere, Tom Pogash was promoted to CFO; CIO Ken Citron also will serve as COO; and Robin Shallow, vice president of brand communications and PR, was promoted to executive vice president of communications.Last week, Bekkedahl said she decided to leave the company to pursue “digital and new media opportunities.” Bekkedahl oversaw the sales and marketing teams for Rodale’s stable of magazines.In July, Rodale president and CEO Steven Pleshette Murphy stepped down and left the company. He was replaced as chief executive by chairman Maria Rodale, granddaughter of founder J.I. Rodale. A week after executive vice president and group publisher MaryAnn Bekkedahl announced her resignation from the company, Rodale has implemented a series of personnel changes across the organization, including editorial, operations, IT, communications and finance.The new structure will be led by Gregg Michaelson, who has been promoted from executive vice president of customer marketing to president of integrated marketing and sales, and chief marketing officer. In addition to the consumer marketing group, Michaelson will oversee print and digital advertising sales and marketing, events, custom publishing and Rodale’s business and marketing intelligence assets.“By creating this collaborative group under Gregg’s able leadership, we will be able to connect Rodale’s media touch points with all the powerful capabilities we have on the consumer side, including research, circulation, retail, customer relationship management and our customer database,” chairman and CEO Maria Rodale said in a statement announcing the changes.last_img read more


first_imgKarwan: Karwan MLA Kausar Mohiuddin, along with municipal corporators and GHMC officials, inspected the rain-affected areas in the constituency here on Tuesday. They paid a visit to Nizam Colony, Virasat Nagar, Nadeem Colony in Nanalnagar and Tolichowki division under the Karwan constituency to ascertain themselves about the damage or the progress in clearing the water logged areas. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us Kausar Mohiuddin was accompanied by the Nanal Nagar Corporator Mohammad Naseeruddin and other local leaders. They instructed the GHMC maintenance officers Executive Engineer (EE) Shivanand, Assistant Engineer (AE) Shankar, working inspector Mahboob Ali to allot GHMC monsoon teams and Emergency Team and also instructed them to clear the debris and waterlogged points at the government school in Hakeempet and the areas of Nizam colony.last_img read more


first_imgChandanagar: Many groups of students from various educational institutions are allegedly resorting to rude behaviour against one another by passing comments and indulging in fisticuffs and exchanging blows on the main roads of the town.Such incidents, besides pushing and pulling, have been happening almost daily after 5 pm on the streets, provoked by alleged comments by either rivals or friends. They have become a regular feature at the local bus-stand. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us One such recent incident of assault involving students went to the notice of the parents. Calm was restored following the intervention of teachers. Local residents and street vendors are a worried lot wondering to what extent such rows among students would be stretched. Interestingly, there has been a criticism that local police doing patrolling seem to be indifferent to such incidents, although the police station is close to several educational institutions. Residents are worried of the consequence if the police and heads of institutions don’t take preventive steps.last_img read more


first_imgSmoke rises above a rebel-held town east of the city of Daraa during airstrikes by Syrian regime forces on 30 June 2018. At least eight battered rebel-held towns in southern Syria returned to regime control under Russian-brokered deals after nearly two weeks of bombardment, a Britain-based monitor said. Photo: AFPAt least eight battered rebel-held towns in southern Syria returned to regime control under Russian-brokered deals on Saturday as air strikes killed at least 15 civilians, a monitor said.Since 19 June, backed by its ally Russia, the Damascus regime has carried out a deadly bombing campaign in southern Syria as it pushes to retake the strategic area bordering Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.As of Saturday, government forces controlled more than half of Daraa, up from just 30 per cent at the start of the operation, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.Eight towns in the province returned to regime control under Russia-brokered deals, the Observatory said.That came “after talks in each town between Russian generals as well as local notables and remaining rebels,” Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.The so-called “reconciliation” deals are the latest in a string of such agreements across the country that have seen the government retake opposition-held areas, often after devastating air and ground offensives.These deals imposed by the regime often see opposition fighters hand over their heavy weapons and allow those who want to leave to board buses headed to rebel-held areas in the north of Syria.Regime forces continued to bombard other parts of Daraa province on Saturday, with air strikes killing at least 15 civilians, according to the Observatory.Unidentified air strikes killed 10 civilians including five children in the rebel-held town of Al-Sahwa, the Britain-based monitor said.Regime air raids also took the lives of five non-combatants in the town of Ghasam.- Symbolic victory -State news agency SANA confirmed the deals for the five towns of Dael, Western Ghariya, Eastern Ghariya, Talul Khlayf and Tal al-Sheikh Hussein.State television broadcast live images from Dael, showing residents holding up posters of President Bashar al-Assad and chanting slogans in support of the army.The Observatory said the towns to return to government control also included Ibtaa, Um Walad and Eastern Karak.With the deals in Daraa, the regime has further chipped away at a U-shaped patch of territory controlled by the rebels in southern Syria.Retaking the whole of Daraa province would be a symbolic victory for the regime, as it is seen as the cradle of the anti-Assad uprising seven years ago that spiralled into civil war.It would also allow the regime to reopen the Naseeb border crossing with neighbouring Jordan and potentially resume lucrative trade across the frontier.But just under half of Daraa province — including part of the provincial capital of the same name — still remains in the hands of rebels.”The regime wants us to hand over everything – Daraa city, the Naseeb crossing, ourselves and the heavy weapons. It’s inadmissible,” a negotiator in the rebel-held part of Daraa city told AFP.On Saturday afternoon, a video circulated on social media showing a rebel negotiator saying talks with the Russians had failed.”The last sessions were today,” said Bashar al-Zobi, accusing the regime and its Russian ally of wanting nothing but “surrender and injustice”.- Jordan sends aid -The recent escalation comes despite Daraa and opposition-held parts of neighbouring Quneitra province being included in a so-called “de-escalation zone” agreed by Russia, the United States and Jordan last year.Syria’s main opposition group, the Syrian Negotiation Commission (SNC), implored the international community to speak out against the violence.”We call on the international community to condemn the brutal breaching of the de-escalation zone… and take all possible measures to halt this assault on our people,” SNC spokesman Yahya al-Aridi said in a statement.In total, 115 civilians have been killed in regime bombardment on the province since June 19.In that same period, 96 pro-regime fighters and at least 59 rebels have lost their lives.The spike in violence in Daraa over the past two weeks has forced around 160,000 people to flee their homes, according to initial United Nations estimates.These include around 20,000 to areas near the Naseeb border crossing with Jordan, a country that already hosts more than 650,000 registered Syrian refugees and says the actual figure is closer to 1.3 million.Amman has said it cannot open its frontier to any more Syrians fleeing the seven-year conflict, but on Saturday announced it had sent aid across the border to the displaced.More than 350,000 people have been killed in Syria since the war started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.last_img read more


first_img Share Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty ImagesSpecial counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the Department of Justice investigation into Russian election meddling, is investigating President Trump for possible obstruction of justice.Updated at 9:55 a.m. ET on June 15President Trump dismissed a potential obstruction of justice investigation into his conduct, calling allegations of collusion between him, his campaign or people associated with him and Russia a “phony story.”They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2017Of course, it’s possible to obstruct justice without colluding.Trump was responding to a Washington Post report that special counsel Robert Mueller, who is overseeing the Department of Justice Russia investigation, is looking into whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice. An hour later, Trump was back at it, calling the investigation the “single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history.” (People who followed McCarthyism closely might disagree.)You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history – led by some very bad and conflicted people! #MAGA— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2017The president also appeared to undermine Mueller’s leadership, saying the “witch hunt” was being “led by some very bad and conflicted people!”Muelleris now clearly the ti[p of the deep state spear aimed at destroying or at a minimum undermining and crippling the Trump presidency.— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) June 15, 2017 Mueller is setting up a dragnet of obstruction, financial questions and every aspect of Trump’s life and his associates lives.very dangerous— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) June 15, 2017There has been an effort on the right to try to undermine Mueller to de-legitimize his potential findings…:Robert Mueller is superb choice to be special counsel. His reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity. Media should now calm down— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) May 18, 2017… even though some of the same people just a month earlier had been praising the former FBI director for his esteem:News of Mueller looking into potential obstruction comes after former FBI Director James Comey testified last week. He said he didn’t know if Trump obstructed justice, but said it was for Mueller to decide.Comey testified that he told the president he was not personally under investigation three times and confirmed that Trump was not under investigation at the time of his firing on May 9.But, “Officials say that changed shortly after Comey’s firing,” the Post reports.It stands to reason that the circumstances surrounding Comey’s firing would now be at the center of Mueller’s query. That’s particularly the case since other high-ranking administration officials have declined under oath in open testimony to provide more details about whether Trump asked them in any way to influence Comey or the investigation.Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers and Rogers’ former deputy, Richard Ledgett, agreed to be interviewed as part of Mueller’s investigation, according to five people “briefed on the requests” who were “not authorized to discuss the matter publicly,” the paper reports.Officially, Mueller spokesman Peter Carr told NPR’s Carrie Johnson, “We’ll decline to comment.”NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines told NPR’s Phil Ewing, “NSA will fully cooperate with the special counsel. We are not in a position to comment further.”A spokesman for Trump’s personal lawyer in the Russia matter, Marc Kasowitz, said, “The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal.”Comey’s firing is a “central moment that’s being looked at” in the investigation, Post reporter Devlin Barrett told NPR’s Ari Shapiro on All Things Considered, “but it’s not the only thing.” Investigators are also considering the conversations Comey and the president had leading up to that point.In his testimony on June 8, Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee that he believed Trump had fired him over his role as lead of the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election and Trump campaign associates’ possible ties to Russia.The White House has been inconsistent with its public messaging about the dismissal — initially saying Trump took the recommendations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about Comey’s management of the FBI and his handling of the Clinton email investigation. But then the president himself said he had made up his mind prior to receiving the recommendations from the two top lawyers at the Department of Justice.Comey testified that initial explanations that he was fired because of poor leadership were “lies, plain and simple.” He also said Trump had privately urged him to pull back on the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn — a claim that the president has denied. Comey said he declined to tell agents working on the case about his conversation with Trump to shield them.The Washington Post previously reported that Trump also asked Rogers and Coats to push back against the FBI’s investigation. The intelligence chiefs declined to discuss their private conversations with Trump during a Senate panel hearing on June 7.Asked whether Trump’s actions rose to the level of obstruction of justice, Comey testified last week: “I don’t know. That’s Bob Mueller’s job to sort that out.” But Comey did lay out facts that a prosecutor could use to try to prove obstruction.Trump and his supporters cast Comey’s testimony that he had told the president he was not personally under investigation as vindication. Trump disputed, though, Comey’s assertion he had asked for a pledge of loyalty. After Comey’s much-watched Senate testimony, the president said in a press conference that he would testify under oath regarding his interactions and conversations with the former FBI director.“I think, frankly, our story shows that the president is by no means out of the woods as far as the investigation goes,” the Post’s Barrett told NPR.Chatter surfaced earlier this week that the president was considering firing Mueller. After a day of speculation, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “While the president has the right to, he has no intention to do so.” The New York Times reported that Trump had been waved off the idea by advisers.Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller on May 17, testified on Tuesday that he would not fire the special counsel without “good cause.”Trump is not the only one under scrutiny, Barrett said: Investigators are also looking into the finances of Trump associates.“Oftentimes what happens, frankly, in counterintelligence investigations is you start looking at sort of a core intelligence question — What did the Russians do and did they do it with any Americans? — and it grows into: What did any of those Americans do in their financial matters that may also raise alarms with the FBI?” Barrett said.Mueller’s investigative team has expanded in recent weeks. The National Law Journal reported on June 9 that Mueller has brought Deputy Solicitor General Michael Dreeben onto the team on a part-time basis. Reporter Tony Mauro noted the addition of Dreeben may signal that “Mueller may be seeking advice on complex areas of criminal law, including what constitutes obstruction of justice.” At the end of May, the chief of the Justice Department’s Fraud Section, Andrew Weissman, also joined the team, NPR’s Carrie Johnson reported at the time.Justice Department policy is that a sitting president cannot be indicted by a grand jury, the Post also reported Wednesday. Any findings by the department’s investigation would be referred to Congress, where lawmakers would determine whether to impeach the president.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more


first_img Additive Breakthrough Makes EV Batteries Suck Less in the ColdThe Battery in This Phone is Five Times Bigger Than Yours Stay on target Technological progress is always being limited by something. Maybe a certain type of glass is too expensive. Maybe there’s just too much conflict over these conflict minerals. Or maybe researchers have become too tired to make phones curved for no reason.But you can always count on batteries to be one of tech’s biggest bottlenecks. As devices become more powerful they either drain more power faster or have to find new ways to become more efficient. Not too mention thinner mobile devices place limits on how big a battery can be. It leads to situations like putting bulky battery cases on phones to get more than a day’s worth of charge. The Nintendo Switch’s specs may be leaps and bounds better than past Nintendo handhelds but the battery life sure isn’t.Fortunately, tech can always be improved eventually, and batteries are no different. Researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas have developed promising new next-generation battery technology. The secret? Lithium-sulfur.AdChoices广告You’re probably already familiar with recharging lithium-ion batteries. But we’re currently running up against their limitations. They can only hold so much energy, energy that is barely enough for modern tech. So we need something new.By adding sulfur to lithium the result is a battery that’s cheaper, lighter, more environmentally friendly and most importantly able to hold between three and five times the charge as lithium-ion by itself.However, other issues with the combination have made the tech tough to pursue. Lithium-sulfur batteries break down since sulfur isn’t great at being stable or conducting electricity. And you need a battery you can depend on.What the researchers have managed to do is coat the lithium-sulfur with a super thin metallic layer of the element molybdenum. This mitigates many of sulfur’s weakness like conductivity and stability. Through this process, lithium-sulfur batteries work and can theoretically be manufactured and used on a commercial scale.So when you start seeing new phones brag that they use long-lasting lithium-sulfur batteries, maybe pay attention, as long as we know they don’t also blow up.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more


first_imgBroaching Machine The global Broaching machine market size is expected to reach $394.6 million by 2026 from $245.3 million in 2018, growing at a CAGR of 6.0% from 2019 to 2026. Broaching machine is a machinery which is used to broach the metal workpiece for their application in various industrial sectors. The simple structure of broaching machine includes motor, ram, hydraulic drive, slide, draw head, broach, tool holder, and supporting table. Broaching machine can be operated horizontally as well as vertically.The broaching machine market growth is majorly driven by increase in demand from the automotive industry, as automotive industry is experiencing an increase in requirement of gears, valves, and other equipment. Moreover, Broaching machine find their application in the aerospace & defense sector, wherein increase in investment in the aerospace & defense industry in emerging economies such as China, India, and Brazil, are expected to provide lucrative opportunities to the broaching machine manufacturers in these regions. Furthermore, there is an increase in the demand for broaching machine in the developing regions—parts of Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America, owing to rapid industrialization.Download Sample Copy @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3237298?utm_source=ANIL-HTNTop Market Players: Accu-Cut Diamond Tool Co, American Broach & Machine Company, Arthur Klink GmbH, Axisco Precision Machinery Co., Ltd, Broaching Machine Specialties, General Broach Company, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd, Nachi-Fujikoshi Corp, Pioneer Broach Company, and V.W. Broaching Service Inc.Nonetheless, the broaching machine is an essential part of metal fabrications industry. Government initiatives and regulations for machine tool industry are also expected to boost the growth of the broaching machine industry. However, increase in competition from domestic manufacturers is expected to hinder the growth of the broaching machine market.The global broaching machine market analysis is based on type, end-user, and region. Based on type, the market is divided into horizontal broaching machine, and vertical broaching machine. The vertical broaching machine segment is expected to secure the leading position during the forecast period. By end-user, the broaching machine market is categorized into automotive industry, industrial machinery, precision engineering machine, and others. The automotive segment secured the highest market share in 2018, owing to increase in demand for broaching machine for broaching of gear and other equipment.Based on region, it is analyzed across North America (U.S., Canada, and Mexico), Europe (Germany, Russia, France, Italy, Poland, and Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (China, South Korea, India, Turkey, and Rest of Asia-Pacific), and LAMEA (Latin America, Middle East, and Africa). Various countries covered under each region are studied and analyzed to identify the broaching machine market trends demonstrated by these respective regions. Asia-Pacific dominated the broaching machine market in 2017, followed by North America.Avail Discount on Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3237298?utm_source=ANIL-HTNTable of ContentsChapter 1: introductionChapter 2: executive summaryChapter 3: market overviewChapter 4: Broaching Machine market, by componentChapter 5: Broaching Machine market, by type of Broaching MachineChapter 6: Broaching Machine market, by functionChapter 7: Broaching Machine market, by end userChapter 8: Broaching Machine market, by regionChapter 9: company profilesAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.Contact us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail: help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more


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.  Healthcare spending is on the rise. According to a 2014 forecast by FMI, a market research group, total global healthcare spending will reach $52 billion by 2018 — less than two years away. Further research shows that nearly half of the money (40 percent) will be spent on equipment, an encompassing term that includes everything from beds to gurneys to imaging equipment. Radiology actually makes up the lion’s share of equipment costs, accounting for approximately 1/5 (depending on the type of facility) of total equipment expenditures, per a 2015 report from market research firm Medical Architecture Planning Systems. At the same time, it is also a major revenue driver for hospitals, with radiology expected to account for $49 billion of total global medical imaging revenue by 2020, according to BCC Research, a market research company.With so much money on the table, radiology departments are set up for a potential major windfall. Taking advantage of the investments, however, and capturing the largest possible portion of revenue will require strategic thinking and planning on the part of radiology administrators. An education session at the 2016 annual meeting of the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) in Nashville provided that group with a possible solution presented by an unlikely source — a pair of architects. Robert Junk, AIA, and Tobias Gilk, M.Arch, co-founded RAD-Planning, an architecture and design firm in Kansas City that specializes in radiology, nuclear medicine and radiation therapy facilities. They have been attending and presenting at AHRA for 11 years and have co-authored several chapters of the AHRA Asset Management in Radiology book. Watch a VIDEO interview with Junk and Gilk “Maximizing Your Return on Investment in Radiology.” Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Generalization versus SpecializationFor any business, increasing revenue requires increasing utilization of the products or services that are offered. In the case of radiology (and healthcare in general), this means maximizing the number of patients that can be seen in the course of a day. When evaluating their business model through this lens, radiology administrators must consider the pros and cons of generalized services versus specialized services. “What we’re talking about is a business model design. That has implications not simply for the shape and size of the building but it has implications to your organizational structure and your operational model,” said Gilk. “Just like healthcare is an integrated system, we think planning for healthcare is most effective when it’s done in an integrated fashion.”The general trend in healthcare, according to Junk and Gilk, has been moving further and further toward specialization. This approach is attractive because it offers benefits for both physicians and patients. For patients, who most often seek out specialized healthcare professionals when dealing with a specific medical issue, they can feel that they are being treated by an expert on that specific ailment.For physicians, specialization offers them the chance to maintain their credibility, even if they have to refer their patient to another doctor. While they may not have the skill set to treat the patient directly, they demonstrate that they still know where the patient can get the best treatment — knowledge that upholds their standing in the eyes of the patient. On the other end of the spectrum, radiology has traditionally taken on a more generalist role by nature, as all of its patients are referred from other physicians and departments. The skill set and expertise of general radiology covers a wide range of areas and modalities. The drawback, however, is that the skill set and expertise in any one area or modality may not be extensive. Specializing in a particular area of care can have significant impacts on the procedure and workflow of a department, the pair noted: • Staffing and procedures focus on the one area that you cover; • Specializing gives the healthcare team better empathy with client needs. “By segmenting, we have a better perception of what the unspoken patient needs are,” Gilk said; • Operational protocols are better aligned with services; • Facility layout is more streamlined, as practices are able to simplify what they provide; and• Better separation of clientele. This is not to say that specialization is the answer for all practices and departments. In the context of healthcare, specialization has two primary disadvantages:• Low utilization — If a practice only specializes in one particular area or modality, they are inherently limiting the number of patients that can take advantage of their services. “You essentially are building a silo and picking one small sliver of patients,” Gilk said; and• Confusion — If services are not gathered under one umbrella or in one location, patients may not know which doctor or location they should visit to address their medical issue. There are some instances of radiology being adapted to a specialized context, such as a cardiology department/practice with its own computed tomography (CT) scanner or a cancer treatment center with its own imaging equipment. “They’re starting to recognize that if we segment this market and we offer specialty services with respect to imaging, we have a differentiator,” said Gilk.   Change is ComingWhether they implement this specific model or not, Junk and Gilk warned that radiology administrators will need to do something soon — pointing to factors such as the aging of the U.S. population driving demand for more imaging and changing reimbursement models. Not every hospital will be able to implement wholesale change immediately, but taking incremental steps is just as effective, they said. “Whatever your situation is today, you are going to grow in the next few years and you will be asked to come to the table with ways to provide more,” Gilk told the audience. “The resources you have today are not going to cut it.”  Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Related Content Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 0.00%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Feature | Radiology Business | November 01, 2016 | By Jeff Zagoudis Rethinking the Radiology Business Model As healthcare spending and the demand for imaging services continue to increase, radiology departments must assess the best way to maximize their investments to generate the most revenue Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Shared Imaging Offers New OptionWith the pros and cons of generalization and specialization in mind, Junk and Gilk proposed an alternative business model that offers the best of both worlds, a concept they referred to as shared imaging services — an imaging “Swiss army knife” of sorts. In the model they proposed, a variety of specialty imaging clinics act as a series of “front doors” to the general radiology department, which sits as a central hub for all imaging data. Examples of front doors could include an orthopedic/sports medicine specialty imaging clinic, a women’s and pediatric health specialty imaging clinic, or a neurology specialty imaging clinic. This type of setup can help patients better self-identify with what their needs are. “From the perception of the patient, everything is targeted toward them. From the perspective of the referring physician, everything is targeted to the specific needs of my patient,” said Gilk. From radiology’s point of view, “it’s managing a couple of different front doors because in the middle is your imaging department just as it always has been,” he added. This “Swiss army knife” model offers a few advantages in the eyes of Junk and Gilk, first and foremost being increased utilization due to multiple points of entry into the radiology department. The key, according to Junk, is identifying the areas where you specialize based on your demographics. This makes the model scalable to any size organization, and the facility appears more attuned to client expectations.  Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Related Radiology Business Content:VIDEO: The Consolidation Trend in Radiology BusinessRadiology is Not Business as UsualVIDEO: Maximizing Your Return on Investment in RadiologyRadiologists Seek Greater Involvement in Patient CareOpportunities for Growth in a Competitive Radiology Climate Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. 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first_imgEmirates Group announces half-year performance for 2015-16The Emirates Group today announced its half-year results for 2015-16, showing continued business growth and a strong performance.The Emirates Group revenue reached AED 46.1 billion (US$ 12.6 billion) for the first six months of its 2015-16 financial year, down 2.3% from AED 47.2 billion (US$ 12.9 billion) during the same period last year, reflecting the impact of the strong US dollar against major currencies.The Group marked one of its best half-year profit performances ever, with net profit rising to AED 3.7 billion (US$ 1.0 billion), up 65% over the last year’s results. The Group’s cash position on 30th September 2015 was at AED 14.8 billion (US$4.0 billion), compared to AED 20.0 billion (US$ 5.5 billion) as at 31st March 2015. This is due to ongoing investments mainly into new aircraft, airline related infrastructure projects, and business acquisitions.His Highness (HH) Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, said: “Our top-line figures were hit hard by the strong US dollar against other major currencies. The currency exchange situation, combined with ongoing regional conflict and weak economic outlook in many parts of the world, dampened the positive impact of lower fuel prices during the first half of our 2015-16 financial year. Emirates also made the decision to pass on savings from the lower fuel prices to our customers by cancelling passenger fuel surcharges, and lowering fares across the network.”He added: “That the Group is reporting one of its most profitable first half-year performances ever, speaks to the strength of our underlying business. In first six months of this year, Emirates and dnata grew in terms of capacity, capability and global reach – organically, and for dnata through strategic acquisitions as well. Looking ahead, we will continue to build on our core strengths by investing in new ways to improve efficiencies and deliver the best customer outcomes. At the same time, we will keep an eye out for strategic growth opportunities, and stay agile so that we can respond effectively to external challenges.”In the past six months, the Group continued to develop and expand its employee base, increasing its overall staff count by 4% to over 87,000 compared with 31st March 2015.Source = Emirates Grouplast_img read more