zoom South Korean dry bulk shipping company Pan Ocean reported a 55.4 percent rise in profit for the third quarter of 2017 when compared to the third quarter of 2016.The Q3 profit for this year stood at USD 36.9 million against USD 23.7 million reported in Q3, 2016.For the nine-month period, the profit was down by 23 percent as Pan Ocean earned USD 82.3 million in 2017, down from USD 107.8 million in the nine-month period ending September 2016.The group recorded operating profit of USD 125 million for the nine-month period, as compared to the operating profit of USD 102 million in the corresponding period of preceding financial year.The Q3 operating profit came at USD 46 million, up by 40 percent when compared to USD 32.9 million booked in Q3, 2016.The increase was attributed to demand growth related to iron ore and coal in China driven by the steady development of the country’s economy.World Maritime News Staff
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YEAR OF THE VETERAN–Certificate Applications Available at AccessNova Scotia Centres At a special reception on Wednesday, April 27, Premier John Hammannounced that veterans from Nova Scotia can be honoured with acertificate that commemorates a tradition of service andsacrifice for their country. Individuals can request a certificate in the name of any veteran.Applications are available: 2005, the Year of the Veteran, marks the 60th anniversary of theend of the Second World War. The province is working closely withVeterans Affairs Canada and the Nova Scotia standing committee onveterans affairs on a program of events and activities to honourand commemorate veterans. -30- on the Year of the Veteran website at www.gov.ns.ca/yearoftheveteran at any Access Nova Scotia centre throughout the province by e-mail to email@example.com by calling toll-free 1-888-243-4242 by fax to 902-422-8830, or by mail to The Year of the Veteran, Province of Nova Scotia, PO Box 922, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2V9.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration used a new law for the first time Friday to try to force a wealthy Southern California coastal city to end its years of opposition to meeting low-income housing goals.The administration sued the Orange County city of Huntington Beach under the law that took effect Jan. 1 after passing in a 2017 package of measures intended to alleviate the state’s severe housing shortage and homelessness problem.California has more homeless people than any other state and the nation’s highest poverty rate when soaring housing and rental costs are taken into account. Newsom, who took office this month, has proposed building 3.5 million housing units in the most populous state, which has nearly 40 million residents.The lawsuit says leaders in Huntington Beach, home to about 200,000 people, have repeatedly refused to amend the city’s housing plan to add state-required low-income housing and are fighting a separate lawsuit by housing advocates.It’s the second major issue facing California that the self-styled “Surf City USA” is battling the state over. Huntington Beach also is challenging the sanctuary law that limits co-operation with federal immigration officials.State officials say housing negotiations began before Huntington Beach challenged the immigration law and the lawsuit isn’t in retaliation.“Many cities are taking herculean efforts to meet this crisis head on,” Newsom said in a statement. “But some cities are refusing to do their part.”City Attorney Michael Gates said Huntington Beach is complying with state housing and zoning laws, pointing to the city’s victory in a related lawsuit. An appeals court ruled in 2017 that cities like Huntington Beach that have their own charters can approve plans that don’t meet the state’s housing requirements and can eliminate sites zoned for affordable housing.Former Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law last year closing what housing advocates described as a legal loophole for charter cities. Huntington Beach’s charter led an Orange County judge to rule that it isn’t bound by the state’s sanctuary law because it has greater autonomy to enforce local laws. The state has appealed that ruling.Gates said the state’s lawsuit “is poorly timed” because it interrupts months of housing negotiations. The city has approved more than 2,500 new housing units since 2014, including about 100 low-income units, he said, leaving the city about 400 units short of state goals for low-income housing.Huntington Beach was deemed out of compliance in 2015, and state officials most recently notified the city in November that it was still breaking state law. The state sued in Orange County Superior Court under the new law strengthening the state’s ability to require local governments to meet housing goals.The California Department of Housing and Community Development sets the number of new housing units that a region is projected to need to provide homes for all income levels.The department says 90 per cent of housing plans statewide are in compliance, while Huntington Beach is one of 51 cities and counties that are not.Newsom said high housing costs and rents “are eroding quality of life for families across this state.” He said the problem is “an existential threat to our state’s future and demands an urgent and comprehensive response.”He has promised several moves to increase affordable housing, including giving cities more money for housing shelters but taking away transportation money if they fail to meet their goals. The Democratic governor’s budget proposal seeks $1.75 billion to combat homelessness by encouraging new affordable housing.Don Thompson, The Associated Press
Maldivian authorities, neither confirmed nor denied the arrest. Police have arrested a Sri Lankan sniper from the Maldives days after a sniper rifle bullet was found in the biggest weapons bust in the country’s recent history.Haveeru has found that the sniper who had served in the Sri Lankan military was arrested a week ago and remains in custody. The weapons had been seized from Hibilhadhoo island in Baa Atoll being developed as a resort. Assistant police commissioner Abdulla Nawaz assured that every effort was being made to find those weapons. He asked the public to notify the police of any information that could lead to the discovery of those weapons. (Courtesy Haveeru) Security forces cautioned the public Wednesday to be wary of more illegal weapons on the loose.At a joint press conference with the police, Captain Ali Ihsan from the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) said there was credible intelligence to suggest some people were in possession of more weapons. Those weapons had the potential of endangering the lives of the people, he warned.“We can confirm that these weapons would be used in a general attack or utilised to launch an attack on particular individuals,” Ihsan said, during the press conference held a few minutes before the declaration of state of emergency. The army confirmed Saturday that two assault rifles found in the biggest weapons bust in Maldives’ recent history belonged to the state armoury.The items showcased during a press conference earlier Saturday included several hand guns, a T56 assault rifle and a MP5 sub-machine gun. In addition, a large quantity of bomb making material were also displayed at the press briefing.
Liebherr T282 ultra-class haul trucks are in the process of being commissioend by Thiess at the Lake Vermont coal project in Central Queensland, Australia. Components of the trucks have begun arriving at site for reassembly and commissioning. A total of 12 are scheduled to be moving overburden by April 25 as part of a production ramp-up. The first truck arrived at Lake Vermont on February 27 for commissioning a week later. The T282 has a much larger payload than the 793D Cat haul trucks currently deployed onsite and Thiess stated would be “an important asset in reaching production targets for the mine.” The Liebherr T282s have a payload of 360 t, 66% greater payload capacity than the Caterpillar 793Ds, while additionally being electric drive. The mine is also using new Liebherr 9800 hydraulic excavators.Lake Vermont is owned by Jellinbah Group and the Thiess initial Mine Infrastructure Development contract began in 2007 when the mine was established, then in 2008 mining operations commenced. In July 2012 Thiess was awarded a six year contract extension which will extend operational presence at the mine through to 2018. Under the mining operations and maintenance contract, Thiess undertakes all mining operations: clearing and grubbing, topsoil removal, drill and blast, overburden removal, coal mining and rehabilitation of final landforms. Thiess also provides all mobile plant and equipment, and will operate and maintain the client owned CHPP including the loading of trains. The twin state of the art CHPPs are each capable of receiving and handling coal at a rate of up to 11.2 Mt/y.
THE US SPY scandal keeps rumbling on. Last week, newspapers revealed NSA eavesdropping on millions of French and Spanish phone calls. Even Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, had her phone calls listened in on.This comes at an awkward time for the US government, which has just started negotiations on Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TIPP), a major trade agreement with the EU, and for US IT and social networking companies that will fall under new data protection regulations from the EU. These regulations are being negotiated currently and their final outcome may reflect more on current privacy concerns than on the ease of doing business in the Common Market.Google, Facebook, and Linkedin are just a few of the major US companies that may get caught out when the new regulations are decided. Lobbying has been intense in Brussels to find a framework that balances privacy with the directed advertisement that provide the bulk of search and social networking profits. Potential changes to the regulations in order to shield the networks from US snoops could involve costly server moves out of the US or additional privacy protocols, which may damage their ability to let 3rd parties access information, affecting their advertisement revenue.Meanwhile, the US spy scandal may hit at Google and Microsoft more directly. The Brazilian government recently announced plans to set up a secure email system, not attached to any US based servers, to compete with Gmail and Hotmail and which would theoretically be more difficult for US spies to access. This would put the state mail carrier, Correios, in direct competition with the US multinationals. As yet, no European plans have cropped up for a similar system off US based servers.TTIP-ed offHowever, the greater threat to the US and its international standing will not be in the lost profits to a few major US companies. The recent scandal has unearthed evidence of spying on the EU in Brussels and in Washington, DC as well as on several major European politicians. Whereas other spy efforts may be justified on national security grounds, US spying on EU communication or Chancellor Merkel’s phone make little military or anti-terrorist sense.Most EU states are strong NATO allies and Germany is a second tier military power, even in Europe. The benefits to national security over other US-EU intelligence sharing arrangements are minimal. European agencies currently share information, helping to identify terrorist sleeper cells and working with the US in both counter terrorism and military operations in Europe and abroad.The main target then for US wiretapping in EU communiqués and leaders phones may be to gain advantages when dealing with the EU across the negotiating table. The US might benefit from sensitive information on the new free trade agreement currently being negotiated between the US and EU, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Any internal information on red lines or negotiating tactics would be invaluable to the US team in striking the most advantageous deal for the US side.But being found out comes at a cost. If the Europeans feel they are getting a raw deal, they may walk away from the agreement completely. The same applies for the Trans-Pacific Partnership that the US is negotiating with several major Asian and Latin American economies. The TTIP and TPP are of vital importance to the US at present, not just for economic growth but for geopolitical capture. They represent the last, best chance for the US to set global rules while China can still be safely excluded from them. With China set to overtake the US as the world largest economy as soon as 2020, the time to strike these deals is running out.The “indispensable nation”If the spying scandal undermines the US effort to ties its major allied economies to its economy, it will have a lasting and damaging impact on the country. While the EU would greatly benefit from the TTIP trade deal and still relies upon US for military support and any international action, the US will increasingly need the EU. The EU can help the US define international norms, boost legitimacy abroad, and support the current international system they have both developed since the end of the Second World War. Most importantly, the EU and US will have to work together to balance against rising challenges from developing nations who want a say in how the world is governed.The US is used to getting its own way on the world stage. As the world largest economy and foremost military power, it is rightly called the “indispensable nation”. But it will need its allies to stay on top in the international arena for much longer. Given their common values, common history, and combined international weight, the US and EU are each other’s ideal allies. But the democratic values that they both treasure have consequences for their foreign policies and the French, German, and Spanish peoples will not be keen to have their phone calls listened in on by a foreign agency.Twenty years from now, the United States’ neglect of its allies may be seen as an own goal – driving a wedge between the US and its main allies even as both of their global positions deteriorated. The row itself is trivial compared to the potential consequences of a halt to the further integration of the US and the EU, among other allies.The US spying programme will not bring it any benefits compared to what it is risking with its international alliances.Read: Google boss says US data spying “outrageous” and potentially illegalRead: John Kerry: Yes, US spying ‘has reached too far’ at timesRead: Tánaiste on NSA spying: ‘Friends don’t bug each other’s telephones’
SINCE HE BEGAN tweeting a month ago there has been a mix of shock, awe and downright confusion as to whether Gerry Adams is for real when it comes to being on Twitter.Whether it’s his latest baking, his dog Snowy in a baseball cap, or the adventures of his teddy bear, there is little that is off limits for the Sinn Féin president.His tweeting has been met with a mix of confusion, amusement and, in some places, condemnation. Read: 11 tweets from the world of Gerry AdamsSpeaking to TheJournal.ie this week Adams said his tweeting was not some “sinister Sinn Féin plan” to raise his profile on the microblogging site – though there has been interest from as far as across the water.“It’s just me,” he said.The Louth TD said he didn’t mind if people thought it was weird that he tweeted about the adventures of his teddy bear – ‘Ted’.He said: “You have to think of the sensitivities of teddy bears. Teddy bears aren’t given their place in the scheme of things in this world.”Here’s what the Sinn Féin leader told us about his Twitter exploits:TheJournal.ie will have more from a wide-ranging interview with Gerry Adams over the course of the weekendMore: There were TDs intoxicated on night of promissory note debate – Gerry AdamsLeader Interviews: Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin
152 prisoners escape from Brazilian jail after setting fire to cellblock 52 inmates remain at large following the jailbreak yesterday in the town of Bauru. Jan 25th 2017, 7:27 AM http://jrnl.ie/3203668 Short URL Wednesday 25 Jan 2017, 7:27 AM 7 Comments By AFP Source: Shutterstock/BackgroundStoreBRAZILIAN POLICE ARE hunting for 52 inmates who broke out of a jail yesterday in the latest unrest to hit the country’s overcrowded prisons.Inmates set fire to one of the cellblocks before escaping from the Penitentiary Progression Centre, a semi-open prison in the town of Bauru, northwest of Sao Paulo, according to the national prisons authority.The revolt broke out in protest after a prison guard confiscated a mobile phone from an inmate it said.“The prisoners started a commotion and some took advantage of it to flee,” a source in the prisons authority told AFP.Inmates set fire to the roof of the cellblock, but firefighters soon put out the blaze, the source said.The prisons authority said separately in a statement that 152 inmates fled and 100 were captured by military police.More than 130 prisoners have been reported killed in Brazil this year, many of them beheaded, in a series of bloody prison riots blamed on drug gangs.© – AFP, 2017Read: The man who hacked nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence gets 9 months in jailRead: Trump takes first step towards building Mexican wall Share12 Tweet Email 6,589 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
If you’re planning to attend Saturday’s grand opening of Vancouver Waterfront Park, you may want to plan your transportation strategy carefully.City officials expect 10,000 to 12,000 people to attend the event, which starts at 11:30 a.m. with speeches and a ribbon cutting. The Facebook page for the Vancouver Waterfront Grand Opening lists 4,500 people “going” and 37,000 “interested.”The official program at the city’s Waterfront Park and Grant Street Pier, set to end at 3 p.m., also features music by The Pearls and The Juleps, face painting, activities for children, giveaways, and food at the development’s first two restaurants (WildFin American Grill and Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar) that opened this week, food trucks and the Vancouver Farmers Market.Getting thereBut about that transportation plan. The waterfront development has three surface parking lots totaling 356 spaces, with one of the lots set aside Saturday for disabled parking and reserved spaces, as well as some on-street parking. There is not enough parking, safe to say, for 10,000 to 12,000 people. Here are the alternatives:• Free shuttle: Service will be available starting at 9:30 a.m. and will continue to run every 15 minutes, with the last trip leaving the event at 4 p.m. From Hudson’s Bay High School, C-Tran will run shuttles from a temporary bus stop at the corner of East Mill Plain and East Reserve Street. From Clark College, shuttles will run to and from the Green and Yellow lots at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.
Road Accident logoTwo people, including a bus helper, were killed and five others injured in a head-on collision between two buses at Bairagiganj on Rangpur-Bogra highway in Mithapukur upazila in Rangpur on Tuesday, reports UNB.The deceased are Harun-ur-Rashid, 35, a resident at Hazirhat in Rangpur city, and Lal Miah, 30, a helper of a ‘Bashundhara Paribahan’ bus.In-charge of Barodargah highway police sub-inspector Hafiz said a Rajshahi-bound ‘Bashundhara Paribahan’ bus from Rangpur collided with another bus heading for Lalmonirhat from Chittagong around 11am, leaving seven people injured.The injured were taken to Rangpur Medical College Hospital where physicians declared Harun and Lal dead.
Garment workers block road during a protest on Saturday. Photo: UNBIn the wake of widespread protests by RMG workers for the last few days over the disparity in their new wage structure, the government on Sunday revised their wages, reports UNB.Commerce minister Tipu Munshi announced this after a meeting of the committee, formed by the government to review the wage structure of the RMG workers, at the Secretariat.The wages of garment workers under grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 out of total seven grades have been adjusted freshly.The minimum wage under the 6th grade has been increased to Tk 8,420 from Tk 8,405 which was Tk 5,678 in 2013 while that under the 5th grade to Tk 8,875 from Tk 8,855 which was Tk 6,042 in 2013.A 4th grade worker will now get Tk 9,347 instead of Tk 9,245 as minimum wage against Tk 6,420 in 2013 while 3rd grade one will get Tk 9,845 instead of Tk 9,590 which was Tk 6,805 in 2013.The minimum wage under the 2nd grade has been increased to Tk 15,416 from Tk 14,630 which was Tk 10,900 in 2013 while that under 1st grade to Tk 18,257 from Tk 17,510 which was Tk 13,000 in 2013.On 26 November, the government published a gazette notification fixing Tk 8,000 as the minimum wage of garment workers.State minister for labour and employment Munnujan Sufian, commerce, and labour and employment secretaries, presidents of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association, and workers’ leaders were present at the meeting.Munnujan Sufian said a gazette notification on the revised wage structure will be published within two or three days and it will come into retrospective effect from 1 December, 2018.Tipu Munshi said he would personally provide Tk 100,000 to the family of the garment worker who died during the agitation at Hemayetpur on 8 January.Amirul Haque Amir, president of the National Garment Workers’ Federation, welcomed the government’s decision and urged workers to return to work.
During an interview with Forbes, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has elaborated on the company’s online plans for the Wii U, saying that the company is creating “a much more flexible system” for the upcoming console. According to Fils-Aime, that allows independent publishers to bring their own best approaches to the game. He added that the company will welcome publishers who maintain their own networks instead of arguing with them over where the predominant platform lies, in a veiled reference to clashes between EA and Microsoft in the early days of Xbox Live.“The Regginator” continued, pointing out that the eShop for the 3DS handheld is a step in this new direction, and the Wii U online experience will branch out of that mentality rather than out of the first Wii’s online experience, which was hampered in a number of ways relative to Xbox Live and PSN. Importantly, he says, the company has acknowledged that it needs to do more online.He was otherwise short on details, owing to the newly decentralized structure of the network. Those details, he claimed, would be “more compelling” if they came from the publishers instead of Nintendo.Read more on Forbes (image courtesy Doug Kline)Blake’s OpinionIt’s fantastic that Nintendo has seen the error in its ways with regard to the Wii and DS online experiences and has set itself toward fixing it. The E3 pitch for the Wii U’s online capabilities, from browsing to video chat, was compelling, and fixing online multiplayer would go a long way to presenting the Wii U as a complete package for a next-year console buyer shopping on the market.But is a completely open system the proper way to do it? For this gamer, that evokes memories of the PlayStation 2 online network, where the system was completely open, nothing was required of publishers, and that left gamers with a hobbled online platform that really only hosted a SOCOM game and a couple of obscure online experiments like Resident Evil Outbreak.Nowadays, online activity on consoles is everywhere, but it’s largely thanks to stringent requirements put in place by Microsoft and Sony that dictated that all games for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 have at least compatibility with their individual online platforms. This allows players to see what their friends are playing, send messages from within single-player games, buy DLC, and a huge variety of other activities that we take for granted but wouldn’t necessarily be there with an open platform.The biggest thing we take for granted is probably authentication. On Xbox Live or PSN, your nickname is how you’re known to other players and to publishers who track data for the purposes of stopping cheating, harassment, or simply tweaking game balance. So the very first time you stick a Ubisoft game into your console, you don’t have to go through Ubi’s signup process on their servers just to get into a match of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood.That factor, for this gamer, is huge. The nightmare scenario – and one that seems very plausible – is each publisher on an “open” platform requiring its own login just to play a game on your console. Imagine having to maintain separate accounts for all your games from EA, Ubisoft, Activision, THQ, and so on. “What was my password for the THQ one again?” you may find yourself wondering.So Nintendo knows it needs to straighten up its online ship. That’s great, but it remains to be seen whether Nintendo knows how to set things right for a modern console.
Snapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350Snapchat Launches New Original Programming, Multiplayer Games Stay on target Keeping a fast food joint fully-staffed is a lot of work, especially when 60% of your employees are teenagers. You need a steady stream of new recruits… but where do you find them? On Snapchat, natch.That’s where the cool kids hang out these days, and McDonald’s Australia figures there’s enough of them that are jobless that the ephemeral social network is a great place to headhunt. To show that they’re in touch with today’s young people, they had a special Snapchat filter developed.What does it do? Why it lets you see what you’d look like in a McDonald’s uniform. According to McDonald’s, the “Snaplication” is just the first stage of the process. They’re looking for bright, smiling faces that look like they genuinely care about providing good customer service. Or at least like they can adhere to handwashing policies and remember to wear hair nets.Australian COO Shawn Ruming told reporters he “learnt a lot about Snapchat recently from [his] 14-year-old daughter,” which goes a long way to explaining how the company’s ham-fisted attempt at fitting in — which is roughly on par with this one — came to be.But hey, at least it’s not racist like those other infamous filters were… so that’s a win of sorts.Any young Australians out there that are looking to earn a few extra bucks should apply soon. There’s no telling how much longer these jobs are going to be around now that McDonald’s is deploying kiosks and updating their mobiles apps to take orders. And who knows how much longer ’till they start rolling out burger-flipping robots to man the grills.
Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now April 29, 2013 Project planning is an art. It involves breaking a goal down into small tasks, then assigning and scheduling those tasks so the work continuously moves toward the finish line.Traditional project planning tools are designed to handle a complex series of tasks. They’re perfect for programmers and engineers but for the average small-business owner, it can be a steep learning curve.Why not start with something simpler? Here are three iPad apps that take a more creative approach to planning a small project.1. iScope — Project Management 4 HumansThis app uses an intuitive interface that looks like a leather trimmed desk blotter. The action is based on task cards which sit on three horizontal rails. Each rail represents a deeper level of sub-tasks, so you can easily break goals into manageable chunks. Click on a task card to add deadlines, write notes and attach files. iScope also has its own contact list so you can contact and assign tasks to team members without leaving the app.The Project Dashboard tool is where you’ll find pie charts and graphs that show your progress on each project. It also shows the progress of each team member so you know at a glance who needs a follow-up call.The downside to the iScope’s friendly interface is that you can only see a minimal amount of information at one time so it’s best for short-term projects with a minimal number of tasks.iScope for the iPad is free to try. The full version costs $9.99. Related: 6 Apps to Help Unclutter Your Life2. AgileScrum Pro It may sound like an odd name for a project planner but AgileScrum is a reference to a software development method that is the basis for the app. The method takes a holistic approach to completing any project by breaking the tasks into tiny increments that your entire team can work on at the same time.AgileScrum comes with a recognizable interface — the old fashioned bulletin board. The board has three columns: To Do, In Progress and Done. Each task is a yellow post-it that can be dragged from one column to the next. You can assign tasks to team members, give them a specific number of hours for completion and run reports to see who is putting in the time.The downside to this free app is that it uses terminology specific to the Agile Development method, so there’s a bit of a learning curve to start.3. Treed Based on the concept of a tree (the project goal) with limbs (tasks) and smaller branches (sub-tasks), Treed is designed to force you to work backwards from your goal with large text boxes and a minimalist design.Once you create your tree, you can drag and drop the task boxes, check off completed tasks, zoom out to see the big picture and use the ready task list to focus on your priorities. What Treed doesn’t do is handle dates, so it only works for projects that don’t have a specific deadline. Without a free trial version, Treed costs $11.99.Related: 5 Little-Known iPhone and iPad Apps for Startups This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read
Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Darshana De is a senior research analyst for Frost & Sullivan’s Technical Insights research practice. She has more than five years of healthcare experience, with a special focus on medical imaging and devices, as well as the application of nanoscience and technology in medical imaging. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more 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. 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Availability of instant diagnostic data has consequently helped reduce overall healthcare costs by replacing more expensive diagnostic exams. Over the years, the diagnostic imaging capabilities of ultrasound have spread across all clinical applications, from obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics and cardiology, to emergency medicine, prostate cancer, breast cancer detection and so on. The speed, efficacy, cost-effectiveness and noninvasive nature of ultrasound imaging are some of the key attributes that have given this technology an edge over other imaging modalities. In addition, ultrasound equipment is economical; even the most advanced ultrasound systems cost only about one-fifth of the price for a low-end magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system. In terms of technology advancements, medical imaging ultrasound has roughly followed Moore’s Law, which relates to computing power, noting that the number of transistors on integrated circuits (ICs) doubles approximately every two years. Ultrasound imaging has undergone a similar technological evolution. Device miniaturization and Windows PC-based architecture have made it possible to pack increasing amounts of processing units into smaller and smaller medical devices. One significant development has been the commercialization of hand-held miniaturized devices by manufacturers, with advanced computational power. This trend has been adopted by more diagnostic ultrasound original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with the introduction of portable, hand-carried ultrasound systems. Hand-carried ultrasounds are growing at an increasing pace and becoming more popular among clinicians across the globe, especially for point-of-care diagnosis. Such systems are primarily used for imaging internal organs, such as the abdomen, kidney, heart and peripheral vasculature. The integration of advanced features at point-of-care diagnosis makes these systems more acceptable by clinicians. Another significant development has been the increase of computational power in conventional systems. Such systems use more sophisticated and complicated computational algorithms for enhanced image reconstruction and display. Tissue harmonic imaging has been a significant development in ultrasound imaging, in which the image reconstructed from the second harmonic reflected from the tissue helps to remove much of the unwanted noise from the images. Real-Time 3-D: The Future of Ultrasound Imaging Ultrasound imaging has the advantage over other imaging technologies, such as computed tomography (CT), MRI and others, of providing real-time imaging of anatomical structures. However, unlike imaging technologies such as positron emission tomography (PET), which has the capability of measuring functional activities of the body, ultrasound could not be used for functional imaging for a long time. Scientists therefore started exploring the potential of ultrasound imaging for measuring events as a function of time, such as the gradual decay of contrast agents in the body or for assessing the response of organs or tissues to the perfusion of a contrast agent. There were three main drivers pushing ultrasound imaging technology toward functional and volume imaging, namely, increased computational power, the trend toward cost-effective volume imaging and the availability of contrast agents for ultrasound imaging. Real-time 3-D ultrasound (3DUS) imaging or 4-D ultrasound (4DUS) imaging have quite a few advantages for guiding interventional medical procedures. Most important is their ability to visualize real-time tissues and organs in 3-D. Real-time 3DUS is preferred over 2-D ultrasound imaging (2DUS) for surgical tasks and complex procedures due to its accuracy and efficacy. In comparison to volumetric imaging alternatives, such as MRI and CT, real-time ultrasound imaging has a faster imaging acquisition rate of 30 volumes per second, thus enabling good image visualization. Fluoroscopy also has a faster image acquisition rate. But with its limited 2-D views, it requires the clinician to mentally combine 2-D images to obtain a 3-D impression of the organs. 4DUS is a safer procedure, and with its small probe size, it can be integrated easily into different procedures. Price-wise, the most high-end ultrasound devices cost far less than comparable imaging modalities. Despite the inherent benefits of 4DUS imaging, it is not frequently adopted for clinical procedures, and 2-D imaging is still the preferred choice. One drawback of the high-end imaging technology is its resolution. The image voxel size for volumetric imaging is less than 1 mm; however, noise and associated artifacts make it difficult to distinguish features smaller than a few millimeters. The 3DUS images are displayed as volume-rendered images, which are quite effective for distinguishing between tissues and surrounding fluids, especially in cardiology, gynecology and obstetrics. At the same time, volume-rendered images enhance the noise and distortions present in the 3-D image, giving rise to irregular surfaces in the image. This technique also has the disadvantage of visualizing the internal features of solid organs like the liver, kidney, etc., where the organs produce textured reflections in the final images displayed. Future Market OpportunitiesManufacturers are currently focusing on expanding ultrasound use in radiology. While 4DUS imaging is used for visualizing heart wall motion in cardiology and 3-D/4-D volume imaging in obstetrics and gynecology, radiologists still continue to use 2-D ultrasound imaging for examinations. Advancements in imaging quality and workflow, as well as the rising awareness of radiation dose concerns with other imaging modalities, have driven the interest of manufacturers and scientists toward ultrasound. CT and X-ray are the preferred tools for imaging during interventional radiology (IR) procedures because of their image clarity and resolution. Such imaging modalities are quite expensive and, worldwide, there is a rising concern over their safety levels. 4DUS imaging is seen to address these issues quite effectively. Currently, manufacturers are incorporating ultrasound imaging devices with new, advanced GPS, which enables real-time feedback of needle positioning during interventional procedures. Such technology is seen to improve both the efficiency and clinical outcome of the procedure and also provides further cost-cutting for hospitals and patients. Fusion imaging is another new concept in which real-time ultrasound imaging can play a significant role. The concept, though not old, is most well-known for imaging technologies such as PET/CT, which has been in use for quite some time now. Ultrasound fusion imaging is less established in the radiology sector, due to radiologists’ preferences for modalities like CT and MRI. However, recent technology advancements in ultrasound imaging and rising concerns over radiation exposure are driving radiologists to shift their focus towards ultrasound. In fusion imaging, radiologists can fuse two images from two different imaging modalities. In the case of ultrasound fusion imaging, radiologists can superimpose real-time ultrasound images with MRI or CT images taken earlier. This gives radiologists more diagnostic information, so they can manipulate and explore the anatomical body parts and organs using real-time ultrasound. Conclusion Technology innovation in the area of diagnostic ultrasound imaging has been quite dynamic. Solutions considered high-end two years ago are currently considered mid-range, or even in some cases, considered low-end options. This trend has resulted in a high level of competitiveness in the area of technology among manufacturers of ultrasound equipment, forcing them to constantly add innovative features to their existing products. Additionally, development in the area of signal multiplexing technology has enabled the adoption of a new generation of ultrasound equipment: 3-D and 4-D systems. Compared to the old generation of 2DUS devices, 3-D technology has an added dimension of depth, whereas 4-D has the dimension of depth and time. In the first-generation ultrasound units, image conversion was carried out by hardware built in the ultrasound device, thereby making the systems quite bulky. The current generation of ultrasound equipment uses external computing systems that perform the scan conversion and image display. This has resulted in device portability and enhanced the computing power of ultrasound devices with major improvements in image quality. It is expected that with these factors in mind, manufacturers of 3DUS and 4DUS devices will continue their efforts toward improving calculation power. Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%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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The Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) certification program has certified skilled IT professionals for around 20 years now. This program has also one of the leading certification programs for Linux skills. As new technologies are coming up and industries are equally evolving, the focus has now shifted to hybrid cloud implementations. With this new development, shift automation has become an important skill to learn for Linux system administrators. So, the team behind RHCE thought that there is a need for evolving the RHCE program for Red Hat Certified Professionals. What changes are expected? In the updated RHCE program, the team is shifting the focus to automation of Linux system administration tasks with the help of Red Hat Ansible Automation and will also be changing the requirements for achieving an RHCE credential. With the upcoming release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8, the team at RHCE will be offering a new course and a new certification exam. Red Hat System Administration III: Linux Automation (RH294) The team at RHCE has designed this course for Linux system administrators and developers who are into automating provisioning, configuration, application deployment, and orchestration. The ones’ taking up this course will learn how to install and configure Ansible on a management workstation and will get a clear idea about preparing managed hosts for automation. Red Hat Certified Engineer exam (EX294) The RHCE exam will focus on the automation of Linux system administration tasks that uses Red Hat Ansible Automation and shell scripting. The ones who pass this new exam will become RHCEs. What will remain the same? Ken Goetz, vice president of Training and Certification at Red Hat writes in a blog post, “One thing that we want to assure you is that this is not a complete redesign of the program.” The candidates can still get an RHCE by having first passed the Red Hat Certified System Administrator exam (EX200) and then later passing an RHCE exam while still being an RHCSA. The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 based RHCE exam (EX300) will remain available for a year post the new exam gets released. How does it impact candidates? Current RHCE The RHCE certification is valid for three years from the date the candidate has become an RHCE. The period of the RHCE can be extended by earning additional certifications that can be applied towards becoming Red Hat Certified Architect in infrastructure. Candidates can renew the RHCE before it becomes non-current by passing the new RHCE exam (EX294). Aspiring RHCE An RHCSA who is progressing towards becoming an RHCE can continue preparing for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 version of the course and take the current RHCE exam (EX300) till June 2020. Or else they can prepare for the new exam (EX294), based on the upcoming release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8. Red Hat Certified Specialist in Ansible Automation The ones who are currently Red Hat Certified Specialist in Ansible Automation can continue to demonstrate their Ansible automation skills and knowledge by earning RHCE via the new process. Ken Goetz, vice president of Training and Certification at Red Hat writes in the post, “We are aligning the RHCE program, and the learning services associated with that program, to assist individuals and organizations in keeping up with these changes in the industry.” To know more about this news, check out Red Hat’s blog post. Read Next Red Hat Satellite to drop MongoDB and will support only PostgreSQL backend Red Hat announces CodeReady Workspaces, the first Kubernetes-Native IDE for easy collaboration among developers Red Hat drops MongoDB over concerns related to its Server Side Public License (SSPL)
Related posts:Campaign aims to ‘defeat Trump’ by encouraging more U.S. expat votes Make Costa Rica great again? Meet Sarai González, the inspiring Tica in Bomba Estéreo’s “Soy Yo” video Costa Rica y el ‘efecto Trump’ – sin protocolo de emergencia See also: Make Costa Rica great again?I am one of millions who froze in front of a screen on Tuesday night and Wednesday, watching a stream of information about the surprising triumph of Donald Trump (yes, surprising, even for those who predicted it). I spent hours and hours on Twitter reading all kinds of laments, news, explanations, jokes and forecasts, while I gradually saw that the magnate’s victory really means the victory of a new pride: the pride of contempt.It’s clear that racism, xenophobia, homophobia, religious discrimination and misogyny have never disappeared, but in recent decades, Western societies have managed to classify these behaviors as shameful, reproachable, worthy of censure or even crimes. Things were going well – or so we thought. We saw women reach positions of power and even an African-American – an African-American! – in the White House, provoking pride that went far beyond his blackness. Signs of the times, we used to say.Until someone came along who was astute, or too honest, and no one saw it coming. I mean, really saw it coming, beyond that joke on The Simpsons. Trump, the disagreeable millionaire, embodied – as a political calculation or through conviction, it doesn’t matter which – the hates and fears of those whites who had been shamed, and gave them free reign to spit on the black man, call the Muslim a terrorist, call Mexicans narcos, or grab women by the genitals. New “rights,” let’s call them. It’s like saying, “Relax – don’t be ashamed. Feel proud to return to the society we had before, when we had celebration. Make America great again. Great the way I, Donald Trump, am great. Make me America’s representative, your representative, and act accordingly.”And they did. Videos of hateful acts at Trump rallies abound, scenes incited by that blond-haired man who asked them to be proud of feelings that they had repressed or forgotten. Perhaps for many decades ever since slavery was abolished, or ever since various waves of Latino immigration, or ever since September 11, 2001. It is possible that when dawn broke on Wednesday, day 9 of month 11, we were experiencing one more consequence of that attack on Manhattan, made manifest in the uninhibited magnate who achieved the presidency by leading a populist white-pride movement.Many of us fear what Trump may do in power, but we do not need to wait to be terrified by what he has already achieved in his campaign. We saw it already on Wednesday. A young Muslim woman posted on social networks that she had been walking down the aisle of a Walmart and a woman ripped off her hijab, saying, “That’s not allowed anymore. Put it around your neck, not on your head.” Photos of swastika graffiti or messages from a Minnesota high school reading “Fuck niggers,” next to the words #whiteAmerica and “Make America Great Again.”Another episode: the Indiana woman who was crossing the street when a white man lowered the window of his truck and, out of nowhere, yelled at her, “Fuck you, nigger bitch. Trump is going to deport you back to Africa.” Then there was the woman in Michigan, one of the key states in Clinton’s defeat, who without knowing the result of the election stopped for gas and had to listen to a group of young people tell her to go back to Africa, that Trump doesn’t want her here and Trump is now in charge.This, and much more, in the first 24 hours. A boy in Pennsylvania who, seeing a woman coming toward him in a dress, tried to grab her by her crotch, cheered on by his friends. A Muslim assaulted in Louisiana. A gay man reading a derogatory note left on his car in North Carolina. All this reported by the journalist Shaun King of the New York Daily News, under the heading “Day 1 of Trump.” Hate is unleashed, no doubt about it.The problem, however, is even bigger than this, because we know what happens when fear and rage take over a person’s life or, even worse, a group of people. In the comments made about these cases denounced on Wednesday, we can already see violence coming, or responses with an equal dose of hate. A Latino in California: “A white woman told me, ‘No visa, no America,’ but she doesn’t know I’m a citizen.” Of course. We’ll see internal discrimination take place between groups: I’m a citizen and you’re not. Get out of OUR country and don’t complicate my life in MY country, because it’s complicated enough with this horrible man called Trump.The concept of “the other” will begin to come to the fore among populations that are victims of discrimination. The others, the blacks; the others, the Arabs; the others, the non-citizens; the others, the non-residents; the others, the non-Cubans. There will also be groups who will think: the others are the whites, the rednecks, those who voted for Trump and put this great country to shame. I think, for example, about the diplomats and military officers who will have to stand at attention and salute this unthinkable Commander-in-Chief.Violence, assault and hostility is now accepted from the level of the presidency down to schools, the subway, the street or a shop. It will no longer be the exclusive territory of the KKK, of an isolated sheriff, of a loud-mouthed pastor or a crude comedian. The citizenry is empowered. This is what has been wrought by Trump and by the circle that his campaign strategy built – clever, aware of this layer of hate and fear that always existed, as it has in most societies, each with their own particularities.The problem could expand, because viruses travel quickly in this day and age. (If you don’t agree, just remember that crazy clown craze.) Growing violence among citizens and sectarian pride in the United States would not take long to “go viral” and stoke the smoldering flames of hate that every society is hiding, just under the surface.Álvaro Murillo is an experienced journalist who specializes in political coverage and has written for La Nación, Semanario Universidad and El País. In “No Sugar, Please,” his twice-monthly column, he explores politics in its broadest terms, from the halls of government to community life. Connect with him on Twitter. Facebook Comments
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