Is Your Go Kit Ready

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first_imgNova Scotians should have home and vehicle emergency kits at the ready, in light of weather forecasts today, Dec. 3, calling for significant snowfall. “I’m encouraging Nova Scotians to pay close attention to weather broadcasts,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister of Emergency Management. “The first major storm always seems to catch people unprepared. A vehicle, properly equipped for winter, is a must this time of year. And we need to have enough food, water and supplies on hand to take care of ourselves for up to 72 hours in an emergency. Any major storm can cause power outages.” The Office of Emergency Management website, www.gov.ns.ca/emo , has a thorough checklist for emergency supplies. Residents should have battery-powered radios, flashlights, medication, food and water, extra clothing, blankets and cash along with the other items in the checklists. Motorists should avoid unnecessary travel and listen for travel updates on local radio stations. If it is safe to drive, motorists should be sure to carry a shovel, sand or salt, extra clothing, food, blankets, booster cables and a first-aid kit. And always leave with a full tank of gas. For information on power outages, visit Nova Scotia Power’s website at www.nspower.ca or call 1-877-428-6004, or 428-6004 in Halifax. The Emergency Management Office works closely with municipalities throughout Nova Scotia to ensure preparation for emergency events.last_img read more

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Wildlife Lecture Series at Wildlife Park

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first_imgNova Scotians can enjoy a series of free monthly talks about wildlife at the Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park. “This lecture series is a great activity that will appeal to those curious about animal biology and behaviour. I encourage people to consider attending these free learning opportunities,” said Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines. The talks will be delivered in the Ducks Unlimited Greenwing Legacy Interpretive Centre at the park on the third Saturday of the month, between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Dates, presenters and topics are: Feb. 20, Wildlife Rehabilitation: Helene Van Doninck, wildlife veterinarian and co-founder of the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre discusses recent wildlife patients and the impact free-roaming cats have on wildlife and solutions on keeping both safe. March 19, Hiking with Lichens: An interpretative talk and hike along the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park’s Wetland trail with Frances Anderson, co-author of Common Lichens of Northeastern North America: A Field Guide. Dress for the weather: wear good walking/hiking boots, bring water and snacks. April 16, Nova Scotia Turtles: Andrew Hebda, curator of Zoology for the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, will describe the province’s at-risk turtle species and present on the largest sea turtle in the world. Pre-registration and confirmation are required for each lecture. Phone 902-758-5316 or email legacycentre@novascotia.ca . The Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park is located on Highway 2 in Shubenacadie, about 35 minutes north of Halifax. From Highway 102, take Exit 9 at Milford and then follow Highway 2 north to the park entrance.last_img read more

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Canadian doc The Reckoning about Harvey Weinstein and other cases set for

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first_imgAdvertisement Just six months after the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke and triggered a flood of sexual misconduct allegations as well as the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, a Canadian documentary examining the saga is set to make its debut.The Reckoning: Hollywood’s Worst Kept Secret, directed by Montreal-born doc maker Barry Avrich and produced by Melissa Hood of Toronto, will screen April 28 and May 5 as part of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.“The purpose of the film was to immortalize a debate and a time in history, an era, in the face of social media that is, I think in a lot of ways, undermining a lot of the accusations,” said Avrich, whose other projects include the 2011 documentary Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project. “Because the cycle happens so quickly that you don’t have enough time to debate, the public is getting bored, so how do you keep the debate going? That was the purpose for the film: to immortalize this debate and the conversation, affect change.”Billed as “a definitive film about the abuse of power in a complicit culture,” the doc has interviews with several actresses who’ve come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Weinstein, filmmaker James Toback and others. Those actresses include Katherine Kendall and Melissa Sagemiller. Login/Register With: Film producer-director Barry Avrich is shown in the projection booth at a Toronto screening room on Tuesday May 3 , 2016. The Reckoning: Hollywood’s Worst Kept Secret, directed by Montreal-born Avrich and produced by Melissa Hood of Toronto, will screen April 28 and May 5 as part of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. (CHRIS YOUNG / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement It also has interviews with journalists, agents, psychologists, former Miramax employees and lawyers as it looks at the debates surrounding such allegations, the impact of these cases, and the systemic and cultural issues leading to harassment.Also among the interviewees is Dylan Farrow, filmmaker Woody Allen’s adopted daughter who alleges he molested her in an attic in 1992 when she was 7. Allen has long denied the allegations and was investigated but not charged.Hood said Farrow’s story “highlights some of the contradictions and the complexities” of the Time’s Up movement when it comes to supporting certain alleged victims and not others, or separating the art from the artist.Also featured in the doc is Toronto lawyer Marie Henein, who represented former CBC radio star Jian Ghomeshi in a high-profile sexual assault case. Ghomeshi was found not guilty.Henein is now representing a Toronto actress suing Weinstein for sexual assault. The allegations have not been tested in court.“Certainly Marie Henein, coming off the Ghomeshi case, is a complex person and a complex voice in this film, but we wanted it because she’s seen both sides of it,” said Avrich.The filmmakers said they wanted to feature a wide range of voices to reflect the generational divide over the issues explored.They did not ask Weinstein or Toback for interviews. Avrich said he figured Weinstein wouldn’t agree to it and Toback has “said it all in how he’s responded and reacted to all of this. I really didn’t want to hear any more from him.”Weinstein has previously denied through a spokeswoman any allegations of non-consensual contact.Toback has vehemently denied the allegations.Avrich said he began working on the film the day the Weinstein scandal broke in October and “went into high gear” when the movie mogul was fired by the company he co-founded.Initially Avrich thought he would update his 2011 doc on Weinstein, which doesn’t mention any sexual misconduct allegations (Avrich said he was unaware of them when he made the film).But Avrich and Hood eventually realized “this needed to be a wider scope of discussion and debate.”“Once we realized how big this story was becoming and how many people were affected and how many industries were affected, we knew there was no end point to this filmmaking,” said Hood, who is also an actress.“You could make this film forever, but we wanted to jump in early and get on top of these questions.”Avrich said the doc will either have a theatrical release or a broadcast date in the fall, and they’re open to changing the ending if a major development happens.Hood said she wanted to make the doc now to help affect change during what she feels is a watershed moment.“I’ve always been really struck by how many women it takes before people will listen and believe a woman,” said Hood.“Ever since the Jian Ghomeshi thing, I’ve really wanted to look at the question of why women are not being believed and why women are being discredited and dismissed. So I felt that this film really gave us an opportunity to look at that.”Asked if he thinks Weinstein might try to put an end to this film like he tried to do with his 2011 doc, Avrich said: “Probably, I’m sure. But bring it on, so be it.“Glass will be broken and I’m ready for that.”By VICTORIA AHEARN | The Canadian Press – With files from The Associated Press Facebooklast_img read more

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Hamilton Salvation Army kettle campaign struggling to meet donations goal

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The Salvation Army relies on its annual Christmas Kettle Campaign not only to make the season brighter for the less fortunate but to stock their food banks all year round. With only 12 full days left until Christmas the Hamilton Salvation Army says it`s not even half way to reaching their goal of $410 000.Last year was the first time in 6 years the Salvation Army did not reach their goal. They came up short by about $2000 and they don’t want that to happen again.They say the biggest challenge is finding volunteers to collect donations and it’s not too late to sign up.

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The Latest Assange seeks contact with US UK officials

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Prosecutors Marianne Ny, left, and Ingrid Isgren attend a press conference in Stockholm on Friday May 19, 2017. Sweden’s top prosecutor Marianne Ny said Friday she is dropping an investigation into a rape claim against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after almost seven years. (Maja Suslin/TT News Agency via AP) The Latest: Assange seeks contact with US, UK officials by The Associated Press Posted May 19, 2017 4:27 am MDT Last Updated May 19, 2017 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – The Latest on Swedish prosecutor ending investigation of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (all times local):4:55 p.m.WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says his legal team will contact U.K. officials to seek a way forward in resolving in resolving his status.Although Sweden has dropped its investigation of rape allegations against Assange, British police say they still intend to arrest him on a charge of jumping bail if he leaves the Ecuadorean Embassy.He also says he would be “happy” to discuss the case with the U.S. Department of Justice despite U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions saying that arresting Assange is a priority. President Donald Trump has said it is “OK” with him if Sessions does that.Assange contends the United States should recognize his First Amendment rights as a journalist.___4:45 p.m.Julian Assange says Sweden’s decision to drop a rape inveatigation against him is “an important victory for me and for the U.N. human rights system.”Speaking from the balcony of Ecuador’s London embassy, the WikiLeaks founder says his seven-year legal ordeal — which he calls unjust detention — “is not something that I can forgive.”He says says his battle is not over, and “the proper war is just commencing.” Assange believes the United States wants him extradited and arrested in connection with WikiLeaks’ publication of classified U.S. documents.___4:30 p.m.Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Guillaume Long celebrated the decision but expressed outrage over the lengthy delays by the Swedish prosecutors in resolving the case.He said recent comments by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Donald Trump in favour of arresting the Australian reaffirm Ecuador’s belief that the rape charges against him were politically motivated and that Assange still faces a serious risk of prosecution.At a press conference in Quito, Long called on Britain allow Assange safe passage so he could take up his asylum in Ecuador. Long added: “This has gone on long enough. No more delays.”___1:15 p.m.Julian Assange’s Swedish lawyer Per E. Samuelson says it is a “day of victory” for the WikiLeaks founder after Sweden’s top prosecutor dropped an investigation into a rape claim against him.Samuelson tells The Associated Press that “this was consensual sex between two adults and nothing else,” adding Assange was now “a free man.”Samuelson says he spoke by telephone with Assange, who told him: “Yes, Per, it feels much better today. Finally we got there.”Samuelson said Sweden’s judicial system “spoiled and wasted five, six years of his life … but he is happy today.”___12:45 p.m.A lawyer for the woman who alleges she was raped by Julian Assange says “it is a scandal that a suspected rapist can avoid the judicial system and thus avoid a trial in court.” Elisabeth Massi Fritz says her client is shocked but adds that “she can’t change her view that Assange has exposed her to a rape.”___12:05 p.m.Julian Assange’s lawyer is asking French president Emmanuel Macron to intervene in support of the WikiLeaks founder. Juan Branco told The Associated Press in Paris that he wants Macron to help Assange leave the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.Branco says: “We need a political intervention to make this situation end. He is the only political prisoner in Western Europe.”___11:45 a.m.Sweden’s top prosecutor says “costs were not a reason for putting down the investigation” of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.Marianne Ny told a news conference: “When we investigate serious crimes, we do not consider the costs.”In a written statement, officials said: “According to Swedish legislation, a criminal investigation is to be conducted as quickly as possible. At the point when a prosecutor has exhausted the possibilities to continue the investigation, the prosecutor is obliged to discontinue the investigation.“At this point, all possibilities to conduct the investigation are exhausted.”___11:25 a.m.Sweden’s top prosecutor says the investigation of alleged sexual offences could reopened if Julian Assange returns to Sweden before the statute of limitations lapses in 2020.The prosecutor, Marianne Ny, told a news conference in Stockholm that she could make no judgment on Assange’s guilt or innocence. She says: “We don’t make any statement of guilty or not.”___11:20 a.m.Sweden’s top prosecutor, Marianne Ny, says she has withdrawn a European arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after concluding that it won’t be possible to bring him to Sweden.Ny told a news conference in Stockholm: “He has tried to dodge all attempts to avoid Swedish and British legal authorities. My assessment is the transfer cannot be carried out in a foreseeable future.”Ny says she has withdrawn a European arrest warrant. However, British police say Assange still faces arrest for jumping bail if he leaves the Ecuadorean embassy in London.___10:45 a.m.Despite Sweden’s decision to drop a rape investigation, British police say that Julian Assange still faces arrest if he leaves Ecuador’s London embassy.The Metropolitan Police force says that there is a British warrant for Assange’s arrest after he jumped bail in 2012, and it “is obliged to execute that warrant should he leave the embassy.”But it adds that Assange is now wanted for a “much less serious offence” than the original sex crimes claims, and police “will provide a level of resourcing which is proportionate to that offence.”Police kept up round-the-clock guard outside the embassy until last year, when the operation was scaled back.___10:30 a.m.WikiLeaks says the ball is now in Britain’s court after Sweden’s decision to drop its rape investigation of Julian Assange.Assange is wanted by British police for extradition to Sweden. But he also believes the United States wants to extradite him to face charges related to WikiLeaks’ publication of classified American documents.After the Swedish announcement. WikiLeaks tweeted: “UK refuses to confirm or deny whether it has already received a US extradition warrant for Julian Assange. Focus now moves to UK.”British police said before the announcement that Assange is still wanted in Britain for jumping bail. It is not clear if that may change now that the investigation has been dropped.___10:20 a.m.Sweden’s top prosecutor says she is dropping an investigation into a rape claim against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after almost seven years.The Swedish Prosecution Authority said in a statement Friday that Marianne Ny “has decided to discontinue the investigation.”Assange took refuge in Ecuador’s embassy in London in 2012 to escape extradition to Sweden to answer questions about sex-crime allegations from two women. He has been there ever since, fearing that if he is arrested he might ultimately be extradited to the United States.Friday’s announcement means Assange is no longer under any investigation in Sweden. British police said before the announcement that Assange is still wanted in Britain for jumping bail. It is not clear if that may change now that the investigation has been dropped.___AP Writer Gonzalo Solano contributed from Quito, Ecuador read more

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Colombia Santa Rosa incident constituted ceasefire protocol violations finds UNled mechanism

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“The information collected showed that there were significant incidents and breaches that constitute violations of the protocol […] which currently governs the Bilateral Ceasefire and Cessation of Hostilities,” read a news release issued by the Mechanism, which also includes the Government of Colombia and the FARC-EP.”The Mechanism will make recommendations to the Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) to prevent such situations, emphasizing that the flow of information and communication is vital for the coordination between the parties and with Mechanism,” it added.A third FARC-EP member – also involved in the incident – was demobilized, also noted the release.According to the Mechanism, the displacement of the three FARC-EP members involved in the incident was “neither informed nor coordinated with the Mechanism nor with the Public Forces located in the region.”It added that this was in breach of the protocol governing the Bilateral Ceasefire and Cessation of Hostilities which states that the FARC-EP must “not make a presence outside the armed and uniformed Temporary Preclusion Points without previous coordination with the Mechanism.”The Mechanism added that the Public Force opened fire on the FARC-EP members without previous action, due to the Public Force’s “conviction that they were executing an action against the National Liberation Army.”It further noted that the victims were identified as FARC-EP members after the incident, breaching provisions of the protocol wherein the Government promised not to “come into armed contact” with the FARC-EP.The tripartite Mechanism also reiterated its willingness to receive direct information from civilians as well as from social organizations, which contributes to monitoring and verifying of the ceasefire.”[The Mechanism] also highlights the commitment of the parties to respect the Bilateral Ceasefire and Cessation of Hostilities, and notes that despite this incident there has been good coordination among [its] members,” the release added. read more

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Opinion JT Barrett not yet a Heisman contender

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Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) carries the ball during a game against maryland on Oct. 4 at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. OSU won, 52-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorThere’s no doubt about it — J.T. Barrett is ahead of the curve.Through five starts for Ohio State, the redshirt-freshman quarterback is on pace to have the best statistical season ever for a Buckeye signal caller.From a numbers standpoint, that’s nearly unbelievable — and theoretically would make him a candidate for the Heisman Trophy — but he’s nowhere near winning that kind of hardware just yet.Barrett’s numbers are on another level. If OSU makes the Big Ten Championship game — which it could very well do — he would have another eight games under his belt before the Heisman is voted on, barring any sort of injury or other setback.On his current track, that would give him about 3,520 passing yards, 44 passing touchdowns and a pass efficiency rating of 186.3. He would also have 13 interceptions from his nearly 346 attempts and 229 completions. The yardage and touchdown totals would be school records, made even more impressive by the fact that he isn’t on pace to set OSU records for attempts or completions.When you factor in rushing numbers with the passing totals, Barrett would have a total of 4,238 yards — easily a school record — and nearly 50 total touchdowns.Again, the numbers themselves scream Heisman candidate, but there’s more to it than simple box scores.First of all, the Wichita Falls, Texas, native is a freshman, which up until recent seasons would have essentially eliminated him already. He’s also put up these otherworldly numbers against well-within-this-world competition.His best statistical game? A six-touchdown passing performance in a 66-0 route of Kent State. In that game and others, his stats are also padded by short push passes that might as well be handoffs.I want to stress that none of this means Barrett is having a bad season — he’s way ahead of where he “should” be at this point — but there’s just no reason to say he is a Heisman candidate.Another point holding him back is — in the grand scheme of things — OSU isn’t having that great a season, based off just one loss. In that loss — a 35-21 defeat at the hands of an unranked team — Barrett threw three interceptions and was sacked seven times. One thing Heisman Trophy winners don’t have (usually): a game like that.Oh, and one more thing holding Barrett back: he’s not even the best statistical quarterback in college football this season.He’s fourth in the nation in pass efficiency, fifth in touchdowns and all the way down at 37th in passing yards.All those numbers are still very good, but Heisman-worthy for a quarterback who hasn’t won every game and is averaging an interception per start? No, not a chance.And finally, the Heisman Trophy is supposedly meant to go to the best player in college football — I know that typically just means the best quarterback — but in what world would Barrett win the trophy when he isn’t even the best player on his own team?His numbers are strong, but there are other players like sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa or sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott, who I could argue are much better overall players than Barrett.He’s good, just not Heisman good — yet. read more

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Skyrim Dawnguard DLC is out on Steam

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first_imgCan you hear that sound, adventurer? It’s the sound of the rushing rivers and perilous peaks of Skyrim calling to you. Did you think your quest was at an end just because you saved the world? There is still more to do. Bethesda has just released the Dawnguard expansion on the PC through Steam, so get your questing pants on, folks.This is a completely new quest with new missions and a mysterious guild known as the Dawnguard. In this new story, the Vampire Lord Harkon has returned from the dead (as vampires tend to do), and he plans to use the Elder Scrolls to destroy the sun, plunging the world into a perpetual night ruled by the undead. It’s your job to stop him… unless you don’t want to.Dawnguard lets you make the choice between joining the Dawnguard and fighting the vampire menace, and becoming a vampire lord yourself. Each path comes with its own spells, items, armor, perks, and shouts — all of which are new to Dawnguard. There are plenty of new locations and creatures in the land of Skyrim to keep you occupied, as well. You can also finally do something with all those dragon bones. Specifically, they can be forged into weapons.Dawnguard is a completely new quest that requires you already have Skyrim installed. Dawnguard will run you $20 on Steam, and the developer is good enough to offer the original full version of Skyrim at 50% off at the moment. That means you can get Skyrim and Dawnguard for just $50. That’s less than Skyrim cost at launch. That $50 gets you many dozens of hours of gameplay, too. This download is only 1.1GB, so you should be able to fit in plenty of play time if you pick it up now.via Steamlast_img read more

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Catholic bishop We hang our heads in shame over Tuam mass grave

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first_imgThe comments come after the confirmation that “a significant number” of children’s remains have been discovered in sewage containers at the site of the old mother and baby home in Tuam.Speaking this morning on RTÉ radio, government minister Simon Coveney said that it’s “hard to see how that there wouldn’t be garda involvement” in the case.AbortionThe Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference was speaking as part of the Citizens’ Assembly’s deliberations on the Eighth Amendment and was arguing that the law be kept as it stands.Liffey had said that it is their belief that people are “the responsible stewards of creation” and that “we are all unique from the moment of our conception”.The Church of Ireland made a short presentation in which Rev. Michael Burrows said that, while it has been the church’s position that terminations should only take place of in cases of “strict and undeniable medical necessity”, it has questioned whether such nuance should be dealt with in the constitution.Atheist Ireland argued in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment.Earlier this afternoon, the Citizens’ Assembly heard from the Pro-Life Campaign and the Iona Institute who favour the status quo. Amnesty International and the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment argued for a referendum and repeal.Read: No mourning at final resting place of Tuam babies – only an eerie silence >Read: Youth Defence: ‘Sex traffickers and child molesters love abortion’ > Source: Rónán Duffy/Twitter BISHOP BRENDAN LEAHY has told the Citizens’ Assembly that they in the church “hang our heads in shame” over the Tuam babies revelations.Leahy was responding to a question from one of the assembly’s 99 members who identified herself as Cathy from Tuam.She asked, given the context of the mass infant grave, whether the church had the “track record” to offer its opinion on the care of children.The woman took particular issue with the assertion from pro-life groups that “every life matters”.“How do the church expect us to go along with this given the horrific track record the church and religious orders have when dealing with the most vulnerable and, as you call them yourself, the voiceless weak in our society historically,” Cathy said.And specifically, in the light of the recent discovery of 780 babies and infants bodies thrown into septic tanks in Tuam, and coincidentally I’m from Tuam myself.Chair of the assembly Justice Mary Laffoy questioned the relevance of the question but the woman added:“It’s the stance that everyone has a right to life regardless of the situation, how do they correlate the two when the historic track record stands as it is for itself?” The true history of the site in Tuam has been revealed by local woman Catherine Corless. Image: LauraHutton/RollingNews.ie Share1531 Tweet Email1 Short URL Mar 5th 2017, 5:48 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 190 Comments 33,856 Views The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference is addressing the #CitizensAssembly. They have not sent a bishop. pic.twitter.com/y3qul79W8B— Rónán Duffy (@ronanduffy_) March 5, 2017center_img By Rónán Duffy Image: LauraHutton/RollingNews.ie The true history of the site in Tuam has been revealed by local woman Catherine Corless. Source: Rónán Duffy/Twitter Asked a question from a female assembly member from Tuam, Bishop Brendan Leahy says he ‘hangs his head in shame’ over #tuambabies pic.twitter.com/PVhjtZSiHJ— Rónán Duffy (@ronanduffy_) March 5, 2017 http://jrnl.ie/3272080 Sunday 5 Mar 2017, 5:48 PM Katie Liffey, who presented on behalf of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, first answered the woman. She said she considered pulling out of her speaking slot on foot of the revelations.“It is something that as, I suppose, an ordinary Catholic that I spent the weekend deeply upset by myself and I spent a lot of time reflecting did I want to be here?,” she said.“Did I want to speak to this question given what has been uncovered in Tuam? So I deeply respect where you’re coming from.”Bishop Brendan Leahy, who had joined Liffey on the stage for the Q&A portion of the session, then responded. He described the Tuam babies revelation as a “wake-up call”.“Obviously I want to echo that sentiment, we’re all as shocked as everyone else about all of this. But I think it just brings home to us the key point is that is that society has to, both the born and the unborn, welcome them, care for them protect them and that’s true always,” he said.“And we stand with a renewed kind of wake up call to us all, this is essential, and we want this to be essential in our mission as a church as well but also the common good.”So certainly we hang our heads in shame but it brings us back to the fact that this is what we want. To promote a culture that really does care for life both before and after birth. Catholic bishop: ‘We hang our heads in shame’ over Tuam mass grave Bishop Brendan Leahy was challenged by a woman at today’s Citizens’ Assembly. last_img read more

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Poll Leo will be cheering for Belgium against England tonight how about

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first_img No interest/no opinion (1914) TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR has said he’ll be backing Belgium this evening as they take on England in the World Cup.Arriving at the European People’s Party summit in Brussels today, the Taoiseach paused for a moment when the question was shouted to him before telling the assembled media he would be backing the summit’s host nation.Faisal Islam of Sky News suggested, tongue-in-cheek, that Varadkar “clearly knows that by supporting Belgium tonight, he is helping England get on the easier side of the draw and therefore to win the World Cup”.Who (if anyone) will you be supporting? Thursday 28 Jun 2018, 12:58 PM Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie Share43 Tweet Email By Daragh Brophy Belgium (5113) England (2952) Poll Results: Poll: Leo will be cheering for Belgium against England tonight … how about you? A reporter shouted the question at the Taoiseach as he attended an event in Brussels.center_img Jun 28th 2018, 12:58 PM 35,228 Views 140 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4096717 Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie EnglandBelgiumNo interest/no opinionVote Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Nintendo Postpones 64GB Switch Games Until 2019

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first_img As Geek Senior Editor Jordan Minor put it: 2017 belonged to Nintendo Switch.But the runaway success may hit a major roadblock next year.According to The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo Co. is delaying delivery of 64GB game cards for the hybrid console until 2019.Boasting 10 million units sold before the end of its first year (and first holiday season), the Switch is designed for home and on-the-go use; drop it into the docking station to connect to a TV, then carry it with you on a plane, train, or automobile for continuous play.One of the popular machine’s greatest flaws is its limited cache size. The Switch includes only 32GB of internal storage (and can be expanded up to 2TB using a microSD, microSDHC, or microSDXC card).Game cartridges, meanwhile, currently hold up to 32GB of data each, which, as the WSJ pointed out, is less than the Blu-ray discs used by rivals PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, which can store up to 50 gigs.Most of Nintendo’s flagship titles—like “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” “Super Mario Odyssey,” and “Splatoon 2″—take up few than 16 gigabytes.The company hoped to introduce 64GB cards by the second half of 2018, but recently postponed their release due to “technical issues,” the Journal said, citing “people with direct knowledge of the discussion.”The setback, according to one anonymous source, aims to ensure the quality of more data-heavy games.Consumers aren’t the only ones bummed about the wait for additional data-rich titles: US-based software makers, in particular, were reportedly disappointed by the news.So what can Switch players expect in the meantime? Geek’s own Jordan Minor offers some educated guesses about what’s in the 2018 pipeline, including the rollout of online functionality and a Virtual Console as well as the launch of new first- and third-party games.Nintendo also might want to consider retiring its successful 3DS handheld console, now that the Switch has skyrocketed. Stay on target ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President last_img read more

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Girls basketball coach Aldridge leaves Prairie for Clark College

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first_imgAl Aldridge had been dreading this day for years.He did not know when it would happen, but he knew one day he would resign, walk away as the head coaching of the Prairie girls basketball team.After 32 seasons, 710 wins, six state championships, that day was Tuesday.Aldridge said he is taking over the Clark College women’s program. The college has scheduled a luncheon Wednesday to announce the hiring.Before any of that, Aldridge had to say goodbye to Prairie.He called his players in for a 10:45 a.m. meeting. It was short. He told them he was leaving, taking an opportunity to coach college basketball.“I enjoyed 32 great years here at Prairie High School coaching this basketball program. I’ve dedicated pretty much my entire life to this basketball program,” he said. His players sat on the bleachers, silent, stunned. Some jaws dropped.Aldridge called it the toughest decision of his life. He then quickly slipped out of the gym.“I didn’t want to be an emotional wreck in front of my kids,” he would say later.Soon after his exit, many players did cry.“I could feel what he was going through. I could tell he was torn up,” senior Kelsey Asplund said. “I have so much to thank Al for — for what he has done for me,” junior Megan Lindsley said. “He made me such a better player.”This year’s Falcons won the program’s sixth state championship.He finished 710-134, an .841 winning percentage. The program has had 27 consecutive winning seasons, 16 consecutive league titles, and 15 district titles in the past 16 seasons. The Falcons also went more than 10 years — from January 2000 to February 2010 — without losing to another Clark County team.last_img read more

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What would happen if we tap into the Permanent Fund

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first_imgAn Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. sign in the office in Juneau, March 14, 2016. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Politicians on both sides say we need to tap into the Permanent Fund in order to close the state’s multi-billion dollar budget gap. But how would that draw on the $66 billion dollar fund be structured? And how might it affect the longevity of the state’s largest investment account?LISTEN HEREHOST: Anne HillmanGUESTS:Angela Rodell – Permanent Fund Corporation CEOJoe Geldhof – Permanent Fund DefendersByron Mallott – Lt. GovernorParticipate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk@alaskapublic.org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

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The Kapil Sharma Show Alia Bhatt impresses with her comic timing Varun

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first_imgAlia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan on The Kapil Sharma Show.PR HandoutBollywood stars Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Sonakshi Sinha and Aditya Roy Kapur appeared on The Kapil Sharma Show to promote their movie Kalank on Saturday, April 13. There were rumours before the episode aired that Alia Bhatt was not happy with jokes of comedian Kiku Sharda on the show, which were refuted by him.Seeing the episode, Alia Bhatt did seem a bit out of place, except when she was performing herself. We can give her the benefit of doubt here – maybe she was just tired of the continuous promotions of Kalank that began right after her movie Gully Boy.So while Alia Bhatt generally wasn’t laughing at every joke and pun (and she needn’t), we were quite impressed with her comic timing when she was performing an act with Varun Dhawan and Kapil Sharma.Alia Bhatt did not simply channel her Gully Boy avatar of Safina and the dialogues from the movie, she showed great comic timing in reacting and responding. Alia Bhatt seemed very spontaneous and enjoyed performing to a live audience on The Kapil Sharma Show. Varun Dhawan, too, made our jaws drop with his mimicry on The Kapil Sharma Show. He mimed the American superstar The Rock aka Dwayne Johnson, promoting the cast of Kalank on the show in the wrestler-actor’s voice. In an earlier episode of a Kapil Sharma show, too, Varun Dhawan had done a similar act of miming The Rock, who had then reacted to it on social media.Just like we saw in the other promotions and launches of Kalank, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt kept pulling each other’s leg and it was fun. Sonakshi Sinha and Aditya Roy Kapur were mostly quiet, but Sonakshi enjoyed the attention from her fans. Comedian Krushna Abhishek really made the cast of Kalank laugh at his jokes, playing the part of Sapna, as usual. Some members of the audience, too, had the four guests in splits.All four members of the Kalank cast sportingly danced to Tamma Tamma Loge, but Kapil Sharma made fun of their rather nice spontaneous dance, too. That seemed a bit uncalled for. Varun Dhawan, Sonakshi Sinha, Alia Bhatt and Aditya Roy Kapur dance on The Kapil Sharma Show.TwitterHowever, one felt that the jokes on Archana Puran Singh are getting cruder, while the controversial Navjot Singh Sidhu is still being shown as a god. She seemed a bit irritated. Go easy on her, Kapil Sharma and team. She has stood by you when Sidhu had a controversy and is away for election campaigning. In a recent episode of The Kapil Sharma Show, Archana Puran Singh had also tauntedthe creators for getting paid way less than Navjot Singh Sidhu.Kalank releases in theatres on Wednesday, April 17. It is produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and directed by Abhishek Varman. Apart from the four leads, the movie also stars Madhuri Dixit, Sanjay Dutt and Kunal Kemmu, and has a dance cameo by Kriti Sanon in the song Aira Gaira.last_img read more

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ATT Pulls NFL Network From DirecTV Now Uverse as League Mulls Ending

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first_img Popular on Variety Redman Defends Jay-Z’s NFL Partnership: ‘I’m Sure He’s Going to Open More Doors’  Subscribers of DirecTV Now and AT&T’s U-verse TV no longer have access to the NFL Network — meaning they’ll miss the network’s coverage of the 2019 NFL draft next week.AT&T dropped NFL Network as the telco and the league continue to try to hammer out an agreement on the NFL Sunday Ticket, the out-of-market games package that has been carried on DirecTV exclusively for 25 years. That’s as the NFL has said it’s looking to end DirecTV’s exclusive carriage of Sunday Ticket to extend it to streaming platforms.In a statement posted online to customers, AT&T said, “The NFL Network and Red Zone Channel remain available to all fans on DirecTV. However, as we continue to manage content costs, we could not reach an agreement with the NFL to continue to carry their channels on U-verse TV and DirecTV Now.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 An AT&T rep noted that coverage of next week’s NFL draft (April 25-27) also will be available on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN Deportes, as well as on nfl.com and the NFL app. Related On DirecTV satellite service, NFL Network is included in the Choice package and higher. RedZone is included with a subscription to NFL Sunday Ticket Max, which cost $395.94 for the 2018 season.AT&T’s move to kick NFL Network off the lineup of the DirecTV Now streaming service and U-verse allegedly caught the NFL off guard — and may be a negotiating tactic as AT&T seeks to retain exclusive distribution rights to NFL Sunday Ticket. “Unfortunately, as it pertains to AT&T, we never heard a word from them until NFL Network and NFL RedZone were pulled from the AT&T U-Verse and DTV Now services,” NFL Network said in a statement Thursday. According to a source familiar with the situation, AT&T had informed the NFL last Friday that it might be forced to remove NFL Network from U-verse and DirecTV Now (given that the existing carriage deals for the network on those services expired April 15).Last month, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a Bloomberg interview that the league wanted to expand the distribution of NFL Sunday Ticket to online platforms in addition to DirecTV. “We’re looking to make sure that we continue to deliver this package, which is a premium package of great content,” he said. “We want it delivered on several different platforms.”The price for DirecTV subscribers for the regular NFL Sunday Ticket package for the 2018 season was $293.94. AT&T also has offered a streaming-only version of NFL Sunday Ticket, but only to non-DirecTV customers who are college students or live somewhere in the U.S. where DirecTV satellite service is not available (like apartments and other multidwelling-unit buildings). NFL, Roc Nation to Stage ‘Inspire Change’ Concert With Meek Mill, Meghan Trainor Next Weeklast_img read more

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5 Vital Considerations When Choosing Your Web Hosting Service

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first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global March 8, 2016 Let’s say your small business has an amazing product, your sales and customer service teams are exemplary, and you have powerful marketing that drives customers to your website. Despite all that, without a reliable web host to deliver a stellar online retail experience, people are just a click away from supporting your competitors. Even major corporations aren’t immune to challenging website issues. As CNBC reports, during Cyber Monday in 2015, Target’s website crashed, resulting in not only loss of sales, but in negative sentiment spread through social media.In 2018, worldwide retail sales will reach more than $28 trillion so it’s vital your business has a strong web strategy. It all begins with a website that functions correctly, which requires a stable Web host to guarantee very little downtime and a pleasurable user experience. Whether you’re launching a brand-new site or sprucing up an existing one, here are five features to keep in mind when searching for a Web host for your small business.1. Backup.You can’t have security without stable backup solutions. If your website does get attacked, you’ll want to make sure all your site content is backed up and easily accessible so you can get back up and running again quickly.Pro-tip: Try one-click off-site backup because it allows your data to get back online immediately. This should apply to both backup of data you input, as well as the backup of your Web host’s data in case something happens to its server.Related: 10 Options for Hosting Your Startup Website2. Security.Security should be at top of your mind when searching for a Web host since cyberattacks and malware threats can cause your site to crash, or put your customers’ private information at risk.When choosing a Web host, search for one that uses encryption technology between the user and the server, or between the Web host server and your business server. This ensures communications are encrypted and protected from hackers looking to obtain data.Pro-tip: Inquire about password storage — you’ll generally want your Web host to avoid storing passwords in plain text format.Related: How This Company Creates Instant Websites3. Analytics.When you’re searching for a Web host, learn about the built-in analytics it offers. Analytics can help drive your marketing and content strategy. It should also be updated in real time and easily accessible.You’ll also want to work with a Web host that makes it easy for you to integrate changes to your website. Search for one that allows for simple and straightforward login capabilities, both to make updates to content and to access features such as email.Pro-tip: Look for a Web host that features an easy-to-use control panel that allows you to not only access and edit any aspect of your website, but one that allows you to use search engine optimization tools.Related: GoDaddy’s IPO Could Value the Company at Up to $2.87 Billion4. Customer support.The Web never sleeps, and neither should your Web host customer support team. Around the clock support is essential, especially for businesses with Web visitors from around the globe. Pick a company with qualified customer service agents available to answer your questions at any time, in the language you speak.Pro-tip: Ask about typical wait times when calling support on the phone, and about chat and email support capabilities.5. ScalabilityIf you’re hoping your website leads to more business, you’ll want a Web host that can grow along with you and not crash as you grow. Ask a potential Web host what their uptime guarantee is. The closer you get to 99.9 percent uptime, the better.Pro-tip: A substantial uptime guarantee comes from reliable server capability and support, so look for a host that’s heavily endorsed by reputable customers.Also, be wary of shared hosting, which means your website will be on a server with many other sites. It can negatively affect your site if another website on the shared host is troubled in some way. It can also impact your website speed, which affects customer satisfaction. If you do go with a shared host, make sure the host has the ability to grow with you. Also evaluate any potential cost increases based on growth.Putting a website online can be simple, but it will only be successful if your Web host provides the relationship your small business deserves. Get to know your host and how they can benefit your business before locking down a partnership. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 4 min read Register Now »last_img read more

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first_imgNews | April 06, 2009 Sixty-Seven Percent of Physician Offices Do Not Use EMRs, Survey Says News | Artificial Intelligence | July 29, 2019 New AI Tool Identifies Cancer Outcomes Using Radiology Reports Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have demonstrated that an artificial intelligence (AI) tool can perform as… read more News | PACS Accessories | June 13, 2019 M*Modal and Community Health Network Partner on AI-powered Clinical Documentation M*Modal announced that the company and Community Health Network (CHNw) are collaborating to transform the patient-… read more Feature | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | May 30, 2019 | By Larry Sitka and Jef Williams Data Driven Workflows on the Rise as the User Changes Medical imaging and informatics are critical to delivering care and managing wellness. read more April 6, 2009 — A new research survey released today at HIMSS 2009 by SK&A Information Services Inc. reveals 67 percent of medical offices with four or more physicians do not currently use EMR software. The survey results point to substantial sales and marketing opportunities for healthcare information technology vendors and service providers.American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which aims to boost the struggling U.S. economy, is also meant to drive EMR adoption in order to reduce medical mistakes, saving the country hundreds of millions of dollars annually. Starting in 2011, $19 billion in net incentives will be paid to physicians who are “meaningful” EMR users. The incentives come in the form of increased Medicare and Medicaid payments to be disbursed over a five-year period and are not to exceed $40,000 to $44,000 per provider. Physicians who fail to become meaningful EMR users by 2015 may be subject to penalties.“The EMR legislation found in the Act will drive improvements in patient care by incentivizing physician offices to implement EMR solutions,” said Dave Escalante, President and CEO of SK&A. “The impact of this adoption will create opportunities in many industries—EMR/electronic health record solution providers, healthcare IT consultants, computer hardware and software companies, and telephone and cable service providers. SK&A has assumed the crucial role of identifying the physician offices that will most likely be implementing new EMR solutions over the next few years.”SK&A’s new “Physician Office Usage of Electronic Medical Records Software Report,” which is summarized and segmented by office size, practice size, 20 site specialties and patient volume, reveals valuable trends on future EMR adoption. For example: – In smaller practices with four to five physicians, 31.6 percent have EMR software. On the contrary, in larger practices with 26-plus physicians, 39.24 percent have EMR systems. – In practices with three exam rooms, 33.77 percent have EMR software, whereas in practices with more than 11 exam rooms, nearly half have EMR solutions. – In physician offices with volumes of one to 50 patients per day, 30.2 percent have EMR software. On the opposing side, of large practices with daily patient volumes of over 100 patients, 39.2 percent have EMR systems.The report also highlights SK&A’s top 20 physician specialty areas by acceptance percentages for EMR software adoption. The specialty areas with the highest adoption rates include anesthesiology, emergency medicine and internal medicine. Those areas with the lowest adoption rates include urology, psychiatry and plastic surgery.For more information: www.skainfo.com, www.skalivecounts.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | Clinical Decision Support | July 18, 2019 Johns Hopkins Named Qualified Provider-led Entity to Develop Criteria for Diagnostic Imaging On June 30, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Johns Hopkins University School… read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more A nurse examines a patient in the Emergency Department of Cincinnati Children’s, where researchers successfully tested artificial intelligence-based technology to improve patient recruitment for clinical trials. Researchers report test results in the journal JMIR Medical Informatics. Image courtesy of Cincinnati Children’s. read more Podcast | Information Technology | June 26, 2019 PODCAST: Why Blockchain Matters In Medical Imaging The technology has some hurdles ahead of it. News | Artificial Intelligence | July 31, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Solution Improves Clinical Trial Recruitment Clinical trials are a critical tool for getting new treatments to people who need them, but research shows that… read more News | Radiology Business | June 11, 2019 The Current Direction of Healthcare Reform Explained by CMS Administrator Seema Verma June 11, 2019 — Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma addressed the American Med read more Feature | Information Technology | May 17, 2019 | Carol Amick 3 Recommendations to Better Understand HIPAA Compliance According to the U.S. read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | April 19, 2019 HHS Extends Comment Period for Proposed Electronic Health Information Interoperability Rules The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is extending the public comment period by 30 days for two… read morelast_img read more

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Carestream SelfService Kiosk Equips Patients to Share Medical Images Reports

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first_img Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more Related Content Technology | Patient Engagement | December 21, 2015 Carestream Self-Service Kiosk Equips Patients to Share Medical Images, Reports Kiosk can help reduce costs, improve productivity for healthcare providers at the point of care News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more December 21, 2015 — Carestream Health showcased its MyVue Center Self-Service Kiosk that enhances patient access and sharing of their medical exam records at the 2015 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) conference. When available, patients will be able to use the kiosk to print or share their radiology reports and output their medical images onto radiographic film or a USB device. This system is not available for commercial sale at this time.MyVue Center offers benefits for both patients and healthcare facilities. Patients can gain rapid, convenient access to their medical exam information by utilizing a secure method of identification and selecting the medical images or radiology reports they want to output. The self-service kiosk equips healthcare providers to enhance productivity and reduce their total operating costs by automating distribution of medical images and radiology reports to patients.Facilities with Carestream’s MyVue Patient Portal that install a MyVue Center can allow patients to share access to their medical images and reports with physicians, friends or family members from the kiosk. The patient portal generates a unique and secure log-in that is emailed to each patient after their exam. Patients can view and share their medical images and radiology reports from a variety of Web-enabled devices including laptops, tablets and mobile phones or from the electronic medical record (EMR) portal.MyVue Patient Portal and MyVue Center address the need to provide patients with access to their records, which is a key component of Meaningful Use requirements. Both systems employ globally accepted security protocols to ensure patient privacy.For more information: www.carestream.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享center_img The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more last_img read more

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2013 hurricane season to bring at least 15 cyclones in the Atlantic

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first_imgNo related posts. Experts forecast an aggressive 2013 hurricane season that could bring up to 18 tropical cyclones to the Atlantic Ocean.“We think that of these, at least eight could become hurricanes, while conditions in the Caribbean Sea could lead to the formation of at least four cyclones, and two of them could evolve into hurricanes,” said Daniel Poleo, an expert with the National Meteorological Institute.A tropical cyclone formation is mainly due to changes in temperature. “The determining factor is the surface temperature of the sea. If it registers temperatures above 26.5 degrees Celsius [-3 F], there are high probabilities for the formation of a cyclone,” he added.The first three hurricanes to form will be named Andrea, Barry and Chantal. “Names alternate between men and women, and they go in alphabetical order,” Poleo explained.Last year, two hurricanes hit – “Michael” and “Sandy” – killing 147 people.The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June 1 to Nov. 30. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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New head turns Queenstown tourism

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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Destination Queenstown has announced current general manager, Graham Budd has been appointed as the Group’s new chief executive.Stepping into the role effective immediately and replacing former head Tony Everitt, Mr Budd enters the position with up to 25 years experience in the marketing role and will be responsible for driving strategic direction while ensuring all marketing strategies sit alongside business plans. Destination Queenstown chairman Mark Quickfall said Mr Budd was selected after a “robust” recruitment process and was chosen for his “proven skills, depth of marketing experience and strong industry relationships”. “His firsthand knowledge and sound understanding of Queenstown means he has an invaluable insight into how the town and its people work,” Mr Quickfall explained.   “The Destination Queenstown team is absolutely delighted for Graham and we’re confident that with his commitment to the role he will hit the ground running and be a strong leader in taking our high performing organisation and local industry to further success.” Mr Budd replaced Mr Everitt who left the organisation at the end of April to work with Tourism New Zealand. Graham Budd steps in to lead Queenstown tourismlast_img read more

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