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FROM THE FIELD For refugees and migrants in Europe healthcares essential but

For reasons including their legal status, language barriers and discrimination, refugees and migrants can face challenges in accessing health care., by WHO/Francesco BellinaEven a healthy migrant or refugee can fall sick, while traveling to – or sheltering in –  a receiving country. Poor living conditions and lifestyle adjustments to a totally new environment, are just two possible reasons why, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) first Report on the health of refugees and migrants in the WHO European Region.It may come as no surprise that children without parents or a guardian are especially vulnerable, and at risk of suffering both health and social problems.The WHO report, which was developed in partnership with the Italian National Institute for Health, Migration and Poverty, summarizes the latest evidence on the health of refugees and migrants in various parts of Europe, along with the progress made by countries to promote their health.Here’s the full story. read more

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Amid Japan crisis Greece urges Turkey to halt plans to build a

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece has urged its earthquake-prone neighbour Turkey to halt plans to build a nuclear power station amid the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan. Turkey is planning to building its first nuclear power station at Akkuyu, in the south of the country, under a deal signed last year with the Russian state nuclear energy corporation, Rosatom President Karolos Papoulias said on Friday that the European Union should intervene to prevent a “catastrophe on its doorstep.” Prime Minister George Papandreou’s office said the premier also telephoned his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to express opposition to the venture.last_img read more

Nominations for multicultural landmarks open

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Gillard government is calling for people to nominate national heritage places in Australia that best represents multicultural Australia.It aims to celebrate Australia by looking at the stories and contribution of migrants and will be the new heritage theme for 2013. Launched by Environment Minister, Tony Burke and Multicultural Affairs Minister, Kate Lundy, the nominations are open to any examples of indigenous heritage and places of significance to migrants.“The national heritage list has many examples of indigenous heritage and many examples of our colonial history, but I have never understood why we have been so slow to recognise the heritage of those families who have come to Australia in the many waves of immigration we have had subsequent to our colonial history,” Mr Burke said.“The whole concept of the heritage list is to tell the story of Australia. Only when the multicultural stories are added will the list truly tell the story of our nation.”Senator Lundy said Australia is a successful multicultural nation with over 7 million migrants successfully settling here since the Second World War.“I encourage Australians to nominate places that capture the contributions of migrants so their legacy can continue for future generations,” Senator Lundy said.A call for nominations for places on the National Heritage and Commonwealth Heritage lists is currently open and will close on 15 March 2013.For more information go to http://www.environment.gov.au/heritage/nominating/index.htmllast_img read more

Chiellini Pogba is a godgiven talent like LeBron and Bolt

first_imgJuventus captain Giorgio Chiellini revealed that Paul Pogba and his special talent will always be welcomed back at the clubThe unsettled Manchester United midfielder has been linked with a return to Turin as well as a lucrative move to Barcelona.Pogba spent four years at Juventus and won four Serie A titles along with two Coppa Italia crowns.However, the France international has struggled to live up to the £89m transfer fee that United forked out for him in 2016.This has led a lot of widespread criticism for Pogba from both fans and pundits alike.But Chiellini still holds Pogba in high regard and insists that the door at Juventus will always stay open for the 25-year-old.He even compared him to American Basketball legend LeBron James and eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt.“Pogba? We’d gladly welcome him back,” Chiellini told La Stampa.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“He is special. He was kissed by mother nature with talent, like LeBron James or [Usain] Bolt.“He only has to become a bigger leader on the field, the moral abilities are there. But he is only 25 years old and there is too much responsibility for him.”The Italian defender also praised new teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and claimed that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has become a beacon for the squad.He added: “Ronaldo? He’s amazing.“His decision to prove himself again at 33 was huge. His winning mentality managed to fill the gap left in the group by Buffon’s farewell.“Cristiano is a beacon and point of reference, he leads with a positive attitude. In addition to his goals, assists and shots, he’s an exemplary figure. I see him calm and he works with a smile on his face.”Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri also stated that Ronaldo deserves the credit for their stunning start to the new season.The Old Lady will take on 11th-placed Genoa on Saturday in the Serie A.last_img read more

Baha Mar Joint Provisional Liquidators Issue Statement on Appointment

first_img Related Items:Alastair Beveridge, AlixPartners Services UK LLP, Baha Mar Enterprises Ltd, Baha Mar Land Holdings Ltd, Baha Mar Ltd, Baha Mar Properties Ltd, BMP Golf Ltd, BMP Three Ltd, Cable Beach Resorts Ltd, Nick Cropper Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 10 Sept 2015 – Alastair Beveridge and Nick Cropper, of leading global business advisory firm AlixPartners Services UK LLP (AlixPartners), and Edmund Rahming of KRyS Global have today been appointed Joint Provisional Liquidators (JPLs) over Baha Mar Ltd, Baha Mar Land Holdings Ltd, Baha Mar Properties Ltd, BMP Three Ltd, BMP Golf Ltd, Cable Beach Resorts Ltd, Baha Mar Enterprises Ltd, together Bahar Mar PL (the Group).Baha Mar is a luxury resort development located in Nassau, Bahamas. The development includes a range of hotel, leisure and entertainment facilities and was launched as the largest single phase construction project in the Western Hemisphere.Friday’s appointment was effected by the Bahamas Court following winding up petitions submitted in response to the Group’s Chapter 11 filing in June 2015.Commenting on behalf of the JPLs Edmund Rahming of KRyS Global said: “This is both a high profile and extremely complex situation which impacts a wide range of stakeholders, not least of all the people of The Bahamas. As a result the ultimate success of the Baha Mar project is in everybody’s interest and priority now is to begin our work in order to identify the best route forward. We will be working closely with all appropriate stakeholder groups throughout and further updates will follow in due course.”last_img read more

County Sports fields wont harm environment

first_imgPlans for the Hazel Dell sports fields include appropriate steps to mitigate significant environmental harm, according to a county report released Monday. That likely won’t reassure outspoken neighbors who oppose plans for the county to install a sports complex on the county-owned, 20-acre site on the north side of Northeast 78th Street.A hearings examiner will take testimony 6 p.m. June 29 at the Clark County Public Service Center. If examiner Dan Kearns determines the plans are in compliance with land-use laws, the project can go forward unless residents take it to court. The county has made some concessions to neighbors, including placing a planned road along the east edge of the property farther from the closest homes.The proposal calls for one large sports field for baseball, which could also be used for soccer, lacrosse, field hockey and rugby; two medium Little League fields; and two small T-ball fields. The site would also feature batting cages, nature trails, a parking lot, and a building with restrooms and concessions.The county plans to partner with neighboring King’s Way Christian School to share sports fields and parking spaces. The land is a federal Superfund site because of toxic compounds lying at least 50 feet beneath the surface. The Environmental Protection Agency said there’s no danger of exposure from building ball fields.last_img read more

VIDEO WHS Boys Soccer Seniors Their Parents Recognized At Senior Night

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The ten seniors on the WHS Boys Soccer team — and their parents — were honored prior to Thursday’s Senior Night game.Watch the ceremony, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/5/c/2/6/f/d/5c26fd19-1f28-4fb4-868c-ebada520f3491540569959.086%2B45352658.129%40castus4-wilmington%2B15405702501540570106253380.vod.480p.WHS%20Boys%20Soccer%20Senior%20Night%202018.mov.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/5/c/2/6/f/d/5c26fd19-1f28-4fb4-868c-ebada520f3491540569959.086%2B45352658.129%40castus4-wilmington%2B15405702501540570106253380.vod.480p.WHS%20Boys%20Soccer%20Senior%20Night%202018.mov.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: WHS Softball Team Honors Its SeniorsIn “Videos”VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: WCTV Looking For Camera Operators & Commentators For WHS Fall SportsIn “Community”VIDEO: Watch The 2019 Wilmington High Scholarship NightIn “Videos”last_img read more

Elders sports meet draws huge crowds

first_img• Health cards will be issued to senior citizens: Dana Kishore • AASARA central committee to be set up thorough elections LB Nagar: An overwhelming response was accorded to sports festival for senior citizens, which was held in various zones across the city by the Greater Hyderabad by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC). The games were held in various places of the LB Nagar zone and at the Victory Playground in Chadarghat for senior citizens on Wednesday. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us Carrom, chess, lemon spoon, brisk walking, musical chairs, mind game and other games were conducted for senior citizens. Around 250 people have participated in these games from LB Nagar zone and 150 people participated in Chaderghat and senior citizens thanked GHMC Commissioner Dana Kishore for conducting games for them. Goshamahal MLA Raja Singh, Corporator Mamata Gupta initiated the games at Victory play ground in Chaderghat. LB Nagar zonal commissioner S Srinivas Reddy started games at Sai Gardens. Also Read – Unidentified assailants killed a person in Saidabad PS limits Advertise With Us Dana Kishore said that they would conduct the elections to set up Aasara central committee for the welfare of the senior citizens in city. He said that they would make central aasara committee in all the circles across the city by conducting the elections. GHMC is giving lots of importance to the welfare of the senior citizens in Hyderabad city, he said. Separate health cards would be issued to all the senior citizens in city, he added. Later they have distributed the free saplings to all the senior citizens who took part.last_img read more

Modi govt asks TVS Bajaj and Hero for plan to switch to

first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:58Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:58?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Instagram/narendramodiThe Narendra Modi-led government has asked two-wheeler manufacturers to produce a blueprint for electrifying their vehicles. Bajaj Auto, Hero MotoCorp and TVS were informed by the Niti Aayog officials to provide the plans in two weeks.The government has recommended the sale of only electric vehicle units with an engine capacity of more than 150cc in the two-wheeler segment from 2025, reported Reuters. The proposal was widely opposed by the automakers due to the falling sales and liquidity which could cause market disruption and massive job cuts. Electric cars and bikes from India startupsmanufacturersIn response to the severe protest by the automakers, the government officials in a meeting cleared that the initiative was to contribute to the global drive towards environmentally cleaner vehicles. There are concerns of executives that without an established supply chain and charging infrastructure or skilled labour, India could lose its automobile market leadership position.India had a whopping sale of 20 million scooters and motorbikes last year and is one of the world’s largest two-wheeler markets. Close Electric vehicles become new trend in AP to fight pollution The government has also planned steps to electrify cars and heavy vehicles as well. To read the plans please proceed to the link below: Ola, Uber to have 40% electric fleet by 2026?last_img read more

Must See Van Reenens Pass is closed due to truck protest on

first_imgAlso read: Update: Minister condemns the blocking of the N3 at Van Reenen R74 – via Oliviershoek PassR34/N11 – Vrede/Newcastle/LadysmithR23 – via Heidelberg/Standerton/Volksrust/LadysmithThe demands of the protesting truck drivers are now known.They are demanding that the Minister of Home Affairs and Minister of Transport come down to address their issues and give a date as to when foreign drivers will leave the country.Another demand is that they have an NBCR consultant.A heavy police presence is in the area and officers are monitoring the situation.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Protesters are still blocking the N3 Toll Route at Van Reenen’s Pass between Harrismith and the Tugela Toll Plaza.Although the situation is calm, no passage of vehicles is possible through the Van Reenen’s Pass section of the N3.Motorists still need to avoid travelling to the area and either delay departure or make use of alternative routes, such as the following:Read initial story: Warning: Protest action on the N3 at Van Reenen’s PassAlso read: Urgent Traffic Alert: Van Reenen’s Pass a ‘No Go Zone’ due to truck drivers protesting on N3 (Gallery Included)Also read: Update: Public Safety closes all roads leading to Van Reenen due to truck drivers protesting on the N3Read also: Watch: Member of Parliament on scene at truck drivers’ protest on N3, Van Reenenlast_img read more

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first_img Women’s Health | March 25, 2019 VIDEO: Ultrasound Versus MRI for Imaging of the Female Pelvis Deborah Levine, M.D., professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and vice chair for academic affairs in the Department of Radiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, describes scenarios where magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) could be more useful than ultrasound in issues with the female pelvis. Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting.  Related content:itnTV “Conversations”: The Accuray Philosophy Artificial Intelligence | July 12, 2019 VIDEO: The Economics of Artificial Intelligence Khan Siddiqui, M.D., founder and CEO of HOPPR, discusses the economic advantages and costs presented by artificial intelligence (AI) applications in radiology, as well as potential strategies for healthcare providers looking to add AI to their armamentarium, at the 2019 Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting. Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Related GE Edison Platform Content:VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence – GE Builds AI Applications on Edison PlatformGE Healthcare Unveils New Applications and Smart Devices Built on Edison Platform CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. Related GE Edison Platform Content:GE Healthcare Unveils New Applications and Smart Devices Built on Edison PlatformVIDEO: itnTV Conversations — What is Edison? Related content:Atrium Health Debuts Amazon Alexa Skill to Help Patients Access Medical CareSmart Speaker Technology Harnessed for Hospital Medical Treatments Find more news and videos from AAPM. Find more SCCT news and videos Enterprise Imaging | March 27, 2019 VIDEO: GE Healthcare’s CCA Analytics Provides Governance for Enterprise Imaging GE Healthcare Centricity Clinical Archive (CCA) Analytics, shown at RSNA 2018, works directly with the vendor neutral archive (VNA), allowing users to evaluate clinical, financial and operational processes across the healthcare system. The analytics solution shows how all of the different components of the archive and all of the imaging sources — departments, facilities and modalities — are working across the enterprise. Information Technology | April 17, 2019 itnTV “Conversations”: Creating an Interoperability Strategy With Intellispace Enterprise Edition as the foundation, Philips Healthcare is connecting facilities and service areas within enterprises, while developing standards-based interoperability that preserves customers’ investments and best of breed systems.  Related content:VIDEO: Implementation of Artificial Intelligence Tools in Radiology Practice — Interview with Lawrence Tanenbaum, M.D.VIDEO: AI That Second Reads Radiology Reports and Deals With Incidental Findings — Interview with Nina Kottler, M.D.Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence at RSNA 2018VIDEO: Implementation of Artificial Intelligence Tools in Radiology Practice AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Computed Tomography (CT) Clinical Innovation Center, professor of medical physics and biomedical engineering, and the 2019 president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), explains the “building bridges” theme of the 2019 AAPM meeting. This theme was the focus of her president’s address at the 2019 AAPM meeting. She spoke on the theme of diversity and how to break down the barriers between various minorities, male-female, religion, national origin, etc. She gave many photo examples of how we pigeon hole people into neat categories and that we often say we have equally in society, however her images showed recent images of big political summits where there are no women present, or they were the secretaries in the background. She said in medical practice, department administration and collaboration on projects, people need to be cognoscente of bias they have engrained by culture for which they may not even be aware.She showed a slide of the AAPM membership makeup by generation and said members need to keep in mind the way each generation thinks and communicates varies by their generation’s life experience and upbringing. McCollough said understanding these differences can help bridge perceived gaps in communication. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Related Articles on Y-90 Radiotherapy:Current Advances in Targeted Radionuclide TherapyA Look Ahead in Targeted Radionuclide TherapyRadioactive Bead Therapy Now Used for Head, Neck TumorsNCCN Guidelines Recommend Y-90 Microspheres for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Treatment Related Cardiac Sarcoidosis Content:ASNC and SNMMI Release Joint Document on Diagnosis, Treatment of Cardiac SarcoidosisNew PET-CT Scan Improves Detection in Rare Cardiac Condition25 Most Impactful Nuclear Cardiology ArticlesRecent Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging Technology Advanced Visualization | April 01, 2019 VIDEO: The GE iCenter Looks Toward the Future of New Technologies GE Healthcare goes beyond core equipment maintenance to help clients solve some of their most important asset and clinical performance challenges through digital solutions. Interventional Radiology | October 19, 2018 VIDEO: Y90 Embolization of Liver Cancer at Henry Ford Hospital Scott Schwartz, M.D., interventional radiologist and program director for IR residencies and the vascular and interventional radiology fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital, explains how the department uses Yttrium-90 (Y90) embolization therapy to treat liver cancer.Find more content on Henry Ford Hospital RSNA | April 03, 2019 VIDEO: Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Technology at RSNA 2018 ITN Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the most interesting new medical imaging technologies displayed on the expo floor at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. The video includes new technologies for fetal ultrasound, CT, MRI, mobile DR X-ray, a new generation of fluoroscopy systems, MRI contrast mapping to better identify tumors, and a new technique to create moving X-ray images from standard DR imaging.Watch the related VIDEO: Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Artificial Intelligence Technologies at RSNA 2018. This inlcudes a tour of some of the recently FDA-cleared AI technologies for medical imaging at RSNA 2018.  Artificial Intelligence | April 02, 2019 itnTV “Conversations:” What is Edison? At RSNA 2018, GE Healthcare formally presented Edison as the company’s new applications platform, designed to speed the delivery of precision care.  CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Artificial Intelligence | January 15, 2019 Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2018 In Artificial Intelligence 2018: What Radiologists Need to Know About AI, ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of artificial intelligence (AI) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2018 annual meeting. Nuclear Imaging | April 28, 2017 VIDEO: Trends in Nuclear Cardiology Imaging David Wolinsky, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at Cleveland Clinic Florida and past-president of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), discusses advancements in nuclear imaging and some of the issues facing the subspecialty. Find more SCCT news and videos Radiation Oncology View all 91 items Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. Information Technology | April 15, 2019 itnTV “Conversations”: Vital Images Helps Build Infrastructure for the Future Vital Images has developed a strategy that allows its customers to capture revenues that are otherwise missed while building the infrastructure for the future. In an interview with itnTV, Vital Images executives Larry Sitka and Geoffrey Clemmons describe how the company has reconciled this vision of the future with near-term realities. Enterprise Imaging | January 14, 2019 Technology Report: Enterprise Imaging 2018 In Enterprise Imaging 2018: Balancing Strategy and Technology in Enterprise Imaging, ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of enterprise imaging advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2018 annual meeting. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:43Loaded: 0.00%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:43 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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Technology Reports | April 01, 2018 Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2017 ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of artificial intelligence advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2017 annual meeting.  AI was by far the hottest topic in sessions and on the expo floor at RSNA 2017. Here are links to related deep learning, machine learning coverage:Why AI By Any Name Is Sweet For RadiologyValue in Radiology Takes on Added Depth at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Key Imaging Technology Trends at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Deep Learning is Key Technology Trend at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Machine Learning and the Future of RadiologyVIDEO: Expanding Role for Artificial Intelligence in Medical ImagingHow Artificial Intelligence Will Change Medical Imaging Cardio-oncology | March 22, 2019 VIDEO: Characterization of Cardiac Structural Changes and Function Following Radiation Therapy Magid Awadalla, MBBS, is an advanced cardiac imaging research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has been involved in an imaging study of cardiac changes from photon radiotherapy in breast cancer patients using serial cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The radiotherapy beams used to treat breast cancer pass close to the neighboring heart, which can cause cardiac cell damage leading to issues like heart failure later on. He spoke on the topic of cardio-oncology at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2019 meeting. Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Nuclear Imaging | August 24, 2017 VIDEO: Implementing CZT SPECT Cardiac Protocols to Reduce Radiation Dose Randy Thompson, M.D., attending cardiologist, St. Luke’s Mid-America Heart Institute, Kansas City, explains protocols and what to consider when working with the newer generation CZT-SPECT camera systems for nuclear cardiology. He spoke during the 2017 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Today technology update meeting. Watch the related VIDEO “PET vs. SPECT in Nuclear Cardiology and Recent Advances in Technology.” Read the related articles “Managing Dose in PET and SPECT Myocardial Perfusion Imaging,”  and “Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging.” Radiation Therapy | February 21, 2019 VIDEO: Whole Versus Partial Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Christy Kesslering, M.D., medical director of radiation oncology at the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center, about the different radiation therapy options for breast cancer patients offered at the center.Watch the VIDEOs Advancements in Radiation Therapy for Brain Cancer and Multidisciplinary Treatment of Brain Tumors with Vinai Gondi, M.D., director of research and CNS neuro-oncology at the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center.Additional videos and coverage of Northwestern Medicine Brachytherapy Systems | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: New Alpha Emitter Brachytherapy Seeds in Development Lior Arazi, Ph.D., assistant professor at Ben-Gurion University, Israel, explains the potential benefits of a new Radium-224 brachytherapy seed technology he is helping develop. The technology uses high-dose alpha particles to kill cancer cells, but has a very short tissue penetration, so it can be placed very close to critical structures without causing collateral damage to healthy tissue. He discussed this technology in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Find more SCCT news and videos CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. The scanner also comes with a HeartFlow FFR-CT starter pack.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Related CT Calcium Scorining Content:VIDEO: New Cholesterol Guidelines Support CT Calcium Scoring for Risk Assessment — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D.CT Calcium Scoring Becoming a Key Risk Factor AssessmentACC and AHA Release Updated Cholesterol Guidelines for 2018VIDEO: CT Calcium Scoring to Screen For Who Should Take Statins — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D. Related CT Technology Content:New CT Technology Entering the MarketVIDEO: Advances in Cardiac CT Imaging — Interview with David Bluemke, M.D.Expanding Applications for Computed TomographyVIDEO: Overview of Cardiac CT Trends and 2019 SCCT Meeting Highlights —Interview with Ron Blankstein, M.D., directVIDEO: 10 Tips to Improve Cardiac CT Imaging — Interview with Quynh Truong, M.D.FFR-CT: Is It Radiology or Cardiology?VIDEO: ITN Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Technology at RSNA 2018VIDEO: Using Advanced CT to Enhance Radiation Therapy Planning — Interview with Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D.VIDEO: Tips and Tricks to Aid Cardiac CT Technologist WorkflowManaging CT Radiation DoseVIDEO: ITN Editor’s Choice of Most Innovative New Cardiac CT Technology at SCCT 2017New Developments in Cardiovascular Computed Tomography at SCCT 2017VIDEO: Role of Cardiac CT in Value-based Medicine — Leslee Shaw, Ph.D.Advances in Cardiac Imaging Technologies at RSNA 2017VIDEO: The Future of Cardiac CT in the Next Decade — Interview with Leslee Shaw, Ph.D.VIDEO: What to Consider When Comparing 64-slice to Higher Slice CT Systems — Interview with Claudio Smuclovisky, M.D.  Related CT Calcium Scorining Content:VIDEO: New Cholesterol Guidelines Support CT Calcium Scoring for Risk Assessment — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D.CT Calcium Scoring Becoming a Key Risk Factor AssessmentACC and AHA Release Updated Cholesterol Guidelines for 2018VIDEO: CT Calcium Scoring to Screen For Who Should Take Statins — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D. Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Recent Videos View all 606 items Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic CT Clinical Innovation Center, professor of medical physics and biomedical engineering and the 2019 president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), shares her insights on the latest advances in computed tomography (CT) imaging technology. She spoke at the 2019 AAPM meeting. She also did an interview at AAPM on her president’s theme for the 2019 meeting – VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care.Find more news and videos from AAPM. Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. Nuclear Imaging | March 22, 2019 VIDEO: Utilization of PET For Evaluation of Cardiac Sarcoidosis Raza Alvi, M.D., a research fellow in radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, has been involved in a study of a positron-emission tomography (PET) FDG radiotracer agent to image sarcoidosis. The inflammatory disease affects multiple organs and usually include abnormal masses or nodules (granulomas) consisting of inflamed tissues that can form in the heart. Alvi presented on this topic at American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2019 meeting.  Find more SCCT news and videos Women’s Health View all 62 items Computed Tomography (CT) | January 08, 2016 RSNA Technology Report 2015: Computed Tomography Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of computed tomography (CT) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015. The video includes Freiherr during his booth tours with some of the key vendors who were featuring new technology. Find more SCCT news and videos FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享center_img Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, University Health Network, Princess Margaret Cancer Center, Toronto, Canada, explains how her center is using machine learning to automate treatment plans. The center is one of the first to use the RayStation machine learning treatment planning system for radiation oncology. She spoke at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. The scanner also comes with a HeartFlow FFR-CT starter pack.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Technology Reports View all 9 items AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting Mahadevappa Mahesh, Ph.D., chief of medical physicist and professor of radiology and medical physics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and treasurer of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), explains some of the trends in medical physics and new features of the AAPM 2019 meeting. Watch the related VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care — Interview with AAPM President Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., at the 2019 AAPM meeting. Related Artificial Intelligence ContentTechnology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2017VIDEO: RSNA Post-game Report on Artificial IntelligenceVIDEO: AI in Tumor Diagnostics, Treatment and Follow-upVIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Help Reduce Gadolinium Dose in MRIVIDEO: AI, Analytics and Informatics: The Future is Here SPECT-CT | December 12, 2018 VIDEO: Walk Around of the Veriton SPECT-CT System This is a walk around of the new Spectrum Dynamics Veriton SPECT-CT nuclear imaging system introduced at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. This is a walk around of an innovative new SPECT-CT nuclear imaging system shown at the Radiological Society Of North America (RSNA) 2018 meeting this week. It’s CT system with comes in 16, 64 or 128 slice configurations. It has 12 SPECT detector robotic arms that automatically move toward the patient and use a sensor to stop a few millimeters from the skin to optimize photon counts and SPECT image quality. It also uses more sensitive CZT digital detectors, which allows either faster scan times, or use of only half the radiotracer dose of analog detector scans.Read the article “Nuclear Imaging Moves Toward Digital Detector Technology.” Read the article “Spectrum Dynamics Sues GE for Theft, Misappropriation of Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition.” Digital Radiography (DR) | October 05, 2016 Technology Report: Digital Radiography Systems Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of digital radiography (DR) advances at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2016 meeting. Read the article “The Coming Push for DR.”  Watch a technology report sidebar video on new DR Systems technology. Radiation Therapy | December 06, 2018 Technology Report: Patient-centered Care in Radiation Therapy Radiation therapy has become increasingly effective and safe as vendors continue to innovate technologies that benefit the patient. At ASTRO 2018, this patient-centric approach was exemplified and demonstrated not only in ways that match treatments to patients, but in how technologies can adjust to patient movement and anatomical changes, and to increase the precision of treatments. ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr showcases several new technologies that are helping to advance this field.For additional patient-centered care coverage, see:Conversations with Greg Freiherr: The Accuray PhilosophyASTRO Puts Patients First Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, University Health Network, Princess Margaret Cancer Center, Toronto, Canada, explains how her center is using machine learning to automate treatment plans. The center is one of the first to use the RayStation machine learning treatment planning system for radiation oncology. She spoke at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, interventional radiologist at Texas Children’s Hospital, editor of IR Quarterly for the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and on the Board of Directors for the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, explained how artificial intelligence (AI) can assist in pediatric imaging and the pitfalls of training AI systems. He spoke at the 2019 Radiology AIMed conference. Deep learning algorithms require large amounts of patient case data to train the systems to read medical images automatically without human intervention. However, in pediatrics, there are often much lower numbers of normal and abnormal scans that can be used compared to vast amounts of adult exams available. This makes it difficult to train systems, so AI developers are coming up with innovative new ways to train their software. Compounding issues with training pediatric imaging AI is that the normal ranges change very quickly for young children due to their rapid development. He explained what is normal for a 2-year-old may not be normal for a 5-year-old.Desai and other pediatric physicians who spoke at the conference said AI could have a big impact on pediatric imaging where there are not enough specialists for the increasing image volumes. Enterprise Imaging | July 09, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 2 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison, healthcare IT consultant and Chris Roth, M.D., associate professor of radiology, vice chair, information technology and clinical informatics, and director of imaging informatics strategy at Duke University Medical Center, about how to find the right people to deploy a successful enterprise imaging strategy.Watch part 1 of the interview at the 2019 Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) conference. Related CT Calcium Scorining Content:VIDEO: New Cholesterol Guidelines Support CT Calcium Scoring for Risk Assessment — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D.CT Calcium Scoring Becoming a Key Risk Factor AssessmentACC and AHA Release Updated Cholesterol Guidelines for 2018VIDEO: CT Calcium Scoring to Screen For Who Should Take Statins — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D. Find more SCCT news and videos Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate research assistant in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab of the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, describes how he and fellow researchers used multiple types of cardiac imaging to evaluate the health of athletes who compete in endurance events lasting six hours or more, and what the results may suggest for future screening.Watch the VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019, an interview with AHRA President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA. Clinical Decision Support | June 29, 2017 VIDEO: Clinical Decision Support Requirements for Cardiac Imaging Rami Doukky, M.D., system chair, Division of Cardiology, professor of medicine, Cook County Health and Hospitals System, Chicago, discusses the new CMS requirements for clinical decision support (CDS) appropriate use criteria (AUC) documentation in cardiac imaging starting on Jan. 1, 2018. He spoke at the 2017 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Today meeting. Read the article “CMS to Require Appropriate Use Criteria Documentation for Medical Imaging Orders.” Sponsored Videos View all 142 items Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Artificial Intelligence | March 28, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence – GE Builds AI Applications on Edison Platform GE launched a new brand that covers artificial intelligence (AI) at the Radiological Socoety of North American (RSNA) 2018 meeting. The company showed several works-in-progress, including a critical care suite of algorithms and experimental applications for brain MR. Each is being built on GE’s Edison Platform. Interventional Radiology | June 26, 2019 VIDEO: How Alexa Might Help During Interventional Radiology Procedures Kevin Seals, M.D., University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Health, interventional radiology fellow, is working on a research project using smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home to create a new method for accessing information on device technologies in real time in the interventional radiology (IR) lab. Operators can use the conversational voice interface to retrieve information without breaking sterile scrub. The technology uses using natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning to rapidly provide information about device sizing and compatibility in IR.Seals spoke at the 2019 Radiology AIMed conference in Chicago in June. Artificial Intelligence | April 17, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence in Radiology — Are We Doomed? At the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI)/American College of Radiology (ACR) 2019 Symposium, Rasu Shrestha, M.D., MBA, chief strategy officer for Atrium Health, discusses his new role with Atrium, the hype cycle of artificial intelligence (AI) and the key elements of getting AI in radiology — and in healthcare — right.Read the article “Atrium Health Debuts Amazon Alexa Skill to Help Patients Access Medical Care”Listen to the podcast Is Artificial Intelligence The Doom of Radiology?, a discussion with Shrestha. Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting.  Digital Pathology | July 11, 2019 VIDEO: Integrating Digital Pathology With Radiology Toby Cornish, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor and medical director of informatics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, explains how the subspecialty of digital pathology has evolved in recent years, the benefits of integrating pathology and radiology, and how artificial intelligence (AI) may smooth the transition, at the 2019 Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting.  Radiology Business | May 03, 2017 VIDEO: MACRA’s Impact on Cardiology Kim A. Williams, Sr., M.D., chief of cardiology at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago and former president of both the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), explains the impact of healthcare reform on cardiology and specifically on nuclear perfusion imaging.  Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | January 08, 2016 RSNA Technology Report 2015: MRI Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015. Below is related MRI content:RSNA Technology Report 2015: Magnetic Resonance ImagingRecent Advances in MRI TechnologySoftware Advances in MRI TechnologyAdvances in Cardiac Imaging at RSNA 2016Recent Trends and Developments in Contrast MediaComparison Chart: MRI Wide Bore Systems (chart access will require a login, but is free and only takes a minute to register)Comparison Chart: MRI Contrast Agents(chart access will require a login, but is free and only takes a minute to register)Comparison Chart: Cardiovascular MRI Analysis Software(chart access will require a login, but is free and only takes a minute to register) Radiation Therapy | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Creating a Low-cost Radiotherapy System for the Developing World Paul Liu, Ph.D., post-doctoral research associate, Image X Institute at the University of Sydney, Australia, explains how his center is working on a low-cost radiation therapy system for the developing world. The Nano-X system will use a fixed linac gantry and rotate the patient around the beam. This would lighten the weight of the system, reduce the need for room shielding, and cut the number iof moving parts to lower costs and ease maintanence. Liu spoke about the project in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate research assistant in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab of the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, describes how he and fellow researchers used multiple types of cardiac imaging to evaluate the health of athletes who compete in endurance events lasting six hours or more, and what the results may suggest for future screening.Watch the VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019, an interview with AHRA President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA. Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate research assistant in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab of the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, describes how he and fellow researchers used multiple types of cardiac imaging to evaluate the health of athletes who compete in endurance events lasting six hours or more, and what the results may suggest for future screening.Watch the VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019, an interview with AHRA President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA. Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. Nuclear Imaging | August 24, 2017 VIDEO: PET vs. SPECT in Nuclear Cardiology and Recent Advances in Technology Prem Soman, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at the Heart and Vascular Institute, University of Pittsburgh, and president-elect of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), explained advances in PET and SPECT imaging and the learning curve involved in reading scans from the new CZT SPECT cameras. Watch the VIDEO: Trends in Nuclear Cardiology Imaging, an iknterview with David Wolinsky, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Read the related article “Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging.” Mammography | April 15, 2019 VIDEO: A Discussion on Proposed FDA Rules for Mammography Reporting Wendie Berg, M.D., Ph.D., FACR, chief scientific advisor to DenseBreast-info.org and professor of radiology at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine/Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC, spoke with ITN Editorial Director Melinda Taschetta-Millane about some of the proposed amendments to the language being used for mammography reporting and quality improvement.Read the article “FDA Proposes New Rules for Mammography Reporting and Quality Improvement” Radiation Oncology | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of a Fully Self-contained Brain Radiotherapy System Stephen Sorensen, Ph.D., DABR, chief of medical physics, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona, explains the first commercial use of the Zap-X stereotactic radio surgery (SRS) brain radiotherapy system. The system uses a capsule-like shield to surround the gantry and patient, eliminating the need for expensive room build outs requiring vaults. The goal of the system is to expand SRS brain therapy by making it easier and less expensive to acquire the treatment system. Sorensen spoke about this system in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Enterprise Imaging | July 08, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 1 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison, healthcare IT consultant and Chris Roth, M.D., associate professor of radiology, vice chair, information technology and clinical informatics, and director of imaging informatics strategy at Duke University Medical Center, about how to find the right people to deploy a successful enterprise imaging strategy. Conference Coverage View all 396 items Related Enterprise Imaging Content:RSNA Technology Report 2017: Enterprise ImagingVIDEO: Building An Effective Enterprise Imaging StrategyFive Steps for Better Diagnostic Image ManagementVIDEO: Enterprise Imaging and the Digital Imaging Adoption ModelEnterprise Imaging to Account for 27 Percent of Imaging MarketVIDEO: Defining Enterprise Imaging — The HIMSS-SIIM Enterprise Imaging WorkgroupVIDEO: How to Build An Enterprise Imaging System Artificial Intelligence | March 13, 2019 VIDEO: How iCad Uses AI to Speed Breast Tomosynthesis At RSNA 2018, iCad showed how its ProFound AI for digital breast tomosynthesis technology might help in the interpretation of tomosynthesis exams. Rodney Hawkins, vice president of marketing for iCad, discusses how this technology can better help detect the cancer.Related content:Artificial Intelligence 2018: What Radiologists Need to Know About AIRSNA 2018 Sunday – Improving, Not Replacing Molecular Imaging View all 22 items Interview with Ricardo Cury, M.D., FAHA, FSCCT, FACC, president of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) and chairman of radiology, director of cardiac imaging, Baptist Health of South Florida, Miami. He explains recent key trials, radiation dose and perfusion imaging. Information Technology View all 220 items Find more news and videos from AAPM. Videos | August 05, 2015 Trends In Cardiac CT Imaging at SCCT 2015 CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. The scanner also comes with a HeartFlow FFR-CT starter pack.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Digital Radiography (DR) | October 05, 2016 Agfa Highlights its DR Solutions Agfa highlights how its digital radiography (DR) systems capture analytics data to help improve management of the radiology department, show ROI on DR investments, and explains how its image processing software works.  Read the article “The Coming Push for DR.”  Watch the video “Technology Report: DR Systems.” Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting.  Breast Imaging | April 18, 2019 VIDEO: Age, Interval and Other Considerations for Breast Screening In a keynote lecture at the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI)/American College of Radiology (ACR) 2019 Symposium, Diana Miglioretti, Ph.D., dean’s professor of biostatistics at UC Davis Health, discussed risk-stratified breast cancer screening and its potential to improve the balance of screening benefits to harms by tailoring screening intensity and modality to individual risk factors.Read the article “How Risk Stratification Might Affect Women’s Health”Read the article “FDA Proposes New Rules for Mammography Reporting and Quality Improvement”Watch the VIDEO: A Discussion on Proposed FDA Rules for Mammography Reporting AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Efforts to Define the Roles of Medical Physicists and Assistants for Regulators Brent Parker, Ph.D., DABR, professor of radiation physics and medical physicist at MD Anderson Cancer Center, explains how the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) is creating guidelines to better define the roles of non-physicist assistants. He said there is a lack of state regulatory oversight for medical physicists or their assistants, partly because there are no guidelines from the medical societies. AAPM has created a series of policy statements to better define these the roles and requirements for all of these positions. Parker said the goal is to give state regulators the the definitions needed to create oversight guidelines. He spoke on this topic in sessions at the AAPM 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. Radiology Imaging View all 288 items Enterprise Imaging | April 26, 2019 VIDEO: A Transformative Approach to Reducing Cost and Complexity at CarolinaEast Health System CarolinaEast Health System, an award-winning health system in New Bern, N.C., was one of the first to collaborate with Philips to implement IntelliSpace Enterprise Edition, a comprehensive managed service. Watch the video to see how we collaborated together to streamline workflows and improve interoperability for better care.Watch the related editorial interview VIDEO: Streamlining PACS Administration — Interview with Mike Ciancio, imaging systems administrator at CarolinaEast Health System. CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Radiation Oncology | May 13, 2019 Patient-first Innovations from Accuray at ASTRO 2018 At ASTRO 2018, Accuray showcased new patient-first innovations, including motion synchronization on Radixact, and the new CK VoLO, a fast optimizer on the CyberKnife system. Andrew Delao, senior director of marketing for Accuray, highlights the new features. 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Argentina vulture funds end 15year debt battle

first_imgRelated posts:China overtakes West in development funding to Latin America Panama and ‘Panama Papers’ law firm under the media’s lenses Football: Messi denies tax evasion in Panama Papers scandal US restores regular flights to Cuba NEW YORK — Argentina’s new market-friendly government has ended a bitter, 15-year battle with U.S. creditors, parties to the dispute announced Monday, opening the door for the South American country to escape financial pariah status.The deal made good on a promise by President Mauricio Macri, who took office in December determined to reverse his predecessor Cristina Kirchner’s refusal to bargain with what she called “vultures” picking over the country’s stricken debt.Court-appointed mediator Daniel Pollack announced in New York that a deal in principle was struck late Sunday for Buenos Aires “to settle all claims” with a payment of $4.65 billion to NML, Aurelius and two other hedge funds holding long-defaulted bonds.“It gives me greatest pleasure to announce that the 15-year pitched battle between the Republic of Argentina and [NML owner] Elliott Management, led by Paul E. Singer, is now well on its way to being resolved,” Pollack said in a statement, calling Macri “heroic.”A spokesman for Elliott, which led the creditors, confirmed, saying: “We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Argentina.”The conflict dates back to 2001 when Argentina defaulted on nearly $100 billion in debt. Nearly all the country’s creditors eventually accepted to write off 70 percent of their bonds in a restructuring that was meant to allow the country to get back on its feet.But seven percent of the creditors refused. Elliott, a New York hedge fund which bought up debt after the default, sued together with Aurelius for full payment on the face value of the bonds.In 2012 the hedge funds won the landmark court battle when a New York judge effectively shut down Argentina’s access to capital markets to force it to pay off the restructuring “holdouts.” But Kirchner refused.In the compromise announced Monday, Argentina has now agreed to pay the funds 75 percent of what they wanted, including principal and interest and some legal fees and expenses, according to Pollack.New opportunities, new questionsThe breakthrough could lead to Argentina regaining its financial footing, both with a reopening of access to international creditors and attracting foreign investors. But plenty of questions remain.The case raised concerns that if the creditors were successful then other creditors in future defaults might take similarly uncompromising positions — undermining the ability to rescue financially stressed governments.And for Argentina, repaying the hedge funds means taking a sizable chunk out of its foreign reserves.The government — struggling to escape the stigma of a Caa1 deeply “junk” credit rating from Moody’s — says it plans to issue new debt to clear out the old debt. Yet for that, the U.S. court injunction still needs lifting.Another hurdle to be crossed is that Macri needs to get approval in the National Congress, which is dominated by the opposition.Pollack said the holdouts agreed in the new deal not to interfere with Argentina’s bid to raise capital.“It is hoped by the parties that all necessary steps can be taken in a period of six weeks,” he said.Pollack lauded Macri for turning the more than decade-long impasse around.“Immediately upon his election in November, [he] set about to change the negative course that the Republic had steered in this litigation,” Pollack said.He also praised Singer — a billionaire who has built a fortune by buying up defaulted and deeply discounted sovereign debt and suing the issuers — for his personal involvement in the final talks, calling him “a tough but fair negotiator.”“No party to a settlement gets everything it seeks,” Pollack said.“A settlement is, by definition, a compromise and, fortunately, both sides to this epic dispute finally saw the need to compromise, and have done so.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Outlook grim in Venezuelas essential oil industry

first_imgMORON, Venezuela (AP) – Only the filthy water from broken sewer pipes keeps the dust down in front of Ramon Boet’s shop, which sells statues of saints and other religious objects.In the distance, massive tankers pull up to a half-century-old refinery that processes much of the oil that earns Venezuela more than $100 billion a year.“It doesn’t help us at all,” Boet, 58, says as a blackout snuffs the lights in his shop in this Caribbean coastal town. He closes before dusk. Too many robbers. 0 Comments   Share   ___AP writer Michael Weissenstein contributed to this report.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) He said that “you can see PDVSA is in trouble” at the $100-a-barrel level because of the many millions lost to gasoline subsidies and spending on domestic social spending and PDVSA’s use as a “geopolitical tool” to maintain regional alliances.Venezuela has the world’s largest oil reserves but PDVSA’s production, earnings and income all appear to be on a downward slide and its debts to suppliers rose 35 percent. Its debt to the Central Bank of Venezuela reached $26.19 billion last year, a nearly eight-fold increase in two years.The government makes no apologies. It says it is employing the country’s most important natural resource for the good of the people and promises increased production and revenues in the immediate future.Ramirez said that PDVSA’s efforts remained focused on developing the remote Orinoco belt, site of the world’s biggest oil reserves, with the aid of oil firms from China, Russia, the U.S., Italy, Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan and Spain. Venezuela hopes to lift overall production to some 3.32 million barrels a day, 200,000 more than last year.“We’re in a process of trying to attract investment in dollars other than ours,” Ramirez said, assuring reporters that PDVSA would work with private investors to not take on more debt to make new investment. Top Stories And despite promises to increase the flow of dollars it pumps into the economy, independent economists don’t see how it can be pulled off. Crude prices fell about 10 percent over the last three weeks and analysts say they could stabilize at $90 a barrel.At the same time, official figures show Venezuela produced 3 million barrels a day last year, a 95,000 barrel-a-day decline from 2011. Independent organizations such as OPEC estimate Venezuela’s production could actually be around 2.7 million barrels a day.Ramirez has played down questions about the company’s performance, and PDVSA says it invested billions in exploration last year, drilled 2,010 wells, more than double the previous year, and projects increased production to reach 4 million barrels a day in 2014 and to 6 million by 2019.Venezuelans such as Zaida Eleonora Mejicano are skeptical of such talk and are impatient to see the benefits.Mejicano used to travel around Venezuela buying gold jewelry that she resold in Moron, her hometown. Now, she says, she’s amazed by the deterioration of the quality of life. She can’t travel anymore for fear of being robbed.“You can’t get anything here. Here women have to wait in line four, five even six hours for a stick of butter,” she said. “I’ve always worked hard but now one’s afraid to even travel. Things are really ugly here.” Ramirez said that a rise in daily domestic oil consumption to 650,000 barrels this year is expected to drive down exports by 7.8 percent to 2.36 million barrels a day, inevitably damaging revenues for PDSVA and the broader Venezuelan budget.The alliance’s Caribbean and Central American member nations receive hundreds of millions of dollars annually in deeply discounted oil, part of Chavez’s bid to project Venezuela’s influence in the region. Socialist ally Cuba is the largest recipient.Maduro made his first major foreign trip as president to Cuba last weekend, recommitting to sending it some 130,000 barrels of oil a day.Now, Maduro must wrestle with the consequences of Chavez’s energy and economic policies, which included a campaign spending spree last year ahead of Chavez’s re-election.In order to control capital flight, Chavez imposed controls that require any business that wants to import goods to purchase dollars directly from the government, which rations them out in relatively small amounts at an artificially set official exchange rate.Even with gasoline at roughly $100 a barrel over the last six months, the government hasn’t been meeting the demand for dollars. That’s created frequent and worsening shortages of staple goods such as flour, sugar and cooking oil. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Parents, stop beating yourself up Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Quick workouts for men Sponsored Stories The oil flowing from the El Palito refinery sells for more than five times what it cost when President Hugo Chavez took office in 1999. Yet when Chavez died in March he left Venezuela’s cash cow, its state-run oil company, in such dire straits that analysts say $100-a-barrel oil may no longer be enough to keep the country afloat barring a complete overhaul of a deteriorating petroleum industry.The situation is more urgent than ever, analysts say. The price of crude has slumped in recent weeks and Chavez’s heir, Nicolas Maduro, appears to have done little to address declining production, billions in debt and infrastructure deficiencies that have caused major accidents including a blaze that killed at least 42 people at Venezuela’s largest refinery last year.Maduro has retained Chavez’s oil minister and the head of state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela S.A., Rafael Ramirez. And he appears intent on continuing to send cut-rate oil to members of the 18-nation Petrocaribe alliance, for which Venezuela is hosting a summit on Saturday.Ramirez said Friday that Maduro would use the meeting to propose creating a special economic zone for group members.PDVSA, which accounts for 96 percent of the country’s export earnings, no longer “generates enough income to cover all its costs and finance its commitments,” said Pedro Luis Rodriguez Sosa, an energy expert at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Administration in Caracas. Outside experts, however, are deeply skeptical. They say PDVSA is badly mismanaged and that even a radical overhaul would take years to show results.Rather than reinvesting enough profits in exploration and maintenance, Chavez dedicated oil revenues to social spending such as building hundreds of thousands of homes and free medical clinics for the poor, they say. Last year PDVSA said it spent $28.83 billion, nearly a quarter of its income, on various state programs.PDVSA also loses billions subsidizing gasoline for Venezuelan drivers, who pay less to fill up their tanks than people anywhere else in the world.“The government of Venezuela today uses PDVSA as its petty cash box to lead populist social programs,” said Jorge R. Pinon, associate director of the Latin America and Caribbean Program at the University of Texas, Austin. “Whatever capital is left in PDVSA is being mismanaged, mismanaged because they’re just not focused on running the company. … They’re focused on building hospitals and schools.”On top of that, state oil company PDVSA dedicates 42 percent of its production to favored partners in the Caribbean and to consumption inside Venezuela, where gasoline is almost free, which means it can sell less than 60 percent at market price. How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

2013 Originations Down 14 Wells Fargo Stays on Top

first_img March 10, 2014 575 Views While mortgage origination volumes looked different last year compared to 2012, the list of top lenders looked very much the same.According to stats released Monday by Mortgage Daily, residential loan originations were down 14 percent throughout 2013, falling 37 percent on a quarterly basis in Q4 alone.Part of the blame for the decline can go to rising interest rates, which were up more than a percentage point to the high 4 percent range over the year.In full-year originations, Wells Fargo held on to its top spot, generating approximately $351 billion in loans—about 19 percent of last year’s total volume, according to Mortgage Daily. JPMorgan Chase followed up at No. 2 at $168 billion.Also in the top five 2013 lenders were Bank of America ($90 billion), U.S. Bank Home Mortgage ($85 billion), and Quicken Loans ($79 billion).Together, the top five lenders accounted for about 43 percent of last year’s activity.Looking at just the fourth quarter, the rankings were the same: Wells Fargo ($50 billion); Chase ($24 billion); BofA ($14 billion); U.S. Bank ($13 billion); and Quicken ($13 billion).All five lenders saw loan volumes decline quarter-to-quarter; in fact, out of all companies tracked by Mortgage Daily, only Stonegate Mortgage reported an increase from the third quarter. Total mortgage production for the first quarter is expected to be down 14 percent.Wells Fargo, Chase, and BofA also took the top three spots on the servicing side. As of December 31, Wells serviced $1.8 trillion, boasting a market share of 19 percent. Chase was second with $984 billion, with BofA following at $810 billion.Unsurprisingly, non-banks Ocwen and Nationstar took the fourth and fifth spots, servicing $465 billion and $393 billion in loans, respectively. The two servicers have been aggressive in their portfolio growth efforts, quickly climbing the ranks of top servicers and attracting attention from regulators who wonder if the companies are up to the task. Bank of America JPMorgan Chase Nationstar Ocwen Quicken Loans Wells Fargo 2014-03-10 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News, Origination, Servicingcenter_img 2013 Originations Down 14%; Wells Fargo Stays on Top Sharelast_img read more

SingleFamily BuiltForRent Construction Rises in Q2

first_img Single-family homes built-for-rent rose to approximately 8,000 starts for the second quarter of 2015, compared to about 6,000 in the same period last year, according to data from the Census Bureau’s Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design and NAHB analysis.”The share and count of built-for-rent starts are off post-recession highs and will likely approach historical norms as the housing market continues to expand,” said Robert Dietz VP for Tax and Market Analysis for NAHB. “However, given the relatively small size of this market, care must be taken when tracing changes in the estimates.”The data and analysis found that the market share of single-family homes built-for-rent,  measured on a one-year moving average, rests at 3.8 percent of total single-family starts for the second quarter of 2015. Quarter-to-quarter movements are usually not large due to this market segment being so small.Dietz noted that the current market share is higher than the historical average of 2.8 percent but is down from the 5.8 percent registered in 2013.Source: NAHBAlthough market concentration is up, the total number of single-family starts built-for-rent remains fairly low, with only 26,000 homes started during the last four quarters, the report said.”Of course, the built-for-rent share of single-family homes is considerably smaller than the single-family home portion of the rental housing stock, which is 29 percent according to the 2011 American Community Survey,” the analysis said “The reason for this is that as single-family homes age, they often transition to the rental housing stock.”This month, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has announced the adoption of a final rule establishing the housing goals for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for both single-family and multifamily housing for the years 2015 through 2017.”The single-family goals advance the Enterprises’ statutory missions to provide access to credit for creditworthy borrowers and provide liquidity to the U.S. housing market while operating in a safe and sound manner,” FHFA Director Melvin L. Watt said. “The multifamily goals will create rental opportunities for those who need affordable housing. Together, these goals establish a solid foundation for affordable and sustainable homeownership and rental opportunities in this country.”The final rule establishes goals for the first time for rental units affordable to low-income families in multi-family properties with five to 50 units. According to the final rule, both GSEs’ multifamily low-income goal for each year from 2015 to 2017 is 300,000 units, an increase from the proposed number of 250,000 units for each year for Fannie Mae and the proposed number of 210,000 for 2015, 220,000 for 2016, and 230,ooo for 2017 for Freddie Mac. Share Single-Family Built-For-Rent Construction Rises in Q2 in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, Newscenter_img Census Bureau Construction National Association of Home Builders Single-Family Homes 2015-08-24 Staff Writer August 24, 2015 519 Views last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Warner will be the loudest supporter for former Ram Isaac Bruce but maybe even moreso, he’ll be clamoring in support of former Arizona teammate Anquan Boldin.“So I believe (Bruce) belongs in but I also believe he and Torry will get in, and so I might bang the table for Anquan Boldin because I think of all those guys he gets the least respect for how great he is,” Warner told Florio. “It amazes me, we want to keep looking at measurables and how fast guys are as opposed to just one of the greatest football players I ever played with. Competed more than anybody I ever played against. Wanted the ball in his hands. Was a difference maker.“Everybody tries to get rid of him, and he just goes and he’s the number one receiver on that next team,” Warner added. “So I would love to get on the table for him as well because I believe when you look at his overall numbers and what he’s done it’s incredible as all those guys are. It’s a tough call but I want to get Isaac in because he belongs in and then I think ‘Q’ does too and so I would try to stand on the table for two guys if I could.”Boldin, who is reportedly mulling retirement, has accumulated 13,779 receiving yards and 82 touchdowns in his 14 NFL seasons, the first seven of which came with the Cardinals. No offense, Larry Fitzgerald, but Kurt Warner isn’t going to be jumping on the Pro Football Hall of Fame promotional bandwagon for you.It’s only because he doesn’t need to.“I think Larry’s a lock, so I’m not going to get up on the table for him,” Warner said in an interview with NBC Sports’ Mike Florio for a PFT Live segment that will air Wednesday.Florio asked the former Cardinals quarterback and recent Hall of Fame inductee Warner which of his former teammates he will work hardest to promote when they are eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame. No, it’s not Fitzgerald, or former Rams teammate Torry Holt. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   center_img Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) and quarterback Kurt Warner (13) talk during football drills Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009 in Tempe, Ariz. The Cardinals face the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship game Sunday. (AP Photo/Matt York) More than half of those yards (7,520) and touchdowns (44) came in Arizona, but he’s spent the last seven seasons in Baltimore (3 years), San Francisco (3 years) and Detroit (1 year).last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Following an intensive

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterFollowing an intensive two-month renovation programme, Halong Bay cruise operator Bhaya Group has revealed an impressive new upscale design for its two luxury level vessels, collectively known as The Au Co.The complete redesign of the ships’ combined 64 cabins is complemented by a host of revamped onboard facilities, including a new reception area, indulgent spa, stylish restaurant, cocktail bar, a classic library and a private onboard cinema for guests.The boats are now also fully equipped to take travellers on continuous three-day, two-night cruises encompassing activities such as mountain biking on Cat Ba Island and luxury dinners in Virgin Cave. Previously, The Au Co was able to visit the more remote parts of Halong Bay for one-day excursions only.“Every year the twin ships undergo refurbishment that lasts at least a month, but after four years in operation, we were looking to offer our passengers something different – an onboard experience that captures both traditional Vietnamese and modern luxury styles,” said Bhaya Group Managing Director, Ms. Ly Thuy Huynh Nhu.Along with a scheduled annual maintenance for all onboard safety equipment to ensure the highest safety standards, the latest upgrades focus on exclusive relaxation and entertainment for passengers. Special touches include the addition of a second bar on the sun deck and the remodelling of the Jacuzzi areas.Prior to the refurbishments, French balconies and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors were signature features of the vessels, and these extravagant colonial touches remain; the luxurious aspect of the passenger cabins is accentuated further with the addition of plush new curtains and fine, multiple-thread count bed linen.Beyond aesthetics, complete passenger comfort is a major priority to the redesign of the boats, with key adjustments made such as relocating the exhaust pipe from the top to the rear of the vessel to minimise engine noise. Along with all the physical enhancements, guests will also be immersed in Vietnamese culture whilst on board The Au Co, with morning Tai Chi sessions, traditional dance performances in the evening and an emphasis on traditional Vietnamese cuisine.“This year, for the first time, we have put the focus of the renovation on completely reinventing the cruise experience for our guests,” added Ms. Ly Thuy Huynh Nhu. “The new look boats will further strengthen Bhaya Cruises as the leading luxury provider on the waters of Halong Bay.”Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

first_img Flickr/Jeff Gunn If you’re looking for a break from nature, Mount Desert Island is also home to its fair share of charming village communities, many of which offer quaint shops, cozy restaurants, and plenty of space to enjoy a leisurely stroll. We recommend grabbing a bite of traditional Maine seafood at Galyn’s in Bar Harbor or stopping in for a creative dish at Burning Tree Restaurant in Otter Creek. Round out your visit with a healthy dose of educational fun by exploring the Bar Harbor Historical Society or Maine Granite Industry Historical Society Museum. No matter how you choose to spend your time on this one-of-a-kind island, you’ll quickly understand why its praises continue to be sung by travelers and reviewers alike. Flickr/Peter Rintels Mount Desert Island sits off the coast of Maine and holds the title of second-largest island along America’s eastern seaboard. This ruggedly beautiful destination features 108 square miles of land to explore, including Acadia National Park and all sorts of breathtaking rocky points, sea coves, and sweeping vistas. July 17, 2019 by Sophie Boudreau This Gorgeous Maine Island Was Recently Named One Of The World’s Best Ready for an unforgettable adventure that will perfectly combine natural beauty, family fun, unique sightseeing, and some of the most serene surroundings imaginable? There’s one spot here in the United States that has gained worldwide accolades for its many underrated delights, even landing a mention on the annual Travel + Leisure “World’s Best” list. Whether you’re a retiree or a young traveler, you’ll find something to love about this Maine gem. For additional information about Mount Desert Island and its seemingly endless attractions, click here. Have you ventured to this Maine wonderland during past travels? Share your best recommendations for visitors in the comment section below.If you’d like to read about another award-winning American destination, read our previous article by clicking here.center_img Flickr/Glass_House Begin your visit to the island, which houses just over 10,000 year-round residents, by visiting the historic Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. This 19th-century gem is ideal for photographers and hikers alike, offering some of the island’s prettiest views. Continue on for a more intensive hike at Cadillac Mountain, enjoy the idyllic waterfront at Jordan Pond, or soak up some sun at Sand Beach. Posted in Travel News last_img read more