Hopeless? Italy left in limbo despite beating Belgium

first_imgNow, we wait.We wait to see if Italy, the host of the 2019 European Under-21 Championship, will fall at the first hurdle.The Azzurrini did what they had to do in Saturday’s must-win meeting with Belgium in Reggio Emilia, triumphing 3-1 with goals from Nicolo Barella, Patrick Cutrone and, almost inevitably, Federico Chiesa, but it wasn’t sufficient to secure top spot in Group A. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? That honour goes to Spain, who routed Poland 5-0 in Bologna to secure their place in the semi-finals by virtue of the fact that they had the better goal difference in a three-way tie for top spot with their vanquished opponents and the Azzurrini.Italy had needed La Rojita to defeat the Poles – who had won both of their previous games – but not by more than two goals.As it stands, the Azzurrini, with their tally of six points and a goal difference of +3, now need results to go their way elsewhere so that they can progress as the best runner-up across all three groups.The wait will be agonising and might not end well for the hosts, given France and Romania need only draw their final game on Monday night to ensure both progress to the knockout stage with seven points apiece.Italian football fans have bitter memories of the ‘biscotto’, with an unlikely 2-2 draw between Sweden and Denmark at Euro 2004 having eliminated the senior squad and allowed both Scandinavian sides to progress.However, there was never any evidence anything untoward went on in Porto and besides, Italy, just like their Under-21 counterparts now, only have themselves to blame for even being in this position.Belgium Italy Euro U21Luigi Di Biagio and his side have essentially consigned themselves to possibly two days in purgatory for losing to a Poland team that Spain routed.Elimination would, thus, be hellish, particularly having overwhelmed La Rojita in their tournament opener in Bologna last weekend.To their credit, they also played with a similar intensity against the hapless Belgians.Crucially, they rediscovered the goalscoring touch which so frustratingly abandoned them against Poland.It took a while, though. Several chances were squandered before Barella atoned for the worst miss of all – an unmarked diving header from a central position – when he lashed in left-footed at the second attempt just moments before the break.Cutrone then doubled the Azzurrini’s advantage with a fine, glancing header from a Lorenzo Pellegrini cross eight minutes into the second half.Knowing that goal difference would be crucial to their hopes of securing the best runners-up place, the hosts continued to charge forward in charge of a third.Unfortunately for them, it was Belgian who struck next, with Yari Verschaeren finding the top right corner of Alex Meret’s goal with a sumptuous curling strike from outside the area.Italy kept coming, though, and deservedly restored their two-goal advantage when Chiesa cut inside from the left flank and whipped the ball home into the top corner with just over a minute of normal time remaining.The goal was originally disallowed for offside but VAR intervened. The wait was excruciating.But nothing compared to what now awaits the Azzurrini and their coach, Di Biagio, who will come under serious pressure to step down if such a talented squad fails to even make the knockout stage of a tournament staged on home soil.In fairness to the former midfielder, his cause was hardly helped by Nicolo Zaniolo and Moise Kean turning up late for a team meeting on the day of the game.Zaniolo wouldn’t have played anyway, as he was suspended, but Di Biagio had already confirmed that Kean would start, so it was a big call for the coach to omit his star player for a game of such importance.The Juventus sensation could have aided the Azzurrini’s bid to boost their goal difference, certainly late on.As it was, though, Kean’s absence didn’t make a difference in terms of determining the outcome of the group.Captain Roland Mandragora said beforehand, “We need a victory and then, we can only hope for the best.”They got their victory in Reggio Emilia. It wasn’t enough to take spot. And is unlikely to earn them a place in the last four.Hope really is all they have left now.last_img read more

Throttle Jockey: Legacy of the original speed demon

first_imgI remember the moment with absolute clarity: exiting the final turn on perhaps my tenth lap of the day, I had the motorcycle hard over in third gear, hanging well off the bike to complete the turn. The racetrack’s long front straightaway opened up before me, and since the tight chicane typically located midway down the straight was not being used, it was a full throttle blast down to Turn One, nearly half a mile away.I rolled the throttle smoothly to the stop and 12,000rpm quickly arrived as I tucked in hard on top of the tank, the speedometer moving quickly through 130, then 135, then 140 as I executed a quick shift to fourth, then moments later, to fifth. In my peripheral vision, 155 showed on the speedometer and suddenly, I was blowing past the braking markers ahead of the turn – except I was not on the brakes. The right hander was coming up right now and I was going way, way too fast to make the turn.I retained enough presence of mind (or survival instincts) through the fear and rising panic to remember to gradually (but quickly) squeeze the front brakes and as I did so, the front forks compressed and the back end of the bike began to wag a bit, but speed was scrubbing off quickly, and I clicked the gearbox back down to fourth as I arrived at the corner, the engine screaming as it over-revved slightly to 13,000rpm from engine braking.The back tire found traction again at the last possible millisecond as I eased off the brakes and hung my body out to the right to help initiate the turn. Knee on the tarmac, I ran a little wide due to the speed but trusting my tires, stayed in the throttle and off the brakes while heeled over, gradually tightening the line as the machine railed through the nearly 180-degree corner on the edge of the tires.Exiting Turn One, Turn Two was exactly the opposite: a quick transition to a 90-degree left-hander, followed by a banked 90-degree righty that emptied out onto the back straight. Adrenaline surging and confidence returning, I stayed on the power, hitting the apexes and powering down the back straight, the speed again rising to nearly 150mph. Two laps later, sans the corner dramatics, I rolled back to the pits. I was enthralled.It was the year 2000, and despite my heroics above, I was not racing in MotoGP or at the Isle of Man. No, I was at school, Reg Pridmore’s CLASS riding school to be specific, and the bike that saved my bacon out there in Turn One? A 1993 Suzuki GSX-R 750W (below), the fastest, most composed, best handling motorcycle I’d ever had the pleasure of riding up to that point in my life. Had I been on something even slightly less capable, I’m sure I would have gone skidding into the gravel trap and likely into the tire fence. But the sweet-handling, confidence-inspiring GSX-R brought me back from the brink of oblivion. Several times.2015 marks the 30-year anniversary of Suzuki’s game-changing sport bike, and today, the  GSX-R “Gixxer” 750 soldiers on, literally alone in the 750cc sportbike category. Today, the sport bike that really gave the world “sport bikes” is better than ever and retains that magical combination of light weight, knife-edge handling and perfect power that mixes the increased grunt of a 750cc engine with the light weight and agility of a 600cc bike. For many hard-core sport riders, the bits that make up the GSX-R750 are the secret sauce of sport bike riding.Back in the debrief between on-track sessions, come to find out I’d been followed out on the track by none other than the former World Champ hisself, Reg Pridmore, who was riding a Honda VFR kitted with a video camera in the nose. He pops in the tape (remember those?) and there I am, ass up on the Gixxer heading towards disaster. “See this rider,” our instructor began, “he’s too hot into this corner. But he maintains control, doesn’t panic on the brakes and even though he goes a bit wide, he corrects his line and in the next two corners, shows smoothness and confidence. That’s good riding.” The words rang in my ears for years afterwards. It was a day of instruction that forever changed how I rode motorcycles.It would not be a stretch to say the original 1985 Suzuki GSX-R750 had as much of an impact on the performance category in motorcycling as the 1969 Honda CB750 had on the industry as a whole. When it arrived, you knew that a major change had just taken place.The original GSX-R750 was a scalpel among butter knives, a spare, uncomfortable, vibrating missile you could ostensibly ride to work all week, and with some slight changes, could go wax everyone at the track on the weekends. It was, at long last, a real-deal race bike with lights and turn signals. Delete those, and you could go racing. And win. And thousands of riders did just that.Club and amateur racing paddocks became flooded with GSX-Rs. So did salvage yards as under-skilled riders crashed them into bits. The Gixxer helped give the motorcycle world terms like crotch rocket, bullet bike, squid, ticket magnet, and donor cycle. If you didn’t know what you were doing, the GSX-R and the sport bikes other makers quickly came up with to compete with it could get you into a whole bunch of trouble in a very short time frame. Some riders just lost their license. Others lost much more. These were not – and still aren’t – bikes for beginners or pretenders. You’d better have skills.But if you understood, kept your head screwed on while riding and took the time to really learn the art of motorcycle riding, few bikes could give you the immense and intense return on those investments of time and effort like Suzuki’s GSX-R sportbikes. Over three decades, they’ve changed and evolved, gained weight and lost it, paved the technological curve and then been a bit behind it. But the essence has always remained: simplicity, light weight, big power, dialed-in handling, affordable price. Other bikes go faster, maybe handle better (or maybe not), and certainly cost a lot more. But all along, the GSX-R has been the icon casting the shadow those bikes ride in.In 2006 I managed to reel in a pristine 1986 GSX-R1100, the bigger brother to that first-year GSX-R750. It was a Canadian bike, and with a little sleight of hand at the DMV, I got it registered in the States without having to jump through a lot of bureaucratic hoops. The bike was a spotless, low mile (well, kilometer) bone stock survivor, and after a tuneup, new tires and some other attention to aging components, she was back in fine form.But this icon of sport riding wasn’t heading for the track. I wasn’t the young, single guy I once was, and for the most part I rode the (quite valuable) GSX-R on my favorite local twisties, where it still held its own against modern bikes ridden by pilots with, say, fewer miles under the tires than myself. The big motor pulled hard and strafing the local curves, the bike was a joy to ride – for about an hour. After that, my back started complaining, as did my wrists and forearms.True to its soul, the now vintage Gixxer was never a very good street bike, it was still a race bike in sheep’s clothing, only in its element when the white-faced tach and speedometer were rolling hard to the right, not while barely breathing in freeway traffic. As the economy sank into the Great Recession, I sold the GSX-R and other bikes in my collection; bills must be paid and kids have to eat, I suppose.But I’ll never forget those amazing laps on that ’93 GSX-R750W, which I bought specifically so I could get out on the track and see what I was made of. I rarely rode it on the street, I had other bikes more suited for that kind of riding. It truly was a track tool.If you watch road racing and think “I could do that,” then by all means get yourself a proper sport bike, whether it’s a GSX-R (highly recommended) or some other track weapon. Get yourself to a school like Reg Pridmore’s CLASS so you can learn the finer points of control, confidence and experience some high-speed nirvana. Just watch those straightaway speeds heading into Turn One.Ready to ride on the track? Check out the CLASS school and check with local riding clubs in your area for tracks days.  The Jeep Gladiator Helped Me Rediscover Fun Outdoors Editors’ Recommendations 6 Cocktail Trends You Need to Watch, According to Tales of the Cocktail Experts What Kind of Motorcycle Should I Get? A Comprehensive Guide to Motorcycle Types Whiskey vs Whisky: Is There Really a Difference? Become a Tiki Garnish Master With These 6 Expert Tips last_img read more

The Sound Hotel Opens in Downtown Seattle’s Belltown Neighborhood

first_imgSEATTLE and MCLEAN, Va. – The Hotel Group and Hilton announced today the grand opening of The Sound Hotel Seattle Belltown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton. Woven into the fabric of Belltown, one of Seattle’s most vibrant and centrally located neighborhoods, The Sound Hotel celebrates the sights, sounds and tastes that are unique to Seattle. It occupies the first 10 floors of the 42-story Arrivétower, one of the first mixed-use properties, featuring rental units, in the market. “We are thrilled to see The Sound Hotel open its doors as the brand’s first hotel in the Pacific Northwest, particularly in a city like Seattle that is known for innovation, great restaurants and a thriving arts scene,” said Jenna Hackett, global head, Tapestry Collection by Hilton. “Just as Seattle is one of the fastest-growing cities in America, Tapestry Collection continues to rapidly expand as The Sound Hotel also marks the collection brand’s first of many 2019 openings.” The Sound Hotel features 142 exquisitely designed guest rooms with expansive views of the downtown Seattle skyline and Puget Sound, a ground level restaurant, Currant Bistro, with an adjacent grab & go coffee bar.  The hotel also has meeting and special event space ideal for small groups, offering unobstructed views of the Space Needle – one of a very small group of Seattle hotels with a view of this iconic landmark. “The hotel’s design drew directly from the Belltown neighborhood’s deep roots in the arts and local music scene, mixed in with the natural beauty of the Puget Sound region,” said David Watkins, general manager, The Sound Hotel. “Warm, rich textures in our rooms offer visitors an authentic Northwest experience, while the artistic elements reflect Seattle as a bustling hive of creativity.” The hotel’s 7th-floor Lupine Room offers 770 square feet of divisible meeting space, ideal for groups of up to 35. Featuring plenty of natural light, it can easily transform into an event space to accommodate an intimate gathering. In addition to the Lupine Room, Sound Bite Lounge is a relaxed, post-meeting gathering spot with a seasonal outdoor sundeck offering stunning views of the Space Needle. Seattle chef turned food and beverage director Jon Langley worked closely with his team at Currant Bistro, the hotel’s 36-seat restaurant and bar, to develop a menu of small plates perfect for sharing. Dishes are heavily inspired by the flavor profiles of Spain, Italy and France and are simple, approachable and non-pretentious, utilizing the highest-quality local ingredients and classic preparation techniques. This menu is also complemented by a robust wine list of Northwest favorites, along with a sprinkling of labels from California, France and Italy, as well as a selection of expertly crafted cocktails. Design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) immersed themselves into the hotel’s neighborhood, visiting local hotspots and meeting with the community, to create an authentic Belltown experience. Upon arriving at the hotel entrance, guests are immediately welcomed into an artist’s studio as stretched canvases, murals and finished concrete floors flow towards the reception desk. Guest rooms feature warm, wood-toned floors, echoing the feeling of a musician stepping onto a stage. Dark, moody bathrooms are reminiscent of backstage dressing rooms, with microphone lights, plush robes, metal accents and rich black linear tiles setting the perfect backdrop. Artistic elements are also featured on the exterior of the hotel. Watkins commissioned Seattle graffiti artist Weirdo, a.k.a. Jeff Jacobson, to paint an original mural on an exterior brick wall facing several of the guest rooms, effectively turning those rooms into some of the most desirable in the hotel. This larger-than-life piece features Jacobson’s signature vivid, post-Internet hyper-realism style and beautifully tells the story of The Sound Hotel through art. Blending Seattle’s creative bedrock with its innovation boom, The Sound Hotel provides easy access to top Seattle attractions, coffee houses, night clubs and international dining for an experience that is always of the moment. Sitting adjacent to the iconic Cinerama and just a few blocks from landmarks like the Space Needle, Pike Place Market and the Amazon Spheres, The Sound Hotel is both a central launch pad for adventure and a stylish, comfortable place to recharge at the end of the day. For more information on The Sound Hotel or to make a reservation, please visit The Sound Hotel Seattle Belltown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton. For more news on Tapestry Collection by Hilton hotel openings and signings, visit newsroom.hilton.com/tapestry.  About The Sound Hotel Seattle BelltownLocated in the heart of one of Seattle’s most vibrant neighborhoods, The Sound Hotel Seattle celebrates the sights, sounds, and tastes that are unique to Seattle. Its 142 exquisitely designed guest rooms occupy the first 10 floors of the 42-story Arrivé tower. The hotel features the ground level restaurant Currant Bistro with adjacent grab & go coffee bar and a lobby pantry. For meetings, the 7th Floor provides the Lupine Room, 770 square feet of divisible meeting space ideal for groups of up to 35, as well as Sound Bite Lounge, a relaxed, post-meeting gathering spot with seasonal outdoor seating and unobstructed views of the Space Needle. The Sound Hotel is the first Tapestry by Hilton in the state of Washington and is managed by The Hotel Group. About The Hotel GroupThe Hotel Group is a nationally recognized, leading hotel management and investment company. Since its inception in 1984, THG has managed and/or owned over 125 properties in 25 states representing over 20 brands, managed the openings and transformational renovations of nearly 50 hotels, and has been the sponsor of Hotel Group Opportunity Funds, raising nearly $200 million in private investment to acquire 12 full service hotels. About Tapestry Collection by HiltonTapestry Collection by Hilton , which launched in 2017, is a portfolio of upscale, original hotels that caters to guests seeking vibrant and authentic experiences. With plans for global expansion, every Tapestry Collection property has its own unique style, while giving travelers the peace of mind and reassurance associated with the Hilton name, in addition to the benefits of the award-winning Hilton Honorsprogram. Learn more about Hilton’s upscale collection brand at newsroom.hilton.com/tapestry and connect with Tapestry Collection on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. About HiltonHilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 16 world-class brands comprising more than 5,600 properties with nearly 913,000 rooms, in 113 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, Hilton earned a spot on the 2018 world’s best workplaces list, and has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its nearly 100 year history. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program, Hilton Honors, nearly 85 million members who book directly with Hilton have access to instant benefits, including digital check-in with room selection, Digital Key, and Connected Room. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.last_img read more

Over 700 terrorists killed in JK in last three years Govt

first_imgNew Delhi: More than 700 terrorists have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir over the last three years, the Home Ministry said on Tuesday.A total of 113 terrorists were killed between January and June 16 this year, 257 were killed in 2018, 213 in 2017 and 150 in 2016, taking the total number of those killed during the period to 733, it said. As many as 112 civilians have also lost their lives during this period in the state. Of them, 15 had died in 2016, 40 in 2017, 39 in 2018 and 18 between January and June 16, this year. Also Read – Rajnath Singh arrives for Rafale handover ceremony in France”The government has adopted a policy of zero tolerance towards terrorism. Security forces are taking effective and continuous action in countering terrorism. This has resulted in a corresponding change in the number of such incidents, including casualties,” Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy said in a written reply to Lok Sabha. “Security forces keep a close watch on persons who attempt to provide support to terrorists and initiate action against them,” he added.last_img read more

Katherine Heigl Joins Suits as Series Regular in Season 8

first_img Facebook Advertisement Emmy Award-winning and two-time Golden Globe-nominated actress Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy, Knocked Up) has been cast in a new series regular role for Season 8 of Suits!Set to premiere later this year, Heigl will star opposite Gabriel Macht (Harvey Specter) as Samantha Wheeler -– a talented new partner at Pearson Specter Litt who challenges the status quo and will either become the firm’s greatest ally … or most powerful enemy! Heigl joins the Suits ensemble alongside Macht, Sarah Rafferty (Donna Paulsen), Rick Hoffman (Louis Litt) and new series regular Dulé Hill (Alex Williams).“Joining Suits was the perfect organic way to not only collaborate with an EP I admire deeply, but to also become part of a show and cast that I am an immense fan of,” shared Heigl. “I have watched Suits from the very beginning and feel incredibly lucky to be the newest member of the Pearson Specter Litt family.” Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement READ MORE: Patrick J. Adams on Leaving Suits: Mike Ross Has Taught Me the Power of Believing in Myself“On behalf of the entire Suits team, I am extraordinarily excited to welcome Katherine Heigl into our family — I have always been a big fan of her work and was delighted to discover she was an avid Suits fan herself,” expressed Aaron Korsh, creator and executive producer of Suits. “I cannot wait to have her come play with our entire cast and crew. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Harvey, Louis, Donna, and Alex as the mysterious Samantha Wheeler is a direct threat to their status quo.  One thing is for sure — Samantha’s wit, charm, loyalty, strength, and vulnerability will all be put to the test as she muscles her way into the firm currently known as Pearson Specter Litt.”   Season 8 of Suits begins production this April in Toronto. Season 7 resumes this spring, with new episodes premiering on USA Wednesday, Mar. 28 at 9/8c!Count down to the Suits premiere with the official Louis Litt 2018 Calendar. Download and print your own to GET LITT UP in 2018! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Russian attempt to control orbiting radio telescope fails

first_imgMOSCOW — Russia’s space agency says another attempt by its specialists to establish contact with an orbiting radio telescope has failed.The Spektr-R satellite is continuing to transmit signals, but scientists have been unable to control the satellite since Friday.Alexander Bloshenko, an adviser to the Roscosmos space agency, was quoted by the state news agency Tass as saying that Sunday’s attempt to restore contact had failed. Another attempt is expected on Monday.The satellite was launched in 2011 and has exceeded its initially expected useful life of about three years. It is used to study radio sources within and outside Earth’s galaxy.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Hot morning in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: It was a hot morning in the national capital on Friday with the minimum temperature settling at four notches above normal. “The minimum temperature at 8:30 am was recorded at 23.2 degrees Celsius, four notches above normal,” A MeT official said. The humidity level was recorded at 72 per cent, he said. The weatherman has predicted partly cloudy afternoon with the possibility of light rains towards the evening. “The maximum temperature is likely to be recorded at 37 degrees Celsius,” the official said.last_img read more

Freshii CFO resigns to pursue new job eatery to start search for

TORONTO — Freshii Inc. says its chief financial officer will leave the company early next month.The eatery says Craig De Pratto informed the company he will resign to pursue another opportunity.De Pratto joined the company in 2014 and will stay in his role until May 10.Freshii says it will start a formal search for a new CFO.CEO Matthew Corrin says in a statement that he and the board of directors thank De Pratto for his contributions, commitment and leadership.Freshii opened its first store in 2005 and has since grown to nearly 440 locations in 16 countries.The Canadian Press read more

Congolese rebel leader transferred to International Criminal Court

Mr. Ngudjolo, currently a Colonel in the national armed forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), arrived at the Court’s Detention Centre in The Hague earlier today, according to a statement issued by the ICC. As the highest ranking FNI commander, Mr. Ngudjolo is alleged to have played a key role in designing and carrying out a murderous attack on the village of Bogoro, in the north-eastern Congolese province of Ituri, in February 2003.He is facing three counts of crimes against humanity and six counts of war crimes, including sexual slavery and the use of child soldiers.“With the arrest of Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui, we have completed the first phase of our DRC investigation focusing on the horrific crimes committed by leaders of armed groups active in Ituri since July 2002,” said the Court’s Deputy Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda. Mr. Ngudjolo’s initial Court appearance is scheduled for 11 February, and a trial date will be determined later. He is the third Congolese national in the custody of the ICC, after Thomas Lubanga Dyilo and Germain Katanga.ICC Registrar Bruno Cathala thanked the Government for its help, highlighting the fact that this is the first time that the Congolese authorities, upon the request of the Court, physically arrested someone.“His arrest and surrender were made possible through the cooperation of the Congolese authorities,” he told reporters in New York. The situation in the DRC is one of four situations currently under investigation by the Prosecutor of the ICC. The others are Uganda, Darfur and the Central African Republic (CAR). The ICC is an independent, permanent court that tries persons accused of the most serious crimes of international concern, namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. 7 February 2008Congolese national Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui, an alleged former leader of the rebel National Integrationist Front (FNI), has been arrested and handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC). read more

Sudan mourning Garang UNICEF urges all to fulfil accords for childrens sake

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has urged all sides in Sudan to press on with the peace accords following the death of Vice-President John Garang de Mabior in a helicopter crash, for the sake of the children of Africa’s largest country. “Peace offers enormous benefits, especially for children,” UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said. “For the children of Sudan we hope that the peace process continues with optimism.” UNICEF noted the contribution of Mr. Garang, leader of southern rebels who fought a two-decades-long war with the Government, to the establishment in 1989 of Operation Lifeline Sudan, a major international relief effort based on a groundbreaking humanitarian access agreement for aid to war-affected civilians, mainly in southern Sudan. As one of the three signatories to the agreement along with President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, Mr. Garang helped set a new precedent for humanitarian access during civil war. Former UNICEF Executive Director James Grant brokered the OLS agreement under whose provisions millions of people have been served with life-saving relief since April 1989. “It is a cruel irony that after decades of war, and only weeks after Garang was sworn in as First Vice-President, Sudan should be robbed of one of the architects of its historic peace agreement,” said UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah, who represented UNICEF at the January signing of the peace agreement that formally ended the war in the south and ushered in Mr. Garang’s presence in the national government.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) hailed Mr. Garang’s contribution to its work of trying to feed hundreds of thousands of people displaced or cut off by conflict.”Dr. Garang’s support for WFP’s work, especially in the south of Sudan, was invaluable,” WFP Executive Director James Morris said. “He well understood the importance of humanitarian assistance and the urgency with which food assistance must be delivered during a crisis. He also put a high priority on work to rebuild southern Sudan’s fragmented roads infrastructure, which WFP is addressing with a special operation.” read more

Brock represented at 2012 Summer Games

Seven athletes with connections to Brock will represent Canada in London at the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games.Current student Colin Russell, along with alumni Tonya Verbeek and Joel Dembe, will don the red and white in competition at the Games. Alumni Marty Calder, Terry Paul, Elisabeth Walker-Young and Jeff Dunbrack will be there to provide guidance to athletes as coaches and team leaders for the athletes.Student Jessica Lewis will represent Bermuda in wheelchair track.“The Olympic Games are the pinnacle event of amateur sports in the world,” said Robert Hilson, Brock’s Brock’s director of Athletics. “To have these student-athletes and alumni represent Canada speaks volumes about their dedication, commitment and pursuit of excellence in sport and their everyday lives. We wish them the best of luck as they look to capture gold in London.”The Olympics happen July 27 to Aug. 12. The Paralympics run Aug. 29 to Sept. 9.Colin Russell, SwimmingColin RussellColin Russell will take to the water in the 4×100-metre freestyle relay in his second Olympics.The graduate student in Applied Health Sciences is also one half of the first sibling team to represent Canada in Olympic swimming in 36 years. Russell’s younger sister, Sinead, will be competing in 100- and 200-metre backstroke events.Russell competed in Beijing in 2008 where he helped set Canadian records for the 4×200-metre and 4×100-metre freestyle relays. The teams placed fifth and sixth respectively. He also swam in the individual men’s 200-metre freestyle race, coming in 14th overall.You can watch Russell swim for gold on Sunday, July 29.Tonya Verbeek, Women’s WrestlingTonya VerbeekTonya Verbeek is pinning her hopes on her third appearance at the Olympic Games where she will compete in the 55-kilogram weight category in women’s wrestling.The Brock alumna wrestled her way to a bronze medal in Beijing at the 2008 Games in same category, following up silver medal win in Athens in 2004. Verbeek is the first Canadian woman to medal in Olympic wrestling.In 2002 she helped lead the Brock women’s wrestling team to their first ever CIS National Championship. She was named the Brock Female Athlete of the Year twice in 1999-2000 and 2000-01.Verbeek takes to the mats on Thursday, Aug. 9.Jessica Lewis, Wheelchair TrackJessica LewisJessica Lewis heads to the Paralympics to leave her mark in the 100-, 200- and 400-metre wheelchair track events.The inclusive and therapeutic recreation student will compete in her first Games for Bermuda, where she was born, though she holds dual citizenship. Lewis is Bermuda’s first para-athlete to compete in wheelchair track, a sport she started training for in 2008.She competes Wednesday, Sept. 5.Joel Dembe, Wheelchair TennisJoel DembeBrock Alumni Joel Dembe will serve up some serious competition on the court when he competes in the men’s singles and doubles wheelchair tennis events at the Paralympic games.Dembe, who is ranked No. 1 in Canadian men’s wheelchair tennis, also hopes to better his world standing. He’s currently the 36th best in the sport globally.This is Dembe’s first Games. In 2011, he left the security of a marketing job in Toronto’s financial district to train full-time for world competition on the court.Watch Dembe in action in the men’s singles on Saturday, Sept. 1. He and tennis partner Philippe Bedard compete in the doubles competition Sunday, Sept. 2.Marty Calder, Team Canada Wrestling CoachMarty CalderMarty Calder heads to the Games in his sixth season as Team Canada’s head coach and his 18th season with the Brock men’s and women’s wrestling program.The St. Catharines native and former two-time Olympian (1992, 1996) has coached Olympian Tonya Verbeek since 2000 and become one of Canada’s top wrestling coaches.Calder has also worked with two-time Olympic medalist Evan MacDonald, Saeed Azarbayjani and Canadian Senior Champions Jessica MacDonald, Michelle Fazzari and Ryan Weicker. He is currently the coach of the Canadian Men’s National Program.Terry Paul, Senior Men’s National Rowing CoachTerry PaulTerry Paul heads to London for his fifth stint as national rowing coach, following up his success coaching the men’s pair to a silver medal in Beijing in 2008.As Team Canada’s cox at the 1992 Games in Barcelona, Paul helped his team to a gold medal win. Since then, he has gained much experience coaching Canadian men and women rowers, and with the Swiss national team.Paul rowed for the Brock Badgers from 1983 to 1987. As a student athlete, he led Team Canada to a bronze medal at the World University Games in 1987. In 1990 and 1991, he helped Canada to back-to-back silver medals at the World Rowing Championships as cox.Jeff Dunbrack, Lead Coach, National Adaptive Rowing ProgramJeff Dunbrack He heads to his first Paralympics as lead coach of the National Adaptive Rowing program with extensive coaching experience at the elite level.Since 2010, he has coached the adaptive rowing team to gold and silver medal finishes in world championship competition.Dunbrack rowed for Brock University from 1998 to 2003. He helped lead the Badgers to several championship titles and was named Brock Oarsman of the Year in 2001-02. He joined Brock’s rowing coaching staff as an assistant in 2004 and 2005.But his experience in athletics extends beyond the reach of his oar. Dunbrack served as high performance co-ordinator with Wheelchair Basketball Canada between 2006 and 2010. During that time, he served as team leader for the men’s team, which won a silver medal in 2008 at the Paralympics in Beijing.Elisabeth Walker-Young, Assistant Chef de Mission, Paralympic GamesElisabeth Walker-YoungElisabeth Walker-Young will serve in London as assistant chef de mission – a role that requires her to be a diplomat, cheerleader, planner and athlete spokesperson.The Brock alumna is only the second Canadian Paralympian to have the job. Since 2010, she has been helping to prepare for the Games with site visits to London to get a sense of the facilities and share that information with athletes, team leaders, sponsors and partners.Elisabeth competed in Paralympic Games at Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney and Athens, swimming her way to three gold medals, one silver and two bronze medals in Paralympic competition.Walker-Young was a member of the Brock Badgers swim team from 1997 through 2002, winning nearly every race she in which she competed in and setting multiple national and world records.Jennifer Turner, Chiropractor for Canada’s cycling teamBrock alumna and Badger swimmer Jennifer Turner will help keep Canada’s track, road and BMX cyclists in tune in London, serving as a chiropractor for the athletes. read more

Total fleet management through more powerful Cat Product Link

first_imgThe Cat® Product Link package has been completely updated, using robust hardware and making the most of improved communication system coverage to provide more data and to report it in an easy to use format. With the right information displayed in ways that are simple to access, it enables equipment managers to make decisions that enhance productivity and reduce owning and operating costs. Through the use of either satellite or cellular networks, managers can monitor exact equipment locations and key machine parameters. The VisionLinkTM web-based user interface lets the manager focus on specific equipment through maps and customisable views. The user can easily locate and zoom in on a single machine, tracking the asset over a specified time period. Through monitoring of idle and working time, managers can reallocate equipment to improve utilisation.The service team can monitor performance and see what maintenance has been carried out on each piece of equipment. A click-through feature allows the user to contact the Caterpillar dealer on-line for parts or other services when required.VisionLink automatically generates “to do” checklists for common preventive maintenance procedures. Built-in parts lists for regular procedures speed up service department ordering, while the click-through facility automatically places the order with the local Cat dealer. Also, customers with service agreements can allow the dealer to monitor some or all of their equipment, which enables the dealer to provide proactive responses to problems and to ensure that all preventive maintenance takes place on time.For managers of fleets with more than just Cat equipment, the new Cat system enables them to monitor all of their machines, regardless of make or model, in one secure web-based application. A Caterpillar and Trimble joint venture company, VirtualSite Solutions, developed VisionLink to efficiently manage mixed equipment fleets.The system also allows managers to set up site boundaries and security alerts to prevent unauthorized use or movement of equipment. By defining geofence working areas, the customer can set alerts for each machine on site. This provides a warning if a machine is being used without authorization or is being moved out of the permitted area. Alerts can be sent directly to the people who need to see them, through e-mail and text messages, ensuring that action is taken immediately to keep the asset secure.last_img read more

Papa Murphys IPO to debut next week report says

first_imgVANCOUVER — Vancouver-based take-and-bake pizza chain Papa Murphy’s International is scheduled for its initial public offering on May 2, according to IPOScoop.com.Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc. plans to sell 5.8 million shares, priced $11 to $13, in a public offering managed by Jefferies, Baird, and Wells Fargo. The company, which wants to raise up to $70 million and will sell its stock under the Nasdaq symbol FRSH, is the fifth-largest pizza chain in the U.S.last_img

Ad Claims Treadwell Company Erodes Privacy

first_imgWith the Primary vote now one week away, most polls continue to show Dan Sullivan leading in the Republican contest for U.S. Senate. But a new negative ad is focused on his main Republican rival, Mead Treadwell. It says technology companies he founded are helping the government erode privacy. Treadwell calls the claim absurd.Download Audio:The ad is from Put Alaska First, an independent superPAC working to re-elect Democrat Mark Begich. It’s spent nearly $4 million running ads against Republican challenger Dan Sullivan. The new ad takes a small swipe at Sullivan but aims at Treadwell.“Mead Treadwell created a company that helped the government spy on people and launched another company that pushed a national ID card,” the ad says, over imagery of surveillance cameras.Treadwell says one of his companies created the technology behind Google Street View and vehicle-mounted cameras that helped the military map Iraq and Afghanistan. Treadwell says the company doesn’t spy on Americans.“The only surveillance that I was ever aware of that any of our cameras did is some guy threw — actually two guys at different times — threw grenades or IEDs at the Humvees carrying our camera,” Treadwell says.Another company he founded, called Digimarc, makes identification cards, digital files and currency harder to counterfeit. It has, according to Senate records, lobbied for Real ID, which critics charge is a national ID program. Treadwell says he served as an officer of Digimarc for a year and later consulted for the company. He still owns shares worth up to $250,000. But he says he doesn’t control what the company lobbies for.Treadwell, though, remains a director of another company he founded, called Venture Ad Astra. Treadwell acknowledges that company asked for and got a $2 million federal earmark, penned by Sen. Lisa Murkowski in 2010, even though Treadwell has been a critic of earmarks. Treadwell says an earmark wasn’t his first choice for funding. He says the company first won a competitive bid from the Air Force Research Lab for technology to enhance GPS.“They came back to many of their contractors and said ‘We don’t have enough money in our budget. If you encourage the Congress to fund our budget at the appropriate level, the contract will go forward,’” Treadwell says.He says the earmarking process that existed then forced companies like his into a disingenuous position.last_img read more

Communication blockade fueling anger in Kashmir

first_imgSrinagar: It was an emotional reunion for Imran Ahmad with his family. The 32-year-old sells Kashmir handicrafts in Mumbai and returned home to Hawal here on Monday. He had been unable to get in touch with his family in Kashmir since a fortnight, after security curbs and a communication blockade was imposed in the state following the scrapping of Article 370 that granted special status to Kashmir within the Indian union. Also Read – Abrogation Of Article 370 Carried Out In Inhuman Way: Urmila Matondkar Advertise With Us Ahmad broke down on seeing his ageing parents, and tightly hugged his two and three year old nephews. He is getting married next week. But the communication blackout has complicated his wedding arrangements. While most weddings in Kashmir stand cancelled given the situation, Ahmad does not intend to do so. Instead, he plans to have low key celebrations. Also Read – BJP launches anti-AAP campaign to save Delhi Advertise With Us “Life has become too difficult without communication. In a sad situation like this, how can one even think of celebration? It is going to be a very simple affair,” said Ahmad. Ahmad’s neighbours are also angry. “This has never happened in Kashmir, we have been caged,” lamented Ghulam Mohiuddin. Others said the gag order was only fuelling anger. “It is triggering frustration in Kashmir and is a great provocation for the people,” said Mohammad Hafeez. Advertise With Us The government calls the communication blockade “temporary” and has promised restoration of all landline connections. “Out of 96,000 landlines in the state, 73,000 have started functioning,” said government spokesperson Rohit Kansal. But some like Abdul Majeed, a resident of Firdousabad in Batamlloo area of Srinagar, complain that the landlines which were restored a couple of days ago, have stopped working altogether. “It is a joke, the landlines were restored in our area but were snapped in a matter of few hours. The radio silence is becoming unbearable,” he said. The government says it is abreast of the situation and the matter is being taken up with service provider BSNL for quick redressal. “We have received complaints that some landlines have stopped working, we have taken it up with the BSNL, they have some capacity constraints, but they are working on it and as per our promise all the landlines will be restored,” Kansal added. But those assurances can only instil confidence when communication lines open up in Kashmir and people sense some actual relief on the ground.last_img read more

Jackie Chan Gets VR Treatment in iQIYIs Knight of Shadows

first_imgChinese streaming firm, iQIYI is to release a virtual reality version of “The Knight of Shadows,” the Jackie Chan-starring film that will launch in conventional theaters at Chinese New Year. It is pitched as a family-friendly costume fantasy.The 23-minute VR version will be available for viewing at Digital Domain Space VR cinemas across China. The tailor-made VR film will provide viewers a wholly immersive experience of “The Knight of Shadows” movie’s demon-filled world.The movie plot is loosely based on classic novel “Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio,” by Qing Dynasty short story writer Pu Songling. In the adaptation, Pu is played by Chan, and embarks on adventures that involve solving mysteries and battling demons. The film was directed by Yan Jia, with Ethan Ruan and Zhong Chuxi also starring. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety center_img “Knight” is presented by iQIYI Pictures, the film production and investment arm of streaming leader iQIYI, Chan’s Sparkle Roll Media, and Golden Shore Films & Television Studio, with sales handled by Hong Kong’s Golden Network.IQIYI pitches “Knight” as an example of its platform’s ability to turn content into franchises. “Leveraging iQIYI’s rich experience in adapting its own literature IP across multiple entertainment formats, the valuable IP of ‘The Knight of Shadows’ will be used by iQIYI in formats including feature films, VR films, online dramas, anime and more,” the company said. The company has diversified away from pure-play VoD into activities ranging from operating mini-theaters to selling movie tickets.“Knight” will be released in Chinese cinemas on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, the first day of the Chinese New Year season, and is expected to play on some 8,000 screens, iQIYI said. Thanks to Golden Network’s sales effort, it will also release around the same time in Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and Brunei.“With a world-class cast, richly imagined production and family-friendly comic themes, we believe this this film will succeed in drawing diverse crowds and delighting parents, grandparents and children alike,” said Ya Ning, president of iQIYI Pictures.last_img read more

Abhishek donates 3 months pay to Army

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee has decided to contribute three months’ salary for the welfare of armed forces.Banerjee is the first MP is the nation who has come forward to donate his salary to the Army. Banerjee said in a tweet: “I’m contributing three months’ salary as an MP to the concerned funds for the welfare of the armed forces. I know this just a tiny drop in the ocean but with these tiny drops a mighty ocean is made.” Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseWhile addressing a gathering after laying the foundation stone of a proposed bridge over Chorial canal in south 24-Parganas on Monday, Banerjee had said if he had a son he would send him to the armed forces. Banerjee said the time had come for a law which would make it necessary for every household to have a representative in the armed forces. He further said the MPs and MLAs should inspire their children and grandchildren to join the armed forces. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBanerjee plans to set up a corpus to create awareness about the nation in young minds to inspire them to be more informed and inclined towards the country’s welfare. “This could be achieved through campaign, seminars and interactive sessions in schools, colleges and other educational institutions,” he suggested. Banerjee also urged for communal peace and harmony. He tweeted: “We must do our bit to maintain communal harmony at this hour of grief. Our jawans keep our borders safe. They sacrifice their lives, so that we can stay safe. Before bullet trains, we need bullet-proof jackets for our jawans. Today is the time, more than ever, to stand by them.”last_img read more

Hes a Dedicated Follower of Fashion

first_imgNow I know that Thais have a reputation of regarding the truth with a considerable degree of variety. Nervous at first, I eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) SAWASDEE: You can read full article here: http://www.asiaguys.net/hes-a-dedicated-follower-of-fashion/Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img “I Want Dick White!”My boyfriend had just come out of the shower, still towelling his hair, droplets of water glistening on his near-perfectly smooth naked brown body. How my heart always skipped a beat seeing him in such a natural pose, without any of the shyness most of his countrymen betray when without clothes! Not sure what he had said, I looked up from my iPad and asked him to tell me again.“I Want Dick White!”And so the mystery started. At first I thought he must have met another westerner going by the name Dick White. In our long relationship we had become more open with each other even to the point of occasionally straying and having sex with other men. Our rule, though, was that we would always tell the other about the adventures we had got up to. We knew of some of our friends in Bangkok who would find sex without telling their partners. We had agreed near the outset that we would tell the truth to each other.I Like Him as He is – tumblr.com Why do so many gay men get married to women in India?How do I convince my mum to accept my sexuality and wish me happiness?Gay man recalls how he used duct tape to get his own back on school bullylast_img read more

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first_img Related Content Feature | February 18, 2011 | Todd Loesch Staying Profitable in Tough Times New technology helps an outpatient center cut costs to survive Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 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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This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. center_img Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more It’s no secret that the recent economic recession has hit the medical industry particularly hard. Unemployment and skyrocketing health insurance costs have meant that fewer patients are going to the doctor for routine or preventative care. Clearly, this has done nothing to improve the nation’s health. It also has had a detrimental effect on healthcare providers’ bottom line, and arguably no other institution category has felt the pinch quite like outpatient centers. Already operating on razor-thin margins, these clinics have had to tighten their belts more than ever. But thanks to new technology and software, facilities such as North State Radiology in California have streamlined workflows and turned their operations into lean machines. North State Radiology operates in Chico, Calif., a rural area that serves approximately 200,000 patients. The clinic has its own outpatient imaging centers and is the exclusive provider for three of the county’s major hospitals. The clinics are a staple of the community, having cared for patients in the area for nearly half a century. Despite this success, a series of events reduced the clinic’s revenue. The economy cut patient volume, as more people opted to forego many procedures. This is especially true in mammography and screening mammography, according to Don Hubbard, the controller at North State. Additionally, some state-funded programs dried up, particularly affecting low-income patients. However, demand is still there. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, North State offered a free day for uninsured women to get mammograms. The large turnout underscored the gap between desire and resources. “We had more than 200 women show up and we scanned 175 of them that day,” Hubbard said. “That accentuated the point that a lot of folks would otherwise get them if they had the resources.” A shift in the referral base has also affected the clinic’s bottom line. Hubbard said several long-time referrers have either retired or left the community, and the doctors who have replaced them don’t utilize the technology in the same way. Finally, funding cuts from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) meant fewer reimbursements in 2010 and increased uncertainty going forward into 2011. North State (and all other physicians and clinics in the Medicare program) faces an immediate 10 percent reduction in reimbursement this year, because CMS changed the underlying assumptions on cost-structure. Hubbard said this will have a significant impact on high-end imaging, such as magnetic resonance (MR) and computed tomography (CT). For those modalities, costs will have to be spread over three patients instead of two, meaning reimbursement for the equipment component of those exams will decline about 50 percent. “That’s a 10-cents-on-the-dollar decline, just for doing the same thing we’ve been doing,” he said. CMS is also changing the rules and guidelines for patients receiving multiple studies on the same day. Originally, patients received a 50 percent discount only if the second study was on the same region of the body. In 2011, though, any additional imaging study will be discounted.Weathering the Storm Patient volume at North State Radiology has recovered on a month-to-month basis, but Hubbard said revenues are down 7 percent practice-wide. So the outpatient center took several steps to cut costs and go leaner. Five years ago, the clinic decided to transition to filmless imaging centers. Now, all imaging studies are filed electronically, and North State no longer has to spend time or money storing and transporting physical files. “In the material environment, you have X-ray film, then you have jackets and you’ve got storage bins, and then you’ve got the whole management issue of timing that stuff out. It’s an ordeal,” Hubbard said. “The electronic environment gives you the ability to do a lot of what you did before sitting at a terminal with fewer people.” A secondary benefit is that patients and physicians can now view images and studies on the clinic’s website. The shift has been a boon for the clinic. “Our film costs have evaporated,” Hubbard said. “We do about 200 patient procedures a day in our outpatient centers, so that was a lot of film.” North State also revamped its information processing systems, particularly for administrative support. It now utilizes a document management system called CNG-SAFE that has allowed the center to make its accounts payable area almost entirely paperless. Invoices are routed electronically and the clinic is writing fewer checks and processing fewer bills, which has cut costs. The center also has an Amicas radiology information system (RIS), which enhances its productivity. The new technology has translated into a leaner outpatient center that has been able to thrive despite the economy and CMS cuts. “It’s been somewhat less painful than it otherwise would have been,” Hubbard said. “If we were operating today like we were operating four years ago, it would be a different story.”A Cloudy Future Hubbard said the new technology has helped the center’s bottom line and puts it in a good position going forward. But more looming cuts from CMS leave North State Radiology, and other outpatient centers like it, looking at a potentially bleak future. “We can weather intermittent hits,” he said. “But if they keep cutting reimbursement, it’s just going to have an adverse impact.” Revenues from high-end imaging, such as MR and CT, let North State subsidize X-ray studies. But if reimbursements continue to decline, Hubbard said the clinic may be forced to make tough choices. Since imaging equipment can cost millions of dollars to buy and hundreds of thousands annually to maintain, North State might not be able to upgrade as frequently. It may have to cut staff, which would result in longer waiting times. Or it could be forced to get out of the X-ray market entirely, leaving hospitals as the only alternative for patients needing that type of study. However, by utilizing electronic billing systems and filmless technology, North State Radiology is poised to carry on. “We’re really proud of the environment that we’ve cobbled together here to take advantage of the technology and help the bottom line,” Hubbard said. “And it does put us in a place where we can weather the storm.” FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 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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Toshiba Showcases PatientFriendly PETCT System At RSNA 2016

first_img Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more 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) read more October 1, 2016 — To advance clinical care for its customers, Toshiba’s Celesteion PET/CT system delivers a more comfortable patient experience with the industry’s largest bore, widest field of view and time-of-flight imaging. The versatile system combines high-performance PET and CT for all radiation and oncology imaging needs, including tumor detection, treatment evaluation and CT simulation. Ensuring patient safety, the Celesteion comes standard with Toshiba’s advanced CT dose reduction technology, AIDR 3D, and conforms to the requirements of MITA’s XR-29 Smart Dose Standard. As healthcare reform puts greater emphasis on patient satisfaction, the Celesteion’s numerous patient-friendly features are designed for this new landscape.For more information: medical.toshiba.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Related Content Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Videos | 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… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more center_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 0.00%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 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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