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Alberta announces climate change plan ahead of Paris talks

first_imgThe Canadian PressEDMONTON — Alberta took what it hopes will be the first step toward shedding its status as international environmental pariah Sunday by revealing a sweeping climate change plan.The plan, the result of months of study and public input, will introduce a broad-based carbon tax that would apply across the economy. The government will move to phase out the province’s coal-fired power generation by 2030.And it will introduce a hard cap on greenhouse gas emissions for the oilsands.“This is the day we step up, at long last, to one of the world’s biggest problems the pollution that is causing climate change,” Premier Rachel Notley said as she announced her government’s new policy in Edmonton on Sunday.“I’m hopeful these policies will lead to a new collaborative conversation about Canada’s energy infrastructure on its merits and to a significant de-escalation of conflict worldwide about the Alberta oilsands.”Notley made the announcement on a stage packed with representatives of groups that have in the past often been at each other’s throats over this issue.But joining her Sunday were leaders of major energy companies, environmental groups and First Nations. “The framework announced today will allow the ongoing innovation technology, investment and growth in the oil and gas industry at the same time we are looking to reduce overall carbon emissions,” said Murray Edward of Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.Said Ed Whittingham of the clean energy think-tank the Pembina Institute: “I think the world needs more of this kind of leadership.”Starting in 2017, Alberta will apply a $20-a-tonne price on carbon emissions that will cover about 90 per cent of the economy, including essentials such as gasoline and home heating fuel. That price will increase to $30 the following year.That $30 will add about seven cents to the cost of a litre of gas. The total cost of the increases will be about $500 a year for an average family, the government calculates.That money about $3 billion in 2018 will be used in part to rebate middle and lower income families. About 60 per cent of households will have at least some part of their carbon tax bill repaid.The rest will go to programs to ease the transition away from coal for communities and workers dependent on that industry, as well as to innovation programs and energy efficiency measures.Eventually, said Notley, the carbon taxes could be dedicated toward paying down public debt.Large emitters will continue to be regulated based on their carbon emissions per barrel of oil, although those requirements will be more stringent.By 2030, about 30 per cent of Alberta’s power will come from renewables. A mediator will be appointed to work out the contentious details of plant closures with power companies, who were not represented at the announcement.The tar sands will be limited to a total of 100 megatonnes of emissions about 30 megatonnes more than the industry now emits. That gap will be largely filled by projects now being built.That means if oilsands producers want to pump more oil, they’ll have to do it in a way that stays under the cap.The plan doesn’t include a target for emissions reductions. It calculates that its provisions should reduce emissions from business as usual by about seven per cent by 2020, and about 16 per cent by 2030.Mark Jaccard, an energy economist at Simon Fraser University, called the plan a prudent mix of sound economics and real-world pragmatism that creates incentives for emissions reductions.“I need to look at the details, but I think I’m seeing some real leadership here,” he said.“It’s not the economist’s perfect (model), but it’s real-world. I’m seeing policies I like.”The announcement is the result of months of consultation and study by an expert panel convened to help the government write the policy. Andrew Leach, a University of Alberta energy economist, led the panel, which received thousands of pages of submissions from citizens, industry and environmental groups.— the Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canadian National Assembly Speaker Praises Moroccos Stability Counter Terrorism Efforts

Rabat  –  Speaker of the Canadian National Assembly Jacques Chagnon praised, on Tuesday in Rabat, Morocco for its stability and the efforts it has launched to counter terrorism and stem extremism in North Africa.Speaking at a meeting with Upper House Speaker Mohamed Cheikh Biadillah, Chagnon also applauded the Kingdom for its key regional role in maintaining stability and world peace, the Upper House said in a statement.For his part, Biadillah briefed his guest on the reforms undertaken in Morocco under the leadership of King Mohammed VI which enabled Morocco to forge ahead on the path of strengthening democracy. The meeting was an opportunity to raise the excellent relations between Morocco and Canada and the province of Quebec in particular.The two Speakers also discussed the means to further strengthen ties of friendship and cooperation between Morocco’s and Canada’s respective legislative institutions. read more

Thai Princess becomes Goodwill Ambassador for UN womens agency

Princess Bajrakitiyabha – a doctoral graduate in law from Cornell University and an Assistant Public Prosecutor in Thailand – handed out “Say No” cards at the ceremony in Bangkok on Friday, attended by ministers, senior Government officials, dignitaries and representatives from civil society.“I am confident that, with our concerted efforts, the UNIFEM campaign… will certainly draw a huge number of signatures from the public showing the strength of Thailand’s one clear voice towards ending the violence against women,” Princess Bajrakitiyabha said.UNIFEM invited Princess Bajrakitiyabha to be a Goodwill Ambassador in recognition of her initiative known as Kamlangjai (Inspire), which aims to empower women inmates, including pregnant inmates and their babies in correctional facilities.The Thai Constitution has provisions to address violence against women, including domestic violence.According to UNIFEM, at least one out of every three women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime, with the abuser usually someone known to her. 8 September 2008Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand has joined the United Nations “Say No to Violence against Women” at a ceremony to mark her designation as a Goodwill Ambassador in Thailand for the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). read more

UN watchdog welcomes US plan to keep nuclear weapons out of terrorist

The Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI), announced by US Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham yesterday at a meeting with senior officials of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, aims to minimize as quickly as possible the amount of nuclear material available that could be used for nuclear weapons. “The proposal is a continuation and extension of initiatives that the IAEA, the USA and others have been working on for many years, and with renewed intensity in the past couple of years, to address nuclear security around the world,” IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei said. Security issues have become a global priority in the past several years, with nuclear weapons related know-how spreading extensively, Mr. ElBaradei told a news conference. This makes control of nuclear material that could be used for nuclear weapons extremely critical, he added. GTRI seeks to set up mechanisms ensuring that nuclear and radiological materials and related equipment anywhere in the world are not used for malicious purposes. Under the initiative, the US will work with the IAEA and other partners to repatriate all Russian-origin, fresh high-enriched uranium fuel (in cooperation with Russia and other countries concerned) by the end of next year, and accelerate and complete the repatriation of all Russian-origin spent fuel by 2010. They will also take all steps to accelerate and complete the repatriation of all US-origin research reactor spent fuel, work to convert the cores of civilian research reactors that use high-enriched uranium to use low-enriched uranium fuel worldwide. They will seek to identify other nuclear and radiological materials and related equipment that are not yet covered by existing threat reduction efforts to ensure that there are no gaps that would enable a terrorist to acquire these materials for malevolent purposes. Mr. Abraham also proposed that the IAEA and international community join in holding a Global Threat Reduction Initiative Partners’ Conference to examine how to address material collection and security in places where a broader international effort is required. read more

UN issues charge letter against official faulted in Iraq OilforFood probe

The United Nations has issued a charge letter against the head of its internal watchdog office, based on an adverse finding against him in the report of an independent committee probing alleged misconduct and mismanagement in the UN Oil-for-Food Programme for Iraq, a spokesman said today.The letter, sent to Under-Secretary-General Dileep Nair, head of the Office for Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), gives him seven days to reply to the charges raised by the Independent Inquiry Committee (IIC) led by former United States Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker.The Committee faulted Mr. Nair for paying a special assistant with funds from the Oil-for-Food programme although the person performed virtually no work related to the now defunct multibillion-dollar operation, which allowed Saddam Hussein’s sanctions-bound regime to use oil-sale proceeds to purchase humanitarian supplies.The UN is also initiating an independent third-party review of allegations made against Mr. Nair by the UN Staff Council in New York to determine whether a full external investigation is warranted.Also today, the UN announced a shortlist of candidates to replace Mr. Nair as head of OIOS at the conclusion of his non-renewable 5-year term on 23 April.They are: Claus Andreasen of Denmark, Director of Audit for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF); Inga-Britt Ahlenius of Sweden, Auditor-General of UN-administered Kosovo; Franz-Hermann Bruener of Germany, Director-General of the European Anti-Fraud Office; and Rafael Munoz of Spain, former Director of the Office of Internal Audit and Inspection at the International Monetary Fund (IMF).A fifth candidate from New Zealand will be added to the list once he has been notified.Criteria include exceptional integrity, expertise in accounting and auditing and unstinting championship of the fight against corruption and the cause of transparency and good governance. read more

TBDPITL Ep 24 Can Ohio State win a game in the NCAA

Wyatt Crosher and Colin Gay discuss Ohio State men’s basketball’s 90-70 win against No. 22 Iowa, and if the Buckeyes can continue momentum into the rest of the season. They also talk about men’s hockey and its win of the Big Ten title in the regular season, and if women’s basketball has a slim chance to make the tournament as well. Also, what you’ve all been waiting for, updates on their intramural sports teams.

Fire district Red Cross help Hazel Dell fire victim

first_imgFirefighters and disaster responders helped a vehicle owner Thursday night in Hazel Dell after his engine ignited into flames, injuring one person.Clark County Fire District 6 responded to the vehicle fire shortly after 8 p.m. in the 7300 block of Northeast 13th Avenue. Firefighters quickly quashed the blaze with a chemical extinguisher, Fire District 6 spokesman Dave Schmitke said.The vehicle owner told fire personnel he had been recently having car trouble, and when he started his vehicle, the engine ignited into flames. A friend who was with him burned her arm and used a personal vehicle to go to a hospital, Schmitke said.The vehicle owner had been living in his car, which held all of his belongings. Schmitke said Fire District 6 donated some money to assist the owner with any immediate needs. Red Cross Cascades Region personnel also responded to the scene about 30 minutes later to assist, according to a press release.Schmitke said the Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office ruled the fire accidental. The owner had the vehicle towed.last_img read more

Villa Boro want Bolasie

first_imgAston Villa and Middlesbrough both want Yannick Bolasie from Everton despite the close of the summer transfer window in England, according to Birmingham Mail.The winger has fallen out of favor at Goodison Park with new manager Marco Silva opting to spend around £45million for Brazilian youngster Richarlison, who plays the same position as Bolasie.Bolasie joined Everton for a then club-record fee of around £30million from Crystal Palace back in 2016 and was linked with a return to Selhurst Park this summer but that failed to materialize.Aston Villa explains why they spent so much money on players Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Aston Villa’s chief executive, the team needed to spend £144.5 million on 12 players in order to stay competitive.With the loan window still very active, Aston Villa want the Congolese star to join the club on loan as they look to improve their squad for the upcoming season after decimating the squad initially due to financial issues.Meanwhile, Middlesbrough are also believed to be interested in the services of Bolasie. Tony Pulis is in search of another winger to replace the already departed Adama Traore who joined newly promoted Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers.Bolasie appears to have little or no future with Everton and he’s widely expected to leave the Toffees this summer.last_img read more

Katora Houz again turns into an eyesore

first_imgGolconda: Despite all the efforts initiated to restore the once beautiful Katora Houz at Golconda with pristine waters, the tank once again appears to have turned into a drain tank full of water hyacinth, a fertile breeding grounds for mosquitoes.Known as one of the tanks spreading vector-borne diseases, the residents surrounding it regularly complain of dengue fever amongst others. In the beginning of the year, ASI and GHMC completed delisting works by investing lakhs of rupees as part of the restoration of 450-year-old cup-shaped tank. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us It may be mentioned here that as part of studying beautification of Golconda Fort and the state of Katora Houz, a joint inspection by officials from various departments including Archaeological, Tourism and GHMC, along with local MLA, was conducted on February 7. Karwan MLA Kausar Mohiuddin and Nanalnagar Corporator Mohammed Naseeruddin and other leaders of Karwan Constituency were part of the team that went around Golconda Fort and Katora Houz. Also Read – Unidentified assailants killed a person in Saidabad PS limits Advertise With Us Higher officials from ASI, Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation (TSTDC), GHMC and others were part of the visit. During the tour, the members held discussions on measures to be taken up for further beautification of Golconda Fort and restoration Kathora Houz as well as improving tourism amenities, landscaping, feasibility of lazer shows, conservation of all monuments and parks etc.last_img read more

Jaishankar slams Trump for Kashmir mediation offer says will talk only with

first_imgMinister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar.APExternal Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday, August 2, clarified that any discussion on Kashmir will only be conducted with Pakistan. His statement came a day after US President Donald Trump broached the contentious subject once again and said that he would “certainly intervene” if “they want.””Have conveyed to the American counterpart, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, this morning in clear terms that any discussion on Kashmir, if at all warranted, will only be with Pakistan and only bilaterally,” Jaishankar said at the sidelines of the ongoing ASEAN summit that is held in Bangkok.Have conveyed to American counterpart @SecPompeo this morning in clear terms that any discussion on Kashmir, if at all warranted, will only be with Pakistan and only bilaterally.— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) August 2, 2019 Trump had earlier said that he would certainly intervene “if they wanted somebody to intervene, to help India and Pakistan to get along well and solve the Kashmir dispute’. “It’s really up to Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi (to accept the offer of mediation),” he added.Trump had offered to mediate between the two countries at last week’s press conference in Washington with the visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. He said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked for his intervention during their meeting in the sideline of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan last month.”I was with Prime Minister Modi two weeks ago, and we talked about the subject. And he actually said, ‘would you like to be a mediator or arbitrator’, and I said ‘where?’, and he said ‘Kashmir’, because this has been going on for many, many years. I was surprised for how long it has been going on,” Trump told reporters last week.India slammed Trump’s claim and said that all matters concerning Pakistan and the Kashmir dispute are discussed bilaterally. “No such request has been made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the US President,” Jaishankar stated in the Rajya Sabha last week.”It has been India’s consistent position that all outstanding issues with Pakistan are discussed only bilaterally. Any engagement with Pakistan would require an end to cross-border terrorism. The Simla Agreement & the Lahore Declaration provide the basis to resolve all issues between India & Pakistan bilaterally,” he added.last_img read more

Local Fox Affiliate Falsely Reports Tawanda Jones Endorsed Killing Cops at DC

first_imgLink to apology:http://foxbaltimore.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/fox45-apologizes-error-newscast-34622.shtml Baltimore activist Tawanda JonesWBFF Fox 45 News has found itself embroiled in controversy after reporting that Baltimore activist Tawanda Jones called for the death of police officers in an apparent rush to sensationalize a week-old protest against police brutality and capitalize on the killing of two police officers in New York City by Ismaaiyl Brinsley over the weekend. WBFF, Fox’s Baltimore affiliate, reported on Sunday that Baltimore activist Tawanda Jones had led a crowd in chanting “we won’t stop, we can’t stop, so kill a cop” during protests against police brutality in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 13, when she was actually chanting “we won’t stop, we can’t stop, ‘til killer cops, are in cell blocks.”Jones’ brother, Tyrone West, was killed by Baltimore Police officers in July of 2013 and she has been peacefully protesting against police brutality for 73 weeks since.“I was in tears and I just felt like they changed my life overnight,” Jones told the AFRO of her reaction to seeing the news report that first aired this past Sunday, and included a video clip edited to make it seem that she was promoting the death of police officers. “I feel like I’m in danger.”Jones said she instantly called the news station on Sunday, when the report originally ran, to explain what she had actually been chanting and to demand a retraction. She was told someone would get back to her in the morning, but the report with the misleading video ran again the next day nonetheless.The station has since issued an apology on-air and online for the mistaken report, calling the initial report “an honest misunderstanding of what the protesters were saying.” Jones was also interviewed on the air by Fox 45 anchor Jeff Barnd in addition to sitting down for a lengthier interview with reporter Keith Daniels.Jones says she and her family inquired as to who edited the video in the initial report, but were told by station representatives that they were not sure.“We were like you gotta be kidding,” said Jones of her family’s reaction to this claim of ignorance. “We’re scratching our heads like, are you serious?”Jones said that she intentionally specified ‘killer cops’ in her chant in order to avoid lumping all police officers with those whom she feels abuse their authority and the citizenry, and that she is now fearful of retaliation from those in the law enforcement community.“I’m in total fear, I can’t even think straight right now,” said Jones. “I literally got lost on the way driving home just because I’m constantly looking around me.”The AFRO reached out to WBFF via email for comment, but did not receive a response prior to publication.  ralejandro@afro.comcenter_img Link to longer Fox 45 interview:http://foxbaltimore.com/news/features/raw-news/stories/fox45-news-interviews-tawanda-jones-705.shtml#.VJoUe_8C3Mlast_img read more

Sony expected to unveil PS4 Slim at Tokyo Game Show

first_imgNot to be outdone by Microsoft with its Xbox One S and Project Scorpio announcements during the Xbox E3 Briefing, Sony is expected to unveil a slim version of the PlayStation 4 as well as provide more information regarding the PlayStation 4 Neo at this year’s Tokyo Game Show.This is the plan according to Wall Street Journal reporter, Takashi Mochizuki, who revealed the information on Twitter.Sony analyst says “PlayStation 4 Slim,” not just “Neo,” due by Tokyo Game Show in Sept, report with @YukaKoshino https://t.co/XuYikWC4rh— Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) June 29, 2016We actually reported about a rumored PS4 Slim back in January of 2015, but this news still comes as a bit of a surprise. When the current PS4 was released in 2013, some joked that it already was the slim PS4 given its sleek and compact design. However, we are nearly three years into the PS4’s lifecycle, so there is little doubt that Sony has figured out how to make the system smaller. Truth be told, it was inevitable that the PS4 would get a slimmer model given how every PlayStation system before it also got the same treatment around this same time.As for the PS4 Neo, Sony officially announced it the week before E3. This was done as a way for the company to focus on its upcoming games line-up during their E3 event instead of hardware. We know some of the basics about the PS4 Neo — how it will run games and media at 4K resolution and offer higher frame rates, but we don’t know anything about its hardware.The Tokyo Game Show should hopefully shed some light on this subject.last_img read more

These LGBTI people stripped naked to celebrate their extraordinary bodies

first_imgYou might feel too fat or too thin, too strong or too weak, and your eyes will go to the places perceived as ‘problems’.We asked 22 LGBTI people to strip naked, emotionally and physically, and talk about how they feel about their bodies.For some it was terrifying, but every person walked away feeling a little bit more empowered.LGBTI people strip off to show off their bodiesGeorgia‘I think a lot of people just worried about themselves, and loved themselves, it might be a little bit of a better world.’Mufseen‘I wanted to take part in this project because growing up I didn’t have many role models to look up to in the gay community. A lot of stuff in gay magazines or gay media is always white men, muscly bodies, and I’m none of those.’AdrianMalik‘I don’t think there’s a real body. Each person is built in a different shape and size. I think, we as a society, now need to stop focusing on how people are built.’AnthonyKristopher‘For me confidence is the biggest thing and I think no matter what size or shape you are, that’s what makes someone sexy to me. I think that’s what a lot of people overlook.’Ben MJames‘We’ve been programmed to think if you’re trans you need to want to alter yourself and that you’re only valid and you’re only allowed to exist and be appreciated if you alter yourself. Actually sometimes you don’t need to.’Roy‘After I see a bit of candy in front of me, somebody who I think is really beautiful on the outside, I just wonder if that beauty extends on the inside.’Ben WJack Arthur‘Day to day, we are all humans with different lives and with different journeys. It sounds so corny but we have to enjoy ourselves.’Corry How I learned to feel better naked in just one monthGay dating apps’ no fats, no femmes culture means I get no f**ksGay Bermuda tourism CEO: LGBTI boycott ‘counter-intuitive’ after marriage equality reversalRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/these-lgbti-people-stripped-naked-to-celebrate-their-extraordinary-bodies/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) This is why these LGBTI people got naked Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ‘To get comfortable with my body, I just decided that I was going to be comfortable. It sounds dumb, but I stood in front of the mirror every day and looked at myself until I liked it.’Liz‘My Adam’s apple is pretty a bit more pronounced than most women’s. But not wanting to be in that kind of all women’s bracket, there’s always a little bit of conflict there.’MattStefanos‘I’m not the hottest person in the world. A guy like me gets a lot of compliments and a lot of positive feedback, it doesn’t mean that this positive feedback is what I believe about myself.’Michael‘We see other people that look that kind of similar to ourselves, and think they look great. And we’re fine with that. But we don’t feel the same way about ourselves.’Riccardo‘I had this accident almost three years ago where I was basically crushed by a lorry and my pelvis got fractured. It’s thanks to that I came out to my family, I decided to come out to my family because there was a point where I have died…‘And yeah, and now I have these scars and sometimes when I’m at the gym I think they’re going to see my scars if I do this exercise, but two seconds later, I think OK, it’s not something I have to be ashamed of because that’s just the result of a surgery and I’m alive to show them and I’m not really as ashamed of them as, yeah, that’s what I think.’Jack‘From past relationships, I’ve had a lot of bad experiences where i got a lot of verbal abuse from it and they would pick out small things about my body that they didn’t like… I think they would just call me a lot of names, like marshmallow.‘It’s annoying that something like this just keeps sticking in your head.’Leonie‘It breaks my heart every day to see young people on social media posting about how they need to lose weight and how they need to tone up and how they need to look better.‘I find that society has gotten to a point where that’s not healthy anymore.’MohamedPablo‘Two years ago I was in an abusive relationship and it left with me with very low self-esteem. It’s taken me a long time to build my confidence back up again.’Simon Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- Bodies come in all shapes and sizes. But still, looking at your body naked in the mirror can be one of the most scariest things in the world.last_img read more

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first_img Videos | 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., F 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 It’s no secret many clinicians have predicted coronary CT angiography (CCTA) would replace invasive angiography for the detection of coronary artery disease for low- and medium-risk patients. The final results of the first multicenter, multinational CORE 64 trial — a trial that compared 64-slice CTA against invasive angiography — published in the New England Journal of Medicine in November 2008, offered compelling evidence that CTA wasn’t ready to replace the gold standard invasive angiography just yet. The results of the trial showed the negative and positive predictive values for the test to be 83 percent and 91 percent, respectively, results that were somewhat disappointing to the researchers.As announced at RSNA 2008, the new Toshiba-sponsored CORE 320 trial will compare the effectiveness of the Aquilion ONE 320-detector row dynamic volume CT to SPECT in an attempt to determine whether the combination of CTA and myocardial perfusion can identify coronary stenoses that are less than or equal to 50 percent of Quantitative Coronary Analysis (QCA) and correspond to a SPECT perfusion defect. “CORE 320 is designed to evaluate CT in a new way,” said Frank Rybicki, M.D., director of cardiac CT and vascular CT, MRI, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, MA. “CT, in the heart, gives morphology data; anatomy and coronary imaging. It has pretty good spatial resolution and pretty good temporal resolution, and of course, it’s noninvasive. In many cases at the end of the CT scan, there are still several unanswered questions.“The major hypothesis of CORE 320 is that the [perfusion] data can somehow be additive to morphology. CORE 320 is trying to test the value of the additional information that you can get beyond morphology.” Both Dr. Rybicki and Rich George, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, division of cardiology, Johns Hopkins University, said CT perfusion imaging on the Aquilion ONE has shown promise in single-center studies, but only studies like CORE 320 will offer the proof that CT perfusion imaging really adds to CCTA. “Everyone that is involved in this has high expectations,” Dr. Rybicki said. “Everyone in the community is pulling for a CT system, like a wide area detector system, to do good functional imaging and do good perfusion. Having all those expectations is wonderful, but you really have to roll up your sleeves in terms of proving it. You can do all you want in a small, single-center study, but the proof is in the pudding. You’ve got to have a study that is multicentered and multinational to really see how these technologies are going to make a global difference.”As compared to 64-slice CT, the Aquilion ONE gives better morphological data, many clinicians say. Dr. George noted the Aquilion ONE offers faster scan times, lower radiation dose, eliminates more artifacts and decreases contrast dose from 90-100 cc to around 60 cc. The big question for many clinicians is how the perfusion component of the Aquilion ONE will perform against SPECT, the recognized gold standard for myocardial perfusion imaging. “The perfusion component is still in evaluation,” Dr. Rybicki said. “The perfusion images I’ve seen to date have very good technical quality, but perfusion CT is still not a clinical tool. We’re trying to make it a clinical tool. It has to be emphasized that using any scanner, including the Aquilion ONE, for perfusion and relying on the presence or absence of a perfusion abnormality is a research endeavor. That has to be stressed.“In SPECT, it is fundamentally different. You introduce a radioisotope that goes to the heart, then radiation is emitted from the heart out and detected by a detector system. CT is totally different. You’re putting the radiation outside through and then detecting on a system. It’s not so much that it is lacking in that it’s fundamentally different and fundamentally not validated. It’s exciting, but it’s not validated.”The performance of CT perfusion will be measured against SPECT in a similar fashion as CCTA is measured against the invasive angiography, according to Dr. Rybicki. “You partition the heart muscle into segments, then you do your analysis that is very similar to CT,” said Dr. Rybicki. “If you see an abnormality in perfusion on CT, then you can go and look at the same abnormality using the same partition — the same myocardial segment — with SPECT.”Dr. Rybicki said these perfusion segments help to determine the best course of treatment. “What these bull’s eye or polar maps do is segment the heart muscle designed to do this type of matching,” said Dr. Rybicki. “It’s really important to segment the heart muscle. If someone has ischemia, there are things you can do. You can manage that patient with medicine. You can do a catheter-based intervention and put in balloons and stents. Or, you can send a patient to bypass. The reason we do perfusion or SPECT is to separate patients into those categories. That is one of the great things that nuclear medicine and SPECT helps us to do. Perfusion is one piece of the puzzle used to make that distinction, to help determine the management of patients. If perfusion says the piece of heart is not being properly perfused, but it’s not dead, those patients can generally benefit from bypass. If the patient has a big perfusion deficit, and all the tissue is dead (like they had a heart attack), no amount of intervention is going to help. It would be a waste of time and money to send that patient to the OR. “This is a tool to more accurately determine which patients go into the optimal treatment arm. To do that now, you need several things: you need images of the coronaries, you need the perfusion, you need so-called viability to determine whether the thing is dead or not. People have always thought that one modality can do all of this stuff. It hasn’t come to that yet. We’ll probably get there someday. This stuff works in increments. The 320 is a big new increment.” Drs. George and Rybicki believe that, in all probability, CCTA with perfusion imaging will still be most beneficial for low- to medium-risk patients, as the scan still has problems imaging the heavily calcified arteries. “[The problem of heavily calcified arteries] is not going to change with the 320-detector,” Dr. Rybicki said. “One thing that will be really nice is that if you have an artery that is heavily calcified and you have multiple lesions where there are small segments of disease, having a normal perfusion CT, if it were to validate that, would be very useful. What this would mean is that if you had all these calcifications, you still had good perfusion. That would be a real benefit. That might target more the high-risk patients. But, again, that is really a hypothesis at this point.” FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 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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Just a few more days to book Trafalgars 2018 Europe at 2017

first_img Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Travelweek Group Posted by TORONTO — Trafalgar’s 2018 Europe & Britain Preview pricing is available until Sept. 24, allowing clients can secure next year’s holiday at 2017 rates, plus save an additional 10%.Clients must be booked by the deadline to secure 2017 prices for 2018 travel. Clients can also save an additional 10% on select departures with an Early Payment Discount if paid by Jan. 11, 2018.Past Trafalgar guests receive 5% off their 2018 land price, and when booking two or more trips of 7 days or longer, they save an additional 2.5%.The best price guarantee comes with a standard $200 deposit and if the price goes up with the launch of the 2018 Europe and Britain program, Trafalgar says it will honour the lowest price. If the price is lower, the difference will be refunded.“We would like to secure clients’ spots for on our best-selling 2018 guided vacations, which are booking up very quickly since travelling to Europe is in high demand, bolstered by our stronger Canadian dollar,” says Wolf Paunic, President, Trafalgar Canada. “Our valued agents can increase their 2018 sales in these final days of our Europe and Britain Preview offer by acting fast and providing their expertise and recommendations to their clients.”Paunic says top selling 2018 Preview trips include three of Trafalgar’s 17 immersive Italian guided vacations:Rome Explorer: This new 8-day guided vacation is “perfect for first time visitors to Rome who want to explore the city in-depth”. Guests will explore Rome, the Vatican City, and Tivoli with a Local Specialist including visits to the ancient sites of the Colosseum and the Roman Catacombs. A cooking experience includes a visit to the local market and sampling focaccia before learning how to make pasta the Italian way.Best of Italy: This 13-day trip comes with city tours in Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi and Florence, plus a Be My Guest experience dinner at a family run restaurant on the secluded Isola Madre island on Lake Maggiore. Trafalgar’s ‘Authentic Accommodations’ take guests to the romantic Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria, which opened in 1907 on the exclusive Lido di Venezia, and to Il Cantico, which is just a few minutes’ walk from the Vatican.Southern Italy and Sicily: On this 10-day guided vacation guests venture from Rome to the historic hill-town of Monreale. There’s also a visit to the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Cassino, and a chance to see the excavations at Pompeii and tour the impressive ruins of the ancient Greek Theatre at Taormina. Other highlights take guests to experience the rustic fishing village life in Mondello, to a Be My Guest experience at a wine farm at the foot of Mount Etna, and on a cruise to the isle of Capri.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsFor more information, agents are asked to contact their local Sales Manager, or visit trafalgar.com/can/offers/preview-2018. Just a few more days to book Trafalgar’s 2018 Europe at 2017 pricescenter_img Tags: Britain & Europe, Promotions, Trafalgar Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Treasury Looks to Simplify the Community Reinvestment Act for Banks

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Recently the U.S. Department of the Treasury released recommendations to the primary CRA regulators to modernize the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). The regulators include the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Federal Reserve Board, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. According to the Treasury,  the Act has not kept pace with the vast organizational and technological changes in the lending industry. “Interstate banking, mortgage securitization, and internet and mobile banking are just a few of the major changes that have come about in the past four decades,” the Treasury said in its memo to regulators. “In this evolving banking environment, changes should be made to the administration of CRA in order for it to achieve its intended purpose.”“Our recommendations will improve the effectiveness of CRA by enhancing the assessment and examination process, enhancing the ability of banks to deliver services in the communities they serve while considering technological advances in the financial industry,” Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said in a statement.The Treasury’s recommendations focus on four key areas—assessment areas, examination clarity and flexibility, examination process, and bank performance. All four areas also affect reinvestments in the community by banks through lending.When it came to nonbanks and CRA, the study found that the increasing market share by nonbanks placed more pressure on CRA-regulated banks, whose Lending Test evaluations were largely based on mortgages and small business loans. “Banks have recommended that regulators consider this change to the credit markets when evaluating the performance context for CRA examinations,” the Treasury said. “Banks and community groups have also suggested that regulators consider whether the same market failures that apply to the market for bank loans also apply to the market for nonbank loans.”It recommended that CRA regulators continued to monitor the impact of the emergence of nonbanks on the effectiveness of CRA, with more research being done on the extent to which these financial institutions met the credit needs of low- and medium-income communities.While examining the clarity and flexibility of CRA examinations the study found that while there was certainty surrounding specific categories, such as single family mortgage loans or Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) investments, banks remained unclear about whether more complex, innovative, or infrequent types of products and services would receive credit (such as letters of credit, alternative delivery systems, and investments in or loans to infrastructure projects). The Treasury’s recommendations to overcome this issue included expanding the types of loans, investments, and services eligible for CRA credit; establishing clear standards of eligibility for CRA credit, with greater consistency and predictability across each regulator; and simplified record-keeping procedures, for more regular and timely eligibility updates.Additionally, the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC) published the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) evaluations for 24 national banks and federal savings associations for March. Four of the 24 evaluations, were rated Outstanding. They included Presidential Bank, FSB, an Intermediate Small Bank in Bethesda; The First National Bank of Fairbury a Small Bank in New England; The First National Bank of Groton, a Small Bank in New York; and The Conway National Bank, a Large Bank in South Carolina.  April 5, 2018 740 Views Treasury Looks to Simplify the Community Reinvestment Act for Bankscenter_img Banks Communities CRA Credit Lending Low Income mortgage Nonbanks OCC Reinvestment Treasury 2018-04-05 Radhika Ojha Sharelast_img read more

Residential prices rise in Q2 for sixth quarter in a row RICS

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