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Big Stars Named As Best Friends Animal Society Ambassadors

first_imgWhat do an Oscar winning actress, a music multi-hyphenate, an NHL star, and a beloved hero dog have in common? They are among the twelve entertainers and public figures joining the ranks of Best Friends Animal Society’s Celebrity Ambassadors program.Best Friends Celebrity Ambassadors have made a commitment to the national animal welfare organization to use their influence and visibility to raise awareness about the plight of homeless animals in the United States and the work Best Friends is doing to Save Them All.“To have celebrities use their influence to speak out on behalf of homeless animals is incredibly important,” said Best Friends CEO Gregory Castle. “Every day more than 9,000 dogs and cats are dying in our nation’s shelters and it will only be by everyone doing what they can that we can solve this problem. Best Friends’ Celebrity Ambassadors are found in a wide variety of fields, from entertainment to music to sports and because of that, the message of Save Them All is reaching into more and more communities of interest.”The new celebrity ambassadors are: Ashley Borden (fitness expert, media personality and celebrity personal fitness trainer) Danny Trejo (film and television actor known for memorable in “Machete Kills,” “Muppets Most Wanted”, “Breaking Bad,” and “Spy Kids” and many other film and television projects) David & Kelly Backes (captain of the St. Louis Blues NHL team, as well as member of Team USA Men’s Olympic Hockey, founder of Athletes for Animals along with his wife Kelly) Emma Kenney (actress known for her role as Debbie Gallagher on Showtime’s “Shameless”) Hilary Swank (award-winning film and television actress and producer) Jackson Galaxy (cat behavior expert, author and star of Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell”) Jes Macallan (actress known for her role as Josslyn Carver on ABC’s “Mistresses” and wife of fellow Best Friends Celebrity Ambassador Jason Gray Stanford) John David Souther (legendary singer, songwriter, musician, producer, actor and member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame) Kevin Nealon (actor and comedian known for his film and television roles including playing Doug Wilson on Showtime’s “Weeds” and his multiple season run on “Saturday Night Live”) Lassie (beloved, iconic, American hero dog) Moby (global talent and multi-hyphenate, singer-songwriter-producer-DJ-photographer) Seamus & Juliana Dever (actors married in real life and best known for their roles as the married couple Kevin and Jenny Ryan on ABC’s “Castle”)The newly announced Ambassadors join an already impressive roster of Best Friends Celebrity Ambassadors including: Alyssa Milano, Amy Smart, Autumn Reeser, Bill Maher, Bruce Weber, Carrie Ann Inaba, Charlize Theron, Cloris Leachman, Denise Richards, Dr. Jane Goodall, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Emmylou Harris, Eric Roberts, Eric Stonestreet, Gabrielle Anwar, Hawk Koch, Ian Somerhalder, Jason Gray-Stanford, Jillian Michaels, Joanna Krupa, Julie Marie Berman, Kelly Wearstler, Kevin Conway, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Laura Dern, Linda Hunt, Lisa Edelstein, Lu Parker, Maggie Lawson, Maggie Q, Neko Case, Nils and Amy Lofgren, Patrick Fabian, Rachelle Lefevre, Richard Donner and Lauren Shuler Donner, Timothy Omundson, Travis Clark, Tricia Helfer, Valery Ortiz, Willie Nelson and Yeardley Smith.last_img read more

Nick Lachey Supports The ToysRUs Toy Guide for DifferentlyAbled Kids

first_imgToys”R”Us today announced the release of the 2015 Toys”R”Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids, an easy-to-use toy selection resource for those who know, love and shop for children with special needs.Nick Lachey: Toy Guide for Differently-Abled KidsThis annual, complimentary publication is available now in Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us stores nationwide and online, in both English and Spanish, at Toysrus.com/DifferentlyAbled. For more than 20 years, this beloved catalog has been a go-to shopping guide for families in the special needs community, showcasing specially selected toys that aid in the skill development of children who have physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities. This year, Toys”R”Us is partnering with Nick Lachey, father, philanthropist, multi-platinum recording artist and television personality, who appears on the cover of the Guide alongside 5-year old Josephine Gonzalez from New Jersey.While Lachey has worked on numerous exciting projects around the globe throughout his career, he is most proud of being a father of two and an advocate for children’s causes. Inspired by his brother Zac, who lives with Asperger syndrome, Lachey established the Nick Lachey Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children, families and communities in need within the United States in 2007.“Children’s causes are a huge passion of mine, so I was honored to collaborate with Toys”R”Us to lend my support to something as special as the Toys”R”Us Toy Guide for Differently Abled Kids,” said Nick Lachey. “Building on a 20-year reputation of being a beneficial resource for parents and gift givers shopping for special needs children, the Guide is so valuable because it removes the guesswork, providing trusted recommendations of toys that will appeal to a child with physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities.”“For generations, families have come to Toys”R”Us in search of the perfect toy for their child. With help from the Toys”R”Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids, those shopping for children with special needs are able to do so with confidence knowing they’ve chosen an everyday toy that can help aid in critical skill development and foster inclusion,” said Kathleen Waugh, Chairman, Toys”R”Us Children’s Fund. “We hope this year’s Guide makes it possible for kids of ALL abilities to experience the power play has to help them reach new milestones, while bringing joy to their lives.”Identifying the Best Toys Based on a Child’s Individual Needs
Because all children are unique, regardless of ability, toys in this catalog are not categorized by disability, gender or age, and are everyday playthings that can be enjoyed alongside siblings and friends. Instead, the Guide pairs toys with icons representing a variety of skill sets, such as Auditory, Language, Social, Creativity and more, helping gift-givers choose toys most suitable for the child they are shopping for.To identify items that best contribute to the development of children with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities, Toys”R”Us has collaborated with the National Lekotek Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making play accessible for children of all abilities, to vet each of the toys featured in the 64-page buying guide.Gift-givers who prefer to shop from home or on-the-go can take advantage of the shop-by-skill option at Toysrus.com/DifferentlyAbled, where they can select a specific skill set to refine their search. The dedicated website also features a special Toys”R”Us App Guide for Differently-Abled Kids, providing recommendations for mobile apps, using the same skills criteria featured within the traditional Guide. The App Guide is available to make app discovery and mobile technology accessible to kids of all abilities by identifying apps that help build individual skill sets, and are appropriate for children with special needs.Tips for Finding #ToysForAll 
Throughout the year, Toys”R”Us will leverage its social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, to share toy-buying tips and recommendations found in the Guide, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes content from the cover shoot with Nick Lachey. Additionally, on Wednesday, August 26 at 2pm, Toys”R”Us, along with its special needs partners, including the American Society for Deaf Children, National Organization of Parents of Blind Children, Muscular Dystrophy Association and National Lekotek Center, among others, will host a Twitter Chat to provide followers with tips for selecting toys for children with special needs. The company is encouraging fans and followers to join the conversation and support the power of play by using #ToysForAll.An Ongoing Commitment to the Special Needs Community
Toys”R”Us, Inc. has long supported the special needs community through the Toys”R”Us Children’s Fund, which has provided annual grants totaling more than $20 million to numerous organizations that advocate for children of all abilities including, American Society for Deaf Children, Autism Speaks, HollyRod Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association, National Down Syndrome Society, National Lekotek Center, National Organization of Parents of Blind Children, National Center for Learning Disabilities, Special Olympics, Spina Bifida Association and United Cerebral Palsy, among others. For more information, please visit Toysrusinc.com/charitable-giving/.last_img read more

National Family Advisory Circle asks for patience as MMIWG inquiry pushes ahead

first_imgAPTN National NewsFamilies that make up the National Family Advisory Circle (NFAC) for the inquiry looking into murdered and missing Indigenous women are asking families and survivors for patience, and understanding as the remaining commissioners push through with the inquiry’s work.“The NFAC stand with the Commissioners and supports the huge volume of work that they will accomplish in a short timeframe. We ask for patience as the Commissioners work with families to present their stories of their loved ones and document for the public record,” the circle said in a letter. The letter, penned by Delilah Saunders whose sister Loretta was murdered in 2014, and Sharon Johnson, whose sister Sandra was killed in 1992, was released Thursday morning following a rocky week for the commission and the federal Liberals. On Monday, Commissioner Marilyn Poitras sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announcing that she was resigning from the inquiry effective July 15 because of irreconcilable differences on how the inquiry was going about its business.Poitras’ resignation followed those by senior communications officer Sue Montgomery, Tanya Kappo, manager of communications, Chantale Courcy, director of operations and Michèle Moreau, the inquiry’s executive director.The resignations were enough for Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett to meet with the commissioners Monday to get an idea of whether this seemingly embattled inquiry was going to be able to fulfill its mandate.On Tuesday, Bennett went before the national media in Ottawa and said the commissioners have a good work plan in place and the tools to do the job.“There is no question, that we all agree, communication has been an issue. And that they have got to do a better job at communicating their vision, their plan, values and the way that they’re going to get this work done,” said Bennett.But that endorsement and acknowledgement about the inquiry’s poor track record on communications weren’t enough.On Wednesday morning, a coalition of Manitoba families and survivors held a news conference in the offices of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs to call on the remaining commissioners to resign, and the federal government to reset the inquiry including rewriting the terms of reference to include a close examination of police forces across Canada.“We the families of MMIWG and survivors in Manitoba have lost confidence in the national inquiry,” said Hilda Anderson Pyrz, co-chair of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Coalition of Manitoba. “The families and survivors agree that a hard reset required. This hard reset requires the resignation of the lead commissioner and of the remaining three commissioners and the explicit inclusion of policing in the terms of reference.”That same day, the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) led by former national president Dawn Harvard, released a statement saying that it had lost the trust of the ONWA and rescinded its support from the inquiry.To add the inquiry’s woes, ONWA has hired a law firm to challenge the inquiry about its upcoming hearings in Thunder Bay – the only public hearing scheduled for northern Ontario to date.All of this started with an open letter written to the commissioners on May 15 signed by 57 families, survivors, advocates and organizations from across the country.“Across the country, families, advocates, Indigenous leaders, experts and grassroots people are loudly raising alarms that the Inquiry is in serious trouble. We recognize that you and your fellow Commissioners have undertaken a difficult challenge, however, it is now clear that you must take immediate action to mitigate the damage and fundamentally shift your approach in order to move forward in a credible way,” the group stated in the letter.But the NFAC said in its letter that it is supporting, and guiding the inquiry in its work and will continue to do so.“The process is not perfect but nothing ever is,” the letter states. “The Commissioners have reached out to utilize the NFAC to help them in their work as they move along, albeit the relationship was slow to grow. It is now a relationship where the Commissioners consult with the NFAC for guidance on a regular basis.”While there have been a number of calls for the commissioners to resign, head Commissioner Marion Buller told APTN Wednesday that there is “no possibility” that the commissioners will quit.news@aptn.calast_img read more

UN welcomes agreement on inauguration of Afghan parliament

The Mission “commends the spirit of cooperation between the Presidential Office and the recently elected members of Parliament. This paves the way for the Parliament to convene, in the presence of the President, and resume its important functions in the democratic governance of Afghanistan,” according to a statement issued in the capital, Kabul.“This process has revealed that a healthy debate is underway amongst Afghanistan’s democratic institutions, an encouraging sign of a progressing democracy,” the Mission added.Last week UNAMA and other concerned members of the international community had expressed “deep concern and surprise” at the President’s call to delay the inauguration until 22 February to allow a special tribunal of the Supreme Court to decide whether some disputed winners should be thrown out.The Mission said today that it will attend the 26 January inauguration, which comes four months after the 18 September elections for the Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of parliament.Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, has stated that the formation of a new parliament will be a major step on the country’s path to improving its democratic governance and the capacity of Afghan institutions to deliver services to the Afghan people. 25 January 2011The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today welcomed the understanding reached between the country’s President and parliamentarians to hold the inauguration of the National Assembly on Wednesday. read more

Majority of Canadians — BC is tops at 90 per cent —

Some 90 per cent of British Columbians consider money laundering to be a problem in B.C., the highest level of concern across Canada and higher than the average Canadian, according to a new poll.Months after the B.C. government released a report that estimated more than $46 billion was laundered in Canada in 2015 — over $7 billion in B.C. — a vast majority of B.C. respondents to the Angus Reid survey said they thought the practice of hiding proceeds-of-crime was a “huge problem” or a “problem.” Four per cent said “not really” or not a problem and six per cent weren’t sure.The national average was 74 per cent and after B.C., concern about money laundering was highest in Quebec (83 per cent), Alberta (73) and Ontario (72) and ranged between 44 and 54 per cent in the other provinces, according to the poll.But the percentage of British Columbians who thought the problem was getting worse in B.C. because “it’s happening more and more” was 56 per cent, with 32 per cent saying “it’s happening less and less.”The poll “suggests that B.C.’s reputation as the hotbed of Canadian money laundering may persist despite findings that report otherwise,” Angus Reid said in a news release.It said in 2015 Alberta was estimated to be home to $10.2 billion in money laundering, followed by Ontario ($8.2 billion), the Prairies (Saskatchewan and Manitoba) $6.5 billion, with B.C., at $6.3 million, in fourth, “a position that stood contrary to its reputation as Canada’s forerunner in money laundering,” the release said.The survey found about a quarter of people considered money laundering across Canada to be a “huge problem” and another 56 per cent “a problem, but one among many others.”About half of Canadians were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with Ottawa’s efforts to prevent money laundering, and, in B.C., the same percentage of respondents were critical of provincial efforts to stem the problem, the poll said.Two-thirds of respondents support cash restrictions on big purchases, and support at 77 per cent was highest in B.C., the poll showed. And 55 per cent of Canadians (62 per cent in B.C.) support the Canada Revenue Agency conducting “lifestyle audits” on those who “frequently make expensive purchases without an income that would support a lavish lifestyle.”But 77 per cent were in favour of keeping $100 bills and 91 per cent in favour of $50 bills, the poll found.B.C. is the only province to hold a public inquiry into money laundering and there was widespread support for the inquiry at the time. And 70 per cent of respondents outside B.C. said an inquiry is needed in their province.About 40 per cent of B.C. respondents said they felt the inquiry will not help to combat money laundering, while 44 per cent said it would.The survey was conducted online between July 30 and Aug. 6 and involved 1,524 adults who are members of the Angus Reid Forum. A probability sample of this size has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, according to the pollster. read more

UN in Central African Republic releases 9 million to respond to urgent

The United Nations announced today that the Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) in the Central African Republic (CAR) has released $9 million for life-saving assistance to 2.3 million people who need urgent support, including those displaced by violence, returnees, refugees and vulnerable host communities. According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the allocation will fund projects that respond to critical and urgent humanitarian needs to improve access to basic services, and contribute to reducing violence in and among communities. “Our priority through this CHF funding is to bring life-saving assistance to the people mostly affected by the crisis,” said Aurélien Agbénonci, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in CAR, in a press release. “This funding will help humanitarian organizations to provide clean water and sanitation, camp management of [internally displaced persons] sites, education, healthcare, food and immediate livelihoods support, nutrition, protection and shelter and non-food items,” he added. The inclusion of gender considerations and the mainstreaming of protection in each and every funded project will reportedly be required. “It is vitally important that the international community is able to respond rapidly to the most urgent humanitarian needs in CAR,” stressed Mr. Agbénonci. “Thanks to donors who have contributed to this CHF allocation that allows partners to help alleviate suffering and continue providing live-saving assistance to thousands of displaced people and host families in desperate need.” The multi donor funding mechanism CHF was established in 2008 and is managed by OCHA. As of end of January 2016, the Fund had received $ 2.9 million in contributions from Belgium and Sweden. In 2015, a total amount of $24.9 million was funded from the governments of Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. read more

July new car preregistration figures

Today, SMMT released figures for July pre-registrations in the UK new car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of by vehicle manufacturers in July 2015 that were defined as pre-registrations.CLICK HERE: Download the July 2015 release.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

The Many Ways The Media Gets Around Saying Groin

“Crotch”1000022– Other phrases822411341– “Balls”0000063– “Below the belt”4124024– “Nuts”0001059– In 96 articles, totaling a little more than 50,000 words, “groin” was used 148 times across headlines, body and photo captions. Of course, in sports, groin injuries can mean something very different from your basic knee to the crotch. So at best, this creates unnecessary ambiguity in order to demur from coarser language. The next most frequently used was some form of “below the belt” with 17 appearances, followed by “nuts” with 15, “low blow” with 14, a few variations of “private parts” totaling 12, “between the legs” with 10 and “balls” with nine. “Other” variations appeared 71 times, though this number is heavily skewed by a single Yahoo article that used 30 non-standard variations. This category includes a wide range of phrases — “nads” and “cobblers” and “Adams’s apples” alongside recitations of Green’s own softening quote, in which he repeatedly referred to the penis area as “down there.”But the taxonomy of dong euphemism goes beyond basic totals. ESPN, for instance, is almost uniformly “groin” and “groin area,” while CBS clusters around “below the belt” and “low blow” and SB Nation is heavy on “between the legs.” Deadspin carries both “dick” and “balls,” frequently daisying the two as a complex noun.Omission is just as much a function of the editorial hand as diction. In six articles appearing on NewsOK.com and Daily Thunder — both Thunder-leaning publications — some term for genitals was used 21 times; in six on SFChronicle.com and Golden State of Mind — Warriors rags — there were 14 mentions.Perhaps most concerning, the word “penis” appeared just once, in an SB Nation article; the lone appearance of “testicles” came from a CBS podcast teaser; “scrotum” appeared once, pluralized. Any of these, and many of the others, would be preferable to “groin.”CORRECTION (May 24, 5:45 p.m.): A previous version of this article misidentified the publishing network affiliated with the Daily Thunder blog. It is part of the TrueHoop Network, which is owned by ESPN, and is not an SB Nation blog. “Penis”0000010– “Private area”5101005– “Between the legs”0300042– “Nether region”1011002– He kicked him where? *Old media: NY Times, WSJ, AP, Reuters. *New media: Deadspin, SB Nation, Bleacher Report “Dick”0000080– “Groin”2219181592342– “Junk”0000041– “Groin Area”1050000– “Midsection”1000120– It’s the oldest laugh in sports: Some poor schmoe takes a sports ball to the crotch, keels over and, once we’re reasonably sure no lasting damage has been done, the TV announcers deadpan some dad jokes while the camera pans around to giggling teammates. It’s as much a familiar sports yuk as other not-all-that-uncommon oddities, like a field player on the mound or the fat guy touchdown, only with funnier GIFs.At least, that’s how things work when the hit comes in a relatively low-stakes setting. But what happens when the stakes are raised? And just as important, when reporters are forced to write about sportsmen kicking each other in the nuts, what do they write? This week has provided some answers.In the hours after Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, the entire NBA-watching universe found itself poring over various angles of Draymond Green kicking Steven Adams right in the penis. Green was at risk of being suspended for Game 4, and suddenly the punchline was vital to the outcome of the NBA playoffs.1In a lot of ways, this is a fitting absurdity to afflict the NBA pundit class. When the assumption is that complex, instinctual movement can be studied in slow-motion to reveal some very specific truth — when the angle of Andre Iguodala’s arm is a measureable gauge of defensive sophistication — maybe spending 18 hours Zapruder-ing intent out of Vines of a kick to the penis is the proper antidote.Just as suddenly, reporters had to describe what had happened. Different outlets have different comfort levels when writing about the crotch. The New York Times, for example, threw idiomatic English out the door on first reference: “Exhibit A was that Green picked up a flagrant-1 foul — while hacked in the act of shooting — with 5 minutes 57 seconds left in the half by flailing a leg between those of Steven Adams, who wound up doubled over.” The New York Daily News, writing after the situation had resolved itself, was less weighed down by compunction: “Green will not be suspended for kicking Thunder center Steven Adams in the nuts during Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday, the league indicated in a release.”Clearly, a more thorough linguistic examination is in order. Out of practicality, when searching for the terms used by news outlets to describe the incident, I limited the search to online articles, and not broadcast or radio. I used Google’s advanced search function to look for articles in the last week about Adams or Bismack Biyombo, who was punched in the genitals by Dahntay Jones in the Eastern Conference Finals the night before Adams crumpled, and counted up who wrote what.The sample includes articles from mainstream sports news sites such as ESPN, Yahoo, CBS Sports, Fox Sports and — for strictly liberal-media, East-Coast-bias reasons — a few of the New York tabloids. I threw in some old media standbys (The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press) as a control group, as well as general sports blogs like SB Nation and Bleacher Report for more or less the opposite effect. I also sought out the most partial participants: local newspapers for each team, plus dedicated blogs for each team — Daily Thunder (the TrueHoop Network’s blog for the Thunder), Golden State of Mind (SB Nation’s for the Warriors) and Deadspin, a Warriors fan blog based in New York City.2Disclosure: I used to work for Deadspin, where I was made to write Warriors propaganda.Here it is, in table form: PHRASECBS SPORTSS.I.ESPNFOXOLD MEDIA*NEW MEDIA*ALL OTHERSTOTAL “Low Blow”6010034– read more

Weather Postpones Bounty Hearing

Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue has postponed Tuesday’s appeals hearings on the New Orleans Saints’ bounty case because of a tropical system forecasted to hit the Northeast, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Hurricane Sandy is expected to impact the Northeast on Monday and Tuesday. The hearing was to be held in Washington D.C. Tagliabue has yet to set a new date for the hearing, according to ESPN’s Andrew Brandt.The postponement comes a day after NFL lawyers filed a motion in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, arguing that Tagliabue should be allowed to hear appeals in the bounty scandal.In their motion, NFL lawyers quote defendant Jonathan Vilma’s statement to ESPN in which he supported Tagliabue being appointed to the role, saying, “I think it’s a good first step for Paul to be the neutral arbitrator.”NFL lawyers wrote that, “Mr. Vilma was right that Commissioner Tagliabue was a good appointment.“Commissioner Tagliabue has the experience necessary to assess whether the conduct the players engaged in was detrimental to the league and, if so, to assess the propriety of the discipline that Commissioner Goodell imposed. It is difficult to think of anyone else more qualified.”The action comes after the players’ union and the four players suspended in the bounties’ case filed a motion asking that Tagliabue recuse himself from the case because of what they say is a conflict of interest. They want a neutral arbitrator to be appointed by the court.Read the rest of this story on ESPN read more

The Predators Dont Need An Ovechkin Or A Crosby

2014BruinsD. Krejci69– 1992RangersM. Messier107– Top scorer 1990BruinsC. Neely92– 1994RangersS. Zubov89– 2011BruinsM. Lucic62– 2013Blackhawks*P. Kane94– 2000BluesP. Demitra75– 2015BlackhawksJ. Toews66– 1999StarsM. Modano81– 2018PredatorsF. Forsberg64– 2011CanucksD. Sedin104– 2010CapitalsA. Ovechkin109– 1996Red WingsS. Federov107– 1997AvalancheP. Forsberg86– 1988OilersW. Gretzky149– Top scorer 2000DevilsP. Elias72– 2013Blackhawks*P. Kane94– 2004Red WingsP. Datsyuk68– 1987OilersW. Gretzky183– 1997Red WingsB. Shanahan87– 2010BlackhawksP. Kane88– 2009SharksJ. Thornton86– YearTeamNamePoints 2016CapitalsE. Kuznetsov77– 1998Red WingsS. Yzerman69– 2018PredatorsF. Forsberg64– 2004LightningM. St. Louis94– 2002Red WingsB. Shanahan75– 1991BlackhawksS. Larmer101– The 2003 New Jersey Devils and the 2011 Boston Bruins are each a very good analog for this year’s Predators. Neither team had a player score more than 62 points in the regular season, but each was the beneficiary of timely postseason scoring streaks. In the 2003 playoffs, the Devils got 18 points in 24 games from Jamie Langenbrunner and 10 goals from Jeff Friesen, who scored only 23 in the regular season. In 2011, it was David Krecji who stepped up for Boston — he notched 23 points in 25 postseason games and scored on 21.1 percent of his shots (a far better rate than his career mark of 12.2 percent).Each team also benefited from hot goalie play: The Devils’ Martin Brodeur stopped 93.4 percent of the shots he faced in the playoffs after stopping just 91.4 percent of the shots he saw during the regular season, while the Bruins’ Tim Thomas stopped an astounding 94 percent of the shots he faced in one of the more memorable playoffs for a goalie in league history.In other words, Nashville may have been more of an outlier for the Presidents’ Trophy because it doesn’t possess a stud (or several studs) who put up big numbers over the course of 82 games. But who wants that trophy anyway? The teams that claim it traditionally flop come springtime. Just ask the Washington Capitals. But if the Predators are able to steal a page from the playbooks of the 2003 Devils and the 2011 Bruins, the catfish will fly come June. 1989FlamesJ. Mullen110– 2016PenguinsS. Crosby85– 1999StarsM. Modano81– 1986OilersW. Gretzky215– 1998StarsJ. Nieuwendyk69– 2006Red WingsP. Datsyuk87– Nashville won the Presidents’ Trophy without a scoring starTotal points of the top scorer on each year’s highest scoring team during the NHL regular season 1987OilersW. Gretzky183– 2017CapitalsN. Backstrom86– 1995Red Wings*P. Coffey99– 1993PenguinsM. Lemieux160– 2017PenguinsS. Crosby89– 2009PenguinsE. Malkin113– 2014KingsA. Kopitar70– 2012KingsA. Kopitar76– 1992PenguinsM. Lemieux131– 2007SabresD. Briere95– If anything, this shows just how effective the Predators have been on the blue line and between the pipes. Rinne, at 35 years old, is having the best season of his career in terms of quality start percentage, and his marks for both save percentage and goals against average are better than his career averages. And among goalies who’ve played at least 1,500 minutes this season, Rinne ranks fourth in goals saved above average. As we’ve said before, though, goaltending is unstable — and no amount of great goaltending can make up for bad defensive play. Fortunately for Nashville, its roster is stocked with some of the best defensemen in the NHL.Captain Roman Josi and P.K. Subban have each put together a solid case for the Norris Trophy, awarded to the league’s best defenseman, while Ryan Ellis and Mattias Ekholm each rank in the top 15 among qualifying defensemen2At least 500 minutes played. in Corsi for percentage, which estimates a player’s possession rate by measuring the percentage of shot attempts directed at his opponent’s net versus his own net while he’s on the ice. Factor in Matt Irwin and Montreal Canadiens castaway Alexei Emelin — and the exceptional play of Rinne behind them — and Nashville’s defensive unit conceded the second fewest goals in the NHL.Of course, sound defenses aren’t solely the result of good goalie and defenseman play. That tired old adage — that the best defense is a good offense — is true, especially in the case of the Predators. Despite their lack of an offensive superstar, the Predators rank second in goals for percentage3Goals for percentage is the percentage of all goals a team scores relative to every goal scored in games they played. and ninth in Corsi for percentage. They’ve built one of the more efficient offenses in the NHL not on the back of one superstar, but on the backs of many good to very good players.And even though the lack of at least one high-scoring superstar is uncharacteristic of a Presidents’ Trophy-winning team, it’s not necessarily unheard of for a Stanley Cup-winning team — although it’s rare. Since 1986, five teams have won the Stanley Cup without a 70-point scorer. None of those teams were the best regular-season team, but Stanley Cup glory can come from unexpected scoring outbursts and hot goaltending. 1996AvalancheJ. Sakic120– 2006HurricanesE. Staal100– 2007DucksT. Selanne94– * Strike-shortened seasons prorated for a full season.The 2004-05 season was canceled because of a lockout.Source: Hockey-Reference.com 2002Red WingsB. Shanahan75– * Strike-shortened seasons prorated for a full season.The 2004-05 season was canceled because of a lockout.Source: Hockey-Reference.com 1993CanadiensV. Damphousse97– The Stanley Cup playoffs begin today, and the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Nashville Predators enter as the betting favorites. You may recall Nashville’s Cinderella run to the Stanley Cup Final last spring as the lowest-seeded playoff team, and it did so largely thanks to the red-hot play of goalie Pekka Rinne. The 2016-17 Preds ultimately fell two games short of claiming the franchise’s first Stanley Cup (Sidney Crosby and company had other plans), but this season’s iteration has a chance to make that disappointment feel like a distant memory.To be sure, last season’s Predators and this season’s Predators are two very different teams. In 2016-17, Nashville finished tied for the fewest wins in regulation and overtime among teams that qualified for the playoffs. This season, the Preds tied for third most. And it’s not as though their scoring totals are especially gaudy — they finished in a tie for seventh in goals for, 29 behind the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning.But there is one thing this year’s Predators have in common with last year’s: They’re succeeding without a bona fide offensive star. No Predator scored more than 61 points last year, and it’s been more of the same this season. Seven Predator forwards finished with at least 35 points, but none eclipsed 64. Four Predator forwards scored at least 23 goals, but there’s not a 30-goal scorer in the bunch. Nashville has plenty of players who can hurt opposing defenses, but it doesn’t have a Connor McDavid or an Alexander Ovechkin. Which is to say, it doesn’t have a single skater who is capable of changing a game by himself.You might expect this from a team that nabbed the last spot in the playoffs, but it’s quite unusual for a Presidents’ Trophy-winning team. In the more than three decades that the award has been handed out, Nashville has the lowest top scorer of any team to receive it.1After prorating the top scorers on the Presidents’ Trophy teams from the strike-shortened seasons in 1994-95 and 2012-13, in which only 48 games were played. 2012CanucksH. Sedin81– 2001AvalancheJ. Sakic118– YearTeamNamePoints 1989FlamesJ. Mullen110– Starless Stanley Cup winners aren’t unprecedentedHow the 2017-18 Predators compare with Stanley Cup winners since 1986 in terms of each team’s top scorer in the regular season 1995Devils*S. Richer67– 1994RangersS. Zubov89– 1988FlamesH. Loob106– 2003DevilsP. Elias57– 2001AvalancheJ. Sakic118– 1990OilersM. Messier129– 2003SenatorsM. Hossa80– 1991PenguinsM. Recchi113– 2015RangersR. Nash69– 1986CanadiensM. Naslund110– 2008Red WingsP. Datsyuk97– 2008Red WingsP. Datsyuk97– read more

Charlie Gard dies Babys lifesupport withdrawn in hospice as parents denied final wish

first_imgThe statement said it had been a “distressing process for all concerned”, adding that nobody could fault Charlie’s parents for tirelessly advocating “for what they sincerely believed was right for their son”.Doctors at Great Ormond Street and Charlie’s parents had initially disagreed over whether Charlie, who suffers from a rare genetic condition, should be allowed to travel to the United States for a therapy trial. Charlie’s parents subsequently failed to overturn his ruling in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in London. They also failed to persuade European Court of Human Rights judges to intervene.The couple then became involved in a dispute over the way Charlie’s life should end, initially requesting he be given life support treatment at home for about a week.The couple then asked if he could be given life support treatment in a hospice for a similar period of time. Great Ormond Street doctors said life support treatment should end shortly after he moved to a hospice. Court artist drawing by Elizabeth Cook of Charlie Gard's parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates reading a statement in the witness box at the High Court  Charlie Gard has died after his life-support was withdrawn soon after he was moved to a hospice, denying his parents their “final wish” for him to spend his final hours at home.The little boy’s parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, had asked for more time with their son after he was transferred from Great Ormond Street Hospital, but High Court judge Mr Justice Francis said doctors could stop providing treatment shortly after 11-month-old arrived at the hospice.An order issued by court officials on Thursday and drawn up by the judge set out arrangements for Charlie’s final hours, which would “inevitably result in Charlie’s death within a short period thereafter”.Ms Yates said: “Our beautiful little boy has gone, we are so proud of you Charlie.” Chris Gard and Connie Yates with their son Charlie before he became unwellCredit:PA “Sweet dreams baby. Sleep tight our beautiful little boy.” “I’m shocked that after all we’ve been through, they won’t allow us this extra time.” Mr Justice Francis in April ruled in favour of the hospital which said the therapy was experimental and would not help Charlie. He said Charlie should be allowed to die with dignity. Chris Gard and Connie Yates Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The couple had said previously they did not expect Charlie to survive until his first birthday on August 4.Ms Yates hit out at Great Ormond Street Hospital, which she said had “denied us our final wish”.”We just want some peace with our son – no hospital, no lawyers, no courts, no media – just quality time with Charlie away from everything to say goodbye to him in the most loving way,” she said in a statement. A hospital spokeswoman said GOSH had “tried absolutely everything” to accommodate the couple’s wishes, but “the risk of an unplanned and chaotic end to Charlie’s life is an unthinkable outcome for all concerned and would rob his parents of precious last moments with him”.The statement concluded: “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to Chris and Connie, and we hope that their privacy is respected at this devastating time for their family.”Mr Justice Francis has drawn five months of litigation to a close by making the order, which saw Charlie leave the London hospital where he has been cared for since late 2016 and moved to a hospice.The hospital statement added: “We deeply regret that profound and heartfelt differences between Charlie’s doctors and his parents have had to be played out in court over such a protracted period. Connie Yates, Charlie Gard’s mother, outside the High Court on Monday Credit:Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph Court artist sketch of Charlie Gard’s parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, reading a statement in the witness box at the High CourtCredit:Elizabeth Cook/PA Ms Gard read a statement during an earlier hearing in the Family Division of the High Court.”We are now going to spend our last precious moments with our son Charlie, who unfortunately won’t make his first birthday in just under two weeks’ time,” she said.”Mummy and Daddy love you so much Charlie, we always have and we always will and we are so sorry that we couldn’t save you. Connie Yates, Charlie Gard's mother, outside the High Court on Monday Show more last_img read more

Newmont adds profitable gold production through expansion of Ahafo in Ghana

first_imgNewmont Mining Corp plans to extend profitable production at its Ahafo operations by building a new underground mine and expanding plant capacity by more than 50%. The Subika underground mine is expected to produce 1.8 Moz of gold over an 11-year mine life, and features ore grades of 4.7 g/t Au. The mill expansion is expected to improve margins and support profitable production at Ahafo through at least 2029. “We are building on strong performance and solid infrastructure by investing in the next generation of profitable production at Ahafo,” said Gary Goldberg, President and Chief Executive Officer. “The Subika mine will also create a platform to support even longer-term growth. Recent exploration results demonstrate considerable upside within the Subika deposit and adjacent Apensu Deeps deposit.” The projects have been optimized to improve internal rates of return to more than 20% at a $1,200/oz gold price. In the first five full years of production – or from 2020 through 2024 – they are forecast to add incremental gold production of between 200,000 and 300,000 oz/y at Ahafo for total average annual production of 550,000 to 650,000 oz. The projects are also expected to lower unit costs during the same time frame. Costs applicable to sales (CAS) are expected to decrease by between $150 and $250/oz compared to 2016 for total average CAS of $650 to $750/oz. All-in sustaining costs (AISC) are expected to decrease by between $250 and $350/oz compared to 2016 for total average AISC of $800 to $900/oz.Newmont received its environmental permit to build and operate the Subika underground mine in March 2017. The resource has been studied for 11 years and execution and technical risks are well understood. The company expects to reach first production at the mine in the second half of 2017 and commercial production in the second half of 2018. The Ahafo Mill Expansion will increase annual mill capacity by 50% to nearly 10 Mt by adding a crusher, grinding mill and leach tanks to the circuit. The expansion supports more efficient processing of harder, lower grade ore from existing surface mines, as well as Ahafo’s stockpiles and the Subika underground mine. Newmont expects first gold production at the mill expansion in the first half of 2019 and commercial production in the second half of 2019. Development capital of between $300 million and $380 million will be funded through free cash flow and available cash balances. Newmont will uphold local hiring and procurement commitments and existing bargaining agreements through construction and operation. Newmont has one of the strongest project pipelines in the gold sector. Last year, the company built its Merian operation in Suriname on time and $150 million below budget, and completed the first phase of its Long Canyon mine two months ahead of schedule and $50 million below budget. Commercial production at Ahafo began in 2006 and the operation achieved 5 Moz of gold production in October 2016. Three surface mines – Subika, Awonsu, Amoma – feed a conventional mill with a CIL circuit. A fourth surface mine, Apensu, is currently being used for water storage. Newmont is a leading gold and copper producer. Its operations are primarily in the USA, Australia, Ghana, Peru and Suriname. Newmont is the only gold producer listed in the S&P 500 Index and was named the mining industry leader by the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index in 2015 and 2016.last_img read more

Air vortex cannons are more fun when you add propane and fire

first_imgHow do you make a kid’s toy that’s been around since the 1960s even more fun? By scaling it up and cranking up the danger factor, obviously.Way back in 1965, Wham-O introduced the Air Blaster. It could blow out a candle from about 20 feet away. Numerous other companies have released air vortex cannons since the 60s, but they haven’t changed a heck of a lot since then.That’s because they’re so elegantly simply to construct. You can make a vortex cannon at home with just a few inexpensive parts, like a cup, some popsicle sticks, a rubber band, and a trash bag. Or you can go big and grab a trash can to build your airzooka.The fun doesn’t have to end once you’re done seeing how many cardboard things you can knock over from a distance or who can blow the most epic smoke ring using your creation. You can bring fire into the mix like the Backyard Scientist did.He recently whipped up a vortex cannon using a galvanized metal trash can, complete with its own stand for easier aiming and firing. After he put away the fog machine, he and his partner pulled out a propane tank and lit things up.To ignite their invisible floating propane donuts, they mounted a lit sparkler a few feet away from the vortex cannon. The result is pretty spectacular — you’ll see it at about the 1:50 mark in their video:Vortex cannons can put on an impressive show even when there’s no visible flames. You can, for example, pretend that you’re the Big Bad Wolf and use one to blow down a few houses:last_img read more

Green Door given green light for temporary prisoner relocation

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Turks and Caicos, August 11, 2017 – Grand Turk – Government is going ahead with the Green Door transformation in Grand Turk and 18 low risk prisoners will be housed at the site, which once served as a disaster shelter.    The Department of Public Works will oversee the job of retrofitting the site on North Ridge with perimeter fencing, electronic monitoring equipment and security bars; bids are now being welcomed for the actual work.This is a temporary fix, noted Government, to accommodate urgent rehabilitative works at the Prison.   This project has been met with some objection as MP for the area George Lightbourne had in May noted that the facility could have negative effects on tourism and to students and staff of the TCI Community College, which is near the building.Lightbourne called on the Governor to recall the decision and said,  “In light of recent events of inmates escaping, causing fire and inmates sexually molesting prison officers, I am even more convinced that this idea should be abandoned.”Still, the project will go forward and the 18 inmates will only be sleeping at the #GreenDoor, said the Gazette notice.    HJ Robinson High school’s auditorium will act as the alternate disaster shelter.#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#GreenDoor, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Macaus gaming and junket labor force rises in 2Q18

first_imgThe number of people employed by Macau’s gaming and junket sector increased by 2,100 to 85,100 in the three months to 30 June 2018, according to information released by the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC).That figure means the gaming and junket sector comprises 22.1% of all people employed in Macau, with the city’s total employment rising by 2,300 people for the period to 385,400, including 284,200 residents. Median monthly earnings for those working in gaming and junkets stayed flat at MOP$20,000 (US$2,475) per month, well ahead of average Macau-wide earnings of MOP$16,000. RelatedPosts Load More Dealers lead hiring surge in Macau gaming sector during 4Q18 Planning for Asia’s Impending IR Employee Crisis Macau sees 20.6% increase in visitors in 1H19 but length of stay falling The construction sector also enjoyed an increase of 3,300 people to 32,100, with median monthly earnings of MOP$15,000.The general unemployment rate for 2Q18 stayed at 1.8%last_img read more

Mashrafe celebrates Eid with family friends

first_imgMashrafe celebrates Eid with family and friendsBangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza is celebrating Eid-ul-Azha with his family members, relatives, friends and fans in his home town Narail.Mashrafe, who is famously called as the Narail Express, attended the Eid prayers at Narail central Eidgah maidan, a place where people offer Eid prayers, in the town.Wearing Eid attires — white trousers with white panjabi — Mashrafe went to the Eidgah with his uncle Nahidul Islam, younger brother Caesar and his friends.The Bangladesh cricket celebrity exchanged greetings with his villagers after the Eid prayers.Mashrafe said he will be spending rest of the day of Eid with his family members there.last_img read more

Depreciating rupee will kill small businesses Mamata

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said the devalued rupee will lead to increase of oil import bills and small businesses will be killed further post the demonetisation. She also said farmers’ distress will be compounded as the rupee fell further on Thursday to a new record low beyond Rs 70.20 against the dollar but recovered soemwhat later. “Rupee crashes to its lowest ever. We are very concerned. Oil imports bill will now jump. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “Prices for vegetables will go up. After demonetisation disaster and now rupee slide, informal sector and small businesses will be further killed. Farmer distress will be compounded,” Banerjee said in a tweet. The wider trade deficit, along with recent outflow of foreign funds, weakened the Indian rupee to a fresh record low. At 10.45 a.m., the rupee recovered to 70.23 after it had plunged to 70.32-33 — the lowest ever mark — against the greenback on the back of an apparent intervention by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). At the end of the intra-bank trade session on Tuesday, the rupee strengthened by four paise at 69.90 against the dollar, compared to Monday’s close of 69.94 per greenback.last_img read more

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first_imgFeature | March 18, 2011 | Todd Loesch Finding the Right Plan Advancements in treatment planning boost physician confidence The past 15 years have seen significant advances in treatment planning. Physicians can now work in 3-D, utilize dose planning and take advantage of techniques such as intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT). While the diversity of advances has given doctors many more tools at their disposal, the one thing they have in common is that they all have resulted in an increased physician confidence and more focused therapy for the patient.A Range of Systems Offers a Range of CapabilitiesLike many cancer centers, The Gibbs Cancer Center, which is part of the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System in South Carolina, utilizes several treatment planning systems. According to Michael Starnes, the center’s manager of radiation oncology, Elekta’s XiO is their workhorse planning system. It handles the bulk of cases, including breast, lung, brain and prostate cancer patients. Starnes also uses a Nucletron system for brachytherapy patients. But the center’s showcase is its TomoTherapy unit, which it purchased roughly five years ago. Although Starnes said the system is reserved for specialized cases, it has been a huge asset to the clinic.”TomoTherapy has enabled us to treat a lot of different areas that before might have been hard for us,” he said.Despite the significant investment the system required – it has its own integrated planning system and dedicated internal network – the decision to purchase it was fairly simple. Starnes admits that part of it was for prestige. At the time, no other clinic in South Carolina, North Carolina or Georgia had a TomoTherapy unit. But the main reason was that the system could do things other systems simply could not do, which would give Starnes and his team numerous clinical advantages.”For us, it was kind of a no-brainer,” he said. “We really wanted to raise the level of treatment for our patients, hopefully to minimize side effects, both long-term and acute.”The benefits were almost instantaneous. The system allows Starnes and his team to do 4-D planning, which not only measures the height, width and depth of the tumor, it also looks at how the tumor moves over time. This is especially important with lung and prostate tumors, which can move based on the patient’s breathing or other internal conditions. In those cases, knowing the exact location of the tumor is critical to effective treatment. Using the TomoTherapy system, the team at the Gibbs center also can do stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). In the past, Starnes said his team would have to send those patients to bigger research facilities, such as Duke or Wake Forest. Now they can treat them at their clinic. Not only does it make the center more competitive in the marketplace, the system also makes life easier for patients, since they don’t have to travel to multiple sites for treatment.Starnes points out that their very first SBRT case underscored how helpful the TomoTherapy system can be. Just before ordering the system, the clinic had been working with a local man who needed SBRT. The team tried to refer him to Wake Forest, but the patient did not want to travel out of state. Once the TomoTherapy system was installed – and once the team monitored the patient’s disease to make sure it hadn’t progressed – the patient was able to receive treatment without having to travel.The system does have one slight disadvantage, Starnes said, in that treatment plans take slightly longer, because patients get a computed tomography (CT) scan prior to treatment.At the beginning of the treatment planning process, a patient meets with a radiation oncologist for a simulation appointment. The patient gets on a CT table and is fitted with an aquaplast mask, which lets the physician immobilize the patient and put localization marks on the mask. Starnes said it is imperative the marks are in the same place every day to make sure dose is given only to desired areas.”When we’re throwing a lot of radiation at your neck or your head, we really want to be sure we’re in the exact same spot every day, the spot that we plan to treat,” he said.Dosimetrists then take the CT data and contour the majority of the patient, including structures such as the brain stem, spinal cord and parotid glands. Using those contours, the radiation oncologist then draws tumor volumes and any kind of affected nodal volumes.After the plan has been entered into the machine and fine-tuned, the physics department determines the optimal treatment via a delivery quality assurance (DQA) plan. Finally, a phantom is irradiated to see whether the actual delivered dose matches up to the plan.However, Starnes said the slightly longer treatment times are worth it.”You can get a good plan fairly quickly, but sometimes that isn’t necessarily the best plan for the patient,” he said. Increased Confidence in the PlansHaving confidence in treatment plans is essential, and technology can increase confidence levels. Such has been the experience of Domenico Delli Carpini, Ph.D., at the Bendheim Cancer Center, Greenwich Hospital, Greenwich, Conn. Delli Carpini relies on the Philips Pinnacle treatment planning system and verifies it with IBA Compass patient dose analysis software. Fundamentally, the treatment planning process at Bendheim isn’t much different from what Starnes does with TomoTherapy at the Gibbs Center. Based on the initial scan, a physician draws the contour and a physicist determines which gantry angles to use to best deliver dose. From there, the plan is fine-tuned to meet objectives that are individualized to each patient.The Pinnacle plan is compared to one made using Compass. With the Compass system, a device attached to the gantry collects data as it rotates around the patient. The benefits to this are two-fold: First, it lets Delli Carpini continuously sample data; second – and perhaps most importantly – it gives him a three-dimensional dose distribution. Without the 3-D view, he would be limited to taking two-dimensional snapshots. Although these snapshots aren’t necessarily a poor way of treatment planning, he said they aren’t sufficient by themselves.”Because the QA now gives me three-dimensional information, it gives me a lot of confidence,” he said. “If I didn’t have that, I would always question it.”With older methods, Delli Carpini would have to take as many as 10 planar views each time. Now, using the SmartArc delivery as part of the Pinnacle system, he can get all the data he needs in one gantry pass. This drastically increases patient comfort, since they don’t need to be on the table as long. In fact, with SmartArc, the patient is only on the table for one or two minutes.”I think it helps the patient relax more, knowing that it’s just once around rather than 10 fields and 10 positions,” he said.Treatment Planning Advances are Better for PatientsThe recent advances in treatment planning technology have made a huge impact on patients and the treatment planning teams. Patients are getting quicker plans, which increases comfort, and more accurate delivery, which in many cases can vastly improve the quality of life.Starnes said TomoTherapy has helped reduce complications with head and neck patients. In the past, patients would walk around with water bottles, since most of the parotid gland would be destroyed during treatment.Now, physicians are able to spare much of the parotid glands and give patients better salivary function than they would have had otherwise.Both Starnes and Delli Carpini insist that the older methods are still valuable. In fact, in many cases the older systems are their clinics’ workhorses. But both agree that new technology and software have significantly increased their confidence. And in cases where accuracy down to the millimeter is vital, that confidence is key.”You can’t really ‘kind of know’ where you are,” Starnes said. “You have to know exactly where you are.” FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

ScImage and Invia Partnership Announced

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News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more Videos | Enterprise Imaging | July 09, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 2 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more September 19, 2017 — ScImage Inc. and Invia Imaging Solutions recently announced formation of a joint partnership at the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology’s (ASNC) 22nd Annual Scientific Session, Sept. 14-17 in Kansas City, Mo. ScImage, provider of scalable web-based image and information management systems, has teamed with Invia, a cardiology imaging software solutions provider, to enable users of ScImage’s Picom365 Enterprise PACS (picture archiving and communication system) seamless access to 4DM. Users of Picom365 will now have access to 4DM’s advanced quantification capabilities as part of their on-premises, cloud or hybrid enterprise imaging solution.The comprehensive PICOM365 imaging system provides enterprise connectivity for all cardiology modalities — echo cardiology, nuclear cardiology, stress, Holter, ECG, etc. — full electronic health record (EHR) integration and LDAP authentication, according to ScImage’s founder and CEO, Sai Raya, Ph.D. He added that the end-to-end encrypted solution delivers all clinical imaging, third-party visualization, reporting and workflow tools necessary to support remote reading and reporting allowing for access to any image, anytime.“At INVIA, we are committed to making 4DM widely available to healthcare professionals,” said Todd Mitchell, INVIA Product Manager.INVIA’s 4DM for Nuclear Cardiology solution enables physicians to quantify and review a patient’s cardiac health imaging in a single, convenient and customizable application, according to Todd Mitchell, Invia product manager. With integration into ScImage’s Picom365 system, physicians can review single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) images with increased effectiveness and efficiency.For more information: www.scimage.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享center_img News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Related Content News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more News | PACS | September 19, 2017 ScImage and Invia Partnership Announced Partnership provides seamless 4DM nuclear cardiology functionality within Picom365 Enterprise PACS 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 last_img read more