Learn MoreWhile we have offered plenty of food-for-thought through this blog, we encourage you to delve deeper and learn more about this topic by watching Dr. and Mr. Dice’s webinar. They offer techniques and tools and so much more through this interactive and engaging programming. And, FREE CEUs are offered for one year from the live date of this webinar.This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the Social Media and Programming Coordination Specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. By: Bari SobelsonOn Thursday, May 24, 2018, Dr. Tammi Dice and Mr. Tony Dice facilitated a webinar addressing culturally alert communication. Dr. Dice started us off with this insightful and thought-provoking statement: “Rather than striving for cultural competence, my aim is really to be culturally humble because there’s always room for growth and development.” Mr. Dice shared that one of the reasons he has taken an interest in the topic of culturally alert communication is because of some of the undergraduate and graduate diversity courses that “shook him to his core”, suddenly making him very aware of his unearned privileges that he has held his whole life.How do we make sure we are being culturally sensitive with others? By doing the following, we are capable of developing the skills to engage in culturally alert communication:Engage in self-awareness- This requires multiple layers of work.Be open to learning about others- It’s important to take the time to get to know our clients. Instead of just reading a book about their particular culture, ask them questions and appreciate that there are many individual variations within different cultures and the ways in which individuals experience them.Have an awareness of the broader social systems- Think about the influences that these systems have on our clients and their experiences.Why does it matter?All of this is done with intention. It is up to us, as providers, to begin to break down the walls that may come in the room with the client. It’s important to remember the following:As service providers, we have an ethical obligation to our clientsWe could potentially do harm, minimize the impact of our efforts, negate the work we are trying to doWe could scar our clients in a way that would make them averse to further help and treatmentOur clients could lose trust in the systemThis is not an easy task! Dr. Dice will often start her diversity courses with a Walt Whitman quote and ask her students to be open for perspective-taking and help them to recognize the need for empathy. While she doesn’t ask individuals to change their perspective, she does invite them to be open to recognizing that alternative views are just as legitimate. This allows multiple perspectives to be present and for us to be more effective because we aren’t then imposing our own views, beliefs, and values on our clients.Inviting people to become culturally alert will often result in cognitive dissonance where new information and experiences create discomfort. It’s important to challenge yourself that perhaps your are experiencing discomfort because the information you are receiving is unfamiliar. Cognitive dissonance is a healthy and normal process that we engage in for growth and development. Attempt to practice skills until they are no longer uncomfortable for you.Terms to RememberIntersectionality: We are all made up of many dimensions and all of these intersecting cultural identities have a part, a space in the room. We need to always be aware that every relationship we encounter is diverse on some level. Barriers occur in intervention when we overemphasize one component of a person and fail to recognize others. It is important to continually look at our clients as multifaceted, intersecting individuals with multiple identities. Multiple intersecting, marginalized identities can create large challenges. By acknowledging the challenges of holding marginalized identities, we can begin to recognize the myth of meritocracy.Myth of Meritocracy: The belief that all individuals have equal opportunities. Often when those of marginalized status struggle to achieve, then personal and cultural reasons are assumed to be responsible while the broader social barriers/inequity in society are either not considered or they are ignored. As a result, those individuals get judged by those who have privilege status as “not working hard enough:. Letting go of this myth can allow us to be more alert and aware of the systemic oppression that can occur for so many who identify with underrepresented populations and begin to avoid both unintentional and intentional discrimination.Broaching: Inviting discussions about the differences that exist. Broaching helps to clarify how an individual identifies and communication norms and helps to establish authentic relationships. This does not come naturally but just because it isn’t easy or doesn’t feel comfortable doesn’t mean it’s not effective. It requires practice and the recognition of its benefits. How do we do it? Through asking questions, being sensitive, and responding in an empathetic manner! We store the information that we are given and use it to hep us build the relationship.
For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo failed to shut down Far Eastern U’s attack the way it planned, but the Blue Eagles’ red-hot shooting proved more than enough to get the job done.With seven players making at least a triple, the Eagles used a fiery start to crush another contender in the Tamaraws, 94-82, on Sunday and regain top spot in UAAP Season 80 basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Racela rues Tams’ poor defense vs hot-shooting Eagles Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Thirdy Ravena finished with another all-around game with 18 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, while Anton Asistio picked up 16 points, built on three triples as the Eagles won by twin digits for the third straight game.“We shot well from the field,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s a high scoring game and we shot well from the field, even from the three-point line. But we also gave a lot of points to FEU. They shot the ball well also, more than what we would’ve wanted.”Later, Paul Desiderio broke out of his early season slump, firing a season-best 28 points as University of the Philippines repulsed University of the East, 84-71. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The Tamaraws came within nine points in the fourth quarter but the Eagles, already in the groove offensively, found an answer each time with Ravena, Vince Tolentino and Matt Nieto making big shots to snuff out any hopes of a comeback.Nieto also had three triples and finished with 11 points, while Isaac Go and Rafael Verano also accounted for a trey each as the Eagles continued their offensive juggernaut that saw them beat Adamson by 20 points last Sept. 9 and UP by 21 on Wednesday.Wendell Comboy had 12 points for FEU, which slid to 1-2. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Making just 26 percent of his shots in the first two games, Desiderio went 9-of-15 from the field as the Fighting Maroons shook off a flat start to improve their record to 2-1 for solo third behind Ateneo and La Salle.Malinese center Ibrahim Ouattara delivered a breakout performance of 14 points and 18 rebounds for the Maroons who rallied from 13-27 down in the opening period.“I have to give credit to my guys because they were able to withstand UE’s strong start,” said UP coach Bo Perasol said.Playing their third game in eight days, the Eagles came out smoking in the first period with Asistio hitting three triples and Ravena chipping in 10 points in a 34-point explosion that helped erect an 18-point bulge.“Our shooting helped us throughout the whole game, Anton hit the shots early, and all the others contributed so props to my teammates,” said Ravena. “But it was hard to pull off the defensive game plan.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ
Advertisement AdvertisementMS Dhoni turns 37 today as he celebrates his birthday alongside daughter Ziva, wife Sakshi and many of his teammates.Dhoni made his debut for India back in 2004 in an ODI against Bangladesh and the journey from then to 318 matches now has been epic! The right-hand batsman has accumulated 9967 runs in the ODI so far. He has been involved in 107 stumpings and has taken 297 catches. While Dhoni is still a part of the limited overs side, he retired from the longest format in 2014.Dhoni capped in 90 tests for India since making his debut against Sri Lanka in 2005 where he has notched up 4867 runs at an average of 38.09. During this time he took 256 catches and was involved in 38 stumpings. He has been an unvarying part of the team since then. MS has been the only captain in the history of cricket who has won three ICC trophies. On this special day, the entire nation wishes the Captain cool a very Happy Birthday and a great future ahead.Also Read :Cricket: Ajinkya Rahane contributes to Swachh Bharat campaignCricket: Irfan Pathan kick starts a talent hunt programme in Jammu and Kashmir
India’s Rohit Sharma, who has made a name for himself as one of the most destructive openers in the shorter formats, says he will not mind opening in Test cricket as well if he’s asked to.Rohit is the only batsman to score three double centuries in ODI cricket and all three have been scored with him batting as an opener. Rohit has also played 25 Test matches for India and has scored 1479 runs at shade under 40 per innings. The batsman, however, is currently out of favour in the five-day format and is not part of the Indian Test squad.With the trio of KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay struggling in the ongoing series against England in England, Rohit was posed a question if he would like to open the innings in Test matches too.India finally practice ahead of crucial Trent Bridge Test vs England”Look, I have never been offered (to open the innings in Tests) yet but I am open to anything as in whatever the team management wants. I never thought I will be an opener in ODIs when I started playing or when I was playing for India. But it happened along the way, so I (want to) keep my options open. No option is shut for me, so if the opportunity comes, I will take it,” Rohit told mediapersons at a promotional event.While his technique in testing conditions outside the Indian sub-continent has time and again come under scanner, the stylish batsman is still hopeful of a Test recalladvertisementTime for Rishabh Pant to make Test debut after Dinesh Karthik’s failures?”I want to be part of the (Test) team, but it is not in my hands. I have to wait for the opportunity, whenever it comes, I have to be ready for it. To be ready, I am doing everything, training, doing as much as possible to give myself the best chance when the opportunity comes there,” he added.Rohit came in support of the under-fire team which is down 0-2 in the five match and said that a comeback is still possible even though it won’t be easy.”Yes of course, we have to believe that we can do it. It’s not going to be that easy. We have done it in South Africa we lost the first two Test matches and then we bounced back in Johannesburg and won that Test match,” Rohit said.India walk into another England fortress in a bid to stay alive in Test series”I think we can do it, it’s not that we can’t and we won the Test match. We have won Test matches in England before, we just need to get in that mindset, how we won the Test matches in England on previous tours and we have to play like that,” said Rohit.”There are still three Test matches to go, and I think it can turn around if we have the belief that we can do it,” he noted.(With PTI inputs)
Online streaming website Netflix has announced its first Indian sports documentary Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians , which will premiere on March 1.The docu-series, produced by Conde Nast Entertainment, will follow the Mumbai Indians on the road through the course of the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) season as they sought to defend their 2017 IPL crown, read a statement.The series documents the unseen action, both on and off the field, starting with the 2018 IPL auction, when the entire team was re-organised, and closes with the end of their IPL campaign. It charts the emotional arc of the team, including the intense pressure the team faces.Netflix shared the poster of the series and captioned it, “Sleepless nights? Nervous nail biting? Screaming at your screen? If you’ve experienced any or all of these symptoms you might have Cricket Fever, premieres 1st March.”Sleepless nights? Nervous nail biting? Screaming at your screen?If you’ve experienced any or all of these symptoms you might have Cricket Fever, premieres 1st March. pic.twitter.com/Ujl1tq6Els Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) February 5, 2019The series maps the emotional arc of the team, including the intense pressure the team faces, as they are representing the Maximum City and have expectations from millions of Mumbai citizens.It documents highly personal journeys of the young and talented team, led by captain Rohit Sharma, owners Nita and Akash Ambani as well as the brilliance of their coach – Sri Lankan legend Mahela Jayawardene.(With inputs from IANS)Also read | Netflix announces Selection Day Season 2. Sachin Tendulkar eager to know what happens nextAlso read | Netflix’s Sex Education renewed for Season 2advertisement
Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, says the Ministry is going through the procurement process to provide 119 vehicles for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) before Christmas.In a Statement to the House of Representatives on December 5, the Minister pointed out that since 2016, the Government has secured and delivered 160 pre-owned and new vehicles and repaired and returned 114 vehicles to the fleet.“To put this in context, at the end of 2012, the police had 257 cars, and at the end of the second year of [the previous Administration], they were at 385. We are at one and three quarter years into our term… we have provided 274 vehicles, and, by Christmas, we will be up to 393 vehicles,” he said.The Minister noted that the Administration had designed a policy to get more cars to the police using the same level of resources.“While we purchase vehicles, we do not allocate vehicles, but we are confident that the Commissioner of Police has been allocating vehicles to stations that are without vehicles, and as more resources become available, will continue to do so,” Mr. Montague said.
ATLANTIC PREMIERS–Sustainable Health Care and Economy Are TopPriorities Atlantic premiers today, June 22, reaffirmed their commitment toan enhanced publicly funded health-care system and to seekingfederal government co-operation in the area of economicdevelopment. HEALTH CARE:Atlantic Canada’s premiers agree that the viability of thenation’s health-care system depends on provincial and territorialgovernments’ ability to effect substantial improvement in health-care delivery supported by sufficient federal funding to ensurethe future sustainability of health care. The Atlantic premiers voiced support for the continuing effortsof their departments of health in pursuing numerous initiativesin such areas as common drug review, primary care, health humanresources, patient-centred interdisciplinary care and electronichealth records. Premiers directed their health ministers to explore furtherdetailed action planning for the implementation of electronichealth records, including means of accessing the $1.2 billion infederal funding available through Canada Health Infoway, and toreport back to them by the end of the summer. Premiers agreed theplan should provide for flexible approaches to innovations andcould include a common provider registry, a health surveillancesystem to track diseases, diagnostic imaging, patient records andcomputerized waiting lists. The intent of these initiatives is to ensure access to requiredhealth services in the most efficient manner. However, theseinitiatives represent only part of the solution to the challengeof sustaining a publicly funded health-care system. The federalgovernment must participate in addressing the funding crisis inthe delivery of health and social services through a combinationof improvements to the current funding arrangements for health. Premiers also reaffirmed their support for strengthening theequalization formula, and called on the federal government tooffset the effect of clawbacks caused by census adjustments. Atlantic premiers reaffirmed their support of the Council of theFederation position that the federal government must play a fullpartnership role by adding $3 billion to the base in this fiscalyear and moving to assume 25 per cent of provincial health andsocial costs by the end of the decade. The premiers emphasizedthat any new federal dollars must ensure adequate support of on-going health services before funding any new programs. The Atlantic premiers agreed to continue aggressiveimplementation of health-care initiatives aimed at ensuring thathealth services are available on an equitable basis, and tocontinue to pressure the federal government to provide long-term,sustainable, predictable health and social funding. They lookforward to discussing these issues at the next First Ministers’meeting. GROWTH AND PROSPERITY FOR ATLANTIC CANADA:Premiers discussed ways to accelerate growth and prosperity inAtlantic Canada. They noted that each of the provinces has aneconomic development agenda and objectives, and discussedcollaborative ways to achieve them, including through an improvedpartnership with the federal government. They noted that allAtlantic regional economic development agreements have nowexpired, while economic partnership arrangements in other partsof the country have been recently negotiated. The Atlantic premiers agreed that a renewed co-operative approachwith the federal government in the area of economic developmentis required. This approach should include skills development,innovation, infrastructure, tax competitiveness, energy andimmigration. The premiers agreed that this renewed relationship with thefederal government should be based on the following principles: Federal regional economic development policy should be developed in consultation with the provinces; The economic development activities of the federal and provincial governments should be complementary and co-ordinated to maximize resources; Funding arrangements should facilitate common Atlantic initiatives and be flexible enough to recognize the unique circumstances of each province through bilateral agreements; Effective communication between the provinces and the federal government at both the policy development and implementation stages is necessary to co-ordinate efforts in economic development; An effective federal-provincial partnership must be based on a whole government approach which encompasses regional agencies and other relevant departments. Atlantic premiers will be seeking an early meeting with the primeminister and his Atlantic cabinet to discuss their economicdevelopment strategy for the region. AGRIFOOD ACTION PLAN:At the 9th session of the Council of Atlantic Premiers, inFebruary 2004, the council directed officials to recommend anapproach designed to promote the consumption of locally producedfood products. Today the premiers met with Doug Bacon, chair, andrepresentatives of the Atlantic Farmers Council, regarding thepromotion of Atlantic agri-food. The premiers endorsed theefforts of the Atlantic Farmers Council to secure a sustainablefuture for agriculture in Atlantic Canada. The Council of Atlantic Premiers tasked agriculture and businessdevelopment officials to undertake consumer research to determineknowledge and attitudes regarding Atlantic food products as afirst step in a closer partnership between Atlantic governmentsand the Atlantic agriculture industry. They will explore how toprovide greater access to institutional and other markets forAtlantic food products. The premiers directed officials to provide a detailed progressreport at the council’s next meeting. Premiers endorsed the Atlantic Farmers’ Council’s proposal toseek federal funding for an Atlantic Alternative Energy Centrewhich will facilitate research into alternative energy options,in particular wind power and bio-gas. ENERGY:The Atlantic premiers received a report from their ministers ofenergy outlining significant progress in developing regionalsolutions to the challenges facing the energy sector in AtlanticCanada. In a series of meetings, Atlantic energy ministers haveexplored issues related to the integration of renewable energysources, increased linkages with the New England power grid, andeconomic development. The premiers expressed their support for the energy ministers’agenda and commended their commitment to regional collaboration. The next meeting of energy ministers is scheduled to be held inNewfoundland and Labrador in September 2004. PROCUREMENT:The Atlantic provinces have successfully negotiated a uniqueagreement intended to facilitate trade in Atlantic Canada. TheAtlantic departments responsible for government purchasing haveadopted a set of standard terms and conditions that will governthe submission and evaluation of vendor submissions in responseto Atlantic government tender opportunities. The harmonization of procedures is intended to reduce andsimplify the administrative burden placed on vendors competingfor contracts within Atlantic Canada. Copies of the standardterms and conditions will be posted to the Council of AtlanticPremiers’ website and all Atlantic government tenderopportunities websites effective June 30. -30-
Fourteen of the province’s top lawyers are being awarded the prestigious Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.) designation. Minister of Justice and Attorney General Mark Furey announced the Q.C. appointments today, April 3. An official ceremony will be held at Government House in May. “I applaud this year’s appointees,” said Mr. Furey. “The Queen’s Counsel is reserved for those who have represented their profession with the highest integrity and who have contributed greatly to their communities. These individuals represent the diversity and values for which Nova Scotia is so highly regarded.” The appointees are: Victor J. Goldberg, Halifax Marcia Brennan, Halifax Ingrid Brodie, Kentville Lena Metlege Diab, Halifax Allen Murray, Antigonish Alonzo C. Wright, Halifax Denise Mentis-Smith, Bedford Cheryl A. Canning, Halifax James Rossiter, Halifax Aleta C. Cromwell, Truro Gail L. Gatchalian, Halifax Andrew Fraser, Halifax Kevin Donald Gibson, Halifax Jill S. Perry, Sydney The Q.C. designation is awarded annually to members of the legal profession to recognize exceptional merit and outstanding contributions to the legal community. An independent advisory committee makes Queen’s Counsel recommendations to cabinet. Criteria include a minimum of 15 years as a member of the bar of Nova Scotia, demonstrated professional integrity and good character.
Stocks closed broadly higher on Wall Street Tuesday after the U.S. government temporarily postponed proposed restrictions on technology sales to Chinese companies.The news boosted chipmakers and other technology sector stocks, which took steep losses a day earlier when the Trump administration announced the restrictions. Health care, financial and industrial stocks helped power the rally, which snapped the market’s two-day losing streak.On Tuesday:The S&P 500 index rose 24.13 points, or 0.9%, to 2,864.36.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 197.43 points, or 0.8%, to 25,877.33.The Nasdaq composite climbed 83.35 points, or 1.1%, to 7,785.72.The Russell 2000 index of small company stocks picked up 20.28 points, or 1.3%, to 1,545.25.For the week:The S&P 500 is up 4.83 points, or 0.2%.The Dow is up 113.33 points, or 0.4%.The Nasdaq is down 30.56 points, or 0.4%.The Russell 2000 is up 9.48 points, or 0.6%.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 357.51 points, or 14.3%.The Dow is up 2,549.87 points, or 10.9%.The Nasdaq is up 1,150.45 points, or 17.3%.The Russell 2000 is up 196.69 points, or 14.6%.The Associated Press
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed with a solid gain Tuesday as further weak inflation data from the eurozone raised expectations that the European Central Bank will take action to support a fragile recovery.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 14,734.69+53.97 0.37%S&P 500 — 1,924.24-0.73 -0.04%Dow — 16,722.34-21.29-0.13%Nasdaq — 4,234.08 -3.12 -0.07%The S&P/TSX composite index ran ahead 53.93 points to 14,734.69 in a wide advance led by financial and energy companies. The Canadian dollar was down 0.1 of a cent to 91.66 cents US a day before the Bank of Canada delivers its next interest rate announcement.The European Union’s statistics agency said that inflation in the eurozone came in at 0.5% in May, down from 0.7% in April and short of forecasts for 0.6%.The data raised concerns that the 18-country eurozone could fall into outright deflation, a sustained drop in consumer prices that chokes off growth as consumers delay purchases and businesses postpone investment. It also elevated expectations that the ECB will announce stimulus measures as part of its scheduled rate announcement on Thursday.“(With) this kind of low inflation rate and the kind of growth they’re seeing there, there is an expectation that they will throw some kind of stimulus in,” said Stephen Carlin, vice-president of Canadian equities at CIBC Asset Management, noting the No.1 priority for the ECB is to deal with inflation.“What it is, who knows? But it could be a combination of a small rate decline — the European version of a quantitative easing.” Investors also digested a positive earnings report from Hudson’s Bay Company (TSX:HBC), which moved from a year-ago loss to a profit.HBC posted a first-quarter profit from continuing operations of $176 million or 97 cents a share, compared with a loss of $22 million or 19 cents a share in the same quarter of 2013. Retail sales jumped to $1.85 billion, up from $884 million in the same quarter last year. Same stores sales, which take into account stores that have been open for at least a year, were up 2.8% year-over-year. The retailer’s shares edged two cents lower to $17.25.“The numbers were actually not all that bad but I don’t think (they) were good enough to move the needle,” added Carlin. U.S. markets were also in the red despite the April report on U.S. factory orders which showed a gain of 0.7%, better than the 0.6% rise that economists had expected.The Dow Jones industrials dropped 21.29 points to 16,722.34, the Nasdaq shed 3.12 points to 4,234.08 while the S&P 500 index dipped 0.73 of a point to 1,924.24.U.S. automakers also released positive sales figures during the day.General Motors saw sales rise 13% from a year ago, while Ford’s sales rose 3% even as truck sales dropped 4% after the automaker cut back on incentives.On the TSX, the energy sector gained 0.65% as June crude gained 19 cents at US$102.66 a barrel.The financials group was ahead 0.5%.The gold sector shook off early losses to move up about 0.3% as August bullion rose 50 cents to US$1,244.50 an ounce. The base metals component led TSX decliners, while July copper declined three cents to US$3.14 a pound.In other corporate developments, Element Financial Corp. (TSX:EFN) will pay US$1.4 billion cash to buy PHH Corp.’s North American fleet management services business. PHH Arval had about US$4.6 billion of assets as of March 31, including US$4 billion invested in fleet leases. Element Financial shares fell 26 cents to C$13.04.TOP STORIESForget everything you knew about investing in Canadian banks — it’s no longer relevantSotheby’s offers private jet service to woo luxury homebuyers to Calgary marketHudson’s Bay Company swings back into profit as sales doubleB2Gold strikes deal to buy Papillon Resources for $570-million in stockWHAT’S ON DECK WEDNESDAYCANADA8:30 a.m.Merchandise trade balance (April): Economists expect $200,000 10 a.m.Bank of Canada monetary policy decision UNITED STATES8:15 a.m.ADP National employment report: Economists expect 210,000 jobs, down from last month 8:30 a.m.Productivity (Q1): Economists expect decline of 3% Goods and Services trade balance (April): Economists expect a deficit of $40.8-billion 10 a.m.Non-manufacturing ISM index (May): Economists expect a reading of 55.5 2 p.m.Beige Book CORPORATE NEWSCANADALaurentian Bank Of Canada Q2 earnings: Analysts expect $1.23 a share Nordion Inc Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 28¢ a share
The Library invites submissions for the annual Undergraduate Research Award, a prize designed to recognize and reward student research skills.Students are encouraged to submit a 500-word essay describing library resources, services and research strategies used to complete a project or essay for an academic course. The $500 prize will be awarded to the student essay that best articulates what he or she learned during the research process.Please encourage your students to submit an essay for this award. The deadline for submissions is March 31. Visit the Library Research Award page or contact Karen Bordonaro (email@example.com), instruction co-ordinator, for more information.
Women who are hoping to conceive should go on a diet years before, new research suggests.Writing in The Lancet, medics said the vast majority of women of reproductive age were not nutritionally prepared for pregnancy – putting the long-term health of their children at risk.Those thinking about starting a family are often advised to make lifestyle changes, such as cutting out alcohol, and taking dietary supplements, around three months before attempting to conceive.But the experts said one of the most crucial factors was for women to be a healthy weight before conception – often meaning diet and lifestyle overhauls need to start years earlier.And they said school children should be taught about the importance of the right diet to prepare for parenthood.Researchers calculated the proportion of women of reproductive age in Britain who are nutritionally prepared for pregnancy, using data from 509 women of reproductive age in the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey.In total, 96 per cent were found to have iron and folate dietary intakes below the recommendation for pregnancy. Such shortfalls can be tackled in less than a month. Show more 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. But lead authors from University College London said more longer-term efforts were needed to tackle soaring levels of obesity among parents-to-be. Research suggests more than one quarter of pregnant women are overweight or obese.Excess weight in pregnancy increases the lifelong risk of cardiovascular, metabolic, immune and neurological diseases in subsequent children.Links have also been made between male obesity and poor sperm quality, which may also increase the risk to future children, though the evidence is less clear. Lead author Professor Judith Stephenson, of University College London, said: “The preconception period is a critical time when parental health – including weight, metabolism, and diet – can influence the risk of future chronic disease in children, and we must now re-examine public health policy to help reduce this risk.”While the current focus on risk factors, such as smoking and excess alcohol intake, is important, we also need new drives to prepare nutritionally for pregnancy for both parents.”Professor Janice Rymer, Vice President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), said she was “extremely concerned” by the findings.“This highly significant research presents stark evidence of the importance of nutrition and lifestyle in the preconception period,” she said.
Germany’s mining equipment manufacturers have hardly been affected by the financial crisis so far. For the coming year, they are predicting that the total turnover will increase by 10% to €3.3 billion. Peter Jochums, Chairman of the VDMA German Mining Equipment Association, noted this at the annual press conference in Zeche Zollverein. The VDMA says: “Recently, some orders have been cancelled, especially by East European customers; however the manufacturers are not affected by massive drops like in other economic sectors.”“Our order books are well-filled at least for the coming year”, underlined Jochums. However, he expects a “temporary decrease” for 2010 as a consequence of the financial crisis, but that is really unpredictable at the moment. Reliable data about how the crisis affects the mining equipment sector are not available, the VDMA says.For the 2008 final figures, the manufacturers expect a decrease of total turnover of 10% to €3 billion. In the past two years, the total turnover increased by 18%. It is for this reason that the decrease could be absorbed, Jochums explained. In Germany, uncertainty grows with regard to the impending phasing out of hard coal production in 2018. This concern is reflected in the figures also. Therefore, Jochums expects a loss in domestic sales of 17% to €390 million for this year. For 2009, a further decrease of 5% is estimated. However, Germany still remains the largest and a very important sales market.The turnover abroad will be approximately €2.6 billion this year. This is an indicated decrease of 11% as compared to 2007. Due to high growth rates in past years, this situation could be “handled well” though, said Jochums; especially since the industry expects an increase in foreign sales of 11% to €2.92 billion despite the financial crisis in the coming year. The order books are well-filled.Like last year, the biggest foreign sales market is again Russia in 2008. Final figures could show exports increased by €20 million to €280 million. For 2009, Jochums assumes a decrease of some 10% due to the financial crisis. This is partly because orders have been stretched or cancelled. In order to counteract this development, German manufacturers tried to use Hermes tools or Hermes financing via German banks.In China, the second most important market, German mining equipment manufacturers probably will increase their sales by only €1 million to €210 million for 2008. Due to the state subsidies many companies received, the Chinese developed into serious competitors on the global markets according to Jochums. Between 2005 and 2007, exports of Chinese mining equipment manufacturers more than doubled from €871 million to €1.8 billion. Exports to the USA quadrupled and to Russia even decupled. Despite this, Jochums expects the same turnover for the coming year.This year, exports to the USA will probably have declined from €252 million to about €200 million. Uncertainties due to the financial crisis, declining commodity prices and related smaller investments of large mining companies are the reasons put forward by Jochums. Due to the almost “good mood” the US American and Canadian operating companies are in, the turnover of 2008 is assumed to be maintained for 2009. Jochums anticipates potential future markets in India, Indonesia and the Philippines.
The cost of running a quarrying or mining business in South Africa is escalating as energy, maintenance, and labour are becoming significant drivers. Quarrying relies on various inputs and efficiencies based on an accurate budgeted cost per ton for aggregate and acceptable margin from a typically fixed sales price. Costs need to be managed stringently and throughput increased to achieve higher returns.Solar Mining Services describes itself as a new dynamic entrant to the explosives and explosive related services for the mining sectors in South Africa, and says it can offer “a tailor-made approach to assist their customers in understanding the price curve. As explosives form a large cost of operations, one needs to understand what defines ‘a good blast’, and the impact on profitability. Using known and consistent values of raw materials, in the manufacturing process of explosives, will equate to measurable results.”“This means that the procurement of vetted raw materials in the manufacturing process for explosives, will ensure the consistent quality and cost proposition of the final product. So that customers can have confidence in the explosives products they purchase and that they perform in a reliable and consistent manner.”This allows operations to form a departure point or baseline to measure improvements and concentrate on other areas that need attention. “In explosives, this could include consistency of viscosity, chemical stability of emulsions and predictable velocity of denotation ‘VODs’. If these parameters are all in ‘check’ the explosives will perform work down the borehole predictably.”“Of course, the real measurement of a good or brilliant blast can be complicated to assess, given all variables. Typically, the blame game of poor explosives quality, poor drilling control, sub-optimal timing designs, to name a few are often used. Management of these, poor planning and controls add to the mix.” Part of this solution Solar says lies in ensuring the quality and reliability of the explosive used, as this can rule out a potential issue attributed to explosives performance.“Manufactured quality ‘down the hole’ is of paramount importance as this can affect energy values and reliability of detonation which have bearing on the fragmentation and ‘dig-ability’ results. One could apply a similar logic to companies in the automotive industry take similar uncompromising positions on stipulating what fuels, coolants, oils and even tyres are used with their vehicles to ensure their marketed performance and reliability meets customer expectations. Quarrying operations are no different. It is the sum of all of the components that make for a successful blast. Proper planning, bench preparation, correct drilling and checking of boreholes to planned spacing and depth are the departure point.”“This is underpinned by an effective timing design of the blast together with ‘fit for purpose competitively priced’ explosives and then ensuring that proper procedures and safety at all times are adhered to. It is imperative that each of these stages is given the time required. If the ‘basics’ are taken care of properly then one will achieve a successful blast. Successful blasts form a large part of production and processing costs as this speaks to efficiency. To establish a total ownership model, one has to focus on each component. Blasting costs form a notable percentage of mining contractor costs, in explosives, nitrate prices along with the fuel phase is one of the highest cost drivers. Ammonium nitrate is a significant component for emulsion explosives.”In South Africa explosives could be priced based on international ammonium nitrate based indexes where relevant but Solar argues that keeping tabs on the ammonium nitrate price index is also a transparent mechanism. “In understanding these dynamics, a customer can see which methodology allows for better comparison of explosives prices. Once you complete these steps, you’ll have the information you need to start negotiating which supplier to use without compromising quality.”“To remove the risk component in suppliers’ prices, typically a rise-and-fall price formula or adopting monthly or quarterly pricing is used. One should link the pricing to third-party price indexes. Good examples include the ammonium nitrate index, or for grinding media, the Scrap or CRUspi Longs Index. Study indexes for information to help you understand prices when making purchasing decisions. If one doesn’t proactively look into pricing components, companies may not end up getting competitive pricing. At the same time, suppliers may promise you that it is the best price for that type of service delivery, which may cost more for value added services. However, it is important to consider what you are paying for and what service you are getting, and how this affects the bottom line.”“If you keep track of prices and market indexes, it becomes easy to anticipate legitimate price increases from suppliers. It’s also easier to avoid what is referred to as ‘formula creep’ This is where a pricing formula over extended periods of time either pushes the prices up or lowers prices too much. These formulas need to be revisited at least once a year and validated.”“We price for ‘’fit for purpose’ where we don’t use a generic pricing model as prescribed by an ammonia index but use an ammonium nitrate indexed formula that reflects our business model, to keep the input costs for our customers as competitive and transparent as possible. The bottom line is, it’s time to consider ammonium nitrate-based index pricing.”
Un guide sur l'”annonce d’un dommage associé aux soins”Après avoir constaté qu’environ un millier de personnes hospitalisées en France étaient victimes d’un “événement indésirable grave” – erreur médicale, mauvais diagnostic, ou encore problème thérapeutique-, la Haute Autorité de Santé (Has) tente de remédier en partie au problème en publiant un guide. Celui-ci a pour vocation d’informer les patients des règles et des recours dont ils peuvent bénéficier lors de ce types d’incidents.En France, ce sont chaque année entre 300.000 et 400.000 personnes qui, hospitalisées ou ayant eu recours à un médecin libéral, ont été victimes de dommages liés à une erreur médicale. Des chiffres conséquents qui ont poussé Claude Rambaud, présidente de l’association le Lien, à se placer du côté des victimes en tentant de les informer sur les droits dont ils bénéficient. C’est ainsi qu’a été rédigé un guide faisant état des règles liés à l'”annonce d’un dommage associé aux soins”. Pourquoi ce guide ? Claude Rambaud souligne : “Très rares sont les patients qui ont eu droit à une annonce”, à savoir une véritable explication, claire et explicite des différentes procédures médicales dont ils avait fait l’objet. Pourtant, le professionnel de santé a “une obligation morale d’annoncer un incident” à son patient. C’est pourquoi il est essentiel pour elle que le patient soit informé de ses droits.Le cas le plus cité est celui de la femme enceinte, en salle de travail, à qui l’on ne donne aucune explication quant à la procédure adoptée et qu’on conduit d’urgence en salle d’opération pour une hystérectomie. Au final, et en règle générale, la patiente obtient pour seule explication que les médecins ont fait leur travail. Si la patiente souhaitait avoir de plus amples informations, elle les obtiendrait auprès de la Commission régionale de conciliation et d’indemnisation (CRCI). Encore faut-il connaitre l’existence de cette commission. À lire aussiCes instruments médicaux de l’ancienne époque vont vous effrayerC’est en partie pour cette raison que la Has a rédigé le guide. Celui-ci explique que l’annonce faite par le personnel soignant doit être réalisée “au plus tôt”, de préférence dans les 24 heures suivant le dommage. L’annonce doit être claire, précise et comprise du patient. Aussi tout “jargon médical” est proscrit. Si une erreur a été commise, le médecin doit “présenter des excuses” sans être contraint, comme le précise le guide, de reconnaître sa responsabilité dans l’erreur. En effet, il est dit que seul un juge est habilité à le déterminer.Le guide sera prochainement disponible sur le site de la Has (lien non disponible), qui se charge aussi de sensibiliser les différents ministères concernés sur la nécessité d’une formation en matière d'”annonce d’un dommage associé aux soins”.Le 14 mai 2011 à 10:12 • Emmanuel Perrin
Stewart’s family also said he surfaced with the dive master, then went back down to help with the boat’s anchor.“When the dive master went in the boat, ahead of Rob, which is a surprise, he fainted,” Brian said. “And Rob came up and signaled that he was OK, and they turned around and tried to help the dive master, turned, and Rob was gone.”Stewart’s sister, Alexandra Stewart, told CBC Toronto Wednesday morning, “We’re in the critical window of daylight right after he’s gone missing where, if we’re going to find him on the surface – where we’d like to find him – it’s going to be today.”Stewart’s family estimates he was at a depth of 230 feet when he was diving.Officials say the Navy, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office are assisting in the search.As of 5 p.m., the search was still active. Twelve planes are involved in the search, but officials said they can always use more boats in the water. Several boaters from the community are already assisting in the search.A GoFundMe page has been created to help cover search and rescue costs. The page has raised more than $40,000 since being created. ISLAMORADA (AP/WSVN) — The U.S. Coast Guard is searching the Atlantic off of the Florida Keys for a missing Canadian scuba diver.The agency said in a news release that the crew of The Pisces reported 37-year-old Rob Stewart missing about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday in the vicinity of Alligator Reef, off Islamorada.Stewart is from Toronto, Canada. His mother and father flew into Miami from Canada, Wednesday.Their son was shooting a follow-up film to his 2007 documentary, “Sharkwater,” which aimed to educate the public about shark conservation. The website for the movie posted an update about Stewart’s disappearance, saying he was diving near a wreck with three other divers when he went missing.Stewart “resurfaced at the end of the dive, and as the boat was turning around to pick him up, he went back under – and was not seen again,” the post said.His parents said he has performed thousands of dives around the world, and they’re not sure what went wrong. But they are optimistic that he is still alive.“He’s an extremely experienced diver and this is not, this is just — I don’t know — an act of God,” Brian Stewart, the diver’s father, said. “I don’t know what it is.” Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Travis BubenikFreeport LNG is in the process of building a facility on the Texas Gulf Coast that will export liquefied natural gas to countries around the world.The seeds of a new energy economy are being planted on the Gulf Coast.A handful of companies have sensed a new business opportunity in the abundance of natural gas currently being produced in the U.S. Their plan is to turn the gas into liquid, put it on ships and send it around the world.This could make Texas a key source of power for growing economies, a prospect Governor Greg Abbott recently promoted on a trade mission to India. Still, there are big risks hanging over these multi-billion dollar projects.Near the coast town of Freeport, Texas, crews are building three massive complexes of steel and pipe that will liquefy the gas. In the industry, they’re called “trains,” because, well, they look like trains.Once construction is complete, gas will shoot through the pipes fast.“From the time the molecule crosses our meter station, until it’s liquid back in these lines – ten minutes,” said Robert Pate, Production Manager at the Freeport LNG facility.Most liquefied natural gas from the U.S. currently goes to Mexico, but Pate’s company is betting on increased demand from Asia, mostly from China.That bet is a big change from the company’s original strategy. Back in the early 2000’s, the plan was to import gas. But a few years later, almost overnight, fracking unleashed huge amounts of new domestic gas and the market completely flipped.Travis Bubenik/Houston Public MediaA view of the Freeport LNG facility under construction in Quintana, Texas.“I was surprised, I think the whole industry was caught off guard,” said Freeport LNG President Sig Cornelius. “We did not import one cargo of LNG through our facilities like we thought we were [going to].”Cornelius said he understands that markets could change again, but this particular $14 billion project has safeguards in place“We have 20 year tolling agreements where the companies have commitments to use our facilities, and if they do not use the facilities, they pay for that capacity regardless,” he explained.Still, there are upwards of $75 billion being pumped into plans for other export terminals up and down the Gulf Coast. And the fact that the global dynamics of all this changed so quickly before makes you wonder: could the industry get it wrong again?“There is a distinct risk that they may have,” said Michelle Foss, Program Manager for the Center for Energy Economics at the University of Texas.The export terminals being built might be safe, thanks to those long-term contracts, but Foss said a “next wave” of planned LNG projects might not be so lucky. Natural gas prices are already low and could fall further, and Foss has seen research showing some of the foreign customers buying Texas gas have shaky credit.Other factors are just hard to predict.“It’s impossible to look at a lot of these countries and try to figure out what will their gas demand be, and how much of that gas demand will be satisfied by imports,” Foss said. “Where are those going to come from? Are they going to come from the U.S. or will they come from some other place? I mean it is really difficult.”And then, there’s the whole China thing.“As China reacts to our proposed tariffs, will they do something to limit the import of LNG going forward?” asked Bob Harvey, President of the Greater Houston Partnership.Travis BubenikA view of construction underway at the Freeport LNG facility in Quintana, Texas.He and other leaders just returned from a trade mission to China, a country that Harvey said is still hungry for Texas LNG for now. But he’s worried about the recent tit-for-tat exchange of tariffs between China and the U.S.“Just the very threat that we’re going to have an ongoing trade dispute with China will make it very difficult to kind of consummate these deals,” he said.Perhaps more pressing, Harvey said President Trump’s recent tariffs on imported steel would add costs to LNG terminals still in the works. Possibly, he said, making them fail.Freeport LNG wants to expand even beyond what it’s already building. Sig Cornelius, the company’s president, said those tariffs, if fully applied, would raise the costs for that future expansion by hundreds of millions of dollars. X Listen 00:00 /03:55 Share
$5.71M – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Impressions: 383,196,687Attention Score: 94.20Attention Index: 119National Airings: 997Networks: 34Most Spend On: CBS, NBCCreative Versions: 26Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $16.44MStudio: Columbia PicturesStarted Airing: 03/20/19 Impressions: 229,753,885Attention Score: 91.08Attention Index: 81National Airings: 1,003Networks: 31Most Spend On: Nick, UnivisionCreative Versions: 8Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $6.95MStudio: Paramount PicturesStarted Airing: 03/23/19 Impressions: 313,127,243Attention Score: 92.32Attention Index: 94National Airings: 1,239Networks: 34Most Spend On: HGTV, BRAVOCreative Versions: 9Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $6.53MStudio: Twentieth Century FoxStarted Airing: 06/12/19 TV ad placements for Walt Disney Pictures’ “The Lion King” (EMV: $4.63 million), Paramount Pictures’ “Dora and the Lost City of Gold” ($4.49 million) and Twentieth Century Fox’s “The Art of Racing in the Rain” ($3.99 million) round out the chart. Notably, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” has the best iSpot Attention Index (119) in the ranking, getting 19% fewer interruptions than the average movie ad (interruptions include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV). 1 Movie titles with a minimum spend of $100,000 for airings detected between 07/15/2019 and 07/21/2019.* TV Impressions – Total TV ad impressions delivered for the brand or spot.* Attention Score – Measures the propensity of consumers to interrupt an ad play on TV. The higher the score, the more complete views. Actions that interrupt an ad play include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV.* Attention Index – Represents the Attention of a specific creative or program placement vs the average. The average is represented by a score of 100, and the total index range is from 0 through 200. For example, an attention index of 125 means that there are 25% fewer interrupted ad plays compared to the average.Variety has partnered with iSpot.tv, the always-on TV ad measurement and attribution company, to bring you this weekly look at what studios are spending to market their movies on TV. Learn more about the iSpot.tv platform and methodology. Related Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio on ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,’ Working With Quentin Tarantino $4.81M – Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 $4.63M – The Lion King Popular on Variety Box Office: ‘Angel Has Fallen’ to Win Modest Labor Day Weekend Top Movie Commercials by Weekly TV SpendData provided by iSpot.tv Impressions: 393,006,517Attention Score: 92.54Attention Index: 96National Airings: 1,155Networks: 46Most Spend On: NBC, ABCCreative Versions: 51Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $29.71MStudio: Walt Disney PicturesStarted Airing: 11/22/18 $3.99M – The Art of Racing in the Rain Impressions: 262,375,387Attention Score: 92.85Attention Index: 100National Airings: 1,045Networks: 40Most Spend On: NBC, USA NetworkCreative Versions: 37Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $18.35MStudio: Universal PicturesStarted Airing: 02/01/19 In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the always-on TV ad measurement and attribution company iSpot.tv, Columbia Pictures claims the top spot in spending with “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”Ads placed for the drama had an estimated media value of $5.71 million through Sunday for 997 national ad airings on 34 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from July 15-21. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Columbia Pictures prioritized spend across networks including CBS, NBC and ESPN, and during programming such as “SportsCenter,” “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” and “America’s Got Talent.”Just behind “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” in second place: Universal Pictures’ “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw,” which saw 1,045 national ad airings across 40 networks, with an estimated media value of $4.81 million. $4.49M – Dora and the Lost City of Gold
The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more The Zonare technology has the ability to utilize all information in the returning echo data set with sufficient coverage of the imaging field of view occurring in fewer transmit/receive cycles.The future of ultrasound looks auspicious, according to Jonathan M. Rubin, M.D., Ph.D., director of the division of ultrasound in the department of radiology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, who presented on “The Future of Ultrasound” at the 2014 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) conference in Chicago this past December. His lecture highlighted emerging techniques for volume blood flow and shear wave imaging. Rubin explained that the use of 3-D and 4-D ultrasound using an angle-independent technique for flow estimation is now possible, and quite simple to measure. “The technique is based on Gauss’s Theorem. This relation states that volume flow is equal to the total integrated flux over any surface cutting across a conduit flow. The method is angle independent, flow profile independent and vessel geometry independent,” he stated.Using 2-D ultrasound arrays, these measurements could be performed in real time, said Rubin. “A good approximation of its potential utility corresponds to the parameters such as resistive indices and pulsatility indices that are now being applied,” Rubin explained, noting that volume flow could replace these. The measurements could affect analyses such as transplant evaluations, cardiac output measurements, fetal evaluation through umbilical cord blood flow measurements, carotid artery flow and cerebral perfusion. “Direct perfusion estimates defined by flow per unit mass would become standard by estimating organ weight with 3-D imaging and direct measurements of blood flow.” Elasticity imaging has become another new approach to ultrasound, with the general execution of elasticity imaging being strain and shear wave speed (SWS) imaging. Currently, both are augmented by shear viscosity imaging, nonlinear strain and nonlinear shear wave imaging. The topic generating the most conversation is assessment of liver fibrosis/cirrhosis, since the current standard of care for evaluating the liver is through biopsy. “Biopsies are also highly localized and represent a very poor sample of the underlying disease. SWS imaging is a more global measure. For these two reasons, SWS will likely replace liver biopsies for fibrosis/cirrhosis assessment,” said Rubin.Other ultrasound applications could assist with breast cancer differentiation, thyroid nodule characterization, cardiac function and conduction analysis, deep vein thrombosis aging and Crohn’s disease stricture evaluation. Ultrasound System ImprovementsAt RSNA, Philips introduced an ultrasound consortium to drive the creation of mobile ultrasound solutions. This includes an app-based ultrasound system, which Philips demonstrated at its booth. It uses a transducer capable of connecting to a mobile device and a downloadable app to turn a consumer-grade smartphone of tablet device into an ultrasound machine. The product was developed for market testing and research and is not currently for sale.Philips also showcased several new ultrasound systems, including Epiq 5 and 7, and the Affiniti. The Epiq 5 and 7 utilize PureWave technology, allowing for improved penetration in difficult patients with a single transducer. New elastography imaging capabilities assist in acquiring additional data for liver disease diagnosis using liver stiffness measurements rather than liver biopsies. This technique is performed for assessments of diffuse liver diseases and neoplastic lesions of the liver. Ergonomics, workflow and mobility improvements are touched upon as companies find more ways to improve their ultrasound machines. Philips data states that more than 80 percent of ultrasound users experience work-related pain, with more than 20 percent of these users suffering a career-ending injury. The ultrasound systems can be used sitting or standing, and can be transported on carpet and tile. Its touch interface provides 40 percent less reach and 15 percent fewer steps to complete an exam. The xMatrix on the Epiq 7 contains seven modes in a single transducer: 2-D, 3-D/4-D, Live xPlane, Live MPR, Doppler, color Doppler and color power angio (CPA). Affiniti was produced to enable global hospitals and healthcare systems to overcome the demands of increasing patient volumes and cost pressures. It debuted at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2014 (ESC) in Barcelona, Spain, and was built on the same platform as the Epiq systems. PureWave transducer technology is incorporated in the system, countering the challenges of imaging obese patients and those with liver disease. The PureWave transducer works with the Affiniti ultrasound system to accommodate for the altered speed of high-frequency sound waves through adipose layers versus other tissue, according to Philips. This helps the ultrasound system become aware of increased adipose content. It then applies aberration correction of algorithms, which results in a high-quality image throughout the entire beam length. Users reported exam times were decreased 30-50 percent when using Affiniti.Also at RSNA, Zonare Medical Systems announced upgrades for its ZS3 ultrasound platform in image quality, transducer technology, workflow and clinical enhancements. The technology has the ability to utilize all information in the returning echo data set with sufficient coverage of the imaging field of view occurring in fewer transmit/receive cycles. Unlike conventional beamformer line-by-line imaging, Zonare uses large zone acquisitions. Users can view examinations in grayscale and color Doppler, and retention of channel domain data make patient-specific imaging possible. Retrospective imaging captures raw data with the ability to process it multiple times and ways. Nineteen transducers are available for ultrasound use, one of which contains a hand-held section for operators’ fingers, making it less cumbersome and more comfortable to conduct scans.Esaote showcased its Virtual Navigator fusion imaging at RSNA 2014, which recently received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance. Virtual Navigator fuses real-time ultrasound images with magnetic resonance (MR), computed tomography (CT), positron emission tomography (PET) and 3-D ultrasound. Urologic, musculoskeletal, peripheral vascular and transcranial radiologic exams can be performed, and it also is utilized for liver and other abdominal interventions.MyLab Six and MyLab Gamma, Esaote’s newest ultrasound systems, were developed to meet demands of the sonographer’s working environment. MyLab Six’s ergonomics are apparent in the slanted body of the machine so users do not hit their knees or feet on the machine. The cart-based system has a keyboard that rises up or down depending on user preference. Images and data can be seen on a 19-inch LCD monitor that was designed to reduce eyestrain. Settings on the machine can be customized and organized based on clinical preferences. The noiseless system allows sonographers the ability to focus on the exam and diagnosis with minimal distraction. The “green” ultrasound system uses less power, reducing costs to run the machine. Another ergonomic feature is the iQProbe appleprobe, shaped to keep the hand and wrist in a natural grip, preventing tension. The probe delivers an ultrasound beam and receives a backscattered echo. The technology is important in obtaining a high signal-to-noise ratio to optimize information regarding spatial, contrast and temporal resolution. MyLab Gamma is a portable laptop-sized ultrasound system that can be transported between departments within a hospital or clinic. The system is battery operated and light enough to transport on a user’s back. The monitor can be rotated through +90/-90 degrees, which allows examinations to be shared with patients and colleagues. The eTouch screen-based interface guides operators through setup and image capture, which enables a faster workflow. The iQProbe appleprobe is also available in this system.What’s NextUltrasound is used by a myriad of imaging technologists because it is considered practical, safe, fast and easy to utilize. With new advancements in ultrasound technology, many more patients and users can benefit from reduced costs, shorter exam times and eliminating the need for additional exams using other modalities. “These mainly passive attributes will be and are being augmented by new quantitative methods that are nearly unique to ultrasound, giving ultrasound a new life and an increased relevance in the medical imaging armamentarium,” Rubin concluded. Access the most current version of the ITN Ultrasound Systems Comparison Chart (www.itnonline.com/content/ultrasound-systems). This will require a login, but it is free and only takes a minute to complete the form.Read the 2016 article “Top Trends in Cardiovascular Ultrasound.”Read the 2016 article “Ultrasound Enhances Quality as Technology Advances.”Watch the VIDEO: Trends in Ultrasound at RSNA 2016 Feature | Ultrasound Imaging | January 30, 2015 | By Lynn Tangorra Advances in Ultrasound: Prescribing a Clearer Future Difficult-to-image patients, ergonomics and mobility are top concerns being addressed with the latest ultrasound technologies Esaote’s MyLab Six. The Zonare technology has the ability to utilize all information in the returning echo data set with sufficient coverage of the imaging field of view occurring in fewer transmit/receive cycles. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 12PreviousNext News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more The Epiq 5 and 7 offer improved penetration in difficult patients with a single transducer. 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more The Epiq 5 and 7 offer improved penetration in difficult patients with a single transducer. 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