The Canadian Press explains the Ontario budgets health care funding

first_imgTORONTO – After years of restricting health-care funding growth, the Ontario budget released Thursday promises new money to reduce wait times and increase capacity at overcrowded hospitals, as well as free prescription medication for children and youth.“BOOSTER SHOT”The budget promises to increase health-care spending by a total of $11.5 billion over the next three years. The government had previously intended to keep annual health-spending increases low during this time, and the new so-called “booster shot” of funding is $7 billion higher than the previous plan.Of that $7 billion, $1 billion is coming this budget year. Ontario will spend $53.8 billion on health care this year, up from $52.2 billion last year. Spending will rise to $58.1 billion in 2019-20, according to the budget plan.This comes after the province’s Financial Accountability Office warned that if the government continued with its plan to restrain health-care funding — without the booster shot — the level of austerity would have been the strictest in 20 years, and possibly unsustainable in the face of a growing and aging population.The budget indicates $1.3 billion of the new funding will be dedicated to reducing wait times over the next three years.OHIP+ CHILDREN AND YOUTH PHARMACAREThe biggest surprise policy announcement of the budget is free prescription medication for Ontarians under age 25. The pharmacare program will cover medication for all of the province’s four million children, regardless of their family’s income. It will be most beneficial for families that don’t have work drug plans and aren’t on social assistance.It will cover the 4,400-plus drugs included in the Ontario Drug Benefit Program, which is used by seniors and those on social assistance. However, children’s caregivers will not have to pay the deductibles and co-pay costs that those groups pay.The program will cover common childhood medications including antibiotics, asthma inhalers, diabetes medication, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder medication. It also includes oral cancer medication, while hospital-based medication is already free in Ontario.The pharmacare program is set to begin on Jan. 1, 2018. The cost of its first full year is estimated at $465 million.Earlier this month, the Ontario NDP announced plans for their own pharmacare program that, if the party is elected, would cover 125 basic medications for Ontarians of all ages.HOSPITALSThe budget includes an increase of $518 million in hospital funding, a three-per-cent boost. It comes after hospitals warned of overcrowding and patients being placed in hallways, boardrooms and even cafeterias when there weren’t enough beds. The Ontario Hospital Association had asked for a larger funding increase of 4.9 per cent.The budget promises an extra $9 billion for hospital construction projects over 10 years, and announced newly approved hospital construction projects in Niagara, Windsor, Hamilton, Mississauga and the Weeneebayko hospital replacement project in northern Ontario, as well as a new $2.5 million for the planning of an expansion to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto.SENIOR HEALTHThe budget includes $100 million over three years for the province’s new dementia strategy, which will include helping patients and their caregivers find support, and improving training and education for health-care workers in dementia care.The budget includes an extra $58 million for long-term care homes, a two-per-cent increase. Residents’ food allowance will increase by six per cent, which comes after negative news reports that the province spends more per capita on food for inmates than seniors in long-term care.The budget also increases funding to Behavioural Supports Ontario by $10 million, which will help long-term care homes handle patients with complex behavioural issues related to dementia.ABORTION PILL FUNDINGThe budget promises public funding for the new abortion pill Mifegymiso. Women with a prescription will be able to get it for free at a pharmacy.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version carried incorrect details about abortion pill funding based on information provided by a government official.last_img read more

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Princes Charity Legacy

first_imgMusic legend Prince has passed away, leaving a massive hole in music and the lives of people around the world.As well as being a legend in the pop world, Prince was known as a generous and kind man. In 2007 he launched his 3121 fragrance with a concert and 24 hours of charity fundraising, splitting a portion of the proceeds between City of Hope, Jazz Foundation of America, H.A.L.O., Elevate Hope Foundation, Urban Farming, The Bridge and Edith Couey Memorial Scholarship Trust Fund.He supported the Elton John AIDS Foundation by attending the singer’s annual Academy Awards Viewing Party, and was once voted PETA’s sexiest vegetarian.In 2011, Prince donated $250,000 to Eau Claire Promise Zone in Columbia, South Carolina, a citywide grassroots coalition of community partners committed to doing “whatever it takes” to ensure all of the city’s children are prepared to graduate from college and be successful in their career and in life. And in 2012 he partnered with Rebuild the Dream for a concert in Chicago to support the mobilization of hundreds of thousands of everyday people—from seniors to students, moms, dads, brothers and sisters—who come together to build strong vibrant communities and to fix our economy from the ground up.He performed at many charity events, including Tiger Woods’ annual Tiger Jam, raising money for the Tiger Woods Foundation.“As the founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) to which the musical genius of Prince contributed so much, I am deeply saddened by his untimely death,” said Robert L. Johnson, Founder & Chairman of The RLJ Companies, RLJ Entertainment, and the Founder of Black Entertainment Television. “The music world and a world of fans will miss this musical genius. Prince was one of the most brilliant and creative artists and performers, and he was also one of the smartest business music guys I met.“I will miss his idiosyncratic and quirky ways which fascinated me during the times we met when I was running BET, and of course his indelible imprint on the world of music.“Purple Rain is falling all over the world today!”Copyright ©2016Look to the Starslast_img read more

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Annual Yukon river race experience of a lifetime

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe annual Yukon River Quest Race is underway in Whitehorse.Fifty-eight teams from around the world are racing through one of the world’s longest rivers to reach the Klondike gold fields in two days.APTN’s Shirley McLean has more on rookie team looking for an experience of a lifetime.last_img

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Betterthanexpected manufacturing data to hold up Canadas Q2 GDP Analyst

Domestic manufacturing sales declined in June, reflecting trade tensions and a slight rebound from large one-time deals in May, according to Statistics Canada.Manufacturing sales fell 1.2 per cent to $58 billion in June after a 1.6 per cent increase in May, Statistics Canada said. Sales were down in 16 of 21 industries, representing more than two thirds of total manufacturing sales, according to the agency. Still, the month-to-month decline in Canadian manufacturing sales was better than expected by a consensus of economists forecasting a 1.8-per-cent drop.The petroleum and coal product and food industries accounted for most of the month’s decline, it said. The Bank of Canada has a dilemma. Instead of looking to the Fed, maybe it should look to Norway No other sector in our economy is getting slammed as hard as farmers in the global trade war ‘The fog will not clear’: Why another volley of tariffs, or tweets, could plunge the global economy into a recession “With recent surges in manufacturing shipments largely driven by one-off transactions, specifically in the transportation equipment category, June’s pullback was to be expected,” Omar Abdelrahman, an economist at TD Economics in Toronto, said in a note to clients.“The outlook for manufacturing remains highly susceptible to the ongoing moderation in global growth and elevated trade tensions.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Reprisals by China, the world’s second-largest economy, after Canada detained Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou last year has snagged Canada in the middle of a trade war with the U.S. as its President Donald Trump considers billions more in tariffs against the Asian nation.For the second quarter, manufacturing sales rose 1.7 per cent to $174.5 billion, the data show. That’s a “still-healthy” amount, according to Abdelrahman, “but suggests soft momentum heading into the third quarter,” he said. After five consecutive monthly increases, sales in the petroleum and coal product industry fell 3.8 per cent to $6.3 billion in June as refineries in eastern and western Canada saw lower prices depress revenue, StatsCan said.Sales of primary metals jumped 11.7 per cent in June, but were partially offset by a 5.6 per cent decline in machinery and 2.7 per cent fewer wood product shipments, the agency said. Durable goods rose 0.7 per cent in the month, it said.Meantime, signs of a looming recession such as an inverted yield curve on bond rates is rattling business confidence. Despite the spectre of a looming crisis manufacturing stocks fell in June, which Scotiabank says is “a welcome sign, as the elevated inventory levels prompted concerns about the durability of growth going forward.“The manufacturing data received today is consistent with an expected slowdown in economy-wide activity in June, with industry-level GDP expected to be flat, leaving the Q2-2019 now cast relatively stable at 2.78 per cent and surpassing the Bank of Canada’s latest forecast of 2.3 per cent,” wrote Nikita Perevalov, senior economist at Scotiabank.The data show sales fell in eight of the 10 provinces with Alberta down 6.5 per cent, Newfoundland & Labrador slumping 17.5 per cent, and Nova Scotia weaker by 12.1 per cent. Saskatchewan declined 6 per cent and Manitoba dropped 5.8 per cent, according to StatsCan.Quebec gained the most with a 1 per cent uptick largely because of a 16.6 per cent surge in primary metals, the agency said.Inventories fell for the first time in seven months, down 1.5 per cent with the inventory-to-sales ratio at 1.51 compared with 1.52 in May, StatsCan said.“Forward looking indicators were disappointing, with new orders down 4.2 per cent and unfilled orders down 1.2 per cent,” TD Bank said.• Email: cmcclelland@postmedia.com read more

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Finnish students lead in reading literacy UNESCO reports

In what it bills as “the most comprehensive and rigorous international effort to date” to assess student performance, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reported today that 15-year-old Finns are among the world’s best in terms of reading literacy, while students in Japan, Hong Kong-China and the Republic of Korea lead in mathematics and science. By contrast, students in several Latin American countries lag seriously behind in all three areas, even after taking account of lower national income levels, according to the survey of 15-year-olds in 43 countries published jointly UNESCO and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The report, Literacy Skills for the World of Tomorrow, based on data gathered in the context of the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and released in London today, measures how well 15-year-olds are prepared to meet the challenges of today’s knowledge societies, by administering tests and background questionnaires to between 4,500 and 10,000 students in each participating country. “It is the most comprehensive and rigorous international effort to date to both assess student performance and collect data on the student, family and institutional factors that can help explain differences in performance,” UNESCO says. In this way, it provides policy-makers with a lens through which to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of their education systems.” The report analyses data collected in 2002 from 15 mainly middle-income countries and economies – Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Hong Kong-China, Indonesia, Israel, Latvia, Liechtenstein, FYR Macedonia, Peru, Romania, the Russian Federation and Thailand – with data collected in 2000 from nearly all 30 OECD members and first published in 2001. OECD countries are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, the Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States. Among the non-OECD economies, students in Hong Kong-China emerge as star performers, achieving overall scores in reading proficiency equivalent to those of students in the top OECD countries, after Finland, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and Ireland. Along with students in Japan and the Republic of Korea, they are also ahead of the rest, on average, in mathematical and scientific literacy. On the other hand, students in Latin America are well behind. Peru has the largest proportion of students (80 percent) at Level 1 and below, indicating that students are having serious difficulties in using reading as a tool to advance and extend their knowledge and skills in other areas. Within countries, the performance gap in reading skills between students from rich and poor families was greatest in Argentina, the United States, Chile, Israel, Portugal, Mexico, Peru and Brazil. Higher average spending per student tends to be associated with higher average performance in the three areas of literacy, but does not guarantee it. Italy spends about twice as much per student as the Republic of Korea, but whereas this latter is among the best performing countries in all literacy areas assessed, Italy performs significantly below the OECD average. Analyzing gender differences in the three learning domains, PISA found that girls generally outperform boys in reading literacy in all countries, while boys tend to score better than girls overall in mathematics, except in Albania. There are fewer differences between the genders in scientific literacy, on the other hand. read more

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Man City tops list of FIFA payments for World Cup players

ZURICH — Manchester City is at the top of the FIFA list of clubs receiving payments from World Cup revenues for releasing players for national team duty in Russia.FIFA says Man City will get $5 million from the total fund of $209 million.Real Madrid is next with more than $4.8 million and Tottenham is third with almost $4.4 million.FIFA says 416 clubs from 63 different countries qualified for payments.The money was paid at a daily rate of $8,530 for each of the 736 players selected.FIFA will also pay $209 million to clubs for releasing players for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The project started in 2010 with a $40 million fund, and increased to $70 million at the 2014 World Cup.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press

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Charles leads secondhalf charge in New Orleans 7160 win

NEW ORLEANS — Ezekiel Charles scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half when New Orleans rallied to beat South Alabama 71-60 on Wednesday night.New Orleans shot 50 per cent in the second half after trailing by six points at the break, taking the lead for good at 52-50 on Damion Rosser’s dunk with eight minutes remaining that began a 21-10 game-ending run.Charles had three 3-pointers as did Jorge Rosa, who finished with 10 points. Scott Plaisance added 13 points, a team-high six rebounds and three blocks. Rosser finished with 11 points for the Privateers (4-3), who made 7 of 12 from the arc.Trhae Mitchell had three 3-pointers and scored 20 points with eight rebounds and three blocks for the Jaguars (4-5). Josh Ajayi added 14 points with seven boards. South Alabama made just 5 of 20 3-point shots.The Associated Press read more

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These Kings Are Better Than Gretzkys Kings

For NHL fans of a certain age,1Full disclosure: I am of this demographic, albeit one of the younger members. the definitive Los Angeles Kings team is Wayne Gretzky’s Los Angeles Kings team. The franchise existed for 21 seasons before Gretzky arrived in Los Angeles in 1988, but the banality that he single-handedly made hockey relevant in LA is largely true. Kings attendance soared with No. 99 in the fold,2Increasing 27 percent in Gretzky’s first season with LA and another 11 percent in his second, per Rodney Fort’s data. the team’s value increased sharply during his tenure there,3The Kings ranked as the NHL’s third-most valuable team in 1994, according to contemporary estimates by Financial World magazine. In 1995, the team sold for a price ($113 million) nearly three times its value in 1988, when Bruce McNall bought 51 percent of the team for $20 million. and Gretzky instantly transformed the on-ice product into a legitimate contender by powering one of the best offenses in the game. Behind a 40-point postseason by Gretzky, the Kings reached their apex in 1993 — losing in five games but earning what was, at the time, the franchise’s lone Stanley Cup Final berth. For years, the Gretzky era easily represented the high-water mark of hockey’s four-decade experiment in Southern California.Not anymore. The Kings now are back in the finals for the second time in three years, and are looking for another Stanley Cup victory to follow the one they won in 2012. But this team isn’t Gretzky’s. It’s constructed differently and it plays a different game. And it might be better for it.If you’re looking for an NHL “Moneyball,” the modern Kings may be as close as any team to embodying the ethos of hockey’s sabermetric revolution. As FiveThirtyEight contributor Eric Tulsky has noted before, the current Kings pursue a strategy of constant control of the puck. With a host of possession superstars, the Kings have led the NHL in close-score4To filter out the influence of score effects. Fenwick percentage — a proxy for time of possession that measures a team’s share of all unblocked shots directed at either net during its games — for two years running, and the year before that they dominated the metric down the stretch after swapping defenseman Jack Johnson5A particularly poor Fenwick player, it should be noted. for center Jeff Carter at the trade deadline.No opposing team can score (or even shoot) when it doesn’t have the puck. During the regular season, LA allowed the league’s third-lowest rate of unblocked shots per minute of 5-on-5 play, and its second-lowest rate of total shots allowed per game. Along with decent goaltending from Jonathan Quick, that’s how the Kings helped clinch the William Jennings Trophy, given to the goaltenders on the team that allows the fewest goals all season. Maximizing possession is a hockey hack that helps at both ends of the rink.But all that possession hasn’t guaranteed the modern-day Kings a bushel of goals. The Kings spent most of the 2013-14 regular season struggling to light the lamp, despite firing the league’s second-highest rate of unblocked shots at the opposing net.6Per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 play. Their 5-on-5 shooting percentage with the score close, which had been average in 2012-13, slumped to third worst in the NHL this season. Still, LA kept emphasizing possession and putting the puck on net, seeming to trust that shooting percentages tend to regress heavily to the mean.And the Kings rediscovered their scoring touch at just the right time. During the playoffs, they’ve scored on a substantially higher proportion of shots than they did during the regular season. It doesn’t hurt that they also acquired right wing Marian Gaborik — whose career shooting percentage ranks among the best of any active player’s — at the trade deadline. But the biggest reason for the Kings’ offensive resurgence is that they rode out their poor shooting luck and continued to focus on dominating the puck, the way statheads have been calling for teams to do for years.The Kings squad that Gretzky tearfully joined on Aug. 9, 1988, played a very different kind of hockey.We don’t know for sure because play-by-play records from that era are not available, but it’s unlikely that Gretzky’s Kings dominated possession of the puck. According to estimates of close-score Fenwick percentage for older seasons, Los Angeles ranked among the top half of teams in possession rate just once (1990-91) in the eight seasons the Great One wore silver and black. Most of the time, they were actually somewhat bad at keeping control of the puck, ranking 18th out of 26 teams in estimated close-score Fenwick percentage during Gretzky’s tenure.Instead, they lived off a suspiciously high shooting percentage that modern analysts might decry as luck. During Gretzky’s first three seasons as a King, LA finished no worse than second in goals per shot. But Gretzky’s playmaking wizardry was probably a very real effect. Over that span, he paced the league in assists by a wide margin,7He notched 107 more helpers than No. 2 Adam Oates. You could have finished 70th in assists over the same period with the leftovers Gretzky didn’t need to pass Oates. and his teammates shot 9.1 percent better in those seasons than they would over the rest of their careers.The defense couldn’t measure up to the offense, though. Those Kings allowed the league’s second-highest number of shots8Only the miserable San Jose Sharks, in their second year of existence, played softer D. and its fourth-highest number of goals.Gretzky’s squad didn’t have a deep roster, either. According to Tom Awad’s catch-all summary stat Goals Versus Threshold (like Value Over Replacement Player for hockey), the 1992-93 Kings were a notably top-heavy team. They were led by stars such as Luc Robitaille and Jari Kurri. (Not to mention Gretzky, who recovered from an injury in time to post 65 points in 45 games.) But they also lost 17.8 goals because sub-replacement-level talent was on the ice, one of the largest totals in recent memory by a team that won more than half its games.The current iteration of the Kings has superior depth, and nary a Gretzky type to be found. Since LA’s top scorer Anže Kopitar debuted with the club in 2006-07, his best offensive season was 86 adjusted points. Gretzky’s worst full-season mark as a King by far was 83 adjusted points9Adjusted points are, well, adjusted — meaning they remove the influence of scoring environment — so Gretzky doesn’t get an unfair advantage for playing in a more high-flying era. in 1994-95 — and he cracked the century mark in five of his six full seasons in Los Angeles. Today’s Kings rely less on a single superstar to carry the bulk of the offensive workload.Superior depth and puck possession don’t automatically equal a better hockey team, though they often do. The proof is in the results for the current Kings, who over the last three seasons are already twice as close to a quantifiable dynasty as the franchise was during Gretzky’s entire stay in Southern California.10200.0 dynasty points compared to 97.6. If advancing deep into the postseason is the standard for success, today’s Kings beat No. 99’s in a landslide.Gretzky himself has said that the present-day Kings are impressive. Of the Cup-winning 2012 team, the Great One said, “They’re a much better team than we were in ’93.”He’s right. Gretzky’s team was an exciting offensive squad, and one of the last successful relics of the high-octane playing style that had ruled the game in the 1980s. But today’s Los Angeles Kings are exemplars of the modern game. 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Ohio State mens basketball media day recap

The 2015-16 Ohio State men’s basketball season didn’t go as planned: that much is known. With only one junior on the roster and no seniors, leadership, experience and chemistry was a question.Perhaps going into the 2016-17 season, maturity and learning from last season’s second-round exit from the NIT could be OSU’s greatest asset.On Thursday afternoon, the Buckeyes held their annual media day inside the practice facility at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. OSU returns its six leading scorers from a season ago, looking to start a new trend of consecutive NCAA tournament berths — a streak that was snapped last season after seven straight appearances into “The Dance” from 2009-2015.The only returning member not available to the media was redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson. Coach Thad Matta and the rest of the returning Buckeyes fielded questions on the offseason and the upcoming 2016-17 campaign.Matta still hard on Buckeyes after last seasonSince taking over the OSU program in 2004, coach Matta has come to expect, and deserve, to be a top contender in the conference every year. Last season’s team simply didn’t come close to the requirements. Failing to make the NCAA tournament for just the second time in his 12 seasons in Columbus, Matta isn’t letting his players soon forget about it.“The biggest message (in the offseason) was we are going to fight for our culture every single day,” Matta said. “From the littlest of things, there’s going to be a demand of … we aren’t going to take anything for granted. We feel like we know what it takes to win here. I think we have the type of guys who are willing to do that.”Redshirt junior guard Kam Williams said when he misses a shot in practice, Matta shouts, “That’s how you end up in the NIT!” Albeit harsh, Matta said his sarcasm isn’t always understood by his players, but he said that has to be the mindset.When Matta took over the Buckeyes program, OSU was a middle-of-the-pack Big Ten team who often received a whomping by conferences powerhouses Indiana and Michigan State. Matta has been to two Final Fours, one national championship game, won five regular-season Big Ten titles, won four Big Ten Tournament titles and has won more games on the OSU sideline than any coach in school history.For all of that to return, he brought back former coaches Chris Jent and Alan Major to the staff, and Matta said he and the coaching staff have changed the structure of practice. Sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle said the players are being held accountable for their actions on the court and, most especially, off the court and in the classroom.“I don’t think we’ll be like we were last year just because we don’t want that feeling again,” Lyle said. “We remember that feeling after the Michigan State game (in the Big Ten tournament) when we knew we weren’t going to the (NCAA) tournament and then playing in the NIT. Nobody wants that feeling again.”Jae’Sean Tate ready to goThe junior forward underwent season-ending shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder in February. Tate also had a minor surgery in the offseason on his right ankle to remove a loose body that was bothering him for much of the season. Now just six weeks before the team leaves for Annapolis, Maryland, for its first game of the season against Navy, Tate says he’s fully recovered.“If we played today, I could play,” he said.Before Tate went down with injury, he was the undeniable leader on and off the court for a team that was hanging by a thread for an at-large berth into the NCAA tournament. Tate averaged 11.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in 2015-16. He said that not being able to finish the season last year is a chip on his shoulder he’s taking into this season.“I feel like we’re hungrier this year,” Tate said. “Going into it — especially me and (senior forward) Marc (Loving), he’s going into his fourth (year), I’m going into my third (year), I wasn’t able to finish the year last year and we still haven’t won. I’ve won at every level and I feel like to let Marc leave here without any awards, it just isn’t right.”Chris Jent making a differenceWhen assistant coach Jent left OSU after the 2012-2013 season, the Buckeyes just missed out on a Final Four appearance. Now Jent is back next to coach Matta on the sidelines and has been infectious thus far.“With coach Jent coming back, there’s a lot of basketball wisdom from higher levels of playing that guys want to reach here,” senior forward Marc Loving said. “He’s a high energy guy. He’s very passionate about the game. I felt like that just oozes out of him and translates to us, where guys want to get to the gym and are looking for times to get in and get a couple reps before class and after class. Just having him around is definitely a plus.”It’s no secret that Matta wants to get back to his winning ways at OSU. Recently he’s been criticized for letting in-state high-school talent leave the state for other top-notch programs, while OSU continues to be a middle-of-the-pack team in the Big Ten for the past three years. Junior forward Keita Bates-Diop said that Jent only knows OSU as a contender from his time as a player, from 1988 to 1992, and as a coach, so it’s natural for Jent to set high standards for this team.“That’s what he expects of Ohio State,” Bates-Diop said. “No matter who’s the coach, no matter who’s playing.”JaQuan Lyle, year twoJust like OSU’s season, the same can be said about sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle — there were some great moments, and some not so great moments. This season, however, Lyle is noticeably slimmer checking in at 210 pounds, looking to impose his will on the Big Ten and all of college basketball in 2016-17.“Me personally, I think I’m at a good place right now. (I have) pretty much doubled my basketball smarts from last year just off of having that one year under my belt,” Lyle said. “I think the biggest thing for me when the season starts is consistency. Being able to come out every night and compete. When my shot isn’t falling, still being able to do something.”Lyle occasionally showed the immaturity as a freshman, often times in big games. But in other instances, he would explode for a triple-double against Rutgers, 27 points on the road at Wisconsin and 29 points and eight rebounds at Indiana, among others. Consistency is undoubtedly a key for Lyle in his sophomore campaign, but he is attempting to channel the dominating player he knows he can be, which, in turn, might lead to a greater total in the win column.“I want to play more minutes than I did last year,” Lyle said. “I want to compete at a higher level than I did last year for a longer period of time. That really drove me to start getting my body right.” read more

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Roofer fined £300 for carrying sandwich wrappers and crisp packets in his

Stewart from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, was handed a fixed penalty notice for “failure to furnish documentation (waste carriers licence)”.He was ordered to pay £300 within 14 days of May 23, when the incident occurred. He said he plans to settle the fine.A Waltham Forest Council spokesman said: “The waste in this case was being transported in commercial refuse bag in the trader’s vehicle.”Regardless of what the items are, if waste is being stored in a commercial refuse bag in a trader’s van it is necessary that they have a valid waste carriers’ license.” Mr Gosling with standing outside his van (left) with his penalty notice (right)Credit:SWNS A white van man has been hit with a £300 fine after sandwich wrappers and crisp packets were found inside his work van.Roofer Stewart Gosling, 43, was punished with the on-the-spot penalty after a stash of waste he kept in a plastic commercial waste bag was found in the back of his vehicle.Waltham Forest Council workers told Mr Gosling he was breaking the law for carrying the rubbish without permission when they carried out spot checks in east London.Mr Gosling has tried to appeal the fine but has been told he will end up in court if he doesn’t pay the penalty issued at the roadside.He said: “It’s so infuriating. The working-class man gets penalised for going to work basically.”I’ve not fly-tipped. I’ve not left it in someone’s garden. It’s frustrated the hell out of me.”There was just a bag of rubbish, bottles, crisp packets, newspapers and sandwich wrappers. “What gets me is the lack of common sense. It’s a lot of money for one bag of rubbish.”The roofing contractor was driving through Chingford in north east London when he was pulled over by council workers.They searched his vehicle before asking him if he had a waste carriers’ licence, which are required by any business that transports commercial refuse. Mr Gosling with standing outside his van (left) with his penalty notice (right) 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. read more

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Japan has unveiled android news readers and theyre extremely creepy

first_img Source: Shizuo Kambayashi/PA WireIshiguro has a humanoid version of himself which he sends overseas to give lectures, saying it “cuts down on [his] business trips”.“We want robots to become increasingly clever,” he said. Hmmph.But Kodomoroid? She has plans of her own. ”My dream is to have my own TV show in the future,” she said.If you desperately need to see the androids in action, check out this video from The Japan Times. Shiver. Source: The Japan Times/YouTubeThe Queen didn’t sit on the Iron Throne and disappointed the entire internet>Man uses pint of Guinness to propose in Dublin> Source: Shizuo Kambayashi/PA WireThe Otonaroid (“otona” meaning adult) excused herself after a quick reboot, saying: “I’m a little bit nervous.”Both androids will work at Tokyo’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, interacting with visitors to collect data for Ishiguro’s studies into human reactions to the machines.Ishiguro told AFP:We will have more and more robots in our lives in the future. You can take my androids on planes – the torso in the suitcase and the head in carry-on. The androids and their creator, Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro (second from left) Source: Shizuo KambayashiTHE FUTURE IS here. It’s a scarily-lifelike android that can read the news and tell jokes, but it’s here. Accept it. Ignore the growing sense of dread.Japanese scientists today unveiled what they claim is the world’s first news-reading android, eerily lifelike and possessing a sense of humour to match her perfect language skills.They call the robot Kodomoroid – an amalgamation of the Japanese word for “child” (kodomo) and “android”. Source: Shizuo Kambayashi/PA WireThe android delivered news of an earthquake and an FBI raid to amazed reporters in Tokyo.She even poked fun at her creator, telling leading robotics professor Hiroshi Ishiguro: “You’re starting to look like a robot!”The pitch-perfect Kodomoroid was joined by another grown-up robot, who caught stage fright and fluffed her lines when asked to introduce herself.last_img read more

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Kindle Fire preorders exceeding 2000 per hour

first_imgAmazon does not readily share its sales figures, but much to the annoyance of Jeff Bezos, someone working for the company has decided to leak details of just how many people are pre-ordering the Kindle Fire. The numbers are simply staggering.According to leaked screens from Amazon’s Availability Lookup and SKU Aggregator (Alaska) system, used internally for tracking stock, in the first 5 days pre-orders were available, 250,000 Kindle Fires were snapped up. That’s an average of over 2,000 every single hour, and if it continues, Amazon needs to have at least 2.5 million ready for launch on November 15.If Amazon really is making $50 per Kindle Fire sale that translates to $125 million in revenue on day one (if it can fulfill orders). Now add to that the amount of content 2.5 million consumers using these tablets will purchase, plus the ongoing sales of the device as we head into the end-of-year shopping period, and this already looks to be both an instant hit and very profitable piece of hardware for Amazon.We have to assume interest in the Kindle Fire will only grow as launch day approaches, especially if Amazon starts advertising the tablet heavily. But one thing is already clear: the Kindle Fire will easily surpass the launch of the iPad if these pre-order figures are correct. The original iPad only achieved 1 million sales in its first month. That may be an unfair comparison, however, as Apple was launching the first real tablet on to the market where as Amazon is entering a market full of consumers who already know what they are and want one.The flip side to all this may upset a few eager consumers who want Amazon’s tablet: if you haven’t pre-ordered the Kindle Fire yet it’s looking doubtful you will get one in the post next month.Read more at Cult of Androidlast_img read more

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Telangana records 35 per cent rain deficit in June

first_imgAs per the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), districts like Hyderabad, Jagtial, Jangaon and Karimnagar received deficit rainfall in June. Unlike the other districts, Hyderabad was the only one to receive two digit rainfall (11%). The city has received 116.9 mm of rains against 105.6 mm of cumulative rain. Meanwhile, the highest rainfall deficit was recorded in Khammam (-73%). It has received only 35.2 mm rainfall against 130.5 mm cumulative rainfall. However, the weathermen predicted moderate to heavy rainfall over the next few days. The IMD issued a heavy rainfall warning till July 3 due to the formation of a low-pressure area over the northeast Bay of Bengal. The low-pressure area will be turning into a depression in the next 24 hours ensuing heavy rainfall.last_img

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Houston Firefighters Union President to Debate Mayor Turner on Pay Parity

first_img Share @FirefightersHOU has withdrawn from the scheduled debate on Proposition B after the Harris County Democratic Party failed to set ground rules that would have checked Mayor Sylvester Turner’s influence over the event. Please see attached news release. pic.twitter.com/FJKbynI4Gy— Houston Firefighters (@FirefightersHOU) October 3, 2018 Patrick M. ‘Marty’ Lancton, president of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association.The Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association (HPFFA) announced Wednesday afternoon it has agreed to participate in a debate with Mayor Sylvester Turner about pay parity between the local police and fire departments.On Wednesday morning, the HPFFA had announced that its president, Patrick M. ‘Marty’ Lancton, would not participate in the debate, which is scheduled for Saturday, due to disagreements with the Harris County Democratic Party (HCDP) which is organizing the event.The HPFFA said in a statement obtained by News 88.7 that “the Harris County Democratic Party failed to set ground rules that would have checked Mayor Sylvester Turner’s influence over the event.”center_img The statement detailed that the Harris County Democratic Party “rejected a HPFFA request to directly address precinct chairs so they could vote on whether the county Democratic Party should support firefighters and Proposition B.”However, a statement sent around 4:30 p.m. announced that “after working through a variety of miscommunications” the HPFFA had agreed to take part in the debate about Proposition B.Lancton thanked the HCDP for “further clarifying the ground rules of the Prop B debate.” “Fairness of the debate and the inclusion of the precinct chairs in this process are priorities for us. The precinct chairs deserve to be as involved as possible in the debate,” the HPFFA president added.The debate will take place this Saturday, October 6, from 10 to 11 a.m. and will be live-streamed by the HCDP.last_img read more

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The Feathers of Planet Earths Bird of Paradise Literally Eat Light

first_imgClearly, though, evolution has deemed super-black feathers to be useful for the bird of paradise, which means they may well be useful for humans too. Because the black magic of the bird of paradise feather literally goes deeper. McCoy and her team imaged the feathers with a scanning electron microscope, but with this technique the electron beam tends to electrostatically charge specimens and mess with image quality. So they had to ground the feathers.“We blasted it with gold so that we could look at it under a microscope,” says McCoy, “but then we noticed amazingly that it still looked black even though we had put a 5 nanometer layer of gold over the entire surface.” The super-black feather, it seems, just won’t quit being super black.Which could be great news for materials science. Super-black materials made in the lab rely on regularity to scatter light—a bunch of tiny cones, for instance, one after another across a surface. That’s like precise and elegant classical music compared to the bird of paradise’s metal-as-hell method. So maybe engineers can embrace that chaos to create new materials out of keratin, the same stuff that makes up feathers (and your hair and nails, by the way). Especially since traditional super-black materials tend to be fragile.“Feathers are really robust, they’re hard to break, and they’re made of this super cheap thing,” says McCoy. “So if we can easily 3-D print or some other simple cheap way of manufacturing this, I think it could be useful.”So metalheads, rejoice. New super-black materials may be headed your way, thanks to the sexual adventures of the bird of paradise. Which if it isn’t the name of a metal band out there, it should be. Matt SimonSea Lion Flippers Could Inspire Super-Stealthy Submersibles Matt SimonBizarre Sea Creature Could Teach Humans to Do the Locomotion The mating dance of the male superb bird of paradise is like nothing else on Earth. To win the affection of a female, he forms a sort of satellite dish with his body, revealing an entrancing band of blue. He jumps about like this, clicking in the face of the rather drab female, who appears simultaneously intrigued and horrified.[embedded content]Other species of birds of paradise may vary in their plumage and tactics, but they share something remarkable: their black feathers. OK, maybe not remarkable at first glance, but a study out today in the journal Nature Communications reveals that those feathers absorb 99.95 percent of light. That’s nearly none more black, and virtually identical to the 99.965 percent of light that Vantablack, the world’s darkest artificial substance, can absorb. And it’s all thanks to black feathers structured like a forest of chaos.The black feathers of the male bird of paradise eat light. Which again, metal. That’s because unlike your typical bird feather, which is more or less neatly structured with branches that branch off of branches, kind of like a fractal, the bird of paradise feather looks like an irregular forest of trees (see the image below for a comparison).This leads to a whole lot of cavities in the feather. “Light strikes the feather, and is repeatedly scattered within these cavities,” says Harvard evolutionary biologist Dakota McCoy, lead author of the paper. “Each time it scatters, a little bit is absorbed, so that’s how they become so black.” (Nitpicky thing I should probably mention: The feathers absorb 99.95 percent of directly incident light, meaning light coming from straight ahead, where the female would be standing. When it comes to light from all sides, the figure is more like 96.86 percent.) Which is particularly odd because human-made super-blacks rely not on chaos, but strict patterning of structures.A comparison of a normal feather, top left, and a feather from a paradise riflebird, top right. The bottom panels are the feathers coated in gold. Notice how the riflebird’s still appears a deep black.Dakota McCoyThis is known as structural absorption, and it’s fundamentally different from how pigment works in the animal kingdom. A pigment on, say, a parrot, absorbs certain wavelengths of light and reflects others, manifesting as color. The idea behind the structural absorption of the bird of paradise’s super-black, on the other hand, is light keeps bouncing around the “forest” of structures, absorbing and absorbing.The male bird of paradise takes things to the next level for a very good reason: sex. Let’s return to the example of the superb bird of paradise and its dance of seduction. The little prince of darkness creates that satellite dish with his wings, revealing a striking band of blue set against that striking black. This blue is also a structural color, though in this case it’s structural reflection, not absorption. So it bounces light around the structure to give a sort of sheen that changes depending on the angle. Again, this is different from straight pigment in that pigment reflects or absorbs certain wavelengths of light without all the bouncing around.“The whole point, we think, of these feathers is to trick her eye and brain into thinking that there’s less light illuminating the male than there really is,” says McCoy. “So to her eye, when her world is an incredibly dark black background and then a vivid blue spot, the spot looks even brighter, and it even looks like it’s glowing.” It may even look like it’s floating in space.This delicate dance isn’t about hubris—it’s about sexual selection. The male puts on his show because females can afford to be picky about who they mate with. The debate over why this evolved is still a contentious one, but it may have been that long ago, nice feathers were an indication that a bird of paradise male was healthy and parasite free. Females picked the highfalutin males, and an arms race ensued, with males developing ever more ostentatious displays. So it may be that these days, a male with super-black feathers and a pretty blue band isn’t necessarily more healthy. It might be that he’s bluffing. Which would all explain why females are so drab—this isn’t an adaptation to, say, camouflage better at night, otherwise you’d expect both sexes would rock it.What’s curious is why we don’t see these kinds of feathers more often among birds. After all, absorbing almost all the photons that hit the feathers can in a sense make a bird invisible. “It may be that it really affects the waterproof-ability of those feathers, it may be that it’s more costly to produce those feathers,” says Jack Dumbacher, curator of ornithology and mammalogy at the California Academy of Sciences. “There must be some kind of downside. Maybe they wear out more quickly and have to be replaced more often.”center_img Matt SimonThis Robot Snake Means You No Harm, Really More biomimicrylast_img read more

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Deal Alert Logitech Crayon Offers the Apple Pencil Experience on iPad For

first_img Share Tweet Submit You can pick up the Logitech Crayon for just $49.99 instead of $70 today. It is a great alternative to the first-generation Apple Pencil.The Apple Pencil is expensive and the Cupertino company is not hiding that fact at all. But, little do people know that there is a viable alternative that is sanctioned by Apple and works just like the Apple Pencil, and this is the Logitech Crayon. This accessory was primarily aimed at schools but if you’re an average person like us then you too can pick it up and use it like the Apple Pencil. How much does it cost right now? Just $49.99.Unlike the Apple Pencil, you don’t have to pair the Crayon by shoving it inside the Lightning port in order to get started. Just turn it on and start using it. And best of all: it works with the latest-generation iPad Pro lineup as well which is nice. It even charges up really, really fast. Hook it up to a Lightning charger and you’ll 30 minutes of active use out of just 2 minutes of charging. On a full charge you can go up to 7.5 hours which is not bad at all.Compatible with iPad (6th Gen), iPad Air (3rd Gen) and iPad mini (5th Gen)Uses Apple Pencil technology for precise writing, no delaysPalm Rejection technology—rest your hand naturally on the screen like you would with Pencil and paperTilt for thicker or thinner linesNo pairing, just turn on and drawIf you want the Apple Pencil experience without breaking the bank, then this is a deal you should not miss. For $49.99, the Crayon is a tool which every creator should have but do not want to shatter their wallets.Buy Logitech Crayon for iPad (6th Gen), iPad Air (3rd Gen) and iPad Mini (5th Gen) – Was $70, now just $49.99last_img read more

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first_imgNews | November 04, 2009 No APCs for Nuclear Medicine, Radiopharmaceuticals in HOPPS Related Content News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… 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 News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more 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 News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more 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 Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more November 4, 2009 – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the review copy of the 2010 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) final rule on Oct. 30, 2009.The final rule provides the following, as summarized by the American College of Radiology (ACR):1. Effective Jan. 1, 2010 the conversion factor for HOPPS will be $67.406, from the current 2009 conversion factor of $65.684.2. CMS are not proposing any new composite APCs for CY 2010 so that they may monitor the effects of the existing composite APCs on utilization and payment.3. CMS are not accepting the APC Panel’s recommendation to explore developing composite APCs for diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals and nuclear medicine procedures.4. In CY 2010, CMS will pay for separately payable drugs and biologicals under the OPPS at the average sales price (ASP) plus 4 percent.5. The packaging threshold for drugs and biologicals will be $65 for CY 2010, a $5 increase from the current threshold of $60 for CY 2009.6. CMS will continue pass-through status in CY 2010 for drugs and biologicals at an average sales price (ASP) of plus 6 percent, equivalent to the rate these drugs and biologicals would receive in the physician’s office.7. CMS will continue to pay for brachytherapy sources based on median unit costs, as calculated from claims data according to the standard OPPS ratesetting methodology.8. CMS will continue to require hospitals participating in HOP QDRP to report the existing 7 chart-abstracted emergency department and perioperative measures, and 4 existing claims-based imaging efficiency measures for the HOP QDRP for CY 2011 payment determination. 9. CMS is revising or further defining several current policies for the physician supervision of outpatient services. In CY 2010, CMS will allow certain nonphysician practitioners to provide direct supervision for all hospital outpatient therapeutic services that they are authorized to personally perform according to their state scope of practice rules and hospital-granted privileges. Under current policy, only physicians may provide the direct supervision of these services. CMS is defining “direct supervision” to mean that the physician or nonphysician practitioner must be present anywhere on the hospital campus and immediately available to furnish assistance and direction throughout the performance of the procedure.The ACR will is reviewing the 2010 HOPPS final rule and will submit comments.For more information: http://www.federalregister.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2009-26499_PI.pdf FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. 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first_img Related Content 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 Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. 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 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 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… 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 center_img Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  November 16, 2010 — Aloka Ultrasound announced its endorsement of Sterrad NX and 100NX systems from Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP) as compatible sterilization methods for all Aloka intraoperative transducers. The endorsement follows completion of rigorous sterilization validation and device functionality studies performed by ASP in accordance with recognized ANSI/AAMI/ISO standards and guidelines, as well as pertinent FDA requirements. Aloka says it is the only ultrasound company with its intraoperative transducers listed on ASP’s Sterrad Sterility Guide (SSG) as compatible with all Sterrad systems. This means that healthcare facilities no longer need to differentiate between the various Sterrad systems for use with its products. For more information: www.aspjj.com or www.aloka.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | November 16, 2010 Surgical Ultrasound Probes Compatible with All Sterrad Sterilization Systems News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read morelast_img read more

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YouTube shuts down music companies use of manual copyright claims to steal

first_imgYouTube is making a change to its copyright enforcement policies around music used in videos, which may result in an increased number of blocked videos in the shorter term — but overall, a healthier ecosystem in the long term. Going forward, copyright owners will no longer be able to monetize creator videos with very short or unintentional uses of music via YouTube’s “Manual Claiming” tool. Instead, they can choose to prevent the other party from monetizing the video or they can block the content. However, YouTube expects that by removing the option to monetize these sorts of videos themselves, some copyright holders will instead just leave them alone.“One concerning trend we’ve seen is aggressive manual claiming of very short music clips used in monetized videos. These claims can feel particularly unfair, as they transfer all revenue from the creator to the claimant, regardless of the amount of music claimed,” explained YouTube in a blog post.To be clear, the changes only involve YouTube’s Manual Claiming tool which is not how the majority of copyright violations are handled today. Instead, the majority of claims are created through YouTube’s Content ID match system. This system scans videos uploaded to YouTube against a database of files submitted to the site by copyright owners. Then, when a match is found, the copyright holder owner can choose to block the video or monetize it themselves, and track the video’s viewership stats. The Manual Claiming tool, on the other hand, is only offered to partners who understand how Content ID works. It allows them to search through publicly available YouTube videos to look for those containing their content and apply a claim when a match is found.The problem with the Manual Claiming policy is that it was impacting creator content even when the use of the claimed music in videos was very short — even a second long — or unintentional. For example, a creator who was vlogging may have walked past a store that was playing the copyrighted song, but then could lose the revenue from their video as a result.In April, YouTube said it was looking to address this problem. And just ahead of this year’s VidCon, YouTube announced several well-received changes to the Manual Claiming Policy. It began to require that copyright owners specify the timestamp in the video where the claim occurs — a change that YouTube hoped would create additional friction and cut down on abuse.Creators were also given tools of their own that let them easily remove the clip or replace the infringing content with free-to-use tracks.These newly announced changes go even further as they remove the ability for the copyright owner to monetize the infringing video at all. Copyright holders can now only prevent the creators themselves from monetizing the video, or they can block the content. However, given the new creator tools for handling infringing content, it’s likely that creators in those situations would just address the problem content in order to keep their video online.“As always, the best way to avoid these issues is to not use unlicensed content in your videos, even when it’s unintentional music playing in the background,” noted YouTube.It also urged creators to utilize its resources, like the YouTube Audio Library, and to read up on YouTube’s dispute process policies before uploading content that the creator believes is a copyright exception due to Fair Use.YouTube says the changes will apply to all new manual claims, starting in mid-September.Once enforcement begins, copyright owners who repeatedly fail to adhere to the policies will lose access to the Manual Claiming tool.The response from the creator community, not surprisingly, has been positive as creators thanked YouTube for finally listening to them and responding to their concerns over this sort of copyright claim abuse.🥁New todayA policy preventing Copyright owners from making $ on manual claims for:🎵Short song clips (ex: 5 sec of a song)🎵Unintentional audio (ex:🎶from passing cars)Claimants can still block monetization or the video itself, but timestamps help you edit out the claim.— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) August 15, 2019last_img read more

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Tapping their toes to country music

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite If country music is your style, then Thatchers Barn Theatre was the place to be on Saturday.They played host to the ‘Rock this Country’ show, a flashback of country songs from the ‘golden oldies’ until today. Situated on the Collings Pass road off the N11, there was a matinee show at 2pm and an evening show at 6.30pm.As you can imagine, everyone sang along and tapped their feet while having a drink or two.A scrumptious supper was served, and then the guests danced the night away to the best country sounds around.last_img

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