Province Increases Services for Hearing Speech Treatment

first_imgNova Scotians will have access to more hearing and speech treatment in the new year. Health Minister Chris d’Entremont announced today, Dec. 12, the province will begin funding medically-approved double cochlear implants in January. About 30 people – mostly children – are expected to benefit from the change in policy. “Providing double cochlear implants as early as possible can have an incredible impact on speech and language skills and can improve learning skills,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “We’re pleased to make this investment, which can bring immense value to children and families.” Cochlear implants are devices that capture sound and turn it into electrical signals. They are surgically placed in the ear, next to the hearing nerve, where they send information to the brain, allowing the patient to hear sounds. In Nova Scotia, these surgeries are performed at the IWK Health Centre and the QEII Health Sciences Centre. Single cochlear implant surgeries have been performed in Nova Scotia since 2001. New medical research has recently shown that double cochlear implants can significantly improve hearing and speech skills in some people. For a patient to be a good candidate for a double cochlear implant they would have to have profound hearing loss in both ears, be at least 12 months old, and will usually have tried hearing aids for at least six months with no success. The investment will cost government about $300,000 a year.last_img read more

Ministers Panel on Education Releases Report

first_img Strengthen the curriculum to transform teaching and learning Make high-quality teaching the norm in every classroom Prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s opportunities Ensure that inclusion is working for everyone Create a positive climate for learning Collaborate for improved student health and well-being Build a modern-day structure for teaching and learning The province is being challenged to make significant changes to the way education is delivered in Nova Scotia. The Minister’s Panel on Education released a report today, Oct. 30, that contains seven themes that represent what almost 19,000 Nova Scotians said are the most important issues to improve the system. “The panel is pleased to present our results of our review. We took a holistic look and are all proud to assist the Province of Nova Scotia in charting a course for change in our education system,” said Myra Freeman, panel chair. “With such a high level of participation from Nova Scotians, the panel is in a strong position to identify the issues that government and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development need to address most urgently.” Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey accepted the report and announced work will begin immediately on an action plan to create changes in the education system. “I want to thank the panel for all of the work they have done over the past nine months, and thank all Nova Scotians who took the time to share their feedback on the province’s education system,” said Ms. Casey. “I know Nova Scotians are passionate about the quality of learning and education that students receive. I look forward to reviewing the report and creating an action plan for change.” Nova Scotians presented mixed views about the quality of the public school system, with 50 per cent expressing dissatisfaction. The report focuses on areas where a compelling case can be made for change and the greatest areas of concern for Nova Scotians. The themes of the report are: Many teachers, parents, administrators and students expressed the need for fewer curriculum areas and more time to master key areas of learning — math and literacy. Curriculum at the early elementary level for all subjects should be integrated, with math and literacy as the foundation. Teacher education, certification, discipline, hiring and professional development were cited as critical areas for improvement. Students need more support entering and leaving the school system, as well as from grade to grade. Many Nova Scotians feel students are not ready for the workforce and post-secondary learning when they graduate from high school. There are concerns about advancing students to the next grade with peers even if they are not academically ready. There is support for the principles of inclusion, but it is not working in its current model. In the absence of appropriate levels of support, inclusion has introduced a new layer of complexity to classrooms, and teachers are struggling to effectively meet the needs of all students. Respect between students, teachers and parents was a common theme, as was ensuring schools are welcoming and reflective of cultural groups. Creating a positive school climate is a shared responsibility. All staff, students, parents and community partners must work together to create respect and take action against bullying and violence in schools. The role of the school has expanded over the years. It is expected to ensure students succeed academically, but also faces issues such as obesity, mental health, career planning, and health and well-being. There is an urgent need to continue work on improving the physical health of children and youth in the province. Nova Scotians say schools are taking the right steps to contribute to students’ health and well-being, but add there is a need for more physical activity during the school day and a greater focus on mental health awareness. The province needs to look for ways to improve how the school system is funded and governed. Concerns were raised about a system that is not working as well as it should for students. Key points Nova Scotians brought up during consultations were: The report is the first comprehensive review of Nova Scotia’s school system in 25 years. The full report, Disrupting the Status Quo: Nova Scotians Demand a Better Future for Every Student, is available at www.novascotia.ca/review .last_img read more

Calgary man stabbed neighbour Albertas top court puts end to all appeals

first_imgCALGARY – The Alberta Court of Appeal has dismissed two appeals in the case of a man who argued he was fending off an attempted sex assault when he stabbed his new neighbour 37 times.Nicholas Rasberry was found guilty of manslaughter in the death of school teacher Craig Kelloway in May 2013.Rasberry was originally charged with second-degree murder. He admitted at his trial that he stabbed Kelloway after the two men and their wives had spent time drinking at a barbecue at Rasberry’s Calgary home, but he said he acted in self-defence.He said Kelloway, who was originally from Glace Bay, N.S., had threatened to sexually assault him and his wife.Justice Robert Hall said he did not view the stabbings as “mere self-defence.”“Rasberry stabbed Kelloway 37 times. In doing so, he broke one knife and had access to another. He broke a second knife and bent a third,” Hall said in his verdict in October 2015.“It is important that the sentence denounces the crazy, excessive force used by Rasberry in killing Kelloway. The number of stabbings and slashings with the use of three weapons is a substantial, aggravating factor in this case.”Alberta’s top court rejected a request that Rasberry be acquitted. The defence argued that the court erred by not fully accepting his self-defence claim.“We are satisfied that the trial judge accepted Rasberry’s evidence to the extent necessary to ground the defence of partial provocation,” the three-member appeal panel wrote.“The trial judge found the wrongful act as described by Rasberry, and the response to it, met both prongs of the test of provocation and the Crown had not proved otherwise.”The panel also ruled that the judge acted properly in his finding that the severity of Rasberry’s attack on Kelloway was not reasonable.The court also dismissed the Crown’s submission that Rasberry should be retried because his self-defence claim had no “air of reality.”Rasberry remains free on bail until his appeal of his seven-year sentence is heard.— Follow @BillGraveland on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said all appeals in the case had been dismissed and Rasberry would have to turn himself in.last_img read more

The Thursday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Thursday, Aug. 24———TEACHERS’ UNION CALLS FOR FIRST PM’S NAME TO BE TAKEN OFF SCHOOLS: An Ontario teachers union says the provincial government should remove the name of Canada’s first prime minister from all schools and buildings. The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario cites what it calls Sir John A. Macdonald’s role as the “architect of genocide against Indigenous Peoples.” The union passed a motion at its annual meeting last week, but it was not unanimous.———DUFFY TAKES SENATE AND RCMP TO COURT OVER EXPENSE INVESTIGATION: Sen. Mike Duffy has launched a lawsuit against the Senate and the RCMP for their handling of accusations about his expenses. He is seeking more than $7.8 million for loss of income and benefits and damage to his reputation. Duffy alleges in court documents that his 2013 suspension by the Senate was unconstitutional and that the RCMP were negligent in their investigation. Duffy was acquitted of 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery that were laid against him.———FEDERAL CABINET MINISTER LEAVES POLITICS: Public Works Minister Judy Foote has resigned from cabinet and will leave politics due to personal reasons. Foote has been battling breast cancer and was told the cancer causing gene she has been passed on to her children. While her two adult daughters and son are free of cancer, she says the news has put things into perspective for her.———KHADR FACES LEGAL ACTION IN ALBERTA: Lawyers representing the widow of an American soldier are launching legal action in Alberta against Omar Khadr. The move duplicates one in the Ontario courts seeking enforcement of a massive U.S. damages award against the former Guantanamo Bay detainee. The claim calls on the Canadian courts to recognize the judgment from Utah, and to issue a “corresponding” judgment in the amount of $173.88 million — the Canadian value of the US$132.1-million American award made in 2015. Khadr, 30, has been on bail in Edmonton for the past two years pending his appeal in the U.S. of his convictions before an American tribunal.———SCHEER CALLS FOR CHANGES IN REFUGEE CROSSINGS: Conservative leader Andrew Scheer says the Trudeau government should designate the illegal entry points into Canada being used by thousands of asylum seekers as official crossings. Nearly 10,000 people have been apprehended crossing illegally into Canada from the U.S. since January. The reason they’re choosing to come through unofficial openings in the border is an agreement between Canada and the U.S. that precludes people from making asylum claims at official land border points. Scheer says if the crossings were designated official, that would both deal with the problem and also send a signal to those in the U.S. that they can’t just cross and get asylum.———ALBERTA WOMAN VERBALLY ABUSED BY SELF-PROCLAIMED NAZI: A teacher who came to Canada from Bangladesh eight years ago says a man who said he was a Nazi was verbally abusive, making racist attacks at her for wearing a hijab during a visit to Manitoba this summer. Kaniz Fatima of Calgary posted video of the July encounter on social media this week and says women who wear hijabs must be prepared for such comments. Fatima says the man became abusive and told her he was a Nazi, then ordered her to take off her hijab and go back to her country.———VIDEOS PROMPT POLICE TO INVESTIGATE BC TRANSIT CONFRONTATION: Police are investigating a confrontation captured on video that featured “profane and racially slanted language.” Metro Vancouver Transit police say they started looking into the matter after several videos were posted on Facebook following the confrontation on Monday afternoon. Police say officers boarded a SkyTrain in Burnaby, B.C., after someone used the emergency alert system and spoke to a witness who told them a woman had been swearing at an elderly couple before leaving the train. Police say they’ve identified the woman and intend to talk to her about her conduct.———INQUIRY INTO MURDERED, MISSING INDIGENOUS WOMAN CONTINUES: The chief commissioner of the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women is moving forward despite calls from some aboriginal groups for resignations and a reset. Chief commissioner Marion Buller says she and her colleagues intend to go ahead with community hearings next month, but will do so in a better way. In recent months, the commission has faced questions from concerned relatives who say they have lost faith in the inquiry because it is not giving families enough of a voice.———NHL REMEMBERS BRYAN MURRAY: A memorial was held in Ottawa on Thursday for longtime NHL coach Bryan Murray. Murray died earlier this month at the age of 74 after a three-year battle with colon cancer. Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello and coach Mike Babcock attended the memorial, as were former NHL players including Daniel Alfredsson and Luc Robitaille and current members of the Senators roster.———HOSTAGE SITUATION IN SOUTH CAROLINA ENDS WITH ONE DEAD, GUNMAN WOUNDED: A hostage situation in a Charleston, S.C., restaurant has ended with the gunman being shot by police. Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg said the restaurant employee shot by the gunman Thursday has died. Police says all the hostages at Virginia’s restaurant were rescued safely, it’s not clear how many there were. Police say the restaurant on tourist-heavy King Street was packed at lunchtime and officers helped rescue the wounded man and a number of diners.———last_img read more

Africa to dominate Security Councils work this month says President

Briefing reporters at UN Headquarters on the 15-member body’s schedule, Belgian Ambassador Johan C. Verbeke said the focus on African-related subjects is due partly to the fact that Africa is an important topic within the Council, and also because its members will embark on a week-long, five-nation visit next week. The mission, which will depart on 14 June, will take Council members to Accra, Ghana; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Khartoum, Sudan; Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire; and Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) before returning to New York on 21 June. In addition, on 25 June, the Council will focus on the relationship between natural resources and conflicts during an open debate initiated by Belgium. “The purpose is that we look at the relationship [between] natural resources and conflict from a perspective which transcends the classical perspective [that] the Council has been looking at it until now,” Mr. Verbeke said. “We see three ways of approaching the problem,” he added. The first was in terms of natural resources being the origin or the cause of conflict, while the second was to view natural resources and their revenues as fuel for prolonging conflicts. The third was to view the resources as empowering newly-recovered governments to move beyond the conflict period. Regarding the protection of civilians in armed conflict – the focus of a meeting scheduled for 22 June ¬ Mr. Verbeke said he hoped that Council members will come with “some insights and a sense of urgency that all the diplomatic work ultimately bears on women, children and men for whose protection we are working here in New York.” Kosovo, the situation in the Middle East, and the possible phasing out of the UN mission tasked with verifying Iraq’s compliance with its obligations to be rid of its weapons of mass destruction (UNMOVIC) are among the other topics that are expected to be considered during June. 4 June 2007The United Nations Security Council will have a “fairly heavy programme” this month, dominated by African subjects and including a visit to the continent, its President for June said today. read more

DMK calls on Sri Lanka to immediately release fishermen

Stalin, who is the leader of the Opposition in the state assembly, was elevated from the post of Treasurer in the party. As many as 16 resolutions were passed on the day including one that urges the central government to take action in the issue of lifting ban on ‘Jallikattu’, a bull taming sport.The party also staged a demonstration on Tuesday urging the State and Central governments to take immediate steps to conduct Jallikattu during the harvest festival of Pongal later this month. (Colombo Gazette) India’s Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has urged Sri Lanka to immediately release fishermen detained in Sri Lanka.The call was made after MK Stalin was elected as DMK’s working president in the party’s general council meeting today, the Press Trust of India reported. DMK) members paid condolence to J Jayalalithaa who died on December 5 after prolonged illness. After this the meeting started with taking several important decisions including passing resolutions. read more

A Dáil committee is talking to unionists to prepare for a possible

first_img Image: Julien Behal/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 82 Comments Feb 17th 2018, 4:00 PM Saturday 17 Feb 2018, 4:00 PM 34,702 Views Share1054 Tweet Email10 A Dáil committee is talking to unionists to prepare for a possible united Ireland Senator Mark Daly says ‘the lesson of Brexit’ is that you must prepare. The Orange Order march past City Hall in Belfast. Image: Julien Behal/PA Imagescenter_img As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Short URL SENATOR MARK DALY is currently undergoing a task which, in the light of this week’s events at Stormont, may seem particularly daunting.Daly is spearheading an effort by an Oireachtas committee to tease out what a reunited Ireland might look like in a post-Brexit world.As part of this effort, the committee has tasked itself with understanding and comprehensively addressing the fears unionists hold of a united Ireland.The thinking is that this engagement, and the plans that may stem from it, should be carried out before a border poll becomes a reality.Daly argues that recent history shows just how important that is: You must learn the lesson of Brexit, which is that you don’t have a referendum and tell everybody what the future will look like. What you do is talk about all the issues of health, education, housing, jobs and opportunities, but you also look at the issue of identity.These efforts are already underway and Daly says he has been meeting with unionists of different backgrounds who have shown a willingness to engage on the issues.He says that while most unionists do not aspire to a united Ireland or anything like that, there are pragmatic elements that value at least preparing for it should that be the will of people north and south of the border.Brexit has seen also seen these discussion become more common, he adds.“There’s a middle ground there. I was in Glencree on Tuesday at a cross-community meeting, unionist and republican and there is this kind of small u unionist who are kind of going: ‘You know we probably would be better of staying in the EU.’ ”UlsterThe commitment to engage with unionists to assess their “fears and concerns” was part of a detailed report published by the committee in August of last year.It was the first report of the Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement and focused on the impact of Brexit and the prospect for a united Ireland.Unionist fears and concerns were stressed to the committee by Dr James Wilson, a freelance lecturer who specialises in the field of unionism and loyalism.In his submission to the committee, Wilson outlined that, aside from economic arguments, much of the opposition of northern protestants to Irish unity “has been based on fear”.Wilson stated that these fears are “real and powerful” and broken down into three parts:Fear of dispossession, fear of retribution, and fear of assimilation into an alien Gaelic culture that eliminates their ethno-cultural diversity as British/Ulster Scots.The retribution element he addresses relates particularly to members of British security forces who served during the Troubles. It’s estimated that there are 300 unsolved murders involving former members of the security forces during that period.“The belief of post-unity retribution still lingers amongst former soldiers, policemen and prison officers, even though the vast majority never went to bed plotting to kill anyone,” Wilson said during his submission.Wilson outlined that unionists also fear a literal dispossession of the lands that came under the possession of protestants during the Plantation of Ulster and in the following centuries.Daly agrees but points out that there is no single branch of unionism. Among unionists there are working class people, farmers and business people, all of whom may have different priorities.Asked whether he feels unionists would accept a united Ireland if that was the decision north and south, Daly points to a 2010 survey which found that 82% would accept such a scenario.The remaining 18% he describes as “fight or flight”, with some unionists choosing to leave Ulster and others perhaps resisting the transition.In order to help prepare for that, the committee has also heard the expertise of Michael R. Ortiz, who was senior policy advisory in the Obama White House, about how best to guard against the rise of unionist radicalism following a united Ireland.Daly argues that the best way to do so is to provide opportunities for disadvantaged loyalists, whom he says are already being left behind by their representatives.“It’s about giving jobs and opportunities, education and hope and making sure that there’s a society where they have a future,” Daly says.“And at this moment in time, regardless of the referendum, the most disadvantaged communities in Northern Ireland are the ones being left down by the DUP. The loyalist communities are being ignored and know they’re being ignored.”Clarification: An earlier version of this article quoted Senator Mark Daly as using the term “small new unionist” when he had said “small u unionist”. The article has been amended to reflect that clarification. Read: ‘Those gaps were closed’: Coveney surprised over collapse of power-sharing talks in the North >Read: Explainer: What is the Irish Language Act and why is it causing political deadlock in Northern Ireland? > The Orange Order march past City Hall in Belfast. By Rónán Duffy https://jrnl.ie/3849573 last_img read more

Member of bible study group strangled a widowed pensioner and set fire

first_img A COLD CASE murder trial has been told that a member of a bible study group strangled a widowed pensioner and set fire to her Kilkenny house shortly after a publican had dropped her home.John Joseph Malone is charged with murdering 69-year-old Ann (Nancy) Smyth on 11 September 1987 at her home on Wolfe Tone Street in Kilkenny City.Malone (53) of Newpark, Kilkenny city, has pleaded not guilty and has gone on trial at the Central Criminal Court.Sean Gillane SC, prosecuting, opened the case for the jury this morning. He explained that this was an old case or ‘cold case’, but that he couldn’t take any advantage from that.He said that Smyth, who had lost her husband the previous year, had lived alone with her labrador in a detached bungalow. He said she was very well-known locally, very visible and loved a chat.Had been out with friendsHe explained that on Thursday night, 10 September, she went to a local pub, where she was well-known. She was there from about 9pm to midnight, during which time she chatted with locals and had a number of drinks.Although she lived nearby, the publican often dropped her home. He also did so this night, bringing her to her door. On the prosecution case, the publican was the last person to speak to her prior to her interaction with the person the State says was ultimately her murderer.Gillane said that a man driving by noticed her house on fire around 5am. He managed to open one window but was repelled by smoke.The emergency services found Smyth lying on the floor next to a burnt-out sofa. Her body had extensive burns, he explained.Initially not treated as suspiciousThere was no immediate suspicion, with it appearing to have been a domestic fire. However, on further examination, her cause of death was found to be asphyxia due to neck compression that had enough force to fracture her thyroid cartilage. There was also trauma to her head, he said.“So Ann Nancy Smyth wasn’t killed by the fire,” Gillane said. “An investigation commenced.”A neighbour had heard an argument around 12.30am or 1am. There was ‘some give and take’ and a man was shouting: Image: PA Archive/PA Images Short URL Wednesday 22 Mar 2017, 1:53 PM 13,661 Views Member of bible study group strangled a widowed pensioner and set fire to her home, court hears John Joseph Malone is charged with murdering 69-year-old Ann (Nancy) Smyth on 11 September 1987. ‘Let me f**king in’ and ‘I’ll f**king get you’.This neighbour knew the accused and said that it was he who was shouting.Others on the street saw a man banging on Smyth’s porch window, and one witness said a man with a speech impediment had asked him for a cigarette.“On the evidence, you’ll be satisfied that was John Joseph Malone,” said Gillane.The prosecutor said that the 1987 investigation had run into the sand and no prosecution was initiated. However, he said that in 2005 a person came forward with some information that ultimately led to the case being resuscitated.There was a public appeal for information in 2012 through the television programme, Crimecall, and witnesses came forward.Gillane told the jurors they would hear from a member of a bible study group that the accused had also attended. He would say that the accused told him that he had fought with Nancy Smyth that night, that he had struck her, that she’d died and that he had set fire to the house.A member of the same circle would give evidence that Malone told him he’d strangled her.“The prosecution case is that the man on the street shouting: ‘I’ll f**king get you. Let me in,’ was Malone,” concluded Gillane. “That he did get in, that he strangled Smyth and set the house on fire, and subsequently admitted his guilt of same.”The trial continues before Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of five women and seven men. It’s expected to last more than three weeks.Comments have been turned off as legal proceedings are ongoing.Read: Man in his 40s arrested after major cocaine seizure in Dublin shopping complex >Read: A spy novel set in Dublin during the 1940s Emergency chosen as this year’s One City One Book > http://jrnl.ie/3300672 center_img No Comments By Natasha Reid Mar 22nd 2017, 1:53 PM Share7 Tweet Email1 Image: PA Archive/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

John Williams Already Hard at Work Composing The Last Jedi

first_img There are a lot of different aspects of the Star Wars films that are hit or miss with most fans. Whether you only enjoy the original films, have love for the prequels or enjoy everything in between, one thing we all can agree on is that John Williams’s composing brings life to this beloved film franchise. Even with lackluster entries into the series, Williams soundtracks are always top notch. These beautiful scores resonate with all of us when we watch this beloved saga unfold.Last year it was announced that composer Michael Giacchino would take over composing duties on the first full-fledged Star Wars side story, Rogue One. Whether you enjoyed the film or not, you have to give credit to Giacchino for doing Williams justice by creating a dynamic and enthralling score that fit Rogue One‘s dark tones perfectly.Although, if you are a John Williams junkie, rest assure that the legend himself is back in the studio and currently scoring this year’s highly anticipated entry into the Star Wars franchise, The Last Jedi.Filmmaker Robert Meyer Burnett recently stated on his Twitter feed last week…This is pretty impressive, seeing as most studios will use a mock score in place to help enhance the editing process, thus giving a more clear vision for the final composer to come in and work their magic. In Jedi’s case, it will be quite the opposite. The already done John Williams score will be in place to help the editing process.I think it is safe to say we may be seeing a few dynamic moments with a robust and sweeping score. Just thinking about the editing team sitting down and tying these (hopefully) memorable scenes together, done by the familiar sounds of John Williams leaves me feeling confident that this entry may be one of its strongest in the series.We may just get our first listen of the score during the teaser trailer of The Last Jedi, which is rumored to be attached to Disney’s live action adaptation of Beauty & the Beast, releasing in theaters March 17th, 2017. If not then, definitely the following month in Orlando, FL for Star Wars Celebration. Stay on target Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more

Sheamus to have major role in TMNT 2 movie

first_img Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Twitter Pinterest Courtesy of WWE.com:Sheamus reveals role in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2”WWE.com can confirm that the rumors are true – WWE World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus will appear in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2” as the fan-favorite villain Rocksteady. Sheamus tweeted the first official look at his character for the film, along with an announcement that the trailer will arrive tomorrow.During the film’s production, there were unconfirmed reports and alleged set photos that suggested The Celtic Warrior was cast in the sequel to one of 2014’s biggest blockbusters. However, his involvement was never official until now. Will he be transformed into the mutant rhinoceros hooligan alongside Bebop? We certainly have our fingers crossed.Sheamus joins an all-star cast, including Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Tyler Perry, Brian Tee and SummerSlam 2015 competitor Stephen Amell – not to mention Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael. “TMNT 2” strikes in theaters June 3, 2016.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipMegan Fox is psychicVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:11/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 72.46%0:03Remaining Time -1:09 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Google+ Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Megan Fox is psychic Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Megan Fox Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Will Arnett CMLL World Lightweight Champion Dragón Lee to debut at MLW December events Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next This Is Why Actors Like Jennifer Grey, Taylor Lautner and Megan Fox Are Not Cast Anymore Videos Articles Megan Fox May Be Joining The ‘Star Trek’ Movie Franchise Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Impact Tag Team Champions to debut at EVOLVE Wrestling December events Megan Fox’s Paparazzi Issuelast_img read more

Apartment fire in White Salmon affects up to 40 people

first_imgA fire in White Salmon on Tuesday morning caused significant damage to an apartment building and affected as many as 40 people.White Salmon Fire Chief Bill Hunsaker said the initial emergency call about the structure fire in the 200 block of Northeast Rhine Village Drive came in at 2:35 a.m.Hunsaker’s fire department and three others from nearby communities launched multiple fire engines, with more than three dozen personnel helping out.Firefighters arrived at the apartment and saw flames venting through the roof and windows of one of four units, the fire chief said.It took the firefighters about two hours to get the blaze under control, and several more hours to ensure the damaged building would not rekindle.last_img

Valverde hails unbelievable Messi after 400th La Liga goal

first_imgBarcelona manager Ernesto Valverde believes Lionel Messi’s incredible statistics speak for themselves after he scored his 400th La Liga goalIn just 435 league games, Messi registered his 400th goal as Barcelona cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win over SD Eibar on Sunday with Luis Suarez netting the other two goals.“I think the figures speak for themselves,” Valverde told the club website.“We don’t know if anyone will ever get close to those statistics but he is unbelievable.”The victory at Camp Nou enabled Barcelona to maintain their lead in La Liga to five points from second-place Atletico Madrid after 19 games.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“We have finished the first half of the season,” continued Valverde.“We wanted to maintain the advantage we had over the teams that are chasing us and we have done that.“The game was a tough one, like all the games against Eibar. They always put you under pressure high up the field.“At the end of the day we were able to get around that and we are happy because we have reached the halfway point of the league season top of the table, after having some tricky moments so far.”The Catalan giants will next face Levante in the second leg of their last-16 Copa del Rey tie on Thursday, where they hope to overturn their 2-1 deficit at home.last_img read more

14 of organisations expect salaries to be reduced if Article 50 is

first_imgMore than one in 10 (14%) HR decision maker respondents predict that their organisation will have to reduce employees’ salaries if Article 50 is triggered to begin Brexit proceedings, according to research by Jobsite.Its survey of 1,000 UK employees and 500 HR decision makers also found that 20% of employee respondents expect their salary to decrease should Brexit go ahead.The research also found:87% of employee respondents based in the North East predict a salary increase despite the European Union (EU) referendum result in June.21% of employee respondents from the West Midlands believe their salary will decrease if the UK leaves the EU.17% of employee respondents aged between 23 and 34 believe their salary will fall as a result of Brexit.8% of employee respondents who work in the IT and manufacturing sector expect their salary to fall should Brexit go ahead.19% of employee respondents based in the east of England think that their workplace benefits could get worse if Brexit goes ahead.75% of employee respondents think benefits, including pension schemes, annual holiday and flexible working arrangements, will stay the same or improve next year.Nick Gold (pictured), chief executive officer at Jobsite, said: “Four months have passed since the UK’s decision to leave the EU, so we are now getting a clearer understanding on people’s opinions of the future. Of course, the result of the High Court appeal could change people’s attitudes. Our data suggests that both employers and employees felt optimistic despite Brexit; many predicted that the referendum result will not stifle salary increases nor improvement in work benefits.”last_img read more

People on the Move 121808

first_imgAbout a month after acquiring Governing from Florida’s Times Publishing Company, Sacramento, California-based e.Republic has named Tod Newcombe editor of the monthly magazine and its accompanying Web site. Newcombe served as founding editor of e.Republic’s Public CIO magazine. Steve Towns, editor of Government Technology, will serve as interim editor of Public CIO.Las Vegas Magazine and Las Vegas Weekly publisher Greenspun Media Group named Bryan Allison COO, effectively replacing CEO Michael Carr, who left the company earlier this year. Previously, Allison served as vice president of Greenspun’s Vegas.com.Harvard Business Review named Justin Fox to the newly created position of editorial director. Previously, Fox served as an editor-at-large and business/economics columnist at Time. Former Best Life deputy editor Jack Otter was appointed executive editor of CBS MoneyWatch.com, reporting to editor-in-chief Eric Shurenberg. Rodale shuttered Best Life in March.Complex Media named Edgar Hernandez national sales director. Hernandez, who previously served as an account director at Complex, most recently served as associate publisher of Vibe.Hearst’s Food Network Magazine announced a number of personnel changes: ex-Glamour executive managing editor Maria Baugh was named managing editor; Amy Santoriello and Adam Roth were appointed integrated marketing managers; and Kelsey Stokes was named marketing coordinator.San Diego-based Competitor magazine said popular runner John “the Penguin” Bingham will join its editorial team. Bingham will write a monthly feature story called “The Penguin Chronicles,” beginning in March.last_img read more

There and back again Extending optical storage lifetime by retrieving photon echoes

first_img © 2014 Phys.org , Physical Review Letters “For this reason, research on quantum optical memories attracted a lot of attention,” Akimov told Phys.org. “Current investigations of photon echoes have concentrated primarily on atomic vapors and rare earth crystals with long storage times, which are crucial for implementation of robust light-matter interfaces. However,” he noted, “light-matter coupling is weaker in these systems, so operation speed is not as fast as it could be in semiconductors. For example,” he illustrated, “efficient optical excitation in atomic systems is possible with optical pulses longer than one nanosecond, which slow down the operation speed by three orders of magnitude as compared to our protocol – and for rare earth crystals the pulse duration should be even longer.”In contrast to classical storage, quantum memory forbids measurement of the optical field during saving and retrieving processes. “In other words,” Akimov said, “storage of non-classical quantum light – such as squeezed light or a single photon – should occur without knowing which optical fields have been stored and retrieved, because otherwise the quantum state would be irreversibly destroyed during the measurement procedure. However, our protocol allows quantum storage since transfer between optical excitation and spin excitation does not require state measurement.” In other words, the new protocol transfers a quantum superposition between optically coupled states (optical excitation) and the other pair of states coupled by a magnetic field (spin excitation). In this process no measurement takes place – just the transformation between different excitations.Regarding the quantum well, the researchers specifically concentrated on an n-doped CdTe/(Cd,Mg)Te quantum well where storage time increased from picoseconds to tens of nanoseconds. The structures were grown by Prof. Grzegorz Karczewski and Prof. Tomasz Wojtowiczin the Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw using molecular beam epitaxy. (CdTe/(Cd,Mg)Te is a cadmium telluride compound in which some of the cadmium is replaced by magnesium.) “The cadmium telluride semiconductor quantum well structure is a model proof-of-principle system for extending the photon echo delay,” Akimov told Phys.org. “In such two-dimensional structures, the carriers are confined in one direction; this results in well-defined spin-level system and clean selection rules for optical transitions. Secondly, n-type doping of barriers with donors provides excess electrons in the quantum well which, again, are responsible for long-lived spin excitations.”That said, while using cadmium telluride quantum wells enabled very clean experiments on the ensemble of trions to be performed because their optical transitions are well isolated spectrally, the researchers had to maintain weak optical pulse intensity to prevent interactions between weakly localized trions. “In order to increase the efficiency and to achieve longer delays for photon echoes it is necessary to try different type of semiconductor nanostructures which can be also based on other compounds.,’ Akimov explained. “One of such candidates is the ensemble of quantum dots where the electrons and holes are localized much more strongly in all three dimensions. This is in contrast to quantum wells where strong confinement is present only along one direction.”Finally, Akimov noted that in semiconductors there are two types of fundamental optical excitations: excitons (electron-hole pairs bound by Coulomb interactions) and trions – charged excitons consisting of an exciton bound with an excess electron or hole. “A trion is a three-particle complex, and after its decay there’s always an excess carrier left,” he explained. “In our case, we deal with excess electrons which possess spin 1/2. Therefore, in contrast to excitons, it is possible to save information about optical excitation in the spin of the excess electrons left after trion recombination. This transformation is only possible when an external magnetic field is applied, since it allows us to mix the electronic states in the proper way.” The most salient advantage of quantum well structures is that exciton and trion resonances are spectrally well separated – meaning that picosecond laser pulses let the researchers address only the optical transition from excess electron to trion.For all of these seemingly daunting challenges, the researchers’ key insight was to study photon echoes emitted by trions in semiconductor nanostructures subject to an external magnetic field – and by then using a transient four-wave mixing (FWM) technique to measure magnetic-field-induced long-term photon echoes, they were able to show that photon echoes can be retrieved from excess electron spin ensembles. (Transient four-wave mixing belongs to time-resolved coherent spectroscopy based on non-linear optics, whereby interactions between two or three optical pulses in medium produce fourth optical field in the signal) “We used ultrashort optical pulses with duration of about one picosecond,” Akimov explained, “because efficient optical excitation in semiconductors is possible on the order of 0.1-1ps.” In addition, he said, the experiments had to be performed at extremely low temperatures – about two degrees above absolute zero – in order to keep the system robust against interactions with phonons (collective excitations, similar to quasiparticles, in a periodic, elastic arrangement of atoms or molecules in condensed matter, such as solids and some liquids), as well as to suppress other relaxation mechanisms which could lead to irreversible dephasing of optical and spin excitations and thereby loss of coherence. “From an experimental point of view,” he added, “our primary challenge was combining four-wave mixing with ultrashort picosecond pulses and external magnetic fields at low temperatures.”The current study demonstrates that photon echoes can be retrieved from the spin system on the timescale of 10-100 ns. “However,” Akimov said, “this time delay is still too short for practical applications. In order to solve this problem we need to extend the decay time of spin excitations.” There are two possible reasons for decay of spin excitations: dephasing of spins and irreversible spin relaxation through decoherence – that is, due to interaction with the environment. “The first point can be addressed by means of spin resonance techniques using dynamic decoupling,” he explained, “which is an approach largely the same as photon echo but based on periodic excitation of the spin ensemble with microwave pulses which lead to spin echoes. In that way it will be possible to keep the spin ensemble of excess electrons free of dephasing, and timescales up to tens or even hundreds of microseconds may be achieved. However, irreversible spin relaxation is more difficult to solve – but there are several attempts to reduce hyperfine interaction between nuclear and electron spins. One of the solutions would be to use compounds with isotopes carrying zero nuclear spin. In this case storage times in the milliseconds can be available.”In fact, Akimov added that the scientists plan to investigate extending the timescale of photon echoes further into the microsecond and millisecond range. “We’ll test other nanostructures, such as quantum dots with strong trion localization, and will search for new materials with suppressed spin excitation decay. In addition,” he said, “we’ll use spin resonance techniques in order to eliminate spin dephasing in the ensemble of excess electrons.”Akimov also mentioned applications beyond optical memory. “While most applications are related to optical memories where the optical information should be saved and released on demand,” he said, “there’s another fundamental aspect: Our studies combine optical and spin phenomena, and in this sense it’s very interesting to explore our approach for monitoring the time evolution of combined optical and spin excitations.”A unique feature of photon echo experiments is the dephasing which already occurs at the initial stage directly after excitation with the first pulse, where the sequence of two linearly polarized pulses create comprehensive spin distribution for excess electrons without net spin polarization. While each of the electrons has a certain well-defined spin, the ensemble spin polarization, or average spin, is zero – and the information about the optical pulses, such as polarization and interpulse delay, is encoded in the spins of excess electrons. “This differs from conventional techniques,” Akimov pointed out. “For example, in well-established pump-probe experiments the non-zero spin polarization in the system is first induced by a circularly polarized pump pulse, and then the evolution of the spin in time is probed.” The scientists therefore believe that their approach based on photon echoes in a magnetic field constitutes an interesting platform for fundamental spin studies.Along these exploratory lines, Phys.org asked Akimov if, given that storage times of seconds or longer might be possible by further exploiting the hyperfine interaction between electrons and nuclei in quantum dots, quantum wells and self-assembling quantum dots might at some point be combined in a single quantum system that emulates human short- and long-term memory. “I think we are still far from that,” he replied. “In order to achieve this goal it would be necessary to establish a net of such quantum dot ensembles, analogous to cells, which would communicate between each other.” He added that while he does not exclude such possibility, he emphasizes that such a quantum system would very complex and would contain and integrate far more than a simple set of quantum nanostructures. “Several challenging issues such as communication between different ensembles have to be addressed, and for that it is necessary to accomplish directed and selective coupling of light at the nanoscale in and out of the cells. Accordingly, realization of such a network would need integration of photonic crystals or waveguide layers which can be based on semiconductors. Nevertheless,” he concluded, “this is a special area of research which deserves a lot of attention.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Scheme of photon echo experiment and optical properties of investigated structure. (A) The CdTe/(Cd,Mg)Te quantum well (QW) is optically excited with a sequence of three laser pulses with variable delays t12and t23 relative to each other. The resulting four-wave mixing transients |EFWM(t)| are detected in 2k2-k1 direction using heterodyne detection. All measurements are performed at temperature of 2 K. (B) Top: schematic presentation of exciton (X) and trion (T-) complexes in QW. The QW potential of conduction (CB) and valence (VB) bands leads to spatial trapping of electrons and holes. Bottom: Photoluminescence (PL) spectrum (solid line) measured for above-barrier excitation with photon energy 2.33 eV, demonstrating X and T- emission. The laser spectrum (dashed line) used in photon echo experiment is tuned to the low energy flank of T- emission line. (C) Four-wave mixing transients for t12 = 23 ps and t23 = 39 ps. Spontaneous (PE) and stimulated (SPE) photon echo signals appear at tref =2t12 and tref =2t12 +t23, respectively. (D) Decay of PE and SPE peak amplitudes. From exponential fits (dashed lines) we evaluate T2=72 ps and T1 = 45 ps. Credit: Ilya A. Akimov. Journal information: Nature Photonics Explore further Schematic presentation of the main mechanisms responsible for magnetic-field-induced stimulated photon echoes (SPE). The whole process comprises three steps: 1. pulse 1 creates the optical excitation (initialization—conversion of the optical field into a material excitation); 2. pulse 2 performs a transformation of the optical excitation into the spin system (storage); 3. pulse 3 stimulates the photon echo (readout). Optical pulses are circularly polarized. (A) Transfer of optical coherence into electron spin coherence (Sx and Sy components). The efficiency is maximum for t12=p/wL. (B) Creation of spectral spin fringes for electrons and trions (Sz and Jz components). This mechanism is most efficient for t12=2p/wL. The spectral spin gratings for electrons and trions are shown in (C) at the moment of creation by the second pulse (t=t12=2p/wL) and in (D) after trion recombination and before arrival of pulse 3 (t>>t12+T1). Credit: Ilya A. Akimov.center_img More information: Access to long-term optical memories using photon echoes retrieved from semiconductor spins, Nature Photonics (Published online 28 September 2014), doi:10.1038/nphoton.2014.219Related:1Magnetic-Field Control of Photon Echo from the Electron-Trion System in a CdTe Quantum Well: Shuffling Coherence between Optically Accessible and Inaccessible States, Physical Review Letters 109, 157403 (2 October 2012), doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.109.157403 In their study, the researchers found that picosecond optical pulses and an applied weak transverse magnetic field led to the transfer of a short-lived optical excitation into a long-lived electron spin state. In turn, this induced stimulated photon echoes with high bandwidth on submicrosecond timescales that exceeded optical excitation lifetime by a factor exceeding three orders of magnitude. Moreover, the scientists state that the ability to address all three spin components –parallel and perpendicular to applied magnetic field – as well as the energy level structure of localized trions being identical in quantum wells and self-assembled quantum dots make their approach “highly appealing” for future memory device applications and may lead to the fabrication of semiconductor nanostructure-based optical memories.Dr. Ilya Akimov discussed the paper that he, Doctoral Student Lukas Langer and their co-authors from Dortmund, St-Petersburg and Warsaw published in Nature Photonics, starting with the main challenges in devising a new experimental approach to stimulated photon echoes by transferring the information contained in the optical field into a spin system, where it is decoupled from the optical vacuum field. “A photon echo can be considered as a flash of light initiated in a medium after a sequence of two or more optical pulses,” Akimov told Phys.org. “Properties of the photon echo pulse – that is, intensity, optical coherence and phase – are identical to the properties of the initial pulse; therefore this phenomenon can be used to store information in all-optical systems.” Photon echoes because they occur in structures which rapidly dephase optical excitation in response to the first pulse, but with the second pulse reverse the dephasing process. Akimov pointed out that the timescale at which photon echoes can be observed is determined by the period during which optical excitation coherence is preserved. “This is why photon echoes are coherent,” he explained. “If scattering processes are suppressed, optical excitation coherence is limited by its lifetime as governed by intrinsic properties of the materials. Nevertheless there is a general rule that the more efficient light-matter interaction, the faster decay into the ground state will be observed – for example, faster spontaneous emission due to the optical vacuum field. Here we have a dilemma,” he noted. “On the one hand, we’d like to excite the medium quickly with the shortest possible pulse, which requires strong light-matter interaction. However, this limits the timescale at which the photon echoes can be observed.” The opposite is also true: To observe long-lived photon echoes, materials with weak light-matter coupling are needed – and although semiconductor systems belong to materials with strong light-matter interaction, it’s possible to extend photon echo decay if the optical excitation is transferred into the spin excitation and then recovered back to the optical excitation – that is precisely what Akimov and co-authors have accomplished. Quantum holograms as atomic scale memory keepsake “In order to achieve this goal,” he said, “we’ve used semiconductor quantum wells with excess electrons.” (A quantum well is a thin layer which can confine quasiparticles – emergent phenomena that occur when a microscopically complicated system, such as a solid, behaves as if it contains weakly interacting particles in free space – in the dimension perpendicular to the layer surface.) What’s key is that the spin excitation coherence time of such electrons decays three orders of magnitude more slowly than the lifetime of optical excitations. “In our protocol the first pulse leads to optical excitation in semiconductor quantum well; next, after dephasing of the optical excitation the second pulse transfers optical excitation into the electron spin excitation; and finally – even after a long delay, which can be 1,000 times longer than the delay between the first and second pulses – we apply the third pulse.” This third pulse transforms spin excitation back to optical excitation and initiates rephasing, so that resulting photon echoes are retrieved from the spin ensemble – and therefore the third pulse can be associated with the readout of optical information previously saved by the optical-to-spin transformation induced by the second pulse.”The unique feature of photon echoes is that they contain the information about the first optical pulse,” Akimov pointed out. “Therefore, photon echoes can be used for information technology optical memory applications. Moreover, it’s possible to perform not only classical light storage but to use photon echoes for realization of quantum optical memories.” This is essential, he stresses, for the development of quantum information and communication systems which use the laws of quantum mechanics to significantly enhance the speed and capacity of future computers. Citation: There and back again: Extending optical storage lifetime by retrieving photon echoes from semiconductor spin excitations (2014, October 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-10-optical-storage-lifetime-photon-echoes.html (Phys.org) —For all of their differences, classical and quantum communication have at least one thing in common: the importance of being able to store optical information. That being said, optical storage is a complex process that depends largely on the material being used to convert, store and retrieve this information in a controllable, consistent manner – a process especially prone to short optimal memory times when implemented in certain semiconductor quantum structures. Recently, however, scientists at Technische Universität Dortmund, Germany in collaboration with Saint Petersburg State University, Russia and Institute of Physics in Warsaw, Poland demonstrated magnetic-field-induced long-lived stimulated photon echoes1 – coherent optical phenomena in which resonant excitation of a medium by short optical pulses results in a delayed coherent optical flash response – in the electron–trion system, allowed the bidirectional coherent transfer of quantum information in a semiconductor between optical and spin excitations. (Trions are excitations comprising three charged quasiparticles – emergent phenomena that occur when a microscopically complex system, such as a solid, behaves as if it contained different weakly interacting particles in free space.)last_img read more

Reading the way the French do

first_imgIt was an evening of Francophone literary experience with three authors having diverse style of strokes at the Swiss Embassy. Soiree Litteraire 2013, with an aim to build audiences for contemporary writing in French. The event involved readings from the original text by the authors followed by conversations.The guests of the event were three Francophone authors, Nicolas Ancion from Belgium, David Collin from Switzerland and Chowra Makaremi from France and Classical guitarist Shyamant Behal. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Nicolas Ancion, a lover of literary challenges and performances, who had written a novel in 24 hours in public during Brussels Book Fair in 2010, read out excerpts from his The 35 billion Euro Man, a novel which describes the abduction of multi billionaire Lakshmi Mittal. The author said, ‘It is fun to write and I love writing the way I see the world. Through this book I wanted to tell the story of my birth city Liege.’ The author has a knack for humor and writes fiction for adults and children. His session was moderated by Professor Vijaya Rao of JNU. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSwiss David Collin, read pericopes from his novel Memorial Circles and was moderated by Annie Mathews, a journalist cum film production Manager. The author’s variegated expertise includes performing arts projects, organizing literary events, producing cultural programs and writing short stories and essays.Iranian born Chowra Makaremi, got hold of a few excerpts from her novel Aziz’s Notebook based on the memoirs of her grandfather, in which he had narrated the event of execution of his two daughters during the Iranian Revolution in 1979 including the author’s mother. The author said, ‘It is a pleasure to write, what you are committed to’ in her discussion with the moderator Renuka George, a documentary film maker.’ Classical guitarist Shyamant Behal wooed the listeners by reciting short notes from traditional latin genres.last_img read more

Srikanth Pawar Sai in 3rd round

first_imgTop seed Kidambi Srikanth alongwith other Indian shuttlers Anand Pawar and B Sai Praneeth entered the third round of the Swiss GP Gold badminton championship on Wednesday. World no. 5 Srikanth, who hogged the limelight last year after winning the China Super Series Premier, defeated Germany’s Dieter Domke 21-10, 21-14 to set up a clash with Denmark’s Emil Holst. The 22-year-old from Andra Pradesh had defeated France’s Lucas Corvee 21-18, 21-10 in the opening round. Anand Pawar, seeded 16th, notched up a moral-boosting 13-21 22-20, 21-16 victory over Malaysia’s Daren Liew in the second round. The 28-year-old, who had beaten Switzerland’s Joel Koenig 21-11 21-13 in the opener, will next take on Japan’s Kazumasa Sakai.Rising shuttler B Sai Praneeth prevailed over Malaysia’s Beryno Jiann Tze Wong 21-11 21-13.last_img read more

4th Italian Film Festival Bangkok 2018 from 1116 September

first_imgAfter the success of the past years, the 2018 edition of the Italian Film Festival Bangkok is about to start. It is the 4th year of the Festival and as usual, it will take place at Quartier CineArt in Bangkok. The festival program includes roundtables on Cinema Business, concerts, Short movies and Soundtrack competition, an Opening Gala and, of course, the screening of selected Italian contemporary movies, which are: Correspondence, Emma, Gatta Cenerentola, It’s all about karma, Tenderness, The place and Young, fit…and almost good looking.The Italian Film Festival Bangkok 2018 is held from 11th to 16th September at Quartier CineArt, 4th floor, You can read full article here: http://www.richardbarrow.com/2018/09/4th-italian-film-festival-bangkok-2018-from-11-16-september/ SAWASDEE: eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img Nordic Film Festival 2018 in Bangkok from 28 September to 30 SeptemberLGBT+ Film Festival 2018 at Bangkok Screening Room from 3-8 JulyBangkok ASEAN Film Festival from 5-8 July at SF World Cinema Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more December 22, 2008 – MITA also applauded the renewed focus on health reform in Congress and the administration. “Medical imaging, and specifically its critical role in disease prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, is central to achieving this important goal,” said the MITA representatives in a public statement. “Medical imaging has changed the face of health care delivery. From detecting a disease before it becomes deadly to avoiding invasive procedures, physicians and patients rely on the value of medical imaging every day. Medical imaging is not only integral to best practices and professional guidelines, but has reduced hospital stays, returned people to work more quickly, extended lives, and kept families together. These are just a handful of examples of the value and quality of care that the medical imaging industry provides patients and their families.”MITA said, “We look forward to working with the Obama Administration and the 111th Congress to develop policies that make healthcare more accessible, enhance the quality of patient care, reduce inefficiencies and remove barriers to appropriate screenings and treatments.”MITA supports healthcare reform policies that wil do the following:- enhance value for all patients and healthcare providers;- encourage prevention and wellness, including expanding access to recommended disease screenings and treatments;- preserve the doctor-patient relationship to make healthcare decisions;- guarantee patients timely access to the right scan at the right time, which is essential to reaping the value of recommended disease screenings and treatments;- utilize accreditation and appropriateness criteria for advanced imaging services to ensure that facilities and physicians meet acceptable quality standards;- harness health information technology to improve quality and reduce cost;- encourage continued development of new innovative medical imaging technologies to help Americans live healthier lives and reduce their health care costs;- utilize diagnostically appropriate comparative effectiveness research to improve the quality of healthcare.For more information: www.medicalimaging.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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Stack Overflow celebrates its 10th birthday as the most trusted developer community

first_imgTen Years ago, on September 15, 2008, Stack Overflow’s public beta went live. Yesterday, Stack Overflow put up a post to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of Stack Overflow. Back in 2008, Joel Spolsky got frustrated searching for a specific programming question into Google. This inspired him to start a programmer-specific Q&A portal, where developers can ask their programming related questions by combining the idea of a Q&A site with voting and editing. Since then, 9.3 million users have provided 25 million answers to 16 million questions and it has grown into a trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers. Per the stats posted on their website, “Every 5.1 seconds, someone takes time out of their day and posts an answer, to help a complete stranger on the internet. And since 2007, those answers have been found 12.3 billion times by developers in need. We estimate that’s saved developers roughly 3.1 billion hours.” Stack Overflow has always been providing new tools to ease the workload of developers. Most recently, it launched the Stack Overflow for Teams which provides unlimited private questions and answers for a single team hosted on Stack Overflow. It also partnered with IBM to bring learning and development to the Artificial Intelligence community. Earlier this month, it launched an update to the Salary Calculator. It is a tool that allows both developers and employers to find typical salaries for the software industry. Last month, it expanded its Code of Conduct which further builds of its previous “Being Nice” motto to include more virtues around kindness, collaboration, and mutual respect. Here’s a fun video where Stack Overflow engineers have shared their views for its 10th anniversary on their journey with the company, the community, and developing the future. Read Next 4 surprising things from StackOverflow’s 2018 survey. StackOverflow just updated its developers’ salary calculator; includes 8 new countries in 2018. StackOverflow Developer Survey 2018: A Quick Overview.last_img read more