Mueller report finds no Russia-Trump collusion

first_imgNew York: Special Counsel Robert Mueller who investigated Russian interference in US President Donald Trump’s 2016 election has concluded that there was no collusion between him or his campaign and Moscow, according to a summary of the report released by Attorney General William Barr. While the probe found that Moscow had meddled in the 2016 election, the “investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities”, Barr said in the summary he said to Congress on Sunday afternoon. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Trump declared that it was a complete exoneration and said the probe was an “illegal take down that failed”. On another key matter, if Trump had tried to obstruct justice by interfering with investigations into Russian interference, Barr’s summary of Mueller’s report was less certain. He said that in this regard Mueller’s “report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.” He added that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein found the evidence “not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offence”. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls “While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him”, Barr’s summary said. The summary of the report was unlikely to quell the controversy over Russia’s interference and Trump campaign’s role that has divided the nation. The White House and Trump’ supporters exulted that it was an exoneration of the president, whose legitimacy was attacked for two years, but his opponents were questioning if the wording was ambiguous. “The findings of the Department of Justice are a total and complete exoneration of the President of the US”, his Spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. However, the Democrat head of the House Judiciary Committee, Jerrold Nadler, asserted that there were “very concerning discrepancies” and “Mueller did not exonerate the President”. He added that he would be calling Barr to testify before the Congressional panel. The Democrats demanded the entire report be published and threatened to use Congressional powers to acquire the full report and supporting documents. Legally, the Special Counsel’s report is submitted to the attorney general who has the power to withhold it or release only parts of it. Trump has also supported its release. Before deciding its release Barr will have to determine if there are any matters of national security that has to be blacked out. Mueller’s investigation conducted away from public view interviewed more than 500 witnesses, executed 500 search warrants and issued 2,800 subpoenas (demands of appearance of production of documents) over 22 months. Five important members of the Trump team, including campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, his personal lawyer Michael Cohen and former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, have been convicted as a result of the Mueller probe on various charges, some of lying during investigations and some like tax and financial fraud unrelated to the Russian link. The Mueller investigation was definite that there was Russian interference in the election, but in an insidious and indirect manner. Barr said that Mueller found two main Russian efforts to influence the election. “The first involved attempts by a Russian organisation, the Internet Research Agency (IRA), to conduct disinformation and social media operations in the US designed to sow social discord”, his summary said. The other was Russian government hacking of the computers and emails of the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party presidential candidate, and disseminating the information through WikiLeaks and other sources. Barr noted that Mueller brought criminal charges against several Russian citizens and entities in connection with these activities.last_img read more

Experts: Spy used AI-generated face to connect with targets

LONDON — Katie Jones sure seemed plugged into the Washington’s political scene. The 30-something redhead boasted a job at a top think-tank and a who’s-who network of pundits and experts, from the centrist Brookings Institution to the right-wing Heritage Foundation. She was connected to a deputy assistant secretary of state, a senior aide to a senator and the economist Paul Winfree, who is being considered for a seat on the Federal Reserve.But Katie Jones doesn’t exist, The Associated Press has determined. Instead, the persona was part of a vast army of phantom profiles lurking on the professional networking site LinkedIn.Experts who reviewed the Jones profile’s LinkedIn activity say it’s typical of espionage efforts on the professional networking site, whose role as a global Rolodex has made it a powerful magnet for spies.“It smells a lot like some sort of state-run operation,” said Jonas Parello-Plesner, who serves as program director at the Denmark-based think-tank Alliance of Democracies Foundation and was the target several years ago of an espionage operation that began over LinkedIn .William Evanina, director of the U.S. National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said foreign spies routinely use fake social media profiles to home in on American targets — and accused China in particular of waging “mass scale” spying on LinkedIn.“Instead of dispatching spies to some parking garage in the U.S to recruit a target, it’s more efficient to sit behind a computer in Shanghai and send out friend requests to 30,000 targets,” he said in a written statement.Last month, retired CIA officer Kevin Mallory was sentenced to 20 years in prison for passing details of top secret operations to Beijing, a relationship that began when a Chinese agent posing as a recruiter contacted him on LinkedIn.Unlike Facebook’s friends-and-family focus, LinkedIn is oriented toward job seekers and headhunters, people who routinely fire out resumes, build vast webs of contacts and pitch projects to strangers. That connect-them-all approach helps fill the millions of job openings advertised on the site, but it also provides a rich hunting ground for spies. And that has Western intelligence agencies worried.British , French and German officials have all issued warnings over the past few years detailing how thousands of people had been contacted by foreign spies over LinkedIn.In a statement, LinkedIn said it routinely took action against fake accounts, yanking thousands of them in the first three months of 2019. It also said “we recommend you connect with people you know and trust, not just anyone.”The Katie Jones profile was modest in scale, with 52 connections. But those connections had enough influence that they imbued the profile with credibility to some who accepted Jones’ invites. The AP spoke to about 40 other people who connected with Jones between early March and early April of this year, many of whom said they routinely accept invitations from people they don’t recognize.“I’m probably the worst LinkedIn user in the history of LinkedIn, said Winfree, the former deputy director of President Donald Trump’s domestic policy council, who confirmed connection with Jones on March 28.Winfree, whose name came up last month in relation to one of the vacancies on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, said he rarely logs on to LinkedIn and tends to just approve all the piled-up invites when he does.“I literally accept every friend request that I get,” he said.Lionel Fatton, who teaches East Asian affairs at Webster University in Geneva, said the fact that he didn’t know Jones did prompt a brief pause when he connected with her back in March.“I remember hesitating,” he said. “And then I thought, ‘What’s the harm?’”Parello-Plesner noted that the potential harm can be subtle: Connecting to a profile like Jones’ invites whoever is behind it to strike up a one-on-one conversation, and other users on the site can view the connection as a kind of endorsement.“You lower your guard and you get others to lower their guard,” he said.The Jones profile was first flagged by Keir Giles, a Russia specialist with London’s Chatham House think-tank . Giles was recently was caught up in an entirely separate espionage operation targeting critics of the Russian antivirus firm Kasperky Lab. So when he received an invitation from Katie Jones on LinkedIn he was suspicious.She claimed to have been working for years as a “Russia and Eurasia fellow” at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, but Giles said that, if that were true, “I ought to have heard of her.”CSIS spokesman Andrew Schwartz told the AP that “no one named Katie Jones works for us.”Jones also claimed to have earned degrees in Russian studies from the University of Michigan, but the school said it was “unable to find anyone by this name earning these degrees from the university.”The Jones account vanished from LinkedIn shortly after the AP contacted the network seeking comment. Messages sent to Jones herself, via LinkedIn and an associated AOL email account, went unreturned.Several experts contacted by the AP said Jones’ profile picture appeared to have been created by a computer program.“I’m convinced that it’s a fake face,” said Mario Klingemann, a German artist who has been experimenting for years with artificially generated portraits and says he has reviewed tens of thousands of such images. “It has all the hallmarks.”Klingemann and other experts said the photo — a closely cropped portrait of a woman with blue-green eyes, copper-colored hair and an enigmatic smile — appeared to have been created using a family of dueling computer programs called generative adversarial networks, or GANs, that can create realistic-looking faces of entirely imaginary people. GANs, sometimes described as a form of artificial intelligence, have been the cause of increasing concern for policymakers already struggling to get a handle on digital disinformation. On Thursday, U.S. lawmakers are due to hold their first hearing devoted primarily to the threat of artificially generated imagery .Hao Li, who directs the Vision of Graphics Lab at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies, reeled off a list of digital tells that he believes show the Jones photo was created by a computer program, including inconsistencies around Jones’ eyes, the ethereal glow around her hair and smudge marks on her left cheek.“This is a typical GAN,” he said. “I’ll bet money on it.”__Online:Test your ability to tell a real face from a fake one at: http://www.whichfaceisreal.com/Generate your own deepfake faces at: https://thispersondoesnotexist.com___Raphael Satter can be reached at: https://raphaelsatter.comRaphael Satter, The Associated Press read more

UN honours community projects that reduce poverty through conservation

In celebration of the International Day for Biodiversity, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today will present the Equator Prize to communities from Colombia, India and Namibia for their efforts to cut poverty.The presentation of the Prize, which honours outstanding community projects that effectively reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, is part of a celebration and dialogue at Germany’s Permanent Mission to the UN.UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown and German Ambassador Gunter Pleuger were to be on hand to present the award.Colombia, India and Namibia were previously honoured along with Mexico, Indonesia, Tanzania and Brazil at an awards ceremony at the Seventh Conference of Parties (COP7) to the Convention on Biological Diversity held in February in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. read more

Awards recognize leaders in Graduate Studies research mentorship

In his 15 years as an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Charles Després has supervised many graduate and PhD students over the years, and he takes pride in watching each of them progress in their own careers.“It’s very similar to being a parent,” he said. “It’s the same feeling.”Després was one of three Brock University faculty members honoured Tuesday during the annual Mapping the New Knowledges Faculty of Graduate Studies awards ceremony.Biological Sciences Associate Professor Charles Deprés addresses the crowd after winning a 2017 Graduate Mentorship Award.Després and Computer Science Professor Michael Winter won the 2017 Mike Plyley Graduate Mentorship Awards after being nominated by the students they’ve supervised.“The nomination was fantastic. You see where the students go and what they do in life, but they never tell you how you played a role in their lives. So just the fact they wrote something is well appreciated and is a testament that I had a positive influence on their life. That makes me very happy,” Després said.Applied Health Sciences Professor Nota Klentrou, meanwhile, won the Marilyn Rose Graduate Leadership Award, which is given out to someone who contributes “vision and leadership in a variety of areas such as administration, academic programming, research and scholarship, student services and student experience initiatives.”Klentrou, the Applied Health Sciences Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies since 2011, said she believes “the future of Brock University is bright, and grad students are our future.”Also handed out Tuesday were the 2016-17 Jack M. Miller Excellence in Research Awards. Named in honour of the Dean of Graduate Studies from 1999-2004, the awards are given to grad students who “stand out for projects that are highly original and are addressing significant questions.”This years recipients were:Angel Phanthanourak, MSc, Applied Health — Phanthanourak examines how individuals prepare for upcoming physical movement. This preparation is known as anticipatory postural adjustment – APA for short. She’s bringing new insight about APAs in relation to fall risk and advanced age.Aly Bailey, PhD, Applied Health — Bailey dissertation puts her at the forefront of body image research. She is among the first to investigate body image from a positive perspective. Her project provides a unique approach to the promotion of well-being in diverse populations.Sheri Mallabar, Master of Education — Mallabar’s thesis is a rich analysis of a peer-mediated model designed to develop social skills in children with autism spectrum disorders. She is the first to embed this teaching intensive model in the wider context of whole-class instruction.Jennifer Brant, PhD in Educational Studies — Brant’s dissertation is a rich, deep account of indigenous women’s responses to Indigenous Maternal Pedagogy, which connects maternal pedagogies with women-centred indigenous epistemologies to provide holistic supports for students.Helen Hsu, MA, Classics — Hsu’s research focuses on the characterization of sex labourers in the comedies of the Roman playwright Plautus, writing at a time of socio-economic change. Her research aims to break the traditional binary view of the women that dominates the secondary scholarship on these plays.Jill Planche, PhD, Interdisciplinary Humanities — Planche’s research project investigates the present and potential role of contemporary theatre in postapartheid South Africa where the social architecture of apartheid persists in its socio-economic, political and cultural conditions.Eric de Hoog, Master of Science, Biological Sciences — de Hoog’s studies are based on the examination of the neural effects of the Vitamin A metabolite, retinoic acid, on adult neurons. Retinoic acid has long been known to play an important role in the development of the nervous system, enhancing the outgrowth of nerve processes.Van Hung Mai, PhD, Chemistry — Mai carries out comprehensive studies on the reactivity of a chemical catalysis that serves as a key chemical phenomenon that contributes to 25 per cent of GDP of industrialized countries. He is contributing to advances in green chemistry to develop more economical and cleaner methods.Taylor Heffer, MA, Psychology — Heffer’s thesis examines coping and adjustment among university students over time. Her research encompasses a much broader investigation of coping and adjustment, with a specific interest in understanding how to promote positive adjustment.Mark Hoffarth, PhD, Psychology — Hoffarth’s thesis is truly original. He is investigating how religious attendance shapes attitudes toward gay rights, for example marriage and adoption. This project has the potential to be a game changer.Luciano Lapa, MSc, Management — Lapa is studying the potential benefits of offering a suitable mobile commerce experience to customers. His research has far-reaching contributions to the rapidly growing mobile commerce industry across the world. read more

Eurasian Resources Group launches a Smart Mine for its iron ore production

first_imgJSC Sokolov-Sarbai Mining Production Association (SSGPO), owned by Eurasian Resources Group (ERG), a leading diversified natural resources group, has launched a ‘Smart Mine’ project at the Kacharsky iron ore mine site in Kazakhstan for a total cost of $10 million. This will use cutting edge monitoring and AI technologies to integrate the iron ore production cycle at Kacharsky. It will deliver complete transparency to the mining process, enabling managers to gain comprehensive insight into site performance. Kacharsky currently produces 50% of all SSGPO’s iron ore to produce pellets and concentrate.As part of the project, a new modular automated system for production processes was integrated with Kacharsky’s existing Geographic Information System (GIS) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System. The operators can build an optimal production scenario via GIS MineSched and GIS Surpac and use US Modular Mining Systems to plan the despatch and delivery of products. This development will allow the mine to be monitored in real time by sensors that can detect where changes should be made in the mining process to improve productivity. The computer system will then make the necessary adjustments, including by allocating mining vehicles and equipment. Operators will monitor the ‘Smart Mine’ to ensure its smooth operation.ERG will now be able to record live data and obtain a complete and accurate understanding of how equipment is being used at Kacharsky. These insights will support investment decision-making, minimise failures, eliminate unscheduled equipment downtime, expedite the movement and allocation of equipment and optimise costs. The Group aims to be able to increase equipment productivity by more than 10%.ERG plans to roll out ‘Smart Mine’ projects at other enterprises during the course of 2018.Commenting on the developments, Bereke Mukhametkaliyev, the President of SSGPO, said: ‘The introduction of cutting-edge technologies will enable us to implement cost-effective projects and strengthen the competitive position of Kazakhstan’s mining and metals sector. This is why we will continue to seek new ways of integrating Industry 4.0 technologies into our mining operations.”In the past five years, as part of the implementation of Industry 4.0, the Group has invested over $250 million to modernise its IT systems. Throughout its production chain ERG uses more than 90,000 sensors and 237 automated process control systems to ensure efficiency. The total investment for the implementation of Industry 4.0 at ERG plants in Kazakhstan for the period to 2025 will amount to $1.8 billion. This, it says, “puts the Group on track to increase its productivity by 10% per annum.”last_img read more

Hassan Moustafa victim of racism and jealousy

← Previous Story Champions League (M): Atletico and Medvedi share points! Next Story → Hasanefendic fired from Gummersbach! Hassan Moustafa has rejected the allegations against him on corruption, saying that it is all because of racism and jealousy. He said that he is the only Arab to lead one of the major federations in sports, and this gives headaches to many Europeans, and this is why he is being constantly a target of accusations regarding corruption. The corruption it is talked about is the television rights given to a French company in 2005. Moustafa is the first man of the IHF since 2000.

Hapoel Altshuler Shacham Rishon LeZion win Israeli Cup 2018

The Croatian left back and former RK Zagreb player, Josip Sandrk, have took the MVP title. The best scorer was the Serbian right back, Novak Boskovic, with 7 goals, while Sandrk netted 5. Amazing performance had Bosnian goalkeeper Pedja Dejanovic with 38,4% of saves. Hapoel Altshuler Shacham Rishon LeZionIsraeli Handball Cup Hapoel’s highest advantage was 23:19 in the clash which followed EHF president Michael Wiederer. ← Previous Story Olympiakos win Greek Handball Cup Next Story → Kévin Bonnefoi to join Montpellier Handball Hapoel Altshuler Shacham Rishon LeZion have won the 2018 Israeli handball Cup after 28:25 win against the local rival – Maccabi Rishon LeZion. PHOTO: https://www.facebook.com/HapoelRishonLeZionHandball/

Geek 101 Beginners guide to IMAP vs PoP

first_imgWhile many of the email users of the world are perfectly happy to use their browser based client with whatever the pre-defined rules are for their configuration, it’s important to remember that you have control over how your email travels. The two big methods of email delivery — POP and IMAP — allow you to make sure your email is available the way you want it.Before doing all sorts of investigating about the nature of POP vs. IMAP, it might not be a bad idea to consider whether or not the default configuration you encountered before finding this article offers what you need. Most modern email clients allow you to choose which delivery method you would like to use to receive your email, while services like Gmail allow you to use a web interface, as well as POP or IMAP. These two protocols exist out of necessity, and together they support a number of workflows that allow you to choose the best way to interact with email.Using POP3The Post Office Protocol (POP) allows you to use your Inbox, as the name suggests, like a post office. The email leaves the sender and arrives in your Inbox without being stored on a server anywhere. In its default setting, you can have email live on your PC or phone and nowhere else. There are settings that allow you to store copies of the message on your email providers server, but this is often not included in the default configuration. Once you have received an email, you have the message stored locally. You could be offline, completely disconnected from the internet, and still have access to the complete message.The biggest downside to POP is if you don’t have the server configured to store your email. If you download all of your email locally and something happens to your computer, you’ve lost those messages forever. Because storage is cheap everywhere now, and email takes up very little space (for most people), there’s not a good reason not to store your messages on the server. If you’re using POP in a smartphone and storage is an issue, maybe if you’ve got an 8GB iPhone filled with music and games for example, then storage may become an issue. For most users, however, storage is something that we have an abundance, so storing your email locally is a great way to make sure you always have access to your email.Using IMAPIt’s 2013, and it seems like most of us have fairly constant access to internet. Should email be treated any differently than any other form of electronic communication that we receive? Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) allows users to access email from anything, as long as you have the username and password. With IMAP, the email lives on the server and you have access to some basic information about every email in your Inbox. When you want to see and interact with the email, the email is temporarily downloaded but not really stored on the machine you are using. The biggest benefit to IMAP is the ability to quickly access your email from just about any device — as long as you have a decent internet connection you’re never more than a moment away from your entire inbox.Unfortunately, if you’re without a fast connection or if you are somehow without internet entirely (-gasp-), you’re going to have a bad day. Most IMAP clients will grab a week or two of email headers and store that information locally, but will not grab images or attachments. If you need to search your inbox for something, and that email is more than a few weeks old, you’ll find that the headers for your email will skip entire weeks of received messages unless you’re connected to the net.Choose wisely, but switching is easyThe POP vs. IMAP debate is all about how you interact with your email. If you’re constantly in your email with attachments and use it like file storage system, POP will guarantee that you always have access to your information. If you’re constantly connected to a broadband or LTE network and you flit back and forth between a laptop, desktop, tablet, and smartphone, IMAP would most likely be the best thing for you. In most cases, especially if you have POP configured to store your email on the server instead of deleting it, you won’t normally notice a difference between the two services.There’s also nothing that says you have to pick one and stick with it. Even Gmail, one of the most popular free email services in the world, makes it easy to choose POP or IMAP and allows you to switch between them as you see fit. You can choose the service the best fits your needs, but ideally your email should exist as a service that requires very little maintenance and configuration once it has been setup and used.last_img read more

Borussia Dortmund bus bomber learned to make it on Google

first_imgIn April 2017, a 29-year-old tried to blow up the team’s bus, but he only wanted to do damage to lower the club’s stock market priceFor 29-year-old Sergej W., the idea to blow up Borussia Dortmund’s bus was simply driven by the desire to make money.The man is being accused of planting and making a bomb that damaged the Bundesliga side team bus on April 2017.According to The Mirror, he hoped to make £3 million on the stock market after the team’s stocks fell because of the attack last year.Asked by judge Peter Windgaetter on how he learned to make the device he simply replied: “I just Googled it.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.The defendant said that he was not trying to hurt anybody.“Well I made my explosive weaker, I only used 600 milliliters [20.28 oz].”Footballer Marc Bartra was injured during the incident.A verdict is expected in November in the German courts.last_img read more

RGB International signs agreement to distribute KL Saberi and Atlas gaming machines

first_img 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status The KL Saberi brand is owned by the only Korean casino in which locals can legally gamble, Kangwon Land, while Atlas is an Australian firm operating out of Victoria.RGB previously revealed it had signed contracts to install 1,700 units in 2019, of which 1,300 are in the Philippines.Providing an update on the company’s progress, Chuah said, “In the Philippines, some 600 gaming machines have already been installed in the casino according to the terms and conditions of the contract.”When all are installed, “these 1,300 machines will generate a yield of at least US$50 million for the group over the next five years,” he added.RGB reported a profit of MYR6.9 million (US$1.6 million) in the three months to 31 March 2019, up 7% year-on-year. RelatedPosts Aristocrat wins battle over intellectual property rights with US$3 million settlement Load More Philippines rejects China’s call to ban online gambling Malaysian gaming machine distributor RGB International Bhd has secured the rights to distribute EGMs on behalf of two new manufacturers – KL Saberi and Atlas.Group Managing Director, Datuk Chuah Kim Seah, told The Star Online that RGB was planning to launch 200 units of the new brands in the Philippines, Cambodia and Vietnam this year via the company’s Sales and Marketing division.last_img read more

Alaska Artist Rie Muñoz Dies At 93

first_imgAlaska artist Rie Muñoz has died. She was 93.Download AudioRie Muñoz. (Photo courtesy Peter Metcalfe)A statement from her family says Muñoz was “active and independent until her last hours.”She was known for her colorful watercolor paintings of Alaska scenes, such as fishermen at work, children at play and life in remote villages. Her paintings, prints and reproductions are in galleries throughout North America.Born in Van Nuys, Calif., in 1921, Muñoz first came to Alaska in 1951, traveling by steamship up the Inside Passage. She fell in love with Juneau and decided to make it her home. She held several jobs, including journalist, teacher and museum curator, before devoting herself full-time to art in 1972.She traveled extensively in Alaska, visiting every community on the road system and several off of it.Her experience as a teacher on King Island inspired the children’s book “King Island Christmas” by her long-time friend Jean Rogers. Muñoz illustrated the book. Rogers passed away in 2013.Rie Muñoz is survived by her son Juan, daughter-in-law Cathy, grandchildren Mercedes and Matthew, and her brother Piet Mounier, as well as a niece and two nephews. A celebration of life will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 23 at Centennial Hall.last_img read more

Newlywed housewife beaten dead

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA newlywed housewife was beaten to death allegedly by her in-laws over family feud at Deogaon village in Sadar upazila early Thursday.The deceased was Sushila Rani, 20, wife of Bipul Chandra of the village.Victim’s family said Sushila was married to Bipul barely two and a half months ago and since then, Bipul had been torturing her as she protested against his alleged extramarital affairs and drug addiction.Victim’s sister said the body of Sushila was found in a toilet of Bipul’s house in the morning. The body was bleeding and it bore multiple injury marks on her check, throat and forehead, she claimed.Officer-in-charge of Sadar police station Mostafizur Rahman said the body was sent to Sadar Hospital for autopsy.The reason behind the death will be cleared after getting the post-mortem report, he said.last_img read more

Trump Names Picks For National Security Adviser Attorney General CIA Director

first_img Share Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/ Rep. Mike PompeoJacquelyn Martin/APHouse Benghazi Committee member Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., questions Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, during the committee’s hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Oct. 22, 2015. Pompeo, a third-term Republican congressman from Kansas, has been offered the post of CIA director.“I am honored to have been given this opportunity to serve and to work alongside President-elect Donald J. Trump to keep America safe. I also look forward to working with America’s intelligence warriors, who do so much to protect Americans each and every day,” Pompeo said.According to his congressional biography, he graduated from West Point and served as a cavalry officer. He attended Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, before entering business as an executive in aerospace manufacturing and the oil industry.He served on the Energy and Commerce committee as well as the House Intelligence Committee, and was a member of the House Select Committee on Benghazi.The current CIA director is John Brennan, who joined the CIA in 1980 and was a station chief in Saudi Arabia and the chief of the national counterterrorism center.Like Flynn, Pompeo — if confirmed as CIA director — would face decisions about how much of Trump’s campaign rhetoric to attempt to implement as policy.Pompeo has been as critical as Trump of the Iran nuclear deal, for example — would the two work together to dismantle it, or focus on other ways to try to punish Tehran.center_img Michael FlynnMandel Ngan/AFP/Getty ImagesThen-Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn testifies before the House Select Intelligence Committee in February 2014. He was forced out of that role later that year.The brazen retired Army lieutenant general, who was also an early supporter of Trump, has been offered the position of national security adviser.“General Flynn is one of the country’s foremost experts on military and intelligence matters and he will be an invaluable asset to me and my administration,” Trump said in the transition team statement.Flynn said he was “deeply humbled and honored to accept the position as National Security Advisor to serve both our country and our nation’s next President, Donald J. Trump.”Flynn has a track record of sharp elbows inside the U.S. intelligence community, as NPR’s Tom Bowman wrote Friday. He was fired as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon’s military-focused spy service, after pushing to send more operatives overseas and clashing with top staffers and his ultimate bosses in the White House:“Within military circles, Flynn was a highly respected — though at times controversial — career intelligence officer. He worked his way up the ranks, including stints as the top intelligence officer for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and as Gen. Stanley McChrystal‘s top aide in Afghanistan. …“Flynn, by then a three-star general, went on to run the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon’s military-centered spy service. But the workforce there complained he was trying to push through too many changes, including sending more employees overseas.“Flynn argued that he was trying to get the bureaucracy to be more efficient, to do more. Critics said he couldn’t run a large bureaucracy. He was forced out in 2014 after less than two years in the job.”Flynn’s return to government in a top administration post could enable him to settle any outstanding scores within the intelligence world, depending on the support he receives from the president and the way Trump structures decision-making inside his national security apparatus.During the Republican National Convention this summer, he joined in the chants of “Lock her up,” in reference to Hillary Clinton. “It was a strange position for someone who was a career military officer and a registered Democrat from Rhode Island,” Tom says.Flynn, who recently wrote a book called The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies, has called President Obama “a liar” and has troubled some former colleagues with his partisan political work, Tom reports.The current national security adviser is Susan Rice, the former U.N. ambassador who was sharply criticized by congressional Republicans for making what she later acknowledged were “incorrect” statements after the Benghazi attack.Trump’s national security picks, including the choice of Flynn, illustrate the choices his administration will face as it translate the promises and rhetoric of the campaign into governance.For example, Flynn told NPR in August that he thought it would be impractical to impose a blanket ban on travel by Muslims from around the world to the United States. A full stop on such arrivals — which Trump later revised to a call for “extreme vetting” for those entering the U.S. — was one of Trump’s signature campaign promises. As president and national security adviser, however, Trump and Flynn must decide how much of either idea they take into the new administration and try to make into reality.Another critical issue is the U.S. relationship with Russia. Candidate Trump repeated that he wanted better ties with Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, and for the two countries to work together in Syria to fight the Islamic State. (President Obama pursued such a deal but could not conclude one with Moscow.) Flynn’s situation is even more nuanced. He’s called Russia “an enemy” of the U.S. in his public comments and suggested in a book this year that it’s part of a global axis arrayed against the United States. But Flynn also traveled to Moscow last year as a guest of Putin for a banquet celebrating the Russian state news agency RT, part of the Kremlin’s propaganda operation targeting the West.RT quoted a description of Flynn as a ‘Russia-loving’ appointment in its headline on Friday. Jeff Swensen/Getty ImagesAlabama Sen. Jeff Sessions pledges his commitment to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump before speaking to supporters at a rally in Ambridge, Pa., on Oct. 10.Updated at 11:45 a.m. ETTrump’s selections signal that he is prioritizing loyalty as he chooses nominees for top posts — turning to people who were early and outspoken supporters of his campaign.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Sessions is a former U.S. attorney and current senator with lengthy experience with the Justice Department, but whose nomination for a federal judgeship was tanked by reports of racist comments. Flynn, a former lieutenant general, was pushed out of his role as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014 after clashing with top staffers. Pompeo is a representative who served both on the House Intelligence Committee and on the Benghazi committee.The attorney general and CIA director nominees will need to be confirmed by the Senate. The national security adviser does not need Senate confirmation.Sen. Jeff SessionsThe 69-year-old Republican senator, who has been offered the position of attorney general, was one of the first lawmakers to ally himself with the Trump campaign. He embraces a forceful anti-immigration platform and a tough approach to fighting crime.Sessions “is a world-class legal mind and considered a truly great Attorney General and U.S. Attorney in the state of Alabama,” Trump said in a statement from his transition team.“I am humbled to have been asked by President-elect Trump to serve as Attorney General of the United States,” Sessions said. “My previous 15 years working in the Department of Justice were extraordinarily fulfilling. I love the Department, its people and its mission. I can think of no greater honor than to lead them.”Sessions is a former longtime U.S. attorney in Alabama who went on to serve as the top Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees Justice Department and FBI operations.But earlier in his career, that same committee denied him a position as a lifetime-tenured federal judge after lawyers testified he had used racially insensitive language. Sessions apologized for saying he thought the KKK was OK “until I found out they smoked pot,” describing the episode as a joke.His positions on social issues including same-sex marriage, marijuana legalization and funding for stem-cell research are conservative.As NPR’s Ailsa Chang reported earlier this year, Sessions had a controversial career as a prosecutor and allegations of racism have followed him for decades. He first rose to national attention when he prosecuted three black civil rights workers for voter fraud; a defense lawyer called it “voter persecution,” and the jury returned no convictions.The president of the NAACP called Sessions’ appointment “troubling,” while a legislative counsel at the ACLU called him “the senator with probably the most anti-immigrant, anti-refugee, anti-child record in the Senate.”Former Alabama Rep. Jo Bonner, a Republican from Sessions’ hometown of Mobile, said President-elect Trump “has supreme confidence in Sen. Sessions’ judgment, his wisdom, his character and his loyalty.”California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the committee that will review Sessions’ nomination, said in a statement:“Senator Sessions has served on the Senate Judiciary Committee for many years so he’s well aware of the thorough vetting he’s about to receive. And while many of us have worked with Senator Sessions closely and know him to be a staunch advocate for his beliefs, the process will remain the same: a fair and complete review of the nominee. While Senator Sessions and I differ on a great many issues, I am committed to a full and fair process.”The current attorney general is Loretta Lynch, the first black woman in that position (as a child, she attended civil rights rallies in the South with her parents) and the former U.S. attorney for the eastern district of New York.last_img read more

Lina Hidalgo Meets With Emergency Officials Historic Backlog Plagues Immigration Courts And

first_img Share Thursday, December 20, 2018Top afternoon stories:Lina Hidalgo Meets With Harris County Emergency OfficialsTravis Bubenik/Houston Public MediaHarris County Judge-elect Lina Hidalgo (center).Incoming Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo is gearing up to lead the county’s homeland security office. She was briefed Thursday by emergency officials as she assembles her administration’s team.Hidalgo sat down with the county’s top disaster response officials, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, county constables and others. Hidalgo praised the officials’ work building what she described as a highly-regarded emergency operations team.Hidalgo said she sees opportunities for streamlining, implementing best practices and cutting out redundancies across county government. She said she wants to build government that’s “better and costs less.”The 27-year old and first-time office holder was elected in November as part of a Democratic “blue wave” that swept the nation’s third-largest county. She takes offices January 1, 2019.Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaThis photo shows the outside of the detained courts at the ICE Houston Service Processing Center.Historic Backlog Plagues Immigration Courts In Texas, NationwideTexas saw a 30 percent increase in pending immigration cases over the last two years, reaching a backlog of more than 119,000 cases, according to a report by Syracuse University. That’s nearly 30,000 cases more than in September 2016.Since Trump took office, the number of cases pending nationwide grew nearly 50 percent to more than 809,000. The backlog means detained immigrants will spend months longer behind bars, even though detained cases are prioritized in the courts and tend to move much faster.Non-detained immigrants face even longer wait times, though they are given work permissions while they wait. Some court dates are scheduled as far out as 2022. Houston’s courts also saw an increased backlog, with the number of pending cases now over 53,000.Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeHarris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez (center).Sheriff’s Office Asks Victims Of Local Security Company To Come ForwardThe Harris County Sheriff’s Office is asking victims of a man who works for a local security company and that has been arrested for aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping to come forward.Sheriff Ed Gonzalez held a press conference Thursday to discuss the arrest of Pablo Munoz Garza, 39, owner of TexGuard Services Co.A joint task force of the Violent Crime Unit at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) arrested Munoz Garza for aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping for an incident that occurred in July of 2018.According to the investigation, on July 29, 2018, Garza and several of the security guards that work under him assaulted and robbed a 33-year-old Hispanic male at a club called La Oveja Negra. One of the security guards could be identified with the name “Cowboy.”HCSO lieutenant Jeff Stauber said that, based on their findings, investigators think there are other victims.last_img read more

9 Audiobooks for Epic Fall Reading Get Exclusive Audible Deal

first_imgOne of the best books on climate change, and with all the recent hurricanes and floods, a very timely (and kind of depressing) look at the threat of rising waters on cities and coastal areas, especially Miami and Miami Beach. Compelling and thoroughly researched, Goodell traveled around the world to interview scientists, climate experts, city planners, politicians, flood victims, and architects. “Sea-level rise is one of the central facts of our time, as real as gravity,” Goodell writes. “It will reshape our world in ways most of us can only dimly imagine.”Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith The sun-kissed days of summer are gone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t catch up on your favorite reads. Fall is the perfect time to get cozy on the couch and listen to audiobooks. It’s a great way to hear some of the best fiction and nonfiction work out there on your preferred devices.To kickstart your fall reading list, The PCMag Shop and Amazon Audible are bringing you a Halloween treat in the form of a site-exclusive Audible deal with bonus free content. Follow the steps below and within five minutes, you’ll have access to many audiobooks to keep you entertained all season long.New Audible members can head over to the PCMag Shop and add the deal to your shopping cart. Following check out, you’ll receive an automated email with a redemption link. Click on the link to get to Audible’s site, sign in with your Amazon account, and you’re ready to start downloading audiobooks. Here’s what you’ll get:A discounted month of Audible Gold (only $5.95) Two audiobooks of your choiceTwo Audible Originals (You can choose from six featured titles.)One special Halloween audiobook classicA $6 promotion code for your next Amazon purchaseStill debating on which audiobooks to download? Geek’s editors shared their top audiobook recommendations below. From surf culture to video gaming, we’ve got you covered to make all your #fallreadinggoals happen.Stephanie V. Homecomings can be stressful, especially if you have to go across the country to handle a family death. In Luminous Airplanes, a young programmer returns to upstate New York after his grandfather dies of a heart attack. While cleaning out his old family home, he runs into a childhood love and things get complicated. On top of all that, it’s the year 2000, and the new millennium is heating up with the clash of tech and tradition.Jordan Bill Cunningham isn’t your typical fashion industry veteran. The designer and photographer, who sadly passed away in 2016, brings his style journey to life in the memoir, Fashion Climbing. When you listen to the story, you’ll get a glimpse of Cunningham’s creativity and passion for helping others look (and feel) their best.Luminous Airplanes by Paul La Farge Old New York might feel distant from us, but the legacy of immigrants continues more than 100 years later. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn tells the story of Francie Nolan, a young girl who aspires to be a writer. Nolan is torn between obtaining an education and supporting her family. When her father passes away, Nolan has to make a choice to stay in Brooklyn or go to college and pursue her dreams.Fashion Climbing by Bill Cunningham The hellish PC first-person shooter Doom was a 90’s phenomenon and one of the most important video games ever made. Masters of Doom takes you into the minds of the nerdy Texas kids who unleashed it.Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde Stay on targetcenter_img Anyone who has seen infamously terrible and inexplicable movie The Room instantly wants to know just how it was made. In this audiobook that inspired the James Franco movie, Greg Sestero (actor and reluctant friend to Tommy Wiseau) gives us the hilarious dirt.Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture by David Kushner Kindle owners can now download Audible audio books directly over WiFiZombie flowchart helps you figure out your odds Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William FinneganFascinating memoir by New Yorker writer William Finnegan about an obsession (the beautiful kind) with surfing. But this book, which won the Pulitzer Prize for biography, is more than a memoir. It’s part road trip, part surf ethnography, and part ode to the language, the sounds, and the secrets of the ocean waves. Very lush, very moving.The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World by Jeff Goodell The Disaster Artist: My Life inside ‘The Room,’ the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell Not to be confused with Fifty Shades of Grey, Shades of Grey takes listeners to a dryly comic dystopia where social classes are broken up by which colors citizens are able to see. Hearing this world described to you purely through words adds to the abstraction.Read more on books:The Weirdest Coloring Books EverFencing Fandom Brought One of Boom!’s Best Books to LifeQuirk Books Wants You to Have a Very Manfried V-Day Lincoln in the Bardo is a great read, combining historical truth and the supernatural realm, fatherly love, grief, and ghosts into one super-imaginative, weird, funny, and amazing story. But the audio book is next-level awesome, with a superstar cast that includes Nick Offerman, Miranda July, David Sedaris, Carrie Brownstein, Lena Dunham, Julianne Moore, Susan Sarandon, Ben Stiller, Jeff Tweedy, and more.Genevievelast_img read more

MovieBob Reviews INSIDIOUS THE LAST KEY

first_img Is Insidious: The Last Key good?Yes.How does it compare to the other Insidious movies?Better than 2 and 3, not as good as 1.What order do these go in, again? Because I think the last one was a prequel, right?Yeah, 1 and 2 are in the then-present, 3 was the “origin story” of how the paranormal-investigator team got together and The Last Key takes place after that and wraps up more or less right before the first one begins.Oh yeah… refresh my memory of how this all works out, again?Insidious is basically a haunted house/exorcism franchise with a subtle but effective gimmick of taking super old-fashioned “spook house” iconography and making it actually scary. Plus for good measure, the characters are always pretty interesting and well performed AND a pair of ingenious conceits in depicting The Afterlife. This is via the cheeky low-tech effect of underlighting the regular sets and filling them with dry ice fog and a narrative gimmick that ghosts and demons exist outside of chronological time; the latter being important because even those Insidious is aiming to be more of a “just for fun” series than the Conjuring movies… they still go hard on a thematic angle of haunting as a metaphor for generational trauma.I meant more like the plot (which I recall is sort of complicated?)Ah. The original Insidious was about a family who’s being haunted by a demonic presence, and when they do the smart thing and just move it turns out it’s not the house that was haunted – the demon is “attached” to one of their kids. A paranormal team consisting of two young-ish tech geeks and an older lady psychic named Elise (character actress Lynn Shaye) are brought in to fix things, and it’s revealed that the family’s grandmother knew to call her because she (Elise) had helped stop a demon that had been haunting the dad as a boy. Insidious 2 followed up on a cliffhanger ending from the original; then Part 3 went back in time to focus on Elise as the main character.So what’s this one about?“The Last Key” serves as a more-or-less direct lead-in to the original film but also answers the previously only hinted-at full backstory for Elise through the conceit that she and her team are called in to deal with a haunting that turns out to be the ghost-infested home (adjacent to a death row prison, because of course, it is) where she grew up – and where the manifestations of her ghost-whisperer powers led to vicious abuse by her hateful father. Elise assumes she’s being drawn back into a confrontation with a powerful demon who menaced her as a girl, which is true… but there are also other things at play that challenge her perceptions of what was actually happening to her and her family all those years ago.That sounds a little heavy for this series.Just a bit. This one leans harder than the others have on the central theme of hauntings as a metaphor for generational trauma and psychic scarring – though it doesn’t lose sight of being the “fun” haunted house series opposite the Conjuring movies.Is there a new monster in this one?Yeah, an aggressive ghoul with keys for fingers whose origins are more implied than explained, but “it” seems to be the Big Bad who’s in part responsible for everything happening in the other films at least where Elise is concerned. As Insidious’ monsters-gallery goes, nothing is ever going to top the Red Guy in the original, but at least it’s not the deeply unfortunate tasteless cliche’ that was the villain in Part 2.But the series still “works?”Impressively so. I always walk away from these alternately being impressed that they got me with such tried and true jump-scares and vaguely resentful that I got so taken in I was able to be “gotten” in the first place. These movies don’t want to reinvent the wheel, so you feel like you’ve seen this stuff before. Hiding the monster just out of frame sort-of in the shadows but sort of not, dropping out the ambient noise so it sounds like the entire movie is holding its breath but you don’t know why, setting up multiple doors/boxes/cabinets/whatever where something scary might be hiding and keeping you on pins as to whether they’re going to follow or break the “rule of three’s;” and they’re especially fond of that shot-reverse-shot gag……Oh! Where one person looks away and when they look back the monster is right the hell behind the person they’re talking to?That’s the one.Damn it! That always scares the crap out of me…Me too.But you recommend it?Sure do. This is a smart, solid series that delivers the goods. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ last_img read more

Books to read this weekend

first_imgThis weekend, go through the fictional story of a woman with unexpected inheritances and the transformation that ensued; travel with a Buddhist monk who decided to venture out of his comfortable monkhood; and finally in the 100th year of Kaifi Azmis birth, read some of his greatest poems and ‘nazms’. Small Days and Nights by Tishani Dosh Written by Forward Prize-winning author Tishani Doshi, ‘Small Days and Nights’ is the story of a woman caught in a moment of transformation, and the sacrifices we make to forge lives that have meaning. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEscaping her failing marriage, Grace has returned to Puducherry for her mother’s funeral. Once there, she finds herself heir to an unexpected inheritance. First, there is the strange pink house, and then there is the sister she never knew she had – Lucia, who has spent her life in a residential facility. Soon Grace sets up a new and precarious life in this lush, melancholy wilderness, with Lucia, village housekeeper Mallika, dryly witty auntie Kavitha and an ever-multiplying litter of puppies. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn Love with the World: A Monk’s Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche At 36, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche was a rising star within his generation of Tibetan masters and a respected abbot of three monasteries. Then one night, telling no one, he slipped out of his monastery in India with the intention of spending the next four years on a wandering retreat, following the ancient practice of holy mendicants. His goal was to throw off his titles and roles in order to explore the deepest aspects of his being. He immediately discovered that a lifetime of Buddhist education and practice had not prepared him to deal with dirty fellow travellers or the screeching of a railway car. But when he ran out of money, he began his life as an itinerant beggar in earnest. Soon he became deathly ill from food poisoning and his journey took a startling turn. Kaifi Azmi: Poems, Nazms by Kaifi Azmi Coming on the great poet’s 100th birth centenary celebrations, ‘Kaifi Azmi: Poems, Nazms’ contains 50 carefully chosen poems from his lifetime’s immense oeuvre. The English-Hindi collection is produced by a group of fine translators, poets, scholars, and filmmakers.last_img read more

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While CT exams can add to a patient’s lifetime exposure to ionizing radiation, they can also be more beneficial in cases where magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or ultrasound might not be able to detect early-stage cancers. Some of these trends in utilization indicate that appropriate low-dose CT imaging will be key across patient populations.Use in Pediatric ImagingThe Image Gently campaign, first established in 2007, has called attention to the growing use of CT scans on pediatric patients. A report published June 2013 online in JAMA Pediatrics found that reducing unnecessary CT scans of children and lowering doses for the highest-dose scans could lower the overall lifetime risk of future imaging-related cancers by 62 percent.[1] Researchers at the University of California (UC) Davis Health System, led by lead study author Diana Miglioretti, dean’s professor in biostatistics in the department of public health sciences at UC Davis Health System, studied CT utilization trends in both male and female children under age 15 in six healthcare systems in the United States between 1996 and 2010.The retrospective study examined random scans of the head, abdomen/pelvis, chest and spine; all are regions of the body that account for more than 95 percent of all CT scans, according to the researchers. They found that use of CT in children increased between 1996 and 2005, and that radiation doses varied for exams of the same anatomy. “There are potential harms from CT, meaning that there is a cancer risk, albeit very small in individual children,” said Miglioretti in a press release.Using that data, the researchers calculated the projected risk of future cancers using the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation (BEIR) VII report for common cancers such as brain, liver, lung and prostate. The risk for radiation-induced leukemia and brain cancers were highest for scans of the head, the most commonly performed CT scan in children, according to the report. Given the risks, it is also important to note the value of using low-dose CT to image children when necessary. Lung Cancer ScreeningsLow-dose CT is seeing increased possibilities for use as beneficial screening for those at risk of lung cancer. In July 2013 the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended a high “B” rating for annual CT scans of current and former smokers who meet certain criteria.[2] Those 55 to 80 years old, who have a 30 pack-year or greater history of smoking, and are either current smokers or have quit in the past 15 years, may soon be able to seek regular CT lung screening. The USPSTF rating can also add to the push for screening to be covered by insurance, including Medicare.The draft recommendation came about after results from the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) were published in the New England Journal of Medicine in May. The NLST is a large-scale clinical trial that randomized more than 53,400 participants at high risk for lung cancer into either a CT arm or standard chest X-ray arm. The report’s authors found there was a 20 percent reduction in lung cancer deaths among participants screened with CT versus those who had chest X-rays. These initial results from the trial reflected those of other trials that compare the effective use of CT with X-ray in detecting early-stage lung cancer, said the authors.In addition, advances in chest CT are helping to make the case for screening. Alignment technology can enhance exams by offering more accurate and timesaving comparisons for radiologists who must assess lung nodules across exams for change, often complicated by variances in patient positioning and breath hold. In the Stony Brook study to be published later this year, researchers measured the time it took for radiologists to match each nodule in prior exams to the same location in current exams using both manual alignment and automatic alignment software.[3]The study used Blackford Analysis’ automatic alignment software integrated with picture archiving and communications systems (PACS), and compared it to a manual method where radiologists scroll manually to match lung nodules. Preliminary data announced in August shows that automatic deformable alignment can reduce location match time by greater than 55 percent. These results may have an impact on the workloads of radiologists, who may face an increase in chest CT studies for lung cancer following the USPSTF’s announcement, said Ben Panter, CEO of Blackford Analysis.New SystemsSome of the latest CT systems offered by vendors are equipped with technologies to lower dose and provide image quality comparable to that of high-dose scans. The NeuViz 64 from Neusoft Medical Systems Co. Ltd. delivers low-dose scanning, high patient throughput and ease of use, and is equipped with technologies to improve resolution, reduce artifact and noise, and deliver pediatric-specific protocols.One of Siemens Healthcare’s latest offerings is the Somatom Perspective, a 128-slice CT scanner that received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance in June 2012. It includes Siemens’ SAFIRE (sinogram affirmed iterative reconstruction) technology and an exclusive eMode feature that determines and automatically selects system scan parameters so the scanner operates with as low a load as possible.Toshiba’s Aquilion Prime is designed to be a more scalable and adaptable CT system, with advanced dose reduction iterative construction technology and a high-capacity couch that can move laterally and is low to the ground. A new platform for the Aquilion One family of CT scanners is set to display at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in December.References:1. www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/news/newsroom/7854, accessed Sept. 12, 2013.2. www.itnonline.com/article/uspstf-draft-recommendation-supports-ct-lung-c…, accessed Sept. 12, 2013.3. www.itnonline.com/article/automatic-deformable-alignment-significantly-r…, accessed Sept. 12, 2013. 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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Feature | October 01, 2013 | Raissa Rocha Trends in Computed Tomography This article appeared as an introduction to a Comparison Chart on Computed Tomography in the October 2013 issue. Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Costa Rica medical tourism summit around the corner

first_imgMore than 250 businesses from 15 countries will gather April 24-26 in Playa Herradura, on the central Pacific coast, for the fourth annual International Medical Tourism Conference. The summit, which was introduced Wednesday morning at the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT), will feature speakers, presentations and workshops geared toward helping develop the industry.“The medical tourism industry is experiencing important development, and this conference, as the largest event of its kind in Latin America, is a clear example of how Costa Rica is a leader in this field,” said Jorge Cortés, president of the Council for International Promotion of Costa Rican Medicine (PROMED).With rising health-care costs in developed countries, Costa Rica has become a hotspot for North Americans looking for a cheaper alternative for expensive medical procedures. According to the Medical Tourism Corporation, procedures are generally between 50-70 percent cheaper in Costa Rica than in the United States, often allowing tourists to pay for the procedure, flight and a vacation while still saving money.In 2011, 48,000 medical tourists visited Costa Rica, the ICT estimates. Each spent an average of $7,000 while in the country. The ICT and PROMED have set a goal of 100,000 medical tourists annually, for a total of $800 million of revenue in 2013.This year the conference will focus on three areas: expanding medical tourism outside the Central Valley, finding new medical niches to draw more patients and forming new medical alliances. Rural medical tourismMuch of Costa Rica’s medical infrastructure is predictably located near San José, where more than half the country’s population resides. But in a nation full of beautiful beaches and rain forests, few tourists find spending all their time in the city ideal.For the first time, this year’s conference will be held outside the Central Valley to encourage medical tourism development in other regions.“We want the benefits of this type of tourism to expand to other sectors as well,” Tourism Minister Allan Flores said. “We are finding ways for these benefits to extend to the entire country.” Opening new marketsThis month’s conference will also explore new, complex and experimental medical treatments. Topics include transplants, regenerative therapy, orthopedics, jaw implants and wellness programs.The summit also will explore ideas to expand patient bases in Canada and Europe, where medical tourism is less popular than in the U.S.“As a country we need to continue working on international promotion and on the preparation of our medical providers,” Cortés said. “This congress is a unique opportunity to market our health and tourism services.”International alliancesPROMED and health-care providers in Costa Rica have linked up with international health insurance companies to make medical procedures more affordable. Currently CIGNA, Michelin and the BlueCross BlueShield of Oklahoma and Kansas have signed on to include certain Costa Rican providers in their plans.For more information or to register, see: www.themedicaltravelsummit.com. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

The Down Payment is the Big Thing

first_img in Daily Dose, News, Origination Down Payment Homebuying process 2017-01-13 Seth Welborn January 13, 2017 587 Views Sharecenter_img The Down Payment is the Big Thing Twenty percent is an important number for homebuyers. It’s the amount of a standard initial amount to put down on a home, and as Zillow reported Friday, it’s also the percentage of buyers who say saving for that payment is their biggest concern.According to Zillow, the median U.S. home price is $192,500, which means that a 20 percent down payment would be $38,500. That’s two-thirds the average annual income, even before closing costs.That’s also just the average. In some large markets, particularly in coastal California cities, buyers who make median salaries for those markets must save nearly 200 percent of their annual salaries just to make that one-fifth down payment. In San Jose, for example, the median income is $105,455, but the median home price is $961,600. A 20 percent down payment would be about $192,000, or 182 percent of a median income.On the other side of the spectrum, buyers in Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, and Kansas City would need to put away less than half their salaries for a down payment on a median priced home.The dynamic is especially important to first-time buyers who make up half of all home purchases, but face increasing troubles landing deals because, among other reasons, they bring no equity to the sales table. Trulia reported earlier this week that first-timers were more susceptible to having deals fall through after they are started than repeat buyers because of unfamiliarity with the process, lack of equity, and sheer affordability—first-time buyer households typically will need to spend nearly 39 percent of their monthly income to purchase a home, according to Trulia.Zillow’s chief marketing officer, Jeremy Wacksman, said that the 20 percent down payment plateau is an important one when factoring in the long-term purchase of a home. While it is possible to put down as little as 3.5 percent on a home, the trade-off is a higher interest rate and costly private mortgage insurance.According to Zillow, a better interest rate can mean thousands of dollars saved over time. On a $200,000 loan, for example, lowering the interest rate by half a percentage point would save the borrower $20,000 over the lifetime of the loan.last_img read more