TORONTO – Two artists behind a controversial art installation commissioned for a newly opened subway station in Toronto say the city’s refusal to greenlight the project has ironically achieved what the art was meant to do — spark a debate about free speech.German brothers Jan and Tim Edler, owners of realities:united, a Berlin-based art studio, say they’d been working with the Toronto Transit Commission on the project since 2009. But they say it was only days before the new Pioneer Village subway station’s scheduled opening last month that they were told authorities had concerns about the art piece.At issue is LightSpell, a public art installation that would allow users to enter eight characters on a control panel in the station that show up on giant light screens that hang from the ceiling.It was intended to pit freedom of speech versus the collective conscience of other users at the station, Edler said in a telephone interview from Berlin.“The entire concept of the piece is about the lack of censorship,” he said.But the Toronto Transit Commission, which paid $500,000 for the project, said it was concerned about its potential use for hate speech.TTC spokesman Brad Ross said they made the decision to leave the installation dark until they figure out a solution.“This isn’t about limiting free speech, but making sure people feel safe on the TTC,” he said. “If somebody looks up and sees a racial slur that they think may be targeted at them, then we have failed them.”Ross said the art was commissioned “a lifetime ago,” adding that senior management has changed “significantly” at the transit authority since 2009.“The focus was on getting the extension finished, getting the subway built, getting the track in, the new signalling system, doing all of that work. To be frank, the art was not on anybody’s radar in any way shape or form and it wasn’t until quite literally the last days before opening it was discovered that you could type anything in.”The TTC is getting legal advice on its risk and exposure related to the Ontario Human Rights Code, he said. They are also getting legal advice on the art’s ownership.“The artist has some control over their art, they always do, and we’re not in disagreement with that,” Ross said. “We’re trying to come to a resolution, otherwise we would just do what we wanted.”Ross said he’s hopeful the TTC board will discuss several legal options in its next meeting in mid-January.Edler said he first realized there would be problems when he was at the station working on the final touches of the piece just before Christmas and saw TTC officials type the word “f–k” on the control panel and take cellphone photographs of the words on the screens.He said shortly after that he received an email from the TTC brass saying they weren’t opening the installation to the public. He begged them for a last-minute presentation at the station, but that didn’t work.Edler said he called then-TTC CEO Andy Byford and they discussed using a filter for a black list of words, but both agreed that wouldn’t work — there were too many ways around those systems.“And, of course, that’s censorship,” Edler said.The TTC then proposed a “white list” of safe words that users could choose from, Ross said.But Edler scoffed at that idea.“Of course that’s completely crazy and (George Orwell’s) ‘1984’-like and definitely sounds more like North Korea than Canada,” Edler said.Part of the goal, Edler said, is to provoke discussion about censorship and the use of public spaces.“I am thankful to have this discussion via the media, whether it’s wrong or right, so in some way the piece is working on a different level,” he said. “Although I would prefer to have the piece working on site.”
The police said that 18 people including 17 women were hospitalized in Koswatte, Dankotuwa this afternoon following a gas leak at a factory.All those who fell sick are employees attached to the factory and they were admitted to the Dankotuwa hospital after suffering from breathing difficulties. The Koswatte police are conducting further investigations. (Colombo Gazette) According to the police media unit the gas leak had occurred at a salmon factory in Koswatte, Dankotuwa but the cause of the leak was still now known. The police said that five of those who suffered breathing difficulties as a result of the gas leak were transferred to the Negombo hospital for further treatment.
Private bus operators have a virtual monopoly over passenger bus operations in the country as there are more private buses than state-owned passenger buses. (IANS) The Sri Lankan government announced last week that it hoped to import buses from China to meet the demand in the public transport sector. “We are looking at purchasing these buses but we are still having discussions,” the minister said. Sri Lanka is continuing discussions with China to purchase 3,000 new buses despite protests by private bus operators in the country, a minister said Thursday.Minister of Transport Kumar Welgama told Xinhua that discussions are continuing with Chinese companies but a final decision has not yet been reached. However the announcement was greeted with stiff opposition from the private transport sector which threatened to strike if the government goes ahead with moves to purchase 3,000 buses from China.Welgama said the state transport board has around 5,000 buses, of which some 3,500 are over 15-years-old and need to be replaced. As a result, he said the government was looking at importing 3,000 buses from China as those buses are also suitable for Sri Lankan road conditions.Private Bus Association president Gemunu Wijeyratne earlier threatened to launch a strike if the government goes ahead with the deal, saying it will have an impact on private bus operations in the country.Wijeyratne alleged that the move to purchase new buses is an attempt by the government to gain control over passenger bus operations in the country.
CALGARY – Former Alberta finance minister Jim Dinning has come out swinging against critics of a University of Calgary president who’s been under fire over concerns about corporate influence.Dinning, who was university chancellor from 2010 to 2014, wrote an opinion piece for the Calgary Herald where he refers to the detractors of Elizabeth Cannon as “those who now slag her from the comfort of their tenured La-Z-Boy.”An independent review will probe the university over concerns about corporate influence at the school following media reports alleging Enbridge interfered at the university’s Centre for Corporate Sustainability after the company provided a donation.The investigation was ordered by the institution’s board of governors.Dinning, who served as a cabinet minister in Ralph Klein’s Progressive Conservative government, says criticism of Cannon and her efforts to attract more funding are “unwarranted.”He calls Cannon “an academic with superlative credentials” who is “unbending when defending academic integrity.”“During my time as chancellor, I was on the front lines to witness the dedication, passion and tireless energy that Elizabeth and her executive team devote to the university and the province,” Dinning wrote in an opinion piece posted on the Herald’s website on Saturday.“It is through this lens that I find it unconscionable that the very people Cannon works so hard to support have turned on her. Why? Because she is a strong woman? Because she demands the best from those she leads?”Cannon, who has stepped down from her paid position as a director of the Enbridge Income Fund, will not take part in the review. Nor will board chairwoman Bonnie DuPont, a former Enbridge executive.Dinning wrote that it’s been a matter of public record since 2004 that Cannon was a trustee with the company, and he said it was spelled out in her publicly disclosed presidential contracts in 2010 and 2014.He noted that when the province cut post-secondary funding in 2013, Cannon “didn’t light her hair on fire as others did.”“She went to work behind the scenes, and was tireless in her efforts to make provincial leaders come face to face with the work of researchers, professors and students, highlighting their worthiness for more funding,” Dinning wrote.“Even the work of those who now slag her from the comfort of their tenured La-Z-Boy.”Cannon has said that there is a written agreement set out with expectations when funds come from the private sector, but the university makes decisions on day-to-day operations and staff.The Canadian Association of University Teachers has said the former chairman of the Centre for Corporate Sustainability claims he was fired after raising concerns about Enbridge’s influence.Retired justice Terrence McMahon will lead the independent review. He is to provide his report to an ad hoc committee by Dec. 14 and a representative of the school’s board of governors has said its conclusions will be released to the public. by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 21, 2015 4:57 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 21, 2015 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Former Alberta minister takes shots at critics of University of Calgary president
Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) carries the ball during a game against Penn State on Oct. 25 in State College, Pa. OSU won in double overtime, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorRedshirt-freshmen who enter spring camp as the third-string quarterback aren’t necessarily expected to lead their team to a double-overtime victory on the road.Especially not in the midst of their worst statistical game as a collegiate player, and certainly not while playing on a sprained MCL.But that’s what J.T. Barrett did for Ohio State during its 31-24 win against Penn State on Saturday.His coach, Urban Meyer, said Barrett’s overtime heroics — which included 32 rushing yards and both OSU touchdowns — are something he’ll likely remember forever.“I’ll probably never forget that look when I saw our offense taking the field against the white out of the student section, down by seven, against the defense that really kind of shut us down the second half … and take us in for a score,” Meyer said Monday.Just moments later, Meyer reiterated that — despite putting the offense on his back in the extra periods — Barrett wasn’t at his best against the Nittany Lions.“J.T. actually had just an OK game as far as some of the reads and some of the decisions he had to make,” he said.Barrett started the game off strong running the ball, but never got on a roll through the air and slowed down on the ground after the first 15 minutes. He had five carries for 45 yards in the first quarter, but finished the half with just one more yard on the ground and just 52 through the air.At that time, the Buckeyes still held a 17-0 lead, but a pair of second-half interceptions from Barrett — including one that Penn State returned for a touchdown — helped to allow the Nittany Lions back into the game.But even after putting up numbers nowhere near what Buckeye fans have become accustomed to in recent weeks, OSU running backs coach Stan Drayton said he learned everything he needed to know when he looked at Barrett before the team took the field in overtime.“There’s nothing like looking in a player’s eyes to find comfort as a football coach,” Drayton said Monday. “And I just so happened to see J.T. Barrett’s eyes in that moment. And I’ll tell you what, I got all the confidence that I needed that he was gonna at least at that moment give everything that he had to try to put us in a situation to win that ball game.”Drayton added that the look from Barrett makes him look forward to what he and the rest of the Buckeyes might be able to do down the road.“When you see that coming from some young football players right now, you can’t help but get really excited and anxious to see what the future holds for this football team,” he said.For all the confidence Drayton said he got from Barrett’s demeanor, he didn’t mention the injury the quarterback had sustained during the game’s first half.If he’d been asked before the game ended, redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein said he wouldn’t have mentioned the injury either, but that’s because he didn’t know it existed.“After the game, I had no idea he hurt his knee,” Elflein said Monday.He added that the injury made Barrett’s performance all the more notable.“He was fighting through it the whole game, and that says a lot about him,” Elflein said. “What type of guy he is, and that was awesome.”Because of the injury, Meyer said he expects Barrett to be limited in practice this week, but made it clear that there would be no surgery and said the Wichita Falls, Texas, native will play in OSU’s next game.But without normal practice reps heading into a game, Barrett might need to find other ways to prepare. Drayton said he has no doubt the signal caller will do that just fine.“He’s a technician, he’s serious about his business and he’ll study every single thing he needs to be prepared on Saturday,” Drayton said.That Saturday game is set to pit the Buckeyes against Illinois at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.And before that kickoff — if all goes as it has this season — Elflein said Barrett will be the one getting the team ready before taking the field. He said the quarterback gives a pregame speech before every game, and used just one word to describe what those speeches are like.“Incredible,” Elflein said. “You don’t hear anything like that from anybody else, you can tell that it’s coming form deep within and he really means it.”
Wind turbines may also attract insects and so encourage bats to feed near blades Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Wind farms are probably killing tens of thousands of bats a year, even where risk assessments have been carried out to prevent the deaths, a study has found.Researchers at the University of Exeter used sniffer dogs to locate the bodies of stricken bats near turbines to find out the scale of the problem.A survey of 29 wind farms showed that 194 bats a month were killed, although the figure is likely to be higher because many of the dead creatures would have fallen prey to scavengers. The main casualties of wind turbines were two common species of bats: the Common Pipstrelle and Soprano Pipistrelle, tiny bats with reddish-brown coats and blackish-brown ears. Bodies of the Noctule, one of the larger European bat species which sometimes come out before sunset to feed on moths, beetles and other large flying insects, were also found around turbines.A dead Nathusius’s Pipistrelle, which has recently been found to be migratory, was also found, raising concerns about whether onshore and off-shore wind farms could pose a threat to their navigation route. A Nathusius’ pipistrelle bat (Pipistrellus nathusii)Credit:Wikimedia Bats may not turn on their sonar at the height of wind turbine bladesCredit:John Taylor If the figure was extrapolated to all of Britain’s onshore wind farms it could mean that around 80,000 bats are being killed each year by turbines. The research also showed that the risk of bat death increased by 18 per cent for each extra metre of blade length. Some individual turbines were found to kill around five bats a month. Dr Fiona Matthews, of Exeter University, who led the research, which was partly funded by the government, said operators should be encouraged to switch turbines off during peak migration and breeding seasons, such as summer nights.The scientists think that bats may turn off their sonar when high up because they don’t expect anything to be blocking their path. They may also be attracted to insects which gather round the blades so an area that seemed clear in a pre-construction risk assessment could end up having any bats.“An open field might not be very interesting, whereas once new structures are built the bats may investigate it or feed around it,” said Dr Matthews.“It may be possible bats actually alter their behaviour once the turbines are built.“Bats have been around for at least 30 million years and during that time have been able to fly happily without the risk of colliding with a spinning object.“There are effective ways of preventing bat deaths. Unfortunately we have found that assessments conducted when wind farms are being planned are very poor at identifying whether a site is likely to be risky.” First author on the Current Biology paper, Dr Paul Lintott, said that although wind farms do kill bats it is important to remember the wider benefits of renewable energy in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the positive impact that this will have on global biodiversity.Dr Lintott said: “By focusing resources on stopping turbines during high risk periods we should be able to minimise the collision risk to local bat populations whilst also benefiting globally from the transition to a greener economy.”The research, which was published in the journal Current Biology, was part funded by the Department for the Environment, and the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
These are the next Irish films we’re all going to be talking about The details were announced this week. Share426 Tweet Email5 38,830 Views By Aoife Barry Jan 15th 2017, 6:30 PM Short URL 7 Comments ONE OF THE most exciting parts of the cultural year is finding out what to look forward to on the big screen in the 12 months ahead.Yesterday, the Irish Film Board launched its slate of films for 2017. While some will be in the cinema in the coming months, others are in production and might be a bit longer getting on our screens.But the most important thing is getting a sneak peek of what we can expect – and which ones could be the breakout hits of the year.In 2016, big hits included The Young Offenders and Mad Mary, while films like Viva and the Siege of Jadotville also got people talking. Handsome DevilFilms we can definitely expect on our screens soon are Handsome Devil from John Butler (director of The Stag); Maudie, directed by Aisling Walsh and starring Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins; and The Secret Scripture. Source: Assis Fernando Brasil Lopez/YouTubeJohn Butler, director of Handsome Devil – which has been chosen for the Closing Gala of the forthcoming Audi Dublin International Film Festival – told TheJournal.ie more about the film:“It’s two boys in a school and they’re from contrasting sides of the school hierarchy in every sense, and their friendship is tested by the authorities – so it’s just about difference, and ambiguity, and tolerance.”The topic of the film has become even more pertinent in recent months, he pointed out. “The most interesting part for me is that idea that it’s become a political film in the last 12 months since shooting it. I hope this isn’t true but maybe in hindsight we were at this apex of liberal acceptance and we’ve now regressed.“[Handsome Devil is] just a story about acceptance of the other and of ambiguity and of difference, which should be an uncontroversial idea but which has now sort of become contested.”It will have its theatrical release in the United States in the first half of this year.Producer of the film Rebecca O’Flanagan pointed to the Irish Film Board’s call for its government funding to be raised to pre-recession levels of €20million, and how this would benefit Irish filmmakers.“That continued pressure to say there needs to be an increase in that investment, if you go back to €20m it’s really not a huge investment in terms of the size of the industry and what it’s doing now,” she said. But she noted that it would benefit filmmakers’ careers in the long run: “You feel that what that allows it to become is career sustainable on an individual level as well – not just on an overall industry level.”Director Nick Kelly, who is putting the finishing touches to his debut feature film, The Drummer and the Keeper, said that schemes like the Catalyst Project for emerging filmmakers – where costs are kept low to enable films to get made on a €350,000 budget, while keeping high-quality staff on board – are essential.“It’s a very low-budget thing but having said that it’s very supported by the industry,” he said.Of the ups and downs of the creative process, he added:“My short Shoe got to the last 10 for an Oscar, and I thought happy days, I’m going to make a feature now. But actually it was incredibly difficult. I remember writing things and people liking them or not, but you know to say ‘OK here’s a million, two million [euro] or whatever to make a feature’… so when [Catalyst] came up it was literally an opportunity I could not not go for.”It turned out, too, that his music background has helped with this phase in his career. “I spent about 10 years – more than 10 years – making films, and actually I think it’s the same as rock and roll… rather than going to film school, just join an obscure band,” he laughed.Here are some of the Irish-made films that we can look forward to hearing more about in the next year or two. The earlier they are due to the IFB (the due date mentioned below), the better the chance we have of seeing them in the next year.Good Favour Source: Irish Film BoardDirector: Rebecca Daly. Script: Rebecca Daly, Glenn MontgomeryThe story of a young man named Tom, who walks out of a huge forest into the lives of a strictly devout Christian community living in a remote place in central Europe. Due in mid-2017.When Tom’s actions avert a potential tragedy, the mystery surrounding him grows. Where did he come from? Has God answered the prayers of his people?The LodgersDirector: Brian O’Malley Script: David TurpinWe brought you news of this release in our end-of-year piece about Irish film – it’s the story of two Anglo-Irish twins and the sinister presence that rules their house. Read more in our interview with the production company here. Due in early 2017.When troubled war veteran Sean returns to the nearby village, he is immediately drawn to the mysterious Rachel, who in turn begins the break the rules set out by the lodgers. The consequences pull Rachel into a deadly confrontation with her brother and with the curse that haunts them.The Belly of the WhaleDirector: Morgan Bushe Script: Morgan Bushe, Greg FlanaganStarring Pat Shortt, this is about a misfit teen and businessman who devise a plan to rob the local amusement arcade. Set “in the dead of a North County Dublin winter”. Due in mid-2017.Kissing Candice Source: Irish Film BoardDirector/Script: Aoife McArdleProduced under the IFB’s Catalyst Project for emerging filmmakers, this is about a girl called Candice who falls in love with a man who mixes with the wrong crowd. Due in early 2017.In a neighbourhood increasingly intimidated by volatile, unpredictable youths, can he help her escape? Or lead her into far great peril?Maze Source: IFBDirector/Script: Stephen BurkeStarring a host of Irish names, including Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and Barry Ward, this is set in 1983, during the time of the mass breakout of IRA prisoners. Ward mentioned in our interview with him last year. Due in early 2017.…a tense and intriguing drama during which an unlikely relationship is forged between two adversaries.Song of Granite Source: ADirector: Pat Collins Script: Pat Collins, Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde, Sharon WhooleySet in the West, this tells the story of traditional Irish singer Joe Heaney. Due in early 2017.Enigmatic and fascinating, Heaney’s devotion to his art came at a huge personal cost to the singer and those closest to him.Handsome DevilDirector: John ButlerThe story of two boys from two different worlds, who end up sharing a room in their boarding school. Due out this year.In its review, The Hollywood Reporter said:When transfer student Conor (Galitzine) is assigned as his new roommate, the mismatch portends extreme discomfort. A melancholy hunk with bee-stung lips and a stellar record on the rugby field, Conor left his previous school under a cloud. Believing that cohabiting with the enemy will only make his school life more hellish, Ned erects a “Berlin Wall” down the middle of the room, attempting to keep to himself. But Conor has his own issues causing him to feel alone in the flock, and his shy efforts to reach out eventually give Ned an unaccustomed taste of friendship and acceptance.Delinquent Season Source: IFBDirector/Script: Mark O’RoweBig names abound here: Cillian Murphy, Killian Scott and Catherine Walker. It’s about two couples whose friendship leads to an affair and betrayal. Currently being filmed in Ireland and due in mid-2017.The two couples are forced to re-evaluate their lives and their respective marriages and friendships – but can anything be salvaged from the wreckage?Halal Daddy Source: Karl HusseyDirector: Conor McDermottroe Script: Conor McDermottroe, Mark O’HalloranRaghdan Aziz moves to Ireland to get away from his controlling father – but then things take a twist when he becomes the unexpected owner of a former abattoir turned halal factory. Due in early 2017.Aithrí/PenanceDirector: Tom Collins Script: Tom Collins, Greg Ó BraonáinPeter Coonan stars as a priest who’s thrown into turmoil after meeting a man who he once convinced to fight in the 1916 Rising. Due in early 2017.Once allies, the pair are now placed on opposite sides of the same agenda.The Drummer and the Keeper Source: Karl HusseyDirector/Script: Nick KellyWith a background in the music business – he’s formerly of the band The Fat Lady Sings – Kelly is well poised to bring us this story of the relationship between a 25-year-old party animal with bipolar disorder and a young teen who has Asperger’s Syndrome. This was also produced under the Catalyst Project. Due in early 2017.Michael InsideDirector/Script: Frank BerryFilmed in Dublin and Cork, this is the story of Michael Healy, who is sentenced to three months in prison after holding drugs for a friend’s brother. Due in early 2017.Upon release Michael, now institutionalist into criminality, is forced to put into practice what we has learnt in prison when the dealers pay Francis [his grandfather] another visit. Black ’47Director: Lance Daly Script: PJ Dillon, Pierce Ryan with additional material by Eugene O’Brien and Lance DalyCurrently in production, this is about an Irish soldier who returns home to see the damage the Great Famine has done to his family. Due in late 2017.When he sets on a destructive path to avenge his kin, a veteran British soldier is sent to stop him before he can stoke the flames of revolution. However, personal bonds forged by the soldiers’ time fighting together cause both men to question their motives.The Third WaveDirector/Script: David FreyneAnother role for Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, who stars alongside Ellen Page in this creepy film about a virus that turns humans into zombie-like monsters. Due in mid-2017.The cured are haunted with the memories of their actions while infected. As some try to readjust to a world that still fears them, the growing unrest threatens to plunge the world back into chaos.Read: International marketing campaign on the way to entice more blockbusters to Ireland>Read: Irish film had “probably the greatest year on record” in 2016> http://jrnl.ie/3185313 Sunday 15 Jan 2017, 6:30 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
https://jrnl.ie/4545770 Here’s What Happened Today: Friday 49 killed in mosque shootings in New Zealand, thousands of students march in climate change protest – This evening’s top stories. Friday 15 Mar 2019, 9:02 PM 6,790 Views Share2 Tweet Email NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Students marching today to protest against the ongoing climate crisis. Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ieThe Criminal Assets Bureau seized a substantial amount of cash along with 45 vehicles following search operations targeting the assets and activities of an organised crime gang based in Limerick.The family of an Icelandic man who went missing in Dublin last month renewed their appeal for the public’s assistance.Firefighters were battling a huge blaze at an abandoned mill in Drogheda, Co Louth this evening. Gardaí were invetigating how a baby suffered serious head injuries at a house in Tipperary. The DUP held talks with the British government about Theresa May’s Brexit deal, which is due for another House of Commons vote next week.Train services between Connolly and Pearse Stations were temporarily suspended after an incident where a truck struck a bridge on Amiens Street.Community gardaí attended local mosques provide support to the country’s Muslim community following the mass shootings in New Zealand.There were 207 fewer babies born in the third quarter of 2018, compared with the same quarter the previous year, CSO figures showed. A planned concert by singer Nicki Minaj was cancelled in the 3 Arena tonight as a result of “severe weather conditions”. A murder charge relating to the death of a man in Athy, Co Kildare last year was struck out because of a delay in presenting the complete book of evidence. WORLD By Cormac Fitzgerald People taking part in a vigil at the New Zealand War Memorial on Hyde Park Corner following the mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand. Source: Dominic Lipinski/PA#NEW ZEALAND: A total of 49 people were killed and many more injured in a mass shooting on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.#VETO: US president Donald Trump signed the first veto of his presidency, overriding a congressional resolution to secure emergency funds to build his wall on the US-Mexico border.PARTING SHOTWell, it’s the St Patrick’s Day weekend, Ireland’s big time to shine and show ourselves off the world. And wouldn’t ya know it – it’s going to be lashing rain on the day, with cold temperatures and hail and thunder forecast. Not ideal. Source: Leah Farrell No Comments Mar 15th 2019, 9:02 PM Short URL Get our daily news round up: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
By Momodou Jarju Officials of The Gambia Standards Bureau (TGSB) have disclosed that the Ministry of Trade, Regional Integration and Employment, has tasked them to develop Standards for bread.The officials made this statement recently at the Information Sharing Meeting held at TGSB in Bakau, to discuss the organization of the second edition of the National Quality Awards, and the benefits therein for participants.Amadou Jallow, an officer of the bureau, said their office has developed standards based on need; that the Trade Ministry expressed the need to have standards on bread which is why they are responding to this legitimate need. Jallow said the process is not a short one saying it might take between six to eight months; that they always make sure that there would be no queries after standards are developed.Papa Secka, director general of Standards Bureau, said once they are done with the development of standards for bread, it will not be their role to enforce the standards but they will work to assist in awareness creation and promote standards.“If we have the standards which indicate how it should be, it should be in conformity with the requirements. There would be an objective way of confirming as specified in the standards,” he said.Mr. Secka said before finalizing the standardization process, stakeholders in the industry will be invited to be part of the regulatory committee. “As we speak, we are expecting to receive those stakeholders in the industry because they should constitute the technical committee. We will be expecting it this week. So, certainly this month, the technical committee would complete their review of the available standards,” he said.The stakeholders include bakeries, institutions such as the Food Safety Authority, Ministry of Trade, and consumers. This he said is to ensure that the voices of all and sundry are heard, in order to produce the best standards for bread.According to him, standard could be voluntary but everybody will have access to it; that regulation is not essentially a policy. “Regulation is to ensure there is clarity, transparency, coordination and organization, and violators are clear on what would be done, should they violate. So, the first step is standard,” he explained.Established by the Government of the Gambia through an Act of Parliament in 2010, TGSB’s vision is to be the leading standardization institution in promoting industrial growth and consumer welfare.Its mission is to standardize goods, services and systems in accordance with internationally-recognized procedures, to enhance industrial growth and efficiency, facilitate trade, promote health, safety and environmental protection.
IDG Enterprise is closing the U.S. print editions of Computerworld and CSO. The group, which also publishes InfoWorld, CIO and Network World, among others, plans to keep the brands on a digital and event-centric publishing model.June CSO and the June 23rd Computerworld, a biweekly, will be the final print issues. CSO has a circulation of 27,000 and Computerworld is 165,000.The digital audiences are comparably larger—Computerworld averages 2.9 million uniques and CSO averages 228,000. As it stands, the brands’ current model is a mix of sponsor and ad revenue along with events, marketing services and data programs, says IDG Enterprise CEO Matthew Yorke. “Readers can get access to additional premium content by registering for a free Insider membership,” he says. “We are developing new models, which incorporate sponsor/ad revenues as well as a paid model for exclusive content and resources (in addition to the premium content that anyone will be able to access. The entire site will not require a paid subscription).According to Yorke, there will be no staff reductions related to the change. “Resources will be re-allocated to the premium Insider content and that strategy.”IDG, and other tech-oriented publishers, have been pursuing this model for years now, gradually shutting down print magazines and transitioning the brands to digital and live event models, while simultaneously building out their marketing services groups. IDG Enterprise’s InfoWorld transitioned to a digital-only model in 2007. More recently, Network World followed that same path. PC World, which isn’t part of the IDG Enterprise division, also went digital-only in 2013.Yorke remarked at the recent Folio: Growth Summit that the company manages print for profit—and if there is none, then it’s either treated as a marketing expense or transitioned out of the model. CIO is the only other IDG Enterprise brand that still has a print component.
WILMINGTON, MA — At last week’s Wilmington School Committee Meeting, Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand announced that the district’s special education services will be evaluated by a third-party entity, Walker Consulting at the Walker Trieschman Institute.“[The Walker Trieschman Institute] is committed to improving outcomes for children and adolescents with disabilities by supporting the effectiveness and efficiency of services and settings in schools…,” explained Brand. “Under a structured approach, Walker Consultants will collaborate with our district to tailor their approach to our particular context and implement their data collection and analysis activities in a manner that is both respectful and fair.”“Walker Consulting will engage with students, staff, administrators, and families in data collection activities that include document reviews, observations, individual and group interviews, and surveys,” continued Brand. “The Consultants will analyze both quantitative and qualitative data in the development of their findings, perspective and recommendations.”The evaluation is expected to take begin around March 1 and be completed in mid-May.The final report will be made available to the public and its results will be presented at a future School Committee meeting.Alice Brown-LeGrand, the district’s Director of Student Support Services, selected Walker Consulting, in part, due to its recent evaluations of the Attleboro Public Schools, Watertown Public Schools, and Georgetown Public Schools. Walker Consulting is currently working with the school districts of Fall River and Wareham.The district is obligated to conduct a third-party evaluation after its completion of the state’s Coordinated Program Review.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSuperintendent Reorganizes Student Support Services Department; Special Education & Nursing Depts. To BenefitIn “Education”NEW ROLES FOR 3 FAMILIAR EDUCATORS: Shelia Burke, Leanne Ebert & Kevin Welch Named To Leadership PositionsIn “Education”Superintendent Brand Announces His TEN Goals For The 2019-2020 School YearIn “Education”
Governor Bill Walker pictured in April 2016. (Photo by Skip Gray, 360 North)Governor Bill Walker has declared Alaska’s opioid epidemic a state disaster and ordered state and federal money for overdose medication.In the declaration, the Governor said the opioid epidemic goes quote “beyond the timely and effective response and recovery capability of local resources.”The declaration will cost $4,058,316 from regular appropriations for the Department of Health and Social Services and from federal grants to fund naloxone distribution statewide. Naloxone is a drug that can reverse opioid overdoses.In a letter to the state’s legislative leaders, Governor Walker said the declaration will not draw funds from the Disaster Relief Fund or from additional State General Funds.The declaration authorizes the Commissioner and the State Medical Officer of the Department of Health and Social Services to coordinate a response to the crisis. According to the declaration, that response could include creating a statewide Overdose Response Program and allowing anyone in Alaska to dispense and administer naloxone.Governor Walker will announce more information on his plan Thursday.Alaska Public Media’s Lori Townsend spoke with Jay Butler, Alaska’s Chief Medical officer about the declaration.Listen now
.Police recovered the bodies of two unidentified young men from separate places of Keraniganj, Dhaka on Monday afternoon.Khorshed Alam, sub-inspector of South Keraniganj police station, said they recovered a body from Char Kaliganj area and the other from the Buriganga river in the same area.The bodies of the youths, aged around 30-35, were sent to Sir Salimullah Medical College Hospital in the capital for autopsy, he said.
Listen X 00:00 /17:57 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Last month, a pedestrian died when struck by a self-driving Uber SUV in Arizona. It was the first such death involving a fully autonomous test vehicle.The car, a Volvo, was in self-driving mode, but had a human backup driver ready at the wheel. The driver says he first saw 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg when the vehicle struck her. She was walking a bicycle outside the lines of a crosswalk. Authorities have not determined fault in the incident.As autonomous vehicle technology continues to develop and grow in use, this is the sort of scenario that’s long had legal and consumer advocates spooked. So, who’s at fault when a driverless car hurts someone? And how can we minimize such accidents in the first place?First, Dr. Swaminathan Gopalswamy of Texas A&M University explains how autonomous vehicles work and details their safety features.Then, William Kohler, an attorney from the Detroit-based Dykema law firm, and Nic Philips of Ideal Electric discuss the potential for autonomous vehicles taking hold in any significant way in the foreseeable future here in Greater Houston — and whether an accident like this might slow the pursuit of driverless cars. Cars back up during afternoon weekday traffic on southbound Interstate 45 in Houston north of downtown. Share
Altice USA Pools Cheddar, i24 News Resources to Expand U.S. Coverage Cheddar Acquired by Cable Operator Altice USA for $200 Million CuriosityStream launched in 2015 as the brainchild of Hendricks, the founder of cable’s Discovery Channel. The service offers an array of documentary and factual programming for $3 a month or $20 a year.John Hendricks, Founder and Chairman of CuriosityStream, commented: “Today, consumers are beginning to view on-demand streaming services that dependably deliver movies, general television entertainment and factual content, such as Netflix, Hulu and CuriosityStream respectively, as standard viewing requirements. It is only natural that forward-leaning distributors such as Altice USA are finding ways to bundle top streaming services into their universal customer offerings.”CuriosityStream content will also be added to Altice’s roster of on-demand programming distributed via its set-top boxes.“With today’s announcement, nearly 5 million more households will be treated to thousands of the world’s best factual programs across all non-fiction genres including science, nature, history, technology, current events, lifestyles, human adventure, and more,” said Clint Stinchcomb, CuriosityStream president and CEO, Related Altice USA has set a deal with John Hendricks’ CuriosityStream to expand distribution of the science- and history-focused subscription streaming service.The deal will make CuriosityStream available to all Altice USA’s 4.9 million customers across 21 states, including a big cluster serving New York and Connecticut. Altice also plans to add the CuriosityStream app to its digital operating system.“We’re always looking at ways to enrich the customer experience, which is why we are pleased to bring CuriosityStream’s rich 4K visuals and storytelling to our Optimum and Suddenlink customers as a value-added benefit,” said Hakim Boubazine, Altice USA co-president and chief operating officer. “Whether through traditional video or digital streaming offerings, our platform enables the delivery of all types of content to our customers so they can access what they want, when they want it.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety
Season Four of The Flash was an odd one. It started out so desperate to course correct from the grim downer of Season Three, that the first half felt largely inconsequential. I love a good villain of the week episode as much as anyone, but they have to be building up to something. The Thinker, what he wanted, what he would do, was kept so much of a mystery it was hard to really care. He didn’t really come into his own as a villain until late in the season. Once he did, this season became so much better. And last night, it gave us one of the more exciting finales we’ve seen from The Flash.With DeVoe’s enlightenment underway, things are going all the way wrong. Even the good news that Barry’s about to get his forensics job back has to wait. All the machines in Central City lose power at once, and a weird purple energy covers the Earth. If that wasn’t bad enough, Cecile is going into labor right as the world is getting dumber. (So basically the experience of every new mother since 2016 heyooooooooooo.) With no obvious way to defeat DeVoe, things are looking pretty hopeless. Until Iris shows up with Marlize. DeVoe’s estranged wife knows just the way to stop her husband. And it might be one of the weirdest plots this show has given us.Candice Patton as Iris West and Kim Engelbrecht as Marlize Devoe (Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW)Marlize insists there’s still good in DeVoe’s mind somewhere. The solution would be to bring it out. Physically. She wants to send The Flash into The Thinker’s brain to find the Good Clifford, and encourage him. He’s the only one who can run fast enough to keep up with the pace of Thinker’s brain. So the season finale literally has Barry outrunning the bad guy’s thoughts. It’s an original premise, I’ll give them that. So how do they get Barry inside DeVoe’s brain? By using Cecile’s new telepathic powers to create a bridge into his brain. It works, but there’s a problem. Cecile’s powers are connected to her pregnancy, and she’s in labor. If the baby is born, she can’t keep the gate open, and Barry is trapped in the villain’s mind forever.So now not only do we have one ticking clock counting down until DeVoe’s stupid ray reaches full power, we have a second one in the form of Cecile’s in-progress childbirth. Right away, it works so much better than last week’s attempt at a time bomb. Last week, a 12-hour clock was thrown up on the screen and the characters all but ignored it for the whole show. This week, they’re treating both clocks like an actual danger. People will be lost if either runs out. It makes for a much more tense, thrilling episode. So Barry has to find the Good DeVoe before his new sister-in-law is born.(Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon/Vibe, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, Danielle Nicolet as Cecile Horton, Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West, Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash and Candice Patton as Iris West (Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW)That’s not going to be easy. First, Marlize has him search their home, but he’s not there. Then, thanks to Harry using the thinking cap one more time, they send him to the place Marlize and Clifford fell in love. He’s not there either. But Ralph Dibny is. Right away, it makes me so happy to see them working together, but there’s really no time to celebrate. Evil DeVoe has been floating around this construct of Central City/Earth in his chair, and it was about time he did something. Otherwise, he just turns into an empty threat. He chases them away with a blast of energy, but not before taunting him with the line, “there’ll be no defeating the big bad this time.” Man, Deadpool 2 is out less than a week and everyone has to break the fourth wall.Thanks to Ralph, they do find Good DeVoe, but he’s dead. He has a pretty sizable hole in his chest. DeVoe knew Team Flash would try something like this, and killed his own good side. But Barry figures out what’s going on, because he’s allowed to be smart in season finales. The reason Ralph is still alive in DeVoe’s mind is because DeVoe is using his body. If Dibny can make it out of the dimensional gate Cecile created, he’d retake control over his own body. If they can get there. DeVoe sends copies of himself to stop them.Neil Sandilands as The Thinker (Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW)What follows is hands down the coolest action scene of the season. It’s just The Flash and Elongated Man knocking down an endless army of clones. It’s almost like something out of the Matrix movies. (Hey, say what you will about the sequels, they all had some great action scenes.) Watching Barry swing Ralph around at super speed, sending DeVoe bodies ragdolling around put the biggest smile on my face. And of course, with Cecile’s contractions increasing and DeVoe’s satellites gaining power, this fight comes right down to the wire. It’s pretty effective, to be honest. What’s even better is the aftermath. Barry and Ralph make it out, and the real, physical DeVoe stumbles around making the weirdest expressions. It’s exactly the prolonged, painful defeat you want from a comic book villain.But this huge, climactic battle only happens a little over halfway through the episode. And while the rest is still good, fun superhero TV, it’s not as tight as the rest of the episode. It starts to go in one direction, then another, then decides to just wrap things up for the season. It’s an uneven ending, but by no means a bad one. It doesn’t reach the highs of the climactic DeVoe fight, but it reaches highs all the same.First DeVoe uses Kilg%re’s power to put himself inside his floating chair. Here, you might be thinking that the rest of the episode would be spent dealing with a scarier non-corporeal villain. But no. Marlize rips the power core out of the chair and The Thinker is gone for good. I like that the reason she was able to do that was because he couldn’t predict emotional responses. But it’s still kind of an anticlimactic end. Devoe as a ghost in the machine would have been a really cool fight to end the season. Instead, the idea is shut down mere minutes after it was introduced.Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon/Vibe, Kim Engelbrecht as Marlize Devoe and Candice Patton as Iris West (Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW)The real final superhero setpiece was Team Flash saving the world from a falling satellite. Right before he died, DeVoe increased one of the satellites’ mass so it would fall out of orbit and create an extinction event. Not as interesting as computer DeVoe, but still a fun giant action scene nonetheless. It gives us one last chance to see the entire team work together to save people, which is always one of the best parts of this series. I’m so glad Elongated Man is back too. He brought a sense of fun back to the series, and I really didn’t want the show to lose that. In the end, it falls to Barry to take out the biggest piece of the satellite, which is so heavy it could kill him if he tries it alone. He backs all the way up and takes a run at it, only to rewind back to where he started. Somebody was messing with time. The second time he tries it, a second fist is next to his. Now, who could that be?Thankfully, the show doesn’t make us wait until next season to find out. I was worried that it wouldn’t really address the mysterious coffee shop girl until fall. But she showed up right at the end. Everyone is celebrating the birth of Joe and Cecile’s daughter, including Wally. (Yay Wally! He’s a great addition to Legends of Tomorrow, but we missed him here.) That’s when the girl finally makes herself known to the family. She shows up wearing Iris’ jacket, and tells everyone who she is: Barry and Iris’ daughter, Nora. OK, that’s not what her name is in the comics, but in the comics, Barry named his son and daughter Don and Dawn. Nora’s much better. And apparently, she made a “big mistake.” We don’t know what that is, maybe she’s stuck in the past, but it’s a fun place to leave us for the season. Already, we’ll be going into Season Five with a much more interesting story than the last two.Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells and Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon/Vibe (Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW)Season Four was an uneven course correction, but it pulled itself up in the end. This is pretty much exactly what I want a superhero finale to be. The only moment that didn’t quite land was Harry’s cure. Marlize left a cure for the Enlightening so Harry could get back to his own self. His personality comes back, but he’s still no longer seven-Ph.D. smart. The show tries really hard to convince us that this is a good thing, and that he’s OK with it, but it doesn’t feel believable. Harry didn’t learn anything while losing his brain, so this “I’m OK, really guys” doesn’t feel earned. At least it means next season we’ll have some kind of middle ground between Harry and H.R.? We’ll see how Season Five handles it. All I know is this finale left me wanting more Flash. That’s more than I can say for last year’s. Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
More information: One-pot room-temperature conversion of cyclohexane to adipic acid by ozone and UV light, Science 19 December 2014: Vol. 346 no. 6216 pp. 1495-1498. DOI: 10.1126/science.1259684ABSTRACTNitric acid oxidation of cyclohexane accounts for ~95% of the worldwide adipic acid production and is also responsible for ~5 to 8% of the annual worldwide anthropogenic emission of the ozone-depleting greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (N2O). Here we report a N2O-free process for adipic acid synthesis. Treatment of neat cyclohexane, cyclohexanol, or cyclohexanone with ozone at room temperature and 1 atmosphere of pressure affords adipic acid as a solid precipitate. Addition of acidic water or exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light irradiation (or a combination of both) dramatically enhances the oxidative conversion of cyclohexane to adipic acid. An efficient catalytic process converts sugary biomass into a renewable feedstock for polymer production Explore further To make nylon, popularly used in panty hose, rope and a huge variety of other products, manufacturers first make adipic acid by mixing nitric acid with hexagon-shaped carbon molecules (cyclohexane) and other ingredients such as cobalt, copper, manganese, vanadate salts, and highly pressured oxygen. In addition to adipic acid, the process gives off nitrous oxide which is allowed to escape into the atmosphere where it harms the planet’s ozone layer (it’s also considered a greenhouse gas). So popular is nylon, and adipic acid (95 percent of it that’s made is used to make nylon), that prior research has found that up to eight percent of the eight million metric tons of nitrous oxide released into the atmosphere each year, is the result of making adipic acid for nylon production. In this new effort, the pair of researchers describe a process they developed for creating adipic acid that doesn’t release any nitrous oxide at all—it’s also simpler and costs less.Instead of adding nitric acid to cyclohexane (or cyclohexanol, or cyclohexanone) the two added ozone bubbles and ultraviolet light. The UV light caused the ozone to break down to O2 releasing single highly reactive oxygen atoms. Those atoms attached themselves to the carbon molecules weakening their bonds and eventually causing the hexagon rings to break, which resulted in the formation of adipic acid. They note that the process doesn’t require high pressure or any other new ingredients.Excited by their discovery, the two researchers tried the same method on other, larger hydrocarbons—no report on what they found, but they imply that the possibilities are tantalizing, which suggests other researchers might be looking to do the same very soon—that could conceivably lead to the development of ways to create other common materials that aren’t so harmful to the planet. Comparison of the industrial process and the method presented herein for production of adipic acid. (A) Industrial nitric acid process. (B) O3-UV method. Credit: Science 19 December 2014: Vol. 346 no. 6216 pp. 1495-1498. DOI: 10.1126/science.1259684 Citation: Research pair devise a way to make nylon precursor that is less harmful to the ozone layer (2014, December 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-12-pair-nylon-precursor-ozone-layer.html 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. © 2014 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A pair of researchers working at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, has found a way to make a precursor to the synthetic polymer commonly known as nylon that doesn’t cause the release of ozone damaging nitrous oxide. Kuo Chu Hwang and Arunachalam Sagadevan describe their process in a paper they’ve had published in the journal Science and explain why what they’ve discovered is important. Journal information: Science
As the NFL Draft approaches, every NFL team is scouring obscure game film in hopes of finding the next late-round gem. Unfortunately, the best dark horse defensive prospect is a police dog that’s already under contract with the LAPD.After a carjacking suspect crashed his ride and attempted to flee the scene on foot, the police dog effortlessly chased the guy down with a blazing 40 time and finished him off by delivering a devastating Ronnie Lott-style shot.The film don’t lie. Elite quickness. Extremely coachable. Will play for food. What’s not to like?Let’s go to the film:This is a form tackle if I’ve ever seen one. And the broad jump is so impressive. He’d get a high grade from me on this play. 😂😂 🐶🐶 pic.twitter.com/1qPQMHg7KJ— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) February 27, 2018
Geek Uninstaller: remove Windows apps by Martin Brinkmann on June 22, 2016 in Software – Last Update: June 23, 2016 – 31 commentsThe latest version of Geek Uninstaller, a third-party solution for Windows to remove installed software, supports removing Windows apps.Geek Uninstaller is one of a handful of programs that you can use as an alternative for Windows’ built-in uninstaller.Just like Revo Uninstaller and others, it supports not only the removal of programs, but also the scanning for leftovers so that traces left on the device after uninstallation are removed as well.The most recent update of Geek Uninstaller, version 126.96.36.199, introduced support for Windows Store applications to the desktop program.Remove Windows appsGeek Uninstaller does not merge Windows apps and the list of desktop programs which means that it maintains separate listings for desktop programs and Windows Store apps.Select View > Windows Store Apps to switch the listing to apps installed from the store. Geek Uninstaller lists applications with their name, size and installation date.App Removal is simpleRight-click on any app in the listing and select uninstall from the context menu that opens.Geek Uninstaller removes the app from the system, and displays the leftover prompt afterwards.This prompt lists Registry entries that are related to the application which you can remove as well.Geek Uninstaller supports the removal of system applications. It is important to note that you may run into troubles restoring removed system applications. If you remove the Store application for instance, you cannot use the Store anymore and won’t be able to download the app again.This leaves PowerShell as the option to restore removed Windows applications.Apart from uninstalling Windows applications outright, you may also use other features provided by Geek Uninstaller.The right-click menu provides you with options to open the application folder on the local drive, or jump to the apps’ Registry entry instead.Other than that, you may also open it on Windows Store using Geek Uninstaller — provided that you have not removed the Store application — or run basic Google searches for the application name or parent company.Closing WordsWindows 10 users can remove most system apps with a right-click on the listing in the start menu. While that is handy, Geek Uninstaller improves the process especially when it comes to the removal of multiple applications.You may select several apps at once in the program to uninstall them all in one quick operation. This means that you may even select them all to remove all installed Windows apps in one operation.SummaryArticle NameGeek Uninstaller: remove Windows appsDescriptionThe latest version of Geek Uninstaller, a third-party solution for Windows to remove installed software, supports removing Windows apps.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Videos | Enterprise Imaging | July 09, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 2 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison read more Videos | Enterprise Imaging | July 08, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 1 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison read more CarolinaEast Health System News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more March 3, 2016 — Philips announced four leading U.S. health systems have signed multi-year telehealth deals to implement the company’s remote intensive care unit (eICU) program. These new population health management engagements include agreements with Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth in New York), Baptist Memorial Health Care (Tennessee) and BJC HealthCare (Missouri).The conditions of ICU patients can deteriorate rapidly. The eICU program’s telehealth team of remote specialists continuously monitor patients to support the bedside team and proactively identify issues and intervene before they become significant problems. The eICU telehealth team has access to Philips’ advanced analytics that can process large amounts of data from more than 150 patients, along with data visualization tools that allow clinicians to focus on those patients who need their attention first.”Ensuring the best care possible for patients takes on a new meaning when their condition is critical,” said Corey Scurlock, M.D., medical director for the Westchester Medical Center Health Network’s eHealth Center. “While our on-site staff is exceptionally capable, the additional support that a specialized telehealth program like Philips offers empowers us to oversee a larger population and have a deeper insight into those at the greatest risk of needing intervention immediately.”Ultimately, this type of proactive care can help improve clinical and financial outcomes. Compared to patients receiving usual ICU care, patients who received ICU care from a hospital with an eICU program were 26 percent more likely to survive and discharged from the ICU 20 percent faster. Additionally, on average, tele-ICUs result in $5,000 in cost savings per patient and 1.2 million in savings due to reduced transfers.As the population in the United States ages, demand for critical care is rising at a time when the industry is facing a chronic shortage of intensivists. According to The Journal of the American Medical Association, the intensivist shortage will become increasingly challenging, with supply meeting only 22 percent of the demand for services by 2020. Consequently, ICU patients are often cared for by non-specialists. Telehealth enables intensivists to cover wider geographies and provide access to care to more people, while patients stay in their local hospitals. This helps them avoid both transportation costs and the stress of transferring to other critical care centers, while still giving them access to the specialized care they need.The Philips eICU program is part of a suite of enterprise telehealth solutions delivered by Philips Hospital to Home to help improve outcomes, provide better value and expand access to care. These programs help address multiple cohorts within a population ranging from highest cost patients with intensive ambulatory care and acute needs, to discharge transition and chronic patient management, to prevention and wellness for the general population. These programs use a proactive care model to clinically transform the delivery of care to address growing clinician shortages while improving patient outcomes.For more information: www.philips.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more Technology | Teleradiology | March 03, 2016 Four Leading U.S. Health Systems Join Philips eICU Program Multi-year deals for telemonitoring of ICU patients will allow health systems to expand 24/7 intensivist-led care to wider geographies Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:44 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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News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more