Human Nature Sinks HIV Prevention Trial

first_imgATLANTA—A large-scale study of a biomedical intervention that potentially offers novel options for women to protect themselves from HIV infection has, to the surprise of many researchers, failed. But the results say more about the participants’ behavior than the effectiveness of the products being tested. At the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections held here from 3 to 6 March, infectious disease specialist Jeanne Marrazzo of the University of Washington, Seattle, reported the disappointing results of the study known as VOICE, which stands for Vaginal and Oral Interventions to Control the Epidemic. As Marrazzo explained, VOICE began in September 2009 and ended in August 2012, enrolling 5029 women from South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. The study assessed three different strategies to what’s known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, which aims to protect uninfected people by giving them anti-HIV drugs each day either orally or vaginally. In one approach, women took a pill that contained the anti-HIV drugs tenofovir and emtricitabine. A second arm of VOICE tested tenofovir pills alone, whereas women in the third arm were given a vaginal gel that contained tenofovir. Other trial participants received inert gel or dummy pills. In all, 312 women became infected with HIV during the study, and there was no statistically significant difference in infection rates between women who received the placebos or PrEP. Tenofovir gel and oral PrEP have worked in other studies with women. But Marrazzo stressed that the VOICE participants simply didn’t use the products as instructed. “By several measures the adherence was disappointingly low,” Marrazzo said. 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The women reported using PrEP 90% of the time, and their unused returns seemed to validate that figure. But when the researchers later analyzed blood levels of drugs in the women, they found that no more than 30% had evidence of anti-HIV drugs in their body at any study visit. “There was a profound discordance between what they told us, what they brought back, and what we measured,” Marrazzo said. The sobering reality, she said, is that the failure of VOICE says more about human nature than the biomedical mechanisms at work. “We think all this time about these grand interventions, and maybe people don’t want to use them from the get-go,” Marrazzo said. “We need to start listening to people, and if you’re not going to use this, we’re not going to test this.” But virologist Robert Grant of the University of California, San Francisco, who led a large oral PrEP study that worked in men who have sex with men, said he suspects the real problem is the placebo-controlled nature of the study. The women, he said, would have had more incentive to use PrEP if they knew that they were receiving gel or pills that had drug in them. “We need open label demonstration projects that give young women a chance to use PrEP if they know what it is,” Grant said. He added that the women may also have heard about results from the other PrEP studies that worked. “In retrospect, how do you expect people to adhere to a study drug when they think they already know the result.” Sharon Hillier, a reproductive infectious disease specialist at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, heads the Microbicide Trials Network that staged the trial and disagreed with Grant. “It’s a bit like the female condom, which likely ‘works,’ but very few women want it even when you give it away,” Hillier said. “PrEP has a place and will be an effective strategy for some people. But if we really want to make a dent in this epidemic, we need to pay attention to what high-risk young women told us: We love getting the services provided by your study but we do not desire the products you are testing.”last_img read more

Selection smacks of BCCI orchestration

first_imgDivide and rule is an old colonial trait that has been ingrained into Indian cricket. In the 70s and 80s, it witnessed the North-South segregation, a subject that the press and the public speculated a lot about. But the acrimony, if any, never came out in the public domain.The BCCI has had its own share of spars with broadcasters, new cricket leagues or even the contract issues in the 80s which saw K Srikkanth, the former opening batsman and current chief selector, take over the India captaincy under duress.The MS Dhoni-Virender Sehwag public spat is one that could leave impressionable scars on Team India. The team is in transition and the younger breed entering the system will wait and watch. Some will choose to be on the buttered side of the bread and some may choose to be neutral.It is apparent that Sehwag and Gambhir will be around for a while on sheer cricketing skills. The blemishes of this incident will stay for a while, if they are not wiped away through transparent talks.If the selection of the Indian team for the Asia Cup is any yardstick to dissect the locker room screenplay, then it is palpable that the BCCI has orchestrated this script.First, there was the rationale behind rewarding the only bright spark of the tour Down Under, Virat Kohli, with the mantle of being the second-in-command. Kohli’s time to be understudy should have come by design rather than default. At the moment, he seems to be a catalyst to douse the fire in the team.advertisementSecondly, the uncanny elucidation (one of the many, I might stress) by the chairman of selectors on the disparity between Gambhir and Dhoni’s age is a hollow argument. It doesn’t take one to be an Archimedes to recognise that disproportionate ages don’t change with the passage of time or preferences of the authorities.The counsel to suggest rest for Sehwag and Zaheer is again seemingly ambiguous. The selection on the threshold of a possible three-game, undeserved, final in the CB Series highlights a few issues.The apparent backstage histrionics that surfaced from the ‘rotation’ theory didn’t help team camaraderie. The subsequent lack of restraint by the protagonists at press congregations did not helped the issue. It has highlighted the otherwise strategically acknowledged theories of ‘rotation’ and the contentious ‘youth over seniors’ debate and questioned its bona fides.Dressing room moods and a team’s character are often tested in sport .The positive mood often comes from triumphs and stunning performances. Indian cricket needs to focus on these two critical issues. The rest will sort itself out. Crevices are often evident when there is a famine. The scarcity of competitive team performances is where Indian cricket’s drought is.(The writer is a former captain of the Mumbai Ranji team)last_img read more

Kolkata aim to continue winning momentum against Rajasthan

first_imgHaving found the winning touch in their last match, Kolkata Knight Riders would be hoping to maintain the momentum when they host Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League return match here on Friday.The timing could not have been better for the Knights to capitalise as the Royals are coming off a battering at the hands of Mumbai Indians in their last game.With the Knight Riders’s next match, against the Kings XI Punjab on Sunday, also scheduled at home, maintaining the winning momentum will top their agenda.Whereas Rahul Dravid’s men appear a bit tired with the hectic scheduling, the Knights are fortunate to get a day’s extra break after their win against the Royal Challengers Bangalore on Tuesday.It took the think-tank a bit of chopping and changing to get to the winning mode after the back-to-back losses against Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals in season five. The four changes in the line-up meant that skipper Gautam Gambhir elevated himself to his usual slot, dropping out of form Kiwi opener Brendon McCullum, a move that set the tone in their much-needed maiden victory this season. Gambhir led the way with a brisk 39-ball 64 to set up a total of 166, which eventually turned out to be a winning one. But their biggest plus point was the inclusion of veteran seamer Laxmipathy Balaji whose fired-up spell of 4-1-18-4, after Kallis took the prized-scalp of Chris Gayle, set-up the victory.”Balaji is a quality bowler and has the capability to take wickets on any pitch. Hats off to him for the way he bowled. This was the best spell that I have ever seen in a Twenty20 competition,” Gambhir said. “It feels nice to finally get a win under our belt. To be honest, it was a team effort. I am pretty happy by the performance of the boys.”KKR would hope that sports psychologist Dr Rudi Webster gives some mantra to the explosive Yusuf Pathan.Yusuf had scored 1011 for the Royals at an average of 26.6 and with a strike-rate of 161.2, to go with his 20 wickets, but is yet to notch up a fifty representing the Knight Riders.All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who was finally included in the line-up after much criticism, is yet to fire and the Bangladeshi would be keen to be in the thick of action on the slow Eden Gardens strip.It would be naive to write off the Royals, who turned it around with successive wins against Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders in the first-leg. For Dravid and Co, having experienced their first defeat in Mumbai — their first in an away match — it would be a challenge to conquer the odds outside home.The bowling would be the main concern for Rajasthan ahead of their second outing away from home. The bowlers were at the receiving end against Kieron Pollard in the teams 27-run loss to Mumbai Indians. The team would hope that the bowlers stick to the task the way they did against the same team in the first-leg while defending 164.”We have a young bowling attack, there’s a little inexperience there. But there are lessons to be learnt. we will try and keep improving,” Dravid said after their loss in Mumbai.Batting is not much of a worry though with Ajinkya Rahane and Owais Shah in splendid form. The duo gave Mumbai a run for money before the Englishman was castled by Lasith Malinga. In their last meeting, Rahane was out for a duck after a superb 98 against Kings XI in their campaign opener. The orthodox top-order batsman would look to open his account against the Knights.advertisementlast_img read more

LEECO-FLIPKART 2

first_img3+32 configuration being available at an affordable3+32 configuration being available at an affordable price range has forced other major brands to follow the LeEco path. But incorporating such a configuration at such prices is not a childs play as smartphone suppliers have to suddenly apply brakes on their existing lines of rolling out below par smartphones and take a new path to deal with this new trend.It takes months of diligent preparations before changing the playing field. LeEcos engineers and marketing team burnt the midnight oil finalising its game plan and strategies before rolling out these high-end Superphones at attractive prices. Realising their goal of giving consumers 3+32 configuration at attractive price range was a watershed moment for the smartphone industry in India.This new standard of 3+32 has come as a silver bullet even from the user experience perspective. The 3GB RAM + 32 GB internal storage means more storage, faster execution of tasks, easier multitasking, and an ultimate multimedia experience.Le Max2: Powerful Qualcomm(R) Snapdragon(TM) 820 with up to 6GB of RAM Le Max2 is powered by Qualcomm(R) Snapdragon(TM) 820 chipset with a 2.15 GHz Kryo processor. Constructed with a 14 nanometre manufacturing process, it delivers double the performance and efficiency over the chipsets predecessor, Qualcomm(R) Snapdragon(TM) 810. With faster connection speed, enhanced visual and longer battery life, this advanced chip will handle high-intensity gaming and multimedia with ease.Le 2: The best Superphone available that comes with 3GB+32GB Le 2 Superphone comes under budget segment but with high-end features. It has an amazingly powerful Qualcomm(R) Snapdragon(TM) 652 Octa-core processor with a clock speed of 1.8GHz. With its 3GB of RAM and 32GB built-in storage, the Superphone is an offering for users who love doing heavy multitasking. Some of the technologies like the USB Type C port and Quick Charge stands out in this budget range. In terms of camera, the Le 2 sports a 16MP rear camera with PDAF and f/2.0 lens. MORE PRN BMR PSadvertisementlast_img read more

Alberta moves problem grizzly bear from outside Banff area to remote park

first_imgBANFF, Alta. – A feisty female grizzly that came too close to people too often has been moved far away from her stomping grounds in Banff National Park and the Canmore area to protect public safety.Paul Frame, a provincial carnivore export, said Bear 148 was tranquilized and relocated from her home range to the remote Kakwa Wildland Park in northwestern Alberta.Frame said despite the best efforts of Alberta and Parks Canada staff to condition her to avoid humans, Bear 148 was approaching people daily, including a close call with a man near Canmore Thursday.“She did come within a metre of a jogger,” Frame said Monday. “At the point we decided any closer would result in contact.“We are trying to prevent a tragedy from happening here.”Bear 148 has gotten near people dozens of times since she was born in the Banff area 6 1/2 years ago.This summer the bear strayed onto a rugby field during a practice, charged a person walking with a stroller and chased dogs out for a walk with their owners.No one was ever hurt, but the threat was always there.Officials were hoping the bear would learn to stay away from humans in the busy, scenic Bow Valley.But the hungry bruin, which has bred twice this year, has a mind of her own.“We tried to condition her out of high-use areas where we don’t want bears to be — residential areas, off-leash dog parks,” he said.“I would prefer to never be a metre from a bear coming towards me.”Grizzlies are a threatened species in Alberta and experts estimate there are about 65 of the bears in all of Banff National Park.Frame said they hope Bear 148 will have cubs and thrive in her new home 700 kilometres away in the wilderness.He said in a recent research project involving relocating grizzlies, four of the six female bears survived.“We wanted to move that bear as far away as we could get her from human habitation to give her the best chance.”Parks Canada said it supports Alberta’s decision.“Parks Canada values the conservation work of the Province of Alberta and respects the province’s jurisdiction and wildlife management practices in the recent decision to relocate Bear 148,” Christina Tricomi, a Parks Canada spokeswoman, wrote in an email.“All government land and resource managers must make difficult decisions to balance the safety of residents with the needs of wildlife. The Province of Alberta made such a decision in relocating Bear 148.”— By John Cotter in Edmontonlast_img read more

Bette Midler To Be Honored By Rockefeller Foundation

first_imgRockefeller Foundation President Dr. Judith Rodin has announced the recipients of the 2013 Jane Jacobs Medal – Bette Midler and Ian Marvy.The Medals are awarded each year to recipients whose work creates new ways of seeing and understanding New York City, challenges traditional assumptions and creatively uses the urban environment to make New York City a place of hope and expectation.Ms. Midler, who has restored parks, saved and stewards community gardens and spearheaded the planting of one million trees in New York City, will receive the 2013 Jane Jacobs Medal for Lifetime Leadership. Mr. Marvy, the Founder of Added Value, which bring educational opportunities and fresh produce to Red Hook, Brooklyn, will receive the 2013 Jane Jacobs Medal for New Ideas and Activism.Along with the medal, each recipient will receive a cash award. Ms. Midler will donate her $100,000 award to New York Restoration Project. Mr. Marvy will donate his $100,000 award to Added Value in honor of his late mother, Andy Marvy, who he said, “loved Jane Jacobs and would have loved this moment.”The Rockefeller Foundation Jane Jacobs Medal was created in 2007 to honor the author and activist who died in April 2006 at the age of 89. The Rockefeller Foundation’s relationship with Jane Jacobs dates back to the 1950s, when the Foundation made a grant to the then-obscure writer from Greenwich Village, for the research and writing of the book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Now more than fifty years later, Jane Jacobs’ work remains one of the most influential books ever written on urban design.“The Rockefeller Foundation Jane Jacobs Medal recognizes New Yorkers who intervene in and use the urban environment to build a more equitable city for all of us,” said Dr. Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation. “It is completely appropriate for us to honor Ms. Midler’s work in light of her work to bring verdant recreational space to so many New Yorkers in so many different communities. It is also appropriate that we honor Mr. Marvy’s work with community youth in bringing fresh produce to what had been a food desert.”Ms. Midler founded New York Restoration Project in 1995 to partner with NYC Department of Parks and Recreation to clear trash and debris from Fort Tryon Park, Fort Washington Park and Highbridge Park. New York Restoration Project has helped transform Swindler Cove from an illegal dumping site to a restored environment that includes woodlands, wetlands and native plantings. In 1999, when then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani sought to sell 114 community gardens to private developers, Ms. Midler and the New York Restoration Project sprang into action, raising money, donating time, and creating coalitions that successfully protected the 114 community gardens from development. In the process, New York Restoration Project became the steward of 55 community gardens throughout New York City. In 2007 New York Restoration Project partnered with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation to launch MillionTreesNYC with the goal of planting and caring for one million new trees in New York City by 2017. They are ahead of schedule. For her stewardship of New York City’s green space, Bette Midler is the 2013 recipient of the Jane Jacobs Medal for Lifetime Leadership.Mr. Marvy is the founding director of Added Value, an urban farm in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Founded in 2001 to provide fresh produce in what was a food desert, Added Value has since produces 12 tons of fresh produce for donation, sale and consumption. Founded with a goal of also helping community youth, Added Value now serves as an educational and work site for 152 young people, offers educational programs for 280 elementary school children a year, leads workshops for 1,300 school children per year and has generated $70,000 in revenue for youth stipends. For his work using the raising of local fresh food to support community youth, Ian Marvy is the 2013 recipient of the Jane Jacobs Medal for New Ideas and Activism.The selection of the Jane Jacobs Medalists and allocation of the prize money was determined by the 2013 Jane Jacobs Medal Jury, chaired by Dr. Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation. The Jury also includes Richard Kahan, Founder and CEO of the Urban Assembly and recipient of the 2009 Jane Jacobs Medal for Lifetime Leadership; Reggie Van Lee, Executive Vice President, Booze Allen Hamilton; Susan Freedman, President of the Public Art Fund. The 2013 Jane Jacobs Medal is administered by the Municipal Art Society (MAS).Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

KKR-Kings XI Punjab face each other in must-win match

first_imgMohali: Staring at elimination, two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab will lock horns in a battle of survival in Friday’s Indian Premier League (IPL) match, here. The two teams are languishing at the bottom half of the table and need to win on Friday to keep alive their remote Play-off chances. Both KKR and Kings XI have 10 points from 12 matches but the Kolkata outfit is placed a rung above Punjab at sixth in the eight-team competition by virtue of a better net run-rate. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuBoth KKR and Kings XI had a decent outing in the first half of the tournament before losing the plot in the all-important second phase. After registering four wins and one loss in the first five games, KKR suffered six defeats in a row that derailed their campaign. Although KKR return to winning ways against Mumbai Indians in their last game, the Dinesh Karthik-led side need to register victories in their final two games to have an outside chance of qualifying for the Play-offs. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersThe KKR top-order — Shubman Gill (75), Chris Lynn (54) and Andre Russell (80 not out) fired in unison in their last match against Mumbai Indians to lift the side to a mammoth 232 for two, a total which the bowling unit defended to register a much-needed 34-run win. Russell has been in ominous form for KKR this season and is the third highest scorer so far with 486 runs from 12 games at a staggering strike rate of 207.69. And on Friday, KKR would look for yet another superb show from the top-order to negate the team’s frailties. But if batting is their strength, KKR’s weak link is the bowling department. Veteran campaigners like Sunil Narine (2/4) and Piyush Chawla (1/57) leaked runs against MI in their last match and if not for the cushion of 230 plus score, KKR could have lost the match. Russell though was brilliant with the ball too, registering figures of impressive figures of 2 for 25. Just like KKR, Kings XI too had an erratic campaign so far and are on a three-match losing streak, going into Friday’s game. Their situation is worse than KKR as they have a negative net run rate, which eventually can come into the picture.last_img read more

As worries about economy grow oil falls to lowest level in nearly

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Beset by global economic fears, the price of oil plunged Thursday, hitting its lowest level in almost nine months.Crude for August delivery fell US$3.25, or four per cent, to settle at $78.20 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That’s down almost 30 per cent from a peak in February. It could keep falling if the U.S. and world economies continue to sputter.Problems are everywhere.The U.S. isn’t generating enough jobs, Europe is headed for recession, and China, the world’s powerhouse economy, is starting to slow. Adding to the concern, few economists expect the Fed’s latest effort to boost growth, announced Wednesday, will have much impact.At least there’s some stimulus at the pump.Cheaper oil means cheaper gasoline. And on Thursday, the U.S. average for gasoline dropped to $3.472 per gallon (91 cents a litre). That’s 17 cents cheaper than a year ago and down 46 cents from its peak in early April.In Canada, the average price at the pump was C$1.237 per litre, down from $1.271 a month ago, according to GasBuddy.com.“We’re grinning ear to ear,” said Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy.com. “This was so unexpected just a few weeks ago, and it’s such great timing just as people are hitting the road” on summer trips.Oil fell Thursday after reports out of China and the U.S. both pointed to a slowdown in manufacturing activity. As they fill fewer orders, factories use less energy, and that cuts into petroleum demand.China’s oil demand rose less than one per cent in May, the second-smallest increase this year, noted Platts, the energy-information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.Analysts said investors are also disappointed that the U.S. Federal Reserve didn’t announce more aggressive moves to stimulate the economy after its meeting this week. The Fed will extend an existing program to lower long-term interest rates, but it doesn’t plan to pump more money into the economy as it’s done before.The Fed ended the meeting with a dour outlook for the U.S. economy, cutting its forecast for economic growth and saying that the unemployment rate won’t fall much more the rest of the year.“I’m not expecting any better economic news for quite some time,” independent petroleum analyst Andrew Lipow said.The gloomy forecast is putting more pressure on the price of oil, which has fallen nearly $32 since its high of $109.77 on February 24. Already, the price has been pushed lower by easing tensions over Iran’s nuclear program.Meanwhile, natural gas prices jumped more than three per cent after the U.S. government said that the country’s supplies didn’t grow as much as expected last week. The Energy Information Administration reported that the U.S. was holding more than three trillion cubic feet of gas in storage facilities. That’s more than 27 per cent higher than average for this time of year, but a little less than what analysts expected.Natural gas futures rose by 6.5 cents to end at US$2.582 per 1,000 cubic feet in New York.In other energy futures trading, heating oil lost 6.21 cents to end at $2.5253 per gallon, while wholesale gasoline lost 4.01 cents to finish at $2.5501 per gallon.Brent crude, which helps set the price of oil imported into the U.S., fell by $3.46 to end the day at $89.23 per barrel in London.___Follow Chris Kahn on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ChrisKahnAP(TSX:ECA, TSX:IMO, TSX:SU, TSX:HSE, NYSE:BP, NYSE:COP, NYSE:XOM, NYSE:CVX, TSX:CNQ, TSX:TLM, TSX:COS.UN, TSX:CVE) As worries about economy grow, oil falls to lowest level in nearly 9 months by News Staff Posted Jun 21, 2012 5:12 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Trojans fans are comfortable but will that be the case Saturday

As we all know, one of college football’s most anticipated games is upon us. The Buckeyes will face the Trojans in the ‘Shoe this weekend, to try and gain some revenge after their defeat in Southern California last year. We all know what Ohio State fans are talking about, revenge, home field advantage, freshman quarterback, new defense, etc. But what about those USC fans? What are they talking about? Roy Manukyan is a junior at the University of Southern California studying accounting. He has grown up in the Los Angeles area and has always been a USC fan. A year ago, Roy was predicting big things out of running back Joe McKnight, and predicting a close USC win over Ohio State. But after last year’s performance, what are students at USC thinking and feeling about this weekend’s big show? “USC students are confident and excited,” Manukyan said. “Because of the result of the last game, there seems to be a lower level of excitement than a year ago. There is no question, however, that this game is much more meaningful to the future of the USC Trojans.” However, Maukyan was a little more hesitant to admit personal belief in an easy USC victory. “We are expecting a victory, though my personal opinion is that it is going to be much more difficult than most students anticipate,” he said. Coach Jim Tressel is highly regarded around Ohio State, but lately, some have been questioning his decision-making. Tressel does not have a great record in non-conference games on the national stage. But, nonetheless, you can find t-shirts that read “In Tressel we Trust,” or posters boasting Tressel’s impressive record against Michigan. Coach Pete Carroll is arguably one of the most impressive and successful coaches in college football, and that idea is not lost on USC students. “The general mantra around campus is ‘In Carroll We Trust,’” Manukyan said. That is what Manukyan, along with other USC students and fans tell themselves when they consider that USC is playing their first true freshman at starting quarterback in 11 years since Carson Palmer took the reins in five starts in 1998.Matt Barkley, who played and started his first college football game in USC’s season opener against San Jose State, is the first true freshman to ever start in a USC season opener. Barkely was 15-of-19 for 233 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in the Trojan’s 56-3 victory over San Jose State. “Most people were holding their breath when Barkley took the field against San Jose State, and after Barkley got over his first quarter jitters he really proved himself to the USC fans,” Manukyan said. “If he can maintain his solid first game performance and keep his veins icy I think he should do just fine.” But, despite his confidence in the young quarterback, Manukyan said that most fans are expecting Carroll to play conservatively against Ohio State, with a lot of runs, screen plays and short passes. “I don’t think Pete is going to let Barkley throw bombs downfield,” Manukyan said. “At least not early in the game.” As for the young and inexperienced Trojan defense, Manukyan said that USC fans believe the core is much more solid than the nation is giving them credit for. “USC has traditionally had problems with scrambling quarterbacks, and I think Jim is going to let Pryor be Pryor,” Manukyan said. “But, one thing that Jim is not going to do is let Pryor throw the ball anywhere within twenty feet of Taylor Mays.” It shouldn’t come as a surprise that USC fans are confident in their team and coach. But with a freshman quarterback and a defense that is missing eight of last season’s starters, everything is up in the air heading into this weekend’s battle. Luckily for the Buckeyes, the likes of Manukyan will be in the minority on Saturday as around 100,000 Buckeye fans will fill Ohio Stadium, ready to cheer their team to victory. read more

McMafia was my idea claims film director who is accusing the BBC

first_imgMr Marston, of the leading agency Curtis Brown, part-owned by BBC Worldwide, is one of the executive producers of McMafia, as is Mr Amini, who also co-wrote the script.The drama was based on Misha Glenny’s 2008 McMafia, which was non-fiction and had no central character resembling Norton’s AlexMr Amini has previously said: “Alex doesn’t exist in the book. Literally none of the characters are real.’ The BBC says: ‘McMafia is an original series created by Hossein Amini and James Watkins and inspired by Misha Glenny’s 2008 book of the same name.’The BBC, Mr Marston and Mr Amini deny breach of confidence and copyright infringement. But declined to comment on Mr Varvill’s allegations. Set against a backdrop stretching from London to Moscow and its central character a Cambridge-educated banker and son of a Russian mobster, it had all the makings of a glossy TV drama.Indeed its writer Wilf Varvill alleges there was something all too familiar about the BBC’s drama McMafia.So much so he is claiming it was based to a large extent on his short 2007 film Londongrad.But Mr Varvill says he received no credit for his idea and now accuses the BBC of breach of copyright and confidentiality.In a writ lodged with the High Court in London last week, Mr Varvill, 35, from Putney, claims two independent producers working with the BBC took his short film and turned it into the acclaimed drama McMafia, starring James Norton. Mr Varvill alleges his idea for Londongrad was “shared on a confidential basis in 2009, 2012 and 2013 with agent Nick Marston, and his client Hossein Amini, together with the BBC, in 2011, 2012 and 2014.”In 2014, the project was shelved because another series covering “similar territory” called McMafia was commissioned by the BBC.But Mr Varvill says he became concerned when he realised the same producers who had previously taken “an active interest in Londongrad” turned out to be producers of McMafia. He says he based Alex and his wife on his own family, saying: “I first moved to this country in 1979 after the Iranian revolution. My family had been exiled and I was sent to an English private school while my parents adjusted to their new lives as refugees. This became the basis for the Godman family in McMafia.”However, Mr Varvill, who has Russian family and as a teenager met oligarchs’ sons, maintains the Alex character in McMafia was based on his own Alex in Londongrad.He said: “The BBC say McMafia is based on Glenny’s book, even though the story of Alex does not figure in it. The BBC knew it had already seen a project with an identical premise. That’s why I’m going to the High Court.”Mr Varvill told The Sunday Telegraph: “I’m finding it very difficult to put into words how I feel about all this. It’s very difficult. I’ve had to try to come to terms with what’s happened.”center_img The glitzy but corrupt world of McMafia; Dimitri Godman (ALEXEY SEREBRYAKOV), Oksana Godman (MARIA SHUKSHINA), Alex Godman (JAMES NORTON), Katya (FAYE MARSAY)Credit:Nick Wall/BBC The glitzy but corrupt world of McMafia; Dimitri Godman (ALEXEY SEREBRYAKOV), Oksana Godman (MARIA SHUKSHINA), Alex Godman (JAMES NORTON), Katya (FAYE MARSAY) 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.last_img read more

Bolt confronts compatriot McLeod South Africas Simbine in Monaco

(Jamaica Observer) Triple world record holder Usain Bolt will face a massive test today as he lines up in the men’s 100m at the Monaco Diamond League meeting in the principality, his final tune-up before the IAAF World Championships in London starting in just under two weeks’ time.In his final season of competitive racing, Bolt has raced sparingly this season with just two 100m races — at the Racers Grand Prix in Kingston last month and then at the Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava. He has looked far from his fluid best in both, failing to get under the 10.00-second barrier.After the race in Ostrava, Bolt expressed some discomfort with his back, which prompted a visit to Germany to see his long-time doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt, and two days ago pronounced himself ready to go.As if to add intrigue to the race today, news broke on Wednesday that Olympic medallist Andre De Grasse of Canada was replaced in the race at the behest of Bolt, who would rather not face such a strong test.Bolt’s camp has reportedly dismissed the claims, but he will still face a formidable test in the in-form South African speedster Akani Simbine, who has dipped under 10.00 seconds eight times already this season, with his two best times of 9.92 seconds and 9.93 seconds achieved at high altitude.American Isiah Young and Great Britain’s Chijindu Ujah, both of whom have also ran under 10.00 seconds this season, will also line up, as well as Jamaican Olympic 110m hurdles gold medallist Omar McLeod.In the event the men’s 100m fail to add sparkle to the meet, the men’s 400m is expected to produce fireworks with three Africans set to battle out for the podium places.World record holder and Olympic champion Wayde Van Niekerk will face off against Babaloki Thebe and Isaac Makwala, both of Botswana, in what should be a fast race.The other three Jamaicans participating at the meet will be Danielle Williams, who will defend her World Championships 100m hurdles title in London triple jumper Kimberly Williams and intermediate hurdler Leah Nugent.Williams will face a loaded field that resembles a major championship line-up, including the five fastest women so far this season.World record holder and world leader Kendra Harrison leads the way, along with compatriots Jasmin Stowers, Sharika Nelvis and Nia Ali, as well as the ever-improving Australian Sally Pearson could provide the best competition of the meet.Kimberly Williams continues to improve after an injury layoff and will face Colombian Caterine Ibarguen, the best triple jumper in the world over the last three years, Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela and Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan.Nugent, a finalist in the Olympic 400m hurdles, will line up in the 400m hurdles. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedA Royal Affair: Sprint king Bolt meets hurdles king McLeod over 100m in MonacoJuly 20, 2017In “latest news”Bolt will only run 100m and 4x100m in London farewellJuly 19, 2017In “latest news”Bolt to run in Monaco before World ChampsJune 21, 2017In “latest news” read more

Intel and Lenovo create Classmate PC for kids in developing countries

first_imgIntel has teamed up with Lenovo to create the Classmate+ PC, a purpose-built laptop aimed at improving learning for students in grades K-8 and developing countries. In reality, the laptop is actually a re-badged Classmate PC or something that is based on Intel’s Learning Series reference design.Its design certainly looks more rugged, and it needs to be with the environment it is going into. This is why the laptop is equipped with a drop-resistant exterior and a spill-resistant keyboard. The handle is also integrated into the casing for ease of transport.In terms of the hardware spec, the display comprises of a 10.1″ screen with anti-glare coating allowing for use outdoors. Processing power is catered for by a run of the mill Atom N455 and Intel NM10 chipset. Memory wise you have 1GB RAM (expandable to 2GB) and a choice of either SSD or standard hard drive capacities ranging up to 250GB for the latter or 16GB for SSD.The core operating system is Windows 7 with connectivity offered through built in Wi-Fi, Ethernet and a 1.3MP camera for video recording and image capture. There’s also a 4-in1 card reader and USB ports to support additional content. The laptop will come bundled with the Intel Learning Series software suite, which is a specifically designed educational piece of software, and a variety of teaching resources.So far over 3 million Intel-powered Classmate PCs have been shipped globally, and already this latest laptop is proving popular as 158,000 units are ready to ship out to children this spring in Buenos Aires.We have no idea on pricing, but for those looking forward to getting one of these closer to home for their children, you will have to speak with your local school. As with other Classmate models, the plus series won’t be available directly to consumers. Instead they are going to be sold in bulk to educational establishments or agencies that look after developing countries.Read more at Lenovolast_img read more

Play These Cool Super Mario Maker 2 Levels

first_img Last week we published my review of Super Mario Maker 2 and I still stand behind it. After three weeks of playing the game I felt I had a good handle on its robust and intuitive 2D Mario creation tools. The private server for other games journalists was big enough to show me cool ideas I never would’ve considered. And the way in which the game became an unexpected bonding activity for me and my girlfriend continues to delight.But the real strength of Super Mario Maker comes from the community of creators all sharing levels with each other. That’s why even if the Wii U GamePad was a slightly more convenient editing interface, the exponentially increased exposure the game will get on the far more popular Nintendo Switch will end up being a better boon. Just make sure to get a Nintendo Switch Online subscription.So it wasn’t shocking at all when Super Mario Maker 2 basically became an entirely new game to me following its public launch late last week. All of a sudden we were inundated with countless new courses to play made by a bigger brain trust. Within hours the truly infinite Mario game was in our hands. Here are just a handful of the coolest Super Mario Maker 2 levels I played during the launch weekend. Type in the ID on Course World and check them out for yourself. And this is only the beginning.Lil Moonlight SwingOkay so maybe this isn’t fair because this is my own level, but this is my article. My original Super Mario Maker 2 levels were wiped when the game went public. So I spent some time remaking them. But that’s okay because these second drafts ended up much stronger. The original “Lil Moonlight Swing” was just about annoying you with swinging claws and tilting seesaws with Hammer Bros. on them. This new level adds some zero gravity night theme action and dope Super Mario Galaxy music. If you like this one, check out my other levels “1-2 Switch” and “The Tragedy of Bullet William” that mess around with the Super Mario 3D World mechanics.Monty Mole InfestationA level from a friend of mine, “Monty Mole Infestation” has great theming with the subterranean critters coming from all directions in the dank cave. There are so many that taking them out with a fire flower feels like a blessed cleansing and not animal abuse. But what makes the level more impressive is how it uses the unique way Monty Moles emerge and chase after you compared to other enemies to up the tension.Super Mario Sunshine’s Sand BirdCritics say that extreme difficult is the only way Super Mario Maker 2 levels can be clever but I think this course refutes that. A 2D translation of a sequence from Super Mario Sunshine, you must ride on the back of a massive flying “bird” made up of carefully arranged blocks with wings. It’s not that hard, and because you aren’t stressed you can appreciate the intricate beauty of this blocky beast in motion.Suntouch SanctuaryAnother level that’s exceedingly clever without being punishingly difficult, “Suntouch Sanctuary” has the sense of place and twisty puzzle-solving mechanics of a Legend of Zelda dungeon. Solving each room on your first pass is a joy and I almost jumped out of my seat when a last-minute power-up recontextualized my approach to the entire level and the way forward. The desert theme also seems like a fun homage to Super Mario Land.Doodle JumpmanAnother level from a friend of mine, “Doodle Jumpman” takes advantage of Super Mario Maker 2’s new vertical sub-areas. Whether you’re jumping on clouds, falling donut blocks, or launch springs, just keep going up and don’t look down. The allusion to Doodle Jump also highlights how theming your level off of a different game can be a great starting point for creativity.Shlooter!This level from Kotaku’s Chris Kohler is a fun shoot ‘em up showcase for the Koopa Clown Car, a cool example of new level clear condition like collecting a certain amount of coins, and a scathing indictment of modern game design trends. I’d still rather play this them Destiny or Anthem or The Division though.Super Meat Bros. ForeverWhile we’re waiting for the actual Super Meat Boy sequel, you can play this sequel to one of the deadliest courses in the original Super Mario Maker. Created by GameXplain’s Andre Segers, “Super Meat Bros. Forever” channels the spirit of the original masocore platformer with forced fast scrolling, tightly packed spinning blades, and a reliance on ultra-precise platforming technique like the mid-air spin. I still haven’t cleared the opening jump.Buy Super Mario Maker 2 Stay on target ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President last_img read more

Neymar staying at PSG – Emery

first_imgOutgoing boss Unai Emery is certain that Neymar will remain at Paris Saint-Germain for next season and has revealed that the forward has told the club he is tired of the “lies” about his uncertain futureThe Brazilian has been strongly linked with summer moves to both Real Madrid and Manchester United, despite having only completed a world record transfer of €222m from Barcelona last summer.Neymar has a contract at the Parc Des Princes until 2022 with PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi stating on Saturday that he is “2000 percent” certain that the 26-year-old will be at PSG for next season.Emery, who will be replaced by Thomas Tuchel after two seasons in charge, also agrees with the club president.“This season there have been times when everything related to Neymar was oversized,” he told Cadena SER, via Goal.“Neymar is not talking much. He told us he was tired of the lies that are told.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“I’m not going to be Neymar’s spokesperson, but I think the next season he is going to stay at PSG. It would be the right thing for the player and for the club.”The former Sevilla coach revealed that he believes that Neymar is on par with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.“I have really enjoyed Neymar. I was very happy with him. He is at the level of Cristiano [Ronaldo] and [Lionel] Messi,” said the Spaniard.“The injury has hurt him because he could have gotten his best numbers. I am convinced he will reach the maximum level.”Neymar was recently named the Ligue 1 Player of the Year after scoring 19 goals and providing 13 assists for PSG in just 20 league appearances.last_img read more

Music Policy Forum hosts Building the Music Capital Conference

first_imgOn Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Music Policy Forum, Listen Local First and Georgetown University will be hosting their Building the Music Capital conference. The conference will include a discussion with music performers, educators, cultural advocates, entrepreneurs and policymakers that will “share their perspectives on how the D.C. music scene stacks up; and what steps can be taken to develop and enact strategies, policies and businesses that will enhance and support the capital’s critical musicinfrastructure.” The event is free to the public, and those who RSVP will receive a free lunch. For more information, please visit eventbrite.com.last_img read more

Nickel78 confirmed to be doubly magic

first_img 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. © 2017 Phys.org More information: A. Welker et al. Binding Energy of Cu79 : Probing the Structure of the Doubly Magic Ni78 from Only One Proton Away, Physical Review Letters (2017). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.192502 L. Olivier et al. Persistence of the Z=28 Shell Gap Around Ni78 : First Spectroscopy of Cu79, Physical Review Letters (2017). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.192501 Explore further In the world of physics, magic numbers describe protons or neutrons in orbital shells separated by the greatest energy gaps. When both protons and neutrons are magic, the nucleus is deemed doubly magic. In their never-ending search to understand matter, scientists have studied magic and doubly magic nuclei and found some to be particularly difficult to pin down. Nickel-78 is a prime example. Study has been hampered by its tendency to be short lived and the difficulty in producing it at all. In this new effort, both teams have resorted to tricks to show that it is, indeed, doubly magic.In the first approach, the team led by Olivier used a knockout reaction to eject a proton from a zinc-80 projectile, resulting in a copper-79 nucleus. They then used shell model calculations to show that copper-79 could be characterized as a doubly magic nickel-78 nucleus with an added proton. In the second approach, the team measured the mass of the copper isotopes in a chain from copper-75 to 79 using technology at CERN. They used what they found to show that copper-79 can be characterized as an individual proton sitting atop a doubly magic nickel-78 core.While the methods used by the second team were quite different, the results were in agreement—nickel-78 is, indeed, doubly magic. This is not the end of the story, however, because both studies involved indirect approaches. Thus, nickel-78 will not be considered proven as doubly magic until it can be shown directly. To do that, some future research team will need to produce it in a lab in a way that allows for direct testing. Nickel-78 is a ‘doubly magic’ isotope, supercomputing calculations confirmcenter_img (Phys.org)—Two teams of researchers working independently of one another and using wildly different approaches have confirmed nickel-78 to be doubly magic. In the first effort, an international team led by Louis Olivier with the National Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics produced a copper-79 nucleus and used it as a framework for describing nickel-78. In the second effort, a team with members from across Europe approached the problem by using an advanced weighing technique. Both teams have published their results in the journal Physical Review Letters. Journal information: Physical Review Letters Citation: Nickel-78 confirmed to be doubly magic (2017, November 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-11-nickel-doubly-magic.html Occupation levels from the PFSDG-U calculation given in total numbers of protons and neutrons along the copper chain (for even N). Credit: (c) Physical Review Letters (2017). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.192502last_img read more

UCO Banks Q2 income soars 13 to Rs 5257 cr

first_imgState-run UCO Bank has reported a 74 per cent plunge in net profit to Rs 103 crore for the second quarter of the current fiscal due to higher provisioning for bad loans. The bank’s profit in the comparable period of the previous fiscal stood at Rs 400.2 crore.UCO Bank Chairman and Managing Director Arun Kaul attributed the steep fall in profit to higher provisioning. Total income in the quarter under review increased 12.97 per cent to Rs 5,257 crore while total interest income showed a growth of 10.21 per cent to Rs 4,898 crore, he told reporters here. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashAs on September 30, 2014, the gross non-performing assets (NPA) ratio of the bank stood at 5.20 per cent (5.32 per cent) of total advances while net non-performing assets stood at 3.15 per cent (3.13 per cent). Kaul said that slippages in assets belonging to the infrastructure sector were the main reason for fresh non-performing assets of Rs 2,100 crore during the quarter.He added that domestic credit offtake was low as AAA rated corporates and Central public sector undertakings (CPSUs) were sourcing cheap funds from outside sources and not coming to the bank. UCO bank, Kaul informed, is expecting good recovery from old NPAs during the current quarter.The net interest margin (NIM) of the bank during the quarter stood at 2.60 per cent (3.10 per cent) while the total business of the bank at the end of second quarter stood at Rs 3,46,716 crore.last_img read more

13 drivers caught speeding near primary school on A34

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMore than a dozen drivers have been caught speeding on the A34 near a primary school this morning. Cheshire Police carried out the operation in Scholar Green, near Alsager, after complaints about motorists speeding on the stretch of road. A total of 13 drivers were caught during the operation. A Cheshire Police spokesman said:  “Speed enforcement this morning on A34 Scholar Green after complaints of speeding outside the local primary school. “13 drivers caught speeding.” On Sunday at least 70 drivers were caught speeding on the roads of South Cheshire. Read MoreInvestigation continues following fire that killed four children Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us   @SOTLive   or message us on   our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at   StokeonTrentLive  .last_img read more

Managing CT Radiation Dose

first_imgFeature | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 04, 2018 | By Melinda Taschetta-Millane Managing CT Radiation Dose This article was originally published as an introduction to the CT Dose Management comparison chart. You can view the chart here. Latest additions to Somatom go. CT platform address advanced clinical fields and applications, including cardiology, CT-guided intervention and dual energy CT.Recent studies show a rapid increase in patient radiation exposure mainly due to increased use of medical imaging, particularly computed tomography (CT). Several high-profile cases in mainstream media covering radiation poisoning and burns due to extremely high CT doses have made dose a major concern. Vendors have responded by introducing technologies to greatly reduce CT dose. “There is no other imaging technology that has put as much effort into making CT a safe technology for us today while maintaining image quality,” said CT imaging expert Leslee Shaw, Ph.D., FACC, FASNC, FAHA, co-director of the Emory Clinical Cardiovascular Research Institute.Cardiac exams have historically had the highest dose of any CT exam performed, with average doses of 15 millisieverts (mSv) or higher. These scans can now be performed with doses of 1 mSv or less on the latest equipment in some patients. “I think it is important to understand the differences and to consider the newer technologies, particularly from a safety point-of-view to do very low-dose imaging,” Shaw continued. If a hospital tends to have a large obese patient population, dose-lowering technologies can help significantly reduce CT dose. “The exposures we are using today for CTs of obese patients are not where they could be with the newer technologies that are now available.”New CT systems also should be a selling point to patients in the community to promote the hospital as being on the cutting-edge of imaging technology. “There is a lot of concern today about the overuse of CT and overexposure of patients to radiation,” she said. “So, having that as a marketing piece that you are very concerned about patient-centered imaging and safety, and that you are using new technology to decrease dose — that is something you can make a great business case for. Or, to tell people that you are updating your technology to look for precisely improved patient care.” New CT SystemsIn the past 12 months, several CT vendors have introduced new systems with the latest in dose reduction hardware and software. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.center_img Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Siemens Healthineers. The FDA has cleared the Somatom go.All and Somatom go.Top CT systems from Siemens Healthineers. These additions to the company’s go. CT platform expand its concept of patient-centric mobile workflow, controlled via tablet and remote, into advanced clinical fields and applications such as cardiology, CT-guided intervention and dual-energy CT.With a 0.33-second rotation time and a 75 kW generator, the 64-slice Somatom go.All does meet a wide range of clinical needs. The 128-slice Somatom go.Top leverages the same technologies as well as a large detector to deliver an acquisition speed of up to 175 mm in one second, making it ideal for trauma scanning. Interventional procedures benefit from Guide&Go, what Siemens calls the first tablet-based solution for CT-guided interventions, which enables the interventional radiologist to use traditional touch features rather than a joystick for more precise image manipulation.Somatom go.Top offers TwinBeam Dual Energy imaging for simultaneous examination of the same region at two different energy levels. Each of the four scanners in the Somatom go. CT platform uses GO technologies such as Recon&GO to reduce the time a technologist spends on manual and repetitive reconstruction tasks. The platform enables zero-click reconstructions for even highly complex procedures such as coronary CT angiography and TwinBeam Dual Energy, helping the technologist remain close to — and focus on — patients.In addition, the FDA has cleared the latest version of the Somatom Force, the flagship dual-source CT system from Siemens. The system now features the new FAST (Fully Assisting Scanner Technologies) Integrated Workflow, which helps ensure precise patient positioning. A key component of the FAST Integrated Workflow is the new FAST 3-D Camera. The camera fits above the patient table and uses artificial intelligence and deep learning to enable automatic, precise and consistent isocentric positioning of patients. Touch panels fitted on the gantry allow staff to leverage this automation at the push of a button while remaining close to the patient during scan preparation.The updated Somatom Force also offers iterative metal artifact reduction (iMAR), enabling users to significantly reduce artifacts caused by metal implants, artificial joints or pacemakers. Additionally, the improved image reconstruction system (IRS) reconstructs up to 70 images per second with iterative reconstruction.The new FAST Integrated Workflow with the FAST 3-D Camera also will be available with the Somatom Drive dual source CT system. It was already approved on the Somatom Edge Plus in early April 2018.This article was originally published as an introduction to the CT Dose Management comparison chart. You can view the chart here. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Canon Medical Systems. The Aquilion One/Genesis Edition computed tomography (CT) system from Canon Medical Systems (formerly Toshiba) gives clinicians the potential to diagnose and evaluate acute stroke quickly. The system is capable of imaging the entire brain with a single 640-slice rotation with ConeXact, covering 16 cm. It can also capture both anatomy and function, which provides physicians with additional tools to help diagnose stroke with a single CT scan, and may reduce the need for multimodality exams, which can take a significant amount of time.The Aquilion One/Genesis Edition helps clinicians improve the diagnosis and evaluation of acute stroke, thanks to features that offer clinicians whole-brain stroke characterization in one examination. This includes Neuro One Protocol, which allows acquisition of multiple low-dose volume scans of the entire brain during contrast infusion to provide whole-brain perfusion and whole-brain dynamic vascular analysis in one exam; and forward projected FIRST model-based iterative reconstruction solution (MBIR) to improve high-contrast spatial resolution and low-contrast detectability in the brain, opening doors for the possibility of seeing early signs of stroke with CT. FIRST provides noise reduction and lowers radiation dose up to 82.4 percent as compared to filtered back projection (FBP), and removes workflow challenges of MBIR.In April, Canon received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for the Aquilion Precision system, which it calls the world’s first ultra high-resolution computed tomography (UHR CT) system. The system can resolve anatomy as small as 150 microns and is designed to provide more than twice the resolution, typically seen only in cath labs. Containing an all-new detector as well as tube, gantry and reconstruction technologies, the system may make it possible to help expand visualization of disease thanks to new features that offer improved image detail.The Aquilion Precision CT system emphasizes dose efficiency with detector channels that are only 0.25 mm thick. This, combined with substantial improvements in scintillator quantum efficiency and detector circuitry, results in a dose-efficient detector with ultra-high resolution capabilities. The system features low resolution not typically seen in CT imaging, according to Canon, with what it calls the industry’s smallest focal spot tube at 0.4 mm x 0.5 mm and the industry’s first routine 1,024 x 1,024 reconstruction matrix. Video Player is loading.Mahadevappa Mahesh discusses trends in medical physics at the 2019 AAPM meetingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:01Loaded: 4.04%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:01 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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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more 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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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 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.last_img read more

MSC Cruises focuses on environmental technology

first_imgMSC Seaview gets her first taste of the Mediterranean during sea trialsMSC Cruises focuses on environmental technologyMSC Seaview to receive RINA’s GREEN STAR 3, the latest and most comprehensive of such notations, as she features some of the most modern and advanced environment-friendly maritime technology at seaWith just a few days to go until MSC Seaview comes into service, excitement is reaching an all-time high among cruise guests, travel agent partners, port officials and the broader industry. While a nearly 4000-strong team at the Fincantieri shipyard is working 24/7 around the clock to put the final touches and ready the ship for her inaugural season, MSC Cruises today revealed some of the key environment-friendly features on MSC Seaview, the third next-generation MSC Cruises ship to come into service in a matter of only 12 months.MSC Seaview will be one of the more innovative ships at sea, also when it comes to the environmental technology that she will feature. In fact, not only will she comply with the highest international standards with this respect but will also receive from international classification society RINA – in addition to the main Class notations – its “Green Star 3 Design” notation in recognition of the attention that was paid to these aspects during the design and construction of the ship. RINA’s  Green Star 3 – the latest and most comprehensive edition of the RINA’s Green STAR additional class notations – specifically recognises that MSC Seaview reaches the greatest levels of eco-compatibility thanks to the relevance of the various innovative measures put in place which help reduce the environmental footprint during operations. These include, amongst others, the exhaust gas cleaning system, the advanced waste water treatment, systems for the prevention of oil discharge from machinery spaces, the ballast water treatment system, and the ship’s Environmental Management Plan.Overview of the environmental technology and other related innovation featured onboard MSC Seaview:Energy-efficient hull and overall design: For the Seaside Class, of which MSC Seaview is the second ship to come into service, MSC Cruises entirely redefined the hull design, and rethought the ship’s overall distribution of deck space as well as the weight distribution. The ship’s overall design, the hull, the rudder and the bulbous bow are configured to reach optimal hydrodynamics, aerodynamics, and maximize energy and fuel efficiency.Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (EGCS) to minimize sulphur and particular matter emissions: An EGCS removes up to 97.1 percent of the sulphur dioxide, and greatly reduces particulate matter. In order to meet or exceed increasingly high environmental standards and to support the Company’s environmental objectives, all next-generation MSC Cruises ships come into service already equipped with an EGCS. In addition, ships from the existing fleet are being retrofitted with EGCS technology. By the end of 2020, 13 out of 18 ships in the MSC Cruises fleet will be equipped with an EGCS. The system on MSC Seaview, in particular, has been developed by Wartsilä.Shore-to-ship power: MSC Seaview, along with all MSC Cruises ships which have come into service since 2017, are already equipped to receive shoreside power ( also called “cold ironing” – a means to connect cruise ships while at berth to the local power grid). Moreover, MSC Cruises ships delivered since 2006 (Fantasia Class and Musica Class) are equipped with a cubicle suitable to receive breakers dedicated to the shore connection. MSC Cruises is thus already equipping its ships with this technology that can potentially help reduce air emissions in port areas, while port authorities around the world are increasingly studying and starting to invest in “cold ironing.”Ballast water treatment system: To protect the marine ecosystem in which the ship sails, MSC Seaview is fitted with a ballast water treatment system that complies with the standards set by the international governing body for Ballast Water Management, the International Maritime Organization (IMO).Shipboard Environmental Management: Every ship in MSC Cruises’ fleet has an environmental management plan and every ship employs a dedicated Environmental Officer to make sure this plan is constantly monitored and correctly executed. This Officer also has the duty to instruct and train the crew members on board about environmental and garbage management.Advanced waste water treatment: MSC Seaview is equipped with an advanced waste water treatment system which goes well above and beyond regulatory standards, and meets the high industry standards. The system by Wartsilä/Hamworthy treats waste water to a very high quality and  then processes it even further through very fine filtration processes. The end product is high-quality effluent that is of a better standard than most shoreside municipal waste standards around the world. The ship is also equipped with an electronic tool which assists in fully complying with various other local and regional environmental regulations.Trim Optimisation: MSC Seaview is equipped with a software application to monitor and optimise trim in real-time. This technology supports ship officers to keep the vessel’s trim optimized to reduce fuel consumption and optimize performance.Energy-saving LED lighting: MSC Seaview and other MSC Cruises ships use only energy efficient LED and fluorescent lighting.Smart heating, ventilation and air conditioning system (HVAC): This is one of the biggest consumers of energy on a cruise ship, but the system on board MSC Seaview is designed in a smart way to reduce energy consumption. It intelligently distributes heat and cold and is set up to recover heat, for example, from the laundry room, which can be used to warm up the swimming pools or other parts of the ship.MSC Seaview is the third ship to be built under MSC Cruises’ ten-year, EUR 10.5 billion investment plan which already saw the completion of two out of 12 next-generation ships: MSC Seaside and MSC Meraviglia in November and May 2017 respectively.MSC Seaview is the second ship in the Seaside Class and, just like her sister ship MSC Seaside, pushing the boundaries of innovative ship building and design. At 153,516 GT and with a guest capacity of 5,331, she is the third newly-built next-generation mega cruise ship in the MSC Cruises fleet and the second one to be built by Fincantieri.Source = MSC Cruiseslast_img read more