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For $1 million: Will an ocean science quiz program survive tough times?

first_imgOcean scientists are working to keep afloat a 16-year-old U.S. competition aimed at encouraging young people to appreciate marine research and join their field. Since 1998, the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) has been giving high school students a chance to test their knowledge of all things marine. But federal budget cuts are putting a squeeze on the effort, forcing organizers to cancel some bowls and scramble to find alternative support for others.“We’re facing some serious funding challenges,” says Kristen Yarincik of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership in Washington, D.C., which created and oversees NOSB, which is scheduled to begin its next season in February. “There [have] been a lot of cuts to our key funding agencies.”In particular, the automatic 2013 budget cuts known as the sequester slashed education funding at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NOSB’s main financial supporter. “In years past we were able to fund it up to $1 million a year,” says Christos Michalopoulos, NOAA’s deputy director of K–12 and informal education. But in 2013, the total dropped to zero, and in 2014 it rebounded to about $125,000. 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Some, like the Great Lakes Bowl in Michigan, have received money from other programs, such as the state-federal Sea Grant program, and lowered costs by replacing paid staff with volunteers. Others have simply canceled competitions. This year, for instance, the Aloha Bowl in Hawaii could not afford to bring contestants to the island of Oahu for the contest, according to Yarincik, so organizers decided to host the bowl every other year in the future.Overall, “we expect to have 25 bowls in 2015,” Yarincik says. But she doubts federal funding will fully rebound anytime soon, so “the risk of regions dropping out is going to be there for the next few years.”Some NOSB fans worry that its financial problems will make it harder to recruit students into the marine sciences or build public support for the field. They note that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a 16% rise in demand for geoscientists, including ocean scientists, between 2012 and 2022, faster than the national average for all occupations. A 2007 survey of NOSB participants found that although only 17% pursued college majors in marine science, 68% said NOSB inspired them to “develop ocean-related hobbies or to participate in conservation related community service.”One former contestant, Brian Kennedy, 28, says NOSB was instrumental in putting him on the path to his current job as expedition coordinator for NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research. Kennedy says he was fascinated with marine biology by the age of 5, but his family lived in Athens, Georgia, and made the 5-hour trek to the coast just once or twice a year. He came across NOSB in high school and ended up competing for three years.“The experience was a great opportunity to meet and network,” Kennedy says. “It provides the opportunity for landlocked students who are interested in ocean science to meet practicing ocean scientists. … I certainly wouldn’t have ended up in the line of work I’m doing right now if it weren’t for Leslie [Sautter, a marine scientist at the College of Charleston in South Carolina].”Kennedy ended up studying marine science at Charleston and still volunteers with the bowl every year. “I feel I owe the organization something,” he says, “for all it provided me.”last_img read more

Vector: PREEvision as a reliable guide for first steps in AUTOSAR Adaptive

first_img Continue Reading Previous Port: protocol library PROFINET RT1-CCB und EtherNet/IP as one packageNext Rohde & Schwarz: attractive package pricing for complete solutions in entry-level test instruments Vector simplifies the introduction of AUTOSAR Adaptive: The model-based E/E development environment PREEvision comprehensively supports users in expanding existing software and hardware architectures with the capabilities of the AUTOSAR Adaptive Platform.AUTOSAR Adaptive expands the AUTOSAR platform to meet the demands of current automotive trends like autonomous driving, electrification and connectivity. Thereby it transforms the established E/E development process in many aspects. The most significant change: Signal-based communication is replaced by a service-oriented design. C++ instead of C as the programming language for adaptive applications and a POSIX-based operating system like Linux for adaptive electronic control units are further groundbreaking shifts.The model-based engineering environment PREEvision from Vector helps the user to take the first steps in utilizing AUTOSAR Adaptive. A comprehensive system approach allows the integration of adaptive ECUs or applications into existing architectures by basically using the same tools as for AUTOSAR Classic: The software diagrams support the modeling of adaptive applications, in the hardware network diagram users can connect high-performance machines with the existing domain-specific ECUs via Ethernet.Additionally, PREEvision offers dedicated tools to design and model the specifics for AUTOSAR Adaptive: Service interfaces as a basic method of service-oriented architectures can be modeled in class diagrams. And the newly added state chart diagram can be used to visualize states and transitions for machines and processes.Finally, PREEvision provides a dedicated user interface that leads the user step by step to an AUTOSAR-compliant model. The Adaptive Explorer allows easy access to the tools needed for each step: The design of services, service interfaces and adaptive applications and the deployment of software and the instantiation of services cover the service, software and communication design. The machine design, the definition of the network topology and the machine deployment comprise the hardware aspects.From the AUTOSAR-compliant model, all relevant work products defined by AUTOSAR Adaptive can be exported easily by the user, like service interface descriptions, application manifests, machine manifests and service instance manifests. This makes PREEvision well suited for use in AUTOSAR and Automotive Ethernet design tool chains and facilitates the collaboration between OEMs and suppliers significantly.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

Zverev beats De Minaur to defend Washington ATP crown

first_imgWashington, Aug 6 (AFP) Alexander Zverev says defending his ATP Washington Open title shows growing in strength and maturity, but the world number three still sees a big gap to Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. The 21-year-old German won his third title of the year and the ninth of his career by defeating Australian teen Alex De Minaur 6-2, 6-4 in the 50th edition of the US Open tuneup event. “What a fantastic week for me,” Zverev said. “Winning a tournament on its 50th anniversary is something amazing. This has been a very special week for me. “(Defending a title) feels great and shows mental strength as well. It shows a little maturity I think.” While Zverev stands atop a generation of rising young stars, he still puts 20-time Grand Slam winner Federer, 36, and 17-time Grand Slam champion Nadal, 32, on the highest of pedestals. “Roger and Rafa are still the best out there and still competing for Grand Slam titles,” he said. “I haven’t won a Grand Slam title. Saying I’m on their level wouldn’t be fair to them.” Not since 20-year-old Rafael Nadal beat 19-year-old Novak Djokovic 11 years ago at Indian Wells had the combined ages of ATP finalists been so young. And not since 1995 in Buenos Aires had all four semi-finalists been 21-or-under, Zverev being the eldest. “It’s not only me that’s the future of the sport. I think everybody who made it to the semi-finals is the future,” Zverev said. “We all want to be the best. Some of us already think we’re the best. We all have a lot of talent.”advertisement Zverev joined a list of back-to-back Washington champions that includes Andre Agassi, Michael Chang and Juan Martin del Potro. – Aussie takes ‘proud’ step -============================= Zverev struggled when asked where his game needs work, saying with a smile, “I think I’m close to perfection.” De Minaur, who took only 11 points off Zverev’s serve, could somewhat agree after falling in 74 minutes. “He played some great tennis. He came out blazing and was too good for me,” De Minaur said. “It gives you that fire to replicate the success he has had at such a young age. I think he’s going to be around for a very long time.” It was the second career ATP final for the 19-year-old from Sydney, who lost a final there to Daniil Medvedev in January. De Minaur saved four match points in beating Andrey Rublev in a grueling semi-final to get there. “I did everything I could to recover,” De Minaur said. “I’ll have to get better at it and my body will adjust to the circumstances.” The 72nd-ranked Aussie will jump to a career-best 45th in Monday’s rankings. “I’m really proud of myself. I played some high-level matches,” De Minaur said. Zverev, who needed a fifth-set Davis Cup tie-breaker to beat De Minaur in their only prior meeting, broke twice to win the first set in 30 minutes. He smacked a forehand winner to break for a 2-1 edge and held serve to the finish.- Murray ‘shock to system’ -============================ De Minaur reached the semi-finals when three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray withdrew Friday after three grueling three-set matches in only his third event since missing 11 months with a right hip injury. “To go from nothing to back-to-backs like that was quite a shock to the system. He was a bit beaten up,” said Andy’s brother Jamie Murray, who won the doubles title with Brazilian Bruno Soares. Murray also withdrew from next week’s event in Canada but plans to play in Cincinnati the following week. “Andy is on his way back,” Zverev said. “He looked unbelievable here. It’s going to be great to see what he can do.” In the companion WTA event final, two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova saved four match points and rallied to defeat Croatia’s Donna Vekic 4-6, 7-6 (9/7), 6-2 for her 18th career title. It was the 33-year-old Russian’s first crown since 2016 in Moscow and second in Washington after 2014. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

Do officials favour big clubs such as Man Utd & Arsenal?

first_imgPremier League Premier League referees: Do officials favour big clubs such as Man Utd & Arsenal? Goal 23:41 11/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Assistant referee offside Getty Images Premier League Arsenal Swansea City Everton Leicester City Manchester United AFC Bournemouth Tottenham Hotspur Crystal Palace Brighton & Hove Albion Chelsea Watford West Bromwich Albion Newcastle United Burnley Huddersfield Town Manchester City Southampton West Ham United Liverpool Stoke City Stats New research has examined data in an attempt to establish if any bias exists against certain clubs in England’s top flight Every football fan has had a sneaking suspicion that certain referees give their club a hard time.That sense of paranoia may be fuelled by things such as the number of cards dispensed by individuals during games, or the awarding of penalties to opposition teams.Usually it is simply a case of confirmation bias, but Free Super Tips have used a new algorithm to examine which teams are actually favoured by referees. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Using data from the last five seasons – from 2012/13 to 2016/16 – and applying an affinity algorithm that takes cards, fouls and penalties given, they have come up with some interesting conclusions.WHO IS THE REFEREES’ ‘FAVOURITE’ TEAM?Granit Xhaka Arsenal Kevin Friend refereeBournemouth are, somewhat surprisingly, the team most favoured by referees in England’s top division, with a 66 per cent level of ‘referee affinity’ and, according to the research, Cherries fans should be quietly thankful when Jonathan Moss officiates their games.Arsenal and Liverpool follow Bournemouth with 64.6% and 62.72% referee affinity, while Swansea and Everton complete the top five. Chelsea follow in sixth with 61.72%.Interestingly, Tottenham and Manchester United seem to be considerably less favoured compared to their rivals. Team Club referee affinity Best referee Bournemouth 66% Jonathan Moss Arsenal 64.6% Chris Foy Liverpool 62.72% Mike Jones Swansea 62.53% Mark Clattenburg Everton 62.46% Craig Pawson Chelsea 61.72% Craig Pawson Southampton 60.12% Anthony Taylor Leicester City 60.08% Andre Marriner Manchester City 59.86% Jonathan Moss Burnley 59.8% Kevin Friend Tottenham 59.78% Howard Webb West Ham 59.29% Lee Probert West Brom 59.1% Howard Webb Newcastle United 58.47% Lee Probert Manchester United 58.15% Lee Probert Crystal Palace 56.63% Andre Marriner Stoke City 56.05% Robert Madley Watford 52.23% Roger East AVERAGE 59.89% – * Newly promoted clubs Brighton and Huddersfield Town not included due to a lack of Premier League appearances.** The affinity percentage data ranges from 30% (negative) to 90% (positive) with 60% (with a range between 54% and 66%) representing the point of neutral bias.The full dataset can be seen here.DO REFEREES FAVOUR MANCHESTER UNITED?Paul Pogba Manchester United Mark Swarbrick refereeAs you can see from the table above, the idea that Premier League referees might subconsciously favour Manchester United is not borne out in reality.In fact, of the traditional ‘top six’, Arsenal appear to receive the most favourable treatment from referees.The Gunners are followed closely by Liverpool and Chelsea, while Manchester City and Tottenham even seem to fare better with referees than the Red Devils.Interestingly, according to the data, Man United now receive 33.3% fewer penalties than they did during Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign, as well as being deemed to have committed 37.67% more fouls.Top six breakdown: Team Club referee affinity Arsenal 64.6% (above average) Liverpool 62.72% (above average) Chelsea 61.72% (above average) Manchester City 59.86% (above average) Tottenham 59.78% (below average) Manchester United 58.15% (below average) Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

9 months agoLaLiga announce all Segunda Division matches available for free on YouTube

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say LaLiga announce all Segunda Division matches available for free on YouTubeby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLaLiga has announced that all matches from its second division, LaLiga 1|2|3, will now be available for free via YouTube to millions of consumers worldwide.Starting this weekend, the LaLiga YouTube channel will provide live English commentary from this season’s LaLiga1|2|3 matches in over 155 countries, bringing the competition to large global territories where no previous transmission had been in place. The regions covered in the deal include major markets in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, with all content provided via geolocation. The broadcasts, which are due to begin from today, will provide a significant increase in coverage of LaLiga1|2|3, offering thousands of Spanish football fans around the world the chance to follow their favourite teams for free. For those not yet familiar with the competition, the channel will provide an exciting new platform to get better acquainted with the historic teams playing in the division, such as RC Deportivo, Real Zaragoza, Malaga, CA Osasuna and Cadiz CF.In addition to broadcasting the eleven matches from each game week, a 50-minute highlights programme will also be available to provide a summary of the major events from each match day.In Spain, matches will continue to be shown through existing broadcast operators beIN Connect, Orange, Telecable, Telefónica and Sky.Melcior Soler, director of the LaLiga Audiovisual department, said: “The way we consume live sports is being changed by a new generation of online broadcasters, and we are committed to using such channels to extend the appeal of our competitions. This move will strengthen the LaLiga 1|2|3 by bringing it to an entirely new global audience, in a format that we think will really appeal to the viewer.” last_img read more

Rapport sur labsentéisme présenté à la ministre

first_imgLe ministère de l’Éducation a publié, aujourd’hui 27 janvier, un rapport sur l’absentéisme des élèves et sur la création d’expériences positives en classe. Le rapport intitulé « Encourager la participation active des élèves : Rapport du comité de travail ministériel sur l’absentéisme et le climat dans la salle de classe » présente 13 recommandations sur la façon de réduire le taux d’absentéisme et de motiver les étudiants dans leur apprentissage. « L’absentéisme et la démotivation des élèves sont des inquiétudes à l’échelle de la province, a dit Marilyn More, ministre de l’Éducation. Je souhaite remercier les membres du comité pour le travail qu’ils ont effectué alors que le gouvernement, les éducateurs et les familles continuent de s’attaquer à cet important problème. » Le comité, qui a débuté son travail en mai dernier, était présidé par l’ancien sous-ministre Howard Windsor. Il était formé de représentants des organismes suivants : ministère de l’Éducation, Syndicat des enseignants de la Nouvelle-Écosse, Association des administrateurs en éducation de la Nouvelle-Écosse, Association des conseils scolaires de la Nouvelle-Écosse, Fédération des associations foyer-école de la Nouvelle-Écosse, Council on African Canadian Education, Conseil consultatif jeunesse et Council on Mi’kmaq Education. Le comité recommande une approche globale visant à réduire l’absentéisme des élèves. « Nous avons conclu qu’une stratégie équilibrée est nécessaire pour aborder la question de l’absentéisme et de la participation active des élèves, a dit M. Windsor. Une stratégie équilibrée inclut du soutien à la fois pour les parents et les élèves, ainsi que des conséquences à l’absentéisme. » Le rapport peut être consulté en ligne à l’adresse Les commentaires sur le rapport peuvent être soumis par courriel à l’adresse, par télécopieur au 902-424-0519 ou par la poste à l’adresse suivante : Comité de travail ministériel sur l’absentéisme et le climat dans la salle de classe, Direction des politiques ministérielles, C.P. 578, Halifax (N.-É.), B3J 2S9. La date limite pour la soumission des commentaires est le 12 mars.last_img read more

UN envoy reports political social and security advances in TimorLeste

“The elections are widely expected to lead to a peaceful transition to a new Government in Timor-Leste by the third quarter of 2012, with the space for meaningful engagement of an opposition,” said Ameerah Haq, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), told the Security Council.She encouraged international partners to show commitment to Timor-Leste by sending observers for the elections and providing the financial support required for UN electoral activities, to be conducted at the request of the Government.Challenges faced by the country include enhancing institutional capacity, strengthening the security sector and building the capacity of its human resources, she said.Introducing the Secretary-General’s latest report on UNMIT to the Council, Ms. Haq noted that the handing over by the mission in March of policing duties to the country’s national force, the Policia Nacional de Timor-Leste (PNTL), was also an important milestone.“Since the PNTL’s resumption of policing responsibilities on 27 March, PNTL officers have effectively addressed incidents, and there has been no impact on the continuing low rate of crime,” said Ms. Haq, adding that the effectiveness of the force will, to a large extent, depend on its ability to maintain the trust of the public.UNMIT was set up in 2006, following an outbreak of deadly violence, to replace several earlier missions in the small South-East Asian country that the UN shepherded to independence in 2002 after it broke away from Indonesia.It will maintain a police presence of up to 1,280 personnel to support the PNTL until after next year’s elections, when the mission is planning to withdraw.Ms. Haq said preparations for the phasing out of UNMIT are under way, and that she had in September signed a joint transition plan with Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão to guide the transition.“The planned and orderly conclusion of a peacekeeping mission is only one aspect of a successful transition,” she said. “Equally important is establishing, in consultation with the Government in view of its priorities and requirements, what form of UN engagement will be needed thereafter by the country.”Consultations will continue on the various options for a UN presence in Timor-Leste after the departure of UNMIT. Options will need to be discussed with the Government formed after next year’s elections. 22 November 2011Timor-Leste is making significant progress in consolidating its social, security and political stability despite a number of challenges, a senior United Nations said today, noting that presidential and legislative elections slated for next year will be key milestones in that process. read more

Canadians love affair with debt leaves economy vulnerable Philip Cross warns

TORONTO — A report by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute says Canadians’ willingness to take on debt is leaving the country’s economy vulnerable to downswings.Philip Cross, the institute’s Munk senior fellow, writes that all sectors of the economy — households, governments and businesses — are taking on more debt.The report says that the ratio of total debt outstanding to nominal GDP surged 36.3 per cent in the last two years.Why central banks should heed market bubble warnings and raise interest ratesNext financial crisis will hit with a ‘vengeance’ and Canada is especially vulnerableFresh data confirms the Bank of Canada ‘can take its sweet time raising rates’Earlier this month, Statistics Canada reported that household credit market debt as a proportion of household disposable income slipped to 166.9 per cent in the first quarter.That’s down from 167.2 per cent in the fourth quarter of last year.The agency said that translates to $1.67 of debt for every dollar of disposable income.“The risk of debt is that it requires payments even when incomes slow or prices decline, as the U.S. and many European and emerging market nations learned in recent years despite low interest rates,” Cross writes. read more

Anaconda Mining receives Industry Excellence Award for Environmental Stewardship

first_imgAnaconda Mining Inc has been recognized with the Natural Resources Magazine’s Industry Excellence Award for Environmental Stewardship. Natural Resources Magazine’s Industry Excellence Awards recognizes companies in Atlantic Canada’s natural resources sectors that are striving for and achieving greatness in resource development, health and safety, innovation, environmental stewardship and championing communities.Dustin Angelo, President & CEO: “Anaconda Mining strives to be an environmental leader in the mining sector with a focus on implementing proven and innovative green initiatives that contribute to the sustainability of the environment. In the past two years we have implemented projects unique to the industry that have turned liabilities into revenue opportunities, while also having significant positive environmental impacts. We use ingenuity, innovation and technology to maximize value for all of our stakeholders.”Examples of Anaconda’s commitment to environmental stewardship and innovation include:The establishment of a deep water port at the Point Rousse project, which created the opportunity to turn approximately three million tonnes of waste rock into a competitive product in the seaborne aggregates market. The shipment of aggregates for this venture reduced the need for waste rock disposal on site, decreasing the overall environmental footprint of the Point Rousse project, while creating significant non-dilutive financingThe permitting of a 7 Mt in-pit tailings facility in the Pine Cove Pit at Point Rousse, which can provide up to 15 years of storage capacity with less technical and environmental risks compared to conventional, constructed facilitiesProduct testing of tailings from the Point Rousse project as a soil enhancement product, and exploring potential markets in the agriculture industry.last_img read more

Valve launches Steam Trading Cards into beta

first_imgHow do you encourage and reward players for spending more time playing games on Steam? That’s a question Valve has been asking internally, and the solution is apparently to create a trading card game that rewards the player the more they play and interact.Valve has today introduced Steam Trading Cards into beta. It involves the collection of virtual cards that can be earned in part by playing your favorite games. Once collected, those cards can be turned into game badges, or you can trade them on Steam as a community item.Collecting the cards isn’t just about playing a game, though. You can only collect up to half of the cards associated with each game that way. The rest need to be collected through trading, which brings with it a major community participation element to the system. For example, taking part in beta group discussions, trade discussions, or bartering with friends can all net you new cards.Valve has also been clever with how the cards can be used. Only once you’ve collected a complete set of cards can you turn them into game badges that become linked with your account. But that crafting exercise also earns each player a number of items such as profile backgrounds, emoticons, even coupons and game DLC.To complete the system, Valve has also introduced XP that’s associated with each badge. The more badges you collect, the higher your XP and the higher your overall Steam Level and profile customization options. That level and XP will be publicly viewable to other Steam users, meaning there’s going to be some serious competition to level up and be proclaimed number one Steam gamer.Steam Trading Cards are sure to be popular and this is a clever move by Valve. It takes the relatively mundane practice of managing a Steam account and adds elements of gaming and competition to it. For the beta, the number of participating games is quite limited and includes:Counter-Strike: Global OffensiveDon’t Starve Dota 2Half-Life 2Portal 2Team Fortress 2That’s sure to increase pretty quickly, and I doubt it will be long before every major release includes Steam Trading Cards support as a standard feature.last_img read more

Isis attack on Iranian parliament that killed 13 unequivocally condemned by President

first_img Jun 8th 2017, 12:01 PM 24,039 Views 83 Comments Isis attack on Iranian parliament that killed 13 ‘unequivocally condemned’ by President Higgins The attack was the Islamic State’s first such terrorist action on Iranian soil. By AFP Thursday 8 Jun 2017, 12:01 PM Share28 Tweet Email Source: Xinhua News Agency/PA ImagesUpdated 12.01IRISH PRESIDENT MICHAEL D Higgins has condemned the attack by Islamic State forces on Iran’s parliament which left 13 dead.13 people were killed and more than 40 wounded in the attacks on Tehran’s parliament complex and the shrine of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the first claimed by Isis in Iran.President Higgins this morning sent a message to Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, expressing Ireland’s sympathy with those who died in the attack.“An attack on parliament must be unequivocally condemned by all those who believe in public discourse and the rights of parliament to improve the lives of citizens through peaceful, democratic means, not violence,” the president said in a statement. President Higgins pictured with US senator Bernie Sanders at Áras an Uachtaráin last weekend Source: Áras an UachtaráinEarlier, Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that US President Donald Trump’s reaction to the deadly Islamic State group attacks in Tehran was “repugnant”.“Repugnant WH (White House) statement… as Iranians counter terror backed by US clients,” Zarif tweeted.He was responding to Trump’s comment that “states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote”.Trump has long accused Iran of backing terrorism and has threatened to tear up a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers.Even as Washington expressed its condolences yesterday, the US Senate advanced legislation that would impose new sanctions on Iran, partly for what the bill described as the Iranian regime’s “support for acts of international terrorism”.Iranian security officials counter that it is their regional rival Saudi Arabia – a close US ally – that is responsible for funding and spreading the extremism that underpins Isis.Iran’s Revolutionary Guards accused Riyadh and Washington of being “involved” in Wednesday’s attacks and vowed revenge.Trump’s comments also brought criticism from Iranians on social media, who recalled their government’s offers of support and the candlelight vigils held in Iran after the attacks of 11 September 2001.Additional reporting Cianan Brennan© AFP 2017Read: There’s only one poll that matters: Here’s what to watch for as voters decide on Corbyn v May Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

A Bowie Celebration Announces Tour Dates

first_img A Bowie Celebration Announces Tour Dates bowie-celebration-announces-tour-dates Twitter News Facebook A Bowie Celebration Announces Tour Dates Email A Bowie Celebration will tour cities in Europe in Jan. and early Feb., before hitting U.S. cities including Los Angeles, Houston and New York CityJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Jan 14, 2019 – 4:50 pm David Bowie’s backing bands are heading out on tour to continue the GRAMMY winner’s legacy for the third year in a row.A Bowie Celebration will tour cities in Europe in Jan. and early Feb., before hitting U.S. cities including Los Angeles, Houston and New York City until March. The tour is formed by Bowie’s “longest-leading and most frequent band member” Mike Garson, guitarist Earl Sick, bassist Carmine Rojas, multi-instrumentalist Mark Plati, guitarist Charlie Sexton and vocalists Bernard Fowler and Corey Glover, according to Rolling Stone.The magazine reports that the band has been joined by several guest vocalists in the past, including Perry Farrell and Evan Rachel Wood, and plays hits like “Rebel Rebel” and “Ziggy Stardust.””One way or another, David is continuously there with us,” Garson said in a statement. “He’s on stage each night, in the audience and always in the very essence of each song. We do these shows for the fans who’ve loved David and his music, and for those who are new to his music-they’re about to get hooked. Through this process of the celebration of his music, we do these shows for David who is a constant presence in our minds, hearts and soul.”For more information on the tour see here.Quincy Jones To Receive Special Achievement Honor From The African-American Film Critics AssociationRead morelast_img read more

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first_img Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Hitachi Aloka Medical (Booth #1000) is showcasing our HDAnalytics collection, along with our newest release of the Arietta system, providing exceptional performance and advanced analysis at an affordable price. HDAnalytics offers vector flow mapping (VFM) to evaluate flow dynamics in the heart and vessels in a whole new way, LV eFlow defines LV borders for evaluating overall left ventricular function in the technically difficult patient, and Dual Gate Doppler lets you see Doppler and/or TDI waveforms from two separate locations during the same heart cycle eliminating beat to beat variability. In addition, the vendor will debut CV Linq, its new cardiology workstation providing all the tools you need to review, quantify, and create comprehensive reports for your exams. As the largest global organization for cardiovascular ultrasound imaging, the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) is the leader and advocate, setting practice standards and guidelines. Comprised of more than 16,000 physicians, sonographers, nurses, and scientists, ASE is a strong voice providing guidance, expertise, and education to its members. The Society has a commitment to improving the practice of ultrasound and imaging of the heart and cardiovascular system for better patient outcomes. Philips Healthcare (Booth #900) will introduce its HeartModelA.I., a new Anatomically Intelligent Ultrasound (AIUS) tool that brings advanced quantification, automated 3-D views and robust reproducibility to cardiac ultrasound imaging. Using AIUS – a rich database of anatomical structural models and adaptive system technology – HeartModelA.I. has access to advanced clinical information that automatically adapts to variability in patient anatomy. Providing heart modeling, image slicing and proven quantification, users can quickly, easily and confidently assess anomalies and disease states, determine treatment and guide related interventions and therapies. Inventive Medical (Booth #520) will showcase the new HeartWorks TTE Mobile simulator for scenario training and HeartWorks START for student assessment. When three leading cardiac anaesthetists from University College Hospital London met with animation software designers from award winning special effects agency, Glassworks. A high fidelity, animated, beating heart that is unrivalled in the teaching of cardiac anatomy, supports mannequin simulation providing educators with a practical and realistic solution for teaching both TTE and TEE echocardiography. The new HeartWorks TTE Mobile for scenario training and HeartWorks START for student assessment are the latest additions to the HeartWorks portfolio. The University of Washington (Booth #314) will be demonstrating a vascular Doppler ultrasound simulator. This is the latest addition to their line of diagnostic ultrasound simulators, which already includes simulators of TTE and TEE. All of the simulators developed by the University of Washington provide metrics for assessing both cognitive and technical skill. Skills assessment is an important adjunct to training to provide feedback to physicians and sonographers so that they can gauge their progress in acquiring skill in ultrasound. News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more Digisonics (Booth #922), a cardiovascular information system (CVIS) solutions, will showcase its new Business Analytics Package with data mining features for productivity and automation. The Business Analytics Package provides powerful tools including management reports (such as volume and turnaround time reports), productivity reports (such as time interval reports), and automation for searches.  The Business Analytics Package empowers users to quickly explore large amounts of data, transforming it into valuable information, measuring current and past performance and optimizing future strategic planning. ScImage (Booth #321) will be demonstrating a landmark improvement in workflow for echo and nuclear reporting linked with stress testing. Stress echo reporting and nuclear stress reporting – trying to get the stress data into the imaging report, as required by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission – are productivity nightmares.  ScImage has a solution for that, using automation! ScImage’s PICOM365 Enterprise PACS can accommodate the entire cardiology service line in one database, with imaging, reporting, ECGs and analytics. Echo Research and Practice (Booth #822), the journal of the British Society of Echocardiography, has launched a new online journal-based learning program to support education and keep practitioners up-to-date with the latest knowledge in the field. Selected articles now include questions that are written in collaboration with experts in the field. Learners will get real-time scores, including explanations of the correct and incorrect answers, and will also be able to download formal certificates of completion, which can be uploaded to individuals’ NHS ePortfolios to demonstrate learning. The program is completely free to use. To participate in an activity, register at  Studycast by Core Sound Imaging (Booth #414) will be showcasing its new cardiac SmartWorksheet reporting. Illustrative of Core Sound Imaging’s agility and responsiveness, this echo reporting update integrates the 2015 ASE guidelines for cardiac chamber quantification, including the ability to display gender/BSA/age-based normal ranges. Studycast’s efficient SmartSearch feature offers abnormal value alerts and layout personalization. Additionally, the Studycast pediatric SmartWorksheet update features nearly two dozen measurements that are indexed by BSA and/or include full Z-score calculations and data. Toshiba America Medical Systems (Booth #816) will showcase its new premium cardiovascular platform the Aplio 500 Platinum Series CV and Aplio 300 Platinum Series CV, which expand the clinical utility of echocardiography by allowing providers to consolidate multiple lines of care onto a single platform. The Aplio Platinum Series’ wall motion tracking software, with speckle tracking technology, has the ability to reliably calculate regional and global parameters such as strain, strain rate and displacement. The technology, along with its user-friendly interface, supports providers in the use of cardio-oncology echo protocols. Elsevier (Booth #421) offers the new ASE’s Comprehensive Echocardiography, Roberto Lang, M.D., and his expert colleagues provide everything you need to assess cardiac anatomy and function and obtain clinically useful, noninvasive information for more accurate diagnosis and evaluation of heart disease. Echocardiography Review Guide: Companion to the Textbook of Clinical Echocardiography is a companion to Dr. Catherine Otto’s Textbook of Clinical Echocardiography teaching and testing in one convenient volume.  Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Mayo Clinic Cardiovascular Self Study (Booth #718) Mayo Clinic’s Division of Cardiovascular Diseases strives to provide individualized education in an effort to meet the needs of any learner.  The self-study selections will offer an opportunity for providers to stay abreast with advances in the cardiovascular field in an effort to improve the care of all patients. Our library of self-study tutorials provides an overview of cardiovascular diseases as well as clinical pearls, technical skills, and management strategies for patients with various cardiovascular disorders. View these presentations to enhance learning and obtain credit. Merge Healthcare (Booth #412), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, invites attendees to view the latest version of our imaging and information management system, Merge Cardio. Merge Cardio, named best in KLAS in Cardiology for 2013 and 2014, supports adult and pediatric echo, noninvasive vascular ultrasound, and structural heart to improve cardiology workflow. Science and Technology Theatre In addition, four Science and Technology Theatre sessions will offer the latest information from an industry perspective.  These special luncheon sessions are not part of the official ASE 26th Annual Scientific Sessions, as planned by the Program Committee, but showcase industry advances.  On Saturday, June 13, Bracco Diagnostics Inc. presents Enhancing the Value of Echocardiography; on Sunday, June 14, Lantheus Medical Imaging presents Contrast Echo: See the Difference, Experience the Impact; on Monday, June 15, Philips Healthcare presents Using Echo Anatomical Intelligence to Help Meet Standards in Today’s Ecosystem; and on Tuesday, June 16, Abbott Vascular presents Emerging Transcatheter Mitral Valve Technologies: What is the Role of Echo? 3D Systems’ (Booth #723) Simbionix U/S Mentor VR simulator offers an Advanced Echo module for the training of in-depth cardiac assessment for transthoracic echo (TTE) from step-by-step protocol performance to evaluating adult and pediatric virtual patient scenarios. The realistic environment is enhanced by multiple educational aids and incorporates advanced diagnostic tools alongside numerous measurements and auto calculations. A procedure restricted mode is available for competency demonstration and testing. The TTE training is complemented by a transesophageal echo (TEE)  module, including cases in which they can be used alternately. Also being shown is a new benchmarks system integrated via the MentorLearn simulator management system, which allows setting detailed proficiency benchmarks to easily monitor the learners’ advancement towards the selected competence level.… News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more 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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TomTec Imaging Systems (Booth #710) will showcase its next generation 4D RV-Function and AutoStrain applications.  4D RV-Function overcomes the challenge of complex right ventricular geometry by utilizing a 3-D surface model in conjunction with defined 2-D landmarks, and provides a comprehensive evaluation of the right ventricle including volumes and strain analysis. AutoStrain, the automated strain analysis for quantitative visualization of left ventricular function, offers you automated and reproducible triplane left ventricular strain analysis. Longitudinal strain parameters, derived from 2-D speckle tracking algorithms, are visualized with color-coded regional strain-time curves and a bull’s-eye plot. AutoStrain is fully integrated in the clinical workflow and provides immediate and reliable strain analysis to track subclinical markers.center_img Epsilon Imaging (Booth #615), a provider of workflow enhancing solutions for cardiology, is transforming cardiac diagnostic workflow with a vendor neutral suite of visualization and analysis software applications designed for echocardiography. The company will highlight EchoInsight, which provides clinical applications for improved quantification assessment and monitoring of the heart with clinical strain imaging and semi-automated guideline-recommended volumetric, area and linear measurements. Applications assist clinicians to enhance, standardize, and streamline interpretation and monitoring of echo studies. Initial applications include cardio-oncology, RV and stress echo, along with a comprehensive research application. News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Fujifilm Medical Systems (Booth #808) will demonstrate its latest generation of Synapse Cardiovascular, V6.0, a total re-engineering of Fujifilm’s solution for echo reporting. New, standards based reporting workflow debuts a streamlined measurement package, a new user interface, and enhanced clinical intelligence. The offering highlights new adult, pediatric, and fetal capabilities; for more information Mindray (Booth #916) is introducing the TE7 Touch Enabled Ultrasound System for rapid cardiac evaluation at the bedside. Intuitive gesture controls and focused exams maximize efficiency at the point of care. The TE7 offers a rich application suite, including extended cardiac functionality, Echo Boost cardiac image optimization, and a TEE transducer.  For comprehensive cardiac studies, Mindray is also demonstrating the M9 Premium Compact Ultrasound System, with single crystal technology for deeper penetration and higher resolution, even in technically difficult patients.  The system’s advanced features include premium image quality, Echo Boost, contrast LV opacification during stress exams, and tissue tracking with quantitative analysis.  For more information:  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Lantheus Medical Imaging (Booth #507) offers attendees interactive case studies with real-life clinical outcomes and patient management scenarios. On Sunday, June 14 at 11:45 a.m., Lantheus will host a panel presentation and discussion chaired by Rajesh Janardhanan, M.D., University of Arizona Health Network; Jonathan Lindner, M.D., Oregon Health and Science University; and Lissa Sugeng, M.D., Yale School of Medicine. The panel, “Contrast Echo: See the Difference, Experience the Impact,” will address clinical utility, optimization, operational efficiency and selection of echo contrast. A case study in echo lab conversion and performance will also be presented. An echo simulator offered by Simbionix, part of 3D Systems.More than 50 companies and organizations will display their latest products and services at the American Society of Echocardiography’s (ASE) 26th Annual Scientific Sessions, June 12-16 at in Boston, Mass. ASE 2015 is the world’s premier meeting for cardiovascular ultrasound practitioners, and promises a wealth of cutting-edge education, research, and the latest vendor technology. Products Highlighted on the Expo Floor ASE Headquarters (Booth #413) will feature demonstrations of our new imaging quality improvement software application, “Echocardiography Test and Teach Application.” This software is designed to ensure quality and consistency of cardiac ultrasound image measurements, as well as inform and educate users on interesting cases, new techniques and other changes. The software has been designed through the expert guidance of Harvey Feigenbaum, M.D., FASE, and will be made available to both individuals and institutions through an annual subscription software license. This exciting new product represents a hands-on, real-world training experience, without being tied to imaging devices. The ASE booth also offers all of the Society’s new guideline-based products and educational materials, including ASE’s latest textbook, Comprehensive Echocardiography. PCI Medical, Experts in High-Level Disinfection (Booth #525) has developed and manufactured high-level disinfection systems for 20 years: GUS Disinfection Soak Stations, found in over 6,000 facilities. PCI will showcase GUS Storage Systems and an upcoming automated disinfection system for TEE probes, pending FDA clearance. GUS Storage Systems’ features include specialty shelves that store probes upright and uniquely keep cables separated from disinfected probes, a true HEPA filter, and a low noise fan that provides continuous air flow. Our upcoming automated disinfection systems’ features include a barcode reader, fully automated data logging, choice of disinfectants, and very low cycle costs. The ASE Foundation (ASEF), located on Level 3 of the Convention Center, encourages attendees to learn more about the foundation’s activities and initiatives, and how they can get involved.  Attendees and media can visit the booth for information on ASEF’s upcoming humanitarian missions to Argentina and Vietnam in August 2015, as well as our work disseminating guidelines globally to standardize patient care; our growing list of translations currently includes Spanish, Mandarin, French, and Portuguese, with more on the way. The Foundation has also provided travel grants and scholarships to over 190 early career practitioners, totaling over $240,000, since its first Annual Appeal in 2011. Together, ASE and the ASE Education and Research Foundation have expended over $5 million to support echocardiographic research activities since 1996. GE Healthcare (Booth #701) invites attendees to discover the next-generation of cardiovascular imaging. 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Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more 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 cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more 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 Related Content The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) (Booth #422), in keeping with their continued commitment to streamlining and simplifying the accreditation process, will display proposed changes to the IAC Standards and Guidelines for Adult Echocardiography Accreditation, which the public has the opportunity to comment on until June 15, 2015 by visiting The IAC Standards for both Adult and Pediatric Echocardiography are scheduled for publication on Aug. 1, 2015. Feature | June 10, 2015 Innovative Cardiovascular Ultrasound Solutions Showcased at ASE Scientific Sessions News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more Wolters Kluwer Health-Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (Booth #409) will showcase a preview of the newest edition of Echocardiography in Pediatric and Adult Congenital Heart Disease. Expert clinicians at the Mayo Clinic and other leading institutions provide a comprehensive review of echocardiographic evaluation and diagnosis of congenital heart disease in both pediatric and adult patients. 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