October 18, 2019

Classaction lawsuit initiated over potentially defective cardiac defibrillators

first_imgTORONTO – Two Toronto law firms have launched a Canada-wide class-action lawsuit against the manufacturers of implantable defibrillators that can fail with little or no warning because of potentially defective batteries.About 8,000 Canadians were implanted with the cardiac defibrillators with the brand names Fortify, Fortify Assura, Fortify Assura MP, Unify, Unify Assura, or Unify Quadra, which were manufactured between January 2010 and May 23, 2015. Those made after that period are not affected by the defect.U.S.-based manufacturer St. Jude Medical Inc. and subsidiary St. Jude Medical Canada Inc. are named as defendants in the multimillion-dollar class-action suit, which has been filed with Ontario Superior Court, said Paul Miller, a partner in the law firm Howie, Sacks & Henry.Miller, whose company teamed up with law firm Waddell Phillips to launch the legal action, said the court has to first certify the case as a class-action, which he hopes will occur by late fall. He said a similar class-action suit in the U.S. is also in preliminary stages.Both Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have issued warnings about the St. Jude devices, which automatically shock the heart into normal rhythm in people who have potentially life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias or heart failure.Those warnings were in response to the discovery that some of the devices’ batteries developed a lithium cluster formation, causing them to short-circuit and their power to rapidly deplete, leading to premature failure.Two European patients who had the defibrillators implanted in their chests died when the batteries failed, one of them just days before a planned surgical replacement. In Canada, there have been more than two dozen reports of patients losing consciousness due to lack of blood to the brain after their devices faltered.St. Jude Medical was purchased in January by Chicago-based Abbott Laboratories for about US$25 billion.In an emailed statement Thursday, an Abbott spokesperson said the company plans to “defend its position” in the pending Canadian class-action lawsuit, and noted that “the safety and quality of Abbott’s products is our top priority.”The representative patient plaintiff in the suit is Shirley Houle of Port Hope, Ont., who had a Fortify Assura defibrillator implanted in January 2014. According to the statement of claim submitted to the court, Houle was informed by doctors about the potential for her defibrillator to fail in October 2016, leaving her “enormously distraught and anxious” and fearful to drive by herself or to travel outside Canada.Her husband Roland is named as the representative plaintiff under the Family Law Act for damages suffered as a result of injuries and losses suffered by his wife, the statement of claim says.Houle’s defibrillator, which was not supposed to require replacement for another four years, was surgically removed in March and replaced with a different model.“You are causing someone to have a surgery at an earlier stage and at least an extra surgery,” said Miller. The lawsuit claims St. Jude Medical breached its duty of care in failing to warn patients, doctors and government regulators about the potentially serious defect in the devices.The defibrillators, introduced in 2010, are meant to last for at least seven years before their batteries deplete and the products need replacing. They are designed to vibrate at regular intervals once power begins to decline, a signal that patients should see their doctors about a replacement within 90 days.“Obviously, if you have an implanted device and you can have the battery deplete without any warning, it could be a serious problem,” said Miller.Last October, St. Jude Medical notified doctors about the defective battery in some of their defibrillators, which had been implanted in almost 400,000 patients worldwide. Following a recall of the products, 841 were returned to the company because their batteries had unexpectedly failed.But in an April 12 letter to St. Jude Medical, the FDA said the company had played down the battery failure and continued shipping the defibrillators from its Sylvan, Calif., plant for years before the devices were recalled last fall.The FDA also said the device maker had not shown it was taking sufficient action to repair the defects and ordered the company to provide a new reporting plan.However, Abbott’s spokesperson said Thursday the company has “worked to provide consistent updates to regulatory authorities and our global customers around ongoing analysis of performance data from the affected device population.“Recently, the company analyzed affected devices that were returned for product analysis due to premature battery depletion. Importantly, the rates of patient impact remain low and to date, the adverse event rates have shown no indication of acceleration.”– Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

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What is the future of the car And who builds it

first_imgYou can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca. General Motors announced the impending closure of its Oshawa, Ontario plant yesterday, a move that will eliminate almost 3,000 jobs. In explaining its decision, the company said it was refocusing on the future of the automobile, looking at electric, self-driving and connected options. So, what does that future look like? We’ve seen glimpses so far, and big promises, but nothing like the pivot that requires a massive change of direction from traditional automakers.We’ve been hearing about self-driving vehicles for years, but they’re not on streets yet, except as tests that sometimes go horribly wrong. Electric cars are here already, but haven’t exactly achieved critical mass or a price point that works. And everything is connected now, so of course cars will be. What, then, is the car of the future, exactly? What sells it? And more importantly, who builds it? How does the industry change in the decade to come? Is GM’s move a sign of a shift away from Southern Ontario by car makers, or is GM just behind its peers and hoping to catch up?THE BIG STORY PODCAST GUEST: Tim Dimopoulos, Automotive SpecialistToday’s Podcast – What is the car of the future? And who builds it?Audio Playerhttp://radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_11272018.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

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Troops Ring In The New Year With Beyonce And Jay Z

first_imgIt was a New Year’s Eve to remember for approximately 2,000 troops stationed in Kuwait and Afghanistan as they were treated to USO screenings of HBO’s “ON THE RUN TOUR: BEYONCÉ AND JAY Z,” courtesy of the couple themselves.Troops stationed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan pose for a photo on New Year’s EveThe USO screenings, which took place during the countdown to 2015, were attended by servicemen and women stationed at Camp Arifjan and Camp Buehring in Kuwait, and at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. The New Year’s-themed concert events kicked off with a pre-taped, heartfelt message from Beyonce – who thanked troops for their service and sacrifice, and wished them (and their families back home) a happy new year. Throughout the first full week of 2015, photos, video and New Year’s Day messages from troops poured into the USO reflecting the moment-filled experience.Troops from all branches united as one and brought in 2015 simultaneously at all three overseas military installations. Brought together by the USO and their love of music, the screenings were designed to bring a touch of home to troops during the holidays and serve as a welcomed distraction from day-to-day challenges and responsibilities. To do this, the USO Camp Arifjan center hosted the New Year’s Eve screenings on multiple screens throughout their facility and passed out fruit and coffee flavored holiday mocktails to troops in attendance. Not too far away, the USO Camp Buehring center hosted the special screening at its annual, festive Glow Party – complete with laser lights, glow sticks and a midnight balloon drop.“It was awesome to see the message from Beyonce before the show, it made me feel special,” said LT Cross at Bagram Airfield. Echoing Lt Cross’ sentiments was SPC Johnson of the 101st BSB 1st Brigade 1ID at Camp Buehring who said, “the message was heartfelt and it is amazing that someone at her level has the awareness and appreciation for what we do. The concert is (also) exquisite… the attention to details, the precision, and the energy is the same thing we try to bring into our training.”Meanwhile, more than 2,000 miles away at Bagram Airfield, hundreds of troops poured into two of the base’s new MWR Coalition Theaters at 8 p.m., counted down to 2015 and danced-in the new year. They swayed in their seats and rocked out to such mega hits as “Bonnie & Clyde,” “Crazy in Love,” “Tom Ford” and “Part II (On the Run),” among 40 other memorable hit performances. An encore USO screening was shown on January 1st; so that more troops could experience HBO’s “ON THE RUN” USO screening in a movie-style setting, similar to that from back home – complete with surround sound and plush seating.“Watching the ‘ON THE RUN’ concert made me forget I was in Afghanistan for the holidays… thank you,” said SSGT Ferguson, who is stationed at Bagram Airfield.As the world celebrates another new year, the USO once again invites Americans to join them – as well as USO supporters Jay Z and Beyonce – in showing their gratitude to our nation’s troops and military families. Moments like HBO’s “ON THE RUN” screening is just one example of how the USO is working to create, share and thank troops for their service in 2015. Last year, the USO created nearly 11 million special moments for our nation’s military community and is setting out to deliver another 11 million moments worldwide this year. For more information about the Every Moment Counts campaign, visit USOmoments.org or join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter using #USOMoments.last_img read more

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Remembering Rwanda Ban Kimoon calls for global partnership against genocide

9 April 2007Thirteen years after some 800,000 Rwandans were murdered by their compatriots in an orchestrated criminal campaign, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called today for “a global partnership against genocide” and pledged to strengthen United Nations mechanisms to ensure that such an event never happens again. The post of UN Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide – currently held by Juan E. Méndez of Argentina – will be upgraded to a full-time position, Mr. Ban said in a message marking the anniversary of the start of the genocide. The UN Advisory Committee on Genocide Prevention will also be boosted, the Secretary-General said, adding that Africa has taken its own steps as well, such as the proposed Pact on Security, Stability and Development for the Great Lakes Region, which contains measures on genocide prevention and punishment. “Preventing genocide is a collective and individual responsibility,” Mr. Ban said. “Everyone has a role to play: governments, the media, civil society organizations, religious groups, and each and every one of us. “Let us build a global partnership against genocide. Let us protect populations from genocide when their own government cannot or will not.” Mr. Ban paid tribute to both the victims of the 1994 genocide and the survivors, whose “resilience continues to inspire us.” The Security Council established the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) to prosecute individuals responsible for committing war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide during 1994, when Hutu militias and others killed Tutsis and moderate Hutus, often using machetes or clubs. Noting that Member States have agreed in principle to the “responsibility to protect” populations in danger of genocide or war crimes, Mr. Ban said the “challenge now is to give real meaning to the concept, by taking steps to make it operational. Only then will it truly give hope to those facing genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing.” Mr. Ban gave a signed copy of his message this afternoon to Joseph Nsengimana, Rwanda’s Permanent Representative to the UN.Mr. Nsengimana thanked the Secretary-General and pledged the support of his Government to the UN as it worked to strengthen its anti-genocide mechanisms.“We take this opportunity to once again appeal to the international community, including the United Nations system, to provide assistance and support to survivors of the genocide,” he said. read more

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Tighter laws on people smuggling

The government is looking at strengthening laws against people smuggling by amendments the Immigration and Emigrants Act.Top officials from Australian and Sri Lanka have already participated in a round-table discussion on harmonising Australian and Sri Lankan people smuggling laws to assist efforts to combat people smuggling. “The need for continued discussions on harmonising people smuggling laws with international instruments and best practice was identified as a priority at the inaugural Sri Lanka – Australia Joint Working Group (JWG) on People Smuggling and Transnational Crime in Colombo on 17 December 2012. The roundtable discussion demonstrated Australia’s and Sri Lanka’s commitment to this work,” the Australian High Commission in Colombo said. Representatives from Australia’s Attorney-General’s Department, the Australian Federal Police and the Australian High Commission participated in the roundtable.Australia and Sri Lanka have been working together to strengthen and harmonise people smuggling legislation to prevent criminals exploiting gaps in legal frameworks under the Australia – Sri Lanka Memorandum of Understanding concerning Legal Cooperation against the Smuggling of Migrants signed in December 2009. (Colombo Gazette) The roundtable discussion included an update on the status of Sri Lanka’s people smuggling amendments to the Immigration and Emigrants Act, Australian people smuggling laws, sharing experiences in legislating against people smuggling, and a focus on areas where Australia and Sri Lanka may be able to collaborate to further harmonise people smuggling laws. read more

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Brock mourns death of thirdyear student

Michelle Raby-BeauchampThe University regrets to inform the Brock community of the death of Michelle Raby-Beauchamp, who died in a traffic accident on the QEW in Fort Erie on Oct. 25.Michelle was a third-year student pursuing a degree part-time in Sociology. She was also employed by the Canada Border Services, where she had worked for five years.The University extends its condolences to Michelle’s family and friends. She is survived by husband Danny and daughters Annette, Julie and Adelle.The funeral service will be held Saturday, Oct. 29 at 11 a.m. at l’Église Sacré Coeur on Empire Street in Welland.The family has asked that donations be made to breast cancer research.• Obituary at yourlifemoments.ca • Funeral for QEW crash victim Sunday — Welland Tribune read more

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Auto sales hit record pace in August DesRosiers Automotive Consultants says

Auto sales hit record pace in August, DesRosiers Automotive Consultants says by Romina Maurino and Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 4, 2013 5:29 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Canadian auto sales hit a record pace last month as they jumped 6.5 per cent compared with last year, according to data compiled by DesRosiers Automotive Consultants.Total light vehicle sales amounted to 159,004 for the month, up from 149,301 and besting the previous record for August of 158,400 set in 2007.“Building on strong sales over the year’s first seven months, Canadian consumers drove the light vehicle market to its best August result ever,” DesRosiers said in a report.The record came as car sales jumped 7.2 per cent from a year ago to 70,836, while light truck sales climbed 5.9 per cent to 88,168.For the year to date, sales totalled 1.2 million, up from 1.16 million at the same point last year.Canada’s Big Three automakers all reported increases in light vehicle retail sales for August as General Motors, Ford and Chrylser combined for a 4.7 per cent increase.Import nameplates gained a combined total of 7.9 per cent.Ford Canada said it sold 27,268 cars and trucks last month, while Chrysler put its light-vehicle sales at 21,932 for the month — both up seven per cent.Meanwhile, General Motors said Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealers delivered 21,091 vehicles in August, an increase of 0.1 per cent compared to last August.Retail sales were up five per cent overall, as the Chevrolet Cruze posted a 16 per cent increase in sales for the month, Buick sales increased 18 per cent thanks to the Verano and the Buick Encore, and Cadillac sales increased by 54 per cent in August.Chrysler said its sales figures mark the 45th consecutive month of growth year-over-year, as passenger car sales saw an increase of 20 per cent, with sales of 36,761 in the calendar year-to-date.The Ford Fiesta saw sales climb 84 per cent year-over year, and Fusion had sales jump 57 per cent in August, led the increase for Ford.The company also reported healthy increases for a number of other models, including the Ford Focus, Mustang and Taurus, up 16, 13 and 40 per cent respectively.Several other auto makers reported their August sales figures Wednesday, with Honda logging combined sales of 16,208 vehicles by their Honda and Acura divisions in Canada, a 19 per cent increase over last year’s sales.Toyota sales were down slightly at 16,077 compared with 16,125 a year ago, while Lexus sales were up nearly 10 per cent at 1,570 compared with 1,431 in August 2012.Nissan sales were up almost a third at 7,279 compared with 5,549. Infiniti sales totalled 913, up from 780 a year ago.Subaru Canada also posted increases, marking six consecutive months of growth as it sold 3,339 units in August, a 24.6 per cent increase over the same period last year.Kia Canada Inc., meanwhile, said it sold 7,502 cars and trucks in August, a decline of 2.3 per cent compared with the same month last year. read more

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Polk data shows worldwide new registrations up 4 in May over the

YTD 201024,631,252 Asia-Pacific/Middle East21,51525,74025,30928,481 Total Industry200955,257,517-3.3% Change in % May 2011 Total Industry Forecast2011 63,158,0453.2% Based on data which is preliminary in some cases, global demand for passenger vehicles (NAFTA: including light trucks) was up about 4% in May over the year before, as the uptrend we have seen in recent months continued, albeit at a weaker pace than the year before. Central and Eastern Europe3,0473,5884,1554,511 25,964,2435.4% Africa9241,0391,0581,158 NEW REGISTRATIONS OF CARS by region (NAFTA region including Light Trucks) (in 1,000) 2012 69,391,3129.9% 5,234,1174.1% May 20105,030,236 Latin America3,5573,9954,3484,617 201061,196,62810.7% Western Europe13,66412,97312,81813,149 2009201020112012 World Car New Registrations The strongest growth came in Eastern Europe, where demand was up 33%, driven by the positive trend in Russia. New registrations in Russia were up 46% over the year before as a result of the stabilizing economy and the continuing strong success of the scrappage scheme, which has been extended once again and which will have a positive impact on new registrations in Russia through autumn. The Asia/Pacific region was down once again, as new registrations in this region fell by almost 4% according to preliminary data. The main reason for this decline is of course the situation in Japan, where new registrations were down 33% from the year before. China was also down by almost 2% as a result of strong anticipated sales at the end of last year, as well as the fact that the government incentives have now expired.The NAFTA region once again posted results which were better than the year before in May, with new registrations up by 2.5%. New registrations in Latin America were up 19% from the year before, coming after a steep loss two months ago, as the Brazilian passenger vehicle market grew by a good 15%. New registrations in Western Europe were up almost 8% from the year before, an increase which was primarily attributable to the fact that May 2011 had more workdays than May 2010. Nevertheless, the UK and especially Spain were down significantly. After adjusting for the additional workdays, it is still not possible to make out a positive overall trend for Western Europe.The global passenger vehicle market continues to grow, but the rate of growth is getting smallerGlobal new registrations will once again set a new record this year, growing by a good 3% over the year before. Expectations were hardly changed since the last forecast.New registrations in the Asia/Pacific region will be down about 2% from the year before in 2011 as a whole. This decline is attributable to the situation in the Japanese passenger vehicle market, where new registrations will be down 26% this year from the year before, to about 3.1 million units. New registrations in China will also be down this year, although this downturn is due not to the general weakness of the market but to the extremely high new registrations at the end of 2010 as a result of the impending expiration of the government incentives. In addition, new registrations in the Beijing area have been subject to increasing restrictions since the start of 2011. The strongest growth is expected in the NAFTA and Eastern Europe regions. Both of these regions will post double-digit growth in 2011 due to an improvement in economic conditions. In Eastern Europe, growth will be further boosted by the Russian scrappage scheme, which has been extended through autumn of this year. YTD 2011 Western European passenger vehicle demand is expected to take a very uneven course in 2011 as well. Some markets will be affected by the expiration of scrappage schemes, as well as by tax increases and government austerity measures in response to budget deficits, and new registrations should be down from the year before in those countries, a group which includes France, Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom. Meanwhile, other countries will see growth in new registrations as a result of positive economic conditions, including Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. The possibility of a Greek bankruptcy poses a threat to this region. If the situation worsens, the stability of the Euro and the economic recovery could be at risk.Data: Copyright R.L. Polk Europe Holding Ltd, all rights reserved. No reproduction allowed without prior written consent from Polk – www.polk.com.For more detailed data on the UK vehicle market, contact SMMT Automotive Information Services (AIS).Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) NAFTA (incl. Light Trucks)12,55013,86115,46917,476 World55,25861,19763,15869,391 read more

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Clarett returns to Ohio State for classes

Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett has enrolled in classes at the university for the second summer session, which began on Monday. “Maurice Clarett has been granted reentry into The Ohio State University, following a review by the College of Education and Human Ecology, where he was originally enrolled,” OSU director of media relations Jim Lynch said in a statement.Clarett was released from the Toledo Correctional Institution in April after serving on 3 ½ years of a 7 ½ year sentence for aggravated robbery and carrying a concealed weapon.In negotiation with his early release, Clarett was ordered to spend four to six months at a dormitory step-down center on Alum Creek Drive. Inmates are permitted leave to work or attend classes.Clarett was quickly recognized on campus. “This is a surreal feeling to be back at Ohio State in such a supportive environment,” Clarett said in a statement. “I have looked forward to being back in school and I’m doing my best to fit in with other students. I don’t want to be a distraction or nuisance to the football team or to students on campus.”Clarett might be back in the classroom, but he won’t be making an appearance on the field. After the Buckeyes’ 2002 National Championship, Clarett signed with an agent, forfeiting any remaining eligibility. read more

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5 charged for New Amsterdam gas station robbery

-2 teens remanded while others receive bail Two teenagers were on Tuesday remanded to prison by Senior Magistrate Alex Moore after they admitted that along with others, they used a firearm and cutlass to rob a gas station in New Amsterdam, Berbice.The teenagers, along with three others, including a fifteen-year-old, appeared before Magistrate Moore in the New Amsterdam Court on an armed robbery charge.A 16-year-old (name withheld) of Ogleton Dam, Angoys Avenue; and Ivan Sinclair, 18, of New Amsterdam pleaded guilty to the charge which stated that on Saturday August 19, at Main and King Streets, while being armed with a dangerous weapon, which is to say a firearm and an offensive weapon, they robbed Prakash Seenarine of $140,000, property of Feroz Ally.Police Officers escorting the five accused to court on TuesdayThe two, along with three others – a 15-year-old old (name withheld) of Savanna Park, New Amsterdam; Raymond Samaroo, 22, of Ogleton Dam, Angoys Avenue and Delon Johnson of King Street – are jointly charged with the offence and pleaded not guilty.The 15-year-old, Samaroo and Johnson were granted bail in the sum of $75,000 each, while Sinclair and the 16-year-old who pleaded guilty have been remanded.They will all have to return to court on October 2 when the Police are expected to make a disclosure.Police Prosecutor, Inspector Godfrey Playter told the court that on the day in question, at about 20:15h, three men approached Seenarine who was one of two attendants at M Ally Gas Station situated at Main and King Streets. One of the men held a gun to Seenarine while another took away the money which he had in his hand and made good their escape.However, surveillance footage of the robbery was provided to the Police and the suspects were arrested. (Andrew Carmichael) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAccomplice in botched ECD robbery remandedSeptember 5, 2017In “Court”Trio charged for armed robbery in New AmsterdamNovember 21, 2015In “Crime”Man who allegedly stabbed wife fifteen times remanded on murder chargeJanuary 4, 2017In “Man who allegedly stabbed wife fifteen times remanded on murder charge” read more

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National Air Space Museum Welcomes First Female Director

first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Ellen Stofan is the first female director of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.And it’s about time.Opened in 1976 as part of America’s bicentennial celebration, the Washington, D.C., a staple is among the most-visited in the US, and features historic highlights like the Apollo 11 command module, Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, and the Wright brothers’ plane.Fresh from her position as consulting senior scientist at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Stofan will lead a major renovation of the galleries.“Through the transformation of our building here on the National Mall, we’re really going to be able to inspire that next generation,” she said of the remodeling project.Meet the National Air and Space Museum’s new director (via Smithsonian Institute)Raised by a literal NASA rocket scientist and elementary-school science teacher, Stofan found her calling at a young age. While earning her bachelor’s degree in geology at the College of William & Mary, she interned in the Museum’s Center for Earth and Planetary Studies.Stofan later completed her master’s and doctorate in geological sciences at Brown University.On the long and winding road to this milestone, Stofan served as NASA’s chief scientist, developed plans to bring humans to Mars, and worked on science policy for President Obama.She is also a member of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and became deputy project scientists for the Magellan Mission to Venus. Stofan continues to act as an honorary professor at University College London.“I love what I do—I love space, I love aviation,” Stofan said in a statement. “Trying to convey to the public why we explore, why we’re always trying to leave the ground and get up into the air and out into space, it’s something that I’m passionate about.”The researcher, lecturer, author, and Cassini groupie succeeds Gen. J.R. Dailey, who retired in January after 18 years as museum director.“Ellen’s scientific background, leadership skills, communication acumen, and strategic thinking have positioned her superbly to lead the National Air and Space Museum,” Smithsonian secretary David Skorton said in a statement.“Her passion for science coupled with her love of education will ensure that the museum will continue to be a global treasure and world leader through its extensive programming, exhibitions, and scholarship,” he added.Boasting the world’s largest collection of artifacts, archival materials, and works of art related to aviation, spaceflight, and the study of the universe, the Air and Space Museum joins its Smithsonian siblings as one of the most magical places on Earth.It’s Stofan’s goal to inspire visitors just as she was.“They’ll see the Spirit of St. Louis, the Viking spacecraft, the Apollo capsule, and they’ll say, ‘You know what, I can do that!’” she said. “I want them to come here and just be inspired to be that next generation of explorers and innovators. That’s what this place did for me.”last_img read more

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Pep delighted to leave Albion without injuries

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola insists he’s thankful for no injuries during the second leg of the Carabao Cup despite a dangerous pitch.City won the tie 1-0 thanks to a goal from Sergio Aguero, as the Premier League champions recorded a 10-0 aggregate score line after winning the first leg 9-0.Guardiola felt the victory added another feather to City’s cap in their continuing development but he was equally delighted to come through unscathed on a difficult playing surface.Burton had kept the pitch covered due to low temperatures a few hours prior to kick-off to protect it from frost.City manager Guardiola said, according to talkSPORT: Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“The game was very dangerous because the pitch was slippery.”“But, no injuries – that is so important – and we enjoy the moment because we are in a final.”“We know in Wembley, as we lived last season, it’s quite special. It’s nice to play a final in Wembley.”Aguero was among a few senior players to play accompanied by the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Kevin De Bruyne and Fabian Delph.Some of the Citizens teenage prospects youngsters also featured, including Phil Foden, Eric Garcia, Philippe Sandler and Ian Carlo Poveda.last_img read more

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Missing housewife found dead in Brahmanbaria

first_img.A housewife, who went missing on Monday, was found dead at a water body in Kahdurail village of Bijoynagar upazila in Brahmanbaria on Wednesday night, reports UNB.The deceased is Parveen Akter, 25, wife of Nur Hossain from Chunarughat upazila in Habiganj district.Local people spotted the body in the water body in the night and informed police, said Arshad Ali, officer-in-charge of Bijoynagar police station.Later on Thursday morning, police recovered the body, he added.Quoting family members, police said Parveen along with her husband went to her father’s home at Khadurail village few days back.On Monday, Parveen went missing from there and her husband Nur Hossain went into hiding after switching off his mobile phone, police said.Later in the day, police arrested Nur Hossain from the area.last_img read more

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Pastor Tony Pittman Porfirio Pilo Deleon

first_imgListen After Harvey, Pastor Tony Pittman organized a team of volunteers to distribute food and materials in the South Houston neighborhood around his church. As immediate needs were met, the Pastor’s mission evolved into one that helped families rebuild. Along the way, Pastor Tony met Pilo Deleon and his family, including an inspiring child who is fighting cancer.Part 8 of 10-part series, “Stories from the Storm”. More at houstonpublicmedia.org/harvey. This article is part of the Stories from the Storm podcast Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xcenter_img 00:00 /11:17 last_img read more

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first_img Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more “Due to space constraints in many facilities and the need for quick turnaround time, the Platinum Dynamic Fluoroscopy System was designed to provide a streamlined workflow and saves valuable physical space,” said Bruce Ashby, general manager of DR, Viztek. “The system’s high image quality and fast patient throughput, for both radiography and fluoroscopy scans, makes it the ideal replacement solution.” Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more The compact design of the Platinum Dynamic System adds to patient comfort while also streamlining workflow and eliminating the need for additional real estate within the facility. Key benefits include:Ability to access patients from all around the table — a benefit for the elderly or those that are difficult to position.Compared to other systems, Viztek’s Dynamic System has a source image distance (SID) of 40 to 72 inches.Capability of rotating 90/90 degrees.Ability to support patients up to 584 lbs.Capability to lower to an 18.9-in. horizontal tabletop height to offer 79 in. of patient coverage, which minimizes patient repositioning and providing facilities with a flexible solution for patient convenience. Technology | January 09, 2014 Platinum Dynamic dRF Fluoroscopy System Receives FDA Approval System enables facilities to perform both X-ray, fluoroscopy in one room News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 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 | Artificial Intelligence | June 03, 2019 SIIM and ACR Host Machine Learning Challenge for Pneumothorax Detection and Localization The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) are collaborating… read morecenter_img For more information: viztek.net, www.rsna.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 January 9, 2014 — Viztek, a provider of digital software and hardware diagnostic imaging solutions, announced that the Platinum Dynamic Fluoroscopy System has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance. The system offers advanced digital radiography (DR) technology, enabling healthcare facilities to manage both digital X-ray as well as a variety of fluoroscopy subtypes all in one exam room. Because the dual-purpose Platinum Dynamic System enables both fluoroscopy and DR to be performed in one room, it saves facilities space, increases workflow and lowers the total cost of ownership. It provides for a range of fluoroscopy exams including gastrointestinal, pediatrics, injections, tomography, arthrography, urogenital and digital subtraction angiography (DSA). When used in static mode, the system also delivers throughput of high-quality DR images in as little as five seconds. The Platinum System features a 17 x 17-in. panel that provides a field view large enough to eliminate the need for panel rotation. Related Content News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 12, 2019 Utah Valley Hospital Purchases Nine Carestream Imaging Systems Utah Valley Hospital (Provo, Utah) has installed nine Carestream imaging systems that equip its radiology staff to… read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 28, 2019 Springfield Clinic Deploys 17 Carestream Digital X-ray Systems Springfield Clinic implemented 14 Carestream DRX-Evolu read more News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems Apelem, a subsidiary of the DMS Group is the manufacturer. Viztek is the distributor of the Dynamic System in the United States.last_img read more

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Dubai rejects fullbody scanner technology at Airports

first_imgWithin the context of Islamic culture, the use of full-body security scanners at airports raises a number of ethical concerns. Accordingly, the airports of Dubai have decided not to implement the new technology as it goes against Dubai’s national customs and ethics. “I do not feel that it is necessary for us to implement such a technology while we are operating different methods and have different avenues that have worked so far,” Ahmed bin Thani, the Dubai police’s director of airport security, told The National.”The use of such a device violates personal privacy and it raises a very sensitive issue for passengers, in addition to the fact that it does not comply to our national ethics,” he said.Bin Thani said the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) doesn’t require airports to implement the body scanning technology. “The acquisition of such devices is based on the decision of every member state of the ICAO and is not a mandatory measure instructed by them,” he said.According to Omar al Amri, the Dubai police’s deputy director of airport security, Dubai International Airport, which has more than 3, 200 operational security cameras in its three terminals, may introduce face-recognition technology to enhance safety. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1abe0/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

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Start spreading the news Aussies heart NYC

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: D.M NYC & Co with the New York contingent in Sydney last week New York City has risen to the top ranking American city for Australians, with a whopping 58 per cent market share and some 509,000 travellers visiting the city that never sleeps in 2010, making Aussies its fourth largest overseas market.Showing strength in numbers, there were also more New Yorkers down under last week, representing at Visit USA roadshows for industry partners across Australia, with its final tradeshow to be held in Perth today. “Market growth has been tremendous, with over 20 per cent increase year on year.  Compared to 10 years ago, there are four times as many travellers to NYC, and a 61 per cent repeat visitation from Australians,” NYC & Company, Vice President Tourism Development, Makiko Matsuda Healy said.Ms Healy said NYC & Co was well on target to achieve Mayor Bloomberg’s goal to attract 50 million visitors annually to New York City by 2012.Preliminary estimates, according to NYC & Company Vice President, Travel and Tourism PR, Christopher Heywood, show 2010 to continue to ride high on 2009’s coattails, with Australian leisure visitors staying an average 11 nights spending some US$1.3 billion, making the shopaholics the second largest overseas spending market behind the UK.  With 6800 new rooms opened in 2010, NYC offers travellers a variety of accommodation choices from high end to budget style according to Mr Heywood.“There’s also hotels in new boroughs which used to be overlooked like Soho, Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, catering to every price point,” Mr Heywood said, adding 2010 also marked the opening of the first Starwood hotel in Harlem.“Australians are intrepid travellers; they like to discover the authentic New York.  We are putting more resources into this market.”Ms Healy said NYC & Co, represented in Australia by Aviareps, would continue its push in 2011 and work more closely with trade partners in an online training programme, enabling agents to receive discounts for their own travel to the City.For more information, visit www.nycgo.com last_img read more

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Myanmar eyes a larger volume of Japanese tourists

first_imgMyanmar is targeting to attract more Japanese tourists by undertaking international travel advertising which showcases the pristine beaches and islands of the Myeik archipelago.Since 60% of Japanese outbound tourist likes to enjoy water activities for relaxation places like Ngapali Beach, Ngwe Saung beach, Chaungtha beach and Myeik archipelago are the top tourist attractions in Myanmar.More than 100,000 Japanese tourists visited Myanmar in 2016 of which only 15% of them visited for leisure rest were business travellers, cooperation workers and international NGO workers.Giving importance to word of mouth promotion, the Tourism Ministry of Myanmar wants the Japanese tourists to be satisfied during their trip to the country and share their experiences about Myanmar to their friends back in Japan.According to the tourist arrival statistics, Myanmar is a growing market for the travellers for short trips in Asia. The Ministry of Hotel and Tourism said that Myanmar has seen a total of 22% boost in tourist from the month of January to end of July of 2017 as compared with same period last year.last_img read more

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Lawmakers Debate Too Big to Fail and Systemically Important Tag

first_img July 9, 2015 483 Views The debate over whether  “too big to fail” has ended and the criteria for designating a bank holding company as “systemically important” under Dodd-Frank has continued this week as lawmakers convened to discuss the controversial law and its effect on the American financial system.One notable of Wednesday’s House Financial Services Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee hearing was that many commentators, including members of Congress and banking regulators, have criticized the way bank holding companies are arbitrarily designated as “systemically important financial institutions” (SIFIs) under Dodd Frank. Under the law, the Federal Reserve is required to apply enhanced prudential standards to bank holding companies with $50 billion or more in total consolidated assets – thus creating a “de facto” SIFI designation for these institutions.”Neither the statutory text nor its legislative history offers a clear explanation for why Congress chose a bright-line $50 billion asset threshold for application of enhanced standards,” said Debevoise & Plimpton Partner Satish Kini, one of the witnesses at the hearing. “To the best of my knowledge, no economic studies or other data were cited by Congress in establishing this threshold.”Bank holding companies (companies that own or control one or more U.S. banks or have a controlling interest in one or more U.S. banks) that are designated as SIFIs under Dodd-Frank are therefore “too big to fail” and would receive a taxpayer-funded bailout if their economic stability were to be threatened. Some members of the Subcommittee contended at the hearing that Dodd-Frank is codifying “too big to fail” by continuing to designate firms (both banks and non-banks) as SIFIs, therefore guaranteeing those firms a federal backstop should a financial crisis occur.”As policy makers, we must always strive to be precise when improving legislative frameworks as to minimize unintended consequences,” said Congressman Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas), Chairman of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee. “I hope this hearing allows members to begin to consider different ways of measuring systemic importance and the regulatory consequences of being designated a SIFI.”One of those unintended consequences is the cost of maintaining “additional liquidity buffers” for banks to insure themselves against economic downturns, according to Zions Bancorporation Chairman and CEO Harris Simmons, one of the witnesses at the hearing.”While it is important for every depository institution to maintain appropriate levels of reserves to deal with normal fluctuations in cash flows, maintaining additional liquidity buffers as an insurance policy against times of extreme stress will almost certainly be a costly exercise for banks and for the economy at large,” Simmons said. “Every dollar invested in high quality liquid assets is a dollar that cannot be loaned out and put to more productive use. The impact will likely be most particularly acute for smaller and middle-market businesses that do not have ready access to the capital markets, and for whom bank credit is their financial lifeblood.”The same day as the Subcommittee hearing on the designation of banks as SIFIs, U.S. Department of Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said in an address at the Brookings Institution that SIFIs are held to higher standards for taxpayer protection – that that the law ended “too big to fail.””To keep taxpayers from ever having to step in to save a financial firm again, Wall Street Reform ended ‘too big to fail’ as a matter of law,” Lew told the audience. “In addition, regulators now have modern, commonsense tools to protect taxpayers.  For example, the FSOC can designate large institutions as “systematically important” and hold them to higher standards.  Also, in the event of a crisis or a bankruptcy, regulators can seize large financial institutions and wind them down in an orderly way.”American Enterprise Institute Resident Scholar Paul Kupiec, one of the witnesses at the hearing, said the basic premise behind the “too big to fail” theory was flawed.”Many argue that the TBTF [too big to fail] problem arises because SIFI financial institutions are so large and important that they are incapable of being reorganized in a judicial bankruptcy process without causing widespread financial market distress and disrupting economic growth,” Kupiec said. “The financial crisis that reached a crescendo after the September 2008 Lehman Brothers bankruptcy is often cited as evidence that supports the TBTF hypothesis, but such ‘proof’ ignores the possibility that the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy was caused by an advanced financial crisis already in progress―and the failure was not the cause of the financial crisis that peaked in the fall of 2008.” Share in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Uncategorizedcenter_img Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee House Financial Services Systemically Important’ Too Big to Fail 2015-07-09 Staff Writer Lawmakers Debate ‘Too Big to Fail’ and ‘Systemically Important’ Taglast_img read more

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first_imgagentsairlinesEvent & Famil photosLas VegasLVCVB A group of nine Aussie agents and PCOs has recently returned from four action-packed nights in Las Vegas, thanks to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), Delta Air Lines and Virgin Australia.LVCVA designed the famil to educate agents and PCOs on some of the amazing things that the city can offer their clients.“With around 150,000 hotel rooms, unique experiences and activities for groups, exceptional dining and plenty of air access, it’s no wonder Las Vegas constantly ranks among the top MICE destinations in the world,” said Bart Druitt, LVCVA AUS/NZ. Staying in style at MGM Grand and Aria Las Vegas, attendees got the full VIP experience with a backstage meet and greets at both Mystère by Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group. They toured the Vegas Strip by night via helicopter, took a walking food tour, ziplined over Bootleg Canyon and got down and dirty at Dig This Las Vegas.Cirque du SoleilBack row from left: Ashley Sweeney, Antipodeans; David Loboja, All Aussie Travellers; Bart Druitt, LVCVA AUS/NZ; Karen Caba, Total Travel Management; Frances Pearson, Horizons Group TravelFront row from left: Justine Till, Educating Adventures; Stuart MacKenzie, Cirque du Soleil; Sarah McMath, Virgin Australia, Orsi Debulay, Gullivers Sport and Music Travel; Linda Hogan, iTravel Ryde; Melanie Kelaher, Allsorts TravelBlue Man GroupBack row from left: Frances Pearson, Horizons Group Travel; David Loboja, All Aussie Travellers; Blue Man; Bart Druitt, LVCVA AUS/NZ; Sarah McMath, Virgin Australia; Karen Caba, Total Travel ManagementFront row from left: Ashley Sweeney, Antipodeans; Linda Hogan, iTravel Ryde; Justine Till, Educating Adventures; Melanie Kelaher, Allsorts travel; Orsi Debulay, Gullivers Sport and Music TravelExcalibur Back row from left: Melanie Kelaher, Allsorts Travel; Karen Caba, Total Travel ManagementFront row from left: Justine Till, Educating Adventures; Orsi Debulay, Gullivers Sport and Music Travel; Sarah McMath, Virgin Australia; Bart Druitt, LVCVA AUS/NZ; Linda Hogan, iTravel Ryde; Ashley Sweeney, Antipodeans; David Loboja, All Aussie TravellersLas Vegas SignBack row from left: Karen Caba, Total Travel Management; Melanie Kelaher, Allsorts travel;Front row from left: Linda Hogan, iTravel Ryde; Orsi Debulay, Gullivers Sport and Music Travel; Bart Druitt, LVCVA AUS/NZ; Justine Till, Educating Adventures; Sarah McMath, Virgin Australia; Ashley Sweeney, Antipodeans; David Loboja, All Aussie TravellersDig This Las Vegas Back row from left: Frances Pearson, Horizons Group Travel; Sarah McMath, Virgin Australia; Justine Till, Educating Adventures; Melanie Kelaher, Allsorts TravelFront row from left: Karen Caba, Total Travel Management; Ashley Sweeney, Antipodeans; Orsi Debulay, Gullivers Sport and Music Travel; Linda Hogan, iTravel Ryde; Bart Druitt, LVCVA AUS/NZ; David Loboja, All Aussie TravellersNew York New YorkBack row from left: Karen Caba, Total Travel Management; Melanie Kelaher, Allsorts travel; Bart Druitt, LVCVA AUS/NZ; David Loboja, All Aussie TravellersFront row from left: Orsi Debulay, Gullivers Sport and Music Travel; Sarah McMath, Virgin Australia; Linda Hogan, iTravel Ryde; Ashley Sweeney, Antipodeans; Justine Till, Educating Adventureslast_img read more

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