The mastermind behind Fulham’s push for PL promotion

first_imgChampionship Slavisa Jokanovic: The mastermind behind Fulham’s push for Premier League promotion Chris Wheatley Last updated 1 year ago 20:45 5/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Slavisa Jokanovic tells Goal’s @ChrisWheatley_ about the changes he’s made at Fulham as they aim for promotion to the top flight #FFC— Goal (@goal) May 11, 2018 Championship Fulham Derby County v Fulham Derby County Premier League Jokanovic told Goal how the Cottagers have reaped the benefits of his changes as they aim for promotion to the top flight Slavisa Jokanovic is a purveyor of the finer details. When it comes to football management the 49-year-old has utilised years of experience managing in countries as far flung as Thailand to Israel, but it is Fulham where he’s now made a name for himself as one of Europe’s most talented managers.Jokanovic, an ex-Deportivo and Chelsea player renowned for his elegant displays in midfield, joined Fulham in December 2015 and managed to avoid relegation by eleven points. The following season saw him achieve his target of a top-six position while the current campaign could culminate in achieving the ultimate goal of promotion to the Premier League.The Serbian’s side saw off Derby in their Championship play-off semi-final and will now face either Aston Villa or Middlesbrough at Wembley on May 26. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Despite automatic promotion slipping out of their hands, Jokanovic guided his team to a 23-game unbeaten run which has drawn plaudits from afar due to the attractive football philosophy now taking centre stage at Craven Cottage.Speaking in an exclusive interview with Goal, the experienced manager revealed the different aspects he needed to change when he first arrived at Fulham, while also talking about reports linking him with a move to Chelsea. “I’m a very good observer and I had to check everything around myself,” Jokanovic told Goal. “In this short time we tried to push the club in a different direction and tried looking for improvements in different parts of the club. I started to push the board and they supported my ideas to improve the club.“All the styles have a final destination – to try and win the games. I want to win the games. We are in a good moment right now and from another side I believe our supporters are enjoying the way this was the team have changed.”JokanovicJokanovic oversaw vast changes off the pitch when he joined three years ago, including modernisation of player nutrition and recovery methods, while persuading the club’s billionaire U.S-based owner Shahid Khan to invest in the pitches in order to improve the quality of the training sessions.“If you want to play the football on the floor then I need better tools for my work. They [Fulham] interpreted me well, they understand my position and really quick after a few months we started this kind of new improvements.“The pitches weren’t in condition to try and find enough quality with what we wanted to do. The last two years we’ve been in perfect condition for our work. I believe we’re seeing the benefits of these improvements but can always do better.”Jokanovic PereiraBehind the scenes Jokanovic sings the praises of his support staff which features Marco Cesaraini, Jose Sambade, Stuart Gray, Alberto Escobar and Javier Pereira, the latter he describes as the “engineer of many things”. The group work closely together and the Serb uses his knowledge from a breadth of experiences abroad to focus on cultivating and signing domestic talent who already have a flavour of English football.“My life is connected with football. I was a player, now a manager. I try to use all my experience in my job,” he added.“Because I’m working in England, this is the only reason [why I favour domestic-based players]. If I’m working with Serbia, Israel or Thailand it’s about following the natural way. We are not on the level for bringing best players in the world. “We want to bring people in with a similar level whether they are English or foreign. If they are a similar level I prefer domestic players as they know what life is like here and they don’t need so much time for adaption. “This competition is really long with many games so you don’t have so much time to prepare and adapt. They must be ready for the challenge.”Ryan Sessegnon FulhamOne player courting the attention of Europe’s biggest clubs is Ryan Sessegnon. The 17-year-old has scored 15 goals this season and won five EFL awards, prompting many to suggest the left-wing back warrants a call-up to the England squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.“He’s the best young player I’ve managed in my life,” beamed Jokanovic.“I’ve managed important players like [Stevan] Jovetic and [Adem] Ljajic in Partizan Belgrade but this man is really different. To play at this age he’s competing really hard at Championship level and shown fantastic quality.“He’s one of the best football ‘projects’ in England and the world. He has huge potential ahead of him and a healthy mentality. I believe he can arrive and become a top player.”Fulham scored 85 times last season – the second-highest tally achieved by the team in the last 58 years. Players including Tom Cairney and Aleksandar Mitrovic have lauded Jokanovic’s training methods and ability to get the best out of his players, an aspect of his managerial style that he remains deeply proud of.“I want to make people around me better and I must be satisfied if they feel improvement in themselves. I try to make improvements for people all around me. Sometimes we need patience, sometimes we need the time to trust each other and this is natural but the intention for both sides is always positive. I try to make them better and they make me better too.”Aleksandar Mitrovic FulhamUnsurprisingly, Jokanovic is quick to dismiss reports linking him with a move down the road to Chelsea. An unbeaten run inspired by the manager’s attack-minded philosophy has seen several clubs linked, but Fulham remains the only team in his mind right now.“This is nice for my wife to read the news and ask me about these kind of reports,” he joked.“I try to be focused on my job and try to do a good job and if I’m successful with Fulham in the future then some positive things can happen.”The ultimate goal of Premier League promotion is in Jovanovic’s sights and he portrays the same studious focus which has seen the Cottagers impress with their free-flowing football this season, but now it’s time to deliver the end product that he and his team have been working towards throughout a gruelling campaign. “The Championship is an exciting and quality competition, we know it exists at that level. We are strong and believe we can be successful. We’re going to push until the end.”last_img read more

22 days ago​Liverpool claim comeback win over RB Salzburg in UYL

first_img​Liverpool claim comeback win over RB Salzburg in UYLby Ansser Sadiq22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool were successful in the UEFA Youth League against RB Salzburg.Much like the senior side, the Reds’ youngsters took on the Austrian club in a tight contest.But Liverpool’s superior offensive capabilities allowed them to emerge with a 4-2 win in the game.Rhian Brewster was among the youngsters who was involved, and it was his penalty in injury time that put the icing on the cake for the Reds.They did experience some scares in the game, as they were 2-1 down with 12 minutes remaining.But they rallied and scored three late goals to seal the contest. About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Report: Brazil 0 Venezuela 0

first_imgBrazil were twice denied by the VAR as the Selecao were frustrated by Venezuela in a 0-0 draw at the Copa America.Boos and whistles could be heard at Arena Fonte Nova – just like there were in Sao Paulo last week – following Brazil’s scoreless performance in Salvador on Tuesday.Roberto Firmino had a goal ruled out for a foul in the first half, while Gabriel Jesus’ close-range effort and Philippe Coutinho’s late goal were ruled offside after VAR checks to cap a forgettable evening. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The result left qualification up in the air, with hosts Brazil, Peru and Venezuela vying for the two last-16 spots.Brazil were booed at half-time of their eventual 3-0 win over Bolivia following a dour and scoreless first half. And the Selecao opened with real intent and intensity against Venezuela.Arthur – named in the starting XI at the expense of Fernandinho in the only change to the line-up – pulled the strings in midfield and he almost teed up David Neres but the Ajax star fired wide.Venezuela gave away possession cheaply minutes later and Richarlison almost capitalised as he forced Wuilker Farinez into a low diving save.While Brazil made a slick start, Venezuela fired a warning as star striker Salomon Rondon – the only member of the squad to have scored more than once in the competition – headed just wide of the post in the 19th minute.Brazil did find the back of the net via Firmino six minutes before half-time but it was ruled out for a foul on Mikel Villanueva as Tite’s men went into the break deadlocked again, drawing more boos.Jesus replaced Richarlison during the interval and the substitute thought he made an impact when he buried the ball home just past the hour mark, however, the Manchester City forward’s goal was ruled out for offside against Firmino following a VAR check.Groans grew around the stadium, while the Selecao were left frustrated at ground level with Venezuela continuing to hold firm against the eight-time champions, who thought they had snatched victory during the closing stages but Coutinho’s goal was ruled out by the VAR.2º TEMPO – 43 Minutos: Mais um gol anulado da #SeleçãoBrasileira! Finalização de Philippe Coutinho desviou em Firmino, que estava em posição de impedimento! 0 x 0  | #JogaBola #BRAxVEN #CopaAmérica— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 19, 2019What does it mean? Pressure mounting on Tite’s BrazilGroup A will go down to the final matchday and Brazil’s position is far from certain. Eliminated in the group phase in 2016, the Selecao are level on four points with Peru, while Venezuela – who have drawn their opening two games – can still make it through.Venezuela battle to precious pointWith 21 wins in 24 previous meetings in all competitions, Brazil were expected to heap further pain on Venezuela. However, Rafael Dudamel’s side had other ideas to keep their slim hopes of qualification alive.Brazil underwhelm againBrazil were one of the favourites to win the 2018 World Cup. Tite’s side, however, have hit a wall since exiting in the quarter-finals. Playing in the absence of injured star Neymar, a three-goal second half against lowly Bolivia papered over the cracks. And while Brazil produced an improved performance on Tuesday, the result raised further questions.Key Opta Facts:- Brazil have kept eight consecutive clean sheets at home in the Copa America, last conceding against Venezuela in 1989.- For the first time ever at a Copa America, Venezuela have not lost to the host nation. They had lost the previous 14 such games.- Brazil are unbeaten in their past 16 Copa America home games, winning nine and drawing seven.- Three of the four goals cancelled by the VAR at the 2019 Copa America have been scored by Venezuela’s opponents.What’s next?Brazil will wrap up proceedings in Group A with a clash against Peru in Sao Paulo on Saturday as Venezuela face Bolivia on the same day in Belo Horizonte. read morelast_img read more

Farhan Akhtar gets Paresh Rawal as boxing coach in Toofan. Details here

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 30, 2019UPDATED: July 30, 2019 13:42 IST Paresh Rawal is playing Farhan Akhtar’s boxing coach in Toofan.Paresh Rawal, who was last seen in Uri: The Surgical Strike, will next be seen in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s sports drama Toofan. The film stars Farhan Akhtar in the lead role of a boxer, while Rawal has been cast to play Farhan’s coach.While Farhan has been preparing for his role for many months now (his Instagram posts are proof of that), reports say that Paresh has also joined Farhan on his training session a month ago. A source close to the development told Mumbai Mirror, “The formalities were locked in April and Paresh has been training with Farhan in Mumbai for over a month now.”Talking about the film and the actors, producer of the film, Ritesh Sidhwani said, “Every director has a bucket list of actors and Paresh bhai was on the top of mine. I am absolutely thrilled to have him entering the Toofan family. Both Paresh and Farhan are great actors and both their characters are author-backed and well sketched out. There is a huge offering in store for the audience.”Farhan has been practising hard to prepare for his role in Toofan. He often shares videos from his training sessions. In May this year, the actor was seen training with world kickboxing champion Drew Neal. He took to Instagram to share the video and wrote, “It’s not just about strength but speed as well #ToofanInTheMaking @drewnealpt @samir_jaura @rakeyshommehra @ritesh_sid.”advertisementOn the other hand, Paresh Rawal in his last film Uti: The Surgical Strike, played the role of Govind Bhardwaj, a character based on India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. Talking about Doval, in an interview with a news channel, Paresh Rawal said, “I had met NSA saab two-three times at corridors in Parliament before doing the film. Who doesn’t know him. Every Indian knows him. He is the true hero of ours.”With Toofan, Farhan Akhtar is teaming up with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra six years after their superhit film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. The film was based on the life of former sprinter Milkha Singh, who is also called Flying Sikh.ALSO READ | Farhan Akhtar trains extensively in boxing at gym for Toofan. Watch videoALSO READ | Farhan Akhtar packs a punch with world kickboxing champion for Rakesh Omprakash Mehra’s ToofanALSO READ | Dogs smarter than you in New India: Paresh Rawal hits out at Rahul Gandhi’s Yoga Day tweetALSO WATCH | Rock On 2’s Farhan-Shraddha in an exclusive interviewGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJyoti Kanyal Tags :Follow Paresh RawalFollow Farhan Akhtar Farhan Akhtar gets Paresh Rawal as boxing coach in Toofan. Details hereParesh Rawal will be seen as Farhan Akhtar’s boxing coach in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Toofan.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Stop Using Crappy Tonic Water and Make a Legit G&T with Bradley’s Kina Tonic

first_img 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic Editors’ Recommendations 10 Best Gins Under $20: Just Add Tonic Native Shoes Jefferson Bloom Turns Algae Into Sustainable, Stylish Footwear Shark House’s Dramatic Angles Have Serious Bite We hate to break it to you, but that tonic water you’re mixing with your gin is complete and utter garbage. The stuff you buy at your local grocery store (and the stuff that bartenders squirt into your drink with a plastic gun) is a bastardized version of an age old recipe. Back in the good old days, tonic water was typically a complex infusion of cinchona bark, cane sugar, and various botanicals. Today, it’s a watered-down mixture of powdered quinine, high fructose corn syrup, and carbonated soda.For a long time, you couldn’t actually buy legit tonic — but it’s making a comeback. Following in the footsteps of Jack Rudy, artisanal tonic makers have started popping up all over the country, and they’re collectively working to bring good, traditional tonic water back from the dead.Bradley’s Kina Tonic is the Pacific Northwest’s contribution to this effort. It’s hand crafted in Seattle with whole spices, real citrus oil, and exclusively imported Peruvian cinchona bark. You won’t find any extracts or artificial flavors here — this stuff is the real deal.These raw ingredients give it a much more complex and layered flavor profile than the tonics you’ve probably become accustomed to. The Peruvian cinchona bark lends a very warm and earthy bitterness and rounds out the subtle sweetness and acidity of the mixture. It’s also made with real cold-pressed orange oil (no extracts!), which gives the mixture a light, citrusy finish.And the best part? Bottles go for about 10 bucks a pop. That’s probably a bit more expensive than the $1.79 bottles of Schweppes you can get at Safeway, but Bradley’s bottles go a long way. The tonic is designed as a concentrate, so you’re supposed to mix it with carbonated water to stretch it out. One 8oz bottle is good for about ten G&T’s.Find out more here. Rob Lowe’s Montecito Millon-Dollar Manse Hits the Marketlast_img read more

Finance Minister Tables Second Supplementary Estimates

first_imgMinister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, tabled the Second Supplementary Estimates of Expenditure for the 2017/18 financial year, in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (March 13).The figures show that the Budget has been revised upwards from $805.4 billion to $815.2 billion, an increase of $9.78 billion.The Estimates show an increase in the Recurrent (housekeeping) expenses from $515.4 billion to $523.8 billion, while Capital (development) spending has moved from $290 billion to $291.4 billion.Members of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) will deliberate on the Second Supplementary Estimates on Wednesday, March 14.The First Supplementary Estimates for the 2017/18 financial year was approved by the House of Representatives in December. The Budget was increased from $715.6 billion to $805.4 billion. It reflected an increase of $89.9 billion.last_img read more

Nominees Sought for 2007 Order of Nova Scotia

first_imgA poet, a retired colonel and community volunteer are among the those who have been recognized and honoured for their contributions to their communities. And it’s time for more deserving Nova Scotians to join the list. People across Nova Scotia are reminded to nominate or renominate, someone who has made a significant contribution to their community for the 2007 Order of Nova Scotia. The nomination deadline is Friday, March 16. “Since 2001, when the Order of Nova Scotia began, there have been 35 very deserving people inducted,” said Len Goucher, Minister responsible for the Order of Nova Scotia Act. “I encourage Nova Scotians to nominate someone they feel has made a significant contribution to their community.” In the past, five recipients were selected each year by the Order of Nova Scotia Advisory Council, which is made up of community representatives from across the province. “Each year the quality of the nominations we receive makes choosing five a difficult task,” said Sharon Oliver, chair of the advisory council. “Their communities are stronger and more vibrant as a result of the hard work of the nominees. We want to remind Nova Scotians they can renominate someone who was nominated in the past — they will be considered again.” Nova Scotians can be nominated for several reasons. They may work to protect human rights or preserve the cultural identity of their communities. They may be teachers, community leaders or inventors. Others might include peacekeepers, communicators or those who work to preserve the environment. Nomination forms can be picked up at Access Nova Scotia centres throughout the province. They are also available at Province House, at the offices of all members of the legislative assembly, Nova Scotia members of parliament and senators, as well as municipal offices. For more information contact the Protocol Office at 902-424-4463, e-mail or see the website at .last_img read more

Security Council calls for parties that attack schools and hospitals to be

12 July 2011The Security Council today, recognizing schools and hospitals as safe havens for children, called for all parties to conflict that attack such facilities to be held accountable and that they be added to the list published annually by the United Nations of those who commit grave violations against children. The list, contained in the Secretary-General’s annual report on children and armed conflict, already names those parties which commit violations such as the recruitment of child soldiers, killing or maiming of children, and rape or other forms of sexual violence against children.In the resolution adopted unanimously today, the Council – which has adopted seven previous resolutions on children and armed conflict – recognized attacks on schools and hospitals as a grave violation of children’s rights, and called for perpetrators of such violence to be listed in the annual report.“Places of learning and places of healing should never be places of war,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his remarks to the Council, as it began a day-long debate on the issue of children and armed conflict during which it was expected to hear from over 50 delegations.“It has sent a consistent and clear message: Protecting children in armed conflict is a peace and security issue, and the international community will not tolerate grave violations of this principle,” he said.“Today’s resolution takes us one step further,” he added. “It not only emphasizes that schools and hospitals should be zones of peace respected by all parties to conflict, it adds attacks on schools and hospitals as listing criteria in my annual reports on children in armed conflict.”The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict hailed the action taken by the Council to expand the criteria for listing parties in the report. “The promise of this resolution is very real,” Radhika Coomaraswamy told the 15-member body. “During my visits to conflict areas, I have personally seen the devastation – schools completely destroyed, bombed or burnt to the ground… Attacks on hospitals are two-fold atrocities. Not only do they kill and wound girls and boys, but they leave children without access to treatment.”According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), schools have become the target of violent attacks or threats by both State security forces and non-State armed groups in at least 31 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.“These horrific attacks are not only a violation of international and humanitarian law, they are a violation of our common humanity,” said Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director. “And today, the Council has affirmed that attacks on schools and hospitals are attacks on children – and must be treated as such. For these grave violations are alarmingly common.”He said such attacks have devastating consequences on children’s lives and on their communities, weakening education and health systems and potentially deepening deprivations and disparities. “Today, the Security Council has taken a major step toward ending the culture of impunity and protecting children at their most vulnerable,” he told the meeting. read more

Passing out is very very common 55 jump in referrals to G

first_img Saturday 14 Sep 2019, 9:00 PM Short URL “It can be injected as well as smoked – this in turn creates a population of ‘novel injectors’ and that brings into play a number of medical issues from poor injecting techniques creating abscesses, or clots, to the sharing of needles, and the potential for the viral transmission of HIV and Hepatitis C,” he said.‘A weapon of rape’ It’s common for people to pass out while taking G, and in some cases people have been sexually assaulted or raped. A survey of over 2,700 gay men who use G in the UK, which was conducted by Dispatches and BuzzFeed News, recently found that almost half of them had overdosed on G. Over one in four men surveyed said they’d been sexually assaulted while using G, and four in five men said they knew someone else who’d also been assaulted while on G. A paper, compiled by Dublin-based researchers, published in the International Journal of Drug Policy in 2017 assessed the prevalence of chemsex among attendees at Ireland’s only MSM-specific sexual health clinic over a six-week period in 2016.The response rate was 90% (510/568). One in four men (27%) reported engaging in chemsex within the previous 12 months, and half had taken two drugs during their last chemsex experience. One in five people (23%) reported that they or their partners had lost consciousness as a result of chemsex.One in four men (25%) reported that chemsex was impacting negatively on their lives and almost one-third (31%) reported that they would like help or advice about chemsex. More up-to-date research is current being compiled. Safe sex is less likely to be practiced when G and crystal meth are involved. Source: Shutterstock/fongbeerredhot“Going under (passing out while on G) is very, very common – most people have at one time or another,” Graham Ryall, Treatment Services Coordinator at the Rialto Community Drug Team (RCDT), said. He added that topics such as consent and sexual assault come up in sessions a lot more than they used to. “The conversation is happening much more today, in a way that it was not four or five years ago. Even the terminology we use: consent, sexual assault, rape – those are words that were not uttered a couple of years ago, now they’re being talked about.”Ryall said G is being used as “a weapon of rape”, with some people putting it into lube and using it during sex without the other person’s consent.Someone may be on it a few hours, on their first or maybe their second dose, then someone puts it in lube and administers that … that’s a weapon of rape or assault, and that’s not right.“We need to look at that, the community needs to look at that and ask is that the way people want to treat each other?”About 70 people have sought help from the RCDT for G and crystal meth use since 2015.In terms of people seeking help for the first time, 17 people sought support from the RCDT for G (seven men and one woman) or crystal meth (nine men) use in the first eight months of this year. They ranged in age from 26 to 41.In 2018, nine people sought help for the first time – five for G (four men and one woman) and four for crystal meth (all men). The age range last year was 25-40.Ryall said, at any one time, about one-third of drug users who engage with a support programme are doing really well, one-third are doing okay and one-third are really struggling. He said, in hs experience, the same rule of thumb is true for people who use G and crystal meth.“Many people find it very hard to [stop using]. We want to tell people that support is there, the services are there. We hope that in time more people will engage,” he said.Both Ryall and Santlal are members of the Chemsex Working Group, a multi-agency group that meets once a month to discuss how to tackle the problem. Advice and supportIf someone ‘goes under‘ while on G: don’t leave them unattendedmake sure they’re breathing, and continue to check their breathing until they wake upput them in the recovery position (lie them on their side)call 999 if they’re unconscious and unresponsive Sat 9:00 PM There are concerns about the number of people injecting crystal meth in Ireland (file photo). Image: Shutterstock/Motortion Films Share9 Tweet Email1 By Órla Ryan Image: Shutterstock/Motortion Films ‘Passing out is very, very common’: 55% jump in referrals to G detox clinic amid growing sexual assault fears Chemsex is becoming more common in Ireland, leading to concerns about health risks and an increase in sexual assaults. 12.09.18 How one drug can make sex euphoric, but also destroy lives HSE-National Drug Treatment Centre: 01 648 8600 (advice can be read here)Gay Men’s Health Service  (which runs workshops on understanding chemsex, among other services): 087 229 1860Gay Switchboard Ireland: 01 872 1055Man2Man.ieRialto Community Drug Team: 01 454 0021 There are concerns about the number of people injecting crystal meth in Ireland (file photo). center_img 63% male; 37% female55% gay; 45% straight 23.12.18 ‘People are replacing it with crystal meth or 2 litres of vodka a day’: G detoxification referrals jump by 4,600% 55,457 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 36 Comments People who use G are encouraged to carry G cards so first responders will know what they’ve taken. Source: Dr Kiran SantlalWant to talk about G or chemsex? Here are some of the support services available:  Four in 10 referrals were people who used both G and crystal meth. One-third said they used G for sex parties only; 80% used for house parties (with or without sex happening); and 1% used for gym/bodybuilding purposes. Fifty-three were repeat referrals and 23 were new referrals (up from 20 new referrals in 2018, and 19 in 2017). The age range was from 18 to 50 years, with 50% of people aged 26-33, and 37% aged 34-40. Experts have been raising concerns about the increase in G’s popularity in Ireland for some time. Many people who are trying to get off the drug supplement or replace it with crystal meth. An increasing number of individuals are injecting meth, frontline healthcare and addiction workers have warned.  File photo Source: Shutterstock/Kaesler MediaAt least 15 people have overdosed from G in Ireland, according to HSE figures. However, this only includes day patients and in-patients, not emergency department or outpatient figures, so the number is likely to be higher. It’s believed a number of people in Ireland have died from using the drug, but this figure is even harder to quantify – G usually only shows up in a person’s system for 12 hours and many toxicology tests don’t screen specifically for the drug.The drug is often used socially or for pleasure but some people take it for more complex reasons, such as intimacy issues and internalised homophobia, as previously reported by Sharing needles Dr Kiran Santlal, Registrar in Psychiatry of Substance Misuse at the National Drug Treatment Centre (NDTC) in Dublin, helped set up the G detoxification clinic.Santlal said there are a number of reasons for the increase in referrals, including an awareness raising campaign and media coverage. “We are seeing an increasing trend of presentations with both GHB/GBL and crystal meth, or solely crystal meth, which might indicate that its use is increasing, or people are moving from sole G use towards crystal meth use,” Santlal told He added that a similar trend was seen in London a few years ago, where G-use is a huge problem. Santlal said the increasing use of crystal meth is “concerning”.  Related Reads 12.12.18 At least 15 chemsex drug overdoses in Irish hospitals as over 100 seek detox treatment THERE HAS BEEN a 55% increase in the number of people being referred to Ireland’s only GHB-detoxification clinic.Seventy-six people were referred to the clinic up to the end of August, compared to 49 for the whole of 2018.The number of detoxification referrals has jumped from just one in 2014 and five in both 2015 and 2016. GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate) or GBL (gamma butyrolactone), both often shortened to G or Gina, are drugs used socially and for the purposes of chemsex.G comes in a clear liquid or powder form and its potency can vary greatly, increasing the risk of overdose. It reduces inhibitions and can create a euphoric effect, but is also highly addictive. Many people pass out while using G, and experts have raised concerns about sexual assault and rape happening in such scenarios. Chemsex is the use of drugs such as G, crystal methamphetamine, ketamine and mephedrone to enhance sexual activity.The practice is usually associated with men who have sex with men (MSM), but is also becoming more common among others. Slamsex is the term used when the above drugs are injected for a more intense high. Overdoses Of the 76 referrals to the clinic this year, people identified as follows:last_img read more

Abbott meets with Orthodox Patriarch while in Istanbul

first_imgCurrently in Turkey to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign, the prime minister took the opportunity to meet with the Patriarch of the Orthodox Church.Residing in Istanbul, Tony Abbott met with His Holiness Bartholomew I, stating on his Facebook page that he was “honoured” to have the chance to meet with him. Whilst in Turkey, the PM also took the opportunity to visit the Blue Mosque, chat to locals and meet with other Australians present for the Anzac Day services. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Bechko and Hardman Talk About Bringing One of the Coolest Lanterns to

first_imgGreen Lantern is back and better than ever. Green Lantern: Earth One Vol. 1 brings us a new glance into the story of Hal Jordan, providing us with a taste of a revamped story that won’t fail to excite readers, new and old fans alike.Geek had the amazing opportunity to chat with Green Lantern: Earth One‘s fantastic co-creators, writer Corinna Sara Bechko and writer/artist Gabriel Hardman to talk about their fantastic new beginning to one of the coolest Lanterns and how they brought this story to life. Q: Hi Corinna & Gabriel! Thank you so much for talking with Geek! Are both of you Green Lantern fans? How did you both approach writing and drawing this new story? Were there other comics you looked at first to get an idea where you wanted to go?Gabriel Hardman: Green Lantern was always a character I was interested in. The vast number of different worlds and alien civilizations that are baked into the premise of a Green Lantern Corps suggests so many storytelling possibilities. My favorite GL stories were the Tales of the Green Lantern Corps stories written by Alan Moore and drawn by Kevin O’Neill, Dave Gibbons, and Bill Willingham. They tended to approach the stories more as sci-fi that straightforward superhero fare and that’s always appealed to me. Gil Kane, one of the best sequential artists, has also been a big influence on me so I can’t ignore his contribution to GL. And that early silver age take on the character by Kane and writer John Broome was an indirect inspiration for our book. All those characters in the late 50s, early 60s were revamped with an eye toward science fiction and we wanted to do the same but with contemporary sensibilities.via DC ComicsQ: As someone who knows the bare bones of Green Lantern history, Green Lantern: Earth One gives such an excellent and cosmic introduction to the story of Hal Jordan and this world. Would you say this would be a good starting point for anyone to jump into the Green Lantern journey? (Spoilers to our readers: I highly recommend it!)Corinna Sara Bechko: I really hope so! The Earth One line is built to do just that, and we took that idea and ran with it. Of course, this isn’t the same Hal Jordan you might encounter elsewhere in the DCU, but that’s one of the most interesting things about writing superheroes. As long as they retain their heroism and a few defining character traits, they can be viewed through many a different lens while still maintaining what makes them special. Q: Along with a great introduction into the world, GL: EO also gives readers a new revamped/rebooted story of Hal Jordan. What was it about Hal Jordan’s Green Lantern that attracted you guys, in particular, to want to revamp his story? CSB: I think we both really liked that he was a man without special, innate powers who just happened to get the opportunity to wield an object of great power. Essentially, it’s up to him to determine if the ring is a weapon or a tool. Broadly, will he use it for good or for evil? We thought a lot about that regarding how almost everyone, everywhere has the power of some sort, even if it’s just the power of their voice or of their continued existence in the face of terrible threats. How we use our power says a lot about who we are. Exploring that concept through Hal Jordan seemed like a natural direction to take.via DC ComicsQ: One thing that captures you about this story is the journey that his character takes. You write Jordan as much more like a down to earth and a morally conflicted hero who learns to look out for others rather than himself. Was this what you wanted to capture in writing him? Will you explore this a bit more in future issues? GH: Absolutely. We really feel a hero is defined by the choices they make — the sacrifices they make, rather than being a perfect, fearless person out of the gate. If there are more volumes of Green Lantern: Earth One this is something we’d love to explore not only with Hal but other Lanterns as well.Q: Gabriel, did you have any inspirations for your take on the art within GL: EO? It has such an Aliens-like / Interstellar-vibe in a mix. Was this comic different than any comic you’ve worked on before? GH: The first two Alien movies were certainly an inspiration but just as much for the practical way they handled space travel as the designs. That said, some amazing designers worked on those movies. I was the storyboard artist on Interstellar, but the main inspiration I got from working on that movie was all the real world space vehicle design reference I was exposed to while working in the art department.  Q: Corinna, you’ve written some great comics and prose! (Miss Fury is AHMAZING). Was this different for you to write than any comic you have before? CSB: Thank you so much! Miss Fury is probably my favorite run I’ve ever done with any character, and I’m so thankful that Dynamite gave me the chance to write her! As to this being different, I have to say both yes and no. It’s always important to respect the character and the world when you’re adding to someone else’s universe, so that approach is the same. That said, every character and world requires something different, so each time going in is like the first time until you find that special spark that makes the particular project unique.  via DC ComicsQ: You guys created such a human and balanced new setting for this take on Green Lantern. Is there a Lantern or any comic book hero that you’d love to team up on again? CSB: Thank you! We’d be very open to revisiting this world, and have some ideas about that. We also have plans for the return of our Image book, Invisible Republic. And I’ve always been kind of fascinated by the physics surrounding Aquaman… GH: I’d be interested in telling a Green Arrow, Hawkman, Spider-Man or Han Solo story but I’m most passionate to dive into more creator-owned work.Q: Thank you so much for talking with Geek! Do you have any other projects our readers should look out for? (Only if you can disclose!) Can you tell our readers where to find you (via social media, website, etc.)? CSB: Thanks for taking the time to chat with us! As for social media, I’m everywhere at my name (CorinnaBechko on Instagram, Corinna Bechko for my Facebook fan page, etc…) Projectwise, I just had a non-fiction book for young readers announced called “Smithsonian Dig It: Dinosaurs” (co-written with Brenda Scott Royce) which is available for pre-order and will be out in October. GH: I’m gabrielhardman on twitter and gabrielhardmanart on Instagram.Green Lantern: Earth One Vol.1 is set to release March 20, 2018! You can pre-order right now on Comixology! 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Lowest Price Ever on a VRReady Alienware Laptop Soylent and More

first_imgAlienware 15 Intel Core i5-7300 Quad-Core 15″ 1080p IPS Gaming Laptop with GeForce GTX 1060 for $1049.99This is the best price I’ve seen for a GTX 1060-equipped Alienware laptop. The GTX 1060 is more than capable of driving any game at this screen’s 1080p native resolution, and it performs well on VR games for the Rift and Vive. Specs include a 15.6″ 1080p IPS panel display, Intel Core i5-7300 quad-core processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, and GeForce GTX 1060 6GB video card.Get it at Walmart for $1049.99 Apple iPad 32GB (Latest Model) with Wi-Fi + Cellular for $400This model (MR6Y2LL/A) currently sells for $459 elsewhere, including the Apple Store. The newest generation supports the Apple Pencil, much like the pricier iPad Pro.Get it at Walmart for $400 with Free 2-Day Shipping Red Lobster’s Endless Shrimp Special is Back!For $16.99-$18.99 (depending on your location), you can fill yourself up with an unlimited supply of Crunchy Fiesta Shrimp, Sesame Ginger Grilled Shrimp, Garlic Shrimp Scampi, Shrimp Linguini Alfredo, Hand-Breaded Shrimp, Salad, and Cheddar Bay Biscuits.Find your nearest Red Lobstercenter_img Soylent 4-Count 14oz Variety Meal Replacement Drink for $10What geek doesn’t love Soylent? Included flavors are Cacao, Cafe Chair, Cafe Mocha, and Cafe Vanilla.Get it at for $10 Shippedlast_img read more

UPDATE Fire out at Gulf oil rig 4 hurt 2 may be

first_imgVENICE, La. (AP) — An oil rig explosion off the coast of Louisiana sent four people to hospital Friday and two others were believed to be missing, Coast Guard officials said.Coast Guard spokesman Drake Foret said the fire was out in the meantime. Four people were taken to West Jefferson Medical Center near New Orleans and Coast Guard aircraft and boats were searching for two missing people.The rig, a production platform owned by Black Elk Energy, is about 25 miles southeast of Grand Isle, La.The platform is for oil production from an established well, unlike the Deepwater Horizon rig, which was drilling an exploratory well for oil giant BP in mile-deep water when it blew up and triggered a massive oil spill in 2010. That site is well to the east of Friday’s explosion.Local officials said the Coast Guard has told them there was no pollution at the site. Plaquemines Parish spokeswoman Caitlin Campbell said the Coast Guard reported that the platform was intact and suffered no structural damage.Coast Guard Capt. Peter Gautier told WWL TV the platform was not producing oil at the time and no environmental threat was anticipated. Gautier said it was believed that maintenance workers were cutting a pipe and some oil may have gotten loose, causing the fire.last_img read more

Delayed legacy of invasive species

first_img Governments everywhere have begun to realize the undesirable effects of introducing non-native species, but many of the species causing problems today were introduced many decades ago. To study the problem the researchers, from a range of agencies and universities in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, and elsewhere, looked at data on over 3,300 invasive species in 28 European countries. The species were representatives of 10 taxonomic groups and included mammals, amphibians, birds, reptiles, fish, plants, insects, and fungi, and included species such as Canadian Geese, American Ragweed, and Japanese Deer.Individual countries in Europe have not seen the same rate of development and population growth in the last century, and the differences allowed the researchers to determine if the lag times between introduction of species and their establishment were related to socioeconomic factors. What they found was that the current numbers of alien species now established in the wild are more closely related to socioeconomic indicators such as population density, per capita gross domestic product (GDP) and level of exports of the year 1900 than to those of 2000. The researchers also found it could take decades before it became clear which species would become disruptive. The association with 1900 socioeconomic indicators was less prominent in birds, reptiles and insects that are able to disperse and colonize new areas more rapidly, but for the majority of groups the results suggested a “considerable historical legacy.”The authors speculate that the level of socioeconomic activity in a country could affect the success of an alien species through deliberate introduction efforts, but more importantly through expansions of roads and human population centers, and the conversion of natural habitats into agricultural land, which has already been shown to foster the spread and naturalization of alien species. Per capita GDP may correlate with rates of introduction.The results suggest that the effects on invasive species of the current high levels of socioeconomic activity will not be completely felt for several decades. The researchers described the delay as an “invasion debt” and said that even with existing trade and biosecurity regulations, “the seeds of future invasion problems have already been sown.” They recommended introduced species that were currently not causing problems but had been seen to be invasive elsewhere should be more strictly controlled.The scientists warned further introductions of alien species could have greater impacts on biodiversity and the economy than previously thought. They also said the threat from invasive species is among the major causes of biodiversity loss, along with habitat fragmentation and destruction. The problems are estimated to be costing $16 billion a year in Europe.The paper is published online in the US Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). ( — A team of researchers in Europe has urged governments to introduce tougher controls of all international trade that could result in the introduction of non-native species. They say the full impact of alien species may not be evident for decades because they may co-exist with native species for a long time before becoming invasive. Globalization burdens future generations with biological invasions More information: Socioeconomic legacy yields an invasion debt, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Published online before print December 20, 2010, doi:10.1073/pnas.1011728108 Citation: Delayed legacy of invasive species (2010, December 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further © 2010 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Canada goose. Image credit: Wikipedia.last_img read more

MIT Researchers Built a Chip That Could Bring Night Vision to Cars

first_img This story originally appeared on Engadget This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read Thermal imaging devices like night-vision goggles can help police, search-and-rescue teams and soldiers to pick out bad guys or victims through walls or in complete darkness. However, the best devices require cryogenic cooling, making them heavy, expensive and slow.Enter graphene, the semi-conducting material that’s 100 times stronger than steel — researchers from MIT have built a chip out of the material that may solve the problem. The resulting infrared sensors were small enough that they could be “integrated in every cellphone and every laptop,” according to the study’s co-author, Tomas Palacios.Graphene is one of the best-known infrared sensing materials, so the team built a microscopic sensor chip out of the material. Further graphene was then used to carry the signals and suspend the chip over an air pocket. That eliminated the need for external cooling, normally required by such devices to separate internal heat from the target’s infrared signature.As shown above, the compact sensor was able to detect the shape of a human hand, a promising first result. The goal is to further improve the resolution, so the tech can be used in everyday devices. For example, Palacios told LiveScience that the sensors could one day be integrated into car windshields, giving you “night-vision systems in real time without blocking a driver’s regular view of the road.” That said, we’re still waiting for a host of “promising” graphene-based technology to actually become usable products. Enroll Now for Free November 16, 2015last_img read more

Meet the Astronomer Who Has Chronicled the Field for 16 Years

first_img“I knew it was wrong when I suggested doing it,” she says. “It was a way to get people to go out and do observations.”Much of her work seems to demand that astronomers think differently, perhaps situate themselves a little more, rather than imagining that their research is standalone, decoupled from larger culture. She’s recently been working, for instance, on a series about how World War I influenced the development of general relativity, and on a chapter for a book about people who maybe should have won the Nobel Prize and didn’t.“Is it fun?” I ask.“It’s certainly fun,” she says, “or I wouldn’t do it.” Trimble soon realized she didn’t want to look at the Crab Nebula—or at supernova remnants more generally, or at anything, really—for the rest of her life. She preferred independence to teams. She didn’t want to hand a bunch of her grant money over to UC Irvine, where she became a tenured astronomer. So, instead of all that, she started publishing papers that took an aerial view of the field of astronomy.Like any scientist, she liked to wonder. And, when people began asking her to give big talks at conferences, she started wondering more about how science gets made, and why, and by whom. “I always figured this was my opportunity to say something that might not otherwise not get said,” she says. So instead of, say, summarizing the conference’s topic, she analyzed big-picture questions: How did this sub-field become interesting? Why are we worrying about this particular research subject now? Whose work did we leave out at this meeting?She wondered whether it paid to go to a good graduate school, in terms of career advancement (it did). She wondered which telescopes birthed the most papers, and found that a huge number of papers came from non-celebrity instruments. She wondered about the narrative arc that led to scientific consensus, and wrote a paper that tracked the progress of different scientific debates—over things like the nature of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot and the existence of dark matter.And then there was that time she trolled her colleagues, publishing this paper suggesting that the blue star next to a suspected black hole—the first real black hole candidate—was smaller than people thought. If that was true, it would also mean the black hole was smaller. Too small, in fact, to be a black hole at all. Two different groups instantly set out to prove her incorrect. But despite that, the larger astronomical community seems to agree that Trimble’s contributions were valuable. Trimble has been a vice president within the International Astronomical Union and the vice president of the American Astronomical Society, which also gave her the George Van Biesbroeck prize, “for long-term extraordinary or unselfish service to astronomy.” The American Association of Physics Teachers gave her its Klopsteg Memorial Lecture Award, which “recognizes outstanding communication of the excitement of contemporary physics to the general public.”But, perhaps most fittingly, the International Astronomical Union recently named an asteroid after her. Now called 9271Trimble, the space rock travels solo, within a belt of others like itself.When I called to interview Trimble for this article, she asked if I received the 40 or so scanned pages she sent—the beginning of her memoir. In it, she recounts those posing sessions at Caltech. Feynman “didn’t like silence,” Trimble wrote, so he talked, and sometimes listened. “Heard many of the anecdotes that appear in Surely You’re Joking,” she continued, referring to Feynman’s most-famous book, “and some that don’t.”The memoir is obviously unfinished, she says—dozens of pages and not even past her early years. “I got bored,” she explains. “I just got bored.” It was never, after all, Trimble’s style to stick to one topic. When Trimble enrolled at UCLA in the 1960s, she wanted to major in archaeology. But the school only offered that field of study to graduate students. Right there in the A section of the catalog, though, was “astronomy,” a topic that her father informed her she’d always been interested in.So she enrolled as an astronomy student, living at home while attending the university’s gifted program. Which she was—gifted. In a 1962 LIFE package about California’s educational system, a journalist profiled Trimble for a piece called “Behind a Lovely Face, a 180 I.Q.” The title acted surprised that a pretty lady might also have a productive brain—but Trimble quickly made it clear that people should cease to be surprised at her smarts.Trimble’s father was right, and she felt drawn to the mysteries of the universe. After she finished her undergraduate degree, Trimble was accepted to a PhD program at Caltech. “It was only later that I looked in their catalog and saw that women were only admitted under exceptional circumstances,” she says, “exceptional” usually meaning “married to a male Caltech admittee.” There, Trimble studied the Crab Nebula, the dust, gas, and plasma sent speeding into space during a supernova explosion whose light reached Earth in 1054.To work on this project, she applied for time at Palomar Observatory, an iconic be-domed telescope east of San Diego. She was only the third woman to use the telescope, and only the second to actually be granted her own time on it (Vera Rubin, a dark-matter pioneer, was the first). In 1965, physicist Richard Feynman was busy. He was busy winning the Nobel Prize, and he was busy learning to draw. One day during that productive time in his life, he saw astrophysics student Virginia Trimble striding across Caltech’s campus and thought, There’s a good model.Soon, she was posing for him a couple Tuesdays a month, in exchange for $5.50 each session and a lot of physics talk. She was studying a nebula, and he was, sometimes, sharing anecdotes that would later appear in one of his books, which featured everything from his bongo playing to his work on the Manhattan Project. Treatment of women in professional and academic situations has changed—and significantly so—since those sixties-California-campus days. Trimble was a student at a university that enrolled few women, in a field that enlisted few women. But her experience at Caltech wasn’t limited to sidelining model gigs. Those early days of learning and research were the beginning of a five-decade career that has turned Trimble into a powerhouse of astronomy.I first encountered Trimble’s work when I was an undergraduate astrophysics major. On the first day of seminar, my professor handed out a 101-page stack of paper. Flipping through its 13 sections, he explained that Trimble trawled the scientific journals and collated the year’s cosmic progress into a tome like this one. It wasn’t just a review paper laying out the state of atmospheric studies of Jupiter, or asteroid hunting, or massive star formation. It was all of everything important that had happened the previous year in astronomy—broad, comprehensive, and utterly unusual. Most unusual of all was that it contained jokes.Today, new technologies promise to synthesize masses of publication data for scientists. But before artificial intelligence even tried, astronomers had Trimble, who wrote these comprehensive articles every year. For 16 years, she devoted her mind to this task of curation, contextualization, and commentary. And throughout her career, she has largely eschewed long-term research with fancy telescopes, competitive funding, and approving nods from university administrators. Refusing narrow focus, she has gone solo on most of her 850 publications, focusing as much on the nature of doing astronomy as studying the universe itself.“I just asked questions,” she says, “and sometimes found a way to answer them.” That’s business as usual for Trimble, who has spent much of her career branching off from the already thin bough of bushwhacking female astronomers. If Trimble was asking questions other astronomers didn’t think of, or at least didn’t investigate, it may have been because she knew so much more than them. Each year starting in 1991, she read every article—every one—in 23 journals. “I quickly decided whether this was anything I would ever want to know about again,” she says. If it was, it got a line in her notebook (two lines if it was super interesting). When it came time to write, she’d go back to her notebook, cull a bit, organize the entries into topics, and then write what was essentially a historical record of that annum, with the year’s accumulated cosmic knowledge.Here’s what she liked best about it: “I got to tell these nasty jokes,” she says. Like this one, from the 2005 paper that I read in college: “If every galaxy has [a black hole], why do people talk about them so much? Well, the same could probably be said about human private parts, which also have in common with black holes a central location and, as a rule, concealing material around.”But around 2007, editorial interest in the review declined, around the same time that printing and reading journal articles on paper went out of fashion. “I can’t read 6,000 papers online,” she says. Staring at a screen that long is intense. “I start seeing jagged lightning patterns,” she says.Now, no single person knows what all the world’s astronomers do all day. And it would be hard for a younger scientist to take Trimble’s task on again: Academic science doesn’t value broad-mindedness, in practice. It’s a publish or perish world full of big collaborations, in which most people nest in their niche of the knowledge-creation establishment. The nebula’s contents are still, these centuries later, lit. They beam out bright radiation across a spectrum of wavelengths. Today, scientists know that a pulsar—the corpse of a massive star, as dense as an atomic nucleus and the size of a city, spinning 30 times a second—lurks at the center and energizes it. But back when Trimble was doing her dissertation, pulsars were just being discovered, and no one knew the Crab hosted one. “It was quite a mystery what kept the thing as bright as it is now,” she says.For her doctoral work, she measured the motions of the nebula’s filaments, and found, among other things, that the gas had sped up its flight from the center of the explosion since that explosion had happened (weird!) and that it was around 6,500 light-years away. Discovery was all right, but its details—so many photographic plates, so many similar, tedious observations—wasn’t the most fun. She sang, danced, on the side, to liven life up. But did she enjoy the telescope part? I ask. Going to a mountaintop, commanding a large instrument, gathering her own data about the universe with her own hands?“Noooooo,” she says. “It was cold, and I hate being cold.”last_img read more

Patient and Provider Groups Support Passage of CT Colonography Screening Bill

first_img 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 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 Video Player is loading.Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 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 | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… 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 March 2, 2017 — Major colorectal cancer care advocacy groups and medical societies have released a statement strongly urging Congress to pass the CT Colonography Screening for Colorectal Cancer Act (HR 1298). The bill would provide Medicare coverage for screening computed tomography colonography (CTC) – known as virtual colonoscopy. Studies show CTC use increases screening rates and lowers costs.Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cancer killer in men and women — expected to kill 50,000 Americans in 2017. At least a third of those 50 and older who should be screened for CRC choose not to be tested. To provide more options to boost screening, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) assigned an “A” grade to a list of CRC screening exams – including CT colonography. Under the Affordable Care Act, this grade requires private insurers to cover these tests with no copay. However, Medicare refuses to cover CTC, even though it is an American Cancer Society-recommended exam, according to the statement.“Medicare CT colonography coverage can jump-start screening by offering access to a less-invasive option that millions of screening age who choose not to be tested find more appealing,” said Michael Sapienza, president and CEO of the Colon Cancer Alliance.”Colorectal cancer screening through less-invasive options like CT colonography is appealing to patients, especially the Medicare population. This test requires no sedation and people can go back to daily activities afterward. Covering this patient-centered option will help save lives,” said Anne Carlson, executive director of the Colon Cancer Coalition. “Most colorectal cancers start as polyps. Medicare-covered access to CT colonography can attract those who would otherwise not be screened, allow doctors to remove more polyps before they become cancers and help people avoid getting this deadly disease,” said Carolyn R. (“Bo”) Aldigé, president and founder of the Prevent Cancer Foundation.“CT colonography is safe, effective and comparably accurate to colonoscopy in most people — including those 65 and older.  Former President Obama had this test. Medicare should follow the USPSTF’s lead and cover this exam,” said Judy Yee, M.D., chair of the American College of Radiology Colon Cancer Committee.HR 1298 was recently introduced in the U.S. House by Reps. Danny Davis (D-IL) and Brad Wenstrup (R-OH).For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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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Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s.center_img 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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Chicagos Q1 occupancy rate ties highestever level ever recorded

first_img Share CHICAGO — Chicago is off to running start in 2018, with record tourism levels in Q1 that will help establish the city as a “12-month destination”, says David Whitaker, President & CEO of Choose Chicago.In the first quarter of 2018, total rooms occupied reached a record 2.33 million, an increase of 10.5%. This double-digit growth was fuelled by both an increase in leisure rooms booked (up 7.1%) and a significant increase in group rooms booked (up 20.5%). The occupancy rate increased 5.7%, up to 61.2%, which ties for the highest level ever recorded, set over a decade ago.These results build on Chicago’s record performance of 55.2 million visitors in 2017, and reflect the city’s growing strength in attracting more leisure visitors and convention delegates, says Mayor Rahm Emanuel.“By continuing to set new tourism records and bring millions more people to Chicago every year, we are creating jobs and generating economic opportunities that reach every Chicago neighbourhood,” he adds.Chicago’s tourism industry supported an estimated 146,500 jobs in 2017, a 17% increase since Mayor Emanuel took office. The 55.2 million visitors to Chicago last year generated an estimated 22,000 additional jobs.Choose Chicago continues to aggressively work to bring in meetings and conventions that have not previously met in Chicago, including six the city hosted in the first quarter. Six new hotels opened their doors in the city’s Central Business District last year, with another eight new properties scheduled to open in 2018, including the new 175-room Hotel Zachary, which opened last week adjacent to Wrigley Field. Posted by Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Chicago’s Q1 occupancy rate ties highest-ever level ever recordedcenter_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Chicago, Trend Watchlast_img read more

Obama pushes for end to crippling crisis in South Sudan

first_imgObama and Hailemariam were joined in the talks on South Sudan by the presidents of Kenya and Uganda, the chair of the African Union and Sudan’s foreign minister. There were no plans for Obama or other U.S. officials to meet with representatives of South Sudan.Monday’s meeting focused on what must happen between now and Aug. 17 in the absence of an agreement. In addition to possible sanctions, one participant at the meeting raised the possibility of deploying regional forces to restore peace, administration officials said after the meeting. Such a force also could be used to help enforce an agreement should one be reached in time. The officials declined to say which participant proposed the idea, only that it was not the U.S.Obama arrived in Ethiopia late Sunday following a visit to Kenya, his father’s homeland. The president is seen in Kenya as a local son and his first visit as president was treated as a homecoming.In Ethiopia, too, Obama’s visit has been eagerly anticipated. Despite a driving rain, crowds gathered along the roadways to greet him as he arrived Sunday for the first-ever visit to Ethiopia by a sitting American president.Human rights groups, however, have criticized Obama for visiting Ethiopia, saying his trip lends legitimacy to an oppressive government. President Barack Obama is give a bouquet of flowers as he arrives at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, on Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Addis Ababa. Obama is the first sitting U.S. presidents to visit Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)n 0 Comments   Share   The talks on South Sudan came on the sidelines of Obama’s visit to Ethiopia, his second stop on a trip to East Africa. He urged Ethiopia’s leaders to curb crackdowns on press freedoms and political opposition, warning that failure to do so could upend economic progress in a country seeking to move past years of poverty and famine.“When all voices are being heard, when people know they are being included in the political process, that makes a country more successful,” Obama said during a news conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.Ethiopia has been among the most active countries in East Africa seeking to end the crisis in South Sudan, a young nation birthed with backing from the U.S. and other nations. South Sudan’s warring factions face an Aug. 17 deadline to accept a regional peace and power-sharing deal.South Sudan was thrown into conflict in December 2013 by a clash between forces loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar, an ethnic Nuer, and President Salva Kiir, a Dinka. The fighting has spurred a humanitarian crisis that threatens the country’s survival just four years after its inception.U.S. officials have expressed pessimism about the prospects for a deal, saying the two sides are indifferent to the plight of the South Sudanese people. Even as they await the outcome of the peace process, officials say the U.S. is eying additional economic sanctions and perhaps an arms embargo to ramp up pressure on the warring factions. Despite Ethiopia’s progress, there are deep concerns about political freedoms on the heels of May elections in which the ruling party won every seat in parliament. Ethiopia is also the world’s second-worst jailer of journalists in Africa, after Eritrea, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.Obama said he was frank in his discussions with Ethiopian leaders about the need to allow political opponents to operate freely. He defended his decision to travel to the East African nation, comparing it to U.S. engagement with China, another nation with a poor human rights record.“Nobody questions our need to engage with large countries where we may have differences on these issues,” he said. “That’s true with Africa as well.”Hailemariam defended Ethiopia’s commitment to democracy, saying it was “real — not skin deep.” He described any conflict with the U.S. on democratization issues as “minor differences here and there.”Asked about his country’s jailing of journalists, Hailemariam said Ethiopia needed “ethical journalism,” not reporters that “pass the line” and work with “terrorist groups.” Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Mesa family survives lightning strike to home ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — President Barack Obama launched a personal push for peace in South Sudan on Monday, convening African leaders for urgent talks in neighboring Ethiopia aimed at keeping the world’s newest nation from collapsing amid civil war.“The possibilities of renewed conflict in a region that has been torn by conflict for so long, and has resulted in so many deaths, is something that requires urgent attention from all of us,” Obama said. “We don’t have a lot of time to wait.” Sponsored Stories How do cataracts affect your vision? Top Stories Before Obama’s arrival, the Ethiopian government released several journalists and bloggers it had been holding since April 2014 on charges of incitement and terrorism. Many others remain in detention.Despite differences on human rights, the U.S. sees Ethiopia as an important partner in fighting terrorism in the region, particularly the Somalia-based al-Shabab network. Ethiopia shares intelligence with the U.S. and sent troops into Somalia to address instability there.The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab claimed credit for a suicide bomb at a luxury hotel in Somalia’s capital Sunday that killed 15 people. The Jazeera Hotel was considered the most secure in Mogadishu and is frequented by diplomats, foreigners and visiting heads of state.Obama said the attack was a reminder that “we have more work to do” in stemming terrorism in the region.___AP writer Elias Meseret contributed to this report.___Follow Julie Pace at and Darlene Superville at © The Associated Press. 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