J&K to set up panels to assess SPOs

first_imgSrinagar The Jammu and Kashmir government on Sunday ordered constitution of district-level official committees to screen the Special Police Officers (SPOs) engaged during the past six years. According to an order issued by the Home Department, each committee will be headed by the concerned Deputy Commissioner, with the district SSP and Deputy Superintendent of Police as members.last_img

Satellites reveal hidden features at the bottom of Earth’s seas

first_imgOceanographers have a saying: Scientists know more about the surface of Mars than they do about the landscape at the bottom of our oceans. But that may soon change. Using data from satellites that measure variations in Earth’s gravitational field, researchers have found a new and more accurate way to map the sea floor. The improved resolution has already allowed them to identify previously hidden features—including thousands of extinct volcanoes more than 1000 meters tall—as well as piece together some lingering uncertainties in Earth’s ancient history.Roughly 90% of the deep-ocean sea floor remains unmapped, a fact that’s been thrown into sharp relief by searchers’ inability to locate Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which is thought to have crashed somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean in March. What maps do exist have been largely generated by instruments such as ship-based multibeam sonar systems, which take soundings of the depth to the sea floor as they crisscross select areas of ocean. That leaves “big holes hundreds of kilometers across with no data,” says David Sandwell, a geophysicist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, California.Satellite-based radar altimeters can help fill in those gaps. These instruments bounce signals off the surface of the ocean as they pass over it multiple times a day. When corrected for wave heights and tides, the repeated pinging of the ocean surface builds up a picture of its overall topography, its bumps and valleys. Those bumps at the surface of the ocean, Sandwell says, reflect features—such as seamounts or extinct volcanoes—on the sea floor below. “A seamount, for example, exerts a gravitational pull, and warps the sea surface outward,” he says. “So we can map the bottom of the ocean indirectly, using sea-surface topography.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Right now, four satellites have high-resolution radar altimeter data sets available to scientists: the U.S. Navy’s aging Geosat and Geosat Follow-On missions; the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) ERS-1; Jason-1, a joint mission between NASA and CNES, the French national space research center; and CryoSat-2, the youngest of the four, an ESA satellite launched in 2010 to study the polar ice caps. Until recently, seafloor gravity maps relied on declassified data from the Geosat missions (launched in 1985 and 1998, respectively) and on ERS-1 data. But those instruments were unable to resolve some features of tectonic plate boundaries, particularly if they were covered by sediment layers. “We could see ridges and transform [faults] that weren’t buried by sediment”—but anything under sediments was basically blurry.But now, new data from Jason-1 and CryoSat-2 are sharpening the focus. The difference, Sandwell says, is like the difference between ordinary and high-definition television. In particular, CryoSat-2’s high-range precision altimeter—as well as its 4 years of amassed data (each of the other missions collected data for only a couple of years)—makes it the star of the show. Using those data—as well as significantly improved analysis techniques—Sandwell and his colleagues built a new marine gravity model that is at least twice as accurate as existing models, they report online today in Science.Among the new features they’re now able to detect, Sandwell says, are thousands of previously unknown seamounts between 1000 and 2000 meters tall dotting the ocean floor. They also discovered an 800-kilometer-long now-extinct (i.e., no longer actively spreading) ridge in the South Atlantic Ocean that formed after Africa and North America rifted apart. The team also reports the exact location of a now-extinct seafloor spreading ridge, a zone where two tectonic plates began pulling apart 180 million years ago to form the deep basin that became the Gulf of Mexico. “That was a surprise to me—you’d think everyone would know everything about the Gulf because it’s so well-studied,” he says. “Of course, people knew it opened from seafloor spreading, but they didn’t know exactly where the ridge and transform faults were.” Those features were so deeply buried by sediment that the gravity signals were extremely faint.The authors “have dramatically improved the signal-to-noise ratio in their marine gravity grid, allowing very subtle features to be resolved,” says geophysicist Paul Wessel, a geophysicist at the University of Hawaii, M­anoa, who was not involved in the study. “This work brings home the importance of collecting new data, as well as applying expert processing to older data—squeezing out more information than was thought possible.”Oil companies—and, Sandwell notes, the Chinese government, which is exploring the South China Sea—are keenly interested in the new gravity maps as a reconnaissance tool. Oil and gas exploration focuses along continental margins where the sea floor is relatively flat under thick layers of accumulated sediment, and the new gravity maps make it possible to “see” the sediment basins that are possible reservoirs.One thing the new maps won’t do, Sandwell notes, is locate the missing Malaysia Airlines jet. Satellite-based instruments—even the high-range precision radar altimeter aboard CryoSat-2—just don’t have high enough resolution to spot a plane-sized object in the vast, 60,000-square-kilometer swath of southern Indian Ocean now identified as the priority search area. “If you want to find an airplane, you’ve got to resolve to maybe 10 meters,” he says. “Even the best a ship’s multibeam sonar can do is about 100 meters [resolution].” The Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which is leading the search for the lost plane, last week released new data from its bathymetric survey of the priority search area, which used shipboard multibeam sonar; when the survey is complete, searchers will use towed deep-sea submersibles to continue the search, scanning the sea floor at even greater resolutions.But there are more than enough new seafloor data from Jason-1 and CryoSat-2 to keep the marine science community busy for the next 5 years, Sandwell says. “It’s a lot of new information, and it’s all very detailed”—and buried in there, somewhere, are probably hundreds of new discoveries waiting to be uncovered.last_img read more

Why IPL 2016 is crucial for Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir

first_imgAs we step in the second week of the ninth edition of Indian Premier League the race for batting supremacy is slowly heating up. It has been a dull season so far with plenty of one-sided games but batsmen with their never-ending hunger for runs are trying to add value to an otherwise uninspiring season so far.Virat Kohli is once again making heads turn. After his glorious World T20 run, he is  doing what he did in the last few months , this time donning red.  However, the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper is having a small but interesting battle with his own teammate, superstar batsman AB de Villiers.  The two have combined forces and have been a nightmare for the opposition. In the first game against Sunrisers, they put on a 157-run stand and boxed out Warner’s team. Kohli matched De Villiers with every stroke he played. (Full IPL 2016 coverage )They stitched one more century stand against Delhi Daredevils on Sunday.  Once again it was Kohli, who led the show for Bangalore. This time it was a 49-ball 78.  However, a special effort from Delhi’s Quinton de Kock, who scored his maiden IPL ton, broke the hearts of the loyal, loud Bangalore fans. Bangalore will not be deterred after Delhi stunned them as long as their main men keep piling up runs.When Kohli is in this kind of form, the format hardly matters. He has achieved almost everything in the international circuit. However, Kohli seems to be irked by the fact that Bangalore have consistently languished at the bottom of the table despite having firepower in IPL. This season though, their skipper seems to be determined to make best use of splendid form and influence his team’s success.advertisementOn the other hand, the out-of-favour India batsman Gautam Gambhir is proving a point or two to the critics who ruled him out. The left-handed batsman tops the batting charts with 192 runs from three matches so far. There is nothing phenomenal when a Shikhar Dhawan or a Rohit Sharma piles up runs. However, the case is different with the Delhi batsman. Looking at the batting performances of Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir it seems the man is on a mission.At the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament, which proved to be the gateway to India’s World T20 unit, Gambhir, who led the Delhi unit, managed only 108 runs from nine matches at a shoddy average of 12. The 50-over domestic tournament – Vijay Hazare Trophy – also didn’t go well for the opening batsman. Again after the nine outings in the tournament, his numbers read 183 at an average in the early twenties.And when Gambhir scored a 41-ball 38 in Kolkata’s nine-wicket win in their opening encounter against Delhi Daredevils, the batsman was quick to acknowledge the importance of time he spent in the middle. “I was playing after a long time, so I’m happy to get some runs under the bag against a quality attack.”Gambhir made sure there were no hiccups in Kolkata’s chase against Delhi in the low-scoring affair.In the second game, he was looking confident. Early in the innings, Mumbai Indians pacers troubled him with deliveries going across the left hander. Southee nearly brought back the memories of Gambhir’s horror away tours when he got one to take the edge of his bat. Gambhir had poked at it, just the like the numerous times he did in England against James Anderson and Stuart Broad that led to his axing in 2012. Gambhir was lucky enough the ball landed short of Mumbai wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel.The Kolkata skipper buckled up and played yet another solid knock at the top. Stitching a century stand for the third wicket, he smashed a 52-ball 64 on Wednesday. He went on to equal David Warner’s record of most number of IPL half-centuries (27).And in the next match against Kings XI Punjab on Sunday, he went past Warner’s record and took his tally to 28. This time, Gambhir was at his elegant best. Against one of the best attacks in the tournament, he single-handedly took his team past the line.  He was free-flowing, bringing back memories of his glorious past. He danced down the wicket and slapped the pacers to the off-side boundary. He didn’t hold back against one of the most promising young pacers – Mustafizur Rahman.Gambhir is showing the hunger for runs. He is showing the determination to stay at the crease till the final ball is bowled. All that Gambhir would want to do now is keep scoring runs and make a strong case for himself. Another IPL title can do wonders to his chances. You never know, Shikhar Dhawan struggling to put bat to ball. Just saying.advertisementlast_img read more

Axiomtek: feature-rich system for machine vision applications

first_img Continue Reading Previous Cervoz launches new Mini-PCIe expansion cardNext SEGGER adds a RAID5 option to its emFile embedded file system Axiomtek launches the IPS960-511-PoE, its highly integrated vision controller optimized for machine vision applications. Featuring a multi-core CPU, IP40-rated rugged design, camera communication interfaces, real-time vision-specific I/O with microsecond-scale and LED lighting control, this machine vision controller provides an all-in-one solution that addresses the needs across various machine vision platforms and automatic inspection cases.Axiomtek¡’s IPS960-511-PoE is powered by the LGA1151 socket the 7th & 6th generation Intel Core and Celeron processors (up to 65W) with the Intel H110 chipset. The intelligent vision system comes with dual DDR4-2133/2400 un-buffered SO-DIMM sockets for up to 32GB of system memory as well as supports rich camera interfaces for connecting industrial cameras, including four IEEE802.3at PoE LAN ports and four USB 3.0 ports. Its vision I/O integrates a full range of isolated I/O interfaces and real-time controls essential to machine vision applications, including trigger input, LED lighting controller, camera trigger, as well as an encoder input for conveyor tracking. The IPS960-511-PoE also supports lighting dimming control to identify object characteristics for different inspection. Two easy-swappable 2.5″ HDDs are available for extensive storage needs.To ensure reliable and stable performance in harsh environments, the highly flexible IPS960-511-PoE platform system supports a wide operating temperature range of -10 to +55°C. Its easy setup and compact design allow easy installation in space-constraint environments. It comes with rich front-accessible I/O connectors, including two Gigabit LAN ports, four PoE ports, four USB 3.0 ports, one Real-time vision I/O, one VGA, one HDMI, one 3-pin terminal block, and one audio (Mic-in/Line-out). The IP40-rated IPS960-511-PoE comes with one I/O module slot with a choice of four different types of I/O modules ¡V a 4-port RS-232/422/485 module (AX93511); a 4-port isolated RS-232/422/485 module (AX93516); an 1-port GbE Ethernet, 2-port USB 3.0 and 2-port RS-232/422/485 module (AX93519); and a 2-port isolated RS-232/422/485 and 8-in/8-out DIO module (AX93512).Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

LG launches LG G8 ThinQ and LG V50 ThinQ smartphones at MWC 2019

first_imgLG on Sunday February 24 introduced two new smartphones the LG G8 ThinQ and the LG V50 ThinQ at a special event in Barcelona ahead of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 that is scheduled to kick off tomorrow.The LG V50 ThinQ, which is the first 5G-enabled phone by the Korean electronics giant, comes with a 6.4-inch Quad HD+ FullVision OLED display with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and it is protected by MIL-STD 810 military grade standard. It is powered by Qualcomm’s fastest chipset, Snapdragon 855, and it has the Qualcomm X50 modem in its core. The phone runs on Android 9.0 Pie. In terms of RAM, the LG V50 ThinQ sports 6GB RAM and 128GB memory that can be expanded further using a 2TB microSD card.LG’s first 5G-enabled phone comes with a triple-rear camera setup with 16MP super-wide angle lens, a 12MP standard lens and a 12MP telephoto lens. On the front, the phone comes with dual-camera setup with an 8MP standard lens and a 5MP telephoto lens. Additionally, the phone comes with LG’s DTS:X, Qualcomm AptX and AptX HD audio technologies. It features a gigantic 4,000mAh battery and it has 3G, 4G LTE-A, 5G, Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5, NFC and USB Type-C for connectivity. The LG V50 ThinQ will be available in the US, South Korea, Australia and select European markets in Aurora Black colour later this year.Additionally, the Korean tech giant also launched a secondary attachable screen for its 5G phone. The second screen, which attaches itself to the body of the LG V50 ThinQ comes with a 6.2-inch OLED display and it can also be used independently, allowing users to use the two screens for separate purposes.advertisementOn the other hand, the company’s G-series flagship devicethe LG G8 ThinQcomes with a 6.1-inch screen with Quad HD+ OLED Full Vision display. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and it runs on Android 9.0 Pie. It sports 6GB RAM and 128GB internal memory that can be expanded further using a 2TB microSD card. The phone sports a triple-camera set up at the back with a 16MP super-wide lens, a 12MP standard lens and a 12MP telephoto lens. On the front, the phone comes with an 8MP standard lens with time-of-flight technology.The LG G8 ThinQ comes with IP68 dust and water resistant technology and it is compliant with STD-MIL 810 military grade standard. In terms of connectivity, the LG’s G-series device sports 3G, 4G LTE-A, Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5, NFC, USB Type-C.Additionally, the phone also has crystal sound OLED display technology, which turns the phone’s screen into a giant amplifier. Apart from this the phone also sports the company’s DTS:X, 3D surround sound, 32 bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, and Boombox speakers audio technologies.The LG G8 ThinQ sports a 3,500mAh battery with support for Qualcomm’s Quick charge 3.0 technology.Apart from this, LG also launched the LG G8s ThinQ, which just like the LG G8 ThinQ runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, however, it features a bigger 6.2-inch full HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 18.7:9. It comes with 6GB RAM and it is available in two memory variants 64GB space and 128GB space which can be expanded further using 2TB microSD card.The LG G8s ThinQ also differs from the LG G8ThinQ in terms of camera. It comes with a 13MP wide-angle lens, a 12MP standard and a 12MP telephoto lens at the back and an 8MP selfie camera with ToF technology in the front. It also features a 3,550mAh battery and comes with Hand ID, Face Unlock and stereo speakers.In terms of availability, there is no word on when the two new G-series smartphones will be available in various markets around the world.ALSO READ: | LG to launch a second attachable screen along with G8 ThinQ and V50 ThinQ at MWC 2019ALSO READ: | LG G8 ThinQ will come with an OLED screen that will act as an audio amplifierALSO READ: | LG unveils Q60, K50 and LG K40 smartphones ahead of MWC 2019last_img read more

7 days agoChelsea boss Lampard blows fuse with Deschamps over Kante treatment

first_imgChelsea boss Lampard blows fuse with Deschamps over Kante treatmentby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard has hit out at France coach Didier Deschamps and his medical team over their handling of N’Golo Kante.Kante will miss Chelsea’s home game against Newcastle due to a groin problem and Lampard was clearly frustrated that his midfielder, who has also been dogged by knee, ankle and hamstring issues this season, was not sent home from international duty sooner.Kante was ruled out of France’s first game after picking up the problem in the warm-up before their 1-0 win in Iceland.Lampard said: “We didn’t get him [Kante] back until after the second game [Turkey] and he’s not fit for Saturday.”Before the international break, I know Didier Deschamps mentioned in jest a little bit about Olivier Giroud and that was obviously quite light-hearted and I get it, we all have our selection problems and he had his in the two games.”But the Kante one was not a laughing matter because we communicated before the last international break because he was injured so couldn’t go.”Let’s think what benefits the player, he didn’t go, we both agreed on that. That’s how things should work.”After the first game when he pulled out, he then had a fitness test the day before the second game, it was clear that he couldn’t play.”He then sat on the bench on the evening of the game, so that’s not communication, so it’s not such a laughing matter I suppose.”And it’s more for Kante himself because he’s not an inexperienced player, he’s been around the block, he’s won World Cups, he’s been a fantastic player. I think that probably could have been handled better for sure.”Our doctors were speaking and there were some times when things weren’t coming back to us when I would expect them to come back – that’s what I mean about communication.”Even though we joked about the communication from the time before, that was much better to deal with it, as opposed to not.”We got a player back a bit later. I understand when players are on international duty, they are their player as such but it was quite clear he wasn’t fit to play.”From our point of view we would have wanted him back to work on him but it’s been and gone and as with every international player I will try and have open lines of communication with every manager for both our sake’s.”Kante, for instance, the first squad, nobody would have benefited from him going – me, him or France.”We have to think about the long-term and the care of the player as well so that’s sometimes a bit of a grey area.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Business Highlights

first_img___US hiring slower but steady as employers add 155K jobsWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers pulled back on hiring in November, adding just 155,000 jobs. That’s below this year’s average monthly gains but enough to suggest that the economy is expanding at a solid pace despite sharp gyrations in the stock market. The Labor Department says that the unemployment rate remained 3.7%, nearly a five-decade low, for the third straight month. Average hourly pay rose 3.1% from a year ago, matching the previous month’s figure, which was the best since 2009.___Chinese executive facing US extradition appears in courtVANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A prominent Chinese telecommunications executive facing possible extradition to the United States appears in court Friday as she seeks bail in a case that has rattled markets and raised doubts about the U.S. being able to reach a truce in its trade war with China.___Meng Wanzhou’s rise through the ranks at HuaweiNEW YORK (AP) — Before her dramatic arrest in Canada, few in the U.S. had heard of Meng Wanzhou. She’s the chief financial officer and deputy chairwoman of the board of Chinese telecom company Huawei. She started there in 1993 and has risen up the ranks with the growth of the company, which is founded by her father.___Stocks drop 4 per cent in rocky week on trade, growth worriesNEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street capped a turbulent week of trading Friday with the biggest weekly loss for the U.S. stock market since March. The latest wave of selling erased more than 550 points from the Dow Jones Industrial Average, bringing its three-day loss to 1,400. Worries that the U.S.-China trade dispute and rising interest rates will pump the brakes on global economic and corporate earnings growth next year has made investors uneasy, leading to volatile swings in the market from one day to the next.___Oil producers join forces and cut production againVIENNA (AP) — Oil prices spiked sharply higher Friday as major oil producers, including the OPEC cartel, agreed to cut global oil production by 1.2 million barrels a day to reduce oversupply. Following two days of meetings, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries that includes the likes of Saudi Arabia and Iraq said they would cut 800,000 barrels per day for six months from January, though some countries such as Iran, have been given an exemption.___Marlboro maker places $1.8 billion bet on marijuanaNEW YORK (AP) — One of the world’s biggest tobacco companies is diving into the cannabis market with a $1.8 billion buy-in. Marlboro maker Altria is taking a 45 per cent stake in Cronos Group, the Canadian medical and recreational marijuana provider, which said that the investment could grow. According to terms released Friday, Altria’s investment would be similar to that of Corona maker Constellation Brands, which invested about $4 billion in another pot company earlier this year.___Australia anti-encryption law rushed to passageMELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A new law rushed through Australia’s parliament will compel technology companies including Apple, Facebook and Google to help police catch terrorists and other criminals by disabling encryption protections. Cybersecurity experts say the law will instead be a boon to the criminal underworld by undermining the internet’s technical integrity, weakening digital security and privacy.___France girds for weekend protests, fearing more violencePARIS (AP) — Anticipating a fourth straight weekend of violent protests, France is mobilizing thousands of police, cordoning off Paris’ broad boulevards and making plans to shut down tourist sites like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. The heavy security will put central Paris in a virtual lockdown Saturday against what the interior minister called “radicalized and rebellious people,” who authorities believe will join members of the “yellow vest” movement that has been holding anti-government demonstrations.___Foie gras off Amazon’s offerings in California in settlementLOS ANGELES (AP) — California prosecutors say Amazon has agreed not to sell foie gras in the state from birds that have been force-fed. State lawmakers banned that form of the fatty duck and goose liver delicacy nearly 15 years ago. Prosecutors said Friday a state judge approved a settlement between the online retailer, her office and district attorneys in Monterey and Santa Clara counties. Amazon said the company is not commenting.___The S&P 500 index fell 62.87 points, or 2.3 per cent, to 2,633.08. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 558.72 points, or 2.2 per cent, to 24,388.95. The Nasdaq composite slid 219.01 points, or 3 per cent, to 6,969.25. The Russell 2000 index of small-company stocks gave up 29.32 points, or 2 per cent, to 1,448.09.U.S. benchmark crude rose 2.2 per cent to $52.61 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, gained 2.7 per cent to $61.67 a barrel in London. Wholesale gasoline climbed 3.7 per cent to $1.49 a gallon. Heating oil rose 1.5 per cent to $1.89 a gallon. Natural gas gained 3.7 per cent to $4.49 per 1,000 cubic feet.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Littleknown among consumers Huawei has high profile in Canadian tech networks

first_imgTORONTO — Before the arrest of Huawei Technologies’ chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver last weekend, the Chinese company wasn’t a household name in Canada — certainly not in the league of an Apple, Samsung or BlackBerry.However, the Chinese tech giant considered by several of Canada’s allies as a security threat has quietly established itself as an important provider of technology essential to Canada’s telecom infrastructure, a situation that is not likely to change any time soon.  Huawei’s share of the Canadian smartphone market has been tiny — about 3.8 per cent, according to market research from IDC Canada — but outside of Canada the company is a juggernaut, overtaking Apple earlier this year in smartphone sales and employing more than 170,000 people around the world.Founded in 1987 by a former officer of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, the company has grown at an explosive rate over the past ten years and is projected to post sales of more than US$102 billion in 2018.For Canada’s telecom industry and the federal government in Ottawa, Huawei has long been known as an important equipment supplier — one that U.S. officials consider a significant threat to national security.That’s largely because Huawei is a major supplier of the equipment needed for wireless networks that could potentially be used to gather sensitive information for the Chinese government.“There is ample evidence to suggest that no major Chinese company is independent of the Chinese government and Communist Party — and Huawei, which China’s government and military tout as a ‘national champion’ is no exception,” U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Marco Rubio wrote in October in a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.However, Canadian officials and representatives of major telecom companies have maintained that they have put safeguards in place — long ago, and before the American alarm — to ensure Huawei isn’t a security or privacy threat.Like Canada, the United Kingdom hasn’t moved to ban Huawei from doing business with their networks — despite U.S. warnings that they may be jeopardizing the “Five Eyes” intelligence gathering partnership. Lawrence Surtees, vice-president for communications research at IDC Canada, says Britain and Canada are the second and third most important Five Eyes partners after the United States and ahead of Australia and New Zealand.“My take is, both Ottawa and London are in a position to say … we do lots with you in the intelligence sharing and we’re not going to jeopardize our networks. We know what to do.”Surtees says Huawei equipment has already been used in at least five Canadian wireless networks that use fourth-generation LTE technology, and it would be expensive to replace.Huawei is also working with Bell and Telus to develop equipment for 5G wireless networks that are expected to become increasingly vital to carriers and their customers over the next decade.“The magnitude of the contracts that Huawei has here would be a factor, with the Canadian carriers saying to Ottawa that it’s kind of too late now,” Surtees says.There are very few alternative suppliers of 5G network equipment to chose from, he adds.Ericsson of Sweden, the main equipment supplier for the Rogers wireless networks, and Nokia of Finland are also global players in Canada but Surtees considers Huawei to be the market leader.It has been in operation in Canada since 2008, and currently employs about 960 people in this country — about 600 in research and development.Huawei’s Canadian head office is in the Toronto area in Markham, Ont. while its Canada Research Centre is based in Ottawa. The company also has research facilities in Markham, Waterloo, Ont., Montreal, Vancouver and Edmonton.Huawei also makes smartphones for current wireless networks, sold in Canada by Bell, Rogers, Telus, and Videotron under their main brands as well as some secondary brands such as Virgin Mobile, Fido and Koodo.David Paddon, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UN envoy and Syrian President discuss political solution to conflict Aleppo fighting

“The heart of my mission is to try and facilitate any political process that can lead to a political solution to a conflict which has lasted too long and which has no military solution,” said Mr. de Mistura. “I have also, as you can imagine, discussed the issue of the United Nations proposal for a ‘freeze’ to reach a reduction of the violence in the city of Aleppo.”The Special Envoy said he could not currently elaborate on the details of the content of his discussions, bound as he is to report first to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and then to the Security Council, in a special meeting on 17 February.Mr. de Mistura has since November been urging support for a local ‘freeze’ to the conflict around Aleppo, so that the growing threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) may be fully confronted and to create an environment whereby humanitarian aid could reach the beleaguered population.“Our hope is that Aleppo could be a signal of goodwill, a confidence-building measure which could and can facilitate the re-starting of a political process with a clear political horizon,” he said in January, stressing the need for parties to bear in mind the 2012 Geneva Communiqué, while also unconditionally adjusting their aspirations in line with new factors in the reality of the area, such as the presence of ISIL forces.Mr. de Mistura believes Aleppo provides the best example of where the conflict could be halted locally, as fighting between opposition and Government forces had ground to a stalemate amid the steady advance of ISIL militants.According to the UN, the conflict in Syria has sparked the largest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War, with 7.6 million people displaced and 3.2 million refugees created by the conflict, as well as a further 12.2 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Well over 150,000 people have died in the conflict, with at least 680,000 injured. Several rounds of UN-mediated peace talks in Geneva among the parties last year ended without a settlement and the Organization has since been reiterating the need to press ahead with political negotiations to achieve the aims of the Geneva Communiqué. read more

Opinion Bengals and Browns trending to opposite ends of the NFL

Cleveland quarterback Josh McCown hangs his head as he walks off the field after throwing an interception to Oakland safety Charles Woodson to end the Browns’ late fourth quarter drive on Sept. 27 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. Credit: Courtesy of TNSAs we near the quarter-way mark of the NFL season, the contenders and pretenders of the league are starting to show their true colors.The undefeated Cincinnati Bengals have joined the ranks of the contenders after winning their first three games to start the season. Ahead of their Week 3 divisional showdown, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh called the Bengals “the most talented team in the league,” according to ESPN.Harbaugh isn’t alone in thinking this, either.The Bengals’ youthful offense is brimming with talent. Quarterback Andy Dalton is off to a blazing start, tossing eight touchdowns to just one interception through the first three games of the season. Running backs Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard head up a dynamic one-two punch coming out of the backfield, and star wide receiver A.J. Green continues to dazzle. Against the Ravens, Green was virtually unguardable, as he hauled in 10 receptions for 227 receiving yards and two scores.Defensively, the Bengals have great depth and boast one of the league’s top secondaries. With the winless Ravens reeling and the Pittsburgh Steelers hurting with the loss of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for roughly a month’s time due to a sprained MCL and bone bruise in his left knee, the AFC North crown is sitting on a platter for the Bengals’ taking.About a four-hour drive north of Cincinnati lies its in-state rival, which nobody will mistake for one of the NFL’s most talented.It’s been another rugged start for the Cleveland Browns, a common occurrence for the laughingstock of professional sports. They’ve dropped two of their first three games on their way to a 1-2 record. Cleveland’s lone win came over a Tennessee Titans squad that finished last season 2-14. If the Browns aren’t careful, they’ll end up with a similar record.Nevertheless, it doesn’t take an expert to see that the Browns are on their way to another top-10 pick in the NFL draft. Cleveland’s defense is a mess and couldn’t stop a nosebleed if you handed it a whole box of Kleenex. The Browns are tied for the fifth-most yards allowed and cornerback Joe Haden, their defensive MVP, is looking like anything but his 2014 Pro Bowl self. In the Browns’ Week 3 27-20 drubbing at the hands of the Oakland Raiders, Haden was repeatedly burned and beaten badly in coverage by rookie wideout Amari Cooper.If things seem dismal on defense for the Browns, they’re even worse offensively. After spending big bucks in the offseason on veteran receivers Brian Hartline and Dwayne Bowe, the two have been nothing short of colossal busts, combining for a grand total of 116 yards on seven receptions. Bowe has only played eight snaps all year long because of a troublesome hamstring injury, but, hey, kudos to coach Mike Pettine for coming out this week and saying he wouldn’t cut his key free agent acquisition. Maybe he should’ve instead opted to keep wideout Terrelle Pryor before the season began. At least Pryor was relatively healthy when he was cut and didn’t cost the team a ridiculous $12.5 million, including $9 million guaranteed.Yet, the talk of the team remains centered around the Josh McCown vs. Johnny Manziel starting quarterback debate. The Browns’ issues on offense are bigger than who should start under center, but Pettine hasn’t handled the positional battle very well. His decision to stick with the 36-year-old journeyman McCown could stunt the growth of the second-year Manziel, who actually looked up to snuff in the Browns’ 28-14 victory over the Titans in Week 2.In the wake of the Browns’ most recent loss to the Raiders, a TMZ report emerged on Tuesday stating that three anonymous offensive starters were angered by Pettine’s choice to start McCown over Manziel.While members of the Browns have since denied the report, TMZ has stood firm, stating that nothing was fabricated. It just shows how poorly Pettine and his coaching staff are handling the quarterback situation, regardless if the report has any validity.The Bengals, healthy and drama free, square off at home against the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 4 with a chance to gain a stranglehold on the AFC North. Traveling to the West Coast to face the San Diego Chargers are the Browns, who will look to avoid falling to 1-3 on the year.Heading into the blustery fall season, it’s clear to see that polar opposites reside in Ohio. The Bengals and Browns may share the same state, but they’re trending in completely opposite directions. read more

Childrens development being stifled by nursery bosses fear of health and safety

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “While it is a basic expectation of any institution that cares for children to carry out proper risk assessments, some level of risk is an essential part of childhood.”Gill Jones, Ofsted’s lead for primary and early years, said that private nurseries have to convince parents that their children will be safe under their watch.“Some private providers say that they have to work very hard with parents because parents want their children to be really safe when they leave their baby and their toddler in a setting,” she said.  Ms Jones added that some of the “more nervous providers” are not willing to take “risks” – such as allowing children to play on a climbing frame or go on school trips that involve crossing roads – because “they are frightened of the ramifications”.“Children are losing the ability to build their upper body strength, their muscles, their balance, their coordination,” she said.“All of these are really important factors for when children get older. And a child that hasn’t had upper body strength built, who hasn’t done the monkey bars, will not have the physical strength to write.” Children’s physical development is being “stifled” by health and safety as teachers are too scared to let them play outside, Ofsted has warned.Nursery bosses have “undue concerns” about letting children run around and this is hindering their ability to build up muscular strength and dexterity, according to the education watchdog’s annual report.Playing on climbing frames, having cooking lessons and going on trips are now regarded by early years providers as activities which are too risky as youngsters might get hurt in the process. Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector of schools, said there is a “great deal of concern” among teachers about children injuring themselves. Speaking at the launch of the annual report in Westminster, she said that nurseries must understand that “lumps and bumps” are part of childhood.She added: “It is very important that children can develop physically, explore, do all the things they need to do to test their physical boundaries.”Without taking risks, children’s “natural inquisitiveness” is stifled, Ofsted’s annual report said, explaining: “In the early years, a crucial part of preparing children for school is developing their muscular strength and dexterity.”But we also know that in other settings this good practice is stifled by undue concerns about the risk and safety of such activities.  Inspectors found that 19,000 children dropped off school rolls between January 2016 and January 2017, during the time students take their GCSE exams. Around half (9,700) of those dropping off rolls between Years 10 and 11 are not reappearing on the roll of another state-funded school.Off-rolling, where schools move difficult-to-teach pupils off their rolls to boost performance data, is illegal.Ms Spielman said the quality of education in the country was improving but too many pupils had “the deck stacked against them”, adding that children from white working class communities were making particularly poor progress at school.She said that there is “stark” regional variation in the attainment of the poorest students. Areas like Newham, east London and Newcastle which educate high proportions of disadvantaged children, “excel” at making sure deprived pupils perform well. Meanwhile the poorest students who live more affluent areas like West Berkshire lag behind.  She called on schools to “get the basics right” and resist the appeal of “fashionable gimmicks” from the tech world.“Despite the history of snake oil, white elephants and fashionable gimmicks that have in the main been debunked, there remains a curious optimism that the elixir of education is just around the corner,” she said. “But the truth is, we don’t need an elixir to help raise standards, because we already have the tried and tested ingredients we need.”A Department for Education spokesperson said: “This report shows that standards in our schools are rising with 86 per cent judged to be good or outstanding compared to only 66 per cent in 2010.” The education watchdog also warned that thousands of pupils could be “disappearing” from the school system as a result of illegal off-rolling. read more

Les téléviseurs 3D débarquent aux EtatsUnis

first_imgLes téléviseurs 3D débarquent aux Etats-UnisÉtats-Unis – Emboîtant le pas à Samsung, c’est ce mercredi que la gamme de téléviseurs 3D Panasonic fait son entrée sur le marché américain. Les constructeurs semblent tous miser sur la télévision en trois dimensions, après l’immense succès du film Avatar.S’il existe encore très peu de films et de programmes en trois dimensions, Samsung et Panasonic ne les ont pas attendus pour lancer leurs gammes de téléviseurs 3D, vendus bien sûr avec les indispensables lunettes que requière cette technologie.Après la Corée du Sud pour Samsung et le Japon pour Panasonic, les deux constructeurs s’attaquent de concert au marché américain. Alors que le premier a annoncé mardi lancer aux États-Unis deux modèles de télévision en 3D au prix de 3.000 dollars (2.200 euros), Panasonic commercialise son modèle depuis ce mercredi aux USA.Tim Baxter, PDG de Samsung, premier constructeur de télévisions au monde, estime que ce sont 3 à 4 des 35 millions de téléviseurs vendus cette année aux États-Unis qui seront dotés de la technologie 3D. Un pari qui est loin d’être gagné quand les téléviseurs 3D coûtent environ 500 dollars de plus qu’une télévision LCD classique.C’est avec quelques mois de retard, mais à temps pour la Coupe du monde dont les matches seront retransmis en 3D par certaines chaînes, que Sony se lancera à son tour sur le marché de la 3D. Le groupe a en effet annoncé mardi qu’il commercialiserait ses premiers téléviseurs 3D dès le mois de juin au Japon, puis très rapidement dans le reste du monde.Le 10 mars 2010 à 16:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Robots replace waiters in Indian restaurant

first_img Robots replace waiters in Indian restaurant A new restaurant in India has equipped a full staff of robots as servers, creating a sensational cuisine experience. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:04/0:39Loaded: 0%0:04Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:35?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Closelast_img read more

Treating The Most Vulnerable This Flu Season Means Taking Flu Shots To

first_imgNorth Texas has finally thawed from weeks of frigid temperatures – and the outreach team at John Peter Smith Hospital has hit the streets to give as many flu shots as possible to Fort Worth’s homeless. Nurses have set up a flu station at Unity Park, a small plot of land managed by the Feed by Grace Ministry, where many of the city’s homeless congregate on Saturday mornings.Michael Houston was first in line for a shot because he cares a lot about his health.“Being out here on the streets, you have to – because [there are] a lot of germs. There’s a lot of people coughing and getting sick so you try to stay healthy the best ways you can,” Houston said, unflinching as the needle pierced his arm.“You did it already? I didn’t ‘even feel that!” he said to Alicia Coomes, a registered nurse at JPS.For Houston, and many who live on the streets, flu shots and a lot of other health resources aren’t easy to come by.“A lot of us out here can’t afford to get that done. We don’t have transportation or the money,” he said. “So for them to come out here and do that is godsend to me.”CREDIT STEPHANIE KUO / KERA NEWSUnity Park, run by Fort Worth’s Feed by Grace, is open Saturday mornings for the homeless to enjoy some free, unstructured recreational time.This particular clinic is part of the JPS Care Connections program, which strives to make health care as easy and accessible as possible for the homeless in Fort Worth.   “People that experience homelessness, and specifically the folks we target, are the ones who sleep outside. So we have to really go to the places they are,” said Joel Hunt, a physician assistant and the Care Connection’s program director. “So we take it to their camps, and we try to go to the places where they might get services – like today where they’re getting a meal – and try to catch them wherever they are.”On top of that, this roving clinic unburdens the hospitals, which have felt the weight of an active flu season this year. JPS alone reported nearly 400 people visited its emergency department in December. Dr. Jeffrey Tessier, an infectious disease specialist at JPS, said even that’s a conservative estimate.“There were probably more like 800 cases that presented to the hospital and got tested, but because the test is only 50 percent sensitive, it would’ve only picked up half of those – and that’s assuming everyone got tested,” Tessier said.By mid-January, the hospital had already counted 341 new cases. Meanwhile, dozens of North Texans have died from the flu – at least eight of them in Tarrant County.Joel Hunt, with JPS Care Connections, said roving clinics and street medicine not only help divert non-life-threatening symptoms from an already overburdened ER, but they also help prevent the flu and other diseases from spreading among a homeless population that has to sleep in close quarters and brave harsh temperatures outside.CREDIT STEPHANIE KUO / KERA NEWSRonnie Kay Baker-Lilly hates shots, but says she’s at the JPS roving clinic because getting vaccinated for the flu is a step in the right direction.“It improves the individual, the patient’s health, and it’s better for the health care system,” Hunt said. “And then I think the biggest part is it’s just great for our community to have people who are healthier, [who] can try to get back to work, get reunited with families. That’s our whole goal, our whole perspective.”That’s why getting a flu shot, for some, means much more than physical wellness.“You don’t want sickness to take over – and it will. If people don’t get the flu shot, they’ll pass it on and pass it on. And you can’t move forward if you’re sick,” said Ronnie Kay Baker-Lilly.She’s afraid of shots, but showed up at the flu clinic because moving forward is exactly what she wants to do. She’s been homeless for three years, struggling with drug addiction, away from her family. While volunteers held her hands, distracting her from the needle, Baker-Lilly shed a few tears.“I want to see my daughter,” she said. “I want my life back, and I needed a flu shot. So I’m taking the next right step.”JPS staffers running this roving clinic hope to make simple health care decisions a little easier for the nearly 2,000 people experiencing homelessness in the Fort Worth area – decisions that can and often do fall to the wayside when shelter and even a meal aren’t certainties.The roving flu clinic will make its next stop at Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth on Thursday, Jan. 25. Share STEPH / KERA NEWSAlicia Coomes gives Michael Houston a flu shot at the roving flu clinic station, set up to help Fort Worth’s homeless.Flu season has been especially severe this year in North Texas. Earlier this month, the Walgreens flu index ranked Dallas-Fort Worth the seventh most active metropolitan area in the country, prompting area hospitals to push flu prevention more than usual.But those reminders can often miss the most vulnerable in the community – so a roving flu clinic in Fort Worth is closing the gap.last_img read more

Baltimore braces for massive protests over Grays death

first_imgThousands of people were set to hit the Baltimore streets in fresh large-scale demonstrations on Sunday, a day after six police officers were charged over the death of an African-American man in their custody.As many as 10,000 people were set to turn out for a massive rally in the riot-scarred city, CBS Baltimore reported, in what could be the biggest show of people power yet in nearly a week of demonstrations that threaten to spread across the United States. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenThe Maryland National Guard said on Twitter it had nearly 3,000 soldiers and airmen ready to help “keep the peace” in the city.Police made at least 15 arrests when some protesters defied a 10:00 pm curfew Friday, underlining the anger that persists on the street despite the shock announcement that the six officers — three of them black — would face a range of charges, including second-degree murder and manslaughter, over Freddie Gray’s April 19 death. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanThe 25-year-old Gray’s death at the hands of police has reignited simmering resentment in the United States over law enforcement tactics, particularly in their dealings with the black community.Demonstrations have erupted daily in Baltimore this week, while there have been rallies in many other major American cities, including New York, Philadelphia and the capital Washington, in echoes of the protests that broke out across the United States last year over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.last_img read more

Realtime Analytics Solution Helps VCU Health Provide Timely and Efficient Care

first_imgSponsored Content | Case Study | Information Technology | June 05, 2018 Real-time Analytics Solution Helps VCU Health Provide Timely and Efficient Care Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Using Imaging Analytics for Radiology, VCU Health in Richmond, Va., has developed a dashboard to view turnaround time analysis. This functionality allows drill down for each technologist and radiologist and looks at the different steps of the imaging cycle.Sharon Gibbs, director of the radiology department at VCU Health in Richmond, Va., aims to provide quality, timely and efficient care. To do so, she must define, analyze and track the metrics and quality needs of her large care providing team, which consists of more than 40 faculty radiologists, over 200 technologists and numerous other stakeholders. Gibbs knew that a single analytics solution would enable her to gather data more quickly. “One of the primary challenges was that our data was spread across multiple, disparate systems,” said Gibbs. She hoped to reduce the time she was spending on generating reports and have access to a tool that would allow her to make data-driven business decisions quickly.With goals of efficiency and data access at the front of her mind, she sought t\o implement a real-time analytics solution that delivered data visually and accurately. In addition, she wanted a solution that focused on radiology data rather than a generic analytics solution. “The ability to use customized analytics tools designed for radiology was very desirable for us.”The VCU Health department of radiology chose to partner with Change Healthcare to help develop a brand-new solution, Imaging Analytics for Radiology. “We liked the idea of building a product with speed and utility in mind, a product that was custom designed for radiology data, as opposed to some of the other solutions that were very broad,” said Gibbs.Over a period of nine months, Gibbs and her team at VCU Health worked with Change Healthcare to develop many of the tools and customizable features built into Imaging Analytics for Radiology. “It really felt like the programmers listened to our needs and worked with us to develop to our needs,” she stated.One of the features that Gibbs and her team helped develop concerned turnaround time analysis. This functionality allowed her to drill down to each technologist or radiologist and analyze the different steps of the imaging cycle. “With turnaround time analysis, I can compare a particular area where we are having an issue. Within minutes, I can log in and look at individual turnaround times and find any barriers with that clinician. This is one area that is very useful in managing performance and setting benchmarks for improvement,”she said.Today, many of the managers at VCU Health have undergone training on Imaging Analytics for Radiology. “We have expanded the group of users to from just the three of us to about 15 or so,” said Gibbs. Prior to being able to use Imaging Analytics for Radiology, her team spent valuable time collecting data that was not presented in a user-friendly or visual way. “Imaging Analytics for Radiology allows me to quickly access the information that I need and presents it visually,” she said.For Gibbs, the qualitative benefits have been apparent as well. “We used Imaging Analytics for Radiology to look at ED volumes to quickly make assessments. Being able to use that data to see the peak times across many months was incredible,” she stated. “We also revamped our transportation staffing around the data we obtained. Our productivity related to the number of transports per FTE per hours more than doubled, and slightly beat the national benchmark of 2.7 transports per FTE per hour. We could not have achieved these results without adding resources. This was a big win for us.”Looking ahead, Change Healthcare continues to work with VCU Health on developing new features and functionality for Imaging Analytics for Radiology. For example, the teams are excited about the upcoming real-time dashboard to quickly identify the studies that are stuck in a certain part of the imaging cycle “Our partnership with Change Healthcare has been an outstanding experience to date. The company, as large as it is, feels like a small company to work with because of the very rapid implementation of new ideas,” Gibbs concluded. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content 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. 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Ripgrep 0100 released with PCRE2 and multiline search support

first_imgThe Ripgrep team released a minor version Ripgrep 0.10.0 last week. It explores features such as PCRE2 support, multi-line search and a JSON output format among other minor updates. Ripgrep is a command line search tool that recursively searches your current directory for a regex pattern while respecting your gitignore rules. It offers first class support on Windows, macOS, and Linux. Major Updates The minimum version which was required to compile Rust has been changed to track the latest stable version of Rust. The new minor versions will be using the current stable version of the Rust compile as its minimum supported version. Ripgrep 0.10.0 has now got libripgrep which helps with fast searching over arbitrary streams of data.  A new feature offering multi-line support has been added, which allows matching over multiple lines. There’s another new feature PCRE2 and JSON Lines format. The PCRE2 feature provides support for look-around and backreferences ( match the same text as previously matched by a capturing group ) and JSON lines format makes use of –json flag which helps print results in that format. Other changes A –one-file-system flag has been added to skip directories on different file systems. Two new minor features namely –sort and –sortr flag have been added for more sorting. –crlf flag is added in Ripgrep 0.10.0 to permit $ to work with carriage returns on Windows. A –null-data flag has been added to ripgrep 0.10.0 that makes ripgrep use NUL as a line terminator. –line-buffered and –block-buffered have been added for forcing a buffer strategy. A –pre-glob feature has been added for filtering files through the –pre flag. Bug Fixes A bug in ignore crate, where first path was treated as a symlink, has been fixed in ripgrep 0.10.0. Compile time and runtime CPU features have been added to –version output. ripgrep is more robust now when it comes to memory maps failing. For more information, check out the official ripgrep 0.10.0 release notes. Read Next Arduino now has a command line interface (CLI) Command Line Tools for DevOps Command-Line Toolslast_img read more

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