Greg Pardy of RBC Dominion Securities says oilsands bitumen producers such as MEG Energy Corp. and Cenovus Energy Inc. are likely to post “standout” results given a 16 per cent increase in average Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend prices from the first to the second quarter.Natural gas producers, however, are expected to see more dismal results as Alberta spot gas prices averaged 60 per cent less than in the previous quarter.The earnings parade starts July 24 with Suncor Energy Inc., followed by Cenovus and Husky Energy Inc. the next day.Companies in this article include: (TSX:SU, TSX:MEG, TSX:HSE, TSX:CVE)The Canadian Press CALGARY — Higher oil prices are expected to boost cash flow for Canadian crude producers as they roll out second-quarter results beginning next week, but analysts say the extra money is unlikely to be added to growth budgets.Canadian oil prices steadied in comparison with U.S. benchmarks in the three months ended June 30 following six months of volatility blamed on the failure of pipeline capacity to match growing oilsands output and Alberta’s decision to impose production limits starting in January.Analyst Nick Lupick of AltaCorp Capital says despite current higher prices and expectations of strong prices going forward, producers remain cautious and are more likely to buy back their own shares or raise dividends than increase spending to grow output.
Rabat – King Mohammed VI examined Friday proposals on abortion he asked the departments of justice and Islamic Affairs and the National Council for Human Rights (CNDH) to prepare.The proposals showed that an “overwhelming majority” of Moroccans want to legalize abortion only in certain cases, including preserving the health of the mother, birth defects of the fetus, incest or rape. Based on these findings, King Mohammed VI gave his instructions to include the proposals in the Penal Code and submit them to the procedure of adoption.King Mohammed VI received Friday, May 15 at the Royal Palace of Casablanca, Mustapha Ramid, Minister of Justice and Liberties, Ahmed Toufiq, Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs and Driss El Yazami, president of the National Council for Human Rights (CNDH), said a statement from the Royal Cabinet. During the royal audience, the two ministers and the president of the council submitted to the King the results of extensive consultations that the Sovereign had asked them to conduct on the issue of abortion, with all concerned parties, adds the same source.These actors have unanimously welcomed the royal initiative and consultative approach ordered by the King to develop a wise and objective opinion while giving priority to the best interests of the family and citizens.These various consultations showed that “the overwhelming majority” leans towards the criminalization of illegal abortion, except in cases of superior force, because of the suffering it inflects and its negative health, psychological and social impacts on the woman, family and the fetus and the entire society.These cases are: when pregnancy is a danger to the life and health of the mother, in cases where the pregnancy is resulted from rape or incest, in cases of severe deformities and incurable diseases that could infect the fetus.Based on this observation, King Mohammed VI gave instructions to the Minister of Justice and Freedoms and the Minister of Health to coordinate among themselves and that they associate medical specialists to translate the findings of these consultations into a draft of legal provisions in order to include them in the penal code and submit them to the procedure of adoption, taking into account both current developments in this area and the precepts of Islam.The King also stressed the need for awareness, prevention, dissemination of scientific knowledge and ethics relating to this subject in order to immunize society against the causes of abortion, the statement said.The audience was attended by the King’s advisers, Fouad Ali El Himma and Abdellatif Mennouni and the Minister of Health El Hossein El Ouardi.
Rabat – A zebra has given birth in Rabat’s National Zoological garden.The female baby zebra was born after a one-year gestation to a zebra pair received from the Hannover Zoo in Germany in 2012, said the Rabat Zoo in a statement.“This is the fourth birth of a Grant’s zebra, following those recorded in 2014, 2015 and 2016, which are the result of the adaptation of this species to its environment and the close management of the animals by veterinary teams and zootechnics, particularly in terms of care and health supervision,” the statement said. The Grant’s zebra is one of six subspecies of the plains zebra. It is characterized by its wide and well-marked stripes, and though it is the smallest of the plains zebras, it can reach between 1.2 and 1.4 meters in height and weigh about 30 kilograms at birth. The Rabat Zoo has had around 100 births of more than 35 different species since the beginning of the year, following actions carried out under the ex-situ species conservation program.In June, Rabat’s zoo received a certificate of excellence from travel website TripAdvisor for the third time.Thanks to visitors’ positive reviews and high ratings, the zoo, along with its gardens, has become one of the most acclaimed attractions in Morocco, according to TripAdvisor.The zoo’s visitors have granted it an average rating of 4.5 out of five stars, and 88 percent of the ratings are positive, in recognition of the consistency and quality of services provided to visitors.Established in 2012, Rabat’s Zoological Garden has entertained approximately 4 million visitors, according to the state-owned news agency Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).
Rabat – After a hectic week, a protest-tainted visit in Tunisia and a failed G20 summit in Argentina, Mohammed bin Salman arrived today in Nouakchott, Mauritania, amid yet another public uproar.Students and human right activist groups defied the Mauritanian government on Saturday, on the eve of the Saudi Crown Prince’s visit. In Nouakchott, thousands took to the streets to object to the scheduled visit of “a war criminal” and “a human rights abuser.”Read Also: Mohammed bin Salman Arrives in Mauritania amid ProtestsOn Friday, a group of students called for nationwide protests to prevent the Saudi Crown Prince from setting foot on the “pure Mauritanian soil.” The group even petitioned the country’s government, requesting that Mauritanian authorities sever ties with Saudi Arabia as long as Riyadh remains engaged in the war in Yemen. Mohamed Ould Sidi, president of the student association spearheading the anti-Crown Prince protests in Mauritania, told Mauritanian outlet Al-Araby al-Jadeed: “We Mauritanians will not stand by and let the murderer of Yemeni children pollute our soil.”Ould Sidi explained that Mohammed bin Salman is also “responsible for jailing countless oulemas” and “uses the Saudi judiciary apparatus to silence opposition.”While Saudi TV channels showed footage of a smiling Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS, arriving in Mauritania earlier today, according to Turkish outlet Yeni Safak, protesters in Nouakchott gathered to chant defying slogans addressed to both MBS and Mauritanian authorities, whom they accused of putting Saudi money and interests before the will of the Mauritanian people.On various main streets in Nouakchott, protesters sang in chorus “The people does not want Bin Salman,” or “The people wants the bloodbath to stop,” referring to the war in Yemen in Saudi Arabia’s harsh treatment of local dissidents.Algeria is MBS’s next destination. The Saudi prince is set to arrive in Algiers on December 6. Meanwhile, Algerian civil society has decried the scheduled visit, calling it an affront.Morocco, which withdrew itself from the Saudi prince’s agenda, is the only Maghreb country that has not been associated with MBS’ “world tour.”
The court heard McKeag admitted three breaches after posting an article on his website freeandfearless.org.uk entitled “Jon Venables Pictured – Killer’s Identity Revealed” in November 2017.The article contained photographs, said to be of Venables, and purported to reveal his new identity and place of work.He was “well aware” of the injunction and wrote about risking legal action, as well as encouraging people to share the article widely in a bid to “defeat the legal system by mass publication”, the court heard.McKeag’s lawyers told the court he suffered serious mental and physical health problems and was unwell when he posted the article.They said he was unable to attend the hearing as he was admitted to hospital on Wednesday, but had written a letter in which he sincerely apologised and said he realised it was for the courts to “serve justice”.Barker, a single mother of three, previously admitted five breaches of the injunction and sat quietly behind her legal team throughout the hearing.In February and March 2018, she posted a picture which purported to be of Venables and his fiance on her Twitter account, which had 649 followers.The image was retweeted 24 times and received a number of likes, and she persisted even after receiving warnings from Twitter and the police. Lord Burnett said she had persisted in “impulsive and stupid conduct, heedless of the consequences for others and careless of the consequences for herself and her family”.Her lawyers said she now understood the seriousness of her actions, had expressed remorse and has closed her Twitter account.A court order was made in 2001, legally binding worldwide, which bans the publication of anything that reveals the identities of Venables and Robert Thompson.They have been living anonymously with new identities since being released from a life sentence for the kidnap, torture and murder of James in 1993, when they were aged 10.Jonathan Hall QC, representing Attorney General Geoffrey Cox QC, told the court there continue to be significant breaches of the order, which often correspond with “spikes in media interest” in the case – including the 25th anniversary of James’ murder in February last year.He told the court: “There are potential consequences not only to Venables and Thompson but to persons who might be mistakenly identified as them.”There are still those who seek to set themselves above the law and put individuals at risk of death or serious injury by taking it upon themselves to breach the injunction.”The court heard one man mistaken for Venables had “endured five years of danger” and he and his family had been forced to flee for their lives. Mr Cox, who instigated contempt proceedings against McKeag and Barker last year, said after the hearing: “These are both serious examples of contempt of court and I instigated these proceedings as it was in the wider public interest to do so.”The injunction protects the identities of the offenders, but also innocent individuals who may be wrongly identified as being one of the two men and placed in danger as a result.”I will review any further contempt of court allegations made to me, and hope this sends a message to anyone tempted to do the same thing.”Posting this material online is a crime.”Actress Tina Malone is facing contempt of court proceedings over a post she made on social media which purports to show images of Venables.The Attorney General’s Office confirmed last week that it had sent a summons to Malone. 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. Two people have narrowly avoided jail after sharing information online said to be about James Bulger killer Jon Venables.Richard McKeag, 28, of Bacup, Lancashire, and Natalie Barker, 36, of Kidderminster, Worcestershire, admitted breaching a worldwide ban on revealing Venables’ identity by posting pictures and other details.Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett, sitting with Mr Justice Warby, sentenced the pair, who are not known to each other, at a High Court hearing in London on Thursday.The judges handed McKeag a 12-month sentence, while Barker was given eight months, both suspended for two years.Lord Burnett said that, were it not for their personal circumstances, they would have been sent to prison immediately for their “serious” breaches of the injunction protecting Venables’ identity.The judge told the court there was a risk of someone being “killed or seriously injured”, including anyone who was wrongly identified as one of the Liverpool boy’s killers.He said the “haunting images” of James Bulger being led to his death, aged two, by Venables and Robert Thompson, would “remain forever in the minds of anyone who saw them”.The judge added: “The murder shocked the nation, indeed it resulted in much soul-searching.”How was it that two boys, still at primary school, could be capable of such a wicked crime?”
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A national report said other states can learn from the example of the Alaska Permanent Fund as they seek to grow their own funds built from natural resource extraction.Listen Now The Pew Charitable Trusts focused on seven states that have funds from extraction revenue, which the report describes as “sovereign wealth funds.” According to Pew, Alaska is one of only two state funds whose purpose is well-defined by state law. And the report found that it’s one of three states that doesn’t allow withdrawals from the fund principal.Brenna Erford helped write the report and manages Pew’s work on state budget policy.She praised the foresight Alaska officials and voters had when they established the fund in 1976.“It’s an outstanding example of a government that had the opportunity to establish one of these funds when the oil industry in Alaska was really just starting up – at least starting up in earnest,” after the Prudhoe Bay oil discovery, she said.Erford praised Alaska’s history of inflation-proofing the fund, and the fact that the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. board and managers are somewhat protected from political pressures. She noted that the public board meetings and open financial records are more transparent than the operations of sovereign wealth funds in other countries.The report doesn’t make recommendations on whether states like Alaska should draw from their funds’ earnings to support annual government budgets. Erford noted Gov. Bill Walker’s plan to use fund earnings for the budget would be within the legislature’s legal mandate.“I think that the question for Alaskans is, what do they think the future – in terms of natural resources and the Alaskan economy – what does that look like?” Erford said.Erford said whether to draw from fund earnings depends on whether Alaskans believe oil and gas revenue will stay low or will increase.The other states with funds are Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Utah, Wyoming and West Virginia. In June 2015, the Alaska Permanent Fund had nearly $53 billion, while the other six funds held $16 billion combined.The report is part of a broader effort by Pew to help states address the volatility that comes from various sources of state revenue, including volatile energy prices.
HIVAt least 193 people have been tested HIV positive in the country’s eight southern districts, says a report released by a local voluntary organisation.Among the affected people, 84 (53 men and 31 women) have been tested HIV positive in Khulna district alone while 109 in Jhenidah, Gopalganj, Jashore, Satkhira, Bagerhat, Narail, and Magura districts, according to Mukto Akash Bangladesh (MAB), the organisation that works on AIDS-related issues.Civil surgeon of Khulna Abdur Razzak told UNB that they cross-checked the findings released by MAB and found those correct.According to the report, expatriates returning from abroad, including India, Malaysia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia and the USA are responsible for spreading the deadly virus in the districts.No HIV virus, the report says, was detected among sex workers of the district while a hijra (transgender) was found to be carrying HIV.The number of deaths caused by HIV is rapidly rising in the southern districts, the report mentions.It says the worst affected areas among the districts are Benapole, Chaugachha, and Khulna town as the workers of those areas frequently visit various countries, mostly India, for their works and carry back the harmful virus.In the eight districts, the MAB report reveals, at least 59 people died of AIDS in 4 years spanning between 2013 -2017 while the number of deaths was 12 in 2015 and 2016 together, while 12 in 2017 alone.Officials at Khulna Medical College and Hospital said at least 31 HIV patients underwent treatment at the hospital this year and three of them died.MAB coordinator Rehena Begum said their organisation is working on raising awareness among people about the deadly disease and providing nutritional and medical support to the HIV patients.
But, Bunyan said, if programs like CHIP aren’t funded, it’s not just that the care goes away. “That, in fact, will not happen. It might even get exacerbated, because these kids aren’t being taken care of regularly. And, so, whatever diagnosis they have gets exacerbated because their parents are scared to take them anywhere. What happens at that point? I mean, it’s really a huge snowball effect,” she said.Allison LeeHeidi Bunyan, San José Clinic’s Chief Operations Officer, talks about CHIP in her office.Funding for San José Clinic isn’t unlimited. They’re not funded by the government. They don’t take insurance, so that usual reimbursement doesn’t exist. Patients are asked to make a contribution toward the costs for their care, based on their annual income. But, Bunyan said their operations are fully funded by donations and grants. And that’s difficult, since the state of Texas has the highest uninsured population in the country.According to First Focus, an advocacy group in Washington, D.C., since CHIP was enacted in 1997 the uninsured rate for kids nationwide dropped by nearly 68 percent.CHIP now insures 9 million children and pregnant women… at least until 2023. 00:00 /04:00 Share For over three months, Congress let the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) go unfunded. Then, the bill that allowed the government to reopen after a temporary shutdown also provided money to CHIP. Had that not happened, nearly 400,000 children and pregnant women in Texas could have lost health coverage; 9 million nationwide.CHIP is a federal program meant to be a safety net for some of the most vulnerable people: those who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid and yet don’t have access to other insurance. Houston’s San José Clinic gets those who don’t qualify. It bills itself as one of the city’s first “safety net clinics,” providing affordable healthcare for the uninsured and uninsurable.Dr. Diana Grair is on staff at the clinic. She said she’s grateful to be able to help her patients but, she warned, the clinic can only do so much. “It’s still frustrating: when you have a patient that needs surgery, for example. I mean, I cannot help those patients,” said Grair. “And for CHIP, I mean, that’s even more important. Because I feel like those children that are here have no way of getting insurance, are sick or, even worse, have some sort of developmental issue. And we are not able to help with that.”Allison Lee | Houston Public MediaDr. Diana Grair, working at the San José Clinic in Houston.In 2016, 48 percent of San José Clinic’s patients lived at or below the poverty line: making a little over $24,000 a year, for a family of four. Only about 6 percent of the clinic’s patients are children, but a lot of Grair’s patients have kids who are on CHIP.“For these kinds of families, at least when it comes to their children, having that health care coverage and having that insurance, for them, that’s much more important than their own health,” said Grair. “And so we need that coverage, we need that kind of care.”Teresa Vasquez, 45, is one Grair’s patients. She has five children: four are on CHIP.“Our problem is that we live day-to-day on paycheck-to-paycheck,” Vasquez said, in Spanish. “The money that we make is always accounted for by existing expenses. Doctor visits are an additional expense, and CHIP is very important to all, children and adults.” Heidi Bunyan is San José Clinic’s Chief Operations Officer. She said if CHIP went away, they would have had to react quickly.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/24130354/In-Depth-2018-01-24-at-1.00pm.mp400:0000:0000:43Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. X Listen Allison LeeSan José Clinic was preparing for the worst, an influx of uninsured children, if Congress didn’t fund The Children’s Health Insurance Program. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
More information: Collective behavior in road crossing pedestrians: the role of social information, Behavioral Ecology (2010) 21 (6): 1236-1242. doi:10.1093/beheco/arq141 (PhysOrg.com) — A Leeds University study has discovered pedestrians are likely to act like a herd when crossing roads, blindly following other pedestrians. Deciphering the movement of pedestrians in a crowd 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. Citation: Pedestrians follow the herd instinct when crossing the road (2010, November 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-11-pedestrians-herd-instinct-road.html Explore further The study was led by Dr Jolyon Faria who was at Leeds University in the UK but has now relocated to Princeton University in the US. Dr Faria said the study aimed to find out if the behavior of pedestrians crossing a busy and dangerous road was affected by the behavior of people on either side of them.The study analyzed the behavior of 365 people at a busy crossing in Leeds during peak traffic periods over three days. The pedestrian crossing was chosen because it was especially busy and one at which pedestrians often went against the Don’t Walk light, placing themselves in a potentially dangerous situation. Computer simulations were also used to determine what might happen if pedestrians ignored the actions of those around them.The study, published in Behavioural Ecology and Planet Earth Online revealed that people are 1.5-2.5 times more likely to cross a busy road if the pedestrian next to them sets off first, and males were more likely to follow other pedestrians than females.Dr Faria said the behavior could be because people feel safer when making a dangerous crossing with others. He speculated the gender difference may be because women are more conscious of their surroundings than men, who are more willing to risk following someone else.The behavior may have originated in our evolutionary past, since herding behavior is common in many species. For example, wildebeest wait nervously on river banks until one is brave enough to go in first, after which all the herd follows. In their case the behavior makes sense because of the likelihood of crocodile attacks. Similarly, penguins wait on the edge of ice floes until one of them is brave enough to dive in and face attack from leopard seals.Dr Faria said he hoped the study might encourage people to think twice before blindly following others onto the road, and said it also adds to our understanding of herding, flocking and shoaling behaviors. © 2010 PhysOrg.com
Stan Lee, the visionary who as chief writer and editor of Marvel Comics created some of the preeminent superheroes of the 20th century and was a guiding force of the comic-book industry, died on November 11, 2018, in Los Angeles at the age of 95. Among others, Lee was the force behind Spider-Man, the X-Men, Thor, Iron Man, Black Panther, and the Fantastic Four.Comic book mogul Stan Lee attending 10th Annual Software Dealears Convention on July 14, 1991 at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)The New York Times wrote, “Under Mr. Lee, Marvel revolutionized the comic book world by imbuing its characters with the self-doubts and neuroses of average people, as well an awareness of trends and social causes and, often, a sense of humor.”In 2003 he told The Los Angeles Times, “I wanted the reader to feel we were all friends, that we were sharing some private fun that the outside world wasn’t aware of.”Lee in the armyBorn Stanley Martin Lieber on Dec. 28, 1922, in Manhattan, he was the son Jack Lieber, a dress cutter, and Celia (Solomon) Lieber, who were both immigrants from Romania. The family moved to the Bronx.Lee reportedly began reading Shakespeare at 10 while also reading Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Mark Twain. He graduated at age 17 from DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx.He was hired at Timely Publications, a company putting out pulp magazines, for $8 a week. Eventually, he began writing and editing superhero stories. After a stint in the army during World War II, he returned to publishing.Lee in 1975 Photo by Alan Light CC BY 2.0In the early 1960s, Lee was asked to come up with a team of superheroes to compete against DC’s Justice League. Lee and Jack Kirby launched their own superhero team, the Fantastic Four, for Marvel Comics, the company’s new name, and Hulk, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Daredevil and X-Men followed.With the help of his artist-writer collaborators Kirby, Steve Ditko and others, Lee took Marvel from a tiny business to being the world’s No. 1 publisher of comic books.The New York Times said, “As a writer, Mr. Lee could be startlingly prolific. ‘Almost everything I’ve ever written I could finish at one sitting. I’m a fast writer. Maybe not the best, but the fastest.’ ”Lee promoting Stan Lee’s Kids Universe at the 2011 New York Comic Con Photo by Luigi Novi CC BY 3.0Lee used several pseudonyms to give the impression that Marvel had a large stable of writers.Spider-Man became Marvel’s most iconic character: a photographer named Peter Parker who, after being bitten by a radioactive spider, develops powers. Parker was forever clashing with newspaper editor J. Jonah Jameson, wondering about his relationship with Mary Jane Watson, and worrying about Aunt May.Sheffield, United Kingdom – June 11, 2016: Cosplayer dressed as ‘Spiderman’ from the Marvel Series at the Yorkshire Cosplay Convention at Sheffield Arena“I never thought that Spider-Man would become the worldwide icon that he is. I just hoped the books would sell and I’d keep my job,” Lee said in 2006.It was the emergence of the “Marvel Universe” in the movies, especially with the “X-Men” series and the film version of Spider-Man in 2002, that turned Lee into a legendary figure.Stan Lee Photoby Gage Skidmore CC BY SA 3.0In 2009, The Walt Disney Co. bought Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion.Survivors include his daughter and younger brother Larry Lieber, a writer and artist for Marvel. Another daughter, Jan, died in infancy. His wife Joan died in 2017.Hollywood, USA – April 18, 2014: Stan Lee star on Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California. This star is located on Hollywood Blvd. and is one of over 2000 celebrity stars embedded in the sidewalk.“J.C. Lee and all of Stan Lee’s friends and colleagues want to thank all of his fans and well-wishers for their kind words and condolences,” a family statement read. “Stan was an icon in his field. His fans loved him and his desire to interact with them. He loved his fans and treated them with the same respect and love they gave him.”Read another story from us: Surviving the Holocaust Through the Power of Music – One Mother’s Incredible Tale“He worked tirelessly his whole life creating great characters for the world to enjoy. He wanted to inspire our imagination and for us to all use it to make the world a better place. His legacy will live on forever.”
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. Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 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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By Nick ObradovichRecently, Donald Frush, M.D., professor of radiology at the Duke University School of Medicine, chief of pediatric radiology at Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center and a leading pediatric radiation dose expert, sat down with ITN to discuss the current efforts being made to lower the radiation dose for pediatric CT scans.Q: What are the unique challenges with imaging children in terms of radiation dose?A: You might be able to divide these up into a couple of categories. Pediatrics differ from adult medicine in a variety of ways. One of the ways is that the patient population, especially when they are younger, is not going to provide same kind of history and information that an adult would be able to provide. A lot of times the care is based on observation, is based on preliminary laboratory values, temperature and so forth, but the clinical history is often age dependent based on what the patents might observe. Getting individual studies is made more complex and the threshold may change. It may be lower because you’re not able to garner the same kind of information you get with an adult. I think, oftentimes, children are cared for by people who feel much more comfortable dealing with adults and so there anxiety level about doing something or missing something ends up being a little bit higher and that may alter the threshold to obtain imaging studies. They may be less familiar with pediatric diseases, as well, so ordering studies may be more frequent in children versus an analogous situation with adults that a care provider feels more comfortable observing rather than ordering a study. When the study is done, it’s important to tend to radiation dose issues. First of all, the kids don’t need as much dose to get diagnostic image quality as an adult. You can’t use the same settings in kids as you do adults because it will provide a higher dose to that child than an adult actually gets. If you scan an adult in x dose setting, and a child an x dose setting, they’re going to get more dose than an adult does for a variety of reasons. The kids are more sensitive to radiation. That is partly age-dependent and decreases somewhat as they older. The rough number quoted is going to be two to three times more sensitive to radiation in terms of biological effects than adults. Some people quote a number as high at 10 times, and I think that’s probably an extreme. You have to realize with kids is that they might be getting a CT scan or two when they are five-years-old for some medical condition. One or two CT exams isn’t really going to make significant difference in terms of developing cancer, but you don’t know what that child is going to be need at age 10, 15, 20 or 30. They may develop kidney stones and get five or 10 CTs. They have this cumulative possibility that someone who is 75 or 80 isn’t. You are probably not going to be CT scanning an eighty-year-old for the next 20 years, but with someone who is five, you are talking about 70 to 75 years of potential scanning. Those are all reasons why CT scanning in children ends up being a different bird than that of adults. Q: What inspired you to create the color-coded pediatric protocols on CT scanners?A: From a general sense, it was trying to find a way that protocols could be easily designed to have size-appropriate techniques for children. That’s what technologists and radiologists want. They want to have size-appropriate protocols. Many of the previous protocols were based on age. Age is only a rough indicator of size. You can have a 20kg one-year-old, you can a 20kg four-year-old…depending on height, the techniques may need to be different for those. You can have the same weight for someone one or four and the techniques may need to be similar. If you’re basing it on age, you may provide more radiation for a four-year-old that is skinny and short than someone who is overweight and tall. It makes more sense to have size-based protocols than age-based. This color-coded system had been in used in the emergency setting for a number of years, and simply pre-calculated interventions where there was fluid or medications, based on the length or the weight of the child in emergency care. We elected to use the same color zone and size that had already been validated in those kids getting medications for CT protocols. It also made sense because we weren’t developing two different systems in the hospital. That is, if they have a color-coded category, they are assigned “blue” in the emergency room, that way we know they are going to be getting a “blue” body CT scan. There is some efficiency and decreased chance for doing the wrong kind of study on a child if we use the same system in the emergency room and radiology. Q: Are there any types of CT scans that the radiation dose is particularly high for pediatric patients?A: There is a very complicated answer to that. It’s probably best to treat all CTs the same, which is to be sure that you are using the necessary amounts of radiation to achieve the diagnostic information that you need. It’s important to decide that the CT is necessary. That’s the first step. The major dose issues are going to be found when people do multi-phased scanning, pre- and post-contrast, arterial phase/venous phase or venous phase/delayed images. When you do more than one phase for a child that is going to increase the radiation dose and will usually increase in multiples of the number of phases you are doing if you don’t make any adjustments in the technique. Generally, there are very few situations where multi-phased scans are necessary in kids. That is a scan that I think is overused in children, pre- and post-contrast, in particular.Repeat scans — get a scan, then another scan, then another scan, in a setting of renal stones or something. People have to realize that dose is cumulative. Sometimes patients go to different places or move…they may have gotten two CT scans in Boston, and now they are moving down to Atlanta and got two more. Boston doesn’t know that Atlanta did two more, and Atlanta doesn’t know that Boston did two. The parents may not remember that the kid has had four scans, but the fact is they’ve had four scans. Getting multiple scans is something people need to be cognizant of too. I think the way to address that, in the end, is some sort of dose record which commutes with that patient wherever they go, like a vaccine record. There are people working on that, but it’s far from a nationalized system. Some regions of the body are more radiosensitive than others. If you are doing a CT scan of the foot, the dose ends up minimal to that part of the body. If you are talking about radiation in the chest (lungs, breast), thyroid, abdomen (liver, spine, intestines), those tend to be radiation-sensitive areas versus the extremities. I don’t want anyone to get the idea that they can scan the extremities as much as they want, because that is not the right thought process. Those areas (chest, abdomen, pelvic) have more tissues with a higher weighing factor in terms of risk of developing cancer. Q: How much is understood about the risks of low-level radiation? A: It depends on whom you are talking to. Physicians in the past five or 10 years are certainly more aware of the dose delivered by CT and the mechanisms to manage that dose. Radiologists, technologists, physicists are all more aware. I believe that awareness is slow but increasing in clinical colleagues…those people who order studies such as surgeons, emergency room physicians, pediatricians, internists, cardiologists…the awareness is increasing. It’s not there yet, as there is more education that needs to ensue, but it is better than it was. Q: Are they any new features in developing on CT scanners that could further lower the dose for pediatric patients? A: Some of the things in the works are better dose estimates for children. Right now, the ones available are geared for adults, so in terms of estimating or indexing the dose that the kids get on the scanner, it’s very problematic. There are some organizations, particularly The Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, that are working with groups including AAPM and other groups, to get better dose representation. That doesn’t necessarily decrease the dose in and of itself, but may make a better representation where people can actually use that as a quality measure. This is going to take a few years to do. I would like to see a universal language among all the vendors in terms of the representation of dose on the exam that isn’t buried somewhere in DICOM information, about what the dose is; that there is something that conveys with an examination some representation of dose that is easily understood. What that language should be is something in the works. I would also like the manufacturers to work towards having protocols or warnings or comments that if you put in a protocol that falls outside of a guideline range, a manual override would need to be made before the scan started. Right now you can do whatever you want and get whatever exam you want. This is not in the works right now. This will take some consensus by the manufacturers. The companies are invested in designing better application training. Helping the individual users work their new scanners or technologies would be beneficial (by providing videos, etc.) This is something that came out of a vendors’ conference in August. The companies agreed to provide educational opportunities for training when new scanners where installed. I think that effort is going to have a tremendous impact on having people use the right protocols for children. Q: Having a dose record sounds like another good reason to call for wider adoption of EMRs. Is there a specific dose record section in your EMR?A: No, there is not. You raise a good point in that it would be helpful thing to do. These electronic systems, most of them, don’t talk to each other. Somebody will need to push for a national standard. It may take a company like Liberty Mutual or Blue Cross saying “we’re going to do this across the country for all our patients,” then other people may follow. Right now [for dose records], parents have a card that they keep like their vaccine records to archive the exams their child has had. In terms of an electronic record, it’s going to take a commitment from someone to do that. The VA probably can, but that’s not the right population. We need to have this pushed from a national level, which is why my thought is if you have a major third-party payer pick this up and design it, that would be a start. Whether that system is what we’re using is 20 years isn’t as important as provoking others to do this and having a national dialogue. Right now [dose records] are just on a hard copy level. 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Gary Marshall experiences Sydney fine dining with an iconic view. Altitude is a lofty word, often used to convey both height and aspiration. Altitude Restaurant at Sydney’s Shangri-La Hotel has both in abundance; it presents diners with an awe-inspiring view from high above the skyline and some of most refined Australian cuisine.Through the restaurant’s full-height glass windows from 36 storeys up, Sydney Harbour acts as the perfect backdrop for Chef Nathan Giffin’s masterful creations. He and his team utilise local and organic ingredients to craft an ever-changing menu. The focus is on a European cooking style that provides inventive yet hearty dishes, combining contrasting and complementary tastes to stunning effect.With everything on the menu from freshly shucked Sydney rock oysters to a Glenloth duck with burnt apple purée, cider-braised endive, figs and pear, there is something for all tastes and moods. To finish, the desserts are traditional, yet explorative, and there is a selection of fine cheeses that is truly impressive.The combined immersive ambience, spectacular dishes and handpicked wine from local producers has paid off. Altitude Restaurant is not just the talk of the town in Sydney; it’s also the recipient of Three Chef Hats in 2013 and Tourism Australia’s Best Restaurant award, both of which recognise the restaurant’s experience and sense of culinary adventure. From a special occasion to a place to seal a deal, Altitude Restaurant is one of the world’s finest, truly worthy of its lofty title.
Go back to the enewsletterHolland America Line has taken delivery of its 15th vessel, Nieuw Statendam, at a hand-over ceremony at ship builder Fincantieri’s Marghera, Italy, shipyard. The Pinnacle Class Nieuw Statendam is setting sail for Venice, en route to Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, for its Premiere Voyage with guests departing 5 December 2018.Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line PresidentThe delivery was attended by Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president; Carnival Corporation’s Micky Arison, Chairman of the Board, and Arnold Donald, President and CEO; and Stein Kruse, CEO of Holland America Group and Carnival UK. Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, and several other executives from both companies also attended.“Today the Holland America Line family celebrates the addition of Nieuw Statendam to our fleet, and it’s a proud moment for everyone involved,” said Ashford. “Nieuw Statendam represents our continued evolution of adding exciting new experiences while maintaining the hallmarks that have made Holland America Line a leader in premium cruising.”Following its transatlantic crossing from Civitavecchia, Nieuw Statendam will spend a full season in the Caribbean sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. Nieuw Statendam‘s official naming ceremony will take place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on 2 February.The ship will head to its summer homeport of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in May and sail a series of northern Europe, Baltic and Iceland cruises before making its way to the Mediterranean in September for cruises out of Civitavecchia.The 99,902-tonne vessel accommodates 2,666 guests and is the ultimate expression of the Holland America Line brand. The ship features purpose-built staterooms for families and solo travellers among its 1,377 guest accommodations.Niuew Statendam during sea trials in August 2018While much of the ship’s design will be similar to Koningsdam, the first Pinnacle Class ship, Nieuw Statendam will have exclusive public spaces and its own style created by leading hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany and designer and architect Bjørn Storbraaten. The ship will feature grand, light-filled spaces, visual drama and sumptuous interiors inspired by the fluid curves of musical instruments.Onboard entertainment features the innovative Music Walk offering a variety of authentic live musical experiences and genres unlike any other at sea. These include the debut of the new Rolling Stone Rock Room with classic rock hits; Lincoln Center Stage, with chamber music; Billboard Onboard, with chart-topping hits; and the popular B.B. King’s Blues Club, bringing the best of Memphis music to sea. With the 270-degree LED projection at World Stage and expanded seating on Nieuw Statendam, even more guests will enjoy spectacular performances with panoramic visuals and sound effects.More at hollandamerica.com.Lead image: Nieuw Statendam in Fincantieri ShipyardGo back to the enewsletter
National Ballet of Canada preparing for first-ever tour of Russia by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 11, 2018 10:31 am PDT Last Updated Oct 11, 2018 at 11:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email National Ballet’s artistic director Karen Kain is pictured in Toronto on Wednesday, October 4, 2018. Later this month the National Ballet will for the first time in the company’s 67-year history, perform in Moscow and St. Petersburg. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young TORONTO – The first time Karen Kain visited Russia, it was 1973 and the Soviet Union was facing major food shortages.The Canadian ballet star needed sufficient sustenance, as she and Frank Augustyn were competing together in the International Ballet Competition in Moscow, and she remembers waiting in lineups at grocery stores for hours only to get such meagre offerings as a cucumber.“There was nothing to eat,” Kain, artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada, recalled in a recent interview. “I wasn’t very big at the time and I lost 15 pounds in two weeks there.”As the National Ballet of Canada prepares for its first-ever tour to Russia this month, Kain expects art to transcend politics like it did back then, when she and Augustyn ended up winning awards and met “a lot of wonderful people” who cared deeply about the craft.She’s since returned several times, including a milestone 1977 performance the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, and come to realize: “You can’t judge a population by their politics — you judge them by the individuals that you have relationships with.”“It’s a wonderful way to have the arts be a diplomatic gesture,” Kain said.“I hope it’s emblematic of something greater and bigger than politics and the way countries are run. I hope it serves a higher purpose as well as being an amazing adventure for all of us.”The company will perform at the Stanislavsky Theatre in Moscow (Oct. 15 and 16) and the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg (Oct. 19) as part of Diana Vishneva’s Context festival.The National Ballet of Canada has never before visited Russia in its 67-year history simply because it hadn’t been invited, said Kain. “It’s also a very expensive endeavour” with challenging logistics, she added.This new opportunity came about by way of an invitation from Vishneva, whose festival had the budget to bring them there. The visionary Russian ballerina started the Context festival five years ago as a means to add contemporary dance to a country that’s steeped in classic movement.“We are the largest company they’ve ever brought over the five years of their existence and we couldn’t go if we had to pay for this ourselves,” said Kain. “So I had to say yes, for many, many reasons.”The company’s repertoire in Russia will be a mixed program of “Paz de la Jolla” by Justin Peck, “Being and Nothingness” by Guillaume Cote, and Crystal Pite’s “Emergence.”Kain said those titles are currently in their repertoire and provide a good overview of the kind of contemporary work the National Ballet of Canada is doing.The dancers are “very excited,” Kain said, noting “it’s not that easy to come by these kinds of experiences anymore in the world we live in.”She hopes the milestone tour will expand the company’s reputation and showcase the “brave works” they’re presenting and the calibre of their artists, “which are second-to-none.”“I just want the rest of the world to know that the National Ballet of Canada is one of the best companies in the world — and if they don’t see you, they don’t know that,” Kain said.The schedule is tight and Kain doesn’t plan to meet with officials or anything outside of their tour. She’d rather “let the artform speak for itself.”“I’m not going to go around shaking hands and hoping that I can change a political environment that I may or may not agree with,” Kain said.“That’s not changeable. Only human spirits are changeable.”
A man and his 17-year-old daughter were injured after their car fell down a three-metre cliff in Geroskipou on Thursday evening.According to police the man who was driving lost control of the vehicle at 10.18pm and crashed into an electricity pole before it fell down a cliff.Some power cables were cut in the crash, resulting in a fire on the ground.Father and daughter managed to leave the car before the arrival of the fire services and were taken to Paphos general hospital where they were treated for minor injuries.The fire burnt an area of dry grass but was put extinguished before it could spread.The cause of the accident is not yet clear.You May LikeSoGoodlyHere’s Why Air Force One Beats Every Other PlaneSoGoodlyUndoWorldationBeloved TV Shows That Should Never Have Been CanceledWorldationUndoHealth Tym7 Must-Know Practical Tips To Keep Your Heart Healthy At Any Age!Health TymUndo Widowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoState Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoData is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Public sector contract workers have suspended plans for an indefinite strike, workers’ union Isotita announced on Wednesday evening.According to the union, talks with government officials and political parties will start on Thursday in order to discuss the demands of the workers.“To this end, the union decided to suspend the decision regarding an indefinite strike until Wednesday May 22. If the dialogue shows that there is a real intent, based on concrete evidence, to resolve the issues, no further action will be taken. If not, on Thursday May 23 and Friday May 24 we will go on a 48-hour strike,” the union announcement concluded.In the past three days, hundreds of public sector contract workers have protested outside the finance ministry, the presidential palace, the supreme court and the House of Representatives, demanding the same treatment as their colleagues on permanent contracts.An indefinite strike would affect more than 6,000 employees in the central government and 11,000 working in other public organisations. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboola