Annan congratulates former EU official on selection as head of World Trade

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today warmly congratulated former European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy, a French national, on his formal selection as the next Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).In a statement issued in New York by a UN spokesman, the Secretary-General noted that “Mr. Lamy’s proven track record as Trade Commissioner of the European Union, and his understanding that progress on trade is vital to our work to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), makes him an excellent leader of the WTO at this defining time.”According to the statement, the Secretary-General welcomed Mr. Lamy’s express commitment to completing the Doha trade negotiations, and to ensuring that trade contributes to the development of those countries that need it most.”He wishes Mr. Lamy all the best as he prepares to take up his duties on 1 September, and looks forward to an ever closer partnership between their two Organizations in the years ahead,” the statement said. read more


TSX higher despite lower crude prices as OPEC meeting fails to end

TSX higher despite lower crude prices as OPEC meeting fails to end with deal by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 18, 2016 5:38 am MDT Last Updated Apr 18, 2016 at 3:46 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – North American stock markets moved higher Monday as traders shrugged off failed efforts on the weekend by major oil-producing countries to limit production.The S&P/TSX composite index extended added 82.62 points to 13,719.82, supported by energy and base metals stocks. Despite a weak finish, the resource-heavy index added more than 200 points last week.Energy companies were positive despite a 58-cent drop in the May contract for benchmark North American crude oil to US$39.78 a barrel. The more heavily traded June contract gave back 52 cents to US$41.19.Oil weakened after Sunday’s talks in Doha, Qatar, failed to end with a consensus on freezing production to support prices. Major producer Saudi Arabia said it wouldn’t back a deal if Iran, which is trying to ramp up output as international sanctions are lifted, wasn’t involved. Iran did not attend the meeting.Relations between the two countries have deteriorated in recent months due to several issues, including their conflicting stances on the wars in Syria and Yemen.Craig Jerusalim, a portfolio manager with CIBC Asset Management, said failure in Doha means some short-term pain for crude but that eventually prices should head higher.“We should begin to see production continue to roll over in North America because $40 is not profitable for producers to continue to produce at levels that they have been,” Jerusalim said.“It certainly is not enough to incentivize any growth in production,” he added, noting that it will result in “a natural stabilization of the supply and demand fundamentals.”OPEC members meet again in June. Oil has fallen in the past two years from above US$100 a barrel to touch 12-year lows under $30 a barrel earlier this year before rebounding in recent weeks.The impact of the Doha talks were also mitigated by news that oil workers in Kuwait are on strike to protest government cutbacks. The work stoppage has temporarily suspended production in that country.Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar also gained strength, up 0.24 of a U.S. cent at 78.14 cents US.Elsewhere in commodities, May natural gas gained four cents to US$1.94 per mmBtu, while May copper added a penny to US$2.16 a pound and June gold added 40 cents to $1,235 a troy ounce.New York markets also rose, with the Dow Jones industrial average up 106.70 points at 18,004.16, while the broader S&P 500 moved 13.61 points higher to 2,094.34. The Nasdaq composite advanced 21.80 points to 4,960.02.In corporate news, shares in e-commerce giant Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) rose 1.51 per cent after it introduced a stand-alone video streaming service to rival Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX). Its stock gained $9.46 to US$635.35.— With files from The Associated Press.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. read more


Social media firms face £18m fines if they send children notifications at

The charity proposes a simple traffic light style labelling of red, amber and green which would tell parents and children which products had the most compulsive or addictive features and also which offered the highest levels of privacy.It wants strict curbs on the social media firms’ ability to collect and use children’s data not only to protect their privacy but also “reduce the incentive” to deploy features that keep children online.Firms would be required to delete all information when a child left a site. “Children should be given repeated and frequent offers to delete the data they have created, including on logging in, logging out and at predetermined intervals,” says the charity.It argues that firms’ use of profiling of children to target products at them should be banned unless it can shown to be in the child’s best interests. Geolocators which are used by the firms to track children but can also give away a child’s location to a potential predator should be switched off by default, and every time they log off.“When a child’s location is being tracked, it must be made obvious to the child,” says 5Rights. The charity also demands a re-write of the firms’ terms and conditions so they can be understood by a child with a reading age of nine, saying it is “cynical” of the firms to expect children to read them when most adults and experts do not. It even suggests the way firms operate in compelling children to read the conditions or be locked out of services may be illegal.“This raises the question of whether consent can be relied upon as a basis for lawful processing of children’s personal data,” says the charity.Last year it was Baroness Kidron’s amendment to the Digital Economy Act, backed by the government, the Tory peer Dido Harding, ex chief executive of TalkTalk, Lord Stevenson, a former adviser to Gordon Brown, and the LibDem Lord Clement Jones, which paved the way for the code. Social media firms face fines of up to £18m if they disturb children with notifications and alerts at night or during the school day under plans being considered by the information commissioner.Elizabeth Denham, the commissioner, is drawing up a new statutory code that will target strategies used by the firms to keep children online such as the timing of notifications and auto-play.Among the proposals is a ban on the social media giants posting messages, notifications or any alerts that disturb children’s sleep at night or distracts them during the school day.The firms could also be forced to set auto-play, notifications, buzzes, read receipts and non-specific alerts to “off” by default every time a child logged on so they would have to be reset them to prevent them becoming addicted to the technology.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The plans have been submitted by 5Rights, a charity founded by filmmaker Baroness Kidron, which has been working with the commissioner and was instrumental in securing the legislation for the new code to prevent children’s personal data being exploited by the social media firms.There could also be automatic timeouts to limit children’s use of social media, save buttons so they are not forced to stay online to complete a task or game and “streak holidays” where they can escape features that require daily attention to keep up with friends. 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. The commissioner warned the companies that she will be focusing on strategies used by sites and apps to “personalise a child’s experience to encourage them to stay online longer.”“We have to make sure the code is designed with children at its heart,” she said.This is expected to be underlined next week by research for her office that will confirm growing public concern at the impact of online harms from cyber-bullying and violence to the tactics of the social media firms to keep children online.The code, the consultation for which closes on September 19, is designed to ensure firms comply with the Digital Economy Act, which carries fines of up to £18m or 4% of global turnover for breaches.Baroness Kidron, whose films include Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, said one of today’s biggest health issues was the “epidemic of sleeplessness” among children from the compulsive nature of the technology which contributed to increased depression, anxiety and obesity.“If you ask any teacher what is the problem in your class, they will say that the kids are coming to school tired,” she told The Telegraph.“If you ask parents, it’s about pulling the device out of children’s hands in the night.” read more


West Indies Ronsford Beaton cleared to bowl again

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSuspended Beaton to join CWI bowling campMay 2, 2018In “Sports”Narine cleared again, given ‘final warning’May 7, 2015In “Sports”Six players to watch out for in CPL 2017August 3, 2017In “latest news” West Indies fast bowler Ronsford Beaton can resume bowling in international cricket after the ICC approved his remodelled action, ESPNCricinfo has reported.Beaton was suspended from bowling earlier this year after he failed an independent assessment of his bowling action, which had been reported as suspect during an ODI against New Zealand in December 2017.On August 13, his remodelled action was re-assessed at Loughborough University in England, where the amount of elbow extension for all his deliveries was within the 15-degree limit allowed by the ICC. Beaton missed playing the CPL this year to work on his action and was replaced by Ali Khan at Trinbago Knight Riders.However, according to ESPNCricinfo, match officials are still at liberty to report Beaton if they find he is not using his legal action, footage of which will be handed to them in due course. read more


Finning to supply mining trucks and support equipment to Ministro Hales copper

first_imgFinning International’s South American division has received a Letter of Intent (LoI) from Codelco that includes the supply of 20 Caterpillar 797 mining trucks and 15 pieces of support equipment, plus a ten-year maintenance and repair contract. The approximate value of the deal, including the maintenance services, is $400 million. The equipment will be delivered in the first half of 2011 to Codelco’s Ministro Hales copper mine, located in northern Chile’s Atacama Desert, which has estimated reserves of 219 Mt.Mike Waites, President and CEO of Finning International: “We are extremely pleased to be partnering with Codelco, one of the world’s leading copper producers. Winning this contract underscores our commitment to our customers and our focus in the mining sector. Mining continues to provide solid growth for Finning and we are proud to have earned the reputation as the leading heavy mining equipment supplier and service partner in the world’s largest copper producing region, Chile.”“Providing unrivalled product support is the cornerstone of our business and we look forward to working with Codelco to maximise their equipment productivity,” stated Juan Carlos Villegas, President, Finning South America. “The investments we have made to expand our facilities and capabilities in recent years have strengthened our mining presence and further enhanced our ability to meet and exceed the expectations and growing needs of our customers.”last_img read more


Vladimir Putin could become the middleman in TrumpKim denuclearisation talks

first_imgVladimir Putin could become the middle-man in Trump-Kim denuclearisation talks Donald Trump was among the topics discussed by the two leaders during their first one-on-one summit. 35 Comments Friday 26 Apr 2019, 7:55 AM Image: SERGEI ILNITSKY By Associated Press There are no secrets. Russia’s position always has been transparent. There are no plots of any kind.Putin’s remarks reflect Kim’s growing frustration with Washington’s efforts to maintain “maximum pressure” until the North commits to denuclearisation. Source: Alexander ZemlianichenkoBut his characterisation of Kim’s comments also suggests there have been no major changes in North Korea’s basic position.North Korea has all along contended that it needs its nuclear arsenal to defend itself against what it sees as US hostility and wants concrete reassurances of its safety – including the removal of the American nuclear threat as an integral part of the denuclearisation of the entire Korean Peninsula.Trump has made clear that he is eager to work out a deal with North Korea and has already indicated that he thinks he deserves the Nobel Peace Prize.Russia’s involvement in the issue could bolster his confidence, though some analysts think Washington and Moscow are too far estranged.Kim is expected to return to Pyongyang today. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN says he’s willing to share details with the United States about his summit with Kim Jong Un, potentially raising Russia’s influence in the stalemated issue of North Korean denuclearisation.The two leaders’ first one-on-one did not indicate major changes in North Korea’s position: Putin said Kim is willing to give up nuclear weapons, but only if he gets ironclad security guarantees.However, Putin said Kim urged him to explain the nuances of North Korea’s position to President Donald Trump. Such an interlocutor role could be meaningful in light of Trump’s apparent admiration of the Russian leader.Trump has said he “fell in love” with Kim, possibly indicating a proclivity to being swayed toward accommodation with the North Korean leader, although that declaration came before the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi in February that collapsed over mismatched demands in sanctions relief and disarmament.At yesterday’s summit in the Pacific port city of Vladivostok, about 75 miles from the North Korean border, Kim criticized Washington for taking “unilateral attitude in bad faith” at the Trump-Kim meeting that has caused a diplomatic standstill, North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency said.Kim told Putin that the situation on the Korean Peninsula has reached a “critical point” where it could return to tensions and that peace and security will “entirely depend on the US future attitude,” the agency said. Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un pass honor guards officers during their meeting in Vladivostok, Russia. Source: YURI KADOBNOVThe KCNA said Kim and Putin held in-depth discussions to promote “strategic communication and tactical collaboration” over the security situation on the Korean Peninsula and also talked about boosting high-level visits and other exchanges between the countries.The agency said Putin credited Kim’s diplomatic initiatives for stabilizing the situation surrounding the peninsula and accepted Kim’s invitation to visit North Korea at a “convenient time.” It did not report on any specific agreements regarding North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and US-led sanctions against the North.After the summit, Putin stressed that Moscow and Washington both want North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons. Image: SERGEI ILNITSKY Source: Alexei NikolskyBut, he said, the security guarantees Kim demands in exchange should be underwritten by multiple countries, hinting at an arrangement like the six-nation talks Russia participated in until their collapse in 2009.Putin later headed for a two-day trip to Beijing, where he said he will inform the Chinese leadership about the summit.“And we will just as openly discuss this issue with the US leadership,” Putin said. 7,509 Views Share Tweet Email Short URL Apr 26th 2019, 7:55 AM https://jrnl.ie/4607568 last_img read more


Ronaldo expects a spectacular game between Barcelona Madrid

first_imgBrazil legend Ronaldo Nazario expects a “spectacular match” between Barcelona and Real Madrid in tonight’s Copa del Rey encounter.The two Spanish giants will face off against one another for a place in the final of the competition with the first leg to take place tonight at Camp Nou.Real, in particular, are keen to get their revenge on Barcelona following October’s humiliating 5-1 defeat in La Liga last time out in October.As for Barcelona, the chance of winning a fifth consecutive Copa del Rey title is within sight with manager Ernesto Valverde having expressed his enthusiasm in taking on Real over a two-legged tie.And Ronaldo, who played for both clubs during his own playing career, cannot wait for the match to get started.“It’s a spectacular match,” said Ronaldo, according to Marca.“The best Clasico in world football. It’s incredible to play in these games.“The atmosphere is great and let’s hope the footballing gods give us a great game tonight.”Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Ronaldo, who won the Copa del Rey at Barcelona and two La Liga titles with Real, left reporters in no doubts over where his allegiance lies for tonight.“There is no favourite,” said Ronaldo.“It’s an important game. I have a special history with [Real] Madrid and let’s hope Madrid win.“It’s clear that whoever is ahead, I want Valladolid to win, but they are two great clubs.“Madrid are playing very well, they’ve found a great dynamic, have reinvented themselves and have young players. But then you have [Lionel] Messi and company, who are spectacular.”Isco has been included in the Real squad for the game, despite his struggles for opportunities under head coach Santiago Solari this season, while Barcelona academy star Carles Aleña is hoping to get a chance tonight himself.The match at Camp Nou will begin at 9:00 PM (CET).last_img read more


Homer City Council Looks At Implementing A Seasonal Sales Tax

first_imgThe most popular option is the proposed seasonal sales tax, council members also considered raising the general sales tax by half a percent, implementing a potential bed tax, using the general fund balance, raising property taxes by 1 mill and reappropriating general fund reserves. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Homer City Council held a work session on March 27 to look at potential scenarios for a bond to help cover the cost of the new police station. Homer Mayor Bryan Zak: “We want to move forward making the right decision, but in order to do that we wanted additional time and opportunity to focus on all of the information we already have.”  The 1% seasonal sales tax increase would be in place 6 months out of year. Council members stated that the seasonal sales tax would potentially lessen some of the burden on Homer residents, and shift it more to the seasonal visitors. In a letter to the council from Homer City Manager Katie Koester, selecting a revenue source to make bond payments is a tough subject and may require additional worksessions. In order to put a bond question on the October 2018 ballot, the Council would need to pass an ordinance by the last and only meeting in July. According to the council, the city plans to go out to bond to cover the cost of the new station, estimated at $7.5 million. The city currently has $2.5 million designated to the project. A decision on details for an Ordinance should be hammered out for introduction in June at the latest. The council plans to draft an Ordinance for consideration by Council this summer and a ballot question for the voters in the fall.last_img read more


Spruce beetles take flight in search of new host trees

first_imgSpruce beetle outbreak in the Mat-Su Valley seen during the 2017 aerial detection survey. (U.S. Forest Service photo)Spruce beetles may be native to Alaska, but they can still devastate a spruce forest. Over the last two years, an outbreak concentrated in Southcentral Alaska’s Susitna River drainage and northwest Kenai Peninsula has affected more than 500,000 acres of forest. It’s the worst infestation since the 1990s.Jason Moan of Alaska’s Division of Forestry says a combination of factors causes a population to grow to the level of an outbreak.“Spruce beetle favors large-diameter, slow-growing trees,” Moan said. “If we have wind events or things like that where a large number of trees might be blown over, you know, beetles tend to favor that material. They’re able to build up populations.”Moan said warm summers can also play a role because beetles tend to reproduce faster in warmer weather. It takes one to two years for the beetles to complete their life cycles, and then when the weather warms above 60 degrees, female beetles begin to take flight in search of new host trees, sending out pheromones to attract others when they’ve found a tree. Larger, unhealthy trees are more susceptible to infestations.“Folks can start keeping an eye on the spruce that they do that are not attacked. Keeping those watered if they need it. Avoiding damage to those trees,” Moan said.Signs of an infestation include clumps of sap and sawdust where the beetles have bored holes in the bark as well as pieces of bark scattered at the base of the tree. Discolored needles can also be an indicator but not always. Moan said once a tree is infested, there’s not much that can be done other than to remove it. Pesticides can be effective in preventing beetles before they take flight but not after.“In the current part of the beetle flight period, which usually runs from late May to somewhere into July, you know, we would just suggest avoiding cutting green trees,” Moan said. “Unless you’re going to be processing that soon.”Beetle-killed spruce can be used for firewood and for lumber. Beetles tend to live on the underside of a tree’s bark. Moan said that over time, they’ve served as a natural part of forest ecosystems, making room for healthier younger trees, but many landowners want to manage outbreaks to limit the amount of destruction to their properties. The Division of Forestry and their partners are currently working to develop new tools to help.last_img read more


MLA Bethi greets new welfare body members

first_imgRamanthapur: MLA Bethi Subhash Reddy congratulated Gandhi Nagar president elect Mogili Lingam and his committee members on Monday. He directed the body to develop cordial relations with people and to strive to solve their problems.Leaders Kumara Swamy, Sarva Babu Yadav, Janumapalli Venkateshwars Reddy, Gaddam Ravi, Sridhar, P Mahender Reddy, Gayam Sridhar Reddy and others were present.last_img


Indian Home Prices Fall by 91 IMF Report

first_imgThe prices of homes in India have recorded the steepest fall among 52 nations, according to a research by International Monetary Fund (IMF).According to the data, there is an overall surge in home prices in the global real estate market but the annual percentage change in property prices in India has slipped by 9.1 percent. No other real estate market has slumped as bad as the Indian real estate sector, reported The Times of India. The IMF report added that India’s fall is even worse than countries struggling with financial crisis in the European Union. Of the 52 nations mentioned, 33 have registered increase in price while the rest have recorded decline in the housing prices. Meanwhile, Global Property Guide have also confirmed the IMF report of India’s slipping real estate prices. It said that high interest rates and slow GDP growth are reasons for declining home prices in India.The Indian National Housing Bank (NHB) Residex index says out of 26 cities, 13 have registered decline and the other half recorded increase in home prices. Moreover, Global Real Estate Transparency Index 2014 says India’s tier-1 cities property market is ranked 40th, while tier-2 and tier-3 markets are ranked 42nd and 50th respectively.last_img read more


12 Gang Members Indicted on Multiple Charges

first_imgThe U.S. States Attorney’s Office, Baltimore Police and the FBI announced Tuesday morning the indictment of 12 members of a dangerous Baltimore gang.Seven of the 12 indicted gang members are (l-r): Terrell Sivells, 26; John Harrison, 27; Taurus Tillman, 28; Linton Broughton, 24; Dennis Pulley, 30; Montana Barronette, 22; and Roger Taylor, 26.. (Courtesy Photos)The TTG gang or “Trained To Go” gang, according to police and the Feds are, “Ruthless, killing within their own communities, and now the alleged crimes, some dating back years, have caught up to them.”According to authorities, members of TTG, engaged in drug distribution, murder, kidnapping, assault, robbery, and witness intimidation.“They do it to protect turf. They do it to eliminate and intimidate rivals,” U.S. Attorney Stephen Schenning told the AFRO.According to the U.S. Attorney, the gang has been linked to at least 10 murders over a six year span, including a triple murder that took place almost 2 years ago.Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said at the press conference that TTG was, “calculating and cold blooded and they premeditated their killings.”“When they can leave their homes with guns in their waistbands, and execute people on the streets of Baltimore, and leave 45, 50 shell casings at a crime scene , and think they can get away with it, this is hopefully a message to them,” Commissioner Davis said.According to law enforcement, the gang often targeted areas where they lived in the Sandtown neighborhood of West Baltimore.Each gang member Indicted faces a maximum sentence of life in prison on the racketeering and drug conspiracy charges. Five of the 12 Indicted face mandatory life in prison for murder and racketeering.These charges are death penalty eligible as a federal capital offense.One of the 5 defendants facing mandatory life sentences is 22 year-old Montana Barronette, (also known as Tana or Tanner).Less than a year ago, Barronette was Baltimore City’s Public Enemy #1 and #1 trigger puller as identified by Baltimore Police.“Barronette is very good at his craft,” said Commissioner Davis. “His craft is killing.”The defendants are:Montana Barronette, (Tana or Tanner), age 22Terrell Sivells (Rell), age 26John Harrison (Binkie), age 27Taurus Tillman (Tash), age 28Linton Broughton (Marty), age 24Dennis Pulley (Denmo), age 30Roger Taylor (Milk), age 26Brandon Wilson (Ali), age 23Brandon Bazemore (Man Man), age 24Timothy Floyd (Tim Rod), age 27Hisaun Chatman, age 31James Woodfolk, age 20The FBI said they are still looking for 26-year-old Roger Taylor. If you’ve seen him, you are urged to call the FBI, Baltimore Field Office at 410-265-8080.last_img read more


Double Dare is coming back to Nickelodeon

first_imgGet your crash helmets and safety goggles ready because Double Dare is coming back! But for one night only.If you’re heading down to San Diego for Comic-Con, you may be one of the lucky few to witness the revival of Double Dare in person. Nickelodeon is going full nostalgia this year for the 30th anniversary of the game show. They’re even bringing back original host Marc Summers to head up the event.The Double Dare set will be recreated in all it’s glory for contestants to try their luck at besting some of the classic obstacles like the Human Hamster Wheel, Down the Hatch, and of course, The Nose. Now you’re going to have to be at SDCC to see it go down live, but if you can’t make it out to San Diego on short notice, Nickelodeon’s The Splat’s Facebook page will be airing all the craziness starting at 9:30pm PT.The Splat is Nickelodeon’s block dedicated to all things old school.If this goes over well, and let’s be honest here Hollywood does love its remakes, could this be the revival of some classics from Nick’s past?We’ve already got a Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie set to come to cable in 2017, which supposedly will shed a light on the mystery behind Arnold’s parents. Hey Arnold! , which starred a football head kid and his friends dealing with everyday life in the midst of urban legends and super heroes. It had quite the following for its generation, and even spawned one of the most disturbing fan-films in cartoon history. Meanwhile, the folks behind Napoleon Dynamite are working on an Avengers-style Nicktoons mashup movie.There are a lot of Nicktoons to choose from.On the heels of Arnold, a Rugrats reboot would surly seem like a great idea. Maybe not a continuation, because I don’t know about you but I try to forget about All Grown Up. The charm in Rugrats was the whole fact they were babies doing weirdly not baby things, and succeeding in it.And on the other hand, if they rebooted something like The Adventures of Pete & Pete I just see it becoming another teen drama, and not the critically acclaimed masterpiece it was. It’s something that would be a great addition to Nick’s lineup, though, if they could recapture that magic.Looking at Nickelodeon’s vast library of classic shows from Hey Dude (modern day ranch hands, probably not going to get a lot of ratings these days) to Are You Afraid of the Dark (oh come on, why hasn’t this been brought back?!) it might be time to hit that old nostalgia button and see what feels come up.last_img read more


Mobile Voice Technology Essential in a Valuebased World

first_imgTraditional. This method is where physicians speak into a digital recorder, either handheld or a microphone, then send dictation files from a PC to a transcriptionist. It requires the traditional four-step process (dictate, transcribe, read, sign), but frees physicians from typing or editing text. 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. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Mobile Offers Flexibility and EfficiencyIn this tightly regulated atmosphere, radiologists not only need to ensure they are working efficiently, but also capturing as much data as possible so a study does not need to be repeated or evaluated again. The transition to digital audio recording helped streamline the documentation creation workflow, namely by eliminating analog cassettes from the process. With new Internet-connected mobile devices, speech recognition software and cloud server technology on the market, digital dictation has taken another step forward. These innovations present several options for radiologists related to creating reports and other documents. While some physicians rely on one main dictation workflow, some use multiple processes depending on the type of imaging study or location. Four popular methods include: Feature | Information Technology | October 04, 2016 | Florian Schwiecker Mobile Voice Technology Essential in a Value-based World By adding mobile voice technology to their workflow, radiologists are discovering they can be more productive and efficient, which drives down costs for payers and patients References:1. www.neimanhpi.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Neiman-Report-1.pdf. Accessed Sept. 6, 2016.2. www.advisory.com/research/imaging-performance-partnership/the-reading-room/2016/02/x-ray-reimbursement-cuts. Accessed Sept. 6, 2016.3. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2600889/. Accessed Sept. 6, 2016.4. www.neimanhpi.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Neiman-Report-1.pdf. Accessed Sept. 6, 2016.5. www.advisory.com/research/imaging-performance-partnership/the-reading-room/2016/02/x-ray-reimbursement-cuts. Accessed Sept. 6, 2016.6. www.imagewisely.org. Accessed Sept. 6, 2016.Florian Schwiecker is the global sales director of Speech Processing Solutions, the leading developer and manufacturer of Philips voice workflow solutions, including software, digital and analog hardware. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Real-time speech recognition lets physicians to see their words on-screen as they dictate, meaning fewer steps and increased accuracy. (Image courtesy of Agfa Healthcare)The last two decades have brought a series of changes in medicine, technology and healthcare legislation that have impacted the field of diagnostic imaging and the role of the radiologist. Coupled with these changes, imaging volume is declining1 due to costs as well as concerns over patient radiation exposure.2 This environment often makes it challenging for radiology groups to protect their financial performance and ensure they deliver high-quality studies and readings. Fortunately, advances in imaging and information technology have emerged, helping radiologists increase the utilization of diagnostic imaging and moving the radiologist into a more central role in integrated patient care.3Many groups are updating imaging equipment to operate more productively and efficiently — while balancing financial performance pressures. Through this, they are updating documentation processes to ensure accurate data capture, such as using new mobile voice technology that allows them to capture information through dictation in any location. For example, physicians are utilizing cloud-based technology to transfer dictations from their smartphone that can be easily accessed by a transcriptionist or automatically transcribed by speech recognition software.By adding mobile voice technology to their workflow, radiologists are discovering they can be more productive and efficient, which drives down costs for payers and patients and ensures their group earns appropriate reimbursement for high-quality care. To decide what type of modern voice technology-driven documentation workflow is the right fit, groups need to consider a number of factors.Evolving With the TimesNot so long ago, the only choice for radiologists who dictated their readings was using a cassette tape for a transcriptionist to listen to and transcribe the detail-filled results word for word. Although effective for that particular era, there were a number of factors to this workflow that drove up costs and potentially impacted care quality.First, the cassettes themselves needed to be physically handed to a transcriptionist, whether in the practice or a contractor working in another location. This transfer was inconvenient for the physician, but it also increased the transcription turnaround time and could have compromised security of patient information. Analog cassettes were also often unreliable. Depending on how many times the physician had dictated on the cassette, the recording clarity may have deteriorated, making the radiologist’s report difficult to understand. Even worse, the transcriptionist may have inadvertently typed a misunderstood word resulting in an inaccurate, potentially unsafe report. Neither of these scenarios is acceptable in value-based care payment environments that reimburse for quality and efficiency.Although some physicians still use analog cassettes in the industry, fortunately many have made the transition to digital technology, which eases documentation efforts, reduces the margin of error and helps improve the quality of care for patients. Changing Payment Models Impact WorkflowsJust as digital recording was arriving in the industry, imaging volume was also starting to peak. In 2003, approximately 206 million imaging services were delivered to 34.8 million Medicare patients, according to a 2012 study by the Neiman Health Policy Institute.4 By 2006, the study points out that activity increased 58.4 percent to 326 million services for 35.9 million beneficiaries, which may have been the peak volume year for imaging. Since then, studies have steadily declined. Part of the reason for the decrease is the industry’s transition to value-based payment. Imaging, a historically costly diagnostic service, has faced and continues to experience reimbursement scrutiny from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). For example, in 2017, X-ray studies performed on analog equipment will receive a 20 percent reduction in payment from Medicare, the Advisory Board reports.5 Although most groups have replaced analog equipment by now, Medicare reimbursements for computed radiography, a more updated technology, will still be reduced by 7 percent next year and up to 10 percent beginning in 2023. The reductions apply to both the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System.Another driver for a decrease in imaging volume is growing concern over radiation exposure. As a result, several years ago a collaborative initiative of the American College of Radiology (ACR), the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), formed the Image Wisely initiative.6 As of July 2016, more than 48,000 professionals, facilities and associations had signed the Image Wisely pledge to help limit patient exposure. 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. 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 Finding the Right FitSpeech recognition software has greatly improved in accuracy and reliability in recent years. Most systems still require acclimation time to learn the physician’s unique voice and for the physician to learn how to adjust their dictation style to ensure maximum accuracy and fewer corrections.Many radiologists still prefer to work with a transcriptionist. Thanks to cloud technology, it is easier for physicians to outsource their typing to professional, highly qualified transcriptionists who can access recordings from anywhere through the cloud and usually turnaround reports in less than 24 hours. Even if a physician dictates a report in the middle of the night after an emergency department call, for instance, he or she can still expect the same one-day turnaround time with the right transcription vendor.Although overall imaging volume may be declining, radiology groups still need to increase their productivity to grow the practice, despite fewer resources. By utilizing mobile voice technology, physicians can offer faster turnaround times on reports, which can help control costs. Through dictation, physicians can also capture far more detail in less time than typing, allowing them to increase productivity. That enhanced level of data can translate to higher quality care, which can boost reimbursement and patient satisfaction for long-term practice viability.center_img Mobile traditional. Similar to the method described above, this dictation method takes advantage of newer cloud deployments by allowing the physician to dictate using a recorder app for their smartphone, or a digital recorder that is able to connect to the Internet, and then upload recordings to a secure cloud server where they are accessed by an employed or outsourced professional transcriptionist.  Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Mobile off-line speech recognition. Either using a dictation recorder app for the smartphone or an internet-connected voice recorder, the physician dictates and then uploads the files to a cloud-based speech recognition engine that converts spoken words to text. The final document is then reviewed by the physician for accuracy and entered into the record.  Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more 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 News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more 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 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 Real-time speech recognition. This method allows physicians to see their words on-screen as they dictate into a dictation microphone. This means fewer steps — physicians just dictate and sign — but also requires physicians to edit their own notes.last_img read more


Win 1000s of points with TravelBrands TicTacKnow

first_img Monday, July 17, 2017 Travelweek Group MISSISSAUGA — Through Aug. 10 agents who book any Holiday House FIT product will be eligible to play TravelBrands’ Tic-Tac-Know game to win Loyalty Rewards Points.All eligible players will answer three questions in a row for their chance to win up to 10,000 Loyalty Rewards Points. Any player who does not answer all questions correctly will receive 100 Loyalty Points for simply playing.“We decided to focus the Tic-Tac-Know questions on both Access and Canada 150 based on all of the things our company has celebrated this year,” says Frank DeMarinis, CEO, TravelBrands. “We believe this game is a great way to connect with our agents and have fun while doing so.”To qualify agents must book any Holiday House FIT product with a minimum booking value of $500 for hotel rooms, dynamic packages (TravelGenie) and car rentals, or a minimum booking value of $250 for add-ons.When a qualified booking is made, the agent will receive an email inviting them to take part in the game. They will have seven days after the email is sent to participate.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthThe Loyalty Rewards Points received after playing will be deposited immediately into the agent’s Loyalty ‘Confirmed Transactions’ account. For each eligible booking made, the agent will get a chance to play Tic-Tac-Know and earn more Loyalty Rewards Points.Agents must be registered with and book through travelbrandsaccess.com to join in on the fun and games.Bookings made through Call Centre and via a third party booking engine are not eligible. Further information can also be found on the website. Tags: Contests, TravelBrands Win 1000s of points with TravelBrands’ Tic-Tac-Knowcenter_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bylast_img read more


DFAT seeks passport innovations

first_imgSource = ETB News: P.T. Various Commonwealth and state government authorities accessed the current technology, after it was introduced in a bid to reduce identity fraud, containing images dating as far back as 1999. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has put forward a request for tender, searching for companies to fill a new advisory panel for biometric technologies, news.com.au reported. The Australian Government is investigating alternative technologies, such as voice recognition and eye-scanners, to be used for passport identification. While Australian passports have included facial recognition technology since 2005, the new panel will be “expanded to include additional biometrics such as voice”, according to the tender.last_img read more


Risks of Mortgage Loan Defects Dropping

first_imgRisks of Mortgage Loan Defects Dropping Share in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination First American Financial Corporation reported that the frequency of defects, fraud, and misrepresentation in mortgage loan applications fell 7% month-over-month in June. June’s report represents a 3.9% year-over-year decline, and the Defect Index is down 21.6% from its peak of 21.6% in October 2013.“The Defect Index for refinance transactions also fell 6.5% compared with the previous month. The overall Defect Index, which includes both purchase and refinance transactions, fell 7.0% compared with last month, but remains 3.9 percent higher than one year ago,” said First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming. “Yet, is declining loan application misrepresentation, defect and fraud risk isolated to a few markets, or is the trend more geographically broad based?” Florida markets claimed four of the top six spots among cities where fraud risk decline the most. Jacksonville led the way with a drop of 15.1%, and was followed by Tampa (-11.5%), Orlando (-11.1%), and Miami (-7.3%). Florida recorded the second highest year-over-year decline in fraud risk, seeing the number fall by 6.7%. “This is a deviation from the norm, as Florida has historically exhibited a relatively greater concentration of fraud risk due to some characteristics of the Florida housing market,” Fleming said. “Florida tends to have a higher percentage of investor-owned properties, which have a higher propensity for fraud risk. Indeed, according to the Defect Index in June 2019, applications for investment properties were 24% riskier than for owner-occupied properties, and applications for multi-unit properties, a popular purchase for investors, were 11% more likely to contain defects than applications for single-family homes.”Nebraska had the nation’s highest increase in decrease frequency at 34.8%. New York was a close second at 25.3%, followed by Pennsylvania at 19.7% and Rhode Island at 19.1%. Joining in Florida among the states with decreases are Arkansas (10.3%), Vermont (5.1%), Utah (4.8%), and Arizona (4%). Buffalo, New York, saw the highest increase in defect risk at 31.1%. Houston, Texas, saw the largest drop in defect risk at 16.7%. center_img Defect Fraud Mortgage Loan Application 2019-07-31 Mike Albanese 2 days ago 116 Views last_img read more


Energy minister hints at gas find

first_imgEnergy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis said on Friday the results of an ongoing exploratory natural gas drill off the island’s coast were encouraging but more time was needed because of the morphology of the seabed.“I won’t get into the details. They (results) are very encouraging, a reserve has been located but he morphology of the particular target is complicated so we need more time,” Lakkotrypis said after briefing President Nicos Anastasiades.The drill is being carried out by Italy’s ENI in a field named Kalypso in block six of Cyprus exclusive economic zone (EEZ)The government had said it would be making announcements between the two rounds of the presidential elections but according to the minister it will take a bit more time for work to be completed.Lakkotrypis said announcements could be made next week.“We are two days before the elections and don’t want it to be seen that we are trying to build expectations,” he said.Pressed by reporters, the minister said the geology in the area was similar to the Zohr field, discovered in 2015 by ENI in neigbouring Egypt, described as the largest ever natural gas find in the Mediterranean Sea.“I won’t talk about quantities or anything else,” he said.Total and Italy’s ENI had won the concession for block six, while ENI alone was awarded block eight. Total and ENI have also joined forces in block 11.ExxonMobil-Qatar Petroleum consortium was awarded block 10.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more


Officials womens groups condemn sexist ad

first_imgWomen’s groups and other officials branded an ad campaign against violence towards women allegedly supported by state authorities, ‘sexist’ on Thursday, as ministries condemned the use of their names on the campaign.The campaign, run by the company Galastyle, features posters and videos of men calling on others to ‘Act Manly’ and stop violence towards women.In their initial announcement for the campaign, the company said the poster would be put up in military camps, hospitals and health centres, as well as athletic centres, post offices and the GSP stadium.The company listed the ministry of defence, the health ministry, the transport ministry, Cyprus Post, Cyprus Sports Organisation, and the GSP Stadium as supporters of the campaign.But on Thursday head of equality issues at the foreign ministry, Josie Christodoulou told Active Radio: “This specific campaign, unfortunately, seems to be reproducing stereotypes instead of breaking them down.”Commissioner on Equality issues Josephina Antoniou said the campaign was a take on an American ad that pushed the message: ‘Real men don’t buy a girl’. Antoniou called the local campaign “extremely sexist.”Two of the ministries listed as supporters of the campaign distanced themselves from it saying they were unaware of the exact content of the campaign.“The ministry of health was not aware of the exact content in these campaigns,” the health ministry said in a statement.The ministry added that it has ordered that the posters, which were agreed on as part of the campaign deal, not be put up in hospitals.Earlier, the ministry of transport also condemned any involvement in the campaign and said that it has sent a letter to the company to remove its name from the campaign.In a statement, Galastyle said: “The phrase is deeply rooted within our society and identified with the ‘correct’ behaviour a man should have. So, it is a phrase that identifies any man. Therefore, it concerns him.”The company added that they wanted to address all the people, who think a man is the ‘supreme power’ to convey manhood means respect and not a demonstration of power over ‘the weaker sex’.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake coverage that comes with optionsCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndo Three arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRape suspects look set to go through police line-upUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more