Gadkari plans to infuse Rs 15L cr in highways globalise Khadi in

first_imgNew Delhi: Union Minister Nitin Jairam Gadkari, who is best known for his go-getting approach in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet has lined up big plans in his second innings. In the Gadkari’s list, the plan to infuse Rs 15 lakh crore in highways, propelling GDP growth by globalising khadi and MSME products ranks at the top.After taking charge of Road Transport and Highways and Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) Ministry, Gadkari in his first interview to a news agency, said that the mission ahead was to further propel the country’s economic growth through concerted efforts be it in highways or MSME. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC”The blueprint for highways is already in place. We plan to take up work worth at least Rs 15 lakh crore in highways that includes building 22 green expressways, rolling out all stuck projects in the next 100 days and creating a ‘grid of roads’ at par with the power grid,” Gadkari told the news agency on Wednesday The Minister said that during his previous tenure, his ministries — Road Transport and Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, Ganga Rejuvenation and River Development — in a cumulative basis, had seen a spend of Rs 17 lakh crore that included Rs 11 lakh crore in the highways sector alone. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsReferring to the momentous victory of BJP led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gadkari said that the resounding mandate by the people rising above petty party-politics, caste-creed or communalism has reaffirmed that people need “development” which will remain a priority area. Through demonetisation, the message has gone clear to the people that Modi-led government is against corruption and black money and all initiatives whether welfare schemes, houses, gas, electricity or health insurance have benefitted the poor, he stressed. The minister said that the priority for him will be “rolling out all stuck highway projects that include many of the IL&FS projects within 100 days”. “I reviewed projects yesterday and found out about 225 projects were pending for financial closure etc, which has been resolved and now only about 20-25 projects are left. This is a priority area and the pending projects will be zero within 100 days,” the minister said. About his new Ministry MSME, the Union Minister said that his endeavour would be to globalise MSME and Khadi products through joint ventures and he was especially keen on mass-scale honey production besides promoting products like Moringa which are globally much in demand. The focus will be rural areas and forming clusters of potters, people dependent on leather industries and giving them assistance with new technology aimed at promoting export of these products, he said. Citing the example of coir, he said small scale industries will be promoted, and noted that the plan is to make coir industry a Rs 20,000 crore economy from the present Rs 10,000 crore. “I am confident that these are going to create huge employment and propel GDP growth which will apparently be visible in next two to three years,” he said, adding that Khadi will be another thriving area.last_img read more

Apex court allows Mehboobas daughter to meet her in Valley

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter to meet her in Kashmir, where she is under detention following the revocation of the state’s special status a month ago.A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi allowed the PDP chief’s daughter Iltija to meet her after she submitted in court that she has no problem in going to their Srinagar home but has not been able to move freely in the city. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The bench, also comprising justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer, noted that there was no problem in authorities permitting Iltija to travel from Chennai, where she is currently staying, to Srinagar to meet her mother. As far as moving around in other parts of Srinagar goes, Iltija can do so subject to the permission from district authorities, the bench said in its order. It also allowed Iltija’s plea to meet her mother in private. A relieved Iltija said she will be finally meeting her mother thanks to the Supreme Court. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”I feel a sense of relief that I will be able to see her. But my greater worry is that there seems to be no plan in place to end this siege that the state has witnessed for a month now,” she said. Mehbooba is in detention in a hut at Chashmeshahi near the governor’s residence Raj Bhavan in Srinagar. “Today marks a month since a brutal clampdown was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir. Eight million people have been incarcerated and are living in constant fear, stripped of their rights and dignity. “I had no choice but to approach the honourable court for justice. I will continue to speak my mind on what is right for Kashmir like any free and responsible citizen should,” Iltija said in her reaction, adding she would be flying to Kashmir soon. In her petition, Iltija said she is concerned about her mother’s health as she has not met her for a month. “From the deliberations that have taken place, we are of the view that the state government has not and does not intend to prevent the petitioner (Iltija) from coming back to Srinagar from Chennai, where she is presently staying and meeting her mother. The petitioner may accordingly return to Srinagar on a date of her choice. She would be free to meet her mother in private,” the bench said. “So far as moving around in other parts of Srinagar is concerned, the petitioner would be free to do so subject to requisite permission from the district authorities as and when necessary,” it added. While advocate Nithya Ramakrishnan was making a submission that the petition was filed on behalf of Iltija seeking access to her mother as she has not met her for long time, Attorney General K K Venugopal and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said Mehbooba’s mother Gulshan Ara and sister Rubaiyya Sayeed visited her on August 29. They met her again with the permission of the district magistrate on September 3, the law officers said. The solicitor general said the petition is not for the “ostensible purpose” but for other reasons.last_img read more


first_imgEXCLUSIVE: The CW in May opted not to pick up pilot The Lost Boys to series but authorized a retooling, including recastings. As part of that, producing studio Warner Bros. TV  has released the entire cast of the pilot with the exception of Medalion Rahimi and Dakota Shapiro whose options have been extended. The duo will co-star in the new, reworked pilot, which will likely film by the end of the year.Meanwhile, pilot Glamorous starring Ben J. Pierce, which was not picked up in early May with the rest of the CW new series but was left in serious contention for a series order, is now dead. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Shutterstock/Diana Ragland Twitterlast_img read more

Gulf tanker incidents may raise shippers costs cut traffic

Recent seizures and attacks aimed at oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz will raise insurance rates for shipping companies and, if unchecked, reduce tanker traffic in the vital waterway, according to energy experts.Britain’s foreign secretary said Iranian authorities on Friday seized two ships, one flying under the British flag, the other registered in Liberia. The events occurred in a passageway that carries one-fifth of the world’s crude exports.“If this kind of problem continues, you might see people start to shy away from the (Persian) Gulf or try to reflag — not be a British tanker,” said energy economist Michael Lynch.The near-term impact will fall most heavily on the shipping industry in the form of higher insurance rates, said Lynch, president of Strategic Energy & Economic Research Inc.Richard Nephew, a Columbia University researcher who wrote a book on sanctions, also believes the tanker seizures could create “a real risk premium” for companies that operate in the Gulf and insurers that underwrite them.“Certainly we’ve seen concern with this in the past on sanctions grounds, and I would imagine security groups would be a far more complicating element,” Nephew said.On Friday, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said it took the British tanker Stena Impero to an Iranian port because it allegedly violated international shipping regulations. An Iranian news agency said the Liberian-flagged Mesdar was briefly detained and then released after being told to comply with environmental rules.The seizures marked a sharp escalation of tension in the region that began rising when the Trump administration withdrew from a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and imposed severe restrictions on Iranian oil exports and other sanctions.Many of the 2,000 companies operating ships in the region have ordered their vessels to transit the Strait of Hormuz only during the daylight hours and at high speed. But only a handful of the companies have halted bookings.The tensions in the Gulf also pushed oil prices slightly higher. Brent crude, the international standard, rose 0.9% to $62.47 a barrel on Friday, while benchmark U.S. crude gained 0.6% to settle at $55.63.There’s a long history of shippers enduring threats in the region.“There have always been little problems around the Gulf where people will say, ‘You’re in our territorial waters,’ but usually that doesn’t go so far as the seizure of tankers,” Lynch said.David Koenig, The Associated Press read more

Intellectual property rules must provide even playing field to support innovation –

“The position of IP [intellectual property] as a battleground for intense competition reinforces the need for a rules-based international system,” WIPO Director General Francis Gurry told delegates at the opening of the agency’s annual meeting in Geneva.“Rules should provide an even playing field and should save us from the temptation to lapse into forms of technological protectionism or mercantilism.”Mr. Gurry said there is an increasing demand for WIPO’s services, which reflects the growing consensus around the world that innovation is the foundation for economic success. As an example, he cited increasing levels of investment in research and development and the adoption of strategies by all the major economies to improve their innovation ecosystems. “While many parts of a successful innovation ecosystem, such as a good education system, lie beyond the competence of WIPO, IP is an essential part of such an innovation ecosystem. IP captures the economic value of innovation. It provides a secure environment for taking an idea through the complex journey to market commercialization,” he said.In addition, he noted that a greater international approach to patenting comes as a result of increased market globalization. This new environment, he said, requires WIPO to respond in new ways to ensure effective capacity building in developing and least developed countries.Mr. Gurry said that progress has been made in the ongoing discussions on an international instrument on IP and genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions, which he said is “a major priority” for the agency. However, he said that, despite the progress made over the past two years, more needs to be done and he encouraged countries to work towards a positive outcome during the meeting, which will end on 9 October.Mr. Gurry also praised the “constructive spirit” that led to the recent adoption of the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances in June, which protects the intellectual property rights of audiovisual performers, such as film and TV actors, and said he hoped that this would carry over in other ongoing negotiations. In particular, he called on States to endorse a proposed roadmap for a new instrument on improving access to published works for the visually impaired and print-disabled. During the meeting, Mr. Gurry also presented a report on WIPO’s main achievements over the past year. read more

Eight months after Gaza war not a single home has been rebuilt

“To date 9,161 Palestine refugee houses have been considered totally destroyed and 5,066 have suffered severe, 4,085 major and 124,782 minor damages,” said Chris Gunness, spokesperson for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). “Meanwhile, the agency has only received funding to reconstruct 200 of the 9,161 houses totally destroyed,” he added. “Over 60,000 Palestine refugee families have been able to complete the repair of their damaged homes with assistance provided through UNRWA.”Due to the agency’s lack of funding, 685 families still have not received the transitional rental subsidy for the period from September to December 2014. Some 9,000 refugee families are waiting for the first quarter of 2015 payment and 7,400 families have not received their $500 reintegration grant, he added. Over 62,500 families are awaiting assistance to commence with minor repairs to their damaged shelter. “UNRWA has processed all these cases and as soon as funding is secured the Agency will be able to distribute the urgently needed cash assistance,” Mr. Gunness said.Another 11,500 families whose homes were totally or severely destroyed have received a one-time rental subsidy payment typically covering a four-month period. Of the families receiving transitional shelter cash assistance, nearly 9,000 also benefited from the $500 reintegration grant. During the last summer conflict, a total of 548 Palestinian children lost their lives and about 1,000 children were injured – “some so badly that they will have to live the rest of their lives with disabilities,” Mr. Gunness said. “Thousands more were displaced. The unprecedented human, social and physical devastation during the July/August 2014 hostilities had thus a particular impact on children and many are in need of psycho-social support,” he stated.The UNRWA Summer Fun Weeks is a programme implemented by the agency to support refugee children’s psychosocial needs by providing them with a safe place to play and develop friendships through sports activities, handicrafts, drawing or theatre. This year’s events will take place between 25 July and 13 August in 120 different locations across the Gaza Strip. read more

In Seoul Ban spotlights role of young people and technology in future

“Data is the new oil. Data centres are the factories of the 21st century. Data is the lifeblood of decision-making. It provides the raw material for accountability,” Mr. Ban said in his remarks at the Seoul Digital Forum. “The communications revolution touches every aspect of the UN’s work,” the told a conference on ‘Motivated curiosity- seeking new breakthroughs.’ “Our food agency uses mobile phones to help farmers set prices. Our relief operations communicate emergency information over online networks. And our messages go directly to the global public over Twitter and Facebook,” he explained. Earlier this morning, Mr. Ban announced that he had been informed the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) had reversed its decision regarding his visit to Kaesong Industrial Complex, which is on the border between DPRK and the Republic of Korea. No explanation was given for this last-minute change.“This decision by Pyongyang is deeply regrettable. However, I, as Secretary-General of the United Nations, will not spare any efforts to encourage the DPRK to work with the international community for peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and beyond,” Mr. Ban said. Back at the data Forum, the Secretary-General said: “Today, we are reaching out to the world to hear what people want for their future.” Globally, six out of every seven people on earth have a mobile phone. There are three billion Internet users – and that number is increasing fast. In Africa, mobile broad-band penetration jumped from 2 percent in 2010 to 20 percent last year. “But there is still a wide digital divide. Connectivity tends to be better in cities than the countryside. And more men have access to the Internet than women,” the UN chief said. For every 10 per cent increase in broadband penetration in the developing world, gross domestic product (GDP) goes up by almost two percent on average. Advanced technologies are accelerating progress – but there are also emerging threats. Bullies hide behind screen names and troll innocent victims. Extremist groups are using social networks to spread their hateful ideologies. Entire governments and industries are vulnerable to attacks by hackers, Mr. Ban said. Two years ago, some 600 million people were victims of cybercrimes. Experts estimate these crimes will cost the global economy about $400 billion every year.“Trust is vital to digital transactions. People deserve to feel safe when they log on to their computers,” he emphasized. “In the last century, repressive States would check on who was buying typewriters. In today’s world, they shut down the Internet.”Mr. Ban called for social networks that work for social inclusion and unity – around a common, global vision for a future of dignity and peace for all people. “Inspired by this vision, let us harness the power of ICTs to create a new era of sustainable development,” he emphasized. Also today, the Secretary-General, in remarks at the opening of Academic Impact Forum, that this is a very powerful era for youth. “When I look at youth, I don’t see peril – I see potential. I see hope,” Mr. Ban said, calling on young people to raise their voices for peace. “I ask them often why you don’t challenge your leaders, your professors, your congressmen and CEOs. Make this world sustainable. This is the world I will have to leave. Make this situation sustainable. And I am insisting that governments start to listen to the world’s youth – including giving them a place at the negotiating table,” he said. What the terrorists fear most is not a weapon – what they fear most is girls and young people with textbooks.“They tried to kill Malala and her friends – just because they were girls who wanted to go to school… Violent extremists kidnapped more than 200 girls in Chibok, Nigeria from their school. Scores of students were murdered in Garissa, Kenya and in Peshawar, Pakistan,” he added. As the world prepares to adopt a bold new vision for sustainable development, Mr. Ban warned against there being too much emphasis on transferring knowledge without wisdom. Young people should challenge injustice. They should speak out for what they know is right. “When you navigate down that difficult road and find your own way, you can open up a better future for all people,” he said. read more

Botched execution in Alabama amounted to torture lawyer claims

first_img‘Botched’ execution in Alabama amounted to ‘torture’, lawyer claims No vein could be found to administer the lethal injection to 61-year-old Doyle Hamm. Doyle Lee Hamm Monday 26 Feb 2018, 3:14 PM Doyle Lee Hamm Feb 26th 2018, 3:14 PM 46 Comments By Associated Press Short URL Share3 Tweet Email THE LAWYER OF a Death Row inmate whose execution was called off last week has said that the “botched” attempts to administer lethal injection amounted to “torture”.Execution team members stuck an inmate repeatedly in the lower legs, ankles and groin in effort to find a usable vein before the state called off the lethal injection, according to a court filing by Doyle Hamm’s lawyer Bernard Harcourt.Harcourt said he is seeking more information about what happened during the attempted execution of his 61-year-old client on Thursday night.US District Judge Karon Bowdre ordered a medical examination of Hamm and directed the state to maintain material related to the attempt.Hamm, who has battled lymphoma, was to be executed on Thursday for the 1987 slaying of motel clerk Patrick Cunningham.However, prison officials announced about 11.30pm that night that they were halting the execution because medical staff did not think they could obtain “the appropriate venous access” before a midnight deadline.The announcement came about 2 ½ hours after the US Supreme Court cleared the execution to proceed.The state prison commissioner said the execution was delayed because of a “time issue”.“I wouldn’t necessarily characterise what we had tonight as a problem… The only indication I have is that in their medical judgment it was more of a time issue given the late hour,” Commissioner Jeff Dunn said on Friday morning.Harcourt said the execution was botched and that he had argued in court filings since July that lethal injection would be difficult and painful because Hamm’s veins have been severely compromised by lymphoma, hepatitis and prior drug use.Two execution team members, working on each side of Hamm’s body, tried multiple times to insert the intravenous line on his left and right legs and ankles, and later turned him over and slapped the back of his legs to try to get a vein, Harcourt said. They then tried unsuccessfully to connect the line through his groin, he said.“He’s in great pain from yesterday evening, physically, from all of the attempts to access his veins in his lower extremities and in his groin,” Harcourt told The Associated Press.Early Friday, shortly after officials announced that the execution had been halted, Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn said the only obstacle to a successful execution was that the team lacked sufficient time.Dunn said he didn’t know how long the medical team attempted to connect the line. The Alabama attorney general’s office didn’t respond to a request for comment.Harcourt asked Bowdre to let the physician who conducted Hamm’s medical exam to review the notes state officials took during the attempted execution.He argued that the lapse of more than two hours before the state halted the execution was a sign that something was wrong. The past four executions in the state began about an hour after final permission was given from the US Supreme Court.Records from Georgia show that it typically takes that state less than 20 minutes to prepare an inmate for lethal injection, although there have been exceptions. In 2016, it took more than an hour to prepare a 72-year-old inmate when staff were unable to insert an IV in one arm and ended up connecting to a vein in his groin.Alabama carries out executions by lethal injection unless an inmate requests the electric chair.Hamm was convicted in the 1987 killing of motel clerk Patrick Cunningham. Cunningham was shot once in the head while working an overnight shift at a Cullman motel. Police said $410 was taken during the robbery.Hamm gave police a confession and he was convicted after two accomplices testified against him in exchange for being allowed to plead guilty to lesser offenses, according to court documents.With reporting from Sean MurrayRead: Death row prisoner who hired hitman to kill his family given last-minute reprieveRead: Florida killer yells ‘murderers!’ as he is put to death 32,162 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

5 women caught on camera stealing cosmetics in Weston Walgreens

first_imgWESTON, FLA. (WSVN) – – Five women were caught on camera stealing cosmetic items from a Walgreens in Weston.Surveillance video from Jan. 16  shows the women taking handfuls of beauty products from a Walgreens located along Blatt Boulevard of Weston Road at about 6 p.m.Detectives said the thieves got away with approximately $5,000 worth of merchandise and are believed to have targeted other drug stores in nearby cities.If you have any information on this crime, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

IAB Digital Ad Revenues Grow to 96 Billion in First Quarter

first_imgClick to Enlarge Examining Digital Ad SpendWhile overall digital ad revenues are up, the number of ways brand marketers are spending their dollars is also changing. According to a March 2013 survey that was released late last month by the Association of National Advertisers, 65 percent of the 20 major U.S. brands surveyed said they were increasing their investments in mobile, eMarketer reports.The data shows that mobile is the fastest growing segment of digital spending—only about 10 percent of those surveyed said they planned to decrease mobile spend. Social is the second fastest growing segment with 55 percent of the U.S. marketers surveyed saying they planned to increase their social spend. No advertisers reported decreasing their budgets as it relates to social spending.Video is also gaining speed, with two out of five brand marketers saying they planned to up their investment in video. Source: eMarketer Digital ad revenues are growing quickly, a new report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) shows. In the first quarter of 2013 digital advertising revenues hit $9.6 billion—a 15.6 percent increase from the $8.3 billion figure reported in the first quarter in 2012. The survey was conducted by IAB and PwC U.S. as part of the ongoing IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report—the IAB sponsors the report, which is independently conducted by the New Media Group of PwC.As the chart below shows, quarterly digital revenue growth has been steady since 1996, and has grown by more than $4 billion since 2007.center_img Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter!last_img read more

AAP Rocky HipHop Is Oversaturated With Overdose

first_img Twitter A$AP Rocky Talks Sobriety, Overdoses In Hip-Hop aap-rocky-hip-hop-oversaturated-overdose A$AP Rocky: Hip-Hop Is “Oversaturated” With Overdose Email Facebook center_img News The rapper, who has been open about doing LSD in his music, says he has been sober since the New YearJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Jan 18, 2019 – 11:55 am Rapper A$AP Rocky spoke about being sober and the overwhelming amount of deaths from overdose in the hip-hop community in a recent interview with radio host Angie Martinez.A$AP, who has been open about doing LSD in his music and talked about his experiences with the drug in interviews, says he has been sober since the New Year.”It was my New Year’s Resolution … I just gotta get my mind right, get it healthy,” he said. Regarding not smoking he said, “That’s just for now, not forever, I’m just getting my s-*-*-* together.”The topic came up after he spoke about the late rapper A$AP Yam, who died of an overdose in 2015. Rocky also addressed the Always Strive And Prosper non-profit started by Yam’s mother. The A$AP Mob has organized a fourth annual concert celebration featuring Ski Mask The Slump God, Chief Keef and Young M.A. Jan. 17 called Yams Day. A$AP Rocky also spoke about the number of lives lost to overdose:”We know our brother died from an overdose and just like people like Lil Peep and Mac Miller, rest in peace. It’s one of those situations where in hip-hop, it’s oversaturated with that and you hear that more common than you hear like rest in peace XXX people really being murdered or something like that. It’s a lot of people just dying from overdosing or close to near-death experiences. You hear that a lot.”Cardi B, Camila Cabello, Post Malone, Janelle Monáe & More To Perform At The 2019 GRAMMYsRead morelast_img read more

Industry environmental groups speak out as Hilcorp paves the way for drilling

first_imgA 3-D rendering of Hilcorp’s proposed Liberty project as represented in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s draft environmental impact statement. (Image elizabethRegulators are taking input on what could be the nation’s first oil production platform in federal Arctic waters.Listen nowThe oil and gas company Hilcorp wants to build a gravel island in shallow waters in the Beaufort Sea, east of Prudhoe Bay. The Liberty project would be similar to several gravel islands built to produce oil in nearby state waters.The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, or BOEM, held its last hearing in Anchorage, on Tuesday, asking the public to weigh in as it prepares its environmental impact statement.Many of the speakers were from industry or trade groups, who all argued in favor of the project.“The Liberty Project represents a positive step towards perpetuation of the oil and gas industry in Alaska by curtailing oil production decline at this crucial time in Alaska’s history,”  Bob Stinson said. He’s with Price Gregory, a company constructs pipelines.Most of the speakers echoed Stinson, saying the Liberty project would give a much-needed boost to the trans-Alaska pipeline. The pipeline is now running at about 500,000 barrels per day. Hilcorp plans to produce up to 70,000 barrels per day from Liberty.There were a few dissenters. Protesters with the Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental group, briefly held up a banner in the hallway reading, “NO ARCTIC DRILLING.” During the hearing, the Center’s Blake Kopcho argued Hilcorp’s record in Alaska should disqualify it from a project in the Arctic Ocean.“Hilcorp has a documented history of accidents and safety violations, which heighten the numerous inherent risks with offshore drilling in the Arctic,” Kopcho said.Hilcorp was responsible for a months-long natural gas leak in Cook Inlet this spring.The company did get a vote of confidence from a top state regulator. Andy Mack, who leads the state Department of Natural Resources, delivered the final public remarks.“There’s no doubt — there’s no doubt at all — that the economic benefits are substantial,” Mack said. “It’s one of the projects in Alaska that’s been studied very, very extensively and I think that it’s a good project.”The public comment period for the Liberty Project ends November 18.last_img read more

MAP Check How Much Your School District Spends On Students

first_img Share School spending varies widely from state to state, and even within states.The national average of spending per student was $11,841 in 2013, according to an Education Week analysis of federal data.In Texas, the average was well below that, at $8,075, after factoring in regional cost differences.This map breaks it down even more. Check out how much your district spends per student. You can search for a district by name in the search box below.last_img

White Man Indicted in Killing of Black Teen Over Rap Music

first_imgBy Anita Snow, The Associated PressA White man who authorities say was out of prison for two days when he stabbed a Black teen on July 4 because he felt threatened by the youth’s rap music at a suburban Phoenix convenience store was indicted July 11 on first-degree murder charges.Elijah Al-Amin “did nothing to warrant the brutal and senseless attack that took his life,” an emotional Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said in announcing the murder charge. Montgomery, who said he has a 16-year-old child, explained that Arizona does not have a hate crime law, but stiffer penalties can be imposed at sentencing.Elijah Al-Amin (l), who was killed by a white man (Michael Adams, right) who has said he felt threatened by the boy’s rap music, on July 4, 2019, in Peoria, Ariz. (Photos: Serina Rides and Maricopa County Sheriff Office via AP)Police arrested Michael Adams after finding him near the scene with a pocket knife and blood on his clothes. A grand jury on July 10 indicted Adams, 27, on one count of first-degree murder in the 17-year-old’s killing. He is being held on $1 million bond and is due in court on July 18.Montgomery did not directly address claims by Adams’ current defense attorney Jacie Cotterell that her client is mentally ill. He also didn’t comment on how Adams’ release from prison on a prior assault conviction was handled.Court records show that Adams served 13 months for aggravated assault on a corrections officer at a county jail. Adams was in jail because of a 2017 arrest on charges he waved a brick at a security guard and told him he would “put this brick through your face,” record shows.Cotterell told the judge at his initial appearance hearing last week that her client was mentally ill and had been released from prison without any medication, “no holdover meds, no way to care for himself.”A former defense attorney, Josephine Hallam, said last October that Adams had been diagnosed as autistic, and suffered from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and a “sensory processing disorder.” Adams believed the brick to have “magical” powers that would protect him, Hallam said.Department of Corrections spokesman Bill Lamoreaux said in a statement that “the tragic death is terrible, and Mr. Adams will have to answer for his alleged actions.”Lamoreaux said that when Adams was released he “was not designated seriously mentally ill” and that once the agency transported him from the state prison complex in Yuma to the Phoenix area he comes from it “had no further legal authority over him.”last_img read more

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first_imgFeature | April 26, 2013 | Greg Freiherr Whip Radiology’s Decline Now Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Related Content Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more Increasing procedure volume, brought on by pending healthcare reforms, may put a premium on software that can automate and streamline workflow. (Screenshot of Synapse RIS 6.2 courtesy of FujiFilm Medical Systems)In the 1970s when I studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the UW had a reputation for being a hotbed of insurrection. I did my part in 1975 by wearing Gerald Ford’s WIN button upside down. It was a tacit repudiation of the idea that a public relations campaign could spawn a grassroots movement to “Whip Inflation Now” and an implied statement that there are “No Immediate Miracles.”Forty years later, there is a consensus in the radiology community that government efforts cannot produce miracles, at least anytime soon. At November’s RSNA meeting, executives of major equipment vendors told me they had all but given up hope that the current recession would soon end. Over the next 18 to 24 months, the new normal for the imaging community, they said, would be comprised of sporadic gusts of purchasing followed by long periods of little upbeat activity.Regents Health Resources, a national consulting firm specializing in medical imaging business intelligence, suggests otherwise. Regents estimates that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will lead providers to perform millions more imaging exams. Californians alone could undergo almost 9 million additional imaging exams per year. Across the country, imaging procedures are forecast to rise an average 13.6 percent. This would translate into 61 million more such procedures annually. You might say, “Hallelujah, brother  … and pass the mustard.” But hold on. As with my diminution of President Ford’s attack on inflation, we would all do well to don our NIM buttons. There are no immediate miracles! The radiology climate is not likely to turn suddenly from Ice Age to Jurassic. Considering, however, that a government program designed to substantially broaden insurance coverage has the potential to change, over time, the healthcare landscape, the imaging community might consider how this landscape could change if healthcare reform exerts a cumulative influence over the coming years.If procedure volumes rise, as Regents predicts, it would eventually absorb the over-capacity that now exists in some imaging operations. This would lead some facilities to extend their hours of service to handle the increased load in the short-term, as they plan changes in technologies and staff management to foster long-term fixes.Meanwhile, there would likely be a growing cry from budgeteers. Regents forecasts that additional procedures will add $4 billion to Medicare and Medicaid expenses in just the six states experiencing the biggest surge in demand — California, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, Tennessee and Texas. The rest of the country would add to that, undoing years of reduced expenditures in medical imaging orchestrated by last decade’s Deficit Reduction Act.If this happens, radiology could again be vilified for adding cost to healthcare. The real risk to radiology, however, might come from short-term answers inappropriately applied by referring physicians who order the wrong exams and the docs who do their own imaging. Low-cost substitutes may be wedged into places where higher cost, premium performance technologies belong, resulting in misdiagnoses and substandard care that could smear medical imaging.To date, organized radiology has failed to get across to the general public the value that imaging brings to patient management. In the months and years ahead, we would be well served to find a way to do so or the imaging community could be seriously harmed, especially if radiology stages a miraculous comeback over the coming years.To put this likelihood in perspective, look back to when President Ford declared that inflation was “public enemy No. 1” in a speech to Congress titled “Whip Inflation Now.” At the time, the United States was struggling with annual inflation of 11.3 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Two years later, that rate had dropped to 5.8 percent.While miracles did not immediately happen, one did indeed happen. In that context, it would be wise for us to not write off the imaging industry, but rather to prepare for the best. Because unless we are careful, the best could all too easily turn into the worst.Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. Read more of his views on his blog at FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 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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Can you tell when someone is lying? read more A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 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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first_imgYesterday, Diane Greene, the CEO of Google Cloud, announced in a blog post that Chief Artificial Intelligence Scientist Dr. Fei-Fei Li will be   replaced by Dr. Andrew Moore, dean of the school of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University at the end of this year. The blog further mentions that, as originally planned, Dr. Fei-Fei Li will be returning to her professorship at Stanford and in the meanwhile, she will transition to being an AI/ML Advisor for Google Cloud. The timing of the transition following the controversies surrounding Google and Pentagon Project Maven is not lost on many. Flashback on ‘Project Maven’ protest and its outcry On March 2017 it was revealed that Google Cloud, headed by Greene, signed a secret $9m contract with the United States Department of Defense called as ‘Project Maven’. The project aimed to develop an AI system that could help recognize people and objects captured in military drone footage. The contract was crucial to the Google Cloud Platform gaining a key US government FedRAMP authorization. This project was expected to assist Google in finding future government work worth potentially billions of dollars. Planned for use for non-offensive purposes only,  project Maven also had the potential to expand to a $250m deal. Google provided the Department of Defense with its TensorFlow APIs to assist in object recognition, which the Pentagon believed would eventually turn its stores of video into “actionable intelligence”. In September 2017, in a leaked email reviewed by The New York Times, Scott Frohman, Google’s head of defense and intelligence sales asked Dr. Li ,Google Cloud AI’s leader and Chief Scientist, for directions on the “burning question” of how to publicize this news to the masses. To which she replied back- “Avoid at ALL COSTS any mention or implication of AI. Weaponized AI is probably one of the most sensitized topics of AI — if not THE most. This is red meat to the media to find all ways to damage Google.” As predicted by Dr. Li, the project was met with outrage by more than 3000 Google employees who believed that Google shouldn’t be involved in any military work and that algorithms have no place in identifying potential targets. This caused a rift in Google’s workforce, fueled heated staff meetings and internal exchanges, and prompted some employees to resign. Many employees were “deeply concerned” that the data collected by Google integrated with military surveillance data for targeted killing. Fast forward to June 2018 where Google stated that it would not renew its contract (to expire in 2019) with the Pentagon. Dr. Li’s timeline at Google During her two year tenure, Dr. Li oversaw some remarkable work in accelerating the adoption of AI and ML by developers and Google Cloud customers. Considered as one of the most talented machine learning researchers in the world, Dr. Li has published more than 150 scientific articles in top-tier journals and conferences including Nature, Journal of Neuroscience, New England Journal of Medicine and many more. Dr. Li is the inventor of ImageNet and the ImageNet Challenge, a large-scale effort contributing to the latest developments in computer vision and deep learning in AI. Dr. Li has been a keynote or invited speaker at many conferences. She has been in the forefront of receiving prestigious awards for innovation and technology while being an acclaimed feature in many magazines. In addition to her contributions in the world of tech, Dr Li also is a co-founder of Stanford’s renowned SAILORS outreach program for high school girls and the national non-profit AI4ALL. The controversial email from Dr.Li can lead to one thinking if the transition was made as a result of the events of 2017. However, no official statement has been released by Google or Dr. Li on why she is moving on. Head over to Google’s Blog for the official announcement of this news. Read Next Google CEO Sundar Pichai won’t be testifying to Senate on election interference Bloomberg says Google, Mastercard covertly track customers’ offline retail habits via a secret million dollar ad deal Epic games CEO calls Google “irresponsible” for disclosing the security flaw in Fortnite Android Installer before patch was readylast_img read more

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