MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says his administration has nearly stamped out the fuel theft that has plagued the country for years.López Obrador sent the military after the fuel thieves shortly after taking office in December. In November, thieves were stealing an average of 81,000 barrels of gasoline per day, mostly by illegally tapping pipelines. Official figures indicate that the daily loss was down to 8,000 barrels a day last month, and through the first week in April, it was averaging 5,000 barrels per day.López Obrador said Wednesday it’s proof that his government will not tolerate corruption.Fuel theft cost the government more than $3.4 billion last year. If the current strategy continues to work, the president said Mexico could save more than $2.6 billion this year.The Associated Press
2 April 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the $1.1 trillion package committed by leaders of the Group of 20 (G-20) nations in London, stressing that developing nations must receive the funds needed to stem the onset of a human development crisis. The G-20 nations today also “reaffirmed previous commitments to increase aid and help countries achieve the Millennium Development Goals,” Mr. Ban said in a statement, referring to the ambitious anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline.This means that these nations are promising at least $300 billion in aid over the next two years, he said. “For the poorest countries this will be crucial. The world will be watching.”According to new World Bank data, developing countries’ economic growth will slow sharply to 2.1 per cent this year, marking a 3 per cent drop from 2008. As a result, some 53 million more people would fall into poverty this year, living on less than $1.25 a day, due to the crisis. Additionally, the world economy will contract by 1.7 per cent compared to last year’s 1.9 per cent growth, making the first global decline since the Second World War. The G-20 leaders committed considerable new resources for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, and asked the UN to monitor the impacts of the current and future crises on the world’s most vulnerable, the Secretary-General added.“I welcome the commitment from G-20 leaders to resist protectionism and to monitor compliance,” he said, noting that he was also encouraged by their recognition of the strong links between tackling the economic turmoil, food security and climate change.Among other things, the leaders also committed to combating climate change, vowing to reach agreement at the UN climate change conference this December in Copenhagen, where nations are expected to conclude an ambitious successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol, whose first commitment period ends in 2012.In an opinion piece published in The Guardian today, the Secretary-General made the case for $1 trillion to “stop the slide” and help the world’s poorest, who spend as much as 80 per cent of their income on food and have no safety net.“One trillion dollars over two years is not so large a sum, considering the consequences,” he said. “Some might call it a moral imperative. But if our goal is to reverse a global slump, it is also sound economics.”The financial crisis has spiralled into an economic crisis, he wrote. “I fear worse to come: a full-blown political crisis defined by growing social unrest, weakened governments and angry publics who have lost all faith in their leaders and their own future.”Mr. Ban appealed to nations to recognize their global interdependence, with no single nation being able to safeguard its economic security without taking into account the well-being of other countries. “There is a thin line between failing banks and failing countries, and we cross it at our peril.”Boosting liquidity through the IMF is key to reverse the credit crunch impacting developing nations which has retarded trade and growth, Mr. Ban underscored.“Meanwhile, we must resist short-sighted pressures that would compromise, if not destroy, the progress we make in London – and say no to the new protectionism,” the Secretary-General wrote, calling on nations who have placed restrictions on trade to reverse the trend.While in London, the Secretary-General held bilateral meetings today with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso. Tomorrow he heads to Paris, where he will chair a meeting of the UN system’s Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB). read more
LONDON — A British court has ruled that a police force’s trial of automated facial recognition technology is lawful, dealing a blow to an activist concerned about its implications for privacy.The court said Wednesday that existing laws adequately cover the trial by the South Wales police force, in what’s believed to be the world’s first legal case on how a law enforcement agency uses the new technology.The decision comes amid a broader global debate about rising use of facial recognition technology, powered by new advances in cameras and artificial intelligence to automatically scan faces and match them to “watchlists” of wanted people.The British court said in its ruling that the technology’s deployment by South Wales was in line with British human rights and data privacy legislation.The Associated Press read more
STOCK PHOTO/FREEIMAGES.COM It’s a situation Alberta hasn’t faced since Rain Man and Working Girl were in theatres.The unemployment rate in the province is above the national average for the first time since December 1988 – sitting at 7.4 per cent.The rate for all of Canada is 7.2 per cent.Alberta lost 10,000 jobs in January, and 35,000 in the last year.Calgary was hit especially hard last month; the unemployment rate rocketed up from 7 per cent to 7.7 per cent.“It is discouraging of course; month after month these job reports, they just continue to get worse,” ATB’s Chief Economist Todd Hirsch said.Hirsch said January’s job picture isn’t surprising, but it is a hit to Alberta’s pride.“We’re used to being the engine of growth, and this is where the jobs are, and people have moved here — tens of thousands of people have moved here over the years,” he said, adding we’re now seeing a reversal, with workers migrating out of the province. “At least in the first half of the year, from Alberta to other parts of the country, particularly to British Columbia, which continues to do pretty well.”Hirsch is also expecting the unemployment rate to reach at least eight per cent in 2016.“I do expect after the spring break-up, a lot of those work crews just won’t be called back, so I do think we will see continued rounds of layoffs, particularly in the petroleum sector,” he said. “I do actually think the situation could get worse before it stabilizes and gets better, perhaps towards the second half of the year.”As for Calgary’s big jump, Hirsch says it’s typical for big fluctuations in job numbers month to month at the city level, so looking longer trends is better to get an idea to get the full picture. Alberta’s unemployment rate climbs above national average by Kaitlin Lee, News Staff Posted Feb 5, 2016 7:43 am MDT Last Updated Feb 5, 2016 at 10:10 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more
Their signs brought to life UDHR’s stirring words: “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security” and “Act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood”.Among other things, the United Nations inter-agency group combats homophobia, biphobia and transphobia throughout the UN system. Human rights are for everyone, everywhere – no matter who you are or whom you love. #PrideMonth is ending but join UN @free_equal all year round in the fight against transphobia & homophobia: https://t.co/Ljui9G92Ag #WorldPride pic.twitter.com/HhSNZNT2f0— United Nations (@UN) June 30, 2019 According to UN-GLOBE secretary Gabe Scelta, this year’s celebration is “especially important” because it marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which for many represent the beginning of the fight for equality and nondiscrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning/queer and intersex (LGBTQI) people, “which we are still challenged with today”. “As a transgender person marching under the banner of UN-GLOBE”, he said “it means our LGBTQI family, especially those facing discrimination all over the world, might see someone like me, someone like themselves, living openly and happily, and feel some hope for the future.” Mr. Scelta underscored: “Our community faces unparalleled discrimination and violence all over the world, especially directed towards those with intersectional identities”, including trans women of color, black and latinx trans women.He pointed out that extremely high rates of depression and suicide are experienced “in epidemic proportions” as a natural response to the pressures of being a minority, especially for young people. “Seeing people like us living our lives with joy, with love and support from friends, allies, and workplaces can be a lifeline”, underscored Mr. Scelta.All staff in New York were invited by the UN Staff Union and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to march with UN-GLOBE in celebration of World Pride. And next week in Geneva, Kate Gilmore, Deputy High Commissioner of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and Dorothy Tembo, Deputy Executive Director of International Trade Centre (ITC) will be walking in solidarity as UN-GLOBE marches in the parade there. Not everyone is celebratingWhile the atmosphere of the day was one of exuberance and pride, the World Bank pointed out that despite advances over the past two decades, LGBTI people continue to face widespread exclusion, discrimination and violence in many countries.To date, about one-third of UN Member States continue to criminalize homosexuality and there is a deeply entrenched stigma against them that not only negatively impact LGBTI people, but also the communities and economies in which they live, according to the World Bank.Tackling this plight is especially difficult because a lack of legal protections perpetuate the struggle.Another major barrier is the absence of data on the lives of LGBTI people, which the World Bank says puts in jeopardy the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and countries’ commitment to the principle of “leaving no one behind” in the effort to end poverty and inequality. read more
The Penn State defense tackles OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett late in the fourth quarter to solidify a 24-21 victory over the Buckeyes on Oct. 22. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorSTATE COLLEGE, Pa. — When the Ohio State football team got back to Columbus around 5 in the morning following the Wisconsin game, the No. 2 Buckeyes changed up their routine. They took an off day on Sunday and watched film on Monday. Throughout the week the team tried to correct the woes in the passing game that carried over to Wisconsin from the Indiana game the week before.Once again, a sluggish offensive performance reared its ugly head on Saturday night against the Penn State Nittany Lions. However, this time it ended in the team’s first loss of 2016, 24-21 in regulation. It was coach Urban Meyer’s first loss in 21 true road games with the Scarlet and Gray.“Offensively we didn’t control the line of scrimmage,” Meyer said. “(J.T. Barrett) was under pressure all night when he threw it. We didn’t move them off the ball in the run game.”After three quarters, the Buckeyes looked to be in control. Samuel silenced the white-out crowd with an electrifying 74-yard touchdown run that put OSU up 19-7. Then, a Penn State snap went over the head of punter Blake Gillikin who recovered it in his own end zone for a safety. The Buckeyes led 21-7, then things went south.Penn State scored on a 90-yard drive in just five plays. Then, after an OSU three-and-out and a blocked punt, the Nittany Lions put three more on the board to trim the deficit to 21-17. After OSU accumulated 59 yards, Penn State junior cornerback Grant Haley blocked a field goal attempt from OSU senior kicker Tyler Durbin and returned it 60 yards for the game-winning score.Albeit, the outcome wasn’t entirely the offense’s fault, but the team’s inability to gain first downs early in the game came back to haunt them late.With 4:21 on the clock for a game-tying or go-ahead score, a typical Urban Meyer offense can manage that time and score without much of a problem. For whatever reason, this year that has not been the case and it showed on Saturday. The kickoff was muffed, giving redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett and the offense difficult field position. The entire drive, the Penn State defense — ranked 102nd in the country in rushing defense prior to the game— continued to disrupt the OSU offense. Barrett was flushed out of the backfield, had little time to throw and redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber had nowhere to run.Barrett was sacked twice on the drive in the team’s final two plays. In total, Penn State had six sacks on the night, the most allowed this season by OSU’s offensive line.“We didn’t get our job done,” redshirt senior center Pat Elflein said. “They were playing hard and we just didn’t do it. We didn’t get it done tonight.”For the third straight week, the passing game has not been met expectations. Barrett completed 28-of-43 passes for 245 yards and a touchdown, but over half of those completions were to Samuel and Weber — many on checkdowns.Barrett was forced out of the pocket on numerous occasions, but that wasn’t the problem in the past two games. Even when there was protection, Barrett often had to create more time to find an open receiver. He said after the game that the timing between the receivers wasn’t an issue.“I think it was just mental errors,” Barrett said. “It’s not looking for a hot (receiver) … not clearing out on some routes so somebody else can get open. I think that was part of it. I think we put our O-line in bad spots early on in drives, so we’re in 2nd-and-long and then we had to pass.”Moving forward, OSU has plenty of questions to answer on both sides of the ball, but the the presence of a passing game might avoid another loss that would effectively end OSU’s playoff hopes.“We’re not a great team right now,” Meyer said. “We got to regroup and get guys healthy and come back and keep swinging.” read more
A shepherd who beat 2,500 applicants in a National Trust competition to run a picturesque farm has told how his dream turned to a “nightmare” as he struggled to cope with tending the land, a court heard.Daniel Jones, 40, was granted the tenancy of Parc Farm, a 145-acre site on the Great Orme headland in north Wales, at a cost of just £1 a year in 2016 but found running the area “a massive step up”, it was claimed.Jones, a farmer with 15 years experience, is on trial at Llandudno Magistrates Court charged with 11 offences relating to livestock, tracing back to his early days on the farm. He has denied the offences.The 40-year-old is accused of failing to dispose of three sheep carcasses, failing to keep a register of animal movements and nine counts of failing to notify the authorities of animals he had between 2016 and 2018.The court heard Jones told trading standards officers from Conwy Council, who had quizzed him about the sheep carcasses, of the pressure he had come under since winning the international contest for a “conservation farming hero” During an interview he said: “It’s been affecting my personal life as well, working all the time. “I do about 25 miles a day in this little buggy going around the Orme,” he said. Jones is yet to give evidence in the trial. His solicitor has claimed he was targeted by council officials eager to restore their reputation after losing a series of court cases.David Kirwan said that Mr Jones was told by one trading standards officer: “Farmers around here think we are a joke and we need to show them we are not a joke.” According to Mr Kirwan, it showed the motive behind the decision to prosecute Mr Jones.He said: “This whole case amounts to a barrel-scraping exercise. Conwy decided to make an example of Daniel to try to restore its reputation.” Jones originally faced 20 charges but nine of them were dropped.As a result of the charges being brought, Jones said he had been “put through 17 months of a nightmare.”Barrister John Wyn Williams, prosecuting for the council, has told the judge the authority acted reasonably in bringing the case. He said Mr Jones had failed to comply with movement regulations for his sheep and lambs. The trial continues. The Orme is just a massive step up and a big area. “I was just running around everywhere. I thought I was doing everything OK but obviously I’m not. Getting this farm was like a dream come true for me.” Daniel Jones, 38Credit:David Powell Trading standards officer Charlotte Walker-Williams said Mr Jones described how he had developed a stress-related condition. She said there was no concern about the welfare of animals. Jones had more than 500 sheep and lambs on the £1 million valued farm.Ms Walker-Williams recalled how officers visited the farm in January last year after a complaint from a member of the public about dead sheep.She said there were three carcasses. The defendant told how he had been kept busy going around catching sheep which wandered on to the lower slopes of the Great Orme and into the town – something the headland’s famous herd of goats also often do. “Every phone call I get I have to go straightaway. The last thing I want to do is upset the people of Llandudno,” Jones had explained in interview.Jones insisted he had “changed a lot of things” since he assumed the tenancy, it was said. The court heard there had been an emergency meeting with the National Trust about fencing and he’d bought an all-terrain vehicle. 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. read more
Long the biggest company in mobile phones, Nokia is staggering under the onslaught of blows being dealt by the likes of Google and Apple. The Finnish company’s new CEO has made no bones about what faces the company if they don’t change, and change fast: extinction.Nokia has a big announcement planned next Friday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and while it’s not known what it’s going to be, Nokia stock is on the rise as analysts have fallen all over themselves guessing that Nokia will announce the adoption of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 operating system.Much of the speculation seems to be prompted by CEO Stephen Elop’s recent comments that Nokia “must build, catalyse or join a competitve ecosystem,” which is widely being interpreted as a hint that Nokia will adopt a third-party OS for its future smartphones, leaving behind the likes of Symbian, which is already effectively dead, and MeeGo, which has its work cut out for itself in getting marketshare.Why Windows Phone 7? Largely, it’s due to Elop’s prior relationship with Microsoft: he was previously head of Microsoft’s business division, so a partnership makes sense.Nokia is also expected to once again take the American market seriously after neglecting it for years due to its issues with the way the American carrier system works. The decision to largely ignore America is often cited as a reason Nokia’s fortunes have suffered over the last few years.The question remains, though: is Windows Phone 7 really going to change things for Nokia? It’s better than Symbian, but Windows Phone 7 has yet to make a real splash of its own yet. Is a Nokia / Windows Phone 7 alliance really going to get people excited about either product?Read more at New York Times read more
Taliban leaders will continue to meet for discussions with the newly appointed US special envoy for peace efforts in Afghanistan, the Taliban said on Saturday, a move that could accelerate diplomatic engagement between the warring sides.Zalmay Khalilzad, an Afghan-born US diplomat, met with Taliban leaders in Qatar on Friday in an effort to find a way to end the 17-year-old war in Afghanistan.“Both sides spoke (about) an end to the occupation and a peaceful solution to the Afghan issue … Both sides agreed to continue meeting in the future,” Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement.Khalilzad arrived in Kabul on Saturday and briefed Afghan President Ashraf Ghani about his 10-day tour of four countries, which ended with the meeting with leaders of the hardline Islamist militant group.A senior member of the Taliban said Khalilzad had asked the Taliban leadership, based in the Qatari capital Doha, to declare a ceasefire in Afghanistan during upcoming parliamentary polls.“Both sides discuss prospects of peace and the U.S presence in Afghanistan,” said another Taliban official, requesting anonymity.In exchange, the Taliban wants the Afghan government to release its fighters from jails across the country and the swift removal of foreign forces fighting alongside Afghan soldiers.US officials in Kabul were not immediately available to comment on Khalilzad’s visit.Khalilzad was appointed as US special representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation last month, as President Donald Trump’s administration launched fresh efforts to hold peace talks with the Taliban.A senior official working with the Afghan president said Khalilzad had briefed Ghani about his meetings with senior ministers and top diplomats in four countries who could play a key role in peace talks with the Taliban.Khalilzad’s trip started in Afghanistan and he traveled to Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar before returning to Kabul.Western and Asian diplomats in Kabul said Khalilzad, 67, has knowledge of the country’s main languages, culture and politics that could help him engage with all stakeholders in the peace process.“The Trump administration and Ghani’s government are now banking on Khalilzad to find a diplomatic way to end the war with the Taliban,” said a top Western diplomat in Kabul.Political analysts in Kabul said both sides will have to make concessions for the talks to succeed.But continued fighting has raised questions about the viability of the US strategy to end the war, which for the past year has focused on forcing the militants to the negotiating table, largely via more air strikes.Last week the Taliban demanded a complete withdrawal of foreign forces as the only solution to end the war that began with the 2001 ouster of the Taliban former government by US-led forces after it refused to hand over Osama bin Laden following the 9/11 attacks on the United States.They have ramped up attacks in strategic provinces and have also directed Afghans to boycott parliamentary elections scheduled for Oct. 20.At least 8,050 Afghan civilians were killed or wounded in the first nine months of 2018, almost half of them targeted by suicide bomb attacks and other improvised devices that may amount to war crimes, the United Nations said last week. read more
Darjeeling: Inspired by the legendary Russian artist and philosopher Nicholas Konstantinovich Roerich, the Darjeeling Goodwill Centre (DGC) celebrated a decade of his love and labour of cultural contribution, inspiration and creativity by observing the ‘Xth Goodwill Week’ from November 10 to November 15th. Nicholas (1874-1947) was an internationally acclaimed Russian artist (responsible for over 7,000 paintings), a philosopher, an author, a daring explorer, a conservationist, an archeologist, a scientist, a humanitarian and a peacemaker. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeNicholas Roerich along with his wife and son George had arrived in Darjeeling in 1923. In Darjeeling, Nicholas created many of his masterpieces. During their stay in this region, (Darjeeling and Sikkim) the Roerich planned their famous Central Asiatic expedition. On March 5, 1925, the Roerichs left Darjeeling for the expedition and the caravan finally returned back to Darjeeling in May 1928 after completing the expedition. The DGC was established in November 2008 by the Himalayan Institute of Goodwill and Living Ethics (HIGLE) in cooperation with the Darjeeling Goodwill Animal Shelter (DGAS) Trust. As a part of the World Goodwill network, DGC aims at building a new culture by fostering goodwill, understanding and compassion. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”The DGC is inspired by the great Russian painter Nicholas Roerich and his endeavour towards a culture of peace, represented symbolically in the Banner of Peace, invoking within the circle of culture a vibrant cooperation between arts, science and religion. This had given birth to the Roerich Pact,” stated Fiorenza Bortolotti, an architect from Italy, who is the Project Manager at the DGC. The pact provides for protection of cultural memorials of all humanity and was signed in 1935 in Washington by 21 countries presided by US President F Roosevelt. India had approved of the treaty in 1948. Along with the review of 10 years of work on “Seeds of the Future: Education” with its 2018 subtheme: “Roots and Fruits”, the main attraction of the Goodwill Week was the international première of the Goodwill Song, composed and conducted by Virgil Vihaan Sequeira and performed by the Goodwill Choir and the Strings 2019 orchestra including the folk musicians of the Hills. The important highlights of the Week included an exhibition consisting works of Nicholas and Svetoslav Roerich — “Painters of Kanchenjunga”. Another exhibition “Visions of Darjeeling — Darjeeling yesterday-today-tomorrow?” of architect Shasheesh Prasad urged people to take responsibility for a better, more beautiful and sustainable tomorrow. In the fields of art, education and sustainability interactive meetings and discussions were held. A special contribution regarding the participation of Darjeeling community in the Global Action Plan of UNESCO in the Sustainable Development Goals, Water and Sustainability was also discussed. Art classes, competitions along with story telling with art students were an important component. read more
Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more July 10, 2013 — Epsilon Imaging Inc. announced a clinical study demonstrating EchoInsight for Cardio Oncology to be a high quality, efficient application for comprehensive assessment of left ventricle (LV) function. The study, presented at the ASE 2013 Scientific Sessions in Minneapolis, Minn., further indicated EchoInsight for Cardio Oncology facilitates monitoring of patients at risk for cardiotoxicity. EchoInsight for Cardio Oncology is a vendor neutral application designed to assist clinicians in improving confidence and workflow of study interpretation and reporting when monitoring oncology patients.At ASE 2013, Jeanne DeCara, M.D., et al. from the University of Chicago Medicine presented, “Vendor Independent Software for Rapid Comprehensive Assessment of Changes in Left Ventricle Function During Serial Echocardiographic Studies.” The study analyzed serial comparison studies from 30 subjects. Ejection fraction (EF) and longitudinal strain were measured to monitor change in cardiac function. An experienced reader reviewed the studies on another commercially available solution, and an inexperienced reader used EchoInsight for Cardio Oncology for analysis. The inexperienced reader also completed analysis without EchoInsight for Cardio Oncology. Study results concluded that analysis and interpretation is faster using EchoInsight for Cardio Oncology when compared to the other commercial application, and offers consistent findings. EchoInsight for Cardio Oncology also slightly improved the inexperienced reader’s assessment of LV function change.“Our study demonstrates EchoInsight for Cardio Oncology offers visualization and analysis that allows for quick, easy and accurate interpretation of LV function over time,” said DeCara. “EchoInsight is a promising software application that may assist in the follow-up of patients undergoing potentially cardiotoxic treatments, such as chemotherapy.”For more information: www.epsilon-imaging.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more News | July 10, 2013 Study Demonstrates Improved Monitoring of Patients at Risk for Cardiotoxicity Using EchoInsight for Cardio Oncology Results indicate EchoInsight for Cardio Oncology is a high quality, efficient application for comprehensive assessment and serial comparison of left ventricle (LV) function News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. News | Cardio-oncology | July 29, 2019 Statins Reduce Stroke, Cardiovascular Risk in Cancer Patients Following Radiation Cancer patients taking cholesterol-lowering statin medication following radiation therapy of the chest, neck or head… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more read more
Fed,FOMC Issues Mortgage Rate Warning, Sticks to Bond Purchases Despite concerns about rising mortgage rates and low inflation, the “”Federal Open Market Committee””:http://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/press/monetary/20130731a.htm (FOMC) voted Wednesday to continue its policy of near-zero interest rates and its $85-billion-per-month bond-buying program.[IMAGE]Along the way, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke picked up the vote of St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, who a month ago joined Kansas City Fed President Esther George in dissenting. George had been the sole “”no”” vote at the four previous FOMC meetings this year. She joined the Board as a voting member in January. The vote to continue its policy was 11-1, with only George voting “”no.””””Economic activity expanded at a modest pace during the first half of the year,”” the committee said in the statement issued at the end of the meeting. While repeating earlier language citing ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£further improvement”” in labor market conditions and household spending and business fixed investment, the FOMC warned about the housing market and federal fiscal policy.””The housing sector has been strengthening, but mortgage rates have risen somewhat and fiscal policy is restraining economic growth,”” the committee said, adding, “”[I]nflation has been running below the Committee’s longer-run objective, but longer-term inflation expectations have remained stable.””The committee repeated its intention to “”keep the target range for the federal funds rate at 0 to 1/4 percent”” and said it “”currently anticipates that this exceptionally low range for the federal funds rate will be appropriate at least as long as the unemployment rate remains above 6-1/2 percent, inflation between one and two years ahead is projected to be no more than a half percentage point above the Committee’s 2 percent longer-run goal, and longer-term inflation expectations continue to be well anchored.””In a subtle change of language designed to assuage nervous stock investors–who often thoroughly parse each committee comment–the FOMC statement said the committee “”reaffirmed its view that a highly accommodative stance of monetary policy will remain appropriate for a considerable time after the asset purchase program ends and the economic recovery strengthens.”” In its statement following the last meeting on June 19, the committee had used the word “”expects”” instead of the phrase “”reaffirmed its view.””The committee statement said George “”was concerned that the continued high level of monetary accommodation increased the risks of future economic and financial imbalances and, over time, could cause an increase in long-term inflation expectations.””_Hear Mark Lieberman on P.O.T.U.S. Radio (Sirius-XM 124) Friday at 8:45 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m. Eastern._ July 31, 2013 395 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Ben S. Bernanke Confidence Consumer spending Credit Standards Delinquency Housing Affordability Housing Supply Investors Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman Mortgage Rates Service Providers Stocks Treasury Yields Underwriting Standards 2013-07-31 Mark Lieberman Share read more
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Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling – / 24 Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “So we’ve been doing some procedures to calm it down and we’re just waiting for that whole thing to just kind of go away. So hopefully it will go away by the end of this week, because I want to play Saturday.”He may need to.Though a second-round pick in 2011, Williams has struggled to stay healthy during his brief NFL career. Though he has potential, right now that is all the coaches really have to go off of when evaluating the 23-year-old. And with four other healthy running backs practicing and playing, Williams likely has some ground to make up in trying to earn a roster spot from a coaching staff with no ties to him. If he misses this next game, as his coach suspects he will, Williams will really be behind the 8-ball, so to speak.“I will have to make a lot of big plays to erase the time that I have missed,” he acknowledged. The whole situation, Williams said, has been as frustrating for him as it likely is for the coaching staff. He said if Arians and Co. are upset with him they haven’t shown it, but he would understand if they are.“I went through the whole spring and OTAs and minicamp with nothing like this,” he said, adding that he worked hard all offseason in an effort to make sure problems like this would not emerge. GLENDALE, Ariz. – Ryan Williams is not oblivious. The third-year running back has missed the majority of training camp with knee troubles, and at this point his spot on the roster seems tenuous, at best.Monday morning his head coach, Bruce Arians, said “he needs to start playing,” and Williams said he’s hopeful he’ll be able to play Saturday against the San Diego Chargers.“With what’s going on with the irritation,” he said. “It can be painful. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share But, nothing can change until Williams gets back on the field and starts making plays like many thought he could. He said his teammates are behind him, with guys telling him every day that they are looking forward to his return.“Whatever I’ve done has left a little print,” he said. Unfortunately, Williams’ job security is more likely tied to his performance on the field than likability off it, and so far all he’s done is gain 164 yards on 58 carries in five career NFL games. No one is doubting his desire, but questions about his ability to stay healthy and produce are fair.Should he not improve soon enough, his time in Arizona may come to an unfulfilling close. However, that’s not something the former Virginia Tech star is worried about, as his main concern is getting healthy and showing what kind of player he is.“I know my conditioning will kind of be off a little bit because I’ve missed some time, but as far as physically and what I’m capable of doing out there on the field, I won’t miss a step,” he said. “So that’s what I’m hoping to do when I get back out there.” read more
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