DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Technology is reshaping the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, with its long days of fasting and prayer meant to draw worshippers closer to God and away from worldly distractions.People in the Middle East spend close to 58 million more hours on Facebook during Ramadan and watching more YouTube videos than at any other time of the year, making the month also the prime time of the year for advertisers.For Facebook, which also owns Instagram, and Google, which owns YouTube, Ramadan brings a welcome boost of business.People stay up a lot more at night during Ramadan and have more downtime — especially before iftar, the evening meal that breaks the daylong fast, and the “suhoor,” when people gather to eat before another day of fasting.Aya Batrawy, The Associated Press
Cabinet will discuss the proposal on making abortion legal once it is received, Health Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne said.He said that making abortion legal is only a proposal discussed at a meeting recently. The Minister says the proposal has not been put forward to the Health Ministry or the Government. The proposal was based on the right a mother should have if pregnant as a result of rape or if a serious medical disorder is detected in the embryo.Recently the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka expressed concerns over moves to legalize abortion under special circumstances and urged the Government not to legalize abortion under any circumstances. Issuing a statement the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Sri Lanka said it was deeply concerned at the news that a cabinet decision has been made to legalize abortion on two counts and is to be presented to the Parliament.The Church condemned the Government decision to legalize abortion under two instances saying that the Catholic Church believes that life begins at conception and no one has the right to take a life. (Colombo Gazette) He however said that once the proposal is received it will be discussed by the cabinet.
The UN’s Geneva-based Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the DRC, Iulia Motoc, welcomed the arrival of the first members of the multinational peace force that will be deployed in Bunia over the coming days in a bid to restore order after weeks of conflict among rival militias has claimed more than 400 lives.At the same time, she remained concerned about the fate of the civilian population – especially women and children – and the dramatic humanitarian situation which the civilians found themselves in throughout the whole district of Ituri as well as in volatile neighbouring areas in the north and south of Kivu. In a statement today, Ms. Motoc said that a lot of information concerning massive violations of human rights, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and even acts of genocide had been brought to her attention. And while she hoped to visit Ituri herself to follow-up on those reports, she vowed in the meantime that investigations would be undertaken to “determine the authors of these serious crimes and to bring them to justice.” The Special Rapporteur reiterated her call to the warring Hema and Lendu groups and their allies to end the conflict and to stop instigating ethnic hatred. She urged them to cooperate with the UN and the multinational force. “The only viable solution for this problem could not be reached by crimes or fighting, but by a political dialogue and respect for human rights,” she said.
Good Morning Goodman continues with co-hosts Susan LeBlanc and Najlaa Rauf congratulating several students on their recent success at case competitions.Goodman’s DECA delegates Nick Hollard, Ashwin Anant, Steve Simons, Robert Mandru, Yvonne Huynh and Zaman Dubey won medals at last week’s DECA U Ontario provincial competition.BBA students Sean Bouwers and Bryan Dizon placed second overall in the finance category at the prestigious Inter-Collegiate Business Competition held at Queen’s University, and in the same weekend, BBA students Deeksha Sharma, James Fioretti and Ashley Howard placed first in their division at the Global Family Enterprise Case Competition held at University of Vermont.On Jan. 28, CPA Ontario student recruiter Mallory Rellinger is hosting a panel discussion for any Brock students interested in the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. This event is co-hosted with Brock’s CPA student ambassadors Vijay Sharma and Monica Siskauskas. Students can register on CareerZone.This is the latest in the Good Morning Goodman series which updates the Goodman School of Business community weekly on important news and events.Produced by the Goodman Marketing and Communications team, the Good Morning Goodman podcast features weekly updates for students, staff and faculty. Podcasts are posted on the Goodman website.0:37 – How to Get a Job in Sales & Marketing/Business & Consulting events0:57 – Congratulations to the Goodman DECA Team1:55 – Congratulations ICBC team2:17 – Congratulations to Global Family Enterprise Case Competition team2:52 – CPA Panel Discussion3:46 – Congratulations OBCC Team (Neal Sengupta, Charlotte Lucas, Jennifer Philpott and Sabrina Jancsi)4:11 – Great Canadian Sales Competition
Russia has denied hacking attacks to undermine elections or political parties in the US, France and Germany.The former spy chief also warned that new laws were a “blunt tool” for tackling terrorists’ use of encrypted messaging services such as WhatsApp or Telegram.Such end-to-end encryption services were here to stay and governments had to find ways to work with technology companies to tackle the problem.He said he was also against building so-called “backdoors” into apps, saying the approach was “technically difficult” and would not work.Mr Hannigan said: “I can’t see, particularly as many of these companies are US-based, that legislation is the answer on this. I don’t think there is a magic solution where you can just legislate it away.””Everyone would like a simple answer on encryption and unfortunately it is very difficult,” he said. Robert Hannigan, former head of GCHQ 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. Russia’s cyber subversion is a threat to Britain’s democratic process a former head of GCHQ has warned.Robert Hannigan gave a stark assessment of Kremlin-backed operations saying Russia was causing mayhem in cyberspace.Mr Hannigan, who left his job as chief of the UK’s electronic eavesdropping agency earlier this year, said that “cyber retaliation” may one day be necessary to deter Russian activity. He also warned that terrorists’ use of powerful encryption services cannot be tackled by new laws.Senior ministers and spy chiefs have previously warned of a step change in Russian-backed cyber operations, targeting elections and political institutions throughout the West.Mr Hannigan told the BBC: “There is a disproportionate amount of mayhem in cyberspace coming from Russia, from state activity. “Starting to talk about it is good – calling it out. Improving our defences is obviously really important.”But ultimately people will have to push back against Russian state activity and show that it’s unacceptable.”Asked how that could be done, he said: “It doesn’t have to be done by cyber retaliation but it may be that that is necessary at some time in the future.”It may be sanctions and other measures, just to put down some red lines and say that this behaviour is unacceptable.”
Terex Washing Systems (TWS) recently held its first Product Development Forum at its main facility in Dungannon, UK and a second at the Terex facility in Louisville, Kentucky. TWS has established a strong global distributor network and reported the attendance of 39 distributor companies from Poland, New Zealand, Finland, the UK, Republic of Ireland, Australia, Romania, France, Turkey, Latvia, Slovenia, Holland, Russia, Slovakia, Lithuania, Algeria, Belgium, Morocco, and throughout the Americas.TWS is a newly launched product line within the Terex Material Processing segment and supports mines, quarries and aggregate producers globally offering a broad portfolio, including: sand wash and fines recovery plants, log washers, hoppers, feeders, conveyors, de-watering screens, static screens, mobile, static and modular wash plants, as well as the addition of combination plants and water management systems. TWS is “committed to providing outstanding customer support and expertise in the field to meet customers’ individual needs.”The primary aim of the forum was to engage with distributors and familiarise them with the TWS core team. Distributors were updated on new products under development and provided with an overview of all current TWS products and their benefits, which was achieved through a factory tour, machine showcase of the Terex M1700 and FM200C, demonstrations of the new range of filter presses and presentations. The event also provided a platform for TWS to capture feedback from distributors in terms of customer needs for new product development and ultimately understand distributor needs for customer and support solutions.
← Previous Story Egypt win Riga Council Cup 2017 Next Story → Rastko Stojkovic to play for Serbia at EHF EURO 2018 Golden League will be held in Paris and Rouen between January 4 and 7. France and Norway will meet in the opening match which will be a replay of WCh 2017 final. Scandinavians will be without Sander Sagosen, who has a virus and won’t be able to help his team-mates in the first clash.Here is the schedule of Golden League.January 4 in Rouen – Kindaréna:18.30 France – Norway 20.45 Denmark – Egypt 06 January in Paris – AccorHotels Aréna16.45 Denmark – Norway 19.15 France – Egypt07 January in Paris – AccorHotels Aréna14.30 Norway – Egypt17.00 France – Denmark Sander Sagosen
Feb 19th 2018, 6:30 AM Share1398 Tweet Email7 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/3840251 By Anonymous Short URL 238,595 Views I HAVE BEEN to the funerals of three people who have taken their own lives – they were all dealing with the weight and shame of mortgage debt and the frightening and unimaginable risk of losing their family home.I have attended these funerals because over the past few years I have gotten to know people all over the country who are the victims of powerful banks and vulture funds, who preyed on people who may have been a little cash strapped and a little desperate at a point in their lives.And I say cash strapped and desperate only because I was one of those people. Back in 1996, myself and my wife were desperately looking to find a way to ensure that our children could stay in university. We, like all parents, wanted to ensure that they could have the best opportunities in life.We had been living in our own house for over 18 years and we only owed about €3,500 on our mortgage. We put in a number of applications for the loan but I was finding it difficult to secure what we needed. At the same time, I felt I couldn’t let my kids down.‘I thought all my prayers were answered’Then, a friend of mine told me about a company he had heard about. I’d never heard of them, to be honest, but decided to travel across the country to meet them. They were extremely welcoming and didn’t seem to have any problem organising a re-mortgage of €30,000 on my home. I left that office that day thinking that all of my prayers had been answered.We started repayments on the loan, which were set at just over €600 a month. It was a hard road I knew, but I felt we could manage it.By 2013 – over 15 years later, we were still making repayments. It didn’t bear thinking about to be honest. On the up side, however, the children had been through their courses, they had married and settled down themselves and they were beginning to start their own families.But, then, we got the land of our lives when the lender initiated possession proceedings against us. They claimed that we still owed tens of thousands on our loan because they said we had agreed to pay our monthly amounts at an interest rate that was actually calculated at over 29%.I thought back to that day in the office in Dublin. At no stage had it been made clear to me that the interest would be that high. I had been told that the interest was 2% – a reasonable amount. But, in actual fact, unbeknownst to both myself and my wife, that was actually 2% per month – something we had absolutely not been made aware of.‘Paid back €90,000 on €30,000 loan’I spent days and nights awake. We couldn’t let anyone know about this horrendous situation. We couldn’t worry the family. We couldn’t admit that we had been so naïve and gullible. We couldn’t lose our house, our home, the place we had moved into after we got married, the place we had raised our family and now the place that was just known as ‘grannies’.I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been in court at this stage. In July 2017, the total amount owing from the initial €30,000 loan was still over €250,000. At that point, we had already paid back over €90,000 – a sizeable profit for a lender by any standards.It was then that we began to understand a little bit more about vital EU laws that could have be applied to our situation. Working with a group of concerned lawyers we learned that there was a law called the EU Unfair Contract Terms Directive which could be applied to assess the fairness of our mortgage terms in the first place.We also learnt that Irish courts should be assessing the impact of a possession on the people living in the home – that is children, people with disabilities, or older people like us – under the EU Fundamental Rights Charter.Irish courts aren’t applying them fully These EU requirements are not new. The problem is that Irish courts are not yet applying them fully.For us they are a lifeline. We are not out of the woods yet but at least with these two existing laws we have some hope that the unfair terms that we were conned into will be explored and exposed.We are not lawyers. We are just ordinary, simple people. But, we hope, for all of the people we have met over the past years in similar desperate and often hopeless situations, that more lawyers will begin to look to Europe to give their clients equality against the might of banks and vulture funds.The EU Laws that are set out in a new Guide for People in Mortgage Distress. It is available free at abusivelending.org. Monday 19 Feb 2018, 6:30 AM ‘We’ve paid back €90,000 on a €30,000 loan but we’re still battling to keep our home’ ‘Irish courts are not fully applying EU requirements that have become our lifeline.’ Anonymous 201 Comments
Un ver parasite sur des momies nubiennesPubliée en juin dans l’American Journal of Physical Anthropology, une étude américaine révèle la présence, sur les corps naturellement momifiés de fermiers nubiens de l’Antiquité, d’un ver parasite qui, de nos jours, infeste toujours les canaux d’irrigation du monde entier. En examinant la peau naturellement momifiée de centaines de corps enterrés dans le sol aride du royaume de Nubie (plusieurs siècles avant J.-C.), dans le nord de l’actuel Soudan, Amber Campbell Hibbs et George Armelagos, anthropologues à l’Université Emory d’Atlanta, ont trouvé des traces de protéines appartenant à une sorte de ver parasite, Schistosoma mansoni.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Connu pour hanter encore de nos jours les canaux d’irrigation (où il est souvent transporté par un escargot aquatique), ce parasite transmet aux populations humaines la schistosomiase, une maladie provoquant anémie et troubles de la croissance, qui touche actuellement 200 millions de personnes dans le monde.C’est la première fois que l’on trouve une preuve d’infection par ce parasite chez les Nubiens, et d’une façon plus générale chez des Africains anciens. Elle semble avoir été particulièrement répandue parmi les cultivateurs de Wadi Halfa, sur les bords du Nil. “Avant cette étude, il a toujours été supposé que S. mansoni était un produit de l’urbanisation moderne”, a déclaré George Armelagos.Le 5 juin 2011 à 10:01 • Emmanuel Perrin
Disney Games announced LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean Stay on target Lego DC Super-Villains is not the only noteworthy game dropping this month. Check out all the games you should check out this October. I appreciate Lego games not just because they turn beloved #brands into charming slapstick comedy, brick-based video games. I appreciate them because they’re consistently excellent games that are good for kids but not absolutely insulting in their simplicity. This is especially true as Lego games become increasingly open-world, a huge genre typically dominated by mature fare. At New York Comic Con, Lego DC Super-Villains may feature bad guys, but it’s good for everyone.The first full Lego DC game since they wrapped up their Batman trilogy, DC Super-Villains features the famous rogues galleries of Justice League members from the Legion of Doom to the Suicide Squad. There’s Lex Luthor and The Joker and Darkseid (voiced by Clancy Brown, Mark Hamill, and Michael Ironside!) There are all manner of evil smart apes just as Grodd intended. And upcoming Aquaman and Shazam content guarantees there’ll be plenty of Black Manta and Black Adam action. The sheer amount of deep DC lore reminded us of the montage in The Lego Batman Movie where Joker lists off all the absurd villains that really exist.But DC Super-Villains also hands off the powerful character creation tool to the players. Using the clever in-universe explanation of Amazo abilities, players can customize the look and superpowers of their evil avatar. We wound up with prancing trickster with half of a crocodile jaw, wings, and the ability to shoot pink lightning from their chest. As players progress they’ll also gain new powers to use in their fight against good.Using a Boom Tube, we switched to main man Lobo and flew across the twin open-world cities of Gotham and Metropolis on a dolphin. Metropolis is a shining city of tomorrow while Gotham is a spooky neon nightmare surprisingly similar to its appearance in he much darker Batman: Arkham Knight. Here we could also take on missions like a trip to Gorilla City or Apokolips or Smallville.But as bad guys we really just wanted to smash stuff up. We wanted to use Harley Quinn’s ghetto blaster to wreak havoc. We wanted to see just how Arnold Wesker’s ventriloquist dummy works in a Lego game. We wanted to fly around on Granny Goodness’s hulking walker, testing out the new grapple combat. And we wanted to try out the included heroes like Green Lantern squirrel B’dg. Cause too much trouble though, and cops come after you thanks to the full-on Grand Theft Auto-style wanted system.Lego DC Super-Villains delighted an old Justice League fan like me. And the new inclusion of multiple difficulty modes should allow an even greater range of players to join in. Lego DC Super-Villains tells Superman to shove it on October 16 when it launches on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
James Milner is urging his Liverpool teammates to step up their game after losing two successive games in the League and Cup ties.The Reds slumped to another 2-1 loss at Wolves in the cup on Monday after losing to Man City at the Etihad.With a trip to Brighton next, Milner expects his side to crank up the pressure on City by beating the Seagulls to go seven points clear before their clash with Wolves.“Back-to-back defeats isn’t really good enough for us but you have blips in a season,” said the 33-year-old via Sky.“It’s not something you want, especially at Liverpool, we know what’s expected. We have to make sure we bounce back and look at where we can get better.Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…“It’s not about blips, they are expected but it’s how you respond and bounce back. You’ve seen the character in the squad over the last few years, and the players we have, to know we will bounce back.“It’s easier saying that but we have to do that at the weekend.”He said: “I should do better. The pitch all night was a bit tricky and lively. It’s the same for both teams. It was my mistake for the first goal and it’s cost us, if not it’s 1-1 and we get a replay.“It was a pretty good finish from their lad but they didn’t have many chances. We didn’t either but that’s what separated the teams, my mistake and a very good finish for the second goal.”
Sullivan said he didn’t think an emergency declaration was needed because there were other options available. That’s in addition to the roughly $1.4 billion that Congress recently approved for border barriers. Senator Sullivan referred to the situation as a “crisis”: “I’ve been supportive of the president’s request for robust funding for barriers, fences, the wall, border security – however you want to describe it.” He said he had been working with White House “at senior levels, saying, ‘You should use these. Use these. You don’t have to declare a national emergency.’ ” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan said he supports President Donald Trump’s efforts to secure the U.S.-Mexico border following his annual address to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature. Sullivan, who faces re-election next year, gave his annual address to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature. Senator Lisa Murkowski delivered her address on Tuesday.
Russian solider stands guards as Syrian Arab Red Crescent vehicles carrying aid wait at the al-Wafideen checkpoint on the outskirts of Damascus neighbouring the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region before delivering aid to the rebel-held enclave on 5 March 2018. AFPA UN convoy entered Syria’s Eastern Ghouta on Monday to deliver much-needed aid as regime forces seized more ground in a fierce offensive to retake the battered rebel enclave.The United Nations said 46 trucks had entered Eastern Ghouta and were headed for the main town of Douma, in the first aid delivery since the start of the regime assault last month.The aid arrived after fresh air strikes hit Eastern Ghouta and regime troops were reported to have retaken a third of the enclave in a rapidly advancing offensive.Western powers have piled pressure on Damascus and its Russian ally to end the offensive on Eastern Ghouta-one of the bloodiest assaults of Syria’s nearly seven-year civil war-but President Bashar al-Assad warned there would be no let up.More than two weeks of air strikes, artillery and rocket fire have left more than 700 civilians dead and three quarters of housing damaged in the enclave.More bombs, including crude improvised munitions known as “barrel bombs”, were dropped in overnight raids on Monday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group.At least 10 people were killed in the town of Hammuriyeh, said the Britain-based Observatory, which relies on a network of sources inside Syria.Another four died in the towns of Hazeh and Jisreen, the monitor said, bringing to 709 the number of civilians killed since the assault began.‘Advancing at high pace’ -Regime troops and allied forces pushed into the enclave from the east in recent days and by early Monday had retaken a third of Eastern Ghouta, according to the Observatory.“Regime forces are advancing at a high pace because operations so far are mostly conducted in farmland,” Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said, adding that they had pushed to two kilometres (1.2 miles) southeast of Douma.The armed groups there, one of which is made up of fighters from Al-Qaeda’s ex-affiliate, have been lobbing mortar rounds and firing rockets on adjacent neighbourhoods of Damascus, killing around 20 civilians in two weeks.The latest ground offensive sent hundreds of civilians fleeing from their homes to other areas farther from the moving front line, compounding a humanitarian crisis which has drawn comparisons with the devastating 2016 battle of Aleppo.Over the years, Eastern Ghouta’s estimated 400,000 inhabitants have depended for their survival on smuggling, local farm and rare aid deliveries.Monday’s convoy was delivering “health and nutrition supplies, along with food for 27,500 people in need,” the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs (OCHA) in Syria said.An OCHA spokesperson however said “the UN and partners were informed that many of the planned health supplies intended for Douma were not allowed to be loaded and not permitted to be replaced with other life-saving items.”“The items included trauma kits and other life-saving supplies,” Linda Tom told AFP.The UN has said it has approval to deliver aid to a total of 70,000 people among the most needy in Eastern Ghouta.The United States issued a statement Sunday condemning the assault and accusing Moscow of ignoring a UN resolution calling for a 30-day cessation of hostilities.It said Russia has killed “innocent civilians under the false auspices of counterterrorism operations.”US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May said Russia and Syria were responsible for “heart-breaking human suffering” in Eastern Ghouta.Moscow has offered safe passage to non-combatants wishing to leave Eastern Ghouta during daily “humanitarian pauses”, but no Syrian civilians have left the enclave since the first break in fighting took effect on Tuesday, the Observatory says.Damascus and Moscow have accused rebels of preventing civilians from leaving to use them as human shields.In remarks broadcast on state television on Sunday, Assad said his forces would push forward with the offensive.“The majority (of people) in Eastern Ghouta want to escape the embrace of terrorism. The operation must continue,” he said.
LaShea Iyonna Way, owner of Princess Iyonna’s Princess Parties (Photo courtesy of L. I. Way)Before Princess Tiana premiered as Walt Disney’s first African-American princess in the 2009 film “The Princess and the Frog,” the D.C. metro area had Princess Iyonna.As a former model, LaShea Iyonna Way recognized a lack of diversity among princesses in mainstream media. With a four-year-old daughter to raise, she started Princess Iyonna’s Princess Parties as a way to bring familiar faces of beauty to young girls of color.“I wanted to show my daughter that there are beautiful women who look like her without having blond hair and blue eyes—that diversity and beauty comes in all colors,” Way told the AFRO.With an array of gowns, hairstyles and makeup to choose from, parents make special requests on how Princess Iyonna will appear at their daughters’ parties, often for birthday celebrations.“I love seeing the little girls’ faces when I walk through the door,” said Way. “They literally freak out, jump up and down and scream—they’re just so excited.”The company’s parties are centered on a common pastime.“All little girls love playing in mommy’s makeup so I do their nails, I do their makeup and then we have a red carpet runway fashion show where parents can take pictures and they can strut their stuff on the runway and feel like models,” said Way.Outside of princess parties, Way also hosts events such as etiquette classes, showing there’s more to life than outer appearance.She also uses her brand to promote high self-esteem and self-confidence to a generation of selfie-obsessed teenagers. At local high schools including her alma mater, Northwestern High School in Prince George’s County, Md., Way has spoken about the dangers of social media to young girls who battle daily with physical insecurities in competitive environments.“Image is so important nowadays especially being that they have instagram and everybody’s posting their pictures and comparing themselves to everyone else,” she said. “That’s a huge problem with our youth—no one’s satisfied with the way they look and they always think they could look better.”Way left her modeling career at age 19 after being exposed to “vixen modeling,” an overly sexualized form of modeling concerned with body type and physical alterations often leading to unwanted contention among women.At the end of the day, your attitude and your education is more essential than anything else, Way tells young women.“Looks aren’t everything,” she said. “Your personality will shine through no matter what. If you’re a good person on the inside you’re going to look good on the outside—just feel good about yourself, that’s the most important thing.”Still, if young women of color are going to perceive images in all layers, why not expose them to beauty cloaked in black and brown skin, she said.For more info on Princess Iyonna’s Princess Parties, visit http://www.princessiyonna.com/.
About a dozen municipal and state police arrived as well as a forensic medical service team to tend to the scene and remove the bodies.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) The targeted shooting happened at Tapanko Bar on 40th Avenue just after 3:00 a.m. Two of the taxi drivers were killed instantly, while the third, 23-year-old Esteban Arturo S.E. from Quintana Roo, was taken to the General Hospital with four bullet wounds. He died shortly after arriving. Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Three taxi drivers from the Lázaro Cárdenas del Río union were shot dead while inside an eatery in the downtown area of Playa del Carmen.
PreviousNext Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff. References: 1. Kemp, Jennifer L. Patient-centered Radiology: Where Are We, Where Do We Want to Be, and How Do We Get There? Radiology. DOI: 10.1148/radiol.2017162056.2. European Society of Radiology. The future role of radiology in healthcare. Insights Imaging. DOI: 10.1007/s13244-009-0007-x.3. Harolds, Jay A. Burnout of Radiologists: Frequency, Risk Factors, and Remedies: A Report of the ACR Commission on Human Resources. Journal of American Radiology. DOI: 10.1016/ j.jacr.2015.11.003 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Jennifer L. Kemp, M.D., is a diagnostic radiologist with Diversified Radiology of Colorado PC in Denver. She is a clinical consultant to Philips and member of an advisory team focused on developing patient- and staff-centered solutions to improve imaging outcomes. Is the Technology Working for Us?Finally, in a field where burnout is a serious concern,3 radiologists are faced with extreme system complexity and administrative burden. Time is often wasted via efforts to gather information from disparate systems, find imaging studies from different institutions and obtain critical medical history to aid clinical diagnosis. These tasks are important, but they take up time that could instead be spent with patients or collaborating with colleagues. Combine this time lost with the understanding that our efforts to obtain context are not always fruitful, and we’re left navigating a complicated system with little precedent for execution. Additionally, with increasing pressure to image and read more exams, stay current with new technology, and accommodate the demands of compliance and other reporting metrics, radiologists often scratch their heads and wonder, “Is the technology working for us, or are we working for the technology?”By no means am I detracting from the importance of technological advances in delivering better patient outcomes. Innovation breeds progress, and constant progress is vital in healthcare. But in today’s world of flashy new features and complicated equipment, we must remember to stop and ask ourselves, “What is this doing for the patient?” Innovation should be carried out with patients in mind. Calm, engaged patients move less, so solutions designed to provide a positive distraction can help mitigate motion artifacts. Technologists supported by easy-to-use technology are less preoccupied by setup details; and, standardized protocols and automated sequence applications help them spend more time focused on acquiring better images. Radiologists enabled by seamlessly connected systems can focus on making accurate and actionable clinical decisions that empower them to play a more valuable role inpatient care.Advancements in technology should pave a seamless pathway for radiologists to deliver a definitive diagnosis and send patients on their way to appropriate care. And when it comes to patient-centered care around the world, I look to our imaging innovators to come up with simple, intuitive solutions that allow me to spend less time focused on equipment and more time personally ensuring that we’re getting patients the care they need, right from the start. Image courtesy of Carestream. 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Can you tell when someone is lying? read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … 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 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration -:-Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Feature | Radiology Business | May 03, 2018 | By Jennifer Kemp, M.D., FACR Back to Basics in Patient-Centered Care in Radiology In today’s world of flashy new features and complicated equipment, we must remember to stop and ask ourselves, “What is this doing for the patient?” Jennifer Kemp, M.D., FACRAs a radiologist in today’s evolving global healthcare landscape, I’m grateful for the innovations in medical technology that have enhanced my role in providing patients with an accurate diagnosis. These advancements serve to speed up the path to wellness for my patients, the ultimate reason that my colleagues and I come into work each day.However, these advancements come at a price, not just monetarily. It’s true that newly innovated devices and applications can produce sophisticated digital images and insights we couldn’t have imagined 20 years ago, but they often bring about complexities that detract from our ability to connect with patients. How interesting is it that the more our technological capabilities evolve, the harder it becomes to deliver meaningful, personalized care? And if we separate ourselves from the people who make our work meaningful — if we take away that fundamental human exchange in imaging — what we see is a negative trickle-down effect on the entirety of our healthcare system.On a macro scale, the shift away from direct patient-provider engagement has diminished the perception of the central role radiology plays in patient care. As a member of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Patient-Centered Radiology Steering Committee, I was involved in a recent project in which we surveyed 694 RSNA members on various aspects of patient-centered radiology. Of these, 611 members (89 percent) agreed that promoting awareness of radiology’s role in patients’ overall healthcare is important to how they practice. However, only 31 percent said their practices regularly promote awareness of radiology’s role in patients’ overall healthcare.1 Furthermore, while this survey was conducted in the U.S., research in Europe also presents a strong link between direct radiologist-to-patient interaction and a higher level of the efficiency and clinical effectiveness that feeds into a comprehensive diagnosis.2 So what does all this add up to for us radiologists? In an era of value-based care, the value of radiology in the larger healthcare environment has become less visible and less appreciated, even while it has proven to be a vital component of the diagnostic process. These perceptions are important — and have powerful implications for funding, research, student interest in the field and staff morale. 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Photo by Greg Freiherr Humanity and Compassion are KeyTo bring these issues down to a more personal level, it was mentioned earlier that most radiologists enter the field out of a desire to help and connect with patients. In the survey, 73 percent of participants reported that time or workload frequently prevented them from communicating directly with patients.1 Beyond the professional frustration this disconnect can cause for radiologists, a lack of communication is a serious loss for patients. I’ve always been a firm believer that humanity and compassion were key to helping patients have a better experience when seeking care. A radiologist or radiology technologist who has the time to answer the patient’s questions before an exam can help alleviate critical anxiety and concerns. Similarly, the practice of supportive, calming and instructive communication between staff and patients is crucial to acquiring the high-quality images necessary to move the patient forward with an appropriate and timely treatment plan. Image by rawpixel from Pixabay Jennifer Kemp, M.D., FACR News | Radiation Oncology | July 17, 2019 CMS Proposes New Alternative Payment Model for Radiation Oncology The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposal for an advanced alternative payment model (APM)… read more
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Bank of America Blockchain Borrowers Citizens Bank Lenders mortgage Servicing technology 2018-11-08 Radhika Ojha Share in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Technology Cryptocurrencies recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of their invention. Cryptocurrencies ushered in a new way of doing business and made the world sit up and take notice of the technology it was built on—blockchain. For those who haven’t already heard about it, a blockchain uses a growing list of records called blocks which are linked using cryptography, making this technology a secure and safe way of transferring and saving data.While the technology has been around for some time, it has only been a few years since the housing and mortgage industries began to take notice of this technology as a way of streamlining and securing its operations and making it a part of the overall digital initiatives of lenders to reach and service their customers.Streamlining Processes”There are three key areas that digital should solve: efficiency of document gathering, more choice around the channel, and improved communication. We view digital as an opportunity to remove some of the friction in the mortgage process that customers have consistently voiced as areas where the customer experience could be better across the industry,” said Kathy Cummings, SVP Bank of America.”When we think about the efficiency of time, it’s not just the documentation process that digital simplifies. Digital allows us to create omnichannel experiences that allow customers to choose when, where, and how they engage with their lender so that they can select what channel is most efficient for them,” said Sonu Mittal, SVP and Head of Retail Lending at Citizens Bank.Blockchain, therefore, does play an important role in smoothening out the digital process for lenders. “One such use is for land titles,” said Shidan Gouran, CEO and President of Global Blockchain Technologies. “This does not only simplify property ownership, but it also minimizes the risks of fraud, especially in property transactions.””Digital has enabled more efficient document gathering where lenders can securely gather much of the information and documentation on a customer’s behalf. Customers no longer have to spend valuable time gathering and submitting the documents, which allows them to focus more time on other parts of the home buying process, like inspections and preparing for closing with their attorney and realtor,” Cummings said.Tech vs. TouchAccording to Gouda, while blockchain may have been around for a decade, it is only natural for the technology to take its time. “Remember how long the Internet took to evolve, and how rapidly it evolved once governments and major companies started using it? That is the phase blockchain is in now, and we are likely to see more mortgage and housing developments using it at an even more rapid pace in the next few years,” Gouran said.While blockchain may be evolving as a technology, there are many more digital options that lenders are combining with the human touch to reach out to their borrower base.”A customer who initiates an application via digital channel should be able to move seamlessly between them,” Mittal said. “The mortgage loan process takes place over a longer period of time from start to close because there are other variables with a range of timing, like closing date agreements with sellers. Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases a person makes, so we believe most customers prefer a human-digital experience that allows them to engage in a variety of ways based on their needs at the different points in the process.”Enhancing Borrower ExperienceCummings said that lenders could enhance a homebuyer’s experience when buying a home through digital channels by offering solutions that allowed consumers to simplify the mortgage process and make time for other life commitments. “Homebuyers who feel in control and empowered to take the first steps in achieving their goal of homeownership will have a better experience,” she said.Mittal agreed since digital has improved access to information to enable customers to stay informed about the progress of their loan without having to pick up the phone or email the loan officer.”Those forms of communication are still important, which is why we believe omnichannel is the right approach for the best client experience, but digital has enabled more proactive information sharing than the industry previously had. Not only can customers check on the status of the loan, but they can also track tasks to be completed and collaborate with their loan officers through these digital portals.”Want to learn more about how technology such as blockchain impacts the housing and mortgage industry? Take part in the 2019 Five Star Fintech Summit, March 13-14 in Memphis Tennessee. Click here to learn more. November 8, 2018 741 Views Block Block, Who’s There?
Go back to the enewsletterSusan Bonner, VP and MD Australia/New Zealand Royal Caribbean Cruises LimitedIt’s been a huge month for Celebrity Cruises. The delivery earlier this month of Celebrity Edge at Saint-Nazaire, France and the subsequent positioning of the “game-changing” ship to its home port of Fort Lauderdale has dominated interest globally, with the travel trade and consumers alike.This week, Susan Bonner, Vice President and Managing Director, Celebrity Cruises ANZ, has been aboard the freshly minted 2,918-passenger vessel, which will commence commercial operations on 9 December with its maiden voyage of the Western Caribbean.After teasing audiences around the world with artist impressions and renderings of the revolutionary Magic Carpet, Eden Lounge, Edge Villas and stylish Rooftop Garden, this week, the cruise line released its first batch of actual photos onboard. Accompanying the photos were comments from Bonner, who announced that Australian travellers are the third highest bookers of Celebrity Edge. Only the US and UK markets have more country-men and -women booked on this ship to date. It seems all the hype and publicity building up to this time has been worth every cent.Taking a moment from her busy schedule in Florida, LATTE queried Bonner as to why she thinks Celebrity Edge has been so popular with Australian travellers, and what has drawn them to this new ship?“Edge has been uniquely designed so her “skeleton” is on the inside of the ship; the new structure means guests can get closer to the sea than ever before with expanded views and space. With the touch of a button, guests can create an “Infinite Verandah” in their stateroom, giving them 20% more living space and allowing them to walk right out to the water’s edge. This feeling of openness is carried through all spaces on the ship, like the spectacular Rooftop Garden, boasting extensive greenery, and even to the ship’s deck chairs, which face outwards, to the sea, instead of inwards,” Bonner explained.“I think this is immensely appealing to Australians, who are renowned for their love of the ocean and the outdoors.“Our trade partners are a major reason why Australians have already become so familiar with Edge. The agents have really embraced this as a truly game-changing ship, and have been encouraging clients that have never cruised before to try her out. The response has been amazing, and we’re looking forward to welcoming a large contingent of Aussies on Edge sailings next year,” Bonner said.She said the trade has been a strong influence and have driven the majority of Edge bookings. “We’re incredibly grateful for their support, as always!”The shoulder season, in early May and from August onwards, is very popular for Aussies, Bonner said.Mediterranean sailings have proven to be the most popular for Aussies. “With ports like Bilbao in Spain, Mykonos in Greece and Naples in Italy, these itineraries offer the perfect cocktail of European highlights and hidden gems, with sea days on the most beautiful ship in the world!” Bonner boasts.“Such has been the advanced interest, that a number of Caribbean and European sailings are sold out or are close to having sold out, including an 11-night Amalfi Coast round-trip, departing Rome 25 May 2019, and calling to Sicily, Valletta, Santorini, Athens, Mykonos, Nauplion, Katakolon and Naples.“Our cutting-edge suites are doing extremely well, with only three of our two-storey Edge villas remaining for the whole of the Europe season.”Go back to the enewsletter
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