Two men accused of killing Laura Babcock wont take the stand in

first_imgTORONTO – Two men accused of killing a young Toronto woman more than five years ago have chosen not to take the stand in their defence, their trial heard Wednesday.Dellen Millard and Mark Smich have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges in the presumed death of 23-year-old Laura Babcock, whose body has not been found.“I’m not calling any further evidence your honour,” Millard, who is representing himself, said in court.Smich’s lawyer followed suit.“We will not be calling any evidence,” Thomas Dungey said.Justice Michael Code, who is presiding over the trial, told jurors hearing the case that Millard is scheduled to give his closing arguments on Tuesday, followed by Smich’s defence lawyer and then the Crown.“I’ve agreed to a fairly luxurious schedule I would call it, and not what I would normally like to do, but the parties have persuaded me as it has been a long trial with six weeks of evidence, some of it is quite complex, and Mr. Millard is self represented,” Code said.The trial began Oct. 23 with Crown lawyer Jill Cameron giving her opening address to the jury.The Crown alleges Millard, 32, and Smich, 30, killed Babcock in the summer of 2012 because she became the odd woman out in a love triangle with Millard and his girlfriend, Christina Noudga.Prosecutors also allege the accused burned Babcock’s remains a few weeks later in a massive animal incinerator — named The Eliminator — at Millard’s aircraft hangar near Waterloo, Ont.Court has heard about animosity between Babcock and Noudga, who were both sleeping with Millard at the same time.But Millard took efforts during the trial to paint himself as someone who didn’t care much about the women in his life, and noted that he was sleeping with multiple women at the same time.He also called an archeologist as a witness who testified about a photograph found on Millard’s phone of what appears to be bones burning inside an animal incinerator. The witness said the bones appeared to belong to an animal but later, under cross-examination, admitted they could also be human bones.The trial has also heard from a forensic anthropologist called by the Crown who said the objects in the image appear to be bones from a human arm.Code told the jury he will read them his own instructions after closing arguments are complete and said deliberations would likely begin the week of Dec. 11.last_img read more

Resolute outgoing CEO urges government not to capitulate on softwood lumber

first_imgMONTREAL – A Canadian industry leader in the fight against U.S. softwood lumber duties who is retiring imminently is urging the government not to “capitulate” during what he expects will be a lengthy battle with the United States.“We believe in free trade,” Resolute Forest Products Inc. chief executive Richard Garneau said in an interview before he steps down Thursday afternoon.“We believe in having strong principles and never capitulate, even though you believe that (if) there is someone a lot bigger and stronger you have to defend your principles.”Garneau, 70, has been the strong voice of eastern Canadian lumber, pulp and paper producers.“I was certainly not happy when in 2006 we had to pay a ransom,” he said of the last softwood lumber deal.Garneau’s comments came as weak fourth-quarter results sent the Montreal-based company’s shares tumbling.They closed down nearly 29 per cent to $10.01 in Thursday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.“The government has made all the changes on stumpage, I think now we have to fight for free trade.”Garneau said he is encouraged by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland’s tough stand defending the industry by challenging U.S. trade actions.Despite threats of doom and gloom from import duties, the industry has thrived by passing on them on to consumers through higher lumber prices.Garneau expects that once U.S. housing starts slow, lumber demand will come down and cause some pain to Canadian producers.“We have to wait and see the impact, but I think history always repeats itself. It seems that the people forget what happened when you take the wrong decision.”During his seven years at the helm of AbitibiBowater, renamed Resolute Forest Products, Garneau has overseen restructuring that he said has made the company stronger.He has been accused of being heavy-handed by filing lawsuits against environmentalists such as Greenpeace who launched campaigns to discredit the company to customers.Despite the battles, Garneau said he’s been able to improve relations with First Nations, small communities, mayors and unions that depend on the forest sector.Industry analysts praised Garneau’s leadership.“I will miss your honesty and more importantly your passion,” Paul Quinn of RBC Capital Markets said in a conference call.“We’re certainly going to miss your strong voice in the industry,” added Hamir Patel of CIBC World Markets.Yves Laflamme — currently Resolute’s senior vice-president of wood products, global procurement and information technology — has been appointed as a replacement effective Friday.A 37-year-old Resolute veteran, Laflamme, 61, said he doesn’t foresee conducting any major changes, including sticking with all four divisions, even though three face U.S. trade sanctions.“I’m going to look at all opportunities but of course it’s going to be more continuity,” he said in an interview.The leadership change was announced as Resolute disappointed despite swinging to a profit of $13 million or 14 cents per diluted share. That compared with a loss of $45 million or 50 cents per share a year ago. Sales for the three months ended Dec. 31 totalled $898 million, up from $889 million a year ago.Excluding special items, the company said it earned $14 million or 15 cents per share for the quarter, compared with a loss, excluding special items of $7 million or eight cents per share in the fourth quarter of 2016.Patel said analysts expected 62 cents per share in adjusted profits.For the full year, Resolute reported a loss of $84 million or 93 cents per diluted share, compared with a loss of $81 million or 90 cents per diluted share in 2016. Sales totalled $3.51 billion, down from $3.55 billion.Excluding special items, Resolute said it earned $12 million or 13 cents per share last year compared with a loss of $12 million or 13 cents per share in 2016.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:RFP)last_img read more

UN war crimes prosecutor urges Security Council to keep pressure on Balkan

Carla Del Ponte told the Council, which was holding a meeting on the progress of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), that it should consider keeping the ICTY open beyond its current completion timeline until whenever Mr. Karadžiæ and Mr. Mladiæ can be tried.“This is very important for the tens of thousands of victims who have placed their hope in the justice provided by the United Nations,” Ms. Del Ponte said, noting the promises made by the Council when it established the Tribunal in 1993.“As we are all aware, many victims have the perception that the United Nations abandoned the so-called safe areas to the troops of Karadžiæ and Mladiæ. Let us not, by our actions, give them further reason to feel that the United Nations – and the Security Council – did not do everything in their power to ensure that the most responsible accused are brought to justice.”The completion strategy for the two UN tribunals calls for them to complete all trials at the first instance by 2008, and to wind up all their work, including appeals, by the end of 2010. Ms. Del Ponte criticized the Serbian Government and the authorities in the Republika Srpska entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina for not showing “a robust willingness” to arrest Mr. Mladiæ or Mr. Karadžiæ respectively, even though her office had frequently supplied accurate and detailed information on the fugitives’ whereabouts.This is “a demonstration of utmost disrespect towards thousands of mainly Muslim, but also Croat and other non-Serb victims in Bosnia and Herzegovina.”Serbia’s Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government, Zoran Loncar, told the Council that his country was doing all it could to cooperate with the Tribunal, citing the transfer of 16 indictees to The Hague, where the ICTY is based, since January 2005 as an example of its efforts.Milos M. Prica, the representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina, stressed that his country’s authorities were also striving hard to locate and arrest any indicted war criminals, and were willing to redouble their efforts in the months ahead.In his address, Judge Fausto Pocar, President of the ICTY, said the Tribunal had just undergone one of the most productive periods in its history following changes to court chambers and more efficient pre-trial management. All trials of accused in custody are now slated to be finished by 2009. All appeals should be concluded within two years of that date.ICTR Chief Prosecutor Hassan Jallow said that tribunal, which is based in the Tanzanian town of Arusha, was making steady progress towards its completion strategy, adding that the trials of 25 accused persons are currently in progress.But he said their efforts were being hampered by the inability to transfer some cases to national jurisdictions for trial. In one example, Tribunal judges rejected a prosecutorial request to hold a trial in Norway, saying it lacked jurisdiction to hear the offences in that case.More worryingly, all African countries except Rwanda have told the ICTR that they cannot take on any cases because they do not have the resources or capacity to cope. While Rwanda is willing to take cases, it has not yet fulfilled the conditions for the transfer of indictees.Mr. Jallow also said many fugitives remained at large in the region, taking advantage of changes of identity and the inaccessibility of much of the region, especially within the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to evade arrest.Rwanda’s representative Joseph Nsengimana said it was time to transfer some cases to his country so that Rwandans could be “first-hand witnesses to justice being done.” To that end, Rwandan authorities were seeking to remove obstacles, such as the presence of the death penalty on the country’s statute books and the standard of detention facilities. read more

Ohio State mens tennis Peter Kobelt a man of many numbers

Standing at 6-foot-7, crushing a 135 mph serve and orchestrating a rise to the No. 1 rank in collegiate men’s tennis all while studying consumer and family financial services, you might say Peter Kobelt is a man of numbers. Kobelt, a redshirt junior, seems to be quickly rising to the occasion when it comes to balancing his roles leading the Ohio State men’s tennis squad, completing his college degree and setting his sights on a professional tennis career. It was not long after moving with his family to the Columbus suburb of New Albany in 1992 that Kobelt began to craft his tennis swing. Growing up, Kobelt said he was encouraged to try a variety of sports, but he ultimately stuck with tennis. “I have to give my dad credit for (my tennis career). He’s been in the tennis business for 25 or 30 years now. He was a state champion in Wisconsin in doubles … he kind of molded me into a tennis player,” Kobelt said. During high school, Kobelt was a two-sport athlete, excelling on the varsity basketball and tennis teams. He said the time split between the two sports caused his junior tennis ranking to suffer. “I was kind of under the radar because I only played six months of tennis a year because of basketball, so a lot of schools didn’t really know about me,” Kobelt said. When OSU coach Ty Tucker began recruiting, Kobelt was an asset that he said he could not ignore. “The first thing you’re going to say is that the guy is 6-foot-7. You know that he’s going to have the ability to hold serve … he was the kind of guy you thought you could bring in for a year, redshirt, develop and he could get to one of the top 15, 20 players in college tennis,” Tucker said. After a freshman season spent developing his skills, Kobelt spent the next two seasons becoming a major Buckeye contributor. By the end of his redshirt sophomore season, Kobelt had captured a pair of regional doubles championships and first team all-Big Ten honors. Such success has landed him a No. 1 national rank in his redshirt junior season. The rank, Kobelt said, is an opportunity to recognize team success. “All my teammates helped me get there, so I view it as a group effort. At the end of the day, it’s really just a number. Tennis is a game of numbers, and I don’t like that number. Every day, we just try to get better,” Kobelt said. That concept is noticed by fellow members of OSU’s squad, said senior teammate Connor Smith. “(Peter and I) have lived together ever since I met him, and he’s a good guy and a good teammate, too … (Peter) is good to rely on sometimes to pump (the energy) up,” Smith said. “Since (Peter and I) are older, we kind of rely on each other more. It’s a good give-and-take.” Tucker said the progress made in Kobelt’s game since coming to OSU is what has garnered the respect of his coaches and teammates. “The guys see a guy that was ranked 65 in the country for 18-year-olds and now as a junior is ranked No. 1 in college … it shows that if you put that type of work in, you can get to some good things,” Tucker said. Now, with only 13 credit hours remaining before being able to graduate with his degree, Kobelt is beginning to map out his plans to play tennis professionally. “I put a lot of time and effort into tennis, and I feel like it would be a mistake to just give it all up right away. I’ve always wanted to see the world,” Kobelt said. “It would be really neat to do something I loved and to see the world.” Professional aspirations aside, Kobelt said he couldn’t be more satisfied with playing high-level tennis for the school he calls his “first love.” “It’s an honor and a privilege to play for the Buckeyes,” he said. “I probably really don’t know how special it is right now, but looking back later in life, I’ll be truly grateful I had this opportunity.” read more

Swiss Play Off 12 Final Kadetten leads 21 – Thun VS Winterthur

Bern Muri handballKadetten SchaffhausenPfdai Winterthur handballSwiss handballWacker Thun handball In Switzerland are playing decisive Play Off semi-final battles (bes otf five). After surprising defeat in Bern 22:27, Kadetten beats Bern Muri 33:17 and now has 2:1 lead. In second semi-final clash series between Wacker Thun and Pfadi Winterthur is 1:1 (29:25 – 25:32). ← Previous Story MKB Veszprem prolongs contract with four players – Unstoppable Perez! Next Story → Vardar SCBT new Kometal Gjorche Petrov? read more

Everyone has worked so hard why teens love the Young Scientist exhibition

first_imgWhen spoke to Clarke before the results were announced, it was clear he had enjoyed the opportunity to undertake a more niche project for the exhibition.“Pure mathematical subjects are certainly not the most common in these kind of general science competitions – so it’s great to bring some balance to the whole equation,” said Clark, “and get people realising how much pure mathematics actually contributes to their world.”Read: Here’s why you can’t feed hens any food you want>Read: Are redheads more flexible than other people?>Read: How to trick algae to save the planet> THIS YEAR MARKED student Amy O’Donoghue’s second time at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, and she’s sad that it will be her last.The 17-year-old hopes to go to university after her time at St Andrew’s College in Dublin comes to an end later this year, but she’ll always treasure her experiences at the exhibition.Here’s what she told us about what it means to Irish students:(Video student who enjoyed his time there this year was Paul Clark from St Paul’s College in Raheny – who ended up being the overall winner of the competition.His project was on the mathematical subject of graph theory, specifically contributions to cyclic graph theory, and his discoveries hugely impressed the judges.last_img read more

Construction starts on new bridge to wildlife refuges River S unit

first_img RIDGEFIELD — After a decade of discussion, planning and hoping, the bridge crossing Lake River to the River ‘S’ unit of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is actually being replaced.Construction started in March on the replacement bridge, and is being led by the Western Federal Lands Highway Division of the Federal Highway Administration, which designed and planned for the new bridge. According to a newsletter sent out about the project, the completion date is scheduled for April 16, 2020.Currently, drivers have to cross BNSF Railway tracks, then drive across a 330-foot long, 16-foot wide single-lane wooden trestle bridge. The replacement bridge will be 525 feet long, 24 feet wide and have two lanes, according to Eric Anderson, deputy project leader with the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex.The replacement bridge will travel over the train tracks. When a train struck a car last year, the train had to stop on the tracks for hours, trapping visitors at the refuge with no other way out, Anderson said.“Our use has continuously increased,” Anderson said. “This will provide more convenience for our visitors.”Right now, construction is making things a little more difficult for visitors.While construction is going on, the River ‘S’ Unit and the Auto Tour Route is closed Mondays through Fridays during construction. The unit and auto tour are open on weekends, and Anderson expects they’ll remain open on weekends for the duration of construction; the replacement bridge is being built alongside the current one. The last stage of the project will be to remove the old bridge. click to enlargelast_img read more

Calls for Relocation of African Commission secretariat away from Banjul Amid

first_imgBy Kebba Jeffang The Director of the Center for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, has called upon the African Commission to re-request from the African Union (AU) for the relocation of the Secretariat of the African Commission in the event that the human rights situation in the Gambia fails to improve.Mr. Frans Viljoen also dilated on the xenophobia attack in SouthAfrica at the ongoing 56th Ordinary Session of Human and Peoples’Rights in Banjul on Wednesday, April 22, 2015.He stated that the Gambia government in 2009 openly and explicitlythreatened the safety and security of civil society representativesintending to attend the Commission’s session in Banjul. He said theCommission reacted by a resolution, calling on the President towithdraw the threats and to guarantee the security of the participantsin the upcoming session scheduled to take place in The Gambia.He said a Resolution on the Deteriorating Human Rights Situation inThe Gambia was adopted at the Commission’s 7th extraordinary sessionheld in Dakar, Senegal on the 11 October, 2009. He said in whatamounts to an ultimatum, the Commission requested the AU to considerrelocating the Commission’s seat if the human rights situation in theGambia did not improve. He added that after the President gave someguarantees to ensure the safety and security for NGOs, the sessioneventually took place in Banjul. He said however, the situation hasnot improved.“This fact is exemplified by a visit to the country in November 2014by the UN Special Rapporteurs on Torture and on extrajudicial, summaryor arbitrary executions. Although the government agreed to the visit,it was met with the government’s unwillingness to grant freedom ofmovement and inquiry to all areas of detention facilities. The SpecialRapporteur on Torture found a constant fear of reporting any humanrights abuses due to reprisals, lack of a substantive redress, and amistrust of the police force as well as Indemnity Act of 2001 whichprovides the President with nearly unfettered powers that perpetuatesa culture of impunity and deters victims from seeking redress forviolations including torture,” said Viljoen.The Center for Human Rights Director noted that the presidentialattack on the 30th December, 2014 was a clear example inwhich four insurgents were killed. According to him, between theDecember 30 incident and January, 25 individuals were being detainedincommunicado, with their whereabouts unknown.He said most of the persons detained were relatives of those suspectedof being involved in the failed coup. Although some have beenreleased, other family members have not been heard from in almostthree months. He said another example that was found by the SpecialRapporteur was the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) which isresponsible for conducting covert investigations, collectingintelligence and protecting state security. He indicated that it wasnarrated in testimonies during trials that the NIA would hold personsfor many days and weeks under inhumane conditions with severe androutine torture regimes, before being handed over to the police andbrought before a judge.It was noted that there is an absence of routine medical examinationby qualified forensic medical doctors at the police investigationstage.On the issues of death penalty, he said it is of grave concern in theGambia citing the execution of nine inmates in 2012 (8 men and 1woman) by firing squad.He said following the attempted coup late December, military tribunalhad passed a judgment on the 30thMarch, 2015 sentencing three accusedpersons to death after being secretly tried on treason “withouteffective representation.”Mr. Frans  Viljoen, Director of Center for Human Rights submittedthat, “against this background, the Center of Human Rights urges theAfrican Commission to follow up with the AU its 2009 request toconsider relocating the Secretariat of the African Commission in theevent that the human rights situation in the Republic of the Gambiadoes not improve. The commission should also clearly and stronglyhighlight this issue in its next activity report, and through itsChairperson, seriously engage on this issue with the Executive Councilof African Union (AU).”On the issue of xenophobic violence in South Africa, he said hisorganization is concerned about lack of a comprehensive and systematicapproach to the issue by the South African government to effectivelydeal with the burning issue.  He noted that this is a serious eventciting the 2008 incident after which the Commission at its 43rdsession in Swaziland adopted a resolution condemning the attacks.He urged the Commission to express its renewed concern about therecurrence of xenophobic violence and the pattern of failedaccountability for xenophobic crimes and calls on Commission toundertake a high level mission to South Africa to engage with thegovernment on the development of a comprehensive, sustainable andeffective strategy to prevent the recurrence of such violence.]]>last_img read more

Walk held at Coconut Creek park to raise eating disorder awareness

first_imgIt was wonderful to honor congresswoman @RosLehtinen at our 7th Annual celebrating everyBODY walk this morning! You have been a great champion for Eating Disorders on the hill and you will be greatly missed!— Alliance for EDA (@AllianceforEDA) March 3, 2018.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., received a lifetime achievement award for her advocacy on eating disorders.All proceeds for the event will help raise awareness and promote education.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. COCONUT CREEK, FLA. (WSVN) – Hundreds gathered in Coconut Creek to walk for a cause, Saturday.The Alliance for Eating Disorders hosted its seventh annual “celebrating everyBODY” walk. The event, held at Tradewinds Park, included live entertainment, food and drinks, a photo booth, and children’s arts and crafts area.last_img read more

Who are Indias Lowest Paid Executives

first_imgThe top executives of Indian companies appear to be offered less remuneration than MNC’s, even after the companies are listed in BSE top 100 list.According to an analysis by Mint, Chief Executive Officers of Cummins India, Shriram Transport Finance and Federal Bank were among the least paid bosses at ₹24.5 lakh, ₹48.17 lakh and ₹84.99 lakh per annum, respectively. However, the top executives who were also the companies’ promoters were not included in the list.Cummins India’s chairman and managing director Anant J Talaulicar earned around ₹24.5 lakh in FY 2014, which is said to the least remuneration. Cummins is a corporation that designs, manufacture, distribute and service diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies.Shriram Transport Finance’s Managing director Umesh Revankar is the second least paid executive with an annual remuneration of ₹48.17 lakh in the financial year ended in March 2014.Federal Bank’s MD Shyam Srinivasan is in the third position who had an annual salary of ₹84.99 lakh.Of the 20 lowest paid CEOs, about 25% of them were from banks and financial institutions. Ironically, chief executives of banks earn the highest compensation all over.In 2012, The Reserve Bank of India published the guidelines on compensation of whole time directors and chief executive officers. The report said that the policy should cover all areas of compensation structure such as fixed pay, stock, pension plan and so on. The report also added that variable pay should not exceed 70% of the fixed pay in a year.”If you add the long-term incentives paid to bank executives, their compensation levels improve sharply to take them to the top bracket of pay in the country. About 70% of companies have long-term incentives by way of employee stock options or restricted stock units,” Anandorup Ghose, consulting practice leader at Aon Hewitt told Mint.Among the 100 companies included in the survey, salaries of top executives in India ranges from ₹24 lakh to ₹30 crore.Infosys CEO and MD Vishal Sikka, who was appointed in mid June this year, has been offered $5.08 million (₹30 crore) with an additional stock options worth $2 million as an annual compensation. Currently, he is the highest paid CEO of an Indian company.Besides Cummins, Shriram Transport Finance and Federal Bank, names of seven other companies with least paid remuneration to top executives are Sesa Sterlite, Ashok Leyland, Nestle India, Tech Mahindra, Tata Global Beverages, M & M Financials and ABB India.last_img read more

Gold up on US rate hike delay speculation

first_imgGold futures on the COMEX division of the New York Mercantile Exchange rose on Monday as traders were beginning to price in a potential delay in the US central bank’s rate hike.The most active gold contract for December delivery added $8.6, or 0.74 percent, to settle at $1,164.50 per ounce, Xinhua reported.The precious metal rose on Monday as traders reacted to an increasing belief that the US Federal Reserve will not raise interest rates this year.The CME Group Fedwatch tool shows an implied probability of a very small 8 percent increase in the US Federal Reserve’s interest rate during its meeting scheduled for October 28.The tool also shows an implied probability of a 37 percent rate hike for the meeting scheduled for December 16, while there is a much higher chance of a rate hike during the January 27, 2016 meeting, at 47 percent. According to the tool, there is a 39 percent chance of a 0.50 rate, and a 6.8 percent chance of a 0.75 rate.An increase in the Fed’s interest rate drives investors away from gold and towards assets with a return, as the precious metal bears no interest. There has not been an increase in the Fed’s interest rate since June 2006, before the beginning of the American financial crisis.The US Dollar Index, a measure of the dollar against a basket of major currencies, fell by 0.06 percent to 94.80 as of 1815 GMT.Gold and the dollar typically move in opposite directions, which means if the dollar goes up, gold futures will fall as gold, measured by the dollar, becomes more expensive for investors.Silver for September delivery rose 4.6 cents, or 0.29 percent, to close at $15.864 per ounce, while platinum for October delivery added $14.5, or 1.48 percent, to close at $995.90 per ounce.last_img read more

UPDATE Emails Show Trump Jr Knew Russia Was Working To Support Trump

first_imgDarron Cummings/APDonald Trump Jr. speaks at a campaign stop with his father, then-GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, in April 2016 in Indianapolis.Donald Trump Jr. on Tuesday posted online an email exchange that seemed to show the president’s son entertained an offer of Russian government help for his father to be elected president in 2016.“This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump,” said the text that Trump Jr. posted on Twitter.In the messages, an intermediary for Russian business allies of the Trumps offer what they call incriminating information about Hillary Clinton. That eventually led to a meeting between a Russian attorney and Trump Jr., then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.Trump Jr. did not seem bothered by the offer, which brought him and the campaign into a questionable legal area.“If it’s what you say,” Trump Jr. replied, “I love it.”Trump Jr. said in his Twitter post on Tuesday that he was posting the messages “to be totally transparent” and that the Russian attorney with whom he met, Natalia Veselnitskaya, ultimately did not provide Trump Jr. with any opposition research about Clinton. Sharelast_img read more

These Wireless Earbuds Use AI to Help Improve Your Workouts

first_img Standard headphones don’t do much for exercise, however, Soul Electronics aims to change that with its new innovation: Wireless earbuds that use AI to help elevate your workouts.On Wednesday, Soul Electronics debuted the Soul Blade earbuds on Indiegogo, and it already surpassed its $30,000 crowdfunding goal, Digital Trends reported. These high-tech earbuds, which are expected to cost $249, aim to help cyclists, runners, and other fitness enthusiasts elevate their athletic performance with advanced AI coaching.AdChoices广告What makes these earbuds cool is their ability to monitor the user’s heart rate during physical activity, so no bulky chest straps are required to collect information. This isn’t the only advanced feature of the earbuds though: They can also track user’s motions during their fitness routine, and collect data on distance traveled, stride length, and speed.The powerhouse behind the earbuds is a system dubbed BiomechEngine from Beflex, a small chip designed for fitness wearables. Soul Electronics collaborated with BiomechEngine to leverage AI for the earbuds, which allow users to access real-time coaching tips during their workouts. When they’re engaging in exercise, a voice comes out of their earbuds that directs them to change their motions, correct their posture, or slow down to prevent injuries.If you would like to buy these earbuds, you’re in luck: On Indiegogo, Soul Electronics is offering early bird specials where you can reserve a Soul Blade set for as low as $129. Soul Electronics said it will start delivering the Soul Blade earbuds in October 2019.More on AI Loses Debate to Human ChampionTrump Is Expected to Launch an ‘American AI Initiative’This Weird Robot Can Fold Your Laundry at a Snail’s Pace Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesMIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven Garments Stay on targetlast_img read more

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first_img News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more Today’s digital picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) is highlighted with several choice words around the industry: accessible, flexible, Web-based, thin client versus thick client and vendor-neutral. Whatever term is used to describe the PACS of today and the future, one thing is clear: the aim now is to be able to store medical images, sourced from any modality, in a secure location on a network and retrieve them for review from any platform or any device.With many of today’s healthcare reforms requiring providers to do “more with less” and to operate more efficiently, the ability to easily access medical images and share those images with the appropriate parties — from the referring physician to the patient — is increasingly important. One such avenue for that is the Web, where medical images and reports can be stored and retrieved by appropriate users without a direct cabled connection to the system.“The future for PACS is in the cloud,” said Steven Tolle, chief product officer for Merge Healthcare, at the 2013 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Whether it is the whole PACS, from the viewer to the archive, that is stored off-site or simply pieces of the system, PACS solutions are more likely to involve the cloud now than ever before.Need for InteroperabilityWhen hospital systems and radiology practices are growing rapidly, they need information technologies (IT) to keep up and accommodate the increasing number of users, patients and pieces of data that load the PACS. Adding to this is the number of physicians outside the enterprise who may also need to call up medical images from that PACS but are not connected. Legacy PACS currently in place in some hospitals are often vestiges from an earlier era, when systems required proprietary software and/or hardware to be installed on-site and continuously maintained. As infrastructure ages and study sizes expand — particularly with dataset-heavy modalities such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) — these PACS can become overwhelmed, and users are left waiting a certain amount of time for an image to load, time that is inefficiently used and could be repurposed elsewhere.Interoperability can be key. With radiology practices servicing a number of hospitals and clinics, it is important for different PACS to be able to communicate with each other. Triad Radiology Associates (TRA), a practice based in Winston-Salem, N.C., performs readings for hospitals and outpatient imaging centers within a 50-mile radius. The practice also performs specialized reads for subspecialties such as musculoskeletal, neuro and vascular. At one point it was having to accommodate images coming from a variety of PACS, including McKesson, Merge Healthcare and Novarad, since they were all in use by those sites that TRA serves, said Tom Smith, chief information officer for Triad Radiology Associates. Centers were even using multiple versions of McKesson’s PACS while a separate center was on Philips Healthcare’s iSite PACS. Currently TRA employs a PACS system from Merge to read images for several of its hospitals and physicians’ offices, while utilizing Novant Health’s McKesson PACS for the remaining hospitals and the five imaging centers. The current system allows TRA’s radiologists to view worklists for the entire practice and not just the individual hospital where they are located. Radiologists’ worklist could include studies specifically assigned to them as well as images requiring a specialized reading. The remaining items would include images across the practice that still needed to be read, even if they were from a separate hospital down the street, according to Smith. With these interoperable and flexible worklists, efficiency has improved significantly at TRA, he said.Moving Toward Anywhere, Anytime AccessA thick client PACS requires the use of certain workstations that are set up with the program, and consequently workstations that are updated with the latest version of that PACS. Today’s PACS can cut down on these inefficiencies and also help hospitals meet requirements for Meaningful Use certification by facilitating the movement of images throughout an enterprise. And with the use of the cloud, users can access their PACS from the Internet in any computer in a hospital or outside of it, without needing to upgrade hardware or install software applications.Successful technologies in the consumer space, such as smartphones and mobile tablet computers, are also affecting the healthcare industry. Radiologists and clinicians armed with personal iPhones or Androids are now expecting a more intuitive level to the systems they use. Having these devices on hand has paved the way for increasing mobile access to PACS, with many doctors now able to access the system on their tablets and subsequently pull up medical images from a specialized viewer. Users at TRA, for example, are using a zero-footprint viewer to pull up diagnostic images on an iPhone, said Smith. Untethered from a desktop workstation, radiologists can access images and records from anywhere, saving time and money and allowing clinicians to attend to a patient faster.Moving ForwardMedical images comprise huge amounts of data, and it is important for hospitals and clinics to be able to store, move and retrieve them through secure and reliable networks. With many striving toward Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements, using the right PACS can help improve workflow efficiencies and mobile “anytime, anywhere” access, trends that will continue to drive the development of future PACS.  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Related Content News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more Feature | April 09, 2014 | Raissa Rocha Looking at Trends in PACS This article appeared as an introduction to a Comparison Chart on PACS in the April 2014 issue. 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first_imgJune 28, 2007 Six participants from the present workshop joined the construction team at the new Visitors Center entrance. We are behind on reporting on all the stages of construction at this location. This is the last week for this workshop and we have not been able to cover much of its activities, which is why we will jump over as yet un-reported activities and concentrate on this mornings pour. [Photo & text: sa] We are north of the Crafts III building, where the crew works on a new entrance to the Visitors Center which includes a ramp for physically challenged visitors and deliveries. The crew evened the ground and put together form work in preparation for a large slab for delivery trucks. David Tollas re-habilitated the old concrete truck and the crew was able to batch all of the concrete at one time. [Photo & text: sa] Workshop participants on this team were Beth Farnham, Michelle Fowler, In Chang Hwang, Vinny Lucciola, Cristine Morra and Jennifer Puniello. We will catch up on other stages of construction in this area. They will be posted next week. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

Annual survey puts Paphos in ten cheapest destinations for Brits

first_imgPaphos has been named the ninth best value for money destination for UK holidaymakers by the Post Office Travel Money’s yearly Worldwide Holiday Costs Barometer.The Bulgarian resort of Sunny Beach was named as the resort offering the best value for money break for UK tourists for a second year running.It was found to be the place where Brits will see their pounds stretch furthest in research which saw the Turkish resort of Marmaris in second place while the Algarve in Portugal is third.To compile the report, the Post Office compares the cost of eight everyday tourist items in 42 cities and resorts worldwide to see where the pound will stretch furthest.The price of the basket of items, which are a meal for two, drinks, sunscreen and insect repellent, in first placed Sunny Beach is just £36.03.There are big differences to Paphos, where the basket costs £65.17. A three-course meal for two including a bottle of house wine is just £27.44 in Bulgaria, but £44.40 in the Cyprus resort. A cup of coffee in Sunny Beach is just £0.74 but on average costs £2.67 in a Paphos café and a bottle of beer is £0.59 compared to £2.30.Overall, the report revealed that the costs for eight tourist staples including meals and drinks had fallen in almost half of the 42 destinations surveyed – including six of 12 European ones.“It is good news that prices are down in many destinations this year, but it is still very important to be aware of the huge variation in costs we found across the 42 countries surveyed,” Post Office Travel Money expert Andrew Brown said.The well-documented volatility of the Turkish lira explains why Marmaris, Turkey’s most popular resort, comes second as prices have fallen 18.7 per cent since last year to £45.23.Third place the Algarve, a past winner, has seen prices rise by 13.2 per cent to £50.11 while in fourth place is Cape Town, where prices are £50.23.However, a price fall of two per cent to £54.12 has helped Spain’s Costa del Sol to move up to fifth place in the table.The rest of the top ten is made up of Tokyo (£55.55), Mombasa (£55.87), Prague (£56.88) and Bali (£69.49).Singapore (£120.66) and St Lucia (£80.09) head the list of 19 destinations where holiday costs have dropped in the past year.Prices in the Chinatown area of Singapore fell by 21.5 per cent and in Montego Bay, Jamaica they went down by 19.6 per cent.The most expensive resort for Brits mentioned in the report is Mahe in the Seychelles, where the basket of eight items adds up to £182.89.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoDirectExposeWorld’s First Surviving Octuplets Are All Grown Up. Look At Them 9 Years LaterDirectExposeUndoNovelodgeThe One WD40 Trick Everyone Should Know AboutNovelodgeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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