Gambhir says possess only one voter ID; hits back at AAP

first_imgNew Delhi: Hitting back at the AAP, cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir Sunday asserted that he possessed only one voter identity card, adding that the ruling party in Delhi was making baseless allegations against him as it did not have any vision for the people. Gambhir is fighting against AAP’s Atishi from the East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency this general elections. “I have only one voter ID card from Rajender Nagar. I used to live with my maternal grandparents as a child at Ramjas Road (in Karolbagh), but I never voted from or applied for any voter identity card from there,” he told PTI. Also Read – AIIMS, Health Ministry launch mobile app for oral health info The BJP candidate was responding to Atishi’s claim that he had two voter identity cards from Rajender Nagar and Karolbagh constituencies. He alleged the AAP candidate was making allegations against him as she had nothing to talk about with voters during campaigning. “When you have no vision for the people or nothing else to talk about, you make allegations like these,” Gambhir said. Meanwhile, a Delhi court had on Friday decided to hear Atishi’s criminal complaint against Gambhir in this regard on May 1. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles The AAP candidate had filed the complaint against Gambhir for allegedly enrolling as a voter in more than one constituency in violation the Representation of the People Act(RPA). She had also raised objection over the nomination papers filed by the former cricketer which were rejected by the returning officer of the polls. Gambhir said he believed in “positive politics” and would campaign with a vision to make East Delhi one of the best Lok Sabha constituencies in Delhi, and avoid indulging in blame game with his opponents in the polls. Congress has fielded former Delhi minister Arvinder Singh Lovely from the seat.last_img read more

Sobeys head Marc Poulin to lead Empire Co as Paul Sobey announces

TORONTO — Empire Co. Ltd., the Nova Scotia-based conglomerate that owns Sobeys, has plucked its new leader from the supermarket chain. The company says Sobeys president and CEO Marc Poulin will become head of operations later this year, as Paul Sobey plans to retire.Poulin has worked for the company for more than 16 years and was head of the company’s Quebec operations for 11 years.Sobey, whose great-grandfather opened a butcher shop that would eventually become one of Canada’s largest grocery businesses, has held various positions at Empire for 32 years.Earlier this year he played a key role in securing a deal to take over of 213 Canadian Safeway stores.The company says Sobey will remain a director after he retires on Dec. 11. read more

Canadian dollar moves lower amid uncertainty over fiscal cliff talks

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 29, 2012 4:36 pm MDT Canadian dollar moves lower amid uncertainty over fiscal cliff talks TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Thursday with sentiment whipsawed on varying assessments on how negotiations are going in clinching a deal that would avert the so-called fiscal cliff.That’s the term used for the looming imposition of big spending cuts and tax hikes next year under U.S. law if politicians don’t negotiate an alternative. The U.S. economy would likely fall back into recession if the fiscal cliff can’t be avoided.The loonie was down 0.09 of a cent at 100.73 cents US following a gain of about one-third of a U.S. cent on Wednesday.House Speaker John Boehner expressed disappointment with the pace of talks with the White House to avoid going over the fiscal cliff.Following a Thursday meeting with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Boehner said Republicans have put concessions on the table, but president Barack Obama still has to outline the spending cuts he’s willing to make.“We have a debt crisis, it’s the spending that is out of control,”Boehner told reporters following the meeting.Shortly after, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid chimed in, saying president Obama is still waiting for a serious offer from Republicans.“We need Republicans to come forward with something,” he said.Every day seems to bring a new assessment of where negotiations stand. Traders were reassured Wednesday after Boehner said he was optimistic that a deal can be reached with Obama.Meanwhile, traders also took in better-than-expected Canadian trade data and an upward revision of third-quarter U.S. economic growth.Statistics Canada reported the country’s current account deficit increased $500 million to $18.9 billion in the third quarter. The agency said the deficit grew as exports declined at a faster pace than imports fell.And the U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 2.7 per cent in the third quarter, higher than the original reading of two per cent.Commodity prices were also higher as January crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose $1.58 to US$88.07 a barrel.March copper gained seven cents to US$3.61 while February bullion was ahead $10.70 to US$1,727.20 an ounce. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Goldcorp beats expectations with US170M net income on lower costs

Goldcorp beats expectations with US$170M net income on lower costs by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 26, 2017 3:57 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 26, 2017 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – Goldcorp (TSX:G) beat expectations in first quarter results with profits rising to US$170 million despite a drop in production as it drove costs down.The net income, amounting to US$0.20 per share, was well ahead of an analyst consensus complied by Thomson Reuters of US$44.2 million, or US$0.08 per share.Earnings were also higher than the US$80 million the company took in for the first quarter of 2016, despite producing substantially fewer ounces.The Vancouver-based gold miner said it produced 655,000 ounces of gold at an all-in sustaining cost of US$800 per ounce in the first quarter, compared with 784,000 ounces at US$836 per ounce for the same quarter in 2016.Goldcorp has targeted a 20 per cent reduction in sustaining costs over the next five years, with a $250 million annual sustainable efficiency program it says is well underway.The company reaffirmed its 2017 production guidance of 2.5 million ounces at an estimated US$850 per ounce all-in sustaining cost. read more

New John Lewis Bohemian Rhapsody advert has viewers looking to Christmas

Laura Jayne Lines said: “OMG has anybody seen the new @jlandpartners advert. Absolutely fantastic, was smiling all the way through it! Well done!”Not everyone was impressed though, thinking the department store was just being a little premature with its Christmas advert.Lyndsay Lloyd tweeted: “Got rather confused at the new John Lewis advert. Fell asleep in September and it felt like I woke up in December #nomorenaps.”Another Twitter user wrote: “So that John Lewis advert: does Brexit mean we are having Christmas in September?”View latest offers from John Lewis Anyone else sat there mesmerized by the John Lewis/ Waitrose advert on channel 4? 😂 #GBBO #WhatIsGoingOn pic.twitter.com/hmqgVs39Ru— Bethany Callbutt (@BethanyCallbutt) September 4, 2018 In June, John Lewis warned that its half-year profits will be “close to zero”, while profits for the full year will come in “substantially” lower than last year, raising alarm over its trading.The store declined to put a price on the production but its budget in previous years saw the firm spend around £1 million on putting each campaign together and another £6 million on television slots.One Twitter user said: “An hour behind everyone on catchup but WOW! Paid more attention to the advert than I have been to #GBBO”. Absolutely love the new #JohnLewis Ad, who needs Christmas ad wars when they just knock an ad like that in September 🙌🏼 Clever marketing, Queen & cute kids, what’s not to love 💞 @waitrose #waitrose #JohnLewisAndPartners #johnlewisadvert— Vicky Miller (@Millerbird78) September 5, 2018 Janice Birch posted: “Waitrose & John Lewis advertisement! Set quite a challenge for all school drama & music teachers: fab classic.”Caroline Greenwood wrote: “John Lewis are pretty much peaking on the ad front right now … what an earth are they gonna do for Christmas?!” Another said: “Good luck topping that at Christmas without getting the actual Queen involved #nothingbeatsbohemianrhapsody.” A new advert from John Lewis to mark its major rebrand melted the hearts of viewers on Tuesday night as many took to Twitter to praise the incredibly detailed 90-second clip.But some were left scratching their heads as to whether the Christmas advert had come early when it aired during a break in The Great British Bake Off on Channel 4.It took five days to film the advert, which had 82 children in the cast and 11 adults.The advert celebrated the rebrand the veteran department store has undertaken in a bid to boost its fortunes during a difficult period for all high street traders.It sees the John Lewis department store chain and supermarket Waitrose dubbed John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners. 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

Fuchse Berlin sign lineplayer Kresimir Kozina

Fuchse BerlinKresimir Kozina ← Previous Story VIDEO: Kielce’s fans and freak show Next Story → PSG Handball win third place in Cologne The IHF Super Globe winners – Fuchse Berlin signed a one-year contract with Croatian line-player Kresimir Kozina, finds out Balkan-Handball.com. The 26-years old member of SG Flensburg family in this season will change the club at the end of the season.Kozina, who won bronze medal with Croatia at Men’s EHF EURO 2016 in Poland, came to Flensburg from Austrian champions Alpla Hard.Previously, he played at RK Nexe Našice. read more

Michael Noonan to discuss Troika exit with head of eurozone bailout fund

first_imgFINANCE MINISTER MICHAEL Noonan will meet with the head of the eurozone’s permanent bailout fund, Klaus Regling, in Dublin this morning.The head of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) is in the capital for talks on Ireland’s exit from the EU-IMF bailout with the issue of using the bailout fund for retroactive recapitalisation of Ireland’s banks not on the formal agenda, but likely to be discussed.A spokesperson for the minister said that the meeting will be mainly about an update on current events including the departure of the Troika and the recent bond issue by the NTMA, where Ireland secured €3.75 billion of borrowing on the open market at rates of around 3.5 per cent.While the use of the ESM to retroactively recapitalise Ireland’s two main pillar banks, AIB and Bank of Ireland, is not on the main agenda, a spokesperson said that the position on the issue hasn’t changed and that “nothing will happen on it until later this year”.Ireland has been pushing for the use of the ESM to retrospectively recapitalise its pillar banks which received billions of euro in State funding at the height of the financial crisis and wants EU leaders to honour an agreement in June 2012. Regling has previously indicated that such recapitalisation using the fund that he heads “doesn’t seem very likely”.European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso has also appeared to rule out any use of the new eurozone bailout fund retrospectively last December, while the Taoiseach Enda Kenny admitted he had missed his own deadline to secure a deal.Noonan and Regling are due to brief the media on their discussions at midday.Read: Taoiseach admits his own deadline on bank debt deal will be missedRead: ‘Ireland wasn’t a victim of the Euro, the Euro was a victim of Ireland’s banks’- Barrosolast_img read more

Largest offshore survey to commence to attract oil companies to Ireland

first_imgRolf Ronningen, CEO Polarcus said the massive vessel is equipped with the latest seismic technologies and environmental systems to ensure these operations are conducted to the highest safety and environmental standards.Last week, Rabbitte announced that the State will increase the tax-take for all future commercial oil and gas discoveries in Irish waters.Read: Losses mount at O’Reilly’s Providence Resources>Read: Ireland will receive more taxes from oil and gas exploration under new terms> THE LARGEST OFFSHORE 3D survey of Ireland is to commence shortly.The Polarcus Amani vessel was welcomed to the port of Ringaskiddy, County Cork by  the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Riabbitte over the weekend.The vessel is tasked with producing high resolution images of the sub-surface geology that will attract domestic and international oil companies to look closer at the potential investment opportunities offshore ahead of the 2015 oil and gas exploration licensing round.Good newsRabbitte said the extensive 3D seismic survey is “good news for Ireland” in terms of deepening understanding of the hydrocarbon potential of our vast offshore.“Momentum in exploration interest in our offshore is building. Recent evidence includes the conversion to Frontier Exploration Licences of 11 of the authorisations granted under the 2011 Atlantic Licensing Round and a very busy year in 2013 in terms of new seismic acquisition,” said Rabbitte.He said that 2014 is set to see that momentum continue and the Polarcus survey about to commence will be an important part of this year’s activity. Licences“The survey will inform exploration being carried out under existing exploration licences and will also cover unlicensed blocks that can be licensed in the 2015 Licensing Round,” he said.Ireland needs this type of investment so that the industry can make decisions on exploration drilling informed by the best technical information.   I wish the survey well and hope that it will help us to realise the true potential of our indigenous oil and gas resources.last_img read more

More Testimonies on November 11 Massacre

More Testimonies on November 11 Massacre

first_imgBy Yankuba JallowAbdoulie J. Darboe of Jarra Pakaliba has on Tuesday the 26th February 2019 given testimony before the TRRC about the mass killing of soldiers by the AFPRC members and their soldiers in the alleged 11th November 1994 alleged coup d’état.He said he was born on the 21st June 1968 in Jarra Pakaliba and joined the Gambia National Army on the 25th August 1991. He told the Commission that he was not aware of the November 11 attempted coup. He inferred that the coup was not planned because the soldiers who were allegedly involved were the brains of the GNA and that there was no way that they could have failed.He said Alagie Kanyi who is currently a divisional immigration commissioner was the one who shot Lieutenant Basirou Barrow and ‘Dot Faal’ on their foreheads who were lying on a truck.He said Sanna Sabally asked him to carry the dead body of Lieutenant Basirou Barrow from the truck to the Guard Room in the Yundum Barracks. He said thereafter, Sabally threatened to execute him if he does not produce the document that he saw in his possession. He added that he told Sabally that he had no document in his possession.He said afterward, Sabally ordered RSM Papu Gomez who is now a Lieutenant General in the GAF to bring a pickaxe and a spade and dig a ditch. He said Sabally told him that he will be buried alive although he was not buried. He said Sabally left after receiving a call, and he was detained alongside Private Mafuji Sonko. He said some soldiers were also brought into the cell where he was detained as a detainee.He said Sanna Sabally later came for Gibril Saye, Cadet Sillah, and other soldiers and took them away. He said they later came back and he heard Alagie Kanyi uttering the following words: “today I have bastard people”.“I saw Alagie Kanyi washed his hands at a tap because they were stained with blood,” he said.Whilst under detention, he said he heard a soldier crying saying ‘EM Ceesay, EM Ceesay, EM Ceesay’ who was also killed during the execution. He named Sergeant Seedy Marong, Warrant Officer Class 2 Trawally, Private Kairaba Trawally, Corporal Mballow Saidy, Couporal Abdoulie Jallow, Corporal Yaya Dampha, Private Baba Manneh, and Lance Corporal Modou Njie, who was bleeding heavily.He said Lance Corporal Njie told him that he was shot by Peter Singhatey. He added that after two to three weeks, he was transferred to Mile II and released in March 1996. He said after his release, he was dismissed from the GNA and paid his outstanding salary.He said when Sabally and Sadibou Hydara were brought to Mile II as detainees, Alagie Martin tortured them.His RecommendationHe recommended the politicians should not interfere in the army and the security sector should be reformed. He opined that the Commission should recommend for proper regimentation in the army. He called on the government to consider the security sector as very important.Sittings continue today.last_img read more

April Business Forecast

April Business Forecast

first_img Posted: April 16, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – President and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, and former San Diego Mayor, Jerry Sanders joined KUSI News to discuss April’s business forecast. April 16, 2019 KUSI Newsroom center_img April Business Forecast KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 8:40 PMlast_img read more

The Morning Press Businesses postCRC Pike talks to teachers gangs in parks

first_imgBoth Water Works Park and Evergreen Park in Vancouver have seen a slight uptick in crime, which has police Cpl. Duane Boynton making extra patrols in both areas. The weather was great this weekend. Check on the upcoming forecast here.Weekend’s top stories and news you may have missed:Political parties take increasingly active role in nonpartisan electionsWhen Vancouver Councilman Jack Burkman received an email last month from the Clark County Democratic Party chairman about a chance to interview with the central committee, his first thought wasn’t how to win the party’s endorsement.It was that the political party shouldn’t be making endorsements at all.“Thank you for this offer, but I ask you not to move … into formally endorsing in nonpartisan races. You will be fundamentally changing the character of these races,” Burkman wrote back to Mike Heywood, the party’s county chairman. “When you formally endorse as an organization, you cross a line I believe will harm our community.”Several share Burkman’s concern that increased party involvement will distort nonpartisan races and impose rigid thinking on civic leadership, while others say it’s healthy for local democracy. For better or worse, the parties are more involved in nonpartisan races this year.Read the full story here.Police presence reins in gangsInstead of holing up at his desk, Vancouver police Cpl. Duane Boynton writes his reports and fires off some emails while sitting in his patrol car parked at Water Works Park.The practice is not so that he can get out of the office — though he said he doesn’t mind the fresh air when it’s not raining. The real goal is to be a visible presence at a few of the city’s parks in his patrol area that have recently been the focus of complaints.last_img read more

People told to be aware of child rights Anupama Chakravarthy

People told to be aware of child rights Anupama Chakravarthy

first_imgManakondur: Everyone must strive hard for protecting the child rights, appealed District Principal Judge and the chairman of the District Legal Cell Authority, Anupama Chakravarthy here on Saturday. An awareness programme on protection of child rights and implementation of child right Acts was organised under the aegis of District Legal Cell Authority at the Social Welfare Residential School of Devampalli village of Manakondur mandal in Karimnagar district. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, Justice Anupama Chakravarthy said that there are several Acts for the protection of child rights such as compulsory education for children under 14 years of age, prevention of child labour and child marriages etc. Those who do not have proper knowledge of child rights are indulging in anti-social activities and forcing children to indulge in begging and deploying them at different place for work along with kidnapping them and involving in trafficking of children, she said. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us The people must be aware of these laws for protecting the child rights and must educate others also. The students also must have knowledge of child rights. By leading a discipline life, the students must reach to higher goals they had set in their lives, she advised. Secretary of the District Legal Cell Authority Madhavi Krishna, ACP Usha Rani, Karimnagar Bar Association president PV Raj Kumar, advocates T Pavan Kumar, Mahesh, K Laxman Kumar and school vice-principal Ashok Reddy and students were present on the occasion.last_img read more

BSE closes points 18751 down on Jan 17

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 187.51 points down to stand at 21,077.67. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 48.20 points down to stand at 6,270.70. Indian Oil Corp and HPCL were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 6.08% and 4.61% along with BPCL and Reliance Communications with an increase of 2.63% and 2.59% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include MCX and TCS with a decrease of 6.13% and 5.59% along with Tech Mahindra and Financial Tech with a decrease of 5.03% and 4.99% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 12.65 points at 12,011.22 while the banking sector is down 184.03 points at 12,496.49 and the realty sector is down 32.62 points at 1,326.43. The Indian currency is up 0.18% at Rs 61.43 per dollar.last_img read more

JK Bank scam Srinagar Deputy Mayors office raided exPDP ministers under scanner

first_imgIn picture: People walk past a branch of the Jammu and Kashmir Bank. [Representational image]TwitterThe investigation into the money laundering and fake appointment scam at J&K Bank is not over yet. The Income Tax Department on Tuesday raided the offices of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation’s Deputy Mayor Sheikh Imran, who is also a businessman and owns many commercial properties in Srinagar. The IT department officials raided Shiekh Imran’s office at a shopping complex, Sangarmall, and another one in downtown Srinagar.The officials have also seized some documents from the Deputy Mayor’s office. Sheikh Imran, who recently joined Sajad Lone’s People Conference Party, is also believed to be one of the biggest defaulters of J&K Bank.Incidentally, he lauded the J&K government’s decision to remove J&K Bank chairman Parvez Ahmad from his post and took a dig at the functioning of the financial institution. The Reserve Bank of India and Home Ministry had permitted the J&K Governor to immediately sack Parvez after allegations of nepotism and corruption against him surfaced.The case of fake appointments of relationship executives in the bank is particularly being probed which may lead to a crackdown on several ex-ministers who served in former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s cabinet.Mehbooba had criticised the manner in which Parvez Ahmad was removed from his post and had demanded a bias-free investigation into the matter.Meanwhile, the central government may rope in Enforcement Directorate as well Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe the J&K Bank fraud case reportedly not only for money laundering but also for terror funding.”The scale of fraud and corruption in the present case is of high volume and will require a forensic audit by a specialised agency like CBI. The state’s ACB has unearthed names of some politicians who enjoyed the patronage of the bank. Properties were bought using bank money within and outside J&K and will require probe by central agencies,” sources told the Economic Times. J&K Bank Chairman, Pervez Ahmad has been removed by the government with immediate effectTwitterThe National Investigation agency has already been entrusted with the role to trace avenues for funding of various militant organisations in the valley and bringing in ED as well as CBI may help overhaul the system, the senior official stated.Besides, the home ministry is also looking at dividing the control of the bank among its board members and not just restricting it to the chairman. The Centre is planning to separately appoint Chairman and Managing director of the bank that will ensure safety standards in terms of financial control and risk management.last_img read more

Grand alliance candidates to be disclosed in 2 days Quader

Grand alliance candidates to be disclosed in 2 days Quader

first_imgBangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader. File PhotoAwami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday alleged that opposition BNP is trying to create an abnormal situation before the 11th parliamentary election, reports UNB.”BNP is out to create an unusual situation in the country by breaking the administrative system with its attack on admiration and conducting fabricated story against it,” he said.The AL leader came up with the allegation while speaking at a press conference at Awami League president’s Dhanmondi political office.Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, alleged that BNP is trying to have an excuse to stay away from the election by bringing various allegations.”They (BNP) know it very well they’ve no chance to win the upcoming election with people’s votes,” he said.Quader also feared whether ‘desperate’ BNP may stage any bad incident in the country.”I would like to challenge Mirza Fakhrul Islam to come up with an example of their any good job with which they can go to people. But Awami League has those in plenty to go to people,” the AL leader said.Replying to a question, he said they have already finalised the list of Awami League’s candidates. “We’re going to make public the list of the candidates of the AL-led grand alliance tomorrow or day after tomorrow.”About the use of EVMs in the election, he said they want the voting machines to be used on a limited scale in the polls.He, however, said there is no similarity between the reality and the propaganda BNP and its alliance partners are carrying out over the use of EVMs.last_img read more

Forest cover in Bengal up says Mamata on Biodiversity Day

Forest cover in Bengal up says Mamata on Biodiversity Day

first_imgKolkata: The total forest and social forestry cover in West Bengal has been raised to 12,358 hectares and 934 hectares respectively till 2016-17 under a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) assisted project, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Tuesday. In a tweet on the occasion of International Day for Biological Diversity, Banerjee expressed her committment to preserving biodiversity in the state saying that the JICA was extending help towards the West Bengal Forest and Biodiversity Conservation Project since 2012. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”JICA-assisted West Bengal Forest and Biodiversity Conservation Project (WBFBCP) commenced in 2012. Till 2016-17, the total plantation raised was 12,358 hectares in forest and 934 hectares under social forestry”, she said in the tweet.The objective of the project was to improve forest ecosystem, conserve biodiversity and improve livelihood. It comprises afforestation, regeneration, wildlife management and income generation activities through Joint Forest Management approach, including institutional capacity development.Environmental conservation has also contributed towards the social development of West Bengal.last_img read more

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first_img News | Teleradiology | November 25, 2018 Siemens Healthineers Showcases syngo Virtual Cockpit for More Flexible Workforce Management During the 104th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Nov. 25-30… read more Feature | October 01, 2013 | By Patrick M Colletti, M.D. The Potential of PET/MR This article appeared as an introduction to a Comparison Chart on PET/MR in the October 2013 issue. A liver tumor in an adult female using Philips Ingenuity TF PET/MR.The addition of magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and spectroscopy to positron emission tomography (PET) is more expensive and more technically challenging compared with PET/computed tomography (CT). PET/CT is successful because the inclusion of CT has major advantages: accurate lesion localization, the identification of non-PET avid lesions and effective attenuation correction in a rapid, efficient combined examination. The addition of CT is particularly valuable for lungs and liver, where fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) PET is limited by spatial resolution and relatively low target-to-background differential biodistribution. Presumably, PET/MR may disclose unique important diagnostic and prognostic information in selected patient groups.What are potential advantages for a hybrid PET/MR system? As CT improves detection of lung and liver lesions compared with FDG PET alone, MR offers substantial advantages in the brain, spinal cord and prostate, along with advantages competitive with CT for liver lesion detection and characterization. While CT may have an edge over MR for cortical bone evaluation, MR is superior to CT for bone marrow imaging. Either can be satisfactory for bone and marrow evaluation when combined with PET.CT has the distinct advantage of rapid imaging to the extent that the entire body may be examined in seconds. For effective PET/MR, efficient whole body sequences are required. Typical whole body MR 2-D or 3-D sequences may be acquired in the coronal plane over several breath-holds at three or four levels. Short inversion time inversion-recovery, diffusion-weighted imaging and fast T1-weighted whole body sequences may be performed, followed by gadolinium-based contrast-enhanced imaging in select patients. The large fields-of-view required for whole body imaging are efficient for lymphoma and cancer staging. Such large fields-of-view are unsuited for the detection and MR characterization of brain, liver and prostate lesions.In order to take full advantage of MR anatomical imaging, dynamic contrast enhancement, functional MRI and spectroscopy, additional acquisitions with selective appropriate coils and smaller fields-of-view, additional time will be required. These acquisitions may be efficiently performed during the uptake phase typical for FDG PET examinations. Adjustments in MR acquisition timing will be required for PET exams with short-lived isotope tracers such as Rb-82, C-11, N-14 and O-15, and for simultaneous PET and MR acquisitions with nestled PET/MR systems.Novel effective methodologies for attenuation correction with MR have been developed, though perhaps are less reliable compared with CT. Importantly, standardized uptake values (SUVs) measured by PET/MR may be comparable to SUVs by PET/CT. The typical CT associated with PET/CT may deliver 5 to 10 mGy of additional patient radiation. Thus, the absence of ionizing radiation is an advantage for PET/MR. This should be especially considered for applications in pediatric practices. Iodinated contrast agents (IBCA) present significantly greater risks compared to gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCA). Acute mild reactions such as itching, urticaria, and nausea and vomiting occur occasionally with IBCA, but only rarely with GBCA. Severe reactions, including hypotension with tachycardia, hypotension with bradycardia, bronchospasm, seizures and death, rarely reported with IBCA are extremely rare with GBCA. Acute kidney injury, sometimes with chronic renal functional loss associated with IBCA, is not a risk with GBCA. Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis, a specific risk for GBCA, is now rare with care to avoid GBCA in patients with eGFR of less than 30 ml/minute/1.72 m2. Operating and managing PET/MR systems will require specific training for technologists and physicians. Initially, it is reasonable to assign a PET technologist and an MR technologist to the system. While there may be a relatively minor long-term radiation risk associated with PET radiotracers within the work environment, the potential for sudden massive impact associated with ferromagnetic projectiles in the magnet environment clearly creates the major risk to PET/MR patients and personnel. All PET/MR workers must have documented MR safety training, and all technologists, patient coordinators and schedulers must become knowledgeable on magnet safety and patient screening. Managers must assure that all objects and equipment that may enter Zone 4 (the magnet room) are either MR-safe or MR-conditional.Interpreting physicians should have appropriate PET and MR skill sets. This may require additional training and experience. Many systems may initially decide to team review these examinations with separate PET and MR specialists. Given the increased expense for PET/MR equipment, installation, operation, service and personnel compared with PET/CT, and the relative limited evidence for transformational clinical applications, it is predictable that PET/MR will initially progress more slowly than PET/CT. As unique applications are discovered, PET/MR will proliferate.Patrick M Colletti, M.D., is professor of radiology, medicine, biokinesiology and pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Southern California. He is board certified in radiology and nuclear radiology, and has worked with MRI for 23 years since he became chief of MRI at the USC Imaging Science Center. He is past-president of the Los Angeles Radiological Society and current president of the Southern Pacific SNMMI Chapter. He is a member board of directors for the American College of Nuclear Medicine, SNMMI Correlative Imaging Council and the SNMMI PET Center of Excellence. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | February 13, 2019 Siemens Healthineers Demonstrates Artificial Intelligence, Healthcare Digitalization at HIMSS19 February 13, 2019 — At the 2019 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) global conference and e read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read more Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. News | PET-MRI | May 23, 2019 Study Explores Magnetic Nanoparticles as Bimodal Imaging Agent for PET/MRI Researchers from Bourgogne University in Dijon, France, showed that use of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (… read more News | PET-MRI | October 10, 2018 Huntsman Cancer Institute Installs First Preclinical nanoScan 3T PET/MRI in U.S. The Center for Quantitative Cancer Imaging at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah in Salt Lake… read more Image courtesy of MR Solutions. 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B777s to replace SWISS A340 fleet

B777s to replace SWISS A340 fleet

first_imgSWISS to phase out A340s in favour of new long-haul aircraft. SWISS International Air Lines’ long haul operations are set for a makeover, as the carrier phases out its A340 fleet in favour of six Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.Commencing 2016 onwards, the aircraft will replace the A340 on ultra-long range routes to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Johannesburg and Singapore.Investing up to CHF1.5 billion on new aircraft, SWISS head of sales and marketing international Arved von zur Muehlen said this week, although the A340 was a “good and reliable” aircraft, new planes would sit in line with the carrier’s seat and long haul growth.Meanwhile in other SWISS news, the airline also announced its 2012 results, reporting a two percent increase in operating activities to CHF5,033 million from CHF4.927 million in 2011.Despite the rise, the group’s operating profits fell 31 percent to CHF212 million from CHF306million made in 2011, citing a difficult market environment for the drop.Mr Muehlen said although 2011 and 2012 proved to be challenging years for the industry, 2013 is set to be a “positive year”, but suspects fuel prices may continue to impact airline profits and operating results.“Last year on average oil price was the highest in history,” he explained.“If you look back 15-20 years ago, the cost of fuel for an airline was 12-15 percent but nowadays it is about 30 percent.”In May this year, SWISS Air Lines will launch a new non-stop service between Zurich and Singapore, a new route Mr Muehlen said will bring new value and options to the Aussie market.Click here for more information. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

by Hillel Italie The Associated Press Posted

by Hillel Italie The Associated Press Posted

first_img by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted May 22, 2018 9:06 pm PDT Last Updated May 23, 2018 at 7:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Philip Roth, the prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, death, assimilation and fate, from the comic madness of “Portnoy’s Complaint” to the elegiac lyricism of “American Pastoral,” died Tuesday night at age 85.Roth’s literary agent, Andrew Wylie, said the author died in a New York City hospital of congestive heart failure.The author of more than 25 books, Roth was a fierce satirist and uncompromising realist, confronting readers in a bold, direct style that scorned false sentiment or hopes for heavenly reward. He was an atheist who swore allegiance to earthly imagination, whether devising pornographic functions for raw liver or indulging romantic fantasies about Anne Frank. In “The Plot Against America,” published in 2004, he placed his own family under the anti-Semitic reign of President Charles Lindbergh. In 2010, in “Nemesis,” he subjected his native New Jersey to a polio epidemic.He was among the greatest writers never to win the Nobel Prize. But he received virtually every other literary honour, including two National Book Awards, two National Book Critics Circle prizes and, in 1998, the Pulitzer for “American Pastoral.” He was in his 20s when he won his first award and awed critics and fellow writers by producing some of his most acclaimed novels in his 60s and 70s, including “The Human Stain” and “Sabbath’s Theater,” a savage narrative of lust and mortality he considered his finest work.He identified himself as an American writer, not a Jewish one, but for Roth, the American experience and the Jewish experience were often the same. While predecessors such as Saul Bellow and Bernard Malamud wrote of the Jews’ painful adjustment from immigrant life, Roth’s characters represented the next generation. Their first language was English, and they spoke without accents. They observed no rituals and belonged to no synagogues. The American dream, or nightmare, was to become “a Jew without Jews, without Judaism, without Zionism, without Jewishness.” The reality, more often, was to be regarded as a Jew among gentiles and a gentile among Jews.In the novel “The Ghost Writer,” he quoted one of his heroes, Franz Kafka: “We should only read those books that bite and sting us.” For his critics, his books were to be repelled like a swarm of bees.Feminists, Jews and one ex-wife attacked him in print, and sometimes in person. Women in his books were at times little more than objects of desire and rage and The Village Voice once put his picture on its cover, condemning him as a misogynist. A panel moderator berated him for his comic portrayals of Jews, asking Roth if he would have written the same books in Nazi Germany. The Jewish scholar Gershom Scholem called “Portnoy’s Complaint” the “book for which all anti-Semites have been praying.” When Roth won the Man Booker International Prize in 2011, a judge resigned, alleging the author suffered from terminal solipsism and went “on and on and on about the same subject in almost every single book.” In “Sabbath’s Theater,” Roth imagines the inscription for his title character’s headstone: “Sodomist, Abuser of Women, Destroyer of Morals.”Ex-wife Claire Bloom wrote a bestselling memoir, “Leaving a Doll’s House,” in which the actress remembered reading the manuscript of his novel “Deception.” With horror, she discovered his characters included a boring middle-aged wife named Claire, married to an adulterous writer named Philip. Bloom also described her ex-husband as cold, manipulative and unstable. (Although, alas, she still loved him.) The book was published by Virago Press, whose founder, Carmen Callil, was the same judge who quit the Booker committee years later.Roth’s wars also originated from within. He survived a burst appendix in the late 1960s and near-suicidal depression in 1987. After the disappointing reaction to his 1993 novel, “Operation Shylock,” he fell again into severe depression and for years rarely communicated with the media. For all the humour in his work — and, friends would say, in private life — jacket photos usually highlighted the author’s tense, dark-eyed glare. In 2012, he announced that he had stopped writing fiction and would instead dedicate himself to helping biographer Blake Bailey complete his life story, one he openly wished would not come out while he was alive. By 2015, he had retired from public life altogether.He never promised to be his readers’ friend; writing was its own reward, the narration of “life, in all its shameless impurity.” Until his abrupt retirement, Roth was a dedicated, prolific author who often published a book a year and was generous to writers from other countries. For years, he edited the “Writers from the Other Europe” series, in which authors from Eastern Europe received exposure to American readers; Milan Kundera was among the beneficiaries. Roth also helped bring a wider readership to the acclaimed Israeli writer Aharon Appelfeld.Roth began his career in rebellion against the conformity of the 1950s and ended it in defence of the security of the 1940s; he was never warmer than when writing about his childhood, or more sorrowful, and enraged, than when narrating the shock of innocence lost.Roth was born in 1933 in Newark, New Jersey, a time and place he remembered lovingly in “The Facts,” ”American Pastoral” and other works. The scolding, cartoonish parents of his novels were pure fiction. He adored his parents, especially his father, an insurance salesman to whom he paid tribute in the memoir “Patrimony.” Roth would describe his childhood as “intensely secure and protected,” at least at home. He was outgoing and brilliant and tall and dark-haired, especially attractive to girls. In his teens he presumed he would become a lawyer, a most respectable profession in his family’s world.But after a year at Newark College of Rutgers University, Roth emulated an early literary hero, James Joyce, and fled his hometown. He transferred to Bucknell College in Pennsylvania and only returned to Newark on paper. By his early 20s, Roth was writing fiction — at first casually, soon with primary passion, with Roth observing he could never really be happy unless working on a novel, inside the “fun house” of his imagination. “The unlived, the surmise, fully drawn in print on paper, is the life whose meaning comes to matter most,” he wrote in the novel “Exit Ghost.”After receiving a master’s degree in English from the University of Chicago, he began publishing stories in The Paris Review and elsewhere. Bellow was an early influence, as were Thomas Wolfe, Flaubert, Henry James and Kafka, whose picture Roth hung in his writing room.Acclaim and controversy were inseparable. A short story about Jews in the military, “Defender of the Faith,” introduced Roth to accusations of Jewish self-hatred. His debut collection, published in 1959, was “Goodbye, Columbus,” featuring a love (and lust) title story about a working-class Jew and his wealthier girlfriend. It brought the writer a National Book Award and some extra-literary criticism.The aunt of the main character, Neil Klugman, is a meddling worrywart, and the upper-middle-class relatives of Neil’s girlfriend are satirized as shallow materialists. Roth believed he was simply writing about people he knew, but some Jews saw him as a traitor, subjecting his brethren to ridicule before the gentile world. A rabbi accused him of distorting the lives of Orthodox Jews. At a writers conference in the early 1960s, he was relentlessly accused of creating stories that affirmed the worst Nazi stereotypes.But Roth insisted writing should express, not sanitize. After two relatively tame novels, “Letting Go” and “When She was Good,” he abandoned his good manners with “Portnoy’s Complaint,” his ode to blasphemy against the “unholy trinity of “father, mother and Jewish son.” Published in 1969, a great year for rebellion, it was an event, a birth, a summation, Roth’s triumph over “the awesome graduate school authority of Henry James,” as if history’s lid had blown open and out erupted a generation of Jewish guilt and desire.As narrated by Alexander Portnoy, from a psychiatrist’s couch, Roth’s novel satirized the dull expectations heaped upon “nice Jewish boys” and immortalized the most ribald manifestations of sexual obsession. His manic tour of one man’s onanistic adventures led Jacqueline Susann to comment that “Philip Roth is a good writer, but I wouldn’t want to shake hands with him.” Although “Portnoy’s Complaint” was banned in Australia and attacked by Scholem and others, many critics welcomed the novel as a declaration of creative freedom. “Portnoy’s Complaint” sold millions, making Roth wealthy, and, more important, famous. The writer, an observer by nature, was now observed. He was an item in gossip columns, a name debated at parties. Strangers called out to him in the streets. Roth would remember hailing a taxi and, seeing that the driver’s last name was Portnoy, commiserating over the book’s notoriety.In an Oval Office recording from November 1971, President Richard Nixon and White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman discussed the famous author, whom Nixon apparently confused with the pornographer Samuel Roth.____Haldeman: I never read “Portnoy’s Complaint,” but I understand it was a well written book but just sickeningly filthy.Nixon: Roth is of course a Jew.Haldeman: Oh, yes … He’s brilliant in a sick way.Nixon: Oh, I know —Haldeman: Everything he’s written has been sick …____With Roth finding himself asked whether he really was Portnoy, several of his post-Portnoy novels amounted to a dare: Is it fact of fiction? In “The Anatomy Lesson,” ”The Counterlife” and other novels, the featured character is a Jewish writer from New Jersey named Nathan Zuckerman. He is a man of similar age to Roth who just happened to have written a “dirty” bestseller, “Carnovsky,” and is lectured by friends and family for putting their lives into his books.“Operation Shylock” featured a middle-aged writer named Philip Roth, haunted by an impersonator in Israel who has a wild plan to lead the Jews back to Europe. In interviews, Roth claimed (not very convincingly) the story was true, lamenting that only when he wrote fiction did people think he was writing about his life.Even when Roth wrote non-fiction, the game continued. At the end of his autobiography, “The Facts,” Roth included a disclaimer by Nathan Zuckerman himself, chastising his creator for a self-serving, inhibited piece of storytelling.“As for characterization, you, Roth, are the least completely rendered of all your protagonists,” Zuckerman tells him.In the 1990s, after splitting with Bloom and again living full time in the United States (he had been spending much of his time in England), Roth reconnected with the larger world and culture of his native country. “American Pastoral” narrated a decent man’s decline from high school sports star to victim of the ’60s and the “indigenous American berserk.” In “The Human Stain,” he raged against the impeachment of President Bill Clinton over his affair with a White House intern. “The fantasy of purity is appalling. It’s insane,” he wrote.In recent years, Roth was increasingly preoccupied with history and its sucker punch, how ordinary people were defeated by events beyond their control, like the Jews in “The Plot Against America” or the college student in “Indignation” who dies in the Korean War. Mortality, “the inevitable onslaught that is the end of life,” became another subject, in “Everyman” and “The Humbling,” despairing chronicles as told by a non-believer.Writing proved the author’s most enduring relationship. Roth, who married Bloom in 1990, had one previous wife. In 1959, he was married to the former Margaret Martinson Williams, a time remembered bitterly in “The Facts” and in his novel “My Life as a Man.” They were legally separated in 1963 and she died in a car crash five years later. There were no children from either marriage.Roth’s non-literary life could be as strange, if not stranger than his fiction. In the mid-’90s, he split up with Bloom, whose acting roles included a part in Woody Allen’s “Crimes and Misdemeanours.” Roth then reportedly dated Mia Farrow, the ex-lover of Allen, who in another movie played a writer with the last name Roth.Bloom turned her marriage into a memoir, and Roth turned her memoir into fiction. In the novel “I Married a Communist,” one character just happens to have been married to an actress who wrote a book about him after their divorce.“How could she publish this book and not expect him to do something?” he asks. “Did she imagine this openly aggressive hothead was going to do nothing in response?” FILE – In this March 24, 1960 file photo, the three winners of the National Book Award, Robert Lowell, from left, awarded for the most distinguished book of poetry, Richard Ellmann, won in the nonfiction category, and Philip Roth, received the award in the fiction category for his book “Goodbye, Columbus,” pose at the Astor Hotel in New York City, Roth, prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, religion and mortality, has died at age 85. His death was confirmed by his literary agent, Andrew Wylie, who said Roth died Tuesday night, May 22, 2018, of congestive heart failure. 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