Canada vs Boeing How the fight with aerospace giant began on Pennsylvania

first_imgWASHINGTON – An awkward encounter above Washington’s Pennsylvania Avenue last spring provided early evidence of a rift between the Canadian government and the world’s largest aerospace company.Representatives of the Boeing Co., wound up hastily leaving a meeting at Canada’s embassy after a tense conversation with the ambassador.They had arrived to discuss business with the Canadian government. The giant plane-maker has been hoping to add a multibillion-dollar fighter-jet sale to its more than US$94 billion in annual revenues.But it so happened this visit fell on the same day Boeing filed a trade action against Canada’s largest aerospace player, the far smaller Bombardier. It also happened that the Canadian hosts were given little warning.Word filtered up to the top-floor office of ambassador David MacNaughton about an hour beforehand about the trade action, which this week resulted in whopping 220-per-cent preliminary duties on Bombardier sales.“(MacNaughton) called them out of the meeting,” one source said.Two sources say the ambassador delivered a message similar to what’s now the Canadian government’s public mantra: “I don’t do business with people suing me,” and, “You shouldn’t treat customers this way.”The Boeing people decided it was better to leave. The meeting was over.What the Canadian government has heard from Boeing is that the company is torn between two imperatives: completing the military sale with Canada and avoiding what it perceives to be a colossal mistake of its past.The company has said this publicly.In an interview with The Canadian Press, Marc Allen, president of Boeing’s international division, said: “We watched another competitor come up and enter the market in a very similar fashion.”That competitor was Airbus, in the 1970s.A consortium of French, German, and U.K. interests, Airbus started small in the U.S. market, with European subsidies propping up its twin-engine and single-aisle planes. But the product lines, and the planes, grew, and by the 1990s the company had become a U.S. giant in its own right, muscling aside smaller players like McDonnell Douglas.Now Airbus is aiming for 50 per cent of the American market after opening its first jetliner plant in the U.S.Boeing claims to fear a repeat. After Bombardier’s sale of 75 mid-sized planes to Delta Air Lines, it launched a complaint based on Bombardier’s various forms of assistance from Canadian and Quebec taxpayers.Never mind that Boeing is by far the No. 1 recipient of U.S. government subsidies. It drew US$14.4 billion in various forms of assistance since the 1990s according to the website Subsidy Tracker, far more than any other U.S. company and far more than what Bombardier received. The U.S. Export-Import bank is jokingly referred to in Washington as, ”the Bank of Boeing.”And Boeing doesn’t even make planes similar to those Bombardier sold Delta. One Washington critic, Dan Ikenson of the free-market Cato Institute, compares this to a snowplow maker suing a bicycle company.What matters is a smaller rival can grow, Boeing says.It repeated that cautionary tale of Airbus several times during a day-long hearing before the U.S. International Trade Commission.“Airbus in 40 years has an airplane now in every single market segment,” said Raymond Conner, Boeing’s vice-chairman.”What Airbus did is they entered … the smaller (plane market)… and then moved on from there… Today we are fighting for our lives to maintain upper 40’s or 50 per cent (market share). The impact is real and it sometimes takes many years to materialize.”What (Airbus has) done in 40 years, we had to do in 100.”Washington aeronautics consultant Richard Aboulafia says Boeing is making a grave error. It is antagonizing governments and companies in several countries, including the U.K., where Bombardier has more than 3,000 employees, and angering big U.S. buyer Delta.That’s not all.He says it’s harming itself in two other ways: jeopardizing future military contracts in those countries and stoking protectionist sentiment in an industry that relies on international trade.And Boeing might find out its efforts pointless in the end as the Department of Commerce duty could be overturned by the more historically neutral ITC, or by the U.S. domestic trade court, or other international panels.”People said the entire Vietnam War was the triumph of tactics over strategy,” Aboulafia said.”You could win a battle and then find yourself having outraged (everyone)… Can (Boeing make) an effective trade complaint? Yeah, probably. What are the second-order effects? Oh my dear God, that’s a strategic question. (They’d) rather not think strategically.”He heaps scorn on the idea that this is the ghost of Airbus, stirring again.Aboulafia said it’s not the 1970s. The planes are different, the market is different and Canada’s subsidies to Bombardier are nowhere close to as threatening as an international consortium being propped up by different countries.Of the attempt to draw parallels, he says: ”That’s what you’d think if you had no sense of strategic history.”last_img read more

Spinner Tahir praises Dhoni

first_imgChennai: Veteran spinner Imran Tahir described Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni as “unreal”, saying even without talking much he has the capability to lift the team up. Chennai Super Kings secured a thrilling eight-run win over Rajasthan Royals in their IPL match here on Sunday night as Dhoni hit a match-winning unbeaten knock of 75 off 46 balls to guide his team to a respectable total of 175 under challenging conditions. “The way he carries himself is just unreal. He won’t say much but he knows how to lift the team up. He is a great leader and a great human being,” Tahir said at the post-match press conference. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe South African also credited Dhoni for living up to his reputation of being one the best finishers in the world and a good tactician. “You know Dhoni plays really well in these situations because like (Dwayne) Bravo he’s done this so many times, and that’s why he’s called Mr Cool. He works hard on his game plan. Even in practice sessions, he helps his team-mates. And we respect that. “I think as a bowling group we did really well. Even while batting, Mahi bhai played unbelievably well and set the tone for us. I’m just really happy with whatever we did as a team,” he told reporters after the match. In the opening encounter, the pitch at the MA Chidambaram stadium was criticised for being a rank turner. Tahir lamented that the conditions were not favourable for the bowlers on Sunday with dew being a factor. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”We have to prepare ourselves, we were not expecting that much dew. We have to practice with the wet ball going forward in the games.” Tahir, who is now the purple cap holder with six wickets in three matches, said he had to dig deep into his reservoir of experience to counter the due. “I am feeling very good, very proud. It was there (dew); I tried to use my experience but the ball was really wet. It’s always nerves. The first match I dropped a catch, so didn’t want to repeat the mistake. Every catch is a difficult one. “It’s the passion and respect I have for the game. I don’t take anything for granted. Whenever I am playing, I try to contribute to my team,” he added.last_img read more

England Arrests Moroccan Imam Suspected of Recruiting Youth for ISIS

Rabat – Tarik Chadlioui, a Belgian-Moroccan Islamic preacher, has been arrested at his house in the inner-city area of Birmingham, England, on suspicion of recruiting  would-be jihadist fighters for the Islamic State (ISIS).43-year-old Chadlioui, is a father of eight children who arrived in the UK in 2015. He was wanted by Spanish anti-terror police, who issued a European arrest warrant for six people, including Chadlioui, on suspicion of spreading violent online videos of ISIS in order to attract, radicalize and recruit youth into the ranks of ISIS.Chadlioui, who is from northern Morocco, moved to Europe where he forged links with Sharia4Belgium, a group that is trying to apply Sharia law throughout Belgium and Europe. He is expected to appear in court in London later after being remanded in custody until July 5th. The six detainees reportedly possess Moroccan or dual Moroccan nationality, according to Spanish news agency, EFE.Spanish Ministry of Interior issued a communiqué saying that the police investigation started in 2015, after it was discovered that Chadlioui promoted recruitment videos, indoctrination and the travel of young jihadists to Syria.Four men were arrested in Majorca and two more in the UK and Germany, according to Spanish authorities. The four men who were based in Majorca had been organizing secret weekly meetings aimed at recruiting young people to join ISIS in the conflict zones. The country has arrested 178 “jihadist terrorists” since June 2015.“The allegations in the European Arrest Warrant could scarcely be more serious,” said District Judge Shenagh Bayne. “The warrant relates to terrorism offenses, the framework list is ticked at participation in a criminal organization and terrorism. read more

Pakistani National arrested at BIA with heroin

The heroin had been hidden in his luggage. A Pakistani National was arrested at the Bandaranaike International airport (BIA) with heroin.The foreigner had in his possession 1.6 kg of Brown Sugar valued at over Rs. 16 million, officials said.

Albertans spent less on entertainment renos in 2016

by Kaitlin Lee Posted Jan 19, 2017 12:11 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 19, 2017 at 12:13 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Albertans spent less on entertainment, renos in 2016 The numbers aren’t surprising.Consumer spending dropped two per cent to wrap up a rough year for Alberta’s economy.Bakeries are rolling in the dough, reporting one of the biggest #spending increases of #Q4.Learn more:— Moneris (@Moneris) January 19, 2017According to Moneris, that’s in stark contrast to the rest of Canada, where spending was up four per cent overall in the last quarter of 2016.“Household spending was down five per cent, so people are choosing not buy paint, or do those home repairs, which we see when economic times are better,” Moneris chief product officer Rob Cameron said of Albertans.“Entertainment was the hardest hit. It was down 11 per cent over the same quarter last year. Alcohol was down five per cent in the last quarter.”Spending for new clothes or going out to restaurants also dropped. Although Albertans still splurged on fast food in 2016, it was sparingly.You can read the full report here: Alberta|moneris (Pixabay) read more

Report WWE bringing in Hulk Hogan and a former top star for

first_img Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Wrestling Fans Mourn The Loss Of WWE Legend Mean Gene Okerlund Twitter Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Videos Articles Triple H Now Playing Up Next Google+ WhatsAppcenter_img Vince Mcmahon Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Facebook According to a new report from Mike Johnson at PWInsider WWE will be bringing in Hulk Hogan for WrestleMania 35 weekend.Also according to the same report from Johnson WWE is bringing in former WWF/E star Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake.Should Hogan make a scheduled appearance, this will be the first time he will be a part of WrestleMania weekend since WrestleMania 31 at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Hogan made a surprise appearance along with Scott Hall and Kevin Nash as part of the nWo reunion that backed up Sting during his match against Triple H, who was backed up by D-Generation X members that was meant to be a tribute to the Monday Night War era. Hogan returned to WWE programming for the first time since July 2015 at Crown Jewel after he was reinstated to WWE the Hall of Fame following a three-year suspension.  Hulk Hogan originally left WWE back in 2015 following audio that went public of him using repeated racial slurs to describe a man his daughter was dating at the time.  In addition to his numerous public apologies, Hogan told TMZ back in March of 2016 he was “sorry for that forever” regarding his comments. Hogan returned to WWE programming for the first time since July 2015 at Crown Jewel after he was reinstated to WWE the Hall of Fame following a three-year suspension. Hogan’s most recent WWE television appearance was back on the January 7 edition of Monday Night RAW to pay tribute to the late “Mean” Gene Okerlund.Earlier this month Hogan was part of the WrestleMania 36 press conference which was held in Tampa, Florida.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs WWE Losing Its Audience?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:29/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Kevin Nash Shares Heartfelt Condolences For WWEs Mean Gene Okerlund Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more

Thailand releases refugee footballer

first_imgThe extradition bid against Hakeem Al Araibi was dropped and this means the Bahraini player is free to go back to Australia to play.Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al Araibi is now free after almost three months in a Thailandese jail, where he was waiting for his extradition to his home country.Al Araibi was a vocal critic of the Bahraini government, and after he was wrongly convicted of vandalism.According to the government, the footballer and a group of persons tried to set a police station on fire in 2012.But Al Araibi was taking part in a televised football match when the incident happened, which the authorities did not care at all.He flew to Australia to look for a better life as a refugee and he had been playing there since 2015, as part of four different teams.But in November 2018, he visited Thailand with his wife for their belated honeymoon, and he was detained and put in jail awaiting his extradition to his native country.FIFA demand release of Bahraini refugee Henry Ikenna Ugwu – January 10, 2019 FIFA have demanded Hakeem Al Araibi, who faces possible deportation from Thailand should be freed and allowed to return to Australia to continue his…FIFA and many different governing bodies tried to help him, and today he was released and is free to go back to Australia to continue his football career.“There are no grounds to hold him anymore. It is his right to decide where he will go next. He is a free man,” said Chatchom Akapin, an official in the Thai Attorney-General’s office according to reporting by Reuters.“We greatly respect the process that they have had to work through and we greatly appreciate their listening to the issues that have been raised by our government and many others,” Australian prime minister Scott Morrison“My thanks go to the wonderful people of Thailand for your support and to the Thai government for upholding international law,” former Australia captain Craig Foster said on Twitter.Thailand will release Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al Araibi, after Bahrain abandoned its bid to seek his extradition. Human rights activists say he could face torture if sent back to Bahrain, where he was a vocal critic of the authorities.— BFM News (@NewsBFM) February 11, 2019last_img read more

New fire strikes in Methow Valley

first_imgTWISP (AP) — A new wildfire in north-central Washington has burned six to eight homes between Twisp and Winthrop, where residents desperately tried to keep the flames from their homes before firefighters arrived, officials said Saturday.Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said a new lightning storm Saturday knocked down trees and caused more problems in the already-stressed community.Downed trees blocked state Highway 20, which was reopened Saturday morning after the Rising Eagle Fire calmed down overnight, Rogers said.The Methow Valley wildfire, near the much larger Carlton Complex of fires, has grown to between 400 and 600 acres, fire spokesman Andy Lyon said.The Carlton Complex has burned an area of about 395 square miles and destroyed about 300 homes. As of Saturday morning, it was 81 percent contained.About 200 homes were under an evacuation order from the Rising Eagle Road fire.During a walk Saturday near the fire perimeter, Lyon saw damaged and destroyed homes, but he said he did not know the exact number of buildings affected.Firefighters concentrated on protecting homes, scattered among the trees along country roads. There were dramatic rescues of homes overnight, Lyon said.Some residents battled the flames before the state Department of Natural Resources and local fire crews arrived, Lyon said. “Some great saves were made. Unfortunately, not all the homes were saved,” he said.Sun Mountain Lodge was evacuated Friday. There’s only one way in and out of the world-class resort, Rogers said.Lightning strikes, high winds and isolated heavy rain showers hit the Methow Valley on Saturday. Officials worry that downpours could cause debris flows similar to flash floods, Lyon said.“There are no plants holding the soil in place anymore,” he said. A moderate amount of rain in a short time could turn a burned-over mountainside into a mudslide, Lyon added.last_img read more

Minister Adimulapu Suresh gives clarity over AP EAMCET

first_imgAmaravati: The AP EAMCET 2019 Counselling has started from Monday (1st July). The certificates verification will commence from Monday to 6th of this month, and the options entry process will begin from 3rd to 8th July. However, there are news circulating on social media and other media platforms over the changes in the AP EAMCET Counselling schedule. Also Read – Academia-industry interface on Sept 5 in Kakinada Advertise With Us Speaking to media over this issue, Minister Adimulapu Suresh has given clarity the there is no change in the EAMCET counselling schedule. He also said that starting from tomorrow, the candidates can register options for the colleges. The Minister said very soon they would be giving clarity on reservation and fees structure. He said that the Chief Minister has decided to give special priority to the education department in the coming budget. Minister Adimulapu Suresh said the proposal has been recommended to the Finance Ministry over the Amma Vodi scheme, Midday meal scheme, infrastructure development in schools, and recruitment of jobs.last_img read more

Change in power to hamper development pace PM

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina speaks in valedictory speech in the 20th session of parliament on Thursday. Photo: PID Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said it will not be possible to continue the country’s current development trend if there is any change in power.”If the BNP-Jamaat alliance or anyone else comes to power, I have doubt whether they can continue the ongoing development pace. They can’t. Only Awami League can do it,” she said in her valedictory speech in the 20th session of parliament.To justify her remarks, the PM also mentioned how the BNP-Jamaat government in its 2001-2006 tenure destroyed Awami League government’s achievements made during the 1996-2001 tenure.Forming the government in 1996, she said, Awami League found a food deficit by 4000,000 tonnes in the country but her government made the country self-sufficient in food and left the power in 2001 keeping a surplus of 2600,000 tonnes of food.However, returning to power in 2009, her government found that there was a 3000,000 tonnes food deficit in the country, the prime minister added.She said her government enhanced the power generation capacity from 1600 MW to 4300 MW during the period of 1996-2001. But the power generation declined to 3,200 MW in 2009. “Now the electricity production capacity is 16,046 MW,” she said.last_img read more

Thousands more children separated from parents at US border

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 30 June 2018 people hold placards during a `Families Belong Together` march and rally in Los Angeles, California where a thousands turned out to decry the Trump administration`s detention of families policy at the US Mexico border. Photo: AFPThousands more children were forcibly separated from their parents after illegally crossing the US-Mexico border from 2017-2018 than originally admitted by president Donald Trump’s administration, an official report said Thursday.The inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which was given responsibility for the children, said the total number separated under the administration’s “zero-tolerance policy” toward illegal immigrants remains unknown.But the department said that so far it has identified 2,737 separated children placed in its care before the controversial policy was officially declared over in May 2018, a number not previously divulged.After the zero-tolerance announcement was made, and before the policy was halted under political and legal pressure, another nearly 3,000 minors were separated from their parents or adult guardians who illegally crossed into the United States.The policy was declared amid White House frustration over a resurgence of illegal immigration in the first half of 2018 following a decline the previous year.Border officials were told to strip children from their parents to be sent to camps run by the HHS’ Office of Refugee Resettlement, eventually to be placed in US relatives’ homes.Meanwhile, their parents were to be arrested and charged with illegal entry into the country.Many parents spent months searching for their children.The policy outraged immigrant and children’s advocates and was branded a crime by international rights activists.Ordered in June 2018 to better account for the children in its care, HHS identified 2,737 it was caring for at that time.”However, thousands of children may have been separated during an influx that began in 2017, before the accounting required by the Court, and HHS has faced challenges in identifying separated children,” the department said.The report added that the Office of Refugee Resettlement had dozens and possibly hundreds of children whom it did not know had been separated from their parents.The report contradicted statements by administration officials — including homeland security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen — that there was a clear system in place for dealing with the children and that there was not a “policy” of separations.”The OIG report released today shows that the Trump Administration, with its unique blend of incompetence, cruelty, and disregard for basic decency, misled the American public on one of its most heinous policies to date,” said Democratic Representative Bennie Thompson, who heads the House Committee on Homeland Security.”Thousands more children were separated from their families than we were previously told — and we still don’t even know exactly how many kids have been ripped from their families because the Administration has failed to keep track.”Late Thursday, Democratic New Jersey senator Cory Booker branded as a “lie” a tweet by Nielsen in June stating there was no separation policy — and called on her to resign.”Not only was this a lie — today’s shattering government watchdog report on family separation shows the more we dig, the worse it is,” he wrote on Twitter.”We’ve seen nothing but a horrifying display of cruelty and incompetence from DHS Secretary Nielsen — she needs to resign.”last_img

Debate Intensifies Over The I45 North Widening Project

first_img– / 4 00:00 /00:48 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: TxDOT is currently carrying out environmental studies for a $7 billion project that would widen I-45 from Beltway 8 North to downtown Houston.Planners say the work is needed to address a growing population, but some opponents contend it will only benefit people living in the suburbs, while causing air quality and flooding issues for neighborhoods inside the Beltway. They also worry some residents will wind up losing their homes and businesses.Lindale Park resident Hector Coronado was one of the people at a City of Houston informational meeting Thursday night.“We think it’s wasted dollars,” Coronado said of the project. “We think it’s going to affect the inner-city communities by splitting us up more when we’re trying to be together.”Along with adding two-way lanes for buses and carpoolers, the project includes a massive redesign near downtown where I-45 would be rerouted along I-69 on the east side.TxDOT District Engineer Quincy Allen said a final decision on the project is expected next year. He added that the downtown portion is already funded and they could break ground as early as 2021.“We remain committed to our customer base here,” said Allen. “We’ve got tremendous respect for their needs and concerns. We’re listening very carefully to things that may have been missed or may need to be looked at again.”Allen said residents can still comment on the project, and the City of Houston is also planning a series of public forums this summer to gather feedback. But many of those attending Thursday’s meeting say they were disappointed the city didn’t have a question-and-answer session.Several local organizations are also weighing in on the I-45 widening. Air Alliance Houston recently released a report outlining potential health risks.In a series of recommendations, the group is asking TxDOT to install air monitors at schools, parks, and playgrounds within 500 feet of the highway. They’re also calling on the state transportation agency to comply with Harris County and City of Houston design standards for 500-year flood events instead of 100-year events.Another informational meeting on the project will be held June 26 at the Acres Homes Multi-Service Center from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.  center_img Listen X Sharelast_img read more

Block sites on Google Search with Personal Blocklist for Firefox

first_imgBlock sites on Google Search with Personal Blocklist for Firefox by Martin Brinkmann on June 14, 2017 in Firefox – Last Update: June 25, 2017 – 7 commentsPersonal Blocklist is a port of the Google Chrome extension by Google that enables you to block sites when you are using Google’s Search engine.If you run searches on an Internet search engine, you may eventually stumble upon sites that rank highly, but don’t provide a lot of value. You may also have made the decision in the past not to use a particular service, for instance a download portal that ships its downloads with a wrapper that has no other purpose than to bombard you with ads and unpleasant offers.While you can ignore those results, it happens to be the case that some of the biggest offenders still rank very highly for many search terms.Personal BlocklistPersonal Blocklist works like the Google Chrome extension except for one difference: blocked sites are not submitted to Google.The extension adds a “block site” link underneath each search result on Google Search. It works on locale Google Search sites as well, but does not work on other elements such as News, ads, or Knowledge Graph.You may click on a block link to hide results from that site on the current search page, and all search pages that list the site in the future.The site is hidden from Google Search effectively. One downside to this is that you may get less results per page as you’d usually get.The extension displays a notification at the bottom of the search results page if results are hidden.Some results were removed by the Personal Blocklist Chrome extension.An option to show those is provided when you click on the show button next to the information.Blocked sites are displayed again (without page reload). They are highlighted with a light red background for easy identification.You may unblock sites using the unblock link that is displayed underneath them. The revealing of blocked sites is only enabled on the current page. If you leave the page, either by running a new search or clicking on another page of the results, you will notice that blocked resources are hidden again automatically.You may use the icon that the extension adds to the main Firefox toolbar for blocking and unblocking as well.It lists all blocked sites, provides you with options to unblock or edit any of those, and to block the current activate site as well using the method. The latter is useful if you stumble upon a site that you want blocked, but don’t want to wait until it appears on Google Search.There is also an option to export and import rules. Handy if you want to use the extension on multiple computer systems or Firefox instances.VerdictPersonal Blocklist is a handy tool for Firefox users who use Google Search. It allows you to block sites from Google Search effectively.Now You: Which search engine do you use primarily?Summary12345 Author Rating3.5 based on 5 votes Software Name Personal BlocklistSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | August 30, 2011 Accuray Drives Growth in Radiosurgery for Early Stage Prostate Cancer August 30, 2011 — Accuray Inc. announced a significant increase in use of the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System for prostate SBRT (stereotactic body radiotherapy). In Q4 2011, the company experienced a 24 percent increase in worldwide prostate treatments over Q4 2010 and a 17 percent increase over Q3 2011.Earlier in 2011, Accuray announced the first publication from the expanding foundation of maturing prostate SBRT long-term studies documenting five-year outcomes of prostate cancer patients treated with the CyberKnife system. The multi-center study combines data from patients at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif. and Naples Community Hospital in Naples, Fla. It found 93 percent of patients had no recurrence of their cancer at a median follow-up of five years. That rate compares favorably to results obtained with other treatment modalities, including surgery and conventional radiation therapy.The study also found generally low levels of urinary and rectal toxicity, concluding that CyberKnife SBRT can achieve high rates of disease control while sparing critical structures; this minimizes undesirable side effects typically associated with other prostate cancer treatments and preserving patients’ quality of life.Adding to the growing body of evidence is the completion of patient accrual in an Accuray-sponsored, multi-center homogeneous prostate study for low and intermediate risk prostate cancer. The study consists of teams at the Swedish Cancer Center in Seattle and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and involves 21 centers in the United States. A total of 309 eligible patients have been accrued and are being followed closely to allow precise evaluation of the long-term efficacy and toxicity outcomes following CyberKnife prostate SBRT.Michael Kendrick, M.D., a practicing physician familiar with radiosurgery, was the first patient in the world to undergo CyberKnife prostate SBRT and was treated in 2003 at Stanford.”After learning about the CyberKnife and drawing on my expertise as a physician, deciding to move forward with CyberKnife prostate SBRT was a no brainer,” said Kendrick. “CyberKnife’s pinpoint accuracy and ability to track and correct for prostate motion was an important factor in my decision. I experienced no side effects, a fast recovery time, and was able to maintain a high quality of life during and following treatment. My PSA level has remained stable proving to me that CyberKnife SBRT was an effective treatment, a choice I have never regretted.”The system is a non-invasive treatment option for prostate cancer with the ability to deliver targeted and destructive doses of radiation at high accuracy, enabling treatment of tumors close to critical, healthy structures. Its unique ability to not only track but automatically correct for unpredictable movement of the prostate during treatment minimizes radiation exposure to health tissues; it also helps patients avoid many side effects typically associated with other treatment options, preserving quality of life.Accuray continues to support patient education, including awareness of all treatment options. The company also supports access to innovation and high quality care through partnerships with leading non-profit prostate cancer organizations, including:- Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education & Support NetworkFounded in 1990 by five men treated for prostate cancer, Us TOO is a grassroots, registered 501(c)(3) non-profit prostate cancer education and support network of 325 support group chapters worldwide. The organization’s mission is to provide men and their families with free information, materials and peer-to-peer support to make informed choices on detection, treatment options and coping with ongoing survivorship. Accuray recently collaborated with Us TOO on a new, comprehensive information guide addressing what every newly diagnosed prostate cancer patient needs to know about treatment with the CyberKnife system.- ZERO — The Project to End Prostate CancerZERO is committed not only to reducing prostate cancer and alleviating pain from the disease, but to ending it altogether. The organization provides comprehensive treatment information to patients, education to those at risk and free prostate cancer testing. In addition, ZERO works to increase funds from the federal government for research into new treatments. It also provides local grants to end prostate cancer through its national race and event series, the Great Prostate Cancer Challenge.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more

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first_img News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco November 21, 2011 — VasSol’s Noninvasive Optimum Vessel Analysis (NOVA) technology provides physicians with detailed, quantitative information of blood flow through any vessel in the brain. Information provided includes velocity, volume and direction.The system acts as a diagnostic and treatment tool for conditions including stroke and aneurysms. It provides important quantitative data on what’s happening inside a blood vessel, as well as enhanced vessel visualization that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) alone can’t provide. No contrast injections are required, nor are patients exposed to radiation. It also reduces healthcare costs by helping patients avoid surgery.FDA approved since 2001, NOVA is currently used by hospitals and imaging centers in the United States, Canada, Czech Republic, Korea, Switzerland and Italy. It is expected to debut in China by year-end.VasSol will display the NOVA system in its booth (7007, Hall B) at RSNA 2011.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Related Content Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more Technology | November 21, 2011 VasSol to Show NOVA Blood Flow Analysis System at RSNA last_img read more

Spok Demonstrates Clinical Mobility Workflow Solutions at RSNA 2015

first_img News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Image courtesy of Spok Inc.November 10, 2015 — Spok Inc. announced that representatives will demonstrate the company’s solutions for clinical mobility and workflow improvement at the 101st annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Nov. 29-Dec. 4 in Chicago.Spok expects its critical test results management (CTRM) and secure text messaging solutions to be a popular topic of conversation during RSNA. The company’s CTRM solution delivers fast notifications to providers, and allows radiology departments to confirm results are received by viewing the CTRM dashboard’s audit trail. Another important benefit is the solution’s integration with a patient’s electronic medical record (EMR) because it closes the communication loop on the status of results. The Spok CTRM solution handles all acuity levels and helps emergency department physicians identify normal results sooner for faster patient discharge. Additionally, it allows radiologists to note incidental findings that may require further attention or follow-up care. The solution can also benefit other departments that depend on fast, efficient communication, including cardiology and lab.Secure text messaging is another area of interest for many radiology professionals. The convenience and efficiency of communicating via mobile devices is well known, yet the healthcare environment presents special challenges because of the need for communications to be HIPAA-compliant.The app can link to a hospital’s full electronic directory of contact and on-call information and enables users to send messages, images, and even videos to smartphones and other devices.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Accessories | November 10, 2015 Spok Demonstrates Clinical Mobility, Workflow Solutions at RSNA 2015 Highlights will include critical test results management dashboard and secure text messaging service Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… 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 News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more center_img 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 Related Content Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more last_img read more

An Uptick in Purchase Loans

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination An Uptick in Purchase Loans May 16, 2018 599 Views Borrowers conventional loans Ellie Mae Homebuying HOUSING Interest rates loans market mortgage Origination Purchase Loans rates Refinance 2018-05-16 Radhika Ojhacenter_img The number of closed purchase loans continued their upward march with the percentage of closed loans rising four percentage points to 66 percent in April according to the Origination Insight Report released by Ellie Mae on Wednesday. This, despite rising interest rates that touched their highest point during the month under review.”This month we saw interest rates increase to the highest percentage point since Ellie Mae began reporting data in 2011 and with that, the percentage of purchases increased 4 percentage points to 66 percent of total closed loans,” said Jonathon Corr, President and CEO of Ellie Mae.According to Ellie Mae data, 30-year interest rates in April rose to 4.79 percent up from 4.69 percent in March, indicating their highest point since the firm began tracking mortgage rates in 2011. The lowest point for interest rates in 2018 was recorded in January when they touched 4.33 percent. The percentage of Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs) increased from 6.3 percent in March to 6.6 percent in April, their highest since June 2014.The percentage of refinances however decreased across the board with FHA refinances dropping from 23 percent to 22 percent on a month-over-month basis. Of the total refinance loans, conventional refinances dropped from 43 percent in March to 38 percent in April while VA refinances dropped to 27 percent in April from 28 percent in the month prior.As the market enters the summer homebuying season, Corr said that Ellie Mae expects to see a robust market for purchase loans. “We’re entering the peak summer homebuying months and despite tight inventories, we expect to see a robust purchase market. We’re also seeing our lenders’ time to close purchases decrease month-over-month as they leverage our true digital mortgage solutions for better efficiency,” Corr said.The time to close all loans in April remained stable at 41 days for the second month, while time to close conventional purchase loans dropped one day to 41 days in April. Overall FICO scores increased slightly for the third straight month to 723, while LTV remained unchanged at 79. Sharelast_img read more

Larnaca mayor wins local governments top job

first_imgLarnaca Mayor, Andreas Vyras, was elected on Monday as the new chairman of the Union of Municipalities (UoM) for the next five years.Vyras, beat his opponent and former incumbent, Famagusta mayor Alexis Galanos, by two votes. Also elected was the ten-member executive board, for the period 2017-2021.In total 92 mayors and councillors acted as authorised representatives of the municipalities in the UoM’s general assembly vote. Vyras received 46 votes and Galanos 44. There was one blank vote.Vyras pledged to work hard to tackle challenges ahead as regards the future of local government.Local authorities are plagued by several problems, as highlighted in successive reports by the auditor-general. These include cash-flow issues, big delays in debt collections, loans in excess of €300 million for some, failure to submit accounts within the period specified by law, non-existent audit procedures and debts to pension funds in excess of €150 million.The three bills comprising the government’s local administration reform package – aiming to reduce the operational costs of municipalities – are expected to go to the plenum by Easter or before the summer recess.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoSenior Living | Search AdsThe Cost of Senior Living in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouSenior Living | Search AdsUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Hellenic posts €2959m net ninemonth profit

first_imgHellenic Bank said Wednesday it recorded a net profit of €295.9m in the first nine months of the year, including negative goodwill of €297.9m from the acquisition of certain parts of the former co-operative bank.Excluding the negative goodwill and non-recurring elements relating to the acquisition, profit before provisions was €23m in the third quarter of the year, compared with €9.2m the previous quarter.The lender’s Non-performing exposures ratio dropped in Q3 to 25.6 per cent, from 51.6 per cent in Q2. The net NPEs to assets ratio fell from 12 per cent to 4 per cent.Common Equity Tier 1 was 18.2 per cent while its capital adequacy ratio reached 20.9 per cent, taking into account a €150m fully underwritten capital raise, expected to be completed by March 2019.“Our profitability and resulting capital position further safeguards our depositors and creates shareholder value,” Hellenic Bank CEO Yiannis Matsis said. “The acquisition of ex CCB strengthens our business model and propels the Bank into consistent, healthy profitability.”Following the acquisition of the CCB, Hellenic is now the leading Retail Bank on the island with market share in household deposits of 39 per cent and market share in household loans of 30 per cent. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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