It’s A Party

first_imgAcross America, a thriving culture of desi parties has young South Asians pulsating, gyrating and lilting to the latest hiphop and bhangra beats. The young desi party movement is sans the influence of the previous generation, nor is it cloned from the western world the new generation inhabits. The desi parties are forums for socialization and networking, yes. They are, equally, an openly rebellious statement by young South Asians proclaiming it as their own thing.Although many South Asians trace their family tree three generations in North America, the desi party scene is relatively new, under a decade old.Among the first people to catch whiff of the emerging phenomenon were Zeeshan Khan, 28, and Hemant Patel, 26. Both come from a traditional information technology background and host Desiparty.com, a website that doubles as a huge internet advertising corkboard for desi parties, which are happening all over the world.In mid-April 2005, they celebrated 11 successful years in the desi party advertising business. Patel says: “The site was launched in 1994 in hopes to develop a website to publicize and review the emerging ‘desi’ nightlife. Nearly a year after the launch, it had already grown to be an indispensable resource to the desi crowd. It started off being once a month event, to weekly – advertisings desi events all over US. In a given year, the Desiparty.com party list contains over 5,000 events in United States alone.” JazzyB- sound of the new generationOn any given day, their site averages 94,000 hits, or just under 3 million monthly. There is clearly a huge market and demand for information about desi parties. Young South Asians want to know what’s going on where. Desi parties have proven not to be just another passing fad, but, rather, a staple social outlet for the youth in the South Asian community.The Desiparty.com founders relate the different shifts in the desi party scene over the years and in the way parties are marketed: “In the past, Desiparty.com did not focus too much on marketing, because the name itself was a driving force. I believe that many South-Asians who were seeking some sort of social outlet had heard of us. If they hadn’t, we weren’t too hard to find. Marketing for us wasn’t a priority since the hundreds of promoters and organizations we worked with usually cross-promoted our brand giving us additional exposure globally. Today, however, we gain grounds through various media sources who contribute to our success with exclusive cross-promotions.” Khan and Patel make it a point to attend the parties themselves, both for networking purposes and also to keep up with their clientele. “This is extremely important, because we constantly need to work at our relationships with the promoters as well as see the new trends and what the crowd is into.”The advertising for the online marketing flyers for South Asian parties is often created by Kunal Aggarwal’s company Kage Productions. As such, he is in touch with the ground floor of the party machine, providing party-hungry South Asians with information on the venue, cover-charges and other details of the events. Dhamaal’s Dhruv Ganesan: “South Asian elements are definitely a strong part of our sound and general aesthetic, but they don’t define the entire package.”However, even though Aggarwal’s work screams out on numerous party listings at Desiparty.com and other similar sites, you are unlikely to find him anywhere on the dance floor: “Most of the flyers I work on are typically for clients on the east coast. I don’t think I’ve ever been to any of those parties in those cities.”He doesn’t have to. He sticks to a central formula in every flyer he designs, regardless of the city or promoter he’s working for: target the audience into the “18 plus” crowd and the “21 plus” crowd.Aggarwal says: “Younger people are drawn to larger venues, drink specials and loud music. If you are promoting to an older crowd, the flyer needs to be a bit more mature (typically no ‘skanky’ girls as the main imagery). The trend with promoting to an 18+ age group is typically to advertise the party as a big blowout and hype the drinks, DJs, and venue size. I’ve noticed that as a promoter, to draw in a older crowd, you usually need to promote the uniqueness of the venue, rather than the size and also focus on something different, such as well known performers, DJ’s, and so on. I think the flyer design plays a very big part in persuading people to come. “Saurin Shah, a consultant in his mid-20s and a regular at desi parties for years, has been though both stages of the desi party scene: “I remember most of the high school parties being free of alcohol, but it was starting to come into the picture. In college, parties got a little intense. More alcohol, for example, was the strongest driving factor with my friends wanting to come and meet people at a desi party. I’ve had the best time at parties among 20 somethings, an older crowd. These parties are usually pretty tame and well organized. The atmosphere ranges from wild to mellow, depending on when and where you go. People are more mature, so there’s less drama. It’s also a good place to network with other South Asians, which can be quite difficult otherwise.” Dhamaal’s Janakta SelektaLiving in Charlotte, North Carolina, which has a small South Asian population, Shah has a commanding, panoramic view, both good and bad, from sampling the desi party scene during his various travels in major South Asian hubs where the majority of the parties are held,Desi parties don’t have many variables in his experience, in the way people act, the music, or even the level of enjoyment he experiences: “I don’t think there’s much difference. It all depends on the crowd the party is being marketed to. For example, the triangle area (Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham, N.C) is full of desi college students, so the parties there are different than the ones in New York City or Chicago. You may also hear a few more bhangara remixes at parties in New York City and Toronto due to the Punjabi population there. I’ve only been to a couple of parties in Toronto and in my limited experience, I found the parties there to be tame compared to the U.S. standards.”But, no matter the city, the disc jockey makes or breaks any desi party, regardless of the age group it targets. The DJ controls every play, song and groove and thus the tempo of the dance floor. Hardeep Singh aka DJ Karma: “I was immediately attracted to the musical aspect of the party. Rather then trying to pick up girls, I was more interested in what the DJ was doing.”One of the top players in this market is DJ Karma (real name Hardeep Singh). Over the years (keep in mind he’s only 26), Singh has earned his place as a respected and experienced professional on the desi party scene.How did he get there so quickly? Singh says he was exposed to his first desi party at age 15 and it all just snapped in place. “I was immediately attracted to the musical aspect of the party. Rather then trying to pick up girls, I was more interested in what the DJ was doing. I spent my whole night just watching him and I knew then it was something I had to try out. On my 16th birthday my older brother bought me two turntables and a mixer. From that day on, I spent about 8 months just practicing everyday after school. I first started DJing publicly at non-desi club, house parties for few months and then moved into the desi world, where I’ve been ever since.”DJing is less of a science and more of an art for Singh. “I’ve always been about one thing – the dance floor. I’ll play anything that keeps the party goers happy and makes people dance. A good DJ should be able to adapt to any situation.”As the proverbial captain of his party, the most important thing he has to do is to be track music trends, which change constantly – from the new Bollywood song, to the hottest remix from Bally Sagoo. DJ Maneesh KeniaDuring his career, he’s gone from more up-tempo stuff (house and Hindi house remixes), which were popular a few years ago, to the current popular trend, uptempo hiphop and bhangra. The type of desi parties DJ Karma spins at are the most popular; the energy and dance floor are perfect outlets for the pulsating South Asian masses.Janaka Selekta and Maneesh (The Twister) Kenia, cofounders of Dhamaal, a highly successful electronic artist collective centered around South Asian culture, take a different slant on the music, visuals and art that is represented at their events.Says Selekta: “Dhamaal is an inclusive desi party, of sorts, that is not only attended by South Asians, but draws from the sprawling underground artist scene of San Francisco. This has created a multicultural quilt of faces that are there to dance to both traditional live Indian and Pakistani folk music performed by starlet artists like Sukhawat Ali Khan and Riffat Sultana and to bounce to heavy breakbeats, dub and drum bass music with live tabla and skratchin. DJ music with live percussion has been a staple of our evolution. Where we are today is on taking those elements and making our own music. We are on our second original music release now and our songs are regularly played in the UK on BBC Radio 1.” Dhamaal may be a poster child for the future of the desi party scene, because it caters to a more mainstream audience than most traditional desi parties. It currently has bases in San Francisco and New York.“Dhamaal has all the elements you would have at any successful party. We take great pride in what we do and it shows. Our last event ‘Worldly’ drew 1,600 discerning people. This is not your average big venue partier, but people that have been at our shows over the past six years and know that we put on events that are seldom topped in San Fransisco. We are also respectful of the tradition that this music stems from. Shabi Farooq, Ferhan Qureshi and Parag Chordia are all disciples of Ustads like Zakir Hussein, Tari Khan, Das Gupta. They hold the DJs to high standard,” Selekta says.Dhruva Ganesan, resident music producer/DJ for Dhamaal, finds that most common labels associated with desi parties don’t necessarily fit their vibe. “There is such deep crossover between different cultures. A couple of our crew members are not desi and they are just as important as anyone else. Similarly, since the crowd is very mixed, calling it a desi party would exclude many of the people that help shape the Dhamaal vibe, both from the creative and receiving sides. Also, there is so much stylistic crossover. We drop heavy beats that come from all kinds of places and don’t necessarily fit the desi tag. South Asian elements are definitely a strong part of our sound and general aesthetic, but they don’t define the entire package.” Selekta, Kenia and Ganesan, who quit lucrative jobs to pursue music full time, are looking at the future of their organization to broaden the understanding of South Asian music and electronic music by South Asians.By doing so, they present a new and exciting facet of the desi party scene, where a desi party is more than a longing fascination or a weekend gig, but something that can develop into an enduring and successful career. They have an urge to keep growing and developing as producers, performers, as well as keeping the desi music scene strong and unique.They’ve already toured all over the world and have managed to invite well-known musicians and bands to appear at their events. “We are looking at an Indian tour in December and in the next month alone we are playing in New York City, Los Angeles, San Diego, Washington, DC, and UK. We’re covering a lot of ground and pushing full steam ahead. The major focus for us is on making good music and on building positive bridges between communities,” Ganesan says.The Dhamaal crew has two locations in San Francisco where they draw crowds in two of the city’s biggest and most coveted spots. In New York their presence is growing as well and represents a sort of branching out that has come with their popularity on the west coast.“The rise of Dhamaal New York City is a big branch in the organic growth and evolution of Dhamaal. Like the west coast headquarters, the NYC branch will be collaborating with break-beat crews and bridging the gap between ancient South Asian aesthetics and hyper-charged future sounds. There is a parallelism of vibe that we’re creating on both coasts,” Ganesan says.  otwithstanding the hard work that goes on behind the scenes, desi parties have their share of negative connotations and criticisms. Perhaps the biggest is the perception that they are nothing more than glorified “meat-markets.” The term connotes a bazaar for finding people for overtly sexual reasons, but it can extend to the idea of kids rebelling against their elders and upbringing by involvement in drinking, sex, or, in the extreme, drugs. The regulars reject that as an unfair and inaccurate rap attached to the desi party scene.Says Georgia based Shilvi Gandhi, 24, a familiar face at desi parties since high school: “I think to say a desi party is a ‘meat-market’ is unfair. In many cities, it’s difficult to meet other Indian people. For many Indian youths, college is their first exposure to other Indians. Most of our parents encourage us to date and marry an Indian, and these desi parties provide an opportunity to meet other Indian people. Just because a desi party tailors to a desi crowd, does not make it a meat-market.”Her sentiments echo another common theme: desi parties are just counterparts of what other races and minority groups have had for much longer. Says Gandhi: “Almost every race has their own mixers and parties. In college, fraternities and sororities attract a mainly white crowd. Asians, Latinos and, now, desis all have their own parties. I used to attend these parties in high school to meet other Indian people. I think every immigrant has some sort of an identity crisis, but I wouldn’t say a desi party is trying to make up for any insecurity a person may be feeling.”Perhaps some of the negative connotation attached to desi parties stems from the fact that the parties go against the grain of what generally conservative South Asian families teach their kids about the opposite sex, drinking and just partying in general.Gandhi had a more liberal upbringing and says her relationship with her parents is relatively open. They recognize that the parties are an outlet for getting to know other Indians. She says, “Even in high school they were aware of these desi parties. I think they know that it consists of young people, many times single people, who are drinking and dancing. I do believe many parents don’t know about the amount of drinking that goes on at these parties. But again, it’s not fair to pinpoint the desi parties because every person in their late teens through early 30s, regardless of race, drinks and goes out. Desi parties are just catering to a different crowd.”Shah, whose upbringing was more conservative, also insists that the meat market phenomenon isn’t exclusive to desi parties. “When a group of people with certain characteristics get together, regardless of their ethnicity, this is bound to happen. I’ve seen this at Arab, Latin and Asian parties as well. I’ve told my parents a little bit about the party scene. I think they find out a little more on their own by watching TV and from their friends. And the rest they will know when they read this article,” he jokes.“I think they have a pretty good idea of what goes on. That’s probably why they don’t talk about it. The whole desi party scene has gotten a bad rap. I mean let’s face it – most people don’t go to these parties to fulfill their parents’ dreams.”That just may be it.It’s not about the parents’ dreams. It’s about the youth, the South Asian youth and their own way of celebrating, in their own space and in their own way.There is a certain sense of pride in feeling that it’s their own thing.The pride could be manifested via a crowded club in New York, with loud Bollywood-remixed music by DJ Karma, or in San Francisco’s top club with Ganesan’s Asian Drum-and-Bass track playing hypnotically in the background. A random South Asian, someone, anyone – it could be Shah or Gandhi – doesn’t really care about the labels put on the desi party they are at, or what their parents are thinking, which may or may not be true about the evening ahead of them. They don’t even care if Aggarwal’s flyer, which they viewed on Desiclub.com early in the night, lived up to the hype it promised.When it comes down to it, it’s really just about one thing; quickly getting lost in the space, the music, the people – all the while finding a unique connection to being a young South Asian on self-prescribed terms. Related Itemslast_img read more

South Korea will face Qatar in Asian Cup quarterfinals

first_imgSouth Korean players celebrate after scoring their secodn goal during the AFC Asian Cup round of 16 soccer match between South Korea and Bahrain at the Rashid Stadium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)UBAI, United Arab Emirates — Tottenham will be without Son Heung-min for a while longer after the midfielder helped South Korea reach the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup.South Korea, which finished runner-up in 2015, is one of the tournament favorites but needed extra time to beat Bahrain 2-1 in the round of 16 on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Qatar had hit the crossbar early in the match though Abdelkarim Hassan.Iraq could have ended the match with 10 men, but Safaa Hadi only received a yellow card for a poor challenge late on.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fuel surge SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Oil plant explodes in Pampanga towncenter_img View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bahrain became the first team to score against South Korea in the tournament when it leveled 13 minutes from time.Hong Chul managed to clear Mahdi Alhumaidan’s attempt off the line but Mohamed Saad Alromaihi slammed in the rebound.Bahrain’s task grew harder when Alawi was injured toward the end of regular time. The goalkeeper attempted to carry on but eventually had to be replaced by Abdulkarim Fardan, who had never played a competitive international match.Like South Korea, Qatar had not let in a goal in the group stage and it preserved that record against Iraq at the Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi.Bassam Al Rawi scored the only goal of the match in the 62nd minute with a free kick into the left side of the net.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes It will face Qatar at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Friday after the 2022 World Cup host beat Iraq 1-0.At the Rashid Stadium in Dubai, substitute Kim Jin-Su scored his first international goal right at the end of the first period of extra time to send South Korea through.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe defender, who had only come on 10 minutes earlier, netted with a diving header at the far post following Lee Yong’s cross.Lee had also set up South Korea’s first goal with another cross after being picked out by a threaded pass from Son. Bahrain goalkeeper Sayed Shubbar Alawi managed to push out the cross but it went straight to Hwang Hee-chan, who slotted it home.last_img read more

Lenovo now rolling out Android Marshmallow for A7000

first_imgLenovo has started rolling out the new Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for its budget A7000 phablet. The over-the-air (OTA) update for the phone with build number A7000-a_S153_151127_ROW_TO_A7000-a_S223_160405_ROW is now live and available in phases, which means not everyone will be getting it at the same time.Measuring in at about 1.3GB, the new Android 6.0 update for the A7000 also includes the Android security patch for the month of March. Users can also manually check for the availability of the update by heading over to Settings > About Phone > System Update.The new update will bring key Marshmallow standouts to the A7000 including revamped app permissions, Now on Tap, improved RAM and battery management features along with Google’s new Doze functionality. It would be interesting to see how Vibe UI (Lenovo’s custom skin) looks and feels on top of Android 6.0. The company hasn’t however brought about a detailed change log for the update.Also Read: Lenovo A7000 review: One of the better phones for less than Rs 10,000The Lenovo A7000 launched last year (in April) ships with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop-based Vibe UI out-of-the-box. This is now the second phone from the Chinese manufacturer to get the Marshmallow update. Only recently, the K3 Note (another budget phablet from the company) started receiving the new update.The A7000 is as 5.5-inch HD phone which is powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core Mediatek MT6752 processor clubbed with 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 32GB via microSD card.advertisementThe dualSIM phone sports an 8-megapixel camera on the rear with autofocus and dualLED flash. There’s also a 5-megapixel camera on the front. The phone supports 4G LTE connectivity and uses a 2,900mAh battery which is non-removable.last_img read more

Russian wrestler to move court after IOC strips him of Olympic silver

first_imgRussian wrestler Khasan Baroev, a gold medallist at the 2004 Olympic Games, has said that he decided to petition against the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to strip him of his silver medal from the 2008 Beijing Games.On Thursday, the IOC had issued an official statement saying it disqualified Khasan Baroev from the 2008 Beijing Olympics in which he took silver in the men’s 120kg Greco-Roman wrestling event, after reanalysis of his samples from the Olympics resulted in a positive test for prohibited turinabol.Shortly after that Baroev said that he would not go to court.”I have changed my mind, I will fight for myself and for my medal, and I will go to court,” he told Tass.Three more Russian athletes are on the IOC list. Weightlifters Khadzhimurat Akkaev and Dmitry Lapikov have been stripped of bronze medals for testing positive for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol).The IOC has also disqualified Elena Slesarenko, who finished fourth in the women’s high jump at the Beijing Olympics.last_img read more

Travel gear upgrade: The 3 best wheeled backpacks on the market

first_img 12 Best Travel Backpacks to Take With You on the Road Editors’ Recommendations The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men Keep Your Pants On With the Best Belts for Men Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity Modern Nomad is a weekly column dedicated to mobile gear, must-see world destinations, tips for life on the road, and traveling better through technology.Luggage hasn’t truly evolved in close to five decades. Sure, suitcases are lighter and now feature fancy “zero-weight” spinner wheels. Beyond that … not much has changed. Although standard suitcases will often get the job done, they’re easily bogged down when traversing rough terrain. Plus, there are always areas where it’s easier to simply shoulder your luggage and carry it.Fortunately a number of manufacturers now offer hybrid luggage that blends the best features of rolling carry-on bags and more traditional backpacks. What’s more: you needn’t look like a hippie backpacker to travel with and enjoy the benefits of a backpack. These wheeled packs are three of the best, most versatile we’ve ever tested.ECBC Pegasus Wheeled BackpackFor the distinguished business traveler who’s happy to hit the road with more traditional luggage, there’s ECBC’s Pegasus Convertible Wheeled Backpack ($399). This is as simple and streamlined as wheeled backpacks get. It’s a standard piece of rolling carry-on luggage, but with a hidden back panel that opens to reveal backpack straps. There when you need them; tucked neatly out of sight when you don’t.There are two more reasons we love this bag. First is ECBC’s FastPass system that allows travelers to unzip the dedicated gear compartment, lay it flat on the security belt, and zip through the checkpoint without unpacking your laptop and cables. Second, the Pegasus’ Portable Power Pack is a built-in, quick-charge backup battery with enough juice to keep small electronics — smartphone, tablet, camera, etc. — charged for hours.Osprey Meridian 28” Rolling Duffel and BackpackFor the traveler who values design that’s more rugged than handsome, Osprey’s Meridian 28” Rolling Duffel and Backpack ($359) is your man. It’s the most hardcore backpack of the three bags mentioned here with ultra-durable wheels, a removable backpanel suspension system, and a dedicated, clip-on/clip-off daypack for shorter, around-town adventures.Make no mistake: at 28” the Meridian is a sizable pack that will likely prove too large for minimalist travelers. There’s room enough here for a comfortable round-the-world trip. On the upside, Osprey manufacturers some of the world’s best backpacks and guarantees each one with a lifetime warranty.Eagle Creek Morphus 22On the evolutionary chart of wheeled backpacks, the Eagle Creek Morphus 22 ($395) sits neatly between the aforementioned Pegasus and Meridian bags. It looks like the perfectly hatched hybrid of a traditional roll-aboard and a modern laptop backpack. There’s plenty to love about this maximum carry-on sized bag.First, the exterior is constructed of Bi-Tech fabric that’s ultra-durable and weather-resistant. The bottom features a “bathtub” design that protects your gear in the event the bag is resting in a puddle. The two-in-one design is perhaps the most clever of the three bags reviewed here as the zip-off gear bag fits neatly and seamlessly inside the rolling bag for better storage and/or increased flexibility while traveling. Lastly, Eagle Creek’s “no-matter-what policy” means the company will replace or repair your bag if it’s ever damaged for any reason. The Best Diaper Bags for Stylish Dadslast_img read more

4H Members Learn Livestock Management at Showcase

first_imgEighty-five 4-H members will learn the finer points of livestock showmanship and herd management at the 23rd EastGen Showcase. The showcase will be held June 22-24 at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Grounds in Bible Hill and is for Atlantic 4-H beef and dairy members aged 13 to 21. Participants are expected to bring knowledge and skills they gain back to their 4-H clubs. “At this workshop, 4-H members learn the technical skills needed for good livestock management,” said Agriculture Minister John MacDonell. “Their training will ensure that they are able to continue Nova Scotia’s excellent reputation of producing high quality livestock well into the future.” Experts from EastGen (previously known as Eastern Breeders Showcase) and 4-H leadership co-ordinators with the Department of Agriculture will teach the latest techniques in show preparation for beef and dairy cattle, calf health, livestock judging, showmanship, clipping, display design, and herd management. There will be a special presentation about energy efficiency on the farm. After two intense days of training, 4-H members will show their calves at the beef and dairy show at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 24. Awards will be presented to the champion showmen and calves, and to members who excelled in session work during the two days of instruction. The public is invited to attend the show.last_img read more

Proposed Nova Scotia Health Authority Board Announced

first_imgA group of experienced professionals from across the province have been asked to lead the new Nova Scotia Health Authority. Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine announced today, Feb. 26, the 12 people who are candidates to become board members for the new unified health authority. The new volunteer board becomes operational on April 1. All candidates were screened through the approved provincial board appointment process. They are: Steve Parker, Halifax, chair and CEO of CCL Group Inc. and a former chair of the boards of Medavie, Medavie EMS, and the IWK Health Centre David Stewart Pierre Dow, Church Point, Digby Co., Dow Law Inc., and a former vice-chair of the South West Nova District Health Authority Wadih Fares, Halifax, president and CEO, WMFares Group and a QEII Foundation board of trustee member Vicki Harnish, Hubbards, retired, former deputy minister of Finance and former vice-president of corporate services with South Shore Health Wayne MacDonald, Granville Centre, Annapolis County, retired human resources professional, sits on board of directors of Trans County Transportation Society and Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens and is a former chair of the Annapolis West Health Foundation Marie McCully Collier, Truro, retired registered nurse and past-president of the Public Health Association of Nova Scotia John Rogers, Halifax, CEO of Stewart McKelvey and former chair of the IWK Health Centre Jaime Smith, New Glasgow, planner and consultant with experience in community health planning Anna-Marie Stuart, managing partner and co-owner at Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette in Halifax, a former finance director with the QEII Health Sciences Centre and former employee of the Nova Scotia Department of Health George Unsworth, Sydney, financial chartered accountant and partner, Unsworth Kachafanas, and a former member of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation J. Robert Winters, Truro, retired lawyer, and member of Dean’s Medical School Advisory Board, Dalhousie University John Young, Halifax, chair and partner, Boyne Clarke, and former chair of the QEII Foundation board of trustees. “These people have a great deal of experience in business, health and the law. They have the skills and competencies to lead an enterprise of this size,” said Mr. Glavine. “The Nova Scotia Health Authority will allow the health system to work together in a way that will achieve excellence in health, healing and learning by thinking provincially and acting locally. “These volunteers will play a key role in improving the health of all Nova Scotians.” Mr. Parker has been asked to serve as chair of the board. “Our job will be to create good governance in a complex environment. To do that we will focus on people and outcomes, moving to new and better ways to deliver health services,” said Mr. Parker. “I’m very happy to have my name put forward, and look forward to working with the board and strengthening the health system of Nova Scotia,” said Ms. McCully Collier. Board appointments will not become final until they are passed at the Standing Committee on Human Resources and receive Governor in Council approval. Board member profiles are available at: http://novascotia.ca/dhw/PeopleCentredHealthCare/health-authority-board.asplast_img read more

Loblaw to merge Shoppers Optimum and PC Plus loyalty cards

Starting February 1, 2018, customers at Shoppers Drug Mart or any Loblaw stores will use a unified loyalty program that will replace Optimum and PC Plus points.The program will be called PC Optimum and can be used across Loblaw’s network of nearly 2,500 stores and e-commerce sites including Real Canadian Superstore, Atlantic Superstore, City Market, No Frills, Independent, Zehrs, Loblaws, Shoppers Drug Mart, Shoppers Home Health Care and online at Loblaw-owned Click & Collect websites, joefresh.com and beautyBoutique.ca.The announcement comes nearly three years after the grocery giant acquired the pharmacy chain. Loblaw says the current programs have a total of 19 million members and the new integrated program will offer the best of both cards. “The PC Optimum program will include elements of the Shoppers Optimum and PC Plus loyalty programs that Canadians love, including weekly personalized offers, the ability to redeem points for almost anything in our stores, and exclusive points-earning and points-redemption events, ” said Loblaw Companies Limited in a press release.Members of the current Shoppers Optimum and PC Plus programs can continue to earn and redeem points on their cards until the launch of the new program when the full value of existing points will be converted to PC Optimum points.“We know how much Canadians care about their loyalty points, so we created the PC Optimum program by listening to our customers,” said Jim Noteboom, Senior Vice President, Loyalty and Consumer Insights, Loblaw Companies Limited. “They want a single, easy-to-understand program, covering our entire assortment of food, health, beauty and apparel. Most of all, the PC Optimum program will deliver on their expectation of equal value when the programs come together, with additional options to save even more.” read more

See a pothole call the county

Now that spring has arrived, one set of driving hazards – snow and ice – has been replaced with another – potholes.Hitting a large pothole could damage tires, rims, and other front end parts of vehicles.The damages can add up with tires themselves costing around $150 for repairs, but the full price varies from vehicle to vehicle and depends on the size of the pothole it hit.“We’ve had a few in here already with blown tires from potholes,” said a representative from the Queensway Garage in Simcoe.Norfolk County Public Works crews have started repairing the potholes that developed over the winter.Filling potholes happens year-round, but spring is the busiest time of year. This is due to frost coming out of the ground and the increased amount of rain that falls during the spring months.The public works department is also turning to residents to let county staff know about the location of potholes.“Our crews are always on the hunt for potholes, but we can’t be everywhere all the time,”  Shawn Vanacker, Norfolk County’s Director of Roads, said in a media release. “So we rely on residents to help us identify problem areas, allowing us to make repairs quickly and efficiently.”Residents can call 519-582-2100 to report potholes. read more

Business for Sale Most startups hope to be acquired within three years

by Romina Maurino, The Canadian Press Posted May 12, 2014 7:58 am MDT Business for Sale: Most startups hope to be acquired within three years: PwC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Canadian start-ups are eagerly hanging “For Sale” signs on their businesses and hoping to be snapped up quickly through simple acquisitions, according to an annual survey of emerging companies.“The entrepreneurship ecosystem is growing and more and more people want to do it, but it’s a lot of work and a lot of ups and downs,” said Eugene Bomba, head of Canadian emerging company services at PwC.“It’s not easy to put yourself through building a company for the longer term, but the longer you’re able to do it, the hope is that eventually the higher the valuation of your company will be and the more jobs that are created.”The annual survey of 150 chief executives by PwC found that 78 per cent of emerging companies are looking at some sort of exit strategy, with nearly two-thirds eyeing an acquisition _ up from last year’s 44 per cent.And they’re not just looking for an exit strategy; they want a quick way out, as 40 per cent said they plan to leave the market in between one and three years.Bomba says that stems in part from the belief that one to three years is the general life cycle of a start up, and that they should be selling by then.But some Canadian entrepreneurs may also be taking an early exit – along with the income and learning that it provides – to build another company.“The next promising time for us might be seeing these second and third time entrepreneurs who come back into the ecosystem again now that their lock ups (agreements) are over and that can be a really positive time and something that can be exciting for the Canadian ecosystem,” Bomba said, noting that the alternative is that Canadian start ups simply become talent pools for bigger U.S. companies.“The serial entrepreneurs aren’t getting into it for a quick buck,” he added.“They may exit because that’s what makes sense at the time, but that wasn’t the initial intention.”Jeremy O’Krafka, a professor with the Entrepreneurship and Small Business program at Seneca College, and the founder of MENTORnetwork.CA, says that while the quick exit strategy is prevalent with tech startups, that doesn’t mean startups in general are waiting to be snapped up.“It’s not as sexy to build something very slowly over a long period of time, but that’s still a very prevalent sector of the ecosystem as well,” he said, noting there’s also a subsection of entrepreneurs who have a long-term vision of what they want to create and that comes with a long-term commitment to building a business over time.The PwC report found that, given their short-term view, few companies are interested in going public through an initial public offering, or IPO, because they’re concerned about the risk of a challenging IPO market or may not want to go to the trouble if they plan on selling.Costs associated with going public are often too high for a small business to assume, particularly given the recent IPOs, such as Facebook, which have stumbled out of the gate.While most startups said they’d like to be acquired, the report also found that many show a “startling” lack of acquisition preparedness.The companies tend to be up to date on taxes and corporate documents, but less than a quarter have reviewed or audited their financial statements and only 11 per cent have completed a formal valuation.In fact, 22 per cent have taken no steps towards preparing for a sale.“While exiting through acquisition doesn’t bring about the same level of scrutiny as an IPO, M&As (mergers and acquisitions) do carry their own set of challenges and require a significant amount of due diligence,” Bomba said.“A major component of a successful acquisition is preparedness, so that when the time is right companies are in the position to negotiate a strong sale.”The annual Emerging Companies Survey looked at 150 Canadian startup CEOs and the challenges, opportunities, and strategic priorities surrounding their business. The vast majority of companies included were relative newcomers on the scene, with three-quarters of respondents reporting annual revenues of $500,000 or less. It was conducted online from January to March.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population.The survey also found that the biggest challenge for most respondents in their most recent financial year was funding, followed by revenue generation. Canada remained their main source of revenue, with online sales as a key driver.Attracting and retaining talent was only a concern for 10 per cent of companies – a big change from two years ago, when it was the top challenge for startups. read more

The Alberta Energy Regulator lifts partial suspension on Nexens Long Lake site

The Alberta Energy Regulator lifts partial suspension on Nexens Long Lake site by kendrafowler Posted Sep 6, 2015 10:26 pm MDT The Alberta Energy Regulator has approved a partial resumption of some utility pipelines at Nexen Energy’s Long Lake oil sands site.An inspection revealed a portion of the site could operate safely with low risk to the publics safety and environmental protection. Nexen Energy is able to maintain about 75-percent of their oil sands production and upgrader operations. Fifty five pipelines remain shut off and will not operate until the company shows the AER it can stay within the regulatory requirements and operate all pipelines safely. The suspension to cease operation of ninety five pipelines was given out on August 28th due to non-compliance surrounding pipeline maintenance and monitoring at its Long Lake oil sands project.On July 15th a pipeline at the site began leaking, spilling about five million litres of a mixture of bitumen, water and sand. Summary AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Alberta Energy Regulator lifts partial suspension on Nexens Long Lake site read more

Bombardier says Russian worker charged with bribery doesnt reflect its values

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 18, 2017 5:53 am MDT Last Updated Aug 18, 2017 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Bombardier says the filing of formal criminal charges in Sweden on Friday against a railway employee doesn’t reflect its values.“We take these allegations very seriously as they assert conduct that does not reflect our values or the high standards we set for ourselves, our employees and our partners,” the Montreal-based company (TSX:BBD.B) said in a statement.Evgeny Pavlov was charged with aggravated bribery and faces up to six years in jail and deportation if found guilty.Swedish prosecutor Thomas Forsberg says Pavlov bribed a public servant in Azerbaijan to win a 2013 contract to upgrade the rail signalling system with a contract value of around US$340 million.Most of the funding for the project comes from the World Bank, which is conducting an audit on the project.The Bombardier Transportation Sweden AB employee who is on paid leave was held in March in pre-trial custody to prevent him from fleeing or tampering with evidence.Emails seized during a search of Bombardier’s offices in Sweden in October 2016 are considered evidence in the case.His lawyer, Cristina Berger, has previously said that her client says he is innocent.A trial date has not been set yet.Bombardier said it is reviewing the legal filings and supports a complete accounting of the facts and circumstances surrounding the project.— With files from The Associated Press Bombardier says Russian worker charged with bribery doesn’t reflect its values read more

On World Maritime Day UN urges ratification of conventions to protect global

Marking the annual observance of World Maritime Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon celebrated the IMO’s contribution towards making global shipping “progressively safer, more secure and more environment-friendly” through over 50 conventions aimed at safeguarding the world’s seaways. But, he added in his message, the ratification and enforcement of the conventions was a key step forward in securing the application of these protections. “The real value of those conventions can be fully realized only if they are properly implemented. This entails early entry into force, broad participation, effective policies and programmes, stringent oversight and vigorous enforcement,” Mr. Ban stated. “I urge all concerned to strengthen their efforts to achieve the full and effective implementation of all IMO conventions,” he added. The theme of this year’s World Maritime Day, the 37th to be observed, is IMO Conventions: effective implementation. IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu similarly underscored the importance of ratifying the conventions and warned that there were still several conventions for which “a slow pace of ratification and a lack of implementation are serious causes for concern.”“A slow pace of ratification, a prolonged state of non-fulfilment of entry-into-force conditions, a lack of compliance oversight and of enforcement mechanisms all add up to ineffective implementation, which in turn prevents the benefits enshrined in IMO measures from being fully felt,” he stated in his message for the Day.Pointing to those conventions which have occupied IMO efforts but have yet to enter into force, Mr. Sekimizu highlighted the Ballast Water Management Convention, the Hong Kong Convention on ship recycling, the Cape Town Agreement of 2012 to implement the Torremolinos Protocol on fishing vessel safety, the 2010 Protocol to the HNS Convention, and the Nairobi Convention on wreck removal. “During the course of this year, our theme has enabled us to make genuine progress towards ratification, entry into force and implementation of all IMO conventions – but especially those which have yet to be widely accepted,” he continued. “And this is what IMO is really all about.” read more

Womens Hockey No 4 Ohio State sweeps St Cloud State with 32

Ohio State then-freshman forward Tatum Skaggs (11) races to the puck in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignSophomore forward Emma Maltais and the Buckeyes were on point Saturday against St. Cloud State, coming out with a commanding performance that led to a 3-2 win. With the win, Ohio State (9-3, 5-1 WCHA) completed the weekend sweep of St. Cloud State (4-8, 2-6 WCHA). “It’s nice to see that we played six solid periods of hockey,” Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “You just build confidence from that. They were all hard fought and all four lines got to play, illustrating our depth. We’re going to take that and roll into next weekend.” Ohio State came out firing on all cylinders in the first period. The Buckeyes controlled the puck and led in shots on goal with 11, while holding St. Cloud State to three shots on goal for the entire period. Their hard play was finally rewarded more than 16 minutes into the first period. Sophomore Tatum Skaggs found the net past St. Cloud State junior goaltender Janine Alder to give the Buckeyes an early 1-0 lead. This goal marks Skaggs’ team-leading seventh of the season, and the goal was assisted by freshman forward Sara Saekkinen and sophomore defenseman Lisa Bruno. “It’s a huge advantage, getting off to a good start,” Muzerall said. “You can feel more relaxed with the puck. We peppered all yesterday and just couldn’t finalize on our scoring chances. Alder is a very good goalie, so we had to make sure we had to make our chances count. St. Cloud has some good goaltending, but we have the strength.” The Huskies came roaring back early in the second period. Just over a minute into the second period, senior forward Julia Tylke shot one past freshman goaltender Andrea Braendli to even the game up at 1-1.The Buckeyes took the lead right back less than four minutes into the second period when senior forward Madison Field ripped a shot past Alder for her sixth goal of the season. Maltais was credited with her league-leading 13th assist on the season. Redshirt junior Jincy Dunne also was credited with an assist.“Emma is relentless, she’s a 200-foot player,” Muzerall said. “She’s not going to back down. She’s not going to stop. She’s going to all the things nobody likes with stops and blocking shots. She does a lot of the little things that don’t show up on a statistic sheet.” Ohio State found the net more than 14 minutes into the second period. Maltais and Dunne set up senior forward Charly Dahlquist for the short-handed goal that gave the Buckeyes a 3-1 lead. Dahlquist earned her fifth goal of the season and Maltais and Dunne assists, Maltais’ 14th. “It’s cool to get a short-handed goal that’s not an empty net goal,” Maltais said. “To finally have our forecheck produce something is really cool. Obviously, Charly is always in the right spot and she put that short side. That’s all her on that on that shot. I owe everything to the people I play with.” Ohio State’s lead was cut to just one more than 16 minutes into the third period when junior forward Hallie Theodosopoulos scored for the Huskies. Freshman forward Jenniina Nylund assisted Theodosopoulos on the goal. With time winding down in the game, St. Cloud State pulled its goalie to gain an extra attacker on the ice in an attempt to tie the game up and force overtime, but it was not enough to get past Braendli as the Buckeyes held on to get the win. “We were looking to play a full 60 minutes and aside from a couple three-minute breakdowns, we did that,” Maltais said. “We were really buzzing as a full team today and yesterday, and I think that says a lot about how we’re progressing as a team.” Ohio State heads back on the road to face the Bemidji State in an in-conference matchup series on Nov. 9 and Nov. 10. read more

Trade Facilitation Task Force urged to focus on boosting competitiveness

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you #MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, December 19, 2016 – Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda, has charged members of the Trade Facilitation Task Force to explore strategies that will enable the country to become more competitive within the Caribbean region and globally.“We must collectively… concentrate immediately without delay on ways of reducing our charges at the port of entry… to remove bureaucracy from the process of both importing and exporting.   I happen to believe that an importer of raw material for the purpose of converting agricultural produce into agro-industry should be at the head of the line,” he said.Minister Samuda was addressing a meeting with members of the body held at the Ministry’s offices in New Kingston recently.  He urged them to be specific in their recommendations and set time frames for which the measures should be achieved. “By so doing, I think the task force can make the greatest contribution with all players on board,” he said.The task force, established under the National Competitiveness Council in the Ministry, is charged with improving the business environment in order to boost trade and enable the country to fully meet its obligations under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade Facilitation.Minister Samuda said the work of the body is critical to achieving economic growth.  He urged that stronger linkages be forged with the critical Ministries and Departments, in order to achieve its objectives as well as redound to the overall benefit of the country.In the meantime, Minister Samuda said agro-processing “is the modern way to go” in order to retain the value of the goods that are produced locally.   He said the role of JAMPRO is critical in maximising the benefit from agro-processing.  “So, it is JAMPRO who must introduce our manufacturers to lucrative markets, not just to get investors to come in and invest but also to search out lucrative markets,” he argued.For her part, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams, urged the task force “to leave no stone unturned” in ensuring that the country’s trade-facilitation processes and systems are modernised and in keeping with 21st -century best practices.  “This is critical if we are to benefit from the renewed global investor confidence and the improved ranking from international rating agencies,” she said.Trade facilitation is an integrated approach to reducing complexities and cost of trade transactions and ensuring that all these activities take place in an efficient, transparent and predictable manner.center_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

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first_imgFeature | March 05, 2014 Scorpion Venom Makes Tumors Light Up With New Imaging Cedars-Sinai animal study may lead to human trial of experimental intraoperative device to aid removal of malignant brain tumors 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 Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Graphic courtesy of Pixabay News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more center_img Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more Related Content 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.  March 5, 2014 — Researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute and Department of Neurosurgery have developed a unique, compact and relatively inexpensive imaging device to “light up” malignant brain tumors and other cancers.The experimental system consists of a special camera designed and developed at Cedars-Sinai and a new, targeted imaging agent based on a synthetic version of a small protein – a peptide – found in the venom of the deathstalker scorpion. The imaging agent, Tumor Paint BLZ-100, a product of Blaze Bioscience Inc., hones to brain tumor cells. When stimulated by a laser in the near-infrared part of the spectrum, it emits a glow that is invisible to the eye but can be captured by the camera.Results of animal studies, published as the feature article in the February issue of Neurosurgical Focus, provide the basis for the launch of human clinical trials. The system would be used during surgery to determine if it enables neurosurgeons to remove more tumor and spare more healthy tissue.Malignant brain tumors called gliomas are among the most lethal tumors, with patients typically surviving about 15 months after diagnosis. “We know that survival statistics increase if we can remove all of a tumor, but it is impossible to visualize with the naked eye where tumor stops and brain tissue starts, and current imaging systems don’t provide a definitive view,” said Keith Black, M.D., chair and professor of the department of neurosurgery and the article’s senior author.“Gliomas have tentacles that invade normal tissue and present big challenges for neurosurgeons: Taking out too much normal brain tissue can have catastrophic consequences, but stopping short of total removal gives remaining cancer cells a head start on growing back. That’s why we have worked to develop imaging systems that will provide a clear distinction – during surgery – between diseased tissue and normal brain,” said Black, also director of the Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute, director of the Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Brain Tumor Center and the Ruth and Lawrence Harvey Chair in Neuroscience.In studies of laboratory mice with implanted human brain tumors, the new device clearly delineated tumor tissue from normal brain tissue. Also, with near-infrared light’s ability to penetrate deep into the tissue, the system identified tumors that had migrated away from the main tumor and would have evaded detection.Pramod Butte, MBBS, Ph.D., research scientist and assistant professor in the department of neurosurgery, the article’s first author, said the tumor-imaging process consists of two parts: deploying a fluorescent “dye” that sticks only to cancer cells, and using a laser and a special camera to make an invisible image visible.To get the dye to the tumor, it is linked to a peptide called chlorotoxin, which, contrary to its name, is not toxic. It completely ignores normal tissue but seeks out and binds to a variety of malignant tumor cells. It first was derived from the venom of the yellow Israeli scorpion, also called the deathstalker. Article co-author Adam Mamelak, M.D., professor of neurosurgery and director of functional neurosurgery, has studied the synthetic version of chlorotoxin and its tumor-targeting properties for more than a decade.In this study, chlorotoxin was bonded to a molecule, indocyanine green, a near-infrared dye, a version of which already is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The chlorotoxin-indocyanine green combination – Tumor Paint BLZ-100 – emits a glow when stimulated by near-infrared light.“Injected intravenously, the chlorotoxin seeks out the brain tumor, carrying with it indocyanine green, which has been used in a variety of medical imaging applications. When we shine a near-infrared laser on the tissue, the tumor glows. But the glow emitted by the tumor is invisible to the human eye,” said Butte, whose MBBS is India’s equivalent of an M.D. The camera device, designed in Butte’s lab, solves this problem by capturing two images and combining them on a high-definition monitor.“Other experimental systems we have seen – which use different tumor-targeting methods – are larger and bulkier because they consist of two cameras,” Butte said. “Our single-camera device takes both near-infrared and white light images simultaneously. This is achieved by alternately strobing the laser and normal white lights at very high speeds. The eye just sees normal light, but the camera is capturing white light once, near-infrared light next, over and over. We then superimpose the two HD images. The image from the laser shows the tumor, and the image produced from white light shows the visible ‘landscape’ so we can see where the tumor is in context to what we actually can see.”The prototype is compact, but the authors said they are working to make the next generations even smaller, lighter and portable so the device will require very little space in the operating room (OR), allowing the neurosurgeon to focus on the operating microscope and give little attention on the imaging system. “We hope that eventually the camera can be transported in a small bag, but we are not sacrificing image quality for portability,” Butte said. “In fact, most systems that use two cameras lose a lot of light. But because of the special filters we use and the way we arrange them, we lose very little light. And from what we have seen and tested, our device provides about 10 times greater sensitivity and contrast than others.”In an editorial accompanying the journal article, David W. Roberts, M.D., from the Section of Neurosurgery at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, said the Cedars-Sinai “paper presents a newer direction in which fluorescence-guided surgery may well be headed.” He noted that the researchers overcame one of the limitations of near-infrared technology – that it is outside of the visible portion of the spectrum. “In this regard, Butte and colleagues have contributed to the field with their implementation of an optical system that is sensitive and efficient. They have characterized well its performance in phantom and animal models, demonstrating proof-of-concept and feasibility.”The authors of the study were Pramod V. Butte, MBBS, Ph.D.; Adam Mamelak, M.D.; Julia Parrish-Novak, Ph.D.; Doniel Drazin, M.D.; Faris Shweikeh, BS; Pallavi R. Gangalum, Ph.D.; Alexandra Chesnokova, M.D.; Julia Y. Ljubimova, M.D., Ph.D. and Keith Black, M.D.The BLZ-100 samples were provided by Blaze Bioscience Inc. of Seattle, and the study was internally funded by the Department of Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Mamelak has ownership in Teal Light Surgical, and Parrish-Novak is an employee of Blaze Bioscience Inc.For more information: http://thejns.org/doi/full/10.3171/2013.11.FOCUS13497 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more last_img read more

Ottawas Chateau Laurier hotel to undergo major expansion

first_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, September 15, 2016 Posted by Sharecenter_img OTTAWA — Major changes are in the works for the iconic Fairmont Chateau Laurier hotel in the national capital.The plan is to add as many as 200 long-term stay suites in the hotel just steps from Parliament Hill, in addition to an exterior courtyard and approximately 427 underground parking spaces.Shovels are expected to be in the ground in the fall of 2017, with the new suites expected to be ready in 2020.There was no immediate word on cost of the project.Public consultations will take place at a later date, but there has already been a flurry of negative reaction to online depictions of the planned expansion. Tags: Ottawa Ottawa’s Chateau Laurier hotel to undergo major expansionlast_img read more

Almost €2000 in cash plus jewellery stolen from salon and home

first_imgPieces of jewellery and a total of €1,900 were stolen on Tuesday night from the home of a married couple and the wife’s adjacent beauty salon in Pyrga, in the Larnaca district.Police were notified that a burglary had taken place at a home and salon between 9pm and 11:30pm.At the scene, officers found that the culprits had initially broken into the beauty salon and taken €800 in cash and €200 in coins, before breaking into the home where the salon’s owner lives with her husband, taking a further €900 from their bedroom and various pieces of jewellery of an undetermined value.The couple’s home was not protected against theft, as there were no closed-circuit alarm or surveillance systems installed, making the break-in easier, police said.You May LikeTrading BlvdMagic Johnson Bought Himself A Famous Chain of Fast Food RestaurantsTrading BlvdUndoLuxuryLevels.com15 Shockingly Expensive Cities where not Many can Afford to LiveLuxuryLevels.comUndoAuto OverloadNFL Fans – Can You Pass This Vintage Team Logo Quiz?Auto OverloadUndo Clear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoKorkolis brings magic to the stageUndoLimassol police investigating attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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