‘We are in a good position to win LS, Assembly polls’

first_imgReturning to power in the State after a gap of 15 years in 2014, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Maharashtra administration completes four years in office today. While the party is gearing up for next year’s Assembly and general elections by striving to retain blow-hot, blow-cold ally Shiv Sena on its side, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis exudes confidence that the BJP will come back to power, irrespective of whether the Assemly elections are held in tandem with the Lok Sabha polls or not. He also speaks about the emerging political equations in the State and his government’s performance in an interview with The Hindu. Edited excerpts:What would you consider the key milestone of your government in last four years?The Jalyukta Shivar movement is one remarkable project that we initiated. This has actually become a people’s movement and the credit goes to people, not the government. Today, we can say with surety that this has led to a 45% increase in the State’s farm production. Maharashtra’s irrigation sector, that was marred by allegations of massive corruption, has seen a clean-up. What is going to be your priority in this election year?We have undertaken a number of infrastructure projects of roads, metros, bridges and housing. All these projects are at different stages. Our priority is to complete them. But above all, the first quarter of 2019 is going to be busy in tackling the drought that is now looming large. We are following the Centre’s manual on drought. We have already announced a drought-like situation and it is being validated by the Centre.Before 2014, you criticised the State government for financial indiscipline. But even today, the government is always found struggling on big ticket expenditure items such as implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission or reducing taxes on fuel…In the last four years, we increased expenditure on every government scheme, and made huge off-budget investments such as the Metro, Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi highway, railway projects through Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs). Despite all this, the overall budget has been balanced. We are a developing State and cannot be a profit-making one. We have limited resources and it is important to deploy them correctly. Despite all odds, we became a ₹2,000 crore revenue surplus State after 15 years. We are the best State in the country in terms of financial health.Despite all your claims, your party seems to be losing the perception battle among people. Have the trappings of power affected leaders or have they become too lazy to approach people?Not really. (It is) the Opposition (that) is in a desperate position right now. They spread lies. They are not answerable for any of their lies, but we are left with (providing) explanations. We were (also) using social media (in the Opposition), but now it is being misused. When there is no credibility, you can spread as many lies as possible. But people who are being benefited are with us and they will stand with our agenda of development.In the Opposition, you had alleged previous ministers of being complicit in the corruption in the irrigation department. But you could not put any of them in jail in last four years, so have you not found any scam there?The scam that we alleged exists. It has been proven. FIRs have been filed, charges heets prepared and action has been taken. It proves there was widespread corruption. Eventually, the involvement of the minister (Ajit Pawar) will also be exposed. Looking at the scale of the irrigation scam, there can only be two conclusions. Either the minister is involved or he is incompetent so could not realise the scam (in his department). The verdict will prove whether he is guilty or incompetent, the courts will decide that.You claim to have achieved so much in four years, but your ally Shiv Sena does not seem to think so. Do they trouble you with decision making?Never. We have taken all the decisions unanimously in the last four years. Wherever we had two opinions, we stopped, discussed and found a way out. We are two different parties and we cannot have similar goals or policies. There is difference of opinion but not different ideology.Do you see Uddhav Thackeray raking up the Ram temple issue as the first step in setting the stage for an electoral alliance? We welcome him raising this issue. We have been constantly raising this issue for many years now. It will be only beneficial, if Shiv Sena now wants to join in. He (Mr Thackeray) is going to Ayodhya and we will be welcoming him on his return for sure.Are you confident of winning the next polls? Yes. We did an overall survey and we are in a good position to win both Lok Sabha and State elections. We will be number one.In a bid to retain your current alliance, will you be ready to give the CM’s post to the Shiv Sena?Every party wants to win the CM’s post, but political reality decides the outcome. And in any election, the party which wins highest seats gets the post. Last time (in 1995), they had won more MLAs. This time, we did. Any party which will have the highest number of MLAs will get the CM’s post. I think we and the Sena will contest both the polls together.Despite your claims of several Congress and NCP leaders being in touch with you, your own party has lost two leaders from the Vidarbha region to the Congress?Those two (Nana Patole and Ashish Deshmukh) had, anyway, come to us on rent. We will be paying them back with interest. The Congress and NCP will go helter-skelter when we decide to start taking in their leaders.Will the general and Assembly elections be held simultaneously?No. Delhi has left it upon us to decide whether we want both the polls together or not. But we will surely have an alliance with the Sena in both the elections. There is no problem in Lok Sabha seat sharing, and problems in Assembly seat sharing will be solved. Political problems will have political solutions. There is no deadline (for negotiations) till the communication line is dead. Hindutva has been the bonding agent between us and since Mr. Thackeray has shifted back to it, this is good for us.But even the Opposition parties are tilting towards Hindutva, by visiting temples and offering prayers…They have realised that abusing Hindus and misleading minorities will not give them votes. They would have to show that they are representatives of Hindus and should do work for minorities. In his temple visits, Rahul Gandhi should seek a stable government in the country. That will keep Narendra Modi as our PM for the next 10 years. In the last four years, you seem to be overshadowing your ministers. Do you think they are not competent enough?A Government is a team effort and all my colleagues are doing great work. Unlike the last government, we have no infighting. Because of that, certain rumours like these are being spread.What is holding you back from a cabinet expansion which has been on the cards for two years now? Will Eknath Khadse be brought back?There are joint reasons, both from Delhi and the State, which is holding back the expansion. It will happen, hopefully, before this winter session. I cannot comment on who will come in and go out. But Eknath Khadse is our senior leader and a decision would be taken soon. The Maratha and Dhangar reservation issues are pending even after four years.We will ensure Maratha reservation. A TISS report on Dhangar reservation is not adverse, but the decision will be taken by the Central government.Recently, you arrested several activists terming them as ‘urban Maoists.’ Many of them were arrested earlier as well, but acquitted later. Why arrest them again?Earlier, the government could not gather evidence. We have collected huge evidence that will prove our point. Pseudo liberals may want to allege us as anti-democracy, but Supreme Court sided with us. Had we not given any evidence, the Court wouldn’t have supported our claim. What they did was not (about) the Right to Speech, but a plan to pit two communities against each other.last_img read more

Unocoin Launches Merchant PoS App for Bitcoin Acceptance

first_img(Attn.editors: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with PRNewswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same). Unocoin Launches Merchant PoS App for Bitcoin Acceptance BANGALORE, May 12, 2016/PRNewswire/ — As Bitcoin has started to take a stand in India, Unocoin being Indias leading Bitcoin company, has been up to something that is going to make it much easier for physical and online stores in India to accept bitcoin. Before getting into that, it is important to note that India is on the verge of a tipping point on the digital movement.One of the Co-Founders of Unocoin, Abhinand Kaseti, said, “Over the past year, our web traffic has increased by more than 500%! We added more than 6,000 users just last month alone, and our volume is skyrocketing. Thank you all for supporting us along the way.”While the companys vision is to bring bitcoin to billions, it is now aiming to make it easier for physical stores and merchants in India to accept bitcoin. This is presently an unmarked territory in India.With the new mobile app that is both available on Play store for Android and Appstore for iOS, its all about to change. Unocoin announces an epic launch of the mobile merchant application – called the Unocoin Merchant PoS. PoS stands for Point of Sale. Early beta users are already calling it the worlds simplest Bitcoin PoS app and it is going to make payments easier and smarter. (MORE) PRNewswire JSMlast_img read more

Playing recreational sports may boost your college grades: Study

first_imgParticipating in recreational sports in college may not only help improve grades, but can also keep students from dropping out, a study has found. Researchers from the Michigan State University (MSU) in the US found that among nearly 1,800 students, those who played sports averaged a 3.25 grade point average at the end of their first year compared to a 3.07 GPA for those who did not play.Read: CBSE makes Sports period compulsory everyday for Class 1-8 from April 2019Sports participants less likely to fail first-year classesThose who participated in recreational sports were also less likely to drop or fail any classes their first year and were 40 percent more likely to move onto the next year, according to the study published in the Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice.It takes 120 credit hours to graduate with a bachelor’s degree, and to graduate in four years, you need a total of 30 completed credit hours each school year.”At the end of the year, students who played sports dropped or failed a total average of six credits compared to 7.7 credits among non-playing students,” said Kerri Vasold, who was at MSU at the time of the study.Vasold said that the almost two credit-difference each year can have a big effect overall on the time it takes to graduate, and even more importantly, how much damage the pocketbook takes.Read: Importance of balancing sports and academics: Difficult but doableStudy gives solid evidence that sports plays important part in student successThe research brings the most solid evidence to date that sports play an important role in a student’s success.advertisementFor the study, students were matched based on factors including high school GPA, gender, race, socioeconomic status, if they lived on campus, and if they were a first-generation student. Then they were compared to whether they participated in sports.According to the researchers, the sweet spot seems to be anywhere between four to seven different activities throughout the year.Activities can range from playing a sport like ultimate frisbee a few times a month to taking an aerobics class at a fitness centre each week.Read: Here’s how sports and education work well togetherRead: School children in India need proper physical educationFor more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.com.last_img read more

France have hit upon a strange winning formula at just the right time

first_imgThere is no doubting the extent to which Kylian Mbappé announced himself on the world stage on Saturday afternoon, scoring a brace and winning a penalty in an incandescent performance as France beat Argentina 4-3 in Kazan. Even those who have followed Mbappé’s career closely from his earliest forays at Monaco did not see this coming, despite his strong performances in France’s recent set of friendlies. The 19-year-old lit up the pitch, but his manager also deserves praise for sending out the team in a shape that gave his young star a chance to shine.Didier Deschamps has delivered a set of uneven performances since Euro 2016 as France have tried to deal with players such as Dimitri Payet, Laurent Koscielny, Patrice Evra and Bacary Sagna either retiring or becoming unavailable through injury. The players brought in to replace the older guard have begun to impress but many of them are still finding their feet. Benjamin Pavard, who had not played a competitive game for France until the World Cup, announced himself on Saturday afternoon with a contender for goal of the tournament, but the real exception among the younger generation has been Mbappé, who has wasted little time in exerting his considerable influence on a group of experienced players. World Cup 2018 On Saturday, Deschamps delivered what may be his greatest moment as France manager. Every manager tries to select a balanced team but France were having none of it, lining up instead in a bizarre, asymmetric hybridised 4-4-2/4-3-3. Blaise Matuidi did not play as a left winger but rather in the role that comes more naturally to him – as a left-sided central midfielder whose workrate allows his more talented teammates the space necessary to operate. On the opposite flank, Mbappé was given an almost entirely free role, with Paul Pogba, Pavard and N’Golo Kanté willingly picking up his slack. Able to cut inside or peel wide and create space for Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud, he was superb and could have done even more to hurt Argentina had his teammates picked him out more often. Play Video ‘Was he on a scooter?’ – France team-mates heap praise on Kylian Mbappé – video It is difficult to begrudge Deschamps his moment, but things will be much tougher against Uruguay in the quarter-finals. Óscar Tabárez has more control over his team than Jorge Sampaoli enjoyed and he is also in possession of perhaps the best defence in the tournament. Uruguay are particularly solid at centre-back, where the Atlético Madrid duo Diego Godín and José Gimenez welcome and repel all comers. Against Portugal they had one shot in the second half – from which they scored the winning goal – and just 30% of possession, yet their centre-backs seemed comfortable. If Mbappé can unsettle Godín and Gimenez, he will have truly arrived.This feelgood story could be promptly turned on its head on Friday but, the one moment at least, France and their embattled manager are in good stead. It is the results that matter in tournament football and so far Deschamps has delivered.• This is an article from Get French Football News• Follow Eric Devin and Get French Football News on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Share via Email Argentina Pinterest Share on Facebook Deschamps further emphasised this newfound group ethos after the match, saying: “There is an excellent mentality in this group and we did everything to go further. Since I am responsible for everything, particularly when it doesn’t go well, I’m very proud. I’m very happy for them because they have been preparing themselves for weeks and months. We couldn’t miss it and we didn’t miss it.” Quiz: who are the players in these World Cup pictures? Read more Deschamps recognised that Mbappé would be able to flourish best if given space and complete freedom. It was a bold call to prioritise a 19-year-old with five international goals over his more experienced teammates. It was also putting a lot of pressure on such a young player, especially one who came into the tournament perhaps slightly damaged by a stressful situation with his club team. But it worked.Mbappé dealt with the pressure easily, drawing on not only his own individual brilliance but also the willingness of his teammates, under the aegis of Deschamps, to subsume their own desires and let him play. Pogba and Griezmann did not become water carriers but they did work selflessly to serve Mbappé. As the more recognisable names, who have been under pressure to come good for France on the world stage, they showed impressive dedication to the collective. Their effort speaks volumes about the evolution of this team as a group.Deschamps is also deserving of high praise. Not only did he come up with an unusual formation and motivate the players to execute it properly, but he also had them playing as a team. France have produced a sublime collection of footballers in recent years but too often they have relied on individualism rather than a collective mentality. The manager seems to have turned that narrative on its head both on and off the pitch. The group as a whole recognised the damage Mbappé could do against a plodding Argentina backline and allowed the youngster, rather than one of the more experienced forwards, to be largely freed from his defensive responsibilities. Share on Twittercenter_img 1:07 Kylian Mbappé celebrates with his teammates. Photograph: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images Reuse this content France Facebook World Cup Get French Football News Uruguay Share on LinkedIn features Topics Share on Messenger Kylian Mbappé has it all – even at £166m he could be a bargain Twitter Read morelast_img read more

Update to TFA Extreme Weather Guidelines

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) has recently reviewed and updated the TFA Extreme Weather Guidelines to be in compliance with Sports Medicine Australia guidelines, National Insurance Scheme requirements and duty of care principles. It is recommended that all state, regional and affiliate entities adopt the TFA Extreme Weather Guidelines – April 2015 version. These will take effect from Wednesday, 15 April 2015. The TFA Extreme Weather Guidelines relate to all Touch Football competitions and events conducted by or on behalf of TFA, state, regional, affiliated associations and clubs and are designed to protect Touch Football participants from injury and illness that may result by playing Touch Football in extreme weather conditions. Highlighted changes to the TFA Extreme Weather Guidelines include: » Section 1: Introduction to Extreme Weather Guidelines » Limited Air Quality/Pollution and Action Required » Section 2: Extreme Heat – Factors for consideration Committee Members, Administrators, Event and Competition managers and volunteers have a duty of care to players, officials and spectators, which includes regularly monitoring environmental and playing conditions and to take action to minimise the risk of heat stress or threat of illness or injury. Extreme weather may be defined as including weather that threatens the immediate or long-term safety of individuals as a result of heavy rain, lightening, heat or other unusual or unpredictable weather conditions. These guidelines set out the approach that the Touch Football affiliate should follow when assessing extreme weather conditions. They are not binding, but affiliates must act responsibly. A common sense approach is encouraged and consideration of the comfort and well-being of all individuals should be taken. For more information, please click on the attached memo and guidelines. For further information contact: Affiliate Services Coordinator, TFA – lauren.atkinson@austouch.com.au or phone (02) 6212 2800.Related Filesextreme_weather_guidelines_april_2015-pdfmemorandum_-_update_to_tfa_extreme_weather_guidelines_april_2015-pdfRelated LinksExtreme Weather Guidelineslast_img read more

‘Slow’ Chelsea had no solutions, says Hasselbaink

first_imgFormer Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was critical of his old club as they made a slow, sluggish start to life under new manager Frank Lampard.The Blues played a doleful 1-1 draw with League of Ireland side Bohemians in their first pre-season match of the summer on Wednesday, the first game at the helm for the club’s record goalscorer since he joined from Derby County.Lampard replaced outgoing boss Maurizio Sarri after the Italian left for Serie A champions Juventus foolowing a single season in charge at Stamford Bridge. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare It’s just the second managerial posting of the 41-year-old’s short coaching career after he lead the Rams to the Championship play-off final in May, a game they lost to Aston Villa to miss out on promotion to the Premier League.And former striker Hasselbaink thinks there is much work to be done to get the Blues to a level where they are ready to challenge to win back the title they won under Antonio Conte in 2017.“They lost the ball way too easy,” said the former Netherlands international on Chelsea’s official coverage of the match.“Players were having too many touches, sometimes seven, eight touches and it slows the game down. It will be a lesson for Frank to see players and in a way it will make his mind up.“Moving the ball fast is his idea of how he wants to play the game. The majority of successful teams do move the ball quickly.“We saw today, especially in the second half, certain players were dwelling a little bit too much on the ball.“They didn’t have a solution before they had the ball. It might be that it’s pre-season, it might be that they’re not fit yet and it will come. For some it might be a little too much.”Lampard’s first task will be deciding which members of Sarri’s underperforming team from last term will remain in his plans as he sets about winning over Stamford Bridge as a manager.Eden Hazard has already departed the club for Real Madrid this summer, with USA international Christian Pulisic having joined from Borussia Dortmund and Mateo Kovacic having made his loan deal from Real permanent.“That is for Frank to figure out, who those players are and who he will go further with,” said Hasselbaink. “That’s why those games are so important.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Saskatchewan NDP choose Ryan Meili over Trent Wotherspoon at Regina convention

first_imgREGINA – Saskatchewan’s NDP has chosen Ryan Meili to be its new leader, who the party hopes will enable it to topple a weakened government that’s held power for more than a decade.Meili, a physician who represents Saskatoon Meewasin in the legislature, defeated Regina MLA Trent Wotherspoon at a leadership convention in Regina on Saturday.“It’s blowing pretty hard out there. I think those might be the winds of change,” Meili said during his victory speech.Lorne Calvert, who was at Saturday’s convention, was the last NDP premier, losing power to the Saskatchewan Party under the leadership of Brad Wall in 2007.But the Saskatchewan Party has faced intense criticism for last year’s austerity budget, and Wall has since stepped aside and replaced by Scott Moe.The next provincial election is still more than two years away and the candidates, as well as other speakers, expressed optimism the government is on its last legs.“We will win when we put forth a vision for Saskatchewan that excites and inspires people to look at us and say yes, that is the change we’re looking for,” Meili said in a speech earlier Saturday before the vote.“This is our moment. This is our time — our time to show that New Democrats are ready to lead.”Meili tried twice before to become the party’s leader, losing to Dwain Lingenfelter in 2009 and Cam Broten in 2012.In this campaign, he pledged to refuse donations from corporations or unions, saying he would only fundraise through individual donors.Meili received 5,973 votes to Wotherspoon’s 4,860. The party says 81 per cent of the 13,414 eligible members voted though online and mail-in ballots.Broten led the party in the 2016 provincial election. Wotherspoon, who lost to Broten in the NDP leadership contest in 2013, was named interim leader, but he stepped down last June to run for the job permanently.Bitter party divisions that can become focal points of some leadership contests appeared absent form this one.Meili and Wotherpoon mentioned support for many of the same issues during their speeches to the convention, including pharmacare, restoring a provincial bus service that was cut by the Saskatchewan Party and protecting the province’s Crown corporations.Wotherspoon thanked Meili for his ideas, care and hard work. Meili, meanwhile, made Wotherspoon the first person he thanked when he took the stage as the party’s new leader.Meili said that during the campaign, people told him the NDP couldn’t lose because they had two great choices.“I couldn’t agree more,” he said.The NDP hold 12 of the legislature’s 61 seats. Candidates representing the Saskatchewan Party swept three provincial byelections Thursday.The convention was originally scheduled for May, but the party decided in September to move up the date following Wall’s announcement in August he was stepping down.On Twitter, the next opponent Meili will face congratulated him on his win.“Look forward to working with you on areas where we agree, and to a vigorous debate on areas where we disagree,” Moe wrote.—by Rob Drinkwater in Edmontonlast_img read more

UN and partners seeking meaningful progress from Israel Palestinians

“It is important for the Quartet members that all the parties concerned show meaningful signs of progress in the coming few months,” Mr. Ban told reporters in Trieste, Italy, following the meeting of the group, which comprises the UN, European Union, Russia and the United States.In today”s meeting, the Quartet discussed moving towards Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, and supporting the Palestinian Authority and economic growth.They also conferred on the situation in Gaza comprehensive peace between Israel and Syria, and Israel and Lebanon as well as an international conference slated to be held in Moscow some time this year. In a joint communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, the Quartet called on Israel and the Palestinians to implement their obligations under the Middle East Road Map, which embodies the two-State solution, and affirmed that unilateral actions taken by either party cannot prejudge the outcome of negotiations and will not be recognized by the international community.In addition, the group agreed that the current situation in Gaza is “unsustainable and not in the interests of any of those concerned.” Members called for the unimpeded provision of humanitarian aid, including food, fuel and medical treatment into the area, which recently endured a devastating Israeli offensive with the stated goal of ending rocket fire into its southern territory.Earlier this week, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry told the Security Council that “the unresolved crisis in Gaza has negative repercussions on all efforts to advance the peace process, and wreaks unacceptable havoc on the fabric of civilian life in Gaza.” Mr. Ban, in his comments to the press, stated that the UN has a good proposal to kick-start early recovery and reconstruction in Gaza and has made quite significant progress in the West Bank. The UN is urging the Israeli authorities to stop settlements, including natural growth, and open crossings, he added.Following the Quartet meeting, Mr. Ban attended a closed meeting of the Group of Eight (G8) Foreign Ministers on Afghanistan, which focused on regional perspectives, including cooperation in border management and countering illicit drug trafficking. He is also scheduled to meet today with the Quartet”s Arab partners. 26 June 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joined the other members of the diplomatic Middle East Quartet today in calling on Israel and the Palestinians to fulfil their agreed obligations in the search for peace, adding that it is important to work hard towards meaningful progress. read more

UN Force in Lebanon destroys more unexploded ordnance as extra French troops

“The cessation of hostilities was maintained in general in the past 24 hours. No incidents and breaches of the cessation of hostilities or air violations were recorded,” the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) said in a news release. “UNIFIL demolished unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Kunin village, while a team from the Mine Action Coordination Centre continued controlled demolition of unexploded ordnance in the areas of Yohmor, Ras Al Ain, Deir Al Zahrani, Siddiqin and Majdal Silim.” UN troops continued their ground and air patrols but there has been no change in the Lebanese army deployment since yesterday, the Mission said. UNIFIL also distributed 53,000 litres of water to several areas, as well as providing the residents of Mashta Al Izziyah with a generator for water pumping. The Mission also provided further medical assistance. A group of additional 150 French soldiers arrived in Naqoura to reinforce UNIFIL, it said. read more

Draymond Green Is Better Than Ever On Defense

Much like the regular season that preceded it, this NBA postseason has been marked by some eye-popping individual performances. As he tries to reach the NBA Finals for the seventh-straight year, LeBron James has been phenomenal, even by his own ridiculous standards. Meanwhile, point guards Isaiah Thomas and John Wall have been throwing haymakers at one another for the right to face James and the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.But perhaps no star has raised the level of his game in the postseason as much as Golden State’s Draymond Green. Yes, he was great on offense in Game 4, recording a triple-double as his team finished a sweep of the Jazz1He averaged 16 points, nearly nine rebounds and seven assists for the series.. But it was his defense — both in this series and all postseason — that made his performance as special, if not more so, as Stephen Curry’s or Kevin Durant’s.Utah scored a meager 95 points per 100 plays with Green on the floor (down from 105 points per 100 with Green on the sidelines), connecting on just 52 percent of its shots inside of five feet with Green on the court (down from a respectable 61 percent with him on the bench), according to NBA.com. But Green’s raw defensive numbers in the series weren’t the real surprise — the Defensive Player of the Year frontrunner was statistically the best interior stopper in the NBA this season2Among players who played at least 50 games and defended three or more shots per game from close range — rather it was the emphatic way in which he repeatedly shut down the Jazz at the rim.On Monday night, Utah tried and failed to score on Green at the basket, shooting just 3 of 10 from close range with him nearby. You would have thought the Jazz had learned their lesson earlier in the series: In Game 2, they tried sneaking three alley-oops past Green, including two to Rudy Gobert, a skilled big and Defensive Player of the Year candidate in his own right. In all three instances, Green snuffed out the play.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/alleyoop1.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/draymondswat.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/greenswat2.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Those plays came on the heels of a series against Portland in which Green had a couple of similar rejections at the rim.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/greenrejection.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/greenrejection2.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In all, he’s blocked four dunk attempts in 283 minutes this postseason, the most in the league. It’s important to remember here that blocking the dunks of 7-foot-1-inch NBA players is about as hard as it sounds. During the regular season, players were successful on better than 90 percent of their dunk attempts, according to Basketball-Reference.com. To give Green’s postseason performance even greater context, consider this: In his entire career — five seasons and 10,627 regular-season minutes — he had four such blocks, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group. Block percentage is a rate estimate of how many 2-point shots a player blocks while he’s on the court.Source: Basketball-Reference.com 2014-152.92.5 2012-131.83.5 Draymond Green’s block rate usually increases during the playoffs 2013-143.04.5 SEASONREG. SEASONPLAYOFFS 2016-173.4%6.4% 2015-163.03.8 Blocked dunks are not only difficult to accumulate, players also run the risk of becoming a potential poster. “There’s definitely a sense of urgency, but it’s also [me] not caring if I get dunked on,” Green said when asked by FiveThirtyEight about his spike in blocked dunks. “Because every time you do it, you put yourself in that position. I like the reward we can reap from getting a block. That outweighs getting dunked on. The way I see it, it’s still just two points. I try to read what the offense is trying to do and be a step early, if I can.”Green, who’s averaging just under five blocks and steals a game combined this postseason, knows his aggressive approach is inevitably going to cause some embarrassment. And that was on display in Game 4 when Utah’s Derrick Favors got the best of him on one play.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/draymonddunkedon.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.But more important than a few blocked dunks, the Warriors rely heavily on Green’s instincts to read the opposing team’s offense. Many times, his ball denial or ability to close out on someone like Gordon Hayward forces the opponent to look elsewhere to get a shot; a huge accomplishment in the postseason, when teams learn which role players can handle the moment versus which ones can’t.Earlier in the series, acting Warriors coach Mike Brown was asked to compare or contrast Green’s defensive ability with that of Ben and Rasheed Wallace, from the mid-2000s Detroit Pistons teams. In his response, Brown praised Green, saying he was more versatile than those two while saying that Green took a similar leadership role in terms of how much he communicated with teammates on the court.“They anchored whatever defense they were a part of, and they did a lot of things that were kind of on the fly, that they felt,” Brown said. “That’s something Draymond does. I mean, he has carte blanche. Steve [Kerr] has empowered him since day one to quarterback the defense, and he does a heck of a job in that regard.”And as long as Green keeps improvising the way he has, it will be tough for anyone to challenge the Warriors.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Censorship Board cant be abolished until it deals with Alan Shatters Laura

first_imgTHE DÁIL HAS debated a bill to abolish the Censorship of Publications Board with TDs told this can’t be done until it has dealt with a complaint against a novel authored by Justice Minister Alan Shatter.Fianna Fáil’s Niall Collins said that the board is “a quango that has long since passed its sell by date” but speaking for the government Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte said that it is “only fair” that a complaint against Shatter’s novel ‘Laura’ be dealt with.Introducing the Censorship of Publications Board Repeal Bill, Collins said: “The majority of people had never heard of the board thought it was long since departed before Minister Shatter’s novel made the front pages. Now it’s time to ensure they never have to hear from it again.”He made the point that sales of the controversial and explicit novel 50 Shades of Grey showed how attitudes in Irish society have moved on and also criticised the government’s “broken promise” to abolish quangos.The board was originally established in 1929 to ban the sale or publication of controversial publications, but no book or magazine has been banned since 2003. The most recent board’s five year term of office expired in November 2011 with a new board yet to be appointed.Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan got approval last month to temporarily appoint five people to the board to deal with a complaint that Shatter’s novel is ‘obscene’ and advocates abortion. There were suppressions of smiles and laughter throughout this morning’s debate in the Dáil. Screengrab via Oireachtas TV. ‘Laura’ was recently republished after publicity about the complaint against it. The book – first published in 1990 – centres around the troubled private life of a pro-life politician who has an affair with his secretary and subsequently urges her to procure an abortion.“Censorship of publications in Ireland has had a very sad and sorry history,” Rabbitte said saying that many successful books were banned. “There is no question of returning to that time.”He said that abolishing the board was “a welcome and overdue reform” but that it is “only fair” that a complaint against ‘Laura’ is dealt with. He also cautioned against repealing part of the relevant Act “without giving due consideration” to its impact on the “entire body of legislation”.Welcoming the bill, independent TD Finian McGrath said it was good to hear “romantic Ireland is not dead and gone in Fianna Fáil” and but expressed puzzlement at why sales of ‘Laura’ went up when news of the complaint emerged last year.Sinn Féin TD Michael Colreavy said that censorship and specifically the Section 31 ban had forced his party’s members to have their voices dubbed during broadcast interviews.“We need to perform an exorcism,” he said of the Censorship Board.Fianna Fáil deputy Billy Kelleher described Alan Shatter as a “literary genius” and added: “I make an urgent plea that Laura be set free, like the Minister himself.”Read: Here is the sex scene from Alan Shatter’s novelRead: Alan Shatter: Minister for Sex >last_img read more

SFR Esser limogé JeanBernard Lévy reprend les rênes

first_imgSFR : Esser limogé, Jean-Bernard Lévy reprend les rênesC’était dans l’air depuis le début de la matinée et la nouvelle vient de tomber : Franck esser, PDG de SFR depuis l’année 2000, cède sa place à Jean-Bernard Lévy, président du directoire de Vivendi.Les 200.000 clients parti chez la concurrence auront pesé lourd sur le sort de Franck Esser, à la tête de SFR, 2ème groupe de téléphonie mobile français.Ce dernier, d’après le Figaro, vient d’être remercié et remplacé, au pieds levé, par Jean-Bernard Lévy, actuel président du directoire de Vivendi.Le depart de l’ex-pdg de SFR sera effectif dès la fin de cette semaine, et Jean-Bernard Lévy, lui, serait nommé pour une durée indeterminée. Cette décision aurait été actée vendredi après-midi, pendant le Conseil de Surveillance de Vivendi, et présentée au Conseil d’administration de SFR cette après-midi à 17 heures. Franck Esser aurait été chaleureusement remercié pour son action par Jean-Bernard Lévy ; un départ qui semblerait cordial, donc.À lire aussiiPhone 5 : retour en stock chez Free Mobile, Orange, Joe et Virgin MobileLes deux objectifs de ce remplacement : prendre le temps de nommer un nouveau président-directeur-général, et rassurer les 10.000 salariés du groupe quant à cette transition.Mais que cela soit Jean-Bernard Lévy ou le prochain PDG de SFR la mission reste la même : trouver une parade aux offres de Free Mobile et mettre en place rapidement des solutions pour endiguer l’hémorragie de clients que subit l’opérateur.Le 26 mars 2012 à 23:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Fort Vancouver attendance broke record in 2016

first_imgFort Vancouver contributed to the all-time high in National Park Service visitors in 2016 with its own record-setting attendance of 1,019,239.It was the second year attendance at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site surpassed 1 million; it first topped that milestone in 2009 with 1,017,326 visitors.Fort Vancouver drew a fifth of its 2016 visitors in one month, when the annual Independence Day festivities contributed to a July attendance of 216,226. (That is the first time Fort Vancouver has drawn 200,000-plus visitors in one month.)Unlike many destination parks, it doesn’t cost anything to enter Fort Vancouver National Historical Site; admission fees are only charged to enter the reconstructed fur-trade fort that represents this community’s Hudson’s Bay Company roots. Statistics through October show about 104,000 visitors to the fort in the first 10 months of 2016.Entry fees aren’t charged at the visitor center, which was renovated for the National Park Service centennial; it drew about 146,000 people through October; Pearson Air Museum, which also is free, had about 29,000 visitors.Fort Vancouver uses pedestrian counters along paths to tally people walking through the site. That includes the Vancouver Land Bridge; it has become a popular walking route, adding to the visitor totals.last_img read more

Sigourney Weaver surprises high school cast of Alien The Play

first_imgEarlier in March, Weaver made a YouTube video praising the young cast on their Alien play.  Originally published April 28.Update, April 30: Adds video of Alien: The Play.  Wow! How terrifying is this Xeno costume from the North Bergen Alien play?! pic.twitter.com/VhcmnRAH2l— Alien (@AlienAnthology) April 27, 2019 Share your voice TV and Movies 1 Comment “I just want to say, it looked incredible,” Weaver said in the video. “You put so much heart and soul into that and the alien looked very real to me. I want to send our compliments not only from me but from James Cameron, and the original screenwriter Walter Hill. We all say bravo, well done.”The Alien film franchise celebrated its 40th anniversary on Friday. Watch Alien: The Play in its entirety here. The students’ dedication inspired Alien director Ridley Scott himself to donate $5,000 to help stage the encore on Friday.After the encore presentation, Weaver greeted the cast in the school hallway. More Alien Look who stopped by North Bergen High to visit the spectacular cast of Alien: The Play. Thank you, Sigourney Weaver! And thank you, North Bergen High! #AlienDay #Alien40th pic.twitter.com/ObMZh4m4t3— Alien (@AlienAnthology) April 27, 2019center_img Survive Alien Day with this essential extraterrestrial gear (pictures) Alien Stomper Reebok shoes look like Ripley’s vacation kicks Ripley and her cat make ‘Aliens’ look cuddly Build an M41-A Pulse Rifle from ‘Aliens’ cheaply The North Bergen High School actors on Friday did an encore presentation of their Alien play, which had first gone viral in March. The teens made impressive sets, spacesuits and even a realistic-looking alien xenomorph costume by using recycled materials.  Tags 10 Photos “I’m so excited to be here,” Weaver told them. “I’m representing all the Alien fans from all over the universe … I think what you’re doing is so cool and so important.”Another video shows one high school student yelling, “I love you, you’re my childhood hero! I can’t believe you’re here right now!” before hugging Weaver. Sigourney Weaver visits the high school production of Alien: The Play. 20th Century Fox If you plan on putting on a high school play based on 1979 sci-fi film Alien, don’t be too surprised if actress Sigourney Weaver stops by to give you a high-five.That’s exactly what happened at a New Jersey high school on April 26. Weaver, who played heroine Ellen Ripley in the original Alien film series, paid a surprise visit to the high school production cast and crew of Alien: The Play. Very impressive set pieces from last night’s encore presentation of #AlienThePlay on #AlienDay! #NorthBergenHighSchool pic.twitter.com/ppXmheHGrd— Alien (@AlienAnthology) April 27, 2019 Sigourney Weaver visiting the NBHS cast and crew at their encore performance of Alien after national media recognition was unbelievable!! #alien #Alien40th pic.twitter.com/2UXL0v1H3X— Nicholas J. Sacco (@NicholasJSacco) April 27, 2019last_img read more

Celebrating a cause

first_imgThis event seeks to provide a platform for an exhibition of the skill sets and adaptability of these special students in certain sections of the hospitality industry. The event will take place   in front of a very distinguished audience, consisting of the general managers and other apex authorities of more than 25 five star luxury hotels of Delhi. The purpose of this exercise is to showcase that these students from the Noida Deaf Society are more than capable of self sustenance and fully functional careers with proper training modules in the hotels which are led by these general managers. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This event will serve to be the cornerstone in the integration of the differently abled in the hospitality industry as highly industrious, contributing members of the workforce.Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotel, New Delhi, has been working with NDS for quite a fruitful while now and has been hiring ten students from every batch who are trained in hospitality divisions such as concierge, laundry, housekeeping and security, before they commence their internship at the hotel. When: 29 SeptemberWhere: The Ballroom, Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotellast_img read more

Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_img Watch again Video will play in  Click to playTap to play Watch Next We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comWelcome to The Sentinel’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Friday July 20 Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the weather, traffic and travel as well as news, sport and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. You’ll also find us on Instagram here . 23:02End of live reportingAnd that’s the end of today’s live report brought to you by the StokeonTrentLive digital team.22:57Police called to horses ‘racing up and down’ the A500 (Image: Getty Images)Police officers were called to reports of up to seven ponies running up and down the A500, with officers trying to herd them up them off the dual carriageway.At around 10.15pm today Staffordshire Police received the call saying the horses were heading along the A500 towards Sandyford and Reginald Mitchell Way.Officers are currently on the scene but hope there is no more horsing around as they appear to have galloped up a side street towards Chemical Lane.Read more.22:55Reports of heavy traffic due to accident on A50 Westbound at B5029 Grindley Lane (Creda Roundabout / Meir Heath / Blythe Bridge).21:45M6 Southbound closed due to roadworks during the night from J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) to J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent). Road closed until 6am.21:06The city’s major fire stations have reported no significant incidents since the 7pm shift change.20:41No traffic network issues currently showing up on our system19:20 A52 Werrington Road Westbound busy but moving before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). 19:09Find out which items could soon be restricted in your hand luggageWith the summer now in full swing a number of us will be getting ready to pack our bags and jet off abroad – but what we can carry in our hand luggage is due to change.A host of everyday items such as baby powder, coffee, powder cosmetics, spices, and even protein mixes could soon be restricted to no more than 340 grams.Read more.19:05A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brindley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 18:42Slow traffic on A53 Etruria Road at A500 Queensway (Basford Roundabout). In patches. 18:31Armed police descend on park after men start ‘throwing knives around’Armed police have been called to one of Stoke-on-Trent’s biggest parks to tackle a group of men seen ‘throwing knives around’.One knife has been recovered following the incident at Hanley Park at 3pm this afternoon.Three men – aged 21, 26 and 33 – were later arrested on suspicion of possessing a ‘sharpened or bladed article’ and are due to be questioned by officers tonight.An ambulance also needed to be called after a woman was taken ill. Her condition is not known.Read more.18:18Bucknall Road inbound clear from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre.17:36Slow traffic and one lane closed due to a broken down vehicle on the M6 northbound between junction 14, Stafford North and junction 15, Stoke-on-Trent. Lane one, of three, is closed.16:09 Slow traffic on A50 Uttoxeter Road at A520 (Meir Tunnel Interchange). 15:38Botteslow Street partially blocked due to accident, 2 vehicles involved and police in attendance at A50 Potteries Way. Traffic is coping well. On the roundabout. Traffic is still able to get past blockage, just a small delay. 15:24Slow traffic on A50 Ashbourne Road Eastbound at A518 / B5030 (Little Chef Roundabout).15:15Slow traffic on A53 Cobridge Road at A50 Waterloo Road (Cobridge Traffic Lights). 13:19Fire at Central Forest ParkFire at Central Forest Park (Image: Andy Sheldon)13:16Firefighters tackling another blaze at Central Forest ParkWe’re getting reprots fire crews are at the scene12:17Broken down vehicle on M6One lane closed on M6 Northbound between J14 A5013 (Stafford North) and J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is closed. The break down cannot be located on the cameras, however the matrix signs confirm the restriction. 11:40Fire in Stoke sending plume of smoke into airSmoke is rising due to a fire in the Stoke area this morning. More here.11:08Is ‘Monster from Morocco’ heatwave on way to Staffordshire?More here.10:34Two lorries in accident on M6Slow traffic and one lane blocked due to accident, two lorries involved on M6 Southbound from J19 A556 Chester Road (Knutsford) to J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is blocked. 09:52Accident in Normacot involves two vehiclesThe accident in Normacot is reported to involve two vehicles, according to an eyewitness.09:37Accident in NormacotReports of slow traffic due to accident on Chaplin Road near Upper Normacot Road. (Image: Inrix)09:08Slow traffic at Crewe Green roundaboutA534 Crewe Green Road Eastbound busy but moving before the roadworks at A5020 University Way (Crewe Green roundabout). 08:17A500 busy but movingA500 D Road Southbound busy but moving around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank).07:52Heavy traffic on A50 near Meir Tunnel Heavy traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 07:28Roads busy but moving in LongportBrownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street busy but moving between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. (Image: Inrix)07:21Usual congestion around Lime Kiln Traffic LightsUsual congestion on A52 Werrington Road Westbound before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). 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Save up to 65 in SanDisks OneDay Sale Includes SSDs microSD Cards

first_imgIf you think Logitech’s one-day sale has blown your socks off then wait till you see what SanDisk has on offer. It’s a wonderful day today in the world of tech!Grab a High-Capacity microSD Card, SSD or a Portable Drive for an Extremely Low Price Straight from SanDisk itselfThanks to the ever-growing list of hardware we have with us, there will always come a point where we need more storage mediums to keep our data safe and secure. Other than that, we might need to expand on what we already have. Regardless, you need some great memory accessories for yourself and SanDisk is the go-to company for a lot of people out there.Thankfully, though SanDisk has reasonably priced its hardware, but you can avail further discounts today in its one-day sale which Amazon is currently hosting. Whether you wanted a microSD card, a SSD or just a regular external storage hard disk, you’re well covered today.Let’s dive right in, shall we?SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB SDXC UHS-I Card – Was $59.19, Now just $38.65SanDisk Ultra 400GB microSDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter – Was $249.99, Now just $99.99SanDisk Ultra 200GB microSDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter – Was $58.45, Now just $34.99SanDisk Ultra 128GB Dual Drive USB Type-C – Was $59.99, Now just $26.99SanDisk Ultra 256GB microSDXC Card with Adapter – Was $149.99, Now just $51.99SanDisk Ultra Flair 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive – Was $61.99, Now just $44.99SanDisk iXpand 128GB Flash Drive Lightning – Was $119.99, Now just $44.99SanDisk Ultra 256GB Dual Drive USB Type-C – Was $89.99, Now just $48.97SanDisk Extreme Pro 256GB SDXC UHS-I Card – Was $129.99, Now just $88.79SanDisk SSD Plus 1TB Solid State Drive – Was $249.99, Now just $139.99WD 512GB My Passport SSD Portable Storage USB 3.1 – Was $159.99, Now just $97.99G-Technology G-Drive USB-C – Was $299.95, Now just $204.99WD 1TB My Passport SSD Portable Storage USB 3.1 – Was $339.99, Now just $189.99G-Technology 1TB G-Drive Mobile SSD R-Series Rugged – Was $349.95, Now just $204.48SanDisk 200GB Connect Wireless Stick Flash Drive – Was $119.99, Now just $55.99G-Technology 4TB G-Drive – Was $189.95, Now just $128.88WD 10TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive USB 3.0 – Was $299.99, Now just $229.99G-Technology 2TB G-Drive – Was $129.95, Now just $89.99SanDisk Extreme Pro 512GB SDXC UHS-I Card – Was $299.99, Now just $199.99SanDisk Ultra 2TB 3D Solid State Drive – Was $446.99, Now just $289.99G-Technology 2TB G-Drive – Was $749.95, Now just $467.28WD 2TB My Passport SSD Portable Storage USB 3.1 – Was $699.99, Now just $349.99G-Technology 10TB G-Drive USB-C – Was $399.95, Now just $264.29WD My Passport Ultra 1TB Silver Portable External Hard Drive – Was $69.99, Now just $55.99WD My Passport Ultra for Mac 2TB Silver Portable External Hard Drive – Was $99.99, Now just $71.99WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Silver Portable External Hard Drive – Was $99.99, Now just $71.99While you’re shopping hard, make sure you check out the following as well:Logitech Offering Up to 64% Discount in its Massive 1-Day Sale: Save on Keyboards, Mice, Cameras, More Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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first_img 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 Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Related Content News | October 20, 2009 ACR Urges Support for SGR Repeal Bill Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan. October 20, 2009 – The American College of Radiology is urging the medical community to support a bill (S. 1776) to repeal the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and erase the $240 billion debt associated with it.Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan has introduced the bill that if it is defeated, the current scheduled 22 percent reduction in Medicare payments may go into effect Jan. 1, 2010.The Senate will be holding a series of votes the week of October 19 that will determine whether this legislation moves forward. Should In a statement on its Web site (www.acr.org), the College states:”Since the repeal of the SGR and a yet-to-be developed new payment formula would benefit all physicians, the ACR is asking that you please call your senators today to request their vote in support of Sen. Stabenow’s bill, S. 1776. The American Medical Association has drafted background documents on this issue for your reference.”The documents are available on the AMA site, under the “S. 1776 Action Kit.””This may be the only opportunity to repeal the SGR this year during the health care reform debate and we need to present a united physician community to the Congress,” states the ACR site. Starting today, October 20, 2009, The ACR asks clinicians to call their Senators’ offices in Washington, D.C., through the ACR Political Action Network at 800-327-5423, and use the ACR’s Political Action Network 800# between 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. EST.For any questions, the ACR asks the medical community to contact Ariel Gonazalez at agonzalez@acr.org (link sends e-mail).For more information: www.acr.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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.  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 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 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 center_img 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 | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more 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 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 Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 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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