File photo of wrestler Narsingh Yadav Published on × WFI backs Narsingh, says it’s a conspiracy August 19, 2016 SHARE SHARE EMAIL null In a stunning reversal of fortunes, Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav was ousted from the Olympics and slapped with a four-year ban for flunking a dope test after Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) overturned the clean chit given to him by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had appealed against the NADA all-clear to Narsingh at CAS, three days ahead of his scheduled opening bout at the Olympics.WADA arguement“…the parties were informed that the application was upheld, that Narsingh Yadav was sanctioned with a four-year ineligibility period starting today and that any period of provisional suspension or ineligibility effectively served by the athlete before the entry into force of this award shall be credited against the total period of ineligibility to be served,” CAS said in a statement after the hearing, which lasted four hours last night.“Furthermore, all competitive results obtained by Narsingh Yadav from and including 25 June 2016 shall be disqualified, with all resulting consequences (including forfeiture of medals, points and prizes). The CAS Panel did not accept the argument of the athlete that he was the victim of sabotage and noted that there was no evidence that he bore no fault, nor that the anti-doping rule violation was not intentional. Therefore, the standard 4-year period of ineligibility was imposed by the Panel,” it added.The verdict marked a painful end to the sordid controversy which began with the wrestler failing a June 25 test.The 27-year-old’s name had appeared in the official Olympic schedule after he underwent the mandatory weigh-in. He was to take on France’s Zelimkhan Khadjiev in the qualification round but the CAS verdict has dashed all his hopes.The embattled 74kg category grappler has maintained all along that his scandalous dope test was a result of conspiracy by rivals who spiked his food or drinks.“WADA filed an urgent application before the CAS ad hoc Division to challenge the decision of NADA India to exonerate Narsingh Yadav following two positive anti-doping tests with methandienone on 25 June and 5 July 2016. The athlete asserted that he was the victim of sabotage (food/drink tampering) by another person. WADA requested that a 4-year period of ineligibility be imposed on the athlete,” the CAS further noted.Road to RioHaving grabbed the quota by virtue of his World Championships bronze in Las Vegas last year, Narsingh’s road to Rio was fraught with obstacles after he was named to represent India ahead of double Olympic-medallist Sushil Kumar.Sushil dragged Narsingh to the Delhi High Court and a bitter courtroom tussle followed but the judgement went in latter’s favour.There was more drama in store for the Asian Games bronze-medallist after he returned positive for a banned steroid following a dope test in June by the NADA.Narsingh’s roommate at the SAI centre in Sonipat also tested positive for the same substance but WFI backed the Mumbai-based wrestler’s claims of a foul-play.Days before the Olympics, Narsingh was cleared of doping charges by the NADA who said the wrestler was indeed a victim of ‘sabotage’ and deserved the benefit of doubt.However, his hopes were dealt a massive blow when WADA challenged the NADA’s decision and moved the CAS amid speculation that the wrestler may face a ban up to four years.Sandeep Tomar (57kg) is the other Indian wrestler in action tomorrow and has been drawn to face Russia’s Viktor Lebedev in the pre-quarterfinal. Court of Arbitration for Sports overturned the clean chit given to the wrestler by the NADA Narsingh devastated at CAS verdict, says will prove innocence Narsingh Yadav cleared of doping charges Rio 2016: Faster, Higher, Stronger Narsingh ‘became unconscious’ after hearing CAS verdict File photo of wrestler Narsingh Yadav COMMENT RELATED RIO OLYMPICSFreestyle wrestler Narsingh Yadav fails dope test SHARE sport COMMENTS
Liverpool have received a potential boost ahead of Saturday’s visit to Huddersfield Town as Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and James Milner all featured in training on Thursday.The trio were part of the Reds mounting injury worries that began when Milner came off with a hamstring injury against Manchester City and grew increasingly concerning for the club during the international break.Salah limped out of Egypt’s first game of the international break against Swaziland with a thigh injury, followed by Van Dijk’s withdrawl from the Netherlands camp to nurse a rib injury after opening the scoring in the Oranje’s 3-0 Nations League win over Germany. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! More bad news followed as Naby Keita suffered a hamstring injury while featuring for Guinea while it was confirmed Sadio Mane underwent surgery for a broken thumb sustained while training with Senegal.The spate of injuries threatened to leave Liverpool shorthanded for their clash against the Terriers, but the Reds can be buoyed by some good news in training.The club released photos of Van Dijk, Salah and Milner taking part in Thursday’s session , indicating they are on the right path.Van Dijk had been tipped to play by Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman , and there had been reports of Salah’s fitness improving, though Milner was seen as more of a doubt ahead of the clash.Mane and Keita did not appear in the photos, with the Reds waiting on the results of a scan on the latter before making any decision on his inclusion in Jurgen Klopp’s squad at the John Smith’s Stadium.😁😁Lovren x Salah pic.twitter.com/PmMsZ1361h — Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 18, 2018 Liverpool may receive another boost in the form of Adam Lallana, who has featured for just three minutes in the Premier League season after suffering a groin injury in September.Klopp confirmed the midfielder is in contention for the matchday squad though he did admit the club still wishes to be careful with Lallana as he works his way back to full fitness.“Yes, of course,” Klopp told the club’s official website when asked if Lallana could be part of the squad for Huddersfield.“Now it’s getting a bit difficult with judging how fit he is really. But training looks tremendous; he obviously enjoys playing football. It’s easy to enjoy watching [him].“We will see what we do. Nobody, not even he, knows how long he can [play] and stuff like that. We still want to be careful – not too careful but, of course, careful [so] that we reach the point where we don’t have to think about it anymore.“A few things happened in the past that are already over, that’s good. But we cannot forget it completely or ignore it. But he is 100 per cent back and looks really good in training.”Liverpool will no doubt be grateful for any extra depth they can muster with three games upcoming in seven days.The trip to Huddersfield is followed by Wednesday’s clash with Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League before a home date with Cardiff City on October 28 as they look to end a four-match winless run. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
The Australian cricket board said it was comfortable with the level of security provided to their Champions Trophy team following Saturday night’s attack in London that killed seven people.Australia face Bangladesh in a crucial Group A match on Monday at The Oval, just a few miles south of London Bridge, where assailants drove a van into pedestrians at high speed before stabbing revellers.”The team, support staff and travelling contingent have been accounted for,” a Cricket Australia spokesperson said.”Our security team is working closely with the ICC and (Local Organising Committee) to ensure the safety and security of our players and support staff is paramount.”At this stage we are comfortable with the level of security being provided to us and will continue to monitor the situation.”The International Cricket Council (ICC) issued a statement later on Sunday, saying safety and security of the Champions Trophy and the women’s World Cup, beginning on June 24 in Derby, was “the highest priority”.”Following last night’s incident all team hotels went into lockdown and teams, match officials and staff were all quickly accounted for,” the global governing body said.”We will continue to work with authorities over the coming hours and days and review our security in line with the threat levels.”Security was heightened for Sunday’s India v Pakistan match at Edgbaston in Birmingham with both teams observing a minute of silence before play.”The security situation has been very much front and centre of our preparations and we constantly review our procedures to guarantee they are as effective as possible to keep everyone safe,” it added.advertisementSri Lanka Cricket took to Twitter to assure fans that their team, who lost to South Africa at The Oval on Saturday night, was safe.South Africa, who arrived last month for a three-month tour of England, said their players were “uneasy” following the May 22 night blast at a pop concert in Manchester.
By Saumojyoti S Choudhury Orlando (US), Aug 7 (PTI) Disney World advertises itself as a place where dreams come true and it is exactly turning out to be the same for 20-odd boys and girls from India, who are taking part at the inaugural NBA Junior World Championships starting here today. The Indians, who have come to Disney World to take part in the NBA Jr World Championship at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, were invited for a special lunch by Milwaukee Bucks star Brook Lopez at his home. Lopez, who was in India earlier this year as part of an NBA promotional programme, was so mesmerized by the Indian hospitality that he decided to host the Indian contingent at his plush summer villa here. And, the 13- and 14-year-old enthusiastic Indian youngsters could not have asked for more as they got a chance to meet one of their idols and his family as they gulped a variety of pizzas and other stuffs by a luxurious pool at Lopez’s Golden Oak residence. “When I came to India to see the kids playing at the Junior NBA Academy, the people of India were so welcoming. I had the best time out there and I am planning more visits in future to experience the culture,” Lopez told PTI here. “I really had a good time. So when I heard the Jr NBA World Championships will be held here in Orlando, my agent and I had talked about welcoming the kids here in the same was I was treated in India,” said the seven feet tall Lopez, who also has played for the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers during his 10-year NBA career.advertisement For the young star-struck kids, it is definitely turning out to be a dream come true trip. Just to meet, have lunch with and get autographs from an NBA star was quite an experience for members of the Indian team. “It’s really great that I’m here,” said Yatish Sakhuja, a 5-foot-7 point guard of the Indian boys’ team from Delhi. “For us it is unbelievable to meet the NBA stars. We are here in America, that too in Disney World. We are here to play our favourite sport basketball and represent the country. It is a dream come true moment for all of us,” added Yatish. But, making the trip to Disney was not easy for the 20-odd boys and girls as the two squads had to fight it out in Junior NBA World Championship India National Finals to secure their spot in the NBA Junior World Championship. The Indian boys’ team is from Delhi while the girls are from Bengaluru. Indian boys’ and girls’ teams will participate in the 16-team international division, while 16 other teams will comprise the US bracket. The Indian teams looked confident as Yatish said they are here not just to make numbers. “We will give our best. We want to win the championship,” Yatish said. PTI SSC PDSPDS
Cristiano Ronaldo Who did Low, Southgate & the top coaches vote for in the Best FIFA Men’s Player award? Goal Last updated 2 years ago 14:22 10/24/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alexander Hassenstein Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi The England manager chose Cristiano Ronaldo for the top prize while his Germany counterpart picked a familiar face Germany coach Joachim Low chose compatriot Toni Kroos for the Best FIFA Men’s Player award, while England’s Gareth Southgate voted for eventual winner Cristiano Ronaldo.Ronaldo claimed the award for the second straight year Tuesday in London, edging fellow finalists Lionel Messi and Neymar. Following the ceremony, FIFA released a list of the players each voter chose for the prize. The voting contingent consisted of the national team captain, the national team coach and a journalist from every territory that fields a side on the international level.Ronaldo 15/8 fav to be CL top scorer Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Each voter selected a player for first place, second place and third place, with the recipients getting five points for a first-place vote, three points for second place and one point for third.Several coaches opted to join Low in voting for their own players, with Argentina’s Jorge Sampaoli choosing Messi, Belgium’s Roberto Martinez picking Eden Hazard, Spain’s Julen Lopetegui going with Sergio Ramos and Portugal’s Fernando Santos tabbing Ronaldo.WHO DID THE TOP COACHES VOTE FOR? Voter First Second Third Jorge Sampaoli Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Marcelo Ange Postecoglou Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Gianluigi Buffon Robert Prosinecki Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric Roberto Martinez Eden Hazard Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric Marcello Lippi Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric Gianluigi Buffon Jose Pekerman Lionel Messi Luka Modric Robert Lewandowski Ante Cacic Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric Lionel Messi Hector Cuper Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Neymar Gareth Southgate Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric Toni Kroos Didier Deschamps Cristiano Ronaldo Neymar Gianluigi Buffon Joachim Low Toni Kroos Manuel Neuer Neymar Carlos Queiroz Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Neymar Giampiero Ventura Cristiano Ronaldo Gianluigi Buffon Lionel Messi Juan Carlos Osorio Cristiano Ronaldo Arturo Vidal Marcelo Herve Renard Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Neymar Dick Advocaat Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Neymar Michael O’Neill Cristiano Ronaldo Eden Hazard N’Golo Kante Fernando Santos Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric Lionel Messi Martin O’Neill Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Eden Hazard Gordon Strachan Luka Modric N’Golo Kante Lionel Messi Julen Lopetegui Sergio Ramos Dani Carvajal Andres Iniesta Mircea Lucescu Lionel Messi Sergio Ramos Luka Modric Andriy Shevchenko Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Gianluigi Buffon Oscar Tabarez Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Luis Suarez Bruce Arena Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric Eden Hazard Chris Coleman Sergio Ramos Luka Modric Harry Kane
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan boss Conte admits Lukaku and Brozovic clashed midweekby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan boss Antonio Conte admits Romelu Lukaku and Marcelo Brozovic clashed in midweek.The pair scored in victory over AC Milan – just days after their clash at the end of their Champions League draw with Slavia Prague.Conte said: “Brozo and Lukaku are lovely lads and if anything, I get cross with them because they are too nice. They need to be more clinical on the field and not so naïve. If clashes happen, that’s welcome, because it means there’s blood in the veins and fire in there.“I’ve been a player, I’ve argued with teammates many times and then gone out to dinner with them afterwards. It’s not a big deal.”
Nova Scotians will see more high-quality job opportunities in the defence and aerospace sector. The province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), has authorized a five-year payroll rebate set at a maximum of $2.9 million to assist the growth of General Dynamics Canada. The company is a leading developer of electronic systems for military command and control and will create up to 165 new jobs. A new four-storey facility is being built in Dartmouth and will house systems integration and software support for its various programs. “The defence and aerospace sector is a strategic growth sector for Nova Scotia,” said Economic Development Minister Richard Hurlburt. “Investments in this vital industry will continue to generate sustainable economic growth for the province.” General Dynamics Canada was established in 1948 and has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers since 2003. “General Dynamics Canada is pleased to be part of a thriving defence and aerospace sector in Nova Scotia,” said John Watts, president of General Dynamics Canada. “This facility and the new jobs will assist us in moving forward with our growth plans.” The Conference Board of Canada recently identified the defence and aerospace sector as a key player in Halifax’s overall economic growth. “This expansion is another big win for Nova Scotia’s defence and aerospace sector,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. “It demonstrates the continued efforts of our clients to attract the right talent to Nova Scotia by offering high quality and highly competitive job opportunities.” General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs approximately 82,900 people worldwide and anticipates 2007 revenues of more than $27 billion. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about the company is available online at www.generaldynamics.com . Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital.
MONTREAL – Once thought of as a distant fantasy, autonomous trucks are moving towards commercial reality on Canadian highways as companies look to boost productivity amid a driver shortage and governments seek to reduce deadly crashes.They are not yet driving themselves out of warehouses and down the highways, but companies of all sizes —including General Motors, Google and Uber — are testing out the technology.Already a banner year in self-driving advancements — including the first on-street test of an autonomous vehicle in Canada — interest in the sector picked up in the closing months of 2017 after Tesla Inc. showcased a fully electric semi-trailer truck equipped with semi-autonomous technology including enhanced autopilot, automated braking and lane departure warnings.Toronto trucking firm Fortigo Freight joined Loblaws and Walmart Canada in each pre-ordering Tesla semis, the $232,000 electric truck set to be delivered in 2019 that holds the promise of eventually becoming autonomous.Despite his company’s investment, Fortigo president Elias Demangos isn’t holding his breath for widespread adoption in the next decade.While the vehicles are ideally suited for corridors, such as Canada’s busiest route between Montreal and Windsor, Demangos believes drivers will still be needed for short-haul services or to pick up and deliver goods.Estimates on how far away we are from a driverless future vary widely, but completely driverless trucks are already being used far from traffic, on remote resource properties.Suncor Energy is testing them at its oilsands operations in Alberta, while Rio Tinto is expanding their deployment at its iron ore mines in Australia.Rapid advances in technology are “revolutionizing” the way large-scale mining is undertaken around the globe, said Chris Salisbury, head of the mining giant’s iron ore division.Transport Minister Marc Garneau travelled in October to Tesla’s headquarters in Silicon Valley as part of his push to study safety and privacy issues associated with automated technologies to inform regulations his government plans to craft.He has asked a standing senate committee on transport and communications to study regulatory and technical issues related to the deployment of automated commercial vehicles, which have to potential to improve the safety, efficiency and environmental performance of Canada’s transportation system. The committee is expected to deliver a full report in January.“There are significant policy, technical, and operational issues that will need to be addressed in the coming years before fully automated trucks are common on Canadian roads,” said government spokeswoman Delphine Denis.The Canadian association representing the trucking industry — where autonomous technology could make the jobs of nearly 300,000 Canadians obsolete — recently urged the committee to avoid even referring to the technology as autonomous, much less driverless, preferring “advanced driver systems.”The group acknowledges there is a long-term threat to trucking jobs that the recent census said is the leading employer of Canadian men, but insists that is unlikely to happen during the careers of existing drivers and may even help to attract young people to the profession.“The majority of Canadians are skeptical and rightfully so, of having 80,000 pound commercial vehicles driving without human intervention alongside the highway beside them,” said Marco Beghetto, vice-president of communications for the Canadian Trucking Alliance.”The new modern high-tech truck will introduce many changes to our industry, but the constant will still be the driver, even if the role of the job evolves with the technology,” he told senators.The International Transport Forum, an intergovernmental think-tank, however, estimated that more than half of the 6.4 million driver jobs needed globally in 2030 could become redundant if driverless trucks are deployed quickly.Automating the trucking industry will be more efficient because it will cut labour costs by 40 per cent trucks can operate for longer hours, said Paul Godsmark, chief technology officer at the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence.Godsmark said a similar transport revolution occurred a century ago when cars replaced horse and carriage.“When something better comes along we adjust pretty quick and if it only took 13 years to adjust 100 years ago, how much quicker will be adapt this time around?”Automation advocates argue that removing human drivers from the road will increase safety.Currently, about 10 per cent of all crashes the Ontario Provincial Police get called to involve a commercial vehicle.While driver error is typically responsible for about one-third of incidents, a spike this year pushed that up to 65 per cent, Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Kerry Schmidt of the highway safety division said after a fiery crash killed three people on the Highway 400 north of Toronto in early November.However, confirming the efficacy of self-driving vehicles across many different driving conditions could be a challenge because autonomous systems don’t respond the same way as human drivers.They react to patterns they’ve seen in the past and can’t make the choice between avoiding a small child or wild animal crossing the road on their own.A group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is gathering human input into the type of ethical dilemma such machines will face.Participants are asked decide, for instance, whether a self-driving vehicle with brake failure should continue straight killing a woman, a baby, a criminal and a cat; or swerve, resulting in the death of a girl, a pregnant woman, a dog and a baby.While autonomous trucks will never be totally safe, such “live or die choices” are very rare, said Godsmark.Rapid advancements in self-driving technology will allow the system to react more quickly than the best human driver, he added.“The expectation is if we get all of that right there will be a lot fewer crashes.”
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Toronto, ON – The greatest night of the year to be Canadian just got even better with the announcement of a blockbuster lineup of presenters and performers scheduled to appear at the Canada’s Walk of Fame Awards on December 1 in Toronto.Catherine O’Hara, Russell Peters, Barenaked Ladies, Sarah McLachlan, Andrew Loog Oldham, Whitehorse, Marie-Mai, The Tenors, Dr. Roberta Bondar, Max Kerman, Ginette Reno and Wendy Crewson are set to appear on the show, where nine Canadians will be celebrated and inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame.Also confirmed to attend and walk the red carpet are Kurt Browning, Karen Kain, Rex Harrington, Veronica Tennant, Evelyn Hart, Sonia Rodriguez, Randy Bachman, Donovan Bailey and Team Canada ’72 members Paul Henderson, Pat Stapleton, Red Berenson, Frank Mahovlich and Pete Mahovlich. Watch for more names to be announced prior to the show.Tickets to see the 2018 Canada’s Walk of Fame Awards show are on sale www.ticketmaster.ca.This year’s Inductees are:Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Arts and Entertainment)Andrea Martin (Arts and Entertainment)Col. Chris Hadfield (Science and Technology)Leonard Cohen (Legend Inductee)Andy Kim (Arts and EntertainmentTessa Virtue and Scott Moir (Sports and Athletics)Jimmy Pattison (Business and Entrepreneurship)CTV is the broadcast partner of Canada’s Walk of Fame. CANADA’S WALK OF FAME AWARDS will air on CTV and on the CTV app in December. John Brunton, Lindsay Cox, Jeffrey Latimer and Randy Lennox are Executive Producers of the CANADA’S WALK OF FAME AWARDS.For a complete list of Inductees and more information on Canada’s Walk of Fame visit: www.canadaswalkoffame.com.Social Media links CWOF Website @cwofame @CWOFameAbout CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 17 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca.About Canada’s Walk of FameNow celebrating its 20th anniversary, Canada’s Walk of Fame is a national platform that celebrates Canadian achievement at the highest level in many fields, fueling our sense of Canadian pride and inspiring the next generation to follow in their footsteps. Canada’s Walk of Fame is the foremost honour for cultural, entrepreneurial, athletic, philanthropic and science/technology excellence in Canada. Current programs include the RBC Emerging Musician Program, Canada’s Walk of Fame Hometown Stars, presented by Cineplex, and the nationally televised broadcast designated by the CRTC as a program of national interest. Canada’s Walk of Fame was established in 1998 by co-founders Bill Ballard, Dusty Cohl and Peter Soumalias, with Dianne Schwalm and in partnership with Gary Slaight. The organization has inducted 173 Canadians to date, with their stars having a permanent place of tribute on the streets of Toronto’s Entertainment District. For a complete list of Inductees along with more information on Canada’s Walk of Fame visit: www.canadaswalkoffame.com Canada’s Walk of Fame gratefully acknowledges the support of its 2018 Partners: Bell Media, Cineplex Entertainment, Slaight Communications, RBC, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, WestJet, RYU, Trace Water, Molson Coors, Arterra Wines, and its first Friend of Canada’s Walk of Fame, MLSE. Canada’s Walk of Fame is a registered charity. Charitable Registration Number 889896924RR0001. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter
1 July 2011Humanitarian needs in the Nafusa mountains in western Libya remain critical, United Nations agencies reported today at the end of their first mission to the area, where they made an assessment of safety and access to civilians who require emergency assistance. “The humanitarian situation in the Nafusa mountains remains a top concern,” Panos Moumtzis, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya. “It remains imperative for UN humanitarian organisations to have continued access to the Nafusa mountains to conduct in-depth assessment missions to accurately and impartially determine the needs of the affected population and respond accordingly,” he added.The UN team visited the towns of Wazin and Nalut yesterday and Jadu and Zintan today, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in a press release.The conflict in Libya has spread to several towns in the Nafusa mountains, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR) reported that more than 100,000 people have fled the fighting in the area since Libya descended into conflict four months ago. They remain internally displaced, while more than 64,000 others have sought refuge in neighbouring Tunisia.The inter-agency mission, which was comprised of OCHA, UNHCR, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP), saw the widespread destruction of property in the border town of Wazin, from where the vast majority of the population had fled due to persistent shelling.In Nalut and other areas, the mission observed limited power and water supplies and heard accounts from the local community of dwindling food supplies, lack of cash, jobs and functioning markets.“Food needs for the Nafusa mountains remain serious,” said Ussama Osman of WFP. “The vast majority of the affected population now relies on food assistance,” he said, adding that WFP will continue to provide food aid to those who need it most in the area.UNICEF voiced concern over the humanitarian situation facing children in the Nafusa mountains, particularly health, access to clean water, protection and education. The agency said it will ensure that a vaccination campaign is carried out.UNHCR is drawing up future repatriation plans for the eventual voluntary return of the thousands of Libyan refugees when security conditions permit.
Petra Diamonds has received Ministerial consent in terms of Section 11 of South Africa’s Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 (MPRDA) has been granted for the cession and transfer of the new order mining right for the Finsch diamond mine from De Beers Consolidated Mines to Afropean Diamonds. Afropean represents Petra’s interests in Finsch; Afropean being owned as to Petra 74% and Petra’s Black Economic Empowerment partners 26%.As announced in January 2011, Petra (via Afropean) entered into an agreement with De Beers to acquire Finsch. A key condition of the acquisition was that Ministerial consent under Section 11 of the MPRDA for the cession of the Finsch new order mining right be granted. Following the granting of the Section 11 consent, the only remaining material condition is the registration of the transfer of the Finsch new order mining right in the South African Mineral and Petroleum Titles Registration Office; this is expected to happen in the near future.When this last condition has been met and the acquisition completes, Petra will publish a Finsch resource statement in accordance with the AIM Guidance for Mining Companies.Johan Dippenaar, CEO of Petra: “We are delighted to have received the Section 11 Ministerial consent. The acquisition process is now in the very final stages and we expect it to complete in the near future. Petra will then take over management of this major producing diamond mine which, after an initial three month bedding down period, is expected to add approximately 125,000 ct/month to Petra’s production.”
Mobile World Congress 2013 is sure to be full of smartphone tech and announcements, but Nokia has kicked off the conference by announcing two new handsets for the budget end of the market.The first is the Nokia 105, which is noteworthy because it will only cost around $20 and boasts a battery life of 35 days. Such a cheap and battery-friendly phone is obviously going to be light on features, but then this isn’t a handset attempting to compete with the latest smartphones.The 105 has a 1.4-inch 128 x 128 resolution display, measures 107 x 44.8 x 14.3mm, and weighs just 70 grams. It doesn’t have a camera, storage is limited to 8MB, and RAM is a mere 384KB. But you do get 35 days of standby time out of an 800mAh battery, 12.5 hours talk time, and a flashlight. If all you want is a phone for talking and no battery worries, this is probably as good as it gets.A little higher up the scale Nokia has introduced the 301. Costing $85, it offers a 2.4-inch 320 x 240 resolution display, measures 114 x 50 x 12.5mm, and weighs 100.5 grams. Battery life is even more impressive than the 105, managing 37 days standby time and 20 hours talk time using a 1200mAh battery. You also get a 3.2MP camera producing 2048 x 1536 images.Even though the display is relatively tiny you still get access to the web through Nokia’s Xpress Browser, which compresses data up to 90 percent to save on bandwidth.The Nokia 105 will be available before the end of Q1 and the 301 won’t appear until Q2. There doesn’t seem to be any plans to bring either handset to the US, but you will be able to pick one up just about everywhere else.
Apr 28th 2019, 8:27 AM 33,683 Views Sunday 28 Apr 2019, 8:27 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Emergency crews work at the scene of the construction crane collapse in Seattle Source: Joe Nicholson via PA ImagesFOUR PEOPLE HAVE died and four others have been injured after a crane collapsed in the US city of Seattle. The crane “fell from the roof of a building” and hit six vehicles below, near the southern shore of Lake Union in the centre of the city yesterday afternoon, the fire department said. Three men and one woman were killed – two of whom were operators in the crane. Of the four people injured, a 27-year-old man, a 25-year-old woman and a four-month-old baby girl were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The crane collapsed near the intersection of Mercer Street and Fairview Avenue Source: Joe Nicholson via PA Images“It’s a horrible day in Seattle when something like this happens. But it’s a time when we come together because Seattle is a city that rallies around each other,” Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said.The Seattle Times reported the crane was used as part of construction work to build a new Google campus in the city, a fast-growing tech hub famously home to e-commerce giant Amazon.Officials do not yet know the cause of the collapse. Two of the casualties were crane operators Source: Genna Martin via PA ImagesThe business manager for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302, which represents heavy-equipment operators, told The Seattle Times he understood the crane was being dismantled when heavy winds moved through the area.“We don’t know, but that’s what seems to have happened here,” he said. “We are in the process of trying to get information.”Witness Esher Nelson, who was working in a building nearby, told the newspaper: “It was terrifying. The wind was blowing really strong.”A Google spokesperson said in a statement that the company was saddened to learn of the accident and that they were in communication with Vulcan, the firm that is managing the site and working with authorities.With reporting by Associated Press and – © AFP 2019 https://jrnl.ie/4609818 Share Tweet Email ‘Terrifying’: Crane collapse kills four people and injures four others in Seattle Officials do not yet know the cause of the collapse. By Hayley Halpin 19 Comments
En 2069, un message radio destiné aux E.T. arrivera à destinationEn 1999, un message radio, destiné à d’éventuels extraterrestres, était envoyé du radiotélescope EPR, en Ukraine, en direction du système stellaire 16 Cygni, situé à quelque 69 années lumière de la Terre. Il devrait donc y parvenir en 2069. Le choix de la cible est bon, selon les indications récentes du télescope spatial Kepler.À 69,8 années-lumière de nous, dans la constellation du Cygne, deux étoiles naines jaunes, du même type que notre Soleil, 16 Cygni A et 16 Cygni B. Orbitant autour de cette dernière, 16 Cygni B b, une exoplanète de la masse de Jupiter, découverte en 1996. Autour de celle-ci, enfin, des exolunes, dont certaines pourraient être habitables.À lire aussiDes chercheurs auraient découvert l’origine de la mystérieuse lumière verte observée par la NASAC’est dans cette direction qu’en 1999, le radiotélescope EPR (Evpatoria planetary radar), situé en Ukraine, a émis un signal radio contenant un message : une démarche baptisée Active Seti ou CETI (Communication with Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence), complémentaire du programme d’écoute des ondes radioélectriques cosmiques appelé SETI (Search for extraterrestrial intelligence). Bon choix, selon le satellite Kepler.Celui-ci permet d’étudier, depuis quelques années, l’astérosismologie de 16 Cygni A et de 16 Cygni B – c’est-à-dire les mouvements mécaniques internes des étoiles, révélés par les variations de la lumière qu’elles émettent. Grâce à ces données, les astrophysiciens viennent d’évaluer l’âge de ces étoiles, nées en même temps, à environ 6,8 milliards d’années.Autrement dit, 2 milliards d’années environ de plus que notre Soleil. En extrapolant les données concernant l’apparition de la Terre, de la vie terrestre et de son développement, on peut imaginer que les éventuels habitants de 16 Cygni auraient eu tout le temps de bâtir une civilisation capable de recevoir notre message, qui leur arrivera en 2069, et peut-être de venir nous rendre visite… Le 10 février 2012 à 17:08 • Maxime Lambert
Getty ImagesIn a horrifying incident, a woman and her lover tortured the former’s husband while he was asleep in an attempt to murder him. The duo poured hot oil on the man’s chest, rubbed his eyes with chilli powder, gave him a series of electric shocks and ended up locking him in the toilet of their apartment. The incident took place on Tuesday evening in Mumbai.The man, identified as 38-year-old Bavishya Burhagohain, is married to Quincia since 2014. Bavishya is originally from Assam but he and his wife, 28, were settled in Mumbai. He works at a call centre while Quincia is a homemaker. She was invoved in a relationship with 24-year-old Satvir Nair, a Mehendi artist in a mall in Vasai.The affair had triggered many fights between the couple who had also moved from their apartment in Naigaon to a new apartment in Vasai so they would not be near Nair. However, Nair also moved to same apartment complex, Hindustan Times reports. This development lead to many fights between the already troubled couple.Nitin Falfale, the assistant police inspector at Manickpur police station, said that on Tuesday evening, Bavishya came home from work, had a fight with Quincy and went to sleep. When he was asleep, Quincy, who was furious, called Satvik and the two of them agreed to murder Bhavishya. They began by first stripping the sleeping Bavishya to his underwear. They then proceeded to pour hot oil on his bare chest, hit him with a hammer and also threw chilli powder in his eyes.Bhavishya has woken by now and his vision was severely compromised began throwing whatever he could find, including pots, pans and cookers, at his attackers and some of the vessels fell from the window attracting the neighbours’ attention. “As some items flew out of the window, the neighbours called us. When we reached the spot, Quincia and Nair were sitting calmly on the sofa, while the kids were crying. We handed the kids to the neighbours, who then sent them to Quincia’s relatives,” Falfale said.According to the report, The victim was admitted to JJ Hospital in the city and is in a critical condition. Quincy and Nair have been arrested and charged under section 307 (attempt to murder) of the indian Penal Code.Inspector Falfale said, “They have been remanded in police custody till August 20.”
The court granted the writ petition filed the Viqarunnisa teacher and declared the departmental action illegal. The court also said governments in developed countries can issue circulars, notifications, directives and policies time and time for implementing laws and it is their constitutional right. “The government neither violated the constitutional nor legal right of the writ petitioners issuing the policy banning the coaching business. So, the policy is valid.” Besides, several teachers of Dhanmondi Govt High School lodged a writ challenging their transfer and show-cause notices. In 2011, president of Ideal School Guardians’ Forum M Ziaul Kabir Dulu filed a writ petition with the High Court seeking its directives to stop the coaching business whereby the court directed the government to formulate guidelines in this regard. Later, Viqarunnisa Noon School and College teacher Farhana Khanam filed a writ petition with the HC challenging the policy and actions of the DSHE. Motijheel Govt Boys’ High School teacher M Kabir Chowdhury filed another writ challenging the policy and the DSHE letter taking action against 25 government teachers. The court rejected the writs filed by the teachers of Motijheel Govt Boys’ High School and Dhanmondi Govt High School, saying the activities of the DSHE notice will continue against them. High CourtThe High Court on Thursday declared the government guideline, barring teachers of both government and non-government educational institutions from running coaching classes, valid, reports UNB. The HC bench of justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and justice Razik-Al-Jalil passed the verdict following separate writ petitions.Earlier on 27 January, the court fixed 7 February for passing its judgment after hearing the writ petitions and rule issued earlier in this regard.Following the court order, no teacher can directly be involved with any coaching centre operating commercially, said deputy attorney general Md Mokhlesur Rahman.He, however, said institution heads can arrange additional classes either before or after the regular classes for interested students following requests made by their guardians. “And the policy mentions how much fee will be charged for it.”The government announced a guideline titled ‘Policy-2012 to stop teachers from doing coaching business in educational institutes’ on 20 June, 2012.As per the guideline, teachers of schools, colleges and madrasas can tutor a maximum of 10 students of other institutions a day with prior permission from the head of their institutions.For doing so, a teacher will have to notify his/her institution head of the students.The policy also prevented teachers from doing private tutoring during school hours.In its observations, the court said there is no scope for teachers of government and private schools and colleges to get involved in coaching business as per the 2012 policy. They can also not do coaching business as per the service rules and they enter their jobs accepting the service rules.The court also said governments in developed countries can issue circulars, notifications, directives and policies time and time for implementing laws and it is their constitutional right. “The government neither violated the constitutional nor legal right of the writ petitioners issuing the policy banning the coaching business. So, the policy is valid.”In 2011, president of Ideal School Guardians’ Forum M Ziaul Kabir Dulu filed a writ petition with the High Court seeking its directives to stop the coaching business whereby the court directed the government to formulate guidelines in this regard.While the writ was pending, the court announced the policy-2012 on 20 June, 2012.Challenging the policy, a writ petition was filed in 2012 and a rule was issued in this regard.Following an investigative report published on a daily on 4 April, 2017, the Anti-Corruption Commission launched a probe on coaching business.On 2 December, 2017, it put forward a report to the authorities concerned with some recommendations, including taking actions against those involved in coaching business.Following the report, the Directorate of Secondary and High Education (DSHE) took departmental actions, including transfer of teachers of renowned teachers of the capital and issuing show-cause notices to them.Later, Viqarunnisa Noon School and College teacher Farhana Khanam filed a writ petition with the HC challenging the policy and actions of the DSHE. Motijheel Govt Boys’ High School teacher M Kabir Chowdhury filed another writ challenging the policy and the DSHE letter taking action against 25 government teachers.Besides, several teachers of Dhanmondi Govt High School lodged a writ challenging their transfer and show-cause notices.The court rejected the writs filed by the teachers of Motijheel Govt Boys’ High School and Dhanmondi Govt High School, saying the activities of the DSHE notice will continue against them.The court granted the writ petition filed the Viqarunnisa teacher and declared the departmental action illegal. On 2 December, 2017, it put forward a report to the authorities concerned with some recommendations, including taking actions against those involved in coaching business. In its observations, the court said there is no scope for teachers of government and private schools and colleges to get involved in coaching business as per the 2012 policy. They can also not do coaching business as per the service rules and they enter their jobs accepting the service rules. While the writ was pending, the court announced the policy-2012 on 20 June, 2012. Challenging the policy, a writ petition was filed in 2012 and a rule was issued in this regard. Following the report, the Directorate of Secondary and High Education (DSHE) took departmental actions, including transfer of teachers of renowned teachers of the capital and issuing show-cause notices to them. Following an investigative report published on a daily on 4 April, 2017, the Anti-Corruption Commission launched a probe on coaching business.
August 15, 2013 As an entrepreneur, what would you do without your smartphone? The ability to check email, read and edit documents and even manage payroll from one’s mobile device has become an integral part of everyday business life.But, hold on. Maybe the better question is: Do you even own a smartphone?A new report from research firm Gartner says that smartphones have outsold more basic handsets worldwide for the first time. Ever. During the second quarter, smartphone sales reached 225 million units, Gartner said, up 46.5 percent from the second quarter of 2012. Sales of regular “dumb” phones totaled 210 million units, a decline of 21 percent year-over-year.For the smartphone wars aficionados: Samsung sold more than any other smartphone maker, moving more than 71 million units. Apple, meanwhile, came in second selling almost 32 million smartphones. LG came in third selling 11.4 million units.For some, it might be difficult to believe that smartphone adoption hadn’t overtaken dumb phone sales a long time ago. At this point, most grandparents have learned to use such marvels of the modern world as laptops, smartphones and even social media, right?According to Gartner, most of the smartphone market growth is happening outside the U.S. “Asia/Pacific, Latin America and Eastern Europe exhibited the highest smartphone growth rates of 74.1 percent, 55.7 percent and 31.6 percent respectively, as smartphone sales grew in all regions,” the report says. 2 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. We want to know: What type of mobile phone do you use?Apple iPhone. Duh.I’m Android all the way.I swear by my BlackBerry. Don’t judge me.I switched to Windows and love it.Smartphone? Not in my bag. I only text and make calls.I still have a rotary phone. It’s good exercise.VoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.comWe want to know: What type of mobile phone do you use?
Feature | March 01, 2013 CMS Explains Advances in Healthcare Reform Centers for Medicare and Medicaid outlines accomplishments and plans for reducing healthcare costs Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Promoting Better Care and Patient Safety:Electronic Health Records (EHRs). Adoption of electronic health records is making it easier for physicians, hospitals and others serving Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries to evaluate patients’ medical status, coordinate care, eliminate redundant procedures and provide high-quality care. Approximately 36 percent of health care professionals, and as many as 70 percent of hospitals, have already qualified for incentive payments for EHR systems that meet the standards and objectives established by the program. Electronic health records will help speed the adoption of many other delivery system reforms, by making it easier for hospitals and doctors to better coordinate care and achieve improvements in quality.Partnership for Patients. The nationwide Partnership for Patients initiative aims to save 60,000 lives by averting millions of hospital acquired conditions over three years, and save up to $35 billion in health care costs by reducing complications and readmissions, and improving the transition from one care setting to another. At the core of this initiative are 26 Hospital Engagement Networks, which work with 3,700 hospitals, working with healthcare providers and institutions, to identify best practices and solutions to reducing hospital acquired conditions and readmissions. These Hospital Engagement Networks have been actively involved in the effort to reduce the rate of early elective deliveries, in conjunction with the Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Initiative (described later).Healthy infants. The Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns initiative aims to reduce early elective deliveries as well as test models to decrease preterm births among high-risk pregnant women in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The Strong Start initiative builds on the work of the Partnership for Patients, testing test ways to support providers in reducing early elective deliveries. It also offers funds to states to test models lowering the risk of preterm birth among pregnant women with Medicaid or CHIP.Hospital-acquired conditions. Along with other data available on Hospital Compare, beneficiaries can now find information on the incidence of serious hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) in individual hospitals. In FY 2015, hospitals with high rates of HACs will see their payments reduced.Community-Based Care. As part of the Partnership for Patients, the Community-Based Care Transition Program supports 82 community-based organizations, many of them partnered with multiple hospitals in 35 states to help patients make more successful transitions from hospital to home or to another post-hospital setting. $500 million in total funding has been appropriated for the program for 2011 through 2015. News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | 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 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 Ensuring All Americans Get the Right to Care: Integrating care for patients enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid. Many of the 9 million Medicare-Medicaid enrollees suffer from multiple or severe chronic conditions. Total annual spending for their care exceeds $300 billion. Four states (Massachusetts, Ohio, Washington and Illinois) have received approval for demonstrations using managed care or health homes to coordinate care for Medicare-Medicaid beneficiaries. Coordination strategies include more flexibility for home and community-based services and improving health IT systems.Greater independence for Americans with disabilities and long-term care needs. The Affordable Care Act includes a number of policies to promote non-institutional long-term care programs that will help keep people at home and out of institutions:Twelve additional states have joined the Money Follows the Person Program to help rebalance their long-term care systems to transition Medicaid beneficiaries from institutions to the community. Forty-three states are now participating in Money Follows the Person.Nine states are participating in the Balancing Incentive Program, which gives states incentives to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports and provides new ways to serve more Medicaid beneficiaries in home and community-based settings.Ten states have approved Health Home State Plan Amendments to integrate and coordinate primary, acute, behavioral health and long term services and supports for Medicaid beneficiaries.Promoting care at home. A new Affordable Care Act demonstration, Independence at Home, tests whether providing chronically ill beneficiaries with primary care in the home will help them stay healthy and out of the hospital. Fifteen physician practices and three consortia of physician practices, including the Cleveland Clinic, are participating in the Independence at Home Demonstration. Continuos Quality Improvement:Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. The Innovation Center is charged with testing innovative payment and service delivery models to reduce expenditures in Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP, and at the same time, preserving and enhancing quality of care. Already the Innovation Center is engaged in projects with more than 50,000 healthcare providers to improve care.System-wide reforms going on now. Critical reforms already underway include reducing adverse drug events; improving cardiac care and outcomes; reducing health disparities; using health IT and data analytics to improve population health; and engaging patients in decisions about their care. Related Content 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. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Reducing Health Costs:Lower cost healthcare equipment and supplies. In 100 metropolitan areas, a stronger Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) competitive bidding program is setting new, lower payment rates for medical equipment and supplies. Because of this program, CMS estimates that Medicare beneficiaries will save an average of 45 percent on certain equipment and supplies in the 91 MSAs launching this year. Overall, the initiative is expected to save the Medicare program an estimated $25.7 billion, and beneficiaries an estimated $17.1 billion, over the next 10 years.Fighting fraud. The Affordable Care Act’s landmark steps to improve and enhance the Administration’s ongoing efforts to prevent and detect fraud and crack down on individuals who attempt to defraud Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP has resulted in a record level of recoveries — $4.2 billion in fiscal year 2012 — and a record return on investment — $7.90 for every dollar invested. Total recoveries over the past four years were $14.9 billion compared to $6.7 billion over the prior four years. Efforts include tough new rules and sentences for criminals; enhanced screening and enrollment requirements; increased coordination of fraud-fighting efforts; sharing data across federal agencies to fight fraud; and new tools to target high-risk providers and suppliers.For more information: www.cms.hhs.gov FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 March 1, 2013 — To address the rising costs of healthcare, we must improve the way that health care is delivered, including coordinating care better and improving the safety of care, stated the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in its assessment of healthcare reform, released Feb. 28.The Affordable Care Act includes steps to improve the quality of healthcare and, in so doing, lowers costs for taxpayers and patients, CMS states. This means avoiding costly mistakes and readmissions, keeping patients healthy, rewarding quality instead of quantity and creating the health information technology infrastructure that enables new payment and delivery models to work. According to CMS, these reforms and investments will build a healthcare system that will ensure quality care for generations to come.CMS outlined several areas of progress:Healthcare Spending is SlowingAccording to the annual Report of National Health Expenditures, total U.S. health spending grew 3.9 percent in 2011. That is the same rate of growth as in 2009 and 2010, and in all three years spending grew more slowly than in any other year in the 51-year history of the report. Medicare spending per beneficiary grew just 0.4 percent per capita in fiscal year 2012, continuing the pattern of very low growth in 2010 and 2011. Medicaid spending per beneficiary also decreased 0.9 percent in 2011, compared to 0.6 percent growth in 2010. Average annual increases in family premiums for employer-sponsored insurance was 6.2 percent from 2004-2008, 5.6 percent from 2009-2012 and 4.5 percent in 2012 alone. In 2011, the Affordable Care Act’s 80/20 rule (medical loss ratio policy) and strengthened rate review program resulted in an estimated $2.1 billion in savings to consumers of private health insurance.Health outcomes are improving and adverse events are fallingThis past year, CMS said it finalized several programs that tie Medicare reimbursement for hospitals to their readmission rates, when patients have to come back into the hospital within 30 days of being discharged. The 30-day, all-cause readmission rate is estimated to have dropped in the last half of 2012, to 17.8 percent, after averaging 19 percent for the past five years. CMS said this translates to about 70,000 fewer readmissions in 2012. Additionally, as part of a new Affordable Care Act initiative, clinicians at some hospitals have reduced their early elective deliveries to close to zero, meaning fewer at-risk newborns and fewer admissions to the NICU. Among 135 hospitals reporting common measures, early elective delivery rates have fallen (improved) by 48 percent.Providers are engagedIn 2012, CMS debuted the Medicare Shared Savings Program and the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization Model. These programs encourage providers to invest in redesigning care for higher quality and more efficient service delivery, without restricting patients’ freedom to go to the Medicare provider of their choice.Over 250 organizations are participating in the Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), serving approximately 4 million (8 percent of) Medicare beneficiaries. As existing ACOs choose to add providers and more organizations join the program, participation in ACOs is expected to grow. ACOs are estimated to save up to $940 million in the first four years.Medicare Beneficiaries are Shopping for Coverage According to QualityThe Affordable Care Act tied payment to private Medicare Advantage plans to the quality of coverage they offer. Since those payment changes have been in effect, more seniors are able to choose from a broader range of higher quality Medicare Advantage plans, and more seniors have enrolled in these higher quality plans as well. Since the healthcare law passed, enrollment has increased by 30 percent and premiums have fallen by 10 percent in Medicare Advantage.Below are specific examples of the reforms and investments that we are making to build a healthcare delivery system that will better serve all Americans.Paying for Value:Hospitals. Two important programs that reward hospitals based on the quality of care they provide to patients began last fall. On Oct. 1, 2012, the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program began linking a portion of hospitals’ Medicare payments to performance on important quality measures. Examples of measures include whether a patient received an antibiotic before surgery, or how well doctors and nurses communicate with patients. The Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program reduces Medicare payments to hospitals with relatively high rates of potentially preventable readmissions to financially encourage them to focus on this key indicator of patient safety and care quality.Medicare Advantage Plans. CMS strengthened the quality bonus incentives provided by the Affordable Care Act by providing additional payments for plans that improve the quality of care. As a result, in 2013, the 14 million Medicare beneficiaries currently enrolled in Medicare Advantage have access to 127 five and four-star plans, which is 21 more high-quality plans than were available in the previous year.Dialysis Facilities. An End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Incentive Program, started in 2012, ties CMS payments directly to facility performance on quality measures, resulting in better care at lower cost for nearly 500,000 Americans with kidney disease. In addition, a new comprehensive care model announced in January 2013 tests a new payment and service delivery approach to improve care for ESRD beneficiaries, by coordinating primary care with care for their special health needs. Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … 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 The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more 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 Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Uthukela District Municipality have confirmed the water supply will be cut tonight (Tuesday) in the Acaciavale and Ezakheni area.The reason for water shortage is load shedding which took place in the morning.There will be no water from 6pm to 7pm.Better fill your buckets and containers now before your taps run dry!Follow breaking news on our website or our Facebook page