Jimmy Anderson vows to regain full fitness and No 1 Test bowler ranking

first_img Australia retain the Ashes after England fail to save fourth Test at Old Trafford Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger And while fitness has scarcely been an issue before – his 575 Test victims owe as much to his longevity as his unquestionable skill – Anderson will double down in this department.“I’m going to try and investigate every possible avenue of what I need to do at my age to keep myself in good shape,” said Anderson, who topped the Test bowling rankings as recently as December last year.“I feel as fit as I ever have. It’s just the calf keeps twanging. I’ll look at how other sports people keep going into their late 30s. Whether there’s anything specific I can do: diet, gym programme, supplements, whatever it might be.“I still feel like I can perform at this level. I still feel like I can be the best bowler in the world. So as long as I’ve got that mentality I’m going to keep pushing myself.” Read more news Australia sport Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp The Ashes Cricket Speaking at an event for Specsavers, he said: “I’m realistic. If I’m not good enough and I’m detracting from the team, I’m too slow or whatever, then I’m not going to embarrass myself or drag the team down. I’ll only keep playing if I think I can be one of the best in the world and if I think I can help this team win Tests.”Anderson blames time pressure for preventing a return in the fourth Test of this Ashes series – he bowled 20 overs in a second XI match a fortnight ago, only for the problem to resurface – and has cut a frustrated onlooker as Joe Root’s England side failed to regain the urn. The 2-1 scoreline for the tourists was secured at Old Trafford, the ground that bears his name at one end, but despite Lancashire trumpeting £8m in revenue after selling 115,000 tickets over five days, Anderson has aired concerns over the surface prepared this summer.“If we’re being brutally honest, I think they’ve suited Australia more than us. I would have liked to have seen a bit more grass but that’s the nature of the game here. When you’re selling out – like Lancashire – it’s hard not to produce a flat deck but that’s one of the frustrations from a player’s point of view.“We go to Australia and get pitches that suit them. They come over here and get pitches that suit them. It doesn’t seem quite right. I thought they were good pitches here against India last summer – they weren’t green seamers but I thought they suited us more than India.“We as a country or a cricket board don’t use home advantage enough. As I said when you go to Australia, go to India, Sri Lanka, they prepare pitches that suit them. I feel like we could just be a little bit more biased towards our own team.”Such talk should not detract from Australia’s efforts this summer, having arrived with a clear gameplan built on a well-stocked and well-rotated seam attack bowling tight lines and a batting unit that has done just enough to dovetail the genius of Steve Smith from No 4.Their celebrations after the 185‑run win in Manchester caught the attention – Smith batting left-handed in glasses that evening was taken to be a dig at England’s Jack Leach in some quarters – but Justin Langer, their head coach, insists it is not mission accomplished until they complete the series win.On the criticism of Smith’s impersonation, Langer said: “When you’re doing well people try and pick holes. I was there, I know the truth, they were talking about Chris Rogers [Australia’s bespectacled former opener]. He was here four years ago and is a great mate of the squad.” Jimmy Anderson believes he can become the world’s No 1 Test bowler once more and, to make this goal a reality, now plans to study how other elite athletes prolong their careers.Aged 37 and the most successful seamer in Test history, Anderson could be forgiven for feeling he has no more mountains to climb after the calf injury that flared up on the opening morning at Edgbaston and wrecked his involvement in the Ashes series this summer.But such thoughts appear far from his mind with the winter tours to New Zealand and South Africa looming. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Pinterest Ashes 2019center_img Anderson tried to prove his fitness playing for Lancashire. Photograph: Barry Mitchell/REX/Shutterstock Support The Guardian Topics Twitter Australia cricket team Since you’re here… Reuse this content Share on Twitter The 42-year-old NFL great Tom Brady, who plays for the New England Patriots, and Ryan Giggs, who played for Manchester United until he was 40, are two careers that Anderson intends to investigate, while a vegan diet is something else he has considered. One thing on which he will not compromise, however, is performance. Share via Email Jimmy Anderson Facebook Share on LinkedIn Jimmy Anderson ruled out of fourth Test and rest of Ashes series England cricket teamlast_img read more

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Former hostage says his American wife was rushed to hospital

first_imgSMITHS FALLS, Ont. – An American woman who was rescued with her family last week after five years held by a Taliban-linked group has been hospitalized, her Canadian husband said.Joshua Boyle told The Associated Press in an email that his wife Caitlan was admitted to a Canadian hospital on Monday and remained there on Wednesday. He did not specify why she was taken to the hospital.“My wife has been through hell, and she has to be my first priority right now,” Boyle wrote.Pakistani troops rescued the Boyles and their three children on Oct. 11, five years after the couple was abducted in Afghanistan on a backpacking trip. The children were born while the family was being held by the Taliban-linked Haqqani network.Boyle said their three children are now 4, 2 and “somewhere around 6 months.”The Pakistanis caught the group at some point after the kidnappers had moved across the border from Afghanistan. The country’s Foreign Ministry said that was based on a tip from U.S. intelligence.In Washington on Wednesday, a senior State Department official said that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stayed up all night at home monitoring the progress of the “extraction.” The official, who was not authorized to publicly discuss details of the event, spoke only on condition of anonymity.On Tuesday, Vice-President Mike Pence spoke with Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi by phone to thank the Pakistan government for helping recover the family. A statement from Pence’s office said the vice-president noted that the release of the family being held captive by the Haqqani militant network in the tribal areas of Pakistan was “an important development in Pakistan’s support to the U.S. strategy against terrorism in the region.”The statement said, however, that co-operation from Pakistan to counter militant groups “must be continued and sustained.”“Just as he did during the meeting the two had in New York last month, the vice-president again discussed ways that Pakistan could work with the United States and others to bolster stability and security for all in South Asia,” the statement said.___Associated Press Writer Matthew Lee in Washington contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Stars Celebrate Quincy Jones And Sir Michael Caine At Power Of Love

first_imgSome of the biggest names in the entertainment industry celebrated the 80th birthday of Quincy Jones and Sir Michael Caine Saturday, April 13 at the 17th annual Keep Memory Alive Power of Love Gala at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Whoopi Goldberg, Sir Michael Caine and will.i.am at Keep Memory Alive’s Power of Love GalaCredit/Copyright: Multivu.comThe star-studded event raised funds for Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and its fight against neurodegenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s diseases, multiple sclerosis, ALS and memory disorders of all kinds.Jennifer Hudson performing at Keep Memory Alive’s Power of Love Gala Credit/Copyright: Multivu.comHighlights from the night included heartfelt musical tributes from Chaka Khan and Stevie Wonder, hysterical stand-up comedy from Chris Tucker and nostalgic remarks about the guests of honor from Whoopi Goldberg. At the end of the evening, Wonder led a “Happy Birthday” serenade to Jones and Caine, followed by an awe-inspiring performance of “We are the World” by the entire celebrity lineup.Quincy Jones and Sir Michael Caine at Keep Memory Alive’s Power of Love Gala Credit/Copyright: Multivu.comPerformers and celebrity supporters who attended the event included music and film luminaries Amy Poehler, Arsenio Hall, Bebe Winans, Bono, Carlos Santana, Chaka Khan, Chris Tucker, Greg Phillinganes, Herbie Hancock, James Ingram, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Larry King, Marcus Miller, Nikki Yanofsky, Patti Austin, Paulinho Da Costa, Rashida Jones, Siedah Garrett, Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion), Stevie Wonder, Tom Scott, Vinnie Colaiuta, Whoopi Goldberg, will.i.am and Will Smith.Continuing with its 17-year history, the Power of Love Gala showcased a celebrity-chef-packed dinner prepared by award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay. Guests were treated to a Dom Pérignon reception and bid on one-of-a-kind live and silent auction items including an 11-day Mediterranean cruise and a football helmet signed by the 2013 NFL champions, the Baltimore Ravens.In addition, donors from across the country were able to contribute to Keep Memory Alive’s cause for the first time through a text-to-donate campaign. Now through the end of the year, donors can text “MEMORY” to 80888 to give $10 to support brain health research at Cleveland Clinic.The Power of Love Gala was produced by headlining sponsor Bill Edwards Presents Inc. in partnership with Las Vegas, official sponsors HARMAN and Playground Sessions, and Keep Memory Alive, the fundraising arm of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. The birthday celebration for Jones and Caine honored a lifetime of achievement for the entertainment marvels and raised funds for clinical programs, caregiver support and testing of new treatment for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s. For more information about Cleveland Clinic’s fight against brain disease, visit www.clevelandclinic.org/brainhealth.Source:Multivu.comlast_img read more

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LOST NEIL YOUNG AND JONI MITCHELL CONCERT RECORDINGS UNCOVERED BY ARCHIVISTS

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Each was recorded in professional audio quality on seven-inch reel-to-reel tapes. They’re now being shopped to record labels for an official release, organizers say.Other tapes found in the collection include performances by Tim Buckley, Doc Watson and Odetta. Login/Register With: Archivists have known about the elusive recordings of Young and Mitchell for years.The tapes were first rediscovered six years ago in the possession of a private collector, but then disappeared and were deemed lost for good before turning up again a few weeks ago, said president Alan Glenn in a statement.Officials from the historical project say Canterbury House concerts were usually held on Friday and Saturday nights from 1965 to 1971. Most of the shows were recorded, they say, but the “loose atmosphere of the day” made it difficult to monitor the whereabouts of tapes.Other musicians who played the space and whose tapes haven’t been found include Gordon Lightfoot, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Tom Rush, Buddy Guy and Doc Boggs. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Live concert recordings of Neil Young and Joni Mitchell considered lost for decades have been unearthed by Michigan archivists.The Canadian folk legends are among a number of historic music performances recently discovered by the non-profit Michigan History Project.All of the recordings were made at the Canterbury House, the Episcopal student ministry at the University of Michigan campus in the late 1960s. The space doubled as a place of worship and a concert venue during the era with some of the biggest folk acts of the time performing there.last_img read more

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Cong leader Tom Vadakkan joins BJP

first_imgNew Delhi: In a huge embarrassment to the Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, its spokesperson Tom Vadakkan, once a key aide of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, joined the BJP Thursday and attacked his former party for its stand on Balakot air strikes. Vadakkan, who joined the saffron party in the presence of Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and later met its president Amit Shah, said, “I am deeply hurt and that is why I am here.” Asserting that the Congress questioned the integrity of armed forces, he said, “The attack by Pakistan on our land and the reaction from my party was sad indeed.” Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day “I left the party with heavy heart. If a party is working against national interest, there there is no other option but to leave it,” he told reporters. In an apparent attack on party chief Rahul Gandhi’s leadership of the Congress, he said he gave the party two years of his life but it has now resorted to a practise of “use and throw”. Dynastic politics has reached its zenith in the Congress, he said, adding that he believed in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s development narrative. The BJP may field Vadakkan in the Lok Sabha elections from a seat in Kerala.last_img read more

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UN settlement plan for Sahara inapplicable Former UNSG Representative

New York (UN)  – Former Special representative of the UN Secretary General Erik Jensen reiterated Thursday in New York the “inapplicability and non-feasibility of the UN settlement plan for the ‘Western Sahara’ issue.After recalling the major historical stages of this artificial conflict before the 193 UN member states during a meeting of the UN 4th Commission, Jensen said that the 40-year old census made by Spain, as well as the identification process of the settlement plan conducted by MINURSO have also failed and led to the same conclusion: the inapplicability of the UN peace plan.The former UN official, a connoisseur of the Sahara issue who has led MINURSO from 1993 to 1998, recalled Morocco’s autonomy initiative presented in 2007 as part of the Kingdom’s positive reaction to UN calls for a political solution. Besides the autonomy plan, Jensen added, the many reforms engaged in Morocco, such as the new constitution, the establishment of the Economic and social council and the reforms undertaken against corruption as well as the regionalization project are all points that strengthen Morocco’s autonomy plan.Jensen said that the autonomy option had been raised during meetings he had planned back in 1996 in Geneva and Rabat between Moroccan officials and representatives of the Polisario.The Polisario leaders were predisposed to discuss with the Moroccan delegation the autonomy option, he recalled.“No need to remind how crucial the settlement of the Sahara issue is for peace and development of the Maghreb given the growing threats on security in the Sahel region”, Jensen pointed out.“After all these years of disappointment, time has come to compromise”, he concluded. read more

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At World Economic Forum Ban Kimoon pledges action on water resources

24 January 2008Cautioning that a shortage of water resources could spell increased conflicts in the future, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told participants at the World Economic Forum in Davos today that the United Nations will take action to address the problem in the context of reaching global anti-poverty targets. Cautioning that a shortage of water resources could spell increased conflicts in the future, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told participants at the World Economic Forum in Davos today that the United Nations will take action to address the problem in the context of reaching global anti-poverty targets.“Our experiences tell us that environmental stress, due to lack of water, may lead to conflict, and would be greater in poor nations,” Mr. Ban told leaders from governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, industry, academia and the arts attending the annual meeting in Davos.“Population growth will make the problem worse. So will climate change. As the global economy grows, so will its thirst. Many more conflicts lie just over the horizon,” he warned. The Secretary-General cited a recent report by International Alert identifying 46 countries, home to 2.7 billion people, where climate change and water-related crises create a high risk of violent conflict. A further 56 countries, representing another 1.2 billion people, are at high risk of political instability, according to the study. “This is not an issue of rich or poor, north or south,” he said, pointing to examples of water problems in China, the United States, Spain, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Republic of Korea. “All regions are experiencing the problem.” The Secretary-General emphasized that water resources must be protected. “There is still enough water for all of us – but only so long as we keep it clean, use it more wisely, and share it fairly,” he said.The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which call for halving the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water by 2015, are key to this effort, he said.Mr. Ban announced that he would gather world leaders at the UN this September “for a critical high-level meeting on the MDGs, focusing in particular on Africa.” While emphasizing that “governments must engage and lead,” he said the private sector also has a role to play in this effort.The United Nations Global Compact – an initiative aimed at making globalization more equitable by promoting human rights, labour and environmental standards – last July launched its “CEO Water Mandate” to galvanize businesses in this effort.“Only about 20 companies have joined the CEO Water Mandate. A drop in the bucket, perhaps, but I like to think it is a small wave that will gather force and spread across the globe,” said Mr. Ban.Before addressing the Forum, the Secretary-General met in Davos with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni. They discussed the implications of the Annapolis process and the developments in Gaza and the West Bank, according to a UN spokesperson, who said the reiterated his call on Israel to refrain from actions that will harm the well-being of the general civilian population in Gaza.Later, Mr. Ban and Quartet envoy Tony Blair discussed Palestinian capacity-building, the Paris donors’ conference and the importance of accelerating projects that donors had promised at Paris, and the situation in Gaza, the spokesperson said.The Secretary-General also met with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, and talked with him about the democratic process in Pakistan and Pakistan’s relationship with Afghanistan.During Mr. Ban’s subsequent meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the two discussed UN-Afghanistan cooperation. read more

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Momir Ilic We are the team

MVM VeszpremTHW Kiel Momir Ilić, the best scorer of Veszprem in defeating THW Kiel 31:28, commented 70 minutes of great fight…– I don’t know how it looks from the side, but it was very difficult. We rotated in leadership, it was excellent handball . We beleived in victory. When they think that they defeated us, we rise. Let it be so in the final.Slišković entered the extension as a wildcard and become a winner sword … – I’ll give him all credits. Laslo and I lost power, and we needed someone like him to pull us up. He gave a great contribution. The team is very important.Fourth final match in career – score 2: 1 … – What can I say. We’ll do our best for 60 minutes – said Momir Ilic, who was at that time approached Sead Hasanefendić. – This is my coach, legend – recalled Mosa working together with Hasanefendić in Gummersbach.-I owe him a lot , he is the main reason why i am still around- said Ilic.The hero of Veszprem victory with two goals in overtime, after Manuel Štrlek, another Croatian star – Ivan Slišković: – EHF Champions League finals can not be easy. I’ve never played with Kielce, Vesprem as well didn’t play for a long time . Kielce showed great performance. There is not much time to prepare.We are going to fight – said Slišković, which remained “cool” despite the fact that it was his first playing at “Lanxess Arena”: -If you put in your head that this is just another game, then everything is easier.photo: Filip Viranovski, gol.mk ← Previous Story CENTRAL-EUROPEAN FINAL: Veszprem win drama! Next Story → Ten things to know before EHF CL Final! read more

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La faune britannique sous les objectifs des British Wildlife Photography Awards

first_imgLa faune britannique sous les objectifs des “British Wildlife Photography Awards”Les grands vainqueurs des “British Wildlife Photography Awards” ont été dévoilés. L’occasion de découvrir en images la beauté de la biodiversité britannique.Etablis depuis 2009, les “British Wildlife Photography Awards” sont un rendez-vous incontournable pour les Britanniques amoureux de la photographie et de la nature. Une initiative riche de sens, visant à célébrer la biodiversité de Grande-Bretagne tout en valorisant le talent des auteurs pratiquant sur le territoire.Cette année, quatre catégories thématiques étaient à l’honneur : “Paysage vivant”, “Grande-Bretagne invisible”, “Habitats” et “Faune urbaine” ainsi que deux catégories destinées aux photographes en herbe : “Jeunesse” pour les 12-18 ans et “Junior” pour les moins de 11 ans.Puissants et évocateurs, les clichés dégagent un message fort sur l’importance de protéger les richesses naturelles du territoire britannique. “Ces images incroyables, capturées pour les British Wildlife Photography Awards sont une grande vitrine des merveilles de la faune qui existent dans ce pays. Je tiens à féliciter tous les participants pour la qualité exceptionnelle de leurs photographies” a déclaré Poul Christensen, président de l’autorité administrative indépendante Natural England.À lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ?Parmi tous les concourants de la compétition, le jury de la compétition a désigné Richard Shucksmith comme grand vainqueur. Son cliché représente une méduse nageant dans les eaux du Nord de l’Ecosse, vers la petite île inhabitée Sula Sgeir. Mais les photographies des autres gagnants et des participants feront prochainement l’objet d’une exposition itinérante nationale et d’un ouvrage exceptionnel en vente sur le site du concours.Découvrez les exceptionnelles photos des gagnants du concours BWPA sur Maxisciences Le 29 septembre 2011 à 17:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Pollution de lair courir en ville serait mauvais pour le cerveau

first_imgPollution de l’air : courir en ville serait mauvais pour le cerveauSelon une étude bruxelloise, faire son footing dans une ville polluée par les gaz d’échappements des voitures augmente le risque de déclin mental.Si courir a de nombreuses vertus sur le corps dont le cerveau, le faire en ville serait tout sauf une bonne idée. C’est ce dont alerte une nouvelle étude tout juste dévoilée par des chercheurs de la Vrije Universiteit de Bruxelles en Belgique. En effet, selon celle-ci, la pollution des grandes villes pourrait rendre le jogging plus nocif que bénéfique. Pour arriver à de telles conclusions, les scientifiques se sont basés sur les résultats de tests cognitifs de deux groupes de joggeurs volontaires. À lire aussiLe mariage aiderait à prévenir les risques de démence, mais pourquoi ?Un groupe s’était entraîné à courir trois fois par semaine pendant 3 mois, entre midi et 13 heures dans une zone urbaine, tandis qu’un second, à la même fréquence, s’entraînait en zone rurale. Dans le même temps, les chercheurs ont soumis tous les joggeurs à des tests et des questionnaires dont ils ont attentivement étudié les résultats. Ces derniers ont alors montré que le second groupe a eu des meilleurs résultats aux tests d’attention et a répondu plus rapidement que le groupe citadin. Mais ces conclusions ne sont pas les premières du genre, des chercheurs américains ayant déjà démontré que des niveaux de pollutions élevés dans les villes peuvent accélérer le vieillissement du cerveau de trois ans chez les plus de 50 ans. Selon les chercheurs, cela s’explique notamment par le fait que la pollution atmosphérique des zones urbaines favorise une inflammation cérébrale. Or, cette inflammation est associée à un risque accru de maladies mentales. Même si les auteurs de la nouvelle étude, ils ne vont pas jusqu’à proscrire le jogging en milieu urbain, au vu des bénéfices que celui-ci peut apporter. Ils recommandent donc plutôt de courir par temps pluvieux ou venteux, quand les particules polluantes sont balayées. Par beau temps, il est conseillé de s’entraîner dans les parcs, loin des rues dans lesquelles la circulation automobile est dense.Le 14 décembre 2012 à 11:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Princess Nokia Is Making Space For People Who Dont Have A Voice

first_imgNews Princess Nokia Is Making Space For The Voiceless princess-nokia-making-space-people-who-dont-have-voice-yet-music Esperanza SpaldingPhoto: Noam Galai/Getty Images Facebook Twitter Email 7 Artists Who Have Added New Life To Reggaeton IbeyiPhoto: David Wolff – Patrick/Redferns Roses r Red Violets r Blue Everything sucks but Blink-182 pic.twitter.com/xNjgpLt8IY— Princess Nokia (@princessnokia) September 4, 2018Musically, Princess Nokia embodies energy that derives from her Nuyorican, Bruja—or witch in Spanish—and her queer identity with beats that will make you move. Her “all the girls to front attitude” at her shows is just an ounce of the kind of artist and performer she is. Flowing from rapping to singing, Princess Nokia’s music is about taking up space as a woman with intersecting identities and reflects her musical adaptability. “I’m that Black a-Rican bruja straight out from the Yoruba/ And my people come from Africa diaspora, Cuba,” she raps in her song “Bruja.”Through three albums – she has also released music under a former moniker, Wavy Spice – she has continued to carve out a space for herself. Her album 1992 Deluxe peaked at No. 25 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, which tracks up-and-coming artists, and she has played major festivals including Coachella and Afropunk.”I felt it was time to speak my truth and represent an identity and an intersection that many people like myself don’t have a voice yet in hip-hop,” she told Noisey. Her latest album is a dive into emo music and just goes to show how there really are no boxes for Princess Nokia’s sound. Learn more about her music with the videos below.”YAYA”Under a different moniker, Wavy Spice, Princess Nokia paid tribute to her Taino, a group of Indigenous people that inhabited the Caribbean, roots with “YAYA.” She mixes a rap beat with a Native sound and features lyrics both in English and Taino. “In my heart I feel something/ No one can deny it/ History can tell you something/ But they‘re always lying/ You must know I came with something/ So don’t even try it/ Warrior blood, got warrior blood/Hear my people crying,” she sings.”Brujas”As Princess Nokia, Frasqueri continues to make music that reflects who she is. In “Brujas,” she honors her Yoruba, a faith and a people descending from West Africa, roots and family tree, which includes grandmothers who were witches. She paired the song with a video she co-directed with Asli Baykal, in which she lets her curly fro shine and begins with an indigenous song.”Tomboy”Princess Nokia continues to rap about what makes her her in “Tomboy,” her self-love anthem. With a bouncy beat, Princess Nokia embraces her breast-size and unapologetic, non-conforming style that sometimes includes her hoops, baggy pants and Timberland boots. In the video she wears oversized sweaters and a gold plated chain with “Destiny” it. “Your Eyes Are Bleeding”It may not be obvious, but Princess Nokia is a huge alt-rock fan. As Remezcla points out, those who follow Princess Nokia on social media, may know how much she loves the likes of Blink-182 and Paramore. “Your Eyes Are Bleeding” is one single out of A Girl Cried Red, her latest album in which she goes all out emo. “I wanted to write a mixtape that was about falling apart and being a fucking mess,” she said about the album in a live Instagram chat.  Amara La Negra Photo: Mike Pont/Getty Images Maluca MalaPhoto: J. Grassi/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images Inside Maluca Mala’s Daring Sound Amara La Negra Photo: Mike Pont/Getty Images How Bad Bunny Is Putting Latin Trap On The Map Ibeyi Are Leaving Their Mark On U.S. Pop Culture Princess Nokia Photo: Burak Cingi/Redferns Karol GPhoto: Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images How Bad Bunny Is Putting Latin Trap On The Map Princess Nokia Photo: Burak Cingi/Redferns Bad BunnyPhoto: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images Inside Maluca Mala’s Daring Sound Maluca MalaPhoto: J. Grassi/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images Amara La Negra On Her Afro-Latina Identity 7 Artists Who Have Added New Life To Reggaeton Inside Maluca Mala’s Daring Sound Prev Next Bad BunnyPhoto: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images Princess Nokia Is Making Space For The Voiceless Amara La Negra On Her Afro-Latina Identity The Latinas Of ‘Women Who Rock’ Celia CruzPhoto: M. Caulfield/WireImage Karol GPhoto: Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images Karol GPhoto: Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images Ibeyi Are Leaving Their Mark On U.S. Pop Culture Princess Nokia Is Making Space For People Who “Don’t Have A Voice Yet” In Music The Latinas Of ‘Women Who Rock’ Meet Princess Nokia, an Afro-Latina rapper making space in music for women with intersecting identities Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Sep 19, 2018 – 3:59 pm More than a rapper and singer, Destiny Frasqueri aka Princess Nokia is a fighter. The story behind her journey into music says it all. Her re-birth as a music artist transpired thanks to the moments after she left her abusive foster mother. She was in her mid-teens and had just three dollars in her pocket – “That was really the start of Princess Nokia,” she says in Destiny, a documentary about her by The Fader.   Princess Nokia Is Making Space For The Voiceless IbeyiPhoto: David Wolff – Patrick/Redferns Esperanza Spalding Is Making Waves In Her Own Lane Maluca MalaPhoto: J. Grassi/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images Amara La Negra On Her Afro-Latina Identity Celia CruzPhoto: M. Caulfield/WireImage How Bad Bunny Is Putting Latin Trap On The Map Esperanza Spalding Is Making Waves In Her Own Lane Hispanic Heritage Month 2018 The Latinas Of ‘Women Who Rock’ IbeyiPhoto: David Wolff – Patrick/Redferns Ibeyi Are Leaving Their Mark On U.S. Pop Culture Esperanza SpaldingPhoto: Noam Galai/Getty Images 7 Artists Who Have Added New Life To Reggaeton Esperanza SpaldingPhoto: Noam Galai/Getty Images Celia CruzPhoto: M. Caulfield/WireImage Amara La Negra Photo: Mike Pont/Getty Images Princess Nokia Photo: Burak Cingi/Redferns Princess Nokia Is Making Space For The Voiceless Bad BunnyPhoto: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images Esperanza Spalding Is Making Waves In Her Own Lane Read morelast_img read more

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Facebook Google Apple Amazon expected to testify at congressional antitrust hearing

first_img null US Tech Policy Share your voice Politics Tech Industry Aug 6 • Trump says he’s watching Google ‘very closely,’ slams CEO Sundar Pichai reading • Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon expected to testify at congressional antitrust hearing Jul 28 • Apple’s Q3 earnings are all about the iPhone 11 hints Aug 7 • Trump’s emissions and fuel economy rollbacks will cost Americans money, study says Tagscenter_img US Tech Policy 0 See All Aug 6 • President Trump wants social media to catch shooters before they strike. It’s going to be hard • The upcoming hearing on Capitol Hill is the latest effort by lawmakers to begin reigning in big tech. Getty Images For months, politicians have been echoing calls from Elizabeth Warren, a senator and presidential candidate, to break up big tech. Now, Capitol Hill is going to hold a hearing on it.Representatives from Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon will appear at a hearing with US House Committee on the Judiciary next week to discuss antitrust issues, according to a reports by Politico and The Washington Post (subscriptions required).The Post reported that the companies will be sending legal and policy executives, including Kyle Andeer, Apple’s vice president for corporate law and chief compliance officer and Matt Perault, the head of global policy development at Facebook. Neither the companies nor a spokesman for the committee immediately responded to requests for comment.The hearing will mark another opportunity for lawmakers to discuss their growing frustration with tech companies, which have until recently been able to largely operate without meaningful regulation. But Democrats and Republicans alike have signaled an appetite to punish big tech firms following a series of high profile scandals — including disinformation campaigns by Russian and Iranian operatives aimed at disrupting the US political process and its elections.”The era of the wild west in social media is coming to an end,” Virginia Sen. Mark Warner said during a hearing late last year with Facebook and Twitter. Congress, he said, will have to take action. “Where we go from here is an open question.”While lawmakers agree something needs to be done, they haven’t been able to decide exactly what to do. Some hearings on tech issues have sometimes devolved into partisan bickering. Others have exposed some senator’s and congresspeople’s lack of understanding about how tech companies operate.Still, there is an increasing push from Washington DC to hold tech companies accountable. Aside from hearings on Capitol Hill, the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice have begun plotting potential investigations of their own against tech companies. And President Donald Trump often criticizes tech companies over issues such as free speech.European regulators have been more aggressive in their efforts to reign in big tech. In March, a European commission hit Google with a $1.7 billion fine for “abusive” online ad practices. And last year, the EU’s executive arm fined Google a record $5 billion for unfair business practices around Android, its mobile phone and tablet software.The House Committee’s hearing next week though will likely focus on antitrust issues that have grown out of an investigation began last month. When the committee first announced its probe in June, it said it wanted to explore whether companies were engaging in “anti-competitive conduct.””The growth of monopoly power across our economy is one of the most pressing economic and political challenges we face today. Market power in digital markets presents a whole new set of dangers,” said Rep. David N. Cicilline, a Democrat from Rhode Island and chairman of the House Antitrust Subcommittee, in a statement at the time. “After four decades of weak antitrust enforcement and judicial hostility to antitrust cases, it is critical that Congress step in to determine whether existing laws are adequate to tackle abusive conduct by platform gatekeepers or whether we need new legislation to respond to this challenge.”CNET’s Shara Tibken contributed to this report. Amazon Facebook Google Applelast_img read more

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Prime Day 2019 The leftovers

first_imgTyler Lizenby/CNET Prime Day 2019 is gone but not forgotten. And many, if not most, of the most impressive deals are gone too. But there are a few stragglers, including some solid discounts on Apple products and an Instant Pot for 50% off. We’ve rounded up others below.Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.  The last Prime Day deals of 2019 Apple AirPods: $145 (save $14)AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $179 (save $20)Apple iPad 32GB: $249 (save $80)Roku Ultra: $69 (save $31)Runtopia S1 smartwatch: $80 (save $20)Instant Pot: $50 (save $50)Lenovo Smart Clock: $60 (save $20)This story was originally published earlier and is regularly updated. Comments Tags The best Prime Day deals still available The best Walmart Summer Sale deals still available AirPods, iPads, Apple Watch and MacBooks still on sale Prime Day is over, but these laptop deals aren’t: Big price cuts on Chromebooks, MacBooks and more Amazon Prime Amazon Amazon Prime Day 2019: Everything to know See also Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Share your voice Smart Home Tablets Projectors Small Appliances Wearable Tech Smart Speakers & Displays 17 Photos Amazon Prime Day The Cheapskate CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Now playing: Watch this: 99+ 1:43 This Amazon site handles your biggest, bulkiest purchaseslast_img read more

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IS runaway Shamimas baby son dies

first_imgRenu Begum, sister of teenage British girl Shamima Begum, holds a photo of her sister as she makes an appeal for her to return home at Scotland Yard, in London, Britain on 22 February 2015. Reuters File PhotoThe baby son of Shamima Begum, a British-born teenager who left London to join the Islamic State group, has died in Syria, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said Friday.Begum, 19, who was stripped of her citizenship by the British government despite her wish to return, gave birth last month in a refugee camp in northeast Syria.The baby died of pneumonia, according to a medical certificate, the BBC reported.She had previously given birth to two other children who are said to have died, apparently from illness and malnutrition.SDF spokesman Mustefa Bali confirmed the death to AFP but declined to specify how or when it happened. He had previously denied the baby had died in a Twitter post that has since been deleted.Her case has highlighted a dilemma facing many European countries, divided over whether to allow jihadists and IS sympathisers home to face prosecution or bar them from entry as the so-called Islamic State group’s “caliphate” crumbles.The runaway teen, who left East London for Syria when she was 15 years-old with two other schoolgirls, said last month she wanted to return to Britain after fleeing fighting between the terror group and US-backed forces.At the time, Ms Begum told the BBC: “Losing my children the way I lost them, I don’t want to lose this baby as well and this is really not a place to raise children, this camp.”But public sentiment hardened against Begum after she showed little remorse about IS attacks in media interviews from the refugee camp in eastern Syria.Home secretary Sajid Javid revoked her citizenship, deeming her a security risk, although the government had hinted her newborn son could be treated differently.After news of the baby boy’s death emerged, senior opposition figure Diane Abbott criticised the government’s decision.”It is against international law to make someone stateless, and now an innocent child has died as a result of a British woman being stripped of her citizenship,” she tweeted.”This is callous and inhumane.”A mass exodus from the jihadists’ last redoubt in eastern Syria has sparked a humanitarian emergency, as the SDF leads an offensive to smash the last remnants of the IS territory.The International Rescue Committee on Friday said that 12,000 women and children had arrived at the Kurdish-run Al-Hol camp since Wednesday.Since December, at least 100 people have died en route to the camp or shortly after arriving, mostly children under five, the IRC said.last_img read more

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Toyota Unveils Robot Baby to Tug at Maternal Instinct in Aging Japan

first_img 3 min read Toyota Motor Corp. on Monday unveiled a doe-eyed palm-sized robot, dubbed Kirobo Mini, designed as a synthetic baby companion in Japan, where plummeting birth rates have left many women childless.Toyota’s non-automotive venture aims to tap a demographic trend that has put Japan at the forefront of aging among the world’s industrial nations, resulting in a population contraction unprecedented for a country not at war or racked by famine or disease.”He wobbles a bit, and this is meant to emulate a seated baby, which hasn’t fully developed the skills to balance itself,” said Fuminori Kataoka, Kirobo Mini’s chief design engineer. “This vulnerability is meant to invoke an emotional connection.”Toyota plans to sell Kirobo Mini, which blinks its eyes and speaks with a baby-like high-pitched voice, for 39,800 yen ($392) in Japan next year. It also comes with a “cradle” that doubles as its baby seat designed to fit in car cup holders.The Toyota baby automaton joins a growing list of companion robots, such as the upcoming Jibo, designed by robotics experts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that resembles a swiveling lamp, and Paro, a robot baby seal marketed by Japanese company Intelligent System Co. Ltd. as a therapeutic machine to soothe elderly dementia sufferers. Around a quarter of Japan’s population is over 65 with a dearth of care workers putting a strain on social services.Exacerbated by a reluctance to invite immigrants to bolster its working-age population, Japan’s demographic crunch shows little sign of easing, with the government looking at robots to replenish the thinning ranks of humans.In the past half century births in Japan have halved to around a million a year, according to government statistics, with one in 10 women never marrying. Births out of wedlock are frowned upon in Japan and much less common than in Western developed nations.Japan is already a leading user of industrial robots. It has the second-biggest concentration after South Korea with 314 machines per 100,000 employees, according to the International Federation of Robots. New technology to help them better interact with humans means robots have begun moving beyond factory floors into homes, offices, shops and hospitals.Kataoka said Toyota, which is investing heavily to develop artificial intelligence for self-driving cars, sees Kirobo Mini as a stepping stone to more advanced robots that will be able to recognize and react to human emotions.($1 = 101.5600 yen)(Reporting by Naomi Tajitsu; Writing by Tim Kelly; Editing by Christopher Cushing) This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. October 4, 2016last_img read more

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VPN Lifeguard kill switch for VPN connections

first_imgVPN Lifeguard: kill switch for VPN connections by Martin Brinkmann on February 10, 2017 in Software – Last Update: May 22, 2018 – 18 commentsVPN Lifeguard is a free open source software program for Windows devices that adds a kill switch to VPN connections to avoid IP leaks.A VPN is one of the better ways to improve privacy while your connected to the Internet. The main reason for this is that it blocks sites and services from identifying your device’s IP address.While there are ways to get around this, WebRTC comes to mind for instance, it is without doubt adding a protective layer to the connection.There are numerous ways to connect to VPNs. From using third-party software that the VPN provider offers to OpenVPN, or PPTP. Depending on the solution, you may get extras such as an Internet kill switch or DNS leak protection.VPN LifeguardVPN Lifeguard supports PPTP and IPSec, but not OpenVPN or third-party VPN clients. While that is limiting, those who do connect to VPNs using the supported options may benefit from running VPN Lifeguard in several ways.The main reason for using the program is that it adds a kill switch to the VPN connection. If the connection to the VPN drops, VPN Lifeguard will block all Internet traffic to avoid IP leaks.The software ships with a couple of extras on top of that, for instance options to establish the connection to the VPN automatically again, or reload certain applications when the connection to the VPN is successful.You can start the open source program right after download. Please note that it requires elevated rights, so right-click on the program and select run as administrator.You may want to establish a connection to the VPN so that the program identifies it properly.First thing you may want to do is select Config to configure the program properly. It may detect certain settings automatically.Make sure the local IP of VPN, and the IP of the box is set up correctly. If you are in doubt, hit the question mark button to run IPconfig on the local device.Other options that you have here include selecting the programs that you want VPN Lifeguard to manage, configuring autorun for the program, and to close software automatically when VPN Lifeguard is terminated.The main interface lists the known networks, and provides you with options to start and stop the monitoring of the VPN connection.Here is a demo video by the author that demonstrates how VPN Lifeguard works.Closing WordsVPN Lifeguard may be an option for you to improve your privacy on the Internet when you connect to a VPN service if that connection happens over PPTP and IPSec. The program is of no use to you otherwise.The program could use some instructions that explain how you configure it properly, and test whether everything is working fine.Now You: Do you use a VPN service regularly?Summary12345 Author Rating3.5 based on 3 votes Software Name VPN LifeguardOperating System WindowsSoftware Category SecurityLanding Page https://sourceforge.net/projects/vpnlifeguard/ Advertisementlast_img read more

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Deconstructing PACS PointCounterpoint

first_img Related Content About the authors:Tom Watson, RCVT, is a clinical analyst at MD Buyline with over 40 years of experience in the field of cardiovascular medicine. Matt Adams, MBA, joined MD Buyline as a healthcare IT analyst after spending more than 25 years in healthcare information technology, business development and consulting. Cris Bennett, R.T. (R)(MR), is a clinical analyst at MD Buyline with over 19 years of experience in medical imaging including general radiography, CT, MRI and radiology IT.Michael J. Cannavo, better known as the PACSMan, has had over 350 articles on PACS technology published over the past 30 years in industry trade journals. He has extensive experience in the PACS marketplace and has worked with over 300 hospitals, radiology groups and imaging centers nationwide proposing workable, cost-effective solutions for imaging departments, as well as integrating PACS into the EHR. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 COUNTERPOINTBy Michael J. CannavoI am neither for or against deconstructed PACS, but rather feel that the way it has been presented is more marketing hype than anything else.The widespread adoption of standards like Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) certainly has helped the concept of deconstructing PACS (DP) to evolve. It seems everywhere you turn there is also talk of interoperability, although today it’s more a buzzword than a reality. More than that, though, the development and growth of alphabet soup submarkets like VNAs, and to a lesser degree medical image sharing (MIS), use of viewer-agnostic zero-footprint viewers (ZFV), and others have helped further the use of DP. That said, there still remain many more turnkey solutions in place than build-it-yourself ones and probably will for quite a while. The reasons for this are many. First, the number of vendors who have adopted a DP approach are relatively few, and nearly all of those are smaller independents. None of the majors have adopted a DP philosophy although most majors will connect to other third-party software and solutions if/when pushed.  Second, few facilities have the internal resources to implement and support third-party solutions from a host of different vendors. VNAs remain the exception because they can support multiple different “ologies,” and both the short- and long-term savings are significant. Third, assessing best-of-breed solutions takes time and most facilities don’t have the time to do a detailed assessment and define what best meets their needs. And lastly, not all solutions play well with the others. Updating one solution’s software might also have a negative impact on the overall system operation. I have witnessed this time and again when modality manufacturers would update their software without telling the PACS vendors, causing unreadable images the next morning until it got figured out. Meshing with an Enterprise Imaging StrategyDeconstructed PACS is all about sharing across the enterprise, whereby “regular” PACS is more a department-centric solution. This doesn’t mean that one is better than the other, as the solution employed varies based on the needs of the facility. VNAs take into effect other “ologies,” while MIS and ZFV both send images across the wide spectrum of clinicians in a facility. Most facilities are looking long-term to the creation of an EHR. While some facilities might elect to just tie the various clinical systems together using an interface engine, others prefer to eliminate as much of the disparate systems using as few applications as possible. This includes using virtual machines (VM) versus physical hardware, the cloud for storage versus on-site archives (or hybrids that use a combination of both), and reference viewers that allow for radiology and cardiology images to both be displayed, as well as reports and so on.Can regular PACS do that as well as a DP? Yes, but you are limited in both how much you can do and the format therein. Images stored in and retrieved from a VNA offer a lot more flexibility than those stored in a vendor PACS. Images viewed on a ZFP offer more viewing options that those coming from a Web-based PACS. Images transferred to a physician’s office via an MIS offer several advantages over CDs or even USB flash drives. It is important to note that these newer options are not without added cost as many of the “features” you would look at in a DP are included in a regular PACS design. That said, when you look at the bigger picture, oftentimes the benefits outweigh the costs. Once again though, a lot of facilities don’t have the time or resources to make the required evaluation that ensures that everything will work together well and meet the requirements.The Future of PACS There will always be the need for standalone turnkey PACS solutions, especially in the smaller (<150 bed) hospital and diagnostic imaging center markets. Even when DP becomes more widely accepted you’ll still see more turnkey PACS than build-it-yourself PACS in place. Simplicity is key and the “one throat to choke” approach usually works best for that. Supporters of DP will say you can choke the throat of a systems integrator as well but it’s just not the same as going back to a PACS vendor saying “It’s your system — make it work,” even if third-party components are in the design as nearly all are. The exception to all this will be VNAs. These will become a standard part of PACS in the next five or so years and will no doubt supplant current PACS archives. As VNA prices continue to drop as well as the required data migration costs, VNA adoption will show an even greater uptick. This is predicated on having an accepted industry-wide standard for a VNA adopted, but that should happen fairly soon.  Lastly, look for data analysis along with the creation of an electronic health record (EHR) to play a strong role in continued PACS growth and utilization. PACS has evolved since it was introduced in the 1980s and continues to evolve. As technology advances, this allows new features to be incorporated into PACS system design. While not all advances will be incorporated nor will they happen as quickly as one would like to think, what makes sense from a functional and financial standpoint will no doubt become part of the new PACS. 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 Related Enterprise Imaging ContentRSNA Technology Report 2015: Enterprise ImagingVIDEO: Creating an Enterprise Imaging SystemStrategy is Key to Enterprise Imaging SuccessDeconstructing PACS in Developing Enterprise ImagingWhat is Vendor Neutral Anyway?An Ounce of VNA Strategy is Worth a Pound of RemediationUsers Will Determine Whether Enterprise Imaging SucceedsDeconstructing PACS: Point/CounterpointEnterprise Imaging Will Help Industry Achieve Patient-centric CareUnderstanding Enterprise Imaging 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 | 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 POINTBy Tom Watson, RCVT, Matt Adams, MBA, and Cris Bennett, R.T. (R)(MR)As healthcare continues to evolve and grow, so does the need to make the large number of disparate technologies fit together and function seamlessly. In some cases, this means first taking apart or reconstructing these information systems. There has been a long-standing need in healthcare to put all components of the patient record with images and all support diagnostic documentation into a single solution rather than a multitude of partial solutions. It has been suggested that the deconstructing of picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) has the potential to achieve this goal. However, deconstructing PACS is not a universal term, and before we can understand its potential benefit, we must understand what it means.Defining the Deconstruction of PACS The concept of deconstructing PACS focuses on eliminating the virtual walls that separate many different areas of patient diagnosis and care as they relate to images. This means expanding the ability to access and view images and diagnostic findings to all clinical departments and specialties, well beyond the traditional reports and information that are already stored in electronic medical records (EMR). Achieving this goal means overcoming many challenges and obstacles, but the potential advantages, quality outcomes and efficiencies that may evolve is worth considering. Significant technological advancements in recent years, such as the vendor neutral archive (VNA), have laid the foundations necessary to achieve the deconstruction of PACS. In some ways, this was the initial step in deconstructing PACS as the history of PACS reflects a landscape of many disparate cardiology and radiology X-ray based PACS, as well as specialized ultrasound PACS. VNA offers a solution that takes advantage of the economies of scale, allowing images and reports from different systems to be centrally archived in an enterprise storage solution.The development of a universal viewer established a standard access, allowing physicians to retrieve and view results from different sources and origins without having to use multiple workstations. Currently, the universal viewer is not readily available from all vendors nor is it yet fully realized. In concept, it allows images to be viewed anywhere (home or office) and on many generic workstations, as well as many types of hand held devices (smartphones and tablets) with access to diagnostic-quality images and supporting data and reports.The Benefit of Deconstructing PACSAs hospitals add more facilities to their networks, integration is key to getting the right information to the right clinician at the point of care or point of decision at the critical time. The VNA and deconstruction process may offer a more efficient way to integrate new facilities into large hospital networks. The process would make not only the storage but also the access to the full images, tools and diagnostic information truly vendor independent and accessible via a single point of access, viewer and system.“The chief information officer (CIO) is looking for a reliable, unified solution that is similar to the movement already underway in the EMR applications. Improvements would come with a single point of access, which is most likely going to be via the EMR,” said Henri “Rik” Primo, strategic relations, digital health services of Siemens Healthineers. Primo also thinks the deconstruction of PACS will “likely improve the hospital’s ability to implement and maintain a higher level of cyber-security as a centralized function.”  This is important, as the protection of patient data remains a huge area of concern for providers and the number of breaches increase.Deconstructing PACS could also drive collaboration among all PACS and image capture reporting vendors, as well as EMR vendors. Industry collaboration has always been challenging, but the future success of this and similar industry initiatives requires a much more open approach. This in and of itself can result in positive changes.According to Louis Lannum, director of enterprise imaging, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, “Having a common workflow engine that allows a consistent process from orders (if needed) to imaging acquisition, information management, diagnostic review, reporting, storage, archive, retrieval and review (non-diagnostic and diagnostic) would improve consistency and establish an enterprise-wide standard that would simplify the process across the enterprise’s healthcare spectrum. This would streamline the healthcare IT process, consolidate resources and reduce cost and space for redundant storage that currently exists in most healthcare settings.”Primo echoed this same sentiment, saying, “It provides the capability to bring information into a more centralized governance, which can bring enhanced consistency.  It also can be instrumental to drive interoperability between different PACS, image capture devices, reporting and the EMR.”Quality OutcomesAt its core, a deconstructed PACS solution would allow all physicians involved in direct patient management to access all available information compiled across the continuum of care. Currently, clinicians must deal with multiple sign-on functions and different workstations, often spread out across the hospital, that have diverse graphic user interfaces (GUIs). This makes trying to holistically manage patient care and efficiently gather, review and implement a treatment strategy feel like a herculean task.“As a primary care internist, having a system that is easy and simple with all the information is what I would like,” said Troy Martin, M.D., chief medical officer of QuestCare Hospitalist Group. “Direct patient interaction is down to 10 to 20 percent a day with 80 to 90 percent of my day being spent on information gathering, documentation, etc. This solution could move the physician back to what they love, what they became a physician to do and that is direct patient interaction, care and management.” A deconstructed environment could offer improved patient outcomes as a result of clinicians having access to the patient’s full information, findings and diagnoses in an efficient manner. “It could reduce or eliminate mistakes in reports and images from different patients ending up being represented as the same patient. The more eyes you have looking at data the more likely you will catch any mistakes,” Martin said.Primo provided industry perspective, stating, “From a big-picture perspective it has the theoretical benefit to enable improvements of the overall quality of care while reducing costs long-term.” This statement speaks to the current climate in healthcare — providers are being asked to provide superior care at a lower cost.The Deconstructed Future There are and will be many challenges to the deconstruction of PACS. As with any innovative technology trend, there are concerns. A few such concerns are the training necessary to use the technology correctly, scaling the solution as volumes and size of healthcare enterprises change, connectivity to other systems, analytics support and appropriate security. Technological advances, such as solid-state drives, cloud storage and virtual networking, are helping offset some of the costs. Do these challenges outweigh the all-encompassing need for a new solution to the imaging needs of today’s clinicians? We believe the answer is yes.In a deconstructed PACS world, there is potential for better workflow, best-of-breed vendor component selection, increased interoperability between healthcare institutions and EMR, and lower cost of ownership over the traditional PACS paradigm. This emerging concept may be a great opportunity to create a forward-looking strategy with a solution that is customizable and will work within the parameters of the facility’s needs.However, at the heart of this concept is the desire to bring more efficient, accurate, quality patient care that will result in improved patient outcomes. One of the most poignant sentiments that we believe embodies the feeling of a majority of physicians, nurses and clinicians who choose to pursue medicine to help others comes from Martin.“Anything that can be done anywhere, but specifically for information gathering that can minimize the time that the physician does clerical work and enables them to do what I call ‘doctor work,’ which we seem to have less and less time for, is an improvement and a huge positive result,” said Martin. “To me that is the goal, that is where we all win. In the last 5 to 10 years, I have seen lots of things push us away from doctor work and almost nothing go back toward focusing on giving the physician time to use our skills learned and knowledge to take care of people. To me that would be the ideal focus and a positive outcome for healthcare and ultimately for the patient.”  There has been a lot of talk about "deconstructing" PACS. But what does this mean, and how could it affect the way you do business? This point/counterpoint takes a look at both sides of the debate. The Point argument is written by Tom Watson, Matt Adams and Cris Bennett of MD BuyLine, and is directly followed by the Counterpoint argument, written by Michael J. Cannavo, industry consultant. 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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Earthquake Recovery Environmental Excellence See Accor Triumph

first_imgAccor enjoyed triumph at last night’s New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference (NZHIC) Awards, taking home two major awards. Novotel Auckland Airport, which celebrated its first anniversary this week, won the Hotel Industry Environmental Initiative Award for its pioneering “green” credentials. The hotel is the first in New Zealand to reach Accor’s new Planet 21 accreditation and was recognised because of its innovative design which features New Zealand’s largest internal living green wall, timbers from certified sustainable forests, low-energy fittings and a unique façade that optimizes acoustic and thermal insulation. The hotel has a water-saving rate 4.1 points higher than best practice, has set a benchmark to recycle 75% of its waste and by the end of the year will use 50% eco-labeled chemicals amongst a host of other environmental initiatives.The Novotel was developed by Tainui Group Holdings and Auckland International Airport Limited, and was launched in May 2012 by Maori Kiingi Tuheitia and New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key.On the same night Tim Dearsley, General Manager of All Seasons Christchurch Papanui Road, was honoured with a Special Award for his key role in the recovery of the city after the February 2011 earthquake. Tim has spent more than 30 years in the tourism industry in New Zealand and was instrumental in assisting guests and staff in the aftermath of the earthquake. As part of Accor’s Crisis Team, he helped to relocate staff to other Accor hotels, kept the entire network up to date on what was happening and coordinated the recovery of guest belongings. He was seconded to the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority and worked tirelessly to get the city back to business, while helping to raise more than $170,000 with his Accor colleagues for the people of the city. Most recently Tim has been working with the Central City Development Unit to help reopen Christchurch’s central business district. Tim will take over management of the Ibis Christchurch later in the year, with the Ibis expected to be the first hotel in the city centre to re-open following the earthquake. Paul  Richardson, Accor’s Vice President New Zealand and Fiji said the two awards were a great recognition of two areas in which Accor has a very strong focus.“We are delighted to see Novotel Auckland Airport and Tim Dearsley recognised with these two awards,” he said. “Accor has a strong focus on sustainability and on playing a role in the communities in which our hotels operate and these awards honour that commitment.” Source = Accorlast_img read more

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LenderLive Takes On PHHs Private Label Ops

first_img February 27, 2017 534 Views in Featured, Media, News LenderLive Network LLC recently reached a definitive agreement with PHH Mortgage Corp. to assume its private label fulfillment operations in Jacksonville, Florida.For the uninitiated, PHH late last year announced that it had had its fill of the private label fulfillment business, opting to gracefully bow out of the sector and then turn over its operations to LenderLive. The pair’s freshly inked agreement, approved by the boards of both companies and all other appropriate parties, is expected to facilitate a smooth changeover for both PHH employees and clients. After the deal closes, the transitioning associates will become LenderLive employees, and the Jacksonville operations center will be rebranded as LenderLive.”We are excited about the opportunity of adding a significant number of talented mortgage professionals and establishing a new operations center for LenderLive in Jacksonville,” said Rick Seehausen, LenderLive CEO. “The arrangement accelerates our long-stated imperative of driving scale and operating leverage in our private label Mortgage Solutions business.”Under the agreement, PHH will outsource loan processing, underwriting, and closing activities to LenderLive until the contracts with its current clients served out of Jacksonville have been transitioned and/or completed. LenderLive will service these accounts from the operations center in Jacksonville and intends to hire 250 to 300 PHH staffers to work from that locale. Throughout this year, clients requiring outsourced fulfillment services will be transitioned to LenderLive. Another benefit of the agreement: The Jacksonville operations center, a capacious piece of real estate capable of supporting some 700 employees, will allow LenderLive to expand its operations to meet the demand for services from its current and future clientele.“We look forward to welcoming our new associates and demonstrating the benefits of our platform and business model to PHH clients,” Seehausen added. “This is a win-win for everyone involved.” LenderLive Takes On PHH’s Private Label Opscenter_img LenderLive Network Inc. PHH Rick Seehausen themreport 2017-02-27 Staff Writer Sharelast_img read more

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