NEW YORK, N.Y. – Wireless carriers Sprint and T-Mobile called off a potential merger, saying the companies couldn’t come to an agreement that would benefit customers and shareholders.The two companies have been dancing around a possible merger for years, and were again in the news in recent weeks with talks of the two companies coming together after all. But in a joint statement Saturday, Sprint and T-Mobile said they are calling off merger negotiations for the foreseeable future.“The prospect of combining with Sprint has been compelling for a variety of reasons, including the potential to create significant benefits for consumers and value for shareholders. However, we have been clear all along that a deal with anyone will have to result in superior long-term value for T-Mobile’s shareholders compared to our outstanding stand-alone performance and track record,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile US, in a prepared statement.T-Mobile and Sprint are the U.S.’ third- and fourth-largest wireless carriers, respectively, but they are significantly smaller than AT&T and Verizon, who effectively have a duopoly over U.S. wireless service. The two companies have said they hoped to find a way of merging to make the wireless market more competitive.Sprint and its owner, the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank, have long been looking for a deal as the company has struggled to compete on its own. But Washington regulators have frowned on a possible merger. D.C. spiked AT&T’s offer to buy T-Mobile in 2011 and signalled in 2014 they would have been against Sprint doing the same thing. But with the new Trump administration, it was thought regulators might be more relaxed about a merger.Sprint has a lot of debt and has posted a string of annual losses. The company has cut costs and made itself more attractive to customers, BTIG Research analyst Walter Piecyk says, but it hasn’t invested enough in its network and doesn’t have enough airwave rights for quality service in rural areas.T-Mobile, meanwhile, has been on a yearslong streak adding customers. After the government nixed AT&T’s attempt to buy it in 2011, T-Mobile led the way in many consumer-friendly changes, such as ditching two-year contracts and bringing back unlimited data plans. Consumers are paying less for cellphone service, thanks to T-Mobile’s influence on the industry and the resultant price wars.“T-Mobile does not need a merger with Sprint to succeed, but Sprint might need one to survive,” Piecyk wrote in an October research note.
Brock’s Faculty of Business will now be known as the Goodman School of Business, named after Brock’s Chancellor and renowned businessman Ned Goodman.For the first time in its history, Brock University is renaming one of its faculties.Brock announced today that its Faculty of Business will be known from now on as the Goodman School of Business. The school is being named for the family of Ned Goodman, the businessman and investment expert who has been the University’s Chancellor for the past five years.Brock President Jack Lightstone said the decision was made after the Goodman Foundation made a transformational gift to the school. The University is respecting the Foundation’s wishes not to reveal the amount.“This wonderful news bodes well for the future of the University on a number of levels, not least of which are the kinds of resources and facilities it will mean for faculty and students, for generations to come. Brock could not be more grateful for the honour of having the Goodman name, an iconic and respected Canadian business family name, as part of our school,” Lightstone said.Mark Goodman, Ned’s son, said the Goodman family is proud to provide Brock with new capital funding so that the Goodman School of Business can look forward to expansion of its excellence in business education, encouraging economic freedom to Brock students and its graduates.“My family looks forward to working with the University in the continuance of upgrading the excellence of the Goodman School of Business now and in the future,” he said.Lightstone said Goodman has taken a very keen interest in the University during his time as Chancellor.“Ned has certainly been a source of invaluable counsel as the University has navigated its way through the challenges and growing pains that inevitably characterize periods of significant expansion,” he said. “So after all of that service and guidance, we are now honoured to permanently create a legacy in perpetuity that speaks to this family’s generosity and to its commitment that Brock play the biggest role it can in preparing today’s students to be tomorrow’s public and private leaders.”Don Cyr, Brock’s Dean of Business, called this moment “a pivotal turning point for the Faculty of Business, providing us with resources and impetus to take our rightful place as leaders in business education and research.”Ned Goodman has agreed to serve as an adjunct professor to the Goodman School of Business, providing future students access to his many years of business and investment experience.Brock will benefit by being able to fund a number of initiatives, including academic research, community outreach and business development activities, as well as scholarships and awards, Lightstone said. He noted the gift will also “advance discussions” about a new building for the Goodman School.David Petis, Vice-President of University Advancement, added that “strategic private investment allows Brock to support expansion due to the high demand for precisely the kind of education that Brock offers. More importantly, it strengthens our ability to excel in teaching and research.”Ned Goodman’s investment experience spans more than 40 years as a securities analyst, portfolio manager and senior executive, and he has established a reputation as one of Canada’s most successful investment counsellors. He formed the Dundee group of financial companies in the 1990s, which became a Canadian leader in providing investment and wealth management advice and a wide array of investment products through DundeeWealth and Dynamic Funds, which were sold to Scotiabank in 2011.Goodman is a geologist who has a bachelor of science degree from McGill University and a master of business administration from the University of Toronto. He earned the designation of chartered financial analyst in 1967.In 1997 he was awarded a Doctorate of Laws, honoris causa, by Concordia University. He was named entrepreneur of the year in 2004 and developer of the year in 1989. In November 2005, he was honoured with the career achievement award at the 11th annual Canadian Investment Awards. In 2012, he was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame and was the 2012 recipient of the Fraser Institute’s T. Patrick Boyle Founder’s Award recognizing outstanding achievements in entrepreneurship, dedication to competitive capitalism and free markets, and philanthropic support for private-sector, non-profit enterprises.When asked about the family’s decision to support Brock, Goodman responded, “We did not do this to be celebrated or for publicity, but because during my time as Brock’s Chancellor, I have come to know that the Faculty of Business is a stellar operation, often hitting above its weight class.“Last week, I gave a talk to the Fraser Institute about the need to build ‘economic freedom.’ Today it is my wish that the Goodman School of Business provides the environment in which to build academic as well as overall freedom, to allow students and faculty to be nimble, smart and use this opportunity to enhance freedom in Niagara and beyond.”Goodman stated that his career had been built and grown by the motto of Surgite even before he discovered Brock University, and the fact that Sir Isaac Brock used the expression in the 1812 war against the Americans, telling his troops to “push on, regardless.”
[It is] a very brutal form of treatment which clearly causes distress and suffering… Killing fish by overheating, whether accidental or not, is simply inhumanePhilip Lymbery, Compassion in World Farming The Prince of Wales during his visit to a Loch Leven fish farm facility in OctoberCredit:PA WIRE Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that in the single worst incident 95,400 salmon were killed at a Marine Harvest farm in Loch Greshornish, on the Isle of Skye, in the summer.The fish were being treated for sea lice with a new device called a Thermolicer.The “sudden temperature change” in the water caused by the Thermolicer killed 95 per cent of the lice, but it also caused “significant mortalities” amongst the salmon, according to the documents.Officials estimated that the losses cost Marine Harvest over £2.7 million.Another 20,000 salmon were killed at the Loch Greshornish fish farm by other attempts to rid them of sea lice using chemicals.In an email, Loch Greshornish’s site manager Bill Wright reported to Marine Scotland’s senior fish health inspector that there had been more than 115,000 salmon deaths at the farm between July 3 and September 9 this year, “all due to treatment losses”. Another incident saw more than 60,000 salmon killed by hydrogen peroxide being used to treat them for amoebic gill disease at Marine Harvest’s fish farm in Soay Sound, off the Isle of Harris, in September.The deaths led to thousands of salmon carcasses being transported by lorry from the affected farms to incinerator plants near Wigan for destruction.The campaign group Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture (GAAIA), which obtained the government memos revealing the deaths, called for those responsible to be prosecuted.Don Staniford, director of GAAIA, said: “Serious questions must now be asked how thousands of farmed salmon became overheated, suffocated or even boiled alive by the Thermolicer.”Marine Harvests has contracts to supply fresh and smoke salmon to several supermarket giants, including Sainsbury’s and Tesco.The revelations come just a month after the Prince of Wales visited one of Marine Harvest’s farms, at Loch Leven, which houses more than 550,000 salmon.Following the visit, palace officials praised Loch Leven farm for its sustainable practices which they said “set the benchmark for the Scottish fishing industry”. The carcasses of salmon being transported for destruction following a similar incident Serious questions must now be asked how thousands of farmed salmon became overheated, suffocated or even boiled alive.Don Staniford, Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture Thousands of salmon were poached alive when a lice treatment process at Scottish fish farms went disastrously wrong, it has emerged.More than 175,000 salmon died when the water they were swimming in was overheated, prompting calls for those responsible to be prosecuted for cruelty.The catastrophic mistake by staff at farms run by the Norwegian multinational, Marine Harvest, cost millions of pounds and led to over 600 tonnes of dead salmon having to be incinerated.The deaths were largely responsible for a 16 per cent drop in the company’s Scottish salmon production and there are now fears it may lead to price rises for consumers in the run up to Christmas. The plan was backed by Mr Ewing, who promised to set up an “industry leadership group”.But animal welfare campaigners have said the recent deaths showed the plan to be fundamentally misguided. They claim the industry is already unable to deal with lice infestations because of the conditions in which the salmon are kept.Mr Stanniford said: “Sea lice infestations and infectious diseases such as Amoebic Gill Disease are quite literally choking the Scottish salmon farming industry to death.”The Thermolicer is supposed to works by bathing fish briefly in lukewarm water, capitalising on the parasite’s low tolerance for sudden changes in temperature.But Compassion in World Farming described it as “a very brutal form of treatment which clearly causes distress and suffering to the fish”.The campaign group’s chief executive, Philip Lymbery, said: “Killing fish by overheating, whether accidental or not, is simply inhumane. All current forms of treating sea lice entail problems.”Marine Harvest defended its practices, saying that the dead salmon had already been weakened by gill disease.Steve Bracken, the firm’s business development manager, said: “We regret any loss of fish and are always mindful of the welfare of the fish and aim to continuously improve our methods to address changing environmental circumstances.“We have been dealing with a number of challenges in relation to fish health. We have also faced challenges with amoebic gill disease which is increasing in this part of the world as a result of climate change.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Details of the incidents were revealed in a series of documents submitted by fisheries officials to the Scottish government’s rural economy minister Fergus Ewing.In recent months Marine Harvest fish farms in the Hebrides and Wester Ross have suffered a spate of gill disease outbreaks.There are concerns that lice are becoming increasingly resistant to chemical treatment – partly as a result of climate change – forcing fish farms to resort to potentially risky measures to get rid of the pests.According to the company’s latest quarterly report to investors, its production of salmon in Scotland has dropped by 16 per cent since last year as a result of the deaths.The report admits that costs increased due to “incident based mortality” that was “mainly related to gill disease and sea-lice treatment losses”.The deaths are a blow to the vital Scottish fish farming industry, which this year launched a plan to double its business from the current £1.8 billion to £3.6 billion by 2030.
The Zest WEG Group, including EnI Electrical, Shaw Controls and IMS Cape, has been awarded a contract by RB Met, a joint venture between Royal Bafokeng Holdings and Metix, to supply a complete electrical solution for a 600,000 t/y Outotec SBSTM ferrochrome pelletising and sintering plant in Rustenburg, South Africa. The plant is being constructed for the Xstrata Merafe Pooling and Sharing Venture (PSV). Construction on this energy efficient greenfields plant started on April 21, 2011. Trevor Naude, Sales & Marketing manager at EnI, a Zest WEG Group company, says the contract was secured on the strength of the company’s ability to cover the entire spectrum of electrical requirements – from supply of long lead items, such as transformers, to electric motors and full electrical and instrumentation installation.The scope of the EnI contract, scheduled for completion by the third quarter of 2012, comprises a complete electrical and instrumentation package from a single source, with engineering provided by Metix, a specialist in sinter pelletising technology. The overall electrical supply package is being managed by Zest.“The advantage of dealing with a multi-disciplinary single source supplier is that we have been able to offer value added prices,” Naude says. “To keep costs down, most of the electrical equipment was procured upfront, thus taking advantage of that current market price. ”Power and distribution transformers are sourced from Zest WEG’s transformer division, while motor control centres and small Variable Speed Drives (VSDs) come from Shaw Controls, also a Zest WEG Group company. Large, low voltage (LV) free standing VSDs up to 900 kW are supplied by Zest WEG and a complete standby diesel-driven generator was sourced from IMS Cape, a Zest division.Included in the contract are 150 LV WEG IE3 motors and two 3.5 MW six-pole 11 KV WEG mill motors, one of which will be stored as a spare. These mill motors are identical to other WEG motors already commissioned within Xstrata Group operations and Naude says this existing relationship enhances the company’s parts holding.Metix, in conjunction with Zest, successfully applied to SARS for a stage consignment ruling to bring the motors in free from South African duties, which saved Xstrata long term CAPEX cost.The Tswelopele project is expected to be fully operational by 2013. The building of the Tswelopele plant means that all five of the venture’s smelting locations will have agglomeration capacity. The plant will utilise fine ore that could not be used “as is” in the furnaces and agglomerating them into pellets. The pellets then go through a sintering process. The plant is expected to significantly improve operational efficiencies, costs and deliver environmental improvements.
Eurotire has announced a new partnership with the Kumtor gold mine in the Tian Shan mountainous region of Krygyzstan. The OTR tyre group has established a Technical Services Department onsite and says it “remains committed to providing 24/7 OTR bias ply and radial tyre maintenance and support for the gold mine’s fleet of equipment.” As a result of the recently signed contract with Kumtor, Eurotire technicians will be on hand to assist with reducing tyre related operating cost by improving tyre and rim maintenance practices while applying Eurocare safety techniques in everyday practices. The technicians will remain on site and serve on a rotating basis.“Gold producer Kumtor operates in an extremely challenging environment at over 4,000 m above sea level, the second highest gold mining operation in the world. Partnering for even greater success, this agreement demonstrates Eurotire’s global positioning statement of: wherever you mine, we are there with service and support for our tyres,” stated the Eurotire Technical Managers currently assisting on-site. “Eurotire’s Eurocare approach demonstrates we don’t just supply OTR tyres; we care for our customers as well as their mining operations and we are here to assist them in achieving their goals.” The agreement was reached after completing multiple in-depth, full-tyre audits. Consequently, Eurotire says it was able to provide Kumtor with a detailed recommendation that ensures fully optimised tyre performance and therefore, reduce the amount of time the machines might otherwise stand idle. The on-site audit also served to help clarify the customer’s KPIs.“Using the Eurotire maintenance program guidelines set forth will ensure the mine will receive the best OTR tire performance from their tyre investment” said the company. To date, some of the Eurotire 40.00-57 tyres have already achieved over 7,000 hours of operation.
MinAssist and Petrolab have teamed up to establish iMin Solutions, a company focused on bringing greater mineralogical capability directly to the mine site and mineral processing plant. Dr Will Goodall of MinAssist says “the driving influence of iMin Solutions is to provide accessible mineralogy solutions for operations, with a focus on data integration and remote support to generate more value from an improved understanding of mineralogy.”iMin Solutions provides tools to mineral processing operations to improve profitability through better use of processing data. In doing this iMin Solutions focuses on facilitating on-site personnel to make use of data through accessible expert support. This is achieved with the use advanced technologies to enable generation, communication and analysis of data in minerals processing operations.iMin Solutions offers products as part of an integrated Workbench that drives integration between datasets through our suite of products. The Workbench is primarily focused on facilitation of the use of mineralogical information to relate disparate datasets within the minerals processing operation. The core of the iMin Workbench is iMin (mineral), which is offered with technology partner Zeiss microscopy.The iMin(mineral) package provides an accessible platform for mining and minerals processing operations to establish capability for routine mineralogical analysis on-site. It uses a model of upskilling site metallurgists in day-to-day operation of the mineralogy program and undertake basic template reporting, while remote subject matter experts routinely review data generated and undertake more advanced analysis and reporting functions. The package is offered using the Zeiss MinSCAN ruggedised SEM based automated mineralogy system. Goodall says this “gives us great confidence putting equipment into remote mine sites where maintenance of a standard scanning electron microscope would be difficult.The iMin(mineral) package is provided as an all-in equipment, service and data analysis program offered as a monthly fee to the operation. This allows sites to run the operational mineralogy program as an operating cost, closely integrated with their day-to-day continuous improvement and optimisation programs.“iMin(mineral) package provides opportunity for operations to build operational mineralogy capability on-site, immediate benefits include:More efficient continuous improvement programsBetter understanding of fundamental process drivers to improve productivity.Information produced in iMin(Mineral) provides link to open advanced data analytics functions in minerals processing. Benefits will include:Whole of operation performance trendingLink to mine plan for fully predictive forecastingRobust reconciliation with mine plan.“We are excited to finally be at a stage with the use of automated mineralogy where it is technically feasible to run a system at the mine site using operations personnel. We see this as a huge step forward in understanding key drivers, such as variability, in mineral processing plants and hope to see it become as standard as having chemical assays. It has often been said that we recover minerals, not elements and with this kind of technology now becoming available for day-to-day use it may just be that we can measure those minerals directly and reap the benefits and more targeted knowledge.”
https://the42.ie/4611080 By Aaron Gallagher ‘Parents are texting instead of encouraging their kids’: Meath GAA club praised for banning mobile phones Navan O’Mahonys has banned use of mobile phones by parents at their Saturday nursery sessions. Short URL Navan O’Mahonys pictured after winning the Meath Senior Football Championship in 2014. This Saturday will be the first nursery session where Navan O’Mahonys’ new phone ban will be enforced. Instead of policing parents this weekend, Murray hopes that they will take the onus on themselves and just put the phone away for the hour.“We’re hoping that the parents themselves will enforce it,” she explains. “We’re not going to walk around and take people’s phones off them. We’re hoping that the parents will see the sign and use their own initiative. All you need to do it put the phone in your pocket, zip it up and forget about it for the hour.“The reaction has been very positive. Like everything there will be people who feel that we shouldn’t be telling them what to do. We’re not telling them, we’re just asking them. We just want people to be involved in what their child is doing instead of being on their phone.“We’re not going to be walking around pointing at people, telling them to get off their phone. At the end of the day everyone there on the sideline is an adult. We hope they will see the sign and use their own initiative.”Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: “It is just for an hour. We’re not asking people to forego their phones for the whole of the day. We’re just asking them for that one hour that they’re at the match with their kids. The kids that go to nursery are all between the ages of four and six years of age — and all they want is to just learn how to play football or hurling or camogie.”Murray says that in this day and age young children are faced with so many different types of distractions, from video games, to phones, to iPads, and that maintaining an hour of outdoor exercise was crucial, especially in forging friendships.“The kids are only that age for such a short time,” she says. “When they grow up and become teenagers and adults they are off looking after themselves. But at that age for that little while they are in the nursery it’s just about trying to encourage them and keep them interested in doing something that isn’t sitting at home on a PlayStation or an Xbox.“It’s all about getting out, getting active and making lifelong friendships. It doesn’t matter if you’re involved with a GAA club, a soccer club, a rugby club, if you get involved you will make lifelong friends into your playing career and even into the future beyond that.” Apr 29th 2019, 4:51 PM Share Tweet Email3 21,414 Views Monday 29 Apr 2019, 5:00 PM Subscribe Image: Tommy Grealy/INPHO 30 Comments MEATH GAA CLUB Navan O’Mahonys has been lauded for introducing a ban on mobile phones during their Saturday morning nursery training sessions.O’Mahonys have erected a sign at their grounds encouraging parents to put their phones away during the ‘Pride of Cubs’ sessions for kids aged 4-6, so that they can focus on encouraging their children instead.In a statement released on Monday, they said: “In today’s society, people are constantly on their phones in restaurants, bars… and the sidelines is no different. We want to change this.”The club has received praise for their decision. Club PRO Jackie Murray said taking part in sport was vital for young children to develop and make friends, and that in a modern world where we are all guilty of spending too much time looking at screens, carving out just one hour for kids to enjoy some fun and exercise is vital.“We were noticing that a lot of the parents were busy looking at their phones instead of noticing when their kid might kick the ball or run with the ball,” she told The42. “The parents were missing out on what their kids were doing because they were looking at their phones and texting or looking at social media.“So two or three weeks ago we decided that for one hour on a Saturday morning phones would not be brought to the pitch. Instead parents could join in and give the kids a little bit of encouragement by being there, being present, and watching what is going on.Great initiative @NavanOMahonys @MeathGAA pic.twitter.com/rPWJsiteq0— Leinster GAA (@gaaleinster) April 28, 2019 Navan O’Mahonys pictured after winning the Meath Senior Football Championship in 2014. Image: Tommy Grealy/INPHO Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Twitter Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Pinterest Triple H Roman Reigns talks main eventing WrestleMania 32 in DallasWWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns was the special guest this week on ESPN SportsCenter with host Jonathan Coachman where he talks about headlining WrestleMania 32 in Dallas this year with Triple H.“@WrestleMania was PHENOMENAL… To be there w/ @TripleH & take on one of the greatest legends”- @WWERomanReigns pic.twitter.com/BMUy03tPT9— WWE (@WWE) May 18, 2016Kevin Owens reflects on his first year with WWE’s main rosterKevin Owens issued the following tweet on Wednesday reflecting on his first full year as part of the WWE main roster.One year ago today, I showed up on Raw for the first time. Year 1 was pretty successful. Let’s see how I can make year 2 even better…@WWE— Kevin Owens (@FightOwensFight) May 18, 2016 WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Xavier Woods Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next The Miz Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live Facebook Now Playing Up Next Kurt Angle Shares Message In Support Of Roman Reigns Google+ 2K announces global partnership for WWE 2K20 with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next
NASA 5:24 NASA’s on a mission to collect space dirt from a potentially… NASA InSight lander rocks its journey to Mars: A view in pictures 22 Photos NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. NASA also released a GIF of the various surveys Osiris-Rex carried out after arriving at Bennu in early December The series of images, captured between Nov. 30 and Dec. 31, helped the team more accurately determine Bennu’s mass, which ensured that the orbital insertion would proceed smoothly. You can see the GIF, captured by Osiris-Rex’s black-and-white NavCam, below:Enlarge ImageOsiris-Rex surveyed 101955 Bennu before slipping into orbit on December 31. NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Lockheed Martin Space The orbital period, lasting until mid-February, is expected to provide additional details about Bennu’s gravity, orientation and spin, along with a better understanding of its mass. All those observations should lead to completing one of the chief objectives for Osiris-Rex: retrieve a sample from Bennu’s surface and fly it back to Earth. In 2020, the spacecraft will extend a specially designed arm, called Tagsam, for a brief high-five with the asteroid. The arm will blow nitrogen gas onto the surface of Bennu, kicking up handfuls of dirt, which the spacecraft will fly back to Earth in 2023.A successful pickpocketing will give scientists a more detailed look at the kind of compounds that make up the potentially hazardous object.Bennu is the near-Earth object that’s second most likely to collide with our planet, only outranked by an asteroid known as 1950 DA on NASA’s Palermo Technical Impact Hazard Scale. Though they’re ranked as hazardous, the actual likelihood they would ever collide with Earth is incredibly low — Bennu could smack into Earth between 2169 and 2199. 1950 DA shouldn’t trouble you at all. If it were to hit, that impact wouldn’t occur until 2880. Sci-Tech Comments Now playing: Watch this: 2 Fly, Osiris-Rex! Fly! NASA/Goddard Visiting a distant, icy world that looks like a snowman certainly had space enthusiasts enraptured in the first days of 2019, but some other historic NASA news slipped through in the final hours of 2018 — and it might reveal just as much about our solar system.The asteroid-chasing Osiris-Rex (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer) performed its own historic maneuver on New Year’s Eve. An eight-second thruster burn on Dec. 31 placed the spacecraft in orbit around 101955 Bennu, which drifts through the solar system’s asteroid belt between the Earth and Mars.By inserting itself into orbit around Bennu, Osiris-Rex will survey the asteroid from a distance of only about 1 mile (1.75 kilometers) from its center. Bennu’s small size creates an incredibly tiny gravitational force, so maintaining that orbit will require lots of little adjustments, made by NASA and its collaborating organizations. “The gravity of Bennu is so small, forces like solar radiation and thermal pressure from Bennu’s surface become much more relevant and can push the spacecraft around in its orbit much more than if it were orbiting around Earth or Mars, where gravity is by far the most dominant force,” said Dan Wibben, maneuver and trajectory design lead. Tags Share your voice
State minister for power, energy and mineral resources Nasrul Hamid on Thursday told Parliament that price hike of electricity is a continuous process, reports UNB.”It is a continuous process to increase or adjust the existing prices of electricity due to rise in production and management costs,” he said replying to a tabled starred question from Awami League MP Habibur Rahman Mollah (Dhaka-5).Nasrul said the collection rate of electricity bills was 98.20 per cent in fiscal 2015-16. The power system loss has reduced to 13.10 per cent from 16.85 per cent over the last few years, he added.In reply to another starred question from AL MP Israfil Alam (Naogaon-6), the state minister informed the House that the average electricity generation is some 8,500-9,500 megawatt a day in the country. But the power production capacity is 15,379 megawatt a day.Nasrul said the highest 50.89 per cent electricity is now used in household sector, while 34.28 per cent in industrial sector, 9.34 in commercial sector, 3.61 per cent in agricultural sector and 1.88 per cent in other sectors.Replying to a starred question from ruling party MP Shamsul Hoque Chowdhury (Chittagong-12), the junior minister said some 2,740mcf (million cubic feet) gas is being extracted against the clients’ demand of 3,400 mcf a day in the country.The daily natural gas supply has increased by some 1010 mcf due to different steps taken by the present government in the last eight years from 2009 to 2017, Nasrul said.Meanwhile, Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu said there are 45 mills and factories run by the government in the country.Of the mills and factories, 36 ones are now in operation, while the remaining nine mills or factories remain closed, he said replying to a starred question from AL MP Sanjida Khanam (Reserved Seat-24).
Congress ChhattisgarhThe Congress appeared to be heading for a landslide victory on Tuesday in Chhattisgarh, dealing a major blow to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Election Commission officials said.After the first round of voting, Congress candidates were ahead of their rivals in 61 of the 90 seats in the battle for an Assembly where the half-way mark is 46.BJP candidates were ahead in 21 constituencies. While Chief Minister Raman Singh managed to reverse the trend after initially trailing to the Congress, all his cabinet Ministers were way behind their rivals.The alliance of Janta Congress Chhattisgarh of former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi and the Bahujan Samaj Party were leading in seven constituencies.In the outgoing Assembly, the BJP had 49 members and the Congress 39. The BJP has ruled Chhattisgarh since 2003.
Implementing the single-molecule DNA navigator. a) Schematic illustration of the PSEC system. An acyclic connected graph (i.e. a tree) is constructed on a rectangular DNA origami substrate of 100 x 70 nm^2. T1 and T2 are two types of fuels driving the PSEC on the tree. Initiator I was used to trigger the initiation of the PSEC from the entrance vertex ENT. b) propagation mechanism of the PSEC system. Initiator I recognizes and opens the T1ent hairpin at vertex ENT. The opened hairpin then captures and opens a T2 hairpin from the environment to start the cascade. c) A straight line paved by PSEC and visualized with DNA-PAINT. d) Four paved digits of “2017” imaged using atomic force microscopy (AFM). The T1 hairpins at the corner points were modified to prevent unwanted spans. The arrows indicate the direction of propagation. Credit: Nature Materials, doi: 10.1038/s41563-018-0205-3. © 2018 Science X Network Tying the knot: New DNA nanostructures , Science In the present study by Chao et al, the same basic principle of the HCR reaction scheme was used in a different computational context to develop a single-molecule DNA-navigator system. The platform explored all possible paths through a tree graph designed on an origami structure as a simply connected maze without cyclic paths. Such DNA origami structures are information-bearing nanostructures by nature with well-defined nanoscale geometry. The maze could be explored by proximal strand exchange cascade (PSEC) based on hybridization chain reactions. The researchers demonstrated that a system with a large number of single-molecule DNA navigators could collectively conduct parallel depth-first search (PDFS) on the tree to efficiently perform maze solving within 2-D origami. Initially the researchers conducted studies to test the PSEC design. Journal information: Nature Materials Citation: Solving mazes with single-molecule DNA navigators (2018, November 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-mazes-single-molecule-dna.html More information: Jie Chao et al. Solving mazes with single-molecule DNA navigators, Nature Materials (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41563-018-0205-3Renjun Pei et al. Training a molecular automaton to play a game, Nature Nanotechnology (2010). DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2010.194S. M. Douglas et al. A Logic-Gated Nanorobot for Targeted Transport of Molecular Payloads, Science (2012). DOI: 10.1126/science.1214081 Kinetics of the process were investigated at the single-molecule level in the study using time-resolved total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy (TIRF) in a setup with a prescribed starting point (P0) and five intermediate steps (P1-P5). Fluorescence in the setup was quenched using fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET), and the cascade was observed in real time by recording fluorescence signals continuously. The average speed of propagation was recorded to be 2.46 nm per minute, propagation across the straight line (54.4 nm) took approximately 22 minutes. The scientists then constructed the main model maze with 10 vertices that included an entrance vertex A and an exit vertex J, three junctions (B, D, E) an intermediate vertex (I) and four dead ends (C, F, G, H). Each path of the maze that was equivalent to a tree with 10 vertices was investigated using DNA investigators starting at root A. The PSEC reactions produced a mixture of various paths on the maze, confirmed with AFM. Each individual PSEC could progress on one of the five possible paths. Statistical analysis of the length distribution showed that the measured paths coincided well with the values predicted. To prevent the navigators from propagating through a wrong path with dead ends, the scientists designed a streptavidin-biotin tag-based method to selectively eliminate inaccurate path navigation. Only the correct path (PABDIJ) was followed in the maze therefore. The computational context used in the study allowed exploration of paths through tree graphs defined on the origami. The autonomous path explored by the DNA navigators proceeded unidirectionally and irreversibly, turning at junctions and corners on the origami platform as they were designed to. The design enabled parallel depth first search (PDFS) allowing each DNA navigator to individually explore any one of the paths through the given graph at a defined speed, greater than that previously achieved. The main advantage of the described biomolecular computer schemes in comparison to conventional electronic computing is they can be interfaced directly with biologically relevant processes. As a result, the scientists envision translational biomedical sensing and decision-making platforms with DNA origami and single-molecule diagnostics using decision trees. Future applications will also include simple sensors or those coupled to a molecular actuator to trigger downstream molecular cascades. , Nature Nanotechnology Pathfinding operations with DNA navigators make use of a localized strand exchange cascade process initiated at a unique trigger site on the origami platform. Automatic progression along paths is enabled by DNA hairpins containing a universal traversal sequence. By design, each single-molecule navigator can autonomously explore any of the possible paths through a 10-vertex rooted tree constructed in the study. The mazes were equivalent to a tree with an entrance at the root and an exit through one of the leaves. The study conducted by Jie Chao and co-workers resulted in exploring all paths taken by the DNA navigators to extract a specific solution path that connected a given pair of start and end vertices in the maze. As a result, the solution path was laid plainly on the origami platform and illustrated using single-molecule imaging. The approach is now published in Nature Materials, detailing the realization of molecular materials with embedded biomolecular computational functions to operate at the level of the single-molecule with potential to engineer intelligent nanorobots for future applications in industry and medicine.Sophisticated molecular tools were used in the past to create molecular machines that convert chemical, photonic or electric energy into rotary or linear movements at the nanoscale. For instance, Brownian motion at the nanoscale can be controllably converted into directed movements within DNA-based nanomachines using DNA hybridization reactions. Such DNA-based machines operate autonomously by following an embedded ‘molecular program’ pre-designed as a cascade reaction manually triggered via an external stimulus for each step of the operation. The focus of the field has progressively shifted to actualize DNA-based logic circuits using aptamers and DNAzymes to design molecular logic gates. For example, in 2006, Stojanovic and co-workers integrated more than 100 DNA logic gates to engineer an automation calledMAYA-II to play a game of Tic-Tac-Toe. Preceding studies demonstrated an enzyme free computing system based on hybridization chain reactions (HCR) to create logic-gates and logic circuits for more robust and efficient performance than the original systems. Single-molecule DNA navigators for maze-solving. a) Schematic illustration of magnetic bead-based selection. Exit vertex J is labelled with biotin to enable differentiation between the correct and wrong paths. Only if the PSEC reaches the correct exit J, would the biotin-modified T1exit-B strand be released. All wrong paths could be captured and removed by the Streptavidin-modified magmatic beads therefore. b) Details of the release of biotin modification at the exit J by the PSEC. c) AFM characterization of the correct solution after selection. The remaining structures all showed the correct solution path PABDIJ. d) Single-molecule and class-averaged DNA-PAINT characterization of the correct solution after selection. Credit: Nature Materials, doi: 10.1038/s41563-018-0205-3. Explore further The proximal strand exchange cascade (PSEC) system (working principle of the DNA navigator) was facilitated on a rectangular origami substrate made of three components, which included the physical implementation of a tree graph, full strands and an initiator strand. Vacant areas without staple extensions corresponded to walls in the maze, preventing propagation of the strand exchange cascade. The entrance and exit were defined and denoted as ENT and EXIT respectively. In the second component, two types of DNA hairpins, T1 and T2, were used as fuels to drive the PSEC on the tree graph. The two hairpins coexisted metastably in solution to hybridize and fuel the PSEC process with free energy . By design, information only propagated through the network in the presence of an initiator (Initiator I). Upon addition of initiator I, PSEC was conducted and observed using atomic force microscopy (AFM). To visualize an established formation, the scientists enabled DNA-navigator-based formation of the number 2017 as a proof-of-principle. Another technique known as DNA-PAINT was employed as a single-molecule, super-resolution imaging technique to reveal molecular features at the nanoscale to further substantiate the PSEC-based path paving process. The on-origami PSEC was highly specific, without intra- or inter-origami crosstalk. The field of intelligent nanorobotics is based on the great promise of molecular devices with information processing capabilities. In a new study that supports the trend of DNA-based information carriers, scientists have engineered a DNA navigator system that can perform single-molecule, parallel, depth-first search operations on a two-dimensional origami platform. Single-molecule characterization of PSEC kinetics. a) A straight line in the middle of the DNA origami was used as the test bed. Vertex P0 is the starting point and vertices P1-P5 are intermediate points. b) Details of the design of six parallel tests to measure the kinetics with time-resolved TIRF. T2 labelled with BHQ2 was used to quench T1 labelled with Cy3, assembling a kinetic profile at each step. The illustrated example shows the mechanism of quenching. c) Example TIRF images show the fluorescence changing with time across the six parallel tests from P0 to P5. d) Typical single-molecule fluorescence traces used to monitor quenching events occurring at vertices P0 to P5. e) Scatter plots showing statistical analysis of the length distribution per path. Credit: Nature Materials, doi: 10.1038/s41563-018-0205-3. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The PSEC-driven graph traversal on a maze. a) A maze design with 10 vertices. Arrows indicate the entrance vertex A and exit vertex J. b) The maze is equivalent to a rooted tree with 10 vertices. The entrance vertex A corresponds to the root of the tree. c) An AFM image showed the result of a transversal experiment generating all possible paths. In this DNA computing implementation of a PDFS algorithm, a vast number of PSEC events simultaneously occurred to realize the graph traversal on the maze. PSEC ending at the exit or deadends were highlighted in red circles. Invalid structures were highlighted with white circles. d) Typical paths found in the mixture seen from left to right. Only PABDIJ was the correct solution to the maze. e) Scatter plots showing the statistical analysis of the length distribution for each path. Credit: Nature Materials, doi: 10.1038/s41563-018-0205-3.
Kolkata: Pandiyaraj G V, the assistant commissioner of CGST, said steps should be taken to inform everyone about the recent changes in GST council.For those businesses that came under late fee filers, the government has given a benefit to file return by March 2019. The government has given a lot of rate cuts to benefit businesses. Rate cuts have to be passed onto final beneficiary as he pays taxes. Also he mentioned that much of the issues can be resolved if technical issues are reported. Also GST practitioners’ exams will come in future. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BosePandiyaraj was addressing a day-long session organised by the Bengal Chambers of Commerce on Friday. The target for the state is to achieve 18,000 crore (CGST) in this financial year, till now 12,000 crore have been achieved (December, 2018). If a person or business fails to file GST return, for two consecutive months, a ten rupees fine would be applicable. Also, e-way bill will not be issued unless he files his return as system will not work Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSpeaking at the opening address, T B Chatterjee, Chairperson, Indirect Taxes Committee, The Bengal Chamber and senior partner and mentor Tax Connect Advisory Services LLP said: “Most of the judgments on GST that have been passed by high courts have all come through writ petitions and not appellate proceedings. GST is still in its nascent stage and it would take another 2-3 years to get good judgments on relevant topics. It would take some time to understand GST and its recent notifications and its impact on businesses and individuals. “The GST legislation is also one of the most important legislations after independence. We have significant issues at the initial stage and I must say issues are getting resolved. I must appreciate initiatives of the government of India and GST councils,” Chatterjee said.The Bengal Chamber has organised four GST workshops in the past. The objective in holding such seminars is to appraise members about GST so that they can implement it in their respective organisation. The Bengal Chamber also conducts courses on three specific subjects — international taxation that includes direct and indirect taxation, international trade that include costing, pricing, strategic management and lastly, the chamber will start a course to train candidates to make them suitable for giving GST examinations.
Kolkata: Major security lapses were detected when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s chopper reached almost 50 minutes behind schedule at the rally ground in Chopra on Wednesday.According to sources, On Wednesday afternoon, Banerjee’s chopper took off from Bagdogra Airport at Siliguri to go to Chopra. The distance between Chopra and Bagdogra is about 15 minutes. But after almost 20 minutes went by, Banerjee and her co-passengers sensed that something was not right. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn the meantime, the pilot of the chopper informed that he was not receiving any signal from the landing point. He had initially thought of returning to Bagdogra Airport, but later decided to land somewhere else. Sources informed that during the whole imbroglio, the pilot was worried that he had accidentally entered the Bangladesh airspace, which is close to Chopra. Nepal airspace is very close to the area as well. In the midst of the confusion, the chopper kept on flying for almost 50 minutes. Later, some of the passengers found mobile network and was able to detect the location. Later, the chopper landed safely with Banerjee and the others reaching almost 55 late from the scheduled landing time. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe process of flying and landing of choppers is much different from an airplane. An airplane is guided by the Air Traffic Control, whereas a chopper follows the Visual Flying Rules which means it will fly according to visibility. Also, to land a chopper, the pilot needs a proper signal from the landing point. In this case, the pilot specifically alleged that he did not see any signal such as smoke signal or light signal (used at night) from the landing point. Subsequently, questions arose on whether the persons on duty at the landing point were aware of the chopper taking off from Bagdogra and if they were aware of it, why no smoke signal was given to the chopper pilot.
Shamshi, Pakuahat, Kaliachowk (Malda North/South): Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said there will be no democracy in India if the fascist BJP government under Narendra Modi gets voted back to power.”BJP will not come back but if they are voted back to power then the fascist government under Modi will bid goodbye to democracy in India,” she said. Banerjee addressed three rallies at Shamshi, Pakuahat and Kaliachowk in North and South Malda, where elections will be held on April 23. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataMalda and Murshidabad are two districts where Trinamool Congress did not have any MP until recently. Both the MPs in Malda were from Congress, until Mausam Benazir Noor joined Trinamool Congress. AHA Khan Chowdhury had won the Malda South seat by 1.64 lakh votes, while Mausam had won the Malda North seat by over 65,000 votes. Both the ministers in Mamata Banerjee’s cabinet, Krishnendu Narayan Chowdhury and Sabitri Mitra, had lost in the 2016 Assembly election. But the Trinamool supremo is expecting a change in the Congress stronghold this time. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateRecalling her long association with Congress, Banerjee said: “As a Congress worker I felt that it was not possible to oust CPI(M) from Bengal as Congress made compromises with the party. Trinamool Congress was set up in 1998 and because of Trinamool, CPI(M) was ousted from Bengal. Trinamool does not make any compromise with any party,” she said, adding: “I asked Mausam to join Trinamool because she is a genuine worker. She will work for the people.” Criticising Congress, Banerjee said the party “Does not work and always refers to the work which had been carried out by ABA Ghani Khan Chowdhury many decades ago,” she pointed out. Coming down heavily on BJP, she said: “BJP is a fascist government that survives on lies. Their leaders come from Delhi and speak lies to create confusion among the people. The statistics they put forward are concocted and full of lies.” Banerjee said in the past five years, the condition of common people has turned from bad to worse under the BJP government. “From banning of high value notes to hasty implementation of GST, the economic condition of India has been badly hit. Thousands of people have lost their jobs and the farmers are committing suicide. Bengal is the only state where the premium of crop insurance is paid by the state government. We take care of the farmers and working class,” she said. Banerjee maintained that the attitude of the parents towards their daughters has changed because of the Kanyashree scheme. Under the scheme, girls can carry on with higher education with the help of state government scholarship. “Kanyashree has not only bagged a prestigious award from the United Nations, but has also changed the attitude of parents towards their daughters. Daughters are no longer their burdens,” she said. She said after Bangladesh stopped import of mangoes from Malda, Bengal government opened business with Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries, where mangoes are being exported now. There will be an export centre in malda soon along with a new airport, she maintained. She urged the voters to cast their votes in favour of Mausam in North Malda and Moazzem Hossain in Malda South. “Do not waste your vote by casting it in favour of Congress or CPI(M). If you vote in favour of Congress or CPI(M), you will actually strengthen the hand of BJP. Vote for Mausam and Hossain saab, who will work for the development of Malda,” the Trinamool supremo said.
Google has rolled out an update to a mobile app that you might have never heard of but might find surprisingly useful. An app called Gesture Search can now understand swiped queries in more than 40 languages, Google announced over Google+ this week. For those of us who aren’t familiar with Gesture Search, the free app allows users of Android devices to simply draw a letter or number on the screen with the tip of a finger to access contacts, apps, music, documents and whatever else they might have stored on their Android-powered device. For instance, if you swipe the letter C, search results can turn up apps on your device such as the camera, clock of the Google Chrome browser.Gesture Search can be an alternative to the sometimes laborious task of typing on a small screen and can be far less disruptive to others than using voice control.Related: A Look at Google’s 200 Search Ranking Factors (Infographic)The app tailors itself to individual users based on their previous searches. It refines its results with each gesture the user makes. The updated app also supports transliteration, allowing users to write the way a word in another language sounds with their own alphabet.One drawback: Gesture Search only allows users to enter the first character in a search, forcing users to revert to a more traditional scrolling approach after their initial swipe.Many Android devices come preloaded with another gestural keyboard app called Swype, which allows users to compose messages in the same manner. For iOS users, there is a similar app free app called TouchPal, which also allows users to swipe their finger to compose messages instead of typing them out.This is the first significant update to Gesture Search since it was introduced as an experimental Google Labs project in 2010. Only available in the U.S., this update could foreshadow the app’s availability to a wider user base abroad.Related: Apple’s iOS 7 Includes New Design, Improved Usability Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. June 13, 2013 Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min read
It was the “first of a new species.” It was going to change the game. It both was, and maybe was not, a car. It was the talk of CES. But that was then. Now, almost a year after Faraday Future unveiled the FF 91 at CES in January 2017, the would-be electric car manufacturer that sought to challenge Tesla has come close to crashing and burning. And while much has been written about the unfulfilled promises and stumbles of the company, its frothy CES showcase speaks to a much larger truth about the biggest consumer tech show in the world: Don’t believe the hype. CES is all about what’s just around the corner. The latest and greatest thing that is surely going to forever change the way you send hugs over the internet. Vibrating smart jeans. Wearable “cruise tech.” Oh, and of course, surfboards for lazy people. The entire conference is one big hype machine, teasing tech journalists with the promise of an early peek at the glittery future and exhibitors with the hope of exposure. The problem, as it often is in life, comes when it’s time to separate the meaningful wheat from the vaporware chaff — a task made even harder by CES presenters’ habit of dressing up said proffered chaff as golden wheat.And that’s exactly what Nick Sampson, Faraday Future’s senior vice president of product research and development, appeared to do last year.[embedded content]“The FF 91 will usher in a new age of connected vehicles and break down the boundaries of what a vehicle can and will be,” Sampson said. “This mindset is deeply rooted in the soul of our company, in creating a new age of car-buying.”And yet, well, nothing of the sort has happened. What actually did go down paints quite a different picture of the promises made in Las Vegas.In July, the company was forced to cease production on a 3 million-square foot manufacturing facility in North Las Vegas. To make matters worse, a huge investor had approximately $183 million in assets frozen the same month.But the bad news didn’t stop there. In November, Electrek reported that the company’s CFO and CTO had both quit. And Kevin Vincent, who was in charge of regulatory and safety affairs at the company, was also out the door. The publication also noted, as recently as earlier this week, that while “it’s still too soon to call the FF91 dead […] we can say with some confidence that we won’t see it on the market this year as originally promised.”Staffing troubles, funding troubles, and production troubles. The FF 91 won’t end up ushering in anything, let alone “a new age of connected vehicles,” if it can’t get off the production line. And maybe the company will defy the odds, release the car this year, and soar to success. But maybe not. So what does all this tell us about the glamour of CES keynotes? Remember to take it all with a grain of salt. Nothing but good times ahead.Image: Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesBy Jack Morse2018-01-06 02:03:11 UTC
Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | June 27, 2018 EchoMD AutoEF Software Improves Variability in Ejection Fraction Estimation Study results show artificial intelligence-based software has less variability in evaluating left ventricular EF than the reported average variability of cardiologists June 27, 2018 – A recent study conducted with the Minneapolis Heart Institute found that Bay Labs’ EchoMD AutoEF deep learning software has less variability in evaluating left ventricular ejection fraction (EF) than the average variability of cardiologists reported in literature. Results of the study were presented at the 2018 American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) Annual Scientific Sessions, June 22-26 in Nashville.Literature shows that the average variability of cardiologist readers using the Simpson’s biplane method in estimating EF is 9.2 percent. The observed variability of EchoMD AutoEF was superior at 8.29 percent (p = 0.002). The study also demonstrated that EchoMD AutoEF is an accurate and fully automated method of calculating EF from complete echocardiographic patient studies without user intervention. In addition to normal patients, it performed well on obese patients, and on patients with a range of normal and abnormal EF.“Historically there have been challenges with variability and reproducibility in reporting of the ejection fraction, especially when the EF is not normal; our study showed that the EchoMD AutoEF algorithms can aid interpretation enormously and have less variability than cardiologists reported in literature,” said Richard Bae, M.D., FACC, director of the Echocardiography Laboratory at the Minneapolis Heart Institute and co-author of the study. “By supporting fast, efficient and accurate AI [artificial intelligence]-assisted echocardiogram analysis, the algorithms can allow physicians to focus on putting results into context for the patient — guiding prognosis and course of management.”The study included 405 echocardiographic patient studies from Minneapolis Heart Institute representing a wide range of body mass index, EF values and of ultrasound systems. For each patient study, the Bay Labs’ software automatically selected optimal apical four-chamber and apical two-chamber digital video clips and used them to perform an EF calculation. These calculations were compared to the standard Simpson’s biplane method.For more information: www.baylabs.io FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Related Content Image courtesy of Imago Systems Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. 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The Week Ahead: An Eye on Supply and Demand Share On Thursday, Zillow will release its Real Estate Markets Report for March 2017. The report covers several data points, including demand, home prices, inventory, and sales numbers. One thing to keep an eye out for in March is inventory levels.The previous report, from February 2017, showed declining inventory overall, a problem further developed by high demand. Zillow reported that many homes are being bought nearly immediately after being listed in some markets, and new construction has been faltering for decades.Additionally, negative equity has been pushing inventory down. Although the national negative equity rate has fallen consistently over the past few years, it still remains high at 10.5 percent. Zillow reported that in February 5.1 million homeowners were underwater, and would list their homes for sale if they could, but being underwater has held them back, making it near impossible to sell.”Negative equity is one of the most persistent reminders of the long-term losses suffered when the housing market collapsed,” said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell. “Accelerating home value appreciation over the past few months was a blessing to owners who have been underwater since the housing bubble burst, but not all underwater owners were able to ride that wave to positive equity. We are in for many more years of elevated levels of negative equity. Even as median home values close in on peak levels reached during the housing boom, some people still face a long wait before returning to a positive balance on their home loans.”Zillow also reported that homeowners themselves may have contributed to the lack of inventory by just not listing their homes for sale. Sellers can expect to receive their asking price relatively quickly, but then they would have to turn right around and become buyers themselves in the limited market. This leads many potential sellers to reconsider.Zillow’s report will release at 8 a.m. EST on Thursday. April 16, 2017 526 Views This Week’s ScheduleHousing Starts Report, Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. ESTFreddie Mac Webinar: Learn About the New Servicer Success Scorecard Tuesday, 1:30 p.m. ESTMBA Mortage Applications, Wednesday 7 a.m. ESTFreddie Mac Weekly Mortgage Survey, Thursday, 10 a.m. EST Demand Inventory week ahead 2017-04-16 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, News, Origination, Servicing
Go back to the e-newsletterSoneva Resorts and Residences has unveiled its new Children’s Den, located at the Soneva Fushi resort in the Baa Atoll, Maldives.The Den is unlike any other children’s facility in any luxury resort. It has been conceptualised and designed as an imaginative playground for the family with many inspiring, fun activities especially created for children ranging in age from four to those in their teens.Features of the facility include a 14-metre tunnel clad in roots and branches with hidden surprises, an eight-metre high pirate ship, a DJ corner (where children can become the resident DJ for the Den’s pool parties), a Mocktail Bar, a kitchen for cooking classes, a Lego room with the latest Lego sets and a display area for kids to show off their creations, a music room with a variety of instruments, and a teenage lounge. Furthermore, children can skip on musical piano keys built into the floor to create their own musical melodies.“The Den is the most elaborate children’s facility of any luxury hotel in the world,” said Sonu Shivdasani, Chairman and CEO of Soneva Resorts.“We have spared no effort or expense in making sure that this is a truly spectacular children’s adventure-land and a source of inspiration for our youngest Soneva guests. Our goal was to create a space where families, parents and children could bond and spend some quality time together.”The Den also includes two pools (one for toddlers and one for all other children), a library and cinema room, plus a dress and make-up room provide additional fun for Soneva’s youngest guests.Go back to the e-newsletter