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LA court to decide merits of Crystal Castles lawsuit over sex abuse

first_imgA California court will determine whether a defamation suit filed by Crystal Castles songwriter Ethan Kath will proceed against the Toronto duo’s former singer, who publicly claimed he sexually abused her for years.Kath seeks unspecified damages in documents filed in a Los Angeles Superior Court under his birth name Claudio Palmieri.The document alleges that online accusations made by Alice Glass, whose real name is Margaret Osborn, destroyed Kath’s reputation and caused the cancellation of a North American tour worth more than US$300,000.The case targets Glass and other unidentified parties in complaints including defamation, conspiracy and breach of contract.In seeking to quash the case, lawyer Vicki Greco of Collinson Law says her client was exercising her First Amendment right to free speech and was emboldened by the #MeToo movement.“She feels like this is another attempt to assert some type of power or abuse,” Greco said Monday of Glass, who moved to Los Angeles.“To me it’s just another manoeuvre of manipulation because the evidence that they have presented is thoroughly lacking for him to refute any of this.”Kath has denied allegations of abuse. None of the allegations have been proven in court.Greco’s motion to dismiss the case will be heard Feb. 23.On that date, Kath will have to prove a probability of winning his suit, in which he is demanding a jury trial.Kath, who filed suit in November 2017, is seeking compensation including unspecified general, special and punitive damages.The dispute traces back to October, when Glass posted a lengthy online message to fans alleging she was abused by Kath.She wrote on her website that Kath abused her dating back to when she was 15 and he was 25.She alleges he was manipulative and controlling during a relationship in which he gave her drugs and alcohol, and that she suffered physical and emotional abuse that included non-consensual sex.A loss for Glass would not only be devastating for her claims, but would have broad implications for the burgeoning movement of female empowerment, says Greco.“It would tend to make women think twice before they mustered enough courage to come out,” she says.“Obviously, it’s very difficult to come out and report an event that occurred and you haven’t talked about it for whatever reason — there’s myriad reasons women don’t come forward — but then once you get over that hump then you have to think, ‘Oh, someone’s going to sue me.’ It’s devastating.“If the ruling is in our favour, obviously, it would be very helpful for other women and victims to feel empowered and not have to worry about the repercussions of coming forward.”Toronto police said Monday that an investigation of Kath by the sex crimes unit is ongoing.A lawyer for Kath did not immediately respond to an interview request on Monday.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled Vicki Greco’s name.last_img read more

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In the news today Sept 4

first_imgFive stories in the news for Tuesday, Sept. 4———MPS TO HAVE EMERGENCY COMMITTEE MEETING ON PIPELINEMembers of the natural resources committee are meeting this afternoon for an emergency session to discuss last week’s court decision to tear up federal approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. A federal court last week ruled consultation with Indigenous communities was not robust enough for the approval to be valid. The court also said the National Energy Board hadn’t properly considered the impact of an increase in oil tanker traffic off the coast of British Columbia that will result from an expanded pipeline. Today’s meeting comes at the request of the three Conservatives and one New Democrat MP who sit on the committee.———SEX ASSAULT TRIAL FOR U.K. SAILORS TO BEGIN TODAYA trial for two British sailors accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a Nova Scotia military base is set to begin today in Halifax. Darren Smalley and Simon Radford are charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm and participating in a group sexual assault. The charges were laid following an alleged incident in barracks at 12 Wing Shearwater on April 10, 2015. The Crown had originally charged four men, but charges against two of the sailors have been dropped.———RISING OIL PRICE EXPECTED TO SPUR SPENDINGRising oil prices that encouraged more spending by small and intermediate oil and gas companies in Western Canada in the first six months of 2018 are expected to lead drilling budgets to grow even further this fall. Producers say last week’s steady march by U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate oil prices to higher than US$70 per barrel will encourage some to open their wallets. CIBC says several producers have signalled increases in their 2018 capital budgets to match expected increases in cash flow in the second half, but the market has tended to punish them with lower valuations.———MISSING, EMACIATED KILLER WHALE FOUND ALIVEAn American whale research organization says an ailing killer whale has been found alive just hours after it was announced the young orca had been separated from her family pod. In a Facebook post yesterday, the Center for Whale Research in Friday Harbour, Wash., said the female southern resident killer whale known as J50 was found mid-morning and the centre’s researchers were in the water with the animal. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which released a statement earlier in the day about the missing orca, said J50 was still very emaciated and that a team, including the Vancouver Aquarium’s chief veterinarian, was following the orca and planned to administer a second round of antibiotics via a dart, as well as a deworming medicine if possible.———FOO FIGHTERS RESCHEDULE SHOWS AFTER GROHL LOSES VOICEThe Foo Fighters have rescheduled shows in Edmonton and Calgary after their singer lost his voice. A news release from Rogers Place in Edmonton says that following a Foo Fighters performance Saturday at Safeco Field in Seattle, Dave Grohl suffered a loss of voice and is now on vocal rest. The band was scheduled to play Rogers Place tonight and at the Calgary Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday. The news release from Rogers Place says the band’s Concrete and Gold tour will resume Sept. 8 in Vancouver, and replacement shows for Edmonton and Calgary will happen next month.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— The 16-year-old charged with attempted murder in the shooting of a German tourist in southern Alberta is scheduled to appear in court in Cochrane.— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers remarks to supporters at a Liberal fundraising event in Surrey, B.C.— Officials with a Manitoba Indigenous advocacy group will respond to a recent report that found sexual abuse and racism at hydro projects in the 1960s.— The City of Vancouver goes to court in a bid to close dozens of marijuana retailers operating without business licenses.— Lawyers appear in an Ottawa courtroom to provide an update on the Mark Norman breach of trust case. Norman was charged in March in the alleged disclosure of classified government information.— The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario will outline its next steps regarding the provincial government’s repeal of the sexual education curriculum.— Citizens challenging changes to the Quebec electoral map — supported by mayors and councillors from the west end of Montreal — announce a proposed reform of the Quebec Elections Act.last_img read more

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BC missing womens inquiry remains in turmoil

first_imgAPTN National NewsA number of groups continue to pull out of the missing women’s inquiry in British Columbia.That’s because a number of parties have been denied funding to participate in the inquiry.So far, 23 parties have been granted standing, but 13 groups have been told the province will not pay their legal fees.The inquiry is looking into how police bungled the investigation of serial killer Robert Pickton.Investigators were criticized for taking too long to react to warnings that women from Vancouver’s notorious Downtown Eastside were going missing.Critics say police ignored warnings because, for the most part, the women were sex trade workers.Many of the victims were Aboriginal so the issue of racism will also be looked at.Groups considered crucial to the inquiry have been turned down for legal funding.The province says the money will be better spent on programs.But women in the neighbourhood are not buying the excuse.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith explains the situation.last_img read more

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Oil prices Alberta election call cloud Stampede chuckwagon auction expectations

first_imgThe current NDP government introduced controversial oil production curtailments in January and is investing in crude-by-rail capacity to fill a shortfall in export pipeline room.Bensmiller also took the prize for the highest tarp price of $130,000 last year as a total of $3.2 million was bid at the auction.“I’m hoping with the economy the way it is, if we stay close to what it was last year or even the average comes up a bit as a whole, the driver group will be pretty excited about that,” he said in an interview.“I’ve talked to a few (prospective sponsors) and they expressed interest in me so I’m not really on pins and needles.”The top money bid last year came from Versatile Energy Services, Ltd., a private oilfield services company based in the resort town of Sylvan Lake in central Alberta.Versatile president Kent Stormoen said he plans to be at the event tonight but declined to make any predictions for results given the province’s current uncertain times. “The industry still isn’t rolling like we expect it to but (the sponsorship) did help with the exposure of our company,” he said.“I think there’s a lot of uncertainty with the provincial election coming now and the new federal budget that’s come out.”Stampede spokeswoman Kristina Barnes said Wednesday the number of bidders who have pre-registered for the auction is at more than 130, a bit behind last year’s pace while adding many bidders register just before the event.The record year for overall tarp auction results came in 2012 when bidders pledged just over $4 million, including the highest bid of $300,000 by oilfield services firm Tervita Corp. At the time, oil prices were hovering above US$100 per barrel versus recent prices of around US$60 per barrel. CALGARY, A.B. – Chuckwagon drivers and sponsors are hoping for the best as clouds of political and energy industry uncertainty gather ahead of the Calgary Stampede canvas auction tonight.The success of the annual event is considered a bellwether for the Calgary-based oil and gas industry, as many of the sponsors who pay to have their company names on the 36 rigs competing in the 10-day July tribute to cowboy culture are energy industry players.Champion driver Kurt Bensmiller, who won the chuckwagon derby for the fourth time in five years in 2018, says the calling of an Alberta election on Tuesday creates more uncertainty for an economy battered by recent commodity price volatility and slowing oilfield activity.center_img About 80 percent of the canvas auction proceeds go to the drivers and the rest is used for prize money, safety and other chuckwagon initiatives.last_img read more

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Canadian property insurer Intact Financial to take hit from recent floods deadly

TORONTO — Intact Financial Corp. will record about $270 million in expenses over two quarters as a result of several recent catastrophes including floods in Alberta and Toronto and the deadly Lac-Megantic train derailment in Quebec.The Toronto-based company, one of Canada’s largest property and casualty insurers, estimates it will record about $123 million or 92 cents per share in after-tax catastrophe losses in its second quarter.That will be mainly due to about $300 million of costs for Intact customers in Alberta following storms and flooding that swept through several communities.The financial blow to Intact will be softened by reinsurance — essentially insurance for insurance companies.The Alberta disaster, alone, will result in $105 million or 79 cents per share net of reinsurance in the second quarter ended June 30.In the third quarter, which began July 1, Intact estimates it will record an additional $134 million or $1.01 million in after-tax catastrophe losses.That will includes a $25 million cost associated with the Lac-Megantic train derailment that killed an estimated 47 people and devastated the Quebec city.The severe rain storm that impacted thousands of Intact customers in the Greater Toronto Area in early July resulted in an estimated $170 million of insurable damages, the company said.“The devastation brought on by recent flooding and torrential rain is unprecedented,” Charles Brindamour, Intact’s chief executive officer, said in a statement.“The scope of the damage and destruction that we have witnessed in recent weeks is a stark reminder that we must adapt the protection offered to Canadians to ensure it remains sustainable in light of the greater prevalence and severity of weather events.”Canadian Press read more

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Over 100 foreigners on small boat one dead

The navy found over 100 foreigners on a small boat stranded off the eastern seas last night, a navy spokesman said.Navy spokesman Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya told the Colombo Gazette that navy boats were deployed from Trincomalle and Galle after information came to light about the boat. When the navy reached the boat they found 138 foreigners cramped into a small boat which was not capable of handling the load. Among those on board were women and children, the navy spokesman said. He said that one person was also found dead.The passengers were suffering from dehydration and were admitted to the Oluvil hospital. The passengers were taken off the boat and transported to Oluvil where the foreigners were identified as Bangladeshi and Myanmar nationals. The navy spokesman said that investigations into the incident, including to find out where the foreigners were heading, was underway. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Easwaran Rutnam read more

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US employers added 215000 in July likely moving Fed closer to raising

US employers added 215,000 in July, likely moving Fed closer to raising rates in September by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Aug 7, 2015 6:47 am MDT Last Updated Aug 7, 2015 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. employers added a solid 215,000 jobs in July, signalling a steadily rising job market and likely nudging the Federal Reserve closer to raising interest rates in September.The Labor Department also said Friday that the unemployment rate held at a relatively low 5.3 per cent for a second straight month.Monthly job growth has averaged 211,286 so far this year, indicating that employers are confident that the six-year recovery from the Great Recession will sustain strong consumer demand and require more workers.July’s job growth roughly matched expectations, and the early reaction on Wall Street before trading opened was muted. The Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index slipped 0.2 per cent in morning trading, and U.S. government bond yields fell slightly after an initial spike.“Another solid jobs report suggests the economy is gaining strength and keeps the Fed on track to raise rates as early as the next meeting” in September, Sal Guatieri, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, said in a research note.Hiring has remained robust even though the economy’s overall growth rate has been subpar and pay raises have been modest for many workers. Average hourly earnings in July increased just 2.1 per cent from a year earlier.The Fed has held its key short-term rate near zero since late 2008, a policy introduced after the financial crisis to try to energize the economy through stronger borrowing, investing and spending. Now, more than a half-dozen years into the recovery, Fed Chair Janet Yellen has suggested that the economy not only can tolerate but needs higher rates.Even as the Fed has nearly concluded that the economy is strong enough to withstand higher borrowing rates, many Americans remain anxious about a recovery defined by modest economic growth and meagre pay raises.The misgivings about the economy were on display Thursday night at the first Republican presidential debate, where 10 candidates in Cleveland discussed the challenges of an unwieldy tax code and the pressures on American workers resulting from immigration and global trade.The economy grew at an anemic 1.5 per cent annual rate in the first half of 2015 — nearly half a percentage point weaker than the average of the past three years.Companies are laying off fewer and fewer workers: The monthly average of people seeking unemployment benefits remains nears a 15-year low, the government said Thursday. But average hourly wage growth of 2.1 over the past year has barely exceeded low inflation.The pace of hiring has managed to help revive housing and auto sales, according to industry reports. Still, the absence of significant pay raises has limited the consumer spending that accounts for a majority of economic activity.Still, the jobs report indicated that companies are anticipating higher consumer spending. Retailers added 35,900 workers last month and restaurants 29,300.Rising home sales helped boost construction jobs by 6,000. Manufacturers added 15,000 employees, with food, plastics and rubber factories accounting for most of the increase.Job security also appears to be improving. The business services sector — which embraces everything from lawyers to accountants to engineers — added 40,000 workers, even though the number of temporary employees on short-term contracts fell 8,900.Lower gasoline and oil prices have yet to provide the kind of boost they have in the past. Energy companies responded to oil of less than $50 a barrel by cutting orders for equipment and pipelines, causing many manufacturers to slow their hiring. And instead of spending their savings at the gasoline pump, consumers have mostly pocketed the additional cash.A strong dollar has also weighed on economic growth. The dollar has risen about 14 per cent in value against overseas currencies in the past year, thereby cutting into exports by making U.S. goods costlier overseas.Falling unemployment usually reduces the number of people available to hire, which then forces employers to boost wages. But many frustrated job seekers have stopped looking for work, perhaps only temporarily. This has made it hard to assess just how healthy the job market is and when pay might rise at a faster rate.Roughly 8.3 million Americans are still looking for jobs. An additional 14.4 million people have left the job market — either abandoning their job searches or choosing to retire — since the recession officially began in late 2007. The result is that the share of adults working has fallen to 59.3 per cent from 62.7 per cent eight years ago.One challenge is that workers have become less productive for each hour worked. This limits the willingness and ability of many companies to raise pay significantly, which can then prevent people sidelined by the recession from returning to the job market.Productivity fell at a 3.1 per cent annual rate in the first three months of 2015. read more

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August new car preregistration figures

Today, SMMT released figures for August pre-registrations in the UK new car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of in August 2011 that were defined as pre-registrations.The Supply of New Cars Order 2000 requires motor manufacturers to publish the number of pre-registered cars supplied and the gross income received by suppliers from selling those pre-registered cars. This information is published on a monthly basis.Download releaseClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Freshman Nichelle Prince making a quick impact for Ohio State womens soccer

Freshman forward Nichelle Prince (7) looks for an open teammate during a match against Eastern Michigan Aug. 25, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 2-1.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorWhen Nichelle Prince first started playing the game at age 4, she dreaded the soccer field.“I remember going to the field the first day and crying, asking my mom to take me home,” Prince said.Prince, a freshman forward for the Ohio State’s women’s soccer team, didn’t shy away from the game for long, though. As soon as practice began, she fell in love with the game.When it came time to be recruited, Prince took a nontraditional route. She did not play soccer at her high school, Pickering High School in Ajax, Ontario, for three of her four years. Instead she ran track up until her senior year, running events such as the 100-meter and 200-meter dash.Prince said her speed is one of her most valuable qualities on the pitch, and she attributes it to her track coach and father Fabian Prince.“I am grateful to have him as a coach,” Prince said. “He’s always pushing me and making sure I’m fit.”Freshman forward and Prince’s roommate, Lindsay Agnew, said she admires Prince’s “explosive” speed.“Sometimes, I’ll see the ball go in front of her and it looks like she puts a motor on her as she gets in front of everybody,” Agnew said laughing.Coach Lori Walker is also fond of Prince’s quick pace and persistence.“She works her tail off on both sides of the ball,” Walker said in an email. “She will track defensively with the same intensity that is seen in her attack mode.”While she didn’t always play for her high school, Prince played club soccer her entire career.She didn’t play with her own age group, though, instead taking on the challenges of playing with older athletes.“At first, coaches said I was too young and that I need to go down to my age group,” Prince said.When her first club team broke up, she joined the top club team in the province, but struggled to make a name for herself there.“I never started, I was kind of an underdog,” Prince said. “I stuck with that team for five years and worked my way up.”After working her way up, Prince broke into the national scene, and has since played for the U-17 and U-20 Canadian national team. Prince joined the national team at the age of 16 and said she appreciated every moment.“It was a great opportunity,” Prince said. “I went to the World Cup in Azerbaijan, somewhere I would never have been.”Prince has started seven of eight games this season. With her national team experience, she said she doesn’t feel pressure starting as a freshman.“At first it’s nerve-wracking and you want to make sure you are doing what you have to for the team,” Prince said. “I’m fine now. I know my goal and I can’t be nervous. I just have to go out there and do what I have to do.”Prince also receives support from a familiar face, 2012 second team All-American forward and 2012 graduate Tiffany Cameron. Cameron, who now plays for the Canadian women’s national soccer team, contacted Prince with some helpful tips.“She’s been great,” Prince said. “Contacting me, making sure I do what I (have) to do.”Prince said she respects the things Cameron did during her tenure at OSU, but she does not feel much pressure filling in the offensive gap Cameron left behind.“She was amazing, scoring 21 goals last year,” Prince said. “I definitely want to do that, so I’m going to push hard.”Prince is starting to step up into the offensive spotlight, tallying four assists and five goals so far this season. She leads OSU in goals and is tied for fifth in the Big Ten.Walker said Prince has a bright future in Columbus.“I am confident that over time (she) will be among the best goal scorers we have had at Ohio State,” Walker said.With her hat trick and assist against Northeastern, Prince was named Big Ten Freshmen of the Week Sept. 9th.With a 6-1-1 record, Prince and the Buckeyes begin Big Ten play against Illinois, Friday at 5 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

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Windows 8 upgrade pricing goes way up after today

first_imgMicrosoft’s drastically reduced introductory pricing for Windows 8 is set to expire at the end of the day today. If you’ve been putting off purchasing a copy but are pretty sure you want one, now’s the time to do it.From launch day until now, Microsoft has been dangling Windows 8 upgrades at prices as low as $15 (for systems that shipped with Windows 7). It’s also been available in store for $69.99 and as a download for just $40 if you’re willing to go the pure digital route. All good things must come to and end, they say, and January 31 was the date specified by Microsoft last summer.Going forward, we’re going to see Windows 8 prices in the region of $199 for the Pro version in a retail box. OEM copies of Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro are much cheaper, at $99 and $139 respectively. Those prices haven’t actually changed — it’s only the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro that’s been selling at a discount.Not everyone has to start paying full price for Windows 8 starting tomorrow, though. Microsoft has already announced that students, faculty, and staff will be able to take advantage of a new program on February 1st. Those qualified will be able to purchase up to five copies of Windows 8 for $69.99 each. It’s not nearly as good a deal as the initial offerings, but it’s still better than paying full price.For most consumers, the price change won’t have an impact. Operating system upgrades aren’t usually a standalone purchase, they’re generally just a by-product of buying a new desktop or laptop. The fact that the Windows 8 upgrade discount expires today won’t have an effect on the price of new systems.More at Microsoftlast_img read more

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Sitdown Sunday My trip on a conspiracy theory cruise

first_img Jan 22nd 2017, 9:00 AM Short URL Sunday 22 Jan 2017, 9:00 AM 3. Camden is dying  Markets in Camden Source: Steve ParsonsMany an Irish person has headed to Camden during a trip to London, to experience some of the alternative culture there. But as Hannah Ewens writes, things are changing there rapidly – and it’s losing some of its alternative spirit.(Vice, approx 13 mins reading time)What’s odd in this case is how smoothly it’s gone. When gentrification’s threatened other London institutions, grassroots groups have retaliated. Take Dalston’s Passing Clouds: campaigners occupied the building and organised a march of hundreds of people before developers finally took control of the site. Or iconic gay pub the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, where London night czar Amy Lame directed a successful campaign to get the building listed status. Here, an e-petition to stop the redevelopment of Camden Lock Village got a matter-of-fact response from the mayor’s office and that was that. 6. A new England Source: Dominic LipinskiA Cambridge professor writes about Brexit, and how it results “from a failure to come to terms with the loss of an empire”.(The New European, approx 15 mins reading time)The emotion central to the Leave campaign was the fear of what is alien, and this trumped the Remainers’ Project Fear-of-wholly-foreseeable-damage. The true Project Fear was the Leave party’s unrelenting presentation of the EU as a lethal threat to national identity, indeed as the stranger and enemy who had already stolen it: give us back our country, they said, our sovereignty, our £350m a week, let us control our borders, let our population not be swamped by immigrants or our high streets by Polish shops – and to vote against the EU was to vote to recover what we had lost. The voting pattern, however, revealed that appeal to that emotion, and that vision of the EU, worked only in England. http://jrnl.ie/3191269 2. Murder by fake news A South Sudanese refugee cooks food at a restaurant in the Bibi bidi refugee camp in Bidi bidi, Uganda Source: Justin LynchFake news isn’t just something that is annoying – in South Sudan, it can have a real and devastating impact on the people who live there.(Buzzfeed, approx 12 mins reading time) The online networks spreading fake news and hate speech in South Sudan are surprisingly similar to those that have spread like wildfire in the United States. The groups are based abroad, are believed to be for-profit, prey on a general lack of media literacy, and specialize in setting up confusingly named websites to share false news and unverified images. The Facebook “community pages” populated by members of a single tribe or political group create echo chambers of hate. There are also pages featuring multiple tribes or groups, which turn toxic as different sides clash, mirroring the real-life fighting among the tribes. By Aoife Barry Share Tweet Email IT’S A DAY of rest, and you may be in the mood for a quiet corner and a comfy chair.We’ve hand-picked the week’s best reads for you to savour.1. Wodapalooza CrossFit is being embraced by people who have prosthetic limbs, like another woman, Marine veteran Cindy Martinez. She’s pictured at the Crossfit Goat gym in Dacula, Georgia Source: LISA MARIE PANECrossFit athlete Lindsay Hilton is about to go and take part in Wodapalooza, an international competition. Unlike most of the other CrossFit athletes, she has had to adapt her equipment because she was born without lower arms or legs. Here’s how she did it.(ESPN, approx 8 mins reading time)“I feel like if I didn’t play rugby, I wouldn’t know what I would do on Tuesday and Thursday nights,” she says. “I thought I would be done, but I don’t think I am. I’m still having fun, so I don’t see why I would stop.” Rugby also introduced Hilton to two more integral parts of her life: Matt Melanson, an avid rugby player who has been dating her for four years, and CrossFit. She started that fitness regimen after winning a gym membership during a burpee contest at a rugby tournament. Sitdown Sunday: My trip on a conspiracy theory cruise Grab a comfy chair and sit back with some of the week’s best longreads. 5. The Mumbai company that could teach Deliveroo a lesson Source: AP/Press Association ImagesDabbawalas deliver hundreds of thousands of meals – on foot – to people in Mumbai every day. How they do it could teach companies like Deliveroo how to do their work even better.(BBC, approx 9 mins reading time)Despite relying on an unskilled workforce, a two-tier management system and nothing more high-tech than Mumbai’s train network, this 5,000-strong cooperative is recognised as one of the world’s most efficient logistics systems. They make a tidy side-line hosting executives from delivery giants like FedEx and Amazon. Even Richard Branson has spent a day learning their secrets. 4. The exit interview Joe Biden during the ceremony where he was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Source: Susan WalshJoe Biden is no longer Vice President of the USA. Here’s his exit interview.(New York Times, approx 12 mins reading time)Biden was afflicted with regret. He was sorry that, on the campaign trail, he had spoken so often about Donald Trump’s unfitness for office and not enough about what Hillary Clinton would do for the middle class. He was sorry he didn’t push harder inside the White House for a middle-class tax cut. And he was still torn over his decision not to run for president, a race that he said would have been “brutal” but that he also believed he could have won. 21,000 Views …AND A CLASSIC FROM THE ARCHIVES…Last year, Bronwen Dickey went on a conspiracy theory cruise. Seriously. On the Conspira-Sea Cruise, she rubbed shoulders with people who debated vaccines, chemtrails, crop circles and the illuminati.(Popular Mechanics, approx 25 mins reading time)Inside my orientation tote bag was a shiny blue bracelet I was supposed to wear at all times. “Makes it easier to find members of the group,” Adele said. But that wasn’t necessary. Most of the cruisers—the vacationers, not our group—were generally outfitted in bright colors and loud prints. As the days passed, a lot of them began wearing novelty captain’s hats from the gift shop. The conspiracy group, on the other hand, was mostly serious-looking senior citizens in “Infowars” T-shirts. Some of them wore casts, others walked with canes. Two relied on motorized scooters. None looked like he or she could afford to spend money frivolously. One eighty-year-old man’s toes poked through the tops of his worn leather loafers.More: The best reads from every previous Sitdown Sunday> 2 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Neil Lennon denies Ireland links

Neil Lennon denies Ireland links

first_imgHibernian boss Neil Lennon has rubbished reports linking him with the Republic of Ireland manager job after Martin O’Neill stepped down this week.The Football Association of Ireland are looking for a new manager after Martin O’Neill quit the role this week, and Lennon has been reported to be the front-runner for the job, but the Hibernian boss admits he hasn’t been contacted regarding the post.“Look it is just speculation. I am flattered if there is a link but I have not seen anything or heard anything regarding myself,” Lennon told Sky Sports.“All I have been doing is concentrating on us getting back into form because that is important.Emile Heskey, LiverpoolReport: Former Liverpool striker Heskey reveals all George Patchias – September 10, 2019 Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey reveals all in his new book.In Heskey’s new book “Even Heskey Scored,” serialised in the Guardian, the player talks,…“I am sorry to see Martin go because he had such a huge influence on my career, 10 years I played under him.“He did some great things with the Republic and I am sure he will come again because he is brilliant.“He did say he is looking for his next challenge or adventure so he has obviously still got the hunger burning away there. You can see it constantly on the touchline.“His competitive record was not that bad at all. It is part of the job I suppose, nothing lasts forever and I am sure he will be back.”last_img read more

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Raymond Gray Longtime West Baltimore Dentist Dies at 88

Raymond Gray Longtime West Baltimore Dentist Dies at 88

first_imgralejandro@afro.com Long-time East Baltimore Dentist, Raymond Gray. (Courtesy Photo)Raymond Gray, long-time dentist, sportsman and avid Baltimore sports fan, passed away in hospice, Jan. 25, after a lengthy struggle with his health due to strokes.Gray was born on Aug. 19, 1926, and practiced dentistry for 40 years at Madison Park Medical Center in West Baltimore. Active in promoting the importance of preventative dentistry, he would serve children at local elementary schools in conjunction with efforts by the health department, according to his wife, Sara Gray, who remembers a man who endeared himself to those around him with his sense of humor.“He would tell jokes to his patients and friends when they came in the office, and they obviously enjoyed it because they would come by often. Just a fun loving guy,” Sara Gray said of her husband.He was also an avid sports fan, playing golf whenever he had a chance, and holding tickets to the Colts, Ravens and Bullets’ games. Gray also possessed a love of reading.“He would take us to New York for Thanksgiving or any other time; we’d think we were going shopping and he’d take us to the book stacks downtown, and he would stay in there for hours,” said Sara Gray.Raymond Gray is survived by his wife, Sara; their two daughters Gina Gray Granger and Julie Gray Manley; and his sister Shirley West.Services for Dr. Raymond Gray begin with a wake, 5 p.m., Jan. 30 at Wylie Funeral Home, 9200 Liberty Road. The funeral will be held 11 a.m., Jan. 31 at Metropolitan U.M. Church, 1121 W. Lanvale Street, preceded by the family hour at 10 a.m. and the Kappa Alpha Psi burial service at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow immediately at Arbutus Memorial Park, 1101 Sulphur Spring Road in Arbutus, Md.last_img read more

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Researchers uncover aerodynamics of the best attributes of the common jump rope

first_img Citation: Researchers uncover aerodynamics of the best attributes of the common jump rope (2011, November 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-11-uncover-aerodynamics-attributes-common-rope.html For those wondering where they might have heard the name Jeff Aristoff before, he was one of the guys working on the research project last year that cracked the subtle dynamics involved in the way cats drink. At the time he was at Princeton, now working for Numerica Corp, he and Stone sought to find out more about what goes on with jumping rope because it seemed like if they did that, then they might uncover secrets about the aerodynamics of other common things going on in the physical world that haven’t received much attention, and that could conceivably result in new ways to use them. To that end, they used a real life human model, visiting professor Jiang Li, from China, who is really good at jumping rope.To find out what was going on as Li jumped, they attached a high speed camera that allowed them to capture the most subtle movements of the rope as Li jumped. In so doing they were able to watch as the part of the rope farthest from her hands (at the bottom of the U) bent backwards slightly due to it being farther from the points where it was being held, which meant of course that it had to travel faster than the rest of the rope. The reason it bent back was because of having to push through air.Previous studies of rope jumping by others in a vacuum had not seen this. They then put together a rope twirling robot to duplicate what they had observed. Next they filmed the robot doing its thing at high speeds as well, looking in particular at how the rope was impacted by its movement through the air. After that they plugged in everything they had observed into a computer model. Then, by adjusting the size of the rope in the model (its thickness and length) and its weight, they were able to hone their results till they found what they believed to be the traits that led to the optimum jump rope. Thin, lightweight and short.Now that they believe they’ve nailed down all that can be had from studying jump ropes, the team believes their research can be applied in other areas, such engineering projects that involve objects moving through the air or that are subjected to air moving past them; particularly those that have thin components such as suspension bridges. Jump rope aerodynamics More information: The aerodynamics of jumping rope, Published online before print November 2, 2011, Proceedings of the Royal Society A. doi: 10.1098/rspa.2011.0389AbstractWe consider the influence of aerodynamic forces on the shape of a whirling filament that is held at both ends, i.e. a jump rope. At high Reynolds numbers, the rope curls out of the plane and towards the axis of rotation—a feature we demonstrate via experiment. We derive a pair of coupled nonlinear differential equations that characterize the steady-state shape of the rope, and the resulting eigenvalue problem is solved numerically. The solution depends on two dimensionless groups: the ratio between the length of the rope and the distance between its ends, and the relative magnitude of the aerodynamic to centrifugal forces. As the latter ratio is progressively increased, the tension in the rope and the out-of-plane deflection increases, until eventually the rope reaches a limiting shape. Finally, we show that the airflow-induced shape change leads to a relative reduction in drag and has implications for successful skipping. Explore furthercenter_img (PhysOrg.com) — One of the cool things about science is, no matter where you are, it’s all around you, and sometimes all that’s needed is for someone to open their eyes to something that has always just been there. Take jumping rope for example. Jeffrey Aristoff and Howard Stone found themselves wondering one day if the mechanics of the whole operation had ever been studied and worked out. What went on with the rope and what traits made for faster or slower jumping, for example. Last year the two set up a robotic jump rope and filmed the whole process and found that in spite of how things might look to the naked eye, the rope bends out of the plane. Now, a year later, the two have done some more research on the subject and have published their results in Proceedings of the Royal Society A. 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. © 2011 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

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Utilization of Radiation Dose Monitoring in Medical Imaging

Utilization of Radiation Dose Monitoring in Medical Imaging

first_imgPreviousNext What is the National Average for Medical Imaging Radiation Dose?A big issue in medical imaging is that no national guidelines on standard doses have ever been established, so dose levels can vary significantly between different hospitals, or even between radiology technicians in the same hospital. The variability is sometimes due to the use of both newer and older imaging equipment, which have different levels of dose required for diagnostic quality images. Other variations include different detector technologies and use of different image reconstruction technologies. “We saw a wide range in the protocols,” Mahesh explained. “That can result in the same person who gets a head CT at five different centers getting five different dose values. So we are trying to bring that gap in radiation doses much closer together. I personally feel we don’t need CT doses customized everywhere, radiologists should have some ability to used different doses, but it does should not vary by 10 or 15 times the dose. There is no need for that.”   For this reason, Mahesh said there is a lot of effort being devoted to the American College of Radiology (ACR) Dose Index Registry. Hospitals can voluntarily sign up to participate in the registry and share anatomized patient dose information within the registry. In exchange, he said the hospitals can compare their dose averages for different protocols, type of exams and modalities used for hospitals in their area, or on a national level. “The idea is that eventually it will tell you where you are in these reference points so you can have an opportunity to refine and better manage your doses,” Mahesh said. “It will show if they are in the 75th percentile or the 25th percentile.”Dose levels have been dropping steadily over the past decade, but he said the pendulum has swung from one extreme of high dose to the other extreme of low dose. “At some of these extreme points of low dose, the images can get very hard to read or make a diagnosis,” Mahesh said. He suggests there should be some mechanism in the dose reporting quality assurance (QA) reports that note the diagnostic quality of the images. That way there can be a balance between the need to lower dose and a measure of the diagnostic quality of exams at specific dose ranges.   Need to Share Dose Reporting DataAt the end of the day, Mahesh said dose reporting analytics need to get into the hands on the radiologists and technologists, not just administrators or QA teams. “If administrators keep this information in a drawer and only pull it out for Joint Commission reviews, it is not serving its primary purpose,” he explained.The human element is the weakest link in the chain for passing along key information in health informatics, including radiation dose statistics, said Paul Chang, M.D., FSIIM, professor of radiology, vice chair of radiology informatics, medical director of pathology informatics and enterprise imaging at the University of Chicago. During a health IT session at the Radiological Society of North American (RSNA) 2016 annual meeting, he said dashboards are often used by radiology administrators. However, dashboards often are not looked at unless the user is prompted by an alert or when they have a certification review. Unless the information can be shared with all the stakeholders involved in radiology, it is not effective and it will not affect change, Chang said. For this reason, he said use of automated reporting systems that make data available to all staff tends to be more helpful. Mahesh said another issue with dose reporting data is interpretation, where a lot of radiologists and referring physicians might not understand what they are looking at. This includes not having a thorough understanding of how dose is calculated or what different dose levels mean for patient safety. Interpretation can also be a challenge if they see high-dose outliers, which could be due to the need for a retake exam because the patient moved and both exams were counted as one. A patient also might have a very high body mass index (BMI), which attenuates X-rays and requires high doses for diagnostic quality exams.The clinicians who have the most direct control over what dose is used in scans are the radiology technologists. They have traditionally been under pressure by radiologists to provide good quality, diagnostic images and to eliminate the need for retakes. This can result in techs upping the dose to create great quality images. “I strongly consider the technologists a key component of the team in controlling dose,” Mahesh said. ”They should be included in the team with the radiologists and the radiation physicists. Radiologists are in the back, the physicists come around periodically to test equipment, but the technologists are there on a day-to-day basis and I strongly feel there are the spokespersons for the whole of imaging. So, if you make sure they are aware of what they are doing, and they pay special attention, it changes the whole aspect of imaging.”Watch a VIDEO interview with Mahesh “Radiation Dose Monitoring in Medical Imaging” from RSNA 2016. Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… 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 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more An example of radiation dose monitoring software offered by Sectra. 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Related Radiation Dose Tracking ContentThe Role of Dose Tracking Systems in Radiation Safety ProgramsRegulatory Requirements: The Impact on Cardiac Imaging and Dose Management Discussion on CT Dose Reduction FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Automated Dose Monitoring SystemsDose monitoring software started development with a handful of start-up companies. One of the most successful was Radiometrics, which was purchased by Bayer Healthcare and is now integrated into several vendors’ IT systems. MaHesh said several CT manufacturers also developed their own monitoring software, including Philips, GE Healthcare and Toshiba. Many of these dose recording and monitoring systems are built to be vendor neutral, since most hospitals want a single, central system to monitor dose from all the imaging systems they have, which is often diverse with several different vendors’ machines in use. These systems offer an estimate of what the patient doses are and the data can be used by quality control management to come up with standards for CT.  Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more An example of radiation dose monitoring software offered by Sectra.Patient X-ray radiation exposure from medical imaging has been a hot topic in radiology the past few years and has prompted the implementation of radiation dose monitoring systems. Prior to these systems dose measurements either were not tracked or required manual calculation of dose based on scanner data in the DICOM headers. Since radiation doses per exam were often elusive, dose levels and scanning protocols vary, often greatly, between centers. Also, without automated dose tracking, no national standards have ever been established. Today, radiation dose tracking software is accumulating data at both hospitals and in a nation-wide dose reporting registry to help eventually set new standards. The issue of dose monitoring came to the forefront a few years go after a couple reports in main stream media on the extreme over-exposure of patients to radiation doses during computed tomography exams at major hospitals on both the east and west coasts. One of the biggest publicly reported incidents of radiation over exposure occurred in California in 2011. Due to improper settings on CT scanners, numerous patients received radiation burns and about 200 patients suffered hair loss, said said Mahadevappa Mahesh, MS, Ph.D., chief physicist and professor of radiology and radiological science at Johns Hopkins Hospital, an expert in medical imaging radiation dose tracking. These incidents prompted California to pass a law now requiring radiologists to report the dose used in each exams. Texas also followed suit with similar legislation and other states are now considering their own versions of dose recording laws. For more information on the laws in California and Texas, read the article “States Making A Difference in Radiation Safety.”“The discussion about radiation dose has increased significantly over the past 10 years, and it is scaring a lot of patients,” Mahesh said. “This is partly because there is a lot of false information out there, and the main stream media sometimes reports that medical imaging radiation can really cause harm. But it is helping on the other side in that it has changed the way we do imaging.”In addition to changing laws in a couple states to requiring dose recording, public pressure from patients and mass media has led to a cultural change in may imaging departments. It also led to new dose recording requirements by the Joint Commission to maintain medical imaging certification. “I see this a positive trend where we are now doing the same procedures we did the last 10 years, but the radiation doses are going down,” Mahesh explained. “But now comes the big question — what do we record?” he said.  News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more How to Calculate DoseA big issue with measuring radiation dose is that there are several ways to calculate the measurement, and several different measurement units for radiation. Mahesh said this area is still evolving because there is no standardization. For example, so some centers and vendors use milli-Gray (mGy) units to measure dose, while others use milli-Sieverts (mSv). There are also different data parameters to collect and calculate dose data that varies by imaging modality. However, there are some common methods to collect data using the dose descriptor information automatically recorded by the imaging system and using multipliers to come up with an estimated, ballpark dose exposure. For example in CT imaging, dose parameters recorded by the scanners include CTDI-vol and dose length product (DLP).“These parameters are not patient dose, however, they are more like standard outputs for a particular technique, but they serve as a good estimator of patient dose,” Mahesh said.  He said it also needs to be understood that estimates for dose using CTDI-vol or DLP are based on ideal phantom model testing. These are based on either a 32 cm water phantom to represent an average adult, or a 16 cm water phantom for an average pediatric patient. Mahesh said these are testing objects, not real people that come in all different shapes and sizes, and no patient is shaped like a cylinder. He stresses all dose measurements are ball park estimates, Mahesh stressed. For this reason, he often cringes when vendors put out one specific effective dose number. Research into radiation dose is constantly changing and values used for calculation for breasts has increased and values for reproductive organs have decreased based on new information. As new imaging technology becomes available and as the values for calculating dose change, he said it becomes complex to explain to patients or physicians why dose parameters for the same exam type and same patient changed between scans that are several years apart.  “It is not just coming up with a dose number, there are other factors involved and there is the big question of the risk vs. benefits of the scans,” Mahesh explained. “The problem is that patients get a dose number and they look it up on Google and get 10 different answers. They ask the physician about why they received 10 mSv of dose for their CT scan. On one hand, you can explain that the scan equals three years of background radiation, but the real question for them is why did they have the CT scan? It was because their physician wanted to find something out that effects their health, and in balance with that, dose become less important.” last_img read more

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Leaping alligator has airboat passengers screaming in Facebook Live video

Leaping alligator has airboat passengers screaming in Facebook Live video

first_img Share MIAMI — A Missouri couple vacationing in Florida had a close encounter with an alligator when it leapt into their airboat and became wedged in the boat’s railing.Passengers screamed as 30-year-old Tylor Hindery of Springfield, Missouri, captured the moment in a Facebook live video posted Tuesday.Hinderey tells the Miami Herald he talked his wife Emerald into an airboat ride.The guide killed the engine and floated close to the bank so people could photograph the gator.But Hinderey says the boat got stuck. The guide didn’t want to start the engine and scare the gator so he prepared to push off the bank. Just as he warned passengers not to make any sudden movements, the gator jumped into the boat.The gator eventually slid in to the water. No one was hurt. Friday, January 20, 2017 Tags: Florida, Video, WTF << Previous PostNext Post >> Leaping alligator has airboat passengers screaming in Facebook Live video Source: The Associated Presslast_img read more

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