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Predator Oil Gas Make Major Gas Discovery in MoroccoPredator Oil Gas Make Major Gas Discovery in Morocco

Rabat – Predator Oil & Gas have announced that four wells in its Guercif permit in northeastern Morocco have “enormous potential of natural gas.”The company owns a 75% stake in the exploration area, while the Moroccan National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mining (ONHYM) owns 25%.The company’s finding on the Guercif permit shows “recoverable prospective resources of 474 billion cubic feet for the Moulouya and Tagi prospects, targeting the Miocene and Triassic,” according to Morning Star. Miocene and Triassic are two gases discovered in the area. The net value of the Miocene gas and Triassic gas is $642 million and $207.7 million, respectively.Paul Griffiths, CEO of Predator described the finding as a “very positive step for Guercif.”Predator also hired an outside company, SLR, to provide a report on the wells’ potential. Griffiths said the “this third party prospective resources audit by SLR validates the significant volumetric and recoverable gas resources potential whilst importantly indicating too there is no significant impediment to monetising discovered gas.”He added that the finding also “references additional hydrocarbon potential over the entire Guercif area demonstrated by multiple prospective leads in diverse geological settings in the Miocene, Jurassic and Triassic.”The British news outlet added that the high forecast is estimated at 943 billion cubic feet of gas.The positive finding represents an “important tool and catalyst for attracting potential drilling partners necessary to advance rapidly a multi-well drilling programme to fully evaluate the large inventory of prospective leads developed in Guercif,” said Griffiths.The Moroccan government approved Predator Oil’s license for gas exploration in December 2018.The government granted an eight-year license, which started with an initial 30 months of exploration across 7,269 square kilometers “to the east of producing gas fields and northwest of Sound Energy PLC’s Tendrara gas project,” Proactive Investors wrote back in December. read more

The Latest Judge rules Qualcomm violated antitrust lawThe Latest Judge rules Qualcomm violated antitrust law

NEW YORK — The Latest on federal judge’s ruling against Qualcomm (all times local):10:40 a.m.A federal judge has ruled that Qualcomm unlawfully squeezed out rivals in the cellphone chip market and charged excessive royalties.U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, is siding with the Federal Trade Commission in the antitrust case.She ruled Tuesday that Qualcomm must renegotiate licensing deals with customers. The San Diego company must license its patents to rival chip makers at fair prices and can’t sign exclusive supply agreements with smartphone makers like Apple that block competitors from access to that market.Under the FTC decision affirmed by Koh, Qualcomm Inc. must submit to monitoring for the next seven years to make sure it follows the order.Qualcomm says it will appeal.The chipmaker’s stock is down 11% in morning trading.___8:25 a.m.Qualcomm’s stock is tumbling before the opening bell after a federal judge ruled that the company unlawfully stifled cellphone chip market competition and charged excessive licensing fees.U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California found Tuesday that Qualcomm violated antitrust law, charging high royalties and squeezing out rivals, according to Wall Street Journal report.Koh ordered Qualcomm to negotiate or renegotiate licensing deals with customers. The company must also license its patents to rival chip makers at fair prices and can’t sign exclusive supply agreements with smartphone makers like Apple that block competitors from access to that market.Qualcomm Inc. must submit to monitoring for the next seven years to make sure it follows the order.Shares are down 12% in premarket trading Wednesday.The Associated Press read more

Terror attacks on US should galvanize international action General Assembly toldTerror attacks on US should galvanize international action General Assembly told

“The United Nations must now capitalize on the groundswell of international solidarity emanating from recent crises to strengthen dialogue against international terrorism, as we all have in some way been touched by its many forms and manifestations,” said Fiji’s Ambassador, Amraiya Naidu. “This is our opportunity to seize the new culture of conflict prevention, driven by the Secretary-General, as a critical platform for Member States to chart our destiny much closer towards international peace and security in the new millennium.”Malta’s Ambassador, Walter Balzan, agreed that momentum was building for a global response to the attacks in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. “Out of the debris of those events a new sense of common purpose has been born within the international community,” he said. “The remarkable expression of political will and decisive action that has been witnessed in the last three weeks inspires real hope that multilateral efforts to up-root the terrible growth of terrorism can make significant in-roads.”The Ambassador of Portugal, Francisco Seixas Da Costa, said, “this is a moment for action but, simultaneously, it is also a moment for reflection.” He emphasized the need to examine all aspects of the problem, and cautioned against “looking at the trees where a forest exists.” Priority should be given to achieving a comprehensive solution to the problem, he said. “With that aim, we must be prepared to act simultaneously in all the different areas that may be relevant.””There could be no better opportunity than now to address the question of convening a high-level conference under the auspices of the UN to formulate a joint organized response of the international community to terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” said Clifford S. Mamba, the Ambassador of Swaziland. He said such a forum would facilitate consensus. “We are confident that with the collective wisdom of all its members, the Organization will achieve its goals and it will prevail.”Supporting this view, the Ambassador of Ghana, Nana Effah Apenteng, said his country “also looks forward to participating, at an appropriate future date, in the proposed high-level conference, under the auspices of the United Nations, to formulate the international community’s joint organized response to terrorism.” That forum, he added, “should carefully choose its priorities and agenda.”Canadian Ambassador Paul Heinbecker proposed strengthening the present anti-terrorism instruments. “Why not consider new bodies with strong and specific counter-terrorism mandates and adequate resources to lead and coordinate our efforts?” he asked. “Why not a high commissioner or a special representative of the Secretary-General for terrorism?”Iraq’s Ambassador, Mohammed Aldouri, said his country “had suffered and is still suffering” from acts of terrorism, including State terrorism. As a result, Iraq had empathized with the civilian victims of the recent terror attacks against the United States, and had “not rejoiced in what happened, as was mentioned by the Zionist circles in a clear provocative attempt.” He stressed that combating terrorism first requires an agreed definition of the scourge, “so that it would not be mixed up with acts that are not related to terrorism or would exempt clear terrorist acts for purely political reasons.”The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic, Hugo Tolentino Dipp, said terrorism was linked to multiple circumstances whose origins go beyond ideological concepts. “The persistence and increase of injustices, misery, starvation, drugs, exclusion, prejudices, despair for lack of perspectives, multiply delirium and irrationality, which many times shows up through uncontrolled violence,” he said. “The fight against terrorism must be, first of all, one of prevention, combat, and interdiction of such social illnesses.” read more

We face a critical turning point – UN chief says at HeadquartersWe face a critical turning point – UN chief says at Headquarters

“There are encouraging signs that the worst of the outbreak is behind us. This year has seen a significant decline in new cases. Surge efforts are under way to bring the outbreaks further under control ahead of the rains,” Mr. Ban said. The Secretary-General in his remarks recalled his trip to the affected Ebola region last December, to assess the progress in Guinea, Liberia, Mali, and Sierra Leone.“I came back inspired by the courage of the survivors and those working selflessly at the front lines,” Mr. Ban said remembering that just “five months ago, the forecast was bleak.”“But today, we face a very different situation. We know that Ebola can be beaten. At the heart of the success has been the response of communities and local and national authorities,” he added.The world united in an unprecedented global coalition of governments, regional organizations, civil society actors, development banks and philanthropic foundations. Countries from near and far, of great and small states, have deployed experts, donated supplies and contributed funds, Mr. Ban said. The United Nations has played an important role, he said, highlighting the work of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response – UNMEER – the first-ever emergency health mission. Mr. Ban pledged UN commitment to reach the target set by the Presidents of the Mano River Union of no more new cases by mid-April.Today the European Commission held a high-level conference in Brussels to help focus global resolve on finishing the job of ending Ebola in West Africa. “The outbreak began with one case and will not be over until all countries are totally free of Ebola. And after the outbreak is over, there will be much work to do to help the affected countries recover and build back stronger and more resilient,” the Secretary-General said. The concert “Stop Ebola and Build for the Future” was organized by the Government of São Tomé and Principe, in part with the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, the United African Congress and the Give them a Hand Foundation. read more

Man and woman found dead in Hertfordshire flat after being stabbedMan and woman found dead in Hertfordshire flat after being stabbed

first_imgPolice are investigating after a man and woman were found dead after being stabbed.Officers found the body of a woman after storming a flat in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire.They also found a man also suffering from knife wounds, who died shortly after police arrived.A nearby bar manager claimed two children were inside during the incident.A Hertfordshire Police spokesman said: “When police arrived at the address they found a woman had been stabbed and had tragically passed away.”A man was also found to be at the property with knife wounds. He also tragically passed away shortly after at the scene.”At this early stage of the investigation, police do not currently believe they are looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.”Investigations are on-going.”An air ambulance also flew to the scene, while pictures show police vehicles and a taped cordon surrounding the block of flats, which sits close to a roundabout linking Turners Hill and the High Street.A bar manager at The Old English Gentleman pub nearby, told The Hertfordshire Mercury: “I feel sorry for the kids. I heard there were two children in there as well. One was about six, same age as my child.”  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.last_img read more

Signal failure delays could become complaint of the past as train companySignal failure delays could become complaint of the past as train company

Asked how soon we could see these prototypes become reality in the UK, Mr Ferrer said: “I don’t know but in Swizerland we have taken the control centre from one line and put that onto the cloud. It does sit on the cloud. So it is doable.”A spokesperson for Network Rail said: “In May we launched the new Digital Railway Strategy, which explains why modern forms of signalling and train control are required urgently to improve the passenger experience and bring down the operating costs of the network.”They added that some signalling systems are still based on Victorian technology and need to become obsolete in the next 15 years. Train delays caused by signal failures could soon be a frustration of the past, as one of the UK’s leading train manufacturers trial new ‘cloud’ technology.Siemens, which has 450 trains in service in the UK and recently won the contract to build new London Underground trains, hopes to move signalling to a digital space in ‘the cloud’ to reduce the chance of technical errors.Signal failures are caused by power cuts or a blown fuse in the train track circuit. Between 2016 and 2017, there were 19,000 signal failure faults which caused delays of more than 100 minutes or more to a train service.By removing computers and wires from the rail communication system, Siemens hope to avoid delays caused by broken or faulty equipment.]Cloud-based technology could also allow train operators to predict and avoid delays and overcrowding by collecting passenger data and storing it in one place. Mark Ferrer, the Operations Director for digital railways at Siemens told The Sunday Telegraph, said: “[Cloud technology is] just moving functionality and control from one place into another place – which is the cloud. What this gets you is the ability to have a greater level of analytics and prediction.”It gives you a better level of prediction across the entire system so it can run more smoothly. It’s about being able to predict what the future would look like in any given scenario too, for example increasing passenger demand.“Really it’s about taking the data out of the system, putting it into the cloud and using the data to improve capacity.”The UK plans are in prototype stage, but Siemens has already put one rail line onto the cloud in Switzerland.Mr Ferrer added: “Passenger use has gone up massively over the last 15 years, so if there is a failure of any part of the infrastructure, the impact of that failure is felt wider across the network.”The capacity challenge we face in the industry is mammoth – we need more capacity.”It is also about reducing infrastructure, so there is less that can go wrong, and therefore fewer delays. He added: “The objective would be to cut down on the amount of infrastructure that we have. The more there is, there more there is to go wrong so if you reduce it there would be less to go wrong.” 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. read more

BXR185 a big one and other new BTI breaker productsBXR185 a big one and other new BTI breaker products

first_imgA global leader in the design, manufacture and support one of the most reliable hydraulic breaker ranges available, Breaker Technology Inc (BTI) has continued the evolution with its new edition to the BXR series the BXR 185. Weighing in at 7,000 kg it delivers a rock shattering 25,000 Joules of impact energy. Like the rest of the BXR series it is designed for rugged, continuous duty in demanding breaking applications and offers an extra long stroke balanced piston design which improves the power-to-weight ratio, providing the widest carrier and power available.“Precise tolerance and balance between the piston and cylinder provide high efficiency, blow rate and power,” said Peter McDonald, Senior Research and Development Product Designer for BTI. The large cross section upper and lower shock absorbing isolators reduce vibration feedback to the carrier. BTI’s exclusive front head restraint system tightly guides the front head within the housing, reducing loading to the tie rods and the upper portion of the breaker. A narrow box housing design is well suited to tight trenching conditions.BTI specialises in rockbreaker systems, hydraulic breakers, demolition attachments and a full line of rugged, low profile mining vehicles, like the new MineRunner, described on p117 of International Mining, February 2014.BTI is one of the world leaders in stationary hydraulic rockbreaker systems and has installed over 2,000 booms into harsh and remotely located quarrying and mine sites on the planet. The NT-E Series boom is the fifth generation of small booms from BTI. With enhanced coverage and a larger breaker capability, this boom has an optimised structural design. Robust connections, compact pedestal mounting and common cylinders make for a maintenance friendly boom system.“The increased strength and optimized hydraulics allow the NT line to support a broader range of breakers from 1,080 to 4,055 Joules class (BX8 to BX30) throughout the NT12 to NT24 offerings. The compact pedestal design allows for mounting to competitors’ bolt patterns without the need of an adaptor plate” said Indika (Indy) Balasuriya, Engineering Project Leader for BTI.Indy also states that, “BTI’s rockbreaker booms come standard with fully proportional electric-hydraulic control. Dual joysticks operate a fully proportional, load sensing directional control valve providing precise control of all boom functions. The basic system can be modified to suit many needs including radio control pendants for maintenance and long distance applications. The boom system comes with a standard 60 gal reservoir power pack which incorporates a number of features to improve its functionality and maintenance.”last_img read more

Rainer Kahrger – changing the face of bulk material conveyor transportRainer Kahrger – changing the face of bulk material conveyor transport

first_imgRainer Kahrger will be inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame in the Bulk Handling category at the gala awards dinner in Denver on February 20th, during SME Conference week.Early in his career, Structural Engineer, Rainer Kahrger realised that belt conveyors are intrinsic to virtually all continuous material handling operations. Over the past 40 years, his achievements in material handling have altered the approach to belt conveyor design today.During his tenure as CEO and President of TAKRAF, Rainer led the design of two world record-setting projects in bulk material handling: the largest capacity downhill regenerative conveyor and the longest single flight conveyor.High in the Atacama Desert of Chile is the El Abra mine. In 1996, TAKRAF designed and built the largest capacity downhill regenerative belt conveyor system. The 8,600 t/h 9.5 km long overland conveyor descends over 500 m in elevation from the mine to the crushing circuit, during which time the vertical drop is used to regenerate 5,500 kW of power. The system employed the strongest belt available at the time with a strength rating of ST 6800 N/mm and revolutionary splice efficiency greater than 50 %.Subsequent to the world record-setting downhill belt conveyor is the first “racetrack” or “on/off” dynamic heap-leach system developed by Rainer and his team. This innovative and first, for its time, high capacity 6,300 m3/h leach pad bucket-wheel reclaimer, operating in conjunction with mobile stacking and reclaiming conveyors, was developed and put successfully into operation. The same general design concept was replicated, a couple of years later, at the Radomiro Tomic mine and, most recently again, at the Antucoya copper complex. This arrangement has become the standard in the (oxide) copper industry.At the Henderson (Climax) Molybdenum mine in Colorado USA, Rainer was instrumental in the design and installation of the longest single flight belt conveyor in the world. Designed to the lowest known running resistance ever measured, the 17 km long single conveyor was installed and commissioned in 1999. This conveyor system replaced a train arrangement which had, by then, become economically unsustainable. The single flight conveyor, part of a system of three conveyors, was essential to the client’s requirements for reduced environmental impact.After his retirement in 2009 as CEO of TAKRAF, Rainer continues to work with TAKRAF as consultant in the field of materials handling. In this capacity, he has made significant contributions to the development of TAKRAF’s innovative new gearless drive technology for the El Teniente and Chuquicamata underground conveyors in Chile.last_img read more

Liverpool defender Van Dijk focusing on positivesLiverpool defender Van Dijk focusing on positives

first_imgLiverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk insists he’s focusing on the positives following the team’s 2-1 loss to Manchester City on Thursday night.The Netherlands international made a point to remind the Reds’ fans of the club’s current standing in the Premier League at the turn of the new year.“You can’t look at this situation in a negative way,” Van Dijk said, as quoted by ESPN. “We are still top of the league with a four-point lead. It is still looking fine for us. Our next game in the Premier League is Brighton and we are already looking forward to that. There is the FA Cup in between, of course.”“The only thing we can do now is bounce back. We will. We can go on another unbeaten run, but we take it game by game. We know it is going to be tough.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“We have a great mentality. We have shown that all season. We just have to keep on doing what we have been doing. There is no reason to change anything or panic.”Meanwhile, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson insists he’s happy with the team’s performance at the Etihad Stadium in their loss to City.“There is no need to get carried away,” he said. “All season we have taken it game by game and we will do that again.”“It is normal to be disappointed by a defeat. Now it is about reaction and I am sure the lads will react in the right way. Why would you lose confidence after a game like tonight? It could have been different.”“The Premier League is a tough league, the games keep coming. We need to be ready and we will be. In terms of the result we are disappointed. We were beaten by a very good City team, but there were still moments in the game where we could have scored one or two more. We just have to accept the defeat.”last_img read more

Solari plays down exit rumours after recent lossSolari plays down exit rumours after recent loss

first_imgReal Madrid coach Santi Solari played down questions about his future, following Sunday evening’s 2-0 La Liga defeat at home to Real Sociedad.A coolly-taken penalty by Real striker Willian Jose and a Ruben Pardo’s close-range header condemned Los Blancos to a defeat in front of their home fans.A tally of 30 points from 18 games remains the club’s worst start since 2005-06 season.Asked directly at the post-game news conference whether he felt he deserved to continue in the position — just over two months after he replaced Julen Lopetegui on the Madrid bench — the former Argentina midfielder replied: “We compete to win the next game.”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We compete to win, always compete to win,” the former Madrid player and Castilla youth team coach said via ESPN.“We always fight to win. We never underestimate the competition, never underestimate anybody. The only one who has that luxury is he who has never competed. You can never question our winning character; we showed character today, despite the difficulties. Unforgivable would be to lack that.”“Nothing went right for us today,” he said. “The sensation is that we wanted to make up three points and we didn’t. This is football, we lost concentration at the start of the game which cost us a goal and hurt us.“The same as in Villarreal [2-2 midweek], in professional football you cannot have that. Then we did everything possible to turn the result around, despite the difficulties, possible penalties, or penalties, and the sending off. We made chances but the ball just would not go in.”last_img read more

Atlantics Britney Bombs at NewsstandAtlantics Britney Bombs at Newsstand

first_imgBack in April, when the 150-year-old Atlantic plopped Britney Spearson its cover, it faced a backlash—albeit an expected one—from subscribers,bloggers and assorted media critics, some of whom criticized the magazine for “selling-out,”pandering to capture a slice of what Portfolio dubbed “The Britney Economy.”Turns out themagazine wasn’t selling out at all. The Britney cover tanked, according tofigures submitted by the Atlantic to the Audit Bureau of Circulations RapidReport filing system late last month. The magazine sold approximately 24,000copies at the newsstand, some 21,000 less than March and nearly 30,000 lessthan its January/February issue. The magazine sold 40,900 single copies of itsApril 2007 issue, per ABC. (During the second half of 2007, each Atlantic issue sold, on average, 57,000 single copies at the newsstand.) ATLANTIC’S 2008 NEWSSTAND PERFORMANCE Jan./Feb.53,300″After Iraq” MONTHSINGLE COPY SALESCOVER STORY “The irony is, we were doing this at our own peril, because mostof our newsstand executives and circulation executives were saying ‘Don’t putBritney on the cover! It’s going to bomb on the newsstand!’ So we put Britneyon the cover despite some of our newsstand advisors.””And sure enough to our predictions,” Smith is quoted inFOLIO:’s June cover story, “it bombed on the newsstand.”Click hereto see the full video. And click here to see “Atlantic Rising,” our coverstory on the Atlantic.Luckily for us, there’s no chance of it bombing. May40,000″Is Israel Finished?”center_img April24,000″The Britney Show” Atlantic Media president Justin Smith told me in a recent videointerview that the company was, in fact, expecting it to bomb: March45,000″Which Religion Will Win?”last_img read more

Pentagon Candidates Offer Commitment to Address Climate Change Contamination IssuesPentagon Candidates Offer Commitment to Address Climate Change Contamination Issues

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Two nominees for headquarters positions dealing with installation and energy issues — Robert McMahon for assistant secretary of defense (ASD) for sustainment and Alex Beehler for assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment — told the Senate Armed Services Committee during their confirmation hearing Tuesday they would address the impact of climate change on their responsibilities, if confirmed.“Yes, I agree with Secretary Mattis that weather can and does have an adverse effect on our ability to accomplish our mission. Risk mitigation is the preparation to ensure that we are ready for that,” McMahon stated in response to a question from Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the committee’s ranking member. McMahon was nominated by President Trump for a newly created post that would combine his current job — ASD for logistics and materiel readiness — with the ASD for energy, installations and environment. The new sustainment office is part of the restructuring prompted by the Feb. 1 split of the undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics office into two smaller organizations.Beehler similarly pledged to tackle the risks posed by a changing climate. “I will do everything to encourage installations and help direct installations to properly prepare on a case-by-case basis for both adverse weather and effects long term from climate,” he told the panel.Other senators broached two pressing issues related to contamination affecting installations and surrounding communities. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) asked Beehler how he would engage with communities impacted by PFAS contamination in their drinking water supplies and seek to reduce the financial burden on state and local governments. “I would have to work closely with the other services whom I know are dealing with this issue substantially, as well as with the state and local authorities to make sure the matter is resolved wherever the testing reveals there is a problem,” he responded.Beehler told Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) he would consider addressing a recent report describing numerous cases of lead exposure by military children living in on-base housing as a “top priority,” if confirmed. “I want to make sure, as you have said, that military families feel absolutely safe and healthy in military housing,” Beehler said. Kaine pointed out that since the Reuters investigation, which focused on family housing at five Army installations, was published last week, his office has learned about cases of children suffering from lead exposure at the installations of other services.For Beehler and McMahon and three other nominees, the hearing went smoothly, with a notable lack of contentious questions. “It’s a great team. I’m just very proud. I’ve never seen a panel of more qualified people,” Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) said at the conclusion of the hearing. A committee vote on the nominees could come next week. Other issues, including the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, and the approaching midterm elections, however, could slow confirmation votes by the chamber, reported Defense News.Air Force photo by Sue Sapplast_img read more

Customs official arrested with bribe moneyCustoms official arrested with bribe money

first_imgThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday arrested an official of Chattogram Customs House reportedly with Tk 0.6 million of bribe money, reports UNB.On information, an ACC team conducted a drive at the customs house around 6:30pm and arrested Nazim Uddin, a revenue officer, and seized Tk 0.6 million of bribe money from his possession, said Mahbub Alam, deputy director of ACC Chattogram Zone.Chattogram Customs House commissioner AKM Nuruzzaman said Nazim Uddin was suspended following his arrest with the bribe money.He also said a probe body was formed to look into the matter.last_img read more

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first_imgNews | October 06, 2014 VuComp Launches Continuing Education Programs and Support During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month 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 October 6, 2014 — VuComp Inc. announced its commitment to the education and support of medical professionals who dedicate their lives to the early detection of breast cancer. VuComp will be hosting a series of educational programs throughout the United States as Breast Cancer Awareness Month commences.VuComp has partnered with the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) to offer continuing education (CE) programs to existing customers and members of the medical community who wish to learn more about the latest advances in breast density and computer-aided detection (CAD). The programs offered are: The Reality of Breast Density (1 CE Credit); Breast Density Challenge (3 CE Credits); and, The History of Mammography CAD (1 CE Credit). Events are currently scheduled in major cities around the country including Atlanta; Memphis, Tenn.; Nashville, Tenn.; Kansas City, Mo., St. Louis’ Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Ariz.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Columbus, Ohio; Cincinnati; Minneapolis; and Denver.In addition to the CE programs, VuComp will be hosting a webinar Nov. 5 at 12 pm EST titled, “Decreasing Legal Liability — A Breast Density Screening Update.” The webinar will be presented by Bonnie Rush RT, (R), (M), (QM). Rush is a nationally recognized author, lecturer, consultant and expert witness. The impact of breast density notification continues to gain momentum as now 19 states require that physicians notify women of their breast density following their mammogram. In addition, national breast density notification legislation has been introduced to the U.S. Senate. This webinar will explore the effects of notification, the potential legal ramifications of false negatives, as well as the need to standardize breast density assessment.“VuComp is proud to invest in the education and training of our customers and other medical professionals,” said Jim Pike, president and CTO of VuComp. “We believe that through ongoing learning, the role of advanced computer algorithms in assessing mammograms for potential cancers in conjunction with accurate breast density assessment will continue to gain broad acceptance and improve early detection.”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read morecenter_img Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… 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. 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Special needs kids enjoy beach day in AvellanasSpecial needs kids enjoy beach day in Avellanas

first_imgRelated posts:Transport Ministry says Cañas-Liberia highway expansion will help local businesses, but residents are wary Guanacaste nonprofit celebrates 10 years of support for youth ‘Extreme’ Pacific winds create dangerous conditions for boaters, swimmers WATCH: Sea turtles come ashore to nest by the thousands at Costa Rica’s Ostional beach At first glance, it looked like an ordinary day at Avellanas beach, on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. Kids on surfboards were pushed into the waves while others played in the sand. Food, drinks, and families having fun were everywere. On closer inspection, you might have noticed something outstanding. A group of special needs children with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and developmental delays such as autism were here to enjoy, some for the first time, a day at the beach.Under the auspices of the Shine Project Foundation, this activity was organized by Carlsbad, California couple Rob Williams, a dual language immersion teacher and his wife Cheryl, who teaches moderate to severely disabled students.The Shine Project Foundation was created in October 2013 in the United States “to provide events and opportunities with typical peers to help facilitate communication, build friendships, and develop creative, recreational, and vocational skills in a safe, fun, and structured environment.”Saturday’s beach day was the first activity the couple has organized in Costa Rica, where they have been on leave from their jobs for the last year.After the Williams conceived the idea of a beach day for special needs children, they reached out to Courtney Gaw Borquet, a board member of the nonprofit association for Culture, Education and Psychology for Infants and Adolescents (CEPIA), who located the appropriate families.“I found the kids at physical therapy sessions at CEPIA,” Gaw said. “Then I went into different towns and asked around, called the leaders of the communities to find the kids for today.”She invited eleven families from six towns in the province of Guanacaste and they were certainly ready for fun when the bus arrived to drive them to Avellanas beach.Once on the sand, approximately 30 volunteers were on hand to facilitate all of the scheduled activities including surf lessons, areas for swimming and playing in the sand, even a spot where children could be dragged along the shore on a boogie board.“We love special needs kids and we wanted to do what was necessary to give them the opportunity to enjoy the beach, and some of these kids have never been to the beach,” said Rob Williams.One of those children was 13-year-old José Francisco Baranco, who was not only on his first trip to the beach, but got his first taste of the ocean too. Two volunteers carried him into the water, where he played  for 10 minutes and didn’t want to come out.  With flapping hands and a warm smile he let them know that he wanted to stay put.Victor Nuñez Ramirez, Tamarindo’s head lifeguard, watched over everyone with eagle eyes because the surf had a strong current.  He observed as 14-year-old Ignacio Orbando López was lifted from his wheel chair, loaded onto a longboard surfboard, and then pushed into the waves by two surf instructors.“He is happy,” said Nuñez.Even though Orbando has cerebral palsy, he wore a big smile as he took a surf lesson from Mauricio Ortega Chaves of Avellanas Surf School. With Ortega holding him at the waist, and another instructor applying pressure to the nose of the board, Orbando had enough balance to ride a wave into shore.“To me, being with these kids and teaching them how to surf, is just plain surfing, period. They’re just like you and me,” said Ortega.After his surf session, 5-year-old Angelo Borquet shot the world famous surf symbol, the shaka (thumb and pinky up), as he climbed off his board. He then joined another boy who, like him, has Down syndrome. Together they worked at digging holes and building sand castles with similarly aged children from Avellanas and the surrounding areas.“It’s important for these kids to be included in all activities, and to be able to enjoy a day just like their peers do at the beach,” said Gaw, who is Borquet’s mother.Cheryl Williams felt the day was a success. “Although they do not have the mental and cognitive ability to express themselves verbally, they can express themselves with body language,  facial expressions and sounds. Being in the water and the sensation of the sand is very therapeutic, especially if they don’t move their body very much. It’s very exhilarating to them,”  she said.Related: Children’s Hospital celebrates families with special needs Facebook Commentslast_img read more