Closing Bell TSX closes near sixyear high boosted by gold stocks

TORONTO — Strength in gold stocks propelled the Toronto stock market higher Wednesday alongside further data which points to a recovery in the U.S. economy.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 14,459.11+78.56 0.55%S&P 500 —  1,890.90+5.38 0.29%Dow — 16,573.00+40.39 0.24%Nasdaq — 4,276.46 +8.42 0.20% Toronto’s main stock index closed the trading session ahead 78.56 points to 14,459.11.The Canadian dollar fell 0.03 of a cent to 90.62 cents US.Leading the charge on the TSX was a major deal between two Canadian gold companies — Yamana Gold and Osisko Mining — which pushed the gold sector higher.Osisko (TSX:OSK), which has been seeking an alternative to a hostile takeover offer by Goldcorp (TSX:G), signed a deal to sell a 50% stake in its mining and exploration assets to Yamana (TSX:YRI).The agreement, which includes the involvement of the CPP Investment Board the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, values Osisko at about $3.4 billion.Osisko shares were by far the heaviest traded on the TSX, rising 5.5% to $7.26 on nearly 38 million shares. Yamana stock dropped 28 cents to $9.43 on the TSX.A higher price for bullion also supported widespread strength among other TSX-listed gold stocks. The June gold contract gained $10.80 to close at $1,290.80 on the New York Mercantile Exchange.“We’ve been dealing with under performance with the Toronto market for awhile now, but that started for change as we got into 2014,” said Andrew Pyle, senior wealth adviser and portfolio manager at ScotiaMcLeod in Peterborough, Ont.“What we’ve seen this year is a recovery in a lot of sectors that were major drags last year.”That includes gold stocks, materials, and utilities, which have all gained traction, Pyle said.The TSX hit its all-time high of 15,073 on June 18, 2008.Over the past few months, the TSX has grinded its way higher, after eking out small gains in 2013, which looked good against the two previous years when it gave back a combined 14.5%.However, some observers suggest the S&P/TSX Composite is headed toward a ceiling, and could find itself much lower by the end of the year.BMO Capital Markets chief investment strategist Brian Belski suggests the S&P/TSX Composite index could fall back to where it started the year, which would mark a decline of about 5%.On Wall Street, the S&P 500 index closed at another record, up 5.38 points to 1,890.90. The Dow Jones Industrials moved ahead 40.39 points to 16,573 while the Nasdaq rose 8.42 points to 4,276.46.The move in the U.S. came amid new data on U.S. jobs figures that could push the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates earlier than anticipated.A survey from payroll processor ADP said that U.S. companies hired at a faster clip in March. Private employers added 191,000 jobs in March, another positive sign for the jobs market ahead of the U.S. non-farm payrolls report and Canadian labour force survey due on Friday.“(The ADP report) has… shifted speculation back toward a more hawkish Fed that could start to raise interest rates sooner rather than later after tapering ends later this year,” said Colin Cieszynski, a senior markets analyst at CMC Markets, in a note to investors.In commodities, crude continued to trade below US$100 per barrel. Oil for May delivery settled at US$99.62, down 12 cents. Copper prices returned to more normal levels after a magnitude-8.2 earthquake off the coast of Chile — a major producer of the metal — sent prices soaring to their highest levels since early March. The May copper contract was up 1.1 cents at US$3.05 a pound.Agrium Inc. (TSX:AGU) shares weakened after the fertilizer producer said it expects only a slim profit in the first quarter, just above the break-even point. Analysts have been expecting Agrium’s profit for the first quarter of 2014 to be well above break-even, although down from a year ago. Its shares dropped $1.45 to $106.09BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB) says it won’t renew a licensing agreement with U.S. telecom giant T-Mobile when it expires on April 25, which means T-Mobile won’t sell BlackBerry products after inventories run out. BlackBerry shares were up 11 cents to $9.05.TOP STORIESOsisko surprises with nearly $1-billion deal to sell 50% stake to Yamana GoldU.S. senators attack GM for ‘culture of coverup’ and ‘criminal deception’ in handling recallsNo collapse in Canada’s condo market, but not much growth eitherHere’s why Google is about to split its shares for the first time in the company’s historyWHAT’S ON DECK THURSDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Merchandise Trade Balance (Feb): Economists expect a surplus of $200-million UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Weekly jobless claims: Economists expect 319,000 new claims, up from last week Goods & Services Trade Balance (Feb): Economists expect a deficit of $38.5-billion 10 a.m.Non-manufacturing ISM Index (Mar): Economists expect a reading of 53.5, up from last week CORPORATE NEWSCANADAHudsons Bay Company Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 49¢ a share Richelieu Hardware Ltd    Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 43¢ a share UNITED STATESMicron Technology, Inc.  Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 74¢ a share read more

More aid needed for Asia says UN commission as report shows region

Amid findings released today showing that aid donors are overlooking Asia in favour of Africa, the head of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) told high-level delegates at a London conference that the region should get “a better deal.”The findings, supported by funding from the Asian Development Bank are contained in a report entitled “Achieving the MDGs in Asia: a Case for More Aid?” which shows that Asia has received far less aid than other regions of the world in comparison to the size of the population, the level of income and the number of poor it hosts. UNESCAP Executive Secretary Mr Kim Hak-Su delivered the key findings of the report at the two-day “Asia 2015 Conference Promoting Growth, Ending Poverty.” The report found Asia accounts for the lion’s share of people lacking access to sanitation, underweight children, malnourished people, those living on less than a dollar a day, and tuberculosis (TB) cases in the world.It also found that three quarters of all Asians in rural areas lacking access to sanitation live in China and India. In absolute terms, India is home to 38 per cent of the world total of underweight children below the age of five, more than one and a half times the whole of Sub-Saharan Africa. India also has more than double the amount of illiterate 15 to 24 year old women than in any other sub-region of the world, including sub Saharan Africa.“The number of people in Asia living with HIV/AIDS – 7.6 million between the ages 15 and 49, of which 5.1 million in India alone, compared to 23.8 million in Sub-Saharan Africa – is, however, far from insignificant. HIV/AIDS is also rapidly spreading in some parts of Asia, in particular the CIS countries and India. Asia as a whole accounts for more than two thirds of the world’s TB cases and deaths,” the report states.The report analyzes aid to sub-regions in the world on a needs basis calculated on percentage share of underweight children and other Millennium Development Goal indicators, finding that Asia is being ignored in favour of Africa. It says most sub-regions in Asia are receiving relatively “small shares of the global aid total” and The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are a set of targets set by the UN Millennium Summit in 2000 which seek to deal with a host of socio-economic ills such as extreme poverty and hunger, maternal and infant mortality and lack of access to education and health care, all by 2015. read more

Santasalo to present multisegmented girth gear at SME 2016

first_imgSantasalo says it will present its multi-segmented girth gear at the forthcoming 2016 SME exhibition in Phoenix, Arizona. “As pioneers of the original multi-segmented girth gear concept, Santasalo is dedicated to ensuring continued success of this exceptional technology which offers optimal performance and low running costs.”The multiple segment design of Santasalo girth gears “provides significant advantages; from precision manufacturing, ease of transportation, installation and maintenance and with added benefits of wear resistance with its advanced ADI material. “This technology is purpose built to drive large kilns, drums and mills from diameters of 3 m and larger, where no upper limit exists, for industry applications including minerals and mining.“Continued in-house developments in the technology and design of the multi-segmented girth gear have made us a leader in this market. Our product delivers unsurpassed performance and quality which assures our customers that they can rely on Santasalo for their power transmission needs,“ said Joe Sitta, Director of Santasalo Industrial Gears, Americas.last_img read more

Can a womans weight affect the success of the morningafter pill

first_imgTHE EUROPEAN MEDICINES AGENCY is to investigate whether increased bodyweight impairs the effectiveness of some popular brands of the morning-after pill.The review is a result of data published in November that suggested emergency contraception could be less effective in women above 80 kg (12.5 stone).The review will look at whether the warning labels on the emergency contraceptive medicines should be changed.The brands being reviewed include those that that contain the hormone levonorgestrel, such as NorLevo, Levonelle/Postinor and Levodonna.Emergency contraceptives containing levonorgestrel can be used up to 72 hours after unprotected sexual intercourse or contraceptive failure and act by blocking or delaying ovulation.Another prescription-only brand of the morning-after pill ellaOne, which can be used up to five days after unprotected sex, is also to be reviewed.The review comes after the makers of NorLevo added the following information to the product about its effectiveness in November:In clinical trials, contraceptive efficacy was reduced in women weighing 75 kg or more, and levonorgestrel was not effective in women who weighed more than 80 kg.The review is being conducted by the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use, its opinion will then be forwarded onto the European Commission.Column: What you don’t know about emergency contraception (and why it might hurt you) >Read: Monday is the most common day women request the morning-after pill >last_img read more

LActa un traité mondial contre le piratage informatique

first_imgL’Acta : un traité mondial contre le piratage informatiqueMexique – Trente-neuf États sont réunis actuellement au Mexique. Leur mission : élaborer des accords, encore secrets, afin de lutter contre la contrefaçon sur le Web. Le téléchargement illégal est particulièrement visé.Très peu d’informations ont été divulguées sur l’Acat (Anti counterfeiting trade agreement). Ce traité est négocié depuis plusieurs mois par trente-neuf États. Il devrait permettre de déboucher sur un accord mondial concernant la contrefaçon sur le Web, et plus particulièrement les droits d’auteur. Durant cette septième phase de négociations, une huitième date a déjà été retenue en Nouvelle-Zélande. Les représentants des États abordent les sujets tels que les questions civiles, les douanes ou encore le numérique. Ces discussions sont redoutées par les internautes puisqu’elles visent à durcir la loi contre les pirates sur le Net. Mais de nombreux points sont encore à régler comme le droit réservé aux douaniers de fouiller un ordinateur sans passer par un juge, ce qui est illégal en France. Le rôle des fournisseurs d’accès pourrait aussi évoluer car pour certains, ils sont responsables de tous les contenus transitant par leurs réseaux. La liberté sur Internet serait-elle menacée ? L’association Reporters sans frontières a exprimé sa “profonde inquiétude” concernant ces initiatives.Le 27 janvier 2010 à 10:55 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Swedish Club Profits over Omar Colleys Italy Switch

first_imgBy Sulayman BahDjurgarden IF, a Swedish premier league side, will now rack up millions in profit over the sale of Gambia’s most expensive player ever.Omar Colley sealed a three-year deal with Sampdoria from Belgian club KRC Genk.The transfer, made public this week after he passed a medical days ago, will see the erstwhile Wallidan centre-back pocket €2m in bonuses during the course of his stay in Italy with a €800,000 salary every 12 months.However, it has emerged that former employers of the Scorpion Djurgaren IF will get millions richer owing to sell-on clauses.Dif installed a clause in Colley’s contract at the time of his departure to Genk in August 2015 according them portion of any future sale of the defender.And the outfit’s Sporting Director Bosse Anderson confirms the news.‘Great for Omar and, and extremely economical for us. We bought Omar and he has brought us profit finance-wise. I feel delighted it went this way. I’ve been in contact with Omar so I know he’s very happy,’ Andersson said.The contract comes on the back of Colley’s insistence to leave Genk who were initially reluctant to the idea of letting the Gambian leave hoping to tie him down to an extended contract.Omar had an option of a further 24-month in his contract clause which he had the liberty to sign but having cravings for European football, the Scorpion thought it best to move elsewhere leading him to head to the transfer to Sampdoria.last_img read more

Gang member convicted of murder in shooting death of passing driver

first_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: October 26, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, October 26, 2018 Updated: 9:09 PMcenter_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter VISTA (KUSI) — An Escondido gang member was convicted Friday of first- degree murder for firing shots intended for rivals but instead striking and killing a passing motorist as she headed home from Bible study at her church.After a two-week trial, jurors also found true a special circumstance allegation that 55-year-old Cathy Kennedy was killed while the defendant, 25- year-old Dionicio Torrez Jr., was an active member of a street gang.Torrez faces life in prison without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced Dec. 20. The defendant also was convicted of attempted murder and shooting at an occupied vehicle.Deputy District Attorney Laurie Hauf said Torrez fired across a street 12 rounds intended for rivals the night of March 7, 2017. One of those bullets hit Kennedy in the head, and she died at a hospital.Defense attorney Alejandro Morales said the prosecution’s case rested on the word of a 16-year-old boy who was with Torrez that night.The juvenile — who took a plea deal — was the one who fired the shots, Morales told the jury.Hauf said two rival gang members were spotted tagging the apartment complex where Torrez and the teenager lived about 9 p.m.Torrez chased the rivals — followed by the 16-year-old — and Torrez opened fire, according to the prosecutor.The victim was found alongside eastbound Grand Avenue near Midway Drive. Her silver Toyota Camry crashed into a parked vehicle. Gang member convicted of murder in shooting death of passing driverlast_img read more

JLT to acquire Close Brothers corporate businesses

first_imgPension and benefits consultancy JLT Employee Benefits (JLT EB) has entered into an agreement with Close Brothers Asset Management (CBAM) to acquire its three corporate businesses.The transaction aims to further strengthen JLT EB’s market presence. It will include: CBAM’s employee benefit solutions business, which delivers pensions advice and defined contribution (DC) administration services; CPRM, which provides actuarial consulting and defined benefit (DB) administration; TEAMS, which offers investment advice and specialist consulting to DB and DC schemes.The acquisition does not include CBAM’s financial education business.Under the transaction, approximately 350 clients and 40 employees will move across from CBAM’s corporate businesses to JLT EB.Duncan Howorth (pictured), chief executive officer at JLT Employee Benefits, said: “This transaction makes perfect sense commercially. It allows JLT EB to add scale to our existing pension-related business, which is central to our mid-term strategy. As a result, the deal will boost our client base and increase the assets on our investment management platform.“From a client perspective, all three components of CBAM’s corporate businesses complement JLT EB’s existing offering. This means they will have access to our broader range of products and services following this transaction.”Martin Andrew, chief executive officer of Close Brothers Asset Management, added: “The sale of our employee benefits consultancy and actuarial business allows us to sharpen our focus on our private client financial advice and investment management business, given the significant industry changes and growth opportunities in this space at present.“This sale does not impact our financial education business in any way, and it will continue to deliver the highest quality services to employers.”last_img read more

Johnny Gimble Ricky Skaggs Dottie West Selected For Country Hall Of Fame

first_imgThree country legends get their due recognition among country music’s elitePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 27, 2018 – 3:10 pm On March 27 the Country Music Hall Of Fame announced its three 2018 selections for induction: Johnny Gimble, Ricky Skaggs and Dottie West. All three musicians left an indelible mark on the music industry, even beyond their native country genres, and they have the pedigrees to prove it.Singer/songwriter West won Best Country & Western Vocal Performance — Female GRAMMY at the 7th GRAMMY Awards for her 1965 hit “Here Comes My Baby.” Along with Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, West is still considered one of the leading ladies of country music.Swing fiddler Gimble, one of the most important fiddlers in the genre, earned his first GRAMMY win for Best Country Instrumental Performance at the 36th GRAMMY Awards for “Red Wing” and his second and final career win in the same category at the 38th GRAMMYs for “Hightower.” Johnny Gimble, Ricky Skaggs, Dottie West Selected For Country Hall Of Fame Skaggs is a man of many instruments, several genres, a composer, and producer, but first associations place him with a mandolin playing bluegrass. He’s won an impressive total of 14 career GRAMMYs for country and bluegrass. His most recent win was for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album at the 59th GRAMMY Awards for Love Remains.For these three country dynamos, the formal induction ceremony into the Country Hall in their honor will take place later this year.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Country Hall Of Fame To Add Gimble, Skaggs, West johnny-gimble-ricky-skaggs-dottie-west-selected-country-hall-fame News Facebook Email Twitter last_img read more

Metro services halted for 30 minutes

first_imgHyderabad: Hyderabad Metro Rail services were affected for over 30 minutes on Saturday afternoon on the Miyapur-LB Nagar corridor. The services of the Metro were halted at Lakdikapul station to fix the glitches by the authorities. According to Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited officials, a lightning arrester rod fell on the track near the Assembly station at 2.30 pm due to heavy wind pressure. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us As a precautionary measure, overhead electrical power was switched off and the rod was removed. Since there was no overhead electrical power to the train, it was run on battery power. One passenger, who was an asthma patient, complained of uneasiness and passengers were evacuated a few metres short of the Assembly station and taken to the platform, said HMRL Managing Director N V S Reddy.last_img read more

Lokesh new GHMC chief

first_imgHyderabad: In a surprise move, Telangana state government on Monday transferred Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Com­m­issioner Dana Kis­hore and appointed Ra­nga Reddy district Collector DS Lokesh Kumar as the new Commissioner with immediate effect. Kishore was appointed as GHMC Commissioner in August 2018. During his one year stint, the 1996 batch IAS officer succeeded in completing the pending flyovers and other infrastructure development projects in Greater Hyderabad limits but the government seems to have found that he did not meet their requirements. It is learnt that the official’s failure in repairing the damaged roads due to heavy rains could be one of the reasons for his transfer. Kishore has been posted as Managing Director to Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board. Ranga Reddy district Joint Collector S Harish has been placed in full additional charge (FAC) in the post of Collector which fell vacant after the incumbent Lokesh was appointed as GHMC commissioner.last_img read more

Rahul Gandhi as Opposition leader That looks doubtful now

first_imgRahul Gandhi [in picture] warns of earthquake if he speaks in parliament [VIDEO]Twitter/Office of RGMore than five hours into vote counting, the Congress is looking down the barrel. Let alone crossing 100 seats, the Grand Old Party hasn’t made sure it will become the official Opposition party in the Lok Sabha.Rahul Gandhi-led Congress is leading in merely 50 seats now while the BJP is leading in 293. If Congress manages to hold on to the lead position, it will end up with 50 seats, some 5 seats short of the requirement to become the official Opposition party. It will be no consolation that the party will have managed to win some six seats more than its tally in the previous election.In the last Lok Sabha, Congress made Karnataka strongman Mallikarjun Kharge its parliamentary party leader as it was clear that Rahul Gandhi would not be able to become the Opposition leader.If the lead position doesn’t turn significantly in favour of the Congress, this time too Rahul will be deprived of the Opposition leader’s position.The Congress and its supporters would never have expected such a dismal performance from a party that aimed big and proclaimed the intent to unseat Narendra Modi at any cost.Though Congress knew that its UPA alliance wasn’t going to get enough seats to form a government it still nourished serious hopes of stitching together a coalition with the other anti-BJP regional parties like the SP, BSP, TMC or YSRCP.What next for Congress? What next for Rahul?This election result would pose serious questions to Congress and its leadership. In 2014, when Congress was reduced to an all-time low of 44 seats, the ‘one-off Modi wave’ was pointed out as the reason. This time round, Rahul pulled out all stops in confronting Modi government. Issues ranging from corruption, economy, GST, demonetisation, secularism and the increasing concerns of minorities under the BJP government were all used to the hilt to drum up support across India. Close PM Modi lists out abuses hurled at him, Inside Congress’s dictionary of love Yet the campaign has failed miserably. It will be interesting to see how Congress and Rahul would explain away the outcome and chart out a future course of action.In a shocking turn of events Rahul himself is struggling to hold on to his family bastion of Amethi where Smriti Irani is putting up a stiff fight. If you look at where Congress has won seats. it’s clear that the support remains only in Kerala, Punjab and in Tamil Nadu, to a certain extent. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/7:14Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-7:13?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Consumer Affairs department coming up with consumer court at Rajarhat

first_imgKolkata: State Consumer Affairs minister Sadhan Pande said on Monday that his department is coming up with consumer court facilities at Rajarhat. The building has already been set up and work is on for developing the infrastructure.”People from Salt Lake and Rajarhat-New Town have to travel to Barasat for filing complaints related to consumer matters. So we are coming up with a similar facility at Rajarhat to help the people of Salt Lake and its adjoining areas,” Pande said after attending the inauguration programme of a consumer complaint box at Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) headquarters. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePande also announced that his department is installing electronic weighing machines at all the markets in the city that are maintained by KMC. This will enable customers to weigh things purchased by them and feel convinced that they have not been cheated by the shopkeeper. “As per law, there is punishment for shopkeepers who cheat people by giving them things less than the original weight. Common people often complain that some shopkeepers manipulate their weighing machines to fleece customers. We want to ensure that customers are not cheated by any means,” Pande added. Mayor Firhad Hakim said that the complaint box has been installed to ensure that nobody is cheated under Right to Public Service. “If a consumer feels that a civic body official is unnecessary delaying service to him/her, complaint can be dropped in the box. Action will be taken as per law. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wants consumer rights to be upheld in Bengal in the best possible manner,” Hakim said.last_img read more

Capital hosts sixth Mango Mela

first_imgThe 6th Edition of “Mango Mela”, organized by the Government of West Bengal in the national capital to showcase delectable mango varieties from the state, is proving to be a big draw, attracting patrons in large numbers.The exhibition, on display at the AC Hall at the Second Floor of Handloom Haat, Janpath, Connaught Place, till 30th June, 2018, has brought together a diverse range of tasty mangoes from Malda, Murshidabad and Bankura districts such as Himsagar, Langra, Laxman Bhog, Amrapali and Mallika. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSelect handloom and handicrafts products from Bengal are on sale at the venue. Cultural programmes are being held at the courtyard of Handloom Haat on the weekends. A special attraction this year is two stalls of State Fisheries Development Corporation (SFDC) which are selling savoury fish snacks and other fish products.The initiative is being supported by the Departments of Food Processing Industries & Horticulture, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Agri-Marketing, Tourism and Information & Cultural Affairs, Government of West Bengal, as well as WBSFDC, and the offices of the respective District Magistrates. The Office of the Resident Commissioner, Government of West Bengal, is coordinating the event.The Office of the Development Commissioner (Handlooms), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, which is the controlling authority of Handloom Haat, has extended valuable assistance and cooperation to this endeavour.last_img read more

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first_img News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare The simple-to-use software suppresses the clavicle and ribs that often obscure lung nodules on a conventional X-ray image. Unlike other suppression technology, ClearRead is a software-only solution. There is no additional radiation exposure for patients and no additional equipment, space or staff requirements for the healthcare facility. Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more 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 Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 ClearRead +Confirm software identifies and highlights lines and tubes on portable chest X-ray images, reducing the need for image adjustments and decreasing radiologists’ reading time by approximately 19 percent without comprising accuracy or confidence. Because it makes lung nodules more conspicuous, ClearRead Bone Suppression also reduces the time it takes to read and interpret some X-ray images, he added. Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more The four products:ClearRead Bone Suppression software has been shown to improve the detection of actionable lung nodules on chest X-ray images by nearly 17 percent and was found in a 2012 study to be as good as dual-energy subtraction imaging at aiding in the detecting of lung nodules while producing superior image quality according to study participants. This proprietary bone suppression technology is the foundation for all of the ClearRead applications. “I believe anyone reading chest films needs some type of bone suppression support these days,” said Peter Sachs, M.D., section chief, Thoracic Imaging and vice chair of informatics, University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) and Anschutz Medical Campus, who has been using ClearRead software since 2011 and sees it as an essential part of his daily workflow.   “I can actually spend a little less time looking at the conventional image or trying to reason through difficult areas on the conventional image,” said Sachs. “If I think there might be a lesion hiding behind a rib I can go to the bone suppression and, most of the time, feel comfortable that I have an answer.” All four ClearRead software products are approved and in use in the United States and Europe, and ClearRead Bone Suppression (formerly SoftView) and +Detect (formerly OnGuard) were approved in September for use in China. Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems News | November 21, 2013 Number of Licenses for Riverain’s ClearRead Grows 36 Percent in One Year Software improving diagnostic potential of chest X-ray now available in United States, Europe, China News | Advanced Visualization | July 03, 2019 TeraRecon Unveils iNtuition AI Data Extractor Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced visualization company TeraRecon announced its new iNtuition AI Data Extractor… read more Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale Transformations in Molecular Imaging Herald Entry to Novel Applications Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging. read more ClearRead +Detect computer-aided detection (CAD) software marks suspicious regions on a bone-suppressed image for radiologist evaluation, detecting up to one in two previously missed nodules. A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. November 21, 2013 — Licenses sold worldwide through October for Riverain Technologies’ ClearRead software are up 36 percent compared to the same time period last year. ClearRead software is being offered by leading global healthcare companies as an enhancement to their digital X-ray technology. As of May, Philips Healthcare began offering Riverain Technologies’ ClearRead applications to its customers with its existing X-ray product line. The relationship expands Riverain’s existing distribution channels, which include Siemens Healthcare, Toyo International and select U.S. distributors. Related Content ”Philips offers Riverain products as third party optional items to Philips X-ray solutions,” said Georg Kornweibel, director of field marketing, Philips.  “Riverain’s ClearRead technology with advanced bone suppression algorithms is a perfect complement to Philips leading digital X-ray systems.  Together we offer solutions that contribute to earlier detection of lung nodules and help improve patients’ lives.” For more information:, FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 ClearRead +Compare software highlights changes in the lungs over time, including emerging lung nodules, by showing the differences between two chest X-ray images.  Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more last_img read more

The Week Ahead Will Existing Home Sales Find Their Balance

first_img Existing-Home Sales GDP Home Price Index New Home Sales 2016-02-22 Staff Writer Share The Week Ahead: Will Existing Home Sales Find Their Balance? Thursday, February 25, 2016FHFA House Price Index9:00 AM ETHome prices are still climbing higher, even though the season change has caused things to slow down quite a bit in the housing market. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) reported in their House Price Index (HPI) that home prices in the U.S. increased 0.5 percent from September to October on a seasonally adjusted basis.Friday, February 26, 2016GDP8:30 AM ETMuch has been made of the economic improvements that led the Federal Reserve to raise the short-term interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade in December 2015. However, economic growth nearly ground to a halt in the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)“advance” estimate for the fourth quarter of 2015, coming in at an annualized rate of 0.7 percent in the data. This estimate follows GDP growth of 2.0 percent in the third quarter and 3.9 percent in the second quarter. February 22, 2016 530 Views Expect to see an influx of industry news in the last full week of February, including the highly-anticipated existing-home sales report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The last two reports on existing sales for November and December were hot and cold. Now, the industry is wondering what January’s report will reveal.The NAR reported that existing-home sales rose 14.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.46 million in December, up from 4.46 million in November. Year-over-year, existing-home sales are up 7.7 percent, and December’s jump will mark the largest increase ever.”We should expect next month’s numbers to stabilize from the erratic November and December swings as agents and lenders continue to adapt to these new lending regulations. Last, the Federal Reserve’s decision to increase interest rates by 0.25 percent last month didn’t impact existing home sales, since mortgage rates have actually dropped sharply over the past month,” said Ralph B. McLaughlin, Chief Economist at Trulia.Here is the lineup for the week:Tuesday, February 23, 2016S&P Case-Shiller HPI9:00 AM ETIn the midst of what some are calling a global crisis—due to weaknesses in the energy sector and stock market combined with the effects of an overly strong U.S. dollar—home prices continue to move upward. Despite this however the housing sector is just not large enough to carry the weight of the world. The S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index (HPI) found that home prices rose for the 43rd consecutive month in November 2015.Existing Home Sales10:00 AM ET”We should expect next month’s numbers to stabilize from the erratic November and December swings as agents and lenders continue to adapt to these new lending regulations. Last, the Federal Reserve’s decision to increase interest rates by 0.25 percent last month didn’t impact existing home sales, since mortgage rates have actually dropped sharply over the past month,” said Ralph B. McLaughlin, Chief Economist at Trulia.Wednesday, February 24, 2016New Home Sales10:00 AM ETBuyers are beginning to show their increasing demand for housing by purchasing more homes since the end of the financial crisis, but inventory remains an issue. U.S. Census Bureau and the HUD reported that sales of new single-family houses rose 10.8 percent from November 2015 to December 2015 to an estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate of 544,000. In November, the revised rate of new home sales was 491,000. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, News, Originationlast_img read more

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Cyprus chapter of anti fraud association formed

first_imgThe Cyprus chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the world’s largest anti-fraud organisation, announced its inaugural assembly on Tuesday.In a statement, ACFE Cyprus said its goals are to play a leading and constructive role in the effort to spot and combat incidents of fraud in Cyprus.“The Cyprus chapter of the ACFE is the driving force for meaningful change in the prevention of combating fraud and corruption in Cyprus,” it said, pledging to promote training and spread knowledge and skills to its members.Speaking at the assembly, Internal Audit Director at the Bank of Cyprus Group, which is the main supporter and backer of the initiative, described the role of the ACFE and analysed the goals it is called to achieve in Cyprus.“The Cyprus chapter aims to reduce incidents of fraud and spot and address such incidents, as well as fostering trust among the public in the integrity, objectivity and professionalism of certified fraud examiners,” Georgos Zornas said.“We have a long way to go before we have instituted effective control and governance mechanisms in private and public organisations.”Zornas cited the PwC’s annual report, which stated that almost one in four – 24 per cent – of participating Cypriot organisations have no official ethics training programme in place, while 42 per cent said it had not performed a fraud risk assessment.He listed several incidents of fraud and corruption involving senior state officials and well-known politicians.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Buffer zone village greets Hollywood

first_imgA resident of Mammari suddenly finds herself living on a film setThe view from the hills that rise above the village of Mammari on the outskirts of Nicosia stretches for miles. The dry wheat fields of the Mesaoria plain give way to the mountains of Kyrenia and signs of life at the western edge of Nicosia.But this is not the view that is currently attracting attention. In the buffer zone, Mammari is the somewhat surprising launch pad for Cyprus’ foreign film industry and has seen its usual quiet pace of life interrupted as what seems like half of Hollywood makes itself at home in the village square to begin shooting Jiu Jitsu starring Nicolas Cage.Huge trailers have overtaken the village squareLarge trailers that have been brought in from overseas jostle for position, blocking entry to the nursery forcing children and their parents to use a back door. Security is tight, those waiting for the bus have been kicked out of the shelter by guards and a party planned for teenagers about to start army service had to be relocated – fireworks in the vicinity of so much expensive equipment were not welcome.With the trailers come hundreds of people. Cage himself has proved to be somewhat elusive to residents although photos of him have shown up on social media at his hotel and various restaurants in Nicosia.Maria, the owner of the village shop, said that crew of all nationalities have come in and she has been at a loss what language to speak.“They even bought washing powder,” she said.A catering truck feeds cast and crew twice a day although the waiter at the coffee shop, where it is served, says he has not yet seen Cage either.As the working people of the village returned home for the evening this week, activity levels rose in the makeshift crew area, which was suddenly buzzing as the sun began to set. Filming started as the sun went down and ‘lunch’ was served at 11pm. No wonder we haven’t spotted Cage.Mammari is perhaps best known for its bat community, and it’s the caves adjacent to where they live that form part of the backdrop to the €27 million movie. As the bat population has declined, the relevant government departments have approved the use of the caves and the film set moved in last weekend. Security guards working round the clock and police tape keep the area under wraps though. Teenagers who tried to sneak in for a look were soon shooed away – no chance of anyone appearing in the back of a shot as an unscripted extra!The entrance to the cave. CGI will make it appear like a templeBut when I receive my press invitation, those security men soon step aside and the film set, the light from which at the top of the hill is visible from my veranda, opens up before me. I am assured the caves I am familiar with will not be recognisable in Jiu Jitsu, they will form the entrance to a temple in Myanmar, the rest of which will be added by CGI. They are already considerably different, adorned with furniture, lights, cameras and swarming with hundreds of people – an incredible amount of people seem to be involved in making a film.There is also a lot of milling around as everyone has to wait until just the right time to do their jobs. But once the director’s assistant makes the call they all swing into action: wardrobe making sure the right bracelet is on the right wrist, make-up ensuring the heat has not caused powder to run, the sound guy shouting out the levels so everyone knows what’s going on, the cameraman’s assistant making sure the camera is properly fitted to a cradle…On the evening we are invited in, the first order of the day is waiting for the sun to set. Once darkness falls Nicolas Cage himself appears to shoot a fight scene outside the entrance to the ‘temple’. The crew are employed to work 12-hour shifts, each one of which will see the production of four minutes of the final film screened. We stand watching for an hour as first the scene is explained to the actors, they walk it through and then try a run through with the cameras running to make sure they get the right angle. Cameras and sound then start rolling, a practice that is repeated until the director – from the comfort of his tent where he watches the shots live on a monitor – decides the right shot has been caught. While everyone waits for his decision two men walk out with electric fans (plugged into the hillside somewhere) to cool down Cage and his antagonist. An hour later and action that lasts less than one minute appears to have been shot.Caves on hillside where the film is being shot Huge trailers have overtaken the village square The entrance to the cave. CGI will make it appear like a templeThere’s a lot of hanging around on setDirector Demetri Logothetis on the setChecking the monitorsCrew preparing the set inside the cavesNicolas Cage with director Demetri LogothetisNicolas Cage, director Demetri Logothetis and co-star Alain Moussi (right)Once filming in Mammari has wrapped the whole cast and crew – 60 per cent of which is Cypriot – will move on to an abandoned village in Paphos, Cape Greco, Liopetri and Limassol. Although this is the first time such an undertaking has been made in Cyprus, director Demetri Logothetis is impressed with the Cyprus crew and says what they lack in experience shooting a Hollywood film, they make up for in willingness to work and a can-do attitude. Large camera equipment, the dressing trailers seen in the square and the trappings of the industry that is new to the island have been brought in from overseas, but the taxis ploughing up and down the hill and the forklifts stationed outside the caves to hold lights and lifting equipment give locals the chance to work in a different environment.Although the film SOS starring Billy Baldwin was shot in and around Limassol last month, Jiu Jitsu is the first major, big-budget international production to get underway as a result of recent efforts to promote the creation of a foreign film industry on the island. It will not, however, be the last. Director Logothetis has already committed to making a second film here with an even larger budget. In addition to that, there are a further four films that are set to be filmed on the island.“The idea is to give incentives to film producers to come to Cyprus, to invest in the island and to promote our country’s tourism product,” said Michalis Michael, chairman of Cyprus Invest which came up with the Film in Cyprus scheme.“With the advantage of the natural beauty of Cyprus, the idea was to develop a new sector of our economy to add to the big three – tourism, real estate and shipping.”It’s a move Logothetis approves of. “I try to hire as many locals as I can,” he said. “The money we bring pays for everyone here to eat, it’s completely different from selling a condominium to a Russian or a Chinese.”Jiu Jitsu is being filmed entirely on the island and is a science fiction and martial arts film based on a comic book of the same name written by Logothetis, who is also one of three producers. In addition to Cage, it stars established Hollywood actors Frank Grillo, Alain Moussi, Rick Yune, Marie Avgeropoulos and JuJu Chan. The film sees Cage team up with a martial artist to fight an alien that comes to earth every six years looking for a fight. It is due to hit theatres in spring next year.Closer to home, the community of Mammari has welcomed them. “It is good for Mammari,” said community leader Nicos Kodjiapashis. “Wow, Hollywood in the village.”Another sentiment backed by Logothetis: “Mammari works perfectly for me”. You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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