In the news today Oct 18

first_imgFive stories in the news for Thursday, Oct. 18———SOME POT SMOKERS STILL PREFER BLACK MARKETA short drive away from British Columbia’s first and only legal marijuana store, Bill Semeniuk inhaled deeply from a joint outside an illegal cannabis dispensary. The dispensary, Canadian Safe Cannabis Services, has been open in Kamloops for the better part of a decade, and Semeniuk doesn’t plan to switch to the swanky government-run shop — regardless of its legality. The owner of the dispensary declined comment, but his outlet was among those illegal pot shops that remained open across Canada on Wednesday, despite not holding the appropriate licences. Advocates say the black market will continue to thrive until small retail shops and craft growers are included in the regime.———PAYETTE TO MAKE FIRST OFFICIAL VISIT TO SKGov. Gen. Julie Payette is to make her first official visit to Saskatchewan, where she’ll meet with Premier Scott Moe today and take in a Humboldt Broncos hockey game this weekend. On Friday, the former astronaut will tour a Canadian Forces Base in Moose Jaw — the same base where she obtained her military pilot captaincy in the 1990s. On Saturday, the plan is for Payette to walk through the Humboldt Broncos Memorial Exhibit before watching the junior hockey team in action.———JURY TO GET INSTRUCTIONS IN CALGARY CHILD DEATH TRIALA jury is expected to begin deliberating today about whether a Calgary couple is responsible for their 14-month-old son’s death. Jennifer and Jeromie Clark have pleaded not guilty to criminal negligence causing death and failure to provide the necessaries of life for their son John. Queen’s Bench Justice Paul Jeffrey is to instruct jurors this morning on how to reach a verdict, after which they are to be sequestered. The Crown says John was on the verge of death when he arrived in hospital on the afternoon of Nov. 28, 2013, and that his parents played with his life by not seeking treatment sooner. The Clarks’ lawyers say doctors at the Alberta Children’s Hospital are to blame.———WINNIPEG POLICE ISSUE TICKET ON DAY ONE OF LEGAL POTWinnipeg police issued a ticket on the first day of cannabis legalization. Police posted a picture of a ticket for consuming cannabis in a motor vehicle on Twitter. The ticket carries a $672 fine. Police say the ticket was issued in the morning and they reminded people that while consuming cannabis is now legal — just like alcohol — consuming it in your car is not. In other parts of the country, police didn’t report any other violations for pot use.———TWO CHARGED FOR ALLEGEDLY FEEDING BEARSTwo people have been charged after British Columbia’s Conservation Officer Service says they posted photos of themselves on social media hand feeding Timbits and hot dogs to bears. Conservation officer Sam Harris says it’s alleged the man and woman were feeding bears from their vehicle as they drove along the Alaska Highway. The pair are due to appear in a Fort Nelson court next month. A photo tweeted by the service shows what Harris says is a young grizzly being hand fed a doughnut hole. Harris says someone tipped the service to the photos posted on social media, which led to the charge.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Final submissions will be made in the sex assault trial of a British sailor in Halifax.— Sophie Gregoire Trudeau will address this year’s Canadian Association of Midwives conference in Gatineau, Que.— Environment Minister Catherine McKenna will announce new regulations prohibiting asbestos and asbestos-containing products— Yu Chieh (Diana) Liao, accused in connection to a series of July 2017 homicides, has a bail hearing in Calgary.— Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018 will be formally inducted during an evening gala and ceremony.last_img read more

De Adder replacement says hes been caught up in social media backlash

first_imgThe Canadian Press An editorial cartoonist says his character has been maligned and career prospects damaged after he was caught up in the online backlash resulting from a New Brunswick newspaper group cutting ties with another artist.Greg Perry issued a statement to CBC News saying he has opted not to accept an offer from Brunswick News Inc. to replace Michael de Adder, who drew international support after his contract was terminated last week.Perry did not respond to repeated requests for comment from The Canadian Press.De Adder learned his 17-year arrangement with the New Brunswick media powerhouse was being scrapped a day after he posted a cartoon online showing U.S. President Donald Trump playing golf next to the bodies of two migrants who drowned trying to cross into Texas.De Adder says he was not given a reason for the termination, but says he believes his online presence, which includes strong anti-Trump opinions, played a role.Brunswick News has said it struck a deal to work with Perry weeks before de Adder was let go and noted that the decision had nothing to do with the Trump image, which it was never offered for publication.Perrry told CBC the use of his name in connection with the entire saga led social media users to “destroy” both his character and cartoon work.Brunswick News says it offers its full support to Perry, who it describes as a talented cartoonist who has been “unfairly maligned” by recent online commentary.De Adder has also expressed his support for Perry, issuing a tweet Tuesday that stressed that his fellow cartoonist found himself in a “situation that has nothing to do with him.”Perry told CBC he wouldn’t wish what had happened to him on anyone.last_img read more

Tony Robbins And Feeding America Launch New Partnership To Help Families In

first_imgAs a child raised in a food-insecure home, best-selling author, entrepreneur and philanthropist Tony Robbins has partnered with Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, to help provide 100 million meals to families in need.Launching this week, Robbins invites the public to help match his personal gift of 50 million meals to Feeding America so, together, 100 million meals can be provided through Feeding America and its network of 200 local food banks over the next year.All of the author’s profits of his recently published book, Money Master the Game, have been donated in advance by Robbins, which in conjunction with an additional personal donation, will provide 50 million meals to those facing hunger this year. Food will be distributed through Feeding America’s network of food banks that reaches every county in the United States.“Feeding America is deeply grateful to Tony Robbins for his incredibly generous gift,” said Bob Aiken, Chief Executive Officer for Feeding America. “Tony’s newest commitment to our organization is not only an extension of his long-time support for Feeding America, but also a tremendous expression of his 37-year passion for fighting hunger in our nation. Tony is taking his leadership in this cause to the next level by making this unprecedented gift, while at the same time inspiring countless others to join his efforts in the 100 Million Meals Challenge – a campaign that will provide nourishment and hope to millions of Americans struggling with hunger.”Tony Robbins faced food insecurity as a child and has supported the hunger cause for over three decades. In addition to several years’ worth of personal donations toward providing hunger relief across the country, Robbins made a gift of 1,000,000 meals to provide support to individuals affected by Superstorm Sandy.“It’s a tragedy that in the United States, the richest country in the world, 49 million people, including 16 million children, may go to bed unsure if they will have a meal tomorrow. I know that those are more than startling statistics – those numbers are human beings suffering – and I came from one of those families,” said Tony Robbins. “I’ve now worked with Feeding America for more than five years and I can tell you that their dedicated nationwide network serves every day to alleviate not only hunger but fear and uncertainty as well. I hope you’ll join us in this mission; together let’s create a deeper, lasting impact.”Now, Tony invites all hunger-relief supporters to help match his personal gift of 50 million meals to Feeding America so, together, we can provide 100 million meals to Americans who are supported by the Feeding America network. When combined with Tony’s gift, every $1 given to Feeding America helps secure and distribute 20 meals. To learn more about Tony Robbins and to get involved in the 100 Million Meals Challenge visit read more

Empire Fans Can Help Music Charity

first_imgFans of Fox hit show Empire listen up.Join FOX PRESENTS EMPIRE Behind the Beat and music charity Notes for Notes to help elevate and inspire the next generation to create its own musical voice.Music is a universal language that has the power to transcend any socioeconomic barrier. Donate today to inspire a new generation with a powerful means of musical expression. With your help, Notes for Notes will establish FOX PRESENTS EMPIRE Behind the Beat music studios across the country. By raising $200,000, you can help build the first FOX PRESENTS EMPIRE Behind the Beat music studio in Chicago in Spring 2016.Empire stars Terrence Howard, Jussie Smollett and Taraji P. Henson.Find out more here.last_img

CPPIB earned 11 per cent in most recent quarter CPP Fund now

TORONTO — The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board says it earned a return of 1.1 per cent, net of its costs in its most recent quarter.Chief executive Mark Machin says the investments achieved solid net income in local-dollar terms, but the Canadian dollar strengthened in June and dampened the returns.The result for the quarter ended June 30 came as its net assets grew to $400.6 billion, up from $392.0 billion at the end of the previous quarter.The increase included $4.1 billion in net income after expenses and $4.5 billion in net Canada Pension Plan contributions.The fund, which includes the base CPP and additional CPP accounts, earned 10-year and five-year annualized net nominal returns of 10.5 per cent each.The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board invests the money not needed by the Canada Pension Plan to pay current benefits.The Canadian Press read more

UN feeding agency suspends flights in western Côte dIvoire after shooting

The UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) warned that the incident, which occurred yesterday when the World Food Programme (WFP) plane landed at Man, risked compromising its humanitarian mission at the expense of the local population. “ONUCI strongly condemns all attacks on the rights of UN personnel and reminds Forces Nouvelles of their duty to respect such staff in the zone under their control as well as safeguard their physical integrity,” the mission said in a statement. The mission, set up in April to help implement peace accords between the Government and rebels signed in January 2003, has also reiterated its “profound concern” at credible reports of rape and other violence towards women as well as an increase in general human rights abuses in the West African country. In a communiqué yesterday marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, ONUCI noted that since the latest violence erupted at the beginning of the month, summary executions, extrajudicial killings, physical attacks and abductions have been committed in both government- and rebel-held areas. Meanwhile the number of Ivorians who have fled the recent violence into neighbouring Liberia, itself recovering from 14 years of civil war and violent anarchy, is now estimated to have reached 19,000, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said. The latest crisis began on 4 November when Government forces bombed rebel positions in the in the UN-patrolled Zone of Confidence (ZOC) separating the combatants. Two days later Government forces bombed French peacekeepers there, killing nine, and French troops destroyed the Government’s air force in retaliation, leading to widespread rioting, looting and harassment of foreigners. Apart from the Ivorian refugees in Liberia, thousands of expatriates, mainly French, were airlifted out of Abidjan, the country’s largest city. read more

Obama urging US lawmakers to get it done ahead of partial government

Obama urging U.S. lawmakers to “get it done,” ahead of partial government shutdown U.S. President Barack Obama has urged lawmakers to ‘get it done’, as politicians in the American capital continue to try to find some common ground ahead of a partial shutdown.Obama held a press conference Monday afternoon, saying a shutdown would be unnecessary and irresponsible, and disrupt the economy.“It does not have to happen. All of this is entirely preventable if the House chooses to do what the Senate has already done, and that’s the simple act of funding our government without making extraneous and controversial demands in the process,” he said.The demands Obama referred to centre around his health care law, which some Republicans have been talking about adding new conditions in exchange for a budget deal and keeping the government open.“You don’t get to extract a ransom for doing your job, or just because there’s a law there that you don’t like,” he added.Many non-essential services could be closed on Tuesday if there is no deal by midnight.MaryAnne Devenny, senior analyst at TD Wealth told 680News, this wouldn’t be the first time.“Government operations have been shut down 17 times since 1977,” she said. “Each one was between three and 21 days.”The previous government shutdown in the U.S. took place in 1996, under President Bill Clinton.How a shutdown could impact Canada:Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has expressed his concern over a possible U.S. Government shutdown, saying Canada is still vulnerable to uncertainties outside our borders. He released the following statement on Monday:“It is my hope that Congress and the White House come to a resolution regarding the current spending and debt limit impasse, and that they will also develop a plan that will put the US fiscal position on a long-run sustainable path.This is a reminder that while Canada’s economy remains strong, we are still vulnerable to uncertainties outside of our borders, especially in the US and Europe. In Canada, we are focused on the priorities of Canadians — jobs, growth and long term prosperity. Global uncertainty reminds us how important it is to maintain that focus.We will continue to monitor all global economic situations carefully.” by News Staff Posted Sep 30, 2013 5:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email budget|government shutdown|health care|President Barack Obama read more

Illinois judge rules states pension overhaul unconstitutional

Illinois judge rules state’s pension overhaul unconstitutional SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – An Illinois judge ruled Friday that a law intended to fix the nation’s worst state employee pension crisis violates the state constitution, deciding in favour of state employees and retirees who sued to block the landmark overhaul.The overhaul had been approved by lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn last year. Years of underfunding had put the state’s pension systems roughly $100 billion short of what they need to cover benefits promised to employees.Quinn’s office released a statement saying it anticipated legal challenges and would urge the Illinois Supreme Court to take up the matter quickly.“We’re confident the Illinois Supreme Court will uphold this urgently needed law that squarely addresses the most pressing fiscal crisis of our time,” Quinn spokesman Grant Klinzman said in a statement.If the ruling by Sangamon County Circuit Judge John Belz is upheld, lawmakers would have to go back and come up with another plan.That would be yet another financial challenge for the incoming Republican governor, Bruce Rauner, who takes office in January and opposes the current pension law.The overhaul reduces benefits for retirees to significantly cut the debt, but also reduces employee contributions. The lawsuit said the constitution prohibits reducing benefits or compensation once they’re promised.Illinois argued that pensions are a “contractual agreement,” which the government may modify, particularly in a crisis. In this case, it said the state faced a fiscal emergency.“The court held today, as our unions have long argued, that the state cannot simply choose to violate the constitution and diminish or impair retirement benefits if politicians find these commitments inconvenient to keep,” said a statement from We Are One Illinois, a coalition of unions opposed to the pension overhaul.While litigants initially didn’t think the case would be settled before 2015, Belz said in September he’d like to quickly move any challenge over the pension overhaul to the Supreme Court.His action follows a July Supreme Court ruling that requiring state retirees to pay more for health insurance was unconstitutional. Belz had called that ruling “an elephant in the room,” increasing speculation that the pension overhaul could suffer the same fate.___Contact John O’Connor at AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by John O’Connor, The Associated Press Posted Nov 21, 2014 1:16 pm MDT read more

Hundreds more flights cancelled on day 3 of Lufthansa strike

by The Associated Press Posted Nov 25, 2016 2:20 am MDT Last Updated Nov 25, 2016 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Hundreds more flights cancelled on day 3 of Lufthansa strike A passenger stands in front of the departure board at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. The Lufthansa pilots want to continue their strike at least until Saturday. (Arne Dedert/dpa via AP) BERLIN – Germany’s largest airline, Lufthansa, cancelled 830 short- and medium-haul flights on Friday affecting 100,000 passengers after a pilots’ strike entered its third day in a long-running dispute over wages.The carrier also announced the cancellation of another 137 long-haul flights scheduled for Saturday, affecting 30,000 more passengers.Since the strikes started on Wednesday the airline has had to cancel 2,863 flights, affecting 345,000 passengers.It said most of its flights will be operating Saturday, and that other airlines in its group are not affected. Those include Eurowings, Germanwings, Swiss, and Austrian Airlines.The strikes called by the Cockpit union are their 14th since April 2014.The union has been announcing the continuation of the strike one day at a time, and Cockpit spokesman Joerg Handwerg told the dpa news agency that the union has made no decision on when the strikes may end.Cockpit is seeking retroactive raises of 3.66 per cent a year going back 5 1/2 years, a demand Lufthansa says is impossible as it faces increasing competition from Gulf airlines and European budget carriers.Still, the company increased its offer to pilots Friday in an effort to resume negotiations with the union. Lufthansa offered to increase pay by 4.4 per cent in two steps by mid-2018, and make a one-time payment of 1.8 monthly salaries in lieu of past increases.The airline also offered to hire about 1,000 new pilots in the coming five years and seek third-party mediation on other outstanding issues. read more

Syrian refugees straining health services in region UN warns in new report

The report, which covers the first three months of 2013 in Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, shows that more than 1 million refugees need treatment for a wide range of both common and conflict-related conditions, Adrian Edwards, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told journalists in Geneva.Mr. Edwards explained that the situation is particularly challenging for those with chronic and other costly health conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular illnesses, as well as expensive referral care more commonly diagnosed and treated in middle-income countries. The report was primarily based on information from established refugee camps, except for data from Lebanon.He said that as of last night, 1,401,435 Syrians had registered as refugees in the region or were pending registration. This corresponds to 30 per cent more than the total envisaged under the current Regional Refugee Response Plan by end June 2013 – for which around 55 per cent of funding has so far been received. “An updated plan is due to be presented to donors in late May. UNHCR continues to roll out additional capacity as funding comes in,” he added.With nearly 2.5 million Syrian refugees throughout the entire region, the report cites two major problems facing the health system. First, with low funding for the refugee crisis, the challenge of providing access to quality health care for Syrian refugees is growing – particularly for people living outside of camps. Secondly, the increasing numbers of people needing medical help is straining existing health services in each of the affected countries.“Both issues are a matter of serious concern to UNHCR,” Mr. Edwards stressed, adding: “We continue, with our partners, to provide medical care for refugees in the camps in Jordan and Iraq. But for those refugees who live outside of camps, often in urban settings, the situation is more difficult.”In terms of the overall health situation of Syrian refugees, the UNHCR report shows a “mixed” picture. Syrian refugees are not reported to be suffering from high rates of mortality and acute malnutrition. Mortality at the Za’atri camp in Jordan, for example, is reported at 0.1 per 1,000 people per month, while global acute malnutrition in children below five years is less than 5.8 per cent – neither rate being outside norms seen in the region. This is in contrast to many other humanitarian situations in other parts of the world. “However, preventive services, chronic disease treatment and expensive referral care are not sufficiently provided at a cost that refugees, despite the support provided by governments and humanitarian agencies, can afford,” he said. Meanwhile, at a reception and concert in New York last night for Syrian children, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recalled his visit to Za’atari camp last December. He was struck by how many children there were, lining the road “cheering, running and full of fun and mischief.” Yet, he said, there was no disguising that their lives had been massively disrupted. “Most had fled with their families with only what they could carry. Many had witnessed or ensured unspeakable atrocities.” Almost 2 million children are internally displaced, and more than 600,000 have fled Syria as refugees, he added.With no end to the conflict in sight, the Secretary-General called on the Security Council and countries in the region to come up with a unified position that can persuade all actors to come to the negotiating table. “We risk an entire generation of children being scarred for life. The children of Syria are our children. They need our help,” he implored. read more

Ohio State mens hockey sweeps Lake Superior State

The Ohio State men’s hockey team won two games at home this weekend against Lake Superior State. The Buckeyes posted a 6-1 win Saturday night at the Schottenstein Center following a 3-2 victory Friday. Early leads proved to be instrumental in each of the victories. The Buckeyes jumped out to a 5-0 lead on Saturday and a 3-0 lead Friday. OSU scored three goals in the first 4:02 of the game Saturday and a short-handed goal less than two minutes later. The Buckeyes were led by junior forward Alex Szczechura, who scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season less than four minutes apart. OSU coach Mark Osiecki said he was happy to see his players “on their toes” early and sticking together as a team after some bad luck last weekend. “No doubt we had some things go our way,” Osiecki said. “The players just needed to stick together as a team. That was our mentality going into it.” The Lakers (13-14-1, 8-11-1-1 CCHA) scored their only goal of the night with just 2:09 left in the first period, but the momentum from the score was not enough to close the gap with the Buckeyes. Sophomore forward Ryan Dzingel scored his team-leading 10th goal of the season on an empty net after LSSU coach Jim Roque pulled his goalie with 11:32 remaining to make it 6-1 in the third period. Roque said he was just trying to make something happen for his team and the play “pretty much summed up” his team’s weekend on the ice. Redshirt freshman forward Riley Simpson and junior defenseman Curtis Gedig scored their second goals of the season in the first period Friday with the latter coming on a power play. Gedig said he “blacked out” when he got in front of the net but was happy to feel enough contact as he swung his stick that the puck went in the net. OSU sophomore forward Tanner Fritz was credited with his fifth goal of the season after his shot deflected off the stick of Lake Superior State junior defenseman Zach Sternberg and found the back of the net. Fritz said it was nice to finally see a shot like that go his team’s way. “Last weekend in the first game we hit four posts, and in the second one we got a goal disallowed right at the start,” Fritz said. “(That shot) was a little bit of puck luck for us.” The score would remain 3-0 until Laker sophomore forward Chris Ciotti beat OSU senior goalie Brady Hjelle 48 seconds into the third period. LSSU senior forward Ben Power scored the game’s final goal with 9:38 remaining in the game to make the score 3-2. Despite two face-offs near the OSU goal in the final 43 seconds of the game, Hjelle was able to keep the Lakers out of the net. His 34 saves helped the Buckeyes earn the victory and three points in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings. The Buckeyes (10-11-5, 9-6-3-1 CCHA) improved to 4-3-2 at home after the games while the Lakers fell to 3-9-1 on the road. The series sweep of the Lakers earned OSU six points and puts them in a tie with Alaska for fifth in the CCHA standings. OSU is set to host Notre Dame Friday night at 7:05 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

James Holzhauer Broke Jeopardy But Is Broken So Bad

Life as a longtime “Jeopardy!” champion is a strange one, chronologically speaking. Holzhauer has been watching the world wonder when his streak will end, all the while knowing exactly when it would happen. On its taping dates, the show records five episodes back-to-back, with just a change of clothes in between. The episodes don’t air until much later. If he could alter time, maybe buy a time machine with that $2,462,216, would he have approached the game any differently?“The only things I would do differently from the start of my run: never wear a sport coat, which interfered a little with my buzzer form, and use gel insoles in my dress shoes,” Holzhauer said.“Both were fixed by the second taping day.” Note: This article discusses the results of the June 3, 2019, episode of “Jeopardy!”James Holzhauer claims not to remember many particulars of how he lost on “Jeopardy!” for the first time, other than that he blanked on a clue about the city of Albany and his opponent quickly took control of the board, landing a game-changing Daily Double. Before long, it was all over. Monday’s episode marked the end of Holzhauer’s two-month reign as one of the winningest, and certainly the most radical, champions in the decades-long history of the trivia game show “Jeopardy!”Holzhauer finished Monday’s game in second place with $24,799 behind Emma Boettcher’s $46,801. But during his 32-win run, he averaged about $77,000 per game — an average nearly identical to the record for the single richest game ever played before he took the podium in early April. In the process, he laid claim to the entirety of the top 10 highest-scoring games of all time, including one single half-hour haul of $131,127. It was a historic run driven by immaculate trivia knowledge, disciplined strategy and calculated aggression.But other records will forever remain just out of reach. Holzhauer’s streak ended with total winnings of $2,462,216 — less than $60,000 shy of Ken Jennings’s record $2,520,700 which was amassed over a nearly incomprehensible 74 straight wins in 2004. Holzhauer will sit second on the all-time money list until the arrival of some other great champion. (Or he might sit there forever, which seems more likely.)1These records are for the show’s “regular season” play, ignoring its occasional special tournaments.“I played every day exactly according to my game plan, so I have no regrets,” Holzhauer told FiveThirtyEight a few days before the fateful episode aired. Holzhauer rewrote swaths of the show’s record books. But his biggest contribution may be to “Jeopardy!” strategy. Holzhauer exploited the game’s Daily Doubles to their fullest, hunting them down and betting big on them. Over his 32 wins (and one loss), Holzhauer — a professional sports bettor from Vegas — not only got significantly richer but likely changed how the venerable game show will be played. Holzhauer was such an effective and alien force that opponents began to mimic his style out of desperation, like growling at a hungry lion in hopes of scaring it away. They hopped wildly around the game’s board whenever they could, picking big-dollar clues early, searching madly for the Daily Doubles and betting big when they found them — just the sort of unalloyed aggression that had quickly become Holzhauer’s trademark and the fuel for his success.“Many of my opponents played like I do, but I’m not sure they would have done so without provocation,” Holzhauer said. “You don’t want to inadvertently make your opponents play a better strategy. In a sense, I may have helped bring about my own downfall.” The insoles seem to have worked. Holzhauer has earned a spot in the pantheon of the “Jeopardy!” greats, and he gives himself prominent placement there. “I think there is a nebulous top three of Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter and me,” he said. “Ken’s 74-game streak remains the most impressive achievement in the show’s history.”Rutter is no slouch, either — he has won more money than any other “Jeopardy!” contestant, and he’s a man who has never lost to a human. Rutter’s initial winning streak was ended by the show’s rules at the time, which limited a defending champion to five appearances. But between those appearances and the show’s Tournament of Champions, Ultimate Tournament of Champions and Million Dollar Masters, Rutter won $4,688,436. (Here’s a free idea for the “Jeopardy!” producers: Holzhauer vs. Jennings vs. Rutter in the Ultimate Tournament of Ultimate Champions.)A couple of days after we first emailed, however, Holzhauer followed up to amend his initial assessment. “Amidst all the people comparing me to Ken and Brad, I totally forgot about the two greatest Jeopardy champions of all time: Cindy Stowell, who won six games while dying of cancer, and Eddie Timanus, who’s … blind and was an undefeated five-time champ in his initial run. It’s impossible for me to compare myself to them, so perhaps they should be in their own category.”Holzhauer’s plan for now is a return to normalcy. “The 19-year-old version of James would be thrilled by the opportunities” that the winning streak has brought his way, “but married parent James is hoping to keep his home life settled.”The game that made him famous, however, has been left unsettled. Lots of esteemed competitive pursuits have been “broken” lately. Baseball. Basketball. Even the spelling bee just last week. An innovative strategy or an outlier talent can deeply alter the games we’ve played for decades. In the process, the cadence or tenor of the game might be rendered unrecognizable for someone who hadn’t seen it in a few years. These innovative strategies are often driven by mathematical analysis, data and statistical rigor — things that a sports bettor from Vegas must embrace in order to eat. I asked Holzhauer if “Jeopardy!” now belonged in this category of sabermetrically altered pursuits.“I can see the parallels, for sure,” he said. “At its heart, all these shifts are just attempts to increase your chances of winning. Why would anyone not want to maximize their chances?”Plenty of outlets have written that, thanks to Holzhauer, “Jeopardy!” is now broken. But there’s art in that. While the game may look a bit different than it did before, it may also be closer to perfection — to an ideal expression of trivia game-show strategy. Broken is beautiful. 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Charlie Gard to be buried with his beloved cuddly toy monkeys parents

first_imgCharlie, who was born on August 4 last year, had a form of mitochondrial disease, a condition that causes progressive muscle weakness and brain damage.Described as “perfectly healthy” when he was born, Charlie was admitted to hospital at eight weeks and his condition progressively deteriorated.His parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, said they wanted to take their son across the Atlantic for nucleoside bypass therapy, but specialists at GOSH in London, where Charlie was being cared for, said the treatment was experimental and would not help.He was taken to a hospice where life support was withdrawn and he died last week. Connie Yates and Chris Gard, the parents of Charlie Gard, arrive at the High Court with a toy monkey in Chris's jacket pocket Charlie’s plight saw hundreds of supporters – called Charlie’s Army – lending their voices and money for him to be given treatment, with £1.35 million raised on an online fund-raising site.The protracted legal battle saw the couple take their case to the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court – all of which ruled life support treatment should end and Charlie should be allowed to die with dignity.Judges at the European Court of Human Rights refused to intervene in the case – and the couple said they felt “let down” following the series of court hearings.Paying tribute to their son following the end of their legal challenge on Monday the couple, both in their 30s, of Bedfont, west London, described him as an “absolute warrior”. Show more Ms Yates is quoted in the Daily Mail as saying: “We should be planning Charlie’s first birthday, but instead we’re planning his funeral.” Charlie Gard will be buried with his cuddly toy monkeys, his family has said.The 11-month-old died on Friday just a week shy of his first birthday after suffering from a rare genetic condition.The youngster was at the centre of a legal battle between his parents – who wanted to take their son to the US for experimental treatment – and Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) that attracted worldwide attention.Speaking about Charlie’s funeral, family spokeswoman Alison Smith-Squire told The Sun: “They haven’t finalised any plans yet, but they have decided Charlie will be buried with his beloved toy monkeys.” Mr Gard gave an emotional speech on the steps of the High Court when he said: “Mummy and Daddy love you so much Charlie, we always have and we always will and we are so sorry that we couldn’t save you.”We had the chance but we weren’t allowed to give you that chance. Sweet dreams baby. Sleep tight our beautiful little boy.” Connie Yates and Chris Gard, the parents of Charlie Gard, arrive at the High Court with a toy monkey in Chris’s jacket pocketCredit:Matt Dunham/AP 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

VIDEO Vince McMahon appears at 1111 Smackdown tapings

first_img Now Playing Up Next Syracuse University Offering ‘Unofficial Pop-up Class’ To Become A YouTube Star Google+ Pinterest system.scripts.YouTube to pay fine for collecting data on kids Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Cesaro announces that he will make an appearance at NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff Linda McMahon To Leave SBA Job To Head Trump Super PAC Fundraising SPOILERS: 7/19 NXT UK TV Tapings from Plymouth, England to air on the WWE Network YouTube to pay fine for collecting data on kids Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twitter Vince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer Diagnosis Now Playing Up Next SPOILERS: 7/20 NXT UK TV Tapings from Plymouth, England to air on the WWE Network Now Playing Up Next Facebook Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSyracuse University Offering ‘Unofficial Pop-up Class’ To Become A YouTube StarVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list The following video was uploaded to YouTube yesterday of Vince McMahon appearing in a segment not taped for TV at yesterday’s 11/11 WWE Smackdown tapings in Liverpool, England. Live reports indicated the crowd was very quiet and McMahon made an attempt to get the crowd more lively and into the taping. You can view the video below.Update (11:35 a.m. ET): WWE has since blocked the video on YouTube. Thanks to Wrestleview reader Clinton Bowman for passing that along. last_img read more

Disaster Responders Say Ike Taught Them Debris Is Your Enemy

first_img 00:00 /03:24 Share X Listen Dave FehlingUS Army helicopter over Bolivar PeninsulaIt’s not long after sunrise at Sholes Airport on Galveston Island. Four Black Hawk helicopters from Fort Hood are being loaded-up with journalists and with officers from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers as well as officials from FEMA, the federal disaster agency.“We’re the busiest region in the nation and I think that’s what makes us better is to take all those lessons learned from all those different events. We have disasters every year, we face disasters every year,” says Laverm Young, FEMA’s deputy director for Region 6 that includes Texas and its four neighboring states.Dave FehlingNew homes on Bolivar PeninsulaThe lessons learned from Hurricane Ike eight years ago were the point of an aerial tour and a meeting that officials would attend the next day.The tour started by flying about a mile to where Ike damaged the Galveston Island Seawall, resulting in the first major repair to it in over a century. It then headed across Bolivar Peninsula where, if you didn’t know better, you might find it hard to imagine that Ike killed 15 people here and destroyed hundreds of homes.  Now, there are hundreds of new homes built along the beach.We cross over the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, the canal that Ike clogged with debris but which on this day had a line of barges plying its waters.We then fly northwest, skirting downtown Houston until we’re on the far west side. Below us are the great, green expanses of the Barker and Addicks reservoirs. They’re mostly dry now, just big forests, but in April during the Tax Day floods, they broke records, holding back more storm water than they ever had since being built just after World War II.That flood and a couple other subsequent storms delayed by six months a $75 million project to replace the big gates on the Addicks and Barker dams.Dave FehlingConstruction underway on $75 million project at Barker and Addicks DamsLater after landing back at Sholes Airport, we talked with the U.S. Army Corps’ of Engineers Col. Lars Zetterstrom who said the dams are just fine until the project is completed.“We’re very confident in the capability of both of those dam structures,” Zetterstrom said.But he says the Tax Day Flood actually inspired the Corps to come up with a twist to its annual “table top exercise” that he and other emergency responders would tackle the next day. The point of exercise is to simulate a coastal disaster on paper.“Our division headquarters out of Dallas has designed what you consider an almost worst case scenario,” Zetterstrom said. A scenario in which floods fill up Addicks and Barker reservoirs and then a hurricane hits. “How would that impact the federal government, specifically the Army Corps of Engineers response and recovery?”What they learned from responding to Ike is that in the immediate aftermath of such a storm, one of the biggest challenges is debris. Tons of debris that piles up on roads and in waterways like the Intracoastal.“We talked on our aircraft about the volume of debris that was in the particular waterway after Hurricane Ike and we responded…with response capability to clear those channels,” said Brig. Gen. David Hill.   Dave FehlingBarge on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway near GalvestonOn land, the Army Corps says it helped remove some 100,000 cubic yards of rubble from major roads.FEMA’s Laverm Young says that’s what they found helped allow Galveston to begin recovering: “That’s one of the challenges we will always face …being able to get those critical resources on and off the island, there’s only so many ways to get on, so many ways to get off. “It’s one of many lessons learned from Ike that may help when the next storm hits the Texas Coast. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Middle East Disposable Gloves Market Share Trends and Analysis Growth and

first_imgAccording to the report, the Middle East disposable gloves market was pegged at $355.9 million in 2017 and is expected to garner $615.1 million by 2025, registering a CAGR of 7.04% from 2018 to 2025.Request Report Sample at: in concerns for safety and hygiene, rise in a number of end users, and rapid technological advancements have boosted the growth of the Middle East disposable gloves market. However, high price competitMiddle East Disposable Gloves Marketion and toxic reaction to certain gloves hamper market growth. On the contrary, the introduction of disposable gloves to the developing countries is expected to create lucrative opportunities in the near future.The Middle East disposable gloves market is segmented on the basis of type, form, application, and region. Based on type, the market is divided into natural rubber gloves, nitrile gloves, vinyl gloves, neoprene, polyethylene, and others. The natural rubber gloves segment dominated the market, contributing nearly two-fifths of the market. However, the polyethylene segment is estimated to manifest the fastest CAGR of 9.3% during the forecast period.On the basis of form, the market is categorized into powder and non-powder. The powdered segment held the largest share in 2017, contributing nearly two-thirds of the total market. However, the non-powdered segment is projected to register the fastest CAGR of 10.9% during the study period.Based on application, the market is divided into medical and non-medical. The non-medical segment is expected to portray the fastest CAGR of 8% through 2025. However, the medical segment held its lion’s share in 2017, accounting nearly two-thirds of the total market. The market is analyzed across various regions such as Saudi Arabia, UAE, and rest of the Middle East. The market across Saudi Arabia was the largest in 2017, contributing around one-fifth of the total share. It is also expected to register the fastest CAGR of 12.1% during the forecast period.Do Purchase Enquiry at: key market players analyzed in the Middle East disposable glove market include Supermax Corporation Berhad, Top Glove Corporation Berhad, Rubberex Corp. M Bhd, Semperit AG Holding, Hartalega Holdings Berhad, Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd., Cardinal Health, Inc., Dynarex Corporation, Ansell Limited, and B. Braun Melsungen AG.last_img read more

The Tesla Model 3 is a love letter to the road

first_imgTesla’s Model 3 is making progress heading out to customers (though not as much as either Tesla or those on the waiting list would like) and as a result, we got a chance to spend some time in one of the new production models that just rolled off the line. The Model 3 is a much more affordable car from Tesla than either its Model S or Model X, and it hopes to one day achieve true mass market success.Tesla managed to amass somewhere around 500,000 pre-orders for the car, so it’s definitely a hotly anticipated item. This is the kind of enthusiasm generally reserved not for vehicles, but for high demand consumer electronics. Make no mistake, however: The Model 3 is a car first, and a gadget second, and probably the most fun you can buy on four wheels on real roads at this price point.As equipped, the Model 3 we test drove had a retail price of around $57,500, which includes all the upgrade options, Autopilot and longer driving range thanks to an enhanced battery pack. It also includes a panorama-style all glass roof and leather-appointed seating. For the time being, the extended range option is the only choice for new Model 3 buyers (the basic model will be available once there’s more production volume), so at the very least your starting price is going to be $44,000 for now.That puts the car in a class with other entry level luxury vehicles like the BMW 530e hybrid, for instance, so it’s not exactly an ‘affordable’ car in the traditional sense. But it’s still potentially going to be able to net you some tax incentives, and it’s about half the price of a similarly appointed Model S or Model X.And while driving the Model S and Model X is definitely a different experience, there’s a lot more similarity between driving one of those and driving the Model 3 than you might expect.The all-electric rear-wheel drive powertrain, which provides instant acceleration that feels like more power than you have any right to expect from this kind of car. To me, its acceleration felt more manageable than the truly awesome amount of power present on the Tesla Model X P100D I tested out last month – but still truly thrilling measured on any scale.In fact, the most fun I had with the Model 3 while testing the car was in driving it up and down a windy road with a few clear straightaways in a sleepy Northern California rural town. The roadway was empty save for me and the Model 3, and I got the chance to see how it did getting up to 60 from a stop start, and how it handles those curves. Bottom line: It’s quick to achieve speed, and it hugs the road like it’s glued to the thing (the bottom-heavy design thanks to the battery pack helps), so you can really take the corners in stride.[embedded content]On the highway, the quick acceleration helps when you’re dealing with tricky merges, and of course the Model 3 has Autopilot on board, which works just as it does in other vehicles in Tesla’s lineup. It’s a godsend in California traffic, and likely just as effective anywhere you’re stuck with stop-and-go freeway or highway driving.Driving is where the Tesla Model 3 excels the most, which is why I wanted to lead with that in this review – this is a driver’s car, built not just for people who know they love to drive, but also for people who might not be aware of how much fun it can be, especially if you’ve never had the pleasure of using a vehicle with an electric powertrain before. Cars including the BMW i3, the Chevrolet Bolt, the Tesla Model S and Model X, and now the Model 3 have all ruined me for internal combustion engine cars: One you’ve gone electric, you can’t really go back.The Model 3 also does as much as possible to draw focus to the driving experience. In large part, this is due to the spare cockpit design, which moves all instrumentation and information display to the single, 16-inch touchscreen panel mounted in the center of the dash. This screen is occupied on the left third by key information relevant to the driver (and indeed sits just in your peripheral view while looking straight out the windshield) and the remaining two-thirds is taken up by information display about routing, media, car settings and more.It’s a bit of a mixed blessing in terms of a vehicle interface: On the one hand, it’s terrific to have an unobstructed view of the road – it’s as pure as driving experience as rolling down the track in the soapbox derby car of your youth, and it really leaves you feeling connected to the road itself. The effect is aided by the lack of any obvious vents, since the dash has one full-length break that handles all of the air circulation by pitting two air foils against one another to direct air very precisely where you want it to go.The steering wheel is still there, of course, and it features a stock-mounted lever for putting the car into drive, reverse and park, and for controlling Autopilot if enabled. The wheel also has two multipurpose, multidirectional controllers both right and left of center. The left controls volume and track skipping, as well as play/pause for media by default. The right doesn’t do anything by default right now, but Tesla is considering using it for managing speed when Autopilot is engaged (currently handled via touchscreen).Those two controls are contextually variable, so they can control the angle of your rear view mirrors when you’re adjusting those via the center screen, for instance. Tesla left them unlabeled by design because they wanted them to be flexible, and in general it seems like a good idea, if it still needs a bit of working out in terms of how it works in practice.The Model 3’s biggest weakness, overall, is the touchscreen interface. It’s actually an excellent touchscreen, with very responsive scrolling and touch detection, smooth animations and zero missed taps during my usage. The problem is that there’s a lot to wade through to find just what you’re looking for, and it doesn’t do enough to simplify and declutter the experience for use specifically while driving.I actually got used to a lot of the system’s quirks quicker than I thought I would, but it’s still definitely something where I would’ve appreciated a few physical controls for specific functions, including windshield wipers, even if it spoiled the cockpit’s otherwise excellent minimalist design.That’s actually the only real issue I had with the Model 3 during testing, and it was not negative enough that it would prevent me from buying one of these, were I in the market for a new car, with available funds and availability of stock on Tesla’s end. This is easily the most fun car I’ve driven in this price range that I can recall, and while occasionally clunky, the touchscreen didn’t impede my enjoyment or my ability to drive the vehicle safely at any time during testing.Other reviewers have noted some problems with body panel fit and finish on their review cars; Tesla said mine was freshly entered into the press fleet, so that might be why I didn’t notice any of said problems, but I genuinely didn’t see any of those flaws even if they existed. Tesla’s biggest issue with this vehicle is that it can’t make enough to come anywhere close to satisfying demand. The Model 3 is finally in more showrooms across the country, but it’s still going to take a while to satisfy existing orders, let alone to begin filling new ones.The bottom line is that if you need a car in the next few years or so but you’re happy to wait (potentially) that long, it might be worth putting up a down payment to save your spot in line. The Model 3 is a solid piece of eccentric joy in a market filled with staid and boring choices.last_img read more

Straight guys hilariously reveal how they react when gay men hit on

first_imgIt simply reads: ‘Straight men of Reddit, what do you do if a gay man hits on you?‘One straight guy responded: ‘One time a guy asked me to dance. I said, “I’ll have to ask my wife first.” She was cool with it, so we hit the floor for a couple of songs.’Another said: ‘Respectfully tell them I’m straight but sadly wish I were gay because I seem to have way more luck with men than ladies.’Then another wrote: ‘Normally I just giggle and say, “Oh you!”‘One guy simply said: ‘Sorry mate. I’m straight.’ Then a gay guy responded: ‘Well you didn’t punch anyone in the face or yell at them, which is honestly what I am afraid of at times. It makes asking men out really hard.’ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Straight guys reveal how they respond to gay guys hitting on them. | Photo: Hotlanta Voyeur / Flickr GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img To which the original commenter replied: ‘Holy shit no. Not even on my worst day would I ever be angry about it.’And then another sarcastically responded: ‘Being told I’m handsome by another man is devastating to me, so I high-tail it home and curl in the fetal position. Sometimes I sit in the corner, rocking back and forth.’New study reveals no one is ‘fully straight’In related news, a new study released earlier this month said ‘fully straight’ people don’t actually exist.The physiological study suggests men and women are not gay, straight or bi and that human sexuality is fluid.Ritch Savin-Williams director of the Sex and Gender Lab, Department of Human Development at Cornell University said: ‘It’s a study that assesses sexual orientation by looking at the eyes and whether they dilate or not.’He added: ‘You can’t control your eye dilation.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . A Reddit post asks straight men how they react when gay guys hit on them and the answers are hilarious. Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

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first_img News | Clinical Decision Support | July 18, 2019 Johns Hopkins Named Qualified Provider-led Entity to Develop Criteria for Diagnostic Imaging On June 30, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Johns Hopkins University School… read more A nurse examines a patient in the Emergency Department of Cincinnati Children’s, where researchers successfully tested artificial intelligence-based technology to improve patient recruitment for clinical trials. Researchers report test results in the journal JMIR Medical Informatics. Image courtesy of Cincinnati Children’s. News | Artificial Intelligence | July 31, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Solution Improves Clinical Trial Recruitment Clinical trials are a critical tool for getting new treatments to people who need them, but research shows that… read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Related Content Technology | Oncology Information Management Systems (OIMS) | July 15, 2019 RaySearch Releases Version 3A of RayCare Oncology Information System RaySearch has released RayCare 3A, a new version of the next-generation oncology information system (OIS). RayCare is… read more center_img News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Mark Leavitt, M.D., Ph.D., is the chairman of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT)There is a lot of talk about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and the $19 billion earmarked for IT incentives, but little has been said about how it will impact radiology and radiation oncology IT. One of the leading barriers to faster EHR adoption is cost, a factor the new bill aims to address by injecting the necessary revenue to build an EHR highway. The ARRA states that it is designed to provide funds for hospitals and physicians “to encourage adoption of certified electronic health records (EHR)” by 2011. Of the total package, $17 billion will provide incentive payments via Medicare and Medicaid and $2 billion will go to grants and loans for those who adopt the technology. To qualify for the incentives, physicians and hospitals must use the EHRs in a “meaningful way.” How can radiology and radiation oncology IT contribute to an EHR in a “meaningful way”? According to Mark Leavitt, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT), as long as a physician is using the system to transfer clinically relevant information, such as electronic images and clinical data, “that proves you have an electronic health record.” But first, in order to receive incentives for an EHR, the system must be certified by CCHIT. “Under the AARA, billions of dollars in public funds are being invested in health IT, with certification as a key mechanism to ensure that the electronic health records (EHRs) adopted will deliver the promised benefits in quality, safety and efficiency,” said Dr. Leavitt. Dr. Leavitt spoke with Imaging Technology News (ITN) about the impact the bill will have on EHR adoption and how it will impact radiology and radiation oncology IT. ITN: Can you break down the net investment of the funds from the ARRA? Dr. Leavitt: There are two parts to the funding from the ARRA. The big part goes to Medicare and Medicaid and that is for certified EHRs and for using the certified EHRs in a meaningful way. When the law talks about providers and physicians, it excludes hospital-based physicians. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which scored it, the macro calculations is that it is a gross amount of $34 billion in incentives total going out and, with a calculated savings from reduced duplication of about half that, net public investment is at about $17 billion – that is the net additional monies allocated. The other part of the funding is $2 billion that goes to ONC and comes out in a variety of programs to support health information exchange, loans and grants for health information technology and education or extension centers. Those in general do not go to individual providers. ITN: How will radiology and radiation oncology groups already using EHRs benefit? Dr. Leavitt: The HHS will create the details of the qualifications in a rule making process. The incentives are for hospitals and professionals. On incentives for professionals, it says it does not apply to hospital-based professionals. Some radiologists are hospital based or other ones are not – so they differ depending on the structure of their practice. The one’s that are hospital-based, that doesn’t mean they won’t benefit because their hospitals will end up with new systems and technology. The hospital benefit will be substantial. ITN: You said: The electronic health records will deliver the promised benefits in quality, safety, and efficiency. Can you quantify the projected improvements in those areas? Dr. Leavitt: It’s very hard to quantify, so it has to be a qualitative discussion. In terms of quality, the bill talks about meaningful use – there are two elements to getting this incentive. One is you must have certified EHR technology, and second you have to be a meaningful user of that technology. The EHRs have to be sending and receiving information electronically, and the EHR has to be reporting on quality measures. The details of how to prove that have to be developed by HHS. That is where you are going to see the expected benchmarks. If you look at the pay-for-performance programs that is a good model to look at. They typically offer an incentive the first year for adopting the technology, the second year for measuring quality – what is the percentage of patients who get this treatment in this many days. Then the third year they expect improvement in quality – can you do a 10 percent year-over-year improvement benchmark, for example. ITN: How long will it take a physician office to see a ROI once it implements an EHR? Dr. Leavitt: In a physician office it depends on if you are currently using dictation and transcription to generate the records. If they are using dictation and transcription and they are able to reduce that because of an electronic healthcare record, then they can often get an ROI in a year or two because the transcription costs can be $10,000 or $15,000 per doctor per year. That is one of the bigger potential savings. In a hospital, the way you’re saving is through shorter lengths of stay because you didn’t have someone waiting while a result was moved around in a cart and pasted on a chart. If you get the results instantly with an EHR, you will save money. ITN: CCHIT announced the expansion of its roadmap for its health information technology (HIT) certification activities. What is the objective of this expansion? Dr. Leavitt: The HHS currently recognizes us and the bill says the national coordinator shall recognize a program for certification in EHR technology, and we are the only recognized program. The expansion comes about because as certification’s impact has increased, the interest has grown from beyond the original three areas of the contract. We had a contract with HHS to certify ambulatory EHRs, inpatient EHRs and health information exchanges. There was a lot of demand from other specialties for us to bring certification to those areas. So we started expanding in 2007 and in 2008 we launched first expansion round. We expanded to the emergency department, we added child health, cardiovascular medicine, an enterprise certification. This summer we will be adding personal health records and prescribing. So our roadmap is telling you where we are going beyond that. This new law is going to have an enormous affect on everything, so we are remaining flexible. We might have to add more areas or substitute systems because everyone wants certified systems to qualify for the incentives in the recovery act. This includes anyone buying or selling an EHR. The areas we will develop and launch next year would be behavioral health as an add-on capability for EHRs, dermatology, advanced certifications in interoperability and in quality measurement, and certifying EHRs in the long-term care spectrum. In 2011, we hope to launch the eye care spectrum, which is ophthalmology and optometry, advanced certifications in security and clinical decision support and also oncology. There is a crossover between oncology and radiation oncology in our roadmap being part of oncology. The reason we put oncology in 2011 and not 2010 is that is big and complicated. We’ll be doing some research on the needs in the next year and we will need to figure out how radiation therapy fits with oncology. Our EHRs for oncology are different from ambulatory. We have to understand how people are buying this. We need to figure out how radiation therapy fits with oncology. Is it done by radiologists or oncologists? The EHRs used by radiation oncologists are fundamentally different from those used by ambulatory oncologists. We have to understand the field before we start certifying because the certification has to match the marketplace – the way people are buying systems. ITN: CCHIT has several work groups such as Ambulatory EHR, Cardiovascular Medicine and Emergency Department EHR. For radiology, does the PACS filter in to each one of these types of EHRs? Dr. Leavitt: If PACS is a departmental system that is separate from the core EHR, then it wouldn’t qualify for the incentive, but if it is defined as a module as part of an EHR, then it would. That is one of the things we have to sort out as we move forward. We still need to research this. In order to get funding from the bill, you just have to be using the certified EHR technology in order to get the incentive payment. You don’t have to, for example, wait to buy it this year; you have to be a user of it this year to get the payment. Or if you already own it, and you prove it certified and used in a meaningful way, then you qualify for the incentives. For example, if a hospital has gone all digital, whether they got an entire system or modules. That system should be certified, yet the departmental systems would not have to be to meet the criteria of meaningful use. We won’t need to certify every system. There may be a subsystem within a PACS – a module that does something special – that we wouldn’t have to certify. It’s really the fact that they have clinical information and that they are using it. These modules will have a valuable role. For example, if a patient’s in an accident across the country and they take a CT of the head and see an abnormality and need to know if that’s new. They need to see a prior CT scan in different location. So, if one hospital can send that information, that’s an exchange of information, and that hospital should get an incentive. It doesn’t matter if you bought the EHR first or PACS or if it came integrated. The end result is you have mastery over the electronic images; you can access them and send them where they need to go. That proves you have an electronic health record. The goal is to make this information more portable. ITN: How widely will the stimulus package drive penetration of EHRs in U.S. hospitals? Dr. Leavitt: The CBO has estimated what it will do in penetration in 2015. We know the penetration of EHRs in U.S. hospitals and only a very small percent are using all of the functionality of electronic health records. The majority is on their way, and almost none are exchanging information outside of the walls of the hospital. ITN: What are some factors contributing to the fact that such a low percentage of U.S. hospitals have adopted EHRs? Dr. Leavitt: Because there has not been a requirement or an incentive to do it. Competition amongst different healthcare records has contributed to them not distributing information, and that has got to change. They need to compete on quality and not on how well they can lock up information. That is why health information exchange is one of the requirements because competing and monopolizing information is out of bounds. Reference: DesRoches, Catherine M., et al. Electronic Health Records in Ambulatory Care — A National Survey of Physicians. NEJM. Volume 359:50-60. July 3, 2008. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | July 29, 2019 New AI Tool Identifies Cancer Outcomes Using Radiology Reports Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have demonstrated that an artificial intelligence (AI) tool can perform as… read more Feature | March 10, 2009 | Cristen C. Bolan Web Exclusive: Will Radiology IT Get Incentives Too? 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Heres your first look at Norwegians new terminal at PortMiami coming in

first_img Share Tags: Miami, Norwegian Cruise Line Posted by As a result of the continued relationship with the cruise company, Miami-Dade County will invest US$100 million to build the new terminal dedicated to Norwegian Cruise Line, with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. augmenting the county’s allocated funds with its own contribution.“Investing in PortMiami’s infrastructure positions Miami as a global destination for visitors,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “The construction of a new cruise terminal with the capacity to berth an additional 5,000-passenger cruise ship represents thousands of jobs and increased opportunities for our community. We are grateful for Norwegian Cruise Line’s continued partnership.”More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perks << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, March 12, 2018 center_img Upon completion, the multi-level, 166,500 square-foot terminal will boast indoor and outdoor waiting areas, a dedicated lounge and service area for large groups and charters, a new parking garage, and a valet parking area with direct access to the terminal and lounge. It will be able to accommodate ships of up to 5,000 passengers, and feature new technology to support faster embarkation and disembarkation processes, as well as expedited security screening and luggage check-in.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programs“Norwegian has been sailing from Miami for over 50 years, longer than any other cruise line, and we are honoured to be partnering with PortMiami and Miami-Dade County to construct an iconic terminal that will contribute to Miami’s world famous skyline and strengthen its position as the Cruise Capital of the World,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., which operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands. Travelweek Group MIAMI — The first images of Norwegian Cruise Line’s brand new terminal at PortMiami have just been released, depicting a facility that’s ultra-modern, sleek and spacious.Pending the final approval by the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners, the project will commence in May 2018. It is scheduled for completion by fall 2019, just in time for Norwegian Encore – the newest ship of the Breakaway Plus class – to make its debut in Miami with seasonal cruises to the Caribbean. Here’s your first look at Norwegian’s new terminal at PortMiami, coming in 2019last_img read more