Extremely proud: Cameron Bancroft relishes Australia recall for Ashes 2019

first_imgAustralian batsman Cameron Bancroft admits there were times during his suspension when he doubted whether he would play international cricket again and he is determined to make the most of his second chance.The opener’s selection in the Ashes squad with David Warner and Steve Smith on Friday brings all three players banned for their parts in the Newlands ball-tampering incident back into the fold for the first time since the scandal in April 2018.Bancroft was the last of the trio to get a recall after serving the shortest ban of nine months but that still gave him plenty of time to ponder his future.”There were definitely times when I was challenged, a lot, but you go through those moments and you learn a lot about what you need to do to keep moving forward,” the 26-year-old said after being named in the squad on Friday.”If you’d asked me 18 months ago if I’d be sitting here now, it would have been the last thing on my mind but it is what it is now.”It probably hasn’t completely sunk in yet. I’m sure sitting by myself tonight I’ll digest it all, but of course I’m extremely proud and excited to be selected in this squad again.”Want to be true to myself: BancroftBancroft was given the lightest punishment by Cricket Australia because he was adjudged to have been led astray by his then captain and vice captain.The Western Australian, who was playing his eighth test when he took the piece of sandpaper onto the field at Newlands, said he was determined to trust his own values in the future.advertisement”One of the big lessons that I learnt last year was about being true to yourself. There is no doubt that I wasn’t as true to myself as I could have been at times,” he added.”You learn from those mistakes that you make and you try and be better moving forward. At the end of the day, what you do and your actions is completely up to you. I made a mistake and I’ll learn from it and move forward and get better.”The rapid recall of the Newlands trio has not gone down well in the British media and Bancroft accepts that he is likely to be booed by the Edgbaston crowd if he gets selected for the first test, which starts on Thursday.”It doesn’t bother me too much,” he said. “It is what it is. People will react how they want to react. Hopefully I can use it if people want to be like that, to give you energy to perform well.”Also Read | Mohammad Amir’s Test retirement at 27 leaves Shoaib Akhtar thoroughly disappointedAlso Read | Ravi Shastri has done well as head coach, says CAC member Anshuman GaekwadAlso See:last_img read more

Former OSU Signee Devon Thomas Found Out He’s Facing Armed Robbery Charges via Twitter

first_imgFormer Oklahoma State player Devon Thomas, who signed with OSU in 2014, is facing more criminal charges after an alleged robbery with a firearm and possession of firearm, according to Tulsa News on 6. The reported incident took place on July 22, 2015.Apparently, Thomas was unaware.@NewsOn6 @KellyHinesTW that’s news to me— Average Ol’ Firecracker?? (@DevonThomas28) August 24, 2015Then it got even more bizarre.Screen Shot 2015-08-24 at 1.13.02 PMThomas eventually just said he was going to turn himself in…Screen Shot 2015-08-24 at 1.15.09 PMThomas was arrested in May 2014 on charges of armed robbery and intent to kill, and was subsequently released from the football program. He is set to go on trial in 2016 for the charges stemming from 2014.Thomas was a four-star running back from Broken Arrow and early enrollee who never played a down for the Cowboys.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

What to Expect From Central Michigan on Thursday Night

first_imgI did a Q&A with Central Michigan beat writer Nate Schneider. He writes for the Morning Sun and had a few questions for me as well which I answered here. This is what he had to say about OSU’s first opponent on Thursday.1. Central Michigan isn’t a team most OSU folks know a lot about. What Big 12 (or Power Five) team would you compare them to in terms of style and what they’re trying to do on offense or defense?I’d say a strong comparison offensively for Central Michigan in terms of style would be what Charlie Weis’ Kansas teams tried to do with a pro-style attack that relies on a strong running game to set up the pass.While previous head coach Dan Enos departed for Arkansas, the Chippewas have not changed any of the terminology or schemes as they retained offensive coordinator Morris Watts and he is slated to call plays this season. The only area where CMU coaches and players have pointed to as being altered is in the stressing of a more up-tempo play-calling system.Seeing the Chippewas go into some no-huddle drives isn’t out of the question. As far as defense, before this year I would have told you Texas Christian or Auburn as CMU ran a 4-2-5 setup from 2012 through 2014. But with new defensive coordinator Greg Colby on board, the Chippewas plan on running a more traditional 4-3-4 base such as Alabama.Schematic changes are not very common from one year to the next after leading the conference in total defense, but that is what Central Michigan is doing following a MAC-best 2014 output. With a new head coach and a new defensive coordinator, it will be interesting to see how CMU’s philosophies on both sides of the ball unfold against an actual opponent.2. Who are the three best players on CMU and why?After an FBS bowl record-setting performance on Christmas Eve in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl, you have to throw quarterback Cooper Rush into the mix. He has made 23 starts over the last two seasons and took a major step forward last year. Over the weekend, Rush was voted a team captain by teammates so it’s clear he has the command and respect of the locker room. He is poised for a breakout year in the Mid-American Conference as long as the playmakers around him provide enough help.A second player to look out for is senior center Nick Beamish, also voted a team captain. Beamish is entering his fourth year as a starter and is on the Rimington Award watch list for a second straight season. He has to be considered the preseason favorite to be All-MAC first team at his position.Lastly, junior safety Tony Annese has been a ball hawk ever since joining the starting lineup late in the 2013 campaign as a redshirt freshman. In fact, Annese recorded identical 34-yard interception returns for touchdowns in his first two career starts. He has continued to blossom ever since and is getting some national recognition on the Thorpe Award watch list. Annese and fellow safety, senior Kavon Frazier, form an experienced duo in the back end of the defense.3. I believe I read that CMU hasn’t hosted a Power Five team in quite a while. How big of a deal is this game to fans, players and the school itself? What will the atmosphere be like?The last Power Five team Central Michigan hosted was Syracuse last year,[1. Ed. note: Kyle is a moron.] but with that 40-3 drubbing it’s a game the Chippewas would rather forget. Central Michigan also hosted Michigan State in 2012, another contest that had a lopsided outcome.The game against MSU saw a capacity crowd of 35,127 at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. With East Lansing only an hour down the road, it was an easy trip to Mount Pleasant for Spartans fans. Not exactly quite as easy of travel for the Oklahoma State faithful, but it is clear CMU fans are going to show up in large numbers and I’m sure the Cowboys will also bring in a good crowd of their own.It’s hard to predict an attendance, but it wouldn’t shock me if this game drew 30,000-plus. A season opener and national television definitely add to the fun atmosphere of this one. The CMU community is already behind the John Bonamego era in a way it never embraced Coach Enos.4. How has the program changed from last year to this year with the head coaching switch?Like I said, many of the philosophies have remained the same and a good portion of the assistant coaching staff also remains intact. I’d say there are more similarities than differences, but there is certainly a different feel to Bonamego.This is his dream job. He is having the time of his life and it shows, despite battling tonsil cancer throughout the summer. It seems to be a more positive and inclusive environment for the players, the students, the community and even media. The press actually feels welcome at practice and don’t have to wait 45 minutes for the head coach to take a shower, which was the kind of power play stuff that was occurring in years past.5. Cooper Rush is QB1. What is his personality like and what does he do well on the field? Where is he susceptible to making mistakes?When Rush was a redshirt freshman, he was clearly afraid to say anything aside from calling the play in the huddle. He didn’t want to ruffle any feathers, step out of turn or anger anyone with something that might be construed the wrong way. You could see him coming into his own last year as he developed as a leader and felt more like a veteran.Now, he is fully comfortable as a captain. He is way more talkative these days and as an Academic All-MAC representative the last two seasons, Rush is making CMU fans proud off and on the field. He sees the field very well and goes through his progressions when the first option doesn’t work out. Rush set many MHSAA records while in high school at Lansing Catholic Central and he’s proven to be worthy of Central Michigan’s scholarship as he is a very cerebral and accurate quarterback whether it be underneath, intermediate or deep throws.The question becomes whether the wide receivers around him can help Rush reach the next level, because it’s clear he’s ready. If you had to pinpoint one area where he’s struggled the last two years, it is with missing sitting linebackers over the middle. As a redshirt freshman he probably had six passes intercepted in that fashion where he didn’t anticipate a defender underneath.He improved greatly in that area last year, but still managed to let it creep in every once in a while. Rush can also occasionally hold onto the ball a smidge too long, which led to some unnecessary sacks his first two years as starter.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Chief of UN development agency calls for common framework for globalization

“While strong, individual countries will continue to be the crucial element in globalization, international cooperation is vital in providing the framework of common values and rules which make the system more inclusive,” Kemal Dervis, who became UNDP’s Administrator in August, said at an international economic conference in Mumbai.Mr. Dervis praised the economic dynamism of India, but said its efforts to incorporate inclusive globalization into its policies were particularly important. “The UN supports India’s efforts to broaden the base of growth and combine a dynamic market economy with strong social policies,” he said.Mr. Dervis expects to meet with Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram and other officials in New Delhi on Thursday to discuss financing mechanisms for India’s human development, employment for the rural poor, and the role of the private sector in boosting the country’s ability to reach its development goals.UNDP’s 2005 Human Development Report noted that India’s strong, sustained economic growth has not yet produced equivalent progress in such key areas as child and maternal mortality. Gender inequality is also cited as a serious concern. As is the case in many emerging market countries, growth needs to be more pro-poor if development goals are to be met, the agency says.After leaving India, Mr. Dervis plans to continue on to Thailand and Pakistan, where he will join Secretary-General Kofi Annan on a tour of South Asia’s earthquake-devastated areas next week. The two officials will represent the UN at the international conference on earthquake recovery in Islamabad on 19 November. read more

Polk data shows worldwide new registrations up 3 in October over the

Based on data which is preliminary in some cases, global demand for passenger vehicles (NAFTA: including light trucks) was up 3% in October over the year before, as the uptrend we have seen in recent months continued, and global demand is now up 5% over the year before on the year.The strongest growth, 13%, came in the NAFTA region, particularly the US, where the restoration of the supply chains of the Japanese manufacturers stimulated the market. The German brands also posted strong gains.The Asia/Pacific region was once again able to post a gain, albeit just a small one (up 0.2%), following the disaster in Japan, as slight losses in some countries, including China, were more than made up for by clear growth in Japan (up 28%).Eastern Europe was also up by almost 9%, with Russia gaining another 13%. Latin America was down 4% from the year before last month. Brazil in particular was down 16% from the year before as a result of last year’s inflated results and the current market slowdown.Western Europe was down more than 1% from the year before in October. There were extreme variances between the performance of the various individual markets: while France (up 2%), Germany (up 1%) and the United Kingdom (up 3%) posted gains, Spain (down 7%) and Italy (6%) reported steep losses. In those countries, the uncertainty created by the current European crisis seems to have already infected the automotive markets.The global passenger vehicle market continues to grow, but the forecasts for 2012 involve a great deal of riskGlobal new registrations will once again set a new record this year, growing by about 3% over the year before. Expectations were revised slightly higher since the last forecast. While the situation in Western Europe is viewed slightly more pessimistically, growth in Eastern Europe and Asia has been somewhat stronger than originally expected.New registrations in the Asia/Pacific region will be down about 1.8% from the year before in 2011 as a whole. This decline is attributable to the situation in the Japanese passenger vehicle market and the stagnation in China.The strongest growth is expected in the NAFTA and Eastern Europe regions. Both of these regions will post the highest growth in 2011 due to an improvement in economic conditions. In Eastern Europe, growth will be further boosted by the Russian scrappage scheme, which will have an impact through the end of the year.Western European passenger vehicle demand should be down slightly in 2011 as well, although the performance will vary sharply from country to country. Of the Big 5 markets, only Germany is expected to post significant growth in new registrations. All other key markets will be down, some of them significantly.The current debate regarding the stability of the Euro Zone will leave its mark on the international markets as well in 2012. Polk is currently expecting a more or less soft landing, but forecasts worldwide have been revised by 775,000 units. The most drastic forecastadjustments were naturally made in Western Europe, but expectations for the NAFTA region and Asia were also decreased slightly. However, there will not be another slump in global demand such as was seen in 2008 and 2009. Rather, demand will climb to about 67 million units.Data: Copyright R.L. Polk Europe Holding Ltd, all rights reserved. No reproduction allowed without prior written consent from Polk – www.polk.com.For more detailed data on the UK vehicle market, contact SMMT Automotive Information Services (AIS).Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Wifi upgrade planned for campus installation at Ohio Stadium and Schottenstein Center

Pending Board approval, Ohio Stadium could have Wi-Fi in 2019. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorWi-Fi across campus could see a significant upgrade if the Ohio State Board of Trustees approve a long-awaited system overhaul.The full Board will meet Friday to discuss an almost $19 million proposal that would bring new Wi-Fi to campus as well as Ohio Stadium and the Schottenstein Center, but not for at least another football season, according to Board materials released this week.The plan calls for upgrades to the overall campus Wi-Fi to begin in June but potentially not wrap up until December of 2020, according to the Board documents. The $18.6 million price tag calls for almost $9 million to purchase the new technology and $9.5 million for construction costs with contingency, with the remaining $1.2 million going to professional services. The comprehensive plan has been in the works for years. The university has been trying to get Wi-Fi installed at the two athletic venues in particular since at least 2015. But that plan was put on hold while Ohio State focused on a campus-wide upgrade instead, university spokesman Ben Johnson told The Lantern last year. If approved, the project would consist of installing access points across campus to “create a more seamless, efficient and modern end user experience,” according to the documents. For Buckeye fans, seamlessly checking scores and tweeting will have to wait at least another season. The plan, pending full Board approval, would bring Wi-Fi to the ‘Shoe by the start of the 2019 football season and to the Schott by the start of the 2019-20 basketball season to “improve the fan experience.” read more

A year in a coma but Pádraig slowly shows signs of progress

first_imgLAST JUNE, YOUNG Irish student Pádraig Schaler was badly injured when he was hit by a truck while on a J1 trip in Cape Cod.A year on, his family – who have kept up a constant bedside vigil since his injury – say that he is still in a coma but making slow progress.The news comes as his dedicated friends prepare to launch a single to raise money for Pádraig’s medical care. He is currently in hospital in Hamburg, where he was brought after his family realised he would not get the treatment needed in Ireland. “It’s agony”: Pádraig is in a coma – his family say Ireland’s healthcare system has failed him This month, Pádraig’s father Reinhard – who keeps a daily blog about his son’s progress – told TheJournal.ie that his 24-year-old son started to communicate “in a very basic way” recently.This includes answering ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to by lifting his right foot for ‘yes’ and left foot for ‘no’.Alternatively, he has been moving his tongue to the right for ‘yes’ and to the left for ‘no’.His family are hopeful that this could lead to a communications breakthrough for their son, giving him more control over his life.Raising money for Pádraig’s familyPádraig’s parents – Reinhard and wife Pat – both spend much time in Hamburg, with Pat having to do more travelling home to Ireland due to work.Their two other children, daughters Laura and Maria, are in Dublin. It has not been an easy process for the family, but it is clear they remain united and positive.While Pádraig is in Hamburg, his friends have been showing their support by fundraising for the family back home in Ireland.They raised €37k with a sponsored multiple swim event earlier this year, and now they have decided to record a song inspired by Reinhard.Dream BoatThe song was written by musician Maitiú Ó Casáide, a good friend of gaeilgeoir Pádraig, inspired by Reinhard’s blog post about a dream he had where he and his son built a boat together.Explained Ó Casáide:It was really beautiful and it inspired me to write a song called ‘Dream Boat’. Pádraig is a huge music fan and he is friendly with a lot of bands. The idea is to get lots of Pádraig’s friends together to record a track that is full of positive energy. The aim is to raise as much money as possible but also to support and show our love for Pádraig and his family, to let them know we are always thinking of them, especially now, a year on from the accident.The song will be performed for the first time in public at Club Conradh na Gaeilge, 6 Harcourt Street, Dublin tonight, with recording due to take place on 2 and 3 July in Sonic Studios, Stoneybatter. Source: Rónán Mistéil/YouTubeThe bilingual song will feature his friends, and they expect to release it in August.Caoimhe Ní Mhuilleoir, one of the many friends organising the recording, said that the friends have received “phenomenal” support.“Because Pádraig just means so much to everyone, we’re constantly thinking of him and thinking of what we can do next,” she said. “I can’t emphasise enough how amazing we think Pádraig’s parents are.”They read his father’s blog “religiously”, which enables them to feel near to their friend even though he is so far away.A lack of services in IrelandThe money raised by the single will go to Pádraig’s family for long-term care and costs, but the event also serves another purpose, said Ní Mhuilleoir:It’s about fundraising but also just about raising awareness as well about the lack of services in Ireland [for people with head injuries like Pádraig]. That is why Pádraig is in Hamburg – it’s an absolute lack of services.“In a strange way, Pádraig is lucky that he can go to Germany and get care. But he shouldn’t have to go to Germany. There are other people in Ireland who can’t. The treatment he is getting is amazing.”Members of the public are welcome to come along tonight to the gig at Conradh na Gaeilge at 8pm. It will cost €5 on the door and the money will go towards the cost of recording.“We’re looking forward to a really great night – a night Pádraig would love himself,” said Ní Mhuilleoir.Keep up with the fundraising at @forpadraig, www.caringforpadraig.org, on Facebook and http://www.hospi-tales.com/Read: “It’s agony”: Pádraig is in a coma – his family say Ireland’s healthcare system has failed him>last_img read more

Net neutrality battle heads to court in 2019

first_img Beer helps explain battle brewing over net neutrality Tags Time’s run out for net neutrality supporters hoping to restore Obama-era regulations using a legislative loophole, but the fight’s far from over as it heads to federal appeals court.Democrats in the House of Representatives failed to gather enough votes by the end of the year to use the Congressional Review Act to undo the Federal Communications Commission’s rollback of the popular rules. The Republican-led agency voted a year ago this month to repeal the rules adopted in 2015, which were designed to ensure that all traffic on the internet was treated equally. Protesters took to the streets in New York City to protest the FCC’s vote in December 2017 to repeal net neutrality rules. Sarah Tew/CNET The FCC, led by Chairman Ajit Pai, an appointee of President Donald Trump, argued that the “heavy-handed” rules deterred internet service providers’ investment and innovation. (Read Pai’s op-ed on CNET here.) But supporters of net neutrality say the internet as we know it may not exist much longer without the protections. Big tech companies, such as Google and Facebook, and internet luminaries, such as web creator Tim Berners-Lee, fall into that camp. Since the repeal, they’ve been working in Congress and in state legislatures to reinstate the rules. Now these supporters are turning their attention to the courts to save net neutrality.Attorneys general from 22 states, along with several activist groups and tech companies like Mozilla, have filed suit, accusing the FCC of arbitrarily rolling back the rules and overstepping its authority to ban states from passing their own protections. The heated legal battle could eventually end up at the Supreme Court, where all eyes will be on the newly appointed Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who questioned the FCC’s authority to adopt the original net neutrality protections. That position was expressed in a dissent he wrote last year that challenged the rules.”I expect the next chapter in the net neutrality story to be mostly about waiting for litigation,” said Matt Schettenhelm, a legal analyst with Bloomberg Intelligence.The legal battleLegal briefs to the Federal Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit were due in late November, and oral arguments are scheduled for Feb. 1. A decision in the case isn’t expected until at least June. But even then, legal experts say, the litigation is unlikely to end. “The ruling could be appealed ‘en banc’ to the full DC Circuit, and then to the US Supreme Court,” said Schettenhelm.  “By the time all that plays out, we’ll likely be focused on the 2020 US presidential election.”If the Democrats win the White House, they’ll control the FCC again. And that could mean they restore the 2015 net neutrality rules and start the whole process over again. Two of the big questions being asked in this lawsuit are whether the FCC had sufficient reason to change the classification of broadband so soon after the 2015 rules were adopted and whether the agency has the right to pre-empt states, like California, from adopting their own net neutrality laws. Schettenhelm said there’s a good chance the court will rule in favor of the FCC. There’s strong precedent that gives the FCC flexibility in how it interprets the law, evaluates the record and reverses course as it did with the repeal, he said. See All Aug 26 • Activists challenge 2020 candidates to sign net neutrality pledge Apr 10 • Democrats’ net neutrality bill passes House Share your voice reading • Net neutrality battle heads to court in 2019 Apr 9 • Mitch McConnell: Democrats’ net neutrality bill is ‘dead on arrival’ in Senate Net Fix Commentscenter_img The most effective legal issue for the FCC could be the provision to pre-empt states from creating their own regulations, say experts like Harold Feld of Public Knowledge. The agency has argued that pre-emption is necessary because it would be too complicated for internet service providers to follow different net neutrality rules in 50 states.More than 30 states introduced legislation in 2018 to make net neutrality state law. Four states — California, Washington, Oregon and Vermont — passed laws protecting net neutrality. Several other states, like New York, are considering similar legislation.States argue that since the FCC has refused to regulate broadband and because the agency abdicated its authority for such regulation to the FTC, they can impose their own rules for services delivered in their states.California’s new law is considered the strictest in the nation because it outlaws some zero-rating offers, such as AT&T’s, which exempts its own streaming services — but not competing products — from its wireless customers’ data caps. The law was supposed to take effect Jan. 1. But in October, the state reached an agreement with the US Department of Justice, which had filed suit against California, not to enforce the law until the bigger question about the FCC’s authority to pre-empt states had been answered in the DC Circuit.What about Congress?The Congressional Review Act may have failed to reinstate net neutrality regulations, but supporters are hopeful that Democrats, who’ll soon control the House of Representatives, will be able to move federal legislation. With a divided Congress, however, and a Republican president who needs to sign off on a new law, it’s unclear whether the legislation would include strong enough protections to satisfy net neutrality activists, like a ban on paid priority, or oversight of agreements between network providers that can slow internet access. “There is more bipartisan consensus on net neutrality than other tech issues,” said Matt Wood, policy director for Free Press. “So some kind of net neutrality law is possible. But we’ll have to see how far those proposals really go and what they include.”Wood said, though, that a lot of what happens next hinges on the outcome of the lawsuit challenging the repeal.”I think we’ll have to wait and see how the appeals court rules.”Tech Enabled: CNET chronicles tech’s role in providing new kinds of accessibility.Blockchain Decoded:  CNET looks at the tech powering bitcoin — and soon, too, a myriad of services that will change your life. • 9 Now playing: Watch this: Net Fix 2:10 Internet Jun 11 • Net neutrality has been dead for a year: What you need to know Net neutrality FCClast_img read more

Anchorage Assembly Seeks to Add LBGT Clause To AntiDiscrimination Code

first_imgThe Anchorage Assembly is trying again to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city’s anti-discrimination ordinances. Assembly member Bill Evans filed the amendments Thursday. The ordinances prohibit discrimination by the municipality, employers, businesses, and renters.Download AudioThe new amendments include exemptions for religious organizations and say that no person should be forced to participate in an event that conflicts with sincerely held religious beliefs.Another provision says that people will be required to use restrooms and locker rooms appropriate to their gender presentation regardless of their assigned sex at birth.In a press release, Evans wrote, “The ability of every person in society to be judged based upon their skill, accomplishments, and talents, and not because of some immutable characteristics, is a result we should encourage.”The Assembly will take public comments on the ordinances on September 15. Previous attempts to pass a similar ordinance were vetoed by former mayor Dan Sullivan and rejected by voters.last_img read more

New trooper boss talks priorities on first day

first_imgThe Alaska State Troopers have a new boss: Longtime trooper Hans Brinke is now Col. Brinke, the head of an organization he joined 26 years ago as a recruit.Listen nowBrinke said Tuesday, his first day on the new job, that he was receiving a lot of information.“Drinking from a fire hose, swallowing what I can, and trying to hope for the best,” Brinke said.Brinke has worked as a K9 cop and drug investigator, moved up the ranks to captain, and, most recently, was a detachment commander in Palmer.There are at least three things Brinke already wants troopers to focus on as an organization: The state’s opioid epidemic — along with its many public safety impacts — as well as an up-tick in traffic fatalities in Alaska, and the recruitment and retention of more troopers.Like many state agencies, the Department of Public Safety is coping with the state’s fiscal crisis.“With less troopers on the street, we do have vacancies that are out there, so we have to be more creative and stretch our resources out a little bit further,” Brinke said. “Asking the guys to do more with less is something that you’re going to hear.”In some cases, Brinke said, violent crimes like assault may need to be prioritized ahead of property crimes, such as burglary. Brinke said both types of crime can be common symptoms of opioid dealing and addiction.Brinke said getting to the root of the problem and combating illegal opioids is a top priority for the troopers.“The opioid epidemic is huge, and that’s not just the use of heroin, but it’s also prescription pills that have those narcotics in them as well, so right now, that’s at the top of my list,” Brinke said.The effort includes public partnerships with groups outside of law enforcement, as well as training troopers to treat overdoses in the field.Brinke takes over for Col. Jim Cockrell, a former Wildlife Trooper division director who has now retired from the troopers three times.last_img read more

BNP human chain demands Khaledas release

first_imgBNP forms human chain demanding Khaleda’s releaseAs part of countrywide scheduled programmes, BNP leaders and activists formed a human chain in the city on Tuesday demanding their chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release from jail, reports UNB.Several hundred BNP leaders and followers formed the human chain around 10:40am in front of National Press Club amid tight security.The leaders and activists chanted different slogans demanding the release of Khaleda Zia immediately.Huge number of law enforcers cordoned off the protesters to fend off any trouble.BNP’s districts, city units are also scheduled to observe the programmes at their convenient time and places.Earlier on Sunday, the party announced two-day countrywide fresh programmes, including formation of human chain in the capital.After the jailing of Khaleda, the party observed different peaceful programmes, including leaflet distribution, countrywide demonstration, human chain formation, sit-in, token hunger strike, protest procession in five phases, demanding her release.On 8 February, BNP chief Khaleda Zia was sent to jail after a special court sentenced her to five years’ rigorous imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.last_img read more

New Report Highlights Five Reasons Why Radiology Needs Artificial Intelligence

first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more 3.       Better diagnostic accuracyThe report noted that use of artificial intelligence in radiology can help:Reduce human errorExpedite early interventionsAccurately track the growth of lesions and tumors over timeOffer more quantitative and objective diagnosisProvide an automated second opinion News | Artificial Intelligence | December 19, 2016 New Report Highlights Five Reasons Why Radiology Needs Artificial Intelligence While need for more precise diagnoses and radiologist assistance will drive increased use, numerous barriers to widespread adoption remain 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 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 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Related Content The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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 2.       Enhanced productivityUse of artificial intelligence can help enhance radiologist productivity in several ways, including:Providing smart alerts to regions of interest in an imageAutomatic image annotation and quantificationFaster access to patient information held in electronic health records (EHRs) and other systemsCompare readings with images, diagnoses and outcomes of similar casesCreate draft reports for radiologists 4.       Lower rates of misdiagnosisAccording to data cited in the report, the average error rate for radiologists for unselected cases is 4 percent, and the average retrospective error rate of radiologists is 30 percent. Signify Research noted that machine learning algorithms can alert radiologists to disease indicators. Cognitive computing can also mine patient records and medical literature to provide radiologists with relevant information and to compare new cases with existing ones. December 19, 2016 — A recent report from market research firm Signify Research presents five reasons why artificial intelligence will increasingly be used in radiology in the coming years. The report concludes with a list of the barriers that will first need to be overcome before mainstream adoption of artificial intelligence will occur.Artificial intelligence, such as neural networks, deep learning and predictive analytics, has the potential to transform radiology according to Signify Research, by enhancing the productivity of radiologists and helping them to make better diagnoses.The reasons presented for the expected continued growth of artificial intelligence are:1.       Global shortage of radiologistsAccording to the report, in most countries there is an insufficient number of radiologists to meet the ever-increasing demand for imaging and diagnostic services. Signify Research expects the situation to continue getting worse, as imaging volumes are increasing at a faster rate than new radiologists are entering the field. News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  5.       Improved patient outcomesWhile all of these factors support increased use of artificial intelligence, several barriers to widespread adoption still remain, according to Signify Research. These include:More clinical evidence is needed regarding the performance of machine learning algorithms in radiology applications;Resistance from some radiologists who see cognitive computing as a threat;High level of skepticism regarding existing (not machine learning-based) computer-aided detection solutions (e.g., CAD for mammography) due to alert fatigue;The “black box” nature of machine learning algorithms can undermine radiologists’ confidence in the results;Regulatory bodies (i.e., the U.S. Food and Drug Administration) have taken a cautious approach to approving solutions that use machine learning techniques;Most of the current solutions are for specific use cases, e.g., detection of lung nodules in chest computed tomography (CT) scans. But radiologists typically require a comprehensive tool kit with a suite of algorithms capable of detecting a wide range of conditions across multiple modalities;Potential for legal complications; andMachine learning algorithms for detection will gain acceptance in the coming years; however, it will likely be at least five years, according to the agency (and possibly many more) before computer-aided diagnosis becomes mainstream.The report can be downloaded for free here.For more information: www.signifyresearch.net FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read morelast_img read more

iSchemaView Launches RAPID Angio

first_img News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more March 1, 2019 — iSchemaView announced the release of RAPID Angio, a complete neuroimaging solution for the angiography suite that integrates iSchemaView’s RAPID software with syngo DynaCT Multiphase from Siemens Healthineers. The syngo DynaCT Multiphase is a three-dimensional image acquisition technique employing multiple rotations of a C-arm system to acquire a multi-phasic 3-D representation of the brain and its perfusion. This technology, when combined with the RAPID platform’s CTP product, delivers a powerful imaging solution to the angio suite for acute stroke patients.The RAPID Angio module, by combining the syngo DynaCT system with the RAPID platform, allows for the direct evaluation of acute stroke patients in the angiography procedure room, saving precious time. The RAPID platform automatically provides clear, easy-to-interpret computed tomography (CT) perfusion maps that readily identify brain regions with reduced cerebral blood flow and blood volume as well as delayed contrast arrival. It is the only neuroimaging platform that is U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared for a thrombectomy indication. In addition to identifying irreversibly damaged brain tissue and salvageable areas, the CTP module includes hypoperfusion intensity ratio (HIR) and cerebral blood volume (CBV) indices for the assessment of collateral blood flow and the rate of infarct growth, as well as a “golden hour” index for ultra-early patients. RAPID CTP helps physicians with patient triage and clinical decision making.“RAPID directly in the angio suite will help our specialists treat the right patients even faster,” said Prof. Jian Ming Liu, director of Neurosurgery Center, Changhai Hospital, China. “Having the most advanced RAPID technology available in both the radiology department and the operating theater provides the best options for our doctors and patients.”RAPID Angio runs on the RAPID artificial intelligence (AI) framework. Developed by leading stroke experts, the RAPID AI framework combines deep learning, machine learning and expert feature extraction. Together these provide high sensitivity and specificity across stroke modules. Results are then delivered by the RAPID Intelligence Services Platform via picture archiving and communication system (PACS), email, text, the RAPID App or corporate partner workflow systems.For more information: www.i-rapid.com, www.usa.healthcare.siemens.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content 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. News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. Cury, M.D., FSCCT, will… read more Technology | Angiography | March 01, 2019 iSchemaView Launches RAPID Angio iSchemaView partners with Siemens Healthineers to integrate the RAPID platform with syngo DynaCT to deliver a complete stroke imaging solution for the angio suite 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 News | Cardio-oncology | July 29, 2019 Statins Reduce Stroke, Cardiovascular Risk in Cancer Patients Following Radiation Cancer patients taking cholesterol-lowering statin medication following radiation therapy of the chest, neck or head… read more Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical Schoolcenter_img News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… 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 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 Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read morelast_img read more

Reaching Out in California

first_imgReaching Out in California November 13, 2018 577 Views California is in the middle of the deadliest wildfires in the state’s modern history. On Monday, officials at Butte County said they discovered remains of 13 more people in the town of Paradise in northern California, bringing the death toll to 42.Homes constitute a major part of more than the 7,600 structures that have been destroyed. The fire, in fact, has destroyed 6,453 homes in Paradise alone and forced over 250,000 residents to flee from their homes.According to an analysis by CoreLogic, 48,390 homes with a total reconstruction cost value of approximately $18 billion are at high or extreme risk of wildfire damage from the Camp and Woolsey fires in Northern and Southern California.The analysis indicated that not all the ZIP codes were within the burn perimeters on account of the unpredictable nature of the wildfires. Not all structures within a fire perimeter will suffer damage or be destroyed by the fire, the analysis noted. Analyzing the wildfire risk and reconstruction values, CoreLogic found that the number of homes at high and extreme risk stood at 31,394 in Camp Fires and 16, 996 in Woolsey Fires.As part of FEMA’s federal aid program, assistance is being extended for affected individuals and households including:Rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable. Initial assistance may be provided for up to three months for homeowners and at least one month for renters and may be extended if requested after the initial period based on a review of individual applicant requirements.Grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance to make damaged dwellings safe, sanitary and functionalLoans available up to $200,000 for primary residence; $40,000 for personal property, including renter losses. Loans available up to $2 million for business property losses not fully compensated by insurance.In these times, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are reminding those impacted by the wildfires of the options available for mortgage assistance. Homeowners impacted by the wildfires are eligible to stop making mortgage payments for up to 12 months, during which time they will not incur late fees or have delinquencies reported to credit bureaus.Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have authorized servicers to suspend or reduce homeowner’s mortgage payments immediately for up to 90 days if they have been affected by a disaster. Payment forbearance of up to 12 months is available in many circumstances. Foreclosures and other legal proceedings are also to be suspended.“Our thoughts are with the families and communities affected by these devastating California wildfires,” said Carlos Perez, SVP and Chief Credit Officer at Fannie Mae. “Fannie Mae and our lending and servicing partners are focused on ensuring mortgage assistance is available during this challenging time. It is important for those in the area to focus on their safety, first and foremost, and we encourage homeowners impacted by the fires to contact their mortgage servicer for assistance as soon as possible.”“Once safely out of harm’s way, we strongly encourage homeowners whose homes or places of employment have been impacted by these dangerous fires to call their mortgage servicer—the company to which borrowers send their monthly mortgage payments—to learn about available relief options. We stand ready to ensure that mortgage relief is made available,” said Yvette Gilmore, Freddie Mac’s VP of Single-Family Servicer Performance Management. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newscenter_img california Camp Fires Carlos Perez Fannie Mae FEMA Freddie Mac wildfires Woolsey Fires Yvette Gilmore 2018-11-13 Donna Joseph Sharelast_img read more

How the Fed Can Impact Homebuying

first_imgWith financial situations threatening to worsen in the coming year, economic growth is projected to slow to 2.2 percent in 2019, down from the previous year’s 3.1 percent growth, according to Fannie Mae Economic and Strategic Research Group’s January 2019 Economic and Housing Outlook. Fannie Mae notes that despite the boost in 2018, household income is expected to wane this year, but the labor market is expected to remain solid.According to Fannie Mae, the housing market should remain relatively stable as interest rates are expected to change very little in 2019, giving potential homebuyers new opportunities following 2018’s “erratic interest rate movement”.Fannie Mae notes that the Fed’s plan for the year remains central to the forecast, and with tightening financial conditions and muted inflationary pressure, only one interest rate hike expected for the year.“Economic growth in 2018 will likely turn out to be the strongest of the current expansion, and inflation remained anchored even as the unemployment rate dipped to multi-decade lows. However, home sales experienced a setback, partly attributable to the most aggressive pace of monetary tightening of the expansion,” said Doug Duncan, Chief Economist at Fannie Mae.“This year, the expansion is likely to become the longest on record, but the path to continued growth faces a number of downside risks with fewer upside risks,” Duncan said. “With fading impacts of fiscal policy and tight financial conditions around the globe, we’re seeing moderating economic growth in the next couple of years. The Fed’s continued efforts to unwind expansionary monetary policies implemented during the recession have the potential to add to the headwinds facing the economy. However, we believe that contained price pressures should afford the Fed sufficient latitude to slow or pause rate hikes this year. This will allow the economy to continue growing, albeit at a slower pace, and housing to regain its footing.” How the Fed Can Impact Homebuying January 22, 2019 881 Views Fannie Mae Federal Reserve Interest rates Mortgage Rates 2019-01-22 Seth Welborncenter_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Government, News, Originationlast_img read more

Arizona Cardinals guard Jonathan Cooper left and

first_imgArizona Cardinals guard Jonathan Cooper, left, and offensive tackle D.J. Humphries clean out their lockers, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. The Cardinals lost to the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship football game to end their season. (AP Photo/Matt York) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   But that doesn’t mean one can hastily label Humphries a “bust.” In fact, his head coach, Bruce Arians, saw tremendous growth from the former Florida Gator.“D.J. has really improved,” Arians told Bickley and Marotta Monday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “I would never tell him, but I would have played D.J. without hesitation in the second half of the season.”When asked if Humphries might be a starter at right tackle in 2016, Arians was direct.“I would anticipate that.”Humphries found himself hanging out near Arians’ doghouse during OTAs last spring. The coach nicknamed him “Knee Deep” — as in how far his foot needed to be up the rookie’s backside in hopes of motivating him.Arians’ comments Monday indicate that’s no longer Humphries’ moniker.“He’s gotten better and better and he’s so young and athletic,” he said. “If he just gets in that weight room like I know he will, he’ll be fine.”Arians isn’t the only one that has noticed Humphries stepping up.“He’s come a long way, he’s definitely come a long way,” teammate Jonathan Cooper said. “He always works hard, but understanding the aspect of being able to give more, and give effort and showing a the passion and love for the game. That’s where he’s made the most strides.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Your browser does not support the audio element. LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Cardinals head coach Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Last April, the Arizona Cardinals selected offensive tackle D.J. Humphries with the 24th pick of the NFL Draft.Many haven’t thought of Humphries since that day.Humphries was one of four first-round picks not to sniff the field on an NFL Sunday in 2015, joining Jacksonville OLB Dante Fowler, Chicago WR Kevin White and Baltimore WR Breshad Perriman, who all missed the season with injury issues. Humphries was healthy, but was designated as ‘inactive’ for all 18 Cardinals contests including the playoffs. Toiling away at practice every day for months without seeing the field on Sunday has to be hard for any player, but Humphries took in the whole experience.“Bittersweet, man,” he said. “I got to be a part of a great thing and learn a lot of great things from a lot of people, but I had to swallow a pill that I wasn’t used to having to swallow — my pride. Learning that I wasn’t ready, I had to sit out and learn for awhile.”Since he left Florida after his junior season, 2015 was basically a senior redshirt season for Humphries, used to learn the rigors of the NFL and the importance of preparation. It has led to an increased hunger for playing time. He figures to be in the mix for playing time at right tackle, although the exact position isn’t important to him.“I’m competing at any spot on the offensive line, I’m just trying to get on the grass,” he said. “I don’t care if it’s tight end, I don’t really care, I’m just trying to get on the grass. Whatever I’ve got to do to help this team next year, that’s what I’m trying to do.”Humphries explained that he’s had all his practice footage kept on an iPad, dating all the way back to training camp, and even he is pleased with the progress. “It’s light years (different),” he said. “Just the little stuff, from how fast I’m moving my hands to how I’m jogging to the line and stuff.”Bobby Massie, who started the last 14 games at right tackle following a two-game suspension, is an unrestricted free agent. Most experts don’t expect him back in 2016, which could open the door for Humphries, who appears ready for the challenge.“It just took me a little longer than most, I guess I could say. It’s starting to click for me.” – / 15last_img read more

Trent Murphy LB Ankle — Full — —

first_imgTrent MurphyLBAnkle—Full—— John BrownWRIllnessDNPLimitedLimitedQuestionable Anthony Lanier IIDEShinDNPDNPDNPOut Justin BethelCBFoot/kneeDNPLimitedLimited— Larry FitzgeraldWRNot Injury RelatedDNPFullFull— Daily Practice Designations:DNP-Did Not ParticipateLimited-Limited Participation (Less than 100% of normal repetitions)Full-Full Participation (100% of normal repetitions) Carson PalmerQBNot injury relatedDNPFullFull— Patrick PetersonCBKneeDNPLimitedFull— The Arizona Cardinals (4-6-1) return home for their second-to-last home game of 2016 when they host the Washington Redskins (6-4-1) Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium.Here is the official NFL injury report for the game. Markus GoldenLBAnkleLimitedLimitedFull— Game Status Designations:Out-Will not playDoubtful-Unlikely to playQuestionable-Uncertain if player will play DeSean JacksonWRShoulderFullFullFull— Tharold SimonCBKneeFullFullFull— Kevin MinterLBKneeFullFullFull— The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Terence GarvinLBShoulderLimitedLimitedFullQuestionable Xavier WilliamsNTIllness—DNPFull— Nick SundbergLSBackFullFullFullQuestionable Tyrann MathieuSShoulderLimitedDNPDNPDoubtful Michael FloydWRHamstringLimitedLimitedFull— Ricky Jean FrancoisDEKneeLimitedLimitedFullQuestionable Ed StinsonDTHipFullFullFull— Jordan ReedTEShoulderDNPDNPDNPOut Brandon ScherffGAnkleLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Chris ThompsonRBIlness—LimitedFullQuestionable Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires PlayerPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayGame Status PlayerPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayGame Status Bashaud BreelandCBAnkleFullLimitedLimitedQuestionable Ty NsekheTAnkleLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Will BlackmonSThumbFullFullFull— Jermaine GreshamTEIllnessDNPFullFull— Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Corey PetersDTFootLimitedLimitedLimited— Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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