After some years of sluggishness, HTC seems to have found its stride once again this year after launching the HTC U11, U11+ and U11 Life, which have been met with largely positive reviews. Of course, there was also the HTC U Ultra early this year that was quite skippable. The company has kept its launches limited this year and is looking to do the same in 2018 as well as it plans to focus its R&D and marketing efforts on high-end and upper mid-range models.Digitime reports based on industry sources in Taiwan that HTC will have limited launches next year as it struggles to make a comeback in the industry. It will kick things off with a stripped down version of the U11+ in January. The upcoming smartphone will feature mid-range specifications inside a near bezel-less display. As 18:9 displays have become the new industry standard, one expects to see companies bring them down to mid-range and budget segments even more starting next year. From what rumours suggest, the “lite” version of the HTC U11+ is tipped to be powered by a Snapdragon 652 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The phone is also expected to keep the same 5.99-inch 18:9 display as the HTC U11+.Following this, HTC is reported to launch its next flagship smartphone and successor to the U11, the U12. As of now, there is no word on when the U12 will be unveiled, but we could see a launch sometime around May, similar to the U11 this year. The report adds that the HTC U12 will sport a 4K display, Snapdragon 845 processor, and a dual rear camera system, among other things. This keeps in line with a report last month that suggested HTC will launch five to six smartphones in 2018, with at least one of them sporting dual cameras.advertisementAlso Read: HTC to launch at least five phones next year including one with dual camerasChialin Chang, President of HTC confirmed in November that the company will be re-entering the dual-camera smartphone arena next year. “We’ll definitely be releasing a dual-camera phone next year, but we’ll need to figure out how to make this feature stand out,” he said in a media interview. It makes sense for the U12 to be the first smartphone from HTC in 2018 to come with dual cameras. The company has notably not included a dual rear camera setup in any of its smartphones launched this year.
Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Topics The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Read more After she took bronze medals in the keirin and team sprint at the world championships in Colombia in February 2014, James struggled with a serious knee injury which eventually required rehab from October 2014 until February 2015. She also endured a cervical cancer scare and a shoulder injury which required keyhole surgery.Given that background, her comeback for Rio was a delicate business, so much so that she only competed in the keirin in the world championships in London that spring. Given all that had gone before, it was a triumph that she managed a brace of silver medals in Rio, with a characteristic late surge in the keirin to finish close behind Elis Ligtlee of Holland, before going down 2-0 in the sprint final to Vogel.Those three days of racing promised much for Tokyo but there is further context that helps explain James’s decision to leave early. Along with her continual fights against injury and illness, James – who is in a long-term relationship with the Wales rugby player George North – has been affected by a serious cycling accident involving her mother. That background points to what seems like a level-headed decision by a rare breed: an athlete of exceptional talent able to put her sport into personal and familial perspective. Share on Twitter Share via Email news In a major blow for Great Britain’s women’s sprint medal hopes at the Tokyo Olympics, the country’s leading sprinter Becky James, a double silver medallist in Rio and former double world champion at the sprint and keirin, announced her retirement on Thursday at only 25 years of age. A year out from the Commonwealth Games, her absence will also be strongly felt by the whole of Welsh sport.James had taken an extended break after the Rio Games last year to decide her future. The Guardian understands her decision was based around the fact she has had to make multiple comebacks from illness and injury during her career, and that she felt there were no guarantees a further push for Olympic glory would be met with success. Stephen Wooldridge, Australian Olympic cycling champion, dies aged 39 Share on WhatsApp “I have given cycling 100% and know how much commitment it takes to make it to the highest level in elite sport,” James said in a statement. “The pressure of competing at the top can be mentally and physically draining but the rewards have been incredible and I have absolutely no regrets. I now want to enjoy my life without the strict training regime, while at the same time continuing to lead a healthy lifestyle both in body and mind.”James also announced she plans to pursue her passion for baking as a business, and that she intends to remain in cycling as a member of the Abergavenny Road Club.Having started racing seriously as an under-16 in 2007 – when she won the junior women’s national championship at 500m – James can reflect on a career which has lasted for a decade, putting another perspective on her decision to hang up her wheels with, most probably, her best years yet to come. Given that she was very much a protege of the former technical director Shane Sutton, who quit in controversial circumstances in April 2016, her retirement has to be seen as part of the turmoil that has followed his departure.In an era when cyclists begin taking their sport seriously at an ever-younger age, she is not the only Team GB member to quit in her twenties. In March this year, the team pursuit mainstay Joanna Rowsell Shand announced her retirement, while the omnium and team pursuit star Laura Kenny is currently on an extended break to have her first child.James’s retirement will leave a void in British women’s sprinting, with the Rio bronze medallist Katy Marchant most likely to step into her shoes. Post Rio, the cycling squad is undergoing a wider process of transition following the crises of last year, with a new performance director in Stephen Park and uncertainty over the intentions of the multiple men’s sprint medallist Jason Kenny.Tall and rangy, with an aggressive way of crouching over her bike, James was seen at her very best on only two occasions. The first was the world championships in Minsk in 2013, where she achieved her breakthrough to win gold medals in the sprint and keirin, plus bronze in the 500m time trial and team sprint.Aged only 21, she was a model of composure and tactical mastery in the sprint final against the far more experienced Kristina Vogel of Germany, while the keirin final saw courage, as she fought the pain that had accumulated during five days of racing to snatch gold with a late surge.James had already overcome glandular fever and an appendectomy to make it to her best in Minsk – and had to deal with the disappointment of being overlooked for the London Olympics in 2012 – but the health issues that probably impacted the most on her decision to retire came in 2014 and 2015. Team GB Cycling Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)One of the best quarterbacks in college football has decided to skip his team’s bowl game in order to get ready for the NFL Draft. West Virginia quarterback Will Grier, who turned in one of the most impressive seasons this year, is headed to the NFL and doesn’t want to risk injury.The Mountaineers star addressed his decision.“Since arriving in Morgantown, Jeanne and I have been welcomed into the Mountaineer Family and we, along with Eloise, have been so blessed by the support and love of so many. I hope that, in return, you know that I have given my all and worked hard each and every day to help our football program and University.“While we did not win every time we took the field, and I shoulder that responsibility, I can assure you that we tried. After discussions with Jeanne and my family, and after receiving professional input, I have decided not to participate in our upcoming bowl game and focus on preparing myself and my family for what I hope is the next step in our journey. I want to thank Coach Holgorsen, Coach Spavital and all of our coaches for believing in me and, most importantly, to my teammates, who are now lifelong friends who taught me the true meaning of TEAM.“It has been an honor to wear the WVU uniform, and I sincerely thank all of Mountaineer Nation for allowing my family and I to be a part of something so special. Country roads, take me home…”Grier finished the season with 3,864 yards and 37 touchdowns – plus another three on the ground. He figures to be one of the first quarterbacks off the board in the 2019 NFL draft.It’s an interesting decision from Grier, though this seems to be the new normal.[WVU Sports]
zoom Japan’s shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) has signed a long-term time charter contract for a new 164,700m3 Moss type LNG carrier with domestic utility company Chubu Electric Power Co.“K” Line said that it has also executed a separate shipbuilding contract with Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) for the vessel.Chubu Electric is involved in the construction as well as the operation of Freeport LNG in Freeport, Texas.The freshly ordered LNG carrier is intended to engage in the transport of LNG from the project located in State of Texas in the United States, the company added.“K” Line already executed a long-term time charter contract for a vessel having identical specifications with Chubu Electric in April 2013.The second vessel is planned for delivery by the end of 2016.
zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Port of Corpus Christi Houston-based pipeline and terminal operator Buckeye Partners has set up a joint venture with Phillips 66 Partners and Andeavor to develop a new deep-water, open access marine terminal in Ingleside, Texas. The South Texas Gateway Terminal will be constructed on a 212-acre waterfront parcel at the mouth of Corpus Christi Bay and is aimed to serve as the primary outlet for crude oil and condensate volumes delivered off of the planned Gray Oak pipeline from the Permian Basin.The terminal, to be constructed and operated by Buckeye, will offer 3.4 million barrels of crude oil storage capacity and two deep-water vessel docks capable of berthing very large crude carriers (VLCC).The facility can be expanded to include over 10 million barrels of storage capacity as well as multiple additional docks and other inbound pipeline connections, the company said.As informed, the initial construction of the terminal is supported by long-term minimum volume throughput commitments from Phillips 66 and Andeavor, and the terminal is scheduled to commence initial operations by the end of 2019.Buckeye will own a 50 pct interest in the JV, while Phillips 66 Partners and Andeavor will each own a 25 pct interest.“The South Texas Gateway Terminal will serve as a premier open-access deep-water marine terminal in the Port of Corpus Christi,” said Khalid Muslih, Executive Vice President of Buckeye and President of Buckeye’s Global Marine Terminals business unit.“This project expands our presence in the important Corpus Christi market, which we believe offers strong competitive advantages for waterborne shipments of crude oil and other petroleum products from the fast-growing Permian and Eagle Ford shale plays. Recently announced improvements to our existing flagship Buckeye Texas Partners terminal, which sits along the ship channel in the Port of Corpus Christi, have expanded its leading marine terminalling capabilities.”
Kolkata: In a bid to provide comfortable journey to the passengers, the South Eastern Railway (SER) has decided to convert two rakes of Kriyayoga Express with most sophisticated and modern LHB (Linke Hofmann Busch) coaches replacing the existing conventional coaches.”We have taken this initiative to ensure comfortable journey to the passengers. This apart, there will be an increase of 120 reserved capacity in each trip,” said Bidhan Chandra, public relations officer, SER. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaLHB coaches are the passenger coaches of Indian Railways. It is mostly produced by Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala, India. These coaches are designed for an operating speed up to 160 km/h and could go up to 200 km/h. Kriyayoga Express is an Express train belonging to South Eastern Railway zone. It runs between Howrah Junction and Hatia. It consists of 22 coaches having revised composition of First AC-1, AC 2 Tier-2, AC 3 Tier-4, Sleeper Class-11, General Second Class-2. Meanwhile, the second foot over bridge at Santragachi railway station will see its inauguration before Puja this year. “The new foot over bridge will be Puja gift to the passengers,” said Chandra.
The airline industry’s U.S. trade group is predicting another record for summer travel.Airlines for America forecast Tuesday that 257.4 million people will fly on U.S. carriers between June 1 and Aug. 31.That’s a 3.4% increase over last summer, and it works out to about 2.8 million travellers a day.The trade group says airlines are adding 111,000 seats per day, more than the predicted 93,000 increase in daily passengers.According to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the average inflation-adjusted price for a domestic ticket has dropped for four straight years to the lowest level since the agency began tracking the fare prices in 1995. But those numbers don’t include all the extra fees that airlines now charge.The Associated Press
Dean Millar, Director of Energy, Renewables and Carbon Management Research at MIRARCO – Mining Innovation in Sudbury, Canada, thinks there’s an application for draping thin film amorphous silicon photovoltaic sheets over tailings ponds and other water bodies. A proof-of-concept floating photovoltaic system is already installed in a pond at the Vale Living with Lakes Centre in Sudbury and a funding proposal is in the works for several more ambitious demonstrations of the technology.Millar, who served as Program Director, Renewable Energy and Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter’s Camborne School of Mines in the UK prior to joining MIRARCO in 2010, is applying to the Canada- Israel Energy Science and Technology Fund to deploy floating photovoltaic systems in tailings ponds, fish farms and other industrial water bodies in the two countries.Floating photovoltaic systems are less expensive than land-based solar power deployments, according to Millar.“You can buy thin film amorphous silicon photovoltaic material for under $1/watt. The inverters that convert DC electricity to AC are around $0.25/watt and the frame on which land-based panels are mounted are $1.50/watt, so the frame is more expensive than the panels.”Then there’s the engineering cost to approve a structure on a roof. That’s another $2.50/watt, “so the fundamental price of the power conversion technology has plummeted” and it’s all these other things that are driving up the cost, said Millar.“With floating photovoltaics, there’s no frame, and I don’t need a structural engineer. I can roll it out. That’s a saving of $4 right there.”The thin film product is also more efficient because of the cooling effect of the water, claims Millar. Photovoltaic panels mounted on land or on the roof of a building get as hot as 50 to 60oC, and as the temperature rises, the conversion efficiency of the panels falls.Floating photovoltaic sheets, by contrast, are water cooled and have an infinite heat sink backing them up. In Canada, Millar wants to demonstrate floating photovoltaics on an oil sands tailings facility in Alberta or on a Vale tailings pond in Sudbury. In both cases, there are advantages over and above the value of the electricity produced.In Alberta, where Syncrude Canada paid a C$3 million penalty for contributing to the death of 1,600 ducks in 2008, a covering over a tailings pond could provide a barrier to birds.In Sudbury, a floating photovoltaic cover would result in a “de-coupling of wind input across the water surface,” reducing turbulence and accelerating the settling of suspended solids. Extended up the embankments of a tailings pond, a cover would also contain dust.Millar is proposing two potential locations for demonstration projects in Israel, one is an Israel Chemicals Ltd mining operation immediately south of the Dead Sea, where potash, bromine, magnesium and chlorine are extracted from extensive lagoon impoundments. In Israel, where water is much less abundant, a cover over lagoon impoundments offers the added advantage of reducing evaporation.With demonstration projects in both countries, Millar hopes to verify “the costs and benefits of the systems in locations of varying solar resources and varying, potentially hostile water body chemistries.”“Floating photovoltaics are more competitive economically than offshore wind, which is considered to be the leading renewable energy technology today,” he claims.
It’s been pointed out before that royalties paid to artists by Pandora are low. You might even say really low. If you’ve ever wondered exactly how low, musician and songwriter David Lowery has posted his most recent BMI royalty statement to show you. Yeah, Pandora is not a huge source of income. Lowery only pulled in $16.89 for over 1 million plays. He points out he would make more from selling a t-shirt.This is just the “final” number, though. There are plenty of factors that go into this rather depressing figure. First, Lowery only gets 40% of the royalties, with the rest of the band getting the remaining 60%. So the total amount paid to the band for writing the song is $42.25 for over 1 million plays.This sounds grim, and it is at least a little. You also need to figure in that Lowery’s record company is taking a much larger cut of the revenue before it gets to the artists. Then take into account this is just the songwriting royalty. Artists are also paid a separate performance royalty, which Lowery concedes is higher, but “still quite lame.”Lowery also shares the amounts he received from other forms of media. For 116,000 Spotify plays he got $12.05, and for 152,000 YouTube plays he was paid $1.95. Sirius XM was a little higher, paying out $181. Terrestrial radio is still king, though, working out to $1,522 for 20,000-30,000 plays.The money is split a lot of different ways, but there wasn’t that much to begin with. Online radio services like Pandora pay less than traditional means of broadcast. It runs fewer commercials, and doesn’t have mandatory subscriptions.So why not just run more commercials, and pay higher royalties instead of lobbying for lower payments? Pandora contends running 15 minutes of commercials every hour like radio would drive people away. It is competing with an internet full of torrents, which pay no royalties, obviously. Artists are going to have to decide if Pandora is a way to make money, or a promotional tool. It might not be both, judging from the numbers.
The Greek Orthodox Community of Box Hill and Districts has received a $600,000 grant from the Victorian Government to construct a new community centre for members, and the greater community of Box Hill. The grant was issued as part of the governments 2012-13 Major Capital Infrastructure grant under the category of the Cultural Precincts and Community Infrastructure Fund and will aid in the $3.3 million development of the Box Hill Cultural and Community Centre (BHCCC). The BHCCC will be built at 84-86 Carrington Road, Box Hill and will include a preschool facility, a multi-purpose hall, a senior citizens hall, four new classrooms, upgraded kitchen facilities and 19 underground parking spaces. George Kapnias, Secretary of Greek Orthodox Community of Box Hill and Districts, said the community undertook a master plan in 2011, to determine the requirement of the community members, and their sub-committess and axillaries, for the next 10-15 years. Through this, they discovered the need for a new facility to incorporate their needs and commissioned architect Mr Peter Darmos to create a schematic design of the facility. Mr Kapnias told Neos Kosmos that the community researched available grants and through the support of local MP Mr Robert Clark, and Federal Member for Chisolm Ms Anna Burke, set about creating their submission to the government. He said the document, which exceeded 200 pages, detailed the history of the community, what they have done in a philanthropic sense, what their ongoing requirements were and what they are based on, and the architectural design of the facility. From this, the community were short listed, and on January 3 received the good news that their submission was approved. Mr Kapnias said the submission was received favourably by a mission statement of the community to open up to the broader community of Box Hill and other ethnic groups. “I think that was one of the reasons our grant was perceived so favourably … that this wasn’t about keeping the one acre of land that we own in the heart of Box Hill exclusive to the Greek precinct, but rather opening it up to be available to the broader public and other community groups,” he explains. An example of this is with the four classrooms that will be created in the new centre. They will be used one night a week by the community to provide Greek language classes, but are available every other day for use by the broader community. Also the preschool will be available to all members of the Box Hill community, not just those with a Greek Orthodox background. “We were quite adamant that should happen and we look forward to being able to invite the rest of Box Hill.” Established in 1968, the Greek Orthodox Community of Box Hill and Districts is one of the longest running Greek Orthodox communities in the Eastern suburbs. Mr Kapnias said that through good financial management, the community “is in a position where it does not owe a cent, it has an asset portfolio conservatively valued at $15 million and has investments that produce passive income. “As a result of this, the community is in a position to complete the time frame for the project by the end of the year, and begin building the centre in 2014 with a completion date of end of 2014.” He says they are going to introduce computer classes for the elderly citizens group and Greek language classes for adults. “The number of programs we are able to run at this facility will be extensive,” he concludes. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Load your car with winter travel gear like; tire chains, ice scraper/snowbrush, jumper cables, and road flares. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享With temperatures and roadways remaining unpredictable, Alaskan travelers are urged to prepare a simple winter safety kit for road trips. If you must travel during winter weather, preparing your car in advance, and knowing the forecast are key ways to help you drive more safely. Peters: “You should always have emergency provision in your vehicle, food, water, extra winter gear, I mean in the winter time when the temperatures plummet getting stuck on the side of the road is a potential life or death situation.” A basic winter survival kit in your vehicle should include; flashlight, batteries, blanket, snacks, water, gloves, boots, and first-aid kit. Megan Peters with the Alaska State Troopers says when the weather is bad, a simple situation can escalate quickly.
Share Gabriel Cristóver Pérez/KUTVoters line up outside of The University Co-op across from the University of Texas at Austin.Texas’ voter ID law – redrafted after court findings that the original statute intentionally discriminated against voters of color, has been upheld by a three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.Alexa Ura has been covering the story for the Texas Tribune. She says the appeals court reversed the lower court’s ruling that fixes Texas had made to its voter ID law were not enough to eliminate the original law’s discriminatory aspects.“The Fifth Circuit on Friday said that [the lower court] judge had abused their discretion in blocking the entire SB 5 legislation,” Ura says. “And so now, practically it doesn’t have a huge effect because a three-judge panel had already ruled that the state could use those rules for this year’s election cycle.”Ura says the ruling allows SB 5, the revised voter ID law passed by the legislature in 2017, to remain in effect permanently.Lawyers for plaintiffs in the suit point out that the appeals court panel didn’t overturn earlier findings that the original 2011 voter ID law discriminated against minority voters. The lawyers haven’t indicated whether they will appeal the ruling, either to the 5th Circuit panel, or to the U.S. Supreme Court.Ura says the revisions to the 2011 law in SB 5 made it easier for voters to get ID, and allowed voters to sign a “reasonable Impediment” document, explaining why they are unable to obtain an ID. Advocates for less restrictive voter ID laws point out that fraudulently signing a reasonable impediment form could open a voter to criminal charges.“There are concerns that voting under the threat of jail could still have a chilling effect on turnout among voters of color who might still be unclear about where the law stands after so much back and forth over the legality of it.”Written by Shelly Brisbin.
Advertisement Steph Curry spontaneously combusted in the 4th quarter to turn a mostly competitive Game 2 into a blowout. Many fans have pointed out that Cavs part time power forward – and full-time bouncer – Kendrick Perkins might have lit Steph’s fire when the two went nose-to-nose at the end of the third quarter. The beef arose from Perkins refusing to move his feet while Curry stumbled backwards into the Cavs bench after shooting a three.Steph and Perk exchange words after the 3rd quarter 👀 pic.twitter.com/EavuItDi1C— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) June 4, 2018 It was impossible to see exactly what was said when it happened, but another angle from last night’s broadcast appears to reveal what Steph said to Perk that pissed him off. There is no audio, but using less than novice lipreading skills you can see Curry looks Perkins – dressed in a suit – up and down before saying, “You ain’t playing tonight?”Perkins didn’t have a good comeback for this, because there isn’t one. What can you really say to the probable Finals MVP when you’re sitting on the bench in a suit? Pretty impressive Curry had a Finals record 9 threes but still found time to drop the mic.“You ain’t playing tonight?”
Guests:Chris Broussard, Arash Markazi, Charles Barkley, and Ric Bucher <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Kawhi to the Lakers would make other free agency moves irrelevantNBA free agency has already seen a host of moves that could potentially re-shape the NBa landscape, but all those gains by other teams could be rendered irrelevant if Kawhi Leonard signs with the Lakers.Leonard’s decision will dictate the power structure of the NBA for the near future, and potentially wipe out the league’s post-Warriors shift toward parity, along with a disastrous last year for L.A. Kawhi controls the league right now, much like LeBron when he left for the Heat. There’s no other way to look at it.Also:-KD and Kyrie aren’t title contenders in Brooklyn-Sky is not falling in golden State-Charles Barkley talks free agency
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals An unhealthy, dangerous or otherwise toxic workspace is known to deter workers from innovation and damage a company’s reputation. Entrepreneurs have a responsibility to ensure that working environments keep employees safe, satisfied and positive so they can remain productive and innovative on the job.With the focus on workplace health management programs, along with the emergence of AI technologies, it’s crucial to understand how these disruptive tools will affect the health — mental, social and physical — of workers across various sectors.AI is promising to change the way workplaces operate, but will it be a force for good or disrupt workplace culture in negative ways? With the expectation that AI will create a $190.6 billion market by 2025, it could be a tool used to provide healthier, more productive, and accessible work environments for all employees.From hazardous to healthyToxic work environments, whether physically or mentally toxic, can take a toll on workers’ well-being and productivity. It’s estimated that companies lose up to $300 billion annually because of absentee workers with high stress levels, according to the American Institute of Stress.Surveys and workplace trends have pointed to the fact that emerging technologies, like AI, can play a significant role over the next several years and beyond. For example, they can effectively adopt meditative practices into the workplace, employee support, and improvements to communication to name a few. Strategic health-focused strategies can align employees’ well-being and the company’s mission, vision, and core values.Companies are beginning to implement more health initiatives to retain employees and revenue. Surveys and research including a 2017 study from the American Psychological Association Center found that 61 percent of working Americans experience chronic work-related stress.Related: This Is How to Get Started With AI When the Only Thing You Know Is the AcronymWell-being technology in the workplaceAlready, well-being technology is upending the way workplaces run. A series of workplace innovations are integrated with workforce monitoring, trackers, digital platforms, and occupational health and safety technologies. Cloud platforms integrate an organization’s wellness programming into the company’s digital infrastructure, all while capturing data that engages with employees across the business, and actively communicating information with them. Platforms, trackers and workforce monitoring tools are interconnected via wearable or app-based activity tracking devices and, with the help of AI, they’re about to get even better. Emotional well-being technology is also on the rise in workplaces. Apps like Ginger.io provide emotional counseling with the help of AI pattern recognition platforms.These device capture employee information through employee input or an automated tracker, but some e-health companies now offer metrics and action plans on combined outputs with real-time advice and guidance through big data and machine learning. Companies like Glint use AI and natural language processing to capture and analyze qualitative data from various sources.According to a report on The Future of Technology in Workplace Wellbeing from Uprise founder Dr. Jay Spence, early evidence suggests that tech is acceptable and positively affects outcomes in the workplace.However, companies still have a long way to go to make technology an enabler of office health. A recent Colliers study has found that only 26 percent of companies subsidize the cost of fitness-tracking tools to support employee health and fitness such as Fitbit trackers, but this number is expected to increase significantly by 2020.In other areas, for example, AI-enabled wearable tools imbued with machine learning algorithms and natural language processing can help identify workers who struggle with productivity or happiness in the office with the following approaches:Cognitive insightsAI metrics can also identify patterns, referred to as cognitive insights. They can accurately process large troves of highly detailed employee data, while improving upon their predictive analytics for work behaviors and patterns as time goes on. Types of machine learning, deep learning specifically, can attempt to mimic human brain activity to recognize these patterns, even identifying images and speech. It configures higher probable matches in behavior amongst data associated with the same person or company, even if it’s in different formats.For example, GE has utilized this tool to incorporate supplier data, saving $80 million with the elimination of redundancies and negotiating contracts as part of an employee business task. Overall, cognitive insights can target its insights for job performance when paired with wellness technology to identify behavior speech patterns and modes or working that are either unhealthy or dangerous to others.Related: Think Twice About a Company When You Keep Hearing These 4 AI BuzzwordsCognitive engagements The Harvard Business Review also reports that companies surveyed in their study report using cognitive engagements to interact with employees even more so than with customers. Cognitive engagement provides employees with:Intelligent agents that can answer questions and provide support in an employee’s natural languageInternal sites for answering employee questions on topics including IT, employee benefits, and HR policyPersonalized and engaging communications between higher-ups and other employeesHealth treatment recommendation systems that allow companies to create customized care plans that considers the patients’ health status of workers and their previous treatments (which still remain confidential to the employer)Workplace relationshipsIn terms of HR and employee relationships, AI can help provide smoother insights to create cohesive and innovative team dynamics. HR pros and CEOs, for instance, can use Etch, an AI-led contact manager that provides insights to identify the progress, roles, and projects for each employee through a data-filtered system. A unified database can be searched and filtered to offer intelligent information on an entrepreneur’s contacts and employees.AI can also track and assess how well team members collaborate with each other. Humanyze, a startup, provides smart ID badges that track employees throughout the office, reporting data to employers on how well employees interact and collaborate during the day. Overall, AI can help increase the predictive power used in team collaboration and innovation. Although this may sound a bit intrusive, employers have been monitoring employees habits on their work computers since computers became popular. Besides, employees often passively consent to workplace surveillance when they sign their contracts.With AI insights, employees and HR can build more trusting and smoother relationships that allow for improved transparency and innovation in the workplace, offering a healthier work culture.Related: What Is AI, Anyway? Know Your Stuff With This Go-To Guide.Office designIn addition to workplace relationships and wearable tech, AI can also help improve physical and mental health through office design. Buildings that take advantage of AI provide an opportunity to personalize and create spaces that feel open and limitless for better productivity, transparency and safety.For example, research finds that the human mind’s need to connect to nature increases productivity by 15 percent. But how does AI help? AI can assess mood through personalized, input data or emotional well-being technology to determine if employees should need physical or environmental stimuli. Automated sensors systems built into offices could adjust the natural lighting of the building throughout the day.AI can even remember to water plants. Autonomous internal watering systems like the Arudino Powered Watering System can give offices control over keeping their sustainable environments. And since the biophilic craze has become part of modern office design, Gensler’s Office Workplace Productivity survey suggests that including technology like AI is an essential tool to help workers determine how they’re working in these spaces with real-time data and updates advising when they need to move into different workspaces or take a break.When it comes to safety, AI can also monitor and recognize movements and speech patterns that are considered dangerous or hazardous to employee safety. If there is an emergency, devices like Orion Lab’s Panic Bot will automatically notify teammates of emergencies or hazards. Benevolent intelligence software from the likes of One Concern can map an environment like a city or office so first responders know how to assess a natural disaster or emergency situation.A healthy employee is a happy employee and with AI’s assistance and the workplace could become a solutions-driven environment that brings together the best qualities of each worker. A study conducted by The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated found that four out of five surveyed employees think there is a significant opportunity for AI to create more engaging and empowering workspaces and experiences. While some may be unsure about AI’s place in the workplace, ultimately, it will be a tool used to reshape the way workers feel, operate, and produce quality work. AI could finally help us like work again. August 31, 2018 8 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.
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 References1. “The Fibroid Fix: What Women Need to Know.” Society of Interventional Radiology, Aug. 29, 2017. https://www.sirweb.org/globalassets/aasociety-of-interventional-radiology-home-page/patient-center/fibroid/sir_report_final.pdf2. Keen D. “Marketing your IR practice.” IR Quarterly, Fall 2017. http://connect.sirweb.org/e-irq/participate/viewirqarticle?DocumentKey=c13863f3-bf1e-471f-b77c-f0b426ac928b3. ACR’s IR C-Suite Toolkit. Society of Interventional Radiology website. Accessed May 30, 2018. https://www.sirweb.org/practice-resources/toolkits/acr-clinical-practice-toolkit/ FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Educational Strategies for Interventional RadiologyAccording to Keen, there are three critical elements to any marketing strategy for interventional radiology: Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more What’s in a Name?Much of the confusion surrounding interventional radiology may come down to the term itself. If a patient, referring provider or other party is unfamiliar with the concept of interventional radiology, it can make it difficult for patients and even referring physicians to differentiate between IR and other options.“Without understanding the IR scope of services, physicians send referrals elsewhere — stunting IR volumes,” according to the Advisory Board, a global healthcare best practices firm. The Advisory Board also notes that such a misunderstanding can impact an IR clinic’s own administrators, particularly those outside the radiology department. If hospital administrators cannot grasp the value and the role of interventional radiology, they may be reluctant to pursue additional resources requested by the staff. “Programs must develop a clear message about their role and program goals to grow service offerings and capture referrals,” the Advisory Board said. Feature | Interventional Radiology | July 05, 2018 | By Jeff Zagoudis Defining the Value of Interventional Radiology Practitioners must be prepared to demonstrate their value to patients, providers and the public Diagnostic vs. Interventional Radiology: A Source of ConfusionThe term “interventional radiology” (IR) encompasses a wide array of procedures, but can be broadly defined as the minimally invasive, image-guided treatment of medical conditions that once required open surgery, according to the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR). IR as a specialty has been around since the mid-1960s, when Charles Dotter, a pioneering U.S. vascular radiologist, performed the first angioplasty on a patient who had developed gangrene and an ulcer on her foot due to a blockage in her leg. Since then, as technology and operator experience have progressed, IR techniques have expanded into cardiology, urology, women’s health and a host of other fields.The greatest benefit of interventional radiology is that it offers a less-invasive alternative to surgery for a variety of medical conditions. The Melania Trump story offers anecdotal evidence that the specialty is misunderstood and underutilized despite its benefits, and a 2017 SIR patient survey adds corroborating statistical evidence. The survey of 1,176 U.S. women aged 18 and older discovered that 44 percent of respondents had never heard of uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), a minimally invasive alternative to surgery for fibroid treatment. Further, 46 percent of women diagnosed with fibroids did not first hear about the UFE option from their OB-GYN.“Misperceptions about uterine fibroids and the treatments available often lead women to undergo invasive and potentially unnecessary surgery for their fibroids, despite more than 20 years of clinical use supporting uterine fibroid embolization,” said James Spies, M.D., MPH, FSIR, a professor of radiology at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington and an adviser for the report. “It is a disservice to women to not provide all the information needed for an informed decision,” he said.“Physicians need to ensure that women are presented every option for treatment so that patients can make the decision that is right for them,” said Suresh Vedantham, M.D., FSIR, former president of SIR and professor of radiology and surgery at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University in St. Louis. Keen added that, like the difference between the practices of interventional and diagnostic radiology, the marketing of each should be handled differently. For example, “the physician liaison who excels at promoting a diagnostic imaging center may not be the right fit to represent your interventional practice,” she wrote.For practices in need of resources to help with engagement, the SIR and the American College of Radiology (ACR) offer the IR C-Suite Toolkit online. Downloadable resources include PowerPoint presentations and videos on the clinical and economic value of interventional radiology, as well as a customizable brochure focused on defining those values to the executive level. Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more First Lady Melania Trump recently underwent an interventional radiology (IR) catheter embolization procedure in her kidneys. Also shown is an example of a kidney angiogram to highlight the renal blood vessels during an interventional procedure.On May 14, 2018, First Lady Melania Trump underwent an embolization procedure for what was called a benign kidney condition in a White House press release. The First Lady’s condition had been previously undisclosed, and the press release offered no further detail, leading to much speculation about the nature of the procedure and why it was needed. Major American news outlets from CBS to NBC to Fox News, and even entertainment outlets like People magazine, ran variations of the headline “What is an embolization?”“The press were calling urologists, cardiologists” and all other manner of medical specialists, according to Dianne Keen, director of business development and marketing for Northside Radiology Associates (NRA) in Atlanta — but very few interventional radiologists, the healthcare professionals who would actually perform such a procedure.The story cycle revealed that the specialty of interventional radiology is not widely understood among the general population, and that interventional radiologists need to be ready to make their value understood. First Lady Melania Trump recently underwent an interventional radiology (IR) catheter embolization procedure in her kidneys. Also shown is an example of a kidney angiogram to highlight the renal blood vessels during an interventional procedure. Social Media Offers New Avenues for EngagementIn a healthcare industry focused on the convergence of new technology and patient engagement, social media has proven to be a valuable promotional tool for many clinics and physicians. As with any other resource, however, the physician or practice must understand how the medium works and what their goal is with that medium.Henry Mortimer, director of the University of Baltimore’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, said that the main role of social media for healthcare practices is to generate branding and name recognition. Ways to maximize the benefits for IR practices include:• While every social media platform offers its own benefits, photo-sharing sites like Instagram and Pinterest can be appropriate avenues for visually inclined specialities like radiology and IR;• Keep postings personal and relatable for an audience of patients. While interventional radiologists may appreciate procedural or clinical images, patients would more likely react to posts about new practice hires, work anniversaries or upcoming events such as health fairs; and• Social media is extremely cost-effective from a monetary standpoint, but Mortimer cautions that the real cost is in time spent maintaining your social presence. Ideally, the practice should have a person or team dedicated to social media coordination The Society of Interventional Radiology uses its Instagram account to share photos of its activities, such as a May 9 hearing on Capitol Hill where interventional radiologists discussed the value of their specialty with a House panel. On occasion, the society allows members to “take over” the Instagram account for a short period and share photos of their city. These are just a few examples of how Mortimer’s principles can be put into action. Henry Ford Hospital’s ViewRay MRIdian linear accelerator system allows real-time MRI-guided radiotherapy. Shown is the support staff for this system. In the center of the photo is Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Second from the right is Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology. Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 14, 2019 FDA Clears NvisionVLE Imaging System for Pancreatic and Biliary Applications August 14, 2019 — NinePoint Medical Inc. announced it has received U.S. read more News | Interventional Radiology | June 19, 2019 Merit Medical Acquires Brightwater Medical Inc. Merit Medical Systems Inc. announced it has acquired Brightwater Medical Inc., based in Temecula, Calif. Brightwater… read more Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more VIDEO: How Alexa Might Help During Interventional Radiology ProceduresKevin Seals, M.D., is working on a research project using smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home to create a new method for accessing information on device technologies in real time in the interventional radiology (IR) lab.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:47Loaded: 3.40%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:47 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Interventional Radiology | July 03, 2019 Varian Purchasing Embolic Bead Assets from Boston Scientific Varian announced it has signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire the Boston Scientific portfolio of drug-loadable… read more Videos | Interventional Radiology | June 26, 2019 VIDEO: How Alexa Might Help During Interventional Radiology Procedures Kevin Seals, M.D.,… read more 1. Have an IR physician champion — someone who is willing to put in extra hours to inform others of the value of interventional radiology. “Simply put, an IR practice will not grow without at least one interventional radiologist who both understands the value of marketing and is willing to sacrifice his or her time and energy to make the program succeed,” Keen wrote in IR Quarterly. “This is true no matter how much money you spend, what procedures your team promotes or how clinically skilled you may be.”2. Ensure your IR clinic is well-structured to handle the new influx of patients from your marketing efforts. The clinic should be a place where “you (the interventional radiologist) are seeing your patients and consults,” said Keen. “You have to become one of their doctors.”3. Have someone with marketing expertise to lead and coordinate your efforts. Northside Radiology Associates does an extensive outreach campaign throughout its territory, which encompasses three hospitals and 60 imaging clinics across the state of Georgia. Keen said much of her efforts go toward traditional media avenues like outdoor advertising and signage and radio. (Interestingly, the 2017 SIR survey bears out the efficacy of these methods — among all women 18 and older, 23 percent first learned about uterine fibroid embolization through advertising.) She also arranges speaking engagements for NRA’s 70 physicians, for everything from community events to tumor boards and continuing medical education (CME) talks. 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New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “This mission to Mars is really for the hope of the Arab world and will send them a message to say you can be better, you can improve your country,” Sheikh Mohammed, who is also the Emirates’ vice president and prime minister, told reporters after the event.Emirati scientists said they hope the probe, which will not land on the surface of the red planet, will provide a deeper understanding of the Martian atmosphere. That includes charting changes that happen over time and gathering data on how features such as volcanoes, deserts and canyons affect it.The plan is to launch the probe in the summer of 2020 — the year Dubai hosts the World Expo — on a journey of seven to nine months. Engineers expect it to remain in orbit until at least 2023.Some 75 engineers are working on the project, a number that is expected to double by 2020. The project is fully staffed by Emiratis — a rarity in a country where guest workers and other foreigners outnumber locals more than four to one.“This is an important project because of the legacy that this project leaves … to develop the science and technology sector,” deputy project manager Sarah Amiri said. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 treatments for adult scoliosis DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates’ planned 2020 mission to Mars will study the planet’s atmosphere and be appropriately named “Hope,” members of the project team revealed Wednesday.Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced initial plans for the unmanned probe last year. It is the first Mars mission attempted anywhere in the Arab world.An invitation-only event Wednesday in Dubai was a chance for officials to unveil many of the finer details. And they did it with a good dose of Gulf flair — soaring music and computer animations projected onto a movie screen in a chandelier-filled beachside palace. One of the world’s largest yachts, Dubai, was berthed outside. Comments Share Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Officials haven’t said how much it will cost.___Follow Adam Schreck on Twitter at www.twitter.com/adamschreck.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
2019 Housing Market california Millennials 2019-06-03 Mike Albanese California Housing Market Driving Millennials Back to Parents’ Doorsteps June 3, 2019 1,159 Views More millennials are moving back in with their parents in the San Francisco and San Jose, California, areas, according to a report by The Mercury News. More than a fifth of millennials (ages 23-37) lived with their parents in 2017, according to information from Zillow and U.S. Census Data.The report states that the number of millennials returning to live at home has increased 65% in San Francisco and 56% in San Jose since 2005.“Millennials are facing a double-whammy,” said Matt Regan, a housing and public policy expert for the Bay Area Council. “They are behind a couple of eight balls. They are living through one of the biggest housing crises in history while saddled with the biggest student loans in history. They are often at the bottom of the income ladder and they are getting forced out of the region or moving back to their old rooms at home.”Affordability remains in issue in the Golden State, as a report last month from Trulia found that California had four of the five priciest metros in the nation: San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles and San Diego.The report stated that San Diego, which has a median home value of $569,700 and median income of $75,110, has only 8% of its zip codes with 100% of homes considered affordable.While millennials struggle in California, the rest of the nation is reporting a sense of urgency, and priority from millennials, to get into the housing market. A survey from SunTrust last month stated that among more than 2,000 U.S. adults, nearly half of millennials (48%) who have been married say they, or their spouse, owned a home prior to marriage, compared to 35% of baby boomers (ages 55-73). “People are choosing from many different paths and reaching common life milestones at a wider age span than before, changing when they decide to purchase a home,” said Sherry Graziano, Mortgage Transformation Officer at SunTrust.SunTrust also found an increasing number of couples are entering marriage with both individuals owning a home. The survey stated that 25% of unmarried women and 21% of unmarried men said they would prefer to sell both residences and buy a new one after marriage. Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News
Precise Travel Marketing (PTM) has been appointed as the new Australia and New Zealand industry marketing representative for Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau, effective immediately.PTM will be responsible for all aspects of the national tourist office’s travel industry marketing and related trade activity in both key markets.Headed by Melbourne-based managing director Richard Skewes, PTM has vast experience in the South Pacific where it has been active since 1998 including, most recently, acting in an advisory role and involvement in marketing campaigns for several Pacific Islands’ national tourist offices and resorts.SIVB Chairman Wilson Ne’e said PTM will be heavily involved as the SIVB sharpens its focus on the strategic direction it needs to take to achieve its goals with the travel industry in both countries.IMAGE L-R: – SIVB marketing representative AU/NZ, Richard Skewes; SIVB marketing officer, Stella Lucas and SIVB chairman, Wilson Ne’e SIVBSolomon Islands
Just hours after the Arizona Cardinals announced that they had fired head coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves, names started surfacing for the job openings.At a Monday press conference, Cardinals president Michael Bidwill confirmed three candidates that will be interviewed for the head coaching position: Arizona defensive coordinator Ray Horton, Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, who was also fired Monday morning. Comments Share The news of McCoy’s interview was broken earlier in the day by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.“We’ve reached out to Mike McCoy and I’ll be speaking to him in the next several days,” Bidwill said. “I’ve also reached out and gotten permission to speak with Andy Reid, so we’ll be speaking to Coach Reid in the next few days as well.”Reid coached 14 years in Philadelphia, racking up a .583 winning percentage, guiding the Eagles to five NFC Championship games and one trip to the Super Bowl.But after the Eagles spent big money in free agency prior to the 2011 season, expectations galore were heaped on the team and they failed to respond. Philly went 12-20 over the next two seasons which led to Reid’s departure.Bidwill failed to give any other names that are being considered by the Cardinals at this point.“There will be further updates, I’m sure, as we get through the next couple days. We are dealing with the holiday and some of the other limitations such as playoffs and things along those lines,” Bidwill said. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling