(Photo above shows heavy machinery working on the Allandale Station lands when GO Transit was building a new station in Barrie, Ont.)Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsThere are few people who stand on the station platform at Allandale and know they are standing right over one of the greatest Indian burial places known in Ontario,”-Major Joseph Rogers in the Barrie Examiner newspaper, 1926 In 2014, the leading archaeology firm in Ontario began poring over historical reports on a three and a half hectare parcel of land in downtown Barrie, Ont., sitting on the shore of Kempenfelt Bay off Lake Simcoe.Rumours were beginning to spread of what happened there – mainly how the Ontario government extended its Toronto commuter GO Transit train line with a station and pedestrian underpass in 2012 through land where there was documented evidence of Indigenous burial grounds. A whistleblower approached Archaeological Services Inc. (ASI) with their concerns. ASI soon began assessing the situation by examining previous archaeological reports done on the site known as the Allandale Station lands. It didn’t take long for ASI to see the provincial regulations that were in place to protect archaeological sites, like this one, had failed over and over. It began with a 2004 report by New Directions Archaeology.They were hired by GO Transit to conduct a Stage 1 assessment.The firm, and its owner Philip Woodley, felt the land had been so disturbed after years of operating as a major rail yard, it held no archaeological importance. Woodley never made mention of the burials or that Indigenous people had occupied that site for hundreds of years before settlers came in.Woodley told GO it didn’t need to do any archaeological testing, essentially giving Ontario the green light to start construction.But this was a mistake. And it would be the first of many. Who is ultimately to blame for allowing construction to start, and finish, is another question.Documents obtained by APTN National News point the finger directly at Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS), the department charged with safeguarding archaeology sites. – Read the ASI report here.But the City of Barrie had multiple opportunities to stop the construction and didn’t, as staff knew of the documented burials and that their own archaeological consultant had told them not to dig where GO did.The cacophony of errors included reports not being shared, human bones found where other archaeologists said there were none and, as of today, the government is keeping quiet.There are laws protecting archaeological sites under the Ontario Heritage Act enforced by MTCS – destroying one without proper clearance comes with fines of up to $1 million. There’s another set of fines and possible jail sentence of two years for purposely destroying a burial ground under the province’s Cemeteries Act. To date, no one has been fined, charged or investigated as far as APTN has determined. This is the story of what happened at Allandale.Welcome to HuroniaThey believe there are two souls with a person. One goes with the person in the ground and the other one goes to the Creator,”– Ojibway archaeologist Kris NahrgangBarrie is in Simcoe County, about an hour north of Toronto.It’s also known as Huronia because of its long Indigenous history. The Huron-Wendat confederacy occupied Simcoe County for hundreds of years up until about 1650 when the Haudenosaunee are said to have forced them out. That was made easier because disease, such as smallpox and the flu, had taken the lives of many Wendat people after Samuel de Champlain made his way up there.Settlers took claim of the land in the early 1800s.In 2013, over 1,700 Huron-Wendat bodies were reburied after being dug up from various locations in southern Ontario in the mid-20th century.A prominent area for the Wendat was on the shores of Kempenfelt Bay, particularly the Allandale Station lands.On that site, the Wendat buried their dead in large pits known as ossuaries, also known as the village of the dead.They would hold feasts and ceremonies to honour the deceased.They are not like a typical burial.“They believe there are two souls with a person,” said Ojibway archaeologist Kris Nahrgang of the Wendat. “One goes with the person in the ground and the other one goes to the Creator. So when you bury these people every one of the bodies that in are in the burial pit have a soul.”In 1846, a large pit with at least 200-300 bundled bodies was discovered at Allandale.Some reports put the numbers as high as 1,000 bodies. Smaller ossuaries were discovered in 1884 and in 1889 after the railway came in, plus other burials. It’s not known what happened to those ossuaries.Philip Woodley’s 2004 report for GO Transit and the province doesn’t mention any of this.It also failed to mention that renowned historian and archaeologist Andrew Hunter documented all this in 1907. His reports are known to some in the archaeological world as the “Bible” of Simcoe County.Andrew Hunter documented Allandale in 1907. His reports are known in the archaeological world as the “Bible” of Simcoe County.Woodley also missed a Barrie Examiner newspaper article from 1926 that recounted an interview with a Major Joseph Rogers, the high constable for Simcoe County.“There are few people who stand on the station platform at Allandale and know they are standing right over one of the greatest Indian burial places known in Ontario,” Rogers is quoted as saying.None of this was missed by a different archaeological firm that accessed the site a few years before Woodley in 2000.The former AFBY Archaeological and Heritage Consultants was hired to do a Stage 1 assessment of a small portion of the site, basically around the old Allandale train station. A media company was looking to build a broadcast centre.But by law, they needed an archaeological report first.Unlike Woodley, AFBY quickly determined they needed to dig and see what was on the site. Owner Charlton Carscallen wanted to find the elusive, yet documented, ossuaries that hadn’t been seen for over 100 years.He didn’t find the pits, but proved the Wendat were there by finding a village, including thousands of pieces of ceramics and tools. He determined the site was rare as only a handful that old were known to exist.“We found a needle in the hay stack,” said Carscallen in an interview with APTN.Despite not finding the ossuaries, Carscallen was convinced the site needed further assessment if it was ever developed, particularly the areas where he didn’t test, as much of the site was left untouched. He sent his reports to the Ministry of Tourism, Sport and Culture as is the practice. The ministry’s Malcolm Horne, a heritage planner at the time, agreed with Carscallen’s recommendation that any development was subject to archaeological clearance. Horne already knew what was documented on the property. He wrote to officials in Barrie when the city was acquiring the site back from the Canadian National Railway in the 1990s, and told them the lands had archaeological potential and there were rules to follow if they redeveloped the land.That included “no demolition, grading, filling, or any form of soil disturbances” without an issuance letter from the ministry according to Carscallen’s 2000 Stage 1 report.But Woodley claimed he didn’t get any of AFBY’s reports or Horne’s letter to the city.His report stated that he asked the ministry for any former archaeological reports, but wasn’t given any. The ministry is supposed to keep the reports on file.So, in 2007, when GO finally acquired a part of the Allandale Station lands from Barrie, and despite what officials within the MTCS knew about the site, a clearance letter was issued allowing GO Transit to move forward.By then the mistakes were piling up.ASI picked up on this in its review.“Further systemic gaps are indicated by the fact that in 2007 the Ministry of Culture issued a concurrence letter for (Woodley’s) report – essentially clearing the candidate GO station site on the Allandale Station lands of any further archaeological concern – in spite of the outstanding recommendations for further work on the property to which they had previously agreed in 2001,” wrote Robert MacDonald, the assistant managing partner at ASI in Toronto, in his January 2015 report.The official announcement that GO was going to downtown Barrie was made in April 2009. It would receive $5.5 million from the provincial and federal governments and Barrie would put in another $3.7 million.Patrick Brown, currently the Ontario PC party’s leader, was a Conservative MP for the riding at the time, and before that he was a Barrie city councillor. Brown would later say in 2012, having a GO station at Allandale had been a “key aspiration” of Barrie for a decade.Premier Kathleen Wynne was the transportation minister.Premier Kathleen Wynne and Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman in 2015 announcing the province will add more trips from Barrie to Toronto. It could have been stoppedWe know there is a burial ground there. We told the city there is a burial ground there. We know because it’s documented. It’s publicly available information,” – Mike Henry, AMICK ConsultantsBefore GO came in with heavy machinery, there was one last chance for the Ontario government to follow its own rules. Someone just needed to say something.Barrie was trying to develop the land, and hired an archaeologist to do a Stage 1 assessment in November 2009.It went to AMICK Consultants, a local company, operated by Mike Henry.Before he started, Henry asked the ministry for all the former archeological reports on the site to get a complete picture of what had transpired on the property.Henry got AFBY’s reports, but somehow not Woodley’s. This was another so-called “breakdown” in the system.Henry just recently reviewed Woodley’s report for the first time after APTN obtained a copy. Had he seen Woodley’s report at the time he would have tried to stop GO as he’s always believed the ossuaries are, or were, in the area where GO’s tracks are.Regardless, Henry said the ministry should never accepted Woodley’s report just based on its merit.“Right away when Phil Woodley’s report came in (the ministry) should have said ‘try again,’” said Henry. “Even if the ministry didn’t recognize they’re at fault for not giving Phil the AFBY report they should have still said to Phil ‘this is unsatisfactory because we know there is a burial ground there. We told the city there is a burial ground there. We know (because) it’s documented. It’s publicly available information … re-write the report. Re-submit it. Make appropriate recommendations.’” APTN left several messages with Woodley but never received a response.Mike Henry of AMICK Consultants.Henry said it’s rare when the ministry doesn’t make an archaeologist re-submit a report, so he’s puzzled as to why the government would have accepted Woodley’s considering all they knew and how little Woodley apparently knew of Huronia.So, without Woodley’s hidden report, Henry completed his Stage 1 assessment in early 2010.He noticed what AFBY did – when the railway was built in the 1850s, workers covered the entire site with fill to level it – meaning the natural soil had been protected all these years. The same soil the Wendat walked on was still there. An aerial view of how the site used to look in 1966 when CN Rail tracks occupied the land, like is shown in the lower portion of the photo.ASI reviewed Henry’s report and said it added a recommendation that “comprehensive stripping of native top soil across virtually the entire property would be required to ensure there are no undiscovered human burials. We concur with these recommendations.”Henry told APTN that would have included where GO was going to build their station and lay track.He filed his report with the city and Ministry of Culture, however nothing happened.Henry feels that should have raised alarm bells with the ministry as construction was starting around then and an archaeologist could have been called in.But, apparently, no bells went off. Down in the crawl spaceI gave you the report and I told you not to go in the basement and her response at the time was ‘we didn’t read it,” – Mike Henry, AMICK Consultants It doesn’t appear Barrie shared Mike Henry’s report with Metrolinx, the Ontario government agency that operates GO Transit. “It is Barrie’s understanding that Metrolinx conducted its own archaeological investigations for the work it was completing for the Allandale GO Train Station. Barrie does not have a record of those reports. Barrie does not believe that Metrolinx discovered any archaeological artifacts during the course of its works,” said the city in a statement to APTN.In Henry’s 2010 report he also recommended Barrie not do any work on the existing buildings on site, including the dirt crawl spaces, without an archaeologist to check the space for remains first.Henry said Barrie ignored his recommendation and started to work in one of the building’s crawl spaces.There were human bones in the dirt.After police and the coroner confirmed the remains were over 50 years old, the city called Henry back in.He determined the bones were likely two people, an adult and a child. He also found a shovel-shaped human incisor, a known characteristic of Indigenous people pre-contact, suggesting the bones could be Indigenous.But the basement wasn’t the original burial site. They had been moved from another location and likely part of fill used when the building was constructed in the early 1900s.Archaeologists dig in the “crawl space” in the old Allandale station. Photo courtesy: Mike HenryBarrie officials insist they took Henry’s report seriously.“Barrie was installing the fire sprinkler system to the wooden ceiling of the crawl space when it discovered the bone specimens. There was no digging,” said the statement. “Barrie complied with AMICK’s recommendations.”Henry has a different version of events.“They went into the crawl space and decided they wanted it lowered so it was more accessible to install services for the building and that’s when they hit a concentration of bones,” said Henry, adding he asked a Barrie staff employee why they ignored his report. “My question was ‘I gave you the report and I told you not to go in the basement’ and her response at the time was ‘we didn’t read it.’”After Henry cleared the crawl space it was lowered and capped with cement.He alleges the city violated the Ontario Heritage Act because he told them not to go in the basement.“They willfully violated the OHA and should be fined $1 million,” said Henry. “Why has MTCS done nothing?” No questions, please(We’re) very concerned that gaps in provincially mandated policies and protocols … may result in further impacts to the archaeological deposits and/or human remains on the Allandale Station Lands,” -Robert MacDonald, Archaeological Services Inc.APTN put a series of questions to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, including whether Barrie should be fined. APTN also asked why the ministry allowed GO Transit to dig despite contradictory opinions, including their own. The ministry refused to answer those questions.The ministry was also given eight business days to answer 26 questions APTN asked but no one responded to those questions. Officials did say they are trying to improve the system and are reviewing reports.APTN can confirm that not only have they had the reports for several years, but that a whistleblower attended their office, along with his lawyer in May 2014, to tell them what happened at Allandale. The same Malcolm Horne, now an archaeology review officer, was in the meeting taking “copious” amount of notes, according to the people in the room.The ministry has refused to say if they followed up with the information from that meeting.The ministry was also involved after the bones were found in the crawl space in 2011, as was the Registrar of Cemeteries, that simply ignored questions. The ministry has had ASI’s report since January 2015 that called for “urgent action” to be taken on the Allandale site after reviewing all that happened.“(We’re) very concerned that gaps in provincially mandated policies and protocols, such as those which led to the construction of the Allandale Go Station without a Stage 2 archaeological assessment, may result in further impacts to the archaeological deposits and/or human remains on the Allandale Station Lands,” ASI said its report.According to documents obtained by APTN, GO believes its contractors didn’t find any burials. They also believe Woodley’s report cleared them to dig without further assessment.But while Mike Henry was dealing with the crawl space bones in 2011, he was contacted by representatives from GO who were working about a hundred yards away.They wanted Henry to look at their site to see if there was any archaeological concerns with their dig. When he arrived, they had already dug the site. Henry said cement had also been poured for the pedestrian underpass.“When I went over there it looked like a strip mine. They had dug down quite a bit … all I could do is sort of walk along this huge trench and the big back dirt pile and see if I could see anything. That’s not the most reliable way but at that point that’s the best we can do,” said Henry. “I did make one comment as I was walking around with one of the engineers that ‘you obviously hit something because there’s a chimney stack in the back dirt pile there so obviously there was a building there but I guess that is gone now.”This photo was taken in 2011 and shows work is underway on the pedestrian under pass.Henry sent GO a letter saying he didn’t see anything but told APTN that doesn’t clear them of any mistakes made by digging on the site. It was far too late for any archaeologist to determine what they had found. The proof was in the ground all alongWe have all the way from infant … to older individuals,”– Kayleigh MacKinnon, AMICK Consultants The bones beneath the building weren’t the only ones found near the former train station.Henry discovered many more in 2012 when the city had him monitor the digging of trenches so they could lay electrical wiring.As the back hoe lifted dirt from the ground, Henry’s team quickly spotted human bone.“Part of that trench went through AFBY’s dig, and while they were trenching it (we’re) picking human bones out,” said Henry.AFBY’s Charlton Carscallen said they stripped the fill from around the building and dug in the natural soil, which why they likely missed so many pieces of human bone.A more comprehensive testing of the area was called for by the Registrar of Cemeteries and MTCS, including doing test squares, of about four feet deep and just in the fill on top of the natural soil.“By the time we were done that, digging all our squares, the only thing we could say is ‘yep, there is a lot of human bone and it goes beyond where we’re looking,” said Henry.In total, including the trenches and test squares, Henry’s team said they found over 900 pieces of human bone and many more human teeth, with similar shovel-shaped groves in them.The old Allandale rail station in Barrie. In the foreground a test square can be seen where archaeologists are searching for human bones. Photo courtesy: Mike HenrySome pieces of bone had mortar on it, including in the cracks as though wet cement had been poured on them. He even found pieces of bone in the foundation of the buildings.Because of the marking on the bones, Henry could determine they came from somewhere else long ago.“(The bones in the fill) came from somewhere and they didn’t truck in fill from somewhere else. They came from somewhere on that property,” he said. “A lot of them have trauma marks on them where chunks of them sheared off. They’ve been snapped in half … they’ve suffered a lot on that site.”And they likely would have come from north on the property, where the GO train station and tracks are said Henry. The bones were examined by Henry’s staff, including Kayleigh MacKinnon, a licensed archaeologist researcher who has her master’s degree in human osteoarchaeology from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, essentially the analysis of human skeletal remains. “It’s very distinct with how bones articulate with others. You can usually tell whether it’s human or not,” said MacKinnon. “There are specific bones that (humans) have that animals don’t or the way they’re formed.” APTN was shown a human jaw with teeth still attached, a neck bone and several other pieces from a wrist and pelvis.They also uncovered hundreds of pieces that were either too fragmented or identified as animal. “We have all the way from an infant … to older individuals,” said MacKinnon.Henry said his dig didn’t get all the disturbed bones from the around the building and they remain there today, while Barrie plans to open the renovated buildings to business, including a possible wedding reception hall and coffee shop.The bones he recovered remain in his office while the government figures out what to do with them.“Until we come to a decision and that’s usually when the Registrar of Cemeteries designates whomever is going to speak for the deceased,” said Henry, meaning which First Nation will claim them.The Wendat, who resettled to Quebec in the late 1800s, is involved and is currently waiting for a decision to be made.But APTN has learned there’s something holding that up.There’s a lawsuit over who owns part of the land that needs to be settled. A Brampton developer is suing the city for a number of reasons, one being he was never told the lands were a documented burial ground when he won bid to build condos on the site with underground parking in early email@example.com
New Delhi: Pakistan will be judged not by words but on basis of the action it takes to dismantle terror infrastructure on its soil, India said Saturday, asserting that its non-military strike on the JeM terrorist training camp in Balakot achieved its desired objective. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said if Pakistan claims to be a ‘naya Pakistan’ (New Pakistan) with a ‘nayi soch’ (new thinking), then it should demonstrate ‘naya’ action (new action) against terror groups operating with impunity from its soil. The MEA’s comments came a day after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said he will not allow Pakistani soil to be used for terror directed at other countries. Khan has been saying that a ‘Naya Pakistan’ is embarking on a new journey under his leadership. Kumar said Pakistan has been making identical statements after separate terror attacks and now Islamabad will have to take up the concrete action the international community expected it to take and must rein in terror groups operating from its soil. “We remain resolute in our determination to persuade the international community of the necessity of compelling Pakistan to move beyond mere words and to show credible, verifiable and sustained actions. We have and we will continue to act with responsibility and maturity,” he said at a media briefing. Kumar said the widespread presence of terrorist camps in Pakistan is public knowledge and repeated requests by India and the international community for Pakistan to take action against such groups has been met with “denial”. “In 2004, the then President of Pakistan had made a solemn public commitment that they would not allow any territory under their control to be used for terrorist activity in any manner,” he said. “But till today, however, Pakistan has failed to take any credible action against Jaish-e-Mohammed and other terrorist organisations, which continue to operate with impunity from Pakistan,” he said, adding Pakistan will be judged not by its words but on the basis of action it takes to dismantle terror infrastructure. Tension between the two nuclear-armed neighbours escalated after the February 14 Pulwama terror attack and subsequent aerial strike by India on a training camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Balakot on February 26. Pakistan retaliated the strike next day by unsuccessfully attempting to target Indian military installations. The JeM claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack. “Our non-military counter terrorism strike of February 26 achieved the intended objective. It has demonstrated our firm resolve to take decisive action against cross-border terrorism,” Kumar said about Balakot strike. He, however, evaded questions on number of casualties in the strike. Kumar said the fact that Pakistan refused access to journalists from visiting the site of the strike in Balakot meant that they have “plenty to hide”. “So the initial bravado that everything is open please come and visit has disappeared. We are absolutely confident that strikes on Balakot has been successful and achieved the desired objectives,” he asserted. On Pakistan’s retaliatory strike, he said instead of taking action against terrorist groups on its soil, Islamabad chose to escalate through an “act of aggression” by violating Indian airspace and attempting, unsuccessfully, to target military facilities. Kumar also accused Pakistan of propagating a “false narrative” of the events of the day when Pakistani jets unsuccessfully attempted to target Indian military installations. In the aerial combat India had lost a Mig-21 Bison aircraft and its pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by Pakistan. Pakistan claimed it downed two Indian jets, and rejected IAF’s assertion that a F-16 aircraft was shot down by it during the dogfight. “Only one aircraft was lost by us. If, as Pakistan claims, they have a video recording of the downing of a second Indian aircraft, why have they not shown it to the international media even after more than one week? “Questions should be asked to them as to where the fuselage of the aircraft is and what has happened to the pilots? As we have already said, there are eyewitness accounts and electronic evidence that Pakistan deployed F-16 aircraft and that one F-16 was shot down by Wing Commander Abhinandan,” Kumar said. He said Pakistan should explain why it continues to deny that its F-16 aircraft has been shot down. “We have asked the United States to also examine whether the use of F16 against India is in accordance with the terms and conditions of sale,” he added. Kumar said India’s armed forces continue to maintain strict vigil and will remain determined in the defence of the nation and its citizens. Hitting out at Pakistan for remaining in a state of denial, he said, “It is regrettable that Pakistan still continues to deny Jaish-e-Mohammed’s own claim of taking ownership of the Pulwama attack.” The MEA spokesperson referred to the Pakistan foreign minister’s interview to BBC on March where he talked about “some confusion” about JeM’s claim on the Pulwama attack. “Is Pakistan defending the Jaish-e-Mohammed and acting as its spokesperson? Does Pakistan’s claim have any credibility,” Kumar asked. He said despite the media interviews by Pakistan’s foreign minister and former president Musharraf acknowledging the presence of JeM in Pakistan, the spokesperson of the Pakistan armed forces openly denied the presence of the terror group in the country.
17 November 2011The United Nations peacekeeping operation in South Sudan today called on the country’s military to ensure that all child soldiers within its ranks are released after more than 50 teenage soldiers were let go earlier this week. Fifty-three soldiers aged between 13 and 17 were released on Tuesday in Bentiu, the capital of South Sudan’s Unity state, according to the peacekeeping mission (UNMISS).The children had been conscripted in April into the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), the former rebel group that became the country’s military, but were demobilized this week by the South Sudan Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commission.Hazel De Wet, the senior child protection officer for UNMISS, told the UN News Centre that she welcomed the release of the child soldiers and commended the SPLA for its action.“However, we still call upon the SPLA to ensure that all children within their ranks are released,” she said. “Children should be in schools and not military barracks.”UNMISS, along with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and South Sudanese child welfare officials, have been advocating for the release of the child soldiers since their recruitment.UNICEF has given the soldiers blankets, mosquito nets, plastic sheets, soap and buckets to help them reintegrate into civilian life, while a non-governmental organization (NGO) has provided them with goats for rearing.
Karannagoda was also ordered to appear before the CID to record a statement on Monday.The 11 youth had been abducted in Colombo and the suburbs between 2008 and 2009. (Colombo Gazette) The Supreme Court today issued an order against moves by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to arrest former Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda in connection to the case on the abduction of 11 youth.The order was given after a fundamental rights petition filed by Karannagoda was considered by the court today.
The average price for homes sold last month was down 5.2 per cent from last year as the number of sales dropped to a 10-year low for the seasonally weak month of February, the Canadian Real Estate Association reported Friday.The national association highlighted the impact of a mortgage stress test that affects federally regulated lenders, including the big banks, but some analysts said February’s drop may be due in part to severe winter weather.“February home sales declined across a broad swath of large and smaller Canadian cities,” CREA chief economist Gregory Klump said Friday in a statement. Canadian housing slump deepens with first drop in values in decades Canadian home prices just had worst February since the financial crisis Deep freeze in housing market suggests mortgage rules have overshot their mark In its updated outlook for the year, the association said it expects home sales in Canada to pull back by 1.6 per cent to 450,400 in 2019, a change that would mark the weakest annual sales since 2010. The association expected British Columbia to account for much of that projected decrease, as well as continued decline in Alberta.Its forecast projects sales will rise to 459,400 in 2020, up two per cent from the 2019 forecast.The national average price is expected to stabilize in 2019 at around $487,000. In B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland and Labrador it forecasts the average home price will retreat, while it will continue to rise in Eastern Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and P.E.I.The association expects the national average price to move up 0.8 per cent to $490,800 in 2020.CREA said February sales by its members fell 4.4 per cent compared with the same month last year. That is the lowest level for the month of February since 2009 and almost 12 per cent below the 10-year average for the month.On a month-over-month basis, national home sales in February were down 9.1 per cent compared with January for the lowest level since November 2012. It’s the biggest month-over-month drop since the mortgage stress test came into effect in January 2018.The new stress test requires borrowers to prove that they can service their uninsured mortgage if lending rates go above a certain threshold.The national average price for homes sold in February was $468,350, down 5.2 per cent from the same month in 2018. Excluding the Greater Vancouver and the Greater Toronto Area, two of the country’s most active and expensive markets, the national average price was just under $371,000.“Only time will tell whether successive changes to mortgage regulations went too far, since the impact of policy decisions becomes apparent only well after the fact,” said Klump.“Hopefully policy makers are thinking about how to fine tune regulations to better keep housing affordability within reach while keeping lending risks in check.”Some analysts however focused on the weather as a key factor.Doug Porter, chief economist at BMO Financial Group, wrote in a note Friday that February is normally a seasonally slow month even during a tame winter.“This was most patently not a tame winter month, further bludgeoning a sluggish market,” Porter said.He added that the year-over-year drop in sales was heavily concentrated in British Columbia and Alberta, while the other eight provinces saw a 2.8 per cent year-over-year rise.Porter said he won’t delve into great detail on the housing figures as they’re more of a weather report than an economic one at this time of year.TD Economics senior economist Brian DePratto agreed that severe winter weather in Toronto and Vancouver may have sidelined potential buyers and sellers.“The true test of market health will come with the warmer spring weather,” DePratto wrote in a note.
Farmers rely on grasslands to feed the livestock, yet poor land management has left large swathes of the world’s grasslands degraded – an environmental problem which also has direct implications for livestock-dependent communities, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) today said. Measuring the impact of restoring grasslands – through more sustainable grazing practices and forage production – to link grasslands restoration with international climate financing schemes has been difficult. But this has been the focus of a partnership between the FAO and the Chinese Academy of Agriculture Science (CAAS), the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) and China’s Northwest Institute of Plateau Biology (NWIPB).The UN agency announced that the tool created through this partnership has now been sufficiently tested, and endorsed by the non-profit Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), a voluntary greenhouse gas accounting programme used by projects around the world to verify and issue carbon credits in voluntary emissions markets.According to findings from the case study in Northern China, improved practices could help herders sequester an average of 3 tCO2 (tons of carbon dioxide) per hectare of grassland each year over the next 20 years.These practices include, for example, reduction and rotation of grazing pressure on overstocked sites and the sowing of improved pastures and fodder crops. “Now that the tool has won the certification needed for recognition by international carbon markets, project developers and farmers have a new opportunity to implement grasslands restoration projects at a meaningful scale, improving the productive potential of their grasslands and helping to reverse historic carbon losses,” said Henning Steinfeld of FAO.Returns from the carbon finance and other mitigation funds can be invested in further restoring the long-term health of the lands upon which herders and grazers depend and in building up marketing associations to improve their incomes, raising families incomes and improving household food security,” Mr. Steinfeld added.CAAS and FAO are continuing to work together to identify opportunities to pilot this methodology and upscale its use in China and beyond, according to the UN agency.
“These standards provide simple yet powerful steps that countries – both rich and poor – can immediately take to improve the health and wellbeing of their adolescents,” said Dr. Anthony Costello, Director of Maternal, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health at WHO, in a press release. WHO and UNAIDS are underlining that existing health services often fail the world’s adolescents, with many suffering from mental health disorders, substance use, poor nutrition, intentional injuries and chronic illness, while not having access to critical prevention and care services. According to the UN, adolescents form a unique group, rapidly developing both physically and emotionally but are often dependent on their parents or guardians. The Global Standards for quality health-care services for adolescents recommend making services more “adolescent friendly”, providing free or low-cost consultations, and making medically accurate age-appropriate health information available. They also highlight the need for adolescents to be able to access services without necessarily having to make an appointment or requiring parental consent, safe in the knowledge that any consultation remains confidential, and certain that they will not experience discrimination. “If we want to keep adolescents healthy, we have to treat them with respect,” Dr. Costello continued. “Adolescents are particularly vulnerable to certain health issues.” The top three causes of death among adolescents are reportedly road traffic injuries, AIDS-related illnesses and suicide. “AIDS is the leading cause of death among adolescents in Africa and the second primary cause of death among adolescents globally,” said Dr. Mariângela Simão, Director of Rights, Gender, Prevention and Community Mobilization at UNAIDS. “All adolescents, including key populations, have a right to the information and services that will empower them to protect themselves from HIV.” WHO and UNAIDS further note that not only is adolescence a period of life when people are particularly vulnerable to certain health issues, it is also a time when critical behaviours are shaped that will affect health in the future. “So many behaviours – healthy or unhealthy – that impact the rest of our lives begin in adolescence,” Dr. Costello explained. “The health sector cannot stand there and tell people they are sick because of the ways they use tobacco and alcohol, and their attitudes to diet and exercise, if it does not do a better job of helping people develop healthy habits as adolescents.” Meanwhile, Dr. Valentina Baltag, an adolescent health expert at WHO, said there are countries where every fifth citizen is an adolescent. “Yet most students in medical and nursing schools graduate with no understanding of the specific needs of adolescents in accessing healthcare. This is unacceptable,” she warned. In light of all these issues, the Global Standards for quality health-care services for adolescents call for an inclusive package of information, counselling, diagnostic, treatment and care services that go beyond the traditional focus on sexual and reproductive health. They also push for adolescents to be meaningfully involved in planning, monitoring and providing feedback on health services and in decisions regarding their own care. The UN agencies have reported that more than 25 low and middle-income countries have already adopted national standards for improving adolescent health services, while their global standards are built on research from these countries, as well as feedback from health providers and more than 1000 adolescents worldwide.
29,177 Views Multi-denominational schools deliver the national primary curriculum in the same way as all schools and are subject to the same rules and regulations, regardless of patron.“Many multi-denominational schools celebrate various important religious and non-religious events that take place throughout the year such as Christmas, Diwali, Eid, Vaisakhi, Holi, Darwin Day and other festivals.”“It can be seen, therefore, that significant festivals or events which may be associated with a particular religion can play a part in the life of a multi-denominational school.” Claims that children can’t celebrate Christmas at Educate Together schools ‘incorrect and misleading’ It has been claimed by one gaelscoil that Irish greetings like dia duit would no longer be allowed. Short URL Tuesday 2 Apr 2019, 3:24 PM 166 Comments By Cónal Thomas Share738 Tweet Email3 Apr 2nd 2019, 3:24 PM Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall IrelandEDUCATE TOGETHER HAS described claims that Christmas and other religious holidays will no longer be celebrated in schools once they are transferred from the Catholic Church as “incorrect and misleading.”It was reported today that eight Catholic primary schools in north Dublin could have their patronage transferred – or divested – to multi-denominational schools. There is opposition to the plan in at least two of the schools in the Portmarnock-Malahide-Kinsealy area of Dublin, the Irish Independent has reported.It is understood that staff in two schools – Scoil an Duinnínigh and St Marnock’s NS – are opposed to the changes and have made their opposition clear to parents through letters and at meeting with parents, according to today’s report. It has been claimed by at least one of the two schools that Christmas fairs, carol services and nativity plays would no longer be held after a school is transferred and that St. Patrick’s Day, St. Brigid’s Day and Easter would no longer be celebrated in schools either, the Independent has reported. It has also been claimed by gaelscoil Scoil an Duinnínigh that Irish greetings like dia duit – ‘God be with you’ – would no longer be allowed. The divestment process forms part of the Department of Education’s efforts to provide greater diversity in schools and reduce the dominance of the Catholic Church in education.Transfers would be to the multi-denominational Community National School model, the all-Irish An Foras Pátrúnachta or the multi-denominational Educate Together. ‘Incorrect and misleading’In a statement today, Educate Together described the characterisation of multi-denominational and equality-based schools as “incorrect and misleading”.“At the core of Educate Together’s equality-based ethos is that pupils in our schools are exposed to different beliefs and perspectives in a respectful way that encourages critical thinking.”Each year, Educate Together offers pupils Festivals of Lights, seasonal get-togethers and winter fairs, the statement said, which incorporate elements of Christmas, Hanukkah and the Winter Solstice.“Religious aspects of these festivities are approached from a learning perspective, rather than from a promotional perspective,” Educate Together has said. “At the heart of these celebrations is the principle that all members of the school community are welcome and equally respected.”Christmas is marked in Educate Together schools nationwide, the group has said, “just as our schools endeavour mark Diwali, Eid, Vaisakhi and other religious festivals throughout the school term.”Educate Together was formed in Dublin in 1978. There are currently 84 primary and 13 second-level schools around Ireland with a total of 28,000 students. ‘Clear guidance’Following today’s report, Educate Together has said that it has no interest in “taking over” schools and “imposing an ethos against the will of any local school communities.”“The growth in the Educate Together school network continues to be driven by demand and we support the rights of families to access the education they want for their children.”According to the Irish Independent, St Marnock’s NS and Scoil an Duinnínigh have both held meetings with parents about the divestment process. Parents at all eight schools are due to vote on the divestment process and the Catholic Church will then submit feedback to the department. The government plans to offer 400 multi-denominational schools by 2030.A department spokesperson has said that there is “clear guidance” on the teaching of religion in primary schools. https://jrnl.ie/4573263 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
One of former Liverpool midfielder favourites Xabi Alonso says Naby Keita is in the right frame of mind to become a shining star under the leadership of Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp.Alonso retired from playing football in 2017 and has showered praises for the latest Liverpool signing while also being confident he will make a tangible impact at Anfield.“He’s a big personality,” Alonso, who came up against Keita twice during his final season at Bayern Munich, told Liverpool’s official website.“He has the hunger, the will to compete, and after in football terms he’s an all-around midfielder.“[He’s] Good with the ball, he runs and dribbles very quickly with the ball, but he also likes to make things tick in the midfield.”Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Alonso added:“I think for this position in front of the holding midfielder, or even as a holding midfielder [or] close to the front three, he can have that role to find the space and to be up there. So [he’s a] good signing.“He will have to adapt to the idea [of Klopp’s philosophy], but I don’t think that he will have many problems because he’s a great player and very complete.“[Under] Jurgen you need to do [play like] ‘bang, bang, bang’ and if he gets it, he will do well. [I see him as] An eight. I would say an eight, sometimes he can play as a six, but I could see him more as an eight behind the three strikers.”
A GCI fiber optic cable was cut in midtown Anchorage Thursday morning causing phone, cable, and internet outages across the state. The company says they are working as quickly as possible to fix it, but it’s more complicated than it seems.Download AudioThe cable contains over 500 strands of glass. Each is responsible for carrying different information. One transports television channels to rural Alaska. Another carries internet. GCI spokesperson David Morris says that’s why outages are so inconsistent.“Your wireless phone may work in one part of town and not work in another part of town. Internet could be effected the same way. Some services work and some services don’t, and that’s why it’s really hard to pinpoint both the number of effected customers and a neat, tidy package of where services are effected.”To fix the problem, the company is reconnecting two ends of the severed cable with an aerial cable that runs over Tudor Road near C Street. Morris says they have multiple crews working on the project. It will take over 1,000 individual splices, and they have to make sure all of the fibers connect properly on each end. They are prioritizing the strands that get the most traffic to try to restore busier services sooner, he says. Fixing the entire cable could take until Friday. He says they are still investigating the cause.According to their Facebook page, they will let people know when the problem is fixed through social media.
Hyderabad: The Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) medical fraternity held a condolence meeting on Monday for Dr Maaz Ahmed (29 years), who died in a tragic accident at Attapur on city outskirts on August 23 midnight. Over 400 Resident Doctors and teaching faculty paid their respects to the departed doctor, who was pursuing MD second year in General Medicine department. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Later, in the evening, resident doctors held a candle rally in memory of their colleague. Resident Doctors president Dr G Srinivas said Maaz was a meritorious student who achieved four gold medals while pursuing medical studies. NIMS medical fraternity mourns the shocking death of a brilliant doctor, he said.
The food ministry is reportedly seeking Rs 1.40 trillion ($20.40 billion) in subsidies for 2016-17 to a run massive food welfare programme in the country following droughts in the past two years, said a senior government official.If the ministry’s request is met, the subsidy amount for food schemes will go up 13 percent compared to the subsidy given a year earlier.”In its previous Budget, the government had allocated Rs 1.24 trillion as food subsidy for 2015-16, but we now need Rs 1.40 trillion for next year. Let’s see what’s in store for us in the Budget,” the source, requesting anonymity, told Reuters.The Narendra Modi government is making efforts to reduce subsidy spending in order to invest in manufacturing and infrastructure, even as it implements the mammoth food welfare plan introduced by the UPA government led by Manmohan Singh.The finance ministry is yet to settle an outstanding food subsidy bill of about Rs 560 billion, according to the source.In August 2013, the previous Congress-led government had approved the National Food Security Act (NFSA), which is aimed at providing access to quality food at affordable prices. Most Indian states will launch the food programme from April 1, 2016.India witnessed drought in the past two year due to deficient monsoon rainfall. After starting on a promising note in June last year, monsoon rainfall weakened from late July due to the El Nino effect and ended in deficit for the second consecutive year.Facing drought for two straight years, the country was compelled to import maize for the first time in 16 years in 2015.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]
Ariful Rahman alias Tuhin, Adabor thana unit JL convener, greets AL-nominated candidate for Dhaka-13 constituency Sadek Khan at Shyamoli Club on Thursday. He has been implicated in a murder case. Photo: CollectedA leader of ruling Awami League’s youth front Jubo League (JL), who has been implicated in a murder case, is publicly doing politics in the city’s Mohammadpur area, witnesses said.Ariful Rahman alias Tuhin, Adabor thana unit JL convener, greeted AL-nominated candidate for Dhaka-13 constituency Sadek Khan at Shyamoli Club on Thursday, a Facebook post shows.On 10 November, two AL activists died in a clash between two AL factions in Mohammadpur area. The victims, said to be followers of Sadek Khan, were run over by a pickup van while fleeing the clash.On the same day, a victim’s father, Faruk Hossain, filed a murder case with the Mohammadpur police station accusing some unidentified persons. The police immediately arrested Arifur Rahman in connection with the incident.Arifur, a follwer of AL joint general secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanok, were released on bail within 17 hours of his arrest. The police produced him before the court and sought five days on remand.The court rejected the remand prayer on 11 November and granted bail till the submission of investigation report.Mohammadpur police station sub-inspector and also investigation officer in the case, Mukul Ranjan told Prothom Alo on Sunday that Arifur Rahman was arrested on charges of his involvement in the incident. The fact could be known if he is interrogated, the police officer added.The conflict between Jahangir Kabir Nanok and Dhaka city north unit AL general secretary Sadek Khan in Mohammadpur area is know to many. Sadek, however, managed to secure the nomiation for the 30 December elections.Nanak’s followers feel their leader was deprived of nomination due to the 10 November incident.After getting the party ticket, Sadek Khan started campaign in the constituency.He organised an echange of views at Shyamoli Club on Thursday, where Arifur was present. A number of photos of the meeting were posted on Facebook. The photos of the Facebook show Arifur is greeting Sadek Khan with flowers. They were also seen talking privately. Various discussions are going on among the party leaders and activists over the matter.While contacted, some Riad picked up Arifur’s cell phone and said, “Arif bhai (brother) is in a meeting. Sadek Khan is a candidate of the party and Arif bhai is a leader of Jubo League. They can hold meetings.”Sadek Khan, however, did not respond to phone calls.
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and Sylvia Cyrus, executive director, ASALH. (Photo by Rob Roberts)Noted historian John Hope Franklin once wrote, in documenting the accomplishments of Blacks in America, that White historians had “blandly asserted that the Negro had never developed a civilization of his own, vigorously argued that the Negro possessed childlike traits, and claimed with conviction that the Negro’s history supported the view that the best role for him was one of subordination . . . Carter G. Woodson was especially well-qualified to meet the urgent need for an historian of the Negro people.”The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) – Woodson’s brainchild and labor of love – is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. As part of the event, the group’s Centennial Founders Day Celebration paid homage to Woodson and the enduring legacy of his work. Held at the historic Shiloh Baptist Church in Northwest on Sept. 9, the celebration acknowledged “Rays of Light” – community elders whose lives and careers were positively impacted by Woodson’s work.“A century after Carter G. Woodson established ASALH, few can deny the centrality of African Americans in the making of American history. While Dr. Woodson labored with singularity and purpose he did not work alone,” said Dr. Robert Harris, who along with his wife, fellow historian and scholar Dr. Janette Hoston Harris, introduced ASALH’s Rays of Light. “His co-workers at the Association were many, ranging from college presidents and government officials, to self-made poets and philosophers, to everyday folks in cities and rural areas.”Noting ASALH’s 1915 birth coincided with the celebrated release of D.W Griffith’s “The Birth of a Nation”, which cast the Black existence in America as one of animalistic and brute savagery tamed only through Ku Klux Klan intervention, Harris discussed the necessity of the organization.“I regard it as a special honor that ASALH asked me to speak on this occasion because this country is only 239 years old, and ASALH is now 100 years old, which means ASALH has been around for almost half the life of this nation,” said Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), who served as guest speaker. “There are very few organizations that can sustain themselves for that length of time, but ASALH understood that it carried and sustained the very life of our people.“What we needed was an entire organization to help correct the record about who Black people were in this country and Carter G. Woodson institutionalized his scholarship and with African-American history. As a third-generation Washingtonian, I remember being a little girl in this segregated city and reading about Negro History Week and Negro History Month. I was reading about Black history in books that Dr. Woodson produced in his home – that little narrow home by himself. ASALH is continuing that legacy.”In honor of this milestone, ASALH has selected “A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture” as the 2015 National Black History theme, and expects more than 1,500 participants at its annual conference in Atlanta later this month.John Hope Franklin’s son, John W. Franklin, the director of partnerships and international programs at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, said his father – who penned more than a dozen books including “From Slavery to Freedom” – first met Woodson in 1937 during his years as a graduate student and was a member of the association from 1936 until 2007.“Growing up, I would always hear Dad talking about what was happening in the association,” said Franklin, who has been a member since 2007. “It’s a marvelous mixture of historians and lay historians who are passionate about Black history.”
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It shows a severe restriction of the left main artery which requires a stent to revacularize. The image on the right is a comparison with the invasive angiogram from the cath lab prior to stenting. GE Discovery IGS 730As catheter-based, minimally invasive procedures expand rapidly beyond treatment of the coronary arteries into all areas of the human anatomy, angiography X-ray imaging systems have moved beyond their original purpose of simple vascular imaging. Today, in addition to interventional cardiology, cath labs are frequently shared by numerous specialists, including interventional radiology, interventional oncology, electrophysiology (EP), vascular surgeons and neurology.For this reason, GE and other vendors are now tailoring technology packages for each user. These include specific technologies for EP, interventional radiology, vascular surgery, cardiology and neurology. This change in the market led GE this past fall to use a new concept name for its angiography systems, now called Innova Image Guided Systems (IGS). It introduced the IGS name during the 2011 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific symposium.According to the market research firm IMV Medical Information Division’s December 2011 report on angiography system market trends,1 there were about 1,710 cath labs in the United States, which performed an estimated 4.9 million procedures in 2010. At least 50 percent of the total cath lab volume consisted of noncoronary angiography procedures, IMV found. In addition to interventional cardiologists and radiologists, IMV found vascular surgeons are the second most likely physician type to be using cath labs, performing procedures in more than 60 percent of the cath lab sites.All vendors say the complexity of interventional procedures has increased, raising interest in more advanced visualization and 3-D guidance tools. More complexity also means longer imaging times, so users are more concerned about monitoring dose.A New Class of Angiography SystemsGE Healthcare launched two recently U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared angiography systems offering the high image quality and features of a fixed system, but with the versatility of a mobile C-arm. The systems were shown for the first time at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) show in December 2011 and formally released to the market in March at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2012 meeting.The Discovery IGS 730 system was designed to address the challenge departments historically have had in needing to switch between ceiling-, floor-mounted and mobile C-arm systems. It uses a wireless, laser-guided, motorized, wheeled, mobile gantry, allowing it to be moved anywhere in a room. It is ideal for hybrid operating rooms (ORs) because it can be parked away from the patient table, allowing open access for patient transport or open surgical procedures.GE also introduced the Innova IGS 520/530 with the OR option. This system uses a specifically designed table and accessories to enable both transcatheter and open surgical procedures in one room.New Software ToolsWith the approval of the Edwards Sapien Valve in November 2011, several vendors have created transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) software to help screen patients, plan procedures and guide the procedures in the cath lab or hybrid OR. GE Healthcare’s ValveAssist and Siemens’ syngo Aortic ValveGuide software were demonstrated at ACC.Other new software includes:• Siemens’ syngo Neuro PBV IR (parenchymal blood volume interventional radiology) provides visual assistance in the diagnosis and treatment of vessel malformations. In neuroradiology, this feature assists physicians in the treatment of stroke patients by displaying a color-coded qualitative map of cerebral tissue.• GE’s AngioViz yields additional information from digital subtraction angiography (DSA), utilizing parametric imaging, which examines each pixel and determines the peak opacification caused by the contrast and the time it takes for that pixel to reach that peak.• Toshiba introduced Volume Navigation 3-D roadmapping for the Infinix-i product line, allowing real-time procedural guidance. It links the movements of system components with the fusion 3-D and fluoroscopic display, so despite changes in table and C-arm position, the 3-D overlay is automatically aligned.• GE began offering Veran’s ig4 fusion imaging angiography electromagnetic navigation system using 4-D registration to precisely target cancerous lesions. The system helps deliver instruments to small targets in hard-to-access regions of the human body.Concern Over DoseIn 2011, the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) published guiding principles and best practices for the development of radiation safety programs in cardiac cath labs.2 It focused on the need for safe practice and continuing education for all facilities that perform angiographic interventions. The document summarizes program development criteria, including procedural guidelines, training, dose management and monitoring, equipment considerations and potential safety concerns.In 2011, Toshiba introduced a DICOM radiation dose structured report on all new Infinix-i systems to automatically record dose information from every X-ray event. The data is transferred into a standard format suitable for storage, making it easier to document, manage and evaluate overall dose usage.References:1. “2011 Interventional Angiography Lab Market Summary Report.” IMV Medical Information Division. December 2011. www.imvinfo.com2. Charles E. Chambers, et al. “Radiation Safety Program for the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory.” Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions (CCI), January 2011, vol. 77, issue 4, pages 546-556. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ccd.22867/pdf. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 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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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 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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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) 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 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. Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Feature | June 01, 2012 | Dave Fornell Angiography No Longer Limited to Cardiology This article appeared as the introduction to a chart on vascular imaging systems in the June 2012 issue. Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 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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At the time, it was struggling with a legacy PACS, experiencing stability issues and stuck using costly, dedicated workstations. Meanwhile, Intelerad emerged with one of the industry’s first software-only PACS offerings and a licensing model that permitted unlimited user licenses with a viewer that operated on common Microsoft Windows-based workstations. This system, which would become IntelePACS, was deployed to RIA in 2000. It also marked the start of a collaborative relationship that has allowed RIA’s team to play a role in the solution’s evolution. “Over the past 16 years, we’ve seen the continual development of Intelerad’s solutions,” said Matt Fleishman, M.D., a radiologist with RIA, who previously worked on many of the organization’s IT-related projects. “Their feature set is increasingly rich, and they’re adding a lot of value to their products by listening to the people who use them.” Leveraging a Cross-Enterprise WorkflowToday, RIA uses InteleOne as their medical imaging platform. A cross-enterprise workflow solution, InteleOne allows it to connect to its customers’ existing medical imaging systems, then provides the radiologist with the data and information they need using a single worklist and viewer. This saves users a great deal of time, as they no longer have to switch between systems to read cases or gather patients’ prior images and reports, which may be spread across different repositories within their imaging ecosystem.In terms of collaborative care, InteleOne allows radiologists to easily be consulted (by colleagues or referring physicians) on cases from one hospital while reading onsite for another. In addition, the solution’s Web-based architecture facilitates remote reading, providing a consistent user experience and access to data from across the enterprise, regardless of where the radiologist is located. “InteleOne is great for reading or following up on critical results from home,” Fleishman said. “You get the same robust, easy-to-use viewer, and performance is as good as being in the hospital.”Using InteleOne to Drive Performance Highly focused on performance, RIA’s turnaround time for a stat study is typically between 8-15 minutes. This includes reads that are conducted during peak periods and overnight. Unsurprisingly, the group’s abilities have helped it develop business relationships with large healthcare providers. For one healthcare provider in particular, RIA radiologists read for three hospitals. Originally, this meant reading more than 500,000 studies per year using the healthcare provider’s PACS. While this provided satisfactory results, it was clear to RIA that moving this caseload to InteleOne would provide tremendous gains in regards to productivity and patient care. RIA would be able to leverage InteleOne features and internal patient care workflows around critical results notification with their Clinical Call Center, impressions, Tech QA and eventually Peer Review. In addition, InteleOne provides RIA’s radiologists with access to relevant patient data stored across the healthcare provider’s imaging ecosystem, allowing the ability to easily compare relevant imaging studies; resulting in advanced quality and patient care. Beyond patient care, this results in potential efficiency gains for the radiologists. “In a declining reimbursement situation, being efficient is important,” Fleishman said. “It’s not our main reason for using InteleOne, but it’s an important by-product.” News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Founded by a small group of radiologists in 1968, Radiology Imaging Associates P.C. has played a role in shaping the practice of radiology – both in its own community and around the world. Since its inception, RIA has been a pioneer in the use of technology. For example, in the late 1970s, it was the fifth organization in the U.S. to purchase a CT scanner. Twenty years later, it was one of the first radiology practices in the region to implement PACS and RIS systems, as well as virtual reading rooms, which enabled it to easily provide 24 hours/day, seven days/week coverage for the hospitals and physicians it serves.Today, RIA remains committed to innovation, serving 35 hospitals in five states that span from the Midwest to Hawaii, with its staff of 80 radiologists reading hundreds of thousands of studies per year. 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 An Easy of Transition from Legacy PACS to InteleOneFor RIA’s IT department, transitioning the healthcare provider’s massive caseload to InteleOne was relatively easy, as it required zero data migration. Instead, InteleOne connects directly to the customer’s legacy systems and pulls the information into RIA’s workflow. Once the radiologist has finished reading the exam, the study is saved back into the customer’s legacy PACS.“For our IT team, the transition from the healthcare provider’s legacy PACS to our InteleOne deployment was a non-event,” said Joe Bajek, RIA’s director of information technology. “We did a lot of testing up front, which made going live quite easy.” 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 | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Enabling Novel Staffing Leveraging InteleOne’s Web-based architecture and providing all radiologists with access to their entire imaging ecosystem also has allowed RIA to be creative with its staffing. With offices in both Denver and Hawaii, the two sites are able to cover each other’s overnight reads. In addition to allowing Hawaiian staff to leave earlier in the day, it ensures that a greater amount of reads are being conducted during the overnight shift, which adds value to the organization. “With other systems, image transfer was slow. So, for a radiologist in Hawaii, opening a case took much longer,” Fleishman explained. “With InteleViewer, whether I’m in Denver or Hawaii, there’s no difference in performance. When I click on a case, it just opens.” According to Fleishman, this level of performance also has benefits in terms of radiologists’ morale. “When we deployed InteleOne to our Hawaii site, one radiologist gave us a call and told us ‘you changed my life,’ ” Fleishman said. “In addition to making radiologists more efficient, it makes my life better by making it more enjoyable to come to work. In my opinion, that makes for a better radiologist.” For Bajek, InteleOne is a cornerstone product that enables RIA to provide high quality service to their customers. “InteleOne is a great product,” he said. “We also have a great relationship with Intelerad, and they’re responsive to our needs, so expectations are definitely being met.”For more information: www.intelerad.com 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 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Enterprise Imaging | June 14, 2016 Cross-Enterprise Imaging Enables Substantial Workflow Gains Across a Nationwide Network 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 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. Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more
News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more 1. Securing Performance in Proton TherapyWith the longest experience treating patients with ProteusONE installation, Willis-Knighton Cancer Center in Shreveport, La., will showcase its results with the system’s open gantry. The optimized workflow of the ProteusONE allows treatment of up to 20 percent more patients than other competitive systems in a record mean time of 16 minutes treatment room time per patient across a wide range of indications. The technology also offers more options for tracking moving tumors. Terry Wu, Ph.D., chief of physics at Willis-Knighton, will share his experience of over 500 patients treated with system on the IBA booth, #2033, Sunday, Oct. 21st, at 2 p.m. and on Monday Oct. 22, at 12:30 p.m. News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more 2. Securing the Future in Proton TherapyBeaumont Health Proton Therapy Center in Royal Oak, Mich., is a leading research center conducting advanced research in particle physics and radiation therapy. As part of its long lasting joint R&D program with IBA, Beaumont staff have been pioneers in the development of Proton Arc Therapy. Beaumont will share its first results using Proton Arc Therapy. News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Proton Therapy | October 19, 2018 IBA Highlights 3 Steps Ahead in Proton Therapy at the ASTRO 2018 IBA experts will also demonstrate online adaptive treatment and provide previews to visitors to the IBA booth on multiple research projects that are currently under development. In addition, University of Pennsylvania, one of the earliest adopters of proton therapy with its establishment of the Roberts Proton Therapy Center, has developed and validated a model-based approach to identify patients who will benefit most from proton therapy. Such an approach helps identify the cancer patients who could most benefit from proton therapy. UPENN will share its model and its resulting impact on the treatment of head and neck patients. Alexander Lin, M.D., medical director at Roberts Proton Therapy Center, will demonstrate his patient selection model on Monday, Oct. 22, at 4 p.m. at IBA’s booth. The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. IBA continues to expand its collaboration with key technology partners to further integrate its proton therapy solutions with existing radiation oncology systems and equipment. IBA will be showing in its booth how it provides maximum flexibility as well as new development opportunities for new and existing customers.Earlier this year, IBA and Elekta signed an agreement to develop and offer the broadest single platform for use across all radiation treatment modalities. IBA and Elekta are developing new functionalities specific to proton therapy treatment in Elekta’s Monaco treatment planning system (TPS) and enhancing Mosaiq, Elekta’s industry-leading patient-centric oncology information system (OIS) with the goal to enable clinical pathway-driven adaptive particle therapy. This will offer a seamless experience across modalities for comprehensive radiotherapy departments and further improve patient care.IBA also has a long-term strategic collaboration with Philips Healthcare. By combining their respective expertise in image guidance and therapy, Philips and IBA continue to co-innovate diagnostic and therapeutic oncology solutions designed to enable more effective and personalized cancer care. The combined portfolio focuses on fast and easy workflow, from imaging through treatment, while maximizing patient comfort and providing a soothing treatment experience.IBA and RaySearch will present their online adaptive proton therapy workflow where daily optimized plans are created for each individual patient based on cone-beam CT images to preserve the original treatment intent. Both companies are demonstrating RaySearch RayCare, the innovative new oncology information system (OIS) designed to support comprehensive cancer care, and the RayStation workflow and treatment planning system, as well as IBA’s AdaPT Insight imaging platform and AdaPT Deliver treatment delivery. The solution automatically suggests to the care team an adapted treatment plan based on the most up-to-date patient’s anatomy. This workflow offers more accurate treatment plans as well as faster plan adaptation to the benefit of patients. Demonstrations can be booked by visiting either RaySearch’s or IBA’s booth.For more information: https://iba-worldwide.com/ News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more Related Content News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… 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 Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications October 19, 2018 – IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) is sharing how hospitals can secure performance, investment and their future when establishing a proton therapy center as part of its message at the 2018 Annual American Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ASTRO) meeting. Partnering With Market Leaders for Maximum Customer Benefit News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Peyman Kabolizadeh, M.D., Ph.D., medical director at Beaumont Health Proton Therapy Center, will share the latest advances on Proton Arc Therapy on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 12 p.m. at IBA’s booth. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… 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. When investing in a technology that will last for over 30 years, the selection of the right partner is of critical importance. During the ASTRO meeting, proton therapy practitioners will share their experience securing, installing, and operating a proton therapy center with IBA during open sessions at the IBA booth. Proton therapy is considered one of the most advanced forms of radiation therapy. Here are 3 steps IBA said are important for establishing a proton therapy program: 3. Securing Investment in Proton TherapyThe past five installations of the ProteusONE and ProteusPLUS solutions in North America, Europe and Asia have the first treatment room completed in less than 12 months. This allowed customers to begin providing proton therapy to their cancer patients sooner. The availability and reliability of the system also allow for a fast ramp up of patients. Additionally, the open gantry design allows users to easily treat non-coplanar fields in a wide variety of indications. Beaumont Health Cancer Center recently completed its first year of operation treating more patients than initially projected – more than 100 patients in year one. Beaumont staff will share their experiences using IBA’s ProteusONE and the benefits of its open gantry design. Craig Stevens, M.D., Ph.D., chair of radiation oncology, Beaumont Health System, will describe his experience in adding proton therapy to the facility on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 12 p.m. at IBA’s booth. Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD
The Nuclear Regulation Authority approved the Sendai plant’s operational safety plans, the last step of a three-part screening process. The plant’s safety program includes emergency response plans in case of fire, floods or other natural disasters, or a serious accident.The plant, owned by Kyushu Electric Power Co., won approval in September of the safety of its reactors and other equipment under tighter rules set after a powerful 2011 earthquake and tsunami decimated the Fukushima nuclear plant in northeastern Japan.Abe’s government says nuclear energy is vital for resource-poor Japan’s economy. It is now finalizing plans for Japan’s long-term energy mix and is seeking to have nuclear energy supply about 20-22 percent of its energy needs in 2030, although public opinion remains divided.While local municipalities have already approved the Sendai plant’s restart, many residents oppose the plan, citing potential danger from active volcanos in the region.Kyushu Electric hopes to restart one reactor at the Sendai plant in late July after on-site tests and training and the other in late September, though there could be some delays.Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka reminded the utility of the importance of safety education and training for plant workers after a multi-year stoppage. Kyushu Electric vowed to further improve the emergency response training of its workers and ensure safety. Top Stories TOKYO (AP) — A nuclear plant in southern Japan on Wednesday obtained the final permit needed to restart its reactors, paving the way for it to become the first to go back online under new safety standards introduced after the 2011 Fukushima disaster.All of Japan’s more than 40 reactors are currently offline for repairs or safety inspections. The two units at the Sendai nuclear power plant are among 24 reactors seeking to restart, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s pro-business government tries to put as many back online as possible. Comments Share ___Follow Mari Yamaguchi on Twitter at twitter.com/mariyamaguchiCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies
Luxury Hotels Group has launched a private label chain code through Pegasus Solutions. The company will offer three London hotels in the global distribution system (GDS) under the LU chain code, targeting consumers as the brand continues to grow. “Launching a private label chain code with Pegasus allows us to easily target that consumer through the GDSs with a branded presence,” Luxury Hotels Group vice president sales and marketing Mark Jones said. Source = ETB News: P.T. “The Pegasus-provided chain code also affords us a simple way to manage hotels in the GDSs today and as our collection grows.” Luxury Hotel group owns and operates the London City Suites by Montcalm, The Marble Arch by Montcalm and The Park Grand London Hyde Park Hotel. “Groups of hotels like Luxury Hotels Group have an opportunity to gain access to the GDSs with a branded presence by creating a private label chain code,” Pegasus Solutions senior vice president global sales Alexis Dobbelaere said. “Introducing the private label chain code through Pegasus is a fast and effective way to give buyers affordable and immediate access to their hotel portfolio.” The luxury hotel group is set to expand its brand to include properties in Dubai and South Asia.
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