Lagarde Call on Her Blog For Freeing up the Moroccan Economy

Marrakech- In her IMF blog, Managing Director of the IMF Christine Lagarde recorded her impressions of her recent visit to Morocco, noting how well the economy has performed in the face of global recession and the aftermath of the Arab Spring.Morocco has remained stable whilst its neighbors have been in turmoil, and further economic reforms in Morocco are on the way.The head of the IMF noted that the problem of youth unemployment- which in MENA countries stands at 15 million people- in Morocco is at 19%, twice the region’s average rate of 9.2%. She pointed to the need for solid macroeconomic performance and increased cooperation between the public and private sectors to create jobs and called for an inclusive economy to support growth. In her speech in Rabat, she called for growing the middle class and increasing the number of small and medium enterprises, and for the government to encourage balanced economic growth and entrepreneurship.She said that the private sector can only succeed if there is an improved business environment, less red tape and freer economy for young entrepreneurs through better financing provisions. As noted by Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane, the public sector cannot cater to all graduates at a time when government budgets are being cut.The Moroccan government is working hard to meet these conditions and remains the best positioned in North Africa for developing the private sector.Christine Lagarde called for easier entry for young people into the job market, skills-based education, (a requirement also noted in King Mohammed VI’s speech on education) and better functioning labor markets. It is not easy to reform an education system, but this is what has to be done to reduce the number of unemployed graduates.She said that women account for 66% of college graduates and only 26% were actively employed in the labor market, a ratio which, she pointed out, needed to be improved and could increase considerably Morocco’s GDP.In addition, she called for a more inclusive economy, as there is a pronounced wealth distribution gap, and said more transparency would reduce corruption, which undermines social cohesion. She called on the Moroccan government to implement structural reforms to improve competitiveness and economic growth and increase the number of jobs. This, as she acknowledges, is not an easy task.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Drum beats mark UN remembrance of slave trade

“Break the Silence, Beat the Drum” brought together artists from Brazil, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, the Caribbean and the United States, as well as students, diplomats and UN officials, to launch a series of events to mark the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.Designated by the General Assembly in 2007, the Day honours the millions of Africans violently removed from their homelands and cast into slavery. It is estimated that up to 28 million men, women and children were taken from Africa from the 16th to 19th centuries and shipped across the notorious “Middle Passage” of the Atlantic – mainly to colonies in North America, South America and the West Indies.Addressing the event, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that that the elevation this year of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States marks a milestone in the 400-year struggle of the descendants of African slaves for justice, assimilation and respect. He said that although slavery was abolished, the people of African descent around the world must still fight daily against entrenched prejudice that keeps them disproportionately in poverty. In addition, racism and contemporary forms of slavery continue to pollute the world. “It is essential that we speak out loud and clear against such abuses,” he stressed. Last night Mr. Ban launched an exhibit of drums sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Cameroon, in collaboration with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the African Union, highlighting the significance of drums throughout the slave trade and beyond, from Africa to the Americas. “We must beat the drum to proclaim that whatever our colour, whatever our gender, we are one people, with one common future,” he declared at the opening of the exhibit.As part of the commemoration, Emmy Award-winning musician Peter Buffet and hip-hop star Akon will debut a new song, “Blood into Gold,” at a star-studded concert this evening in the General Assembly Hall, produced by the not-for-profit group Culture Project.“We are delighted that many artists and celebrities have accepted to add their names and voices to this event,” Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Kiyo Akasaka, told a news conference prior to the performance.“Tonight’s performers represent many countries where the slave route either originated or ended, that is from Africa to the Caribbean and the Americas,” he noted of the event, which will bring together over 30 artists ranging from musicians Salif Keita and the Blind Boys from Alabama to actors Whoopi Goldberg and Phylicia Rashad. “I love it when we all come together with all generations, all genres, all countries to create and ignite a positive spark on today’s generation,” Akon told reporters. “I think that it’s very important that we continue to do things like this that kind of reminds us of where we came from and how far we’ve come.” Peter Buffet added that “commemoration is critical, otherwise we’ll forget.” And while the Day celebrates the end of slavery, it is important to keep in mind that modern forms of the scourge, such as human trafficking, continue today, he noted. 25 March 2009The powerful sounds of musicians, drummers and steel bands echoed through the United Nations complex in New York today in a celebration of the world’s common humanity and in commemoration of the victims of the African slave trade. read more

Sri Lanka strongly condemns terrorist attack in Kabul

Attackers drove an ambulance laden with explosives past a police checkpoint in a secure zone, home to government offices and foreign embassies.The target is believed to have been an interior ministry building, but many people were hit while walking by. A suicide bombing has killed at least 95 people and injured 158 others in the centre of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, officials say. Sri Lanka strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Kabul in which over 95 people were killed.The Foreign Ministry said that innocent civilians and those under medical treatment had been the target of the terrorist attack. “Sri Lanka strongly condemns the terrorist attacks in Kabul targeting innocent civilians and those under medical treatment. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this terrible violence unleashed on the innocent,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mahishini Colonne said. The Taliban have said they carried out the attack, the deadliest for months. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Chipotle seeking a turnaround shakes up its board

Chipotle, seeking a turnaround, shakes up its board NEW YORK, N.Y. – Chipotle, which is still hurting from food safety scares last year, is adding four new people to its board as the burrito chain tries to turn its business around.The picks were made in agreement with activist investor Bill Ackman, whose firm Pershing Square is Chipotle’s biggest shareholder.Shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. rose more than 2 per cent in midday trading Friday.One of the new board members, Ali Namvar, is a Pershing partner. Matthew Paull, a former chief financial officer at burger chain McDonald’s Corp., is on Pershing’s advisory board. Pershing has a nearly 10 per cent stake in Chipotle. The other new members are Paul Cappuccio, an executive at media company Time Warner executive, and Robin Hickenlooper, an executive at cable company Liberty Global.The additions bring Chipotle’s board to 12 members.The board shake up comes on the same week the Denver-based company announced that founder Steve Ells would take over as sole CEO after serving as co-CEO with Monty Moran.The company is in the midst of improving its customer service , a move it hopes will help it win back people who may be avoiding the chain after an E. Coli outbreak last year sickened some customers.Its shares rose $9.20, or 2.4 per cent, to $391.55 in midday trading Friday. Its shares are down 31 per cent from a year ago. by The Associated Press Posted Dec 16, 2016 8:54 am MDT Last Updated Dec 16, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

NHS should do God new guidance suggests with doctors urged to ask

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. old hands  Care for dying people varies widely Credit:Alamy  Care for dying people varies widely  The advice follows an audit of deaths in England which found that the spiritual wishes of patients were recorded in just one in seven cases, where communication was possible.Sam Ahmedzai, emeritus professor of palliative medicine and specialist member of the Nice quality standard committee said: “Control of pain and other distressing symptoms is very important for dying people, but good end of life care goes far beyond that. “Nice wants to put the dying person and those important to them at the heart of decisions. This means asking people what they want and providing what they need, whenever possible.”The Church of England welcomed the stance, saying anxiety about death could be eased considerably if patients felt able to discuss their religious views.The Revd Dr Malcolm Brown, director of mission and public affairs, said: “High quality end of life care is one of the most important ways in which society can show that it values every individual for themselves and not just for their economic usefulness.“We particularly welcome the advice to ask people, as they approach death, about their spiritual and religious concerns.“People’s views and needs can change radically as the inevitability of death approaches and dying can be eased considerably if careful opportunities to express or discuss these matters are created.“For people approaching death who would like to discuss questions of religion and spirituality, or who wish for religious rites to be observed, chaplains in the NHS and in hospices are experienced in providing this dimension of care.“Chaplains, of different religions and beliefs, are also available to support healthcare staff in broaching these questions with dying patients.”center_img Doctors must not be afraid to do God, new NHS advice suggests, as medics are urged to ask the dying about their spiritual and religious preferences.The guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) says hospital staff need to do more to ensure that the individual preferences of patients are addressed, as well as their medical needs.Doctors and nurses will be encouraged to ask patients about their “spiritual, cultural, religious and social preferences,” opening up conversations on matters such as life after death. It is estimated that about half a million people die each year in England and 3 out of 4 of these deaths are anticipated by medical staff.Patients who display symptoms suggesting they may be in the last days of life should be monitored for further changes, the guidance says, to identify if they are nearing death, stabilising or recovering, and help patients and relatives prepare for the prospect of death. Some people can experience difficulty in swallowing during their final days of life.The guidance says necessary changes to prescribed medicine – such as providing injections instead of tablets – should be anticipated so that patients are not left without essential medication. “It includes asking about the dying person’s spiritual, cultural, religious and social preferences. Only by attending to these issues and concerns can we deliver truly individualised care for each person and those important to them.”He said the treatment of the dying was crucial not just to the patient, but to the memories of family and friends. Half of all deaths in England occur in hospital last_img read more

Average Alevel Music class now has just three students study finds

“The threat of small class sizes is also a concern. In a tough financial climate, it can be hard for schools to justify the expense of offering a qualification and having a specialist teacher if the uptake is low, further limiting pupils access to studying music and even pursuing a career in music.”The discipline faces an “existential crisis” as it increasingly drops off the syllabus, according to Lord Black of Brentwood who warned during a debate in the House of Lords last year that music is “literally disappearing from our schools”.“Rather than it being the fundamental right of all children, it is rapidly becoming the preserve of the privileged few at independent schools, as it dies out in the state sector,” he said. “Music in this country is now facing an existential crisis which only urgent radical action from government will be able to reverse.” The average A-level music class now has just three students, a study has found.One in five entries for the subject are from fewer than 50 schools, according to research commissioned by the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music.Academics from Birmingham City University analysed patterns of entry for A-level qualifications in Music over the past five years and found that numbers had fallen by 35 per cent, from 8,369 to 5,440.The study also found that independent schools account for a disproportionately high number of A-level music entries.“It seems significant that the average class size for many of the entry centres in these local authorities does not exceed the national average of 3.3 students,” the report said, adding that the subject is “disappearing” altogether from schools in deprived areas.Researchers identified ten parts of the country – including Blackpool, Slough, Bury and Hartlepool – where there were less than five entries for A-level music for the entire area. Dr Adam Whittaker, a research fellow at Birmingham City University and the report’s lead author, said that the decline in A-level music is “extremely alarming”.He added: “It is deeply worrying that students in the most deprived local authorities are not able to study A-level music, while other more affluent areas see high numbers of entry.   Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Direct Democracy Ireland appeal for a no vote in Court of Appeal

first_imgONE POLITICAL PARTY is calling for a no vote in the referendum on establishing a Court of Appeal.Direct Democracy Ireland founder, Raymond Whitehead told that he will be voting against it, arguing that if this referendum is passed, people won’t have any recourse to the Supreme Court in most cases.“This is a farce,” said Whitehead.Democracy deficitWhen asked if there was enough debate about the establishment of a Court of Appeal he said the Seanad debate was taking up most of debate time, stating: “It is diversionary. We have a democracy deficit in this country. This will be the final nail in the coffin of this country in terms of democracy and the right to justice.”He added: “The government want to speed up the justice system, as there are delays in having appeals heard by the Supreme Court. But it will only speed it up in the interests of government and corporate interests. Sometimes democracy can be slow, but shouldn’t we be looking before we leap. Haven’t we learned from the past. Why are we rushing justice. Look where it got us before, rushing in at 3am in the morning with the bank bailout.”How will it work?He said he didn’t believe the government had given an adequate outline as how the Court of Appeal would clear the backlog of appeal cases that the Supreme Court is experiencing, adding that the government have not specified what their “plan b” is if it doesn’t get passed.“What is their plan then, they haven’t told us, so how can they expect us to vote on something when we don’t know the consequences of voting for or against it,” he said.In their flyer, Direct Democracy state that the long delays in having an appeal to the Supreme Court can be beneficial to mortgage holders in distress as it can delay the repossession process for banks in repossessing homes.Whitehead said he believed the establishment of a Court of Appeal would have unintended consequences and urged people to get informed.If you would like more information about the upcoming referendum on October 4, please visit the Referendum 2013 website here. Read: Here is Alan Shatter’s quick guide to the Court of Appeal referendum>Column: Irish politics won’t change until people demand accountability from leaders>last_img read more

Faucons du haut de la Défense ils ne se reproduisent pas

first_imgFaucons : du haut de la Défense, ils ne se reproduisent pasDepuis l’automne 2008, un couple de faucons pèlerins s’est installé en haut des tours de la Défense. Mais s’ils parviennent à se nourrir depuis cet étonnant refuge, les oiseaux ne s’y reproduisent pas, n’ayant aucune cavité où nicher.”Dans les falaises, il y a des cavités. Là, il n’y a pas de vide favorable”, explique à l’AFP Fabienne David, de la Ligue de protection des oiseaux. Afin de permettre à ce couple de faucons pèlerins de mettre au monde des petits, l’une des tours, celle d’ERDF, vient d’accueillir en son sommet un nichoir. Une petite cabane en bois qui n’est pas la première à avoir ainsi été installée dans le quartier d’affaires. Depuis 2009, trois autres nichoirs ont en effet pris place à la Défense.À lire aussiL’effrayante attaque d’un crabe de cocotier sur un oiseauMais ces efforts sont vains. Aucun de ces abris ne semble en effet convenir aux faucons urbains, qui ne se reproduisent toujours pas. Pour expliquer cette abstinence, plusieurs hypothèses sont évoquées, et notamment l’éventuelle stérilité de la femelle. Mais il est également possible que les oiseaux soient tout simplement dérangés par le passage sur les terrasses, l’entretien des vitres, ou les systèmes de climatisation. Selon Fabienne David, ces rapaces “sont des oiseaux farouches”, ce qui explique pourquoi les nichoirs installés en haut des cathédrales attirent bien plus les oiseaux que ceux des gratte-ciel.De 1945 à 1970, les faucons pèlerins ont vu leur population sensiblement diminuer, nombre d’oiseaux étant victimes de pesticides organochlorés utilisés dans l’agriculture. Mais l’espèce a pu être sauvée grâce à l’interdiction de ce type de pesticides et son inscription sur la liste des espèces protégées.Le 24 décembre 2010 à 18:25 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Panama des moustiques génétiquement modifiés relâchés contre la dengue

first_imgPanama : des moustiques génétiquement modifiés relâchés contre la dengueDes chercheurs ont proposé d’introduire au Panama des moustiques génétiquement modifiés pour lutter contre la dengue. Mais des associations de défense de l’environnement s’opposent au projet avertissant des conséquences qui restent inconnues.Après la Malaisie, le Brésil et les îles Caïman, c’est au tour de Panama de tester une nouvelle initiative pour lutter contre la dengue. Cette infection virale transmise par les moustiques cause une fièvre sévère, accompagné de maux de tête, et peut aboutir à la mort de la personne infectée si celle-ci n’est pas soignée. Selon les chiffres de l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS), chaque année, ce serait environ 50 millions de personnes qui se feraient infecter par le virus responsable. D’où l’importance d’enrayer sa propagation. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Des scientifiques ont donc décidé au Panama d’introduire des moustiques mâles génétiquement modifiés afin de combattre la maladie. En effet, les moustiques en question sont relâchés pour concurrencer leurs congénères face aux femelles, et dont la progéniture succomberait rapidement, entraînant une baisse de leur population, a expliqué à la presse Nestor Souza, directeur de l’Institut du Memorial Gorgas d’études de santé, dont le siège est installé au Panama.Néanmoins, plusieurs associations ont d’ores et déjà dénoncé ce projet affirmant qu’il n’est pas autorisé par la loi et surtout que ses répercussions restent inconnues, la recherche sur la question demeurant insuffisante actuellement. Si l’initiative a déjà été testée dans d’autres pays, les résultats sont pour l’heure encore inconnus. De même, “nous ignorons les altérations que (ces moustiques) pourraient provoquer chez les personnes (piquées). C’est irresponsable”, a notamment dénoncé le militant écologiste Olmedo Carrasquilla cité par l’AFP.Pour sa part, M. Souza a fait valoir que les effets négatifs éventuels d’une telle introduction ne sont pas prouvés. Celui-ci a également souligné que cette stratégie n’est qu’une variante de la technique de l’insecte stérile introduite depuis plusieurs années au Panama pour lutter contre la lucilie bouchère (ou mouche de Libye). Une technique qui elle a montré de bons résultats.Le 18 mai 2012 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Video WWE posts full How Eddie Guerrero became a SmackDown legend documentary

first_imgFacebook Pinterest Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte WWE has posted the full mini-documentary (above) about Eddie Guerrero and his time as WWE Champion as part of the Smackdown brand in 2004.The documentary, titled “How Eddie Guerrero became a Smackdown legend”, focuses on Guerrero being a big part of the Smackdown brand during the brand split after he was re-hired by the company following his release back in 2001.Vickie Guerrero is heavily featured in the special, including her reaction to find out about Eddie’s sudden passing back in 2005. Paul Heyman, John Cena, JBL, Kurt Angle and Sasha Banks are also featured in the documentary talking about Guerrero. Google+ WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 center_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOXlast_img read more

Haitians captured in Exuma by Defense Force

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#DefenceForceinterceptsHaitiansloop, #IllegalHaitiansinterceptedoffExuma, #magneticmedianews, #protectBahamasborders New Haiti Regime has to renew commitment to Bahamas says Mitchellcenter_img RBDF Apprehends Haitian Migrants Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 17, 2017 – Exuma – An interception by the Royal Bahamas Defense Force near Exuma has seen 63 Haitian migrants handed over to Immigration Officers where they are now detained in Carmichael Road at the Center.   It was last night, reported the Defense Force, while on routine patrol that P-49 intercepted the group north of Ship Channel Cay, which is in the northern end of the Exuma chain of islands.Chief Petty Officer Ross Seymour had an uneventful apprehension of the 54 males and 9 females who were on board a wooden sloop.  A recent interview with Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister, Fred Mitchell helped to shed light on why the flow of illegal migrants out of Haiti, at best, can only be intercepted and likely never stop.“It’s a problem that can’t be stopped, it can only be managed, and the reason the problems exists is because the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos are relatively rich countries compared to a very poor country in the south and there is a demand for labour.”In that interview with Magnetic Media while in the Turks and Caicos this past weekend, Minister Mitchell said a fresh dialogue must resume and should include the Turks and Caicos which is plagued with the same vexing problem.Photocredit: RBDF#MagneticMediaNews#IllegalHaitiansinterceptedoffExuma#DefenceForceinterceptsHaitiansloop#protectBahamasborderslast_img read more

MD Schools Police find missing teen

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Miami-Dade Schools Police have found a girl a missing teenage girl.Police have located 15-year-old Nathalia Gonzalez.Gonzalez went missing on Wednesday when her family said she didn’t return home from school.Police later found Gonzalez in Palm Beach County. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

One killed 20 CU students injured in road crash

first_img.A pedestrian was killed and 20 students of Chittagong University were injured as a bus carrying the students overturned on a road in Alutila area of Khagrachhari Sadar upazila on Friday morning, reports UNB.The deceased Hafiz Ullah, 67, is a local fish trader.Fire service sources said that the Khagrachhari-bound tourist bus carrying students overturned on the road after the bus driver lost over the steering , leaving the fish trader dead on the spot and at least 20 students injured.last_img

DC Drug Court Commencement Ceremony for Roughly 30 Graduates

first_imgThe D.C. Drug Court on Sept 20 will be honoring National Recovering Month with a commencement ceremony and cookout for roughly 30 graduates who are on the road to recovery. The ceremony is scheduled to be held at the North Michigan Park and Recreation Center, 1333 Emerson Street, NE, at 11:30 a.m.(AP Photo/Stephanie Zollshan)The D.C Pretrial Services Agency offers a program to reduce recidivism and substance abuse among non-violent offenders struggling with drug and alcohol abuse. D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the ceremony.last_img read more

Apples Group FaceTime Bug Fix Is Delayed Until Next Week

first_img Apple Brings Contactless Student IDs to More UniversitiesCelebrate World Emoji Day With Diverse New Characters Stay on target Apple has an update on its recent Group FaceTime glitch: Users will have to wait until next week to re-enable the feature.On Friday, Apple apologized for the Group FaceTime bug, which allowed people to hear audio of callees from January 28 to January 29, 9to5Mac reported. The error, which enabled eavesdropping, angered many customers, who couldn’t use Group FaceTime on their smartphones.Now you can answer for yourself on FaceTime even if they don’t answer#Apple explain this..— Benji Mobb™ (@BmManski) January 28, 2019In a statement sent to 9to5Mac, Apple said it fixed the Group FaceTime security flaw on Apple’s servers, but customers will have to wait: The software to re-enable the feature won’t roll out for a few more days. Apple initially promised to have Group FaceTime up again by the end of this week, however, it’s unclear why the fix was delayed.The company also thanked the family of a 14-year-old boy, who initially spotted the bug and reported it to Apple on Jan. 20, CNN reported. Michelle Thompson, the mom of the teen who found the glitch, posted about the error on Twitter, however, Apple didn’t disable Group FaceTime until Monday evening.My teen found a major security flaw in Apple’s new iOS. He can listen in to your iPhone/iPad without your approval. I have video. Submitted bug report to @AppleSupport…waiting to hear back to provide details. Scary stuff! #apple #bugreport @foxnews— MGT7 (@MGT7500) January 21, 2019Following the incident, Apple promised to prioritize customers’ privacy concerns moving forward.“We are committed to improving the process by which we receive and escalate these reports, in order to get them to the right people as fast as possible,” Apple said in the statement. “We take the security of our products extremely seriously and we are committed to continuing to earn the trust Apple customers place in us.”More on Is Fixing That FaceTime Spying GlitchApple Might Be Making a Video Game Streaming ServiceApple’s #ShotOniPhone Competition Encourages Mobile Photographylast_img read more

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Seeing Things Differently With Enterprise Imaging in Radiology

first_imgFor more information on enterprise imaging technology, watch the video “Enterprise Imaging – RSNA 2015 Technology Report.” Feature | Information Technology | February 03, 2016 | Val Kapitula Seeing Things Differently With Enterprise Imaging in Radiology There is a growing expectation that viewing technology must deliver vendor-neutral, seamlessly integrated, mobile, secure and interactive results. Editor’s note: Val Kapitula, RT(R), CRT, PMP, senior consultant at Ascendian Healthcare Consulting, is a frequent contributor to publications and forums focused on cardiovascular operations, services and HIT innovation.  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Mobile Access to Patient Data and ImagesIn this changing healthcare culture, patients are also becoming significantly more involved in their own care and are proactively looking for ways to stay connected. As a result, mobile access technology has grown exponentially over the last several years to provide a better means for doctors and patients to view the same sets of image objects. Whether a physician is reviewing a patient’s post-surgical hip X-rays in the office or a patient is gaining access to her fetal ultrasound via iPad, the Web-based HTML5 technology inherent in the viewer allows this to occur. Outside the reference viewer industry, many applications that offer built-in viewers are also focused on providing such alternatives to their proprietary and thick-client coded architectures. Combining secure access with the freedom of mobile technology, physicians are no longer glued to a single workstation in the hospital limiting their ability to increase their rounds and improve patient-to-physician interactions.True zero-footprint viewers that have no plug-ins required are now capable of using server-side rendering to stream large image sets like CT angiograms with ease, giving clinicians the ability to do HTML5 image markups and annotations. This means streaming medical images to a mobile device has become as easy as streaming music videos online. As a result, depending on the user preferences or privileges, tablets in a busy healthcare environment have become powerful tools for physicians on the move.Equally important is the ability for members of a care team to collaborate on patient care. As the concept of value-driven healthcare evolves, referring and specialty physicians will need to partner in new ways to enable more efficient coordination of shared patient diagnoses and treatment planning. Collaboration tools built into the viewer technology have significantly improved the ability for physicians to expedite the follow-up and clarification of any questionable pathology specialists have noted in image interpretations. In addition, such tools allow interactive work sessions between centers of excellence and areas that may not offer specialty services, bringing all available resources to the point of care and reducing unnecessary logistical challenges for the patient. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more The 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. Important Considerations for Enterprise Imaging• Know your image users: When selecting enabling technologies or designing a program for image access and visualization, it’s important to understand the various categories of image users and to define the requirements for the viewer based on the needs of the viewing audience, including:    –  Diagnosticians: The physicians that read images and provide interpretations — radiologists and cardiologists are good examples.    – Clinical decision-makers: Providers with a high reliance on images for patient care; these clinicians may also employ third-party software to manipulate the images. Neurologists and orthopedic surgeons fall into this category; an orthopedic surgeon, for example, will use a template to design a hip implant, manipulating the medical image to determine how much bone to shave for a proper fit.    – Referential users: Most imaging users fall into this category; these are the care providers that view images for clinical reference purposes on a daily basis, most often via EHRs.    – Remote users: People that are off-site — not in the hospital or clinic — comprise this category; many of these users view images on a mobile device.    – Patients: Of course, patients are also an important consideration and a growing sector of the image viewing population.• Keep it private: There are times when patients do not want “just anyone” inside the healthcare setting to view their images, so it is important to select a viewer that can customize the view based on the user’s role in the care setting. Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Watch the video “Creating an Enterprise Imaging System — RSNA 2015.”center_img 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 Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 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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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… 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 Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Related Content 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 Image courtesy of Carestream.As the enterprise imaging market matures, the technology used to access and view images is rapidly changing. This is a factor that directly impacts the ways in which physicians, radiologists, clinical teams, administrators and patients interact with healthcare image objects. Whether the image is a chest X-ray, computed tomography (CT) angiogram, echocardiogram cine loop, wound picture acquired by a mobile device, or a newly introduced 3-D breast tomosynthesis image, there is a growing expectation that the viewing technology must deliver vendor-neutral, seamlessly integrated, mobile, secure and interactive results.Integrated delivery networks (IDN) undergoing enterprise image consolidations are faced with the challenge of combining various data and imaging silos that are indexed under multiple medical record numbers (MRN) or master patient indexes (MPI), thus creating a barrier for single longitudinal record access and visualization. In these cases, senior leadership will be looking for short-term bridge strategies that will allow them to produce a single technology to deliver all image objects regardless of the end-user mix. Having multiple viewers and picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) is no longer financially sustainable or clinically feasible in the new healthcare model that is now so sharply focused on clinical quality outcomes.Current market viewers, however, offer healthcare providers the ability to federate their legacy PACS or other image repositories and display these images in a single patient context. This model allows expedited image enablement of the electronic health record (EHR) while eliminating cumbersome migration costs. Therefore, an organization struggling to decommission legacy systems is now able to integrate various image repositories and provide a single point of image viewing for all of its physicians via an EHR portal.This opens the door to new innovations. Clinical and reference viewer vendors are now looking to expand on existing technology, designing it to offer broader diagnostic features and tools, whereas in the past, radiologists, for example, would simply have used an entirely different viewer. From the perspective of healthcare IT, having a single viewer to integrate and support is financially appealing, especially when it meets the ever-growing requirements of the clinical end-user community. 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 last_img read more

Master strummers convene for 20th International Guitar Festival

first_imgRelated posts:Guitar Festival, French cinema, and other happenings around Costa Rica The Prague Ballet, an international blues festival, and other happenings around Costa Rica Felix Pastorius, descendant of music dynasty, to jam at Jazz Café Escazú 30 Seconds to Mars concert, short film festival, and other happenings around Costa Rica Throughout the world, the guitar is the king of instruments. For such a young creation, the guitar has permeated nearly every genre of music. When new musicians learn scales and harmonies, many start with an acoustic guitar, and whether you’re listening to country, jazz, orcrunkcore, there is pretty much always a guitar involved.To celebrate this ubiquitous instrument, the International Guitar Festival takes place at the National Theater this week, incorporating seven international artists and no fewer than 80 Costa Rican musicians. Cuban-born maestro Jorge Luis Zamora has spearheaded the festival and serves as director.“We’re returning with a lot of excitement to make this festival a reality,” said Zamora in a statement. “It’s been months of arduous work, sacrifice and dedication to bring back to the Costa Rican public an event that is so important to the musical culture of the country and the guitar movement.”Since its founding by guitarist Luis Zumbado in 1987, there have only been 19 editions of the festival, owing to inconsistent interest and support. This year marks the 20th festival, and Zamora has high hopes.“As with previous occasions, the artists will give us an exponentially higher caliber of instrumental interpretation, covering different styles like classical music, flamenco, latin-jazz-rock, concerts for guitar and orchestra and different formats, from soloists to guitar orchestras,” he said. “Of course we’ll also have a high representation of Costa Ricans.”The festival honors Spanish master Joaquín Rodrigo, who passed away in 1999 after composing music for nearly a century. The first evening’s performances on Sept. 24 are dedicated entirely to Rodrigo’s compositions. With such a variety of styles and talent, the festival can’t help but strike a chord.Festival Internacional de Guitarra takes place Sept. 24-28 at the National Theater. Wed.-Sun., 8 p.m. ₡8,000-15,000 ($16-30). Info: National Theater website. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Chasing Loan Automation

first_imgWhy is there a lack of automation in the correspondent business today?There is no single reason why there is a lack of automation in the correspondent business. The right automation, properly applied, can solve some of the biggest challenges facing today’s correspondent lender. All lenders collect an insane amount of information from borrowers—bank balances, income, credit history, tax data, you name it—and then they go out and get even more data from third-party vendors, not all of which is saved or sent in the same format. Gathering so much data form different sources and formats inevitably creates data contamination problems. For correspondents who buy these loans, there is significant value in technology that can automate the process and identify defects prior to purchase.Most correspondent lenders today are forced to rely on an LOS—or parts of an LOS—for loan acquisition due diligence. Unfortunately, LOS solutions are not really equipped to verify and validate data, nor are they capable of automating the quality control aspects of a loan file review. On a broader level, the decision to invest in automation usually happens at the higher levels of an organization. Standardizing on an LOS to serve needs across channels is not uncommon. Unfortunately, the organization’s correspondent division is then left to absorb or “eat” the cost of functionality they simply won’t use. Also, they are filling in the gaps through manual workarounds and additional systems, such as web portals and pricing engines. Technology specifically designed to automate the correspondent workflow can eliminate process inefficiencies and the need to invest in and maintain multiple systems. in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination What is the problem with relying solely on seller LOS data? A correspondent with limited automation may be tempted to improve turn time by relying solely on LOS data provided by sellers. This is a big mistake and highlights a huge myth in the industry that LOS data is the single source of truth for the loan file, which simply isn’t correct. The LOS is a system of record, to be sure, but anybody can put data into the LOS—that doesn’t make the data accurate. Correspondents who purchase loans from multiple sellers are also dealing with data from a variety of LOS systems. They need an efficient way to compare that data with the final loan documents and identify inconsistencies. Relying solely on LOS data for loan file reviews leaves a correspondent with too much exposure related to defects.Fully automating the correspondent loan acquisition process needs to go beyond the automation of standard processes and progress to “intelligent automation.” The former type of automation applies to tasks such as populating forms and sending alerts. Intelligent automation, on the other hand, leverages a rules-based architecture to interpret information in a useful way. You could say that there really is no shortage of basic automation, but there is definitely a shortage of intelligent automation. We’re trying to change that.What steps are correspondent investors taking to apply more automation?It varies by investor. Some investors want a complete solution that will help them deliver more effectively on their value proposition, whatever that may be. For example, some lenders focus on providing customers with a high-touch experience and want added data and intelligence that addresses seller improvement and competitive pricing. Others desire a more low-touch approach, and choose an elevated level of automation across all steps in the processes while focusing on providing sellers with the best prices.Then there are correspondent investors who need help solving a particular pain point, such as document processing, which is a huge challenge for many. Very large amounts of loan file data remain “locked up” in documents that require very precise technology to extract. This same technology should also enable indexing, classification, and versioning of all loan file documents.Correspondent investors may vary on their approach to automation, addressing a specific issue or pursuing systemic improvement, but there is no lack of opportunity for it to deliver value to their businesses. Chasing Loan Automation What would investors consider a digital transformation?The best possible digital experience for correspondent investors is one that prevents buybacks, reduces seller turn times, and lowers costs across all processes. The question is: how do you get there? An increasing number of investors are diving in, while many others don’t know where to begin.For example, with today’s technology, investors can verify the accuracy of any loan file, streamline the clearing of conditions, and create documented proof of compliance, which helps all sides avoid potential buybacks. The same type of technology is capable of finding and addressing loan defects across data and docs that would otherwise go undetected by using only LOS data. Automation enables this to happen efficiently, which speeds seller turn times and funding to their warehouse lines.While we may not yet be at a place where a total digital transformation is embraced by all, most investors would consider a successful digital transformation one that achieves the above three goals: preventing buybacks, reducing seller turn times, and lowering costs across all processes.Where is the tipping point for true ROI through automation?For all lenders, the holy grail is lowering costs and achieving consistent, verified, and validated compliance with investor guidelines. The only way to do both is by automating the quality control oversight of the underwriting and decision-making processes as they occur. This will ensure accurate, validated data is used to make underwriting decisions with minimal manual data entry. Real-time, in-line quality checks and automated rules will test and document compliance with investor guidelines, passing on high quality loans to correspondent investors. Pre-purchase reviews can then be streamlined, refocusing staff resource on managing exceptions.The holy grail drives quality from the start of the origination process. However, we’re not there yet as an industry. For correspondent investors, the burden is still on them to identify and cure defects prior to purchase. The good news is that a growing number of them are investing in the right technologies that are helping them achieve true, documented ROI on automation right now. November 24, 2017 652 Views Automation Correspondent Lending HOUSING LoanLogics mortgage 2017-11-24 Rachel Williams Leah Fox, EVP of Technology and Services Delivery, LoanLogicsNearly two full decades into the new century, many correspondent lenders are still stuck in the past. The sheer amount of data required to be sifted, sorted, and interpreted can be daunting for a business of any size, but emerging technology will allow lenders to automate more of this process, more easily catching defects before the purchase is already made. It sounds like a no-brainer, but many in the industry are still relying on an LOS. What’s the hold-up in embracing digital?Leah Fox is EVP of Technology and Services Delivery for LoanLogics, a recognized technology leader in loan quality management and performance analytics that helps lenders improve transparency and reliability throughout the loan lifecycle. Fox previously worked as Head of Solution Delivery Services for eBay Enterprise. MReport spoke with her about ways the industry can further embrace automation, and the challenges ahead. Sharelast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Lynn Elber, The Associated Press Posted Feb 5, 2019 6:12 am PDT FX chief says Netflix exaggerates viewership numbers FILE – In this Aug. 3, 2018 file photo, John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions, participates in the executive panel during the FX Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. Landgraf said Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, that Netflix is using cloudy measurements to claim increasing dominance among viewers. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File) PASADENA, Calif. — Someone is standing up to television’s Goliath, with a prominent competitor saying Monday that Netflix is deceiving the public about what is a hit and what isn’t.John Landgraf, the FX Networks chief executive who has frequently pointed out the glut of scripted TV, said Netflix is using cloudy measurements to claim increasing dominance among viewers. It’s an approach he said reflects a worrisome Silicon Valley arrogance.Applying long-used industry standards to Netflix, “their true batting average would be viewed as unimpressive,” Landgraf said.The streaming service has upended the TV industry with a gusher of programming beyond that of any other outlet. This year, Netflix also realized its goal of earning a best-picture Oscar nomination, for the film “Roma.”But success doesn’t necessarily stem from an “endless money cannon,” as Landgraf described spending by what he called Silicon Valley’s “monopolistic titans.”Netflix’s claim that 40 million households globally watched the series “You” is suspect, Landgraf said, contending the U.S figure would be only 8 million viewers if the industry’s average-viewership standard was applied. The streaming service generally refuses to release viewership numbers, emphasizing the subscriber growth it now pegs at more than 130 million worldwide, with nearly 60 million of those in the United States.“By creating a myth that they have used data to find the magic bullet of guaranteed commercial success that has eluded everyone else since the creation of television, they have given the impression that the vast majority of shows on their platform is working … and that they have or will soon have many more hits than anyone else,” Landgraf said.Netflix declined comment Monday. The company said in an earnings letter it counts a viewer if they “substantially complete at least one episode.”Landgraf, who dismissed that measure as meaningless, said a program like “Stranger Things” is rightly cited by Netflix as an audience “home run” but called it an outlier.FX is coming off a good year, with a wealth of Emmy and other awards for shows including “The Americans” and “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.” Landgraf said he’s optimistic about FX’s future as Walt Disney Co. prepares to acquire 21st Century Fox, parent company of the channel.Netflix puts its money where its mouth is: In 2018, the streaming platform said it was spending $8 billion on programming, the vast majority of it original. Since 2014, programming from Netflix and other, less robust streamers has increased nearly 400 per cent, compared to a 1 per cent drop for broadcast and a 32 per cent increase for pay cable, according to FX research.Volume doesn’t guarantee quality, no matter what Netflix’s message may be, Landgraf said in a Q&A with critics that was part of FX’s promotion of upcoming and returning series, including “Better Things” and “Legion.”“The flip side of taking hundreds of at-bats is you’re going to get a massive number of strikeouts. So naturally, Netflix made and launched a number of consumer failures,” he said. “But by reporting singles as if they were home runs, and failing to ever report a single strikeout, they undercut” their claims.An outlet’s performance can only be verified by agreed-upon, consistent measurements such as those compiled and analyzed by Nielsen, he said, noting the company is measuring Netflix and is adding Hulu and Amazon this year. While some ratings for top-rated broadcast and cable shows are released publicly with network agreement, Nielsen has yet to do the same for Netflix.“One way or another, the truth will ultimately come out, as it always does,” said Landgraf, who maintained his customary even, somewhat professorial tone throughout his Netflix dissection. He called on critics to resist reporting what he called “cherry-picked data” and to wait for third-party measurements.He also asked the room to consider the issue in the larger context of journalism and the forces that the digital industry that encompasses Netflix has unleashed.“It’s just not a good thing for society when one entity or one person gets to unilaterally make the rules or pronounce the truth,” he said.Lynn Elber, The Associated Presslast_img read more