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Creatures of the Night at the Museum of Natural History

first_imgYoungsters from across the province are being invited to go on the prowl this weekend to find out what creatures come out after dark at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax. Friday, Oct. 28, is a school in-service day and the beginning of a three-day weekend for children. “We’ve planned lots of fun things for kids to do on their days off,” says museum manager Janet Maltby. “We truly enjoy opportunities to share fascinating aspects of nature and display unique museum specimens which are often not on public display.” Youngsters will have to follow riddle clues to safely navigate their way through the museum and will discover creepy facts about animals and plant life that only come out or are enhanced at night. Some explorers may encounter, and have to escape from, a large creature during their prowl. Nocturnal sounds — including the hooting of owls, howling of wolves, creaking of trees and other noises of unseen things at night — will also follow visitors as they make their way through the galleries. As part of this program, museum staff will dissect owl pellets, the non-digested and regurgitated food parts of what an owl has eaten during its nocturnal hunt. Other creepy activities include Cabinets of Curiosities in which visitors can see unique museum specimens such as a mummified rat, swordfish eyeball, green snakes with stomach contents and various skulls. Young visitors will also have an opportunity to make their own masks of a creature of the night. Creatures of the Night takes place on Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission will be charged. Children are encouraged to come dressed as their favourite creature of the night. The Museum of Natural History is located at 1747 Summer St., in Halifax. For information call 902-424-3563 or visit the website at nature.museum.gov.ns.ca read more

Alberta Ballets 52nd Season Celebrates Legends Poets and Dream Weavers

first_img Facebook Alberta Ballet’s Hayna Gutierrez and Garrett Groat. Photo Credit: Paul McGrath (CNW Group/Alberta Ballet) Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment CALGARY and EDMONTON, March 2, 2018 – Alberta Ballet Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maître today announced the 2018/19 season, a series brimming with Canadian artistry as it celebrates legends, poets and dream weavers.The new season includes ten Alberta premieres and two world premieres.Most notably, Alberta Ballet will add to its repertory The Sleeping Beauty, the crown jewel of classical ballet. The production, choreographed by Associate Artistic Director Christopher Anderson, will embrace the ballet’s majestic tradition and further thrill Alberta audiences with a kingdom re-imagined as nestled in the iconic western Canadian landscape.center_img The season is book-ended with acclaimed intimate tributes to Canadian musical legends.  The opening production has Alberta Ballet hosting Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal in Dance Me, an homage to Leonard Cohen.  The season finale is Alberta Ballet in Joni Mitchell’s The Fiddle and the Drum.2018 also marks 10 years since the premiere of Edmund Stripe’s The Nutcracker. Alberta Ballet will present a special anniversary edition of the production with new choreographic elements and a parade of cameo walk-on roles.Alberta Ballet has also invited Bruce Wells to stage his version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  This legendary comedy is favoured by prestigious ballet companies across North America and Alberta Ballet will present the Canadian premiere of Wells’ acclaimed version.Other highlights include two mixed bills featuring the boldest choreographic voices in contemporary dance today. The first of these triple bills, in January, will feature guest company Ballet BC to perform works by Crystal Pite, William Forsythe and Medhi Walerski.  The second triple bill, de.Vi.ate is Alberta Ballet’s response to requests for its own company dancers in more avant guard work.  de.Vi.ate will be the first time Alberta audiences see Jean Grand-Maitre’sCaelestis, a one-act ballet commissioned by the National Arts Centre. The original orchestral score for Caelestis, composed by Edmontonian Andrew Staniland, has since been nominated for a JUNO Award.Says Grand-Maitre, “Our stage will explode in a maelstrom of electrifying and enchanting magic, gathering artistic mavericks from across the nation. It’s such a profound collection of talent, the 52nd season may very well become Alberta Ballet’s most memorable.”Subscriptions and Key DatesMarch 5, 2018 – Launch of renewal period for current subscriptionsJune 1, 2018 – Sales open for new subscriptions and season flex packsJuly 16, 2018 – Sales open to general public for single ticketsSeason details, including performance dates, available atwww.albertaballet.com/season-overviewAbout Alberta BalletAlberta Ballet, under the direction of Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maître, connects audiences with dance that excites and inspires. The company reaches thousands of Albertans over the course of its September to May season and has toured across Canada and internationally.  Through both the originality of its programming and the talent of its 28 classically-trained dancers, Alberta Ballet has earned a passionate following in its twin home cities, Calgary and Edmonton, and abroad and is proud to be a community leader, both on and off the stage. Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Subway workers stage strike over wages in Romanian capital

first_imgBUCHAREST, Romania — Subway workers have staged a two-hour strike in the Romanian capital and threatened an all-out walkout if the government doesn’t agree to their wage demands.Trains didn’t run early Thursday after talks broke down between the subway trade union and management. Bucharest authorities laid on extra buses and trams.The union wants a 42 per cent salary hike, while managers have offered 18 per cent. Union leader Ion Radoi says employees will go on strike next week if the impasse isn’t broken.Transport Minister Lucian Sova calls the demands “blackmail.”Subway workers have an average monthly salary of 7,300 lei ($1,765), significantly higher than the national average.Some 700,000 people use the subway daily. A single journey costs 2.5 lei ($0.6).Built in the 1980s, the network only covers part of the city.The Associated Presslast_img read more

CEO at Regina refinery blames 50yearold installation mistake for blast

REGINA – The CEO of Federated Co-operatives Ltd. says a half-century-old installation error was behind an explosion at its Regina refinery in 2011 that injured 52 workers.Scott Banda says in 1961, someone put “a wrong piece of pipe” into a 70-metre-long stretch of pipe at the facility.He says the line was covered in insulation so the mistake wasn’t visible, and wasn’t detected in any of the several inspections that have happened over the years.Co-op was fined $280,000 earlier this week for a safety violation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act after it was determined the cause of the blast was a corroded pipe.Banda says they had been revamping the area and that section of pipe was just weeks away from being replaced when the explosion happened.Since 2011, Banda says the company has done some reflection and has put a renewed emphasis on its internal safety culture so a similar blast never happens again.“When you have that kind of an event at one of your facilities, it rocks you.”There has been at least one more explosion and two fires at the Co-op refinery since the October 2011 blast.A blaze in May 2012 began in a pump used to move crude oil, a vent plug failed caused a fire damaging buildings and equipment in February 2013, and a frozen line caused a blast that resulted in $77 million damage on Dec. 24, 2013.(CJME) CEO at Regina refinery blames 50-year-old installation mistake for blast by The Canadian Press Posted May 13, 2015 7:37 pm MDT Last Updated May 13, 2015 at 10:30 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ohio State mens basketball hits the books in preparation for No 22

OSU junior forward Marc Loving (2) attempts a shot during a game against Rutgers on Jan. 13 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorComing off a 35-point loss to Maryland in a season that’s been marred by turbulence, Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta is taking a variety of steps to right his inexperienced team’s ship. He’s always been an avid reader, but, in an effort to find something that might help his players, Matta recently began reading a new book about psychology. Although he declined to disclose its name, Matta started sharing lessons from the text with his team hoping that something — anything — might click with his youthful Buckeyes. “The good news is I just started it and it’s, like, 250 pages,” a smiling Matta said. In its 19 games thus far, OSU narrowly lost to then-No. 10 Virginia and stunned then-fourth-ranked Kentucky at a neutral site, but the Buckeyes (12-7, 4-2) have lost three games by at least 20 points. Figuring out just what makes this team so different on a night-to-night basis is like breaking the Enigma code — it might take a computer to do it. Or a book. “Yesterday (Matta) said he’s on page 36,” freshman point guard JaQuan Lyle said. “Yesterday he read us four quotes out of the book … so who knows how many quotes we’ll get the rest of the week. One of the quotes yesterday was something like, ‘if you look at things differently, maybe the outcome will be differently.’ It was just quotes that compare to us.” Looking at their next game differently is exactly what might work for the Buckeyes. They’ve had similar games like Thursday’s against No. 22 Purdue (15-3, 4-2) before, but in each of those, the outcome has been less than desired. The three games with parallels to the forthcoming tilt with the Boilermakers — on the road against a top-flight program in Connecticut, Indiana and Maryland — all ended in 20-plus point defeats. So, looking at things differently as the Buckeyes head to West Lafayette, Indiana, might be what it takes for the team to crack the code and become the consistent basketball team it strives to be. OSU has struggled to bring the necessary energy to compete with its more talent-laden opponents when facing them on the visitor’s home floor. That, however, should not be the case Thursday, Lyle said. “I’m expecting us to come in there and play hard all 40 minutes,” Lyle said. “Start playing hard from the jump, not waiting for the second media timeout or anything like that. Just trying to play hard the entire game, I feel like we haven’t done that in a while. “We need to get back to doing that.” “With the lights on”Bouncing back from such an embarrassing loss could be difficult, but Matta said his team has been putting forth a solid showing in the gym in the days following. OSU sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) attempts a shot during a game against Rutgers on Jan. 13 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor“We’ve had a couple of pretty good practices,” Matta said. “But we’ve practiced relatively well throughout the (season). When you step into Mackey Arena (Thursday) night, it’s on.” To be a better team when the first whistle blows, Matta said, the effort Lyle mentioned needs to be there, but it cannot be just be up to one player. Every player that sees the court needs to consistently be playing hard, the coach said, even through any mistakes the team makes. When those mistakes happen, which they are bound to, as they are just a part of the game, sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate said, Matta always emphasizes the importance of playing through them, rather than letting them weigh players down. “Coach Matta isn’t one of those coaches who’s gonna yell at you for a bad shot,” Tate said. “He doesn’t really care about the mistakes that you make. He just wants to see you play through them. As long as you play hard, then there’s no problem. That’s just what we’ve got to do a better job of.” “It’s on”While OSU is looking at its matchup against Purdue differently, that won’t change the fact the Buckeyes will have their hands full when the game starts. The Boilermakers come into Thursday’s game on the heels of a 107-57 throttling of Rutgers on Monday. Although the Scarlet Knights aren’t exactly a heavyweight opponent, Purdue used the same balanced attack in that game that has helped it throughout the season. That balanced scoring comes from three dominant post players, in senior center A.J. Hammons, sophomore center Isaac Haas and freshman forward Caleb Swanigan. The entire trio averages double-figure scoring, with the 7-foot Hammons leading the way with 13.4 points a game. Haas, who checks in at 7-foot-2, puts up 10.9 points a contest, while Swanigan chips in 10.4 points and 8.9 rebounds. Matta said he is well aware of the three-headed monster in the paint. “They are huge,” the coach said. “We’ve got to do a great job, the best job we can, with our post defense. It’s no secret. If you look at their shot totals, they’re going to get the ball inside to those guys.”Although denying all the entry passes to the trio would be the best-case scenario for Matta’s team, that is unrealistic. Once it gets down there, though, it is on OSU’s post players, like freshman Daniel Giddens and redshirt sophomore Trevor Thompson, to step up, Matta said. “They’re going to score,” he said. “There’s no doubt about that but we’ve got to do the best job we can challenging them, taking away their favorite moves. And (we need to) rebound the basketball.” Up nextAfter the Buckeyes take on the Boilermakers, they’re set to return to Columbus and take on Penn State at 7 p.m. on Monday. read more

Buckeye brainteasers 5 questions regarding OSUs matchup with Miami

The No. 17-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (2-0) hit the road for their first away game of the 2011 season against the unranked Miami Hurricanes (0-1), which were picked to finish second in the Atlantic Coast Conference. OSU holds a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series against Miami, including a 31-24 double-overtime victory in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl for the 2002 BCS National Championship. Last season’s 36-24 win against the Hurricanes was vacated as part of OSU’s self-imposed penalties for NCAA violations. Here is a discussion of some of the pressing concerns facing the Buckeyes’ in their Week 3 contest against Miami. 1. Should I be concerned about last week’s 27-22 win against Toledo and, if so, how much? It’s reasonable to be worried after Saturday’s closer-than-expected win against Toledo, but only to a certain point. One area of question is the success the Rockets’ quarterbacking duo of sophomore Terrance Owens and junior Austin Dantin had in the game. Owens and Dantin combined to throw for 292 yards against the OSU defense. Perhaps the biggest worry for Buckeye Nation was that their team struggled to stop the offensive weapons Toledo figured to rely on heading into the game — junior wide receiver and kick returner Eric Page and senior running back Adonis Thomas combined for 372 all-purpose yards in the game. But the fact that OSU dropped only two spots in the Associated Press’ Top 25 poll from No. 15 to No. 17 could be a sign of respect for the Rockets’ playmakers, and Toledo earned every bit of that respect. For all the missed opportunities and big plays allowed to the Rockets’ predictable playmakers, the Buckeyes defense came up with the stops it needed to win the game. As several players and coaches said after the game, OSU bent but didn’t break. Toledo made a game of it Saturday and that can’t be wholly negative. Buckeye fans got a scare watching the game, but more importantly, players got a formidable test before their first road trip. 2. How will previously-suspended OSU players — sophomore defensive back Corey Brown, junior running back Jordan Hall and junior defensive back Travis Howard — figure into the game plan against the Hurricanes Saturday? The NCAA reinstated Brown, Hall and Howard on Tuesday. Each player was suspended for the Buckeyes’ first two games for receiving white envelopes containing $200 from a university booster at a Feb. 19 charity event in Cleveland. Coach Luke Fickell said on several occasions that he would focus on the players that were present and not suspended. Additionally, Fickell said the players returning from punishment would have to win their jobs back from the starters that filled in for them during wins against Akron and Toledo. Offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Jim Bollman announced Wednesday that Hall will start at tailback for the Buckeyes against Miami even though Fickell said the sophomore running back Carlos Hyde was the team’s starter after the Toledo win. In all likelihood, perhaps Hall also outperformed Hyde in practice this week. Sophomore cornerback Dominic Clarke has played well in Howard’s absence and was also listed as a starter on the team’s depth chart, which was released to the media on Tuesday. Howard and Brown were not listed on the depth chart. 3. Which players on the Hurricanes could hurt the Buckeyes on Saturday? The list of Miami players whom are certain to pose a threat to OSU starts with redshirt sophomore running back Lamar Miller, who rushed for 119 yards on 18 carries while also scoring a touchdown in the Hurricanes’ season-opening loss to Maryland. Miller will also pose a dual threat to the Buckeyes as he amassed 100 return yards on four kick returns against the Terrapins. As far as wide receiving targets are concerned, none of the Hurricanes’ receivers put up eye-popping numbers against Maryland. Sophomore quarterback Stephen Morris spread the ball around in the season opener, completing passes to nine different players in the game. Sophomore Allen Hurns led all the Hurricanes’ receivers with 69 yards on four catches. And, of course, there’s senior quarterback Jacory Harris, who is returning from a one-game suspension. Harris was one of eight players suspended for receiving impermissible benefits from former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro, who is now serving a 20-year prison sentence for his involvement in a Ponzi scheme. The Miami quarterback hasn’t seen action since Dec. 31, 2010, when the Hurricanes’ lost, 33-17, to Notre Dame in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. Given the amount of time it has been since Harris’ last meaningful snap, it is hard to say how threatening he’ll be on Saturday. In 2010, Harris threw for 1,793 yards and 14 touchdowns against 15 interceptions, with four of those interceptions coming against the Buckeyes during the teams’ Week 2 matchup last fall. Harris figures to be an “X” factor in Saturday’s game. Another interception-laden performance against OSU would likely be Miami’s downfall. A strong 2011 debut for Harris could have the Buckeyes’ defense back-peddling and chasing the ‘Canes throughout the game. 4. How will this young Buckeyes team react to a hostile, away-game environment? When you consider that members of this OSU team have played in famously large and loud Big Ten stadiums such as Michigan Stadium, Wisconsin’s Camp Randall Stadium and Penn State’s Beaver Stadium, Miami’s Sun Life Stadium just doesn’t compare. Miami students and fans will make some noise for the nationally-televised night game, but it won’t be anything the Buckeyes haven’t experienced before. According to a Hurricanes’ press release, their home field holds 74,916 fans — six Big Ten stadiums hold more. Upperclassmen leadership will be key for the Buckeyes, and many members of the team are capable of providing it to the team’s underclassmen. 5. Can quarterback Joe Bauserman lead the Buckeyes to the third win against Miami in program history? In a word, yes. Fans booed and jeered the redshirt senior quarterback on Saturday against Toledo while simultaneously calling for Braxton Miller to go under center for the team. Statistics support any decision by Fickell to entrust the team’s fate to Bauserman on Saturday. Bauserman has passed for 352 yards and four touchdowns against Akron and Toledo. Most important, though, is the fact that he hasn’t thrown an interception or been sacked. Sun Life Stadium may or may not present an intimidating atmosphere on this weekend, but it’s still worth questioning how Miller, a true freshman who has never played in any kind of hostile environment at the collegiate level, would respond to those conditions. The Buckeyes would do well to stick with Bauserman — the better-known commodity — throughout Saturday’s game. EXTRA POINT — Suspension updates for both teams OSU’s Daniel Herron, DeVier Posey, Mike Adams and Solomon Thomas, who each sold OSU football memorabilia and received improper benefits in the form of tattoos, will remain suspended until the team’s Oct. 8 game at Nebraska. For Miami, Harris, along with linebacker Sean Spence, defensive tackle Marcus Forston, defensive end Adewale Ojomo and receiver Travis Benjamin return to the Hurricanes’ lineup Saturday. Safety Ray-Ray Armstrong, defensive end Olivier Vernon and tight end Dyron Dye, however, remain suspended for receiving impermissible benefits from Shapiro. Final score prediction: OSU 31-27 Miami read more

France un cas de tuberculose recensé dans une école

first_imgFrance : un cas de tuberculose recensé dans une écoleUne employée municipale travaillant dans une école, à Messac, en Île-et-Villaine, a été identifiée comme atteinte de tuberculose. Face à cela, une réunion à destination des parents a été organisée, et des dépistages devraient être opérés.Un cas de tuberculose a été rapporté à Messac, en Île-et-Villaine, rapporte Ouest-France. Cette maladie infectieuse se caractérise souvent par sa forme pulmonaire, par une toux, une légère fièvre et un amaigrissement conséquent sur quelques semaines. Face à la découverte de la maladie sur une employée municipale travaillant notamment en garderie et en cantine, une réunion pour les parents d’élèves a été organisée afin de déterminer et d’expliquer la marche à suivre concernant ces prochaines semaines, et le processus de dépistage.Ainsi, le pôle tuberculose du Réseau ville hôpital (RVH35) a expliqué que le dépistage de la tuberculose s’effectuait en trois étapes s’étalant sur une année et demie, et comprenant notamment des injections d’une intradermo-réaction et des radios des poumons. Ce sont 280 enfants qui sont concernés par ce processus de dépistage organisé par le RVH35, mais les parents ont le droit de passer par leur médecin traitant s’ils le souhaitent. La première étape de dépistage a d’ores et déjà été organisée et les enfants se rendront en bus à l’hôpital. En attendant, ils sont écartés des groupes d’enfants non-suspectés afin d’éviter une propagation de la maladie.Le 7 janvier 2011 à 15:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Chelsea set to offer Willian a new lucrative twoyear deal

first_imgChelsea winger Willian is set to be offered a new two-year contract shortly in order to fend off interest from Manchester UnitedThe Brazil international had been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer to both United and Barcelona.Although, while the Catalan side had made three attempts to sign Willian, no such bid arrived from United.But Chelsea are not prepared to risk losing Willian again with the Daily Mirror reporting that the Blues are now willing to break their club policy by offering him a new two-year deal.Chelsea only offer players at 30 years old or over a one-year extension.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.But Willian, who celebrated his 30th birthday last week, is an exception.The Brazilian recently admitted that he would have moved on from Stamford Bridge had Antonio Conte remained as manager.Although Maurizio Sarri’s arrival as the new Chelsea boss has pleased Willian and he has decided to remain at West London.Willian current earns £120,000-a-week and has just under two years remaining on his current contract.last_img read more

Abdulrahman believes the UAE can still win Asian Cup

first_imgFor United Arab Emirates icon Omar Abdulrahman, his team can still win the 2019 AFC Asian Cup as they only tied 1-1 with Bahrain.The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain tied 1-1 in the opening match of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.The Emirati team has only won twice in the last ten matches, and this has worried the fans and press.“The team carries the hopes and dreams of all the people of the UAE and needs the efforts of all,” Abdulrahman told Sport 360.“We must all be keen to support and encourage players. Whatever the outcome, the championship is still long and the team still has a great chance of progressing further in this tournament.”ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 01: Abdelkarim Hassan of Qatar celebrates with a teammate following their sides victory during the AFC Asian Cup final match between Japan and Qatar at Zayed Sports City Stadium on February 1, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)Qatar will plan soon how to aim higher Manuel R. Medina – February 3, 2019 The Qatari national team won the AFC Asian Cup for the first time ever, but the 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts don’t want it to end there.“The Whites led well but did not succeed in achieving the victory that was awaited by fans of UAE football against Bahrain,” he added.“Luck did not win in this confrontation, but I wish success to players in both of the next two games against India and Thailand.”“We need to support the Whites to the end, I have confidence in the ability of the team to reach the second round and continue the quest for the title,” he explained.“The public will support the players a lot, and raise their spirits to do their best, to achieve the desired results.”last_img read more

Shuttle Atlantis embarks on programs final mission

first_imgCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Space shuttle Atlantis rumbled like a freight train into orbit Friday in its historic last flight, lighting up a slate gray Florida sky that reflected the deep doubts about the future of the U.S. human spaceflight program.The orbiter disappeared into dense clouds just 20 seconds after lifting off from the Kennedy Space Center, leaving crowds who flocked to the region craning to get a final glimpse of the iconic spacecraft.Storms across the Gulf of Mexico had threatened to delay the launch, but the skies miraculously cleared Friday morning and set up the conditions for a perfect launch for the 30-year-old program. The blastoff attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors outside the space center and politicians, celebrities, former astronauts and journalists inside.After the shuttle had cleared the launch pad and disappeared into the sky, emotions across the space center soared, as workers who had shared careers hugged over the successful blastoff and more than a few grizzled NASA veterans had tears in their eyes.“I don’t see how anybody who comes down here to see a launch doesn’t choke up,” said Michael Moses, the shuttle’s launch integration manager.last_img read more

A VOTERS GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Kevin Caira

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Kevin Caira is one of the six candidates competing for two 3-year Selectmen seats in this Saturday’s Town Election.Below are Caira’s Closing Argument; his Q&A’s with Wilmington Apple; links to his supporters’ letters to the editor; the full video of the WCTV debate he participated in; his interviews with WCTV (video) and the Town Crier (written); and more.Closing ArgumentI believe that each one of us has an obligation to help our community. That sense of responsibility was instilled in me by my parents. When I first sought public office, I did so because I believed my experience in government service and my many years of volunteer activity would enable me to be a positive influence on the direction of our community.For the past three years, I have been privileged to serve as a member of Wilmington’s Board of Selectmen. Last May, my colleagues on the Board unanimously elected me as Chairman. Together with the Town Manager, Town employees, and scores of dedicated volunteers, we have worked hard to represent Wilmington’s best interests.Much has been accomplished over the past three years. We built the Town’s largest and most comprehensive recreational facility at the former Yentile Farm. We expanded program offerings and services for the elderly and the young. We are adding staff to meet the critical needs facing our veterans and seniors and we hired the Town’s first ever Substance Abuse Coordinator. We have renovated buildings, improved infrastructure, and entered into the planning stage for improvements to the Butters Row Bridge, the Woburn Street/Lowell Street intersection, and the Route 38 corridor.We negotiated a Tax Increment Finance agreement with Analog Devices, ensuring its investment of 143 million dollars in new construction and the addition of 600 employees to what will now be its global headquarters.The Town is in solid fiscal condition, with low debt, strong reserves, and no reliance on onerous user fees; exemplifying why Wilmington remains one of New England’s most affordable communities.In spite of all of this, some people would have you believe that Wilmington is a dreadful place in which to live. Not me. In my mind, there is no better community in which to raise a family. No doubt we have challenges like every other Town, but I believe that most of Wilmington’s residents believe as I do: that the glass is half full.It is important that we continue to elect leaders that prioritize good government over good politics. Leaders that prefer results over credit. Leaders that acknowledge the fact that misrepresentation, half-truths, and demeaning and derogatory comments serve no public purpose. Leaders that believe that emotion and passion contribute to a healthy debate, as long as such debate is grounded in facts and measured by tolerance and civility.I don’t have all the answers; be wary of the person that says they do. What I do have is an honest and sincere desire to continue my commitment of service to you as your Selectman. I hope that you will give me that consideration.On The Issues (Q&A’s with Wilmington Apple)Is the Town of Wilmington heading in the right direction? Explain.Yes, I believe the Town is headed in the right direction. I believe that everyone can agree that Wilmington is a great community in which to live and raise a family. The reason for this, in large measure, is that residents have readily volunteered their time and resources for the betterment of our community. We have been able to provide a wide range of quality programs and services without the imposition of burdensome fees. The Town continues to receive high marks both for its affordability and fiscal responsibility. The Town’s bond rating remains at its highest level, our tax rate is comparable and in some cases, lower than similar communities, and we have built a substantial operational and capital reserve to enable the Town to meet future needs without having to rely on prop 2 ½ overrides. Additionally, we have a low debt burden and we are among a small number of communities addressing long term liability issues such as employee retirement and other post employee benefits (OPEB).The town continues to improve on its provision of services in every facet of government including public safety, education and public works. We have been recognized on numerous occasions for the quality services provided by our library, veterans’ services, recreation, building maintenance and elderly services departments. An examination of the new fiscal year budget testifies to the Town’s solid financial footing and supports an expansion of important municipal services.Like all communities, the Town has many issues to deal with, but unlike many communities, the Town is well prepared to tackle these issues and to do so in the best interests of all Wilmington residents.Describe your past & present involvement with Wilmington’s town government (e.g., any appointed or elected positions, serve on any committees?) AND in the Wilmington community (e.g., volunteerism with non-profits, churches, schools, youth sports, etc.).I am proud of the fact that my entire family has been immersed in the volunteer network of our community. As for me, I am completing my first term as a member on the Wilmington Board of Selectmen. Currently, I serve as the Board’s Chairman, having been unanimously elected by my colleagues. While on the Board, I served as a member of the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Committee. As Chairman, I am serving on a committee with our legislative delegation, various Town Department Managers and MBTA representatives to address issues at the North Wilmington Train Station that effect public safety.I served the Town as Vice Chairman of the Yentile Farm Recreational Development Committee and as Vice Chairman of the Nine Cross Street Fundraising Committee. It is also worth noting that the Yentile Recreational Facility recently received two major awards; the first in Engineering Excellence, receiving the Silver Award given by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts and the second being the 2019 Massachusetts Recreation and Park Associations Design of Facility Agency Award. Congratulations to my fellow committee members on this achievement. I am a founding member and Vice Chairman of the Wildcat Athletic Alumni and Friends Association and serve as its fundraising coordinator to provide funding for Wilmington High School Athletic programs. Other volunteer activities have included coaching in the Wilmington Little League, Senior League and summer baseball programs. I served as a volunteer basketball coach for the Wilmington Recreation Department and with the department, initiated a new basketball program for high school juniors and seniors. I also coached Wilmington High School football and softball.I have been a longtime supporter of the Wilmington Band Parents programs, a member of the Wilmington Knights of Columbus and the former president of the Wilmington Sons of Italy, where I spearheaded numerous programs and fundraising drives in support of many important Town initiatives. Currently I serve as the Chairman of the Wilmington Sons of Italy Roncalli Trust, which has contributed over one million dollars to various charitable endeavors including supporting numerous Town projects and programs. My organizational and leadership skills have resulted in my election to many prominent positions in the Sons of Italy including that of State President, National Vice President, and currently National President of the Commission for Social Justice. I am proud to have been instrumental in securing a grant from the Italian Consulate for Wilmington High School to reestablish the Italian language program as a part of its curriculum.I believe that each one of us has an obligation to help our community. I am honored and privileged to be given that opportunity to serve Wilmington as a member of the Board of Selectmen, and I encourage residents to reach out to me with their questions or concerns via my phone number (978-657-7734) or email address (kevincaira57@gmail.com).Do you/did you support the construction of a detox facility at 362 Middlesex Avenue? Why or why not? What do you say to residents who strongly disagree with your position?I did not support the construction of the proposed detoxification center at 362 Middlesex Avenue. I support the decision of the Board of Appeals to deny the permit and, in concurrence with my colleagues on the Board of Selectmen and the Town Manager, have authorized Town Counsel to defend the Town against any appeal of that decision.Do I believe that the Town would benefit from a fully certified medical facility for the treatment of individuals suffering from addiction…the answer is yes. I also believe in a fair and impartial governmental process that thoroughly considers any applicant’s proposal based upon its merits and in consideration of the impact such proposal would have on a neighborhood. I believe that this proposal was worthy of consideration and I applaud the applicant for his transparency, town boards and officials for their due diligence, and residents for their passion and willingness to participate in the governmental process. What was disappointing to me, however, was the eagerness of some to politicize what should have been an issue determined on its merits and not on its politics.As elected officials, we have the responsibility to make lawful decisions that are beneficial to the Town, and in doing so, must give full consideration to the will of the residents. Although the Special Town Meeting rezoning merely shifted the “problem across the street” and did not eliminate the proposed site from consideration, it did make clear that the overwhelming number of residents attending the meeting opposed the siting of a detoxification center near to a residential neighborhood. The Board of Appeals gave due consideration to the sentiments of the neighbors and in the end, the process worked.In September, the Wilmington Memorial Library hosted a month-long series of programs on civility to address a growing lack of civility in today’s society. In his latest newsletter, Town Manager Jeff Hull called for more civility in town when discussing controversial topics. If elected, what will you do to create more civility in Wilmington — online, at meetings, and in the community overall?I will continue to conduct myself both in public and in private as I have all my life, civil in tone, respectful of others and tolerant of a wide variety of opinion. I applaud the Library Director and the Town Manager for raising this important issue and speaking out for the need to reintroduce civility in the public domain. The best way to create more civility in Wilmington is to lead by example and to treat others in the same manner as you would want to be treated.Frankly, I have neither the time nor the desire to spend endless hours trolling the internet and offering demeaning and derogatory comments that serve no public purpose. I prefer calm and thoughtful discussion rather than vitriolic hyperbole. I believe that disagreement is healthy as long as it is not contentious. I prefer to rely on fact finding and openness rather than rumors and accusations. I was appalled to learn that a candidate for local public office referred to local officials as “expletives” and commented that a local official who was beat up by a colleague “deserved it.” This is not the example that we should be setting for the next generation of leaders.I believe that emotion and passion can be a part of healthy debate as long as such debate is grounded in facts and measured by tolerance and civility. Recently, I ran into a resident who, while supporting another candidate, praised me for the way in which I have conducted meetings as Chairman of the Board. He said he appreciated that I kept order to the meetings without denying individuals’ rights to speak even when the comments were entirely negative. Maybe I won’t have that person’s vote, but at least I have his respect. As much as I want to be re-elected, having that respect is far more important. It is incumbent upon all of us to be respectful and tolerant of each other and to acknowledge that everyone’s opinion is worthy of consideration. That is the recipe for civility and I pledge that my conduct as a member of the Board of Selectmen will continue to exemplify the values that were instilled in me by my parents.What do you feel should be Wilmington’s next TWO municipal or school building projects? Why do you prioritize these two projects over other projects?The Town has prepared a Municipal Facility Master Plan that outlines various building options for the Town to consider over the next 20-30 years. The plan involves recommendations for both school and municipal buildings. I concur with the conclusion to discontinue the use of the Wildwood School and believe that in its place a new elementary school should be built. Additionally, upgrades should be made to the other four elementary schools. This would result in placing pre K to grade 5 students in appropriate configurations among the five schools and would enable the Town to repurpose the use of the Boutwell School.On the Municipal side, I believe it is time to construct a fire substation in North Wilmington. This year’s operational budget includes funds for eight additional firefighters which would enable the Town to move closer to adequately staffing both the central and any new substation.The Town also needs to consider consolidating Town and School administrative operations into one multipurpose municipal facility. This facility would allow all school and municipal offices to be housed in a central location and eliminate the woefully inadequate Roman House. The current Town Hall could be revitalized for another purpose such as a recreation or a senior center.The plans may be ambitious, but the positive news is that the Town has built substantial capital reserves, nearly $35 million, which could be used to assist in financing new construction.Are there any articles on this year’s Annual Town Meeting Warrant (https://www.wilmingtonma.gov/sites/wilmingtonma/files/uploads/2019_atm_warrant.pdf) that you currently plan to vote against? If so, which articles and why? And what ONE article would you most wish to bring to the attention of voters and ask that they support? At present there are no articles on the Annual Town Meeting Warrant that I plan to vote against. I am awaiting surplus determinations from the Town Manager and recommendations from the Planning Board and Finance Committee on the four petitioned articles.The one article that I would urge residents to support at Town Meeting is Article 41 relative to Inclusionary Zoning. Passage of this article would expand and diversify the Town’s housing stock, increase the supply of affordable housing and assist the Town in maintaining its 10% affordable housing inventory.If you are elected, what are at least three big things that you hope to accomplish during your 3 years on the board? How would you accomplish these things?First and foremost I would continue my efforts to address the Town’s economic health by continuing the Town’s successful policy of conservative budgeting. Ensuring that we have adequate resources enables the Town to meet its present and future obligations including those expenses that may be extraordinary or unforeseen. I would continue to insist that we maintain substantial operational and capital reserves, continue our policy of paying down long term liabilities, maintain a low debt burden and resist any attempt to impose onerous fees. This fiscal course of action will enable the Town to begin to finance the capital building proposals outlined in the Facilities Master Plan with limited impact on the taxpayer.In furtherance of the Town’s fiscal health, Selectmen helped to craft a Tax Increment Finance agreement with its largest employer and taxpayer, Analog Devices. This first of its kind agreement undertaken by the Town, ensures Analog’s investment of $143 million in new construction. Analog will bring 600 new employees to Wilmington, in what will now be its global headquarters. Selectmen have established an economic development committee to address similar opportunities to attract and retain clean manufacturing businesses and desirable retail stores and restaurants. I will continue to work with representatives from Textron and any other owner of underutilized or vacant commercial properties.Second, we need to focus on providing appropriate affordable housing opportunities that meet the needs of a diverse population. That is why I support Article 41 on this year’s Annual Town Meeting Warrant relative to inclusionary zoning. Passage of this article would expand and diversify the Town’s housing stock, increase the supply of affordable housing and assist the Town in maintaining its 10% affordable housing inventory. I applaud the collaborative efforts of business and Town leaders to craft a practical and workable solution which when implemented will enable the Town to make substantial strides in meeting critical housing goals for both the senior and non-senior populations.A third area to address would be traffic and public safety. I am proud to have initiated the proposal which resulted in the State’s agreement to fund the Butters Row Bridge Improvement project. This successful effort was accomplished in large measure due to neighborhood outreach galvanizing strong support in our efforts to convince the Department of Transportation to undertake this important project. We have also received commitments from the Commonwealth to make improvements to the Woburn Street/Lowell Street intersection and the Route 38 corridor. Efforts are also underway to address the problems faced by residents who live on unaccepted ways.We are working with MBTA officials and our legislative delegation to ensure public safety at the North Wilmington Train crossing. We also continue to actively oppose any redirection of traffic to Wilmington roadways in conjunction with the City of Woburn’s Ledges housing project.I am also in support of the Town Manager and Finance Committee proposal to hire eight additional firefighters to reduce overtime costs and better assist the Town in meeting critical public safety obligations including the eventual staffing of a North Wilmington Fire Substation.What grade would you give to Town Manager Jeff Hull for his performance over the past year? Why? Are you looking for a change in leadership at Town Hall?In October of this past year, the Board of Selectmen unanimously reappointed Town Manager Jeff Hull. When we established Mr. Hull’s contract, we included an annual evaluation clause that would address Mr. Hull’s job performance. Such an evaluation tool is designed to be both informational and constructive. As a Selectman, I am obligated to abide by the terms of the contract and if re-elected, I will offer an honest, thorough and instructive evaluation of the Town Manager.I can tell you that Mr. Hull and I do not always agree on matters of policy but I respect his work ethic and value his many contributions to the community. I believe that Wilmington has competent, talented and dedicated department heads and town employees. Their work has been exemplary. I am not looking for a change in leadership at Town Hall.(Editor’s Note: The above questions were submitted by readers. Each candidate was given the same amount of time each week to answer. These answers were previously published on Wilmington Apple over the past two months.)Letters To The Editor/EndorsementsSelectman Jonathan Eaton Endorses O’Mahony, Bendel & Caira For SelectmenFormer Selectwoman Judy O’Connell Endorses Kevin Caira For SelectmenFormer Selectman Lou Cimaglia Endorses Bendel & Caira For SelectmenFormer Selectman Mike Newhouse Endorses Bendel & Caira For SelectmenFormer Selectman Mike Champoux Endorses Bendel & Caira For SelectmenFormer Selectman Ed Loud Endorses Bendel & Caira For SelectmenShawsheen Tech School Committee’s Robert Peterson Sr. Endorses Caira For SelectmanSchool Committee Vice Chair Jennifer Bryson Endorses Bendel & Caira For SelectmenSchool Committee Member Steve Bjork Endorses Bendel, Caira & O’Mahony For SelectmenFormer School Committee Member Mark DiGiovanni Endorses Kevin Caira For SelectmenFinance Committee Member Marianne Gallezzo Endorses Bendel & Caira For SelectmenWilmington Living Legend Jack Cushing Endorses Bendel & CairaIf You Do The Homework, You’ll See That Bendel & Caira Are The Clear ChoicesA Vote For Bendel & Caira Is A Vote For Integrity, Hope & OptimismBendel & Caira Are Serving For The Right Reasons, Care About ALL ResidentsCaira & Bendel Have Displayed Integrity, Professionalism & AccountabilityBendel & Caira Are Trustworthy & Keep Their Campaign PromisesIf It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It! Re-Elect Kevin Caira To The Board Of SelectmenCaira’s Knowledge Of Local & State Government, Volunteer Track Record Sets Him ApartWatch The DebateWatch The Debate at WCTV.org Wilmington Apple’s Debate CoverageTown Crier’s Debate CoverageLowell Sun’s Debate CoverageCandidate Conversation with WCTVSelectman Kevin Caira Discusses His Re-Election Campaign With WCTVWilmington Town Crier Candidate ProfileSelectman Kevin Caira To Run For Re-Election (also published in the Crier)Campaign Announcement/OtherSelectman Kevin Caira To Run For Re-ElectionLocal, State & Federal Officials Speak At Wilmington Democratic Town Committee Breakfast (with PHOTOS)Candidate’s Website & Social MediaFacebookLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedA VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Kevin MacDonaldIn “Government”A VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Greg BendelIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Former Selectwoman Judy O’Connell Endorses Kevin Caira For SelectmanIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

Murkowski back in GOP fold on health care

first_imgSen. Lisa Murkowski at the U.S. Capitol. (Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images)Last weekend, Sen. Lisa Murkowski made headlines for breaking with her party over the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. Wednesday, she fell in line with her Republican caucus on a controversial health care vote.Listen nowMurkowski, along with Sen. Dan Sullivan, voted to greenlight the extension of short-term, bare-bones health insurance plans. Democrats say the change is part of a Trump administration plan to sabotage the Affordable Care Act. But Murkowski doesn’t see it that way.Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., led an effort to get rid of the Trump administration rule, and she made an obvious play for the two remaining swing votes on health care.“Just over a year ago in this chamber, three brave Republican colleagues, Sen. John McCain, Sen. Susan Collins and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, joined all Democrats in voting against health care repeal legislation,” she said. “They listened to the families of their states.”Baldwin needed to win over two Republicans to nullify the new rule that extends short-term plans. She got just one: Collins. Baldwin’s resolution failed on a vote of 50-50.That leaves the Trump administration’s rule in place. It allows people to be on the short-term plans for up to three years. During the Obama administration, the limit was one year, then it was reduced to three months.The short-term plans can exclude coverage for things like pre-existing conditions and pregnancy.“These plans are junk insurance,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said. “This administration wants to let these junk insurance plans run rampant and let people be duped into thinking they’re having insurance when it covers almost nothing.”The plans might appeal to young, healthy people, which Democrats say would leave only older, sicker people in the individual market, driving up the cost of their insurance.Murkowski said she voted to keep the three-year term because she wants Alaskans to have the option of a cheaper plan, even if it has less coverage.“To eliminate any options is just a hard thing for folks, given the high costs that we have,” she said.But Murkowski doesn’t see the spartan plans as a good permanent solution.“I don’t think that we’re at that sweet spot yet,” Murkowski said. “I think three years is too long. But I also think three months is too short.”Alaska Insurance Division Director Lori Wing-Heier expects only about 500 Alaskans will buy short-term plans under the new rule. She does not think the extension will really undermine the state’s individual market.Alaska Insurance Division Director Lori Wing-Heier. (2016 photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Most Alaskans have insurance sponsored by their employers or the government. Only about 18,000 Alaskans buy their own plans on the individual market. Wing-Heier says 90 percent of them get a subsidy. Switching to a short-term plan with skimpier coverage isn’t going to be that attractive to them, Wing-Heier says, because they would have to give up their subsidy and pay full price.“We think that for people that just have not bought anything because they were not eligible for a subsidy and consequently they’re bare, those will be the people that look at these short-term plans,” she said.The Senate’s vote keeping the three-year limit for short-term plans fell along party lines, with the exception of Collins who voted with the Democrats.last_img read more

Corporator Lakshmi Prasanna distributes membership receipts

first_imgBN Reddy Nagar: TRS membership drive was held at Gayatri Bank Colony on Thursday. Local corporator Lakshmi Prasanna distributed receipts to those joined the party.Area member Saraswathi, colony president Maruthi, Sathamma, Shankar, Balu, colony representatives, party activists and others were present on the occasion.last_img

This Ice Cream Franchise Stands Out With Science

first_imgOctober 26, 2016 This story appears in the October 2016 issue of Start Up. Subscribe » Like all good science experiments, Sub Zero Ice Cream and Yogurt began with failure — in this case, a failing burrito shop. In 2004, Naomi and Jerry Hancock realized too late that they’d failed to follow the first rule of business success: location, location, location. Their burrito franchise in Orem, Utah, was poorly placed, and as a result, the business was hemorrhaging $4,000 per month. When they asked the few customers they had what else might draw them back, the answer was unanimous: ice cream.Related: This Franchisee Isn’t Just Selling Ice Cream. He’s Selling K-12 Science.But in a market crowded with soft-serve, frozen yogurt, gelato, custard, Häagen-Dazs, Cold Stone Creamery, Ben & Jerry’s and dozens of other permutations of ice cream, the Hancocks wanted to stand out. That’s when Naomi came across an article in Popular Science about liquid nitrogen used with food. She showed Jerry, who has a chemistry degree and some experience with industrial design, and the wheels started turning. Most people know liquid nitrogen from Bill Nye, the Science Guy-style demonstrations, where someone freezes a rose or a marshmallow with the minus-320 degrees Fahrenheit liquid before smashing it to smithereens with a hammer. The Hancocks realized they could mix anything they wanted into a liquid ice cream (akin to the stuff poured into soft-serve ice cream machines), then blast the concoction with liquid nitrogen, creating almost any flavor imaginable in minutes. As a bonus, the process, which creates clouds of rolling fog, looks pretty cool and futuristic as well.Sub Zero Ice Cream and Yogurt uses liquid nitrogen to whip up dessert on demand.Photograph © Jerry Hancock The Hancocks added the first Sub Zero ice cream counter to their burrito joint, slowly perfecting their recipes. Eventually they settled on a yogurt base, a low-fat base, and vegan, lactose-free and sugar-free versions to accommodate almost any dietary need. The liquid nitrogen came from military surplus. “We’re probably the only people to use government surplus to build an ice cream company!” Naomi says. Related: The 9 Advantages of FranchisingCustomers loved it, and not just because of the fog. They could custom-design their own ice cream flavor, and the end product is a dense, creamy ice cream with no air whipped into the mixture (a common practice used in factory-produced ice cream).Four years later, they were able to open their second Sub Zero shop in Utah, and then the couple began franchising. However, there was one issue holding them back from expanding as quickly as they’d hoped: gas. As it turns out, the liquid nitrogen industry is something of a cabal. Many national gas brands refuse to sell the product to small users for liability reasons (the liquid can be dangerous if not stored and used properly) and regional producers are overly cautious as well. Before the Hancocks could seal the deal on a new franchise, they had to persuade a local liquid nitrogen producer to supply their franchisee. It was a laborious process, but over the past eight years they’ve opened 51 units in the U.S. and another three internationally. Recently, Sub Zero’s long safety record convinced the national company Airgas to supply their needs nationwide. Related: Franchise Your Business in 7 StepsThe Hancocks are also hoping to jump-start some youthful curiosity. Sub Zero recently changed its slogan to “Delicious Science,” and its franchisees now offer in-school demonstrations of how the liquid nitrogen works (with ice cream samples). “Everyone loves going to science museums to see hands-on demonstrations, but they’re not in everyone’s backyard,” Jerry says. “This is our little way to encourage education and STEM in the community.” 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

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first_img Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | 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 Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more 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 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 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 Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. The debate over healthcare reform has raised many issues as to why costs have risen so much in recent years. During the debates, comments have been made that device manufacturers are a big factor in driving up costs. However, Tom Miller, CEO of workflow solutions for Siemens Healthcare, refers to these comments as myths and attempted to dispel some of them during the 2009 Radiological Society of North American (RSNA) conference in Chicago. There is a feeling that expensive diagnostic technology increases the cost of care. Miller said this may be true to an extent, but points out computed tomography (CT) and other modern imaging modalities have replaced exploratory surgery. He asks when was the last time anyone has heard the term “exploratory surgery,” and said modern medical imaging systems have basically eradicated the term from the medical vocabulary. Noninvasive imaging is also starting to replace pervious gold-standards, such as cath lab angiography. Miller said a CT angiography exam today can rule out most cardiac problems and eliminate the need to send a patient to the cath lab.Miller said some legislators in Washington suggested physicians also helped drive up costs by over using these imaging systems, primarily through self-referrals. However, he said more than 90 percent of imaging studies are ordered by nonradiologists who have nothing to gain, other than diagnostic insights. In discussions on how to cut costs and self-referrals, Miller said lawmakers suggest reducing Medicare reimbursements for some diagnostic tests and imaging studies. About 70 percent of healthcare decisions are based on information from these studies. With a lack of data from these modalities, Miller said there will be a lack of proper diagnosis and delays in treatment. The final myth Miller addressed was that advanced imaging technology does not improve patient outcomes. He points to the fact that earlier detection of cancer leads to reduced treatment costs and more lives saved. He said this is why there are public campaigns promoting screenings for prostate, breast and colon cancers, and these programs have been effective at lowering the number of deaths. In the past, imaging did not have to lobby lawmakers in Washington. It was a given that medical imaging was needed and beneficial to healthcare. But in this age where everything is on the table in an effort to cut costs, Miller said perhaps more time needs to be spent by manufacturers and medical imaging associations educating lawmakers. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more center_img News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Video Player is loading.ITN Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance AthletesPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 11:59Loaded: 1.36%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -11:59 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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Feature | January 22, 2010 | Dave Fornell Dispelling Myths of Medical Imaging Driving Up Healthcare Costs 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. Related Content 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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More a la carte pricing for Carnivals room service menu

first_imgMore a la carte pricing for Carnival’s room service menu << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Carnival Cruise Line, Room Service Posted by Sharecenter_img Thursday, January 3, 2019 MIAMI — Carnival is implementing an a la carte pricing policy for just about everything on its room service menu.Carnival has been making the move to the a la carte price structure over many months.Many items had already switched over to new pricing grid but some light options including several salads, sandwiches and desserts were still free. Starting in mid-January everything will have a price tag – with the exception of the continental breakfast.In a statement to USA Today the cruise line said it was making the move in part of cut back on food waste, and said it was committed to continue offering many free food options across its fleet. Travelweek Group last_img read more