CALGARY – A major merger could be in the works in Canada’s oil patch.Husky Energy Inc. is making a hostile bid to acquire MEG Energy Corp. in a transaction valued at $6.4 billion.In a statement issued Sunday afternoon, Husky says the proposed merger “will create a stronger Canadian energy company.”The new, Calgary-based operation would have the capacity to produce more than 400,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.The proposal has been unanimously approved by Husky’s board of directors, and will be open for acceptance by MEG shareholders until Jan. 16.Husky says MEG’s board refuses to discuss the deal, which led to the takeover bid.“Husky is confident the proposed transaction is in the best interests of Husky and MEG shareholders, employees and stakeholders,” Husky CEO Rob Peabody said in a statement.“However, to date, the MEG Board of Directors has refused to engage in a discussion on the merits of a transaction, giving us no option but to bring this offer directly to MEG shareholders.”Husky says the combined company “will have an improved opportunity to accelerate new projects in Canada compared to two separate entities.”It says it expects the deal to close in the first quarter of 2019, subject to regulator approval.
An NHS hospital in Greater Manchester has become England’s first to ban all sugary food and drinks for both patients and staff.Obesity campaigners have welcomed the “trailblazing” announcement by Tameside Hospital and predicted it will prompt others to follow suit.The new policy goes significantly further than a ban on just fizzy drinks which comes into force across the health service in July.It followed a successful staff weight-loss scheme at Tameside last year initiated to battle obesity among clinicians who graze on unhealthy snacks to keep going over long shifts.One nurse lost two stone over 12 weeks after snacks were removed from the menu for a trial period, while others lost 20 lbs over the same period.As part of the “Slimpod” weight-loss programme, some of the participants underwent hypnotherpay telling them to avoid sugary food. Karen James, Chief Executive of the hospital, said: “My staff work very hard.”Long hours and shift patterns often make it very difficult for people to make healthy choices, so they opt for the instant sweet fixes, which until now have been readily available. “These are dedicated healthcare professionals who believe they should be role models for their patients but the food environment has been working against them.”A recent report revealed one in four NHS nurses is obese, which is exacerbating staff sickness levels.Last week NHS England released an updated contract for hospitals, which for the first time included a clause prohibiting the sale of sugar sweetened beverages.Retailers including Marks & Spencer, WH Smiths and Subway had already agreed to cut sales of sweet drinks to a maximum of 10 per cent of their output.Tam Fry, Chair of the National Obesity Forum, said: “Tameside’s initiative should be rolled out to every UK hospital forthwith.” 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.
Players from Balkans are more than welcome in TOP Polish teams in last few years. After Nikola Eklemovic, Bostjan Kavas and Muhamed Toromanovic, Polish champion, Orlen Wisla Plock will be even stronger for the next season with Serbian “Eagles”, Petar Nenadic and Ivan Nikcevic, Croatian goalkeeper, Marin Sego and Romanian wing, Valentin Ghionea. About his motivation to change Denmark (TVIS HOLSTEBRO) with Poland for Handball-Planet.com talks playmaker, Petar Nenadic:– A team who played in EHF CL TOP 16 is among the TOP teams in Europe and that was one of the biggest reason, why I decided to come to Wisla. Also, for me is very important that I will work with Danish coach. I have a few good offers, but from Plock was the best in every sense. Wisla and I have same ambitions. I think that this is good step in my career. We will have strong team for the next season with all the players who are coming with me. Wisla is good team with quality players squad and coach. I hope for a good season.You probably heard a lot about big rivality between Wisla and Vive Kielce? That easily becomes one of the biggest European handball derby matches…– Of course that I heard about special matches and rivality between Wisla and Kielce. This is clash of two important European teams and as in every derby match, better team can’t win always.Denmark becomes very important in your career, where you came from Pick Szeged…– Danish experience was the best in my life. Denmark is the best country for handball. People, fans, players, halls, everything is fantastic.Zika Bogdanovicphoto: Dragan Zabunovicplease link to www.krosrts.rs/handball/PLAYING CAREER:199. – 2007 HC Crvena zvezda Belgrade (3 Serbian Championships titles)2007-2007 Algeciras (Spain)2008-2008 F.C Barcelona (Spain)2008-2010 Pick Szeged (Hungary)2010 – 2012 TVIS Team Holstebro (Denmark) ← Previous Story Saturday (20:15 CET): Barcelona – Atletico Madrid (Match for the title) Next Story → Darko Stanic stays in Skopje – FA Goppingen gets 200.000 EUR? balkan handballDenmarkOrlen Wisla PlockPetar NenadicPlockSerbian handball
Une cause commune découverte à toutes les formes de sclérose latérale amyotrophiqueSelon une équipe de chercheurs, ce serait une défaillance de recyclage de protéines dans certaines cellules du système nerveux central (SNC) qui serait à l’origine de toutes les formes de la maladie neurodégénérative qu’est la sclérose latérale amyotrophique (SLA).La sclérose latérale amyotrophique (SLA) ou maladie de Charcot est une maladie neurodégénérative découverte en 1869 et qui affecte aujourd’hui 350.000 personnes à travers le monde. Elle touche les motoneurones, qui sont à l’origine du contrôle musculaire volontaire, et entraîne la paralysie progressive des malades. Ils deviennent peu à peu incapables de se mouvoir, de parler, d’avaler et de respirer. La mort intervient généralement par l’incapacité de fonctionnement des muscles respiratoires, le plus fréquemment dans les trois ou quatre années suivant le diagnostic. Toutefois, lorsque les fonctions vitales ne sont pas atteintes, les malades peuvent parfois survivre plus de 20 ans. A noter que, le plus souvent, les fonctions intellectuelles restent intactes, sauf dans le cas particulier de SLA avec démenceSelon les travaux publiés dimanche dans la revue britannique Nature, l’origine de la SLA résiderait en fait dans l’incapacité des neurones à recycler les protéines. Cela empêcherait ces cellules du système nerveux central de se réparer ou de s’entretenir correctement. D’après les chercheurs, cette défaillance concernerait alors toutes les formes de la maladie, héréditaires (comme 5 à 10 % des cas seulement) ou pas, mais également certaines formes associées à une démence fronto-temporale (DFT).Une protéine défaillanteÀ lire aussiSclérose en plaques : vers une régénération des nerfs atteints ?Plus précisément, l’étude met en cause une substance particulière, l’ubiquiline 2 (UBQLN2), normalement chargée d’aider au recyclage des protéines endommagées ou mal repliées. Un processus essentiel dans le fonctionnement cellulaire. Or, les chercheurs ont identifié des mutations génétiques du gène UBQLN2, dans les formes familiales de SLA et dans d’autres cas associés à une démence. Des modifications qui expliqueraient la défaillance de la protéine et son manque d’efficacité dans le recyclage protéinique. Le Dr Teepu Siddique, professeur de neurologie de la Northwestern University à Chicago et principal auteur de l’étude, indique ainsi dans un communiqué que cette découverte ouvre un nouveau champ pour trouver un traitement efficace pour la SLA, mais pas seulement. Les problèmes de recyclage protéinique pourraient également avoir un rôle plus large dans d’autres maladies neurodégénératives telles que la maladie d’Alzheimer ou de Parkinson qui se manifeste justement par une accumulation anormale de protéines. Le 24 août 2011 à 12:26 • Maxime Lambert
Cristiano Ronaldo will score at least 40 goals this season and will ensure Juventus’ continued domination of the Serie A until 2022, says Antonio CassanoIt took just eight minutes for Ronaldo to score in his first appearance in a Juventus shirt in an annual friendly against the Juventus B team over the weekend.And Cassano, who won the Serie A in 2011 with AC Milan, feels that Ronaldo is ready-made for Juventus and will fire them to further dominance in Italian football with the club having already won the league crown for the past seven seasons in succession.“It goes without saying now, Juventus have the Scudetto sewn up until 2022,” said Cassano, according to Football-Italia.“CR7 will score at least 40 goals, while I only see Inter behind the Bianconeri.“Juventus did a great deal by signing the second best player in the world. Of course, I still consider Lionel Messi to be the best, as I even named my son after him. Ronaldo will repay Juve not just in goals and results, but also in economic terms.“I know Real Madrid well and all that counts, even for Florentino Perez, is the club. When the time came, they dumped the Brazilian Ronaldo and David Beckham, so I’m not surprised they treated Cristiano like that too.“CR7 is made for Juve. He’s like an extra-terrestrial in terms of fitness, as he loves hard work and never takes his foot off the gas. I’m sure he’ll get along well with Allegri, as Max is extraordinary when dealing with champions.”Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Ronaldo will finish as the Serie A’s top scorer this season, although he may have benefitted from Gonzalo Higuain had Juventus decided to retain him.“Ronaldo will be Capocannoniere, with Gonzalo Higuain and Edin Dzeko on the podium. I’d put Mauro Icardi fourth in the list,” said Cassano.“I do believe Gonzalo could’ve played with Ronaldo, because he is effectively a copy of Karim Benzema and it won’t be easy to find a role for Paulo Dybala now.While the Turin supporters are hoping that Ronaldo will help end their 22-year wait for Champions League glory, Cassano doesn’t seem to think that will be the case.“Having said that, I don’t think Juve are the favourites to win the Champions League, as I’d give that to Barcelona,” he said.
Three Hough neighborhood women have organized a paper-crane event at Pop Culture, in downtown Vancouver, on March 27 to raise awareness and money for the Japan earthquake tragedy.“In Japanese tradition, making one thousand paper origami cranes grants a wish,” write Eileen Cowen, Sunrise O’Mahoney and Jamie Lutz Carroll. “Join us to make paper cranes in the wish for health and recovery for Japan and the people after the massive earthquake, tsunami, and impending nuclear disasters have taken their toll.”Money raised at the event will go to Mercy Corps, a Portland relief agency now working in Japan. Learn more at https://mercycorps.org/donate/japan.From 12 noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 27, at Pop Culture, 1929 Main Street, people will be making, and learning to make, 1,000 paper cranes. The cranes will be displayed throughout town to remind people about Japan’s emergency and need.
“Brands want to access social and bloggers want ad revenue. We’re in the middle joining the two,” says Clever Girls president Stefania Pomponi. “Brands also want smart ways for outreach and right now they can be inefficient and clumsy and we want to make that process as painless as possible.”A third element joining Clever Girls’ network and technology models is a creative agency that helps brands build specific content marketing campaigns. Clever Girls both recruits and accepts applications from bloggers to join the network. The company also partners with publishers to amplify a particular campaign—Federated Media is a sometime competitor and partner—particularly when brands running a mass-market campaign want to supplement it with mid- to smaller-market bloggers. Clever Girls tracks about 2.5 million page views per day across close to 60 million monthly uniques.Using Fanny, bloggers can track and sign up for the campaigns currently being run across the network—between five and eight are run per day, says Lindsay Silver, vice president of technology. Between 800 and 1,200 bloggers usually apply to be part of any given campaign—50 to 500, depending on the campaign, are selected.A recent campaign for Calphalon cookware in a partnership with Publishing Group of America’s Relish magazine, for example, used a slice of Clever Girl bloggers to post stories and videos about using the pans to cook recipes. “Relish used that content on their site, used the promotion to point to their site and the bloggers used the content on their own sites and through their social networking. It was a huge firehose of content going in all directions,” says Pomponi. Campaigns range from blogger-based programs to visual social network projects and Twitter-based programs. Bloggers who are accepted for a particular campaign can be paid an average of $100 for a 300 to 500-word post, or as much as $500 for a video post. Silver says bloggers are not told what to write. “It’s up to them to create what they want,” he says. Project managers track the content progress of bloggers assigned to a specific campaign and once it’s over, the agency team uses Fanny to produce reports from the data generated from the campaign. Except for the breakout stars, an independent blogger’s influence is tough to quantify, and reach may not be at the scale a brand is looking for. This is why so many publishers and other organizations have been busy rounding up bloggers to create a networked market vertical—achieving instant scale and a potent social outlet for brand marketers. Complex, Federated Media, Forbes, Glam and a host of others touch on this model in one form or another. Clever Girls Collective, a four-year-old, San Francisco-based blog network, recently launched a new measurement platform to support campaigns across its collection of about 8,000 women bloggers. Called Fanny, the platform underpins the company’s network and allows blogger members to manage their profiles and sign up for specific branding campaigns. It also logs the data associated with a branding campaign which might utilize hundreds of bloggers through specific content postings and social shares. More on this topic Hearst Digital Media Expands ELLE Partnership with Style Coalition Glam Tinkers with Monetizing Social Media IDG Launches Social Media Marketing Service in CommunityWorks Allure Launches Best Beauty Blogger Awards Stefania Pomponi The Convergence of Print and Digital BrandsJust In Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQPowered by
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Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), India’s largest software services exporter, reported a 14.19% rise in its net profit for the third quarter ended 31 December, 2015, at Rs 6,083 crore, and a 11.68% increase in revenues at Rs 27,364 crore.The Mumbai-based company had reported net profit of Rs 5,327 crore and revenues of Rs 24,501 crore for the corresponding period ended 31 December, 2014.In dollar terms, the revenues were $4.145 billion, a growth of 5.5% year on year, while net profit was $926 million, up 6% year on year.However, on a sequential basis, there was a marginal decline of 0.3% in revenues, from $4.156 billion in the July-September quarter. Net profit remained flat at $926 million.The company’s operating margin for the third quarter was at 26.6%, down 47 basis points from 27.07% in the preceding quarter.Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director N Chandrasekaran acknowledged the impact of the Chennai floods on the company’s earnings.”All our industry segments have exhibited growth in a traditionally weak quarter additionally accentuated by the impact of the Chennai floods,” he said.TCS has about 65,000 employees in Chennai.”In a challenging quarter with significant cross currency and other headwinds, we have operated with rigor and discipline to deliver credible margin performance and generated excellent cash flows,” Chief Financial Officer Rajesh Gopinathan said.The company declared an interim dividend of Rs 5.50 per share.TCS added 34 clients in the $100-million category, while the number of clients in the $20-million category rose by two to 173. There were nine key wins for the company â€” three in North America, three in Europe, two in Latin America and one in the UK. The company added 9,071 employees on a net basis during the quarter, taking the employee strength to 3.44 lakh. The attrition rate was 15.9%. The utilsation was 84.9% excluding trainees and 80.9% including trainees.Ahead of the declaration of results, shares of TCS remained volatile in trade on Tuesday, with the stock hitting an 18-month low of Rs 2,313 intraday and then plunging further to Rs 2,301. It managed to close at Rs 2,324, down 1.65% from its previous close on the BSE.Infosys will declare its results on 14 January.
YouTube: Of Sound Mind and BodyGraham McHardy, a popular skywatcher known by his YouTube channel name ‘Streetcap1’, had died a few months back. The death news of McHardy was revealed by Scott C Waring, another researcher in the alien community. During his career, McHardy had spotted several anomalies in the sky, and one such discovery has now gone viral on the internet.The video was shot from NASA live camera and shows an unidentified flying object (UFO) hovering near the International Space Station (ISS). The video recently garnered popularity after it was shared by YouTube channel ‘Of Sound Mind and Body’. The video has now gone viral on the internet, and it has racked up more than 1,00,000 views.The video that shows the strangely-shaped UFO was later analyzed by Scott C Waring, a self-proclaimed alien researcher who operates from Taiwan.”This footage was originally recorded by Streetcap1 of Youtube but was uploaded by another Youtube. It shows an extraordinary UFO with a shape, unlike anything I have ever seen before. The object was recorded on live NASA space station cam and has a very strange appearance. It is clear to me that UFOs frequently visit the space station to keep an eye on humanities progress,” wrote Waring on his website, ET Data Base.This is not the first time that unidentified flying objects are being spotted near the International Space Station. A few weeks back, Scott C Waring released a video that shows a pulsating UFO very near to the space station.As both these videos have now gone viral on the internet, alien enthusiasts have started claiming that these UFO sightings are concrete evidence of extraterrestrial existence. These alien enthusiasts believe that extraterrestrials from deep space are even in touch with the astronauts at the International Space Station.
Employees sit on the helpdesk reception of the Fortis Memorial Hospital at Gurgaon on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, May 20, 2015.Reuters fileAlmost a month after a Malaysian firm reportedly pulled out of talks to buy a stake in Fortis Healthcare, one of the promoters of the company sold 13.5 million shares to a foreign investor. In other news, a Japanese bank bought shares worth about Rs 450 crore in Reliance Capital.Fortis Healthcare, in which Malaysia’s Integrated Healthcare Holdings (IHH) was rumoured to be interested in picking up a stake, saw its share price plunge after the talks did not fructify.Meanwhile, Moneycontrol.com reported that Fortis Healthcare Holdings sold 13.5 million shares in two tranches (4.90 million shares at Rs 150.02 apiece and 8.6 million shares at Rs 150.91 on the NSE.Also read: Fortis Healthcare shares crash despite company keeping options open on stake saleFortis Healthcare shares were trading at Rs 151 on the BSE at around 2.30 pm on Wednesday. Promoters, including Malvinder and Shivinder, own 42.96 percent in Fortis Healthcare, according to the shareholding pattern as of June 30, 2017 filed by the company with the BSE. Foreign portfolio investors hold 32.65 percent.Reliance Capital, whose interests include insurance, finance and mutual funds, saw Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank of Japan (SMTB) buying shares worth around Rs 450 crore in open market transaction, news agency PTI quoted sources as saying.Reliance Capital shares were down 1.53 percent to Rs 659 apiece at around 2.42 pm on the BSE.In the first two weeks last month, Anil Ambani’s Reliance Capital decided to dilute its stake in two subsidiaries — Reliance General Insurance and Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management Company — to raise anywhere between Rs 1,500 and Rs 2,700 crore. Reliance Capital Chairman Anil Ambani meets Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in KualaLumpur, on March 10, 2017.IANSReliance Nippon Life Asset Management is the asset manager of Reliance Mutual Fund, one of the three largest fund houses in India.”Initially we will be listing 10% and as per the SEBI listing guidelines over the next three years we will be going up to 25%,” Chief Executive Sundeep Sikka, said on June 7, 2017. Reliance Capital owns 51 percent in the company while Japan’s Nippon Life has a 44.5 percent stake.A few days later, Reliance General Insurance spoke about partial stake sale to a strategic partner; Reliance Capital currently holds 100 percent in the venture.
Map of DhakaA worker was killed and two others sustained burn injuries in an explosion at a tyre repair factory in the city’s Shyampur area on Wednesday.The deceased is Nasir, 35, a worker of Panama Tyre and Rubber Factory in Alibahar area.Russel Shikder, duty officer of Fire Service and Civil Defence control room, said the incident took place around 9:53 am when an air compressor of the factory went off with a big bang, leaving three on-duty workers injured.On information, three firefighting units went there and took the injured to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).Of the injured, Nasir succumbed to his injuries around 10:10am, said assistant sub-inspector Abdur Rahman Khan of DMCH police outpost.
An aerial photo shows a boat carrying migrants stranded in the Strait of Gibraltar before being rescued by the Spanish Guardia Civil and the Salvamento Maritimo sea search and rescue agency that saw 157 migrants rescued on 8 September 2018. While the overall number of migrants reaching Europe by sea is down from a peak in 2015, Spain has seen a steady increase in arrivals this year and has overtaken Italy as the preferred destination for people desperate to reach the continent. Over 33,000 migrants have arrived in Spain by sea and land so far this year, and 329 have died in the attempt, according to the International Organisation for Migration. — Photo: AFPMore than 100 migrants, including at least 20 children, died when two boats sank off the coast of Libya early this month, according to Doctors without Borders (MSF), citing survivors.The witnesses told MSF that two inflatable boats had left the Libyan coast on 1 September, each with 160 people on board, the medical charity said in a statement.The migrants were from Sudan, Mali, Niger, Cameroon, Ghana, Libya, Algeria and Egypt, MSF said.According to a survivor, the motor broke down on one boat while the other continued until it “began to deflate… there were 165 adults and 20 children on board”.As the boat began to sink, “few passengers had life jackets or knew how to swim, only those who held onto the hull of the boat managed to survive,” said the witness to the tragedy.There were only 55 survivors, the source added.On 2 September, the Libyan coastguard brought 276 people to the port of Khoms, among whom were the survivors of this sinking.The group was transferred to a detention centre under the control of the Libyan authorities, MSF said.MSF, which treated the survivors, said there were pregnant women, children and even babies. Some had suffered burns from escaped fuel, others had caught pneumonia from staying so long in the water.Some had burns over 75 per cent of their body, said Jan Defransciscis, an MSF nurse who works in Misrate, Libya.
Share HCSO Homicide Investigators have arrested 3 suspects in the murders of spring couple Bao and Jenny Lam: https://t.co/VLG3baCCvi #hounews pic.twitter.com/mrZyRO74Tx— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) January 17, 2018 Photo via Twitter @HCSOTexas Homicide Investigators have arrested 3 suspects in the murders of spring couple Bao and Jenny Lam.Three men have been charged with capital murder after investigators accused them of following a suburban Houston couple to their home in an upscale gated community, forcing them into their house at gunpoint, killing them, then ransacking their house.The Harris County Sheriff’s Office says Aakiel Ricardo Kendrick, Khari Ty Kendrick and Erick Alfredo Peralta were arrested Wednesday. Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says one of the men confessed to killing Bao and Jenny Lam, both 61, Thursday at their Spring home.Gonzalez says the men crawled under the gate to the community and waited for the Lams to return from dinner out Thursday night before forcing them at gunpoint to lead them into the house. Gonzalez said the Lams were killed execution style and their home ransacked for guns and jewelry.All were denied bond and remain in Harris County Jail. None have attorneys.Major Announcement in HCSO’s Investigation into the Capital Murders of Bao & Jenny Lam of Spring #hounews https://t.co/P01cf7BKYY— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) January 17, 2018
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Apple investors also reacted enthusiastically to the company’s forecast for another sales beat in the current quarter. For its fiscal 2018 Q4, Apple said it expects revenue between $60 billion and $62 billion — 14%-18% higher than the year-earlier quarter, and ahead of analyst projections.In the June 30 quarter, Apple actually shipped only 1% more iPhone units than the year-earlier period, but the average sales price jumped from $606 last year to $724, reflecting sales of the high-end iPhone X (which starts at $999). According to CEO Tim Cook, the iPhone X was again the best-selling model during the quarter.Analysts believe Apple will get more wind at its back with new products anticipated for the fall of 2018 (heading into the holiday-shopping season). “We continue to expect iPhones to refresh on-time in late September,” Guggenheim Securities analysts wrote in a research note, with a slate expected to include a larger-screen iPhone X Plus and an iPhone model priced from $749 that adds the iPhone X’s Face ID authentication features.While it didn’t break out Apple Music numbers for the June 30 quarter, the music-streaming service’s revenue grew more than 50% on a year-over-year basis, Cook told analysts on the earnings call. He also said over 300 million users now pay for subscriptions through apps available on the App Store.Also on the call, Cook talked about Apple’s move into premium entertainment, citing the tech company’s recent pact with Oprah Winfrey and alluding to its expected foray into subscription-video business with a slate of original TV shows.“Cord cutting in our view is only going to accelerate,” he said.— Janko Roettgers contributed to this report. Investors rallied Apple shares to an all-time high Wednesday, pushing the tech behemoth’s market capitalization to nearly $1 trillion.The surge in Apple’s stock, which ended the day up 5.9% to $201.50 per share, was driven by the company’s stellar results for the June 30 quarter, which topped Wall Street expectations. The run-up gives it a market cap of about $973 million (accounting for Apple’s share buyback in the quarter), putting the company within spitting distance of becoming the first U.S. corporation to hit the trillion-dollar milestone.For the most recent quarter, iPhone sales surged 20% and Apple’s services unit — which includes iTunes, the App Store and Apple Music — posted a record $9.5 billion in sales, a 31% year-over-year increase. Overall, the Silicon Valley giant posted $53.3 billion in revenue for its fiscal third quarter of 2018 (up 17%) and net income of $11.52 billion (up 32%). Popular on Variety
‘The way you move’: Body structure brings coordinated movement Citation: Animal communication plays important role in pattern formation (2007, May 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-05-animal-important-role-pattern-formation.html “People have always been fascinated with the patterns displayed by different animal aggregations, such as milling schools of fish, and flocks of birds that suddenly change direction, and have tried to understand them,” UA researcher Raluca Eftimie explained to PhysOrg.com. “Our mathematical model suggests that if we want to better understand animal group patterns, we should focus on how animals communicate.”In their paper in PNAS, Eftimie and coauthors Gerda de Vries and Mark Lewis explain that, while pattern formation is one of the most studied phenomena of animal groups, current models don’t fully account for the groups’ social interactions, and hence overlook a variety of patterns. The scientists present five models describing how animals may receive communication signals, and discuss how signal reception affects the formation of different patterns, both moving and stationary. In doing so, the scientists’ model not only explains five known group patterns, but also reveals five previously unknown patterns. The scientists also suggest that many more exist.“These patterns were obtained through numerical simulations, and they are particularly important from a mathematical point of view,” Eftimie said. “These types of patterns were not observed with previous mathematical models. That is why this model is so important: by displaying so many patterns, some of them already observed in nature, it actually opens a door to further understanding what causes these patterns.”The scientists’ five animal communication models that influence pattern formation depend on how an animal can receive signals from its neighbors, with the different signals being attractive, repulsive, and alignment forces. As the scientists explain, attractive forces work at long ranges, repulsive forces at short ranges, and alignment forces at intermediate ranges. The five models differ because, for example, not all animals can receive signals from neighbors in front, behind, or moving away from themselves, resulting in different individual reactions and thus different patterns. For instance, in Model M3, animals can only receive signals from individuals in front of them. This means that individuals at the edge of the group that are facing away can leave the group and won’t return, since they don’t receive information from behind. This is called the feathers pattern, and is one of at least three patterns that M3 communication can result in. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Flock of birds. Image credit: US Fish and Wildlife Service. Explore further In an example from another model, M4, individuals can receive signals from other animals ahead or behind—but only if those animals are moving toward the reference individual. In this case, if the individuals in front are moving faster than those behind them, they can lose the group. But later, the group often picks them back up. This behavior can result in expanding and contracting groups called breathers as well as traveling breathers (one of the previously unknown models, and one of at least seven models that M4 behavior can exhibit). The scientists suggest that schools of fish and flocks of birds may use breather behavior as an antipredatory technique.A third interesting example explaining the significance of communication is Model M5, where individuals can only receive signals from animals that are ahead and moving toward them. This behavior, which is seen in Myxobacteria, can manifest in a ripple pattern when two groups approach each other. While a few individuals will continue moving in the same direction, most will turn around due to repulsive forces. This behavior gives the impression that the two waves pass through each other.Because in the different models, different amounts of information are received by an individual, the scientists could also infer that the amount of information received seems to influence the strength of the alignment force required to produce a group pattern. In other words, animals that can receive signals from more directions can align more easily. While a somewhat intuitive concept, this model is the first that has related communication and pattern formation, resulting in the discovery of new models and, more importantly, a path for further investigation.“There are probably many species whose mechanisms of pattern formation are not understood,” Eftimie explained. “But also there are many questions regarding the communication mechanisms these animals use. I think that we are still far from being able to quantify every group pattern. This requires an active collaboration between scientists who construct mathematical models and scientists who can test these models through different biological experiments.” She added that understanding group patterns can lead to some interesting applications, as well.“The study of animal pattern formation has not only theoretical significance, but also some practical applications,” she said. “For example, understanding locust aggregations can help manage and control this species’ outbreaks. Also, understanding schooling behavior can be useful in establishing fishing strategies.”Citation: Eftimie, R., de Vries, G., and Lewis, M. A. “Complex spatial group patterns result from different animal communication mechanisms.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. April 24, 2007, vol. 104, no. 17.Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. The way that a flock of birds flies or a school of fish swims may involve more than individuals simply judging the distance between themselves in the group. Recently, scientists from the University of Alberta have shown that a multitude of complex animal patterns can be modeled by accounting for the many ways that different species can communicate with each other.
Journal information: Physical Review Letters © 2017 Phys.org The physicists, Kewin Sachtleben, Kahio T. Mazon, and Luis G. C. Rego at the Federal University of Santa Catarina in Florianópolis, Brazil, have published a paper on their work on superconducting qubits in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.In their study, the physicists explain that superconducting circuits are functionally equivalent to quantum systems in which quantum particles tunnel in a double-quantum well. These wells have the ability to oscillate, meaning the width of the well changes repeatedly. When this happens, the system behaves somewhat like a piston that moves up and down in a cylinder, which changes the volume of the cylinder. This oscillatory behavior allows work to be performed on the system. The researchers show that, in the double-quantum well, part of this work comes from quantum coherent dynamics, which creates friction that decreases the work output. These results provide a better understanding of the connection between quantum and classical thermodynamic work.”The distinction between ‘classical’ thermodynamic work, responsible for population transfer, and a quantum component, responsible for creating coherences, is an important result,” Mazon told Phys.org. “The creation of coherences, in turn, generates a similar effect to friction, causing a not-completely-reversible operation of the engine. In our work we have been able to calculate the reaction force caused on the quantum piston wall due to the creation of coherences. In principle this force can be measured, thus constituting the experimental possibility of observing the emergence of coherences during the operation of the quantum engine.”One of the potential benefits of viewing superconducting qubits as quantum engines is that it may allow researchers to incorporate quantum coherent dynamics into future technologies, in particular quantum computers. The physicists explain that a similar behavior can be seen in nature, where quantum coherences improve the efficiency of processes such as photosynthesis, light sensing, and other natural processes.”Quantum machines may have applications in the field of quantum information, where the energy of quantum coherences is used to perform information manipulation in the quantum regime,” Mazon said. “It is worth remembering that even photosynthesis can be described according to the working principles of a quantum machine, so unraveling the mysteries of quantum thermodynamics can help us to better understand and interpret various natural processes.” Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Kewin Sachtleben et al. “Superconducting Qubits as Mechanical Quantum Engines.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.090601 In this double quantum well system, the left well remains static while the right one oscillates, allowing work to be performed on the system. Credit: Sachtleben et al. ©2017 American Physical Society (Phys.org)—Physicists have shown that superconducting circuits—circuits that have zero electrical resistance—can function as piston-like mechanical quantum engines. The new perspective may help researchers design quantum computers and other devices with improved efficiencies. Quantum data takes a ride on sound waves Citation: Superconducting qubits can function as quantum engines (2017, October 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-10-superconducting-qubits-function-quantum.html
The program, which is supported by Federal Maritime Land Zone (Zofemat) and the Municipal System for the Integral Development of the Family (DIF), continues the program with great success. The plastic cap program generates resources through the recycling of plastic, in this case through the collection of caps, to help children under the age of 21 who have been diagnosed with cancer. In a statement, they reported that the program has been successful due to the support of islanders and tourists, which not only helps cancer patients, it also helps the municipal government to keep the beaches free of plastic lids. Pinto Aguilar asked that the community in general continue to deposit plastic caps that they find in the streets or beach areas in the heart located in Playa Centro of Isla Mujeres. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) The director of the Zofemat, Kerem Pinto Aguilar, thanked the people who are participating saying that coordinated work with society helps support those who are in most need. “From the beginning, we had a great response from the citizens and proof of this is that we have delivered the third full container to the Municipal DIF so that they can send all the plastic caps to Banco de Tapitas AC. Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — The City Council of Isla Mujeres continues with its Tapitas en la Playa Contaminan program, collecting plastic tops to help young cancer patients. “The work will continue and we hope that all those who visit us will deposit their caps in the hearts to continue supporting this cause,” she added.
Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Technology | Contrast Media | December 12, 2017 Brainlab Contrast Clearance Analysis Software Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance Scientists evaluate MR-based technology for differentiating treatment effects News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | 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 Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco December 12, 2017 — Brainlab announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance of its Contrast Clearance Analysis methodology, developed at Sheba Medical Center in Tel-Hashomer, Israel, with technology provided by Brainlab. The software analyzes magnetic resonance (MR) images to differentiate regions of efficient contrast clearance from regions with contrast accumulation in most cranial tumor patients to provide additional insight into post-treatment tumor characteristics.“In conventional black and white MR images, it is often difficult to tell regions of high vascular activity apart from areas with damaged vasculature,” commented Yael Mardor, professor and chief scientist at The Advanced Technology Center of Sheba Medical Center. “Elements Contrast Clearance Analysis depicts contrast clearance efficiency of blood vessels in color to help clinicians better interpret the MR images and therefore support ongoing treatment assessment.”Tissues that are highly vascularized and viable, such as active tumor tissue, are able to efficiently clear contrast agent within an hour of contrast injection. Conversely, regions consisting of damaged blood vessels, for example areas of necrosis, are unable to clear contrast agent as quickly, resulting in contrast accumulation. Based on this phenomenon, the software works by acquiring two MRI scans — one at 5 minutes and another at least one hour after injection of a standard dose of contrast agent — and intelligently subtracting the first series from the second to clearly show the difference between contrast clearance and accumulation.“Elements Contrast Clearance Analysis has become part of our neuro-oncology team’s standard clinical practice, as it is simple, robust and complements our existing workflows,” commented Liam Welsh, M.D., consultant clinical oncologist at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. “We have found every one of the scans analyzed for contrast clearance to be of assistance in our clinical decision-making. In the 30 percent of cases in which a subsequent decision was made to move forward with neurosurgery, we have observed a strong correlation between predicted and histologically observed viable tumor.”Elements Contrast Clearance Analysis can provide critical insight to a multitude of specialties including radiation oncology, neurosurgery, neuro-oncology and neuroradiology.Watch the VIDEO “How Serious is MRI Gadolinium Retention in the Brain and Body?”Read the article “Sectra Offers Gadolinium Tracking Functionality in DoseTrack Software”For more information: www.brainlab.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… 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 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 Blog | Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant | Artificial Intelligence| April 18, 2018 Why We Have to Pay Attention to AI Right Now Where will artificial intelligence (AI) be in a year? Five years? A decade? A century?In the snapshot of AI we are now viewing, we see where AI is at the present time. If we want AI to reach its potential for helping people, we have to look ahead to where AI will be and adjust what we are doing now in AI.In imaging we are building digital savants. Among the examples on the exhibit floor of RSNA 2017: GE’s algorithm, embedded on portable X-ray machines to spot diseases such as pneumothorax; and Siemens’ AI-fueled system for optimally positioning patients in high-end CTs. More recently, HeartSmartIMT Plus came to light, its cloud-based algorithms designed to help cardiologists perform echocardiograms on patients in their offices, then analyze the images in the cloud.These are just a few of the many algorithms being groomed for imaging. And they are only a small slice of the ones being developed for all of healthcare.AI ToolsAt the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2018 conference, multiple presenters described smart algorithms as tools. That’s all they are, said one presenter after the other. Whether these algorithms are looking for patterns in clinical images or in petabytes of population health data — regardless of whether it is supervised or unsupervised learning — smart algorithms are just tools.But they learn. And that makes an enormous difference.These tools are not being asked to interpret tasks as good or bad, or their findings as things that may help or harm a patient. They are simply being coded to stay within the scopes of their tasks. They find things. By design, everything they learn is applied to one task area. They are assistants, limited to specific tasks, focusing on individual problems and accessing highly selective datasets.But will AI developers be able to put blinders on smart algorithms forever? Will algorithms always be digital beasts of burden? Already some of the AI tools envisioned for near- or mid-term application are being groomed to examine images so they can “assess” the value of radiology reports. For example, if an algorithm spots an aneurysm in patient images and that aneurysm is not mentioned in the radiology report, the algorithm might flag the report as “incomplete,” pending review by the radiologist.Smart algorithms may also be tasked with interpreting radiology reports for patients who access the reports and images through portals. Patient engagement is huge and is gathering momentum. To further that engagement, algorithms might be asked to explain findings in language understandable to the patient. To do so would require the algorithm to get to know each patient and tailor responses accordingly.The simple truth is that we don’t know for sure that we will be able to control what these algorithms will become. Similarly, we cannot know whether we will be able to control the speed at which smart algorithms evolve.We have some baselines, if we consider our own development. But the applicability is suspect. AI will not be constrained by physical or biological form. And it will be able to learn at unprecedented speeds.But of greatest concern is that focusing on just one task forces the algorithm into a kind of tunnel vision that can flaw its decision-making. Recently MIT grad student Joy Buolamwini found that a basic type of facial analysis software did not detect her face. Why? Because the coders hadn’t written the algorithm to identify dark skin tones and certain facial structures associated with black people.It was an all-too-easy oversight. In digital photography, the first color images were calibrated against white. Little wonder that more advanced coding could be similarly colorblind.Recognizing that smart algorithms are playing increasingly high-profile roles, Buolamwini says she is “on a mission to stop an unseen force that’s rising,” a force she describes as algorithmic bias. Comparing algorithms to viruses in a Ted Talk, she opines that algorithms “can spread bias on a massive scale at a rapid pace.”How biases might creep into the algorithms being written to analyze radiology data is impossible to say, just as it is impossible to say what effect these biases might have. There may be, however, a simple solution.Human GovernorsTying AI to human intelligence could serve as a governor, of sorts. For this governor to operate effectively, people must be in the loop when decisions are made. Because workflow will depend on the speed or actions of the human, the algorithms will not be able to go beyond the control of people. This is the comforting implication behind building algorithms that serve as human assistants.But what if the human in the loop is incompetent or too intellectually lazy to question the conclusions of the algorithm? And what about algorithms designed to interact with patients? Who will perform quality control in these instances?Even scarier, a time may come or a circumstance may arise when a person is not directly in the loop.But again there is a solution. Make the governor an inherent dedication to the patient. How about building healthcare algorithms that put patients first?In his science fiction, Isaac Asimov described four laws that were intended to keep smart robots from hurting humanity. Time and again, however, the unforeseen mucked things up. An interesting potential: robots that unknowingly breach the laws because information is kept from them.We may soon be using algorithms to assess medical reports; to identify weaknesses in human interpretations of medical data; to check whether follow-up tests recommended by a radiologist are done. In each instance, the algorithm will have been trained and then provided with highly selected — and limited — data sets. Not only might limited data impact the effectiveness of the algorithm, this limitation can impose biases.Should we take the opportunity to teach machines, for example, why follow-up tests recommended by a radiologist are important, rather than to simply spot whether they were done? Should we be teaching algorithms to look out for patient welfare?Patient centrism could serve as a governor. It would be more effective and more practical than making sure every smart algorithm has a human in the loop — and that human is competent.Like Asimov’s Laws, writing algorithms that put the “patient first” could be a cornerstone in the evolution of healthcare algorithms. 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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. 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 Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. 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