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October 15, 2019

The Top 10 Toronto theatre artists of 2016

first_imgRavi Jain, our #1 theatre artist, seemed to be everywhere in 2016. Facebook 2. ANNA CHATTERTONThe multitalented Chatterton indulged both her serious and comic sides in writing and performing this year, beginning with Within The Glass, a look at two couples dealing with a mix-up at a fertility clinic. Later she collaborated with Evalyn Parry and Karin Randoja on Gertrude And Alice, a funny and moving look at the famous lesbian couple, and wrote the eerie libretto for the opera Rocking Horse Winner. She finished the year as playwright and actor in Quiver, a multi-voiced solo show about a teen’s sense of rejection by her family. The thoughtful artistic director of Why Not Theatre seemed to be everywhere this year. He celebrated Diwali by reviving A Brimful Of Asha and co-presenting Piya Behrupiya, a Hindi version of Twelfth Night by India’s Company Theatre, and followed Asha’s parent-child theme with Like Mother, Like Daughter. Jain was also in demand elsewhere, directing The 39 Steps and the fascinating The Adventures Of The Black Girl In Her Search For God. But nothing topped Jain’s production of Salt-Water Moon, which turned the naturalistic play on its head and made it a timeless, universal love story. Anna Chatterton Oliver Dennis is a great comic actor, but he shone in two serious roles this year. Advertisement Advertisement 3. OLIVER DENNISA Soulpepper stalwart, Dennis is equally reliable in comedy and drama. This year he was part of five productions for his home company, beginning with a sympathetic paternal figure in Blood Wedding and ending with a hilarious turn as a soused actor in Noises Off and a hard-working guardian angel in It’s A Wonderful Life. But it was his pair of serious roles that stood out: first in Incident At Vichy, as a Nazi military man forced into a role he doesn’t relish, and, most extraordinary, as a Southern plantation owner, in Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts I, II and III), who seems concerned for the loyal Black slave who willingly follows him into battle… until an offhand comment shows the man to be the scariest of racists. This year’s top theatre artists include an in-demand director as well as actors and playwrights who communicate the full range of emotions, often stepping out of their comfort zones to wow us with their talent. Artistic and cultural diversity are equally important in this year’s list, whose members created productions that provided audiences with luminous theatrical memories.This year’s top theatre artists include an in-demand director as well as actors and playwrights who communicate the full range of emotions, often stepping out of their comfort zones to wow us with their talent. Artistic and cultural diversity are equally important in this year’s list, whose members created productions that provided audiences with luminous theatrical memories. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment 1. RAVI JAIN Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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STRATFORD FESTIVAL GETS 20M FROM TRUDEAU GOVERNMENT FOR NEW TOM PATTERSON THEATRE

first_img Facebook It will cost $68 million with federal and provincial governments contributing $20 million each. The rest will come from fundraising efforts by the festival itself.READ MORE Advertisement Stratford Festival has two-thirds of the money it needs to build its new Tom Patterson Theatre after Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly announced a $20 million contribution by the federal government on Monday.“Cultural and recreational infrastructure make our communities places where families can play, where neighbours can meet, and where Canadians can celebrate the many cultures that make up our country,” Joly said in a news release.The festival unveiled its plan to build a completely new Tom Patterson Theatre, on the grounds of the existing building, back in August.The new theatre design is by Siamak Hariri, an architect with Toronto-based firm Hariri Pontarini. It will feature glass pane windows that are 75 centimetres wide and six and a third meters high with thin, wide bronze mullions between them. (Stratford Festival) Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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October 13, 2019

Brief items from Mondays city council meeting

first_imgCouncillors also voted in favour of the City giving letters of support for several non-profit organizations seeking grant funding. The North Peace Seniors Mouth-Eye-Foot Care Foundation, Fort St. John Association for Community Living, and the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society are all applying for a $10,000 grant from BC Hydro’s GO Fund. The fund was set up by Hydro as part of the Site C dam’s construction and is administered by NDIT. Council also voted to give the Fort St. John Community Action Team a letter of support for their application to get $100,000 in funding for the Overdose Emergency Response Centre. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — According to the City of Fort St. John’s draft financial statements that were presented to councillors on Monday, the City ended up with a surplus of $29.8 million in 2017.Alan Bone from Sander Rose Bone Grindle LLP made the presentation of the the draft statement to councillors, saying that overall, the City is in good shape financially. Fort St. John had 41.2 million in net financial assets at the end of last year, with revenues of $87.2 million, and expenses of $57.4 million.Council also awarded two contracts to purchase new pieces of equipment for its Public Works department. Burnaby-based Vimar Equipment Ltd. was the lone bidder for the contract to provide the City with a new sewer cleaner/hydro excavator unit, for a total of $476,395. The City will also be getting $125,000 to trade in its existing unit that was bought in 2007. Councillors also approved a tender to Surrey-based Falcon Equipment Ltd. to buy two new loader-mounted snowblowers for $285,111, which came in nearly $115,000 lower than what the City had budgeted for snowblower purchases this year.last_img read more

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October 12, 2019

Allah Islah Theater Piece on Moroccan Patriarchal Families

By Ahlam BensagaRabat – Theater piece, “Allah Islah” written by Youssef Lahrichi and performed by 19H THÉÂTRE troupe addresses women’s situation in patriarchal families of Morocco through satire embodied in comical acts. Lahrichi’s theater piece, “Allah Islah”  had a successful start on January 26, with another impressive showing on February 10. It is to have its third and last performance on February 23. “Allah Islah” was first performed on January 26 by 19H THÉÂTRE in Fédération des œuvres laïques (F.O.L.), Children Theater in Casablanca, and has been successful ever since. It attracted 360 spectators, reported 2M television channel. “The play has been successful so far […] it provides the audience with laughter as well as with subjects that interest them,” said Youssef Lahcini, the play’s writer and producer,  to 2M.The piece portrays a mother, three daughters and an authoritative father who rules over the household.The father is a controlling character who uses fear-based tactics to dominate the female members who are forced to submit to the father’s wishes.Throughout the performance, it becomes clear that there is no direct communication between the girls and their father.Iman Hadi, 19H THÉÂTRE member who played the mother’s role told 2M, “The play tackles many problems that Moroccan families face, and primarily addresses the lack of communication within the family.” The play touches on the psyches of women with overly controlling fathers. Lahrichi told Telequel news website,“When girls are raised the way the daughters in the play are portrayed, they become ‘frustrated’ and ‘victimized’ members in society who lack confidence in themselves.”The play’s title “Allah Islah” refers to a Moroccan expression that literally means “may god repair.” Lahrichi explained to Telequel, “When we see parents accompanying their children we tell them ‘Alalh Islah’, which means may god bring out good from these children[…] sometimes we don’t raise children well so we can only hope for God to guide them the right way,”. The piece addresses realistic social issues about Moroccan women and patriarchy in a comical way to provide entertainment and send a “message” to the Moroccan society at the same time, Lahrichi told 2M.The theater piece received positive feedback from spectators, as 2M reported.A commentator said, “The performance was excellent […] the script is ingenious and well written. It talks about issues concerning women and family in Moroccan society.”“The play was full of laughter and full of ‘messages’,” said another.19H THÉÂTRE troupe will perform “Allah Islah” for the last time on February 23 in Casablanca’s Theater, Fédération des œuvres laïques (F.O.L.) at 8 pm.19H THÉÂTRE troupe was created in 2015 by a group of young artists and comedians in 2015;  Rime Aitelhaj, Imane Hadi, Mehdi Boumalki, Ayoub Naim, Samya Mengad, Sadik Soukaina, Sanae Assif, Hicham Echouhani, Fatine Rahhou and Hind Bennani. read more

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Production cuts may not be sole culprit of falling crude shipments

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — Just over two months since the Alberta government ordered an oil production cut, there has been an unintended result.According to monitoring firm Genscape Inc., crude by rail shipments fell by 56 per cent last week compared to three weeks earlier.The production cut was put in place to address a differential between Western Canadian Select and West Texas Intermediate oil prices.The plan has succeeded in that respect — with the differential at around $10 in favour of WTI — but now, less oil is being shipped on railways.“The answer is yes, there have unintended consequences, but maybe not all the consequences are a result of the production cuts,” said Dr. Robert Schulz with the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business.Schulz says there are many factors at play when you consider the world oil market.READ MORE: Suncor cites crude-by-rail woes as it calls for early end to Alberta oil cutsThe reduced shipments can also be partly related to storage space in the United States, refinery capacity, and even the political unrest in Venezuela.“There’s a whole supply chain here. In order to really identify what exactly one variable does, negates the fact that maybe some refineries are either up or down — which wasn’t part of the original forecast. So, for anyone to say this is exactly what’s happening, then I’d be disappointed that they don’t look at other variables as well,” said Schulz.But when it does come to shipping crude in rail cars, Schulz said the cost is a factor because companies need to pay around $8 more per barrel to ship on railways compared to pipelines.“If anybody wants to ship the oil they have to pay extra to ship it by rail. And if the differential is $8 a barrel, and you have to ship by rail, then you’re down to next to nothing.”This again underscores the need for increased pipeline capacity and improved market access around the world.“Because there’s no pipeline capacity that we could use to ship oil — not so much to the U.S — but to India and to China who really need the oil. That’s what our problem has really been,” said Schulz. “The solution is not going to happen in a day, because the Trans Mountain pipeline hasn’t been approved. And even if it were approved, it would still take another 18 to 24 months to get it running.”RELATED: November crude-by-rail exports set new record despite slower growth paceFinally, this may throw a wrench in the provincial government’s intention to buy thousands of more rail cars built to hold oil.“I certainly hope they haven’t already sent a purchase order up for thousands more if the price is down because you’d have a bunch of rail cars that are sitting empty.”WATCH: Alberta Premier announces cut in oil production read more

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October 6, 2019

UN Ethics office will go beyond regulations to create moral milieu says

“The ethics office will be central to the reform process,” journalists attending a Headquarters press conference were told by Tunku Abdul Aziz, who co-founded the Malaysian Chapter of Transparency International and is now providing advice on the set-up, operating procedures and staff recruitment for the Office, one of several reform measures endorsed by the 2005 World Summit.“Where as in the past members of the UN staff were merely expected to comply with the rules and regulations governing their service, in today’s UN they’re being persuaded and encouraged to go beyond mere compliance and to understand the true nature of public duty in the public interest, with all that this implies,” he added.Conceived by Mr. Annan, the Office was formally established on 1 January, with an interim team of seconded UN staff members, to administer the new financial disclosure and whistleblower policies, both of which were mandated by the General Assembly to take effect by the start of 2006.In the case of a complaint of retaliation for whistle-blowing, the Ethics Office will conduct a preliminary review to see if there was a credible case. If so, it will forward the matter to the UN Office of Internal Oversight (OIOS), which serves as the world body’s independent watchdog.Under the new financial disclosure system, the value of gifts that UN officials will be required to report will drop from $10,000 to $250, and financial disclosure forms will be required from a far broader spectrum of officials.In addition, the Office is available to provide confidential advice to staff, “untainted by any outside influences,” in order to help them avert conflict of interest problems, said Mr. Aziz said.These exchanges will remain confidential and information from financial disclosure forms will remain internal at this time, Mr. Aziz stressed in reply to questions from journalists about the lack of public access to such information.“Full public disclosure is considered appropriate for ministers of State and heads of State, not for public servants,” added Howard Whitton, who has been a Principal Adviser on public sector reform projects in various Eastern European countries for the Organization for Security and Cooperation for Development (OECD) and is consulting on setting up the UN’s ethics office.“It’s essentially preventive, it’s not a policing action,” he said of the disclosure system.If the experts who monitor the forms cannot resolve a problem with a given individual, he said, they can report it to the Office and the case will be pursued from there. “If the official refuses to resolve the problem, in principle they can be terminated.” Many aspects of the Office, however, are still being worked out, Mr. Aziz stressed, and procedures can be adjusted as need be. Even the optimal level of staff to fulfil the Office’s mandate still needs to be determined.“But I can assure you, it will be a lean mean little outfit,” he said, stressing that he was not interested in creating a bureaucracy. read more

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October 2, 2019

UN experts warn Assange arrest exposes him to risk of serious human

According to reports, the UK will now assess whether to extradite the Australian national to the US, where he faces up to five years in prison. The UK has reportedly given assurances in writing to the Ecuadorian Government that Mr. Assange will not be extradited to a country where he could face torture, or the death penalty.After appearing in a central London courtroom on Thursday, Mr. Assange was found guilty of failing to surrender to the court in 2012, and now faces up to 12 months in prison.The UN independent expert on the right to privacy, Joe Cannataci, issued a statement following the arrest, saying that “this will not stop my efforts to assess Mr. Assange’s claims that his privacy has been violated. All it means is that, instead of visiting Mr Assange and speaking to him at the Embassy…I intend to visit him and speak to him wherever he may be detained.”In a statement last Friday, Special Rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer, said he was alarmed by reports that an arrest was imminent, and that if extradited, Mr. Assange could be exposed to “a real risk of serious violations of his human rights, including his freedom of expression, his right to a fair trial, and the prohibition of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”UK urged to ‘abide by international obligations’Last December, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, urged the UK to “abide by its international obligations” and allow Mr. Assange safe passage out of the embassy.“States that are based upon, and promote the rule of law, do not like to be confronted with their own violations of the law, that is understandable. But when they honestly admit these violations, they do honour the very spirit of the rule of law, earn enhanced respect for doing so, and set worldwide commendable examples,” said a statement released by the Working Group.In December 2015, the Working Group concluded in its opinion No. 54/2015 that Mr. Assange – who at the time had a European arrest warrant issued against him for an allegation of crimes committed in Sweden ‑ was being arbitrarily deprived of his freedom and demanded that he be released.“Under international law, pre-trial detention must be only imposed in limited instances. Detention during investigations must be even more limited, especially in the absence of any charge” said the experts. “The Swedish investigations have been closed for over 18 months now, and the only ground remaining for Mr. Assange’s continued deprivation of liberty is a bail violation in the UK, which is, objectively, a minor offense that cannot post facto justify the more than 6 years confinement that he has been subjected to since he sought asylum in the Embassy of Ecuador.”“Mr. Assange should be able to exercise his right to freedom of movement in an unhindered manner, in accordance with the human rights conventions the UK has ratified,” the experts added. Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial executions, Agnes Callamard, tweeted that in “expelling Assange from the Embassy” and allowing his arrest, it had taken Mr. Assange “one step closer to extradition”. She added that the UK had now arbitrarily-detained the controversial publisher of secret documents and campaigner, “possibly endangering his life”.Mr. Assange took refuge inside the embassy in 2012, to avoid extradition to Sweden by the UK authorities where he faced charges, since dropped, of sexual assault. But he also faces US federal conspiracy charges, relating to the leak of a vast number of Government documents to his Wikileaks website, by the former US intelligence analyst, Chelsea Manning. The US argues that publication by the leaked documents site, endangered the lives of its citizens working overseas. By expelling #Assange from the Embassy, #Ecuador allowed #GB to arrest him, taking him 1 step closer to extradition to the #US, thus exposing him to risks of serious #humanrightsviolations. #GB has arbitrary detained Mr Assange possibly endangering his life for the last 7 years— Agnes Callamard (@AgnesCallamard) April 11, 2019 read more

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September 25, 2019

Three excops sentenced for accepting 6M bribe

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSenior police officer charged in $6M drug bribery case freedSeptember 26, 2016In “Court”‘Both givers and takers will be prosecuted’ – Top Cop says of bribery allegations against traffic ranksApril 9, 2019In “latest news”$6M Cocaine Bribe: Senior cop transferred; Ramjattan vows rogue police will be jailedSeptember 25, 2015In “Crime” Three former Police ranks were on Monday sentenced to prison and fined for accepting a six-million-dollar bribe back in September 2015.When the trial concluded on Monday at the Whim Magistrate’s Court on the Corentyne, Magistrate Charlyn Artiga found the three ranks guilty, and sentenced each to one year’s imprisonment and fined each $25,000.Corporal Shawn McPhoy of 174 Laing Avenue, West Ruimveldt, Constable Ray Drepaul Saul of Eversham, Corentyne, and Constable Trevon McKenzie of Princeton, Corriverton, Corentyne were charged jointly for the offence, which was committed between September 10 and 11, 2015.Assistant Superintendent Terrence Browne, 48, who was the officer-in-charge of the Whim Police Station at the time the incident was committed, had also been charged with the offence, but was tried separately.In September 2016, Magistrate Artiga ruled that the prosecution had failed to convince the court that the Assistant Superintendent is the person who had received the plastic bag, and that anyone had seen him. He was set free.The three former ranks had collected a $6 million bribe and had allegedly relinquished some of the cash to Browne.Female Constable Stacy Welch had testified during the trial that she had received a share of the money when it was parted. She further stated that McPhoy had placed a portion of the money into a plastic bag and had said it was for the boss.On September 10, 2015, a few Police ranks were performing patrol duties along the Corentyne Corridor when they stopped a minibus which was loaded with cocaine and cash.The ranks had received information that a route 63 ‘A’ minibus would usually be transporting drugs, guns and cash. They were provided with the vehicle number and the travel schedule for the minibus.While in the vicinity of Springlands, East Berbice/Corentyne, they observed the vehicle and decided to stop it to conduct a search, during which they discovered that the vehicle was indeed transporting a very large quantity of cocaine and cash at the time.It is alleged that the ranks on patrol, with the most senior one at the time being a corporal, entered into negotiations with the occupants of the vehicle, which led to the occupants of the vehicle handing over $6 million in cash to the ranks.The ranks then allowed the vehicle to continue its journey, and even reportedly provided some amount of escort for the vehicle before returning to a Police Station.The ranks reportedly informed their most senior officer of the illegal transaction, after which he allegedly took a sum of the money.The trio were represented by Attorneys at law Chandra Sohan, Murseline Bacchus and Horatio Edmonson.Following a notice of appeal issued to the Magistrate on Monday, she placed the convicted cops on $50,000 bail each. read more

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September 24, 2019

Outokumpu Technology again at Frontier

first_imgOutokumpu Technology has won another major order for First Quantum Minerals’ (FQM) Frontier copper mine in the DRC, this time for advanced high rate thickening and high-efficiency flotation technology. The contract for SUPAFLOr thickeners, a SkimAir¦ 500 unit and TankCellr flotation cells follows a worldwide string of successes earlier this year, including a 9.75 m diameter, 6.1 m long SAG mill with 12,000 kW of installed power – again at Frontier. Frontier’s trunnion-supported SAG mill is one of the largest dual pinion variable speed drives for a SAG mill in the world.As with the mills, the new flotation cells and thickeners will be compatible with the same advanced and proven design as those in FQM’s nearby Kansanshi copper and gold mine in Zambia, where last year Outokumpu Technology delivered a second technology package for that project. The new Frontier order also incorporates the same flash flotation SkimAir¦ technology now in operation at Kansanshi, where its performance has confirmed its industry reputation as a profit enhancer in the grinding circuit, significantly increasing plant recovery and grade.  SkimAir improves overall recoveries by liberating easy floating particles from cyclone classifier sands to produce part of the final concentrate, thereby eliminating over-grinding and minimizing losses in the fines. At Frontier, the flash flotation installation will feature as a two-stage process, with the SkimAir employed for Flash Roughing and a TankCell for cleaning the concentrate. This two-stage process, already in operation at Kansanshi, Telfer and Cadia, amongst others, is delivering impressive results, says Outokumpu Technology’s Australia Managing Director, Neil Jagger.“Our flotation and thickening technologies are recognized by the industry as being global leaders – in terms of performance, innovation and real value for money. And the proven, optimized design of our technologies is a particular advantage in remote locations, where reliability, efficiency and performance are crucial.”Advanced technology, proven performance and global service and support capabilities have all contributed to this latest success,” added Jagger. TankCell 30s and 16s will be used for cleaning duties in Frontier’s flotation circuit.  TankCell technology is a customized design and is a renowned market leader with benefits such as fast startup under full load, easy operation and ability to run without sanding, automatic air control, optimum bubble size, air dispersion independent of mixing and optimized power draw.   Frontier’s thickening solution comprises one 36m and one 25m SUPAFLO thickener.  SUPAFLO thickener designs include a number of innovative features, with special attention given to engineering of feedwells, rake profiles, drive systems and control strategies to meet the challenge of dewatering materials that are often problematic for normal thickeners.Outokumpu Technology in Australia will be responsible for design and supply of the technology, scheduled for completion by the end of this year, while Outokumpu Technology’s South African office will manage local fabrication. As with Kansanshi, Outokumpu Technology’s global network of operations comes to the fore, as this local fabrication management by the Johannesburg office will ensure both time and cost efficiencies. Canadian-owned FQM’s Frontier project is based on a resource of 161 Mt grading 1.17% Cu. The latest contract for the mine follows other major international minerals processing successes for Outokumpu Technology, including the world’s largest flash flotation circuit for the Boddington gold mine expansion in Western Australia; advanced thickening, flotation and automation technologies for the Lihir gold mine in Papua New Guinea, high rate thickeners for the Rio Tuba laterite nickel project in the Philippines, as well as grinding systems for OneSteel’s Project Magnet and Oxiana’s Sepon gold and copper project in Laos.last_img read more

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September 22, 2019

Road to Womens EHF EURO 2018 Results and standings Slovenia grab last

Women’s EHF EURO 2018 Qualifications for the Women’s EHF EURO 2018 in France are over! The 15 teams will join France in the battle for the crown which won Norway in Gothenburg 2016.The last ticket was grabbed by Slovenia, who ended as the best third placed team after 30:30 draw against Czech Republic.Here are the results and standings after all.Group 1:Croatia – Ukraine 28:25Norway – Switzerland 41:181. Norway 6-12Croatia 6-63. Switzerland 6-44. Ukraine 6-2Group 2: Montenegro – Italy 28:22Poland – Slovakia 26:211. Montenegro 6 – 122. Poland 6 – 83. Slovakia 6 – 44. Italy 6 – 0Group 3:Sweden – Faroe Islands 32:12Serbia – Macedonia 35:301. Serbia 6-102. Sweden 6-103. Macedonia 6-44. Faroe Islands 6 – 0Group 4: Russia – Austria 26:25Romania – Portugal 32:281. Romania 6-102. Russia 6 – 83. Austria 6-6Portugal 6 – 0Group 5:Denmark – Iceland 24:17Czech Republic – Slovenia 30:301. Denmark 6-122. Czech Republic 6 – 63. Slovenia 6 – 5 (best third place)4. Iceland 6-1Group 6:Germany – Turkey 40:17Spain – Lithuania 29:17Spain 6 – 102. Germany 6 – 93. Turkey 6-34. Lithuania 6-2Group 7:Netherlands – Kosovo.. 42:16Hungary – Belarus 30:221. Hungary 6 – 102. Netherlands 6-103. Belarus 6 – 44. Kosovo… 6 – 0 ← Previous Story PGE Vive Kielce – 15th Polish Championship trophy in da house! Next Story → Paris to host draw for Women’s EHF EURO 2018 – Dutch girls in Pot 3 read more

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September 14, 2019

Law360 Editorial Officially Votes to Unionize

first_img In the weeks that followed, staff members had mandatory meetings with the Labor Relations Institute, a consulting firm that discourages workplace unionization. While the company can legally discourage organization, they are required to recognize the union once it is certified by the NLRB. The week before the vote, EIC Cat Fredenburgh and co-managing editor Christine Caulfield were let go from the company. Fredenburgh was replaced by co-managing editor Anne Urda. An official NLRB vote was held in New York City on August 10, but the vote was delayed to give employees in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. time to send their ballots by mail. “While we are disappointed with that outcome, once these results have been certified by the Labor Board, we will begin the process of negotiating a contract in good faith,” Roberts wrote. “We are now turning our attention to working through these next steps.” “I don’t really think that LRI knew what they were dealing with,” an employee tells Folio:. “We’re all legal reporters who are savvy to these exact kinds of tactics.” However, in a letter to staff Wednesday afternoon, general manager Scott Roberts acknowledged the election results. “It’s just so amazing to see the margin of support that we have,” an employee at Law360 tells Folio:. “We won this election by 100 votes and that’s an incredible showing of support from the staff for the union.” Staff at Al Jazeera America Digital, which shuttered earlier this year, voted to unionize with the NewsGuild of New York in October. The NewsGuild also represents editorial staffs at Time Inc., The New York Times, The Nation, and The Daily Beast. Law360 management and parent company LexisNexis did not sign off on the election results. They have seven days to contest the results before the union is certified. The Law360 editorial staff is one of many digital publications to unionize over the last 15 months. The now extinct Gawker Media voted to unionize with the Writers Guild of America, East in June 2015. ThinkProgress, Huffington Post, Salon.com, and Vice soon followed. Editorial staff at the legal news website Law360 have officially voted to unionize. A vote count held today showed employees voting in favor of joining The NewsGuild of New York, 109 to 9. This is a change of tone for the company, who hired workplace law firm Jackson Lewis after the staff petitioned to unionize on July 19. According to Nastaran Mohit, organizing coordinator at NewsGuild, Law360’s lawyers indicated that they may contest the election on the grounds that ballots from outside of New York City were sent in envelopes, rather than the official ballot boxes. Despite the timing, sources close to the situation tell Folio: that this was neither a reaction to Fredenburgh or Caulfield’s stance on the union, nor was it a goal of the union effort. Law360 declined to comment.last_img read more

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September 10, 2019

Avengers Endgame officially a threehour bladderbuster so make a plan

first_img Avengers: Endgame’s heroes are picking up the pieces Women of Marvel Marvel Captain America The Avengers Share your voice Avengers: Endgame trailer takes you back to the start “I can do this all day,” Captain America (Chris Evans) famously declares in multiple Marvel movies, usually when he’s being beaten to a pulp.But can Marvel fans sit and watch him all day, with no intermission or bathroom break? That’s a different question. Marvel’s ensemble movies have, slowly but surely, been getting longer, and Avengers: Endgame, which hits theaters April 26, has been rumored for months to be pushing three hours. Now the run time’s official: 3 hours and 58 seconds, according to CNET sister site ComicBook.com, which spoke to director Joe Russo at the annual CinemaCon event in Las Vegas.Earlier reports had the film running slightly longer, 3 hours and 2 minutes, to be exact, according to a run time posted by AMC theaters on March 25 and then later deleted. “We just sped up the credits is what we did,” Joe Russo told ComicBook.com. Captain America (Chris Evans) has a lot to avenge in Avengers: Endgame, so it can hardly be a short film. Marvel The length doesn’t seem to bother Marvel fans who’ve been lucky enough to grab a sneak peek. But apparently no one needed to escape for a sneak pee.”We have screened the movie four times for audiences now,” the other Russo brother, Anthony, told Collider in February. “For the first three screenings, not a single person got up to go to the bathroom.”In an interview with Collider published in early March, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige made it clear the movie would get the “exact right running time.”  “We don’t look at run times in terms of mandates or anything like that,” Feige said. “Every movie should feel like it’s an hour and 45 minutes. Now, some movies can be 90 minutes and feel like they’re four hours. And some movies can be three and a half hours and feel like 90 minutes … And every version of  Endgame thus far, and the ones that we’re honing in on, feel very good.”Bathroom-break appStill, a three-hour film is a first for Marvel and might require a bio break even for those who absolutely hate the thought of missing any dialogue. Few people know more about movie bathroom breaks than Dan Gardner, co-creator of RunPee, a mobile app that recommends the best times to get up and answer nature’s call during a movie. Gardner used RunPee data to compare the lengths of all MCU movies dating back to the first film in Phase 1, 2008’s Iron Man. (That film’s 2 hour and 6 minute run time seems as quaint as Cap’s dating skills compared with the Endgame three-hour time.)”The trend is definitely toward longer (MCU) movies, but that is an inevitable consequence of the stories involving more and more characters,” Gardner said. “The first Avengers movie was considerably longer than any of the first five MCU movies because it involved all of the characters interacting and forming a team.”croppaulruddmoreendgameBruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) probably isn’t crying over the movie length. Marvel The shortest MCU film of all is 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, at 112 minutes. Thor, from 2011, is just 114 minutes. Doctor Strange, from 2016, is 115 minutes. And 2015’s Ant-Man ran 117 minutes. See the pattern? Those films all focused in on one main standalone character rather than needing to weave together multiple heroes and their stories. But they, too, seem to be getting longer: Captain Marvel, the newest MCU solo film, runs 132 minutes. 2:26 Endgame runs three hours, and fans seem totally OK with that Avengers: Endgame trailer hype had you just where Marvel wanted you Avengers: Endgame will be the longest MCU film if the Russos keep it at the 180-minute mark. Next longest is the 2018 film that sets up Endgame, Avengers: Infinity War, coming in at 149 minutes. Captain America: Civil War, from 2016, comes in at 147 minutes, with 2012’s The Avengers at 142 minutes, and 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron at 141 minutes. 26 Photos “Long movies are expensive, so they are relatively rare,” Elder said. “The height of this era was the early-to-mid 1960s, so it’s a fallacy to think that (today’s) movies are longer.”Those intermission rumorsSome of those classic long 1960s films came with intermissions. During a cinematic intermission, the movie action stops, usually with a still image announcing the break frozen on the screen. Early movie technology required the intermission so projectionists could change reels.croprobertdowneyendgameEnlarge ImageTony Stark (Robert Downey) is in need of rescue, just one of many plotlines that Avengers: Endgame will need to wrap up in its three-hour run time. Marvel On Feb. 5, movie writer Alan Cerny, co-host of the Matinee Heroes podcast, suggested in a tweet that Marvel might be considering an Avengers: Endgame intermission. Cerny later said the report was based on “fan discussion and (online) speculations,” and he doubted it would happen. But in response, several fans pointed out that intermissions are standard during movies shown in India.Gardner of RunPee is no fan of intermissions.”I think an intermission is pretty disruptive to the experience,” he said. “The break would have to be at least 15 minutes long to be of any use. I think it just creates a mess.” Even though the data shows that Marvel’s ensemble movies are slowly lengthening, Elder views a three-hour Avengers: Endgame as a one-time necessity, not a trend.”Marvel movies will go back to being 120-minute-and-below popcorn experiences,” Elder says. “(Avengers: Endgame) is the Lawrence of Arabia of comic-book movies.”But he thinks that if Marvel builds it, moviegoers will come. “If Kevin Feige and the Russo Brothers say they need three hours, they’ve built up a lot of goodwill (and) audiences will go with them,” Elder says.So just be like Captain America, and plan to stay put for a while.Originally published March 6.Update, March 14: Adds link to new trailerUpdate, March 25: Adds AMC deleted run time.Update, April 4: Adds Joe Russo confirmation of run time.  “If you break it down by standalone versus ensemble, then the average run time of a standalone is 123 minutes and the ensembles are 139 minutes — not including Endgame,” Gardner notes. If Endgame sticks to three hours exactly, Marvel’s ensemble films’ average run time is 144 minutes.The run times aren’t really surprising, says Robert K. Elder, who calls himself a “recovering” film critic and has written 11 books, including The Film That Changed My Life and The Best Film You’ve Never Seen.”When you have this many characters — including a space pirate raccoon and a Norse god — this kind of length is inevitable,” Elder told me. “Marvel is doing something unprecedented in creating a cohesive cinematic universe. That means there are a lot of character arcs and loose ends to tie up.”Wait for the battle build-up scenesIf you do need to take a quick break, whether a restroom stop or concession load-up, Gardner offers a tip.”In action movies there is usually a scene or two preceding the final battle, where the action slows down a bit and gives the audience a chance to wind down a little,” Gardner says. “A good example is in Zero Dark Thirty, (where) there was a very long chopper ride scene as the team headed for Osama Bin Laden’s compound.” How do you know when the battle scene is looming? Gardner notes that RunPee will have spoiler-free Avengers: Endgame “peetimes” added to the app by the film’s opening night.infinitylineupcropMovies often slow down before a big battle begins, making for a good break time. Marvel Of course, the simplest tips of all are obvious, especially if you don’t like missing anything. Resist the lure of that gallon-sized Icee. Or at least sit on the aisle for a quick exit if needed.”I’m a seasoned moviegoer, so I always have a game plan,” Elder says. “I eat beforehand and make sure that my bladder is empty. Lock and load.”But just because Avengers: Endgame is promising to test fans’ ability to stay put, doesn’t mean movies as a whole are trending longer. center_img 3 TV and Movies 0:30 More on Marvel How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order Comments Now playing: Watch this: Tags Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

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September 9, 2019

Hundreds of dying seabirds found in Bering and Chukchi seas

first_imgA dead murre that washed ashore in Nome in June 2018. (Photo: Zoe Grueskin, KNOM)Since May, hundreds of dead and dying seabirds have been found across the northern Bering and southern Chukchi Seas.Listen nowThe National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have labeled the event a die-off and are coordinating monitoring efforts with local communities.“These birds have been starving,” USFWS biologist Kathy Kuletz said. “They’re very emaciated. Their muscles have atrophied.”So far, there’s no evidence of disease or toxins in the seabirds. But coastal communities on St. Lawrence Island and in Shishmaref have found dead birds — including murres, fulmars, shearwaters, kittiwakes, auklets and puffins — washed up on shore.Most of the carcasses were found in June, but they’ve continued to show up throughout the summer.This die-off is unusual because of the duration and large geographic area. Since the spring, seabird die-offs have also been recorded in the Pribilof Islands and northern Gulf of Alaska.Kuletz said it’s concerning from an ecological standpoint — and because the birds are an important food source.“People who live in these remote communities rely on birds for eggs or meat,” Kuletz said. “They noticed the birds weren’t coming to the colony, or they were finding sick birds and birds acting odd.”This die-off is seperate from an event that began in 2015 and killed an estimated half million common murres in Alaska.But researchers hypothesize it could be connected to the warm-water Blob, like that die-off was. At this point, though, Kuletz said scientists haven’t proven that link.There’s not much scientists can do besides monitoring the situation. Because there’s no baseline data in many of these areas, that poses a challenge.“It’s going to be hard to tease apart what’s at normal level, compared to the changes in conditions,” Kuletz said. “And things are definitely changing up here.”USFWS and NPS are working with other agencies, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. Geological Survey, to determine what the ocean conditions were like before the die-off.Unalaskans who see dead or dying birds can report their sightings at 1-866-527-3358.last_img read more

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September 2, 2019

HERO Fight Echoes In Senate Testimony Over Sermon Safeguard Bill

first_imgListen X 00:00 /01:12 Share Free ImagesThe Texas Senate has held its first hearing on the “sermon safeguard” bill (SB 24). The bill would make it illegal for Texas or local governments to subpoena a sermon from a religious leader, or to compel testimony about a sermon’s contents.The measure stems in large part from the fight over the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance or HERO. Supporters argue the bill is necessary, in light of former Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s 2014 attempt to subpoena the sermons of five pastors seeking HERO’s repeal.“Most people of faith are not going to know what to do in these situations,” said Jonathan Saenz, president of the religious advocacy group Texas Values, who testified in favor of the bill. “And as I’ve seen in my work for close to two decades in law and public policy, that if you don’t have something specific in law, some people are going to use that, to intimidate and make people believe that they have to follow their view on this issue.”Legal scholars argue the bill would do little to protect religious liberty beyond what is already guaranteed by the First Amendment.“[Mayor Parker’s] subpoena requests were obviously overbroad and overburdensome and violated principles of religious freedom,” said Charles “Rocky” Rhodes, a professor of constitutional law at South Texas College of Law Houston. “But that kind of overbroad request is both very, very rare and can be taken care of under existing doctrines.” Even when such requests are made, he said, they’re typically quashed by the court.The now-defunct HERO aimed to prevent discrimination against LGBT individuals in public accommodations. The Texas Senate is now considering SB 6, often referred to as the “bathroom bill,” to prevent local governments from adopting such ordinances. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick has identified both bills among his top priorities for the current legislative session. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

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September 1, 2019

Silverman White Loom as Top Council AtLarge Candidates

first_imgIn the crowded race for the two at-large D.C. Council seats in the Nov. 4 general election, community activist Robert White and former journalist and think tank analyst Elissa Silverman have emerged as the leaders for the non-Democratic position. D.C. Council member Anita Bonds (D-At Large) is also running for re-election and because of the city’s strong Democratic base, she is widely expected to grab one of the two at-large seats.Robert White is an independent at-large candidate for the D.C. Council.White, a District lawyer who worked as an aide to D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), has picked up the endorsement of D.C. Council members Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5), Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7), and David Grosso (I-At Large), and former D.C. Board of Education president and philanthropist and fundraiser Peggy Cooper Cafritz. Silverman, who lives in Ward 6, has gotten the endorsements of the D.C. Chapter of the National Organization for Women, D.C. Working Families, Ward 6 D.C. Council candidate Charles Allen, and Jews United for Justice.McDuffie said that White’s experience with Norton qualifies him to serve on the council. “It is critical that District residents elect the right person to serve on the council at this time in our city’s history – a candidate that understands our city’s unique issues and the promise of our future,” McDuffie said. “Robert’s commitment to his community and years of experience crafting legislation as a staffer to Norton separate him from the pack of candidates seeking the at-large council seat reserved for non-Democrats.”The at-large race is the only seriously contested council race this year because D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D), McDuffie, D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) and D.C. Council candidates Brianne Nadeau (D-Ward 1) and Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) face minor opposition in the general election.Political observers believe that Silverman can be considered a front-runner because of her name recognition from a previous council run and her organizational strength. Allen supports Silverman because he believes that she will be a fine colleague.“I’ve known Elissa for more than 10 years,” Allen said. “I’ve known her as a reporter, an advocate and a watchdog for our city. In each of those roles, she’s focused her career and her energy on having the city do what right for the residents of the District of Columbia.”If White, an African American, wins along with Bonds in November, the D.C. Council will be majority Black in January 2015, but White does not think in those terms. “I will represent all residents of the District,” he said. “I have lived in each quadrant of the city and I understand the challenges that people face. I have the experience to advocate on behalf of families.”Silverman, however, will not concede the Black vote to anyone, saying that her track record is one that African-American voters should look at. “I have been a fighter for more affordable housing, creating good jobs, and improving our educational system,” she said at an at-large candidates’ forum sponsored by DC for Democracy on Sept. 10 at the First Congregational Church.Howard University political scientist Michael Fauntroy said he thinks that District voters should not focus exclusively on race when voting for an at-large candidate. “I am not hung up on the racial makeup of a candidate,” Fauntroy said. “District residents should vote for people who want efficient government and that is as well run as possible.”Fauntroy said that voters should be cautious about candidates who label themselves as progressives, no matter what color they are. “Progressive is an interesting term because I have found that there are limits to progressivism,” he said. “For example, there is very little discussion among the candidates for office this year about gentrification and how it is affecting working-class people. They are speaking about it in vague terms and there clearly is a limit to liberalism.”last_img read more

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Officials Maryland Student Posts Racial Slur after Basketball Loss

first_imgBy The Associated PressSchool officials say a Maryland high school student used a racist slur in a social media message after his school’s basketball team lost to a team comprised mostly of Black players.The Capitol Gazette reports a letter sent to parents of students at Broadneck High School informed them of the Snapchat message which features a photo of a student and a caption that officials say was aimed at Annapolis High School players.(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)Broadneck Principal Jim Todd called the post “deplorable.” Todd promised the school would discipline the student, but privacy laws prevent public disclosure of the punishment.The Caucus of African American Leaders says it will urge the local school board to pass a policy requiring all high school students to take a course on diversity and inclusion before they graduate.last_img read more

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August 31, 2019

Living alone ups risk of mental disorders

first_imgMental disorders are more common in people who live alone, regardless of their age and sex, according to a study. Researchers noted that the number of people living alone has increased in recent years due to population ageing, decreasing marriage rates and lowering fertility. Previous studies have investigated the link between living alone and mental disorders but have generally been conducted in elderly populations and are not generalisable to younger adults. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe latest study used data on 20,500 individuals aged 16-64 living in England who participated in the 1993, 2000, or 2007 National Psychiatric Morbidity Surveys. “Living alone is positively associated with common mental disorders in the general population in England,” Louis Jacob from University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines said in a statement. Whether a person had a common mental disorder (CMD) was assessed using the Clinical Interview Schedule-Revised (CIS-R), a questionnaire focusing on neurotic symptoms during the previous week. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn addition to the number of people living in a household, data was available on factors including weight and height, alcohol dependence, drug use, social support, and loneliness. The prevalence of people living alone in 1993, 2000, and 2007 was 8.8 per cent, 9.8 per cent, and 10.7 per cent. In all years, all ages, and both men and women, there was a positive association between living alone and CMD, researchers said. In different subgroups of people, living alone increased a person’s risk for CMD by 1.39 to 2.43 times. Overall, loneliness explained 84 per cent of the living alone-CMD association, they said. The researchers suggest that interventions which tackle loneliness might also aid the mental wellbeing of individuals living alone. Globally, the lifetime prevalence of CMDs is around 30 per cent. CMDs have a major impact on quality of life, physical illness and mortality. In the past decades, there has been a growing interest in the association between living alone and CMDs, researchers said. This is partly driven by the fact that in many settings, the proportion of individuals living alone is increasing due to factors such as population ageing, lowering fertility, decreasing marriage rates, and increasing divorce rates.last_img read more

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August 29, 2019

AnyDesk 30 Beta First Look

first_imgAnyDesk 3.0 Beta First Look by Martin Brinkmann on December 02, 2016 in Windows – 2 commentsTeamViewer 12.0 was released just a couple of days ago, and now it is AnyDesk’s turn to release a brand new version of the company’s remote control software.We reviewed AnyDesk back in 2014 for the first time. The program, created by ex-TeamViewer employees, showed great promise back then.The new AnyDesk 3.0 is available as a beta release currently. While that means it is not yet ready for production environments, it is available for testing and getting a first impression of the new features and changes of the release.AnyDesk 3.0The program interface has not changed all that much if you compare the latest version to the 2014 version. AnyDesk states that version 3.0 has received design improvements here and there, but the changes won’t change how you use the program.One of the great changes of AnyDesk 3.0 is the new session window. If you have used the program before, you may know that you got a new request window for any new request. Not a problem if you use the software occasionally, but if you use it day in and out, that was not very practicable.The improvement moves all requests to a single window. So, instead of having to juggle with multiple open request windows, you just focus on the one instead.This is especially useful when you use the program for presentations. Consider this scenario: you hold a presentation for 20 people through AnyDesk so that every user sees your desktop and what is going on there during the presentation.In the old version, you’d have to work with 20 request windows unless you have not set up unattended access with password. In the new, you handle all requests in a single window.Another major change in AnyDesk 3.0 is the address book. The address book lists all computers that you have control over in a single place for easy management and access.You may assign tags to systems, and filter the list of devices by tag for quick access to a specific group of devices.There is also an option to add systems to your favorites so that they appear first always.Please note that the address book is a premium feature only available to professional and Enterprise versions of AnyDesk.Free users of AnyDesk benefit from an advanced speed dial view that lets you use the whole window for your contacts instead of just a single row. Also, that page has a search box now to find contacts quickly if you have plenty.All computers shown in the address book or the speed dial page show an online status in AnyDesk 3.0. This means that you see directly if a computer is online or not; handy to avoid connecting to devices that are not online.Whitelist is another new feature of AnyDesk 3.0. It enables you to define which computers are allowed to use AnyDesk to connect to yours. May be used to whitelist all IT department computers in a company network for instance. This blocks connection requests from any computer not on the whitelist.One caveat, at least in the beta version, is that you get a nag screen when you disconnect from a remote computer if you use the free version.You can check out the blog post over on the AnyDesk site for additional information, or download the beta client on this page.Now You: Do you use remote desktop software? If so for what purpose and which?SummaryArticle NameAnyDesk 3.0 Beta First LookDescriptionTeamViewer 12.0 was released just a couple of days ago, and now it is AnyDesk’s turn to release a brand new version of the company’s remote control software.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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August 28, 2019

5 home safety tips for kids

first_img4- Safety while playing with a pet: Pets are very affectionate, but some actions like pulling their tail or an ear can make them angry. Teach your kids to be gentle with pets and refrain from playing rough games with them. Tell them not to go near a dog when he is having his food, or try to take away a treat or bone from his mouth.5- Better safe than sorry: To make sure your kid is safe, learn first aid and keep a kit handy; it is also a good idea to learn CPR or cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Have the contact numbers of your friends, neighbours, paediatrician, poison control facility, etc, written on a big sheet on the wall, apart from storing them on the phone. If your child is old enough to know your home address, then teach him to dial these emergency numbers.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite center_img Home is the place where kids learn many things as they grow up. It is very important to teach them about “safety at home” as well, ensuring that they are always in a safe and clean environment.Here are 5 home safety tips for your children…1-Do not leave your kids alone in water: Kids love to splash around in water, whether it’s a bathtub or a swimming pool. Though this is fun, accidents like drowning can occur. Make sure the water level is not more than the waistline of your kid when you place him in a tub or sink. Never leave your kids unattended!2-Cover all the electrical outlets and wires at home: Make your home childproof from all kinds of electric shock by covering electrical sockets you might not be using with plastic covers. Throw away the electrical gadgets and repair the electric cords that are damaged. Insulate wires or fix them using casing to cover them.3- Lock away firearms: If you have a firearm at home, it is your responsibility to make sure it is stored after unloading the ammunition and locked in a safe place that cannot be accessed by your kids. Teach your kids about the dangers of using a gun in real life as opposed to the guns used by heroes in movies.last_img read more

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August 27, 2019

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first_img 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 | 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 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 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. 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 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 June 6, 2014 — A study of concussion patients using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) found that males took longer to recover after concussion than females did. Results of the study, which show that DTI can be used as a bias-free way to predict concussion outcome, are published online in the journal Radiology.Each year, more than 17 million Americans suffer a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), more commonly known as a concussion, of which approximately 15 percent suffer persistent symptoms beyond three months.Assessing outcomes and recovery time after concussion can be very subjective. Typically, physicians must rely on patient cooperation to assess injury severity.”MRI and CT brain images of concussion patients are often normal,” said Saeed Fakhran, M.D., assistant professor of neuroradiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. “Diffusion tensor imaging is the first imaging technique that shows abnormalities associated with concussion, because it is able to see white matter tracts at a microscopic level.”DTI is an advanced form of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that allows researchers to assess microscopic changes in the brain’s white matter. The brain’s white matter is composed of millions of nerve fibers called axons that act like communication cables connecting various regions of the brain. DTI produces a measurement, called fractional anisotropy (FA), of the movement of water molecules along axons. In healthy white matter, the direction of water movement is fairly uniform and measures high in FA. When water movement is more random, FA values decrease. Abnormally low FA is associated with cognitive impairment in patients with brain injuries.The research team examined the medical records and imaging results of 69 patients diagnosed with mTBI between 2006 and 2013, including 47 males and 22 females, and 21 controls consisting of 10 males and 11 females (median age of males: 17; median age of females: 16). Of the 47 males with mTBI, 32 (68 percent) were injured while playing a sport, as were 10 of the 22 females (45 percent).All patients underwent the same evaluation, including a computerized neurocognitive test and DTI of the brain. The DTI scans of the mTBI patients revealed abnormalities within the uncinate fasciculi (UF), a white matter tract that connects the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. Although its exact role is controversial, the UF tract is believed to allow temporal lobe-based memory associations to modify behavior though interactions with another area of the brain.The DTI scans revealed that compared to the female mTBI patients, the male mTBI patients had significantly decreased UF FA values.”In the future, we would like to look at the issue of gender and concussions more in depth to determine who does better and why,” Fakhran said.A statistical analysis of the data revealed that UF FA value was a stronger predictor of recovery time than initial symptom severity based on neurocognitive testing. The most substantial risk factor for a recovery time longer than three months was decreased UF FA. Male gender also directly correlated with increased recovery time.”The potential of DTI and UF FA to predict outcome after concussion has great clinical impact,” Fakhran said. “Currently, we are heavily reliant on patient reporting, and patients may have ulterior motives, such as wanting to get back to play. But you can’t trick an MR scanner.”The average time to symptom recovery for all concussion patients was 54 days. However, compared to the female patients who recovered in an average of 26.3 days, recovery was significantly longer for the male patients (an average of 66.9 days), irrespective of initial symptom severity.”Male gender and UF FA values are independent risk factors for persistent post-concussion symptoms after three months and stronger predictors of time to recovery than initial symptom severity or neurocognitive test results,” Fakhran said.He said results of the study indicate a potential role for UF FA values in triaging concussion patients in the future.”There’s prognostic value in DTI for both children participating in sports as well as for professional athletes,” he said. “Lower FA values in the uncinate fasciculi could offer a metric for evaluating the severity of mild traumatic brain injuries and predicting clinical outcome. We’re not at the point where DTI can provide individual prognoses yet, but that’s the hope and goal.”For more information: radiologyinfo.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content 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 | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more 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. 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