Kinder Morgan Canadas pipeline woes hurting investment in Canada observers

first_imgCALGARY – The suspension of work on Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd.’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project will have a “chilling” effect on overall investment in Canada, industry observers say.The company’s decision Sunday to impose a May 31 deadline for government reassurance that it can safely spend the bulk of the project’s $7.4-billion construction cost comes after two other projects were ended last year — TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Energy East pipeline and Enbridge Inc.’s previously approved Northern Gateway.“We have become a high-political-risk jurisdiction because of the apparent ambivalence of government resolve to develop our resources. And we are a resource economy,” said Bob Skinner, executive fellow at the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, on Monday.He said Kinder Morgan and other megaproject developers are being prudent and acting in the shareholders’ interest when they halt the investment of billions of dollars in projects when they “have no idea” if it will be allowed to proceed to completion.In a statement on Sunday, CEO Alex Pourbaix of Trans Mountain shipper Cenovus Energy Inc. warned there will be a “chilling effect on investment … across the entire country” if the project fails.The potential halt of such energy projects does affect the Canadian economy as a whole, agreed CIBC deputy chief economist Benjamin Tal.“Energy investment is a very important part of total investment in Canada especially when it comes to rate of growth. To the extent that we see some uncertainty there, it can have a macro impact,” he said.The Trans Mountain expansion to add 590,000 bpd to its current 300,000 bpd capacity is needed to show Canada is a good place to do business, said a spokeswoman for Calgary-based Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., which has a contract to ship 75,000 barrels per day on the new pipeline.“The government of Canada approved the Trans Mountain expansion project based on strong scientific evidence and deemed the project in the national interest following the completion of extensive and comprehensive environmental, stakeholder and regulatory reviews,” said Julie Woo in an email. “It is time to see this project through.”Business investment that should be coming to Canada is being diverted to the United States, Royal Bank CEO Dave McKay warned recently. He said the investment exodus is already underway, especially in the energy and clean-technology sectors, due to Ottawa’s lack of response to a U.S. tax overhaul.Tim McMillan, CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, said he is seeing the same discount prices for Canadian oil and gas drilling rights, assets and companies compared with those in the United States.He suggested the federal government could follow Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s suggestion of taking a financial stake in the Trans Mountain project, perhaps by offering to guarantee to repay Kinder Morgan’s investment if the project fails to proceed as promised, instead of offering only verbal support.“This is a profound issue for us and reflects not just on this one project. We’ve had a series, like Energy East and so on, that have painted Canada into a corner as a place to invest,” said Chris Bloomer, CEO of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association.“What happens here is going to reverberate into the future as far as how we do things in this country. We need to keep that in mind for all projects.”In a report in February, Scotiabank said delayed construction of pipelines including the Trans Mountain expansion, Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement and TransCanada’s Keystone XL is causing discounts for Canadian crude prices that are costing the economy roughly $15.6 billion a year, with the impact expected to moderate as more rail shipping capacity comes on line this year.Follow @HealingSlowly on TwitterCompanies in this article: (TSX:KML, TSX:CVE, TSX:CNQ)last_img read more

Over 15 million in Africa benefit from return of cassava UN reports

“Having cassava back on the table is of major importance, especially to the region’s most vulnerable, who have been hit hard by this year’s global food crisis,” said Eric Kueneman, Chief of the FAO Crop and Grassland Service. In response to the epidemic, FAO partnered with the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO), working to distribute virus-free cassava planting material to over 300,000 small farmers in the countries – Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Uganda – struck by the virus.With each person in Africa consuming around 80 kilograms of cassava per year, Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD) triggered a crisis which destroyed harvests throughout the region.In Uganda, the virus has decimated 150,000 hectares of cassava since the early 1990s, with resulting food shortages leading to localized famines in 1993 and 1997.“It’s sweet, not bitter,” said Ernest Nduwimana, a young farmer who lost his father during Burundi’s brutal civil war, who lives in northern Cibitoke province, the epicentre of the epidemic.Last year, the area’s fields were barren, but with the crop being good this year, there is enough to feed his family until next year’s harvest, he said.FAO’s Mr. Kueneman stressed that increasing the production of local crops such as cassava is a pillar of the agency’s response to the current food crisis, which plunged an additional 75 million people into poverty last year alone.High prices of food and fertilizer are just some of the problems the Great Lakes region faces, as recent outbreaks of violence in eastern DRC demonstrate further instability. Amid such circumstances, FAO suggests cassava can make a crucial difference, since the crop’s roots can be harvested whenever there is a need or left in the ground when farmers are driven from their land given that thieves find them difficult to dig out from the ground when unattended.Fighting the Disease began with the development of a series of disease-free cassava varieties by an FAO research partner in Nigeria.At the same time, the agency also kicked off a campaign to help individual Great Lakes nation, with the support of ECHO, which has contributed over €3 to date, and other donors. 13 November 2008Following years of massive crop losses caused by a devastating virus, the tropical root crop cassava – one of Africa’s principal foodstuffs – has made a comeback and is benefiting some 1.65 million people throughout the Great Lakes region, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today. read more

Donors at UN meeting urge Liberias government to fight corruption

The two-day meeting in Copenhagen, co-organized by the United Nations and the World Bank, brought together representatives of the National Transitional Government of Liberia, donor countries, international financial institutions, UN agencies, regional organizations and civil society organizations to review Liberia’s changing needs and priorities after its 14-year civil war.Participants emphasized that worries about graft and other issues threatened to derail progress thus far. “Persistent concerns about the preparations for the upcoming elections, reintegration strategy, funding shortfalls, and, widespread allegations of corruption and malfeasance have slanted discussions somewhat in the last weeks,” Poul Grosen, Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Nordic Office in Copenhagen, said, noting that momentum around Liberia’s transition had been shaken recently.According to Mats Karlsson, World Bank Country Director for Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, effective economic governance is the key constraint to sustain peace and development. “We should not end up saying in six months from now that it was just a show of words in Copenhagen. Immediate action to address core economic government functions is imperative to follow this meeting,” he said.Participants agreed that fostering sustainable livelihoods, responding to the development needs of communities and building infrastructure should also be priorities in Liberia, where the unemployment rate hovers at about 85 per cent.”The elections are the good part of the Liberian story. The difficult part of the story is the need to restructure the Liberian army and provide schooling, clinics, roads and basic services enabling both internally displaced people and ex-combatants to return to their rural counties,” said Christian Herbert, Liberia’s Minister of Planning and Economic Affairs.”The risk of inaction to address these needs will place the whole peace process in jeopardy,” he said. read more

Profit of 654M for Saskatchewan gaming Crown in 201516

Profit of $65.4M for Saskatchewan gaming Crown in 2015-16 REGINA – SaskGaming’s annual report says the Crown corporation had another robust financial year with a profit of $65.4 million.Minister responsible Nancy Heppner says 2015-16’s strong results will directly benefit Saskatchewan communities.SaskGaming provided more than $517,000 in donations, sponsorships and support to 74 organizations, projects and events across the province last year.The Crown recorded revenue of just over $158 million in a 15-month period.That’s an increase of more than $30 million compared to results in the previous 12-month period before the reporting schedule was changed.SaskGaming also had a total guest count of 4.4 million people.“SaskGaming is a strong and profitable corporation that continues to deliver an excellent guest and employee experience in a time of challenging gaming market conditions,” said SaskGaming president and CEO Susan Flett.(CTV Regina) by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 18, 2016 3:02 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 18, 2016 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Unrealistic demands on UN peacekeeping costing lives and credibility – Guterres

UN Photo/Loey FelipeMark Rutte (centre), Prime Minister of the Netherlands, and President of the Security Council for the month of March, chairs the Council’s meeting on UN peacekeeping operations. Secretary-General António Guterres (left), and Jeffrey Feltman (right), Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, attended the meeting.“We urgently need a quantum leap in collective engagement,” he said, announcing the launch of a the Action for Peacekeeping initiative which will mobilize all partners and stakeholders to support peacekeeping efforts.“As peacekeeping marks its 70th anniversary, I hope we can develop a set of mutually-agreed principles and commitments to create peacekeeping operations fit for the future,” he said.The high-level open debate was convened by the Netherlands in its capacity as the President of the Security Council for the month of March. The meeting was chaired by the country’s Prime Minister, Mark Rutte.Alongside the Secretary-General, the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, and Fatimata Touré, Director of the Groupe de Recherche d’Etude de Formation Femme Action (GREFFA), a Malian non-governmental organization, also briefed the Council. “UN peacekeepers are often under-equipped, under-prepared and unready [and] there are gaps in command and control, in culture, in equipment and in training,” Mr. Guterres told a Security Council debate on improving UN peacekeeping operations.“Our peacekeepers are vulnerable, and they are targeted for attack,” he added.Last year, 59 peacekeepers lost their lives as a result of malicious act – highest number ever and a sharp increase over the year before when the figure was 34.Calling UN peacekeeping operations “a remarkable enterprise of multilateralism and international solidarity,” the UN chief underscored that they nevertheless also suffer as a result of unrealistic demands, and as a result, both lives and credibility are being lost.“A peacekeeping operation is not an army, or a counter-terrorist force, or a humanitarian agency. It is a tool to create the space for a nationally-owned political solution,” emphasized the Secretary-General.Please put an end to mandates that look like Christmas trees. Christmas is over, and [a UN mission] cannot possibly implement 209 mandated tasks — Secretary-General Guterres“Put simply, peace operations cannot succeed if they are deployed instead of a political solution, rather than in support of one.”He cited the need to concentrate on three key areas: refocusing peacekeeping with realistic expectations; make missions stronger and safer; and mobilize greater support for political solutions and for well-structured, well-equipped, well-trained forces.“These efforts are critical – but action by the Secretariat alone is not enough […] our chances of success increase dramatically when we work together with Member States and share burdens, risks and responsibilities,” added Mr. Guterres. read more

Chambery appoint Ivica Obrvan for new headcoach

← Previous Story SEHA GSS “BEST 7” in October Next Story → New contract: Mattias Andersson to finish career in Flensburg in 2017 Chambery Handballhandball coachhandball transfersivica obrvan The new head-coach of the French Chambery Savoie is Croatian expert Ivica Obrvan. One of the most successful Balkan coaches, in the past few years, has signed contract for the next two and a half years. He will continue his work with the Macedonian National team, with whom Obrvan qualified for the upcoming World Championship 2015 in Qatar.Obrvan began his coaching career in the home team RK Metkovic, where he won the first big trophy – EHF Cup after thrilling final with SG Flensburg in 2000. He also had a lot of success with RK Gorenje, bringing them the first Slovenian title in the history, and RK C.O Zagreb, Croatian champions which played at EHF CL TOP 8 in the season 2011/2012.Obrvan has overtook the Macedonian NT in 2013. Macedonians have played at the Main Round of the Men’s EHF EURO 2014 with him at the helm.The president of Chambery, Laurent Munier explained the decision:– We have about 20 applications for the new coach. We have decided for Ivica. His experience,  his vision of modern handball, his thirst for work, his desire to succeed are driving forces for the ambitions of the club. I want to live out this adventure with us – concluded Munier. read more

Awesome mathematical sculptures made out of playing cards office supplies

first_imgCreated by Zachary Abel, the amazing playing card structure above represents the geometric math shapes the artist is obsessed with and sees wherever he goes. Abel makes those sculptures out of cards, paper clips, lollipop sticks, binder clips, and other similarly mundane things.The sculpture above is named “Poker Faces”, and has two “lucky” characteristics. Taking thirty standard playing cards, Abel slit and assembled them into six intersecting pentagonal prisms. If you could look at the piece closely you might notice that four of the prisms display a royal flush. This is one of most difficult hands to receive in a five card deal. The odds of being dealt a Royal Flush in 5 cards is 1 in 649,739. It does happen, but obviously rarely. (I know several card players who would love to carry this around as a good luck charm.)To understand the second lucky aspect of the sculpture you need to be a math geek, as it pertains to the shape in which the cards are arranged. Because of the aspect ratio of the cards, each prism in the sculpture meet with all the other prisms in 12 five way junctures.Abel has several other pieces of art on his site that you can check out using the link below. Some of the best ones utilize office supplies, including the paper clip snub dodecahedron below, and then the excellent Impenetraball which is made out out 132 binder clips.Zachary Abel is a student at MIT, and obviously has got some brain power going on in his dome.Read more at Abel’s personal sitelast_img read more

Lloris calls for France to improve ahead of milestone

first_imgFrance captain Hugo Lloris is adamant that they cannot produce another sloppy performance ahead of their game against Peru in Group CPaul Pogba’s lobbed shot deflected off Australia full-back Aziz Behich to hand France an unlikely win last Saturday after Mile Jedinak had cancelled out Antoine Griezmann’s penalty with a spot-kick of his own.Lloris, who will make his 100th appearance for France in today’s game against Peru at Ekaterinburg, admits that they cannot afford to slip up again.“There is always pressure for all matches, especially when we started the World Cup,” said the 31-year-old, according to BT Sport.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“But this is when you have to go beyond your own capacities as a competitor.“Tomorrow is going to be a difficult match; if we do not raise our quality level, we are going to have some difficulties.“Peru are a quality team, a difficult team to beat. We know that the players are committed to playing for their country.“It is their last chance to go through the group stages so they are going to give everything and we are going to have to raise our quality level so we can get the three points.”last_img read more

West Hams penalty shootout hero Adrian thrilled with win

first_imgWest Ham United defeated Mainz 05 on penalties following a 1-1 draw on Tuesday with goalkeeper Adrian coming to rescue by saving a spot-kick, before scoring one of his own to ensure victory for the HammersManuel Pellegrini’s side managed to break the deadlock after 70 minutes at the Silberstadt Arena in Tuesday’s pre-season friendly due to Snodgrass’ cross finding Toni Martinez, who then headed home the opening goal.But the lead would only last for 10 minutes with Robin Quaison equalising for Mainz.With neither side able to score again, the tie was to be decided in a penalty shoot-out.And Adrian stepped up to save Pablo de Blasis’ effort, before then later coolly slotting home his own penalty-kick with Gaetan Bussmann sealing the victory for West Ham to hand the club the Betway Cup for the first time.“It was a very good result,” Adrian told the club website.Alisson Becker, LiverpoolReport: Injury update on Liverpool’s Becker George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Liverpool has released an update on Alisson Beckers progress as he recovers from injury.According to, there is still no timeline for the Brazillian…“At the end I saved one, I scored one and we won so I am very happy!“It was a good night for us, I thought we played really well. We played against a really good team in Mainz, they play attacking football and they press really high so it was a really good test for us.“I thought we pressed really well, we kept the ball and created good chances. We had the better chances and fortunately we got the win we deserved on penalties in the end. In pre-season it is important that every game you get better and put into practice the manager’s ideas. We are getting there, and it was another good performance.”The Spanish shot-stopper had asked to be one of West Ham’s first five takers, but was turned down by assistant coach Enzo Maresca.“I wanted to be one of the first five penalty takers! I told Enzo that I wanted to take one but they didn’t give me the chance! I was happy to take one, and to score for the team eventually,” he revealed.West Ham will now conclude their pre-season preparations with a final game against French club Angers SCO in Grodig on Friday.last_img read more

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu departs for 5day visit to

first_imgNew Delhi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday emplaned for a five-day visit to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia with an aim to strengthen bilateral ties with the three Baltic nations. Naidu is the first high-level dignitary from India to visit the three countries. “Embarking on a 5-day tour to 3 Baltic nations, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to strengthen bilateral ties. Happy to be the first high-level dignitary from India to visit the 3 nations. Being bid farewell by representatives of embassies of 3 countries on my departure from Delhi today,” Naidu said in a tweet before boarding the plane. Also Read – Man held for slapping woman employee at Gurgaon toll plaza booth Advertise With Us “Looking forward to productive delegation-level talks and fruitful interactions with heads of states, other dignitaries, business forums and the Indian diaspora,” said another tweet. Announcing the visit, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official A Gitesh Sarma had on Wednesday said that India and the Baltic countries have a historic connect and it is generally accepted that both have common linguistic roots notwithstanding the distance. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us On his visit to Lithuania from August 17 to August 19, the Vice President will meet the president of Lithuania. An India Lithuania business forum will be coordinated by CII from the Indian side. Thereafter, Naidu will visit Latvia from August 19 to 20 and will have bilateral meetings with the President, Prime Minister, acting speaker of the Saeima and other dignitaries. He will also unveil a bust of Mahatma Gandhi at the national library in the country. Advertise With Us ASSOCHAM is coordinating India-Latvia Business forum from the Indian side. Here Vice President will lay reet at the freedom monument of Latvia and will unveil a bust of Mahatma Gandhi in the national library of Latvia. While on his visit to Estonia, Vice President Naidu will address the heads of missions’ conference. The India Estonia business forum would be led by CII from the Indian side. “This is a historic visit in the sense that it is long-awaited and Vice President’s visit would be the first-ever high-level visit to the three Baltic countries. This takes place when we are looking forward to increasing our political engagement as well a trade and commerce engagement,” the MEA official had said.last_img read more

Sensex tanks 200 points as bloodbath continues on Dalal Street Nifty falls

first_imgThe decision to increase the minimum public shareholding of listed firms to 35% did not go down well with the investor community.Reuters fileThe Union Budget 2019 did not go down well with market participants, as domestic equity benchmark BSE Sensex plummeted nearly 250 points in early trade Tuesday (July 9), marking the third straight session of loss after the budget proposal.Both Sensex and Nifty fell as Dalal Street continued to react negatively to the Budget proposal.The surcharge on foreign portfolio investors, tax on buybacks and the proposal to increase minimum public shareholding of listed firms to 35 per cent have not been received well by the investor community, reports news agency IANS.The Sensex was trading 209.24 points lower at 38,511.33 at 9.16 am today. It opened at 38,754.47, from its Monday’s close of 38,720.57, when the markets logged record fall and the Sensex ended 792 points lower.The Nifty declined by 77.35 points or 0.67 per cent to 11,481.25.All the sectoral indices were trading in the red apart from metal and pharma stocks. Shares of companies including HDFC twins, Asian Paints, Kotak Bank, HUL, Bajaj Finance and Axis Bank fell up to 2.19 per cent. While, Yes Bank, PowerGrid, Sun Pharma, NTPC, L&T, RIL and Vedanta were among the gainers, rising up to 2.90 per cent.During the early trade, the Tata Consultancy Services was trading 1.52 per cent lower. However, the firm will announce its quarterly result today. Speaking to news agency IANS Rusmik Oza, Head of Research, Kotak Securities said, “Equity markets were expecting some kind of fiscal stimulus from the budget but there has been a big disappointment.”last_img read more

Ethereum takes no 1 spot in India as crypto regulations haunt Bitcoin

first_imgA visual representation of the digital Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin on October 23, 2017, in London, England.Dan Kitwood/Getty ImagesThe Indian government’s tough stance on cryptocurrencies has sent cold shivers down the spine of many Bitcoin traders.The repeated cautionary circulars from the central bank and government authorities have taken a toll on Bitcoin’s popularity in India, according to a research.Ethereum has topped the search for cryptocurrency in India, commanding a share of 34.6 percent in the overall currency searches compared to about 30 percent share garnered by Bitcoin, a new research by free internet provider Jana revealed.The next popular currency was BuyUCoin with a 21.3 percent share, followed by Dash at 5.3 percent, Neo at 4.3 percent and Litecoin at 2.4 percent, respectively.Popular currency search terms and exchange site visits were analyzed across the company’s mCent browser application from October 2017 to February. Source: JanaAnother interesting highlight was that Ethereum’s popularity over Bitcoin grew over time, where Ethereum searches were twice that of Bitcoin during last week of February.India currently has around 10 cryptocurrency exchanges with 5 million users and monthly volumes of Rs 10,000 crore ($1.5 billion), according to industry estimates from early January.The revelation by Jana comes at a time when the governments around the world are tightening their noose on cryptocurrencies and India is not far behind.India’s aversion to virtual currencies was first displayed in December 2013 when the central bank issued a few words of caution.While there are still no clear regulations or proper jurisdiction, officials at the top echelons of the government, including finance minister Arun Jaitley have expressed his strong dislike for virtual currencies.”Our data shows that despite growing interest in cryptocurrencies as of late last year, recent confusion and questionable nature of crypto as legal tender in India has had a noticeable chilling effect,” said Nathan Eagle, CEO and founder of Jana.”As the hype cycle has started to unwind, we’re also seeing a huge departure both on the total number of searches, as well as visitors to these sites, which will continue to impact consumer appetite for investing.”Following the central bank’s orders, top lenders across the country suspended accounts of major bitcoin exchanges even as the Registrar of Companies stopped registration of firms dealing in them.As governments around the world began cracking down on bitcoins, the confidence of investors in the cryptocurrencies also witnessed a steep erosion.In the first quarter of 2018, bitcoin has shed more than half of its value. The currency has also lost $120 billion in market cap in this period.last_img read more

Rohingya influx threatens Coxs Bazar biodiversity

first_imgSeen in this photograph is a Rohingya refugee camp in Cox`s Bazar. Many such camps have been set up, cutting hillocks and forests in Teknaf and Ukhia that have threatened local environment and bio-diversity. This photo was taken from ReutersThe recently built Rohingya camps in Ukhia and Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar have damaged the biodiversity of the area, conservationists say.The camps have threatened the natural habitat of the wild animals such as elephants.The forest department and other international agencies working for biodiversity, have said the Rohingya camps are destroying the forest. They have several times referred to the damage of the biodiversity in the area.According to a ‘quick environmental impact assessment’ of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Rohingya camps have become a threat to biodiversity in the area.A number of animals and plants will become extinct forever if the building of settlements continues in this manner, the report further said.The report observed that it will not be possible to overcome the loss of land. The camps are not only a threat to Bangladesh, but also to global biodiversity, it added.The UNDP report also said the Rohingya camps are damaging the nature in three areas facing ecological crisis. These are the coastal areas of Teknaf, Saint Martin Island and Sonadia Island.There are two more restricted areas near these camps -Himchhari national park and Teknaf sanctuary. The proposed Inani National Park is also at risk.There are a total of 1,156 species of plants and animals in the surrounding area. Important animals like elephants, deer, small Indian wild cats, big Indian wild cats, and wild hogs are on the list. Elephants are highly endangered and deer are endangered.The UNDP has identified 28 threats to forests, land, water, animals and human health. It also provided 54 recommendations to overcome the situation. The evaluation report was recently sent to environment and forests ministry.It said that the government of Bangladesh has to ensure safety of as much property as possible, so that recovery of the environment is possible after the repatriation of Rohingyas.Speaking with Prothom Alo, environment and forests minister Anwar Hossain said the ministry is well informed about the damage of environment and biodiversity for the Rohingyas.He insisted that the international community along with the UN also has to take the responsibility.The minister said the government is planning to shift Rohingyas from the area. Plantation will take place after that. The minister also said initiative to supply gas to the camps for cooking has also been undertaken so that no more trees are cut down in the area.According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), at least 655,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh since 25 August following persecution carried out by Myanmar military forces in Rakhine state.The Rohingyas took shelter in Teknaf and Ukhia of the district.A total of 867,500 Rohingyas are there only in Cox’s Bazar district whereas the two upazilas have 472,000 local residents.UNDP officials related with the reports however did not have any comment about the report.Species in the areaAccording to experts, the area is part of the flying zone for migratory birds flying between Middle and East Asia to Australasia. The birds will change their route if the environment of their resting place is damaged, said experts.The UNDP report said the area is full of biodiversity as it has both coastal areas and hills.The area has almost 143 types of plants, 113 types of shrubs, 184 herbs, 87 types of creepers and other parasitic plants. There are also 198 types of invertebrate animals, 48 types of fish, 27 types of amphibians, 54 reptiles, 243 types of birds and 43 types of mammals are living in the area.The Rohingyas did not bring much with them while coming to Bangladesh. They collected whatever they needed to build huts from the nearby hills and forest. They collect woods from the forests for daily cooking.A Prothom Alo correspondent has visited 10 Rohingya camps in Teknaf and Ukhia area where he found many hillocks with no trees.The Rohingyas were first allowed to build camps on these hillocks. They were then shifted elsewhere.The correspondent, on his 10-day visit, found firewoods being sold near the camps.An officer of South Cox’s Bazar forest department said, Rohingyas along with the local people are cutting down trees and selling wood in the market.According to the UNDP report, land has been cleared for camps, roads, toilets and other facilities for the Rohingyas, causing soil erosion, forest destruction and clogging of small drains. Rohingyas are forbidden to roam outside the camps but they do not obey. They poach wild animals illegally instead.Country representative of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Ishtiaq Uddin Ahmad told Prothom Alo, the major concern is the ruin of habitats for the wild animal, elephants for instance.Ishtiaq said, “Rohingya camps have blacked the paths of the elephants. The situation will worsen in the days ahead”.Bangladesh can utilise the UNDP’s assessment report as standard evidence, he added.There are signboards written ‘Beware of Elephants’ from Cox’s Bazar to Teknaf. The forest departments and IUCN jointly put those signboards. The Rohingya camps are located within the hundred yards of the signboards. A 250-bed hospital has been recently built on the path. Several Rohingyas were even killed by attacking elephants.However, the UNDP has expressed their concerns about elephants in many parts of the report. It says, the elephants in the Asia regions are in danger.There are several specific recommendations in the report suggesting various programmes like arranging alternate fuel for both Rohingyas and the locals, fencing around the camps to prevent elephant attacks and undertaking forestry programmes in the areas where trees have been cut down.The UNDP said, shifting Rohingyas to bigger camps in Kutungpal and Balukhali might be realistic one in terms of management, but it is sensitive in terms of nature.* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Saimul Huda and Farjana Liakatlast_img

NATO scraps Qatar membership desire

first_img.NATO on Wednesday declined an overture by Qatar to join the Western military defence alliance, saying membership was reserved to the United States and Europe.It was responding to a comment by Qatar’s defence minister on Tuesday that his country’s long-term strategic “ambition” was to join NATO.“According to Article 10 of the Washington Treaty, only European countries can become members of NATO,” an official of the 29-country alliance told AFP.“Qatar is a valuable and longstanding partner of NATO,” the official said.Speaking on the anniversary of a bitter year-long diplomatic dispute among Gulf nations that has seen Qatar isolated from its former regional allies, Defence Minister Khalid bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah said Qatar wanted to become a full member of NATO.“Qatar today has become one of the most important countries in the region in terms of the quality of armament,” Attiyah told the official magazine of the Qatari defence ministry, Altalaya.“Regarding the membership, we are a main ally from outside NATO… The ambition is full membership if our partnership with NATO develops and our vision is clear.”His remarks come at a politically sensitive time in the region.On June 5, 2017, Saudi Arabia the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt abruptly severed ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism and Iran.The four countries expelled Qataris, and the country’s only land border with Saudi Arabia has been closed for the past year.Diplomatic efforts have so far proved fruitless in what was previously one of the most stable regions in the Arab world.last_img read more

Michigan State Turned 1250 Gallons Of Compromised Mayo Into Power

first_imgWhen life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When life gives you more than a thousand gallons of mayonnaise that’s not fit for cafeteria use, make electricity? That’s what you’d do if you’re Michigan State University Culinary Services Sustainability Officer Cole Gude, anyway.After recently taking delivery of 500 Costco-sized 2.5-gallon tubs of mayonnaise, the University started getting complaints from students to whom it had been served. Investigations confirmed that the mayo had gone south due to being frozen and thawed somewhere along the line.Normally, MSU donates any inventory it can’t use to local food banks. Questionable mayo, however, did not seem like an appropriate foodstuff to give away. Rather than let all that soybean oil, modified egg, vinegar, and corn syrup go to waste (at a weight of around 7.8 pounds per gallon, that’s nearly 10,000 pounds’ worth), Gude decided that the University should toss it into one of its anaerobic digesters.As The State News reported, mayo is an ideal food source for the microorganisms in the digester, because they “[thrive] on foods high in sugars and fats.” While the mayo hadn’t actually gone green, the power it later helped create most certainly was.MSU has been generating power with anaerobic digesters for several years now. In 2014 the University was honored with the Biogas Project of the Year Award by (fittingly enough) the American Biogas Council. Their first installation generated 1.7 million kWh of electricity in its first year of operation and diverted thousands of pounds of organic waste from local landfills.last_img read more

Research team claims Samalas volcano source of great 1257 eruption

first_img Citation: Research team claims Samalas volcano source of great 1257 eruption (2013, October 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( —An international team of researchers has concluded that an eruption by Samalas volcano on Lombok Island in Indonesia was the source of a large volcanic eruption traced back to 1257. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes their exhaustive work in tracking down the source of an eruption that scientists have known about for decades, but were unable to pinpoint. A small eruption of Mount Rinjani, with volcanic lightning. Location: Lombok, Indonesia. Credit: Oliver Spalt, Wikipedia. Explore further More information: Source of the great A.D. 1257 mystery eruption unveiled, Samalas volcano, Rinjani Volcanic Complex, Indonesia, PNAS, Published online before print September 30, 2013, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1307520110AbstractPolar ice core records attest to a colossal volcanic eruption that took place ca. A.D. 1257 or 1258, most probably in the tropics. Estimates based on sulfate deposition in these records suggest that it yielded the largest volcanic sulfur release to the stratosphere of the past 7,000 y. Tree rings, medieval chronicles, and computational models corroborate the expected worldwide atmospheric and climatic effects of this eruption. However, until now there has been no convincing candidate for the mid-13th century “mystery eruption.” Drawing upon compelling evidence from stratigraphic and geomorphic data, physical volcanology, radiocarbon dating, tephra geochemistry, and chronicles, we argue the source of this long-sought eruption is the Samalas volcano, adjacent to Mount Rinjani on Lombok Island, Indonesia. At least 40 km3 (dense-rock equivalent) of tephra were deposited and the eruption column reached an altitude of up to 43 km. Three principal pumice fallout deposits mantle the region and thick pyroclastic flow deposits are found at the coast, 25 km from source. With an estimated magnitude of 7, this event ranks among the largest Holocene explosive eruptions. Radiocarbon dates on charcoal are consistent with a mid-13th century eruption. In addition, glass geochemistry of the associated pumice deposits matches that of shards found in both Arctic and Antarctic ice cores, providing compelling evidence to link the prominent A.D. 1258/1259 ice core sulfate spike to Samalas. We further constrain the timing of the mystery eruption based on tephra dispersal and historical records, suggesting it occurred between May and October A.D. 1257. Study shows volcanic eruptions beneath bodies of water can cause widespread dispersal of diatomscenter_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences © 2013 Several decades ago, scientists studying ice cores found evidence of a volcanic eruption so large, it left deposits on ice in both the northern and southern ice fields. Since that time, many scientists have offered guesses as to which volcano was actually responsible for the deposits, but no real consensus had been reached. In this new research effort, the team combined data from the ice deposits with new sample information from several possible volcanic sites and even from early writings that described changes in weather that led to hardships during the time period shortly after the eruption occurred.The Samalas Volocano was on the short list of suspects—to find out if it was the culprit, team members traveled to Lombok Island and took not just soil and rock samples, but also tree ring samples and studied a text known as Babad Lombok, written by people that lived near the area of the volcano during the time it erupted. They found that the samples from the island were a close match to samples found in polar ice and that the tree ring data from the island matched closely with the time-line established by the depth of ash in ice samples—the Indonesian text described changes to the island around the time of the eruption. The research team also pointed out that early European texts have noted a time of bad weather in 1258.Taken together, the information from the various sources provides a compelling argument for fingering the Samalas volcano as the most likely source of the eruption. The research efforts also led to clues that indicate just how large of an eruption it was—perhaps one of the largest in the past 10,000 years. Ash data suggests that as much as 40 cubic kilometers of debris was ejected into the atmosphere and the plume likely reached 40 kilometers into the sky—enough to impact weather all over the planet for a year or more. Some have even suggested the eruption, along with other events, may have led to The Little Ice Age. 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.last_img read more

Examining Claims that Bring Into Question Amelia Earharts Piloting Skills

first_imgOne of the most enduring mysteries of the 20th century and beyond: What happened to Amelia Earhart? 81 years after her disappearance during a flight over the massive Pacific Ocean, while attempting to circumnavigate the globe, the legend endures. Yet many historians believe that not only was the American icon an overrated pilot, but she wasn’t in the same class as some of the other female pilots in the early days of aviation.Amelia Earhart standing under nose of her Lockheed Model 10-E Electra.Simply put, Earhart’s actual skill at 10,000 feet couldn’t quite match her sheer courage and talent for creating headlines. Early on, Earhart showed an alarming propensity for wrecks, though twisted metal and bruised ego aside, the mishaps weren’t serious.Amelia Earhart, Los Angeles, 1928 X5665 – 1926 “CIT-9 Safety Plane”.Her first headline came in 1928, when Earhart became the first woman to cross the Atlantic in a plane — though she rode shotgun. (Pilot Bill Stultz and Slim Gordon, the mechanic, had done the actual flying.) No matter: Earhart was hailed as “Lady Lindy” by a fawning press and adoring crowds.In 1932, she struck out on her own, flying across the Atlantic — the first woman and the second person, five years after Charles Lindbergh, to make the trip. In 1935, she became the first pilot to fly solo across the Pacific, from Honolulu to Oakland.Amelia Earhart in Hawaii. Photo by Pacific Aviation Museum CC BY 2.0Earhart would go on to break other records. Even so, she wasn’t in the same league as some of the other outstanding women pilots of her day. While she was dining with Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt at the White House, this group of pioneers were racking up truly incredible achievements. Elinor Smith set out on a solo flight in 1926, at the age of 15.Three years later, she set two endurance records and the women’s world speed record. In the 30s, she would find her way to Hollywood, where she worked as a stunt pilot in movies.Louise Thaden set the world’s altitude record for women, flying above 20,000 feet. In 1936, the year before Earhart’s final flight, she bested all the men in the Bendix Transcontinental Air Race.Amelia Earhart and Mrs. Roosevelt.Nancy Love became the first woman to fly World War II fighters, including the B-25 and B-17 bombers. Barbara London, commander of the Los Angeles WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) squadron, handled every Army bomber and fighter built — one of only two women to claim that distinction.What these talented women couldn’t claim: the connections that Earhart had at her disposal. Her image was carefully crafted by her husband, George Putnam, an American publisher (his grandfather was the founder of the publishing house G.P. Putnam’s Sons) and master promotor, who organized her lecture tours, product endorsements, and public appearances. Some regarded him as something of a Svengali.On a short flight to and from Baltimore, aviator Amelia Earhart points out the White House to resident First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Location: Above Washington, DC, USA.By the time the Amelia’s plane the Friendship took off, Putnam had nabbed a $10,000 deal for Earhart’s first hand account of her fight. Not that Earhart was a shrinking violet. As pilot Elinor Smith would note: “Amelia was about as shy as Muhammad Ali.”In 1937, Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan set out to circumnavigate the equator. Had they succeeded, Earhart would have landed in the record books. (Other pilots had circled the globe, but used shorter routes.)Amelia Earhart standing in front of the Lockheed Electra in which she disappeared in July 1937.On July 2nd, the pair were on the most difficult part of their journey — attempting to fly from Lae, New Guinea to tiny Howland Island, some 2,500 away — when they lost radio contact with the U.S. Coast Guard.Historians and aviation experts believe that Earhart didn’t fully understand her radio equipment which could have played a big part in their disappearance.Neta Snook and Amelia Earhart in front of Earhart’s Kinner Airster, c. 1921.In a story for The Atlantic about the enduring Earhart myth, Lane Wallace, herself a skilled pilot, observes, “As for the great mystery surrounding her disappearance … I don’t know a lot of pilots who think it’s such a great mystery.I’ve flown in the South Pacific. It’s a horizon-to-horizon stretch of unmarked nothing. And in the 1930s, it was far easier to get lost and crash there than it was to reach any destination safely.” Simply put, Earhart was in way over her head.While Americans mourned, Earhart’s critics pounced, calling her doomed flight little more than a foolish, frivolous publicity stunt that, ultimately, cost taxpayers dearly — courtesy of an uber-expensive rescue mission (66 aircrafts and nine ships, for a tidy sum of $4 million), ordered by President Roosevelt, a fan of Earhart, as well as a friend. Even many of her friends were left shaking their heads.Read another story from us: The Giant Coconut Crab and Amelia Earhart’s Final MomentsIn Susan Butler’s Ease to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart, Captain Hilton H. Railey, who had helped launch the pilot’s career, says that Earhart was “caught up in the hero racket.” Nonetheless her courage cannot be questioned.last_img read more

11 Helpful Tools for Every Step of Building a Mobile App

first_img 4 min read You cannot build a mobile app in isolation using just the native developer kit. Building an app requires that you have the right tools to deliver efficiently on every aspect of its life cycle.Developing your first app can be a daunting experience, especially when you do not have enough knowledge of the tools available. Adopting these third-party tools will help you get to market quickly so that you can focus on getting the product/market fit for your app.Related: 12 (Mostly Free) Web Tools for EntrepreneursPrototyping your app gives you clarity on its every aspect, feature and the user flow. You need to have this bit sorted even before you approach a developer for building the application. The more clarity you have on your requirements, the more precise your timeline and pricing estimate for development.1. lets you create a full mobile-app experience without coding. What you get is a complete user flow and navigation of your app with interactive elements such as gestures and touch events to make it interactive.2. InVision is another tool that allows you to create a fully interactive app prototype. The free tool also allows you to interact with your team members through a collaborative framework.3. POP helps entrepreneurs, designers or even students to transform their pen and paper ideas into a prototype. If you started by sketching on a notepad, simply import it into this app by taking a picture.A/B testing. The only way to know if something is working in your app is to test and measure it. You need to keep testing until you reach the desired result.4. Amazon A/B Testing. Amazon has a free scalable tool for creating and running in-app experiments. Check out Air Patriots’ case study on how it improved its retention using the Amazon tool.5. Heatmaps highlights the hottest areas on your mobile app, letting you track gestures, device orientation, user flows (navigation) and engagement.Related: What Every Great App NeedsMobile backend. If your app requires users to sign up to use or any data is stored externally, then you need to build a backend. This means additional costs as well as signing up with a hosting provider. Early-stage mobile-app startups now have the option of using a third-party mobile-backend-as-a-service (MBaaS) provider to minimize those costs and develop quickly.6. Parse. Facebook recently bought Parse. One of the most popular apps using Parse is Instagram. It gives you a great deal of flexibility along with a very easy to use iOS and Android developer kit that automatically takes care of synchronizing your app’s data with its cloud database.7. Kinvey excels in the third-party integration provided through the platform. With Kinvey, you can pull rich video content from Brightcove’s App Cloud.8. Xamarin has an impressive set of clients such as Rdio and MarketWatch using its backend. It’s helpful if you’re building native iOS or Android apps in C#.Analytics. I can’t stress the importance of analytics enough. Analytics allow you to analyze user behavior in your app to get insights into what features are being used and which parts are driving conversions. They are also helpful in building an efficient marketing strategy.9. Flurry is a free tool that gives you insights into your users and app performance. You can track every menu tap, understand the user path, create funnels to optimize conversions and create user segmentations.Marketing. Most often, the mistake that most entrepreneurs make is to think about marketing only after their product is live in the app store. You should start marketing the day you put your app into production.10. Hello Bar is the simplest way to drive visitors to your highest-converting landing pages. It also helps you collect more emails and get more social shares.11. FameBit connects you to YouTube influencers to create content that is shared a huge network. It’s fantastic for startups as videos start at $100. Which tools do you recommend? Tell us in the comments section below.Related: 12 Simple Strategies for Building Your Mobile-Marketing List Register Now » September 10, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

Be Sure to Balance SEO and User Experience in Your Web Page

first_img 6 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » On Google’s list of philosophies, the very first one is “focus on the user and all else will follow.” But in the past, many SEO professionals have ignored this advice, crafting web pages designed primarily for Web crawlers, and crammed with keywords.Related: Why Modern SEO Requires Almost No Technical ExpertiseWhile such an SEO-only strategy worked well 10 years ago, Google and other search engines have since come a long way. In particular, Google’s sophistication is such that designing for UX (user experience) is much more valuable than designing just for SEO (search engine optimization).That said, totally abandoning SEO in favor of a UX-focused approach is misguided. While it is true that SEO and UX have become more and more complementary — and that designing for UX does often result in improved SEO — there are some UX elements that affect Google’s ability to crawl a website, and some areas in which they benefit each other.Web designers would be wise to design for, and take both into, account, but focus on the user above all.Going mobileIn April 2015, Google rolled out a mobile-friendly update that boosts the rankings of websites to make them legible and, most importantly, functional, on mobile devices. It is now absolutely necessary to ensure that a website is designed not just for desktop but for mobile screens, as well.In fact, the search engine stated on its Inside Adwords blog that, “More Google searches take place on mobile devices than on computers in 10 countries, including the U.S.”There are three Google-acknowledged ways to design for mobile devices: responsive design, dynamic serving and separate URLs. Of these three, responsive design is the best choice for both SEO and UX. With responsive design, the website is essentially the same, only serving up different displays according to the device. Separate URLs is the least favorable choice, as the mobile must then rank for itself.SEO and UX go hand in hand when it comes to mobile sites. Not only is responsive web design user-friendly: Users aren’t redirected to a different website with which they must become acquainted. And the newly-launched mobile-friendly update makes it SEO-friendly, too.If you must use infinite scroll, use it wiselyInfinite scroll, in which more content continues to load as the user scrolls to the bottom of the page, has been thought to be a friendly and sleek design for UX. Many popular website utilize this feature: Pinterest and BuzzFeed are examples.However, Web crawlers cannot mimic user behavior in this way, and the content that would be visible to users remains invisible to Google. If infinite scroll is a design element you would rather not forfeit, Google recommends creating a paginated series (pages of content) alongside infinite scroll, ensuring fast load times and letting users easily find the content they wanted in the first place.Related: SEO Is So Hard That Even Google Needs Help With ItFurthermore, there is a design misconception that content is best served “above the fold,” i.e., content that can be seen without the user having to scroll. In fact, research shows that users do scroll. And, besides, with screen displays so variable these days, it’s hard to tell what will be viewable without scrolling.Avoid click-to-expand Along the lines of infinite scrolling is click-to-expand, or tabbed content. This design uses links or tabs which, when clicked, “open” more content. Although Google has not definitively acknowledged whether this hidden content is ignored, there has been much discussion over it: namely, that Google is not indexing it.The safest thing to do is to use the practice sparingly. Click-to-expand content certainly does appeal to minimalistic web design, but appealing to UX in this case could be detrimental to SEO.Don’t go (too) image-heavyImages are a great way to convey information while still appealing to users. However, in a “Whiteboard Friday” video, Moz founder and CEO Rand Fishkin explains that text-only pages can perform better than image-heavy pages, especially if the images are generic stock photos or poorly executed design elements. UX design does favor images, but only if they are well done.Google can read images — and they can appear on Google Image searches and provide SEO value — as long as you:Give images descriptive file names.Include appropriate alt text.Surround the image with relevant text.Don’t hide important text within the image.The key in balancing text vs. images on a web page is to use your best judgment: Are these appealing images? Do users have to scroll past a bunch of nondescript images in order to reach text? Is enough information conveyed textually on the page to be valuable?More is more when it comes to formsMore pages? Really?Although it may seem counterintuitive, making users navigate through multiple pages of a form — whether that means a site registration form or an ecommerce checkout form — not displaying all required fields on one page can lead to more successful form completions.Google agrees, arguing that, “Users are more likely to abandon your site before they go through the entire process,” if you use complicated, lengthy forms on one page.For a better experience, then, allow users to see how much of the form they have left, either with a completion bar or a description about the number of pages. It is generally considered bad practice to break up related content throughout many pages, but a form is one category for which that does not apply.Design for the user, not for GoogleApproaching website design with the intention of being completely SEO- and UX-friendly is unwise and complicated, though there are ways to satisfy both — and it is becoming easier to do so, as Google ramps up its capability to read web pages the way humans do.Keep in mind, however, that as sophisticated as Google and other search engines have become, some UX design elements are still SEO-unfriendly.Overall, the best way to satisfy search engines is to follow Google’s advice: Focus on the user, and SEO will follow naturally.Related: Why Local SEO Is About to Become Even More Important Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. August 3, 2015last_img read more

New Guideline Published for Evaluation of Valvular Regurgitation After Catheterbased Valve Interventions

first_img News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more 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. April 30, 2019 — A new document compiled by four cardiac imaging professional societies provides a resource to guide clinicians in best practices for assessing valvular regurgitation following catheter-based repair or replacement of a valve. The document, available in full here, supplements the previously published guideline Recommendations for Evaluation of Prosthetic Valves with Echocardiography and Doppler Ultrasound.Valvular regurgitation is a prevalent cardiac disorder, in which one or more of the heart’s valves leak, often leading to extra burdens on the heart muscle and requiring treatment. Catheter-based interventions to treat valvular heart disease (VHD) have increased over the past few years with the advent of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), edge-to-edge mitral valve repair, and other investigative devices to repair or replace diseased valves. Guidelines to assess the results of these interventions, however, are lacking.ASE’s Chair of the writing group, William A. Zoghbi, M.D., MACC, FASE, of Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center in Houston, Texas, commented, “This new guideline is timely, as cardiologists and valvular heart disease specialists need consensus on how to evaluate results of catheter-based valve repair or replacement — novel approaches that help many patients with valve disease.”Echocardiography is essential in the evaluation of valvular regurgitation after percutaneous interventions and is the first-line tool for evaluation of procedural results. Its assessment, however, is more difficult than in native valvular regurgitation because of the multitude of procedures and hardware involved. This highlights the need for an integrative approach of all information gleaned from various parameters.   The document outlines in detail the technical considerations and imaging techniques, as well as the value that 3-D echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging can add to the diagnostic process. It delves into specific issues with each type of regurgitation, namely mitral regurgitation (MR), aortic regurgitation (AR), tricuspid regurgitation (TR) and pulmonary regurgitation (PR). The document includes nine useful tables summarizing techniques and advantages of each modality, as well as 23 figures to illustrate various concepts.In conjunction with the publication of this guideline Zoghbi will conduct a live webinar, including a question and answer section in June 2019. The webinar will be available for free to all American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) members and open to all other clinicians for $25. Registration and all ASE-hosted guideline webinars are available on full guideline document is available on the Journal of American Society of Echocardiography (JASE) website.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… 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 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 Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more center_img Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | April 30, 2019 New Guideline Published for Evaluation of Valvular Regurgitation After Catheter-based Valve Interventions Document outlines technical considerations and imaging techniques as catheter-based valve interventions continue to increase Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more 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 | 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 | 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 last_img read more