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  • Origo the 3D printer aimed at 10 year olds

    first_imgSo many times in my life, I have encountered parents who have said “I barely understand how this works, but my kid is a whiz at it”. Children who are exposed to technology at a young age often fit this profile very nicely.From that exposure, they have a better chance to become more than users, but creators. Programmers, engineers, photographers, digital wizards of one kind or another.  So, as a company who specializes in an emerging technology that is at best difficult for most to understand, targeting children may not be the best way to ensure immediate sales, but is a fantastic way to ensure that the technology will continue to grow and take shape. If you are a company with a goal of putting a very simple looking 3D printer in homes, maybe marketing to kids is the way to go. That seems to be the gamble being taken by the makers of a yet to be produced 3D printer called Origo.3D printers are the single coolest idea I have seen in awhile. Unfortunately, trying to explain how they work and why they are useful to non-techy folks has been difficult. The software isn’t any easier to explain either, as most people haven’t the need for 3D modeling in their day to day lives. If there’s an easy way to explain how if you make something in a 3D modeling program and press print, the 3D thing you just made will come out in 3D, Origo seems like it would be that thing. Contained inside this little purple box is a fully functioning 3D printer that takes printing commands from 3DTin , a free 3D modeling website. Just make your 3D thing, print to your Origo, and it’s done.The Origo website describes the service as being as expensive as three Xbox 360’s, so we’re assuming right around $750-800, making it one of the cheaper 3D printers out there. The confusing thing here is the marketing. I can understand marketing a device that kids can use, but I’m not convinced that parents would be willing to spend just shy of a thousand dollars on something they don’t necessarily understand. We all know ten year olds don’t have that much cash, so how do they plan to sell this thing, exactly? I think it’s the Lego strategy; tell everyone it’s for kids and then watch as the fully grown children of the world descend upon it.I know I wan’t one, how about you?last_img read more

  • Worlds Smallest Wearable Device Can Help You Prevent Skin Cancer

    first_img SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit Stay on target How much sun is too much? A group of Northwestern scientists aim to let you know with the world’s smallest wearable device, which can help prevent skin cancer.Dubbed, “My Skin Track UV,” the device made its debut on Apple and La Roche-Posay’s websites last month, but the team released a paper in Science Translational Medicine on Wednesday that gives more details on its design and testing process. The group claims it’s the tiniest wearable device on the market and thankfully, it’s now available for customers to buy.According to a Northwestern University press release, the device measures light exposure across various wavelengths from ultra violet (UV), to visible, and in some cases, infrared solar areas. The aim of the device is to alert customers about their UVA exposure and allow them to protect their skin from wrinkles, spots, and burns.To put this device to the test, researchers solar-powered the device and attached them to human study participants. During testing, it recorded different types of light exposure when the participants were outside. It tracked therapeutic UV light in clinical phototherapy for skin conditions, including atopic dermatitis and psoriasis, blue light therapy for those suffering from jaundice, and white light exposure for mental health ailments, including seasonal affective disorder.Due to its versatile monitoring activity, the device can foster precision phototherapy for the health conditions above, monitor UVA and UVB exposure for melanoma, and warn users when they’re spending too much time in the sun.Photo Credit: AppleWhile this tiny device might seem great in the lab, it’s easy to use, according to John Rogers, the Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University.“From the standpoint of the user, it couldn’t be easier to use – it’s always on yet never needs to be recharged,” Rogers said in the press release. “It weighs as much as a raindrop, has a diameter smaller than that of an M&M and the thickness of a credit card. You can mount it on your hat or glue it to your sunglasses or watch.”Here’s how it works: First, the device captures and stores a minute electrical current from sunlight. A communication chip embedded in the device’s sensor interprets the voltage and passes the result digitally to the user’s smartphone. The device then communicates with their smartphone to gather global UV index information and they can see how much time they’ve spent in the sun or shade. If they’ve maxed out their sun exposure, their smartphone will send them an alert.Before you embark on your Winter tropical escape, you might want to consider buying the “My Skin Track UV,” which retails for $59.95 at Apple.com.More on Geek.com:This Wearable Tracks Vital Information in Mass Casualty SituationsCow Wearable Helps Aussie Farmers Track LivestockHumans Could One Day Help Power Wearableslast_img read more

  • Slowing economy consumption to blame as centre misses revenue target by 11

    first_imgWorkers stand around a crane as it loads wheat onto a ship at Mundhra Port in Gujarat in this file photo. India’s exports have dipped contributing to a slowdown in economic growth, according to a finance minister report. REUTERS/Amit DaveThe fall in private consumption and fixed investment growth, along with a dip in exports, is blamed for 11 percent shortfall in central government’s tax revenue for the last financial year (FY19), according to reports. The slowing economy resulted in lower than expected collection of goods and services tax, personal income tax and central excise duties, the finance ministry said in a report. The Central Statistics Office (CSO) also had revised downward the growth estimate for FY19 to 7 per cent from 7.2 percent, making it the lowest in five years.The ministry report identifies the challenge as reversing the slowdown in agriculture sector growth and sustaining the growth momentum in the industry. However, there are expectations that the current account deficit as a ratio to gross domestic product (GDP) will fall in Q4 of FY19, limiting the leakage of the economy’s growth impulse, according to a Business Today report. The headline inflation based on consumer and wholesale price indices declined in 2018-19 though it firmed up slightly in recent months, the report said. It also has a positive outlook on tackling the fiscal deficit and pinning it to the FRBM target. “The monetary policy has tried to provide a fillip to the growth impulse through cuts in repo rate and easing of bank liquidity. The room for this monetary easing has been created by low inflation in 2018-19, although it has started to inch up in the last few months of the year,: the report said. The entrance of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) head office in Mumbai. Benign inflation numbers helped RBI cut repo rates back to back by 25 basis points each to infuse further liquidity in the economy. However, inflation has shown signs of firming up in recent months.PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty ImagesThe government’s consumption expenditure in Q4 of 2018-19 is up and is expected to increase further. However, there is a likelihood of growth in fixed investment as a percentage of GDP slowing because of a slowdown in non-food bank credit in Q4 of FY19. The monthly economic report also flags the slowing growth in gross value added (GVA) in agriculture maintaining the downward trend since Q1. “Moderation in food deflation may soften this decline towards the end of the year,” the report said.The finance ministry credits the low inflation in 2018-19 for providing the room for monetary easing by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Going forward, inflation may firm up because of a combination of factors. RBI’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), which was formed in 2016, cut repo rates twice in February and April by 25 basis points to 6 percent.However, the government achieved the customs collection target, revised upward during the year by 15 percent over the initially budgeted target, the report said. This was perhaps also due to increases in tariffs on a range of items, according to a report in Business Standard. The report also said the government also met the target for corporation tax, which had also been revised upward during the year by a steep Rs 50,000 crore.last_img read more

  • Malaysia to revise victim blaming school textbook

    first_imgIllustration of a child reading bookMalaysia has said it will revise a national school textbook after a section suggesting girls should cover up to avoid sexual assault sparked outrage among women’s rights supporters.The book, aimed at nine-year-olds, includes a chapter called “protecting one’s dignity” in which a girl’s parents are shown telling her to dress modestly or she would be ostracised by her friends and bring shame to her family.The image went viral on social media, causing anger among campaigners and parents who said it perpetuated the idea that sexual violence could be blamed on how a woman dresses.The education ministry said in a statement late Tuesday it would cover up the controversial page with stickers “because the infographic can be construed as blaming sexual assault victims”.”We welcome the ministry’s decision,” Mastura Rashid, a spokeswoman from women right’s group Empower, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Wednesday.She said the image “reinforces the stereotype that it is the girl’s fault when it comes to sexual violence”.Rights group Sisters in Islam said the portrayal of women in the book was “highly inappropriate”.”Girls should not be taught to accept that being a woman would make you a target and easy prey,” the group said in a statement.The government said last year that it was planning to introduce a dress code for Muslim women in the workplace, sparking a backlash from activists accusing officials of acting like “fashion police”.Women in the Muslim-majority country, which has a large population of ethnic and religious minorities, have been barred from government offices in the past for wearing clothes deemed to be indecent, such as skirts or shorts.last_img read more

  • Education gets the highest allocation but

    first_img*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrin. A Prothom Alo IllustrationThe highest allocation has been proposed for the education sector in the upcoming budget of the 2019-20 fiscal.The credit for such an increase goes to the government ‘mega’ project of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant as the government is counting the allocation of the science and technology ministry and the information and communication technology division as the allocation for the education budget, according to the budget of 2019-20.All these sectors were termed as ‘education and technology’. As the Rooppur power plant is a project under the science and technology ministry, the proposed allocation of Tk 149.80 billion (Tk 14,980 crore) for this project in the 2019-20 fiscal has been counted as the allocation of the education sector. “I didn’t understand the reason to include the allocation of the Rooppur power plant project in the education and technology sector,” said AB Mirza Azizul Islam, former advisor to the caretaker government.”This project is supposed to be included in the power sector.””Confusions have been created in the allocation of the education sector by allocating this way,” Mirza Azizul told Prothom Alo.Earlier, education and religion were joined in the development budget while science, information and communication technology was a separate one. If the education and religion is counted as a single sector, the total allocation stands at Tk 611.18 billion (Tk 61,118 crore).The allocation for the science and technology ministry is Tk 164.38 billion (Tk 16,438 crore).A total of Tk 19.3 billion (1,930 crore) has been allocated for the information and communication technology division. Counting the allocation for all these sectors, the government says the allocation for the education and technology sector is the highest, Tk 794.86 billion (Tk 79,486 crore). Secretary of the secondary and higher education division of the education ministry, Sohorab Hossain, declined to make any comment on the issue as he did not yet see how the estimation was actually shown. He, however said, “Several ministries other than the education and the primary and mass education ministries also carry out education related works.” Citing an example of the cadet colleges which were run under the defence ministry, Sohorab said, “The allocation for education related works in other ministries also means spending more for education.” Educationists and entrepreneurs have been alleging for long that the required amount is not allocated for the education sector. They pointed out that skilled human resources could not be created due to fund crisis. Over the years the allocation is around only two per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Internationally, six per cent of the GDP is a standard allocation for the sector. “We’ve not been considering education as a sector for investment in the budget,” educationist Syed Monzoorul Islam said.”As per the Dakar Declaration, it requires at least 20 per cent of the total budget to be allocated for education for allocating six per cent of the GDP for education.We’re far from that,” he added.The total estimated expenditure for the Rooppur nuclear power plant project is Tk 1,130 billion (Tk 113,092 crore). The project was launched in 2016 and is one of the largest projects of the country so far. Already Tk 160 billion (Tk 16,000 crore) has been spent in the project in last three years. Another project of railway line modification and construction is underway for carrying accessories to the Rooppur plant. A total of Tk 1.85 billion (Tk 185 crore) was allocated for this project which was included in the education sector too.There are more sectors which have no relation with the education sector. A total of Tk 25.73 billion (2,573 crore) has been allocated for those sectors. The sectors include the construction of power plant and railway line, the assessment of hypo thyroid outbreak, the establishment of the national gene bank and the project for building ICT infrastructure at the parliament secretariat.Even the project for attracting investment has entered into the education and technology sector.For example, a total of Tk 2.57 billion (Tk 257 crore) has been allocated for building hi-tech parks at Gazipur, Sylhet and Rajshahi under three projects of the science and technology ministry. In total, 184 projects have been taken under the education and technology sector, according to the Annual Development Programme (ADP) documents. There are 46 projects under the science and information communication sector.Excluding the technology sector, the education sector ranks second in the allocation, with a proposed expenditure of Tk 611.18 billion (Tk 61,118 crore) amounting to over 11 per cent of the total budget. Total allocation for the education and technology sector in the next fiscal is Tk 794.86 billion (Tk 79,486 crore), which is about 15 per cent of the total budget. The transport and communication sector tops the allocation with Tk 648.2 billion (Tk 64,820 crore).The percentage of the allocation for education reaches 2.11 of the total GDP if the technology sector is excluded, which is only 2.05 per cent in the current fiscal. Bangladesh ranks 34th among the 35 Asia-Pacifica countries in education budget allocation.last_img read more

  • SpiderMan Will Stick Around Captain Marvel Gets Director More MCU News

    first_imgYep, #ryanreynoldsismybitch. The movie hasn’t even begun shooting, and Cable is already taking shots at Deadpool. Reynolds, on the other hand, is the closest thing we have to a real-life Deadpool, so don’t expect him to ignore an insult like that. These two will likely be ragging on each other from now until Deadpool 2 actually comes out. It will probably also involve chimichangas at some point. Just a hunch.UPDATE: Over on the TV side of things, Marvel also revealed who will be in their upcoming New Warriors TV series on Freeform. We already knew Squirrel Girl would be involved, but the rest of the team was a mystery up until now. The aspiring superheroes rooming with Squirrel Girl will include Mister Immortal, Night Thrasher, Speedball, Microbe, and Debrii. That’s a somewhat different lineup than what comics fans may be used to, but Night Thrasher and Speedball should be recognizable to longtime fans.The series will be Marvel’s first attempt at a half-hour comedy, and this team of roommates seems like a perfect vehicle for that. Night Thrasher will be a rich YouTuber in the series. Speedball can throw balls of kinetic energy or use it as a shield. Microbe is a hypochondriac who can speak to germs and diseases, and Debrii has telekinetic powers. She only appeared in the New Warriors comics for a short time, but that was enough to land her a starring role in the TV show. Mister Immortal, on the other hand, has never been a part of the New Warriors before. He is the leader of the Great Lakes Avengers, which Squirrel Girl was a part of. It’s nice to know she won’t be the only new face on the team when the show comes out.New Warriors will premiere in 2018 with a 10-episode first season. It will be Freeform’s second Marvel TV show. The first is Cloak and Dagger, set to debut in early 2018. That show is much further along than New Warriors and just released its first trailer. It’s dark and moody, full of teen romance and angst. It’s exactly what you think a teen drama with superpowers would be.Hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little moody teenage drama. The series will follow two teenagers from entirely different backgrounds. When they meet, they discover something in common. Both kids have power they’ve kept secret from the world. While there’s a bit of over-dramatic cheesiness on display here, there are some potentially cool moments throughout it too. In particular, the scene where Tandy Bowen (played by Olivia Holt) accidentally stabs a boy who’s harassing her with a conjured dagger.Also, that final shot is a pretty big Marvel Cinematic Universe connection. Roxxon Corp has appeared in Iron Man, the Avengers, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and a whole bunch of other Marvel properties. They’re an energy company, and they’re generally up to no good. What is Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) doing on their roof? We’ll have to wait until next year to find out. What to Expect From the Marvel Cinematic Universe at SDCC 2019The Cinematic Sex of Marvel’s Netflix Universe Stay on targetcenter_img Ever since Spider-Man appeared in Captain America: Civil War the question of the exact nature of Marvel’s deal, the Sony was up in the air. Sony still holds the film rights to the character, but the two studios are working together on Spider-Man: Homecoming, as well as any future appearances in Marvel’s other movies. Now, we have an answer.Marvel’s Kevin Feige told The Hollywood Reporter that Spidey’s involvement in the MCU will extend as far as the fourth Avengers movie. That’s the one that used to be called Infinity War Part II but is now a standalone, still untitled, Avengers movie. Avengers 4, as it’s tentatively called now, will come out in 2019, as will a sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming. Who knows what that movie will be called? Spider-Man: Prom?That’s as far as the partnership goes, for now, Feige said. That does leave the door open for the partnership to continue beyond 2019. After the excitement caused by Spider-Man’s appearance in Civil War, you’d think both companies would want to keep that good will going as long as possible.Feige did mention Sony’s Spider-Man spin-off movies. Specifically, Marvel Studios has no part in them. The upcoming Venom, and Silver Sable/Black Cat movies are all Sony. While that could lead to some confusing timeline disconnects for Tom Holland’s Peter Parker, who will presumably straddle both movie series, it’s understandable that Marvel wants to focus on its own universe without having to incorporate someone else’s.“We had a very particular plan about Spidey himself,” Feige said, without even hinting at what those plans could be. Not that anyone expected him to. Dropping a massive tease like that and continuing as if nothing happened is just how Marvel rolls.Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War. (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube)In other, potentially more exciting Marvel movie news, a few journalists got to see early footage of Black Panther. And I mean early footage. Like, the visual effects haven’t been put in and the film hasn’t been color corrected yet. These clips aren’t making it out to the public. Even with that, reports indicate that this movie will look completely different from any Marvel movie that’s come before. The Hollywood Reporter praised the costumes on display during the coronation scene, where T’Challa ascends to the throne of Wakanda. They also got a look at Andy Serkis as Claw and a particularly cool-sounding scene where Lupita Nyong’o stealth-subdues a bunch of guards.Vanity Fair described the costumes in greater detail. The film will reportedly sport bright colors and intricate patterns, the like of which you don’t see in most Marvel movies. The magazine calls the costume’s worn by T’Challa’s body guards, the Dora Milaje, “truly dazzling.” They also theorized about a possible romantic relationship between two of Black Panther’s female bodyguards. While that would mirror a story in Ta-Nehisi Coates’s World of Wakanda comic, Marvel told them that’s not going to be the case, and that the movie is not based on that particular comic. Too bad, really; World of Wakanda is a fantastic book.Via MarvelThere’s also a big update from another of Marvel’s more exciting upcoming movies. Captain Marvel has found its directors. Yes, plural. Of the upcoming MCU movies, Captain Marvel was the only one that still didn’t have a director. Now it has two, Variety reports: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.In the past, the pair has directed movies like 2006’s Half Nelson, starring Ryan Gosling, 2011’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story, with Zach Galifianakis, and 2015’s Mississippi Grind, starring Ryan Reynolds. None of those are big action movies, but that means they might bring a new perspective and energy to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Variety reports that the directors repeatedly impressed Marvel Studios with their vision for the character.At this point, Marvel is doing everything they possibly can to differentiate their movies from one another. For a while, they were in danger of all their MCU movies looking exactly the same. Phase 2 started to get away from that by taking Tony Stark out of his suit for Iron Man 3 and making Captain America more of a spy thriller starting with Winter Soldier. Now, they’re allowing directors with unique styles and points of view to leave their mark on the Marvel Universe. James Gunn brought his weird comedy to Guardians of the Galaxy. Taika Waititi’s Thor movie looks completely different from the previous two. Now, Boden and Fleck will likely bring us a superhero movie unlike anything we’ve seen from Marvel so far. For me, at least, it’s working. This is the most excited I’ve been for the future of Marvel movies since the first Iron Man.Finally, over on the X-Men side of things, it looks like starring in Deadpool 2 is already having an effect on Josh Brolin. He’s not even done playing Thanos yet, but he’s already poking fun at his future co-star. Brolin shared a photo on his Instagram where he’s being fitted for a face prosthetic. It looks like a long, uncomfortable process. If that’s what it takes to be Cable, I can see why he has no patience for Deadpool’s antics. The best part though is what he wrote below the photo.last_img read more

  • Progress finally being made on understanding ABC proof

    first_img Explore further Credit: Charles Rondeau/public domain Meeting of math minds fails to clear up ABC conjecture proof © 2016 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A team of mathematicians met last week at Kyoto University in another attempt to understand a proof unveiled almost four years ago by Shinichi Mochizuki—one that he claims offers a proof of the ABC conjecture. If the proof turns out to be verifiable, most in the field believe it will be a truly historical event.center_img The ABC conjecture involves expressions of the form a+b=c and connecting prime numbers that are factors of b with those that are factors of c. To the uninitiated, the problem might seem simple, but great minds have put in their best effort to come up with a solution to no avail—at least not until 2012 when Mochizuki posted a four-series proof on his website along with a claim that after a decade of work he had finally found the solution. Others in the field took notice because Mochizuki is well-known and respected in the math field—few believed he would post a proof of the conjecture if he did not believe he had solved it.The proof ran into problems right away, however, because Mochizuki had come up with a new type of math that allowed for creating such a proof—and because he is a recluse, refusing to leave the safe confines of his place of work, Kyoto University. Things did not improve much late last year when a group of mathematicians met at Oxford to discuss the proof— Mochizuki did not join them of course, which made the meeting very nearly moot.But now, at least according to some who have attended the latest meeting to discuss the proof at the Inter-universal Teichmüller Theory Summit at Kyoto University, some progress has been made. Mochizuki has been attending the conference, presenting his proof and answering questions. He has also reportedly become more cooperative and has been offering outlines and other forms of guidance—passages have even been highlighted that offer the most insight. Some attendees have also suggested that the new information gained has shown that effort to understand the proof will likely payoff someday. But not very soon—despite the progress most at the conference apparently came away believing that it will take at least a few more years of work by many other mathematicians to understand the proof and then to either agree that it is valid or to reject it as another failed attempt. Citation: Progress finally being made on understanding ABC proof (2016, August 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-08-abc-proof.html 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

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    first_img Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… 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 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 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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Related Content News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Video Player is loading.Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Play 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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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more May 14, 2012 — On May 9, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it is seeking public comment on a proposal encouraging manufacturers to consider the safety of children in the design of new X-ray imaging devices. In the draft guidance, FDA is recommending that manufacturers design new X-ray imaging devices with protocols and instructions that address use on pediatric patients.It also proposes that manufacturers who do not adequately demonstrate that their new X-ray imaging devices are safe and effective in pediatric patients should include a label on their device that cautions against use in pediatric populations.To help healthcare providers more safely use their current equipment on pediatric patients, the FDA is collaborating with the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging (ARSPI) and manufacturers, through the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA), to develop pediatric imaging radiation safety training materials.The FDA has also launched a pediatric X-ray imaging website that provides information on the benefits and risks of imaging using ionizing radiation, recommendations for parents and health care providers to help reduce unnecessary radiation exposure, and information for manufacturers of X-ray imaging devices.The guidance, website, and ongoing collaborations with ARSPI and MITA are part of FDA’s Initiative to Reduce Unnecessary Radiation Exposure from Medical Imaging, launched in February 2010.When used appropriately, X-ray imaging, such as computed tomography (CT), fluoroscopy and conventional X-ray, can provide valuable information to help with diagnosis, treatment planning and surgical intervention in adults and children. At the same time, these types of exams expose patients to ionizing radiation, which can be of particular concern in pediatric patients.The cancer risk per unit dose of ionizing radiation is generally higher for younger patients than adults, and younger patients have a longer lifetime for the effects of radiation exposure to manifest. Also, the use of X-ray equipment settings designed for adults can result in a larger radiation dose than necessary to produce a useful image for a smaller pediatric patient.“The risk from a medically necessary imaging exam is quite small when compared to the benefit of accurate diagnosis or intervention. There is no reason for patients who need these exams to avoid them,” said Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “Parents should engage in a discussion with their child’s physician about benefits and risks of X-ray, computed tomography (CT) and fluoroscopy exams.”A workshop scheduled for July 16, 2012, will bring together industry, X-ray imaging equipment users (e.g., physicians, radiologic technologists and physicists), and patient advocates to discuss FDA’s draft guidance.For more information: www.fda.gov 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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  • The Shifting Mortgage Application Volume

    first_imgThe Shifting Mortgage Application Volume in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Origination April 10, 2019 810 Views Mortgage applications saw a 5.6 percent decrease week over week, according to the latest Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) and the MBA’s Market Composite Index. Mike Fratantoni, MBA SVP and Chief Economist, notes the changes in mortgage rates and its impact on applications.”Mortgage rates inched back up last week, but remain substantially lower than they were in the second half of last year,” said Fratantoni. “As quickly as refinance activity increased in recent weeks, it backed down again in response to the rise in rates. However, this spring’s lower borrowing costs, coupled with the strong job market, continue to push purchase application volume much higher. Purchase applications are now up more than 13 percent compared to last year at this time.”While applications decreased week over week, the risk on those applications has increased. The frequency of defects, fraudulence, and misrepresentation in the information submitted in mortgage loan applications increased by 4.4 percent in February compared with the previous month, according to First American’s latest Loan Application Defect Index. Year over year, the index rose 14.5 percent.An increase in purchase loans as refis dried up and a competitive housing market with increasing home prices and low inventory for the most part of 2018 were responsible for this rise as buyers faced pressure to seek qualification for larger loan amounts, according to Mark Fleming, Chief Economist First American.According to the MBA, refinances dropped during the week as well, down from 47.4 percent to 44.1 percent of total applications.By lender, FHA application share increased to 9.6 percent from 8.8 percent the week prior, while the VA share of total applications increased to 11.1 percent from 10.4 percent the week prior. The USDA share of total applications remained unchanged from 0.6 percent the week prior.The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages backed by the FHA increased to 4.42 percent from 4.41 percent, with points remaining unchanged at 0.48 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate increased from last week.The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 3.83 percent from 3.78 percent, with points increasing to 0.42 from 0.40 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate increased from last week.center_img Share Inventory MBA mortgage Mortgage Applications sales 2019-04-10 Seth Welbornlast_img read more

  • Rep Brann sleeps outside city hall for Homelessness Awareness Week

    first_img Categories: Brann News,Brann Photos 09Nov Rep. Brann sleeps outside city hall for Homelessness Awareness Week In recognition of Homelessness Awareness Week state Rep. Tommy Brann participated in the Homelessness Sleep Out in front of Lansing City Hall sponsored by the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness.Before Rep. Brann set up camp he met with members of Volunteers for America to discuss their outreach in the Lansing area and people who had previously been homeless to talk about their experience with homelessness and shelters.Rep. Brann slept outside with only a sleeping bag and a cardboard box for shelter from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. at which point he was transported to the City Rescue Mission in Lansing for breakfast with guests of the shelter.When recounting his experience Rep. Brann stated: “To truly understand how devastating homelessness can be, I spent last night outside in a sleeping bag. It was a long, cold night.  Although homelessness has decreased by 9 percent in our state, 66,483 people were homeless last year in Michigan. After this experience, I have a new appreciation of homeless people for their strength, courage, and will for a better life. I will work to be a part of the solution in ending homelessness here in our state.”Photo Information: State Rep. Tommy Brann sets up camp for the night in front of Lansing City Hall to participate in the Homelessness Sleep Out.last_img read more

  • Michigan House committee approves Rep Idens online gaming legislation

    first_img The Michigan House Regulatory Reform Committee today approved Rep. Brandt Iden’s proposal to legalize online casino gaming with overwhelming bipartisan support.Iden’s legislation would allow internet-based gaming only through casinos currently operating in Michigan, including Detroit’s three casinos and any tribal casino that reworks its compact with the state to reflect the new technology. Safeguards would be established to protect players’ accounts and ensure only those 21 and older are using the service.“This extension of existing gaming will boost revenue to the state and our local communities for essential public services, without asking for more money through general taxes,” Iden, of Oshtemo, said after the committee vote. “People already are gambling illegally online. As technology and market forces evolve, legalization of online gaming is inevitable. Michigan should be proactive – legalize it, make it safe for customers by allowing them to play on a secure and regulated system, and capitalize on its revenue benefits for the public services we all use every day.”The technology – often referred to as ‘igaming’ — already is legal in Delaware, Nevada, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.Iden, who chairs the Regulatory Reform Committee, has been working on the bills with stakeholders for more than six months.“Today’s vote was a significant first step toward approval,” Iden said. “We’ll continue to work with our colleagues in both the House and Senate next year to finalize a system that works for all involved to benefit the state of Michigan.”The legislation calls for 10 percent of gross gaming revenue to go to the state and local communities, potentially translating to millions of dollars. The plan includes a variety of built-in safety measures for consumers, including an additional $1 million to help problem gamblers.###The legislation: House Bills 4926-4928 Categories: Iden News,News 13Dec Michigan House committee approves Rep. Iden’s online gaming legislationlast_img read more

  • Rep Barrett welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation

    first_img Categories: Barrett News,Barrett Photos PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Tom Barrett of Charlotte (right) welcomed Pastor Dwight Ezop to the state Capitol to give Tuesday’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. Ezop is the current pastor at St. Mary Parish in Charlotte, where Barrett attends with his family. House tradition calls for a representative or a clergy member to begin each day’s session with a prayer. 31Jan Rep. Barrett welcomes local pastor to lead House invocationlast_img read more

  • Rep Tedder to host indistrict office hours

    first_img Categories: Tedder News 06Jun Rep. Tedder to host in-district office hours State Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston invites residents to join him for local office hours during the month of June.“I value the opportunity to meet residents and discuss matters of state government,” Rep. Tedder said. “I look forward to spending time with friends and neighbors at my upcoming office hours and discussing the policy issues that are important to our community.”Office hours take place at the following times and locations:• Friday, June 22 from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at Leo’s Coney Island, 6325 Sashabaw Road in Clarkston; and• Friday, June 29 from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at Great Lakes Family Restaurant, 5834 Highland Road in Waterford.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Tedder at 517-373-0615 or via email at JimTedder@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

  • House gives final legislative approval to Rep Victorys plan to create the

    first_img19Jun House gives final legislative approval to Rep. Victory’s plan to create the Water Asset Management Council Categories: News,Victory News The Michigan House recently gave final legislative approval to a plan from state Rep. Roger Victory to create a nine-member Water Asset Management Council.The Water Asset Management Council will have nonprofit, public and private members who have expertise in water, sewer, and storm water containment, treatment and disbursement policies.  The goal is to better assist water asset management plans for all water-related agencies and integrate assets for the future of Michigan’s water infrastructure.“The Water Asset Management Council (WAMC) will help Michigan families and addresses our aging infrastructure,” said Victory, of Hudsonville. “This plan gives our local officials a proven framework to handle infrastructure problems quickly and effectively.”Members will serve three-year terms without direct compensation.The Water Asset Management Council is required to submit an annual report regarding water asset conditions and the impact of investments. The council will prepare an annual report to the Legislature and to the Michigan Infrastructure Council that details the activities of the council and the money spent related to water assets.House Bill 5406 is now headed to the governor for consideration.###last_img read more

  • First bills of House session call for civil asset forfeiture reform

    first_img09Jan First bills of House session call for civil asset forfeiture reform Categories: Chatfield News Speaker Chatfield, Leader Greig, AG Nessel support bipartisan planHouse Speaker Lee Chatfield voices support for a bipartisan civil asset forfeiture reform plan during a press conference today in the Michigan House chamber. He was joined by Minority Leader Christine Greig, left, and Attorney General Dana Nessel, center, as well as Reps. Jason Wentworth and David LaGrand.A bipartisan plan to reform civil asset forfeiture is laid out in the first two bills of the new legislative session of the Michigan House of Representatives. The plan – sponsored by state Reps. Jason Wentworth, a Republican from Clare, and David LaGrand, a Democrat from Grand Rapids – would require a criminal conviction before private property is seized from people through the civil asset forfeiture process.The first bill introduced in the House traditionally represents a major priority for the chamber and its leadership, and House Bills 4001-02 are no different. Criminal justice reform has received increased attention in the Legislature in recent years, and civil asset forfeiture reform is a top priority for new Attorney General Dana Nessel, newly-elected Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield and House Democratic Leader Christine Greig.“Civil asset forfeiture reform will be our first bill, because it is a strong, bipartisan reform that safeguards the rights of every single Michigan resident,” said Chatfield, of Levering. “I have said from the very beginning that this chamber is going to find areas of common ground where we can all work together to pursue real solutions to help the people we represent. Civil asset forfeiture is a perfect example of that, and working together on this important reform for people all across the state sets the right tone for the term ahead.”Nessel praised the House’s commitment to taking swift action to fix the civil asset forfeiture law.“I strongly support the concept that the forfeiture of civilian assets to a law enforcement agency require a criminal conviction,” Nessel said. “I appreciate the fact that Speaker Chatfield has made this issue the subject of the first two bills introduced in the House this legislative session. I am pleased to stand by his side to reinforce the powerful bipartisan support this issue garnered in the House during the last session and the strong bipartisan support it continues to deserve. I look forward to working closely with Speaker Chatfield, the members of the House, and my legal team in the Attorney General’s office to make certain that the language of the bills properly protects the residents of the state of Michigan against actions that violate their right to due process under the law.”Greig, of Farmington Hills, said: “Our plan sets the tone for the 100th Legislature, that we are ready to put partisan politics aside to get to work for Michigan families. This is the first of many steps we can take together to build bridges, close loopholes and collaborate on good policy to ensure that working families have what they need to thrive in Michigan.”Wentworth and LaGrand said the current civil asset forfeiture process violates the due process rights of Michigan residents by giving law enforcement agencies the authority to keep the property of individuals who haven’t even been charged with a crime.The new plan still allows officers to seize property based on probable cause, but requires a criminal conviction before law enforcement agencies can sell or use the property. This will ensure an individual’s personal property can easily be returned if they are found not guilty.“Our local law enforcement officers should be commended. They’re doing a great job,” Wentworth said. “But we must also take precautions to ensure innocent people aren’t treated like criminals when it comes to civil asset forfeiture. Requiring a conviction will protect the due process rights of Michigan citizens.”In 2017, Michigan law enforcement agencies reported confiscating $13.1 million worth of cash and property through civil asset forfeiture. In more than 200 cases, people who were found not guilty were forced to forfeit their property, never to have it returned. In a staggering 736 cases, charges were never even filed.“Action that takes away citizens’ property is a serious step, and should be undertaken carefully and with safeguards to protect our citizens,” LaGrand said. “I’ve been on both sides of litigation on asset forfeiture as an assistant prosecutor and an attorney, and I’ve seen firsthand that many citizens facing asset forfeiture are confused, don’t know how to proceed, and lack the resources to defend themselves. This plan allows law enforcement to go after bad actors, while providing better protections for our citizens and their legitimate property interests.”The legislation has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee for consideration.###last_img read more

  • STATEMENT Given lower Michigans recent heating emergency Rep LaFave hopes governor ends

    first_img State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain today issued the following statement:“I am glad to see Gov. Whitmer finally coming around on the issue of keeping Michigan residents alive and warm this winter, at least when it comes to natural gas users in lower Michigan. During the campaign, she and Dana Nessel played it fast and loose with easy talking points about shutting down access to critical heating fuel on their first day in office. Now that the rubber has met the road and she’s actually responsible for people’s lives, the governor is singing a different tune, and I’m glad to hear it.“My only regret is that it took the lives of lower Michigan residents being endangered for her to drop the campaign rhetoric and acknowledge the obvious importance of heating fuel in a Michigan winter. She ought to be just as concerned about the hundreds of thousands of Northern Michigan and Upper Peninsula residents who rely on the life-saving heat coming through the Straits. I hope the governor and the attorney general reconsider their reckless opposition to the secure tunnel under the Straits and drop the dangerous political game they’re playing to cut off access for all of the families they are supposed to represent.”Note: More than half of Michigan’s propane users get their heating fuel from the pipeline under the Straits. 01Feb STATEMENT: Given lower Michigan’s recent heating emergency, Rep. LaFave hopes governor ends dangerous game concerning the Straits tunnel Categories: LaFave Newslast_img read more

  • Rep Mueller invites residents to road funding town hall

    first_img State Rep. Mike Mueller of Linden will host a town hall meeting with special guest Rep. Jack O’Malley of Lake Ann on Tuesday, June 25 to discuss road funding in Michigan.“When it comes to fixing our roads, I am passionate about pursuing innovative ideas,” Rep. Mueller said. “Any Michigan driver knows there is a great disparity between the investment in our roads and a quality outcome. This town hall is a great opportunity to share some insight into this problem and hear your thoughts and questions. As we address this issue in Lansing, I want your feedback so the people of Genesee and Oakland counties are not left behind.”Rep. O’Malley chairs the House Transportation Committee and is working with fellow House members on innovative approaches to road funding and repairs. To that end, he is traveling across the state to discuss the issue with local residents.The event will be held at the Fenton Township Hall, 12060 Mantawauka Drive in Fenton. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for registration and an opportunity to talk with Rep. Mueller and guests. The program will run from 6 to 7 p.m. with time for questions from those in attendance. There is no cost to attend.To register or for more information, please visit https://bit.ly/2MgP6r4. For questions, contact Rep. Mueller’s office by calling (517) 373-1780 or emailing MikeMueller@house.mi.gov. Categories: Mueller News 03Jun Rep. Mueller invites residents to road funding town halllast_img read more

  • Veterinary Association Votes to Try to Restrict Nonprofit Clinics

    first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJune 17, 2014; Idaho StatemanNPQ has written a number of stories about professional associations which have tried to block competition from nonprofits. We have seen these dynamics with recreational facilities, dental clinics and veterinary facilities among others. This story is about the Idaho Veterinary Medical Association which voted to back a campaign to, by law, prohibit animal welfare groups from providing veterinary care to pets of people who were not low income.This statement was issued after the meeting:“The federal government (IRS) bestows the designation ‘nonprofit’ upon organizations which file an application describing their proposed charitable work. Thereafter, they are allowed to secure grants and donations which arrive as tax-free gifts. In addition, these organizations do not pay any property taxes.“This issue is not about depriving shelter or stray animals housing and care. In fact, it is really about making sure our non-profit animal groups don’t drift away from their primary missions.“For nonprofit animal groups, the areas of charitable focus includes the care and housing of shelter animals, pet adoptions, low-cost spaying and neutering for the general public, and providing low-income individuals with veterinary care.“The IVMA executive board and the membership feel that the special privileges afforded to non-profit animal groups, through public tax subsidies, exist for very valid reasons but that there are constraints on the areas in which they operate. We all desperately need the non-profit animal groups to remain focused on what they do best. This is why these groups were created and why the public subsidizes them. We support, and have always supported their charitable missions.”The campaign was apparently sparked by the fact that the Idaho Humane Society received state approval to establish a more centrally located shelter that would be four times larger than its current facility. Dr. Robert Pierce, president of the IVMA board, said that the planned 10,000-square-foot hospital facility has the potential of driving other smaller for-profit facilities out of business.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

  • The 6 Rules for Equitable Economic Development

    first_imgShare44Tweet6ShareEmail50 Shares“The number 6,” Eduardo PontesFebruary 26, 2019; CityLabOne of the major shifts happening in economic development is an increased focus on inclusivity as a primary driver of sustainable and holistic development. As NPQ has written about many times before, equity is essential for remaking the economy into one that works for everyone. As more nonprofits focus on exploring their role in remaking the economy, and considering programs, services, and initiatives that they may institute individually or collaboratively, it is important to understand the dynamic tension occurring in the transition from traditional economic development to a more inclusive one. This growth edge embraces equity as a centerpiece of economic development, and leading thinkers, practitioners, and advocates are embracing equity not only as a strategy, but as a philosophy of economic development.One of the leading thinkers in economic development for inclusivity is Richard Florida, co-founder and editor at large of CityLab. This week, Florida released an article discussing six major rules for inclusive economic development. These rules are important considerations for nonprofits working to advance equity in the economy.The six rules he lays out are:Just say no to incentives.Invest in local clusters and ecosystems.Work closely with anchors.Leverage talent (and define it more broadly).Foster quality of place for everyone.Make equity and inclusion a priority.While these rules are not all encompassing, they do reflect a major change of attitudes for economic development. One shift, which NPQ has discussed repeatedly, is the recognition that tax incentives are largely ineffective at creating jobs, and in some cases actually deter economic development. Some states, like New Jersey, have sought to determine the overall effectiveness of their tax incentive programs, and with good reason. Nationally, cities, and states collectively spend upwards of $80 billion collectively on tax incentives, which are largely designed to extract public dollars in return for the promise of job creation and economic growth. Most of the time, little public scrutiny is given in the process, and in cases where public discourse does occur, it is often after the fact when incentives fail to deliver on their promises.Certainly, stewarding limited public resources is desirable, and the public expenditures spent on tax incentives could be reallocated towards long-term, sustainable, equitable, and inclusive job creation strategies that draw upon community’s existing strengths. One way to achieve this, Florida suggests, is through investment in the development of clusters and ecosystems that can be done in tandem with another key strategy: leveraging the local anchor institutions such as universities, colleges, and hospitals, which can prime and facilitate investment. (NPQ will be discussing leveraging anchor institutions on its March 14th webinar as part of the “Remaking the Economy” Webinar Series.) Through weaving interdependent, local economic development networks, and relying on the existing assets, regional economies have the capacity to foster resilient and inclusive economies that work for everyone. While public policy and planning have a significant role to play in ensuring the success of cluster and ecosystem initiatives, when done correctly, they can lead to a healthier and more equitable local economy.In addition to ecosystems, clusters, and anchor institutions, a key rule for inclusive economic development that Florida suggests is broadening the definition and scope of the talent used by economic development efforts. Traditional economic development sees business driving talent, in that talent is essential for attracting and retaining businesses, which drive incentives. This extractive model of development does not produce equitable results. In the emerging inclusive economic development model, as Florida correctly notes, talent-driven strategies are extended to encompass the entire workforce and all residents. This means that workers’ pay increases, and that workers become more involved in the company decisions, driving innovation, boosting sales, and increasing productivity.The final two rules Florida outlines hit at the heart of inclusive economic development. First, by fostering a quality of place for everybody, inclusive economic development considers a more comprehensive strategy other than just place making by improving the attractiveness through amenity driven strategies. These strategies can drive gentrification, increase inequality, and push low-income homeowners out of their homes, along with other deleterious effects. By revisiting quality of place strategies, and making them more balanced and inclusive, cities can spur economic growth while protecting residents at the same time. This echoes NPQ’s article from last July on “What does inclusive economic development look like?” which notes that an essential inclusive economic development strategy recommended by Michael Fortunato and Bruce Balfour, writing in GreenBiz, is to be more than a developer of places, but to be instead a developer of communities.Finally, policymakers, leaders, and others involved at every stage of economic development must prioritize inclusivity. It must be at the heart of conversations, discussions, decisions, investments, strategies, and plans. To this end, as economic development boards, councils, departments, and other collaboratives consider the role of inclusivity, Florida makes a critical insight about who is in conversations. He says, “It needs to involve players and stakeholders at all levels—local governments, anchor institutions, community-development organizations, labor organizations, and civic and neighborhood groups.”Certainly, nonprofits have a central role to play in advocating for and remaking the economy as well. By putting inclusivity at the forefront of discussions, and by ensuring that oft unheard voices are heard, nonprofits can fully embrace and fulfill their charge as key stewards of an emerging inclusive economic development philosophy that values everyone.—Derrick RhaynShare44Tweet6ShareEmail50 Shareslast_img read more

  • UK media regulator Ofcom has urged the Competition

    first_imgUK media regulator Ofcom has urged the Competition Commission not to overestimate the impact of Netflix and Lovefilm on the pay TV market in the UK when considering BSkyB’s allegedly dominant position in the supply of pay TV movies.Ofcom said on Friday that the market impact of the US online video-on-demand service and its Amazon-owned UK competitor should not be overestimated, following the competition regulator’s decision to look again at the pay TV movies market in the UK in the light of the launch of the new online services.  The Commission had earlier provisionally concluded that BSkyB’s grip on the first subscription pay TV movies window needed to be addressed.While viewing the launch of Netflix and Lovefilm as “positive market developments” and conceding that the ability of UK homes to access content from multiple services including the internet “may serve to reduce concerns about  bottlenecks traditionally associated with TV platforms”, Ofcom maintained that the key factor was access to first-run Hollywood movies on a subscription basis.“While Lovefilm and Netflix have movie rights from some major and non-major studios in the second subscription pay TV window (SSPTW), their rights to FSPTW [First Subscription Pay TV Window] movie content are dwarfed by those of Sky, which retains control of all FSPTW movie rights from the six major studios,” said Ofcom.It said that Netflix and Lovefilm were essentially non-premium services that relied heavily on UK and US TV series and were sold at a relatively low subscription rate. “Rather than being substitutes for Sky Movies, these services appear to be designed to more closely resemble a general entertainment TV channel service,” said Ofcom.Ofcom also pointed out that Sky’s recent Now TV internet-only initiative, widely seen as a response the launch of Netflix, was, in CEO Jeremy Darroch’s words, designed to “meet the needs and preferences of different customer segments more effectively”, rather than to provide an alternative to its premium offering. Sky’s negotiating power remained extremely strong, and Sky continued to control FSPTW rights to the six major studios.“Lovefilm and Netflix clearly have ambitions in the pay TV retail market, but their ability to compete directly with Sky on a sustainable basis is not certain and critically dependent on access to compelling content which is currently controlled by Sky and likely to remain so. Therefore, it is unclear that they can be relied upon in the future to address the adverse effect on competition and the resulting detriment to consumers identified by the Competition Commission in its Provisional Findings,” concluded Ofcom.last_img read more