first_img Twitter TORONTO, Canada – Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana, WeKids, and Toon Boom Animation are pleased to announce that their joint talent initiative, China Tales Incubator, has officially opened its online portal for submissions. The partners are committed to discovering new talent and developing, producing, and distributing original, cutting-edge kids’ animation from China to global audiences.China-based creatives – animators, writers, illustrators, storytellers, and artists – are now invited to submit their comedic, character-driven concepts for kids aged 2-5 and 6-11, via the China Tales Incubatorwebsite (http://www.chinatales.com.cn). Accepted in either Mandarin or English, submissions must include a working title, target demo, proposed format, summary, and a maximum of five illustrations. The first-round deadline is July 6, 2018. Submissions will be evaluated by September 30, 2018.The winning concept will be put into development through the partnering companies with the goal of creating a pitch bible and an animation test or trailer to then take the concept to the international market for distribution, licensing, and merchandising. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement To kick-off the initiative, Nelvana, WeKids, and Toon Boom Animation will host six China Tales Incubator Workshops in Hangzhou, Suzhou, Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen from April 26 – May 11. Specialists in writing, developing, and producing animation from the three companies will be introducing the incubator program to attendees. Chinese animation studios, broadcasters, streaming platforms, animation academies, and independent animators, writers, and artists are all invited to attend these workshops. The first workshop in Hangzhou will be held as a panel of CICAF/iABC. Please visit the China Tales website for more information.“Nelvana could not be more pleased to be moving into the next phase of our partnership with WeKids and Toon Boom Animation,” said Scott Dyer, President, Nelvana. “China holds tremendous untapped potential in the international animation market and we’re keen to unearth new talent through the China Tales Incubator competition.”Manman Chen, COO of WeKids added, “We are delighted to be working with world leaders in the animation industry to identify and bring to the Chinese and world markets animation created by the best and brightest Chinese animators, writers and illustrators. Nelvana, one of the top animation producers and distributors in the world, is the perfect partner to recognize, produce and distribute Chinese-inspired properties across the world. Toon Boom Animation, with its cutting-edge technology, will be a terrific collaborator in bringing these series to the screen. We are excited to be part of this historic partnership.”About NelvanaNelvana is a world-leading international producer and distributor of children’s animated and live-action content. Nelvana produces a stable of award-winning and globally renowned brands that focus on comedies, preschool and boys action series and ancillary consumer products programs. Nelvana’s content airs on Corus Entertainment’s kids channels in Canada and in over 160 countries around the world. The Nelvana library has well over 4,000 episodes of programming and has received over 70 major international program awards including Emmys® and Geminis. Visit the Nelvana website at nelvana.com.Follow Nelvana Enterprises on Twitter @NelvanaEntAbout WeKidsWeKids is China’s market leader in providing the best-in-class animation from around the world to kids and families in Greater China, including Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. With more than 4,000 episodes of outstanding kids’ animation, WeKids works with digital distribution partners to be the premiere on-demand destination for millions of Chinese kids who are eager to view great animated programs from across the globe, available on multiple new media platforms in both Chinese and English. In addition, WeKids oversees the merchandising, publishing, and ancillary exploitation of key properties throughout Greater China, including all aspects of brand management. For more information, visit: wekids.com.About Toon Boom Animation IncToon Boom Animation Inc’s award-winning software is the global standard for 2D animation and storyboarding. Toon Boom Animation solutions provide everyone from enthusiasts to professionals with the artistic freedom to create in any style and efficiently publish anywhere. Customers include Disney Television Animation, Amazon, Fox Television Animation, Nelvana, Ubisoft, Toei Animation, The SPA Studios, Xilam and Boulder Media. Toon Boom technology is available in Japanese, Simplified Chinese and Spanish. For more information, visit: toonboom.com Facebooklast_img read more

How an American businessman saved hundreds of Nova Scotians jobs

first_imgSYDNEY, N.S. — His message to laid off Cape Breton call centre workers is straightforward.But the Iowa-based businessman’s words resonate like gospel in this hardscrabble region plunged into economic uncertainty earlier this month.“Things are going to stay the same or get better,” says Anthony Marlowe, a self-made telecommunications mogul who himself started as a telemarketer at 18 and quickly rose through the ranks before breaking out on his own.“We’ve committed to hiring every employee back plus some,” he says, adding he’ll honour pre-bankruptcy wages and offer retention sign-on bonuses for returning workers.They’re big promises that have earned the entrepreneur near messianic status on the Nova Scotia island.ServiCom Canada abruptly closed its Sydney call centre on Dec. 6, laying off hundreds of workers weeks before Christmas.“It was an emotional moment,” says Marlowe, who was in the process of buying the call centre. “Although those weren’t our people yet, they were potentially soon to be.”With more than two decades in the call centre industry, it wasn’t the first round of layoffs to touch Marlowe personally.“I have some extra sympathy for the workers,” he says, describing the “travesty and devastation” of seeing workers lose their livelihoods after bankruptcy proceedings closed call centres in the U.S. in the early 2000s.Marlowe grew up in La Grange, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, and moved to Iowa for university in his late teens.“My brother was there, I was living with him and my mom said, ‘Get a job,’” he says.“I took a job as a telemarketer for a telecommunications company and the next thing I knew I was a skyrocketing up the company and then I wanted to start my own contact centre telemarketing operation.”The 39-year-old says the Cape Breton call centre will be his ninth operation when it reopens, likely by the first week of January, as the Sydney Call Centre Inc.“There were a lot of tears, hugs and Christmas spirit,” Marlowe says of a meeting he held at a Sydney legion last week updating workers on plans to reopen the call centre.“It’s obviously a humbling thing to have someone say, ‘You’re our Christmas miracle,’” he says.“We never really wanted it to be about the company or me performing any miracles. Those workers performed at such a high level with such competency, tenure and aptitude that they deserved a miracle regardless of what holiday it was near.”Marlowe Companies Inc. (MCI) had expressed interest in the Sydney call centre several weeks before it closed, and was in the process of negotiating a deal.The closure forced MCI’s leadership to work feverishly behind the scenes to acquire the call centre.“It was like a melting ice cube at that point,” says Marlowe, chief executive officer of MCI.The concern was that ServiCom’s clients — such as OnStar Corp., a subsidiary of General Motors, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, AT&T Inc. and Allstate Insurance company — would start to look for new suppliers to provide customer support if the call centre did not reopen quickly.But he says while it appears ServiCom’s value was in its contracts with big name clients, Marlowe says “those contracts have no value if there are no employees to perform them.”“Time was absolutely of the essence,” Marlowe says, regarding his desire to retain as many of the 515 or so workers on the payroll when the Sydney call centre closed.In the end, MCI outbid two other buyers for the assets of ServiCom for $1.5-million during an auction at bankruptcy court in New Haven, Conn., last week.He says the competing bids “drove up our initial offer by a factor of four.”“They were successful at attracting other bidders, which wasn’t a surprise to us because when you myopically looked at just the contracts and just the Canadian operation, all of a sudden that became a more appealing value proposition,” Marlowe says.The Sydney facility is expected to reopen by Jan. 7, although it could open as early as Jan. 2, he says. The company has asked workers to complete paperwork this Friday and Saturday.“We’re working very hard through the holidays to turn the lights back on.”— By Brett Bundale in HalifaxThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

UN mission denounces murder of five aid workers in Afghanistan

The attack took place at about 7 p.m. when two gunmen stopped a car carrying eight employees of the Sanayee Development Foundation in a remote area of the Sarobi District, about 25 kilometres north of Kabul.After searching the staff, the gunmen opened fire, killing five while three others managed to escape into the darkness.Manoel de Almeida e Silva, a spokesman for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), told journalists today in Kabul that “it is one more of these security incidents that are absolutely unacceptable.””These NGO employees were doing work for the implementation of the National Solidarity Programme, which is one of the key projects in this country to empower communities by allowing them to develop projects that they think are priorities in their areas,” he said.The Foundation had been working in the area for six months helping to set up a local shura, or consultative decision-making forum, as part of Afghanistan’s election process. read more

UN refugee agency backs plan to boost protection for people fleeing disasters

Delegates endorsed the “Agenda for the Protection of Cross-Border Displaced Persons in the Context of Disasters and Climate Change” at the Nansen Initiative Global Consultation in Geneva, which concluded Tuesday. The Agenda identifies the practices necessary to address the possible protection needs of people displaced across borders in the context of disasters and climate change, in a principled and practical way. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has, from the very beginning, been a staunch supporter of the Nansen Initiative and is committed to continuing to work with relevant partners to maximize support to States.The non-binding agreement adopted at the meeting pledges to protect people driven to other countries by disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, droughts and rising sea levels. “Among the most important lessons derived from the Nansen Initiative is that states can prevent and prepare for increased displacement in future when the right policies are in place,” UNHCR said in a press release. The UN refugee agency has also launched an overview highlighting its work on the environment and climate change, which has been released at a time when more and more people are vulnerable to environmental disasters and changing global temperatures. UNHCR notes that the majority of the almost 60 million people displaced around the world today are situated in ‘climate change hotspots.’ The overview also sets out UNHCR initiatives to tackle climate and disaster displacement, including the development of guidance, together with the Brookings Institution and Georgetown University, on planned relocation of populations threatened by disasters and climate change. With the upcoming UN conference in Paris, known informally as COP 21, where global leaders will meet to reach consensus on a historic climate change agreement, UNHCR has renewed its call for states to reach an accord that takes into account the growth of climate-change related human mobility and the need to take proactive measures in response. “If we can draw any lessons from the current refugee situations in Europe and the Middle East, it is to take the forecasting seriously, accept the realities of migration and displacement, and deal with them effectively and as a matter of urgency,” said UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Volker Türk in his address at the Nansen Consultation. “Radical action is required of us now to mitigate against the worst effects of climate change. The Paris agreement presents an opportunity to achieve this,” he added. read more

Ban welcomes announcement of release of Djiboutian prisoners by Eritrea

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General commended the efforts of the Qatari mediation in brokering this process and the Eritrea for releasing the prisoners. Mr. Ban through the statement also expressed the hope that this will help address other regional outstanding issues between Djibouti and Eritrea and enhance regional peace and security in the Horn of Africa.

Students and University officials set to welcome sculpture of Sir Isaac Brock

After a week-long, 4,000-kilometre journey across North America on the back of a flatbed truck, a 15-foot bronze sculpture of Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock is to arrive at Brock University on Monday morning for what is expected to be an emotional welcome.At 11 a.m. on Monday, Canadian artist Danek Mozdzenski will be among the greeters when his creation is delivered to the front of the Schmon Tower, where a crane will be waiting to place the statue in its new home, on a plinth in what will now be known as Sir Isaac Brock Plaza.On Tuesday, March 10, the truck carrying The General pulled out of Valley Bronze foundry in Joseph, Oregon, and began the homeward odyssey that would take it through 10 states and three time zones.For more information on the journey, go to bringthegenralhome.ca

Forcing pregnant women to show passports is dangerous say midwives

first_imgThe organisation will now demand photo identification, or proof of the right to remain in the UK, from patients at the moment their labour is booked in.But the RCM said the law requires hospitals to offer care to women in labour irrespective of their right to be in the UK.Cathy Warwick, the college chief executive, said: “Midwives have more than enough to do without checking women’s eligibility and determining their status.“They are not border guards.“They are healthcare professionals there to deliver clinical care to all women.”Under the new proposed pilot-scheme, women who are unable to prove their right to UK healthcare at the London hospitals could be charged for any services they use and have their details shared with the UK Border Agency. Proposals to force pregnant women to show their passports before being cared for in NHS hospitals have been branded time-consuming and “dangerous”.The Royal College of Midwives last night said the Home Office-backed plan by a London trust to make mothers-to-be prove their eligibility for free healthcare could deter women from using pregnancy services.St George’s University Hospitals Foundation Trust said the problem of maternity tourism was escalating across the country and that it had been targeted by organised conmen making money by charging women from Nigeria to have babies on the NHS. This could potentially have a serious impact on the health of the mother and their baby and the outcome of the pregnancyCathy Warwick, chief executive, Royal College of Midwives The NHS is already supposed to demand money from ineligible patients from outside Europe, but trusts often make only cursory efforts to recoup their costs.Ms Warwick said: “Most importantly, this move could also be dangerous because it could deter women from seeking care in a timely fashion.“This could potentially have a serious impact on the health of the mother and their baby and the outcome of the pregnancy.”She added: “I am sure no trust would deny care to women in labour or who are pregnant and arrive at a hospital needing urgent care related to their pregnancy.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Quick review NamcoBandais Inversion FPS feels very familiar

first_imgIn today’s saturated video games market, it’s nearly impossible to make a first person shooter that will offer a unique take on the genre. FPS titles are pretty straight forward — shoot what moves and keep walking — but where they shine is the different features that the developers put into them and how well mechanics are implemented. Unfortunately, Namco-Bandai’s latest foray into the FPS arena, Inversion, blends into the background due to the fact that it borrows way too much from game like Gears of War and Halo to be a hit.Despite the developer’s attempt to put in an interesting gravity manipulation mechanic, Inversion isn’t a title that you should rush out to buy, but wouldn’t be a bad purchase from the bargain bin in a few months.The premise of Inversion is decidedly sci-fi; the planet is being invaded by a mysterious race of people called the “Lutadores,” who are accompanied by odd gravity anomalies that they use to their benefit. The plot and story line of the game at first are intriguing. You are placed in the role of a police officer named Davis Russell, who is on a mission to find his daughter with his partner Delgado. All of the children in the city have disappeared, which gives it a bit of a X-Files feel at first but loses the mystery as the game wears on since there are gaping holes in the story line.Available for both consoles and PC play, I tested the title using my gaming rig at home. The first thing I noticed upon launch is that the weapons that were given to my character for battle looked very familiar. In the fact that the automatic rifle looks a lot like a Lancer from Gears of War. While I could certainly ignore this fact, it became apparent that the game does more than give a nod to Gears, as the cover and battle system is almost a carbon copy. To survive the onslaught of enemies, I had to get my character behind different obstacles and fire from cover while at the same time responding to my partner’s directions. I found the way Inversion institutes this method of gameplay to be frustrating since if you’re not close enough to the place where you want to take cover, your character does an annoying roll that usually puts you right into enemy fire.As mentioned above, Inversion’s claim to fame is the Gravlink system that allows you to shoot gravity bombs at your enemies. One of the techniques the game tries to teach you early on is to lift enemies from cover by shooting them with a low-gravity bubble. When you do this, the enemy floats in mid-air, making them an easy target. Conversely, the Lutadores can create zones where gravity no longer exists, forcing you to battle while floating, and to move using short bursts from your own Gravlink. If that sounds convoluted, it’s because the gameplay is exactly that during these times.After playing the title for about ten hours, it becomes apparent that Inversion is a title that tries to take all the best parts of different hit FPS titles and mash them into a single offering. Again, because the genre is so crowded, it’s difficult to make a novel title for gamers to enjoy, however when you’re playing a game that feels like Gears of War, reminds you of Call of Duty, with the injury recovery and a custom Halo game that has anti-gravity jump panels, it becomes apparent that the developers may have been a bit desperate to get the title to press.That being noted, while Inversion isn’t a game that you should rush out to buy, it could be one you pick up as a short diversion from your regular gaming habits. While I certainly wouldn’t pay full-price, I could see this as a rental title or a bargain pick-up when it comes down in price.Inversion is available on consoles and on Steam (tested).last_img read more

Geek deals Alienware M17x gaming laptop with GeForce GTX 660M 60 mechanical

first_imgUpdate: This deal has expired, but you can find the latest Alienware M17x r4 deals & coupons from our friends at LogicBuy.Our other top deals:Cooler Master CM Storm Trigger Mechanical Gaming Keyboard for $59.99 + free shipping (reg. $119.99)BenQ 27-inch Widescreen LED-Backlit HD Monitor for $229.99 + free 1-day shipping (reg. $299.99)Refurbished Linksys AE3000 Dual-Band Wireless-N USB Adapter for $23.74 + free shipping (reg. $49.99 | use coupon HSDISH5) Since being bought out by Dell, their product lineup may have become a little more conservative, but at the same time Alienware PCs are at the best value they have ever been. Gaming laptops can cost more than your car or higher education if really go crazy with them, but with deals like this Alienware M17x r4 you can upgrade your mobile computing power without blowing the entire budget.While Alienware PCs are not and will hopefully never be a budget model, you still get a ridiculous amount of performance and features for your dollar. The model featured in our deal here stuffs its 17.3-inch anodized aluminum chassis with a 3rd gen Core i7 quad-core processor, 6GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 660M graphics card.If you need a little extra performance, every part in this machine can be customized to your liking, including opting up to the class-leading GeForce GTX 680M graphics, a 3.8GHz Core i7 CPU, super-fast SSD, and more. The screen can be upgraded from HD+ 1600×900 resolution to Full HD 1080p; there’s even a 3D option too.While the price tag on this model is one of the lowest we’ve seen on the M17x r4, that doesn’t mean it’s some stripped down model. It still comes with the plethora of standard features we’ve come to expect from Alienware, including four USB 3.0 ports, an eSATA/USB combo port (which also charges a mobile device), both HDMI output and input ports, mini DisplayPort, VGA, 9-in-1 media card reader, and more.Even the audio card on this beast is a step above most other laptops, serving up 7.1 surround sound via the Creative Sound Blaster Recon3Di card complete with THX TruStudio Pro software. You can even hook up your high end audio system via an S/PDIF optical port or use the 7.1 audio stream from the HDMI output.This game console-destroying monster is even protected by a one year warranty that includes on-site service at no extra cost. For a limited time you can use this rare $100 coupon code to snag a fully customizable M17x r4 starting at just $1,399 with free shipping.Alienware M17x r4 Core i7 Gaming Laptop for $1,399 + free shipping (reg. $1,499 | use coupon LDLK0B2PNL0$32)last_img read more

Vancouver oil terminal plan draws attention of prominent environmentalist with video

first_imgBill McKibben will speak at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Gaiser Hall on the Clark College campus. Doors open at 7 p.m., and tickets are available on a sliding-scale cost, with suggested donations of $5 to $50.The proposal to build the largest oil terminal in the Pacific Northwest at the Port of Vancouver is no mere local controversy. Nationally known environmental activist Bill McKibben’s decision to tour the Columbia River on Wednesday morning put an exclamation point on that fact.Organized by Columbia Riverkeeper, the boat tour launched at Marine Park and headed for the site where Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies want to build a crude oil facility that would handle as many as 380,000 barrels of crude per day.The oil would eventually be refined into fuel for cars and trucks. And that’s exactly the problem, according to the 52-year-old McKibben. He sees the Tesoro-Savage proposal — along with numerous other oil- and coal-handling plans in the Northwest and across the country — as presenting a grave problem for a planet that’s already in trouble.“It pushes us much further into the greenhouse world,” said McKibben, founder of 350.org, a global grass-roots movement to fight climate change. “That’s more carbon, and more carbon is the last thing we need.”last_img read more

WSU Vancouver offers preview day Dec 4

first_imgWashington State University Vancouver invites prospective students and their families to a free Preview Day beginning at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110, 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. Parking for Preview Day is free in Orange Lot 2. Learn about WSU Vancouver’s academic programs, the application process, financial aid and scholarships, campus life and more. An optional campus tour is at 4:30 p.m. Students, staff and faculty will be on hand to answer questions. Sign up for the event at studentaffairs.vancouver.wsu.edu/admissions/preview-day.last_img

Newsstand Sales Fell 16 Percent in 2015

first_img Every retail outlet in which single-copy magazines are sold saw sales drop in 2015, according to the data. Convenience stores led the way, with revenues dropping 30.1 percent compared to 2014, followed by drug stores (-20 percent) and newsstands (-19 percent). Bookstores, club stores, and terminals saw the smallest drops in revenue. If revenues are truly growing in magazine media, it’s not because of newsstand sales. Sell-through efficiency—the percentage of copies produced that are actually sold—also took a hit, dropping from 29.9 percent in 2014 to 26.4 percent last year, a troubling trend for publishers as sales declines continue to outpace slowdowns in production. Total circulation appeared to have little effect on sell-through efficiency, with the top ten titles achieving only a slightly better rate of 27.5 percent. The year-over-year declines in Q4 were actually a slight improvement over those observed earlier in the year, but still represented a 7.6 percent revenue dip compared to the same period in 2014. Overall, annual newsstand revenues dropped under $2.5 billion for the first time in at least a decade. When broken down by category, Crafts and Women’s magazines were the significant segments that took the hardest hits in 2015, down 18.6 percent and 18.4 percent year-over-year, respectively. Only Science (7.3 percent), Game/Puzzle/Crossword (4.2 percent), and Entertainment (1.2 percent) experienced any increase at all. Automotive (-18.3 percent) and General Interest (-17.9 percent), also saw considerable declines. 2015 saw a 15.8 percent year-over-year decline in the number of magazines sold on North American newsstands, according to data released today by MagNet, corresponding to a 13 percent drop in industry-wide newsstand revenue. Supermarkets continue to be the largest retail center for single-copy magazine sales, with 35.6 percent market share, while terminals boast the highest sell-through efficiency: 33.9 percent.last_img read more

Nissan India Continues to Register Strong Sales with Datsun Go Posts 328

first_imgJapanese car maker Nissan posted a growth of 328 percent for the month of April, as against the 1,239 units sold in the corresponding month last year.The company sold 5,301 vehicles in April 2014, of which about 2,072 units were Datusn Go hatchback. Nissan’s Datsun Go hatch back, a low cost offering of the company, has been earning rave responses from the auto lovers across the country and if reports are to be believed, Nissan clocked over 5,000 sales for Datsun Go in India since its launch in March.Datsun Go, which is currently being sold through the Nissan’s existing dealerships, will have exclusive showrooms for the car in the next six month, according to The Hindu. Although Go hatchback is the only vehicle in the domestic market from Datsun brand currently, the company seems to be getting ready to bring its Go+ MPV to the country soon.”The transition has been smooth, and we are in the process of strengthening our sales, marketing and service teams. Almost all dealers have come under our fold. We have also received a lot of proposals from our existing dealers to open exclusive outlets for Datsun brand. We will make decision on those proposals by the end of this month,” Kenichiro Yomura, President, Nissan Motor India, told the daily. Priced at ₹3.12 lakh, Datsun Go hatchback, which competes with the Maruti Alto, Ford Figo, Maruti Wagon R, Hyundai Santro and Hyundai i10 in the subcontinent market, comes with a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine. The engine is tested to churn out a power of 68bhp and a peak torque of 110Nm. The car houses features like digital tachometer, follow-me-home headlamps, speed sensitive wipers, silver finish front radiator grille and engine immobilizer.The engine can accelerate 0-100 km/h in 13.3 seconds and the vehicle measures 3785mm in length, 1635mm in width, 1485mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2450mm.The Datsun Go claims to deliver a fuel efficiency of 20.6kmpl. [ED:VS}last_img read more

Extinction Of Neanderthals Likely Caused By Slight Drop In Fertility Rates

first_img ENDS IN ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. All DEAL OF THE DAY Ads by Amazon Search Bestseller Close Researchers from France propose a new hypothesis on how the Neanderthals went extinct. Their new study suggests that the Neanderthals may have disappeared because of a slight drop in their fertility rates.Extinction Of The NeanderthalsNeanderthals, the closest extinct relatives of modern humans, disappeared about 40,000 years ago.Scientists, however, have long debated on what really helped kill them off. For a long time, it was thought that the encounters between the Neanderthals and the Homo sapiens were to blame, but genetic analyses revealed that the interaction between the two species were not cruel and interbreeding even took place. Ads by Amazon Wow facts 3Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийadvertisementComputer Models Explore Disappearance Of NeanderthalsIn a new study, paleoanthropologist Silvana Condemi, from Aix-Marseille University, and colleagues investigated how the Neanderthals may have disappeared by generating computer models that explored how the population of the extinct species may decline and go extinct over time in response to a range of factors, which include epidemics, war, reduced fertility rate, and survival rates.”We used demographic modeling and simulations to identify the set of plausible demographic parameters of the Neanderthal population compatible with the observed dynamics, and to explore the circumstances under which they might have led to the disappearance of Neanderthals,” the researchers wrote in their study.Slight Drop In Fertility Rates Could Be To BlameThe results suggested that the disappearance of the Neanderthals were not due to a catastrophic event.Computer models that assumed modern humans killed off the Neanderthals directly through war, or indirectly via an epidemic, revealed that that these factors could have decimated the Neanderthals more rapidly.The researchers also found that increase in juvenile or adult survival as well as strong reduction in fertility rates were not the likely causes for the long decline in Neanderthal population.The researchers instead found that the most plausible explanation is the slight drop of fertility rates. Computer models suggested that the extinction of the Neanderthals was possible within 10,000 years when the fertility rates of young Neanderthal women decreased by 2.7 percent. Extinction was possible within 4,000 years when the same group saw an 8 percent decrease in fertility rates.”The disappearance of the Neanderthals was probably due to a slight decline in the fertility among the youngest women,” Condemi said. “This is a phenomenon that is limited in scope that, over time, had an impact.”The findings were published in the journal PLOS ONE on May 29. TAG Neanderthals, Fertility AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatcheslast_img read more

Hologic Displays Latest Womens Health Technologies at RSNA 2015

first_img Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more News | 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 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | 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 News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more 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 October 1, 2015 — The recent KLAS Research women’s imaging report, Women’s Imaging 2015. Are New Technologies Delivering Promised Benefits?, notes that Hologic is the undisputed industry leader in mammography and the vendor said it hopes to hold that position. At RSNA 2015, Hologic is featuring a growing family products. At RSNA 2015, the vendor said they expect huge interest to continue in breast tomosynthesis (3-D breastr imaging) offerings. Sixty-five percent of the U.S. mammography providers surveyed by KLAS planned to invest in breast tomosynthesis technology during the next two years, up from 57 percent in 2014 (for more data).Tomosynthesis continues as a hot topic in the radiology world. Last year, breast tomosynthesis continued its remarkable run by winning the award for Hottest Clinical Procedure by AuntMinnie readers and editors for the fifth straight year. The sustained interest in the technology is being driven by a steady stream of research papers on the technology’s positive clinical impact, particularly on breast screening. There are over 60 papers, poster sessions and lectures on breast tomosynthesis listed in the RSNA program this year. In the past year, Hologic launched a number of new products to build on our breast tomosynthesis franchise. Five examples include:Genius 3D Mammography ExamsA Genius 3D Mammography exam is available only on our Selenia Dimensions system. The Genius 3D Mammography exams are proven clinically superior to conventional mammography. Genius exams are helping find breast cancers earlier, while reducing recall rates and false positives. More than 8 million women in the United States have benefited from this breakthrough exam. Genius exams deliver advantages, not only for the women who benefit from early detection, but also for the physicians who care for them and the facilities that offer this lifesaving technology.C-View Generated 2-D Images From Selenia Dimensions Tomosynthesis Data SetsThe C-View software is designed to generate 2-D images from Genius 3D Mammography image slices, eliminating the need for a separate 2-D exam. The technology benefits, including a reduction in X-ray exposures leading to shorter exam times (less than four second scan per view), and increased patient comfort from the shorter compression time. Published studies including a number of new papers accepted for presentation at RSNA have shown that the use of C-View software results in a clinically superior exam at virtually the same low radiation dose as a conventional 2-D screening exam.Affirm Tomosynthesis Guided Breast BiopsyThe Affirm 3D-guided breast biopsy product saw huge interest in 2015. This first-of-its-kind technology is designed for the localization and accurate targeting of regions of interest and is especially important for targeting lesions not detected in 2-D imaging, or when using other modalities. To date, Hologic is the only company with a tomosynthesis guided breast biopsy option. Affirm is designed to provide numerous advantages over traditional stereotactic biopsy procedures, including faster lesion targeting and reduced patient procedure time. I-View Contrast Enhanced 2-D Mammography and Tomosynthesis FusionUsing an iodinated contrast agent, the I-View software on the Hologic Selenia Dimensions system enables users to image the functional 2-D contrast uptake and the morphological Genius 3D Mammography image in rapid sequence and combine these two image sets into a single fused study. In the fused study, the 2-D contrast image can identify potential lesions based on their physiological state due to an increase in the contrast agent uptake. The Genius 3D Mammography image can then be overlaid on the 2-D contrast image and provide morphological information on the lesion, such as improved visibility of associated spiculations.I-View dual modality contrast enhanced imaging is designed to confirm findings and localize lesions when breast cancer imaging results are inconclusive. A contrast enhanced exam using I-View software can be performed in less than 10 minutes, in the same exam room, and on thesame popular screening equipment. The I-View imaging mode is designed to offer several advantages over conventional contrast breast MRI:•    Reduced cost.•    Contrast imaging availability to patients for whom MRI is contraindicated.•    Access to patients in areas where MRI systems are not available.I-View  imaging software is an extension of the existing indication for diagnostic imaging with the Hologic Selenia Dimensions system. The product is 510(k) cleared and CE marked.Quantra Breast Density Assessment For Breast Tomosynthesis Quantra v2.1 software is FDA-cleared and compatible for breast tomosynthesis. It features the latest advances in density assessment algorithms, a newly designed, and easy to read Secondary Capture display using BI-RADS fifth edition terminology and user-friendly naming for all Quantra assessed values.Hologic is also showing other products – from biopsy devices and targeted radiation therapy, to Fluoroscan mini C-arms and new uses for our Horizon bone densitometry systems. Three examples of other products being showing from the interventional solutions business at RSNA include:Sertera Spring Loaded Biopsy Device The newest member of Hologic’s ultrasound-guided breast biopsy family, is a disposable, core needle biopsy device available in multiple gauge sizes. The device is lightweight and designed to be completely armed and fired with one hand for core needle biopsies.Brevera Breast Biopsy System With CorLumina Imaging TechnologyAn advanced biopsy platform designed to increase clinical confidence, reduce procedure times and improve the patient experience. New Prone Biopsy SystemOur new prone biopsy system is a fully redesigned dedicated prone biopsy solution. The prone table uses the latest mammography imaging technology including 3-D imaging. It is designed to make it fast and easy to identify and confidently target lesions, especially those found only using the Genius 3D Mammography exam.For more information: www.hologic.com News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | Breast Imaging | October 01, 2015 Hologic Displays Latest Women’s Health Technologies at RSNA 2015 News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read morelast_img read more

Vienna TB in Toronto Globus offering 25 on all Vienna vacations

first_img Posted by Share Monday, September 19, 2016 TORONTO — When it comes to booking travel to Vienna, it’s either “now or never,” says the Vienna Tourist Board, which hosted an industry lunch in Toronto recently to tell partners that now is the time to book.The event, which was co-hosted by Austrian Airlines, Vienna International Airport, Swarovski Kristallwelten and Globus family of brands, highlighted the plethora of reasons to visit Austria, and specifically Vienna, in 2017. Elke Bachner, Market Management of the Vienna Tourist Board, cited the 25th anniversary of Life Ball, the 150th anniversary of the Blue Danube Waltz, and the 175th anniversary of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra as just three milestone events that may pique the interest of clients.Elke, who recommends any visit to Vienna should be at least three nights, also highlighted the new Vienna Card, available in one, two or three days. It includes free public transportation plus discounts to over 200 outlets in the city.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upThe Vienna Airport, which transported 23 million passengers in 2015, was recently awarded the distinction of being a four-star airport in Europe. It will be investing $500 million throughout 2023 in infrastructure and development. Direct service from Canada is available from Toronto, though Montreal is currently in the works. A total of 150 passengers per day, each way fly from Toronto to Vienna.Globus family of brands is offering its ‘Vienna Now or Never’ agent incentive, which includes a $25 gift card per passenger on all 2017 vacations that include Vienna. Agents must send their invoice number to Inside Sales by Oct. 28, 2016 to receive their gift card.Avalon Waterways, part of Globus’ family of brands, is also offering 15% on ‘Active Discover on the Danube River’ cruises, plus free air on select itineraries/departures. Plus, when clients book and deposit by Nov. 10, 2016 they’ll save 10% (15% when booking as part of a group).More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaFor more information go to agentlingo.ca. For more on travel to Vienna, go to wien.info/en. Vienna TB in Toronto; Globus offering $25 on all Vienna vacationscenter_img Tags: Avalon Waterways, Globus, Vienna << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group last_img read more

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first_imgLas Vegas – For the third consecutive year, AAA has awarded SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand and Jol Robuchon the highly coveted Five Diamond Award, an accolade that recognizes these establishments among the world’s most elite hotels and restaurants.The AAA Five Diamond Award is a wonderful distinction for two of our most revered offerings, said MGM Grand President & COO Gamal Aziz. SKYLOFTS and Jol Robuchon are very special places, and this award reflects the unique, quality experiences they provide our guests.These prestigious honors follow a multi-year evolution that has redefined MGM Grand as the ultimate Las Vegas experience. SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand, one of only five Las Vegas hotels to earn this honor, debuted in January 2005 as a rare and private sanctuary of 51 two-story accommodations with expansive views of the Las Vegas skyline. SKYLOFTS provides the quintessential Loft environment and the height of personalized attention including Dream, Spa and Music Butlers, 24-hour concierge service, luggage packing and unpacking services and pre-engraved stationery.Culinary history was made in Las Vegas when legendary Chef Jol Robuchon opened his first fine dining restaurant in the United States at MGM Grand in September 2005. Named Chef of the Century along with scores of other accolades and honors, Chef Jol Robuchon presents unparalleled cuisine in a stunning setting. In a city that has become known as a world-class dining destination, Jol Robuchon stands out among the best as one of only five AAA Five Diamond restaurant award winners.last_img read more

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first_imgBy Elias HazouBONDHOLDERS who lost out on high-yield, high-risk bank securities will on Tuesday hear what the Central Bank and Bank of Cyprus have to offer in terms of an out-of-court settlement.Their association on Monday described the upcoming meeting – to be chaired by President Anastasiades at the Palace – as the “last chance” for authorities to make things right.At the same time association head Fivos Mavrovouniotis said that bondholders will not stand for any more procrastination or “mockery”, and gave notice of escalating protests if they are unsatisfied with what’s put in front of them.The vast majority of bondholders cannot afford protracted litigation, which was why the association is open to settling the matter out of court, explained Mavrovouniotis.But he warned: “If we realise that they are misleading us then we anticipate strong, forceful protests and we don’t know how far people will go because they are absolutely frustrated.”According to the association, the state, the Central Bank and commercial banks all share part of the blame for the investors’ predicament, and should divvy up the compensation to be given to private bondholders “on a medium-term to long-term basis”.But if an out-of-court settlement is not possible, Mavrovouniotis added, “we want to hear who it is that will compensate us should we ultimately take to the courts.”He noted a prior Cabinet decision – which he said had the seal of approval of the Eurogroup – stating that bondholders were entitled to compensation.“The tolerance of thousands of cheated bondholders has an expiry date, and it is tomorrow, after the meeting at the Presidential Palace,” association vice-chairman Stavros Yiallourides told reporters.They were speaking after a meeting with the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC).For her part, CySEC chairperson Demetra Kalogirou said legal complications prevent the establishment of an arbitration body – a possibility discussed between the financial regulator and commercial banks prior to the March 2013 Eurogroup decisions.According to Kalogirou, the securities sold by Bank of Cyprus and ex-Laiki were worth some €1.2bn, of which €700m were bought by private concerns and the rest by institutional investors. Around 10,000 people – most Cypriots and Greek nationals – are affected, she said.Later on Monday Mavrovouniotis provided documentation to the police task force investigating the events leading up to the meltdown of the financial sector in 2013.Mavrovouniotis said the material he presented confirms that banks but also individual bank executives and employees engaged in fraudulent practices, in violation of the EU’s MiFID (Markets in Financial Instruments Directive).“For example, bank managers were instructing branches to mobilise every last employee to sell securities, which only licensed investment consultants were authorised to sell,” he said.“At this time the police have in their hands thousands of complaints from individuals who have been swindled, as they could not realise the risks of the products they bought.”In 2012 thousands of investors were left high and dry after the banks stopped paying interest on convertible bonds, after Bank of Cyprus and Laiki posted huge losses on their exposure to Greek debt.Earlier CySEC had said the banks did not do due diligence on the personnel who were selling the convertibles, nor on whether investors were sophisticated enough to know what they were buying.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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