first_imgHALIFAX – Everyone in Nova Scotia’s theatre and film industry has a John Dunsworth story.For actor Jeremy Webb, it was being compelled to spout Shakespearean monologues in Dunsworth’s downtown Halifax casting office in the late ’90s.“He started to get all excited and he wanted another one and another one,” said Webb, who credits Dunsworth with getting him his first television gig after moving to the city from the United Kingdom in 1998.“There I am, essentially on Barrington Street, in a shopfront casting office doing Shakespeare at full tilt wondering what the hell I was getting into. But that was just so typical. He had this energy and drive and passion for everyone in the community … Every single person in the theatre, TV and film industry has a John Dunsworth story. The man was a legend.”Dunsworth’s death was announced Monday evening on his Twitter feed. The statement said he died “peacefully after a short and unexpected illness.” He was 71.His colleagues say Dunsworth had a profound impact on the local arts community, and his death changes its landscape.“His legacy is being a mentor and a guiding light for so many of us all for the last 30 years,” said Webb, who will soon take over as artistic director of Halifax’s Neptune Theatre, where Dunsworth had performed in at least 26 productions since 1970.“And it wasn’t just about the work, although he loved the work. He literally did everything for everyone. He would drive past you in the street in his beat-up old car and if you didn’t know him you’d be terrified because he’d honk his horn, wind his window down and yell at you to see if you wanted a ride somewhere.“I think everyone is in shock because you can’t imagine the Nova Scotia arts community without him.”Dunsworth is best known for his portrayal of Jim Lahey on the “Trailer Park Boys,” but his acting credits extend far beyond the popular comedy series. He has performed in countless local productions over the last four decades and at one point ran a Halifax theatre company. He also had a recurring role as reporter Dave Teagues on the television series “Haven.”Actor Lucy DeCoutere, a fellow “Trailer Park Boys” co-star, said Dunsworth was one of the first people she met when she got her start in the film industry decades ago.“For a lot of people, he was the gateway into the acting world,” said DeCoutere of Dunsworth’s time as a casting director.“He would continuously be immersed and he practised what he preached. He did everything. He was involved with as many productions as a human can be.”A champion of the arts community in Halifax and beyond, Dunsworth was one of many industry pundits to voice his disapproval of the provincial Liberal government’s decision to slash a film tax credit more than two years ago.“How do we explain the decision that these people are making?” Dunsworth told a crowd during a rally outside the provincial legislature in April 2015. “It doesn’t make any sense. It can’t be just bad advice by the stupid Finance Department.”It wasn’t the first time Dunsworth wore a political hat — he ran as a candidate for the NDP in the then-riding of Halifax Bedford Basin during the 1988 provincial election. Dunsworth placed third, receiving 19 per cent of the vote. The NDP only won two of 52 seats in the legislature as Progressive Conservative John Buchanan was re-elected premier.“We’ve always been part of an authoritarian kind of society, and in a way that’s true because people in this community, they think something that is has virtue because it is. They will vote for someone because that someone has been the premier and he’s important… They’re a little bit afraid of doing something new,” Dunsworth, sporting a brown moustache, said at the time in a film about his campaign by Neal Livingston titled “John Dunsworth: The Candidate.”Jesse Albiston, who described himself as a family friend who has known Dunsworth since he was a child, said he radiated love to everyone around him and always took time to help family and friends.“John was a man who moved his soul to ensure others felt at home,” said Albiston, 25, adding that Dunsworth spent a great deal of time with his father David Albiston after he lost his wife in June 2016. “I have never seen patience, intelligence and kindness in such a raw way than how John spoke and held himself for the benefit of other human beings.”Dunsworth also had another lifelong passion besides acting: Masonry.In a video posted on his YouTube channel in January 2013, Dunsworth is shown at his coastal home in Southwest Cove, N.S., showcasing his hobby.“I like to play with cement and rocks. I have no idea why. I think it might have something to do with the fact that I’d like to leave a legacy. Maybe a little after I’m gone people will say, ‘Hey, who made that?’ There I am. Still alive,” said Dunsworth, wearing a winter hat with ear flaps and a red scarf wrapped around his midriff.“Maybe it’s because I’d like to make some kind of order out of chaos. But not really, because most of my life I create chaos.”He recalled being a two-year-old boy and telling his mom he has eaten some rocks, as he pushed a wheelbarrow down rows of walkways and retaining walls he created on his property to ward off the punishing waves of the Atlantic Ocean.Dunsworth points to a sea glass mosaic he made for his daughter Molly Dunsworth to celebrate her starring role in the movie “Hobo with a Shotgun.” He also shows off a stone fire pit, salt water pool and theatre.“Fill your boots. Be as imaginative as you like,” he declares.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: State-run Food Corporation of India (FCI) has disposed of 2.97 lakh tonne of pulses, nearly the entire stock it procured in last two years, to various states and to bulk consumers, according to an official data. FCI had a stock of 2.98 lakh tonne of pulses procured at the minimum support price (MSP) during 2015-16 and 2016-17 marketing years (July-June). As per the latest data, the agency has cleared 2.97 lakh tonne of pulses comprising ‘tur’, ‘masoor’, ‘moong’ and ‘urad’ till February 2019. Of this, 2.36 lakh tonne was sold through electronic auction mode to bulk users, while the rest through states. Less than 800 tonne is left with FCI, which will also be disposed of, the data added. FCI is the central nodal agency that undertakes mainly the procurement and distribution of wheat and rice at the MSP. It started procuring pulses in the last two years to ensure farmers get the support price.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai: Shreyas Talpade says there have been times when he was written of as an actor but he always managed to prove his talent. In his 19-year-old career, Shreyas has had a mix bag of hits and flops but every film has been a learning for him, says the actor. “Coming from a non-film background, all you need is an opportunity to show your work, show your versatility. And I am grateful for all the work that I have done and reached this far and still doing work I think it is great. Every film has taught me something. The journey is not over yet,” he told PTI in an interview. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger Best known for his critically-acclaimed turns in “Dor” and “Iqbal”, the actor says he has learnt to balance praise and brickbats that are a part of being a performer. “If everything is going in your favour or is good, then you will become complacent. I like challenges thrown at me… I don’t mind when I am not called a star, or when people say I am finished or think I am a non-actor. I know what I am capable of. I believe in myself.” Shreyas says it is tough to sustain in this industry and he is aware that everyone goes through highs and lows. “Even the biggest of stars including Amitabh Bachchan sir had to go through a weak phase, he had to struggle. It is part of your professional journey. One who has the hunger and passion for cinema will do whatever it takes to do good work. “One thing that the industry has taught me is that it is never too late to start or restart at any point. Like how Bachchan sir reinvented himself,” he says.last_img read more

Rabat- The mandatory military service will significantly increase Morocco’s spending over the medium term, according to the latest Fitch Group report.The report by Fitch Solutions Macro Research, a unit of Fitch Group, forecasts that Morocco’s budget deficit is expected to be 3.4 percent of GDP for 2018, compared to 3.6 percent in 2017.However, the report anticipates that “the recent re-imposition of mandatory military service poses the greatest upside risk to spending over the medium term,” which will disrupt the country’s fiscal consolidation. Article 6 of Bill 44.18 on mandatory military service says that conscripts will receive MAD 2,000 each month. Individuals in the military would also be prevented from obtaining work during their service and thus contributing to the economy.The bill, which has not yet been passed in Parliament, emphasizes that citizens—both men and women (aged 19 to 25)—should contribute to the defense of the country and its territorial integrity.Morocco reduced the length of mandatory service to 12 months in 1999 and abolished the military service completely in 2006.The cost of the program has not yet been estimated. However, Fitch noted a drop in government wage spending in 2006, coinciding with the abolition of mandatory service. Fitch explains that the drop “offers clues” that government wage spending would significantly increase with reimplementation, negatively affecting the medium-term fiscal deficit.A previous BMI research report warned that increased spending will hinder fiscal consolidation and offset wage spending gains. Government spending on wages increased from 18.7 percent of its total spending in 2013 to 24.5 percent in 2017 and will continue at that rate in future years.Morocco’s spending is expected to increase rapidly with the 2019 Finance Bill which budgeted for increased hiring and boosts to capital expenditures.Morocco’s fiscal deficit, however, may gradually slim to 3.2 percent of GDP in 2019, owing to external financing, new taxes, and the strong growth of real GDP.Read Also: Morocco’s 2019 Finance Bill Increases Subsidy Fund by 35%Morocco’s fuel prices cap scheme fizzles outThe report no longer expects the government to cap fuel prices, as mentioned in its previous report, in which it argued that the “political pressure brought about by rising inflation on the back of higher oil prices, would push the government to cap fuel prices.”The study believes that in the last three months, pressure has “fizzled out,” since inflation is on the back foot again. “Given that we expected subsidies to account for nearly a third of new spending in 2018, the avoidance of this measure will be positive for consolidation efforts,” it states.The Moroccan government had reportedly finalized a plan to cap fuel prices in July and was awaiting approval by Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani.The fuel price cap plan came amid growing anger and demonstrations against rising living costs that have fueled a boycott against three companies: Sidi Ali, Afriquia gas, and Centrale Danone.Morocco lifted fuel subsidies in 2015, deregulating the fuel distribution market. Now prices have reached a five year high as oil prices worldwide have increased.The public became angrier when a parliamentary report was leaked revealing fuel distributors had increased their profits. As prices increased, distributors’ profit margins widened, but they did not expand Morocco’s storage capacity to the extent they pledged.Read Also: 2019 Finance Bill Increases Taxes on Vehicle Tax HorsepowerGrowing capital expenditureIncreased calls for employment and Morocco’s major regional infrastructure and energy projects, such as the LNG terminal in Jorf Lasfar to import up to 7 billion cubic metres of gas by 2025, will enlarge capital expenditure (CapEx).CapEX is expected to continue growing rapidly over the next several years.For the report, the 2019 Finance Bill is “strongly expansionary” with some 15,000 contract positions in education to be hired for 2019 and some 4,000 additional hires to take place in the military. Minister of Economy and Finance Mohamed Benchaaboun asserted that he hopes to spend the 2019 budget on education, health, employment, and social dialogue. read more

Benjamin Mkapa stressed during a meeting in Juba with Southern Sudanese Vice President Riek Machar and other government officials that the way in which the referendum results are released and communicated to the public will be critical to determining the overall credibility of the referendum process.The vote is due to begin on 9 January and run until 15 January, with counting to begin immediately after. Preliminary results are expected to be released before referendum authorities confirm their accuracy and then issue final results.Mr. Mkapa, the former President of Tanzania and chair of the three-member panel, urged all parties involved in the referendum to play their part to ensure that the results are released responsibly and fairly.He also called on the governments in Khartoum and Juba to make sure that referendum staff and security personnel are paid so that they can carry out their work during the polling phase.Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Mr. Mkapa credited the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC) and the Southern Sudan Referendum Bureau (SSRB) “for a job well done” in organizing the referendum so far.“We are confident that all other things being equal – and there are quite a number of things that are not equal – but all other things being equal, we should have a very successful referendum in the south,” he said. “Among the things that should be more equal are the issuance of enough funding for the payment of staff and for other costs of ensuring that the referendum takes place. I know we have had the promises that it will be forthcoming, but we want that forthcoming to be realized in practice, because we don’t want any hitches that are unnecessary. When all the technical arrangements are so good, you don’t want the human hand to interfere with the outcome that is credible.”The 9 January vote on whether the south should secede from the rest of the country is in accordance with the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which ended two decades of war between the north and the south.The panel, which also includes former Portuguese Foreign Minister António Monteiro and Bhojraj Pokharel, the former Chairman of the Election Commission of Nepal, is due to wrap up its current visit to Sudan on Wednesday. 20 December 2010With less than three weeks before the holding of the referendum on the status of Southern Sudan, the head of the United Nations panel tasked with monitoring the vote today urged all parties to ensure the credibility of the process. read more

In a statement issued late on Wednesday, Mr. Roed-Larsen expressed “great concern for Hizbollah’s totally unacceptable attack on an Israeli position across the Blue Line” on 21 January. “This attack is part of an unacceptable pattern of serious Blue Line violations,” he said, noting also that Israel’s response to the unprovoked attack constituted a violation of the Blue Line resulting in one Lebanese civilian fatality and injury to another.Mr. Roed-Larsen called on the Lebanese Government to make every effort to take more steps for the return of its effective authority throughout southern Lebanon, as called for in Security Council resolutions.The Special Coordinator urged all parties to exercise maximum restraint “in order to avoid a dangerous cycle of attacks and counter-attacks, particularly at this difficult and unpredictable time in the region.” read more

MADRID — Espanyol needed a second-half goal against second-division club Cadiz to avoid becoming the first top-tier team to be eliminated in the Copa del Rey this season.Hernan Perez scored the winner with a shot from inside the area in the 76th minute on Tuesday, giving Espanyol a 1-0 victory and a spot in the competition’s round of 16.The hosts advanced on away goals following a 2-1 first-leg loss in Cadiz last month.Cadiz came close to pulling off an upset when Karim Azamoum scored in stoppage time at RCDE Stadium in Barcelona, but the goal was disallowed for offside.Cadiz upset first-division club Real Betis at this stage last season before being eliminated by Sevilla in the following round.Perez entered the match three minutes before scoring the winning goal for Espanyol, which was coming off three straight losses in the Spanish league.The Catalan club made it to the quarterfinals last season, when it lost to eventual champion Barcelona.VALENCIA ADVANCESWith a winner by Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, Valencia defeated third-division club Ebro 1-0 to advance 3-1 on aggregate.Batshuayi scored with a close-range header after a well-placed cross by Toni Lato in the 59th minute at Mestalla Stadium.It was the third goal for Batshuayi since joining Valencia on a loan from Chelsea in the summer.Valencia was coming off losses to Juventus in the Champions League and Real Madrid in the Spanish league. It had won three straight before that.TOP-TIER CLASHIn a match between first-division clubs, Leganes defeated Rayo Vallecano 1-0 to advance 3-2 on aggregate.Leganes goalkeeper Andriy Lunin, playing on a loan from Real Madrid, saved a first-half penalty kick taken by Bebe with the hosts already down a goal.The Ukrainian goalkeeper made several other key saves during the rest of the match to keep his team ahead at Vallecas Stadium in Madrid.It was the third straight win for Leganes, which remains unbeaten in six consecutive matches in all competitions.Rayo Vallecano had ended an 11-match winless streak with a victory over Eibar in the Spanish league last weekend.GETAFE CRUISESAngel Rodriguez scored a hat trick as Getafe trounced second-tier club Cordoba 5-1 to reached the next round 7-2 on aggregate.Robert Ibanez and Francisco Portillo also found the net for Getafe, which was coming off a 3-0 rout of Espanyol in the Spanish league.Aythami Artiles scored Cordoba’s goal midway through the second half, with his team down 3-0.___More AP soccer: and Azzoni on Twitter: Azzoni, The Associated Press read more

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. A primary school headteacher has accused a parent of defamation after she shared a photo of her daughter’s incoherent homework sheet on Facebook.Danielle Rowland, a parent at Moorgate Primary Academy in Tamworth posted the photo of a crossword strewn with grammatical and spelling errors which had been handed to her seven-year-old daughter with the caption “For literacy homework, the mistakes are shocking.”Headmaster Jonathan Williams confronted Ms Rowland on the phone and told her the post was defamatory towards the school and that it breached data protection guidelines.The crossword instructions said: “Complete the crossword by interesting one of the words below into the sentences.”The crossword itself was hard to decipher as the only place where ‘on the contrary’ would fit was in a sentence that contained no contradictions. The word ‘although’ would seemingly not fit where it should have been, because the sentence would read: ‘Although they had are prone to earthquakes, they do not have tremor proof houses.’Speaking to the Telegraph, Rowland, who has three children at the school said: “I posted the picture on Facebook to see if any other parents were having difficulty with the homework. It got picked up by a few people and I spoke to the headmaster about it on the phone. “He asked me to take it down because it is defamatory towards the school and that he would have to speak to the data protection officer if she refused.“I was disappointed, because you’d think a teacher would have a sense of pride in what they are doing. Things like this actually damage a child’s education.”It was unclear who had set the crossword, but it is understood that they have been spoken to by senior staff at the school.Last night, Mr Williams told the Telegraph: “The academy accepts that the homework provided did include some errors.  “Whilst this is an unfortunate and regrettable incident, it has been appropriately addressed and the school shall continue to support learning at home.” read more

first_imgThe Minerals Council of Australia has released a new public policy monograph on rebooting Australia’s mining boom by Henry Ergas, Professor of Infrastructure Economics at the SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong, and Senior Economic Adviser, Deloitte Access Economics; and Joe Owen, Research Fellow at the SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong. It is available at points include:Supply-side reforms to labour market institutions, approvals processes, economic infrastructure regulation and fiscal federalism arrangements are critical to rebooting the mining boom. Inefficiencies which developed or were sustained over the high price phase of the boom can no longer be sustained.The challenge of rebooting the boom has two elements: 1) securing new investment projects beyond 2013; and 2) delivering on projected export volume growth out to 2025 in a much tougher global supply environment. This places a premium on cost control, timeliness, flexibility and adaptability along the full length of the minerals supply chain.With changed market conditions, there is a danger that policy makers will underestimate the sensitivity of industry performance to government responses.Workforce strategies based on fly-in, fly-out and Enterprise Migration Agreements are fundamental to securing workforce needs in project construction. And only an evidence-based Productivity Commission inquiry into the Fair Work Act can make Australia’s labour market institutions fit for purpose for the next phase of mining industry growth.Approvals processes can make the difference between a project that is viable and one that is not. The failure on environmental approvals at COAG has put the next wave of resource investment at even greater risk.On infrastructure regulation, there remains scope to improve both the directly regulated “open access” facilities and vertically integrated production systems under the scope of Part IIIA of the Competition and Consumer Act. In both cases, better processes for reviewing the need for regulation, and for doing so on a basis genuinely independent of the regulators themselves, are called for.Current fiscal federalism arrangements, including the treatment of mining revenues, impede the capacity of resource States to meet the infrastructure requirements of resource development. The Commonwealth and the States need to enter a long-term agreement on the division of the revenue base, and to address issues surrounding the interaction of the Minerals Resource Rent Tax and royalties.The question for Australia is not whether the mining boom is over: clearly, the opportunities remain substantial, but securing them involves a far greater challenge than we have faced to date.  Rather, the question is whether we are prepared to do what is required to reboot the boom by achieving and retaining the global cost competitiveness that more demanding environment requires.last_img read more

first_imgIf you are a gamer and haven’t watched the documentary King of Kong: A Fist Full of Quarters, I highly recommend you go out and rent or buy it. Here’s the description taken from the DVD release which should give you a taste of what to expect:In the cut-throat world of Donkey Kong only one man can rule! In this hilarious, critically-acclaimed arcade showdown, an unprecedented rivalry rocks the electronic world to its core! Join novice gamer Steve Wiebe on his quest to destroy the top score of gaming legend Billy Mitchell, the uncontested champion of the Donkey Kong world for over 20 years and find out which of them can truly claim the title King of Kong! Four years on from its release and that same Billy Mitchell has now opened his own King of Kong arcade in the bizarre location of Orlando airport. But what’s even more bizarre is the fact it does not have a Donkey Kong machine you can play on.We’ll let you make up your own mind why that decision was made. Our guess is Billy never wants the embarrassment of someone beating his score on the machine in his own arcade. As for the location, it makes sense from a foot fall perspective as there’s thousands of potential gamers passing through the airport everyday.If you happen to be passing through Orlando aiport be sure to take a look inside, and if there’s a suggestion card you know what arcade game to request.Read more at Joystiqlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 23, 2018 – Nassau – Multitudes of persons turned up at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs Gymnasium on Saturday, January 20, 2018 for the second installment of the Ministry of Labour’s Public Employment Services Initiative, “Labour on the Blocks.”Facilitated by the Department of Labour, the purpose of this weekend’s initiative was to register job seekers interested in employment in the construction field.  Between the hours of 12 noon to 4 pm, job seekers turned up with relevant requested information, which was entered into the Department of Labour’s database.Present were Senator the Hon. Dion Foulkes, Minister of Labour; Robert Farquharson, Director of Labour; and other officials from the ministry.  Also there were businesses and institutions such as the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI), which registered job seekers onsite for potential employment and skills training.The Ministry of Labour launched its Public Employment Services (PES) initiative, “Labour on the Blocks” on January 13, 2018 in Bain and Grants Town, and will host monthly “Labour on the Blocks” events in communities in New Providence.  The initiative will be extended to Grand Bahama and to the Family Islands, including: Abaco, Eleuthera, Andros and Exuma. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Photo Caption: Photos show Senator the Hon. Dion Foulkes, Minister of Labour, shaking hands with job seeker; persons being interviewed, and those lined up outside the Gym seeking to be registered for employment.(BIS Photos/Derek Smith)last_img read more

first_imgThe Air Force last month established a program management office to lead both the near-term effort to resume operations at Tyndall AFB and the long-term redevelopment of the installation devastated by Hurricane Michael in October. Reconstruction of Tyndall, located on the Florida Panhandle, is expected to take upwards of five years and cost an estimated $3 billion, according to an Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center news release. Short-term objectives of the new office include completing detailed assessments of damaged facilities, quickly repairing facilities and constructing temporary facilities needed to meet near-term mission requirements. The office intends to rely on cutting-edge construction standards and incorporate “smart city” functionality connecting base facilities with utility infrastructure as a way to enhance installation resiliency.“We are really excited about being able to implement a 21st century installation,” said Amy Vandeveer, an installation planner for the Air Force Civil Engineer Center. “We have multiple opportunities that will make this installation good for the next 70 to 80 years. Tyndall will be leading the way,” she said.Photo courtesy of U.S. Air Force Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

first_imgBhadrachalam: Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) Project Officer VP Goutham has inspected Ekalavya Model School and Gurukula Junior College for Girls at Chunchupally in the district on Tuesday. He inspected the classrooms and school surroundings and interacted with the students. He posed several questions to the students on various topics. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Later, he visited Gurukula Junior College for Girls at Ramavaram and inspected the facilities provided for the students. He suggested the staff to maintain keep the classrooms, washrooms and the college surroundings clean as it was the rainy season and told them to give priority to sanitation. He ordered the engineering staff to arrange enough lights on the college premises. School principal Kalyani, Headmaster Ravi, Assistant Engineer Padmini, school and college staff were present during the visit.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi : The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Tuesday issued a notice to the city police in connection with a case wherein a woman was allegedly set ablaze by her in-laws in the national capital’s Nizamuddin area. The incident took place on Friday. According to police, the victim, Yasmeen, sustained 80 per cent burns and is undergoing treatment at Safdarjung Hospital. The woman is a widow and has three daughters, who were at a tuition class when the incident took place, they had said. DCW chief Swati Maliwal and commission member Kiran Negi met the victim in the hospital on Tuesday. Also Read – Abrogation Of Article 370 Carried Out In Inhuman Way: Urmila Matondkar Advertise With Us The woman is admitted in the ICU and continues to be in a critical condition, the commission said. The DCW chief has issued a notice to the Delhi Police in the matter as only one arrest has been made so far in the case, it said. Police have not requested a metropolitan magistrate to visit the woman for recording her statement under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code, it added. Also Read – BJP launches anti-AAP campaign to save Delhi Advertise With Us Police had on Sunday said the woman was not medically fit to give a statement. The DCW said urgent recording of the statement is very crucial for the case as doctors fear that the woman may not survive because she has suffered 80 per cent burns. “She (Yasmeen) has gone through so much pain and is presently battling for her life. She is deeply worried whether she will get justice and also about the future of her three little girls. We also seek police protection for the daughters of this woman,” Maliwal said. Yasmeen told Maliwal that her three brothers-in-law and their wives poured kerosene on her and set her ablaze, the DCW said. Advertise With Us The victim’s daughters were somehow able to douse the fire after they returned home from their class, but by then she had been severely burnt, the commission said, adding that the six accused fled after the incident. Since the death of her husband five years ago, Yasmeen was being harassed by the accused who wanted her to leave her in-laws place in southeast Delhi’s Nizamuddin area, the DCW claimed.last_img read more

first_imgMyanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi will address the nation on 19 September on Rohingya crisis. AFP File PhotoMyanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi will address the crisis engulfing Rakhine state next week, in her first speech since scores were killed in violence that has sent nearly 380,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh and sullied her reputation as a defender of the oppressed.A crackdown by Myanmar’s army, launched in response to attacks by Rohingya militants on 25 August, has pushed vast numbers of refugees from the stateless Muslim minority across the border.The violence has incubated a humanitarian crisis on both sides of the border and put intense global pressure on Suu Kyi to condemn the army campaign, which the UN has described as having all the hallmarks of “ethnic cleansing”.At a press conference late Wednesday government spokesman Zaw Htay said Suu Kyi would “speak for national reconciliation and peace” in a televised address on 19 September.He said the Nobel laureate, who has been pilloried by rights groups for failing to speak up for the Rohingya minority, would skip the United Nations General Assembly next week to tackle the crisis unfurling at home.She was needed in Myanmar to “manage humanitarian assistance” and “security concerns” caused by the violence. Competing rumours have intensified anti-Muslim rhetoric across the Buddhist-majority country.In the northern area of Rakhine, 176 of the 541 Rohingya villages there were empty after “the whole village fled”, Zaw Htay said, adding others were partly deserted or intact.Suu Kyi has been condemned for a lack of moral leadership and compassion in the face of a crisis that has shocked the international community.Her limited comments so far have referenced a “huge iceberg of misinformation” and played down alleged atrocities against the Rohingya.Bangladesh is struggling to provide relief for exhausted and hungry refugees—some 60 per cent of whom are children—while nearly 30,000 ethnic Rakhine Buddhists as well as Hindus have also been displaced inside Myanmar.Nine thousand more Rohingya refugees poured into Bangladesh on Wednesday, the UN said, as authorities worked to build a new camp for tens of thousands of arrivals who have no shelter.Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s first civilian leader in decades, has no control over the powerful military, which ran the country for 50 years. A free election was finally held in 2015.There is also scant sympathy among Myanmar’s Buddhist majority for the Rohingya, who are branded “Bengalis”—shorthand for illegal immigrants.But outside of her country Suu Kyi’s reputation as a human rights champion is in ruins.Rohingya refugees have told chilling accounts of soldiers firing on civilians and razing entire villages in the north of Rakhine state with the help of Buddhist mobs.The army denies the allegations.The UN Security Council was scheduled later Wednesday to discuss the refugee crisis in a closed-door meeting, with China expected to block any attempts to censure its Southeast Asian ally.Ahead of the meeting 12 Nobel laureates signed an open letter urging the Security Council to “intervene immediately by using all available means” to end the tragedy and “crimes against humanity” unfolding in Rakhine.Fallen starSuu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner garlanded for her dignified and defiant democracy activism under the former junta, was once the darling of the international community.She made her debut before the UN assembly last September, winning warm applause for a speech delivered months after she became Myanmar’s first civilian leader in decades.In it she vowed to find a solution to long-running ethnic and religious hatred in Rakhine “that will lead to peace, stability and development for all communities within the state”.In a sign of how far her star has fallen, the same rights groups that campaigned for her release from house arrest have blasted her for failing to speak up for the Rohingya.Sympathisers say her hands are tied by the army, which still runs parts of the government and has complete control over all security matters.While the US and other Western powers—as well as the Muslim world—have criticised the military campaign, Beijing on Tuesday offered Myanmar support—saying the country was entitled to “safeguard” its stability.Human Rights Watch’s Phil Robertson urged the Security Council to pass a “global arms embargo” on Myanmar’s military but said he expected China to water down any moves.The 1.1-million strong Rohingya have suffered years of discrimination in Myanmar, where they are denied citizenship even though many have long-lasting roots in the country.Bangladesh does not want the group either, though it is providing the refugees with temporary shelter.Many Rohingya have died making the perilous journey across the border, with nearly 100 drowning in boat trips across the Naf river that divides the two countries.last_img read more

first_imgLocated slap bang in the middle of Europe, Poland often found itself trapped between voraciously expanding empires. This meant that throughout its history, the Polish nation, often seen as an obstacle in the eyes of its more ambitious, aggressive, and frequently more powerful neighbors, had to resort to desperate and often farcical measures to survive and maintain its unique cultural character. Whether living under Catherine the Great, Otto von Bismarck, or Adolf Hitler, those who fought to preserve their national identity faced varying degrees of animosity from the occupying forces, keen to weed out the inconveniently defiant Poles.Map of Poland under the rule of Duke Mieszko I, who is considered to be the creator of the Polish state, c. 960–996. Photo by Bede CC BY-SA 3.0One man whose name came to symbolize that spirit of resistance and resourcefulness was Michał Drzymała — a Polish peasant, born in the Kingdom of Prussia on September 13, 1857.He gained worldwide notability at the beginning of the 20th century, when the story of his bizarre dispute with the Prussian administration, regarding permission to build a house on a plot of land he had purchased in the village of Kaisertreu, was picked up by journalists around the globe.Michał DrzymałaLike many of those belonging to his social class, Michał Drzymała toiled his entire life in a bid to escape the poverty cycle by purchasing land, where he could build a family home for himself and the generations to come.According to Prussian law, prospective home-owners had to seek consent — much like today’s planning permission — from the local administration, before commencing any construction work.Fulfilling the Kulturkampf (culture fight) politics of Germanization, common on territories laid claim to by both Prussians and Germans throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, which favored the German-speaking population, local authorities used the aforementioned planning permission requirement to discourage ethnic Poles from settling on the more sought-after land.Anti-Catholic caricature in the Munich Leuchtkugeln, 1848. A warning not to rejoice yet. The Catholic cleric as a fox and blind passenger on the wagon of progress, in order to later reverse the course of history.Under the 1904 Law Regarding Limitation of Polish Parcellation Activity, the legislation also prohibited Polish people from establishing farms and building new households.Drzymała fell victim to this glaring discrimination, and with no roof over his head was forced to improvise — he purchased a circus wagon, which would become his family home for the years to come.Adamant that any dwelling stationary for a period of more than 24 hours is a house, the Prussian authorities attempted to remove Drzymała’s wagon, however, the canny peasant would not give up his fight easily.Drzymała’s caravan in RakowienicePlaying the infamous Prussian bureaucracy machine at its own game, the folk hero took advantage of the legislation used against him, and in an absurd turn of events resorted to moving his trailer by a few inches every night.Astonishingly, he was able to circumvent the discriminatory building regulations and the Kafkaesque dispute continued for four years, making a mockery of the government’s oppressive directive and, ironically, attesting to the strength of the rule of law in Prussia.Eventually, hounded by officials who used every law in the book to make his life a misery, Michał Drzymała abandoned the plot of land in question, and instead purchased a nearby property with a house already built on it.A farm house in the Drzymały estate in Rakowienice (1907)Drzymała’s stubbornness became the symbol of grass-roots defiance to Prussian (and later German) oppression against its Polish citizens. The power of his rebellion was not lost on the German-speakers either – following his death in 1937, not one of the local carpenters was willing to build a coffin for Drzymała, and instead, he was buried in a casket crafted by a Polish furniture-maker.Michała Drzymała’s monument. Photo by MOs810 CC BY SA 3.0Two years later, his tomb was deliberately destroyed by German soldiers advancing into Poland during the initial stages of the war. The Nazis knew Drzymala’s legacy had no place in the Europe they envisaged.In 1918 the land returned to Polish hands, and in 1939 the then village of Podgradowice, formerly known as Kaisertreu, was renamed Drzymałowo in honour of Poland’s tenacious folk hero and his unwillingness to succumb to Prussian subjugation.Michała Drzymały’s tombSince his death, the story of the iron-willed smallholder has been immortalized by poets and authors, and streets named after Michał Drzymała can be found in most Polish cities.Read another story from us: The Deadliest Female Sniper in HistoryThe national champion was also posthumously awarded the Polish Cross of Merit. Over 100 years on, the euphemistic “circus on wheels,” inspired by the events described above, remains an element of the Polish vernacular, synonymous with tragicomedy and situations convoluted to the point of farcicality.last_img read more

first_imgJason Whitlock is in for Colin:The Irish Sun is reporting that the Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather have reached an agreement for their superfight that has been stuck in the rumor mill for the past year. UFC President Dana White has since denied the report.If the fight does take place, Whitlock thinks Mayweather is guaranteed to win in a walk. In his opinion, McGregor will be completely outclassed in a boxing match, and the gap in skill levels will jump off the screen. It may be an entertaining event, but it won’t be much of a fight.“Floyd is not going to lose a boxing match to Conor McGregor.”Whitlock caught hell on social media yesterday for insinuating that LeBron James was athletically privileged because he won the genetic lottery, and his path to the NBA was all but guaranteed from a young age.He pointed out that James was ushered into a coddled AAU life once he was identified as a basketball prodigy in 8th grade, and all but destined to succeed once basketball scouts and shoe companies viewed him as a generational talent.Jason also pointed out that those insinuating that ‘The King’ didn’t know he was destined to make it at a young age might want to check the tattoo on his back. He knew, too. It was always a sure thing.“He didn’t tattoo ‘Hardest Working One’ on his back, he tattoed ‘Chosen’.”Guests:Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio to discuss Kevin Love’s knee surgery; if the Cavs should trade for Carmelo Anthony now that love is out; why he disagrees with Whitlock that LeBron James is privileged; and why LeBron overcoming poverty is still impressive despite his physical gifts.Eric Mangini – Former Jets and Browns Head Coach is in-studio to explain why he thinks Brady can play 5 more years; why he was able to eventually solve the Falcons defense in the fourth quarter; and what he suspects Bill Belichick’s position is on players not attending the White House.Klay Thompson – Golden State Warriors All-Star Shooting Guard joins the show to talk about how this year’s Warriors team compares to last; Golden State’s leadership by committee approach; if a potential title would be less sweet if it wasn’t against the Cavs; and his pick for NBA MVP.last_img read more

first_imgHow to detect Zero-Width Characters fingerprinting by Martin Brinkmann on April 05, 2018 in Internet – Last Update: April 05, 2018 – 25 commentsAll modern web browsers support zero-width characters. These characters may be added to text on a page without users knowing about it or being able to identify with the naked eye that text contains additional characters.British security researcher Tom Ross described how zero-width characters can be used to add a logged in user’s username to text that is copied by the user. The invisible information are included in paste jobs and all it takes then is to run checks to reveal the hidden characters.While the method may not work at all to fingerprint a user’s activity on the Internet, zero-width characters may be used to reveal the source of leaks or important leak information.The following text excerpt includes ten zero-width characters: F​or exam​ple, I’ve ins​erted 10 ze​ro-width spa​ces in​to thi​s sentence, c​an you tel​​l?These characters are invisible to the eye and they may not show up either when you paste the copied text. If you paste the text into an editor with spell-checking, you will notice that spell-checking flags words that look perfectly normal.But that can be easily avoided by adding the characters to the beginning or the end of words and not in the middle of them.Ross published a proof of concept in which he converted the username of users to binary, a list of zero and one characters, to replicate the username using zero-width characters.So, what can you do to detect if copied text includes zero-width characters?You could paste the text into an editor that reveals these characters. Head over to DiffChecker and paste the text into the left text field on the site.You will notice immediately that the site displays zero-width characters in text that you paste on the site. The text is clean if the text appears normal.Another option that you have is to use the Chrome extension Replace zero-width characters with emojis.The extension replaces any zero-width characters it detects on sites visited in Google Chrome with emoji when you activate it.  Just install the extension and click on its icon, and then on the “show me” button to reveal any hidden zero-width characters on the page.You may want to activate the extension whenever you are about to copy text if you are in a situation where you don’t want the pasted text be potentially be tracked back to you.Closing WordsZero-Width characters is just the latest thing that Internet users need to keep an eye on for when they are connected to the Web. (via Bleeping Computer)SummaryArticle NameHow to detect Zero-Width Characters fingerprintingDescriptionZero-width characters may be used to add characters to text that is invisible to the human eye but remains attached to the text when it is copied and pasted.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgSouth Cheshire Newcastle Borough Staffordshire Moorlands Full list M6, A500, A50 A- M Aston-by-Stone: Lane closure on A34 Stafford Road Southbound on November 7 Adbaston: Roadworks and road closure on Main Road near Marsh Meadow from October 22 until November 23 Cold Meece: Two way traffic controls on Yarnfield Road outside landfill site from November 1 until November 9 Cotwalton, near Oulton: Two way signals on A520 Hayes Bank from November 8 until November 12 Derrington: Roadworks and road closures on Church Lane and Mount Pleasant from November 5 until January 30 2019 Eccleshall: Roadworks and road closure on Green Lane from October 15 until November 9 Eccleshall: Carriageway incursion on B5026 High Street until November 6 Eccleshall: Two way traffic signals on Stafford Street near mini-roundabout between A519 and A5013 from November 5 until November 7 Enson: Roadworks and road closure on Enson Lane at the junction with Marston Lane from November 5 until November 7 Garshall Green: Roadworks and road closures on Garshall Green Lane from November 8 until November 14 Haughton: Multi-way traffic lights on Newport Road near Oak Tree Farm from November 6 until November 10 Meir Heath: Two way traffic signals on B5066 Hilderstone Road from November 2 until November 6 Milwich: Roadworks and road closures on B5027 Uttoxeter Road near Calton Farm from November 5 until November 9 Read MoreDriver arrested after running off from accident Stafford Stafford: Roadworks and road closure on Baswich Lane near the canal bridge from September 10 until December 14 Stafford: Temporary traffic lights and roadworks on Beaconside until April 2019 Stafford: Carriageway incursion on Bridge Street outside number 11 from November 5 until November 7 Stafford: Multi-way traffic signals on Drummond Road from October 15 until November 30 Stafford: Roadworks and road closure on Eastgate Sreeet from November 8 until November 9 Stafford: Two way traffic signals on A5013 Eccleshall Road from October 22 until November 9 Stafford: Give and take traffic control on Marston Road from November 1 until November 5 Stafford: Carriageway incursion on Market Street near Lloyds Bank from November 5 until November 11 Stafford: Carriageway incursion on Newport Road from November 8 until November 13 outside Egremont Stafford: Give and take traffic control on Riverway near junction with Lichfield Road from November 5 until November 7 Stafford: Multi-way lights on School Lane and Hillfarm Close from November 1 until November 5 Stafford: Two way signals on Shackleton Way from October 24 until November 6 Stafford: Roadworks and road closures on Shakespeare Road, Coleridge Drive, Tennyson Road and Somerset Road from August 6 until November 9 Stafford: Carriageway incursion on B5066 South Walls on November 7 – near Nationwide Building Society Stafford: Roadworks and road closure on Thorneyfields Lane in Castle Bank over M6 until April 2019 Stone: Roadworks and some overnight closures at Aston Roundabout from August 20 until November 16 Read MoreCCGs say there are enough flu vaccines for over-65s despite reported supply issue Rugeley: Rugeley: Lane closure on Main Road near junction with Bates Way from November 7 until November 9 Rugeley: Two way traffic signals on Setterfield Way from November 7 until November 13 Rugeley: Two way signals on Sitting Mill Road from November 9 until November 13 Uttoxeter and surrounding areas: Denstone: Roadworks and road closure on Stubwood Lane from November 5 until November 6 Doveridge: Give and take traffic control on Marston Lane from November 5 until November 7 Fole: Roadworks and road closure on Fole Lane between Folebank Barns and Godley Farm from October 31 until November 9. Uttoxeter: Roadworks and road closure on B5030 Ashbourne Road from November 1 until November 7 Uttoxeter: Give and take traffic control on Stafford Road on November 11 Uttoxeter: Multi-way traffic signals from the junction with the A522 New Road and Bentley Road to the access into JCB World Parts Centre until November 18. Uttoxeter: Roadworks and road closure on A522 from October 4 until January 18 2019. Withington: Roadworks and road closures on Nobut Road from November 5 until November 7 Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.center_img Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailDrivers are being warned to expect traffic and travel delays due to roadworks across Stafford Borough this coming week. Motorists hitting the roads of the area on Monday morning can expect a raft of delays and road closures waiting for them. The following roadworks are taking place in the Borough between Monday November 5 and Sunday November 11 – with this list also including Rugeley, as well as Uttoxeter for those who live, work and travel through the East Staffordshire town. This list contains only the roadworks considered to be most likely to cause delays on key routes as well as those involving road closures and temporary traffic lights. It is not exhaustive and does not feature some minor or emergency repairs that come up after publication. Other roadworks may finish or start before schedule or be cancelled altogether. If you only want information about roadworks in a different area of North Staffordshire and South Cheshire, visit the links below, otherwise scroll down for the roadworks most likely to disrupt your journey in Stafford Borough in the coming week All information from Highways England, local authorities and utility companies. Read MoreRoadworks from November 5 until November 11 Stafford Borough, Rugeley, Uttoxeter 1,100 accidents on one stretch of M6 Stoke-on-Trentlast_img read more

first_img The Philips Healthcare Ambient Experience helps create a relaxing atmosphere for pediatric patients. Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 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 Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s CT scanner, with child-friendly decorations. Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more 12PreviousNext Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more center_img Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 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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This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  A colorful mural in the CT scan room adds to the child-friendly environment.Imaging children has challenges that relate to the size, maturity and anxiety of the patient. In addition, we have become increasingly aware of the risks associated with radiation exposure, an issue that is of paramount importance to young patients. Through the efforts of professional organizations, industry and the Image Gently campaign, launched in 2008 by The Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, tremendous advancements have been made in technology and its use to help meet these challenges.Imaging often relies on the cooperation of the patient to obtain a diagnostic result. For this reason, appropriate patient preparation is pivotal, particularly in the pediatric population. Age-appropriate information regarding the various aspects of a procedure can go a long way in obtaining both patient satisfaction and diagnostic results. The pediatric patient and caregivers alike will find the experience less stressful — and patients will be more likely to hold still — resulting in the radiologist and referring healthcare providers obtaining useful diagnostic information. Child life specialists are tremendously helpful in preparing a child for an imaging procedure, and a child-friendly environment helps create a less frightening atmosphere. Faster scan times also help to improve diagnostic results by decreasing motion artifact.Dose ReductionWith recent technological improvements, the utilization of computed tomography (CT) increased dramatically in all patients. Of note is the increased use of CT in the pediatric population for the question of appendicitis. The literature has shown that ultrasound is an excellent alternative to CT for this clinical question, with the benefits of no ionizing radiation and lower cost. Analysis of long-term sequela has demonstrated that the most cost-effective strategy is to use ultrasound to determine if a child has appendicitis, and then resort to CT in equivocal cases. This algorithm, used at many pediatric institutions, incorporates a strategy that is effective in reducing dose to patients: using modalities that do not require ionizing radiation in place of those that do. Although this concept is simple, the practice of using modalities without ionizing radiation, or not imaging at all, is the best way to decrease radiation exposure to patients.CT is an outstanding modality and often is the modality of choice for a given clinical situation. The radiologist must work together with the medical physicist and technologist to develop protocols that provide diagnostic image quality while following the as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA) principle. There are many practical articles and resources on the Image Gently website to assist in this process. The imaging team can tailor examinations for the clinical question; for example, more noise may be tolerated in a CT performed to evaluate the osseous configuration of the chest in a child with pectus excavatum in which calculation of the Haller index is the main clinical question. CT parameters such as the tube current (mAs) and peak kilovoltage (kVp) should be adjusted according to the patient size and weight. Lower mAs result in less dose but more noise. In comparison to the linear association of mAs to dose, kVp is exponentially related to dose, but again, lower kVp results in lower dose but more noise or quantum mottle. Shielding may be helpful in reducing dose to radiosensitive organs, but the appropriate use of these devices, such as bismuth breast shields, must be considered in light of additional tools that may be built into the CT scanner.Most CT scanners have built in methods of dose reduction. These include automated tube current modulation, automated tube potential selection and iterative reconstructions.Tube Current Modulation (Automatic Exposure Control)Because of the anatomical and tissue differences in various regions of the body, there are variations in the amount of radiation absorbed at different anatomic regions. As the X-ray tube rotates around the patient, there is a difference in the thickness of the patient; for example, anteroposteriorly versus laterally. Angular tube current modulation varies the tube current to result in a more consistent number of photons reaching the detector. The mAs value is selected by the operator, and the variations are determined by the initial scout radiograph obtained in the CT scanner. Longitudinal tube current modulation modifies the current in the z-axis to even the photons reaching the detector, which would otherwise vary due to the anatomic differences encountered, such as in the pelvis versus the lungs. Both angular and z-axis modulation may occur concurrently. This technique can reduce dose by reduction of the number of photons used in regions with less absorption of radiation.Tube VoltageAs previously noted, decreased tube voltage results in a lower dose. Assessment of the individual patient can be performed to determine the optimal kVp, but this method is time-consuming for the imaging team. There is one set of CT scanners with an automated process that factors in the patient’s body habitus, region being scanned and the type of scan. The appropriate mAs is determined by the scout radiograph. Lower kVp is strategically used in CT angiographic studies.Iterative ReconstructionFiltered back projection (FBP) was the standard mathematical model for CT reconstruction. This method is particularly good with low noise. With the demand for lower dose studies and increasing tolerance for noise, the use of iterative reconstructions has become more common. Improvements in hardware have made it feasible to perform the computations necessary in a timely manner. The basic methodology of iterative reconstructions is a repetitive reformation that attempts to meet a standard. These reconstructions can be performed either in the data derived directly from the CT or after the initial reconstruction, which is less time-consuming. Currently, no manufacturer has an algorithm that relies on reconstructions performed exclusively with the data directly from the CT. There are some that combine iterative reconstructions with FBP. The images obtained with this iterative technology can have a smooth appearance; using a combination of both reconstruction techniques can both decrease this appearance and the time required to view images. By allowing for acquisition of images that would have unacceptable levels of noise using the standard FBP, iterative reconstructions provide another technique to reduce dose.Resources AvailableAlthough there are challenges in imaging the pediatric patient, there are a variety of resources available to assist in this endeavor, including the website, and technological advances in CT scanning such as automatic exposure control, automated tube potential selection and iterative reconstructions. Sabah Servaes, M.D., is the director of CT, director of the radiology residency and director of the pediatric radiology fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, as well as a member of the CT Committee of the Society for Pediatric Radiology.Sjirk J. Westra, M.D., is associate radiologist/associate professor at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children. His main research and community service interest has been to look at outcomes of pediatric imaging through involvement in risk/benefit studies and development of appropriateness criteria. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | April 26, 2013 | Sabah Servaes, M.D., and Sjirk J. Westra, M.D. Pediatric CT: Meeting the Challenges Technological advancements help meet the challenges and risks of dealing with young patients News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more 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 A colorful mural in the CT scan room adds to the child-friendly environment. 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