Beijing rebukes Aussie lawmaker for warning of China threat

first_imgCanberra: An Australian government lawmaker has been rebuked by Beijing for warning that China threatens to diminish Australia’s sovereignty and freedoms. Conservative Liberal Party lawmaker Andrew Hastie’s column published on Thursday in The Age newspaper in which he drew parallels between China and Nazi Germany has been described in the media as the strongest condemnation of China by any member of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s coalition. Hastie is a former Special Air Service officer who chairs an influential parliamentary intelligence and security committee. The Chinese Embassy in Canberra said in a statement they “strongly deplore” Hastie’s commentary “which lays bare his Cold War mentality and ideological bias.” Morrison separated his government’s policy from Hastie’s views, saying that the lawmaker is not a member of his Cabinet.last_img read more

Gold ETFs register first inflow in 9 months in August at Rs

first_imgNew Delhi: Gold exchange-traded funds witnessed a net inflow of Rs 145 crore in August, making it the first such infusion in nine months, as higher gold prices and weak rupee have made investors bet big on this safe-heaven asset. This also marks the highest inflow since December 2012, when gold exchange-traded funds (ETFs) had seen a net infusion of Rs 474 crore. There has been a significant uptick both in terms of month-on-month and year-on-year basis. Gold ETFs had seen a net outflow of Rs 17.66 crore in July this year and a net outflow of Rs 45 crore in August 2018. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAccording to latest data available with Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI), a net sum of Rs 145.29 crore was pumped in gold-linked ETFs last month. This was the first inflow since November last year, when Rs 10 crore was infused in such instruments. Prior to this, gold ETFs had seen a net inflow of Rs 20 crore in October 2016 and before that, an inflow of Rs 5 crore was witnessed in such funds in May 2013. The latest inflow pushed asset under management (AUM) of gold funds to Rs 5,799 crore in August-end from Rs 5,080 crore at the end of July. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”Gold ETFs witnessed buying for the first time in months, on the back of increasing gold prices internationally as well as a weaker rupee, which has led to optimism around gold as an asset class,” Kaustubh Belapurkar, Director – Manager Research, Morningstar India said. Besides, higher gold prices in India may have helped investors in pumping their money in gold ETFs, experts said. The price of yellow metal had hit a record high of over Rs 40,000 per 10 gram at the end of August. Belapurkar however said “it is still early, until a trend of sustainable inflows is not witnessed, it will be difficult to establish if the sentiment towards gold has truly changed”. Over the last few years, retail investors have been putting in more money into equities, as compared to gold ETFs, mainly on account of strong return. Investors pulled out Rs 571 crore from gold ETFs in 2018, making it the sixth consecutive year of outflow from such products. In comparison they pulled out Rs 730 crore in 2017. Such instruments had seen an outflow of Rs 942 crore, Rs 891 crore, Rs 1,651 crore and Rs 1,815 crore in 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013, respectively.last_img read more

German industrial production drops again in June

BERLIN — German industrial production declined for a second consecutive month in July in the latest sign that Europe’s biggest economy is headed for a recession in the current quarter.The Economy Ministry said Friday production was 0.6% lower than the previous month, following a 1.1% drop in June. That followed separate data showing factory orders fell 2.7% in July.Germany’s economy contracted 0.1% in the April-June period. It is considered likely to shrink again in the third quarter, placing it in a technical recession, and business confidence recently hit a nearly seven-year low.UniCredit bank economist Andreas Rees argues the extent of pessimism is “an exaggeration” and said “the story is not one of outright collapse in the German industrial sector but of negative spillover effects from manufacturing to internal demand.”The Associated Press read more

UN human rights chief urges repeal of repressive NGO law in Egypt

Law 70 of 2017, which was enacted on 24 May, requires all NGOs to work in line with the Government’s development and social welfare plans or face jail time.“The crucial function of these NGOs – to hold the State accountable for its human rights obligations – has been severely hampered already through asset freezes, travel bans, smear campaigns and prosecutions,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said. “This new law further tightens the noose.” The law also requires civil society groups to report all information on their funding, activities and programmes to authorities, and to seek permission for conducting surveys and any other activities.The latest law replaces Law 84 of 2002, which Mr. Zeid said was “already repressive.” In recent years, hundreds of civil society groups were dissolved or had their assets frozen under this legislation.More than 37 Egyptian NGO workers and leaders have been accused of “illegal receipt of foreign funding” and “working without legal permission,” according to the Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR). None of them have been officially charged. The revised law “places such tight restrictions on civil society that it effectively hands administration of NGOs to the Government,” Mr. Zeid said.He added that while national security is a consideration in Egypt, “muzzling” civil society is not the solution.“Civil society and media oversight of the Government are essential elements of a strong and stable society, where grievances can be openly aired. Muzzling dissent can only lead to further instability,” he warned. read more

British river has worst recorded microplastic pollution in the world study finds

first_imgThe team examined river sediments from 40 sites across Greater Manchester including urban rivers and rural streams. They found microplastic everywhere even in the remote parts of Saddleworth Moor in the South Pennines. 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. But the River Tame at Denton was found to have the highest levels of microplastics recorded anywhere in the… A British river has the worst microplastic pollution in the world, researchers have found, with levels even greater than hugely built-up areas such as in South Korea and Hong Kong. Geographers at The University of Manchester are calling for tighter regulations to prevent plastic entering waterways after finding ‘extraordinarily’ high concentrations in north west England.last_img read more

Larox donates testing equipment to Russian research institute

first_imgThanks to a Labox testing unit, the mining and metallurgy research and engineering institute JSC Uralmekhanobr will be able to better educate local filtration specialists and offer new alternatives to current testing methods. Larox donated the Labox to the institute, which is part of JSC UMMC-Holding, the second biggest copper producer in Russia after Norilsk Nickel.The institute is situated in the city of Ekaterinburg, the heart of iron and non-ferrous metals mining/metallurgical activity in the Ural region. The institute is the main organisation related to engineering of new projects within the UMMC. It prepares also feasibility studies and carries out tests for UMMC and other iron and non-ferrous mining companies. The core areas of the UMMC is iron and non-ferrous metals research and engineering activities around it for the UMMC and other regional mining companies.The relationship between UMMC and Larox goes back over a decade. UMMC specialists have visited Larox for reference purposes, yet before this event, there has not been deeper cooperation nor common projects between UMMC and Larox. Through the Labox donation Larox aims at strengthening the relation with the UMMC institute and creating foundation for further co-operation. The initiative to donate the Labox came from Larox after a successful co-operation between UMMC and Larox, when Larox sold two Automatic Pressure Filters 120/144 with auxiliaries and spare parts to Gaisky GOK. Gaisky Gok is the second-largest producer of copper concentrate in Russia and a mine developer in the Russia’s Orenburg region, and in addition one of the UMMC members.The positive attitude of the institute was valuable in completing the deal and therefore the Labox was warmly welcomed by the institute.The Labox will be used for filtration tests for various slurries of mining and metallurgical applications. It is especially useful for cases where the amount of slurry is limited e.g. feasibility studies of deposits’ evaluations and simulations of hydrometallurgical processes.The Labox will help the institute to put the institute’s research and engineering activity to a higher level. Before Labox there was no equipment for getting reliable results on filtration, which could be used as a basis for institute’s engineering and researching reports.By using the Labox, UMMC will get more familiar with the Larox Pressure Filter technology and they will be able to educate the local specialists even outside the institute. Many specialists from the UMMC work in close cooperation with other Russian institutes of research and engineering and other professionals interested in filtration.With Labox the research at Ural Mekhanobr will give an alternative for the current testing methods. The Labox will make the testing more professional and increase demand for new filtration projects.Labox benefits include:Small & portable, which requires only air to operate and small sample sizes to perform optimal test resultsGives base results for pressure filtration Cake washing can be performedlast_img read more

Triple funding success for Talga Resources and partners

first_imgTalga Resources’ wholly owned UK subsidiary, Talga Technologies Ltd has been successful in three funding applications under the UK Government Faraday Challenge battery development initiative that seeks to develop:1. Sodium-ion batteries2. Safer high voltage Lithium-ion batteries3. Scaled up high performance battery materials and UK supply chain.Talga’s consortia partners include global automotive and battery material companies, along with leading universities on battery technology. Some A$5.1 million in grants has been awarded to consortia group, with up to about A$1.0 million rebatable against Talga expenditure. This funding accelerates battery material developments currently underway at Talga Technologies Ltd (UK) and increases commercialisation opportunitiesFaraday represents a £246 million UK Government funding initiative for battery research, development and scale up of facilities to help create a new supply chain for battery production in the UK at scale.This follows a commitment by the UK Government to place a ban on new petrol and diesel engines by 2040, driving the need for cost-effective, high performance, safe, low weight, and recyclable batteries to power the next generation of electric vehicles.The diagram shows Talga’s successful Faraday Battery Challenge programs and partners.The money has been awarded to support the following three R&D projects:1. Safe High Voltage EV battery materials – led by Talga together with Johnson Matthey, Cambridge University and TWI2. Sodium-ion batteries for automotive power applications – led by Faradion together with Talga, Jaguar Land Rover, Warwick Manufacturing Group (“WMG”) and Croda3. Supply Chain Accelerator for Li-ion Electrode materials in UK – led by Talga together with PV3 and WMG.Talga Resources is a technology minerals company enabling stronger, lighter and more functional graphene and graphite enhanced products for the multi-billion dollar global coatings, battery, construction and carbon composites markets. Talga has significant advantages owing to its 100% owned unique high grade conductive graphite deposits in Sweden, a test processing facility in Germany and in-house product development and technology. Advanced product testing is underway with a range of international corporations including industrial conglomerate Chemetall (part of BASF), Heidelberg Cement, Tata Steel, Haydale, Zinergy and Jena Batteries.last_img read more

DRA Global moves from PFS to basic engineering at Kakula copper project

first_imgDRA Global has been awarded the contract for basic engineering services on the Kakula mine portion of the wider Kamoa-Kakula project in the Democratic Republic of Congo.The contract scope includes the basic engineering and design associated with all underground mining infrastructure, the concentrator plant and all supporting surface infrastructure.Kamoa Copper SA, a joint venture between Ivanhoe Mines, Zijin Mining Group and the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo, will develop the new copper mine, which is expected to yield an estimated 6 Mt/y in its first phase alone.The Kakula deposit has been independently ranked as the world’s largest, undeveloped, high yield, high-grade copper discovery, according to DRA, with a resource measuring 174 Mt at an average grade of 5.62% Cu.DRA’s project delivery relationship with Ivanhoe Mines started on the high-grade platinum-group metals, nickel and copper Platreef project in South Africa. “It was on this project that DRA demonstrated its experienced capability in project delivery which proved to be a key differentiator for the organisation on Kakula,” DRA said.DRA was contracted to complete the prefeasibility study (PFS) for Kamoa Copper SA, in 2017. In October 2018, DRA was further awarded the contract to deliver a complete basic engineering package. Work began in October and is estimated to conclude by mid-2019.In addition to the basic engineering, DRA offers continued support on the early works, which includes equipping the main declines with dewatering and conveyor systems, ventilation shafts and associated surface infrastructure.Alistair Hodgkinson, DRA Executive Vice President, Projects, said: “The team working on this project has gone above and beyond to meet deadlines and exceed client expectations ultimately to ensure that this signature project starts producing as soon as possible.”Earlier this month, Ivanhoe Mines revealed the prefeasibility study for an initial 6 Mt/y copper mine at Kakula, in addition to an updated preliminary economic assessment combining both Kakula and Kamoa into an 18 Mt/y operation.last_img read more

Applications for Conservation Stewardship Program Due Jan 17

first_imgThe U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) opened the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) on Monday, for new enrollments for federal fiscal year 2014. Now, through Jan. 17, 2014, producers interested in participating in the program can submit applications to NRCS.“Through the Conservation Stewardship Program, farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners are going the extra mile to conserve our nation’s resources,” NRCS Chief Jason Weller said in a news release earlier this week. “Through their conservation actions, they are ensuring that their operations are more productive and sustainable over the long run.”The CSP is a Farm Bill conservation program that helps established conservation stewards take their natural resource management to the next level. The goal is to improve both their agricultural production and provide valuable conservation benefits such as, cleaner and more abundant water, as well as healthier soils and better wildlife habitat.CSP is now in its fifth year and so far, NRCS has partnered with producers to enroll more than 59 million acres across the nation.The program emphasizes conservation performance — producers earn higher payments for higher performance. In CSP, producers install conservation enhancements to make positive changes in soil quality, soil erosion, water quality, water quantity, air quality, plant resources, animal resources and energy.Some popular enhancements used by farmers and ranchers include:• Using new nozzles that reduce the drift of pesticides, lowering input costs and making sure pesticides are used where they are most needed• Modifying water facilities to prevent bats and bird species from being trapped• Burning patches of land, mimicking prairie fires to enhance wildlife habitat• Rotating feeding areas and monitoring key grazing areas to improve grazing management.While local NRCS offices accept CSP applications year round, NRCS evaluates applications during announced ranking periods.A CSP self-screening checklist is available to help producers determine if the program is suitable for their operation. The checklist highlights basic information about CSP eligibility requirements, stewardship threshold requirements and payment types.Learn more about CSP by visiting the NRCS website or a local NRCS field office.last_img read more

Troopers investigate cause of fatal I5 crash

first_imgWashington State Patrol continues to investigate what caused a single-vehicle crash that killed a Kalama man Saturday morning on Interstate 5.Nicholas Logue, 36, was driving south on the interstate when his vehicle veered right, left the roadway and crashed into a large light pole. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Two children in the car, Nealee D. Logue, 9, and Nash R. Logue, 3, were taken to Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel in Portland. Their conditions were not available Tuesday. Logue worked in maintenance for the city of Vancouver’s public works department, City Manager Eric Holmes said Tuesday. Logue died of blunt force injuries, according to the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office. Trooper Will Finn said that there were no road hazards or any obvious reason for the driver to turn or swerve. The investigation is ongoing.Finn said Nealee Logue acted as a “little hero,” because she calmed down her little brother after the crash. “She was trying to do the best she could in a terrible situation,” Finn said.last_img read more

Coast Guard rescues 8 beached boaters off Florida Keys

first_img#USCG Station Marathon boatcrew assisted 8 boaters near Channel Key after their vsl began taking on water. Read more— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) August 8, 2017Another crew was then able to quickly assess the sinking situation and stop the source of flooding before the boaters were safely taken back to shore.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FLORIDA KEYS, Fla. (WSVN) – The U.S. Coast Guard came to the rescue of eight people after their boat began to sink off Long Key Bridge, Monday afternoon.The eight-person crew beached their 29-foot fishing boat after it began taking on water, at around 4 p.m.last_img

Doomsday Biblical plagues back Invasive swarm of locusts in Saudi Arabia sparks

first_img[Representational image]Creative CommonsPaul Begley, a popular Christian evangelist, has claimed that the invasive swarm of locusts in Saudi Arabia is fulfilling Biblical prophecies. As per Begley, swarms of locusts that were seen descending Saudi Arabia and Jordan this week are tied to doomsday prophecies predicted in the Bible. The firebrand Christian preacher also made it clear that humans are already living in the end times and that an apocalypse is imminent.On May 3, Locust Watch, the official locust swarm tracker of the United Nations (UN), had warned that springtime locust breeding has intensified over the past few weeks. Later, on May 6, the situation became intensified and it compelled Jordanian authorities to deploy the Air Force to spray pesticides.”Are you serious? Locusts? Biblical plagues have returned. What? Well, just like something out of the Bible folks, swarms, and I mean swans of millions of locusts have darkened the skies in Saudi Arabia, creating a scene out of the Bible. It’s a plague of biblical proportions. It’s cataclysmic even,” said Paul Begley, reports.As per Begley, in the Bible’s Book of Exodus, a plague triggered by devastating locusts will rain down as a punishment for enslaving Jewish people.Even though Begley is quite sure about the imminent apocalypse, experts believe that this is a purely natural phenomenon. United Nations states that locusts are the oldest migratory pest in the world and can cover vast distances in swarms. Fully matured adult locusts eat their own weight in crops, and if uncontrolled, it will cause severe consequences on the world’s full security.In the meantime, a section of conspiracy theorists has started claiming that apocalypse in the world will be triggered by the arrival of Nibiru, a rogue space body that is allegedly lurking at the edge of the solar system. These conspiracy theorists believe that earth will soon face a pole shift and an increase in seismic activities as Nibiru makes it close approach.last_img read more

Britain suspends training of Myanmar army

first_imgMyanmar soldiers arrive to Buthidaung jetty after Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army`s (ARSA) attacks, at Buthidaung, Myanmar 29 August, 2017. Photo: ReutersBritain has suspended its training programme for military in Myanmar due to the violence in Rakhine state, a British government spokesman said on Tuesday.Human rights monitors and fleeing Rohingya say the army and Rakhine Buddhist vigilantes have mounted a campaign of arson aimed at driving out the Muslim population.“In light of the ongoing violence in Burma’s Rakhine state, the growing humanitarian crisis it has caused, and our deep concern about the human rights abuses that are taking place, we have decided to suspend the educational courses provided to the Burmese military until there is an acceptable resolution to the current situation,” the spokesman said in a statement.“We call on the Burmese Armed Forces to take immediate steps to stop the violence in Rakhine and ensure the protection of all civilians, to allow full access for humanitarian aid.”last_img

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first_img The St. Jude Lightlab C7-XR system is the first OCT system cleared for clinical use in the United States. The technology has been available in Europe for a couple years. News | January 04, 2011 FDA Forecasts Medical Device Technology Trends for Next Decade January 4, 2010 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released an update of what medical devices it expects… read more PreviousNext A comparison showing the same lesions imaged with grayscale IVUS (left), and color-coded virtual histology that characterizes the plaque. News | May 21, 2010 Second OCT System Ready for U.S. Regulatory Study May 21, 2010 – A second company is hoping to gain U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for an optical… read more The St. Jude Medical Lightlab C7-XR optical coherence tomography imaging system offers better image resolution than current IVUS systems. Pictured is a follow-up study of a stent showing it neointimal tissue strut coverage. Feature | December 13, 2010 | Adrienne Ma, analyst, Millennium Research Group Stent Costs Increase Use of Intravascular Imaging Optical coherence tomography and fractional flow reserve catheters are expected to see growth Feature | December 13, 2010 | Dave Fornell Advances in Intravascular Imaging There have only been incremental improvements in intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) over the past decade. However, three… read more News | May 19, 2010 St. Jude Acquires LightLab, OCT Imaging May 20, 2010 – St. Jude Medical Inc. announced yesterday it is purchasing LightLab Imaging Inc. for $90 million…. read more News | September 11, 2012 Noninvasive FFR-CT Identifies Flow-Restricting Coronary Artery Blockages September 11, 2012 — Data presented at the 2012 ESC Congress in Munich from the prospective DeFACTO study show that,… read more Feature | March 27, 2012 Study Shows Significant Mismatch Between Angiography, FFR Evaluation Coronary angiography is unable to accurately predict the severity of vessel narrowing, suggesting fractional flow… read more center_img Feature | February 26, 2015 Noninvasive Optical Coherence Tomography Could Track Vascular Disease in Diabetics Approximately 8 to 12 million people in the United States alone are suffering from peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a… read more News | January 21, 2011 PROSPECT: IVUS Assesses Risk of Future Vulnerable Plaque Ruptures January 21, 2011 – Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) enabled physicians to more accurately assess the risk of individual… read more News | October 30, 2013 Philips and Infraredx Sign Agreement for Resale of Infraredx’s TVC Imaging System Philips and Infraredx Inc. announced a non-exclusive resale agreement for Infraredx’s TVC imaging system. Under the… read more A comparison between a cross section of a foot in a healthy and a diabetic patient with peripheral artery disease. The optical tomographic imaging technology shows blood perfusion, or the absence of perfusion, in the issue. Boston Scientific’s Atlantis IVUS The St. Jude Medical Lightlab C7-XR optical coherence tomography imaging system offers better image resolution than current IVUS systems. Pictured is a follow-up study of a stent showing it neointimal tissue strut coverage. The St. Jude Lightlab C7-XR system is the first OCT system cleared for clinical use in the United States. The technology has been available in Europe for a couple years. During a time when the U.S. healthcare reform is on the minds of many within the medical community, physicians and hospital administrators are continuously looking for ways to cut spending. One avenue that physicians and hospitals are exploring is to limit the use of expensive medical devices, such as drug-eluting stents (DES). Moreover, there have been recent concerns of physicians over-stenting in cases where DES are not necessary. These include cases when an alternative treatment option would have been sufficient to treat the lesion, or when the lesion identified through angiography was not actually responsible for the symptoms and did not require an intervention in the first place.The High Cost of Stents Use of DES are driving a $2.5 billion coronary stent market in the United States. At a price of about $2,000 for a single DES, limiting the unnecessary implantation of these devices will not only lower costs, but more importantly, will also prevent patients from being exposed to unnecessary risks associated with any type of intervention. Advances in intravascular imaging provide the necessary technology to determine when stent placement is required, the correct size and type of stent, and to ensure that the device is placed correctly in order increase treatment success and prevent repeat procedures.Issues With Angiography Traditionally, physicians used X-ray angiography to determine if a patient required an intervention to address plaque build-up and to prevent a heart attack or treat angina. This diagnostic technique was, however, based on the assumption that areas where the vessel greatly narrowed were likely to cause a heart attack. Nevertheless, because the images show a side-view shadow image, it can make a vessel look more occluded than it actually is. This technique can therefore be misleading and cause physicians to improperly diagnose and treat vessels that are not ischemic. Additionally, depending on the viewpoint, occluded arteries may even go undetected during X-ray angiography.IVUS for Vessel Assessment Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) is another imaging technique that has been available in the United States for more than 20 years. It allows physicians to visualize the lumen diameter and plaque from within the artery, which X-ray angiography is unable to do. IVUS has provided more accurate determination of occluded vessels that require treatment. In addition, IVUS has improved restenosis rates by providing accurate measurements of lumen diameter and plaque area and volume, thereby aiding physicians to implant a stent that is completely apposed to the vessel wall.Currently, Boston Scientific and Volcano are the only two competitors in the United States that offer IVUS technologies. Boston Scientific offers the iLab Ultrasound Imaging System and the Atlantis SR Pro and iCross Coronary Imaging Catheters. Volcano has several devices on the market and recently received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the Eagle Eye Platinum IVUS Digital Catheter in February 2010. It has the advantage of being the only IVUS catheter compatible with small 5 French guides suitable for radial access.Introduction of OCT Imaging There are still some skeptics in the medical community who are not completely convinced that the advantages of IVUS over X-ray angiography outweigh the increased cost, procedure time and patient risk associated with IVUS. Nevertheless, some of the lingering concerns will perhaps be addressed by the recent FDA approval of the first optical coherence tomography (OCT) system, which offers a much higher resolution and its ability to more clearly differentiate between vulnerable and nonvulnerable plaques than IVUS.When a vulnerable plaque ruptures, it often creates blood clots that block blood flow, leading to a heart attack. Because of this, the detection of vulnerable plaques before they rupture has been a major focus of coronary artery disease (CAD) diagnosis. Recently, device manufacturers have been focused on developing new technologies that can identify specific characteristics of a vulnerable plaque, including a thin fibrous cap covering a large lipid core.In May 2010, St. Jude Medical acquired LightLab Imaging and its C7-XR Imaging System and companion C7 Dragonfly Imaging Catheter. The system became the first OCT system approved in the United States earlier that month. Volcano is expected to launch its OCT device in the United States by mid-2011. St. Jude Medical will likely attempt to equip facilities with its system before Volcano’s product comes to market. OCT provides real-time tomographic images with a resolution that is significantly higher than IVUS. Although unable to penetrate as deeply into the arterial wall as IVUS, OCT provides clear images, allowing physicians to determine plaque composition and architecture, which helps them in deciding whether the plaque is likely to rupture and requires an intervention. Despite the premium price associated with this technology, OCT will reduce the number of patients undergoing unnecessary procedures to stent nonvulnerable plaques. Like IVUS, OCT also helps to ensure proper stent placement to limit restenosis and repeat procedures, which helps reduce healthcare expenditures.High use within a small number of academic centers for research purposes will drive the OCT market through 2015, but its use in a clinical setting may be restricted because of a lack of validation data proving its clinical benefits.FFR-Guided Therapy Another technology recently gaining adoption in the United States is fractional flow reserve (FFR). FFR does not technically qualify as an imaging technology, however it can be used in conjunction with IVUS or OCT to determine whether or not physicians should stent an artery. The concept behind FFR is as old as coronary angioplasty, but adoption has only recently expanded due to the results of the FAME trial. That study demonstrated FFR reduces the number of stents used per patient and improves clinical outcomes (at two years, it decreased mortality and myocardial infarction by 34 percent). When X-ray angiography reveals an ambiguous lesion that may or may not be causing symptoms of CAD, FFR helps determine if an artery is ischemic enough to warrant the implantation of a stent. FFR measures pressure differences across an occluded coronary artery to determine the likelihood that the stenosis impedes oxygen delivery to the heart muscle, which can lead to a heart attack. Additional benefits of FFR are that it does not increase procedure time and the overall cost is minimal. In addition, the technology may prevent unnecessary procedures from being performed on patients.With the recent FDA approval of the first OCT system, St. Jude Medical sits in a comfortable position since it offers a comprehensive diagnostic assessment of CAD with both OCT and FFR systems. Both technologies were gained through acquisitions. Prior to the purchase of LightLab Imaging in 2010, in 2008, St. Jude Medical acquired Radi Medical Systems and its FFR devices, including the PressureWire Certus and the PressureWire Aeris. Volcano is the only other company in the U.S FFR market and its system, which is available on an integrated platform with IVUS, is very convenient for physicians. It will be interesting to see how catheterization labs choose to equip their facilities with advanced imaging techniques in the next year or two as more devices become available on the market.The entrance of OCT and FFR into the U.S. market over the last two years is changing how physicians diagnose and treat patients with CAD. Improvements in imaging techniques may have initial incremental increases in expenses, but will have long-term benefits in terms of reducing overall procedure expenses and preventing exposure of patients to unnecessary risks associated with interventions. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | September 15, 2010 New Company Plans to Enter IVUS Market With High-Definition System September 15, 2010 – A high-definition intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) system will be demonstrated during the… read more last_img read more

Solomon Islands record a 156 jump in tourist arrivals

first_imgThe visitor arrivals recorded by the Solomon Islands Tourism for April 2015, have jumped by a massive 15.6%. Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau (SIVB) CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto was delighted with the fantastic news, just days before the country’s tourism industry joins together at the Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel for the much awaited 2015 Our Telekom National Tourism Forum.“This amazing result is indicative of the strategic approach the SIVB with government, national airline and local industry support has taken in recent months is beginning to move in the right direction…We must continue to remember that key to everything we do, there will always is an ongoing need to take long hard looks at what we have achieved and examine how we can continue to improve on those achievements,” Tuamoto said.Australia remains the country’s important source of foreign arrivals with Fiji at the second place followed by New Zealand and Papua New Guinea at the third and fourth respectively.More than 200 industry delegates are expected to attend the ‘Managing Change and Creating a Million Tourism Opportunities’ – themed Our Telekom National Tourism Forum, which will feature an impressive line-up of keynote speakers from the government, local and overseas tourism industry and the corporate sector.last_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Congressional Medal of Honor museum planned in Rapid City by The Associated Press Posted May 17, 2019 8:35 am PDTcenter_img RAPID CITY, S.D. — A Rapid City man who wrote a book about Congressional Medal of Honor recipients is now opening a museum to honour them.The Rapid City Journal reports John L. Johnson’s museum is to open Aug. 1 at the Rushmore Mall. It will have individual plaques for the more than 3,500 people recognized for valour in combat with the nation’s highest military honour.Johnson works for the public school district. He published a book about medal recipients in 2007 that was updated in 2010. He believes it’s important to remember and honour a part of the nation’s military history that he believes is being lost.Museum admission will be free. Johnson is funding the effort through his own money, donations, other fundraising and proceeds from an artist’s market he runs in the mall.___Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

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