Draconid Meteor Shower Normally meteor showers can be seen in the early morning sky, but Draconid meteor shower is different from others. We can see it in the evening sky. In this instance, 10 meteors per hour get released near the star constellation Draco and these can appear anywhere in the sky. It can be seen in its extreme intensity on 6th October. Geminds Meteor ShowerThis meteor shower consists of very attractive, different colors. This is the best meteor shower which can be seen this year. The specialty of this meteor shower is that one meteor slowly spreads through the sky. This meteor shower occurs due to the remaining particles of an asteroid known as 3200 Phaethon and spreads near star constellation Gemini. Around 120 meteors occur per hour and can be seen in extreme intensity on 13th December night and 14th December morning.Ursids Meteor Shower Several meteor showers are to be visible from Sri Lanka this month, the Ministry of Science Technology and Research said today.The Ministry said that the Draconid, Orionids Orion, Taurids Tours, Leonids Leo, Urside and Geminids Gemini will be visible over the next several weeks. Orionids Meteor ShowerThis shower occurs due to the particles remaining from the comet Halley. In this occurrence, around 20 meteors per hour get released near the star constellation Orion and they can be noticed anywhere in the sky. It can be observed in its peak on 21st and 22nd October. Taurids Meteor ShowerThis meteor shower is also a little bit unusual. It is observed as two separate light steams. One light beam occurs due to asteroid 2004 TG10 and the other occurs due to the remaining of the comet 2P Encke. Furthermore, 5 to 10 meteors are released per hour. Although this meteor shower occurs near Tours star constellation, it can be seen anywhere in the sky. On 4th November it can be observed in maximum intensity.Leonids Meteor Shower This meteor shower occurs due to the dust particles and grains left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle. Normally 15 meteors can be observed per hour. This meteor shower occurring near star constellation Leo, activates once in 33 years emitting 100 meteors per hour since comet Temple-Tuttle comes near the earth once in 33 years. This happened in 2001 and will occur once again in the year 2034. This meteor shower can be seen in this year, its peak on 17th and 18th November in the morning sky. This is a minor meteor shower consisting of a small number of meteors, 5 to 10 meteors are released per hour. This occurs due to the remaining dust particles from comet Tuttle. It occurs near the star constellation Ursa Minor and can be observed in maximum intensity on 21st and 22nd December.
Protecting Sri Lanka’s cyber boundaries has risen as a top priority since the end of war, Secretary to the Minister of Defence Karunasena Hettiarachchi said today.Hettiarachchi graced the workshop on Public Safety and National Security through Digital Transformation organized by Microsoft Sri Lanka and Lanka Logistics Company at the Galle Face hotel in Colombo today. “In the era of information warfare it is essential that we adopt state of the art technology to modernize our services processors and procedures.” he said. MoD officials, representatives of the organizers, military officers and a large number of participants were also present at the occasion. (Colombo Gazette) Delivering the keynote address Secretary Hettiarachchi stated that, it is vital that we explore all threat angels continuously as the threat land scape changes rapidly due to the fast changes in technology. Hettiarachchi said that in today’s context gathering information is not adequate for survival, the gathered information has to be converted as quickly as possible to actionable intelligence and disseminated quickly in order to identify the threat and then to initiate preventive measures.“Protecting our cyber boundaries has risen as a top priority since the end of war in Sri Lanka. We are now re-arming ourselves with domain knowledge to detect any potential vulnerabilities and threats in order to prevent or in the worst case to minimize the damage,” he said. read more
Secretary-General Kofi Annan emphasized in a video message marking the anniversary that while “tremendous” progress has been made in assisting the devastated areas, huge challenges lie ahead. “If we are to ‘built back better’ than what was there before, we need to strike a balance between quick results and sustainable development,” he said. “And we need to keep building on the courage of the communities who are valiantly taking charge of their recovery, despite the losses they endured and the conditions they live in.”The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Jan Egeland, noted in a recent op-ed that the tsunami “was only the beginning in what was to become the Year of Disasters.”Writing in the Sunday edition of The Independent, he urged the international community to build on the generous outpouring of aid provided for disaster victims over the past year and to provide humanitarian agencies with the funds they need before tragedy strikes.“Imagine if your local fire department had to beg the mayor for money to turn on the water hoses every time a fire broke out. Now imagine numerous fires occurring simultaneously all over the globe, but no money on hand to turn on the hoses. That’s the situation faced by aid workers whenever a major crisis erupts.”Mr. Egeland hailed the recent establishment by UN Member States of a $500 million Global Emergency Fund to jumpstart relief operations within 72 hours of a crisis. About $200 million has already been pledged. He called on all governments, as well as the private sector, “to contribute the balance for this vitally necessary fund.”In a separate development, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today reported that a married couple separated for nearly a decade is now happily reunited after finding joint housing in the wake of the tsunami.Feleela Hameed and her husband M.I. Mohamed Mubarak took their first steps towards reconciliation when she tried to find stable accommodations after months of temporary housing. The local rural development foundation “came to me asking why our family had applied for two shelters, so I explained that my husband and I had been separated for many years,” Ms. Hameed said. “They said this was not good, you must unite for yourselves and the children.”A counselor from the foundation helped the couple to reunite, and they now live with their four children in a UNHCR-run shelter in Chavalakadai, Sri Lanka. read more
Diana, Princess of Wales, in Angola in 1997Credit:AP The Duke is understood to be planning a trip to the country in the autumn, working with the HALO Trust on the issue of landmines. The Duke of Sussex has urged the public not to forget his mother’s words on landmines, as he argues the remnants of war must finally be cleared from Angola to allow wildlife and tourists to return.The Duke, whose mother Diana, Princess of Wales, became the face of the campaign in her lifetime, echoed her words to say landmines “are a humanitarian issue not a political one”, urging countries not to leave the mission “half done”.Saying it was “pretty shocking” to learn that de-mining funding had been cut by nearly 90 per cent in the last decade, he urged the international community to help Angola complete its “long journey, full of heartache and frustration” to safety.In a speech at a Chatham House Africa Programme event, London, he made the case particularly for the wildlife of the Okavango Delta, where animals too have been harmed by the “remnants of war” including landmines.“My hope is that through this collaboration, minefields can be cleared, land can be protected, wildlife can be free to return to where they once roamed, and Angolans can reap the rewards by coexisting with the one constant that will draw people in from all over the world – the extraordinary setting that they call home,” he said. The HALO Trust, which has been working in Angola since 1994, during which time it has destroyed more than 95,000 landmines and cleared 840 minefields, estimates that there is still more than one thousand minefields to be cleared, an area of 121 km2.The new investment, over five years, will fund the clearance of 153 minefields in the south-eastern province of Cuando Cubango inside two national parks, the Mavinga and the Luengue-Luiana.HALO estimates it will need a further $60 million to clear the rest.The 1997 Landmine Treaty, to which it is a signatory, pledges to clear all landmines by 2025.Jane Cooking, chief executive MAG, another international anti-landmine organisation, who took part in the panel discussion, spoke about Diana’s work. She said: “She was very frustrated that what she was doing was being misconstrued as a political issue, not a humanitarian one.”The point was the landmines treaty remains one of the rare pieces of international law where rather than everybody having to get on board, and you just end up with the lowest common denominator, a group of countries led by Canada said ‘scrap this, we are not going anywhere with this. This is not going to work. Those that are up for it, let’s just do it’ ‘ Diana, Princess of Wales, meets landmine victim Sandra Thijik in 1997Credit:Getty Prince Harry in Angola in 2013Credit:PA More than one million landmines were planted across the country during the conflict, decimating rural regions and rendering large areas of the country unsafe for both local people and animals including African elephants, lions, cheetahs and hundreds of species of birds. “That exercise showed me the importance of landmine clearance within a humanitarian emergency because, let’s not forget, land mines are a humanitarian issue NOT a political one.”Saying countries must not “leave a job left half done”, he added: “In fact I was told just the other day of the positive transformation in Huambo since my mother walked that minefield all those years ago. “What is less well-known is the impact landmines can have on conservation and wildlife, and therefore the economy.”He continued: “Angola is an important example of a country leading the way in clearing the remnants of war to secure a better future for its people and its environment – it has been a long journey, one full of heartache and frustration I’m sure, but now with the optimism and encouragement from your Government Minister, I truly believe that Angola will become a shining example to the rest of the continent.”The event included a major announcement about a new initiative between The HALO Trust and the government of Angola, who are investing $60 million to clear landmines surrounding the Angolan Okavango watershed.Organisers explained that large swathes of south-eastern Angola were ripe for eco-tourism but virtually inaccessible due to landmines, a legacy of the country’s bitter civil war that ended in 2002. His visit, which will likely see him accompanied in some capacity by the Duchess and his son Archie, will be a major tourism coup for the region, showing potential holidaymakers that the land is safe in echoes of his mother’s famous walk through the minefield.“This event is the culmination of a great effort by many people to progress the vital mission of de-mining Angola – and putting it back on the map as a tourist destination,” he said of the Chatham House event.He went on to reference the words of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997, when she was heavily criticised for her involvement in the issue of landmines and called a “loose cannon” by one British minister. “I’m not a political ﬁgure, nor do I want to be one,” she said then. “But I come with my heart, and I want to bring awareness to people in distress, whether it’s in Angola or any part of the world. The fact is I’m a humanitarian ﬁgure. Always have been and always will be.”Speaking today, the Duke said: “I first visited Chatham House in June 2017 to take part in a scenario planning exercise – some of you in the room today were here with me. The Duke of Sussex attends the Chatham House conferenceCredit:Chris Jackson “Princess Diana put her weight behind it. So all this diplomatic effort which had been going on for years, she really helped get it over the line.”We broke the rules and she broke to rules to do that wonderful thing.” read more
If there was any doubt left, Windows Phone 7 has just become an official mobile operating system. Yes, WP7 users are now able to head to the Marketplace, pony up $2.99, and start flinging avians at ovines. With hundreds of millions of players worldwide, the arrival of Angry Birds is kind of a big deal.Microsoft had actually spilled the beans about Rovio’s WP7 port ages ago, but quickly pulled the offending image down from its web servers. Later it was revealed that Angry Birds was indeed going to arrive at some point this spring or summer. As of the afternoon of June 28th, Angry Birds still didn’t appear in the Marketplace — but you could find it on your phone by tapping through to the games hub. Curiously, the Marketplace detail page lists its release date as May 27th, but that could just be a typo.AdChoices广告Windows Phone 7 users can help themselves to a free trial version, but I’m guessing at this point most people who have heard of the game won’t think twice about shelling out three bucks to install the full experience on their Microsoft-powered smartphones.The game certainly looks beautiful on my HTC Surround, and it’s every bit as enjoyable as it is to play on my Palm Pre, iPod touch, and HTC Incredible. You will, however, want to avoid bouncing between Angry Birds and other apps on WP7 until the Mango update arrives with its improved multitasking. Jumping back to your homescreen and resuming will cause the game to reload from scratch and you’ll find yourself staring at the Rovio logo and welcome screen all over again.More at Liveside read more
This coming Black Friday will offer up an abundance of deals including a new Flame Red 3DS with Super Mario 3D Land for $170. But if you can’t wait until the end of the week to get some cheap games, GOG has already started its Black Friday sale.The deal is a simple one: choose 5 games and only pay $10 for them. Unfortunately, it’s not GOG’s entire catalog of games on offer, but the selection is still pretty good nonetheless.In total, there are 20 games to choose from, including:Alan Wake’s American NightmareAnomaly Warzone EarthBlackwell BundleBotaniculaDarwiniaDefconGemini RueGeneforge 1-5Machinarium: Collector’s EditionMultiwiniaMutant MuddsResonanceSpacechemSymphonyThe BallTorchlightTo The MoonTrineUnmechanicalUplink: Hacker EliteThe sale is already running and will last for another 6 days (ends November 27 at 4:59am GMT) giving you plenty of time to choose your games wisely. Alternatively, you could view this as 10 games for $20 or even 20 games for $40 if you want them all. GOG dooesn’t let you select all the games, though, so you’ll have to make multiple purchases to get them all.The saving on your chosen 5 games is pretty substantial, and comes to around $40-$45. If there are games you want from that list, I doubt you’ll find them cheaper at the moment. If you already own the ones you want, GOG has another offer for a much more recent game. The quirky RPG The Real Texas by Kitty Lambda Games is being offered with an introductory discount of 40%, meaning you pay just $8.99 instead of the usual $14.99.More at GOG read more
Orange va lancer son quadruple-playFrance – L’opérateur Orange proposera prochainement des offres quadruple play, regroupant internet, téléphonies fixe et mobile, et télévision. Les prix s’échelonneront de 39,90 à 109,90 euros.Il aura fallu deux mois à Orange pour finaliser son offre. En juin, l’Arcep, autorité de régulation des télécommunications en France, l’autorisait à regrouper ses données clients mobiles et internet en vue d’une offre globale. Cinq formules permettront à l’opérateur de rivaliser avec ses concurrents, en l’occurrence Ideo de Bouygues Telecom et Illimythics Absolu de SFR. L’abonnement le moins cher serait évalué à 39,90 euros avec l’internet à 20 mega et une heure de communication mobile. Le tout illimité reviendrait lui à 109,90 euros par mois. France Telecom devrait rendre ces offres publiques dans une dizaine de jours.Le 10 août 2010 à 12:49 • Emmanuel Perrin read more
The interim coach is uncertain when the Barcelona superstar will return to play for the national teamAfter Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi was left out of the squad for Argentina’s next two friendly matches, his coach doesn’t know about his future.Interim coach Lionel Scaloni named his list of players for the matches against Guatemala and Colombia in the United States.But Scaloni doesn’t know when the Blaugrana footballer will return to play for the national team.“I talked to Messi and, based on that chat, he is not in the squad for these two matches,” Scaloni said in a report by Sportskeeda.“Honestly, we didn’t talk about what can happen in the future.”Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“We all know what he represents for us. I have a good relationship with him and we were both very clear,” he added.“He’s not in the squad and, in the future, we’ll see. We have more matches to play and we’ll see.”“It can’t be better for any coach in the world if Messi isn’t there… It would be most imprudent on my part to tell him to stay in Barcelona and not come [to the national team],” Scaloni explained.? Leo #Messi ?? The words of our captain ??? #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/qJYgPa1fIR— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 16, 2018 read more
RELATED POST: More Blood to Flow?Nielsen Business Media today announced an editorial reorganization at its Adweek Media Group that will combine content development and distribution for Adweek, Brandweek and Mediaweek magazines under one editorial organization.Eleven positions have been eliminated from the three magazines as a result of the reorganization, a Nielsen spokesperson told FOLIO:. The three chief editors of Adweek, Brandweek and Mediaweek—Mike Chapman, Todd Wasserman and Michael Burgi, respectively—will continue to lead their brands, Nielsen said in a statement posted on their Web site. Nielsen today also eliminated eight positions from its travel and performance and retail food group brands, the spokesperson said. Two weeks ago, Nielsen also laid off former Marketing y Medios senior editor Della DeLaFuente.”As choices facing those who engage in the purchase process of marketing and media services become more complex and diverse, marketers are implementing a broader number of solutions in the marketplace,” Sabrina Crow, Nielsen’s senior vice president of marketing, media and visual arts, said in the statement. “This new strategy strengthens our ability to report on more of those solutions and gather a more robust range of information relevant to our collective, but distinct audiences.”None of the products produced by the Adweek Media Group—including print magazines, Web sites and 15 e-newsletters—will be shuttered, the company said.Earlier this month, FOLIO: first reported Nielsen’s plans for an editorial reorganization across the company’s 40 brands. Nielsen has been undergoing a major staffing reduction since December 2006 when the company announced a restructuring plan that would eliminate 4,000 positions. Spearheaded by CEO David Calhoun, the initiative was created in hopes of transforming Nielsen into a more “successful and efficient enterprise.”Nielsen’s reorganization comes in the footsteps of a company-wide editorial restructuring at Source Media. In August, the b-to-b publisher said it would concentrate its more than 60 magazines into four business groups, and recasted editorial staffs for each of its individual brands, “pooling” editorial by market. read more
New Delhi : President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to the National Medical Commission Bill, 2019, which was passed by both Houses of Parliament, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Thursday. “It will be notified in the Gazette soon. After that, rules will framed and the NMC will be constituted subsequently. All these will be done within six months,” Vardhan said. “It is a huge and visionary reform in the medical education sector by the NDA government under the leadership of our visionary Prime Minister Narendra Modi-ji, and will prove to be a milestone in the years to come,” he said. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us The minister said it is a progressive legislation which will reduce the burden on students, ensure probity in medical education, bring down costs of medical education, simplify procedures, ensure quality education, and provide wider access to people to quality healthcare. “It is a game-changing reform of transformational nature. There have been protests by medical students and residents doctors and (I) have cleared their doubts and addressed all their queries. I am sure that under the NMC, medical education in the country will attain its zenith in the years to come,” he said. The NMC will be an overarching body, which will frame policies and coordinate activities of four autonomous boards. Also Read – War propaganda delays removal of internet restriction in Jammu and Kashmir Advertise With Us The NMC Act will repeal the Indian Medical Council Act 1956. The legislation provides for a common entrance examination for MBBS along with common counseling for all medical institutions in the country. “This provision will prevent seat blocking in parallel counseling processes and will eliminate the need for students to approach multiple colleges and take part in multiple counseling processes for admission. Advertise With Us This will save students and their families from unnecessary physical and financial trauma,” Vardhan said. Elaborating on some of the concerns voiced against the Bill, the minister said, “There are some apprehensions about NMC being dominated by central government nominees. This is not true. There will be 10 vice chancellors of state health universities and nine elected members of State Medical Councils in the NMC.” “Thus 19 out of 33 members, which is more than half of the total strength, would be from the states and only a minority of members will be appointed by the central government thereby ensuring that the NMC is representative, inclusive and respecting the federal structure of Indian polity,” he added. read more
Michael Stravato for The Texas TribuneA load of evacuees in the back of Chris Ginter’s monster truck in Houston on Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017. Ginter helped evacuate people from their flooded neighborhood near the Buffalo Bayou.If there is one consensus among city, county, and state officials it’s that flooding along the Buffalo and Brays bayous needs to be addressed.“This area has seen three, so called 500 year rain events in the past two years,” said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, discussing a 15-point flood prevention plan.Phil Bedient, director of Rice University’s Severe Storm Prediction Center, said because of choke points, water flow slows, and the bayous can no longer handle heavy rains.“The bayous only carrying about a ten-year flow, bank full. Anything beyond a ten-year, you get even to the 25-year, it goes out of banks and yeah you have backup all across Houston. You name the bayou and we have choke points,” Bedient said. So what’s the solution? That’s where opinions differ. Emmitt said the Army Corps of Engineers should complete projects that have stalled due to funding. State Senator Paul Bettencourt wants canals built which was actually part of a plan 75 years ago.Bedient said they weren’t constructed back then for two reasons. “Ran out of money and ran out of men. They went to war.” Bedient said canals are no longer feasible. Share read more
By Matthew Ritchie, Special to the AFROThe Baltimore office of the AFRO has a couple of new interns (myself included) who are fully prepared to grow and gain experience at the storied newspaper. This article introduces you to the other intern who I work with, Ty’rique Sims.Sims is a senior at Morgan State University in Baltimore, in addition to his internship. He has grown accustomed to the city during his time at Morgan. Baltimore is a stark departure for Sims because he hails from Somers Point, New Jersey, which he describes as “a small shore town.” Somers Point has a population of roughly 10,000 people.Ty’rique Sims is one of the AFRO’s latest interns. He is majoring in journalism at Morgan State University. (Photo by Matthew Ritchie)He left New Jersey to come to Morgan to pursue a degree in journalism. When asked why he chose this major, Ty’rique said, “My overall goal is to become a sports journalist. My love of sports led me to want to pursue a career in journalism.”Asked when he realized that being a journalist was the career for him, Sims said, “I realized journalism was something I wanted to do my senior year of high school. My English teacher said that I spoke and wrote well, and that I should think about a career in journalism.”This push from his English teacher, combined with his passion for sports, makes for an exciting concoction of drive and talent.Similar to me, he finds solace in the world of sports and wants to make it his career. “My love for sports and being an athlete growing up,” Sims said is part of his motivation. He was a three sport athlete, playing basketball, football, and baseball. He wants to report on sports because he doesn’t play anymore; he stopped once he got to college, looking to contribute to the sports world using his writing talent.When asked why he chose to apply for the internship he said, “I wanted to continue to gain more experience and work in a real newsroom.”He chose the perfect place to gain valuable, journalistic experience. “The AFRO is a staple in Baltimore,” he said. “To have an opportunity to learn and grow in the profession and add to their legacy was a no-brainer for me.”“My favorite aspect of journalism is interviewing people,” Sims said. “Whether it is for a good or bad reason, their story needs to be told and bringing it to light through broadcast or print is something that really excites me.” read more
The language of music transcends words and has the magic to forge friendships. One such occasion recently saw the parallel paths meeting, when Sarod virtuosos Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan played in the national Capital. Here are the excerpts from an exclusive interview with Amaan Ali Khan.How does it feel to become a part of such a great event?Someone from a different country is here and as an Indian, I’m very proud to present Indian Classical music. As a family, my father, Ayaan and I are privileged to play our music which is like a form of meditation to us and it gives us immense happiness seeing people enjoying our music. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What’s your take on the fact that taking Indian classical music and collaborating with artistes on the world platform is hugely contributing towards preserving India’s rich musical lineage and culture?The way I look at it, music for me is God’s language and it goes beyond any boundaries or barriers. Interacting and collaborating with different musicians and artistes around the world, according to me, is the only way of connecting with people today and exploring the diverse cultures of different countries. In music, there’s no treaty signed or norms to be followed but then there’s just the exchange of seven notes, which are like God’s speech and transcend above all. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix Do you think that somewhere we are getting devoid of that perennial genre of music? Have the musical preferences of the people, here and in abroad, changed along with time?As I said that interacting and performing with musicians across the world is a way of connecting and they too take it in the same way as we do. They (musicians and audiences) like collaborating with Indian artistes, which is not new for them. Also, I think classical music is coming back in vogue again because a lot of youngsters are connecting and associating with it. And then in events like these, I mean why would my father, Ayaan and I would be invited unless people (not only Indians but also foreigners) today would want to listen to our music and appreciate us. We are proud of what has come of our music and we can sense that people enjoy listening to our music, which is a great feeling. Your father has a very unique and special technique of playing the Sarod, do you, apart from following in his footsteps, abide by his techniques too?Well while you’re following someone very intently and learning from that person, automatically something comes out of it which is quite similar to what you have learned. But still you need to maintain your own essence and my father is very open to accept that, but on the other hand, yeah, I would want to perform just like him. Since you reach out to the younger generation, do you think that the present generation is losing out on the traditional touch of the Indian Classical Music and is exacerbating its condition by diversifying it too much?No no, not at all. Well fusion is something that I personally don’t agree to, to be very honest because I don’t believe in any genre losing its originality. And as far as Indian Classical Music is concerned, I know a lot of youngsters who are really connecting with this form and maintaining its essence, so classical music is on an up rise and is really receiving a great response from the present generation. read more
Conor McGregor recently tweeted out a photo of the giant mural in his training gym of him knocking out Floyd Mayweather. Although most people consider the painting wishful thinking, it’s still pretty bad ass to train in front of everyday.McGregor’s initial reaction to seeing the giant mural was caught on camera. He was into it.“F—-n hell.”
News | CT Angiography (CTA) | April 25, 2018 HeartFlow FFRct Analysis Added to ITP Payment Program in the U.K. Designation from NHS England meant to help drive adoption of the technology Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more 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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The HeartFlow Analysis was chosen as a new technology to be funded by ITP through a competitive process of nearly 300 applicants. It is the only ITP recipient focused on coronary artery disease (CAD), which affects 2.3 million people in the U.K., according to the British Heart Foundation.The goal of the ITP is to create the conditions necessary for proven innovations to be adopted faster and more systematically throughout the NHS. Through a competitive process, NHS England identified innovations where financial or procurement barriers were preventing widespread adoption, despite strong evidence that broader adoption would deliver efficiency and improve quality in healthcare. NHS England will provide reimbursement for usage of these technologies through the ITP program to support their adoption throughout the NHS.The ITP designation for the HeartFlow Analysis follows medical technology guidance issued by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in February 2017. The guidance recommended the HeartFlow Analysis as the most cost-effective option following a coronary computed tomography angiogram (CTA) when additional information is needed by the clinician for patients with stable chest pain. Additionally, NICE clinical guidelines recommend coronary CTA as the initial diagnostic test for most patients with stable chest pain.“For patients being assessed in a chest pain clinic with new onset chest pain, the most important focus is to first provide an accurate diagnosis as quickly as possible. It is ideal if we can avoid unnecessary invasive procedures, like angiograms, or prevent having to do multiple tests, one after the other. Most patients don’t actually have angina and so being able to reassure patients and avoid unnecessary tests is also really important,” said Andrew Wragg, M.D., consultant cardiologist, Barts Heart Centre. “Using the HeartFlow Analysis at the Barts Heart Centre helps us understand if a patient has a significant narrowing within their heart blood vessels by assessing its impact on the actual blood flow to the heart muscle. This enables us to make a more precise diagnosis and offer the most appropriate treatment. Many patients don’t require any extra tests and can be reassured. Other patients can be correctly identified for more invasive treatments. Also, the time to diagnosis is shorter and combined with avoiding unnecessary tests, this can potentially lead to important cost savings for both the hospital and wider healthcare system.”Clinicians diagnosing someone with suspected CAD want to know as definitively as possible if the individual has a significant blockage in their coronary arteries. They also want to know the impact of that blockage on blood flow so they can best determine which treatment pathway is appropriate (e.g., medical management, stenting or coronary artery bypass grafting).Data from a patient’s non-invasive coronary CTA are securely uploaded from the hospital’s system to the cloud. HeartFlow leverages deep learning to create a personalized, digital 3-D model of the patient’s coronary arteries. The HeartFlow Analysis then uses powerful computer algorithms to solve millions of complex equations to simulate blood flow and assess the impact of blockages on coronary blood flow. The HeartFlow FFRct Analysis is provided via a secure online interface to offer actionable information to enable clinicians to determine the optimal course of treatment.This technology has been demonstrated to reduce unnecessary and invasive diagnostic coronary angiography procedures, which can be associated with bleeding, stroke, major blood vessel damage and other serious complications. 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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. 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Costa Rica’s ongoing strike hits tourism industry hard The dialogue between the government and public sector unions that aimed to end the general strike stalled this Monday. There were mutual accusations of inflexibility between the parties, which are preparing to resume talks another day.The fifth session of dialogue, held Monday and mediated by the Catholic church, ended at around midnight with accusations. Both parties were nowhere closer to ending the strike that started Sept. 10 against a proposed tax-reform bill.The Labor Minister, Steven Núñez, who is leading the government delegation, accused the block of public sector unions of rejecting the path drafted with the church’s support to start negotiations on tax reform. Unions and government start talks to end strike In the same tone, the union coalition said in a statement that “the government was not able, till this day, to reach agreements.”The workers’ representatives proposed inviting the leaders of other legislative factions to participate in negotiating a new tax reform.The reform seeks to contain an increasing deficit in public accounts that reached 6.2 percent of the gross domestic product (Gross domestic product) of last year and is going to reach 7.2 percent of the gross domestic product this year without the plan, according to the Central Bank of Costa Rica (BCCR).The unions claim that the discussed project is onerous for the sectors of lower incomes, although the government argues that 80 percent of the new taxes will fall on the richest 20 percent. Facebook Comments In a statement released Tuesday, the government said that the rejected path aimed to take advantage of a deadline granted by the legislative process where agreements on fiscal issues could be reached in the form of decrees, guidelines, regulations and other administrative measures.The government insisted that unions should stop the strike during these negotiations. The strike has provoked road blockades, class suspensions in schools and universities, and disruptions in hospitals and state clinics.“Despite the government’s efforts to reach a consensus, the unions gave a resounding no to this path of dialogue and understanding,” the official statement said. Related posts:Unions and government start talks to end strike Costa Rican government seeks agreement with unions to end strike Cats march through streets, rats scared, milk supply runs low General strike enters second week; Legislative Assembly starts discussing tax-reform read more
Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project But Portugal is scrapping its long-standing rent controls in one of the government’s most radical economic and social reforms since the ailing country needed a (EURO)78 billion bailout last year, when it was engulfed by Europe’s financial crisis. Critics say the anticipated rent hikes from next month could price thousands of families out of their homes. At the very least, the change _ aimed at boosting and modernizing the economy _ will add to the financial burden on those struggling to cope with pay cuts and tax hikes designed to ease the country’s crippling debt load.“I’m already having trouble paying (EURO)100,” says Dourado. “I don’t want charity. I’ve worked all my life. I shouldn’t have to beg for anything.”The new rent law casts aside protections that date from the early 1900s, and are seen as one of the reasons for Portugal’s economic decay. It’s all part of a plan to jettison a way of life that has been handcuffed to the past, holding back the dynamism needed to put the nation on the path of growth. The measure, long delayed due to its political toxicity, also illustrates how Europe’s financial crisis is snatching away old certainties and expectations _ in this case, over something as basic as having a roof over your head. Associated PressLISBON, Portugal (AP) – The peaceful retirement of Teresa Dourado is about to be shattered.The 77-year-old widow raised two children with her husband in their fourth-floor apartment behind Lisbon’s Campo Pequeno bull-ring. It has been the family home since 1966. Living alone there now among black-and-white photographs of her children and with her husband’s framed paintings, she pays a controlled rent of (EURO)100 ($128) a month. That just about allows her to get by on her monthly pension of (EURO)414. Sponsored Stories “It’s an absurd situation,” Gago da Graca said. “This is a prime, sought-after area.”For Dourado, the elderly widow, times are hard and will likely get harder.She vows to keep fighting the center-right government’s policies, joining street demonstrations that have become almost a weekly event.“They’re not getting me out of here,” she says of her home, and adds a dark threat: “If I have to go I’ll go through the window, not the door.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) That is also a key to the mystery of downtown Lisbon’s shabby charm. It’s a western European capital trapped in 100-year-old laws that deny landlords the income to refurbish decaying buildings. Portugal’s National Statistics Institute, in a report last year, bluntly stated the consequences: “Lisbon can be used as a textbook case on how to destroy a city without bombing it,” it said.Luis Menezes Leitao, president of the Lisbon Property Owners’ Association, a national body with some 10,000 members, notes that foreigners find the old law hard to believe. Some people in central Lisbon, he says, pay as little as (EURO)5 a month in rent.“This had to be done sooner or later,” Menezes Leitao said of the legal changes. “Economically speaking, it’s unsustainable.”Examples of what he calls “a gigantic distortion of the market” are not hard to find.Susana Paiva’s family owns a building on Lisbon’s central Rossio square which is partly occupied by a hotel. The building’s estimated real estate value is (EURO)4.5 million, which at market prices should bring in about (EURO)30,000 a month in rent. But the 34-room hotel, whose room prices start at around (EURO)150 and rise to almost double that, pays her just (EURO)633 a month. The rental contract dates from 1919. Top Stories Comments Share Portugal’s rent controls aren’t unique in Europe. Germany and the Netherlands, for example, also place some modest limits on rent increases. But their laws are nowhere near as old, comprehensive and rigid as in Portugal, where lifelong contracts with minimal, inflation-linked rent hikes have been handed down through generations.The government says the new law contains safeguards for low earners. Increases in the rents paid by people like Dourado will be limited to between 10-25 percent over the next five years before full liberalization.Even so, the scale of the threat to many residents is huge. Last year’s national census showed about 250,000 families are in houses with old contracts, which will now come up for price review. That’s about 1 million people _ or almost 10 percent of the population.Romao Lavadinho, president of the Lisbon Tenants’ Association, has held dozens of public meetings to explain the new law to worried tenants. In one, hundreds of people packed into Lisbon’s Sao Jorge cinema on the capital’s main avenue.“People are in a terrible state of anxiety,” said Lavadinho, whose association has around 20,000 paying members. It’s not just low earners who are nervous, he says _ lawyers, teachers and architects are among those turning up at meetings. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The change in rent laws was one of the steps demanded in return for the financial lifeline provided by foreign lenders. They identified rent controls as one of the handicaps keeping Portugal mired in stagnation. Similarly, their insistence on labor reforms is taking away long-standing entitlements, such as jobs for life, which choked development, consigning Portugal to low growth and mounting debt. These are precisely the kinds of measures that have triggered massive protests across Europe in recent years, raising questions about the viability of the European project.The goal of the new law is to free up rental accommodation, making it easier for workers to seek jobs around the country. It also aims to help people avoid racking up mortgage debt; put prime real estate to more productive uses; encourage owners to renovate buildings that are crumbling because they don’t earn enough rent money; and provide work for hard-up construction companies.Rent controls have long enabled those on a low income to live cheaply in one of western Europe’s poorest countries. The minimum salary, earned by more than 600,000 workers, is (EURO)485 ($624) a month before tax. The average salary is around (EURO)800 ($1,030). That compares with the U.S. minimum wage of $1,317 a month and an average monthly wage of $3,500. The vital role family plays in society Paiva has one word to describe that: “ridiculous.”She says the old-fashioned mom-and-pop stores which still abound in the area around her building are surviving only because they pay a handful of euros in rent per month. In effect, landlords are subsidizing businesses, she says.“Low rents for businesses are pernicious in the 21st century,” Paiva said. “It means that the people running them don’t need to modernize, find new markets, become more competitive.”By contrast, the Lisbon Commercial Association, which represents the capital’s shopkeepers, predicts the new law will bring “dramatic consequences” as stores, suddenly at the mercy of market forces, shut down and add to the country’s record unemployment rate of 15.9 percent.Elsewhere in the center of town, a seven-story apartment building owned by Jose Gago da Graca’s family offers another bizarre example.The tenant in apartment 2E pays (EURO)196 a month rent for a three-bedroom apartment. The occupant of 2D, across the hall, pays (EURO)1,600 a month for an identical second-floor flat.That’s because the elderly widow in 2E has been there since 1962 and her faded blue rental contract guarantees her tenancy in perpetuity, with controls on the initial rent which was the equivalent of (EURO)14. Her neighbor, who recently moved in when the previous occupant moved out, pays the market price. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix The rent reform hits as Portuguese struggle with other woes.The cost of living has climbed, even as incomes have fallen sharply due to the country’s austerity drive. The sales tax on gas and electricity, for instance, has jumped to 23 percent from 6 percent, leaving people short for other expenses.A wholesale reassessment of property values by the tax authorities will establish by how much landlords can begin to charge their tenants. Lavadinho notes that step will also hurt the middle class. In apartment blocks along Lisbon’s main avenues, he reckons, rents could jump from (EURO)200-300 a month to (EURO)1,000.The main thrust of the new law is to unfreeze pre-1990 rental contracts. Those contracts still come under a 1910 law that, in the turmoil following the end of the Portuguese monarchy and the establishment of a Republic, sought to contain inflation. It stipulated that the initial rent could be increased only by a government-decreed annual rate, usually just a few percent.Mindful that there are more tenants than landlords, and eyeing their electoral prospects, governments have long shied away from changing the law to any meaningful extent. The result: 150,000 households currently pay less than (EURO)50 in monthly rent, some of them in prime real estate areas, according to census data. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches read more
On if he likes playing against the Seahawks with their playoff aspirations at stake:“I don’t think it changes our approach. That might motivate you a little bit more, but at the end of the day, we’re professionals. We’re paid to do a job, and we need to go out there and fulfill that. Now, the icing on the cake might be trying to spoil them and their chances to go to the playoffs, but at the end of the day, I don’t think that’s the biggest thing that we’re playing for.”On if he’d return as a “bridge” quarterback and mentor a younger quarterback should Palmer retire:“At this point, you could play a lot of what-ifs. So, I’m not going to go down that road. Today, we’ve got to focus on the end of this year, and like I’ve said before, I’ve gone through this a couple of times. At the end of the day, that’s the time to be selfish. When the offseason hits and you’re a free agent, and right now I’m not. So, I’ll worry about that when the time comes.”On if there’s something especially challenging for him with the noise at CenturyLink Field:“I think just communicating our hots and sights. That’s a big factor for us, being able to be on the same page with those guys. I remember going up there a few years ago and being like, ‘I want to try and yell as loud as I can.” I couldn’t even hear myself in the huddle, let alone try and break the huddle and get out there.” TEMPE, Ariz. — The season finale is nearly here for the Arizona Cardinals and it isn’t with the starting quarterback they expected.After Blaine Gabbert got his chance, Drew Stanton is closing out the last two games of the season for Arizona, including the finale in Seattle. With help from the Cardinals’ media relations staff, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following practice. On a lot of teams implementing Seattle’s defensive system and if the Seahawks still do it the best:“Without a doubt. They do it so well because of who they have personnel-wise. They try and replicate it, and I can only talk about the experience that I’ve had against the teams that I’ve played that run similar systems.”But, those guys are special just because of the dynamic personnel that they have at each level – all three levels – as far as getting after the quarterback. Two linebackers as good as you’ll find, a duo, in the league.”And then on the backend, having a ball hawk like Earl (Thomas) is something that you always have to be aware of where he is, because he’s not just going to be sitting in the middle of the field letting you take everything you want.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires So, we’re prepared for that. We’re fully prepared for an onslaught of noise for the entire game. We’ll try and mix in noise the next couple of days to really hone in on those things, those specific things that we’re looking for and the looks, and just go out there and try and win one-on-one matchups.”On what he has taken away from working with Palmer over the last five years:“That’s a really broad question. That’s a lot of time, too. Five years is an eternity for an NFL quarterback room to stay together. I just think his approach, the way he approaches the game, his mentality, his preparation, everything.”I’ve got a lot of respect for him, probably as much as anybody that I’ve ever played with, and genuinely look up to him on and off the football field. He taught me a lot about being a father and what the balance is like, being able to put your family first, but when you step in here in these walls, everything is football-oriented.”So, finding all of those things, I’m so thankful for the time we’ve had together and being able to learn from him and take a lot away from him.”On how close he will be with Palmer after both retire from football: “I don’t know. I don’t hunt. So, I don’t know. I don’t like being cold now that I moved here. So, I don’t think you’re going to find me in Idaho too often. I grew up in Michigan. I grew up in Michigan. I don’t need to go back to the cold. I know what it’s like.”On what WR Larry Fitzgerald has been able to accomplish in 2017:“It’s remarkable You look at him at his age and what he’s able to do and go out there and produce. People know we’re trying to get the ball in his hands. He’s so dynamic when you get the ball in his hands and being able to do that. People have tried to find different ways to contain him.”In certain games, it just seems like the ball was constantly going to him, and that was case in point last week. But, I think the nice thing about him is he does all that grunt work, as I’ve alluded to, so he should reap the benefits. He’s in there doing it.”I just wish we could get everybody on the same page with that because it sometimes feels like the scale’s tilted in his favor, but those other guys are out there doing their part and really dictating a lot of coverage, as well, with J.J. (Nelson) and Smoke (John Brown) being able to take the top off of coverages and let him work underneath.” “I don’t know. I think that there’s a lot of different reasons why. You could point your finger at a few different things, but it usually comes down to who can run the football. That Thursday night game that they were here earlier in the year, we didn’t make enough plays offensively.”Our defense played fantastic. We did some stuff, and that’s just the way that it goes unfortunately. Going up there, you look at Carson’s (Palmer) history up there, he’s played phenomenally well. I think the only time we lost up there maybe was when I played.”On QB Carson Palmer throwing four interceptions in the 2013 road win over Seattle:“Well, I’m sure he remembers the victory, not the four picks.”On if he can take anything away from what Palmer has done against the Seahawks in Seattle:“I think each game’s different. That’s a different team that we’re facing up there, and we’re a different team now. Each year, especially when you get to this point in the season, they’ve got a lot left to play for.”They’re trying to win that final playoff spot, and so we know what we’re going up against – a really good defense with a lot of really good football players that we need to be prepared for and try and find a way to score one more point at the end of the game.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo On if starting at CenturyLink Field is different than other stadiums:“Yeah, it definitely is. Noise and communication is of the utmost importance, and when they limit that because of how much it can affect it, you have to take the necessary steps throughout the course of the week to be able to prepare for that.”On games against Seattle coming down to one big play and if that puts more pressure on a player:“I feel like that’s any game. Maybe it’s one or two plays in this game, though. I think in a typical NFL game, you’ll see four or five plays, whether or not you make it or it’s made on you. This one typically comes down to one or two because we know what we’re getting when we go up against them.”They know that we’re going to try and run the football, and they’re going to try and stop it. And we need to do our part offensively. Sometimes, it’s a field game battle – or a field position battle – and you’re getting there trying to set yourself up and be smart. I’ve got to do a good job of taking care of the ball and putting us in the best possible situation to move down the field and get points.”On why the Cardinals and Seahawks have been successful playing at each other’s stadiums: 0 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact read more
Renewed calls to update archaic swimming pool regulationsLast summer, the private apartment complex, the Royal Seacrest in Kato Paphos, fell victim to Cyprus’ overly stringent regulations on swimming pools and had to close one of its major attractions.Barring a miracle, summer 2019 promises more of the same: swimming will be banned.The Royal Seacrest is a 104-apartment complex with two communal pools. Most of the apartments are used by holiday makers and only three owners and a handful of long-term renters live at the complex full time.There was no warning that the two pools, which are separated by a bridge, may not be ‘legal’ until the municipality turned up to do an inspection last August. They told stunned owners the complex didn’t have the necessary swimming pool operating licence because the pools are regarded as public ones.“This might be their definition, but it is only for use of our complex,” said Eoin Morgan, owner of one of the apartments and chairman of the complex’s management committee.Authorities recognise only two types of pools. Private pools are those at a house that exclusively serves the needs of the family living there and their guests. Public pools are all other types, including shared pools catering for complexes like the Royal Seacrest. As such they are bound by the welter of regulations one would expect for obviously public facilities such as municipal swimming pools.This means separate changing and shower rooms for men and women, drinking water fountains, foot baths and independent water analysis.The list goes on.“We also need a sanitation certificate, three lifeguards, a health and safety supervisor and a responsible person, and this cannot be a committee or association under the law,” said Morgan.“In the unfortunate case of a drowning, this person can be liable for criminal negligence and could be prosecuted. This is a big stumbling block for us.”He added that it is also impossible to find a lifeguard as they are in high demand and even Paphos municipality struggles to employ enough for their needs.The Royal Seacrest pools are deemed public and are subject to strict regulationsSuch stipulations all add up to thousands of euros in extra costs each year and has long led to calls for changes to the swimming pool law so that they are in line with more generous EU regulations.Cyprus’ current swimming pool regulations date back to 1992.“All swimming pools are regulated by the legislation and those not complying are in the process for legal action,” said Christos Christou, Paphos municipality’s public health Inspector.Measures taken by the municipality vary depending on the seriousness of violations. They include both temporary and permanent closure of pools.“There are also provisions to take the case to the court,” he said.He said that municipal health inspectors visited almost all of the ’public’ pools within the municipal boundaries in 2018 and discovered that more than 170 were not covered by any pool licence.“The absence of lifeguard, no building permits or a certificate of final approval and so on, means that the municipal services are obliged to take the owners or managers to court,” he said.Paphos municipality is following the law and local authorities have to implement the legislation, he said.“So whether the legislation is against the European one or there are problems arising from the implementation, this is nothing to do with the municipality.”Christou added that swimming pools operating at hotels or large projects normally have an operating licence and no serious deficiencies were identified during the inspections of 2018.Peyia councillor, Linda Leblanc, told the Cyprus Mail that she has long been campaigning to get Cyprus legislation to differentiate between private yet communal pools and those clearly open to the public at large.She said the process to change the law should be easy enough as EU standards differentiate between pool use and does not allow for just two ‘types’ of pools as Cyprus does.“I have been lobbying for this law to be changed for years and now it’s time to bring it up again. Cyprus has an obligation to adopt the EU regulations and I have been campaigning for this since 2007,” she told the Cyprus Mail.Extensive requirements need to be met in order to be granted a licence, and most communal pools in Cyprus fall short of meeting them. It includes particular construction requirements and facilities, a qualified lifeguard on duty and a professional pool maintenance supervisor. The lifeguard, for each pool, must be on duty at all times during the pool’s operating hours.But under EU standards, complexes that share a swimming pool for the use by the property owners, their guests and families are classed as a Type 3 swimming pool. This means it is covered by different standards to that of a public swimming pool.“It wouldn’t require lifeguards and the other stipulations.”Under this European standard, ‘public’ pools are defined as “open to everyone or to a defined group of users, not solely for the owner’s/proprietor’s/operator’s family and guests independently from paying an entrance fee”.Twelve years ago, Leblanc, along with members of the Cyprus Property Action Group, wrote a letter to the then minister of the interior raising the issue, which she has brought up intermittently since, but as yet, nothing has happened.In the meantime, Peyia municipality has taken an easier line than Paphos. After discussion with the mayor, Marinos Lambrou, Leblanc was assured that no prosecutions of communal pools in Peyia would be made.“The mayor and council and very aware of the situation and something need to be done, this law needs to be amended urgently, the law is used all over Europe.”None of which helps Morgan and others like him.The complex’s committee decided it had no choice but to close the Royal Seacrest’s pools, surrounding them with locked fencing, which cost 7,500 euros, and a large sign reading ‘Swimming strictly prohibited’. Owners were informed that it would remain closed until a licence is obtained which under current legislation seems a highly unlikely outcome.“It’s not that we don’t want to comply with the law, we do, but it seems impossible to do so and the cost is astronomical. The start of the season is fast approaching and we can’t see a light at the end of the tunnel,” Morgan said, adding that many of the apartment owners rely on income from renting out their proprieties.Around one thousand visitors went through the complex during the high season last year and he said many won’t return because the pool is closed, although tantalisingly full of water and maintained.“This will have a real impact on tourism if it continues, especially businesses nearby,” he said.“We estimate that our communal fees would have to increase at least a 25 per cent to be able to comply with all of the requirements.”Morgan said that despite numerous ‘polite’ meetings with the municipality, their position is that the law is followed. He said he is aware that many other people are flouting the law and their pools remain open, but since the committee has been made aware of the requirements, they wouldn’t take that stance.“Imagine if we ignored the law and something happened.”Green party MP, Charalambous Theopemptou, told the Cyprus Mail that no new legislation has recently been discussed at Parliament.“The issue has been discussed for more than a decade and draft regulations were proposed but nothing came of it,” he said. A petition calling for a fair and reasonable review of the swimming pool regulations for apartment complexes and resorts was set up last August. It has so far garnered over 4,400 signatures but needs another 4,000 to ensure that the government will investigate the matter. 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