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AwardWinning WriterProducer Dennis Heaton to Lead Story Room for the 2017 BellAwardWinning WriterProducer Dennis Heaton to Lead Story Room for the 2017 Bell

first_imgDennis Heaton at the 18th annual Leo Awards in downtown Vancouver on June 5, 2016. The Leos celebrate excellence in British Columbia film and television. MARK VAN MANEN/PNG Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Dennis Heaton is an award-winning writer and producer whose work spans multiple genres and formats, from animation to live-action, web series to feature film, half hour comedy to hour-long drama. Heaton is currently executive producing and writing for Ghost Wars, a new horror series for SyFy and Netflix. Heaton recently completed showrunning the internationally renowned police procedural Motive. His additional live-action credits include Call Me Fitz, The Listener, JPod, Blood Ties and the feature film Fido. When not working on live-action projects, Heaton sneaks off to write episodes of animated shows, create web series and write and direct short film projects. Motive and Call Me Fitz have both received multiple Canadian Screen Awards nominations, including Best Drama Series and Best Comedy Series, respectively, which Call Me Fitz won in 2014. Heaton has also been nominated for four Gemini Awards, four WGC Screenwriting Awards (winning for his Yvon of the Yukon animation script, “The Trouble With Mammoths”) and nine Leo Awards (of which he won five). His 2009 web series, My Pal, Satan, won Best Web Series and Best Theme Song at the New York Television Festival. His 2006 short film, Head Shot, premiered in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival, won Best Canadian Short Film at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, and went on to play in film festivals around the world. Heaton has multiple projects in development, including Damage Control, a new police procedural with Lark, NBCU and Corus Entertainment, and the feature comedy Larry’s Awesome Kegger, which he hopes will be his directorial debut.The Bell Media Prime Time TV Program, presented in association with ABC Signature Studios, delivers a real-world story room experience and an intense professional and project development process for six TV writers a year. The program has attracted some of Canada’s most prolific and successful showrunners to lead the story room as Executive Producer in Residence, including Michael MacLennan, Graeme Manson, Avrum Jacobson, Peter Mohan, Shelley Eriksen, Karen Walton and Brad Wright. Alumni of the program have gone on to create their own series and write for hit TV series, including Tara Armstrong, whose is currently in production on Season 2 of her series Mary Kills People (Global TV); Andrew De Angelis, whose first comedy series, What Would Sal Do?, aired on CraveTV in March 2017; Blain Watters, who wrote for Season 1 of Between (Netflix); and Karen Nielsen, who is set to write an episode of the next X-Files revival season. The program also helped develop smash-hit Emmy Award-winning series Orphan Black, which recently saw its series finale, in the 2008 story room, and Travelers, whose second season is set to premiere this Fall on Netflix, began its development during the 2014 Prime Time TV Program.The 2017 Bell Media Prime Time TV Program participants will be announced in the coming weeks, with the program getting officially underway on September 18, 2017. To learn more about the program, please visit: Media links Twitter Toronto  – The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) and Bell Media are pleased to welcome renowned writer/producer Dennis Heaton as the Executive Producer in Residence of the 2017 Bell Media Prime Time TV Program, presented in association with ABC Signature Studios. From September to December 2017, Heaton will lead the story room as well as the soon-to-be-announced television writers selected to participate in this year’s program as they work together to develop Heaton’s original series.“We are thrilled to welcome such a pedigreed writer and producer to the helm of the 2017 Bell Media Prime Time TV Program,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. “This program has proven to be an invaluable asset to developing our country’s screenwriting talent. There is no doubt that Dennis’ leadership, talent, and wealth of experience will provide vital tools to this year’s participants.”“I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to work with the CFC as the Executive Producer in Residence for the Bell Media Prime Time TV Program,” added Heaton. “The CFC has long been an integral component in my development as a writer. Almost 20 years ago, the Prime Time’s predecessor, the Writer’s Bootcamp, first exposed me to the myriad of opportunities a working screenwriter has at their disposal. Then the Pilot Program gave me hands-on experience writing and executive producing a multi-episode series (My Pal, Satan). And the CFC’s Bell Media Showrunner Bootcamp was an Oz-like peek behind the curtain into the secret machinations of the television industry. Simply put, my career would not be what it is without the assistance and support of the CFC, and I’m proud to be able to pay it forward with the next generation of Canadian storytellers.”center_img About CFCThe Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is a charitable organization whose mission is to invest in and inspire the next generation of world-class Canadian content creators and entrepreneurs in the screen-based entertainment industry. A significant economic and cultural driver in Canada and beyond, CFC delivers a range of multi-disciplinary programs and initiatives in film, television, music, screen acting, and digital media, which provides industry collaborations, strategic partnerships, and business and marketplace opportunities for talent and participants. For more information, visit Bell MediaBell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 30 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 105 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral Out of Home with a network of more than 30,000 advertising faces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with its CraveTV and GO video streaming services; operates multi-channel network Much Digital Studios; produces live theatrical shows via its partnership with Iconic Entertainment Studios; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit ABC Signature StudiosABC Signature Studios is ABC Studios’ boutique division spearheading development and production in premium and basic cable as well as digital platforms. Signature is currently in production on two half-hour comedy series: “SMILF” for Showtime from Frankie Shaw who wrote, directed and will star, and the “black-ish” spin-off, “grown-ish” from creator/EP Kenya Barris for Freeform starring Yara Shahidi. Marvel Television and ABC Signature Studios are in production on three new series including “Marvel’s Runaways” for Hulu, “Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger,” and “Marvel’s New Warriors” for Freeform. Signature’s previous series include “Guerrilla,” “Dead of Summer,” “Blood & Oil,” “Benched,” and the Emmy-nominated HBO film “Confirmation,” starring Kerry Washington and Wendell Pierce. Facebook Advertisement  @cfccreates cfccreates @ABCStudios @abcnetwork Login/Register With:last_img read more

Two teens arrested after auto theft and a pursuitTwo teens arrested after auto theft and a pursuit

Two 15-year-old Burlington boys were arrested after two vehicles were stolen, and one of them refused to stop during a police chase.Halton police were called to 1300 Maple Crossing Blvd. In Burlington around 3 a.m. on Sunday after a complaint was received about a possible stolen pickup truck.The two boys were seen driving the truck then leaving it in the middle of the road.Police located the pickup truck and arrested one of the teens.Police continued to search the area when an officer saw a red Dodge Caravan speeding down Ghent Avenue with a man behind the wheel.The officer attempted to stop the driver, but eventually discontinued the chase because the fleeing vehicle being driven posed a risk to public safety.Police later found the Dodge Caravan abandoned on Hager Avenue and it was determined to have been stolen from 1300 Maple crossing Blvd.The second teen was located and arrested later in the day.The first teen is charged with possession of property obtained by crime over $5000 and the second was charged with possession of property obtained by crime over $5000 (two counts), dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and flight while pursued by peace officer.The two teens were released on bail and will appear in Milton youth court on June 21st.Anyone with information is asked to contact the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 Ext. 2385.Tips can also be sent to read more

Southwest Airlines posts firstquarter profit on onetime gains from fuel hedgingSouthwest Airlines posts firstquarter profit on onetime gains from fuel hedging

by News Staff Posted Apr 19, 2012 5:44 pm MDT Southwest Airlines posts first-quarter profit on one-time gains from fuel hedging AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DALLAS – Southwest Airlines Co. is worried that the days of easy fare increases are over.The airline had a surprisingly good first quarter, helped by a 5 per cent increase in the average ticket — part of a three-year trend of higher prices at Southwest, which carries more U.S. passengers than any other airline.But Southwest’s planes were a bit less crowded than a year ago, and CEO Gary Kelly acknowledged Thursday he’s concerned that some passengers are resisting higher fares.Southwest reported net income of $98 million, helped by gains from hedging contracts designed to blunt the pain of higher jet fuel prices.Without those fuel-hedging gains, which are like insurance against spikes in fuel prices, and other one-time items, Southwest would have lost $18 million, or 2 cents per share. Still, that was better than analysts expected. They predicted a loss of 5 cents per share, according to FactSet.Quarterly revenue rose 29 per cent to $3.99 billion, reflecting the company’s bigger size since it bought AirTran Airways last year.The results buoyed Southwest shares, which haven’t enjoyed many good days in recent weeks. The stock rose 34 cents, or 4.3 per cent, to close at $8.23 on Thursday. The shares had fallen 21 per cent since breaking above $10 in early February, about the time that fear over rising fuel prices came to a head.Spot prices for jet fuel haven’t changed much since early February, but they jumped 10 per cent in the first part of the year. Fuel was Southwest’s biggest expense, at $1.5 billion — an increase of $472 million, or 45.5 per cent from a year ago. The size of the jump was partly due to the bigger fleet it has with AirTran under its wing.With fuel costs rising, airlines have been boosting fares for more than a year. At the same time, however, Southwest and others run frequent sales to fill seats.The result: The average one-way fare on Southwest and AirTran rose to $146.44 during the first quarter, up 5 per cent in one year and 30 per cent since the first quarter of 2008, when fuel prices were also hurting airlines.Southwest reported a gain in revenue for every mile flown by passengers, a closely watched statistic in the airline business, although it was less than at some other airlines. Southwest also said that April passenger traffic and ticket bookings were solid.But planes were a tick less full than during the first quarter of last year. Kelly said the 1 percentage point dip in occupancy wasn’t alarming — a 5-point drop would be, he added — but he confessed concern.“It does suggest that there is some resistance by some consumers to higher fares,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press. Airlines need to cover their fuel costs, “which is putting pressure on us to raise fares more than we think is wise.”Southwest chief financial officer Laura Wright said last month that each successive fare hike raises less money. Southwest has so far declined to match fare increases imposed this week by Delta, United and American, another indication of the company’s unease about higher prices.Kelly declined to discuss specific pricing decisions, but he said if fuel prices just stay at current levels — even though very high by historical measures — the rest of the year should be more profitable than the first quarter.Airlines have been able to raise prices because they have strictly controlled the supply of seats by limiting flights. Airline CEOs say they have matched the supply with demand, which has been slow to recover from the recession that began in 2007.The hope at Southwest and other airlines is that passengers will keep paying, the peak summer travel season will be a hit, and most airlines will finish the year with a profit. Analysts expect Southwest to earn 42 cents per share this year.Also on Thursday, American Airlines parent AMR Corp. reported a first-quarter loss of $1.66 billion due largely to costs of its bankruptcy restructuring. Without those and other items, AMR said it would have lost $248 million. Revenue rose 9.1 per cent, and revenue per mile jumped 10.3 per cent, double the rate at Southwest.And Alaska Air Group Inc. reported a profit of $40.8 million, or 56 cents per share, down from $74.2 million, or $1.01 per share, a year ago.___Follow David Koenig at read more

OpEd Govts flipflop on GuySuCo continuesOpEd Govts flipflop on GuySuCo continues

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related$30B injection could have kept sugar industry going without any job losses- PPPMarch 29, 2018In “Business”Op-Ed: The Bitter Struggle for Sweet SugarJanuary 5, 2018In “Opinion”PPP, APNU quarrel over sugar sector realitiesSeptember 1, 2014In “Politics” Below in an opinion piece by Attorney-at-Law, Member of Parliament and former Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall:The APNU/AFC continues to be ambivalent in its approach to the sugar industry. While in opposition they bemoaned that the sugar industry is a “drain on the treasury”, that it is not “feasible” nor “viable”, that investing in sugar is pouring money down a “black hole”.Yet, in Government, they claim that they pumped 32 billion dollars into the sugar industry, as subsidies, between 2015-2017. By 2018, they have nothing to show for this massive financial injection into the industry.They still ended up closing five sugar estates and dismissing close to ten thousand sugar workers. The Clive Thomas Board at GuySuCo must explain what use was made of this 32 billion dollars and what value did the industry yield from this massive monetary intervention; or, if this 32 billion dollars was ever injected into the industry as subsidies, in the first place, as claimed by the Government or, was diverted or stolen. The sugar workers and taxpayers as a whole, need answers to these questions. The story simply does not add up.It is public knowledge, that all of GuySuCo’s assets were transferred to the Special Purposes Unit (SPU), established by NICIL.No one has yet explained what is the status of Guysuco’s liabilities. Apart from monies owed to the Guyana Revenue Authority, the National Insurance Scheme, Guyana Water Inc, GuySuCo owes billions of dollars to private contractors and suppliers.GuySuCo also guaranteed loans at commercial banks for several private cane-farmers. Someone needs to explain how these debts are going to be liquidated. Some are the subject of pending litigation.This fact was known to GuySuCo. Yet, the assets of GuySuCo were surreptitiously siphoned away and placed in another entity, beyond the reach of these creditors. This is neither fair nor lawful.Genuinely acquired debts must be repaid. Some of these creditors are already on the brink of bankruptcy because of GuySuCo’s refusal to pay them. This angle will have to be developed in another article.From the outset, the PPP expressed its confidence in the sugar industry and its optimism about the industry’s long term future. The PPP has consistently called for a scientific approach to the sector, including, an impact-based assessment on the effect of closure, as well as a plan which relates to the future of the industry, including the necessary adjustments that have to be made at the level of management as well as operations, and inclusive as well, of a component which explores various diversification options.The Government continues to ignore this approach and prefers one that is adhoc and based upon the caprice and fancy of a few, without any input from the Opposition, or the trade unions, or the workers. This existing lack of transparency and rudderless strategy which is being pursued will only lead to greater problems.The flip-flop approach to GuySuCo produced, last week, a statement from the SPU which indicated that 30 billion dollars, in the form of loans, has been secured from commercial banks with, Republic Bank Limited, being specifically named.While I welcome the needed financial investment in the sector, I am deeply worried that the flawed model of financing coupled with the lack of transparency and a clear policy directive can result in untold damage to the long term future of the industry.No one has explained how the same industry which the APNU/AFC, claimed was not feasible nor viable, is suddenly now suitably qualified for a financial injection of 30 billion dollars.We need to know what has brought about this complete change of heart. These arbitrary paradigm shifts are indicative of a government that is absolutely lacking in policy guidelines and a defined macro-economic framework. It leads to the ineluctable conclusion that the Government is managing the affairs of this nation on a day to day basis and without any discernible developmental plan.Fiduciary dutyIt is reasonable to assume that since the monies are loaned from commercial banks, the terms of repayment and the rates of interest are not concessionary. I am informed that the massive asset base of GuySuCo is being used as collateral security for this loan.Yet, there is no disclosure of what use will be made of this money, what objectives will be achieved by this massive financial injection and how this loan will be repaid.The nation is in the dark about these fundamental issues. It is impossible to conceive that the commercial banks would have approved the financing without being satisfied, based upon some plan, projection or feasibility study, that the venture has some likelihood of success.Why this very information which would have been presented to the bank or at least, a synopsis of it, is not being made public. The people of Guyana are the shareholders of GuySuCo and those who are in charge of the management of GuySuCo owe the shareholders this fiduciary duty.This is not a matter of political courtesy but of legal right. The news reports indicated that the monies are going to be spent to improve “infrastructure” at the estates. These patronizing generalizations are absolutely unacceptable.It is to be noted that 30 billion dollars injected into the industry as subsidies, at a rate that it was done under the PPP administration, would have kept all the estates open for four years without a single loss of job.After the closure of five estates and with nearly ten thousand persons without a job and after a 32 billion input as subsidies by this Government, another 30 billion is being poured into the industry with no empirical data to indicate that the industry will be in any better position than it is in today.My real fear is, that come next year, by this time, we would be told that the 30 billion dollars would have been expended but there is nothing to show for it and the banks will end up owning most of the massive asset base of GuySuCo.As a consequence, future generations of Guyanese will be burdened with the task of repaying these humongous loans that the Government continues to pile up. It may be apposite to recall, that it was only in 2008, that Guyana completed the repayment of a loan taken by the Burnham administration in the early 70’s to construct a hydro-power plant at Upper Mazaruni which never generated a single kilowatt of energy. So, tens of thousands of Guyanese ended up paying for a loan taken even before they were born and from which they derived not a single benefit.From the little that I have observed in the Press, I think that the head of the SPU, Mr. Colvin Heath-London means well for the industry. I take this opportunity to congratulate him for getting rid of the disastrous Clive Thomas Board.I humbly advise him to shy away from the non-transparent and capricious approach that he inherited from his predecessors and to adopt one that is accountable, consultative and premised on a plan that is, ultimately, designed to protect and secure the long-term future of the industry and its workers. If he does so, he would be assured of the Opposition’s support. read more

Tallaght stabbing Man released without charge as tributes paid to Graham McKeeverTallaght stabbing Man released without charge as tributes paid to Graham McKeever

first_img Graham McKeever Image: Facebook Short URL Wednesday 22 Feb 2017, 8:58 AM Feb 22nd 2017, 8:58 AM 14,957 Views Graham McKeever A MAN WHO was arrested in relation to last weekend’s fatal stabbing in Tallaght has been released without charge.Graham McKeever, a father of one, was found outside an apartment block at Deerpark Avenue by emergency services in the early hours of Saturday morning. He was unconscious and had suffered several stab wounds.He was pronounced dead at the scene after paramedics’ attempts to revive him failed.Gardaí arrested a man in his early 40s in relation to the 32-year-old’s death on Sunday. Today, investigating detectives said they released him without charge. A file will be prepared for the DPP.Meanwhile, funeral details for the deceased are yet to be announced.Tributes to Graham McKeever – originally of Clondalkin, and then East Wall in Dublin 3 – are being paid across social media, led by his son Tiege.He penned a poem which his mother shared on Facebook with a picture of the father and son.Dad, those special memories of you will always bring a smile if only I could have you back just for a little while, then we could sit and talk and play again, the fact you are no longer here will always cause my pain, I will always love you and be forever in my heart, I love and miss you dad.In my dreams we’ll never be apart.”His mother Valerie said her heart was “broken” by the loss of her “sweet angel”. He is also survived by his father Joseph, sister Danielle, brother David and grandparents Margaret, Gordon and Pat.More: Man found dead after incident at truck stop in Cork Share1 Tweet Email center_img Tallaght stabbing: Man released without charge as tributes paid to Graham McKeever The father-of-one died from stab wounds received on Saturday morning. 11 Comments Image: Facebook Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Sinead O’Carrolllast_img read more

Analysis How has Johnny Sexton been playing in the Six NationsAnalysis How has Johnny Sexton been playing in the Six Nations

first_img Subscribe “FUCKING CATCH THE fucking ball!”Johnny Sexton’s frustration as he left the pitch at Stadio Olimpico on Sunday was understandable, even if some critics feel he should be better at controlling his emotions and impulses during games.Just before Sexton was replaced by debutant Jack Carty, Ireland had made their latest handling error, with Jacob Stockdale knocking-on the out-half’s pass, Sexton clearly displeased at the 22-year-old wing not gathering the ball. Sexton was highly frustrated in Rome on Sunday.It was one of a total of nine dropped balls from Ireland in a performance where Joe Schmidt’s team turned the ball over at a concerning rate – stymying any chance of getting into the attacking flow they had targeted in this game.Sexton’s frustration was naturally based around the collective underperformance from Ireland, but quite probably also around his own display – which was not of the standard he demands from himself.Like his halfback partner, Conor Murray, Sexton has not yet hit the form he is capable of in this Six Nations, although some of the debate around him has perhaps overlooked some of the positive contributions he has made.A lack of game time in the immediate run-up to the Six Nations may have affected him, with Sexton missing Leinster’s Heineken Cup fixtures in January due to a knee tendon injury, while his early removal after a failed HIA against Scotland prevented him from getting fluidity into his game.Sexton and Murray’s struggles for their best form are reflective of Ireland’s issues as a whole – a lack of cohesion and uncharacteristic execution errors, mixed in with passages of quality play.Schmidt and his coaches are unlikely to be panicking and will stress to their halfbacks and the rest of the squad to relax and trust their proven world-class ability ahead of the closing two rounds of the Six Nations as Ireland aim to finish strongly.Ball downThe ball has gone to ground after five of Sexton’s 86 passes in this championship so far.That’s five too many from the Ireland out-half’s point of view and has fed into his frustration.These Irish errors are symbolic of how Schmidt’s side have struggled to deliver cohesive form and, almost fittingly, Sexton’s final pass against Italy ended up on the ground.It’s a simple pass over a couple of metres from Sexton to Stockdale, with the out-half putting the ball in front of his left wing to run onto…… but at the last split second, Stockdale pulls his hand away [white above], appearing to believe the pass may instead be intended for Josh van der Flier outside him.Sexton throws his arms out in dismay [yellow below], while Stockdale [white] does something similar.Sexton seemingly feels Stockdale should have caught the ball, while Stockdale seems to be frustrated that the pass was not more clearly meant for him.On reflection, Stockdale – who had a good game in Rome – probably should have caught the ball here but Sexton’s pass could also have been more sympathetic.20 seconds later, as Jack Carty runs on to replace Sexton, the out-half is discussing the incident with Stockdale.Whatever about identifying the error here, Ireland’s reaction to mistakes has been poor at times in this championship – as with Murray when he was pick-pocketed by Tito Tebaldi.Schmidt is likely to stress to his players that their response to errors – which are part of the sport – must be more positive moving forward.Sexton’s pass to Keith Earls earlier in this game also ended up on the ground and resulted in Ireland giving away a penalty as Sean O’Brien picked the ball up.Again, it’s a basic error from Ireland as they launch off a lineout and Sexton’s tunnel pass between Andrew Conway and Chris Farrell is out in front of Earls, too far in front.Earls can’t gather the ball in and, again, Sexton’s react is one of frustration.Similarly to the Stockdale situation, Sexton’s pass could have made life easier for Earls here, although it’s likely that the planned set-play called for the Munster man to be flatter to receive the ball.This incident comes just after the early head injury to Bundee Aki, which forced him off after 11 minutes and meant a reshuffle in Ireland’s backline.The knock-on effect of that was a further lack of cohesion, which Ireland certainly didn’t need in this game against Italy, explified in this incident.Early in the Scotland game, one of Sexton’s passes ended up on the ground as he passed back inside to Stockdale only for the left wing to knock-on, having arrived a little too early.And there were two balls to ground from Sexton against England, when he was frustrated at Rory Best and then Sean Cronin for not running onto the passes he had released.All in all, these errors serve to highlight the issues Ireland are having in this Six Nations. They have not combined as consistently as is usually the case, with the issue naturally accentuated around Sexton, their primary playmaker.Ball to handHowever, it is worth noting that Ireland have fired off Sexton’s playmaking at other times, looking far more like the team that had such a happy 2018.Sexton’s passing in this Six Nations has predominantly been excellent and his superb pass early on against Scotland played a key role in Murray’s opening try.An intelligent decoy line close to the ruck from Jack Conan is important in narrowing up the Scotland defence as Murray feeds Earls at first receiver.Earls delivers the ball on to Sexton [white above] at second receiver and now the three-on-two beckons on the edge.It has been noticeable that Sexton has lined up at second receiver on a number of occasions in this championship, with Earls and Aki being more prominent than usual as first receivers. Here, we see the value of Sexton being positioned slightly wider.The out-half takes a few vital straightening steps on his own running line just before he releases an accurate skip pass across Farrell to Stockdale on the left touchline.Stockdale accelerates into the space, drawing up Finn Russell from the backfield, then chips ahead accurately, with Farrell applying suffocating pressure on the chase and forcing an error from the retreating Tommy Seymour to allow Murray to finish.It’s a superb contribution from Sexton and he had another before his 23 minutes on the pitch were up, linking with Stockdale again for Ireland’s second try.We analysed this power play score from Ireland in detail at the time, but it’s worth underlining again how Sexton nails his role in the play and shows his selflessness in drawing Allan Dell right into the tackle before releasing the ball to Stockdale.Sexton, as he does better than most out-halves in the game, takes the ball right up to the tackle point before passing.The cost is being hammered in the tackle by Dell and Sexton is heavily put to ground, contributing to his early removal from the game.PunishmentThe punishment Sexton takes in contact has been a theme again during this Six Nations and seems likely to linger on as opposition players take every opportunity to leave a mark on him, some of it legally.Italy’s Andrea Lovotti was penalised for a late hit on Sexton in Rome, having fired his right shoulder in after the Ireland out-half had passed to Earls.There was arguably a worse offence from Lovotti only minutes earlier, as he engaged in a tackle on Sexton after he had passed to Jordi Murphy, dumping the out-half into the ground.Lovotti was not penalised on this occasion, however, and seemed to take some encouragement from the fact.While these two incidents are illegal, Sexton has been fairly hammered in the tackle on other occasions, paying the price for his penchant for straightening up before passing and working hard to fix defenders.Sexton will continue to accept the occupational hazards for the good of the team.DirectingPerhaps the most positive passage from Ireland in attack against Italy was the 19-phase set that produced Quinn Roux’s try.Having struggled for variety in their phase play in the 22 against Scotland, this was a major improvement against Italy, with Sexton having seven touches of the ball and one carry, to go along with how Ireland used ball-carriers off Murray.Above, Sexton straightens at the defensive line [white] before passing back inside to Tadhg Furlong [yellow] for a carry beyond the gainline.Below, Sexton runs his characteristic loop line [white] around the straight-running Farrell and carries for another short gain.With Ireland’s ball-carriers bringing energy off scrum-half Murray’s passing too, as well as Furlong throwing an offload to Roux and Farrell contributing a vital carry just before the score, the variety of Ireland’s pressurising phase play cracks Italy.With Sexton directing play intelligently outside Murray, it’s a passage that will have encouraged Schmidt and the head coach is likely to highlight it as something Ireland can strive for more of.At other stages of his championship, Sexton’s decision-making and direction have been lacking.The example above comes against England, as Sexton opts to attack wide off poor possession just after his pass to Cronin has gone to ground.Sexton receives a pullback pass from O’Brien [yellow] and then directs his own pass [white] out the back of Dave Kilcoyne to Garry Ringrose.With England’s defensive line well set, that invites pressure and Courtney Lawes – who levelled Sexton only minutes before – shoots up to hammer Ringrose. Analysis: How has Johnny Sexton been playing in the Six Nations? The 33-year-old has provided quality at times but has been frustrated overall. 22,735 Views Wednesday 27 Feb 2019, 4:04 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share14 Tweet Email1 By Murray Kinsella England win a penalty at the breakdown and kick three points to move 25-13 in front, but Ireland continue to force play as they desperately search for a way back into the game.With Ben Youngs making an excellent read [yellow above] to apply pressure up out of the defensive line, Sexton fires a blind pass to his left and Henry Slade [red] picks it off to score a bonus-point try for England, causing further damage to Ireland’s title hopes.KickingSexton has kicked the ball in play only 11 times this championship, which would likely have been higher had he not been replaced early against Scotland.One element of Ireland’s struggle against England was that they didn’t get their kicking game going to a consistent degree of success as the English defence dominated in the tackle.There were accusations that Ireland didn’t attempt to alter their approach in the face of England’s linespeed but that is an inaccurate argument.Ireland’s first-half try through Cian Healy stemmed from a good Sexton chip kick in midfield, into the space behind the linespeed.Sexton followed up to apply pressure on the retreating Billy Vunipola, forcing the England number eight to knock-on…… before Jamie George gathered the ball in an offside position. The resulting penalty allowed Ireland into the right corner, where they scored through Healy.Sexton also kicked the ball five times in the opening six minutes of the second half, clearly following a tactical refocusing during the break.Those kicks included an excellent grubber behind the advancing English defence…… which Aki would have had a strong chance of retrieving, only to be blocked out [red below] by Manu Tuilagi and Mako Vunipola.That gives Jack Nowell time to scamper infield and slide down onto the ball, although he knocks-on in the process.Referee Jerome Garces sticks out his hand for an advantage, which Ireland presume is a penalty advantage, and Sexton unsuccessully attempts a cross-field kick in the ensuing passage.However, the advantage has expired, with Garces having seemingly played a knock-on advantage, when Ireland really should have had a penalty and access into the England half.Just before this grubber, Sexton had dinked a diagonal kick over the edge of the England defence…… but the well-executed kick bounces into touch as only Peter O’Mahony is holding width for Ireland.The flanker doesn’t have the pace to chase the kick and Sexton is frustrated once again, turning back to remonstrate with right wing Jordan Larmour, who is out on the other side of the pitch after the initial set-piece strike from Ireland.Sexton attempted to launch a contestable kick up over England fullback Elliot Daly with his first kick of the second half, only to be blocked down, while his other effort at a contestable in this championship came against Scotland and was too long, allowing Stuart Hogg time to mark the ball and kick clear.While Sexton has had a handful of good kicks in play in this championship, this element of his game has yet to truly fire. Ireland have also missed the grubber-kicking option Ringrose provides at outside centre.Restarts and line kicksSexton’s mixed performance against Italy was well summed up in his restarts and line kicks.There were a couple of superb restarts, with Stockdale scoring a try as Italy botched one and the left wing retrieving [yellow below] another excellent kick from Sexton after the Italians kicked their second penalty.This combination between Sexton and Stockdale on short restarts was a continuation of their work against New Zealand in November, when they applied great pressure.Soon before the moment above, howver, Sexton was too heavy with his drop-kick on a 22-metre restart, forcing Stockdale to leap off the toucline in a bid to keep the ball in play.And the restart of the second half from Sexton failed to go the required 10 metres as he once again looked to link with Stockdale.It’s a bad start to the second half for Ireland, handing Italy the initiative and it’s also very uncharacteristic from Sexton, who immediately puts his hand up to apologise for his error.These are two poor restarts from Sexton but the hope is that Ireland are not discouraged from their short restarting tactics, using Stockdale’s height and leap to their advantage.It has been a positive development in their game in recent times and Schmidt must continue to push his players to back their skills in this area.Sexton is generally a superb line kicker with penalties, often eking out additional metres that more conservative players don’t look for.In this game against Italy, there were several examples of strong linekicking from Sexton again, including the brilliant effort below.Click here if you cannot view the clip aboveHowever, there was more inconsistency from Sexton in this area, with a handful of poor connections on linekicks later in the game, including the scuffed effort below.Click here if you cannot view the clip aboveSexton was evidently annoyed with himself in this instance, relatively rare for a player who spends long hours working on his kicking skills.It was also noticeable that Sexton had strapping on his kicking leg in this game, something that was not present in the two previous fixtures.Sexton is not a player who likes to make excuses and it’s unclear what the physical issue was but the out-half was clearly nursing something coming into this game.Regardless, his poor striking on a couple of linekicks and two bad restarts will not be acceptable to him, although it would be worth him [and Ireland] also looking at the many good examples in these areas as he and his team look to regain confidence.DefenceSexton is one of the best defensive out-halves in the game and he has largely been effective in his contributions when Ireland haven’t had the ball.The 33-year-old has a consistently high focus into the tackle, targeting the ball for strips and choke tackles. It’s something he has always done and it’s highly unlikely to change now.Josh Strauss [red above] carries for Scotland early on at Murrayfield in the example above, with Sexton going in high to target the ball and Furlong powering into the tackle too.With Sexton being a threat to possession with a strip of the ball and Furlong driving into him, Strauss can’t bring leg drive and the Irish pair put him to ground for a negative carry.As we know, discipline is a huge focus for Schmidt’s Ireland and Sexton will be disappointed to have conceded two penalties in defence so far in this championship.The first was a failure to roll away from a tackle against England, while the second was a high tackle on Ryan Wilson in the Scotland fixture.This is one of the dangers with Sexton’s focus on upper-body tackling, although he is generally very well disciplined.The Leinster man is a superb reader of the game, as evidenced by two interceptions so far in the championship, one coming against Scotland and the other against Italy last weekend.Sexton has completed 21 tackles so far in this Six Nations and his only damaging tackle miss came against Scotland soon before he was failed his HIA, perhaps explaining the uncharacteristic nature of how he was beaten.Sexton is usually proactive in keeping his feet alive into the tackle but, as we can see above, he plants his feet early and sits onto his heels here when confronted with Blair Kinghorn.Having initially run an ‘unders’ line at Sexton’s inside shoulder, Kinghorn turns on his excellent footwork to burst off his left and get well outside the range of Sexton’s shoulder, leaving the Ireland 10 grasping out with his arms in a tackle attempt.Kinghorn makes the bust and Ireland barely survive as O’Mahony cynically kills the ball at the next breakdown.However, it’s a rare error from the out-half in defence and with Sexton always more than willing to throw himself into contact, his communication skills being so strong and his intelligence allowing him to make good reads, he remains a key figure when Ireland don’t have the ball.Striving for betterSexton hasn’t got firing off the place-kicking tee in this championship yet, handing over the duties to Murray in the Scotland game and also versus the Italians.Again, this would suggest that Sexton is dealing with a physical issue – as indicated by the strapping – and he possibly should have handed over the tee earlier against Scotland, when he missed the straightforward shot at goal after Murray’s try, having just received lengthy treatment from Ireland’s medical team.While Sexton will be keen to get back onto the pitch against France in two weekends’ time and exorcise any demons left over from Rome, there would also seem value in Schmidt and his coaching staff reminding the out-half of the quality he has contributed in this championship and so often before for Ireland.Sexton has clearly been short of his best form but the Ireland playmaker and his team are not too far from delivering the kind of performance they crave.Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Feb 27th 2019, 4:04 PM Short URL 30 Comments last_img read more

Souness says Liverpool has to win all matches to be championsSouness says Liverpool has to win all matches to be champions

first_imgThe Reds are currently in second place of the English Premier League table with 65 points behind Manchester City.Manchester City is currently in first place of the English Premier League table with 65 points.Liverpool has the same number of points but it’s in the second position because they have one game less played than the Citizens.And for former professional Scottish midfielder Graeme Souness, the only way the Reds can win the EPL championship is to win all of their matches.“City were ruthless and they were devastating and they were clinical – and at the other end, Chelsea weren’t,” he told Sky Sports.“If you look at the match statistics and ask someone who’s not seen the game how they think it ended up, they’re never going to say it was 6-0.”“City were fabulous. I don’t know how to describe it. I watched the first five minutes and thought Chelsea were going to have a real go but then they conceded a goal, then they conceded a bad goal,” he continued.“City have put a marker down today. Liverpool are going to have to win every single game to win this league. City have the bit between their teeth right now.”“The way Liverpool beat Bournemouth [on Saturday] doesn’t confirm they’re back at their best,” Souness commented.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“But that result for City has confirmed after their hiccup, they’re saying: ‘We’re bang at it, this is how we’re going to finish the season’.”“If that is their form between now and the end of the season, Liverpool have to win every game. That’s what they’re looking at,” he added.“City today have won 6-0 and you’re thinking, with it being nearly 50/50 in possession, were they that good? Yeah, I think they were in the areas that mattered.”“When they came to defend, they defended properly as a unit and individually. Up front, they were getting goals, albeit through some mistakes from Chelsea,” the Scottish footballer added.“City have had their rollicking off their manager and they’ve had their points dropped. They’re going to take some stopping if that’s their mood between now and the end.”G I N I 😱— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 10, 2019last_img read more

BPA allies raise shield against DC meddlingBPA allies raise shield against DC meddling

first_imgPORTLAND — The Pacific Northwest’s abundant, low-cost hydropower has for decades been the envy of other regions, powering local economies by attracting lucrative industries — from the aluminum smelters that produced the skins of World War II fighter jets to the server farms sprouting for the likes of Google, Apple and Facebook. But a recent scandal over hiring practices at the Bonneville Power Administration has exposed long-standing tensions over control of the agency and its economic benefits. The federal utility is self-financed, so it enjoys autonomy unusual among federal agencies. The independence comes from its control of three-quarters of the Pacific Northwest’s electric grid and power sales amounting to more than a third of the electricity used in the region. The power from 31 dams in the Columbia River Basin flows to 140-plus utilities in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. Some local stakeholders fear the U.S. Department of Energy could use the agency’s hiring scandal as an excuse to centralize decision-making in Washington, D.C., raising Northwest energy rates and hampering the region’s economy. “The risk is that regional ratepayers might be asked to fund things that are not a benefit to the region, or fund things that should be federal obligations,” said Scott Corwin, executive director of the Public Power Council, which represents BPA’s public utility customers.last_img read more

White House And Congressional Leaders Reach ShortTerm DealWhite House And Congressional Leaders Reach ShortTerm Deal

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The White House and congressional leaders have reached a short-term deal to end longest government shutdown in US history. President Donald Trump: “I am very proud to announce today that we have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government.” The short term agreement will reopen shuttered government departments for three weeks while leaving the issue of $5.7 billion for the U.S.-Mexico border wall to further talks. President Trump: “I want to thank all of the incredible federal workers and their amazing families who have shown such extraordinary devotion in the face of this recent hardship. I will make sure that all employees receive their back pay very quickly or as soon as possible. It will happen fast.”center_img The government will reopen for three weeks until February 15th. The shutdown reached it’s 35th day on Friday. President Trump: “We really have no choice but to build a powerful wall or steal barrier. If we don’t get a fair deal from congress the government will either shutdown on February 15, again, or I will use the powers afforded to me under the constitution of the United States to address this emergency.”last_img read more

Wholesalers and Retailers Draw the Line and an Industry Lurches Toward EfficiencyWholesalers and Retailers Draw the Line and an Industry Lurches Toward Efficiency

first_imgWholesalers and retailers that attempt to increase efficiency by reducing the numbers of titles they carry, especially the smaller ones, are fighting the wrong battle, a leading newsstand expert said this week.What’s more, says Dennis Porti, executive vice president of the national distribution company Curtis Circulation, any attempt to bring the newsstand sell-through to 50 percent overnight would result in “a catastrophic loss of sales.”Porti was reacting to a flurry of news in recent weeks detailing moves by Wal-Mart and other retailers to delist large numbers of magazines, and by several of the leading wholesalers to reduce by tens of millions of units the numbers of copies they distribute. According to Mediaweek, Source Interlink is cutting distribution by 40 million copies over the next few months, while Anderson News Corp. and the News Group are making cuts of undisclosed numbers. Source is aiming for an overall efficiency—that is, number of copies distributed compared to number of copies sold—of 50 percent by the summer, up from the current efficiency of 38 percent. Last spring, Source cut 57 million copies.The wholesalers said they thought the reductions could be made without any loss of sales, and some publishers and industry observers have agreed.But Porti argues that the newsstand isn’t inefficient because of the numbers of titles on the racks, he says it’s because of the big magazines. “Here’s the problem: 50 magazines generate nearly 70 percent of the industry’s returns,” he says. “The big magazines have the best positions and they have a very, very high draw per outlet. Hypothetically, if they go into a store with 100 copies, they sell 40. That’s 60 returns per magazine.”Porti says the magazines themselves are in a tough spot, as are wholesalers, because many retailers may have upwards of 30 checkout racks. “If you go in with too few copies, all in the channel, including retailers, become concerned about empty wire,” says Porti. “But when you fill the wire, you become inefficient.”Ultimately, he says, the industry improves efficiency if the larger-circulation magazines manage their draw better. Thankfully, Porti says, the industry has become much more sophisticated about managing draw.And that’s why the industry has picked up four to five points of efficiency in the last few years, he says. “There isn’t a publisher in this business that doesn’t want to operate more efficiently, and the aforementioned gains are an excellent start.”last_img read more

LT Technology Services shares to list on 23 September on BSELT Technology Services shares to list on 23 September on BSE

first_imgInvestors would keenly watch the listing price of L&T Technology Services when it debuts on stock exchanges on Friday. The company had fixed the issue price at Rs 860 per share, at the higher end of the price band. The issue was oversubscribed 2.53 times. The face value of the share is Rs 2 and the shares were allotted on Wednesday to the applicants.”Trading Members of the Exchange are hereby informed that effective from Friday, September 23, 2016, the Equity Shares of L&T Technology Services Limited shall be listed and admitted to dealings on the Exchange in the list of ‘B’ Group of Securities,” the BSE said in a statement on Thursday.The company’s public issue comprised offer for sale of 1.04 crore shares, including anchor investor portion of 31.20 lakh shares. The issue opened on 12 September (Monday) and closed on 15 September (Thursday).Read: L&T Technology Services IPO: Here is what brokerages are sayingMutual funds drastically increased their purchases on Indian stock markets on Tuesday from the earlier day’s net buy worth Rs 12 crore in tandem with inflows from foreign institutional investors (FIIs) in the past few days.On 20 September, mutual funds were net buyers of shares worth Rs. 1,010 crore, having purchased equities worth Rs 2,089 crore and sold stocks for Rs 1,079 crore.  FIIs too are apparently bullish on Indian stocks, as is available from their net buy position for the sixth straight day on Thursday; they were net buyers of equities worth Rs. 336.87 crore, according to provisional data available with the National Stock Exchange. The markets opened on a bullish note and closed with gains after the US Federal Reserve to leave interest rates unchanged.”Markets praised Fed’s decision as the global bond yield reverted and rupee strengthened. Due to a neutral statement, the market believe that the risk for December 16 rate hike is roughly balanced adding positive sentiment,” the Financial Chronicle quoted Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services, as saying.last_img read more

No perpetrators identified yet in PPs daughter murderattemptNo perpetrators identified yet in PPs daughter murderattempt

first_imgMaisha WazedThe police could not yet identify any of the perpetrators of the alleged attempt to murder Narayanganj public prosecutor’s daughter by feeding poison-mixed sweetmeats.The PP of the sensational seven-murder case, Wazed Ali, on Thursday told newsmen at his Chashara residence that his daughter was poisoned to mentally upset him.“The incident could have been graver. They [the perpetrators] were many in number and used a car. They might have abducted my daughter,” he added.His daughter, Maisha Wazed, told newsmen, “A man suddenly came close to me on my way home from my grandmother’s house and affectionately offered me sweets introducing himself as my father’s friend.”She went on to say, “At one stage, he asked me to take a sweet as my father has done a good job in the 7-murder case. When I refused to take the sweetmeat, he forcibly fed me a sweet and I had to swallow that.”Maisha also said she fell sick after returning home and later she was taken to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital to clean her stomach.PP’s wife Selina Wazed Minu filed a case in this connection with Narayanganj sadar model police station on Thursday afternoon.A Narayanganj police officer said that they are trying to find out whether it is an abduction attempt or something else.Narayanganj sadar model police station officer-in-charge Shaheen Parvez said that they are investigating the allegation.Read more: ‘7-murder PP’s daughter ‘fed poisonous sweet forcibly’last_img read more

Home most dangerous place for women UN reportHome most dangerous place for women UN report

first_imgPhoto: CollectedMore than half the women who were murdered worldwide last year were killed by their partners or family members, making home “the most dangerous place for a woman,” a new UN study said Sunday.In statistics released on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime calculated that of a total 87,000 female homicide cases worldwide in 2017, some 50,000 — or 58 per cent — were committed by the victims’ intimate partners or family members.Around 30,000, or 34 percent, were committed by intimate partners alone.”This amounts to some six women being killed every hour by people they know,” the Vienna-based body said.The vast majority — around 80 per cent — of homicide victims worldwide were men, but “women continue to pay the highest price as a result of gender inequality, discrimination and negative stereotypes,” said UNODC chief Yury Fedotov.”They are also the most likely to be killed by intimate partners and family… making the home the most dangerous place for a woman,” he said.”The fact that women continue to be affected by this type of violence to a greater degree than men is indicative of an imbalance in power relations between women and men inside the domestic sphere.”The UNODC calculated that the global rate of female homicide victims stood at around 1.3 victims per 100,000 female population.The study found that Africa and the Americas were the regions where women were most at risk of being killed by intimate partners or family members.In Africa, the rate was around 3.1 victims per 100,000 female population, while the rate in the Americas was 1.6 victims, in Oceania 1.3 and in Asia 0.9.The lowest rate was found in Europe, with 0.7 victims per 100,000 female population.According to the UNODC, “no tangible progress” in combatting the scourge had been made in recent years “despite legislation and programmes developed to eradicate violence against women.”The report’s conclusions “highlight the need for effective crime prevention and criminal justice responses to violence against women,” the UNODC said, stressing the need for measures to boost safety and empower potential victims while holding their abusers accountable.The study also called for greater coordination between police and the justice system as well as health and social services.And the UNODC said it was also important to involve men in the solutions, including through early education.last_img read more

Osmo Teams Up With Disney to Let Kids Animate MickeyOsmo Teams Up With Disney to Let Kids Animate Mickey

first_img Popular on Variety These animations are then integrated into interactive scenes, where kids can tap on characters to have them move. Osmo CEO Pramod Sharma admitted during a recent interview with Variety that the company isn’t quite ready to give kids full-blown animation tools just yet, but said that the company wanted to eventually move in that direction.“Osmo Super Studio Mickey Mouse & Friends” is available for $19 for anyone who already owns a Osmo base. A kit including the base and the book costs $79. Versions featuring Disney princesses and Pixar characters are scheduled to be released in the coming weeks. Augmented reality app maker Osmo has teamed up with Disney for a new line of character-driven animation sets dubbed “Osmo Super Studio.” First in line to be released is “Osmo Super Studio Mickey Mouse & Friends,” which allows kids to draw Mickey Mouse characters and then have them get animated by an iPad.Osmo Super Studio is based on the same technology as other Osmo sets: A dedicated iPad stand with a clip-on mirror allows the iPad’s front-facing camera to monitor what’s happening on the table in front of the device. Osmo apps then analyze those visuals, and incorporate them into game play and more.In the case of the Super Studio, children place a special sketch book with prepared shapes in front of the iPad. The app then allows them to pick certain scenes, and instructs them to use the book and a special dry-erase marker to draw characters, which subsequently appear on the screen.Osmo uses a couple of interesting tricks to make these hand-drawn characters come to life: The app may for instance instruct kids to draw an ear first, and then a hand, which makes it possible for the app to identify individual body parts. That information is then used to animate characters, or populate a scene with hand-drawn flowers and butterflies.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

India through the lensesIndia through the lenses

first_imgColours of India,a photography exhibition is being organised in the Capital by Delhi Photography Club. Picture clicked by Kaynat Kazi will  be displayed at the show. From colorful block prints, Mughal crafts to blue pottery and meenakari, this show is more than a story. It’s a narration of some of the rare arts getting even rarer each passing day and much more.  The rani pink of mystical Rajasthan; the pastel hues of southern India; the joyous, bright hues of the northern frontier; and the bright colors of the east offer a kaleidoscopic insight into an almost perfect blend of India’s history and modernism. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The artiste, Kazi is an avid photographer who loves travelling to unfrequented places – from the heights of Ladakh, villages of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Maharashtra – and captures diverse cultures that usually escape the regular eye. Her interest lies in capturing female expressions and candid photography. She believes that the moment the subject is conscious of being clicked, the original element is lost.When: On till 15 JulyWhere: Open Palm Court Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi RoadTiming: 11 am to 7 pmlast_img read more

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first_img DynaLOC TargetingRadiology and Urology team up for successful results.  Radiologist John Feller, M.D., medical director of Desert Medical Imaging, and local urologists have joined forces to test a promising new way to detect and diagnose prostate disease.When a traditional transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) biopsy proves negative for the presence of disease, yet a patient’s PSA levels (prostate-specific antigen) continue to rise, magnetic resonance imaging’s (MRI) excellent soft tissue imaging quality may be the answer to a difficult diagnosis for a certain subset of patients.MRI-guided prostate biopsyDynaCAD for Prostate and DynaTRIM, both part of Invivo’s Prostate Clinical Solution, give physicians the tools to perform real-time analysis of prostate MRI studies and the support for an MRI-guided prostate biopsy.Initial experiences by Feller have shown positive results.  The ability to identify metabolically active areas that look suspicious for prostate disease has improved.A Simple, Targeted ProcedureFollowing a diagnostic MRI to confirm the presence of suspicious tumor(s), the patient is placed on the scanner in a prone position and the MR-compatible biopsy device, DynaTRIM, is inserted into the rectum.  “The DynaTRIM needle guide is much smaller (approximately 1/4 the circumference) than the endorectal probe used for TRUS biopsies,” comments Feller, “and is so well tolerated that it seems to preclude the need for local anesthetic.”A new scan confirms the guide’s position and Feller and the urologist then plan the biopsy.  “Using the DynaCAD’s DynaLOC localization software, this is really very simple,” says Feller. “There are three different coordinates – a couple of degree measurements – and length measurements that are quickly generated by the software.”The DynaTRIM is adjusted and the urologist steps up to perform the actual biopsies.  With this targeted approach, only a few core samples are required.Proof is in the resultsFor patient George LaVie, the MRI-guided prostate biopsy confirmed what his TRUS biopsy could not.  Feller notes, “You’d never have been able to hit this with a needle under ultrasound guidance because it was up behind some bones in the pelvis called the pubic symphysis.””In Mr. LaVie’s case,” he continues, “we took cores from just four different locations plus a second core from one location by angulating the needle guide a couple of degrees.”Pathology results confirmed the presence of cancer and Mr. LaVie underwent a successful prostatectomy.Dr. Feller is a firm believer in the potential of this new technology. “Many times, when new technology like this is rolled out,” he says, “it is very complicated and difficult to operate.  This isn’t anything like that.  This can be done in an out-patient imaging center where the key ingredient is teamwork between the urologist and radiologist.”This case study was supplied by Invivo Corp.Invivo Customer Service, Gainesville, FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. 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Mortgage Banking Profits Decline at BofA Despite Rising OriginationsMortgage Banking Profits Decline at BofA Despite Rising Originations

first_img July 17, 2013 422 Views Share “”Bank of America””: reported a major boost in profits for the second quarter despite a drop in mortgage banking income.[IMAGE]According to its quarterly earnings report, BofA pulled in approximately $4.0 billion in Q2, an increase of 63 percent over the $2.5 billion recorded for Q2 2012. Last quarter’s results “”were driven by year-over-year improvements in net interest income, investment and brokerage income, investment banking fees, sales and trading revenue, equity investment income and credit quality as well as expense reductions,”” the bank said.However, those gains were partially offset by the absence of year-ago gains related to liability management actions and lower mortgage banking income.On the origination side, the bank funded $26.8 billion in residential home loans and home equity loans, up 7 percent over the first quarter and 41 percent over the same quarter last year. First-lien mortgage production alone totaled about $25 billion, up 40 percent year-over-year.Approximately 83 percent of funded first mortgages were refinances, while 17 percent were for home purchases, BofA said.Despite the increase in production, BofA’s Consumer Real Estate Services division reported a net loss of $937 million compared to a loss of $744 million in Q2 2012. Noninterest income was $1.4 billion, a decrease of $400 million from the prior year, “”primarily due to lower servicing income driven by a decline in the size of the servicing portfolio.”” Meanwhile, core production revenue saw a decline of $42 million to an estimated $860 million as lower margins offset higher originations.On the brighter side, BofA was able to set aside less for representations and warranties–a provision of $197 million compared to last year’s $395 million. in Originationcenter_img Mortgage Banking Profits Decline at BofA Despite Rising Originations Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bank of America Investors Lenders & Servicers Profits Quarterly Earnings Service Providers 2013-07-17 Tory Barringerlast_img read more